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SUMMER KIDS CALENDAR ... PAGE 4

The heartbeat of the community

ORLANDO BULLETIN

May 5 — 18, 2022 | Since 1986

31st

Annual

Best

MOM

in Southwest Contest

Stephen Varkey (back, far right) of Phillips

Landing, overall winner, is pictured with best

mom Ann Varkey (front, far right).


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

SUMMER KIDS CALENDAR ................................................................. 4

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ......................................................... 9

LIVING WELL ................................................................................... 11

Enjoy the Sunny Season Safely

Six Exercise Safety Tips

For Excellent Dermatological Care

SOUTHWEST SEEN ......................................................................... 16

Backyard Wildlife

31ST ANNUAL BEST MOM IN SOUTHWEST CONTEST ...................... 17

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 22

PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER

Rick V. Martin

VICE PRESIDENT

Yvette Martin

May 5, 2022

Volume XXXVI, No. 13

MANAGING EDITOR

Lisa Sagers

lisa@kearneypublishing.com

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Lauren Salinero

lauren@kearneypublishing.com

CIRCULATION

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Windermere, FL 34786

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Summer Kids

C a lendar

With summer just around the corner, kids and parents are looking forward to

getting out of the house. If you’re seeking kid-friendly activities to keep your children

entertained, active and out of trouble, then look no further. Southwest Orlando

Bulletin’s annual Summer Kids Calendars provide great ideas to get you started!

DANCE CAMPS at Footworks Dance Studio, 1201 Winter Garden

Vineland Road, Winter Garden, 407-877-2260, www.footworksdancestudio.

com, offer summer programs for all ages. Camps begin June 13, and the

five-week summer class program is June 13-July 29. Classes include ballet,

hip-hop, musical theater/jazz, acro, aerial silks, Shining Star combo class,

Twinkle Star combo class, stretch and conditioning, rotations and improvisation,

Wee Hop & Tumble, and Mommy & Me.

Footworks

Dance Studio offers

summer programs for

all ages.


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Lake

Cypress

Summer

Camp

attendees

have a

multitude of

activities to

keep them

engaged.

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LAKE CYPRESS SUMMER CAMP at Windermere Preparatory

School, 6189 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Windermere, 407-905-7737,

opt. 7; camp.windermereprep.com, offers a program where campers choose

their own adventure! Each week boasts a different theme and includes oncampus

field trips, lots of specialty camp rooms, swimming, sports, dance,

martial arts, inflatables and more, from June 6-July 29. Choose any weeks

you want! Camp days are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for $290, or extended day is 7:45

a.m.-5:45 p.m. for $360.

STEM AVIATION

SUMMER CAMPS at

Vision of Flight are

unlike any other summer

camps in Central

Florida. Geared toward

ages 10-18, two camps

include four exciting

days of youth empowerment

through real-world

aviation experiences

such as ground school

basics, VR interactive

flight simulation, drones,

special guest speakers,

instructional flights and

more. Camp Session

Alpha is July 11-14, and

Camp Session Bravo

is July 25-29. For more

information, call 407-

Young people are introduced to the world of aeronautics

through Vision of Flight’s summer camps.

719-0912 or email info@visionofflight.org. To register, visit visionofflight.org/

vision-of-flight-youth-aviation-summer-camp.

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SUMMER CAMPS at Children’s Lighthouse, 220 Windermere Road,

Winter Garden, 407-395-0077, www.childrenslighthouse.com/wintergarden.

This school-age summer camp program cares for youngsters in kindergarten

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Campers enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at Gan Israel Day Camp.

Children’s Lighthouse’s summer camps put the fun in summer!

through fifth grade. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday

through Friday. Kids enjoy themed activities and safe, in-house field trips. The

cost is $170 per week plus a one-time summer activity fee of $150.

SUMMER CAMPS at Gan Israel Day Camp, 407-354-3660, www.

ilovegi.com, are camps on 27 beautiful acres that are dedicated to enriching

the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through

stimulating camp experiences. Activities include sports, swimming, archery, a

ropes course, watersports, art and specialty fun shops. Camp Gan Israel is

part of the largest, fastest-growing network of day camps, enjoying a reputation

as a trendsetter in Jewish camping, with innovative ideas and creative

programs. CGI is accredited by the American Camp Association. Camp sessions

are June 26-July 22 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Extended care is available.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

THE “VISION OF FLIGHT”

STEM AVIATION SUMMER CAMP

This Camp is unlike any other Summer Camp in Central Florida

Four exciting days of youth empowerment through Real World Aviation experiences

Camp Session ALPHA: July 11th - 14th, 2022

Camp Session Bravo: July 25th - 29th, 2022

Ages 10-18

Summer Camp Itinerary

Ground School Basics - VR Interactive Flight Simulation

Drones / UAV Build and Test Fly - Special Guest Speakers

Instructional Flight (Real Flight Time)

Call: 407-719-0912 or Email: info@visionofflight.org

Check us out on: Facebook.com/visionofflight

Register at: http://visionofflight.org/vision-of-flight-youth-aviation-summer-camp


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Windermere Preparatory School gives its campers hands-on tennis experience.

SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS at The Tennis Academy at Windermere

Preparatory School and its tri-sport tennis/golf/swim at West Orange

Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden, begin

May 30. The program includes fun, games and activities while keeping cool,

as well as a lifeguard-supervised swimming pool cool-off! The cost is $325

per person for five days from 9 a.m.-noon. Lessons/junior programs continue

throughout the summer with the top on-staff tennis professionals. For more

information or electronic registration, visit www.orlandotennisacademy.com

or email info@orlandotennisacademy.com.

Orange County Library System hosts both virtual and in-person library events, camps

and classes at all its 15 locations this summer.

VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON LIBRARY CAMPS AND CLASSES

through the Orange County Library System’s Summer Reading

Program, 407-835-7323, ocls.info. This year’s Summer Reading Program

theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Give your kids a chance to explore seven

seas of information and inspiration with events and camps, reading challenges,

prizes and more. Browse what the library has in store on its website.

The Summer Reading Program takes place June 4-July 23. ª


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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

compiled by Lisa Sagers

n Charities/Fundraisers

May 7 — Run For The Roses

The West Orange Junior Service League presents its 12th

annual Run for the Roses, sponsored by Gentle Touch

Medi Spa & Wellness and including mint juleps, Kentuckyinspired

cuisine, casino gaming, a live DJ, silent auction,

live showing of the 148th Kentucky Derby, a complimentary

open bar, and Best Ladies Derby Hat and Best

Dressed Man contests, at the Ocoee Lakeshore Center,

150 N. Lakeshore Drive. Attendees must be 21-older.

Time: 5-10:30 p.m. Cost: $150, with proceeds benefiting

several charities in west Orange County. Sponsorships are

available. For more information or to purchase tickets,

visit bidpal.net/r4r2022 or www.wojsl.com.

May 7 — Walk For Life

Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Ave., Orlando,

hosts Walk for Life, a family-friendly 1- or 2-mile walk/run

that includes live music, children’s activities and a photo

booth. Time: 8-9 a.m. for registration, 9-10 a.m. for the

walk. Proceeds benefit Choices Women’s Clinic. For more

information or to register, visit walkforlifeorlando.com.

May 14-15 — Black And White

Weekend

Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando,

hosts the 12th annual Black and White Weekend, with

numerous festivities that include networking and socializing,

multiple entertainers, a pool gathering, silent

auction, 50/50 raffle, photo booth, discounts on food

and beverages, and more. Time: Saturday at 8:30 p.m.-

Sunday at 2 a.m. Cost: $49 in advance; $75 at the door,

with proceeds benefiting Base Camp Children’s Cancer

Foundation. Sponsorships are available. For more information,

visit blackandwhiteweekend.com.

June 4 — Make ‘M Smile

Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts the 20th

anniversary of Make ‘m Smile for VIP kids of all

ages from throughout the special needs community.

Festivities include the running of the official Special

Olympics torch at 8:45 a.m.; stage performances

by special needs kids and local personalities; food;

and hundreds of family-friendly games, activities and

exhibits. Time: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Everything is free for

registered VIP kids and their families, with a minimum

$5 charge for the general public. For more information,

call 407-857-8224 or visit www.nathanielshope.org or

www.nathanielshope.org/our-programs/make-m-smile.

June 7 — A Runway For Giving

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, 6601

Adventure Way, Orlando, hosts the 59th annual A Runway

for Giving, including a silent auction, fashion show and

luncheon. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $250, with

proceeds benefiting Morning Star Catholic School. For

more information, visit morningstarorlando.org.

n Children’s/Teen Programs

Ongoing — In-Person Storytimes

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

hosts the following in-person storytimes for children:

Storybook Fun for preschoolers is Fridays at 10:15 a.m.,

Toddler Time is Fridays at 10:45 a.m., and Tiny Tales for

babies up to 18 months is Fridays at 11:15 a.m. For more

information, call 407-835-7323 or visit www.ocls.info.

May 14 — Teen Driver Challenge Car &

Truck Show

Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville Blvd.,

Kissimmee, hosts the Teen Driver Challenge Car & Truck

Show, including a live DJ, driver instruction course, sheriff’s

office vehicle displays, drug and street-racing seized

vehicles, “seat belt convincer” demonstration, vehicle

roll over simulator, K-9 demonstrations and more. Time:

4-8 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. Show car entry

fee is $20 VIP parking on Margaritaville Boulevard, $10

general admission to the show car parking lot. For more

information, visit sunsetwalk.com.

n Classes/Programs

Ongoing — Knitting/Crocheting Classes

The Special Events Dining Room of Building C at St.

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

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Hearts to Hands’ free

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Sponsored by

Window World of Central Florida

JUNE 4 - JULY 23

In-person and virtual

events for kids of all ages

FUN • EDUCATIONAL • FREE

ocls.info/SRP


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knitting/crocheting classes. Yarn is provided, and all

ages and skill levels are welcome. Time: Wednesdays

from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call 407-

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

www.st.lukes.org/heartstohands.

Through December 31 — Virtual Fitness

Classes

AARP Florida sponsors virtual weekly group fitness

classes, including two types of yoga with QWellness

and low-to-moderate dance aerobics with Firebush. The

classes are free to the public, and times vary. For more

information or to register, visit states.aarp.org/florida/

join-us-for-free-weekly-group-fitness-classes.

May 18 — Religious Community And

Human Flourishing

Whole Life Church, 2800 N. Orange Ave., Orlando,

hosts Religious Community and Human Flourishing, featuring

Tyler VanderWeele as guest speaker. The discussion

is free and open to the public. Time: 7 p.m. To watch

the live streaming, visit live.wholelife.church.

n Events/Performances

Throughout June & July — Leaf

Scavenger Hunts

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

hosts leaf scavenger hunts for all ages, during which

participants find 20 distinct leaves placed in different

areas of the garden. Children may dress in their favorite

explorer or detective costumes, and maps are given out

to help with the hunt. Cost: $15, adults; $10, children

4-17. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit

leugardens.org.

n Miscellaneous

May 8 — Mother’s Day Brunch

Four Flamingos at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress,

1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, offers a Mother’s

Day brunch, including seafood creations, pastries and

endless mimosas. Reservations are required. Time:

Seatings are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $120, adults;

$60, children 12-younger. Prices do not include

tax and gratuity. For more information or to RSVP,

call 407-239-3854.

May 22 — Blood Drive

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

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts The Big Red Bus near

Building C for a blood drive. Eligible donors receive

a free OneBlood T-shirt, $20 e-gift card and wellness

checkup. Face masks are required upon entering the

bus. Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, email

care@st.lukes.org or visit st.lukes.org/blood-drive.

May 26 — MetroWest Food Truck

Connection

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,

Orlando, hosts a MetroWest Food Truck Connection,

including food, fun and music. Social-distancing guidelines

are observed. Time: the fourth Thursday of every

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Citrus Trees ● Decorative Rock ● Annuals ● Topiaries

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Shop at Royal and receive a

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month of May if you mention the code word “MOM”

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 females 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.

May 10, 17, 24 & 31 — 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.”

May 11, 18 & 25 — 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.

May 12, 19 & 26 — Virtual Thursday

Morning Men’s Group

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosts a men’s online

group with the Rev. Jad. Time: Thursdays at 7:45 a.m.

via Zoom. For more information or to register, call 407-

876-4991 or visit st.lukes.org/adults.

May 12, 19 & 26 — 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

www.vistatoastmasters.org.

May 19 — Business After Hours

Anniversary Celebration

West Orange Chamber of Commerce, 12184 W.

Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, holds a Business After

Hours networking event to celebrate the chamber’s 50th

anniversary. Series sponsor is Valley National Bank, and

event co-sponsors are Empire Finish Systems, Hardee’s,

Healthy West Orange, Universal Orlando, city of Winter

Garden, and Hapco Music Foundation. Registration is

required. Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: free for WOCC

members, $30 for nonmembers. For more information

or to RSVP, call 407-656-1304 or visit wochamber.com.

n Support Groups

Ongoing — Hope For Hurting Parents

Support Group Meetings

The Parish Life Center at Holy Family Catholic Church,

5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Hope

for Hurting Parents support group meetings for parents,

grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., who have children

of any age who struggle with mental health issues,

self-harm, eating disorders, substance abuse, gender

confusion, suicidal thoughts and more. Time: first and

third Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. For more

information, email Beth Denhof, bethdenhof@msn.com,

or call her at 407-399-5872; or email Kelly Muscaro,

kkmuscaro@aol.com, or call her at 407-963-5277. For

more information, including resources and book recommendations,

visit www.hopeforhurtingparents.com.

May 10 & 24 — Mental Health Support

Group Meetings

Building C at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts free individual

and family support group meetings for individuals affected

by mental illness. Individuals meet in Room C-206,

and families meet in the Founder’s Hall. The 90-minute

meeting is peer-led and helps participants connect with

each other, learn from each other’s experiences, share

coping strategies and offer each other encouragement

and understanding. Time: the second and fourth Tuesday

of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call

407-253-1900, email information@namigo.org or visit

www.namigo.org.

May 10 & June 14 — Virtual Support

Group Meeting For Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center sponsors

a free support group meeting for caregivers in the Suite

281 Conference Room (next to the south elevators on

the second floor) at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W.

Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of each

month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-843-

1910 or visit www.adrccares.org.

May 17 & June 7 — Virtual Teen Grief

Support Group Meetings

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds virtual

teen grief support group meetings for teens 12-17 struggling

with the loss of a loved one or feeling anxious,

upset or confused because of the pandemic. Groups are

free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Time: first and third Tuesday of each month from 5-6 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 866-742-6655

or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.

May 18 & June 1 — Virtual Teen Talks

Support Group Meeting

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds virtual

teen talks support group meetings for youth 12-17.

Groups are free and open to the public. Registration is

required. Time: first and third Wednesday of each month

from 3:30-4:30 p.m. For more information or to register,

call 866-742-6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.

n Volunteers Needed

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 Impact.

Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are welcome.

Please send information six weeks before the event to

P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34787; call 407-351-1573,

option 5; or email Lisa@kearneypublishing.com. ª


Living Well

Southwest OrlanDo

Volume 3, Issue 2 — May 2022

Six ExErciSE

SafEty tipS

Enjoy thE Sunny

SEaSon SafEly

A Product of the

Southwest Orlando Bulletin


2 | May 2022 | Living Well

As the days grow long and the

weather gets hotter, you’re likely

spending more time outdoors.

Whether you’re taking a brisk walk

around the neighborhood or competing

in a triathlon, keep these five

sunny season tips in mind:

• Replenish fluids. It’s easy to

become dehydrated when you’re

active. Replenish your fluids by drinking

plenty of water and healthy

beverages and by consuming waterrich

foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.

Because sweat contains

electrolytes, you’ll also want to add

foods that contain sodium, potassium,

magnesium and calcium to

your diet.

• Protect skin. Sun exposure can

contribute to the production of free

radicals. More free radicals in the

body means more damage can accumulate

over time, and this DNA

damage can cause gene mutations

that can lead to skin cancer. This is

why a multilayered approach to skin

protection is vital.

In addition to recommending daily

use of topical broad-spectrum SPF,

Enjoy the Sunny Season Safely

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Extra precautions are needed when spending more time in the sun.

a 2020 survey found that 87% of

U.S. dermatologists recommend

that their patients take a daily dose

of Heliocare daily use antioxidant

formula as a simple way to help

protect the skin. This natural, dietary

supplement contains 240 milligrams

of a powerful antioxidant formula

derived from the extract of polypodium

leucotomos (PLE). Polypodium

leucotomos is a tropical fern native

to Central and South America that

has been used for centuries as a remedy

for skin-related conditions.

“Adding a daily supplement like

Heliocare to your routine is a simple

precaution you can take to help

your body protect itself from the

damaging effects of free radicals,”

said New York-based dermatologist

Rachel Nazarian, M.D.

For more information, visit

heliocare.com.

• Protect your feet. Wearing properly

fitted, sports-specific footwear

can help you avoid overuse injuries

such as plantar fasciitis and tendonitis.

Over time and mileage, athletic

shoes lose their ability to absorb

shock and will need to be replaced

to help keep the muscles and joints

in your feet and ankles protected.

Headed for a swim? Always wear

pool shoes or flip-flops in the locker

room to prevent athlete’s foot and

skin infections.

• Protect your vision. UV light is

harmful to eye health and can put

you at greater risk for a number

of conditions that impact vision.

Wearing sunglasses with UV protection

is a good idea. A hat with

a brim or cap with a visor can offer

eyes additional shade with the

bonus of protecting your scalp and

face. At the pool, keep chlorine and

other disinfecting chemicals out of

your eyes by always using goggles.

Some pairs even offer UV protection.

• Ward off bugs. There’s nothing

more calming than connecting

with nature, that is until biting and

stinging bugs find their way to you.

When going for walks in the woods,

wear long sleeves and use an EPAapproved

insect repellent. When

you get home, do a quick inspection

for ticks. You can also make

your yard a safer, more comfortable

place to spend time by using a citronella

candle or tiki torch to ward off

mosquitoes.

Warm, sunny weather is ideal for

fun, active days spent outdoors. Just

be sure to take precautions to stay

healthy and safe.

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Nurse Practitioners:

Esther Pelissier, ARPN-BC

Irene Gan, PMHNP

Raykha Crag-Chaderton, PMHNP-BC

Rachael Pittala, ARPN-BC

Therapists:

Michael Kellogg, LMHC, ATR-BC

Randie Morillo, LCSW, ACSW

Amy Singleton, LMHC

Brooke Parker, LMHC

Cristal Daniel, LMHC

Rachael Pittala

Esther Pelissier


Living Well l May 2022 I 3

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,

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Now, as social restrictions ease, you

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workouts, whether you’re training for

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the highly absorbent, colored wound

pads are antibacterial to help prevent

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Spray Away Sore Spots

Controlling mild pain can help keep

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common pain brought on by fitness

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feet, shoulders and backs. For advanced

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Put Pain in the Past

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Six Exercise Safety Tips

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Reduce Impact of Knee Strain

Weak, injured or arthritic knees

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Best

Mom

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12-and-older

Winner

Allison Belemjian of Wesmere,

winner in the 12-and-older age group,

is pictured with best mom Karisa

Belemjian.

In 1992, the Southwest Orlando Bulletin —

then just a little more than 6 years old —

introduced what has become a Southwest

Orlando institution — the annual Best Mom in

Southwest contest. Now in its 31st year, the

contest is a way for residents to express to

their moms how important they truly are.

It seems that mothers are perpetually

protecting their children from the ills of the

world, tirelessly cooking and cleaning, and

preparing their children for adult life, all while

managing to somehow be the kindest and

gentlest women, despite occasionally having

to dole out discipline.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Stephen Varkey, overall winner; Allison

Belemjian, 12-and-older winner; Lily

Groenendaal, 10-11 winner; and Cali

Daskalakis, 9-younger winner; and

all of our honorable mentions. They

join a long list of past participants

who believe that their mothers are

truly the best.

10-11

Winner

Lily Groenendaal of Gotha,

winner in the 10-11 age

group, is pictured with best

mom Jennifer Groenendaal.

9-AND-

YOUNGER

Winner

Cali Daskalakis of

Windermere Crossing, winner

in the 9-and-younger age group,

is pictured with best mom Hope

Daskalakis.


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OVERALL WINNER

Stephen Varkey, adult

Phillips Landing

Best Mom: Ann Varkey

Your parents will always be your

parents, but your mom never stops being

your mom. Well into my 40s, I’m

continually inspired by my mother. She

continues to display the same level of resilience

that I’ve always known from her,

the same desire to care for others, and

the same persistence that made her one

of the top performers in her field.

My mother, Ann Varkey, is the pinnacle

of the immigrant success story, and

it is her daily example that pushes me

to become not only a better father but

an overall better person. Moving to the

U.S. from India with next to nothing in

her pocket, she worked hard to build a

life for herself and, ultimately, our family.

She showed me that it’s never too late

to make a change for the better when

she changed careers. She provided

an example for me when she volunteered

her time in a prison ministry. She

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displays her love for others by giving

generously, not just financially but with

her time. She wants to be a blessing to

those around her.

Now, as a grandmother to my children,

I know they are in her prayers.

She’s constantly texting me with advice.

She still encourages my sisters to be the

best.

So why is my mom the best? It’s because

she tries to make everything and

everyone around her better. She has created

a legacy through her sheer desire

to make an impact in this world.

12-AND-OLDER WINNER

Allison Belemjian, 14

Wesmere

Best Mom: Karisa Belemjian

You know how some people are so

in sync that they can finish each other’s

sentences? How some best friends can

exchange one simple look to express a

whole thought? My mother and I share

this kind of incredible bond, for which I

am so grateful.

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Every morning, I walk up to my mother

and give her a hug. It seems so simple,

yet it brightens both of our days. She

always has perfect, motherly wisdom to

give, which is comforting. She’s supportive

of me and my dreams and inspires

me to be my personal best in all my endeavors.

She loves me for me, exactly

the way I am. She has been my rock

during tough times. I appreciate all of

the work that she has put into raising my

sister and me. I just hope that one day

I’ll be even half of the mother that she is.

Thank you, Mom! I love you so much.

10-11 WINNER

Lily Groenendaal, 11

Gotha

Best Mom: Jennifer Groenendaal

My mom is the best mom in the

Southwest and probably in the whole

country. There are lots of reasons why,

but the main reasons are because she

is there for me, and she is also caring.

I can talk to my mom about anything

because she understands. When I get

down on myself, she says she gets that

way, too. She reminds me that no one

can start anything for the first time and

be really good at it. Everything takes

practice.

When I first started playing the violin,

I was discouraged because I sounded

pretty bad. I wanted to give up. When

my mom was in the sixth grade, she started

playing the trombone, and she was

not good at it. She did not want to go to

her Christmas recital because the other

kids played better. But, she got extra

help from her music teacher and did not

give up. She played at her recital and

ended up playing pretty well. This has

encouraged me to keep practicing, and I

am now better at playing the violin.

Sometimes, I get sad when kids are

mean to me and to other kids. My mom

makes me feel better by explaining to

me that every kid experiences mean

people. No matter how kind you are,

there is always someone who is not nice

or will say mean things. My mom tells

me to focus on nice kids who are positive

and treat others well, and this helps

me feel better.

She is so loving. She shows she cares

by giving me hugs and spending time

with me. She likes to take me shopping

for clothes, and we like to get our hair

done together. She tells me nice things,

like that she believes in me and that I am

beautiful and talented. She tells me I am

so special because I am her only daughter,

and I am the only granddaughter in

the family. When I am sad, she is there

to give me a hug and tell me it will get

better.

I am happy to have my mom because,

without her, I would be sad. I can go to

my mom for anything that I need, and

she makes me feel better when I am sad.

9-AND-YOUNGER WINNER

Cali Daskalakis, 9

Windermere Crossing

Best Mom: Hope Daskalakis

My mom is the best because she helps

me and many other people, including

animals. She is funny, smart and generous.

One time, I ate something I was

allergic to, and she stayed next to me

the whole time and gave me medicine

and checked on me every hour. She

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goes to each of my sibling’s rooms at

night to sing to us, read a book and say,

“I love you.” She makes us laugh when

my siblings or I are upset or sad. Every

day, when she drops us off at school,

she gives us a hug or a kiss before we

go to our classrooms. She also takes me

to soccer, softball and piano; my brother

to baseball; and my sister to piano and

softball. She is hardworking and keeps

us safe. She helps us solve problems

when someone is being mean to us.

And, if we get hurt, she always cares.

She also takes care of our dog and lets

us do fun things. She gives us a treat

when we get good grades and says,

“Good job,” to each of us. She also donates

to Goodwill and keeps our house

clean. When we are sick, she makes us

feel better. She is there for us and forgives

us. She treats us all with the same

love. And, she is the best mom in the

whole universe.

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I know that there are so many moms

in the world loving their children entirely,

but when it comes down to the simple

fact of which one is the best, it has to be

my mom. I don’t always understand exactly

why I can’t do a certain thing, why

I can’t be on TikTok or watch a movie

with my friends. I get angry and slam

my door. I know she loves me. She’s doing

this because it’s best for me. I don’t

always realize it in the moment, though.

My mom’s goal in life is to help me

thrive to the best of my ability in fine

arts, academics and just life in general.

She would willingly give her life for me

and has a love that cannot be erased

by anyone. She teaches me virtues

that I will need for the rest of my life.

She’s there to support me. And, sometimes,

she doesn’t give me what I want

because she knows what’s best for me.

I love my mom so much, even though

at times, it may not seem like it. She’s

kind, compassionate, wise, humorous,

supportive, insightful, loving, caring and

so on. My mom is the greatest and only

mom I would ever want to have.

Gracyn Eitel, 13

Winter Garden

My mom is the best in Southwest.

There are many kinds of moms, but my

mom is the best. She cares more for other

people than herself, and that makes

her have a great personality. That’s why

I love her!

She buys me shoes and clothes and

gives me toys. She also makes my favorite

food and dessert. My mom takes

care of me and my family, and she is so

kind that she prefers to have $100 and

give it to homeless people. This is why

my mom is the best in Southwest.

Roses are red, violets are blue. Sugar

is sweet, but not as sweet as you, Mom.

Kauan Do Santos, 8

The Estates at Park Avenue

There is an important person who I

love the most, and that is my mom.

My mom is encouraging because she

told me, “You can do it!” when I was

trying to ride my bike for the first time.

When I was going to the take the FSA, I

was worried, but my mom said, “I know

you can do it because you are so smart.”

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So, I took the test and felt great when I

finished. Before my first softball game,

I was nervous, and she said, “Try your

best.” I went in the field and hit well and

fielded superbly. We won the game, but

that did not really matter to my mom.

She is always proud of me.

She is helpful because she helps me

with my homework when it is hard. She

uses great strategies to help me work

through even the hard problems. She

helps me learn tennis, and, because of

her, I am a better tennis player.

My mom is funny because she makes

funny shadow puppets, and she makes

me laugh. She also tells funny jokes like,

“What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?” “Arrr.”

It is a good joke, and after she told me, I

told my other friends the same joke. She

acts funny and imitates a chicken or a

pig. She makes me laugh a lot, and my

family is so lucky she is ours.

My mom is amazing because she encourages

me, is helpful and is funny. She

is the best mom I could ever have.

Maxine Kushner, 9

Braemar

I have the best mom ever! Do you

know why? My mom is very caring because

she watches me every day. She

takes care of our family, including our

dog, Patchie. She also protects me from

accidents and from being harmed by reminding

me how to be safe. She calls

me when she is on her way home from

work to check on me and make sure I

am safe and fine.

My mom is the most loving mom because

she is very nice and sweet. She

can calm me when I am worried, and

she makes me feel relaxed when I am

frustrated. Her hugs and kisses make me

feel loved all the time.

She is the best cook. She cooks for

us even though she is tired from work,

and she makes sure our tummies are

full. She is helpful because she helps

me clean my stuff and makes sure our

house is clean, so we can relax and feel

at home. She is also helpful, not just to us

but also to the people around her. She

is an occupational therapist. She is very

passionate about helping people who

are ill and disabled.

She is hardworking, even when she

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She works hard for us to make

sure we can buy our daily needs and

more when we go out. My mom is the

best!

Cale Sta Maria, 11

Gotha

My mom is the best because she is caring

and helpful. My mom is caring because

she never, ever gives up. She will

keep on trying until she does it. When

I am scared, she comes into my room

and lays with me. This shows me how

much she cares for me. She plays chess

with me, and that makes me happy. She

takes the family to all sorts of fun places.

She plans so many great vacations, and

she helps me play basketball. She cares

and wants us to create memories.

My mom is helpful to everyone she

meets. She volunteers at my school,

helps me with my homework, and always

tries her best. My brother and I are

so lucky to have the best person to help

us and love us. My mom will be there for

anyone who needs her.

Chase Perrupato, 9

Windermere Club

My mom is great. When I wake up,

she makes my life awesome. We play

baseball in our backyard. My mom welcomed

me into the family. She makes me

feel loved.

Isaiah Jones, 9

Torey Pines

My mom is the best because she helps

me when I’m sad. She goes to work now,

but I know she’s doing it for my family.

She always tries to help my family out.

Natasha Napotnik, 8

Glenmuir

My mom was born in a small town

called Grecia in Costa Rica. She is the

oldest of four siblings, so she has always

taken time to care for others.

My mom is the best in Southwest

because she is smart and caring. She

makes me laugh and takes care of my

little sister and me. She is also a good

example for us, as she is a good friend

and likes to help others. My mom takes

care of the house, too, so she is very

busy sometimes. Somehow, she always

has time for us. When we are at school,

she thinks about us and misses us.

Something I really like about my mom

is that she cooks delicious food, from

bread to desserts, cakes, everything we

like. She makes everything from scratch,

even for our birthday parties. She makes

the best rice pudding and tres leches

ever!

Whenever we feel sick or sad, my

mom comes to the rescue. When we get

into trouble, she talks to us with love and

helps us see our mistakes and guides

us to be better people. She really is the

best mom. I thank God for giving her to

me and my sister. My mom is there for

me, and I am so grateful to her.

My mom is the best in Southwest, over

the rest, because she cares. Her name is

Adriana, but I love to call her Mamita.

Lucy Perez, 11

Aliso Ridge

My mommy goes to the park with

me, and it makes me happy because

I get to see my friends. She gave me

an Iron Man party. My mommy gives

me Marvel stickers, Iron Man toys and

Avengers books. Sometimes she takes

me to SeaWorld. I love her very much.

Evans Altenor, 5

Havencrest

My mom is the best because she pushes

me, and she cooks me yummy food.

One time, she cooked me a very good

breakfast. My mom is good. She pushed

me to finish all of the 15 Sunshine State

books. I accomplished the goal. My

mom also encourages me to follow my

dreams. She helps me with homework.

When I am sad, my mom comforts me.

My mom is nice, and she does constructing

with me. She spends time with me.

She plays games with me, and she helps

me achieve my goals.

I love reading books now because

my mom encouraged me to read books.

My mom also teaches me things. She

helps me learn lessons about myself, like

to not be frustrated because something

is hard or not.

Mostly, I love my mom because she

raises me, takes care of me, and so on

and so forth. My mom takes me out to


eat at yummy restaurants. She helps me

practice self-discipline, and now I can

do many things by myself, like study,

read a book and not play video games.

This is why my mom is the best.

Brayden Wu, 10

Meadow Ridge

There is a person who I love a lot.

My mom is the best because she is loving

and hardworking. My mom is loving

to everyone she meets. She does

people’s hair, and this makes them feel

good about themselves. She also puts

people before herself, like getting food

or clothes for my family. When I’m sad,

she sits with me and gives me a hug. She

says, “I love you, no matter what.” My

mom is special because she loves and

cares about everyone.

She is hardworking. She helps me

with my homework and cleans the dishes.

She also helps me practice baseball

and other sports. She gets me to school

no matter what. She has to get to four

schools and goes to baseball and volleyball.

She takes time to do things with

us and has a full-time job. I just do not

know how she does everything.

She is the No. 1 mom. That’s why she

is the best!

Calvin Leitzinger, 9

Windermere

Roses are red, violets are blue. I think

my mom is the best in Southwest, do you

think it’s true?

All the moms out there are loving

moms, but mine is a loving, gorgeous

mom who cares for four children. I think

that she is the best because she cares

for more than just her family. She even

gave food to a homeless person. She’s

the best person to make you happy.

Everyone should love and practically

worship their mothers for everything

they do for them.

My mom made sure there was a roof

over my head. Plus, she gave me food.

Who doesn’t love food? She also helped

me cheer up my friend, Isabella. She

told her some jokes to cheer her up.

That’s why I love my mom and also

why she is the best in Southwest!

Jayce Ginsby, 9

Pembrooke

My mom is the best because she is

hardworking and caring. She works in

her office and gets money and spends

it on us instead of herself. I don’t think it

is fair that she does so much work and

then still has to take care of our family.

She lets the dog outside, and she even

makes three lunches every day. She

helps everybody, and she doesn’t even

have time to sit on the couch. I am proud

of my mom, and I need to tell her this

more.

When someone is in the hospital, she

buys them dinner. She spends her time

playing with me. Her work is longer because

she plays with me. After work, she

helps my brother with homework until it

is time for bed. She is the best because

she helps me and my family each and

every day. She makes all of us better

because she is hardworking and caring.

Graham McMullan, 9

Windermere Downs

Is there someone in your life that takes

care of you? My mom is the best example

because she is there for me. She is

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hardworking, and she is polite and has

a positive attitude toward others.

We have six people in our house, so

she is constantly cleaning. Along with

her amazing cleaning skills, she makes

the best food. When I have a hard day,

Mom makes my favorite tomato soup.

After I have the soup, I feel much better

because I know my mom loves me. My

mom also volunteers for my classes at

school and church. Once, she surprised

me by helping in my class. I was so

happy!

She has a positive heart and thinks

of others. Once, my dad wasn’t feeling

well, so my mom tried her best to help

him stay calm. She also stayed positive

when my sister lost a tennis match. She

tries to look on the bright side no matter

what score I get on my schoolwork.

Hailey Scherer, 8

Lake Down Crest

There is a person who I love, and that

is my mom. Without a doubt, my mom is

the best because she is kind and helpful.

She makes most of the meals for my family.

One time, my mom forgot to make

dinner, and she fell asleep on the couch.

My dad had to make it, and when she

woke up, she said, “Is it time to make

dinner yet?” My dad, sister and I started

to laugh.

She spreads kindness by helping with

donations for Red Roses, and the money

is donated to a homeless shelter. One of

my favorite things she does is she comes

to my sporting events, and she never

cares about winning or losing. She just

cares about how I did.

I love my mom so much, and I hope

she knows just how beautiful and special

she is. We are so lucky to have her.

Logan Frisch, 9

Windermere Downs

My mom is the best in the world. She

takes care of me, my sister, my brother

and my dog. She loves us so much. One

time, I hit my head when I was on the

steps, and she put an ice pack on my

head and gave me a cup of hot tea.

Whenever one of us gets hurt, she helps

us feel better.

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On the first day of pre-K, I started to

cry because I only wanted to be with my

mom. After day care, I ran to my car so

I could see my mom because she’s the

only one I could think of.

She loves cooking my favorite food,

and she loves to dance with me. We

wake up early to watch the sunrise

through the window, and she is the

sweetest thing I know.

Jayda Pringle, 9

Lake Cane Hills

Do you love your mom as much as I

do? If you said, “Yes,” your point of view

may change after you hear how terrific

my mom is. First of all, she cares about

me, and it really shows. If I come home

and I look unhappy, there is no hesitation

for her to come up to me and ask

me if I am OK. My mom loves me and

does everything for me to make sure I

feel loved and cared for.

Does your mom always have everything

ready for you when you get home

at night from sports or after-school activities?

When I get home from dance, my

mom has dinner ready for me, and she

asks me how my day was.

My mom puts my sister and me first.

She makes sure that I am ready for

school or dance. My mom is a lovable

person. She owns her own business, and

her customers leave the nicest reviews

about how caring she is to their pets

and her customers. This definitely shows

how amazing she is at her job and as a

human being.

Without a doubt, my mom is the best

mom in the history of moms!

Aubrey Chesanek, 11

Winter Garden

I can’t imagine my life without my

mom. My mom is the best because she

is helpful and thinks of our family first.

When I need help with my homework,

she usually stops what she is doing and

comes to help me. She helps me clean

my room when I am busy or gone. She

helps keep me on track because, when

I’m not busy, she makes me do schoolwork

or go play with my friends. My

mom makes the best breakfasts and dinners.

My favorite dinner is everything

she makes. My mom and dad get along

well, sharing and helping our family,

and that makes me happy.

My mom always thinks of the family

first because, when my dad is not home

or not awake, she feeds me and my

brothers before she goes to work. She

doesn’t just go to work and wait for my

dad to wake up and feed us. Also, when

she is late, she doesn’t just leave. She

gives us hugs and says, “See you after

school.”

Once, I was sick, and I wanted my

mom to stay in bed with me, and she

did. She makes me feel so loved. I’m so

happy she was chosen to be my mom.

Also, I am proud of her.

Liia Pierce, 8

Windermere Downs

For starters, my mom gave me life.

What more could I want? She is caring.

She thinks of me before herself.

She also makes awesome food with

the help of Google. Although these

are all good reasons why my mom

is the best, there is one that outshines

them all. She loves me here, she loves

me there, she loves me everywhere!

My mother cares about me. You

might be thinking, Duh. She is your

mom. She should always care about

you. Well, the truth is not a lot of people

are as involved in my life as her.

She always talks to me and with me

— even if I don’t want her to. She is

just the opposite of careless. It was her

birthday, and she still thought of me

and made me breakfast.

She loves me for who I am. I will

admit that sometimes I can be a real

pain. Even so, my mom still loves me.

She loves me no matter what. She

tries to make boring times fun. She

tries to make new memories. She

makes sure I am taken care of before

she takes care of herself. She is the

only person in my family that will always

be there to talk to me if I’m having

a bad day.

She is very caring, makes good

food and loves and cares about me,

no matter what, no matter where. I

don’t know about you, but I would say

all of these reasons make my mother

better than 10 moms combined. She

is all I need.

Amelia Beaudet, 10

Windermere Downs

I am unable to fully explain my

mom’s personality because it is so

amazing. Sometimes I don’t express

how much I appreciate my mom, but

I keep working on it. If I had a different

mom, I would probably stay in

my room forever. My mom is the most

lovable, thoughtful person I know.

She is very unique because of her

kindness.

I am going to be in sixth grade next

year, and I know my mom will be with

me every step of the way. Mom tells

me to stop growing up, and occasionally,

I wish I could.

My mom works hard all day and still

gets dinner on the table. She cooks

meals that are healthy to keep me and

my family in shape. Her cooking is always

delicious, even the vegetables. I

hope by writing this, she understands

I could never ask for a better mom. I

love and appreciate her with all my

heart, and I know she does the same

for me.

Gia Spooner, 10

Windsor Hill

The staff of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin

extends special thanks to everyone

who participated in the 31st annual Best

Mom in Southwest Contest.

Editor’s note: Entries may have been edited for

grammar, punctuation, length and content. To

pay tribute to as many “Best Moms” as possible,

In Your Neighborhood, School News and Southwest

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