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Reections on a year spent as an anthropomorphic owl that became Winter Parks unofcial mascot. Page 13 Clyde Moore Lifestyles These girls learned a life lesson as they crossed the line at their rst 5k thanks to a new volunteer coach. Page 8 Calendar Culture & Cocktails mixes wine, art, music and poetry in one night at Art & History Museums Maitland. Page 7 Sports UCF has beaten the odds to start the season. Now they cross the threshold into tougher conference play. Page 3 CALL US TODAY FOR A COPY OF Your Guide to Social Security Bob@aSafeHarbor.com | ASafeHarbor.com(407) 644-6646 Learn more visit www.ss.vip2site.com When faced with stormy nancial waters, seek... Call us today for your guide to Social Security!404-644-6646 or visit www.ss.vip2site.com CALL US TODAY FOR A COPY OF Your Guide to Social Security Bob@aSafeHarbor.com | ASafeHarbor.com(407) 644-6646 Learn more visit www.ss.vip2site.com When faced with stormy nancial waters, seek... Call us today for your guide to Social Security!404-644-6646 or visit www.ss.vip2site.com Winter Park Recovery CenterExecutive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services Suboxone Maintenance For Opioid Abuse Naltrexone Extinction for AlcoholNow Is The Time To 2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 After decades of neglect, the city of Maitland is looking to take over control of a polluted ditch that serves as a pass-through for much of the water in the citys lakes. Currently under the control of the Florida Department of Trans portation (FDOT), the ditch locat ed near Monroe Avenue and Gem Lake has seen little to no improve ment in maintenance in decades, said the citys Lakes Manager Co ordinator, Marissa Williams. FDOT has been doing very minimal amounts of maintenance in this ditch, she said. Theres probably tens of thousands of dol lars of maintenance that could be done. Transferring control of the ditch to the city from FDOT was pro posed at the last Maitland City Council meeting Dec. 10, but ta bled and is to be up for vote again Jan. 14. Councilman Jeff Flowers said having Maitland take own ership of the ditch is for the bet Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley 2013 is a very exciting year for Winter Park and our region! Looking ahead, in 2013 we will be: opening of the new Class Park will be transformed before our very eyes with paving, new sewers and redevel opments ridor will change with Mead Gardens im provements, the dedicating of the Martin Luther King Jr. Park, along with two impres sive apartment developments near the Win ter Park Village. / SunRail train station in downtown Winter Park nity ing plan which will enhance our tree canopy to assure fair cost services while assuring a steady tax rate We are well on our way to making Winter Park the best place to live, work and play in Florida. These positive changes will occur while we focus on what makes Winter Park our home. The essence of Winter Parkthe people of Winter Park and what they stand forwill only get better. happiness in the New Year ahead. Please see RESOLUTIONS on page 2 Mayors make New Years resolutions Maitland to decide whether to take over neglected waterway near Gem Lake SARAH WILSON Observer Staff L ast year saw slow improvements to the economy and big changes to parts of Winter Park and 2013 turn out? We asked the mayors of both cities to pull out their crystal balls and tell us the future. Incendiary art Students at the Crealde School of Art lit up the winter darkness at the annual Night of Fire on Jan. 5. MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 2 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Divide over ditch ownership Please see COUNCIL on page 2
Page 2 Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker We have accomplished many things this past year and look ahead with great expectations to continue moving our city forward of our city, even though due to the present economic climate our rev conservatism by our City Council as well as our city staff, working hard to keep our expenses down. we take steps to increase our tax base in the next few years, which we are pres ently in the process of doing. To in crease our tax base we have to encourage quality new development and redevelopment throughout our city. Now that the updating of our Land Development Code and the streamlining of our Permitting Approval Process are completed, ness. This will attract new busi ness and quality development to our city. We have already had substantial interest in new and re development throughout our city, especially in our CRA downtown area. Our main goals for 2013 are as follows: Maintain no increase in our property tax millage rate. Maintain a balanced budget. Continue to move forward Projects. Continue to work to secure new business opportunities and quality new development and re development for our city that will increase our tax base and create new jobs both temporary and per manent. Renegotiate our Solid Waste vorable terms for our city and of fering more and better services to our citizens. Continue to work with our State Legislators to retain and hopefully enhance the revenues that we receive from Tallahassee. Complete the update of our City Charter. Construct the new police boathouse at Fort Maitland Park. The prospects for 2013 look very encouraging. With the dedi cation and enthusiasm of our City Council, city volunteer boards and city staff, anything is possible for our city. These wonderful peo ple, and our dedicated and enthu siastic citizens, inspire me. They, along with my great love of our our citys bright future with great anticipation, and you should too. 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Nothing has happened to this ditch, and those nutrients have Maitland lakes system for all these years We need to take control of our destiny now and take con trol of this ditch, Flowers said. ditch, Williams agreed, would al low the Public Works Department to actively pursue grants to help fund the ditchs maintenance. She said the city has previously sought grants to clean it, worth $350,000 to $400,000, but were de nied on the grounds that Maitland didnt own it or have signed con sent from FDOT for the projects. Proposed construction plans to clean up the ditch, she said, have already been drawn with the total cost estimated at $750,000. proposed tabling the item at the December Council meeting to give the city time to work out the best possible deal in securing the concerns of taking control of the neglected ditch only to have the state turn around and demand it be cleaned and maintained to proper levels immediately. Thats a cost, he said, the city is likely not able to budget for right now. They have done nothing, but they can require us to do a whole bunch, Schieferdecker said. Public Works Director Rick Lemke said the city has worked to alter the proposed transfer agree ment with FDOT to address stan dards for the ditch to be held to once the transfer occurs. We dont want to assume re sponsibility for the ditch and then have the state come back and say we have to have it in pristine con dition when its never been that way, he said. Upkeep of the functionality of the ditch, Lemke said, is the main concern of FDOT. And the ditch currently does its job in transfer ring stormwater from one place to another. The new transfer agree ment, to be presented Jan. 14, he said, will address both up keep and functionality that would need to be maintained following the transfer. Also in the works regarding the ditch, Lemke said, is an agree over liability and responsibility for it once under city control, as it falls in the Gem Lakes Apartment the language of that agreement if COUNCIL | This local waterway is called a ditch, but one councilman says its crucial to lake water quality C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER A ditch along Monroe Avenue feeds several lakes but Maitlands Council says the Florida Department of Transportation has neglected it, possibly leaving the citys lakes in danger. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Artists play with re, left, as they heat sculptures to searing temperatures, while musician George Timothy entertains the crowd, right, at Crealde School of Arts annual Night of Fire on Jan. 5. The festive night was meant to inspire students to want to learn more about art. Crealde lights up the night
Page 3 After losing a star to gradua tion and two big players before the start of the season, the Knights have continued to surprise the odds makers with an unlikely season dominating the mens bas ketball court. Now at 10-4, theyre entering conference play with a ragtag starting lineup and dreams of going farther than last years We continue to learn with this nie Jones said after the Knights 99-69 blowout over Florida A&M on Jan. 5. led by some familiar faces from last season, with forward Keith Clanton scoring 15 points, sec ond year transfer Tristan Spur lock adding 15 of his own, and a points. surprised was in assists, dishing out 27 of them. That led to mas sive scoring, with the Knights not only nearly putting up triple dig its, but also shooting 57.6 percent overall, substantially higher than their average last season. Jones said he was proud of the teams teams goal had been 20 assists in the game. Now with the team working together better than it had at the start of the season, the Knights look to conference play to see if they can exorcise some of the de mons that led to their end of sea son collapse last year. Weve gotta be ready, Spur lock said about upcoming confer ence play. Teams know how you move, they know your favorite play. Weve gotta be focused to win the conference title. The Knights kicked off Con press time Jan. 9. Theyll head to showdown with the Pirates (9-4, ton (11-2, 0-0) for a 6 p.m. Jan. 19 tipoff. Tars streaking to milestone Coach Tom Klusman could have a milestone on his hands by the time this paper is on the stands. The longtime Tars coach was on the verge of 600 career wins Wednes day night at press time when the Tars (9-2) took on Florida Tech on the road. The Tars started with a loss, but went on to win nine of 10 to build momentum toward Klus mans looming milestone. Only coaches have reached 600 wins in their careers. through Sunday, January 13 Park Avenue and Hannibal Square stores offering merchandise from g 50-75% OFF! Thursday, January 10For additional information, call 407-644-8281 or visit experienceparkavenue.com. IN THEATERS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ADVANCE SCREENING PASSES FOR TWO TO SEELOG ON TO GOFOBO.COM/RSVP AND ENTER THE CODE WPMO6HSQTHURSDAY, JANUARY 10 7:30PM#AHHMOVIE TWEET YOUR COMMENTS TO @AHHMOVIE & @MARLONLWAYANS!*Tickets are limited. Seating is on a rst comerst serve basis. Film is rated R. IN MEMORIAMWe deeply mourn the loss of our trusted friend and partner A man of great integrity A man of great success A huge lossHenry D. MayerDecember 11, 1927 December 29, 2012Allan E. Keen The Keewin Real Property Company Winter Park, FLijij PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Keith Clanton, left, and Isaiah Sykes have proven instrumental in the Knights big wins. 2013 starts with a bang as surprising Knights prove they can shoot to thrill ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff
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Thats what prompted residents like Ann and Pete Cross to plan ahead and proactively make the move . because they wanted to, not because they needed to. How about you?Whats your plan for the future? Call today, and lets talk about it: 407.672.1620. PRETTY AM A ZING FOR ALONGTERM CA RE PLA N [ dont you think? ] MAY 914 Cross Ad_WPO.indd 1 12/10/12 2:30 PM Attorney Rick Webber joined by a Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe rm team of 15 people and ap proximately 3,000 Central Florida volunteers, took time Sunday, Nov. 18 to prepare meals for droughtstricken West Africa. The Zimmer man folks who participated in the effort worked to provide 12,000 needy residents of Burkina Fasa with one meal a day for one year. Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorneys Drew Sorrell, Jason S. Miller, Richard S. Dellinger and Jacquelynne J. Regan have been admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fed eral Circuit. They join rm attorney Jon M. Gibbs, who was previously admitted. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers, Planners, based in Or landos Baldwin Park, completed design work to build 18 new Les lies Poolmart stores in nine states during 2012. Jed Downs, president of Cuhaci & Peterson, said the new stores are located in Massachu setts, New Jersey, Ohio, Penn sylvania, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida. The Central Florida Chapter of the American Association of Indi vidual Investors will hold its next meeting on Jan. 16 at the Univer sity Club of Winter Park, located at 841 N. Park Ave. (at Webster Ave.) in Winter Park. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker be gins at 7 p.m. Price is $5-10. Call 407-644-1607 or visit aaii.com for more information on the meeting. Wells Fargo announced in De cember that it is contributing $175,000 to 17 food banks across Florida to help meet the demands in local communities, especially for the holiday season. Second Har vest Food Bank, an Orlando-based food bank that serves Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, will receive $20,000. Boy Scouts need trailer Due to recent growth in membership, Boy Scout Troop 931 needs help raising funds to replace its borrowed12-foot single-axle cargo trailer with a 16-foot cargo trailer with dual axes. In addition, the troop needs $350 per scout for summer camp this July. Call 321765-4029 or email scoutmaster@troop931. org for more information on how to raise money for the troop. JFS feeds 513 families In the process of helping 513 families in 2012, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando volunteered 7,000 hours, provided 72,740 meals, served 412 children, and de livered 32,000 pounds of food. Reuniting 500 pets 2012 was a year of milestones for Winter Park Lost Pets, as it reunited its 500th pet includ ing its rst turtle microchipped more than 175 pets for free, and coordinated the rst Winter Park Dog Walk. Visit winterparklost pets.com for more information. Mica gets new chair On Jan. 3, Congressman John L. Mica, RWinter Park, was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In addition, Mica will also retain his Transportation Committee assignment, and serve as one of the most senior lead ers on that important national infrastructure panel. Deans lister Gaby Lugo of Maitland was named to the fall 2012 Deans List at Berry College. To be eligible for the Deans List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. Located near Rome, Ga., Berry challenges more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students to embrace a rsthand education that unites strong academic programs with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and signicant service to oth ers. Clemson grad Andrew Robert Barker of Winter Park graduat ed from Clemson University on Dec. 20, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Barker was among 1,200 students who received de grees at two graduation ceremonies at Little john Coliseum. Feeling Minnesota Christina Shaffer, a resident of Winter Park and student of The Masters Academy, has been admitted to Concordia University, St. Paul for the fall 2013 semester. Shaffer was awarded the Presidents, Lutheran Heritage and Church Vocation scholarships. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Dinner already sold out The city of Winter Parks 12th annu al Dinner on the Avenue, scheduled for Saturday, April 20, is sold out. After receiving an overwhelming response, 150 tables sold just two hours after they went on sale. More than 1,200 patrons will experience the fun and excitement of this an nual event, which has become Win ter Parks social event of the year.
Page 5 Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Meeting on horizon ITS YOUR BADGE OF HONOR.Winter Park YMCA 1201 N. Lakemont Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 407.644.1509 Crosby YMCA 2005 Mizell Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 407.644.3606 Its time to get back to your best. With more energy. comes from looking good and feeling great. When you join the Y, youll have access to cardio and strength exercise classes a state-of-the, personal training sports leagues and even Y-quality childcare .C OME IN TODAY AND L ET S GET STARTED .Join the Y GET BACK TO YOUR BEST OFF JOINERS FEE$ 50 VALID THROUGH 1/15/13 City Council Agenda of Jan. 14, 2013 The Maitland City Coun cil meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is sched uled for Jan. 14 in the Council that meeting. Consent Agenda of Dec. 10, 2012 3, 2012 Services Charter Review Com mission/Code of Conduct Com mittee Lane Calming Devices iffs Office & Seminole County Municipal Agency Mutual Aid Agreements Decision Items: For updates, please check our website at itsmymaitland.com
Page 6 City Commission meeting There will be a City Commis sion meeting Monday, Jan. 14, at sion Chambers located at 401 S. of interest: Mayors Report Consent Agenda 12/10/12. and contracts (for a full listing of these items, please visit cityofwin terpark.org under Whats New > City Commission Agenda.) Action Items Requiring Discussion Fairbanks Avenue form-based code Series 2005A federal lobbyist and Casto properties use of Lake Mendsen for stormwater needs Public Hearings Partners, LLLP: o Second readings of the ordi nances to change the existing des ignations for property located at 861 W. Canton Ave. Partners, LLLP: o First readings of the ordi nances to change the existing des ignations at 835 W. Canton Ave. public hearing to discuss all as pects of the undergrounding of electric/CATV facilities within the Via Salerno/Via Capri proper ties Ave. nances mending the Police Of nance revising the development standards for docks on lakefront lots. sions full agenda on the home page of cityofwinterpark.org un der Whats New > City Commis sion Agenda. Dinner on the Avenue Sold Out! The city of Winter Parks 12th annual Dinner on the Avenue scheduled for Saturday, April 20, formation regarding this unique dining experience, or to place your name on the waiting list in the event of cancellations, please call 407-643-1627. RSVP for the Winter Park Mayor/City Commission Luncheon The 2012 Winter Park Mayor/ City Commission Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m., at the Winter Park Community Center located at nual State of the City Address. For more information call the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at 407-644-8281, or purchase tickets directly on their website at win terpark.org Unity Heritage Festival & Martin Luther King Jr. Park Dedication Ceremony The City of Winter Park is proud to present the 11th annual day, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21. The annual community festival will promote family history and nomically disadvantaged youth. The festival begins on Sunday, Square located at the intersection land avenues, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Special activities will include childrens games, career booths, food and retail vendors, special entertainment by various gospel artists, job training, job readiness Omega Chapter. There will also be the presentation of the annual the street from Shady Park to see Sewn Together: Photographic ter Park and The Sage Project: Stories. The center pays tribute to the past, present and future contributions of Winter Parks historic African American com munity. Prior to the festivals continu ance on Monday, Jan. 21, there will be a special Martin Luther King Jr. Park Dedication Ceremo ny at 9:30 a.m. at the park located Denning Drive. Following the ceremony, participants will then march to Shady Park to continue the celebration. The heritage festival continues in Shady Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 for a special Martin Luther King Jr. symbolic program, including the Feature Family Presentation events and activities will contin ue throughout the day including tainment. Special thanks to event spon sors including the City of Winter Park Community Redevelopment Agency and Parks & Recreation Department, Alpha Kappa Al Chapter, Verizon Wireless, Cre MetroPlan Orlando and Tim Web ber, The Coordinator. For more information regard tage Festival, please call 407-5993275. Air potato raid! On Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 to located at 1500 S. Denning Drive will be the host site for the third hunts, youll love participating in the air potato round up! This is a free volunteer event for all ages. Please bring gloves and wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Come join the fun Garden of the invasive air potato! Lets see how many pounds of potatoes we can remove from the garden! Please visit meadgarden. org for more information. Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on Vimeo. Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER SEE WHO GETS A FEATHER IN THEIR CAP! Winter Park Chamber of CommerceBusiness After Hours & Ovations Awards Ceremony Thursday, January 17 5:30 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Best Western Mt. Vernon Inn 110 S. Orlando Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789 Cost $5 Chamber members $15 Non-members Includes appetizers, drinks and networking Event Partners Unity Heritage Festival
Page 7 JAN. 10 Rollins College will be hosting U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Womens Issues, Melanne Verveer, on Thurs day, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. for The SMART Thing To Do: Advancing Women and Girls around the World. For this event, Rollins has partnered with the U.S. Department of State and Tupperware Brand GlobalLinks. This is a free event that is open to the public. For more information, visit Rollins.edu The Annual Park Avenue Sidewalk Sale is being held from Thursday, Jan. 10, to Sunday, Jan. 13. Visit winterpark. org for more information. Winter Park Public Library School EXPO is Jan. 10. Be lieve it or not, its time to start thinking about where your child will go to school or preschool next fall. Explore your options at the Winter Park Public Librarys School EXPO on Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Librarys Commu nity Room. For a list of participating schools, visit wppl. org/kidsteens/school_expo.html. Call 407-623-3300, ex tension 4, for more information. JAN. 11 Januarys Culture & Cocktails at Art & History Muse ums Maitland features an exciting group show titled The Art of the Theatre. Featured artists are Cindy White, Huaixiang Tan and Kristen Wheeler. In addition to a fabu lous art show, guests will enjoy music sponsored by Per forming Arts of Maitland, Literary Readings by Maitland Poets & Writers, delicious food truck fare from K-Burgers, popcorn from The Enzian, friendship and fun. Admission to Culture & Cocktails is free to A&H members, and $5 for not-yet-members. The $5 includes one drink ticket. Good Morning Winter Park presented by Florida Blue is Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:45 a.m. Join us as we launch the 2013 Chamber Cares campaign, our annual philanthropic effort. This years recipient is the Down Syndrome As sociation of Central Florida. Cost is free and includes a complimentary continental breakfast. Its all at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave. Barnies CoffeeKitchen, Costco Wholesale and the Winter Park/ Maitland Observer support the event. JAN. 13 The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will be hosting the exhibit The Plot: A Graphic History of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion . An opening re ception is planned for Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. that will feature Lecia J. Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information, visit holocaustedu.org or call 407-628-0555. Peter Thatcher has been playing the guitar for almost 60 years and favors what has become known as the Great American Songbook, including Gershwin, Arlen, Elling ton et al. all the Jazz standards of the s with a liberal dash of Jobim for good measure! Its all at Casa Feliz on Jan. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. JAN. 15 Winter Park Public Library invites knitting and crocheting enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to join the Librarys Knotty Knitters club. Please bring your own supplies. Light refreshments will be served. This program is free, but registration is suggested to reserve space. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 29 in the Library Confer ence Room. JAN. 16 Priscilla Bagley will perform her cabaret, When Will I Be Loved? : The Linda Ronstadt Hall of Fame Campaign 2013! with Christopher Leavy at the piano on Wednes day, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the popular Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series. Tickets are $20 and include a drink from the bar. Standing room tickets are available for $10 (no drink in cluded) when performance is sold out. For information, contact Lisa Melillo at 407-645-0145 or lisa@winter parkplayhouse.org Visit www.wpmobserver.com/events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com One Senior Place ... See our full Calendar of Events at OneSeniorPlace.com407.949.6733Monday, January 14 Senior Club sponsored by Family Physicians Group Computer Club 10am-1pm Fall Prevention Program 2pm-4pm Presented by Senior Partner Care Services MUST RSVP 407-949-1525 Tuesday, January 15 Planning for a Long Life 10:30am-12noon Presented by Genworth Financial Agency RSVP 407-949-6722 AARP Medicare Advantage Workshop 1:30pm-3:30pm Presented by Genworth Financial Agency RSVP 407-949-6722 Senior Survival Workshop 2pm-4pm Presented by the Law Ofce of Kathleen Flammia RSVP 407-478-8700 Wednesday, January 16 Also Jan 23rd and 30thWhy do hearing aids cost so much? 3pm-4:30pm Presented by Harmony Hearing Centers RSVP 407-545-4098 Wednesday, January 23 Medicare Educational Workshop 10:30am-12noon By Medicare Plan Options RSVP 407-949-6723 Friday, January 25 How to Communicate When Logic Doesnt Work 1pm-3:30pm Presented by ADRC RSVP 407-843-1910 Tuesday, January 29 Elder Law Workshop 9:30am-12:30pm Presented by The Law Ofces of Hoyt & Bryan RSVP 407-977-8080 Estate Planning Workshop 2pm-4pm Presented by The Law Ofces of Hoyt & Bryan RSVP 407-977-8080 Wednesday, January 30 Pet Appreciation Day 9am-3pm Hosted by Genworth Financial & The Law Ofces of Hoyt & Bryan RSVP 407-977-8080Calendar of Events January 2013 Calendar Its TAX time. 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Page 8 Lifestyles As they all lined up for the race that brisk December morn ing, they knew theyd done some thing special. For many, it was a set a goal, stayed committed and reached the end. All that was left was the run, past the fountain and the swans splashing in Lake skyline, and past all the tiredness that might hit them along the way. They knew they could do it, and they did. We accomplished something we all worked together and we were all trying to achieve the same goal, said Takyra Cason, a partic ipant in Girls on the Run and Mai tland Middle School eighth grade you achieve. Takyra and eight other middle school girls spent 12 weeks train ing to tackle the OUC 5k as part of a Girls on the Run group hosted at all over the country that share the organizations learning program for girls ages 6 to 13. Girls who participate train for a 5k, and learn lessons along the way through a curriculum developed by Girls on the Run to build character and The girls talk about relationships with friends, caring about others, taking on responsibilities, health gram with a running goal as its focus, said Lisa Portelli, who was more about, for many girls, in their lives. Portelli, who works at the Win program director, was bursting with pride as she gathered with all the girls before the start of the race. She couldnt believe theyd all come that far together. moment, Portelli said. At the end of the race, that was their mo ment. Building trust Two of the girls even came in 11th and 12th place in their age group, and they excitedly took photos of their names in the rank for Portelli or the girls. Since Por telli is an accomplished tri-athlete herself, it wasnt the running that was the tough part, it was connect ing to a group of girls who didnt quite have faith that she was there month for them all to warm up. Our relationship evolved over time, and it took time for them to trust me, she said. program director there while the Girls on the Run program went on this past fall. Many come from single-parent homes where there isnt a lot of structure and people dont always follow through. Family Calendar Fre dlund Fine Arts Works by: Peter Pettigrew Henry Peter Henry VonGend Craig Bone Frank Ferranti Kim Robertson Thomas Brooks Kent Ullberg Robert Deurloo Patricia Chute and othersTo create room for new inventory for 2013 were 1143 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-622-0102 fredlundgallery.comJanuary Clearance 25% to 50% all artwork! Sale Sale Sale Sale FEATURING ...... AND MUCH MORE! A Premier Flooring Source WINTER PARK Home of the Winter Park STARS Competition Cheer TeamWelcome to Winter Park Cheer Athletics Cheerleading & Tumbling facility! We are home to the Winter Park Stars All Star cheerleading Teams and one of the training facilities for the Nationally Ranked Winter Park High School Cheerleaders! 2011-2012 UCA National Champions All levels of All Star Competitive Cheer Mommy & Me Classes Stunting Classes Tumbling Classes for all ages & levels Competitive dance Birthday parties 6870 Stapoint Ct Winter Park, FL 32793 (Near 436 & Hanging Moss Rd.)After school pick up and programs available RUN GIRLS ON THE built character and volunteer coached PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Triathlete Lisa Portelli, left, coached this group of Eatonville middle school girls to run their rst 5k, teaching long-term goal making. Please see RUN on page 8 BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff JAN. 12 Come clown around at the JCC Car nival! Enjoy carnival games, a bounce house, face painting and more. Well have a pizza dinner and watch a movie to end the night. The event is free for JCC members. SNO is open to children ages 18 months to 12 years. Registration closes at 10 p.m. Jan. 10. Visit Orlandojcc.org for more informa tion. The READing Fest is a festival of op portunities for those with a love of reading and writing. The Maitland Fire Department will be reading books, and there will be puppet shows. Chil dren will work with local authors, po ets and artists to create a fusion work of visual art and creative writing, as well as hearing City Council members read some of their favorite picture books. Its from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Maitland Public Library. Pedals, Pipes and Pizza is coming to St. Michaels Church in College Park on Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is intended to develop a young music students interest in the pipe organ. Its at 2499 N. Westmoreland Drive in Orlandos College Park. Call 407-331-7520 for more information or visit cfago.org JAN. 13 Join us for free at Wiggle & Giggle concert for babies, toddlers, young children and their families! The con cert takes place Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. in Shaynas Village the JCC in Maitland. JAN. 14 The Art and History Museums Mai tland (A&H) offers an exciting lineup of classes and workshops for chil dren and adults beginning the week of Jan. 14. Participants can choose from classes and workshops includ ing painting, drawing, stained glass, jewelry, pottery and much more. Class registration can be done online at Ar tandHistory.org or by phone at 407539-2181, extension 265. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com
Page 9 their ideas for programs come and go, never lasting as long as they were intended to. Theyve had a lot of people come here and make promises theyve been disappointed many thing in Portelli her commit ment, enthusiasm, her heart and they opened up. said. She made sure we had ev erything we needed to succeed, Takyra said. Completing a goal They all got through the whin ing, the hiding in the playground (to try to get out of running) and the easy distractedness that comes with a group of teenage girls who are all good friends and they succeeded. Most of them didnt become the best runners or turn into athletes, but they all set a goal and completed it, and they found an advocate and friend in Portelli. Their eyes were opened to new people and new experi ences, which is what everyone to do each day for the children on the Run opened up a few girls worlds just at tiny bit. And they see that opportunity, too. who goes to Maitland Middle School. said, build them up and prepare them to take on new challenges. You cant give someone selfesteem; you have to earn it, that. Bob Adams President/ CEO A SafeHarbor, LLC firstname.lastname@example.org The Fiscal Cliff is shaping up to be a congressional showdown that might have you caught in the cross-re. Stay informed about the impact the Fiscal Cliff could have on your retirement plans for the years to come and what you can do about it. The Fiscal Cliff Everyone is looking for answers Let us help you! Call today!407.644.6646www.aSafeHarbor.com Reflect on the remarkable achievements of our community and look forward to the year ahead with the annual State of the City Address delivered by Mayor Ken Bradley. Additional event highlights include brief remarks from City Commissioners and th e presentation of the Employee of the Year Awards. FRIDAY, January 18, 2013 11:30 a.m. Registration; 12:00 p.m. Luncheon & Program Winter Park Community Center 721 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 $35 Chamber Members / $40 Non-Members $275 Corporate Table for 8 Guests For reservations, please visit www.winterpark.org or call 407-644-8281. Presented by: Supported by: 2013 Mayor & City Commission Luncheon Savannah Court and CoveExcellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above!A Senior Living Community where Hospitality is a Way of Life.DATE OF EVENT: January 17, 2013 TIME: 2:00pm TOPIC: Consumer FraudConsumer Fraud Unit will do a presentation on nancial fraud, updates on the latest scams, and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim. Please RSVP to 407 645-3990. FR AU D RUN | 5K race opened up new world C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 For more information about Girls on the Run and ways to volunteer and to join, visit girlsontherun.org. To learn about the Boys and Girls Club, visit bgccf.org and the Winter Park Health Foundation visit wphf.org PHOTO COURTESY OF LISA PORTELLI All of the girls from Eatonville nished their rst 5k, after weeks of training, two of them nearly nishing in the top-10 in their age group. Theyve had a lot of people come here and make promises that havent been fulfilled theyve been disappointed many times in their lives.
Page 10 Jan. 13 Free Family Day at the Mennello Museum family, we are all invited to the Mennello Museums Free Family Day on Sunday, Jan. 13. A makeand-take craft station and minitours of the galleries will be avail able from noon to 3 p.m., and hand-carved dog stamps to create a dog scene and a paper hat. This kid-friendly exhibit includes Dale Rogers 20 8-foot-tall, 10-footlong American Dog sculptures in the garden. (The ones with red collars have been adopted to raise funds for local animal non com or call 407-246-4278. Jan. 15 to 17 5,000 years of Chinese culture at the Bob Carr For centuries the arts of China were gifts bestowed on scholars who would sit in meditation to inspire creativity. On Jan. 15, 16 and 17, the worlds premier clas sical Chinese music and dance company, Shen Yun Performing Performing Arts Center in a cele bration of Chinese culture drawn Shen Yun has performed around the world, presenting classical Chinese dance and folk dances, ancient legends and modern tales of courage. Accompanied by mu sicians who combine Western and Chinese instruments; vocalists, bright costumes and animated backdrops round out the evening. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticket master.com Jan. 16 to March 2 World premiere of the D* Word Menopause, The Musical is bringing the world premiere of A Musical (*Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating), to The Abbey in downtown Orlando for six weeks starting Jan. 16. The D* Word is a musical about the woes and wows of four singleagain women who learn the art of happily even after, giving voice to the emotions from be ing D*ateless and D*esperate to D*ynamic and D*azzling. With their home in Winter Park, Ms. Linders and her creative team have been so successful that voice for women in countries as the U.S. and more. Tickets can be purchased through TicketWeb. com. Visit TheDWordMusical. com Jan. 18 to April 13 Weaving history and heritage in our community sary of the incorporation of the African-American municipality ing with seven families to create a series of photographic quilts to tell the story of their relation ships. Sewn Together: Photo Maitland and Winter Park will be on exhibit beginning Jan. 18 Park. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 18. The event is free and open to the public. Call 407-6711886 or 407-539-2680. Jan. 18 Grand opening of the new Lake Eustis Museum of Art of a Museum re-opens in a new location, but on Jan. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., the new seum of Art will welcome friends to join its mission of making visual art accessible to everybody. With the theme building mem bership through networking, a members-only exhibit: Mem bers Create through March 3, showcasing the talent of Cen tral Florida. With the amazing Richard Colvin as the Museums Visit lakeeustisartmuseum.org or call 352-483-2900 or 352-308-8176. There is plenty of free parking. Jan. 19 Jerry Seinfeld at the Bob Carr Jerry Seinfeld, stand-up come dian, writer, and television and himself in the sitcom Seinfeld that ran throughout the 1990s. Known for humor based on uncomfortable social situations, Comedy Central ranked Seinfeld as No. 12 out of 100 of the great est comedians of all time. Mr. comedy to Orlando on Jan. 19 at 7 are available at Amway Center 3000 and at Ticketmaster.com Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at email@example.com or 407-522-3906. $7.00 at the door for adults Kids under 14 freeFREE PARKING Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Starring Academy Award Nominees Bill Murray & Laura Linney HYDE PARK ON HUDSON Fri Sun 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Mon, Wed, Thu 6:30, 9:15 Tue 9:15 only Sundance Shorts Best of 2012 Tue 6:30 Saturday Matinee Classics: RASHOMON Sat 12:00PM FilmSlam Sun 1:00PM Sewn Together
Page 11 While most Greater Orlando homebuyers are taking advan tage of improving conditions in their dreams due to a shrinking inventory of lower priced homes. While this still is a very good problem right now is the avail ability of homes in lower price ranges which tend to be the ones Associates, one of the areas top residential real estate brokerages. There is a growing shortage of existing homes priced under $200,000 in Orange and Seminole counties and those priced under $300,000 are also getting harder noting Orange and Seminole counties had only a 1.94-month inventory of homes as of Jan. 4, which is well below the 4to 6month supply that typically de buyers and sellers. inventory of homes priced under $200,000 has dropped more than 42.8 percent over the past year, while the inventory of homes priced between $200,000 and $300,000 has dropped by 19.8 percent in the past 12 months. One of the problems for a limited inventory in those price ranges is the increased number of investors in the market who are purchasing homes with cash, which makes them more com Another factor contributing to the areas shrinking inventory of more affordably priced homes is underwater owners who current ly owe more on their mortgage than their homes are worth which limits an owners ability to sell, thus keeping more inventory off the market. Add to that the fact that there have been fewer new homes built time buyers have a limited inven tory from which to choose. do have a number of things go ing for them, including interest rates for mortgages that are still at some of the lowest levels in history. see a drop in the demand from going to take a little longer for is being prepared to act fast. Firstmuch more competitive position in a supply-constrained market by working with an experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent, and getting pre-approved This speeds up the offer process and shows sellers that yours is a viable offer. In business for more than 31 years, Fannie Hillman + Associates is independently owned and active in Winter Park, Maitland, College Park, Baldwin Park and downtown Orlando. Recognized as a leader in the sale of lakefront residences, Fannie Hillman is a member of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association, is listed in Whos Who in Luxury Real Estate and maintains a global presence through afliations with London-based Mayfair International, Luxury Portfolio, and Chicago-based RELOHomeSearch, a website run by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the worlds largest network of premier independent residential real estate rms representing 600 companies with 5,000 ofces and 150,000 sales associates in more than 30 countries. Fannie Hillman is located at 205 W. Fairbanks Ave. For more information call 407-644-1234 or visit the companys web site at fanniehillman.com Homes Observer Homes brought to you by: Fannie Hillman + Associates Serving Central Florida for over 31 years! 407-644-1234 fanniehillman.com INTEGRITY LOYALTY UNWAVERING ENTHUSIASM Kelly L. PriceBrokerJulie BombardoRealtor Sales Assoc.407.645.4321 Maitland $275,000 3 BR | 2 BA | 1,415 SF Winter Park $2,600,000 5 BR | 6.3 BA | 6,926 SF Winter Park $490,000 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 2,006 SF TEL: 407-896-5520 3018 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803 John Penne8 year resident of Baldwin ParkOrlando Top 100 Real Estate Agents Orlando Magazine 2011 & 20121646 ALMOND AVE $350,000450 BELKIN CT Former ISSA model $1,050,000Sold over 30 homes in Baldwin ParkAFFORDABLE REAL ESTATE COMMISSIONS31/2% Commission Full MLS Service EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org SALES PRICE 6% TRADITIONAL BROKER 3.5% PENNY BROKER SELLER SAVES 1% PENNY BROKERS SELLER SAVES $200,000. $12,000. $7,000. $5,000. $2,000. $10,000. $300,000. $18,000. $10,500. $7,500. $3,000. $15,000. $400,000. $24,000. $14,000. $10,000. $4,000. $20,000. $500,000. $30,000. $17,500. $12,500. $5,000. $25,000. $600,000. $36,000. $21,000. $15,000. $6,000. $30,000. $700,000. $42,000. $24,500. $17,500. $7,000. $35,000. $800,000. $48,000. $28,000. $20,000. $8,000. $40,000. $900,000. $54,000. $31,500. $22,500. $9,000. $45,000. $1,000,000. $60,000. $35,000. $25,000. $10,000. $50,000. SOLD REDUCED SOLD NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Baldwin Park 3/2 1598 Almond Avenue. $379,900 LEASED Baldwin Park 4/3 4097 Wardell. $549,900 BALDWIN PARK 3 /2 3-car garage 2600 sq ft. Plus garage apt. $462,900 Baldwin Park 2 story 3 bedroom Lake view $369,900WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME, THERE IS A DIFFERENCEJoin the 4,000 home sellers who have S-A-V-E-D between $5,000 and $50,000 on the sale of their home Orlando Magazine has once again awarded John Penne Licensed Real Estate Broker Designation of one of the top one hundred honored agents in Orlando 2012 WHO CAN MATCH US! CALL 407-896-5520 First-time homebuyers hardest hit by starter home scarcity First-time buyers do have a number of things going for them, including interest rates for mortgages that are still at some of the lowest levels in history.
Page 12 rfntbnb nnnn nnn rr rbt Central Florida contin ues to see the trends of low inventory and high demand carry over into markets and neighborhoods sellers are notic ing their home a hot property and priced right A new trend in Central Florida groups and even some very well known hedge funds buy ing into the market in bulk. Cash investors, whether large invest ment groups or family members through real estate investing, are acquiring homes in Central Florida at an increasing rate. As a seller, you may have ques tions as to what this means for the market in general, and if one type of buyer is a better than the and cons of accepting a cash offer pant offer. Cash offers typically close with a cash investor, they tend to close quickly, usually in around two weeks. You can wrap things up and move on to your next destination almost immediately. not yet prepared to move on (i.e. your new home isnt completed yet, your closing date for the next place isnt for 45 days, etc.) this equal in that regard. attached to your home. The plus to this is that if it needs a little work, an investor crunches the numbers and moves forward based on the bottom line of them has a stain they wont care, and they arent going to ask you to leave your heirloom chandelier that of course is that a buyer with an emotional attachment to your home in some instances may be willing to do just about anything to seal the deal. Translation; an may be comfortable paying more for their new home. an appraisal, as they are almost always using cash. The upside here is that if the inspector they they can proceed if they wish. The contrasting angle to this is appraisal, and if certain repair prior to closing, or that the buyer place funds in escrow to com plete the repairs immediately after closing. All in all, the facts are sellers have many more options these days, and thats great news! And all you buyers out there, inter est rates are still at record lows so youve got sun shining your way too. Ultimately cash inves be considered and weighed on a breathing new life into Central Floridas real estate market, and with low interest rates many more people have the chance real estate experts concur, these positive market trends are pro jected to continue well into the future. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Con tact her at 407-928-8294 or ChristinaS ellsOrlando.com Realtors advocate for regulations that support an improving housing market Owner occupants versus cash-wielding investors: Which is best for the seller? Over the past year the U.S. housing market has made sig nificant strides. A look ahead, however, shows a number of regulatory issues left unre solved that could potentially harm the industry in 2013. Several regulations on the horizon stemming from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act could affect housing, mortgage finance, and homeownership. how to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still remains unclear. As an advocate for homeownership, Realtors want to make sure any changes will not harm the progress already experienced in the housing market or will not make mort gage lending more challeng ing, says Orlando Regional Realtor Association Chairman Steve Merchant, of Global Re A particular issue of concern to Realtors is a regulation that stems from Dodd-Frank: quali fied mortgage (QM). This regu lation requires that no lender make a mortgage loan without making a reasonable and good faith determination that the borrower has the ability to repay the loan. The full rule for QM has not been determined yet, but depending on the definition, this regulation could reduce many consumers access to credit. Realtors support a definition of QM that establish es strong consumer protections, promotes mortgage liquidity, and offers lenders a safe harbor to reduce litigation. Dodd-Frank was created to address abuses in the industry. While Realtors recognize the need for additional regulation, they believe regulators must avoid adopting unrealistic requirements that will affect homeowners and potential buy ers, as well as do harm to the recovering housing market. financing and available credit dont just affect people who ship shapes communities and strengthens the nations econo my, Merchant said. We need to ensure that any regulations and reforms do not jeopardize a housing recovery and ensure the dream of homeownership is available to all Americans. ORRA Christina Rordam Keepin it Real Estate
Page 13 Louis Roney Play On! Chris Jepson Perspectives why we are the way we are (as a species). We have evolved. Literally. We walk up right because our distant ancestors found such movement advantageous for sur vival. We mate and relate the way we do because such behaviors and relationships furthered generational genetic success. of qualities. We are curious, resource ful, imaginative and innovative. We are tough, tenacious and adaptive. We are social and communicative. We are expres sive, creative and artistic. We can be nur turing, empathetic, loyal and supportive. That said, we are a pox upon the planet. The issue of whether or not Mother lation is not the topic of todays column. No would be my answer to that ques bye on this one. Our species is the way it is because human offspring require DNA from both sexes to reproduce. Out of a womans body come babies (males spe ingly participate in genocides, who use nationwide rape as a weapon of terrorism (see: Democratic Republic of Congo) and who will indiscriminately kill innocence (children, noncombatants, elderly and women). Women bore these monsters-inthe-making. Women are not as aggressive as men but they are tough times seven. Yet, as a species, all violent men are from women born. My lens, however, is focused on what men who brutally raped a woman for woman subsequently died from her rape been a Yes, Sir American soldier who marched thousands of Cherokee women and children to their death along the Trail of Tears in 1831? One-third of Congolese men polled in a 2012 report admitted to for the grace of geography? lence is mans nature, and how much is nurture? Are all men born little more than ticking time bombs that only accultura culture produces an environment that creates rapists, how culpablereallyare is bent right out of the womb to margin alize women, how surprised should we therefore be that violence against women is common or acceptable? had beensince the time of Martin Lu therculturally/religiously indoctrinated to despise Jews. Fertile ground for the ginalizes any group (of individuals), woe be to those people. We (males) are the way we are because of our inherent (genetically formed) ag that puts any humanity in man. Absent that and you have Joseph Conrads Kurtz whispering, The horror! The horror! Social scientists are beginning to argue that morality is a human quality. That within human genes is a code for our inherently distinguishing between appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Perhaps. Absent, however, any strong societal mores codifying acceptable male beast than gentleman in the sex. Jepson is a 24-year resident of Florida. Hes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. Reach him at Jepson@MEDIAmerica.US Day. When we lived in Atlanta approach. The temperature in our pool seemed to drop to an unacceptable level overnight. My thoughts shifted from summer my car windshield each morn ing before going to work. Atlanta winters, as now remembered, are probably colder than were actu ally experienced, the sky more gray. What lingers in memories is often Photoshopped to suit our biases, and winter was have been content to fast forward through. We moved to Fort Lauder dale in 2001, and my view of the life, often framed by large or very events tend to shake things up, and can mark what seems like a completely other existence, or at least a time unto itself. Marriages, whole new person in your life is of a new chapter for many. My own chapters have been framed more by moves. Fort Lauderdale was entirely different from Atlanta and Winter Park here the last year and a half, with my efforts to focus on and help promote small businesses and the uniqueness of the Winter Park community, certainly a new, quite enjoyable chapter has begun. The last day of December and look a lot different, but the idea of on the past, a desire to remedy and renew, and resolve to change. Many a gym membership and engagement ring have been purchased with just that mindset. resolutions, but in this new year new goals to complement previ ous ones are taking hold. mascot, Parker the Owl, for a characters differently for the rest you whoever is inside considers that view a direct window into the psyche of those they encoun ter. Psychiatrists should consider trading in the couch for such a furry viewpoint. holidays, the responses to being Park T-shirt along Park Av enue became more overwhelm ingly consistent, with passersby responding the same again and LUV Winter Park, too. When you hear it so many times, well, you know youre on to something. cate what is such a simple, and along with being called The Winter Park Owl on a local feel a bit of weight on his shoul ders. These were not sought after my friends and neighbors that to any degree that is ever perceived, will only conduct ourselves in a way that conveys our unbeliev ably positive feelings for this was never just a catchy name, but also a sincere feeling. reminded of some really won derful things, lessons well learn in life, but tend to forget and need to learn again. To receive and read such unexpected sweet comments, have some express to me how much they miss living here and wish to do so again and how much they enjoy my posts. Photoshopped memories that are most longed for, just as it is the frost and ice on a windshield is the focus on my disdain for an Atlanta winter now. become the beginning of a new chapter or the end of a previous hear from those who visit, who are no longer living here, what a unique and wonderful place it is. Clyde Moore operates local sites ILUVWinterPark.com and ILUVParkAve. com, and aims to help local businesses promote themselves for free and help save them money, having some fun along the way. Email him at iluvwinterpark@ earthlink.net or write to ILuv Winter Park on Facebook or Twitter. Check out his column on WPMObserver.com by navigating to Columnists > Clyde Moore pal of mine who knows whats going on the media controlled the last presidential election, and are painting the future today exactly as Obama dictates. The radio and TV up North are saying Obama nonstop, and the newspapers give him their most valuable space in every edition. ling the media? at our house Dec. 22 featured the topnotch pianism of Lynn Peghiny, and the David Martin and Kathryn Kilger, along with much lusty caroling by all present. On Dec. 28 we enjoyed a great party at Carolyn and Ned Coopers. nese threw everything they had at us in have never taken the gun out of its hiding ment is my personal protection should any bad man with a gun ever get into damned afraid of armed thieves. The only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun of this country are ever foolish enough to sign away their Second Amendment rights, good men will no longer have the guns you can count on that! past few years. Prediction: The president will continue to ask for more and more if he reaches the point where he has bank national standards so that we are no more than a Third World nation. George Soros may be the long-ago driving architect behind this architecture, but there are many others. Of late, we the people have often betrayed ourselves, because in stead of voting for our best interests we have voted the political interests of those has been accurately said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others. An election is a mirror of our conglomerate selves. We voted a lamentable president in because too many of our thinking citizens either failed to vote at all, or fell for the lies and baloney cooked up by a self-seeking political leadership. Power is what the pols crave, and what gives them the means to do our once again traded our birthright for a mess of pottage by giving power to those whose moral intentions we may now rightfully distrust. And it will be a long and painful wait until we have a chance rains will fall and the sun will shine, and life will grind slowly on without much national progress. Those whose arcane wish is to see the U.S. converted into a relatively inconsequential country, such as those which exist south of us, must delight in seeing us fall obediently into line. The ultra-left leadership may now be keeping thinking American patriots awake at night About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) There but for the grace of geography? Ponderings Clyde Moore I LUV Winter Park Opinions Parkers next chapter
Page 24 800 W. Canton Avenue, Winter Park, $50,000Meg Dolan 888 Park Lake Circle, Maitland, $73,000Meg Dolan 500 Sweetwater Club Circle, LongwoodBill Adams 536 Lake Como Circle, OrlandoLanie ShowerMelissa Woodman 172 Balfour Drive #2, Winter ParkSandra Chitty 2519 Tuscarora Trail, MaitlandThe Bagby TeamMeg Dolan 2030 Forrest Road, Winter ParkThe Bagby Team 2302 Leu Road, OrlandoThe Bagby Team 3549 Moss Pointe Place, Lake MaryKelly Maloney 311 East Morse Boulevard #2-1Jackie OLearyMary Stuart Day/Megan Cross 901 Hanley Alley, OrlandoElizabeth Manno 4830 Tangerine Avenue, Winter ParkMeg Dolan 15023 Gaulberry Run, Winter GardenKatherine Bordelon 30448 PGA Drive, SorrentoKelly Maloney 339 Lansbrook Lane, Winter SpringsMeg Dolan 1865 Derbyshire Road, MaitlandThe Bagby Team 5310 Halyard Court, Winter ParkMeg Dolan 4501 S. Atlantic Avenue #517, New Smyrna BeachKim Galloway 1007 E. Jackson Street, OrlandoCindy Kuykendall 512 Heatherton Village, Altamonte SpringsMary Stuart Day/Megan Cross 1100 Munster Street, Orlando FL 32803 sold by Cyn Watson 211 Heron Bay, Altamonte Springs FL 32701 sold by Audra Wilks & Padgett McCormick 302 Eaton Street, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Sherri Dyer 7425 Barnacle Court, Winter Park FL 32792 sold by Sherri Dyer Sunday, January 13th 1729 Elizabeths Walk, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 3,736 SF | $979,000 Spectacular Italian Villa in the prestigious Windsong Community. The great room features a stone fireplace, 25 coffered ceilings, and beautiful built-ins. Wellequipped, oversized chefs kitchen has 5 burner gas stove, island, and oversized pantry with wine storage along with a wine fridge in the wet bar. You will love the spacious master bedroom with jetted tub and his/hers closets! Hosted by: Jenni Sloan from 2-5pm 948 Versailles Circle, Maitland FL 32751 4 BR | 3 BA | 2,896 SF | $500,000 Pristine pool home with amazing floor plan! Open & airy family room with vault ed ceilings, wood burning fireplace and built-in desk that opens to the fantastic kitchen with maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances and massive granite breakfast bar. The spacious master suite includes a 14x10 attached study/den/ nursery. The second family room which features a wet bar and wall of windows to enjoy your sparkling pool and fenced yard! Hosted by: Catherine DAmico from 1-4 PM 717 Langston Court, Orlando FL 32804 4 BR | 3 BA | 2,752 SF | $450,000 Rare Find in College Park just blocks away from Lake Adair! Formal dining room with volume ceilings, family room, bonus room and fabulous kitchen with walk-in pantry, breakfast bar and eat-in area. Spacious master suite with tray ceilings and private balcony. Walk to the shoppes and restaurants of Edgewater Drive! 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