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1 9 8 9 2 0 1 4 25 YEARS WPMOBSERVER.COM The start of August means campaigning and early voting across the state as the primary election on Aug. 26 draws near, with employee paid sick time and a half-cent tax to pay for schools up for a vote. A vote that would give paid sick leave to employees of busi nesses with 15 or more workers is on the August ballot. The bill would also allow workers to care for sick loved ones for up to 56 hours in a year, built up at a rate of one hour of leave time per 37 hours worked. It would also prevent employees from work while sick. Florida Repub lican lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott passed a bill to ban such a citizen-fronted ballot initia tive in 2013, rendering this vote toothless unless that ban can be reversed. A half-penny sales tax that funds Orange County school USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. VISIT WPMOBSERVER.COM SUBSCRIBE NOW! FANCY FOOD TO FEED THE HUNGRY LIFESTYLES, 7 Its baseball playoff time Head to Alfond Stadium for baseball, beer and a burger for $7 SPORTS, 8 Love, wood and metal Furniture maven transforms Winter Park homes PARK STYLE, 9 CALENDAR .................... 4 LIFESTYLES .................... 7 SPORTS ...................... 8 PARK STYLE ................... 9 CULTURE ..................... 12 OPINIONS .................... 15 CLASSIFIEDS .................. 40 Tree codes put in place over the past 50 years could prevent Winter Park from replacing twothirds of the dying trees it re moves along city streets, accord ing to city staff during Mondays City Commission meeting. Assistant City Manager Mi chelle Del Valle and City Arbor ist Dru Dennison told the Winter Park City Commission that the city plans to remove 2,205 dying years 2014 and 2017 a safety measure to prevent branches from falling on cars and resi dents. But only 934 of those trees will be replaced due to current regu lations, Dennison said, including a minimum planting distance of 6 feet from underground sewer and water lines. Many of the trees set to be re moved sit right up against street intersections as well, clashing with a current regulation that bans the planting of trees within 15 feet of a crossroad. Were dealing with quite a few issues that limit us, Den PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE OBSERVER With some trees dropping branches or worse, city ofcials are grappling with the issue of how to keep up Winter Parks green image in light of revelations that they may not legally be able to replace nearly as many trees as they had previously hoped. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Voters will decide whether workers can get mandated paid sick leave in Orange County, which would increase benets for workers caring for sick loved ones at home. Winter Park prepares for less-green future City regulations bar Winter Park from replacing dying trees TIM FREED Observer staff Please see TREES on page 11 Maitland City Council mem bers were dreaming big Monday night as they placed a preliminary vote to raise the citys property tax rate just over one mil to 4.9 mills $4.90 per $1,000 of taxable proper ty value up from 3.88 mils where the rate has been since 2007. The increase would cost a Mai tland resident owning a home worth $350,000 with a homestead exemption approximately $306 more on their tax bill next year. Meanwhile, the Winter Park City Commission voted Monday, July 28, to keep tax rates steady at 4.0923 mills where its been for the Maitland Councilwoman Bev Reponen, who proposed the citys rate raise which passed unani mously, said that its time for the city to start asking for the money it really needs to keep up quality services. This is not the time to run on a shoestring, Reponen said. We have so much we want to do over the next couple of years we need to build our nest egg. She said now its up to resi dents to come back and voice their opinions to the city on what theyd rather have: more money for the city to invest into services, or lower taxes. I just dont think its realistic if Maitland votes to raise taxes, Winter Park holds steady SARAH WILSON Observer staff Please see TAXES on page 2 Weighty primary election looms Orange County early voting starts Aug. 15 TIM FREED Observer staff Please see VOTING on page 2 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC Winter Park Recovery CenterComprehensive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Naltrexone for Alcohol & Cocaine Abuse Subutex/Suboxone For Opioids & HeroinExecutive Level ProtocolsPrivacy Guaranteed2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 Contact For Free Evaluation at 407-629-0413


Page 2 | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer VOTING | Mica faces three challengers in August primary race projects will expire in 2015, and a new one is up for a vote. It would pay for $1.28 billion in renova tions and replacements of current building equipment and $880 million in maintenance projects to tems, plus $760 million to build new schools and $80 million to update technology. It has already found support in the business community in Winter Park, with Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patrick Chapin saying about the areas students, Its important from an economic development perspective to invest in these future innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Local government positions up for grabs include the Or ange County Commission Seats for Districts 2, 4 and 6, where incumbent Jennifer Thompson will look to win another term as the District 4 Commissioner. The Orange County Public School Board Seats for Districts 1, 2 and 3 will be up for election this year as well, along with the Orange County Clerk of Courts job and the Orange County Judge posi tions for Groups 10 and 15. Republican Congressman John Mica is also up for reelection in Congressional District 7. He faces three Republican challengers in the upcoming primary: Don Oehlrich, Kelly Shirley and David Smith. The Orange County School Board Chair seat will be up for grabs in the general election on Nov. 4. Candidate Joshua Katz hopes to win over the School Board District 1 Seat from current board member Joie Cadle, gaining a great deal of support overnight after his presentation on TEDx regarding what he called the toxic culture of education. Katz said he wants to get rid of standardized tests that dont accurately measure students, teachers or schools, blaming the private education companies that create the tests. Standardized tests are a good way to begin digging into data; theyre a horrible way to deter mine whether or not a teacher can buy food or pay rent, Katz said. Cadle, who is in her third C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE WELCOMENew MembersThank You Renewing Members! Mimis Flowers Health & Healing Family Chiropractic Candlelight Catering Congressman John L. Mica IQ Painters ResMac Mortgage Visiting Angels of Orlando/Winter Park Ameriprise Financial Athena Roasted Chicken Lake Avenue Nail SalonOur Mission lished businesses, and lend assistance to land Area Chamber of Commerce takes great pride in our community. Come to Maitland, land of 18 parks and 21 lakes with over 1000 acres of water! Tuesday, August 5th Ambassador Committee @ Chamber 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 12th Coffee Connection! @ Chamber 8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. RSVPs Requested Tuesday, August 19th Marketing Committee @ Chamber 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.Chamber Hours Monday Friday 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Drop In For A Cup Of Coffee Or Just To Say Hello!!!For Membership Questions and Information, please call the visit the website at or email to The Chamber Needs A Face Lift!!!We Are Looking For Sponsors To Help Give The Chamber A Bit Of A Face Lift!Let YOUR Company Help Spearhead The Northwest Corner of The NEW DOWNTOWN Maitland! (And Get Some Publicity Too!!!) Sponsorship Opportunities Await Painting (Interior) Sponsor: $1,250.00 Window Treatment Sponsor: $1,500.00 Carpeting Sponsor: $3,000.00 Kitchen Remodel Sponsor: $5,500.00SAVE THE DATE17th Annual TASTE OF MAITLAND is Monday, October 20, 2014. Advance tickets can be purchased on the Chambers Website Events Calendar!Contact Jeff Today & Become A FRIEND Of YOUR Chamber Jeff For more information about the upcoming primary elec tion, visit A developer looking to build restaurants and condos on the land where the Mt. Vernon Inn currently stands will hold a public meeting today to gather input from the community a telltale sign of the project pushing forward. Unicorp National Develop ments Inc. will host an informa tional meeting at 6 p.m. today, July 31, at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic regarding the planned development. Talks of Unicorp buying up the property of the 65-year-old hotel surfaced earlier this year. Winter Parks Planning and Community Development Direc tor Dori Stone and Planning Director Jeff Briggs had recom mended Unicorp get the commu nity involved in the wake of the anti-density movement forming in Winter Park, said Unicorp president Chuck Whittall. We want their input, Whit tall said. It makes things a lot easier. Restaurants and condos could replace aging Mt. Vernon Inn Developer to hold public meeting to get citizen input July 31 TIM FREED Observer staff consecutive term as the Orange County School Board District 1 seat, said that what Katz propos es to do if he wins isnt possible, change the minds of lawmakers in Tallahassee. She also said that while the standardized testing could be improved, that tests in school prepare students for all of the important tests theyll encounter in life ahead. Early voting in Orange County runs from Friday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Aug. 24. Orlando voting locations include the Alafaya Branch Library, the Southwest Branch Library, the Supervisor of Senior Center, the Washington Branch Park Library, the South Creek Library, the Southeast Branch Library, the Hiawassee Branch Library and the Herndon Branch Library. Other Orange County loca tions include the Winter Park Li brary in Winter Park, the Apopka Community Center & VFW in Apopka and the West Oaks Branch Library in Ocoee. Voting centers are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voters must present a photo and signature ID. TAXES | Final votes come in September we want to have a quality city (to keep the tax rate the same), she said. And I want a quality city. Mayor Howard Schieferdecker agreed that the city should take this time to dream of what it could do with increased tax revenue, present the big picture to residents, and then see what they have to say. We should be dreaming big here and then coming back to this when the residents come back to us, he said. Raising the millage rate to 4.9 mills would bring in an estimated $2 million in additional revenue for Maitland, which could allow the city to draft a budget where no money has to be drawn out from reserves as has been done in re cent years during the recession and more city staff positions can be unfrozen. Of the handful of residents in attendance who spoke up regard ing the proposed tax increase, all said they were in favor of the city taking more money to keep up quality-of-life services in Mai tland. Dream big, resident and Planning and Zoning Commission member Michael Dabby told the Council. Put everything you could possibly need in there, and then whittle it down. The next public hearing regard ing the tax rate in Maitland will be Sept. 8 during the Councils regu larly scheduled meeting. At that meeting, the Council can decide to lower the advertised 4.9 mills tax rate or keep it as is, but Assistant City Manager Sharon Anselmo said, they cant raise it any higher. The Council will host its next bud get workshop, which is open to the public, on Monday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE


Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Page 3 Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER July 28 City Commission meeting highlights If you were unable to watch or attend the City Commission meet ing held July 28 in City Hall Com mission Chambers, below are a few highlights of decisions made at the meeting: Mayors Report presented a Civilian Award of Merit by the Winter Park FireRescue Department for assisting a friend in medical need. Non-Action Items port was presented and accepted. Consent Agenda tion. Tree Expert Company, Utility Veg etation Management Amendment 2 was approved. Tri-County League of Cities for use of the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, was approved. Action Items Requiring Discussion was approved at the same operat ing millage rate of 4.0923 for the Public Hearings Harkins for the properties at 1141/1143 Orange Ave. resulted as follows: The second read ing of the ordinance amending Ar ticle I, Com prehensive Plan to change the Future Land Use Designa tion was ap proved. The second reading of the ordi cial zoning map was approved. citys support for the continued use and management of the Lake Baldwin Veterans Administration (VA) medical clinic by the VA was approved. A full copy of the July 28 City Commission minutes will be available at the week of Aug. 11, pending ap proval by the City Commission. Remember, if you are unable to at tend the City Commission meet ings, you can watch them live, gavel-to-gavel, as they happen. During the meeting, simply log on to city business. Seeking a UAB member The city of Winter Park has ap proximately 20 boards that help advise the city on various issues. One of those boards is the Utility Advisory Board (UAB) that helps make recommendations to the City Commission on the citys wa ter and electric utilities. If this is an area of in terest for you, please submit an application to become a board member at cityofwinter > Government > Boards. Chamber and city to explore value of great schools On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Winter Park Chamber of Com merce and city of Winter Park will host an Education Update at the Winter Park Community Center located at 721 W. New England Ave. Presented by Rollins Col lege Hamilton Holt School, the event will explore Education & Economics: The Value of Great Schools, via panel discussion moderated by WESH 2 News re porter Gail Paschall-Brown. Pan elists for the breakfast event in clude: CEO, Central Florida Foundation commissioner, city of Winter Park chairman, Orange County Public Schools associate professor of economics, Rol lins College Through out the morning, panelists will explore how quality educa tional opportuni ties help develop in tellectual capital, inspire entrepreneurs, add economic value to our community, and in still a sense of civic pride. The Chamber of Commerce will also hold a school supply drive in conjunction with the breakfast event. Attendees are encouraged to bring supplies to the event for A Gift For Teachings Back-to-School Drive. Recom mended items include notebook paper, spiral notebooks, 24-count crayon boxes, 8-count marker packages, and 12-count colored pencil packages. A representative will be on hand to collect supplies and donations at the event. Event registration will begin at 7:45 a.m., followed by break fast and the program at 8 a.m. Admission is $25 for Chamber members in advance and $30 for non-members. Corporate tables are also available. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Aug. 13, and can be made by contacting the Chamber of Commerce at 407644-8281, or online at winterpark. org. The event is made possible by presenting sponsor Rollins Col lege Hamilton Holt School, in addition to support from city of Winter Park and Winter Park/ Maitland Observer. CoffeeTalk featuring Vice Mayor Steve Leary If you have a latt beans to grind or you simply want to espresso your thoughts, Coffee Talk may be the cup for you. The popular CoffeeTalk series this month features Vice Mayor Steve Leary on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 8 a.m. and you are invited to join him for conversation and a cup of coffee provided by Palmanos Cafe, Coffee & Wine Bar. Coffee Talk will be held at the Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. For more information, please call 407-599-3428. on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, watch us on Vimeo. Education update Maitland Coin & Currency ShowMaitland Civic Center 641 South Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751FREE ADMISSIONShow open to the public Buy Sell AppraisalsFor more information call or visitOrlando Coin Exchange 6301 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32809www.MaitlandCoinShow.comorlandocoinexchange@gmail.com407-730-3116 SUNDAY, Aug. 3rd9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Free coin for all children 12 and under 3 SUN


Page 4 | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, July 31, 2014 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 WPMOBSERVER.COM PUBLISHER Tracy Craft 407.515.2605 MANAGING EDITOR Isaac Babcock 407.563.7023 ASSOCIATE EDITORS Sarah Wilson 407.563.7026 Tim Freed 407.563.7054 ARTS EDITOR Josh Garrick DESIGNER Tom Miller 407.563.7032 STAFF WRITERS Brittni Larson Megan Stokes Allison Olcsvay Kristy Vickery COLUMNISTS Chris Jepson Louis Roney ADVERTISING SALES David Levine 407-485-1956 Linda Stern 407.376.2434 LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISING Ashley McBride 407.286.0807 SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Luana Baez 407.563.7013 MEMBER OF: -Florida Press Association -Winter Park/Maitland/Goldenrod Chambers of Commerce Winter Park/Maitland Observer 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, Seminole Voice, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Connect. TURNSTILE MEDIA GROUP CHAIRMAN Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO Francis X. Farrell EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT GENERAL MANAGER Patti Green VICE PRESIDENT Jeff Babineau USPS #00-6186 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Winter Park / Maitland Observer 1500 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32835 Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. Munster Calendar JULY 31 Bring the whole family for a viewing of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids at the En zian Theater on Thursday, July 31 at 3 p.m. This lm is part of the KidFest Sum mer Film Series, which plays for free on weekdays and $5 on weekends. For more information, visit AUG. 1 Relive the remarkable life of legend ary actress Ginger Rogers at the Winter Park Playhouse, starting Aug. 1 and run ning through Aug. 23.This intimate musi cal dances its way through Gingers life with unforgettable music, show-stopping numbers and a captivating story that chronicles her journey from hometown to Hollywood. For show times and ticket prices, visit The Baldwin Park First Friday Festival & Art Stroll will be 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, along New Broad Street. The Village Center is celebrating summer nights in Baldwin Park with a Summer Kick off event. This free monthly event is open to the public and is both family and pet friendly. First Friday offers live music, drink specials, free samples, and interactive activities every rst Friday of the month. More than 40 local artists of all genres will display their art while guests shop, stroll and sip through the heart of downtown Baldwin Park. For more infor mation on the First Friday series, please visit Enjoy an outdoor movie showing of You Cant Take It With You in a beautiful gar den for this months Date Night at Leu Gardens. Blanket/chairs are recommend ed. You may bring a dinner picnic basket. Alcohol is permitted. Garden admission is $6 per adult and $3 per child; Leu Mem bers receive free admission. The gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. weather permitting. Leu Gar dens closes at the end of the movie. Cur bies Sidewalk Cafe will be selling great food and Peak Season Pops will be selling delicious popsicles and popcorn. Visit leu for more information. AUG. 2 Enjoy a screening of The Black Stal lion at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Enzian Theater. This lm is part of the KidFest Summer Film Series, which plays for free on weekdays and $5 on weekends. For more information, visit There will be a Homebuyer/Consumer Debt Counseling Workshop at the Win ter Park Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. A Certicate of Completion will be provided following workshop completion for Orange County down payment assis tance. For more information, please call 407-643-9111. AUG. 4 On Monday, Aug. 4, Orange County Li brary Systems storytelling program comes to Leu Gardens. Share stories and songs with your little one at this free indoor event, presented by Nemours BrightStart. Story times are as follows: 10 a.m. 10:15 a.m. is Infant Time for those up to 18 months; 10:20 a.m. 10:35 a.m. is Toddler Time for those 18 months to 2 years old; and 10:40 a.m. 11 a.m. is Preschool Time for 3to 5-year-olds. This is a free indoor event. Curbies Sidewalk Cafe will be selling great food and Peak Season Pops will be selling delicious pop sicles. Visit AUG. 7 Dont miss your opportunity to race in Maitlands legendary 5K, benetting the Roth JCC on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The 31st an nual Beat-the-Heat 5K JCC Road Race begins and ends at the Roth JCC, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. The cost to register is $23, which includes your entry into this non-chipped race, race T-shirt, and post-race pizza pool par ty. Registrations made on the day of the race in person will be $28. For more in formation, contact Royal Webster at Roy or 407-621-4059. Community Bulletin Staples supports local dance center Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples Inc., awarded $5,000 to The Center for Contemporary Dance last month under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. The Staples Foundation Grants will fund student pre sentations for the September and October Sacred Slave Stories series. Working well at Rollins Rollins College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the sixth consecutive year the College has received the honor. The results, released July 21 in The Chronicles seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities. Rollins was honored among the medium-sized universities with 3,000-9,999 students. The survey results are based on a twopart assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recogni tion was the employee feedback. Contact Karyn or Kim at 407.395.2112; or scan the code. University Carillon UM Church UCF Football Season Parking Permits ONGOING Maitlands Summer Youth Tennis Camp is now in full swing at Maitland Commu nity Park and runs Monday through Thurs day from 9 a.m. to noon now until Aug. 14. Head teaching pro Donnie McGinnis will teach the camp, with levels available for beginner and intermediate players. Bring a racquet, water, a towel and sun block. The cost is $110 for Maitland residents and $120 for non-residents. Registration is available at Maitland Community Park, or by calling 407-539-0042. Learn self-defense forms and get healthy at Tae Kwon Do classes at the Maitland Civic Center. Sessions run from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays under the instruction of world champion Grand Master Harms. Cost is $60 per month. For more information, call 407-461-5932 or email The REP (Orlando Repertory Theatre) Youth Academy will be offering more than 80 summer camps from now through Aug. 15. The camps will be held at three locations, including the theaters threestage facility in Orlandos Loch Haven Park, as well as Celebration K-8 School in downtown Celebration and the Univer sity of Central Florida in east Orlando. The camps and productions are designed to foster self-condence, creative thinking and problem-solving skills through the medium of the performing arts. For a full listing of the camps, visit Come out to the Crosby YMCA in Winter Park every Thursday at 6 p.m. for exer cise and advice at its Walk with a Doc program. Residents can get their health questions answered by Florida Hospital physicians and take a 30-minute walk to receive a prize. Contact the Crosby YMCA at 407-644-3606 or visit HealthyCentral for more information. Best Paw Forward offers small group classes for dog obedience and behavior problem solving. The classes will be held at the Maitland Civic Center from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday. There are classes for pups 8-18 weeks old, a basic manners program for older pups and adult dogs, and intermediate and advanced obedi ence classes. Email bestpaw@bestpaw. com or call 407-321-1006 for more in formation. Explore the rich and multicultural history behind the art of puppetry at the collab orative exhibition by The Polasek Museum and MicheLee Puppets. The exhibit runs through Aug. 24 at the Albin Polasek Mu seum & Sculpture Gardens. Call 407-6476294 for times and visit for more information. Join dance instructor Michael Barbieri at his Salsa Heat Dance Studio to learn salsa dancing. Classes are held on Tues days and Thursdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Maitland Civic Center. Cost is $10 per class, $79 for 10 classes, and $159 for 25 classes. Visit or call 407-275-0943 for more information. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER The Center for Contemporary Dance recently received a $5,000 donation from the Staples Foundation to help fund its dance education programs later this year.




Page 6 | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer As school summer break comes to an end and families pre pare for their children to return to school, its a good time to think and prepare to put safety at the top of the get ready list. To as sist you and your family, weve compiled a short checklist of safety items to consider: School bus the road, and when the school bus arrives wait until the driver says so to board. bus, go straight to your seat and sit facing the front and do what the school bus driver tells you. out for cars. When youre off, school bus. sure no cars are coming and wait for the driver to signal its safe to cross. ers blind spot this is the area from the front of the bus to 10 feet in front of the bus. Walking when you walk. look left-right-left for cars and do not cross if a car is coming. you can, especially one patrolled by a crossing guard. stop walking, drivers use their phones also and both of you be ing distracted can lead to a very dangerous situation. listening to music, turn it off and take at least one earphone out of your ear so you can hear oncom talking to strangers. If a stranger does approach, children should know to distance themselves and report the incident to a teacher or parent/guardian. Bicycle the law in Florida for children less than 16 years of age. correctly, it should be snug and have a buckled chinstrap. buckle their chinstrap when rid ing. sidewalk. Playground of childrens outerwear clothing that have drawstrings at the hood or neck area that could catch on playground equipment shoving More detailed information may be found at the following websites,,,, and/or nhtsa. gov. May you and your children enjoy a safe and productive school year, from your Maitland Fire Rescue Department. Our family helping yours whatever it takes. Dennis Marshall, Fire Marshal Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Back to school safety ARCHIVE PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE OBSERVER Programs such as the Walking School Bus at Lake Sybelia Elementary encourage students to make the healthy choice and walk to school. The city reminds students to use the sidewalk when walking to school, and to use crosswalks whenever possible to arrive safely.


Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Page 7 Lifestyles face hunger and food insecurity every day, and more than 7,200 Orange County Public School stu dents are homeless. Of those 7,200 students, most have a parent in the same situa tion, which doubles the number. Some may have a sibling not in school yet, which triples the num ber, and a family of four quadru ples it. So that 7,200 can quickly swell to 28-30,000 people that are unseen and who are not properly housed or at least precariously housed in our community, said Brent Trotter, president and CEO, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. And most likely, those fami lies are not only unsure of where theyll rest their heads at night, but they also dont know if theyll have to do that with an empty stomach, too. [Locals] dont know that right here in our neighborhoods, right here in our community that there are children who are going to bed hungry, there are children who are wondering where their next meal will come, Trotter said. On Aug. 9, Central Florida will host an event that can help end some of that hunger. Share Our Strengths Taste of the Nation Orlando is celebrat ing its 25th year helping to com bat childhood hunger. In its 25 years, it has raised more than $3 million for the organizations na tional No Kid Hungry program, which recruits summer meal sites, starts and improves school break fast programs and teaches fami lies how to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a budget, and Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. This year they hope to raise $300,000, and approximately $40-45,000 will go to each local organization. Every $1 thats donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, we distribute $9 worth of groceries, so if you look at it in those terms, that $40-45,000 donation is pro viding about $400,000 worth of groceries to the community, so its an incredible return on invest ment, said Dave Krepcho, presi dent and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. That moneys going need for folks in our community. The event takes place at the Or lando World Center Marriott and features drinks and food from 35 of Central Floridas chefs and restaurants, including two James Beard Foundation Award semiRestaurant and Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant and Wine Bar. There grand prize drawing of a trip for two to Oktoberfest in Munich. There will also be an appearance by Food Network celebrity chef Melissa dArabian, who said her heart is close to the mission be cause as the child of a single mom who struggled to put food on the table, she experienced going to school without a lunch. So an evening of delicious food and drinks can help feed the 180 children who come to the Coali tion of the Homeless for a meal 365 days a year thats 300,000 meals including everyone they serve and the Second Harvest Food Bank, which collects food for more than 500 feeding part ners. Second Harvest uses the donations from this event for its which helps people who qualify they are eligible, navigate a sys tem they may not understand and help them with any language or PHOTOS COURTESY OF TASTE OF THE NATION Chefs from Central Floridas best restaurants come out to cook for a good cause at the annual Taste the Nation event at the Orlando World Marriott. Taking a bite out of childhood hunger Foodie event helps raise money for local area food banks BRITTNI LARSON Observer staff Please see TASTE on page 8 Information www.rrfMEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND MOST COMMERCIAL INSURANCES ACCEPTED 5019096 We come to you! Available 24/7 Medications, equipment and supplies provided A dedicated team of Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Home Health Aides and Volunteers assigned to your care Cornerstones care is covered 100% by Medicare and Medicaid. Regardless of payer source Cornerstone is here to help. Were your neighbors.We pass each other as we go to work each day. We see you at the grocery store. Our kids play together after school. We are the people of Duke Energy. And we are working hard to keep the lights on for your family and for ours. Were proud to be a part of this community.


Page 8 | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer rfntbfn JULY SPECIAL START TODAY FOR $49 r rfrntffb tttt fnbb t ff nf ttt fn ftnnf ffn ST ARBUTTS rfntb rrrSalons bb bbExp 8/14/14 TASTE | literacy barriers. Thats important, because at 47 percent, most of the recipients of food stamps are children. Youre giving them nourish ment, and youre giving them the ability to feed themselves and learn how to feed themselves in a healthy way, said Helen Donegan, honorary chair of the event. Youre giving them the nourishment, especially with the young kids, to go to school and to learn and to be a part of life and to be a part of the community. C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 It might only be the seventhinning stretch in the Major League Baseball season, but in the Florida Collegiate Summer League theyre heading to the bottom of the ninth. The FCSL regular season concluded over the weekend. The Sanford River Rats ended the regular season with the leagues best record, edging out the Win ter Park Diamond Dawgs by just one game. The deciding moment in the season rankings may have came on Friday, when the two teams played with just a half game separating them. The Rats came out ahead in that one, 6-2, to give them a decisive advantage head the postseason. The teams had been locked in a two-way battle at the top of the league all season. I think all year its been Rob Sitz, president of the Florida League. The playoffs, its always competitive, so I think its gonna be some great playoff series. of the six teams make it to the playoffs. The No. 4 and 5 seeds open up the postseason with a one-game play-in game to see who has the right to advance to against the No. 1 seed. This year, the No. 4 seed is the Leesburg Lightning, and the No. 5 seed is the Deland Suns. One of those teams seasons will be over come Wednesday. from Leesburg and Deland, anytime you gotta win to go on its always an exciting game, Sitz said. Along with Sanford, Winter Park, Leesburg and Deland, the the FCSL was the Winter Garden Squeeze. The Squeeze will play round. I think Winter Park and Win ter Garden is gonna be a heck of a series, Sitz said. Both teams are playing good baseball and are very talented teams. The only team not to make the playoffs was the College Park Freedom. The winners of the two bestround will then play in a one game, winner-take-all champion ship at Tropicana Field. Leesburg and Deland are at a disadvantage heading into the playoffs because they have to play each other in the play-in game. But in such a short post season, and with the champion ship itself only being one game, anything can happen. 16-22, good for only fourth in the regular season standings. But they got hot at the right time and ended up winning the postseason championship, defeating Winter Last year Winter Park walked 27-13 and won the regular season championship, they didnt lose a game in the playoffs and even tually defeated Leesburg in the This summers playoffs began with the Leesburg-Deland play-in game on Tuesday night at press time. The best-of-three series started Wednesday, continues on Thursday and concludes on Friday if necessary. And its more than just playoff baseball that fans can get excited The Florida League is running a promotion for local playoff games where fans can print out a coupon from the leagues web site, and redeem it at ballparks in DeLand, Sanford, Winter Garden and Winter Park to receive a game ticket, a hamburger and a beer for just $7. Games at Lees burg are not participating in this promotion. Sanford and Winter Park, in their respective series. This means that they will host game one, go on the road for game two, and come back home for the deciding contest if the series requires a third game. After the two series wrap up, Saturday will be an off day before the two playoff winners head to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Aug. 3. It should be a great playoffs and then on to Tropicana for the championship, which is another win one game and you win the championship, so it should be an exciting game, Sitz said. Before the Florida League Championship game on Sunday, the Rays have a home game of their own against the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch of that game is scheduled for 1:40 p.m., with the Florida League game scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Attendance is free for the Florida League game, so fans can either purchase a ticket to the MLB game and stick around, or come in once the pros have an hour prior to the start of the game, depending on how long the MLB game takes. All of this adds up to be a both fans and the entire Florida League. The Tampa Bay Rays have been very generous, Sitz said. [the game]. Its a great relation ship we have with them there and its a great experience for the players and fans to watch a Florida League baseball game at a Major League Stadium, so its a win-win for everybody. Dawgs, Rats batter up for playoff games COLIN BELL Observer staff PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Hunter Melton has teed off for the Rats this season, helping them leap into the league lead just as the season was coming to an end. Theyre the No. 1 seed in the postseason. Share Our Strengths Taste of the Nation Orlando will take place Aug. 9 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Tick ets are $150 and proceeds are used to end childhood ciaries Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. For more information, visit tasteofthe To pur chase tickets, visit http://bit. ly/1zN4wnx


Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Page 9 John McClain just cant help himself when it comes to design. Even as a child he loved rearranging the furniture in his home. Today his designs grace homes of distinction across the country, and he has a new shop here in Winter Park. vertising before making the leap to pursue his dream job. Good design is the one thing Ive always been passionate about, he said. This is what I was meant to do. break as a featured designer on HGTVs First Time Design, a program that gave new designers a chance to show off their skills for a national audience. Following that success, he geles where he spent three years honing his skills, developing his distinct East Coast West Coast hybrid style and learning the art of custom furniture design. Longing for the charms of home, McClain returned to Orlando to set up shop, bringing with him a home design philoso phy he has dubbed kicked-up traditional. Coming back just felt so right, he said. This is where I wanted to be. In May, McClain opened his in Hannibal Square, right next to Dexters. room where clients and passers by can stop in to see McClains designer himself. Its important to me to be here as often as possible. I want clients to feel comfortable to stop by and get to know me and my work, he said. Nearly all the furniture pieces in the showroom are McClains own designs, featuring clean lines, graceful proportions, and an understated attention to detail. a furniture builder who could tions, said McClain. After a diligent search for just the right manufacturer, he settled on a family-owned business in North Carolina that turn his de signs into one-of-a-kind master works. The pieces are meant to be heirlooms, McClain said, and all come with a lifetime warranty. I want my clients to feel special, to feel like their home is unique, designed just for them, he said. This attention to detail allows him to work in little surprises into his designs, like the time he incorporated a homeowners eclectic magnet collection in a room. McClain is also a big believer in using local artists and crafts men whenever he can. He fre quently hires a local ironworker to craft one-of-a-kind pieces, in cluding the stunning aged pecan and iron shelf in the showroom. I love texture in a room, Mc Clain said. Nearly all the rooms I design feature some sort of me tallic element alongside organic elements like woven wallpaper or natural wood. The style feels edgy, yet sophisticated in a very livable sense. Im constantly reeducating myself and trying new things, McClain said. You have to, to keep it fresh. The best compliment I hear when people visit the show room, he said, is that they want to move in to the store. TV star designer brings his talents home ALLISON OLCSVAY Observer staff PHOTO BY ALLISON OLSCVAY THE OBSERVER Designer John McClain opened a showroom in Hannibal Square displaying his one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted home decor items. Nearly all the products are his own design. Presented by: Supported by: Join the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce as it hosts its monthly breakfast program featuring Whats the Future of Workforce Housing in Winter Park? E x e c u t i v e D i r e c t o r D e n i s e W e a t h e r s Learn more about providing & preserving access to affordable homeownership for households excluded from living in Winter Park, perpetual affordability and historic preservation. Friday, August 8, 2014 7:45 a.m. Networking/ 8:15 a.m. Program WINTER PARK WELCOME CENTER 151 W. Lyman Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 A complimentary continental breakfast will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (407) 644 8281 or visit


Page 10 | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Are you facing a trip but dont have any place to leave your dog? If you dont have a friend or neighbor, there are two options available to you have a pet sitter come to your home, or board your dog. The main advantage of having a pet sitter is your dog gets to stay in the familiar surroundings of his home. The biggest disadvantage is that many people dont want some one in their home while theyre away. Another disadvantage is your pet is often left alone at home all night. The sitter comes in the eve ning to feed and potty your dog then doesnt return until the next morning. Being alone at home can be very stressful for some animals. If you dont like the idea of a pet sitter, your best option is overnight boarding. In the past, most boarding facilities consisted of side-by-side chain link indoor/outdoor runs. To day, theyre more like resorts offer ing a wide variety of amenities. That being said, all boarding facilities are not alike, even the resort-style ones. What do you need look for to Most important, visit the facility, and make sure you see the whole fa cility. Notice if it looks and smells clean. Ask whats included and what your dog will be do ing during the day. Ideally, you want your dog to have as much time out of his room, being active, playing with other dogs (when appropriate) or playing with staff. If your dog gets adequate exercise and stimulation during the day, he will welcome his nights rest in his room. Also ask for references. Theres a debate about whether you should look for a facility thats staffed all night. Studies actually show that dogs sleep more soundly when no human is around. That be ing said, if youre concerned about your dogs health overnight look for boarding thats staffed 24 hours a day. The bottom line is you need to be comfortable where youre leaving your dog, so youll enjoy your time away and wont worry about your furry friend. Sherri Cappabianca, an expert in the eld of canine health and tness, is the author of two books on canine health, and the coowner of Rockys Retreat Canine Health & Fitness Center, and Barking Dog Fitness, a Gym for Dogs, both located in Orlando. For more information, visit or Overnight care options for your dog ADVERTORIAL Sherri Cappabianca The Wet Nose Report Politics in the Park The political season is upon us, as evident by a barrage of postcards piling up in mailbox es, yard signs lining the streets, and campaign workers waiving at major intersections. The Win ter Park Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the 2014 Winter Park Political Mingle at the Ra chel D. Murrah Civic Center. The event, presented by Bright House Networks, featured 25 candidates running in many of falls hottest races and a straw poll on a variety of races and issues. One issue facing voters this fall is the renewal of the half-penny Public Schools. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently issued a resolu tion in support of this ballot ini for school construction and reno vation. While several Winter Park area schools received upgrades under the current program, in cluding Lakemont, Killarney, Aloma and Brookshire elemen tary schools, there are many other schools in need across the county, such as Winter Park Tech and Winter Park High School. Voters can access several sites for information, including: of Elections ( Update voter registration infor mation, review sample ballots, re quest absentee ballots and more. Commerce ( Review the Winter Park Political Mingle Straw Poll Results as well as a copy of the Board of Directors resolution in support of the halfpenny sales tax. net) Read news articles, research schools to be impacted by the tax and review results from the cur rent sales tax, which is set to ex pire in 2015. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce does not endorse can the support of the candidates who participated in the Winter Park Political Mingle. Back to school The Winter Park Chamber hosted two weeks of Youth Lead ers this summer, an adaptation of Leadership Winter Park. The week-long sessions offer rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to develop new leadership skills, explore career paths and learn more about our community. Two graduates from the program re turned to the Chamber this sum mer as college interns. They spent the summer helping to plan, mar ket and execute Youth Leaders, as well as a variety of other Chamber events and programs thank you, Brandon Fattore and Bill Fray! While the recent Youth Lead ers graduates, Chamber interns and many others prepare for the upcoming school year, there is one thing to look forward to: taxfree weekend! Scheduled for Aug. 1 to 3, this is the perfect time to pick up school supplies, cloth ing, shoes and other items. Busi nesses can also take advantage purchased during this time. Not in the market for school supplies? There are several local organiza tions that can make good use of items purchased at sale prices this time of year, including A Gift For Teaching ( Whatever your motive, make the most of your back-to-school shopping and spend your dol lars locally. The Institute for Lo cal Self-Reliance conducted one of several studies that found that money spent at local independent Erika Spence Business in the Park Political season gets going Please see CHAMBER on page 11


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Thats a stag gering number. To say that were going to have two-thirds less trees than we do today, thats not the vision I have for Winter Park. Mayor Ken Bradley said its a number that could have been much worse and that the city will do the best it can to replace the trees. I think the numbers and re movals are far less than I expect ed, Bradley said. Hopefully well work through that. that need to be removed has yet to be determined. City staff in ventoried 300 trees last year after kick-starting its urban forestry management plan. This year theyve put 1,277 trees into their system, adding up to only 1,577 or 6 percent of the citys overall number of right-of-way trees. Dennison said last October that the number of right-of-way trees needing to be removed sat between 10,000 and 13,000 trees. The city had planned to re place many of the trees by getting residents to step up and volun teer to have them planted in their yards, Dennison said. But that hasnt been the case, she said. ally dont want a tree in front of their yard, Dennison said. Its kind of interesting we havent forced the issue. The urban forestry manage ment plan may put a dent in the citys tree canopy for now, City Commissioner Steven Leary said, but removing the dead trees for safety reasons remains the his biggest concern. Well get there; Rome wasnt built in a day Id rather spend the money right now to re move safety issues, Leary said. Theres people getting injured. Theres a tree that fell on Inter around of it and theres a car buried underneath it it wasnt even during a rainy day. Del Valle said the city hopes to complete the tree restoration pro cess within the next seven years. Winter Park would then check up on city trees every four years, she said. C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE OBSERVER Winter Park cant make up for the trees its cutting down because of city protocol. Erika Spence is the senior director of marketing and communications at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. businesses generates a greater re turn in secondary spending than money spent at national chain stores. In one study in Maine, for each $100 spent, independent businesses generated $45 in sec ondary local spending compared to just $14 at a national retailer. For a list of local businesses, search the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce membership direc tory at or call 407644-8281. As for whats exempt, The value of great schools As everyone heads back to school, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and city of Winter Park will host an Education Up date breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Winter Park Community Center. The event will explore, Education & Economics: The Value of Great Schools, with a panel discussion. Throughout the event, panelists will explore how quality educational opportunities help develop intellectual capital, inspire entrepreneurs, add eco nomic value to our community and inspire a sense of civic pride. Reservations are required in ad vance at CHAMBER | Get updated on the state of education this month C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 Patterson novels of Alex Cross have always been good, but Cross My Heart is one of the best of the series because it has nail-biting suspense and a sur prise twist of an ending. Cross out he is up against a deranged killer who attacks Alexs entire family. This time its personal, and Cross has never been as depressed as he is in this one. As the novel unfolds, it shows how far a sick person will take their revenge. Cross My Heart will leave read ers wanting more and asking, How soon until the next one? Judge Jeanine Pirro, who many of us see on the Fox News Net work, now tells a great story in her debut novel Sly Fox. Dani Fox, the only female prosecutor York is trying to get the respect she deserves. She takes on cases and proves that she is able to han dle them, but she must prove her self to just about everyone includ ing her higher-up bosses. Based on some of Pirros cases Sly Fox acters and a realistic depiction of the court system of 1976. The Dani Fox series is off to a great start with Sly Fox. Patterson impresses GARY ROEN Guest columnist Cross My Heart James Patterson Little, Brown and Company c/o Hachette Book Group USA 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017 9780316210011, $29.00 Sly Fox Jeanine Pirro Hyperion c/o Hachette Book Group USA 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017 978140131219, $7.99


Page 12 | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Page 12 Lets call August the party month I can only report this phenom enon one time in our lifetime, so here goes When you check your calendar for August 2014, Curious, you say? Yes, indeed. This happens only once every 823 years, and arent we lucky its a month in which many of us take a vacation. Party on, dude! Now through Aug. 3 Crazy for You at The REP Follies girls, cowboys, and urban socialites meet up as the Orlando REPs Youth Academy (grades 7 through 12) presents the Tony-Award winning musical Crazy For You through Aug. 3. A huge hit from the Gershwin brothers, Crazy For You is packed with favorite Gershwin tunes performed by extraordinary young performers. Call 407-8967365, ext. 1, or visit orlandorep. com Through Sept. 7 OMA presents the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art On June 20, the Orlando Muse um of Art (OMA) presented The Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art to Agustina Woodgate. Drawn from a particularly striking exhibit of 10 Florida artists working in diverse mediums, the varied and challenging nature of art today. That exhibit highly recommended remains at the Museum through Sept. 7. Call 407-8964231 or visit July 30 to Aug. 3 LeakyCon in Orlando Special guests from Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Su pernatural, along with young adult literature authors, will be on-hand for LeakyCon, the convention that comes to the Convention Center in Orlando from July 30 to Aug. 3. Panel discussions, workshops, live performances, music concerts and a special private event at Univer sal Studios featuring the newly opened Diagon Alley will be of fered. Visit Aug. 1 to 23 Backwards in High Heels the Life of Ginger Rogers In a Central Florida premiere, the life of legendary actress Gin ger Rogers comes to life onstage at the Winter Park Playhouse. The Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for creating this kind of intimate musical. Dancing its way through Ginger Rogers life with unforgettable music, the story chronicles her journey from hometown to Hollywood. Directed and choreographed by Roy Alan and with music directed by Christopher Leavy, call 407645-0145 or visit winterparkplay Aug. 2 An evening for artist Emily Jones We are invited to a one-night reception for Emily Jones an impressionist artist with the strength to overcome epilepsy. Emily received her arts degree at Santa Clara University and also studied in Florence, Italy, eventu ally travelling Europe studying and painting along the way. Em ilys reception begins at 6 p.m. at the Winter Park Beer Company at 1809 E. Winter Park Road in Or lando. For information, call Boris Garbe at 407-234-7033. Aug. 2 Maxwells Summer Soulstice Tour comes to Orlando Maxwell, the platinum soulsinger known for his impeccable vocals, his connection to the audience, and the physicality of his performances, will perform at the Bob Carr PAC on Aug. 2. His Grammy-nominated Maxwells Urban Hang Suite achieved double-platinum status while his 2009 album, the unapologetically deep (LA Times) BLACK Sum Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar Please see CULTURE on page 14 One Senior Place ... See our full Calendar of Events at OneSeniorPlace.com407.949.6733715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32714M-F 8:30am 5pmEDUCATIONAL ALZHEIMERS AWARENESS By Dr. Denise Clark Thursday, August 7th 10:30am-1pm Hosted by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care RSVP 407.599.2522 WELCOME TO MEDICARE SEMINAR & BIRTHDAY PARTY Wednesday, August 13th, 2pm-4pm Presented by SHINE. RSVP required 407.949.6733. FUN & EXERCISE SENIOR CLUB Every Monday 10am-12pm By Family Physicians Group August 4th Bingo August 11th Computer Club August 18th Movie Day August 25th Casino Day CHAIR PILATES Friday, August 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th 1:30pm-2pm By VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. RSVP 407.599.2522 CRAFTS & CONVERSATION Tuesday, August 12th 2pm-4pm By VITAS. Limited seating, must RSVP 407.599.2522 HEALTH RELATED FREE EAR CLEANING & CHECKS! Wednesday, August 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th 3pm-4:30pm By Harmony Hearing. RSVP 407.949.6737 TESTOSTERONE GROWTH HORMONE Wednesday, August 6th 11am-12pm Tuesday, August 26th 1pm-2pm By More T Clinics. RSVP 407.949.0222 INSURANCE & REAL ESTATETHE REAL ESTATE SPECIALISTS ARE IN! Monday, August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 10am-1pm By Exit Real Estate Results. Appointment Only 407.949.6714 WEALTH MANAGEMENT-ISSUES SENIORS FACE IN RETIREMENT Thursday, August 7th and 28th 10am-11:30am By Estate & Business Planning Group. RSVP 407.389.1122 LEGAL & FINANCIAL SENIOR SURVIVAL WORKSHOP Thursday, August 14th 2pm-4pm By Kathleen Flammia, P.A. RSVP 407.478.7800Calendar of Events August 2014 SPECIAL EVENT SAVE the DATE: Every Day is Veterans Day Saturday, September 13th 10am-1pm Savannah Court and CoveExcellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 To Make An Appointment, Please RSVP: 407-645-3990Please Join UsSavannah Court of Maitland Art ShowFeaturing Paul Hamilton-Enjoy watching Paul create a painting. Summer dessert will be served. Date: August 21, 2014 Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm Place: Savannah Court of Maitland GINGER ROGERS EMILY JONES

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Page 14 | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Winter Park / Maitland Observer mers Night debuted at No.1, winning him two Grammys and another platinum award. Visit Aug. 4 The Orlando Philharmonic Sounds of Summer Concert Series With each concert featuring a different theme of instruments and musicians, this seasons Sounds of Summer Concert Series is performed at the Orchestras new home at Plaza Live at 425 N. Bumby Ave. in Orlando. The Aug. 4 concert is called Seasons of the Soul as Olga Ferroni, Vic tor Ferroni, Douglas Pritchard, Doug Mathews, Sergei Kossenko, Jonathan Stilwell and Sandra del Cid-Davies come together for a cross-genre program of chamber music both old and new. Visit Or or call 407-770-0071. Aug. 5 National Night Out Keeping communities SAFE is the theme of National Night Out 2014, and Aug. 5 is Orlandos night to shine! Crime preven tion block parties will take place throughout Central Florida with advance planners ready to be judged on theme, creativity, neighborhood and local busi ness involvement, and educa tion. Winning parties will receive prizes and a visit from the NNO Caravan with Mayor Buddy Dyer, Police Chief John W. Mina, and Fire Chief John Miller on-board. Call Neighborhood Watch at 407246-2369. Aug. 7 Art in Equality at Orlando Museum of Art Currently celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Orlando Museum of Art will host Art in EQUALITY as its next 1st Thursday event. The Museum is exploring inclusion, and the event on Aug. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. will include the idea of equality in gender, race and sexual orientation. Understand ing that inclusion is paramount to a well-rounded community, artists will showcase diversity and equality through their art. Entertainment will include Blue Star; Tod Kimbro; Mark Wright; and the Orlando Gay Chorus. Presented in association with Rick Singh, Orange County Property Appraiser, call 407-896-4231 or visit Aug. 8 Good Morning Winter Park Good Morning Winter Park is the popular, monthly breakfast gathering where residents and community leaders interact for insights on timely topics and networking. Free and open to the public, the meeting on Aug. 8 begins at 7:45 a.m. with a com plimentary continental breakfast. At 8:15 a.m. Denise Weathers will speak to the group about community land trusts role, and historic preservation at the Winter Park Welcome Center. Call 407-644-8281 or visit winterpark. org Aug. 9 Taste of the Nation Orlando On Aug. 9 at 6:45 p.m., Taste of the Nation brings together the areas top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with extraordinary food, guests sample select wines while enjoying auctions and enter tainment. Please know that every homelessness in Central Florida. Tickets are $150. 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Winter Park / Maitland Observer | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Page 15 Opinions Chris Jepson Perspectives Philosopher Richard Rorty wrote in his 1989 classic, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity that, About two hundred years ago, the idea that a truth was made rather than found began to take hold of the imagination of Europe. What a grand opening to a book, that truth is a human construct rather than found or revealed in sacred texts (see: Bible, Koran, Torah, Book of Mormon, etc.). I credit my father for not burdening his children with religious dogma fundamen tally at odds with what it means to be a idea of a religious hierarchy, one espous ing received (found) wisdom, laugh ably from a jealous god. The idea of being born with original sin was dismissed as ludicrous. We are born animals in need of a harness that hitches individual initia tive with civic responsibility, rather than saddled with any guilt of having been created sinful. That human beings are religious sur prises no one. I get that. For the past 10,000 or so years, explanations have been offered to understand the inexplicable. Whether it is thunder, drought, pestilence or the upon one another, a god or gods have had a hand in it all. So it is claimed. The enig matic, existential questions of where did we come from and where do we go upon death and why is there anything, well, reli only mans reasoning the past 250 years has meaningfully challenged and success fully repudiated. Unfortunately, yet understandably, the churched consider any challenge to their belief system as an attack on them person ally. I do not care one iota, one whit what anyone personally believes or practices. That is the absolute beauty (freedom) of America. That doesnt mean I suspend judgment. I can go to a public meeting and if someone wants to get up and invoke their deity that those so gathered do good civic work hey, I stand up, yet bottomed Christian Louboutins an aisle over or investment possibilities or what my middle child is doing. Thats right, we shouldnt care what dogma, creed, superstition or principle activates our fellow citizen except when their belief system impinges on the rights of the individual and/or of society to collectively create and implement sound public policy. Two essential questions of our times are, What do we know and how do we know it? If public policy dealing with how we address individual rights as well as how best to structure society is to be effectively formulated, then addressing these two questions is paramount. When invoking your sacred religious vidual rights or thwarting reasoned public policy (see: reproductive rights, Hobby Lobby implications, climate change, our economic system, etc.), then be prepared to have your personal beliefs challenged by those seeking answers to: What do we know and how do we know it? Just the facts, Maam. And, of course, the context. And what next. Rather than claiming the truth (from works. Pragmatism (see: John Dewey and Richard Rorty) is Americas Git-R-Done Philosophy of, in this application, gover nance. It isnt so much interested in what you personally believe as how best can we create a culture that reasonably balances individual creativity (initiative) with, as Rorty puts it, the public project of human solidarity. That is our challenge and it is ting in the way. What do we know? How do we know it? Jepson is a 27-year resident of Central Florida. Hes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. Reach him at Jepson@MEDIAmerica.US Louis Roney Play On! Aristotle said, Man is a political animal. OK, so I admit the animal part, but I dont care much for the political part. hand, which he holds straight-out, palmup as he approaches you. If you are all donated out, the politician will not hang around long. Tell me, why do we elect politicians? Probably because its a good way to get them out of the neighborhood. We send them along to Washington where they meet their brothers under the skin, and there is plenty of skinning going on. The Mer a person engaged in the art and science of government as a profession; 2. a) a person engaged in party politics as a profession, or b) a person primarily interested in political ally short-sighted reasons. The short-sight we have extended to this president never seems quite short enough four years is a hell of a long time to get cooped up with a politician who will never leave until he runs out of time and money. These guys talk about their party a lot, and its party-time for them the minute they hit Washington. If it isnt raining, the Rose Garden is their favorite hang-out, where they pass out a few big bills to visiting pols. chat with a few good looking dames who came in from Keokuk, Iowa, so they can tell fellow clubwomen, Oh! Yes, I visited the White House. Politicians wives are the people I really pity: They have to just stand there and smile while their better halves a concert in Constitution Hall for a large gathering of Daughters of the American Revolution delegates whose women own the Hall. No questions followed, I thank the good Lord. When a man talks to whether he is going to be kissed or socked. I often answered questions with, There is something in what you say, or, yes, and then again, no as an act of self-defense. Quotes: A hypocrite is the kind of poli tician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation. Adlai Stevenson Winston Churchill said: Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didnt happen. Socrates said, I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live! get no respect. The way my lucks running, if I were a politician, Id be honest. Honest guy Barry Goldwater said, Where is the politician who has not who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax-cuts impossible? Newt Gingrich quipped, Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. John Kennedy said, Let us not seek to responsibility for the future. Mark Twain observed, Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. Dante said, The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. But Ma chiavelli in Il Principe said, Politics have no relation to morals. Wise Plato remarked, One of the penal ties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Fabilist Aesop wrote, We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public Economist Milton Freidman quipped, If you put the federal government in charge a shortage of sand! Alas nothing has changed! But, smart people know when they have said enough, signs off L. Roney. Re: Politicians About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) On Nov. 4, Flo ridians will vote on Amendment 2 to the state constitution. If passed, the amend ment would allow the use of medical mari juana for conditions for which a physician believes the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for the patient. The amendment language also calls for the state Department of Health to institute program for patients and their caregiv ers as well as regulate the sale of medi cal marijuana and its related products. In other states that have adopted similar amendments, medical marijuana has been prescribed primarily for stress and pain ailments. Amendment 2 is similar to ballot initia tives that legalized medical marijuana in other states. In 1996, Proposition 215 made legalize medical marijuana. While some local governments moved quickly to implement limits on medical marijuanarelated businesses, others, most notably the city of Los Angeles, waited too long to implement regulations with disastrous results. In 2005, Los Angeles was home to four medical marijuana dispensaries. By 2007 that number had grown to approxi number of dispensaries in Los Angeles skyrocketed. By 2012, an estimated 700 to 1,000 dispensaries were operating within city limits. While the city has tried several approaches to limit the number of dispen saries operating within its borders, to date they have been ineffective. At my urging, Orange County is taking proactive action to prepare for the poten tial passage of Amendment 2. In May, I requested that the Board of County Com missioners discuss the potential issues that could arise should Amendment 2 pass. County works to weed out medical marijuana Ted Edwards Commissioners Corner The board discussed the topic during our meeting on June 3, including prohibiting use of medical marijuana in public and regulating the growth and sale of medical marijuana. County staff is working on an ordinance that will be brought to the board for a work session in late July. Public hear ings on the ordinance would be held as early as September. Many local governments across the state have begun to prepare for the amend ments passage including Maitland, Edge wood, Mount Dora, Cocoa Beach, Palmet to, Flagler Beach, and the Town of Ponce Inlet. These ordinances share several core components. They limit medical marijuana dispensaries to a single zoning district, restrict medical marijuana cultivation, pro hibit loitering in and around dispensaries, ban drive-through service, limit hours of operation, and forbid alcohol on premises. They also include separation distances from facilities such as pain clinics, schools, churches, day cares, public parks, and other medical marijuana dispensaries. I hope that an Orange County ordi nance will incorporate good ideas from other municipalities draft ordinances as well as limit the public consumption of medical marijuana, particularly in our important tourist corridor. While bans on tobacco and alcohol consumption exist in state statute and the county code, no such ban on the consumption of medical mari juana exists. Denver, Colo., attempted to pass such an ordinance in 2013 but failed to do so due to public outcry. Our proac tive action will ensure that Orange County does not face the same problems that have plagued local governments in other states. I will do everything that I can to pre vent the potential passage of Amendment 2 from negatively impacting our commu nity. If you have any other questions or concerns about medical marijuana or any other issue facing Orange County, please feel free to contact me or my staff, Edgar Robinson and Lynette Rummel. We can be reached at 407-836-7350 or by email at


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