Winter Park-Maitland observer

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Winter Park-Maitland observer
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Winter Park Maitland observer
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v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
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G.J.W. Munster
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Winter Park FL
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Newspapers -- Winter Park (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Orange -- Winter Park
United States -- Florida -- Orange -- Maitland
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28.596111 x -81.346667 ( Place of Publication )

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Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
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Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 29 (July 16, 1992).

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Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 Serving Winter Park, Maitland, Baldwin Park, College Park and Goldenrod 50+ tax WPMOBSERVER.COM A local Libertarian leader is planning to sue Winter Park in his pursuit to rid the community of what he believes to be two of the greatest threats to civil liber ties in the country: red-light and surveillance cameras. David Leavitt said he believes the devices violate the rights of them constantly without their consent and, he contends, by without due process. They dont consider that theyre giving up their liberties, Leavitt said. I dont think they think about it that much. The Longwood residents own outrage over the state of liberty in local and U.S. gov ernments, compounded with the increasing presence of the cameras, led Leavitt to form the Libertarian Party of Seminole County last May, he said. The Libertarian Party of Semi a lawsuit against the city of Win ter Park for failing to provide the cameras planted throughout the city, including up and down Park Avenue. Leavitt said he requested the information last month, but was turned down and referred to Florida Statutes 281.301, 119.07 (3) (a) and 119.07 (2) (d), which states information relating to tial and exempt. But Orlando attorney Jacob Stuart, representing the Libertar ian Party of Seminole County in the lawsuit, claimed the statute to be non-applicable. We believe that statute isnt applicable because were not seeking to actually have copies of what theyre recording, Stu art said. Were simply seeking to know the location of those so that citizens can be on notice. Stuart said that even if the statute was applicable, its still unconstitutional. Recording people on a consistent basis in a public area without their knowledge or proper notice is in violation of the due process right in the Constitution, he said. At the state level in Tallahas USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. VISIT WPMOBSERVER.COM SUBSCRIBE NOW! REVIVING A TRADITION ETCHED IN GRAIN PARK STYLE, 9 Park Aves dynamic duo Giving back to the community. LIFESTYLES, 7 Women rank, men tank Rollins basketball gets interesting. SPORTS, 8 CALENDAR .................... 4 LIFESTYLES .................... 7 SPORTS ...................... 8 PARK STYLE ................... 9 CULTURE ..................... 15 OPINIONS .................... 18 CLASSIFIEDS .................. 36 Winter Park wants the right to decide if parks are smoke-free. On Monday the City Commission passed a resolution calling on the state legislature to allow cities to regulate smoking in parks, which is currently allowed by state law. Florida Statute 386.209 re serves the right exclusively for the state a law Winter Park has fought to repeal for the past four years. But advocating for city control over smoking in parks is mainly a matter of principle, Mayor Ken Bradley said. Winter Park and other Florida cities can control alcohol, pets and events in parks, but the air itself remains a factor decided only in Tallahassee. I think its been proven that smoking kills in our society, Bradley said. Its taken 30 years to prove that. Its important to have overall health, but this is a principle is sue for me give cities the right you have given them in almost all other decisions to make this deci sion ourselves. City Commissioners couldnt deny the potential health haz ards resulting from secondhand smoke. The American Cancer Society reports that secondhand smoke causes an estimated 46,000 deaths each year from heart disease in people who are non-smokers, as well as 3,400 deaths in non-smok ing adults from lung cancer. There are 69 chemicals known to cause cancer in secondhand smoke, according to the National Cancer Institute. Its one of the most destruc tive forces to peoples lives, Commissioner Steven Leary said. Employers can mandate that their employees not smoke, not yet we cant tell people they cant smoke in parks. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Winter Park wants to control where people can smoke, instead of the state legislature as state law currently allows. The City Commission renewed a push Monday for control. Curbing smokers City Commission pursues home rule on smoking in parks TIM FREED Observer staff Please see SMOKING on page 2 The Maitland road construc tion thats been clogging lo cal residents commutes since November is now set to take a month longer than expected. The reworking of the intersec tion of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Horatio Avenue had been set for completion by the end of January, but with work still ongoing, city date to be Feb. 21. On Monday, the Maitland City Council approved an additional pact fee fund to be allocated to cover additional time and to plan changes to the construction proj ects existing $1.5 million contract with Masci General Contractor. Public Works Director Rick Lemke said other additional allo cations are likely as construction pen when you get out there on site and things arent quite what or where you planned, he said. On Jan. 22 an accident that sent two to the hospital shut down the intersection during rush hour. While the investigation into the accident is still ongoing, Mait land Police say they dont be played a role in the crash. Deputy Chief Bill McEachnie said the department hasnt seen any other increase in accidents there since construction started. Maitlands rush hour woes worsen SARAH WILSON Observer staff Lawsuit brewing over red light cams Lawsuit looks to challenge Winter Parks surveillance and red light camera programs TIM FREED Observer staff Please see SURVEILLANCE on page 2 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC W i n t e r P a r k R e c o v e r y C e n t e r W i n t e r P a r k R e c o v e r y C e n t e r Executive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Protocols Sinclair Method of Alcohol Extinction Suboxone/Subutex For Opioid Abuse Privacy and Confidentiality AssuredMedically Managed Dual Diagnosis Evidenced Based Programs2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.WinterParkRecoveryCenter.com 407-629-0413

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Page 2 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer SMOKING | City could ban smoking if given power by state SURVEILLANCE | Suit questions cams The Winter Park City Commis sion made a similar push back in November of 2011. Commission ers passed a resolution requesting the state legislature to support local home-rule power over municipallyowned property, while also promot ing local awareness of the dangers that come with secondhand smoke. Winter Park had been pursu ing similar legislation since Janu ary of that year, passing a similar resolution in February that also urged residents not to smoke where children commonly play. Neighboring cities have taken a similar approach. Orlando, Mai tland and Orange County passed their own resolutions to repeal the state statute in 2011. Rollins College successfully in stituted its own smoking policy in January 2013, limiting smoking to leges 127 years. Bradley hopes the city itself will one day have the right to control smoking as well. I personally dont smoke and Im an advocate for non-smoking per sonally, but I think this Commission or future Commissions should have the right to decide what goes in in their parks, Bradley said. Its called home rule, and its a very good basis of government. see, efforts to stop cities from installing red-light cameras House Rep. Frank Artiles (RMiami), which would ban the cameras moving forward after July 1, moved its way through the pipeline Jan. 9 as it was approved by a vote of 10-3 by the Houses Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee. Retired Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Paul Henry launched additional local opposition to the cameras last year after he released research showing that intersections with red-light cameras in Winter Park rarely see crashes related to red-light run ning to begin with. Henry pulled statistics from the Department of Transportation and found that between 2005 and 2011, three out of six intersections in Winter Park had only one redlight violation crash in the entire seven-year period. Henry said that from 1994 to 2010, the Department of Trans portation released a summary of all the crashes in Florida for that which included when, where and why each crash took place. But in 2011, the reports no longer listed the causes of each crash, he said. Florida had begun widely using the red-light cam eras during the previous year. The bottom line is that not only do they not reduce these crashes, theses cities and the state are going out of their way to hide this data, to not release it, Henry said. Ive never gotten a concrete answer as to why they wont publish this data. Leavitt knows theres still plenty of work to be done to preserve the civil liberties of residents, never forgetting the importance of the document that outlines their rights. I think the Constitution is the basis of what we need to go by to keep us strong as a country, Leavitt said. Its our guiding light. It still is. Stuart said the lawsuit against the city of Winter Park should be C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE 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 CARNIVAL FOOD FAMILY FUN Feb. 6-9, 2014FEB. 6 THURSDAY 5-10PM FEB. 7 FRIDAY 5PM-MIDNIGHT FEB. 9-SUN 12-5PMRIDES ONLY FEB. 8 SATURDAY 12PM-MIDNIGHT GOOD FOR YOUR & SOUL!575 T uskawilla Rd., Winter Springs CONTINUOUS FREE P arking shuttleS INGLE DAY UNLIMITED RIDE PASSES AVAILABLE AT WINTERFEST! AUCTIONSSilent: Sat 2-5:00pm Live: Sat 7:00pmBingo (FRI & SAT) Kids Games F estival Food Rides Strawberry Pie YUM! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLEChoice of...2014 FORD FIESTA COUPE 12 day trip to Alaska 1 ticket = $2.00 100% of proceeds go to support LOCAL community outreach programs.Please visit us at: GIGANTIC FLEA MARKETJan 31-Feb 2, 2013Welcome All Bargain Hunters To The Best INDOOR Flea Market!FRIDAY, JAN 31 7AM 4:30PM SATURDAY, FEB 1 7AM 4:30PM SUNDAY, FEB 2 10AM 3PMJewelry Bicycles Clothing Electronics Antique Dishes Baby Items Books Christmas Items Furniture Sports Equipment T oys ArtworkAND MUCH MORE! ENTERTAINMENT THURS (TEEN NIGHT!) Winterfest Idol FRI & SAT Continuous Live Entertainment*less federal taxes Freedom to ... All the fun, none of the hassles of ownership Full access to hundreds of boa ts. Membership privileges at 70 locations in the U.S. www.FreedomBoatClub-TB.com Bring a copy of this ad and receive Mt. Dora Now open Mt. Dora Now open Winter ParkDISTRESS SALE Its one of the most destructive forces to peoples lives, Commissioner Steven Leary said.

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Winter Park in the Super Bowl Be sure to watch the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday to see Winter Park in a Budweiser commercial starring Army Lt. Chuck Nadd. Winter Park threw a wel come home parade for the helicopter pilot when he returned home from Afghanistan on Jan. 8. Budweiser was there to lm it. To see a preview to the commercial and our story on Lt. Nadds welcome home, visit http://bit.ly/19ZpMws Orlandos top realtor Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services, LLC, has been recognized for his profes sionalism and commitment to the Orlando Regional Realtor Association and to the real estate industry with the associations 2013 Realtor of the Year award the highest honor that can be bestowed on an ORRA member. The honor was presented during the 14th annual ORRA awards pro gram, held at Winter Parks new Alfond Inn. Page 4 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 WPMOBSERVER.COM PUBLISHER Tracy Craft 407.515.2605 TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com MANAGING EDITOR Isaac Babcock 407.563.7023 IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sarah Wilson 407.563.7026 SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com DESIGNER Tom Miller 407.563.7032 TMiller@TurnstileMediaGroup.com STAFF WRITERS Brittni Larson Megan Stokes Tim Freed Allison Olcsvay Kristy Vickery COLUMNISTS Chris Jepson Jepson@MediAmerica.us Louis Roney LRoney@cfl.rr.com Josh Garrick JoshGarrick9@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES Linda Stern 407.376.2434 LStern@TurnstileMediaGroup.com LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISING Ashley McBride 407.286.0807 Legal@FLALegals.com SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Luana Baez 407.563.7013 LBaez@TurnstileMediaGroup.com MEMBER OF: -Florida Press Association -Winter Park/Maitland/Goldenrod Chambers of Commerce Winter Park/Maitland Observer is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Seminole Voice, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Connect. TURNSTILE MEDIA GROUP CHAIRMAN Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS Patti Green & Jeff Babineau USPS #00-6186 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Winter Park / Maitland Observer 1500 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32835 Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. Munster FAMILY CALENDAR Calendar FEB. 1 Habitat for Humanity of Winter ParkMaitland presents A Toast to Humanity from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with a cocktail hour, party and silent auction. A nighttime golf tournament will be played from 4:30 p.m. onward. To register and purchase tickets visit habitatwpm.org or call Jennifer Rob bins at 559-696-2766. College Parks Got Talent will launch an eight-week talent competition Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Hangar Bar and Grille. Winners every week! Visit takeabowstui dio.com or call 407-247-2895 for more information. FEB. 3 In the spirit of Heart of Florida United Ways Womens Leadership Luncheon which will feature New York Times bestselling author Erin Gruwell as the keynote speaker, Rollins College will host a free screening of Freedom Writers. Its at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Rollins Colleges Bush Auditorium, 1000 Holt Ave. in Winter Park. To register, email womensleadership@ hfuw.org FEB. 6 Sip, shop and stroll with your sweetheart on Feb. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Its a unique way to experience the shops and restau rants along Park Avenue, discover new merchants, taste seasonal menus and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts. Tickets at experienceparkavenue.com are $25 and include dozens of food and drink samples. FEB. 1 Despicable Me 2 will play in Maitlands Quinn Strong Park (near the library off of Ventris Avenue) at the citys free movie in the park event at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. Its free! So bring a blanket, a picnic basket and the family for a night at the movies under the stars. FEB. 2 On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Roth Jewish Com munity Center of Greater Orlando will kick off its Camp J summer camps from 1 to 4 p.m. at its location in Maitland. The Camp J Kickoff will feature an opportunity to nd out more information about every thing that Camp J has to offer; from their specialty camps, such as magic, theater, Mad Science, Lego Robotics, and pot tery, to their sports camps such as Edg errin James Football, SCUBA, TGA Golf and sports journalism camps. For more information, please visit orlandojcc.org/ camp or contact Abby Paulson at AbbyP@ orlandojcc.org FEB. 9 For the fourth year a free Valentine Con cert is in Central Park featuring Michael Andrew and Swingerhead on the Central Park Stage from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Come early, bring a picnic blanket and stay afterward for dinner. Community Bulletin One Senior Place ... 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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Page 5 Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Winter Park in the Super Bowl? The city of Winter Park hosted A Heros Welcome parade ear lier this month in honor of Lt. Chuck Nadds return home from military service in Afghanistan. The parade, which was held in downtown Winter Park, will be featured in a Budweiser 60-sec ond commercial during Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday, Feb. 2! We are proud to have hosted this amazing community-wide welcome home for Lt. Nadd, our hometown hero. To have our city featured during Super Bowl XL VIII is an unexpected, yet thrilling surprise in honor of this brave sol dier and team effort. Click http://bit.ly/19ZpMws to see the Observers story about Lt. Nadds return and view the teaser spot announcing the up coming Super Bowl ad. Make sure to watch us on Super Bowl Sun day! Keep the Super Bowl super dont drink and drive The Super Bowl is one of Americas most highly anticipated sporting events, when friends and family gather in homes, sports bars and restaurants to celebrate. Remember: Fans Dont Let Fans Drive Drunk. Motorists can expect the Win ter Park Police Department to have an enhanced visible pres ence this Super Bowl weekend. For more information, please visit nhtsa.gov/drivesober and Jan. 27 City Commission meeting If you were unable to watch or attend the City Commission meet ing held Jan. 27 in City Hall Com mission Chambers, below are a few highlights of decisions made at the meeting: Mayors Report Kathy Till, Florida League of Cit ies regarding 2014 legislative pri orities. Florida League of Cities, present ed the city of Winter Park with the 2013 Florida League of Cities Mu nicipal Achievement Award hon oring the citys 125th Anniversary Celebration. Capprici Ricci and Rocket Fizz as the winners of the Winter in the Park Holiday Window Contest. ployees were recognized as part of the citys Core Value Coin Award Recognition. Each of these em of the citys core values in their everyday work that was above and beyond their normal duties. City Managers Report plan was tentatively set for Mon day, April 14, 2014. Consent Agenda approved. approved (for a complete listing, please visit cityofwinterpark.org/ ccpackets). parks rental not to exceed $825 for the Michael Andrew and Swing erHead Concert Sunday, Feb. 9, in Central Park, was approved. spend $10,700 to replace the fence at Pineywood Cemetery using funds from the Cemetery Trust Fund was approved. Action Items Requiring Discussion were discussed and city staff was directed to proceed with the de sign work for quiet zones in Win ter Park. Public Hearings Truby for the property at 612 E. Lake Sue Ave. resulted in the fol lowing decisions: dinance annexing 612 E. Lake Sue Ave. was approved. nance amending the Comprehen sive Plan Future Land Use Map to establish a Single Family Future Land Use designation was ap proved. zoning map to establish Single Family Residential District was approved. ordinance vacating and abandon ing the utility easement at 470 W. New England Ave. was approved. Park LLC for property at 111 N. Orlando Ave. was withdrawn by the applicant. Winter Park resulted in the fol lowing: dinance amending Chapter 58 Land Development Code creat ing a non-compete window of 30 days before or after the citys an nual spring and fall art festivals was approved. public hearing to discuss all as pects of the undergrounding of electric/CATV facilities consist ing of properties abutting Semi nole Drive, as to which improve ments are to be paid in part by special assessments levied against all properties within the above de scribed area was approved. local agency program supplemen tal agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for the design of the Brookshire Elementary School neighborhood sidewalks (Brechin Drive, Dun blane Drive and Kimbrace Place) was approved. regulates use of red light camera enforcement, was approved. State Legislature to repeal Florida Statute 386.209, which preempts regulation of smoking to allow local governments to regulate smoking in parks, was approved. A full copy of the Jan. 27 City Commission minutes will be available at cityofwinterpark.org the week of Feb. 10, pending ap proval by the City Commission. on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, watch us on Vimeo. A Super Bowl salute 13-0079/rev090113Member FDIC citynational.com At City National Bank, we make your dream home a reality. CNB has a full suite of mortgage solutions to meet your needs. Speak to one of our Mortgage Banking Officers today by calling 305-577-7333 or 1-800-435-8839.Let Us You Home South Florida Business Journals Community Bank of the Year 1227-2 CNwinterParkAd.indd 1 12/27/13 3:09 PM KEEP UP WITH MAITLAND NEWS AND EVENTS!www.IndependenceLane.com Facebook.com/ItsMyMaitland

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Page 6 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR For the past couple of months, Maitland have been a constant topic of conversation throughout construction activity have been an ongoing issue, leading many to ask, Why? of the reconstruction of the inter section of Horatio Avenue and U.S. Highway 17-92. This intersec tion carries a tremendous amount portation Study as one of the bottlenecks affecting Maitlands future. The study recommended changes that would move cutAvenue to U.S. 17-92. This would easily to local businesses on Mai tland Avenue, while allowing US 17-92 to function more fully as the primary arterial. The current construction proj ect will create two protected left turn lanes for southbound U.S. and change the signal timing at such as the construction of the off-ramp from Maitland Boule vard to U.S. 17-92, construction of the Sybelia Parkway, and various 17-92, were also recommended by the study as preliminary steps to the process. An additional recom mendation of the study, still to be designed and implemented, in clude reducing Maitland Avenue from four lanes to only two lanes with parking. This is intended to further encourage cut-through ating more of a local feel to Mai tland Avenue for business devel opment. The city recognizes that the construction process has been and questions have come forth as a result. We apologize for any temporary inconvenience that this may have caused. At this point all the road improvements are scheduled to be completed on Feb. 21. has been created by the city of circulation patterns and address many of the frequent questions that have been asked. A copy of this brochure is available on the city of Maitland website by click ing the Downtown Maitland home page at itsmymaitland. com. Residents can call the Pub lic Works Department at 407-5396252 or stop by City Hall for a hard copy. Please bear with us while we continue to move forward and complete the road construction. improvements will create a more pattern through and around our downtown area. Changing our trafc WELCOMENew Members & Renewals www.maitlandchamber.com Thompson Insurance Group Project Walk Orlando J&J Creations, Inc. Francescos Ristorante Hunter Vision Jewish Family Services Shepard, Smith & Cassady The Jewish Pavilion MONTHLY CHAMBER LUNCHEONSPEAKER: Rick Singh, Orange County Property Appraiser SAVE THE DATESSpring Arts Festival At Beautiful Lake Lily Saturday & Sunday April 12 & 13, 2014 Taste of Maitland At Beautiful Lake Lily Monday, October 20, 2014 New Luncheon Venue: Sheraton Orlando North 600 North Lake Destiny Drive Maitland, FL 32751 Chamber Members $20.00 (Prior To RSVP Deadline) Chamber Members $25.00 (After RSVP Deadline) Future Members & Visitors $25.00 At The Door $25.00 RESERVATIONS REQUIRED To RSVP: Call 407-644-074 Email Jeff @ RSVP For Luncheon! Or Click Here To Register Online Now RSVP DEADLINE 5:00 PM Monday, February, 17 Trustco Bank Maitland Kaina Norelia OKelley & Sorohan, Attorneys At Law Ryan Carbery New Chamber Hours Monday Friday 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Drop In For A Cup Of Coffee Or Just To Say Hello!!!Jeff Aames (far left) was recently promoted to Full Time Chamber Administrator. Steve Clinton (left) has been elected 2014 President of the Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce H O U S E S W A N T E D ! G e t a F R E E N o O b l i g a o n C A S H O e r O n Y o u r H o u s e W i t h i n 2 4 H o u r s (8 5 5 ) 7 5 5 1 8 1 8 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

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Page 7 Lifestyles For Sonja and Tony Nicholson, giving is not an option; its a re quirement. Its hard to go through life in Central Florida without seeing their names somewhere. Because of the Nicholsons, more than 50,000 physicians from all over the world have been able to sharpen their lifesaving skills using incred ible, high-tech equipment and robotics at the Nicholson Center. And because of the Nicholsons, students at the University of Cen tral Florida got to ditch portable classrooms for their own building at the Nicholson School of Com munication, and football players have the Nicholson Fieldhouse to practice in when its raining. Its my hometown, this is where Ive made my money, this is where Ive educated my chil all of us need to give back, Tony said. To me thats the most im portant thing. When youre successful in the community, that to me is kind of a given, Sonja said. Tony moved to Central Florida in 1967 and has explored an array of business opportunities, as an nancier. He founded a magazine, invested in a radio station and his main career was in real estate development, building more than 3,000 homes and 10,000 lots in the area since 1995. Sonja owns RE/ MAX Park Avenue, a boutique real estate agency. Tonys current main focus is investing in the arts, as a partner in Broadway shows, including Evita with Ricky Martin. They are both at a time in their lives when retirement would be the natural option Tony is in his 70s but theres just no stop ping them. Sonja jokes that even after 20 years its hard to keep Tonys feet on the ground when hes got an idea or heard an ex citing investment proposal. And Tony said his seemingly limitless passion for business is only fueled by his want to continue to give hes got to make money to give money. And what theyre most proud of are their donations to UCF. The couple donated $2 million back in 1995 to help the school build the communi cations build ing on campus. Theyve also given $2 million to the athletics department. Neither of them went to the school, but both feel like its home. Sonja calls the school her family, and when Tony refers to UCF its always we and us, his booming, no-nonsense per sonality tempered by the obvious pride he has in what his school with a gold, Pegasus stamped ring President John Hitt gave him years ago as he talks about the Knights recent football success, and reminisces about his years as George OLearys honorary line coach. Sonja gushes about meeting Nicholson School graduates when they travel, and how its thrilling to see their success. Helping UCF is creating a better future, they said. The youth today is whats go ing to form tomorrow, she said. What else have you got? Tony said. Your kids, thats the whole world. And continuing their dedica tion to supporting education, the Nicholsons donated $5 million to Florida Hospital to build the Nicholson Center, a $35 million, state-of-the-art surgical training center that specializes in robot ics. The Center not only draws the best physicians from all over the world to train there, but is also a deciding factor in keeping them here to provide top care to Central Floridians, Sonja said. The Nicholsons said investing in both UCF and Florida Hospital is investing in the growth and im provement of their home. Helen Donegan, vice president emerita of UCF community relations, said that kind of insight is what makes them a treasure in Central Florida. The citizens are people that work together with a common dream of how their community should be and they know that by working together and being gen erous with their success and their dollars, thats what helps a com munity go into the future, she said. They are true citizens. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Sonja and Tony Nicholson, near their Park Avenue ofce, have turned a lifetime of success into a tradition of giving. The couple has donated millions to the community to help build school buildings and a surgical training center. For this duo, giving isnt an option Winter Parks Sonja and Tony Nicholson share in their success BRITTNI LARSON Observer staff Maitland Coin & Currency Showat theMaitland Civic Center 641 South Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751FREE ADMISSIONShow open to the public Buy Sell AppraisalsFor more information call or visitOrlando Coin Exchange 6301 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32809www.MaitlandCoinShow.comorlandocoinexchange@gmail.com407-730-3116 SUNDAY, Feb. 2nd9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Free coin for all children 12 and under 2 SUN

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Page 8 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Six games into conference play, the Knights mens basketball team (9-8, 1-5) ward the bottom of the American Athletic Conference. Since their lone two-point win over Temple (which is still winless in conference play), none of the Knights AAC games have even been close. Their biggest shot at an upset came against Rutgers, who would eventually go on to win by 10 points. Rut gers never relinquished the lead in that game. The Knights, who have shot 34.4 percent been on a scoring skid thats spanned most of the season. The last time they shot more than 50 percent as a team in a 90-62 rout of Valparaiso on Dec. 22 they dominated. have suffered, making the difference in every loss. Only once this season have the Knights allowed more than 85 points, but against tough teams including Louisville, UConn and Cincinnati, theyve been held to an average of 59 points per game, a far cry from their 104-64 demolishing of Jack sonville before Christmas. At Cincinnati (19-2, 8-0) in their most re cent loss Jan. 23, the Knights showed signs of life, nearly matching a team ranked No. 13 in the AP Top 25 poll for half the game. might, the Bearcats, who are running away with the AAC lead, couldnt escape the Knights. Then the second half happened. The then gave up six turnovers in the next three and a half minutes. In that time the Bearcats spread the scoring gap from three at the utes later. The Knights would never come within single digits of the Bearcats for the rest of the game. Despite recovering from a head injury at the time Knights star Isaiah Sykes nearly pulled off a triple double, with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists while grab shots were from the free throw line. He would shoot less than 20 percent on the night. They returned home to play No. 22 Memphis (15-4, 5-2) at press time Wednes day. At 9 p.m. Saturday theyll be back on the road at No. 12 Louisville (17-3, 6-1) to face a Cardinals team that beat them 95-65 in CFE Arena on Dec. 31. But at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 the Knights will have their rivalry game of the year against USF (10-10, 1-6), which is just behind the Knights in the AAC standings. Rollins basketball The Tars mens basketball team is 8-9 overall and 2-5 in the Sunshine State Con ference after a 77-79 loss to Barry (13-3, 4-3) on Jan. 25. The loss came despite strong performances from sharpshooter Jeff Dir kin, who drilled every shot he took en route to 19 points, and Adam Allen, who scored 16 points despite only 21 minutes on the the day and nearly 53 percent from outside the big arc. Wednesday they played Florida South ern at press time. They hit the road for St. Leo to tip off at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 before they return to the Alfond Sports Center for a 7:30 p.m. showdown against Tampa (11-6, 4-4) on Feb. 5. In a stacked Sunshine State Conference this season the Lady Tars have been domi nant, with a 16-3 overall record and 5-2 in the SSC so far. They won convincingly against Barry in a 77-66 shootout with Rol lins Sarah Blackburn shooting 17 points and Jasmine Cohen grabbing a wild 17 re bounds in the game. Already on a roll in SSC play, the wom ens team travels to St. Leo for a 2 p.m. game Feb. 1, but return 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 against Tampa (12-5, 6-2). The Winter Park boys basketball team has been destroying competition on its way toward the playoffs. With a 20-3 re cord overall and 4-1 in Class 8A District 5, theyre just narrowly behind Oak Ridge. The districts top two teams had been tied before their showdown Jan. 24. Oak Ridge took the lead early in that game, ripping out a 35-28 gap by halftime on the strength of Antonio Blakeneys shooting. He would end up with 25 points. But the Wildcats had their offense hum ming too thanks to Deandre Turner and Austin Goodluck, shooting a respective 20 and 17 points. Spencer Rivers and Elijah Farley had nine points each. the Wildcats were at Olympia at press time Tuesday. Theyll face Dr. Phillips at home at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 Knights in trouble in conference play Wildcats roaring into districts ISAAC BABCOCK Observer staff ISAAC BABCOCK Observer staff PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK AND SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Sean Holcomb, top left, plays for the crowd at Chowder Fest at the Winter Park Farmers Market Jan. 22. Chowder Fest ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLU-RAY COMBO PACK AVAILABLE NOW ON DIGITAL HD ON BLU-RAY & DVD ON FEBRUARY 4THSEND US YOUR NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS TO TCRAFT@TURNSTILEMEDIAGROUP.COM NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. On Sunday, Jan. 26, at Knowles Memo rial Chapel the Bach Festival Society pre sented the music of still-living American composer Morten Lauridsen. The main interest was choral music, sung on this occasion by members of the Bach Festival Choir and Rollins College Choir, ably led by conductor John Sinclair. Composer Lauridsen was on hand to address the Sunday audience, and to explain whatever he thought needed explaining. Rollins Colleges Choir opened the af ternoon with the choral piece O Magnum Mysterium, beautifully sung in tradition al-sounding melodic phrasing to express its religious text. A unique feature was the composer himself at the piano in Diraiton from Les Chansons des Roses. Soprano Julia Foster and pianist Lynn Peghiny movingly presented Howard Moss six poems titled A Winter Come. With the composer again at the piano, members of the Bach Festival Choir then took over to sing Nocturnes by poets Rilke, Neruda and Agee, rendered with seamless vocalism that felicitously com bined words and music. Following intermission, the Bach Festi val Orchestra joined the Festival Choir to deliver the effective modulations of Lux Aeterna, which brought forth impressive full-throated singing and winning har monies. The composer said a great deal, which was unfortunately mostly inaudible to many in his large audience. Lauridsen pleases at Bach Fest LOUIS RONEY Observer columnist

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Page 9 From beginning to end, theres a man, not a machine, involved in the making of a piece of furniture from design studio Hog Eat Hog in Winter Park. The wood used is the result of a day spent at a lumberyard in Oviedo, each piece hand-picked for its quality, strength and interesting grain char acter. Sure, saws buzz with electricity to slice the wood even the Amish use some sort of power source, designer and owner Blair Sligar jokes but hands guide the precise cuts. Some items even get the attention of painstaking hand-staining techniques. While factories pump out machinemade tables by the dozen, a coffee table cre ated by the artisans at Hog Eat Hog (HEH) takes 25 hands-on hours, not including the trip to pick out the materials. Its functional, its beau tiful, its truly handcrafted, like I watch it get made by no mechanized process to it, said Brett Watson, business manager for HEH. To see that all this stuff is literally made by hand and is literally sourced from local products is a beautiful thing. Hog Eat Hog is a custom furniture design studio start ed by Winter Park resident Blair Sligar. Sligar describes his design aesthetic as Southern and com fortable with mid-century modern sensibil ities. What youll see if you enter the shop, are simple designs. Tables have modern, slim, clean-lined legs, but the tops have in credibly unique wood grains that bring the design back to the warm, inviting feel Sli gar wants his furniture to have. Some even have a shape that comes from the natural curve of the lumber with interesting notch es, and cracks are embraced as part of the woods character. Its not pretentious, Sligar said. The studio has grown since the days Sli gar worked out of the back of his old Hon da Accord, always hoping for the next time he could ditch the creatively frustrating but educating restoration carpentry work he was doing and take on a custom furniture building job. Five years ago marks the last carpentry job he had, and in the last two years his business has grown from just him to seven employees. Hes been a featured artisan at the Orlando West Elm store, and its a fourto sixweek wait for a furniture Paper Co. and The Imperial Bar house his custom woodworking. When he isnt creat ing furniture in his shop, hes doing largescale public art pieces. His work can cur rently be seen in the city of Winter Parks Art in Chambers exhibition. The team at HEH is currently working on putting out a production line of furni ture and home goods, from inexpensive wooden planters to $4,500 dining room tables, to be sold online early next year. The items would already be designed and materials sourced so it would cut down the wait time and cost for someone not looking PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER From an ever-expanding warehouse in Winter Park, Hog Eat Hog designers and craftsmen dedicate themselves to creating custom furniture pieces that respect the integrity of the locally-sourced wood they work with. Design that goes with the grain Hog Eat Hog studio transforms trees by hand in Winter Park BRITTNI LARSON Observer staff Please see WOOD on page 10 Celebration of Light Trade -in Summer Event Camerons Design NEW program allows clients to trade-in their old blinds for a discount towards for new Hunter Douglas products including our SUMMER SPECIAL on Plantation Shutters.Camerons Design email: info@camerondesigns.com Our plantation shutters provide superior sun protection, light control and privacy. Available in multiple stains, our interior shutter collection features classic styling and exceptional craftsmanship.Plantation ShuttersA classic look that never goes out of style.Camerons Design email: info@cameronsdesigns.com10 % discount WITH ALL SHUTTER ORDERS

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Page 10 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer for a custom item. Custom or not, all of Sligars designs require a lot of thought. He works on loose sketch paper, every piece going through several versions before its perfect. Hours of research and digging for inspi ration happen behind the scenes. But that storm of ideas is his fa vorite part of the process. I really like the genesis, he said. I like that kind of world of thing he sees and reads, from a boat building article to the mod ern architecture in local towns like Winter Haven. Hes still a lit tle child-like in the way he loves building and creating art with wood, he said. Hes fascinated by the materials role in build ing throughout history, which he said has made a huge impact on shaping how we live. He loves its warmth, strength and diversity. Its something he cant get away from, and enthusiasm for his work he cant ever imagine losing. That just stays with me, he said. You cant do something like this unless youre really passion ate. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Blair Sligar is the man behind Hog Eat Hog, starting the business out of his car. WOOD | Hog Eat Hog founder used his skills from a carpentry day job to start his own custom design studio C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 Gymnastics Indoor Batting Cages Speed and Agility Boot Camps After School Pick UpCall today for a FREE TRIAL class. Now Open in College Park Moms and Dads can workout while KIDS are in classes!! www.Theorlandoathletics.com 1984 W. New Hampshire Street, Orlando, Florida 32804 4 0 7 7 4 5 56 6 1 2826 Shader Rd. Orlando, FL 32808 Get/Keep You r Dog in Shape in 2014! 407-295-3888 B arkingDogFitness.com FACT! A Lean dog lives an average of 2 years longer than an overweight dog. Conveniently located at... AC T NOW!New Y ears Promo!Get 25% o for LIFE!expires 1/31/14 Customized workouts Training Indoor Warm Water Swimming ORLANDOS ONLY DOGGIE DAY CARE WITH A GYM!

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Page 12 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer I think my 3-year-old has been looking forward to Valentines Day since the New Year. I thank the retail decorators for making the holidays disappear overnight and for displaying decorations, cards, candy and other items for a one-day holiday that, at the time, was more than six weeks away. I keep reminding him that Val entines Day is not here yet, and trying to explain that this isnt something that we count down advent calendar for the romantic holiday. However, around Winter Park there are many opportuni ties to celebrate the season of love. An event or two First up, the Park Avenue Merchants Association and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce invite you to sip, shop and stroll with your sweetheart on Thurs day, Feb. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sip, Shop & Stroll events are a unique way to experience the variety of shops and restaurants in the Park Avenue area, discover new merchants, taste seasonal menus and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts. Tickets are $25 and include a food and drink sample at 20 different locations. Reservations are strong ly encouraged and are available at ExperienceParkAvenue.com Also, for the fourth consecutive year, the Park Avenue Merchants Association will present a free Valentine Concert in Central Park. The afternoon of music and romance features Central Floridas beloved Michael Andrew and Swingerhead on the Central Park Stage from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Sun day, Feb. 9. Come early, bring a picnic blanket and stay afterward for dinner on the Avenue at one of our event supporters. Some sug gestions include: 310 Park South, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Cocina 214, Pannullos Italian Restaurant and Paris Bistro. Be mine might be what I can expect from my son as he prepares for a Val entine celebration, here are some other ways to say, Be Mine, this Valentines Day. Whether youre visiting the area for one of the pre-Valentines Day events, or perhaps the Farm ers Market on Saturdays, be sure to shop local to pick up a little something sweet for your sweetie. Of course, chocolates are in good supply at our favorite chocolat iers and dessert confectioners; Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Kilwins Chocolates and Winter Park Chocolate all have something spe cial to offer. Check out Sassafras Sweet Shoppe or Rocket Fizz for a retro treat that can help you relive a childhood memory or satisfy a candy crush. The wise ones say that dia monds are a girls best friends. Shop local with jewelers at Sim mons, Bay Hill or Be on Park and discover some stunning jewelry. Or check out accessories from Through the Looking Glass and Ten Thousand Villages. Park Av enue is packed with gifts that are sure to please. And while glitz and glam are always a big hit, the way to a mans heart is still through his stomach. A romantic dinner for two can be found around town. From The Ravenous Pig to Luma on Park, our local restaurateurs aim to please this Valentines Day weekend. Reservations are sure to on Friday evening, so call ahead and ask about Valentine specials. Show love for local charities Rotary Club of Winter Park pres ents the annual Chili for Charity event on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Winter Park Farmers Market. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. guests can sample a variety of chili creations, all with a Winter Park attitude, from local restaurants, caterers and even submissions from lo cal businesses. Event highlights include live music, live auction and prizes for the chili entrants. Net proceeds will be distributed to Winter Park charities through the Rotary Clubs foundation later this year. Tickets and information can be found online at chilifor charity.org or search for the event on Facebook. rfrntbtn r f n t b t b b r t r b t t t b r t r r b r t r b t r b t b b b t t r b r b r r t b b b b t b b b t b b b b t b f n b r t r f f rfntbbbbbfbbbb Enjoying Winter Park in the season of love Erika Spence Business in the Park Erika Spence is the senior director of marketing and communications at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. An Afternoon of Music and Romance featuring Michael Andrew & SwingerheadConcert in Central Park n Afternoon of Music and Romance featurin Michael Andrew & Swin g erh e rnoon of Music and Romance featurin g Michael Andrew & S w i

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Page 14 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer My dog Yankee, a 6-1/2-year-old Golden Retriever, is my joy. Hes been an integral part of my family since he came to live with my husband and me at 12 weeks old. When my husband passed away almost eight months ago, it became just the two of us, and the bond grew stronger. I want him to live a long, healthy life so Im working dili gently to give him what he needs to stay healthy. If your dog is a member of your fam ily, I know you want the same to keep him or her healthy and happy for as long as possible. Most people have great intentions, but when I see so many overweight dogs, I have to wonder whats going on. Excess weight often happens slowly, so I suspect people may not realize their dog has become overweight. Yet being overweight shortens a dogs lifespan by an aver age of two years, and can cost a bunch of money due to related health prob lems. Current statistics show that 54 per cent of dogs are overweight, and that number continues to climb. How can you tell if your dog is overweight? One way is to feel the ribs. If you cant easily feel ribs, your dog is fat. what can you do to correct it? ing and how much. As dogs age, they require less food. Look at the bag and feed based on the weight your dog should be, not what he is. high in calories. Substitute with veg etables, such as green beans, celery or carrots. enough. At the very least, they re quire cardiovascular exercise several times a week to keep them in shape. A walk alone doesnt do it. Depending on your dog, 30 minutes of jogging with you or playing fetch will give them a good cardio workout. I dont know how long Yankee will live, but Im giving him the best odds I can. I hope you do the same. And if you need help, please contact us. Sherri Cappabianca, an expert in the eld of canine health and tness, is the author of two books on canine health, and the co-owner of Rockys Retreat Canine Health & Fitness Center, and Barking Dog Fitness, a Gym for Dogs, both located in Orlando. For more information, visit rockysretreat.com or barkingdogtness.com Give your dog the best chance for a long and healthy life FEATURING ... 250 North Orlando Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789407.677.9777 Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades A Premier Flooring Source Area Rugs Window Treatments... AND MUCH MORE! February 6 | 5 8 p.m. | Park AvenueExperience the charm and romance of Park Avenue while visiting 20 local merchants. Discover the latest fashions, gift ideas and seasonal menus at participating locations. Plus, enjoy appetizer and beverage samples along the way. Winter Park Sip, Shop & Stroll$25 | www.ExperienceParkAvenue.com | 407-644-8281Sip, Shop & Stroll... With Your Sweetheart! Sherri Cappabianca The Wet Nose Report

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Page 15 Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 Best musical Once in Orlando premiere Once, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musi cal, will play the Bob Carr PAC from Jan. 28 through Feb. 2. The celebrated new musical, based on the Academy Award-winning musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship evolves into a compli cated romance, heightened by the emotion of the songs they create together. Tickets are available at OrlandoBroadway.com or by call ing 1-800-982-2787. Now through Feb. 23 Mad Cow Theatre presents Alan Ayckbourns Table Manners Following the dysfunction ally intertwined lives of a group of siblings during a weekend in the country, Table Manners is an English farce exploding with lust, hysterics, and exasperation. The family shares the weekend in search of love and the meaning of marriage in this comic feast by Alan Ayckbourn with a cast of Mad Cow favorites led by Dan Bright in his Mad Cow directorial debut. Call 407-297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.com Now through March 23 SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at The Abbey SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is a hilarious new musi cal that brings the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. The characters come to life in sharpwitted comedy, musical numbers, a strip tease per formance by the leading man, and lots of surpris es. Rob Stack plays the role of the hunky billionaire Hugh (on leave from Disneys Finding Nemo). Playing the role of author EBJ is Andrea Canny, a legend of the Orlando arts scene, and inno cent Tasha is portrayed by Alice Rix, a recent University of Florida alumna. Call 407-7046116 or visit AbbeyOrlando.com Jan. 31 Americas Got Talent Star Fernando Varela at Trinity Prep Trinity Prep will present Americas Got Talent star Fernando Varela, the worldrenowned tenor from Orlando. Varela will perform at the Trinity since his meteoric run on NBCs number one summer show, Americas Got Talent. Varelas past year has been highlighted by debut performances at the Ken nedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Varelas Trinity concert will feature a live band and special guests on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Visit trinityprep.org/buy-tickets or email EppsL@trinityprep.org Jan. 31 My Greek Odyssey continues For those of you who have been following the adventure that began with the dream-of-aAmerican artist to exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, the second stop on the art tour will open on Jan. 31 as the exhibit moves to the Sismano glio Megaron in Istanbul, Turkey. With an invitation arranged through the always-amazing European Curator Iris Kritikou, the exhibit will be in Istanbul through mid-March. Should you wish to see the work in Orlando, please visit Jai Gallery at 47 East Robinson St. in downtown Orlando. Call Coralie at 407-9210693 or visit jaigallery.net Jan. 31 to April 6 Southwestern Allure opens Mennellos 15th season Southwestern Allure: The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony will open the Mennello Museums 15th season in an exhibit of 40 ence of Santa Fe as an art colony. Featuring the period from 1915 to 1940, Allure explores the art ists who went to Santa Fe, what compelled them, and the work they produced. The opening reception will be held on Jan. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. Call 407-246-4278 or visit mennellomu seum.com Feb. 1 Commemorating Bok Tower Gardens Feb. 1 is the Dedication Day Bok Tower Gardens commemo Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar JANUARY 13 (Mon) Beginning Walk-Run Program Begins .................... Blue Jacket Park Presented by Track Shack Fitness Club 21 (Tue) MarathonFest Marathon Training Begins .................... Glenridge MS Presented by Track Shack Fitness Club 25 (Sat) Seasons 52 Park Avenue 5.2k* .................................. Park Avenue Presented by Florida HospitalFEBRUARY 1 (Sat) Florida Hospital Lady Track Shack 5k ......................... Mead Garden 15 (Sat) Run Around the Pines 5k* ...................................... Showalter Field Presented by Florida HospitalMARCH 15 (Sat) Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race 10k & 2 Mile*Presented by Florida Hospital ................................ Park Avenue 24 (Mon) Beginning Walk-Run Program Begins .................... Blue Jacket Park Presented by Track Shack Fitness ClubAPRIL 26 (Sat) Run for the Trees 5k .............................................. Showalter FieldJULY 4 (Fri) Hunter Vision Watermelon 5k ..................................... Park Avenue Run, Walk, Train. Winter ParkFloridas premier fitness destination! Please see CULTURE on page 16 TABLES EXTRAORDINAIRE CANNY STACK

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Page 16 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer rates its 85th anniversary with free admission. The occasion will feature guest speakers, special carillon concerts, a tree planting ceremony, and a rare opportunity to cross the moat surrounding the singing tower. No reserva tions necessary. Visit boktower gardens.org Feb. 5 and 6 Robin De Jesus at The MEZZ Robin De Jesus, currently performing at Lincoln Center, is best known for his Tony-nomi nated roles in In the Heights and La Cage aux Folles. De Jesus will present Crush to Crushed, a cabaret evening of pop, rock, Spanish soul and Broadway music, on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. at The MEZZ in downtown Orlando. De Jesus will discuss crushes, loves, break-ups, hook-ups, sex and his Mothers best kept secrets. (Be prepared for laughs). Visit ticketweb.com or AbbeyOrlando.com Feb. 6, 7, 8 Tables Extra Extraordinaire Decorators, brides, inte rior designers, and anyone who enjoys elegant entertaining will want to visit the Holy Trinity Conference Center in Maitland for Tables Extraordinaire. This unique fundraiser showcases 30 lavishly decorated tables while offering luncheons or dinners reminiscent of a trip to Greece. The three-day event ends on Saturday evening (Feb. 8) with a Gala Banquet. During the day, visit the Center for Greek pastries and delicacies (they even offer take-out for lunch and dinners). Visit htgocorlando.org or Tables Extraordinaire on Facebook, or call 407-333-3895. Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27 Winter with the Writers at Rollins College Five award-winning writers will take part in the free Winter With the Writers at Rollins Col lege. The 2014 season will pres ent: former poet laureate Charles Simic on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (master class at 4 pm); Heming way Award-winner Justin Cronin on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (master class at 4 p.m.); Authors Alan Mi chael Parker and Laura van den Berg on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; and Madison Smartt Bell on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. (master class at 4 p.m.) Discussions are free and open to the public. Visit rollins.edu/win terwiththewriters Feb. 7 to March 10 This lady gives her Heart and Soul artist, and ambassador of love Donna Dowless will usher in the Valentine season with her exhibit Heart and Soul 2014. Donna, whose talent and generosity of Central Florida, will open Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the art gallery of the Grand Bohemian Hotel and run through March 10. Ms. Dow less will be joined by Canadian jewelry artist Amber Higgins. Call 407-581-4801 or visit grand bohemianhotel.com Feb. 8 and 9 18-year-old Sarina Zhang Performs with Orlando Philharmonic On Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., the Orlando Philhar monic will present a unique pro gram called Russian Romance featuring 18-year-old cellist and pianist Sarina Zhang. At just 18 years of age, Juilliard student and rising star Sarina Zhang has accumulated an impressive array of awards and solo appearances for her dual talent. Shes been featured on PBS four times, per forming on both cello and piano. Most recently, Zhang was a 2013 Young Arts National Finalist after liard Pre-College Piano concerto competition (2012). Call 407-7700071or visit OrlandoPhil.org CULTURE | A fabulously romantic art opening by Orlandos spirited ambassador of love, Donna Dowless C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 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. Its TAX time. Appointments Available 7 Days a Week!Tax Form Processing LLC4070 Aloma Ave., Suite 1010 Winter Park, FL 32792Tel: (407) 657-6336www.TaxFormProcessing.com Proudly Serving the Orlando Area for 19 years! Scan QR Code 40$ 00OffTax PreparationMust present this coupon at time service is provided. Offer valid for one-time use. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires April 15, 2014Offer Code: WPMO14 ROBIN DE JESUS HEART AND SOUL 2014 This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: THE FILTH AND THE FURY Wed 7:30 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Directed by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Cast | Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund Fri, Sat, Sun 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Mon Thurs 6:30, 9:30 National Theatre Live: FRANKENSTEIN National Theatre Lives 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatres 50th anniversary celebration. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. Sat 12PM

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JOSH GARRICK Observer Sta The brand new Italio Restaurant in a perfect location just north of the busy intersection of Fairbanks and 17-92 in Winter Park has 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. quick-service food concept in 2012 in Boca Raton where their customers quickly accepted this stand-inline, on-thego 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 remem bering this is fast food, you can use your time (while standing in line) to make 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 has its history in ancient Roman street food. Step two offers a choice of meats such as Chicken breast (marinated in lemon-herb vin aigrette at $6.98); Meatball of ground beef and pork $6.98; Grilled sirloin steak $6.98; Grilled shrimp $8.98; Italian sausage $6.98; or the Veggie medley at $6.78. You see what I mean about the value. Step three taps into our inner-chef and challenges us with varying combinations of sauces, dressings and pestos ranging from Alfredo to traditional Pomodoro to Roasted Red Pepper pesto. The over 20 toppings, including brus chetta, chickpeas, olive tapenade and a variety of cheeses. Please keep in mind these low prices come with the traditional fast food compromises of eating 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 Parme san cheese and it was delicious. Thats really the whole point here. Italio allows us to eat all our favorite comfort foods, and we can do it anytime, because the prices are so low. This was witnessed as I visit there exactly 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. ferent readers who spotted me and shared how happy they were that I would be writing about what has already become a favorite restaurant for them. The Kids Menu is even cheaper ($3.98), and I enjoyed 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 ingredients 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 charitable initiative and Outreach Center (CFOC). On every Monday through May Mondays will be contributed to the Central Florida charity, which transforms 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 you Its so cool its like pasta has its own happy hour all day long at Italio. The Winter Park location is at 276 South Orlando Avenue and is open 7 days a week from 10:45 a.m. to 10 pm. Visit ItalioKitchen. comRestaurant Review of the NEW Italio (Winter Park) From the Corner Table

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Page 18 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer King Features Weekly ServiceJanuary 27, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOON Chris Jepson Perspectives What is it about a womans peachyparts that get Republicans all a titter? Mike Huckabee is yet another sancti monious conservative who, once again, opened his blathering pie hole and out came timeless male chauvinism about women who cannot control their libido[s]. Nasty. Nasty. Women, according to Republicans, are so sexual that, well, thank goodness for the GOP to rein-in Americas women and their carnal appetites. Surely, women cannot have sex in America without consequenc es. Suffering. Expense. Pain. Humiliation. Pregnancy. Certainly somewhere in the Bi ble it suggests as much. Consider Proverbs 11:22, Like a gold ring in a pigs snout is a beautiful woman without discretion. Is it not weird, seriously, the Republican fascination with female sexuality? With sex, generally speaking. They get their undies all in a bundle over whos doing what to whom. And could they possibly be enjoying themselves? Horrors! How about Republicans just MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) and do what you do best, continue to give tax breaks to the well-off. Chris, Chris, Chris, youre missing the point. Republicans want women to have In a marriage and, optimally, without the that ideal, well, you know. Nasty. Nasty. Hmmm? (Please see alternative Republi can sexual universe of Newt Gingrich, Da vid Vitter, Larry Craig and Mark Sanford). For the better part of the last 6,000 years, men controlled access to women. Few cultures, in the past, were cultures of equality (or even near equality) for women. Women were too often chat tel, assets to be distributed. They were sequestered, sheltered and limited in their movement. Women were prized, much as a heifer was valued, for her reproductive qualities. I highly recommend the 2003 movie Osama, which depicts the lot of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. It will make you weep. But, broadly speak ing, it is representative of the history of the oppressed sex. In the West, the last 1,000 years have been an inexorable slog for women to achieve freedom (from/with men) and equality. Organized male-dominated religions have been a relentless obstacle, an impediment to female empowerment. So, too, male governance, traditions and customs. I knew women who, once-upona-time, could not vote in America. My grandmother lived part of her adult life without that right. That is but a chip shot ago, historically speaking. So many triumphs for women in the 20th century and historians will someday look upon the advent of reliable, safe achievements of our era. No longer are women forced to bear child after child until ones teeth fall out. The Republican attempt to vilify and penalize women for wanting choice in their lives is emblematic of a dying politi cal party. Sorry boys, that American mare has done left the barn. The GOP spin is to now pillory women for having sexual ap petites. Let alone the temerity to act upon them. Nasty. Nasty. How dare they act like men? How dare they be human? To our Neanderthal GOP, Male libido good. Ugh, female libido bad. Choice is not a dirty word. Choice is empowering, liberating and what we all desire as human beings, men and women alike. Vote accordingly, particularly if you are female. Support Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando at 407-246-1788. Choice is not a dirty word Jepson is a 27-year resident of Central Florida. Hes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. Reach him at Jepson@MEDIAmerica.US Louis Roney Play On! When I was a student in high school as well as college, Thomas Wolfe was a American literature precipitously. That Wolfe was a Southerner (Ashville, N.C.) who studied also importantly at Harvard, which put him and me in the same sphere of action and thought in various ways. Wolfes tumultuous life was cut short by brain cancer while he was still in his 30s, his energies at their peak and his life of biographical material for lengthy and extraordinary writing. I am now far past Wolfes age at the time of his death, and he has remained a thoughtful friend through the years. I believe that I have a kindred understand ing of Thomas Wolfes moods and man ners. I think he was probably a nicer guy than I am, and that his thought proceeded from verb to verb a bit slower than mine. My patience is not as introspective as his, and my conclusions are probably quicker but less full of the milk of human kind ness. My return to the place of my raising is similar to Wolfes, but the times today move at a different pace, and have a way of running rough-shod over changes that used to take many generations longer. Thomas Wolfes You Cant Go Home Again proposes that there is no way to return realistically to the place and time of ones earlier days. Everyone who attempts to write about himself runs headlong into the problems of reviving a past that is gone forever. Ernest Hemmingway told us in a college class that, Everything one and Einstein stated that, Time is the fourth dimension that fourth dimension that so many philosophers before WWII were seeking. Many of the decisive things in our lives can be somehow traced to coincidence. Wikipedia tells us that synchronicity is: the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. described in this terminology by Sigmund Freuds Swiss teammate, psychologist Carl Jung, in the 1920s. Chance synchronicity ties things together that have no actual rea son to be linked. what one left there years ago is both puz zling and futile. The Winter Park that I came back to in 1980 looked in many ways the same. The lakes were still there. Many of the older houses were still there, but the size and the pace of the community are certainly dif ferent. The population has increased many fold. The little town that Rollins President Hamilton Holt asked us not to brag about too loudly up North, is no longer the secret gem it had been for decades. The high school where I had gradu ated and played football is still there, but growing at an alarming clip, and is now swallowed up among a collection of other buildings. Ubiquitous orange groves are no longer everywhere in Orange County. In 1980 on the spur of the moment my b.w. and I bought a house on a lake in Winter Park and then returned to the Cen tral Park South apartment in New York where we lived. The hiatus of the years from 1938 to 1980 were bridged as grace fully as possible and life went on with our new life to come in Winter Park. I accepted a position as Distinguished Professor at UCF and the second half of my Winter Park experience began. Most of the people I went to school with are either far away or now gone. I am now your lone Old Winter Parker at many social get-togethers. I have come home again, yes but Thomas Wolfe was right: the home I knew is no longer here. Can you go home again? About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com Dear Mayor Schieferdecker: This late in the game I ask: What com pelled you to pen to publish this defense? The sales pitch: Red light running equals death? Which begs the following questions: In the 10 years preceding the installa 1. How many people died in red-light running accidents? 2. Proportionately, how many red-light related accidents didnt involve vehicular homicide? 3. How many people died in other Hint: if you dont want to do the hard work and/or your police chief doesnt have this info at the ready drive around town and note the Drive Safely memo rial signs (although admittedly they exist only on state roads). the city earned from this spurious, the name of safety? will Maitland be affecting in the near future? As I hope you agree, you can catch 1. How about signs at the primary entries to Maitland that state: MAITLAND WELCOMES SAFE DRIVERS? Instead of, Park in this age of GPS navigation installed to supplant its iconic PLEASE DRIVE WITH EXTRAORDIARY CARE signs. 2. Or the city distributing bumper stick ers to its residents that state: THIS CAR STOPS FOR RED LIGHTS? And SunRail? the program? Just kidding; who would think of doing that? DONT BECOME ANOTHER STATISTIC. Since I dont want to dilute this chas tisement, more commentary to follow later from perspectives from some local including Maitland police, on the subject. Sincerely, Bill Shallcross P.S. Another rhetorical question: How did you end up with Winter Parks retirees running your city? Opinions

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Page 36 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Saturday, February 1st: 405 Lakewood Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3 BA | 4,208 SF | $3,220,000 Exquisite custom designed lakefront es tate on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes! Stunning indoor/outdoor living spaces. Designer gourmet kitchen, travertine tile and Brazilian walnut floors, cathedral ceilings and exposed trusses. Serene master retreat with breathtaking lake views and large sitting area. Summer kitchen, fireplace and outdoor living area overlook the tranquil lake. No expense was spared! Hosted by: Liz Jones from 1-4 PM Superbowl Sunday, January 2nd: 405 Lakewood Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3 BA | 4,208 SF | $3,220,000 This home is a Superbowl star! Exquisite custom designed lakefront estate on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes! Stunning indoor/outdoor living spaces. Designer gourmet kitchen, travertine tile and Brazilian walnut floors, cathedral ceil ings and exposed trusses. Serene mas ter retreat with breathtaking lake views and large sitting area. Summer kitchen, fireplace and outdoor living area over look the tranquil lake. No expense was spared! Hosted by: Rhonda Chesmore from 1-4 PM 960 Georgia Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 4 BA | 3,654 SF | $1,080,000 Touchdown! Picturesque location on a brick street at the corner of Georgia & Palmer ~ Walk to Park Avenue! Fantas tic wall of windows in the family room overlooking the pool and spa. Spacious kitchen, plantation shutters throughout, gorgeous wood floors, high ceilings and three fireplaces. Private fenced backyard with mature landscaping. Hosted by: Cindy Watson from 1-4 PM 1099 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 5 BA | 5,706 SF | $2,199,000 Get in the game and view this gorgeous home! Elegant two-story pool home lo cated in the heart of Winter Park on one of the most prestigious streets in town! Features include fireplaces in the living room and family room, butlers pantry, wine closet and bonus/game room. The spacious gourmet kitchen is open to Kelly Maloney 226 W. Cottesmore Cir, Longwood $200,000. 01/21/2014 Jeff & Barbara Friedman 2546 Mane shaw Lane, Kissimmee $175,000. 01/16/2014 Ann Lee 925 Park Terrace, Kissimmee $120,000. 01/21/2014 Wendy Williams Crumit 222 Syl van Blvd, Winter Park $485,000. 01/23/2014 Jeff Hall 251 Spanish Oak, Longwood $199,000. 01/24/2014 Michelle Sanderson 188 Magno lia Park Trail, Sanford $209,000. 01/24/2014 Janis Fuller 311 E Morse Blvd #6, Winter Park $195,000. 01/24/2014 Jeff & Barbara Friedman 16626 Lazy Breeze Loop, Clermont $237,500. 01/24/2014 OBSERVER Just Sold Homes SUNDAY 12-3 GORGEOUS POOL HOME ON CONSERVA TION 1172 Cardinal Creek Place, Oviedo. 4BD/2BA, 2,341SF. This home is in the ultimate location while keeping private. New interior paint throughout. Newer re frigerator, disposal, washer, dryer hot wa ter heater and high end water softener. New and stunning pool with upgraded salt filtration system and halogen lighting with dimmer. Extended pool deck with lush landscaping. $330,000 FABULOUS VIEWS FROM THE 5TH FLOOR 104 S. Interlachen Ave. #512, Winter Park. 2BD/2BA, 1,267SF. This condo features brand new wood floors and fresh paint throughout. Nice updated ceramic tile in the kitchen, foyer and hallway. The porch has been closed in for maximum square footage. Master includes 2 closets and a private bathroom with walk-in shower. Located on Lake Osceola, on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes & blocks from Rollins College & the Alfond Inn. $299,000 SUNDAY 1-4 HOME ON WATERBRIDGE CUL-DE-SAC 1300 Serena Drive, Winter Park. 3 BD/2BA, 2,342 SF. Full of natural light, this recently renovated single family home with open family room & kitchen has new tile floors, granite, stainless and pendant lights. New baths. Large living room with vaulted ceilings and woodburning fireplace. French doors open to 3 courtyards. 2-car garage. $499,000 ADORABLE COLLEGE PARK BUNGALOW 755 Clifford Drive, Orlando. 3BD/2.5BA, 1,594SF. Located on lovely brick street surrounded by beautiful homes. Kitchen remodeled with new cabinets and stain less appliances. Hardwood floors. New paint inside, new roof, new heating and AC and upgraded electrical. Very large fenced backyard with room for a pool. Wonderful location. $235,000 SUNDAY 2-5 SPACIOUS TOWNHOME IN GREAT LOCA TION 1146 Washington Avenue, Winter Park. 2BD/2.5BA, 2,083SF. This 2/2.5 also fea tures an office and two car garage and is walking distance to Rollins and Park Avenue! Recent updates include new roof, refinished hardwood floors, new carpet and new interior paint. Gated front courtyard leads to formal living and din ing area. Kitchen granite breakfast bar overlooks family room and wood burning fireplace. Private screened courtyard with summer kitchen. $349,000 LOVELY REMODELED HOME ON PRIVATE LOT 7322 Chesterhill Circle, Mount Dora. 3BD/2.5BA, 2,477SF. Lovingly remodeled by interior designer with tasteful selec tions. 12x12 Mexican tile floor through out, 18x19 screened Florida room, and picturesque views of backyard from living and dining rooms. Spacious bedrooms and abundant storage. $273,500 1571 Sunset Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Rhonda Chesmore 1611 Palm Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Gwyn Clark OBSERVER Open Houses THE MARKE T PLA C E MindGym January 27, 2014 MindGymJanuary 27, 2014 FREE book by doctor reveals what the drug companies don't want you to know! 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Two master suites, bo nus room, spacious bedrooms and over 1,800 SF of outside decking. Family room with wood burning fireplace, charming sitting area, and spacious great room with French doors leading to the inviting deck space and brick courtyard. Reno vated gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar. Downstairs master suite has large sunken Jacuzzi tub, dual vanity and walk-in closet. Hosted by: Gwyn Clark from 1-3 PM 1555 Palmer Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 2.5 BA | 2,139 SF | $499,000 Completely renovated home just minutes from Park Avenue! Open concept liv ing spaces, hardwood and tile flooring throughout. Brand new kitchen offering stainless steel appliances, granite coun ters, oversized island and beautiful wood cabinets. Master suite offers a spacious walk-in closet and gorgeous master bath. Hosted by: Kelly L. Price from 1-4 PM 27 W. Steele Street, Orlando FL 32804 3 BR | 2 BA | 2,210 SF | $399,000 Charming home shows like a model! 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Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 Serving Winter Park, Maitland, Baldwin Park, College Park and Goldenrod50+ tax WPMOBSERVER.COM A local Libertarian leader is planning to sue Winter Park in his pursuit to rid the community of what he believes to be two of the greatest threats to civil liber ties in the country: red-light and surveillance cameras. David Leavitt said he believes the devices violate the rights of them constantly without their consent and, he contends, by without due process. They dont consider that theyre giving up their liberties, Leavitt said. I dont think they think about it that much. The Longwood residents own outrage over the state of liberty in local and U.S. governments, compounded with the increasing presence of the cameras, led Leavitt to form the Libertarian Party of Seminole County last May, he said. The Libertarian Party of Semia lawsuit against the city of Win ter Park for failing to provide the cameras planted throughout the city, including up and down Park Avenue. Leavitt said he requested the information last month, but was turned down and referred to Florida Statutes 281.301, 119.07 (3) (a) and 119.07 (2) (d), which states information relating to tial and exempt. But Orlando attorney Jacob Stuart, representing the Libertar ian Party of Seminole County in the lawsuit, claimed the statute to be non-applicable. We believe that statute isnt applicable because were not seeking to actually have copies of what theyre recording, Stu art said. Were simply seeking to know the location of those so that citizens can be on notice. Stuart said that even if the statute was applicable, its still unconstitutional. Recording people on a consistent basis in a public area without their knowledge or proper notice is in violation of the due process right in the Constitution, he said. At the state level in TallahasUSPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. VISIT WPMOBSERVER.COMSUBSCRIBE NOW! REVIVING A TRADITION ETCHED IN GRAINPARK STYLE, 9Park Aves dynamic duoGiving back to the community. LIFESTYLES, 7Women rank, men tankRollins basketball gets interesting.SPORTS, 8CALENDAR ................... 4 LIFESTYLES ................... 7 SPORTS ..................... 8 PARK STYLE .................. 9 CULTURE .................... 15 OPINIONS ................... 18 CLASSIFIEDS ................. 36 Winter Park wants the right to decide if parks are smoke-free. On Monday the City Commission passed a resolution calling on the state legislature to allow cities to regulate smoking in parks, which is currently allowed by state law. Florida Statute 386.209 re serves the right exclusively for the state a law Winter Park has fought to repeal for the past four years. But advocating for city control over smoking in parks is mainly a matter of principle, Mayor Ken Bradley said. Winter Park and other Florida cities can control alcohol, pets and events in parks, but the air itself remains a factor decided only in Tallahassee. I think its been proven that smoking kills in our society, Bradley said. Its taken 30 years to prove that. Its important to have overall health, but this is a principle issue for me give cities the right you have given them in almost all other decisions to make this deci sion ourselves. City Commissioners couldnt deny the potential health haz ards resulting from secondhand smoke. The American Cancer Society reports that secondhand smoke causes an estimated 46,000 deaths each year from heart disease in people who are non-smokers, as well as 3,400 deaths in non-smok ing adults from lung cancer. There are 69 chemicals known to cause cancer in secondhand smoke, according to the National Cancer Institute. Its one of the most destruc tive forces to peoples lives, Commissioner Steven Leary said. Employers can mandate that their employees not smoke, not yet we cant tell people they cant smoke in parks.PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERWinter Park wants to control where people can smoke, instead of the state legislature as state law currently allows. The City Commission renewed a push Monday for control. Curbing smokersCity Commission pursues home rule on smoking in parksTIM FREED Observer staff Please see SMOKING on page 2The Maitland road construction thats been clogging lo cal residents commutes since November is now set to take a month longer than expected. The reworking of the intersection of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Horatio Avenue had been set for completion by the end of January, but with work still ongoing, city date to be Feb. 21. On Monday, the Maitland City Council approved an additional pact fee fund to be allocated to cover additional time and to plan changes to the construction proj ects existing $1.5 million contract with Masci General Contractor. Public Works Director Rick Lemke said other additional allo cations are likely as construction pen when you get out there on site and things arent quite what or where you planned, he said. On Jan. 22 an accident that sent two to the hospital shut down the intersection during rush hour. While the investigation into the accident is still ongoing, Mait land Police say they dont be played a role in the crash. Deputy Chief Bill McEachnie said the department hasnt seen any other increase in accidents there since construction started.Maitlands rush hour woes worsenSARAH WILSON Observer staffLawsuit brewing over red light camsLawsuit looks to challenge Winter Parks surveillance and red light camera programsTIM FREED Observer staff Please see SURVEILLANCE on page 2 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC W i n t e r P a r k R e c o v e r y C e n t e r W i n t e r P a r k R e c o v e r y C e n t e r Executive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Protocols Sinclair Method of Alcohol Extinction Suboxone/Subutex For Opioid Abuse Privacy and Confidentiality AssuredMedically Managed Dual Diagnosis Evidenced Based Programs2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.WinterParkRecoveryCenter.com 407-629-0413

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Page 2 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer SMOKING | City could ban smoking if given power by stateSURVEILLANCE | Suit questions camsThe Winter Park City Commis sion made a similar push back in November of 2011. Commission ers passed a resolution requesting the state legislature to support local home-rule power over municipallyowned property, while also promoting local awareness of the dangers that come with secondhand smoke. Winter Park had been pursu ing similar legislation since January of that year, passing a similar resolution in February that also urged residents not to smoke where children commonly play. Neighboring cities have taken a similar approach. Orlando, Mai tland and Orange County passed their own resolutions to repeal the state statute in 2011. Rollins College successfully instituted its own smoking policy in January 2013, limiting smoking to leges 127 years. Bradley hopes the city itself will one day have the right to control smoking as well. I personally dont smoke and Im an advocate for non-smoking per sonally, but I think this Commission or future Commissions should have the right to decide what goes in in their parks, Bradley said. Its called home rule, and its a very good basis of government. see, efforts to stop cities from installing red-light cameras House Rep. Frank Artiles (RMiami), which would ban the cameras moving forward after July 1, moved its way through the pipeline Jan. 9 as it was approved by a vote of 10-3 by the Houses Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee. Retired Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Paul Henry launched additional local opposition to the cameras last year after he released research showing that intersections with red-light cameras in Winter Park rarely see crashes related to red-light run ning to begin with. Henry pulled statistics from the Department of Transportation and found that between 2005 and 2011, three out of six intersections in Winter Park had only one redlight violation crash in the entire seven-year period. Henry said that from 1994 to 2010, the Department of Transportation released a summary of all the crashes in Florida for that which included when, where and why each crash took place. But in 2011, the reports no longer listed the causes of each crash, he said. Florida had begun widely using the red-light cam eras during the previous year. The bottom line is that not only do they not reduce these crashes, theses cities and the state are going out of their way to hide this data, to not release it, Henry said. Ive never gotten a concrete answer as to why they wont publish this data. Leavitt knows theres still plenty of work to be done to preserve the civil liberties of residents, never forgetting the importance of the document that outlines their rights. I think the Constitution is the basis of what we need to go by to keep us strong as a country, Leavitt said. Its our guiding light. It still is. Stuart said the lawsuit against the city of Winter Park should be CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE 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 CARNIVAL FOOD FAMILY FUN Feb. 6-9, 2014FEB. 6 THURSDAY 5-10PM FEB. 7 FRIDAY 5PM-MIDNIGHT FEB. 9-SUN 12-5PMRIDES ONLY FEB. 8 SATURDAY 12PM-MIDNIGHT GOOD FOR YOUR & SOUL!575 Tuskawilla Rd., Winter Springs CONTINUOUS FREE Parking shuttleS INGLE DAY UNLIMITED RIDE PASSES AVAILABLE AT WINTERFEST! AUCTIONSSilent: Sat 2-5:00pm Live: Sat 7:00pmBingo (FRI & SAT) Kids Games Festival Food Rides Strawberry Pie YUM! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLEChoice of...2014 FORD FIESTA COUPE 12 day trip to Alaska 1 ticket = $2.00 100% of proceeds go to support LOCAL community outreach programs.Please visit us at: GIGANTIC FLEA MARKETJan 31-Feb 2, 2013Welcome All Bargain Hunters To The Best INDOOR Flea Market!FRIDAY, JAN 31 7AM 4:30PM SATURDAY, FEB 1 7AM 4:30PM SUNDAY, FEB 2 10AM 3PMJewelry Bicycles Clothing Electronics Antique Dishes Baby Items Books Christmas Items Furniture Sports Equipment Toys ArtworkAND MUCH MORE! ENTERTAINMENT THURS (TEEN NIGHT!) Winterfest Idol FRI & SAT Continuous Live Entertainment*less federal taxes Freedom to ... All the fun, none of the hassles of ownership. Full access to hundreds of boats. Membership privileges at 70 locations in the U.S. www.FreedomBoatClub-TB.com Bring a copy of this ad and receive Mt. Dora Now open Mt. Dora Now open Winter ParkDISTRESS SALE Its one of the most destructive forces to peoples lives, Commissioner Steven Leary said.

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Winter Park in the Super Bowl Be sure to watch the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday to see Winter Park in a Budweiser commercial starring Army Lt. Chuck Nadd. Winter Park threw a wel come home parade for the helicopter pilot when he returned home from Afghanistan on Jan. 8. Budweiser was there to lm it. To see a preview to the commercial and our story on Lt. Nadds welcome home, visit http://bit.ly/19ZpMwsOrlandos top realtorLou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services, LLC, has been recognized for his professionalism and commitment to the Orlando Regional Realtor Association and to the real estate industry with the associations 2013 Realtor of the Year award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an ORRA member. The honor was presented during the 14th annual ORRA awards pro gram, held at Winter Parks new Alfond Inn.Page 4 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 WPMOBSERVER.COMPUBLISHERTracy Craft407.515.2605TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com MANAGING EDITORIsaac Babcock 407.563.7023IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.comASSOCIATE EDITORSarah Wilson 407.563.7026SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.comDESIGNERTom Miller 407.563.7032TMiller@TurnstileMediaGroup.comSTAFF WRITERSBrittni Larson Megan Stokes Tim Freed Allison Olcsvay Kristy VickeryCOLUMNISTSChris JepsonJepson@MediAmerica.usLouis RoneyLRoney@cfl.rr.comJosh GarrickJoshGarrick9@gmail.comADVERTISING SALESLinda Stern407.376.2434LStern@TurnstileMediaGroup.comLEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISINGAshley McBride 407.286.0807Legal@FLALegals.comSUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATIONLuana Baez 407.563.7013LBaez@TurnstileMediaGroup.comMEMBER OF: -Florida Press Association -Winter Park/Maitland/Goldenrod Chambers of CommerceWinter Park/Maitland Observer is published by Turnstile Media Group. 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So bring a blanket, a picnic basket and the family for a night at the movies under the stars. FEB. 2On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Roth Jewish Com munity Center of Greater Orlando will kick off its Camp J summer camps from 1 to 4 p.m. at its location in Maitland. The Camp J Kickoff will feature an opportunity to nd out more information about everything that Camp J has to offer; from their specialty camps, such as magic, theater, Mad Science, Lego Robotics, and pottery, to their sports camps such as Edg errin James Football, SCUBA, TGA Golf and sports journalism camps. For more information, please visit orlandojcc.org/ camp or contact Abby Paulson at AbbyP@ orlandojcc.org FEB. 9For the fourth year a free Valentine Concert is in Central Park featuring Michael Andrew and Swingerhead on the Central Park Stage from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Come early, bring a picnic blanket and stay afterward for dinner.Community Bulletin One Senior Place ... 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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Page 5 Winter Park City TalkBY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Winter Park in the Super Bowl?The city of Winter Park hosted A Heros Welcome parade ear lier this month in honor of Lt. Chuck Nadds return home from military service in Afghanistan. The parade, which was held in downtown Winter Park, will be featured in a Budweiser 60-sec ond commercial during Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday, Feb. 2! We are proud to have hosted this amazing community-wide welcome home for Lt. Nadd, our hometown hero. To have our city featured during Super Bowl XL VIII is an unexpected, yet thrilling surprise in honor of this brave sol dier and team effort. Click http://bit.ly/19ZpMws to see the Observers story about Lt. Nadds return and view the teaser spot announcing the upcoming Super Bowl ad. Make sure to watch us on Super Bowl Sun day!Keep the Super Bowl super dont drink and driveThe Super Bowl is one of Americas most highly anticipated sporting events, when friends and family gather in homes, sports bars and restaurants to celebrate. Remember: Fans Dont Let Fans Drive Drunk. Motorists can expect the Win ter Park Police Department to have an enhanced visible pres ence this Super Bowl weekend. For more information, please visit nhtsa.gov/drivesober and Jan. 27 City Commission meeting If you were unable to watch or attend the City Commission meeting held Jan. 27 in City Hall Com mission Chambers, below are a few highlights of decisions made at the meeting:Mayors Report Kathy Till, Florida League of Cit ies regarding 2014 legislative priorities. Florida League of Cities, presented the city of Winter Park with the 2013 Florida League of Cities Mu nicipal Achievement Award hon oring the citys 125th Anniversary Celebration. Capprici Ricci and Rocket Fizz as the winners of the Winter in the Park Holiday Window Contest. ployees were recognized as part of the citys Core Value Coin Award Recognition. Each of these em of the citys core values in their everyday work that was above and beyond their normal duties.City Managers Report plan was tentatively set for Mon day, April 14, 2014. Consent Agenda approved. approved (for a complete listing, please visit cityofwinterpark.org/ ccpackets). parks rental not to exceed $825 for the Michael Andrew and Swing erHead Concert Sunday, Feb. 9, in Central Park, was approved. spend $10,700 to replace the fence at Pineywood Cemetery using funds from the Cemetery Trust Fund was approved.Action Items Requiring Discussion were discussed and city staff was directed to proceed with the design work for quiet zones in Winter Park. Public Hearings Truby for the property at 612 E. Lake Sue Ave. resulted in the fol lowing decisions: dinance annexing 612 E. Lake Sue Ave. was approved. nance amending the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map to establish a Single Family Future Land Use designation was ap proved. zoning map to establish Single Family Residential District was approved. ordinance vacating and abandoning the utility easement at 470 W. New England Ave. was approved. Park LLC for property at 111 N. Orlando Ave. was withdrawn by the applicant. Winter Park resulted in the fol lowing: dinance amending Chapter 58 Land Development Code creat ing a non-compete window of 30 days before or after the citys an nual spring and fall art festivals was approved. public hearing to discuss all aspects of the undergrounding of electric/CATV facilities consist ing of properties abutting Semi nole Drive, as to which improve ments are to be paid in part by special assessments levied against all properties within the above described area was approved. local agency program supplemen tal agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for the design of the Brookshire Elementary School neighborhood sidewalks (Brechin Drive, Dunblane Drive and Kimbrace Place) was approved. regulates use of red light camera enforcement, was approved. State Legislature to repeal Florida Statute 386.209, which preempts regulation of smoking to allow local governments to regulate smoking in parks, was approved. A full copy of the Jan. 27 City Commission minutes will be available at cityofwinterpark.org the week of Feb. 10, pending ap proval by the City Commission. on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, watch us on Vimeo.A Super Bowl salute 13-0079/rev090113Member FDIC citynational.com At City National Bank, we make your dream home a reality. CNB has a full suite of mortgage solutions to meet your needs. Speak to one of our Mortgage Banking Officers today by calling 305-577-7333 or 1-800-435-8839.Let Us You Home South Florida Business Journals Community Bank of the Year 1227-2 CNwinterParkAd.indd 1 12/27/13 3:09 PM KEEP UP WITH MAITLAND NEWS AND EVENTS!www.IndependenceLane.com Facebook.com/ItsMyMaitland

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Page 6 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Maitland City TalkBY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR For the past couple of months, Maitland have been a constant topic of conversation throughout construction activity have been an ongoing issue, leading many to ask, Why? of the reconstruction of the inter section of Horatio Avenue and U.S. Highway 17-92. This intersection carries a tremendous amount portation Study as one of the bottlenecks affecting Maitlands future. The study recommended changes that would move cutAvenue to U.S. 17-92. This would easily to local businesses on Mai tland Avenue, while allowing US 17-92 to function more fully as the primary arterial. The current construction project will create two protected left turn lanes for southbound U.S. and change the signal timing at such as the construction of the off-ramp from Maitland Boule vard to U.S. 17-92, construction of the Sybelia Parkway, and various 17-92, were also recommended by the study as preliminary steps to the process. An additional recom mendation of the study, still to be designed and implemented, in clude reducing Maitland Avenue from four lanes to only two lanes with parking. This is intended to further encourage cut-through ating more of a local feel to Maitland Avenue for business development. The city recognizes that the construction process has been and questions have come forth as a result. We apologize for any temporary inconvenience that this may have caused. At this point all the road improvements are scheduled to be completed on Feb. 21. has been created by the city of circulation patterns and address many of the frequent questions that have been asked. A copy of this brochure is available on the city of Maitland website by click ing the Downtown Maitland home page at itsmymaitland. com. Residents can call the Pub lic Works Department at 407-5396252 or stop by City Hall for a hard copy. Please bear with us while we continue to move forward and complete the road construction. improvements will create a more pattern through and around our downtown area.Changing our trafc WELCOMENew Members & Renewals www.maitlandchamber.com Thompson Insurance Group Project Walk Orlando J&J Creations, Inc. Francescos Ristorante Hunter Vision Jewish Family Services Shepard, Smith & Cassady The Jewish Pavilion MONTHLY CHAMBER LUNCHEONSPEAKER: Rick Singh, Orange County Property Appraiser SAVE THE DATESSpring Arts Festival At Beautiful Lake Lily Saturday & Sunday April 12 & 13, 2014 Taste of Maitland At Beautiful Lake Lily Monday, October 20, 2014 New Luncheon Venue: Sheraton Orlando North 600 North Lake Destiny Drive Maitland, FL 32751 Chamber Members $20.00 (Prior To RSVP Deadline) Chamber Members $25.00 (After RSVP Deadline) Future Members & Visitors $25.00 At The Door $25.00 RESERVATIONS REQUIRED To RSVP: Call 407-644-074 Email Jeff @ RSVP For Luncheon! Or Click Here To Register Online Now RSVP DEADLINE 5:00 PM Monday, February, 17 Trustco Bank Maitland Kaina Norelia OKelley & Sorohan, Attorneys At Law Ryan Carbery New Chamber Hours Monday Friday 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Drop In For A Cup Of Coffee Or Just To Say Hello!!!Jeff Aames (far left) was recently promoted to Full Time Chamber Administrator. Steve Clinton (left) has been elected 2014 President of the Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce HOUSES WANTED!!! Get a FREE No Obliga on CASH O er On Your House Within 24 Hours! (855) 755-1818 www.Circle18Homes.com CASH $$$ QUICK CLOSE ANY PRICE RANGE ANY CONDITION ANY SITUATION

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Page 7Lifestyles For Sonja and Tony Nicholson, giving is not an option; its a requirement. Its hard to go through life in Central Florida without seeing their names somewhere. Because of the Nicholsons, more than 50,000 physicians from all over the world have been able to sharpen their lifesaving skills using incred ible, high-tech equipment and robotics at the Nicholson Center. And because of the Nicholsons, students at the University of Cen tral Florida got to ditch portable classrooms for their own building at the Nicholson School of Com munication, and football players have the Nicholson Fieldhouse to practice in when its raining. Its my hometown, this is where Ive made my money, this is where Ive educated my chil all of us need to give back, Tony said. To me thats the most important thing. When youre successful in the community, that to me is kind of a given, Sonja said. Tony moved to Central Florida in 1967 and has explored an array of business opportunities, as an nancier. He founded a magazine, invested in a radio station and his main career was in real estate development, building more than 3,000 homes and 10,000 lots in the area since 1995. Sonja owns RE/ MAX Park Avenue, a boutique real estate agency. Tonys current main focus is investing in the arts, as a partner in Broadway shows, including Evita with Ricky Martin. They are both at a time in their lives when retirement would be the natural option Tony is in his 70s but theres just no stop ping them. Sonja jokes that even after 20 years its hard to keep Tonys feet on the ground when hes got an idea or heard an ex citing investment proposal. And Tony said his seemingly limitless passion for business is only fueled by his want to continue to give hes got to make money to give money. And what theyre most proud of are their donations to UCF. The couple donated $2 million back in 1995 to help the school build the communications building on campus. Theyve also given $2 million to the athletics department. Neither of them went to the school, but both feel like its home. Sonja calls the school her family, and when Tony refers to UCF its always we and us, his booming, no-nonsense per sonality tempered by the obvious pride he has in what his school with a gold, Pegasus stamped ring President John Hitt gave him years ago as he talks about the Knights recent football success, and reminisces about his years as George OLearys honorary line coach. Sonja gushes about meeting Nicholson School graduates when they travel, and how its thrilling to see their success. Helping UCF is creating a better future, they said. The youth today is whats go ing to form tomorrow, she said. What else have you got? Tony said. Your kids, thats the whole world. And continuing their dedication to supporting education, the Nicholsons donated $5 million to Florida Hospital to build the Nicholson Center, a $35 million, state-of-the-art surgical training center that specializes in robot ics. The Center not only draws the best physicians from all over the world to train there, but is also a deciding factor in keeping them here to provide top care to Central Floridians, Sonja said. The Nicholsons said investing in both UCF and Florida Hospital is investing in the growth and improvement of their home. Helen Donegan, vice president emerita of UCF community relations, said that kind of insight is what makes them a treasure in Central Florida. The citizens are people that work together with a common dream of how their community should be and they know that by working together and being gen erous with their success and their dollars, thats what helps a com munity go into the future, she said. They are true citizens.PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERSonja and Tony Nicholson, near their Park Avenue ofce, have turned a lifetime of success into a tradition of giving. The couple has donated millions to the community to help build school buildings and a surgical training center. For this duo, giving isnt an optionWinter Parks Sonja and Tony Nicholson share in their successBRITTNI LARSON Observer staff Maitland Coin & Currency Showat theMaitland Civic Center 641 South Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751FREE ADMISSIONShow open to the public Buy Sell AppraisalsFor more information call or visitOrlando Coin Exchange 6301 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32809www.MaitlandCoinShow.comorlandocoinexchange@gmail.com407-730-3116 SUNDAY, Feb. 2nd9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Free coin for all children 12 and under 2 SUN

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Page 8 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Six games into conference play, the Knights mens basketball team (9-8, 1-5) ward the bottom of the American Athletic Conference. Since their lone two-point win over Temple (which is still winless in conference play), none of the Knights AAC games have even been close. Their biggest shot at an upset came against Rutgers, who would eventually go on to win by 10 points. Rut gers never relinquished the lead in that game. The Knights, who have shot 34.4 percent been on a scoring skid thats spanned most of the season. The last time they shot more than 50 percent as a team in a 90-62 rout of Valparaiso on Dec. 22 they dominated. have suffered, making the difference in every loss. Only once this season have the Knights allowed more than 85 points, but against tough teams including Louisville, UConn and Cincinnati, theyve been held to an average of 59 points per game, a far cry from their 104-64 demolishing of Jack sonville before Christmas. At Cincinnati (19-2, 8-0) in their most re cent loss Jan. 23, the Knights showed signs of life, nearly matching a team ranked No. 13 in the AP Top 25 poll for half the game. might, the Bearcats, who are running away with the AAC lead, couldnt escape the Knights. Then the second half happened. The then gave up six turnovers in the next three and a half minutes. In that time the Bearcats spread the scoring gap from three at the utes later. The Knights would never come within single digits of the Bearcats for the rest of the game. Despite recovering from a head injury at the time Knights star Isaiah Sykes nearly pulled off a triple double, with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists while grab shots were from the free throw line. He would shoot less than 20 percent on the night. They returned home to play No. 22 Memphis (15-4, 5-2) at press time Wednes day. At 9 p.m. Saturday theyll be back on the road at No. 12 Louisville (17-3, 6-1) to face a Cardinals team that beat them 95-65 in CFE Arena on Dec. 31. But at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 the Knights will have their rivalry game of the year against USF (10-10, 1-6), which is just behind the Knights in the AAC standings. Rollins basketballThe Tars mens basketball team is 8-9 overall and 2-5 in the Sunshine State Con ference after a 77-79 loss to Barry (13-3, 4-3) on Jan. 25. The loss came despite strong performances from sharpshooter Jeff Dir kin, who drilled every shot he took en route to 19 points, and Adam Allen, who scored 16 points despite only 21 minutes on the the day and nearly 53 percent from outside the big arc. Wednesday they played Florida South ern at press time. They hit the road for St. Leo to tip off at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 before they return to the Alfond Sports Center for a 7:30 p.m. showdown against Tampa (11-6, 4-4) on Feb. 5. In a stacked Sunshine State Conference this season the Lady Tars have been dominant, with a 16-3 overall record and 5-2 in the SSC so far. They won convincingly against Barry in a 77-66 shootout with Rol lins Sarah Blackburn shooting 17 points and Jasmine Cohen grabbing a wild 17 re bounds in the game. Already on a roll in SSC play, the wom ens team travels to St. Leo for a 2 p.m. game Feb. 1, but return 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 against Tampa (12-5, 6-2). The Winter Park boys basketball team has been destroying competition on its way toward the playoffs. With a 20-3 re cord overall and 4-1 in Class 8A District 5, theyre just narrowly behind Oak Ridge. The districts top two teams had been tied before their showdown Jan. 24. Oak Ridge took the lead early in that game, ripping out a 35-28 gap by halftime on the strength of Antonio Blakeneys shooting. He would end up with 25 points. But the Wildcats had their offense hum ming too thanks to Deandre Turner and Austin Goodluck, shooting a respective 20 and 17 points. Spencer Rivers and Elijah Farley had nine points each. the Wildcats were at Olympia at press time Tuesday. Theyll face Dr. Phillips at home at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 Knights in trouble in conference playWildcats roaring into districtsISAAC BABCOCK Observer staff ISAAC BABCOCK Observer staff PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK AND SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERSean Holcomb, top left, plays for the crowd at Chowder Fest at the Winter Park Farmers Market Jan. 22. Chowder Fest ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLU-RAY COMBO PACK AVAILABLE NOW ON DIGITAL HD ON BLU-RAY & DVD ON FEBRUARY 4THSEND US YOUR NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS TO TCRAFT@TURNSTILEMEDIAGROUP.COM NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. On Sunday, Jan. 26, at Knowles Memo rial Chapel the Bach Festival Society pre sented the music of still-living American composer Morten Lauridsen. The main interest was choral music, sung on this occasion by members of the Bach Festival Choir and Rollins College Choir, ably led by conductor John Sinclair. Composer Lauridsen was on hand to address the Sunday audience, and to explain whatever he thought needed explaining. Rollins Colleges Choir opened the af ternoon with the choral piece O Magnum Mysterium, beautifully sung in tradition al-sounding melodic phrasing to express its religious text. A unique feature was the composer himself at the piano in Diraiton from Les Chansons des Roses. Soprano Julia Foster and pianist Lynn Peghiny movingly presented Howard Moss six poems titled A Winter Come. With the composer again at the piano, members of the Bach Festival Choir then took over to sing Nocturnes by poets Rilke, Neruda and Agee, rendered with seamless vocalism that felicitously com bined words and music. Following intermission, the Bach Festival Orchestra joined the Festival Choir to deliver the effective modulations of Lux Aeterna, which brought forth impressive full-throated singing and winning har monies. The composer said a great deal, which was unfortunately mostly inaudible to many in his large audience.Lauridsen pleases at Bach FestLOUIS RONEY Observer columnist

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Page 9 From beginning to end, theres a man, not a machine, involved in the making of a piece of furniture from design studio Hog Eat Hog in Winter Park. The wood used is the result of a day spent at a lumberyard in Oviedo, each piece hand-picked for its quality, strength and interesting grain char acter. Sure, saws buzz with electricity to slice the wood even the Amish use some sort of power source, designer and owner Blair Sligar jokes but hands guide the precise cuts. Some items even get the attention of painstaking hand-staining techniques. While factories pump out machinemade tables by the dozen, a coffee table cre ated by the artisans at Hog Eat Hog (HEH) takes 25 hands-on hours, not including the trip to pick out the materials. Its functional, its beautiful, its truly handcrafted, like I watch it get made by no mechanized process to it, said Brett Watson, business manager for HEH. To see that all this stuff is literally made by hand and is literally sourced from local products is a beautiful thing. Hog Eat Hog is a custom furniture design studio start ed by Winter Park resident Blair Sligar. Sligar describes his design aesthetic as Southern and com fortable with mid-century modern sensibilities. What youll see if you enter the shop, are simple designs. Tables have modern, slim, clean-lined legs, but the tops have incredibly unique wood grains that bring the design back to the warm, inviting feel Sligar wants his furniture to have. Some even have a shape that comes from the natural curve of the lumber with interesting notch es, and cracks are embraced as part of the woods character. Its not pretentious, Sligar said. The studio has grown since the days Sli gar worked out of the back of his old Hon da Accord, always hoping for the next time he could ditch the creatively frustrating but educating restoration carpentry work he was doing and take on a custom furniture building job. Five years ago marks the last carpentry job he had, and in the last two years his business has grown from just him to seven employees. Hes been a featured artisan at the Orlando West Elm store, and its a fourto sixweek wait for a furniture Paper Co. and The Imperial Bar house his custom woodworking. When he isnt creat ing furniture in his shop, hes doing largescale public art pieces. His work can cur rently be seen in the city of Winter Parks Art in Chambers exhibition. The team at HEH is currently working on putting out a production line of furni ture and home goods, from inexpensive wooden planters to $4,500 dining room tables, to be sold online early next year. The items would already be designed and materials sourced so it would cut down the wait time and cost for someone not looking PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERFrom an ever-expanding warehouse in Winter Park, Hog Eat Hog designers and craftsmen dedicate themselves to creating custom furniture pieces that respect the integrity of the locally-sourced wood they work with.Design that goes with the grainHog Eat Hog studio transforms trees by hand in Winter ParkBRITTNI LARSON Observer staff Please see WOOD on page 10 Celebration of Light Trade -in Summer Event Camerons Design NEW program allows clients to trade-in their old blinds for a discount towards for new Hunter Douglas products including our SUMMER SPECIAL on Plantation Shutters.Camerons Design email: info@camerondesigns.com Our plantation shutters provide superior sun protection, light control and privacy. Available in multiple stains, our interior shutter collection features classic styling and exceptional craftsmanship.Plantation ShuttersA classic look that never goes out of style.Camerons Design email: info@cameronsdesigns.com10 % discount WITH ALL SHUTTER ORDERS

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Page 10 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer for a custom item. Custom or not, all of Sligars designs require a lot of thought. He works on loose sketch paper, every piece going through several versions before its perfect. Hours of research and digging for inspiration happen behind the scenes. But that storm of ideas is his fa vorite part of the process. I really like the genesis, he said. I like that kind of world of thing he sees and reads, from a boat building article to the mod ern architecture in local towns like Winter Haven. Hes still a lit tle child-like in the way he loves building and creating art with wood, he said. Hes fascinated by the materials role in build ing throughout history, which he said has made a huge impact on shaping how we live. He loves its warmth, strength and diversity. Its something he cant get away from, and enthusiasm for his work he cant ever imagine losing. That just stays with me, he said. You cant do something like this unless youre really passion ate.PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERBlair Sligar is the man behind Hog Eat Hog, starting the business out of his car. WOOD | Hog Eat Hog founder used his skills from a carpentry day job to start his own custom design studio CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 Gymnastics Indoor Batting Cages Speed and Agility Boot Camps After School Pick UpCall today for a FREE TRIAL class. Now Open in College Park Moms and Dads can workout while KIDS are in classes!! www.Theorlandoathletics.com 1984 W. New Hampshire Street, Orlando, Florida 32804 4 0 7 7 4 5 56 6 1 2826 Shader Rd. Orlando, FL 32808 Get/Keep Your Dog in Shape in 2014! 407-295-3888 BarkingDogFitness.com FACT! A Lean dog lives an average of 2 years longer than an overweight dog. Conveniently located at... ACT NOW!New Years Promo!Get 25% o for LIFE!expires 1/31/14 Customized workouts Training Indoor Warm Water Swimming ORLANDOS ONLY DOGGIE DAYCARE WITH A GYM!

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Page 12 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer I think my 3-year-old has been looking forward to Valentines Day since the New Year. I thank the retail decorators for making the holidays disappear overnight and for displaying decorations, cards, candy and other items for a one-day holiday that, at the time, was more than six weeks away. I keep reminding him that Val entines Day is not here yet, and trying to explain that this isnt something that we count down advent calendar for the romantic holiday. However, around Winter Park there are many opportuni ties to celebrate the season of love. An event or twoFirst up, the Park Avenue Merchants Association and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce invite you to sip, shop and stroll with your sweetheart on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sip, Shop & Stroll events are a unique way to experience the variety of shops and restaurants in the Park Avenue area, discover new merchants, taste seasonal menus and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts. Tickets are $25 and include a food and drink sample at 20 different locations. Reservations are strongly encouraged and are available at ExperienceParkAvenue.com Also, for the fourth consecutive year, the Park Avenue Merchants Association will present a free Valentine Concert in Central Park. The afternoon of music and romance features Central Floridas beloved Michael Andrew and Swingerhead on the Central Park Stage from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Come early, bring a picnic blanket and stay afterward for dinner on the Avenue at one of our event supporters. Some suggestions include: 310 Park South, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Cocina 214, Pannullos Italian Restaurant and Paris Bistro. Be mine might be what I can expect from my son as he prepares for a Val entine celebration, here are some other ways to say, Be Mine, this Valentines Day. Whether youre visiting the area for one of the pre-Valentines Day events, or perhaps the Farm ers Market on Saturdays, be sure to shop local to pick up a little something sweet for your sweetie. Of course, chocolates are in good supply at our favorite chocolatiers and dessert confectioners; Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Kilwins Chocolates and Winter Park Chocolate all have something special to offer. Check out Sassafras Sweet Shoppe or Rocket Fizz for a retro treat that can help you relive a childhood memory or satisfy a candy crush. The wise ones say that diamonds are a girls best friends. Shop local with jewelers at Sim mons, Bay Hill or Be on Park and discover some stunning jewelry. Or check out accessories from Through the Looking Glass and Ten Thousand Villages. Park Avenue is packed with gifts that are sure to please. And while glitz and glam are always a big hit, the way to a mans heart is still through his stomach. A romantic dinner for two can be found around town. From The Ravenous Pig to Luma on Park, our local restaurateurs aim to please this Valentines Day weekend. Reservations are sure to on Friday evening, so call ahead and ask about Valentine specials.Show love for local charities Rotary Club of Winter Park pres ents the annual Chili for Charity event on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Winter Park Farmers Market. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. guests can sample a variety of chili creations, all with a Winter Park attitude, from local restaurants, caterers and even submissions from lo cal businesses. Event highlights include live music, live auction and prizes for the chili entrants. Net proceeds will be distributed to Winter Park charities through the Rotary Clubs foundation later this year. Tickets and information can be found online at chilifor charity.org or search for the event on Facebook. rfrntbtn rfntbtb brtrbtttbr trrbrtr btrbtbbbt trbrbrrtbbbb tbbbtb bb btbfnbrt r ff rfntbbbbbfbbbb Enjoying Winter Park in the season of love Erika Spence Business in the Park Erika Spence is the senior director of marketing and communications at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. An Afternoon of Music and Romance featuring Michael Andrew & SwingerheadConcert in Central Park n Afternoon of Music and Romance featurin Michael Andrew & Swin g erh e rnoon of Music and Romance featurin g Michael Andrew & S w i

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Page 14 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer My dog Yankee, a 6-1/2-year-old Golden Retriever, is my joy. Hes been an integral part of my family since he came to live with my husband and me at 12 weeks old. When my husband passed away almost eight months ago, it became just the two of us, and the bond grew stronger. I want him to live a long, healthy life so Im working diligently to give him what he needs to stay healthy. If your dog is a member of your fam ily, I know you want the same to keep him or her healthy and happy for as long as possible. Most people have great intentions, but when I see so many overweight dogs, I have to wonder whats going on. Excess weight often happens slowly, so I suspect people may not realize their dog has become overweight. Yet being overweight shortens a dogs lifespan by an aver age of two years, and can cost a bunch of money due to related health prob lems. Current statistics show that 54 per cent of dogs are overweight, and that number continues to climb. How can you tell if your dog is overweight? One way is to feel the ribs. If you cant easily feel ribs, your dog is fat. what can you do to correct it? ing and how much. As dogs age, they require less food. Look at the bag and feed based on the weight your dog should be, not what he is. high in calories. Substitute with veg etables, such as green beans, celery or carrots. enough. At the very least, they require cardiovascular exercise several times a week to keep them in shape. A walk alone doesnt do it. Depending on your dog, 30 minutes of jogging with you or playing fetch will give them a good cardio workout. I dont know how long Yankee will live, but Im giving him the best odds I can. I hope you do the same. And if you need help, please contact us.Sherri Cappabianca, an expert in the eld of canine health and tness, is the author of two books on canine health, and the co-owner of Rockys Retreat Canine Health & Fitness Center, and Barking Dog Fitness, a Gym for Dogs, both located in Orlando. For more information, visit rockysretreat.com or barkingdogtness.comGive your dog the best chance for a long and healthy life FEATURING ... 250 North Orlando Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789407.677.9777 Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades A Premier Flooring Source Area Rugs Window Treatments... AND MUCH MORE! February 6 | 5 8 p.m. | Park AvenueExperience the charm and romance of Park Avenue while visiting 20 local merchants. Discover the latest fashions, gift ideas and seasonal menus at participating locations. Plus, enjoy appetizer and beverage samples along the way. Winter Park Sip, Shop & Stroll$25 | www.ExperienceParkAvenue.com | 407-644-8281Sip, Shop & Stroll... With Your Sweetheart! Sherri Cappabianca The Wet Nose Report

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Page 15Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 Best musical Once in Orlando premiere Once, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, will play the Bob Carr PAC from Jan. 28 through Feb. 2. The celebrated new musical, based on the Academy Award-winning musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship evolves into a compli cated romance, heightened by the emotion of the songs they create together. Tickets are available at OrlandoBroadway.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787.Now through Feb. 23 Mad Cow Theatre presents Alan Ayckbourns Table MannersFollowing the dysfunctionally intertwined lives of a group of siblings during a weekend in the country, Table Manners is an English farce exploding with lust, hysterics, and exasperation. The family shares the weekend in search of love and the meaning of marriage in this comic feast by Alan Ayckbourn with a cast of Mad Cow favorites led by Dan Bright in his Mad Cow directorial debut. Call 407-297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.comNow through March 23 SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at The Abbey SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is a hilarious new musical that brings the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. The characters come to life in sharpwitted comedy, musical numbers, a striptease per formance by the leading man, and lots of surpris es. Rob Stack plays the role of the hunky billionaire Hugh (on leave from Disneys Finding Nemo). Playing the role of author EBJ is Andrea Canny, a legend of the Orlando arts scene, and innocent Tasha is portrayed by Alice Rix, a recent University of Florida alumna. Call 407-7046116 or visit AbbeyOrlando.comJan. 31 Americas Got Talent Star Fernando Varela at Trinity PrepTrinity Prep will present Americas Got Talent star Fernando Varela, the worldrenowned tenor from Orlando. Varela will perform at the Trinity since his meteoric run on NBCs number one summer show, Americas Got Talent. Varelas past year has been highlighted by debut performances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Varelas Trinity concert will feature a live band and special guests on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Visit trinityprep.org/buy-tickets or email EppsL@trinityprep.orgJan. 31 My Greek Odyssey continues For those of you who have been following the adventure that began with the dream-of-aAmerican artist to exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, the second stop on the art tour will open on Jan. 31 as the exhibit moves to the Sismanoglio Megaron in Istanbul, Turkey. With an invitation arranged through the always-amazing European Curator Iris Kritikou, the exhibit will be in Istanbul through mid-March. Should you wish to see the work in Orlando, please visit Jai Gallery at 47 East Robinson St. in downtown Orlando. Call Coralie at 407-9210693 or visit jaigallery.net Jan. 31 to April 6 Southwestern Allure opens Mennellos 15th season Southwestern Allure: The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony will open the Mennello Museums 15th season in an exhibit of 40 ence of Santa Fe as an art colony. Featuring the period from 1915 to 1940, Allure explores the art ists who went to Santa Fe, what compelled them, and the work they produced. The opening reception will be held on Jan. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. Call 407-246-4278 or visit mennellomuseum.comFeb. 1 Commemorating Bok Tower GardensFeb. 1 is the Dedication Day Bok Tower Gardens commemo -Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar JANUARY 13 (Mon) Beginning Walk-Run Program Begins ....................Blue Jacket Park Presented by Track Shack Fitness Club 21 (Tue) MarathonFest Marathon Training Begins ....................Glenridge MS Presented by Track Shack Fitness Club 25 (Sat) Seasons 52 Park Avenue 5.2k* ..................................Park Avenue Presented by Florida HospitalFEBRUARY 1 (Sat) Florida Hospital Lady Track Shack 5k .........................Mead Garden 15 (Sat) Run Around the Pines 5k* ......................................Showalter Field Presented by Florida HospitalMARCH 15 (Sat) Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race 10k & 2 Mile*Presented by Florida Hospital ................................Park Avenue 24 (Mon) Beginning Walk-Run Program Begins ....................Blue Jacket Park Presented by Track Shack Fitness ClubAPRIL 26 (Sat) Run for the Trees 5k ..............................................Showalter FieldJULY 4 (Fri) Hunter Vision Watermelon 5k .....................................Park Avenue Run, Walk, Train. Winter ParkFloridas premier fitness destination! Please see CULTURE on page 16 TABLES EXTRAORDINAIRE CANNY STACK

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Page 16 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer rates its 85th anniversary with free admission. The occasion will feature guest speakers, special carillon concerts, a tree planting ceremony, and a rare opportunity to cross the moat surrounding the singing tower. No reserva tions necessary. Visit boktower gardens.org Feb. 5 and 6 Robin De Jesus at The MEZZRobin De Jesus, currently performing at Lincoln Center, is best known for his Tony-nominated roles in In the Heights and La Cage aux Folles. De Jesus will present Crush to Crushed, a cabaret evening of pop, rock, Spanish soul and Broadway music, on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. at The MEZZ in downtown Orlando. De Jesus will discuss crushes, loves, break-ups, hook-ups, sex and his Mothers best kept secrets. (Be prepared for laughs). Visit ticketweb.com or AbbeyOrlando.comFeb. 6, 7, 8 Tables Extra ExtraordinaireDecorators, brides, interior designers, and anyone who enjoys elegant entertaining will want to visit the Holy Trinity Conference Center in Maitland for Tables Extraordinaire. This unique fundraiser showcases 30 lavishly decorated tables while offering luncheons or dinners reminiscent of a trip to Greece. The three-day event ends on Saturday evening (Feb. 8) with a Gala Banquet. During the day, visit the Center for Greek pastries and delicacies (they even offer take-out for lunch and dinners). Visit htgocorlando.org or Tables Extraordinaire on Facebook, or call 407-333-3895.Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27 Winter with the Writers at Rollins College Five award-winning writers will take part in the free Winter With the Writers at Rollins Col lege. The 2014 season will present: former poet laureate Charles Simic on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (master class at 4 pm); Heming way Award-winner Justin Cronin on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (master class at 4 p.m.); Authors Alan Michael Parker and Laura van den Berg on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; and Madison Smartt Bell on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. (master class at 4 p.m.) Discussions are free and open to the public. Visit rollins.edu/win terwiththewriters Feb. 7 to March 10 This lady gives her Heart and Soul artist, and ambassador of love Donna Dowless will usher in the Valentine season with her exhibit Heart and Soul 2014. Donna, whose talent and generosity of Central Florida, will open Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the art gallery of the Grand Bohemian Hotel and run through March 10. Ms. Dow less will be joined by Canadian jewelry artist Amber Higgins. Call 407-581-4801 or visit grandbohemianhotel.comFeb. 8 and 9 18-year-old Sarina Zhang Performs with Orlando PhilharmonicOn Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., the Orlando Philhar monic will present a unique pro gram called Russian Romance featuring 18-year-old cellist and pianist Sarina Zhang. At just 18 years of age, Juilliard student and rising star Sarina Zhang has accumulated an impressive array of awards and solo appearances for her dual talent. Shes been featured on PBS four times, per forming on both cello and piano. Most recently, Zhang was a 2013 Young Arts National Finalist after liard Pre-College Piano concerto competition (2012). Call 407-7700071or visit OrlandoPhil.orgCULTURE | A fabulously romantic art opening by Orlandos spirited ambassador of love, Donna Dowless CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 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. Its TAX time. Appointments Available 7 Days a Week!Tax Form Processing LLC4070 Aloma Ave., Suite 1010 Winter Park, FL 32792Tel: (407) 657-6336www.TaxFormProcessing.com Proudly Serving the Orlando Area for 19 years! Scan QR Code 40$00OffTax PreparationMust present this coupon at time service is provided. Offer valid for one-time use. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires April 15, 2014Offer Code: WPMO14 ROBIN DE JESUS HEART AND SOUL 2014 This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: THE FILTH AND THE FURY Wed 7:30 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Directed by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Cast | Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund Fri, Sat, Sun 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Mon Thurs 6:30, 9:30 National Theatre Live: FRANKENSTEIN National Theatre Lives 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatres 50th anniversary celebration. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. Sat 12PM

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JOSH GARRICK Observer Sta The brand new Italio Restaurant in a perfect location just north of the busy intersection of Fairbanks and 17-92 in Winter Park has 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. quick-service food concept in 2012 in Boca Raton where their customers quickly accepted this stand-inline, on-thego 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 remembering this is fast food, you can use your time (while standing in line) to make 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 has its history in ancient Roman street food. Step two offers a choice of meats such as Chicken breast (marinated in lemon-herb vinaigrette at $6.98); Meatball of ground beef and pork $6.98; Grilled sirloin steak $6.98; Grilled shrimp $8.98; Italian sausage $6.98; or the Veggie medley at $6.78. You see what I mean about the value. Step three taps into our inner-chef and challenges us with varying combinations of sauces, dressings and pestos ranging from Alfredo to traditional Pomodoro to Roasted Red Pepper pesto. The over 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 eating 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 and it was delicious. Thats really the whole point here. Italio allows us to eat all our favorite comfort foods, and we can do it anytime, because the prices are so low. This was witnessed as I visit there exactly 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. ferent readers who spotted me and shared how happy they were that I would be writing about what has already become a favorite restaurant for them. The Kids Menu is even cheaper ($3.98), and I enjoyed 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 ingredients 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 charitable initiative and Outreach Center (CFOC). On every Monday through May Mondays will be contributed to the Central Florida charity, which transforms lives though education and employment opportunities. In addition, Italio and CFOCs employment division are collaborating 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 you Its so cool its like pasta has its own happy hour all day long at Italio. The Winter Park location is at 276 South Orlando Avenue and is open 7 days a week from 10:45 a.m. to 10 pm. Visit ItalioKitchen. comRestaurant Review of the NEW Italio (Winter Park) From the Corner Table

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Page 18 | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer King Features Weekly ServiceJanuary 27, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOON Chris Jepson PerspectivesWhat is it about a womans peachyparts that get Republicans all a titter? Mike Huckabee is yet another sanctimonious conservative who, once again, opened his blathering pie hole and out came timeless male chauvinism about women who cannot control their libido[s]. Nasty. Nasty. Women, according to Republicans, are so sexual that, well, thank goodness for the GOP to rein-in Americas women and their carnal appetites. Surely, women cannot have sex in America without consequences. Suffering. Expense. Pain. Humiliation. Pregnancy. Certainly somewhere in the Bi ble it suggests as much. Consider Proverbs 11:22, Like a gold ring in a pigs snout is a beautiful woman without discretion. Is it not weird, seriously, the Republican fascination with female sexuality? With sex, generally speaking. They get their undies all in a bundle over whos doing what to whom. And could they possibly be enjoying themselves? Horrors! How about Republicans just MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) and do what you do best, continue to give tax breaks to the well-off. Chris, Chris, Chris, youre missing the point. Republicans want women to have In a marriage and, optimally, without the that ideal, well, you know. Nasty. Nasty. Hmmm? (Please see alternative Republican sexual universe of Newt Gingrich, David Vitter, Larry Craig and Mark Sanford). For the better part of the last 6,000 years, men controlled access to women. Few cultures, in the past, were cultures of equality (or even near equality) for women. Women were too often chattel, assets to be distributed. They were sequestered, sheltered and limited in their movement. Women were prized, much as a heifer was valued, for her reproductive qualities. I highly recommend the 2003 movie Osama, which depicts the lot of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. It will make you weep. But, broadly speak ing, it is representative of the history of the oppressed sex. In the West, the last 1,000 years have been an inexorable slog for women to achieve freedom (from/with men) and equality. Organized male-dominated religions have been a relentless obstacle, an impediment to female empowerment. So, too, male governance, traditions and customs. I knew women who, once-upona-time, could not vote in America. My grandmother lived part of her adult life without that right. That is but a chip shot ago, historically speaking. So many triumphs for women in the 20th century and historians will someday look upon the advent of reliable, safe achievements of our era. No longer are women forced to bear child after child until ones teeth fall out. The Republican attempt to vilify and penalize women for wanting choice in their lives is emblematic of a dying political party. Sorry boys, that American mare has done left the barn. The GOP spin is to now pillory women for having sexual appetites. Let alone the temerity to act upon them. Nasty. Nasty. How dare they act like men? How dare they be human? To our Neanderthal GOP, Male libido good. Ugh, female libido bad. Choice is not a dirty word. Choice is empowering, liberating and what we all desire as human beings, men and women alike. Vote accordingly, particularly if you are female. Support Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando at 407-246-1788.Choice is not a dirty word Jepson is a 27-year resident of Central Florida. Hes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. Reach him at Jepson@MEDIAmerica.US Louis Roney Play On!When I was a student in high school as well as college, Thomas Wolfe was a American literature precipitously. That Wolfe was a Southerner (Ashville, N.C.) who studied also importantly at Harvard, which put him and me in the same sphere of action and thought in various ways. Wolfes tumultuous life was cut short by brain cancer while he was still in his 30s, his energies at their peak and his life of biographical material for lengthy and extraordinary writing. I am now far past Wolfes age at the time of his death, and he has remained a thoughtful friend through the years. I believe that I have a kindred understand ing of Thomas Wolfes moods and man ners. I think he was probably a nicer guy than I am, and that his thought proceeded from verb to verb a bit slower than mine. My patience is not as introspective as his, and my conclusions are probably quicker but less full of the milk of human kindness. My return to the place of my raising is similar to Wolfes, but the times today move at a different pace, and have a way of running rough-shod over changes that used to take many generations longer. Thomas Wolfes You Cant Go Home Again proposes that there is no way to return realistically to the place and time of ones earlier days. Everyone who attempts to write about himself runs headlong into the problems of reviving a past that is gone forever. Ernest Hemmingway told us in a college class that, Everything one and Einstein stated that, Time is the fourth dimension that fourth dimension that so many philosophers before WWII were seeking. Many of the decisive things in our lives can be somehow traced to coincidence. Wikipedia tells us that synchronicity is: the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. described in this terminology by Sigmund Freuds Swiss teammate, psychologist Carl Jung, in the 1920s. Chance synchronicity ties things together that have no actual reason to be linked. what one left there years ago is both puz zling and futile. The Winter Park that I came back to in 1980 looked in many ways the same. The lakes were still there. Many of the older houses were still there, but the size and the pace of the community are certainly different. The population has increased many fold. The little town that Rollins President Hamilton Holt asked us not to brag about too loudly up North, is no longer the secret gem it had been for decades. The high school where I had graduated and played football is still there, but growing at an alarming clip, and is now swallowed up among a collection of other buildings. Ubiquitous orange groves are no longer everywhere in Orange County. In 1980 on the spur of the moment my b.w. and I bought a house on a lake in Winter Park and then returned to the Cen tral Park South apartment in New York where we lived. The hiatus of the years from 1938 to 1980 were bridged as grace fully as possible and life went on with our new life to come in Winter Park. I accepted a position as Distinguished Professor at UCF and the second half of my Winter Park experience began. Most of the people I went to school with are either far away or now gone. I am now your lone Old Winter Parker at many social get-togethers. I have come home again, yes but Thomas Wolfe was right: the home I knew is no longer here. Can you go home again? About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Letters to the editorSend your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com Dear Mayor Schieferdecker: This late in the game I ask: What compelled you to pen to publish this defense? The sales pitch: Red light running equals death? Which begs the following questions: In the 10 years preceding the installa 1. How many people died in red-light running accidents? 2. Proportionately, how many red-light related accidents didnt involve vehicular homicide? 3. How many people died in other Hint: if you dont want to do the hard work and/or your police chief doesnt have this info at the ready drive around town and note the Drive Safely memorial signs (although admittedly they exist only on state roads). the city earned from this spurious, the name of safety? will Maitland be affecting in the near future? As I hope you agree, you can catch 1. How about signs at the primary entries to Maitland that state: MAITLAND WELCOMES SAFE DRIVERS? Instead of, Park in this age of GPS navigation installed to supplant its iconic PLEASE DRIVE WITH EXTRAORDIARY CARE signs. 2. Or the city distributing bumper stick ers to its residents that state: THIS CAR STOPS FOR RED LIGHTS? And SunRail? the program? Just kidding; who would think of doing that? DONT BECOME ANOTHER STATISTIC. Since I dont want to dilute this chas tisement, more commentary to follow later from perspectives from some local including Maitland police, on the subject. Sincerely, Bill Shallcross P.S. Another rhetorical question: How did you end up with Winter Parks retirees running your city? Opinions

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