Winter Park-Maitland observer

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Winter Park-Maitland observer
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Winter Park Maitland observer
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United States -- Florida -- Orange -- Winter Park
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Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
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Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 29 (July 16, 1992).

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WPMOBSERVER.COM USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. VISIT WPMOBSERVER.COMSUBSCRIBE NOW! TAKE A TRAIN RIDE TO THE PASTLIFESTYLES, 6Cheers to 35 yearsWinter Park Farmers Market celebrates three-and-a-half decades of farm-fresh offerings. LIFESTYLES, 7A weekend of folksy funFlorida Folk Fest comes to town CULTURE, 8CALENDAR ................... 4 COMMUNITY BULLETIN ........... 4 LIFESTYLES ................... 6 CULTURE ..................... 8 OPINIONS ................... 11 CLASSIFIEDS ................. 13 The timing may be just ing in Winter Park but not for residents who might need it the most. Winter Park hopes to address a shortage in affordable rental housing that may be more severe than the city anticipated. City Commissioners discussed Winter Parks housing at a work session in April, looking over a 2012 study from the citys planning and community development department. The study points out that the recent economic recession and housing crisis has made Winter Park a better city to own afford able housing. Research showed that the median home sale price dropped from around $400,000 to $230,000 during the recent recession, while 42 percent of all sales in 2011 were at or below the A 28-year-old woman who left her stalled car on the train tracks in Maitland was hit by debris train struck it at around 2:15 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to Maitland Police. on the commuter rail, the north the intersection of Maitland and Packwood avenues. Maitland Police Information around 2:15 p.m. on Monday, the do, was attempting to cross the intersection when her new sticktracks. Upon hearing the oncoming train horn, the woman got out of her car and left it on the tracks. The train, he said, hit the car and sent it spinning, sending de bris around the tracks. A piece of debris struck the woman, leaving her with non-life-threatening in juries. There were no injuries to those to the tracks, and rail service re turned to normal within the hour. The crash came just weeks af ter Maitland City Council mem bers discussed potential safety issues at the train track intersections in the city. Councilwoman Bev Reponen brought up the is sue, mentioning that she found herself stranded on the tracks in the intersection as an oncoming train horn sounded in the dis tance. Its frightening Im sure there are other people like me, thinking they can make it through it stops and youre stuck, she said. Its an unreal situation, and Im afraid some people are going to sit there and panic. in Mondays accident was smart enough to get out of the car and run as soon as she realized the the car instead of her life. Others, she said, may not be so lucky. The Maitland crash was the PHOTO BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE OBSERVER PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE OBSERVERSelling prices have dropped for homes in Winter Park, but affordable rentals lag. safety questions City Commission will take a second look at considering bigger building sizesSARAH WILSON Observer staff Please see SUNRAIL on page 2A change to Winter Parks Comprehensive Plan allowing more development of a larger size is set to come back before the City Commission, despite commis sioners already voting it down by a count of 3-1 last month. back to the Commission in the meeting, believing he could con vince his colleagues to move the changes forward. They originally discussed the item at their April 28 meeting, when Mayor Ken Bradley was absent. I think its important that the ing vote to turn the change down, but said he did so be a part of the majority of the vote, which has the power to bring the item back in this case when the whole Commission is present. I dont like to see things go down on a 2-2 tie, he said. Thats not how the Commission was originally set up. The Com mission was set up to have a ma -Development size vote comes backTIM FREED Observer staff Please see BUILDING on page 2A hunt for housingWinter Park considers the need for additional affordable rental housingTIM FREED Observer staff Please see HOUSING on page 2 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC Winter Park Recovery CenterComprehensive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Sinclair Method of Alcohol Extinction Subutex/Suboxone For Opioid AbuseSpring Special 10% Off All Protocols2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.WinterParkRecoveryCenter.com 407-629-0413 www.wpmobserver.com/enewsWreck on the rails Wreck on the rails

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Page 2 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer HOUSING | A reinstated linkage fee could help raise money to build more afforable housing within the cityBUILDING |SUNRAIL | Re-timing lights could prevent additional crashesable costing less than 80 percent of the median price of single fam ily homes sold the previous year in the Orlando metropolitan area. But the study stressed Winter Parks lack of affordable rental housing, a great need for families left with poor credit after foreclo sures and lost jobs. Findings from that study showed that the number of rental properties costing below $750 per-month was cut in half over the past decade, while rental homes costing at least $1,500 permonth tripled. Of the 11,995 occupied homes in Winter Park during 2010, 34.8 percent were rented an increase of 12.5 percent since 2000. [In] the city Ive grown up in that I love, theres houses that are $60,000 and there are houses for $6 million, Mayor Ken Bradley said. I think to always have a city that has different types of properties available rental, senior housing, etc. is very important. The city took strides over the past two decades to give a boost to affordable housing in Win ter Park. Theyve worked with Habitat for Humanity to build 42 homes and partnered with the Winter Park took another ap proach back in 1990 when they established an affordable housing linkage fee of 15 cents per square foot for new residential construction, paid for by the developers upon receiving building permits. City Commissioners later vot ed to increase that fee to 50 cents, raising a total of $3.65 million over the past 24 years money set aside in a trust fund to build more affordable housing. The fee would be set to zero cents and suspended by the City Commissioners questioned its legality and purpose. But rental housing thats af fordable for midto low-income residents continues to face dispar ity. The overall number of households in Winter Park jumped 17 percent between 2000 and 2010, but the amount of multifamily units decreased by the same per centage that decade. The issue of Winter Parks affordable housing came back into the limelight during the City Commissions March 24 meeting. City Commissioners requesting the donation of a parcel of land originally intended for affordable housing. The land trust hoped to make it the site of a wounded veterans new, donated home. City Commissioners donated the land, but agreed they wanted an update on the citys affordable housing situation. My concern is making sure we continue to meet the needs of our community, but also to maintain value within the community, City Commissioner Carolyn Cooper said. Planning Director Jeff Briggs outlined a series of options at the recent work session to add more affordable housing, particularly rental properties. Most of the solutions involved bringing back the linkage fee, either down the road once the trust fund has been depleted, much sooner at the original rate of 15 cents, or with certain exemptions for commer cial properties. But some City Commissioners were hesitant to bring back the fee so soon. I just want to make sure that when we pass a fee structure that we know what were going to do with it, City Commissioner I voted to not be collecting it were going with it. Workforce housing should be added to the affordable housing ordinance as well, Briggs said. as a dwelling that costs less than 120 percent of the median home price, an area generally affecting mid-level income residents like I honestly think its a little bit shameful that we dont have an area or a product set up where city employee can come in and buy a home, City Commissioner people who spend their lives here and yet at 5 oclock they leave the city. Im proud of these guys and I want them in my neighborhood. The struggle for affordable rental housing has reached new cisco, which faces some of the highest rent costs in the country. Rent for an average apartment $3,057, according to online real An average of 161 eviction notices were given each month Franciscos Rent Board a gov ernment entity created solely for hearing eviction-related cases and regulating rent. Dropping home values may have helped residents own more affordable housing in Winter Park, but the window continues to close as the market improves, said Planning and Community Our values for the city are said. Its going to be harder and harder to keep values down engineer is going to be able to move into this city. Bradley said the solution could come from a variety of sources, which will be discussed further in the coming months. I think the question thats really before the Commission is, What role should we take and do we need to continue to assess fees? Or are there other ways to incentivize as things are built or others add on to have the private sector do that? Bradley said. Through frankly our own legislation versus investment, I think we can encourage more affordable housing.jority. The amendment would allow all city property next to a fourlane road outside the box of property surrounded by Fair banks, Interlachen, Pennsylvania and Webster avenues to be zoned for planned developments, larger projects usually made up of mixed land uses. Other language from the or dinance would exclude parking garages when calculating a devel lated percentage of a buildings size compared to its lot.service started on May 1. A train clipped a lawn care service trailer after the truck failed to move far tersection on May 7. said that since the service started, Maitlands been working with the Florida Department of Transportation to sort out ways to make the intersections along the rails safer. Maitland Transportation Engineer Noel Cooper said the city is working with FDOT to tweak the light times to help prevent poten Cooper said the re-timing is an ongoing process. The most recent effect last Tuesday. He said the city is also in talks with FDOT to install a pre-emption system in which an oncoming train triggers structing lights to go green to clear up on the tracks before the train arrives. Were really working to make sure we can clear out the area so erdecker said. Right-on-red turns from west bound Horatio onto northbound Maitland Avenue have also been banned, and the city installed sig nage that orders drivers to keep the tracks clear. Weve done what we can with signs, but people are still [making said. Cops can sit out there and give tickets, he said, but there are lim its to the enforcement. People are going to do what they want to do. Reponen said that if all else fails, drivers need to resort to the old stop, look and listen ap proach to make sure they can CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE 853 South Orlando Ave.Just south of Fairbanks on Hwy. 17-92 (1 mi. east of I-4, Exit 87)Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 644-454715,000 sq. ft. featuring 140 dealersOPEN 7 DAYSMonSat 10 Sun 12No Magic Words ... Just good old antiques & vintage!Come see why customers LOVE our Mall!Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Orange Tree Antiques Mall Orange Tree Antiques Mall Memorial Day Weekend Sale May 23-26 KEEP UP WITH MAITLAND NEWS AND EVENTS!www.IndependenceLane.com Facebook.com/ItsMyMaitland PHOTO BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE OBSERVERA Orlando womans new car sat in a pile of crunched metal after the collision. make it through the city and across the rails safely. 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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 3 Maitland City TalkBY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR As we all know here near the tropics, occasionally we receive unwanted visitors. No, not your long lost cousin and his 15 kids going to a theme park. Were re ferring to hurricanes or tropical from June 1 to Nov. 30 every year, and can cause quite a stir when we experience an active season. Here in Central Florida we all know were not immune to the effects of hurricanes. When such storms threaten, we need to take appropriate actions and precau tions. Even a well-designed and custom-built home can still be falling trees. Its very important to keep any items that could become airborne in a storm inside the house or tied down during a storm. Items such as trashcans, lawn furniture, swing sets, or just yard waste such as tree branches can become very damaging and deadly missiles in high winds. Items that are not affected by water can be sunk in your swimming pool to keep them from becoming projectiles. You may want to have any large trees on your property in spected by a reputable tree ser vice. Tree service employees are familiar with the signs of weak ness in trees, such as rotten or weak limbs. They can also prune the trees of any overgrowth in a tree canopy that has become too thick. When tree canopies have become too thick, they can act like a sail or umbrella, causing excessive stress on the trees root system and possibly causing the tree to topple. A house is designed as a whole unit, which includes the entire envelope of walls, roof, windows and doors. If any part of the unit fails, the entire unit can fail, which is why so much stress has been put upon windload designs for structures in the last few years. The largest open ing in a home is normally the garage door. If you are not sure if your garage door will stand up to hurricane-force winds, you can add some stability to it by simply backing your car up tight against the door in an emergency. Door reinforcement kits are available for purchase through supply houses. The next most vulnerable openings in a house are the win dows. These could be covered with commercially available shutters or plywood. APA-The Engineered Wood Association has a set of guidelines available for the design of such shutters that may be found at www.apa wood.org. Along with preparing your home for storms, you should prepare your family or business through education and development of an emergency plan. A plan is very essential and should include procedures for personal or business disaster recovery. Planning information may be found on the following websites: www.fema.gov The Federal Emergency Management Agency website with information dealing with both family and business emergency planning. www.ready.gov/are-youready-guide is also very useful. www.floridadisaster.org/in dex.asp The Florida Division of Emergency Management web site. We encourage each family and business to plan and prepare for emergencies both large and small. Contingencies should be in place to provide for the safety and health of individuals and businesses. Your Maitland Fire Rescue Department realizes such planning may seem daunting at guidance and assistance as need ed at 407-539-6226.Tips to get started on storm season prep plans Walk with a doc.Step into FREE tness fun. Every Thursday | 6:00 pm Crosby YMCA | 2005 Mizell Avenue | Winter Park, FL 32792 FREE T-SHIRT! HCF-14-18815 For more information, call (407) 303-1700 or visit HealthyCentralFlorida.org. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM BROOKS U.S. NAVYHurricane Dennis batters palm trees and oods parts of Naval Air Station Key Wests Truman Annex. The storm passed within 125 miles of the base. For more information call 407-659-5701 or visit www.TrustcoBank.com and apply today!Member FDICEQUAL HOUSINGLENDER RYour Home Town Bank TRUSTCO BANK Free Pre-Approvals No Application Fees**No Application Fee available for a limited time only. The value of the application fee is $299.00. Please Note: We reserve the right to alter or withdraw these products or certain features thereof without prior notification. rfnt nb bnn

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Page 4 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, May 22, 2014 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 WPMOBSERVER.COMPUBLISHERTracy Craft407.515.2605TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com MANAGING EDITORIsaac Babcock 407.563.7023IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.comASSOCIATE EDITORSSarah Wilson 407.563.7026SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.comTim Freed 407.563.7054TFreed@TurnstileMediaGroup.comARTS EDITORJosh Garrick joshgarrick9@gmail.comDESIGNERTom Miller 407.563.7032TMiller@TurnstileMediaGroup.comSTAFF WRITERSBrittni Larson Megan Stokes Allison Olcsvay Kristy VickeryCOLUMNISTSChris JepsonJepson@MediAmerica.usLouis RoneyLRoney@cfl.rr.comADVERTISING SALESLinda Stern407.376.2434LStern@TurnstileMediaGroup.comLEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISINGAshley McBride 407.286.0807Legal@FLALegals.comSUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATIONLuana Baez 407.563.7013LBaez@TurnstileMediaGroup.comMEMBER OF: -Florida Press Association -Winter Park/Maitland/Goldenrod Chambers of CommerceWinter Park/Maitland Observer is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Seminole Voice, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Connect.TURNSTILE MEDIA GROUPCHAIRMANRance CrainPRESIDENT/CEOFrancis X. FarrellEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT GENERAL MANAGERPatti Green VICE PRESIDENTJeff BabineauUSPS #00-6186 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to:Winter Park / Maitland Observer 1500 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32835 Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. Munster FAMILY CALENDAR Calendar MAY 22 Its time to talk politics at the Winter Park Political Update Luncheon featur ing Sen. Andy Gardiner and Rep. Steve Crisafulli from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at the Rachel D. Mur rah Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park. Join the Winter Park Cham ber of Commerce for a rst-of-its-kind opportunity to hear from both the Florida Senate president-designate and the Flor ida House of Representatives speakerdesignate in a conversation facilitated by Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell. Visit winterpark.org for more information.MAY 23Fairways for Warriors and Hannibal Square Community Land Trust Inc. will host a golf tournament from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri day, May 23, at Orange County National in Winter Garden. Its a fundraiser to help build a wounded soldiers new Winter Park home. Sgt. Bacary Sambou criti cally injured by an IED blast in Afghani stan will be given a new home in the city of culture and heritage later this year. Funds raised from tournament entries in the golf tournament will go toward mak ing the house wheelchair-accessible. For more information, email hscltinc@gmail. comMAY 31 The 13th annual Orange Blossom Jubilee is Winter Park Day Nurserys largest auction event, presented by Bonn-J Con tracting and hosted by Kenneth and Ann Hicks Murrah, with special guest emcees Curtis Earth (of Earth Trivia) and Erica Lee (of Wake Up With Erica on WLOQ Radio). This fundraiser for the nonprot preschool generates nancial support to provide affordable preschool education for Central Floridas working families. The money raised goes toward tuition scholarships, teacher salaries, facility upgrades, curric ulum enrichment and more. The event will feature a four-course meal, games, and exciting live and silent auctions. Winter Park Day Nursery, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has impacted MAY 23Winter Park High School and the Band Booster Board are pleased to announce Band Deconstructed, a concert of chamber music at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 23, at Winter Park High Schools Ann Deringer Auditorium, 2100 Summereld Road, Winter Park. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1hl0870JUNE 1The Maitland Symphony Orchestra invites you to Sail Away at its concert on Sunday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maitland Presbyterian Church, 341 N. Orlando Ave. Its an evening of seafaring music with the musicians of the MSO. The con cert is free and is designed for children of all ages. For more information, visit pamaitland.org or call 321-303-1404.Community Bulletin Civic Center gets a makeover The Maitland Civic Center has taken on a new face, an effort to return to its status as the venue its community can rely on for their special events, such as gradua tions, birthdays, anniversaries and wed dings. The center introduces a new tag line, Venue on the Lake. On May 1, new Executive Director George Williston took the helm and moved the Venue on the Lake to a new level with community din ners, events and fundraisers. Visit venueonthelake.com for more details.Senior Place means businessOne Senior Place in Altamonte Springs was recognized for its positive impact on the community during the Small Business Celebration and Awards gala on May 7. Presented by the Seminole County Re gional Chamber of Commerce, the B2C Business of the Year title was bestowed on the senior resource center based on its growth, community involvement, inno vation, continuity, diversity and company history. The category was open to small businesses that provide direct services to consumers. One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses and a resource library, and its the site of daily events and activities for seniors. shadow.indd 1 5/1/12 3:22 PM shadow.indd 1 5/1/12 3:22 PM shadow.indd 1 5/1/12 3:22 PM rfntb the lives of more than 12,000 students since it was founded in 1939. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Interlachen Country Club, 2245 In terlachen Court in Winter Park. Visit wp daynursery.org for more information. Orange County residents can better pre pare themselves this hurricane season by attending the countys 2014 Hurricane Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Barnett Park, located at 4603 W. Colonial Drive. This free event will of fer preparedness information, live dem onstrations and hands-on training. Free weather radios and rst aid kits will be distributed while supplies last. For more information, contact Dave Freeman at 407-836-9140 or Dave.Freeman@oc. netJUNE 2The University Club of Winter Park will present A Princess of Great Cour age by Lynn Schiffhorst at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 2. Prince Philips mother, Alice of Battenberg who married into the Greek Royal Family coped with deafness and schizophrenia her whole life. She lived a life dedicated to the re lief of suffering people during two wars and has been honored in Israel as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. The University Club of Winter Park is located at 841 N. Park Ave. For more information, call 407-629-2125.ONGOINGCome out to the Crosby YMCA in Winter Park every Thursday at 6 p.m. for exer cise and health advice at its eight-week Walk with a Doc program. Residents can get their health questions answered by Florida Hospital physicians and take a 30-minute walk to receive a prize. Con tact the Crosby YMCA at 407-644-3606 or visit HealthyCentralFlorida.org for more information.

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 5 Winter Park City TalkBY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Extension of Lee Road been an area of concern for both the city and the Florida Depart ment of Transportation (FDOT) for many years. The short stretch Webster Avenue carries the sult, there are large backups dur ing peak travel times. In 2004, the FDOT proposed an extension to help alleviate this bottleneck. The proposed project has been a part of MetroPlan Orlando and FDOTs program list of improve ment projects since that time and is currently at No. 10. Following the original schedeastward would not have been in front of the city for consideration until at least 2018. However, with the proposed development of the Road/17-92 intersection needing FDOT conditioned its approval on of waiting. Understanding the need and cut-through concerns expressed by city residents to the east of 1792, the city explored options that relief sought without creating ad compromise route (labeled on the map as Recommended route) was proposed to the developer and FDOT. It suggested the ex tension turn south about midway between 17-92 and Denning Drive and connect with Webster Avenue, instead of extending all the way to Denning Drive. According to the citys independent profes mise route would provide relief on 17-92 without impacting the Winter Park. At its May 5 meeting, the City Commission adopted a resolution in support of the com promise route. This resolution will be sent to the FDOT for its consideration as it decides on the signalized access for the redevelopment of the properties. The City Commis sion will not be asked to vote on this extension again. However, the next decision that will come before the commission will be in June on the proposed redevelop ment project. No May 26 City Commission meetingDue to the Memorial Day holi day, there will not be a City Com mission meeting held on Monday, May 26. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m.City Hall closedCity Hall will be closed on Monday, May 26, in honor of Me morial Day, and resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 27. There will be no WastePro ser vices of household garbage, yard trash or recycling services on Memorial Day. All pickup services will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!Kaboom! names Winter Park a Playful City USA CommunityOn May 13, KaBOOM!, in partnership with the Humana Foun dation, announced that for the with 211 additional cities across nities are leaders in playability. Playability is when a city makes it easy for kids to get balanced and active play, making play part of the solution that can move the needle on countless urban chal lenges. The KaBOOM! Playful City Humana Foundation, honors cities, towns and communities across America that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children, especially the 16 million American kids living in poverty, have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities. Cities being recognized like Win ter Park span every region of the country, and include Washington, D.C., Chicago, Nashville, Austin, New York. KaBOOM!, the national nonsaving play, created Playful City The program succeeds in bencity council members, parks and recreation departments, school districts and community leaders. For more information on the gram, and to see the full list of the 212 communities named playfulcityusa.org. on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on Vimeo.A look at Lee Road A FREE CONCERT Maitland Presbyterian Church 341 N. Orlando Avenue Maitland, FLSpecial Guest Elena Ulyanova performing Rachmaninoffs Second Piano Concerto, Movement 1Sunday, June 1, 2014 7:30 p.m. SPONSORED BY: ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACKSEND US YOUR NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS TOTCRAFT@TURNSTILEMEDIAGROUP.COM No Purchase Necessary.NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD and ON BLU-RAY & DVD JUNE 3RD. N LEE ROAD

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Page 6 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lifestyles In recent weeks, the whistle of a train has become an increasing ly prevalent sound echoing along Park Avenue. Whether they real ize it or not, the sound is connect ing all who hear it to the found ing of Winter Park. residents can easily make their way back and forth to Orlando and points be yond, much like in the early days of Winter Park. To celebrate this connection to the past and the future, the Winter Park History Mu seum debuted its new exhibit Whistle in the Distance: The Trains of Winter Park on Thurs day, May 8. The exhibit follows the development of Winter Park as it grew around the railroad, from its beginnings in the 1880s to the present-day commuter rail. From its earliest days, Winter Park was built and later divided by the rail road. Allowing for the exchange of tourists and citrus, the railroad was the citys lifeline, a physical connection to and reminder of the outside world. Even before the city was in corporated, trains were bringing dignitaries and ordi nary citizens alike to discover the areas beauty. Visitors to the museum who take a moment to rest on the plush settee are soon transported back in time by local director Todd Thompsons short early days of rail travel. In addition to train memorabilia, there are period clothing pieces, representing what ladies may have worn while traveling. The remarkably well-preserved and beau tiful Victorian-era dress on display belonged to great-aunt of the mu the most important and interesting features of the exhibit are the larger-than-life images that span three walls. The large-scale images really bring history alive. By rendering them so large and in color, we give visitors an opportunity to come face-to-face with residents PHOTOS BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE OBSERVERFrom large-scale rail models to memorabilia of train travel days of old, organizers hope the new exhibit will help bring Winter Parks rich rail history to life.All aboard a train ride into the pastALLISON OLCSVAY Observer staff Please see TRAIN on next page Subscribe www.wpmobserver.com/subscribe 2826 Shader Rd. Orlando, FL 32808 Your Dogs Destination for All Things Healthy 407-295-3888 BarkingDogFitness.com RockysRetreat.com A Gym for Dogs! $20 o your next purchase Customized workouts Fitness Classes K9GetFit Boot Camps TM Boarding Dog Daycare Weight loss Aqua therapy Canine massage Reiki Fitness and fun swims Fitness and fun swims EXPERIENCE FUN & FITNESS AT THE SAME TIME! WHETHER YOU WANT TO JUMP, TUMBLE, PLAY DODGEBALL OR HOST A PARTY,BOING!IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!Mon Thurs 4:00 10:00 Fri 3:00 10:00 Sat 10:00 10:00 Sun 10:00 6:00407.542.7844 532 S. Econ Circle, Ste 120 Oviedo, FL 32765 www.boingjump.com PLAY DODGEBALL OR Dodgeball Tournament: Sun, May 25th 6-8 p.m.

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 7 from a bygone era, she said. They also give kids a chance to see that history was in color, not just blackand-white, as so many imagine. museum has already had visitors stop by be cause they saw the ban ners for the exhibit from Rail train. There is a connec tion happening here from the people of the past to the present through these trains, both old and new in a very beautiful way, she said. Nearly a year in the making, the exhibit is a collaboration between the Winter Park History Museum and the train experts at the Central Florida Railroad Mu with many of the items on loan from them. One special piece visitors are invited to check out is a large-scale model of the fa that made the westbound voyage across the country in 1869, com railroad. The model, donated to the mu seum just days before the open ing, holds a place of honor in the exhibit. Mounted on a table that is purposely designed to sit just at eye level for kids, the intricate model is meant to be touched (gently) and explored by pintsized visitors, who can easily see every detail from their vantage point. As the opening night came to a close, somewhere in the distance along the nearby rail line, the last train of the evening offered up its whistle a sound echoing through time connecting the past with the present.PHOTO BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE OBSERVERSigns and songs commemorate the Dinky Line Railroad.TRAIN | Tracks connect past and present CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE at Winter Park Towers Your room is waiting for you if you need Pain and Symptom Management Hospital Follow-up Complex Treatments, or Crisis Care Referrals 866-742-6655#5019096 www.cornerstonehospice.org www.SeriousIllness.org/cornerstoneMedicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances accepted PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVERThe Winter Park Farmers Market celebrated 35 years with a doggie fashion show. It also honored the original vendors still in service.Farmers Market Anniversary Farmers Market Anniversary LOCAL NEWS. BIG IMPACT.Subscribe now to keep up with the latest news unfolding in your community. Visit WPMObserver.com/Subscribe or call 407.563.7013 to order today! WINNER OF10FLORIDAPRESS ASSOCIATIONAWARDS

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Page 8 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Final week through May 25 Freckleface Strawberry The MusicalClosing out Orlando Reps season of theater for young audiences is Freckleface Based on a childrens picture will do anything to get rid of her freckles from scrubbing to wearing a ski mask to school. With the help of lovable schoolmates (and a kooky teacher), Freckleface learns that everyone is different and thats what makes everyone special. Now in com or call 407-896-7365.Now through May 27 The 23rd annual Orlando International Fringe FestivalThe wacky, weird and wonderful festival of plays called Fringe will present 100 perfor mance groups in Fringe 2014. The oldest, non-juried festival in International Fringe Festivals philosophy is to be 100 percent uncensored, 100 percent nonjuried, and 100 percent accessible. This celebration offers uncensored performances, an outdoor stage, Visual Fringe! Visit orlandofringe. org for a complete schedule.Now to Sept. 7 Curious George live at the Science Center The insatiable curiosity little monkey who has captured the hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years is at the Orlando Center in the exhibit, visitors on a fun and meaningful math, science and engineer ing-based adventure, the exhibit will be on 7. Through hands-on, interactive play, children design and construct buildings, join ship, pose for picFor more information, call 407-5142000 or visit osc.orgNow through June 2 Breakthrough Theatre presents Childrens Letters to GodBased on the international Hample and Eric Marshall, a musical that follows the lives of young people as they voice beliefs, desires and questions as expressed by children. The family-oriented musical will be presented by Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park from and scenes are based on actual letters that explore timeless is in nature, the musical is about Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar Please see CULTURE on next page Michael FlurkeyCOMMERCIALrfrntr brrbrbrfRESIDENTIALrrffrfr brrnfrf rrfrf rfrf bbrfrf br www.orlandohomecontractor.com321-388-5680License #CBC1254564 | License #CCC1328753 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.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. Contact your area center for detailsCenter for Independent Living in Central Florida720 North Denning Drive Winter Park, FL 32789 407-623-1070 (v) :: 407-623-1185 (tty)Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties220 South 9th Street Leesburg, FL 34748 352-323-0757 (v) :: 352-323-9106 (tty) rfntbfn START CHANGING YOUR LIFE TODAY! r rfrntffb tttt fnbb t ff nf ttt fn ftnnf ffn BEACH BODY CHALLENGE 6 WEEK PROGRAM ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY A GOSPEL CELEBRATION

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Page 10 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Choir, Israel Houghton and more, Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts) will The celebration, presented jointly by CFCArts and the Pine Hills Performing Arts Center, will bring the message of joy, inspiration, and unity among all people through gospel and spiritual music. The celebration will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on May 23 at Pine Hills Performing Arts Center, at 5600 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando. Purchase tickets online at cfcarts.comMay 29 to June 1 Davis Gaines Double Standards An intimate cabaretOrlandos homegrown will take the stage at The Abbey to present his one-man cabaret new show offers fresh and unex pected takes on familiar stanlead role on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, where he starred in more than 2,000 form on May 29 at 8 p.m.; May 30 at 7 and 10 p.m.; and June 1 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at TicketWeb.com and at AbbeyOrlando.com United Ways 22nd annual Chefs Gala Twenty-three top chefs from taurants collaborated for the regions premier food and wine pairing event on May 10 at Epcot World place. Out of every dollar raised, 95 cents will United Way partner agencies providing services to the one in are in need in the community. raised $300,000 grams that support education, income, health and basic needs for thousands of Central Floridians. For more information, visit hfuw.org or call 407-835-0900. The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools students and 13,000 teachers in 184 schools throughout Orange County, the Foundation for focuses community resources on the success of students and teachers in our community. The Foundation raised more than $40,000 as a result of its third Orange Countys Top Talent Competition held on May 10 at the Orange County Conven tion Center. The countywide talent show featured 18 acts including singers, dancers and Khamryn Elise Hammonds of tooed Heart. Visit foundationforocps.org or call 407-317-3261. Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906.CULTURE | Orange County Public Schools earned $40,000 from its third annual student talent show contest CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 Savannah Court and Cove Excellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 To Make An Appointment, Please RSVP: 407-645-3990 Tuesday, June 3, 2014Big Red Bus in the Parking Lot10 am 3 pmThanks for Saving 3 lives!Please eat and drink plenty of uides BEFORE and AFTER donating. Hair Cuts Starting at$12 For Men $14 For Women We Specialize in Seniors and Home Bound Clients Yes, We Go To Your House, Nursing Home, Or Adult Living Facility!Most of Our Clients are Veterans! OOH RAH! 407-242-3645 407-808-7320 407-376-9367Se Habla Espanol* Merci Hair Styles 35 Years ExperienceLicensed & Insured MGL01345187 Presented by: Friday May 23, Concert 6pm 10pm Sat May 24, Festival 10am 6pm BBQBLOWOUT.orgLocated at This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law, Demian Bichir, Richard E. Grant, & Emilia Clarke Fri-Sun 9PM Mon, Wed, Thurs 9PM Cult Classics: THE FISHER KING Tues 9:30 Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film: AN AMERICAN TAIL Sun 12PM THE DOUBLEStarring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, & Wallace Shawn Fri-Sun 4PM, 6:30 Mon-Thurs 6:30 A GOSPEL CELEBRATION DOUBLE STANDARDS

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 11Opinions King Features Weekly ServiceMay 19, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOONS Chris Jepson PerspectivesThe saddest thing about selling out is just how cheaply most of us do it for. James Bernard Frost mined whether he is merely ignorant or opportunistic or some egregious combinathat he is ready to be president because he is 43 and has a vision. I voted for Barack Obama twice. I have been disappointed in his administration in many respects, but I would vote for him again, particularly in light of alternative Republican policies. My liberal friends vehemently defend President Obama, particularly in light of Republican intran sigence to the legitimacy of his presidency. And, yes, some of that opposition has been undeniably racist. A criticism I think historians will level against Obama will be the thin ness of his professional resume before running for the presidency. Without a doubt, President Obama has the intellectual chops to be in political acumen to be elected and re-elected. Obamas success at winning elections inspires all manner of imitation. Florida comes an inspired Marco Rubio, son of Cuban immigrant parents who Uh, whoops, Rubios parents left Cuba a full two years prior to Castro overthrow ing Fulgencio Batistas corrupt regime. is no doubt forgetful that they arrived in Ask yourself this: What would you say Rubio. Is he merely ignorant, or will he say whatever he thinks is necessary (pander) Rubios jib. how old the Earth is, that its impossible to know and that Whether the Earth was created in seven days, or seven actual eras, Im not sure well ever be able to answer that. Its one of the great mysteries. Except it really isnt a mystery. Credible science has Earth approximately 4 1/2 billion years old. He subsequently recanted. I am reminded of the words of Confucius, The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what a Catholic, a Mormon and a Baptist. No doubt, worried that he might offend the This is Marco Rubio. The other example also dealing with science is climate change. Marco Rubio claims it is not caused by human activity. This is what I do not understand about Republicans. I get that there are going to be horrendous economic costs associated with correcting (ameliorat ing) the affects of climate change. We can that policy but please do not deny cred ible, factually accurate science. Human industrialization is unequivocally warming the planet. Now what? bidding of the Climate Deniers (doCommerce, etc.). Marco Rubio can be cheaply procured (expensive, however, for America). If that is an unfair characterization, then he is a man with no intellectual integrity. Either way, with leaders such as Rubio, the So which is it, Sen. Rubio? 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! but I still celebrate in my mind and heart that we have been together for 34 years, and she has made those years the best of my 93. Friends drove us to Apopka where we had a most delicious dinner at The Back proudly serves up top-quality steaks and key lime pie! Well worth the trip. City Commission for being more concerned with our future township than with the wishes of developers. After some 40 years of worldwide concertizing, I bought a house in Winter Park, because the city has retained much of the charm that has blessed its population since my school days! When and if Winter Park becomes only a busy suburb of Orlando, my house will be for sale. their private life, and that their health is the publics business. Hillary Clinton has medical problems. A while back she had a blood clot in her leg. And this past January she had a blood clot in her brain serious business! Only a doctor could determine if clots certainly dont enhance a candidates candidates health is something we should know and take into consideration. Is this information important if youre voting about the future of your country? You bet! New Mayor Bill de Blasios Achilles heel is Manhattan, which was not plowed at all in a recent snowstorm. De Blasio refers weakly to an out-of-commission snowplow. That ploy may not win back the scads of votes de Blasio may have lost. He calls himself a man of the common people, ers think he sent them a message. I think that may well tarnish his civic escutcheon and curtail his reign as mayor! us the Masters Tournament and the Kentucky Derby. And the sun is blazing away on us lucky Central Floridians. The sun, never forget, is the source of all life in our little corner of the universe. And we seem to be the only living human beings within reach. Its a lonely life, but its better to be a preacher who knows what life is, than to be an inanimate, inert zilch! We had better give a thought to what we are doing on our earth, hadnt we? Dont we spend an inordinate amount of energy and time thinking up ways to wipe out how to wipe us out? Are we perhaps created and later to have found the way to annihilate themselves and everybody else? Many people have thought that our sex ual urge is mankinds main driving force. However, in his old age, Einstein concluded that self-destruction had replaced sexual drive as mankinds primary thrust. There are a lot of nice little sayings that I others as you would have them do unto Never hit a man when hes down, etc. In the game of life, one may capture his primary desire, and still lose every material thing he owns. smart way to proceed who wants to eat alone, dance alone or sleep alone? A shared life divides by two both sorrow and joy its not the whole pie, but its a big piece, isnt it?Good health, good life, good grief About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney)



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WPMOBSERVER.COM USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. VISIT WPMOBSERVER.COM SUBSCRIBE NOW! TAKE A TRAIN RIDE TO THE PAST LIFESTYLES, 6 Cheers to 35 years Winter Park Farmers Market celebrates three-and-a-half decades of farm-fresh offerings. LIFESTYLES, 7 A weekend of folksy fun Florida Folk Fest comes to town CULTURE, 8 CALENDAR .................... 4 COMMUNITY BULLETIN ............ 4 LIFESTYLES .................... 6 CULTURE ...................... 8 OPINIONS .................... 11 CLASSIFIEDS .................. 13 The timing may be just ing in Winter Park but not for residents who might need it the most. Winter Park hopes to address a shortage in affordable rental housing that may be more severe than the city anticipated. City Commissioners discussed Winter Parks housing at a work session in April, looking over a 2012 study from the citys plan ning and community develop ment department. The study points out that the recent economic recession and housing crisis has made Winter Park a better city to own afford able housing. Research showed that the median home sale price dropped from around $400,000 to $230,000 during the recent recession, while 42 percent of all sales in 2011 were at or below the A 28-year-old woman who left her stalled car on the train tracks in Maitland was hit by debris train struck it at around 2:15 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to Maitland Police. on the commuter rail, the north the intersection of Maitland and Packwood avenues. Maitland Police Information around 2:15 p.m. on Monday, the do, was attempting to cross the intersection when her new sticktracks. Upon hearing the oncom ing train horn, the woman got out of her car and left it on the tracks. The train, he said, hit the car and sent it spinning, sending de bris around the tracks. A piece of debris struck the woman, leaving her with non-life-threatening in juries. There were no injuries to those to the tracks, and rail service re turned to normal within the hour. The crash came just weeks af ter Maitland City Council mem bers discussed potential safety issues at the train track intersec tions in the city. Councilwoman Bev Reponen brought up the is sue, mentioning that she found herself stranded on the tracks in the intersection as an oncoming train horn sounded in the dis tance. Its frightening Im sure there are other people like me, thinking they can make it through it stops and youre stuck, she said. Its an unreal situation, and Im afraid some people are going to sit there and panic. in Mondays accident was smart enough to get out of the car and run as soon as she realized the the car instead of her life. Others, she said, may not be so lucky. The Maitland crash was the PHOTO BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE OBSERVER PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE OBSERVER Selling prices have dropped for homes in Winter Park, but affordable rentals lag. safety questions City Commission will take a second look at considering bigger building sizes SARAH WILSON Observer staff Please see SUNRAIL on page 2 A change to Winter Parks Comprehensive Plan allowing more development of a larger size is set to come back before the City Commission, despite commis sioners already voting it down by a count of 3-1 last month. back to the Commission in the meeting, believing he could con vince his colleagues to move the changes forward. They originally discussed the item at their April 28 meeting, when Mayor Ken Bradley was absent. I think its important that the ing vote to turn the change down, but said he did so be a part of the majority of the vote, which has the power to bring the item back in this case when the whole Commission is present. I dont like to see things go down on a 2-2 tie, he said. Thats not how the Commission was originally set up. The Com mission was set up to have a ma Development size vote comes back TIM FREED Observer staff Please see BUILDING on page 2 A hunt for housing Winter Park considers the need for additional affordable rental housing TIM FREED Observer staff Please see HOUSING on page 2 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC Winter Park Recovery CenterComprehensive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Sinclair Method of Alcohol Extinction Subutex/Suboxone For Opioid AbuseSpring Special 10% Off All Protocols2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.WinterParkRecoveryCenter.com 407-629-0413 www.wpmobserver.com/enews Wreck on the rails Wreck on the rails

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Page 2 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer HOUSING | A reinstated linkage fee could help raise money to build more afforable housing within the city BUILDING | SUNRAIL | Re-timing lights could prevent additional crashes able costing less than 80 percent of the median price of single fam ily homes sold the previous year in the Orlando metropolitan area. But the study stressed Winter Parks lack of affordable rental housing, a great need for families left with poor credit after foreclo sures and lost jobs. Findings from that study showed that the number of rental properties costing below $750 per-month was cut in half over the past decade, while rental homes costing at least $1,500 permonth tripled. Of the 11,995 occupied homes in Winter Park during 2010, 34.8 percent were rented an increase of 12.5 percent since 2000. [In] the city Ive grown up in that I love, theres houses that are $60,000 and there are houses for $6 million, Mayor Ken Bradley said. I think to always have a city that has different types of properties available rental, senior housing, etc. is very important. The city took strides over the past two decades to give a boost to affordable housing in Win ter Park. Theyve worked with Habitat for Humanity to build 42 homes and partnered with the Winter Park took another ap proach back in 1990 when they established an affordable housing linkage fee of 15 cents per square foot for new residential construc tion, paid for by the developers upon receiving building permits. City Commissioners later vot ed to increase that fee to 50 cents, raising a total of $3.65 million over the past 24 years money set aside in a trust fund to build more affordable housing. The fee would be set to zero cents and suspended by the City Commissioners questioned its legality and purpose. But rental housing thats af fordable for midto low-income residents continues to face dispar ity. The overall number of house holds in Winter Park jumped 17 percent between 2000 and 2010, but the amount of multifamily units decreased by the same per centage that decade. The issue of Winter Parks affordable housing came back into the limelight during the City Commissions March 24 meeting. City Commissioners requesting the donation of a parcel of land originally intended for affordable housing. The land trust hoped to make it the site of a wounded veterans new, donated home. City Commissioners donated the land, but agreed they wanted an update on the citys affordable housing situation. My concern is making sure we continue to meet the needs of our community, but also to main tain value within the commu nity, City Commissioner Carolyn Cooper said. Planning Director Jeff Briggs outlined a series of options at the recent work session to add more affordable housing, particularly rental properties. Most of the solutions involved bringing back the linkage fee, either down the road once the trust fund has been depleted, much sooner at the original rate of 15 cents, or with certain exemptions for commer cial properties. But some City Commissioners were hesitant to bring back the fee so soon. I just want to make sure that when we pass a fee structure that we know what were going to do with it, City Commissioner I voted to not be collecting it were going with it. Workforce housing should be added to the affordable housing ordinance as well, Briggs said. as a dwelling that costs less than 120 percent of the median home price, an area generally affecting mid-level income residents like I honestly think its a little bit shameful that we dont have an area or a product set up where city employee can come in and buy a home, City Commissioner people who spend their lives here and yet at 5 oclock they leave the city. Im proud of these guys and I want them in my neighborhood. The struggle for affordable rental housing has reached new cisco, which faces some of the highest rent costs in the country. Rent for an average apartment $3,057, according to online real An average of 161 eviction notices were given each month Franciscos Rent Board a gov ernment entity created solely for hearing eviction-related cases and regulating rent. Dropping home values may have helped residents own more affordable housing in Winter Park, but the window continues to close as the market improves, said Planning and Community Our values for the city are said. Its going to be harder and harder to keep values down engineer is going to be able to move into this city. Bradley said the solution could come from a variety of sources, which will be discussed further in the coming months. I think the question thats really before the Commission is, What role should we take and do we need to continue to assess fees? Or are there other ways to incentivize as things are built or others add on to have the private sector do that? Bradley said. Through frankly our own legislation versus investment, I think we can encourage more af fordable housing. jority. The amendment would allow all city property next to a fourlane road outside the box of property surrounded by Fair banks, Interlachen, Pennsylvania and Webster avenues to be zoned for planned developments, larger projects usually made up of mixed land uses. Other language from the or dinance would exclude parking garages when calculating a devel lated percentage of a buildings size compared to its lot. service started on May 1. A train clipped a lawn care service trailer after the truck failed to move far tersection on May 7. said that since the service started, Maitlands been working with the Florida Department of Transporta tion to sort out ways to make the intersections along the rails safer. Maitland Transportation Engi neer Noel Cooper said the city is working with FDOT to tweak the light times to help prevent poten Cooper said the re-timing is an ongoing process. The most recent effect last Tuesday. He said the city is also in talks with FDOT to install a pre-emption system in which an oncoming train triggers structing lights to go green to clear up on the tracks before the train arrives. Were really working to make sure we can clear out the area so erdecker said. Right-on-red turns from west bound Horatio onto northbound Maitland Avenue have also been banned, and the city installed sig nage that orders drivers to keep the tracks clear. Weve done what we can with signs, but people are still [making said. Cops can sit out there and give tickets, he said, but there are lim its to the enforcement. People are going to do what they want to do. Reponen said that if all else fails, drivers need to resort to the old stop, look and listen ap proach to make sure they can C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE 853 South Orlando Ave.Just south of Fairbanks on Hwy. 17-92 (1 mi. east of I-4, Exit 87)Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 644-454715,000 sq. ft. featuring 140 dealersOPEN 7 DAYSMonSat 10 Sun 12No Magic Words ... Just good old antiques & vintage!Come see why customers LOVE our Mall!Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Orange Tree Antiques Mall Orange Tree Antiques Mall Memorial Day Weekend Sale May 23-26 KEEP UP WITH MAITLAND NEWS AND EVENTS!www.IndependenceLane.com Facebook.com/ItsMyMaitland PHOTO BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE OBSERVER A Orlando womans new car sat in a pile of crunched metal after the collision. make it through the city and across the rails safely. 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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 3 Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR As we all know here near the tropics, occasionally we receive unwanted visitors. No, not your long lost cousin and his 15 kids going to a theme park. Were re ferring to hurricanes or tropical from June 1 to Nov. 30 every year, and can cause quite a stir when we experience an active season. Here in Central Florida we all know were not immune to the effects of hurricanes. When such storms threaten, we need to take appropriate actions and precau tions. Even a well-designed and custom-built home can still be falling trees. Its very important to keep any items that could become airborne in a storm inside the house or tied down during a storm. Items such as trashcans, lawn furniture, swing sets, or just yard waste such as tree branches can become very damaging and deadly mis siles in high winds. Items that are not affected by water can be sunk in your swimming pool to keep them from becoming projectiles. You may want to have any large trees on your property in spected by a reputable tree ser vice. Tree service employees are familiar with the signs of weak ness in trees, such as rotten or weak limbs. They can also prune the trees of any overgrowth in a tree canopy that has become too thick. When tree canopies have become too thick, they can act like a sail or umbrella, causing excessive stress on the trees root system and possibly causing the tree to topple. A house is designed as a whole unit, which includes the entire envelope of walls, roof, windows and doors. If any part of the unit fails, the entire unit can fail, which is why so much stress has been put upon windload designs for structures in the last few years. The largest open ing in a home is normally the garage door. If you are not sure if your garage door will stand up to hurricane-force winds, you can add some stability to it by simply backing your car up tight against the door in an emergency. Door reinforcement kits are available for purchase through supply houses. The next most vulnerable openings in a house are the win dows. These could be covered with commercially available shutters or plywood. APA-The Engineered Wood Association has a set of guidelines available for the design of such shutters that may be found at www.apa wood.org. Along with preparing your home for storms, you should prepare your family or business through education and develop ment of an emergency plan. A plan is very essential and should include procedures for personal or business disaster recovery. Planning information may be found on the following websites: www.fema.gov The Federal Emergency Management Agency website with information dealing with both family and business emergency planning. www.ready.gov/are-youready-guide is also very useful. www.floridadisaster.org/in dex.asp The Florida Division of Emergency Management web site. We encourage each family and business to plan and prepare for emergencies both large and small. Contingencies should be in place to provide for the safety and health of individuals and businesses. Your Maitland Fire Rescue Department realizes such planning may seem daunting at guidance and assistance as need ed at 407-539-6226. Tips to get started on storm season prep plans Walk with a doc.Step into FREE tness fun. Every Thursday | 6:00 pm Crosby YMCA | 2005 Mizell Avenue | Winter Park, FL 32792 FREE T-SHIRT! HCF-14-18815 For more information, call (407) 303-1700 or visit HealthyCentralFlorida.org. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM BROOKS U.S. NAVY Hurricane Dennis batters palm trees and oods parts of Naval Air Station Key Wests Truman Annex. The storm passed within 125 miles of the base. For more information call 407-659-5701 or visit www.TrustcoBank.com and apply today!Member FDICEQUAL HOUSINGLENDER RYour Home Town Bank TRUSTCO BANK Free Pre-Approvals No Application Fees**No Application Fee available for a limited time only. The value of the application fee is $299.00. Please Note: W e r eser ve the right to alte r or w ithdraw these products or certain featu res thereof without prior notification. rfnt nb bnn

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Page 4 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, May 22, 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 EDITORS Sarah Wilson 407.563.7026 SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Tim Freed 407.563.7054 TFreed@TurnstileMediaGroup.com ARTS EDITOR Josh Garrick joshgarrick9@gmail.com DESIGNER Tom Miller 407.563.7032 TMiller@TurnstileMediaGroup.com STAFF WRITERS Brittni Larson Megan Stokes Allison Olcsvay Kristy Vickery COLUMNISTS Chris Jepson Jepson@MediAmerica.us Louis Roney LRoney@cfl.rr.com ADVERTISING SALES Linda Stern 407.376.2434 LStern@TurnstileMediaGroup.com LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISING Ashley McBride 407.286.0807 Legal@FLALegals.com SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Luana Baez 407.563.7013 LBaez@TurnstileMediaGroup.com MEMBER OF: -Florida Press Association -Winter Park/Maitland/Goldenrod Chambers of Commerce Winter Park/Maitland Observer is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Seminole Voice, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Connect. TURNSTILE MEDIA GROUP CHAIRMAN Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO Francis X. Farrell EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT GENERAL MANAGER Patti Green VICE PRESIDENT Jeff Babineau USPS #00-6186 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Winter Park / Maitland Observer 1500 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32835 Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. Munster FAMILY CALENDAR Calendar MAY 22 Its time to talk politics at the Winter Park Political Update Luncheon featur ing Sen. Andy Gardiner and Rep. Steve Crisafulli from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at the Rachel D. Mur rah Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park. Join the Winter Park Cham ber of Commerce for a rst-of-its-kind opportunity to hear from both the Florida Senate president-designate and the Flor ida House of Representatives speakerdesignate in a conversation facilitated by Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell. Visit winterpark.org for more information. MAY 23 Fairways for Warriors and Hannibal Square Community Land Trust Inc. will host a golf tournament from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri day, May 23, at Orange County National in Winter Garden. Its a fundraiser to help build a wounded soldiers new Winter Park home. Sgt. Bacary Sambou criti cally injured by an IED blast in Afghani stan will be given a new home in the city of culture and heritage later this year. Funds raised from tournament entries in the golf tournament will go toward mak ing the house wheelchair-accessible. For more information, email hscltinc@gmail. com MAY 31 The 13th annual Orange Blossom Jubilee is Winter Park Day Nurserys largest auction event, presented by Bonn-J Con tracting and hosted by Kenneth and Ann Hicks Murrah, with special guest emcees Curtis Earth (of Earth Trivia) and Erica Lee (of Wake Up With Erica on WLOQ Radio). This fundraiser for the nonprot preschool generates nancial support to provide af fordable preschool education for Central Floridas working families. The money raised goes toward tuition scholarships, teacher salaries, facility upgrades, curric ulum enrichment and more. The event will feature a four-course meal, games, and exciting live and silent auctions. Winter Park Day Nursery, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has impacted MAY 23 Winter Park High School and the Band Booster Board are pleased to announce Band Deconstructed, a concert of chamber music at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 23, at Winter Park High Schools Ann Deringer Auditorium, 2100 Summereld Road, Winter Park. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1hl0870 JUNE 1 The Maitland Symphony Orchestra in vites you to Sail Away at its concert on Sunday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mait land Presbyterian Church, 341 N. Orlando Ave. Its an evening of seafaring music with the musicians of the MSO. The con cert is free and is designed for children of all ages. For more information, visit pa maitland.org or call 321-303-1404. Community Bulletin Civic Center gets a makeover The Maitland Civic Center has taken on a new face, an effort to return to its status as the venue its community can rely on for their special events, such as gradua tions, birthdays, anniversaries and wed dings. The center introduces a new tag line, Venue on the Lake. On May 1, new Executive Director George Williston took the helm and moved the Venue on the Lake to a new level with community din ners, events and fundraisers. Visit venue onthelake.com for more details. Senior Place means business One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs was recognized for its positive impact on the community during the Small Business Celebration and Awards gala on May 7. Presented by the Seminole County Re gional Chamber of Commerce, the B2C Business of the Year title was bestowed on the senior resource center based on its growth, community involvement, inno vation, continuity, diversity and company history. The category was open to small businesses that provide direct services to consumers. One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused busi nesses and a resource library, and its the site of daily events and activities for seniors. shadow.indd 1 5/1/12 3:22 PM shadow.indd 1 5/1/12 3:22 PM shadow.indd 1 5/1/12 3:22 PM rfntb the lives of more than 12,000 students since it was founded in 1939. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Interlachen Country Club, 2245 In terlachen Court in Winter Park. Visit wp daynursery.org for more information. Orange County residents can better pre pare themselves this hurricane season by attending the countys 2014 Hurricane Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Barnett Park, located at 4603 W. Colonial Drive. This free event will of fer preparedness information, live dem onstrations and hands-on training. Free weather radios and rst aid kits will be distributed while supplies last. For more information, contact Dave Freeman at 407-836-9140 or Dave.Freeman@oc. net JUNE 2 The University Club of Winter Park will present A Princess of Great Cour age by Lynn Schiffhorst at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 2. Prince Philips mother, Alice of Battenberg who married into the Greek Royal Family coped with deafness and schizophrenia her whole life. She lived a life dedicated to the re lief of suffering people during two wars and has been honored in Israel as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. The University Club of Winter Park is located at 841 N. Park Ave. For more information, call 407-629-2125. ONGOING Come out to the Crosby YMCA in Winter Park every Thursday at 6 p.m. for exer cise and health advice at its eight-week Walk with a Doc program. Residents can get their health questions answered by Florida Hospital physicians and take a 30-minute walk to receive a prize. Con tact the Crosby YMCA at 407-644-3606 or visit HealthyCentralFlorida.org for more information.

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 5 Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER Extension of Lee Road been an area of concern for both the city and the Florida Depart ment of Transportation (FDOT) for many years. The short stretch Webster Avenue carries the sult, there are large backups dur ing peak travel times. In 2004, the FDOT proposed an extension to help alleviate this bottleneck. The proposed project has been a part of MetroPlan Orlando and FDOTs program list of improve ment projects since that time and is currently at No. 10. Following the original sched eastward would not have been in front of the city for consideration until at least 2018. However, with the proposed development of the Road/17-92 intersection needing FDOT conditioned its approval on of waiting. Understanding the need and cut-through concerns expressed by city residents to the east of 1792, the city explored options that relief sought without creating ad compromise route (labeled on the map as Recommended route) was proposed to the developer and FDOT. It suggested the ex tension turn south about midway between 17-92 and Denning Drive and connect with Webster Av enue, instead of extending all the way to Denning Drive. According to the citys independent profes mise route would provide relief on 17-92 without impacting the Winter Park. At its May 5 meeting, the City Commission adopted a resolution in support of the com promise route. This resolution will be sent to the FDOT for its consideration as it decides on the signalized access for the redevelopment of the properties. The City Commis sion will not be asked to vote on this extension again. However, the next decision that will come before the commission will be in June on the proposed redevelop ment project. No May 26 City Commission meeting Due to the Memorial Day holi day, there will not be a City Com mission meeting held on Monday, May 26. The next regularly sched uled meeting will be on Monday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m. City Hall closed City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 26, in honor of Me morial Day, and resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 27. There will be no WastePro ser vices of household garbage, yard trash or recycling services on Me morial Day. All pickup services will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday! Kaboom! names Winter Park a Playful City USA Community On May 13, KaBOOM!, in part nership with the Humana Foun dation, announced that for the with 211 additional cities across nities are leaders in playability. Playability is when a city makes it easy for kids to get balanced and active play, making play part of the solution that can move the needle on countless urban chal lenges. The KaBOOM! Playful City Humana Foundation, honors cities, towns and communities across America that are taking bold steps to ensure that all chil dren, especially the 16 million American kids living in poverty, have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities. Cities being recognized like Win ter Park span every region of the country, and include Washington, D.C., Chicago, Nashville, Austin, New York. KaBOOM!, the national nonsaving play, created Playful City The program succeeds in ben city council members, parks and recreation departments, school districts and community leaders. For more information on the gram, and to see the full list of the 212 communities named playfulcityusa.org. on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on Vimeo. A look at Lee Road A FREE CONCERT Maitland Presbyterian Church 341 N. Orlando Avenue Maitland, FLSpecial Guest Elena Ulyanova performing Rachmaninoffs Second Piano Concerto, Movement 1Sunday, June 1, 2014 7:30 p.m. SPONSORED BY: ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACKSEND US YOUR NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS TOTCRAFT@TURNSTILEMEDIAGROUP.COM No Purchase Necessary.NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD and ON BLU-RAY & DVD JUNE 3RD. N LEE ROAD

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Page 6 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lifestyles In recent weeks, the whistle of a train has become an increasing ly prevalent sound echoing along Park Avenue. Whether they real ize it or not, the sound is connect ing all who hear it to the found ing of Winter Park. residents can easily make their way back and forth to Orlando and points be yond, much like in the early days of Winter Park. To celebrate this connec tion to the past and the future, the Winter Park History Mu seum debuted its new exhibit Whistle in the Distance: The Trains of Winter Park on Thurs day, May 8. The exhibit follows the de velopment of Winter Park as it grew around the railroad, from its beginnings in the 1880s to the present-day commuter rail. From its earliest days, Winter Park was built and later divided by the rail road. Allowing for the exchange of tourists and citrus, the railroad was the citys lifeline, a physical connection to and reminder of the outside world. Even before the city was in corporated, trains were bringing dignitaries and ordi nary citizens alike to discover the areas beauty. Visitors to the museum who take a moment to rest on the plush settee are soon transport ed back in time by local director Todd Thompsons short early days of rail travel. In addition to train memorabilia, there are period clothing pieces, representing what ladies may have worn while traveling. The remarkably well-preserved and beau tiful Victorian-era dress on display belonged to great-aunt of the mu the most important and interest ing features of the exhibit are the larger-than-life images that span three walls. The large-scale images really bring history alive. By rendering them so large and in color, we give visitors an opportunity to come face-to-face with residents PHOTOS BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE OBSERVER From large-scale rail models to memorabilia of train travel days of old, orga nizers hope the new exhibit will help bring Winter Parks rich rail history to life. All aboard a train ride into the past ALLISON OLCSVAY Observer staff Please see TRAIN on next page Subscribe www.wpmobserver.com/subscribe 2826 Shader Rd. Orlando, FL 32808 You r Dogs Destination fo r All Things Healthy 407-295-3888 BarkingDogFitness.co m RockysRetreat.com A Gym for Dogs! $20 o your next p urchase Customized workouts Fitness Classes K9GetFit Boot Camp s TM Bo arding Dog Daycare W eight loss Aqu a therap y Canine massage Reiki Fitness and fun swims Fitness and fun swims EXPERIENCE FUN & FITNESS AT THE SAME TIME! WHETHER YOU WANT TO JUMP, TUMBLE, PLAY DODGEBALL OR HOST A PARTY,BOING!IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!Mon Thurs 4:00 10:00 Fri 3:00 10:00 Sat 10:00 10:00 Sun 10:00 6:00407.542.7844 532 S. Econ Circle, Ste 120 Oviedo, FL 32765 www.boingjump.com PLAY DODGEBALL OR Dodgeball Tournament: Sun, May 25th 6-8 p.m.

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 7 from a bygone era, she said. They also give kids a chance to see that history was in color, not just blackand-white, as so many imagine. museum has already had visitors stop by be cause they saw the ban ners for the exhibit from Rail train. There is a connec tion happening here from the people of the past to the present through these trains, both old and new in a very beautiful way, she said. Nearly a year in the making, the exhibit is a collaboration between the Winter Park History Museum and the train experts at the Central Florida Railroad Mu with many of the items on loan from them. One special piece visitors are invited to check out is a large-scale model of the fa that made the westbound voyage across the country in 1869, com railroad. The model, donated to the mu seum just days before the open ing, holds a place of honor in the exhibit. Mounted on a table that is purposely designed to sit just at eye level for kids, the intricate model is meant to be touched (gently) and explored by pintsized visitors, who can easily see every detail from their vantage point. As the opening night came to a close, somewhere in the distance along the nearby rail line, the last train of the evening offered up its whistle a sound echoing through time connecting the past with the present. PHOTO BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE OBSERVER Signs and songs commemorate the Dinky Line Railroad. TRAIN | Tracks connect past and present C ONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE at Winter Park Towers Your room is waiting for you if you need Pain and Symptom Management Hospital Follow-up Complex Treatments, or Crisis Care Referrals 866-742-6655#5019096 www.cornerstonehospice.org www.SeriousIllness.org/cornerstoneMedicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances accepted PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER The Winter Park Farmers Market celebrated 35 years with a doggie fashion show. It also honored the original vendors still in service. Farmers Market Anniversary Farmers Market Anniversary LOCAL NEWS. BIG IMPACT.Subscribe now to keep up with the latest news unfolding in your community. Visit WPMObserver.com/Subscribe or call 407.563.7013 to order today! WINNER OF10FLORIDAPRESS ASSOCIATIONAWARDS

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Page 8 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Final week through May 25 Freckleface Strawberry The Musical Closing out Orlando Reps season of theater for young audiences is Freckleface Based on a childrens picture will do anything to get rid of her freckles from scrubbing to wearing a ski mask to school. With the help of lovable school mates (and a kooky teacher), Freckleface learns that everyone is different and thats what makes everyone special. Now in com or call 407-896-7365. Now through May 27 The 23rd annual Orlando International Fringe Festival The wacky, weird and won derful festival of plays called Fringe will present 100 perfor mance groups in Fringe 2014. The oldest, non-juried festival in International Fringe Festivals philosophy is to be 100 percent uncensored, 100 percent nonjuried, and 100 percent acces sible. This celebration offers uncensored performances, an outdoor stage, Visual Fringe! Visit orlandofringe. org for a complete schedule. Now to Sept. 7 Curious George live at the Science Center The insatiable curiosity little monkey who has cap tured the hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years is at the Orlando Center in the exhibit, visitors on a fun and meaningful math, science and engineer ing-based adventure, the exhibit will be on 7. Through hands-on, interactive play, chil dren design and con struct buildings, join ship, pose for pic For more information, call 407-5142000 or visit osc.org Now through June 2 Breakthrough Theatre presents Childrens Letters to God Based on the international Hample and Eric Marshall, a musical that follows the lives of young people as they voice beliefs, desires and questions as expressed by children. The family-oriented musical will be presented by Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park from and scenes are based on actual letters that explore timeless is in nature, the musical is about Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar Please see CULTURE on next page Michael FlurkeyCOMMERCIALrfrntr brrbrbrfRESIDENTIALrrffrfr brrnfrf rrfrf rfrf bbrfrf br www.orlandohomecontractor.com321-388-5680License #CBC1254564 | License #CCC1328753 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.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. Contact your area center for detailsCenter for Independent Living in Central Florida720 North Denning Drive Winter Park, FL 32789 407-623-1070 (v) :: 407-623-1185 (tty)Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties220 South 9th Street Leesburg, FL 34748 352-323-0757 (v) :: 352-323-9106 (tty) rfntbfn START CHANGING YOUR LIFE TODAY! r rfrntffb tttt fnbb t ff nf ttt fn ftnnf ffn BEACH BODY CHALLENGE 6 WEEK PROGRAM ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY A GOSPEL CELEBRATION

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 9 kids questions some funny, some serious and some surpris ing. For reservations, call 407920-4034. May 23 to 25 62nd annual Florida Folk Festival come together for one of the oldest state folk festivals in America. The 62nd annual Flor ida Folk Festival will feature performances by more than 150 groups celebrating Floridas diverse cultural heritage. More than 300 performances by national recording artists and musicians of swing, folk, blues, gospel, Caribbean and zydeco music on Memorial Day weekend in daily at 8 a.m. For more infor mation, call 877-569-7767 or visit FloridaFolkFestival.com May 23 CFCArts presents A Gospel Celebration with The Pine Hills Singers With selections from Brook CULTURE | Get folksy this weekend with more than 300 blues and folk performances C ONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Please see CULTURE on page 10 One Senior Place ... See our full Calendar of Events at OneSeniorPlace.com407.949.6733715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32714M-F 8:30am 5pmEDUCATIONAL REDESIGNING YOUR SPACE TO BRING YOU JOY Thursday, May 22nd 10am-11am By Creating Divine Order, RSVP 407.949.6733 FUN & EXERCISE SENIOR CLUB Every Monday 10am-12pm By Family Physicians Group May 26th Closed for Memorial Day Holiday CHAIR PILATES Friday, May 23rd and 30th By VITAS Innovative Hospice Care RSVP 407.599.2522 INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE UNITED HEALTHCAREMEDICARE/MEDICAID SPECIAL NEEDS PLAN Tuesday, May 27th 2pm-3:30pm By LTC Advisors. RSVP 407.949.6722 LEGAL & FINANCIAL WOMENS FINANCIAL BELIEFS Thursday, May 22nd 5:30pm7:30pm By Price Financial Services. RSVP 407.339.4500 TRUSTED IN-HOME SENIOR CARE IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ONE SENIOR PLACE. 407-841-9788 SENIOR PARTNER IN-HOME CARE (LIC# 30211049)Calendar of Events May 2014 CHILDRENS LETTERS TO GOD CHEFS GALA FOLK FESTIVAL

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Page 10 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Choir, Israel Houghton and more, Central Florida Com munity Arts (CFCArts) will The celebration, presented jointly by CFCArts and the Pine Hills Performing Arts Center, will bring the message of joy, inspiration, and unity among all people through gospel and spiritual music. The celebration will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on May 23 at Pine Hills Performing Arts Center, at 5600 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando. Purchase tickets online at cfcarts.com May 29 to June 1 Davis Gaines Double Standards An intimate cabaret Orlandos homegrown will take the stage at The Abbey to present his one-man cabaret new show offers fresh and unex pected takes on familiar stan lead role on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, where he starred in more than 2,000 form on May 29 at 8 p.m.; May 30 at 7 and 10 p.m.; and June 1 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at TicketWeb.com and at AbbeyOrlando.com United Ways 22nd annual Chefs Gala Twenty-three top chefs from taurants collaborated for the regions premier food and wine pairing event on May 10 at Ep cot World place. Out of every dollar raised, 95 cents will United Way partner agencies providing servic es to the one in are in need in the community. raised $300,000 grams that sup port education, income, health and basic needs for thousands of Central Florid ians. For more information, visit hfuw.org or call 407-835-0900. The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools students and 13,000 teachers in 184 schools throughout Orange County, the Foundation for focuses community resources on the success of students and teachers in our community. The Foundation raised more than $40,000 as a result of its third Orange Countys Top Talent Competition held on May 10 at the Orange County Conven tion Center. The countywide talent show featured 18 acts including singers, dancers and Khamryn Elise Hammonds of tooed Heart. Visit foundation forocps.org or call 407-317-3261. Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. CULTURE | Orange County Public Schools earned $40,000 from its third annual student talent show contest C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 Savannah Court and Cove Excellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 To Make An Appointment, Please RSVP: 407-645-3990 Tuesday, June 3, 2014Big Red Bus in the Parking Lot10 am 3 pmThanks for Saving 3 lives!Please eat and drink plenty of uides BEFORE and AFTER donating. Hair Cuts Starting at$12 For Men $14 For Women We Specialize in Seniors and Home Bound Clients Yes, We Go To Your House, Nursing Home, Or Adult Living Facility!Most of Our Clients are Veterans! OOH RAH! 407-242-3645 407-808-7320 407-376-9367Se Habla Espanol* Merci Hair Styles 35 Years ExperienceLicensed & Insured MGL01345187 Presented by: Friday May 23, Concert 6pm 10pm Sat May 24, Festival 10am 6pm BBQBLOWOUT.orgLocated at This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law, Demian Bichir, Richard E. Grant, & Emilia Clarke Fri-Sun 9PM Mon, Wed, Thurs 9PM Cult Classics: THE FISHER KING Tues 9:30 Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film: AN AMERICAN TAIL Sun 12PM THE DOUBLEStarring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, & Wallace Shawn Fri-Sun 4PM, 6:30 Mon-Thurs 6:30 A GOSPEL CELEBRATION DOUBLE STANDARDS

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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Page 11 Opinions King Features Weekly ServiceMay 19, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOONS Chris Jepson Perspectives The saddest thing about selling out is just how cheaply most of us do it for. James Bernard Frost mined whether he is merely ignorant or opportunistic or some egregious combina that he is ready to be president because he is 43 and has a vision. I voted for Barack Obama twice. I have been disappointed in his administration in many respects, but I would vote for him again, particularly in light of alternative Republican policies. My liberal friends vehemently defend President Obama, particularly in light of Republican intran sigence to the legitimacy of his presidency. And, yes, some of that opposition has been undeniably racist. A criticism I think historians will level against Obama will be the thin ness of his professional resume before running for the presidency. Without a doubt, President Obama has the intellectual chops to be in political acumen to be elected and re-elect ed. Obamas success at winning elections inspires all manner of imitation. Florida comes an inspired Marco Rubio, son of Cuban immigrant parents who Uh, whoops, Rubios parents left Cuba a full two years prior to Castro overthrow ing Fulgencio Batistas corrupt regime. is no doubt forgetful that they arrived in Ask yourself this: What would you say Rubio. Is he merely ignorant, or will he say whatever he thinks is necessary (pander) Rubios jib. how old the Earth is, that its impossible to know and that Whether the Earth was created in seven days, or seven actual eras, Im not sure well ever be able to answer that. Its one of the great mysteries. Except it really isnt a mystery. Credible science has Earth approximately 4 1/2 bil lion years old. He subsequently recanted. I am reminded of the words of Confucius, The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what a Catholic, a Mormon and a Baptist. No doubt, worried that he might offend the This is Marco Rubio. The other example also dealing with science is climate change. Marco Rubio claims it is not caused by human activity. This is what I do not understand about Republicans. I get that there are going to be horrendous economic costs associated with correcting (ameliorat ing) the affects of climate change. We can that policy but please do not deny cred ible, factually accurate science. Human industrialization is unequivocally warm ing the planet. Now what? bidding of the Climate Deniers (do Commerce, etc.). Marco Rubio can be cheaply procured (expensive, however, for America). If that is an unfair characterization, then he is a man with no intellectual integrity. Either way, with leaders such as Rubio, the So which is it, Sen. Rubio? 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! but I still celebrate in my mind and heart that we have been together for 34 years, and she has made those years the best of my 93. Friends drove us to Apopka where we had a most delicious dinner at The Back proudly serves up top-quality steaks and key lime pie! Well worth the trip. City Commission for being more con cerned with our future township than with the wishes of developers. After some 40 years of worldwide concertizing, I bought a house in Winter Park, because the city has retained much of the charm that has blessed its population since my school days! When and if Winter Park becomes only a busy suburb of Orlando, my house will be for sale. their private life, and that their health is the publics business. Hillary Clinton has medical problems. A while back she had a blood clot in her leg. And this past January she had a blood clot in her brain serious business! Only a doctor could determine if clots certainly dont enhance a candidates candidates health is something we should know and take into consideration. Is this information important if youre voting about the future of your country? You bet! New Mayor Bill de Blasios Achilles heel is Manhattan, which was not plowed at all in a recent snowstorm. De Blasio refers weak ly to an out-of-commission snowplow. That ploy may not win back the scads of votes de Blasio may have lost. He calls himself a man of the common people, ers think he sent them a message. I think that may well tarnish his civic escutcheon and curtail his reign as mayor! us the Masters Tournament and the Ken tucky Derby. And the sun is blazing away on us lucky Central Floridians. The sun, never forget, is the source of all life in our little corner of the universe. And we seem to be the only living human beings within reach. Its a lonely life, but its better to be a preacher who knows what life is, than to be an inanimate, inert zilch! We had better give a thought to what we are doing on our earth, hadnt we? Dont we spend an inordinate amount of energy and time thinking up ways to wipe out how to wipe us out? Are we perhaps created and later to have found the way to annihilate themselves and everybody else? Many people have thought that our sex ual urge is mankinds main driving force. However, in his old age, Einstein con cluded that self-destruction had replaced sexual drive as mankinds primary thrust. There are a lot of nice little sayings that I others as you would have them do unto Never hit a man when hes down, etc. In the game of life, one may capture his primary desire, and still lose every material thing he owns. smart way to proceed who wants to eat alone, dance alone or sleep alone? A shared life divides by two both sorrow and joy its not the whole pie, but its a big piece, isnt it? Good health, good life, good grief About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney)