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Extravagance is on the menu this Easter at your hometown Rosen
Hotels & Resorts. Long known for extensive and decadent buffets,
the company’s talented culinary teams create unforgettable holiday
dining experiences as a way to give thanks to area residents. Nothing
is missed – including traditional favorites like hand-carved glazed ham,
roast beef and prime rib; made-to-order omelets, pastas and seafood;
tastes of each hotel’s award-winning restaurants; and even tykeheight
buffets with favorites like mac ’n’ cheese for little ones. Desserts
abound in overflowing displays. Guests enjoy complimentary wine and
mimosas, free valet parking and an exemplary commitment to service
just minutes away. Don’t miss Easter dining at Rosen Hotels & Resorts.
“Each hotel goes above and beyond to delight and surprise our local guests,
who are like family to us,” says Rosen Shingle Creek’s Executive Chef Jorge
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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
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TOURISM UPDATE ........................................................................... 30
NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS .............................................................. 31
SOUTHWEST SPORTS ...................................................................... 35
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SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 37
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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.
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colored and patterned
eggs using natural
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
Robert Molpus, MD
618 E. South St., Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32801
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
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
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
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
will pay probate attorneys, who will get the gimmies, and resolving why mom
and dad left such a chaotic state of affairs
requiring attorneys and courts to resolve
disputes over what should rightfully
belong to the children or beneficiaries
Call an Estate Planning and Probate
Attorney if you need to probate an estate
or would like to discuss estate planning
and how avoid the chaotic outcome of the
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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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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
“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
County Parks and Recreation,
thanked everyone for their collaboration
and support in making the
SchenkelShultz Architecture of
Orlando designed the park, and general
contractor Wharton-Smith Inc.,
also of Orlando, built it.
Pine left behind
a wife and three
when he was killed
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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
“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
• 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
• Be creative. Whether you lean
toward writing, scrapbooking, ceramics,
photography or making
collages, creative projects may contribute
• 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.”
Scratch Has Met Its
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
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
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
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
and cat-scratching solutions at
Alternatives to Declawing
There are numerous safe and
painless alternatives to declawing,
including the following ideas from
pet behavior experts at Ceva Animal
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Add a sturdy fabric wrap or
paint to lend aesthetic appeal to the
• 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
Source: Ceva Animal Health
Prepare for Your
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
like walking on a leash and resisting
the urge to chew up the furniture,
it is also a good time to start building
habits for a healthy, pest-free
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and disease-free life. These tips can
help you keep your puppy happy,
adventurous and, most importantly,
• Keep puppies inside the safety
of their homes or backyards until
they are protected from infectious
diseases with vaccines and from
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
warm weather sets in.
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Mark your calendar to keep
track of veterinary visits and when
it is time to reapply flea and tick
Taking proactive steps now to protect
your pup can help save time and
money later in life, but, most importantly,
it can lead to a healthy, happy
life for your furry friend.
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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.
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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
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,
West Orange High School, Lake
Highland Prep, Windermere Prep
and The First Academy. We We have have a
great a great referral rate rate from all all the schools
of the area and from former students,
highly recommending us to their friends.
Our programs yield big results. We see
increases in SAT scores by about 200 300 or
more points. For the ACT, we usually see
at least 5-point increases. A lot of times,
our students are able to get into universities
that they would not have been able
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-
“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
ing strategies and familiarize the stu-
the answer tutor answer other students’ other students’ questions ques-
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
rest of the answers. We want them to
what evaluate they are what deficient they are in. deficient We then
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
the need student help in.” does not need help in.”
the answers. it to the answers. These are These skills are that skills will
Learning sessions at Huntington that stay will with stay them with through them through college college and
Learning Center are always one-on-one. and beyond.” beyond.”
The peaceful classroom settings at
Huntington Learning Center allow students
to learn without the interruptions
they may have at school or home.
Another advantage to HLC’s learning
sessions is its incredible teaching staff.
“We have 30 teachers, including an
actuary scientist, a rocket scientist and
former engineer from Lockheed Martin,”
Kabani said. “All of our teachers have
strong academic backgrounds. They
know the material, and they know the
tests. They also sincerely care about
the students and are passionate about
helping the students succeed. Students
are paired up with the teacher that best
meets their needs. We try to keep the
teacher consistent so that the student
and teacher can build up a rapport with
Huntington Learning Center, located
in the Grand Oaks Village shopping center
at 5060 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 102,
in Orlando, is open Monday-Thursday
from 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday
from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. p.m. The The frequency frequency of sessions
is based is based on a student’s on each needs student’s and
needs availability. and availability.
Huntington Learning Center Center is currently is currently offering
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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.
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!
Toshi belongs to John and Hoshi of Kensington Park.
Yeti belongs to Nancy Dougherty of Windermere.
Bella Bean belongs to Andre Visser of Brookstone.
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THE MORNING AFTER
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Winnie belongs to Brian and
Allie Belemjian of Wesmere.
Koda (left) and Rex belong to Kim
Bracey of Johns Cove.
Lucky belongs to the DeMarco family of
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Tobie belongs to Bill and Jackie
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COME IN SMALL
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Blu belongs to Marco and
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Kit belongs to Carolina Bostick-Cruz of
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Trixie belongs to Charlene Harris of Eden Isle.
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Teddi Bear belongs to Gregory and
LouAnn White of Turtle Creek.
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.
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.
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Ava belongs to Brian and Mary Cay Futo of Sand
Zizou belongs to Katie Sanchez of Emerald
Hunter belongs to Paola Cardenas of
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On Feb. 20, approximately 35
representatives from 14 Central
Florida Hotel & Lodging
Association member properties
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
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
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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leader for his or her dedication to
the advancement of Central Florida’s
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
n Victory Cup Initiative
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.
n County breaks ground on
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
Cannonball Kids' Cancer
Foundation’s first-place finish
during the 2018 Victory Cup
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
SPOT and treat ...
$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
“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.
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
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
matinee) will be added
to each mainstage series.
For more information, visit
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
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
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.
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
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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
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(L. to r.) Augustine
Gorski, Jeff Calvert,
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
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,
Sportscaster and radio personality Dan
Patrick announces Full Sail University’s
new competitive eSports team, the Full Sail
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
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 email@example.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,
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
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,
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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March 24 — Pints ‘N Paws Craft
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
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
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit fsyo.org.
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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/
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
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
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 email@example.com
or visit www.orlandopeacefest.org.
March 19, 21 & 23 — Spring
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
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
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.
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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
March 31 — Easter
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.
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,
call 407-647-6294 or visit polasek.org.
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 email@example.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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Through April 17 — Income Tax
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
March 22 & April 26 — Food Truck
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,
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.
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
April 5 — Retired Educators
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
n Support Groups
April 10 — Support Group Meeting
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.namigo.org.
Ongoing — Volunteers/Docents
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
email@example.com or visit
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
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
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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
Harris Rosen visits children at
Tangelo Park Elementary School
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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
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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