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8 x January 18 — 31, 2018 x NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS compiled by Lauren Salinero OPEN HOUSE n Ocooe grants available The city of Ocoee is accepting applications for its Community Grant program. Held annually in both January and July, the program provides financial grants of up to $500. There is a total of $5,000 available for this grant cycle. Groups that are eligible to apply are Ocoee nonprofit organizations and civic groups. In addition, nonprofit organizations and civic groups outside the city limits, which benefit residents of Ocoee, are also qualified to apply. The city awards the grants to acknowledge excellence and to further the contributions these local organizations bring to the Ocoee community. People can pick up applications at Ocoee City Hall, 150 N. Lakeshore Drive. Completed applications should be mailed or delivered to Community Relations at the same address, and the deadline to submit applications is Jan. 31, 2018. For more information, call 407- 905-3100. n Year in Review Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs releases her annual Year in Review. Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs recently released her Year in Review 2017. In the statement, she said, “In reflecting on 2017, I continue to be buoyed by Orange County’s ongoing success — from economic N O W E NROLLI N G RSVP T O D AY! Join Us Between 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm VOTED BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL January 28 | March 4 100% COLLEGE Acceptance 407.206.8602 A Christ-Centered Preschool to Grade 12 College Preparatory School Definitively Christ-Centered Distinctly College-Prep BEGIN A LIFETIME OF CONFIDENCE TODAY! Dr. Lauris Johnson NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS CALL TODAY! (407) 258-3262 7848 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Suite 100, Windermere

achievement to community development ... But above all, I continue to be overwhelmed with pride and gratitude for our Orange County community. Pride in our heartfelt response to one of the largest humanitarian crises in U.S. history, as we welcomed more than 100,000 storm-stricken Puerto Rican evacuees to Central Florida — and gratitude for the deep and authentic sense of compassion that we continue to demonstrate.” After detailing some of the year’s more challenging trials, Mayor Jacobs said, “As we prepare for 2018, I am confident in our continued success. Not only because of our strengthening economic climate, our outstanding quality of life, and the many ongoing initiatives showcased in this ‘Year in Review,’ but because of you — our heart and soul — and the role you play in Orange County. I offer my sincere best wishes for a wonderful New Year! By working together, I know that the best is yet to come.” For the full review, visit orange yearinreview2017.aspx. n Orlando Magic showers family with gifts As part of the NBA Cares Season of Giving, the Orlando Magic celebrated Christmas by surprising LaToya Pugh and her two daughters, Aicha and Aiyari, during the Magic vs. Pelicans game. The team was joined by Amway, Corkcicle, Jewett Orthopeadic Clinic, Papa John’s Pizza, PepsiCo, Talk of the Town Restaurants, and Tijuana Flats to shower the family with gifts and other items to assist them through difficult times. The family also was transported to and from the game in a limo. It was the ninth consecutive season the Magic has hosted one family around the holidays for “The Big Give.” The family’s surprise began early in December, when the Magic and Habitat for Humanity presented the family with keys to a new home in the x January 18 — 31, 2018 x 9 Butler Preserve neighborhood. Magic Community Ambassadors and Southwest residents Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, along with Stuff the mascot, attended the home dedication ceremony and presented the family with courtside tickets for the Dec. 22 game. The Pughs had no idea they were going to be receiving the gifts at halftime. For more information, visit www. n History Center receives Operating Support Grant Board representatives of the United Arts of Central Florida announced the Operating Support Grants for 2018 to 37 Central Florida nonprofit cultural institutions, including an award of $27,400 to the Orange County Regional History Center. “The general operating-support funds from this grant will allow us to deliver educational programs to thousands of Title 1 school children, allowing us to bring history alive to many who otherwise would not have the opportunity to visit the museum,” said Michael Perkins, the museum’s manager. For more information, visit www. n Flu season hits Florida hard Both the holiday and flu seasons coincided this year as numbers of confirmed influenza cases continue to rise across Florida. So far, influenza A (H3) is the most common strain being reported this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seasons where influenza A (H3) was the most dominant strain were generally more severe, particularly for children younger than age 5 and adults age 65-older. The CDC has labeled Florida as a widespread influenza zone. Data from Florida Hospital Centra Care shows there is a nearly 200 percent increase in flu cases since this time last year and a 400 percent increase from 2015. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 I choose the best possible healthcare experience for my patients. I was born a caregiver. Each step in my career, from nursing assistant to registered nurse to doctor, taught me invaluable lessons to better understand my patients’ needs and strengthened my desire to better people’s lives. Women’s Health offers many exciting areas of practice. I feel fortunate to be part of I am Dr. Farwick and I choose Orlando Health. Specialty:Urogynecology proven dedication to Women’s Health. They provide me with the most advanced surgical tools for my specialty and a highly skilled team of compassionate caregivers to work with. Together, I believe we give my patients the best possible healthcare experience. 321.8HEALTH (321.843.2584)