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Page 4 KEEP UP WITH MAITLAND NEWS AND EVENTS!www.IndependenceLane.com Facebook.com/ItsMyMaitland ing for a shot at the postseason as they enter the district tournament, which kicked off at press time dominated in district play with a 6-1 record in the regular season, had more trouble overall, barely breaking even at 13-11. host the district tournament, play If they can make it as far as the championship game, theyll take permitting. Edgewater Chip Gierkes Eagles are also playoff bound, barreling toward the postseason with a 13-2 win over Mt. Dora just before the start of the district playoffs at press time. The Eagles (11-6, 6-1) trav eled all the way to Daytona State College for the district tourna ment, hoping for one of the top two slots thatll send them to the regional ladder. The district championship starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. Rollins came back just in time ing of a three game series, lead ing to an unusual tied series after the teams split their other two games. But it was a wild one for the Tars (20-18-1, 7-10-1), who had three extra base hits two of shelled St. Leo (29-13-1, 9-8-1) Zach Persky and Hunter May Matt Hendricks. Meanwhile Rol lins starter Isaiah Sakany had giving up four runs on six hits in the second, being pulled after just 1.1 innings of work. The teams would trade rallies for seven in nings before rain called it at 7-7. The Tars go on their biggest road trip of the year this week end, heading to New England for games against Assumption, Saint Anselm and Bentley before re turning home to host NSU (24-16, 6-9) starting at 6 p.m. May 3. Rain stalls Tars comeback Wildcats, Eagles in districts ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Business Briefs Community Bulletin Great orators Winter Park Institute at Rollins Colleges spring season recently ended with lm maker Oliver Stone speaking to more than 1,500 people. Since its inception ve years ago, WPI has introduced the com munity to more than 50 world-renowned intellectual leaders. For info on future speakers, visit winterparkinstitute.org Taste of Winter Park winners On April 17 the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the 28th annual Taste of Winter Park. Forty-ve of the areas n est restaurants served more than 1,300 attendees. Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar was honored with Best Entre for its let and crab cake served with barnaise sauce. Best Side Dish was presented to Mitchells Fish Market for its shrimp and scallop ceviche. 4 Rivers Smokehouses Sweet Shop earned the restaurant the Best Dessert nod for its bourbon ice cream. The Best Booth Dis play went to Barnies CoffeeKitchen. The Best Healthy Dish was presented to East End Market, whose vendor Txokos created a fresh seafood salad. Best Fresh Florida Dish was Cask & Larders smoked Canav eral cobia was served with a wheatberry salad, pickled green beans, tomatoes and a horseradish crme frache. Sinclair wins again Rollins Colleges Dr. John V. Sinclair was honored at the colleges 69th annual Achievement Day. The Achievement Day honorees are recognized for their contri butions in their respective elds. Walk n read Maitland Public Library is now a partner with the Healthy Maitland Program. At 6:30 a.m. every Thursday morning, dedi cated, healthy walkers step out from the Maitland Public Library for their morning exercise. Walkers return to the library for coffee or tea and a little conversation to cap it off. New Rollins scholarship The Hamilton Holt School at Rollins Col lege recently announced the establish ment of the Deans Scholarship for Leadership in the African American Com munity. The scholarship will be awarded to a disadvantaged adult student entering the Holt School as a freshman in fall 2013. After the student has completed their sophomore and junior years as a full time student, he/she will receive two tuitionfree summer courses bringing the value of the scholarship to $11,000. Sidewalk festival winners Winners of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival are as follows: Best of Show painting by Matthew Cornell of Orlando, Middle America; Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Art of Philanthropy Award photography by Greg Davis of Austin, Tex as, Blanket Weaver, Vietnam; and the Morse Museum Award for a Distinguished Work of Art painting by Aletha A. Jones of Madison, Wis., Ventures in the Garden under the Guise of Folly. High-dollar banker TD Bank has promoted John B. Worrell to vice president of Regional Commercial Real Estate in Winter Park. He is respon sible for managing an existing $60 million portfolio. Bcenter is ofcial After championing a grassroots move ment aimed to enhance stroke recov ery for survivors and caregivers, Valerie Greenes Bcenter.com is pleased to an nounce its new, ofcial designation as a 501(c)(3) non-prot. Founder Valerie Greene, 49, personally overcame grim diagnostic odds in the aftermath of two debilitating strokes that nearly took her life at just 31 years of age. NAI Realvest wins big NAI Realvest in Maitland scored four ma jor awards in the recent Best of the Best Awards Gala by the Central Florida chap ter of the National Association of Indus trial and Ofce Properties. Pool planners Cuhaci & Peterson Architects Engineers Planners, based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, were recently awarded contracts to design two Leslies Poolmart stores. New guy in town Equity Investment Services (EIS) is proud to announce the addition of Mac Autrey to its Retail Advisory team. Mr. Autrey comes to EIS with more then seven years experi ence in the real estate industry. Google settles with Florida Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi an nounced a $7 million multistate settle ment with Google over its collection of data from unsecured wireless networks nationwide while taking photographs for its Street View service between 2008 and March 2010. Darden gets rare honor Darden Restaurants and its founda tion received the prestigious Corporate Champion Award from The Able Trust at its Ability Celebration in March, hosted at the Orlando Museum of Art. The Corporate Champion Award has only been presented to two other companies in the history of The Able Trust Walt Disney World Re sorts and Publix. 25 years of wealth Orlando-based Resource Consulting Group (RCG) one of the largest fee-on ly nancial planning and investment ad visory rms in Florida marks its 25th anniversary this year. Since Winter Park resident Mike Davis founded it in 1988, RCG has grown to a 20-member team of seasoned nancial service professionals.
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I llustr a tion per iod: 1 -1-2000 thr ough 1-1-2012. Each e xample sho wn assumes $100,000 initial pr emium with no withdr a w als M ar ket v alue based on the S&P 500 Index. H i s t o r i c a l perf o r m a n c e o f the S & P 5 0 0 I n d e x s h o u l d not be c onsider ed a r epr esen ta tion of cur r en t or futur e per f or manc e of the I nde x or of an y annuit y H ypothetical inde x annuit y pr oduc t illustr a tion assumes cr editing method of a 6% annual poin t -t o -poin t cap and annual r eset H ypothetical I nc ome R ider V alue assumes a 7% annual r a t e of r etur n f or inc ome pur poses I llustr a tion v alues r epr esen t g r oss r etur ns A ssumed annuit y r a t es and ac tual hist or ical pr ic es of the S&P 500 I nde x w er e used in this purely hypothetical example for the purpose of illustrating comparitive values and to illustrate how the Interest-Crediting Strategy might have guaranteed. Past performance does not guarantee future results. O N E S H OTY o u o n l y h a v e a t r et i r em en t w i ll f a ll6 0% o f A m er i c a n s s h o r t. M ember of(407)-644-6646w w w .aS af eHar b or .c omB ob A dams P r esiden t/CEOA S af eHar bor LL C bob@asaf ehar bor .c om Illustration period: 12-31-1999 though 12-31-2012According to paycheckforlife.com, three out of ve middle-class Americans entering retirement today are projected to outlive their nancial assets. Learn how to protect your retirement account from losses, maintain upside potential and maximize your lifetime income. Call us today for your PERSONALIZED SAFE MONEY REPORT. Safety message from WPPD Winter Park, and Central Flor ida in general, is currently expe riencing daytime burglaries to both residences and vehicles. The Winter Park Police Department would like to keep you informed and aware of what precautions to take, what to look out for, and how to keep your property and loved ones safe. RESIDENTIAL: Burglars are working together in groups (multiple perpetrators), hoods in the early morning hours or group of residences. They knock on doors to determine occupancy of the residence and they leave the area. The same group returns a short time later and either backs into the driveway or parks on the street in front of the residence and usually makes entry into the back of the residence. These groups of burglars have been known to use look-outs. The suspects are usu ally dressed appropriately for the neighborhood in attempt to mini mize others noticing them and deeming them out of place. Common items being stolen are jewelry, high-end electronics, cles (keys left out for easy taking). Suspect vehicles include a blue BMW, a blue Mini Cooper, black Escalade, and the use of rental cars has been noted as well. VEHICLES: Vehicles being targeted are of ten parked at playgrounds and lots where the driver will most likely be gone for a period of time (medical-related businesses, gyms, grocery stores, etc.). Items that are left out in plain view are being stolen after the suspect smashes the window. Items com monly taken are purses, small electronics (GPS, cell phones, lap tops) and money. Even if youre only gone for a few minutes remember to al ways: hicles lighting non-moveable safes and/or safe deposit boxes cious activity, vehicles and peo ple in your area by calling 911 or Winter Park Police Departments Non-Emergency line at 407-6441313. Do not approach any vehicles or suspects, but be prepared to provide detailed information to the 911 operator. Police department resources Free residential and commer cial security surveys: 407-599-3664 trends: wppd.org Crime mapping: wppd.org un der Public Info > Crime Mapping April 25 City Commission meeting highlights There was a City Commission meeting held April 22 in City Hall Commission Chambers. Below are a few highlights from that meeting: Mayors Report presented celebrating the First Baptist Church of Winter Parks 100th anniversary, and North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. Employee of the Quarter award. Non-action items ruary 2013 was accepted. Consent Agenda approved. tracts and solicitations were ap proved (for a full listing, please visit cityofwinterpark.org under Whats New > City Commission Agenda). Action items requiring discussion tice of Disposal for the Blake Yard property was denied. 751 Minnesota Ave. were ap proved to be placed on the next City Commission meeting agenda for discussion. Public hearings add a drive-through bank teller N. Orlando Ave. was approved. readings of the ordinances to change the future land use desig nations and zoning of the proper ties at 930, 950 and 960 Minnesota Ave. were approved. ment with Florida Department of Transportation for the design of the Brookshire Elementary School neighborhood sidewalks was ap proved. two ordinances related to amend ing various sections and chapters of the Comprehensive Plan were approved. A full copy of the April 22 City Commission minutes will be available at cityofwinterpark.org the week of May 13, pending ap proval by City Commission. Winter Park veterans travel to capital to see memorials Three separate Central Flor ida Honor Flight hubs of the National Honor Flight Network are working diligently to put the a safe and meaningful visit to Washington, D.C., by 75 veter ans later this month. Winter Park residents joining 72 other Central Floridians to be honored for their military service include Earl Brow 40th Infantry Division in Korea. The veterans will be accompa nied by 75 volunteer guardians and a staff of volunteers to ensure their safe travel to see the memo rials erected in their honor. Central Florida area veterans served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Merchant Ma rines will have a full day where they can bond and reminisce on their personal memories of their service to our country. Honor Flight Network is a nonto honor Americas veterans for all to transport our heroes to Wash their memorials. Since the inau gural Honor Flight in May 2005, which included taking 12 World War ll veterans on a visit to their memorial in Washington, D.C., 100,000 veterans to Washington from cities all over the country. Today, Honor Flight is a national network of more than 150 nonHonor Flight Central Florida has sion trips planned in 2013. For more information regarding Hon or Flight Central Florida, please or call 407-203-7010. Visit the citys ofcial website at cityofwinterpark.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on Vimeo. Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER
Page 6 Parents want the best for their children. They try to teach them good manners, ethics and morals. It is not always easy. It takes a lot of hard work and attention. Par enting is not the same as it used to be. It is very challenging in this day and age. Sometimes children make wrong choices. Police of more. In this story, the choice made by a 10-year-old girl was a good one. The involvement with law enforcement has a positive ending. Kennedy Hanna is a fourth Elementary School in Maitland. Her father Ed Hanna is a com puter analyst working at Fiserv his time to raise awareness about people with disabilities. Her mother Alida Hanna has been a teacher for more than 20 years. Alida is currently teaching at clearly teaching old school val ues at home. Ed and Alida Hanna have taught their daughter the value of money. They have relayed the importance of generosity and charity. For the past few years Kennedy has been receiving an allowance matching her years in age. Doing this consistently has given her wisdom beyond her years. She recently explained that, When I was 9 years old I would get $9. I am now 10, so I get $10, if Im good. Kennedy has three jars in her room sit ting on a shelf above Hammy the hamsters cage. The jars are labeled for saving, giving and spending. When Kennedy re ceives her allowance, she puts $1 in the savings jar (eventually to be deposited in her bank ac count), $1 in the giving jar, and said with a smile. worked long and hard to save she donated to adopt an ani mal at the Sanford Zoo. It has since taken Kennedy about two years to save up another $100 in her giving jar. When Kennedy heard about the new Maitland Police K-9 dog Bosco, she knew she wanted to give her money to him. She hopes the money will be used for food, a toy or a piece meet him, and would love to give him a hug. When asked how she chooses where to share her mon ey, Kennedy replied it makes her happy to donate to the Zoo and Bosco, Because I love animals. The Maitland Police Depart ment is very grateful to have K-9 Bosco on the streets. Kennedys donation will be kindly accept ed and put to good use. We are happy to be reminded the lesson here is that its not always about the money. Ofcer Allison Diller Maitland Police Department City Council Meeting of April 22, 2013 The Maitland City Council met on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Be low is a synopsis of that meeting. Special Presentations: the Maitland City Council Hon orable Character Oath to encour tegrity of local government and its fair and effective operation. cepted a donation from Kennedy sented city arborist Brian Dierks a proclamation proclaiming April citizens to celebrate Arbor Day by promoting the well being of this and future generations by planting trees and by supporting efforts to protect our trees and woodland. executive director of the Mait commented on the newly dis played artwork in the Council Chambers and City Hall. Consent Items: The Consent Agenda was ap proved as presented. Decision Items: an ordinance to amend Chapter 4.7 Boards and Committees, Arti cle V. Planning and Zoning Com mission, Section 4.7-20 Commis the City Code of Ordinances to re move the position of Mayor as an and Zoning Commission and set the Public Hearing date for May 13, 2013. ing an ordinance to amend Chapter 5, Article VI. Signs and Chapter 21 of the Maitland City Code to allow Digital Outdoor Advertising Signs on properties adjacent to Interstate 4 and set the Public Hearing date for May 13, 2013. To listen to a recording of the meeting, please check our website at itsmymaitland.com WELCOMENew M embersMONTHLY CHAMBER NEWS & EVENTSMaitlands Chamber of Commerce Community Luncheon May 15, 201311:30 Maitland Civic Center Cost: $15.00 Chamber Members with RSVP $20.00 Non-Members Purchase Florida Mortgage Pro Med Regus Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Pars Autobody & Mechanics Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza Miller, Kagan, Rodriguez, & Silver Law Firm Publix Maitland Mary Kay Inc, Maitland Altamonte Springs Diagnostic ImagingMay 2: Success Leads Group: Meets the 1st Thursday each month 11:30am-1pm May 7: @ Einsteins Bagels, 441 S. Orlando Ave, Maitland Coffee Connection with the Maitland Chamber of Commerce Making business connections one cup at a time May 9: Community Partners: Meets the 2nd Thursday each month 11:30am1pm May 22: Wednesday, Women and Wisdom: Meets the 4th Wednesday each month 11:30am-1pm Business After Hours: check our website or call 407-644-0741 for updates. www.maitlandchamber.com Special Guest & Speaker from Save the Date: OCTOBER 21 Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR The giving jar THE JERRY OLLER & SHIRLEY JONES TEAM More than 30 years combined real estate experience Orlando Business Journal Five Star Professionals Fannie Hillman 2012 Top ProducersShirley Jonesshirley@fanniehillman.com 407.719.9180Jerry Ollerjerry@fanniehillman.com 407.468.3498Offering personalized service & attention to detail to every client. 205 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 www.fanniehillman.com
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Friday, May 31 10am-2pm Massages, Make-Overs, Jewelry, Resources, Guidance, Door Prizes & Refreshments Hosted by One Senior PlaceCalendar of Events May 2013 rrf nf tf bb nf r r fr n tb bb bb tb b f n n t n n n n n n n n n r r rffntb f nf r b Calendar APRIL 25 See Starbuck, a Florida Film Festival award-winning lm, at the Enzian at 9:15 p.m. April 25. For info visit enzian.org APRIL 26 The Art & History Museums Maitland, located at 231 W. Packwood Ave., has changed the date of the opening of its new exhibition, Celebrating Central Floridas Next Artists: Senior Show to Friday, April 26. The juried exhibition will show art from AP art students from high schools across Central Florida. Visit ar tandhistory.org or call 407-539-2181 for more information on this event. On Friday, April 26, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Lighthouse Central Florida will host its rst Party in the Park; Light up the Night for Sight at the Winter Park Farmers Market, located at 200 W. New England Ave. The event will include din ner, dancing and a silent auction. Visit lighthousecentralorida.org for more info. APRIL 27 The German-American Society of Cen tral Florida, located at 381 Orange Lane in Casselberry, will host Springfest on Saturday, April 27, from 2 p.m. onward. Visit gasocf.com for more information on this event. The Winter Park Day Nurserys Orange Blossom Jubilee will be Saturday, April 27, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Winter Park Racquet Club, located at 2111 Via Tuscany. A catered dinner and silent and live auctions will be featured at the event. For tickets, call 407-647-0505 or email email@example.com The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Orlando Shakespeare Theater will join forces for the rst time on April 27 at 8 p.m. for a one-performance-only produc tion of A Midsummer Nights Dream. It will be at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, located at 401 W. Livingston St. in Orlando. Tickets available through the Orlando Philharmonic Box Ofce, at 407770-0071 or at OrlandoPhil.org The Maitland Police Department, located at 1837 Fennell St., is sponsoring a drug take back day Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 407-539-6261 for more information on this event. Easter Seals of Florida is celebrating 65 years of helping kids. The Camp Chal lenge pool opening will take place on April 27 at 1 p.m. at 31600 Camp Chal lenge Road in Sorrento. Pool attire is en couraged and refreshments will be pro vided. Visit .easterseals.com for more information. APRIL 28 JFS of Greater Orlando, the Orlandobased non-prot human service agency, will celebrate its 35th anniversary of serv ing the community at its Fine Art Fiesta spring fundraiser Sunday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in the Orlando Museum of Art ro tunda, located at 2416 N. Mills Ave. Visit jfsorlando.org for more information on this event. PAM Creative Writing class is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 28 at the Maitland Pub lic Library, followed by Vietnamese Cook ing with Ha Roda from 3 to 4:30 p.m. APRIL 29 A city blood drive will take place Monday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winter Park City Hall, located at 401 S. Park Ave. Call 407-599-3506 for more information. On April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., Red Car pet Monday will be at TAPS Restaurant and Lounge in the Winter Park Village at 480 N. Orlando Ave. Attendees can mingle with Orlandos most successful business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs. Visit eventbrite.com and search redcar petmonday for tickets. For the closing production of its 80th season, the Annie Russell Theatre will perform She Stoops to Conquer start ing Friday, April 19. Matinee and evening shows will be available. Email anniebox firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Visit rollins. edu/annierussell/ for more information on this event. 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Page 9 Lifestyles OVIEDO Rick Lee, President and Chief Executive Ocer of Citizens Bank of Florida, today announced that the Board of Directors, at their recent regularly-scheduled meeting, approved the promotions of six Citizens Bank employees. Lee said that Brian Smith has been named Vice President and Commercial Loan Ocer; Sandra Sanchez has been named Assistant Vice President and Operations Ocer; John Newell has been named Vice President and Commercial Loan Ocer; J.P. Salazar has been promoted to Commercial Loan Ocer; Lisa Covelli has been named Assistant Vice President, Marketing and CRA Ocer; and Tiany Broome has been named Vice President, Information and Bank Security Ocer. Each of these individuals has, in their own way and in their area of expertise, distinguished themselves during their tenure at Citizens Bank of Florida, Lee said. I am pleased to announce each promotion in the certain knowledge that our customers will be the ultimate beneciaries of their daily eorts.Six Promoted At Citizens Bank of FloridaLeft to Right: Brian Smith, Sandra Sanchez, John Newell, J.P. Salazar, Lisa Covelli and Tiffany Broome r f r n t b r f r rfn t b n t f t t t n t r f n n n t t n r f t r n f t n n t f f b nf f nr f r n f t nnrf b nr f n f n nt t b bn nr f nbf nr t t n rt r f n t b n n f n r f r n b r t t n r n n r r n t r r n r f n t t r r t n t t f n r n t r f r t n f f n f t r n r r n n r f n r n r r r f r t f f n r r r r r The wind blows through the open doors and the smell of fresh air, her sons artwork hangs gen tly on the azure painted wall, and through the window pane. This is Winter Park resident Vashon Sarkisian not only calls her home, but a place that has become a sanctuary for her and her 13 yearold son after the loss of her hus After Sarkisian lost her hus she began a desperate search for a way to pull herself out of the darkness she was left with after her loss. She slowly began to set goals for herself. She planted an organic garden and watched it grow. It was so rewarding for me, she said. It was like a new begin symbolism. one goal at a time, she suddenly had an epiphany. My thought was if someone can follow a diet and lose weight, or someone can follow a series of steps and achieve their goal maybe someone could follow a se ter losing someone dear to them, she said. ney of Transforming Grief into that it could do just that. But for her, the journey was in the book. I started writing and I found such relief in writing, just to get our story on paper and try to was afraid I was going to be this miserable person for the rest of my life, just upset and missing my husband There was a fear of what I was going to turn into, what my future looked like, and that fear stimulated this prompt to this problem I was in. Kim Weiss, long-time friend of hand. She has taken her tragedy and done something that helps other people, which I think is a very noble thing, Weiss said. I really it really comes from the heart. he believes his daughters book has tremendously helped her overcome the grief that she went through. I think its the best medicine she could possibly have, he said. Amazingly they both (Sarkisian and her son) have come out of this tragedy very well and I think this book had a lot to do with it. Sarkisian said sharing her sto ry with others helps her heal a lit tle more each day, and that she is she could never imagine before. When you have joy youre in the moment, she said. Youre not planning the future, or regret ting the past, youre just living in the moment Its just such a beautiful lesson, she said. I thought if I can give people a tool to help them get through their grieving process and make their process a little bit easier, what a gift. Sarkisian now thrives on help ing others through the same grief that once consumed her, and wants others to know they too can feel joy once again. Its not about the destination, its about the journey, she said. I was hoping my grief would be gone after this process, but really what I discovered was, my grief is okay, all my emotions are okay, and joy can be part of that. PHOTO BY KRISTY VICKERY THE OBSERVER Vashon Sarkisian with her new book, Finding Joy After Loss, My Seven-Step Journey of Tranfoming Grief into Joy, which she wrote after dealing with her husbands passing. Widows dark journey becomes a story of joy KRISTY VICKERY Observer Staff For more information on Vashon Sarkisian or her book, Finding Joy After Loss, My Seven-Step Journey of Transforming Grief into Joy, go to ndingjoyafterloss.com or facebook.com/ FindingJoyAfterLoss Sarkisian will be speaking on Wednesday, May 1, on local radio station WRKP and Thursday, May 23, at the Winter Park Library. 866-314-3769AIRLINES ARE HIRING
Page 10 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 north of the busy intersection of raised the concept of fast food to a level this reviewer never thought possible, and theyve done it with (my favorite) Italian food! And here is the essence of what I have to share with you today: This is the best food you can get for the price anywhere in Central Florida. offered its service accepted this stand-in-line, onthe-go alternative to traditional Italian dining. Italios concept offers patrons literally hundreds of options to create the ideal meal we only wish we could cook at home with each ingredient pre-cooked by the restaurant and chosen by us. One happy customer summed it up by commenting, Do you like Italian? Do you want your meal fast? Do you understand how to order at Chipotle? If so, youll like Italio. Since were residents of Central Florida, we know how to stand in line better than any other people in the world. And, remember ing this is fast food, you can use your time (while standing in your entre is to be served. It can be a Pasta Bowl, Salad Bowl or a Piadina, an Italian wrap, much like a French crepe that actually street food. Step two offers a choice of meats such as chicken breast (marinated in lemon-herb mean about the value. Step three taps into our innerchef and challenges us with varying combinations of sauces, dressings and pestos ranging from Alfredo to traditional Po choosing from more than 20 toppings, including bruschetta, chickpeas, olive tapenade and a variety of cheeses. Please keep in mind these low prices come with the traditional fast food compromises of eat ing from cardboard bowls with plastic knives and forks. But there is no compromising on the food. I was proud of myself for creating a dish consisting of whole-wheat pasta, steak, fresh basil pesto, and aged, shaved Parmesan cheese really the whole point here. Italio allows us to eat all our favorite Review: Italio restaurant in Winter Park JOSH GARRICK Observer Staff From the Corner Table comfort foods, and we can do it anytime, because the prices are so low. This was witnessed as I one month after the restaurant opened and it was already full of happy, pasta-loving customers. All around me, people were truly enjoying their food, which speaks to the atmosphere in Italio. Its a truly happy place. This was readers who spotted me and shared how happy they were that I would be writing about what has already become one of their favorite restaurants. The kids menu is even watching an experienced family as the kids professionally pulled their noodles into their mouths. Families cannot hope for more than a beautifully designed, clean restaurant that offers fresh ingre dients at affordable prices for the casual diner. And theres more. As Italio wishes to be known as a good neighbor as well as being a good restaurant, they recently initiated Mangia Mondays a month-long Community Food and Outreach Center (CFOC). On every Mon day through May 13, 100 percent will be contributed to the Central Florida charity, which trans forms lives though education and employment opportunities. In addition, Italio and CFOCs employment division are collabo rating to secure job placements for members at the Winter Park restaurant. Impressive. I love the food AND I love the ease of this new concept restaurant, and since Italian is my favorite, I invite you to come over and share your thoughts when its own happy hour all day long at Italio. The Winter Park location is at 276 S. Orlando Ave. and is open seven days a week from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit ItalioKitchen. com PHOTO COURTESY OF ITALIO Italio allows us to eat all our favorite comfort foods, and we can do it anytime, because the prices are so low. APRIL 25 Winter Park High Schools choral de partment presents Night on Broad way Ragtime! from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday, April 25, thorough Saturday, April 27. Winter Park High School is located at 2100 Summer eld Road. For tickets, call 407-6283028 or email email@example.com APRIL 26 Time is almost up for another season of free Friday evenings at the Morse The Museums extended Friday hours continue only through April 26. Friday Nights at the Morse are a special invitation to the community to come and enjoy the collection at no charge, including live music, art demonstrations, tours by curators and more. Brown Bag Matinee will return to the McKean Pavilion, be hind the Morse Museum and located at 161 W. Canton Ave., Friday, April 26, at noon with Modern Marvels: Capture of LightThe Invention of Photography. The event is free. Call 407-645-5311 for more information on this event. APRIL 27 Its the 21st annual Jeannette Genius McKean Run for the Trees 5k taking off at 7:30 a.m. April 27 from Showalter Field. Visit Trackshack.com for more information. A Play Day to Celebrate Earth Day will be at Fleet Peeples Park, located at 2000 S. Lakemont Ave., and its new playground Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 407-599-3334 for more information on this event. Orlando Science School is partici pating in Relay for Life of College Park on Saturday, April 27 at Edge water High School located at 1700 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. The Opening Ceremonies start at 2 p.m. followed by Survivors Lap, Caregivers Lap and Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. You are not Alone Travel (for fami lies) will show guests how to partner up with other people or groups to save money and have companions on trav el adventures. Its from noon to 2 p.m. at the Maitland Public Library. The Take Steps Walk to support or ganizations battling ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease will start walking at 5 p.m. on April 27 at Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive in Maitland. Reg istration is at 4 p.m. Visit cctakesteps. org/orlando for more information or call 646-203-1214. MAY 4 The Tijuana Flats Just In Queso Super You! 5k is a fun run/walk to benet three local and worthwhile or ganizations: Special Olympics Florida, Just In Queso Foundation and OUT FOXCANCER. The 5k will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 a.m. begin ning at Showalter Field in Winter Park. For more information, please visit rstgiving.com/ats5k/2013 or con tact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-727-5107 Another year of extraordinary adven tures, daring deeds, and super heroes (and villains), marks the comic book industrys leading outreach event: Free Comic Book Day! The stores in the Central Florida-based Coliseum of Comics chain are a few of the thou sands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the comic book art form on Saturday, May 4. Visit freecomicbookday.com or coliseu mofcomics.com for more information. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com rFOR 12 MOS. 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Page 11 T H A N K Y O U T H A N K Y O U T H A N K Y O U The businesses, organizations and individuals below have chosen to support your local Chamber of Commerce again in 2013 by renewing their membership. Please join us in thanking them for their investment in our community the next time you shop, dine, or call on their place of business. For more information about the Winter Park Chambe r of Commerce, our members, or upcoming events, visit us at the Winter Park Welcome Center, cal l (407) 644-8281 or log on to www.winterpark.org. A N N U A L S U P P O R T E R S Andrew J. Hull, DC, P.A. Baumgarten Financial, LLC Carr Riggs & Ingram, LLC Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida Engel & Voelkers Extra Space Storage Heather L. Childers, D.D.S., P.A. Jato Project Jeremiah's Italian Ice Kathleen Flammia, P.A. Vicki Krueger Olde Hearth Bread Company TalentKeepers The Bar Method Exercise Studio Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen 5 + Y E A R S BKHM, CPAs Brio Tuscan Grille Costco Wholesale #185 Croissant Gourmet J & S Multimedia, Inc. SESCO Lighting, Inc. Winter Park Chocolate Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center 1 0 + Y E A R S Bates & Company, Inc. Shutts & Bowen, LLP 1 5 + Y E A R S Barnie's CoffeeKitchen Charles Clayton Construction, Inc. 2 0 + Y E A R S CliftonLarsonAllen Ferrell Realty, Inc. Heart of Florida United Way Swann, Hadley, Stump, Dietrich & Spears, P.A. Valencia College 2 5 + Y E A R S AT&T 3 0 + Y E A R S Carly Ane's Floral Studio, Inc. 4 0 + Y E A R S Baldwin-Fairchild Cemeteries & Funeral Homes Bank of America University Club of Winter Park Chamber Trustees Park Avenue Merchants Association members Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:45 a.m. State Senator Andy Gardiner State Representative Karen Castor Dentel Mayor Teresa Jacobs Mayor Ken Bradley www.winterpark.org ZOE BELL PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Movie stuntwoman, actress and producer Zoe Bell, right, answered questions and signed autographs at An Afternoon with Zoe Bell at the Enzian Theater during the Florida Film Festival April 13. The event included a screening of Death Proof, which she co-starred in. Colon cancer is the 2ndleading cause of cancer deaths in Florida. 7 out of 10cancer deaths can be prevented through screening and lifestyle changes. Colon cancer starts without symptoms so choose prevention and get screened.If youre 50or older, ask your doctor which colon cancer screening test is right for you. Colon Cancer Screening Saves LivescoloncancerFL.org rffntb
Page 12 Final week Central Florida premiere of Frost/Nixon The Central Florida premiere of the award-winning play Frost/Nixon runs through performances by two of Central show host and wannabe news man. This is a must-see drama with only four more performanc es at the Shakespeare Center. Call ject.com Now through April 27 Paint Out Winter Park Throughout this week plein air artists (artists who paint outdoors with the subject in view) will paint throughout Winter Park, capturing land scapes and landmarks on canvas their creative process. Artwork will be for sale in the Polasek Mu seums wet room with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Museum. Hosted by the Polasek Museum, call 407-647-6294. April 25 to May 12 Mad Cows 12th annual Cabaret Festival Mad Cows Cabaret Festival will be even better this season in its new home on Church Street in downtown Orlando. The Festival is host to more than 40 perfor mances of soul, pop, Broadway and comedy including Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner. The Festival runs through May 12 at 54 W. Church St. Call 407-297April 25 to 28 IDentify A dance experience DiDonna Productions, in col laboration with choreographers show engagement of the original Fusing elements of hip-hop and modern dance, IDentify is a multimedia exploration of how express our identities. A synthesis of dance, videography, music, spoken word and photography, IDentify takes the viewer on a thought-provoking journey Presented at The Venue at 511 Virginia Drive in Orlando from or visit redchairproject.com April 26, 27 and 28 The annual 100 4 $100 multiartist gallery show rumble! Sanfords Gallery on First will offer 100 4 $100, a threeday group show of 100 pieces of art for $100 or less. Coinciding with the Sanford Art Walk, the opening (and the best buys) will be on April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. Each year they offer a variety of styles, including mixed media, watercolors, sculpture, acrylic paintings and drawings. Gallery on First is at 211 E. First St. in downtown Sanford. Call 407-323April 27 and 28 The Great American Pie Festival tions Pie Bakers will showcase their best recipes at the 19th an nual Crisco National Pie Champi onships, and we are invited to be pie tasters at the Great American bake-off drew 441 commercial, 115 professional and 237 amateur entries. There are lots of activities, but its the Never Ending Pie Buf fet, featuring 90,000 slices of pie as well as ice cream and toppings that calls to pie-lovers every where with its sweet delights. Visit piecouncil.org April 28 MAYSfest with the Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony concert of the MAYS, which has grown to more than 200 student musicians from nine Central Florida counties. 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Page 13 Opinions Louis Roney Play On! Chris Jepson Perspectives The truth and other myths While Rome burns ing religious organizations that spread Gods word, have proclaimed that He reads the innermost thoughts hidden in every heart. That fancy hasnt made me uneasy through the years, as I was taught to respect the truth and to stick to it early in my life. Very important minds reiterated the value of truth: To thine own self be true, and it must follow Thou canst not then be false to any man. Shake and thunders so that I cannot hear what Emerson. I surely believe that there are good and evil people among us, for I have witnessed both good and evil in ac tion up close. Aside from sharing the Al Capone and other famous bad boys, several people whose evil actions have diluted, in my mind, even obliterated, any good concealed in their own char acters. People, friends, and even relatives, unintentionally reveal their innermost thoughts to all of us in their daily acts. Even a country-boy opera singer like me recognizes those things in the way evil people operate. Bad eggs often parade their religion teed-off. If they ever made me God-fora-day, Id pay great attention to some a man by the way he treats his inferiors, not his superiors. As God, I would hand out sizeable demerits for cheapness and meanness in human beings. Id never have it in Me to be eternally patient, because the evil people among us tend to live just as long as and sometimes even longer than good people. Being not as nice as God, Id want to reverse those odds as soon as it was in My power. Evil people getting failing marks in My monthly progress reports population. Id be a jollier God too if all My worldly followers would stop separat ing their recognition of Me into so many competitive groups and versions, with so many different names and procedures each one claiming to be the only one thats got My private ear. After all, God is the product they are all advertising. And its the Product, not the hype, that counts. It doesnt matter in which store you buy the Product. Id want to keep it simple. In My world, people in whose lives I saw Truth in action would be My children. The Truth is what we like most in the little child. And the Truth is what so many of us deny. ways been a place where singular events occur. Much of our history is built on someone has tried to blow Boston sky high. April 15, Patriots Day, was marked by explosions outdoing the Minutemen on Bunker Hill, leaving three present-day Bostonians dead and some 170 badly wounded. Nowadays there are so many nuts running around doing things that can only be described as terrorism despite the reluctance of President Obama to use No matter the perpetrator or motive, no matter whether foreign or domestic, this was, and ought to be treated as, an act of terror. At this writing, the perpetrators are from Chechnya, one of several Mus sus. The suspects day of reckoning will surely come About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) We must cultivate our garden. taire dence that, all things considered, romance trumps virtually every human experience. that some toga-clad Antonius was wooing deposed by the barbarian, Odoacer. Their minds and, inevitably, their loins en twined in the passion of that immediate not-to-be-deniedmoment of love. I do not think it mere coincidence that our literature and our media (movies, TV, radio, et al) place such a premium on the coin of romance. Sure, the end may be approaching, the apocalypse on the horizon, zombies at the door, a climate-in duced worldwide environmental collapse unfolding, but invariably the comely lass triggers some action by the handsome lad and the audience applauds that hope (hu manity) survives. We place a premium on love that it will not be denied, that love tor Zhivago. Set during the throes of all-consuming romance between the Christie). While they do not survive as a couple, the takeaway is that love endures One of my favorite pieces of literature is Voltaires Candide. In that marvelous story, romance is the catalyst that gets our hero (Candide) booted from the garden to reunite with his cherished Cungonde. prevail. Voltaire was a pessimist or, as I prefer, a skeptic when it came to the hu man condition. As am I. But I am an indefatigable romantic. And why not? Why not? Because. Never in the history of our species have we been so inundated with daily, nay, hourly, nay, minute-by-minute worldwide updates on the human condition our depravity, brutality, corruption, violence, misogy nism and despair. its over environmentally. Even if we abruptly changed course today, which will not happen, well be unable to return Earth to a cleaner pre-industrial climate standard. Its not the end of our species. Hardly. But folks, theres a hard rain coming for our fellow man (if not us). I used to say, as a joke, Thank Gawd for videotape, because well be able to see all the species we so cavalierly wipedout. Its not so funny these days as our onslaught of the Earths natural habitat continues unabated, nay, at an accelerated planet to feed every new and existing mouth. Which gets me back to an irony of love. Our passion (lust/desire/romance) for each other is a result of evolution, to get our genes into the next generation. We glorify love (and should) but its byprod uct (us) is killing the planet. But as Scarlett OHara so famously Ill think about that tomorrow. And dont we. For my more selective readers I recom mend two marvelously romantic CDs by Melody Gardot, My One and Only Thrill and The Absence. Inspiring music for your garden. Inter esting that so much of human myth and literature revolves around the metaphor of a garden. The Bible has us tossed out, yet both Epicurus and Voltaire sug gested we retreat and tend ours. Do so with hope. 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 few weeks ago, I went to a strangers house and worked up a sweat digging a dirt path in her front yard. While that sounds far from glamorous, its actually one of the most rewarding things Ive ever done. As a volunteer during the Center for Indepen joined hundreds of others across Central Florida to build wheel chair ramps for people with disabilities. My crew was made up of Construction Company, along with other corporate teams. We built a ramp for a woman named recipients this year. Though we had never met her before, when we heard her story from to help. A longtime volunteer at church and local nursing heart attacks and strokes that her spirit. In fact, she wanted to keep volunteering. But since she uses a wheelchair, she struggled to navigate the steps at her front door, and needed a safe way to come and go independently from her home. Within a matter of hours, our crew built exactly that. After clearing a path in her yard, we constructed a wooden frame. Then, the next crew poured con crete to create a sturdy, perma nent ramp. Everyone had a job to tion workers, to people whod never picked up a hammer in their lives. The work was tiring and outside to introduce herself, we saw just how much the ramp meant to her. Through tears, she thanked us again and again for our time. Honestly, I wanted to thank her, because for all the ways to spend my Saturday morning, I cant think of any thing else that would feel so satisfying. Helping someone less fortunate, especially some one with a generous spirit like what you have. I never realized before that being able to walk out your front door easily is a pre cious gift. Now, Ill never forget. Whats more, I really enjoyed rolling up my sleeves alongside my co-workers. We laughed together, got to know each other better, and ultimately contrib uted to something bigger than ourselves. You might even say it was a bonding experience. And were already looking forward to our next volunteering project. These days, were all busy. But spending a few hours to help our neighbors in need can be incred ibly rewarding. April is National to get involved. If youre looking for a place to start, you can con tact the Center for Independent range of services to empower people with disabilities. Call 407623-1070 or visit cilorlando.org. at hfuw.org for more opportuni ties in Central Florida. It doesnt take much to help improve some be surprised at the difference it makes in yours. Lisa Oakes is a business development manager at R.C. Stevens Construction Company in Winter Garden. Share a few hours to help neighbors in need LISA OAKES Guest Writer Helping someone less fortunate, especially someone with a generous spirit like Jeanette, makes you grateful for what you have. I never realized before that being able to walk out your front door easily is a precious gift. Now, Ill never forget.
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Ridge Lake Circle, Longwood FL 32751 4 BR | 3 BA | 2,967 SF | $325,000 Spacious pool home in desirable neigh borhood of Northridge! Freshly painted with a brand new roof, this three way split plan features a downstairs master suite, walk-out lanai, Mother-In-Law suite with outside access, large bonus room and walk-in attic storage! Addition al features include double pane windows, wood flooring and a brick fireplace! The enormous garage holds three cars and has a separate workroom. Neighborhood amenities include tennis courts and a playground. Hosted by: Dee Morgan from 2-4 PM 1099 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 5.2 BA | 5,706 SF | $2,199,000 Elegant brick home located in the heart of Winter Park! The lovely formal living room features a gas fireplace, dining room has a wonderful view of Park Av enue and leads into the butlers pantry and wine closet. Spacious chefs kitchen opens up to the family room and break fast nook ~ all with pool views. The large family room displays a fireplace with gor geous wood floor-to-ceiling mangle and built-in entertainment center. The first floor master suite has French doors lead ing to the pool, gas fireplace, a luxurious bathroom with spa tub, dual vanities and walk-in travertine shower! Extras include a bonus room, office/den, four car ga rage, summer kitchen, spa and sparkling pool. Hosted by: Kelly L. Price from 2-5 PM OBSERVER Open Houses MindGymApril 22, 2013 PLEASE NOTE: Magic Maze has been moved to page 10. MindGymApril 22, 2013 PLEASE NOTE: Magic Maze has been moved to page 10. SATURDAY 2-5 NEW PRICE! BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED WINTER PARK HOME 1860 Winchester Drive, Winter Park. 4BD/3BA, 2,669SF. Gorgeous original hardwood floors. Wonderfully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Three-way split bedroom plan with re modeled guest baths. Charming wood burning fireplace. Private master suite with vaulted ceilings and a beautifully renovated master bath. Situated just off the master and living areas is a fantas tic covered deck that looks out to the delightful salt water pool and flagstone paved patio. $575,000 SUNDAY 1-4 GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN DOWNTOWN WINTER PARK 557 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park. 5BD/4.5BA, 2,911SF. Walk to Park Av enue and walk to Rollins College! Home on the Winter Park Historic Register. Dutch colonial home with all systems updated. Attached two car garage, hard wood floors, wood burning fireplace and a basement. Eat-in space in kitchen. $749,000 SENSATIONAL NEW LISTING IN WINTER PARK 1551 Oakhurst Avenue. Winter Park. 4BD+OFC/5BA. 3,854SF. Situated on a great double lot, this remarkable home offers so much! Wonderfully spacious kitchen with granite countertops; Open great room plan with soaring vaulted ceilings; Lovely downstairs master suite; Large bonus room and 2 guest suites upstairs; Fantastic heated pool and spa; Tremendous backyard and open wooden deck make it perfect for entertaining! $1,100,000 WINTER PARK CHARMER 1441 Norfolk Ave. Winter Park. 3BD/2BA, 1,803SF. Pool home has wood floors throughout, spacious master suite, home office and great spaces to entertain. Master wing includes vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet and French doors to patio. Backyard has wooden wraparound deck and covered porch with great lighting and two spaces for TVs. Oversized 1.5 car garage. $374,900 NEW LISTING! END UNIT TOWNHOME 567 Darby Way, Longwood. 3BD/2BA, 1,628SF. One story townhome in Gover nors Point Wekiva. Many windows offer natural light. Eat-in kitchen with solid wood cabinets. Split bedroom plan. Up graded back porch overlooks open land scaped back garden and expansive land. 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