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Title: Winter Park-Maitland observer
Alternate title: Winter Park Maitland observer
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: G.J.W. Munster
Place of Publication: Winter Park FL
Publication Date: 03-21-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 29 (July 16, 1992).
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WPMOBSERVER.COM The forward march of time and technology has the city of Maitland considering changing its ordinance to allow digitized billboard-like signs off Interstate nition of billboard, according With a citywide ban on bill boards in the books since 1938, Community Development Di rector Dick Wells says Maitland is now considering adding an ordinance to its code to allow digital outdoor advertising signs, while simultaneously keeping the overall ban in place. As the proposed ordinance reads now, the digital signs would have to be a minimum of 45-feet-wide by 14-feet-tall or a maximum of 48-feet-wide by 15-feet-tall, the standard size of an average billboard. From the general nature and size of the sign theres not much difference, Wells said. But its in the digital nature of the sign and its capabilities thats the dif ference. In October of last year the FROM LAWYER TO POET LIFESTYLES, 10 Rollins out of tournament St. Leo gets revenge and the Tars get the boot from NCAA tourney. ATHLETICS, 8 Style Sticks A Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis led to an idea that made canes fashionable for local women. HEALTHY LIVING, 12 Own the road Bike from Park to Park in this annual two-wheeled fun fest. CALENDAR, 9 COMMUNITY BULLETIN ............ 4 CALENDAR .................... 9 LIFESTYLES ................... 10 HEALTHY LIVING ................ 12 OPINIONS .................... 20 CLASSIFIEDS .................. 21 CULTURE ..................... 22 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 Complimentary Custom Annuity Review!407-644-6646 or visit www.asafeharbor.com for your complimentary brochure. Winter Park Recovery CenterExecutive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services Suboxone Maintenance For Opioid Abuse Sinclair Method for Alcohol Extinction Hypnotherapy/Acupuncture/MassageMedically Managed Dual Diagnosis Evidenced Based Protocols2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792www.WinterParkRecoveryCenter.com 407-629-0413 Winter Park developer Dan Bellows is hoping his Ravaudage mixed-use development will be able to grow faster with a bit of help from tax dollars. The developer successfully petitioned the City Commission March 18 to bring to a vote an or dinance that would form a Com mercial Development District (CDD) for the development. The 25 Commission meeting. The CDD could help funnel money back into infrastructure and development of the mixeduse development, which would be governed by its own board of directors. business last month, Millers Winter Park Ale House restau rant. The proposed CDD would of Ravaudage businesses taxes back into the area for 35 years. It would also allow the develop ers to raise money with untaxed bonds. The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. March 25. Please see BILLBOARD on page 6 SARAH WILSON Observer Staff The Maitland Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the City Council Chambers to discuss details of the digital outdoor advertising sign proposal. Visit itsmymaitland.com for more information. SIGN of the TIMES Maitland is considering allowing digitized signs on I-4, working its way around a 74-year billboard ban PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Maitland may break precedent with a digital sign proposal. For most of the month of March, downtown Maitland paign signs and sign-wavers for the municipal City Council elec tion. The four candidates would take residence on each corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Horatio Avenue wav ing all they had for their own seat in City Hall just steps away. Supporters stood along in solidarity, some with signs urg ing drivers by to vote for their mom, wife or friend. Others ing nothing but their familiar faces to get their relations across. Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker and Councilman Jeff Flowers took to the streets, signs in hand, the Friday before the election Schieferdecker doing double duty with signs for candidates Renee Charlan and John Lowndes, and Flow ers boasting only for Charlan. Out-going Councilwoman Bev Reponen also hopped from cor ner to corner, with no sign only smiles and waves. Thats terrible, Reponen said, motioning to the Mayor waving his chosen signs across the street, adding that she thought it was wrong for him as the mayor and head of the city to be openly campaigning for two particular candidates. In her six years on Council, she said shed never seen such open campaign ing from a mayor or Council members before. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker, right, and Councilman Jeff Flowers both rufed some feathers over their open endorsement and campaigns for Council candidates. Please see ENDORSEMENTS on page 2 Maitland endorsements cause stir Debate over whether city officials should publicly participate in Council campaigns SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Ravaudage asks for tax money ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff

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Page 2 Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013 Location: Downtown Baldwin Park Time: 3:00pm 6:00pm Tickets: $15 in advance with coupon code below $20 at the door $1 for each ticket sold goes to Florida Little Dog RescueTo purchase tickets go to http://bark.eventbrite.com *Use coupon code (paper) for $5 off. For exhibitor booth information call Jan Shay at 407-420-5619.Must be 21 and older to enter. Bring your dog or come aloneand enjoy 10 different samples of unique beer, pet vendors and live music. BEERFEST & YAPPY HOUR This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Academy Award Nominee Best Documentary! THE GATEKEEPERS Fri-Sun 4:00, 6:30 Mon-Thu 6:30 only Hit 2012 Florida Film Festival Film Returns to Enzian! JOHN DIES AT THE END Fri-Mon 9:00 Wed-Thu 9:00 Cult Classics: CITY OF GOD Only $5! Tue 9:30 Tickets Now On Sale for the 2013 Florida Film Festival April 5-14 Tickets start at $9! It is a little uncomfortable, said candi date Joy Goff-Marcil motioning in the same direction. Schieferdecker shrugged off the con cerns, saying he was exercising his right as a private citizen supporting the candi dates he felt would do the best job on Coun cil and was doing so on non-work hours and without ever identifying himself as the mayor. Im a citizen of Maitland and Im just as concerned as anybody else about how it moves forward, even many times more so because Im in the middle of it. And I want to put the team together that I feel will do the best for our city, Schieferdecker said. There is no ordinance in the Maitland participating in campaigning for other can didates, said Maitland City Clerk Maria Waldrop. Instead, the city defaults to fol lowing the Florida state statue Title IX: Electors and Elections, which states city employees must do all campaigning off duty, and never through coercive measures or by over-utilizing their position of power. That practice contrasts with Winter Park, for candidates is rare and has generated powerful backlash. Following elections in November of last year in which city audi tor Bernadette Britz-Parker was accused of publicly endorsing Commissioner Carolyn Cooper in her re-election campaign, she resigned. That resignation came after she had been chastised for her endorsement, though Cooper said that rebuke was politi cally motivated. Schieferdecker said that leading up to the election hed received at least one email from a local resident upset with his involvement in election proceedings, but maintained that he wasnt doing anything against code or unethical only arguing for what he thought was best for the city as a concerned resident who happens to be the mayor. To me theres no protocol, Schiefer decker said. Im a citizen. Why should I be at state and federal races, people support people all the time why cant it be done Councilwoman Reponen reasoned that that why could be determined from what might happen after the election once the new members are inducted to Council. Common sense tells you its not ad visable because if your candidate youre holding up the signs for does get in its one thing, and then another thing if they dont. Theyll know from the get-go you didnt want them on Council. And thats not a good working relationship, she said. Its a very awkward situation from that mo ment forward. Leading up to the election, candidates said they were unsure of how such en dorsements would translate when it came down to votes on ballots. Im not sure if that helps me or hurts me, Goff-Marcil said, referencing the may or and Councilmen Flowers and Valdes contributions to her opponent Renee Char lans campaign. I dont think it really matters that she got those endorsements because Im look ing for the endorsement of the residents not for the mayor or the other council people as much as the residents. Thats the most important endorsement a candidate could get. When it comes down to dollars and cents invested in the candidates by current contribution campaign reports on the citys website the weight of that endorsement money didnt translate into winning seats. Charlan garnered a total of $1,200 in donations made between Flowers, Schief erdecker and Valdes, and candidate Char lie Adkins received $800 between Valdes and Flowers while neither Goff-Marcil or Lowndes, victors in the March 12 election, tions from the current Council. People say that because Im the mayor be true, but there are people in the city who dont support me (and) therefore they wont support my candidate, Schiefer decker said. Its give and take. ENDORSEMENTS | Maitland Councilwoman upset that Mayor openly campaigned for Council candidates C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE

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Page 4 OurLifeToday is a family publication based on Christian values and principles. Our content focuses on providing valued information, inspirational support and a sense of Hope for the families we serve. We publish our Message of Hope in the Maitland/Winter Park Observer newspaper and as a high quality four-color quarterly publication. Beginning in March OurLifeToday and the materials of our sponsors will also be available thru Amazon as e-materials. Our current distribution for print reaches Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties. The Sales & Marketing Manager is a full time home based position. The manager would continue our growth by developing additional relationships with sponsor / partners in our current market as well as throughout Central Florida. The Manager would also be responsible for building and managing a sales team for targeted market areas. 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Page 5 Last Tuesday Maitland held elections for two City Council seats. Vice Mayor Bev Reponen who was serving in Seat 3 was termed out and Councilman Jeff Flowers was serving temporarily in Seat 4 due to the vacancy created by the resignation last year of Councilman Phil Bonus. I want to service on Council these past six years. Pri or to her serving on City Council, she had served over the past 20 years on many city boards and committees. Jeff Flowers, who is a former vice mayor of Maitland, has also dedicated many years of service to our city including the creation our latest cultural partner, Performing Arts of Maitland, with his wife June. Both of these exceptional citi zens are former Volunteers of the Year. They epitomize and set the bar for dedica tion to our city that we should all aspire to. The new candidates running for Seat 3 were Renee Stein Charlan and Joy M. Goff-Marcil. Charlie Adkins and John P. Lowndes were the new candidates running for Seat 4. It was great to see the increased interest in serving on our City Council as in the past recent years candidates would win terms being unopposed. The election was very spirited and after all the votes were counted Joy M. Goff-Marcil was elected to Seat 3 and John P. Lowndes was elected to seat 4. A hardy congratulations is in order for both of them, and I want to welcome them as new members to our City Coun cil. I would also like the thank both Renee Stein Charlan and Charlie Adkins for their dedicated interest in serving Maitland on our City Council, and hope that they will stay involved by volunteering to serve on city boards and participating in City Coun cil meetings to help move our city forward. Now that the election is over, it is im portant that all Maitland citizens come to gether and work to make Maitland the best that it can be. With SunRail coming, the implementation of railway crossing Quiet Zones, the Flex Bus demonstration proj ect, new proposed road transportation im provements, new proposed development and redevelopment throughout our city especially in our downtown area, work ing with our legislators in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., to maintain and enhance the revenues to our city and achieving sus fund are all exciting opportunities and challenges facing Maitland. The prospects for 2013 and beyond look very encouraging. With the dedication and enthusiasm of our City Council, city volunteer boards and city staff, anything is possible for Maitland. These energetic people and our dedicated, enthusiastic and supportive citizens inspire me. They, along with my great love of our city, are the reasons why I love being your mayor. We should all look forward to Maitlands bright future with great anticipation. City Council Agenda of March 25, 2013 City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for March 25 in the Council Chambers, 1776 Indepen dence Lane. Below is the agenda for that meeting. Public Hearing: Concourse North Consent Agenda: 11, 2013 the City of Maitland Canvassing Board Cottage at Lake Lily Maitland Art & His tory Association Decision Items: for the promotion of new businesses com ing into the city Requested by Council woman Reponen Status For updates, please check our website at itsmymaitland.com Cli ck her e to add photo or Dr ag photo her e Nerd is the word $2.00 (407) 514-0087 3.05% Certain restrictions apply. Rates may vary depending on deposit amount. We broker CDs for FDIC insured banks. Promotional incentive may be included to obtain yield.w w w .oldhar bor f inancial .c om Old Harbor FINANCIAL12 Mon t h CDAlso oer IRA Specials & free 401k ReviewsAPYHigher Rates for Longer Term FEATURING ...... AND MUCH MORE! A Premier Flooring Source Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Moving Maitland forward

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Page 6 Maitland City Council directed city staff to look into how it could responsibly consider allowing billboard-like signs within city limits, leading to the drafted proposal facing the citys Plan ning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, March 21. As it stands with language drafted by the city attorney, the ordinance would al low the digital boards to only be constructed in areas within 100 feet of Interstate 4 on land desig nated non-residential for future land-use, Wells said. It reserves the right for pro hibiting billboards while allow ing digital outdoor advertising signs, Wells said. The difference between the two, he said, is in these signs being digitized rather than paper on wood or rotating panels as in times past. In October discussions, mem bers of the City Council spoke favorably of looking into the idea, proposing the city could use up to two of the eight ads that would ute to announce city events and business. Wells said thats a deal that cant be worked out until af ter the ordinance is passed, say ing the city cant be incentivized to pass codes with receiving of something of value. Dale McDonald, chairman of Maitlands Planning and Zoning Commission, said the commission will look to weigh the pros and cons of opening the city to these signs along with public opinion at its Thursday meeting. This is a whole new animal for us The technology has got ten past us, McDonald said. But, he said, theres a differ ence between wanting to catch up with technology and whats best for Maitland. To weigh those fac tors, McDonald said, and in order to form a recommendation, P&Z ly signs like this could be placed, and how theyll impact the sur rounding roads and residences. Philosophically, weve been prohibiting them for a long time, and people have gotten used to us prohibiting them and change is hard, he said. Discussions between the De velopment Review Committee, P&Z and city staff will continue until recommendations can be made and the item can return back to Council. The devil is in the details, McDonald said. And depend ing on how you describe it, you can make an apple sound like an orange. Sunday, April 14, 2013 1 5 p.m. Winter Park Civic Center 1050 Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789Tickets $5 ADVANCE Or$7 DOOR $5 SENIORS (AT DOOR) (Children Under 3 FREE) JOIN US FOR: Ice Cream Floats, Create A Sundae, Celebrity Servers, Face Painting, Cake Walk, Games, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Special Guests and more! FEATURING: Blue Bell Ice Cream, Jeremiahs Italian Ice, Peak Season Pops, and Private Island Ice Cream frozen on site using liquid nitrogen! A winner at Trinity: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields closes guest artist series On March 16, Londons Acad emy of St. Martin in the Fields Festival Guest Artist Series at the Trinity Preparatory School Performing Arts Center. The outstanding oeuvre of the evening was Haydns Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring the world-class playing of cellist Alisa Weilerstein who possesses an awe-inspiring technique and immense passion. Every note of every run and trill was crystal clear in the virtuosic passages. As required of Haydns style, the grace and beauty of Weilersteins well-turned nuances was of consistent intensity. She is an art ist of great intellect and musical intelligence. Not to be outdone by Mme. Weilersteins performance, pia nist Inon Barnatan performed the Bach Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 with the clean precision required of Bachs mu sic. Barnatan delivered a stunning performance and his playing ev ermore pointed up the differences between the sounds of Bach and Haydn. Also a prodigious artist, Barnatan is one I look forward to hearing on future programs (with The orchestra of some 26 vir tuoso players opened the activi ties of the evening with Benjamin Brittens Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Op. 10 a concoction of interesting musical contrasts. First violin, viola, and cello solo passages contain the opportunity to show individual virtuosity in appropriate realms. (No conductor was present dur ing the entire proceedings.) phony No. 45 in F sharp minor, the Farewell Symphony, a musical joke that always amuses, as players leave the stage until for the last Guest Artist Series for this season. Please allow this commenta tor a special thank you to Trinity Preparatory School for the use of its acoustically excellent hall what a lovely place to enjoy music! What a grand thing it is for the Central Florida public that the Bach Festival Guest Artist Series brings exquisite music performed by the worlds best performers in well-nigh-perfect surroundings. LOUIS RONEY Observer Staff BILLBOARD | Digital billboard proposal would allow very similarly sized boards to those that are banned C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE The technology has gotten past us. Dale McDonald, P&Z chairman

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Page 7 Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER March 25 City Commission meeting There will be a City Commis sion meeting Monday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commis sion Chambers located at 401 S. Park Ave. Below are a few topics of interest: Mayors Report Fleet Peeples Park volunteer ef forts Center of Central Florida Inc. Day Month servation Month Hannibal Square Community Land Trust Inc. Non-action item hensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended Sept. 30, 2012. Consent Agenda and contracts (for a full listing, please visit cityofwinterpark.org under Whats New > City Com mission Agenda). Services to Alcalde & Fay Govern ment and Public Affairs Consul tants Action items requiring discussion Public hearings Town Center Development, LLC: proval to construct a four-story, 206-unit residential project and a parking garage of approximately 300 spaces at 940 W. Canton Ave. tion: nance to change the Future Land Use designation on the properties at 216, 226 and 234 W. Lyman Ave. velopment District (CDD): nance granting petition of Benja min Partners, Ltd.; establishing and naming the Ravaudage Com munity Development District pursuant to Chapter 190, Florida Statutes; describing and provid ing the external boundaries, the functions and powers of the Dis serve as the initial members of the Districts Board of Supervisors. Non-action item terlocal Agreement sions full agenda on cityofwin terpark.org under Whats New > City Commission Agenda. Vendor orientation The city of Winter Parks Pur chasing Division will host a Ven dor Orientation session Wednes day, March 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in City Hall Commission Cham bers located at 401 S. Park Ave. If you are a business owner interest ed in doing business with the city of Winter Park, this is your oppor tunity to meet the citys Purchas ing Division staff and have your questions answered. Representatives from local ven dors are encouraged to attend and learn how the city procures goods and services. Information present ed will include how the city is sues solicitations and makes pay ments. The Vendor Orientation will also provide the opportunity for vendors to ask questions and obtain contact information for city personnel in various departments in need of goods and services. Those interested in attending are asked to please RSVP to adu rrum@cityofwinterpark.org with the email subject line. 59th annual Easter Egg Hunt The city of Winter Park is proud to announce its 59th annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Sat urday, March 30, in beautiful Cen tral Park West Meadow located in downtown Winter Park. The hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Children with special needs are also encouraged to join in the fun. More than 10,000 stuffed eggs will be placed throughout Cen tral Park West Meadow. Children who come up empty-handed will still be able to enjoy special treats at the designated area. For more information regarding Winter Parks oldest community event, please call 407-599-3275. KWPB accepting applications for grant programs Keep Winter Park Beautiful (KWPB) is currently accepting grant applications for community garden and pocket park restora tion projects. Applications for up to $3,000 in funding will be ac cepted from neighborhood and community-based groups for funds to support improvements to mini parks, medians, rights of way or any city-owned green area that is fully accessible to guidelines and application forms cial website at cityofwinterpark. applications must be received by Monday, April 1, at 5 p.m. The mission of KWPB is to im prove the quality and aesthetics of our environment in order to cre ate a healthier and more beautiful place to live, work and play. The purpose of the Community Gar den and Pocket Park Restoration Project is to support neighbor hoods in their efforts to beautify and improve the community, and take ownership of public spaces. KWPB is also calling for local schools to submit Green Schools Grant applications that share how they are working to keep their school environment beautiful. Up to $1,800 will be allocated to lo cal schools in recognition of these efforts. Mayor Ken Bradley will recognize selected schools at the Earth Day in the Park & Arbor Day Tree Giveaway celebration Saturday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. from the main stage in Central Park. Grant applications for local schools must also be received by Monday, April 1, at 5 p.m. For more information regard ing KWPB grant programs and to obtain an application, please email kwpb@cityofwinterpark. org or call 407-599-3364. Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on Vimeo.

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Page 9 MARCH 21 The Art & History MuseumsMaitland (A&H), located at 231 W. Packwood Ave., will open a new exhibition, Participa tion: Class of 2011 and 2012, Thurs day, March 21. Participation is a popular annual fundraising event held at the A&H each spring. The exhibition, which contin ues through May 19, is held in Galleries 1-3 of the A&Hs Main Galleries. Call 407539-2181 for more information. On Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m., Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center, located at 2970 Scarlet Road, will host a gath ering of at least six leaders of different world faith traditions including Bud dhism, Afro-Caribbean faith and Islam among others. Each leader will address major misconceptions about their tradi tion, followed by time for questions. The symposium will be moderated by the Rev. James Cofn, the executive director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. Fol lowing the presentation, Samaritan Care Hospice will provide food to guests. Call 407-671-8030 for more information. Art Off the Wall from Pam Loudon will be Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Audubon Park Garden District, located at 1807 B E. Winter Park Road. The Orange Audubon Society will feature The Trouble with Turtles : Protecting Sea Turtles at Canaveral National Seashore by John Stiner, resource management spe cialist at Canaveral National Seashore, Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Leu Gardens, located at 1920 N. Forest Ave. in Orlando. Visit orangeaudubon.org or call 407-886-2925 for more information. MARCH 22 Art, fun and food trucks will be available at the Gallery at Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, located at 1350 W. Fair banks Ave. in Winter Park, Friday, March 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery is having a fun, casual closing reception for the rst art show at the new 1350 West Gallery. Art purchases will benet Hospice of the Comforter Foundation. Call 407-6471942 for more information on this event. The fth annual Bike from Park to Park event on Friday, March 22, will begin from the Central Park West Meadow, located at 150 N. New York Ave., at 8 a.m. and wind its way through Winter Parks famed parks in an organized, chaperoned twowheeled trip. The ride will end with fun at Central Parks West Meadow. Visit cityof winterpark.org for more information. To celebrate UCFs 50th anniversary, the Knights & Damsels Dance Company will perform its Spring Showing Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in the Pegasus Ball room, which is located in the Student Union. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Small Business Education Series pre sented by CenturyLink, which will be Fri day, March 22, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 W. Lyman Ave., will feature Thriv ing Interactives Kyle Taylor Taylor will discuss the importance of localized Inter net search marketing at the rst of our new educational series aimed at small business owners. Registration will be at 8 a.m. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Call 407-6448281 for more information on this event. The Central Florida Home & Garden Show will take place from Friday, March 22, to Sunday, March 24, at the Orange County Convention Centers South Hall B in the Centers North/Sound building on Universal. Attendees can nd innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improve ment and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. Adults 13 and older can save $3 online at OrlandoHo meShow.com. Visit centraloridahomean dgardenshow.com for more information. MARCH 23 Gallery Talk with Virginia Mecklenburg will be Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Mennello Museum, located at 900 E. Princeton St. in Orlando. Mecklenburg, chief curator at the Smithsonian Ameri can Art Museum, has organized more than 25 exhibitions, including the cur rent African American Art: Harlem Re naissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond exhibit. Included with an admission fee, the event will be free to members. Visit mennellomuseum.com for more informa tion on this event. As part of UCFs 50th anniversary cele bration, the second annual English Sym posium : Consuming Objects conference will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Colburn Halls Graduate Student Center, Suite 146. The event is free and open to the public. Visit cah.ucf. edu for more information on this event. The Orange Audubon Societys March eld trip will be Saturday, March 23, to Viera Wetlands and Click Ponds in Mel bourne. Wading birds, different duck spe cies and raptors can be found in Viera. Be prepared for possible hiking in the wetlands, and bring binoculars, spotting scopes, eld guides and sunscreen. The group will then leave at 7:30 a.m. Call Lori Mathis at 407-579-3795 for more infor mation on the eld trip. MARCH 26 The Maitland Chamber of Commerce, lo cated at 110 N. Maitland Ave., presents Coffee Time at the Chamber Tuesday, March 26, from 8 to 9 a.m. Call 407-6440741 for more information on this event. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Golf Classic Presented by Friday, April 19, 2013 Dubsdread Golf Course A fun afternoon of golf, food, friends and charity! Proceeds benefit BETA Center and Leadership Winter Park Scholarship Fund. Golf Registration Deadline April 5 $400 per foursome / $100 per individual Includes box lunch, beverages, snacks, happy hour social, goodie bag and cart and greens fees. Helicopter Ball Drop Contest $500 Prize! $10 per entry or 3/$20 A helicopter will drop golf balls over one hole and the first ball in the hole (or closest to the pin) wins the cash! Entry open to the public. Must not be present to win. Register online at www.winterpark.org or call (407) 644-8281 Michael Moyer, MD, PA Board Certified Family Medicine 407 671 7141 3592 Aloma Ave, Suite 5, Winter Park, FL 32792 Winter Park Commerce Center This year has started out strong for Central Floridas housing market. Recent reports show increased sales, higher median prices, near record-low mortgage rates and a limited inventory of home listings. All of this indicates a transition into a sellers market, which is quite a change from previous years. Since 2007, there have largely been more sellers than buyers, forcing home sellers to reduce prices and keeping homes from getting oers from multiple bidders. Now, according to the National Association of Realtors, total U.S. home sales rose to 4.65 million in 2012, up from 4.26 in 2011. e outlook for 2013 in our area? Its all about demand! eres no doubt, Central Florida homes are selling quicker. e average time on the market was 96 days in January 2012. is past January, we saw closer to 81 days, meaning homes are getting under contract 16 percent faster. In addition, the average home sold for almost 96 percent of its listing price. e Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA) reports the median house price has risen by 18 percent in the past year to $128,000. In Winter Park (32789), the median home price in 2012 was $295,000. e median home price for lakefront homes in this same area was $580,000. Sales are holding steady in the Orange and Seminole Counties condo market. We are seeing progress in this category with a 2012 median price of $75,000 compared to $63,000 in 2011. is marks the 13th month in a row that statewide median sales prices for both single family homes and condo/townhome units have increased year-over-year. We certainly cant forget about short sales and foreclosures (although many of us would like to). But the good news here is the number of distressed sales are decreasing. Last year at this time, short sales and bank-owned properties represented 38 percent of the active market. Today it represents 27.5 percent of the market. e median price for foreclosures and short sales rose 14 percent and 22 percent respectively, Keep in mind the median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less. Housing industry analysts note that sales of foreclosures and other distressed properties downwardly distort the median price of traditional home sales because they generally sell at a discounted rate. As for home mortgages, Fannie Mac reports a 30-year xed rate mortgage averaged 3.41 percent in January 2013, down from the 3.92 percent average during this same month a year ago. Getting the loan you want is great, but you need to have all your ducks in a row prior to making an oer. In this environment of homes selling faster, having a loan pre-qualication will help your Realtor move quickly so that you dont lose the opportunity to purchase that dream home. So whether youre a buyer or seller the time to act is now as Orlandos real estate market heats up. Contact a qualied Realtor to help make the process easier and faster because in this type of real estate environment, every second counts!Scott Hillman is president of Fannie Hillman + Associates. He can be reached at 407.644.1234 or scott@fanniehillman. com.Scott HillmanFannie Hillman + Associates Calendar

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Page 10 Lifestyles As a teenager, she would car ry home stacks of poetry books from the library, as many as they would let her. Shed pore over every word on every page, for hours upon hours, until her eyes strained to continue. The inspi ration struck her, the words she needed to write bursting from her brain, down to her hand, scrib bling onto her notebook paper. It was her turn to write. Sometimes words come be cause youre sitting there, said Suzannah Gilman. Your brain just kind of takes off, it turns on and goes. of inspiration and passion for writing has hit Gilman, but she said its back now. There are days when all she does is sit at her desk and write, and dinner never hits the table. When all her worries are gone, and its just the exuberance, the pure joy of writing and creat ing, left for her to feel. Life is just easy. All that stuff goes out of the window in that moment of writ ing, she said. Gilman is a Winter Park resi dent and recently had a chapbook a small book of poetry that nor mally has a theme published called I Will Meet You at the Riv er. Its full of moments of love, real relationships and imaginary ones, all honest and true to the hu man experience, Gilman said. Modest beginning Growing up, words were a priority for her, but in her home there wasnt much to read besides the Bible and their hometown newspaper. At her grandparents house, she found a book of po etry given to them as an anniver sary gift when she was only 8. She read it cover-to-cover, skipping ones she didnt understand, even memorizing her favorite, which she can recite to this day. When she was 11 she began writing, and her mother knew to leave her alone when the door was shut and the books came out. I liked the internal life about it, she said. It was really a great means of escape and entertain ment. But she hasnt always lived a life full of art. She got married at just 19, had three children by 22 and another at 26. Gilman wanted to go to college, but her then-hus band didnt quite support her. She did it anyway, all while raising her four children. And then she got a law degree. Thats just how shes always been. When she is determined to rfntrbrbbr fntb tr tr fntrbr tr tr r rfrfnf tfb rfrfnf tfb rbffrrfbftbrb frftbrbbbbfbf brbffbfbbb bbbrfbffftb 13-ABK-030 WINTER PARK MAITLAND OBSERVER BOGO.indd 1 3/15/13 9:32 AM r rfntbWe offer Full-Day Infant Care and Childcare Year-Round, Preschool Classes, Summer Camp, and much more! rfntbrn n n PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Suzannah Gilman left a legal career for poetry, a career she used to dream of when she was in school. The mother of four went on sabbatical after having an epiphany about life. Please see POET on page 11 Winter Park poet published Rollins graduate and former lawyer Suzannah Gilman has had her first book of poetry published, returning to her first passion in life BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff To purchase Suzannah Gilmans poetry book I Will Meet You at the River, visit tinyurl.com/ SuzannahGilman

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Expires April 15, 2013Code: WPMO13 MARCH 22 Valencia College will hold its annual Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Fri day, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at the Performing Arts Center on Valencia Colleges East Campus, lo cated at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. The annual dance concert is a partnership between Valencia and Rollins College, which dates back to 1991. The concert features student, faculty and guest artist dancers from Rollins and Valencia. For more ticket information or to purchase tickets, go to valenciacollege.edu/arts or call the box ofce at 407-582-2900. MARCH 23 The city of Maitlands Movie in the Park will feature Ice Age 4: Conti nental Drift Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. at Quinn Strong Park, located at 345 S. Maitland Ave. Attendees can bring their own blankets and chairs. Food is available on site for purchase. Visit itsmymaitland.com for more in formation. The tness enthusiasts at Zimmer man, Kiser & Sutcliffe, P.A., invite you to celebrate 36 years of running right where it all began: Park Avenue in Winter Park. The Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race will begin Saturday, March 23, at 7 a.m. at 251 S. Park Ave. The event will begin with a 2-mile run at 7 a.m., followed by a 10K at 7:30 a.m., the 2-mile awards at 8:15 a.m., and the 10K awards at 9 a.m. A Healthy Kids Run will also take place at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Track Shack Running Series Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. This is the grand nale of the Track Shack Running Series. Proceeds will benet the Meridian Club of Winter Park Scholarship Fund, which has served the city of Winter Park and surrounding region for 35 years. Call 407-896-1160 or visit trackshack. com for more information. The Baldwin Park Resident Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Corrine Commons, which is in front of Grace Hopper Hall off Kenan Lane in Orlando. Meet Ashley Eckstein hometown hero, voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and founder of the popular female scimerchandise line, Her Universe at Orlando Sci ence Center, located at 777 E. Princ eton St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, as part of the nal days of the blockbuster exhibit Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. Eckstein will partici pate in question-and-answer panels, autograph sessions and photo-ops throughout the day. These activities are included with admission. Call 407-514-2000 or visit osc.org for more information on the event and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. MARCH 30 The 59th annual Winter Park Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9:30 a.m. Satur day, March 30, in the Central Park West Meadow in downtown Winter Park. The event draws hundreds of kids every year for a traditional egg hunt in the grass. Visit cityofwinter park.org or call 407-599-3463 for more information on this event. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Its FREE to place estate sales, garage sales and yard sales in our classifieds section! Visit WPMObserver .com and click Create Your Classified POET | Surrounding herself with writers gave her the inspiration to leave her career C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 do something, she will make it happen, said her friend and fel low poet Susan Lilley. She has a diamond-hard ability to accomplish She lost her art while she was a lawyer, uninspired and too busy to write. But poetry was always with her, being a lawyer giving her sharper reading and writing skills. For a while she needed the job; she was a single mother. Finding poetry again But then she found a new love, and lots of opportunities one drawing her back to the art of the written word. When I started thinking What do I want to do? there wasnt any thing else, she said. Shes found the art that has re ally been in her destiny all along, said Philip Deaver, her past pro fessor at Rollins College. She has changed her life. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003, has watched her intensity about poet ry grow. Gilman often works until morning, taking her old poems and making them new. She said its be ing with other poets that has driven her to get her work published. She wants to publish more she jokes she cant be known only for her ro mantic poetry of her just released I Will Meet You at the River. Her work is and has been much more than that, hinted at by the She has the remarkable abil ity to pluck out little moments, real moments and intimate interactions and make them sparkle and bring them to life on the page, said Le zlie Laws, another former professor. everyday and ordinary, Lilley said. She really has an eye for the beau ty in all things. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Gilmans new book I Will Meet You at the River, available in May, collects romantic poetry inspired by her lifes ups and downs, mixed in with some fanciful creations.

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Page 12 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 What grows best this time of year with speaker Thomas Maccubbin Thursday, March 28th 2:00 p.m. Savannah Court of Maitland Please RSVP 407-645-3990 Spring Gardening Its not just about getting you back on your feet. Its about getting you back to your life. HCR Healthcare, LLC Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing MICHAEL MOYER, MD, PA 407 671 7141 3592 Aloma Ave, Suite 5 Winter Park Commerce Center Winter Park, FL 32792 Attention Deficit Disorder Migraine Headache Anxiety/Depression Muscle Spasm Insomnia Arthritis Hypertension Diabetes Asthma Allergies Weight Management Adult Physicals School / Sport Physicals Medical Disability Physicals Michael Moyer, MD, PA George Carroll, M.D., has over 20 years experience in sexual medicine, and is actively involved in the following: Even if Viagra, Cialis or Levitra have not worked for you, the vast majority of diabetic men can resume a normal sex life. OrlandoSexualMedicine.com There she was, trying on her gorgeous white evening gown covered in green and fuchsia se quins, ready for a black tie event. And then there was her ugly alu minum cane, sticking out like a sore thumb between the dazzling beadwork that danced across her dress, and certainly not accenting her perfectly matching shoes. This is not going to cut it with my gown, Cathy Kerns said. But she had an idea. If the cane didnt match her dress, shed just have to make one that did. So Kerns got to work, taking a Lucite cane, one made of a clear, tough plastic material, and decorated it herself. She took a long, white stem and glued lovely little pink matched her dress, and inserted cane. dence, knowing that if anyone noticed her cane, it would be be cause it was beautiful, not because it was a cane. And that was her It lifted me up, Kerns said. Living with MS Kerns was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, disabling disease that affects the central nervous system, when she was 39 years old. Eight months later, the disease caused her to have to use a cane. It was a tough decision to make using a cane, especially that young, means wearing your disability out there for everyone to see. You almost kind of tend to hang your head in shame, she said. You tend to try to hide your disease. With a cane, you cant hide it. There are questions, people won der whats wrong, and many ask. So instead of feeling badly about herself, Kerns decided to take control of the situation, and cre ated canes that shed want to be seen using. When others took in terest, the Orlando resident decid ed she would form her own cane company called Style Stick. Many of her customers express PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Cathy Kerns creation, Style Sticks, gives her a point of pride walking down the sidewalk, where before the MS patient felt ashamed. Please see CANES on page 13 Putting style back into her stride Cathy Kerns took a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and turned it into a fashionable excuse to talk about her condition to strangers and admirers BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff

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Page 13 similar feelings about the start of using a cane. Some put it off for a long time, disregarding the possi bility of falling for their pride. Its very hard to make the next step in life, said Kerns friend and Style Stick owner D.J. Ive never been more glad that I got over that. The Style Sticks All the canes are made out of that same clear plastic, and there are more than 85 different com binations of designs buyers can choose. There are stems covered any color you can think of; the very popular confetti cane with tiny snippets of multicolored sat in fabric suspended inside, and plenty of metallic canes appropri ate for evening wear. Kerns makes them all herself. Lifting people up She said that having a disease or condition that takes away your mobility not only has physical ef fects, but mental, too. A Style Stick is something that, as she knows from personal experience, can Theyre brighter, they lift their head higher; they walk a lot more assuredly, she said. A Style Stick really helps that person maintain that self-esteem. Wendy Zehngebot, a Winter Park resident who has a few Style Sticks, said that it makes her feel better to feel put together. It also opens up conversations with peo ple, and lets her talk about having MS and using a cane in a posi question about whats wrong with her, its about how pretty her cane is. And with a cane, shes not sit ting in a wheelchair with people looking down at her. She said it has changed how others treat her. It also allows me to interact from a standing position, to see eye to eye, Zehngebot said. Kerns said she loves that her Style Stick can also give her the opportunity to talk to others about MS. Not only will she talk to anyone just wanting to learn from her out of curiosity, but she has also dedicated her life to sup porting and advising those newly diagnosed with MS. Its not a blessing that I got it, but its a blessing to know what I want to do, she said. It made me realize that part of the reason I got this disease is to teach others. Shell be proudly sporting her Style Stick at the Walk MS fund raiser in Baldwin Park in April, sharing her love of educating about MS. Just ask her. This was a calling, she said. N e e d T o S e l l Y o u r H o u s e ? (8 5 5 ) 7 5 5 1 8 1 8 J u s t W a n t O u t B e h i n d o n P a y m e n t s J o b T r a n s f e r o r L o s s T i r e d o f B e i n g a L a n d l o r d N e e d R e p a i r s F a c i n g F o r e c l o s u r e V a c a n t / A b a n d o n e d w w w C i r c l e 1 8 H o m e s c o m C A S H $ $ $ Q U I C K C L O S E A N Y P R I C E R A N G E A N Y C O N D I T I O N A N Y S I T U A T I O N FRESH AIR A BREATH OF Healthy Central Florida is a community-based partnership founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation. WINTER P ARK VILLAGE Enjoy smoke-free outdoor dining at these locations: Winter Park VillageFriday, March 22 Sunday, March 24 To browse styles and buy your own Style Stick cane, visit stylestick.com or call 1-888-70-STICK. The annual Walk MS will be held at Harbor Park in Baldwin Park on April 7 at 8 a.m. If youre interested in participating, and catching Cathy Kerns and her Style Stick, learn more at tinyurl.com/ WalkMSOrlando CANES | Baldwin Park MS Walk will raise money to help fight the rare but increasingly prevalent condition C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 12

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O OF COURSE I WANT TO CHANGE, I WANT TO BELIEVE I AM A BETTER FRIEND, BETTER FATHER, BETTER HUSBAND, BETTER PERSON TODAY THAN I WAS A YEAR AGO. And I want to believe I'll be able to say the same every year for the rest of my life. This side of heaven, there will always be room for improvement. But wanting change isn't enough. The world is full of chronic wishers; people who want to get in shape, change careers, become less angry, find God, fix a bad relationship, break a habit, redefine priorities but who never accomplish what they wish for. Why? Because change is hard. It requires us to do something that is not comfortable and we usually find it easier to repeat the same old familiar patterns, regardless of how unhealthy they may be. What does it take to go from wishing to doing? Healthy risks. A healthy risk is any action taken for the purpose of personal or relational growth despite a strong sense of uncertainty, vulnerability, or fear So, one measure of how much you're changing is by looking at how often you risk doing something that is outside your comfort zone. If you're not taking healthy risk, then you're probably not experiencing real change. Are you up for a challenge? Think of one significant shift you would like to make in a relationship. Perhaps you would like to be more encouraging in the workplace. Maybe you want to become more empathetic in the way you listen to your spouse, or more honest with your boss, or more passionate in your involvement with a group. Do Something Risky Be A Bette r Friend Tim Tedder MCC,LMHC, Charis Counseling Tim@chariscounselingcenter.com 407-894 -5202 To see a video about Tim and his counseling services, visit www.OurLifeToday.Org and select the Charis Counseling tab. M MY MOM HAD A CROSS STICH SAMPLER ON HER BEDROOM WALL THAT I ALWAYS LIKED. IT READ: A friend is one who shares your joy and doubles it for you. A friend is one who shares your woe and cuts it right in two. I have been blessed with some good friends who routinely demonstrate the truth spelled out in that sampler. Sadly, Ive also been in some other relationships where it felt as if my joy was cut in half and my woe doubled. Relationships with such people are not safe. We come away wounded and confused rather than blessed. Nobody plans to get into an unsafe friendship, but it happens. How can we recognize a person who might not be safe before getting into such a relationship? In old cowboy movies it was relatively easy to identify the good guys (white hats) and the bad guys (black hats). It would be so much simpler if we could sort out real people in real relationships just as easily. Alas, we cant. However, there are some observable actions and attitudes that will help us decide in which direction (safe/ unsafe) the person is aiming. Just remember that it takes time to get to know someones true character. Safe people can keep a confidence. I can share a personal need or struggle with such a friend and know that information will stay between the two of us. Unsafe people have an insatiable need to share information. Sometimes they will wrap it up nicely and call it a prayer request, but thats still gossip and it causes great pain for all involved. Safe people are appropriately vulnerable. With a safe friend I am willing to admit weaknesses, needs and struggles. Unsafe people, however, tend to go to in one of two directions: they show themselves to be very needy all the time and are quite self centered or they go the other way and pretend they have no needs and are better than everyone else. Safe people have relationships that feel equal we both feel and act as adults. With an unsafe person the relationship has a feeling of one up and one down. That is, I may feel like a little kid and the other as a controlling parent or vice versa. Safe people are open to receiving feedback. They take ownership of their attitudes and actions. These are comments we can expect to hear from a safe person: Youre right. I was wrong to say what I did. Im sorry. I failed to take care of that job that I said I would. On the other hand, an unsafe person will do her best to shift responsibility to another and/or deflect feedback or confrontation. Such a person might say: I might have known youd try to blame me for that. It really wasnt my fault; it just sort of slipped out in conversation. There is a lack of real honesty in such a relationship. Safe people will give feedback even when its hard to do so. When my actions hurt her, a safe friend will come to me and lovingly tell me what I did even if I might get upset. A safe person trusts that our relationship is strong enough to handle loving confrontation. An unsafe person will not confront me even when she knows Ive done wrong. She may talk to another about the situation behind my back or just ignore it and pretend that nothing of consequence really happened. Either way, she does not trust our relationship to handle truth. Safe people are more concerned with we than with I. She will want to hear about my family and my joys and sorrows. An unsafe person however is likely to be very self focused. Her sentences usually start with the word I. She either cant or wont invest energy in another person. So what do I do when I find someone in my life who is mostly unsafe? First, I take some time to talk to God about this relationship and listen for His counsel on how to proceed. Second, I carefully assess my own life. Am I safe and healthy myself? Am I strong enough right now, or do I need to step back from this relationship? Do I have good friends who will support me as I encourage my unsafe friend to become healthier? Have I got enough margin (unused time and energy) in my own life to invest heavily in this person right now? Thirdly, I may seek the wise counsel of an objective outsider (pastor, counselor, mentor) who knows both of us well. It wont be a walk in the park, but given the right conditions, hard work, and healthy, wise companions, a person who was once unsafe may well become a faithful and safe friend. by Miriam Kellogg Our L if e Toda y March 2013 A friend who will double your joy and cut your sorrow in two. Please share your thoughts with us on and www. OurLifeToday.Org Whatever stirs in your heart, focus on it and try to think of one specific, new action that would be hard for you to do, but would move you toward who you want to be. Now... take the risk.

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Y I IN THIS LINE OF WORK, I READ AND RECOMMEND A LOT OF DIFFERENT BOOKS COVERING A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT ISSUES. There is one book that I have found myself referring to a lot lately by Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection. Quite frankly, it is pretty great. In a clear and easy to read way, Brene asks us to own our story, to stop beating up on ourselves, and waiting to love who when are when. You are familiar with the burdensome WHEN. It goes like this, Ill be happy WHEN... Ill love myself WHEN... Ill relax WHEN... and then the list follows. The problem is that this burdensome list is never ending. For example, 10 pounds turns to 15, always followed by another task. We will always fail at something. The trick is to learn, somehow, to embrace yourself NOW. Face yourself and all your imperfections and accept it all while expecting others to do the same. Then you are no longer striving to be accepted and loved, you are simply striving to be the best version of you. The difference is astonishing. Striving to be loved has a panic feeling attached to it, hurry up or they may not love you anymore. Dont mess up or it's all over. Striving to be the best version of you allows for mistakes and failures along the way. It has a pace that is do able and even fun. Sure its easier said than done, but starting the journey towards acceptance is far better than staying in the cycle of whens. by Julia Janeck Julia Janeck ,LMHC, Charis Counseling Julia @chariscounselingcenter.com 407 -894 5202 To view a video of Julia and to learn more about her counseling services, visit www.OurLifeToday.Org and select the Charis Counseling tab. A Small Ripple Can Mean So Very Much. I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand. Fear not, I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 YOU HAVE SOMETHING ON YOUR CHIN. HERE, LET ME HELP YOU WITH THAT. Sure, I would be glad to help you move this weekend. These are expressions of friendship. Particularly that first one. I have been so grateful for good friends who point out crumbs on the chin or gooey things in the eye. There is nothing more embarrassing than after spending time with other people to discover in the mirror you have been wearing your food and to realize no one loved you enough to tell you or help you. One of my favorite pastors has written that delight is better than duty. Oh, I know we have always been told that we should do our duty regardless of the pain. It is an American virtue. But, when it comes to people, duty without delight produces resentment. Imagine you are in the hospital and your pastor comes to see you. After spending about an hour at your bedside, he prays for you. As he turns to leave you reach out for his hand and in gratitude say, Thank you for coming. To which he replies, its what I get paid to do. How much better you would have felt if that pastor could have said with delight, It was my pleasure. Delight honors the person being served, but service from duty demeans them. On many occasions as a child while accompanying my father on errands we would happen upon an old friend of his. In due course my father always turned and introduced me. It was my responsibility to look the man in the eye and shake his hand with a polite, Nice to meet you! My father insisted on it. No monkey business was tolerated. The book of Proverbs tells us that if a person wants friends, that person must first show themselves to be friendly. I dont know if its worse today or not, but I meet too many people that just dont know how to hold up their end of the conversation. When someone smiles, you smile back. If they say, Hello, you say, How are you? and give a friendly nod. If upon making someones acquaintance they ask where you work, you politely tell them while sprinkling in something interesting about the occupation. Then, you return with an amicable, how about yourself? I know some of you will say thats all cultural, but I think that is just an excuse to not do it. People respond well to friendly no matter where they are from. These are things I know in my head, but sometimes forget to practice. I get busy too. In that environment tasks become more important than people. In the rush of getting things done we often bulldoze our way through the day, leveling the people around us. I wish I wasnt that way. You probably do too. A little grace is what we need, grace for ourselves found in the form of permission to not get it all done. Particularly if getting it all done means sacrificing people. We also need grace for others as their lives intersect with ours at inconvenient moments. I have known folks that were really gifted at seeing people, even in the hurry. I dont know if it is compassion or friendliness or just having ones priorities straight, but some people are able to be gracious in all kinds of situations, even those not working out in their favor. We may not accomplish world peace or stamp out world hunger, but we can certainly have more peace in this world by changing our perspective on what is important or rather, who is important. Andy Aikins Please share your thoughts with us on and www. OurLifeToday.Org You know you have a friend when your quite moments are not awkward moments. You know you are a friend when knowing all their faults, you choose not to run away. But to stay and cherish your gift from God.

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Page 16 at Winter Park Towers Your room is waiting for you if you need Pain and Symptom Management Hospital Follow-up Complex Treatments, or Crisis Care Referrals 866-742-6655#5019096 www.cornerstonehospice.org www.SeriousIllness.org/cornerstoneMedicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances accepted According to a study by the National Eye Health Education Program, more than 70% of survey respondents consider that the loss of their eyesight would have the greatest impact on their day-to-day life; however, less than 11% knew that there are no early warning signs of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Are you maintaining your eye health? On Wednesday, March 13, Work Well Winter Park and Winter Park Memorial Hospital hosted Rebecca Kurzon, MD, with Winter Park Ophthalmology, to participate in the Health Education Series. During the lunch and learn, Dr. Kurzon shared some important lifestyle choices to preserve and protect your vision. Stop Smoking Not only does smoking contribute to dry eyes, but did you know it can worsen eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts and more? Need help quitting? Visit http:// www.oridahospital.com/stop-smokingprogram for resources and support. Use Eye Protection Did you know 2.5 million Americans sustain eye injuries each year, many resulting in permanent damage? Make sure you wear glasses, goggles or shields when performing tasks such as home improvement and lawn work. Know Your Family History Did you know many eye disorders have a genetic component? Know and share your family history with your ophthalmologist to customize a plan to minimize your risk. Avoid Eye Strain Myth: Wearing reading glasses will make you become more dependent on them. e reality is that wearing glasses with the incorrect prescription or not wearing glasses when you really need them may cause eye strain leading to headaches and eye fatigue. Have an Annual Eye Exam Your ophthalmologist can detect early signs of preventable and treatable eye diseases. She can also adjust your prescription and you will be able to formulate a relationship with her which is key should you ever have acute issues. Eat a Healthy Diet Omega 3-Fatty Acids, Vitamins A, C, E, zinc, copper, lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help your eye health, are all found in adequate amount in a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and green leafy vegetables. Dont Ignore a Problem Blurred vision can be a sign of a more serious problem. Many eye diseases can be treated if caught early but irreversible damage can be done if symptoms are ignored.Winter Park Memorial Hospital has continuously served the residents of Winter Park and its surrounding communities for more than 50 years. To view the complete range of services or schedule an appointment, visit www.WinterParkHospital.com.Maintaining Eye Health I read with dismay a recent Orlando Sentinel article about Rollins Colleges decision to derecognize Intervarsity Chris tian Fellowship on its campus. I fear that the decision, rather than increasing diversity, actually decreases it. A university or college ought to be a gather ing place for the free exchange of ideas. However, the freedom to bring compet ing ideas to the table is seriously hampered when the university attempts to pre determine how those various constituencies are allowed to enter into debate and dialogue. Strong views are most fre quently shaped by strong leader ship teams. The de-recognition of Intervarsity was sparked by a leadership issue: a group leader was asked to step down when she could no longer adhere to In tervarsitys understanding of bib seem a bit narrow-minded on Intervarsitys part, but the leader in question was only removed from leadership, not membership in the group. In good organizations, leaders are the embodiment of group identity. Think for a moment about a swimming team that had a soccer fanatic as its captain, who believed that all sport ing events should do homage to soccer. That would soon get confusing for the swim team and ultimately affect its performance. Would asking the soccer-obsessed swim captain to stand down for the sake of the group be discrimi natory or simply good manage ment? Healthy debate is achieved when passionate people from differing perspectives talk out their differences in an environ ment of fairness and respect. The school administrations attempt to control a groups leadership diffuses the passion of that posi tion and leads to weak dialogue and poor learning. I wonder what the campus Muslim group talks about when its leader isnt even a follower of Islam? I dont think that Rollins College Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender (GLBT) groups would be comfortable in having to welcome someone into leader ship who was less than fully af compromise their identity. So why is that sort of discernment allowed for GLBT leadership and not Intervarsitys? The sad thing about the derecognition of Intervarsity Chris tian Fellowship is that the group has an international reputation for combining passionate faith with intellectual rigor. This is pre cisely the sort of group that could enhance diversity and cultural engagement on campus; instead its voice has been silenced. For me, this raises the larger issue of what other voices have been silenced by draconian enforcement of discrimination policies. Discrimination is when you are passed over for promo tion or harassed or threatened or made fun of, not when someone disagrees with your perspective or sets healthy boundaries for future discourse. As a Christian, I have to confess that the church has not always handled itself very well. We have said unkind things. We have put people down when they have differed from us. And for those instances, we need to ask forgiveness. But I also want to point out that there are many Christians who do observe the rules of debate very well. I think that Intervarsity is among those groups. Their loss from Rollins weakens the colleges spirit of inquiry and intellectual freedom, and that makes me sad indeed. Rev. Jim Govatos currently serves as Senior Pastor at Aloma United Methodist Church located in Winter Park. A former atheist, Jim is passionate about helping people understand and experience a living faith in Jesus Christ. Please share your thoughts by emailing him at jimg@ alomazone.org Jim Govatos Reality Lines As it becomes clear President Obama is making Medicare a key topic for discussion within the broader context of federal spend ing, Democrats and Republicans have an opportunity to pursue common-sense reforms that pre serve the program while achiev what isnt working. Despite ongoing reservations, I believe that some parts of the Affordable Care Act can con ceivably be implemented with minimal dislocation, but only if the right policies are embraced by the administration. And thats why I think that the president is making a mistake in proposing potentially damaging changes to arguably the most effective part of Medicare, instead of building to drive long-term cost savings by keeping seniors healthy. The Medicare program component in question is the W. Bush signed in 2003 (later implemented in 2006). Part D was created to cover the drug cover age gap that that once existed in Medicares plan for older and D, seniors choose from a wide variety of privately run drug plans that negotiate individually with drug makers seniors now paying far less than they used to for coverage. According to a recent survey, the program has a 90 percent ap proval rating and, unique among major federal programs enacted in recent years, will actually cost less $334 billion less than original estimates. Even better, improved access to drugs appears to be saving costs elsewhere: found every one percent increase .2 percent decrease in spending in Medicare. Part D works so well because it recognizes both the virtues, and the limits, of free, competitive markets. On one hand, the very existence of the program ac knowledges that Americans have a collective responsibility to help older and disabled individuals afford the medicines they need. On the other, by prohibiting gov ernment bureaucrats from trying to set prices, it leaves dozens of individual market players free to consumer needs. The paradox of shunning the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Looking for a way to reduce Medicare spending? Look no further than Part D DOUGLAS SCHOEN Guest Columnist Please see MEDICARE on page 17

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Page 17 Rarely do federal lawmakers come upon a policy that can expand access to critical health care services and simultane ously save taxpayers money. But according to a new report from a tweak in the way Medicare pays for certain kidney disease drugs could do just that preserving the availability of crucial treatments to rural patients and saving the program billions. At issue is Medicares handling of a few oral-only dialysis medications designed for end-stage renal disease, the most severe version of chronic kidney disease. In 2011, Medicare switched to a payment system that reimbursed for all dialysisrelated treatments in one bundled rate. Instead of paying prevailing market prices, the government opted to compensate health care providers ac cording to a formula. But the Centers for Medicare and Med icaid Services the government agency that oversees the program decided to exempt certain oral dialysis medications from the bundle through 2014. Januarys through 2016. Instead, those drugs will continue to be dispensed by local pharmacies through Medicare Part D, the prescription drug Thats the right call. Setting appropriate compensation is a particularly time-con suming and complicated task. It requires a remarkable volume of medical data. If of treatment into the price-control bundle, they almost certainly would have set com pensation too low. Indeed, the Government Accountability derestimate of the total cost and said that there were still questions about payment adequacy beginning in 2014. If policymakers had proceeded with bundling the oral dialysis medications, patients could have lost access to them. Health care providers serving the Medi care population would have started losing money when dispensing these drugs. Many would have been forced to stop of fering them leaving patients in the lurch. Patients suffering from end-stage renal failure are some of the most vulnerable in the entire Medicare population. They typically require at least three rounds of treatment every week. Even minor disrup tions to their health care regimens can lead to serious deterioration of their already fragile condition. Those in rural areas would have been hit particularly hard. Many communities outside urban centers depend on just one or two health clinics to meet their medical needs. A single clinic may serve patients coming from 50 miles away or more. These margins and depend heavily on Medicare Aware of the potential adverse conse quences in rural communities, legislators responded by maintaining these oral medi cines under the Part D prescription drug to maintain the viability of small clinics servicing rural communities. This was good for patient access but, according to the government budget accoun tants, also good for the Medi care program and taxpayers because it saves money. The CBO projects that extending the exemption through 2018 would save taxpayers ap proximately $1.3 billion. Senators Max Baucus, D-Montana, and ly important roles in marshaling support for the extension of the exemption through this year. They should be commended for championing the interests of rural Ameri cans. Because Congress acted in the best in terests of rural patients, Medicare enrollees suffering from renal disease can now rest assured that they will retain access to treat ments they need. Grace Boatright is the legislative director for the National Grange, an organization that advocates for rural America. 2069 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 762 E. Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs, FL 32701(407) 691-3009 (407) 679-2135 Visit us on the web @ www.binsons.com r fntbt f rtt ftbt bt bnr nr rt b bb f b tb off trtnCoupon redeemable for cash, check or credit card purchases only. Not redeemable for insurance transactions. Excludes custom/special orders & nutritional supplements. May not be combined with any other dis counts. Coupon has no cash value. In fact, the process works so well that government-run negotiations some in the Democratic Party want wouldnt save taxpayers a single penny. Likewise, the misguided rebate pro posal that President Obama referenced alter the program unnecessarily. Clearly the president means well, but the record shows that it just wont work. Indeed, the with trying to single-handedly run a pre scription drug program, the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, has so many gaps and omissions that more than 40 percent of its enrollees end up elect ing to pay for Part D or other privately provided coverage. This is why President Obama and my fellow Democrats should capitalize on the important lessons weve learned from Part D and make the program their own. Even with the recent success in holding down Medicare costs (the rate of cost increase has dropped by nearly 300 per cent), everyone who looks at the program overall agrees that its current anticipated spending path cant be sustained much longer. Put simply, both Democrats and Re publicans have an opportunity to drive bipartisan cooperation and reduce health care spending through a proven govern ment program. Seniors will welcome it and Medicare will be in better shape as a result. Douglas Schoen is a political strategist and author of Hopelessly Divided: The New Crisis in American Politics and What it Means for 2012 and Beyond, published by Rowman & Littleeld Publishers. MEDICARE | C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 Fiscal cliff health care policy x: good for rural patients and taxpayers GRACE BOATRIGHT Guest Columnist Patients suffering from end-stage renal failure are some of the most vulnerable in the entire Medicare population. They typically require at least three rounds of treatment every week. Even minor disruptions to their health care regimens can lead to serious deterioration of their already fragile condition. By Leah Nash, Executive DirectorWhat is Our Whole Community (OWC)? OWC is a 501(c)(3) non-prot Christian organization that brings communities together to establish relationships and share resources resulting in innovative programs that inspire, motivate and educate individuals in their pursuit of optimal health. It is a collaborative of churches, all with health ministries, that share resources and produce health resources for the community. Currently, OWC has 11 partner churches: First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park Presbyterian Church, New Covenant Baptist Church, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, Annunciation Catholic Church and First Congregational Church of Winter Park. All partner churches pay a nominal annual fee and provide leadership on the OWC Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets monthly to make decisions on OWC projects and is made primarily up of health professionals such as faith community nurses. OWC has also hired an Executive Director. Besides its partnership dues, OWC has received funding from the Winter Park Health Foundation, as well as from individual and corporate donors. Funding goes towards program management, community garden supplies, marketing and executive management. What Does OWC Do? When OWC initially formed, it was four churches with health ministries First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and Winter Park Presbyterian Church who decided to start meeting regularly to share resources. These four core churches told other health ministry teams about their meetings and the meetings grew. In 2009, the group of volunteers received funding from the Winter Park Health Foundation and ofcially became a 501( C )3 non-prot organization. Their rst meeting was just over ve years ago. OWC partners continue to share resources in an effort to make health and wholeness accessible to all of their congregations. In the process, the OWC Board of Directors also decided to produce health resources for the community. To date, OWC has built three community gardens, provides garden educational programming, promotes partner church programs and community events through a robust website (ourwholecommunity.org) and produced their inaugural Healthy Living Expo, which served over 200 attendees earlier this year with free health assessments and healthy living demonstrations. In the future, OWC plans to produce the Healthy Living Expo annually, as well as maintain their website and keep it up-to-date with health and wholeness resources vetted by the OWC Education Committee and produce a free online guide about community gardening, among other exciting projects. For more information about OWC, please visit ourwholecommunity.org or email owc_ ed@me.com.The Our Whole Community Story

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Page 18 Attention Caregivers: SSDI Benets For Dependents With Special Needs May Not Last Forever!Caregivers of dependents with special needs who receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benets must fully understand the nature, scope and duration of these benets to effectively plan for the nancial future of their dependent. When SSDI benets are payable based on a caregivers working record to their adult dependent with special needs, the Social Security Administration (SSA )considers this type of benet as a childs benet. It is this form of eligibility that this article will address. Many caregivers do not understand how this type of SSDI benet works, and make incorrect planning assumptions which could be disastrous for their dependent. Often caregivers assume that the benets will last forever, when in fact, they could be reduced and even be stopped by the SSA. Plans put in place by caregivers could be derailed, short-circuited and fall short of expectations. Without a clear understanding of SSA benets and payments, caregivers may not be able to effectively plan for the nancial future of their dependent with special needs. An adult dependent may be eligible to receive SSDI payments from their caregivers working record based on their own disability or blindness if certain requirements are met. Their caregiver must have contributed into the Social Security system a minimum number of qualifying quarters and some of those taxes must have been paid in recent years. Even then, their dependent is only eligible to receive SSDI payments if their caregiver is receiving Social Security disability or retirement benets or is deceased. Next, the dependent must be over the age of 18. Their disability must have occurred before the age of 22 which, coincidentally, is the age that a disability must have manifested itself by to be considered a developmental disability by the federal governments standards. The dependent cannot be performing any substantial work (per denition by the SSA) and must have a medical condition that has lasted or is expected either to last for at least 12 months or to result in death. Typically, they must also be single, or married to another social security beneciary. SSDI benets can also be payable to adults who received dependent benets based on their parents Social Security earnings record prior to the age of 18. After receiving twenty-four months of SSDI payments, the recipient will become eligible to receive Medicare Part A hospital insurance benets, which are premium-free. They will also be eligible to purchase Part B supplementary medical insurance and Part D voluntary prescription drug benets at that time. SSDI benet payments made to the dependent are based upon the average monthly indexed earnings of the wage earning caregiver and reect that caregivers actual contributions into the system. Since a limited amount of contributions were made into the system, the SSA calculates the family maximum that can be paid out to the family as a whole. For example, if the dependent is eligible for SSDI benets based on their caregivers disability, the familys maximum monthly benet can be no more than 150% of the caregivers Primary Insurance Amount (PIA.) The former wage earning caregiver receives his own full benet, and any eligible dependents must divide the balance between them. Payments to eligible dependents are reapportioned when other dependents are added or removed, which can create problems for your loved one. This reapportionment could occur when the caregivers spouse reaches retirement age and they draw on the system or the caregiver leaves behind a widow(er) who is also eligible to receive their benets. Therefore, as earlier mentioned, SSDI payments to the dependent with special needs can be decreased, modied and even stopped. If the SSA determines the caregivers disability has ended and they are not of Social Security retirement age, the dependents SSDI benet will terminate, as well, if being paid as a result of their dependent status. This could leave your loved one with inadequate funds and potential loss of accompanying Medicare coverage. Long-term planning goals may not be achieved. Caregivers of dependents with special needs receiving SSDI payments cannot assume that these benets will continue uninterrupted throughout their dependents lifetime. Caregivers must contact the Social Security Administration and determine if there will ever be a benet reduction or elimination at any point in their dependents future. Additional special needs planning can then be undertaken to offset the effects of these potential changes. Due to the complexity of federal and state laws and benet programs, you may require specially trained professionals to help you plan for the future of your dependent with special needs. Call Special Needs Planner Charles Fisher at 407-393-6693 for a condential consultation. MetLife Center for Special Needs PlanningSMFor more information about this and other related topics, visit our organizations website at www.metlife.com/specialneeds or call 1-877-638-3375. Also, for current social security information, visit www.ssa.gov. L1111221528[exp0114][All States][DC,PR] SNP-ARTICLE-SSDI Charles FisherFinancial Services Representative Special Needs Planner MetLife of Central Florida 301 E. Pine Street, Suite 800, Orlando, FL 32801 One Senior Place ... 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Page 19 1. Get your beauty sleep Believe it or not, the expression get your beauty sleep actually has some science behind it. Lack of sleep is directly connected to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. Increased levels of cortisol create a rise in blood sugar, increase fat storage around the waist and hips, and reduce the bodys ability to generate new skin cells. Consistently depriving yourself of sleep can also make your complexion look sallow and can aggravate skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis. 2. Wine down Im not trying to take away all your fun! You can still have a glass of something. Drink more than a cocktail a day? Your skin is going to suffer. Alcohol has been proven to dilate the blood vessels in the skin. Every time you have a drink, the blood vessels dilate and remain permanently dilated until they lose their tone. In addition, alcohol can worsen certain skin conditions including acne and rosacea and has been found to deplete the body of vitamin A, an important antioxidant. 3. Stop smoking Not only does smoking cause cancer and bad breath, it also destroys collagen and elas tin and decreases levels of estrogen necessary smoking results in a perceived extra 2.5 years of age, according to research published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 4. Cut the junk A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that people who replaced processed carbohydrates with high-protein foods and whole grains broke out less. The reason? High-glycemic foods cause your blood sugar to rise, triggering a surge of insulin. Insulin stimulates oil-produc ing hormones called androgens, which cause breakouts. Cut the junk, and you could see an improvement in acne in about six weeks. Instead, opt for sensible snacks like raw nuts. The healthy fats found in raw nuts provide nutrients for the hair, skin and nails, and help sustain basic metabolism. 5. Keep moving Along with lifting your mood, exercise healthy-looking glow. Both immediately and over time, exercise has been shown to decrease stress, which can result in better skin. week will go a long way in promoting healthy skin and a healthy lifestyle. 6. Stay hydrated Water is the most critical nutrient we can give our bodies. In fact, our bodies are comprised of two-thirds water and lose an average of 2.5 liters of water daily. In order to stay hydrated it is necessary to replenish what is lost at a minimum each day. Drinking lots of water not only hydrates the skin, but also that cause aging. Dr. Dimitry Palceski is a board certied dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. He was recently voted Best Dermatologist in a poll taken by The Winter Park/Maitland Observer and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. His ofce, Reections Dermatology & Center For Skin Care, is centrally located in Baldwin Park. For more information on Dr. Palceski, please visit reectionsdermatology.com or call 407-8958818. To submit a question, please email DrP@ reectionsdermatology.com ISTOCK PHOTO Want great skin at any age? Dr. Dimitry Palceski

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Page 20 Opinions Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! To the editor of the Observer On Monday at 4 p.m. the mayor and commissioners will hold a workshop on the request to form the Ravaudage Com munity Development District; a vote on this request must take place by April 8, there will be no opportunity for public input at Mondays meeting. As the mayor and commission consider the Ravaudage Community Development District; they need to consider the impact long term, and potential challenges in its approval. Many developments in Winter Park and Central Florida have been successful without CDDs, so a question: would the development be successful or be able to this? A commitment to this developer now will set a precedent others may expect. There are 600 CDDs in Florida, which have issued $6.5 billion in municipal the 600, 168 or 28 percent have defaulted on $5.1 billion or 78 percent of the bonds. Consider the track record of [a developer in Winter Park]; which includes foreclo projects. (Source: Florida Community Development District Report) No one can convince me that the development of 48 acres will not require additional city services and infrastructure; you as commissioners have already taken on that obligation through annexation. The developer, investors, present and future written by the rest of the property owners and taxpayers of Winter Park. Just reading Gov. Scotts Executive Order Number 12-10 (Review of Special Many folk in the city of Winter Park wonder, and some believe, that the developers of projects in Winter Park get what they want from the city and commis sioners; there is a history of Winter Park approving projects that we were later sorry we approved; and in some cases paid mil lions to undo. Development should be able to stand on its own and, if planned and done well, business being a partner in develop the developer and not the city. I can only hope that the mayor and city commis sioners have the courage to do the right thing; deny the application for the Rav audage Community Development District; developers and development, especially in the city of Winter Park, should not be funded or underwritten by its citizens and taxpayers. Jack Miles Winter Park Letter to the editor Thank you to the Blue Door Denim Shoppe and the Winter Park Police Depart iPad, which I left on a park bench on Park [Avenue] in Winter Park in mid-January. Im very appreciative of the honesty and integrity of the owner and employees of the Shoppe for keeping it until I discov ered an email they sent to me to let me know it was found. It was almost seven weeks from the day I lost it until it was back in my possession. Although I knew the likelihood of retrieving a lost iPad was very small, still, I kept a small bit of faith that it might be found. And, thanks to the employees of The Blue Door Denim Shoppe and Edward Bigley of the Winter Park Police Department, Im extremely happy to have it back in my possession. I look forward to returning to Winter Park someday and thanking all of them in to Winter Park! Regards, Nancy de Jong Greenville, S.C. Snap2012@att.net French composer Charles Gounod wrote the opera Faust in 1859, and it soon became the worldwide favorite of all operas. On the 100th anniversary of sing the title role of Faust with the Paris Opera in a big Monte Carlo production. The well-known Faust story is that of an old sorcerer who trades his soul to the devil in return for his lost youth. In Monaco, Princess Grace was the Opera Patroness. Shortly before that, Grace Kelly had forsaken a major movie career and had crossed the ocean on a liner with her Philadelphia family to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco, thus becoming Princess Grace. Prince Rainier was the rather stolid son of Prince Phillip of Monaco, and needed an infusion of money very badly to run his tiny principality. Rainer had to look over a couple of potential brides with big bucks, and Grace was the one who decided that she wanted to accept his offer. Her father, a very well off mainline Philadelphia builder from Ireland, provided plenty of loot to foot the bills. The liner moored off the Monaco coast, and the Kelly family came to shore in the princes lavish motor yacht. Later, when I sang Faust in the Monte Carlo Royal Opera, Grace and Rainier sat almost onstage in the Royal Box. At the big reception in the lobby following the performance, Grace was delighted to learn that I was an American and spoke English. Ive been breaking my head long enough trying to say everything in French, she said with a laugh. She asked me if I would like to come to the Palace the next day to see the quarters where she and the prince lived. (By the way, the famous Monte Carlo gambling casino shares its big lobby with that of the opera house, so that between the acts theatergoers can indulge in gaming.) I readily accepted Graces kind invita tion. At the appointed time, I approached a uniformed guard on the steps of the Palace and told him that I wanted to see the Princess. In French he muttered some thing like, You and who else? and then just who I was. The palace itself was not a very large building, and the grounds were Grace was quite charming and warm when we shook hands. She showed me through the receiving rooms in the front of the palace, and then we went out on the balcony overlooking the Mediterranean sensa tional! The royal dining room was quite posh, and many a head of state, including Winston Churchill, had dined there. Prince Rainier had just left for Paris where he maintained a large apartment, and, one heard, a longtime gorgeous mistress. Princes act like princes married or not it seems. Grace, too, had reputedly had a slew of Hollywood lovers, including Bing Crosby with whom she had made The Country Girl, which won her an Oscar. Princess Grace was mortally wounded in an auto accident some time later with her daughter in the car. Thus came to an end the story of a pretty Philadelphia girl who chose a small European throne over a glamorous Hollywood career, and Grace never seemed to regret her decision. In later years, I many times drove down the little road from the Grande Cor niche where Grace was killed and always paused to recall the horrible turmoil of her roadster crumpled in a heap at the bottom. About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Where everybody knows your name, and theyre always glad you came Chorus from 1982 TV show, Cheers Growing-up, I was the lanky lad in the back of the room trying to blend into the wallpaper. I like to watch, Eve, was much more my philosophy. Hard as it is for some to imagine today, I was kind of a shy individual. But I realized that being out-of-sight ditious exits when it became even remotely tiresome. Alas, a lot of life is exactly that. Ah, maturity. Adulthood requires, rather, successful adulthood requires we navigate the tiresome. The tiresome by any other name is humanity. The tedious rules (Badges! We dont need no stinking badges!). The boring conversation(s). The time. The expectations. The commitment(s). The disappointments. Deal with people and as sure as the sun comes up tomorrow, so too, predictability, fatigue and ennui. Thats on one-hand, but on the other is everything we love about our species. Curious. Inquisitive. Imaginative. Intel ligent. Original. Clever. Generous. Kind. Exotic. Erotic. Living (just being alive) has us all experiencing both the tiresome and the exquisite. But you must be open to the new, the novel, the untried. One example: In 1976 I that required I join a local Lions Club in Southern (almost Arkansas) Missouri. I raged against such an institutional requirement, such that my wife ultimately said, Man-up and get off your butt down to those Wednesday luncheons. Actu ally, she wasnt that kind. But I ended-up absolutely loving the experience. Great men, one and all. I wouldnt trade my two years as a Lion for anything less than a million bucks. Another club worth joining, dear read Contrary to Groucho Marxs admonition about refusing membership in any club that would have you, consider joining friendship, and 2) intellectual stimulation. Isnt that about 87.4 percent of what we want out of life? That you get both, well, whatta deal! I have the luxury of speaking at The months or so. Its a task I take on because it requires me to step out of my comfort zone as well as organize my thoughts on once observe, How will I know what I know until I write it down. So true. I typically speak before the Humanities Group (an offshoot of the Philosophy Discussion Group), led by longtime friend Peggy Kraemer. On March 12 I discussed the perspec tive of Greek philosopher Epicurus and the Roman writer Lucretius interpreta tion of his philosophy (On The Nature of Things). Consider me an advocate of his perspective. Yes, we all must return to The Garden (as envisioned by Epicurus). makes friendship and the intellect pos sible, and available, too. Call Holly Milton Shell give ya the skinny! Its affordable. Stretch your boundaries. Stretch your mind. Do something good for yourself. Join today. 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 A club worth joining Graces place PHOTO BY CHRIS JEPSON THE OBSERVER Smiles all around during the recent Humanities Group Meeting of the University Club. Chris Jepson (second from left) spoke on the pleasures of living. Peggy Kraemer (with ruby shoes and red purse) chairs the group and lines-up the speakers. Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com At the appointed time, I approached a uniformed guard on the steps of the Palace and told him that I wanted to see the Princess. In French he muttered something like, You and who else?

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Page 22 March 21 and April 6 Story telling at an art exhibit On March 21, Jai Gallery in vites the public to a unique storyart photographer, columnist and ancient Greek art expert Josh Gar rick in collaboration with John DiDonnas Empty Spaces Theatre Co. The informance based on The Odyssey by Homer will be a 20-minute choreographed dialogue between Barbara Sorensens art objects and the myths that inspire them. The audience, narrator and perform ers will move through the exhibit, recounting stories from Odys seus attempt to return home following the Trojan War. Show times are March 21 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and (a family show) on April 6 at 1 p.m. Jai Gallery is at 101 S. Garland Ave. in downtown Orlando. Call 407-921-0693 or visit jaigallery.net March 22, 23 and 24 Central Florida Home & Garden Show Get inspired and get started, is the motto of the 2013 Florida Home Show to be held at the Orlando Convention Center from March 22 to 24. With experts on everything from windows and ing, we can shop and save on products and services to refresh and restore our homes. Jason Cameron of DIY Networks Man Caves shares advice on the IKEA Stage; top chefs offer samples on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage; and four designer rooms homeandgardenshow.com or call 877-871-7469. March 22 Beethoven Direct from Germany in Daytona Beach Concluding its brilliant season of large orchestras, the Daytona Beach Symphony Society invites us to experience the 106-piece Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Win ner of four ECHO music awards, the Orchestra has performed in the worlds great concert halls, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The program will include Beethovens glorious Piano Concerto No. 4 and Beethovens happiest Sym phony No. 7. Call 386-253-2901 or visit dbss.org March 22 to April 14 Enchanted April at Mad Cow This engaging comedy is about two frustrated London housewives who decide to rent a castle in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages. share their dream castle with two very different and somewhat condescending English women. Seeing themselves anew through these unwanted relationships, each of the women changes, but will it be for the better? Presented at the Mad Cow Theaters new home through April 14, visit madcowtheatre.org or call 407297-8788. March 26 Artist Critiques evening free to the public The Art & History Museums Maitland invites the public to its free Artist Critique Series, a pro fessional development series that offers artists the opportunity to have their works reviewed along with comments from the public. Held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Maitland Art Center, the critiques are led by artist and arts writer Josh Garrick, along with guest panel ists Thomas Thorspecken and Camilo Velasquez. Each evening is meant to be both entertaining and informative with audience participation encouraged. Visit Artandhistory.org March 27 to April 28 Titus Andronicus at Orlando Shakes Those Elizabethans were a bloody bunch as witnessed by the (at that time) popularity of Shake speares bloodiest blockbuster. Vengeance and madness are the themes of Titus Andronicus with each barbarous act begetting brutal acts of retaliation. Gory was the most popular of Shake speares plays during his lifetime. What does that say about this human race? The play is show ing March 27 to April 28 at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Call 407-447-1700 or visit orland oshakes.org SPECIAL EVENTS March 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cirque de la Symphonie The forward-thinking Orlando Philharmonic shows us how Cirque can meet Symphony in a thrilling program in which ac robats and contortionists perform amazing feats, and aerialists soar overhead as the Orlando Philhar monic performs. Maestro Christo pher Wilkins says, In the case of Cirque de la Symphonie, the circus performers have chosen the selections. Whether it is the power of the strongmen or the self fascinated by their choices, and loving the connections to my world that they have made. Visit orlandophil.org or call 407-7771700. Coming soon Wine to celebrate an artists 90th birthday Cellardoor Winery has an nounced a new wine specially bottled for Central Floridas legendary artist and mentor Harold Garde. Sporting a label created by the artist, the winery announced, For our 2013 Artist Series, we honor Harold Garde, legend of American Abstract Expressionism and celebrate the artists 90th birthday. Urbane Gardes unique style, its bold simplicity, and ability to engage every viewer. Congratulations and happy birthday to a special friend and a brilliant mentor. Call 207-763-4478 or visit Mainewine. 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 joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. 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WPMOBSERVER.COM The forward march of time and technology has the city of Maitland considering changing its ordinance to allow digitized billboard-like signs off Interstate nition of billboard, according With a citywide ban on bill boards in the books since 1938, Community Development Director Dick Wells says Maitland is now considering adding an ordinance to its code to allow digital outdoor advertising signs, while simultaneously keeping the overall ban in place. As the proposed ordinance reads now, the digital signs would have to be a minimum of 45-feet-wide by 14-feet-tall or a maximum of 48-feet-wide by 15-feet-tall, the standard size of an average billboard. From the general nature and size of the sign theres not much difference, Wells said. But its in the digital nature of the sign and its capabilities thats the difference. In October of last year the FROM LAWYER TO POETLIFESTYLES, 10Rollins out of tournamentSt. Leo gets revenge and the Tars get the boot from NCAA tourney. 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Winter Park Recovery CenterExecutive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services Suboxone Maintenance For Opioid Abuse Sinclair Method for Alcohol Extinction Hypnotherapy/Acupuncture/MassageMedically Managed Dual Diagnosis Evidenced Based Protocols2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792www.WinterParkRecoveryCenter.com 407-629-0413 Winter Park developer Dan Bellows is hoping his Ravaudage mixed-use development will be able to grow faster with a bit of help from tax dollars. The developer successfully petitioned the City Commission March 18 to bring to a vote an or dinance that would form a Com mercial Development District (CDD) for the development. The 25 Commission meeting. The CDD could help funnel money back into infrastructure and development of the mixeduse development, which would be governed by its own board of directors. business last month, Millers Winter Park Ale House restaurant. The proposed CDD would of Ravaudage businesses taxes back into the area for 35 years. It would also allow the develop ers to raise money with untaxed bonds. The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. March 25. Please see BILLBOARD on page 6SARAH WILSON Observer Staff The Maitland Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the City Council Chambers to discuss details of the digital outdoor advertising sign proposal. Visit itsmymaitland.com for more information. SIGNof theTIMESMaitland is considering allowing digitized signs on I-4, working its way around a 74-year billboard banPHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERMaitland may break precedent with a digital sign proposal.For most of the month of March, downtown Maitland paign signs and sign-wavers for the municipal City Council elec tion. The four candidates would take residence on each corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Horatio Avenue wav ing all they had for their own seat in City Hall just steps away. Supporters stood along in solidarity, some with signs urg ing drivers by to vote for their mom, wife or friend. Others ing nothing but their familiar faces to get their relations across. Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker and Councilman Jeff Flowers took to the streets, signs in hand, the Friday before the election Schieferdecker doing double duty with signs for candidates Renee Charlan and John Lowndes, and Flowers boasting only for Charlan. Out-going Councilwoman Bev Reponen also hopped from cor ner to corner, with no sign only smiles and waves. Thats terrible, Reponen said, motioning to the Mayor waving his chosen signs across the street, adding that she thought it was wrong for him as the mayor and head of the city to be openly campaigning for two particular candidates. In her six years on Council, she said shed never seen such open campaign ing from a mayor or Council members before.PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERMaitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker, right, and Councilman Jeff Flowers both rufed some feathers over their open endorsement and campaigns for Council candidates. Please see ENDORSEMENTS on page 2Maitland endorsements cause stirDebate over whether city officials should publicly participate in Council campaignsSARAH WILSON Observer Staff Ravaudage asks for tax moneyISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff

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Page 2 Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013 Location: Downtown Baldwin Park Time: 3:00pm 6:00pm Tickets: $15 in advance with coupon code below $20 at the door $1 for each ticket sold goes to Florida Little Dog RescueTo purchase tickets go to http://bark.eventbrite.com *Use coupon code (paper) for $5 off. For exhibitor booth information call Jan Shay at 407-420-5619.Must be 21 and older to enter. Bring your dog or come aloneand enjoy 10 different samples of unique beer, pet vendors and live music. BEERFEST & YAPPY HOUR This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Academy Award Nominee Best Documentary! THE GATEKEEPERS Fri-Sun 4:00, 6:30 Mon-Thu 6:30 only Hit 2012 Florida Film Festival Film Returns to Enzian! JOHN DIES AT THE END Fri-Mon 9:00 Wed-Thu 9:00 Cult Classics: CITY OF GOD Only $5! Tue 9:30 Tickets Now On Sale for the 2013 Florida Film Festival April 5-14 Tickets start at $9! It is a little uncomfortable, said candidate Joy Goff-Marcil motioning in the same direction. Schieferdecker shrugged off the con cerns, saying he was exercising his right as a private citizen supporting the candidates he felt would do the best job on Coun cil and was doing so on non-work hours and without ever identifying himself as the mayor. Im a citizen of Maitland and Im just as concerned as anybody else about how it moves forward, even many times more so because Im in the middle of it. And I want to put the team together that I feel will do the best for our city, Schieferdecker said. There is no ordinance in the Maitland participating in campaigning for other can didates, said Maitland City Clerk Maria Waldrop. Instead, the city defaults to fol lowing the Florida state statue Title IX: Electors and Elections, which states city employees must do all campaigning off duty, and never through coercive measures or by over-utilizing their position of power. That practice contrasts with Winter Park, for candidates is rare and has generated powerful backlash. Following elections in November of last year in which city audi tor Bernadette Britz-Parker was accused of publicly endorsing Commissioner Carolyn Cooper in her re-election campaign, she resigned. That resignation came after she had been chastised for her endorsement, though Cooper said that rebuke was politi cally motivated. Schieferdecker said that leading up to the election hed received at least one email from a local resident upset with his involvement in election proceedings, but maintained that he wasnt doing anything against code or unethical only arguing for what he thought was best for the city as a concerned resident who happens to be the mayor. To me theres no protocol, Schiefer decker said. Im a citizen. Why should I be at state and federal races, people support people all the time why cant it be done Councilwoman Reponen reasoned that that why could be determined from what might happen after the election once the new members are inducted to Council. Common sense tells you its not ad visable because if your candidate youre holding up the signs for does get in its one thing, and then another thing if they dont. Theyll know from the get-go you didnt want them on Council. And thats not a good working relationship, she said. Its a very awkward situation from that mo ment forward. Leading up to the election, candidates said they were unsure of how such en dorsements would translate when it came down to votes on ballots. Im not sure if that helps me or hurts me, Goff-Marcil said, referencing the may or and Councilmen Flowers and Valdes contributions to her opponent Renee Char lans campaign. I dont think it really matters that she got those endorsements because Im look ing for the endorsement of the residents not for the mayor or the other council people as much as the residents. Thats the most important endorsement a candidate could get. When it comes down to dollars and cents invested in the candidates by current contribution campaign reports on the citys website the weight of that endorsement money didnt translate into winning seats. Charlan garnered a total of $1,200 in donations made between Flowers, Schief erdecker and Valdes, and candidate Char lie Adkins received $800 between Valdes and Flowers while neither Goff-Marcil or Lowndes, victors in the March 12 election, tions from the current Council. People say that because Im the mayor be true, but there are people in the city who dont support me (and) therefore they wont support my candidate, Schiefer decker said. Its give and take.ENDORSEMENTS | Maitland Councilwoman upset that Mayor openly campaigned for Council candidates CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE

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Page 5 Last Tuesday Maitland held elections for two City Council seats. Vice Mayor Bev Reponen who was serving in Seat 3 was termed out and Councilman Jeff Flowers was serving temporarily in Seat 4 due to the vacancy created by the resignation last year of Councilman Phil Bonus. I want to service on Council these past six years. Prior to her serving on City Council, she had served over the past 20 years on many city boards and committees. Jeff Flowers, who is a former vice mayor of Maitland, has also dedicated many years of service to our city including the creation our latest cultural partner, Performing Arts of Maitland, with his wife June. Both of these exceptional citi zens are former Volunteers of the Year. They epitomize and set the bar for dedica tion to our city that we should all aspire to. The new candidates running for Seat 3 were Renee Stein Charlan and Joy M. Goff-Marcil. Charlie Adkins and John P. Lowndes were the new candidates running for Seat 4. It was great to see the increased interest in serving on our City Council as in the past recent years candidates would win terms being unopposed. The election was very spirited and after all the votes were counted Joy M. Goff-Marcil was elected to Seat 3 and John P. Lowndes was elected to seat 4. A hardy congratulations is in order for both of them, and I want to welcome them as new members to our City Coun cil. I would also like the thank both Renee Stein Charlan and Charlie Adkins for their dedicated interest in serving Maitland on our City Council, and hope that they will stay involved by volunteering to serve on city boards and participating in City Coun cil meetings to help move our city forward. Now that the election is over, it is im portant that all Maitland citizens come to gether and work to make Maitland the best that it can be. With SunRail coming, the implementation of railway crossing Quiet Zones, the Flex Bus demonstration proj ect, new proposed road transportation im provements, new proposed development and redevelopment throughout our city especially in our downtown area, work ing with our legislators in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., to maintain and enhance the revenues to our city and achieving susfund are all exciting opportunities and challenges facing Maitland. The prospects for 2013 and beyond look very encouraging. With the dedication and enthusiasm of our City Council, city volunteer boards and city staff, anything is possible for Maitland. These energetic people and our dedicated, enthusiastic and supportive citizens inspire me. They, along with my great love of our city, are the reasons why I love being your mayor. We should all look forward to Maitlands bright future with great anticipation. City Council Agenda of March 25, 2013City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for March 25 in the Council Chambers, 1776 Indepen dence Lane. Below is the agenda for that meeting. Public Hearing: Concourse NorthConsent Agenda: 11, 2013 the City of Maitland Canvassing Board Cottage at Lake Lily Maitland Art & His tory Association Decision Items: for the promotion of new businesses com ing into the city Requested by Council woman Reponen Status For updates, please check our website at itsmymaitland.com Click here to add photo or Drag photo here Nerd is the word $2.00 (407) 514-0087 3.05% Certain restrictions apply.Rates may vary depending on deposit amount. We broker CDs for FDIC insured banks. Promotional incentive may be included to obtain yield.www.oldharborf inancial.com Old Harbor FINANCIAL12 Month CDAlso oer IRA Specials & free 401k ReviewsAPYHigher Rates for Longer Term FEATURING ...... AND MUCH MORE! A Premier Flooring Source Maitland City TalkBY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Moving Maitland forward

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Page 6 Maitland City Council directed city staff to look into how it could responsibly consider allowing billboard-like signs within city limits, leading to the drafted proposal facing the citys Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, March 21. As it stands with language drafted by the city attorney, the ordinance would allow the digital boards to only be constructed in areas within 100 feet of Interstate 4 on land desig nated non-residential for future land-use, Wells said. It reserves the right for pro hibiting billboards while allow ing digital outdoor advertising signs, Wells said. The difference between the two, he said, is in these signs being digitized rather than paper on wood or rotating panels as in times past. In October discussions, members of the City Council spoke favorably of looking into the idea, proposing the city could use up to two of the eight ads that would ute to announce city events and business. Wells said thats a deal that cant be worked out until af ter the ordinance is passed, say ing the city cant be incentivized to pass codes with receiving of something of value. Dale McDonald, chairman of Maitlands Planning and Zoning Commission, said the commission will look to weigh the pros and cons of opening the city to these signs along with public opinion at its Thursday meeting. This is a whole new animal for us The technology has got ten past us, McDonald said. But, he said, theres a differ ence between wanting to catch up with technology and whats best for Maitland. To weigh those fac tors, McDonald said, and in order to form a recommendation, P&Z ly signs like this could be placed, and how theyll impact the sur rounding roads and residences. Philosophically, weve been prohibiting them for a long time, and people have gotten used to us prohibiting them and change is hard, he said. Discussions between the Development Review Committee, P&Z and city staff will continue until recommendations can be made and the item can return back to Council. The devil is in the details, McDonald said. And depend ing on how you describe it, you can make an apple sound like an orange. Sunday, April 14, 2013 1 5 p.m. Winter Park Civic Center 1050 Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789Tickets $5 ADVANCE Or$7 DOOR $5 SENIORS (AT DOOR) (Children Under 3 FREE) JOIN US FOR: Ice Cream Floats, Create A Sundae, Celebrity Servers, Face Painting, Cake Walk, Games, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Special Guests and more! FEATURING: Blue Bell Ice Cream, Jeremiahs Italian Ice, Peak Season Pops, and Private Island Ice Cream frozen on site using liquid nitrogen! A winner at Trinity: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields closes guest artist seriesOn March 16, Londons Acad emy of St. Martin in the Fields Festival Guest Artist Series at the Trinity Preparatory School Performing Arts Center. ( The outstanding oeuvre of the evening was Haydns Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring the world-class playing of cellist Alisa Weilerstein who possesses an awe-inspiring technique and immense passion. Every note of every run and trill was crystal clear in the virtuosic passages. As required of Haydns style, the grace and beauty of Weilersteins well-turned nuances was of consistent intensity. She is an artist of great intellect and musical intelligence. ( Not to be outdone by Mme. Weilersteins performance, pianist Inon Barnatan performed the Bach Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 with the clean precision required of Bachs music. Barnatan delivered a stunning performance and his playing evermore pointed up the differences between the sounds of Bach and Haydn. Also a prodigious artist, Barnatan is one I look forward to hearing on future programs (with ( The orchestra of some 26 vir tuoso players opened the activities of the evening with Benjamin Brittens Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Op. 10 a concoction of interesting musical contrasts. First violin, viola, and cello solo passages contain the opportunity to show individual virtuosity in appropriate realms. (No conductor was present dur ing the entire proceedings.) ( phony No. 45 in F sharp minor, the Farewell Symphony, a musical joke that always amuses, as players leave the stage until for the last Guest Artist Series for this season. ( Please allow this commenta tor a special thank you to Trinity Preparatory School for the use of its acoustically excellent hall what a lovely place to enjoy music! ( What a grand thing it is for the Central Florida public that the Bach Festival Guest Artist Series brings exquisite music performed by the worlds best performers in well-nigh-perfect surroundings.LOUIS RONEY Observer StaffBILLBOARD | Digital billboard proposal would allow very similarly sized boards to those that are banned CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGEThe technology has gotten past us. Dale McDonald, P&Z chairman

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Page 7 Winter Park City TalkBY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER March 25 City Commission meeting There will be a City Commis sion meeting Monday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commis sion Chambers located at 401 S. Park Ave. Below are a few topics of interest:Mayors Report Fleet Peeples Park volunteer ef forts Center of Central Florida Inc. Day Month servation Month Hannibal Square Community Land Trust Inc. Non-action item hensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended Sept. 30, 2012. Consent Agenda and contracts (for a full listing, please visit cityofwinterpark.org under Whats New > City Com mission Agenda). Services to Alcalde & Fay Government and Public Affairs ConsultantsAction items requiring discussion Public hearings Town Center Development, LLC: proval to construct a four-story, 206-unit residential project and a parking garage of approximately 300 spaces at 940 W. Canton Ave. tion: nance to change the Future Land Use designation on the properties at 216, 226 and 234 W. Lyman Ave. velopment District (CDD): nance granting petition of Benja min Partners, Ltd.; establishing and naming the Ravaudage Com munity Development District pursuant to Chapter 190, Florida Statutes; describing and provid ing the external boundaries, the functions and powers of the Dis serve as the initial members of the Districts Board of Supervisors.Non-action item terlocal Agreement sions full agenda on cityofwin terpark.org under Whats New > City Commission Agenda.Vendor orientationThe city of Winter Parks Pur chasing Division will host a Ven dor Orientation session Wednes day, March 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in City Hall Commission Cham bers located at 401 S. Park Ave. If you are a business owner interest ed in doing business with the city of Winter Park, this is your oppor tunity to meet the citys Purchas ing Division staff and have your questions answered. Representatives from local ven dors are encouraged to attend and learn how the city procures goods and services. Information present ed will include how the city is sues solicitations and makes pay ments. The Vendor Orientation will also provide the opportunity for vendors to ask questions and obtain contact information for city personnel in various departments in need of goods and services. Those interested in attending are asked to please RSVP to adu rrum@cityofwinterpark.org with the email subject line.59th annual Easter Egg HuntThe city of Winter Park is proud to announce its 59th annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Sat urday, March 30, in beautiful Central Park West Meadow located in downtown Winter Park. The hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Children with special needs are also encouraged to join in the fun. More than 10,000 stuffed eggs will be placed throughout Cen tral Park West Meadow. Children who come up empty-handed will still be able to enjoy special treats at the designated area. For more information regarding Winter Parks oldest community event, please call 407-599-3275.KWPB accepting applications for grant programsKeep Winter Park Beautiful (KWPB) is currently accepting grant applications for community garden and pocket park restora tion projects. Applications for up to $3,000 in funding will be ac cepted from neighborhood and community-based groups for funds to support improvements to mini parks, medians, rights of way or any city-owned green area that is fully accessible to guidelines and application forms cial website at cityofwinterpark. applications must be received by Monday, April 1, at 5 p.m. The mission of KWPB is to im prove the quality and aesthetics of our environment in order to cre ate a healthier and more beautiful place to live, work and play. The purpose of the Community Gar den and Pocket Park Restoration Project is to support neighbor hoods in their efforts to beautify and improve the community, and take ownership of public spaces. KWPB is also calling for local schools to submit Green Schools Grant applications that share how they are working to keep their school environment beautiful. Up to $1,800 will be allocated to lo cal schools in recognition of these efforts. Mayor Ken Bradley will recognize selected schools at the Earth Day in the Park & Arbor Day Tree Giveaway celebration Saturday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. from the main stage in Central Park. Grant applications for local schools must also be received by Monday, April 1, at 5 p.m. For more information regard ing KWPB grant programs and to obtain an application, please email kwpb@cityofwinterpark. org or call 407-599-3364.Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on Vimeo.

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Page 9 MARCH 21 The Art & History MuseumsMaitland (A&H), located at 231 W. Packwood Ave., will open a new exhibition, Participation: Class of 2011 and 2012, Thursday, March 21. Participation is a popular annual fundraising event held at the A&H each spring. The exhibition, which contin ues through May 19, is held in Galleries 1-3 of the A&Hs Main Galleries. Call 407539-2181 for more information. On Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m., Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center, located at 2970 Scarlet Road, will host a gathering of at least six leaders of different world faith traditions including Buddhism, Afro-Caribbean faith and Islam among others. Each leader will address major misconceptions about their tradi tion, followed by time for questions. The symposium will be moderated by the Rev. James Cofn, the executive director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. Fol lowing the presentation, Samaritan Care Hospice will provide food to guests. Call 407-671-8030 for more information. Art Off the Wall from Pam Loudon will be Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Audubon Park Garden District, located at 1807 B E. Winter Park Road. The Orange Audubon Society will feature The Trouble with Turtles: Protecting Sea Turtles at Canaveral National Seashore by John Stiner, resource management spe cialist at Canaveral National Seashore, Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Leu Gardens, located at 1920 N. Forest Ave. in Orlando. Visit orangeaudubon.org or call 407-886-2925 for more information.MARCH 22Art, fun and food trucks will be available at the Gallery at Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, located at 1350 W. Fair banks Ave. in Winter Park, Friday, March 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery is having a fun, casual closing reception for the rst art show at the new 1350 West Gallery. Art purchases will benet Hospice of the Comforter Foundation. Call 407-6471942 for more information on this event. The fth annual Bike from Park to Park event on Friday, March 22, will begin from the Central Park West Meadow, located at 150 N. New York Ave., at 8 a.m. and wind its way through Winter Parks famed parks in an organized, chaperoned twowheeled trip. The ride will end with fun at Central Parks West Meadow. Visit cityof winterpark.org for more information. To celebrate UCFs 50th anniversary, the Knights & Damsels Dance Company will perform its Spring Showing Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in the Pegasus Ball room, which is located in the Student Union. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Small Business Education Series pre sented by CenturyLink, which will be Fri day, March 22, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 W. Lyman Ave., will feature Thriving Interactives Kyle Taylor Taylor will discuss the importance of localized Inter net search marketing at the rst of our new educational series aimed at small business owners. Registration will be at 8 a.m. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Call 407-6448281 for more information on this event. The Central Florida Home & Garden Show will take place from Friday, March 22, to Sunday, March 24, at the Orange County Convention Centers South Hall B in the Centers North/Sound building on Universal. Attendees can nd innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improve ment and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. Adults 13 and older can save $3 online at OrlandoHomeShow.com. Visit centraloridahomean dgardenshow.com for more information. MARCH 23Gallery Talk with Virginia Mecklenburg will be Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Mennello Museum, located at 900 E. Princeton St. in Orlando. Mecklenburg, chief curator at the Smithsonian Ameri can Art Museum, has organized more than 25 exhibitions, including the cur rent African American Art: Harlem Re naissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond exhibit. Included with an admission fee, the event will be free to members. Visit mennellomuseum.com for more informa tion on this event. As part of UCFs 50th anniversary celebration, the second annual English Sym posium: Consuming Objects conference will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Colburn Halls Graduate Student Center, Suite 146. The event is free and open to the public. Visit cah.ucf. edu for more information on this event. The Orange Audubon Societys March eld trip will be Saturday, March 23, to Viera Wetlands and Click Ponds in Mel bourne. Wading birds, different duck spe cies and raptors can be found in Viera. Be prepared for possible hiking in the wetlands, and bring binoculars, spotting scopes, eld guides and sunscreen. The group will then leave at 7:30 a.m. Call Lori Mathis at 407-579-3795 for more infor mation on the eld trip. MARCH 26The Maitland Chamber of Commerce, lo cated at 110 N. Maitland Ave., presents Coffee Time at the Chamber Tuesday, March 26, from 8 to 9 a.m. Call 407-6440741 for more information on this event. Visit www.wpmobserver.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Golf Classic Presented by Friday, April 19, 2013 Dubsdread Golf Course A fun afternoon of golf, food, friends and charity! Proceeds benefit BETA Center and Leadership Winter Park Scholarship Fund. Golf Registration Deadline April 5 $400 per foursome / $100 per individual Includes box lunch, beverages, snacks, happy hour social, goodie bag and cart and greens fees. Helicopter Ball Drop Contest $500 Prize! $10 per entry or 3/$20 A helicopter will drop golf balls over one hole and the first ball in the hole (or closest to the pin) wins the cash! Entry open to the public. Must not be present to win. Register online at www.winterpark.org or call (407) 644-8281 Michael Moyer, MD, PA Board Certified Family Medicine 407 671 7141 3592 Aloma Ave, Suite 5, Winter Park, FL 32792 Winter Park Commerce Center This year has started out strong for Central Floridas housing market. Recent reports show increased sales, higher median prices, near record-low mortgage rates and a limited inventory of home listings. All of this indicates a transition into a sellers market, which is quite a change from previous years. Since 2007, there have largely been more sellers than buyers, forcing home sellers to reduce prices and keeping homes from getting oers from multiple bidders. Now, according to the National Association of Realtors, total U.S. home sales rose to 4.65 million in 2012, up from 4.26 in 2011. e outlook for 2013 in our area? Its all about demand! eres no doubt, Central Florida homes are selling quicker. e average time on the market was 96 days in January 2012. is past January, we saw closer to 81 days, meaning homes are getting under contract 16 percent faster. In addition, the average home sold for almost 96 percent of its listing price. e Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA) reports the median house price has risen by 18 percent in the past year to $128,000. In Winter Park (32789), the median home price in 2012 was $295,000. e median home price for lakefront homes in this same area was $580,000. Sales are holding steady in the Orange and Seminole Counties condo market. We are seeing progress in this category with a 2012 median price of $75,000 compared to $63,000 in 2011. is marks the 13th month in a row that statewide median sales prices for both single family homes and condo/townhome units have increased year-over-year. We certainly cant forget about short sales and foreclosures (although many of us would like to). But the good news here is the number of distressed sales are decreasing. Last year at this time, short sales and bank-owned properties represented 38 percent of the active market. Today it represents 27.5 percent of the market. e median price for foreclosures and short sales rose 14 percent and 22 percent respectively, Keep in mind the median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less. Housing industry analysts note that sales of foreclosures and other distressed properties downwardly distort the median price of traditional home sales because they generally sell at a discounted rate. As for home mortgages, Fannie Mac reports a 30-year xed rate mortgage averaged 3.41 percent in January 2013, down from the 3.92 percent average during this same month a year ago. Getting the loan you want is great, but you need to have all your ducks in a row prior to making an oer. In this environment of homes selling faster, having a loan pre-qualication will help your Realtor move quickly so that you dont lose the opportunity to purchase that dream home. So whether youre a buyer or seller the time to act is now as Orlandos real estate market heats up. Contact a qualied Realtor to help make the process easier and faster because in this type of real estate environment, every second counts!Scott Hillman is president of Fannie Hillman + Associates. He can be reached at 407.644.1234 or scott@fanniehillman. com.Scott HillmanFannie Hillman + Associates Calendar

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Page 10 Lifestyles As a teenager, she would car ry home stacks of poetry books from the library, as many as they would let her. Shed pore over every word on every page, for hours upon hours, until her eyes strained to continue. The inspi ration struck her, the words she needed to write bursting from her brain, down to her hand, scrib bling onto her notebook paper. It was her turn to write. Sometimes words come because youre sitting there, said Suzannah Gilman. Your brain just kind of takes off, it turns on and goes. of inspiration and passion for writing has hit Gilman, but she said its back now. There are days when all she does is sit at her desk and write, and dinner never hits the table. When all her worries are gone, and its just the exuberance, the pure joy of writing and creat ing, left for her to feel. Life is just easy. All that stuff goes out of the window in that moment of writ ing, she said. Gilman is a Winter Park resi dent and recently had a chapbook a small book of poetry that nor mally has a theme published called I Will Meet You at the Riv er. Its full of moments of love, real relationships and imaginary ones, all honest and true to the hu man experience, Gilman said.Modest beginningGrowing up, words were a priority for her, but in her home there wasnt much to read besides the Bible and their hometown newspaper. At her grandparents house, she found a book of po etry given to them as an anniver sary gift when she was only 8. She read it cover-to-cover, skipping ones she didnt understand, even memorizing her favorite, which she can recite to this day. When she was 11 she began writing, and her mother knew to leave her alone when the door was shut and the books came out. I liked the internal life about it, she said. It was really a great means of escape and entertainment. But she hasnt always lived a life full of art. She got married at just 19, had three children by 22 and another at 26. Gilman wanted to go to college, but her then-hus band didnt quite support her. She did it anyway, all while raising her four children. And then she got a law degree. Thats just how shes always been. When she is determined to rfntrbrbbr fntb tr tr fntrbr tr tr r rfrfnf tfb rfrfnf tfb rbffrrfbftbrb frftbrbbbbfbf brbffbfbbb bbbrfbffftb 13-ABK-030 WINTER PARK MAITLAND OBSERVER BOGO.indd 1 3/15/13 9:32 AM r rfntbWe offer Full-Day Infant Care and Childcare Year-Round, Preschool Classes, Summer Camp, and much more! rfntbrn n n PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERSuzannah Gilman left a legal career for poetry, a career she used to dream of when she was in school. The mother of four went on sabbatical after having an epiphany about life. Please see POET on page 11Winter Park poet publishedRollins graduate and former lawyer Suzannah Gilman has had her first book of poetry published, returning to her first passion in lifeBRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff To purchase Suzannah Gilmans poetry book I Will Meet You at the River, visit tinyurl.com/ SuzannahGilman

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Expires April 15, 2013Code: WPMO13 MARCH 22Valencia College will hold its annual Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at the Performing Arts Center on Valencia Colleges East Campus, located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. The annual dance concert is a partnership between Valencia and Rollins College, which dates back to 1991. The concert features student, faculty and guest artist dancers from Rollins and Valencia. For more ticket information or to purchase tickets, go to valenciacollege.edu/arts or call the box ofce at 407-582-2900.MARCH 23 The city of Maitlands Movie in the Park will feature Ice Age 4: Conti nental Drift Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. at Quinn Strong Park, located at 345 S. Maitland Ave. Attendees can bring their own blankets and chairs. Food is available on site for purchase. Visit itsmymaitland.com for more information. The tness enthusiasts at Zimmer man, Kiser & Sutcliffe, P.A., invite you to celebrate 36 years of running right where it all began: Park Avenue in Winter Park. The Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race will begin Saturday, March 23, at 7 a.m. at 251 S. Park Ave. The event will begin with a 2-mile run at 7 a.m., followed by a 10K at 7:30 a.m., the 2-mile awards at 8:15 a.m., and the 10K awards at 9 a.m. A Healthy Kids Run will also take place at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Track Shack Running Series Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. This is the grand nale of the Track Shack Running Series. Proceeds will benet the Meridian Club of Winter Park Scholarship Fund, which has served the city of Winter Park and surrounding region for 35 years. Call 407-896-1160 or visit trackshack. com for more information. The Baldwin Park Resident Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Corrine Commons, which is in front of Grace Hopper Hall off Kenan Lane in Orlando. Meet Ashley Eckstein hometown hero, voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and founder of the popular female scimerchandise line, Her Universe at Orlando Science Center, located at 777 E. Princ eton St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, as part of the nal days of the blockbuster exhibit Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. Eckstein will participate in question-and-answer panels, autograph sessions and photo-ops throughout the day. These activities are included with admission. Call 407-514-2000 or visit osc.org for more information on the event and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.MARCH 30The 59th annual Winter Park Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9:30 a.m. Satur day, March 30, in the Central Park West Meadow in downtown Winter Park. The event draws hundreds of kids every year for a traditional egg hunt in the grass. Visit cityofwinter park.org or call 407-599-3463 for more information on this event. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Its FREE to place estate sales, garage sales and yard sales in our classifieds section! Visit WPMObserver .com and click Create Your Classified POET | Surrounding herself with writers gave her the inspiration to leave her career CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10do something, she will make it happen, said her friend and fel low poet Susan Lilley. She has a diamond-hard ability to accomplish She lost her art while she was a lawyer, uninspired and too busy to write. But poetry was always with her, being a lawyer giving her sharper reading and writing skills. For a while she needed the job; she was a single mother. Finding poetry againBut then she found a new love, and lots of opportunities one drawing her back to the art of the written word. When I started thinking What do I want to do? there wasnt any thing else, she said. Shes found the art that has really been in her destiny all along, said Philip Deaver, her past pro fessor at Rollins College. She has changed her life. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003, has watched her intensity about poet ry grow. Gilman often works until morning, taking her old poems and making them new. She said its being with other poets that has driven her to get her work published. She wants to publish more she jokes she cant be known only for her ro mantic poetry of her just released I Will Meet You at the River. Her work is and has been much more than that, hinted at by the She has the remarkable ability to pluck out little moments, real moments and intimate interactions and make them sparkle and bring them to life on the page, said Le zlie Laws, another former professor. everyday and ordinary, Lilley said. She really has an eye for the beau ty in all things. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERGilmans new book I Will Meet You at the River, available in May, collects romantic poetry inspired by her lifes ups and downs, mixed in with some fanciful creations.

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Page 12 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 What grows best this time of year with speaker Thomas Maccubbin Thursday, March 28th 2:00 p.m. Savannah Court of Maitland Please RSVP 407-645-3990 Spring Gardening Its not just about getting you back on your feet. Its about getting you back to your life. HCR Healthcare, LLC Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing MICHAEL MOYER, MD, PA 407 671 7141 3592 Aloma Ave, Suite 5 Winter Park Commerce Center Winter Park, FL 32792 Attention Deficit Disorder Migraine Headache Anxiety/Depression Muscle Spasm Insomnia Arthritis Hypertension Diabetes Asthma Allergies Weight Management Adult Physicals School / Sport Physicals Medical Disability Physicals Michael Moyer, MD, PA George Carroll, M.D., has over 20 years experience in sexual medicine, and is actively involved in the following: Even if Viagra, Cialis or Levitra have not worked for you, the vast majority of diabetic men can resume a normal sex life. OrlandoSexualMedicine.com There she was, trying on her gorgeous white evening gown covered in green and fuchsia se quins, ready for a black tie event. And then there was her ugly alu minum cane, sticking out like a sore thumb between the dazzling beadwork that danced across her dress, and certainly not accenting her perfectly matching shoes. This is not going to cut it with my gown, Cathy Kerns said. But she had an idea. If the cane didnt match her dress, shed just have to make one that did. So Kerns got to work, taking a Lucite cane, one made of a clear, tough plastic material, and decorated it herself. She took a long, white stem and glued lovely little pink matched her dress, and inserted cane. dence, knowing that if anyone noticed her cane, it would be be cause it was beautiful, not because it was a cane. And that was her It lifted me up, Kerns said.Living with MSKerns was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, disabling disease that affects the central nervous system, when she was 39 years old. Eight months later, the disease caused her to have to use a cane. It was a tough decision to make using a cane, especially that young, means wearing your disability out there for everyone to see. You almost kind of tend to hang your head in shame, she said. You tend to try to hide your disease. With a cane, you cant hide it. There are questions, people won der whats wrong, and many ask. So instead of feeling badly about herself, Kerns decided to take control of the situation, and cre ated canes that shed want to be seen using. When others took interest, the Orlando resident decid ed she would form her own cane company called Style Stick. Many of her customers express PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERCathy Kerns creation, Style Sticks, gives her a point of pride walking down the sidewalk, where before the MS patient felt ashamed. Please see CANES on page 13Putting style back into her stride Cathy Kerns took a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and turned it into a fashionable excuse to talk about her condition to strangers and admirersBRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff

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Page 13 similar feelings about the start of using a cane. Some put it off for a long time, disregarding the possi bility of falling for their pride. Its very hard to make the next step in life, said Kerns friend and Style Stick owner D.J. Ive never been more glad that I got over that.The Style SticksAll the canes are made out of that same clear plastic, and there are more than 85 different combinations of designs buyers can choose. There are stems covered any color you can think of; the very popular confetti cane with tiny snippets of multicolored sat in fabric suspended inside, and plenty of metallic canes appropri ate for evening wear. Kerns makes them all herself.Lifting people upShe said that having a disease or condition that takes away your mobility not only has physical ef fects, but mental, too. A Style Stick is something that, as she knows from personal experience, can Theyre brighter, they lift their head higher; they walk a lot more assuredly, she said. A Style Stick really helps that person maintain that self-esteem. Wendy Zehngebot, a Winter Park resident who has a few Style Sticks, said that it makes her feel better to feel put together. It also opens up conversations with people, and lets her talk about having MS and using a cane in a posi question about whats wrong with her, its about how pretty her cane is. And with a cane, shes not sit ting in a wheelchair with people looking down at her. She said it has changed how others treat her. It also allows me to interact from a standing position, to see eye to eye, Zehngebot said. Kerns said she loves that her Style Stick can also give her the opportunity to talk to others about MS. Not only will she talk to anyone just wanting to learn from her out of curiosity, but she has also dedicated her life to supporting and advising those newly diagnosed with MS. Its not a blessing that I got it, but its a blessing to know what I want to do, she said. It made me realize that part of the reason I got this disease is to teach others. Shell be proudly sporting her Style Stick at the Walk MS fundraiser in Baldwin Park in April, sharing her love of educating about MS. Just ask her. This was a calling, she said. Need To Sell Your House? (855) 755-1818 Just Want Out Behind on Payments Job Transfer or Loss Tired of Being a Landlord Need Repairs Facing Foreclosure Vacant / Abandoned www.Circle18Homes.com CASH $$$ QUICK CLOSE ANY PRICE RANGE ANY CONDITION ANY SITUATION FRESH AIR A BREATH OF Healthy Central Florida is a community-based partnership founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation. WINTER PARK VILLAGE Enjoy smoke-free outdoor dining at these locations: Winter Park VillageFriday, March 22 Sunday, March 24 To browse styles and buy your own Style Stick cane, visit stylestick.com or call 1-888-70-STICK. The annual Walk MS will be held at Harbor Park in Baldwin Park on April 7 at 8 a.m. If youre interested in participating, and catching Cathy Kerns and her Style Stick, learn more at tinyurl.com/ WalkMSOrlandoCANES | Baldwin Park MS Walk will raise money to help fight the rare but increasingly prevalent condition CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12

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O OF COURSE I WANT TO CHANGE, I WANT TO BELIEVE I AM A BETTER FRIEND, BETTER FATHER, BETTER HUSBAND, BETTER PERSON TODAY THAN I WAS A YEAR AGO. And I want to believe I'll be able to say the same every year for the rest of my life. This side of heaven, there will always be room for improvement. But wanting change isn't enough. The world is full of chronic wishers; people who want to get in shape, change careers, become less angry, find God, fix a bad relationship, break a habit, redefine priorities but who never accomplish what they wish for. Why? Because change is hard. It requires us to do something that is not comfortable and we usually find it easier to repeat the same old familiar patterns, regardless of how unhealthy they may be. What does it take to go from wishing to doing? Healthy risks. A healthy risk is any action taken for the purpose of personal or relational growth despite a strong sense of uncertainty, vulnerability, or fear So, one measure of how much you're changing is by looking at how often you risk doing something that is outside your comfort zone. If you're not taking healthy risk, then you're probably not experiencing real change. Are you up for a challenge? Think of one significant shift you would like to make in a relationship. Perhaps you would like to be more encouraging in the workplace. Maybe you want to become more empathetic in the way you listen to your spouse, or more honest with your boss, or more passionate in your involvement with a group. Do Something Risky Be A Bette r Friend Tim Tedder MCC,LMHC, Charis Counseling Tim@chariscounselingcenter.com 407-894 -5202 To see a video about Tim and his counseling services, visit www.OurLifeToday.Org and select the Charis Counseling tab. M MY MOM HAD A CROSS STICH SAMPLER ON HER BEDROOM WALL THAT I ALWAYS LIKED. IT READ: A friend is one who shares your joy and doubles it for you. A friend is one who shares your woe and cuts it right in two. I have been blessed with some good friends who routinely demonstrate the truth spelled out in that sampler. Sadly, Ive also been in some other relationships where it felt as if my joy was cut in half and my woe doubled. Relationships with such people are not safe. We come away wounded and confused rather than blessed. Nobody plans to get into an unsafe friendship, but it happens. How can we recognize a person who might not be safe before getting into such a relationship? In old cowboy movies it was relatively easy to identify the good guys (white hats) and the bad guys (black hats). It would be so much simpler if we could sort out real people in real relationships just as easily. Alas, we cant. However, there are some observable actions and attitudes that will help us decide in which direction (safe/ unsafe) the person is aiming. Just remember that it takes time to get to know someones true character. Safe people can keep a confidence. I can share a personal need or struggle with such a friend and know that information will stay between the two of us. Unsafe people have an insatiable need to share information. Sometimes they will wrap it up nicely and call it a prayer request, but thats still gossip and it causes great pain for all involved. Safe people are appropriately vulnerable. With a safe friend I am willing to admit weaknesses, needs and struggles. Unsafe people, however, tend to go to in one of two directions: they show themselves to be very needy all the time and are quite self centered or they go the other way and pretend they have no needs and are better than everyone else. Safe people have relationships that feel equal we both feel and act as adults. With an unsafe person the relationship has a feeling of one up and one down. That is, I may feel like a little kid and the other as a controlling parent or vice versa. Safe people are open to receiving feedback. They take ownership of their attitudes and actions. These are comments we can expect to hear from a safe person: Youre right. I was wrong to say what I did. Im sorry. I failed to take care of that job that I said I would. On the other hand, an unsafe person will do her best to shift responsibility to another and/or deflect feedback or confrontation. Such a person might say: I might have known youd try to blame me for that. It really wasnt my fault; it just sort of slipped out in conversation. There is a lack of real honesty in such a relationship. Safe people will give feedback even when its hard to do so. When my actions hurt her, a safe friend will come to me and lovingly tell me what I did even if I might get upset. A safe person trusts that our relationship is strong enough to handle loving confrontation. An unsafe person will not confront me even when she knows Ive done wrong. She may talk to another about the situation behind my back or just ignore it and pretend that nothing of consequence really happened. Either way, she does not trust our relationship to handle truth. Safe people are more concerned with we than with I. She will want to hear about my family and my joys and sorrows. An unsafe person however is likely to be very self focused. Her sentences usually start with the word I. She either cant or wont invest energy in another person. So what do I do when I find someone in my life who is mostly unsafe? First, I take some time to talk to God about this relationship and listen for His counsel on how to proceed. Second, I carefully assess my own life. Am I safe and healthy myself? Am I strong enough right now, or do I need to step back from this relationship? Do I have good friends who will support me as I encourage my unsafe friend to become healthier? Have I got enough margin (unused time and energy) in my own life to invest heavily in this person right now? Thirdly, I may seek the wise counsel of an objective outsider (pastor, counselor, mentor) who knows both of us well. It wont be a walk in the park, but given the right conditions, hard work, and healthy, wise companions, a person who was once unsafe may well become a faithful and safe friend. by Miriam Kellogg Our L if e Toda y March 2013 A friend who will double your joy and cut your sorrow in two. Please share your thoughts with us on and www. OurLifeToday.Org Whatever stirs in your heart, focus on it and try to think of one specific, new action that would be hard for you to do, but would move you toward who you want to be. Now... take the risk.

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Y I IN THIS LINE OF WORK, I READ AND RECOMMEND A LOT OF DIFFERENT BOOKS COVERING A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT ISSUES. There is one book that I have found myself referring to a lot lately by Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection. Quite frankly, it is pretty great. In a clear and easy to read way, Brene asks us to own our story, to stop beating up on ourselves, and waiting to love who when are when. You are familiar with the burdensome WHEN. It goes like this, Ill be happy WHEN... Ill love myself WHEN... Ill relax WHEN... and then the list follows. The problem is that this burdensome list is never ending. For example, 10 pounds turns to 15, always followed by another task. We will always fail at something. The trick is to learn, somehow, to embrace yourself NOW. Face yourself and all your imperfections and accept it all while expecting others to do the same. Then you are no longer striving to be accepted and loved, you are simply striving to be the best version of you. The difference is astonishing. Striving to be loved has a panic feeling attached to it, hurry up or they may not love you anymore. Dont mess up or it's all over. Striving to be the best version of you allows for mistakes and failures along the way. It has a pace that is do able and even fun. Sure its easier said than done, but starting the journey towards acceptance is far better than staying in the cycle of whens. by Julia Janeck Julia Janeck ,LMHC, Charis Counseling Julia @chariscounselingcenter.com 407 -894 5202 To view a video of Julia and to learn more about her counseling services, visit www.OurLifeToday.Org and select the Charis Counseling tab. A Small Ripple Can Mean So Very Much. I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand. Fear not, I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 YOU HAVE SOMETHING ON YOUR CHIN. HERE, LET ME HELP YOU WITH THAT. Sure, I would be glad to help you move this weekend. These are expressions of friendship. Particularly that first one. I have been so grateful for good friends who point out crumbs on the chin or gooey things in the eye. There is nothing more embarrassing than after spending time with other people to discover in the mirror you have been wearing your food and to realize no one loved you enough to tell you or help you. One of my favorite pastors has written that delight is better than duty. Oh, I know we have always been told that we should do our duty regardless of the pain. It is an American virtue. But, when it comes to people, duty without delight produces resentment. Imagine you are in the hospital and your pastor comes to see you. After spending about an hour at your bedside, he prays for you. As he turns to leave you reach out for his hand and in gratitude say, Thank you for coming. To which he replies, its what I get paid to do. How much better you would have felt if that pastor could have said with delight, It was my pleasure. Delight honors the person being served, but service from duty demeans them. On many occasions as a child while accompanying my father on errands we would happen upon an old friend of his. In due course my father always turned and introduced me. It was my responsibility to look the man in the eye and shake his hand with a polite, Nice to meet you! My father insisted on it. No monkey business was tolerated. The book of Proverbs tells us that if a person wants friends, that person must first show themselves to be friendly. I dont know if its worse today or not, but I meet too many people that just dont know how to hold up their end of the conversation. When someone smiles, you smile back. If they say, Hello, you say, How are you? and give a friendly nod. If upon making someones acquaintance they ask where you work, you politely tell them while sprinkling in something interesting about the occupation. Then, you return with an amicable, how about yourself? I know some of you will say thats all cultural, but I think that is just an excuse to not do it. People respond well to friendly no matter where they are from. These are things I know in my head, but sometimes forget to practice. I get busy too. In that environment tasks become more important than people. In the rush of getting things done we often bulldoze our way through the day, leveling the people around us. I wish I wasnt that way. You probably do too. A little grace is what we need, grace for ourselves found in the form of permission to not get it all done. Particularly if getting it all done means sacrificing people. We also need grace for others as their lives intersect with ours at inconvenient moments. I have known folks that were really gifted at seeing people, even in the hurry. I dont know if it is compassion or friendliness or just having ones priorities straight, but some people are able to be gracious in all kinds of situations, even those not working out in their favor. We may not accomplish world peace or stamp out world hunger, but we can certainly have more peace in this world by changing our perspective on what is important or rather, who is important. Andy Aikins Please share your thoughts with us on and www. OurLifeToday.Org You know you have a friend when your quite moments are not awkward moments. You know you are a friend when knowing all their faults, you choose not to run away. But to stay and cherish your gift from God.

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Page 16 at Winter Park Towers Your room is waiting for you if you need Pain and Symptom Management Hospital Follow-up Complex Treatments, or Crisis Care Referrals 866-742-6655#5019096 www.cornerstonehospice.org www.SeriousIllness.org/cornerstoneMedicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances accepted According to a study by the National Eye Health Education Program, more than 70% of survey respondents consider that the loss of their eyesight would have the greatest impact on their day-to-day life; however, less than 11% knew that there are no early warning signs of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Are you maintaining your eye health? On Wednesday, March 13, Work Well Winter Park and Winter Park Memorial Hospital hosted Rebecca Kurzon, MD, with Winter Park Ophthalmology, to participate in the Health Education Series. During the lunch and learn, Dr. Kurzon shared some important lifestyle choices to preserve and protect your vision. Stop Smoking Not only does smoking contribute to dry eyes, but did you know it can worsen eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts and more? Need help quitting? Visit http:// www.oridahospital.com/stop-smokingprogram for resources and support. Use Eye Protection Did you know 2.5 million Americans sustain eye injuries each year, many resulting in permanent damage? Make sure you wear glasses, goggles or shields when performing tasks such as home improvement and lawn work. Know Your Family History Did you know many eye disorders have a genetic component? Know and share your family history with your ophthalmologist to customize a plan to minimize your risk. Avoid Eye Strain Myth: Wearing reading glasses will make you become more dependent on them. e reality is that wearing glasses with the incorrect prescription or not wearing glasses when you really need them may cause eye strain leading to headaches and eye fatigue. Have an Annual Eye Exam Your ophthalmologist can detect early signs of preventable and treatable eye diseases. She can also adjust your prescription and you will be able to formulate a relationship with her which is key should you ever have acute issues. Eat a Healthy Diet Omega 3-Fatty Acids, Vitamins A, C, E, zinc, copper, lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help your eye health, are all found in adequate amount in a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and green leafy vegetables. Dont Ignore a Problem Blurred vision can be a sign of a more serious problem. Many eye diseases can be treated if caught early but irreversible damage can be done if symptoms are ignored.Winter Park Memorial Hospital has continuously served the residents of Winter Park and its surrounding communities for more than 50 years. To view the complete range of services or schedule an appointment, visit www.WinterParkHospital.com.Maintaining Eye Health I read with dismay a recent Orlando Sentinel article about Rollins Colleges decision to derecognize Intervarsity Christian Fellowship on its campus. I fear that the decision, rather than increasing diversity, actually decreases it. A university or college ought to be a gather ing place for the free exchange of ideas. However, the freedom to bring competing ideas to the table is seriously hampered when the university attempts to pre determine how those various constituencies are allowed to enter into debate and dialogue. Strong views are most fre quently shaped by strong leader ship teams. The de-recognition of Intervarsity was sparked by a leadership issue: a group leader was asked to step down when she could no longer adhere to Intervarsitys understanding of bibseem a bit narrow-minded on Intervarsitys part, but the leader in question was only removed from leadership, not membership in the group. In good organizations, leaders are the embodiment of group identity. Think for a moment about a swimming team that had a soccer fanatic as its captain, who believed that all sporting events should do homage to soccer. That would soon get confusing for the swim team and ultimately affect its performance. Would asking the soccer-obsessed swim captain to stand down for the sake of the group be discriminatory or simply good management? Healthy debate is achieved when passionate people from differing perspectives talk out their differences in an environ ment of fairness and respect. The school administrations attempt to control a groups leadership diffuses the passion of that position and leads to weak dialogue and poor learning. I wonder what the campus Muslim group talks about when its leader isnt even a follower of Islam? I dont think that Rollins College Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender (GLBT) groups would be comfortable in having to welcome someone into leader ship who was less than fully afcompromise their identity. So why is that sort of discernment allowed for GLBT leadership and not Intervarsitys? The sad thing about the derecognition of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is that the group has an international reputation for combining passionate faith with intellectual rigor. This is pre cisely the sort of group that could enhance diversity and cultural engagement on campus; instead its voice has been silenced. For me, this raises the larger issue of what other voices have been silenced by draconian enforcement of discrimination policies. Discrimination is when you are passed over for promotion or harassed or threatened or made fun of, not when someone disagrees with your perspective or sets healthy boundaries for future discourse. As a Christian, I have to confess that the church has not always handled itself very well. We have said unkind things. We have put people down when they have differed from us. And for those instances, we need to ask forgiveness. But I also want to point out that there are many Christians who do observe the rules of debate very well. I think that Intervarsity is among those groups. Their loss from Rollins weakens the colleges spirit of inquiry and intellectual freedom, and that makes me sad indeed. Rev. Jim Govatos currently serves as Senior Pastor at Aloma United Methodist Church located in Winter Park. A former atheist, Jim is passionate about helping people understand and experience a living faith in Jesus Christ. Please share your thoughts by emailing him at jimg@ alomazone.org Jim Govatos Reality LinesAs it becomes clear President Obama is making Medicare a key topic for discussion within the broader context of federal spending, Democrats and Republicans have an opportunity to pursue common-sense reforms that preserve the program while achievwhat isnt working. Despite ongoing reservations, I believe that some parts of the Affordable Care Act can con ceivably be implemented with minimal dislocation, but only if the right policies are embraced by the administration. And thats why I think that the president is making a mistake in proposing potentially damaging changes to arguably the most effective part of Medicare, instead of building to drive long-term cost savings by keeping seniors healthy. The Medicare program component in question is the W. Bush signed in 2003 (later implemented in 2006). Part D was created to cover the drug cover age gap that that once existed in Medicares plan for older and D, seniors choose from a wide variety of privately run drug plans that negotiate individually with drug makers seniors now paying far less than they used to for coverage. According to a recent survey, the program has a 90 percent ap proval rating and, unique among major federal programs enacted in recent years, will actually cost less $334 billion less than original estimates. Even better, improved access to drugs appears to be saving costs elsewhere: found every one percent increase .2 percent decrease in spending in Medicare. Part D works so well because it recognizes both the virtues, and the limits, of free, competitive markets. On one hand, the very existence of the program acknowledges that Americans have a collective responsibility to help older and disabled individuals afford the medicines they need. On the other, by prohibiting gov ernment bureaucrats from trying to set prices, it leaves dozens of individual market players free to consumer needs.The paradox of shunning the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Looking for a way to reduce Medicare spending? Look no further than Part DDOUGLAS SCHOEN Guest Columnist Please see MEDICARE on page 17

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Page 17 Rarely do federal lawmakers come upon a policy that can expand access to critical health care services and simultaneously save taxpayers money. But according to a new report from a tweak in the way Medicare pays for certain kidney disease drugs could do just that preserving the availability of crucial treatments to rural patients and saving the program billions. At issue is Medicares handling of a few oral-only dialysis medications designed for end-stage renal disease, the most severe version of chronic kidney disease. In 2011, Medicare switched to a payment system that reimbursed for all dialysisrelated treatments in one bundled rate. Instead of paying prevailing market prices, the government opted to compensate health care providers according to a formula. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the government agency that oversees the program decided to exempt certain oral dialysis medications from the bundle through 2014. Januarys through 2016. Instead, those drugs will continue to be dispensed by local pharmacies through Medicare Part D, the prescription drug Thats the right call. Setting appropriate compensation is a particularly time-consuming and complicated task. It requires a remarkable volume of medical data. If of treatment into the price-control bundle, they almost certainly would have set compensation too low. Indeed, the Government Accountability derestimate of the total cost and said that there were still questions about payment adequacy beginning in 2014. If policymakers had proceeded with bundling the oral dialysis medications, patients could have lost access to them. Health care providers serving the Medicare population would have started losing money when dispensing these drugs. Many would have been forced to stop offering them leaving patients in the lurch. Patients suffering from end-stage renal failure are some of the most vulnerable in the entire Medicare population. They typically require at least three rounds of treatment every week. Even minor disrup tions to their health care regimens can lead to serious deterioration of their already fragile condition. Those in rural areas would have been hit particularly hard. Many communities outside urban centers depend on just one or two health clinics to meet their medical needs. A single clinic may serve patients coming from 50 miles away or more. These margins and depend heavily on Medicare Aware of the potential adverse consequences in rural communities, legislators responded by maintaining these oral medicines under the Part D prescription drug to maintain the viability of small clinics servicing rural communities. This was good for patient access but, according to the government budget accountants, also good for the Medi care program and taxpayers because it saves money. The CBO projects that extending the exemption through 2018 would save taxpayers approximately $1.3 billion. Senators Max Baucus, D-Montana, and ly important roles in marshaling support for the extension of the exemption through this year. They should be commended for championing the interests of rural Ameri cans. Because Congress acted in the best interests of rural patients, Medicare enrollees suffering from renal disease can now rest assured that they will retain access to treat ments they need.Grace Boatright is the legislative director for the National Grange, an organization that advocates for rural America. 2069 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 762 E. Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs, FL 32701(407) 691-3009 (407) 679-2135 Visit us on the web @ www.binsons.com r fntbt f rtt ftbt bt bnr nr rt b bb f b tb off trtnCoupon redeemable for cash, check or credit card purchases only. Not redeemable for insurance transactions. Excludes custom/special orders & nutritional supplements. May not be combined with any other discounts. Coupon has no cash value. In fact, the process works so well that government-run negotiations some in the Democratic Party want wouldnt save taxpayers a single penny. Likewise, the misguided rebate pro posal that President Obama referenced alter the program unnecessarily. Clearly the president means well, but the record shows that it just wont work. Indeed, the with trying to single-handedly run a pre scription drug program, the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, has so many gaps and omissions that more than 40 percent of its enrollees end up elect ing to pay for Part D or other privately provided coverage. This is why President Obama and my fellow Democrats should capitalize on the important lessons weve learned from Part D and make the program their own. Even with the recent success in holding down Medicare costs (the rate of cost increase has dropped by nearly 300 per cent), everyone who looks at the program overall agrees that its current anticipated spending path cant be sustained much longer. Put simply, both Democrats and Republicans have an opportunity to drive bipartisan cooperation and reduce health care spending through a proven govern ment program. Seniors will welcome it and Medicare will be in better shape as a result.Douglas Schoen is a political strategist and author of Hopelessly Divided: The New Crisis in American Politics and What it Means for 2012 and Beyond, published by Rowman & Littleeld Publishers.MEDICARE | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16Fiscal cliff health care policy x: good for rural patients and taxpayers GRACE BOATRIGHT Guest Columnist Patients suffering from end-stage renal failure are some of the most vulnerable in the entire Medicare population. They typically require at least three rounds of treatment every week. Even minor disruptions to their health care regimens can lead to serious deterioration of their already fragile condition. By Leah Nash, Executive DirectorWhat is Our Whole Community (OWC)? OWC is a 501(c)(3) non-prot Christian organization that brings communities together to establish relationships and share resources resulting in innovative programs that inspire, motivate and educate individuals in their pursuit of optimal health. It is a collaborative of churches, all with health ministries, that share resources and produce health resources for the community. Currently, OWC has 11 partner churches: First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park Presbyterian Church, New Covenant Baptist Church, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, Annunciation Catholic Church and First Congregational Church of Winter Park. All partner churches pay a nominal annual fee and provide leadership on the OWC Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets monthly to make decisions on OWC projects and is made primarily up of health professionals such as faith community nurses. OWC has also hired an Executive Director. Besides its partnership dues, OWC has received funding from the Winter Park Health Foundation, as well as from individual and corporate donors. Funding goes towards program management, community garden supplies, marketing and executive management. What Does OWC Do? When OWC initially formed, it was four churches with health ministries First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and Winter Park Presbyterian Church who decided to start meeting regularly to share resources. These four core churches told other health ministry teams about their meetings and the meetings grew. In 2009, the group of volunteers received funding from the Winter Park Health Foundation and ofcially became a 501( C )3 non-prot organization. Their rst meeting was just over ve years ago. OWC partners continue to share resources in an effort to make health and wholeness accessible to all of their congregations. In the process, the OWC Board of Directors also decided to produce health resources for the community. To date, OWC has built three community gardens, provides garden educational programming, promotes partner church programs and community events through a robust website (ourwholecommunity.org) and produced their inaugural Healthy Living Expo, which served over 200 attendees earlier this year with free health assessments and healthy living demonstrations. In the future, OWC plans to produce the Healthy Living Expo annually, as well as maintain their website and keep it up-to-date with health and wholeness resources vetted by the OWC Education Committee and produce a free online guide about community gardening, among other exciting projects. For more information about OWC, please visit ourwholecommunity.org or email owc_ ed@me.com.The Our Whole Community Story

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Page 18 Attention Caregivers: SSDI Benets For Dependents With Special Needs May Not Last Forever!Caregivers of dependents with special needs who receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benets must fully understand the nature, scope and duration of these benets to effectively plan for the nancial future of their dependent. When SSDI benets are payable based on a caregivers working record to their adult dependent with special needs, the Social Security Administration (SSA )considers this type of benet as a childs benet. It is this form of eligibility that this article will address. Many caregivers do not understand how this type of SSDI benet works, and make incorrect planning assumptions which could be disastrous for their dependent. Often caregivers assume that the benets will last forever, when in fact, they could be reduced and even be stopped by the SSA. Plans put in place by caregivers could be derailed, short-circuited and fall short of expectations. Without a clear understanding of SSA benets and payments, caregivers may not be able to effectively plan for the nancial future of their dependent with special needs. An adult dependent may be eligible to receive SSDI payments from their caregivers working record based on their own disability or blindness if certain requirements are met. Their caregiver must have contributed into the Social Security system a minimum number of qualifying quarters and some of those taxes must have been paid in recent years. Even then, their dependent is only eligible to receive SSDI payments if their caregiver is receiving Social Security disability or retirement benets or is deceased. Next, the dependent must be over the age of 18. Their disability must have occurred before the age of 22 which, coincidentally, is the age that a disability must have manifested itself by to be considered a developmental disability by the federal governments standards. The dependent cannot be performing any substantial work (per denition by the SSA) and must have a medical condition that has lasted or is expected either to last for at least 12 months or to result in death. Typically, they must also be single, or married to another social security beneciary. SSDI benets can also be payable to adults who received dependent benets based on their parents Social Security earnings record prior to the age of 18. After receiving twenty-four months of SSDI payments, the recipient will become eligible to receive Medicare Part A hospital insurance benets, which are premium-free. They will also be eligible to purchase Part B supplementary medical insurance and Part D voluntary prescription drug benets at that time. SSDI benet payments made to the dependent are based upon the average monthly indexed earnings of the wage earning caregiver and reect that caregivers actual contributions into the system. Since a limited amount of contributions were made into the system, the SSA calculates the family maximum that can be paid out to the family as a whole. For example, if the dependent is eligible for SSDI benets based on their caregivers disability, the familys maximum monthly benet can be no more than 150% of the caregivers Primary Insurance Amount (PIA.) The former wage earning caregiver receives his own full benet, and any eligible dependents must divide the balance between them. Payments to eligible dependents are reapportioned when other dependents are added or removed, which can create problems for your loved one. This reapportionment could occur when the caregivers spouse reaches retirement age and they draw on the system or the caregiver leaves behind a widow(er) who is also eligible to receive their benets. Therefore, as earlier mentioned, SSDI payments to the dependent with special needs can be decreased, modied and even stopped. If the SSA determines the caregivers disability has ended and they are not of Social Security retirement age, the dependents SSDI benet will terminate, as well, if being paid as a result of their dependent status. This could leave your loved one with inadequate funds and potential loss of accompanying Medicare coverage. Long-term planning goals may not be achieved. Caregivers of dependents with special needs receiving SSDI payments cannot assume that these benets will continue uninterrupted throughout their dependents lifetime. Caregivers must contact the Social Security Administration and determine if there will ever be a benet reduction or elimination at any point in their dependents future. Additional special needs planning can then be undertaken to offset the effects of these potential changes. Due to the complexity of federal and state laws and benet programs, you may require specially trained professionals to help you plan for the future of your dependent with special needs. Call Special Needs Planner Charles Fisher at 407-393-6693 for a condential consultation. MetLife Center for Special Needs PlanningSMFor more information about this and other related topics, visit our organizations website at www.metlife.com/specialneeds or call 1-877-638-3375. Also, for current social security information, visit www.ssa.gov. L1111221528[exp0114][All States][DC,PR] SNP-ARTICLE-SSDI Charles FisherFinancial Services Representative Special Needs Planner MetLife of Central Florida 301 E. Pine Street, Suite 800, Orlando, FL 32801 One Senior Place ... 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Page 19 1. Get your beauty sleep Believe it or not, the expression get your beauty sleep actually has some science behind it. Lack of sleep is directly connected to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. Increased levels of cortisol create a rise in blood sugar, increase fat storage around the waist and hips, and reduce the bodys ability to generate new skin cells. Consistently depriving yourself of sleep can also make your complexion look sallow and can aggravate skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis. 2. Wine downIm not trying to take away all your fun! You can still have a glass of something. Drink more than a cocktail a day? Your skin is going to suffer. Alcohol has been proven to dilate the blood vessels in the skin. Every time you have a drink, the blood vessels dilate and remain permanently dilated until they lose their tone. In addition, alcohol can worsen certain skin conditions including acne and rosacea and has been found to deplete the body of vitamin A, an important antioxidant. 3. Stop smoking Not only does smoking cause cancer and bad breath, it also destroys collagen and elas tin and decreases levels of estrogen necessary smoking results in a perceived extra 2.5 years of age, according to research published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.4. Cut the junkA study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that people who replaced processed carbohydrates with high-protein foods and whole grains broke out less. The reason? High-glycemic foods cause your blood sugar to rise, triggering a surge of insulin. Insulin stimulates oil-producing hormones called androgens, which cause breakouts. Cut the junk, and you could see an improvement in acne in about six weeks. Instead, opt for sensible snacks like raw nuts. The healthy fats found in raw nuts provide nutrients for the hair, skin and nails, and help sustain basic metabolism.5. Keep movingAlong with lifting your mood, exercise healthy-looking glow. Both immediately and over time, exercise has been shown to decrease stress, which can result in better skin. week will go a long way in promoting healthy skin and a healthy lifestyle. 6. Stay hydratedWater is the most critical nutrient we can give our bodies. In fact, our bodies are comprised of two-thirds water and lose an average of 2.5 liters of water daily. In order to stay hydrated it is necessary to replenish what is lost at a minimum each day. Drinking lots of water not only hydrates the skin, but also that cause aging. Dr. Dimitry Palceski is a board certied dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. He was recently voted Best Dermatologist in a poll taken by The Winter Park/Maitland Observer and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. His ofce, Reections Dermatology & Center For Skin Care, is centrally located in Baldwin Park. For more information on Dr. Palceski, please visit reectionsdermatology.com or call 407-8958818. To submit a question, please email DrP@ reectionsdermatology.comISTOCK PHOTOWant great skin at any age? Dr. Dimitry Palceski

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Page 20 Opinions Chris Jepson PerspectivesLouis Roney Play On! To the editor of the ObserverOn Monday at 4 p.m. the mayor and commissioners will hold a workshop on the request to form the Ravaudage Community Development District; a vote on this request must take place by April 8, there will be no opportunity for public input at Mondays meeting. As the mayor and commission consider the Ravaudage Community Development District; they need to consider the impact long term, and potential challenges in its approval. Many developments in Winter Park and Central Florida have been successful without CDDs, so a question: would the development be successful or be able to this? A commitment to this developer now will set a precedent others may expect. There are 600 CDDs in Florida, which have issued $6.5 billion in municipal the 600, 168 or 28 percent have defaulted on $5.1 billion or 78 percent of the bonds. Consider the track record of [a developer in Winter Park]; which includes forecloprojects. (Source: Florida Community Development District Report) No one can convince me that the development of 48 acres will not require additional city services and infrastructure; you as commissioners have already taken on that obligation through annexation. The developer, investors, present and future written by the rest of the property owners and taxpayers of Winter Park. Just reading Gov. Scotts Executive Order Number 12-10 (Review of Special Many folk in the city of Winter Park wonder, and some believe, that the developers of projects in Winter Park get what they want from the city and commissioners; there is a history of Winter Park approving projects that we were later sorry we approved; and in some cases paid mil lions to undo. Development should be able to stand on its own and, if planned and done well, business being a partner in developthe developer and not the city. I can only hope that the mayor and city commissioners have the courage to do the right thing; deny the application for the Rav audage Community Development District; developers and development, especially in the city of Winter Park, should not be funded or underwritten by its citizens and taxpayers. Jack Miles Winter ParkLetter to the editorThank you to the Blue Door Denim Shoppe and the Winter Park Police Depart iPad, which I left on a park bench on Park [Avenue] in Winter Park in mid-January. Im very appreciative of the honesty and integrity of the owner and employees of the Shoppe for keeping it until I discovered an email they sent to me to let me know it was found. It was almost seven weeks from the day I lost it until it was back in my possession. Although I knew the likelihood of retrieving a lost iPad was very small, still, I kept a small bit of faith that it might be found. And, thanks to the employees of The Blue Door Denim Shoppe and Edward Bigley of the Winter Park Police Department, Im extremely happy to have it back in my possession. I look forward to returning to Winter Park someday and thanking all of them in to Winter Park! Regards,Nancy de Jong Greenville, S.C. Snap2012@att.netFrench composer Charles Gounod wrote the opera Faust in 1859, and it soon became the worldwide favorite of all operas. On the 100th anniversary of sing the title role of Faust with the Paris Opera in a big Monte Carlo production. The well-known Faust story is that of an old sorcerer who trades his soul to the devil in return for his lost youth. In Monaco, Princess Grace was the Opera Patroness. Shortly before that, Grace Kelly had forsaken a major movie career and had crossed the ocean on a liner with her Philadelphia family to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco, thus becoming Princess Grace. Prince Rainier was the rather stolid son of Prince Phillip of Monaco, and needed an infusion of money very badly to run his tiny principality. Rainer had to look over a couple of potential brides with big bucks, and Grace was the one who decided that she wanted to accept his offer. Her father, a very well off mainline Philadelphia builder from Ireland, provided plenty of loot to foot the bills. The liner moored off the Monaco coast, and the Kelly family came to shore in the princes lavish motor yacht. Later, when I sang Faust in the Monte Carlo Royal Opera, Grace and Rainier sat almost onstage in the Royal Box. At the big reception in the lobby following the performance, Grace was delighted to learn that I was an American and spoke English. Ive been breaking my head long enough trying to say everything in French, she said with a laugh. She asked me if I would like to come to the Palace the next day to see the quarters where she and the prince lived. (By the way, the famous Monte Carlo gambling casino shares its big lobby with that of the opera house, so that between the acts theatergoers can indulge in gaming.) I readily accepted Graces kind invitation. At the appointed time, I approached a uniformed guard on the steps of the Palace and told him that I wanted to see the Princess. In French he muttered something like, You and who else? and then just who I was. The palace itself was not a very large building, and the grounds were Grace was quite charming and warm when we shook hands. She showed me through the receiving rooms in the front of the palace, and then we went out on the balcony overlooking the Mediterranean sensational! The royal dining room was quite posh, and many a head of state, including Winston Churchill, had dined there. Prince Rainier had just left for Paris where he maintained a large apartment, and, one heard, a longtime gorgeous mistress. Princes act like princes married or not it seems. Grace, too, had reputedly had a slew of Hollywood lovers, including Bing Crosby with whom she had made The Country Girl, which won her an Oscar. Princess Grace was mortally wounded in an auto accident some time later with her daughter in the car. Thus came to an end the story of a pretty Philadelphia girl who chose a small European throne over a glamorous Hollywood career, and Grace never seemed to regret her decision. In later years, I many times drove down the little road from the Grande Cor niche where Grace was killed and always paused to recall the horrible turmoil of her roadster crumpled in a heap at the bottom.About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney)Where everybody knows your name, and theyre always glad you came Chorus from 1982 TV show, Cheers Growing-up, I was the lanky lad in the back of the room trying to blend into the wallpaper. I like to watch, Eve, was much more my philosophy. Hard as it is for some to imagine today, I was kind of a shy individual. But I realized that being out-of-sight ditious exits when it became even remotely tiresome. Alas, a lot of life is exactly that. Ah, maturity. Adulthood requires, rather, successful adulthood requires we navigate the tiresome. The tiresome by any other name is humanity. The tedious rules (Badges! We dont need no stinking badges!). The boring conversation(s). The time. The expectations. The commitment(s). The disappointments. Deal with people and as sure as the sun comes up tomorrow, so too, predictability, fatigue and ennui. Thats on one-hand, but on the other is everything we love about our species. Curious. Inquisitive. Imaginative. Intelligent. Original. Clever. Generous. Kind. Exotic. Erotic. Living (just being alive) has us all experiencing both the tiresome and the exquisite. But you must be open to the new, the novel, the untried. One example: In 1976 I that required I join a local Lions Club in Southern (almost Arkansas) Missouri. I raged against such an institutional requirement, such that my wife ultimately said, Man-up and get off your butt down to those Wednesday luncheons. Actually, she wasnt that kind. But I ended-up absolutely loving the experience. Great men, one and all. I wouldnt trade my two years as a Lion for anything less than a million bucks. Another club worth joining, dear read Contrary to Groucho Marxs admonition about refusing membership in any club that would have you, consider joining friendship, and 2) intellectual stimulation. Isnt that about 87.4 percent of what we want out of life? That you get both, well, whatta deal! I have the luxury of speaking at The months or so. Its a task I take on because it requires me to step out of my comfort zone as well as organize my thoughts on once observe, How will I know what I know until I write it down. So true. I typically speak before the Humanities Group (an offshoot of the Philosophy Discussion Group), led by longtime friend Peggy Kraemer. On March 12 I discussed the perspec tive of Greek philosopher Epicurus and the Roman writer Lucretius interpreta tion of his philosophy (On The Nature of Things). Consider me an advocate of his perspective. Yes, we all must return to The Garden (as envisioned by Epicurus). makes friendship and the intellect possible, and available, too. Call Holly Milton Shell give ya the skinny! Its affordable. Stretch your boundaries. Stretch your mind. Do something good for yourself. Join today. 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.USA club worth joining Graces place PHOTO BY CHRIS JEPSON THE OBSERVERSmiles all around during the recent Humanities Group Meeting of the University Club. Chris Jepson (second from left) spoke on the pleasures of living. Peggy Kraemer (with ruby shoes and red purse) chairs the group and lines-up the speakers.Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com At the appointed time, I approached a uniformed guard on the steps of the Palace and told him that I wanted to see the Princess. In French he muttered something like, You and who else?

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Page 22 March 21 and April 6 Story telling at an art exhibit On March 21, Jai Gallery in vites the public to a unique storyart photographer, columnist and ancient Greek art expert Josh Gar rick in collaboration with John DiDonnas Empty Spaces Theatre Co. The informance based on The Odyssey by Homer will be a 20-minute choreographed dialogue between Barbara Sorensens art objects and the myths that inspire them. The audience, narrator and performers will move through the exhibit, recounting stories from Odysseus attempt to return home following the Trojan War. Show times are March 21 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and (a family show) on April 6 at 1 p.m. Jai Gallery is at 101 S. Garland Ave. in downtown Orlando. Call 407-921-0693 or visit jaigallery.net March 22, 23 and 24 Central Florida Home & Garden Show Get inspired and get started, is the motto of the 2013 Florida Home Show to be held at the Orlando Convention Center from March 22 to 24. With experts on everything from windows and ing, we can shop and save on products and services to refresh and restore our homes. Jason Cameron of DIY Networks Man Caves shares advice on the IKEA Stage; top chefs offer samples on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage; and four designer rooms homeandgardenshow.com or call 877-871-7469.March 22 Beethoven Direct from Germany in Daytona BeachConcluding its brilliant season of large orchestras, the Daytona Beach Symphony Society invites us to experience the 106-piece Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Winner of four ECHO music awards, the Orchestra has performed in the worlds great concert halls, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The program will include Beethovens glorious Piano Concerto No. 4 and Beethovens happiest Sym phony No. 7. Call 386-253-2901 or visit dbss.org March 22 to April 14 Enchanted April at Mad CowThis engaging comedy is about two frustrated London housewives who decide to rent a castle in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages. share their dream castle with two very different and somewhat condescending English women. Seeing themselves anew through these unwanted relationships, each of the women changes, but will it be for the better? Presented at the Mad Cow Theaters new home through April 14, visit madcowtheatre.org or call 407297-8788.March 26 Artist Critiques evening free to the public The Art & History Museums Maitland invites the public to its free Artist Critique Series, a pro fessional development series that offers artists the opportunity to have their works reviewed along with comments from the public. Held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Maitland Art Center, the critiques are led by artist and arts writer Josh Garrick, along with guest panel ists Thomas Thorspecken and Camilo Velasquez. Each evening is meant to be both entertaining and informative with audience participation encouraged. Visit Artandhistory.orgMarch 27 to April 28 Titus Andronicus at Orlando Shakes Those Elizabethans were a bloody bunch as witnessed by the (at that time) popularity of Shake speares bloodiest blockbuster. Vengeance and madness are the themes of Titus Andronicus with each barbarous act begetting brutal acts of retaliation. Gory was the most popular of Shakespeares plays during his lifetime. What does that say about this human race? The play is show ing March 27 to April 28 at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Call 407-447-1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org SPECIAL EVENTS March 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cirque de la Symphonie The forward-thinking Orlando Philharmonic shows us how Cirque can meet Symphony in a thrilling program in which ac robats and contortionists perform amazing feats, and aerialists soar overhead as the Orlando Philhar monic performs. Maestro Christopher Wilkins says, In the case of Cirque de la Symphonie, the circus performers have chosen the selections. Whether it is the power of the strongmen or the self fascinated by their choices, and loving the connections to my world that they have made. Visit orlandophil.org or call 407-7771700.Coming soon Wine to celebrate an artists 90th birthdayCellardoor Winery has announced a new wine specially bottled for Central Floridas legendary artist and mentor Harold Garde. Sporting a label created by the artist, the winery announced, For our 2013 Artist Series, we honor Harold Garde, legend of American Abstract Expressionism and celebrate the artists 90th birthday. Urbane Gardes unique style, its bold simplicity, and ability to engage every viewer. Congratulations and happy birthday to a special friend and a brilliant mentor. Call 207-763-4478 or visit Mainewine. 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 joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. A BENEFIT FOR THE SEB AS TI A N HAUL F UND HELPING GREYHOUND S RE A CH THEIR NEW F A MILIE S. Tenth AnnualDOGGIEart festivalPoster art by Jason Sipple Sunday, April 7thNorth Park Avenue in Winter ParkFEATURING PET RELATED ARTISTS, VENDORS AND ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS PRESENTED BY:SPONSORS : Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar Train ONLINE for Allied Health and Medical Management. 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