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Your Head How many times have you had to talk yourself off a ledge to accomplish something that makes you fearful? It could be as simple as going to the dentist, getting a shot or being courageous enough to always be kind to others and yourself. This year, the Lifestyle Publications team has decided that the path to success is ALL IN OUR HEART. After all, when we truly follow our heart, our mind will always make the right choices, say the right things and be thankful in that moment. In the next several issues, we’ll show you how to be your best self — mentally, physically and mindfully. We start off with the help of AdventHealth and a special tear-out feature on page 27 for you to keep on hand when you need a reminder. Speaking of thankful, we at Lifestyle Publications are most thankful for our readers, advertisers and community for allowing us to greet you monthly in your mailbox as well as daily via CentralFloridaLifestyle.com for over 18 years now. Last but certainly not least, our team would like to congratulate our Executive Editor — now Associate Publisher — Lyndsay Fogarty on 10 years of service. Her dedication to being her best self and putting community first is a perfect example of leading with your heart. Congratulations Lyndsay! We hope that you will join us in our mindful, heartfelt journey in 2021!

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Contents | February 2021 Departments

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TAXES IN RETIREMENT

Your retirement years are meant to be enjoyed. These six strategies can help you reduce your tax burden once you have retired.

TAKE BACK YOUR HEALTH

Part one of an in-depth, three-part series on refocusing, recommitting and taking care of YOU. Body. Mind. Spirit.

YOUR GUIDE TO A HEALTHY HEART

Learn how to recognize the signs of a heart attack or stroke and discover some of the ways you can keep your heart healthy and strong.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN METROWEST

The MetroWest Master Association introduces new additions to the team and shares tips for staying active and maintaining your home’s curb appeal.

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LIVING MINDFULLY

How to Become More Mindful

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HOMESTYLE

10 Tips for Your Backyard Koi Pond

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IN THE KITCHEN

3 Recipes for Any Diet

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SPORTS & RECREATION

3 Local Golf Courses to Consider Playing

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LOCAL LIFE

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EXPERT ADVICE

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Should I See a Cardiologist? Tips for Creating Custom Jewelry What to Do at a Traffic Stop

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

5 Shows We’re Binge-Watching Now

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Are You Drinking Water the Right Way?

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DID YOU KNOW?

Dark Chocolate & Your Diet

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WINE & SPIRITS

Champagne Cocktails 101

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YOUR LOCAL

The Business of Love

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TECH TRENDS

How to Take the Best Cell Phone Photos

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SCHOOL NEWS

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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How to Become More Mindful in Your Everyday Life Your guide to a more calm and focused mind through meditation and an awareness of your thoughts. By Dr. Andrew Lakin

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ou may have heard of mindfulness. This approach to analyzing your thoughts is known to have benefits for your focus, happiness and creativity. If you're intrigued by how it works, the first step is to understand just what it is. With this knowledge, you can quickly get into a daily routine to start on your mindfulness journey.

Mindfulness Versus Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation are two distinctly different things. Mindfulness is simply the state of being present, with your thoughts focused on your current state, while meditation is a technique that allows the practice of mindfulness. By dedicating a small amount of time each day to meditation, you can learn the skills needed to be more mindful in life. Meditation may feel awkward at first; however, 10 minutes a day is all you need to get started. Then add more time as you become

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comfortable with your practice. It's crucial to acknowledge your attempts to remain in the present and make a conscious commitment to your routine. After time, this will become second nature and you will begin to feel more mindful throughout the day.

How to Reach Mindfulness Through Meditation

It can be tricky to stay fixed in the present. You will have the most success in training your mind if you start in a quiet, distractionfree environment where you won't be disturbed. Then, make yourself comfortable and find something in the present on which to focus. Most of the time, particularly at the beginning, people concentrate on their breath to remain present. Keep in mind that it's perfectly natural for your mind to drift during your practice. When this happens, simply bring your thoughts back to the present.

In mindfulness, people often talk about a Teflon mind. You observe your thoughts as they slide through and away again (like how Teflon works on a non-stick pan). It's not about stopping these thoughts or dwelling on them but instead acknowledging them in a gentle way and allowing them to drift away as you remain focused on the present. In this way, you are preventing yourself from getting too wrapped up in the past or in the future. In truth, there's nothing more to it than that. Mindfulness means to remain in the present moment, being gentle with yourself as you acknowledge your thoughts and allow your mind to process them on its own as they pass. With time and practice, you will be able to appreciate the benefits that mindfulness brings to your life, and you will notice that you're more calm, creative and focused.


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10 Tips for Your

Backyard Koi Pond

Follow this advice to set your koi fish up for success while keeping them happy and healthy for years to come. By BEConrad

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water element, such as a koi pond, can take your backyard from ordinary to extraordinary. This smart home improvement project can be installed in a single day or certainly over a weekend. However, getting the pond in place is just the start — the fish are the real stars. Here are some koi care tips to get your new backyard pets off to the best possible start.

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chloramine are common additives to drinking water, but they can be deadly to your fish. Use chemicals to remove these contaminants before you fill your pond. Install a good filtration system: Proper filtration is essential for your koi pond, so choose a model designed for outdoor use. If you're unsure, consult the staff at your local pet store or pond supply center. Ensure proper aeration: This keeps the water moving and ensures an adequate supply of oxygen in the water. Choose an option that works best with the size, depth and design of your pond. Don't overload your pond: Adding dozens of koi to your pond at the same time is a bad idea. Add a few at a time, bringing in new fish once the existing ones are doing well. Quarantine newcomers: Set up a quarantine tank for your new fish to avoid the unintentional transmission of any illnesses. Transfer the fish to their new backyard home after a three-week holding period.

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6. Check their diet: Koi fish will eat virtually anything,

but that doesn't mean they should. While they can safely snack on ornamental plants, their staple diet should consist of specially formulated pellets. Feed them only the amount of food that can be consumed in five to 10 minutes and space feedings five to six hours apart. 7. Supplement their diet with silkworms: The secret to huge koi is the right supplementation, and silkworms can make that happen. 8. Watch for signs of illness: Torn fins, white spots and various other symptoms are cause for concern. You may need to quarantine the sick fish until they have recovered. 9. Keep the pond full: Water evaporates quickly in the sun, which could cause a great deal of stress for your koi. A deep pool gives them a cool place to hang out until the sun goes down. 10. Protect the babies: If all goes well, your big koi will give birth to little koi. If you see any tiny fish swimming around, remove them with a net and raise them indoors until they're better able to care for themselves. Having a backyard koi pond can be fun and relaxing, especially if you stock that water with colorful fish. If you care for your new pets well, you can enjoy their beauty for many years to come.


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+ IN THE Kitchen

Recipes for Any Diet

Diet food doesn't need to be boring. These recipes from Orlando locals cover a variety of common diet types. Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

Keto Taco Shells

This protein-rich breakfast is perfect for an anti-inflammatory diet. The smoked salmon's omega-3 fatty acids and the avocado's healthy unsaturated fat can help fight inflammation. Additionally, red pepper flakes provide relief from digestive issues, pain and inflammation, and red onion contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

To reach a state of ketosis, where the body uses fat for fuel, individuals on the ketogenic diet eat moderate amounts of protein and items that are high in fat and low in carbs. You can load this taco shell with your favorite keto-friendly fillings, and you can even turn it into a burrito, if you prefer.

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Ingredients: • 1/4 medium avocado • Zest of 1/2 lemon, optional • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed • Pinch of red pepper flakes, to taste • 1 slice Sprouted Whole Grain Bread • 1 clove garlic, cut in half • 2 ounces smoked salmon • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced • 1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional

Ingredients: • Two cups low-moisture cheese (such as mozzarella, gruyere, Swiss and Monterey Jack)

Directions: Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and place into a medium sized mixing bowl. Mash avocado with the back of a fork. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, chili flakes and set aside. Toast bread until lightly golden. While the bread is still hot, gently rub cut side of garlic onto the bread. Top toast with avocado mixture, smoked salmon and onion. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if using.

Mediterranean Fish

Courtesy of Christie Fogarty The heart-healthy Mediterranean diet includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, fish and healthy fats. This tasty recipe covers all the bases for this particular diet. Ingredients: • 4 fish fillets (mahi mahi or salmon) • 1 pound olive bar medley (black and green olives, red cherry peppers, roasted garlic, etc.) • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Directions: Put cheese in a dry, cold pan. Slowly heat up the cheese over medium heat. Once the bottom starts to become golden, slide a spatula underneath to make sure it's not stuck. Continue to cook until you can slide it around on the pan (timing is different for each stove). Remove cheese from pan and place on paper towel. Form into a shell using spatula or edge of pan then freeze to help it hold its shape. Fill with desired fillings and enjoy.

Directions: Season fish with salt and pepper. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Coat pan with oil from olive bar medley then gently place fish into the oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes then flip. Add all olive bar items into pan, cover and cook until olives are warm and fish is cooked through. Serve over farro and wilted spinach.


TAXES IN RETIREMENT Your retirement years are meant to be enjoyed. These six strategies can help you reduce your tax burden once you have retired. By Eric Shattuck

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axes are an inescapable fact of life, and for those who are preparing to retire or have already left the workforce, those taxes can put a painful dent in their retirement income. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to trim your taxes and keep more of your hardearned money in your pocket, whether retirement is years away or you are already enjoying your golden years. Contribute to a Roth IRA Contributing to a Roth IRA ahead of your retirement is one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce your tax burden. Unlike a traditional IRA or 401(k), the money you put into a Roth IRA is taxed before contribution, in exchange for coming out tax-free during retirement. Because you are likely in a lower tax bracket when you are just starting to save for retirement, paying taxes at that time, instead of after you retire, can save you thousands of dollars. While most people will be very well served by investing early in a Roth IRA, there is one major exception. If your employer provides matching 401(k) contributions, you should always aim to contribute the maximum amount they will match before investing the rest in an IRA.

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Open a Health Savings Account If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, opening a health savings account, or HSA, is one of the smartest post-retirement financial moves you can make. In an HSA, money is contributed pre-tax, enjoys taxdeferred growth and can be withdrawn tax-free as long as the money is spent on qualifying health care. Since medical costs make up a large portion of most retirees’ budgets — ­ even for people in excellent health — opening an HSA is virtually guaranteed to trim your tax bill. Reduce Your Expenses Because money taken out from most retirement fund sources, such as traditional IRAs and 401(k)s, is taxed upon withdrawal, cutting down on your expenses after retirement is a sure-fire way to cut your taxes as well. If possible, create a financial planning strategy that involves paying off your mortgage before you retire. Getting rid of your largest monthly expense significantly cuts down on how much you need to withdraw from your retirement fund. Additionally, since you are likely to be paying off principal on your mortgage rather than interest by the time you retire, the mortgage interest deduction isn’t nearly as beneficial.


Consider Proportional Withdrawals Many financial consultants advise recent retirees to withdraw money from taxable accounts first, followed by tax-deferred accounts and, finally, tax-free accounts. While this approach can certainly work, and has the benefit of paying much lower taxes during the beginning and end of your retirement years, it also leads to a large “tax bump” once you transition from taxable to tax-deferred withdrawals. The alternative is to use a proportional withdrawal approach, where you take a portion of the money for your monthly costs from all of your retirement accounts at once. The benefit of this approach is a more stable tax burden across the length of your retirement, longerlasting savings and lower overall lifetime tax payments. Proportional withdrawals aren’t ideal for everyone; however, if you have multiple kinds of savings accounts and a relatively steady retirement income, it can be an excellent tool for cutting tax costs. Time Your Investment Sales Wisely A simple method for trimming your taxes in your golden years is to time the sale of your investments, whether they have earned or lost money. If your stock holdings experience significant growth and you don’t

consider it a volatile investment, it would be wise to sell them during a year that your overall income is lower so that you pay taxes in a lower bracket, as well. Conversely, if you are looking to sell off under-performing stocks, realizing losses in an otherwise high-income year can also translate into tax savings. Donate From Your IRA Once you have reached 70 ½ years old and have to start withdrawing money from your traditional IRA, it is worthwhile to consider making charitable donations directly from that IRA. Not only does this ensure that the charity you choose receives the amount of your donation in full by avoiding federal taxes, it also counts toward your IRA’s minimum distribution requirement, up to the $100,000 annual limit, all while being excluded from your adjusted gross income. Your retirement years are meant to be enjoyed. The last thing you should have to do is worry about whether taxes are impacting your financial security or eating into your savings. By applying the strategies above, you can significantly reduce your tax burden after you retire, even if you are playing catch-up on your retirement planning.

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Local Golf Courses to Consider Playing

Discover some of the Orlando area's hidden gems for golfers looking to play in a historical setting.

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espite all of the chaos and craziness of the past year, the golf industry has continued seeing an upward trend in participation. According to the National Golf Foundation, the number of rounds played in 2020 were up more than 13%. Those are encouraging numbers considering the widespread shutdowns last spring that led to temporary or permanent closures of many public courses nationwide. Fortunately for Florida, course closures did not have as devastating of an impact on the community as other areas of the country experienced. In fact, many area courses re-opened quickly and have been thriving ever since. Whether you're new to golf, new to the area or circumstances have simply allowed you to play more, consider these local courses for your next outing.

Dubsdread Golf Course

Dubsdread has been Orlando’s home course since 1924. This 18-hole layout winds through Orlando’s historic College Park neighborhood and offers beautiful scenery along its narrow fairways. Fairly large greens are heavily pro-

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tected by bunkers on nearly every hole. Don’t let the 6,153 yards from the tips fool you. This course is tough from just about any tee box. Even golf legends Sam Snead and Ben Hogan once graced Dubsdread’s fairways in the Orlando Golf Open. On your visit, be sure to grab a burger and a beer from the Tap Room, located on premises.

Casselberry Golf Club

Built in 1947, Casselberry Golf Club offers one of the area’s oldest golf experiences. This picture-esque par 69 is complete with a treelined layout that features sneaky elevation changes. Small, “postagestamp” style greens offer some of the truest rolling putts in town. Clever names adorn each hole, giving you an indication of what’s ahead. Long considered the home of “golf for everyone,” the course is fit for players of all ages. The fullylit driving range allows for adequate practice time after daylight.

Winter Park Golf Course (9-holes)

Located in the heart of Winter Park, this par 35 course is 2,480

yards of pure bliss. Surrounded by beautiful city streets, neighborhood homes and churches, the course is best enjoyed while walking. Pull carts are included and electric carts are available for those in need. You will want to bring every club in your bag, as the course features two friendly par 5s and a few potentially drivable par 4s. Originally built in 1914, the course underwent major renovations in 2016, making it one of the country's most enjoyable 9-hole experiences. In 1999, the course was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Tee times are available to the public up to three days in advance.


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World-Class Urology Practice Opens in Central Florida Founded to meet a need among urology patients looking for a more personalized approach to care, Avant Concierge Urology recently opened its flagship clinic in Winter Garden. Under the expert leadership of Medical Director Dr. Sijo Parekattil, Avant Concierge Urology specializes in vasectomy reversals, vasectomies, testicular/groin pain, male infertility, enlarged prostate/BPH, kidney stones, bladder problems and more. Among the many technological advances offered, the clinic is the first in the U.S. to bring the KARL STORZ Endoscopy VITOM® exoscopic camera system to a stand-alone urology clinic and surgery center, replacing the traditional microscope. It’s also the only urology clinic in Central Florida to offer the Urocoff DC system, a non-invasive diagnostic test for male urinary disorders. “It has long been a dream of mine to build the most tech-advanced, officebased urology practice, doing my part to provide cutting-edge treatment options for patients in a manner that both reduces post-surgery down-time and is also more cost-effective than the more traditional route of booking surgeries in hospitals or surgi-centers,” says Dr. Parekattil. “Avant Concierge Urology is the culmination of that dream, and it makes me eternally proud to be leading this team, providing world-class urology solutions to our patients for many decades to come.”

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Celebrate Black History Month Virtually The Orange County Library System invites residents to celebrate Black History Month at home with educational, engaging programs presented by the library throughout the month. On Feb. 12, watch a live performance by Grammy-nominated musician Nathi Gcabashe, a singer/songwriter from Durban, South Africa. Learn to style a head wrap on Feb. 20 during Rock the Wrap: Headwrap Styling Workshop as well as a significance of the style. On Feb. 22, join Hebni Nutrition as they host Cuisine Corner: Black-Eyed Pea Salad live on Zoom. All library events are available online for free with an OCLS library card. For more information and a complete listing of library events, visit OCLS.info.

Visit Orlando Welcomes New President & CEO In December, Visit Orlando announced the hiring of its new President and Chief Executive Officer Casandra Matej to lead the destination marketing organization. Matej brings over two decades of experience in the tourism industry, including most recently serving as president and CEO of Visit San Antonio. “It’s amazing to have someone as talented and seasoned as Casandra take the helm at Visit Orlando,” says Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “We at Orange County Government welcome the entire Matej family to Central Florida and look forward to continuing the vision and spirit of innovation, collaboration and inclusion with Casandra and the team at Visit Orlando.” Matej assumes her new position this month. She says, “Orlando is the epicenter for all things travel and tourism, and I look forward to representing this incredible destination, where imagination comes to life.”


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+ EXPERT ADVICE | Health

Should I See a Cardiologist if I Have High Blood Pressure?

Find out more about how blood pressure affects your overall heart health and what you can do. By Jorge Andres Uribe Eusse, MD, Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute

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hroughout the day, your blood pressure can rise and fall based on your activities. But when it stays abnormally high for too long — a condition called hypertension — it can cause health problems, including heart damage. Because hypertension has no symptoms, tens of millions of Americans have the condition without knowing it. Nearly half of American adults have hypertension — which is indicated by a systolic blood pressure of 130 or greater mm Hg (higher number) or a diastolic blood pressure of 80 or more mm Hg (lower number) — or are taking medication for hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Risk Factors for Hypertension

Healthcare consumers should be aware of several factors that often accompany or contribute to hypertension. They include:

Family history of heart disease High cholesterol n Smoking n Diabetes n Chronic kidney disease n Peripheral arterial disease n A history of preeclampsia (women) n Congenital heart disease in childhood n n

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When hypertension is appropriately treated, a person can reduce their chances of an untimely death. It is recommended that all adults over the age of 20 should regularly monitor their blood pressure.

You Have Hypertension — Now What?

Before you visit a cardiologist, it’s advised that you first learn how to check your blood pressure and keep a daily log of measurements. This information is crucial because your physician will be able to better determine if you do have hypertension, what stage it is in and what kind of treatment is required. One tremendous benefit to getting your high blood pressure under control is that it also impacts your heart health. The latest guidelines from The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) provide clear recommendations about how to diagnose and treat hypertension, and how to determine your level of cardiovascular risk.

Early Detection and Management

Evidence shows that adequate management of high blood pressure will improve your survival and decrease risk of cardiovascular disease, which may cause death or other

disabling and debilitating conditions, such as stroke. Unfortunately, we often see patients too late, after the damage is already done. An early visit to a cardiologist who can assess risk and give recommendations for heart-healthy lifestyle modifications or controlling other medical problems (such as diabetes) will definitely impact your long-term health status, quality of life and survival. The bottom line is that early detection and appropriate medical treatment of hypertension should be sought out early, especially since the condition can be such a silent one.

Scientific Leaps Improve Outcomes

Thanks to scientific and technological advances made over the last 20 years, we have developed multiple resources for reducing cardiovascular disease and its greatest risk factors. These tools help us in the medical field to better prevent, diagnose and treat cardiovascular problems that we were unable to manage years ago. It’s allowed us to improve survival and overall quality of life.


+ EXPERT ADVICE | Style

What You Should Know When Creating a Custom Piece of Jewelry From the first consultation with your jeweler to the time you pick up your piece, discover the process behind custom-designed jewelry. By Almut Belote, Almut Belote Jewelry

The Design Process

During your search, look at the designer’s existing work and ask questions. Do you like their style? Who will actually do the work? Will your piece be outsourced? You should feel confident that your jeweler has the talent to understand your expectations and can Almut Belote, is a recognized master goldsmith originating unique pieces in her workshop and boutique showroom in Thornton Park. Her extensive travels throughout Europe and South America, and her time as a goldsmith in the U.S. Virgin Islands, have influenced her outlook and approach to aesthetics and design.

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execute your piece as promised. This ultimately takes communication, trust and a strong personal connection between you and your jeweler. Once you have chosen a jeweler, all of your design decisions are made during your initial consultation. You will determine the size of the piece and the materials you want to use. A good designer will listen carefully during your consultation to determine exactly what you want, taking cues from your personal style and conversation. At this point, a rough sketch is drawn to scale by your designer. You can use this visual to make edits as needed. They will also provide a firm estimate and expected lead time for the project. Custom orders can take anywhere from four to six weeks to complete, depending on the scope of the project.

Create a Wearable Piece

Keep in mind that your custom piece of jewelry should be something you can wear any time, not only on special occasions. Even a couture piece can be designed to be worn effortlessly. Personally, I love creating earrings that can also be worn as a pendant, necklaces that can convert into a bracelet

and rings that can be stacked together. This gives the customer a variety of options and allows them to be creative on their own. When it comes to gemstones, many designers offer their own curated collection to choose from. I love to pull out my “box of candies,” complete with unset, fine-colored gemstones and diamonds, for my clients. If you want to repurpose an heirloom gemstone, let your designer’s existing pieces inspire your choices. Once you’ve decided on a setting, your gemstone will dictate whether design modifications need to be made. Next, choose metals and finishes that enhance the beauty of the gemstones. For example, the brightness of platinum works well with diamonds and aquamarine, and morganite and rose zircon look stunning with rose gold. Your designer will be able to guide you through the process of choosing from high-polished and textured satin finishes as well as mixing metals, if you prefer, to create a truly unique piece. When it comes down to it, custom design is for everyone. Who wants to be ordinary anyway?

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our individual style, from the clothes you wear to the way you accessorize, says a lot about you. A custom-designed piece of jewelry can truly set you apart from the crowd. While many think it will be intimidating, the process is actually quite easy when you have the right designer. Whether you have a small project in mind or prefer a larger piece, here’s what you can expect.


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What to Do When You’ve Been Pulled Over While Driving Your guide to a quick, easy traffic stop and what you can do after to contest the violation. By Michael B. Brehne, Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A

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ou see the lights, you hear the siren and you know you’re being pulled over by the police. What should you do? First, immediately pull to the right side of the road where it’s safe to do so. If the roadway is congested, consider pulling into the nearest commercial parking lot. More than likely, the officer has observed you committing a moving traffic infraction or a non-moving infraction, such as expired tag or faulty equipment. Moving violations include speeding, running a red light or stop sign and failing to yield, among others. While the officer might be wrong in their assessment, now isn’t the time to argue. Before the officer approaches your car, collect your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Keep your insurance information and registration in one location so you can retrieve it quickly and easily. As the officer approaches your car, make sure your hands are in plain sight, preferably on the steering wheel. When the officer speaks to you, if you still need to get your documents, let the officer know where they’re located and that you’re reaching for them. Understandably, it would be in your best interest to let the officer know whether or not there is a firearm or other weapon where the documents are located so they don’t see it unexpectedly. The officer is likely to explain the reason for pulling you over. Although you are not technically under arrest at this point, you are detained and you have constitutional rights against self-

incrimination. Be careful making comments such as, “I’m sorry, I was texting and didn’t pay attention” or “I know I was speeding, but I didn’t know I was going that fast!” These statements will be documented and used in traffic court if you contest the citation. If the officer is clearly wrong in their assessment and you can demonstrate that by documentation or otherwise, try explaining your position. Otherwise, remain silent and wait for traffic court to show the traffic magistrate and request a dismissal. If you encounter resistance or argument from the officer, stop speaking and accept and sign the citation. You have 30 days to request a court hearing to explain yourself in court. Moving violations carry high monetary penalties, up to $1,000 and

points against your driver’s license that can result in suspension. Non-moving violations generally carry smaller fines that can be dramatically reduced if you correct the violation. For example, if you were cited for not carrying your registration or insurance card, you can present this documentation to the clerk of court and have it dismissed for a small administrative fee. Similarly, if you were cited for faulty equipment, and you make the repair, you may also show that evidence to a law enforcement officer, who can sign off on the citation for you to bring to the clerk for dismissal. As a former traffic law enforcement officer with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Orlando Police Department, I will use this knowledge to help you if you have been charged with a traffic offense.

Michael Brehne has dedicated his 24-year career to representing injured people in motorcycle and car accidents, and represents people when their insurance claims have been denied. He has earned a reputation as a tenacious and skilled trial lawyer when representing his clients against large corporate defendants and insurance companies. He is also the author of “Watching Out for Florida Motorcyclists: Legal Rights of Injured Bikers.”

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+ ARTS & Entertainment

Shows We're Binge-Watching This Winter

Looking for something exciting to stream? From action to drama, we've got you covered. By Christie Fogarty

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here’s never a shortage of shows to binge-watch with all of the options currently available on streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and more. Whether you’re in the mood to re-watch every episode of the classic shows of your childhood or you’re patiently waiting for season four of "Ozark," there’s something for everyone. Here's what we're currently watching.

"Bridgerton"

Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling romance novels and produced by Shonda Rhimes, this show's premiere season takes a look at "dating" in London’s high society through the eyes of Daphne Bridgerton. The story is set during London’s Regency Era and follows the town's most elite families as they embark on “the season” to introduce their children to society. Where to watch it: Netflix Why we like it: Through scandals, engagements and the quest for happiness, the town's young women navigate through their own loves stories. It's impossible not to be intrigued.

"The Undoing"

This psychological thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant follows a New York couple, Grace

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and Jonathan Fraser, who live a life of wealth and luxury. However, that perfect life begins to unravel following Jonathan’s disappearance and the chain of events that transpire. As Grace tries to piece together the puzzle in front of her, others are looking to her for answers. Where to watch it: HBO Max Why we like it: This mini-series will keep you on the edge of your seat with twists and turns until the very end.

"The Crown"

While this show isn't new to Netflix fans, its fourth season has caused quite a stir. Released in November, this season offers a glimpse into the rocky marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, touches on Princess Margaret's battles with mental illness and shows the decline of Princess Anne's first marriage. Where to watch it: Netflix Why we like it: Providing intimate details into the life of the British royal family, whether they're completely true or not, has resulted in four eventful seasons that will not disappoint.

"Wandavision"

This original series, which is produced by Marvel Studios, is set within

the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It begins where "Avengers: Endgame" left off, picking up with Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) and Vision living a storybook life in the suburbs, where they try to conceal their superpowers. Episodes are being released weekly through March 5, so while you may not be able to fully binge-watch this series all in one sitting, you will definitely wish that you could. Where to watch it: Disney+ Why we like it: A unique blend of classic sitcoms and Marvel themes, this is an intriguing new series that introduces a new wave of superhero storymaking.

"Little Fires Everywhere"

Starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, "Little Fires Everywhere" follows the lives of a pictureperfect mother and the mysterious mother-daughter duo that is placed in her life. Witherspoon’s character rents a home to Washington’s character, but they soon find their lives intertwined in ways they never expected. Where to watch it: Hulu Why we like it: With an easy-towatch, eight-episode lineup, it's both dramatic and relatable, leaving us wanting more.


TAKE BACK

YOUR

HEALTH Part one of Lifestyle’s in-depth, three-part series on refocusing, recommitting and taking care of YOU. Body. Mind. Spirit.

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Prioritizing your health starts here. “Your primary care provider knows your health story better than anyone, and is your best resource for staying well and getting connected to specialized health services. Our offices are taking extra measures to keep you safe when you visit, and our new Care Advocacy service makes it easier than ever to traverse your health journey with personalized assistance.” — Melissa Morello, MD, AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Center for Health and Wellbeing

We get it. The past year has been highly irregular. Many of us have gotten used to skipping formerly normal activities, from joining friends for a sporting event to hosting family on the holidays — and that’s been a smart strategy for staying well. But there’s one thing that’s definitely not something you should put off doing if you want to be healthy, and that’s seeing a medical professional when you need to. We talked to the experts at AdventHealth about why it’s important, easy — and safe! — to visit your medical provider today, and here’s what we found out. Find out what a Care Advocate can do for you. AdventHealth Medical Group’s primary care providers recently rolled out an all-new service for their patients called Care Advocacy. This service connects you to an expertly trained person who talks you through every step of your health care journey, whatever you might need. It’s like having a trusted friend with clinical expertise who works with your primary care physician to provide you with personalized, on-the-go assistance. Your Care Advocate can be your single point of contact for: • Scheduling requests • Administrative forms • Prescription refills • Referrals • Clinical questions To be eligible for this unique service, you need to be 18 years of age or older, have a primary care provider who is part of AdventHealth Medical Group, and have an AdventHealth account (which you can create at AdventHealth.com or via the AdventHealth app). Of course, the AdventHealth patient portal is also available as a self-service access point for all your health information, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NEARBY ADVENTHEALTH MEDICAL GROUP PRIMARY CARE PRACTICES Family Medicine at RDV 8701 Maitland Summit Boulevard Orlando, FL 32810 | 407-200-2759 Internal Medicine at Maitland 670 North Orlando Avenue, Suite 204 Maitland, FL 32751 | 407-644-7551 Family Medicine at Center for Health and Wellbeing 2005 Mizell Avenue, Suite 1600A Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-646-7380 Family Medicine at Winter Park 133 Benmore Drive, Suite 200 Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-646-7070 Internal Medicine at Winter Park Dundee 1933 Dundee Drive Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-644-1241 Internal Medicine at Winter Park Howell Branch 1940 Howell Branch Road Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-629-8802 Senior Health at Winter Park Benmore 133 Benmore Drive, Suite 200 Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-599-6060

For more information or to find an AdventHealth Medical Group primary care provider near you, visit CentralFloridaPrimaryCare.com. www.CentralFloridaLifestyle.com

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Is it COVID or just a cold? Learn how to tell the difference. In a normal year, you might not give a cough or runny nose a second thought. But with the risk of getting COVID-19 still an everyday concern, you’re likely paying closer attention to how you feel. Since several illnesses including COVID, the common cold, the flu and seasonal allergies share many of the same symptoms, it’s hard not to worry — and wonder exactly what they mean. There’s no substitute for speaking to a doctor, and this advice shouldn’t be considered a medical diagnosis. Still, it’s helpful to consider how some common seasonal illnesses stack up against one another, so you can make the best choices for your family’s health.

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Runny Nose

When in doubt, see a doctor. Seeing a doctor as soon as you notice symptoms of a viral illness can help you recover faster. In the case of the flu, for example, starting medications within the first two days of symptoms can help you get ahead of the infection before it becomes more severe. Having an accurate diagnosis can also help you take the right steps to avoid spreading it to others.

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Don’t delay. Get tested today. With so many COVID symptoms that can be mistaken for other illnesses, testing is the only way to know for sure. When you need a test, Centra Care is your easy choice for where to go with multiple locations throughout the area, and online reservation scheduling. So get peace of mind by getting tested today.

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AdventHealth Centra Care Kids Winter Park 2325 West Fairbanks Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789 | 407-539-0311 AdventHealth Centra Care Lee Road 2540 Lee Road Winter Park, FL 32789 | 407-629-9281 AdventHealth Centra Care Winter Park 3099 Aloma Avenue Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-951-6302

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Fitness Focus: Personal Training vs. Physical Therapy It’s the time of year when many of us are thinking about improving our health. And there are all types of health professionals to help us achieve our goals, including personal trainers and physical therapists. While you’ve likely heard of both, it’s worth knowing the difference so you can access the care you need, when you need it.

Here’s when to see a physical therapist. If you’re experiencing pain or limitations in movement due to an injury, a physical therapist may be able to help. Physical therapists have the education and state certification required to diagnose an injury and develop a customized treatment plan to help you recover. However, they also focus on preventive care. For example, if you have chronic lower back pain and you want to avoid injury or further pain in the future, a physical therapist can help you build strength and identify strategies to protect your health and well-being.

Here’s when to see a personal trainer. If you’ve been medically cleared to start a regular exercise program and you’d like expert advice in developing an exercise routine, you can work with a personal trainer to start on a fitness plan that meets your goals, needs and lifestyle. It’s important to note that a personal trainer is not qualified to diagnose an injury, unless the trainer is also a physical therapist. Therefore, if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, you should always see a physical therapist prior to beginning a workout routine with a personal trainer.

Reach your fitness goals with sports medicine and rehab care.

NEARBY SPORTS MED & REHAB LOCATIONS AdventHealth Sports Med & Rehab Maitland (RDV) 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando, FL 32810 | 407-916-4500 AdventHealth Sports Med & Rehab Winter Park 2005 Mizell Avenue, Suite 2400 Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-646-7711 AdventHealth Sports Med & Rehab at Winter Park Pediatrics 1311 Minnesota Avenue, Suite C Winter Park, FL 32789 | 407-303-1575 AdventHealth Sports Med & Rehab Orlando Ave. 351 North Orlando Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789 | 407-303-7600

Want to know more about whole-person physical and rehabilitative therapies? Visit AHSportsMedCentralFL.com.

AdventHealth Sports Med & Rehab has physical therapists and personal trainers who can help you get moving and create a plan for reaching your goals. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, begin an exercise program, get pain relief or return to normal after an injury, their specialists can help — and with no referral needed. Virtual visits are also an option, so you can access the care you need from the comfort of your home.

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Debunking 4 Myths About Getting ER Care Right Now The health and safety of the community has always been AdventHealth’s top priority. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, they have expanded their policies, procedures and products to ensure you and your loved ones feel safe in their facilities. To help you feel confident about getting care quickly, let us debunk four myths about getting emergency care.

Be Assured That It’s Safe to Go to the ER Myth: If I go to the ER, I will get COVID-19. Fact: AdventHealth ERs have employed the following safety measures to keep you safe:

NEARBY EMERGENCY ROOM LOCATIONS AdventHealth Winter Park 200 North Lakemont Avenue Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-646-7000

• Temperature testing at all entrances • Universal masking policy for team members, patients and visitors • Enhanced sanitation measures • Social distancing guides in waiting rooms • Caring for COVID-19 patients in separate areas Myth: I should avoid the ER at all costs. Fact: If you’re having a medical emergency, the ER is the best place to get treatment in a timely manner. Call 911 or go directly to the ER if you or a loved one has any of these medical emergencies: • • • • • • • •

Chest pain Debilitating back pain Fractures (bone protruding from skin) Head injuries Severe abdominal pain Severe headaches Severe pelvic and urinary pain Shortness of breath

Myth: If I go to the ER, they will be too overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients to treat me. Fact: AdventHealth’s experts have the capacity to assess and triage all emergencies and provide timely care. Their ER teams are making sure everyone who comes to the ER receives the care they need. You can trust that a skilled emergency medical team will be ready and available to help you. Know that their health care providers are also well equipped with ample personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves.

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Learn more about how your ER is keeping you safe by visiting YourLocalER.com.


Wear a Mask. Save a Life. Karst Media Group encourages the use of facial coverings in all social settings. Please continue using vigilance as we strive to make our world a better place. Remember, wearing is caring!


+ HEALTH & Wellness

Are You Drinking Water the Right Way? In Ayurvedic medicine, how you consume water is just as important as doing it in the first place. Read on to find out why.

By Lyndsay Fogarty

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e all know the importance of drinking water: it regulates your body temperature, flushes waste and lubricates joints, among many other things. Since water makes up about 60% of the body, replenishing it properly is a must. The general recommendation is to drink at least eight glasses of water each day; however, drinking water whenever you're thirsty is a good start. Active individuals or those who spend a lot of time outdoors likely need to drink more than the recommended amount to stay hydrated. This information is all well-known, but there is something else to consider when you consume water. In Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic approach to health and wellness that works to find a balance between the mind, body and spirit, it's believed that the way in which you drink water is an important aspect of hydration. So what does this mean?

Drink Room Temperature Water

It's believed that cold water will shut down the body's "digestive fire," a term that represents the stomach acid, digestive enzymes and bile in the GI tract that the body uses in the digestive process. Consuming water at room temperature, or even warm water depending on your preferences, can help the body digest properly while improving circulation and relaxing muscles, which could ease cramping and constipation. It's also thought that warm water is easier for the body to absorb.

Avoid Chugging Your Water

Another technique to help your body better absorb water and the nutrients that it contains is to take your time

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with small sips. Ayurvedic teachings say to sip, swallow and breathe. If you notice that you're constantly running to the restroom as you work toward your daily water intake goals, take a look at how quickly you're drinking it and adjust your habits accordingly.

Sit Down to Sip

It may be easier to take your time when you take a seat. When you sit down with your water, your muscles and nervous system relax, which ultimately helps your organs work properly. The kidneys can better pace the body's filtration system, and the stomach receives the water gradually, allowing the entire body to be better replenished.

Know When to Drink

Drink a glass or two of water when you wake up in the morning to get your body going again. In addition to rehydrating after going a full eight hours without any fluids, you may also experience less bloating, more energy and a smaller appetite when you start your day with water. Also, drink some water when you eat to aid in digestion, especially if you're having a fiber-heavy meal. The fiber in the food you're eating absorbs water as it moves through the digestive system, promoting regularity. It's also a good habit to hydrate before, during and after exercise. Drink a glass of water at least 30 minutes before participating in moderate exercise and be sure to continue hydrating well after to replace the fluid you lost through sweating. When it comes to hydration, pay attention to your body as you practice proper hydration techniques.


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H E A LT H Y HEART Learn how to recognize the signs of a heart attack or stroke and discover some of the ways you can keep your heart healthy and strong.

5 FACTS ABOUT STROKES By Lyndsay Fogarty

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id you know that a stroke could occur at any age? While the likelihood of having a stroke nearly doubles every 10 years after the age of 55, according to the American Stroke Association, it could happen to anyone — even children. The International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke considers older children with sickle cell anemia, congenital heart defects, immune disorders or problems with blood clotting, as well as previously healthy children who are found to have hidden disorders such as narrow blood vessels or a tendency to form blood clots easily, among those at risk. HERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW, STRAIGHT FROM THE ASA: • Eighty percent of strokes can be prevented through healthy eating, exercise, regular checkups and smoking cessation. • Each year, strokes occur more in women than in men. Pregnancy, a history of preeclampsia/eclampsia or gestational diabetes, oral contraceptive use (especially when combined with smoking) and post-menopausal hormone therapy can increase the risk for women. • A transient ischemic attack, or mini stroke, is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain that can produce milder forms of stroke-like symptoms, which typically last less than five minutes. These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored, as they are an indicator of a future stroke. • In addition to F.A.S.T. (face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 9-1-1), keep in mind several other signs of a stroke. These include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden severe headache with no known cause. 34

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EAT YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHY HEART By Lyndsay Fogarty

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ccording to the American Heart Association, about 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds. But you have control over your heart health, and it begins with your diet. When worked into a balanced diet, these are just some of the foods that the AHA says can boost heart health.

BERRIES: Blueberries and strawberries have high levels of phytochemicals flavonoids, can lower the risk of heart attack in women KALE: High in folic acid and fiber, can help lower blood pressure OATS: Whole-grain source of dietary fiber, can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes while raising HDL (good cholesterol) levels SALMON: High in omega-3 fatty acids, can decrease the risk for abnormal heartbeats, reduce triglycerides and slow the growth of plaque in the arteries Making the right food choices is important, but so is eating the proper amount. The National Institutes of Health defines a portion as how much food you choose to eat at one time and a serving size as the amount of food listed on a product’s Nutrition Facts label. Your portions are likely larger than the recommended serving size for most food items, so measure out what you need and store the rest for later. The AHA has outlined the following serving sizes for a healthy, balanced diet: • 1 slice of bread • 1/2 cup rice of pasta (cooked) • 1 small piece of fruit • 1 wedge of melon • 3 /4 cup fruit juice • 1 cup milk or yogurt • 2 oz. cheese (about the size of a domino) • 2 -3 oz. meat, poultry or fish (about the size of a deck of cards)


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AM I HAVING A HEART ATTACK? By Ryan J. Lawrence Every year, about 740,000 Americans suffer heart attacks. When cardiac episodes occur, the signs can vary depending on gender. Sadly, countless heart attacks result in deaths because people fail to recognize the symptoms and seek help in time. To lower your risk of death or disability related to heart failure, learn how to identify the symptoms. COMMON SIGNS OF HEART FAILURE Heart attacks can lead to a number of vague or overwhelming symptoms. However, people will usually notice one or more of the following: •C  hest pain or discomfort, including tightness, pressure, aching, heaviness, burning, numbness, squeezing or fullness •D  ifficulty breathing, wheezing or shortness of breath •D  iscomfort or pain in the neck, arms, jaw, stomach or left shoulder • Intense, unexplained sweating •V  omiting or severe nausea •F  ullness, indigestion or choking sensation •R  apid or irregular heartbeat

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IDENTIFYING THE DIFFERENCES IN WOMEN While many heart attacks result in common signs, some episodes can cause vague or confusing symptoms that lead people to delay medical attention. This is especially common in women, who tend to develop heart disease within the tiny arteries branching away from the coronary arteries. For this reason, it’s especially important for women to recognize the following telltale symptoms: • Pain around or inside the jaw • Pressure or pain radiating from the very center of the chest • Light-headedness or dizzy spells • Unexplained fatigue that lasts for several days • Pain that migrates into the arms

EARLY SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK In some cases, women may begin showing symptoms of an imminent heart attack weeks before its occurrence. In one multi-year study focusing on 500 women who had suffered acute myocardial infarction, participants reported sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, indigestion, unusual fatigue and anxiety at least a month before they experienced their attacks. Sometimes, non-life-threatening conditions can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack, so seek emergency care any time you show telltale symptoms of heart failure. This includes chest pain or other troubling symptoms that persist for longer than a few minutes. Also, visit your doctor for a regular cardiovascular exam starting at age 20. Follow-ups may be required yearly, depending on your particular risk factors.


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Dear Friends, I’d like to introduce myself to you in my new capacity as president of the MetroWest Master Association Board. I'll also introduce a new MWMA board member and a new MWMA management team member. I've worked in MetroWest for the past five years, coming to the MetroWest branch of FAIRWINDS Credit Union with 20 years of banking center and management experience. My background also includes many years of giving back to my community. Since moving to Florida in 2008, I've been the race chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for two years and held various positions on the board of Dress for Success of Greater Orlando. I've been involved with the MWMA Fine and Hearing and Design and Review Committee for three years and volunteered for numerous task forces and committees when needed. Lynn Walker Wright, the most recent addition to the MWMA Board of Directors, founded Lynn Walker Wright, P.A. 25 years ago and has offices in MetroWest and Winter Garden. She has consistently been named “Best Lawyer” by U.S. News and World Report and has held “AV” Preeminent Rating in Martindale Hubbell for 20 consecutive years. She is currently serving as a supporting trustee and director of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, director of Cornerstone Hospice Foundation and director of Family Matters of Central Florida. She is a past president of the WOCC, Health Central Foundation and Winter Garden Rotary Club, where she was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. Lynn’s grandfather was a Winter Garden founder. She and her partner, Paige, are longtime residents of MetroWest. With strong roots in Orange County, Lynn’s proudest accomplishments include bringing the West Orange Trail to Winter Garden and construction of the new West Orange Cornerstone Hospice Facility at the Orlando Health/Health Central Campus. Aimee Botens has joined the MWMA management team as administrative assistant, working with MetroWest Community General Manager Julie Sanchez and Assistant Manager Mary James. Aimee brings strong customer service, client retention and management support experience to her position. Finally, it's my pleasure to report that our modified MetroWest Charity Challenge raised more than $9,000 for Edgewood Children’s Ranch, with Veranda Park winning the Challenge. Heartfelt community efforts like the Charity Challenge make MetroWest such a wonderful place to live, work, play and connect. Jennifer Waters Board President MetroWest Master Association

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MetroWest Welcomes New Businesses! • uBreakiFix (ubreakifix.com) offers highquality cell phone repair and recently moved its corporate headquarters from downtown Orlando to MetroWest. • Sodiê Doces (sodiedoces.com) is a Brazilian bakery featuring a wide variety of cakes, including white, chocolate, sugar-free and homemade. • Optum (jsahealthcare.com) offers primary healthcare services, including same-day appointments for urgent care, 24-hour provider on-call availability, on-site laboratory services and a Spanish-speaking staff. • LaGranja Restaurant (lagranjarestaurants. com) is a Latin American eatery featuring authentic Peruvian food. • Axiom Bank (axiombanking.com) serves MetroWest as one of the fastest growing community banks providing retail banking services, including checking, deposit and money market accounts. • Quick Phone Fix (jado-wireless.business.site) offers cell phone repair seven days a week. • West Vue Apartments (westvueapts.com) features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and high-end amenities. • Millennium MetroWest Apartments is LEED-certified, with one-, two- and threebedroom floor plans featuring best-in-market finishes.


How to Rejuvenate the Mind and Body in a Safe Way Discover all of the outdoor activities and fitness opportunities that MetroWest has to offer. By Kimbra Hennessy

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hether you're an avid athlete, weekend warrior or a nature lover who simply enjoys being outside, MetroWest is one of Central Florida’s best neighborhoods for fun outdoor activities and fitness opportunities. Maintaining physical and mental health in today's stressful COVID-19 world is more important than ever, and these opportunities allow for plenty of social distancing. One of the best places to cycle, jog or walk is the 183-acre Bill Frederick Park, located on the shores of Turkey Lake. Designed for nature lovers, the park provides a variety of recreational activities and scenic lake views — a welcome respite from urban life. There are two playgrounds, biking/jogging/hiking trails, a paved walking path, fitness stations, a sand volleyball court and three disc golf courses. Growing in popularity, disc golf is a flying disc (Frisbee) sport in which players throw a disc at a target with rules similar to golf. Also in the area is the renowned MetroWest Golf Club, which is ranked among Central Florida’s best golf courses. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this challenging course

features spring-fed lakes, mature native trees, expansive fairways and large greens. Just down the street is the MetroWest Tennis Center, with four clay tennis courts and an on-site head pro who offers group and individual tennis lessons. With wide boulevards and treelined streets, MetroWest is a favorite for cyclers. Fred Hewitt, owner of Full Circle Cycle in the Publix Plaza, explains that cycling has only grown in popularly since the pandemic hit. “We like to say that the bicycle is the original social distancing machine,” says Hewitt. “Full Circle Cycle is selling and servicing more bikes than ever, but we continue to take extensive safety precautions.” For now, the store remains closed, with outdoor repairs being performed at the back of the shop and new bike purchases being completed online. Only remote payments are accepted. There are several great places to bike around the MetroWest area, according to Hewitt. He recommends Bill Frederick Park’s two-mile paved loop around Turkey Lake and Eagle’s Nest Park, which offers an easy, twomile scenic loop around two cypress lakes.

If you prefer an indoor workout, both major gyms in MetroWest, Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness, are taking steps to keep their facilities clean and safe. Planet Fitness has installed cleaning stations throughout the gym, and members are required to clean each station after use. They practice “Social Fitnessing,” where only every other aerobic machine — such as treadmills, ellipticals and stair steppers — are in use, thereby separating members. Anytime Fitness is also instituting new safety guidelines and protocols, including reducing club capacity, mandated wearing of masks and gloves for staff, no contact training or equipment sharing, as well as social distancing signage and floor markers. Additionally, medical-grade cleaning products and hand sanitizers are available throughout facility. During these trying times, people still need to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and do their best to stay mentally and physically healthy. Fortunately, MetroWest offers a variety of outdoor fun and fitness opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

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Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal With Easy and Affordable Landscaping Updates With these tips and tricks, the result will be a beautiful yard for you and your neighbors. By Nancy Glasgow

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ebruary is an ideal time to prepare your yard for spring and improve its curb appeal. A few key issues can be addressed easily and affordably, yet render noticeable results. Luis Cortes, senior account manager with BrightView, the landscaping services company that counts the MetroWest Master Association among its clients, offers his expert advice for a flawless yard.

Battle Brown Patch Fungus

St. Augustine grass is susceptible to a type of fungus called brown patch fungus, which causes large brown patches in lawns, Cortes says. The best approach is to prevent brown patch fungus from ever taking hold. The fungus likes cool, wet conditions, so watering the lawn correctly can discourage fungal growth.

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Watering the lawn too late in the day will leave the lawn damp at night. This is especially problematic in the cooler months, as brown patch mold thrives in these conditions. Instead, water in the early morning to give the grass time to dry before nightfall. Watering too frequently also causes the damp conditions that brown patch mold loves. St. Augustine grass should only be watered once it's dry and showing signs of drought, which typically is every five to 10 days, to a depth of 4-6 inches into the ground. Use nitrogen-rich fertilizer only in late spring or in the summer. In cooler weather, nitrogen fertilizer promotes lush green growth that brown patch fungus craves. “Be sure to aerate your lawn at least once a year and maintain a good PH to discourage brown patch fungus,” Cortes advises. “Also, control your grass clippings by mowing your yard regularly, every five to seven days to a height of 3.5-5 inches, which is optimal for St. Augustine grass. You want to keep clippings from clumping up and creating too much thatch, which can lead to the excess moisture that brown patch fungus likes.” If you need faster results, Cortes says administering a fungicide may be your best bet. “Whichever fungicide you choose, follow the instructions on the packaging,” Cortes says. “Most fungicides will need to be applied once or twice a month. For the best results, use fungicide at the first signs of brown patch fungus.”


Prune Crepe Myrtles, the Right Way

Pruning crepe myrtles is not necessary for blooming. It should be done only to shape the tree, not severely control plant height. If you do prune your crepe myrtles, do so in February to avoid winter injury. Remove lower limbs that are thinner than a pencil in diameter. If your crepe myrtle is young, you can prune the top of the branches, but do not do so if it's older. “Whatever you do, please do not commit ‘crepe murder,’” Cortes says. “This is when severe pruning causes a ‘knee’ that will create many small, weak limbs growing out from the knee. If you cut in the same place every year, crepe myrtles develop an ugly knob on the end.”

Cut Back Ornamental Grasses

If you have cool season grasses in your yard, February can be a good time to trim them. Cool season grasses grow primarily in spring and in fall when temperatures cool. These grasses keep their color throughout summer without much growth during its heat. Cut the grass back by twothirds, leaving one-third in place. When cutting back ornamental grasses, be sure to wear gloves, as the grasses can have sharp blades. Bundle the stalks using wide tape (biodegradable is best) or bungee cords. Lean the bundle away from the base as you cut. If you plan to compost the cut grasses, cut them in pieces to speed decomposition. If you compost a large amount of dead grass, add wet, green material or a little nitrogen fertilizer to help break down the grass. “All of these steps — controlling brown patch fungus, properly pruning crepe myrtles as necessary and cutting back ornamental grasses — can have a visible, positive impact on the appearance of your yard,” Cortes says. “And what’s really great is that these updates are inexpensive and easy to do.”

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+ DID YOU Know?

Dark Chocolate & Your Diet “Getting healthy” and “eating more chocolate” don’t often go hand-in-hand, but maybe it should.

By Chelsea Santiago

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ith all the sugar and milk that’s in chocolate, along with the delicious, mouthwatering taste that comes with it, we don’t often think of it as much more than candy. What we do associate as healthy are fruits high in antioxidants, such as cranberries and blueberries. But it’s this high antioxidant level that puts cocoa right up there with the rest of the healthy fruits. It all comes down to flavonoids, and dark chocolate has a lot of them. According to a study by Chemistry Central Journal, “the antioxidant capacity of cocoa powder was significantly greater than blueberry, cranberry and pomegranate powder.” Let’s face it — a couple Ghirardelli Chocolate squares are likely a preferred snack over a bowl of fruit for most. Luckily, research has been coming out for several years now on possible benefits of this smooth, bittersweet confection. Benefits include lowering cardiovascular issues and helping mediate di-

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abetes problems. In a study presented in Journal of the American Heart Association, it is suggested that polyphenols that are present in cocoa might reduce oxidative stress. Participants in the study also experienced higher levels of nitric oxide, which reduces blood pressure and improves blood flow, when they ate dark chocolate. Next time you’re stressed, keep calm and reach for a small bar of dark chocolate. With better blood flow and reduced blood pressure, studies have shown a significant reduction in stress among subjects and a sharper focus during cognitive tests. This increased blood flow has also shown to help with a better tolerance to the sun’s UV rays, according to several studies. According to research by Pub Med, flavonoids help increase skin density and skin hydration, which cause UV damage to decrease by 15% after 6 weeks. And who needs to splurge or have a skip day in their diet plan when you’re eating chocolate every day?

However, caution should still be used when eating this tantalizing treat. First, studies show that the benefits of cocoa can often get processed out when transformed into the candy bars we know and love. According to the Cleveland Clinic, most chocolates are highly processed and even some dark chocolates may not be in your best interest. Look for dark chocolates with 70% or more cocoa levels that haven’t gone through Dutch processing, a treatment to neutralize its natural acidity. Second, look out for those caramel-filled, salt-covered squares of heaven. Those extra ingredients may add flavor to the more bitter dark chocolates but it also adds calories. Remember that when adding a couple squares of chocolate to your new health kick that you calculate those calories in. Just keep it in moderation and watch the benefits roll in.


+ WINE & Spirits

Champagne

Cocktails 101 Your guide to creating the perfect cocktail with that bubbly, boozy beverage that we’re all into right now. By Lyndsay Fogarty

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hat’s more refreshing than an ice-cold cocktail? One with some bubbly in it. Lucky for all of us, Champagne cocktails are in. I’m not talking about mimosas here, although the brunch staple is the OG Champagne cocktail. I’m referring more to the French 75s and the Aperol Spritzes of the world. The beauty of champagne, or sparkling wine, cocktails is that they can be as low key or as high maintenance as you want them to be. And if you don’t have Champagne on hand, any sparkling wine will do. It’s all about your personal preference. When it comes to champagne cocktails, keep in mind that simplicity is key. Find ingredients that complement each other and go with it. That means fresh juices, herbs and fragrant garnishes that will enhance both the taste and the presentation of your cocktail. Consider the notes of the sparkling wine you’re using or what type of additional liquor you’re including before you decide on the other ingredients. Herbs like basil or rosemary will seriously complement your cocktail if you’re adding gin, or consider a wedge of lemon or

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lime for a garnish (add in the juice if you wish) when you want to balance out a sweeter wine. Of course, your champagne cocktail doesn’t have to include an additional liquor, but if you choose to go for it, vodka is the most common addition. This could be because it’s essentially a blank canvas when not flavored. Grand Marnier is also a popular enhancement. Not sure what type of bubbly you should use? Prosecco and non-vintage Champagnes work well with the majority of these cocktails. This is because they’re light, mild and refreshing. Finally, whether you’re using a wine glass or a Champagne flute, go big with the glassware to dress up your champagne cocktails. Essentially, this is the canvas to your delicious work of art.

Raspberry Lime Champagne Punch Courtesy of The Vineyard Wine Bar & Healthy Bistro This Champagne cocktail recipe is quick and easy to put together, as you likely have all of the ingredients on hand already. Ingredients: - 1/3 cup sugar - 1/3 cup water - 3/4 cup lime juice, preferably freshly squeezed - 2 cups tonic water - 2 cups raspberries - 1 lime, sliced - 1 bottle Champagne or sparkling white wine - 1/4 cup vodka, optional Directions: To prepare simple syrup, heat water to boiling and add sugar. Let cool. In a large pitcher, combine simple syrup, lime juice, tonic water and raspberries. Add optional vodka if you prefer. Pour Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco preferable) over mixture and serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or orange slice, if preferred.


LOSE THE STEM. KEEP THE COOL.

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+ YOUR Local

The Business of Love

How the West Orange Chamber of Commerce will lead our community forward to bright futures.

By Stina D’Uva

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ebruary, the month of love, has most of us thinking of Valentine’s Day. With that, stores, homes and even businesses are adorned with hearts, cupids and red and pink trimmings. We’re all thinking of how we can demonstrate our love to our Valentines on that one special day. However, just as there are many stories of the origins of Valentine’s Day, there are also many ways to show love. I would say that 2021 ­— not just one day or one month — should be all about love, understanding and respect. The last year and month demonstrated that people around the world are more like us than we ever could have imagined. All countries have been hurt by the pandemic. We've all experienced some of the same challenges: illness, financial hardship and, yes, even our country has experienced social unrest and division. Despite the division that has been experienced in our country, we all have a love for our country

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as well as the freedoms and opportunities provided to us through our democracy and republic. That commonality should unite us. I know that West Orange residents and businesses will move us forward for the greater good of our community and our country. If we work together, respect one another and our differences, and have compassion, kindness and love toward one another, it will be our past and never again our future. Moving us forward toward a bright future, the chamber will continue its efforts to provide resources and programming to support our members and to get them past these difficult times. Our programming will include ongoing information regarding PPP, EIDL, PPE and a host of other resources. We will also continue our work on diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage support of all of our members. Our community can demonstrate its love and support for our members by shopping and doing

business with them, not only for Valentine’s Day, but every day of the year. The businesses that join our chamber contribute to the betterment of our community each and every day because they understand why our chamber exists. It exists to be the connector within our community to make certain that our businesses have what they need to be successful so that they can be the job creators, payroll providers and contributors to schools and charities. Your help and support enable them to continue to be the backbone of our greater West Orange community.


+ TECH Trends

How to Take High-Quality Photos with Your Phone Level up your phone photography skills with these five tips for utilizing the device's features along with expert techniques and other tools.

By Joselle A.

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martphone cameras have become imaging powerhouses that are often more powerful than regular cameras. That means you can capture memories through highquality images without a lot of bulk in your bag. You know to clean the dust and fuzz from your pocket off the lens before snapping a photo, but do you know how to get the most out of your phone's camera? Here are some tips for taking professional phone photos.

Stay Steady With a Tripod

This tool will be your best friend if you want to take tacksharp photos using any phone. Mobile phone tripods are both portable and compact. They allow you to achieve clear, sharp photos of anything from close-up macro shots to spectacular landscape shots. You can also take nice selfies and group shots with the assistance of a tripod.

Make Use of Natural Light

Natural light will give you light and bright photos that always look good. This is done by shooting

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outdoors during the day, or making use of windows and doors to let light into a space when you're taking photos indoors. It's also a good idea to position your subject next to a window or door to take advantage of natural lighting and to avoid having to use your phone's built-in flash.

Integrate Negative Space Into Your Images

Creative use of negative space will truly make your photos your own. The good thing about negative spaces is that they are everywhere you look, allowing you to create pockets of negative spaces as you shoot for a more interesting picture. It can be anything from a blank wall to the sky. Even nature offers opportunities to snap photos with creative negative space.

Utilize the Gridlines on Your Smartphone

Your smartphone camera includes gridlines that will help you achieve the right composition for your photos. While these gridlines can be turned off if you prefer, using them allows you to map out

your photos right there on your screen. You are then able to develop ideas about how to frame the photo and place emphasis on your subject before you capture the image.

Be Creative with Foregrounds

The foreground is an object that is closest to you and positioned in front of your subject. It can be anything from the edge of a door or wall to foliage. Most phones are now powerful enough to blur both the front and back of the subject if they are near or far enough from it. A blurred foreground can act as an interesting frame to show off your subject, and it can even be used to tell a story or hide something from the frame. There are so many ways to take creative photos with your powerful camera phone. Aside from relying on your phone's camera features as you shoot, you can use photography techniques to capture images that are just as interesting as any photo taken with a regular or even a professional camera. Try these ideas out to level up your phone photography skills.


+ SCHOOL News

SCPS Launches Second Physics Bus: The Optics Bus Seminole County Public Schools launched a second Physics Bus during a ribbon cutting on Jan. 29. The Optics Bus will expand student experiences in physics beyond the Mechanics Bus, which launched in January 2020, and will provide students with physics experiences based on 4th and 5th grade math and science standards.

Local High School Named Catholic Youth Sports Champions On Jan. 15, the Holy Family Catholic Schools Boys Varsity Flag Football team was victorious against St. James with a final score of 12 – 6, making them Catholic Youth Sports Champions. The game was played in the rain and wind at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. “We lost to St. James in the regular season, so it was outstanding effort by all the players and both coaches to win the finals,” says Director of Athletics Rese McNatt. This is the first championship for head coach, Tom McAleavey, who has been coaching for five years. Along with first year assistant coach, Tyler Kight, HFCS is proud to bring home this victory.

The Physics Buses will make scheduled stops at SCPS elementary schools to provide students with STEM experiences that develop critical math skills. On the Mechanics Bus, students explored sound, gravity, density, forces, motion and speed. The Optics Bus will engage students with lenses, lasers and prisms as they explore the behavior of light. “Bringing physics to students at an early age will help remove the stigma of physics and encourage participation beyond elementary school,” says SCPS Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin. “Physics is mathematics in action. Students need to experience the joy of math and science in a fun, hands-on and creative setting.”

District Graduation Rate Above State Average The Florida Department of Education released the 2019-20 graduation rates for the state, school districts and high schools. The district average graduation rate among its 20 traditional high schools is 97.9%. The graduation rate of all Orange County Public Schools is 90.4%, which outpaces the state’s 90% average. Both averages are 2% higher than last year. “We are pleased to see our schools perform so well compared to the state average in spite of the pandemic wreaking havoc on our community,” says Superintendent Barbara Jenkins. “We are grateful for our families who chose OCPS for their child’s education and to the teachers who worked tirelessly every day for students in order to help them graduate. The class of 2020 demonstrated resilience and grit in the face of adversity. We are extremely proud of them and we wish them much success.” In addition, Evans High School increased its rate by 10.8 percentage points from 86.8 to 97.6, the largest gain in the district. The top four highest graduation rates for traditional high schools in the district are Timber Creek High School at 99.9%, Lake Nona High School at 99.6%, East River High School at 99.5% and University High School at 99.5%.

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+ CALENDAR of Events ALL MONTH LONG February 1-22 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Epcot Included in regular theme park admission 407.939.5277 DisneyWorld.Disney. Go.com Immerse yourself in the arts with creative culinary creations, performing and visual arts, featured artists and more.

February 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 Seven Seas Food Festival

Regular theme park hours SeaWorld Orlando 7007 Sea World Dr. Orlando, FL 32821 Included in regular theme park admission 407.545.5550 SeaWorld.com Every weekend, through May 9, sip and sample your way around the world with exciting flavors and local craft beers, along with live performances.

February 6, 13, 20, 27 Show Car Saturday Nights 4-10 p.m. Promenade at Sunset Walk 3251 Margaraville Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34747 Free admission 407.338.4811 SunsetWalk.com Enjoy classic and modern cars. This event features live entertainment, weekly raffle prize giveaways and trophies awarded every 1st and 3rd Saturday.

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February 6 Down the Rabbit Hole Mead Botanical Garden 1300 S. Denning Dr. Winter Park, FL 32789 $22 per person ($25 per person on Fridays and Saturdays) 407.622.6323 CreativeCityProject.com This theatrical journey, complete with circus arts, dance and music, is in an “Alice in Wonderland” theme. Every Wednesday through Sunday until March 14.

February 24 Zooventure Family Workshop: Zoo Keeping 101

2-4 p.m. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens 3755 W. Seminole Blvd. Sanford, FL 32771 $20 per family for passholders, $25 per family for non-passholders 407.323.4450 CentralFloridaZoo.org Experience up-close animal encounters, games, crafts and activities in

AROUND THE CORNER March 3-14 Raisin in the Sun

Show times vary Garden Theatre 160 W. Plant St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 $20-$35 407.877.4736 GardenTheatre.org This iconic piece of American dramatic literature by Lorraine Hansberry will move audiences of all ages.

February 13 Step Afrika!

8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center 445 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 $25-$50 407.358.6603 DrPhillipsCenter.org Experience socially distant live entertainment at the Frontyard Festival, presented by AdventHealth. Seating is in a private box for up to five people.

February 18 Popcorn Flicks in the Park

7 p.m. Central Park in Winter Park Free admission 407.629.0054 Enzian.org Enjoy a showing of “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” in a socially distanced, 10x10 movie space for up to six people per party. Advanced reservation is requested.

a learning environment. Face coverings are required and social distancing will be in place during all activities.

February 27 Food & Wine Classic: A Taste of Swan and Dolphin

5:30-8 p.m. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 $110 per person 407.934.4000 www.SwanDolphin FoodAndWineClassic.com Guests will enjoy unlimited tastings from 10 food stations from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and more than 50 beverage offerings as well as live entertainment.

March 13 AdventHealth Winter Park Road Race 10k and 2 Mile 7 a.m. Park Avenue in Winter Park 251 Park Ave. N. Winter Park, FL 32789 Entry fees vary by distance 407.896.1160 TrackShack.com The 2-mile race will be virtual and 10k will be in person with safety protocols in place. Event benefits the Meridian Club of Winter Park Scholarship Fund.


+ SOMEONE You Should Know

COURTESY OF ICON PARK

Spotlight On: Chris Jaskiewicz

Get to know the CEO of ICON Park and his journey of building a booming entertainment complex in the heart of Orlando’s tourism corridor. By Nick Moore

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espite all of the challenges facing the tourism industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park on International Drive, has kept entertainment at the forefront of his two years on the job. He has drawn inspiration for ICON Park, which he rebranded shortly after accepting the position, from some of Orlando’s favorite former attractions: Pleasure Island, Church Street Station and Mystery Fun House. Jaskiewicz is familiar with these attractions because he’s an Orlando native. He attended Bishop Moore High School before heading to Florida State University. After receiving his law degree from St. John’s University in New York, he practiced law in Manhattan before becoming the chief operating officer for a privately owned real estate company. He says that he eventually got the itch to bring his family back to where he grew up, so he accepted a role at ICON Park. Jaskiewicz, his wife and their three children now reside in Winter Park.

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His long-term vision for the entertainment complex is to include as many of his neighbors, who also run high-quality attractions, as possible in creating what he has officially named the Orlando Entertainment District. “Just like Bob Snow did with Church Street Station,” Jaskiewicz says, referring to the former stretch of bustling businesses along Church Street in downtown Orlando. “We’ve created a website, all of our neighbors are excited about it and the locals are coming as well.” Those claims are backed up by the fact that ICON Park actually saw an increase in weekend attendance in 2020 — due in part to easy access, free parking and gate-less entry. “Everyone talks about the people who can’t come into Orlando,” Jaskiewicz says. “I’m focused on the people who are in Orlando who can’t go out. People in this COVID environment want open-air. They want locationbased entertainment. They don’t want big gates and complicated processes.” In January, ICON Park opened its latest attraction, The Museum of

Illusions. With more than 50 interactive exhibits, it’s best described as a millennial Mystery Fun House. Future plans for ICON Park include the addition of Slingshot, which will launch a pair of riders over 400 feet in the air, and Drop Tower, a 450-foottall tower that holds 24 riders who will tilt out 30 degrees before dropping. A 7,000-square-foot space inside The Wheelhouse will be converted to In the Game, a collection of interactive games, mirror mazes, virtual reality and arcade-style gaming for people of all ages. Jaskiewicz was recently named i4 Business Magazine’s Tourism Business Leader of the Year. He credits the hardworking staff with receiving such honors. “The first people that I thought about was our employees. We call them hosts. They are coming in every day, they mask up and they are working directly with the public,” he says. “When I get an accolade like that, it’s about them. It truly is a team effort to pull something like this off.”


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