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VOLUME 30, NO. 15 YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. O bserver WINTER PARK / MAITLAND Polasek primed for Paint Out Artists from throughout Florida will take inspiration from Winter Park for the annual event. 1B. FROZEN FUN BIKE RIDE RETURNS MAY 5 Attention bikers: the second annual Bike 5 Cities Rid e will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 5, beginning at Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. Those who register by April 30 will receive a Bike 5 Cities T-shirt for 28-mile loop riders. Aid stations will be located at each city, and ride ambas sadors will escort riders along the route. Bike helmets are manda tory. YOUR TOWN FREE FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 Strength in numbers Winter Parks Holiday Retirement is just one of several teams that will lace up to make a dierence at Relay for Life at Lake Lily Park. TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR O ne company in Winter Park has cancer running scared because theyre attack ing it with arms linked. The employees at Holi day Retirement at the Winter Park Village form one of several teams participating in the Relay for Life event Saturday, April 14, at Lake Lily Park. Winter Park names new re chief Dan Hagedorn has been conrmed as the new head of the Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department. TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR Theres a new fire chief in town though its a familiar face. Winter Park has begun a new chapter for the Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department, TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR Winter Park residents had the chance at Mondays City Com mission meeting to speak up on a controversial project that would add 18 two-story townhouses along Aloma Avenue. The project included town Leaders table Aloma townhouse project SPORTS Ronald McDonald House Charities dished out plenty of fun at its Ice Cream Social. PAGE 3. FROM RDV TO NHL Ryan Carpenter honed his hockey game on Maitlands home ice. 6. SEE CITY PAGE 2 Tim Freed The team at Holiday isnt backing down. They will be at the upcoming Relay for Life Saturday, April 14, at Lake Lily Park. SEE OWNER PAGE 4 SEE MAITLAND PAGE 4


2 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 I choose to live life with a purpose. I was fanatical about getting regular mammograms, because both my mother and grandmother had breast cancer. In March 2016, I went for my annual mammogram at Orlando Health, and that was the beginning of my cancer journey. From the valet and front desk to the nurses, techs and doctors at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center their encouragement gave me the strength to make it through. In fact, my medical oncologist me were, Were going to get through this together. The experience changed my life in such a positive way; Im doing more, enjoying more and making plans for living my life to the fullest and with purpose. I am Paige Tracy, and I choose Orlando Health. 256545 270121 Strength 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 recently confirming Lieutenant Paramedic Dan Hagedorn as the new fire chief at the April 9 City Commission meeting. Hagedorn has been with the department for 22 years and was born and raised in the Orlando area. Im really excited and honored to be even considered for the posi tion, Hagedorn said. Its a privi lege to serve the city and city resi dents. Ive been with the city for 22 years, so Ive seen a lot of the growth and things like that, but whats really never changed is the demand for a high level of service from their public safety agencies. Im excited to have been given the opportunity and selected through the process. City Manager Randy Knight interviewed four candidates for the position and, with the help of the Human Resources Division, put each candidate through a bat tery of written and oral exercises. Knight then put together an interview panel consisting of Mayor Steve Leary, Civil Service Board Chair Gary Brewer, Assis tant City Manager Michelle Neun er and Human Resources Manager Kristi Wong to interview them. Two of the candidates removed their names from consideration prior to the panel interview, but the remaining two candidates were interviewed and the panel provided input to Knight. Based upon the results, Knight selected Hagedorn to be the next fire chief, and the Civil Service Board approved the selection at its April 3 meeting. Outgoing Fire Chief Jim White, who is retiring May 31 after a 35-year career, said he has full confidence in Hagedorn. Hes done a really outstand ing job preparing himself through his education and his work in the department, White said. I think hes well prepared for it. Im excit ed about the change, and I just think hes going to do a great job. Hagedorn earned associates degrees in both fire science tech nology and emergency medical services technology in 2003 from Valencia College. He went on to earn a bachelors degree in fire and safety engineering from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a masters degree in fire and emergency management admin istration from Oklahoma State University. The new chief said he hopes to build on what White accomplished during his time in Winter Park. Ive got some big shoes to fill with Chief White hes done a lot for this department, Hage dorn said. Hes set the bar pretty high for me, thats for sure. I look forward to working with him as we transition over the next couple months. Ive got some big shoes to ll with Chief White. Hes done a lot for this department. Hes set the bar pretty high for me, thats for sure. I look forward to working with him as we transition over the next couple months. Dan Hagedorn City names re chief CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 3 272093 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE, MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 2018 FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL, APRIL 6-15TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 183 lms in 10 days! For more info & tickets, visit FloridaFilmFestival.comAn Evening with Ellen Burstyn Featuring REQUIEM FOR A DREAMFriday: 7:30PMAWARDSBASH!Saturday: 4:30PM CLOSING SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFETSunday from 11AM-2PM at Eden BarEnzian & Eden Bar will be closed April 16th April 19th and resume normal business hours on Friday, April 20th TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORThere was a bit of a different feel to the Maitland City Council meeting Monday, April 9. The pomp-and-circumstance of the evening came as mayorelect Dale McDonald was sworn in for his second go-around as mayor after an election in which he ran unopposed. After the swearing-in cer emony, which included his son, wife and mother, McDonald addressed the crowd. Its a treat for me to be here, McDonald said. Weve been very blessed here in Maitland in so many ways our staff, my family support and we have a new staff that we have put into place and this is truly not your daddys Maitland anymore. This is a staff that can be believed, trusted, and theyre engaged and energetic, and they wont stop until we get this right, he said. I cant thank them enough. The longtime Maitland resident and Realtor won his first mayoral race in 2015. While McDonald said he is proud of the work that has been done since then, he knows there is plenty more for his second term. We have challenges ahead of us for certain, but we have the blessings of a location that is unduplicatable, McDonald said. A demographic that can not be matched anywhere; schools and parks and lakes that other municipalities would give up body parts for so lets do our best to not just improve it, but be proud of what we are doing today.SUPER PREEMPTION LAWSUITA 2011 state statute that preempts all regulation of firearms and ammunition to the state sparked outrage among City Council members. Following the Parkland school shooting in South Florida, there were several local gov ernments who wanted to put on their agenda the idea of gun control or pass some ordinance to deal with gun violence, said Councilman John Lowndes, who brought forth the item for discussion. Some of them bellied up to the bar, but then they realized that there is a law a very odd and uniquely odd law in the state of Florida and fearing the repercussions of that law they backed down. So now those cities there are 10 of them are filing suit to dismantle the law, he said. Although there is nothing unusual about the state preempting local municipalities regarding specific issues, the law is unique in how it punishes local government, Lowndes said. So if Maitland were to try to implement an ordinance regarding guns, not only would it be struck down, but also it would lead to possible fines of up to $100,000 and the removal of council members. The idea, of course, is to chill any kind of discussion it is, in my view, an incredible over reach, and I think it was done in the behest of the NRA, Lowndes said. I think its very important, because local government is where a lot of the most impor tant work gets done. I think its very important that people be able to petition their local gov ernment for things they want and be able to discuss it and pass legislation about it. The entire council was in full agreement, as well as City Attor ney Clifford Sheppard who favored the city taking action to counter the penalties. Lowndes suggested ways in which the council could approach the statute and the lawsuit: pass a resolution supporting the lawsuit; pay $10,000 to the current law firm overseeing the lawsuit; or join the lawsuit as a plaintiff but have Sheppard represent Maitland at the hearings. In his talks with others, Sheppard said he brought up the hypothetical of, What if this had been us? Imagine what it would be like if this were Maitland Middle, and we have not enough room in these chambers and all the room we could put outside for the people who pack these chambers demanding action, and all you can say is, There is nothing we can do, Sheppard said. When that happens its a helpless feeling, but there is nothing you can do if you want to do it within the law that is the problem that we have right now.Maitland mayor begins second termFollowing Dale McDonalds swearing-in ceremony, City Council members discussed a state statute that preempts all gun regulation to the state. IN OTHER NEWS With the upcoming end to her tenure as vice-may or, Joy Go-Marcils title was handed to Councilman Mike Thomas. The council adopted an ordinance to vacate and abandon the city right-ofway on Loren Avenue. The council adopted an ordinance extending the temporary moratorium that prohibits the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city for another 180 days. Sweet show of supportIt was a palate-pleasing, benecial afternoon Sunday, April 8, at the Winter Park Civic Center, as the community came together for the eighth annual Ice Cream Social. Beneting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, children and parents alike enjoyed ice cream samples from several local ice cream and Italians ice businesses at the civic center. Kids also got to enjoy live music, games and face-paint ing, while parents took in a silent auction. TROY HERRING Austin Farrell, 12, and his sister Kirin, 9, competed in a fun game dur ing the Ice Cream Social held at the Winter Park Civic Center. Brielle Brunetti, 8, center, and Liv Hogans, 4, right, danced around with new friends on the main stage at the Ice Cream Social. Avalee Welsch, 2, enjoyed an ice-cold popsicle as she held her new stued toy. Sarah Hughes, of Jeremiahs Italian Ice, scooped out a spoonful of Italian ice for hungry guests. Left: Claudy Maes sat patiently with her eyes closed as she got her face painted with a unicorn design. ONLINESee more at


4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 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. Anticipating backlash from residents concerned about traf fic and density, project owner Andrew Ryan detailed a few alter native plans for the project. One version only had 15 townhouses, while another split the prop erties into six single-family lots and eight townhouses. However, none of these appeased the dozens of residents who attended the meeting. They still feared the already-overbear ing traffic at the intersection of Aloma and Lakemont avenues would be made worse. I live on Sylvan Drive, which is three blocks from here on the north side of Aloma, Beth Hall said. I dont care which incarnation he does, youre putting my street right there next to that intersec tion. How does this happen? Residents mostly wished to see the land used for its original zoned use: an office building. City Commissioner Carolyn Cooper expressed a similar sen timent about holding true to the Comprehensive Plan, adding that an office building would help the citys tax base. When I look at our Compre hensive Plan, it says we will pre serve the single-family residen tial character of both the planning areas that this particular property straddles, Cooper said. City Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel sympathized with the concerns from the residents. My biggest concern as you well know is traffic and what this is going to do to people behind these homes, Sprinkel said. Thats what Im looking at. The commission voted to table the project, so the owner could reevaluate and approach the commission with a new plan. WINTER PARK SHAPES NEW LIBRARY/EVENT CENTER Winter Park City Commissioners also voted to make a few changes to the library and event center set for the northwest corner of Mar tin Luther King Jr. Park an effort to keep the project under its $30 million budget. Upon examining a breakdown of the cost, City Commissioners realized several additional fea tures, such as the porte cochere (about $1.06 million), the roof top venue (about $2.6 million), an exterior amphitheater (about $577,000) and a raked auditorium (about $471,000) put the project over budget. The cost of construction was estimated at about $23.8 million, while the remaining gap up to $30 million would pay for the soft costs such as architect fees and furnishing the building. City Commissioner Carolyn Cooper expressed disproval the total budget including soft costs wasnt presented to them at the meeting. My comment simply remains always having a complete budget from this point forward, Cooper said. The City Commission voted to do away with the design of the raked auditorium. However, it will explore costs for the porte cochere, the exterior amphithe ater and the rooftop venue. Caring for Winter Parks Pets and Their People Since 19551601 Lee Road, Winter Park (407) 644-2676247851 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 IN OTHER NEWS Winter Park city commissioners opted to step away from a process to brand the campus that would house the new library and event center in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The team already has beaten its goal of $1,500, currently sitting on more than $1,800 after just a couple weeks. About 20 employ ees plan on participating in this years relay. Our committees kind of thought this was such a great opportunity to do something for the community, as well as help us internally develop some bonds and build our culture, Carissa Lucky said. Saturdays event marks the inaugural Orlando Art for Heal ing Festival, taking the impactful Relay for Life event and blending it with a creative twist. The event will feature fine art on display, with each artist able to have a sign In Honor of or In Memory of a loved one that has been affected by cancer. Its an event that hits home for the staff at Holiday Retirement many of the members of the group have either known some one whos fought cancer or have even fought cancer themselves. Im personally a cancer sur vivor. I had thyroid cancer at a fairly young age I was 31, Adam Dolak said. Ive had family with breast cancer, my mother with uterine cancer. I have an uncle now who is dying of lymphoma. I dont know about some people, but I dont think about every day that Im a survivor, he said. Its not something that I focus on in my life its kind of in the past. Sometimes it is good though with moments like these where you kind of come back and refocus. You have accomplished something you have survived something. You became stronger because of it in some ways. Dodie Derck has a similar story. She is a three-time cancer survi vor after defeating ovarian can cer, colon cancer and discovering micro cells in her abdominal tis sue. Her family also has been fight ing. Her mother had pancreatic cancer. Her sister is a lung and colon cancer survivor. Her father had colon cancer as well and her other sister had cervical cancer. It will be an emotional day on Saturday, she said. The most special moment is the Survivors Walk, Derck said. Its incredibly emotional. I dont think anyone gets through that lap without being in tears. I always say (cancer has) taken so much joy from our family, she said. Saturday Im not walking for me, although I survived so many forms. Im walking for my mom, my sister, my dad. The event not only gives the group a chance to fight cancer and support research but also a sup port system where they can lean on one another in the workplace. Whenever Ive attended any event like this, I feel like I have a new support system someone I can go to who understands what I went through, said Chellsea Rodriguez, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. Cancer has touched all of us in some way, shape or form if not directly within our own families than also with our friends who are close to us, she said. I think thats the reason were so pas sionate about it. The team members said they plan to participate in Relay for Life every year, and expect to chase after a higher fundraising goal next year. IF YOU GO RELAY FOR LIFE ORLANDO NORTH WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14 WHERE: Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland INFORMATION: Courtney Gibson, courtney.gibson@ or (407) 581-2501 WEBSITE: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Owner to revise townhome proposal Maitland to host Relay for Life CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Tim Freed


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 5 439 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 262138 ETHICS. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 186, otherwise known as the resign-to-run law. The bill requires elected officials who qualify for federal public office to resign from the office they presently hold if the terms run simultaneously. FIRSTRESPONDERS. Lawmakers approved SB 376, which defines post-traumatic stress disorder as an occupational disease for first responders, such as firefighters, police, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Under this bill, workers compensation benefits are expanded to include PTSD. Before the passing of this bill, first responders were eligible for workers compensation for jobrelated PTSD only if accompanied by a physical injury that kept them from returning to duty. DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME. Scott signed a bill known as the Sunshine Protection Act that would allow the state to stay in daylight saving time year-round, which would place Florida out of pace with the East Coast. The bill, however, will require approval from Congress. HIGHER EDUCATION. Legislators passed SB 4, a bill permitting students to use certain Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards (The Florida Academic Scholars and Florida Medallion Scholars Award) for summer term enrollment beginning this year. SCHOOL SAFETY. In a controversial move, lawmakers passed SB 7026 in response to the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The bill appropriates $400 million for school hardening; safety and mental health programs; includes change to background checks; raises the minimum age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21; outlaws the sale and possession of bump stocks; provides measures to keep firearms away from those diagnosed with a mental illness; and establishes a voluntary school marshal program allowing certain school personnel to carry firearms on a school campus. PUBLIC RECORDS. SB 7024, which was unanimously approved by the House, makes the address of a victim of an incident of mass violence exempt from any public records requirement. The bill defines an act of mass violence as an incident in which four or more people, excluding the perpetrator, are severely and intentionally injured or killed. The exemption provision has an expiration date of Oct. 2, 2023, unless the Legislature reviews and saves the exemption from being repealed before then. NURSING HOMES. Follow ing the 13 heat-related deaths of patients from a nursing home in Broward County after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity last September, lawmakers passed a bill that requires nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to have emergency generators in the event of a power outage. K12 EDUCATION. With the passing of HB 7055, Florida became the first state to offer private-school vouchers to par ents whose students are bullied or physically attacked in their public schools. The so-called Hope Scholarship Program, will be funded by sales taxes from vehicle purchases. SALES TAX HOLIDAYS. The approved budget also includes a provision that kept the three-day Back to School sales tax holiday and expanded the Disaster Preparedness sales tax holiday to seven days, permitting Floridians to save on qualifying storm supplies for hurricane season. The Back-To-School sales tax holiday will be from Aug. 1 to 3, and the hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday will be from June 1 to 7. CONSUMER FINANCE. HB 386, which was also approved by the governor March 19, has a provision establishing a maximum delinquency charge that may be charged for consumer finance loans and allow certain loans to be repaid in periodic installments every two weeks, semimonthly or monthly rather than only monthly, as was the case under previous laws. The maximum charge is $15 per default if one payment is due in a month; $7.50 for two payments; and $5 per default for three payments. NONNATIVE ANIMALS. S B 168, which also was signed by the governor, establishes a pilot program for the eradication of priority invasive species for the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and specifies procedures for the capture and disposal of animals considered invasive species. The bill defines the term priority invasive species to include tegu lizards, red lionfish, common lionfish and devil firefish. CRIMINAL JUSTICE. SB 1392 appropriates $1.75 million for the purpose of creating a centralized criminal justice data collection; provides for the establishment of civil citation and prearrest diver sion programs intended to reduce juvenile arrests; and requires the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to adopt rules that provide an avenue for expunging nonjudicial arrest records of minors who successfully complete a diversion program. MARRIAGE LICENSE. Florida legislators also passed a bill that bans marriage under age 17 and requires parental consent if 17-year-olds wish to marry. If the 17-year-old receives parental approval, he or she still is restricted from marrying anyone more than two years older.How will the Legislatures new bills aect your life?After extending its 2018 session by two days, the Florida Legislature successfully passed 200 bills. During its two-day extended session, the state House and Senate were able to agree on an $88.7 million budget. And in the weeks prior, lawmakers passed major legislation relating to concerns of school safety following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February; workers compensation for rstresponders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder; emer gency generators for nursing homes; and a permanent expansion of the Bright Futures Scholarships funding for college students. GABBY BAQUERO The family that plays together Families gathered to have fun and promote overall health at the Chill/ PE Family Game Night Thursday, March 29, at Lakemont Elementary School. The events goal was to support mental, physical and emotional health while brining families closer together. The theme of the Game Night was self-esteem. TIM FREED Cooper Trochinski, 9, had a blast playing scooter ball during the game night. Aaliyah Smiley, 7, had fun playing compliment ball, where teams would pass the ball to each other and say something nice. Carey and Soa Weeden, 9, had a blast together. 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The searing guitar lead of Metallicas Seek and Destroy blasts through the arena as Carpenter steps forward, digs his skates into a fresh sheet of ice and barrels out the mouth of a giant shark head with glowing red eyes that pierce through a thick layer of fog. Carpenter makes long, power ful strides on the ice, circling the defensive end with his San Jose Sharks teammates as roughly 17,000 fans lose their minds. After all those years of practice, all the long road trips playing travel hockey and all that time chasing a dream, Carpenter had just stepped onto the ice in his first NHL regular-season game. Its one of the biggest adrenaline rushes you can get, Carpenter said. So much is on your mind, you feel like you have so much energy in those first couple shifts. My family was able to come out and see me play which was pretty special. It was a special day for them too as much as it was for me. But unlike most hockey players that claw their way up to the NHL level, Carpenters journey to professional hockey didnt start on a frozen pond. It started in Orlando Carpenters hometown where he grew up playing hockey at RDV Sportsplex in Maitland and followed teams such as the Orlando Solar Bears. People say, Is there ice in Flor ida? Carpenter said. Thats the No. 1 question theyll say after you tell them youre from Orlando. Since then, Carpenter, 27, has been making his presence felt in the NHL with a new team, hav ing been claimed off waivers in December 2017 by the Vegas Golden Knights a team thats enjoy ing success in its inaugural season in the league after finishing first in the Pacific Division. Carpenter and the Golden Knights currently are battling the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs. In 36 games with the Golden Knights during the regular season, Carpenter picked up nine goals and five assists, with two of those goals being game-winners. Hes been on both the Golden Knights power play and penalty kill, as well. It was kind of a big change in the middle of the year, but its been a lot of fun, Carpenter said. Sometimes youre so in the moment that you dont take a step back and think about it. It was what I dreamed about as a kid I wanted to be a hockey player. I try not to take it too seriously and enjoy it, because you dont know how long it will last, he said. Its been a blast, and its amazing some of the players you play against. The more you play, the more you feel like you belong, and you dont really feel as much of a new guy or an outcast. You start to feel more and more confident. Carpenters first exposure to the game goes back to when he played hockey with his older cousins in the basement while visiting them in New York for the holidays. He also started going to Orlando Solar Bears games and started playing roller hockey at age 5 at a rink in Goldenrod before moving on to ice hockey at the RDV Sportsplex. It was a beautiful facility, Car penter said. I grew up there had a lot of years of hockey there. Theres a lot of great memories and good friendships from play ing at that rink. It was cool even when I was in college Id work there during the summers in the pro shop or as a skate guard during the public skating. RDV power skating coach Son dra Pacey said Carpenters work ethic showed even at an early age in his youth hockey days at RDV. Hes just always had that amazing attitude of outworking every body around him, said Pacey, who coached Carpenter when he was in his early teenage years. I wouldnt even say it comes down to skill at that age; I thought it was more that he was a hard worker. He had desire, he was the first player there and the last one out. Carpenter played at RDV Sportsplex from age 7 until he was about 15. He played a year of hockey in Rockledge and continued while attending Timber Creek High School, splitting time between there and a school in Michigan while playing for two AAA hockey teams. He was drafted into the USHL and played for the Sioux City Musketeers, also going back to Timber Creek High School to graduate. Carpenter then played college hockey for three years at Bowling Green State University, also finishing his degree in accounting and business. It was in early 2014 that Carpenter inked a deal with the Worcester Sharks the AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks at the time. Carpenter said he hopes to inspire other Florida hockey play ers to chase that same dream of playing in the NHL. After all, its not about where you grew up or where youre from, but rather your love of the game, Carpenter said. Id say, Have fun, Carpenter said. When it comes down to it, its just a game. When youre able to keep that little-kid mentality, youre able to keep the right approach and should continue to improve. If I can go and play college, go play pro and now play in the NHL, hopefully that gives other kids the same hope that its possible especially if they come from somewhere in Florida.Sunshine skateI try not to take it too seriously and enjoy it, because you dont know how long it will last. Ryan Carpenter NHL forward and Orlando native Ryan Carpenter chased his dream at the RDV Sportsplex .Courtesy photo


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 7 247834 4-12-18 rfntbffnn rf ntrb nrrb brb bbbr bb rrr rrr b rbb r rbb nrb b rbb brr bb rb brr rb bb b bbr fb b b b brb rb brb brb b rbb n b b t b rb rr brbr rb bb bb b nbb n rbb b bb nbbbbr rr rrb t rbb bb r rrb b trrtrb bb b b bb b bb brr rr bb b rb bb nbb brbb b r r b br b tbbrrr r rrr bbrb rb b bb r b r rrbbb b b bbbrrf brb bbrb rnr b bb frb r rrn b brb b r bb r br bb bbbr rb b rbb br rb b b bb brb rb rf rr b rb b b bb nrb r b r bb bb t r fntbtbb f ft r rr rr r rrr rrr rr r rr 270619 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 MARY J. SWITZER JUNE 2, 1928 TO APRIL 2, 2018Mary Switzer was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her husband of 50 years, Harold E. Switzer. He preceded her in death in 2000 and welcomed her to heaven this week. Mary was born June 2, 1928, in Saugus, Massachusetts. Her father, Rob ert F. Gulledge worked at Esso, and her mother, Irene, was a housewife. After moving away from home, she worked for U.S. Navy Department in downtown Washington, D.C., and at the annex in Arlington, Virginia. She was a receptionist and secretary while work ing for the Navy. She lived in Arlington Farms, which is now part of the Arlington Cemetery, where 10 dormi tories were built to house women who were recruited by the U.S. Civil Service Commission to work government jobs in and around D.C. During her time in D.C. area, Mary also worked in the Maryland and Virginia school systems. Later, she was a Senior Personnel Administrator for Computer Science Corporation in Arlington. After she married in 1950, she had three children, Wayne (Janet), Pam and Marie Brodmerkel (Tom). Transfers with the U.S. Navy moved the family to Patuxent River, Maryland, Quonset Point, Rhode Island, Hawaii, San Diego, California, and Washington, D.C. Her husband Harold retired after 20 years in the service and went to work for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy of four grandchildren: Steven Switzer (Kerrie), Kevin Switzer (Heather), Amanda Brodmerkel (Eric) and Jason Brodmerkel (Kyra). She loved them all and was delighted when the family increased to include six great-grandchildren: Claire, Lydia and Owen Switzer, Ava and Sadie Switzer and Gunnar Wertz. We, her children, feel incredibly blessed to have had such a kind, gentle soul to give us guidance and love. Lay down your burdens and rest in peace, Mom. Have fun in heaven with Dad. Memorial services were held Friday, April 6, at Baywoods in Annapolis, Maryland. A private graveside service was held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Gotha. OBITUARIES


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 9 Digging in 272219 invites you to our12Everyone is welcome! Well even serve you lunch.(lunch served 11:15 1:30) 11:00 2:00 Limit 6 boxes per vehicle. 1601490 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm Indemnity Company State Farm Fire and Casualty Company State Farm General Insurance Company Bloomington, ILWhen you combine your home and auto insurance, good things happen like saving time and money. Just another way Im here to help life go right. CALL ME TODAY.Home & Auto. Smart & Easy. John Psomas RICP, Agent 922 Lake Baldwin Lane, Suite A Orlando, FL 32814 Bus: 407-277-2997 Hablamos Espaol 259614 259513 gardner while living in Tennessee and spends most mornings plant ing, pruning and weeding at the Mead Botanical Garden and the Harry P. Leu Gardens. He believes growing plants isnt as tricky as many people think. However, an important consid eration is to plant the right vege tables in the right kind of weather. It all depends on the weather and the water, Carter said. Most of the vegetables you grow are going to be grown in full sun thats really the key. Starting this time of year, you have rain almost every afternoon (in Central Flor ida), which is ideal. Otherwise, you need to be sure to irrigate or water by hand. He said April is a good time to plant vegetables that can tolerate a lot of sunlight. Those include tomatoes, string beans, lettuce or okra. Other vegetables such as broccoli fare better in cooler weather and should be planted after the summer months end and fall begins. Carter believes blossoming gardeners should start their gar dens with good soil enriched with compost and cow manure, which is cheaper than buying prepared soil. Plant seeds can be found at retail stores as well as insecticides that keep bugs from getting into the crops. One advantage Florida has is its agreeable climate gardeners have the option to grow a variety of different plants throughout the entire year. In his two-andone-half-years since moving to Florida from Nashville, Carter has branched out into more trop ical species. He often has a crop of bananas and pineapples in his personal garden. He also said the Department of Agriculture is a good source of information on the various plant types and as a way to become a master gardener. More than any thing, though, Carter believes the best way to start gardening is to experiment and see what works through experience. Try it, experiment, Carter said. Do some basic reading, but the main thing is just to experi ment and keep notes about what worked and didnt work. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Its important to get the timing of your garden right, but according to Fleet Farming program director Lee Perry, where you plant your seeds is just as critical. Wherever you scope out your garden, youre going to want to put it in a place that experiences morning sun but then afternoon to evening shade thats the primetime spot, Perry said. It really comes down to where the sun points. You dont want to put your garden somewhere its going to have full sun all day from the second it comes up to when it comes down; youre frying your plants. Summers in Florida are really intense. Fleet Farming has experience with planting gardens the agriculture program has installed more than 100 microfarms out side peoples homes to promote local food consumption. Perry believes a often-overlooked fac tor in gardening is having the right kind of soil. People think of plants as landscaping; you put it there, it does a thing and it looks pretty, she said. They dont think of it as an organism that you have to feed nutrients to. Any plants you put in the ground are going to need help to survive. She also recommends new gardeners to put down a good amount of cardboard and mulch around the new plants to guard against invasive weeds. In November, you can grow things pretty consistently until February, Perry said. May is when youre going to want to completely shift over to summer, because thats when its going to start getting drastically hotter week after week. FOOD Lee Perry has a few sugges tions for plants that are easy to grow and, importantly, tasty to eat. SORREL Sorrel, which is used a lot in Jamaican cuisine, has a citrus-y taste, Perry said. You can let the leaves grow big and chop them up for your salad, it tastes like a green apple. ASTRO ARUGULA Its a hybrid species of aru gula that does really well in heat, she said. REDVEINED AMARANTH Its a Jamaican green thats really full of avor, Perry said. Some people are so used to romaine and watered-down lettuce that when they have actual avor in a green, they think its bitter. But they arent used to real avor from a plant. It really comes down to where the sun points. You dont want to put your garden some where its going to have full sun all day from the second it comes up to when it comes down; youre frying your plants. Summers in Florida are really intense. Fleet Farming program director Lee Perry FROM OPPOSITE PAGE


10 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 265914 CHRISTINA RORDAMFLORIDA REALTY INVESTMENTSThe atmosphere surrounding Orlandos housing market has become thinner in recent months, with many buyers and sellers feeling the pressure and urgency to make their moves while the time is right. Ghosts of housing crashes past have begun to materialize all around us multiple offers, escalation clauses, low inventory and would-be disruptors abound. Surges of agents and loan officers can be seen reentering the real-estate arena. Although I have yet to see anything actually revolutionary in terms of industry disruptors, many websites and companies are hoping to ride the wave of economic optimism and tech friendly culture by creating new models for real-estate commerce. This is the loudest echo back to the boom and bust days: The mar ket is so hot everyone wants their shot. But will you be able to maximize profits and sav ings by using a company that hasnt been tried and tested? Will that website promising to eliminate the middleman really provide you service and results? Is bundling your real-estate services the right way to go? Lets take a look at some of the new and remerging options available to real property owners and purchasers. BUNDLINGOne of the latest trends is real estate companies and brands opening their own lending arms and offering incentives to customers to use their services together, also known as bundling. I want to be clear on this point: Im in no way bashing any company or brand that does this. What I am recommending to consumers is that they review all the details and evaluate options before assuming bundling lending and realestate services with the same company will be the best fit for their familys needs. Some lenders are opening real-estate brokerages and incentivizing customers to work with their Realtors. I cant make blanket statements that this is right or not right for everyone. Consumers should avoid rushing into signing a buyers or sellers agency agreement with a broker or agent to bundle services, because they also have a mortgage or real-estate brokerage. It never hurts to interview multiple companies and/or people to represent your interests in the purchase or sale of real property. If you already are working with a Realtor or lender you love, ask them how they compare. You may be pleasantly surprised. Builders have long offered savings in connection for utilizing their in house lender. As a consumer, it is important to remember you do have choices. Many times, a builders lender is a great match for a particular buyer; in some cases, they are not. The same goes for any lender. In this example, say a lender affiliated with your Realtors brokerage. When shopping for lenders, be sure to ask about things such as which loans they can offer (FHA, conventional, VA, USDA, etc.); what, if any, fees they have; and how long they have been in business. If you are purchasing a home, a great question to ask is what percentage of their business is home loans versus refinance business, and if they can provide you with referrals of satisfied customers. The Better Business Bureau, Facebook, Zillow etc. can shed some light on past customers opinions if you want to do some sleuthing on your own.THE AGENTAs for Realtors, if a lender offers advantages to work ing with their in house agents, similar questions should apply. Which agent will you be working with and do you get to select your agent or just end up with whoever is assigned to you? How long has the agent been licensed? What are his or her sales and designations? If he or she is new, who will be partnering with him or her to ensure success in the buying or selling process? New agents can really be fantastic. It is important to know what training he or she has had and if he or she will have someone overseeing things with and assisting when issues arise. And dont be afraid to shop around here, either. I recently took on a new buyer relocating from out of the state. They specifically wanted someone who knew the area and liked that I have lived here my whole life and have sold homes in Central Florida for 13 years. They did, however, inter view two other agents before deciding to work with me, and I didnt mind a bit. Not every agent is right for every buyer, so make sure you pick someone with whom you click and in whom you have confidence.WATCH THE WEBSITESAs for the websites seemingly cropping up every day promising to save you money, time, and from ever having to inter act with another human being during your home purchase or sale, make sure you read the fine print and chat with a Realtor before opting to opt out. You can view the column I penned earlier this year online about Offerpad for more details on that model, and just be sure to understand what you are getting (or not!) with any service offering to assist you with real-estate sales. In a hot market with rising values, its not too difficult to guarantee to buy or sell your home. If you remember, when the mar ket was crashing, there really werent too many startups promising to eliminate Realtors and get your home sold guar anteed. I have yet to see any business model that removes the Realtor from the process that is more beneficial to the consumer. The numbers dont lie and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Buying and selling a home is a process that is more complex than having groceries deliv ered or hailing a car. Times do change and as a part of this industry, Realtors have to constantly evolve or face extinction. Ultimately however, the crux of any transaction is the people involved. When you hire an agent who is qualified and capable, someone who meshes with you and under stands your values and goals, the process isnt arduous or inconvenient. When pick ing a lender, Realtor or even a real-estate servicing website, consider all options, get refer ences and look at the bottom line before making your final decision. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor with 12 years experience and a member of ORRAs Top Producer Club. For more, visit christina KEEPING IT REAL ESTATEIn a hot market, whom you work with matters


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ARTS + CULTUREFRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018ALSO INSIDE: Messiah Choral Society: Sing-Along. 6 The Color Blue and Hope: 600 Campaign. 7 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM The CREATIONArtists from throughout the state will ock to Winter Park for the 10th annual Winter Park Paint Out.process IF YOU GOWINTER PARK PAINT OUT WHEN: Sun day, April 22, through Sat ur day, April 28 WHERE: Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, and several other locations WEBSITE: polasek. org/wppo/schedule-of-eventsTIM FREED | ASSOCIATE EDITORCapturing a eeting moment. Immortalizing a piece of a community. Thats just a small glimpse into the heart of the Winter Park Paint Out, which will take place the last full week of April from Sun day, April 22, through Sat ur day, April 28, at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden and various locations throughout Winter Park and Orlando.All images courtesy of the artistPainter Matthew Cornell enjoys capturing evenings on his canvas. Left: Stacy Barter painted the beautiful peacock fountain in Central Park. Painter Irina Ashcraft always has been drawn to nature.SEE PAGES 2-3


2 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 271353 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 271352 Previously known as Cocktails for a Cause Monday ~ April 16, 2018 6-8 p.m. at the Citrus ClubCome and Come hang out and meet other Orlando professionals! The Jewish Pavilion.The Jewish Pavilion enhances the lives of residents in independent, assisted and skilled nursing facilities in Central Florida by providing visitation, holiday festivities, intergenerational celebrations and musical programs. Our staff and volunteers visit seniors in over seventy facilities. For a $15 donation: you will receive hors doeuvres and a drink ticket. All proceeds go directly to The Jewish Pavilion. 255 South Orange Avenue, Ste. 1800 Orlando, FL 32801 Hosted by the Young Executive BoardBusiness Casual Attire The renowned event, celebrating its 10th anniversary, gives local residents and art-lovers alike a chance to see a masterpiece created before their eyes. A collection of 25 plein air painters from throughout Florida will take their easels into the community to find architecture, nature or any piece of the Winter Park that appeals to them and recreate it on a canvas. Were now into a decade of celebrating art in action at Winter Park, Polasek Museum Executive Director Debbie Komanski said. We began this 10 years ago, and when we began it, we knew were inviting the best of the best to come be part of it. With our 10th anni versary, we are inviting back once again the best of the best. Nothing could make us happier. We couldnt be more thrilled at the brilliance of these artists. In addition to the adventure and creative exploration the art ists will undertake, there will be several scheduled demonstrations throughout the week. These include everything from how to paint the perfect palm tree to capturing urban beauty by painting the Orlando skyline. There is also a Sun set PaintIn from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at theWin ter Park Rac quet Club on Lake Mait land, where Paint Out artists will gather on the shore and capture a beautiful Florida sunset. To top it all off, all the artwork from the Paint Out will be available for sale, and proceeds will be benefiting the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden. Its been amazing to see the Winter Paint Out thrive over the years, said Komanski, who remembers dreaming up the concept with trustee emeritus Gary Hollingsworth while driving through the Czech Republic more than a decade ago. She returned home to make the event a reality with the help of artist and organizer Hal Stringer. Komanski realized that day there was a city waiting for them back home that lent itself perfectly to a paint out: Winter Park, with its beautiful lakes and landscapes and charming architecture. Capturing the beauty of where you live turn around, look around, this is our home, Komanski said. My background is history, nothing moves me more than seeing our reality through the eyes of artists capturing our history right here, right now. PAINT OUT ARTISTSNatalia Andreeva, Tallahassee Steve Andrews, Tallahassee Linda Apriletti, Micanopy Irina Kovnacka Ashcraft, Winter Springs Stephen Bach, Winter Park Stacy Barter, Winter Park Kathleen Chenet, Longwood Matthew Cornell, Winter Park Kathleen Denis, Tavernier Charles Dickinson, St. Augustine Cynthia Edmonds, Winter Park Elisabeth Ferber, Micanopy Michelle Held, Sarasota Scott Hiestand, Ormond Beach Stewart Jones, Orlando Peter Pettegrew, Orlando Je Ripple, Micanopy Robert Ross, Altamonte Springs Gary Rupp, Winter Park Tom Sadler, Winter Park Morgan Samuel Price, Altamonte Springs Manon Sander, North Palm Beach Don Sondag, Winter Park Thomas Thorspecken, Orlando Cory Wright, Apollo BeachSTACY BARTERPainting professionally for 20 years, Stacy Barter always looks forward to the annual Winter Park Paint Out. Its a wonderful event, Barter said. I love the fact that were raising money for the Polasek, which is really one of our best museums and landmarks here in Winter Park. Its wonderful way to give back to the community and have a lot of fun in the meantime. Barter will be giving a demonstration at 1 p.m. Monday, April 23, titled, A Fine Art Prospect on Lake Virginia, where she will create an elegant composition from the Rollins College campus, behind the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. All visitors and especially college-age art students are encouraged to attend the demo, which will celebrate the beauty of the community and introduce attendees to the plein-air genre. The excitement and difficulty of it is you only have a couple of hours to capture something and the light is constantly moving and changing, Barter said. Its just a very exciting way to work and a wonderful process. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CAPTURED ON CANVAS


ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 3 272391 MATTHEW CORNELLMatthew Cornell may not consider himself predominantly a plein-air painter, but that didnt stop the Winter Park Paint Out from inviting him back for another year to show his skill. The local painter has about 30 years of experience. Most of his work happens in the studio, where he will use photographs to create his work, but he does periodically step outside with his paints. Among his favorite things to paint though whether its sitting outside or using a reference photo are buildings and homes at night, he said. Ive always found the twilight and the nighttime to be kind of interesting, especially here in Orlando with the oak trees at night it has a mysterious quality, Cornell said. Ive always been attracted to that. He has done several night paintings in the past during the Winter Park Paint Out. The event has a tremendous amount of support from the community, Cornell said. Its an extraordinarily well-run event by extraordinary people, and Im absolutely grateful every year to be a part of it.IRINA ASHCRAFTIf Irina Ashcraft isnt teaching art at Trinity Preparatory School, you might just spot her somewhere with her easel doing plein-air painting. She has been familiar with the style since she was 10 years old, when she took art classes in Latvia. I try to paint wherever I can, Ashcraft said. Im a rural girl, so I definitely enjoy nature versus urban landscape. Thats more relatable to me, even though occasionally I love painting vignettes on Park Avenue. She loves the Winter Park Paint Out because of the quality of artists it draws, Ashcraft said. It draws very good quality artists, she said. Its definitely an event that every artist is honored to participate in. Its great to be in this group of artists that are quite accomplished. She also loves that the event provides the community demonstrations so that the public can learn from the artists. Its like a big community party all week long, Ashcraft said. Photos by Tim Freed


4 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 266332 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18CARNEGIE HALL COMES TO THE WINTER PARK UNIVERSITY CLUB 1 to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. See the Alter ity Wind Quintet, featuring the Alterity Chamber Orchestras woodwind quartet Orlandos contemporary classical-focused ensemble with Carrie Wiesinger, ute; Natalie Grata, clarinet; Beatriz Ramirez Belt, oboe; Matt Tavera, horn and Christian Eberle, bassoon. Open to the public. For more, call (407) 644-6149 or visit SPOTLIGHT CABARET SERIES FEATURING THE CAST OF NUNSENSE AMEN! 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19, at The Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. The professional cast of Nunsense A-men! will shed their habits to bring an evening of extraordinary entertainment to the Spotlight Cabaret Series. Audiences will be treated to the one-of-a-kind cabaret, Out Of The Habit and Back To Broadway, featuring a score of Broadway show tunes. Rarely do audiences get the chance to hear ve outstanding voices sing Broadway in an intimate cabaret setting. Ryan Corridoni, David Michael Green, Shawn Kilgore, Michael Scott Ross and Victor Sourant will all lend their voices to popular show tunes. Playhouse Musical Director Christopher Leavy will accompany on the piano. This series showcases a dierent professional singer each month in a truly New York-style cabaret; each performance is about 55 minutes in length with no intermission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating. For more information, call (407) 645-0145 or visit winterparkplay, APRIL 19NEIGHBORHOOD MUSIC JAM 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Join local musicians on the stage in back of the Winter Park Community Center for a fun evening of making music. Musicians of all ages, instruments and abilities are invited to come make new friends as we play a variety of songs, from pop to rock to blues to country. If the weather is nice, they will be set up on the stage out back near the splash pad. If it rains, they will move indoors. For more information, call (407) 599-3275.SATURDAY, APRIL 21NINTH ANNUAL HANNIBAL SQUARE HERITAGE CENTER FOLK AND URBAN ART FESTIVAL 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave, Winter Park. The festival takes place in the heart and soul of Winter Park Hannibal Square. Established in 2007 by Creald School of Art, the center pays tribute to the past, present and future contributions of West Winter Parks African American community through a permanent collection of historic photographs, oral histories and public art. This is a free event held outdoors on the grounds surrounding the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. The festival highlights the community of emerging visual artists and their art-work. Entertainment will include African drumming and storytelling, Cajun and zydeco music by The Porch Dogs, a pot tery wheel demonstration, a free childrens Vejigantes mask-mak ing workshop and parade, along with soul food vendors. Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk and Urban Art Festival is a non-juried show and is open to artists by selection with no entry fee. Artists are responsible for their sales. Creald School of Art will collect a 30% commission from festival sales at the end of the day, which will be used to further programming at the nonprot Hannibal Square Heritage Center. For more information, call (407) 539-2680.ONGOINGNUNSENSE 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 more information and showtimes, 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. THE DOMES OF THE YOSEMITE Through Sunday, July 8, at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Domes of the Yosemite, the largest existing painting by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), will be exhibited at the Morse through a special loan from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont. The monumental painting, having just received conservation treatment in Miami, will be on view before returning to Vermont. The 1867 oil-on-canvas, almost 10 feet by 15 feet, has not been shown outside the Athenaeum since its rst installation there in 1873.THIS WEEK File photo


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DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORThere are times when Jenna Dail sees a random blue balloon trapped in a tree, stuck in a gutter, floating along in the sky and immediately feels a sense of hope. Its always a blue balloon, and she believes its never a coincidence. Its a sign her boys are always there, even though they arent physically. Dail, a Winter Springs resident, and her husband are parents of four children two here to hold and two we long to see again in heaven, she said. They lost their twin boys Grady Dean and Ryder Dylan three years ago. She went into labor at Florida Hospital in September 2014 at 22 weeks pregnant. Grady lived for three hours after birth; Ryder was born sleeping. Through her pain and grieving, she felt as though God wanted to use her story to help other women in similar situations, and thats FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COMOut of the blue After losing her twin boys prematurely, Jenna Dail nds hope in her familys story and purpose for the boys lives through her nonprot The Color Blue and Hope. Photos by Mindy DunlapAbove: Jenna Dail and her family have found healing and hope through their mission of serving moms on bedrest. Top: Boxes of Hope are given to mothers on bed rest and those admitted to the hospital long-term. SEE SPREADING PAGE 8


8 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 Each Spring the Center holds its annual Baby Owl Shower to raise funds to offset the increased costs during baby season. Join us for a day of activities plus special visits with the Centers Ambassador birds. Admission is free that day with an item from our wish list which can be found on our website. Rehabilitation Conservation Education A non-prot urban environmental center that specializes in the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured birds of prey (raptors). See over 20 different raptor species including eagles, owls and falcons while you explore the Centers boardwalk, native plants, buttery garden and lakeside gazebo. Hours: 10am-4pm Tuesday Sunday, closed on Federal Holidays Email: Website: Facebook / AudubonCenterforBirdsofPrey1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751 407-644-0190rfntb rtbt 272389 where the story of her Orlandobased nonprofit, The Color Blue and Hope, began.THE COLOR BLUEThree-and-one-half years ago, Dail was placed on bed rest for about a month at a hospital in Miami, four hours away from her family and friends in Orlando. She was diagnosed with twin-totwin transfusion syndrome, a rare, serious condition that can occur in pregnancies when identical twins share a placenta and blood flows unevenly between the babies. She underwent a laser surgery to correct the TTTS, but her water broke, and she was given an amniopatch. I couldnt even sit up while eating; I wasnt allowed to roll to my side, she said. Through that journey, I realized there was nothing there I didnt have family to go to the store to buy stuff I needed, because everyone was here in Orlando. I needed lotion my skin was peeling, because I hadnt showered for so long. Finally after a few days of begging (for lotion), a nurse brought her own lotion from home. Thats where the Boxes of Hope came to mind: I was like, Oh my gosh, there needs to be a ser vice or box to give to these moms when theyre here long-term. After Dail went into premature labor in September 2014 and ultimately lost both sons, her way of dealing with the grief was through writing and journaling. She wanted to write to be able to remember and look back on their journey, so she started a blog called The Color Blue, named for the boys. The color blue is the boys, she said. The boys were born premature in September, which is (a) sapphire (birthstone). I had friends who came to visit, and they gave me bracelets with the boys birthstones on it. Ever since then, the color blue is the boys. If I see blue anywhere, its them. The hope part (of the nonprofits name) is the hope that I found in our story.SPREADING LOVE AND HOPEFrom Dails own experience, she realized there was a need in both hospitals and the community. That was the need for supplying women in similar situations with things necessary for long-term hospital stays. Boxes of Hope are provided to women who are on bed rest, and Boxes of Love can be curated and sent to women who have lost a baby. The mission is always to spread hope in seasons that feel hopeless, she said. Boxes of Hope contain items such as facial wipes, deodorant, books, stationery, combs, colored pencils, nail polish, lotion and hand sanitizer anything moms might need or want while staying in the hospital. The organization became a nonprofit in early 2017 and partners primarily with Florida Hospital, where Grady and Ryder were born. The hospital serves a few dozen mothers on bed rest or those with high-risk pregnancies each month. The moms are looking at the box as a gift from the nurse, and its helped create this strong bond and relationship between the mom and nurse, Dail said. Weve heard from moms who say its been a reminder to them that theres still hope in their story and not to give up and theyre not alone. To date, The Color Blue and Hope has packed and distributed about 400 Boxes of Hope. Boxes of Love serve as a reminder that the mother has loved ones supporting her. Friends and family can choose items to fill a Box of Love, and it will be sent to the mother along with a personalized note and support resources. Its an emotional roller-coaster, Dail said. First and foremost, it keeps me going. I feel like if I didnt have this mission at hand, Id feel hopeless in our story. It gives our boys purpose and that gives me drive instead of being stuck in a dark place. Its been good to see and hear their names being spoken so often now, so it keeps their story going and gives them purpose, which in return helps me heal.SPREADING HOPE THE COLOR BLUE AND HOPEFacebook: thecolorblueandhope Instagram: thecolorblueandhope 600 CAMPAIGN Dails organization has launched its Campaign, which aims to help 600 women by packing and distributing 600 boxes. Florida Hospital South alone serves 600 mothers on bed rest annually, and her goal is to serve each of those women through The Color Blue and Hope. To donate or volunteer for the cause, learn more about the boxes or help with the 600 Campaign, visit thecolor FROM PAGE 7 Photos by Mindy DunlapThe boys were born premature in September, which is (a) sapphire (birthstone). I had friends who came to visit, and they gave me bracelets with the boys birthstones on it. Ever since then, the color blue is the boys. If I see blue anywhere, its them. The hope part (of the nonprots name) is the hope that I found in our story. Jenna Dail


BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 9 rfnt when theONE IN CHARGEbecomes theNEXT IN LINE 272072 be c o m es t h e when t h e NEXT IN LINE ONE IN CHARGE be c o m es t h e when t h e UCP of Central Floridas An Evening at the Palace It was a starry night, indeed, at UCP of Central Floridas 25th annual An Evening at the Palace gala. The starry night theme was complemented by blue, star-like lights projected in the banquet room, a perfor mance of Coldplays A Sky Full of Stars from UCP students and a per formance from country music star Jake Owen. Additionally, four celebrity co-hosts Rachael Harris, Matt Iseman, RJ Mitte and Cheryl Hines emceed from the stage as guests enjoyed their dinners and bid on auction items. UCP of Central Florida is dedicated to providing support, education and therapy services to thousands of children across seven campuses in Central Florida. DANIELLE HENDRIXREAL BLACK TIE Orange County Public Schools Chairman Bill Sublette, third from left, who received UCP of Central Floridas Champion for the Children award, smiles with celebrity co-hosts and award presenters. Javier Gonzalez, Shawn Barrow, Machele Row, Lorri Barrow and Stacy Gonzalez enjoyed attending the gala together. Country music star Jake Owen sang three songs. Kevin and Betsy Marshburn were ready for a fun-lled evening. Students from UCP Pine Hills showed o their bucket-drumming skills. Right: Florida Rep. Bobby Olszewski and his wife, Allison, were happy to support UCP of Cen tral Florida. ONLINESee more at ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call 407-401-9929 or email


10 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 EA RLY BIR D T ICK ET S O N SA LE N O W 269758 Orlandos lm fans gathered for a night of festive fun Friday, April 6, at the 2018 Florida Film Festivals opening night party at Enzian Theater. More than 15 vendors oered samples for guests to enjoy before and after the premiere of American Animals. The night also featured a Q&A session with star Blake Jenner. HARRY SAYERFlorida Film Festivals 2018 Opening Night Party American Animals star Blake Jenner and Enzian Executive Director David Schillhammer were pleased to see so many movie fans. Je and June Flowers tried out an escape room with Sascha Razzo and Shari Bartz. Joy Garcia and Isacc Yi had a blast at the Opening Night Party. Lindsey Buchanan and Cameron Gholami were excited to celebrate Opening Night.REAL BLACK TIE ONLINESee more photos at Courtney Randall, Christopher Bowman and Pat Dovale, of the Game Boyz podcast, were ready for a fun evening.


BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 11 follow us on the domesof theyosemiteNewly conserved in Florida, Albert Bierstadts monumental 1867 masterpiece of the Yosemite Valley is on view through a special loan from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont.Free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays through April 27.Through July 8, 2018445 n. park avenue winter park, orida 32789 (407) 645-5311 272516 Maitland Womans Club 70th anniversary luncheon The Maitland Womans Club celebrated 70 years Thursday, April 5, with a luncheon at the Maitland Civic Center. New and longtime members united to celebrate the groups rich history over lunch and drinks. Maitland mayor Dale McDonald issued a proclamation that Oct. 1 to 7 would be declared Maitland Womans Club Week. HARRY SAYER REAL BLACK TIE The Maitland Womans Club board members were thrilled to celebrate the groups 70th anniversary. Maitland Mayor Dale McDonald issued a proclamation recognizing that Oct. 1 to 7 would be Maitland Womans Club week. ONLINESee more photos at Janet Stebbins received a surprise visit from her husband, Dan. Bette Hillman and Mary Hodge showed o the clubs birthday cake. Colleen Monroe and Patty Daoust met up for some food.


12 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 272390 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 272392