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BEST OF SOUTHWEST 2017 … PAGE 5

The heartbeat of the community

January 5 — 18, 2017 | Since 1986

West Family

Law Group

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New Year, New Name, New Location,

Same Excellent Service!

LEGAL & FINANCIAL

DIRECTORY

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY!


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

BEST OF SOUTHWEST 2017................................................................5

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.................................................................8

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE...................................................................14

Attorney Richard West / West Family Law Group

SOUTHWEST KIDDIE KORNER ...........................................................16

LEGAL & FINANCIAL DIRECTORY........................................................18

FINANCIAL REPORT...........................................................................20

Face Your Financial Fears

SOUTHWEST SEEN...........................................................................24

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Grand Reopening

SCHOOL NEWS...............................................................................26

STATEPOINT WINTER FUN CROSSWORD PUZZLE................................34

ON THE SUBJECT OF.........................................................................36

New Year, New Organic You

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD.........................................................39

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY.....................................................40

PRESIDENT

Clay Kearney

Jan. 5, 2017

Vol. XXXI, No. 5

VICE PRESIDENT

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2017

BestOf

2017

Southwest

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Ann Varkey

Broker/Realtor for 27 years | Luxury Home Specialist

Selling or Buying Homes

• Hall of Fame Member

• Chairman’s Club Member

• RE/MAX International Lifetime

Achievement Award

• ORRA Award 2015

Thank you to the hundreds of

Southwest readers who participated

in Best of Southwest 2017, Southwest

Orlando Bulletin’s ninth annual survey

of residents’ favorite restaurants,

resorts and more. Congratulations to

this year’s winners:

Best Family Restaurant

1. Olive Garden Italian

Restaurant

(tie)

2. Gator’s Dockside

2. Chick-fil-A

(tie)

3. Chili’s Grill & Bar Restaurant

3. Yellow Dog Eats

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

1. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

2. Seasons 52

3. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Fast Food/Casual

Restaurant

1. Chick-fil-A

2. Chipotle Mexican Grill

3. BurgerFi

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Olive Garden Italian

Restaurant

2. Bravo Cucina Italiana

3. Peperoncino Cucina

Best Mexican Restaurant

1. Agave Azul

2. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar

3. Chipotle Mexican Grill

Best Sushi

1. Dragonfly Robata

Grill & Sushi

2. Amura

3. Seito Sushi

Best Pizza

1. Anthony’s Coal Fired

Pizza

2. Papa John’s Pizza

3. NYPD Pizza

Best Steak

1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

2. Morton’s The Steakhouse

3. LongHorn Steakhouse of Winter

Garden

Best Seafood

1. Bonefish Grill of Winter

Garden

2. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

3. Red Lobster

Best Sports Bar

1. Gator’s Dockside

2. Craig Miller’s Field House

3. Miller’s Ale House

Best Wine

Shop/Bar/Happy Hour

1. Tim’s Wine Market

2. Vines Wines & Spirits

3. Total Wine & More

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Ann — absolute best!

See testimonials on Ann’s

website. Ann gives back

to the community.

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Best Fitness Facility

1. Dr. P. Phillips YMCA

2. LA Fitness

3. Gold’s Gym Dr. Phillips

Best Day Spa

1. Woodhouse Day Spa

2. Gentle Touch MediSpa & Wellness

3. Massage Envy

Best Salon/Barbershop

1. Nick’s Barber Shop

2. Great Clips

3. Shala Salon Spa & Turkish Bath

Best Church

1. Holy Family Catholic Church

2. First Baptist Orlando

3. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Best Local Resort

1. Disney’s Grand Floridian

Resort & Spa

2. Rosen Shingle Creek

3. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando,

Grande Lakes

Best Wedding Location

1. Disney’s Wedding Pavilion

2. Bella Collina

3. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Best Venue for a Child’s Birthday

1. Chuck E. Cheese’s

2. Monkey Joe’s

3. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

Best Private School

1. The First Academy

2. Holy Family Catholic School

3. Windermere Preparatory School

Best Real Estate Agent

1. Rob Rahter of Stockworth Realty Group

2. Paul McGarigal of Re/Max Properties S.W. Inc.

3. Bobby Baldor of Re/Max Properties S.W. Inc.

Best Insurance Agent

1. Sun Insurance Services

2. State Farm Insurance

3. Geico

Best Attorney

1. Lou Pendas, Esq., of The Pendas Law Firm

2. William C. Voight II, Esq.,

of Voight Attorneys at Law

3. Morgan & Morgan

Best Dentist

1. Matthew McKissock, D.M.D.,

of Windermere Dentistry

2. Michael P. DiMauro, D.D.S.

3. Rahim Bhanji, D.M.D., of Dental Care

at Dr. Phillips

Best Physician

1. Niral C. Patel, M.D.,

of Windermere Medical Center

2. Lori Lambert, M.D.

(tie)

3. Pediatric Associates of Orlando

3. Lara D. Hitchcock, M.D.,

of Hitchcock Health Institute

Best Veterinarian

1. Sand Lake Animal Clinic

2. Doug Pearce, DVM, of Animal Clinic

of Windermere

3. Philip Callahan, DVM,

of MetroWest Veterinary Clinic ª

LLC

Voted Top Doctor in

Orlando 2015 & 2016


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n Bay Hill

Bay Hill residents Allen and

Sarah Layton co-hosted a 100thyear

birthday party for Sarah’s mother,

Marian Mishalanie, formerly of

Sand Lake Pointe. Marian turned

100 on Nov. 4. Helping to celebrate

the momentous occasion were

Bay Hill residents Jim Bennett

and Joanne MacPherson,

Dr. Phillips resident Salley

Martin, Bay Hill residents Janet

Minard and Joe and Norma

Radosevich, Clermont resident

Former Sand Lake Pointe resident Marian Mishalanie (front, center) celebrates

her 100th birthday with (front, l. to r.) Allen Layton of Bay Hill, Kathe Swanson of

Dr. Phillips, Sarah Layton and Richard Spears of Bay Hill, (middle, l. to r.) Lillian

Saunders of Clermont, Joanne MacPherson and Norma Radosevich of Bay Hill,

(back, l. to r.) Jim Bennett and Salley Martin of Dr. Phillips, Debra Sheffield of

Orlando, Jeanne Wetta Van Sickle of South Bay, and Janet Minard and Joe

Radosevich of Bay Hill.

IN YOURNEIGHBORHOOD

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Lillian Saunders, Orlando resident

Debra Sheffield, Bay Hill

resident Richard Spears, Dr.

Phillips resident Kathe Swanson,

and South Bay resident Jeanne

Wetta Van Sickle.

Richard D.

West of Bay

Hill is named

2016 Orlando

Family Lawyer

of the Year by

Best Lawyers in

America.

Longtime Bay Hill resident

Richard D. West, owner/attorney

of West Family Law Group,

was named Orlando Family Lawyer

of the Year by Best Lawyers in

America for 2016. It is the second

time Richard has been selected by

his peers for this distinction. He specializes

in marital and family law.

For more information, visit www.

westfamilylawgroup.com on the web.

n MetroWest

A new farmers market opened

in MetroWest this past November.

The Veranda Park Farmers Market

operates Saturdays from 9 a.m.-

1 p.m. It is located at 2121 S.

Hiawassee Road in Orlando and

serves the area between Winter

Garden and downtown Orlando

with local food, vendors and

produce.

n Ocoee

Thirty-eight Ocoee residents received

free dental services from

Colonial Drive Family Dentistry as

part of Free Dentistry Day. Its dental

team provided more than $25,000

worth of free oral health care,

Central Florida’s Only Private School

International Baccalaureate Programme

Serving Pre-K3 through Grade 12

Best Private School

Orlando Business Journal

Best Private School - High School

Orlando Magazine

No. 1 Choice for Best Private School

Orlando Style Magazine

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including extractions, to the community.

Free Dentistry Day was initiated

to provide dental care to the growing

number of Americans without

dental insurance.

n Et Al

Congratulations to the following

Southwest-area residents on their recent

academic achievements:

• Katia Berger of Windermere

earned a spot on the dean’s list

for the first quarter of the 2016-17

academic year at the Randolph-

Macon Academy Upper School for

grades 9-12. The junior is the daughter

of proud parents Robert and

Kathryn Berger.

• Katherine Duncan of

Windermere graduated from the

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

School of Education with a Master

of Science.

• Lucinda Howard of Gotha

earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing

from Florida State University.

• Morgan Malinowski of

Winter Garden graduated from

Lucinda

Howard

of Gotha

graduates from

Florida State

University.

Kent State University College of

Education, Health and Human

Services with a Bachelor of

Science.

Students from Ready, Set, Dance in

Gotha performed at the 18th annual

Now Snowing event in Celebration.

Now Snowing is a monthlong tradition

that consists of snowfall and

holiday festivities. The dancers also

participated in the Ocoee Christmas

Parade and Gaylord Palms Resort’s

ICE show.

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For more information,

call 407-656-1304 or

visit wochamber.com on

the web.

Ready, Set, Dance students showcase

their talent at the 18th annual Now Snowing

event in Celebration.

West Orange Chamber of

Commerce members held a ribboncutting

ceremony at Central Florida

Title. WOCC builds partnerships,

strong businesses and commitment

to the community by serving as the

leading business advocate in Central

Florida, facilitating opportunity to

nearly 1,000 member businesses.

Stephen Graham

of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital

— Orlando Health became

a member of the

Rotary Club of Dr.

Phillips at a recent

meeting. Rotary is a

worldwide organization

Photo courtesy of WOCC

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members commemorate the opening of Central

Florida Title.

Blair Thomas (left), membership

chairwoman of the Rotary Club of Dr.

Phillips, welcomes new member Stephen

Graham.

of business and professional leaders

that provides humanitarian service,

encourages high ethical standards in

all vocations, and helps build goodwill

and peace in the world. Rotary

Club of Dr. Phillips meets weekly

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from 7-8 a.m. at Arnold Palmer’s Bay

Hill Club & Lodge.

(Clockwise from left) Reagan

Dobrolecki, Sophie Graham, Abby

Crant, Caroline Lee, Anna Lee and

Adara Evans of Elizabeth Parsons School

of Dance perform at the Florida Dance

Masters Thanksgiving Convention.

Dancers from Elizabeth Parsons

School of Dance participated in the

Florida Dance Masters Thanksgiving

Convention in Orlando. Sophie

Graham placed as a finalist in

the Teen Miss Dance competition.

Other solo competitors were Abby

Crant, Reagan Dobrolecki and

Adara Evans. Several students

received scholarships from Florida

Dance Masters. They were Abby

Crant and Sophie Graham for acrobatics,

Anna Lee for jazz, and

Caroline Lee for ballet. Caroline

also received an additional scholarship

for top-10 overall. Reagan

received an honorable mention for

ballet. In addition, Anna, Caroline,

Reagan and Sophie performed Get

Up and Dance, which was presented

at the Royal Dance Festival.

Although we try to ensure that all information presented

above is the most current, correct and dependable

available, we do rely on others for the source of our

news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando Bulletin and

Kearney Publishing Corp. cannot be held responsible

for the validity of the information presented here,

nor does mentioning it constitute an endorsement.

In Your Neighborhood news is welcome and may

be mailed to P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786;

or emailed to Lauren@kearneypublishing.com.ª

Messages will be published in the Feb. 2, 2017, issue.

Deadline: Jan. 11, 2017 • Length: 20 words maximum


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Attorney Richard West

Longtime Bay Hill resident

Richard West, named Orlando’s

2016 Family Lawyer of the Year

by Best Lawyers in America, will

be opening an office in Southwest

Orlando at 7009 Dr. Phillips Blvd.,

Suite 130, in February 2017. His new

firm name is West Family Law

Group.

Richard has been practicing in

Central Florida since 1986, specializing

in marital and family law.

In addition to being named Family

Lawyer of the Year for the second

time, Richard’s impressive credentials

include being selected as one of

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the top 100 lawyers in the state by

Florida’s Super Lawyers Magazine.

He has been featured among

Orlando Magazine’s Best Lawyers

and Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” for

many years. Richard is a fellow of the

American Academy of Matrimonial

Lawyers, and he has served as

president of the Florida chapter. He

is also a fellow of the International

Academy of Family Lawyers.

Richard is very excited about

bringing a collaborative law practice

to the Dr. Phillips community.

He sees collaborative law as

“the future of marital and family

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

law.” Collaborative law is a new

way to resolve disputes without

litigation.

As Richard explained, “both parties

agree to engage in interestbased

negotiations as opposed to

positional bargaining. It serves to

lessen the adversarial nature of divorce

proceedings. The fundamental

idea of the collaborative process

is that the husband and wife take

control of the outcome instead of

turning it over to judges and lawyers.

Everyone’s goal is to find the

best possible result for that particular

family.”

A divorced father himself, Richard

can relate to his clients.

“Divorce is a very difficult and

emotional time,” he said. “I certainly

understand what my clients

are experiencing, and I try to help

them through that tough time. It’s rewarding

to be able to help people

restructure their families. Divorce,

especially when there are children

involved, does not mean the end of

a family; the family just takes on a

different form, a different look. For

me, the key objective is to guide the

parents to work with each other in

order to raise healthy children, and

the collaborative process greatly assists

with that.”

Other potential advantages to the

collaborative law process are quicker

resolution, less expense and more

privacy than litigation.

“Collaborative law is a good solution

for most divorces but not for all,”

Richard noted.

While he always seeks a resolution

without resorting to litigation,

Richard has the skills and experience

to litigate complex cases if trial is

unavoidable.

His compassion, dedication and

experience help set West Family Law

Group apart from other law firms.

“Many people seeking a divorce

deliberately avoid going to a lawyer,

because they feel the lawyer is

going to create unnecessary bitterness,”

he said. “I handle things differently.

I believe a lawyer should be

a solver of problems, not a creator

of issues.”

West Family Law Group’s services

include divorce, paternity, support

enforcement, modification of support

obligations, prenuptial and postnuptial

agreements, and complex

property distribution. Richard West;

Shane Herbert, Esq.; and the professional

team at West Family Law

Group are prepared to handle all

cases from the simplest to the most

complex.

For more information, call 407-425-8878 or visit

www.westfamilylawgroup.com on the web.


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John E. Russi, CPA

John E. Russi, CPA

John John E. E. Russi, Russi, Certified Certified Public Public Accountant PA

7575 7575 Dr. Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 320, Orlando • 407-345-1191

russicpa@aol.com • www.russicpa.com

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he

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Connecticut,

of the Florida

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Institute

is a member

of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

of Certifie

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ATTORNEY

ATTORNEYS

Richard D. West, B.C.S.

West Cary Family L. Moss, Law Esq. Group

7009 Sawyer Dr. Phillips & Sawyer Blvd., Suite PA, 130, Attorneys Orlando • at 407-425-8878 Law

r.west@westflg.com 8913 Conroy-Windermere • www.westfamilylawgroup.com

Road, Orlando • 407-909-1900

cmoss@sawyerandsawyerpa.com • www.sawyerandsawyerpa.com

Richard D. West, a longtime Bay Hill resident, was admitted to the Florida

bar Cary in 1986. L. Moss, He Esq., has represented was admitted the to Central the bar Florida in 1998. community She practices for more Medicai

planning, than 30 years estate exclusively planning, in guardianships, marital and family trust law. administration, West is a graduate special-needs of the trusts an

probate.

University

She

of South

received

Florida

her bachelor’s

and earned

in

his

liberal

Juris

arts

Doctor

from

from

the

the

University

South Texas

of Florida an

College of Law — Houston. He is board-certified in marital and family law,

Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. She is president of The Florid

a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, past president

Bar, a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the National Academy o

of AAML Florida Chapter, and fellow of the International Academy of Family

Elder Law Attorneys, and serves as president-elect for the Academy of Florida Elde

Lawyers. West was named Orlando’s 2016 Family Lawyer of the Year by Best

Law

Lawyers

Attorneys.

in America.


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Neil Oehlstrom is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. His office is located in the

Ashley Park business complex in MetroWest, and he has been serving the MetroWest,

Dr. Phillips, Bay Hill and Windermere areas for more than 18 years. The Edward Jones

firm works with individual investors to assist in meeting their financial needs for retirement,

savings, education and estate planning. Oehlstrom, a longtime Central Florida

resident, serves clients throughout Florida and the U.S., and is available to meet at his

office or clients’ homes for a complete and complimentary financial review.

Michael S. Wytiaz, CFP, Independent Branch

Leader and Financial Consultant

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Retirement is supposed to be a reward

for decades of hard work, but

if you haven’t planned well, the milestone

may be a dark cloud on your

horizon. In fact, new data shows that

nearly 50 percent of Americans are

most afraid of outliving their income

or the inability to maintain their current

lifestyle, and nearly 20 percent

are worried about having enough

money to cover health care expenses.

The research, released by the

Indexed Annuity Leadership Council,

also found that despite these very

real fears, Americans are failing to

take action to address them. For example,

a quarter of Baby Boomers,

the age group closest to retirement,

have less than $5,000 saved for

retirement, and nearly one in five

Americans have no idea how much

they’ve saved.

The findings indicate that

Americans are afraid of the unknown

when it comes to managing

their money and retirement. While

you can budget for leisure and travel,

health care expenses and life expectancy

are unpredictable.

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and create peace of mind when it

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• Make a budget — Those who

plan for retirement are estimated to

save three times more than those

who don’t. Take into account that

your expenses may increase during

retirement, specifically for items

such as health care and travel. Also,

be sure to revisit your budget periodically

to make adjustments for new

circumstances that affect how much

you need to support the retirement

lifestyle you desire.

• Balance is key — Investing in a

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portfolio, but putting all your

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to add more conservative, low-risk

products, such as fixed indexed annuities,

which protect your principal

regardless of market ups and downs.

According to the survey, FIAs are an

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45 percent of Americans surveyed

interested in this type of retirement

product.

• Plan to adjust — A savings strategy

that makes sense today might

not fit your needs in five, 10 or 20

years. Factors like market volatility

and changes in your career or personal

life can impact the amount

you’re able to save and how much

you anticipate needing when you

reach retirement age.

• Monitor the balance — While

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and downs of your portfolio in your

younger years, the closer you are to

retirement, the more important it becomes

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SOUTHWEST

SEEN

Representatives of Dr. P. Phillips YMCA held a

grand reopening after the facility’s multimillion

dollar renovation. The new and improved center is

an innovative model for future YMCAs and

provides members with a holistic approach to

wellness. Due to partnerships with Orlando

Health, Axum Coffee and other organizations, the

Y’s members have easy access to health screenings,

doctor referrals, education about healthy

eating and cooking, and grab-and-go healthy

meals. Renovations include a new healthy eating

cafe, coffee shop and teaching kitchen for demonstrations;

four new or renovated group-exercise

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n Dr. Phillips Elementary

Dr. Phillips Elementary received

several guests during Orange

County Public Schools’ annual

Teach-In. School representatives

would like to extend thank-yous to

all who came out and presented

to classes, including visitors from

As part of Orange County Public School’s Teach-In, Tricia Hartley and Kristin Bagley’s

kindergartners at Dr. Phillips Elementary “back float” with Dr. P. Phillips YMCA’s Josh the Otter.

SCHOOL NEWS

Capoeira Brazilian Pelourinho

Inc., Chuy’s, Dave & Buster’s, Dr.

P. Phillips YMCA, McDonald’s,

Universal Orlando Resort and more.

n Waterbridge

Elementary

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Orange Tree

resident Megan

Roy is named

as Waterbridge

Elementary’s

teacher of the

year.

Megan Roy, a thirdgrade

teacher at Waterbridge

Elementary, was named as the

school’s teacher of the year. Mrs.

Roy graduated in 2005 with a

degree in family and child sciences.

She has served as the team

leader for the third grade for the

past five years and is a Common

Core Black Belt. Mrs. Roy lives in

Orange Tree with her husband,

Michael, and four children.

n Whispering Oak

Elementary

The Whispering Oak Elementary

National Elementary Honor

Society held its annual food drive.

The group collected more than

3,000 items that were donated to

Bread of Life Fellowship Inc.,

Matthew’s Hope Ministries

Inc. and First United Methodist

Church of Winter Garden’s

food banks. The school’s NEHS officers

include Natalia Bartko,

Sophia Heller and Diya Raj;

and members are Jack Bajdas,

Aidan Bernhard, Diego Caso,

Kathryn Crutchfield, Matthew

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(Front, l. to r.) Katie Swirsky, Diego Caso, Leiann Le, Natalia Bartko, Noah

Larson, Aidan Bernhard, Sophia Heller, Matthew Hazelwood, Jack Bajdas,

Matthew Lee, (back, l. to r.) teacher Lise Abrams, Karl Johnson, Diya Raj, Kathryn

Crutchfield, Isabel Reyes, Tiana Tran and teacher Cathy Moore of the Whispering

Oak Elementary National Elementary Honor Society participate in NEHS’s annual food drive.

Matthew Lee, Isabel Reyes,

Katie Swirsky and Tiana Tran.

n Bridgewater Middle

Bridgewater Middle representatives

announced the launch of a

student of the month program, one

of the portions of the Bridgewater’s

Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

systems. It acknowledges boys and

girls in grades six through eight for

their “paw-sitive” traits and their

demonstration of specific character

traits, such as respect, caring,

self-discipline, perseverance and

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Shannon Till

(left) of Shannon

Till — State Farm

Insurance presents

a $500 check to

Tanekia Gage,

Bridgewater Middle’s

eighth-grade dean,

in support of the

school’s student of the

month program.

trustworthiness. All student-of-themonth

recipients receive a oneof-a-kind

T-shirt and certificate,

attend a doughnuts and orange

juice breakfast or ice cream social,

and are entered into a drawing to

win a gift card. The program was

made possible by a $500 donation

by Shannon Till — State Farm

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n Gotha Middle

Windermere Mayor Gary

Bruhn participated in this year’s

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Gotha Middle civics teacher Robb Zurek (left) presents

an honorary teacher certificate to Windermere Mayor

Gary Bruhn during Orange County Public School’s annual

Teach-In.

annual Teach-In. He attended

Robb Zurek’s seventh-grade

civics class at Gotha Middle to

speak about the various levels of

government and each level’s responsibilities

and limitations. At

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the end of the day,

Mayor Bruhn earned

an honorary teacher

certificate.

n Et Al

Students at Cranium

Academy participated

in a food

drive to benefit

Matthew’s Hope

Ministries Inc. The

youngsters took home

purple bags to fill with

food for the organization’s

food pantry.

It was planned

around Thanksgiving

in hopes of everyone

having enough

food for the holiday.

The children were

so successful, they had to make

eight trips to Matthew’s Hope,

because the school’s box kept

getting full.

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(L. to r.) Marco Salazar, Alexander Wan, Tzuri Murph, Julia Feinstein, Laura

Anderson, Rehanna Latif, Nikhil Kar, David Beltran and Temo Salazar of

Cranium Academy donate food to Matthew’s Hope Ministries Inc.’s food pantry.

Christ The King Lutheran

PreSchool presented Someone

Has a Birthday, its Christmas program,

on Dec. 7. All of the school’s

3-, 4- and 5-year-olds participated

in the event, after which Christ The

King Lutheran Church hosted

a cookie reception. The young actors

included Parker Coronel

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Rori O’Rourke (front, left) and Parker Coronel (front, right) portray Mary and Joseph

during Christ The King Lutheran PreSchool’s Christmas program, Someone Has a

Birthday.

and Rori O’Rourke, who played

Joseph and Mary, respectively;

Tiger Dhaliwal, Colin Herbert

and Joshua Hetz, who portrayed

shepherds; and Aubrey

Creeden, Victoria Cronembold,

Zoey Dean, Aria Feltman, Jude

and Seela Issa, Sophia Pincura

and Quinlin Rossi, who performed

as angels.

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To celebrate United Nations Day — with the theme of “Children Around the World” —

Premier Academy students (l. to r.) Akhtar Ahmad, Saniya Ahmad, Zoha Ahmad,

Grant Hughes, Abbie Eanet and Gianna Pereira wear clothes representing their native

countries.

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presented above is the most current, correct and

dependable available, we do rely on others for the

source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando

Bulletin and Kearney Publishing Corp. cannot be

held responsible for the validity of the information

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1. *e.g. "A Winter's Tale" by

Mark Helprin

6. Bag in Paris

9. *Cold-weather lip trouble

13. Speak one's mind

14. "What?"

15. What phoenix did

16. Used a lot in sports

17. ____ of Aquarius

18. Misrepresent

19. *Troika ride

21. *Has two eyes made of

coal

23. Beluga yield

24. Found in a wall

25. Reggae precursor

28. Whiskey without water

30. Mother of Calcutta

35. What little kittens did

with their mittens

37. Computer operating

system

39. Ascetic holy Hindu

40. Hippocrates' promise

41. Chemically induced

waves, pl.

43. Good obtained illegally

44. Garment fold

46. Sandwich alternative

47. Northern freshwater fish

48. No, they don't really

crawl in one's ear

50. Substance abuser

52. Neither

53. Type of tide

55. Jamie ____ Curtis

57. *Popular cold weather

fabric

61. *Desired winter destination,

pl.

64. Don McLean: "Drove

my chevy to the ____"

65. *Elf on the Shelf, e.g.

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FUN CROSSWORD PUZZLE

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67. *Remove its furniture

in winter?

69. Like a Harvard building?

70. Call to Bo-peep

71. Painter Degas

72. Mrs. Lincoln's maiden

name

73. Weary traveler's destination

74. Lofty homes

DOWN

1. Us, in Mexico

2. Prefers

3. Tiny bottle

4. "C'mon in!"

5. Wound

6. Persian king

7. Precedes Sep.

8. Maiden's "hope" storage

9. Captain's team

10. Islet in a river

11. Half-way around the

world

12. Part of a hammer

15. Residences

20. "Faster!" to a horse

22. *Roast a chest____

over an open fire

24. Cavalryman's foot

holder

25. #61 Across, sing.

26. Bear Down Under

27. In the Asteraceae

family

29. Again

31. Wood file

32. Buzz Aldrin's first name

33. Plumed military headdress

34. *Ice Angler's drill

36. *Warm winter day

occurrence

38. *Winter Holiday, for

short

42. Abracadabra, e.g.

45. Preserved in a can

49. "Fancy that!"

51. Go back into business

54. Cover story

56. Horace's poem

57. Dart

58. Prefix in levorotary

59. Like a zealous fan

60. Pauper's permanent

state

61. Bridge

62. Units of work

63. Cut and run

66. *Gingerbread creation

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Start the New Year by making a difference.

In the month of January, enjoy dining, spa treatments, golf, and shopping at Four Seasons Resort

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n Charities/Fundraisers

Through Jan. 16 — Infant

Prematurity Campaign

Southwest Orlando resident and midwife Jennie

Joseph, executive director of Commonsense

Childbirth Inc., urges people to support the

annual Heads Up on Infant Prematurity campaign

by knitting or crocheting hats for newborns or

premature infants. The hats will be delivered to

local neonatal intensive care units or hospital

nurseries Jan. 16, 2017. For more information,

email perinataltaskforce@gmail.com or visit

www.perinataltaskforce.com on the web

Jan. 14 — Informational Gathering

Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux, 3022 Corrine Drive,

Orlando, hosts an informational gathering

for anyone interested in participating in the

Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York Cycling

Event that takes place May 21. The event raises

funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Time: 1:30 p.m. For more information, call John

Scolaro, 407-230-5567; and to register, visit

bit.ly/jointnt17 on the web.

Jan. 22 — Brighton Beach Memoirs

Play Reading

Theatre South Playhouse presents an intimate

stage reading of the hit Broadway play Brighton

Beach Memoirs at the Rosen Event Theater,

11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando.

Time: 2-4 p.m. Cost: $10, with proceeds benefiting

the research of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also

called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS attacks

motor neurons, cells that control the muscles.

For more information, call 407-489-4458,

email theatresouthorlando@gmail.com or visit

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Feb. 4 — Chef’s Gala

Epcot World Showcase in Walt Disney World

Resort, 200 Epcot Center Drive, Orlando, hosts

Heart of Florida United Way’s 25th annual Chef’s

Gala, a food and wine pairing event. Time: 6:45-

10 p.m. Cost: $275 per person or $500 per

couple, with proceeds benefiting programs in education,

income, health and basic needs. For more

information, call 407-429-2129, email chefsgala@

hfuw.org or visit www.chefsgala.org on the web.

Feb. 4 — Afrocentric Orlando

In celebration of Black History Month, the

Rosen JCC, 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road,

Orlando, hosts Afrocentric Orlando, including

a mix and mingle social tour, fashion runway

show, ethnic arts and crafts, poetry, comedy

skits, traditional music and exotic dances. Time:

4 p.m. Cost: $10, with proceeds benefiting The

Shule Adetunde Performing Arts. For more information,

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n Children’s/Teen

Programs

Jan. 21 — Youth Fitness Competition

Winter Garden Athletic Club, 350 E. Crown

Point Road, Suite 1070, Winter Garden, hosts

Youth Fitness Warriors, a free, fun fitness competition

and coed event. Physicals are not required,

and free physicals are offered for preregistered

youth participants. Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for elementary

students, 1-2 p.m. for middle and high

school students, and 2-3 p.m. for parents/adults.

For more information about free physicals, call

Toni Muzzonigro, D.O., at 407-367-5676. For

more information and to preregister for the event,

visit www.youthfitnesswarriors.com on the web.

n Classes/Programs

Jan. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30 —

50+ Fitness Aerobics Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S.

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts 50+

Fitness Aerobics classes. Exercise mats are

provided. Time: Mondays and Wednesdays at

10:45 a.m. Cost: $2. For more information,

email fit4ever40f@cfl.rr.com.

Jan. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31 —

Strength For Life 50+ Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S.

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Strength

for Life 50+ group strength classes. Participants

are encouraged to bring exercise bands and

free weights. Exercise mats are provided. Time:

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $2.

For more information, email fit4ever40f@cfl.rr.com.

Jan. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31 —

Cardio/Strength Interval Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S.

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts cardio/

strength interval classes. Time: Tuesdays and

Thursdays at 6 p.m. Cost: $5 per class or $30

per month. For more information, email Chris

Smith at csmith@st.lukes.org.

Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31 —

Stitching-Group Gatherings

The Twisted Stitchers stitching group meets at the

Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255 Della Drive,

Orlando. All crafters are invited to attend. Time:

Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information,

call Alouise Bergeron, 407-351-1324.

Jan. 12 — Gardening Class

Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard

St., Winter Garden, hosts Basics of Vegetable

Gardening in Central Florida, which teaches

how to grow “warm season” vegetables,

including soil preparation, adjusting soil pH,

fertilizing, irrigation, pests and diseases.

Registration is required, and the class is free.

Time: 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

www.gardenflorida.eventbrite.com on the web.

Jan. 13, 20 & 27 — 50+ Yoga

Classes

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S.

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts 50+

Yoga classes. Participants are encouraged to

bring a yoga mat and blocks. Time: Fridays at

9:30 a.m. Cost: $2. For more information, email

cathy.infiniteyoga@gmail.com.

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n Events/Performances

Through Jan. 7 — Light Up UCF

CFE Arena hosts Light Up UCF, including ice skating, rides, a film

festival, holiday market and an all-new light show. Time: Monday-

Thursday from 5-10 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday

from noon-midnight, and Sunday from noon-10 p.m. Hours may

vary on holidays. Tickets for various activities are available at the

CFE Arena box office and online. To become a vendor, visit www.

ucfholidaymarket.com on the web. For more information, call 800-

745-3000 or visit www.lightupucf.com on the web.

Through Jan. 8 — Winter In The Park

Central Park West Meadow, 150 N. New York Ave., Winter Park,

hosts Winter in the Park, featuring an outdoor ice skating rink. Time:

Monday-Thursday from 3-9 p.m., Friday from 3-10 p.m., Saturday

from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from noon-8 p.m. Cost: $12

for all-day skating. Skate rental is included. For more information,

call 407-599-3203 or visit cityofwinterpark.org/witp on the web.

Feb. 11 — Indie-Folkfest 2017

The Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.,

Orlando, hosts the third annual Indie-Folkfest, showcasing local,

national and regional art, music and culinary talent. Time: noon-5

p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-246-4278,

ext. 4861 or visit www.indiefolkfest.wordpress.com on the web.

Feb. 25 — India Day Celebration

The Indian American Chamber of Commerce sponsors the fifth

annual India Day Celebration in downtown Orlando. Activities

include a street festival showcasing traditional Indian dance and

food, and ends with participation in the evening’s Orlando Magic

game vs. the Atlanta Hawks. Time: 3-6 p.m. for the street festival.

Cost: The street festival is free. For more information, visit www.

iaccorlando.com on the web.

n Miscellaneous

Ongoing — Female Singers Invitation

Vocalists are needed for the Sunshine Singers women’s chorus

that entertains at local nursing homes, senior residences, civic

organizations and service clubs. Practices are held Mondays at

9:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando. For more information, call Mary Ellen

Boice, 407-299-5244.

Ongoing — Female Singers Invitation

Vocalists are needed for the Sound of Sunshine Chorus, a nonprofit

musical teaching group. Open, free rehearsals are held

Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. at Reeves United Methodist Church,

1100 N. Ferncreek Ave., Orlando. For more information, visit

www.soschorus.com on the web.

Through Jan. 24 — Art Submission Deadline

Women in the Arts Inc. and the Orange County Library System

invite professional female artists to submit their work to be

exhibited during Women’s History Month at the library. Finalists

are chosen from submitted entries, and selected art is featured

in the upcoming annual Celebrating the Genius of Women


exhibition in March and April. Finalists are

eligible for $1,500 in cash prizes and gallery

representation at Baterbys Art Gallery

for the top three winners. For more information,

call 407-835-7481. Apply online at

www.womeninthearts.org/art-competition.

Jan. 11, 18 & 25 — Dances For

Seniors

The Belles and Beaus Dance Club sponsors a

dance for seniors at the Marks Street Recreation

Complex, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando. Music is

provided by Soft Touch, and singles and couples

are welcome. Refreshments are available. Time:

Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per

person. Men attending the dances for the first

time are free. For more information, call 407-

644-4200 or visit bellesandbeausdance.com

on the web.

Jan. 14, 21 & 28 — Farmers

Markets

Winter Garden Farmers Market — voted No.

1 in America by American Farmland Trust in

Washington, DC — takes place at 104 S.

Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. The market

boasts more than 150 vendors, and there is

a free parking in the parking garage next to

the event. Time: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Jan. 17 — Public Meeting

The Commission Chamber of the Orange

County Administration Center, 201 S. Rosalind

Ave., Orlando, hosts a public meeting of the

Orange County Legislative Delegation. The

agenda includes the election of officers,

discussion of legislative issues of regional

significance, and remarks from members of the

public. Time: 3-6 p.m. For more information,

email ld@ocfl.net.

Jan. 30 & Feb. 9 — Open House &

Registration

Holy Family Catholic School, 5129 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando, holds an open house

on Jan. 30 from 8:30-10 a.m. and an open

registration on Feb. 9. For more information,

call 407-876-9344 or visit www.hfcschool.com

on the web.

n Networking/Clubs

Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31 —

Toastmasters Meetings

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall,

4100 McKinnon Road, Windermere, hosts

Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754

meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral

communication and leadership skills in a supportive

and positive learning environment. Time:

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

www.windermeretoastmasters.org on the web.

Jan. 11, 18 & 25 — Toastmasters

Meetings

The Florida Turnpike Headquarters Building

No. 5315 in the Turkey Lake Service Area

on Florida’s Turnpike at Mile Marker 263,

hosts Turnpike Toastmasters meetings. Guests

must check in at the reception desk for

meeting access. Time: Wednesdays from

noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit

2362.toastmastersclubs.org on the web.

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n Support Groups

Jan. 10 — Support Group Meeting

For Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center

sponsors a free support group meeting for caregivers

in the Suite 281 Conference Room (next to

the south elevators on the second floor) at Health

Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive,

Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of each month at

6 p.m. For more information, call 407-843-1910

or visit www.adrccares.org on the web.

Jan. 16 — Stroke Support Group

Meeting

The Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse

Blvd., Winter Park, hosts a free meeting of the

BCenter’s Stroke Support & Social Group. A delistyle

lunch is provided. Reservations via email

are requested to valerie@bcenter.com. Time: third

Monday of each month from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

For more information, call 888-942-9355.

n Volunteers

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Seniors First seeks 50 volunteers to assist in

fulfilling the high demand of its Meals on

Wheels program, which provides meals and

outreach to seniors who are unable to prepare

or have meals otherwise provided. There are

eight pickup areas in the Greater Orlando

area, and the commitment is once per week

for approximately 1.5-2 hours on weekday

mornings. Volunteers must be 18-older, and

have a valid driver license, insurance and

reliable transportation. For more information,

email lshumaker@seniorsfirstinc.org or visit

seniorsfirstinc.org on the web.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation History

Center, 21 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, seeks

friendly, responsible volunteers to staff the welcome

center by greeting guests and answering

questions. Weekday hours are available from

11 a.m.-2 p.m. and/or 2-5 p.m. For more information,

call Jim or Lynne, 407-656-3244; or

visit wghf.org on the web.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Vitas Healthcare of Central Florida seeks hospice

volunteers to provide relief for caregivers, offer

companionship for patients, run errands and help

in small but meaningful ways. Assignments and

schedules are made according to the volunteer’s

preferences. For more information or to attend an

orientation class, call 407-691-4541.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

Hospice of the Comforter, which cares for the

physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients

and their families facing an incurable illness, seeks

volunteers with a compassionate heart. For more

information, call Jacque King, 407-379-2254; or

email jacqueline.king2@flhosp.org.

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