Winter Park-Maitland observer

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Winter Park-Maitland observer
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Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
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WPMOBSERVER.COM Drivers see them along major roads and residents spot them while strolling through down town Winter Park: rampant signs upon signs a blemish on the citys aesthetic character, City Commissioners say. The Winter Park City Commis sion discussed the issue of sign pollution at their Feb. 24 meeting while considering an update to the citys sign code, hoping to make code enforcement easier. An ordinance drafted by at torney Catherine Reischmann with director of code enforcement James White proposes almost 100 different language changes to Winter Parks sign code. Revisions would include clearly prohibiting electronic signs, clarifying that residents are allowed to hold free expres animated signs the prohibited practice of waving and spinning USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 2. VISIT WPMOBSERVER.COM SUBSCRIBE NOW! A FOUNDATION BUILT ON MEMORY LIFESTYLES, 7 Season of near-misses Rollins battles to four-point loss that ends postseason hopes. SPORTS, 9 Drop your energy bills Turn kids into power sleuths. HOME MAGNIFIER, 11 CALENDAR .................... 3 LIFESTYLES .................... 7 SPORTS ...................... 9 HOME MAGNIFIER .............. 11 CULTURE ..................... 16 OPINIONS .................... 19 CLASSIFIEDS .................. 20 A year after she stepped down following a six-year stint on the dais, Bev Reponen will return to City Council after defeating community activist Martha Bryant-Hall with 74.2 percent of the vote to win Seat 2 in the March 11 election. Weeks worth of walking doorto-door during her campaign enough to wear out the soles in her favorite sneakers paid off for the soon-to-be three-term councilwoman. It feels good to be back, Reponen said smiling amongst supporters at her victory party at Sam Sneads in Maitland. Reponen will replace termingout Councilwoman Linda Frosch April 14. Also on its way into the books will be a ban on billboards built into the citys charter. An amendment proposed to prohibit with extra force the potential development of already-banned billboards will be added to the charter after receiving an overwhelming 82.8 percent of the vote. Maitland will not have another billboard for a very long time, if not forever, and not without a voter referendum, city board member Dale McDon ald said. McDonald was there to read nen in the restaurant where her supporters gathered to celebrate. Applause from tables across the word that shed captured 1,268 of the 1,751 votes cast in the race for the Council Seat 2. Its a very sunny outlook for Maitland now, she said. to Seat 3 on the Maitland City Council in 2007 after serving for more than a decade on both the citys Lakes Advisory Board and Personnel Board. She served on Council for the maximum of two consecutive three-year terms before taking a year off in 2013 and then deciding to re-run for the only open seat this election season against Bryant-Hall. Councilman John Lowndes had been automatically reelected af ter no opposition came forward to challenge him for Seat 4. I can say now, the residents will be heard, Reponen said. Because honestly, right now, I dont think theyre being heard, and thats why I did this. Reponen said she had no plans to ever run for Council again after her last term ended, but was so angered over lack of plans for lake protection and dents about the goings on during her absence, she didnt have a choice. I just had to get back up there, she said. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Bev Reponen celebrated at Sam Sneads after word of winning a third term in ofce. Landslide for Reponen for third term after winning re-election SARAH WILSON Observer staff Winter Park City Commis sioner Sarah Sprinkel success fully defended her commission seat Tuesday as city residents voted in her favor by 61.8 percent. Sprinkels victory over op posing candidate Sandy Wom ble marks her second three-year term on the City Commission. The vote counts for each precinct slowly crept in by way of text message as a crowd of Sprinkel supporters gathered behind Palmanos Trattoria and Wine Bar in anticipation. Sprinkels son, Clark, kept a watchful eye on the numbers from an Excel spreadsheet mothers victory more than an hour after the polls closed. The newly re-elected Com missioner spoke before the crowded patio of loyal voters. I really struck oil when I had all of you guys come out and help me, Sprinkel said. Thank you guys for coming out and for helping us because you know how much I love this city and how much I love you. I promise Ill do my best and will not disappoint you. Sprinkel walked away with 2,549 votes over Wombles voting precincts. a slightly closer race compared Sprinkel re-elected TIM FREED Observer staff Please see ELECTION on page 2 Cracking down on sign overload City looks to address increasing sign pollution TIM FREED Observer staff Please see SIGN POLLUTION on page 2 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC Winter Park Recovery CenterExecutive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Protocols Sinclair Method For 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 www.wpmobserver.com/enews PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE OBSERVER Winter Park may get fewer signs in response to complaints.

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Page 2 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer ELECTION | Sprinkel wins, but by lesser margin than last time SIGN POLLUTION | Law could let residents throw out signs Sprinkel won with 65 percent of the total 5,089 votes. The 4,120 votes on Tuesday went solely toward deciding the new city commissioner, with no charter amendments on the ballot. Womble said she learned a great deal from her candidate experience, but would not be running for a Commission seat again. I have put in 10 years work ing in politics and helping other people run, Womble said. I would be very interested in helping people throw their hat in the ring for the next race. Im not going to run again not because it was so terribly I just want to do other things in life. advertisements along city roads. Foldable A-frame signs often left along sidewalks by merchants on Park Avenue must be within 2 feet of their respective busi nesses as well. Were interested in seeing it be consistent, White said. We do approach people who are aware of the ordinance and they go, You really cant prohibit us from doing this. Under the current [code] it is a little gray, so were going to make it pretty clear to everybody whats going to be allowed and whats not. The ordinance hopes to add several case law changes to the citys sign code, which hasnt been updated since 1976, Winter Park Planning Director Jeff Briggs said. Updates would include al lowing free expression signs of 4 square feet in all zoning districts and lifting the ban on placing elec tion signs no sooner than 45 days prior to an election. Were trying to capture a lot of different objectives in this ordinance, said Bill Reischmann, a representative of the City At A lot of laws have come out in the federal courts since our current code was constructed regarding signs. But the slew of revisions left Mayor Ken Bradley wondering whether the city was going too far or perhaps not far enough. If I look and take the collec tive signs we have in Winter Park we have an ordinance, Brad ley said. The term mishmosh would come to mind. In my opinion, the city is overrun with signs. Thats why Im arguing for something even stronger than this. Winter Parks code enforce ment faces a daily struggle to rid the city of snipe signs small ad vertisements stuck in the ground with metal prongs. Major thoroughfares like U.S. Highway 17-92 are hotbeds for the signs, which are usually placed in large groups and range from fore closure ads to yard sales notices. One potential revision to the sign code would designate the snipe signs as abandoned prop erty, allowing residents to remove them without any legal repercus sions. I see the snipe signs theyre like mushrooms, Commissioner Tom McMacken said. Theyre there one day and gone the next and theres another batch up and down even the small streets that I drive, not the main thorough fares. Winter Park should attempt to emulate cities like Boca Raton and Port Orange, who have an appear ance of far less signage, Bradley said. The perceived lack of sign code enforcement comes from the mix of varying temporary signs, particularly along Park Avenue, Briggs said. Its the mishmosh of the A-frame signs some are very professionally done and some of them are crude with letters of all different sizes and colors and all different locations, Briggs said. I think the single most important thing we could do if we wanted to portable signs. Theyre a constant headache for enforcement. Now theres an entitlement to them if youre a business owner, thing away. Commissioner Carolyn Cooper was hesitant with a number of the proposed revisions, which she felt added to the citys issue with sign clutter. One revision would increase the maximum number of election signs allowed in front of homes from two to four. would be allowed to expand from 36 square feet to 50 square feet as well, while church signs would be bumped up from 18 square feet to 24 square feet. In so many places were increasing the size of all the signs that we currently allow, Cooper said. We have sign clutter. We have sign pollution and theres no doubt about it. Hundreds of current busi nesses abiding by the out-of-date code means it could take decades for the city to get signs where they want them to be, Bradley said. Reischmann suggested exempt ing current businesses from the new revisions, but said that signs moving forward could be regu location. Though the ordinance would have to be content neutral as not to inhibit free speech. If somebody is for or against something, Im very hesitant to attempt to legislate that in any way, shape or form, Bradley said. Thats part of our in my opin ion constitutional rights. I dont know that every busi ness and every strip mall has to have a sign though. City Commissioners voted to table the item and discuss it at a future work session. C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Thursday, March 13, 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. 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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 3 FAMILY CALENDAR Calendar MARCH 14 Good Morning Winter Park presented by Florida Blue, starts at 7:45 a.m. March 14 and will give you the chance to network over breakfast at the Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave. in Winter Park. For more information, visit winterpark.org An AARP Drivers Safety Program event is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 14 at Goldenrod Civic Club, 4763 Palmento Ave. in Winter Park. Save up to 15 percent on auto insurance. For reservations, call Don Embree at 407-671-2733. MARCH 15 The Junior League of Greater Orlando will host its annual Spring Soiree on Satur day, March 15, at 8 p.m. at the Quantum Leap Winery. Proceeds from the event will support the Junior League of Greater Orlandos mission and its community pro grams focused on alleviating childhood hunger and poverty in Central Florida. The venue features a large tasting room, an outdoor terrace and an ambiance of twin kling lights and wine barrels. The night will include silent auction, a rafe, live music, dancing, heavy appetizers and sampling of various wines and beverages. Visit jlgo. org for more information and tickets. A book release party for Train Shots by Central Florida author Vanessa Blakeslee starts at 2 p.m. March 15 at the Enzians Eden Bar. Presented by Burrow Press and the Urban Think Foundation, a brief reading and Q&A with author starts at 2:30 p.m., followed by a book signing. Its free and open to the public. Visit en zian.org for more information. MARCH 18 The Rollins College Debate Team will host Cambridge Union Debating Society at 7 p.m. March 18 to debate the use of predator drone strikes Both teams are internationally renowned and will be com peting for the Rollins Cup. Become more enlightened on world events at this event thats free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Bush Auditorium, 1000 Holt Ave. in Winter Park. Food and refresh ments will be served. MARCH 19 Congressman John Mica will speak at the Maitland Chamber of Commerces Washington Update event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 at the Sheraton Orlan do North, 600 N. Lake Destiny Dr. in Mai tland. Reservations are required, so RSVP to 407-644-0741, visit maitlandchamber. com or email jeff@maitlandchamber.com for more information. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. March 17. MARCH 20 The Hannibal Square Wine Tasting re turns to W. New England Avenue from 5-7:30 p.m. March 20. Try dozens of wines, listen to live music and mingle. Visit winterpark.org for more information. MARCH 21-23 The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is March 21-23 along Park Avenue and Central Park. Thousands of pieces will be available at this world-class event. Live entertainment and food will be available throughout the event. Visit wpsaf.org for more information. MARCH 14 The Winter Park Public Library will pres ent Top Ten Things you Dont Know About Your Library at 7:45 a.m. March 14 at the Winter Park Welcome Center as part of the Good Morning Winter Park se ries. Its at 151 W. Lyman Ave. Free conti nental breakfast will be served. Friday night at the Morse Museum continues with free admission to the gal leries from 4 to 8 p.m. March 14. Visit morsemuseum.org for more information and plan your night! In celebration of St. Patricks Day, this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be live Celtic music from Celtic Crossings. Its free! MARCH 15 Theres something for everyone at the Winter Park Road Race presented by Florida Hospital on Saturday, March 15, on Park Avenue, with a 10K road race, 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk and Free Kids Run! Winter Park/Maitland Observer readers receive a $2 discount on online race registration by registering at TrackShack.com and using the code WPO2014. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 13. Family members of all ages will get the chance to celebrate the brain and all of its wonders at a free, day-long BrainFest event set to begin at 10 a.m. on March 15 at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park. BrainFest is a project of Brain Up! a local initiative of the Alzheimers Associa tion, Central & North Florida Chapter and made possible by a grant from the Win ter Park Health Foundation. This program was designed to teach how brain health can be incorporated into everyday life. For more information and to register for this free event, go to act.alz.org/brainfest or call 1-800-272-3900. Call 407.641.3687 or visit www.GetScreenedToday.comTell your #1 to get screened for#2 FHMG-14-17238 Colon cancer is the #2 leading cause of cancer-related deaths. And your #1 go-to person could be at risk, yet symptomless.Its no caper; every day the superhero in your life performs monumental feats to ensure youre healthy, happy and well-prepared to navigate all lifes obstacles. If your #1 is 50 or older, guide them toward getting a routine colon cancer screening*, which leads to early detection, prevention and cures! Screenings help make this cancer up to 90% preventable!March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.The #1 thing to do is y in for a screening. Depending on your ethnicity, family and personal health history, your doctor may recommend earlier screenings KEEP UP WITH MAITLAND NEWS AND EVENTS!www.IndependenceLane.com Facebook.com/ItsMyMaitland Community Bulletin Triking for kids The Rollins College Child Development & Student Research Center recently hosted its annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser. The CDC is a laboratory preschool (children ages 2 to 5 years old) for the undergradu ates in the Psychology department at Rollins College. The annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser benets the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. The fundraising goal was $500, but more than $2,000 was raised from the event. In addition to sup port from local families, the CDC received help from the Rollins College womens lacrosse team, who helped guide the chil dren.

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Page 4 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer March 10 City Commission meeting If you were unable to watch or attend the City Commission meeting held March 10 in City Hall Commission Chambers, be low are a few highlights of deci sions made at the meeting: Mayors Report sented declaring March as Pur chasing Month in Winter Park. Consent Agenda were approved. purchases were approved (for a complete listing, please visit fees associated with connecting utility services to the Grant Cha pel was waived. Public Hearings ordinance authorizing the issu ance of Electric Revenue Bonds was approved. nance vacating and abandoning the easement located at 2020 W. Fawsett Road was approved. dinance authorizing the convey ance of the city-owned property at 321 Hannibal Square West, in exchange for the property lo cated at 325 S. Pennsylvania Ave. was approved. the city manager to enter into an Urban and Community Forestry Grant Memorandum of Agree ment with the Florida Depart ment of Agriculture and Con sumer Services was approved. A full copy of the March 10 City Commission minutes will be available at cityofwinterpark. org the week of March 24, pend ing approval by the City Com mission. Remember, if you are unable to attend the City Com mission meetings, you can watch them live, gavel-to-gavel, as they happen. During the meet ing, simply log on to cityofwin Enter to win Enter to win a VIP Prize Pack age for The 55th Annual Win ter Park Sidewalk Art Festival! Simply send an email to social media@cityofwinterpark.org with The 55th Annual WPSAF Prize in the subject line. we have received your entry. Tuesday, March 18, at 5 p.m. March 19. VIP Prize Package will in clude: walk Art Festival poster signed by artist Bill Farnsworth the patron tent (Friday, March 21, featuring Buzzcatz, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., and Kim Waters, from ous Art Festivals vious Art Festivals cap and visor The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nations oldest, largest and most presti gious outdoor art festivals. The 2014 festival will be held Fri day, March 21, through Sunday, March 23, in Central Park and along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. Dont forget to: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Sign up for citEnews Watch us on Vimeo Tell your friends and family, too! Increased police presence on St. Patricks Day As St. Patricks Day approach es, the Winter Park Police Depart ment is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs. During this holiday WPPD along with other be on high alert, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign. The National Highway Traf that more than 700 people were killed in crashes involving im paired drivers during St. Pat ricks Day holidays from 2006 to 2010 nationwide. WPPD will stop and arrest anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Please be responsible, and have a safe and happy St. Patricks Day. Get involved by volunteering on a city board If you are interested in learn ing more about city government, one of the best opportunities to do this is by becoming a city board member. Depending on your area of interest, background and experience, Winter Park may have the perfect board for you. The city relies on the recommen dations of its boards as it makes major decisions that impact the quality of life for its residents. Each year the mayor reviews City Commission meeting in May, then presents his slate of board appointments for the City Commissions consideration and are positions open for the follow ing boards: ment Advisory Board & Sustainable Advisory Board sory Board sory Board sory Board Pension Board If you are interested in volun teering to serve on a city board, tion Form found online at cityof winterpark.org and click on Gov ernment > Boards. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 18. at cityofwinterpark.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twit ter, and watch us on Vimeo. Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER St. Patricks safety Thursday, April 10th from 5pm 7pm Thursday, April 10th 5pm to 7pm Thursday, April 10th 5pm to 7pm Thursday, April 10th 5pm to 7pm Revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services. Sunday, April 6, 2014 1 5 p.m. Winter Park Civic Center 1050 Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789 TicketsAvailable at both Ronald McDonald Houses $5 ADVANCE Or$7 DOOR $5 SENIORS (AT DOOR) Children 3 and under FREE! JOIN US FOR: Ice Cream Floats, Create A Sundae, Celebrity Servers, Face Painting, Caricaturist, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Games, Pin the Cherry on the Sundae, Cake Walk, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Photo booth and more! Entertainment including special guests throughout! FEATURING: Blue Bell Ice Cream, Private Island Ice Cream, Jeremiahs Italian Ice, and Peak Season Pops. Special appearance by ventriloquist Jacki Manna! 4TH YEAR! For Information and Sponsorship Opportunities Contact: Linda Mayfield, Event Chair at 407-677-1552 or lmwp@cfl.rr.com. www.rmhorlando.org/events Thank You Sponsors(As of 2/27/14)

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Page 6 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Last week, the Maitland Fire Rescue hydrant testing, with work expected to be completed within two months. A coordi nated effort between the citys water and ensures that hydrants are in full, working department crews evaluate hydrants annually. Signage will be placed in neighbor hoods prior to testing and the day of testing. In order to comply with Florida state required test ing and to determine whether the city water sys crews must open the hy drants and discharge water volume. The testing process de termines three pressures produced by each hydrant. Crews measure static pressure, the water pressure in the mains when wa the water pressure that remains in a hy From these pressure readings the amount of water in an area is determined using mathematical formulas and tables in the testing and marking of hydrants. This process crews to test approxi mately 15 hydrants each day. testing is a routine main tenance procedure, it may result in temporary inconveniences. High ing testing disturbs sedi ments in the water distri bution system. This often results in brown or rustcolored water. If you ex perience discolored wa ter during this time, run until the water runs clear. Hydrant testing also may reduce regular water pressure. Reduced water pressure should only be in termittent as the hydrants are being tested. Your regular water pressure will return to For additional information or questions, log on to itsmymaitland.com or call Fire Administration at 407-539-6226. Dennis Marshall, Fire Marshall, and Will Watts, Deputy Fire Chief. Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR This is only a (very wet) test PHOTO COURTESY OF MAITLAND FIRE RESCUE Fireghter/Paramedic Greg Sandler uses a hydrant wrench to open a re hydrant for a static pressure reading to begin the testing process. www.maitlandchamber.com MONTHLY CHAMBER LUNCHEON 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 To RSVP Call 407-644-0741 or Email to: Jeff@MaitlandChamber.com Register Online: www.MaitlandChamber.com click on Calendar RSVP DEADLINE 5:00 PM Monday, March 17 Luncheon Sponsored By Flo Hurley

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 7 Lifestyles Children dressed in bright or ing behind them pranced down the runway with pride. Best friends followed while sporting shirts decked in rhinestones spell ing out Chanell Wright Save a Child Foundation. They were excited to share the memory of their friend Chanell knowing the fashion show would have put a smile on her face. She was my little shopaholic, her mom Chiquita Wright said. Chanell modeled as an Amer Beating Cancer, her Make-a-Wish was a shopping spree at Gymbo ree and Justice, and she always made sure she was totally dressed to the nines for Halloween. Having her own fashion show wouldve been a dream-cometrue for Chanell, but she wasnt there to experience it. Chanell was just 7 years old when she died from complications from sickle cell anemia in 2011. Sickle cell anemia is an inher ited disease that turns normal, round blood cells to a more cres cent shape. Those blood cells are limbs and organs, causing pain and organ damage. You couldnt tell Chanell was sick just by looking at her, and she did her best to never let on that she was. Her bravery in spired her parents to start the Chanell Wright Foundation out of their Apopka home, aiming to cial and emotional obstacles that come with having a child with a life-threatening illness. Some days its hard, but just to know we can help another child, and just knowing the expe rience that parents can go through with having a sick child, if we can being able to support the families, it helps me get through the day, get through the months, Chiquita said. Since the founda tions start in 2012 less than a year after Tony and Chiq uita Wright lost their daughter theyve raised more than $60,000 in Chanells memory. Theyve donated money to Kids Beating Cancer, the Make-a-Wish Founda tion and other groups focused on children with illnesses. That they didnt let that crush them, and they were still able to move forward and to propel through this and to really be able to help other people really shows their true hearts, said Phil Bur ton, a friend and the designated emcee at all the organizations charity events. At a time when many families might fall apart, the Wright family got stronger. And theyve done it for their daughter. Chanell loved helping others and wanted to be a pediatrician when she grew up. Chiquita said shes not sure if Chanells disease was the reason she wanted to be a doctor she really just loved babies, Chiquita remembered with a smile. Its something Chanell PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Chiquita Wright launched a charity to ght the disease that took daughter Chanell. Charity inspired by a lost child After Rollins student Chiquita Wright lost her daughter, she BRITTNI LARSON Observer staff Please see CHARITY on page 8 City National Bank is a full service commercial bank. We lent more than $2 billion during the last two years.Please visit any of our banking centers from Orlando to Miami or contact us at 1-800-435-8839. Business Term Loans Equipment/Inventory Financing Accounts Receivable Lending Capital Improvement Loans Professional Lines of Credit Small Business Lending Owner-Occupied Commercial Mortgages SBA Loans Residential Mortgages* Home Equity Lines of Credit* citynational.com Member FDIC* Loans are subject to credit and collateral approval. We are really lending We make business happen. 0226-3 CNwinterParkAd.indd 1 2/26/14 11:33 PM

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Page 8 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer wouldve been proud of, to help other kids that may be going through a similar situation she went through, Tony said. Chanell loved school as well. She was passionate about learning and reading and always wanted her mom to go to college. The same week Chanell died she asked her mom again if shed head back to school. Chiquita agreed, and now shes using her daughters wish to make the foundation bet ter by attending Rollins College. educating her on the business as pect of running a charity, and is now seeking her bachelors degree in business and communications. Chiquita has some big goals for the charity. Theyd like to eventu ally build a home similar to the Ronald McDonald House, one that offers a free place to stay for families whose children are in the hospital and cant afford a hotel. Right now theyre working on cre ating a program to directly help families, not just donate money to other charities. They hope to raise money for families who need hefty medical bills. Chiquita said they know what its like to run out of sick time and vacation time. They were lucky enough that Tony had a job that could support them when Chiq uita went weeks without pay be cause she spent days and nights next to Chanell in a hospital bed. Were looking not just to have an event for the kids, but if their families are struggling a medi cal bill, a prescription or some thing like that we want to be that source to help them out if we could, Tony said. Theyre also working on a part nership with Nemours Childrens Hospital in Orlando to be a part of the support groups for par ents with sick kids. The Wrights would be there to give an insight into what parents can expect from a child with sickle cell anemia, medical lingo, or just be there to listen. They understand what the parents are going through. And they want to use the foun dation as a way to never let them, or the world, forget their daugh ter. The little girl who shopped with her mom every Saturday, who loved to take car rides with her dad, and practiced choreo graphed dance moves with her sister Cherrish so they could put on a show for their family to her favorite Katy Perry song. Their work keeps Chanell in their lives every day. You dont forget her, but just being able to work on the foun dation and to have that name, Chanell Wright, I can say her name every day, its like shes right here with me, Chiquita said. 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: CFS14 Ha n n i b a lSquareHis t ori c Neighborhoo d $25 IN ADVANCE $30 AT THE DOOR WWW.WINTERPARK.ORG407.644.8281WEST NEW ENGLAND AVE.Featuring Beer, Wine Samples and Appetizers from Local Eateries, and Live Entertainment.20th 5to730 pm PRESENTED BY Art of Wine_Observer_5x8_Quart Pg.indd 1 2/7/14 3:57 PM CHARITY | Mom working on partnership with Nemours to help parents of sick children cope with stress C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 r f r n t b t n r f n t b n r rfrntbbbrbbbbbb For more information about the Chanell Wright Foundation, visit chanellwrightfoundation.org

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 9 court in Kissimmee. The Rollins Tars had battled Nova Southeastern into overtime, with a scoring gap that hadnt been sepa 140 seconds. Down by two, with six sec onds left, they watched Novas Chris Page step to the free throw line. He hit both. When a three-pointer by Rollins James Tars did, 75-71. Season over. In a game that the Tars were within two shots of the lead nal shots would be the story of a season. Adam Allen, Chris Uhle, Alex Blessig and Mitch Woods would bury double-digit scores. Dirkin and Uhle would snag eight rebounds and two steals each. And just like in so many of the Tars record, the difference separating them from a win was achingly slim. The four-point gap was the sixth time this season that they lost by that margin or less. A cumulative 24 more points in those games would have season. The kids played just like they did all year, Head Coach Tom Klusman told Rol lins Sports after the game. They didnt quit. UCF basketball Just about when the American Athletic Conference had left the Knights for dead on the court, they set a season scoring high and shocked fans into believing again. The UCF mens basketball team (12-17, on March 7 in a 104-83 blowout that tied a record for the most points in a game this season by the Knights, and also the most points theyve allowed while holding on to win. Both couldnt have come later in the regular season, as the Knights closed out opening the game with a Staphon Blair la yup and then never relinquishing the lead again. The Knights would dominate the Cou gars with a scoring gap that was more than double-digit-wide for 36 of the 40 min utes of the game. They outshot the Cou gars, who had beaten the Knights 88-84 just two weeks prior. They out-rebounded them 40-33. They out-blocked them 9-1. The only mark on the stat line that didnt go the Knights way was steals, which they Knights ceded to the Cougars by two. Four Knights would end the night with double-digit points, with Isaiah Sykes lead ing with 24, nearing triple-double territory with eight rebounds and six assists. Im happy for the seniors, Coach Don nie Jones told UCFKnights.com. Those four guys got to go out the right way. The Knights four seniors Isaac Lang, Calvin Newell, Tristan Spurlock and Isa iah Sykes would combine for 43 of the Knights points. The Knights headed to the AACs cham pionship tournament in Memphis at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at press time with hopes of going up one in their series with Temple on Jan. 4 but were defeated by in an 86-78 overtime upset March 4. The winner of that game will play No. 13 Cincinnati at 7 p.m. March 13 on ESPNU. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Isaiah Sykes is leading the Knights into the playoffs. Tars meet early end to postseason ISAAC BABCOCK Observer staff r fntb t tr rrf nt b tf r r r tr trfnftbnf fttf nt fnfff fft tbfn n fffntbnt rrff trn n tbnr nf rf fnnfff tbntn nfntf nrf nf ftrft bnf tfr tbn ffffrt nrffrt ftrtnf t t t ttr nf nf fnf tt fn

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 11 When was the last time you cleaned out the lint from your dryer ducts? Do you vacuum the refrigeration coils of your refrig erator regularly? These were a munity energy services represen tative ticked off on her clipboard when she came by to evaluate the Her visit was part of the proto col for receiving a grant to cover part of the cost of installing solar panels on our roof. We did well. She suggested that we consider a modest amount of additional attic insulation, and update the weather-stripping on our doors. We took the advice seriously, the solar panels were installed, and were moving toward greater en Now we proudly wear I live in a power plant T-shirts to stir up conversation with our friends. Get your school-age kids on board and become energy police as you start new habits to save energy every day where you live. Grab a clipboard, paper and pen cil, and start tracking your life style changes this week. Remem ber, the cleanest kilowatt is the one you never use! Here are some everyday areas your family can focus your energy on to make a difference. When you work together, you could be well on your way to saving money, and lessening your impact on the en vironment. in the shower, keep it to one verse! Your house shouldnt be lit up like a photo shoot is taking place. clothes in cool water. Todays de tergents do a lot of the work. bulbs. They use about 75 percent less energy and last at least six times longer, according to the En ergy Star program. home. Kids can be detectives and turn off or unplug unnecessary connections, especially when go ing on vacation. TVs and comput ers are big phantom users. handheld kilowatt or power-check meters, check one out and let your school-age kids chart the wattage used by your appliances and elec tronics. The device determines the wattage used per appliance, and kilowatt-hours and daily cost of operation. Wow, check out how many watts it takes to toast my morning bagel! might be one of the comments you hear. Donna Ericksons award-winning series Donnas Day is airing on public television nationwide. To nd more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit donnasday.com and link to the new Donnas Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is Donna Ericksons Fabulous Funstuff for Families. 2014 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd. Harness kids energy to lower power bills Serving Central Florida Over 33 Yearswww.fanniehillman.com 407.644.1234 Homes brought to you by: WONDERFUL FAMILY POOL HOME ON WP CHAIN OF LAKES Serving Central Florida Over 33 Years SPACIOUS HOME ON QUIET STREET IN PRIME VIA LOCATION WINDSONG ESTATE W/BEAUTIFUL POOL & SUMMER KITCHEN FURNISHED DOWNTOWN WP CONDO W/VIEWS OF PARK AVE We improve the lives of the people we serve. WONDERFUL FAMILY POOL HOME SPACIOUS HOME ON QUIET STREET WINDSONG ESTATE W/BEAUTIFUL FURNISHED DOWNTOWN

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Page 12 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer 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! of the country, that means the start of a cult winter. As the snow melts and the temperature warms, its time to start get ting ready for the growing season thats about to begin. In the northern part of the country, its unlikely that the lawn is ready for mowing. But homeowners here need to start unpacking and preparing lawncare equipment for use. This is a good time to bring the hedge trimmers, saws, rakes and other tools down from their pegs. Wipe off excess oil and dust from the handles and clean dirt or rust spots from the metal blades or tines. Sharpen trimmer and lawnmower blades using a metal rasp, or take them to a hardware store or service that will sharpen them for you. Bring out the lawnmower and prepare have removed or emptied the gas tank, removed the spark plug, and removed the mower blades for cleaning and stor Start by installing the blades and brushing away old grass cuttings and dirt from the underside of the mower, tank with fresh gasoline or the correct gas-oil mixture. Install the spark plug. Roll the mower outside, prime the mo tor (either using a priming button if it has one, or by tugging the starter cord it for a few minutes, testing the throttle and other settings, then shut it down and store it in an accessible place, ready to mow the lawn. In more southerly states, new grass should already be visible, if not yet ready to mow. Now is the time to de thatch the lawn, if needed, to allow that new growth more air and light. Any bare spots should be re-sodded, sprigged or de-thatched and re-seeded. Protect new ly seeded areas from birds by setting low stakes around the spot and crisscrossing the area with string, or tying strips of cloth to the stakes to keep them away. Once the danger of hard frost has passed, shrubs and small trees that were wrapped in burlap over the winter can be unwrapped. Any bulbs that were planted or went dormant in the fall, such as tulips, will begin showing green shoots soon. Trees are beginning to bud and bloom, so avoid pruning them until the leaves are fully open. Spring can be an incredibly busy time for homeowners, so prepare your lawn-care tools now in order to hit the ground running. Send your questions or home tips to ask@ thisisahammer.com. My new e-book, Best Home Tips, is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. By Samantha Mazzotta Dodging the DraftQ: The apartment Im living in has older windows, and now that winter is almost here, the cold air is seeping in easily. My landlord said he winterized the windows by painting them shut. I dont think thats a solution. Any tips for me to quickly shut out the draft and get those windows open? Chilly Nose in Brattleboro, Vt.A: There are better solutions out there, for sure, than painting over drafty spots in the windows. And having windows that are stuck shut is a clear safety issue. Since your land lord isnt in a hurry to fix or replace those leaky windows, you have some options to get through this winter comfortably and without having to spend too much money on heating. First, unstick those windows. Use a box cutter to slice through the new paint down to the corners where the window sash meets the frame. Then gently wiggle the window open so the new paint isnt damaged or torn away. Once the window is open, make sure it slides open and shut smoothly. If not, look for paint or other gunk on the slide tracks in which the sash is set. Sand this stuff away and then smooth the tracks by running a bar of soap along them a few times. Next, see if the screen outside the window (if there is one) is part of a storm window-screen combination. If so, you can slide the screen up to sit behind the top pane of the storm window, and slide the bottom storm window down. This provides added protection against wind and weather. Now, youll need to weather-strip the window. Measure the width and height of each window to figure out how much weather stripping youll need. For a rental unit, you shouldnt invest in the most expensive weather stripping, either. Compressible strips, usually made of foam or another flexible material, with adhesive backing usually work well and are easy to install. Measure and cut the stripping to fit along the bottom of the window sash. Make sure it fits and that the window closes completely and can be locked before attaching it by its adhesive backing. You may need to weather-strip other parts of the window, depending on their type, age and the condition theyre in. Make sure the strips dont interfere with easy operation of the window. If you have a door that leads outside, try adding a piece of weather stripping along the base of the door to keep out drafts. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer.com. My new ebook, Best Home Tips, is avail able to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.To find drafty spots in a window, run a hair dryer along the sash and frame while a helper stands on the other side, feeling for warm air coming through.Backlogged Claims Actually Go DownDespite the projections that the number of backlogged claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs would climb during the recent government shutdown (so said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki), it wasnt as bad as expected. In a pre-shutdown reprieve, the VA was granted an exemption, and claims processing stayed up and running. However, during the shutdown, processors werent able to continue working their 20 hours per month mandatory overtime to whittle away at the backlog (claims that have been sitting for more than 125 days). That mandatory overtime has been a key component to getting the backlog reduced, and will stop completely in November. One would think that a lot of claims work was left undone. But the Monday Workload Report shows that despite the shutdown, the canceled overtime and all the doomand-gloom projections, the number of claims actually went down. Grant ed, they didnt go down by much, but they did go down. (If you want to view the archived file of Monday Morning Reports, go online to www. vba.va.gov/reports/mmwr/) Remember that before the shut down, the VA hadnt met its own projections of how fast the number of claims would fall on their way to eliminating the backlog. It didnt meet its own goal to the tune of approximately 100,000 claims for fiscal year 2013. (Some in Congress were a bit annoyed about that, since the VA had been granted $1.59 billion specifically to bring down the backlog.) Bottom line: If the mandatory over time is canceled permanently, then yes, the number of delayed claims can continue to go down, but it will be at a very slow rate. While the VA is still aiming for 2015 to clean up that backlog, its looking increasingly unlikely for that to happen. Freddy Groves regrets that he can not personally answer reader ques tions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.King Features Weekly ServiceNovember 4, 2013 Get ready for spring rfntbn rbfbfb brb b t bf bfrffb bbbf Closed $10.6 Million in 2013 rffntfbr br ffbfbffrftfrbff ftfrbffbbb fbn

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 13 With the rst day of Spring less than two weeks away, there is no better time to spruce up your home, especially if you intend on putting it on the market. And for those of you that have decided to sell your home, the most important thing you can do is make your home look welcom ing by creat ing a series of impressions that not only set your home apart from other homes on the market, but will build an emotional connection that appeals to the psychological needs of the buyers. According to research done by Proc tor & Gamble, 69% of buyers surveyed listed location as the most important characteristic they are looking for. No surprise there. Curb appeal (12%), a homey interior (10%) and size (9%) ranked two through four in buyer pref erence. In other words, 78% of what buyers are looking for (location and home size) are predetermined and pret ty much out of your control. That leaves a very important 22 percent of things buyers are looking forexterior and interior appearance and livabilitysolely in your hands. Both can be accomplished at minimal cost and more often than not will be the key to taking your home from for sale to sold. Since you dont get a second chance to make a good rst impression, curb appeal is key to getting buyers out of their cars and inviting them inside. A fresh coat of paint, a well-manicured lawn and vibrant garden, a well-lit en try, and an uncluttered yard will cre ate a very positive visual appeal. Also, take care of any needed repairs so your home looks ready to move into. Buyers will often shy away from a home that needs work. To create an appealing, homey in terior and make your home look well cared for, do a thorough cleanup, re move clutter and eliminate any odors. 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Page 14 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer In a sellers market some homeowners are bound to look around at how fast homes in their neigh borhood are selling and wonder, why list my home with an agent? After all, at the end of the day the goal for any seller is clear: sell their home for the most money. Being a real estate agent myself Im clearly bi ased, but not for the reasons that sellers market here in Orlando and the greater Central Florida area. If you can place a sign in your yard or put an ad on craig slist, people will inquire about your home. But how many, and will they be real buyers? More importantly, will their offers be worth your consideration? Lets take a look at for-saleby-owner versus agent-managed home sales. Its estimated that as many as 80 percent of for-sale-by-owner properties are eventually listed by a real estate agent. Also nota ble and slightly hilarious to me, the founder of arguably one of the largest and most well-known websites promoting for-sale-byowner properties sold his home with an agent. Lets look at why. Numbers As mentioned above, an overwhelming majority of forsale-by-owners sell their homes with an agent. According to the National Association of Realtors Sellers, 88 percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when they sold their home. The same percentage of buyers hired a real estate pro to help them only 9 percent of home sellers did it without an agent. People I grew up in a family where both my parents were Real tors and real estate investors. So for many years I have seen the difference the right agent makes in the sale of a home. The real estate business at its core is about relationships and people. of building relationships with my customers and with fellow agents. This has created for me, and likewise other Orlando real estate agents, a broad network of people who see me or their own agent as a resource for buying and selling property in Central Florida. Realtors are constantly striving to expand ence. Why? Year after year more homes are sold this way. Realtors are a resource worth utilizing for sellers because of their nonstop personal branding and network ing efforts. Flexibility Selling your home yourself most likely means you need to be there to show it. If you to mention the buyer calling on your sign or ad may or may not pre-qualify their buyers prior to showing them any homes, and buyers understand this protocol. Buyers feel safe providing this type of personal information to their agents knowing they are licensed and regulated profes sionals. In terms of when your home can be shown, most agents work full-time as Realtors and are free to show your home whether you are there or not. In fact, its best that you arent there. Homebuy ers need to be able to visualize themselves and their families in the home they are purchasing. It can be harder to do that if the owner is there or worse, telling them everything they love about the home instead of letting the buyer explore. Every buyer has a different wish list for their home, and their priorities may not match the sellers. Best case scenario is for the owner to be absent during the showing and have a trained sales professional accompany them. Marketing and negotiating With the advent of the Internet, its much easier to get information regarding your home out there. But you never get a second chance to make a sure your home is seen in the around. We place your home on hundreds of sites and pay for upgraded and premium place ment on the most well known real estate websites. We blog and create websites exclusively for your home in addition to hiring professional photographers and, most recently, using social media to gain exposure for your home. Then we bring you offers from your home. Thats when our job really starts. Realtors negotiate on your behalf to get you the best price for your home. Buyers typically factor in that a seller is not paying a real estate commis sion into their offer price when considering for sale by owner homes. In another recent NAR sur vey, it was documented that the average sales price of a for-saleby-owner was $174,900 versus $215,000 when the seller hired an agent. If a seller is able to sell their home for $40,100 more, even after paying a commission, a contract in a hot market may do. Getting a contract for more than what your neighbor sold his home for and getting the matter. Spring selling season is in full bloom so choose wisely when listing your home to take full advantage of the housing recovery. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Con tact her at 407-928-8294 or ChristinaS ellsOrlando.com Go it alone or just list your home? Why hire a Realtor? Christina Rordam Keepin it Real Estate

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 15 Six military veterans will soon have their dreams of homeownership ful lled thanks to the eorts of Orlando Realtors. Behind-the-scenes work has been going on for more than a year, but an aordable housing initiative spear headed by local Realtors ocially launched on Feb. 24 when the city of Orlando approved the donation of six lots in downtown Orlando to the Florida Real Estate Foundation, the charitable arm of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. The lots are located in the Par ramore neighborhood o Benson Avenue, on Polk Street and Jeerson Street. The foundation and its project partners are grateful to the Orlando City Council for their donation of the six lots, said Realtor Beverly Evans of Axel Real Estate, Inc., chair of the Florida Real Estate Foundation. By re moving the cost of the land, the citys donation will contribute to the homes aordability and will help enormously in getting the project o the ground. The city of Orlando is pleased to support the Florida Real Estate Foun dation initiative, added Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Through the Pathways for Parra more initiative, the city of Orlando has made signicant strides in revitalizing the Parramore neighborhood, includ ing a focus on providing more op portunities for homeownership in the community. This partnership with the foundation will further support these eorts. The six contiguous lots donated to the foundation will be transformed into Heroes Commons at Jeerson Park, a village which centers around six detached single-family homes. The village will include shared garage ac cess, green space, and connectivity be tween the homes to create a commons area. Future Homeowners The primary goal of Heroes Com mons at Jeerson Park is to provide mortgage-free homes to (in order of priority): veterans from any branch of the United States Armed Forces; or lando and Orange County public safety employees*. The Orlando Regional Realtor As sociation is honored to oer home ownership to those who have served, said ORRA Chairman Zola Szerencses of RE/MAX 200 Realty. The servicemen and women who defend our country and our way of life are also defending the American dream of homeowner ship, which of course is the corner stone of all Realtors. Future homeowners will have ac cess to supportive social services that ease the transition to civilian life and family life. Customized services related to mental health, physical health and education will be available for as long as they are needed. Housing and Neighborhood Devel opment Services of Central Florida has once again partnered with the foun homeowners and ensuring that they fulll the projects income and educa A military veteran or city of Or lando/Orange County public safety employee who is inter ested in becoming a Heroes Commons at Jef ferson Park homeowner can contact HANDS by visiting http://www.c hands.org/index.php or calling 407-447-5686. ORRA Orlando Realtors launch project to build homes for vets INTEGRITY LOYALTY UNWAVERING ENTHUSIASM Kelly L. PriceBrokerPadgett McCormickRealtor Broker Assoc.407.645.4321 Baldwin Park $385,000 3 BR | 3.5 BA | 2,062 SF College Park Lakefront $1,190,000 4 BR | 4 BA | 3,877 SF Winter Park Estate $2,199,000 5 BR | 5 BA | 5,706 SF ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Six veterans and their families are expected to get homes courtesy of Orlando Realtors who banded together on the project.

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Page 16 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer March 14 One night two openings at Art & History Museums Maitland As part of Art 31, a monthlong series of events celebrat ing artistic creativity, the Art & History Museums Maitland will present two openings on March 14. They include Opening Recep tions for Film Stories: Nancy Cervenka and Moving Pictures by Joyce Ely Walker beginning at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by a Culture Pop! Event called Roll, Repeat in partnership with Enzian Theater and the Florida Film Festival beginning at 7 p.m. The Maitland Art Center is at 231 W. Packwood Ave. Visit art31.org for a complete listing of events. March 14 to 16 CFCArts helps us Believe in Spring After this colder-than-normal winter, CFCArts invites us to You Must Believe In Spring, a cabaret musical about youth, love and warmer weather! Bringing together six singers and a jazz quartet, this sophisticated revue includes classics such as Blue Skies, Singin In The Rain and It Might As Well be Spring. Performances will be March 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 3 p.m. at Central Christian Church at 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd. in Orlando. Visit cfcarts.com or contact Sarah.Mattingly@cfcom munityarts.com March 14 to 16 The Orlando Ballet Some Assembly Required Some Assembly Required is the name given to the World Premiere performances being of fered by the Orlando Ballet on the weekend of March 14 to 16 at the Bob Carr PAC. The ballet is the newest cre ation by Artistic Director Robert Hill, promising to showcase the dancers physicality in movement as an evolving process. Addi tional works will be presented by guest choreographers Abdur-Ra him Jackson and Arcadian Broad and Telmo Moreira. Visit orlando ballet.org or ticketmaster.com March 14 to 16 Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Venue In the unauthorized parody Dog Sees God, the popular 8 8 1 4 1 P R AD WPO 3/2014We couldnt ask for anything more.When Ruth McDaniel and her son David agreed she needed a lifestyle with more security, she visited The May ower on the recommendation of friends. Everyone there was so friendly and interesting, and the amenities were so far beyond what I saw at other communities. In the end, the choice was clear. Now living only a mile apart, Ruth and her three granddaughters enjoy cultural outings and Sunday brunches in The May owers dining room. The memories weve made here are priceless, she says. Mom is just as independent as always, adds David. At the same time, its reassuring to know shell always be well cared for. As a family, we couldnt ask for anything more.If your loved one needed long-term care, what would you do? Call today, and lets talk about it: 407.672.1620.www.themayf lower .com 1620 Mayf lower Court | Winter Park, FL 32792 Winter Pa rk's Distinctive R etir ement Community P E ACE OF MI N D... [ and priceless memories ] Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar Please see CULTURE on next page ART BY CERVENKA ORLANDO BALLET

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 17 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 CULTURE | Two classics take the stage with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Shakespeares Julius Caesar Peanuts characters are teenagers battling real-life issues. When CBs dog dies, CB questions the existence of an afterlife, but his best friend is burnt out, his sister has gone Goth and his girlfriend is in rehab. A chance meeting with an artistic kid (the target of the groups bully pushes teen angst to the limits. Performed from March 14 to 16 at the The Venue in Orlando, tickets are available at DogSeesGodOr lando.com March 18 at 8 p.m. The art of Rik Hayes at the Peacock Room The somewhat foreboding title The Inmates Are Running the Asylum should be enough to pique the interest of adventurous art-lovers, especially when the artwork comes from the inven tive mind of Rik Hayes. On May 18, beginning at 8 p.m., were invited to see the inmates who have escaped onto his canvases and mixed media art. Personally I never leave home without Riks art. You see, Rik is also a profes sional tattoo artist, and hes done three of my tattoos. The exhibit is at the Peacock Room at 1321 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando. Call 407228-0048 or 407-484-3196 or visit inkinktattoos.com March 19 to April 20 Shakespeare takes on Julius Caesar Shakespeares version of the death of Julius Caesar explores the line between patriotism and personal ambition. After Caesars assassination, Brutus and Cassius are left to divide the empire, but they underestimate Caesars devoted follower Mark Antony of anarchy. In an already brilliant season for the Shakespeare Cen ter, Julius Caesar is yet another timeless classic. Adding to the ex perience (30 minutes before each actor shares insights about the production with the audience. Visit OrlandoShakes.org or call 407-447-1700. March 19 to April 20 The Mad Cow has a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Legend says that Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was Tennessee Williams favorite play perhaps because it won him the Pulit zer Prize for drama in 1955. Set in the plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, the play examines relationships among Big Daddys family, focusing on his son Brick and Bricks wife Maggie the Cat. Will C ONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Please see CULTURE on page 18 THE ART OF RIK HAYES JULIUS CAESAR 2826 Shader Rd. Orlando, FL 32808 Have a dog with lots of energy? We can help! 407-295-3888 BarkingDogFitness.com A tired dog is a happ y do g! And a happy YOU! Conveniently located at... Ask About our FREE Trial! Customized workouts Training Fun p lay time with other dogs 1 on 1 attention ORLANDOS ONLY DOGGIE DAY CARE WITH A GYM! rfntbtnnn bbnfntnt bbbrbnnntfn rnr rf REALLY PUT THE SPRING IN YOUR SPRING BREAKBY COMING TOBOING!407.542.7844 532 S. Econ Circle Suite 120 Oviedo, FL 32765 www.boingjump.comWe also welcome: We are open on WEEKDAYS during Spring Break at noon(March 14th 28th)

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Page 18 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Loud & Clear and FREE Florida residents with a hearing loss are eligible to receive a free amplied phone from the non-prot Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. Cordless and corded phones for persons with mild to severe hearing loss are available at 23 distribution centers statewide. Limit one per customer.CONTA C T YOUR AREA C ENTER FOR DETAILS Center for I ndependen t Living in Central F lorida 720 Nor th Denning Drive Winter Park, FL 32789 407-623-1070 (v) 407-623-1185 (tty)Current FTRI clients: If your phone isnt working properly or your hearing has changed, or should you no longer need your phone or are moving out of Florida, call FTRI at 888-554-1151 for assistance. CULTURE | Want an introduction to wine in a festival atmosphere? Stop by Winter Parks Hannibal Square language takes on the concept of how families deal with greed, mendacity, Presented in Mad Cow Theatres beauti ful new complex, visit madcowtheatre. com or call 407-297-8788. March 20 Hannibal Square Wine Tasting You dont have to be an Art Collector to join the kick-off of Art Festival Week end presented at Hannibal Square by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Hannibal Square Merchants Asso ciation on March 20 beginning at 5 p.m. Held on the evening before the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival begins, the evening offers more than 40 varieties of wine and beer samples, appetizers from 16 local eateries and live music. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door with entrances at the corner of West New England and Pennsylvania avenues or West New England and Vir ginia avenues. Call 407-644-8281 or visit winterpark.org March 20 Jeb Bush at Rollins College As part of a series of talks offered free to the public, the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College will pres ent former Governor Jeb Bush in a talk called Amer icas Promise in Uncertain Times, in which he will share his in sights on the current chal lenges facing America. Set for March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alfond Sports Center, the event is free and open to the public. Call 407-691-1995 or visit winterparkin stitute.org March 20 to April 11 The Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando Orlando continues to enhance its reputation in the art world as local arts legend Robin Maria Pedrero creates and curates the Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando. Opening March 20 at the CityArts Factory, this is the fourth installment of a worldwide art experience featuring original, postcard-sized art, donated by artists from around the world. The post card art will be displayed and sold through April 11 at a price of $35 each needs students at The Center for Con temporary Dance. Free and open to the public, visit twitterartex hibit.org. And looking ahead March 25 to 30 EVITA on the Broadway Series The inven tive and decades later clas sic Broadway show EVITA offers us the Argentinean diva Eva Peron center stage at the Bob Carr PAC. The multi-awardwinning musical chronicles the life of Eva Peron in a six-day run from March 25 to 30 telling the rags-to-riches tale of Eva Peron and her rise to power from being an ille gitimate child from the slums to becom ing Argentinas First Lady. For a brief only to have her fragile health prove her downfall. Visit OrlandoBroadway.com or call 1-800-982-2787 C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 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 407-5223906. JEB BUSH EVITA This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater FILMSLAMSun 1PMFLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL, APRIL 4-13TICKETS ON SALE NOW! The 2014 Program has been announced. Floridalmfestival.comTHE GREAT BEAUTYAcademy Award Winner! Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe Winner! Best Foreign Language Film Fri, Sat 2:45, 6:15, 9:45 Sun 3PM, 6:15, 9:45 Mon Thurs 6:15, 9:45Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECTFREE on the lawn! Wed 7:30 DOG SEES GOD

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 19 Opinions King Features Weekly ServiceMarch 10, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOONS Chris Jepson Perspectives I recently attended the annual literary Branch of the American Association of University Women. The AAUW is all about equity for women and girls, and I am all for that. It is great to be in a large room of sharp, opinionated women. The luncheon was held at the always happen ing Winter Park University Club. I had paid no attention to who was the featured speaker other than the topic was sports. Dr. Richard Lapchick, Ph.D., endowed chair and director of the DeVos Sport Business Management program at UCF, it turned out, was scheduled to speak on some nebulous aspect of sport. Quite candid ly I thought, What the hell is this academic yahoo going to talk about? Well, color me the rube. I havent been so impressed with a public speaker in years. Once Dr. Lapchick introduced himself of warm memories associated with Joe growing-up in Sioux City, Iowa. Joe Lapchick was a phenomenal East Coast endorsements. Lapchick was the Man. The real deal. Dr. Lapchick spoke glowingly of the moral lessons and examples he observed in his father. Dr. Lapchick, born in 1945, 20th century America. He spoke authorita of sports in America as well as around the world. He worked with Nelson Mandela of South Africa, such that they consid ered each other real friends. So, too, Lew hammad Ali. Dr. Lapchick was violently attacked for supporting the anti-apartheid cated boycotting South African participa tion in international sports. Dr. Lapchick is a polished speaker with a message that resonates: A mes sage that is quintessentially American, a message that needs to be heard, and one Ive been spouting for years. Everyone, every American, is part of the home team and when the team huddles-up, the color of your skin, your ethnicity, your religion is secondary to working together for the common good. Dr. Lapchick speaks of that inherent American quality (our collective to continually commit to cultural inclu siveness. Dr. Lapchick spoke of gathering a sec ond wind that at this point in his life, as he closes in on 70, he is committing himself to the growing issue of female subjuga tion, violence and slavery the word and particularly in America. He spoke passionately about the power of people to organize for change and to achieve it. He closed with an anonymous quote, I cannot do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good I can do. Get moving, in other words. I cannot recommend enough Dr. Lap a message that will make you, again, feel good that each of us can contribute, can play a role in helping America achieve its loftiest ideals. the proverbial rubber meets the road of societal change. The ideas that make us better human beings are often created, nurtured and applied in the working labo Whether it be the AAUW, the University Club of Winter Park or UCFs DeVos Sport second wind, get involved, and do all the good you can do. Get off the bench 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! Gandhi P.J. ORourke My attitude may be somewhat cynical, but after 93 years on this Earth, I am quite convinced that the majority of human actions are designed to satisfy thoughts of greed in one form or another. Greed is coveting fervently something that we do not yet own. conniving, and often in stealth. It is patent ly illustrated in the outstretched hand of the smallest child who wants something. The industry of advertising is nothing less than a constant whetting of the greed in human beings greed for a new car, a new house or the latest in fashion. Ameri cans probably own more material things per capita than any other people on the face of the earth, and a continuous feeling of need is generated from every angle by tongue and pen in order from the satisfying of greed. Greed is the emotion that causes people to go into outsized debt, which their rationality warns them they cannot repay. Greed makes the guy who can af ford a Chevy buy a Mercedes to make him look more successful to his neighbors. Greed keeps doctors and hospitals busy with those who are sick and are greedy to live a while longer. But the greediest doctor himself has no more nitely than he does the lives of his patients. Time is, of course, the victor over all human greed, and even the doctor does not know whether, when he closes his eyes for the last time, he will awaken in a heaven of sorts as promised by his religion, or the black void from which he sprang. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust may not be inspiring, but isnt it better than never to have had a brief glimpse of lifes sunshine? We want more of everything good, and less of everything less than good. Our last words may be ditto we are greedy from beginning to end. My grandmother declared, The hap piest people are those who have learned to enjoy what they already have. Most Americans probably have everything they need, and almost everything they want. Money is power, and the more money we save, the more power we hold over other peoples goods and services. Figures in a bankbook can bring a smile to the face of one looking for security. Perhaps each of us should take an accurate inventory of the material goods he pos sesses, and assess reasonably the things he needs to acquire before he has acquired his share. At the end of the line, John D. Rock efeller could not take any more of his possessions with him than you and I can. The manner in which we leave our wealth to our descendants gives us the last control we ever have of anything on Earth. Our lawyers can do their part in seeing that our can guarantee that our ends will be met exactly. If money is the source of our power, is money then our only prime impetus? Along the way we may lose our grip on what we have owned, and therefore the power to affect things far in the future. As Shakespeare says in Macbeth, Lifes but a walking shadow, a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Shakespeare had it right, didnt he? Or, is it perhaps the greatest expression of greed to give things away that bring, through giving, the maximum joy of plea sure to ourselves? Is giving then, in reality, the giver? Greed? About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Americas non-profit sector is where the proverbial rubber meets the road of societal change.

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Page 20 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer WPMObserver.com OBSERVER Just Sold Homes Dawn Romance 570 W. Spring tree Way, Lake Mary $202,000. 03/03/2014 Lisa Fleming 8315 Newbury Sound Lane, Orlando $205,000. 03/03/2014 Sunday, March 16th 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: Amanda Geller with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 134 Detmar Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 3,333 SF | $717,700 Fantastic home with incredible enter taining space! 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 with Kelly Price & Company from 2-4 PM 1805 Harland Park Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 3,051 SF | $829,960 Brand new Taylor Morrison home in pres tigious Windsong! Gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, upgraded wood flooring, crown molding and an interactive home package with an inter com system. Additional interior features include a large master bedroom with two walk-in closets, master bath with garden tub and separate shower. Hosted by: Sherri Dyer with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1809 Harland Park Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 3,654 SF | $989,050 Gorgeous new construction in Windsong! Beautiful kitchen with high-end appli ances, wood floors, crown molding and large master suite. Upstairs offers a spa cious game room and den! Open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. Hosted by: Sherri Dyer with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 149 Chelton Circle, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3 BA | 4,511 SF | $1,500,000 Exquisite Mediterranean home on a quiet brick street overlooking Lake Chelton! Formal living and dining areas, updated kitchen, spacious breakfast nook and bright sunroom with panoramic lake views. Master retreat offers a walk-in shower, Jacuzzi tub and walkout balcony. Hosted by: Rhonda Chesmore with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1700 E. Winter Park Road, Winter Park FL 32789 3 BR | 2 BA | 1,606 SF | $325,000 Two story home on a tree-lined street in Winter Park! Corner lot with a driveway on Lake Sue Road. Fantastic option to remodel or build new. Home offers a split floor plan with a downstairs master suite, wood floors, cozy kitchen and updated master bath. Hosted by: Marty Katz with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1555 Palmer Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 2.5 BA | 2,139 SF | $485,000 SUNDAY 1-4 NEW PRICE! END UNIT TOWNHOME WITH GREAT LAYOUT 2201 Hawick Lane, Winter Park. 3BD/2.5BA, 1,814SF. Quality details throughout, starting in the gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances and breakfast bar. Downstairs 10 ceilings, lighted archways and porce lain tile floors. French doors open to brick pavered courtyard. Master suite offers walk-in closet, granite vanity, whirlpool tub and separate shower. Located close to shopping, restaurants and local parks. $307,000 NEW LISTING! LOVELY HOME IN DOMMERICH ESTATES 421 Arapaho Trail, Maitland. 3BD/2BA, 1,813SF. Terrific floor plan with features including floor-to-ceiling built-ins, vented garage/artists studio, and wood-burning fireplace in living/dining room. Family room and den/office overlook spacious backyard. New roof, AC, duct work and plumbing in 2007. Deeded lake access and walking distance to schools. Mature trees, sidewalks and wonderful parks. $310,000 NEW LISTING! TWO MASTER SUITES 472 Macgregor Road, Winter Springs. 3BD/3.5BA, 2,280SF. This one story home offers two master suites with a split plan, large living and dining room. Private backyard with screened lanai. Great com munity with pool and tennis courts. Move right into this home on a quiet, tree-lined street. $239,999 SUNDAY 1-4 NEW PRICE! PRIME CONDO AT WHISPERING WATERS 311 E. Morse Blvd #6-19, Winter Park. 2BD/2BA, 2,140SF. Condo located on fifth floor with wonderful views toward Park Avenue. Screened porches/areas are set off almost every roomliving room, eatin kitchen and both spacious bedrooms! Laundry room, kitchen, deeded parking space in the underground garage with storage. Condo complex located on Lake Osceola. $649,000 SUNDAY 2-5 CINDYS NEW LISTING MODERN MEDITERRANEAN ON BRICK STREET 1330 Hibiscus Avenue, Winter Park. 4BD/2.5BA, 2,286SF. Fabulous light and bright home with private screened 500 Shepherd Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 1020 Albany Avenue, St. Cloud FL 34771 sold by Julie Bombardo with Kelly Price & Company 27 W. Steele Street, Orlando FL 32804 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 607 Lake Catherine Drive, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Jennifer King & Kelly L. Pricewith Kelly Price & Company 1861 Edwin Boulevard, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 1683 Lakehurst Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 1760 Thunderbird Trail, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Pamela Seibert with Kelly Price & Company 4113 Fairview Vista Unit 132, Or lando FL 32804 sold by Jennifer King with Kelly Price & Company 4017 Wardell Place, Orlando FL 32814 sold by Jennifer King with Kelly Price & Company 505 W. Harvard Street, Orlando FL 32804 sold by Jennifer Kingwith Kelly Price & Company 212 Green Lake Circle, Longwood FL 32779 sold by Rhonda Chesmore with Kelly Price & Company OBSERVER Open Houses THE MARKE T PLA C E MindGymMarch 10, 2014 MindGymMarch 10, 2014 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: Lauren Fritch with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 2612 Parkland Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 4.5 BA | 3,282 SF | $819,000 Stunning custom-built pool home with top-of-the-line details and finishes throughout! Formal living room with two-story ceiling, formal dining area with built-ins, open family room with fireplace, and chefs dream kitchen with breakfast bar. Three sets of French doors in the living room open to the covered patio overlooking the sparkling pool. Master suite offers an office area, large walk-in closets, access to a covered bal cony and luxurious master suite. Hosted by: Kelly L. Price with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1550 Chestnut Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 3 BR | 2 BA | 1,555 SF | $289,000 Immaculate home on a brick street in Winter Park! Large living spaces, up dated vanities and lighting in bathrooms, new paint inside and out. Screened out door patio overlooks the well-maintained backyard shaded by beautiful oak trees. Modern detached studio with concrete flooring and large windows. Located near Phelps Park and the YMCA! Hosted by: Jennifer JJ Mackle with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1826 Laurelton Hall Lane, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3 BA | 3,425 SF | $899,000 Marvelous Taylor Morrison home in pres tigious Windsong! Features include a stunning kitchen, office, loft and down stairs master suite with separate shower and relaxing garden tub. Additional fea tures include a beautifully paved, cov ered patio and three car garage. Hosted by: Kelly L. Price with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1655 Barcelona Way, Winter Park FL 32789 5 BR | 4.5 BA | 5,371 SF | $1,295,000 Fully reconstructed traditional brick es tate on Howell Creek in Seville! High-end finishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen offers a breakfast nook, fireplace and top-of-the-line appliances. Master suite offers a Jacuzzi tub and built-in TV. State of the art audio/video system throughout the home! Additional features include a game room, gym, pool, lush landscaping and dock on Howell Creek. Hosted by: Liz Jones with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM courtyard. The eat-in kitchen opens to family room with vaulted ceilings and wood burning fireplace. Screened back porch with built-in grill. Master suite has separate tub and shower and private courtyard. Great location near the Vias, shopping and restaurants. $499,000 NEW PRICE! OLDE WINTER PARK CHARMER 1816 Mizell Avenue, Winter Park. 3BD/2BA, 1,765SF. Youll love the neigh borhood of this charming home with lovely brick paved circular driveway which adds to the nicely landscaped corner lot. Original hardwood floors, upgraded master suite with vaulted ceil ings, California closets, and room for an office. Master bath has double sinks and separate tub and shower. A+ schools. $399,000 2160 Sunderland Road, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Renee Dee Morgan with Kelly Price & Company 1532 Langham Terrace, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 422 Carolina Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Debbie Tassell with Kelly Price & Company 3074 Lindale Avenue, Orlando FL 32814 sold by Padgett McCormick Nancy Bagby/Catherine DAmico 1167 Adair Park Pl, Orlando $520,000. 03/04/2014 Wendy Williams Crumit/Sandra Jones 38814 Corrine Dr, Orlando $390,000. 03/04/2014 Nancy Bagby/Catherine DAmico 2305 Edgewater Dr #1405, Orlando $310,000. 03/05/2014 Jerry Oller/Shirley Jones 302 Salva dor Square, Winter Park $605,000. 03/07/2014 Trish Sanders 2856 Donaldson Dr, Or lando $147,500. 03/07/2014 John McDade 432 Fletcher Pl, Winter Park $491,500. 03/10/2014



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WPMOBSERVER.COM Drivers see them along major roads and residents spot them while strolling through down town Winter Park: rampant signs upon signs a blemish on the citys aesthetic character, City Commissioners say. The Winter Park City Commis sion discussed the issue of sign pollution at their Feb. 24 meeting while considering an update to the citys sign code, hoping to make code enforcement easier. An ordinance drafted by attorney Catherine Reischmann with director of code enforcement James White proposes almost 100 different language changes to Winter Parks sign code. Revisions would include clearly prohibiting electronic signs, clarifying that residents are allowed to hold free expres animated signs the prohibited practice of waving and spinning USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 2. VISIT WPMOBSERVER.COMSUBSCRIBE NOW! A FOUNDATION BUILT ON MEMORYLIFESTYLES, 7Season of near-misses Rollins battles to four-point loss that ends postseason hopes. SPORTS, 9Drop your energy billsTurn kids into power sleuths. HOME MAGNIFIER, 11CALENDAR ................... 3 LIFESTYLES ................... 7 SPORTS ..................... 9 HOME MAGNIFIER ............. 11 CULTURE .................... 16 OPINIONS ................... 19 CLASSIFIEDS ................. 20 A year after she stepped down following a six-year stint on the dais, Bev Reponen will return to City Council after defeating community activist Martha Bryant-Hall with 74.2 percent of the vote to win Seat 2 in the March 11 election. Weeks worth of walking doorto-door during her campaign enough to wear out the soles in her favorite sneakers paid off for the soon-to-be three-term councilwoman. It feels good to be back, Reponen said smiling amongst supporters at her victory party at Sam Sneads in Maitland. Reponen will replace termingout Councilwoman Linda Frosch April 14. Also on its way into the books will be a ban on billboards built into the citys charter. An amendment proposed to prohibit with extra force the potential development of already-banned billboards will be added to the charter after receiving an overwhelming 82.8 percent of the vote. Maitland will not have another billboard for a very long time, if not forever, and not without a voter referendum, city board member Dale McDonald said. McDonald was there to read nen in the restaurant where her supporters gathered to celebrate. Applause from tables across the word that shed captured 1,268 of the 1,751 votes cast in the race for the Council Seat 2. Its a very sunny outlook for Maitland now, she said. to Seat 3 on the Maitland City Council in 2007 after serving for more than a decade on both the citys Lakes Advisory Board and Personnel Board. She served on Council for the maximum of two consecutive three-year terms before taking a year off in 2013 and then deciding to re-run for the only open seat this election season against Bryant-Hall. Councilman John Lowndes had been automatically reelected af ter no opposition came forward to challenge him for Seat 4. I can say now, the residents will be heard, Reponen said. Because honestly, right now, I dont think theyre being heard, and thats why I did this. Reponen said she had no plans to ever run for Council again after her last term ended, but was so angered over lack of plans for lake protection and dents about the goings on during her absence, she didnt have a choice. I just had to get back up there, she said. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERBev Reponen celebrated at Sam Sneads after word of winning a third term in ofce.Landslide for Reponen for third term after winning re-election SARAH WILSON Observer staff Winter Park City Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel success fully defended her commission seat Tuesday as city residents voted in her favor by 61.8 percent. Sprinkels victory over opposing candidate Sandy Womble marks her second three-year term on the City Commission. The vote counts for each precinct slowly crept in by way of text message as a crowd of Sprinkel supporters gathered behind Palmanos Trattoria and Wine Bar in anticipation. Sprinkels son, Clark, kept a watchful eye on the numbers from an Excel spreadsheet mothers victory more than an hour after the polls closed. The newly re-elected Commissioner spoke before the crowded patio of loyal voters. I really struck oil when I had all of you guys come out and help me, Sprinkel said. Thank you guys for coming out and for helping us because you know how much I love this city and how much I love you. I promise Ill do my best and will not disappoint you. Sprinkel walked away with 2,549 votes over Wombles voting precincts. a slightly closer race compared Sprinkel re-elected TIM FREED Observer staff Please see ELECTION on page 2Cracking down on sign overloadCity looks to address increasing sign pollution TIM FREED Observer staff Please see SIGN POLLUTION on page 2 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC Winter Park Recovery CenterExecutive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Protocols Sinclair Method For 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 www.wpmobserver.com/enewsPHOTO BY TIM FREED THE OBSERVERWinter Park may get fewer signs in response to complaints.

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Page 2 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer ELECTION | Sprinkel wins, but by lesser margin than last timeSIGN POLLUTION | Law could let residents throw out signsSprinkel won with 65 percent of the total 5,089 votes. The 4,120 votes on Tuesday went solely toward deciding the new city commissioner, with no charter amendments on the ballot. Womble said she learned a great deal from her candidate experience, but would not be running for a Commission seat again. I have put in 10 years working in politics and helping other people run, Womble said. I would be very interested in helping people throw their hat in the ring for the next race. Im not going to run again not because it was so terribly I just want to do other things in life.advertisements along city roads. Foldable A-frame signs often left along sidewalks by merchants on Park Avenue must be within 2 feet of their respective busi nesses as well. Were interested in seeing it be consistent, White said. We do approach people who are aware of the ordinance and they go, You really cant prohibit us from doing this. Under the current [code] it is a little gray, so were going to make it pretty clear to everybody whats going to be allowed and whats not. The ordinance hopes to add several case law changes to the citys sign code, which hasnt been updated since 1976, Winter Park Planning Director Jeff Briggs said. Updates would include al lowing free expression signs of 4 square feet in all zoning districts and lifting the ban on placing elec tion signs no sooner than 45 days prior to an election. Were trying to capture a lot of different objectives in this ordinance, said Bill Reischmann, a representative of the City At A lot of laws have come out in the federal courts since our current code was constructed regarding signs. But the slew of revisions left Mayor Ken Bradley wondering whether the city was going too far or perhaps not far enough. If I look and take the collective signs we have in Winter Park we have an ordinance, Bradley said. The term mishmosh would come to mind. In my opinion, the city is overrun with signs. Thats why Im arguing for something even stronger than this. Winter Parks code enforcement faces a daily struggle to rid the city of snipe signs small advertisements stuck in the ground with metal prongs. Major thoroughfares like U.S. Highway 17-92 are hotbeds for the signs, which are usually placed in large groups and range from fore closure ads to yard sales notices. One potential revision to the sign code would designate the snipe signs as abandoned property, allowing residents to remove them without any legal repercus sions. I see the snipe signs theyre like mushrooms, Commissioner Tom McMacken said. Theyre there one day and gone the next and theres another batch up and down even the small streets that I drive, not the main thoroughfares. Winter Park should attempt to emulate cities like Boca Raton and Port Orange, who have an appear ance of far less signage, Bradley said. The perceived lack of sign code enforcement comes from the mix of varying temporary signs, particularly along Park Avenue, Briggs said. Its the mishmosh of the A-frame signs some are very professionally done and some of them are crude with letters of all different sizes and colors and all different locations, Briggs said. I think the single most important thing we could do if we wanted to portable signs. Theyre a constant headache for enforcement. Now theres an entitlement to them if youre a business owner, thing away. Commissioner Carolyn Cooper was hesitant with a number of the proposed revisions, which she felt added to the citys issue with sign clutter. One revision would increase the maximum number of election signs allowed in front of homes from two to four. would be allowed to expand from 36 square feet to 50 square feet as well, while church signs would be bumped up from 18 square feet to 24 square feet. In so many places were increasing the size of all the signs that we currently allow, Cooper said. We have sign clutter. We have sign pollution and theres no doubt about it. Hundreds of current busi nesses abiding by the out-of-date code means it could take decades for the city to get signs where they want them to be, Bradley said. Reischmann suggested exempt ing current businesses from the new revisions, but said that signs moving forward could be regulocation. Though the ordinance would have to be content neutral as not to inhibit free speech. If somebody is for or against something, Im very hesitant to attempt to legislate that in any way, shape or form, Bradley said. Thats part of our in my opinion constitutional rights. I dont know that every business and every strip mall has to have a sign though. City Commissioners voted to table the item and discuss it at a future work session. 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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 3 FAMILY CALENDAR Calendar MARCH 14 Good Morning Winter Park, presented by Florida Blue, starts at 7:45 a.m. March 14 and will give you the chance to network over breakfast at the Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave. in Winter Park. For more information, visit winterpark.org An AARP Drivers Safety Program event is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 14 at Goldenrod Civic Club, 4763 Palmento Ave. in Winter Park. Save up to 15 percent on auto insurance. For reservations, call Don Embree at 407-671-2733. MARCH 15The Junior League of Greater Orlando will host its annual Spring Soiree on Satur day, March 15, at 8 p.m. at the Quantum Leap Winery. Proceeds from the event will support the Junior League of Greater Orlandos mission and its community pro grams focused on alleviating childhood hunger and poverty in Central Florida. The venue features a large tasting room, an outdoor terrace and an ambiance of twin kling lights and wine barrels. The night will include silent auction, a rafe, live music, dancing, heavy appetizers and sampling of various wines and beverages. Visit jlgo. org for more information and tickets. A book release party for Train Shots by Central Florida author Vanessa Blakeslee starts at 2 p.m. March 15 at the Enzians Eden Bar. Presented by Burrow Press and the Urban Think Foundation, a brief reading and Q&A with author starts at 2:30 p.m., followed by a book signing. Its free and open to the public. Visit en zian.org for more information. MARCH 18The Rollins College Debate Team will host Cambridge Union Debating Society at 7 p.m. March 18 to debate the use of predator drone strikes. Both teams are internationally renowned and will be com peting for the Rollins Cup. Become more enlightened on world events at this event thats free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Bush Auditorium, 1000 Holt Ave. in Winter Park. Food and refreshments will be served. MARCH 19 Congressman John Mica will speak at the Maitland Chamber of Commerces Washington Update event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 at the Sheraton Orlan do North, 600 N. Lake Destiny Dr. in Mai tland. Reservations are required, so RSVP to 407-644-0741, visit maitlandchamber. com or email jeff@maitlandchamber.com for more information. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. March 17. MARCH 20The Hannibal Square Wine Tasting returns to W. New England Avenue from 5-7:30 p.m. March 20. Try dozens of wines, listen to live music and mingle. Visit winterpark.org for more information. MARCH 21-23 The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is March 21-23 along Park Avenue and Central Park. Thousands of pieces will be available at this world-class event. Live entertainment and food will be available throughout the event. Visit wpsaf.org for more information. MARCH 14The Winter Park Public Library will pres ent Top Ten Things you Dont Know About Your Library at 7:45 a.m. March 14 at the Winter Park Welcome Center as part of the Good Morning Winter Park series. Its at 151 W. Lyman Ave. Free conti nental breakfast will be served. Friday night at the Morse Museum continues with free admission to the gal leries from 4 to 8 p.m. March 14. Visit morsemuseum.org for more information and plan your night! In celebration of St. Patricks Day, this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be live Celtic music from Celtic Crossings. Its free! MARCH 15Theres something for everyone at the Winter Park Road Race presented by Florida Hospital on Saturday, March 15, on Park Avenue, with a 10K road race, 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk and Free Kids Run! Winter Park/Maitland Observer readers receive a $2 discount on online race registration by registering at TrackShack.com and using the code WPO2014. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 13. Family members of all ages will get the chance to celebrate the brain and all of its wonders at a free, day-long BrainFest event set to begin at 10 a.m. on March 15 at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park. BrainFest is a project of Brain Up! a local initiative of the Alzheimers Associa tion, Central & North Florida Chapter and made possible by a grant from the Win ter Park Health Foundation. This program was designed to teach how brain health can be incorporated into everyday life. For more information and to register for this free event, go to act.alz.org/brainfest or call 1-800-272-3900. Call 407.641.3687 or visit www.GetScreenedToday.comTell your #1 to get screened for#2 FHMG-14-17238 Colon cancer is the #2 leading cause of cancer-related deaths. And your #1 go-to person could be at risk, yet symptomless.Its no caper; every day the superhero in your life performs monumental feats to ensure youre healthy, happy and well-prepared to navigate all lifes obstacles. If your #1 is 50 or older, guide them toward getting a routine colon cancer screening*, which leads to early detection, prevention and cures! Screenings help make this cancer up to 90% preventable!March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.The #1 thing to do is y in for a screening. Depending on your ethnicity, family and personal health history, your doctor may recommend earlier screenings KEEP UP WITH MAITLAND NEWS AND EVENTS!www.IndependenceLane.com Facebook.com/ItsMyMaitland Community Bulletin Triking for kids The Rollins College Child Development & Student Research Center recently hosted its annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser. The CDC is a laboratory preschool (children ages 2 to 5 years old) for the undergradu ates in the Psychology department at Rollins College. The annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser benets the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. The fundraising goal was $500, but more than $2,000 was raised from the event. In addition to sup port from local families, the CDC received help from the Rollins College womens lacrosse team, who helped guide the chil dren.

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Page 4 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer March 10 City Commission meeting If you were unable to watch or attend the City Commission meeting held March 10 in City Hall Commission Chambers, below are a few highlights of decisions made at the meeting:Mayors Report sented declaring March as Pur chasing Month in Winter Park.Consent Agenda were approved. purchases were approved (for a complete listing, please visit fees associated with connecting utility services to the Grant Cha pel was waived.Public Hearings ordinance authorizing the issu ance of Electric Revenue Bonds was approved. nance vacating and abandoning the easement located at 2020 W. Fawsett Road was approved. dinance authorizing the convey ance of the city-owned property at 321 Hannibal Square West, in exchange for the property located at 325 S. Pennsylvania Ave. was approved. the city manager to enter into an Urban and Community Forestry Grant Memorandum of Agreement with the Florida Depart ment of Agriculture and Consumer Services was approved. A full copy of the March 10 City Commission minutes will be available at cityofwinterpark. org the week of March 24, pend ing approval by the City Commission. Remember, if you are unable to attend the City Com mission meetings, you can watch them live, gavel-to-gavel, as they happen. During the meet ing, simply log on to cityofwin Enter to win Enter to win a VIP Prize Pack age for The 55th Annual Win ter Park Sidewalk Art Festival! Simply send an email to social media@cityofwinterpark.org with The 55th Annual WPSAF Prize in the subject line. we have received your entry. Tuesday, March 18, at 5 p.m. March 19. VIP Prize Package will in clude: walk Art Festival poster signed by artist Bill Farnsworth the patron tent (Friday, March 21, featuring Buzzcatz, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., and Kim Waters, from ous Art Festivals vious Art Festivals cap and visor The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nations oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. The 2014 festival will be held Fri day, March 21, through Sunday, March 23, in Central Park and along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. Dont forget to: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Sign up for citEnews Watch us on Vimeo Tell your friends and family, too!Increased police presence on St. Patricks Day As St. Patricks Day approach es, the Winter Park Police Depart ment is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs. During this holiday WPPD along with other be on high alert, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign. The National Highway Trafthat more than 700 people were killed in crashes involving im paired drivers during St. Pat ricks Day holidays from 2006 to 2010 nationwide. WPPD will stop and arrest anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Please be responsible, and have a safe and happy St. Patricks Day.Get involved by volunteering on a city boardIf you are interested in learn ing more about city government, one of the best opportunities to do this is by becoming a city board member. Depending on your area of interest, background and experience, Winter Park may have the perfect board for you. The city relies on the recommendations of its boards as it makes major decisions that impact the quality of life for its residents. Each year the mayor reviews City Commission meeting in May, then presents his slate of board appointments for the City Commissions consideration and are positions open for the following boards: ment Advisory Board & Sustainable Advisory Board sory Board sory Board sory Board Pension Board If you are interested in volun teering to serve on a city board, tion Form found online at cityof winterpark.org and click on Gov ernment > Boards. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 18. at cityofwinterpark.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twit ter, and watch us on Vimeo. Winter Park City TalkBY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER St. Patricks safety Thursday, April 10th from 5pm 7pm Thursday, April 10th 5pm to 7pm Thursday, April 10th 5pm to 7pm Thursday, April 10th 5pm to 7pm Revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services. 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Page 6 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Last week, the Maitland Fire Rescue hydrant testing, with work expected to be completed within two months. A coordi nated effort between the citys water and ensures that hydrants are in full, working department crews evaluate hydrants annually. Signage will be placed in neighbor hoods prior to testing and the day of testing. In order to comply with Florida state required test ing and to determine whether the city water syscrews must open the hy drants and discharge water volume. The testing process determines three pressures produced by each hydrant. Crews measure static pressure, the water pressure in the mains when wa the water pressure that remains in a hy From these pressure readings the amount of water in an area is determined using mathematical formulas and tables in the testing and marking of hydrants. This process crews to test approximately 15 hydrants each day. testing is a routine main tenance procedure, it may result in temporary inconveniences. High ing testing disturbs sediments in the water distribution system. This often results in brown or rustcolored water. If you ex perience discolored wa ter during this time, run until the water runs clear. Hydrant testing also may reduce regular water pressure. Reduced water pressure should only be in termittent as the hydrants are being tested. Your regular water pressure will return to For additional information or questions, log on to itsmymaitland.com or call Fire Administration at 407-539-6226. Dennis Marshall, Fire Marshall, and Will Watts, Deputy Fire Chief. Maitland City TalkBY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR This is only a (very wet) test PHOTO COURTESY OF MAITLAND FIRE RESCUEFireghter/Paramedic Greg Sandler uses a hydrant wrench to open a re hydrant for a static pressure reading to begin the testing process. www.maitlandchamber.com MONTHLY CHAMBER LUNCHEON 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 To RSVP Call 407-644-0741 or Email to: Jeff@MaitlandChamber.com Register Online: www.MaitlandChamber.com click on Calendar RSVP DEADLINE 5:00 PM Monday, March 17 Luncheon Sponsored By Flo Hurley

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 7Lifestyles Children dressed in bright or ing behind them pranced down the runway with pride. Best friends followed while sporting shirts decked in rhinestones spelling out Chanell Wright Save a Child Foundation. They were excited to share the memory of their friend Chanell knowing the fashion show would have put a smile on her face. She was my little shopaholic, her mom Chiquita Wright said. Chanell modeled as an Amer Beating Cancer, her Make-a-Wish was a shopping spree at Gymboree and Justice, and she always made sure she was totally dressed to the nines for Halloween. Having her own fashion show wouldve been a dream-cometrue for Chanell, but she wasnt there to experience it. Chanell was just 7 years old when she died from complications from sickle cell anemia in 2011. Sickle cell anemia is an inher ited disease that turns normal, round blood cells to a more cres cent shape. Those blood cells are limbs and organs, causing pain and organ damage. You couldnt tell Chanell was sick just by looking at her, and she did her best to never let on that she was. Her bravery in spired her parents to start the Chanell Wright Foundation out of their Apopka home, aiming to cial and emotional obstacles that come with having a child with a life-threatening illness. Some days its hard, but just to know we can help another child, and just knowing the experience that parents can go through with having a sick child, if we can being able to support the families, it helps me get through the day, get through the months, Chiquita said. Since the foundations start in 2012 less than a year after Tony and Chiquita Wright lost their daughter theyve raised more than $60,000 in Chanells memory. Theyve donated money to Kids Beating Cancer, the Make-a-Wish Founda tion and other groups focused on children with illnesses. That they didnt let that crush them, and they were still able to move forward and to propel through this and to really be able to help other people really shows their true hearts, said Phil Bur ton, a friend and the designated emcee at all the organizations charity events. At a time when many families might fall apart, the Wright family got stronger. And theyve done it for their daughter. Chanell loved helping others and wanted to be a pediatrician when she grew up. Chiquita said shes not sure if Chanells disease was the reason she wanted to be a doctor she really just loved babies, Chiquita remembered with a smile. Its something Chanell PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERChiquita Wright launched a charity to ght the disease that took daughter Chanell. Charity inspired by a lost childAfter Rollins student Chiquita Wright lost her daughter, she BRITTNI LARSON Observer staff Please see CHARITY on page 8 City National Bank is a full service commercial bank. We lent more than $2 billion during the last two years.Please visit any of our banking centers from Orlando to Miami or contact us at 1-800-435-8839. Business Term Loans Equipment/Inventory Financing Accounts Receivable Lending Capital Improvement Loans Professional Lines of Credit Small Business Lending Owner-Occupied Commercial Mortgages SBA Loans Residential Mortgages* Home Equity Lines of Credit* citynational.com Member FDIC* Loans are subject to credit and collateral approval. We are really lending We make business happen. 0226-3 CNwinterParkAd.indd 1 2/26/14 11:33 PM

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Page 8 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer wouldve been proud of, to help other kids that may be going through a similar situation she went through, Tony said. Chanell loved school as well. She was passionate about learning and reading and always wanted her mom to go to college. The same week Chanell died she asked her mom again if shed head back to school. Chiquita agreed, and now shes using her daughters wish to make the foundation better by attending Rollins College. educating her on the business as pect of running a charity, and is now seeking her bachelors degree in business and communications. Chiquita has some big goals for the charity. Theyd like to eventu ally build a home similar to the Ronald McDonald House, one that offers a free place to stay for families whose children are in the hospital and cant afford a hotel. Right now theyre working on cre ating a program to directly help families, not just donate money to other charities. They hope to raise money for families who need hefty medical bills. Chiquita said they know what its like to run out of sick time and vacation time. They were lucky enough that Tony had a job that could support them when Chiq uita went weeks without pay be cause she spent days and nights next to Chanell in a hospital bed. Were looking not just to have an event for the kids, but if their families are struggling a medi cal bill, a prescription or something like that we want to be that source to help them out if we could, Tony said. Theyre also working on a part nership with Nemours Childrens Hospital in Orlando to be a part of the support groups for par ents with sick kids. The Wrights would be there to give an insight into what parents can expect from a child with sickle cell anemia, medical lingo, or just be there to listen. They understand what the parents are going through. And they want to use the foun dation as a way to never let them, or the world, forget their daugh ter. The little girl who shopped with her mom every Saturday, who loved to take car rides with her dad, and practiced choreo graphed dance moves with her sister Cherrish so they could put on a show for their family to her favorite Katy Perry song. Their work keeps Chanell in their lives every day. You dont forget her, but just being able to work on the foun dation and to have that name, Chanell Wright, I can say her name every day, its like shes right here with me, Chiquita said. 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: CFS14 Ha n n i b a lSquareHistoric Neighborhood $25 IN ADVANCE $30 AT THE DOOR WWW.WINTERPARK.ORG407.644.8281WEST NEW ENGLAND AVE.Featuring Beer, Wine Samples and Appetizers from Local Eateries, and Live Entertainment.20th 5to730 pm PRESENTED BY Art of Wine_Observer_5x8_Quart Pg.indd 1 2/7/14 3:57 PM CHARITY | Mom working on partnership with Nemours to help parents of sick children cope with stress CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 rf rntbtnrfntbn r rfrntbbbrbbbbbb For more information about the Chanell Wright Foundation, visit chanellwrightfoundation.org

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 9 court in Kissimmee. The Rollins Tars had battled Nova Southeastern into overtime, with a scoring gap that hadnt been sepa 140 seconds. Down by two, with six sec onds left, they watched Novas Chris Page step to the free throw line. He hit both. When a three-pointer by Rollins James Tars did, 75-71. Season over. In a game that the Tars were within two shots of the lead nal shots would be the story of a season. Adam Allen, Chris Uhle, Alex Blessig and Mitch Woods would bury double-digit scores. Dirkin and Uhle would snag eight rebounds and two steals each. And just like in so many of the Tars record, the difference separating them from a win was achingly slim. The four-point gap was the sixth time this season that they lost by that margin or less. A cumulative 24 more points in those games would have season. The kids played just like they did all year, Head Coach Tom Klusman told Rol lins Sports after the game. They didnt quit.UCF basketballJust about when the American Athletic Conference had left the Knights for dead on the court, they set a season scoring high and shocked fans into believing again. The UCF mens basketball team (12-17, on March 7 in a 104-83 blowout that tied a record for the most points in a game this season by the Knights, and also the most points theyve allowed while holding on to win. Both couldnt have come later in the regular season, as the Knights closed out opening the game with a Staphon Blair la yup and then never relinquishing the lead again. The Knights would dominate the Cougars with a scoring gap that was more than double-digit-wide for 36 of the 40 min utes of the game. They outshot the Cou gars, who had beaten the Knights 88-84 just two weeks prior. They out-rebounded them 40-33. They out-blocked them 9-1. The only mark on the stat line that didnt go the Knights way was steals, which they Knights ceded to the Cougars by two. Four Knights would end the night with double-digit points, with Isaiah Sykes lead ing with 24, nearing triple-double territory with eight rebounds and six assists. Im happy for the seniors, Coach Don nie Jones told UCFKnights.com. Those four guys got to go out the right way. The Knights four seniors Isaac Lang, Calvin Newell, Tristan Spurlock and Isa iah Sykes would combine for 43 of the Knights points. The Knights headed to the AACs cham pionship tournament in Memphis at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at press time with hopes of going up one in their series with Temple on Jan. 4 but were defeated by in an 86-78 overtime upset March 4. The winner of that game will play No. 13 Cincinnati at 7 p.m. March 13 on ESPNU. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERIsaiah Sykes is leading the Knights into the playoffs. Tars meet early end to postseasonISAAC BABCOCK Observer staff r fntb ttr rrf nt b tf r r r tr trfnftbnf fttf nt fnfff fft tbfnn fffntbnt rrff trnn tbnr nf rf fnnfff tbntn nfntf nrf nf ftrft bnf tfr tbn ffffrt nrffrt ftrtnf t t tttr nfnf fnf tt fn

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 11When was the last time you cleaned out the lint from your dryer ducts? Do you vacuum the refrigeration coils of your refrigerator regularly? These were a munity energy services represen tative ticked off on her clipboard when she came by to evaluate the Her visit was part of the proto col for receiving a grant to cover part of the cost of installing solar panels on our roof. We did well. She suggested that we consider a modest amount of additional attic insulation, and update the weather-stripping on our doors. We took the advice seriously, the solar panels were installed, and were moving toward greater en Now we proudly wear I live in a power plant T-shirts to stir up conversation with our friends. Get your school-age kids on board and become energy police as you start new habits to save energy every day where you live. Grab a clipboard, paper and pen cil, and start tracking your lifestyle changes this week. Remem ber, the cleanest kilowatt is the one you never use! Here are some everyday areas your family can focus your energy on to make a difference. When you work together, you could be well on your way to saving money, and lessening your impact on the environment. in the shower, keep it to one verse! Your house shouldnt be lit up like a photo shoot is taking place. clothes in cool water. Todays de tergents do a lot of the work. bulbs. They use about 75 percent less energy and last at least six times longer, according to the En ergy Star program. home. Kids can be detectives and turn off or unplug unnecessary connections, especially when going on vacation. TVs and comput ers are big phantom users. handheld kilowatt or power-check meters, check one out and let your school-age kids chart the wattage used by your appliances and elec tronics. The device determines the wattage used per appliance, and kilowatt-hours and daily cost of operation. Wow, check out how many watts it takes to toast my morning bagel! might be one of the comments you hear. Donna Ericksons award-winning series Donnas Day is airing on public television nationwide. To nd more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit donnasday.com and link to the new Donnas Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is Donna Ericksons Fabulous Funstuff for Families. 2014 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd. Harness kids energy to lower power bills Serving Central Florida Over 33 Yearswww.fanniehillman.com 407.644.1234 Homes brought to you by: WONDERFUL FAMILY POOL HOME ON WP CHAIN OF LAKES Serving Central Florida Over 33 Years SPACIOUS HOME ON QUIET STREET IN PRIME VIA LOCATION WINDSONG ESTATE W/BEAUTIFUL POOL & SUMMER KITCHEN FURNISHED DOWNTOWN WP CONDO W/VIEWS OF PARK AVE We improve the lives of the people we serve. WONDERFUL FAMILY POOL HOME SPACIOUS HOME ON QUIET STREET WINDSONG ESTATE W/BEAUTIFUL FURNISHED DOWNTOWN

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Page 12 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer 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! of the country, that means the start of a cult winter. As the snow melts and the temperature warms, its time to start get ting ready for the growing season thats about to begin. In the northern part of the country, its unlikely that the lawn is ready for mowing. But homeowners here need to start unpacking and preparing lawncare equipment for use. This is a good time to bring the hedge trimmers, saws, rakes and other tools down from their pegs. Wipe off excess oil and dust from the handles and clean dirt or rust spots from the metal blades or tines. Sharpen trimmer and lawnmower blades using a metal rasp, or take them to a hardware store or service that will sharpen them for you. Bring out the lawnmower and prepare have removed or emptied the gas tank, removed the spark plug, and removed the mower blades for cleaning and stor Start by installing the blades and brushing away old grass cuttings and dirt from the underside of the mower, tank with fresh gasoline or the correct gas-oil mixture. Install the spark plug. Roll the mower outside, prime the mo tor (either using a priming button if it has one, or by tugging the starter cord it for a few minutes, testing the throttle and other settings, then shut it down and store it in an accessible place, ready to mow the lawn. In more southerly states, new grass should already be visible, if not yet ready to mow. Now is the time to de thatch the lawn, if needed, to allow that new growth more air and light. Any bare spots should be re-sodded, sprigged or de-thatched and re-seeded. Protect new ly seeded areas from birds by setting low stakes around the spot and crisscrossing the area with string, or tying strips of cloth to the stakes to keep them away. Once the danger of hard frost has passed, shrubs and small trees that were wrapped in burlap over the winter can be unwrapped. Any bulbs that were planted or went dormant in the fall, such as tulips, will begin showing green shoots soon. Trees are beginning to bud and bloom, so avoid pruning them until the leaves are fully open. Spring can be an incredibly busy time for homeowners, so prepare your lawn-care tools now in order to hit the ground running. Send your questions or home tips to ask@ thisisahammer.com. My new e-book, Best Home Tips, is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. By Samantha Mazzotta Dodging the DraftQ: The apartment Im living in has older windows, and now that winter is almost here, the cold air is seeping in easily. My landlord said he winterized the windows by painting them shut. I dont think thats a solution. Any tips for me to quickly shut out the draft and get those windows open? Chilly Nose in Brattleboro, Vt.A: There are better solutions out there, for sure, than painting over drafty spots in the windows. And having windows that are stuck shut is a clear safety issue. Since your land lord isnt in a hurry to fix or replace those leaky windows, you have some options to get through this winter comfortably and without having to spend too much money on heating. First, unstick those windows. Use a box cutter to slice through the new paint down to the corners where the window sash meets the frame. Then gently wiggle the window open so the new paint isnt damaged or torn away. Once the window is open, make sure it slides open and shut smoothly. If not, look for paint or other gunk on the slide tracks in which the sash is set. Sand this stuff away and then smooth the tracks by running a bar of soap along them a few times. Next, see if the screen outside the window (if there is one) is part of a storm window-screen combination. If so, you can slide the screen up to sit behind the top pane of the storm window, and slide the bottom storm window down. This provides added protection against wind and weather. Now, youll need to weather-strip the window. Measure the width and height of each window to figure out how much weather stripping youll need. For a rental unit, you shouldnt invest in the most expensive weather stripping, either. Compressible strips, usually made of foam or another flexible material, with adhesive backing usually work well and are easy to install. Measure and cut the stripping to fit along the bottom of the window sash. Make sure it fits and that the window closes completely and can be locked before attaching it by its adhesive backing. You may need to weather-strip other parts of the window, depending on their type, age and the condition theyre in. Make sure the strips dont interfere with easy operation of the window. If you have a door that leads outside, try adding a piece of weather stripping along the base of the door to keep out drafts. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer.com. My new ebook, Best Home Tips, is avail able to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.To find drafty spots in a window, run a hair dryer along the sash and frame while a helper stands on the other side, feeling for warm air coming through.Backlogged Claims Actually Go DownDespite the projections that the number of backlogged claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs would climb during the recent government shutdown (so said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki), it wasnt as bad as expected. In a pre-shutdown reprieve, the VA was granted an exemption, and claims processing stayed up and running. However, during the shutdown, processors werent able to continue working their 20 hours per month mandatory overtime to whittle away at the backlog (claims that have been sitting for more than 125 days). That mandatory overtime has been a key component to getting the backlog reduced, and will stop completely in November. One would think that a lot of claims work was left undone. But the Monday Workload Report shows that despite the shutdown, the canceled overtime and all the doomand-gloom projections, the number of claims actually went down. Grant ed, they didnt go down by much, but they did go down. (If you want to view the archived file of Monday Morning Reports, go online to www. vba.va.gov/reports/mmwr/) Remember that before the shut down, the VA hadnt met its own projections of how fast the number of claims would fall on their way to eliminating the backlog. It didnt meet its own goal to the tune of approximately 100,000 claims for fiscal year 2013. (Some in Congress were a bit annoyed about that, since the VA had been granted $1.59 billion specifically to bring down the backlog.) Bottom line: If the mandatory over time is canceled permanently, then yes, the number of delayed claims can continue to go down, but it will be at a very slow rate. While the VA is still aiming for 2015 to clean up that backlog, its looking increasingly unlikely for that to happen. Freddy Groves regrets that he can not personally answer reader ques tions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.King Features Weekly ServiceNovember 4, 2013 Get ready for spring rfntbn rbfbfb brb b t bf bfrffb bbbf Closed $10.6 Million in 2013 rffntfbr br ffbfbffrftfrbff ftfrbffbbb fbn

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 13With the rst day of Spring less than two weeks away, there is no better time to spruce up your home, especially if you intend on putting it on the market. And for those of you that have decided to sell your home, the most important thing you can do is make your home look welcoming by creat ing a series of impressions that not only set your home apart from other homes on the market, but will build an emotional connection that appeals to the psychological needs of the buyers. According to research done by Proc tor & Gamble, 69% of buyers surveyed listed location as the most important characteristic they are looking for. No surprise there. Curb appeal (12%), a homey interior (10%) and size (9%) ranked two through four in buyer pref erence. In other words, 78% of what buyers are looking for (location and home size) are predetermined and pret ty much out of your control. That leaves a very important 22 percent of things buyers are looking forexterior and interior appearance and livabilitysolely in your hands. Both can be accomplished at minimal cost and more often than not will be the key to taking your home from for sale to sold. Since you dont get a second chance to make a good rst impression, curb appeal is key to getting buyers out of their cars and inviting them inside. A fresh coat of paint, a well-manicured lawn and vibrant garden, a well-lit en try, and an uncluttered yard will cre ate a very positive visual appeal. Also, take care of any needed repairs so your home looks ready to move into. Buyers will often shy away from a home that needs work. To create an appealing, homey in terior and make your home look well cared for, do a thorough cleanup, re move clutter and eliminate any odors. 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Page 14 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer In a sellers market some homeowners are bound to look around at how fast homes in their neighborhood are selling and wonder, why list my home with an agent? After all, at the end of the day the goal for any seller is clear: sell their home for the most money. Being a real estate agent myself Im clearly biased, but not for the reasons that sellers market here in Orlando and the greater Central Florida area. If you can place a sign in your yard or put an ad on craigslist, people will inquire about your home. But how many, and will they be real buyers? More importantly, will their offers be worth your consideration? Lets take a look at for-saleby-owner versus agent-managed home sales. Its estimated that as many as 80 percent of for-sale-by-owner properties are eventually listed by a real estate agent. Also nota ble and slightly hilarious to me, the founder of arguably one of the largest and most well-known websites promoting for-sale-byowner properties sold his home with an agent. Lets look at why.NumbersAs mentioned above, an overwhelming majority of forsale-by-owners sell their homes with an agent. According to the National Association of Realtors Sellers, 88 percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when they sold their home. The same percentage of buyers hired a real estate pro to help them only 9 percent of home sellers did it without an agent. PeopleI grew up in a family where both my parents were Real tors and real estate investors. So for many years I have seen the difference the right agent makes in the sale of a home. The real estate business at its core is about relationships and people. of building relationships with my customers and with fellow agents. This has created for me, and likewise other Orlando real estate agents, a broad network of people who see me or their own agent as a resource for buying and selling property in Central Florida. Realtors are constantly striving to expand ence. Why? Year after year more homes are sold this way. Realtors are a resource worth utilizing for sellers because of their nonstop personal branding and networking efforts.FlexibilitySelling your home yourself most likely means you need to be there to show it. If you to mention the buyer calling on your sign or ad may or may not pre-qualify their buyers prior to showing them any homes, and buyers understand this protocol. Buyers feel safe providing this type of personal information to their agents knowing they are licensed and regulated professionals. In terms of when your home can be shown, most agents work full-time as Realtors and are free to show your home whether you are there or not. In fact, its best that you arent there. Homebuy ers need to be able to visualize themselves and their families in the home they are purchasing. It can be harder to do that if the owner is there or worse, telling them everything they love about the home instead of letting the buyer explore. Every buyer has a different wish list for their home, and their priorities may not match the sellers. Best case scenario is for the owner to be absent during the showing and have a trained sales professional accompany them.Marketing and negotiatingWith the advent of the Internet, its much easier to get information regarding your home out there. But you never get a second chance to make a sure your home is seen in the around. We place your home on hundreds of sites and pay for upgraded and premium placement on the most well known real estate websites. We blog and create websites exclusively for your home in addition to hiring professional photographers and, most recently, using social media to gain exposure for your home. Then we bring you offers from your home. Thats when our job really starts. Realtors negotiate on your behalf to get you the best price for your home. Buyers typically factor in that a seller is not paying a real estate commission into their offer price when considering for sale by owner homes. In another recent NAR sur vey, it was documented that the average sales price of a for-saleby-owner was $174,900 versus $215,000 when the seller hired an agent. If a seller is able to sell their home for $40,100 more, even after paying a commission, a contract in a hot market may do. Getting a contract for more than what your neighbor sold his home for and getting the matter. Spring selling season is in full bloom so choose wisely when listing your home to take full advantage of the housing recovery. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Contact her at 407-928-8294 or ChristinaS ellsOrlando.comGo it alone or just list your home? Why hire a Realtor? Christina Rordam Keepin it Real Estate

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 15 Six military veterans will soon have their dreams of homeownership ful lled thanks to the eorts of Orlando Realtors. Behind-the-scenes work has been going on for more than a year, but an aordable housing initiative spear headed by local Realtors ocially launched on Feb. 24 when the city of Orlando approved the donation of six lots in downtown Orlando to the Florida Real Estate Foundation, the charitable arm of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. The lots are located in the Par ramore neighborhood o Benson Avenue, on Polk Street and Jeerson Street. The foundation and its project partners are grateful to the Orlando City Council for their donation of the six lots, said Realtor Beverly Evans of Axel Real Estate, Inc., chair of the Florida Real Estate Foundation. By re moving the cost of the land, the citys donation will contribute to the homes aordability and will help enormously in getting the project o the ground. The city of Orlando is pleased to support the Florida Real Estate Foun dation initiative, added Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Through the Pathways for Parramore initiative, the city of Orlando has made signicant strides in revitalizing the Parramore neighborhood, including a focus on providing more op portunities for homeownership in the community. This partnership with the foundation will further support these eorts. The six contiguous lots donated to the foundation will be transformed into Heroes Commons at Jeerson Park, a village which centers around six detached single-family homes. The village will include shared garage ac cess, green space, and connectivity be tween the homes to create a commons area. Future Homeowners The primary goal of Heroes Com mons at Jeerson Park is to provide mortgage-free homes to (in order of priority): veterans from any branch of the United States Armed Forces; or lando and Orange County public safety employees*. The Orlando Regional Realtor As sociation is honored to oer home ownership to those who have served, said ORRA Chairman Zola Szerencses of RE/MAX 200 Realty. The servicemen and women who defend our country and our way of life are also defending the American dream of homeowner ship, which of course is the corner stone of all Realtors. Future homeowners will have ac cess to supportive social services that ease the transition to civilian life and family life. Customized services related to mental health, physical health and education will be available for as long as they are needed. Housing and Neighborhood Devel opment Services of Central Florida has once again partnered with the foun homeowners and ensuring that they fulll the projects income and educa A military veteran or city of Or lando/Orange County public safety employee who is inter ested in becoming a Heroes Commons at Jefferson Park homeowner can contact HANDS by visiting http://www.chands.org/index.php or calling 407-447-5686. ORRAOrlando Realtors launch project to build homes for vets INTEGRITY LOYALTY UNWAVERING ENTHUSIASM Kelly L. PriceBrokerPadgett McCormickRealtor Broker Assoc.407.645.4321 Baldwin Park $385,000 3 BR | 3.5 BA | 2,062 SF College Park Lakefront $1,190,000 4 BR | 4 BA | 3,877 SF Winter Park Estate $2,199,000 5 BR | 5 BA | 5,706 SF ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERSix veterans and their families are expected to get homes courtesy of Orlando Realtors who banded together on the project.

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Page 16 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer March 14 One night two openings at Art & History Museums Maitland As part of Art 31, a monthlong series of events celebrating artistic creativity, the Art & History Museums Maitland will present two openings on March 14. They include Opening Receptions for Film Stories: Nancy Cervenka and Moving Pictures by Joyce Ely Walker beginning at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by a Culture Pop! Event called Roll, Repeat in partnership with Enzian Theater and the Florida Film Festival beginning at 7 p.m. The Maitland Art Center is at 231 W. Packwood Ave. Visit art31.org for a complete listing of events. March 14 to 16 CFCArts helps us Believe in SpringAfter this colder-than-normal winter, CFCArts invites us to You Must Believe In Spring, a cabaret musical about youth, love and warmer weather! Bringing together six singers and a jazz quartet, this sophisticated revue includes classics such as Blue Skies, Singin In The Rain and It Might As Well be Spring. Performances will be March 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 3 p.m. at Central Christian Church at 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd. in Orlando. Visit cfcarts.com or contact Sarah.Mattingly@cfcommunityarts.comMarch 14 to 16 The Orlando Ballet Some Assembly RequiredSome Assembly Required is the name given to the World Premiere performances being of fered by the Orlando Ballet on the weekend of March 14 to 16 at the Bob Carr PAC. The ballet is the newest cre ation by Artistic Director Robert Hill, promising to showcase the dancers physicality in movement as an evolving process. Additional works will be presented by guest choreographers Abdur-Ra him Jackson and Arcadian Broad and Telmo Moreira. Visit orlandoballet.org or ticketmaster.comMarch 14 to 16 Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the VenueIn the unauthorized parody Dog Sees God, the popular 88141 PR AD WPO 3/2014We couldnt ask for anything more.When Ruth McDaniel and her son David agreed she needed a lifestyle with more security, she visited The May ower on the recommendation of friends. Everyone there was so friendly and interesting, and the amenities were so far beyond what I saw at other communities. In the end, the choice was clear. Now living only a mile apart, Ruth and her three granddaughters enjoy cultural outings and Sunday brunches in The May owers dining room. The memories weve made here are priceless, she says. Mom is just as independent as always, adds David. At the same time, its reassuring to know shell always be well cared for. As a family, we couldnt ask for anything more.If your loved one needed long-term care, what would you do? Call today, and lets talk about it: 407.672.1620.www.themayflower.com 1620 Mayflower Court | Winter Park, FL 32792 Winter Pa rk's Distinctive Retirement Community P EACE OF MIND... [ and priceless memories ] Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar Please see CULTURE on next page ART BY CERVENKA ORLANDO BALLET

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 17 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 CULTURE | Two classics take the stage with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Shakespeares Julius CaesarPeanuts characters are teenagers battling real-life issues. When CBs dog dies, CB questions the existence of an afterlife, but his best friend is burnt out, his sister has gone Goth and his girlfriend is in rehab. A chance meeting with an artistic kid (the target of the groups bully pushes teen angst to the limits. Performed from March 14 to 16 at the The Venue in Orlando, tickets are available at DogSeesGodOr lando.comMarch 18 at 8 p.m. The art of Rik Hayes at the Peacock Room The somewhat foreboding title The Inmates Are Running the Asylum should be enough to pique the interest of adventurous art-lovers, especially when the artwork comes from the inventive mind of Rik Hayes. On May 18, beginning at 8 p.m., were invited to see the inmates who have escaped onto his canvases and mixed media art. Personally I never leave home without Riks art. You see, Rik is also a professional tattoo artist, and hes done three of my tattoos. The exhibit is at the Peacock Room at 1321 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando. Call 407228-0048 or 407-484-3196 or visit inkinktattoos.comMarch 19 to April 20 Shakespeare takes on Julius Caesar Shakespeares version of the death of Julius Caesar explores the line between patriotism and personal ambition. After Caesars assassination, Brutus and Cassius are left to divide the empire, but they underestimate Caesars devoted follower Mark Antony of anarchy. In an already brilliant season for the Shakespeare Center, Julius Caesar is yet another timeless classic. Adding to the ex perience (30 minutes before each actor shares insights about the production with the audience. Visit OrlandoShakes.org or call 407-447-1700.March 19 to April 20 The Mad Cow has a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Legend says that Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was Tennessee Williams favorite play perhaps because it won him the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1955. Set in the plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, the play examines relationships among Big Daddys family, focusing on his son Brick and Bricks wife Maggie the Cat. Will CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Please see CULTURE on page 18 THE ART OF RIK HAYES JULIUS CAESAR 2826 Shader Rd. Orlando, FL 32808 Have a dog with lots of energy? We can help! 407-295-3888 BarkingDogFitness.com A tired dog is a happy dog! And a happy YOU! Conveniently located at... Ask About our FREE Trial! Customized workouts Training Fun play time with other dogs 1 on 1 attention ORLANDOS ONLY DOGGIE DAYCARE WITH A GYM! rfntbtnnn bbnfntnt bbbrbnnntfn rnr rf REALLY PUT THE SPRING IN YOUR SPRING BREAKBY COMING TOBOING!407.542.7844 532 S. Econ Circle Suite 120 Oviedo, FL 32765 www.boingjump.comWe also welcome: We are open on WEEKDAYS during Spring Break at noon(March 14th 28th)

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Page 18 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Loud & Clear and FREE Florida residents with a hearing loss are eligible to receive a free amplied phone from the non-prot Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. Cordless and corded phones for persons with mild to severe hearing loss are available at 23 distribution centers statewide. Limit one per customer.CONTA CT YOUR AREA C ENTER FOR DETAILS Center for Independent Living in Central Florida 720 North Denning Drive Winter Park, FL 32789 407-623-1070 (v) 407-623-1185 (tty)Current FTRI clients: If your phone isnt working properly or your hearing has changed, or should you no longer need your phone or are moving out of Florida, call FTRI at 888-554-1151 for assistance. CULTURE | Want an introduction to wine in a festival atmosphere? Stop by Winter Parks Hannibal Squarelanguage takes on the concept of how families deal with greed, mendacity, Presented in Mad Cow Theatres beautiful new complex, visit madcowtheatre. com or call 407-297-8788. March 20 Hannibal Square Wine TastingYou dont have to be an Art Collector to join the kick-off of Art Festival Week end presented at Hannibal Square by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Hannibal Square Merchants Association on March 20 beginning at 5 p.m. Held on the evening before the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival begins, the evening offers more than 40 varieties of wine and beer samples, appetizers from 16 local eateries and live music. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door with entrances at the corner of West New England and Pennsylvania avenues or West New England and Vir ginia avenues. Call 407-644-8281 or visit winterpark.orgMarch 20 Jeb Bush at Rollins College As part of a series of talks offered free to the public, the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College will pres ent former Governor Jeb Bush in a talk called Amer icas Promise in Uncertain Times, in which he will share his insights on the current challenges facing America. Set for March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alfond Sports Center, the event is free and open to the public. Call 407-691-1995 or visit winterparkinstitute.orgMarch 20 to April 11 The Twitter Art Exhibit: OrlandoOrlando continues to enhance its reputation in the art world as local arts legend Robin Maria Pedrero creates and curates the Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando. Opening March 20 at the CityArts Factory, this is the fourth installment of a worldwide art experience featuring original, postcard-sized art, donated by artists from around the world. The post card art will be displayed and sold through April 11 at a price of $35 each needs students at The Center for Contemporary Dance. Free and open to the public, visit twitterartex hibit.org. And looking ahead March 25 to 30 EVITA on the Broadway Series The inventive and decades later classic Broadway show EVITA offers us the Argentinean diva Eva Peron center stage at the Bob Carr PAC. The multi-awardwinning musical chronicles the life of Eva Peron in a six-day run from March 25 to 30 telling the rags-to-riches tale of Eva Peron and her rise to power from being an ille gitimate child from the slums to becoming Argentinas First Lady. For a brief only to have her fragile health prove her downfall. Visit OrlandoBroadway.com or call 1-800-982-2787 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 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 407-5223906. JEB BUSH EVITA This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater FILMSLAMSun 1PMFLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL, APRIL 4-13TICKETS ON SALE NOW! The 2014 Program has been announced. Floridalmfestival.comTHE GREAT BEAUTYAcademy Award Winner! Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe Winner! Best Foreign Language Film Fri, Sat 2:45, 6:15, 9:45 Sun 3PM, 6:15, 9:45 Mon Thurs 6:15, 9:45Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECTFREE on the lawn! Wed 7:30 DOG SEES GOD

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Page 19Opinions King Features Weekly ServiceMarch 10, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOONS Chris Jepson PerspectivesI recently attended the annual literary Branch of the American Association of University Women. The AAUW is all about equity for women and girls, and I am all for that. It is great to be in a large room of sharp, opinionated women. The luncheon was held at the always happening Winter Park University Club. I had paid no attention to who was the featured speaker other than the topic was sports. Dr. Richard Lapchick, Ph.D., endowed chair and director of the DeVos Sport Business Management program at UCF, it turned out, was scheduled to speak on some nebulous aspect of sport. Quite candidly I thought, What the hell is this academic yahoo going to talk about? Well, color me the rube. I havent been so impressed with a public speaker in years. Once Dr. Lapchick introduced himself of warm memories associated with Joe growing-up in Sioux City, Iowa. Joe Lapchick was a phenomenal East Coast endorsements. Lapchick was the Man. The real deal. Dr. Lapchick spoke glowingly of the moral lessons and examples he observed in his father. Dr. Lapchick, born in 1945, 20th century America. He spoke authorita of sports in America as well as around the world. He worked with Nelson Mandela of South Africa, such that they considered each other real friends. So, too, Lew hammad Ali. Dr. Lapchick was violently attacked for supporting the anti-apartheid cated boycotting South African participa tion in international sports. Dr. Lapchick is a polished speaker with a message that resonates: A mes sage that is quintessentially American, a message that needs to be heard, and one Ive been spouting for years. Everyone, every American, is part of the home team and when the team huddles-up, the color of your skin, your ethnicity, your religion is secondary to working together for the common good. Dr. Lapchick speaks of that inherent American quality (our collective to continually commit to cultural inclusiveness. Dr. Lapchick spoke of gathering a second wind that at this point in his life, as he closes in on 70, he is committing himself to the growing issue of female subjugation, violence and slavery the word and particularly in America. He spoke passionately about the power of people to organize for change and to achieve it. He closed with an anonymous quote, I cannot do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good I can do. Get moving, in other words. I cannot recommend enough Dr. Lapa message that will make you, again, feel good that each of us can contribute, can play a role in helping America achieve its loftiest ideals. the proverbial rubber meets the road of societal change. The ideas that make us better human beings are often created, nurtured and applied in the working labo Whether it be the AAUW, the University Club of Winter Park or UCFs DeVos Sport second wind, get involved, and do all the good you can do.Get off the bench 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! Gandhi P.J. ORourke My attitude may be somewhat cynical, but after 93 years on this Earth, I am quite convinced that the majority of human actions are designed to satisfy thoughts of greed in one form or another. Greed is coveting fervently something that we do not yet own. conniving, and often in stealth. It is patent ly illustrated in the outstretched hand of the smallest child who wants something. The industry of advertising is nothing less than a constant whetting of the greed in human beings greed for a new car, a new house or the latest in fashion. Americans probably own more material things per capita than any other people on the face of the earth, and a continuous feeling of need is generated from every angle by tongue and pen in order from the satisfying of greed. Greed is the emotion that causes people to go into outsized debt, which their rationality warns them they cannot repay. Greed makes the guy who can af ford a Chevy buy a Mercedes to make him look more successful to his neighbors. Greed keeps doctors and hospitals busy with those who are sick and are greedy to live a while longer. But the greediest doctor himself has no more nitely than he does the lives of his patients. Time is, of course, the victor over all human greed, and even the doctor does not know whether, when he closes his eyes for the last time, he will awaken in a heaven of sorts as promised by his religion, or the black void from which he sprang. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust may not be inspiring, but isnt it better than never to have had a brief glimpse of lifes sunshine? We want more of everything good, and less of everything less than good. Our last words may be ditto we are greedy from beginning to end. My grandmother declared, The happiest people are those who have learned to enjoy what they already have. Most Americans probably have everything they need, and almost everything they want. Money is power, and the more money we save, the more power we hold over other peoples goods and services. Figures in a bankbook can bring a smile to the face of one looking for security. Perhaps each of us should take an accurate inventory of the material goods he possesses, and assess reasonably the things he needs to acquire before he has acquired his share. At the end of the line, John D. Rockefeller could not take any more of his possessions with him than you and I can. The manner in which we leave our wealth to our descendants gives us the last control we ever have of anything on Earth. Our lawyers can do their part in seeing that our can guarantee that our ends will be met exactly. If money is the source of our power, is money then our only prime impetus? Along the way we may lose our grip on what we have owned, and therefore the power to affect things far in the future. As Shakespeare says in Macbeth, Lifes but a walking shadow, a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Shakespeare had it right, didnt he? Or, is it perhaps the greatest expression of greed to give things away that bring, through giving, the maximum joy of plea sure to ourselves? Is giving then, in reality, the giver?Greed? About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Americas non-profit sector is where the proverbial rubber meets the road of societal change.

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Page 20 | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer WPMObserver.com OBSERVERJust Sold Homes Dawn Romance 570 W. Springtree Way, Lake Mary $202,000. 03/03/2014 Lisa Fleming 8315 Newbury Sound Lane, Orlando $205,000. 03/03/2014 Sunday, March 16th 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: Amanda Geller with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 134 Detmar Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 3,333 SF | $717,700 Fantastic home with incredible enter taining space! 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 with Kelly Price & Company from 2-4 PM 1805 Harland Park Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 3,051 SF | $829,960 Brand new Taylor Morrison home in pres tigious Windsong! Gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, upgraded wood flooring, crown molding and an interactive home package with an inter com system. Additional interior features include a large master bedroom with two walk-in closets, master bath with garden tub and separate shower. Hosted by: Sherri Dyer with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1809 Harland Park Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 3,654 SF | $989,050 Gorgeous new construction in Windsong! Beautiful kitchen with high-end appliances, wood floors, crown molding and large master suite. Upstairs offers a spacious game room and den! Open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. Hosted by: Sherri Dyer with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 149 Chelton Circle, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3 BA | 4,511 SF | $1,500,000 Exquisite Mediterranean home on a quiet brick street overlooking Lake Chelton! Formal living and dining areas, updated kitchen, spacious breakfast nook and bright sunroom with panoramic lake views. Master retreat offers a walk-in shower, Jacuzzi tub and walkout balcony. Hosted by: Rhonda Chesmore with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1700 E. Winter Park Road, Winter Park FL 32789 3 BR | 2 BA | 1,606 SF | $325,000 Two story home on a tree-lined street in Winter Park! Corner lot with a driveway on Lake Sue Road. Fantastic option to remodel or build new. Home offers a split floor plan with a downstairs master suite, wood floors, cozy kitchen and updated master bath. Hosted by: Marty Katz with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1555 Palmer Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 2.5 BA | 2,139 SF | $485,000 SUNDAY 1-4 NEW PRICE! END UNIT TOWNHOME WITH GREAT LAYOUT 2201 Hawick Lane, Winter Park. 3BD/2.5BA, 1,814SF. Quality details throughout, starting in the gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances and breakfast bar. Downstairs 10 ceilings, lighted archways and porce lain tile floors. French doors open to brick pavered courtyard. Master suite offers walk-in closet, granite vanity, whirlpool tub and separate shower. Located close to shopping, restaurants and local parks. $307,000 NEW LISTING! LOVELY HOME IN DOMMERICH ESTATES 421 Arapaho Trail, Maitland. 3BD/2BA, 1,813SF. Terrific floor plan with features including floor-to-ceiling built-ins, vented garage/artists studio, and wood-burning fireplace in living/dining room. Family room and den/office overlook spacious backyard. New roof, AC, duct work and plumbing in 2007. Deeded lake access and walking distance to schools. Mature trees, sidewalks and wonderful parks. $310,000 NEW LISTING! TWO MASTER SUITES 472 Macgregor Road, Winter Springs. 3BD/3.5BA, 2,280SF. This one story home offers two master suites with a split plan, large living and dining room. Private backyard with screened lanai. Great com munity with pool and tennis courts. Move right into this home on a quiet, tree-lined street. $239,999 SUNDAY 1-4 NEW PRICE! PRIME CONDO AT WHISPERING WATERS 311 E. Morse Blvd #6-19, Winter Park. 2BD/2BA, 2,140SF. Condo located on fifth floor with wonderful views toward Park Avenue. Screened porches/areas are set off almost every roomliving room, eatin kitchen and both spacious bedrooms! Laundry room, kitchen, deeded parking space in the underground garage with storage. Condo complex located on Lake Osceola. $649,000 SUNDAY 2-5 CINDYS NEW LISTING MODERN MEDITERRANEAN ON BRICK STREET 1330 Hibiscus Avenue, Winter Park. 4BD/2.5BA, 2,286SF. Fabulous light and bright home with private screened 500 Shepherd Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 1020 Albany Avenue, St. Cloud FL 34771 sold by Julie Bombardo with Kelly Price & Company 27 W. Steele Street, Orlando FL 32804 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 607 Lake Catherine Drive, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Jennifer King & Kelly L. Pricewith Kelly Price & Company 1861 Edwin Boulevard, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 1683 Lakehurst Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 1760 Thunderbird Trail, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Pamela Seibert with Kelly Price & Company 4113 Fairview Vista Unit 132, Or lando FL 32804 sold by Jennifer King with Kelly Price & Company 4017 Wardell Place, Orlando FL 32814 sold by Jennifer King with Kelly Price & Company 505 W. Harvard Street, Orlando FL 32804 sold by Jennifer Kingwith Kelly Price & Company 212 Green Lake Circle, Longwood FL 32779 sold by Rhonda Chesmore with Kelly Price & Company OBSERVEROpen Houses THE MMARKEt T PLAc C E MindGymMarch 10, 2014 MindGymMarch 10, 2014 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: Lauren Fritch with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 2612 Parkland Drive, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 4.5 BA | 3,282 SF | $819,000 Stunning custom-built pool home with top-of-the-line details and finishes throughout! Formal living room with two-story ceiling, formal dining area with built-ins, open family room with fireplace, and chefs dream kitchen with breakfast bar. Three sets of French doors in the living room open to the covered patio overlooking the sparkling pool. Master suite offers an office area, large walk-in closets, access to a covered balcony and luxurious master suite. Hosted by: Kelly L. Price with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1550 Chestnut Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 3 BR | 2 BA | 1,555 SF | $289,000 Immaculate home on a brick street in Winter Park! Large living spaces, up dated vanities and lighting in bathrooms, new paint inside and out. Screened out door patio overlooks the well-maintained backyard shaded by beautiful oak trees. Modern detached studio with concrete flooring and large windows. Located near Phelps Park and the YMCA! Hosted by: Jennifer JJ Mackle with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1826 Laurelton Hall Lane, Winter Park FL 32789 4 BR | 3 BA | 3,425 SF | $899,000 Marvelous Taylor Morrison home in pres tigious Windsong! Features include a stunning kitchen, office, loft and down stairs master suite with separate shower and relaxing garden tub. Additional fea tures include a beautifully paved, cov ered patio and three car garage. Hosted by: Kelly L. Price with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM 1655 Barcelona Way, Winter Park FL 32789 5 BR | 4.5 BA | 5,371 SF | $1,295,000 Fully reconstructed traditional brick es tate on Howell Creek in Seville! High-end finishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen offers a breakfast nook, fireplace and top-of-the-line appliances. Master suite offers a Jacuzzi tub and built-in TV. State of the art audio/video system throughout the home! Additional features include a game room, gym, pool, lush landscaping and dock on Howell Creek. Hosted by: Liz Jones with Kelly Price & Company from 2-5 PM courtyard. The eat-in kitchen opens to family room with vaulted ceilings and wood burning fireplace. Screened back porch with built-in grill. Master suite has separate tub and shower and private courtyard. Great location near the Vias, shopping and restaurants. $499,000 NEW PRICE! OLDE WINTER PARK CHARMER 1816 Mizell Avenue, Winter Park. 3BD/2BA, 1,765SF. Youll love the neigh borhood of this charming home with lovely brick paved circular driveway which adds to the nicely landscaped corner lot. Original hardwood floors, upgraded master suite with vaulted ceil ings, California closets, and room for an office. Master bath has double sinks and separate tub and shower. A+ schools. $399,000 2160 Sunderland Road, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Renee Dee Morgan with Kelly Price & Company 1532 Langham Terrace, Maitland FL 32751 sold by Jennifer Sloan with Kelly Price & Company 422 Carolina Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 sold by Debbie Tassell with Kelly Price & Company 3074 Lindale Avenue, Orlando FL 32814 sold by Padgett McCormick Nancy Bagby/Catherine DAmico 1167 Adair Park Pl, Orlando $520,000. 03/04/2014 Wendy Williams Crumit/Sandra Jones 38814 Corrine Dr, Orlando $390,000. 03/04/2014 Nancy Bagby/Catherine DAmico 2305 Edgewater Dr #1405, Orlando $310,000. 03/05/2014 Jerry Oller/Shirley Jones 302 Salvador Square, Winter Park $605,000. 03/07/2014 Trish Sanders 2856 Donaldson Dr, Or lando $147,500. 03/07/2014 John McDade 432 Fletcher Pl, Winter Park $491,500. 03/10/2014