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WPMOBSERVER.COM 1 9 8 9 2 0 1 4 25 YEARS A Winter Park couple hopes the historic designation of a lo cal chapel will bring stability to their wedding business, seven months after it was relocated by a local land developer. The 79-year-old Grant Cha pel, at the corner of Lyman and New York avenues, will be up for historic designation by the Winter Park Historic Preserva tion Board at their meeting next month. The City Commission would USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. VISIT WPMOBSERVER.COM SUBSCRIBE NOW! THIS BITES A LIFESAVER LIFESTYLES, 7 Dawgs take league lead Four-game blowout streak catapults team ahead of Rats SPORTS, 8 Kids heading to school? Need-to-know info on orientation, plus tax-free deals BACK TO SCHOOL, 10 CALENDAR .................... 2 LIFESTYLES .................... 7 SPORTS ...................... 8 BACK TO SCHOOL .............. 10 CULTURE ..................... 14 OPINIONS .................... 17 CLASSIFIEDS .................. 18 An unlikely Winter Park business booster has shown its support for Orange Countys latest sales tax. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce backed the Orange County half penny sales tax July 16 as its board of directors voted unanimously in support. The board of directors, made up of 19 members, cited local students as the biggest factor in its decision to back the tax, which would support Orange County Public Schools. The sales tax has been in ef fect since 2003, drawing in $1.7 billion as of June 2013. Its ex pected to draw $2.1 billion in revenue over the next 10 years, ARCHIVE PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE OBSERVER Winter Park businesses would stand to gain from a more educated workforce, according to the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, which is backing a half-penny sales tax that would go toward educating the areas next generation of employees and entrepreneurs. PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE OBSERVER Construction delays made for a shaky transition for the Winter Park wedding chapel, but led to a new business expansion that helped the owners weather the uncertainty. In the business of supporting schools Winter Park Chamber backs sales tax that would bring $2.1 billion to OCPS TIM FREED Observer staff Please see SALES TAX on page 2 Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker admits that the city made some mistakes when it came to overhauling the intersec tion of Horatio Avenue and U.S. Highway 17-92 earlier this year. And now, the city is paying for them. But, he said at last weeks Mai tland City Council meeting, that doesnt mean some major prog ress hasnt been made in moving The City Council voted last Monday to approve additional funding to cover the intersection construction project costs of go ing 49 days over contracted time. downtown intersection causing an endless barrage of resident complaints along the way, tallied in at $77,153.43 over original bud get. The original $1.5 million in construction costs were covered by the Florida Department of Transportation. The costs over the originally budgeted contract fell on the citys shoulders as do ad ditional changes, which are now in the works, to the intersection to The city is working to undo Mayor admits city made trafc mistakes SARAH WILSON Observer staff Please see TRAFFIC on page 4 Chapel survives a rocky move Couple hopes historic qualities will help preserve 79-year-old Grant Chapel TIM FREED Observer staff Please see WEDDINGS on page 2 www.wpmobserver.com/enews 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC Winter Park Recovery CenterComprehensive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Naltrexone for Alcohol & Cocaine Abuse Subutex/Suboxone For Opioids & HeroinExecutive Level ProtocolsPrivacy Guaranteed2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 Contact For Free Evaluation at 407-629-0413 www.WinterParkRecoveryCenter.com
Page 2 | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer WEDDINGS | Chapel biz got creative as construction slowed SALES TAX | Chamber looks long term A historic designation would come as a relief for Steve and Suzanne Graffham, whove run a wedding business out of the old building since 2009. The chapel would then have a longer life and we wont be as worried about the future, Suzanne said. It will be more of Even though I know they can still tear it down, its going to be harder. The old chapel holds a long history in Winter Park. Con structed in 1935, the building housed a black Methodist church in 1943. The congre gation resided in the building all the way up until the 1990s when it outgrew the building and moved elsewhere, Steve said. Today the chapel draws couples from across the globe to exchange vows. But Steve and Suzannes wedding business went through half of 2014. They endured their business being relocating down the street last December, when property owner Dan Bellows had the building placed on dol lies and moved from its origi nal location on New England Avenue to make way for an incoming development. Bellows spearheaded the effort to have the chapel placed on its new foundation, work Traditional Neighborhoods Inc. to raise money for a brand new garden, fountain and stone walkway. But the project took far longer than anticipated. Suzanne and Steve said they were told the building would be completed by mid-January, but the construc tion and refurbishing inside dragged on until late April. Steve said that 10 to 15 wed dings had to be moved to other locations, with some couples having already booked a year in advance. From a business standpoint thats a nightmare, Steve said. When youre talking to a bride, whos about to have the most important day of her life, and shes got her heart set on a certain place and you phone her up and say, Its not ready. Thats when the surrounding community stepped up to lend a hand. The First Congrega tion Church, Casa Feliz and the Alfond Inn all stepped forward to serve as replacement loca tions for the soon-to-be-married couples. The Graffhams have since started the Winter Park Wedding Company, which they use to host weddings at the three loca tions in addition to the chapel. What started as a hectic mess became a lucrative business expansion, Steve said. Were now doing weddings in those three locations as well, Steve said. An expanded busi ness has come out of what was a negative of the move. [Suzanne] turned some potential nightmares into positive situations It was the fact that people in this city pulled together to help us out. Meanwhile the foun tain, landscaping and the lightning still need to be Park Wedding Chapel. Steve and Suzanne are unsure of when the building will be completely value of having the chapels name in the historic register. It gives a sense of stability not only to them, but to the married couples who return to visit years later. It means security really, Steve said. Its so important because its a place thats really etched itself in the hearts of many people that have gotten married here and people who are looking to getting married here in the future. It enters into peoples senti mental side really. according to a report from OCPS. I think the board saw it as common sense, said Board Chairman Tom Kelly. The chamber has a long history of supporting education in Winter Park, from Rollins College down to the elementary schools. Winter Park has to provide the students with the tools to make them successful. The sales tax would support a rapidly growing local school system. The Orange County School District cur rently ranks as the 10th largest school district in the na tion and the fourth largest in Florida, according to the resolution voted on by the Chamber. A facilities con dition assessment by OCPS re vealed more than $2 billion in unmet facility needs over the next decade, according to a 2013 OCPS report. Funding goals wont be met for future construction and reno vation without the tax, according to the OCPS Construction Over sight and Value Engineering Committee. Before coming to a vote the Chamber received guidance from its Council of Leaders, a group of past board members, former mayors and community a part in the decision as well. It comes down to promoting future leaders, said Chamber President Patrick Chapin in a press release. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce recognizes the value of great schools and the need to provide an educational environ ment where students can thrive, Chapin said in the release. Todays students are tomor rows workforce. Its important from an economic development perspective to invest in these fu ture innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Young residents seeing suc cess in the future also means a positive outlook for local busi nesses in the long run, Kelly said. I think the positives out weigh the nega tives, Kelly said. Its going to make people successful in the community. If you have people who have successful communi ties, your business will be suc cessful. The Chamber spoke of its po sition at the recent Good Morn ing Winter Park Program and saw no opposition to the sales tax, Kelly said. Im like most people in Win ter Park: I dont want taxes, Kelly said. But when it comes to making people successful. Im all for that. Orange County voters will have the chance to decide on the half penny sales tax in the prima ry election on Aug. 26. C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE A UGU S T 10 4:00 7:00 p.m.100 S. Eola Drive in Orlandos Thor nton Park Optional: Dress for your favorite jazz era $45r central l oridajas oci ety .com VOTE Edward DeAguilerafor State Senate District 12 VOTE August 26th in the Primary for Edward DeAguilera COMMON SENSE LEADERSHIP FOR A CHANGEIts time to get serious about job creation, economic development and creating a better quality of life in our West Orange District. 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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Page 3 Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER July 28 City Commission meeting There will be a City Commis sion meeting Monday, July 28, at 3:30 p.m., in City Hall Commis sion Chambers located at 401 S. Park Ave. For the most up-to-date agenda, please visit cityofwinter park.org under Whats New. Be low are a few topics of interest: Mayors Report Rescue Department Non-Action Items Consent Agenda 14, 2014. The Davey Tree Expert Company, Utility Vegetation Management Amendment 2, and authorize the Mayor to execute Amendment 2. quest of the Tri-County League of Cities for use of the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center Friday, No vember 21, 2014. Action Items Requiring Discussion budget discussion Public Hearings Harkins for the properties at 1141/1143 Orange Ave.: Second reading of the ordi nance amending Article I, Com prehensive Plan to change the Future Land Use Designation. Second reading of the ordi ing map. citys support for the continued use and management of the Lake Baldwin Veterans Administration (VA) medical clinic by the VA. Remember, if you are unable to attend City Commission meet ings, you can watch them live, gavel-to-gavel, as they happen. During the meeting, simply log on to cityofwinterpark.org/cclive city business. Excellence in Procurement Award The city of Winter Parks Pur chasing Division has been se lected by the National Procure ment Institute to receive the 2014 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, designed to recognize excellence in procure ment by organizations that obtain high scores on standardized cri teria. The award will be received in October by the citys Purchas ing Manager Althea Pemsel at the NPIs 46th Annual Conference and Products Exposition in Dal las. The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award Program is designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement productivity, and leadership attri butes in the procurement industry. The award program is sponsored by the NPI, the Florida Associa tion of Public Procurement Of Management, and 10 additional procurement agencies across the United States. The mission of Winter Parks Pur chasing Division is to provide profes sional procurement services using expe rience, integrity and courtesy with all city departments and entities involved in the procurement process, for qual ity products, goods and services which meet or exceed ex pectations while complying with all applicable laws. The division is responsible for establishing the citys purchasing policies under a centralized purchasing system for the procurement of goods, services and equipment and the provision of fair and equitable treatment of all persons. The di vision strives to be a good stew ard of public funds by obtaining the best value and providing a process based on best practices using market knowledge, innova For more information regard ing NPI, please visit npiconnec tion.org Using food from the garden: Storage & preservation Please join us for the City of Winter Park free Sustainability Program Workshop Series Satur day, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Winter Park Commu nity Center located at 721 W. New England Ave. This workshop will discuss the best ways to store and preserve your freshly grown pro duce. Reservations are required. For more information, please call 407-599-3364 or email at sustain firstname.lastname@example.org Stop Tailgating Campaign reduced rear-end collisions During the month of June, the Winter Park Police Department along with various private and government community partners, engaged in the Stop Tailgating Campaign. As compared to June 2012, the city experienced a reduc tion in the number of rear-end col lisions during the campaign. This change in crash dynamics is owed largely to the educational efforts of our community partners, which include the Florida Safety Coun cil, AllState Insurance Company, Central Florida Auto Dealers As sociation, Florida Department of Transportation and the Maitland Police Department. This reduction is reassuring, but there is still work to be done. In order to build upon the success of this campaign, and continue the reduction in rear-end collisions, it is WPPDs intention to expand the Stop Tailgating Before It Stops during 2015. By doing so, WPPD hopes to further reduce the signif icant number of injuries, fatalities and property damage caused by rear-end collisions each year. Stay connected with WPPD via: Facebook.com/WinterPark PD and Twitter.com/WinterPark PD on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, watch us on Vimeo. Stopping tailgaters PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Rear-end accidents dropped in Winter Park in response to an anti-tailgating campaign by the citys police department. For more information, call (407) 303-1700 or visit HealthyCentralFlorida.org. FREE T-SHIRT! Walk with a doc.Step into FREE tness fun. Every Thursday | 6:00 pm Crosby YMCA | 2005 Mizell Avenue | Winter Park, FL 32792 HCF-14_19771 Walk with A Doc WP Observer.indd 1 6/30/14 11:57 AM
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For more information about Popcorn Flicks in the Park, visit enzian.org JULY 25 The 21st annual Mascot Games features mascots from sports teams across the country competing in a variety of games. Fans of all ages will enjoy thrilling and pulse-pounding competition as mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA battle through gladiator-themed games to determine the true champions of the mascot world. The two-day event starts at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Am way Center. Participating mascots include Stuff from the Orlando Magic, Albert and Alberta from the University of Florida, Bur nie from the Miami Heat and fan favorite Lil Red from the University of Nebraska. All proceeds from the Mascot Games benet New Hope for Kids, which provides sup port to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. For more information, Community Bulletin Winston-James negotiates lease for new ofce Winston-James Development recently negotiated a long-term lease agreement on a 937-square-foot ofce/warehouse facility at its Aloma Business Center on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park. SunRail rider promotion offers discounts The Park Avenue Merchants Association, a committee of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, has launched Free Ride Summer, a promotion aimed at com muters traveling on SunRail. On July 9 through Sept. 30, passengers riding the commuter rail system are able to take advantage of a variety of discounts at participating merchants with the idea that each promotion would offset the cost of the average trip to Winter Park from any of the 11 other origination points along the tracks. Details are available at experienceparkavenue.com/sunrail rfntbfn JULY SPECIAL START TODAY FOR $49 r rfrntffb tttt fnbb t ff nf ttt fn ftnnf ffn rf rnr t132 Lake Avenue Suite 132, Maitland Ph: 407-960-3656Over 25 years in practice bn n rnb FREE ESTATE PLANNING WORKSHOP rfntnbnb f ffnnr nnbb fb nbb btntb tnbnfnn bbntnbrn ntnnf frnb tnnWorkshop Date: Wednesday, July 30 @ 9:30amRSVP @ 407-536-5321Gourmet Coffee & Refreshments will be served, and there will be drawings for Door Prizesnrn*sponsored by First Financial Group visit mascotgames.org The rst annual Karaoke for the Kritters will be held Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures on Alafaya Trail. It will be a fun night of karaoke to benet Franklins Friends, a nonprot or ganization whose mission is to promote animal welfare and support animal chari ties in Central Florida. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To buy tickets visit franklinsfriends.info. For more information, please contact Monisha Seth at 260-693-PETS or franklinsfriends@ gmail.com JULY 26 Learn how to reap your own harvest at Using Food from the Garden: Storage and Preservation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, in the Winter Park Community Center. This event is part of Winter Parks free Sustainability Program Workshop Series. Spots must be re served. For more information, please call 407-599-3364 or email sustainability@ cityofwinterpark.org Bring the whole family and watch James and the Giant Peach at 1 p.m. on Tues day, July 26, at the Enzian Theater. This lm is part of the KidFest Summer Film Series, which plays for free on weekdays and $5 on weekends. For more informa tion, visit enzian.org JULY 27 Join the Orlando JCC for Summer Sun days: Israel Rocks from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at the Maitland campus. Lunch, music, and themed swim games will be provided for family and friends. RSVPs requested by Wednesday each week. For more information, visit orlandojcc.com ONGOING Maitlands Summer Youth Tennis Camp is now in full swing at Maitland Commu nity Park and runs Monday through Thurs day from 9 a.m. to noon now until Aug. 14. Head teaching pro Donnie McGinnis will teach the camp, with levels available for beginner and intermediate players. Bring a racquet, water, a towel and sun block. The cost is $110 for Maitland residents and $120 for non-residents. Registration is available at Maitland Community Park, or by calling 407-539-0042. Learn self-defense forms and get healthy at Tae Kwon Do classes at the Maitland Civic Center. Sessions run from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays under the instruction of world champion Grand Master Harms. Cost is $60 per month. For more information, call 407-461-5932 or email MasterHarms@hotmail.com The REP (Orlando Repertory Theatre) Youth Academy will be offering more than 80 summer camps from now through Aug. 15. The camps will be held at three locations, including the theaters threestage facility in Orlandos Loch Haven Park, as well as Celebration K-8 School in downtown Celebration and the Univer sity of Central Florida in east Orlando. The camps and productions are designed to foster self-condence, creative thinking and problem-solving skills through the medium of the performing arts. For a full listing of the camps, visit orlandorep.com Come out to the Crosby YMCA in Winter Park every Thursday at 6 p.m. for exer cise and advice at its 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. Contact the Crosby YMCA at 407-644-3606 or visit HealthyCentral Florida.org for more information. In partnership with the Orlando Chapter of USA Dance, the Alzheimers Associa tion Central and North Florida Chapter is bringing a free ballroom dance program to the community. Ballroom for the Brain runs from 2 to 3 p.m. on Satur days through July 26 at the Crosby YMCA in Winter Park. Trained dance instructors from USA Dance will teach swing, rumba, merengue and the waltz to earlyand middlestage individuals and their care partners. RSVP is required. For more in formation or to register, call 1-800-2723900. Best Paw Forward offers small group classes for dog obedience and behav ior problem solving. The classes will be held at the Maitland Civic Center from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday. There are classes for pups 8-18 weeks old, a basic man ners program for older pups and adult dogs, and intermediate and advanced obedience classes. Email bestpaw@best paw.com or call 407-321-1006 for more information. Explore the rich and multicultural history behind the art of puppetry at the collabor ative exhibition by The Polasek Museum and MicheLee Puppets The exhibit runs through Aug. 24 at the Albin Polasek Mu seum & Sculpture Gardens. Call 407-6476294 for times and visit polasek.org for more information. Join dance instructor Michael Barbieri at his Salsa Heat Dance Studio to learn salsa dancing. Classes are held on Tues days and Thursdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Maitland Civic Center. Cost is $10 per class, $79 for 10 classes, and $159 for 25 classes. Visit salsaorlando.com or call 407-275-0943 for more information.
Page 6 | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Reading is still the most im portant service libraries provide, according to Americans surveyed for the latest Pew Report on li braries. Maitland Public Library provides many programs that emphasize access to reading ma terials. The youth and adult sum mer reading programs are in full swing, with books being not the only method to bring readers to cooking and forensic anthropol ogy programs with expert speak ers represent different ways to attract readers to the Library this summer, with Mastodons, Florida Ice Age mammals, manatees, and FamiLab MakerSpace. All infor mation is available at maitlandpl. org for times and dates of these programs. E-gaming for Youth is a popu lar way to attract young users to the library every Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Many popular games have companion novels and web sites that encourage players to be come more engaged in reading. Electronic resources also en gage readers in a different format. The Maitland Public Library of fers Zinio as a source of electronic magazines that can be read on any computer, tablet or smartphone. E-books and downloadable audio books are also available for these devices, in an easy to use format, for individuals who own a tablet, computer or e-reader. Connect to the Librarys webpage and read from any internet-enabled device. For the 69 percent of people who read printed books, check out your favorite authors both old and new or shop at the Friends of the Library bookstore. Enjoy a cool, inviting environment to ex plore all aspects of reading at the heart of the community, the Mait land Public Library. Ellen Schellhause, director of Maitland Public Library Library programs, resources provide greater access to reading materials Vote John Mica AUGUST 26th www.micaforcongress.com Mica for CongressIn politics there are talkers and doers John Mica is a doer President George W. Bush Paid for by Mica for Congress, Republican 2826 Shader Rd. Orlando, FL 32808 You r Dogs Destination fo r All Things Healthy 407-295-3888 RockysRetreat.com Now Oering Boardi ng and Daycare! 10% o your rst stay! Bo arding Dog Daycare W eight loss Aqu a therap y Canine massage Fitness and fun swims rrfntrrbtwww.newhopechiro.com Tel: 407-293-88901 Hour Massage(any type)$49.00 New Hope Chiropractic Wellness Center TRAFFIC | Changes should help halt train-track blockages ect, which added parallel park ing spots along Horatio Avenue cutting the through-lanes down to one. The construction earlier this year was planned based on a transportation study done in 2004, Schieferdecker said, and didnt ac storage space by adding parking spots increased the chances of cars getting stranded on the rails. This month, the Florida Department of Transportation made a recommen dation that the city retroactively remove the new parking spots to tion. The city is responsible for the costs of restriping the road, study total, Maitland Public Works Di rector Rick Lemke said the restrip ing should cost around $2,500 and the study and timing will each add a few thousand dollars to the total cost of reworking the intersection. Another request by the city to help keep cars from stacking up on the railroad tracks was de nied by FDOT earlier this month. FDOT said no to the citys idea of adding a preemption system at the Horatio intersection, which would lights when trains approached to clear out the intersection. Lemke said the set up of the intersection doesnt meet FDOT preemption requirements. This is growing pain, Schief erdecker said. But after a little pain and a lot of frustration, most people are coming back and say ing how much better it is. Except for the train (intersection). C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTOS BY NADA HASSANEIN THE OBSERVER Orlando-area residents took to the streets July 18 in support of a return to peace and an improvement in living conditions in the Gaza strip. Pro-Israel protestors also demonstrated during the march through Orlando. Rally for Gaza
Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Page 7 Lifestyles A few minutes and a little wishbone-shaped piece of wax could make all the difference for a parent looking for their missing child. Winter Park Family Dentistry is offering the tool, called Tooth prints, for free during an event to 3 p.m. on Aug. 30. Toothprints are thermoplastic wafers that are used to take an imprint of a childs teeth. Every persons teeth are unique, and Toothprints are a use ful way to identify a person, and store a childs smell for scent dogs to use in case they go missing. In most cases, though, its simply another way to mark your childs growth, said Dr. Ramzi Matar, the Winter Park dentist organizing the event. It could mark the kids de velopment, like a keepsake for parents, to see how their teeth change. And the other reason is of legal issues, they can use it for children, so its just one tool from a forensic point of view, Matar can be used, a Toothprint can be used. The process is simple, and can be done on any child old enough to follow instructions and bite down, best for kids about ages 5-10. The wax-like wafer is warmed in hot water and placed in your childs mouth where theyll just bite down for about a minute while the dentist blows in compressed air to cool off the Toothprint. Then theyll place it in a bag for you to take home. Kimberly Malatesta, an Orlan do mom and elementary school teacher, got Toothprints for her three children already. My interest stems not out of the worst case scenario, but more of like an insurance policy. If I had the ability to have this for my kids to keep them safe or to help locate them or to help, or God forbid, to identify them, why wouldnt I have it, especially when hes offering it to the com munity. Why wouldnt you want every part of your arsenal that you could as a parent to keep your kid safe? she said. Matar said that hes done about 500 Toothprints since he ago, and if parents cant make it to the free event it just takes a few minutes and only costs $10 to do Malatesta said that Matar made it fun for her children, too. For her 5-year-old, he discussed how teeth are like but and special. He taught her 10-year-old a few facts about DNA and forensic science. He also likes to count the teeth imprints with younger kids and talk about the tooth fairy. Matar said he wants kids to have fun with the experience and learn a little bit about science. Its like an adventure, he said. Hes gets excited about the science of it, so that got my kids excited about the science of it and he really made it educational for them, Malatesta said. That is up his alley, that is what he does best, inspiring science in the next gen eration is a goal of his. PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Winter Park dentist Dr. Ramzi Matar demonstrates the Toothprints thermoplastic wafer, which can be used by police dogs to track missing children and also to check dental health. A bite-sized memento and a safety tool Winter Park Family Dentistry hosts a free event that could save childrens lives BRITTNI LARSON Observer staff GET AFFORDABLE DENTAL INSURANCE FOR AS LITTLE AS Dental plans are offered by Florida Combined Life Insurance Company, Inc., an affiliate of Florida Blue. Florida Blue is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. These companies are Independent Licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 81325 0614 floridabluecenters.comOrlando area 1-800-363-2972 Located in Winter Park Village 434 N. Orlando Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789 Visit a Florida Blue Center or call us to find the best dental plan for you! ENJOY YOUR NEW SMILE!Overall wellness starts with good dental health that helps prevent diseases.* Calculations based on $143.88 annual premium which must be paid in full at the time of enrollment. There is a one-time, non-refundable enrollment fee of $35. Premiums and enrollment fees may vary depending on location, see a representative for complete details. 81325-0614_Q2D_Maitland_Obs_AD_WPK.indd 1 6/20/14 12:30 PM For more information about the event, which will offer free Toothprints to all children attending, call Winter Park Family Den tistry at 407-644-0177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about their practice, visit www.winterparkfamilydental.com
Page 8 | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer ELAINE BARBOUR is the only Board Certied and AV-rated attorney in her race and is ENDORSED by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Police Benevolent Association (PBA ) West Orange Political Alliance Puerto Rican Bar Association Central Florida AFL-CIO and hundreds of Central Florida attorneys and community leaders. For a complete list, and a comparison of candidates, vi sit Thank you for your vote in the August 26 election. ElaineBarbourForJudge.com Storm coming? Were ready.Report an outage: 800.228.8485 duke-energy.com/stormGet preparation tips: twitter.com/ DukeEnergyStormDuke Energys expert storm response teams know exactly how to prepare for storms and keep your lights on year report and track outages, get preparation tips and more. Duke Energy Storm The evening was: Theres Nothing Like A Dame celebrat ing women composers and musi talented female string players from the Orlando Philharmonic dames all right! took the stage at the Plaza Live Theater on Monday, July 21, with the caveat to all males present, Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better). Well, they did beauti fully, and I for one am willing to listen and not compete when Joni Bjella, Olga Ferroni, Karen Peters and Mau reen May are playing anywhere within hearshot! The evening began with two movements of a string quartet by Felix Mendelssohns older sister Fanny. The Allegretto movement brought faint echoes of Felixs A Midsummer Nights Dream. Invocation for Violin and Piano by New Hampshires Amy Beach elicited winning musical conver sation that showed off the excel lent violinist Joni Hanze Bjella with Karen Peters at the piano. Before intermission, a high light was the Scarf Dance by Cecile Chaminade, an example of parlor music that is highly conversational by nature. Clara Schumanns interesting Andante from her Piano Trio in G minor half closed with Amy Beachs engaging Summer Dreams for Piano Duet, which enthralled the audience with pianists Joni Bjella, and Karen Peters at the Stein way. After intermis delightful pieces among which a challenging piano trio by Jennifer Hig don stood out with its Puccini-esque Oriental-sounding chords and ar peggi. Maria Grevers Jurame (Promise Love) was an audience favorite. Barbra Streisands Ev ergreen, Melissa Manchesters Come In From The Rain, and a medley of Carole King hits closed the program to an audience ap plauding lustily on its feet. The next Orlando Philharmon ic Orchestra Sounds of Summer program will be Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Call 407-770-0071 for more information. Theres nothing like four dames LOUIS RONEY Observer columnist ISAAC BABCOCK Observer staff With less than a week left in the regular season, the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs just took the lead in the Florida Collegiate Summer League Standings. But can the Sanford River Rats redhot bats get them back to the top The Rats fought the Lees burg Lightning back and forth for a three-game series over the weekend, getting trounced 7-3 on July 17 but then the Rats struck twice, shocking Leesburg with a 9-3 win and a 3-2 win in the next two days. Those six decisive runs in the Rats blowout all came in the ninth inning, when they went on a rampage at the plate and took advantage of a string of errors. the season was a two-run blast that scored Hunter Melton in the second. Skinner would have four RBI on the day. Meanwhile the Dawgs were busy handing four straight losses to the College Park Freedom, sending them deeper into the basement as the Dawgs broke time in a month. Matt Duce bat ted in three in the Dawgs 10-3 trouncing of College Park on July 19. Pitcher Chris Giordano struck hits in six innings in the Dawgs 9-2 win on July 18. Theres one game left that could have a big impact on the season, as the Dawgs and Rats at 7 p.m. at Sanford Memorial Stadium on July 25. After that its playoff time. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Jordan Robinson scored two runs in Sanfords 9-3 trouncing of Leesburg, while rival Winter Park overtook them on a four-win streak. Dawgs leapfrog Rats A medley of Carole King hits closed the program to an audience applauding on its feet.
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Page 10 | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer The days of summer are dwin dling, which means its time to start breaking out the binders and sharpening up your kids pencils. Its back-to-school season, and whether your kids are entering pre-K or 12th grade weve got a guide for all the dates and deals going on to get you ready before the tardy bell rings. All the supplies without all the taxes Want to stock up on all your school necessities without the extra sales tax? The 2014 Backto-School Sales Tax Holiday for Florida runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3. Save some cash on school supplies from collared shirts to crayons during the annual weekend event. For a full list of items for sale tax-free, and limits on prices and purchases, visit ti nyurl.com/OCPS-taxfree OCPS guide for back to school Orange County Public Schools has a webpage built for students, parents and the community to each get to know the schoolseason necessities pertaining to them. Visit ocps.net/Parents/ Pages/BacktoSchool.aspx for all the need-to-have registration in formation. All Orange County students must register by Aug. 6 to secure their spot and schedule before the school year starts on Monday, Aug. 18. Aloma Elementary On Friday, Aug. 15, Aloma Elementary will host its meet the teachers event from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Visit www.eal.ocps.net for more information. Audubon Park Elementary Audubon Park Elementary will host a Meet the Teachers event for its newest Falcons en tering kindergarten on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m. Returning or new students entering grades between 4 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 to check out their new class rooms and meet their teachers for the new school year. Visit www. audubonpark.ocps.net for all your APES back-to-school infor mation. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Meet the Teacher nights serve as a chance for parents and students to get to know their new heads of class, and for students to get a sneak peek at their new classrooms and classmates. Some events are parents-only though, so check with your school rst. Homework before the rst bell rings Everything you need to know before your kids head back to school this month SARAH WILSON Observer staff Please see SCHOOL on next page Dr. Gary D. McDonald OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIAN Oviedo VISION Center Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Glaucoma Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management 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 Fri 11:00 10:00 Sat 10:00 10:00 Sun 11:00 7:00407.542.7844 532 S. Econ Circle, Ste 120 Oviedo, FL 32765 www.boingjump.com Summer Hours end August 18
Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Page 11 Please see SCHOOL on page 12 SCHOOL | When can you make the most of your back-to-school budget? Its coming up at the start of August Brookshire Elementary Brookshire Elementary will host its Meet the Teacher night on Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all grades of incoming students. New and incoming Bulldog par ents can get all the details online at www. brookshire.ocps.net Dommerich Elementary Meet your students new teachers for the upcoming school year at Dommerich Elementarys Meet the Teacher night on Aug. 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This is the orientation time for all grades. Learn more Killarney Elementary See how lucky your kids got when you meet their teachers on Aug. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Killarney Elementary. Shamrock parents can prepare for the new school year by visiting www.ocps.net/lc/north/ eki Lakemont Elementary All students attending Lakemont El ementary this school year are welcome to meet their teachers on Friday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more informa Lake Sybelia Elementary Lake Sybelia students can come get their feet wet before jumping into the brand new school year by meeting their teachers on Aug. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. In coming Dolphins in all grade are welcome. Visit www.ocps.net/lc/north/ely for more information. Glenridge Middle Get to know your students schedules and teachers at Glenridge Middle on Aug. 13 and 14. Incoming sixth graders can meet their teachers on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m., while all older Lions can come check out their classes on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Mane Event. Visit www.glenridge.ocps. net for additional information. Maitland Middle Maitland Middle School parents and students can come pick up their schedules and meet their teachers on Aug. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www. mm.ocps.net Winter Park High School WPHS will host Welcome Back Cats starts for parents and students to pick up their schedules and meet their new teachers. The Ninth Grade Center will welcome the new est Wildcats to the pride with schedule pick-ups from 3 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 12 and from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 15. The main orientation event at the Center will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14. Call 407-6231476 for more information. The WPHS main campus hosts schedule pick-up events by grade. Seniors can come in between 8 and 11 a.m. on Aug. 12. Juniors are welcome to stop by from 8 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 14. And sophomores can come to the school for schedule pickup from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 15. For more information, visit www.wphs.ocps.net Edgewater High School Edgewater High students are welcome to pick up their their lockers in shifts by grade the week before school starts. Seniors can come to campus on Monday, August 11, between 1 and 4 p.m. Juniors can stop by the next day, Aug. 12, between C ONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE ARCHIVE PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Books, binders and backpacks will be tax free next weekend as part of Floridas annual Back-to-School sales tax holiday. Restrictions apply, so its important to check out what qualies and what doesnt before you hit the stores.
Page 12 | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer SEND THEM BACK TO SCHOOLwith a SMILE 20% OffNEW PATIENT EXAM & CLEANING FOR STUDENTS (AND PARENTS TOO!) E. W A S W P, F rf --DWP. offer expires 10/31/2014 SCHOOL | Beware of sign-ups for siblings in the same school; theyre usually not all held on the same day 9 a.m. and noon. Sophomores are welcome that same day, Aug. 12, between 1 and 4 p.m. And freshman can check out their new school and schedules from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 14. New student orientation is Aug. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. For more infor mation, visit www.ehs.ocps.net Orangewood Christian Orangewood Christian students start back to school a week earlier than OCPS The school will host schedule pick-up and supply drop-off on Aug. 11. The day starts with a prayer kickoff at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., new second through sixth grade students are welcome through 10 a.m. Returning second through sixth graders and their parents can stop by the school between 10 and 11 a.m. There will be a uniform ex change from 9 to 11 a.m. the same day. The evening of Aug. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a parents-only information session on the high school campus. Be ginning at 7:30 p.m. there will be an open house for all seventh through 12th grad ers. On Aug. 12 middle school and high school students are welcome to drop off supplies and meet their teachers between 1 and 3 p.m. For a full schedule of Orangewoods back-to-school-activities, visit orange woodchristian.org Lake Forrest Preparatory School Students and parents are welcome to come out to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms at Lake Forrest Prep on school for students will be Aug. 18. For more information, visit lakeforrestprep. com St. Margaret Mary School Winter Parks St. Margaret Mary School will kickoff classes on Tuesday, Aug. 12. school can have a chance to mingle at the New Family Social on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Parrish Hall. Orientation Day for all students is Mon day, Aug. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. For more information and a list of grade-by-grade parent meetings sched visit smmknight.org The Geneva School Geneva School students of all ages will return to their classrooms on Thursday, Aug. 14. Parents and students can meet the teachers on Aug. 13. Students and parents teachers between 9:30 and 11 a.m. Follow ing that, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., students and parents in second through sixth grade are welcomed back to campus to meet their teachers. There will also be an informa tional expo in the dining hall. For more information, visit genevaschool.org Trinity Preparatory School students will be Aug. 18. Before that, new students are welcomed to campus for ori entation on Aug. 15 from 8 to 11 a.m. For more information, visit trinityprep.org C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 ARCHIVE PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Before the rst back-to-school bell rings on Aug. 18 for OCPS students, parents can help students plan bus or walking routes to take to school. Theres a list of resources regarding school bus info on the OCPS website. When the kids head back to school, its a hectic time for the entire family. Car pools, after-school activities and home wholesome meals into the day. But its im portant to make sure your child is eating a nutritious diet to keep energy levels high and concentration focused in school. With vegetarian versions of many pop ular foods available these days, you may be curious about whether theyre worth it. Many soy-based foods contain nutrients and minerals such as iron, calcium, potas sium and complete protein, setting kids up for a healthy future, without the need to eat meat. Introducing kids to soy: While some kids are picky eaters, oth ers are just reluctant to try new things. Here are some simple ideas for introduc ing soy foods into your childs diet. blend well with other ingredients, so it is easy to sneak into your childs favorite dishes, from mac and cheese and quesa dillas to pizza and brownies, reducing sat urated fat and cholesterol in dishes. snack time enjoyable. Serve little ones a ery with soynut butter before placing the raisins on top. Easy back-to-school meals Please see SOY on next page Adding meat substitutes into your childs diet
Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Page 13 Outstanding SchoolYouth America Grand Prix New York Finals 2014FALL CLASSES BEGIN A UGUST 18, 2014 For more information visit OrlandoBalletSchool.org schools nationwide, offers the highest quality classical ballet training guided by the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum and our fully Photo by Michael CairnsCLASSES FOR DANCERS AGES 3 ADULT WITH FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING OPTIONS.REGISTRATION NOW OPEN ment and how to pay for it can be a major source of concern for parents and students. But there are ways to reduce the amount of debt you take on when preparing for higher education. Outstanding student loan debt has reached $1.2 trillion nationwide, according to recent estimates from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yet there are ways to help reduce the amount a family or student has to borrow to fund a college education, if families start early enough. Its never too late for fami lies of college-bound students to reduce costs, if they consider options well before senior year, said Cynthia Tidwell, CEO and president of Royal Neighbors of America, which has awarded more than $4 million in college scholarships since 1962. The key is to think creatively whether its earning college nancial tools that allow for cash savings, or researching schol arship options dont mort or saddle your child with debt that could keep her or him from reaching their dreams, Tidwell added. Four ways to reduce college costs: 1. Earn college credit in high school. Many high schools offer students the opportunity to earn dual-enrollment high school and college credit, before college. This can dramatically re duce the cost of college as well as the speed with which your child completes their degree. 2. Consider a community college. Average annual com munity college tuition and fees are less than half those at public four-year colleges and universi ties and one-10th those at private four-year colleges and universi ties, according to a 2008 report from the National Center of Edu cation Statistics. And in Florida, some less expensive colleges such as Seminole State College can of fer guaranteed transfers to larger state universities, including the University of Central Florida, af ter students receive their associ ates degree. options for more effective col lege savings. There are many dif save for college. Under certain circumstances, some colleges and universities lock in tuition for all four years. Even certain life insur ance policies offer cash savings options to help pay for expenses such as college tuition, wed dings, or starting up a business. Look for permanent or whole life policies with cash value accumu lation options. 4. Research scholarships early. Scholarships are available for traditional and non-tradition al students, but dont wait until senior year to research. Some require organizational member ship, volunteer hours, or criteria that may take time for the stu dent to be eligible. For information on the many scholarships available in Florida, visit bit.ly/1yWC0yg. To learn more about scholarships and other member programs available through Royal Neighbors of America, log on to royalneighbors.org or call 800-6274762. Family Features Tips for reducing your kids college debt SOY | Easy tricks can get your kids eating meat-free meals mame is a nutrient-dense snack thats easy to grab and eat. Kids will enjoy popping the beans out of the pods and straight into their mouth. Honey-roasted soy nuts are also a favorite alterna tive to peanuts. swapping the meat in your childs favorite dishes with soy foods. For instance, serve veggie burgers rather than hamburgers or use soy crumbles in place of ground meat in chili, spaghetti or tacos. Pack a Healthy Lunchbox One way to make sure your child is eating well through out the day is to send a healthy lunchbox to school. Here are some items to pack in your childs lunch to boost the nutri tional value. layering the ingredients in a mason jar, including shelled with fresh vegetables, tofu, let tuce and dressing. mini rice cakes or cheddar soy crisps, rather than potato chips. options like chocolate soymilk or a whole soy and fruit nutri tion bar. For an easy weeknight meal, try this recipe for Asian Chick en Edamame Pizza. Not only will your kids love it for din ner, but the leftovers will make a perfect lunchbox addition the next day. For more ideas and recipes, visit www.soyfoods. org. Asian Chicken Edamame Pizza Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8-10 minutes Servings: 8 3 tablespoons peanut butter 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons white rice vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced 1 pre-baked pizza crust, 12inch 1/2 cup reduced-fat mozza rella cheese, shredded 1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced 1/2 cup edamame, shelled, cooked according to package di rections 1/2 cup red bell pepper, sliced 1/4 cup chow mein noodles Preheat oven to 450F. Com bine peanut butter, water, soy sauce, vinegar and ginger in small bowl; stir until smooth. Place pizza crust on foil-lined baking sheet. Spread peanut but ter mixture evenly over pizza crust. Sprinkle cheese, chicken, edamame, bell peppers and chow men noodles evenly over crust. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Cut into eight slices and serve. Nutrition Information Per Serving (1 slice): 160 calories; 10 g protein; 19 g carbohydrate; 2 g mg cholesterol; 400 mg sodium. 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Page 14 | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Good news: In recent research, USA Todays Tripology found that Orlando was the top destination for family vacation ers. The award recognizes af fordable family destinations that travellers are most interested in one more reason to take pride in our hometown! Visit usato day.com More good news: Travel & Leisure Magazines Worlds Best Awards survey announced Orlando International Airport airports in the nation. From 2013 through 2014, the magazines readers were invited to vote for their favorite airport based on criteria involving logistics and convenience. Anyone who has traveled internationally can concur on this call. Our airport is the cleanest, most beautiful, and most easily maneuvered of any this writer has experienced. Job well done! Call 407-825-2055 or visit orlandoairports.net Final week through July 28 Ladies of Eola Heights Director Ken Howard takes on this re-envisioning of Michael Wanzies wildly successful com edy with a cast of Central Flori das favorite actresses including Peg OKeef, Beth Marshall, Blue Star and Miss Sammy Sing haus. There is more than steel to these Magnolias in this story of sisters who come together after years of being apart along with comic references to a com munity within walking distance week through July 28 at The Abbey. Visit abbeyorlando. com for tickets. Now through Aug. 3 Crazy for You at The REP Populated with Follies girls, cowboys, and urban social ites, the Orlando REPs Youth Academy (grades 7 through 12) presents the Tony-Award win ning musical Crazy For You through Aug. 3. A huge hit from the Gershwin brothers, Crazy For You is packed with favorite Gershwin tunes performed by extraordinary young perform ers. Call 407-896-7365, ext. 1, or visit orlandorep.com. Youll also want to mark your calendar for this weekend July 26 and 27 for The REPs birthday celebra tion! Single tickets for Crazy For You are $15, and The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and Her Dog!) and Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up! are $10. Multiple show passes are available. July 26 Orange Is The New Black at The Brink Is the New Black will bring two of the shows talented starlets to Orlandos downtown party spot The Brink. Taryn Manning aka Tiffany Pennsatucky Doggett will walk the red carpet, talk to fans, sign autographs, and spin a special DJ set. Dascha Polanco aka Daya Diaz, the scandalous Latina will also be in attendance for adoring fans. Fairvilla Mega store will give free goodie-bags doors. The cover is $10 before 11 p.m. and $15 after. Visit brinkor lando.com July 27 Beth Black & Jim Basque are Black & Basque A duo featuring Beth Black on vocals, violin and guitar and Jim Basque on vocals, bass, guitar, and keyboard will of fer a free performance at Casa Feliz on July 27 beginning at noon. Beth plays in the Mait land Symphony and performs at weddings while Jim and his band Last Chance are still go ing strong after 27 years. As a duo Black & Basque share their diverse musical tastes ranging from rock and blues to jazz, country and some Celtic thrown in for spice. Call Beth Black at 407-765-6458 or visit casafeliz. squarespace.com July 30 to Aug. 3 LeakyCon in Orlando Special guests from Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Supernatural along with leading young adult literature days of geeky fun as LeakyCon, book convention comes to the Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar Please see CULTURE on next page rf n tb nn tr rfn ff rrt ff nt rf t ff tf t ff tf n ff ft t t frr f trf f t fft r ftb f t t r ftn n fttt nt rfntbfrrrrr rrrrrrr rrrr frrrrrrr rrrrrrrr rr ORLANDO VOTED TOP VACATION DESTINATION BLACK & BASQUE
Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Page 15 Convention Center in Orlando from July 30 to Aug. 3. Harry Potter ac tors Hugh Mitchell (Colin Creevey) and Char lotte Skeoch (Hannah Abbott) and Nick Shirm (Zacha rias Smith) will ap pear. Panel discussions, workshops, live performances, music concerts and a market place will be offered along with a special private event at Uni versal Studios featuring Diagon Alley. Visit LeakyCon.com Aug. 1 to 23 Backwards in High Heels the Life of Ginger Rogers In a Central Florida premiere, the life of legendary actress Gin ger Rogers comes to life onstage at the Winter Park Playhouse. The Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for creating this kind of intimate musical. Dancing its way through Ginger Rogers life with unforgettable music and show-stopping numbers, the story chronicles her journey from hometown to Hollywood. Directed and choreographed by Roy Alan and with music di rected by Christopher Leavy, call 407-645-0145 or visit winterpark playhouse.org Aug. 2 An evening for artist Emily Jones We are all invited to a special one-night reception for Emily Jones an impressionist artist with the vision and strength to overcome epilepsy. Emily Santa Clara University and also studied in Florence, Italy, even tually traveling Europe study ing and painting along the way. Emilys brightly colored paint ings can be found in educational institutions and private collec tions in the United States and Europe. The reception begins at 6 p.m. at the Winter Park Beer Company at 1809 E. Winter Park Road in Orlando. For informa tion, call Boris Garbe at 407-2347033. Aug. 2 Maxwells Summer Soulstice Tour comes to Orlando Maxwell, the platinum soulsinger known for show-stopping performances, will perform at the Bob Carr PAC on Aug. 2. Praised for his impeccable vocals, his connection to the audience, and the physicality of his performances, the New York Post called him the quintes sential soul brother .. as if he were possessed by the spirit of Sam Cooke. His Grammy-nom inated Maxwells Urban Hang Suite achieved double platinum status while his 2009 album, the unapologetically deep (LA Times) BLACKsummersnight debuted at No.1, winning him two Grammys and another plati num award. Visit ticketmaster. com/maxwell Current New leopards at Central Florida Zoo The Central Florida Zoo has announced the addition of two CULTURE | Get an inside look into the world of Harry Potter at LeakyCon Orlando C ONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Please see CULTURE on page 16 The insurance Package Policy for Home & Auto is underwritten by Auto Club Insurance Company of Florida (ACICF). 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Page 16 | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer leopards to the Zoo family. The spotted leopard is a male (born 1996) and the black leopard is a female (born 1996). The two leopards parented two babies, born in 1999; both of the off spring are spotted leopards and are on exhibit at the Naples Zoo. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists leopards as near threatened, although many species are criti cally endangered. Happily these two are healthy and receiving visitors at their new home. Visit 323-4450. And looking ahead Aug. 9 Taste of the Nation Orlando On Aug. 9 at 6:45 p.m., Taste of the Nation brings together the areas top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with extraordi nary food, guests sample select wines while enjoying auctions and entertainment. Please know hunger and homelessness in Central Florida. Tickets are $150. Visit tasteofthenation.org/ orlando and/or facebook.com/ OrlandoTaste. We can all buy a ticket and help. 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 email@example.com or 407-522-3906. CULTURE | Help hungry kids at this glitzy charity food event C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 I I I I I I Sign up for Track Shack e-news at our website to receive store, event and training information! Information www..org www.rrfMEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND MOST COMMERCIAL INSURANCES ACCEPTED 5019096 We come to you! Available 24/7 Medications, equipment and supplies provided A dedicated team of Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Home Health Aides and Volunteers assigned to your care Cornerstones care is covered 100% by Medicare and Medicaid. Regardless of payer source Cornerstone is here to help. This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORG @EnzianTheater LE CHEFHeld Over FINAL WEEK! Winner! Audience Award for Best International Feature, 2014 Florida Film Festival Fri Sun 4PM, 6:30, 9PM Mon Thurs 6:30, 9PM OBVIOUS CHILDA 2014 Florida Film Festival favorite returns to Enzian! Fri Sun 4PM, 6:30, 9PM Mon, Wed, Thurs 6:30, 9PM Tues 6:30 KidFest Summer Film Series!Weekdays are FREE. Weekends only $5.JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACHSat 1PMA HARD DAYS NIGHTTues 3PMTHE BLACK STALLIONWed 3PMHONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDSThurs 3PMOLIVER!Sun 12PMMidnight Movies: WILLOW CREEKFri & Sat 11:59PMSunday Funday at Eden BarFood & Drink Specials, Live Entertainment, & Free Games! Sunday 11AMYoga on the Lawn Presented by Harmony Yoga StudioJust bring your mat & a donation of your choosing! Mon 11AM Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACKFREE on the lawn! Wed 8PM or Sunset NEW LEOPARDS AT THE ZOO
Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Page 17 Opinions King Features Weekly ServiceJuly 21, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOON Chris Jepson Perspectives The premise is improbable. Open your home to the public every Sunday and, well, to paraphrase the famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, If you build it, they will come. For the love of art, that is what is happening on Sundays at the White House (2000 S. Summerlin Ave.), just south of downtown Orlando across from Boone High School in Delaney Park. I had heard rumblings over the years of a couple who so loved art and Orlando that they hosted free quality music recitals and art demonstrations in their home and opened it to John Q. Everyman. Bring a bottle of wine and/or a dish, throw in a few dollars for the good of the order (optional) and voil, the doors open and the world of creativity is yours for a sweet two hours or so. I get the art; its hoi polloi in my home that would be the challenge. Ive hosted a few political fundraisers in my life, have had dancing parties with 75 people, but not so much these days. My daughter now has the perfect party home for such revelries. Asking strangers to remove their shoes when entering my home is problem atic at times. So, it was with great interest tion and realized this home was conceived with just such artistic events in mind. And you dont have to remove your shoes. I recommend you check out this web site: timucua.com. It offers information on upcoming White House Sunday events, its mission and its founders. The follow ing paragraph by Steve Radley accompa nies Radleys video on the White House (http://vimeo.com/88445491). It encapsu lates the creative force behind the artistic jewel that is The White House. Montral-born Benoit Glazer has been making music professionally since 1981. He is a trumpet player, arranger and a conductor for Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba in Orlando, Florida. His love for music runs deep, so deep that in 2007 he and his wife built a concert hall in their house. Just about every Sunday night, strang ers (who become friends) gather in their living room to share a unique experience of music and art. Theyve hosted over 400 concerts, musicians from 24 countries along with 300 artists. The Timucua White House is quickly becoming a cultural icon in Orlando. I sat next to a standing Mr. Glazer as he recorded and managed Sundays piano performance by Addison Frei, a young, ac complished musician. Mr. Frei performed for over an hour, offering his own com positions as well as jazz classics by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. He will go far. He is a big talent. Painting on stage, behind the pianist as he performed, was Orlando acrylic artist, Lisa Rodriguez. Her work in progress was a vibrant interpretation of piano keys that seemingly swayed and rocked to the music. I whole-heartedly encourage my more aesthetic readers to attend a Sunday night at the White House. Arrive by 7 p.m. (or slightly earlier). Bring a libation or a food offering and an open mind. Park on the street or down a block in the green area. It is easy to be immensely impressed with Benoit Glazer. Hes a sharp-eyed, crisp wire of an artist. An absolute com munity treasure. To quote former President Grover Cleveland, Sometimes I wake at night in the White House and rub my eyes and wonder if it is not all a dream. How sweet and true is that for Orlandos White House. Sunday at the White House 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! to us his socialist politics and his su percilious personality, the more we ask ourselves: how did we ever elect this guy who seems now clearly to be such a loser? Obama seems to have given up on the presidency Should we now give up on him? day to remember for b.w. and me. The day friends gathered together at the beautiful Lake Maitland home of Gene Hawkins to celebrate the birthday of Jeanne Rodriguez. Those of you old enough to remember Jeannes won derful Villa Nova Restau rant, and her son Marks delightful Jordons Grove, would have enjoyed the conversation re: Old Win You may remember that Jeanne worked with Paula Hawkins on the Florida Republican Goldwater spend time conversing with our dynamic U.S. Congressman John Mica and his lovely wife Pat who have brought so much that is commendable to our state. Among other welcome friends were Jack and Ernestine Beattie, Gene Hawkins daughter Genean McKinnon, Tony Coleman, Fonda Mc Gowan, Lorraine Wood, Linda Poulis, Vir ginia Saunders, Victor Morel, and Marks wife Kim. U.S. is exceptional. I have lived in a few other countries where things we take for granted are their exceptional. Wonder what happened to that American hater who as a young person blew up buildings and then became a professor at a big midwestern university Bill something-orthing in our lives. Thats why there are so many lawyers and liquor stores in every community. But dont blame America for your personal irritations youll take them with you wherever you go! Bennetts radio program winding down. We are all creatures of habit, I believe, and my hope is to keep my habits productive and free from ever bringing harm where there is none. When I got my b.w., I no longer had to judge myself by myself. She has a quick mind, a sharp eye, and for some reason has never been scared of me. Am I scared of her? Well, lets not discuss that right now. My father was a wise and studious man who rarely raised his voice, whereas my mothers presence was hard to miss. The world around her was seldom in doubt as to her frame of mind. For me, politics these days are nothing much to celebrate. I expressed my profoundest thought to b.w.: When youve got a so-so president in Wash ington, what can you expect to trickle down? Since Eisenhower and Reagan, I have found little to warm any of my hearts fondest cockles. I dont say that its an easy job to run this country, but I also dont say its easy for any of us to be good citizens if we do not have a good leader. One begets the other. and furious? The IRS scandal? The NSA scandal? The AP phone records scandal? The VA hospital scandal? Benghazi? The Stimulus package? Solyndra? Obam aCare? The immigration scandal? The national debt? And you know the rest ... Oops, I forgot Obamas handiwork: the lines in the sand in Syria, North Korea, Egypt, Iran, and where else? So it goes About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at firstname.lastname@example.org Crime went up after cameras Dear Mayor and Commissioners, In early 2012, shortly after he won re-election and installed the Park Avenue government surveillance cameras, Mayor Bradley declared to the Winter Park Mait land Observer, The cameras are like lights. They help keep us safe. Lets see how that worked: city-data. com/crime/crime-Winter-Park-Florida.html According to the crime statistics, com paring 2011 (pre-Park Avenue government surveillance cameras) and 2012 (postgovernment surveillance cameras), assaults in Winter Park increased by 24 percent, burglaries increased by 70 percent, thefts increased by 21 percent, and auto theft increased by 38 percent. To use a baseball analogy Commis sioners, is it nearing time for Winter Park voters to send Mayor Bradley back to the minors? Or does the coach just need to go out to the mound to settle him down and give him a pep talk? In any case... ...as I told you over two years ago at your March 2012 City Commission meeting: Mr. Mayor, Commissioners, tear down these cameras! Respectfully, Paul Vonder Heide Applause for Cooper, Sprinkel The Green Oaks Neighborhood As sociation was pleased to host commission ers Carolyn Cooper and Sarah Sprinkel on July 16 for a forum about recent develop ments in Winter Park. Commissioners Cooper and Sprinkel spoke to an audience of 64 residents about a variety of topics including changes to the Comprehensive Plan, density, minor league baseball, a visioning process, and gateways into Winter Park. The exchange represented the best of our community. Both commission ers gave detailed answers and stayed after the forum was over to address additional questions. The conversation was cordial and constructive. The Board would like to thank commissioners Cooper and Sprin kel for taking the time to meet with our association and other members of the com munity. Our association is going to extend a similar invitation to commissioners Tom McMacken and Steven Leary, and Mayor Ken Bradley. Sincerely, Lawrence Lyman President Green Oaks Neighborhood Association Winter Park I dont say its easy for any of us to be good citizens if we do not have a good leader. One begets the other.
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