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The heartbeat of the community


August 4 — 17, 2022 | Since 1986

Huntington Learning Center

Helping Students Since 1977

Huntington Learning Center offers two

locations to serve your students: Dr. Phillips

and a new location in Winter Garden.


SCHOOL NEWS ............................................................................... 4

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................... 8

Huntington Learning Center / Getting Students Back on Track for Success

LIVING WELL ..................................................................................... 9

Helping Your Child Get the Most Out of Team Sports

Summertime Skin Care Tips

Vet-Approved Tips to Help Keep Pets Safe

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................. 13

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 17

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 18

August 4, 2022

Volume XXXVI, No. 19


Rick V. Martin


Yvette Martin


Lisa Sagers



Lauren Salinero



Robert Barlow

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West Orange Political Alliance, Inc.

A non-parsan polical commiee, the

polical acon arm of the West

Orange Chamber of Commerce,

formed to represent the best interests

of West Orange County urges you to

vote Early, By Mail or on

Tuesday, August 23rd.

Our endorsed candidates

for the Elections:

Orange County

Jerry Demings – Mayor

Chrisne Moore – District 2

Mercedes Fonseca - District 4

Roberta Walton Johnson – District 6

Andrew Asher Bain - County Court Judge, Group 2

Elizabeth Starr - County Court Judge, Group 8

Amanda Sampaio Bova - County Court Judge, Group 9

Elizabeth Gibson - County Court Judge, Group 17

Orange County Public School Board

Teresa Jacobs - OCPS Board Chair

Angie Gallo – District 1

Maria Salamanca – District 2

Florida Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

John Beamer – Group 14

Vincent Chiu – Group 44

Florida House of Representatives

Doug Bankson (R) and Tiffany Hughes (D) District 39

Lavon Bracy Davis (D) – District 40

Travaris McCurdy (D) – District 41

Bruno Porglia (R) and Allie Braswell (D) – District 45

Florida Senate

Kamia Brown (D) – District 13

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n SunRidge Middle

Fresh Kitchen and Fleet Farming,

a nonprofit urban agriculture program,

partnered to build an edible

garden at SunRidge Middle.

The garden should be available

for planting by the start of the

new school year. Fleet Farming

members will help select what

is planted according to the season.

Students and teachers will

also be able to use the garden

for their STEM — science, technology,

engineering and math

— lessons.

n Dr. Phillips High

Bank of America representatives

recognized four Orlando

high schoolers as 2022 Bank

of America Student Leaders because

of their community and

academic achievements. Among

the students recognized was

Chelsea Mendes, an Ocoee

resident and a rising senior at

Dr. Phillips High. As a person of


compiled by Lauren Salinero

Ocoee resident and Dr. Phillips High rising senior Chelsea Mendes (second from right) is named a 2022 Bank of

America Student Leader.

color, Chelsea initially hid her neurological

epilepsy diagnosis due to

the stigma. Refusing to be another

statistic, Chelsea teamed up with

the Child Neurology Foundation

(CNF) in search of a

cure and was eventually

asked to sit on

its Transitions Project

Advisory Committee

as the youngest standing

member. In this

role, Chelsea supports

young adults navigating

life as students,

leaders and professionals

with regard to

their diagnoses, helping

them overcome

their insecurities and

the conditions of epilepsy.

As a student

leader, Chelsea will

work closely with the

Boys & Girls Clubs

and gain exposure

to workforce skills,

leadership and civic





• Challenging, individualized curriculum that maximizes learning capabilities through critical thinking, creative

problem-solving and hands-on education.

• Nurturing educators certified in child development, with more than 50 years of combined education experience.

• Fun, interactive learning environment with low student-to-teacher ratios and modern classrooms.

• Outstanding range of subjects including languages, art, music, science, public speaking and character development.

• Expansive indoor/outdoor play areas featuring a gym and playground equipment.


East Orlando

2 Years - 2nd Grade:

(407) 431-0085

Winter Garden

12 Months - 5th Grade:

(407) 391-3780

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n Et Al

National Merit Scholarship Corp.

released its winners in the 67th annual

National Merit Scholarship

Program. Approximately 7,500

distinguished 2021-22 high school

seniors won National Merit

Scholarships, including collegeand

corporate-sponsored scholarships.

Southwest-area winners


• Windermere resident Gina

Adams of Olympia High was

awarded a National Merit Univer

sity of Miami Scholarship.

Gina’s probable career field is


• Home-schooled Windermere

resident Emerson Allen was

awarded a National Merit $2,500


• Dr. Phillips resident Kyle

Holt of Olympia High was

awarded a National Merit Astellas

Pharma US Inc. Scholarship. Kyle’s

probable career field is biomedical


• Winter Garden resident

Ritam Bhowmik of Orlando

Science Schools was awarded a

National Merit University of Central

Florida Scholarship. Ritam’s probable

career field is oncology.

• Winter Garden resident

Peyton Burton of Windermere

High was awarded a National

Merit Florida State University

Scholarship. Peyton’s probable career

field is film production.

• MetroWest resident Hana

Checketts of Olympia High

was awarded a National Merit

University of Florida Scholarhsip.

Hana’s probable career field is


• Winter Garden resident

Felicia DeQuiros of

Windermere High was awarded

a National Merit University of

Florida Scholarship. Felicia’s probable

career field is biochemical


• Winter Garden resident

Nehal Dwaram of Orlando

Science Schools was awarded a

National Merit University of Florida

Scholarship. Nehal’s probable career

field is medicine.

• Southwest resident Adam

Fadhli of Windermere Preparatory

School was awarded a

National Merit University of Central

Florida Scholarship. Adam’s probable

career field is medicine.

• Southwest resident Ayna

Ghulldu of Dr. Phillips High was

awarded a National Merit University

of Central Florida Scholarship.

Ayna’s probable career field is


• Ocoee resident Jayden

Grisaffe of West Orange High

was awarded a National Merit

University of Alabama Scholarship.

Jayden’s probable career field is


• Southwest resident Azeem

Hakim of Dr. Phillips High was

awarded a National Merit University

of Central Florida Scholarship.

Azeem’s probable career field is


• Winter Garden resident

Christopher Hamlin of

Montverde Academy was

awarded a National Merit University

of Florida Scholarship. Christopher’s

probable career field is chemical


• MetroWest resident

Amitha Akshaya Karuppiah

of Orlando Science Schools

was awarded a National Merit

University of Florida Scholarship.

Amitha’s probable career field is


• Ocoee resident Sean Lewis

of West Orange High was

awarded a National Merit $2,500

Scholarship. Sean’s probable career

field is astrophysics.

• Southwest resident Poorvi

Narendranath of Dr. Phillips

High was awarded a National Merit

University of Florida Scholarship.

Poorvi’s probable career field is


• Winter Garden resident

Sarah Park of Windermere

High was awarded a National

Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Sarah’s

probable career field is medicine.

• Winter Garden resident

Maanya Pradeep of Orlando

Science Schools was awarded a


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National Merit University of Central

Florida Scholarship. Maanya’s probable

career field is medicine.

• Windermere resident Anna

Shannin of Olympia High was

awarded a National Merit University

of Florida Scholarship. Anna’s probable

career field is epidemiology.

• Windermere resident

Nivedha Srinivasan of Windermere

High was awarded a

National Merit University of Central

Florida Scholarship. Nivedha’s probable

career field is pediatrics.

• Windermere resident Jaden

Yun of Orlando Science Schools

was awarded a National Merit

University of Florida Scholarship.

Jaden’s probable career field is computer


Oakland Vice Mayor Michael

Satterfield, chair of the School

Advisory Committee for the

Oakland Avenue Charter

Oakland Vice Mayor Michael Satterfield (left)

receives a 2022 Florida Charter Schools Champions

Award. He is pictured with Pam Dwyer, principal of

Oakland Avenue Charter School.

School, was named the winner

of a 2022 Florida Charter Schools

Champions Award. The award was

presented during an Oakland Town

Commission meeting. Vice Mayor

Satterfield won the award

in the category of Florida

Champion Charter School

Pioneer. His state-level

award is one of 25 presented

in 2022 by the Florida

Consortium of Public Charter

Schools (FCPCS), the leading

charter school membership

association in the state.

Leadership Orange representatives

announced the

program’s 2021-22 graduates.

This group of community

members get an inside look

at the public school system.

They visit schools and classrooms,

and meet principals,

bus drivers and the leadership

that sets the vision and

strategies for giving Orange

County children (and adults) the best

education to lead them to success.

Members of this year’s Leadership

Orange Eleven Class came from

around the district, representing many

unique interests and diverse backgrounds.

Southwest-area graduates

included Winter Garden resident

David Lewis, Dr. Phillips resident

Cynthia Cardenas Schwetizer,

and Gotha resident Leonard


Officials of the Florida Department

of Education announced the release

of the 2021-22 school and district

grades. This is the first official letter

grade release from FDOE since the

2018-19 school year. Orange County

Public Schools increased its number

of “A” schools to 59, and 56% of

OCPS schools earned an “A” or “B”

rating. Overall, the district earned a

“B” grade, with 60.7% of the possible

points, and the cutoff for an “A”

is 62%.

Teachers interested in bringing the

joys and benefits of pet care to their

students can apply to receive funding

for classroom pets. The

Pet Care Trust’s Pets in the

Classroom grant program is

now accepting applications

for the 2022-23 school

year. The program provides

funding for a small animal

or pet supplies to prekindergarten

through ninth

grade teachers in both

private and public schools

who desire to introduce a

pet into the classroom or

who already have a pet

in the classroom. While

classroom pets are valuable

teaching tools, many

teachers have limited resources

for the support of

classroom animals. With

seven different grant types

available, each teacher has

the opportunity to choose

the grant that is right for

him or her through a direct,

no-hassle application on

the Pets in the Classroom

website at www.petsinthe



County Public Schools

2022-23 Student Calendar

Aug. 10 First day of school

Sept. 5 Holiday

Oct. 6 End of first marking period

Oct. 7 Holiday

Oct. 28 Holiday

Nov. 21-25 Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 16 End of second marking


Dec. 19-Jan. 2 Winter Break

Jan. 3 Holiday

Jan. 16 Holiday

Feb. 20 Holiday

March 9 End of third marking period

March 10 Holiday

March 13-17 Spring Break

May 26 End of fourth marking period/

Last day of school

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the most current, correct and dependable available, we do rely on

others for the source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando

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held responsible for the validity of the information presented here,

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Huntington Learning Center

Getting Students Back on Track for Success

Huntington Learning Center

has established itself as a trusted

learning environment for students

in the Dr. Phillips, Windermere

and now Winter Garden areas.

This past spring, the center opened

a second location in Winter Garden

to better serve families in that area.

In today’s academic environment,

students are facing more challenges

than ever before, but Huntington

Learning Center is prepared and

equipped to help.

Executive Director Aziz Kabani

explained the problem facing students

is they have been trying to play

catch up each year since COVID-19.

“We’re still dealing with the effects

of COVID-19, and we’re seeing issues

arise because of that learning loss,”

Kabani said.

Students are already at a disadvantage

going into a new school year.

There is a known learning regression

that happens every summer. When

parents take into consideration the

challenges that schools have faced

during the past couple of years, children

aren’t retaining the information

they’re learning as well and are struggling

as a result.

Staying One Step Ahead

Huntington Learning Center is committed

to helping students, not just

get back on track, but continue to


“Our goal is to always have students

working one grade level

ahead,” Kabani said. “We identify

where their skill level is and build all

the way up.”

Huntington Learning Center does

this through thorough evaluation of

what each student needs and oneon-one

instruction customized to each

child. It also offers a virtual option for

those who aren’t comfortable coming

to the center in person. Virtual

students get the exact same learning

experience online, as well as access

to the same 3,000 pieces of curriculum

that is available in the center.

Whether it’s reading, writing or math,

the teachers are able to continue oneon-one

instruction online at no extra


“The first thing we do is give the

student an assessment to see exactly

where they fall with their skill level,”

Kabani said. “Our goal is to be able

to identify any setback or any gaps

in their foundational skills. From there,

we develop a program for each individual

child. There are no two students

in our program that are working

on the same curriculum. It’s all based

on specific needs.”

The dedication to each child’s success

and willingness to go above and

beyond are what truly set Huntington

Learning Center apart. The teachers

work in partnership with parents and

schools. They have progress meetings

with the child’s parents every few

weeks, so they are informed of what

skills their child is working on and how

he or she is progressing. They may

reach out to the student’s teachers at

school to collaborate on the best way

to help the student progress, and they

are happy to attend IEP or 504 meetings

to advocate for the student.

All teachers at Huntington

Learning Center are required to hold


a minimum four-year degree and

must be trained specifically in the

subject matter they are teaching. The

center has been helping students for

more than 20 years and is accredited

by the Middle States Association.

It is also accredited as a private

school by the Florida Department of


With the largest SAT program in

the state, their average test score increases

are impressive. A Huntington

student’s SAT test score will on average

increase by 250 points or more,

and their ACT test score will on average

increase by 6 points.

“For some people, it’s the difference

between even going to college

and not going to college,” Kabani


Huntington Day School

In an effort to enhance learning

even further, Huntington Learning

Center opened the Huntington

Day School in 2020. The small,

private school accepts K-4 students.

It is accredited by the Florida

Department of Education, and it mirrors

Orange County Public Schools’

calendar and hours for parents’ convenience.

Many parents will also be

happy to learn that Huntington Day

School is exempt from requiring third

and fourth graders to take the FSA.

Building Confidence

in Academics

Confidence-building is a key element

in helping students excel. All

the teachers at Huntington Learning

Center aim to encourage the students

and boost their confidence.

Parents who come to Huntington

Learning Center are often in a contentious

relationship with their kids.

They feel frustrated and discouraged

at having to fight over homework every

night and not being able to help.

And, the kids are doing what Kabani

calls delayed avoidance. They want

to do everything else except their

homework, because it’s hard. They

want to save the hardest thing for

last, and then it doesn’t get done.

“We want to let students know that

they can do the work,” Kabani said.

“The biggest complaint we get from

the parents is, ‘I cannot sit with my

child and do homework. My daughter

and I get into a fight every single

night about doing this, because it’s

too hard for her, and she doesn’t

want to listen to me.’ When we’re

able to build these skills, the student

is able to work independently, and

it changes the whole relationship

between the parent and the child,

because they’re able to get back

to being Mom and Dad and the

child instead of the teacher and the


After studying at Huntington

Learning Center, the same children

who struggled to read when they

started at the center are now reading

two or three grade levels ahead.

And, they like it, because they’ve

become good at it. Huntington

Learning Center builds those skills,

and the confidence to tackle learning

challenges and excel at them.

For more information, call 407-290-1111 or

visit huntingtonhelps.com/center/dr-phillips or

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Care tips

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There are many physical and mental benefits for kids

involved in team sports.

Helping Your Child Get

the Most Out of Team Sports

When it comes to improving

academic performance, boosting

self-esteem and teaching social

skills, few things beat team

sports. Sports give kids the opportunity

to get attention and respect

and to use the natural skills

that come with youth, like speed

and coordination.

According to one survey of

2,185 children conducted by

the Women’s Sports Foundation

and Harris Interactive, kids who

played sports or who participated

in activities like frisbee, camping

and hiking felt healthier and

more confident about their bodies

than those who did not. Other

studies demonstrate that children

active in sports perform better in

school and are less likely to use

drugs as young adults.

Of course, sports can have a

downside. Overly competitive

leagues, discouraging coaches

and injuries from unsafe practices

can quickly turn kids away

from sports. So how can you

make sure that your child has a

positive experience? Here are

some tips:

• Make sure that your child is

mature enough to participate.

In general, kids aren’t equipped

for the rules and cooperation required

in team sports until age

6 or 7. But, each child develops

differently. Don’t push children if

they’re not ready.

• Make sure that the league or

coach emphasizes fun. If you ask

children why they want to play a

sport, they’ll probably say that

they want to have fun or make

friends. No matter their sport

of choice, make sure that your

child’s enjoying himself or herself.

• Don’t stress winning over

everything else. Extreme competi

tiveness overrides any

sportsmanship your child would

otherwise learn. Focus on personal

markers of success, not the

league championship.

You can reward your child for

playing a sport even if his or her

league does not. PlaqueMaker

Plus allows you to print your

child’s photo in a sports-shaped

frame. You can also order your

own trophies and present them

for a job well done, whether that

means making the winning hit or

simply putting in a good effort.

• Don’t force your child to

specialize too soon. Few kids

are going to get sports scholarships.

Instead of trying to turn

your child into a baseball or

basketball star, let them try out a

variety of sports. Some children

are never going to enjoy sports.

Instead of forcing kids into an

activity that they don’t like, find

another physical activity such as

track, cycling or hiking that they

can enjoy.

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Nurse Practitioners:

Esther Pelissier, ARPN-BC

Irene Gan, PMHNP

Raykha Crag-Chaderton, PMHNP-BC

Rachael Pittala, ARPN-BC


Michael Kellogg, LMHC, ATR-BC

Randie Morillo, LCSW, ACSW

Amy Singleton, LMHC

Brooke Parker, LMHC

Cristal Daniel, LMHC

Rachael Pittala

Esther Pelissier

Summer brings sunshine and plenty

of exciting opportunities to head

outdoors for fun with family and

friends. While those joyous moments

make the season special, all that sun

exposure can wreak havoc on the

skin without the proper precautions.

Whether you’re dining outdoors,

going for a swim, sweating out a

bike ride, or just spending a few moments

soaking up some sun, it’s important

to ensure you’re taking care

of your body so you can enjoy those

rays all season long.

Stay Hydrated

As an important aspect of overall

health, staying hydrated also helps

maintain your skin’s water content. Be

sure to drink plenty of water throughout

the day, especially as temperatures

rise and you spend more time

outdoors. Another delicious way to

avoid dehydration — leading to energy

drain, in mild cases — is to eat

fruits and vegetables with high water

content. One example is watermelon,

which is 92% water and can

help restore fluids.

Prioritize Skin Protection

Whether you’ll be in the sun for a

few minutes or a few hours, it’s paramount

to protect skin by applying

sunscreen. On days when the ultraviolet

index is 3 or higher, officials

of the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention recommend applying

a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a

sun protection factor of 15 or higher.

Another option is to wear light, loose

clothing that covers as much of the

skin as possible while staying comfortable

in the heat.

Summertime Skin Care Tips

Refresh Your Face

As one of the parts of the body

that sees the most sun exposure,

your face is perhaps the most important

area to care for during the

sunnier months. An at-home, all-natural,

DIY facial offers a brightening,

hydrating way to treat yourself.

For a true glow-up from the comfort

of your own home, try this

quick and easy solution: Mix 2

tablespoons of Greek yogurt (to

help exfoliate and purify) with 1

tablespoon of watermelon juice (for

hydration). Apply the mask to your

face and neck for 10 minutes, then

rinse off and pat your skin dry.

Keep Your Whole Body in Mind

While your face is likely to see a

lot of sun, that shouldn’t mean neglecting

the rest of your body. This

gentle body scrub can give you

that glow you’re looking for with a

sweet, fruity scent.

Here’s how to exfoliate and polish

your skin: Combine 1 1/2 cups

of white sugar, 1 teaspoon of lemon

juice and 1/4 cup of watermelon

juice. If you’d like, add 1 teaspoon

of microplaned watermelon rind

zest and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Store the scrub in an airtight container

up to 1 week and, when you

shower, gently rub a handful of

scrub on your skin then rinse thoroughly

and pat dry.

For more skin care solutions and

other health and nutritional information,

visit watermelon.org.

For many, summer skin care can

be as simple as following a basic

routine. However, those with more

sensitive skin may require additional

attention. Try the following calming,

cleansing at-home remedy to

moisturize and tone sensitive skin.

Watermelon Mask & Toner

Watermelon Banana Mask


1 tablespoon watermelon juice

2 tablespoons ripe mashed


Watermelon Toner Ingredients:

1/3 cup watermelon juice

1 tablespoon witch hazel

1 teaspoon distilled water

Method for banana mask: In a

small bowl, mix watermelon juice

(for hydration) and mashed banana

(to ease inflammation). Apply mask

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your skin


with a




to face and let sit 10-15 minutes

before rinsing with warm water. Pat


Method for watermelon toner:

In a small bowl, combine watermelon

juice with witch hazel and

water. Apply toner to clean face

and let sit 2-3 minutes before rinsing

with warm water. Pat dry.

Store in refrigerator in airtight container

for up to 5 days.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion


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Extreme temperatures and booming

sounds can have big impacts

on pets.

With record-breaking heat across

much of the nation, the experts at

Freshpet are helping pet parents

with the following tips to help keep

their pets healthy and safe this



Heat stroke can occur quickly in

dogs. Without the ability to sweat

the same way humans do, it’s important

for pet parents to understand

ways to cool their pets down

when temperatures rise and how

to avoid common mistakes to keep

their pets safe.

“Just because we can manage

the heat and humidity, doesn’t

mean our pets can,” said Dr. Aziza

Glass, Freshpet’s expert veterinarian.

“Our pets are vulnerable to

temperatures over 80 F. However,

there are things we can do to keep

our pets safe and protected from

heat-related injuries, and some may

come as a surprise.”

Vet-Approved Tips

to Help Keep Pets Safe

• Limit time outdoors. While outdoor

activities are typically recommended

for pets, their inability to

sweat the same way humans do can

cause them to heat up quickly. Limit

walks to early morning or after the

sun sets and stay indoors as much

as possible the rest of the day.

• Fill their water bowls. Just like

humans, clean water is essential for

helping pets manage the heat. Cool

water can help cool down your

pet’s body temperature. Moisturerich

fresh food like options from

Freshpet — made with 100% farmraised

chicken, beef or fish and allnatural

fruits and veggies — can

also help with hydration.

• Avoid shaving your pet. While

summer cuts for long-haired dogs

are OK, shaving your pet can expose

his or her skin to harmful sun

damage and cause overheating

more quickly.

interpret sound frequencies audibly

and physically, dogs’ sensitivities

to loud noises mean some celebrations

can make for particularly anxious

events. While some dogs hide

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Help protect your pet from heat stroke with access to plenty of cool, clean water.








Dr. Glass recommends pet parents

educate themselves on how

to recognize heat stroke. Heavy

panting, drooling, high body temperature,

increased heart rate and

fatigue are some signs of heat

stroke in dogs.

“If you believe your dog is having

a heat stroke, bring him or her

indoors immediately to help cool

down,” she said. “A common mistake

is putting the pet in a cold ice

bath. That can actually shock the

system and cause quick changes

in blood pressure. Instead, soak a

towel in room temperature water

and wipe your dog down to start

the cooling process. Afterwards,

proceed immediately to your primary

care veterinarian or closest

emergency center.”

Thunderstorms & Fireworks

Booming sounds and crackling

fireworks can send some pets into

sensory overdrive. According to Dr.

Glass, with an elevated ability to

under beds or jump fences to flee

the sounds, there are ways to help

make noises less stressful for canine


• Create a calm environment.

Be aware if you or your neighbors

plan to launch fireworks. If so, create

a space to help your dog deal

with the noise. A sound machine,

lavender oil on his or her collar,

and blankets can help.

• Remain indoors. Avoid taking

your dog outside if a storm is nearby.

A dog’s first reaction may be to

flee from the noise and search for

a safe spot, placing him or her in

more danger.

• Stay close. Pets feel less anxious

when they feel safe. Make sure

you or someone they feel safe with

is by their side until the loud noises

are over, offering comfort, treats

and affection throughout the event.

For more summer safety tips for

pets, visit freshpet.com.

Source: Freshpet

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n Bay Hill


compiled by Lauren Salinero

magazine. Stephanie was also selected

as a 2022 Florida Super Lawyer.

Bay Hill resident Richard D.

West was named to the Florida

2022 Super Lawyers Top 50 list of

outstanding attorneys in Orlando.

Richard has attained a high degree

of peer recognition and professional

achievement in his successful 40-year


n Dr. Phillips


D. West

of Bay Hill

makes the

Florida 2022

Super Lawyers

Top 50 list.

Dr. Phillips resident and Shuffield-

Lowman partner Stephanie L.

Cook was recognized in the 2022

edition of Florida Trend magazine’s

Florida Legal Elite. The list of 1,122

honorees represents just over 1% of

active Florida Bar members. Florida

Trend collects ballots from Florida Bar

members, asking lawyers to name attorneys

whom they hold in the highest

regard and would recommend to

others, and the results of the annual

survey are published in Florida Trend

Shereen Kassam of Dr.

Phillips recently gave a TEDx Talk

titled “Chicken Wings Made Me

Unstoppable.” In 12 minutes, she

shared how to become unstoppable

by embracing the lesson of the

chicken wing and the ability to “resauce”

yourself. Shereen grew up in

Bay Hill and is a Lake Highland

Preparatory School alumna. She

was also named Florida’s Funniest

Female, has toured internationally

and appeared on HBO and NBC as

a stand-up comedian. She is the previous

winner of the Orlando Improv

Clash of the Comics and the Brickell

Comedy Festival. Her TEDx Talk, can

be viewed online at www.youtube.



n Windermere

Alyssa Risinger, a Windermere

native, was initiated into the Harding

University Circle of Omicron Delta

Kappa, the National Leadership

Honor Society. The organization

welcomed 320 new initiates from

15 universities during May 2022.

Students initiated into the society

must be sophomores, juniors, seniors


Guillermo J. Nazario, D.C.

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or graduate/professional students

in the top 35% of their

class; demonstrate leadership

experience in at least

one of the five pillars; and

embrace the ODK ideals.

Fewer than 5% of students on

a campus are invited to join

each year.

n Et Al

West Orange Chamber

of Commerce ambassadors

held a ribbon-cutting

ceremony for Dental Care at

The Mark in the Horizon

West part of Winter

Garden. WOCC builds partnerships,

strong businesses and commitment

to the community by serving

as the leading business advocate in

Central Florida, facilitating opportunity

to nearly 1,000 member businesses.

For more information about

WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit


Photo Courtesy of WOCC

West Orange Chamber of Commerce ambassadors celebrate the opening of Dental Care at The

Mark in the Horizon West part of Winter Garden.

Kudos to the following Southwestarea

residents on their recent


• Winter Garden resident

Elaina Aldrin, Master of Science

in nursing, and Celebration resident

Bryan Kline, Bachelor of

for Students in Grades Pre K-2.

Science in management, graduated

from The University of Tampa.

• Matthew Austin of Winter

Garden graduated from Valdosta

State University with a Bachelor of

Business Administration in general


• University of Maryland

Global Campus graduates included

Winter Garden residents

Robert Barroso, Master of

Science in management; Joseph

Lee, Bachelor of Science in finance;

and Katherine Muniz, Master of

Science in management. In addition,

Windermere resident Vitor

Lopes de Barros Campos graduated

from UMGC with a Master of

Science in management.

• Winter Garden residents

Shobha Balkaran and Sydney

Borsellino graduated from Ohio

University. Shobha earned a

Master of Business Administration

in business analytics, and Sydney

earned a Bachelor of Arts in


• Georgia Institute of Technology

graduates included Dr. Phillips

resident Samuel Deane, Master of

Science in mechanical engineering;

Celebration resident Madeleine

Geller, Bachelor of Science in business

administration with highest honors;

Southwest Orlando residents

Graham Jordan, Bachelor of

Science in aerospace engineering

with highest honors, and Richard

Taylor, Bachelor of Science in

chemical and biomolecular engineering

with high honors; Windermere

residents Erica Marsel, Bachelor

of Science in environmental engineering

with high honors, and

Noah Mitchem, Bachelor of

Science in industrial engineering

with high honors; Oakland resident

Chankrisna Meas, Bachelor

of Science in computer science

with highest honors; and Winter

Garden resident Nicholas Miller,

Bachelor of Science in mechanical

engineering with highest honors.

• Hashem Elsherbeny of

Winter Garden graduated from

the University of Iowa College of

Liberal Arts and Sciences with a

Bachelor of Arts in health and human


• Ocoee resident Tessa

Gebert earned a Bachelor of Arts

and Bachelor of Science at Mercer

University College of Liberal Arts

and Sciences.

• Noah Guzman of Winter

Garden graduated from The

Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts in intelligence

and security studies.




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• Windermere residents

Joshua Hearst and Luci

Sauerbronn graduated from

Central Methodist University. Joshua

earned a Bachelor of Science in

business, and Luci earned a Master

of Education.

• Spencer Peterson of Winter

Garden graduated from the

University of Utah with a Bachelor of

Science in biomedical engineering.

He also earned a Master of Science

in biomedical engineering.

• Ryan Sapell of Winter

Garden graduated from Miami

University with a Bachelor of Science

in mathematics.

• Julianna Short of Windermere

graduated from the

College of William & Mary with a

Master of Education.

• Celebration resident Addison

Da Silva, Bachelor of Arts in

hospitality and tourism, and

Winter Garden resident Taylor

Kilmartin, Bachelor of Fine Arts

cum laude in fine art, graduated

from Flagler College.

• Ryan Stelly of Winter

Garden graduated from Lehigh

University with a Bachelor of Science

in computer science.

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

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Art Brown

(left), a past

president of

Rotary Club

of Dr. Phillips,


Mark Ramey

(center), the club’s

new president.

They are joined by

Terry Taggart,

most recent club


Now open in a new location and accepting new


Dr. Hussain is a Mayo Clinic-trained and double

board-certified Medical Doctor specializing in

Regenerative Medicine with the latest technology in

high-quality Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and

image-guided injections for painful conditions such

as arthritis, chronic injuries, as well as hair

restoration and aesthetics.

Dr. Hussain has more than 15 years of experience

in evaluation and non-opioid treatment of painful

disorders with joint and spinal injections, under

X-ray and ultrasound guidance; Botox® injections

for Migraines and other conditions; as well as

performing specialized tests for muscle and nerve

problems (electrodiagnostic studies).

Dr. Hussain is fluent in Spanish.

(L. to r.) Mark Ramey, president of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, and Andres

Goyanes, Rotary district governor, co-present the Rotarian of the Year Award to James “JJ”

Lullen. ª

You should seek a consultation if you have a

condition that causes pain and limits your function

or if you had a recent injury or motor vehicle

accident, even if you are feeling fine. You have 14

days to get medical attention after a motor vehicle

accident or your insurance may deny your claim.

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We want to know your

Southwest Orlando favorites!

• Best Family Restaurant

• Best Fine Dining Restaurant

• Best Fast Food/Casual


• Best Italian Restaurant

• Best Mexican Restaurant

• Best Sushi

• Best Pizza

• Best Steak

• Best Seafood

• Best Wine Shop/Bar/Happy Hour

• Best Pet Services

• Best Fitness Facility

• Best Day Spa

• Best Salon/Barber Shop

• Best Church

• Best Golf Course

• Best Entertainment Venue

• Best Wedding Venue

• Best Child’s Birthday Venue

• Best Private School

• Best Real Estate Agent

• Best Insurance Agent

• Best Dentist

• Best Physician

• Best Veterinarian

To vote, visit www.southwestorlandobulletin.com.

The deadline is Oct. 28.

Winners will be announced in the Jan 5, 2023, issue.

Only one entry per Southwest resident allowed.

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n Charity/Fundraiser

Ongoing — Donations Needed

Harbor House of Central Florida seeks the following donations

to ensure that children are ready for the new school

year: backpacks and binders (K-12), black or white socks

(all sizes), Walmart gift cards, hand sanitizer, Clorox

wipes, quart- and gallon-size zip lock bags, school uniforms,

red pens, rulers, round-tip scissors, highlighters,

composition notebooks, glue sticks, flash drives, graphing

and scientific calculators (used acceptable), and more.

Drop off donations by Aug. 8 at 708 E. Colonial Drive,

Suite 202, Orlando. Time: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4

p.m. For more information, call 407-605-3718 or email


Through Aug. 27 — Plant Sale For


Crazy Plants Nursery, 22919 County Road 44A, Eustis,

holds its I’m So “Hot” For Plants Sale to help fund

construction projects and cover costs of diets, vetting,

enrichment programs and more for Crazy Critters Inc. The

nonprofit licensed facility is important because it serves as

a Florida Wildlife Commission Amnesty location for some

species of exotic animals; is a contracted partner with

county animal control divisions; and helps the national

community by providing non-domestic, non-releasable animals

with a safe and permanent home. One such animal

is the red-eared slider turtle, which is the most surrendered

animal in the pet trade. It is included in the list of the

world’s 100 most invasive species, and Florida requires

red-eared slider owners to possess a free, personal pet

permit. Time: Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.crazycrittersinc.com or

email crazycritters@crazycrittersinc.com.


Aug. 27 — Ukraine Ballet Benefit

Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for Performing

Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, hosts a live

performance by the National Ballet of Ukraine. The

evening opens with a presentation of the Ukrainian

and American national anthems performed by the

Orlando Opera, followed by the main performance

that features excerpts from the greatest ballets while

highlighting Ukrainian culture. A silent auction also

is held in the lobby. Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.,

program and performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Cost:

Ticket prices range from $100-$250, with all proceeds

benefiting charities providing humanitarian assistance

and emergency medical aid to Ukrainian citizens, refugees

and veteran services. For more information, visit


n Children’s/Teen


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


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compiled by Lisa Sagers

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 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


AARP Florida sponsors virtual weekly group fitness classes,

including two types of yoga with QWellness and low-tomoderate

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-weeklygroup-fitness-classes.

n Events/Performances

Through Aug. 31 — At The Movies:

Winter Garden’s Silver Screens Exhibit

The Art in Public Places Gallery at Winter Garden City Hall,

300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, hosts At the Movies: Winter

Garden’s Silver Screens, an exhibit that brings to life the

unforgettable glamour of the Golden Age of Winter Garden’s

movie theaters. Time: Weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For

more information, call 407-656-4111.

Aug. 19 — Screening Of The Florida


Building C in the Founder’s Hall at St. Luke’s United Methodist

Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts a

free showing of The Florida Project, followed by a talk back

session with community leaders, during which attendees can

learn more about poverty alleviation efforts in Central Florida.

Registration is requested but not required. Time: 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free; however, donations are accepted and concessions

are sold to raise money for poverty alleviation efforts

locally. For more information or to RSVP, call 407-876-4991

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

Aug. 28 — Battle Of The Bands

Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville Blvd.,

Kissimmee, hosts the Battle of the Bands, when 10 of Central

Florida’s best unsigned bands compete for No. 1. Time: 11

a.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information,

visit sunsetwalk.com.

n Miscellaneous

Aug. 20 — Shred The Word Shred-A-Thon

Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka-Vineland

Road, Orlando, hosts Orange County Sheriff’s

Office’s Shred the Word shred-a-thon, a free event


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to help people dispose of their sensitive information

safely while maintaining their privacy. Acceptable

items include all paper, file folders, hanging files,

computer paper, notepads, envelopes and more.

Prescription drug disposal is available, too. This is

a drive-through only event, so items to shred must

be in the trunk of the vehicle. Time: 9 a.m.-noon.

For more information, visit ocso.com.

Aug. 25 & Sept. 22 — 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: the fourth Thursday

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

visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

n Networking/Clubs

Ongoing — Members Wanted

The West Orange Women seeks 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


Aug. 9, 16, 23 & 30 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754

holds Zoom meetings. Attendees learn to develop

their oral communication and leadership skills in

a supportive and positive learning environment.

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

or to request online Zoom meeting details,

visit www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org and

click “Contact Us.”

Aug. 10, 17, 24 & 31 — 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.

Aug. 11, 18 & 25 — 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.

Aug. 11, 18 & 25 — 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


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


Aug. 7 — GriefShare: Loss Of A Spouse/

Partner Zoom Program

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosts an online, onetime,

support program called GriefShare: Loss of a Spouse/

Partner. Anyone who is grieving the loss of a spouse/

partner, no matter how long ago the loss occurred, is

welcome to participate. The program is free; however,

registration is required. Time: 2-4 p.m. To RSVP, visit

st.lukes.org/griefsharespouse. For more information, call

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

Aug. 9 & 23 — Mental Health Support

Group Meetings

The second floor of Building B at St. Luke’s United Methodist

Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts

free connection and family support group meetings for individuals

affected by mental illness. The connection support

group meets in Room B-204, and families meet in Room

B-206. 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.

Aug. 9 & Sept. 13 — 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


Aug. 16 & Sept. 6 — 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.

Aug. 17 & 18 — GriefShare: Zoom

Support Group Meetings Begin

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s GriefShare

Support Group online meetings begin. The Zoom

meetings are held weekly for 14 weeks. Time:

Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon or Thursday from

6:30-8:30 p.m. To register, visit st.lukes.org/grief

share. For more information, call 407-876-4991,

ext. 262; or visit care@st.lukes.org.

Aug. 17 & Sept. 7 — Virtual Teen Talks

Support Group Meetings

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

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