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HOW TO .......................................................................................... 5

Have a Safe Halloween

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................... 6

THE WOMAN ISSUE ......................................................................... 9

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................. 12

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NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS .............................................................. 13

TOURISM UPDATE ........................................................................... 17

SOUTHWEST ORLANDO HOME & REAL ESTATE ................................ 19

Top Tips for Weathering the Storm

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Michelle Oakes




Halloween is a time for ghosts and

things that go bump in the night.

We visit haunted houses, carve

faces in pumpkins, and dress up as

make-believe creatures and characters.

You’re just as likely to run into

Dracula as Prince Charming on

Halloween; but this year, COVID-19

might be the scariest thing on the


Parents’ biggest concerns during

this holiday are usually what costumes

their children want to wear or

how many of the “big” candy bars

they can collect in one night. Now,

health and safety are top priorities

due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parents are being faced with the

difficult decision of participating in

Halloween events this year; and if

so, how to keep their families safe

during the fun.

The Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention safety guidelines

discourage Americans from taking

part in traditional trick-or-treating.

However, that doesn’t mean trick-ortreating

or Halloween is canceled.

Like with most other activities this

year, we simply have to adapt. Dr.

Rand McClain, chief medical officer

of LCR Health, answered a few

of the most common questions you

might have:

• How can parents create the safest

experience possible for kids who

want to trick-or-treat?

“The safest experience would be

to trick-or-treat only with family members.

If traveling door to door in a

neighborhood with friends, keep

appropriate masks on and maintain

sufficient distance within the group.

If trick-or-treating with friends, travel

to the neighborhood (if not your

own) in separate cars if possible.

Obviously, selecting costumes that

utilize appropriate masks would

be ideal and perhaps stimulate


It is also important to remember

that costume masks may not meet

the requirements for face coverings.

Cloth masks should have multiple

layers of breathable fabric and fully

cover the mouth and nose. Also,

don’t paint over cloth masks to add

to your costume. Chemicals in the

paint may be hazardous to inhale.

• What safety measures are


“It’s best to remain outdoors and

not venture inside others’ homes

for candy and other entertainment.

Remain in areas with plenty of ventilation

and don’t stay in any one

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Have a Safe Halloween

Trick-or-Treating Isn’t Canceled!

by Lauren Salinero

place for very long (the poison is in

the dose). Also, stay 6 feet from other

families, use hand sanitizer and

wear masks.”

Infectious disease experts say the

most significant risk associated with

trick-or-treating is spending prolonged

time in close contact with

those who don’t live in your home.

If you’re going to venture out, make

sure you socially distance, avoid

touching your face, and bring hand


• What about handing out candy?

Is it safe to stay home and pass

out candy to people who come to

the door? Or should you just leave a

bucket on the porch instead?

“Certainly, leaving candy out

avoids contact but also eliminates

a lot of the fun. When greeting

Thank Youto all

trick-or-treaters, step outside in the

fresh air to greet them and pass out

candy. To be extra careful, candy obtained

trick-or-treating should be limited

to commercially manufactured

and wrapped rather than homemade

treats, and once unwrapped,

eaten with washed hands.”

For those looking to celebrate the

holiday without kids, safety measures

should also be taken. Avoid the

house parties and bar crawls that

are sure to be packed with people.

Instead, try a cozy night in watching

scary movies or show off your

costume online with a virtual party.

If you must venture out, find somewhere

that is hosting an outdoor

event, where it’s easier to socially


However you choose to celebrate

the holiday, don’t let COVID-19 ruin

your fun. There are plenty of options

for safely enjoying All Hallows’

Eve — from not coming in contact

with germs, that is. There’s no

guarantee of your safety from any

ghosts or ghouls you may encounter

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n Dr. Phillips


Viaud moves

from Philadelphia

to Dr. Phillips to

become the new

resort manager of

Four Seasons Resort

Orlando at Walt

Disney World Resort.

Dr. Phillips resident Gregory

Viaud is the new resort manager

of Four Seasons Resort Orlando

at Walt Disney World Resort. He

joins the Orlando property from

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at

Comcast Center, where he served

as hotel manager. A 16-year veteran

of Four Seasons, Gregory

has traveled the globe with the

company, working at properties

in London, Bora Bora, Maui, Bali

and Los Angeles, in addition to



After a 23-year tenure with the

Central Florida Hotel and Lodging

Association, Richard ”Rich”

Maladecki, a Dr. Phillips resident

and CEO/president of CFHLA, announced

his retirement. Successful

moments of his career include the

awarding of more than 1,000 hospitality

scholarships to Central Florida

students, totaling nearly $2.5 million;

protecting the integrity of the

Tourism Development Tax; serving

on the community leadership team

to advance the Orange County

sales tax for Orange County Public

Schools; leading community conversations

that initiated the needed

funding for the Downtown Orlando

venues; implementing an Adopt-

A-School program that features

approximately 100 business adoptions

per school year since 2002

by CFHLA members; advancing

the economic need to expand the

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Dr. Phillips

resident Richard

”Rich” Maladecki

announces his

retirement as

CEO/president of

the Central Florida

Hotel and Lodging


Orange County Convention Center;

collecting more than 1 million items

from the hospitality industry for

Central Florida homeless students;

and awarding significant CFHLA

financial grants to the Dr. Phillips

Center for the Performing Arts,

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality

Management, Lift Orlando and the

hospitality program at Valencia

College. Rich’s last day of employment

with CFHLA is set for Feb. 28,


n MetroWest

The MetroWest Master

Association recently honored

the community’s first responders.

Residents and visitors saw banners

throughout the neighborhood

thanking first responders. Even in a

pre-COVID-19 world, first responders

are among the most valued and

important service providers in any

community; now, during a worldwide

pandemic, it is even more

clear that first responders are truly

hometown heroes. During the month

of September, representatives of

the MetroWest Master Association

reached out to the community’s

Orlando Police Department and

Orlando Fire Department first responders

with tangible tokens of

thanks for all that they do. The association

encourages every MetroWest

stakeholder to reach out to the first

responders and hometown heroes

that they know to demonstrate their



Having recently received a foreclosure

notice from our lender and facing potential

bankruptcy, my wife and I see this time of the

COVID Pandemic as an emotional, depressing,

and stressful time without any ability to make any

plans for our future. Is there a way to postpone

the foreclosure and payment of other bills

piling up by filing bankruptcy and possibly reorganizing our lives to

keep our home?

If you find yourself in financial turmoil with the possibly facing the loss

of your home and unable to pay your other bills, you are not alone nor need

to feel embarrassed. Most people who file bankruptcy are honest people

who feel badly about not paying their debts and that bankruptcy is immoral

or wrong. Remember, you didn’t cause this Pandemic that our entire

nation experiencing.

The bankruptcy laws were passed to help you when your debts make it

impossible to provide for your family. It allows you to reduce or eliminate

debt to clean the slate and give you a fresh start in life. Due to the lingering

effects of bankruptcy, you should use it as a last resort after first attempting

to do everything possible to pay your bills.

Bankruptcy may make it possible for you to eliminate most or all your

debts. Filing bankruptcy will stop foreclosure on your home and allow you

an opportunity to catch up on missed payments (but will not automatically

eliminate mortgages and other liens on your property without payment).

Filing bankruptcy can also prevent repossession of a car or other property.

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Pandemic Bankruptcy

by: Kristen M. Jackson / Attorney

wage garnishment, debt collection harassment, and similar creditor

actions to collect a debt will likewise stop. Utility services cannot be

terminated. You can challenge the claims of creditors who are trying to

collect more than you owe.

One option available to most people is Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Under Chapter 7, you ask the court to discharge your debts. The idea

in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is to wipe out (discharge) your debts in

exchange for your giving up property, except for certain exempt property

that the law lets you keep. The property which is not exempt is sold, and

the money distributed to creditors. If you are behind on mortgage or car

loan payments and want to keep your house or car, a Chapter 7 case may

not be the right choice since Chapter 7 only eliminates unsecured debts.

Therefore, if you cannot afford to keep making payments, you will lose

your house or car.

If you find yourself contemplating bankruptcy, make sure you do

it correctly. To file, you must go to counseling and meet the conditions

of a means test that shows you qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

While under the prior law many people filed bankruptcy without legal

representation, today it is much more difficult without the help of an

experienced bankruptcy attorney.

Don’t become so emotionally distressed that you simply give up

on your home because you have received a foreclosure notice. If you

are currently unable to meet your monthly mortgage payment or have

received a foreclosure notice, seek legal counseling immediately.

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n Oakland

The town of Oakland’s historic

African American cemetery was

recommended for a Florida Historic

Preservation Grant in the amount

of $25,000. This is the top-ranking

project of the 58 recommended proposals

statewide. The cemetery is the

resting place of freed slaves and families

who migrated to west Orange

County following emancipation. It

contains archaeological significant

African American seashell and folk

grave markers. The grant will assist

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protection of this integral part of

Oakland’s heritage with proper surveying

and a long-term maintenance

plan. The funding also will aid in

addressing vegetative overgrowth,

wayfinding signs, walking paths,

identification of graves and protection

of early monuments. The matching

grant will become available July

1, 2021, and is contingent on being

funded in the state budget. The list of

Small Matching Grant applications

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n Summerport

The Florida Economic Development

Council appointed Summerport

resident Marc Hoenstine, CEcD,

certified economic developer and

director of economic development

at Duke Energy, chair of the board

of directors. Members of the West

Orange Chamber of Commerce

congratulate Marc, a fellow member,

on his new appointment.

n Winter Garden

West Orange Habitat for

Humanity officials are pleased to introduce

a new homeowner in Winter

Garden. A dedication ceremony took

place Sept. 17, when Vaquoda

Bradford received the keys to a

new home that she will share with her

daughter. The many volunteers, donors

and product vendors who made

it possible for West Orange Habitat of

Humanity to complete its 38th home

were also recognized. Habitat for

Humanity funded the build through local

donations and funds raised by its

ReStore in Winter Garden and also

financed Vaquoda’s mortgage to purchase

the home. In addition, Charlie

and Becky Roper of Pilars were the

home co-sponsors.

Winter Garden resident Rita

Margolis, RN, recently transitioned

from director of clinical services to

executive director at Doctor’s Choice

Home Care Inc., the state’s largest independent

home care agency. In her

new role, she is responsible for the

overall management of the clinical,

regulatory and financial direction of

the agency. Rita’s also responsible for

ensuring Doctor’s Choice’s mission of

helping patients keep an independent

lifestyle in the comfort of their homes

while making sure a work environment

of respect and support is carried

out in an efficient, caring manner

each day. She’s also accountable for

being sure all aspects of both patients

and team members are respected,

nurtured and celebrated. Rita holds

an associate’s degree in registered

nursing. With more than 25 years of

experience, she began her career as

a field nurse before transitioning to

home health care, eventually becoming

established in administrative leadership

positions in the field.

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The Woman Issue

It’s an age-old question:

What do women want?

With the Southwest Orlando

Bulletin’s fourth annual The

Woman Issue, we try to help answer

that question, as much as

anyone can. We’ve gathered

an array of products and services

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to education to “Celebrating

Extraordinary Women” — just

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of Christian female leaders. Learn

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Whether a woman has experienced

childbirth, menopause or

changes associated with age, she

may notice a difference in the appearance

or feel of her vaginal area.

Lori Lambert, M.D., a knowledgeable

and experienced OB-GYN in

Orlando, aims to help women of all

ages achieve comfort and enjoyment


With 14 centers throughout

Central Florida, Community

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family medicine, internal medicine,

OB-GYN, dental, optometry, behavioral

health, labs and a pharmacy.

CHC is available to everyone. It

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based on family size and income.

Women’s services, including obstetrics

and gynecology, are offered at

several centers throughout Central

Located on I-Drive, Fairvilla’s

Sexy Things is residents’ neighborhood

health-and-wellness boutique.

Containing a selection of

luxurious intimate apparel, massagers

and massage products, wellness

essentials and unique gifts, Fairvilla

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“I like the idea of mentorship a lot,

especially young girls in STEM. I think

that’s really important to me; being

a part of the environmental committee

and seeing other women being a

part of it, too, is really something that

inspires me.” — L. Spalding, a student

of The First Academy's Class

of 2021 and leader of the school’s environmental

committee. TFA is committed

to raising up the next generation

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Experience and knowledge are

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resident Barbara Jenkins, superintendent

of Orange County Public

Schools; Catherine Stempien,

president of Duke Energy Florida;

Dr. Omayra Mansfield, chief

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Geraldine Thompson

Representing District 44

Geraldine Thompson serves as a member

of the Florida House of Representatives

for House District 44, which covers Southwest

Orlando. Voted into her current position in

2018, she is running for reelection.

Born in New Orleans, Thompson grew

up in Perrine. After obtaining a bachelor’s

degree from the University of Miami, she

and her husband, Emerson, moved to

Tallahassee, where he attended law school

and she earned a master’s degree from

Florida State University. Thompson credits

her mother, a teacher, for instilling in her a

love for education.

In Tallahassee, Thompson worked for

Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, the first

African American female elected to the

Florida House of Representatives. It was

from Cherry that Thompson learned situations

could be changed and lives improved

through sound legislation.

After moving to Orlando, Thompson

started her career as an educator, teaching

in Orange County schools and then serving

as the assistant to the president at Valencia

College, where she worked for 24 years.

While at Valencia, she started the College

Reach-Out Program for low-income students.

The program operated successfully for more

than 10 years, and funds raised locally were

matched with funds from Tallahassee.

“Then, for whatever reason, the folks in

Tallahassee decided they would stop funding

the program,” Thompson said. “So, I

went to Tallahassee to speak with legislators

and preserve the program.”

After interacting with legislators,

Thompson began to think about serving in

the House.

Thompson is also credited with preserving

one of Orlando’s historical landmarks, the

Wells’Built Hotel. The former Black-owned

hotel was listed in the Green Book, a directory

published from 1936-66 that highlighted

places where African Americans would

be safe and welcomed during segregation.

The Academy Award-winning movie, Green

Book, was based on the directory, which listed

the Wells’Built Hotel that accommodated

several prominent African American citizens

in its time, including Thurgood Marshall,

Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and

Jackie Robinson. Understanding its

historical importance, Thompson went to

Tallahassee and successfully arranged for

funding that allowed the Wells’Built to become

a museum.

Her experiences with politics sparked an interest

in Thompson to seek public office. After

retiring from Valencia, she ran for the Florida

House of Representatives, serving from 2006-

2012. She then served in the Florida Senate

between 2012 and 2016. In her current

role, Thompson is on the Transportation and

Infrastructure Subcommittee, PreK-12 Quality

Subcommittee, Civil Justice Subcommittee

and the Joint Committee on Public Counsel

Oversight. She is proud of how she represents

her district and her ability to work with

other legislators to find common ground.

“Bipartisanship is all about the ability to

compromise,” she said. “I’ve been able to

form alliances with people across the aisle

to get things done for my community. For

example, I got $250,000 for the town of

Oakland to convert from septic tanks to a

sanitary sewer system. Oakland is poised

for tremendous economic growth. However,

a major hotel or restaurants likely would

not locate there, because you can’t support

those enterprises on a septic tank.”

According to Thompson, Florida is a microcosm

of the nation.


“Since many people move to Florida from

other places, we are a bellwether state,” she

said. “What happens here reflects the entire

nation — in terms of climate change, health

care, the economy.”

A Democrat, Thompson emphasizes that

she represents all those within her district.

“After the legislative session has ended,

I provide updates to town councils and during

city council meetings. I hold town hall

meetings. I go into the community to hear

what [residents’] concerns are and have

them meet me so that they know who their

representative is.

“I represent everyone — regardless of

whether they voted for me or not.”

On the Issues

• Priority 1 — Fix Florida’s broken unemployment

assistance program. Thompson

voted against the Florida unemployment

system in 2011 and believes that it needs

to be revamped. According to Thompson,

the current unemployment program does not

address seasonal workers’ needs, which include

a large percentage of hospitality and

theme park employees.

“But they still have to put food on the table

and a roof over their heads,” Thompson

said. “Not to mention, Florida has the lowest

benefit of any place in the country at $275

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a week. Just given the cost of rent here in

Central Florida, that amount is ridiculous.”

• Priority 2 — Address the country’s social

unrest. Thompson plans to look at the

policies in Florida for all law enforcement

agencies throughout the 67 counties. In

addition to legislation that would prohibit

chokeholds, Thompson wants to establish a

database through the Florida Department of

Law Enforcement that would reveal out-ofthe-ordinary

complaints of excessive force.

The Minnesota officer responsible for the

death of George Floyd had 15 complaints

of excessive force.

“That should have raised a red flag,”

Thompson said. “A database would allow

us to see where the problems are and

where additional training or other intervention

might be needed. I believe in the rule

of law and don’t believe in defunding the

police. You don’t want a person who is

terminated in Orange County to be able

to go to Broward County and become a

police officer. We need to be able to identify

hot spots and individuals who might not

have the right temperament to be in law


Thompson stressed that “I have the crosscultural

competence to be able to move between

Windermere and Parramore, to tear

down divisions and bring people together.”

• Priority 3 — Diversify Florida’s economy.

It’s not a secret that tourism is Florida’s

No. 1 industry. However, situations such as

the coronavirus pandemic have revealed

how precarious is Florida’s dependence

on tourism. Thompson plans to work with

Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotional

agency, to market Florida — Central Florida

in particular — as a safe place to visit.

She would also work to diversify Florida’s

economy to be less tourist-dependent.

“We certainly want to continue to support

our hospitality industry; but at the same time,

we need to move beyond just hospitality or

agriculture and branch out into manufacturing

and technology.”

To learn more about Geraldine Thompson’s positions,

visit electgeraldine.com. Paid for and approved

by Geraldine F. Thompson, Democrat, for

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n Ocoee celebrates Hispanic

Heritage Month

The city of Ocoee joined the nationwide

observance of Hispanic

Heritage Month, which took place

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The designated

month recognized the

contributions of Americans whose ancestry

originates from Spain, Mexico,

Central America, South American or

the Spanish-speaking nations of the

Caribbean. The city recognized the

rich, diverse culture of its Hispanic

and Latino residents who represent

22% of Ocoee’s population.

To commemorate the celebration,

the city’s governmental station,

Ocoee TV, aired a series titled Latino

Americans: The 500-Year Legacy

that Shaped a Nation. The landmark

six-hour documentary featured

interviews with nearly 100 Latinos

and more than 500 years of history.

Through the end of this month,

viewers can watch the episodes on

Ocoee TV Spectrum Channel 493

or livestreamed at www.ocoee.


n More trees for


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Making the most of rainfall and

in keeping with its mission as a Tree

City USA, the town of Oakland

planted more than 30 trees last

month. Public Works staff planted

10 trees at Speer Park, eight along

compiled by Lauren Salinero

West Oakland Avenue, and 15 near

the town’s new lift station.

The Speer Park planting is part of

an ongoing initiative to reinvigorate

the property, which will include new

sidewalks, playgrounds, sport courts

and a pavilion. The Oakland Avenue

work helped to spruce up a location

that needed some extra TLC.



Public Works

staff plants

more than 30


Employees installed 15 red cedar

trees as a buffering around Lift

Station No. 4. This important public

facility is located adjacent to the

Longleaf neighborhood and immediately

west of Pollard Park. In honor

of its commitment to effective urban

forest management, Oakland was

named a Tree City USA by the Arbor

Day Foundation for the 17th year.

n Opportunity for Winter

Garden businesses

Hownd, a customer foot traffic

and revenue-generation platform for

local brick and mortar businesses

that has generated more than $3

million in immediate revenue for

merchants throughout the country

during the pandemic, created a

partnership with the city of Winter

Garden that’s also supported by

several key community partners, including

West Orange Chamber

of Commerce and Winter Garden

Village at Fowler Groves.


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Hownd’s partnership is part of the

city’s Love Local program designed

to support its businesses during the

pandemic. Through the partnership,

the city has created a sponsorship

fund that covers the cost of Hownd’s

results-delivered pricing fee. Winter

Garden-based brick and mortar businesses

can sign up for Hownd with

zero risk, since the city is paying

100% of this fee and because Hownd

doesn’t charge a setup fee or require

a monthly subscription.

For more information, visit hownd.


n Time for your flu shot

Officials of the Florida Department

of Health in Orange County encourage

residents to contact their

health care providers or pharmacies

to get vaccinated against the

flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated,

it takes about two weeks

to offer protection. Getting the flu

shot each year is important, but reducing

illness and hospitalization

from the flu is even more critical this

year to protect frontline health care

workers and hospital systems that

continue to care for people with

COVID-19 and other illnesses. Also,

having the flu and COVID-19 at the

same time could lead to a negative


Both the flu and COVID-19 are

respiratory illnesses, but until there

is a steady vaccine supply against

COVID-19, the way to help prevent

these two viruses from circulating at

the same time is to get your flu vaccine

now. Additionally, there will be

less spread of the flu and COVID-19

if people continue to stay home if

they’re sick, cover coughs and sneezes,

wash their hands frequently and

thoroughly, and wear a face covering

when around others or if social

distancing is not possible.

n Hunger campaign makes

a big impact

The Central Florida community

raised $278,879 for Second

Harvest Food Bank through

Walmart and Sam’s Club’s Fight

Hunger. Spark Change. campaign.

The food bank has provided

enough food for 300,000 meals a

day, double its daily distribution prepandemic,

since March 23. This donation

will help it continue operating at

an elevated level.

Nearly $18 million was raised this

year through Fight Hunger. Spark

Change. Walmart kick-started the

campaign with a $3 million donation

to Feeding America and

member food banks. The Walmart

Foundation donated another $5 million

to Feeding America to help support

communities and individuals

facing hunger during the COVID-19


To learn more or join the fight to end

hunger in Central Florida, visit www.


n BOLO for pink vehicles

Local first responders once again

deployed a fleet of pink-wrapped vehicles

for Breast Cancer Awareness

Month. A large number of law enforcement

and fire-rescue agencies

throughout Central Florida wrapped

patrol vehicles, fire engines and ambulances

in pink to raise awareness

of the disease.

The initiative, which is now in its

fourth year, is organized and sponsored

by Orlando Health to honor

the thousands of breast cancer

patients and survivors who battle the

disease every year. The agencies

will sport the pink-wrapped vehicles

throughout the month. This year, 14

agencies are participating, including

Orlando Police Department,

Orlando Fire Department, Orange

County Sheriff’s Office, Orange

County Fire Rescue, Ocoee Police

Department, Clermont Police

Department and Clermont Fire

Department. Residents are encouraged

to safely share photos of the

vehicles on social media and use the

hashtag #BreastCancerAwareness.

Additionally, patients visiting any

of the seven Orlando Health imaging

centers are greeted by a pink ribbon

hung on the door to promote the

importance of mammograms and

also receive a pink mask.


West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives held a

ribbon-cutting for the 70th anniversary

of the Church of the Messiah in

Winter Garden. 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.

Firehouse Subs Orlando franchisees

Doug and Heather

Hubbard and local representatives

Mike and Suzanne Kelly partnered

with the Firehouse Subs Public

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Safety Foundation to donate 2,900

meals to local medical professionals

and first responders. Among those

who benefited were medical staff

at Orlando Health. Since March

18, nearly 90,000 Firehouse Subs

meals have been provided to firefighters,

police officers and health

care workers, as well as individuals

and families in need and seniors

who are unable to leave their homes,

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A non-partisan political committee, the political action arm of the West Orange

Chamber of Commerce, formed to represent the best interests of West Orange

County urges you to vote Early, By Mail or on

Tuesday, November 3rd.

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Mike Cortes, formerly of the New

York City Fire Department and a 9/11

first responder, speaks during the Central

Florida Hotel & Lodging Association

2020 Patriot Day Remembrance.

On Sept. 11, 2020, the Central

Florida Hotel & Lodging

Association commemorated the 19th

anniversary of the tragic events of Sept.

11, 2001, during its annual Patriot Day

Remembrance. The event took place at

Orlando World Center Marriott with

a limited number of attendees and

was broadcast on Orange TV and via

social media channels. The remembrance

event featured guest emcee

Jim Payne, WESH 2 news anchor,

and keynote speaker Mike Cortes,

formerly of the New York City Fire

Department and a 9/11 first responder.

In addition, CFHLA honored the following

Central Florida first responders:

• Lifetime Achievement Award:

Chief Deputy Nancy Brown, Orange

County Sheriff’s Office.

• Heroism Award — Fire Rescue:

Lt. Anthony Pisani, paramedic;

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Vitality Bowls' Ocoee Location Teams Up with First Responders to Help

Keep Our Community Safe and Healthy During Challenging Times

Winter Garden: Harold Gattereau, owner of Vitality Bowls, used to travel

often in pharmaceutical sales. While working, he would find it difficult to find

healthy food options while on the go. Impressed with açaí bowls, smoothies,

and fresh juices, Harold and his wife, Jackie, decided he would step out of his

corporate job so they could provide healthy options to his community with

Vitality Bowls.

When the pandemic started, Harold and Jackie decided to take action and

help fuel our heroes on the frontline. Partnering with the community, Vitality

Bowls has been able to provide 850 healthy meals during their first responder

outreach. This included fire stations, police stations, and hospitals.

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and community partners,” mentioned Harold when asked about their first

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Home & Real Estate

Volume 1, Issue 8 — October 2020

Top Tips for


the Storm


Darker Days

Are Ahead


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2 | October 2020 | Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate

It’s not over yet. Just past the peak

of hurricane season, weather forecasters

had to resort to the Greek

alphabet to name storms. And with

severe storms and tornados appearing

around the country, it is more

important than ever to take steps

and be prepared before, during and

after a storm.

One of the Biggest Threats

During Any Storm Is Tree Damage

A tree might seem like it would

be able to sustain the forces of a

large storm, but whether it is unseen

internal damage; wet, unstable

ground; or proximity to power

lines, trees are vulnerable during

severe storms and can present a

significant hazard. The following

tips from expert arborist and Stihl

spokesperson Mark Chisholm

can help you protect yourself, your

family and your property from

a storm.

Before the Storm

Develop a relationship with a

certified tree care professional. By

choosing the right company ahead

of time, you’ll likely be prioritized as









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Top Tips for Weathering the Storm

Damaged trees

can be possible

hazards to your

property when hit by

a large storm.

an existing customer when a storm

does hit.

Conduct a Pre-Storm

Assessment & Identify Trouble Spots

A pre-storm assessment can help

you identify potential hazards on

your property, such as cracks in tree

trunks or major limbs, hollow or decayed

trees, limbs extending over a

roof, or trees in close proximity to

power lines.

Take Measures

to Prevent Damage

After assessing possible hazards

to your property, consider measures

to limit potential damage. Remove

dead, diseased and damaged limbs.

Inspect leaning trees and consider

removing those with large cavities.

Prune branches that are too close

to your house and over the street,

and check your gutters and be sure

to remove any debris to prevent water

damage. For any work in and

around your home, consider calling

a professional, and always call

a professional to assess and/or remove

anything within close proximity

to utility lines. Never attempt to do

this yourself.

During the Storm

Don’t try to be a hero. Your property

is not more important than your

life. Prepare in advance, follow

guidelines for evacuation, and take


After the Storm

More people are injured after

a storm than during one. Stormdamaged

trees present unique challenges

and dangers. Put safety first.

Evaluate what you can handle and

what’s for a professional — anything

not on the ground should definitely

be handled by a professional. Some

things could be a threat to your life,

such as large broken or hanging

limbs where chainsaw work is needed

or branches that are too close to

a utility line. Never approach or attempt

to move downed utility lines,

and report branches close to or

touching utility lines immediately.

If you’re skilled enough to do the

work yourself, always wear proper

attire and protective equipment, including

boots, gloves, protective

glasses, chainsaw protective pants,

a helmet system and hearing protection.

Never operate a chainsaw

from a ladder, roof, in a tree or while

standing on any other insecure surface

— leave these jobs for the pros.

Evaluate Damage

A storm-damaged tree may not

have to be removed. Inspect your

trees to see if they’re healthy despite

storm damage. If at least 50%

of the tree’s crown is still intact, and

the remaining branches can form a

new branch structure, then there is a

good chance the tree can be saved.

Repair Minor Damage & Debris

Remove any broken branches,

stubs or jagged remains of limbs.

Smaller branches should be pruned

at the point where they join larger

ones. Don’t worry if the tree’s appearance

is not perfect.

Stay Educated

Learn more tips about tree safety,

chainsaw safety, finding a tree care

professional, and how to prepare for

storms by visiting stihlusa.com.

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As more of life is centered around

home, good design can help you

augment and replace natural light

while creating a beautiful, productive,

safe haven during the darker,

shorter days of fall and winter.

“As the home continues to serve as

our collective sanctuary during the

[COVID-19] pandemic, it’s critical

to consider how lighting can keep a

family thriving during

this fall and winter season,”

said Michael

McCullough, director

of public relations

at Progress Lighting.

Fall has arrived, and

with it, a new reality.

The days are naturally

growing shorter and

darker. Daylight saving

time expires Nov.

1, ushering in long

winter nights and cooler

temperatures. This

means more time spent

inside, working, learning

and just plain living

in our homes.

“The stress of the

COVID-19 crisis has

emphasized the impact

our environment

plays on our well-being,”

said Doris Pearlman, founder

of Possibilities for Design. “There’s

never been a more important time

for interior design. Our goal is to

create spaces that uplift and embrace,

providing respite from daily


Pearlman’s team offers three design


• Add lighting above work areas

to create functional, operational


• Complement ambient lighting

with pendant lighting around kitchen

islands to facilitate collaboration.

• Create inspiration by clustering

pendants for a fun, unique


• Hang pendants over nightstands

to turn the bedroom into a

retreat. Individual switches allow for

customized lighting for easy bedtime


Jayme and Nolan Fridley of

Fridley Homes, who balance a busy

custom homebuilding business with

their active family, are observing

new trends.

“The open-concept floor plan is

not as charming when everyone’s

Today’s options of lighting are endless.

Shorter, Darker Days Are Ahead

Make Your Home Your Haven

working from home,” Jayme said.

“Instead of a ‘great room,’ many

families now think that having many

areas designated for specific tasks is


The Fridleys’ strategies include:

• Create specific learning areas

for each child.

• Let kids customize spaces,

keeping clutter minimized to avoid


• Encourage concentration with

good (if possible, natural) lighting.

Design pros suggest homeowners

incorporate light layering to

maximize light throughout the day.

Supplement daylight with overhead

lighting from chandeliers, recessed

and close-to-ceiling fixtures. Place

task lighting, such as pendants or

desk lamps, over work areas. Use

accent lighting like wall sconces to

add a soft glow as the day wanes.

“Lighting should set the tone for

productivity,” said Julie Wynalda,

Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate | October 2020 | 3

owner of True Vine Creations. “For

some, this might mean bright lighting

and multiple sources. Others might

prefer a moody vibe. Making it your

own is what’s most important ... Oh,

and a good backdrop for Zoom calls

sure won’t hurt.”

Instagram influencer Heather

of Operation Tudor Revival, who’s

DIY-ing her home renovation, said,

“Office lighting can be both functional

and fabulous! I went with

an overhead chandelier with a

drum shade for an updated look.

The shade also helps diffuse light

to avoid glare on my computer


Technology can help spaces

pull double duty. Lifestyle blogger

Lindsey Dalton said, “We put our

chandelier on a dimmer, so it can be

bright while my husband’s working;

but we can turn it down during dinner

to transition the room from workday

to relaxing evening.”

With smart light fixtures, you can

change lighting tone, brightness and

color with a device or your voice.

Control products from iDevices work

with the three most popular voice

assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google

Assistant and Siri. Using the iDevices

smart dimmer switch and wall

switch, you can set lights on dynamic

schedules and automations based

on triggers like your local sunrise or

presence at home. Delineating start

and stop times to your day through

lighting can help optimize productivity

and boost your mood.

Smart controls can also facilitate

distance learning.

“With a voice assistant built inside

the Instinct smart light switch, you have

your own at-home teaching assistant,

helping answer questions and assisting

with exercises,” said Andrew

Ragali, senior marketing manager

for iDevices. “It also allows you to

play music or audiobooks using voice

commands to keep kids on task.”

For more tips or to shop products,

visit Progress Lighting.

Your home environment impacts

your family’s health and well-being.

Well-lit, comfortable spaces can

help your household thrive in the

months ahead.

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4 | October 2020 | Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate

While health and safety concerns

remain top of mind for all Americans,

many are also using this season and

the extra time at home to get started

on long-awaited home improvement

projects. Thankfully, there are plenty

of ways to achieve your vision for

your abode safely, with a little planning

and know-how, while practicing

social distancing.

Projects Requiring a Contractor

If you want a great return on your investment

that also allows you to maintain

social distance from contracting

professionals, focusing on your home’s

exterior makes sense. When looking

for a contractor, make sure to ask detailed

questions about their process

before you request an estimate.

Questions to ask any company

you contact:

• What virtual sales tools do you


• Can we have a virtual meeting

to get started?

• Are you open to a driveway/

curbside meeting for viewing the

house and looking at samples?


a Home Improvement Project

When it comes to home improvement projects, there are many options that can add value to

your home.

• Will you and your employees

wear protective gear, including

masks, at my home?

• How many people will need to

be on-site during the project?

• What kind of access will your

team need to my home’s interior?

29th annual holiday

short-story contest.

Winners will be published in

the Dec. 17 issue. Email

original short stories (max: 600

words) with the author's name,

age, neighborhood and phone

number to:


Deadline: November 25, 2020

Cash Prizes

Companies with helpful, interactive

virtual sales tools make it easier

for you to envision your project, understand

their products and make

the best choices for your home.

For example, HomePlay from

Royal Building Products offers a fun,

easy tool for customers to use when

planning their home improvements.

Just visit to homeplaybyroyal.com,

click “Start Designing” and upload

a photo of your home or choose the

image of a house that most resembles

yours. Then, you can mix and

match, choosing from a variety of

styles and colors of roofing, siding,

window style and trim, doors and

more. The tool allows you to see a

complete image of how well these

features work together to give your

house the makeover you’ve always

dreamed of.




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Exterior Projects Offering

the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

If you’re not quite ready for a total

home makeover, you can choose

from a number of individual products

that can give your house an instant

boost, adding to its curb appeal and

to your enjoyment of your home.

Vinyl siding: Just like repainting

an interior room, revamping your

home’s siding transforms the entire

appearance of the home while also

helping to protect the house and increase

its value. High-quality, lowmaintenance

vinyl siding transforms

the look of your home’s exterior,

and insulated siding improves your

home’s energy efficiency.

Column wraps: For a home with

peeling or rotting columns, you can

immediately improve the curb appeal

of your house with new column

PVC wraps, which fit right over the

top of your existing columns.

Build or renovate your deck: With

all the time your family is spending

at home right now, you may

wish you had a beautiful deck to

enjoy the outdoors — or that your

existing deck was in better shape.

Visualize the deck of your dreams

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Choose from an array of colors when

imagining your project, and picture

yourself grilling or hanging out with

the family in comfort.

DIY Projects

If you’ve spent enough time at

home during the past few months to

notice all the little things that need

improvement — and you’re itching

to get started on a few yourself —

visit royalbuildingproducts.com/

homeiseverything for lots of ideas,

resources and handy step-by-step

guides. You can find tips for easy

weekend projects, from making your

own board-and-batten shutters or PVC

window boxes to DIY room makeovers

using shiplap or PVC trim moldings to

add charm and visual interest.

With these tips, you can make the

most of this season by choosing a

few household projects that will help

you more fully appreciate the special

place you call home.

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n Charities/Fundraisers

Through Oct. 31 — BigWigs Campaign

Susan G. Komen sponsors its 2020 BigWigs

campaign, during which area businesses and

community leaders join in raising awareness

and funds through a friendly competition. Each

participant is challenged to raise $1,000 to

support breast health programs and services;

and along the way, they are treated to prizes,

incentives and opportunities to be named

tops in various categories. For more information,

call Kelly Lindsey, 561-514-3020; email

kelly@komenflorida.org or visit komenflorida.


Through Dec. 10 — Community Charity


MetroWest Master Association in collaboration

with the MetroWest Public Safety team up to

support Edgewood Children’s Ranch by hosting

the MetroWest Community Charity Challenge

through Dec. 10. Residents solicit donations

from the community and local businesses by

blasting out flyers. The community or business

that collects the most donations is recognized

in a press release and the quarterly MetroWest

Lifestyle Magazine. Donations can be picked

up by the safety team or dropped off in

Veranda Park, 2121 S. Hiawassee Road, Suite

132, Orlando. To participate, email mwma.



Oct. 23 — Fore Our Kids Golf


Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at Orlando World Center

Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, hosts

the Fore Our Kids golf tournament, including lunch

and a complimentary drink. The event adheres to

Orange County and Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention’s guidelines for social distancing.

Registration closes Oct. 16. Time: 7:30 a.m. for

check-in; 8:30 a.m. for shotgun start. Cost: $250;

$800 for a team of four, with proceeds benefiting

Embrace Families, which provides critical services

to strengthen families and prevent child abuse.

Sponsorships are available. For more information

or to register, visit www.foreourkids.com.

Oct. 24 — Owl Prowl Art & Wine


Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, hosts

the Nehrling Gardens Owl Prowl Art & Wine Wander,

including a selection of wines paired with tasty nibbles,

artists working throughout the gardens, and live

music. Time: 4-6:30 p.m. Online bidding begins Oct.

24 at 4 p.m. and ends Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. Cost: $25

in advance; $35 the day of the event, with proceeds

benefiting Nehrling Gardens. For more information,

call 407-445-9977, email info@nehrlinggardens.org

or visit www.nehrlinggardens.org.

Oct. 24 — Mask-R-Aid

compiled by Lisa Sagers

Shepherd’s Hope presents Mask-R-Aid, a broadcast

event that honors its health care heroes and

includes a variety of entertainment with interactive

elements and live and silent auctions. Ticket

prices start at $75. For more information or to

purchase tickets, call 407-876-6699 or visit


Oct. 25 — Domestic Violence Awareness


Harbor House and Help Now partner to co-sponsor

the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk/Run/Bike,

during which attendees participate from wherever

they are. Participants should wear purple and

share photos on social media. Donations co-benefit

Harbor House of Central Florida and Help Now of

Osceola. Registration is free. For more information

or to register, visit www.classy.org/event/harbor



Oct. 29 — Cuisine For A Cause

Chair the Love presents Cuisine for the Cause, a

virtual cooking event, during which participants cook

from the comfort of their own kitchens simultaneously

with award-winning chef Norman Van Aken as he

prepares a delicious dish. Each attendee receives

an ingredient list prior to the event. Time: 7-8 p.m.

Cost: $50, general admission; $150 VIP admission,

with proceeds benefiting Chair the Love, a nonprofit

focused on providing equipment and services to

people with mobility-related issues and assisting them

in regaining their independence. The VIP package

includes extra time with chef Norman, a signed cookbook

and a one-of-a-kind apron. For more information

or to register, visit www.cuisineforthecause.org.

Nov. 5 — WOCC Golf Classic

West Orange County Club, 3300 West Orange

Country Club Drive, Winter Garden, hosts West

Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Classic

2020, a scramble-type tournament that includes

games and goodies, practice balls before the start

of the classic, a boxed lunch and two drink tickets,

door prizes, post-round appetizers and more.

Foursomes and individual spots are available.

Time: 11 a.m. Cost: $90 per player for WOCC

members; $110 for nonmembers. For more information,

visit biz.wochamber.com/events/details/


Nov. 7 — White Canvas Party

Mennello Museum of American Art presents its

second annual White Canvas Party, a one-of-a-kind

virtual event that features 30 local artists whose

original art is available for purchase, a silent auction

and special artisan-designed food and wine

available for pickup at the museum that afternoon.

Time: 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.



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Nov. 7 — Virtual Walk For Apraxia

Apraxia Kids hosts the 2020 Orlando Virtual

Walk for Apraxia, including the viewing of a

virtual ceremony. Participants are encouraged

to walk in their local areas. Proceeds benefit

Apraxia Kids, the leading nonprofit that works

to strengthen the support systems in the lives

of children with childhood apraxia of speech.

For more information, call Ashley Bickerstaff,

407-636-1528, or email aping711@gmail.

com. To register, visit www.apraxia-kids.org/


Nov. 13-Jan. 3 — Night Of A Million

Lights Spectacular

Give Kids The World Village illuminates the

village for 53 nights during Night of a Million

Lights, a walk-through holiday spectacular. More

than 1 million lights adorn the 84-acre village,

including a 150-foot lighted tunnel leading to

33 decorated villas; more than 50 larger-thanlife

holiday-themed wireframes, some spanning

more than 40 feet; an enormous incandescent

gingerbread arch; space-themed decorations;

and Santa Claus greeting guests. Tickets can

be purchased now at www.gktw.org, with proceeds

benefiting Give Kids The World. For more

information, visit www.gktw.org.

Nov. 14 — Harvest Of Hope Garden


Matthew’s Hope Ministries’ seventh annual

Harvest of Hope Garden Party, including

light hors d’oeuvres, music and fellowship,

takes place at the Pines of Windermere. Cost:

$75, includes a catered meal. Donations are

accepted online, and partnerships are available.

For more information, call 407-905-

9500, email scott.billue@gmail.com or visit


n Classes/Programs

Oct. 25 — Coping With Caregiving:

Loving Support For Caregivers

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

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Coping

with Caregiving: Loving Support for Caregivers,

a free virtual program open to anyone caring for

a spouse, parent or child with a long-term illness,

age-related issues or special needs. The program

is offered on Zoom. Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m. To register,

visit st.lukes.org/caregiving. For more information,

call 407-876-4991, ext. 262; or email


Oct. 26 — History Of The Ocoee Riot Of


The Orange County Library System sponsors A

History of the Ocoee Riot of 1920, a virtual program

hosted through Zoom that features author/

professor Marvin Dunn. Time: 7-8 p.m. A computer

with access to the internet and speakers or headsets

are required. To register, visit attend.ocls.info/


n Events/Performances

Through Oct. 31 — Enchanted Fairy Doors


Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.,

Orlando, hosts the Enchanted Fairy Doors exhibit,

featuring 20 one-of-a-kind, whimsical fairy doors

that inspire your child’s imaginative world of

enchanted forests and secret gardens. A map of

the doors and narrative of each fairy is given to

every guest. Cost: included in daytime garden

admission of $10, adults; $5, children 4-17. For

more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit


Oct. 24 — Pumpkin Glow Hike

Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail,

Oakland, hosts the Pumpkin Glow Hike, a nighttime

event that takes place on a wooded trail

of decorated and handcarved jack-o’-lanterns.

Residents can participate by carving their own

jack-o’-lanterns for display. Children 10-younger

can create a pumpkin in the Painted Pumpkin Patch

at the beginning of the trail. Awards are given

for various age groups for the carved pumpkins.

Time: 6-9 p.m. For more information or to register,

visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org/event-3901116/


Nov. 2 & Dec. 7 — First Free Mondays

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.,

Orlando, hosts First Free Mondays, during which

guests can visit the 50-acre garden and explore

more than 8,000 varieties of plants. Time: 9 a.m.-5

p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call

407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.

n Miscellaneous

Through Oct. 31 — #MacGrillGratitude


In honor of National Pasta Month, Macaroni

Grill thanks the nation’s first responders for their

tireless work with a complimentary meal as part

of its third annual #MacGrillGratitude Program.

Any first responder can receive one complimentary

Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti entree at any

Macaroni Grill location nationwide. Firefighters,

EMTs, paramedics, all hospital medical staff members,

and police officers can simply show their

credentials when dining in.

Through Oct. 31 — Get A Mammogram,

Give A Mammogram

Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging partner

to provide free mammograms for local

women in need with the eighth annual Get a

Mammogram, Give a Mammogram program.

For each new patient who gets a mammogram

at Sand Lake Imaging during October, the facility

will donate a free screening mammogram

to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. For

more information, call 407-363-2772 or visit



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Nov. 3 — Poll Workers Wanted

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections

office seeks poll workers for the November

general election. The office is scheduling virtual

or phone orientation sessions, and attending

one is a requirement to becoming a poll

worker. Poll workers must be registered voters

in Orange County, attend an in-person training

class before the election, and can earn

between $175-$290 on Election Day. For

more information or if interested in being a poll

worker, call 407-836-2070, ext. 71115; or visit


n Networking/Clubs

Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 & 24 —

Tuesday Networking Group Meetings

West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Dan Petro’s

Conference Room, 12184 W. Colonial Drive,

Winter Garden, hosts Tuesday Networking Group

meetings. Meetings are free for WOCC members

and exclusive to one person per industry. Time: 8-9

a.m. For more information, email Bob Gentile at

bob@naturalsolutionsllc.com or Gayle Tomasini at


Oct. 21, Nov. 4 & 18 — Wednesday

Networking Group Meetings

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 10971

W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee, hosts meetings




How to Navigate College Admissions


Social-Emotional Wellness for your Child


Taking the Manic out of Middle School:

Addressing Adolescent Needs


To learn more about Windermere Prep:

of West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s

Wednesday Networking Group. Time: 8-9

a.m. Meetings are free for WOCC members

and exclusive to one person per industry.

For more information, email Tom Sheldon at


Oct. 22 & Nov. 12 — Thursday

Networking Group Meetings

Meeting Room B at Dr. P. Phillips YMCA, 7000

Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, hosts meetings of

West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday

Networking Group. Time: 8-9 a.m. The meeting

is exclusive to two business members per

industry; however, you must be a WOCC member

to join. For more information or to become

a chamber member, email Marc Jablon at


Oct. 28 & Nov. 25 — Horizon West

Networking Group Meetings

The Center for Health Improvement (Second

Floor) at Orlando Health Emergency Room

and Medical Pavilion — Horizon West, 17000

Porter Road, Winter Garden, hosts meetings

of West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s

Horizon West Networking Group. Time: 8-9

a.m. Meetings are free for WOCC members

and exclusive to one person per industry. For

more information, email Tina Zernickow at




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Nov. 5 — Retired Educators Virtual


The Orange County Retired Educators Association

meets virtually. The Zoom meeting includes a program

called “Mosaic of Cultures — India” with

guest speaker Kishor Desai, who supports education

and literacy as coordinator of Accel Through

Education. Anyone who has worked in education

is invited. Time: 10:30 a.m. To receive an

invitation to the digital meeting, send your email

address to ocrea2018@gmail.com.

n Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing — Virtual Volunteers Needed

RSVP seeks volunteers to help make masks for

Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care. For more

information or if interested, call Tyler VanBuren,

630-335-3084; or email tvanburen@vcifl.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Foster Grandparent Program seeks limitedincome

volunteers 55-older to join in helping

children in schools all around Central Florida.

For more information, call 407-298-4180 or visit



Ongoing — Pet Foster Homes Needed

As part of its Pet Peace of Mind program,

Cornerstone Hospice seeks foster homes for pets

left behind after their owners pass away. For

more information or to receive an application

to foster, email ppom@cshospice.org. For more

information about hospice volunteer opportunities,

call Sharon Smith, 404-290-1583; or email


Ongoing — Volunteers/Docents Needed

Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail,

Oakland, seeks adults interested in learning

about the history, wildlife, plants and restoration

efforts at ONP to volunteer at the preserve to

greet visitors, help answer questions and lead a

tour from time to time. Workdays are Mondays

and/or Saturdays. For more information, email

outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org or visit

www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/guide. To

register online, visit oaklandnaturepreserve.org.

Ongoing — Volunteer Veterans Needed

Cornerstone Hospice seeks volunteers who

are veterans of America’s armed forces to

honor patients who are veterans by visiting

them in their homes, a facility or a hospital.

Cornerstone Hospice is a four-star level member

of the We Honor Veterans program, a

national initiative to provide veterans in hospice

care with specialized services. All volunteers

must participate in mandatory training that

includes an overview of what is hospice care

and how volunteers play an important role in

caring for patients. For more information, call

Olivia Davidson, 407-206-5060; or email


Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, 12 Mustard

Seed Lane, Orlando, seeks volunteers who can

help with donation sorting, mattress recycling,

warehouse maintenance, administrative work,

special events or general maintenance. For more

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

email jessi@mustardseedfla.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The town of Oakland seeks volunteers to assist in

various fun and fulfilling roles at The Healthy West

Orange Arts and Heritage Center. Applicants must

consent to a criminal background check. For more

information, call Pamela Stewart, 407-656-1117,

ext. 2112; email arts&heritage@aoklandfl.gov; or

visit bit.ly/artsandheritagecenter.

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