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HOW TO .......................................................................................... 4

Build A Backyard Fire Pit

NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS ................................................................ 6


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There’s nothing more relaxing to

me than sitting by a fire and enjoying

the cooler nights that come with

fall. That feeling of being outdoors

in nature is something you can experience

right in your own backyard

with the addition of a fire pit. There

are many fire pits you can purchase,

but if you’re an experienced DIYer

or simply want to feel the pride of

doing a project yourself, fire pits are

very easy to build.

• Choose your space. Just like

when buying a home, location is key

to choosing where your fire pit should

go. Once you build the pit, it will be

difficult if not nearly impossible to

move, so make sure you are placing

it in the best space. The fire pit should

be at least 10 feet away from the

house or any other structure as well

as the property line. You’ll also want

to check for overhead clearance. If

there are any trees nearby, be sure

to check overhanging branches and

allow for at least 21 feet of clearance

above the fire pit.

Once you’ve decided on a location,

mark the ground for the size

and shape you want to build. For

my fire pit, I chose a square design.

I wanted it to look differently than

the circular ones I’d seen.

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An outdoor,

easy DIY fire pit

turns a patio or

yard into a cozy

gathering place.

• Select your material. Fire pits

can be made from almost any fireproof

material such as brick, stone,

masonry bricks or concrete pavers. I

chose dark gray, concrete retainingwall

blocks that were designed to

look like stacked stones. I liked the

look of it having many layers, and

the darker stones appealed to me as

well as matched my house. I’m a bit of

a perfectionist, and I would normally

pick through the pile to find pavers

that were in perfect condition, but

I quickly found that pristine pavers

are few and far between. However,

I ended up liking them with a few

chips and dents, not to the point that

it looked like rubble, but just enough

to give it some character and make

it really look like the pit had always

been on the property.

• Try before you buy. While researching

how to build my own fire

pit, I watched a lot of videos and

read a lot of reviews, but one tip that

stuck with me was to mock build the

fire pit at the store you’re purchasing

the materials from before you buy

them. This guarantees that you'll only

buy what you need, and you'll have

enough materials to do the job. I

chose to make my fire pit three levels

deep — one to go below the ground

line and two above — with a layer

of retaining wall caps to be placed

on top. I laid out the pavers in the

middle of the aisle at my local home

improvement store. Even though

I received a few curious stares, it

was good thing I tested the layout,

because I had some trouble getting

the sides to meet up perfectly in a

square. Once I had a layer of pavers

dry-fitted how I wanted, I tripled

the number of pavers and repeated

the process for one layer of the caps.

My next purchase was for the

base of the pit. You want to eliminate

any contact with flammable

materials, including the ground the

fire pit is on, so it is important to prepare

the bottom of the pit. Sand is

an ideal choice, as it easily absorbs

heat and evenly distributes it around

the whole pit. Other options include

dirt, lava rocks, gravel and fire pit

glass. There are more matierals you

can explore, however, keep in mind

that any material that is porous and

wet can explode due to trapped air

and water. I chose to use gravel in

my fire pit. It was cost-effective and

won’t turn to mush with ash or rain.

Because of the materials I chose,

the number of layers I wanted, and

the size of the pit, my total cost for

the project was higher than if I had

just stacked plain concrete pavers.

I ended up spending about $200,

but you could easily do your own

fire pit for around $60. One item I

skipped, but many people choose to

purchase, is a metal fire pit ring. The

noncombustible material extends the

life of your fire pit by warding off

heat and keeping the stones or pavers

from dehydrating and crumbling.

I chose to forego this addition since

I wanted the inside of my pit to have

a scorched look, but this would be

a great option if you want a cleaner

look and for your fire pit to last as

long as possible.

• Installation. Just like at the store,

the first thing I did when I got home

with my materials was to lay out one

layer of my pavers in the location I

chose for my fire pit. I measured the

distance from the house and ensured

that it lined up parallel with the line

of the house. Once I had the placement

secure, I marked off the area

the fire pit would go and began

digging up the ground. You’ll want

to dig at least 8 inches below the

surface, which in my yard included

several roots. It was fairly easy to

dig, and I used clippers to remove

any roots that were in the way. At

this point, you’ll want to get your level

out to make sure you are creating

a level space. Once you start laying

pavers down, continue checking that

everything is level. The first row of

pavers is the most important one,

and don’t be surprised if it takes a

little extra time to get it level. It may

take a bit longer, but it’ll be worth it

in the long run.

Something to keep in mind, as

well, is how your fire will be getting

oxygen. Fire needs to breathe to sustain

itself for a substantial length of

time. In order to allow for airflow, I

left small gaps in alternating layers

while I built up my pit.

After you’ve dry-fitted your fire pit

and ensured everything is level, it’s

time to make sure it can’t topple over.

I used a fireproof, construction-grade

landscape adhesive between each

layer of pavers. Start with the first

layer and build back up from there.

Simply remove one block at a time,

apply the adhesive and replace the

block in its space. Continue to check

that everything is level during this

process and make adjustments as

necessary. You have some time to

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Materials for

building your own

fire pit can easily be

found at your local

home improvement


shift pavers after applying the adhesive,

but once it dries, it’s set for

life. I left my fire pit alone for a day

to allow the adhesive to set securely

before attempting to use it.

• What to burn and what not to

burn. As a relative fire pit newbie,

it was important for me to find out

what I could and couldn’t burn.

Orange County prohibits the burning

of trash, land debris, tires and

rubber materials, hazardous waste,

treated wood and household paper

products, among other dangerous

materials. The most common material

to burn in your fire pit is wood.

To reduce smoke, use wood that is

completely dried out. Pinion wood is

a popular choice with its ability to

repel mosquitoes. Others are fruittree

woods that give off a nice scent

and hickory and mesquite woods

that burn well and generate a lot of

heat. Some alternatives to traditional

wood burning are wood bricks or

pellets, soy and switchgrass logs, recycled

coffee grounds or nonpetroleum

natural wax logs.

Once you have your fire pit built

and stocked with your burning materials,

it’s time to enjoy. Decorate the

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n Shepherd’s Hope receives

grant from Direct Relief

Shepherd’s Hope is among

40 award recipients across 20 U.S.

states that received a grant from

Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity,

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n Habitat for Humanity

to build a home in east

Winter Garden

West Orange Habitat for

Humanity is one of more than 220

Habitat for Humanity organizations

awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as

part of its nationwide initiative to help

low-to-moderate-income families construct

and improve homes across the


WOHFH received $15,000 and

will use the funding to build a home

in the east Winter Garden community.

Natalie Kinscy, a teacher,

will be the homeowner and move

in with her 2-year-old daughter,


The grant is part of a $7.75 million

donation Wells Fargo is making to

Habitat for Humanity International

through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative

that provides philanthropic

financial support and volunteerism

to create sustainable affordable


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n Living Local campaign


The city of Winter Garden

launched a Living Local campaign

to encourage local participation

and support of one’s hometown. The

campaign’s intent is to build awareness

of the community’s attributes

and special events as well as the importance

of supporting small, local

businesses. Living Local encourages

the public to explore the area’s cultural

and recreational facilities, patronize

locally owned and operated

businesses, buy locally produced

goods, support local charitable organizations,

volunteer within the

community, and enjoy the many special

events and programs available.

The campaign will run until spring

2022 and includes a number of events

and initiatives. For up-to-date event

schedules, classes, programs and

opportunities, visit www.cwgdn.com

and/or www.downtownwg.com.

n Fundraiser to benefit Pet

Alliance of Greater Orlando

Pet Supermarket’s annual Thanks

for Giving fundraiser returns Nov.

1 through Nov. 24. In its fifth year,

the campaign will shift to a monetary

fundraiser, departing from the pet

food drive of past years, to allow the

benefiting shelters to dedicate funds

where most-needed this holiday


From the start of November through

the day before Thanksgiving, Pet

Supermarket customers will be encouraged

to donate a dollar amount

of their choosing when making an

in-store purchase. These funds will

be evenly split among 10 shelters

and rescues in the Pet Supermarket

service area, providing homeless

animals with the care they deserve

around the holidays. One of the

chosen shelters is Pet Alliance of

Greater Orlando.

Pet Supermarket stores will continue

to house donation bins where

customers can drop off canned pet

food and other items for their storedesignated

community shelters.

For more information, visit www.


n Plastic recycling prep facility

to open in Winter Garden

Officials of PureCycle Technologies

Inc., which is headquartered in

Orlando, announced that a plastic

recycling prep facility will open in

Winter Garden. This facility will

sort and process polypropylene plastic,

designated as No. 5 plastic. This

plastic is used in myriad applications,

including food and general-use containers,

toys, automotive (bumpers,

dashboards, etc.), building and construction,

and in agriculture.

The plastic waste prep facility in

Winter Garden is part of PureCycle’s

community-focused plan of action to

increase the amount of plastic that

gets recycled curbside and help

stop plastic waste from ending up


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Cost of Non-Disclosure

by: Kristen M. Jackson / Attorney

I recently bought a home only to learn afterward that the Seller made modifications

without obtaining a permit. Is this legal and do I have any recourse against the Sellers for

non-disclosure? You may.

Concealing defects or failing to disclose them may result in multiple damages to the

Sellers of a home, vacant land or commercial properties. Buyers may sue for breach of contract

due to a seller’s intentional misrepresentation and seek costs for repairs of defects or even

recission of the sale. Simply because the sales agreement states the sale is an “As Is” sale doesn’t

allow the Seller to conceal information that may be harmful to the buyer or public.

Concealment or failing to disclose comes in many forms and one that is common in

real estate is “Open or Expired Permits.” Such permits are issued by a County or building

department but have not been formally finalized within the time allocated or required to obtain

a final inspection. Once a permit’s time has lapsed, meaning it was not closed by the issuing

department, it is referred to as open or expired.

Oftentimes, the Seller may be unaware of outstanding open or expired permits. It is up

to the Buyer to request that a Title Company perform a search for open or expired permits. Even

though Florida residential transactions require the Seller to do all the work necessary to

close open permits at seller’s cost, they are often overlooked. Title companies are not

responsible to perform such permit searches although most, in Florida, encourage sellers

to pay for such searches. Title insurance covers lien searches but not open or expired


Then there are those Sellers that conceal building modifications made

without ever applying for a permit. The Seller’s failure to disclose remodeling that required

permits can become a Buyer’s worst nightmare. Consider the following example.

Roger and his wife decided to add a full bath to their home and failed to obtain

any permits. Three months following their remodel, they sold their home. The 4th

bath added great value to the selling price and enhanced and accelerated the sale in a

community consisting of mostly homes with 2 ½ or 3 baths. Thirty days following

closing, the Buyer’s child was electrocuted caused by a damaged hair dryer cord

that fell into a sink full of water. The hair dryer was plugged into a receptacle

improperly installed too close to the rim of the sink. She suffered unconsciousness

and nearly died. The Buyers brought charges against the Seller resulting in the

Sellers buying back the home and paying for injuries to the Buyers’ daughter.

The Sellers ended up paying damages amounting to 45% more than the

selling price of their home and were required to tear out the bathroom and

rebuild under permit.

Before you buy or sell a home, consult with an experienced

Real Estate Title and Closing Attorney such as Jackson Law PA

who is familiar with rules and regulations regarding open and expired

permits or building without any permit whatsoever. Seller Disclosure

is everything.



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in waterways, landfills and the environment.

The recycling prep facility

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West Orange Chamber of

Commerce ambassadors held

a ribbon-cutting ceremony for

CycleBar. WOCC builds partnerships,

strong businesses and commitment

to the community by serving

as the leading business advocate in

of the disease. Organized and

sponsored by Orlando Health,

the October awareness initiative

honors breast cancer survivors,

those who have succumbed to the

disease, and the tens of thousands

of patients diagnosed every year.

Participating agencies include the

Ocoee Fire Department, Ocoee

Police Department, Orange County

Fire Rescue, Orange County Sheriff’s

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more. Residents are encouraged

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Many of Central Florida’s first

responders geared up for Breast

Cancer Awareness Month by blanketing

the streets with vehicles

wrapped in pink to raise awareness

Island H2O Water Park,

part of Sunset Walk, is offering

a deal on its 2022 season passes.

Customers who purchase a 2022

season pass for $99.99 get access

to the park for the remainder of

2021 for free. Season passholders

also receive free parking, one bringa-friend

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Fall Real Estate, Insurance

& Financial Directory

The following key provides information regarding a real estate or insurance

agent’s specialized training:

ABR accredited buyer representative

ARM associate in risk management

CAM certified apartment manager

CDPE certified distressed property expert

CFS certified foreclosure specialist

ChFC chartered financial consultant

CIAS certified investor agent specialist

CLHMS certified luxury home marketing specialist

CLU chartered life underwriter

CNE certified negotiation expert

CPIA certified professional insurance agent

CRP certified relocation professional

CRS certified residential specialist

CSP certified short sale professional

e-Pro designation by the National Association of Realtors to indicate electronic training

FMS Florida military specialist

GRI graduate of the Realtor Institute

IRES international real estate specialist

LHMS luxury home marketing specialist

MBA Master of Business Administration

MLS Multiple Listing Service

NASD National Association of Securities Dealers

ORRA Orlando Regional Realtor Association

PSA Pricing Strategy Advisor

REO real estate own

RCS-D real estate collaboration specialist — divorce

REPM real estate property management specialist

SFR short sales and foreclosure resource

SSRS short sale resolution specialist

Realtors/Real Estate Agents

Espe Almarza Anderson, M.A., SFR, Realtor

Coldwell Banker Realty

7626 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando • 407-421-6679


Espe Almarza Anderson has been a full-time Realtor for 15 years and is

ranked in the top 5% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. She is a skilled negotiator,

handling every transaction with integrity, professionalism and followthrough.

Her achievements include Coldwell Banker International President’s

Circle, Global Luxury Property Specialist, Certified Corporate Relocation

Specialist, ORRA Top Producer Club, NAHREP Top 100 agents, Orlando

Magazine 5 Star Agent, and short-sale and foreclosure specialist. She is from

a military family and has helped many veterans with their real estate transactions.

She is bilingual and holds a master’s in human resources. Prior to her real

estate career, she was in management with several Fortune companies.

Bobby Baldor, P.A.

eXp Realty Orlando



mortgage lending in Central Florida. He is also an eXp Icon Agent and certified

mentor. He formerly was with Re/Max, where he was recognized as a

Hall of Fame member and a consistent Platinum Club award winner. Locally,

Bobby is a multiyear Gold-Level Award top producer within the Orlando

Regional Realtors Association. His consistent productivity has earned him universal

recognition, and he’s been named as a top agent in numerous publications

annually, including being voted a Best of Southwest Realtor seven years

in a row!

Team Lentine, GRI, CIPS

Joe and Denise Lentine at Briggs, Vance & Associates LLC

6735 Conroy-Windermere Road, Suite 315, Orlando

321-662-4216 (Joe) • 407-963-8150 (Denise)


Joe and Denise Lentine of Team Lentine are Realtors with Briggs, Vance

& Associates LLC, a boutique real estate brokerage in the Dr. Phillips/

Windermere areas. The couple has lived in the Central Florida area for more

than 20 years and has raised their three daughters there. Joe and Denise

know that moving is more than just finding a new home — it is finding the

lifestyle that fits you and your family!


Bobby Baldor is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Florida native with more

than 17 years of combined, award-winning experience in real estate and


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Darrell Nunnelley, Realtor

Vintage Realty Group LLC

501 Main St.

Orlando • 407-467-8069


As a Realtor, contractor and property manager in Central Florida with

more than 30 years of experience helping families buy, sell or renovate their

primary homes, vacation homes or investment properties, Darrell Nunnelley

has literally done everything related to real estate. With 1,000s of successful

transactions through the years, he consistently receives the trust and recommendations

of past clients. Visit darrellsells.com for the latest local real estate

listings and see why you should have Darrell help you with all of your real

estate needs.

Ronald Ziolkowski, P.A., Realtor

Re/Max Prime Properties

13848 Tilden Road, Winter Garden • 407-592-7653


Ronald Ziolkowski, P.A., better known as “Ron the Realtor,” has been a

fixture in Southwest Orlando real estate since 1998. He has been the No.

1 Re/Max Realtor in the state of Florida for four consecutive years and is

celebrating his 20th year with Re/Max. With closed sales more than $600

million and well over 2,000 homes closed to date, Ron has earned almost

every award possible, including being voted a Best of Southwest Realtor in

Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Best of Southwest for the past six years and

Orlando magazine’s Hot 100 Realtors for 15 consecutive years. He also is

a member of the Re/Max Circle of Legends. Ron has closed more sales in

Winter Garden than anyone on the planet and is ranked fifth in the ORRA

MLS history for closings.

Insurance Agents

Jim Brandt, President

Sun Insurance Services Inc.

7680 Universal Blvd., Suite 198, Orlando • 407-781-1602

jim@suninsuranceservices.com • www.suninsuranceservices.com

Jim Brandt began his insurance career in 1980 as an adjuster after graduating

from Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Dee, have lived in Dr.

Phillips since 1991 and were familiar faces at Dr. Phillips Elementary School,

Southwest Middle School, Dr. Phillips High School, the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA,

and the Little League field while raising their three children. They founded Sun

Insurance Services Inc. in 2003, which has consistently been voted a Best of

Southwest insurance agency by Southwest Orlando Bulletin readers.



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Kory Brown, Agent

Sun Insurance Services Inc.

7680 Universal Blvd., Suite 198, Orlando • 407-781-1605

kory@suninsuranceservices.com • www.suninsuranceservices.com

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Kory Brown has more than 15 years of experience writing all types of insurance,

with a major focus on new home purchases. He partners with real estate

agents, mortgage brokers and inspectors to ensure a smooth closing process.

Kory was born in Illinois, but he has called Central Florida home for more than

20 years. He has two children, both born and raised in this community, with

his oldest proudly serving in the U.S. Navy.

Frank Gonzalas, Agent

Sun Insurance Services Inc.

7680 Universal Blvd., Suite 198, Orlando • 407-781-1602

frank@suninsuranceservices.com • www.suninsuranceservices.com

Frank Gonzalas specializes in all lines of personal insurance, including

homeowners, auto, umbrella, flood, watercraft, motorcycle and life insurance.

Born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Frank is fluent in Spanish and English. He

lived in Brooklyn, New York, until his early teens, when his family moved to

Winter Park. He and his wife, Jessica, have a son, Alexander, and a daughter,

Amirah. Outside of work, Frank enjoys spending time with family; watching

the New York Yankees and boxing; and reading books about entrepreneurship,

real estate and motivation.

Mark Santo Domingo, Agent

Sun Insurance Services Inc.

7680 Universal Blvd., Suite 198, Orlando • 407-781-1608

mark@suninsuranceservices.com • www.suninsuranceservices.com

A native of New York, Mark Santo Domingo is a personal lines agent with

more than 35 years of experience. Mark originally came to Florida to play

baseball for the University of Miami. He transferred to Temple University,

where he continued to play while earning undergraduate and master’s degrees

in risk management. Mark lives in Davenport and spends his free time

with his son, Kevin.


Nurse Practitioners:

Esther Pelissier, ARPN-BC

Irene Gan, PMHNP

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Rachael Pittala, ARPN-BC


Michael Kellogg, LMHC, ATR-BC

Randie Morillo, LCSW, ACSW

Amy Singleton, LMHC

Brooke Parker, LMHC

Cristal Daniel, LMHC

Rachael Pittala

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Donna Williams has 25 years of experience selling homeowners,

auto, flood, renters and umbrella insurance, and she serves customers

throughout Florida. She works closely with real estate agents to

make sure homebuyers have everything they need for a smooth closing

process. Donna grew up in Queens, New York, and went to

Andrew Jackson High School and Borough of Manhattan Community

College. She serves as the vice president of her local American

Legion Auxiliary.


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Michael S. Wytiaz, CFP, is a Charles Schwab franchisee, and he operates

his own independent branches in Windermere and Clermont, where he

partners with his clients to understand their goals, create personalized plans

and provide investing guidance. Clients will understand where their money

is invested and why, how their investments are performing, and how much

it’s costing them. Plus, they’ll have access to Schwab’s portfolio management

expertise, insights and specialists. It’s a modern approach to wealth management

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Home & Real Estate

Volume 2, Issue 8 — October 2021

What to Know

When Updating

Your Home’s Siding

Study Shows What

Homeowners Want

From Their Roofs

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2 | October 2021 | Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate

Replacing your roof? Insights from a

new nationwide survey may help you

better understand the many facets involved

in this important decision.

The 2021 Roof Purchasing Study

conducted by Signet Research Inc. for

DaVinci Roofscapes, shows that consumers

want durable roofs. Nearly

85% of those surveyed indicate that

durability has a lot of influence in the

type of roof they would purchase.

Longevity of a roofing product was the

second highest influencer, followed

by resistance to severe weather.

Mother Nature Matchup

Study results indicate that severe

weather damage is the most likely

event to prompt homeowners to replace

their current roofs, followed

by age of the existing roof. When it

does become necessary to replace

the roof, 32% of respondents indicate

they are “very likely” or “likely”

to consider a faux roofing product

such as composite slate or shake materials,

which typically stand up to

severe weather and are known for

their longevity.

Windermere Center for


Study Shows What

Homeowners Want From Their Roofs

“Mother Nature pounds roofs

on a regular basis,” said Mark

Pagel, general manager of DaVinci

Roofscapes. “Homeowners recognize

that hail, high winds and severe

weather can take their toll on roofs.

They’re reacting by seeking out roofing

materials that will stand up to


are trending

toward roofs

that provide

durability and


strong weather conditions. While

price is an important consideration,

respondents of the survey are focused

more on value. They’re interested in

investing in durable roofing materials

like synthetic slate and shake tiles,

which are guaranteed to hold up to

severe weather conditions.”

Contractors Are Influential

When it comes time to select a specific

roofing brand, 61% of homeowners

are looking for a quality product.

To find that roofing brand, 57% are

relying on their contractor for recommendations,

which is more than they

do on family and friends (35%), or

even their own personal experiences

with a brand (37%).

“Homeowners understand they

may choose a new roof only once or

twice in their lives,” Pagel said. “They

also understand that contractors make



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these decisions many times a year for

their projects. The research indicates

homeowners respect and value the

recommendation of contractors who

work regularly with different building


10-Year Comparison

A national survey sponsored by

DaVinci Roofscapes in 2011 provided

insights into changes in consumer attitudes

toward their homes in the span

of the past decade. In a comparison

of the 2011 Color Study (conducted

by Harris Research) and the 2021

Roof Purchasing Study, results show:

• A strong growth in homeowners

valuing the curb appeal of their personal

properties in the past decade

(78% viewing it as “extremely” or

“very important” in 2011 as compared

to 88% with similar feelings in 2021).

• An increase in homeowners

seeing their home exteriors as a reflection

of their personalities (71% in

2011; 85% in 2021).

• While durability remains the biggest

influencer of a roofing purchase,

the second-most popular influencer

has changed dramatically. In 2011,

longevity was the second response. In

2021, that has changed to pricing, up

from the eighth position 10 years ago.

• Severe weather damage remains

the No. 1 reason for replacing a roof.

However, in 2011, 65% said severe

weather would prompt a new roof

purchase (with 9% reporting current

roof damage from a weather-related

event), compared to 57% in 2021

(with 32% reporting a currently damaged

roof from severe weather).

• While 23% of homeowners reported

replacing their roofs due to

old age in 2011, 44% (almost double)

said old age was the reason to replace

a roof in the 2021 study.

• Color preference has remained

consistent. Black is still the most popular

roof color, followed by gray,

brown and beige/tan.

For more roofing insights, visit


Bottom line — a new roof can be

a good, solid investment, especially

when your roof is able to withstand

the elements over the years and look

great while doing it.

(StatePoint) ª

4 | October 2021 | Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate

With the extreme weather events

that have taken place in recent

years, homeowners today know that

to keep their properties — and the

people in them — best protected, the

siding they select matters.

“Not only will the right materials

better insulate against extreme

temperatures, but durable materials

will also help guard against wicked

weather and storms,” said Jon

Lapp, siding project manager at

ProVia. “And of course, siding has

a major impact on the look of your

home exterior.”

The good news is that you don’t

need to sacrifice curb appeal in the

pursuit of high-quality siding. Here’s

what to know when making this important


• Materials. Your choice of materials

can impact how you feel about

your house for years to come. To

that end, consider the most popular

home siding material, which, according

to the U.S. Census Bureau’s

Survey of Construction, is vinyl siding.

First introduced in the 1960s,

its popularity is no accident. Thanks

What to Know When

Updating Your Home’s Siding

to its low cost, ease of installation,

minimal maintenance and long-term

beauty and durability, it’s a favorite

choice among installers and homeowners.

Just be sure that the siding

Siding has an

impact on the

energy-efficiency of

your home as well as

its curb appeal.

you select is formulated with weather-

and heat-resistant materials as

well as ultraviolet blockers to protect

against color fade.

• Insulation. Did you know that

most wall insulation is placed only

between the studs? Since wall studs

represent up to 25% of the wall surface

of an average home, that’s like

having one entire wall with no insulation

at all. Insulated siding blankets

your home, providing continuous

insulation between the studs and exterior

wall of your home. Look for insulated

siding options that are tested

and proven to increase the R-value (a

measure of a material’s resistance to

heat flow) of an exterior wall. One

such option is CedarMax insulated

vinyl siding from ProVia. One of the

most energy-efficient exterior claddings

on the market, it can help reduce

your energy bills. It’s also built

with a strong, rigid foam backing

that can bridge the subtle bows and

dips present on almost every wall.

This will make for longer, straighter

panels for increased curb appeal,

as well as provide greater impact

resistance against rain, hail and contact

with your child’s fastball. And,

because it resists fading, chalking,

cracking, peeling and thermal expansion

and contraction, it will have

a longer, more environmentally sustainable


• Color. Color and beauty are

huge factors in your home improvement

decision. To get it right, start by

using the color selection tools on your

manufacturer’s website. It’s important

to know that the monitor settings on

your device can impact the way the

color displays, so contact the dealer

to see real color samples made from

its actual products before making a

final decision. Choose from classic

whites, earth tones, bright and colorful

shades or bold, darker hues. Just

be sure your beautiful new siding

contains anti-weathering ingredients

that prevent weather and sun exposure

from causing it to fade.

“Approach this home improvement

project carefully,” Lapp said. “With

the power to boost your home’s

beauty and energy efficiency, new

siding can offer a great return on investment

and protect your home for

years to come.”

Additional siding information and

resources can be found by visiting


(StatePoint) ª

U.S. Marines live by a set of enduring

core values that form the bedrock

of their character. These values

guide their actions and bolster their

resolve. Honor, courage and commitment

lead them to victory over

physical, mental and moral battles.

Realtor Bobby Baldor lives by

these values.

Baldor, 45, is a U.S. Marine

Corps veteran and Florida native

with more than 17 years of combined,

award-winning experience

in real estate and mortgage lending

in Central Florida. As a Realtor,

Baldor attributes his success, in part,

to showing up every day and being


“The Marine Corps [instills] discipline,

personal accountability and

pride in oneself, which has translated

to my personal success,” Baldor


All Realtors are independent contractors,

not employees. Agents who

maintain successful careers do so by

displaying integrity and transparency,

maintaining consistent and

open communication, and dealing

in good faith with every client they

represent and every agent they work

with. Baldor said this commitment “is

instilled at the basic levels of military


However, it takes more than being

a good, moral individual to

earn the title of Best of Southwest

Orlando Realtor seven years in a

row. For Baldor, it takes creating a

partnership with his clients and other

agents alike, charging forward with

a shared goal of a positive outcome

with “no surprises or drama.”

A broker associate and three-time

Icon agent with eXp Realty, Baldor

deploys the highest level of training,

tools, technology and support to ensure

an accomplished mission. Those

tools, accompanied with experience,

are the reason newer agents

choose to partner with Baldor in a

mentorship program that offers a

combination of continuing education

and training with real-life implementation

under direct guidance and


“The goal is to give every agent

I mentor the knowledge, skills, resources

and confidence needed to

be independently successful and in

keeping with the highest standards

expected to serve our community,”

Baldor said.

Baldor is also proud to give back

to his community. He coached

youth sports when his three children

were younger and is a Partner

in Education with Orange County


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Military Mindset Lays Foundation for Real Estate Success

Public Schools. He and his wife,

Halle, work with animal rescue

groups and have adopted/fostered

and donated to several organizations

with the mission to give animals

a permanent home. Another

charity close to their hearts is one

that raises awareness and money

for juvenile Type 1 diabetes, named

Bobby’s Bandits after their eldest

son, Bobby, who was diagnosed

with the illness at age 9.

Baldor holds a Florida real estate

broker’s license with designations as

a graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI);

accredited buyer representative

(ABR); certified short sale professional

(CSP); a Florida military specialist

(FMS), and one of the few real

estate collaboration specialists —

divorce (RCS-D) in Central Florida.

These advanced designations denote

expertise in financial, market

and investment analysis in addition

to negotiation. He is considered an

expert in his field with experience in

court testimony.

Baldor says he fared

better than many during

the COVID-19


“During lockdown,

one’s home became

so much more to

them,” he said. “The

residence became

an office, gym, classroom

and compelled

homeowners to seek

residences that had

room for all the extra


Interest rates also

reached historic lows,

which allowed for

greater affordability.

That, coupled with

a decreased supply

of homes, created a

strong seller’s market.

“In Central Florida,

the real estate market

was and continues to be a national

hotbed of activity as buyer demand

remains strong,” Baldor said.

“The agents with [the] experience,

network and skills to navigate the

market experienced higher levels of

success than in normal markets.”

Florida is the nation’s No. 1 state

for licensed real estate agents. Texas

and California follow.

“In a competitive market with so

many agents to choose from, it is

imperative that the public pick an

agent who is a local member of the

community and understands how to

navigate this crazy market to best

represent them,” Baldor said. “As a

top agent in Central Florida with a

five-star customer service designation,

it is what sets me apart from the


No matter whether you are looking

to buy or sell, Bobby Baldor has

what it takes to get the job done.

For more information, call 407-342-6980 or visit

thebaldorgroup.com to arrange a phone consultation. ª

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The Woman Issue

It’s an age-old question:

What do women want?

With the Southwest Orlando

Bulletin’s fifth 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 — from medical

and beauty treatments

to stress relief — just for the


Lori K. Lambert, M.D., is now

offering a variety of aesthetics

procedures specifically designed

for women. Available treatments

include the O-Shot, double-chin

treatment, laser skin resurfacing

and vaginal rejuvenation with

the Juliet laser system, PRP, laser

hair removal and bioidentical

hormone pellet treatment. The

office also carries a full line of

SkinCeuticals skin care products,

which are only available from medical

professionals. To schedule a

consultation with Dr. Lambert, call


Be your own kind of beautiful

by visiting Naturally You Med

Spa, located at 12139 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road in Orlando. The

staff strives to enhance its clients’

natural beauty and give women

the confidence they need and deserve.

With treatments such as Botox


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n Charities/Fundraisers

Oct. 23 — Art & Wine Wander

Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha,

hosts the Art & Wine Wander, including beer, wine

and nibbles while viewing artists at work throughout

the gardens; live music; and a silent auction.

Time: 4-7 p.m. Cost: $45, with proceeds supporting

Nehrling Gardens. For more information, call 407-

445-9977, email info@nehrlinggardens.org or visit


Oct. 30 — Race For Inclusion 5K Run/Walk

Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville

Blvd., Kissimmee, hosts Special Olympics Florida’s

Race for Inclusion 5K Run/Walk to inspire people

across Florida to create communities where everyone

is respected and valued. Time: Opening

remarks are at 8:45 a.m., race begins at 9 a.m.

For more information, visit sunsetwalk.com or


Nov. 3 — Gingerbread Run Fundraising


The Village at Give Kids The World hosts the 2021

Gingerbread Run on Nov. 6, during which participants

get a sneak peek of the Night of a Million Lights

holiday spectacular while completing a one-lap fun

run or full 5K course. The deadline for fundraising is

Nov. 3, and proceeds are used to create hope for

wish families during magical dream vacations at the

nonprofit resort. Time: 7:30 a.m. For more information

or to register, visit www.gktw.org/gbr.


Nov. 4 — Handbags For Hope

The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando, hosts

Harbor House of Central Florida Young Professionals

Board’s fourth annual Handbags for Hope, featuring

a classy selection of new and gently used designer

handbags up for auction. Masks are encouraged.

Time: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $35 for general admission;

VIP tickets are $75, which includes early shopping,

a champagne toast and a swag bag. All proceeds

benefit the Harbor House Children’s Program. For

more information, visit www.classy.org/event/


Nov. 14 — Food Drive Car & Truck Show

Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville

Blvd., Kissimmee, hosts the Second Sunday Car &

Truck Show and Heroez Everywhere Food Drive. Also,

all makes and models of vehicles are welcome to participate

in the show. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission

is free; however, a suggested donation of two nonperishable

food items per person — each driver and

spectator — is suggested. Donated food benefits One

Heart for Women and Children of Orlando. For more

information, visit www.sunsetwalk.com.

Nov. 20 — Harvest Of Hope Garden Party

Ocoee Lakeshore Center, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive,

Ocoee, hosts Matthew’s Hope’s Harvest of Hope

Garden Party, including light hors d’oeuvres, live

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entertainment, a silent auction, raffles and more. Scott

Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel serves as master of

ceremonies. Time: 5:45-9:15 p.m. Cost: Tables of 10

are available for $600. Sponsorships are also available.

For more information or to RSVP, call 407-905-

9500, email nancy@matthewshopeministries.org or

visit www.matthewshopeministries.org/garden-party.

n Children’s/Teen


compiled by Lisa Sagers

Oct. 28 — Tween Virtual Book Club

The Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter

Garden, hosts a virtual meeting of the Winter Garden

Tween Book Club, during which participants engage in a

discussion and interactive activity based on The Witches:

The Graphic Novel by Roald Dahl and Penelope Bagieu.

(Recommended for ages 9-12.) Registration is required.

Time: 5-5:45 p.m. For more information or to register, call

407-835-7323 or visit attend.ocls.info/event/5543761.

n Classes/Programs

Ongoing — Wednesdays At St. Luke’s

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

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Wednesdays at St.

Luke’s, including creative rotations for children

in grades K-5, a middle school youth group, life

together groups and studies, and child care available

for infants-PreK. Time: Wednesdays at 6:30

p.m. For more information or to register, visit


Oct. 26 — Virtual Domestic Violence


In recognition of October as Domestic Violence

Awareness Month, the Orange County Clerk of Courts

hosts the Clerks Against Domestic Violence Workshop

in partnership with Harbor House of Central Florida,

the Victim Service Center, and the Orlando Police

Department. The Zoom event’s topics include “How

to File a Restraining Order,” “Guidance,” “How to

Cultivate Healthy Relationships,” and a self-defense

class. Time: 6-8 p.m. For more information or to register,

visit www.myorangeclerk.com/Misc-Pages/


n Events/Performances

Oct. 22-31 — Halloween Experience

Downtown Winter Garden hosts the Halloween

Experience, including family-friendly festivities,

animated Halloween light shows on city hall, live

music, a hay maze, Halloween movies at Garden

Theatre, an outdoor movie for the community, and

much more. Times vary. For more information, call

407-656-4111 or visit www.cwgdn.com.


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Oct. 29 & 30 — Food & Wine Classic

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hosts

the Food & Wine Classic, an all-inclusive event

in a festive outdoor setting. Activities include

more than 20 food stations, more than 100

beverage options, themed stations like The

Beer Garden and Hang10, a signature dish

from the resort’s newest restaurant, a variety

of live musical entertainment, and more. Time:

5:30-9 p.m. Cost: $165. One-night packages,

which include two event tickets, start at

$580 per night. For more information, visit


Oct. 29-30 — Pumpkin Glow

Jack-O’-Lantern Trail

The Green Trail at Oakland Nature Preserve, 747

Machete Trail, Oakland, hosts the Pumpkin Glow

Jack-o’-Lantern Trail, a family-friendly event that features

a nighttime hike approximately 3 miles long.

Attendees should bring flashlights or lanterns and

are encouraged to bring a carved jack-o’-lantern

to display (but not necessary). If desired, there is

a best carved pumpkin contest to participate in,

and winners are selected by age group. Costumes

are allowed, and there are candy bags for the

kids. Time: Friday at 6 p.m. through Saturday at 9

p.m. Admission is donation based with all proceeds

benefiting Oakland Nature Preserve. For more information

or to register to participate in the contest,

call 407-905-0054 or visit oaklandnaturepreserve.


Oct. 30 — Trick-Or-Treating & Car Show

Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville

Blvd., Kissimmee, hosts the second annual

Promenade at Sunset Walk Halloween Kids Trickor-Treating

/ Car & Truck Show, an outdoor event.

Festivities include live music, street performers,

more than two dozen candy locations, 24 restaurants

and shops, and cars/trucks competing for the

top three best Halloween-themed decorations. All

ages and friendly pets are welcome. Time: 4-8 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. For more information

or to RSVP, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/


Oct. 31 — Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade

Clermont’s City Hall Park at 7th and Montrose streets

hosts Clermont Animal League’s annual Howl-O-Ween

Pet Parade, including musical entertainment by disc

jockey DJ Chaz. Time: Registration starts at 10 a.m.,

and the parade begins at noon. For more information,

visit www.clermontdowntownpartnership.com.

Nov. 6 — Fall Heritage & Music Festival

Downtown Winter Garden, Sam Williams Little League

Complex, and Veterans Memorial Park co-host the

Winter Garden Fall Heritage & Music Festival, including

old-fashioned family fun, exhibits and activities,

games, 19 live bands on five stages, special treats and

more. Time: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, call

407-656-4111 or visit www.cwgdn.com.

Nov. 13 — Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Orlando hosts the 22nd annual City

of Orlando Veterans Day Parade, with a theme of

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“Remembering September 11” and tribute to those

who fought for the country and defended its freedom.

Time: 11 a.m. For more information, visit orlando.


Dec. 3-5 & 16-18 — The Nutcracker


Orlando Ballet presents its annual performances of

The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition, at the Dr. Phillips

Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.,

Orlando. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. For more

information, visit www.drphillipscenter.org/events/


n Miscellaneous

Through Dec. 30 — Virtual Pints &


St. Luke’s United Methodist Church invites adults to

join its Pints & Parables, a weekly online community

that discusses the matters of life in today’s world, faith,

philosophy, theology and more. Registration is required

to receive a Zoom link. Time: Thursdays at 8 p.m.

For more information or to register, email lvasquez@

st.lukes.org or visit www.st.lukes.org/adults.

Through Dec. 30 — Virtual Nerd Church

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church invites adults

to participate in Nerd Church, an opportunity to

engage in meaningful discussion about biblical concepts

through the lens of comics, video games and

movies. Registration is required to receive a Zoom

link. Time: Mondays at 8 p.m. For more information

or to register, email lvasquez@st.lukes.org or visit


Oct. 28 — MetroWest Food Truck


MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee

Road, Orlando, hosts the MetroWest Food Truck

Connections, including food, fun and music. Socialdistancing

guidelines are observed. Time: the fourth

Thursday of every month from 5:30-9 p.m. For more

information, visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

n Networking/Clubs

Ongoing — Members Wanted

The West Orange Women seeks women of all ages to

join its group for fun, friendship and philanthropy. Annual

dues are $20. For more information, call Mary Borgan,

407-929-3030; or visit www.westorangewomen.com.

Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 —

Virtual Toastmasters Meetings

Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754 holds

Zoom meetings. Attendees learn to develop their oral

communication and leadership skills in a supportive

and positive learning environment. Time: Tuesdays

from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information or to request

online Zoom meeting details, visit www.4662754.

toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us.”


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Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 & 24 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

The Turnpike Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.

Time: Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more

information or to register for a virtual meeting, visit

2362.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us”

at least one day before the event.

Oct. 27 & Nov. 10 — Horizon West

Networking Meetings

The Blake at Hamlin, 4814 Hamlin Groves Trail,

Winter Garden, hosts West Orange Chamber of

Commerce’s Horizon West Networking Meetings.

Masks are required. Zoom meetings are also available.

Time: 8-9 a.m. For more information or to get

Zoom info, email kcolon@maventri.com.

Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11 & 18 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

The Vista Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.

Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information,

email vistatoastmasters.zoom@gmail.com or visit


Oct. 28, Nov. 11 & Dec. 9 — Thursday

Networking Meetings

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA, 7000 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando,

hosts West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday

Networking Group meetings. Time: second and third

Thursday of each month from 8-9 a.m. For more information,

email Jim Zeitschel, jim.zeitschel@primelending.com.

Nov. 4 — Retired Educators Meeting

College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W.

Princeton St., Orlando, hosts a meeting of the Orange

County Retired Education Association. Mary Cox, public

information officer of Toho Water Authority, is the

guest speaker; and anyone who has worked in education

is invited. Masks are required, and food and drinks

are not allowed. Time: 10:30 a.m. For more information,

call 407-843-6909 or visit www.ocreafl.org.

Nov. 11 & Dec. 9 — West Orange

Republican Women Luncheons

The West Orange Republican Women, Federated

holds luncheon meetings, featuring a guest speaker,

at Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Club & Lodge, 9000 Bay

Hill Blvd., Orlando. Reservations are required. Time:

11 a.m. Cost: $35, cash or check only. For more information

or to RSVP, email worw.federated@gmail.com.

n Support Group

Nov. 7 — GriefShare: Surviving The

Holidays Virtual Support Group

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

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts GriefShare: Surviving

the Holidays, presented online via Zoom for anyone

who is grieving the loss of a loved one no matter how

long ago the loss occurred. Participants learn tips to

get through the upcoming holiday season. Time: 2-4

p.m. The program is free. To register, visit st.lukes.

org/griefshareholidays. For more information, call

407-876-4991, ext. 262; or email care@st.lukes.org.

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 ssmith@vcifl.org.

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 fourstar

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 odavidso@cshospice.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@oaklandfl.gov; or visit


Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

My Brother’s Keeper seeks volunteers — especially

adult men (18-older) of color — who can serve as

positive role models and mentor boys and young

men of color. For more information, email Grace,

gdearden@vcifl.org, at Volunteers for Community


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on an Assumption University team,

Alexis Distasio of Windermere

is representing the school on the

women’s volleyball team.

Olympic silver medalist Teahna

Daniels visits The First Academy, her

alma mater.

The First Academy community

welcomed a special guest

during halftime at the school’s first

football game of the season. TFA

alumna Teahna Daniels recently

won a silver medal at the 2020

Tokyo Olympics for the women’s

4x100m relay. She is the first TFA

alumni to not only quality for the

Olympics but also to medal. The TFA

family couldn’t be more proud of her


Team Orlando Watersports

Complex claimed its seventh overall

traditional national title and the

feature title at the 2021 Nautique

World Wake Association Wake Park

National Championships. Wakeboard

teams from across the country competed

at the event hosted by Elite Cable

Park. Not only did the group bring

home the gold, Team OWC had 14

podium finishes and five gold medals

amongst their 34-person team. In the

pro men features division, MetroWest

resident Trent Stuckey won the overall

title. His brother, Gavin, placed

third. Southwest Orlando resident

Will Hooker won the junior men’s

division, and Celebration resident

Bryce Lyles came in second for the

novice wakeboard.

“I am very proud of our team for

winning their seventh consecutive

title during the Nautique WWA

Wake Park Nationals,” said Kellan

Rudnicki, Aktion Parks director of

operations. “The OWC family are

strong individuals [who] care about

the progression of their teammates.

They have written quite a story of the

years, and I am looking forward to

how they will excel in the future.”

Southwest Orlando athletes are

making the cut in collegiate sports.

Windermere resident Arron

Edwards joined the Central

Methodist University football team.

Gabriel Bertolazzo Araujo of

Winter Garden is playing football

for Assumption University. Also

Windermere resident Aaron

Deal competed on season three of

American Ninja Warrior Junior. This

year’s show is divided into three age

divisions: 10, 11-12 and 13-14. Deal

had a great first qualifying run in the

10-year-old division. Mimiking his favorite

animal, the wolf, Deal’s family

howled during his run while he pulled

ahead of his opponent and won the

round. However, his momentum was

stopped during the knockout run, but

his family and friends were proud of his

excellent performance on the TV show.

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200 games that took place in 21

cities. The Toyota Minor League

Cricket Championship presented by

Sling TV included 10 weekends of

competitive play in the Twenty20 format

loved by cricket fans around the

world, which culminated in a finals

weekend Oct. 2-3.

Twenty-seven teams competed

for $250,000 in prize money, the

largest purse in American cricket,

including Orlando-based Orlando

Galaxy team. Orlando Galaxy is

co-owned by Windermere resident

Kunal Patel. Dr. Phillips

resident Meetul Patel helped

lead the team as vice captain. The

Orlando Galaxy finished in third for

the Southern Division.

Matt’s Mission will hold its first

Heart Safe Golf Tournament on

Nov. 8 at West Orange Country

Club. Registration takes place at 11

a.m., and a shotgun start is at 12:30

p.m. The tax-deductible entry fee

is $125 for individuals or $500 for

teams of four, and proceeds benefit

Matt’s Mission, a nonprofit organization,

and allow for the placement

of AED devices throughout Central

Florida as well as CPR education

and ECG screenings.

Matt’s Mission was founded by Joe

and Andrew Cobb after their son,

Matthew, survived a sudden cardiac

arrest (SCA) at 20 years old last

year. Matt was given CPR, shocked

multiple times with an AED, and put

in induced therapeutic hypothermia.

His parents were told he had a 50%

chance of surviving if he woke up.

After a lot of prayer and research, the

couple discovered the actual survival

rate from SCA is only 7-8%. They later

found out that the survival rate has

been that low for decades, which was

unacceptable to them. They started

Matt’s Mission for the sole purpose of

increasing the survival rate.

Matt’s Mission has donated AED’s,

taught CPR, partnered with Who We

Play For for a heart screening event,

and advocated in Tallahassee and

at Orange County school board

meetings. Joe was with Gov. Ron

Desantis when he signed high

school CPR training into a law. The

nonprofit is continuing to do what it

can to improve the low survival rate.

The Alzheimer’s Association invites

Greater Orlando area residents to join

the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating

in the annual Alzheimer’s

Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s

on Oct. 23 at Lake Eola. While last

year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s was

mainly virtual due to the COVID-19

pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association

is moving forward with hosting this

year’s event in person.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the

world’s largest event that raises funds

for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

On walk day, participants

honor those affected by Alzheimer’s

with the poignant Promise Garden

ceremony — a mission-focused experience

that signifies their solidarity

in the fight against the disease. The

colors of the Promise Garden flowers

represent participants’ connections

to Alzheimer’s disease and their personal

reasons for walking.

For more information or to register,

visit alz.org/walk.

The West Orange High School

Warriors dominated its homecoming

football game against Dr. Phillips

High School to bring home the

Ol’ Orange Crate. The final score

was 45-7. This was the first year since

2018 that WOHS seized the crate that

symbolizes the rivalry between the

two schools since 1987.

The Zoe 5K will take place Nov.

13 at 7:30 a.m. Starting at Family

Church, located in Windermere

at 300 Main St., the 5K supports

Zoe Empowers, a ministry that helps

children in Rwanda and Zimbabew

who once lived in poverty to become

entrepreneurs, providers and leaders

in their communities. Runners

and walkers of all ages, strollers and

dogs are welcome. Virtual options

are also available. For more information,

call 407-876-4991 or visit


TK Photography

West Orange

High School’s

football team wins

the Ol’ Orange

Crate during its

homecoming game.

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