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Challenger baseball gives kids a chance to live their dreams. Athletics > 5 A dreamers fantasy takes literal flight in this Cirque du Soleil performance. Calendar > 4 Ovarian cancer survivor breaks dirty word taboos to educate. Interests > 3 Interests .................................................. 3 Calendar .................................................. 4 Athletics .................................................. 5 Stetsons Corner ...................................... 7 Ask Sandi ................................................ 7 Young Voices ........................................... 7 Classifieds ............................................... 8 Calendar > 4 The Mothers Day Teal Ribbon 5K Run and Walk will take off from the Oviedo Mall this weekend in support of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida. A veteran travels to the big city where he meets a mysterious millionaire with an obsession. Opening this week: THE GREAT GATSBY The home of a 26.12-acre Oviedo citrus grove moved a step closer to becoming a housing development after the City Council voted 5-0 to change its land use Monday. The change was part of a pro cess that could eventually see a planned development by Standard up to three homes per acre of the parcel of groves crossing Lee Av enue. That property density is less than would have been allowed in Seminole County before the city an nexed the land. Many of the citys former citrus groves have become housing devel opments, including near the pro posed site. What were asking for is con sistent with the adjacent develop ments, attorney Travis Rentz, rep resenting the builder, said. Though the development has legislative momentum, it still has several votes left before it becomes a reality. Its a long road yet, Mayor Dominic Persampiere said. to eating disorders. It wasnt the disorder itself that killed them, but the men tal and emotional anguish that drove them to take their own lives. I have seen it several times, port group for women with food addiction and eating disorders. Its tragic and angering because the truth of the situation is that this is a disease people cant con trol, and often times people are not given the opportunity to get the help they need. gest obstacles to people getting the help they need is the limited resources available in the com munity. She said White Picket Fence in Winter Park is one of few that treats the mental health and emotional aspects of obesity. I think theres a large stigma around eating disorders an orexia, bulimia and binging, it should be controlled by will. And that goes for people who suffer from it and people who dont. White Picket Fence founder and clinical director Sandee Neb el said many doctors still treat obesity as something that is con trolled through willpower, but she said there are always mental health and emotional issues that need to be addressed as well. People assume its about moving more and eating less, Nebel said. There are people who can do that and theyre good to go, but then there are others who have some emotional and mental health issues to work through. I try to compare it to an ice berg: What we see is above the surface, but theres so much more. Even those who struggle with being overweight or obese feel as if they should be able to con trol their behavior and Dr. Indira Abraham-Pratt, a psychologist 100 Kids program, which works with obese children and their families, said that feeling can make getting help even more dif We have a lot of families feel ing intimidated when they come to us, she said. They feel like they should already know how to do this. Its not as easy as the eat-less, move-more approach. We try to remove that stigma, to help them know theyre not at fault. Abraham-Pratt agreed that there arent many programs that attempt to treat the whole person when it comes to obesity. I have phone calls coming in all the time asking about other resources in the community. Families come from an hour to an hour and a half away because they dont have resources in their community, she said. Its quite scarce. A lot of times, families dont have the funds or insurance doesnt cover it, she added. Winning the eating disorder mind game PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Please see FENCE on page 2 White Picket Fence will host its rst fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Taproom at Dubsdread, 549 W. Par Street in College Park. Visit whitepicketfencecounselingcenter. com Get more information on Healthy 100 Kids at oridahospitalforchildren.com MEGAN STOKES The Voice Florida gets tapped TIM FREED The Voice F or thirsty patrons in the Roaring Twenties, a glass made it illegal to sell. From the back rooms of bar ber shops and spaghetti houses to open saloons behind peepholes, underground establishments kept the Even the vineyards found a way, selling dried grapes in containers marked with warnings to avoid storage in jugs for more than 21 days due to risk of fermentation. Was this a law-abiding measure or a reminder of the fruits wine making potential? But though glasses of wine transcended their legal taboo of prohibition has remained in Florida for nearly 80 years. Florida. Please see WINE on page 2 Citrus grove inches closer to becoming neighborhood ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice
Page 2 THIS WEEK in history May 15, 1942 Gasoline rationing begins in 17 Eastern states as an attempt to help the American war effort during World War II. By the end of the year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had ensured that mandatory gasoline rationing was in effect in all 50 states. Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Turnstile Media Group | POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice | 1500 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835 Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Seminole Voice 2012 TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.com SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com JGallagher@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Brittni Johnson Megan Stokes Tim Freed Kristy Vickery email@example.com Sandi@ChristianHelp.org SundewGardens@gmail.com KarenMPhillips@bellsouth.net Josh Garrick JoshGarrick9@gmail.com DSheehy@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Legal@FLALegals.com AShortridge@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Florida Press Association Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce Seminole Voice is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Con nect. CHAIRMAN: Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO: Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS: Patti Green & Jeff Babineau Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. 875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansTime for your health eye exam! Notes But Nebel said there is some progress being made in the treat ment of obesity. This year, for the in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Which means theres an op portunity for insurance to pay for treatment, Nebel said. Picket Fence Foundation about a year ago. They see about 20 pa tients a week for little to no cost out of leased space on the Calvary Church property in Winter Park, offering one-on-one and family counseling, support groups and meditation. But Nebel said she knows the need is greater. Its not very popular to say, Im overweight, let me go to counseling and work through this for a year or two, she said. People want immediate results, which is hard for some people to maintain. We hope to be able to help more people. FENCE | C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE WINE | Kegging law could save money and the environment C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE A Prohibition Era law that lim its the size of wine containers sold a bill in the coming weeks with a signature from Gov. Rick Scott. The current law bans the sale of wine in containers greater than 1 gallon. But by July 1, wine could be available in 5.16 gallon steel kegs and sold on tap in local res taurants and bars. I think its way overdue, said Rick Brown, a Winter Springs Commissioner and owner of mul tiple Tijuana Flats restaurant loca tions. Florida has been lagging behind in its ability to do away with bottles altogether and actu ally serve wine out of a tap. I think its really going to catch the wine to have the ability to serve a fresh glass of wine every time. Florida is one of only two states in the nation the other be ing Utah that doesnt allow win eries to distribute wine in kegs. Lobbying for the bill earlier this year was Free Flow Wines, a California-based wine kegging company that pioneered pre mium wine on tap as a concept. With Florida prohibited from sell ing wine in kegs, Free Flow Wines saw an opportunity for future business in the Sunshine State. The state of Florida, being the number two wine market in the United States of America, is a very important market for all of our winery clients, said Free Flow Wines founder and chairman Dan Donahoe. All of these wineries are very interested in selling their wines on tap in Florida, from very dining establishments like Luma in Winter Park. Donahoe stressed not only the economic possibilities that come with wine in kegs, but also the en vironmental role they play. The bill will allow a 5.1 gal lon reusable keg into the state of Florida, Donahoe said. That keg is tapped, 26 bottles from the trash cans at bars, restaurants and resorts in Florida. Multiply that across the num ber of kegs that each bar and res taurant will use, and it equates to an enormous green factor and savings on trash. The recent bill also caught the attention of Eola Wine Company, a wine establishment in Winter Park with a selection of more than 70 wines by the glass. I think it would be something unique to offer our customers, said owner Scott Schrope. Theres a few of the white wines that would be great to have on keg. That would be fantastic. Eola Wine Company General Manager Matt Coltrin gave his outlook on the future regarding kegs of wine in Florida. Bottling costs for wine are hugely expensive, so I think, in a matter of time, youll start to see some of the more innovative win eries trying it out, Coltrin said. I dont see it happening right away; it will take time to progress. Itll be interesting to see how it unfolds. News from WMFE Derek Blakeslee chairman of the Board of Trustees of Community Communica tions Inc., has announced the appoint ment of LaFontaine Oliver to the position of president and general manager for WMFE-FM (90.7 News). Oliver will man age station operations. SCPS principal transfers It was announced last week that three Seminole County high school princi pals will be transferring to new schools for next year. Mary Williams will be trans ferring from Lake Brantley to Hagerty; Mike Gaudreau will be transferring from Seminole to Lake Brantley; and Connie Collins will be transferring from Crooms Academy of Information Technology to Seminole. The following elementary principal transfers were also announced last week: CarolAnn Darnell transferred from Idylwilde to Evans; Robert Navarro transferred from Evans to Idylwilde; Tina Erwin transferred from Geneva to Winter Springs; Michelle Morrison transferred from Winter Springs to Stenstrom; and Maria Katz transferred from Partin to Pine Crest.
Page 3 Birthday presents usually come wrapped in carefully folded paper and shining bows, with warm smiles and celebration, but for Bonnie Donihi her 47th birthday was not quite as celebratory as she imagined. She was diagnosed with stage-three ovarian cancer, just three days before her birthday. It certainly was a shock; I had no idea, she said. I didnt even know what ovarian cancer was. She never imagined the cancer would re occur three times, and shed still be educat ing others about the disease 18 years later. I started realizing that people werent talking about ovarian cancer and I needed to get the discussion going, she said. Donihi then decided to start educating women about what she calls the dirty words that no one was willing to talk about, which led her to join a group of women from across the nation to form a Cancer Alliance of Florida (OCAF). She is now spreading the word to many women suffering their own personal battles with ovarian cancer; a disease that according to the CDC Gynecologic Cancer Statistics, affected 20,460 women in the U.S. in 2009, 14,436 of which were fatal. We live under this false sense of se curity that getting our annual pap smears [is] taking care of all genealogical cancers, when in fact, we dont have a test for uter ine, vaginal, or ovarian cancer, Donihi said. 5K Mothers Day Teal Ribbon Run & Walk at Oviedo Mall on May 12 to bring aware ness and advocacy to the disease so many know so little about. This message of education is really im portant, OCAF event coordinator Denise Lee said. And she (Donihi) is very decided to the organization. She said they are expecting a turnout of 700 to 1,000 people for the family event. Its a great community event, Doni hi said. Its just another avenue to raise awareness for our organization. Bonnies husband Tim will also be par ticipating in the event and said he couldnt be more proud of his wife of 44 years. Shes accomplished a lot, he said. The main reason she does it is because she doesnt want our daughters to end up in the same ovarian cancer prison she was in. in the Navy, Tim said its his turn to give back. All those years we went places, she had to follow along, she was a great Navy wife, he said. So Im trying to be a great husband now payback. years now, and she and her husband look forward to each new day they have togeth er, trying to cross as many things off their bucket lists as possible. Bonnie said every year they try to do something new. This year they are planning a trip to Mexico to swim with the whale sharks. I try to make every day count, and em brace life to the fullest, she said. I try to do something every day that Ill be proud of, because I truly know how short life can be. THIS WEEK in human history May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and wounded at St. Peters Square in Rome by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca. Agca claimed that he had planned to go to England to kill the king, but it turned out there was only a queen and Turks dont shoot women. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. AVAILABLE MAY 21ST ON BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, WITH DVD, DIGITAL COPY AND ULTRAVIOLET ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLU-RAY COMBO PACKSend us your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org BLACK L INE ART L OGOThe Black Line Art Logo should be used for production techniques and materials where detail or tonal versions cannot be reproduced. The correct size should be chosen to maintain the highest possible reproduction quality of the copyright symbol and A Comcast Company line. To ensure legibility, the Black Line Art Logo is available in large, medium, small and extra small sizes. The chart shows the correct size to use based on the width across the word Universal. Note: All sizes require the A Comcast Company line, except the extra small size. The extra small size intentionally does NOT contain the A Comcast Company line and copyright symbol. Also, the 00th Anniversary line is NOT to be used in the extra small size. r ffff n 3.05 decimal inches and larger ........ Large 1.55.0 decimal inches ............... Medium .755.5 decimal inches ................ Small .40.75 decimal inches ................ Extra Small LOGO S FOR USE IN tbt LOGO S FOR USE IN tbAND BEYOND The Mothers Day Teal Ribbon Run & Walk will be held May 12 at the Oviedo Mall. Check in for the 5K event begins at 6:30 a.m. For more information on OCAF, visit ocaf.org or call 407339-0024. Fighting dirty words KRISTY VICKERY The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Bonnie Donihi has spent nearly two decades breaking stigmas while teaching women how to detect ovarian cancer before its too late, working with the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida.
Page 4 May 10 May 16, 2013 Calendar MAY 10 On Friday, May 10, The Rural Heritage Center will honor our Storytellers XVI photography students who participated in a photography project offered by Crealde Art School and the Orlando Magic. Their pho tos from the Geneva area will be on display from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St. For more information, call 407-416-5239. The Seminole State College Planetariums The Kingdoms of the Stars explores the history of astronomy in the cultures of China and Japan. The Kingdoms of the Stars will be presented from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on May 10. For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit seminolestate. edu/planet, or call 407-708-2360. The city of Altamonte Springs has launched an inno vative academic outreach program that promotes career readiness in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) called the Altamonte Springs Sci ence Incubator (AS2I). Join us and learn how the pro gram is making a positive impact in Central Floridas STEM industry on Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at Lake Lotus Park. Visit AltamonteIncubator.org Workforce Central Florida will link veterans with em ployers at the inaugural Paychecks 4 Patriots Hiring Fair. Veterans, retired military and their spouses are invited to attend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at the National Guard Armory, 2809 S. Ferncreek Drive, Or lando. Employers interested in attending can register for free at WorkforceCentralFlorida.com/hiringevents Casselberry will be playing the Blues at the Art and Music in the Park & The Food Truck Bazaar on Fri day, May 10, in Casselberrys Lake Concord Park at 95 Triplet Lake Dr. behind Casselberry City Hall. The event is sponsored by the city of Casselberry and will feature blues band Daniel Heitz & the Revelators from 6 to 9 p.m. Join Central Florida Community Choir nearly 275 voices strong, as it presents When You Wish a concert full of Disney favorites With songs from Disney movies, theme parks, TV shows and Broad way musicals, this concert will have something for everyone. The show will be held on Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Northland Church located at 530 Dog Track Road in Longwood. Contact Sarah Mattingly at 407-949-7170 for ticketing questions or visit cfcarts. com/when-you-wish MAY 11 On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Central Florida letter carriers will take part in the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Were calling on Central Florida residents to leave a sturdy bag containing non-per ishable foods next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11. Local let ter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. MAY 12 The Mothers Day Teal Ribbon Run & Walk will be held May 12 at the Oviedo Mall. Check in for the 5K event begins at 6:30 a.m. For more information on OCAF, visit ocaf.org or call 407-339-0024. MAY 15 Celebrate Mothers Day with an unforgettable experi ence from Cirque du Soleil. Quidam from Cirque du Soleil will be in Orlando, playing the UCF Arena from May 15 through 19. Visit Ticketmaster.com for tickets. MAY 16 Please join the Seminole County League of Women Voters at Lake Mary Cork & Olive from 6 to 9 p.m. May 16 for the second annual Join the League for Wine and Cheese. Visit lwvseminole.com for ticket information. MAY 17 Looking for a fun night out with the girls? On Friday, May 17 you will be creating beautiful wine glasses during Girls Night Out from 7 to 9 p.m. The Cas selberry Art House is located at 127 Quail Pond Circle in Casselberry. Bring your girlfriends, favorite food and drinks, and enjoy this fun project. Cost is $10 for resident or $15 non-resident. Register online at casselberry.org/register Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com
May 10 May 16, 2013 Page 5 THIS WEEK in sports history May 10, 1967 Braves outfielder Hank Aaron hits an inside-the-park home run off Phillies hurler Jim Bunning. It will be Aarons only home run that doesnt clear the fence out of his Major League record-setting 755 round-trippers. Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comCommunity supported agriculture. Experience homegrown gardening: 866-314-3769AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train ONLINE for Allied Health and Medical Management. Job placement assistance. Computer and MEDICAL CAREERS BEGIN HERECall 888-203-3179www.CenturaOnline.com One Senior Place ... See our full Calendar of Events at OneSeniorPlace.com407.949.6733715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32714M-F 8:30am 5pmM O N DA Y, M A Y 13 Senior Club Sponsored by Family Physicians Group Every Monday 10am-12noon May 13 Computer Club May 20 Movie Day May 27 Closed for Memorial Day The Real Estate Specialists are IN 10am-1pm (also 20th) Presented by Exit Real Estate Results TU ESDA Y, M A Y 14 Why do hearing aids cost so much? 3:30pm-5pm (also 21st, 28th) Presented by Harmony Hearing Centers of America RSVP 407-545-4098 Crafts & Conversation 2pm-4pm Hosted by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care RSVP 407-949-6733 W ED N ESDA Y, M A Y 15 Medicare Educational Workshop 1pm-2:30pm Presented by Medicare Plan Options RSVP 407-949-6723 Senior Survival Workshop 2pm-4pm Presented by the Law Ofce of Kathleen Flammia RSVP 407-478-8700 THUR SDA Y, M A Y 16 The Real Estate Specialists are IN 9am-12noon (also 23rd, 30th) Presented by Exit Real Estate Results FRI DA Y, M A Y 17 Zumba Gold Exercise Class 11:30am-12:30am By Orlando Family Physicians SPEC I AL EVE N T: Womans Day Extravaganza! Friday, May 31 10am-2pm Massages, Make-Overs, Jewelry, Resources, Guidance, Door Prizes & Refreshments Hosted by One Senior PlaceCalendar of Events May 2013 1 They can tell a million incred ible stories about what happens Kids using walkers let go just long enough to hit a pitched base ball, others whose parents never thought theyd be social or fo cused enough to follow the game, hit balls and run bases like any other player. On the Challenger teams, anything seems possible. Oviedo Little Leagues Chal lenger team players have a range of mental and physical disabili ties, but they all have a passion for the game. Before Steve and Barbara Trim bles son Mark started playing baseball, doctors told them they better learn some sign language to communicate with him. Mark is autistic, and hadnt said a word even though he was elementary school aged. I never thought that he would ever have a word come out of his mouth, Barbara said. And then he got involved in Challenger baseball in 2002, and it made a world of difference in him. When he comes out here he just opens up, Steve said. Mark talks now, and greets and to his teammates, and gets up way too early on game days out all the players on the Challenger teams, said Jill Woodard, director of the program. They thank God every day they can be here, she said. Theyve lived their whole life watching their siblings play; now its their turn. Its an amazing thing for their parents to watch. When Kathleen Williams was pregnant with her son, she had the same dreams many moms have. She imagined her son playing sports maybe even going pro one day and going to dances and hanging out with friends. But then her son was diagnosed with autism, and even following baseballs rules seemed out of his reach. You start with the cants and every one of your dreams dies for your child, Williams said. You cry. But then they found Chal played football, and when he put on that jersey there was no way to stop the tears of joy, Williams said. Now CJ gets to live his own dreams. What these players over say, is extraordinary. If I sat down and thought about it, I would cry every time, said Wendy Saliga, whose son plays with CJ and Mark. Instead they smile. The moms and dads light up when they see their sons play and laugh just like any other teenager. Its an envi ronment and experience that cant be duplicated, Saliga said. The players also have volun teer student buddies, many of which play on their schools base ball team, to guide them during games and practices. The younger and minor league players need more help because they dont grasp the game yet, or physically cant do some things like pick up a ball or run the bases alone. The major league teams just need someone to encourage them to throw the ball in the right di rection or to be told to keep run ning toward home. And theres the same camaraderie youd see on any team. They come out here and they love these kids, Woodard said about her high school buddies. They learn whats important in life. You help them do what they love to do, and what we love too, were all the same, disability doesnt matter; were all here to play baseball. At the game, Marks dad Steve takes his stance, the ball is tossed toward him and he hits it right down the middle. Mark races around the bases, crossing home plate without a second thought. No one has to tell Mark to keep running, Steve says with a grin. DIAMOND DREAMS Challenger baseball reaches out to children and young adults with special needs BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Challenger player Rafael Vandestreek takes the eld with help from volunteer Cory Faiello and organizer Jill Woodard. For more information about Oviedo Little League and joining their Challenger team, visit oviedolittleleague.com
Page 6 Homes Voice $104,000 $108,160 $111,405 $115,861 $119,950 $119,950 $124,748 $129,738 $129,738 $134,928 $131,080 $171,819 $183,846 $225,219 $240,985 $89,861 $78,141 $59,882 $75,679 $82,486 $96,532 $99,939 $61,477 $75,896 $85,597 $85,595 $97,069 $84,961 W h i c h l i n e g i v e s y o u t h e b e s t c h a n c e f o r s u cce s s ? I llustr a tion per iod: 1 -1-2000 thr ough 1-1-2012. Each e xample sho wn assumes $100,000 initial pr emium with no withdr a w als M ar ket v alue based on the S&P 500 Index. H i s t o r i c a l perf o r m a n c e o f the S & P 5 0 0 I n d e x s h o u l d not be c onsider ed a r epr esen ta tion of cur r en t or futur e per f or manc e of the I nde x or of an y annuit y H ypothetical inde x annuit y pr oduc t illustr a tion assumes cr editing method of a 6% annual poin t -t o -poin t cap and annual r eset H ypothetical I nc ome R ider V alue assumes a 7% annual r a t e of r etur n f or inc ome pur poses I llustr a tion v alues r epr esen t g r oss r etur ns A ssumed annuit y r a t es and ac tual hist or ical pr ic es of the S&P 500 I nde x w er e used in this purely hypothetical example for the purpose of illustrating comparitive values and to illustrate how the Interest-Crediting Strategy might have guaranteed. Past performance does not guarantee future results. O N E S H OTY o u o n l y h a v e a t r et i r em en t w i ll f a ll6 0% o f A m er i c a n s s h o r t. M ember of(407)-644-6646w w w .aS af eHar b or .c omB ob A dams P r esiden t/CEOA S af eHar bor LL C bob@asaf ehar bor .c om Illustration period: 12-31-1999 though 12-31-2012According to paycheckforlife.com, three out of ve middle-class Americans entering retirement today are projected to outlive their nancial assets. Learn how to protect your retirement account from losses, maintain upside potential and maximize your lifetime income. Call us today for your PERSONALIZED SAFE MONEY REPORT. &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT W Brian Thomas Produce 110 Geneva Drive, Oviedo, Florida(Across From Ace Hardware) VINE RIPE TOMATOES RealtyTrac recently named Orlando as homes. Spring is in full bloom and it would appear love is in the air for inves tors hoping to make a killing in the Orlando real estate market. Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac vice president, stated May 1 that the average price investors were pay ing for homes in Orlando was $103,701, and the resale price when sold within six months or less averaged $168,677, a prof it of just under $65,000. The website went on to note that nearly 2,000 homes had been Investors typically purchase a home that needs some work with cash, remodel investment groups hire their own teams of contractors and buy supplies in bulk. Once the home is given curb appeal and some inventory down from 8,666 last March to the current supply of 6,937, there are fewer homes to choose from. Buyers however, are not discouraged by this fact. National Association of Realtors chief economist the growth of the housing sector is not limited by demand, but supply. Pending contracts are up nationwide 1.5 percent from February and predicted to increase 7 percent over 2012, and the investors are more now, theyre selling faster too. The average number of days a home is on the market in Orlando is down from 97 to 80 year-over-year. The news is fabulous for both buy ers and sellers. Many owners previously under water may no longer be upside down, and sellers that are not distressed can count on selling their homes faster and for more money. Multiple offers on homes are commonplace in todays market so sell ers dont have settle. While interest rates climbed slightly this week they remain in the 3 percent range, so even if a buyer pays a few thousand more, their payments are still affordable. Anyone looking for a reason to invest in the Orlando real estate market has plenty to choose from, and lo cal homeowners are reaping the rewards. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Contact her at 407-928-8294 or ChristinaSellsOrlando.com Orlando named top market in U.S. for house-ipping prot Christina Rordam Keepin it Real Estate
Page 7 T he early sunrise spread pink hues over the lake as a pair of eagles watched her from above their nest on the forked cypress branch. She sipped her coffee, closed her eyes and breathed in the morning. The late-blooming gardenia bush added a sweet scent to air not yet weighed down by humidity. Losing mom As beautiful as this second Sunday in May was, it didnt feel like Mothers Day. Six months ago what was supposed to be a hopeful New Year crashed before it began when she lost her own mother to a stroke. And just when she had started to regain her bearings from the postmor tem whirlwind, her son an nounced he was joining the Army ROTC and was now immersed in basic training three states away. She stepped off the porch and from the live oak, swept across her path, and silently relocated to a pine on the edge of the barbed wire fence line. Silence of an empty nest She welcomed the sounds of na ture. The woodpeckers intermit tent knocks, the chickens distant crowing, the trill of redbirds and the incoming trumpeting of sand hill cranes. Even the rumbling of a pickup and trailer hurtling down the dirt road was better than the silence. activities, frantic packing of a soon-to-be Army grunt, and now the abandoned silence of her empty nest. She spotted a group of deer in the side pasture with three fawns. Nurturing in the wild was so different. Hardest job and important lessons Were spoiled, she thought. Human moms expect to have their kids around for nearly a quarter century. Unlike the deer and wild turkey mothers who have a handful of months to teach and prepare their young for sur vival. Sand hill cranes moms must have the patience of Job to teach their chicks to walk months. Moms of all species have the hard est jobs in the world. Blending practical lessons of survival and discipline with social guidelines and nurturing affection is not easy. When she left the hospital with her newborn daughter 30 years ago she hoped patience and skill would come quickly. Like all moms, she learned that would not be the case. But through it all and resolve to teach her kids love albeit sometimes tough love and seek the humor and lessons for them and for her own soul. She did her best every day hormones, broken limbs and fragile egos. No matter how old she and they lived they would always be her babies. Mother and child at odds And then a week ago there was the argument with her daughter. Ten minutes of female frustration seemed to erupt out of nowhere and spun out of control. Ten minutes she wished she could erase. Six hundred harsh seconds worse, played out in front of her 4-year-old granddaughter. Some thing stupid, unimportant in the grand scheme, but still neither had apologized. She turned back to the house and surrender the battle. And then came another sound. A familiar vehicle rolled down the shell driveway toward her. It stopped yards away and her daughter jumped out and opened the back door. A miniature Alice in Wonder land holding a big pink card jumped out. Nana! Nana! Four-year old Alice ran full steam ahead toward her grandmother. Bracing for impact the huge hug unlocked of tears. She kissed the top of Alices blond head and opened her wet eyes. opened her arms to embrace her daughter and then a tall young man with a crew cut, dressed in our Geneva and surrounding area mothers! Heres what kids at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs had to say about what they like about team sports, baseball and softball. Im on the Green Fireflies softball team. I like when we hit the ball. We are playing against two purple teams. Our coach shows us how to throw and hit. We practice a lot. Today I play in the outfield. Camryn S. 5 years old Im on the Pride and Panthers travel softball teams. I like fielding and play first base. Our team has won many trophies. My coach taught me how to catch and throw properly. Ive played since I was 3. Abby G. 8 years old When the baseball comes to you, it might be hard to catch, so my coach says keep your eye on the ball. Ive made friends on my team. Its fun. Ive played since I was little. Davis P. 7 years old I like playing center field and also being the catcher. My baseball coach says to keep your elbows up and your eye on the ball. I use a metal bat and I like batting the ball. We practice a lot. Keenan M. 7 years old I used to play second base, and today my brother plays baseball. Now I play the clarinet in the Lake Mary High School marching band. Its fun to be on a team, and we will stay friends all our lives. Joel R. 15 years old THIS WEEK in political history May 16, 1717 French writer Francois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, is imprisoned in the Bastille. His satirical attack on politics and religion had infuriated the government, and Voltaire was arrested. Several times in his life, Voltaire was forced to flee one step ahead of arrest. Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Please share your thoughts about Geneva at 407-221-7002, karenmphillips@ bellsouth.net with Stetsons Corner in the subject line, or fax 407-349-2800. Thanks! This column is dedicated to Deputy Sheriff Gene Stetson Gregory, killed in the line of duty on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never be the same because of Deputy Gregory it will be better. TALK T O KAREN > Colleges are getting ready to graduate the class of 2013, and many of the students will face a tougher-than-expected job market. The good news is the job market is the best it has been years; the bad news is that it is still tough, es pecially for new graduates. If you are getting ready to graduate and you do not yet have a job planned, there are sev eral things you can do right away. on-campus career department to see what job fairs, on-campus recruiting and job opportunities they know about. Alumni are also welcome at many of these events. The second is to make sure you have a good resume, and the third is to network like crazy. The on-campus career depart ment is under-utilized from my conversations with new gradu ates. I think I walked into the one on my college campus once, at tended a job fair, and still walked away with no sense of closure. The people who work there have the sole purpose of helping graduates get jobs, and many em ployers, at least the larger ones, have recruiters who are focused on college grads. They may have seminars and other events you can connect to as well. A good resume is crucial for success. You can list your college activities, volunteering, intern ships, and jobs you have held. Make sure to highlight transi tional skills that can be used in the prospective job. Christian skills series that includes resume preparation. Classes are free and graduates. Networking is still the No. 1 way to get a job. It is OK to let your parents help you in this. My dad helped to secure my networking ever since. Reach out to student groups, association groups, chambers and meet-ups to meet people who can help you with your search. Lastly, never underestimate the power of a good internship. The experience and connections you will gain can be invaluable in your search. A Mothers Day reunion And then a week ago there was the argument with her daughter. Ten minutes of female frustration seemed to erupt out of nowhere and spun out of control. Ten minutes she wished she could erase. Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council, with more than 10 years of recruiting and human resources experience. For questions, please call 407-834-4022 ( fax 407-260-2949) sandi@ christianhelp.org or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > Sandi Vidal Ask Sandi Connections are your best assets HAVE AN OPINION? We want to hear it! 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