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OBSERVER WINS AWARDSThe Winter Park/Maitland Observer won seven awards in the Florida Press Associations 2017 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. In addition, Winter Park/ Maitland Observer Associate Editor Troy Herring won the Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award for Portfolio Photog raphy. The awards were presented at the 2018 Florida Media Conference, held Aug. 8 to 10 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek resort. The awards include: Portfolio Photography, rst place: Troy Herring YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. ObserverWINTER PARK/ MAITLAND YOUR TOWN Maitland chamber uncorks Wine & Cheese! event. 18. FREE FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 A clean startBrookshire Elementary faculty and families teamed up with city of Winter Park employees to spruce up the school campus before the new school year began. For more photos, PAGE 10. VOLUME 30, NO. 33Enzian pulls growth planTheater ocials said a change in ownership at Park Maitland School forced the change. Sound in a cigar boxCigar-box guitarist Steve Arvey performs Aug. 19 at Blue Bamboo. PAGE 17. IN LIVING COLORTIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORWinter Park continues to ask itself the all important question: Does the city have a parking deficit in its downtown area? If you look back over the past 15 years, the answer is technically yes, according to city staff. Winter Park Planning and Zoning Board members discussed a new proposed ordinance that could help stop a perceived park ing deficit in the downtown area but at the possible cost of fewer new restaurants coming to Park Avenue. The ordinance in the land development code would take away a condition put in place in 2003 a time when the Winter Park Village Parking ordinance could halt new restaurants on Park Ave.The Winter Park Planning and Zoning Board discussed eliminating an incentive that attracted eateries.HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERAfter years of planning, the Enzian Theater has withdrawn its application for its Enzian Forever expansion with the city of Maitland. The initiative, which would SEE P&Z PAGE 4 SEE ENZIAN PAGE 7 SEE YOUR TOWN PAGE 2Winter Park families get creative at Paint Party. PAGE 11.Photo by Tim FreedBrookshire Elementary students and faculty started the new year with a clean campus thanks to these volunteers. SUMMER BRUSH WITH FUN


2 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 rfntb 25YEARSCELEBRATING EXPERIENCEWORKMANSHIP QUALITY SERVICE COMMITMENT rfntnbnrff ffnbnn rrfntbnnbt rffrnt bfrfr( f ) tf fffrfrtf fffffffrfn ffrftffrffnn rftrftnrrffrt t ffrfb rfnr ttbf rrfrf 281154 WINTER PARK FRIDAY, AUG. 17 MOMS MORNING OUT 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Winter Park Village, 510 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. Come out and celebrate moms surviving the summer break by getting pampered, shopping deals and enjoying lunch at Winter Park Village. Take part in a champagne toast and celebration photo sessions by the fountain, followed by a pre-scheduled gel manicure or deluxe pedicure appointment at Pristine Nail Salon. Guests also can try a barre exercise class at The Bar Method (optional) and shop with your friends at Winter Park Village with special event-only discounts. Stop by Brio for a prix xe lunch and a non-alcoholic or adult beverage. Cost is $36.25. For a detailed schedule of the dierent activities and to buy tickets, visit SATURDAY, AUG. 18 WPHS GIRLS GOLF FUNDRAISER 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Winter Park High Schools main campus parking lot C, 2100 Summereld Road, Winter Park. The Winter Park girls golf team, in collaboration with Central Florida Lincoln Or lando, is holding a Lincoln Driv en to Give fundraiser to support the WPHS Lady Cats Drive to State. The Lady Cats will receive $20 for each test drive of Lincolns luxury vehicles. For more information, email joseph. TUESDAY, AUG. 21 ORLANDO WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the meeting room at the Win ter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. Ages 18 and up. Writers gather under the guidance of author and writing coach, Rik Feeney, to review and critique current work on the third Tuesday of every month. No enrollment required. THURSDAY, AUG. 23 COFEETALK FEATURING COMMISSIONER SARAH SPRINKEL 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Winter Park Welcome Cen ter, 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park. If you have a latte beans to grind or you simply want to espresso your thoughts, Cof feeTalk may be the cup for you. This free, popular CoeeTalk series gives the community an opportunity to sit down and talk with the mayor, city com missioners, and city manager over a cup of coee provided by Barnies Coee Kitchen. For more information, call (407) 644-8281. SATURDAY, AUG. 25 CATCH YOUR DREAMS 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1050 W. Morse Blvd., Winer Park. Dream catchers traditionally have been used by native Americans because of their belief the night air is lled with all kinds of dreams. When a dream catcher is hung over or near where you sleep, it swings in the air and catches the dreams as they come and go during the night. Join the citys Family Fun Program where you can make a whimsical dream catcher to ward o bad dreams, capture those great dreams and bring you good luck. This event is free, and all supplies will be provided. For more information, call (407) 599-3342. MAITLAND FRIDAY, AUG. 17 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, AUG. 19 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, AUG. 23 MAITLAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EDUCATION EXPO 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Venue On The Lake, 641 S. Mai tland Ave., Maitland. Meet local educators, discover educational opportunities for all ages and nd potential employers in edu cation at this education expo. For more information, contact the chamber at (407) 644-0741. ORLANDO FRIDAY, AUG. 17 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. (407) 835-7323. SATURDAY, AUG. 18 YOGA AT BARLEY AND VINE BIERGARTEN 11 a.m. Saturdays at Barley and Vine Biergarten, 2406 E. Wash ington St., Orlando. Looking for a mix of beer and yoga? Join an hourlong yoga practice with a carton of water and craft beer for only $10. (407) 930-0960. COLLEGE PARK SUNDAY, AUG. 19 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 Col lege Park every week. For more information, visit facebook. com/TheCollegeParkFarmers Market. MONDAY, AUG. 20 FENCING CLASSES 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thurs days at the College Park Com munity Center, 2393 Elizabeth Ave., Orlando. Join this develop mental 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. (407) 246-4447. YOUR CALENDAR Overall Graphic Design, second place: Jessica Eng Arts, Entertainment and Review Reporting, second place: Harry Sayer Spot News Photography, second place: Troy Herring Feature Story: Prole, third place: Tim Freed Sports Spot News Story, third place: Troy Herring Headline Writing, third place: Michael Eng ALFOND INN TO TURN 5 The Alfond Inn will cel ebrate its fth anniversary with a special event from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the lounge in The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. The hotel invites the pub lic to celebrate the occasion with a DJ and $5 specials on sushi rolls, pizza and happy-hour brands. Guests also can cel ebrate in style with The Alfond Inn Fifth Anni versary Package, which features a one-night stay in a classic room, dinner for two at Hamiltons Kitchen, breakfast for two at Ham iltons Kitchen, and special welcome amenities of a luxury luggage tag, special ty chocolates and chilled bottle of champagne. For more information, visit or call (407) 998-8090. YOUR TOWN


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 3TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORThere is a new leader managing Winter Parks green spaces. The city began a new chapter for parks and recreation on Monday as the City Commission confirmed city staffer Jason Seeley as the new director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Seeley worked previously for the city as assistant director of the department but now has been promoted, Its an exciting role to be tak ing on, and its great to have this opportunity, to bring our Parks and Recreation Department to a new level, a new day, Seeley said. Weve already started kind of making some different changes with the Family Fun events. Were trying to become more familyfriendly and make the Parks and Recreation Department more prominent within the city. Winter Park named Seeley as the new director after an inter view process during which six qualified candidates were given a written exercise. The top four candidates were given face-toface interviews. The new director was named following the retirement of longtime Director John Holland in September 2017. Jason has been with the city for several years in various roles, and since Mr. Hollands retirement, has kind of been our goto guy to lead that department, City Manager Randy Knight said. Hes really stepped up and done a great job and has a lot of innovative ideas. Seeley first came to work for Winter Park as chief of recreation in February 2011. He worked his way up to parks and recreation manager in August 2015 before becoming assistant director of parks and recreation in December 2017. Before working in Winter Park, Seeley held positions in Casselberry, Cape Coral, Dunedin and Seminole County. The new director said his pri mary goal is to bolster the departments offerings. We want to make those little improvements to our parks and to our facilities to make them better, said Seeley, who has almost 20 years of experience in parks and recreation. We also want to engage our residents and hear from them as far as what they want. Were doing the tennis center right now, and were in the process of getting that back up and going, he said. Then were going to work over in Ward Park real soon, as well. We have great parks; its just we need to get them brought into the 21st century modern and upgraded. Seeley said he knows the importance of the citys parks. Parks play a role in everything from economic development (to) the quality of life for our residents, Seeley said. A good parks system is going to bring businesses to the city; its going to bring more families to the city to live here. For the folks (who) are here, its nice to have (a park) within walking distance from your home have a place to relax after work, a place to go be with your children. Its one of the more important parts of Winter Park.Winter Park names new Parks and Recreation director IN OTHER NEWS The commission approved a resolution regarding Timbers Holdings as a target industry. Commissioners approved the second reading for the ordinance to amend the Comprehensive Plan text and maps to enable Central Business District Future Land Use on the property at 338 W. Morse Blvd., and to amend the Future Land Use designation from Oce to Central Business District on the property at 338 W. Morse Blvd. Leaders approved the second reading of the ordinance to amend the zoning regulations text and denitions map to enable the approval of Commercial District zoning on the property at 338 W. Morse Blvd., and to amend the ocial Zoning Map to change from Oce District zoning to Commercial District zoning on the property at 338 W. Morse Blvd. The commission approved the appointment of Teri Gagliano as the new Library Task Force Board member and the extension of the task force.HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERMaitland isnt a city known for its comics culture, but three entrepreneurs are looking to change that. BAMF Comics & Collectibles, a new comics and games shop at 500 E. Horatio Ave., had its soft opening Aug. 15 before a grand opening on Sept. 1. The enterprise, a joint effort between owners Enzo Garza, Maitland resident David Craig and his wife, Candice Falkner-Craig, looks to stand out with a mixture of comic books, board games, collectibles and more. We realized we could be Maitlands (comic) shop, David said. We looked at other spaces while we hammered out what we could do in the Maitland space, but it always came back to this one. Their origin story began when David, a longtime owner of a construction company, became so stressed with his job that it led to health issues. He decided it was time to chase his dream but hed need some help. He partnered both his wife and Garza, a kindred spirit who shared his love for comics and actually ran a comic shop himself. Together, they took over the former Melting Pot location last fall. David said the long-vacant spot was filled with debriswhen he first visited but that the location more than made up for it. He called in a few of his construction connections to expedite the process and work began on the location in earnest at the end of April. The stores name itself refers to an onomatopoeia that the X-Men character Nightcrawler makes when he teleports. Comics always have been near and dear to David and Candice. The couple met picking up issues of Todd McFarlanes Spawn in the early 1990s. Together, the couple estimates they have more than 6,000 single issues, a large number of which have been donated to the shop for sale. COME TOGETHEROf all the things Garza learned in his eight years managing a comic shop, welcoming all fandoms is high on the list. A comic shop should primarily be comic books, he said. But it should branch off to other things like trading cards, collectibles and gaming. But we wanted to have other things to bring to make this a hang-out place where you can game, or a VHS rental spot the idea is to be all-inclusive. I feel like its what weve pulled off with this place. In addition to the 14,000 comics coming to BAMF, Garza also is donating his 400-plus collection of VHS tapes. He said there will be a checkout system in place where customers can take a VHS home for a few days before returning it all without paying a dime. Something the co-owner is particularly excited to sell is, on top of books from Marvel, DC, and smaller companies, are do-ityourself comics created by every day people. If theyre in a garage with a printer making a comic and sta pling it over the weekend. we will check it out and sell it here, David said.COMICS, COLLECTIBLES AND COMMUNITYCandice, a fifth-grade teacher at an Oviedo elementary school, often uses young-adult graphic novels as gateway books to encour age reading and wants to extend that outlet to her new store. We want families knowing they can bring can their children in here and find those books, were going to have a large selection of childrens graphic novels, she said. She hopes to have reading sessions for children at BAMF each month. On top of that, the trio aims to host sketch nights, book clubs, painting classes and more in the coming months. BAMF will be offering a 20% discount for new readers looking to pick up monthly comics as well as civil servant discount days during which police officers, teachers and others will receive discounts. Our tagline is Comics, Collectibles and Community, David said. The reason to appeal to everyone, in our minds, isnt for sales. Its so that people who cant find a spot to hang out can hang out here.Jason Seeley brings nearly 20 years of experience to the department. FANTASTIC FOURDavid and Candice havent been the only family members pitching in at the store. Their two daughters have created the pop-culture artwork lining the walls. Piper and Parker, 16 and 14, modeled a wall-sized painting of Final Fantasy characters from the artist Skottie Young and a mural of characters from the comic Saga by artist Fiona Staples. The two young art ists took a few days to put the artwork together.All-New, All-Dierent BAMF Comics & Collectibles opened recently in Maitland.IF YOU GOBAMF COMICS & COLLECTIBLES 500 E. Horatio Ave., Suite 3, Maitland OPENING: Soft opening is Aug. 15. A grand opening will take place Sept. 1. FACEBOOK: facebook. com/bamfcomicstoreHarry SayerCandice Falkner-Craig, David Criag and Enzo Garza are the owners of BAMF Comics & Collectibles


4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 was booming and Park Avenue was in a lull. (The Winter Park Village) was the newest thing in town we had never had a theater with stadium seating before; this was brand new and everybody wanted to go to one, Planning Manager Jeff Briggs said. We also had four new res taurants that were the first of the kind in the Orlando metropolitan area it was the first P.F. Changs; it was the first Cheesecake Fac tory. Park Avenue for a while was in a downturn, because folks were trying out the Village. In response to this issue, Win ter Park attempted to attract more fine-dining restaurants to the area to boost foot traffic along Park Avenue and Hannibal Square. This was done by removing a require ment that any restaurant entering a former retail/office space had to provide the additional parking required for restaurants. Since 2003, 17 restaurants have been established in place of retail spaces within the Central Busi ness District. Under existing parking codes although largely unchanged since the 1970s the CBD is technically 207 parking spaces short of what it needs to handle the restaurant guests. Weve increased our parking deficit in the downtown codewise by about 200 spaces, Briggs said. The question is how long can we continue allowing retail to restaurant conversions that are just adding to the deficit without addressing that situation? But the main potential side effect of an ordinance putting a stop to this would be far fewer res taurants coming to Park Avenue because available parking is at a premium, Planning and Zoning Board Chair Ross Johnston said. So in essence, this is an intend ed consequence that we will prob ably freeze the number of restau rants on Park Avenue where it is, Johnston said. Looking at the deficit, doing the math, a res taurant would not likely convert retail. It would not be impossible, but its going to be more difficult, Briggs said. If the Gap wants to change to a restaurant, theyve got a parking garage. They can meet the parking requirement. ... But there are only a limited num ber of property owners that have the parking. It will restrict the growth. The ordinance would fix the aspect of unfairness to develop ers looking to add a new restau rant on an empty lot in the CBD, Briggs said. The three-story, 52,601-square-foot mixed use project set for the parking lot next to the Hagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop had to come up with numer ous parking spaces for its restau rant components. That project brought before the City Commis sion last year by Battaglia Group Management LLC was denied because of issues with compat ibility and the lack of required parking. Its not fair to any of the prop erty owners building new, Briggs said. Every other owner up and down the avenue gets to convert from retail to restaurant for free. This levels the playing field. Briggs said there are many other moving pieces in the overall park ing landscape along Park Avenue and Hannibal Square. A potential partnership between the city and Rollins College for shared parking within a new garage at the corner of Lyman and Knowles avenues could change things. Although the CBD is technically 207 spaces short, a question still lingers: Does Winter Park really have a parking issue? Briggs said it depends on whom you ask. If I dont mind parking up by St. Margaret Mary, I can find spaces up there, so people say, We dont have a deficit; I can find parking, Briggs said. But everybody else wants to park at least where they can see the building, and they cant find any. If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944 WINTER PARK/MAITLAND O bserver 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. All Rights Reserved Observer Media Group Inc. 1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468 Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David Beliles Publishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life Magazine, Season Magazine WINTER PARK/ MAITLAND OBSERVER The Winter Park/Maitland Observer (USPS #00-6186) is published by the Observer Media Group, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, Fl., 32789. Pe riodical postage paid at Winter Park, Florida. POSTMASTER send ad dress changes to the Winter Park/ Maitland Observer 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, FL, 32789. TO ADVERTISE For display or digital advertising, call Publisher Jackie Fanara at (407) 401-9929. For classied advertising, call (407) 401-9929. Our fax number is (407) 656-6075. LEGAL ADVERTISING To place a legal notice for Orange County, please call Kim Martin at (407) 654-5500 or email to SEND US YOUR NEWS Let us know about your events, celebra tions and achievements. Send your infor mation via email to Michael Eng, meng@ Mailed letters must be typed and include the authors signature and phone number. Letters to the editor are subject to editing. TO SUBSCRIBE The Winter Park/Maitland Observer is published weekly, on Fridays. Subscrip tions are $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County). To subscribe for mailed home delivery, call (407) 401-9929; email to; visit; or visit our oce, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, FL, 32789. Publisher / Jackie Fanara, Executive Editor / Michael Eng, Design Editor / Jessica Eng, Associate Editor / Troy Herring, Associate Editor / Tim Freed, Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, Black Tie Reporter / Harry Sayer, Multimedia Sales Executive / Laura Rubio, Administrative Assistant / Janice Carrion, Creative Services Administrator / Marjorie Holloway, Creative Services Coordinator / Christine Galan, Advertising Graphic Designers / Thom Gravelle, Shawna Polana, Luis Trujillo, Allison Wampole TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR The Winter Park Public Library has entered a new chapter and theres still more to come. Winter Parks library went through a change in leadership earlier this month as Cynthia Wood took the role as interim director, working alongside assis tant director Sabrina Bernat to keep the facility moving forward toward the future. Im very humbled; Im excited about it, Wood said. I think its a wonderful opportunity. The tim ing is just very interesting. Im thrilled for the opportunity. The library is an amazing place already. We have an incredible staff and a very dedicated staff, and the ser vices that are already being pro vided the public isnt aware of a lot of them are very comprehen sive, and theyre far beyond just checking out books. As we move forward, theyre going to become even more relevant to todays soci ety. Wood replaces outgoing execu tive director Shawn Shaffer while the library determines what its looking for in a new executive director. A search committee will look for the right individual once the library determines the direc tion it wants to take. A director of this library has to have the knowledge of the library, but at the same time, there are a lot of executive skills that are needed, Woods said. You have a board thats a separate 501(c)(3), so the director needs to have a clear understanding of what its like to work with a nonprofit organiza tion. Wood brings many years of experience in this area as an inter im director, working for many years as a strategic philanthropy consultant. She has worked with Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida Inc.; Mead Botanical Garden; Maitland Art and History Association, Inc.; and Winter Park Memorial Hospital. Wood was also vice president for institutional advancement at Rollins College from 1990 to 2009. Wood said her role at the library is building on the existing strengths while also addressing areas that can be improved. This will all be an effort to set the future executive director up for success, she said. There are some areas that have been constraints in possibly moving some of the fundraising forward and some of the com munications and public relations forward, Wood said. My role is to facilitate and look at some of the constraints to see where we can address them so we can move forward. In no way am I coming to a broken organization, she said. Im just building on strengths, but there are some areas that need some attention. Shaffer had held the position at the library for the last five years, and the library is thankful for everything she has done during her time there. (Shawn) leaves the library stronger and better than we were when she arrived, library spokes person Dori Madison said in a statement. The board is extreme ly grateful to Shawn for her lead ership these past five years begin ning with a task force, through a bond referendum, the selection of our world-renowned architect and to the refinement of our new librarys plans. The library also brought in director of development and campaign Kim Hall, who will take charge of the librarys campaign and annual fund initiatives. She brings a breadth of experience from the University of Tampa, University of South Florida and University of Central Florida and has worked with nonprofits for more than 25 years. There is much to look forward to at the library, Wood said. With a new building on the way and plans to expand the programs, the library will be able to serve local residents like never before. The thing that I like about the library is that theres relevancy for every generation, Wood said. Thats going to increase as we move forward. Madison said the library plans to have a new executive director in place by sometime next year. Winter Park Public Library pursues new executive director In no way am I coming to a broken organization. Im just building on strengths, but there are some areas that need some attention. Cynthia Wood, interim director, Winter Park Public Library COPYTRONICS BUILDING COULD BECOME DAYCARE A prominent oce building along U.S. 17-92 soon may serve a dierent purpose. The Winter Park Plan ning and Zoning Board gave preliminary approval to 420 Winter Park LLC to convert the former Copytronics oce building at 420 S. Orlando Ave. into a childrens daycare center. The building was sold by SSS Investments of Jack sonville Inc. for $3.1 million to TCII Capital Group. The 14,160-square-foot, vacant, two-story oce building was built in 1957 and includes 2,500 square feet of ware house space on the rst level. That new facility would be operated by Kiddie Academy, with about 12,00 square feet of classroom space and 2,000 square feet of indoor play space. A 2,475-square-foot, fencedin outdoor play area also is planned for the site. Im glad to see the reuse, Johnston said. I think its a good use, and I think a daycare is something we need. I appre ciate the eort on everyones part. P&Z tackles parking problem The library has brought in interim director Cynthia Wood while the organization plans to nd a permanent leader. Tim Freed Assistant Director Sabrina Bernat and Interim Director Cynthia Wood are planning to lead Winter Park Public Library while a committee searches for a new executive director.


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Thacker said both the church and private school have become much larger than predicted when the covenant was signed more than 30 years ago. Because Orangewood initially developed through a permitted conditional-use process, the property must seek approval from the council for a change in its cov enant agreement. We think its critical for the safety of our students, our teachers, our staff and to the community to do what we can to provide a safer way onto our property, Thacker said. What we want to do is be a church, a school, a ministry, and we dont want to have to wait six weeks or however long it might take to get an approval from this body to make that happen. As it stands, the gate is operational from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The new hours would be 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Although the church currently requires approval from council for special events that wont affect traffic on Sandspur Road, city documents claim the new wording would allow the declarant to keep the document over for several events without provisions. A number of Orangewood churchgoers and parents as well as Maitland neighbors spoke both in support and opposition of the change. Council unanimously rejected the proposal and said the request was worded in a way that allowed the gate to remain open for any special event. If they had come to us with a temporary problem for a health and safety issue, thats something we could be dealing with but thats not how this if framed, Councilman John Lowndes said. This is not a temporary fix. This is a for ever fix to a problem they perceive, and as such, I think it needs more process. I understand Mr. Thacker didnt want to wait six weeks for a decision, but sometimes with gov ernment, its what you got to do because people want to be heard.MEDICAL MARIJUANAA proposed plan to allow medical marijuana dispensaries moved one step closer following an expansive debate among City Council members. After council issued a 180-day moratorium on medical marijuana-related decisions which is set to end in October city staff returned with a plan allowing dispensaries to be established in the city. The hypothetical dispensaries would be required to be licensed by the state. They also would not be allowed within 500 feet of a school or 1,250 feet of an actively operating drugstore or pharmacy unless allowed by council. Any operations established before Sept. 1 would be grandfathered in and any drugstores or pharmacies discontinued or abandoned for 180 would have their legal status terminated. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of a ban in July, but in the absence of said ban, recommended council approve it without the ability to alter the 1,250-foot restriction. The Development Review Committee approved the ordinance with the 1,250-foot alteration ability intact. A point of contention among council members was that ability to alter the 1,250-foot restriction. The restriction would keep pos sible dispensaries a quarter-mile apart. However, the ordinance could block pharmacies such as CVS or Walgreens from being close to existing dispensaries. As has been the case from the beginning, both Councilwoman Bev Reponen and Mayor Dale McDonald were strongly against the ordinance, with McDonald questioning the efforts to allow the dispensaries, considering the possibility of expensive legal action against the city or the state preempting their laws anyway. Reponen went so far as to move to deny the first reading at the last minute. Im here to tell you, the may ors not accepting it, and Im not accepting it, Reponen said. I think its wrong for our city. Ive struggled all these years to make Maitland a place thats better and good for my kids and grandkids, and I dont think this is how you build a city of quality. I want cultural things. I want music, art, dancing, and were trying to chase good businesses out of our town and were bending over backwards to accommodate marijuana. Her motion was rejected 3-2 and was immediately followed up with a motion to introduce the ordinance, which passed 3-2. I dont know what businesses were chasing out of town, Councilman Mike Thomas said. But as for a dispensary, its going to be a boring little storefront thats going to be nondescript. Its not going to have any impact on families, its not going to change Maitland. The public hearing and action date for the plan will be Monday, Aug. 27. Maitland denies gate-scheduling request IN OTHER NEWS The City Council increased the purchase order for the reconstruction of the Lake Destiny Soccer Field park ing area. While beginning demolition work, the Central Florida Enviromental Corps. engineers discovered an electrical junction box requiring an increase of $12,542.19 to relocate. Maitland approved an Interlocal Agreement with Or ange County for the convene of Maitland Avenue to the city. City sta and contractors are required to obtain a county permit for each repair or replacement for the road. While the transfer to Mait land would cost an additional $35,000 each year, city sta believe streamlining the system will be benecial overall.The City Council also moved a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance forward. What we want to do is be a church, a school, a ministry, and we dont want to have to wait six weeks or however long it might take to get an approval from this body to make that happen. Austin Thacker, attorney representing Orangewood Presbyterian


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 7 278423 rf nrtb rttbt bbrrr r br brb282427 bbrrbb bb bbt have included a 15,000-squarefoot expansion with two additional theaters, was suddenly ended by Enzian staff shortly after an introductory reading at Maitland City Council in late July. A crucial component of the plan was an agreement with the Park Maitland School to allow additional parking on their property, which would have met the citys code requirement for 200 spaces. However, the school property recently was sold to an out-oftown buyer, putting the agreements future in jeopardy. Upon further consideration of the recent sale of Park Maitland to an out-of-town company, and after careful review and considerable discussion, Enzians Board of Directors determined that if Enzian moves forward with our submission to the city and is granted our approvals, we would face potentially unacceptable new risks, Enzian Theaters Executive Director David Schillhammer said in a prepared statement. Among the risks, if the schools new owners, or its landowners, decide at any time to redevelop their site, then we would lose the use of all the additional seating we would be building with our expansion, and would have to reduce operations below that which we have today to an unsustainable level. Therefore, we are regretfully withdrawing our application for this expansion with the city and must abandon our current plan to better serve Maitland and our greater community. The plan, which had been bandied about for years and started in 2015, had been met with opposi tion from Maitland residents who feared a heavy increase in traffic through surrounding neighbor hoods. City staff worked with the Enzian to meet a number of con ditions and nuisance mitigators including sound buffers, a heightened tree line to block light from the theater, additional signage to keep visitors from parking in neighborhoods and more. A City Council meeting in July drew community members both in favor and against the expansion. Although the final action on the plan originally was scheduled for August, city staff said the Enzian requested a delay to September, which would have been approved at the Aug. 13 meeting. The project had raised about $5.5 million of its goal before the plug was pulled. Board Chairman Allan Keen said the money hadnt been used during the approval process and the donors have been contacted about the termination. All donors will have the oppor tunity to receive all of their contributions back, if they want, he said in an email. The Enzian said in a statement it will continue to improve the Enzian experience for its supporters.Enzian nixes plansAll donors will have the opportunity to receive all of their contributions back, if they want. A number have already notied us that we can retain their donations. Board Chairman Alan KeenCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


8 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 281651 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 282742 PUBLIC NOTICENotice is hereby given that public hearings will be held by the City Commission of the City of Winter Park, Florida, on Monday, August 27, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 401 Park Avenue, South, to consider the following:AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 74, PERSONNEL, ARTICLE V, RETIREMENT AND PENSION PLANS, DIVISION 4, POLICE OFFICERS, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK; AMENDING SECTION 74-205, BENEFIT AMOUNTS AND ELIGIBILITY; AMENDING SECTION 74-208, DISABILITY; AMENDING SECTION 74-209, VESTING; AMENDING SECTION 74-215, MAXIMUM PENSION; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 74, PERSONNEL, ARTICLE V, RETIREMENT AND PENSION PLANS, DIVISION 3, FIREFIGHTERS, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK; AMENDING SECTION 74-156, BENEFIT AMOUNTS AND ELIGIBILITY; AMENDING SECTION 74-157, PRERETIREMENT DEATH; AMENDING SECTION 74-159, VESTING; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Additional information is available on the Citys website at so that citizens may acquaint themselves with each issue. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. (F.S. 286.0105) Persons with disabilities needing assistance to at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. /s/ Cynthia S. Bonham, City Clerk, MMC TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR While rain fell sideways outside of Bush Auditorium on the campus of Rollins College, inside, local can didates discussed issues caused by weather particularly the issue of sea-level rise. As a part of a statewide initia tive by nonprofits First Street Foundation and Rethink Energy Florida, candidates competing in the upcoming election took a few hours to debate environmental issues as a part of a Tidal Town Hall Thursday, Aug. 9, at Rollins College. Kicking off the nights first panel were candidates running for Orange County Commission Dis trict 3: Pete Crotty, Bobby Lance, Bill Moore, Eric Rollings, Mayra Uribe and Randy Whiting. Each candidate was given one minute to give their thoughts on questions from both the modera tor and the audience. One of the earliest questions asked was basic, yet complex: What role should Orange Coun ty play in community education on sea-level rise? And is there an education program that you would champion? Whiting was first up to give his take on what exactly the county should do to educate residents. I agree that there are problems, and we have to face them, these are not local issues the seas rising is a global issue, Whiting said. We are not going to take this on by our selves; its not something Orange County is going to do. We need to be diligent with our own water runoff. We need to teach our youth so if they see something coming, they can prepare for it. Following Whitings comments, Uribe said she believed it is impor tant the county be as active in edu cation as possible. I believe that it all starts locally, Uribe said. I have sat with waste management and unfortunate ly in the minority communities was where we suffered the most, because theyre not educated on waste management. We cant fix the big problem right now. We start with the little steps, which starts at the county level. For the nights second forum, State House District 30 candidates Clark Anderson and Joy Goff-Mar cil were joined by State House Dis trict 47 candidate Stockton Reeves to discuss many of the same issues. An early question hit on the topic of using tax dollars on research and prevention. Whats interesting about that is the public already approved taxes for the environment they passed Amendment 1 and then the Legis lature would not fund the trust that was brought by the people, Goff-Marcil said. I have found in my studying of this issue, its that people are willing to be taxed and not fight it. Reeves said he believed commu nications between water-manage ment agencies is key. We have seven water manage ment districts throughout the state of Florida that dont neces sarily coordinate with each other any given day of the week, he said. As the night continued candi dates sounded off in what was a friendly discussion, full of com monalities between each person. Florida needs to work together every one of us has to face cli mate change, Anderson said. PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES State House District 30 Daniel Clark Anderson Joy M. Go-Marcil State House District 47 Stockton Reeves Orange County Commission District 4 Kevin Lance Ballinger Nicolette Springer Orange County Commission District 3 Pete Crotty Bobby Lance Bill Moore Eric Rollings Mayra Uribe Randy Whiting Orange County Mayor Pete Clark TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sometimes, a helping hand can make all the difference in the world. In the case of Killarney Elemen tary School, that hand up came from the folks at Calvary Orlando who have helped the school with multiple projects the first of which was aimed at sprucing up the campus. As a church, we decided that we would partner with local schools and local organizations just to be a church in the com munity, said Manny Rosario, the churchs outreach pastor. One of the objectives and goals was to partner with Killarney Elemen tary. Killarney Elementarys demo graphic although it is in Winter Park has a high amount of tran sient families, he said. I want to say about 35% of their students are homeless, and when I say homeless, they live in weekly stay hotels. Its a 100% free-lunch school. The first step was to help clean the campus in spots that needed it the most. For three to four hours in the middle of July, about 45 volun teers made the short trek over to campus to clean up trash, do some minor landscape work and fix the garden area, power-wash build ings and even repainted doors. Prior to the cleanup, the church had met with school administra tion to learn their greatest needs. And it was actually the simple repainting of doors to the schools media center from brown to shamrock green that had one of the most positive effects. Kelly Steinke who is the principal she took a picture of it and she said, My media center director is going to be so happy when she sees these doors paint ed, she has been waiting for so long for change, Rosario said. And she (Steinke) came to me and said, She is in tears because she is excited about coming back for the new school year and hav ing fresh painted doors. That was an awesome highlight for that project. The cleanup itself is based on a 90-day project the church is participating in called Serve the City, a church-wide outreach campaign to help local organiza tions. Rosario said more than 150 volunteers have signed up to help among all the current initiatives the church is undertaking. Most recently, those volunteers from the church helped collect a school bus full of supplies for stu dents to utilize for this new school year. For a week, a school bus loaned to Calvary by Orange County Public Schools sat in the churchs parking lot as it was packed with tons of school sup plies just for the kids at Killarney. This Tuesday (Aug. 7), we dropped off (more than) 150 backpacks, (more than) 400 note books, and pens and paper, Rosa rio said. We had local partners along with the church fill that bus. It was amazing to see all the teachers and faculty and unload this delivery of all these school supplies it was a lot of fun. And the good deeds of those at Calvary wont stop now that the school year has started, Rosa rio said. The church already has future plans for those teachers and students at Killarney. Currently, Calvary is putting on its Shamrock Shake, where members and local civic leaders come in to have conversations with students. Our main goal is to let them know that there is hope, Rosario said. If we can spark hope into somebodys life spark hope into a mother that is struggling in getting school supplies, (or) spark hope in a kid that is fighting anxi eties of coming to school and not having clothes for the school year (we can) help them know that its not over and they dont have to live in despair. Candidates tackle environmental concerns at Rollins College forum Giving hope Calvary Orlando helps Killarney Elementary through multiple projects. Courtesy photo Calvary Orlando dropped o a bus-load of school supplies at Killarney Elementary as a part of its community outreach initiative.


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 9 Its hard to believe summer is drawing to an end and kids are already heading back to school. Here are a few tips to help prepare your child for a healthy and successful school year. Be involved. Parents who are active in their childrens education can have a very positive impact on their success in school. Ways to get involved include: Talk to your child about their classes. Meet their teachers and school administrators. Get to know other parents. Go to school events. Volunteer to help in the classroom. Stick to a routine. Having the same bedtime and wake-up time every day will help your kids get a better nights sleep. And remember to build in enough time for a healthy breakfast to get their day started right. Skipping breakfast can make kids feel tired, restless or irritable. Get up-to-date on shots. Vaccines help your child, and those around them, to stay healthy. Pack smart. Make sure your childs backpack never weighs more than 10 to 20 percent of their body weight. Heavy packs can strain developing muscles and joints. Be organized. Get a calendar for your refrigerator or wall to keep track of things like: After school activities Sporting events Project due dates Teacher meetings Doctor visits and more! Each week, review your calendar together to stay on top of upcoming events. Read together. Get your child excited about new subjects by reading together for 20 minutes a day. Visit your local library to check out age-appropriate books that interest your kidsall for free! Designate a study area. Set up a special, quiet and safe place thats just for school work. Cook healthy meals. Kids who eat regular, healthy meals often do better in school. Try to incorporate the following food groups into their daily diet. Protein: lean meats, seafood, poultry, eggs, beans, soy products and unsalted nuts/ seeds Fruits: apples, bananas, berries, and citrus Vegetables: red, orange and green leafy items, plus beans and peas Grains: whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pastas and rice Dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese or Also, try to sit down to eat together as a family every night. Its a great time to catch up after a busy day and enjoy a relaxing, healthy meal! Partnering with your child to get organized, involved and healthy will make for a successful and memorable school year. HEALTH OBSERVED By Carol Lemerond, ARNP, Florida Blue Nurse Practitioner (352) 242-6800 Clermont (321) 441-2020 Winter Park Carol Lemerond is a nurse practitioner at the Florida Blue Centers in Winter Park Village and inside the Clermont Wal-Mart, where she teaches free health and wellness classes that are open to the public in addition to providing health coaching and assessments. Health Observed allows brands and businesses to connect directly with the Observers readership and participate in the conversation by creating engaging content on the Observers digital publishing platform. For more on Health Observed, email us at for School Year Success TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORLooking to get your students off to a good start in school? Some help is on the way. A new Sylvan Learning is set to arrive in Winter Park this fall, giv ing students a new place to brush up on reading, writing and math to set themselves up for success. Its the latest location opening up for Sylvan Learning franchisee William Silva, who already runs a location in Ocoee that he opened in November 2017. An exact location has been chosen for the new Winter Park center, but the address wont be revealed until later, because the leasing agreement is still being finalized, Silva said. Im very excited, because my first experience was here in Ocoee, and its been a very good experience, he said. Were a good center for the community, and parents are coming, and they love (what we do) were. Were showing parents results this is the most impor tant thing. Thats why we think its important to have more locations, because I actually have some students coming from Winter Park (to Ocoee). The centers give students in kindergarten through 12th grade a place where they can work oneon-one with teachers in a personalized program. Students are giv en academic coaching and study skills they can use on their own. High-school students even can go to Sylvan to prepare for the SAT and the ACT. Silvas Ocoee Sylvan Learning location as well as the future Winter Park location also includes a Fisk center, which teaches English to anyone looking to learn the language. Sylvan Learning vice president of franchise development Georgia Chasen said a Winter Park loca tion has been a long time coming. I am so excited not just about William and his expansion, but for Winter Park to have a center, Chasen said. Ive been with Sylvan for almost 12 years, and (Winter Park) is an area that has come up repeatedly in my reviews of demographic information of an area that would really benefit from a Sylvan. There is a focus on education in that area. It really positions the community to wellreceive a Sylvan Learning center. Chasen said research from a third party shows that students who attend Sylvan generally are able to make more than two times the academic progress than students only attending school. Learning material beyond the classroom at a place like Sylvan Learning makes a difference, she said. Silva said he plans to open the Sylvan Learning in Winter Park by late September/early October.Sylvan Learning coming to Winter ParkFranchisee William Silva plans to open a center in the area by late September/early October. 266122


10 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 Experts rfntrbfnf ftASSISTED LIVING FACILITY LICENSE #12062 CallPREMIERE MEMORY CARE SINCE 2011 At Serenades, we focus on nurturing the retained abilities of those living with dementia. Our caring staff uses current professional methods to connect and engage with our residents. We invite you to see the Serenades difference! 281981 EARLY VOTING IS AVAILABLEAUGUST 17-26HOURS: 10:00 AM 6:00 PM (407) 836-VOTE (8683)Choose from 3 convenient ways to vote: Winter Park Library460 E. New England Ave., Winter ParkMarks Street Senior Recreation Complex 99 E. Marks St., Orlando Election Day AUGUST 28 Vote_WP Maitland.indd 1 8/7/18 5:08 PM 281874 Winter Park families at Brookshire Elementary School had a chance to make some new friends and beautify their school campus on Saturday, Aug. 11, as the school hosted a Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground event and a Back to School Campus Cleanup all at once. Attendees cooled o with popsicles and helped clean up the campus with trash grabbers and bags provided by the city of Winter Park. TIM FREEDBrookshire celebrates new year with popsicles, campus cleanup Hazel, 6, and Katie Farmand and Karen and Kyler Jacobs, 7, made a great team at the cleanup event. Bekah; Finley, 5; John; and Aria McAnulty, 1, had a great time at the Kinder garten Popsicles on the Playground event. Alyssa, 5, and Debbie Rosario cooled o with popsicles. Left: Je; Elliot, 5; and Evan Byrd, 11, came to the event to help keep the campus clean. Bry, 5; Julienne; and Phyllis Guidera, 7, lent the school a helping hand at the Back to School Campus Cleanup. ONLINESee more photos at


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 11 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 282162 Family fun in living color F amilies got cre ative at Winter Parks recent Paint Party in Phelps Park. Kids took a brush and paint and created their own masterpieces at the Parks and Recreation Departments Family Fun program. HARRY SAYER Right: Adalyn Soto helped Laila Dillie with her painting. Yanira and Bella Alicea worked hard on Bellas painting. Jaden Soto created two pieces at the Paint Party. Left: Caroline Sasse blended colors to create a beautiful masterpiece. Corbin Soto took a crack at painting, too. ONLINE See more photos at


12 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 272122 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE, MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 AMERICAN ANIMALS Starring Evan Peters Fri Sun: 3:30PM, 6:30PM, 9:30PM Mon: 6:30PM Tues Thurs: 6:30PM, 9:30PM MIDNIGHT MOVIES: SUMMER OF 84 Actor Caleb Emery will be OPERA ON THE BIG SCREEN: MACBETH MUSIC MONDAYS: THE LAST WALTZ Mon: 9:30PM 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 262169 TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR With the start of the new school year comes the start of prep sports around the Winter Park area. On Aug. 21, the Winter Park girls golf team will participate in its first tournament of the season, but before the team can get to that point, it needs to raise the money for expenses. Thats why this Saturday, Aug. 18, the ladies of the girls golf team will be putting on their big fund raiser at parking lot C on Winter Park Highs main campus. Basically every sport you have to raise your own money, there is not much that the school gives us as far as money is con cerned, said first-year coach Joe DiFrancesco. We practice so we have to buy range balls and stuff like that, so this will keep us being able to practice. And sometimes we travel hopefully we will travel to the state tournament so well have to stay over night and pay for a hotel and stuff like that. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. folks who make their way out to the high school can participate in the Lady Cats Drive to State, where a free test drive of one of the Lin coln vehicles on hand will result in a $20 donation to the team. The program, a partnership with Central Florida Lincoln Orlando, is one DiFrancesco began utiliz ing two years ago as the baseball coach at Edgewater High School. It was a great experience; its a community business trying to help us and we are just trying to get as many people as possible to come out to Winter Park High School, DiFrancesco said. Were going to have a couple of other businesses come out to have some product and also to give some information (on) their businesses also. Leading up to Saturdays fun draiser, DiFrancesco and the girls golf team held a special spirit night at Gators Dockside in Bald win Park. The event gave the girls a chance to meet the community and fun draise, DiFrancesco said. Fifteen percent of the nights business went to the girls golf team. THE SEASON AHEAD With the new season quickly approaching, there still is much preparation to be done. A year ago, DiFrancesco was coaching baseball at Lake High land Prep, and then suddenly found himself taking the open job as the girls golf coach after talking with Athletic Director Michael Brown. Its important that educators be a part of the extracurricular things, because the bottom line is we are here educating kids not only about academics and sports, but also about being good peo ple, DiFrancesco said. Ive come in with a lot of enthusiasm, and I think its going to be a great time for our team. DiFrancescos introduction to the world of coaching golf will be helped along by a talented group that last year won its dis trict championship and finished 13th in the FHSAA Girls Class 3A Finals. This years team will include seven returners, four of whom were a part of the team that went to states including Emily McLatchey, MacKenzie Potter, Nicole Rave-Torres and Rylee McCully. McLatchey finished the highest in the standings as she tied for 24th place. Along with last years key play ers, DiFrancesco will have five freshman to mold into top-notch golfers. I want them all to enjoy the experience together, he said. I also want them to get better and improve individually and also want them to be supportive of one another. The other thing is the girls went to state last year, so Im hoping that we can make a run to state. Those are things that we just dont want to kind of say, Well we did that last year and thats OK. We want to have some expectations this year and reach those team goals. MEET THE 2018 WILDCATS Alexandra Kozlowski (senior) MacKenzie Potter (senior) Rylee McCully (senior) Nicole Rave-Torres (senior) Cami Gardell (junior) Allison Konowal (sophomore) Emily McLathchey (sophomore) Brittney Chang (freshman) Zoe Chepenik (freshman) Elyssa Henry (freshman) Mya Khatri (freshman) Gretta Santos (freshman) Wildcats tee o with fundraiser The girls golf team at Winter Park High School is looking to raise money for the upcoming season with a fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 18. Courtesy photos The girls golf team will partner with Central Florida Lincoln Orlando Saturday as a part of its fundraiser. The money raised Saturday will be used to purchase items such as range balls.


ARTS + CULTURE FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM HARRY SAYER BLACK TIE REPORTER I ts fairly common to experi ence the finished product from a writer or composer, but it isnt every day that audiences get to see the first draft. Aug. 23 will mark the begin ning of the second annual Florida Festival of New Musicals, the Win ter Park Playhouses own talent showcase. Roy Alan, co-founder and artistic director for the play house, put together the four-day event in 2017 for one simple reason to provide a platform for writ ers and composers from across the county in the hopes their work will be picked up and become fullblown productions. Most musicals take on average from the time its typed up, goes through the development stage, goes through a workshop stage, finally mounted with a full-blown production up to seven years, he said. This is the very first step of that process. Audience mem bers get that rare opportunity to see something thats literally in its infancy and could have the poten tial to go to New York. A panel of musical directors and directors has been reviewing the materials, reading scripts and listening to the music scores since last September before deciding on the final six that will be presented at the festival. The enterprise was designed after the National Alliance for Musical Theaters festival that takes place every October in New York. The playhouse received 18 sub missions this year between Sep tember and December six more than the first showcase which took the volunteers longer to settle on their favorites. This years panel had five members, but Alan hopes to increase that to six or seven for coming festivals. Festival attendees will be able to listen to the first act of each of the works, read and presented by 39 equity and non-equity actors from Central Florida and South Florida. The actors will be play ing more than 50 roles with three musical directors, three directors and three stage managers making In with the new Winter Park Playhouses second annual Florida Festival of New Musicals is coming Aug. 23. THE SIX SCRIPTS DIAMOND AND THE NORTH WIND Book by Jerey Haddow Lyrics by Jerey Haddow and Thomas Tierney Music by Thomas Tierney (New York) EXTENDED STAY (New York) Book by Jenny Staord Lyrics by Jenny Staord and Scotty Arnold Music by Scotty Arnold (New York) HOW TO MARRY A DIVORCED MAN Book and lyrics by Bryan D. Leys Music by Clare Cooper (New York) MISS ISABELLA RAINSONG AND HER TRAVELING COM PANION Book, lyrics and mu sic by Ross D. Martin (Fulton, Maryland) SOMEWHERE BETWEEN Book, lyrics and music by Alan Becker (Vashon Island, Washington) THE STRANGER FROM SEVILLE Book and lyrics by Victor Kazan Music by Kevin Purcell (Melbourne, Australia) SEE MUSICALS PAGE 14


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 15 HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERFor more than 25 years, Pannullos Italian Restaurant has been serving Italian cuisine to customers in the middle of Park Avenue. Not bad for a restaurant put together in less than a month, said co-owner Michael Schwartz. Pannullos celebrated recently its 25th anniversary at 216 S Park Ave. The eatery, co-owned by Michael Schwartz and Richard Pannullo, has been a Winter Park staple for some time. The duo met working in the hotel industry in the early 1990s. The beginning of their restaurant on Park Avenue was marked by the fall of another the duo bought much of their initial equipment from a Sbarros Pizzeria asset sale. I sat on a bench across from (Sbarros) and counted the number of people walking in a few times, Scwartz said. I came in to eat a couple times, and we saw that the (owner) had managed to survive on Park Avenue for five years and decided we could do better because we were going to put in waiters and have it be a real restaurant. Schwartz, a longtime Dr. Phillips-area resident, had little knowledge of Park Avenue at the time and purchased the assets and lease for $50,000. They had some money saved not to mention the home equity loan Schwartz took out on his house but little else. That meant work on the restaurant had to begin right away, or the duo would go broke. Pannullos opened just 28 days later. Panullo still works the grill, while Schwartz helps wait tables the same as they did 25 years ago, with each co-owner running the restaurant three-and-a-half days a week. Pannullo typically handles much of the food, and Schwartz tackles numbers and logistics. We work two hours together on Thursday probably because wed drive each other nuts otherwise, Schwartz said. Its like a marriage. Sometimes you need space. The eaterys aesthetic remained the same until the early 2000s, when Schwartz married his wife, an interior designer. She recreated the inside with a distressed Tuscany style complete with faux stain glass and wall-sized murals. Schwartz credits their friendliness as well as their unpretentious food and prices as the reason customers still come to eat after all these years. He said he has patrons who had their first date at Pannullos and now take their grandchildren. When Pannullos was just beginning, it was only the fourth or fifth restaurant on Park Avenue, Schwartz said. People come in; they feel like theyre family, he said. Richard and I are on the floor, looking at the food. Managers come and go every six months, but were always there. As opposed to Pannullos 20th anniversary, where Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary awarded Schwartz and Pannullo a key to the city, the 25th anniversary was more low-key. Schwartz said he gave his co-owner a hug. He said a lot has changed since the early 1990s: the rise and fall of the Winter Park Mall; the Morse Museum that used to be smaller than his restaurant; grassy fields becoming Starbucks; and the upscaling of Park Avenue. But newcomers to the area dont bother him anymore. There was a period where we worried every time a restaurant opened, but now I dont pay attention or care, Schwartz said. I take care of my customers. The only thing that affects us is the weather. We could be at war, the price of gas could be be $8 a gallon, they could shut down Disney. Were gonna do what we do. Pannullos celebrates 25 in Winter ParkThe Italian restaurant has spent a quartercentury on Park Avenue. Courtesy photoPannullos has been delivering Italian cuisine for decades in Winter Park. 282417


16 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 266476 SATURDAY, AUG. 18MIKE & PATTY AT ALOMA BOWL 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Aloma Bowl, 2530 Aloma Ave, Winter Park. Patty & Mike, a musical variety duo, will be performing at Aloma Bowl. Swing by to listen to this talented duo play every thing from oldies to rock to classic country. For more information, call Aloma Bowl at (407) 671-8675. 36TH SUMMER ARTCAMP STUDENT EXHIBITION Saturday, Aug. 18, through Sat urday, Sept. 15, at the Showalter Hughes Community Gallery at Creald School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park. Since 1982, Creald has presented an annual exhibition featuring works of art from the 300-plus Summer ArtCamp participants, ages 4 to 17. The exhibition includes collaborative and individual works in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photog raphy. It is curated by Crealds Summer ArtCamp faculty. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. For more information, call (407) 671-1886.TUESDAY, AUG. 21BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS 7 to 8:30 p.m. for beginners and 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. for intermediates starting Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Keep Winter Park Beautiful presents ballroom-dancing lessons. Cost is $90 per person per session. This eight-week class is held each Tuesday evening. Arrive 30 minutes early to the rst class to register. Cash or check will be accepted as payment at that door. Students will be introduced to the fox trot, waltz, rhumba, cha-cha and swing. A portion of the proceeds benet Keep Winter Park Beautiful. Text the instructor Stuart Nichols at (321) 662-5565 with questions.WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22JEFF RUPERT QUARTET 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Je Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, a record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full-time professor and director of jazz studies at the University of Central Florida. Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Torm, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carters Harlem Renaissance, which won a Grammy. Cost is $15. For more information and tickets, visit, AUG. 23FLORIDA FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Thursday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave. Suite C., Winter Park. This four-day festival will showcase six new, neverbefore-produced musicals. One act of each musical will be fully performed concert-style, without staging, by varying casts of professional actors and musicians. The musicals within the festival include: Diamond & the North Wind, Extended Stay, Miss Isabella Rainsong & Her Traveling Companion, The Stranger from Seville, How to Marry a Divorced Man and Somewhere in Between. For more information and tickets, call (407) 645-0145 or visit A COLE PORTER REVIEW Through Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave. Suite C, Winter Park. An audience favorite from last years rst Florida Festival of New Musicals, Gigolo uses Cole Porter songs to tell the tale of a handsome playboy and his relationships. Inspired by the life of Por rio Rubirose, this musical revue features 25 Cole Porter classics, including Its De-Lovely, Youre The Top, Lets Do It and more. For showtimes and to buy tickets, visit 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. GALLERY TALKS ON REVIVAL AND REFORM ECLECTICISM IN THE 19TH CENTURY ENVIRONMENT 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Learn more about the rich diversity of styles, especially in leaded-glass windows, that made up the visual environment of the late-19th century in Europe and America. Space is limited, and there are no advance reservations. Free with admission. For more information, call (407) 645-5311. CELEBRATING 75 YEARS PATHWAYS OF AMERICAN ART AT THE MORSE MUSEUM Through Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Morse Museum opened its doors 75 years ago on Feb. 17, 1942, to provide the community with an opportunity to make art a part of their daily lives. Learn about the more than 60 objects in the exhibition. Free with admission. For more information, call (407) 645-5311. THIS WEEKCourtesy photo


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 17 rfntbf when the ONE-IN-CHARGEbecomes theNEXT-IN-LINE rfntbfwhen theONE-IN-CHARGEbecomes theNEXT-IN-LINE rfntbf when theONE-IN-CHARGEbecomes theNEXT-IN-LINE 272081 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORMusicians and guitarists in particular will go to varying extents to get the sound that they want. Some simply use a guitars natural sound, while others drench the instruments sound with timbre-altering pedals and amps. But some go even further. In the case of guitarist Steve Arvey, altering the sound through external means wasnt enough. He threw out the typical concept of what a guitar is, and the end result was his own cigar box guitar. When I got my first one, I didnt know what to do or how to tune it, so I came up with the tuning, and then I learned there were no instructions, Arvey said. I didnt know what I was doing, but I created an interesting sound from what I drew out of my mind. Arveys guitar is just as it sounds. Its body is composed of a cigar box filled with the usual electronics, with a typical neck and head. Most of these types of guitars have two or three strings with Arveys having the latter. But if youre one of those people that needs to see it for your self, youre in luck. Arvey and his cigar box axe will be on full display Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Blue Bamboo. Starting at 8 p.m., Arvey will put on a two-set show which will feature an intermission of his bluesy style take on both the cigar box guitar, as well as the acoustic guitar. This upcoming show isnt the first time Arvey and his cigar box guitar has made an appearance at the Blue Bamboo. Before putting on his first show there in March, Arvey approached Chris Cortez owner and president of Blue Bamboo about doing a show at the center. Cor tez was hooked once Arvey mentioned his cigar box angle to blues music. The thing I look forward to in an act and Steve is just dripping in this is authenticity, Cortez said. He has paid his dues in this genre and he is above reproach. Everyone knows who he is; hes got credibility. I love that. Im always looking for that kind of act regardless of what kind of style or genre they play.BLUES FROM THE BEGINNINGBlues is something that Arvey has known since he was a kid. Growing up in a suburb of Chicago a city known for its blues music scene Arvey found a passion for music at an early age. I heard a lot of blues music, and I just started jamming with these guys, and the next thing that I know, Im doing gigs with those guys, Arvey said. I started in Chicago pretty much playing bass. I played some drums, but there was more demand for bass players. Arvey played around at some of Chicagos blues clubs before making his way down to the Sunshine State to go to school at the University of Florida. That year 1978 Arvey met delta blues guitar player Ben Andrew and Bo Diddley who would become a major influence on him as both a musician and a player of cigar box guitars. Despite the years of playing blues since those early days, the cigar box guitar was something Arvey didnt truly discover until 2005, when he decided to dive into the instrument that dates back to the mid-1800s, when poor musicians were looking for a means of creating cheap instruments. Since then, Arveys collection of cigar box guitars ranges from about 30 to 40 many of which he either made or was gifted by other musicians and amateur builders. But of all the things that makes his cigar box guitars and music worthwhile, its the mediums ability to keep Arvey on his toes that really keeps the musician going. Im 60 years old now, and Im always learning to ways of attack ing music, he said. Thats the great thing about the cigar box there is something always new, and Im always learning. Its a sense of purpose, its a goal it doesnt matter what other people think or anything like that, you have to just keep advancing as a musician it never stops. Blues in a box The Annie Russell Theatre PRESENTS THE 86TH SEASON 2018-2019 Twelve Angry Men SEPTEMBER 28 OCTOBER 6, 2018Avenue Q NOVEMBER 16 DECEMBER 1, 2018A New Play (Title TBA) FEBRUARY 15 23, 2019Sweet Charity APRIL 19 27, 2019 407.646.2145 282827 Guitarist Steve Arvey, who has made a name for himself for both his music and cigar box guitar, will perform Sunday, Aug. 19, at Blue Bamboo. IF YOU GOSTEVE ARVEY WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 WHERE: Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park TICKETS: $15 INFORMATION: bluebambooart photoSteve Arvey will be jamming on his cigar-box guitar during his upcoming show at Blue Bamboo.


18 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 282344 8-16-18 rffntb rf nftbf f f b ff r f fff nf ff f rr rff ff rf rf b bffff b ff n ff f rf r fr tf rf t ff t tt t f nft ft f ff b bf t f t tf nr r fbf f rf b fb b nf fb f r r fff ffr ft t nf f r t ftf b tr n r fr n nr ft r f b f nf fnnb nf f fb f ft r t ff ff r ft tfr f r b r fntbtb b f f rr REAL BLACK TIEMaitland Chamber of Commerces Wine & Cheese! Maitland came together for a friendly night of food, drinks and mingling at the Maitland Area Chamber of Commerces Wine & Cheese! event Wednesday, Aug. 8. Guests sipped wine and snacked on cheese and other food while checking out tables managed by several notable Maitland businesses. HARRY SAYER Sandy and Eric Hornbacher chatted with Sherry Hornsby, of event sponsor Hornsby Law. Jo Gregg and Gordon Barma were all smiles. Lindsay Gigler-Hu and Cli Hu were ready to have fun. Craig and Nancy Ludin, of the Jewish Pavilion, came out to mingle. Valeria Paixao and Mariley Nascimento had a blast. ONLINESee more photos at


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