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BRADLEY NAMED TO MAYFLOWER BOARDFormer Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley recently was named the newest board member of The Mayower Retirement Community. Bradley served Florida Hospital for more than 32 years and brings 24 years of C-suite experience. He brings to the board strong leader ship skills having served in healthcare, government and academia. His experience encompasses mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, fundraising and innovation. YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. ObserverWINTER PARK/ MAITLAND YOUR TOWNFREE FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018VOLUME 30, NO. 20HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERAttention foodies: The Grove at Winter Park shopping center, at the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Howell Branch Road, is about to receive two new restaurants JJs Fusion Grille and Pho Cali.JJS FUSION GRILLEJJs Grille will open its second location at the Winter Park center.Two new restaurants slated for The GroveThe new eateries, which will bring worldly cuisines to Winter Park, are set to open in June.SEE NEW PAGE 4 Stamp of excellenceWinter Park High School was the only school in the Orange County district to earn U.S. News & World Reports top ranking. SEE PAGE 6.HEALTH MATTERS Hospitals utilize art as a tool for healing. INSIDE TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORWinter Park leaders want the new library and event center to be per fect, but the city might need some help from the community to pay for it. City Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to move forward with four additions to the two new facilities set for the northwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Park: a porte cochere; a raked auditorium inside the library; an outdoor amphitheater near the lake; and costs associated with design and infrastructure for a potential rooftop venue for the events center. On top of the projects roughly $30 million base cost, those four items add about $5 million to the overall price tag, including the City approves features, name for library, event center siteWinter Park leaders approved the name Canopy for the campus. TEEN TRIUMPHLou Schieelin seeks Miss Teen USA crown. PAGE 3. Making a splashOne Winter Park resident will be part of the Fringe Festivals rst AQUAdance, a water ballet by Voci Dance. SEE STORY PAGE 1B.ALSO INSIDE:Meet the valedictorians of Winter Park Highs Class of 2018.SEE CITY PAGE 4


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 3 HARRY SAYER BLACK TIE REPORTER After an hourlong discussion, the Maitland City Council settled on a direction for an ordinance regu lating medical marijuana in Mai tland during its meeting Monday, May 14. Following an April meeting during which the council extend ed the moratorium on medi cal marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries for 180 days to draft a plan addressing land development regulations, city staff returned with a number of options to consider. Those included allowing dis pensaries everywhere a phar macy or drug store is permitted; having a separate approval pro cess for dispensaries than phar macies (recommended by city staff); customizing the ordinance by outlining districts in the cities that would accept pharmacies; and banning the MMTCs and dis pensaries outright. I keep trying to think What bad could happen? councilman Mike Thomas said. High-school kids arent going to get pot from this; drug dealers arent going to get pot. Nobody is going to get pot but people who qualify under fairly strict state regulations. Mayor Dale McDonald and Bev Reponen held steadfast in their opposition to any choice but a ban, while other council mem bers debated the effect lumping dispensaries in with pharmacies would have on future downtown growth. Ultimately, the council decid ed on the third option having a customized map permitting pharmacies in certain districts. The citys Planning and Zoning Commission now will have fourand-a-half months to come back to the council with a customized map, according to Community Development Director Dan Mat thys. PROCLAMATIONS A number of Maitland figures were recognized at the meeting including utilities superinten dent David Gonzalez, who was awarded Employee of the Quar ter for over a decade of service in the citys public works depart ment. David worked in a facility supervisory role overseeing the team responsible for keeping the lights on, the air conditioning running and the water flowing in various major hotels and resorts in the country, McDonald said. He proactively developed a sewer master plan to improve the transmission and removal of wastewater, as well as (improve) the citys stations and wastewa ter lines. Dr. Todd Husty, the Maitland Fire Departments Medical Direc tor, also was recognized for his 30 years of service. McDonald proclaimed the week of May 20-26 to be both EMS week and Public Works week for the city. Maitland chooses direction on medical marijuana ordinance Council members directed sta to create a customized map permitting pharmacies in certain districts. IN OTHER NEWS The council approved spending $80,178 for dirt to ll the Monroe Avenue Ditch project. This is part of a $803,000 project to remove existing discharge pipes from Lake Gem and to ll the ditch. Two bae boxes also will be installed as a means of sediment/trash removal. New stormwater pipes will be installed to help with Lake Gem outfall. The City Council approved a purchase order for the installation of railroad quiet zones in the downtown cor ridor. These zones, according to city documents, will allow for less horn-blowing in the downtown area. New curbs, sidewalks and medians also will be installed by the citys Public Works Department. William Randolph was reappointed to the Commu nity Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board after his term expired May 12. His new term will last three years. TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR O ne local teen is ready for her shot at capturing the crown. Winter Park resident Lou Schieffelin, 17, will repre sent the Sunshine State at the Miss Teen USA pageant this week in Shreveport and Bossier City in Louisiana, looking to take the title and use it as platform to bring about change. The competitions prelimi nary round began on Thursday, May 17 after press time and con cludes today with the finals. Girls from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will compete in judged interviews, a fitness competition, an evening gown competition and a final on-stage question. Its a dream-come-true for Schieffelin to be in the running. Florida is actually a state that has never placed in the top 15 at nationals, she said. Going into a competition like Miss Teen USA, being 17 years old, and having it been the first time I ever com peted at a Teen USA pageant I put pressure on myself to do well but to also just enjoy the experi ence. You know youre going to compete against the cream of the crop the best girls from each state, the girls who really serve their community and are making a difference. Its just an honor to be within that group of 51 girls. Before making it to the Miss Teen USA pageant, Schieffelin was crowned Miss Florida Teen USA in December. She was cho sen from a field of 120 competi tors. It was my first time ever competing at a pageant for Teen USA, she said. Its such a huge pageant, and its quite daunt ing, so you want to be prepared before you arrive at a pageant like that. Schieffelin currently goes to school at The First Academy and has lived in Winter Park for the past two years. Shes even bought much of her clothing and gowns from the shops along Park Avenue. The pageant contestant cer tainly keeps herself busy. Shes working in Tallahassee to get House Bill 33 passed to ban tex ting and driving in Florida. She originally is from the New York/ Connecticut area, where its already illegal. Now that Im a driver myself on I-4 the most dangerous highway in America and I see people texting with little kids next to them, I was like, I need to make a change, she said. This is not right. Schieffelin also recently pub lished a childrens book, has done more than 700 hours of community service, works with nonprofits such as Best Buddies and the Wounded Warrior Proj ect, plays varsity volleyball, and has a 5.09 GPA. I dip my toe in everything I dont like to just stay in one category, she said. I love being all over the place and just being able to speak with such a variety of different people. Regarding winning the Miss Teen USA crown, Schieffelin said it would give her a louder voice with which to create change. For me the title is more of a platform than just a pretty crown and sash, she said. People look at pageants and they only see the exterior and the makeup and the big hair, but for me I came into pageants not really knowing the stereotypes and the unwritten rules that everyone followed. I just came in wanting to make change, and I know that the crown and the title is such a microphone for passions that you have. Competing for the crown Lou Schieelin, 17, hopes to earn the crown and sash of Miss Teen USA. Courtesy photo Lou Schieelin said she feels grateful to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant. OBJ 2018 AGENTS OF THE YEAR #1 in Winter Park/Maitland Lakefront & Luxury Home SalesOver $1.5 Billion in Career Sales 267901 Winter Park $825.0003,195 SF, 4BR, Wonderful rare one level pool home in highly desirable Park Grove neighborhood, beautifully remodeled, open split plan w/ replace, spacious bedrooms including 2nd bedroom suite, island kitchen w/ custom nishes & wine room


4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 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 fully-constructed rooftop venue. Instead of taking on the whole upfront cost of a $3 million rooftop venue though, City Commission ers instead opted to pay $382,000 for infrastructure with the hope another party will step forward and help pay for the construction of the rooftop venue in the near future. City Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel said she fully supported going after all four items. I do think it makes sense for us to make this decision and move forward, Sprinkel said. I think we need to find the additional $5 million. Thats my recommenda tion. But the city does have some help in chipping away at the costs. Mayor Steve Leary said a private party has verbally committed to pay about $600,000 for the out door amphitheater. Library Exec utive Director Shawn Shaffer said the library should be able to raise about $500,000 to pay for the indoor raked auditorium as well. The Winter Park Librarys Board of Trustees still needs to formally approve that decision. The remaining costs adding up to about $4 million will be raised between the city and the library. Winter Park Director of Com munications Clarissa Howard said the costs may fluctuate slightly, especially if dollars are fundraised and/or donated toward a particu lar area of the project. NAME GAME The Winter Park City Commis sion cast another vote on Mon day to name the campus for the future library and event center in Martin Luther King Jr. Park as the Canopy. In February, commissioners authorized a library task force to bring in a branding expert to par ticipate in a naming exercise and offer recommendations. The board brought forward Canopy, because names sug gests a sheltered place and the architecture of the buildings resembling tent structures. Leary said branding the campus with single name such as Cano py makes sense. We need something to go out to the public with and say This is the venue, Leary said. We can fig ure out the names of the individ ual buildings in the future. Im not worried about that. But the peo ple who are going out and raising money and speaking to folks need something to say. This is what this is. This is what its about. But Commissioner Carolyn Cooper said she felt the opposite and believed naming the campus could cause confusion. Sometimes, when you name something an overarching name like that, you actually dilute your ability to raise funds, because peo ple are more likely to give funds to the raked auditorium at the library than they are something thats so generic that they dont really know what theyre supporting, Cooper said. The naming passed by a vote of 3-2, with commissioners Cooper and Peter Weldon dissenting. FAREWELL, CHIEF Winter Park City Commissioners and City Manager Randy Knight also took a moment to recognize retiring Winter Park Fire Chief Jim White, who was attending his last City Commission meeting. The outgoing chief has served the city of Winter Park for 25 years and has been in the field for 35 years. White made several improve ments to the department during his time there, including develop ing the citys first Office of Emer gency Management implemented during hurricanes; transitioning patient transport care from an outsourced service to an in-house service; and assisting with the final design for the citys publicsafety building in 2001. I just want to take a moment to say how much Ive appreciated his leadership with the fire depart ment for all these many years, Knight said. Where hes taken that department in his time being there is just phenomenal. Leary echoed Knights thoughts. Youve done an amazing job, he said. We are a far better orga nization than you inherited, and no disrespect to those that came before you. Youve not only served the city of Winter Park, the pub lic, the guests of our city, and the businesses of our city so well and so admirably, youve prepared a tremendous group behind you. White said he was thankful for the kind words and the opportu nity to serve the city and informed the City Commission that he has accepted a position at Valencia College to run its fire academy. From my family to our fire fighters, thank you for all the support you constantly give us, White said. Its a tremendous responsibility that we dont take lightly. JJ (Paredes) always wanted to expand the concept, even when we were planning the first (res taurant) said Sandra Nasrallah, JJ Fusion Grilles managing partner. We checked out a spot at Grove, looked at the plans for renova tions and how much life they were planning to give to the plaza. It felt like a perfect spot for our second run just far enough from our cur rent location on Curry Ford and not too far so that we wouldnt be pulling our hair out with both spots. The eatery mixes Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine. Paredes hails from Venezuela, and his mother, whose best friend was Lebanese, supplies many of Latin and Middle Eastern recipes used in the kitchen. JJs is a build-your-own con cept at which customers are welcome to combine the differ ent dishes in any way they wish. Nasrallah recommends the spicy Mexican rice bowl topped with Venezuelan black beans, and the pita sandwich with eggplants and zucchini on the Middle Eastern side. Nasrallah and Paredes work as the management team for the restaurant. They opened the first location in 2014 on Curry Ford Road. She said the Grove location will be about 1500 square feet, a little We can gure out the names of the individual build ings in the future. Im not worried about that. But the people who are going out and raising money and speaking to folks need something to say. This is what this is. This is what its about. Mayor Steve Leary IN OTHER NEWS City commissioners ap proved the second reading of the ordinance regarding the request of the city of Winter Park to amend various sign code regulations. The commission approved the request of the First Church of Christ Scientist for Conditional Use approval to build a replacement church at 650 N. New York Ave. It will be 6,989 square feet in size and have 44 parking spaces. Commissioners approved rst reading of an ordinance to implement the updated Comprehensive Plan policies into the Land Development Code, specically the policy to adopt a new Medical Arts zoning district and to amend INFORMATION JJS FUSION GRILLE PHONE: (407) 802-2947 WEBSITE: jjsfusion PHO CALI PHONE: (407) 270-4570 WEBSITE: facebook. com/phocalialoma City names library campus New avors coming to Winter Park JJs Fusion Grille mixes Latin and Mediterranean cuisine. Pho Cali will serve authentic Viet namese dishes beginning in June. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 larger than the original site. The duo has had a long road getting to this second location. An original attempt to open a second store in Apopka was cursed with con tractor disputes and tenant rela tion issues Nasrallah said. Its starting to feel real, she said. For a long time, it just felt like an idea. You go and see the space, and its still an empty shell. But now, were getting to the final weeks and its taking shape. Despite an unexpected permit issue popping up at the last min ute, Nasrallah said they still are hopeful for a June 1 grand open ing just in time for Paredes birthday. Well have balloons, stream ers, maybe a DJ, she said. Were definitely going to give it a cel ebratory feel. PHO CALI After almost a year of planning, a new Vietnamese restaurant is set to arrive. When Kimberly Bui moved to Orlando from California a few years ago, she felt there wasnt much in the way of Vietnamese cuisine. Shes looking to change that. In California, we had really good (Vietnamese) food, Bui said. In Orlando, we dont have as much of thatthe number one things for me are the customers, food quality and being clean. Bui operates a couple of Quickly Boba locations in Orlando already but has been eager to open a third. The new restaurant, which Bui hopes will open in the Grove in June, will serve noodles, pho and other Vietnamese delicacies. She prides her restaurant in serving a high quantity of high-quality food. I like to cook better food for everyone, Bui said. Its why I started my family business.


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 5 Florida Blue is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 91675 0218 WHV 321-441-2020 Florida Blue Center?#BetterHealthStartsHere 91675 0218 FBRET events Generic ad.indd 1 3/7/18 10:57 AM 266877 274634 The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Winter Park alumni celebrated the graduation of Class XXVIII at the Leadership Winter Park Graduation Luncheon Thursday, May 10 at The Alfond Inn. Jimm Walsh, division chief of the Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department, was the keynote speaker and gave his thoughts on what leadership means. TIM FREEDLEADERSHIP WINTER PARK CLASS XXVIII Shaniqua Bangura: Winter Park Housing Authority Joshua Beiter: LunDev Justin Birmele: Florida Hospital Brian Boone: Hylant Ansley Butts: Battaglia Group Management Laurie Cheek: DePrince, Race & Zollo, Inc. Lena Combs: Withum Smith & Brown Colt Costa: StevenDouglas Amy Drury: Orlando Health Mary-Kate Dwyer Savage: Fifth Third Bank Amy Gendron: Amy Gendron, AP Inc. Latria Graham Leak: Graham Leak Branding Jessica Hetherington: Jessica Hetherington Coaching Katrina Jenkins: Rollins College Timothy Johnson: Braseld & Gorrie Katie Keller: Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Ann Kelly: IBERIABANK Mortgage Melissa Kincaid: Florida Blue Steven Kramer: The Mayower Retirement Community Teal Kwater: Thomas Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Kristin LaFleur: Winter Park Public Library Tammy Lally: Tammy Lally, The Money Coach Christopher Lane: CenturyLink Ang Li: Massey Services Chevalier Lovett: Organize Florida Russell Mann: Seacoast Bank Donald Marcotte: City of Winter Park Engineering Division Bob McClelland: Wharton-Smith, Inc. JoAnne McMahon: 310 Restaurant Group Antonella Paradiso: Antonellas Pizzeria Laura Parkins: SYSCO Central Florida Gregg Pascale: Winter Park Golf Course Jorge Pereira: Chepenik Financial Jennifer Powers: RLF Samuel Reda: Law Oces of Peter A. Shapiro & Jonathan Wilson Alan Ricafort: Moore Stephens Lovelace Anne Sallee: Superior Small Lodging of Florida Marco Santoro: PNC Financial Services Group Lee Stolar: Moss, Krusick & Associates, LLC Heather Traynham: Lightbulb PR Productions Margaret Wilster: Orange Technical College-Winter Park Jennifer Wolf: WUCF TVChamber celebrates Leadership Class XXVIII Leadership Class XXVIII was ready to be recognized for completing Leadership Winter Park. ONLINESee more at Bill Battaglia and Fire Chief Jim White were spotted at the luncheon.


6 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 LILY AYDT Lily Aydt will be heading to Grinnell College in Iowa next year to study economics and environmental studies. She hopes to find a way to combine her two interests and work with companies in the field. Ill be able to explore a lot, so Im not tying myself down to one thing, Aydt said. But I am interested in economics and environmental studies. I love projects and things like that, so its combing those two interests. SARAH BARTOLOMEI Sarah Bartolomei will attend the University of Florida and plans to earn a double major in art his tory and either chemical engi neering or business. An alternate path shes considering would be attending law school, but her really passion is in the cosmetics industry. I really like makeup and cosmetics, Bartolomei said. (My dream job) would be run ning a cosmetics company with cosmetics I created. SARAH BRESKE Sarah Breske will be a Gator next year at the University of Florida, where she plans to earn a dual degree in journalism and either international relations or business with a specialization in international relations. I want to be a travel journal ist when Im older ... thats the dream, Breske said. JULIA BRYANT Julia Bryant will be attending the University of Florida to embark on a medical track either premed or pre-physicians assistant. Outside of class, Bryant plays varsity soccer, basketball, vol leyball and cheerleading. Ever since I was little, Ive always liked medicine, Bryant said. LISA CHEN Lisa Chen plans to attend Boston University, where she will major in computer science. I might be an app developer or something related to that in the future, Chen said. One of the things I want to help make is definitely something that will help one of the problems that we have in the world today. MAYA CHOUDHURY Maya Choudhury is headed for Duke University and is consider ing a double major in statistics and economics. I want to ideally do some kind of research in the future, she said. KARA EVANS Kara Evans will be going to the University of Florida to study chemistry and hopes to then move on to medical school. Out side of class, Evans plays varsity tennis and swimming. I feel like my dream job would be a surgeon or something and I just think a background in chemistry and the physiology of it would help with that, she said. TAYLOR GLUCKMAN Taylor Gluckman plans to attend Florida State University and major in neuroscience, embark ing on the pre-med track and going to medical school. I want to be some type of sur geon, basically, Gluckman said. I want to do something where I feel like Im making a difference. I want to help people in what I do. EDILKA GONZALEZ Edilka Gonzalez said she plans to attend Valencia College or an art university, where she wants to study graphic design. Shes also interested in animation as well, and hopes to create characters in movies and video games. I have two dreams, she said. I want to do music videos for K-pop or maybe work in a big company like Disney. RYAN HUANG Ryan Huang said he plans to attend University of Florida, where he will study some thing mathor science-based. Hes specifically interested in how people think and differ ent ailments that affect people. Outside of class, Huang is the captain of the crew team at Win ter Park High School. I took most of the science classes (Winter Park High School) offers, like physics, biology and chemistry, he said. Biology is probably the one I was most interested in. 270458 www.suttonhomes.comAdmissions Director: Kathie Bretz 407.369.3446Assisted Living Facility #8259 For those with memory loss we provide real home living with personalized care Only 5 residents per home allows each resident a sense of well-being in a warm nurturing environment Compassionate staff trained to care for those with Alzheimers, dementia, or memory loss Beautiful homes in tranquil residential neighborhoods Homes located in Orange, Seminole, and Lake Counties Founded in 1994 Central Floridas original memory specialists. THE GOLD STANDARD TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR It feels good to be recognized. Just ask Winter Park High School. The home of the Winter Park Wildcats recently earned a Gold rating in the U.S. News & World Reports Best of High School Rankings. Nine schools in Orange Coun ty received gold, silver and bronze ratings, but Winter Park High School was the only one to receive the top ranking. Winter Park High also finished as the No. 35 school in the state and No. 480 school in the nation. Its exciting for us to be awarded the gold medal rank, Principal Tim Smith said. Were happy that we rank in the 35th spot in the state of Florida. Theres some great competition all around Central Florida. We just like to perform as high as we can. We moved up a few places from last year. I dont remember exactly where we were last year, but we were probably in the 40s. More than 20,000 schools across the country are included in the analysis and have a shot at gold, silver or bronze medals based on performance on state assessments, graduation rates and how well they prepare stu dents for college. Smith said his schools success is the product of a community effort. Whats really neat about it is I think its exciting for the community, Smith said. We are truly a community-based school, so everybody has a hand in that starting with our incred ible students. Im really proud of our staff, our teachers and a really inspiring group of people. And then weve got our parents, who are incredible supportive and helpful. We feel that support every day. All of that is the reason weve moved up in the rankings. Its because of the Winter Park family. Above all, Smith hopes the school provides its students with options in the future. We want to position kids well for the future where they have choices and opportuni ties, Smith said. We want them to have the academic skills and the learning skills. Our goal is we want kids to choose, when theyre finished, from a lot of opportunities and go follow their call and have a positive impact on people. SCORECARD FOR WINTER PARK HIGH SCHOOL College Readiness Index: 58.6 AP tested: 68% AP passed: 78% Mathematics procien cy: 61% Reading prociency: 66% BY THE NUMBERS Graduation rate: 95% Seniors in 2017 with a plan to attend a commu nity college or four-year university: 92% Total enrollment: 3,142 Full-time teachers: 158 Scholarship money earned in 2017: More than $22 million Students in National Honors Society in 2017: 220 Candidates for Inter national Baccalaureate Diploma in 2017: 90 Students in the perform ing arts: More than 1,000 ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED: Winter Park High: Gold Boone High: Silver Freedom High: Silver Lake Nona High: Silver Olympia High: Silver Timber Creek High: Silver University High: Silver West Orange High: Silver Orange County Virtual School: Bronze Cream of the crop I ts graduation time again at Winter Park High School, and the 2018 valedictorians all have bright futures ahead of them. Whether its a goal of being a surgeon someday or an aspiration of putting humans on Mars, these Wild cats arent afraid to dream big. Editors note: Valedictorian Angela Mai was not available for an interview. TIM FREED


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 7 Divorce & Family Law | LANGLAW.NET When I DO becomes IM DONE. 271972 MATTHEW KUCZAJDA Matthew Kuczajda will head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado next year to study astronautical engineering. After that, he plans to commission as an officer in the Air Force. Ultimately, he wants to help put humans on Mars someday. My dad is an electrical engi neer at NASA, so Ive always been exposed to the space pro gram, he said. SARAH KUNKEL Sarah Kunkel will be attending University of Florida to study business. Outside of class, Kun kel is on the crew team at Winter Park High and volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House and New Hope for Kids. Whatever major she chooses, Kunkel said she hopes she can make a differ ence. My dream job would probably be going to (developing) coun tries and helping establish basic needs like clean water or a medi cal building, she said I would hopefully work with the deaf community in those coun tries, because they dont have a lot of what they need. ANNA LEEDY Anna Leedy will be attend ing Williams College in Wil liamstown, Massachusetts, to possibly study music his tory. It ties in to her daily life at school; she sings in Winter Park High Schools chorus program and also plays upright bass in orchestra. I really like music and I really like history, Leedy said. Im taking a class now that has elements of music history and composition and such. SOPHIE LIBOW Sophie Libow plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where shell study political science or public policy. Another one of her biggest inter ests is food and how it affects the human body. I want as a career to be help ing people in some way and Im thinking about the different ways that I can do that, Libow said. TINA LU Tina Lu will be attending either Amherst College in Massachu setts, where she would study ethnomusicology, or Florida State University, where she would be study music therapy. Lu started playing the piano at the age of 5 before learning how to play the flute in the middleschool band. On top of that, she picked up snare drum for the Winter Park High marching band. Music is a huge part of my life, but I felt like I didnt really want to be a full-time music educator or performer, Lu said. After some research, I found music therapy and started volunteering at Florida Hospital with a music therapist. PAIGE MASSENGALE Paige Massengale plans to attend Florida State University, where she will study either finance or nursing, play club volleyball and join a sorority. She would love to travel the world after graduation but ultimately wants to come back to Winter Park to work for a local hospital or law firm. Ive always loved math and science Im very detail-ori ented, Massengale said. Both industries finance and health are always growing. JOHN MAZANEC John Mazanec plans to attend the University of Florida and study journalism. Ive realized throughout high school that one of my main things is I just like to talk to people, Mazanec said. JULIA SCHMITT Julia Schmitt will attending Vanderbilt University in Nash ville and plans to study special education and child studies. Outside of school, Schmitt has been a dancer for 14 years and teaches a dance class for the Down Syndrome Association. Shed like to teach children sign language and spoken English someday. I hope to become a deaf educator or a speech-language pathologist, she said. ALEXIS SCHUSTER Alexis Schuster plans to attend the University of Florida, where she will study biology, psychol ogy or both. Outside of class, Schuster is the co-president and co-secretary of the Science National Honors Society and is also in the schools theater program. She wants to pursue a career in neuroscience. I definitely want to research neuroscience about those with intellectual disabilities to see more of a biological component or research ways to help in that, she said. MITCHELL THOMAS Mitchell Thomas will be attend ing Columbia University in New York to study civil engineering. He likes the field because it plays into both his interests and his strengths. I like cities; I like architecture to a degree, Thomas said. I like the build environment engi neering all the buildings around us is the idea, and the structures and the bridges, all that stuff. I like physics and math those are the subjects I do best in so it kind of fits well with that. NICOLETTE TRANDOAN Nicolette Trandoan will be attending University of Florida next year. She wants to do some thing in health care, specifically with children. She plans to blend that with another passion: for eign language. Ive heard that to get into med school that its good if you major in something different, she said. I really want to learn Spanish and be fluent in it. That would be interesting to do. SYDNEY WARD Sydney Ward said she likely will attend Southern Method ist University in Dallas to study engineering. Ward also sings in Winter Park Highs chorus program. My brother majored in engineering thats when it got on my radar, Ward said. Ive always been good at math and science, and I always liked physics. It would be cool to help people by engineering some thing. KATHERINE WEBB Katherine Webb will be attend ing University of Florida next year to pursue a degree in bio medical engineering. Outside of class, Webb is a varsity volleyball player and started the beach vol leyball club team. Im really interested in oncol ogy research, and I like the idea that theres stem-cell research and artificial tissue and artificial organs, she said. Ive known a couple kids affected by cancer very close to me. I really want to make a difference in that. ERIN WRIGHT Erin Wright will attend the University of California Los Angeles to study neuroscience. She said she is inspired by her grandfather, who was a pediatric hematologist. She hopes to take her research abroad someday, working with an organization such as Doctors Without Borders or Mercy Ships, which oper ates non-governmental hospital ships off the coast of Africa. I learned that Im interested in cell regeneration and degenera tion, she said. UCLA is pio neering research in Alzheimers, and I want to get involved in the Ronald Reagan hospital there and research. 263798 Established in 1972 we are celebrating 45 years of service this year.


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 9 Allison Olcsvay Three years ago, Georgia Ellison was facing the same prognosis that she has watched her mother suer with for de cades. 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. Medication 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 following 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 challenges 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 be cause, he said, he saw the value in what they oered their clients. The equip ment here is top of the line and the techniques produce results like no other, Rinehart said. At Elite, education is as important as the equipment. Be fore 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 accomplish 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, provided 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 suffered from daily back pain, but after just a few months in the gym, she experienced 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.ADVERTORIAL 407-740-7750 1312 Palmetto Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 www.elitestrengthandtness.comMention this ad for a free consultation. You can schedule this consultation by calling Elite Strength & Fitness at 407-740-7750Strength training at any age can help improve muscle mass and bone density 274767 Caring for Winter Parks Pets and Their People Since 19551601 Lee Road, Winter Park (407) 644-2676247851 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITOROn Saturday night, Bishop Moore did what they had done all season they left every ounce of themselves on the field. Unfortunately, they came up just short of that ever-elusive state title in a 11-8 loss to Jupiter (21-2, 5-0) in a game that every one thought it would be two state powers bashing heads over the chance to be named champion. Both schools had come off solid wins the day before in the semifinals with the Hornets sneaking by Ponte Vedra in an 8-6 win. Were both fighting for the same thing, head coach Reed Reynolds said. Theres 50 kids left, and of the 200 teams, youve got two teams both Jupiter and ourselves are very strong teams, obviously. After trailing through the first quarter, the Hornets (19-3, 6-0) rallied in the second to go into the half knotted at 4-4. Two of the Hornets best scoring machines junior Jake Kiefer and sophomore R.J. Sanfilippo notched two goals apiece to keep things close. Despite a goal from junior Jack son Canfield gave the Hornets a 5-4 edge, the lead only lasted a minute before the Warriors tied it before going on a 7-3 run to claim the state title. Although their hopes of bringing back a state title to College Park were dashed, the opportunity to take his guys to the final four and a championship game was an experience upon which Reynolds said he hopes his team can build. It was an awesome experience to have with them its the first time theyve been, Reynolds said. We played well in the semifinal game against Ponte Vedra and felt good about going into the state championship on Saturday. We knew it would be a battle.THE MAN FOR THE JOBThe loss shouldnt overshadow one of the programs best seasons in its history, and the job Reynolds has done to build the Hornets into a state power. Coming into the postseason, the Hornets dominated just about every team they faced going 15-2 through the regular season behind a high powered offense, staunch defense and incredible goalie work. The most goals we gave up was six in any one game, so I would say that our defensive performance was awesome, Reynolds said. We were a little younger on the offensive side of the ball, and we were trying to get some key players to make that transition from JV to varsity step up, and we had some of those guys do that. Having that kind of talent cer tainly helps, but so does having a coach with the skill set and passion for the sport hes been around since his freshman year at West Orange High School. Reynolds, an Orlando native, picked up lacrosse between middle and high school when a friend introduced him to the sport. There are just so many aspects that make it an awesome sport, Reynolds said. Its fast-paced, it requires a lot of hand-eye coordination, it requires some endurance and strength. After graduating in 2006, Reyn olds made his way north to continue his playing career at Division IIIs Utica College in New York. Reynolds moved back to Florida after graduating and took on his first coaching job at Bucholtz High School in Gainesville. Through his three years at Bucholtz, Reynolds led the Bobcats to a 27-23 record going 13-5 in his last season before landing the job at Bishop Moore. Since his arrival, the Hornets have become a force on both the district and state level. Over the past five years, the Hornets have gone 70-24. In the last two seasons alone, his squads have gone 36-6. With the quick progress made under Reynolds and the talent returning next season, its no wonder why Reynolds is already excited for the years to come. We feel pretty good about next year, Reynolds said. Weve got a good group coming back. ... Were hoping to get back to another states.Future is bright for the HornetsDespite a tough loss in the state title, Bishop Moores boys lacrosse program has a lot to look forward to in the years to come. File photoWith much of his current squad coming back next year, coach Reed Reynolds is looking forward to another big year for his Hor nets.


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CONCORD STREET, ORLANDO, FL 32803$389,000 2 Bed 1.1 Bath 1,460 SF Tami Klein 407-538-4688 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORIn Florida, there is water almost quite literally all around us. The Winter Park/Maitland area alone features numerous lakes, ponds and rivers. With that in mind, Winter Parks Goldfish Swim School will celebrate National Water Safety and Drowning Awareness Month by hosting its first Water Safety Day. We have themes every month, and May, (because) it falls during the Water Safety and Drowning Awareness Month, is Water Safety Month in our facility, said Gina Jacobs Thomas, who co-owns the school with her husband, Jon. Our focus is to give kids the skills they need to just help them be saf er in and around the water. From 2 to 4 p.m. May 19, visitors are welcome to come participate in the festivities, which include a number of different safety presentations from both Jacobs Thomas and local fire/police departments. Throughout the presentations, Jacobs Thomas will detail basic water-safety tips including supervision; the importance of swim lessons; and how to choose a quality life-preserver. As a part of Water Safety Day, the school will be giving out water watcher lanyards to parents who attend as a means of helping them keep their mind on their duty as supervisors. When you have it (the lanyard) on you, it brings a little bit more of an awareness to what youre doing, what you should be doing and where your focus should be, Jacobs Thomas said. Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds, so we really want to keep our eyes on the water at all times. Other tips such as enrolling your kids or yourself is pretty selfexplanatory but still vitally impor tant. Teaching kids at an early age about how to safely swim and get out of water can save a life, and it also helps get them comfortable around any type of body of water, Jacobs Thomas said. There also will be some fun planned for kids in the form of a free swim, along with free snacks, games and even a visit from Bubbles the schools mascot. For the free swim, Jacobs Thomas said parents should call and make a reservation. Our responsibility is to make sure they have what they (parents) need, Jacobs Thomas said. Here in Florida, it is just so important to know how to swim its almost a non-negotiable life saving skill. We really believe that every child should have the opportunity to know some basic life-saving skills in the water.SWIM SCHOOL TO HOST SAFETY DAY Troy HerringGina Jacobs Thomas is looking to educate kids on how to be safer in and around the water. In honor of National Water Safety and Drowning Awareness Month, Goldsh Swim School will host an educational event May 19. IF YOU GOGOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL WATER SAFETY DAY WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 WHERE: Goldsh Swim School, 5445 Lake Howell Road, Winter Park WEBSITE: goldshswim


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12 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 275209 Memorial Day Service 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018 Glen Haven Memorial Park 2300 Temple Drive Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 647-1100 We Remember emFeaturing: Keynote Speaker: Lt.Col. Scott Harris, USMC Winter Springs High School Army JROTC Music: VFW Post 2093 Community Band Emcee: Bud Hedinger, 540 WFLA Vocalist: Charles Haugabrooks Florida State Reenactment Society American Legion Post 286 Boy Scout Troop 613Sponsored By:


ARTS + CULTUREFRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018ALSO INSIDE: Hume House: Art Show 2. Im in. Events: Black and White Weekend. 5. ORANGEOBSERVER.COMThe Voci Dance modern dance company will be putting on a production of AQUAdance, a water ballet, for the first time at this years Fringe Festival. The six-per son production, which will be held at a private residence about a mile from the Fringe Beer Tent, stems from Voci Dance Artistic Director Genevieve Bernards love of the aqua-musical films of the 1950s, where dancers perform elaborate choreography all from the water. Bernard, a dancer and choreographer, had the idea for quite some time. After injuring her knees 10 years ago, she began taking water ballet and aerobics classes for exercise. The whole time (during lessons), I was thinking, Oh if I could put these ladies into patterns and make them move around, she said. The whole time I was think ing as a choreographer, Ive always wanted to do something like that. I love retro things and vintage things, I like old things. Its sort of this weird marriage of all the things I like.FLAMINGO DUETKatherine Fabian, a Winter Park local, has been performing numbers with Voci Dancers for nine years. But this is the first time she has had a musical duet with a plastic flamingo. Its really fun, Fabian said. Its more performance art, because its not just dance. We try to not take ourselves too seriously. We had a preview performance recently, and there were moments that we didnt think were going to be funny, but the audience found some humor in it. Weve been trying to pull those moments out and make it a really fun experience. Fabian and the group have practiced two to three times a week sometimes with the help of a synchronized swimming coach at Bernards house since late March. A factor the dancers had to endure FRINGE BENEFIT IF YOU GOAQUADANCE BY VOCI DANCE WHEN: 9 p.m. May 20; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. May 24; 9 and 11 p.m. May 25; and 8 and 10 p.m. May 26 WHERE: 1314 Chichester St., Orlando TICKETS: $12 LENGTH: 50 minutes T.H.E.M. BY PROFESSIONAL PARTY GIRL PRODUCTIONS WHEN: 7 p.m. May 21 and 23; and 11:35 p.m. May 26 WHERE: Break through Theatre, 421 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park LENGTH: 60 minutesHARRY SAYER | BLACK TIE REPORTERf you head to the Fringe Festival, youll be treated to Orlando performers in plays full of musical numbers, dancing and intricate choreography. This will be the rst Fringe, however, that has a production where dancers perform in a swimming pool with a singer atop a swan oatie.ISEE FRINGE PAGE 3Courtesy of Tisse MallonSarah Lockard is one of the dancers for the rst production of AQUAdance.


2 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 275463 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORTheres an artist within all of us. Just ask the Hume House Child Development Center. Budding artists at the Rollins College-affiliated preschool showed off their artwork and creativity at a gallery open to parents Saturday, April 28. The drawings, sculptures and other artwork were the result of children being given creative freedom throughout the year. For the past 10 years, the Hume House has followed an Italian model of teaching known as Reggio Emilia, which allows the young students to create something unique, instead of everyone in the class making the same animal or theme. The curriculum involves long-term projects and in-depth exploration through art, building on the idea that children already have their own knowledge, ideas and opinions about the world at a young age. This year, students explored connections, specifically the childrens connections to themselves, family and the world around them. The reason we chose (Reggio Emilia) is because it was very child-centered, Hume House Child Development Center Direc tor Diane Doyle said. Art should be very self-expressive. Children shouldnt make the same things that everybody else makes just because theyre doing the same project. They create it in a way thats unique to them. Art is seen as more than just a fun creative outlet at the Hume House, Doyle said. Its a vehicle for expression that showcases a students understanding and knowledge of a subject. In Italy, the programs are obviously a little bit different because the culture is different, but here what we try to do is build all the things that we know children should learn into a curriculum that allows them to express all of their understand and their skills through art and activities and documentation, she said. Theres not going to be two of the same of anything in here, so thats really important. Children undertook numerous art projects throughout the year. One of which was an endeavor where little ones were paired with Rollins College undergraduate students, who helped them put together their very own book using original artwork and stories from the preschoolers. Anne Tsotsos son Theodore, 5, made a book about an imaginary species called the carnival cheetah. If you give (Theodore) cray ons and paints and you sit him down and say, Use these tools, he doesnt respond well to that, Tsotsos said. He will, but its not his thing. But if you give him blocks and tell him he can paint and build something 3-D and explore he really responds and discovers his inner artist in a way that makes sense for his likes and dislikes. Our house is packed with all of his art. We cant throw any of it away, because its all amazing to him and to us, she said. Gretchen Forsythe has noticed a similar burst of creativity from her daughter Karis, 5, who used recy cled items to make her art. I like using bottles to make sculptures, Karis said. I sculpt animals. I made a caterpillar with a bottle. Theres no telling what creative project Karis will bring home next, Forsythe said. I think when you give them the freedom to explore with all those materials and theres no expectations of, Oh, were going to make a bunny they come up with some pretty neat stuff, Forsythe said. Everyones an artistTeachers at the Hume House Child Development Center use an Italian teaching technique called Reggio Emilia to help their preschoolers discover their inner artist. Anne and Joe Tsotsos were proud of their son Theodore, 5, and his artwork.Photos by Tim FreedKaris Forsythe, 5, made her art with plastic bottles.


ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 3 C hora l M a s t erw ork s M END ELS S O HN AND M AHLER ( N o v 17 & 18 ) A C LAS S I C C HRI S TM AS ( D ec 15 & 16) PO WER O F RO M ANTI C I S M AND RES URREC TI O N ( A p r 27 & 28 ) 84t h Annua l B a ch Fes t i v a l S PI RI TUAL S PAC ES : M US I C AL M ED I TATI O NS ( Feb 10 ) PAUL JAC O B S O RGAN ( Feb 15) C O NC ERTO S B Y C AND LELI GHT: FO UR S EAS O NS ARO UND THE WO RLD ( Feb 22 & 23 ) I TAM AR ZO RM AN, VI O LI N ( Feb 24 ) M O ZART: GREAT M AS S AND S Y M PHO NY NO 40 ( M ar 2) J .S B AC H: S T. JO HN PAS S I O N ( M ar 3 ) I ns i g ht s & S ound s S eri es FLUTE, HARP, AND S TRI NGS ( S ep t 20 ) JO E AND M I K E, THE HAY D N B RO THERS ( N o v 8 ) VI VALD I S JUD I TH TRI UM PHANT ( J an 24 ) Vi s i t i ng Art i s t s S eri es ERO I C A TRI O ( O ct 28 ) VO C TAVE: O RC HES TRAL D EB UT* ( Feb 16 & 17) I TAM AR ZO RM AN, VI O LI N* ( Feb 24 ) B ERLI N PHI LHARM O NI C PRI NC I PAL PLAY ERS : S C HARO UN ENS EM B LE ( M ar 16) RI C HARD GO O D E, PI ANO ( A p r 14 ) S A VE U P T O 3 0 % o ff o f s i n g l e t i c k et p ri c es w h en yo u s u b s c ri b e. T ex t BA C H t o 668 66 t o b e t h e fi rs t t o k n o w w h en p a c k a g es g o o n s a l e!A N N O U N C I N G O U R 8 4 t h S E A S O NT h e B a c h F e s t i v a l S o c i e t y c o n t i n u e s o u r t r a d i t i o n o f p r e s e n t i n g g r e a t c h o r a l s y m p h o n i c a n d c h a m b e r m u s i c i n W i n t e r P a r k J o i n u s f o r a n o t h e r e x c i t i n g s e a s o n 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 y w w w w a t e r o a k c o m 266670 was the springtime chill during pool rehearsals. Fabian said they often rehearsed for 20 to 30 minutes in the water and then hop out for an hour to warm up. You definitely have to be comfortable with yourself perform ing, she said. You cant be afraid to interact with the audience, and (you) really connect with your fellow performers to make sure youre getting the story or the feeling across. Although injuries she sustained in college prevented Fabian from being a full-time dancer she now works as a managing director at the Orlando Ballet she still finds time to perform in Voci Dance productions. I like the working environment with Genevieve and the other dancers, Fabian said. Its fun to work in that way you get to per form things that you enjoy and had a hand in helping to craft. Genevieve doesnt just give you movement and say, Do it, she said. She lets it kind of evolve with input from the dancers.THE HEROES EXEMPLIFYING MEDIOCRITYFreelance writer Jodi Renee Thomas is speaking from the heart with her Fringe play about a league of hard-drinking, chain-smoking superheroes in a world that no longer needs them. T.H.E.M. The Heroes Exemplifying Mediocrity is the Winter Park locals first production for Fringe. The story centers around a group of washed-up superheroes who, after vanquishing all of the citys villains back in their hey day, now sit around and wait to feel useful again. Thomas said its a story that tackles aging and the feeling of invalidity that comes with it. I try really hard to be in charge and not cry during rehearsal, because I remember how it felt (writing the story), Thomas said. The story is not only about aging, its also about the people who sur round you that get you through life. This strange group of people found each other. And thats what they have to live for. Although the plays seven characters are larger-than-life superhumans with names such as Feministic the Tramp, the story itself come from a personal place. Thomas suffered from a serious case of pancreatitis that left her hospitalized last year. She spent more than a month on bedrest and wrote the short story as a way to capture the thoughts racing in her head. When she learned Winter Parks Breakthrough Theater was looking for entries for Fringe, she converted the story into a play. Thomas is not working the production alone. She recruited her child Xoe, who identifies as nonbinary, to be part of the show as an assistant director. Xoe also doubles as PanBam, a character Jodi based on her 17-year-old teenager when she originally wrote the story. I hope people think its funny, first and foremost, because I tried to cover some really dark subjects with a bit of humor, Thomas said. But I also hope it makes them go home and call their best friend and say Hey, Im real glad youre in my life.Blues at the Bamboo Saturday night at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts was all about the blues as Orlandos own Smokin Torpedoes played an exciting show. The Smokin Tor pedoes mixed up throughout their set, as they played a number of blues and jazz based songs. The show itself was part of the Blue Bamboos weekend long showcase of local and national blues artists. TROY HERRING The Smokin Torpedoes vocalist and harmonica player Je Willey sang his soul out during a performance at Blue Bamboo. Martin Sensiper launched into a guitar solo. Left: Dennis Laak kept the rhythm on drums throughout the night. Fringe FestivalCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


4 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 266362 FRIDAY, MAY 18BAROQUE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. The Baroque Chamber Orchestra returns to the Bamboo, bringing string players from the Maitland Symphony Orchestra together to put the best works of the Baroque period on todays stage. The orchestra is the newest musical group of the Performing Arts of Maitland. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit, MAY 20CENTRAL FLORIDA JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS KATE REID 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. One of the best jazz vocalists and recording artists from Los Angeles comes comes to Blue Bamboo. A jazz singer and pianist Reid has received extensive airplay on jazz radio stations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South Africa. Kate has worked with many noted artists, including John Clayton, Robin Eubanks, Jon Hendricks, Grady Tate, Mercer Ellington, Don Shelton, Mark Murphy and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Joining Kate are Bob Thornton (piano), Ben Kramer (bass) and Greg Par nell (drums). Tickets are $15. For more information, visit, MAY 22SPOTLIGHT CABARET SERIES: CAROL STEIN Tuesday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 23, at the Winter Park Play house, 711 Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. Carol Stein returns to The Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series with her latest exciting solo cabaret, Accentuate The Positive! Stein always tries to look on The Bright Side of Life, so come share an evening of musical optimism. Playhouse patrons will remember Stein from her last cabaret, Moonlight Madness, and her many cabaret appearances at the playhouse. This unique form of entertainment showcases a dierent professional singer each month in the lobby bar. 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. General admission is $20 (one drink minimum) and standing-room only is $10. Please note, standing-room tickets will not be sold until all the general admission tickets are sold out. (407) 645-0145.WEDNESDAY, MAY 23JEFF RUPERT QUARTET 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Enjoy a night of jazz with the Je Rupert Quartet featuring Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, and Ben Kramer. Rupert is a Yamaha per forming artist, a record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full-time professor and director of jazz studies at the University of Central Florida. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Torm, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carters Grammy Award-winning Harlem Renaissance. Tickets are $15. For more information and tickets, visit bluebambooart, MAY 25STORYTELLERS XVII: WEST OF THE EAST COAST TRACKS 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. See an opening reception for Storytellers XVII: West of the East Coast Tracks. New Smyrna Beach teens give us insight into their changing world, document ing their historic African-Amer ican community in west New Symrna Beach through a programming partnership by Creald School of Art and the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum in New Symrna Beach. A gallery talk will be held at 8 p.m. Its an introduction to the Storytellers Program and an opportunity to meet some of the teen photographers, presented by the project leader and Crealde Executive Director Peter Schreyer. For more information, call (407) 539-2680.ONGOINGTHE HONKY TONK ANGELS 7:30 p.m. through Sunday, May 13, at The Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. A whimsical musical comedy by the creator of Always, Patsy Cline. This production tells the story of three gutsy gals determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville. The score features more than 30 classic country tunes including Ill Fly Away, Stand by Your Man, to 5, Coal Miners Daughter, Ode to Billy Joe, Rocky Top and I Will Always Love You. Cost is $32 to $42. For more information and showtimes, call (407) 645-0145 or visit winter THIS WEEK Courtesy photo


Noelle Crosby, from Cirque Kalandra, rolled around in a plastic ball. FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Fla.: Celebrate the Children 6. Orlando Science Center: Science of Wine 7. Guests donned their most creative black-and-white attire for the ninth annual Black and White Weekend. The event, which carried a circus theme, took place Friday, May 11, at Rosen Plaza Orlando. Money raised at the event went toward BASE Camp Childrens Cancer Foundation, which provides hospital meals, wishes and parties to children suering from cancer and hematological illnesses. HARRY SAYER Sven Glaeser, Nicole Momot, Aubrey Grant and T.J. Adejonwo were a gorgeous quartet. Performers from the Jax Pole Athletics twisted and turned around the pole. CONTRASTING THEMEMaricruz Ortiz painted with air near the pool. Cherish Adams, Alicia Bell, Stefanie Johnston and Babita Hinduja wore matching black. Nilly Morales, Katie Shum and Joan Olivar all were ready for a great time.


6 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 The Chamber Has Great Op portunities For Networking! WEDNESDAY WOMEN Leads Group Wedne sday, May 23 2018 11 :30 A M 1:00 PM @ Homewood Suites by Hilton _________________________ NOONTIME NETWORKING Network Group Friday, June 8, 2018 11:30 AM 1:00 PM @Moonlight Pizza & Italian Cuisine ______ ___________________ COFFEE CONNECTIONS! Network Group Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:30 AM 9:30 AM @ The Chamber Office _________________________ Chamber Hours Monday Friday 9:00 AM 4:00 PM 110 N. Maitland Avenue Maitland, FL 32751 4076440741 www.MaitlandChamber.c om The Maitland Area Chamber Of Commerce Has Enjoyed Being A Part Of The Community Since 1956 62 Years! If You Are An Area Business And Not Yet A Part Of The Chamber Of Commerce What Are You Waiting For? To Become A Maitland Area Chamber Of Commerce Member Just Call The Chamber Office At 407 644 0741 OrVisit Our Website For More Information And An Online Membership Application Dont Delay.Join Today! We Hav e Many Exciting Things On The Calendar Networking Groups Monthly Luncheons With Topical Speakers, Mixer Events & Community Events For All Ages! From The Howloween Pet Costume Party & The Golf Tournament The Wine & Cheese! Burgers & Brews & 12 Days Of Christmas! There Is Sure To Be Something For Everyone. Become Our Newest Chamber Member Today By Calling The Chamber Office Or Visiting The Website T o Join! Visit The Calendar Of Events For More Information & To Register To Attend Our Events 4076440741 275422 REAL BLACK TIE Central Floridas charitable gures came together for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Floridas annual fundraiser on May 10 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The Celebrate the Children 2018 gala raised money for after-school events and programs for the 15,000 children the Central Florida group takes care of in seven counties. The nights singers and entertainers all were members of the organizations 35 Central Florida chapters. HARRY SAYER Boys & Girls Clubs of Central FloridasCelebrate the Children 2018David Odahowski, Betsy Owens and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida CEO Gary Cain were so excited for the afternoon event. Left; LeeAnn Joseph, Jason Kreis, Kay Rawlins, Miles Joseph and Kim Kreis were a dapper group. Lars and Julie Anderson met up with Sean Connolly and Dr. Vivek Desai. Jennifer and Phil Anderson had a ball together. Left: Naomi and Bill Michelin were ready to party.


BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 7 Discover ART & NATURE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD633 OSCEOLA AVENUE WINTER PARK, FL | 407.647.6294 | POLASEK.ORG Visit Albin Polaseks historic home, artist studio, & sculpture gardens located on beautiful Lake Osceola a hidden gem of Winter Park! THIS SUMMERS PASSPORT TO LEARNING, EXPLORATION, AND FUN! 275531 Guests at the Orlando Science Centers annual Science of Wine event were treated to delicious food and drinks, artistic and musical entertainment and more on Saturday, April 28. The Science of Wine is OSCs big gest fundraiser and draws hundreds of community members, all of whom support the science centers mission of inspiring science learning for life. Attendees got to sample libations from local restaurants, create their own paintings, enjoy live music from True Legacy and more. DANIELLE HENDRIXREAL BLACK TIEOrlando Science Centers Science of Wine Fundraiser Winter Garden-area residents Justin Muchoney and Karen Molessa loved catching up with friends Nikki and Steven Botwinik. ONLINESee more photos at Heather Wilson, JP Powers, Angela Kruth and Jonathan McCarthy had a great time chatting with each other. Jessica Figueroa, Anthony Casullo and Stephanie Hunziker were happy to support the Orlando Science Center. James Jakes and Meghan Williams were a good-looking couple.


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