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TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOODIE FOR THOUGHT .................................................................... 6

Extravagant Easter Eggs

NOTEWORTHY NEWS ...................................................................... 9

Keeping His Memory Alive

PET-TICULARS .................................................................................. 12

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................. 16

Meet the SAT/ACT Experts Securing Students' Futures / Huntington Learning Center

PICTURE MY PET PHOTO ALBUM ...................................................... 17

TOURISM UPDATE ........................................................................... 30

NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS .............................................................. 31

SOUTHWEST SPORTS ...................................................................... 35

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SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 37

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FOODIE FOR

THOUGHT

Extravagant Easter Eggs

Create Bold Colors & Earthy Hues Using Natural Food-Based Dyes

We invite boys and girls aged 6 to 17 who have Tourette syndrome to see if

for the T-Force Gold Study. The primary purpose of this research study is to

eectiveness, safety, and tolerability of an investigational by Kirsten medication Harringtonfor Tour

Each child who qualifies will receive study medication, study-related medical

study-related laboratory tests at no cost.

AS YOU KNOW, CONTROLLING

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Create beautifully

colored and patterned

eggs using natural

ingredients.

We invite boys and girls aged 6 to 17 who have Tourette

syndrome to see if they may qualify for the T-Force Gold

Study. The primary purpose of this research study is to

determine the effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of an

investigational medication for Tourette syndrome.

Each child who qalifies will receive study medication,

study-related medical exams, and study-related

laboratory tests at no cost.

To learn more, and to see if your child may qualify,

visit TForceGoldStudy.com or call the area doctor

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Compensation for time and travel may be available.

To learn more, and to see if your child may quali

Whether you are looking to create making the hole. Gently use a pin to

area doctor listed below:

a gorgeous centerpiece for a holiday

brunch or you just want to create hole just enough to extract the inside.

make multiple pricks, enlarging the

some memories with your children, Use an unfolded paper clip inserted

dyeing Easter eggs is a fun undertaking

for the entire family. This year, together, making it easier to blow

into the hole to mix the yolk and white

why not skip the kit and round up out. Use your mouth or a small coffee

what you have in your kitchen? From stirring straw to blow out the egg.

bold yellow and blue to earthy tan

and muted orange, you can create

Plan Ahead

a palette of natural food-based dyes Give yourself plenty of time; natural

with spices, fruits and vegetables. dyes take longer than artificial colors.

Some even work best if allowed to

sit overnight in the dye, which takes

some time to prepare. Get some containers

(large plastic disposable tumblers

work well for individual eggs),

vinegar, and an apron or old clothes;

then gather the supplies for dye and

get ready to create!

Prepare the Eggs

You’ll want to boil the eggs in a

saucepan with plenty of space, so

they don’t bump into each other and

crack. Cover with an inch of water,

bring just to boiling, and then remove

from heat, letting the eggs stand in

hot water for about 12 minutes (a

little more for larger eggs). Drain,

run cold water over the eggs, and

refrigerate until ready to decorate.

Another option is to make blownout

eggs, which can be kept for years.

Use a pin or small nail to poke holes

in either end of a raw egg, making

one slightly larger than the other. To

avoid cracks, place a small piece of

transparent tape on the shell before

Fruits & Veggies

Just about any bold-colored produce

that stains your fingers or cutting

boards will make good material for

dye. For red, bring 1 quart of water,

one to two roughly chopped beets, 1

tablespoon of vinegar, and 1 tablespoon

of salt to a boil, then reduce

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GIMMIE WARS - Woes of Probate

by: Kristen M. Jackson / Attorney

Gimmie the gun collection. No,

dad and I hunted together, not you, and he

wanted me to have the guns when he died.

Gimmie the coin collection. No, mom and

I started that coin collection together when

I was a little girl and she said it would be

mine when she died. Gimmie the car. No!

Gimmie the house. No! Gimmie this and

gimmie that. No..No..No! It turns into the Gimmie Wars and ends up in the

hands of attorneys to settle in probate court.

Upon their deaths, parents one and all believe that their children forever and

always will maintain close and loving relationships with each other. That may be

true of parents that have nothing to leave their children to fight over. On the

other hand, for those with assets at the time of their death, regardless of how

much or how little, the challenge of who gets what more often than not escalates

into conflict among siblings or other beneficiaries. Estate conflicts most often

are stimulated by unadulterated greed and piggishness among the siblings

ending up in an outright war over their parents’ assets.

Unfortunately, parents too often believe that should any of their assets

survive them, such assets will automatically go to their children or other heirs.

Not true nor guaranteed unless the parent has either prepared a last will, trust or

some other form of estate planning that transfers their assets into their children’s

names.

The cost for estate planning is the primary excuse parents make for

doing nothing to settle their estate once they have died. They just can’t justify

paying an attorney in exchange for pieces of paper that state at their death

someone else shall receive what took them a lifetime to acquire. What is the

cost of these pieces of paper versus the cost to their children to probate

their estate?

To have a simple estate plan prepared for assets including a car, home,

bank accounts, investments and insurance policies may cost less than a

thousand to several thousand dollars depending on the experience of the

attorney and the complexity of the plan. Whereas the cost of probate may

be between 3% to 6% or more of the total assets to hire attorneys and

pay for court costs, publication fees, administrative fees, litigation or other

expenses. In other words, it could cost thousands more for a probate

proceeding than the cost to implement an estate plan. Also, be aware that

the probate process can take up to a year or longer before beneficiaries

ever see a dime of their parents’ estate. In Florida, beneficiaries must hire

an attorney to probate an estate.

Eliminate the Woes of Probate and an all out Gimmie War over who

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6

the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes and

strain. Follow a similar method for

blue, substituting about 1 pound of

roughly chopped red cabbage for

the beets. Try blueberries, raspberries,

blackberries, purple sweet potatoes,

carrots or chopped greens,

using approximately 2 cups of fruit

or chopped veggies per quart of water.

Soak the eggs until desired color

is reached, which may take several

hours to overnight for some colors.

Experiment with vibrant juices, including

pomegranate, grape, black

cherry or cranberry juice, adding 1

tablespoon of vinegar per quart.

Spices & Such

For vivid gold eggs, heat 1 quart

of water in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon

each of vinegar and salt, and 6

tablespoons of turmeric. Simmer for a

few minutes until dissolved. Substitute

paprika or achiote chili powder for

light orange or cinnamon for a subtle

mahogany. Soak the eggs in the dye

until the desired shade is reached,

anywhere from minutes to overnight.

Experiment with curry powder, spirulina,

cocoa or activated charcoal for

different hues. Soak eggs in coffee

for milk-chocolate-colored eggs, or

try black tea for a reddish-tan effect.

Make It Fancy

Take inspiration from Mother Nature

by imprinting herb shapes onto the

eggs by placing parsley, cilantro or

rosemary leaves onto the sides of the

egg and putting it into a portion of nylon

panty hose to secure the herbs in

place. Small flower blossoms or fern

leaves work well, too. Remove the

plant material after dyeing the egg to

reveal a beautiful pattern.

Another option for making designs

is to use a white crayon or white beeswax

candle to draw a pattern on the

egg before dipping it in dye. When

the eggs are finished, polish them

with a little olive or vegetable oil to

give them a lovely sheen. Decorative

eggs make a beautiful, rustic centerpiece

for your Easter celebration.

Just remember, if you plan to eat the

eggs, keep them refrigerated. ª


During a ceremonial ribbon-cutting

of a new 19.5-acre park, county

and school officials remembered the

sacrifice made by Orange County

Sheriff Deputy Jonathan Scott

Pine, killed in the line of duty in

southwest Orange County. The site

was named in his honor.

“Today isn’t a park opening, today’s

a dedication,” said a tearful

Teresa Jacobs, a Southwest resident

and mayor of Orange County,

calling the event a sacred occasion.

“It is a dedication that we hope will

keep alive the memory and the sacrifice

and the honor and service and

legacy of Deputy Scott Pine. He was

an incredible dad, an incredible husband

and an incredible hero.”

The park, shared between Orange

County and Orange County Public

Schools, has a multipurpose field for

recreational use. It also will serve

as the new football stadium for

Windermere High School. The

combined park and school site was

a compromise that helped pave the

way for the high school to be built at

its current location.

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS

Keeping His Memory Alive

Park Opens in Honor of Slain Officer

The 19.5-acre Deputy Scott Pine Park opens with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

by Debra Wood

The Deputy Scott Pine Park

was partly funded by $2.5 million of

Mayor Jacobs’ Invest funds.

Scott was killed in 2014 at the age

of 34 when he chased car burglary

suspect Benjamin Holtermann

into the backyard of a house in

Westminster Landing. The suspect,

a convicted felon, fired three

shots, killing Scott. Then he shot and

killed himself. His accomplice, Erica

Pugh, reached a plea deal with the

state and was sentenced to 15 years

in prison.

“We will never forget,” Jacobs

said. “One of the reasons we are

dedicating this park is that at some

point, we will not be here, and we do

not want the memory of Deputy Scott

Pine to ever parish. We do not want

anybody to forget how very important

law enforcement officers are.”

Jacobs went on to talk about the

daily sacrifices made by law enforcement

individuals and their families.

“You need to wake up in the morning

and remember why we live in a

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safe community, remember why you

can go home safely,” Jacobs said.

“It is because of the fine men and

women [who] get up every day and

go to work knowing they may not go

home.”

County Parks and Recreation,

thanked everyone for their collaboration

and support in making the

park possible.

SchenkelShultz Architecture of

Orlando designed the park, and general

contractor Wharton-Smith Inc.,

also of Orlando, built it.

Orange County

Sheriff Deputy

Jonathan Scott

Pine left behind

a wife and three

children (center)

when he was killed

in 2014.

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health services to try to address the

cause of some of the violence that

exists in the community.

Former Commissioner Scott Boyd

also spoke and praised Deputy Scott

as an amazing man. Boyd was on

the board of county commissioners

and helped secure the deal to partner

with the school district.

Orange County Sheriff and

Southwest resident Jerry Demings

praised the efforts that occurred to

make the park possible, so people will

never forget the sacrifice Deputy Scott

Pine made and the difference deputies

make every day in the community.

School board member and

Southwest resident Pam Gould

talked about the love felt in honoring

a great man, Scott Pine. She closed

with a poem about the stadium.

The county presented Bridgett

Pine with a street sign — Deputy

Scott Pine Park — and then Pine’s

family members helped cut the ribbon.

WHS’s track team ran around

the field, and the school band

played for those in attendance. ª

The park opened the day before

the fourth anniversary of Pine’s death.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Color Guard and Fife and Drum

Corps opened the ceremony. Matt

Suedmeyer, manager of Orange

District 1 Commissioner and

Ocoee resident Betsy VanderLey

called the event a celebration of

a wonderful life, and District 3

Commissioner Pete Clarke talked

about the need to support mental

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Pets enhance our lives greatly.

There is nothing better than coming

home after a long day of work

to the excited bark of a dog or the

loud purr of a cat. Pets bring us joy,

love, comfort and companionship.

They become part of our families,

but that also means making adjustments

to fit them and their needs into

our lives. Each pet has its own set of

needs to live a comfortable, healthy,

domesticated life. In Pet-Ticulars, you

can find tips on providing a safe and

happy home for your pet as well as

when it’s time to say goodbye to

your furry best friend.

Ways to Cope

With the Death of a Pet

The loss of a pet can bring as

much grief as the loss of some human

friends and family members.

This makes sense when you consider

the role our animal companions

play in our everyday lives. You

cared for your pet’s every need, and

because they could not speak, you

learned to communicate in other

ways. Such caring builds intimacy

similar to that found between a parent

and their infant — love without

conflict, jealousy or any of the other

complications found in most relationships.

So when a pet dies, the depth

of your grief reflects your loss of a

special relationship.

“When we lose a pet, we lose a

relationship unlike any other,” said

Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, a family

therapist and author of The Pet Loss

Companion: Healing Advice From

Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss

Groups. “Many of us love our pets the

way we love our children. But in the

immediate aftermath of this unique

loss, too often family members and

friends say things like, ‘Just get another

one.’ Instead of devaluing your

grief over the loss of this important

relationship, as others may advise,

embrace your sorrow. Your grief is

important, for it will lead you to healing

and teach you important things

about what matters most in life.”

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Dolan-Del Vecchio offers these

tips for those grieving the loss of

a pet:

• Share your grief with empathetic

friends. Spend time with people who

understand your closeness with your

pet. Even some friends may be insensitive,

so be careful to avoid “get

over it” types of people.

“Unfortunately, many people see

animals as if they were nonliving objects,”

Dolan-Del Vecchio said.

• Attend a pet loss support group.

Pet loss groups provide a concentrated

dose of social support. Meeting

with others who also grieve and

share similar emotions can boost

one’s healing greatly.

• Keep moving. Exercise is a healer.

It boosts feelings of well-being

and calm, improves sleep and brightens

your mood.

• Be creative. Whether you lean

toward writing, scrapbooking, ceramics,

photography or making

collages, creative projects may contribute

to healing.

• Spend time in nature. Nothing

quiets the mind and soul like a stroll

through a park, nature preserve or

by the seashore.

“The natural world brings special

benefits when your heart has been

torn by grief,” Dolan-Del Vecchio

said. “The sights, sounds and smells

of nature connect us to eternal, circular

stories of life and death in ways

that go beyond our usual thoughts

and feelings, and this experience

brings solace to many people.

“It’s important to care for yourself

when you’re grieving your pet. This

requires some planning and acts of

will, as grief can diminish energy

and motivation. You can lessen your

distress through self-care. Above all

else, be gentle with yourself.”

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Your Cat’s

Scratch Has Met Its

Match

Ever since the day the first feline

became a house cat, destructive cat

scratching has plagued owners. All

the affection and loving care owners

shower upon their cats can feel like

wasted energy when the thanks they

get looks more like hatred: shredded

furniture, carpets and curtains.

It’s a normal human response to

be angry or frustrated about damage

inflicted by cats’ scratching, but

equally normal is a cat’s need to

scratch. Cat scratching is a behavior

that fulfills both physical and emotional

needs. Cats scratch to stretch

their bodies, maintain their hunting

and climbing skills, groom their

claws and mark their territory, showing

they’re in a safe space.

However, these behaviors cats exhibit

to establish a safe living space

can be anything but pleasant for

their human companions. This can

lead frustrated owners to take drastic

measures to modify behavior, but

those decisions can be risky, especially

when it comes to a permanent

and potentially harmful practice like

declawing.

Many pet owners believe that

declawing their cats is a harmless

and quick fix for unwanted scratching,

similar to trimming one’s nails.

However, if a declawing procedure

were performed on a human being,

it would be like cutting off each finger

at the last knuckle.

“Not only does the practice cause

pain, it removes an important selfdefense

tool, and the surgery itself

poses risks related to anesthesia and

infection,” said Dr. Valarie V. Tynes,

president of the American College

of Veterinary Behaviorists, licensed

veterinarian and veterinary services

specialist at Ceva Animal Health.

“All of this can lead to behavioral

issues that may be worse than a

shredded couch.”

Declawing is an irreversible measure

to address a normal behavioral

issue in cats. Declawed cats may

be less likely to use a litter box,

more likely to bite, and the disruption

of the natural scratching behavior

can cause lasting physiological

problems.

That sentiment is echoed by national

organizations such as the

American Association for Feline

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Practitioners, which deems the

practice of declawing an ethically

controversial procedure that is not

medically necessary in most instances.

In fact, declawing cats is now

illegal in several U.S. cities.

Find alternatives to declawing

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Alternatives to Declawing

There are numerous safe and

painless alternatives to declawing,

including the following ideas from

pet behavior experts at Ceva Animal

Health:

• Routinely trim nails. Regular nail

care is an important part of general

care and hygiene for your cat, but

it can also help prevent scratching

damage by eliminating the sharp, destructive

claw tips. Properly trimmed

nails are less likely to snag or split,

and cats with well-trimmed nails

are less likely to resort to scratching

as part of their own self-grooming

rituals.

• Create scratch-friendly zones.

Keeping cats from scratching areas

you don’t want them to bother

is far more likely if you provide

areas where they can scratch

at will, such as scratching pads

and posts. Pair these scratching

areas with a product such as

Feliscratch by Feliway, which is

clinically proven to prevent destructive

scratching by redirecting

cats to scratch in the right place.

Cats are attracted to the drug-free,

naturally derived product and will

feel compelled to scratch where

it’s applied, leaving that chair or

couch alone.

• Reinforce off-limits areas.

Cats are highly tactile, so applying

textured materials like doublesided

sticky tape or rough, crinkly

aluminum foil to areas you don’t

want scratched can be an effective

deterrent.

• Consult a behaviorist. Not all

cases have easy answers, but an

expert with experience in animal behavior

can provide guidance based

specifically on your cat’s personality

and circumstances to help create a

custom solution.

• Eliminate negative reinforcements.

Avoid punishing your cat for

undesirable behavior. This includes

shouting, spraying with water or

swatting your cat. Punishment can

increase stress and anxiety. It can

make the problem worse and may

even make your cat afraid of you.

DIY Scratching Post

Designating a spot for your cat

to safely scratch is one of the most

effective ways to minimize damage

to your possessions. A homemade

scratching post is a quick and easy

project.

• Cut a foot-long length of 4-by-

4-inch wood and a 1-foot square

piece of plywood. The exact sizes

can vary, but these are good starting

points that you can adjust up or

down, depending on your space.

• Sand away splinters and rough

edges.

• Add a sturdy fabric wrap or

paint to lend aesthetic appeal to the

plywood base.

• Wrap the post tightly with

heavy-gauge rope or carpet scraps

(or both), securing tightly with glue

and reinforcing with a staple gun.

• Securely attach the post to the

base using a long bolt.

• Place the post in an area your

cat enjoys spending time, and consider

adding a pheromone therapy

spray to attract your cat to

the post.

(Family Features)

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Prepare for Your

Puppy’s First

Outdoor Adventure

When there’s a new, adorable

puppy in the house, it can be difficult

to know what to do next.

It’s an exciting world for puppies

with lots to learn and discover. As

they are mastering fundamental skills

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and disease-free life. These tips can

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• Keep puppies inside the safety

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they are protected from infectious

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harmful pests by some form of flea

and tick control.

• Talk to your veterinarian about

vaccines when your puppy is between

6 and 8 weeks old.

• After 12 weeks of age, puppies

can try convenient and effective

flea and tick control options. Keep

in mind that heat and humidity can

speed up the flea reproductive cycle,

so don’t be caught off guard as

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• After the final booster vaccination

and initial rabies vaccine have

been administered at approximately

16 weeks of age, puppies should

be well-protected against disease

and able to explore the great

outdoors.

• Get ready with the proper gear.

Look for a sturdy leash and collar

or adjustable harness that fits your

puppy. Given this playful age, it is

important to have the right supplies

so your puppy doesn’t accidentally

get loose or wander off.

• Responsibly identify your

puppy with a collar tag and microchip

implant. Proactive steps

can save you a lot of heartache if

your puppy ever gets lost. Talk to

your veterinarian about available

options.

• Before heading out for a walk,

think ahead of your pup’s need

for water. It is important to keep

your puppy hydrated, especially

during warmer weather, to avoid

overheating.

• Mark your calendar to keep

track of veterinary visits and when

it is time to reapply flea and tick

treatment.

Taking proactive steps now to protect

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Huntington Learning Center

Meet the SAT/ACT Experts Securing Students’ Futures

Meet the SAT/ACT Experts Securing Students’ Futures

Although Arya (left) and Ziya are identical twins, Huntington Learning Center has created a

program tailored to each one’s specific needs.

Photos by tonyrappa@capturevideo-photo.com

Aidan (left) and Joshua receive exceptional test preparation from the team at

Huntington Learning Center.

Huntington Learning Center Center of

Dr. of Dr. Phillips Phillips has has been been providing providing stu-

students with with the the skills skills they need to succeed

for nearly 18 years. It caters to all

students with a study skills program for

grades K-12, as well as tutoring for college

students. The facility offers one-onone

instruction in a quiet, distraction-free

environment.

Huntington Learning Center also offers

comprehensive SAT and ACT programs.

"Both programs are so popular,"

Executive Directory Aziz Kabani said. said,

"Almost “almost half of the students we work with

are preparing for the SAT or ACT. We

have students from Dr. Phillips High

School, Olympia High School,

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Highland Prep, Windermere Prep

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Our programs yield big results. We see

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to before, based on their increased

scores. Even students with grades of A’s

and B’s have a hard time with the ACT

and SAT tests.”

Kabani explained that that one one of the of rea-

the

“We feel individual attention is the

reasons for this for this nerves. is nerves.

best way to learn. When students are

“Even star students feel the pressure

in a group session, they they may may spend spend the

of the SAT or ACT test. We teach test-

majority the majority of the of time the listening time listening to the tutor

to

ing strategies and familiarize the stu-

the answer tutor answer other students’ other students’ questions ques-

that

dents with the type of questions asked. may tions not that be may their not question. be their In a question. two-hour

This helps build the student’s confi-

session, In a two-hour there may session, only there be 45 may minutes only

dence. Confidence is key, especially

to be an 45 hour minutes devoted to an to hour the devoted things that to

with these timed tests. We make sure student the things really that needs student to really know. needs It is not to

students understand the key concepts an know. efficient It is not use an of efficient time. When use it’s of time. one-

of the test.”

on-one, When it’s the one-on-one, teacher can the focus teacher solely can on

Another reason advanced students the focus material solely on pertinent the material to that pertinent student’s

may not score as as highly as as they they desire desire is specific to that student’s needs.” specific needs.”

is because because the questions the questions asked asked are based are

That’s exactly what they do at

based on material on material they haven’t they been haven’t exposed been

Huntington Learning Center.

exposed to in a while. to in a while.

Students are often often able able to use to use the

“The tests include algebra, algebra II the skills skills they they have have learned learned through through HLC’s

and II, and geometry,” Kabani Kabani said. said. “A “A lot lot of HLC’s SAT and SAT ACT and programs ACT in programs other areas in

students of students who who are are in in calculus or trigonometry

other of their areas lives, of too. their lives, too.

haven’t seen seen basic basic algebra algebra or

“A lot of students struggle with com-

or geometry geometry in years, in years, so they so they are are not not fapleting

the reading portions of these

familiar with with those those concepts anymore. anymore. To

tests in a timely manner. The student

To re-train re-train yourself yourself in these in these areas areas is very is

might be accurate in the reading sec-

very difficult. difficult. What we What do here we at do Huntington here at

tion but only finish half half of of it in it the in the al-

Huntington Learning Center Learning is give Center the students is give the an lotted allotted time, time, then then have to to guess the

students ACT or SAT an ACT test and or SAT thoroughly test and evaluate

thor-

rest of the answers. We want them to

what evaluate they are what deficient they are in. deficient We then

oughly

be accurate and be able to finish on

in. build We a then program build catered a program toward catered those

time. They leave our our program knowing knowing

toward specific needs, those specific so we don’t needs, waste so time we

how how to pull to things pull things out of out what of they’re what

don’t going waste over concepts time going the student over concepts does not they’re reading reading the first the time first and time apply and it apply

to

the need student help in.” does not need help in.”

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Learning sessions at Huntington that stay will with stay them with through them through college college and

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Kabani said. “All of our teachers have

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are paired up with the teacher that best

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Huntington Learning Center, located

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Picture

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For 17 years, Southwest Orlando residents have showed off the

modeling talents of their beloved pets in the annual Picture My Pet

photo issue. And for 17 years, the staff of the Southwest Orlando

Bulletin has had the privilege of reviewing hundreds of creative

— and often funny — shots, showcasing everything from dogs in

costumes to cuddly kittens to birds and horses.

TROPICAL

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This year was no exception. Residents from more than 42 neighborhoods

submitted almost 100 photos of their furry and fluffy

friends, creating an adorable album of the pets that bring joy to the

hearts of their owners across Southwest Orlando.

We extend big thank-yous to all the residents and their animal

pals who participated in this year’s issue!

HANGIN’

OUT

Toshi belongs to John and Hoshi of Kensington Park.

FETCHING

FURBABY

Yeti belongs to Nancy Dougherty of Windermere.

Bella Bean belongs to Andre Visser of Brookstone.

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Winnie belongs to Brian and

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Koda (left) and Rex belong to Kim

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Lucky belongs to the DeMarco family of

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Papi belongs to Jerry and Joanne Bravo of

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THE ODD

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Jo Jo (left) and Geo belong

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FLOWER CHILD ‘TIS THE SEASON BLESSED ARE THE

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Kit belongs to Carolina Bostick-Cruz of

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Tigger belongs to the Cook family

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Harlie belongs to Hailey

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GETTING HER FEET

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BLACK BEAUTY

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Stratman

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Lily belongs to Brian and Maria

Blackmore of Orange Tree.

Rocky belongs to the

Ziolkowski family of

Magnolia Park.

Zeus belongs to Danae Nunez of

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TUCK ME IN IF I FITS, I SITS TAKING A BREATHER

Lil’ Bit O’ Brown belongs to Diane

Kashlak of Southwest Orlando.

SLUMBER PARTY

Trixie belongs to Charlene Harris of Eden Isle.

LITTLE RED CORVETTE

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of North

Bay.

Gracie (left) and Brody belong to Tom and Debbie

Darrah of Marblehead.

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UCF CHEERLEADER TWICE AS NICE HOME IS WHERE

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HOME TEAM

Teddi Bear belongs to Gregory and

LouAnn White of Turtle Creek.

DISTINGUISHED

DOGGIE

Stella (left) and Motley belong to

Steve, Adam and Neena Wilson

of Grovehurst at Stone Crest.

Snowflake belongs to Madison

McFarland of Stoneybrook West.

IT’S A STRETCH

Chance belongs to Nick, Dianne and

Kristen Armillei of Silver Woods.

LMAO!

YO QUIERO

TACO BELL

Zion belongs to Steven and Teresa

Geer of Willowwood.

Yoda belongs to Luci Jantomaso

of Sand Lake Cove.

Squishy belongs to Brian and Tina

Collins of Hidden Springs.

Casper belongs to Kimberly

Robbins of Sand Lake Hills.

A TISKET, A TASKET,

THERE’S A KITTY IN THIS

BASKET

FURRY & FABULOUS

THE WAITING GAME

Ava belongs to Brian and Mary Cay Futo of Sand

Lake Cove.

Zizou belongs to Katie Sanchez of Emerald

Forest.

Hunter belongs to Paola Cardenas of

Whitney Isles.

To include as many pet photos as possible, In Your Neighborhood

and School News do not appear in this issue. ª


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On Feb. 20, approximately 35

representatives from 14 Central

Florida Hotel & Lodging

Association member properties

TOURISM UPDATE

submitted by Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association

Florida’s tourism market, CFHLA

organized the event to offer a fresh

start to fellow Americans in Puerto

Rico.

Nearly 150 job seekers were in

attendance to meet with representatives

from Florida lodging properties,

and CFHLA representatives

anticipate more than 50 of these

individuals will relocate to Central

Florida and join the region’s tourism

community.

Representatives from 14 Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association member

properties attend the CFHLA Hospitality Job Fair in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to

participate in a CFHLA Hospitality Job

Fair. The event, held at the San Juan

Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, was

conducted to provide opportunities to

those whose lives were impacted by

Hurricane Maria last year.

Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is still

recovering as several resorts experienced

substantial damage, leaving

hospitality industry employees without

employment for the foreseeable

future. With job opportunities immediately

available within Central

Job seekers meet with representatives from The Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott, Grande Lakes

Orlando at the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Job Fair. ª


n Public servant of the year

Central Florida Hotel &

Lodging Association recognized

Southwest resident and Orange

County Mayor Teresa Jacobs as

its 2017 CFHLA Public Servant of

the Year. The award was presented

during the organization’s membership

luncheon last month. Each year,

CFHLA recognizes a community

Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs receives the 2017 Central

Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Public Servant of the Year Award. She is pictured

with (l. to r.) CFHLA President/CEO Rich Maladecki, CFHLA PCA/PC Board Chair Jay

Leonard, and CFHLA Board Chair Fred Sawyers.

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NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS

compiled by Lauren Salinero

leader for his or her dedication to

the advancement of Central Florida’s

hospitality industry.

During her eight years in office,

Mayor Jacobs has served as a committed

“tourism champion.” She played

an integral role in revising the Venues

Agreement to enhance essential tourism

and community projects such as the

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing

Arts, Orange County Convention

Center, and Camping World Stadium.

Mayor Jacobs recently spearheaded

the development of both the Orange

County Tourist Development Tax Grant

Application Review Committee and the

Orange County Tourist Development

Tax Sports Incentive Committee. These

advisory boards will serve as important

“checks and balances” on the

future expenditure of Orange County

Tourist Development Tax funds and will

work to promote the Central Florida

destination.

n Victory Cup Initiative

winner announced

Victory Cup Initiative officials

announced the Cannonball Kids’

Cancer Foundation won its 2018

competition and received a $20,000

grand prize. The annual initiative is

designed to provide a high-profile

opportunity for 10 nonprofits to tell

their stories, build strategies and

partner with businesses and community

leaders to further their missions

to serve Central Floridians.

Cannonball Kids’ Cancer Foundation

is committed to finding better

treatments and improving the quality

of life for children battling cancer,

while striving to create awareness

and educate for change. A secondplace

prize of $15,000 was awarded

to Elevate Orlando, and a third-place

prize of $10,000 went to IDignity.

The remaining participants — Hebni

Nutrition Consultants Inc., Holocaust

Center of Florida, Ideas, La Amistad

Foundation Inc., New Hope for Kids,

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Orlando Repertory Theatre and

Zebra Coalition — each received a

$1,000 participation grant.

Trail, which will run from Sand Lake

Road to Destination Parkway.

“It’s truly an honor as commissioner

to celebrate this ground-breaking,”

said Victoria Siplin, Orange

For more information, visit www.

victorycupinitative.com.

n County breaks ground on

new trail

by Debra Wood

On a beautiful day, perfect for a

walk or bicycle ride, officials from

Orange County broke ground on the

first segment of the Shingle Creek

(L. to r.) Ashley Vann,

founder of Victory Cup

Initiative; Melissa Wiggins,

executive directory of

Cannonball Kids' Cancer

Foundation; Scott Maxwell,

event moderator and Orlando

Sentinel columnist; and

Richard J. Walsh, chairman

of the board of directors of

the Edyth Bush Charitable

Foundation, celebrate

Cannonball Kids' Cancer

Foundation’s first-place finish

during the 2018 Victory Cup

Initiative.

County District 6 commissioner. “This

is a top-priority trail in the Orange

County master plan.”

The Shingle Creek Trail is part of

a trail network. It will connect with

the Pine Hills Trail to the north, which

recently opened, and eventually the

West Orange Trail. To the south,

when complete, it will connect with

the Shingle Creek Trail in Osceola

(L. to r.) Matt Suedmeyer, manager of Orange County Parks and Recreation; Barbara

Gilse, OCPR Parks Advisory Board and Bike Walk Central Florida; Victoria P. Siplin,

District 6 county commissioner; Carol Clarke, assistant to the mayor; Christine Small,

South Florida regional planner, Office of Greenways and Trails; and Bobby Beagles, Parks

Advisory Board member, break ground on the Shingle Creek Trail.

County. It will become part of the

Coast-to-Coast Connector, scheduled

for completion in 2021, which

will link St. Petersburg and Titusville.

“The trail system in Central Florida

is exciting and has momentum,” said

Matt Suedmeyer, manager of

Orange County Parks and Recreation.

The $1.5 million phase-one, segment-one

project received state and

federal funds. The cost of design is

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$292,000, and the awarded contract

for construction is $1,270,000. The

Florida Department of Transportation

is funding the design and construction

of the trail project. The first segment

is scheduled for completion in

November. Segments two and three

in phase one are in the design and

right-of-way acquisition process.

Construction is expected to begin on

them in 2019.

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Siplin emphasized the importance

of collaboration that made this milestone

possible.

“Orange County families and tourists

will run, walk and bike along this

path and enjoy the natural beauty

the trail has to offer,” Siplin said.

BUSINESS BRIEFS

West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives held a

The First Academy was named

an Apple Distinguished School for

its customized learning 1:1 iPad program.

TFA is one of only 400 schools

across 29 countries awarded this

honor. Apple Distinguished Schools

are centers of innovation, leadership

and educational excellence

that use Apple products to inspire

creativity, collaboration and critical

thinking. For more information, visit

www.thefirstacademy.org.

Photo courtesy of WOCC

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the opening of Axiom Bank.

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Officials of the Orlando Ballet

announced the 2018-19 season,

which also marks Artistic Director

Robert Hill’s 10th anniversary with

the company. The lineup includes

Carmina Burana, The Nutcracker,

Bailamos, Fast Forward, Peter &

the Wolf, and Arcadian Broad’s

Wonderland: Mad Tales of the

Hatter. In addition, The Nutcracker

will run for two weekends in order to

meet growing demand, and a fourth

performance (Saturday

matinee) will be added

to each mainstage series.

For more information, visit

orlandoballet.org.

The City of Ocoee

will hold its annual Easter

Eggstravaganza on March

31 at the Jim Beech

Recreation Center, located

at 1820 A.D. Mims Road

in Ocoee. The event takes

place from 10 a.m.-noon, and an

Easter-egg hunt begins at 10:30

a.m. for children up to age 12. There

also will be prizes, inflatables, face

painting, a coloring contest, food

and refreshments. To participate in

the Easter Coloring Contest, artwork

must be turned in by March 26 at

9 p.m. For more information, visit

www.ocoee.org.

Phase one of the new and expanded

Orlando Health UF

Health Cancer Center — Dr.

Phillips is now open, bringing advanced

cancer care to communities

throughout Southwest Orlando.

With the opening of the space, located

on the campus of Orlando

Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital,

patients are able to visit with oncologists

for regular medical consultations.

The new cancer center,

located at 7472 Doc’s Grove Circle

in Orlando, will be completed in late

summer. For more information, visit

www.orlandohealthcancer.com. ª

ribbon-cutting ceremony for Axiom

Bank. 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. For more

information about WOCC, call 407-

656-1304 or visit wochamber.com.

6-2-18

John Stoyle and Randy

Williams, co-owners of Integrity

Laminate Flooring, opened

a second location at 11159 W.

Colonial Drive in Ocoee. The two

men met while working at Lumbar

Liquidators and have more than 30

years of combined experience in

the flooring industry. They started

Integrity Laminate Flooring in 2012

as a family-owned and -operated

business. The company offers high

quality laminate, carpet, engineered

wood and luxury vinyl at

affordable prices. For more information,

call 407-641-5027 or visit

www.integritylaminateflooring.com.

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Emmy-award-winning sportscaster and

radio personality Dan Patrick walked

the red carpet at the Full Sail Hall of Fame

event, participated in the ceremony, and

provided a guest lecture/workshop for

the students. During the event, he announced

the university’s new competitive

eSports team, the Full Sail Armada.

Armada will provide students the ability

to receive real world experience in

the eSports industry, not only by competing,

but also by using the skills they learn

to help put on the show. Student-athletes

and student-crew will be part of the same

team and work together.

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SOUTHWEST SPORTS

compiled by Lauren Salinero

(L. to r.) Augustine

Campana, Harry

Boardman, Greg

Gorski, Jeff Calvert,

Philip Wright,

Andria Pedroso and

Shelley Freeman of

the Rotary Club of

Lake Buena Vista

meet to discuss details

for the club’s second

annual Charity Golf

Challenge.

Club. The event, which begins with a

shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., is being held

in honor of Keith Levitt and in support

of the Orlando Senior Help Desk. The

day also will include breakfast, lunch

and a live auction.

Rosen Shingle Creek is offering a

special room rate of $119 for the event.

Tournament fees are $130 per person

or $500 per foursome, and participating

players receive a $35 Shingle Creek

return play coupon.

To make room reservations, call 866-

996-9939; and to register for the tournament,

visit www.jewishpavilion.org.

Sportscaster and radio personality Dan

Patrick announces Full Sail University’s

new competitive eSports team, the Full Sail

Armada.

The Orlando Pride unveiled its complete

24-game regular season for the

2018 National Women’s Soccer League

season. For the second consecutive year,

the team will play 12 games at Orlando

City Stadium and 12 matches on the

road. The opening game will be at home

against Utah on March 24.

For the full season schedule, visit

orlandocitysc.com/pride/schedule.

Florida League officials announced

the 2018 head coaches.

The Winter Garden Squeeze welcomes

back coach Jay Welsh. This is

his third year with the baseball team.

West Orange High School’s Heller

Bros. Ballpark will serve as home to

the Squeeze for the fifth year.

Rotary Club of Lake Buena

Vista chairman Greg Gorski and

co-chair Philip Wright gathered together

members Harry Boardman,

Jeff Calvert, Augustine Campana,

Shelley Freeman and Andria

Pedroso to finalize arrangements for

the club’s second annual Charity Golf

Challenge that will be held May 18 at

Celebration Golf Club. The challenge

will consist of a four-player scramble

with contests, including chances to win

a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, $1 million,

a gold watch and a traveling trophy for

the first-place team to hold for one year.

There will also be awards and a silent

auction during the luncheon.

For more information or to sign

up, email greg.gorski12@gmail.com.

Sponsorships are available.

Registration is open for the Donate

Life Transplant Games, a multisport

festival event produced by the Transplant

Games of America for individuals who

have undergone life-saving transplant

surgeries. This year’s competition will

be held from Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City.

Events include a 5K run/walk to kick

off the event, donor tribute ceremony,

transplant workshops and seminars, and

competitions in several athletic sports.

Noncompetitors can register for $40

through June 22 or $50 from June 23-

Aug. 2. Competitors can register for

$170 through June 22 or $190 from

June 23-Aug. 2.

For more information or to register,

visit www.transplantgamesofamerica.org.

The Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Rush

14-U girls soccer team won the

Bazooka Presidents Day Tournament

held in Winter Haven last month.

The Rush’s approach to competitive

soccer is to teach skillful, possessionoriented

attacking soccer. Players are

developed through a proven curriculum

renowned for developing excellence,

and as players progress, they can constantly

be put into new situations to improve

their development.

The Jewish Pavilion will hold its annual

Pavilion Golf Society Golf Tournament

on May 6 at Rosen Shingle Creek Golf

Runners and walkers participating

in the eighth annual Run for the Angels

5K will get a firsthand view of what pilots

see as they navigate around Orlando

Executive Airport. The 3.1-mile race

course winds along taxiways, runways

and by the airport hangars.

The fundraiser, which supports Angel

Flight Southeast, is scheduled for March

31. It begins and ends at the Greater

Orlando Aviation Authority Community

(Front, l. to r.) Kate Beerensson, Kaitlin Estep, Samantha Wall, Alyssa Guzman,

Victoria Castellanos, Kayla Estep, Eve Roedig, (back, l. to r.) Keira Moran, Giselle

Torres, Shannon Matzner, Isabella Bertolucci, Nikki Holland, Alyssa Walker,

Angel Griffith, Christian Grimstead and coach Luis Mera of the Dr. P. Phillips

YMCA Rush 14-U girls soccer team win the Bazooka Presidents Day Tournament.

Building, located at 365 Rickenbacker

Drive. Registration is $25 per person

through March 28.

For more information or to register,

visit www.angelflightse.org/events.

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

Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC cannot be held

responsible for the validity of the information presented

here, nor does mentioning it constitute an endorsement.

Sports information is welcome and may be mailed to

P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786; or emailed to

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n Charities/Fundraisers

March 24 — Pints ‘N Paws Craft

Beer Festival

Historic downtown Sanford, 202 S. Sanford

Ave., hosts the seventh annual Pints ‘n Paws

Craft Beer Festival, including 100-plus craft

brews, local food trucks, a dog photo contest,

and live entertainment. Time: 2 p.m. (1 p.m.

for VIP ticket holders). Cost: $30-$55, with 100

percent of the proceeds co-benefiting Dolly’s

Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy. Tickets can

be purchased online at pintsandpaws.com and

picked up the day of the event.

April 7 — Benefit Wine Tasting

The Mini Cooper Showroom, 350 S. Lake Destiny

Drive, Orlando, hosts The Dunhill Companies’ 11th

Benefit Wine Tasting. Time: 7-10 p.m. Proceeds benefit

the Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families.

For more information, call 407-992-4000 or email

winetasting@dunhill.net.

April 8 — High Tea & Hats

Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4012 Central

Florida Parkway, Orlando, hosts the 11th annual

High Tea & Hats, including exotic teas, sandwiches,

desserts, a stylish hat contest and parade,

raffles and a silent auction. Time: 1:30 p.m. Cost:

$95 for adults; $40 for children 12-younger, with

proceeds benefiting Seniors First’s programs. For

more information, call 407-615-8979 or visit

www.highteaandhats.com.

April 14 — Cattle Baron’s Ball

Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd.,

Orlando, hosts American Cancer Society’s

2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball, including

western-themed fun, a reception, silent and

live auctions, gourmet dine-around and entertainment.

Time: 6-11 p.m. Cost: $250. For

more information, call 407-581-2503 or visit

www.cattlebaronsballorlando.com.

April 14 — Color Run Hero Tour

Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane,

Kissimmee, hosts The Color Run Hero Tour,

including the Color Run with enhanced Super

Zones. The finish festival includes the Grub

Garden, with food vendors and outdoor seating,

and a Hero Zone, which offers trampoline photoop

activation. There is also a foam area known

as the Foam Blaster, music, dancing and massive

“color throws” from the main stage. Time: 9 a.m.

Cost: $14.99-$47.99, with proceeds benefiting

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

For more information and to register, visit

www.thecolorrun.com/locations/orlando.

April 14 — Rhapsody In Blue

The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando,

hosts Rhapsody in Blue, including a “Roaring

’20s” theme, dinner, a silent auction and live

musical performances. Attendees are encouraged

to dress in 1920s party attire. Time: 6

p.m. for dinner, 8 p.m. for performances. Cost:

$10-$150, with proceeds benefiting the Florida

Symphony Youth Orchestra. Sponsorships

are available. For more information, email

bscales@fsyo.org or visit fsyo.org.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

April 14 — Run Among The Lakes

Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St.,

Windermere, hosts the 17th annual Windermere

5K/10K Run Among the Lakes, including a beautiful

course along the Butler Chain of Lakes. All

finishers receive a wine opener/stopper medal

and custom-art tee by the Florida Highwayman.

Time: 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit Windermere

Parks and Recreation. For more information or

to register, visit sommersports.com/events/runs/

windermere-5k-run-among-the-lakes.

April 16 — United For A Purpose

The Citrus Club, 255 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, hosts

United for a Purpose, including hors d’oeuvres, one

drink ticket and raffle prizes. Time: 6-8 p.m. Cost:

$15 in advance; $20 at the door, with proceeds

benefiting The Jewish Pavilion and its Senior Help

Desk. For more information and to register, visit

www.eventbrite.com/e/united-for-a-purposetickets-43255007893.

April 27 — Give Hope, Change Lives

Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive,

Orlando, hosts Give Hope, Change Lives, featuring

Olympian Lolo Jones, a silent auction

and more. Time: 6-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit The

Salvation Army’s various programs. For more

information, call 407-252-8616.

May 5 — Princess Ball

Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International

Drive, Orlando, hosts the sixth annual Princess

Ball, presented by the A. Jones Family Foundation.

The event highlights the positive relationship

between fathers and daughters while giving back

to a local children’s charity. The evening includes

food, music and entertainment by the Orlando

Magic cheerleaders, hula dancers and local pageant

winners. Other activities include carriage

rides, photo booth fun, a silent auction and more.

Time: 6-9:30 p.m. Cost: $125 through May 1

or until sold out, with proceeds co-benefiting

Bridges of Light and the Florida Hospital Patient

Assistance Fund. For more information, visit

www.princessballorlando.org.

May 11-12 — Black & White Weekend

Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive,

Orlando, hosts the ninth annual Black & White

Weekend, including eating, drinking, dancing,

mingling, socializing, networking, photo

ops, entertainment and more. Friday evening’s

formal or semiformal dress code is strictly

enforced. (No jeans.) Wear all black and white,

or all black, or all white, including shoes. Cost:

$45 admission, with proceeds benefiting Base

Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. For more

information, visit blackandwhiteweekend.com.

June 16 — Peace Walk & Festival

Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts the second

annual Solutionary Peace Walk & Festival,

including a 1-mile walk around the park, vegan

food, live music, guest speakers, yoga, ecofriendly

exhibitors, children’s activities and more.

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The walk begins at 11 a.m.

Admission is free; however, walk donations are

welcome. For more information, call 727-489-

4497, email organizers@solutionaryevents.com

or visit www.orlandopeacefest.org.

n Children’s/Teens

Programs

March 19, 21 & 23 — Spring

Break Camp

Orlando Premier Music Instruction hosts a

spring break camp in Stoneybrook West for

children 6-12. Each day offers a different

theme — Monday is cooking, Wednesday

is art/painting, and Friday is drama/improv.

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $50 per day or

$125 for all three days. For more information,

email opmi@opmi-lessons.com or visit

www.orlando-premier-music-instruction.com.

April 21 — Healthy Kids Day

All YMCA of Central Florida Family Centers

across Orange, Brevard, Lake, Seminole,

Osceola and Marion counties host Healthy Kids

Day, designed to inspire children to keep their

minds and bodies active during the summer. Cost:

Free and open to all families, not just Y members.

April 23-27 — Safety Around

Water Week

YMCA of Central Florida Family Centers across

Orange, Brevard, Lake, Seminole, Osceola and

Marion counties host the complimentary Safety

Around Water Week for children 4-12 and their

parents to participate in a free, introductory

swim program taught by trained instructors at

YMCA and community pools. Cost: Free and

open to all families, not just Y members.

n Easter Activities

March 25 — Easterfest

compiled by Lisa Sagers

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts

Easterfest, including a rock climbing wall,

art projects, pony rides, arts and crafts, and

Easter-egg hunts broken up into age categories.

Carnival-style snacks are available for

purchase. Time: 3-5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call 407-876-4991, ext.

290; or visit www.st.lukes.org/easterfest.

March 30 & April 1 — Good Friday

& Easter Worship Services

Lifebridge Church, 12120 Chase Road,

Windermere, holds Good Friday and Easter

worship services. Time: March 30 at 6:30

p.m., and April 1 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. For

more information, call 407-505-4888 or email

info@lifebridgechurch.org.

March 31 — Easter

Eggstravaganza

The Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D.

Mims Road, Ocoee, hosts the city of Ocoee’s

annual Easter Eggstravaganza, including an

Easter-egg hunt with more than 10,000 eggs

for children (infants-12), prizes, food and

refreshments, and more. Time: 10 a.m.-noon.

April 1 — Easter Worship Services

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

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, holds Easter

worship services. Time: 7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m.,

10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary for

traditional services; and 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m.

and 11:30 a.m. in Founders’ Hall for contemporary

services. For more information, call

407-876-4991 or visit www.st.lukes.org.

April 1 — Easter Brunch

Nine 18 at the Villas of Grand Cypress Golf

Resort, 1 N. Jacaranda, Orlando, hosts an Easter

brunch, accompanied by a special visit from the

Easter Bunny and Easter-egg hunts. Reservations

are required. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Easter-egg

hunts are at 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost: $49,

adults; $19, children 3-16. For more information,

call 407-239-1999 or visit opentable.com.

April 1 — Easter Brunches

Rosen Hotels & Resorts hosts Easter brunches

at the following locations: Café Osceola at

Rosen Shingle Creek. Cost: $68.95. There is

a 20 percent discount for Florida residents. For

more information, call 407-996-3663 or visit

rosenshinglecreek.com/easter; Café Gauguin

at Rosen Centre. Cost: $47.95. For more information,

call 407-996-3969 or visit rosencentre.

com/easter; and the Grand Ballroom at Rosen

Plaza. Cost: $43.95 in advance, $46.95 for

walk-ins. For more information, call 407-996-

0256 or visit rosenplaza.com/easter.

n Events/Performances

Through April 15 — Art Exhibit

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture

Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park,

hosts Island Objects: Art and Adaptation in

Micronesia, an art exhibit that features local

anthropologist Barbara Wavell’s private collection

of archaeological materials and historical

items from the Pacific Islands of Micronesia,

dating from the 1800s to present day. Time:

Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and

Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more information,

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March 24 — It’s Magic

Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St.,

Windermere, hosts Windermere Rotary Club’s

Magical Dinner Show, including a magic show

and comedic performance by Michael Ammar and

Erick Olson, surf and turf dinner with wine, cash bar

and dessert. Time: 6:30-10 p.m. Cost: $100. For

more information, email judyblackfla@gmail.com

or visit windermererotary.org.

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March 31 — World Food Festival

Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte hosts

the World Food Festival, including international

cuisine, live music and dance performances,

and more. Time: noon-7 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call 407-571-8180 or

visit uptownaltamonte.com.

April 7 — Taste Of Lake County

Lake Catherine Blueberry Farm, 5849 Lake

Catherine Road, Groveland, hosts Taste of Lake

County 2018 (Farm to Table), sponsored by

Central Florida Dreamplex and including a cornhole

tournament, Tim McGraw tribute, bluegrass

and country bands, full bar, games and prizes, kid

zone with a scavenger hunt, and the Guns n’ Hoses

Tug of War (police vs. firemen). Attendees sample

specialty dishes from locally sourced and seasonally

fresh foods prepared by chefs and then vote

for their favorite dish as eight chefs compete for a

$1,000 prize. Time: 4-11 p.m. Cost: $40, adults;

$15, children. For more information, call 414-788-

3342 or visit tasteoflakecounty.eventbrite.com.

April 8 — Handel’s Messiah

Sing-Along

First Congregational Church, 225 S. Interlachen

Ave., Winter Park, hosts the annual Handel’s

Messiah Sing-Along. Time: 2 p.m. For more

information, visit messiahchoralsociety.org.

n Miscellaneous

Ongoing — Christian Church Services

Christian Church Services, including uplifting

sermons and traditional hymns, are held every

Sunday at 8450 Silver Star Road, Orlando. No

collection plate. Come as you are. Time: 11 a.m.

For more information, call Rob Watson, 847-321-

0289; or email proud2b4family@gmail.com.

Through April 17 — Income Tax

Assistance

Tax-Aide volunteers trained and certified by the

IRS provide free income tax assistance at numerous

sites throughout Orange and Seminole

counties. Those seeking assistance should bring

pertinent tax documents, info showing health

insurance coverage, a photo ID and social security

cards for all those listed on the return. Free

electronic filing is available at all sites. For more

information and the location of a site nearest

you, call 407-647-5233 or 888-227-7669, or

visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

March 22 & April 26 — Food Truck

Connections

MetroWest hosts Food Truck Connections, including

food and music, at 2295 S. Hiawassee

Road in Veranda Park. Time: fourth Thursday

of every month from 6-9 p.m. For more information,

visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

March 28 — Job Fair

Central Florida Fair Expo Park, 4603 W.

Colonial Drive, Orlando, hosts the Central

Florida Employment Council Job Fair, including

90-100 companies offering thousands of

career openings in various industries. Attendees

should dress professionally and bring résumés.

Child care is not provided. Time: noon-4 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. To register as

a job-seeker, visit www.cfec.org/job-fairs. For

more information, call 407-834-4022.

n Networking/Club

March 27 — Book Club Meeting

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips, 7255

Della Drive, Orlando, hosts a meeting of the

Southwest Book Club, during which the group

discusses Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man

Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry. Anyone

18-older is welcome to attend. Time: 7 p.m. For

more information, call 407-835-7323 or email

southwest@ocls.info.

April 5 — Retired Educators

Meeting

The Orange County Retired Educators

Association meets at College Park United

Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St.,

Orlando, for a program about Orlando’s

roots, presented by Don Price of Greenwood

Cemetery. Anyone who has worked in education

is invited to attend. Time: 10 a.m. For

more information, call 407-677-0446 or visit

www.ocrea-fl.org.

n Support Groups

April 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.

March 27, April 10 & 24 — Mental

Health Support Group Meetings

Room 201 in Building B at St. Luke’s United

Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland

Road, Orlando, hosts free individual and family

support groups for individuals affected by mental

illness. The 90-minute meetings are peer-led

and help participants connect with each other,

learn from each other’s experiences, share coping

strategies and offer each other encouragement

and understanding. Time: the second and

fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For

more information, call 407-253-1900, email

information@namigo.org or visit www.namigo.org.

n Volunteer

Opportunities

Ongoing — Volunteers/Docents

Needed

Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail,

Oakland, seeks adults interested in learning

about the history, wildlife, plants and restoration

efforts at ONP to volunteer at the preserve to

greet visitors, help answer questions and lead a

tour from time to time. Workdays are Mondays

and/or Saturdays. For more information, email

outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org or visit

www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/guide. To

register online, visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, 12

Mustard Seed Lane, Orlando, seeks volunteers

who can help with donation sorting,

mattress recycling, warehouse maintenance,

administrative work, special events or general

maintenance. For more information,

call 407-875-2040, ext. 110; or email

jessi@mustardseedfla.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Program, which advocates for quality long-term

care, seeks volunteers. Training is provided. For

more information, call 888-831-0404 or visit

ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are

welcome. Please send information six weeks

before the event to P.O. Box 851, Windermere,

FL 34787; call 407-351-1573, option 5; or email

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Harris Rosen visits children at

Tangelo Park Elementary School

A SOUTHWEST ORLANDO

ICON REFLECTS ON

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If home is where the heart is, then Harris Rosen’s home is global and his

heart infinite. As a sea of homemade “We Love Harris Rosen” banners

bobbed among crowds of eager Haitian children, clad in pristine blue and

white school uniforms to thank the man who provided their brand new

school, the recipient of the outpouring was overwhelmed. “I never get

used to this type of attention,” said Harris Rosen, founder and owner of

Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Rosen was recently in Haiti for the dedication of

l’Institution Mixte Saint-Jean de Jonc l’Abeille-Harris Rosen school. And

to greet many families who now – thanks to him – experience a rare sense

of security in the impoverished country. Rosen’s team just completed

the rebuilding of more than 100 homes devastated by 2016’s Hurricane

Matthew. The new homes are hurricane- and earthquake-resistant with

solar panels, bathrooms and more.

For more than half of the 43 years Rosen’s now nine hotels have provided

Orlando’s best “home away from home” and thousands of jobs for Orlando

residents, he has been quietly, with intensity, creating better homes for

others. He says he does this because “it’s the right thing to do.” Whether

rebuilding physical structures such as in Haiti or entire communities such

as in Southwest Orlando’s Tangelo Park, his first philanthropic endeavor

25 years ago, or more currently in downtown Orlando’s Parramore district,

the positive change is palpable. By providing free college scholarships

(including room and board), free childcare (which also provides more

than 10 full-time jobs) and parental support to Tangelo Park, high school

graduation rates have soared to almost 100 percent and crime is nearly

non-existent. All of this and more, because the community has united

under Harris Rosen’s umbrella of hope and promise of a better life for its

future generations.

In Southwest Orlando, where Rosen has called home for more than 45

years and raised his family including children Jack (28), Joshua (27),

Adam (26) and Shayna (25), he has focused on families through building

The Jack & Lee Rosen SW Orlando JCC and donating millions to refurbish

the ailing YMCA Aquatic Center. He also funded the Rosen College of

Hospitality Management at UCF and sponsors more than 20 charity

galas at his hotels. “I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest dreams with

my business,” said Rosen, “and most importantly with the fellowship and

support of my own community. It is because of these blessings, I’m able

to help others. And am so grateful to do so.”


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