TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR In bustling downtown Winter Park, restaurants dominate the scene. On every corner sits a variety of good places to eat, and the folks at the Oviedo-based Sushi Pop want in on the action. Winter Park is kind of like a bougie area especially Park Avenue, said Anu Nanda, the restaurants general manager. CITY KICKS OFF 2018 COFFEETALK The rst CoeeTalk of the 2018 season, featuring City Manager Randy Knight, will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at a new location, Winter Park Country Club, 761 Old Eng land Ave. The purpose of CoeeTalk is to give the community an opportunity to talk to their city leaders in a more casual, informal envi ronment and avoid the stage fright often experienced at large meetings. The event takes place monthly through November. YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. O bserver WINTER PARK / MAITLAND YOUR TOWN SEE SUSHI PAGE 6 The Oviedo-based fusion restaurant will be setting up shop on Lyman Avenue. VOLUME 30, NO. 23 Trinity Preparatory School honors its Class of 2018. SEE PAGE 8. Dan Hagedorn was sworn in as Winter Parks new re chief. PAGE 3. Sushi Pop rolls into Winter Park Wildcat comes home Welcome, Chief Former Winter Park High School teacher and athletic director Matt Arnold has returned as the schools new principal. SEE PAGE 4. TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR A property that was once the potential site of a controversial proposed memory care facility might be subdivided, making way for four single-family homes. The Winter Park Planning and Zoning Board approved the changes during its Tuesday, June 5, meeting, although the final vote still needs to go before the City Commission. Property owner Villa Tuscany Holdings LLC previously pro posed a memory care facility for the property at 1298 Howell Branch Developer nixes plans for memory-care facility Instead, Villa Tuscany Holdings LLC is proposing to build four single-family homes at 1298 Howell Branch Road. Tim Freed Matt Arnold has been named the new principal of Winter Park High School, following a promotion for outgoing principal Tim Smith. SEE RESIDENTS PAGE 4 FREE FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 BLACK TIE YOUTH ARTS The Skyra Foundation hosts gala. PAGE 8B.
2 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 276992 ADVERTORIALWHY EVERYONE NEEDS A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANYou may be a busy professional with a crazy schedule; a working parent who can barely keep up with your kids medical appointments, much less your own; a young person whos never had a serious health issue; or perhaps youre just new to the area and havent gotten around to choosing a doctor yet. YOU KNOW YOURE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN (PCP), BUT THE TRUTH IS YOURE NOT SURE WHY. After all, if you break your arm, youll just go to the emergency room. If you get the u, you can always seek treatment at one of the urgent care or walk-in clinics around town. Heck, your local pharmacy might even offer basic medical services. So whats the big deal about having a PCP? A DOCTOR WHO KNOWS YOU CAN BE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE IN KEEPING YOU HEALTHY. A physician you see over time has baseline information on your overall health that no one else does, says Kirk Hutjens, MD, a board-certied internal medicine physician in Winter Park. Because we collect regular records of our patients immunizations, vital signs and other health measures, we can more easily pinpoint when something is not right. Dr. Hutjens adds that patients are also more likely to mention an emerging health concern or ask a question about their health when they have an ongoing relationship with their doctor. This means youre more likely to receive treatment for a problem that might otherwise have gone unnoticed, with possible long-term consequences.AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE.A big part of what PCPs do is preventive careincluding regular health screenings for things like high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and so much more. Having regular checkups with your PCP can help you avoid preventable illnesses, and help ensure that a potentially serious health issue is caught early, when treatment can be most effective. A PCP ENSURES CONSISTENT, COORDINATED CARE THAT BENEFITS YOU. If you receive medical care from a number of providers, your PCP is the one who will keep track of your medications to ensure they are all working together, serving as the hub in a comprehensive network of care. Primary care physicians work closely with your specialists to be sure everyone is on the same page in terms of your treatment plan, Dr. Hutjens says. By being a central point of contact for other providers, we can make sure our patients avoid potentially unnecessary or duplicate health testing. Florida Hospital Medical Group is the Orlando areas most comprehensive multispecialty medical group practice. With nearly 600 board-certied physicians, our group provides patients with a broad range of medical and surgical services across more than 40 medical specialties. BIOGRAPHY: Kirk Hutjens, M.D. is a boardcertied internal medicine physician in Winter Park. He has a particular interest in treating patients with hypertension, diabetes and osteoporosis. To get more information or to schedule an appointment, visit FHMedicalGroup.com or call (407) 988-2226. WINTER PARKMONDAY, JUNE 11 GIRL POWER SUMMER DANCE CAMP 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 6 at the Center for Contemporary Dance, 3580 Aloma Ave. Suite 7, Winter Park. This girls-only camp is designed for novice dancers ages 6 through 13. In an uplifting environment led by an all-female teaching sta, the camp uses dance as an artistic medium for reinforcing positive images of women. Emphasizing the principles of ballet and modern dance, the camp includes a contemporary dance-making component that awakens your Super Girls creative potential to condently express her thoughts, ideas and emotions through self-developed and assigned choreography. All camp weeks culminate with an in-studio presentation for family and friends. Cost is $95 to $155. For more information, call (407) 695-8366. TUESDAY, JUNE 12 WPGC SUMMER GOLF CLINIC 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Winter Park Golf Course, 761 Old England Ave., Winter Park. The Winter Park Golf Course will host complimentary golf clinics for juniors age 8 though 15. The idea of the clinic is to teach beginners the game of golf and a basic understanding of the rules of golf. Each clinic is one hour in length and will be taught by a WPGC teaching professional. The focus will be on fundamentals such as grip, aim and set up, and the basics of the golf swing and short-game. For more information, call (407) 599-3419. THURSDAY, JUNE 14 COFFEETALK FEATURING CITY MANAGER RANDY KNIGHT 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Winter Park Country Club, 761 Old England Ave., Winter Park. If you have a latt beans to grind or you simply want to espresso your thoughts, Cof feeTalk may be the cup for you. This free series gives the community an opportunity to sit down and talk with city leaders over a cup of coee provided by Barnies Coee Kitchen. CoeeTalk provides a more informal setting to share ideas, concerns and thoughts with city leaders. For more information, call (407) 599-3339. SATURDAY, JUNE 16 KRAFT AZALEA GARDEN COMMUNITY PARK WORKDAY 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Kraft Azalea Garden, 1365 Alabama Drive, Winter Park. Activities may include but are not limited to weeding, mulching, planting, stooping, kneeling, and bending. Meet at the park by 8:30 a.m. Gardening supplies and water will be provided. Remember to bring a reusable water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes, hats, and long pants, and carpool. For more information, call (407) 599-3364. To register, visit cityofwinterpark.eventbrite. com. PICNIC WITH FATHER Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Kraft Azalea Garden, 1365 Alabama Drive, Winter Park. Take the whole family to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music, relaxation, crafts and more to celebrate Fathers Day. Please bring your own picnic. Drinks of water, lemonade and tea will be provided. For more information, call (407) 599-3342.MAITLANDFRIDAY, JUNE 8 YOGA AT THE MAITLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY 4:30 p.m. Fridays at Maitland Public Library, 501 Maitland Ave. S., Maitland. Let Jenny Blackburn help you destress from the week and refresh for the weekend. Take your own mat, towel and water bottle. For more information, call (407) 647-7700. SUNDAY, JUNE 10 MAITLAND FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. Browse through a section of fresh produce and other items at this weekly farmers market in Maitland. For more information, visit Maitland Farmers Market on Facebook. THURSDAY, JUNE 14 COFFEE CONNECTIONS 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce oce, 110 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. This event takes place on the second Thursday of every month. For more information, visit business.maitlandchamber.com or call (407) 644-0741.ORLANDOFRIDAY, JUNE 8 STORYBOOK FUN 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Or lando. Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, Story book Fun lasts 25 minutes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play. For more information, call (407) 835-7323. SATURDAY, JUNE 9 YOGA AT BARLEY AND VINE BIERGARTEN 11 a.m. Saturdays at Barley and Vine Biergarten, 2406 E. Washington St., Orlando. Looking for a mix of beer and yoga? Join an hourlong yoga practice with a carton of water and craft beer for only $10. For more information, call (407) 930-0960.COLLEGE PARKSUNDAY, JUNE 10 COLLEGE PARK FARMERS MARKET 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. Browse local produce and goods at this dogfriendly farmers market in College Park every week. For more information, visit facebook. com/TheCollegeParkFarmersMarket. MONDAY, JUNE 11 FENCING CLASSES 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the College Park Community Center, 2393 Elizabeth Ave., Orlando. Join this developmental and instructional class that teaches the fundamentals of fencing. A fencing class for youth is also available from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $10 per class. For more information, call (407) 246-4447. YOUR CALENDAR 272112 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE, MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 RBGFinal Week! Fri Sun: 3:45PM, 6:30PM Mon Thurs: 6:30PMREVENGEOne Week Only! Fri Mon: 9:15PM Wed & Thurs: 9:15PM Classics : RAN4K Restoration! 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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 3 TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR The Winter Park Day Nursery has its eyes set on the future and it just made a pivotal step toward serving even more families. Winter Parks local nursery last month received a grant for $54,000 from Dr. Phillips Chari ties. It will be used to fund sup port, training and coaching to help the facility kick off a capital campaign in the near future. The Winter Park Day Nursery officials hope to build a larger facility so it can meet the needs of more families in the area and this grant is the first step in doing that, Executive Director Ali DeMaria said. The grant were receiving from the Dr. Phillips Charities is an amazing help toward getting us where we want to go over the next five years, DeMaria said. Theyre going to be helping us put in place the elements of our strategic plan to be able to build our development and fundraising capabilities The nursery recognizes it serves an important function in the community for many families who are struggling financially, DeMaria said. The nursery offers early education to children ages 2 to 5 before kindergarten, which doesnt come cheap. Youll hear that the cost of child care for a year now rivals that of one year of college tuition and how expensive its getting and how much that costs, DeMaria said. About 70% of our families are at or below 200% of the fed eral poverty line, so what we do is we offer significant scholarships from 10% to 60% of the weekly fee. We provide that funding so they only have to pay a portion of the funding each week for the child to attend school. So were significantly reducing the cost for the family but still providing them that quality early childhood education that will help their child be successful when they enter kindergarten. Thats setting them up to be successful in school and to also be more successful past school. Beyond providing scholarships, the nursery also has access to cri sis funds through other grants to support families facing poverty or homelessness. Applying for the Dr. Phillips Charities grant and preparing for a future capital campaign are the first steps in a strategic plan the facility recently set for itself. The ultimate dream? Getting a larger, up-to-date building and pool of reserve funds, DeMaria said. Its something the nurs ery needs, because theres not enough room for all the families in need of the services. Ultimately, we want to be able to serve more families, DeMaria said. We find ourselves with a continual wait list that matches or exceeds our enrollment capa bilities. Were looking to be able to support more families and more children who are in need of the services we can provide to provide that high quality early childhood education at a cost the families can afford. DeMaria said the nursery hopes to launch a capital campaign sometime in 2020. TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR S itting front and center with his family, Dan Hagedorn took in the moment. After opening remarks from City Manager Randy Knight brought rounds of applause, Hagedorn made his was up to the front alongside his daughter Mor gan who helped swear in Hage dorn. A pinning later by his wife, Lau ra, and the passing of the colors from retired Chief Jim White, and it was official Hagedorn became Winter Parks new fire chief. Its pretty overwhelming, because like I said, Ive known that it was going to happen eventually, Hagedorn said. There is this kind of long build up. To have it actually break over and today is the day and be done with it its just incred ible. The community that we have supports us 100%, and we sup port them. Its just an honor and a privilege. The swearing-in ceremony, which took place June 1 at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, has been in the making for quite a while now seven years for Hagedorn. It was in 2011 when White gave Hagedorn, a 22-year veteran of the department, notice he would be retiring in seven years. The Orlando native served most recently as the lieutenant para medic for the department, but after the retirement announce ment by White whose career in the field started back in 1982 Hagedorn found himself in the running for the open position. Shortly following the announce ment, an interview panel was set up by Knight to search for the newest chief. That panel con sisted of Mayor Steve Leary, Civil Service Board Chair Gary Brewer, Assistant City Manager Michelle Neuter and Human Resources Manager Kristin Wong. The panel evaluated four candi dates with an assortment of writ ten and oral exercises. By April 3, the Civil Service Board had approved the selection of Hage dorn, which was quickly followed by approval from the City Com mission during its April 9 meeting. I believe all of these roles, along all of his experiences, have pre pared Chief Hagedorn to lead this great department into the next chapter in this 118th year of the department and beyond, Knight said during the presentation. When it was finally time for Hagedorn to speak, he choked up a bit before delivering his words. Hagedorn talked about first finding out about Winter Park via a friends friend, when he was still finishing paramedic school. After plenty of conversation, Hagedorn decided to make the trip down to visit April 19, 1995 the day of the bombing in Oklahoma City, an event that had a significant impact on Hagedorn and his career. We went on a station tour we walked around and saw all the cool trucks and stations, and it was just really impressive to see it in flesh and blood, Hagedorn said. Then we ended up in the day room very small room compatibly to our day room today but in the room were firefighters from the shift and we all watched TV together. There wasnt a lot of conversation going on, but we all watched TV together of the carnage that was unfolding in Oklahoma City. I could feel the sense of com munity even though I was an unknown to the group, I felt wel comed, he said. left that morn ing from Winter Park feeling that Winter Park Fire Department was the only option from me. Now as chief, Hagedorns first duty will be to fill empty slots and work new pieces into the depart ments puzzle. We have multiple people that have retired, and because of that we have multiple position that we have to fill, Hagedorn said. We are looking at different ideas and different approaches to things, all the while upholding the vision and values set forth by the com mission, the mayor and the city manager. Courtesy photo The Winter Park Day Nursery hopes to serve even more families and chil dren with the help of a future capital campaign. Day nursery seeks to build new facility The Winter Park Day Nursery hopes a recent grant will be the rst step toward a capital campaign and new building. Hagedorn sworn in as new chief In a special ceremony on Friday, June 1, retired re chief Jim White handed the reins to his longtime colleague, Dan Hagedorn. Photos by Troy Herring Dan Hagedorn, right, stood at attention next to former Chief Jim White during the ceremony. Top: With his wife and son standing beside him, Hagedorn was sworn in by his daughter.
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The home of the Winter Park Wildcats began a new chapter Thursday, May 31, as now-former Apopka High School principal Matt Arnold took up the mantle as principal at Winter Park High School. The change in leadership is a result of longtime principal Tim Smith accepting a promotion from Orange County Public Schools to become an executive area director a role in which he will be report ing to the chief of high schools, working with principals and sup porting high schools within the district. Arnold brings a wealth of expe rience in the education field, including a period from 1998 to 2004 at Winter Park High School where he served as a teacher, a coach for several sports, the ath letic director and the dean of dis cipline. Its exciting for Arnold to be back at Winter Park, he said. I know what an awesome school this is, Arnold said. When the opportunity presented itself, it was just something I couldnt turn down. Arnold first began his career in 1993 at Gateway High School in Osceola County. He went on to become a math teacher and coach at Poinciana High School for four years before moving to Brevard County and working at Merritt Island High School. Arnold then spent time at Win ter Park High School before taking on leadership roles at the Silver Star Center in Orlando, University High School, Evans High School, Southwest Middle School and finally Apopka High. Winter Park High parents and teachers had a chance to meet Arnold and wish Smith well at a meet-and-greet event on Friday, June 1. Arnold told a small audience of parents, faculty and students that hes already seen many familiar faces from his days at Winter Park. Im excited to be here, and Im excited about the transition, because I already know about a fourth of the staff, Arnold said. I know Tim Smith really well, and hes going to be in the area and can be a resource for me to help me with background knowledge moving forward. I think that will help pave the way for a smooth transition. The new principal said his first goal is to continue the schools successful legacy in academics, arts and athletics. (I want) first of all to con tinue the level of excellence here, because I know the tradition of Winter Park High School, Arnold said. Having this opportunity just present itself yesterday afternoon, Ive got a little planning to do. Road, but residents expressed concerns with incoming traffic from medical care providers and visitors. Locals also believed the facility was incompatible with the nearby neighborhoods. After several iterations of that project were presented and sent back for adjustments because of scale and variances, Villa Tuscany Holdings LLC opted to subdivide the property instead to make way for four single-family homes. Obviously in terms of traffic generation, even the memory care was significantly less in terms of the use, Winter Park Planning Manager Jeff Briggs said. This is even further reduced in terms of the number of trips that will be generated. This, I believe, is a good outcome for the controversy that has involved this property in the past. Were not getting multifamily R-3 development; were getting single-family homes. The subdivision of the lot came as a relief to local residents, who preferred to see the single-family homes to the originally proposed memory-care facility. This is the kind of develop ment that Winter Park wants, Sally Flynn said. There are no variances asked for and even bet ter than that, theyre upgrad ing what needs to be upgraded. I applaud you, and I hope we have many more of these come before the city. Were also very pleased that its not going to be a memory-care facility, and wed be very welcom ing to having houses in the neigh borhood, Barry Render said. But did a memory-care facility provide a service the area needed? Some locals said that was the case back in 2016, when the project was first brought forward. Its an emergency, Mait land resident Amy ORourke, the founder of Cameron Group Aging Life Care Services, told the City Commission in 2016. Ive helped 17,000 older people over 17 years, and every single week Im tell ing people, No, there is no facil ity in Winter Park. Well have to send you to Lake Nona or Winter Springs. I and my staff listen to that week after week after week. Its a need. FAIRBANKS PROJECT COMES TO FRUITION A project for a new medical office building on a formerly city-owned piece of land has taken another step forward. Winter Parks Planning and Zoning Board gave approval on the final building elevations for the proposed medical office building set for 1111 W. Fairbanks Ave. That piece of land just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Park belonged to the city of Winter Park until City Commissioners voted to sell it at their Monday, March 26, meeting. The majority of the City Com mission believed selling the prop erty made sense. We used money out of our reserves to buy this property, so I look at it as an asset that was part of our reserves, City Commis sioner Greg Seidel said in March. If someone can give me the mon ey to replace it and purchase the property the money has to come from somewhere. Do I see this being a major part of connectivity of green space in Winter Park? Not at the corner of Fairbanks. Where are you going to tie into? Many residents spoke out against the sale, believing the land could be eventually turned into park space. Verax Investments LLC pur chased the property for $3.5 mil lion higher than the lands appraised value of $2.96 million. The property, the former site of the Bowl America, was purchased originally by the city from Rol lins College. It was put up for a notice of disposal by the city last year, opening up a process where potential buyers can make offers. Outgoing Principal Tim Smith said the promotion to become an executive area director brings mixed emotions: excitement for his new job but the tough feeling of having to say goodbye. The transition brings Smiths eight years as the Winter Park High School Principal to an end. It was the longest ongoing tenure for a high-school prin cipal in Orange County Public Schools. Winter Park has been such a special part of my life, and Ive been really honored and grateful to be the principal, Smith said. Its an incredible community, and its just been such a special thing to work with our kids and the staff is incredible. Its really a close-knit school, he said. That Winter Park family is a great one, so its tough to say goodbye. Its a piece of my heart. But Smith also looks forward to making a broader impact with his new role. I want to do the best that I can for students and staff members at our various high schools, Smith said. Hope fully, we can have lots of good things happening for our kids. If I can support that, thats some thing that excites me. Smith said his fondest memory at Winter Park is that special moment at the end of every school year where the seniors begin a new chapter in their own lives. One of my favorite memories is an annual memory, and thats when Im the lucky guy to be the one who shakes the hand of our graduating seniors on-stage, Smith said. Its just an incred ible experience to be that guy. Im the lucky guy to be the last one to congratulate them as they walk off the stage into their future. It is a heartwarming experience to do that. Its just great I will never forget that. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat Tim Freed Matt Arnold, right, has been named the new principal of Winter Park High School, following a promotion for out going principal Tim Smith. Wildcats welcome new principal Residents pleased to see project scrapped I know what an awesome school this is. 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6 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 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 274769 GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR An investigative review of alle gations accusing Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh of corrupt practices found insuffi cient evidence to confirm Singh committed any wrongdoings. The complaints were made by top-level OCPA employees Laverne McGee and Aisha Hassan. Hassan and McGee accused Singh of mistreating female employees, altering financial audit and travel documents, authorizing improper expenditures and awarding con tracts in return for campaign con tributions, according to the review. McGee, who was hired in Janu ary 2015 and served as Singhs communications director, and Hassan, who was hired in October 2014 as Singhs finance director, together sent a confidential email to Singh June 22, 2017, detailing their complaints, the report stated. According to an official state ment by the OCPA office, both employees were placed on paid leave on June 26, 2017, and then put on unpaid leave May 11. The review, performed by retired Judge Belvin Perry, took 10 months to complete because of the scope of allegations, coordination of wit ness interviews, document exami nations and scheduling demands. A thorough, external investiga tion into the allegations was per formed by an independent, third party, OCPA officials said in an official statement relayed by pub lic relations firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies, which is working for OCPA on a temporary basis. Perry carefully reviewed the facts, examined the evidence and interviewed OCPAs Rick Singh, numerous OCPA employees and vendors under oath. He also inter viewed the two complainants who requested their statements not be under oath. In addition to interviewing McGee and Hassan, Perry inter viewed 11 others, nine of which were OCPA staff, according to the report. Perry emphasized that complainants McGee and Has san did not make their statements under oath a decision which played a role in determining his conclusions, he said in the report. According to Perrys report, five types of allegations were made against Singh, and the allegations regarding document falsifica tion and the creation of a hostile work environment were found to be unsubstantiated by the testi monies provided by Singhs other employees and by the findings of audits conducted by the Office of the County Comptroller. As for other allegations made by McGee and Hassan, Perry asserts they could not be substantiated. It is this writers opinion that a number of the allegations were based upon the fact that Ms. McGee and Ms. Hassan had a very different view of what the best practices, policies and procedures of the OCPA should have been, Perry wrote. While the policies, practices and procedures of any governmental office, including the OCPA office, are governed by state and county laws and rules, a num ber of practices are left up to the discretion of the elected official. Multiple attempts to reach Jill Schwartz, a Winter Park lawyer representing McGee and Hassan, were unsuccessful. Our food isnt inexpensive you get what its worth, we dont over charge but at the end of the day, if someone is nickel and diming, theyre not really going to choose a place like us. Winter Park is the best loca tion to build up on and then who knows whats in the future with us, she said. We definitely want to keep growing, and if Winter Park goes off with a bang, thats kind of our moneymaker or break er. Although the new location, to be located at the site of the for mer Boi Brazil steakhouse at 115 E. Lyman Ave., is currently under construction and will not be open until sometime toward the end of August or in early fall, Nanda and executive chef/owner Chau Trinh are ready to get things going. Sushi Pop will be bringing its Japanese fusion style to Winter Park with its first expansion. Having (built) a really awe some following, a lot of people start asking because people trav el really, really far I come from Lake Nona, Nanda said. Locals are attracted to it, because every thing is imported, made from scratch and nothing comes in frozen. All those little things that you dont find very often in Orlando, because there are so many corporate chains. The restaurants leaders take pride in the ingredients used by Sushi Pop and said the freshness of imported fish and locally grown produce add to the full and deli cious flavor of their dishes. And based on the dishes that Sushi Pop serves in Oviedo, they will have a little something for every visitor starting with their soups and green plates including Sunomono, Miso and Pop Salad. From there, the restaurant offers up cold and hot tast ings that includes several meats. In the cold tastings, Sushi Pop includes dishes such as Tuna Kobatchi (which features seared tuns, ponzu, sesame oil and seeds, pickled shallots, radish, and garlic chips), while hot tastings include dishes such as the Drunk Flank (kirin marinated steak, smoked salt furikake fries and shishito chimichurri). Sushi Pop also offers classic sushi rolls, Nigiri specials, and Nigiri and Sashimi. If the dishes sound a bit unusual and out of your realm, Nanda sug gested her personal favorite. If you are interested in some fresh sushi-style cuisine, I defi nitely suggest the cold tasting the tuna kobatchi, the tuna tataki, Nanda said. The cold tastings are super unique, and you can have a lot of it and get filled up super fast. Although the core of the restau rants dishes are taken from Japa nese cuisine, they also are inspired by foods from around the world hence the usage of the term Japa nese fusion. The chef inspired cuisine takes inspiration from all over from Latin America to the United States to Vietnam. It makes sense when considering Trinh and his family are Vietnamese. We use a lot of different flavor profiles to create unique dishes that are really signature to Chef Chau, Nanda said. Everything is delicately platted, with fresh herbs, imported fresh wasabi and imported Japanese soy. These dishes and more will be a part of a menu that will be changed daily, Nanda said. That way, Sushi Pop can offer up something fresh and new every day. Between the constantly chang ing daily menu and the fresh ingredients used to make their dishes, Nanda hopes visitors walk away with a fun, delicious experi ence. I hope when they sum up our restaurant in a nutshell to their friends and family, is that they had the greatest service experience, Nanda said. I dont expect them to know all the intricate details of what exactly they had, but I want them to walk away being like, Wow. Rick Singh cleared SUSHI POP 115 E. Lyman Ave., Winter Park OPENING: Late summer/ early fall WEBSITE: sushipoprestaurant.com I want them to walk away being like, Wow. Anu Nanda, general manager, Sushi Pop Sushi that pops CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 9 439 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 262148 275215 276551 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 City makes splash with pool parties W inter Park had some fun in the sun with the citys Splash into Summer event Saturday, June 2. Held across the Cady Way Pool and Community Center Pool as part of the new Family Fun program, the event had balloon twisters, pool games, and popsicles for children to enjoy. HARRY SAYER The pools lifeguards kept the area safe. Left: Caston Crandall and Alberto Carrasco tried out the shallow end. The Winter Park lifeguards were on the job. Balloon twister Carl Skenes made all sorts of balloon animals.
10 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 276989 Women often put their health concerns aside to focus on caring for their families. Florida Hospital for Women Nurse Navigator is a health champion for women, in all stages of life. Doreen connects you with healthcare and community resources that you may not be aware of, assists with scheduling appointments, and much more.Here is Doreens advice for women who are seeking to kickstart a new health journey: Talk to your physician and or nurse about all your health concerns. You should never feel embarrassed or hesitant to speak openly. Tell them if youre trying and struggling to make changes. Theyve heard it all, and they want what is best for you. Love your heart. Heart disease is the number one killer for women. Know your numbers: Blood pressure, cholesterol (good and bad), and blood sugar. Be proactive. Ask your doctor and/or nurse about what annual screenings you need based on your age and history, and get them scheduled. Especially: mammogram, DEXA scan. Pap smear, colorectal cancer screening, and skin cancer checks.Doreen Forsythe, BSN, RN Womens Health Navigator Florida Hospital for Women ADVER TORIAL To schedule an appointment, call (407) 720-5191 or visit HerHealthNavigator.com. TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR Grab your baseball cap and glove. Summertime is almost here and that means another season of Win ter Park Diamond Dawgs baseball. The Dawgs are ready to start a new campaign in the Florida Col legiate Summer League, which also includes the DeLand Suns, the Leesburg Lightning, the Sanford River Rats, the Seminole County Scorpions and the Winter Garden Squeeze. Each team will grind through a regular season from June through July leading up to the playoffs, cul minating in a final championship game in St. Petersburg at Tropi cana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Winter Park head coach Chuck Schall said the team looks like it has good depth in its pitching staff and a good balance of speed and power in its offense. Im excited; we spent a lot of time recruiting these kids, Schall said. Its always exciting in the beginning to see how they come together. Weve been looking for ward to this and we figure we have a good crop of kids coming in. Were really looking forward to the begin ning of the year. Returning to the Diamond Daw gs from last season is shortstop Cristian Rivera, who brings some strong defense play to the infield, Schall said. He basically comes to the ball park the same every day hes ready to play, hes excited to play and brings a lot of chemistry to the field, Schall said. I had him my first year when I was with Altamonte Springs, and we won the championship that year. He was a big part of it. Hes one of the best defensive players in the league. Joining the Dawgs this year are some promising players such as first basemen Jacob Teter and Christian Snow. Winthrop Uni versity catchers Bo Taylor and Ryan Watson also will be joining the group, along with Connor Andrews and Cale Jones behind the catchers mask. Behind the plate we should be pretty strong, Schall said. Winter Park will look to make another run at the title after falling short in the championship game last season against Sanford. Schall said the league is all about developing players, but the excite ment of competition helps push players to new limits. Of course, we want to win ball games and have a competitive atmosphere, Schall said. Our whole priority is helping these guys continue to get better in a really competitive environment. Winning isnt the most important thing, but its still important if you want them to be competing at a high level. Thats one of my favor ite things about the league is being able to help kids in anything they want to work on and seeing them get better. The Dawgs are looking forward to chasing the trophy once again, Schall said. It doesnt matter if its summer ball, spring ball or winter ball if youre a competitor you want to compete and win, he said. The Dawgs season is off to a strong start with a 3-1 record so far. The team faced off against the Sanford River Rats on Wednesday, June 6, after press time. Dawg days Summer baseball is just getting started for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs. ROSTER NO. PLAYER 20 William Ard 23 Brooks Brophy 4 Henry Cartrett 13 AJ Chacon 17 Jake Christa 22 Maxwell Clark 19 Hunter Connor 16 Jackson Damon 15 Brandon Johnson 8 Turner Scruggs 14 Tyler Self 6 JP Williams 21 Connor Andrews 18 Cale Jones 9 Je Korte 1 Bo Taylor 11 Ryan Watson 7 Graham Dvorak 79 Alex Jackson 3 Cristian Rivera 2 Robert Scott 26 Christian Snow 97 Jacob Teter 10 Timothy Dixon 12 Brian Ellis 29 Hunter Phillips 25 Langston Provitt Tim Freed The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs are ready for another run at the Florida Collegiate Summer League championship.
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12 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 6-7-18 rfntbt rfr nffr t br rf br rb frf ffr ffb r brf fbf nfb f ff brf brf r rr rr bf rfr frrr ffr bf fr rr fbr tf nf r nbf f rffr rf rfr bf f r t br t fr f b ffrrf bbrfr brr rr ff rf b fr ff nfffrr f rf trr n nbrf f nrrf f rrrff ff frff f rrf r r rbrr btrt rr ff rbrfr ffr bf r frr rrr rrrf tr rfrb bfrr r rrbrf rrf rrf frb fr nr tff fr frrf brrrr b r rff bff nfr ff rr ffb f f r r f rf bbrbf fr brrr br f trbfr t f brff r frr b bbr nrfbf rrb tbr r fr fb nb f f fr b f bfrf rfr rrrrbr rf bfff r bbrf rr rfbf frf f r rrrf ff r fntbt t t rr 247840 WEATHERMike Burch, of Winter Park, snapped this gorgeous photo of a peaceful sunset over Lake Maitland o Alabama Drive by the Rollins boat dock. The Winter Park/Maitland Observer is hosting this weekly contest, and winners will have their photograph featured in the newspaper. To enter, email your photo, along with your name, city and a caption, to email@example.com; put I Love Winter Park in the subject line. FRIDAY, JUNE 8High: 90 Low: 72 Chance of rain: 60%SATURDAY, JUNE 9High: 89 Low: 73 Chance of rain: 60%SUNDAY, JUNE 10High: 89 Low: 73 Chance of rain: 50%MONDAY, JUNE 11High: 88 Low: 74 Chance of rain: 60% Wednesday, May 30 0.86 Thursday, May 31 0.37 Friday, June 1 0.00 Saturday, June 2 0.42 Sunday, June 3 0.00 Monday, June 4 0.00 Tuesday, June 5 0.00 YEAR TO DATE: 2018 14.75 in. 2017 10 .79 in. JUNE TO DATE: 2018 .42 in. 2017 4.23 in. SUNRISE / SUNSET Sunrise Sunset Friday, June 8 6:27a 8:22p Saturday, June 9 6:27a 8:22p Sunday, June 10 6:27a 8:22p Monday, June 11 6:27a 8:23p Tuesday, June 12 6:27a 8:23p Wednesday, June 13 6:27a 8:24p Thursday, June 14 6:27a 8:24pMOON PHASES RAINFALL ONLINE See other photos at OrangeObserver.comFORECAST I LOVE WINTER PARK June 6 Last June 27 Full June 13 New June 20 First
The Mondrian Winter Park oers a lakeside community with a modern, high-end feel. 265968 HOMES BROUGHT TO YOU BY:SERVING CENTRAL FLORIDA OVER 37 YEARSwww.fanniehillman.com407-644-1234205 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 407.644.1234 FannieHillman.comImproving the lives of the people we serve Now Offering 3D Interactive Walkthroughs1429 CHAPMAN CIRCLE, WINTER PARK 32789 4 BEDROOMS/4 BATHROOMS, 2,912 SQ.FT. $975,000 150 EAST ROCKWOOD WAY, WINTER PARK 32789 5 BEDROOMS/4.5 BATHROOMS, 4,269 SQ.FT $1,595,000 414 PARK NORTH COURT, WINTER PARK 32789 4 BEDROOMS/2.5 BATHROOMS, 2,825 SQ.FT $749,900 1419 CHICHESTER STREET, ORLANDO 32803 4 BEDROOMS/3.5 BATHROOMS, 4,056 SQ.FT $859,000 HOUSE + HOME FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 A MODERN TWIST TIM FREED | ASSOCIATE EDITOR A new townhouse community in Winter Park is giving residents their x of modern ar chitecture and design just steps away from the water. The 30 townhouses at The Mondrian Winter Park at 1800 Lee Road are up for sale, carrying a price tag starting in the high $500,000s. SEE MONDRIAN PAGE 15
14 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 Shirley Jones 275103Representing Sellers and Buyers for 25+ Years RealtorCell: 407-719-9180Shirley@fanniehillman.com 205 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 Sold by Shirley Jones Considering selling or buying in Maitland? CALL ME! MAITLAND 4 BED, 2 BATH AND POOL $399,000 NEW LISTINGADDRESS SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 2508 Chanute Trl, Maitland, 32751 431 Arapaho Trl, Maitland, 32751 1811 Chinook Trl, Maitland, 32751 622 Ponca Trl, Maitland, 32751 1127 Thunder Trl, Maitland, 32751 760 N. Thistle Ln, Maitland 32751 910 N. Thistle Ln, Maitland, 32751 2307 Mohawk Trl, Maitland, 32751 900 Lake Catherine Dr, Maitland, 32751 As a small business owner in our community, I understand what it takes to protect your small business. Let me help you get insurance for your business at a great value. Stop in or give me a call. It takes a local business owner to protect one. 1706444 State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL State Farm Florida Insurance Company, Winter Haven, Florida State Farm Lloyds, Richardson, TX John Psomas RICP, Agent 922 Lake Baldwin Lane, Suite A Orlando, FL 32814 Bus: 407-277-2997 www.johnpsomas.com As a small business owner in our community, I understand what it takes to protect your small business. Let me help you get insurance for your business at a great value. Stop in or give me a call. It takes a local business owner to protect one. 1706444 State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL State Farm Florida Insurance Company, Winter Haven, Florida State Farm Lloyds, Richardson, TX John Psomas RICP, Agent 922 Lake Baldwin Lane, Suite A Orlando, FL 32814 Bus: 407-277-2997 www.johnpsomas.com 259616 CHRISTINA RORDAM FLORIDA REALTY INVESTMENTS I f you are purchasing your first home or your last, closing on a property is a milestone moment worthy of celebration. But before you pop the champagne, youve got a bit more work to do. A final walk through is a step taken to ensure the home you are purchasing is in the same condition as when you ratified an agreement to buy it a few weeks back. Lately however, Ive heard some express confusion about what a pre-closing or final walkthrough is really for. Is it meant to be another inspec tion? Can you request new repairs during your walk through if you saw them before and forgot to mention them? What if things are different than what you were told to expect by the seller? When it comes to new construction, should you move forward with the closing if there are out standing problems? In real estate, there are no dumb questions regardless of what you may hear, and it is best to ask these questions early on to avoid any confusion. Heres a deeper dive into what a final walkthrough is for and how best to conduct it. THE PURPOSE Your main goal for a walk through is to ensure the home is in the same condition as before. If there were any items that were scheduled to be installed, removed, updated or repaired, youll want to check on those, too. What a final walk isnt meant to be is an inspection. If you have a Realtor, surely they will advise you to inspect any property upfront and during your designated inspection period. If for some reason you didnt inspect the home by way of a professional home inspec tor and you discover a defect during the walkthrough, youre not likely to get anything now. If there is a new defect, say, a broken window or a missing door, these are items you can discuss with the seller. The best course of action is to wait to close until major items like that are completed. Should you decide to press forward with your closing, you can always put your repair request in writing and get it signed by the seller. In some cases, if repairs werent com pleted or a new issue has been uncovered, you may want to request a concession be provided to you at closing so you can simply take charge and complete the repair yourself. Remember: Any requests should be made in writing and dont be afraid to speak up. BE THOROUGH Checklists are a great tool for both new or existing homes. You can find walkthrough checklists online or just partner with your agent to figure out what to examine. Some basics to look at are things such as checking your major systems: Does the plumbing function? It the AC cooling? Are the lights func tional? It may feel silly but flush all the toilets and check that there is hot water at the sinks tubs and showers. Are all the appliances present and func tioning? You wont have time to bake a cake to test the oven, but take a quick look and make sure its operational, along with any other appliance. Are all the fixtures accounted for? Give the doors, windows and garage door a try. Make sure they are in the same function ing condition as when you signed to buy the home. Last but not least, walk the exterior of your home, run the sprinklers and verify any out door fixtures remain per your agreement. NEW, TOO New homes need walkthrough love, too. If youre purchasing through a new homebuilder, there likely will be a checklist provided to you by the builder and a process wherein they go over items in detail. Some builders really strive to deliver a totally completed home to the buyer, and if thats the case, fantastic. But dont feel bad about pointing out problem areas while you are there. Often, your new home will have a comprehensive one-year war ranty meant to cover any issues you discover while walking the home prior to close or after. Even still if you are uncomfort able with your walkthrough findings its OK to request to postpone the closing. Recently, I sold a new home to some really great first-time homeowners. We had to com plete three walkthroughs before we were ready to close, because every time we came back out, all the remaining issues went untouched. As you can imagine, after two walks with none of the punch-list items addressed, they refused to close until those items were fixed. In the end, the builder repaired everything for them, and they closed happy. They taught me a lesson in tenacity for sure and are an example of how even in a hot market with low inventory, you dont have to move forward on a home purchase if there are still major items needing repair. Of course, this is a more extreme and rare case; most new home pre-closing walks Ive been on have gone well with no subse quent delays. Sometimes, things such as paint touch-up or other smaller items not done in time for your closing arent enough to dis suade you from moving forward with closing. In cases like these, my suggestion is to make sure the outstanding items are noted on the documentation the builder is utilizing at the pre-close walkthrough and to send an email to the person in charge of these repairs (also their customer care represen tative, if any) to create a paper trail and denote that these were outstanding at time of close. Its also great to request a comple tion date, so you dont get strung along for weeks waiting on a few smaller things to be done. IN REVIEW A pre-close walkthrough is not meant to be a formal inspec tion; its more of a review to ensure nothing has changed and all promises related to repairs and renovations have been done. However, it is crucial to have both a formal inspection once under contract and then a final walk prior to close. Take a checklist with you on your final walk, and get in there to make sure all the basic things work. If you see a problem, speak up and dont feel pressured to close that day if there are major items outstanding until you can come to an agreement on how to resolve them. Ask your Realtor and a friend or family member to be a fresh pair of eyes for you so that you arent surprised later by an issue. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor with 12 years experience and a member of ORRAs Top Producer Club. For more, visit christina sellsorlando.com. KEEPING IT REAL ESTATE Whats in a walkthrough?
WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 15 The homes sit along the shore of Lake Killarney, accessible through two docks and 10 private boat slips. Along with a great view of the lake, The Mondrian also shows off a striking modern design thats catching on in Central Florida Developer Icon Residential from Tampa created vertical and rectangular block-style exteriors, which echo the early 1900s style architecture in the Netherlands that was advanced by Dutch paint er Piet Mondrian. That style is reflected inside the townhouses, as well. The interior design for a model home was completed back in March by Intermark Design Group. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Aundrea Brown said the design for the home was intended to comple ment the modern, block exterior of the homes. Visitors will walk in and imme diately notice the home has a high-end vibe, Brown said. Metal accents and glossy sur faces along with wood flooring and oversized light fixtures play a dramatic role in keeping that feeling alive throughout the entire townhouse, Brown said. When we designed this home, really the overall style of it is more of a chic sophistication, she said. Youll notice that we put in a lot of design trend elements that incor porate some more trend-forward looks. For example, some gold hues brought in with some chrome finishes. Youll see us kind of mix up some of the metals and accents. Youll see a very clean and con temporary furniture style, while still adding a type of texture that kind of mimics the architectural style of The Mondrian. The 1,980-square-foot model home has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, with one of the bedrooms con verted into a formal office. Theres an outdoor terrace on the second floor as well near the bedrooms. Brown added the overall style of the interior design is minimalis tic, which allows some key pieces of furniture to shine and catch the eye. The finishes within the home such as the floor and the windows also stand out with this style of design, Brown said. Youll notice that the devel oper really incorporated some really distinctive and high-end finishes into the development for the community, Brown said. The windows themselves just have an amazing design line to them that are really a great focal feature and really complement the overall decor in general. Its a very European-style kitchen, with very crisp white col ors, she said. Youll notice they have a really nice Zodiaq that was a waterfall edge to it, so the counter top basically just spills to the floor and its got a really neat distinctive veining on the countertops that draws your eye to the kitchen. Brown said she and her team of four other designers enjoyed working within the interior of a modern home, which is something that isnt as common in Central Florida. We were really excited to be able to be a part of the project, because its not very often that you see this very modern contemporary styling brought into the Orlando area, Brown said. You see a lot of Tuscanor Mediterranean-style architecture brought into the area, but you dont always see this more contemporary feeling bought in. I think were ready for it here in Orlando. I think theres definitely a demographic of people that are looking for that in their home. Were just excited to be a part of it. Mondrian Winter Park CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 265916 INTEGRITY LOYALTY UNWAVERING ENTHUSIASM KELLY L. PRICEBROKER | OWNER407.645.4321 One-of-a-Kind French Estate in Olde Winter Park WALK TO PARK AVENUE | GUEST APARTMENT5 BR | 5.5 BA | 6,025 SF | $2,850,000Incredible 1955 Gamble Rogers Home on Lake Osceola WALK TO PARK AVENUE | OVER 1 ACRE OF LAND5 BR | 4.5 BA | 4,810 SF | $3,250,000Stunning Lakefront Estate on the Shores of Lake Mizell GUEST HOUSE | FOUR CAR GARAGE 5 BR | 5 BA | 6,025 SF | $2,950,000 259515 Tim Freed Chic sophistication was the goal for the interior design of the model home.
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ALSO INSIDE: Bach Festival Society: Summer Sing. 3. Skyra Foundation: Arts for Our Youth gala. 8. ARTS + CULTUREFRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM REVENGE OF THE SYMPH The CFCArts Symphony Orchestra is bringing some of Hollywoods best lm scores to Winter Park as a part of its Symphonic Cinema: The Sequel concert.TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORThere are many aspects to making a good lm but none may be as big or far-reaching as its score. The music in movies, when done well, can reach through space and time becoming a player within our popular culture. Take, for example, composer John Williams famous Imperial March that rst appeared in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back. When you hear the ominous militaristic tune lled with a marching beat, one cant help but see Darth Vader in all his glory. This is going to be fun. This is going to be exciting, and this is going to get the goosebumps going on their arms, and theyre going to walk out with a smile on their faces. Justin Muchoney, Central Florida Community Arts musical director and conductorPhotos by Lori WebreSEE STORY PAGE 2
2 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 Image: Margaret Bourke White, Bourke White / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY 276897 Its these kind of moments that Central Florida Community Arts Musical Director and Conductor Justin Muchoney hopes to bring to visitors this month as a part of the organizations Symphonic Cinema: The Sequel. We are going to do everything from Star Wars, Star Trek, E.T. and then a lot of films that may be not as baked into the mindset of people yet, but that are incredible new scores like La La Land from just a couple of years ago, and Wonder Woman, Muchoney said. Its a really great cross-section of awesome movie music performed by an enormous orchestra and choir its going to be a lot of fun. The orchestra of 140, completely made up of volunteer musicians, will be joined on stage by 60 chorus members as they take visitors on a journey from old Hollywood to the Shire and to all the way to the planet Vulcan via 12 musical selections from 24 dif ferent films. As the title of the show suggests, this performance is a sequel to the first Symphonic Cinema the orchestra performed in the summer of 2016. That concert featured music from films such as Titanic and Back to the Future. We had such a huge response it was the highest attendance that we had ever done and it became obvious that people really resonated with movie music, they just do, Muchoney said. So we knew we wanted to plan another one. Like with the first show two years ago, choosing the songs was a two-pronged process for Muchoney as he looked to include music that was easily recognizable such as Star Wars and other newer scores. And although the songs will be representing 24 different films, the order of the selections will form a single narrative just like how a film score goes through dif ferent movements throughout its runtime. We want to hit you right off the top with something that piques your interest something that is really going to bring you in, Muchoney said. Then, you get into that character development phase where we dig in a little bit deeper and we let the music take its time for a selection or two to remind you how rich this genre is. Then, we build up toward the end with both an emotional kind of conclusion along with a thrilling one. The selection itself also was about keeping two different groups in mind: the audience and the musicians, Muchoney said. By doing that, everyone stays enter tained. Whats going to make for the most compelling, immersive and surprising experiences that we can for the audience?, Muchoney said. And then we have 140 volunteer musicians in this orchestra, and they deserve to have a great time as well, so I also want to play music that theyre going to enjoy tackling each season. For Muchoney who has been with CFCArts since its creation eight years ago the chance to have his orchestra perform old and new movie music is a dream. One can hear the excitement in his voice as he discusses why film scores have played an important role in bringing modern classical musical to the modern-day per son. But of all things, Muchoneys hope is that visitors enjoy themselves as well as the imagery brought forth by the orchestras music selection. I want to craft the story and the flow of this concert in a way where I know beyond a shadow of a doubt what emotional experience I want people to walk out with, Muchoney said. And at the end of this concert, people are going to walk out with a sense of joy. This is going to be fun, he said. This is going to be excit ing, and this is going to get the goosebumps going on their arms, and theyre going to walk out with a smile on their faces. CFCA to perform sequel to Symphonic Cinema IF YOU GOSYMPHONIC CINEMA: THE SEQUEL WHERE: Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay St., Winter Park WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, June 15; and 2 and 8 p.m. Satur day, June 16 TICKETS: $25 priority seat ing; $15 prime seating; $10 advanced standard reserved seating; $15 at the door. Children 12 and younger are free.Lori WebreCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 3 276895 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORFor some singing is a hobby. For others, its a passion. But regardless of your abilities or experiences, the Bach Festival Society is opening its doors for one afternoon to sing your heart out and celebrate the artform with its upcoming Summer Sing event Sunday, June 10. The event is in its third or fourth year, said Art Director and conductor John Sinclair, and it has become a favorite. We do it as kind of an awareness-creator and also as a service to the community for those who would like to know what it is like to sing in a group like the Bach Festival and also who want to sing this great repertoire, Sinclair said. For 60 to 90 minutes Sunday afternoon, those who sign up for the event will get the opportunity to sing through a 10-song selection alongside members of the Bach Festival Orchestra. Visitors will start with Franz Joseph Haydns The Heavens Are Telling and make their way through song selections from classical pieces by Mozart, Bach and Johannes Brahms. The song selection is one filled with uplifting power and beauty, Sinclair said, and it is also different than the previous Summer Sings. Sinclair decided to do pieces from different masterworks. Sometimes we do a major work if a major work is appropriate, Sinclair said. This year, none of them seemed appropriate for this particular one, so what we decided it would take an even more interesting turn for me (was) to do some of the greatest choruses from some of the most important major masterworks. You could say the masterworks chosen by Sinclair represent a sort of classical mixtape, one which he has developed throughout his 41 years of teaching music. Twentynine of those have been at the Bach Festival Society, and 32 at Rollins College, where he serves as director of music. Sinclair is also the conductor for Disney Worlds Candlelight Processional at Epcot, where he said he has conducted exactly 871 shows. Although his list of accomplishments spread far and wide, the benefit Sinclair enjoys the most is the simplest the love for teaching. The term maestro actually means teacher, and I believe at the heart of everything I do, I am a teacher, Sinclair said. Anytime I can influence someone musically or make their lives a little better or a little more interesting and I get a chance to teach, I always raise my hand. Ive never gotten tired of communicating great music and making music with people. Teaching music to a professional chorus and orchestra is one thing, but taking in a large group the Bach Festival Society estimates around 150 will show up for Sundays event of folks with differ ent ranges of talent who have nev er performed together is another. Its kind of what I do, Sinclair said of the challenge with a chuckle. On Sunday, so many people wont know me from Adam or vice-versa, and the challenge is to let music be, indeed, that universal language that we will communicate by. We will sing through it, and if we find that there is a tricky spot we need to look at before, then Ill give them a little information on the piece and the spots to look for, he said. I have to be extra careful to communicate well as to what to look for. Participants themselves will not go into the event cold. Once their registration is received, the Soci ety will send an email with the songs they can print out and read. Although the rehearsal will be treated in a similar fashion to how Sinclair guides along the Bach Fes tival Choir, there will be more of an emphasis on making the event fun and educational all while helping to introduce people to the music that has always moved him. It is gratifying and it is great fun, he said. Anytime you get to sing good music like this, its a good day, Sinclair said. I hope its as much fun for them as it is going to be for me.IF YOU GOSUMMER SING WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10 WHERE: John M. Tiedtke Concert Hall, 1000 Holt Av enue, Winter Park COST: Free INFORMATION: bachfestivalorida. org/event/ summersing-2018Singers wanted The Bach Festival Society welcomes community members to join in its annual Summer Sing event.Courtesy photo
4 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 As the ocial magazine of Central Floridas upscale Baldwin Park community for more than 12 years, Baldwin Park Living is directly mailed monthly to more than 5,000 residents and businesses, with additional copies being distributed via the association oce and businesses. ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-401-9929Email us at jfanara@OrangeObserver.comwww.OrangeObserver.com DONT MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THE NEXT ISSUES! BALDWIN PARK LIVING 2768922018 PUBLISHES 1ST WEEK EACH MONTH SPACE DEADLINE COPY DUE July ......................... June 14 August ................... July 12 September .......... August 9 October ................ September 13 November ............ October 11 December ............ November 15 Jan (2019) ............ December 13 Run to TrackShack.com Team Challenge Create a team & support our local military! Honoring Our Military Discounted EntryRegistered military personnel or family are automatically entered into a drawing to WIN a Staycation! Event Tank TopBeneting: WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018 Park Avenue, Winter Park5K RUN/WALK (3.1 MILE) FREE KIDS RUN 275835 HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERThe Enzian will be home once again to FilmSlam, an indie film showcase that highlights several short films Florida and Central Florida creators, on June 10. People have bumped up our game when it comes to FilmSlam; we have a cult following, Program Host Jen Vargas said. Its not a set audience. Every month when I go up on stage and ask, How many people have never been to FilmSlam before? Id say a good 30 to sometimes 50% raises their hands. I say, First of all, shame on you. But welcome and I really hope you come back. FilmSlam spends a maximum of one hour each month showing films typically about six that Vargas said can be as short as 30 seconds to as long as 20 minutes. The showcases audience, which has reached close to 200 people in recent years, votes on the best three films. The top film under 10 minutes then goes on to play at the Enzians Brouhaha showcase in November. Sometimes those pieces are showcased at the Florida Film Festival. The movies presented each month often fit a theme, which has included horror, love and even projects exclusively made by female directors. Junes theme, though, hits a little closer to home for the programs director. (June) was never meant to be a theme month but June 16 was the day Pulse happened and was the same day as our FilmSlam, Vargas said. All of those things happened in the early hours of the morning, and I had to go on stage (at FilmSlam) at one o clock. Im usually goofy and generally pleasant but that whole day was a blur. Since, then Vargas has chosen the month of June to focus on short films involving Central Floridas LGBTQ commu nity. This month will be no dif ferent FilmSlam will play six Orlando Unitedfilms featuring the LBGTQ community in Central Florida. I wanted to make sure that I was inclusive not only celebrating Orlando but also our LGBTQ plus filmmakers, she said. The program, which runs 10 months each year, takes a break in April and November for the Florida Film Festival and Brouhaha program, respectively. The showcase began in 2005 as a University of Central Florida project held in the schools Digital Media Arts Center. Vargas said the Enzian became the official home for the showcase about a year later. She volunteered with the showcase as a support and the programs social media director before finally taking the role of program director herself after Enzian Program Coordinator Tim Anderson stepped down three years ago. Jens been involved with FilmSlam since the absolute beginning, Anderson said. Shes always had a good rapport with local filmmakers; she knew everybody. I feel like you have to have that context in the local industry to facilitate getting that many entries 10 times a year. Vargas is proud of the turnout the showcase has built. At one time, the production only had a handful of attendees; it now often sees more than 100 visitors. Theres no place for us, really, to play unless we rent out a theater ourselves, she said. Theres no outlet in this area for people to play their films or something that says Filmmakers Welcome. I really wanted to keep FilmSlam alive for that fact alone.THE SELECTIONSMRMS WRITER: Olugbenga Sotubo, Bryce Culp; Director: Luis S. Alvarez PRODUCER: Paola Gisler RUNNING TIME: Eight minutes WEBSITE: facebook.com/ MrMsAdrien.TheDocumentary/ SYNOPSIS: MrMs takes us on an adventure exploring the world of Drag, telling us his experiences and challenges that come with living a double life. THE PULSE OF A CITY WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRO DUCER: Hannah Powell RUNNING TIME: 14:26 SYNOPSIS: A queer woman living in Orlando explores the impact of the Pulse shooting on the LGBTQ+ community and the city she calls home. THE MONARCH INITIATIVE: SUSTAINABILITY CULTURE BLOOMS IN THE AUDUBON PARK GARDEN DISTRICT WRITER: Stephany Nazari; DIRECTOR: Colin Morris; PRODUCER: Jacob Kaplan RUNNING TIME: 6:45 WEBSITE: themonarchinitiative.org SYNOPSIS: Full Sail University crews captured the businesses and inhabitants of eco-minded neighbor hood, Audubon Park, who have built a culture focused on conservation and sustainability in partnership with The Monarch Initiative. FIGHTING TWO WARS: THE STORY OF THALIA JANE AINSLEY WRITER/DIRECTOR: Aaron Curtis PRODUCER: Anthony Decimus RUNNING TIME: 8:29 WEBSITE: twitter.com/ FightingTwoWars SYNOPSIS: The story of Thalia Jane Ainsley, a Vietnam war veteran who transitioned into a woman later in life. ONE BIG PITCH WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRO DUCER: Jenny Taylor Running Time: 15:31 WEBSITE: facebook.com/ onebigpitch SYNOPSIS: Taylor is on a journey to explore a citys culture through the game of soccer and its people. The world is one big pitch. THE R.O.Y.G.B.I.V PROJECT DIRECTORS: Jane, Kacie, and Lilly RUNNING TIME: 10 minutes SYNOPSIS: College Park middle-schoolers Jane, Kacie, and Lilly see Orlando in color.Filmmakers welcomeThe FilmSlam Indie Film showcase is playing LGBTQ-themed shorts at the Enzian. IF YOU GOFILMSLAM WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10 WHERE: Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave, Maitland TICKETS: $8 INFORMATION: facebook. com/FilmSlam
ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 5 266391 FRIDAY, JUNE 8BETTY FOX BAND 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Fox returns to the Bamboo with her soulful, sultry, bluesy mix. With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. Fox was the 2015 representative of the Suncoast Blues Society, an International Blues Challenge Finalist and two-time winner of Creative Loangs Best of the Bay. The band has opened for artists such as Mavis Staples, Lucky Peterson, Jimmy Thackery, Marcia Ball, Southern Hospitality,and The Meter Men. Featuring Josh Nelms on guitar, Barry Williams on bass, and Tony Cintron on drums. Tick ets are $15. For more information, visit bluebambooartcenter.com.SATURDAY, JUNE 9 GOSPEL GOES CLASSICAL GALA CONCERT 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Calvary Assembly Church Or lando, 1199 Clay St., Winter Park. This black-tie aair features the silky smooth legendary voice of multi-Grammy Award winner BeBe Winans and the amazing twooctave internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Denyce Graves. Both performers are accompanied by the 50-piece Bella Musica Orchestra of Florida conducted by Dr. Glenn Caldwell, who will perform some of gospel musics greatest songs with symphonic and classical interpretations. Guest performers, breakout artist Monique Steele and the forever melodic Antioch Baptist Church of Oviedo 50-member choir also will perform. The red-carpet walk begins at 5:30 p.m., and the benet concert starts at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Pastor Riva Tims, of Majestic Life Church and radio host of Glory of Gospel on Star 94.5 FM. Proceeds benet Central Florida Urban League Operation CeaseFire Initiative. Tickets are $50. For more information and sponsorship details, call 1-877-793-6993 or (321) 217-4493 (ask for Gwen). ROBBIN THE BANK 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Robbin the Bank features highvoltage hammered dulcimer player Robyn Rogers accompanied by upright bass, guitar/banjo and ddle. Together, the quartet brings traditional instruments pushing the envelope in musical styles and entertainment. The band specializes in progressive Celtic, classical, swing, showtunes and classic rock. Hear stand-up bass by Todd Maynard, plus uniquely arranged banjo and guitar work by Wayne Rogers, utilizing alternate tunings and percussive claw hammer techniques. Violin/ddle is delightfully inserted by Brevards acclaimed ddle instructor, Kricket Moros. Robbin the Bank has won rst place in Buskerfest 2017 and performs at national festival performances and parties, both public and private. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit bluebambooartcenter.com.THURSDAY, JUNE 14POPCORN FLICKS IN THE PARK 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Central Park main stage at Park and Gareld avenues, Winter Park. This lm series features classic lms for the whole family. Bring a blanket, a picnic and some family and friends and come see a view ing of Enchanted. Free popcorn for everyone. Call (407) 629-0054.ONGOINGTHE HONKY TONK ANGELS Through Sunday, June 10, 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 winterparkplayhouse.org. HIS HENDERSON, ISRAEL & SIMPSON PROJECT On display through Dec. 31 on the second oor of the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Visit the Hannibal Square Heritage Center to learn of Winter Parks African-American leaders Gus C. Henderson, Frank R. Israel and Walter B. Simpson. For more infor mation, call (407) 539-2680. 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 (18301902), will be exhibited at the Morse through a special loan from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont. The monumental paint ing, 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 Courtesy photo
6 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERThe Hannibal Square Heritage Center has some stories to tell. The coming Juneteenth celebration, held June 16 at the Winter Park Community Center Amphitheater, is an annual recognition of the ending of slavery in the United States June 19, 1865. Although the event has always had a focus on education complete with guest speakers from Florida colleges speaking on African-American culture as well as instructional workshops this years event also will have a focus on storytelling. Live performances, to be exact. Its such a historic celebration a jubilee celebration as a way to tell the African-American story, Hannibal Square Heritage Center Manager Barbara Chandler said. And storytelling, as we know, it brings everything to life. It keeps everyone engaged, its always appropriate for children of all ages, and I think reenactments are a great way that history can be shared.IF YOU GOJUNETEENTH CELEBRATION WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 WHERE: Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park WEBSITE: hannibal squareheritagecenter. orgFEATURED PERFORMANCESERSULA ODOM Esteemed author Ursula Knox-Odom will be re-enacting the achievements of Dr. Mary McCloud Bet hune, who founded Bethune-Cookman University in Day tona, and her life as an educator, school founder and advocate for Floridas AfricanAmerican Community MINNIE THE MULE Children attending the Juneteenth celebration can listen to a live reading of the classic Minnie the Mule childrens story. They built this cityHannibal Square Heritage Centers event will honor the lives of Gus Henderson, Frank Israel and Walter B. Simpson. HENDERSON, SIMPSON & ISRAELThis year, the event will honor three 19th-century men who hold an important place in Winter Parks history. Gus Henderson is primarily responsible for Frank Israel and Walter B. Simpson becoming the first African-Americans to sit on the city council of Winter Park (in 1887), Chandler said. Gus paved the way. He led a march across Park Avenue to have these two men voted in, he was an advocate in the Hannibal Square/West Winter Park community as to why it was important to have these two on the council. Henderson, a traveling salesman-turned-editor for a Winter Park paper, encouraged Israel and Simpson to run for the council. Chandler said Henderson acted as the pairs campaign manager. The trios story has been chronicled as an upper-floor exhibit in the heritage center since February. Part of the H.I.S. center project, the exhibit details the three mens bloodlines, contributions and legacies on the community. Although the groups achievements have been recognized by the center before both the Simpson and Israel families were deemed Family of the Year in 2011 and 2012 respectively this is the first time the full story has featured as an exhibit. Its such a historic celebration a jubilee celebration as a way to tell the AfricanAmerican story. Hannibal Square Heritage Center Manager Barbara Chandler For Juneteenth, the story will become more personal. Winter Park resident Maria Bryant will be presenting a live interpretation of Henderson, Simpson and Israels journey called Lost but Not Forgotten. Bryant, an entrepreneur, educator and vocalist, wrote the 18-minute dramatiza tion, while Dr. Barry Brandon, Thomas Floyd and Ben Floyd will be playing Henderson, Simpson and Israel, respectively. All four figures know the subject matter well, and it took Bryant three months to research and write the piece. I just went, Wow, this a lot of great history that is just not being told, Bryant said. I decided, What better way to teach history but through the arts? It was an appropriate story lost but not forgotten. Its a story Bryant hopes will resonate with people today. Its an untold story its an untold truth, she said. Living here for a long time, growing up for a long time, it wasnt the nar rative I was told. ...Gus Hender son, Walter B. Simpson and Frank Israel, those two only black officials ever, over a hundred years ago, had been vital citizens that were not just homeowners and landowners but also business men. They built the Ward AME Chapel, they built the lodge. They built this city.I decided, What better way to teach history but through the arts? It was an appropriate story lost but not forgotten. Maria BryantCourtesy photoThe Lost but Not Forgotten performance will honor the lives of Gus Henderson, Walter B. Simpson and Frank Israel at the Juneteenth celebration.
ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 7 rfnt when theONE IN CHARGEbecomes theNEXT IN LINE 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 272076 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORFewer things can add another dimension to food quite like a good sauce. Depending on what youre eating, it can be used to add an extra kick of tanginess to a steak, or it can be used as a sweet dip for french fries. But whatever your sauce needs may be, theres always one significant issue: Most sauces are meant with only a single dish in mind. This is where Ediths Best owner Jerrell Watson is looking to help with his homemade Triple A Sauce which stands for Always Amazing with Anything. The difference between my sauce and any other sauces out there is that I dont market it as a hot sauce or barbecue sauce I market it as an all purpose sauce, one that is a really good flavorenhancer, Watson said. I want you to use it every time you sit at your dinner table. Its not meant to overpower your food like hot sauce can, or be the kind of sauce with the mentality that, Oh its barbecue, Ill only pull it out when its time to pull the grill out, he said. The bottle of Watsons multiuse sauce states it can be used on just about everything from vegetables to meats to fries and the taste is one that features a quick burst of heat before transitioning into a sweet tangy flavor. The taste alone is something that takes Watson back to his childhood home of Paxville, South Carolina, where he first found a passion for southern foods, particularly when it was made by his grandmother, Edith the companys namesake. Everybody feels that they are the favorite grandchild, and so I really used Ediths Best as a play on words, Watson said. I always say to folks, I know the rest of the grandkids are going to be mad at me but Im the favorite. I also remember what she instilled in me from our Southerner roots to be the best you can be and put everything into what you do. Good things will happen, and thats just like our food. If you take a minute and talk with Watson about food, he will tell you what any Southern worth his weight would food is a foundation that can help bring people in a community together. There are fewer things in the world that bring folks to the table quite like food, Watson said, and its one of the biggest driving forces behind his work. For me, during the holidays, they would move from house to house to prepare a hog, and all the guys would travel around so there would be at least three or four, but they would be out there we called it telling lies just telling those same stories they told a week ago, but putting a little extra into it, Watson said. It was a traditional thing and it was a coming together of sorts, and food was that one thing (that brought us together). Since launching Ediths Best on Amazon in 2016, the man with a background in real estate has been selling his sauce in many local businesses throughout the Winter Park area including popular spots like Park Avenues The Ancient Olive, which was the first store to feature his sauce. Watson also has become a staple at the Winter Garden Farmers Market. He also plans to grow his market by selling to restaurants, as well. Although the Triple A sauce is currently his only product, Watson doesnt plan to just rest on his laurels and stop there. He has bigger plans for Ediths Best brand, which includes the want to eventually open his own restaurant with dishes based on his southern upbringing, as well as dive into other different markets. My mission and overall goals for the company is that I want to be a producer of quality products, whatever those products may be, Watson said. I want Ediths Best to become a beacon of inspiration I want it to be something that people can count on, and I want them to feel like they are a part of my story.Awesome sauce 276888 rfrfnrt ntbtbbnrntbtbnrfntbtnrrftbnrtr rrf b rtb rt t tb tbn Winter Park-based Ediths Best is bringing its Triple A Sauce to stores throughout town. INFORMATIONEDITHS BEST WEBSITE: edithsbest.com PHONE: (407) 850-8706 FACEBOOK: facebook.com/ edithsbestTroy HerringJerrell Watson is hoping to get his Triple A sauce on the tables of folks throughout the Winter Park area.I also remember what (Edith) instilled in me from our Southern roots to be the best you can be and put everything into what you do. Good things will happen, and thats just like our food. Jerrell Watson
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM Keeping art alive The Skyra Foundation put on a show at the Trinity Preparatory School on Sunday, June 3. Titled Arts For Our Youth, the gala featured many of the nonprots students performing musical pieces, ballet dances, monologues and more. HARRY SAYER Skyra Foundation founder Mary Poiley, instructor Natasha Glos and Mariana Tzanova were thrilled with the performances. Antonia Milosevich, Geri Milosevich and Josh Workowski dressed up for the night. Aubrey Lehmann performed a monologue in her Light in the Piazza piece. Performers danced in Forgotten Dream. Diana and Angelica Rivera had a great time. Alana and Farah Cavanaugh celebrated Farahs performance in the Tutus and Tiaras production.
BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 9 276894 Theyre all memories they speak to me, Hicks Murrah said. So she cant quite pick a favorite, but she can do something even better remember a vivid and colorful story about each and every one. MANY LIVESHicks Murrah said shes lived many lives over the years, and shes not kidding. Shes moved back and forth from Winter Park starting in 1964, when she took a job with Rollins College. In 1996, after a separation with her husband and with her kids busy with college, she found herself in Washington, D.C., as the executive vice president of the National Association of Independent Schools. Four years later, she made another move to New York City, where she served as assistant head of a girls school. Its around here that she was courted by a Southern gentleman by the name of Kenneth Murrah. He was dedicated to (Winter Park), and he wanted a live wire, Hicks Murrah said. He was so persuasive that after two years, I moved back. That was my third life. After years of philanthropy in Winter Park, Kenneth died in 2014 from cancer. Hicks Mur rah moved to a top-floor condo overlooking Lake Maitland and the Kraft Azalea garden last October. With the decades of books and photo albums lining the shelves, it has more history and personality than homes three (maybe four) times its size ever will. But honestly, those are just the broad strokes. During all of those life changes and power moves, Hicks Murrah was trav eling. A lot. I cant tell you how many countries Ive been to, she said. But I can tell you its not enough. Thailand. Czech Republic. Russia. Large swaths of South America and Africa. Id tell you all the others, but its probably easier to just throw a dart at a map (try to avoid Australia that one shes yet to see). Whats just as impressive is whats shes brought back with her. THE TREASURESHicks Murrahs bedroom has something she calls her finishing gallery, but you could easily call it a trophy room. The walls are lined with every sort of jewelry, necklace, scarf and body wear you can think of, each from a different part of the globe. When I get dressed, I can figure out, OK, do I wear this that I bought from the woman who made it on the porch of the Indian craft museum in New Delhi, or should I wear this from Thailand, or this from Japan? Hicks Murrah said. As she touches each piece, she has a quick aside about its back ground. This was from a Moroccan riverman. This is a sterling-silver dung beetle necklace from South Africa. Kenneth and I found these during a St. Petersburg honey moon. She tries to wear a different one every day. One could imagine shes acquired these valuables just for fun, and that wouldnt be wrong. Its certainly fun, but its also a lot more. I was really grateful for the years Kenneth and I did trips together, she said. I feel like I taught him how to have fun and be more adventurous. This is sort of the legacy that he left me. By Hicks Murrahs count, shes now living her fourth life. But shes just getting started. You know, every trip could be your last one, Hicks Murrah said. But every time I wear one of these, Im reliving them. Harrys Styles is an ongoing feature that showcases the elegant and extravagant fashions in the Black Tie community. HARRY SAYERHARRYS STYLESANN HICKS MURRAHDo you know your favorite gi from a vacation? Can you remember the best curio or bauble youve taken back from a trip? Ann Hicks Murrah has trouble choosing. Which, if Im being honest, is completely fair shes collected dozens on dozens of pieces of jewelry from around the globe.
10 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 YOUTH LEADERSL E A D E R S H I P W I N T E R P A R K S E S S I O N 1 : J U N E 1 8 2 2 | S E S S I O N 2 : J U L Y 1 6 2 0 A P P L Y O N L I N E B Y M A Y 9 T H M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N A T W I N T E R P A R K O R G / Y O U T H L E A D E R S C E N T R A L F L O R I D A S P R E M I E R H I G H S C H O O L L E A D E R S H I P P R O G R A M 276893 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORIn just a few days, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County will host its biggest fundraiser of the year at the most magical place on Earth Walt Disney World Resorts EPCOT World Showplace Pavilion. But the real magic at The First Five Years Gala will happen as attendees and community members gather to support local childrens opportunities to play, learn and grow.THE COALITIONELCOCs vision is that all Orange County children will be fully prepared to enter school ready to learn. It seeks to accomplish that by providing leadership, support and guidance to ensure children have the opportunity to reap the benefits of developmentally appropriate, researchbased early-childhood programs while respecting the role of the parent as a childs first teacher. Early childhood is one of the most critical periods of time for everybody, said Karen Willis, CEO of ELCOC. During the first five years of a childs life, 90% of the brains architecture is created, and thats the foundation of the rest of our learning as young people and as adults. Starting young and starting early is absolutely critical if we are going to make sure that that brain architecture is as strong as it can possibly be. When you change the first five years, you change everything. ELCOC offers family, child and provider services, which fit together like puzzle pieces to ensure each party involved in a childs early education is receiv ing the necessary resources. Those include School Readiness funding, parent coaching and early-childhood education programs. The coalition works in partnership with parents, childcare providers and community stakeholders to build a strong foundation for children. According to coalition offi cials, when a childs parents are involved in the learning and place them in a strong, responsive early-childhood program, the children have a better chance at: being developmentally on track; reading on grade level by the third grade; graduating high school; attending higher education; and becoming an engaged and productive citizen.FOR PARENTSOrange County families all have access to Child Care Resource & Referral services through the coalition. This gives families referrals that allow them to connect with childcare providers for their infants, preschoolers and school-age children. Through Floridas Early Learning Family Portal, parents can find information about ear ly-learning programs. Floridas School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to eligible low-income families for early education, and these services are based on individual needs ranging from extended day care to afterschool and school-age care. Additionally, families can take advantage in Floridas Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program, which prepares 4-yearolds for kindergarten. FOR PROVIDERSThe coalition offers the Early Learning Coalitions Birth to Five Quality Enhancement Campaign. Support services offered through this campaign are available to all funded providers to assist with quality enhancements, such as free curriculum training, extensive professionaldevelopment training and Gold Seal accreditation. The end goal is to ensure all funded providers deliver quality early care and programs to children and families, and to create seamless access to training and onsite support services in order to meet the minimum quality standards set by ELCOC.Funds for the rst ve yearsREAL BLACK TIE Courtesy photoLast year the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County raised $145,021 $2.2 million with the federal match through The First Five Years gala.The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County is preparing to host its The First Five Years Gala, which helps fund services for accessible early-childhood education.
BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 11 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! 275594 What is JFS Orlando? Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando provides services to stabilize individuals and families in crisis. It also works to enhance the quality of life across generations to all members of the Central Florida community. How long has JFS Orlando been in operation? We were incorporated in 1978, and we have a whole list of programs we offer to clients, individuals and families in need in Central Florida, said JFS Orlando Executive Director Eric Geboff. This organization was started by the Jewish community 40 years ago. However today, (more than) 94% or 95% of our clients are not Jewish. How has JFS Orlando impacted the community? We focus on four areas: hunger, aging/end of life, mental and emotional stability and homelessness prevention, Geboff said. We have several programs that fall underneath each category. We (have provided) more than 1.6 million meals and have offered more than $2 million in financial assistance to help those in need with mortgage and utilities to get them through to the next month. It really does impact the community in a positive way, so theres lots of successful programs we offer. What is significant this year for the JFS Orlando community? Were celebrating our 40th anniversary, Geboff said. When we look just year to year and see that we impact the lives of 10,000 people every year, it tells us that were doing the right thing. That gives our board and volunteers a really good feeling about what were doing and how weve been doing it, because the need continues to grow and we know that. What sets JFS Orlando aside from other similar organizations? Whats cool about us is we provide a holistic approach to serving people, Geboff said. People tend to have multiple issues theyre dealing with at the same time and with the four areas (we focus on), they tend to impact everyone who walks into our office. We feel pretty good about what weve been doing, and were creating new partnerships every day to help our clients and their clients lead better lives. What upcoming events should JFS supporters keep on their calendar? To keep up to date with upcoming events, including JFS gala, visit jfsorlando.org/jfs-events. How can someone get involved? Certainly call our office or go online, said Development Director Rosie Miller. We (also) certainly have lots of items that need to get repaired on our building. If someone would like to get involved on one of our committees, thats great, too. Visit JFS website at jfsorlando. org or call (407) 644-7593.JFS OrlandoCausing an Eect is a monthly feature that introduces a charity or philanthropic organization and highlights its impact on the local community. If you would like to be featured in a future Causing an Eect, contact Black Tie Editor Danielle Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.This months featured nonprofit is the Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando. JFS Orlando is a human-services organization that reaches thousands of people in the Central Florida each year and offers various programs, services and resources to help stabilize families, attack hunger and homelessness and more. JFS currently is celebrating its 40th anniversary of making an impact on the Central Florida community. CAUSING AN EFFECTCourtesy photoJFS Orlando recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala.FOR THE KIDSEighty-two percent of ELCOCs budget benefits services for children and families. Six percent is earmarked for quality services, 4% is for administrative activi ties and 3% goes toward nondirect services and outreach. During the gala, ELCOC will honor Linda Landman Gonzalez, the organizations vice president of social responsibility and the president of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. The night also comes with a variety of opportunities to give, including a Love of Learning Sweepstakes with a $10,000 grand prize and the Fund-A-Child program. And for every dollar raised, the federal government matches $15.67. There are 2,000 days from birth to kindergarten, and coalition officials believe there isnt a day to be wasted. Whether the organization helps facilitate access to funding, childcare, school readiness or VPK programs, the end goal is the same: change the future of Orange County. IF YOU GOTHE FIRST FIVE YEARS GALA WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9 WHERE: EPCOTs World Showplace Pavilion, 1910 Avenue of the Stars, Orlando TICKETS: $300 INFORMATION: Sponsor ships, sweepstakes entries and fund-a-child oppor tunities also available. To buy tickets or learn more about the event, visit bit. ly/2kMZgit.
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