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TABLE OF CONTENTS<br />

FOODE FOR THOUGHT ..................................................................... 5<br />

Celebrate Summer!<br />

SOUTHWEST SPOTLIGHT ................................................................... 6<br />

Bee-ing a Winner in Geography<br />

MATTER OF SAFETY ........................................................................... 8<br />

In Preparation of Hurricane Season / State Farm Insurance Co.<br />

FEATURE ......................................................................................... 10<br />

One-Day Getaways<br />

FAMILY FUN .................................................................................... 15<br />

MATTER OF HEALTH ......................................................................... 20<br />

The Importance of Annual Checkups / PremierMED Family & Sports Medicine<br />

NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS .............................................................. 22<br />

TOURISM UPDATE ........................................................................... 26<br />

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................. 28<br />

SCHOOL NEWS ............................................................................. 31<br />

SCHOOL NEWS SEEN .................................................................... 34<br />

Holy Family Catholic School's Spring Musical<br />

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 36<br />

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 37<br />

June 21, 2018<br />

Vol. XXXII, No. 16<br />

P.O. Box 851<br />

Windermere, FL 34786<br />

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If you are looking for a slice of<br />

summer nostalgia wrapped up in<br />

a cool, dreamy dessert, look no<br />

further than classic ice cream sandwiches.<br />

These make-ahead treats<br />

are festive enough for summer celebrations<br />

but tempting enough for<br />

every day.<br />

Choose a Base<br />

It’s hard to go wrong with the<br />

all-time favorite combination — vanilla<br />

ice cream layered between<br />

thin slices of chocolate cake — but<br />

why stop there? Waffles, cookies,<br />

graham crackers, brownies, doughnuts<br />

or cupcakes cut in half make<br />

fine platforms for building ice cream<br />

sandwiches. Cookies that are a little<br />

bit chewy create the perfect texture;<br />

if you use a crisp foundation, like<br />

wafers or graham crackers, allow<br />

the sandwiches to rest in the freezer<br />

for a few hours. The base will absorb<br />

some moisture from the ice cream,<br />

creating a chewier, more-pleasing<br />

treat.<br />

Cool Combos<br />

This is where the fun begins!<br />

There are limitless possibilities, so<br />

just get creative. Try peanut butter<br />

cookies layered with chocolate ice<br />

cream, brownie slices sandwiched<br />

with mint chocolate chip ice cream,<br />

or snickerdoodles with apple pie<br />

ice cream. Make s’mores without<br />

the campfire by layering vanilla<br />

ice cream, mini marshmallows and<br />

chocolate syrup between graham<br />

crackers.<br />

To keep the ice cream from melting,<br />

work in batches, preparing two<br />

to four sandwiches, storing the ice<br />

cream in the freezer while you wrap<br />

the finished ones, and pop them into<br />

the freezer.<br />

Fancy Finishes<br />

Add a final delicious touch to your<br />

ice cream masterpieces by rolling or<br />

turning the edges in colored sprinkles,<br />

mini chocolate chips, chopped<br />

nuts or crushed candy pieces like<br />

Andes Créme De Menthe Thins or<br />

Snickers. Go all out and add a dollop<br />

of whipped cream, a drizzle of<br />

chocolate sauce, and a cherry on<br />

top before serving. To make ahead,<br />

FOODIE FOR<br />

wrap each sandwich in wax paper,<br />

parchment or plastic wrap immediately<br />

after making and store in<br />

freezer.<br />

Classic Ice Cream Sandwich<br />

Ingredients:<br />

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream<br />

(or flavor of your choice)<br />

For cookie bars:<br />

1 1/4 cups unbleached<br />

all-purpose flour<br />

1/2 cup cocoa powder<br />

1/2 teaspoon baking soda<br />

3/8 teaspoon salt<br />

6 tablespoons of unsalted butter,<br />

softened<br />

1/2 cup granulated sugar<br />

1/4 cup light brown sugar<br />

1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br />

2/3 cup whole milk<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat oven to 350 degrees<br />

with rack in the center. Lightly<br />

grease a 12-by-16-inch piece of<br />

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Celebrate Summer!<br />

Cool Down This Season by Making Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches<br />

A Classic Ice Cream Sandwich is a frozen fix on a hot<br />

summer day.<br />

THOUGHT<br />

by Kirsten Harrington<br />

parchment paper, and<br />

place it on a flat work<br />

surface. Whisk together<br />

flour, cocoa, baking<br />

soda and salt; set<br />

aside. In a separate<br />

bowl, use a mixer to<br />

beat together the butter,<br />

sugars and vanilla<br />

until creamy and somewhat<br />

expanded. On<br />

low speed, add half<br />

the dry ingredients,<br />

then the milk, then the<br />

remaining dry ingredients,<br />

scraping the<br />

sides of the bowl during<br />

additions. Dollop<br />

the batter onto the<br />

prepared parchment,<br />

spreading into a thin,<br />

even layer. Use a spatula to make<br />

the batter as smooth as possible.<br />

Transfer the parchment to a half<br />

sheet pan (18-by-13-inch) or large<br />

cookie sheet. Bake the cookie slab<br />

for about 10 minutes, until it just<br />

loses its shine. Remove from oven<br />

and cool cookie in pan for about<br />

5 minutes. Cut the cookie in half<br />

crosswise to make two rectangles,<br />

trimming the edges so they are<br />

straight. Using a fork, prick the<br />

cookie slabs in neat rows, like the<br />

top of a traditional ice cream sandwich.<br />

When the bars are completely<br />

cool, wrap well and place in<br />

freezer. To assemble, peel parchment<br />

off the back of cookie slabs,<br />

placing one on a clean work surface,<br />

bottom up. Spread on the ice<br />

cream and top with second cookie<br />

slab, pressing down gently to distribute<br />

the ice cream. Cut into 12<br />

bars. If ice cream starts to melt,<br />

place the whole thing back in the<br />

freezer until it is firm enough to cut<br />

into even bars. Serve immediately,<br />

or wrap in plastic wrap and store in<br />

freezer. ª<br />

2018


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More than 500,000 — that is<br />

how many children competed in<br />

the recent Florida State Geography<br />

Bee at Jacksonville University in<br />

Jacksonville. One — the one person<br />

crowned state champion for the bee:<br />

Kaylan Patel.<br />

Just this past month, Kaylan went<br />

on to represent the state of Florida<br />

at the National Geography Bee<br />

Kaylan Patel, a 2017-18 sixth-grader at Windermere<br />

Preparatory School, wins the Florida State Geography Bee.<br />

SOUTHWEST<br />

Bee-ing a Winner in Geography<br />

Kaylan Patel Knows His Way Around the World<br />

in Washington, D.C., sponsored<br />

by National Geographic. He will<br />

also compete as<br />

part of the United<br />

States Geography<br />

Olympiads team<br />

with the International<br />

Geography Bee this<br />

July in Berlin.<br />

Yet with all the<br />

competitions and<br />

awards he has received,<br />

Kaylan is still<br />

a down-to-earth kid<br />

with a love of the<br />

world around him.<br />

“I’ve liked geography<br />

since I was<br />

about 4 or 5 years<br />

old,” Kaylan said.<br />

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most because of knowing everything<br />

about a country and what they<br />

experience every single day.”<br />

The Competition Begins<br />

The geography bee journey first<br />

began when a test was given to all<br />

of Windermere Preparatory<br />

School’s fourth-grade classes as<br />

part of the Geography Bee program.<br />

Kaylan obtained a perfect score and<br />

was asked to take part in the middle<br />

school geography bee, which to everyone’s<br />

surprise, including Kaylan's,<br />

he won.<br />

“We encouraged him to do his<br />

best, and he ended up winning, as a<br />

9-year-old fourth-grader in 2016, so<br />

that’s where it all began,” said Tejal<br />

Patel, Kaylan’s mom and the regional<br />

medical director for Envision<br />

Heathcare.<br />

After his school bee, Kaylan went<br />

on to take the state-qualifying test<br />

that secured him a competing spot<br />

in the state geography bee, where<br />

he placed sixth. The next year, 2017,<br />

marked another win in his school’s<br />

geography bee and another chance<br />

to win the state bee, where he<br />

placed fourth.<br />

This year, Kaylan was among<br />

100 students chosen from the initial<br />

500,000 plus, whittled down to 17<br />

and finally 10, ending with Kaylan<br />

being named the winner.<br />

Kaylan credits his win to studying<br />

hard for 10 months each year<br />

with atlases, geography question<br />

books and National Geographic<br />

magazines, sacrificing time with<br />

friends and family to prepare for the<br />

competition.<br />

“I was surprised when I won this<br />

year, but I had worked hard and was<br />

confident that I had a chance of winning<br />

this year’s competition.”<br />

In comparison to questions<br />

Kaylan had to study for, the school’s<br />

geography bee consisted of questions<br />

with typical knowledge (state<br />

capitals, largest cities) while the state<br />

geography bee gave participants a<br />

climograph to determine, through dew<br />

points and city characteristics, the<br />

answers to the geography questions.<br />

“So, you’re learning a lot of physical<br />

geography, like land mass and<br />

climates,” Tejal said. “I study with<br />

him, and I’ve seen questions about<br />

national food dishes of a country or<br />

outfits worn in this country. They are<br />

very random questions.”<br />

Kaylan doesn’t have much of a<br />

break in studying this summer, as<br />

this month marks a trip to Atlanta for<br />

the national Geography Olympiads<br />

competition, followed by a trip to<br />

Berlin for the international competition<br />

as part of the U.S. team. He<br />

also is active in math competitions<br />

at school, of which he has also won<br />

several.<br />

Competition Aside<br />

When he’s not studying or competing,<br />

Kaylan can be found involved at<br />

school in several ways, from playing<br />

with his sixth-grade basketball team<br />

to performing in school theater productions<br />

like High School Musical.<br />

He is also quite the cook, having<br />

taken cooking classes at school for<br />

the past two years, and loves to travel,<br />

which he says is an advantage<br />

when he is studying for bees.<br />

“We are extremely proud of him,<br />

because it takes a lot of work, a lot of<br />

dedication and studying,” said Tejal,<br />

who went to nationals with Kaylan,<br />

as well as his younger brother and<br />

father, Dr. Niral Patel — voted<br />

best physician by Southwest Orlando<br />

Bulletin readers for the past four<br />

years. “When he was getting ready<br />

for state and national competitions,<br />

we [were] doing 10 hours of studying<br />

on weekends and weekdays, after<br />

school. It’s been a great experience,<br />

and it’s a boost for his confidence.”<br />

If he were to win the competition,<br />

what would Kaylan do next?<br />

“If I do win the competition, I<br />

might take a break and not worry<br />

about geography competitions for<br />

a while.” ª


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Types of Probate Law in Florida<br />

by: Kristen M. Jackson / Attorney<br />

People often ask what is probate<br />

and why do I need it? Probate is a<br />

legal process that takes place after<br />

someone dies. If a deceased person<br />

had a Last Will or no Will at all, their<br />

heirs are required to hire an attorney to manage the probate settlement by the court<br />

overseeing distribution of any real estate, property, bank account or other valuables.<br />

To accomplish the most effective outcome for settling an estate of a person who has<br />

died in Florida, there are different types of probate. The ones discussed within this<br />

article are the types of probate administered most often.<br />

Let’s look at the differences between them and when one type is used rather than<br />

another.<br />

First there is Formal Administration which is most commonly used. It is the<br />

type that most people imagine when they think of probate. It is used when a person<br />

has real estate, property, valuables and other belongings totaling more than $75,000<br />

and died within the past two years. It is not uncommon for a person who has died<br />

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Next is Summary Administration which generally takes a lot less time to settle<br />

an estate than a formal administration and usually is less expensive. It is considered<br />

a “short form” of probate for certain smaller estates valued at less than $75,000 or<br />

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Then there is Ancillary Administration which is the process used when a non-<br />

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One final type of probate is Disposition Without Administration.<br />

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who paid in advance of filing probate.<br />

Don’t leave your family or loved ones facing probate after you are gone. Do<br />

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MATTER OF SAFETY<br />

In Preparation of Hurricane Season<br />

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The first of June marked the beginning<br />

of the 2018 hurricane season. If<br />

you remember, just one year ago, we<br />

saw Hurricane Harvey, which caused<br />

major flooding in Houston; Hurricane<br />

Irma, which came through Orlando<br />

and the Central Florida area; and<br />

Hurricane Maria, which devastated<br />

Puerto Rico.<br />

For the 2018 hurricane season, officials<br />

of the National Oceanic and<br />

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Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)<br />

announced 17 named storms, 10<br />

hurricanes and six major hurricanes<br />

(Category 3, 4 or 5). In each category,<br />

these predictions are higher than<br />

the predictions were for 2017.<br />

It is early in the season; however,<br />

now is the time to get your plans in<br />

place, so if and when the next hurricane<br />

heads toward Florida, you will<br />

be better prepared than last year.<br />

The following tips may help you<br />

and your family get ready for the<br />

2018 hurricane season:<br />

• Get with your insurance agent<br />

to make sure your homeowners or<br />

renters policy covers your assets.<br />

Also, discuss with the agent what<br />

your hurricane deductible is in case<br />

you have a loss due to hurricane<br />

damage.<br />

• Determine if you are in need of<br />

flood insurance. Flooding is not covered<br />

under a homeowners or renters<br />

policy. Remember what the people<br />

in Houston experienced?<br />

• Make arrangements in case you<br />

need to evacuate, and if you do, be<br />

sure to take your medications with<br />

you.<br />

• You will need to prepare a survival<br />

kit now, because supplies may<br />

be unavailable if a major storm is<br />

headed this way. Some basic items<br />

are water, food, a first-aid kit, flashlight,<br />

batteries and some cash, because<br />

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This is not a complete list, but it is<br />

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Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp<br />

1112 Stevens St., Lake Helen<br />

Distance from Orlando: 22 miles<br />

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is<br />

heralded as the Psychic Capital<br />

of the World. The unincorporated<br />

town attracts mediums, healers and<br />

spiritualists from all over the world.<br />

Visitors range from those wanting to<br />

have their palms read to travelers on<br />

a spiritual journey. Residents of the<br />

camp are mediums, psychics and<br />

like-minded people. The Cassadaga<br />

The Hotel Cassadaga, which claims to<br />

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Hotel, once part of the camp, was<br />

sold to private owners during the<br />

Great Depression, and it is no longer<br />

associated with the camp. However,<br />

that doesn’t stop ghosts from<br />

frequenting its halls and rooms.<br />

Blue Spring State Park<br />

2100 W. French Ave., Orange City<br />

Distance from Orlando: 34 miles<br />

Blue Spring State Park is home to<br />

the largest spring on the St. Johns<br />

River. It hosts various activities, including<br />

hiking, camping, fishing,<br />

bird-watching, scuba diving, canoeing<br />

and more. Its most notorious<br />

visitors; however, are not snowbirds,<br />

vacationers or even locals — it’s the<br />

manatees that fill up its waters from<br />

November through March. As a<br />

winter home to these gentle giants,<br />

the waters are closed to swimmers<br />

and divers during the manatees’<br />

stay. There is even a webcam set up,<br />

so you can observe the creatures no<br />

matter where you are.<br />

De Leon Springs State Park<br />

601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.,<br />

De Leon Springs<br />

Distance from Orlando: 47 miles<br />

With paddle boats, canoes<br />

and kayaks available to rent, not<br />

to mention swimming, picnic and<br />

playground areas, De Leon Springs<br />

State Park is a popular destination<br />

for the entire family. After soaking<br />

up the outdoor air, visitors can book<br />

a Fountain of Youth Eco/History<br />

Tour and cool off at the Sugar Mill<br />

Restaurant, famous for its cook-yourown<br />

pancakes. The park boasts a<br />

4.2-mile hiking trail; butterfly garden<br />

that has about 500 plants; and excellent<br />

bird-watching, as it is on the<br />

Great Florida Birding and Wildlife<br />

Trail.


Daytona International<br />

Speedway<br />

1801 W. International Speedway<br />

Blvd., Daytona Beach<br />

Distance from Orlando: 52 miles<br />

Those with a need for speed can<br />

find all the fast-paced action they<br />

can handle at Daytona International<br />

Speedway. Home of the Nascar season-starting<br />

Daytona 500, the speedway<br />

hosts motor vehicle races of all<br />

types. Visitors can attend an official<br />

tour daily and visit the Motorsports<br />

Hall of Fame of America. For the<br />

ultimate adrenaline junkie, the track<br />

offers a Nascar Racing Experience,<br />

which includes everything from a<br />

ride-along to driving a Nascar race<br />

car.<br />

Kennedy Space Center<br />

Visitor Complex<br />

Merritt Island<br />

Distance from Orlando: 52 miles<br />

For an experience that is out of this<br />

world, nothing beats the Kennedy<br />

Space Center Visitor Complex.<br />

Guests can explore, learn and experience<br />

all perspectives of historic<br />

mission launches at the John<br />

F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA’s<br />

primary launch center. Bus tours are<br />

available to view different areas of<br />

the operational facilities, including a<br />

tour led by a real astronaut. Other<br />

experiences range from seeing the<br />

first launch pad and learning about<br />

NASA’s early space programs to<br />

jumping into a training simulator and<br />

trying your hand at shuttle docking<br />

and landing.<br />

Spook Hill<br />

North Lake Wales Drive,<br />

Lake Wales<br />

Distance from Orlando: 54 miles<br />

Just over an hour outside of Orlando,<br />

Spook Hill is located in Lake Wales.<br />

According to local legend, the chief of<br />

an Indian village battled and killed a<br />

huge alligator, creating a small lake.<br />

The chief was buried by the lake.<br />

Some say Spook Hill is the gator out<br />

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for revenge. Others say it is the chief,<br />

protecting his land to this day. No<br />

matter what you believe, if you park<br />

on the white line and put your car<br />

in neutral, it will roll uphill, defying<br />

gravity.<br />

Bok Tower Gardens<br />

1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales<br />

Distance from Orlando: 57 miles<br />

When Edward W. Bok founded Bok<br />

Tower Gardens and commissioned<br />

landscape architect Frederick Law<br />

Olmsted Jr., he said he wanted “a<br />

spot of beauty second to none in the<br />

country.” Those who have strolled<br />

through the nearly 50 acres of gardens,<br />

glimpsing sights of threatened<br />

and endangered animals and 126<br />

different species of birds, can attest<br />

to Bok’s achievement of this goal. The<br />

looming centerpiece of the gardens is<br />

the 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco<br />

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property is a historic mansion, the<br />

Pinewood Estate, which is open for<br />

walking tours.<br />

©Max Lindsey<br />

The Singing Tower carillon is a beautiful<br />

masterpiece that can be found on the<br />

grounds of Bok Tower Gardens.<br />

Milton B. Medary. Its stonework was<br />

crafted by Lee Lawrie. Also on the<br />

St. Augustine &<br />

Castillo de San Marcos<br />

1. S. Castillo Dr.<br />

Distance from Orlando: 92 miles<br />

For the true history buff, the city of<br />

St. Augustine is the oldest city in the<br />

nation, being the oldest continuously<br />

occupied European-established<br />

settlement in the continental U.S.<br />

Whether you want to stroll down<br />

cobblestone streets in search of food<br />

and shopping, climb the steps of the<br />

lighthouse, or drink from the famed<br />

Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine has<br />

it all. It is also home to the oldest<br />

masonry fort in the continental U.S.,<br />

Castillo de San Marcos. Visitors can<br />

stand at one of the fort’s four bastions<br />

and imagine the English siege<br />

of 1702 or the Native American prisoners<br />

held at the fort after the Civil<br />

War. Visitors can take advantage of<br />

the daily programs and ranger-led<br />

tours, as well as cannon firings and<br />

weaponry demonstrations.<br />

More Than 100 Miles<br />

Devil’s Den Prehistoric<br />

Spring and Blue Grotto<br />

5390 NE 180 Ave., Williston<br />

Distance from Orlando: 102 miles<br />

If scuba diving and snorkeling are<br />

your thing, Devil’s Den Prehistoric<br />

Spring should be at the top of your<br />

list. This underground spring is located<br />

inside a dry cave and was named<br />

for the steam that rises from the cave<br />

mouth on cold mornings. Fossils have<br />

been found there dating back to the<br />

Pleistocene Age. Dip into the crystal<br />

clear water that stays at 72 degrees<br />

Devil’s<br />

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year-round and explore ancient rock<br />

formations for the dive of a lifetime.<br />

While you’re in the area, stop by<br />

Blue Grotto, the largest clear-water<br />

cavern in freshwater spring country.<br />

It reaches a maximum depth of<br />

100 feet.<br />

Ghost Town of Ellaville<br />

Distance from Orlando: 188 miles<br />

Have you ever wanted to visit a<br />

ghost town, an entire town completely<br />

abandoned and left to ruin? Look no<br />

further than Ellaville, located near the<br />

Suwannee River State Park. The town<br />

was founded in 1861 by George Drew,<br />

who would become the first governor of<br />

Florida after Reconstruction. It grew to<br />

prosperity after Drew and his partner,<br />

Louis Bucki, opened a steam-operated<br />

sawmill following the Civil War. A series<br />

of disasters led residents to abandon<br />

the place, including the sawmill<br />

burning down, severe flooding and the<br />

effects of the Great Depression. The<br />

end of the town was marked by the<br />

closing of the post office in 1942.<br />

Butterfly World<br />

3600 W. Sample Road,<br />

Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek<br />

Distance from Orlando: 200 miles<br />

Experience the colors of 20,000<br />

live butterflies from all over the<br />

world and hundreds of exotic birds<br />

at Butterfly World, the world’s largest<br />

butterfly park. Opened in 1988<br />

by Ronald Boender, Butterfly World<br />

consists of 3 acres of butterfly aviaries,<br />

two tropical bird aviaries,<br />

botanical gardens and a working<br />

butterfly farm and research center.<br />

Guests can also enjoy an interactive<br />

lorikeet encounter. Explore a<br />

rainbow of colors and exotic sounds<br />

while learning about these precious<br />

creatures.<br />

Everglades National Park<br />

815 Oyster Bar Lane, Everglades City<br />

Distance from Orlando: 230 miles<br />

For the adventurous at heart, explore<br />

the untamed backcountry of the<br />

Everglades National Park, covering<br />

nearly 2,400 square miles of wilderness.<br />

Enter through the Everglades<br />

City Entrance for the shortest trip, and<br />

plan a day of unexpected surprises.<br />

You may encounter a variety of wildlife,<br />

including alligators, crocodiles,<br />

turtles, snakes, birds, river otters,<br />

foxes, panthers, bobcats, skunks,<br />

bears and many others. A plethora<br />

of activities are also available, including<br />

boating, fishing, camping,<br />

hiking and more, as well as ranger-led<br />

tours, naturalist guides and<br />

airboat tours.<br />

Tallahassee-Leon County<br />

Civil Rights Heritage Walk<br />

East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee<br />

Distance from Orlando: 257 miles<br />

Literally take a stroll down memory<br />

lane with the Tallahassee-<br />

Leon County Civil Rights Heritage<br />

Walk. The sidewalk displays 16<br />

terrazzo panels along a halfblock<br />

stretch, depicting stories and<br />

quotes from the city’s bus boycott<br />

of 1956 and lunch counter sit-in<br />

demonstrations between 1960-<br />

63. It also lists the names of 50<br />

local civil rights leaders and “foot<br />

soldier” activists, who were involved<br />

in major civil rights events in<br />

the area.<br />

Florida Caverns State Park<br />

Address: 3345 Caverns Road,<br />

Marianna<br />

Distance from Orlando: 322 miles<br />

You don’t have to travel out-ofstate<br />

to explore caves filled with<br />

limestone stalactites, stalagmites,<br />

soda straws, flowstones and draperies.<br />

Florida Caverns State Park is<br />

the only state park in Florida that<br />

offers cave tours to the public and<br />

one of the few that has dry caves.<br />

The park also has an equestrian<br />

facility for riders to stable their<br />

horses and camp on horseback.<br />

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FAMILY FUN<br />

With world-class experiences<br />

and entertainment right here,<br />

Southwest Orlando residents<br />

don’t need to travel far to experience<br />

great getaways. Whether<br />

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experience, luxury hotel or fun<br />

excursion, the following fun<br />

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residents to unwind without going<br />

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Boggy Creek<br />

Airboat Adventures<br />

and fossils in the mine! It’s a perfect<br />

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Cranium<br />

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Hard Rock<br />

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Treat yourself to legendary<br />

American cuisine served with a side<br />

order of music history. Located at<br />

Universal CityWalk, Hard Rock Cafe<br />

Orlando is the biggest HRC in the<br />

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Prestigious Preschool through Fifth Grade<br />

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located at 2001 E. Southport Road<br />

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tours in Florida for 25 years!<br />

Its staff also is dedicated to educating<br />

guests about Florida’s natural<br />

resources through interactive exhibits<br />

and live presentations in its Native<br />

American museum, with demonstrations<br />

about heritage through techniques<br />

such as cooking, tool-making,<br />

weapons and more. Discover precious<br />

gems, shells, alligator teeth<br />

Cranium Academy’s 11-week<br />

summer camp program offers the<br />

perfect combination of learning<br />

and fun. Campers can become<br />

junior paleontologists discovering<br />

fossils, techy tots exploring topics<br />

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entrepreneurs opening a restaurant,<br />

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Various schedule options are<br />

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COME FOR THE DANCING.<br />

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ticketmaster.com and the House of<br />

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Orange County<br />

Library System<br />

Celebrate 20 years since the<br />

release of Harry Potter and the<br />

Chamber of Secrets! “Potterversary”<br />

takes place at Orlando Public Library<br />

on June 23 at 2 p.m., when the library<br />

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with trivia, games and fun for everyone.<br />

Dress in the colors of your favorite<br />

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Orlando REP, located at 1001<br />

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As the famous quote by Benjamin<br />

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disease may not develop any symptoms<br />

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Preventative medicine, or having<br />

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certain vaccines also may be recommended.<br />

If you’ve had chicken pox,<br />

then you’re at risk of developing<br />

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older, called Shingrix, has recently<br />

become available as another option<br />

to help prevent this painful skin<br />

rash. A tetanus shot should be done<br />

every 10 years, unless you plan on<br />

having a baby or will be around a<br />

newborn. If that’s the case, the Tdap,<br />

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vaccine, should be provided<br />

as a booster. Other adult vaccines,<br />

such as the pneumonia vaccine,<br />

which is normally provided at age<br />

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Along with the common medical<br />

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tests based on age, gender, family<br />

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n Medians in Ocoee get<br />

a beauty treatment<br />

In an effort to “green up” Fifty West,<br />

Ocoee’s Community Redevelopment<br />

Agency started re-landscaping the<br />

medians on Old Winter Garden<br />

Road between Maguire Road and<br />

Blackwood Avenue. Work is expected<br />

to wrap up by July 31, weather<br />

permitting. The westbound lanes will<br />

remain open during construction;<br />

however, the eastbound inside lane<br />

is closed. Construction hours are between<br />

7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on<br />

weekdays.<br />

The project includes planting new<br />

palms, oaks, crape myrtles, shrubs<br />

and ground cover. Irrigation will be<br />

installed, and a fresh layer of mulch<br />

will finish up the refresh. Concrete will<br />

be installed in the median closest to<br />

Blackwood Avenue, where it is too narrow<br />

for plants to grow successfully. The<br />

CRA has more plans to beatify its redevelopment<br />

district, Fifty West, which is<br />

defined as the area between State Road<br />

429 and Clarke Road, and the Turnpike<br />

on the south, north to Story Road.<br />

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n Rotary club donates to<br />

Edgwood Children’s<br />

Ranch<br />

compiled by Lauren Salinero<br />

n Shepherd’s Hope receives<br />

grant for hurricane relief<br />

efforts<br />

Shepherd’s Hope was among<br />

20 recipients to be awarded a grant<br />

from Direct Relief and the National<br />

The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips donates time and $5,000 to Edgewood Children’s Ranch to<br />

purchase washing machines.<br />

Association of Free & Charitable<br />

Clinics. More than $1.8 million was<br />

awarded through this grant program<br />

to support free and charitable clinics<br />

in Florida and Texas that were<br />

affected last year by hurricanes<br />

Harvey and Irma. Shepherd’s Hope<br />

received a $121,115 grant to support<br />

its outstanding Hurricane Irma relief<br />

efforts.<br />

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www.shepherdshope.org.<br />

n Black and White<br />

Weekend a success<br />

I'm in Events held it’s<br />

ninth annual Black and<br />

White Weekend, which<br />

raised $17,400 for Base<br />

Camp Children’s Cancer<br />

Foundation. The event<br />

brought together people<br />

of all ages and work backgrounds<br />

for eating, drinking,<br />

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more. Activities spanned the entire<br />

weekend, starting Friday night at an<br />

upscale indoor and outdoor venue.<br />

The event was originally envisioned<br />

in the hospital by Southwest<br />

resident and host Heissam “I’m<br />

in” Jebailey, who almost died<br />

in 2000 from a near-fatal case of<br />

pneumonia. Created in May 2010,<br />

it is now the “Largest Black and<br />

White Weekend for Charity and<br />

Wellness in the World.” Next year’s<br />

10th anniversary Black and White<br />

Weekend will be held May 10,<br />

2019. For more information, email<br />

info@iminevents.com.<br />

n IACC is named a top<br />

chamber in Central Florida<br />

The Indian American Chamber<br />

of Commerce Orlando, led by<br />

Southwest resident Yog Melwani,<br />

was listed as an Orlando Business<br />

Journal Book of Lists top-25 chambers<br />

of commerce in Central Florida. The<br />

IACC was listed as No. 16.<br />

“It is an honor to be recognized<br />

as one of the top chambers of commerce<br />

in Central Florida,” said<br />

Melwani, IACC president. “Our<br />

leadership team works steadily to<br />

create value for IACC members and<br />

for business owners who want to do<br />

business with the Asian-Indian community.<br />

The IACC will continue to<br />

create opportunities for businesses<br />

to grow in Central Florida.”<br />

For more information, visit<br />

www.iaccorlando.com.<br />

BUSINESS BRIEFS<br />

The Orange County Library<br />

System received the 2018<br />

National Medal for Museum and<br />

Library Service, the highest honor<br />

for museums and libraries in the nation,<br />

at the United States Institute of<br />

Peace in Washington, D.C. For 24<br />

years, this award has been presented<br />

to museums and libraries<br />

in recognition of their outstanding<br />

and significant contributions to their<br />

communities. For more information,<br />

call 407-835-7323.<br />

The showtimes for the World<br />

Famous Gospel Brunch at House<br />

of Blues have changed. The events<br />

are now held every Sunday at 10:30<br />

a.m. and 1 p.m. The gospel brunch<br />

Photo by Shannon Finney<br />

Institute of<br />

Museum and<br />

Library Services<br />

Director Dr.<br />

Kathryn<br />

Matthew (left)<br />

presents the<br />

National Medal<br />

for Museum and<br />

Library Service<br />

to Mary Anne<br />

Hodel (center),<br />

CEO of the<br />

Orange County<br />

Library System<br />

and community<br />

member Terhys<br />

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experience includes local talent<br />

performing both traditional and<br />

contemporary gospel songs. An allyou-can-eat<br />

buffet is also available<br />

before and during the show. For more<br />

information, visit www.houseofblues.<br />

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season, received by the<br />

end of this month, with a<br />

pledge for continued support<br />

for the following two<br />

seasons, will be met dollar<br />

for dollar up to an annual<br />

match total of $250,000.<br />

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West Orange Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the opening of The UPS Store in Ocoee.<br />

West Orange Chamber of<br />

Commerce representatives held<br />

a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The<br />

UPS Store in Ocoee. WOCC builds<br />

partnerships, strong businesses and<br />

commitment to the community by<br />

serving as the leading business advocate<br />

in Central Florida, facilitating<br />

opportunity to nearly 1,000 member<br />

businesses. For more information<br />

about WOCC, call 407-656-1304<br />

or visit wochamber.com.<br />

Orlando Ballet officials announced<br />

their plan to secure $1.5<br />

million in new artistic support<br />

Orlando Repertory<br />

Theatre remodeled and<br />

revealed the theater’s main<br />

lobby, the Florida Blue<br />

Photo courtesy of WOCC<br />

Lobby. With work surpassing<br />

$300,000, the renovation includes<br />

a new custom-designed<br />

over three seasons. The plan supports<br />

Orlando Ballet’s mission and<br />

long-term financial stability with<br />

the announcement of a multiyear<br />

gift match challenge. With generous<br />

funding from members of its<br />

board of directors, Krista and<br />

Jonathan Ledden, all new or increased<br />

floor, merchandise carts, a video wall<br />

and eco-friendly custom LED lighting<br />

fixtures. The project was made possible<br />

by a leading gift from the Florida<br />

Blue Foundation and matched by the<br />

Orange County Arts and Cultural<br />

Affairs Cultural Facilities program.<br />

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donations for the 2017-18 7365 or visit orlandorep.com.<br />

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TOURISM UPDATE<br />

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Photo courtesy of Orange County Government<br />

Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs gives the 2018 State of the<br />

County Address.<br />

The Central Florida Hotel &<br />

Lodging Association partnered<br />

with Orange County government<br />

May 18 at the Dr. Phillips Center<br />

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of the County Address. For the past<br />

15 years, CFHLA has worked alongside<br />

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under both former Mayor Richard<br />

Crotty and current Mayor Teresa<br />

Jacobs, to produce this annual community<br />

gathering. More than 600<br />

prominent Central Florida business<br />

and community leaders were<br />

in attendance as Mayor Jacobs,<br />

recipient of CFHLA’s 2017 Public<br />

Servant of the Year recognition,<br />

touted Orange County’s growth<br />

and record statistics for the eighth<br />

year in a row as the “No. 1 travel<br />

destination in the United States.”<br />

Mayor Jacobs thanked the region's<br />

tourism leaders for their efforts<br />

in attracting more than 72<br />

million visitors in 2017 and for<br />

making the Central Florida destination<br />

“the envy of the global<br />

hospitality market.” Mayor Jacobs<br />

is currently serving in her final<br />

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four-year terms since<br />

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n Hidden Springs/<br />

Estates<br />

Hidden Springs/Estates residents<br />

Pat and the Rev. Sarah Bronos<br />

were selected as the Summer 2018<br />

Yard of the Quarter winners. Each<br />

quarter, Hidden Springs/Estates residents<br />

nominate a fellow neighbor<br />

whose property stands out as being<br />

attractive and well-maintained.<br />

Then, a committee of volunteers<br />

reviews the nominations and selects<br />

a winner. The couple has lived in<br />

the neighborhood since 1995. They<br />

have a variety of beautiful flowers in<br />

the front yard. Sarah, in her spare<br />

time, tries to create what she calls an<br />

English herbaceous border (English<br />

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n MetroWest<br />

compiled by Lauren Salinero<br />

MetroWest resident Sara Vance<br />

was the ultimate winner in the competition<br />

to #FindTheMotherBoxes<br />

and unite the Justice League. She<br />

and her father, Steve, were the<br />

first to experience Justice League:<br />

A Call for Heroes at Madame<br />

Tussauds Orlando with tickets to the<br />

VIP preview event. Sara also won a<br />

staycation for four nights at Rosen<br />

Shingle Creek, two tickets to<br />

MegaCon Orlando, and two tickets<br />

to Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.<br />

MusicFest 2018, presented by the<br />

MetroWest Master Association, welcomed<br />

nearly 1,000 attendees who<br />

were undeterred by cloudy skies to<br />

enjoy the fun, free community event.<br />

The fest featured a variety of musical<br />

acts, including headliner Rick<br />

Derringer, performing live at the<br />

MetroWest Golf Club. During the<br />

sixth annual MusicFest, MWMA presented<br />

MetroWest Elementary<br />

and Westpointe Elementary<br />

schools each with a check for<br />

$2,500.<br />

n Ocoee<br />

Caroline Montz of Ocoee<br />

was inducted into The University of<br />

Alabama’s chapter of The Phi Beta<br />

Kappa Society. Founded in 1776,<br />

the society is the nation’s most prestigious<br />

academic honor society.<br />

The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa<br />

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The city of Ocoee’s monthly Food<br />

Truck Friday and Movie in the Park<br />

will be on a hiatus for the next several<br />

months as the city moves forward<br />

with construction on its historic<br />

downtown redevelopment. City officials<br />

would like to thank the citizens<br />

and businesses for their patience as<br />

they continue to make progress toward<br />

their vision for a vibrant and<br />

renewed Ocoee. For more information<br />

about the downtown plans, visit<br />

www.ocoee.org/downtown.<br />

n Sterling Pointe<br />

Sterling Pointe resident Rep.<br />

Robert “Bobby” Olszewski received<br />

a President’s Award from the<br />

Orange County Community Action<br />

William Merritt (left), grandson of Turnburry residents<br />

Art and Karen Brown (not pictured) becomes an Eagle<br />

Scout. William’s mother, Lorianne Merritt, and brother,<br />

Charles Merritt IV, also achieved high ranks in Scouting.<br />

family’s tradition of Scouting by<br />

earning the rank of Eagle Scout.<br />

Lorianne Merritt, daughter of<br />

Art and Karen, was a First Class<br />

Girl Scout in the 1970s, and Karen<br />

served as Lorianne’s Scout leader for<br />

many years. Charles Merritt IV,<br />

Avani Desai of<br />

Windermere becomes the<br />

youngest president of a<br />

major accounting firm and<br />

the only minority leader of a<br />

Top 100 CPA firm.<br />

CPA firm. At 37 years old, she is<br />

also the youngest leader of a major<br />

accounting firm and one of the few<br />

female leaders.<br />

Windermere resident Les Harris<br />

was appointed general manager of<br />

Home2 Suites by officials of Hilton<br />

Orlando South Park, owned and<br />

operated by Vista Host Inc.<br />

“Les Harris brings extensive experience<br />

in the hospitality industry, as<br />

well as a commitment to excellent<br />

guest service,” said Jesse Phillips<br />

of Vista Host Inc.<br />

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Les Harris<br />

of Windermere is<br />

the new general<br />

manager of Home2<br />

Suites by Hilton<br />

Orlando South Park.<br />

Florida State University welcomed<br />

a record-setting 289 new inductees<br />

into its prestigious Garnet &<br />

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Orange County Community Action and Head Start Retirees award a President’s Award to<br />

Rep. Robert “Bobby” Olszewski (second from left) of Sterling Pointe.<br />

and Head Start Retirees. He was given<br />

the award by organization President<br />

Charlie Mae Wilder and joined by<br />

college scholarship recipients alumni<br />

from Orange County Head Start.<br />

Bobby is the former chairman of the<br />

Orange County Community Action<br />

Board from when he served as a<br />

Winter Garden commissioner.<br />

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Turnburry residents Art and<br />

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William’s brother, also became an<br />

Eagle Scout in 2012. William’s Eagle<br />

Project was a clothing drive that<br />

helped the homeless in downtown<br />

Nashville.<br />

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Representatives of Schellman &<br />

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Gold Scholar Society this spring.<br />

To become an inductee, students<br />

must meet the engagement area criteria<br />

and submit a synthesis reflection<br />

project in their final semester before<br />

graduation. Participants are recognized<br />

during graduation and receive<br />

a designation on their official university<br />

transcript, both of which make the<br />

students more marketable to potential<br />

employers or graduate programs.<br />

Among this spring's inductees are<br />

Ocoee resident Brittany Andrews,<br />

nursing; Gotha resident Ana Sofia<br />

Astudillo, nursing; Celebration<br />

resident Diana Lacatusu, biological<br />

sciences; Winter Garden resident<br />

Ceanna Perkins, biochemistry; and<br />

Ocoee resident Dara Tisch, Spanish<br />

and hospitality management and<br />

tourism.<br />

The girls played games and enjoyed<br />

pizza and ice cream. They are eagerly<br />

anticipating becoming Junior<br />

Girl Scouts next year.<br />

announced the slate for its 2018 board<br />

of directors. Members include Jeff<br />

Milhausen of Windermere,<br />

chairman; Camille Evans of Ocoee,<br />

vice chairman; and Nick Asma of<br />

Brownie<br />

Troop 4015<br />

members<br />

celebrate the<br />

end of year with<br />

an ice cream<br />

party.<br />

Winter Garden, secretary. Newest<br />

board members are Deb Linden of<br />

Windermere and Scott McCallum,<br />

Dan Pollock and Paul Sexton of<br />

Dr. Phillips.<br />

Brownie Troop 4015 members<br />

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party at West Orange Creamery.<br />

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n Westbrooke<br />

Elementary<br />

Westbrooke Elementary alumnus<br />

Ethan Lewis is fighting a war no<br />

child should have to endure. Non-<br />

Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the five<br />

most common cancers in the U.S.,<br />

and lymphoma is about 5 percent of<br />

but typical. The program is Sonny’s<br />

way of recognizing those who<br />

make a difference in the community.<br />

Ademilola “Lola” Aderibigbe<br />

was nominated by her teacher to<br />

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SCHOOL NEWS<br />

While<br />

undergoing<br />

treatment for<br />

non-Hodgkin’s<br />

lymphoma,<br />

Westbrooke<br />

Elementary<br />

2017 graduate<br />

Ethan Lewis<br />

(center) is<br />

supported by his<br />

family, (l. to r.)<br />

Noah, Mark,<br />

Luke and<br />

Jeanne Lewis.<br />

Partners in Education, Baptiste<br />

Orthodontist, joining the movement.<br />

Baptiste Orthodontist developed the<br />

Gotha Middle School’s Baptiste Be<br />

Awesome Award, which recognizes<br />

students and teachers who have<br />

shown random acts of kindness, and<br />

it was awarded to Lola.<br />

n Olympia High<br />

compiled by Lauren Salinero<br />

academic achievements, community<br />

service, and SAC and PTSA involvement.<br />

Junior Haley Brown was<br />

awarded the 2017-18 Orange County<br />

Council of PTAs Student Involvement<br />

Award for her 35 hours of involvement<br />

in the Olympia PTSA Annual<br />

Bay Hill Golf Tournament Concession<br />

Stand Fundraiser that helped raise<br />

more than $11,000 for the school, as<br />

well as helping promote and execute<br />

the PTSA charitable activities during<br />

a blanket drive, bell-ringing for<br />

charity, and a stuffed animal drive<br />

held recently in tribute of the lives<br />

lost during the shooting at Marjory<br />

Stoneman Douglas High.<br />

Four $500 one-time scholarships<br />

were also awarded<br />

to seniors Ana Frezza,<br />

Joao Pedro Gameiro,<br />

Johamia Michaud and<br />

Aaliyah Tucker for their<br />

academic and community<br />

involvement.<br />

all children’s cancers. Online reports<br />

show that non-Hodgkin lymphoma<br />

in children under age 14 affects<br />

approximately 500 kids each year<br />

in the U.S. Ethan, who turned 12 in<br />

April, underwent emergency surgery<br />

to remove a softball-sized tumor from<br />

his abdomen and will go through<br />

six rounds of chemotherapy to treat<br />

the cancer that has spread through<br />

his lymphatic system. Although he<br />

graduated from WES in 2017, the<br />

Wildcats remain strong supporters<br />

of Ethan’s fight. WES families, faculty<br />

members and staff recently held a<br />

weeklong Making a Difference fundraiser<br />

to help Ethan’s family during<br />

this difficult time, raising $1,403.78,<br />

with the school’s PTO adding an additional<br />

$1,500. During the event,<br />

students also wore yellow one day<br />

to show their support of Ethan.<br />

n Gotha Middle<br />

A class of 2017-18 students at<br />

Gotha Middle walked into lunch<br />

one day expecting their usual cafeteria<br />

food. However, thanks to<br />

Sonny’s BBQ’s Random Acts of<br />

BBQ program, lunch was anything<br />

receive the barbecue celebration because<br />

of her outstanding work and<br />

commitment to serving and showing<br />

love to everyone at school. Lola, also<br />

known as the “kindness ninja,” has<br />

been known to leave positive notes<br />

for her teachers, administrators and<br />

peers around school on doors, desks<br />

and in mailboxes. She also kicked it<br />

up a notch with little kindness items<br />

around her school to help brighten<br />

everyone’s day. Her actions have led<br />

to more and more “ninjas” developing<br />

on campus. Lola’s impact was so<br />

strong, it led to one of the school’s<br />

Olympia High Principal Guy Swenson congratulates<br />

Haley Brown (left) and Julia Gardiner on their<br />

accomplishments.<br />

Olympia High’s PTSA had a busy<br />

month during May. Two Olympia<br />

High students earned PTSA Orange<br />

County Awards. Graduating senior<br />

Julia Gardiner was awarded<br />

a $1,000 Orange County PTSA<br />

Scholarship for her outstanding<br />

Ademilola<br />

“Lola”<br />

Aderibigbe<br />

earns a Sonny’s<br />

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celebration<br />

for her Gotha<br />

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because of her<br />

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kindness toward<br />

classmates and<br />

teachers.<br />

n Et Al<br />

The number of seniors<br />

who graduated with a<br />

high school diploma,<br />

as well as an Associate<br />

Degree, doubled in the<br />

2017-18 school year. This<br />

year, more than 70 students<br />

from 17 Orange<br />

County Public Schools achieved<br />

this feat. OCPS offers dual-enrollment<br />

as an acceleration program<br />

that allows eligible high school<br />

students to pursue postsecondary<br />

coursework at Valencia College<br />

while simultaneously earning credit<br />

toward high school completion.<br />

Congratulations to Southwest-area<br />

residents Muskan Shah and<br />

Karmyn Tatum of Dr. Phillips<br />

High; Ryan Le, Ian MacDonald<br />

and Anna McKone of Ocoee<br />

High; Mariangel Yepes of<br />

Olympia High; and Ciera Boyd,<br />

Jillian Carr, Gabriela Hinks,<br />

Nathaniel Lluberes, Daniel<br />

Robey and Kaitlyn Tibbetts of<br />

West Orange High.<br />

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For more than 20 years, Holy<br />

Family Catholic School eighthgraders<br />

have walked through the<br />

school’s gates for the last time as<br />

graduates, looking forward to a<br />

bright future. The Class of 2018 is no<br />

exception. Fifty-six students graduated<br />

from HFCS this year, heading to<br />

various public, private and Catholic<br />

high schools.<br />

Officials of the National Merit<br />

Scholarship Corp. released the<br />

third list of recipients of corporatesponsored<br />

awards and winners of<br />

National Merit $2,500 scholarships.<br />

National Merit University<br />

of Florida Scholarship winners<br />

included Southwest-area residents<br />

Garrett Fullerton, Olympia<br />

High; Jonathan Khouzam,<br />

Lake Highland Preparatory School;<br />

Sarah Tatum, West Orange<br />

High; and Kevin Wu, Cypress<br />

Creek High. Olympia High’s<br />

Megan Galeski was<br />

awarded a National Merit<br />

New College of Florida<br />

Scholarship, and Dale<br />

Hill of Windermere<br />

Preparatory School<br />

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Florida State University<br />

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SEEN<br />

For more than eight decades, the story of the<br />

“most famous nanny in the world” has graced<br />

the pages of children’s books, the big screen<br />

and center stage. Last month, 2017-18 students<br />

at Holy Family Catholic School performed<br />

Mary Poppins, Jr. as the spring musical. The<br />

crowd witnessed an incredible show with great<br />

acting, singing, choreography, sets, humor and<br />

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n Charities/Fundraisers<br />

June 23 — Celebrating<br />

Independence Gala<br />

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.,<br />

Orlando, hosts the Celebrating Independence<br />

Gala 2018, including a full-course dinner, silent<br />

auction, raffle and entertainment. Time: 6:30-9:30<br />

p.m. Cost: $100; $170 for a pair ticket, with<br />

proceeds benefiting the Center for Independent<br />

Living in Central Florida Inc. For more information,<br />

visit celebrate.cilorlando.org.<br />

n Children’s/Teens<br />

Programs<br />

Through June 26 — Library<br />

Exhibition<br />

The Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.,<br />

Orlando, hosts Thinking Money, A Financial<br />

Expedition, a museum-quality traveling exhibition<br />

that strives to teach tweens/teens and their parents,<br />

caregivers and educators about financial literary<br />

topics like saving, spending and avoiding fraud.<br />

For more information, call 407-835-7323.<br />

Through Aug. 4 — Summer Reading<br />

Program<br />

Registration is open for Orlando County Library<br />

System’s 2018 Summer Reading Program for tweens<br />

and teens, which includes special live performances,<br />

storytelling, and arts and crafts. Participants can<br />

sign up for technology camps and classes where<br />

they can create their own video games, build<br />

robots and more. Seating may be limited for some<br />

events, so advance registration is recommended.<br />

For more information, call 407-835-7323 or visit<br />

ocls.info/summer-reading-program-2018.<br />

June 25 — Library Program<br />

The Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St.,<br />

Winter Garden, hosts Comic Books Rock for youth<br />

11-18. During the program, participants create<br />

comics and explore the unique needs they have<br />

in the world of music. Time: 2:30 p.m. For more<br />

information, call 407-835-7323.<br />

n Events/Performances<br />

Through Aug. 19 — Art Exhibition<br />

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens,<br />

633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, hosts Arabesque:<br />

Contemporary Conversations, an art exhibit that<br />

interprets traditional Islamic art through the eyes<br />

of contemporary artists in a variety of styles and<br />

mediums. Time: Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4<br />

p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Cost: $10, adults;<br />

$8, seniors and college students with a valid ID; and<br />

$3, children in kindergarten-12th grade. For more<br />

information, call 407-647-6294 or visit polasek.org.<br />

Through Aug. 31 — Art Exhibition<br />

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education<br />

Center of Florida, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland,<br />

hosts Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,<br />

a traveling exhibition that examines how Nazi<br />

leadership, in collaboration with individuals in<br />

professions traditionally charged with healing and<br />

the public good, used science to help legitimize<br />

persecution, murder and, ultimately, genocide.<br />

Time: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,<br />

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD<br />

Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4<br />

p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call<br />

407-628-0555 or visit www.holocaustedu.org.<br />

June 29 — Movieola At Lake Eola<br />

Park<br />

The east lawn of downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola<br />

Park hosts Movieola, a free monthly movie series.<br />

This month’s movie is Jumanji: Welcome to the<br />

Jungle. Festivities include family-friendly activities,<br />

and food is available for purchase. Time: the last<br />

Friday of every month through August. Time: 6<br />

p.m. for lawn games and music; 8:15 p.m. for the<br />

feature movie. Admission is free. For more information,<br />

visit www.cityoforlando.net/parks/movieola.<br />

June 29 — Open Reception &<br />

Gallery Talk<br />

The Mennello Museum of American Art, 900<br />

E. Princeton St., Orlando, hosts the Jiha Moon<br />

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk. Ms. Moon’s<br />

work is on display in a solo exhibition called Jiha<br />

Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad<br />

Here from June 22-Aug. 12. Time: 5:30-8 p.m.<br />

Admission is free. For more information, call 407-<br />

246-4278 or visit www.mennellomuseum.org.<br />

June 30 — Art Submission Deadline<br />

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S.<br />

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Take pART<br />

2018, a Festival of the Arts, during which artists<br />

(adults and children) are invited to submit artwork<br />

for consideration of display. This year’s theme is<br />

“Footloose and Fancy Free,” inspired by St. Luke’s<br />

summer musical, Footloose. All submitted artwork<br />

should be family-friendly and exemplify what the<br />

theme means to the artist. Anyone interested in<br />

participating should mail digital images of his/<br />

her artwork to dleonard@st.lukes.org by June 30.<br />

Put “Fine Art Gallery Submissions” in the subject<br />

line. The event takes place July 14 from 2-6 p.m.,<br />

and there is an Open Mic Night in Founder’s<br />

Hall following the event. For more information,<br />

visit st.lukes.org/takepart.<br />

June 30-Sept. 23 — Enchanted<br />

Fairy Doors Exhibit<br />

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.,<br />

Orlando, hosts the Enchanted Fairy Doors Exhibit,<br />

when the 50-acre gardens feature 15 one-of-a-kind<br />

fairy doors. Cost: Included with daytime garden<br />

admission of $10 for adults; $5 for children 4-17.<br />

For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit<br />

leugardens.org.<br />

July 3 — Red, Hot & Boom<br />

Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte, hosts Red,<br />

Hot & Boom, with live entertainment, family fun<br />

and fireworks. Pets, alcohol, food, glass bottles,<br />

large coolers and personal fireworks are prohibited.<br />

Time: 4-11 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to<br />

begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more<br />

information, visit www.uptownaltamonte.com/rhb.<br />

July 4 — Fireworks At The<br />

Fountain<br />

Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park, 195 N.<br />

Rosalind Ave., hosts the annual Fireworks at the<br />

Fountain, including a children’s play area, live music,<br />

a beer garden, food and beverages available for<br />

purchase, and a fireworks display and laser show.<br />

Time: Beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, visit<br />

www.cityoforlando.net/fireworks.<br />

July 4 — Celebration In Central<br />

Park<br />

The city of Winter Park invites the public to its 23rd<br />

annual 4th of July Celebration, including live entertainment,<br />

a kid’s zone, bicycle parade at 11:30<br />

a.m., and food available for purchase. Time: 9 a.m.-<br />

noon. For more information, call 407-599-3463.<br />

Sept. 4-30 — A Year With Frog<br />

And Toad TYA Performances<br />

Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando, kicks off its<br />

2018-19 season with performances of A Year With<br />

Frog and Toad TYA. Time: Saturdays and Sundays<br />

at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Cost: Ticket prices start<br />

at $15. For more information, call 407-896-7365<br />

or visit www.orlandorep.com.<br />

n Miscellaneous<br />

Through July 13 — Photographs<br />

Needed<br />

The City of Orlando’s Historic Preservation Board<br />

seeks photographs capturing the beauty of the<br />

built historic streetscape and landscape enhancements<br />

for its 2019 calendar. A $100 honorarium<br />

is awarded to each photographer whose picture<br />

is selected. Up to three photographs can be submitted,<br />

and they should be black and white and<br />

printed on 8” x 10” or 8 1/2” x 11” photo paper<br />

with a white border. Each photograph must be<br />

labeled on the back with photographer name, daytime<br />

telephone number, email address, address of<br />

the subject, and site label address. Contest submissions<br />

must be delivered or postmarked by July 13,<br />

2018, at 5 p.m. Send to the Historic Preservation<br />

Office, P.O. Box 44990, 400 S. Orange Ave.,<br />

Orlando, FL 32802. For more information,<br />

call Richard Forbes, 407-246-3350; or visit<br />

www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/boards/<br />

historic-preservation-board/board-calendars.<br />

June 28 — Food Truck Connection<br />

MetroWest hosts the Food Truck Connection,<br />

including food and music, at 2295 S. Hiawassee<br />

Road in Veranda Park. Time: fourth Thursday of<br />

every month from 5:30-9 p.m. For more information,<br />

visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.<br />

July 4 — Museum Admission Offer<br />

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American<br />

Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, offers free<br />

admission on the Fourth of July. The museum is<br />

home to the world’s most comprehensive collection<br />

of works by Tiffany. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

For more information, call 407-645-5311 or visit<br />

www.morsemuseum.org.<br />

July 11 — Job Fair<br />

compiled by Lisa Sagers<br />

Central Florida Fair Expo Park, 4603 W.<br />

Colonial Drive, Orlando, hosts the Central Florida<br />

Employment Council’s Job Fair, including more<br />

than 90-100 companies offering thousands of<br />

career openings in various industries and resources<br />

on hand to assist people in their job search.<br />

Attendees should dress professionally and bring<br />

résumés. Admission and parking are free; child<br />

care is not provided. Time: noon-4 p.m. For more<br />

information, call 407-834-4022. To register as a<br />

job-seeker, visit www.cfec.org/job-fairs.<br />

n Support Groups<br />

June 26, July 10 & 24 — Mental<br />

Health Support Group Meetings<br />

Room 201 in Building B at St. Luke’s United<br />

Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland<br />

Road, Orlando, hosts free individual and family<br />

support groups for individuals affected by mental<br />

illness. The 90-minute meetings are peer-led<br />

and help participants connect with each other,<br />

learn from each other’s experiences, share coping<br />

strategies and offer each other encouragement<br />

and understanding. Time: the second and<br />

fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For<br />

more information, call 407-253-1900, email<br />

information@namigo.org or visit www.namigo.org.<br />

July 10 — Support Group Meeting<br />

For Caregivers<br />

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center<br />

sponsors a free support group meeting for caregivers<br />

in the Suite 281 Conference Room (next to<br />

the south elevators on the second floor) at Health<br />

Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive,<br />

Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of each month at<br />

6 p.m. For more information, call 407-843-1910<br />

or visit www.adrccares.org.<br />

n Volunteer<br />

Opportunities<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers/Docents<br />

Needed<br />

Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail,<br />

Oakland, seeks adults interested in learning<br />

about the history, wildlife, plants and restoration<br />

efforts at ONP to volunteer at the preserve<br />

to greet visitors, help answer questions and lead<br />

a tour from time to time. Workdays are Mondays<br />

and/or Saturdays. For more information, email<br />

outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org or visit<br />

www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/guide. To<br />

register online, visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org.<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed<br />

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, 12 Mustard<br />

Seed Lane, Orlando, seeks volunteers who can<br />

help with donation sorting, mattress recycling,<br />

warehouse maintenance, administrative work,<br />

special events or general maintenance. For more<br />

information, call 407-875-2040, ext. 110; or<br />

email jessi@mustardseedfla.org.<br />

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed<br />

The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program,<br />

which advocates for quality long-term care, seeks<br />

volunteers. Training is provided. For more information,<br />

call 888-831-0404 or visit ombudsman.<br />

myflorida.com.<br />

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