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4 x April 6 - 19, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com TABLE OF CONTENTS SOUTHWEST SPOTLIGHT.....................................................................5 A Giving Heart IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.................................................................8 PROMOTIONAL FEATURE...................................................................14 Restoring Hope for Patients / Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness 2017 SPRING MEDICAL DIRECTORY...................................................15 BUSINESS PROFILE............................................................................68 Escape at Escapology SCHOOL NEWS...............................................................................71 SOUTHWEST SPORTS........................................................................77 GROWING GAINS & PAINS..............................................................80 I-Drive to Undergo Changes COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD.........................................................84 SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY.....................................................88 SCHOOL NEWS SEEN......................................................................90 2017 HapCo Jazz Fest PRESIDENT Clay Kearney April 6, 2017 Vol. XXXI, No. 11 VICE PRESIDENT Brenda Kearney VICE PRESIDENT SALES & OPERATIONS Donna Wolk MANAGING EDITOR Lisa Sagers EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Lauren Salinero CIRCULATION Robert Barlow P.O. Box 851 Windermere, FL 34786 407-351-1573 www.southwestorlandobulletin.com The Southwest Orlando Bulletin is published semimonthly by Kearney Publishing Corp. No material may be reproduced without written permission. Subscriptions are available in the U.S. and Puerto Rico for $25.56 per year and in Canada for $31.80 per year. For foreign surface mailing, add $20 per year. Neither the publishers nor the advertisers are responsible or liable for typographical errors, misinformation, misprints, etc., unintentionally contained herein. All letters received become the property of Kearney Publishing Corp. and may be reproduced and edited without consent. ©2017/KEARNEY PUBLISHING CORPORATION ADMINISTRATION Michelle Moniz CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Leona Braun, Karen Nimetz, Blair Parke, Debra Wood MARKETING CONSULTANTS Meshele Conley (407) 948-8795 meshele@kearneypublishing.com Madeline DeVito (407) 351-1573, option 1 mdevito@kearneypublishing.com Lindsay Richardson (407) 351-1573, option 2 lindsay@kearneypublishing.com AA-B2B_2017-DYNASTY-4.63x10.indd 1 1/25/17 11:42 AM

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