VOLUME 30, NO. 10 YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. O bserver WINTER PARK / MAITLAND FREE FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 A season to remember Edgewater nished its 2018 campaign with a 24-6 record. PAGE 11. MAYLOWER NAMES DIRECTOR Cheryl-Anne Sadowski was named Director of Nursing at The Mayower Retirement Communitys Health Center. Sadowski, who holds a degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, came from Life Care Center of Altamon te Springs, where she served as director of nursing. YOUR TOWN TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR Following the mass shooting at Stonemason Douglas High School in South Florida, Winter Park Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Michael Deal, is looking to take progres sive action. In an announcement Feb. 28, Deal detailed plans to ensure an event like the one in Parkland doesnt occur in Winter Park. Everybody in the country especially parents who have kids going to schools are very con cerned, and me too, Deal said. Part of our job is to not only deal with crime and things like that, Winter Park PD creates plan to address school shootings SEE KEEPING PAGE 2 Shamrocked! Led by Chief Michael Deal, the department has taken to steps to review and develop a new plan that it hopes will help curb future issues regarding violence in schools. Q&A Duck, duck, go Mead Garden will celebrate the ninth running of The Great Duck Derby this weekend. SEE PAGE 4. Meet Winter Parks 2018 mayoral candidates. 3. Local residents sported the color green and lined Park Avenue Sunday, March 4, to watch the 50th annual St. Patricks Day Parade. PHOTOS ON PAGE 4. The Pipes and Drums of the Orange County Sheris Oce received a roar of applause. Tim Freed INSIDE Cannoball Kids hosts Gold Gala. SEE PAGE 8B BLACK TIE
2 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 269058Dont miss this opportunity to reach over 26,500 readers each week!Take advantage, space is limited and will sell out quickly.The Observer will highlight the best of Winter Park through its new weekly Arts & Culture section. Announcing Winter Park / Maitland Observer For more information or to advertise, contact Publisher Jackie Fanara at 407-401-9929 or email jfanara@OrangeObserver.com r Buy one entree receive 2ndat equal or lesser valuea 16 large pizzaEntire Check *Must present coupon to receive special offer 1341 Howell Branch Rd. Winter Park407.775.6746 moonlightpizzaanditaliangrill.com (407) 775-67461341 Howell Branch Road Winter Park, FL 32789 www.moonlightpizzaanditaliangrill.com 269034 but the fear that our residents have every day. To begin, the department will be placing a full-time officer in both Brookshire and Lakemont elementary schools. Before, the department has had one officer divide their time between the two schools. Deal also said the depart ment will keep its two cur rently assigned officers at both Winter Park High School and the Winter Park High School Ninth Grade Center. People really want to see a police officer in their schools full-time when they drop them off they feel a lot better when they see a police officer there, Deal said. So that was the main objective to provide better security for the schools, and to hopefully keep some body from coming in their who feels like their is no one there to stop them, and also to help the parents deal with the concern. The next step is a complete review of the departments Standard Operating Proce dures regarding its response to an active shooter situation. Although the procedures were developed after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, Deal said the policy was still sound, but it never hurts to examine and better develop plans of action. One of the main sections addressed in the policy is in regards to how first officers on scene are supposed to act. The first officer who arrives on scene has to make some decisions based on what is going on because he or she is there, Deal said. If nobody has been shot and there is no active shooting at the time, then you have the ability to formulate a plan with a team and go in and do a search. If you get there and youve got someone who is shooting, and you can hear the shots, then you cant wait for your backup your main objective is to go in and eliminate the threat, he said. To help prepare officers for such circumstances, the department will be conduct ing refresher training in the next few weeks. Deal said the department had not done any active shooter training in the last several years. Well go over different sce narios and how to respond when this happens then you do this, and if this is going on, you do this, Deal said. So it is basically scenario-based training not just reading the policy but actually putting people in situations and train ing on how they should react. With all these steps being put into place to better pro tect students, the department also is holding meetings over the next few weeks with prin cipals from each school in the city as a means of discussing their plans. Its a policy Deal hopes will help make Winter Park schools as safe as possible. We already have a good relationship with the princi pals, so the key thing here is making sure we are all on the same page in how we are going to address threats or students who are having issues, he said. Regardless of what it is, we just want to be on the same page. If there are threats, we need to be involved, and we need to be able to effectively deal with those things. 259849 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE, MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 A FANTASTIC WOMANAcademy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film!Fri Sun: 3:45PM, 6:30PM, 9:15PM Mon & Thurs: 6:30PM, 9:15PM Tues: 6:30PM Wed: 9:30PMSATURDAY MATINEE CLASSICS: FITZCARRALDO A Werner Herzog classic! Sat: 11AMCULT CLASSICS: GROSSE POINTE BLANKStarring John Cusack & Minnie DriverTues: 9:30PMFILMSLAMSun: 1PM Keeping students safe WINTER PARK WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 WINTER PARK GARDEN CLUB GENERAL MEETING 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. Speaker Linda Price, president of the African Violet Council of Florida, will teach the group about the proper care and propagation of African violets. The event is free, and there will be African violets for sale at the meeting. (407) 644-5770. SATURDAY, MARCH 17 ANNUAL SPRING LITERARY LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Interlachen Country Club, 2245 Interlachen Court, Winter Park. Featured au thor Holly Manderkern will dis cuss her book, Beneath White Stars Holocaust Proles in Poetry. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by contacting email@example.com. (321) 363-1105. MAITLAND FRIDAY, MARCH 9 GOLF TOURNAMENT: TALES OF TWO CITIES! 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Casselberry Golf Club, 300 South Triplet Lake Drive, Cassel berry. Take part in this friendly competition between the cities and chambers of Maitland and Casselberry. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $400 for a foursome and $100 for an individual. Vets and rstresponders, call the chamber at (407) 644-0741 for a discount. YOGA AT THE MAITLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY 4:30 p.m. Fridays at Maitland Public Library, 501 Maitland Ave. S., Maitland. Let Jenny Black burn help you destress from the week and refresh for the weekend. (407) 647-7700. SUNDAY, MARCH 11 MAITLAND FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. Browse through a sec tion of fresh produce and other items at this weekly farmers market in Maitland. For more information, visit Maitland Farm ers Market on Facebook. THURSDAY, MARCH 15 MAITLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DI RECTORS MEETING 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the chamber oce, 110 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. The board of directors holds its meeting on the third Thursday of each month. (407) 644-0741. YOUR CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 3 CHALLENGER JIM FITCH AGE: 81 EDUCATION: Bachelors degree, Louisiana State University; MBA, Stanford EXPERIENCE: U.S. Navy veteran: Managed construction projects ($100 million) and public works facilities in a 30,000-employee public works center. OFallon, Missouri: treasurer for mayor campaign, OFallon, Missouri; St. Charles County Board of Adjustment; OFallon Police Advisory Board; Comprehensive Plan Development Board. Haines City: chairman, Finance Advisory Board; Board of Adjustment; Plan ning and Zoning Board YEARS LIVING IN WINTER PARK: Since Nov. 4, 2016 What will be your biggest prior ity if elected? My priorities would be: 1. Complete the underground ing of electric service much sooner than present projections. 2. Start an overall traffic study to find answers to the present situation. 3. Enforce the Comprehensive Plan. 4. Make sure our police and fire departments have what they need to keep us safe. 5. Maintain our water quality. 6. Maintain our streets. 7. Better prepare for the next hurricane. 8. Plant more trees. 9. Prepare for SunRail loss of funding by May 2021. 10. Stop wasting our tax money and spend it locally not in Orange County. Why are you the best person for the position? I am what Winter Park needs now because: I have the knowledge engi neering, financial and manage ment education. I have the experience rel evant work history. I have the time to spend on city matters retired, not working two jobs and raising a family. I will listen that is my nature and my experience. I will be respectful. I will be transparent no hidden agendas and outside influences. I dont owe anybody anything. No favors. I will be fair no past alli ances. I dont have any development interests in Winter Park. I will manage our money con servatively no more rebates to developers, no more adventures outside of Winter Park, no more questionable projects ($4.5 mil lion for underground fiberoptic intranet that might be technolog ically obsolete and replaced with a Low Earth Orbit satellite system LEO, starting in 2019), no more electric Christmas trees. I want the job so we dont go over the tipping point, not like the last six-plus years. I will donate my salary to a Winter Park charity each year. Winter Park is known for its charm and village character, but we know that progress marches forward. How do you balance these two realities? Winter Parks character can be maintained by honoring the Comprehensive Plan and not overbuilding and densifying. A current 18 townhome project on Aloma to replace four singlefamily homes and an office is a prime example. Winter Park recently celebrated Weekend of the Arts, which involved all of the citys arts nonprofits. How much emphasis would you put on supporting these nonprofits if elected? Winter Park has an active arts community, and the celebra tions of that and enhancement to it should be emphasized. Being known as a city of the arts is a great asset. Public funding of more public art, statuary, gardens and sculpture should be empha sized. Some would say there is a parking problem in downtown Winter Park. What is the best solution? Traffic is mostly pass through, and that can wear on the people that live here. Why should we have to endure that? There are technical (adaptive traffic signal control) methods and practi cal methods to reduce traffic to tolerable levels. Parking is a challenge in the downtown area now, and a remote lot with a free shuttle bus may be part of an answer. Enforcing handicap parking areas will also help. An underground or elevated concrete parking structure is not a solution I would first seek. What are your thoughts on recently introduced bills at the state level that some say would preempt cities abilities to gov ern? I am for Home Rule, and Tal lahassee should not microman age our towns and solve some of the more real problems school shootings. INCUMBENT STEVE LEARY AGE: 51 EDUCATION: Bachelors degree, Washington College, 1989 EXPERIENCE: Seven years as Winter Park city commissioner; three years as Winter Park mayor YEARS LIVING IN WINTER PARK: Home and business owner for more than 13 years What will be your biggest pri ority if elected? I will continue to work with other elected and appointed officials across the region/state to manage the impending growth of the region. I will also be promoting additional efforts to restore and revitalize our passive and active parks, maintain sound fiscal policy and encourage more and new input from the public. Why are you the best person for the position? Experience. As mayor, I have led a commission that has significantly increased green space; made major renovations to Showalter Field and the golf course (which now no longer los es money); renovated other parks and playing fields; worked with professionals to see us through Hurricane Irma; increased our electric utility underground ing program; kept our finances in excellent shape; developed plans and programs to lessen the impact of the regional growth; and many other improvements. Commitment. Im a longtime Winter Park resident who is raising my family and building a business here, and have been serving on the commission for seven years. It has been my per sonal commitments to Winter Park that ensure stakeholders that their mayor understands the role. I do not represent one Win ter Park special-interest group. Winter Park is known for its charm and village character, but we know that progress marches forward. How do you balance these two realities? The Winter Park population grew just under 5% (less than 1,500 residents) from 2010-17. The Metro-Orlando population grew by 253,000 during the same time period. The traffic we see is from our neighbors driving through Winter Park. In 2017, we removed R-4 zoning from our Land Plan. So unless grand fathered in, that large-scale, high-density designation can no longer be applied for in Winter Park. Also in 2017, we approved funding for our own fiberoptic network, which will connect all our traffic signals and allow for them to be tied into an Intel ligent Traffic Signalization System to smooth traffic flow through Winter Park. We have taken steps to manage growth within the city and manage the impact of the growth around us, such as the Fairbanks lane exten sion, Lee Road extension, 17-92 PD&E Study and more. Winter Park recently celebrated Weekend of the Arts, which involved all of the citys arts nonprofits. How much empha sis would you put on supporting these nonprofits if elected? In 2017, I seated (the) Arts & Culture Subcommittee of our Public Arts Advisory Board. This group recently launched an annual event, Weekend of the Arts, and it will bring more programs forward to continue to promote this incredibly impor tant aspect of our community. We also increased funding this year to both the Welbourne Day Nursery and Winter Park Day Nursery to help them provide needed services to families with young children. Some would say there is a parking problem in downtown Winter Park. What is the best solution? We recently conducted a park ing study for downtown Winter Park, and in the future, we will be investigating ways in which to make parking more available. This also has the added benefit of reducing traffic, because we have many people circling look ing for parking spots. What are your thoughts on recently introduced bills at the state level that some say would preempt cities abilities to govern? There are many bills that are/ were brought before the state Legislature that would preempt our ability to manage items. I worked with the Orange County Council of Mayors to draft resolutions that were sent to our legislators to share our objection to the states overreach. Mayors and representatives of every municipality in Orange County stood together on the steps of Orlando City Hall ... to inform our constituents of the issue. I also sit on the executive board of the Florida League of Mayors, and we have been working with our lobbyists in Tallahassee to fight these bills. W inter Park voters next week will be tasked with choosing the citys next mayor. The 2018 race includes incumbent Steve Leary and his challenger, Jim Fitch. Leary, 51, who has served as mayor since 2015, previously served seven years as a city commis sioner. He is a Winter Park business owner and resident for more than 13 years. Fitch, 81, is U.S. Navy veteran a relative newcomer to the area; he moved to Winter Park in late 2016. Winter Park employs a commission/city manager form of government in which City Manager Randy Knight is charged with the operation of the city. The mayor is one of ve members of the City Commission. Responses have been edited for space. For complete answers, visit OrangeObserver.com. 2018 WINTER PARK MAYORAL ELECTION HOW TO VOTE WHEN: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 PRECINCTS: Winter Park Christian Church, 760 N. Lakemont Ave.; St. An drews Methodist Church, 100 St. Andrews Blvd.; Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Ave.; First Baptist Church, 1021 New York Ave.; Azalea Lane Recreation Center, 1045 Azalea Lane. Meet the candidates
4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR Daytona may have the 500, but Mead Botanical Garden has its own great American race The Great Duck Derby. Going into its ninth year, the derby has become an annual day of fun for local children looking to race their small, rubber duckies down the southernmost headwa ters of Howell Creek. It has absolutely become a springtime tradition for so many Central Florida families, Mead Executive Director Cynthia Hasenau said. Theres tons of children out there just really hav ing a great time being outdoors at Mead Gardens. Last year alone, Hasenau said, the event attracted about 600 race participants and more than 1,000 visitors overall. The derby fun all starts at 10 a.m. Children and parents will be able to buy their own little duck ies for $5 apiece or five ducks for $20 and decorate them any way theyd like at the duckoration station. During the early portion of the days events, the first race will be a sponsors race where derby sponsors will race their own large decorated ducks down the creek. From there, its all about the kids. Mead will put on three sepa rate family races from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At the end of the day, prizes will be given out to winning participants. While the races remain the high light of derby day, there also will be a plethora of different activities for children enjoy including face painting, games and crafts, snacks and educational showcases from the Back to Nature Wildlife Ref uge Animal Encounter and UCFs Bug Closet. The Bug Closet, also known as the UCF Collection of Anthro pods, is one of the largest data based collections of insects in the world with more than 560,000 specimens. This educational side of the derby is one of the most important aspects, and its one of the many concepts that originally inspired the event, Hasenau said. It was started by our board they were looking for ways to get children into the garden, as well as raise money the Duck Derby proceeds benefit our childrens nature programing, Hasenau said. One of the things we see children really loving to do, is (get ting) to see nature theyre out there sticking their hands in the pond, and seeing the turtles that are there, and the plants. Its the best way to spend a Saturday. For kids who cant get enough of the outdoors during the Duck Derby, the garden also will have a drawing for a free week at the popular Mead Young Naturalist Childrens Summer Camp. Held in six different sessions between June 11 and July 27, the camp open for children ages 5 to 12 will feature lessons and adventures that explore the gar dens ecosystem that include wet lands, wildlife, and plants. The camp, every year, sells out early, Hasenau said. I always say that the camp is about going green and getting grimy and good old fashion summer fun, because the kids really learn a ton about nature. The ultimate hope for those at the garden is that local children will walk away with more knowl edge about the great outdoors while also having had a good time doing it. Its absolutely beautiful, the weather has warmed up, and its a perfect time for the ducks, Hasenau said. Its a great time to be out at Mead. IF YOU GO THE GREAT DUCK DERBY WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10 WHERE: Mead Botanical Gar den, 1300 S Denning Drive, Winter Park COST: Free, $5 for rubber duck to race File photo Duck Derby oats into Mead garden If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944 WINTER PARK/MAITLAND O bserver 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. 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Irish music was performed by Mike Daly. TIM FREED Park Avenue goes green Above: Orange County Sheri Jerry Demings waved to residents lining the streets. Left: Ladies from Red Hats and Purple Chaps arrived on horseback. Orange County School Board member Nancy Robbinson threw beads for the residents lining the streets. Left: Nicole Lyons, Connor Preece, 9; Karen Preece, Jack Preece, 4; and Patrick Preece, 4, had a great time at the parade. Gordon and Kate McConnell wore their festive Irish attire at the parade. ONLINE See more photos at OrangeObserver.com
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6 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 269059 Caring for Winter Parks Pets and Their People Since 19551601 Lee Road, Winter Park (407) 644-2676247851 Hungry locals enjoyed good chili for a good cause at the Rotary Club of Winter Parks Chili for Charity event Wednesday, Feb. 28. Hosted at the Winter Park Farmers Market, the annual event featured 16 vendors oering chili and drinks to the crowd. Guests ate and drank to their hearts content before bidding on donated items at the silent auction. Money raised at the cookout was given to 40 charities and organizations that benet Winter Park. HARRY SAYER Nate Gobel and Nick Magargee sampled as much food as they could. Sonnys BBQ won rst place at the cookout. Dana Jackson, Mike Brompton and Stacy Knight checked out all the dierent meals. Mary Barksdale and Evans Baldwin walked through the farmers market together. ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com Rotary dishes out chili, charity at annual festival
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8 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 The Mosley Team has been established in the Orlando market since 1993 and boasts over $500,000 in combined career sales volume. Seven-time winners of Orlando Magazines Top 100 Realtors award, the team works in every price point with both buyers and sellers. The Mosley Team has an impeccable reputation, Premier Sothebys International Realty CEO Judy Green said in a statement. Their tenacity and integrity, coupled with their unwaver ing commitment to client service, sets them apart from other teams in the market. We are very happy to welcome them to Premier Sothebys International Realty. Alison Mosley has been in the real-estate business for nearly 25 years, selling residential property together with her husband for the past 15 years. They both have a long history in the area. Were very hands-on, she said. We limit the listings we have so we can give great customer service. Frank is from a third-generation Orlando family, and Ive been here since 86. This is an area we love, that we live in and those deep-seeded roots are really important. You have the local strength that we bring to the table and than coupled with the national brand and strength of Sothebys its a good alignment. Premier Sothebys International Realty reached out to The Mosley Team about joining forces. When the alignment came with Sothebys, it was just a natural fit, she said. We knew it would work. Its a strong company. Its well-respected and sought after. Buyers and sellers really are brand-loyal. They look for exceptional service and the marketing platform there is phenomenal. They focus on quality listings, not price. Alison Mosley said shes excited for whats to come in the near future, because the market is cur rently thriving. I think the markets great, and I think its going to continue to be strong, she said. Were excited. We think were going to be able to grow and grow our team. I dont see the market sliding any time soon. 439 Lake Howell Road, Maitland, FL 32751 www.CreeganGroup.comRanked #1 for Homes Sold in 2016 Orlando Magazine Hot 100 Orlando Style Magazine 5 Star Realtor Orlando Style Magazine Top Boutique Brokerage Chris Creegan, Broker/Owner407.622.1111 CREEGAN PROPERTY GROUP 262114 259512 247829 CURRENT LISTING1501 Summerland Ave. ASKING PRICE: $2,350,000 DETAILS: A brick street invites buyers to this custom-built Winter Park estate near Park Avenue. This home features ve bedrooms, ve-and-one-half baths and more than 5,000 square feet. It features a three-way split plan with downstairs master, craftsmanship and views of a pool and yard with a California Napa-inspired cabana. A stone replace and old growth hickory oors warm the gathering room. A family room with two-story lofted cypress-beamed ceiling opens to a chefs kitchen with custom oor to ceiling cabinetry, expansive island, Calcutta Gold marble counter tops and stainless-steel Wolfe/Subzero appliances. The kitchen opens to dining room with French doors on three sides with unobstructed views of the pool and backyard. The oor plan oers downstairs master suite with den, guest suite on the opposite side of the house and a downstairs oce. The upstairs features two bedroom suites with en-suite baths, each with an attached playroom. There is an oversized bonus/theater room and loft. The rst-oor guest suite has a separate entrance, full bath, wet bar, pool and park-like views. Mosley Team makes moveIts a strong company. Its well-respected and sought after. Buyers and sellers really are brand-loyal. They look for exceptional service and the marketing platform there is phenomenal. They focus on quality listings, not price. Alison MosleyCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Courtesy photo
WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 9 265913 CHRISTINA RORDAMFLORIDA REALTY INVESTMENTSHomes in Central Florida are a little harder to come by as we head into the spring/summer selling season. Although the trend of reduced inventory has become a refrain commonly repeated by Realtors to prepare buyers for the competitiveness of the local housing market, it seems inventory has been depleting since last year. The Orlando Regional Realtor Association reports that there was an 11% decrease in available homes from January 2017 to January 2018. Adding to buyers anxieties, the median price has continued to rise at a rate of 13% year over year as of January. A total of 2,225 homes were sold by Orlando area Realtors in January 2018 versus 2,213 in January 2017. Demand remains strong much to the delight of sellers looking to move up into newer and larger homes. As the housing inventory constricts, buyers are feeling the pressure and sometimes asking if they should be worried about a redux of the housing crash or whether they can even compete. My answer to these questions: Buyers can still compete, and it is highly unlikely that Central Floridas home values will plummet the way the did starting in 2006 and 2007.DEMAND WILL REMAINIn terms of what to expect if you are planning to purchase a home in 2018: You can safely anticipate that demand for housing in Orlando and sur rounding areas will remain robust. Lawrence Yun, the National Association Of Realtors chief economist, addressed the issue of low housing supply across America in February: Even though contract signings were down, Realtors indicated that buyer traffic in most areas was up January compared to a year ago. Yun went on to note that to improve the amount of homes available to buy, new home starts need to continue to increase, and institutional investors must start to release their portfolio of single-family homes into the market. Also helpful would be some hesitant homeowners making the move to place their proper ties for sale and abandoning the wait-and-see philosophy. Even with the occasional hur ricane, Florida boasts enviable weather and Central Florida offers proximity to beaches, the theme parks and a growing cultural and sports scene all facets of a desirable place to live that arent changing. So, demand isnt going any where, especially not anytime soon. INTEREST RATESAnother factor to prepare for if you plan on becoming a Central Florida homeowner is the rise of interest rates. According to Jason Zeigler, senior loan officer with Waterstone Mortgage, interest rates have climbed from the high-3% range to the lowto mid-4% range in the past three months. They are projected to climb to 5%, if not slightly more, by the end of 2018. This means rate increases three and possibly four times in 2017. If you are on the bubble of affording the house that you want, a rising rate will impact your bottom line by increasing your payments, even if slightly so. It all adds up in the end so decisiveness in todays realestate market is key. If you are ready, willing and able to buy, dont wait another six months thinking an inventory surplus or drastic price reduction is coming. It isnt. Frequently, buyers will remark they are not in a hurry to buy. Thats great for buyers to stay emotionally neutral and not pressure themselves into purchasing a home before they are ready. Its equally important as a buyer to understand that right now, waiting and hoping for a dramatic market shift in buyers favor is unwise and will result in ending up with higher interest rates and possibly higher prices, too. Being willing to wait in a sellers market does not make you more competitive when you do make an offer other than preventing you from making a hurried purchase you wouldnt have otherwise made. STAY COMPETITIVEIf you are making the move to buy a home, now it is possible to secure a home you love and be competitive in terms of submitting your contract in multiple offer scenarios. The first thing is to look at the neighborhood sales in the last 90 to 180 days. What are similar homes selling for, and what makes the home you love special? Your Realtor can consult with you to come up with a viable contract price and terms based on demand and data. And buyers will do well to remember that price isnt the only factor that a seller is considering, terms matter, too. Most sellers want a quick close, so pick a lender that can help you with that and also one that is willing to answer the phone with a listing agent calls. Many agents, myself included, will call the loan officer on a buyers pre-approval letter to verify that the lender has in fact taken the steps necessary to conclude a buyers creditworthiness. Another way to stand out from the crowd when placing an offer is to provide full documentation to your lender such as W2s, pay stubs, tax returns and bank statements to get an automated underwriting approval. The more a lender has procured from you in terms of documents, the better they are able to demonstrate that you are a solid buyer, and that the seller will not be surprised by any buying side hiccups that could prevent a closing. Plan on a healthy and competitive housing market to per sist in the Orlando and Central Florida areas. If you are buying, act quickly and with precision. If you are selling, call a Realtor and get the champagne ready now is your time. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor with 12 years experience and a member of ORRAs Top Producer Club. 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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 11 3-8-18 rfnfttfrbt rf ntbf r tt t rb brb tr t tr tbtftrb ttr trtr rtffttr b r rtff ttr tbt frf rt rb t rntr bf tbrf rbtftr tbrtr b r tf r tf r tff rr f btt t tr rtrtt t trrb fr rrr tt fr br ftb t tt tt rtt fr ttrt tbtt tfbtt t ff trt r rt frt tf r brft r rrbb rt tr brb b t b tbbftrt btt rt bt r ttr b rb t r r bt r trtrr t t tttr trr ttbb tttb rttrbr b trt rbrb r trtrb rbr rr tfr rb rb rb tfrfb fr t r r tfr ftrtft tt tfftrtrtr b t tbbb tf tfbt tr rbrb t r f rfr ttb trttb rtrf b rbb tbtt fb rrt tf rb rtf r trbb r fntbt rf r rrr r r rf TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORFour points. Thats what separated Edgewater from another trip to the state semifinals in Lakeland. Unfortunately for the Eagles (24-6, 10-0), their run came up just short as they fell in a wild 71-68 game with the Blue Devils (23-9, 6-0) in the regional final Friday, March 3. You have to love the fight in them they never quit, said Eagles head coach Jason Ather ton. There were a couple of times when they could have quit. When things arent going your way whether its shots not going in, whether its officiating, whether its 50-50 balls some times things just dont go your way. Things didnt go their way early on, when the Blue Devils jumped out in a 12-0 run in the first five minutes of play. Eagles guard Terrence McClain managed to stop the bleeding with 3:33 in the first. After the slow start, the Eagles found a better rhythm behind guard Trevon Cason, whose 10 points helped the home-side go into the half tied at 22-22. Cason went on to finish with a team high 23 points. Sophomore guard Michael Eads, who was the leading scorer for the Eagles this season, remained quiet in the half with just three points. He eventually found his shot a bit better in the second half finishing with 11 points on the night. The second half started off rough for the Eagles, as well, as the Blue Devils went on a 6-0 run. After a few minutes into the third, the Blue Devils found themselves up by 13 with just under two minutes to go in the quarter. The Blue Devils offense was largely led by Keyshawn Bryant (24 points), Dorian James (21 points) and Bryson Birdsong (15 points). That kind of production has been rare against the Eagles. Of the 30 games it played, Edgewater only had given up more than 65 points on four occasions two of those instances happened in the last two games against Viera and Winter Haven. But even in those higher scoring games, the Eagles offense managed to outlast opponents just about every time its why they were able to outscore opponents 2,030 to 1,559 throughout the year. Despite the deficit in the game that kept ballooning, the Eagles clawed their way back into the mix in the fourth quarter behind the heroics of Cason. In the span of about five minutes, the Eagles and Blue Devils exchanged the lead three times and found themselves knotted up three times, as well. Unfortunately for the Eagles, however, time simply ran out following a couple of untimely turnovers and missed shots leading to a victory for the Blue Devils. Although there was obvious disappointment following the loss, there was a lot to look back on and appreciate, Atherton said. Its going to be hard tonight, its going to be hard tomorrow, and its going to be hard next week when everyone is in Lakeland, he said. But at the end of the day, to reflect back on what we were able to accomplish this year, it was a good season. Metro champs, district champs, and we won the Rotary again and made it back to the regional final so its nothing to hang your head about. Edgewater falls in regional nalThe Eagles nished their 2018 campaign at 24-6. They fell to Winter Haven in a heartbreaking 71-68.Photos by Troy HerringEagles head coach Jason Atherton gave some words of advice to his team prior to the game against Winter Haven. Senior forward Robert Allen fought for a rebound against Winter Haven.
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ARTS + CULTUREFRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 ALSO INSIDE: Maitland Stage Band: Blue Bamboo performance. 4 Cannonball Kids Cancer: Gold Gala. 8 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM Winter Park resident Charlene Edge is telling her story of her experience in a fundamentalist cult. TIM FREED | ASSOCIATE EDITOROne Winter Park resident has a story of manipulation, escape and a fresh start and shes sharing it with the world. Charlene L. Edge is the author of Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International, which gives a detailed account of how she joined the faith-based group and how it controlled more than a decade of her life. She will be among the panelists at this years Winter Park Library Book Festival, which takes place Saturday, March 10. Edge will appear on an 11 a.m. panel titled Publishing: Traditional, Self or Electronic. Which is Write for You?SEE SHARING PAGE 6Getting aWay Winter Parker Charlene Edge will be giving a talk about her experience on Wednesday, March 21, at Rollins College.Tim Freed
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ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY,MARCH 9, 2018 3 rf r rfntbntbfrt r btf trff tnrf n rfntb r fff rfrfnb f rrfn 266823 Live Music, Tours and MoreFridays, March 23 April 27, 5 p.m. 8 p.m.Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Open House Friday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 9:30 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Easter Weekend Open HouseFriday, March 30, 9:30 a.m. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 9:30 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 1 p.m. 4 p.m.RITES OF SPRING at the MORSEfollow us on www.morsemuseum.org 445 north park avenue winter park, orida 32789 (407) 645-5311 just a 5-minute walk from the sunrail station. all events are free 256385 SUNDAY, MARCH 11JAMES BALDWIN BOOK DISCUSSION: THE FIRE NEXT TIME 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. A national bestseller when it rst appeared in 1963, this is a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice; it galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. The event is a partnership with Hannibal Square Heritage Center Lets Talk Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For more information, call (407) 539-2680. ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SPRING POPS 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in Central Park. The city of Winter Park will proudly host the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as it presents Spring Pops Tribute to Heroes in charming Central Park. Take blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of heart-warming music under the stars. This wonderful perfor mance, made possible by a generous grant from the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust, is free and open to the public.THURSDAY, MARCH 15NUNSENSE AMEN! Running from Thursday, March 15, to Saturday, April 21, at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. Nunsense AMen! is the original O-Broadway Nunsense musical, with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as Mrs. Doubtre enters the Convent. This hilarious show begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters and they are in dire need of funds for their burial. The sisters decide the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. For more information and showtimes, call (407) 645-0145 or visit winterparkplay house.org.FRIDAY, MARCH 1659TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 16; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18 in Central Park, Winter Park. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nations most prestigious outdoor art festivals. Each year, more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. Expect to see dazzling sculpture and glass for the big pocketbook, as well as smaller works to please just about anyone. Enjoy Friday nights jazz concert, childrens workshop village and school art exhibits, and great food and sidewalk cafes. Be sure to leave your dogs at home when you visit the festival, because they are not allowed to enter the event. An open house also will take place over the three days at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave. For more infor mation, call (407) 644-7207.SUNDAY, MARCH 18TAKCS QUARTET 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. Recognized as one of the worlds great chamber music ensembles, the Grammy Award-winning Takcs Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor. The New York Times recently lauded the quartet for revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional feel radical once more. Tickets from $40. For more information, call (407) 6462182.ONGOINGCURATOR TOURS OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANYS LAURELTON HALL 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Learn more about Louis Comfort Tianys Long Island estate with a Morse curator. Space is limited and there are no advance reservations. Free with admission. For more information, call (407) 645-5311. GALLERY TALKS ON REVIVAL AND REFORM ECLECTICISM IN THE 19TH CENTURY ENVIRONMENT 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Learn more about the rich diversity of styles, especially in leaded-glass windows, that made up the visual environment of the late-19th century in Europe and America. Space is limited and there are no advance reservations. Free with admission. For more information, call (407) 645-5311. GALLERY TALK ON CELEBRATING 75 YEARS PATHWAYS OF AMERICAN ART AT THE MORSE MUSEUM 11a.m. Fridays at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Learn about the more than 60 objects in the exhibition, which include paintings, pottery, art glass, and works on paper. Together the works reect the range of the Morses collection and the values of the Museum. Free with admission. For more information, call (407) 645-5311.THIS WEEK Courtesy photo
4 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 In the moodThe Maitland Stage Band put on a show at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts Monday, March 5. An enthusiastic crowd gathered to hear the 16-piece big band play a variety of jazzy tunes for a couple of hours. The Maitland Stage Band has performed at numerous Maitland venues over the years including the 2015 Art Festival, the civic center and the art museum. HARRY SAYER Jim Foy put on a show at the recent concert. Scott White and the rest of the band were excited to perform. Paul Lemanski, Rick Ingoglia and Ken Cutler played their trumpets from the back. Howard Herman performed on piano. The Maitland Stage Band played late into the night. Dave Sheeld blew his trombone for the cheering crowd.
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6 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 For those interested in learning more about her experience in the cult, Edge will speak at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m on Wednesday, March 21 at Rollins College. To me its an important story it has universal parts to it; its not just The Way or this terrible cult leader, Edge said. It serves as an example.HOW IT BEGANIt all began in 1970 when Edge was a college freshman at East Carolina University. I was looking for more than a college degree, Edge said. I was looking for Christian fellowship and some knowledge about the Bible. They said, When you get off to college, be sure to find yourself a fellowship and keep reading the Bible and stay out of trouble. She found a fellowship on campus that met on Fridays and thats when she met two people who were recruiting for The Way International. These two fellows started to chime in and challenged the minister and had some things to say that I thought were very interesting, Edge said. They said, We can teach you the accuracy of the word. Thats really what got me going. In retrospect, Edge said she realized The Way International was recruiting at colleges because they were looking for future leaders. Much of the groups appeal had to do with The Way Founder Victor Paul Wierwille, who was reportedly able to teach people how to speak in tongues and that he could hear God. Wierwille even was referred to as our father in the word, Edge said. One-and-a-half months later, several women from the fellowship at East Carolina University attended a retreat in Ohio. Thats where Edge first heard Wierwille speak. She became absorbed in his teachings and the idea of learning the Bible, she said. That took a turning point while she was taking a history exam toward the end of the semester in college. I thought God was telling me to drop out of college to go work for The Way and spread the word, Edge said. I wrote something for this one essay answer, put it on the professors desk and left the room.THAT WAS MY WORLDThat following year, 19-year-old Edge was swept up in The Way Corps. She trained at the groupss headquarters in New Knoxville, Ohio. In 1973, Edge fell in love with a man from The Way and got mar ried. The couple was sent off to Los Angeles to recruit more followers. Edge and her husband continued to move up the ranks within The Ways reach in California. It was at that point that their marriage started to suffer, Edge said, and the couple separated but were forced get back together by The Ways leadership. Edge and her family came back to headquarters in 1976, but the couple separated once again and were later reunited once more under Wierwilles direction a year later. Wierwille was very manipulative with spouses, Edge said. It seemed as if he was the authority in your marriage. He was the author ity no matter what you were in the ministry. Edge was brought on to The Ways research team, where she helped work on a project for a reference book a type of dictionary for the Bible that translated Syriac text and listed where certain words are referenced in the scripture. Edges life was consumed by The Way International all the way up until the 1984, when she had a crisis and a realization. I wasnt clued in on the shenanigans going on behind the scenes with Wierwille, including emotional abuse, sexual abuse of women and Im sure financial abuse, Edge said. Over time, he accumulated lots of money, property, airplanes, motor coaches this was a big ministry in the 80s; there were more than 40,000 followers in every state in the Union and 36 other countries. My whole support system, my whole life was all wrapped up in this group for all those years, she said. That was my world.THE COMMENTThat world was turned upside down thanks to a single comment during a research team meeting. There was a discrepancy with a word in Ephesians a clear example where Wierwille was wrong about a translation and added his own meaning to a word. In this moment in my book, I call it the comment because it woke me up this person sitting next to me said I love Dr. Wier wille, but sometimes his Greek isnt so good, Edge said. I was finding out that there were a lot of things like that that were hushed up or put in a file drawer or denied or that the general believer in The Way never knew about or heard about. Youre world is totally not what you thought it was, she said. I couldnt take it all in psychologically. Im a truth-seeker, and thank God, because thats how I got out. I decided, OK, now what do I do? Edge quit the research team and eventually left The Way Inter national in 1987, in the midst of a sudden power struggle following Wierwilles death in 1985. Edge returned to college and finished a degree, and finally divorced her husband in 1991. GO WITH THE FLOWToday she lives in Winter Park with her new husband, Hoyt, whom she married in 2002. She still has questions about faith and religion, but at the same time, shes not actively seeking those answers out anymore. Its been a long time shes opened up the Bible, and shes traveled with her husband across the world and witnessed many dif ferent religions and philosophies. She decided to tell her story about her time in The Way through a written account, and her book has been an experience thats brought peace and closure, she said. When asked what she believes in today whether its a philosophy or a religion Edge smiles and gives a simple answer. Go with the flow, Edge said. I want to be present in my life. I dont want to be worrying about whether Im earning rewards in heaven. I dont know if there is going to be a heaven. Im concerned with, How am I doing today?My whole support system, my whole life was all wrapped up in this group for all those years. That was my world. Charlene L. EdgeIF YOU GOWINTER PARK LIBRARY BOOK FESTIVAL WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10 WHERE: Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park SEE CHARLENE: Charlene Edge will be giving a talk about self-publishing from 11 a.m. to noon. FULL SCHEDULE 9:30 to 10 a.m. Book festival check-in 10 to 11 a.m. Opening keynote speakers Greg and Candy Dawson 10 to 11 a.m. Create a character, grades Pre-K to 4 11 a.m. to noon Author panel: Publishing: Traditional, Self or Electronic. Which is Write for You? 11 a.m. to noon Book craft: Literary candleholders 1 to 2 p.m. Young adult and middle-grade author panel 1 to 2 p.m. Author panel: From Working 9 to 5 to Writing 9 to 5 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Storybook STEAM, ages 3 to 6. Registration required. 2 to 3 p.m. Author meet and greet, all ages 3 to 4 p.m. Write-aThon, grades 5 to 12 3 to 4 p.m. Storytime for adults Tim FreedAfter leaving a fundamentalist cult, Charlene Edge has started a new life alongside her husband, Hoyt, in Winter Park.Usually, it is my pleasure to write about the activities of our distinguished arts organizations, but timing has made this weeks column into a list of highly recommended solo acts coming to Central Florida in the next two weeks. Each is distinctly unique from the worlds most inventive guitarist to the farewell tour of a singing legend. 1 ANDY MCKEE8 p.m. March 10 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Andy McKee describes himself as just this guy from Topeka, Kansas, who kind of blew up on the Internet. For a time, three of McKees videos were concurrently the three most-watched on YouTube and garnered more than 100 million views. A fingerstyleguitarist, McKee is among the worlds great acoustic guitarists with his youthful energy and attention to melody that elevates him above the rest. At age 16, he got his mothers per mission to complete hisGEDto quit attending school and play guitar. A self-taught artist, McKee credits an instructional video as the beginning of his experimenting with the acoustic guitar techniques that have made him famous. Enter taining both the eye and the ear, he transforms his steel string guitar into a full orchestra using altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and his signature two-handed technique. For tickets, call 844-5132014 or visit drphillipscenter. org2 JASON MRAZ 7:30 p.m. March 13 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Jason Mraz has quietly amassed a diverse fan base throughout all parts of the globe. Since his humble start in coffeehouses in San Diego, Mraz has brought his positive message and his folkpop sound to the world through numerous platinum releases, including Grammy Awards for his record-breaking classic single, Im Yours and I Wont Give Up. Through it all, Mraz is first and foremost a committed global citizen. His social activ ism and philanthropic efforts range from environmental advocacy to his ardent support for human rights. As his Jason Mraz Foundation serves arts education and the advancement of equality, Mraz sings and celebrates musics power to inspire. Call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.3 ANITA BAKER8 p.m. March 16 at the Bob Carr Theater. After headlining the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this April, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Anita Baker will retire from her legendary singing career. After three decades of sharing her magnificent voice as a significant influence to the world of music by mixing her contemporary soul music with jazz traditions, Baker will bring her tour to Orlando. The tour acknowledges the deep gratitude she feels for the fan base that propelled her to eight Grammy Awards, seven albums (including six platinum), four No. 1Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, and six world tours.It is now time for Orlando to welcome Baker back to the Bob Carr Theater, so we can give her the best that we got one last time. Call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.4 JOE ROGANS STRANGE TIMES TOUR8 p.m. March 17 at the Bob Carr Theater. So popular that a second performance has been added to his stop in Orlando, TV host, martial artist and feisty stand-up comedian Joe Rogan sells out theaters internationally with his intense comedic style. In addition to two decades of comedy specials, Rogan is host ofThe Joe Rogan Experience, one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes while his Syfy series, Joe Rogan Questions Everythingrecently premiered with 1.3 million viewers. Since 2002, Rogan has provided commentary for theUltimate Fighting Championship with a passion for martial arts that began at age 13. For tickets, call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.5 RICHARD MARX8 p.m. March 18 at The Plaza Live As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marxs three-decade career has seen the Chicago native sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. His selftitled debut led to four top-five singles, including Hold on to the Nights, which earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal. The follow-up, Repeat Offender, went quadruple-platinum. To this day, Marx is the only male singer in history to have his first seven singles reach the top five on Billboard. As a songwriter and producer, Marx has an amazing 14 No. 1 singles, including a No. 1 hit in each of the past four decades. Marx describes Beautiful Goodbye, his new album, as sensual and ethereal, with lyrics more adventurous than Ive been willing to go in the past. Many of those new songs will be part of his Orlando appearance at The Plaza Live in East Orlando. Tickets from $39 to $250 are available at ticketfly.com. JOSH RECOMMENDSJOSH GARRICK Josh Garrick, a West Orange resident, is a ne-art photog rapher, writer and curator. He holds a masters degree in ne arts from Columbia University. He was the rst non-Greek artist in history to exhibit in the National Archaeological Museum of Greece. In Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer named June 27 as Josh Garrick Day in perpetuity. Sharing her story
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FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM THIS WEEK: Tech Sassy Girlz: Tea and Bytes fundraiser. 11 Mennello Museum: An Evening With Fabulous Friends. 10 Hearts of gold Lake Maitland was awash with golden tones and hues for Cannonball Kids cancers third annual Gold Gala Saturday, March 3. Held at a private residence overlooking Lake Maitland, the gala raised money programs and research helping children suering from cancer. Guests clad in yellow and gold attire had a full night of drinks, auction bidding, and music. HARRY SAYER Whitney and Sergio Prieto had a blast with friends. Cannonball Kids Cancer co-founder Melissa Wiggins wore striking gold at tire for her big night. Derek and Emily Lacy, Anja and Jimmy Drew and Matt Nilles chatted close to the lake. Jenny and Thomas Fross wore bright gold. Dr. Kristen Carter, Carla Warlow, Sara Rothfeder and Dawn Bramley were a daz zling quartet. Tori Spradlin, Ashley Martin and Krista King turned heads at the gala.
BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 9 OrangeObserver.com 269039 French Table Linens Warehouse SaleWoman's Club of Winter Park419 S Interlachen Ave, Winter ParkWinter Park Friday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 21st Open 10-5 daily Amazing Selection of Table Linens Sewn in Fall River, MA with French Fabrics: Jacquards, Coated Cloths, Rounds Placemats, Runners, Pillows, and more Quality at Great Prices! Plus many closeouts, starting at $29 860876-0800 OR BUY ONLINE www.ameliemichel.com REAL BLACK TIEGive Hope Foundations Gala 2018 The Give Hope Foundation brought a little bit of Las Vegas to the City Beautiful during its annual gala Saturday, March 3. Held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, the Give Hope Foundation Gala raised money for children and families with childhood cancer through silent and live auctions, rae giveaways and a high-stakes poker tournament that lasted throughout the night. The tournaments winner received a $10,000 vacation to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. HARRY SAYER Andi Thornton, Rachel and Scott Hilinski, and John Kelly watched the card games. Yohan Hazen and Moe Anato enjoyed some wine. Raymon and Crystal Salama couldnt keep their eyes o each other. Left: John Mansour and Give Hope founder Pete Piacenti dressed to impress. Melissa Dunne, Bill Dunne and Dimitri Constantine had a blast.
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BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 11 OrangeObserver.com 269042 Saturday, April 28, 2018 Lake Lily Park, Maitland A Decade of Difference Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Take Steps for walk and the largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Nearly 1.6 million American adults and children suffer life changing digestive diseases. Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary as we recognize everyone who strives every day to support the IBD community. You can make a difference. When you walk, Learn more: call Kim Teter at 813 693 2546 or email: email@example.com Register Today! www.cctakesteps.org/centralfl2018 Register and start fundraising today! Thank You to Our National Sponsor: REAL BLACK TIE Five local students received STEM scholarships from nonprot Tech Sassy Girlz during a breakfast fundraiser Friday, March 2. Held at the Orlando Science Center, the annual Tea and Bytes fundraiser garners support for TSG, created in 2012 to empower middleand highschool girls to pursue careers in STEM elds. Scholarships were awarded by the Ford Motor Company and CenturyLink. Recipients are Amari Assefa, Edgewater High; Jenisse Rios, Colonial High; Samela Mynas, Oak Ridge High; Naia ButlerCraig, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and Jianna Best, Cypress Creek High. DANIELLE HENDRIXTech Sassy Girlz Fifth annual Tea & Bytes Fundraiser Tech Sassy Girlz members at Freedom Middle School held up letters that spelled out thank you. Joyce Odongo and Regine Bonneau were happy to support Tech Sassy Girlz. Right: Michael Felix captured the event on his phone. Chaun Avery, Ford sales operations manager, and Tech Sassy Girlz founder Laine Powell presented Naia Butler, Jianna Best, Jenisse Rios and Samela Mynas (not pictured) with $5,000 scholarships from Ford. Liana Busby, Tech Sassy Girlz founder Laine Powell and Kharis Hughes were instrumental in putting on the event.
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