16.05.2022 Views

051922 SWB DIGITAL EDITION

Create successful ePaper yourself

Turn your PDF publications into a flip-book with our unique Google optimized e-Paper software.

The heartbeat of the community

O

ORLANDO BULLETIN

May 19 — June 1, 2022 | Since 1986

SPRING REAL ESTATE, INSURANCE & FINANCIAL DIRECTORY

The RTR

Army

Ronald Ziolkowski, known as RTR, believes the

harder you work, the luckier you get.

©JasonCannon/Cannonfirephoto.com


When you want it SOLD

Darrell Nunnelley

407-467-8069

BROKER

SOLD

31 Pine St

Windermere FL 34786

Over 500 feet directly on

Wauseon Bay /Butler Chain

For Sale

11657 Vicolo Loop

Belmere / Windermere

2,794 Sq Ft

4 Beds * 3 Baths

3 Car Garage

Pond View

SOLD Lake Butler 1005 W. 2nd Ave

SOLD 622 E. Central Blvd Orlando

SOLD

2730 Midsummer

Windermere FL 34786

Lake Down / Butler Chain

501 Main Street – Windermere * Local Office

DarrellSells.com


www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x 3


4 x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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

Explore Central Florida's Natural Springs

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ......................................................... 8

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................... 9

The RTR Army / Ronald Ziolkowski of Re/Max Prime Properties

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................. 10

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY

NOW OFFERING:

• Pregnancy

• Contraception

• Menopause

• Menstrual

Disorders

• In-office Surgery

AESTHETICS

• PRP -PLATELET-RICH-

PLASMA

• O-SHOT TM

• DOUBLE CHIN

TREATMENT

• LASER RESURFACING

SOUTHWEST ORLANDO HOME & REAL ESTATE ................................ 11

Spring Real Estate, Insurance & Financial Directory

2022 Top Garden Trends

Rethink Your Lawn!

SOUTHWEST SEEN ......................................................................... 18

Kids Beating Cancer's Hats & Roses Luncheon and Fashion Show

NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS .............................................................. 20

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

May 19, 2022

Volume XXXVI, No. 14

P.O. Box 851

Windermere, FL 34786

407-351-1573

www.southwestorlandobulletin.com

The Southwest Orlando Bulletin is published semimonthly by

Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC. No material may be reproduced

without written permission. Subscriptions are available in the U.S. and Puerto

Rico for $25.56 per year and in Canada for $31.80 per year. For foreign

surface mailing, add $20 per year.

Neither the publishers nor the advertisers are responsible or liable for

typographical errors, misinformation, misprints, etc., unintentionally contained

herein. All letters received become the property of Cornerstone Publishing &

Multi-Media LLC and may be reproduced and edited without consent.

PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER

Rick V. Martin

VICE PRESIDENT

Yvette Martin

MANAGING EDITOR

Lisa Sagers

lisa@kearneypublishing.com

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Lauren Salinero

lauren@kearneypublishing.com

FREELANCE WRITER

Leona Braun

CIRCULATION

Robert Barlow

MARKETING CONSULTANTS

Madeline DeVito

407-351-1573, option 1

mdevito@kearneypublishing.com

Michelle Oakes

321-277-3467

michelle

@cornerstonepublishinggroup.com

©2022/Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC


www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x 5

HOW

TO ...

Explore Central Florida’s Natural Springs

Clear and Refreshing Waters Await at Local Oases

by Lauren Salinero

We see things

through your eyes.

Those of us lucky enough to reside

in Central Florida can boast

more than just tropical temperatures

and grand theme parks. We are

surrounded by an array of natural

springs that offer a number of recreational

activities. These areas are

especially popular during holidays

and summer months. While the crystal-clear

water at each spring stays

around a perfect 72 degrees yearround

and is surrounded by lush

hammocks and vegetation, each also

has its own unique traits that make

all of them worth a visit. Many of the

springs have a steady current that is

perfect for a lazy tube downstream

while others offer refreshing swimming

holes and caves for diving.

Wildlife is plentiful in the springs,

and visitors should keep an eye out

for fish, birds, turtles, manatees, alligators

and more. Before venturing

to one of these nearby springs, be

sure to check floridastateparks.org

for any rules or restrictions that may

be in effect.

Alexander Springs, located at

49525 County Road 445 in Altoona,

is one of the stops along the Florida

National Scenic Trail. Along with

swimming holes and paddling rentals,

the spring is the only place in the

Ocala National Forest that allows

scuba diving.

Blue Spring State Park, located

at 2100 W. French Ave. in

Orange City, is best known for its

manatee population. The gentle

“sea cows” migrate during the winter

CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

Michael Wytiaz, CFP ®

Branch Leader

4848 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Suite 204

Orlando, FL 32819

407-909-0485

© 2021 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”) Member SIPC.

All rights reserved. (1120-0JP6) SCH4761-28 (12/21)

Accountability is the Schwab way.

At Schwab, we hold ourselves accountable

for your satisfaction. It’s why we offer a

Satisfaction Guarantee, which ensures

that if you’re ever dissatisfied with us, we’ll

refund your fee and work with you to make

things right. You won’t find that kind of

promise everywhere, but you will find it here.

Get started at schwab.com/windermere

If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, at your request Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”),

Charles Schwab Bank (“Schwab Bank”), or another Schwab affiliate, as applicable, will refund any eligible fee

related to your concern within the required time frames. Schwab reserves the right to change or terminate

the guarantee at any time. Go to schwab.com/satisfaction to learn what’s included and how it works.


6 x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com

Dr. Saif Haque • Veronica Garcia, PA • Milgaros Morales, APRN





SAVE TIME • SAVE MONEY

®

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5

months, November through March,

to spend the cold season in Blue

Springs’ warmer waters. Visitors can

watch the manatees, but swimming

with them is prohibited. In the summer

months, swimming, snorkeling,

tubing and diving are permitted.

Rainbow Springs State Park is one of the

many natural springs throughout Central Florida.

Visitors with a love of pancakes

delight in De León Springs State

Park, located at 601 Ponce Deleón

Blvd. in De León Springs, where the

Sugar Mill Restaurant can be found.

The 100-year-old replica of an

1830s sugar mill features cook-yourown

pancakes at each table. The

spring also offers swimming, snorkeling,

paddling, boating and fishing in

some areas of the park.

Edward Ball Wakulla

Springs State Park, located at

465 Wakulla Park Drive in Wakulla

Springs, is home to the world’s largest

and deepest freshwater springs.

Visitors can experience what drew

early Native Americans to build villages

along the shore, stay at the

Lodge at Wakulla Springs, tour the

river on a guided river boat or glassbottom

boat, or rent a paddlecraft to

explore the pristine waters.

Early natives believed the waters

at Rainbow Springs State

Park, located at 19158 S.W. 81st

Place Road in Dunnellon, held healing

properties. It is one of Florida’s

largest springs and features manmade

waterfalls.

Silver Springs State Park,

located at 5656 E. Silver Springs

Blvd. in Silver Springs, is famous for

its glass-bottom boat tours and kayaking

down the 5-mile Silver

River. Visitors can also explore

the Silver River Museum and

Cracker Village for more local

history.

In order to swim, snorkel

or paddle at Three Sisters

Springs, located at 601

Three Sisters Springs Trail in

Crystal River, visitors must enter

through a public boat ramp or

kayak launch at Hunter Springs

Park or King’s Bay Park. This

spring is a popular manatee

home, making it an attractive

destination while also restricting

some of the public access.

Motorized vessels aren’t

allowed in the springs, but

paddling is open from April 1

through Nov. 14.

If it’s mermaids you’re looking

for, a trip to Weeki Wachee

Springs State Park is a

must. Weeki Wachee, located

at 6131 Commercial Way in Spring

Hill, is famous for its live mermaid

show, riverboat cruise and water

slides at Buccaneer Bay. The spring

is also home to the deepest freshwater

cave system in the country.

Wekiva Island, located at 1014

Miami Springs Drive in Longwood,

is a favorite destination for locals

on the Wekiva River. The environmentally

friendly oasis offers canoe,

kayak and paddleboard rentals to

explore the river and a boardwalk

area to relax by the swimming area.

Cabana rentals, food and drinks are

also available.

One of the closest springs to

Southwest Orlando, Wekiwa

Springs State Park, located at

1800 Wekiwa Circle in Apopka,

is only 16 miles from downtown

Orlando. Visitors can enjoy swimming

and snorkeling as well as

canoeing and kayaking under picturesque

hammocks. ª


When my partner of 25 years died in

Florida last year, I had been her caretaker for the

past 10 years. How, in the world, can Florida

Probate Courts take 25 years of my financial

contribution to my same sex relationship and

give it to my partner’s reclusive blood relatives

who I have neither met nor know? My partner

had been suffering from a life-threatening disease,

Scleroderma, for the past 12 years before her

death. During this difficult period, I was her sole

caretaker and the family bread winner. I paid the

mortgage, all of her medical care and the majority of the family bills. Upon

her death, I filed probate only to learn that because my partner and I failed

to get married, I had neither entitlement to our family assets nor credit for

contributions I had made during our many years together except for assets

we jointly owned. Although I had durable power of attorney to manage her

finances and health care, our house was personally owned by my partner as

were her bank accounts, investment accounts, and insurance accounts and

with no specified beneficiaries.

Also, I learned that neither of our two children had entitlement to any

of the inheritance because both were adopted by me alone prior to entering

into our relationship. So, even though we spent 25 years as the All

American family, all of my partner’s assets belonged to her reclusive

blood relatives and I and our children lost everything that we as a family had

built and contributed for over 2 decades. This seems egregiously unfair

Laughing Heirs Inheritance

by: Kristen M. Jackson / Attorney

www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x 7

in today’s world that, beyond any doubt, accepts same sex marriages

nationwide. Even though my partner and I lived as a common law family,

I learned that Florida does not recognize common law marriages.

Although there are exceptions to the rule, for example, if you had

lived in one of the 7 states in the US that do recognize common law

marriage, and can prove your relationship set forth by those state’s

statutes in which you first lived, then the Florida Probate Court would

have considered our marriage valid and my partner’s assets would have

become our families rather than given to some reclusive heirs. Because

such proof is difficult, I had no chance of success in court like any other

blood relative would have had in those states that do recognize common

law marriage.

During probate, I learned the term ‘Laughing Heirs Inheritance.’

It means an heir who is legally entitled to inherit the property of a person

who has died, even though such heirs are only distantly related to the

deceased and have no personal connection or reason to feel bereaved

over their death.

My experience, I learned, is commonplace. To avoid losing

assets you and your partner spent a lifetime acquiring and which you

would otherwise be entitled, same sex partners, or those living common

law marriage lifestyles in Florida with either no intention or not yet

married, should consult with an Estate Planning Attorney to discuss

how to responsibly plan and protect family inheritances from being given

away to strangers otherwise known as Laughing Heirs.

Legal Areas of Practice

By our Team of

Attorneys

Administrative

Advance Directives

Bankruptcy

Business

Buy / Sell Contracts

Commercial

Contracts

Corporation

Criminal

Employment

Estate Planning

Family Law

Guardianship

Litigation

Last Wills

Medicaid

Powers Of Attorney

Pre-Nuptials

Probate

Real Estate

Special Needs

Title & Closings

Trusts

Trademark

Real Estate

Closings, Title Insurance, Sales & Purchases, Leases, Contract Review,

Contract Preparation

Estate Planning

Wills, Trusts, Probate, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives,

Pre-Need Guardians, Trust Administration, Pet (Animal) Trusts

Probate

With or without a Last Will, in order to obtain assets, pay debts and taxes

and distribute remaining assets to the heirs or beneficiaries, the deceased’s

estate requires the assistance of an attorney to manage the court supervised

administration.

Corporation & Business Law

Contracts, Start-ups, Purchase or Sales, Corporations (Inc.), Limited Liability

Companies (LLC’s), Trademarks, Copyrights, Franchise Agreements

(407)363-9020

www.JacksonLawPA.com

Offices: Orlando

Credit Cards Accepted

Kristen Jackson

Attorney At Law


8 x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com

n Charities/Fundraisers

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.

June 10 — Duck Race

Island H2O Waterpark, 3230 Inspiration Drive,

Kissimmee, hosts the second annual Duck Race

to educate, advocate and raise funds to provide

mental health services and to help prevent homelessness

in Central Florida. Up to 5,000 rubber

ducks of various sizes “race” around the waterpark’s

lazy river, during which attendees sponsor

ducks. Ducks range from $5-$100, with proceeds

benefiting Pathway Homes of Florida. Those sponsoring

a duck receive half off admission to the

park on race day. For more information, visit

www.pathwayhomesflorida.org.

n Events/Performances

May 27, 28, 29 & 30 — Memorial 4 Day

Weekend

Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville

Blvd., Kissimmee, hosts the Memorial 4 Day

Weekend, including nonstop music and entertainment

like bands, DJs, street performers, a car

show and more. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit www.sunsetwalk.com/

events/memorial-4-day-weekend/.

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.

June 9 — Celebrating Extraordinary Women

The Grove Room at Healthy West Orange,

1200 Plant St., Suite 212, Winter Garden,

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

hosts Celebrating Extraordinary Women, a

woman-focused event that aims to inspire and

empower women. Reservations and cancellations

must be made by June 3. No-shows will be

charged. Time: 4-6 p.m. Cost: $36 in advance

or $46 at the door for West Orange Chamber of

Commerce members, $50 for nonmembers. For

more information, visit wochamber.com/event/

celebrating-extraordinary-women-2/.

n Fourth Of July

Festivities

Through July 4 — Red, White & Blue

Americana

Historic downtown Winter Garden turns red,

white and blue to host a variety of patriotic

events: July 1 from 7-9 p.m. is Red, White &

Blues on the Plaza, with a local band playing

a mix of blues and popular tunes. The Winter

Garden Farmers Market Independence Day

Celebration is July 2 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with

good old-fashioned fun like family games, live

music and one-stop shopping for your holiday

barbecue. The 18th annual All American Kids

Parade is July 4 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Winter

Garden Masonic Lodge No. 165, 230 W. Bay

St. All are welcome to join the parade. Party in

the Park is on July 4 from 6-10 p.m. at Newton

Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., including a fireworks

display over Lake Apopka, live music, family

activities and more. For more information, visit

www.cwgdn.com.

July 4 — MetroWest MusicWorks

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,

Orlando, hosts the second annual MetroWest

MusicWorks, presented by Orlando Health and

including music, fireworks and food trucks. Adult

beverages are for sale. The entertainment lineup

features tribute bands honoring The Temptations,

The Four Tops and Elton John. Attendees should

bring chairs or blankets. Coolers and pets

are prohibited. Time: 6-10 p.m. Doors open

at 4 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Off-site parking is at Valencia

College, and a shuttle service is provided. For

more information, call 407-601-5995 or visit

www.metrowestcommunity.com.

n Miscellaneous

Ongoing — Sunset Markets

The lower-level common area of Pointe Orlando,

9101 International Drive, Orlando, hosts a

weekly pop-up Sunset Market, including goods

from local businesses and artisans. Time: Fridays

from 6-10 p.m. For more information, visit

www.pointeorlando.com.

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 & June 23 — MetroWest Food

Truck Connections

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,

Orlando, hosts MetroWest Food Truck Connections,

including food, fun and music. Social-distancing

guidelines are observed. Time: fourth Thursday of

every month from 5:30-9 p.m. For more information,

visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

n Networking/Clubs

Ongoing — Members Wanted

compiled by Lisa Sagers

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.

May 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 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 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 26, June 9 & 23 — Thursday

Networking Group Meetings

West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s

Thursday Networking Group meets at the

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center, 7000 Dr.

Phillips Blvd., Orlando. Time: second and fourth

Thursday of each month from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

For more information, email Jim Zeitschel,

jim.zeitschel@primelending.com.

n Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing — Virtual Volunteers Needed

RSVP seeks volunteers to help make masks for

Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care. For more

information or if interested, call Tyler VanBuren,

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

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Foster Grandparent Program seeks limitedincome

volunteers 55-older to join in helping

children in schools all around Central Florida.

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

volunteersforcommunityimpact.org/wp-content/

uploads/2020/01/FGP-Info-Flyer-1-13-20.pdf.

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

four-star level member of the We Honor Veterans

program, a national initiative to provide veterans

in hospice care with specialized services. All volunteers

must participate in mandatory training that

includes an overview of what is hospice care and

how volunteers play an important role in caring for

patients. For more information, call Olivia Davidson,

407-206-5060; or email odavidso@cshospice.org.

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, 12 Mustard

Seed Lane, Orlando, seeks volunteers who can

help with donation sorting, mattress recycling,

warehouse maintenance, administrative work,

special events or general maintenance. For more

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

jessi@mustardseedfla.org.

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


Ronald Ziolkowski, known by

most as RTR, has been dominating

the local real estate market for decades,

one satisfied client at a time.

With more than $600,000,000 in

closed sales and always ranked in

the top 10 in Orange County, Ron

knows how to exceed his clients’

goals. That is the driving force for

the RTR Army, the thousands of past

and present clients Ron has worked

for during his career.

His base of operations is Re/Max

Prime Properties in the heart of

Winter Garden, a zip code Ron

has sold more homes in than any

Realtor on the planet throughout the

past two decades. Re/Max is the

largest real estate franchise in the

world with offices in more than 150

countries worldwide. Ron has earned

the No. 1 individual Re/Max agent

for Florida for the past five consecutive

years. In addition, he has been

voted a Best of Southwest Realtor in

Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Best of

Southwest for seven years, one of

Orlando magazine’s Hot 100 Elite

Realtors for 16 consecutive years,

and too many more awards to list.

“I don’t worry about being No.

1 anymore,” Ron said. “It’s a result

of the constant day in and day out

grind. I literally sprint the marathon

every year, year in and year out.

The harder I work, the luckier I get.

Every sale is someone’s hopes and

dreams. That is what matters to me,

exceeding the goals of those who

entrust me with their largest and usually

most stressful transaction in their

lives. Without the RTR Army, I have

no business. I owe them everything.”

It’s definitely not luck, it’s his work

ethic and the relentless passion to

deliver five-star service every time.

Ron has spent 25 years, or half his

life, exceeding clients’ goals buying

and selling real estate in Central

Florida. He came to Orlando from

www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x 9

The RTR Army

Ronald Ziolkowski, the Army of One

his hometown of Buffalo, New York,

in 1998 for a job offer that eventually

did not come to fruition. He loved the

area, stayed and learned the real estate

business. It took him nine months

to sell his first home. Ron does real

estate his own unique way, giving direct

and honest advice to his clients

based on decades of experience.

His knowledge, sales expertise and

sound advice enable him to “play

chess while everyone else is playing

checkers on the same board.”

“I love what I do,” he said. “I love

that my clients become not only my

neighbors, but my friends. I focus on

one specific geographic area, [the]

same area I call home and have

raised my three children. I have devoted

my entire career to Southwest

Orlando, striving to become an

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

expert and a household

name in the

industry.”

What makes Ron so

different from others is

he does every aspect

of each transaction

himself. Nothing falls

through the cracks

because every step

is handled by Ron.

There is no team, no

assistants, just Ron

and the RTR Army. In

a sea of mega teams,

the RTR Army only

speaks with Ron from

start to finish. This

personalized representation

from one

of the country’s top

Realtors is unheard of

at the volume that Ron

does it.

“I treat every transaction

the same, no

matter if it’s a townhouse

or an estate.

The seller of the townhome,

in many cases, is relying on

me to get that extra few grand for

him more than that $2 million estate I

have for sale,” Ron said. “My clients

trust me to represent their interests

and needs to the best of my ability,

no matter the price point. I am not

everyone’s Realtor, that is for sure,

but those who I do represent get

100% of me, every time.”

Consistently selling homes for record

sales in record time, Ron spares

no expense on marketing his sellers’

homes globally at the very highest

level.

When asked, Ron said, “I give

my $550,000 seller the same level

of marketing most Realtors reserve

for $2 million estates. I never have

to advertise my personal business.

It all comes from past clients’ warm

©JasonCannon/Cannonfirephoto.com

referrals, so my marketing dollars are

poured into the families that list and

believe in me. It is the entire focus

of my business, to sell that family’s

home for maximum dollar in shortest

time frame.

Ron does not hesitate to give his

wife, Kathy, a large amount of

credit for his success. While Ron was

tirelessly working, she raised their

three children, all of whom attended

Windermere Preparatory

School. Owen is still a student

there, Evan is now at the University

of Central Florida, and Kaitlyn is

at the Savannah College of Art and

Design. Married for 23 years, Ron

and Kathy still never miss the chance

to go to rock concerts for date night.

Ron promises his phone is still on during

the show.

When asked about the immediate

future of the market, Ron said,

“With current interest rate hikes,

buyers over the last few weeks have

pumped the brakes a little. With the

[Federal Reserve System] announcing

at least two more rate hikes in

the near future, these buyers will be

jumping off the fence to lock in what,

historically, is still an amazing rate.

We will see a surge in activity in the

short term for sure. If [you’re] thinking

of selling, now is truly the time to

consider it.”

When asked what the future holds

for RTR, Ron smiled and replied, “All

I do is work hard [and] give the best

advice and marketing I can for my

clients. This is all I know. In the end,

the harder you work, the luckier you

get. I love what I do and am living

proof that the American dream is

alive and well for those who strive

to make those around them better every

day. Who is next? This s--- ain’t

an accident.“

For more information, call 407-592-SOLD or visit

rtrsellshomes.com. ª


10 x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com

n Dr. Phillips

Dr. Phillips resident Todd

Thompson directed and produced

the opening night film for the Florida

Film Festival. Based on the book of

the same name, Pre Fab is the largely

unknown true story of musician

Colin Hanton and the significant role

he played in shaping music history.

The feature-length documentary

chronicles how English-born drummer

Hanton joined John Lennon,

rounding up their friends in 1950s

Liverpool to form The Quarry Men,

a group that would evolve in just

a few years into the biggest, most

influential band in music history —

The Beatles.

n Gotha

A nonprofit theater company has

moved from New York to Gotha.

Little Radical Theatrics produced 27

full-scale musicals in New York and

has already presented four productions

locally this spring. Fatima

Viegas of Gotha is serving as executive

producer. Auditions for the next

production, The Addams Family,

will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

by appointment May 24 and May

25 at the Holiday Inn Express on

International Drive. Performances of

the musical will run from July 9-Aug.

7. For an audition appointment, email

littleradicaltheatrics@gmail.com with

a head shot, résumé and preferred

date and time for an audition.

n Oakland

Officials of the Florida League

of Cities recognized Oakland

Commissioner Joseph McMullen,

Seat 4, with a 2022 Home Rule

Hero Award for his hard work and

advocacy efforts during the 2022

legislative session. Joseph worked

tirelessly throughout the session to

promote local voices making local

choices, protect the Home Rule powers

of Florida’s municipalities, and

advance FLC’s legislative agenda.

Home Rule is the ability for a city

to address local problems with local

solutions with minimal state interference.

Home Rule Hero Award

recipients are local governmental officials,

both elected and nonelected,

who consistently responded to FLC’s

request to reach out to members of

the legislature and help give a local

perspective on an issue.

n Winter Garden

Winter Garden author Emmett

A. Starks released his book, The

Secret Life, of Death, and of What

Follows. The book is an uncomplicated

review of puzzling philosophical

theories about life and death, and

Emmett proposes unique answers to

what happens to our souls after we

pass on.

n Et Al

IN YOURNEIGHBORHOOD

Oakland

Commissioner

Joseph

McMullen

is awarded a

2022 Home

Rule Hero

Award by the

Florida League

of Cities.

Kudos to the following Southwestarea

residents on their recent

graduations:

• Palmer College of Chiropractic

bestowed Doctor of Chiropractic

degrees on graduates Christian

Doane of Celebration and Troye

Kiernan of Winter Garden.

• Baylor University graduates

included Windermere resident

Trevor Fitzgerald, Master

of Health Administration, and

Winter Garden resident Jessica

Lynn Gray, Bachelor of Arts in

journalism.

• Windermere resident Joshua

Mallow earned a Master of

Business Administration in management

at Frostburg State University.

compiled by Lauren Salinero

• Claire Quinn of Windermere

graduated from Miami University

with a Master of Arts in biology.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa

Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective,

collegiate honor society for all

academic disciplines. Membership is

by invitation only and requires nomination

and approval by a chapter.

Approximately 25,000 students, faculty

members, professional staff and

alumni are initiated into Phi Kappa Phi

each year. Among this year’s inductees

are Nova Southeastern University

students Mohammad Anwer of

Southwest Orlando and Amara

Johnson Hampton of Ocoee, The

University of Tampa students Caitlyn

Brice of Golden Oak and Mattie

Henrichs of Winter Garden, and

Michigan State University student

Kaila Pruitt of Southwest Orlando.

Alan Fickett

(left), foundation

chair of the

Rotary Club

of Dr. Phillips,

presents a Paul

Harris Award to

Dave Windsor

(center). They are

joined by club

President Terry

Taggart.

Rotary Club

of Dr. Phillips

President Terry

Taggart (left)

and past President

Collin Galloway

(center) present a

donation check to

Rotary District Gov.

Greg Gorski,

representative of

the Rotary Club

of Lake Buena

Vista.

Although we try to ensure that all information

presented above is the most current, correct and

dependable available, we do rely on others for the

source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando

Bulletin and Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media

LLC cannot be held responsible for the validity of the

information presented here, nor does mentioning it

constitute an endorsement. In Your Neighborhood

news is welcome and may be mailed to P.O.

Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786; or emailed to

Lauren@kearneypublishing.com. ª


Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate l May 2022 I 1

SOUTHWEST ORLANDO

Home & Real Estate

Volume 3, Issue 3 — May 2022

2022 Top Garden

Trends

Rethink Your

Lawn!

A Product A Product of the of the

Southwest Orlando Bulletin


2 | May 2022 | Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate

Spring 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 owned

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@floridamoves.com

Espe Almarza Anderson has been a full-time Realtor for more than 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 follow-through. 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., GRI, ABR, CSP, FMS, RCS-D

The Baldor Group/eXp Realty Orlando

407-342-6980

www.exprealtyorlando.com

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 consistent Platinum Club award winner. He is also

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 eight 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)

www.teamlentine.com

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 Central Florida for more than 20

years and has raised their three daughters here. 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!

REAL ESTATE / INSURANCE / FINAN

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

than 19 years of combined, award-winning experience in real estate and


Darrell Nunnelley, Realtor

Vintage Realty Group LLC

501 Main St.

Orlando • 407-467-8069

darrellsells.com

Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate | May 2022 | 3

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

www.rtrsellshomes.com

Ronald Ziolkowski, P.A., better known as “RTR,” has been a fixture in

Southwest Orlando real estate since 1998. He handles every aspect of a

transaction personally and creates clients for life, one closing at a time.

Earning the No. 1 Re/Max Realtor in Florida for five consecutive years, Ron

is celebrating his 21st year with Re/Max. With closed sales totaling more

than $600 million, 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 seven years and Orlando magazine’s Hot 100

Realtors for 16 consecutive years. He also is a member of the Re/Max Circle

of Legends.

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.

REAL ESTATE / INSURANCE / FINANCIAL DIRECTORY

CONTINUED ON PAGE 4


4 | May 2022 | Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3

Kory Brown, Agent

Sun Insurance Services Inc.

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

kory@suninsuranceservices.com • www.suninsuranceservices.com

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.

Donna Williams, Agent

Sun Insurance Services Inc.

7680 Universal Blvd., Suite 198, Orlando • 407-781-1610

donna@suninsuranceservices.com

www.suninsuranceservices.com

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

EXTERIOR HOME CLEANING

AND SPECIALTY

COATING SERVICES

PRESSURE WASHING

DECORATIVE SCORED CONCRETE

PAVER SEALING

POOL DECK COATING

321-947-2541

Imperial Outdoor Living, LLC

Facebook.com/imperialoutdoorliving


of Manhattan Community College. She serves as the vice president of her local

American Legion Auxiliary.

Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate | May 2022 | 5

Financial

Michael S. Wytiaz, CFP

Charles Schwab

4848 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Suite 204, Orlando

407-909-0485 • www.schwab.com/windermere

1600 Hancock Road, Suite D, Clermont • 352-404-5238

www.schwab.com/clermont

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

— so clients can take ownership of their financial lives. ª

REAL ESTATE / INSURANCE / FINANCIAL DIRECTORY

ESPE ALMARZA ANDERSON,

Realtor, MA, SFR

7626 Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL 32819

407-421-6679

espe.almarza@floridamoves.com

INTEGRITY • ETHICS • EXPERIENCE • RESULTS

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE RATES ARE SKYROCKETING.

Did you see a dramatic increase in your homeowners insurance

renewal? With more than 30 years experience in Florida insurance,

I can help you find the best policies at the best value.

We represent only Florida’s most stable, respected insurance

companies, including AAA, Tower Hill, American Integrity,

Progressive, Travelers and Nationwide. Several carriers bundle

home and auto for great savings.


6 | May 2022 | Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate

Interest in gardening continues

to blossom as more people decide

to exercise their green thumbs and

make the most of their outdoor spaces.

Whether it’s a quaint balcony,

large backyard garden or front yard

landscaping, gardening opportunities

are bountiful.

With a little creativity and some

expert insight, anyone can be a successful

gardener. The team at Ball

Horticultural Co. shares the following

simple tips and top trends for 2022

to inspire every type of gardener:

Low Maintenance, High Impact

Do you want a magazine-worthy

landscape but don’t want to spend

every day tending to plants? The

trick is to strategically select eyecatching

flowers that are easy to

care for.

There are many plants that offer

beautiful blooms with surprisingly

little work. Beacon impatiens are

the ideal plant for flower beds with

partial sun, rewarding you with

ample, long-lasting color for the

shade. Add Megawatt begonias in

pots and transition spaces — this

bigger-than-life hybrid provides

rich color and glossy foliage with

little care. For sunny spots, you can’t

go wrong with low-maintenance

must be received by May 25 for a chance to appear in our June 16 issue.

2022 Top Garden Trends

Colorful flowers take center stage when it comes to curb appeal.

E3 Easy Wave petunias. This

spreading petunia comes in a variety

of hues, adding sweeping

color that will be the envy of the

neighborhood.

Fun and Flavorable Foods

As the sustainability movement continues,

more people are interested in

growing their own food. Whether it’s

a small herb garden or a large vegetable

plot, having homegrown food

at your fingertips can help you eat

healthier and fresher.

Many vegetables and herbs do as

well in containers as they do in the

ground, so if you’re short on space,

you can still succeed with growing

vegetables as long as you can give

your plants a sunny spot and adequate

water. An insider tip is to skip

seeds and buy garden-ready plants

that are already established, such as

Burpee vegetables and herbs. This

helps support successful growing

and faster harvests.

Tomatoes are a must for any vegetable

grower. But what if you don’t

have an outdoor growing space? No

garden, no problem with the Kitchen

Minis collection of indoor potted

vegetables. Look for siam tomato,

which gives you several weeks of

cherry-sized fruit for your fresh eating

and recipes. Enjoy it on a sunny

windowsill indoors or next to your

other easy-access countertop herbs.

Pollinator Gardens

Pollination is essential for plants to

flourish, and according to officials of

the U.S. Forest Service, pollinators

are responsible for assisting more

than 80% of the world’s flowering

plants to reproduce. This includes

hardworking insects like butterflies,

bees and birds. Because of their

essential work, everyone can enjoy

plants that delight the eyes and tasty

foods that tantalize the taste buds.

Some pollinator populations are

diminishing, so people are taking

action by planting pollinator-friendly

gardens. For example, if you want

butterfly bliss in your garden, choose

Chrysalis Buddleia. Known as butterfly

bush, this plant has an abundance

of flowers but grows in a manageable

size — perfect for a small hanging

basket. Add in a few Shamrock

lantana, whose blooms are an attractive,

soft landing pad, and you’ll be

creating a pollinator paradise.

First Impressions

After spending the past few years

close to home, people are taking exceptional

pride in their properties by

prioritizing curb appeal. Friendly yellows

and vivid purples are on trend

and broadly appealing, making

your home stand out on the block.

For a sunny show all season long,

plant bee’s knees petunias. The intense

yellow color of each big bloom

adds brightness to your landscaping.

Juxtapose the yellow with Jolt purple

dianthus, adding a vivid magenta

shade that instantly adds personality.

Curb appeal can come from more

than just flowering plants, of course.

For visual interest in a fruiting plant,

check out candy cane chocolate

cherry peppers. With variegated foliage

and uniquely striped fruit that

changes from green to chocolate

and cherry red, these are a treat for

the eyes and the stomach.

No matter the size of your garden

space or the time you can put into

your plants, there’s something for everyone

in the top gardening trends

of the year.

(BPT) ª


Who has time to continuously care

for that carpetlike, green grass almost

everyone longs for? Nearly no

one. Cultivating a lush, green lawn

takes time, can be expensive and is

a mainstay on weekend to-do lists

from spring through fall. Now, that’s

a serious commitment.

Traditional turf lawns require a lot

of maintenance. You must mow and

remove weeds often, plus the amount

of water usage can be staggering.

The average American family

uses 320 gallons of water per day,

about 30% devoted to outdoor uses,

according to the EPA. More than

one-half of that is used for watering

lawns and gardens. Nationwide,

landscape irrigation is estimated to

account for almost one-third of all

residential water use, totaling nearly

9 billion gallons per day.

It’s about time to rethink the obsession

with turf grass lawns and take

a page from the past — clover can

help create a great-looking lawn.

Several decades ago, clover was

considered so essential for lawns

that it was a standard component in

lawn seed mixes and wasn’t considered

a weed. Clover was branded

a weed when agricultural chemical

companies created herbicides to

rid lawns of broadleaf plants. The

herbicides had no effect on grass

but killed everything else, clovers included,

which is how clover became

identified as a weed.

It’s not too late to renovate your

lawn and reintroduce the springy,

soft, green carpet of clover back into

your lawn. It’s fluffy on the feet; aids

in both weed and erosion control;

and, when used to over seed existing

lawns, fills in bare spots fast.

Today, as interest grows in more

natural, eco-friendly ways to care

for grass, you might consider totally

replacing your lawn with an option

like Miniclover, which should not be

confused with invasive, white Dutch

clover.

“Miniclover is about one-third to

half the size of white Dutch clover,

producing a thick, carpetlike appearance

that blends well with turf,”

said Troy Hake, president and

owner of outsidepride.com, which

offers a multitude of seeds, including

grasses, clovers, wildflowers, herbs

and more. “It’s especially attractive,

cost-effective, eco-friendly and can

help you get that thick, lush, green

lawn your neighbors will envy.”

In addition to providing weed and

erosion control, the fluffy lawn alternative

offers a variety of benefits:

• Nitrogen fixer. Miniclover takes

nitrogen from the air and “fixes” it

in your soil, eliminating the need to

apply nitrogen plant food because

it does the work for you, keeping

lawns green and growing while adding

natural nitrogen to the soil.

• Drought tolerant. Miniclover

has longer, deeper roots than turf

grass, reaching down into the soil

for the moisture they need, so you

won’t need to water as much during

normal weather conditions. Plus, it

stays green year-round, is resistant to

drought, and tolerates wet conditions.

Rethink Your Lawn!

It may be time for homeowners to reconsider clover for their yards.

DON’T MISS OUT

ON FUTURE ISSUES!

Delivered

to your

mailbox

or inbox.

407-351-1573

www.southwestorlandobulletin.com

Southwest Orlando Home & Real Estate | May 2022 | 7

• Controls weeds. Its dense structure

and growth habits help suppress

existing weeds and the establishment

of new weeds, as it grows via stolons

(stems that grow horizontally along

the ground).

• Low to no maintenance. You

can mow Miniclover — the more it’s

cut, the smaller the leaf size — or

simply let it grow, as it only grows

4-6 inches tall and doesn’t get unwieldy,

making it an ideal lawn

alternative or healthy addition to

your lawn.

• Thrives in sun to partial shade.

Unlike some turfgrass types,

Miniclover does well in partial shade

that receives at least some direct sunshine

daily.

• Stands up to foot traffic. It has

superior wear tolerance over turf

grass, does well in compacted soil,

and fills bare spots quickly.

• Makes great ground cover.

Grow it alone or, because of its

adaptability and ability to grow in

a wide variety of conditions, combine

it with other ground cover

plants, like creeping phlox, ivy and

thyme.

It’s time to rethink typical lawn turf

and try an eco-friendly alternative to

replace or renovate your lawn.

For more information, visit

outsidepride.com.

Source: outsidepride.com

Shrubs ● Palm Trees ● Mulch ● Perennials

Citrus Trees ● Decorative Rock ● Annuals ● Topiaries

Flagstone ● Groundcovers ● Pottery ● Boulders

WE SELL SOD

WE DELIVER

(Family Features) ª

Sod sold by the piece, half pallet and pallet

St. Augustine Floratam - St. Augustine Palmetto – Zoysia – Bahia

Call for availability and pricing


18 x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com

Southwest

SEEN

Kids Beating Cancer held its third Hats & Roses luncheon and fashion show, themed “Springtime in Paris,” at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt

Disney World. Attendees enjoyed a gourmet, French-inspired, three-course luncheon with French cocktails, Champagne and wine; a couture fashion

show, and shopping from a selection of vendors. Entertainment also included opera singers from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts who

sang three numbers from Carmen. Proceeds from the event supported KBC, a nonprofit that provides access to lifesaving treatments for children suffering

from a cancer diagnosis and advances research while supporting children and their families during their journey. This year’s event raised $260,000, a

generous improvement above last year’s almost $200,000. The luncheon and fashion show were planned by the Rose Society, a newly formed

volunteer committee for KBC that was founded by Francelis Gonzalez, M.D., of Turtle Creek. Dr. Gonzalez served as chair of the event, and Donna

Boyer of Palm Lake was co-chair. Among others, Southwest-area guests included Sunshine Cusack of Windermere, CEO Margaret Guedes,

Brigitte Jensen, and Leslie and Lindsay Skillman of Torey Pines. For more information about KBC, visit kidsbeatingcancer.com.


Southwest

SEEN

www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x 19


20 x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com

NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS

compiled by Lauren Salinero

n National Women Build Day

in Winter Garden

West Orange Habitat for

Humanity hosted a National

Women Build Day with a ceremony.

This year, participants worked

on the four newest Habitat homes

on Criswell Court in east Winter

Garden. Habitat homeowner partners

also were present to help work

on their homes and speak during the

event.

National Women Build is an annual

event across the U.S. with the

national Habitat’s Women Build

program that invites women to raise

funds and devote at least one day

to help build. The campaign aims to

spotlight homeownership challenges

faced by women and address

those issues head-on through the

power of women across the community.

West Orange Habitat, working

in close cooperation with the city

of Winter Garden, is addressing

the need for affordable housing

in the community located in east

Winter Garden. This partnership

provides the opportunity for low-income

families to purchase their first

homes.

West Orange Habitat oversees the

construction of these single-family

residences, using sustainable materials

and environmentally friendly

building and landscaping practices.

In addition to its existing stalwart

partners and volunteers, West

Orange Habitat seeks strategic relationships

with other interested

corporations, churches and community

organizations to help expand

its volunteer and material resources,

and hence its reach and impact

for good.

For more information, visit www.

westorangehabitat.org.

Offering MOH’s and

Superficial Radiation Therapy

Appointments are now available

407-566-1616


n CFHLA awards scholarships

to hospitality students

Central Florida Hotel and

Lodging Association officials,

in partnership with the CFHLA

Foundation and through the support

of the association’s members,

has awarded more than

$1,050,588 in hospitality-student

scholarships since 2000. This includes

another $116,000 that was

distributed during last month’s annual

Gives Luncheon, which was

held at the Caribe Royale Orlando.

In total, 44 Central Florida students

were given hospitality-student

scholarships, five new students were

presented family-member scholarships,

and two current hospitality

www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x 21

employees received Mike Smukall

Memorial scholarships. In addition,

CFHLA awarded Valencia

College year nine of a 10-year

$5,000 educational grant totaling

$50,000 and collected more than

64,000 items in its CFHLA Cares

Drive, which supports homeless

students in Orange, Osceola and

Seminole counties.

For more information, visit www.

cfhla.org.

n HFUW addresses mental

health at annual luncheon

Officials of Heart of Florida United

Way continued their focus on eliminating

the stigma of mental health through

its first in-person event in two years

— the 15th annual Women United

Luncheon — which raised more than

$220,000. As keynote of the event,

ABC chief meteorologist Ginger Zee

shared her own mental health journey,

as she checked herself in for treatment

only 10 days before starting at Good

Morning America and continues to get

help today through a “personal trainer

for her brain.”

One of HFUW’s largest programs

is its 211 Information and Referral

Crisis Hotline that connects families

with the resources they need. It also

serves as the Suicide Prevention

Lifeline for Orange, Osceola and

Seminole counties. During 2020,

Local students receive hospitality-student scholarships from the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

Start early June

TOP COACHES

Beginners and High

Performance

Start early June

For all your summer tennis requirements at

For all your summer tennis requirements at

Windermere Prep School and West Orange Country Club.

dermere Prep School and West Orange Country Club.

407 928 6666

(407) 928-6666

OrlandoTennisAcademy.com

info@orlandotennisacademy.com

6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Rd, Windermere

West Orange Country Club

3300 W Orange Country Club Dr, Winter Garden

354455-1

TOP COACHES

Beginners For and High all your summer tennis requirements

Performance at Windermere Prep School and

West Orange Country Club.

Top Coaches on the Courts All Summer

#1 Tennis Facility in Southwest Orlando

Children of All Ages and Abilities

407 928 6666

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

401 Main Street, Suite A, Windermere, FL

Windermere Center for

DENTISTRY

Emilia Godoy-Rapport, D.M.D.

Always Friendly & Gentle

Cosmetic and family dentistry

Esther Pelissier

www.windermeresmiles.com

(407) 909-1097


22 x May 19 — June 1, 2022 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21

211 answered 360,000 calls, increasing

from an average of 700

calls per day to 3,400 calls per day

— a 400% leap. They ranged from

housing and rent support to someone

needing help because they were furloughed.

The common denominator

was stress and the mental toll of facing

those challenges in addition to a

life-threatening pandemic. In 2021,

211 received nearly 2,200 suicide

calls — or six suicide calls per day

— within the tri-county area.

For more information, visit hfuw.

org/womenunited.

BUSINESS BRIEFS

photo courtesy of WOCC

West Orange Chamber of Commerce ambassadors hold a Business After Hours at Valley Bank. Included in the event are (l. to r.)

WOCC President Stina D’Uva, Rick Austen, Diana Cox, Henry Colon Perez, Elsa Rojas, Hamlin/Dr. Phillips Valley Bank VP

Market Manager Tina Zernickow, Jennifer Ortiz, Bruna Moura, Sara Pellechia, Jennifer Morales, Johnathan Simmons,

Jeremy Satchell and Central Florida Market President Lynetta Tipton Steed.

Series sponsor Valley Bank hosted

a West Orange Chamber

of Commerce’s Business After

Hours at Valley’s Hamlin branch.

Valley team members from Hamlin

and Dr. Phillips branches assisted

in the hosting. WOCC

builds partnerships, strong businesses

and commitment to the

community by serving as the leading

business advocate in Central

Florida, facilitating opportunity to

nearly 1,000 member businesses.

For more information about

WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit

wochamber.com.

As part of its commitment to offer

patients access to high-quality

health care closer to home, the

physicians at the Orlando

Health Digestive Health

Institute Gastroenterology

— Dr. Phillips have a new ambulatory

surgery center where

they provide general gastroenterology

outpatient procedures. The

Lakeview Surgery Center, an affiliate

of Orlando Health and located

in Suite 108 at 7448 Docs

Grove Circle, recently opened

in the busy Southwest Orlando

corridor on the Orlando Health

Dr. P. Phillips Hospital campus.

For more information, visit

orlandohealth.com. ª

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce

FACILITATING OPPORTUNITY FOR OVER 45 YEARS

Dr. Phillips | Gotha | Horizon West | Lake Avalon | MetroWest | Oakland

Ocoee | Orlo Vista | Pine Hills | Windermere | Winter Garden

wochamber.com

(407) 656-1304

Networking

Marketing

Education

Advocacy

Live and in Person.

Your Message Targeted.

Sharpen Your Saw.

Stay “In The Know”

Seniors Way, Inc.

Companion / Homemaker Services

407-340-4120

carmen@seniorswayinc.com

Locally Owned & Operated

License number 236778

Free in Home Consultation

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Ken

PROFESSIONAL HANDYMAN

Interior & Exterior Painting

All Flooring • Pressure & Chemical Cleaning • Screen Repair

Drywall • Texture • Popcorn Removal • Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

407-769-1348

All Repairs, Improvements & Odd Jobs, Large or Small

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★


PRESENTED BY:

4 DAY

WEEKEND

MAY 27 TH - 30 TH

NON-STOP MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

BANDS, DJs, STREET PERFORMERS,

CAR SHOW & MORE

10 LIVE PERFORMANCES INCLUDING:

THE RUNDOWN, DJ SCOTTY B., THOMPSON BROWNE TRIO,

SLICKWOOD & THE JASON LINK EXPERIENCE

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING

3251 Margaritaville Blvd.

Kissimmee, Florida


• Stay current with local real estate trends;

• And so much more!

P.O. Box 851

Windermere, FL 34786

8th

8th

Visit Visit our site today to: our site today to

• Ask • About Ask Our Perfect Home About Finder Program; Our Perfect

• Find • Out the Find True Value of Your Out Home the True Valu

In Today's In HOT Market; Today's HOT Market

• Use • the Mortgage Use Calculator the to Mortgage Ca

prepare for prepare monthly expenses; for monthly e

• Request • a Request Free Buyer or Seller’s Guide; a Free Buyer

• Learn • about Learn the Rent-to-Own Program; about the Rent-

• Stay • current Stay with local real estate current trends; with loca

• And • so much And more! so much more!

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!