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TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR The case surrounding the death of 15-year-old Winter Park High School student Rog er Trindade will continue for ward after a petition calling for VOLUME 30, NO. 14 YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. O bserver WINTER PARK / MAITLAND Painting with purpose Brookshire Elementary showcases student art at Artome Art Show. 3B. EASTER EGG ROUND-UP TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR A proposed project for 18 twostory townhouses along Aloma Avenue is picking up steam, and is set to come before Winter Park City Commissioners at their Winter Park sisters Natalie and Emilia McCoy are having a blast with their YouTube baking show. SEE STORY ON PAGE 4 SEE COMMISSION PAGE 4 BAKING OVER THE WORLD Court denies motion to dismiss Trindade case HOSPITAL CELEBRATES MILESTONE Leaders from Winter Park and Florida Hospital gathered on Tuesday, April 3, to celebrate a signicant construction milestone at the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Nicholson Pavilion, which will add 140 all-private rooms and a new lobby when it opens next year. The 160,000-square-foot pavilion will allow the hospital to convert the majority of its existing rooms into private patient rooms. The expansion also will include private beds for orthopedic care, surgical and other services. YOUR TOWN The petition was led by the public defenders representing suspect Jesse Sutherland. Commission to consider townhomes We all scream Ice Cream Social will benet Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. SEE PAGE 3. A project for 18 townhouses along Aloma Avenue is in the works in Winter Park. SEE MOTION PAGE 2 Winter Park, Maitland and Baldwin Park celebrate Easter in style. PAGES 8-12. FREE FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 Photo by Tim Freed


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Individual customers must be citizens or resident aliens of the United States (U.S.) with a valid U.S. taxpayer identification number. Three-year CD Special Rate: 2.35% APY* One-year CD Special Rate: 1.75% APY*Downtown Orlando 355 North Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 407-283-6000 Winter Park 976-A Orange Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 321-441-8404Visit a relationship manager or call us today. 0308-2 OrlandoAds5x8.indd 1 3/14/18 9:12 PM 269603 a motion to dismiss the case was denied by Floridas Fifth District Court of Appeals Monday, April 2. The petition to dismiss the case was filed March 22 by the public defenders representing suspect Jesse Sutherland, one of three suspects related to Trin dades October 2016 death in Winter Parks Central Park. That petition came in the wake of a judge in juvenile court denying a stand your ground motion that claimed Sutherland was acting in self defense in the con frontation that took Trindades life. After the case was transferred from the juvenile division to the circuit criminal division, a motion for rehearing for the stand your ground defense also was denied March 12. Here, petitioner asserted a claim of self-defense in his motion to dismiss, the petition read. At the evidentiary hear ing, the trial court applied the wrong standard in determining the defense failed to establish a prima facie case of self-defense and also refused to follow the law about placing the burden of proof on the state. This resulted in an improper denial of the peti tioners motion. Section 776.012(1) states a person is justified in using nondeadly force against another when that person reasonably believes the conduct is necessary to defend himself against the others imminent use of unlaw ful force, it read. Sutherland testified to exactly that, once the unknown individual raised his hands in an apparent fight ing stance Sutherland believed a fight was about to ensue and acted in self-defense by deliver ing a single strike. The ongoing case has revealed details over time about that fateful night in Winter Parks Central Park. Reports indicate that a juvenile suspect along with fellow suspects Sutherland and Simeon Hall was walk ing through Central Park that night and chose to spray Trin dade with a foul-smelling spray as a joke. A confrontation broke out shortly after, and Trindade was later found brain dead in the park. He was put on life support but was taken off days later. That third juvenile suspect charged with tampering with a witness and battery recently was sentenced on Feb. 16 to a non-secure residential commit ment a residential program for troubled youths followed by post commitment probation until his 19th birthday in 2022. Trindades mother, Adriana, spoke in the courtroom on Feb. 16 about her sons kind heart and spirit and that he never would have tried to start a fight that night in Central Park. We never thought Win ter Park would be a dangerous place, she said. I believed it was safe. He killed my son with just punching him. Every day I wake up trying to understand. Sutherland and Hall both face charges of manslaughter and battery and are being tried as adults. WINTER PARK FRIDAY, APRIL 6 X LEVEL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, at the Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. The X LeVeL Invitational is a girls basketball tournament that brings student-athletes throughout the state together for friendly competition, displays of athleticism, leader ship and camaraderie. (407) 599-3275. SATURDAY, APRIL 7 LAKE VIRGINIA WATERSHED CLEANUP 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at Dinky Dock Park, 410 Ollie Ave., Winter Park. In conjunction with Keep America Beauti fuls Great American Cleanup, join an eort to clean up litter in and around Lake Virginia. Activities may include but are not limited to picking up litter in and around the lake stoop ing, kneeling and bending. Please meet at Dinky Dock Park by 8 a.m. Breakfast, volunteer T-shirt, snacks and water will be provided. Organizers also will provide litter grabbers, safety vests, gloves and garbage bags. Remember to take a reusable water bottle and wear closedtoe shoes, hats, and long pants. Kayakers and paddle-boarders are welcome. To register, visit SAFETY FAIR 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Central Park along Park Avenue. This free community Safety Fair is sponsored by The Parke House Academy. The police and re departments will bring their tanks and trucks, and an Orlando Regional Medi cal Center helicopter will land in the park to add to the excite ment. Enjoy a performance by Mr. Richard, as well as fun activities and guest speakers. For more information, call (407) 325-6385. FRIDAY, APRIL 13 GOOD MORNING WINTER PARK 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 13, at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park. Presented by Florida Hospital, Good Morning Winter Park is Winter Parks live, interactive morning magazine featuring local topics rang ing from politics to exploring entries in the marketplace in and around Winter Park, Florida. Join them and hear from Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more infor mation, call (407) 644-8281 or visit MAITLAND FRIDAY, APRIL 6 YOGA AT THE MAITLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY 4:30 p.m. Fridays at Maitland Public Library, 501 Maitland Ave. S., Maitland. Let Jenny Blackburn help you destress from the week and refresh for the weekend. Take your own mat, towel and water bottle. (407) 647-7700. SUNDAY, APRIL 8 MAITLAND FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. Browse through a section of fresh produce and other items at this weekly farmers market in Maitland. For more information, visit Maitland Farmers Market on Facebook. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 MAITLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MONTHLY LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the RDV Sportsplex, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando. Come out to the chambers monthly luncheon, held on the third Wednesday of every month. Maitland Mayor Dale McDonald will give a State of the City address. For more information, visit business. Orlando. ORLANDO FRIDAY, APRIL 6 STORYBOOK FUN 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Or lando. Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, Story book Fun lasts 25 minutes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play. For more information, call (407) 835-7323. SATURDAY, APRIL 7 YOGA AT BARLEY AND VINE BIERGARTEN 11 a.m. Saturdays at Barley and Vine Biergarten, 2406 E. Wash ington St., Orlando. Looking for a mix of beer and yoga? Join an hourlong yoga practice with a carton of water and craft beer for only $10. For more informa tion, call (407) 930-0960. YOUR CALENDAR Motion denied CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 3 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITOREverybody loves ice cream, but how about a treat that also helps families in need? Talk about a sweet deal. Families can enjoy an afternoon of sweet treats on Sunday, April 8, at the Winter Park Civic Center as the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida will host its eighth annual Ice Cream Social. The event will include every thing from Kellys Homemade Ice Cream and Jeremiahs Italian Ice to Peak Season Pops and The Fathers Table Cheesecake. Guests will enjoy a silent auction, face painting, games, a photo booth and special appearances. Its an event that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, an entity that provides a home away from home for families with children receiv ing treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando. GABRIELLAOrlando residents Kristen and Anthony Bencomo know the charitys mission well. They were residents at a Ronald McDonald House not once but twice. It started in 2006, when Kristen was six months pregnant and began having complications. She delivered the familys first daughter, Gabriella, through a Cesarean section at 26 weeks, but she only measured 21 weeks and weighed 14 ounces. I have pictures where my wedding band is actually on her arm, like she could wear it almost like a purse thats how small she was, Anthony said. She was one of the smallest babies at Florida Hospital at the time. They told us they werent even sure if shed be born alive, but she was, Kristen said. We were whisked away to the NICU and they said, Expect to stay here for three to four months, but in the meantime, were going to send you to the Ronald McDonald House. Kristen always had driven past the Ronald McDonald House at 2201 Alden Road next to Florida Hospital but never knew what it was until then. My doctors office at the time was somewhere over here, Kristen said. I, to be honest, always thought it was an orphanage, which sounds terrible now. I didnt know what it was. The house provided the fam ily with a quiet place to sleep, a shower and meals, all conveniently located near the hospital so they could keep an eye on Gabriella. We live in east Orlando, and back then it would have taken us 40 to 45 minutes to get here, Kristen said. We were called many times at midnight, 3 a.m. You need to get to the hospital right away. Many times, she would crash, and wed have to make some big decisions. Had it not been that we were not steps away, it would have been too late if we were staying at home. The fact that we were so close was just invaluable. Gabriella was with the Bencomo family for 12 days before she died. She was just too tiny and couldnt fight any longer, Kristen said. We decided as a couple and as a family that were forever indebted to Ronald McDonald House that we were able to spend that much time with Gabriella for those short and long 12 days. If it wasnt for them, that would have never happened. Theres things that come to you in life when you need them most, and obviously Ronald McDonald House was here when we needed them the most, Anthony said. Having those days where you have doctors telling you you have to sign a do not resuscitate, and youre signing forms and you only have minutes to be able to get there because this respirator didnt work and your kid is struggling. The day (Gabriella) passed it was like 3 oclock in the morning, and I got a phone call that its not going well and you need to be there. The mere fact that Im here, and I can actually see that hospital and I can run to it. There is nothing that anyone can say to me about how important this place is. Obviously, it was a super long walk on the way back, but to be able to go there and to be able to at least hold my kid one last time or heck the first time because she was so small I would have missed that little bit of time to hold her. I wouldve missed it.BELLATwo years later, Kristen became pregnant with their daughter Bella. She was delivered as a healthy baby but started having apnea episodes and preemie seizures Bella was delivered at 36 weeks, still technically considered a preemie. She stayed for about two weeks in the NICU, and Kristen and Anthony Bencomo were right back at the Ronald McDonald House before they took their second daughter home 12 days later. Bella is 9 years old today and is in great health. Were very blessed with a happy, healthy 9-year-old daughter, Kristen said. I know she doesnt remember why we were here, but she knows why we were here. Shes getting to be the age now where she can start coming and volunteering with me once a month. The Bencomo family has supported the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida ever since. They attend events like the annual Ice Cream Social, donate meals and buy a wish list of toys for children staying at the house every year during the holidays. There is no way they can ever repay the Ronald McDonald House for everything theyve done, Kristen said. Were still living and thriving and giving back, she said. A priceless giftThe upcoming Ice Cream Social will benet Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.Theres things that come to you in life when you need them most, and obviously Ronald McDonald House was here when we needed them the most. Anthony BencomoIF YOU GOICE CREAM SOCIAL WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 WHERE: Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park COST: $7 in advance; $10 at the door; $7 for seniors; free for children 3 and younger INFORMATION: Judi Legler, jlegler@ or (407) 206-0957, Ext. 110

PAGE 4 4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 meeting Monday, April 9. The project includes town houses at the 1.81-acre cluster of properties located at 1791, 1801, 1811, 1821 and 1835 Aloma Avenue all sitting at the northwest cor ner of the intersection of Aloma and Lakemont avenues. Winter Park Planning Manager Jeff Briggs said at the Dec. 5, 2017, Planning and Zoning Board meet ing that the proposed 18 town house units will be developed in building clusters of two to four units. The units are an average size of 2,390 square feet, with about 2,000 square feet of living area, Briggs said. The proposed townhouse buildings range in height, with the tallest portion being just over 28 feet in height, which is under the 30 foot height permitted by the PURD (planned unit residen tial district) zoning. Briggs told the Planning and Zoning Board a traffic study showed the project would only create 32 additional trips along Aloma Avenue, which currently sees 43,000 cars per day. Many residents spoke during the Dec. 5 meeting, citing con cerns about density, increased traffic and the buffer surrounding the neighborhood. When I start to think about the design of that proposal and the reality of what would actu ally happen with respect to people coming in and out of that and going around the block and going down through Edwin I have a lot of concerns about that, resident Tim Caldwell said. Ive spent a lot of time just coming from Windsor five blocks down and coming up to Lakemont and Aloma and that intersection has just gotten increasingly worse. Forty-three-thousand cars coming through? I thought it was like 700,000. Theres got to be some plans to get people in and out of there better. Resident Rick Moore said he supported the proposed use on the property being residential but said he was concerned about hav ing enough of a buffer between the new townhouses and the existing homes nearby. My concern is the height and the sound impact, he said. Board member Ross Johnston said he was also concerned about the buffer. If ever there was a place where we need a more robust wall, this might be one of them for sound dampening for the neighbors, especially where the parking is going on, he said. Johnston also took a moment to address the ongoing perceived traffic issues throughout the city. We hear traffic a lot prob ably the No. 1 issue that comes up, Johnston said. Theres been an ongoing traffic study going on in Winter Park for a decade. Everyone assumes theres more traffic. ... It turns out theres actually a slight decline. Weve been relatively flat for a decade in Winter Park, and a lot of has to do with the perimeter building, not whats going on directly in Winter Park, he said. Zoning changes from office to medium residential on the site were approved unanimously by the board, while the project itself passed 6-1, with board member Laura Walda dissenting because of residents concerns. The project was approved with the condition that staff impose additional buffer requirements along the rear property line for the surrounding properties fol lowing a community meeting. TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR S ome YouTubers chase after Likes and Subscribes. Others post videos online just as a hobby. But for the McCoy family in Winter Park, a YouTube channel about baking delicious desserts is a recipe for crafting family memories. Natalie and Emilia McCoy, aka Nat and Emi are the master bakers behind Nat and Emi Bake Over the World, which shares a new video for online viewers about every week with a new recipe for a tasty dessert. The sisters have made maca rons, beignets, cakes, scones and just about everything else in-between. But this isnt any ordinary cooking show Nat, 11, and Emi, 8, love to have fun with their videos by acting and show ing their personality. In one video where the girls make macarons themed after Marvel comic book characters, Nat and Emi receive top secret mission details from Nick Fury, who informs them that an alien race is attacking earth, traditional fighting methods are insufficient, and that the aliens only weakness is sugar. Nat and Emi proceed to save the world by making macarons bear ing the logos of Captain America, Spiderman, Iron Fist and other characters. They try to put a quirky twist to it, Nat and Emis mom, Angie said. You can see what excites them more, because then theyll take it and run with it and throw a little acting in. They want to make it a whole story. We also get inspired by things we like to do, Emi said. I like to do gymnastics, swim, run and act. RECIPE FOR FAMILY FUN The idea for the show all goes back to the summer of 2016 with a single cake a gift Emi wanted to make for Nat to congratulate her on earning a part in a Beauty and the Beast play. Emi and her dad, Nathan, decided to record the process on video, calling it The Nate and Tate Cooking Show after their nicknames. After a few more videos, Nat wanted in on the fun. Natalie started becoming a guest star on Nate and Tate, Angie said. Nate was never on it, and these two were so cute together. Thats when two baking stars were born and filmed their first show together in August 2017. In that premiere, the sisters made a world cake using ball pans typi cally used to make a soccer ball or basketball cake. It was really fun, Nat said. There were a few mishap cakes, but overall, we finally got it together, and it turned out won derful. The duo have posted 29 vid eos on their channel, inspired by Food Network shows to find new creations to try and make in their kitchen. Theyve even already picked up some loyal fans: the UCF football team. The girls posted a video in September about how to make chocolate-dipped pretzels UCF style, using the schools black and gold colors. It wasnt long before UCF took notice of the game day treats. UCF saw it, and they invited them to go bake for the media for the football games, Nathan said. Since then the girls have made cookies for several home football games, delivering them to the press box for all to enjoy. Associ ate Athletic Director Andy Seeley even coordinated a tour of the stadium and locker room for the baking duo. The UCF volleyball team also is loyal Bake Over the World fans. After a game we got to go into the girls locker room and we got to chant with them and talk to the coach and listen to his speech, Nat said. It was really cool. The future is bright for Nat and Emi. They have dreams of being bakers, actresses and dancers someday. The McCoy family is excited about the 67 subscribers on their YouTube channel, but they all know its really about the fun and making family memories. If we can do it as a family in the kitchen, than theres no reason why our viewers as a family cant do it, too, Nat said. This is that one time we get to all come into the kitchen togeth er and come up with something thats fun, Nathan said. Wheth er its the greatest episode or not, it doesnt matter. Its about the time youve spent together. Forty-three-thousand cars coming through? I thought it was like 700,000. Theres got to be some plans to get people in and out of there better. Tim Caldwell 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. All Rights Reserved Observer Media Group Inc. 1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468 Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David Beliles Publishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life Magazine, Season Magazine WINTER PARK/ MAITLAND OBSERVER The Winter Park/Maitland Observer (USPS #00-6186) is published by the Observer Media Group, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, Fl., 32789. Pe riodical postage paid at Winter Park, Florida. POSTMASTER send ad dress changes to the Winter Park/ Maitland Observer 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, FL, 32789. TO ADVERTISE For display or digital advertising, call Publisher Jackie Fanara at (407) 401-9929. For classied advertising, call (407) 401-9929. Our fax number is (407) 656-6075. LEGAL ADVERTISING To place a legal notice for Orange County, please call Kim Martin at (407) 654-5500 or email to SEND US YOUR NEWS Let us know about your events, celebra tions and achievements. Send your infor mation via email to Michael Eng, meng@ Mailed letters must be typed and include the authors signature and phone number. Letters to the editor are subject to editing. TO SUBSCRIBE The Winter Park/Maitland Observer is published weekly, on Fridays. Subscrip tions are $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County). To subscribe for mailed home delivery, call (407) 401-9929; email to; visit; or visit our oce, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, FL, 32789. Publisher / Jackie Fanara, Executive Editor / Michael Eng, Design Editor / Jessica Eng, Associate Editor / Troy Herring, Associate Editor / Tim Freed, Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, Black Tie Reporter / Harry Sayer, Multimedia Sales Executive / Laura Rubio, Administrative Assistant / Janice Carrion, Creative Services Administrator / Marjorie Holloway, Creative Services Coordinator / Christine Galan, Advertising Graphic Designers / Thom Gravelle, Shawna Polana, Luis Trujillo, Allison Wampole Commission to consider project Tim Freed Nathan, Natalie, Angie and Emilia McCoy use their baking videos as valu able family time. Made from scratch Whether its the greatest episode or not, it doesnt matter. Its about the time youve spent together. Nathan McCoy CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


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Children with special needs are read childrens books while they play with felt objects, bean bags and other toys to keep them engaged. Titled Sensory Storytime, the librarys new reading program, presents stories to children with autism and special needs in a more effective way. Its a way to engage children for which regular storytelling might be too much for them, said Shawn Shaffer, executive director for the Winter Park Public Library. There might be a lot going on, other kids running around and it might be noisy. This is a different experience that focuses on what they need. The program, which runs Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings during the last week of each month, has children engage with physical objects such as bean bags, bubbles and ribbons while stories are being read. Shanna Kuster, the childrens librar ian who often leads the program, once brought felt cats for kids to put together during a reading of Stack the Cats. Unlike other storytime sessions during which groups of children sit and listen to the reading, this program allows the children to walk around and occasionally dance. The library hosts a number of programs for children pajama storytime on Monday nights; a program for babies and toddlers Tuesday mornings; preschool sessions throughout the week; and summertime after-school programs. Sensory Storytime is just another focus for the public library. We wanted to reach out to students who may find regular storytime to just be too overwhelming or to parents who worry their children will interrupt (story time), Shaffer said. Theyre concerned about what other kids might think about their kids. So theyre in a group of their peers. The program, which started two months ago, is still in its infancy. Shaffer said the Winter Park staff took note of Seminole County libraries hosting specialneeds programs and decided to adopt similar programs. We looked nationwide, she said. This has been a grow ing trend, and we have children on the spectrum coming in (to the library). We went out and observed a couple of their class es. Some parents suggested we do it on a different day so they had choices and could go to Seminole County or go to ours. The library often takes students from nearby preschools for story time. The OCA, a Florida specialneeds nonprofit, has joined with the library to bring special-needs children and adults to participate. The group isnt only focused on children with autism. Shaf fer said children with hearing or sight impairments also are welcome. The library will continue to look at the program in the coming months and expand the number of programs if needed. Were open and available to everyone, Shaffer said. Were a place thats opening and welcoming to everybody at every age level and socioeconomic level, we want to be inclusive. We want everyone to have opportunities. Appealing to the sensesThe Winter Park Public Librarys new Sensory Storytime is designed for children with special needs. IF YOU GOSENSORY STORY TIME WHEN: 4 to 4:45 p.m. Monday, April 23, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 26 WHERE: Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park INFORMATION: (407) 6233300Harry SayerTween librarian Grace Moore sometimes helps out with Sensory Storytime. There might be a lot going on, other kids running around and it might be noisy. This is a dier ent experience that focuses on what they need. Shawn Shaer, executive director for the Winter Park Public Library


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 7 rfnrtb when becomesI DO I'M DONE. 271761 when be c om e s when be c om e s I DO IM DONE. 261320 Meal preparation Light housekeeping & laundry Medication reminders Personal hygiene Dressing & grooming Walking & exercise Going shopping or to appointments TenderCare License 3014096We are your hometown solution for one-on-one assistance. With some of the best rates in Central Florida, we make staying independent affordable. Call us to learn of the TenderCare difference! TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR Brian Meyers has never seen an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. And why would he? He sees the real thing every day. Meyers has been the crime scene investigator for the Maitland Police Department for the last six years, helping to catch criminals by tracking down clues. The Maitland CSI has respond ed to more than 250 cases from suspicious deaths to shootings to extensive burglaries in the city. As soon as Meyers arrives on the crime scene, the wheels start turn ing. I try to put the pieces of the puzzle together while my detec tives are talking to the people try ing to get the story, Meyers said. Once we come together, theyre going to tell me the story, and Im going to say, Yay or, Nay, thats not what the evidence shows. DONT EVER ASSUME One thing that Meyers has learned during his time as a CSI: things arent always what they seem. A potential theory of what trans pired can get completely turned on its head by the end of an inves tigation, Meyers said. The first death I ever went on a lady shot herself behind the ear, she was laying (back), and the gun was (perfectly sitting on her chest), Meyers said. Im like, How does that do that? But after going through the academy and watch ing different scenarios, (the gun) can end up anywhere. Thats the stuff they teach you. Dont ever walk in and assume because of the way you see things that thats your puzzle. You really have to put the pieces together and work it. To catch a criminal, Meyers often will put himself in the suspects shoes to decipher where to dust for fingerprints. If the suspect broke into a car, he or she might have touched the door handle or the gear shift. Meyers will even climb through a window himself to see where a burglar may have put his or her hands. I put myself at the crime scene or wherever this happened and just kind of replay it, Meyers said. Its kind of built into you. Anybody can do the job, but are you doing the job right? Meyers also is in charge of cata loging evidence from drugs and weapons to personal items. Because were a small agency and we dont have a ton of crime, my day-to-day is evidence and property, Meyers said. My daily activities involve taking care of all the evidence and property, making sure the state attorney gets all the evidence and videos and whatever they ask for. When patrol comes upon a suspicious death theyre going to call me out to alleviate any suspicion. SEEKING JUSTICE Meyers joined the Maitland Police Department as a patrol officer 23 years ago before transitioning into community policing. In 2012, he was approached by the depart ment with a unique opportunity: He was hand-picked to receive training at the National Foren sics Academy at the University of Tennessee. During the 10-week, 400-hour course, Meyers learned how to find clues using everything from the trajectory of bullets to finger prints to blood-spatter analysis. When blood drops straight down, its going to satellite like this, if somebodys moving its going to hit, drop and elongate, Meyers said. Youll be able to measure that blood and tell at what angle that blood fell off that person. When you look at the blood, you can tell if theyre going up stairs or if theyre coming down stairs, he said. It tells direction. Its a job thats suited Meyers well, he said. Even when he was a patrol officer, Meyers always arrived on the scene and asked questions to try to figure out what transpired. Ive always been interested in it, but I didnt know I was interested in it, Meyers said. I was always the guy at the crime scene trying to figure out what happened, whats going on. I was the guy asking those questions. But Meyers isnt only driven by curiosity; its also responsibility. Meyers often will walk away from even a small crime scene with hun dreds of photos. Once you leave the crime scene, theres no going back. No second chances, he said. Im always looking for justice, Meyers said. When I show up at the scene, theres victims out there, and they shouldnt be vic tims. I want justice for those vic tims, whether theyre alive or dead. I want to know that somebody took my case if it was me, and worked it till they couldnt work it anymore, he said. Im that guy. Im going to work your case, and Im going to do it until I know that I can look you straight in the eye without a doubt and say, Ive done everything, and this is what I found, this is what I didnt find. (Think about) the family mem bers I want to close that door for those people. I want to give them an answer. Tim Freed Brian Meyers was trained at the National Forensics Academy at the University of Ten nessee. CSI: MAITLAND Brian Meyers has been chasing criminals as Maitland Polices crime scene investigator for six years.


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12 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 263798 Established in 1972 we are celebrating 45 years of service this year. As the ocial magazine of Central Floridas upscale Baldwin Park community for more than 12 years, Baldwin Park Living is directly mailed monthly to more than 5,000 residents and businesses, with additional copies being distributed via the association oce and businesses. ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-401-9929Email us at 2018 PUBLISHES 1ST WEEK EACH MONTH SPACE DEADLINE COPY DUE May ......................... April 12 June ....................... May 10 July ......................... .June 14 August ................... July 12DONT MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THE NEXT ISSUES! BALDWIN PARK LIVING 269757 270120Strength training at any age can help improve muscle mass and bone densityADVERTORIALAllison Olcsvay Three years ago, Georgia Ellison was facing the same progno sis that she has watched her mother suer with for decades. The progressive osteopenia would someday develop into osteoporosis, bringing on devastating broken bones and pain. My mother is 93 now, and Ive watched her suer so much; I just dont want that to happen to me, Ellison said. Medi cation to strengthen her bones never produced signicant results, and after years of taking them, she decided to try a new course of action. Following the recommendation of a friend she signed on with Elite Strength and Fitness of Winter Park and began fol lowing a twice-weekly strength-training regimen designed to increase her muscle mass and bone density. At her next DEXA scan to measure density, Ellisons doctor noticed a big change and she was able to stop taking her medication. Success stories like Ellisons dont come easy though; it took months of intense workouts with the guidance of personal trainers to get there. At 64, Les Rinehart, one of Elites trainers, knows the chal lenges his clients face. After 33 years in the tness industry, the former strength coach for the Charlotte Hornets retired in 2007, only to come out of retirement a few years ago to join Elite because, he said, he saw the value in what they oered their clients. The equipment here is top of the line and the techniques produce results like no other, Rinehart said. At Elite, educa tion is as important as the equipment. Before clients spend anytime working out, they share their medical history, goals and concerns with trainers who develop a plan that covers time inside and outside of the gym. Clients needs are evaluated and we give them a detailed analysis of what they need to do, especially at home, to ac complish their goals, said owner Monte Mitchell. Homework might include keeping food and exercise journals to learn more about their habits, especially if weight loss is a goal. The gym also oers a 12-week group nutrition workshop to their members, guaranteeing results for their clients, provid ed they follow all the recommendations made during their consultation. 70-year-old physician Dr. Maria Bors has been a client of Elite for seven years and nds that training there ts quite nicely into her busy lifestyle. The 20-minute workouts are easy for me to t in and I nd them easy to commit to, Bors said. Rather than working out with sweaty, bulked-up gym rats, Elites clients nd an almost Zen-like atmosphere, with trainers attentive to their every motion. Speaking in tones of calm assurance, trainers oer equal parts encouragement and challenge, pushing clients to new levels. The workouts are physically demanding, but not in the way one might expect. Motions are slow and intensely controlled, demanding maximum eort from muscles while barely breaking a sweat. Many clients dont even change out of oce clothes, Rinehart said. They simply dont need to. Before beginning with Elite, Bors suered from daily back pain, but after just a\ few months in the gym, she expe rienced a noticeable change in pain levels and now rarely suers at all. Its been remarkable for me, she said. I can feel how strong I am, especially when I am traveling carrying luggage. I have a strength I never had before. The strength training is very good for preventing bone loss, said Bors, which is something we all need as we age.407-740-7750 1312 Palmetto Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789Mention this ad for a free consultation. You can schedule this consultation by calling Elite Strength & Fitness at 407-740-7750 Hoppy hunters ll baskets at Baldwin Park egg huntIt was a day of celebration and Easter festivities at Crescent Park as families came out for the Baldwin Park Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31. Children lled their baskets with eggs, enjoyed a photo op with the Easter Bunny and had a blast with their families. TIM FREED Bobb Grandsard; Lindsey Grandsard; Estelle Grandsard, 8 months; Taylor Krijgsman; Charlotte Krijgsman, 5 months; Katie Dayton; and Beau Dayton, 4 months, had a great time together at the Easter Egg Hunt. Left: Andrew Jacobs, 3, got a photo with the Easter Bunny. Right: Diana Pienaar, Goestav Pienaar and Audrey Pienaar, 5, spent their Saturday morning at the Easter egg hunt. Left: Lauren Diamantas; Caroline Diamantas, 1; Kyle Diamantas; and Charlotte Diamantas, 3, were excited for the hunt to start.


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SPORTS APRIL 6, 2018 1 Kyle Mock had a big night in Bishop Moores 8-4 win over Tampa Catholic Monday, April 2. In four plate ap pearances, Mock went two-for-three on the night, with both hits being hom ers that would count for two RBI. He also account ed for three runs scored. 2 In a shortened 12-0 drubbing of Cyrpess Creek, Winter Parks Lauren Staudt did it all. A the plate, she went twofor-three with four RBI while pitching a no-hitter through ve shut-out in nings. 3 Despite a tough 21-6 loss to West Orange, Edgewaters Eman uel McClain had himself a solid game against the Warriors. He scored four of the Eagles six goals. 4 Isabella Garga nese proved to be a game-changer in Trinity Preps 13-11 win over Lake Mary. She scored ve goals in the game. 5 It was an all around fantastic match for the Wildcats girls team out on the tennis court. Aviva Diamond, Kara Evans and Akiko Panton all picked up wins in both singles and doubles, while Reagan Adams picked up a win in singles play. HIGH 5 Taking it to the next LeVeL The Winter Park Community Center will host the secondannual X LeVeL Invitational Tournament this weekend. TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR B asketball is a sport for everyone, but the games this week are for the girls. In this weekends second annual X LeVeL Invitational Tournament, 10 AAU girls teams from Central Florida and around the state will de scend upon the Winter Park Community Center for a com petitive two-day tourney. If they have a bad experience whether it be coaches, parents who are just overwhelmed with just pushing the sport or theyre not growing fast enough and they move on theyre done with the sport forever. So we decided we wanted to focus on making that a great experience for the parents and the girls participating. Antonio Gibson, X LeVeL CEO and tournament director SEE A TOURNEY PAGE 17


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 17 270916 Saturday April 14, 2018Robarts Arena | Sarasota, FL9am:30pmDoors open at 8am, program starts at 9am FREE EVENT Registration required. Online registration is strongly encouraged at Call 941-926-6413 for more information. THE PARKINSONS EXPO will feature presentations from medical experts on treatment options, the latest in research, managing the non-motor aspects of the disease, and more.This event is presented to the community at no charge thanks to the following partners: A complete listing of speakers and topics is available on the Neuro Challenge website. | 941-926-6413 The Slater-Kassan Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation SYNOVUS The Pines of Sarasota-Rehabilitation Senior Care Community Manatee Educational TelevisionRobarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, Florida 34237 PRESENTING SPONSOR PLATINUM SPONSORS GOLD SPONSORS 261728St. Dorothys Independent Catholic Community Celebrating Mass every Sunday at 11amFor more information, please visit our website aliated with the Diocese of Orlando) St. Matthews Tavern1300 N. Mills Ave.parking on Mills and in Watkins Dental parking lotAll are welcome! Come experience our community where we practice Love Without Judgment Caring for Winter Parks Pets and Their People Since 19551601 Lee Road, Winter Park (407) 644-2676247851 On Saturday, the tournament will start out with a multi-game pool play, before teams get placed into single-elimination brackets on Sunday, said Antonio Gibson, X LeVeL CEO and tournament director. Teams will play multiple times during the days long event on Saturday, which will start at 9 a.m. and run until around 5 or 6 p.m. Sundays bracket games will start around the same time and finish by around 2 p.m. Although this weekends tour nament seems like a typical tour ney, the goals are a bit bigger than what you would think. The girls in this tournament, ranging from fifthto 12th-graders, are the focus of Gibsons organization and its mission to grow the game in a specific demographic. Our goal is to just make it a fun atmosphere for the girls, because at that age, its a big turning point, Gibson said. If they have a bad experience whether it be coaches, parents who are just overwhelmed with just pushing the sport or theyre not grow ing fast enough and they move on theyre done with the sport forever. So we decided we wanted to focus on making that a great experience for the parents and the girls participating. JUCO FOR KIDS Founded in 2005, the X LeVeL is a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping to develop aspiring young basketball play ers who are trying to move from rec leagues to competitive teams. Gibson refers to the organization jokingly as JuCo for kids. Gibson, who has a love for basketball and use to coach basketball at Boone High School, saw a lot of kids trying to get into competitive leagues that were having issues making the transition. Nine times out of 10, theyre not equipped, because they dont have the fundamental skill sets to do it, Gibson said. And just due to lack of information or knowledge by parents or whoever, they put them in there and a lot of kids lose interest or they dont succeed so you get a lot of discouragement. In an attempt to grow and develop young players, X LeVeL began focusing specifically on fifththrough eighth-graders to prepare them for high-school ball. And although the organiza tion offers assistance to boys and girls, Gibson noticed there was a big drop-off between the boys and girls game and decided to put more of an emphasis on devel oping girls basketball in Central Florida. With a new direction set, X LeVeL decided to put on their first invitational last year, and Winter Park seemed to be the perfect host for the event. Its very family oriented, and I look at Winter Park as being that especially in that downtown area so it creates for a great venue and a great atmosphere for families to come to participate in a fun day, Gibson said. And the developing doesnt just stop at the game of basketball for those participating in the organizations tournaments and programs. Those at X LeVeL love basketball and helping kids learn how to succeed in that aspect, but it also works to teach life lessons that go beyond the realm of sports and into the life of every kid, Gibson said. Ultimately our goal is to be a resource to educate our com munity whatever it may be in, Gibson said. What we try to teach especially fifth grade to eighth grade, which is roughly 11 to 14 years old is accountabil ity, responsibility and leadership in there. We are preparing great adults. IF YOU GO X LEVEL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat urday, April 7, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8 WHERE: Winter Park Com munity Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park INFORMATION: (407) 5993275 A tourney of their own CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


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ARTS + CULTUREFRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018ALSO INSIDE: Brookshire: Artom Art Show. 3 Winter Park Chamber: Taste of Winter Park. 6 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM Perennial questFormer Death guitarist and jazz teacher Bobby Koelble continues to explore music at Winter Parks Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts.Bobby Koelble: Duke Ellington said, Theres two kinds of music: good and bad. As a musician, youre always interested in what makes this music tick. I always have that curiosity about whats going on with music. KOELBLES TOP FIVE INFLUENTIAL ALBUMSDouble Live Gonzo by Ted Nugent is the album that made me want to play guitar. Killers by Iron Maiden is the album that steered me toward metal. Friday Night in San Francisco by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Luca is the album that led me towards fusion. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane to me is the pinnacle of jazz perfor mance. Kill Em All by Metallica steered me toward ultraheavy music, even though it sounds like the Bee Gees now.FAVORITE GUITARISTSAl Di Meola George Benson Danny Gatton Pat Metheny Frank Gambale Allan Holdsworth Wes Montgomery John Scoeld Paco de Luca TIM FREED | ASSOCIATE EDITORIt seems like Orlando guitarist Bobby Koelble is rarely not on stage navigating his fretboard and plucking melodies. But depending on which concert you see, you might be banging your head or nodding it to a swinging jazz beat. Koelble a guitarist on a perennial quest to explore all music will give guitar lovers a treat Wednesday, April 11, when his band performs at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park. SEE KOELBLE PAGE 2Tim FreedGuitarist Bobby Koelble has made a name for himself as a jazz and heavy metal guitarist, but that doesnt stop him from continuing to explore even more genres of music.


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A T R O L L I N S C O L L E G E S I N C E 1 9 3 5 T h i s a d g e n e r o u s l y s p o n s o r e d b yB a c h F e s t i v a l F l o r i d a o r g 4 0 7 6 4 6 2 1 8 2 w w w w a t e r o a k c o m G E T T I C K E T S AFRICAN AMERICAN MASTERPIECES: SYMPHONIC SPIRITUALSSaturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00pm Knowles Memorial Chapel | Tickets from $25 Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra | John V. Sinclair, conductor Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale | Terrance Lane, directorCommemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a program of signicant and passionate works for choir and orchestra by three of the 20th centurys most important African American composers. ON THE PROGRAM WILLIAM L. DAWSON | Negro Folk Symphony WILLIAM GRANT STILL | And They Lynched Him on a Tree R. NATHANIEL DETT | The Ordering of Moses 266661 Koelble will perform a collection of Jimi Hendrix songs with a jazz flair and will be accompanied by Matt Lapham on bass, Walt Hubbard on drums, Greg Little on trumpet and Keegan Mathews on keys. The group will play through two sets: one that interprets sev eral classic Hendrix songs from a jazz perspective and a second that explores what it might have been like had Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis collaborated like they had planned. What if Hendrix was a little more of a jazz guitar player? Koelbe said. Its kind of absurd in a respect, but at the same time, I just thought it would be fun. I dont think in reality thats something he probably ever would have done, but from this perspective, I just thought it might be kind of cool and fun for us to do that kind of thing.DIVERSE INFLUENCESThe radical blend of styles fits perfectly with Koelbles diverse musical background. The guitarist honed his craft in two genres that are practically polar opposites: jazz and heavy metal. We draw from the same Euro pean tradition of harmony and melody, but the similarities pretty much end there, Koelble said, lauging. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Koelble moved to the Central Florida area at age 3 and began his musical journey with the organ at age 7. At 13, Koelble became interested in guitar after listening to hard rock bands such as Van Halen and AC/DC. Metal music came shortly after, with Koelble influenced by bands such as Judas Priest, Motr head and Iron Maiden. In high school, he began listening to jazz rock fusion, which combines jazz harmonies with a rock guitar sound. It wasnt until he attended Berk lee College of Music that he finally fell in love with traditional jazz, and hes been playing it ever since.NOTORIETYKoelble currently teaches jazz guitar at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida. He has numerous musical projects and regular performances throughout Orlando from his work with The Absinthe Trio, which blends bossa/samba, funk and jazz, all the way to The Jazz Professors, a hit jazz group who have released two Top-20 Billboard Jazz albums. He has performed with jazz legends such as Sam Rivers, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Lou Donaldson, along with the finest jazz musi cians in Central Florida. But perhaps one of the biggest highlights of Koelbles musical career is at the complete opposite end of the musical spectrum his tenure from 1994 to 1996 in the legendary metal band Death. The four-piece extreme music outfit from Orlando is known for pioneering the musical style of death metal, characterized by guttural vocals, heavily distorted guitars and machine gun-tempo drums. Koelble recorded tracks such as Empty Words, Crystal Mountain and Perennial Quest on Deaths Symbolic album, and had the chance to tour throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan. After returning home, frontman Chuck Schuldiner revered by many as The Father of Death Metal disbanded Death to work with his other band, Control Denied. Although Koelbles time with Death was short, he said hes for ever grateful for the opportunity. It was amazing, probably the professional highlight of my life being able to play in that band and play that music, Koelble said. It was something that really helped to put me on the map as far as that type of music is concerned.WHAT MAKES MUSIC TICK?Although he still spends time teaching and playing jazz, Koelble has been writing and recording for a metal project over the past three to four years, and hopes to release an album later this year. Koelble said he hopes that peo ple enjoy the music on April 11 and that hes thankful for venues such as Blue Bamboo, where music is explored and appreciated. Although the styles of metal and jazz have little in common aside from the concepts of some melody, harmony and a bit of improvisation, there is one thing they both have in common they speak to Koelble on an emotional level. At the end of the day, thats all that matters, Koelble said. Heavy metal touches me in a way thats certainly different than the way jazz does. Even in the music of Bach, the music of that era is whats referred to as absolute music, which is music for the sake of itself, which is supposed to be played devoid of emotion, he said. But you still get some type of emotional reaction from it. Even something that seems as just bludgeoning and relentless as certain metal music, theres still a definite emotional reaction that comes from it. Duke Ellington said Theres two kinds of music: good and bad. As a musician, youre always interested in what makes this music tick. I always have that curiosity about whats going on with music.IF YOU GOBOBBY KOELBLE WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 WHERE: Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park TICKETS: $10 INFORMATION: bluebambooart center.comKoelble to blend Jimi, Miles Tim FreedBobby Koelble isnt afraid to dabble in both metal and jazz. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 3 271587 The Orlando Senior Help Desk of The Jewish Pavilion is raising funds to provide resources and advice to seniors and their family members in their time of need. Your participation and sponsorship are needed to keep this amazing service available for community members of all faiths.Special $119 per night room rates!Come join us for a fantastic day of golf in support of the Orlando Senior Help Desk. Breakfast, Lunch and Live Auction!$130 per person/$500 per foursome Participating players receive $35 (plus tax) Shingle Creek return play coupon WHEN: Sunday, April 8, 2018 1:00pm 5:00pm WHERE: Winter Park Civic Center 1050 West Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789 Tickets available at all three Houses or online $7 in advance $10 at the door $7 for seniors Children 3 and under are FREEThank You Sponsors of College Park 266461 Graf: Top8: 7954: 7964: 7969: 7974: 7980: Edgar Smith, had the right look for the art show. 8041: Edgar Smith, Astrid Swanson and Richard Sykes were an excited trio. 7996: 8005: Others: 7992: First grade teacher Candice Behl passed out snow cones. 8013: Jessie Albu, 10, Mattie Steven and Ann Steven took in the sights. 8021: Debbie and Gabbie Leviten enjoyed what the show had to oer. 8027: Geanie Alvarez and Antonina Kest painted up some colorful sh. 8029: Serena Helton and Kathyrn Fielder admired the artwork. Brookshire Elementary School showed o its students creativity at the Artom Art Show March 29 at the school. The paintings and drawings of hundreds of Brookshire students were put on framed display for families to appreciate. Students could also pick up snow cones and paint new masterpieces in the schools art room. HARRY SAYERSTUDENT SHOWCASE Left: Brookshire art teacher Sara Cucciaioni and former art teacher Meg Baldwin ran the art show. Audrey Standford, 10, and Kristin Pakholok, 9, painted some rocks. Right: Annabelle Rossi worked hard on her art. Michelle and Pierson Taylor admired his artwork. Antonina Kest, 11, and Ava Weesner, 11, had a blast. The Perez family checked out the schools art.


4 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 266331 SATURDAY, APRIL 7CHRIS CORTEZ AT BLUE BAMBOO 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Chris Cortez performs his solo show, full of surprises from his many CD releases and more. An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Cortez ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world and has been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times and Le Jazz Hot Paris. Suggested donation is $10 to $20. For more information, visit, APRIL 8MESSIAH CHORAL SOCIETY SINGALONG 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at First Congregational Church, 225 S. Interlachen Ave., Winter Park. Come sing! Or if you just want to sit back and enjoy this beautiful music, you are invited to be part of the Messiah Choral Societys annual Sing-Along. The society will be singing selections from the Messiah by George Frideric Handel. If you have ever wanted to be a part of a large choir sing ing a major musical work, this is your chance. Its going to be a fun evening you will enjoy.THURSDAY, APRIL 12CHARLIE DECHANT AND THE KINGS 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Charlie DeChant and the Kings return to the Bamboo. DeChant is the sax player for Hall and Oates, but he has his own group, too. Featuring DeChant on saxes and utes, Steve Sienkiewicz on keyboards, Cadillac Cardirelli on drums, Larry Jakoby on bass and Tommy Caulton on guitar. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit AMEN! Running through Saturday, April 21, at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave. Suite C, Winter Park. Nunsense A-Men! 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 that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. For show times, call (407) 645-0145 or visit WINTER PARK: THE WAR YEARS 19411945 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 28, at the Winter Park History Museum, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Winter Park: The War Years 1941-1945, Home Front Life in an American Small Town is an ongoing exhibit at the museum with a focus on life during World War II. For more information, call (407) 647-2330. CURATOR 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. RIA BRODELL: DEVOTION Through May 13 at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. Ria Brodell disrupts traditional narratives and oers multifaceted ways in which to experience the concept of devotion. While Brodells art stems from personal experience, the works in this exhibition allow for a nuanced rumination on gender and sexuality from both historical and contemporary contexts. Featuring new and recent work by the artist, Ria Brodell: Devotion recontextualizes devotional imagery from CFAMs permanent collection. THIS WEEK Art by Ria BrodellRia Brodell: Devotion runs through May 13 at he Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.


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6 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORTheres a whole other part of the world ready to be explored, and it sits just outside of downtown Winter Park. In the galleries at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, the culture and wonder of a far-away land is on full display and the atmosphere fully immerses you into the exhibit. Hand-sculpted wood carvings of people and animals sit within glass casings, while large wood story boards hang from the walls. The walls of the gallery itself are painted in bright colors that reflect the palettes found in many of the 400odd pieces that make up Island Objects: Art and Adaptation in Micronesia a showcase featuring part of the collection of local anthropologist Barbara Wavell. Youll ask some collectors and theyll go, Oh I didnt even remember that I had this, or I got this and put it away I remember everything, Wavell said. I record who I got it from, what were the circumstance under with which it was got, and if I get another similar thing I know that, Hey, that was probably from the same period, because things change over time, so I can use that to date objects. After a while, you build information. This exhibit showcases only a portion of Wavells full collection, which features more than 1,200 items that date between the 1800s to present. Most of the collection is post-World War II. It was her incredible attention to detail and deep desire to learn that drove Wavell to begin diving into collecting Micronesian artifacts. During the early stages of her career, she was collecting wooden pieces without knowing what it was, and from where it originated. Although she was born in England, Wavell grew up in Winter Park and attended Rollins College in the 1970s. During her years at Rollins, Wavell picked up the hobby of collecting wood carvings from around the world, before going on to graduate school to study cultural anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. I would go to the flea markets, and that would be one of the things I would look for, because I really liked them, Wavell said. One day, I got a carved board and a carved squatting figure, and I didnt know really where they were from so I started researching by this time, I was getting my masters. As I started to research it, I realized there wasnt that much information available, so I started to look into it and gather all of this information, she said. From there, Wavells passion for Micronesia became a full-time job of research and collecting whatever she could possibly find. Wavell even found her way to Micronesia a subregion of Oceania comprised of thousands of small islands located in the western Pacific Ocean in 2004 for the Festival of Pacific Art. For a month, Wavell immersed herself in the colorful culture and people she had long been studying. It was very dream-like it was amazing, Wavell said with a grin. The Festival of Pacific Art its sort of like the Olympics. They have groups with matching costumes from each island area, and it also includes Polynesia and Melanesia.They have a big parade, they have dances from every area, and they have handicrafts, so I was able to collect a lot of crafts from different islands. Being able to observe and document life on the islands in-person, even if for such a short time, gave Wavell the first-hand experience she always had wanted. Although Wavell said there is still a lot to research and take in, it is this aspect of constant learning and epiphanies she said has helped keep her interest piqued as she continues to collect everything from hand-woven fans to handmade weapons carved from wood and stone. The more you even look at objects and how theyre made, and how the way theyre made changes over time, you learn a lot about the process of globalization, the influences of other cultures its really complicated, Wavell said. And every object that you get is from a specific point in history. In the Polaseks Island Objects: Art and Adaptation in Micronesia exhibit, locals are immersed into the collection of local anthropologist Barbara Wavell.Troy HerringBarbara Wavells love for Micronesian culture and art has led to her accruing a large collection of work from the islands. IF YOU GOISLAND OBJECTS: ART AND ADAPTATION IN MICRONESIA WHEN: On display through April 15 WHERE: Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays COST: $5 for museum members; $10 for visitors INFORMATION: A walk among the IslandsCourtesy photoBarbara Wavells travels included an opportunity to see this piece of stone money on the island of Yap.


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Elevated experience Taste of Winter Park, hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, will feature a plethora of palate pleasers.Taste of Winter Park, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerces annual event, is set to make its grand return Wednesday, April 18, at the Winter Park Farmers Market. The 33-year-old celebration has become a popular showcase for Winter Parks various restaurants and wineries. Its to show (our Winter Park) members, said Betsy Gardner Eck bert, chamber president and CEO. Maybe someone cant aord to have a three-course dinner (at a restaurant) there, but they can taste some of the signature dishes and learn more and maybe put it on the agenda for a special occasion. Its really a sample-and-see experience designed to showcase dierent restaurant and beverage brands.HARRY SAYER | BLACK TIE REPORTERSEE TASTE PAGE 10FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM


ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 9 270918 Saturday April 14, 2018Robarts Arena | Sarasota, FL9am:30pmDoors open at 8am, program starts at 9am FREE EVENT Registration required. Online registration is strongly encouraged at Call 941-926-6413 for more information. THE PARKINSONS EXPO will feature presentations from medical experts on treatment options, the latest in research, managing the non-motor aspects of the disease, and more.This event is presented to the community at no charge thanks to the following partners: A complete listing of speakers and topics is available on the Neuro Challenge website. | 941-926-6413 The Slater-Kassan Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation SYNOVUS The Pines of Sarasota-Rehabilitation Senior Care Community Manatee Educational TelevisionRobarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, Florida 34237 PRESENTING SPONSOR PLATINUM SPONSORS GOLD SPONSORS 271956


10 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 Presented by Corkcicle, the night will showcase food and beverages samples from over 40 restaurants, dessert shops and drink vendors. Were dealing with a premium food and beverage experience, she said. We think that mirrors most whats going on with Winter Park. People come to Winter Park for a pretty premium experience. Last year, we poured PiperHeidsieck champagne for people on the way in that was a really cool experience.HIGHEND AFFAIRGardner Eckbert, now with 15 months under her belt as chamber president and CEO, wants to continue transforming the event into a larger, more high-end affair. This isnt a low-brow place for food and wine; its an elevated experience, she said. ...We wanted to telegraph to the public, Were taking it to a place where it can be a fine-dining experience, To that end, this years event will have additional space for guests and vendors, as well as new zones to attract people. The farmers market porch will be a spirits discovery area that will have a mixologist and a histor ical-feeling bar. An area north of the market building has been opened to allow a live DJ and additional seating. There also will be a special section in the market just for around 100 VIP members, who also will receive early access, a keepsake cup from Corkcicle Stemless, premium bottles of wine for sale and special parking. Gardner Eckbert expects the 2018 event will have about 1,000 visitors an increase of 200 from last year. Its an opportunity for new concepts to get out there and shine and put some points on the board in terms of public awareness, Gardner Eckbert said. Because the event is not yet sold out, interested chamber members are encouraged to buy a ticket in advance for a discount. Winter Park is a small town but quite a sophisticated place and our restaurant scene really mirrors that, Gardner Eckbert said. You can know the owner of a restaurant in Winter Park or the executive chef but that doesnt mean youre going to get served up chicken and waffles. We have the best of both worlds here, you can have someone serving you that knows your name but its also going to be some of the best food you can eat in the world. Send checks to: The Jewish Pavillion, 421 Montgomery Rd., #131 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 The Jewish Pavillion enhances the lives of residents in independent, assisted and skilled nursing facilities in Central Florida by providing visitation, holiday festivities, inter-generational celebrations and musical programs. Our staff and volunteers visit seniors in over seventy facilities. All proceeds go directly to The Jewish Pavillion 271350 THE VENDORS 4Rivers Smokehouse ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Another Broken Egg Caf Antonellas Pizzeria Blaze Pizza Blu on the Avenue Brio Tuscan Grille Bulla Gastrobar Cocina 214 Costco Wholefoods Florida Distributing Garp and Fuss Gators Dockside Baldwin Park Gourmet Sausage Shack Hamiltons Kitchen at The Alfond Inn Heathrow Country Club Hunger Street Tacos Jeremiahs Italian Ice John & Shirleys Catering Lukes Kitchen and Bar Luma on Park Natalies Orchid Island Juice Company Orange County Brewers PRP Wine International Peterbrooke Chocolatier Prato Publix Event Planning Catering Reel Fish Roque Pub Rubios Coastal Grill Sonnys BBQ The Bear and Peacock Brewery The COOP The Glass Knife The Gourmet Cuisine at Rollins College The Ravenous Pig Tijuana Flats Umi Japanese Restaurant Wayne Densch Inc. Whole Foods Market Wine Key Wine on the Way IF YOU GOTASTE OF WINTER PARK WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 WHERE: Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park TICKETS: $50 in advance for chamber members; $65 for non-members and everyone at the door. VIP tickets are available for $100. INFORMATION: winterpark. org/taste-of-winter-parkTaste of W.P.DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORSpring has ocially sprung, and so have an abundance of extraordinary galas and fun, philanthropic fundraisers to put on your calendar. Were in the height of our springtime Black Tie season, and that means there is no shortage of wonderful events hosted by various organizations worthy of your support to attend. Our top five picks for April will bring you into Old Florida, tease your taste buds with the best food and beverages in Central Florida and have you partying the night away for a great cause.1 ORLANDO CATTLE BARONS BALL6 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Whether youre a Florida native or have made the state your home in recent years, you wont want to miss this oppor tunity to get a glimpse of Old Florida while simultaneously contributing to pediatric cancer research. The Orlando Cattle Barons Ball is an annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, and this year the organization will turn part of the Rosen Shingle Creek into a setting featuring the states humble beginnings. Guests will enjoy music from three-piece band Florida Cracker Boys and from Hot Property, tricks from Old Florida musicians, visits with cowboys and stilt walk ers, games, dinner and a live auction. Individual tickets cost $250 and can be purchased at 2 TASTE OF WINTER PARK5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Exercise your taste buds and dabble in some of Central Floridas best dishes and beverages during the Winter Park Chamber of Commerces 33rd annual Taste of Winter Park event. Presented by Corkcicle, the event showcases more than 40 chefs, bakers and other restaurateurs at the Winter Park Farmers Market. Taste of Winter Park is a fundraiser for the WPCC, a nonprot that serves the local business community throughout the year and hosts several community events. This event is for those 21 years of age and older. Tickets start at $50 for WPCC members in advance and are $65 for nonmembers and everyone at the door. VIP guests receive access Spruce up your social calendar for spring CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 11 EA RLY BIR D T ICK ET S O N SA LE N O W 271957 What is UCP of Central Florida? The majority of our services are education based, therapy based and family-support counseling, and we provide equal access to elementary education for children with and without disabilities, said J.P. Soto, senior director of marketing for UCP of Central Florida. We apply an inclusion program and we dont have special-education classes our kids learn side by side. What were trying to do is give the children a real-world model and prepare them for integration as adults, both the kids with and without disabilities. It seems to benefit both sets of children quite well. How many children has UCP of Central Florida impacted? UCP of Central Florida currently provides support, therapy and education services to more than 3,000 children, teenagers, young adults and their families across seven Central Florida locations. How long has UCP been in the Central Florida area? UCP of Central Florida began in 1955 to offer hope to children, particularly those with cerebral palsy. A group of parents banded together to start the small program which provided an early-intervention classroom and therapy services in a remodeled house on Colonial Drive. Tell us about your upcoming fundraising events. Its kind of like big fundraising weekend, Soto said. The Friday event is our charity poker tournament, and both that (and the gala) will be hosted and attended by Cheryl Hines, Rachael Harris, R.J. Mitte and Matt Iseman. Were also going to have local guests. The gala is our 25th, so were celebrating a milestone. Why do you enjoy working with UCP? Honestly, its the kids, Soto said. They have so much to offer and are willing to show their strengths and wisdom and kindness. I consider myself very lucky to be allowed to advocate for them. What can guests expect from the event? The gala is going to be an night in which we, at the heart of it all, were going to advocate and celebrate the hard work and spirit of our children and the families that support them, as well as the teachers and therapists (who) support them, Soto said. Within that, it will be kind of a gathering of local influencers, business leaders, community leaders and national artists just really coming together to advocate for these children. Its a very upscale event with a lot of heart. How can someone get involved? Visit for more information. UCP currently has seven locations in Central Florida. DANIELLE HENDRIX CAUSING AN EFFECTUCP of Central FloridaCausing an Eect is a monthly feature that introduces a charity or philanthropic organization and highlights its impact on the local community. If you would like to be featured in a future Causing an Eect, contact Black Tie Editor Danielle Hendrix at months featured nonprofit is the United Cerebral Palsyof Central Florida. UCP has hosted an Evening at the Palace gala locally for 25 years to raise money for its efforts, and this years theme is Starry Night. The event will be star-studded, indeed, as celebrity co-hosts Rachael Harris, Matt Ise man, Cheryl Hines and RJ Mitte get the party going. Country music star Jake Owen is set to provide a special opening performance, with UCP students performing throughout the evening. Evening at the Palace takes place at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace at Disney Springs starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit to a private tent, seated tables, Corkcicle stemless keepsake cup, VIP parking spots and more. Purchase tickets at bit. ly/2uCLUgN. 3 EIGHTH ANNUAL HOPE IN HEELS6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Ladies: Its time to pull out your cutest or craziest heels for an evening focused on beating poverty. Host organization Women of Hope of Greater Orlando are supporting United Against Povertys mission to oer a hand up to families, individuals and children in need by providing food, crisis care and opportunities for education and employment as they ght to transform their lives and break the cycle of poverty. This special evening out takes place at the Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park and includes wine, beer, appetizers, a silent auction and rae basket drawing. Tickets are $75 per person and can be pur chased at HAMLIN & ASSOCIATES WISHMAKERS BALL6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Did you know that you can help make wishes come true without having to work at Walt Disney World? The Make-AWish Foundations Wishmak ers Ball, held at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, is the perfect way to do so. The signature gala is the largest event for Make-A-Wishs Central and Northern Florida chapter, and in 2017 raised more than $1 million. The estimated 1,200 attendees get to enjoy a threecourse dinner, silent and live auctions and an aer party. Additionally, theyll hear from wish children whose lives have been impacted by a wish. Tickets begin at $400 each and can be purchased at one. ticketing. 5 19TH ANNUAL DOWN TO PARTY AND AUCTION7 p.m. Friday, April 27. Start preparing now to get your party on for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Floridas high-energy fundraiser. Held at The Pines at Windermere, the party encourages guests to come out and enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and an open bar. This years theme is White Party, so come dressed in your best white outt as you enjoy an evening on Lake Down for Down syndrome. DSACF owns a home in Winter Park that enriches the lives of local people with Down syndrome and their families; proceeds will go toward hosting summer classes, mom-and-me play groups, holiday parties and more. Tickets are $50 until April 15, $60 April 16 through the day of the event and $75 for a VIP ticket. Purchase yours at CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9


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