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I appreciate the time and effort that Commissioner Cooper puts into her newsletter.Page 12 Dancing for successColby Center for Dance in Maitland took home 12 national awards.Page 9 CalendarThe Musical of Musicals (The Musical) debuts at the Winter Park Playhouse on Friday.Page 7 For Cady Way triathlon photos, d Its 6:30 on a Saturday evening as Vickie Johnson reclines on a brown suede couch in her dimly lit living room. Its one of her favorite places to relax on the weekend at her tiny Altamonte Springs home. She sleeps on it too, ever since October of last year. She does that, she said, because shes guarding the front door. Though she lives in a relatively poor neighborhood along State Road 436 where Altamonte Springs addresses start blending into Casselberry, it isnt a fear of burglars that keeps her up at night. Seemingly everyone knows her here. They wave hello as they turn the corner to pass by her house. But Bank of America doesnt know Vickie Johnson. And shes worried about what the bank is going to do with her home. Im just waiting for the day they come to take my house away, Johnson said of the bank that issued her mortgage and is now trying to foreclose on it. Ive heard the horror stories where they show up out of nowhere to kick you out. I dont want my children to be the ones to answer the door.Always a ghterJohnson doesnt seem like the type of person who would be waiting to lose her home. Despite her situation, there is no pleading in her eyes. Her gogetter personality jumps out as soon as she shakes your hand. Though she grew up in a broken home, had her first child at 15 and tangled with the law as a teenager, the 39 year-old mother of four fought her way into adulthood. She battled to graduate high school. While she was working for Hughes Supply as a product database administrator, she paid her way through college to get an associates degree in health information technology. Now working as a medical billing and coding specialist, shes putting herself through college again, this time working toward a bachelors degree in computer information systems. Shes worked as an advocate for teens in the juvenile justice system. Shes the secretary of her homeowners association. She volunteers for the neighborhood watch program. But none of that seems to have much bearing on the mess of financial trouble that fills a huge handbag she carries with her everywhere. Its bursting with foreclosure notices and years of legal paperwork. Its been almost two years to the day since her problems started. On Aug. 10, 2009, she was laid off from her job of 13 1/2 years. Thats when the struggle to pay her mortgage began. She kept fighting and landed another job. But a year after starting a new career at Raytheon, a government military contractor, she was laid off again, and her prob-PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERVickie Johnson stands in front of the home shes trying to keep, as a foreclosure threatens to take it away.ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Losing the American dream Battling foreclosures, many are nding little outside help Please see FORECLOSURE Page 2Maitlands mayor will present a new vision for downtown redevelopment that includes shared parking during a workshop held noon Friday in City Council chambers. The two core pieces of the citys defunct Maitland Town Center project the former Winn-Dixie and Royal Plaza properties have broken free of bankruptcy and have a new owner, New Traditions National Bank, which has offices in the Royal Plaza. The properties were already in foreclosure when the city terminated the development agreement with Brossier Co. at the end of 2010. Brossier declared bankruptcy to stave off a foreclosure auction. Master planNow Brossier is completely out of the picture, and the city is looking to start anew with fresh plans. The city contracted with Professional Design Associates in Orlando to draft a master site plan for the blighted parcels that incorporates city property just to the west for a parking garage with a retail component. That plan is still conceptual, said Ed Cantu, project manager and designer for Professional Design Associates. Nothing is set in stone because the market is in constant flux, Cantu said. Its more of an exercise to enhance the downtown. Mayor Howard Schieferdecker said the idea is to have one development that gets developed all at once, even if there is more than one property owner. The city is already in the middle of constructing a new fire station and city hall on Independence Lane and Packwood Avenue. The city and the property JENNY ANDREASSON Observer StaffReshaping downtownMaitland to reveal new plans for redevelopment at Friday workshop PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF MAITLAND Brossier Co.s plans for downtown Maitland (above) fell through. Now the city is hoping to shape future development on the site. Please see DOWNTOWN Page 3 visit wpmobserver.com
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But it hasnt been enough. Nobodys listened.Floridas albatrossAt 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, a calmly confident man in nondescript slacks and checkered button-down shirt steps up to a podium in an auditorium at Winter Parks St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. David Westcott has driven more than 250 miles from Tallahassee to tell 100 homeowners how he can help them save their homes. The clock is ticking away for homeowners who have already fallen behind on payments, he said. The longer they wait, the worse it gets. There are a number of different options for folks, but if people dont admit that Hey, I have a problem and I need it solved, then the road gets narrower and narrower down toward foreclosure, Westcott said. Thats where Westcott comes in. Three months ago, his organization, the Florida Housing and Finance Corporation, got the official go ahead to help disburse the $1 billion federal Hardest Hit Fund, which gives money to homeowners who have fallen behind on payments and are in danger of losing their home. But with Floridas record number of foreclosures, coupled with strict rules for qualifying for assistance, getting the money to those who need it has been harder than originally hoped. The numbers have been daunting. In Florida, 22,377 homeowners filed for foreclosure in July 2011, second only to California, the most populous state in the country. Florida has consistently ranked among the states hardest hit by foreclosures, falling housing prices and unemployment, foreclosure relief advocate Joan Flewelling said. .7 million Floridians have been affected by foreclosure filing. Thats almost 10 percent of the population. Its a problem that will only grow if Floridas homeowners cant get relief on their mortgages, said Florida Rep. Darren Soto (D-Orlando), who handles foreclosure cases as an attorney. If we dont do this, we will have a generation of Floridians who are scorned with bankruptcy, Soto said. Foreclosures are our albatross. We need to get aggressive with this issue now.Helping the hardest hitThats just what the Hardest Hit Fund was designed to address. With an initial projection of giving homeowners up to $12,000 each to help satisfy payments, the program was expected to keep the aver age homeowner afloat for six months. But there are hitches in that plan that will prevent many homeowners from keeping their homes, Westcott said. It stops paying at six months; nationwide, the average time a laid-off worker remains unemployed is nearly 10 months, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said. It also only applies to those who are unemployed or underemployed. Death, divorce and disability arent considered with the Hardest Hit Fund, Westcott said. For many homeowners, those restrictions have been the nail in the coffin for their homes.Three times the hurtAs Westcott sits down from the podium at St. Margaret Mary, a skinny 50-something woman in a light blue denim skirt, blue blouse and thin-rimmed glasses hobbles up on an injured foot, reaches for the microphone and launches into a tirade. Three years ago, Mary Bladys husband, who works in construction, was laid off when the housing market collapsed in the wake of the recession and lending crisis. Then when they couldnt pay their mortgage on time, the bank foreclosed on their Winter Park home, where they had lived for 10 years. The banks caused this, then we helped them with a huge bailout, and now theyre foreclosing on our homes, she said. How crazy is that? When she found out that the Hardest Hit Fund might be able to save her house, she said she discovered that despite her husband barely being able to find work, they didnt qualify. Why dont you just hand over that billion dollars to the banks now and save a few trees? she said. You can even give em our house keys. Fixing a broken systemThats the type of problem Westcott said hes trying to address. Getting community activists together will only improve that voice, he said. But there are limits to how many homeowners the Hardest Hit Fund can help and how much it can give them, he said. Wherever you draw the line, unfor tunately theres going to be somebody on the other side of that line, he said.Fighting backFor now, the tiny yellow-and-white blockhouse at the corner of Teakwood Lane is still Vickie Johnsons home. Still talking on the couch Saturday evening, shes casually watching TV as pastor Timothy Clark bellows out a sermon into the air waves. The woman respected herself he said in the background. She still smiles when she talks about her house, even if shes been battling foreclosure for two years. Even as shes still on the other side of that line. It was something to call mine, she said, recalling the joy of buying her house 14 years ago. I had a home, a yard, a swing set. It was home. It was ours. It was the American dream. Shes smiling a little more today. Tired of waiting for her bank to respond to her requests, she used the last forbearance payment shed sent which she said the bank claimed never arrived to hire a lawyer to try to save her home. Once again, the woman who never gave up is battling back. Ill tell you one thing, she said, looking around her living room filled with photographs of her children and more than a decade of memories. Its not worth much, but its worth the fight.FORECLOSURE | Hardest Hit Fund meant to keep distressed homeowners afloat for six months CONTINUED FROM FRONT P AGE PHOTO BY ISAAC BACOCK THE OBSERVERSchakolad Chocolate F actory, 1907 Aloma A ve., hosted a customer appreciation event on Aug. 11. Visit wpmobserver.com/photos/galleries for more photos.Chocolate appreciation
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A front liner building with shops and restaurants would hide much of the garage and wrap around to the park in front of the new city hall, Schieferdecker said. Schieferdecker stressed that this is a concept and has not been vetted by the City Council or any city boards. Fridays work session will begin that process. This is just a vision so we can promote to developers and give them the incentive in seeing the opportunity to go ahead and work with this, Schieferdecker said.Projects on horizonThis is just one of the proposed projects to be discussed on Friday. Also in the pipeline is a proposal by Atlantic Housing Partners to build 90 senior housing units on U.S. 17-92 and Sybelia Avenue. Across the street to the south is the Estates at Maitland (formerly Residences at Ravinia) property, slated to have 425 apartment units and 20,000 square feet of commercial development. Theres a proposal to redevelop the northwest corner of the intersection of Horatio Avenue and 17-92 with 28,000 square feet of retail, restaurants and a pharmacy. The city also plans some roadwork, including extending Independence Lane to George Avenue, opening up the main downtown artery. It will also extend the citys stormwater grid, tying it to the regional stormwater facility. Horatio Avenue is slated to get new turn lanes, traffic calming and on-street parking. Plans for the citys SunRail station will be discussed. Theres also a transitoriented development project planned for the Parker Lumber property adjacent to the SunRail station that is in very preliminary stages, Schieferdecker said. We have a lot more (projects) coming, he said. As long as the economy keeps going, I think well be OK. These developers are doing plans and spending money; theyre not saying this is something were going to do one day. Bonus was also optimistic about the downtown redevelopment making progress after being stalled for years. Its been a difficult journey, very incremental, he said. We were in such a deep hole with the Bob Reese (Maitland Town Center) deal. To be able to claw our way back to surface and step up on an orange crate or two and show leadership has taken a long time. Fridays noon workshop is open to the public.DOWNTOWN | Major Maitland projects take off CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 4 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Maitland Police Ofcer Andrew Moore was presented with an award for his efforts in identifying and apprehending impaired drivers on Aug. 8. Last year, he made 49 arrests of drivers who were driving while impaired on the city streets. He was responsible for individually making 30 percent of all arrests for DUI in 2010. His efforts were a signicant contribution to the Maitland Police Departments rst-place nish in the Florida Department of Transportation Law Enforcement Challenge. Also, Maitland Police Ofcer Kevin Plumlee was presented with an award in recognition of his efforts at educating and enforcing the safety belt law. Ofcer Plumlee has a passion for drivers to be as safe as possible when they drive. During the recent Statewide Click it or Ticket campaign Ofcer Plumlee issued 90 percent of all citations that were written in Maitland. Maitland City Council on July 11 approved the long-term lease of the Art & History Museums two sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The approved lease provides for a 51-year term and an evergreen provision with the intent that the lease will automatically extend each year, so that the A&H will continually have a 51-year term with which to seek funding opportunities for future growth. There will be a lease-signing ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maitland Art Center.School newsLocal residents recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design: Mary Disser of Winter Park earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion with a minor in advertising. Laura Hellinger of Winter Park earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interactive design and game development with a minor in graphic design. The following local Kaplan University students were awarded degrees: Jennifer Amora of Winter Park was awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in interdisciplinary studies. Jessica Powers of Winter Park was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.Ways to give backA construction team from First United Methodist Church of Winter Park is going to Trenton, Geor gia, from Aug. 19-22 to help needy families who lost their homes during tornadoes last April. Eighty percent of low-income housing was destroyed in the community, and many do not have insurance to repair or rebuild. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jensie Gobel at email@example.com The rst $10,000 raised through the Foundations Classrooms Supplies Campaign will be matched $1 for $1 by the states School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program to support low-income classrooms. More than 100,000 Orange County students are on the Free and Reduced Meal Program. 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Tenants include Central Florida Indoor Sports Center, Green Planet Landscaping & Irrigation, Calderon Automotive Repair Services and Carls Tropical Tint. Goldenrod CommerCenter, located at 1460-1476 N. Goldenrod Road, is 90 percent leased. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, was recently awarded a contract to design interior improvements for the 5,000 square foot School of Rock in Oviedo. SIKON Construction, with ofces in Maitland, appointed Nicole Flier as manager of marketing and business development. Mattamy Homes will host a showcase luncheon for Orlando area Realtors on Tuesday Aug. 30 at Tuscany Place on Millenia Boulevard. Representatives of Holler Hyundai and the city of Winter Park opened the new VIP showroom building at the dealership that is designed to showcase the luxury Equus and Genesis vehicles and is staffed by specially trained product experts. Rhodes+Brito Architects in Orlando was recently awarded a continuing services contract to provide architectural services for the city of Eatonville. Beazer Homes has started presales of 157 single family homes it plans to build at Woodland Lakes Preserve, located off Curry Ford Road near Alafaya Trail in east Orlando. Winston-James Development LLC recently leased 938 square feet of ofce space at the Aloma Business Center in Winter Park to Applied Behavior Center for Autism. Forty-three Full Sail University graduates were involved in the creation of Captain America: The First Avenger, in roles ranging from lead character rigger and senior stereoscopic rotoscope artist to re-recording mix technician and digital effects supervisor. Forbes ranked Rollins College rst in Florida and 133 nationally among more than 650 undergraduate institutions in Americas Top Colleges. Winter Park High School student Natasha Fleury and Edgewater High School student Graham Galloway were honored as the Most Outstanding Youth Leaders at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerces Youth Leaders Class IX graduation luncheon in July. They received savings bonds from BankFIRST. Visit www.winterpark.org. Pictured from left to right are Galloway; John Casebier, BankFIRST; and Fleury. Outstanding youth On Aug. 1, The Old School Gator host Roger Franklin Williams interviewed former Florida Gators Carlos Alvarez, John Reaves, Dr. Mac Steen and Dr. Larry Williamson. Nearly 100 fans crowded into Del Friscos Orlando to enjoy an event in which the four former teammates joked and reminisced with each other. Gators reunion Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida announced their rst-ever partnership. Goodwill CEO Bill Oakley accepted at $91,481 grant check from HFUW that will be used to launch Money $ense, a nancial literacy program designed to help improve the scal stability of Central Floridas most vulnerable citizens. For details, visit www.hfuw.org New Goodwill partner Join Today! Get Involved!Winter Park Republican Womens GroupLuncheon Meetings held monthly at Flemings in Winter Park. Spouses welcome! Call 407-718-9355 for more information.
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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 6 Winter Park / Maitland Observer A storm comes through Maitland and from your window you see a tree limb blocking the street. What should you do? The answer is simplecall the City! The information you deliver is by City staff. Decisions on resources needed and priority are based on the information you provide. For example, a blocked street may require the rerouting of emergency vehicles until the response team can clear a travel lane. cities in Orange County to complete storm debris clean-up operations after the storms of 2004. That was made possible in part by the reports of citizens calling and e-mailing accurate infor mation about trees in the Citys rights of way and properties. To report a problem, call us. But above all, dont become part of the emergency. Downed power lines, windblown debris and falling branches can injure or kill. The City has personnel who are trained to work safely in these conditions. If all you communicate is the location of the tree or tree part, a City staff member will come out and scout the situation before allocating resources. Be prepared to answer the following questions: 1) Address and location of tree/ branch and your phone number. 2) Is anyone injured, people caught in a car or home? 3) Is the tree at rest on a home or car with no injuries or people caught in car or home? 4) Is the tree a private tree or a City tree? 5) Is there a power line involved? If yes, did you call the power company? 6) Is the tree or branch fully blocking a street? If only one lane is blocked, note this 7) Is the whole tree up-rooted, leaning, or completely down? 8) Are the broken branches at rest on the ground or are they hung up in the tree? 9) How big is the tree? 10) Is the tree or branch blocking the sidewalk only? 11) Is the tree or branch blocking the exit from home or business? The phone numbers to call: During a storm (not a declared emergency): Day (8 a.m. 5 p.m.) 407-5393973 After hours 407-539-6262 During a declared emergency (tropical storm, for example), these are the numbers to call: All hours: 407-875-2746 After a declared emergency/ post storm clean-up: Day (8 a.m. 5 p.m.) 407-5390744 After hours 407-539-6262 Please do not place tree/yard debris from private property in the street. All debris should be placed in the area where it is normally picked up. Debris on private property is the responsibility of the property owner to depose of. Thanks for your participation in the past and in the future in your community.Brian Dierks, City ArboristCity Council Agenda of Aug. 22, 2011City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for August 22nd in the Council Chambers, 1776 Independence Lane. Below are items that will be addressed at that meeting. Special Presentations:versary Public Hearing: AmendmentConsent Agenda: of August 8, 2011 Minutes of August 8, 2011 visory Board Minutes of May 12, 2011 & June 9, 2011 Pipeline Corp. & CCI/ Spectra Shield Liner Systems ing Transport Vehicles Maximum Weight RestrictionsDecision Item: Date North Bridge Development Agreement Discussion Items: & Licensing Regional Work Group Requested by Mayor Schieferdecker For updates, please check our website at www.itsmymaitland. com.Communicating city tree emergenciesCoffeeTalk featuring Vice Mayor LearyPlease join Vice Mayor Steven Leary for a cup of coffee on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6-7 p.m., at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. This is the citys sixth year in holding these annual CoffeeTalk sessions for residents that have a latte on their minds or some beans to grind. This is your opportunity to talk with Vice Mayor Leary in an informal environment and ask him any questions related to city business. Special thanks to Palmanos Roastery and Espresso Bar for donating the coffee. Aug. 22 City Commission meeting topics of interestThere will be a City Commission meeting on Monday, Aug. 22, at 3:30 p.m., in City Hall Commission Chambers located at 401 Park Ave. S. Below are a few topics of interest:Mayors reportProclamation Miss Florida Kristina Janolo, former Miss Winter Park. Board appointment to the Ethics Board.Consent AgendaApprove the minutes of Aug. 8. Approve the following pur chase and contracts: community center contract with Turner Construction Company and authorize the mayor to execute the change order document. Orlando contract with TAW Or lando Service Center, Inc., for electric motor and pump repair and authorize the mayor to execute the piggyback contract. Approve the 15 foot water main easement located at 811 S. Orlando Ave. (Publix), between the Hollieanna Shopping Plaza and Winter Park Business Center. Approve the extension of the Conservation Easement for 250 N. Interlachen Ave. for the Morse/Genius Foundations. Approve the naming of the amphitheater at the new Winter Park Community Center to the Ruby Ball Amphitheater. Approve the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services guidelines on food preparation for Satur day Farmers Market vendors. Award IFB-11-2011 Continuing Services Contract Concrete to multiple vendors: A. L. Construction Enterprises, Inc.; Allcrete Inc.; Castille Company, Inc.; and Conpilog Construction Div.Public hearingsRequests of the city of Winter Park: dinance amending Article III, Zoning the standards for sigditional use approvals on buildings more than 10,000 square changes to conditional use approvals and the standards for building approvals in the Hannibal Square Neighborhood Commercial District. dinance amending Article III, Zoning so as to revise the approval procedures for the approval of building projects on such waterfront lots. dinance amending Article I, Comprehensive Plan to adopt new public notice and adoption procedures for amendments to the citys Comprehensive Plan, Goals, Objectives and Policies document, substituting for the current amendment procedures. First reading of the ordinance authorizing the refunding of the Water and Sewer Revenue bonds, Series 2002.City Commission reportsCommissioner Leary Commissioner Sprinkel Commissioner Cooper Commissioner McMacken Mayor Bradley Please note: There is a work session scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to discuss Ravaudage. sions full agenda and informacial website at www.cityofwinterpark.org and by clicking on Government > City Commission > Packets.Budget work sessionThere will be a budget work session held immediately following the regular City Commission 2012 budget.Launch of citys newest technology to promote local businessesPlease join Mayor Ken Bradley, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Chapin and SaveMyCity Director of Business Development Mike Harris at a media event on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., on the front steps of City Hall to learn about this new technology where the community can save money, support local businesses and shop Winter Park. Attendees of the launch can enjoy free samples from several SaveMyCity participating mer chants including: Sprinkles, Sassafras, Nelore, Menchies Frozen Yogurt and Barnies Coffee & Tea Company, among others. City to celebrate grand opening of its rst LEEDcertied buildingThe city will celebrate the completion of the new Winter Park Community Center, located at 721 W. New England Ave., with a Ribbon-cutting Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. The 38,000-square-foot, state-of-theart facility will be open to the public for an Interactive Open House on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As part of the citys sustainability initiative, the serve water and improve indoor air quality for guests making it ership in Energy and Environgreen building. For additional event information regarding the Winter Park Community Center or to book event space, please call 407-5993334. 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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 7 Winter Park / Maitland Observer CalendarTHURSDAYWhen is the right time to broach the topic of estate planning with your parents? Elder care attorney Kathleen Flammia will answer such questions at the next JPM2 meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Glickstein Laval Carris, P.A., 555 Winderley Place, Ste. 400, Maitland. Lunch is $10. The Crosby YMCA and Visiting Angels are teaming up for the Alzheimers Caregiver Project with Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimers Disease: The Basics on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at 2005 Mizell Ave, Winter Park. Please call 407-447-5971 to register or for more information. The Alzheimers Association will hold an input session at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., on what a national Alzheimers plan should Dont miss the Goldenrod Chamber of Commerces next Business After Hours at the Tilted Kilt, located at 11650 University Blvd. on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 407-677-5980. CoffeeTalk featuring Winter Park Vice Mayor Steven Leary is 6-7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave. Its free. Call 407-599-3428.FRIDAYThe Winter Park Police Department will host its rst Kicks4Guns buyback event at Holler Hyundai, 1150 N. Orlando Ave., from 7 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 19. No questions, no ID required. There will be gift cards in exchange for any unwanted gun(s). Call 407-599-3664. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) debuts at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave. # C, on Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 28. One story becomes ve entertaining musicals, each written in the distinctive styles of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb. Call 407-645-0145 or visit www.winterparkplayhouse.orgSATURDAYBallroom dance to the Armand Marchesano Orchestra on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Beardall Center on Gore Street and Orange Avenue. Hours are 7:30-10 p.m. and the charge is $4, which includes refreshments. Call 407-246-2637.SUNDAYRaising Chickens in Central Florida workshop is a two-hour event, costing $20 ($5 discount for Simple Living members or Sundew Harvest Gardeners). It starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 at Sundew Gardens, 2212 Red Ember Road, Oviedo. RSVP to Sundewgardens@gmail.com or 407-430-2178.WEDNESDAYJoin JFS on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at noon for a lunch and learn womens forum titled Crafty Couponing Tips at JFS 2100 Lee Road in Winter Park. Learn the many tips, tools and techniques of couponing from Mary Edwards, owner of Couponers United. The cost is $7 and includes a light lunch catered by Brio. RSVPs are requested by Aug. 22. Register online at www.jfsorlando.org or call 407-644-7593, extension 227.ONGOINGTrinity Prep, the Walt Disney World branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs and seven other area high schools will present the Broadway musical Hairspray at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-20; and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Its at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Tickets are $10. Email Janine Papin at papinj@ trinityprep.org or call 321-282-2508. Virtual exhibitions devoted to Zora Neale Hurston, done by Professor of Art History Susan Libbys Introduction to Art History II students, are on display at the Winter Park Public Library through Wednesday, Aug. 31. To submit an event to the calendar section, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 8 Winter Park / Maitland ObserverLifestyles Thank you for your continued annual support! Champion of Choices Char-Don Catering, Inc. Extra Space Storage Financial Harvest Wealth Advisors Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra James B. Madison, M.D. Sandra Cash Jones Orlando Orthopaedic Center Palmano Group Real Estate Brokerage, LLC Parker Events Smart City The Marketing Square The Village At Lake Lily 5+ Years Allergy & Asthma Associates of Central Florida Aloma Bowl Bailey's Coffee Service, Inc. Billings, Morgan, & Boatwright, LLC The Bistro on Park Centennial Bank Diane Goll Kuykendall Gardner m e i civil Oral and Facial Surgeons of Mid-Florida Pookie's Pet Nutrition & Bow Wow Bakery Savannah Court & Cottage of Oviedo The Lofts of Winter Park Una Donna Piu Visiting Angels of Orlando/Winter Park 10+ Years Florida Community Bank Orange County Clerk of the Courts Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. Seminole Office Solutions 15+ Years Orange County Classroom Teachers Association Orange County Tax Collector Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Slocum Platts Architects, P.A. 20+ Years C. Brenner, Inc. Marlowe and Weatherford, P.A. 25+ Years C & S Press, Inc. Winter Park Public Library Winter Park Veterinary Hospital 35+ Years Muller & Sommerville, P.A. Park Avenue Area Association members Chamber Trustees are listed in blue The businesses, organizations and individuals listed below have c hosen to support your local Chamber of Commerce again in 2011 by renewing their membership. Please join us in thanking them for their investment in our community the next time you shop, ea t, or call on their place of business. For more information on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, our members, or upcoming events, visit us at the Winter Park Welcome Center, call (407) 644-8281 or log on to www.winterpark.org. As a woman beginning her career in the early 1960s, Lucy Morse was just doing what interested her when she earned a bachelors degree in mathematics in 1959. At that time, a lot of young women didnt even think about having a career, let alone one in the math and science field. To her, math was easy. Her mother was a math teacher, and her father was an engineer. Math and science were in her blood. Morse recently received the Bernard R. Sarchet Award in engineering management education from the American Society for Engineering Education in June, as a testament to her accomplishments in the normally male-dominated world of engineering. First of her kindMorse became the first woman from the University of Central Floridas College of Engineering to earn a Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 1987. She was 50 when she did it, having gotten into the field after she moved to Central Florida and had a conversation with someone at a party in Winter Park. Im very proud to have gotten a Ph.D., she said. Its a big accomplishment Being the only woman, you get teased all the time. My Ph.D. was in perseverance. Besides co-authoring a Prentice Hall engineering management textbook, Managing Engineering and Technology, Morse also developed two distance learning video series for educators to teach to non-traditional students that were distributed nationally through PBS. Shes won several awards, worked on engineering journals and has authored or contributed to hundreds of articles. Shes also served as the chair of the Winter Park Board of Adjustment since 2008.Inspiring womenShe was a full-time faculty member at UCF until 2007, but still teaches engineering management in the spring. For some students, such as former student Jennifer Annan, Morses impact of being a quiet pioneer for women in the field of engineering will linger long after students walk out of her classroom. Sometimes you get picked on a little bit, and seeing her as a reference point, someone that has weathered the storm and is still succeeding and being respected, is what I thought about when I was having a tough day, said Annan, a 2006 graduate of engineering technology. Calling Morse a quiet force in bringing women to the engineering field, Annan said, She wasnt this outspoken advocate. She mainly wanted women to be equal in the field. She wanted woman to be respected. I think shes done a good job in trying to bring about that change. While Morse was pursuing her Ph.D., she started the Womens Reentry Program in 1982 with about 25 women who already had a degree in science or math looking to pursue higher learning. The program led to UCF experiencing its first round of women in the engineering graduate programs at UCF. Morse also initiated and administered a program called Expanding Your Horizons in Engineering, Math and Science aimed at exposing middle school girls to technical careers. Morse also served as the program manager for the Engineering Directorate National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., where she managed programs for women and minorities in engineering. Lasting impactUCF ranks in the top 13 percent of engineering institutions that have awarded bachelor degrees to women in engineering, according to the American Society of Engineering Education. Undergraduate female enrollment in the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science has grown to about 14 percent and has held steady over the past few years. Kim Small, an undergraduate academic adviser in the College of Engineering at UCF, said Morse is a role model in the engineering field. I know she has female students that still correspond with her, she said. To me, when you have someone that still has former students who contact them, youve made an impact.PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERLucy Morse, who serves on the Winter Park Board of Adjustment, initiated programs to bring women to the engineering eld. She earned her PhD at 50.CARMEN CARROQUINO Observer Staff Paving the way for women in engineering Paving the way for women in Paving the way for women in Paving the way for women in Paving the way for women in engineering engineering &Be our fan on Follow us on WPMObserver Winter Park-Maitland Observer Winter Park resident and UCF professor honored for her devotion to education
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 9 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Family Calendar Children in pre-K through fth grade are invited to join the Childrens Choir at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. The choir will rehearse on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, visit fumcwp.org/register Parents Morning Out at Whole Foods Winter Park is from 8:3010 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Parents, join them every third Thursday at the front of the store to enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, pastry and a free veminute massage. Trinity Downtown will host its third annual Downtown BBQ Cookoff and Family Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on its campus at 123 E. Livingston St., Orlando. The end-of-summer event features a BBQ cook-off showcasing professional and amateur teams from the Central Florida area. The Summer ArtCamp Student Exhibition will feature projects from more than 300 ArtCamp participants. The exhibition runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 24 at the Creald School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd. Call 407-6711886 or visit crealde.org/index The Crosby YMCA and Florida Hospitals Parenting Education Series continues: at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at 10 a.m. All classes are held at the Crosby YMCA Wellness Center, 2005 Mizell Ave., Winter Park. Call 407-303-2599 to register. Path2d1 Inc. will hold its Central Florida High School Sports Seminar & Expo on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. Conrmed panelists include Doc Rivers, head coach of the Boston Celtics. To register, visit tinyurl. com/c highschoolsports The Orange County Health Department is offering a free small device that could help save a child from drowning. Anyone who has a residential pool with children between the ages of 1 and 9 years old may be eligible to receive free door alarms that can be placed on a door or window leading out to the pool area. Call 407-858-1456. The Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., has story times for toddlers and preschoolers at 6 p.m. every Monday and 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Baby story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Reading Buddies is at 4 p.m. every Thursday. Call 407647-7700. Children in pre-K through fth Classic Iron Beds AND Designer Linens 407-982-4319All iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations (cannot be used on any oor sample sales) All iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations (cannot be used on any oor sample sales) As the girls began dancing, the audience went eerily silent. Its incredible to watch them, mom Ann Henderson said. The words are powerful; the girls are powerful. Draped in delicate lavender costumes with light green sparkles to catch the light, the girls of the Colby Center for Dance in Maitland danced their way to 12 awards at the Candance National Competition, including the National Junior Champions prize, a top honor at the competition. One member of their team, Alex Gagliano, was named National Junior Miss Candance, ranking her as the top dancer aged 12 and younger, out of dancers from all over the U.S. and Canada. Their winning routine was to an inspirational song called The Wishing Well, and the eight-member team mesmerized the audience, said Henderson, whose younger daughter danced that night as her other daughter sat as a proud coach in the audience. The ideal winWhile the Center on Maitland Avenue has won many awards over its 15 years, hearing the teams name called over and over again was a dream fulfilled. That was like a building of excitement, owner and instructor Jennifer Colby said. It felt like 14 years of work was coming together, finally. Colby said the teams performance was stunning and showed not only artistic beauty, but flexibility, strength and control. As the wins rolled in, the dancers and coaches jumped up and down, in disbelief over hearing their name 12 times. I hadnt smiled that much in years, said Ashley Henderson, who danced for the studio for 13 years before becoming a teacher. The reward is overwhelming, Colby said. Dancing toward their futuresBut for the dancers, this win is more than a $5,000 check. They spend 20 hours a week dancing and spent almost a year on their winning routine. For some, this is their life and dream for the future. They would like to be the backup dancers you see at concerts and in music videos, and the stars gliding across Broadway stages. This competition was a chance to get their young names out in the dance industry and a step in the door toward a professional career. Its good for our future, said Kailey Campbell, 14, who attends Winter Park High School.The bene ts of danceBut its also good for their present. The dance studio is a place where they can forget about their worries and stress at school, said Alex Gagliano, a Maitland Middle School eighth-grade student. If you put on a song, I usually cant sit still, said Taylor Gagliano, Alexs sister. It just feels right. And its where all their best friends are. When they arent in the studio dancing together, theyre having sleepovers and eating dinner at each others houses. The Center is a place for them to create lasting friendships and to learn about life. We learn how to be good people and good dancers, Taylor, a WPHS sophomore, said. Were like a family. Ann Henderson has seen that first-hand. Her daughter, Ashley, was transformed from a little girl barreling across the stage to a take your breath away dancer, and now shes an enthusiastic teacher. It sort of just shapes who you are, Ann said.PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERDancers show off their moves at the Colby Center for Dance in Maitland, which coaches dancers from amateur to competitive level. BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Learn moreThe Colby Center for Dance, at 540 S. Maitland Ave., offers classes for serious and casual dancers alike. Visit www.colbycenter.com or call 407-599-5560. Dancing to success Maitlands Colby Center for Dance competed against dancers from the U.S. and Canada to take home 12 awards Central Floridas Largest Fine Arts Gallery221 South Knowles Ave Winter ParkMOVING SALE! 25-50% off everything in the Gallery!407-622-0102 www.FredlundGallery.comWe offer:
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 10 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Healthy Living B:3 in B:6 in T:2.5 in T:5.5 in S:2.25 in S:5.25 in File Name: CASA_OM_8sht_Alicia.indd Bleed: .25 bleed all sides Departments Name Approved Changes Date/Time Client: CASA Trim: 5.5w x 2.5h Studio: Job Number: CPR_4019 Live: 5.25w x 2.25h QC: Application: InDesign Built at: 1 = 1 scale Proofreader: Publications: Output: 100% Project Manager: Run Date: Colors: 4c Print Production: Due Date: Copywriter: Date: Art Director: Time: Creative Director: Media Type: Outdoor Board 8-sheet Account Manager: Comments: Account Supervisor:MClient OK: www.guardianadlitem.org (407) 665-5370 Going back to school means going back to pencils, books, teachers and the school lunchroom. For two Baldwin Park mothers, school lunches were not making the grade, so they decided to do something about it. Debbie Blacher and Samantha Gotlib met by coincidence at a neighborhood Fourth of July party in 2007. At the time, both were the mothers of two children and both were pregnant with their third. It didnt take them long to realize the need for change in what their kids eat at school. Over some barbecue, we discussed our shared passion for healthy foods and childhood nutrition, Gotlib said. We discussed the lack of good, fresh and healthy options available for kids, and before we knew it, Wholesome Tummies was born. They spent the next year setting up the school lunch program, which delivers kid-centric and appealing, nutritionally balanced, made-from-scratch-intheir-commercial-kitchen boxed lunches to area schools. They launched the business with service to five schools in Central Florida, all the while busy with newborn babies. I went on to have a fourth child soon thereafter, but that didnt slow us down, Gotlib said. She and Blacher grew their business to include more than a dozen schools locally, and two years ago, franchised their concept across the state and the country. They now have locations in south Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Palm Beach County, north Atlanta, mid-Ohio and Las Vegas. There is a giant hole in the food industry for pure, wholesome and all-natural childrens foods, and an aching need for it, given our current state of childhood obesity and diabetes, Blacher said. I love going to work every day knowing I am doing good in the world by improving access to fresh, healthy foods for kids. Q: Tell us about your family. Debbie: My dad was a corporate CFO-turned-entrepreneur. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, who raised four of us three girls, one boy. I married my high school sweetheart, Brian, after grad school. He is the tax director at Siemens Power Generation. We have three boys ages 10, 8 and 3. The older two attend Audubon Park Elementary. Samantha: I guess I was destined to be an entrepreneur as I watched my own parents start and grow very successful companies as a child. My husband, Michael, is a property manager and commercial real estate developer. Our four kids are Maddie and Max, 8-year-old twins; Miles, 3; and Leo, 2. Q: Tell us about your career. What has been your greatest professional accomplishment? What is the greatest challenge to your job? Debbie: I followed my dads footstepscorporate junkieturned-entrepreneur. My career so far has been in human resources and organizational development. I have always loved learning about organizational systems and all the gears that make successful companies hum. My greatest professional accomplishment is Wholesome Tummies. My greatest challenge in this job is the price of fresh food today combined with Americans expectations of how much food costs. When compared to processed foods, it costs a lot of money to source and prepare healthy foods, and that price difference hurts us. It is my greatest desire (and biggest challenge) that Wholesome Tummies can make fresh, nutritious and exciting foods accessible to every child, everywhere. Samantha: I started my career in sales, working for a marketing and promotions company in college.Shortly after graduation, I opened my own promotional products firm Mad Max Promotions which I have owned for more than 10 years. I didnt plan on starting another company or having a major shift in my career, but four years ago, I met Debbie. Its incredibly rewarding to see the kids we serve actually eating their fruits and veggies and getting excited about it! The greatest challenge would be balancing career with family and personal obligations. Owning a business is a 100-hour a week job, so the personal sacrifices can be great. I am so fortunate to have a family that supports me 100 percent. To read the full interview, visit wpmobserver.comPHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVEREntrepreneurs Debbie Blacher, left, and Samantha Gotlib founded Wholesome Tummies to make school lunches healthier.SHARI KING Observer Staff Learn moreFor more information on the Wholesome Tummies program, visit www.wholesometummies.com Not the same old brown bag JOIN IN ITS GOOD FOR THE HEART AND YOUR KIDS HEALTH TOO At the Y, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of our Winter Park community. With a mission centered on health, the Y wants to keep summer alive by encouraging you to practice good health and fostering connections with neighbors and friends through fitness and sports. And for your kids, our youth basketball and soccer programs offer fun activities that help build athletic, social and interpersonal skills and lead to positive behaviors and better health. KEEPING SUMMER ALIVE BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTSaturday, August 20th | 10am 2pm Join th e Winter Park Y in keeping summer alive with activities for your family. Call 407.644.1509 for details Join the Y today. Ask about our new membership options designed to meet the needs of your family.WINTER PARK YMCA 1201 N. Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407 644 1509 Visit ymcacentralflorida.com
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 11 Winter Park / Maitland Observer On Park Avenue, in the mall, at the beach, you can see older men and women looking a bit hunched over. We used to think that that was a natural part of aging, but now we know that weakened bones cause people to shrink and bend as they age. And it is preventable. Many factors contribute to osteoporosis, which literally means porous bones, and you can see big empty spaces in X-rays of the weakened bones. While your bones reach their maximum length in adolescence or young adulthood, your bones continue to grow and rebuild. This remodeling of the bone structure rebuilds the bones stronger and denser. If they do not grow and rebuild, they get porous big holes in the structure which makes them break too easily. Osteoporosis is common. Half of all women and one in eight men older than 50 will develop osteoporosis. A womans risk of a broken hip is greater than the combined risks for ovarian, breast and uterine cancer. Low calcium intake, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol and family history of fractures increase the risk for osteoporosis. Some medications, including steroids and some water pills, can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Bone loss accelerates after menopause and midlife. In the early stages, osteoporosis has no signs or symptoms. A fracture with mild trauma suggests fragile, breakable bones of osteoporosis. The development of a dowagers hump is a late sign of osteoporosis, as vertebral bones collapse. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for osteoporosis by measuring bone density for women after age 65 or those with increased risks for fractures. How do you prevent osteoporosis? Plenty of calcium-rich foods throughout your lifetime give your body the building blocks for strong bones. Lowfat yogurt, milk, cheese and other dairy foods; broccoli; leafy greens (such as spinach, collard greens); salmon and tofu are full of calcium. Assess your calcium intake at tinyurl. com/calciumcalculator Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, running and weight lifting, strengthen your bones. While swimming and biking are great for your heart, they dont build up your bones. Minimal alcohol drinking and not smoking also help your bones. Adults need 1000-1200 mg of calcium a day. Calcium in your foods is best, but it is often hard to get enough from food alone. Your body can absorb about 500 mg of calcium from a calcium tablet at one time, so taking a 500 mg calcium pill twice a day is more effective than trying to take 1000 mg at once. Brand name calcium is no more effective than generic forms of the mineral. Osteoporosis prevention is not just for adults. Kids need plenty of calcium for growing bones as the foundation of their lifelong bone strength. Build your bones strong for the strong challenges of life. Do you have a question or topic you want to suggest for the Health Action column? Email your idea to Nancy@healthaction.biz. Include your name, email address and phone number.Strong bones, not holey bones (osteoporosis) Dr. Nancy RudnerLugo Acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping, moxibustion, electrical stimulation, Tongue/Pulse DiagnosisSpecialize in treating womens issues (Ex: PMS, Irregular Periods, Cramps, Infertility, Morning Sickness)firstname.lastname@example.org Minnesota Ave. Suite A Winter Park 25% off your rst visit with this ad! Dennis AllenOwner/ Administrator Its not just about getting you back on your feet. Its about getting you back to your life. HCR Healthcare, LLC Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing The Maitland resident is a nurse practitioner and President of Health Action, offering workplace health consulting and nurse coaching. Visit www.healthaction.bizWHO ISLUGO >
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 12 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The back-to-school shopping season is one of the busiest and most stressful times for American families. In fact, this season is second only to the winter holidays in terms of dollars spent, and after a sizeable drop last year, back-toschool spending is expected to rise again this year. The National Retail Federation reports that families with children in grades K-12 will spend an average of $603.63 on apparel, school supplies and electronics, within a few dollars of last years $606.40 average. Total spending on grades K-12 is expected to reach an impressive $22.8 billion. But of course, not everything is back to normal. Most families are still hurting from the recession, so its no surprise that local parents are reporting they will have a set budget for back-to-school spending and will look for ways to be resourceful and stretch their dollar. While it can be fun, every parent knows that back-to-school shopping isnt easy. So many families will undoubtedly be turning to thrift shops like Goodwill, where clothes, shoes and school supplies including the name brands that kids are pleading for are available for a fraction of retail prices. But, more importantly, families can know that by shopping at Goodwill and bringing their used items along to donate they are helping affect meaningful change in their own communities. A few years ago, Goodwill and its partners launched the Donate Movement, which encourages people to think about what they donate, where they donate and how their donations affect others. Many people think it doesnt matter where you donate, as long as you donate. Unfortunately, thats simply not true. When you donate to reputable organizations such as Goodwill, you know your donation is going to provide opportunities for those in need in your own community. Ninety-one percent of Goodwills revenues fund job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other employment challenges. Goodwill programs strengthen communities and families and promote independence and dignity for people who need it most. Citizens can help fund these programs two ways: by shopping at Goodwill stores and by donating their used items. And just as back-to-school shopping isnt all about clothes, shoes and pencil cases anymore (27 percent of parents say electronics are on their backto-school shopping lists and 13 percent will buy a new computer or laptop), donating isnt all about clothes and shoes, either. Used computers can be donated to Goodwill, and so can many other items you might not think of, such as CDs, DVDs, video games, cell phones, bikes, furniture and household appliances. So think creatively. If your child already talked you into that new smartphone for the back-to-school season, consider donating their old phone when you go to Goodwill to finish your back-to-school shopping. In todays time-crunch world, parents are always looking for a way to multi-task. By taking your back-toschool shopping (and donations) to Goodwill and our other Donate Movement partners, youll accomplish three goals at once: you will stay within budget, clear out your closets and find a way to give back to your community all in one place. William G. (Bill) Oakley is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. Opinion/Editorial Letters to the Editor Celebrate learning year-roundRoney has the powerLouis (Roney), I love your writing! I tell people if its not a good day then make it one! You have the power.Peter Tattersall Maitland Roneys rich lifeI loved this piece (Louis Roneys The real story published Aug. 11), especially the following wisdom you (Roney) have offered: Most of us try to sum up our earthly existence as something of special meaning and importance, seeing ourselves as the stars of some unique mundane drama. In the end, we realize that the plot has been largely happenstance, and that other actors are standing in the wings waiting to replace us. The wisdom of living a day at a time is inarguable. A good day is all there is all youre going to get. Doing everything possible to make it good is the trick. You have accomplished more during your full life than most of us will ever imagine. That richness comes from an unquenched thirst for taking it all in and for sharing that life with a B.W. who is as special as yours. James Taylor put it another way the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time. There is lots of time left. Play on.Peter K. Kimball Harvard University More pols should be like Cooper(Winter Park Commissioner Carolyn) Coopers emails (Emails cause tension published on Aug. 11) do not cause me any tension at all. It is titled Coopers Perspective and that it what it is. I will not share every opinion or make decisions with this as my only reference, but I sure do appreciate the time and effort that Commissioner Cooper puts into her newsletter and to serving our community. I did not work for Commissioner Cooper but I asked to receive her newsletter because I recognize how much work she does to truly study the issues and to protect and inform her constituents. We would be lucky if all our public servants took as much time to educate and involve people in the workings of Winter Park. My thanks to Carolyn Cooper and to anyone who is willing to work this hard and care this much on our behalf. Please, keep up the great work!Lisa Lyons Coney Winter Park (Via Facebook)Stupidity kills animalsTheres an ever-growing problem in this country that continues to spiral out of control, and that is the pet overpopulation crisis. Each year, millions of innocent, healthy animals are dying nationwide and tens of thousands are killed in our local shelters for no other reason than, to bluntly put it, human stupidity. There are 3 simple solutions: 1. Stop the unnecessary killing of animals by spaying and neutering. 2. Adopt from local shelters and rescue groups who are bursting at the seams with healthy animals (many purebreds) waiting for loving homes. 3. Never buy a companion animal as long as homeless animals are dying. dead animal who could have been rescued at a shelter. Pet overpopulation is a problem that as a country we should be ashamed of, and as a community we can change. Saturday, Aug. 20, is the International Day for Homeless Animals. Please act responsibly and do your part and spay or neuter your animals and support your local animal shelters.Carla Wilson Winter SpringsGood deals and good deeds for back to schoolThis is the time of year when school supplies are pushed to the front of the store and every other TV commercial is about back-to-school clothing sales. Its when parents and kids meet their teachers and communities help collect items so no child goes into the classroom unprepared. Its great to see such a positive buzz about education but disappointing later in the school year when that buzz dies down. Education is something that should be celebrated year round, not just when the school year starts. Education-related community events and supply drives shouldnt end in August but instead should be incorporated into many of the events that take place throughout the year. A booth with donated books at the farmers market, a clothes and supply drive for needy kids at a community picnic or adding story time for kids into the mix at the next big festival are all ways to make sure our kids and parents stay excited about school into the fall, winter and spring months. Its also important to encourage parents to be the best education advocates they can be year round, even during the summer when kids are away from school. Its easy for the excitement from back-to-school time to wear during the year, but kids need cheerleaders at home just as much, if not more, as they do at school. The Childrens Trust, a national organization that promotes community involvement in education, says parents should do things like read to their child, check their homework, ask them how their day at school was, keep in touch with their teachers and encourage them to befriend positive role models. Parents should also vote in their local school board elections and become an advocate for better education in the community and state. With so many single-parent households and busy parents in general, its hard to go the extra mile but even the smallest gesture will pay off in the end. Its also important to help your childs teacher make education fun and exciting. Make a game out of your childs math homework, mix fitness in with a history lesson or even start a book club in your family. We all know that kids model their parents behavior. If you dont eat lima beans, chances are your kids wont either. And if you dont read, that could translate to the whole family. According to the North Central Region Education Laboratory, increased involvement of families in a childs education is one of the most important ways to improve public schools. Of course, its not just up to the parents. School must also be sure to provide ways to let parents be involved in their childs education. The resulting partnerships between parents and teachers will increase student achievement and promote better cooperation between home and school. Together these efforts will connect families and schools to help children succeed in school and in their future, according to the organizations website. Its difficult to keep the momentum going once school gets started and everyone falls into a routine, but its important to make sure education always remains the entire familys priority.WILLIAM G. (BILL) OAKLEY Guest Writer I sure do appreciate the time and effort that Commissioner Cooper puts into her newsletter and to serving our community.
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 13 Winter Park / Maitland Observer I am not touchy about many things I was in the Navy a long time and got used to putting up with things that Navy men described only in short words that they put aside when in polite company. I, myself, am perhaps overly touchy about things concerning 1. My family and 2. My country. When I was a lad, our country was my big family to love, to honor and protect. Even today, woe to him who speaks ill of my family or of the great United States of America. Those sentiments will never wane in my heart. Of late, I have politely suffered patiently through diatribes against the moral valor of the U.S. that rudely contradict the history of this uniquely generous nation. Such belittling is even less tolerable when coming from the mouths of those who have joined the one-way traffic to the U.S. from other lands to enjoy the riches and the safety courtesy of our valiant forebears. I dont think that one must have fought for this country in order to hold it close to his heart. It was purely coincidental to me that my family fought in all the wars since this country began my father was an officer in both world wars, the second time as a much over-aged Naval officer. I joined the Navy the Monday morning that followed the Sunday we now call Pearl Harbor Day as men in my family were expected to do. I was trained as a gunnery officer and was quite conditioned mentally and emotionally to kill any enemy of the United States. Once World War II was over, I put away my uniform and never wore it again except when I was singing Lt. Pinkerton in Puccinis opera Madame Butterfly. That old uniform hangs useless now, in the back of a clothes-closet, as I no longer sing Lt. Pinkerton, and I would need a uniform two sizes larger if I did. (My weathered face would now fit only an admiral.) Since WWII, the American government, we hear, has stationed uniformed women aboard our warships. I have sometimes pondered what a womans life would be on the kind of destroyer where I served if she were captured and taken aboard an enemy ship. But that is a matter which is not for me to decide. Correctness and realism are not guaranteed ideally to coincide. For many years I lived and worked as an opera star in many different countries primarily France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland and at all times I carefully refrained from making slighting comparisons between those countries and the United States. The Germans were best, in my opinion, at running opera houses. (But, God knows, you dont tell the Germans something like that!) During WWII, American super-patriotism was in the air wherever Americans, uniformed or civilians, gathered. The service was a sacrosanct subject, whether Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine. Those services were, at great cost of life, protecting our loved ones at home. Fewer and fewer veterans of WWII are still living, and more and more present-day Americans are ignorant of the crucial days of WWII, when heroic young men made terrible sacrifices to protect what we enjoy today as the American way of life. LouisRoney HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney)WHO ISRONEY >Its merely a number. And how many of us, really, paid that much attention to it prior to Americas recent congressionally induced financial imbroglio. Besides, as Les McCann sings on his quintessential 1969 album Swiss Movement, Make it real compared to what? I speak of the recent S&P downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. Im not one to get all enamored with the hyped prospects of the emerging markets of China, India or Brazil. No doubt those economies, today, have a vitality and energy not found in America, but those nations have challenges of unimaginable proportions. Even if their respective middle classes experience phenomenal growth, there will be hundreds of millions of Chinese left in crushing poverty. Say that 700 million Chinese do indeed achieve the American dream of a suburban split-level, two cars and the deluxe stereo system, those left behind will number more than all Americans now residing in North America. What of them? What is of particular interest to me is something that may not have occurred historically in quite the same way it will happen to America. Our nation is an imperialist power and has been so, unequivocally, since the Mexican-American war of 1848. We will experience inevitable decline. The nut, as they say, is unsustainable. What is dawning on Americans is their awareness that the ship of state (our nation) is taking on water and is listing starboard (tragically). Weve lost track, as a people, of what is honorable, sustainable and democratic. It is said of Nero, That he fiddled while Rome burned. It sums up well the quality of American leadership today. The ship is sinking and our leaders, rather than correct course or bail water, point fingers and wax forever idiotic. Obama is not the agent of change for which I hoped. He doubled-down in Afghanistan, hired as administrators the agents of our 2008 economic debacle, turned a blind eye to the corrupt greed perpetuated by Americas banks and Wall Street and lacks the spine to pursue his convictions. Perhaps that is the nut of the problem. That Obama simply does not share the values (convictions) I think necessary for a healthy America. Worse, Americas Republicans are moronic. Both Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry do not believe in evolution. They may as well say that The Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries as well as The Enlightenment simply did not occur. The other Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, believes Jesus Christ pole-vaulted across America. He and Rick Perry are the business candidates. Romneys company purchased corporations, dismantled them, eliminating thousands of jobs and sold the remaining detritus for a profit. Yeah, baby! Thats some record of rebuilding America. Perrys Texas miracle is an economic fraud. How stupid are we? If another ignorant Texas governor gets the Republican nomination, we deserve our future good and hard. Mitt Romney says a corporation is the same as you or me. Same rights? Really? One reason for a corporation is to escape liability. Well, Republicans sure do that well. Everything is Obamas fault! Yeah. Democrats and Republicans alike are worthless as teats on a boar. One lacks the courage of their professed convictions and the other, well, theyre little more than simplistic, shameless bagmen for corporate interests. Well, folks, put on J.S. Bachs Chaconne from Partita in D minor. Nero may have had it right, Party on, Garth! ChrisJepson Jepson is a 24-year resident of Florida. Hes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. Reach him at Jepson@MEDIAmerica.USWHO ISJEPSON >Music to ddle while Rome burns Let freedom ring Have an opinion?Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson at email@example.com CAMP IS AWESOME. THE KIDS N ADULTS GET SOME RELIEF FROM THE MONTHS STRESS OF WORK APPOINT-MENTS, MEDS. AND JUST LIFE. CANDICE CLANCEY RODRIGUEZ BAOUENDIAS A B.A.S.E. CAMP FAMILY, WE ARE GRATEFUL TO PEOPLE LIKE SANDY BONUS FOR DONATING HER TIME AND STUDIO MY SON, ALEX, (A LONG-TERM SURVIVOR) AND HIS SISTER LOOK FORWARD TO THIS ART/THEATER CAMP EV-ERY YEAR. CHERISH KRISCIUNASWONDERFUL STORY AND GREAT INCEN-TIVE TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT AL-READY HELPING OUT THESE PLACES. JOSIE SMITH HARDEEWHAT A GREAT STORY. IM SO PROUD OF THE KIDS. 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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 Page 14 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Its a cultural variety show, its a fundraising auction and most importantly, its the official opening of the 2011-2012 cultural season in Central Florida. The Seventh Annual Red Chair Affair is set for Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. This is the event that celebrates and introduces Central Florida performers and artists to audiences for the season in both the visual and performing arts. Its our ticket to sample the incredible range of artistic offerings found throughout Central Florida. At the Affair, patrons enjoy activities in the lobby of the Bob Carr from 7-8 p.m. after which a 90-minute performance is presented onstage from a variety of Central Floridas cultural organizations. Attractions include everything from Orlando Aerial Arts and the Orlando Ballet to the Orlando Gay Chorus, the Philharmonic, the Shakespeare Theater and the Winter Park Playhouse. Funds raised support the Red Chair Project, a nonprofit service group that includes 360 organizations, promoting the arts through RedChairProject. com, discounted tickets, workshops and cultural getaways. VIP tickets and corporate packages are available. To purchase tickets, visit RedChairProject.com or call 407-8722382.New public sculptureTheres a new public sculpture in town, and just like the new sheriff showing up in the Old West, this sculpture is standing tall at 18 feet high. Nationally renowned sculptor (and DeLand resident) John Wolfe created and installed the new sculpture at the Mennello Museum of American Art. Titled Lhomme, the sculpture was commissioned to be an abstract representation of museum founder Michael Mennello. The sculpture was fabricated from steel and aluminum in Wolfes studio in DeLand, where he frequently combines high-tech and traditional metalworking techniques. Lhomme is the companion piece to Wolfes Les Grande Dame, a 13 foot sculpture commissioned by Mr. Mennello two years ago. Wolfe has installed many public artworks in Central Florida, including mobiles at the downtown Orlando, Winter Garden and Alafaya Public Libraries, Orlandos Langford Park, DeLand City Hall and the University of Central Florida. His work is included in corporate and private collections including AT&T and Florida Hospital. Frank Holt, director of the Mennello Museum, said, It was the missing link in the view of the lake. The Mennello Museum is located at Loch Haven Park at 900 E. Princeton St. in Orlando. Additional work by John Wolfe may be viewed at wolfesculpture. comArabia at CinedomeThe often-overwhelming screen of the Orlando Science Centers Cinedome is the perfect place to lose yourself in the exotic and enlightening Arabia, the newest movie offered at OSC. Premiering on Saturday, Aug. 20 and playing through May 2012, Arabia flies viewers through the treasure-laden Red Sea to explore the ruins of a lost city, tells us about three Islamic golden ages and introduces us to the youth of Arabia, who are transforming this ancient land. The movie introduces a country few of us will ever visit while exploring this fabled world with images of more than 20 locations across Saudi Arabia. Spanning 21 centuries of history, the film tells us of an ancient culture based on global trade, an age of scientific discovery in advance of our Western Renaissance, and the current age of technological advances and youthful optimism. The Premiere is an OSC Cocktails & Cosmos event set for Saturday, Aug. 20 from 7 to 11 p.m., with food and drink specials along with the premiere of the new giant-screen film. Hamzah Jamjoom, a young Saudi filmmaker featured in the film, will be the honored guest of the evening. Call 407-514-2000 or visit www. osc.org JoshGarrick Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-522-3906.WHO ISGARRICK >The cultural season begins! 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO A VE MAITLAND FL 40 7 -629-0054 WW W .ENZIAN. 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