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Contents | June 2021 Departments
MEET THE JACKSONS
The team at Jackson Law P.A. stands together with clients at all stages of their journey, which now includes buying and selling their dream properties.
READY. SET. SPLASH!
Healthy West Orange invites residents of west Orange County to participate in Westly’s Splash Challenge this summer.
WINE & SPIRITS
3 Cocktails & Their TV Show Inspiration
TALK OF THE TOWN
Conversation for Your Community
SPORTS & RECREATION
The Old Ball Game
Make a Splash at Your Pool This Summer
How Primary Care Providers Can Help Support Your Mental Health
No Fault, Their Fault or Your Fault?
The Evolution of Driving
What’s Happening in MetroWest 2021 Wins for the Local Business
5 Steps for a Smooth College Transition
SIZZLING SUMMERTIME EATS
MEN’S HEALTH & WELLNESS
What’s Happening in the District
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Celebrating Independence LIVE!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW
Fire up the grill or set up the smoker, for these local restaurant recipes.
Stay on top of your health with tips and advice from local experts.
MENTORED BY THE KING
In Brad Brewer’s memory, we re-run his article reflecting on his time being mentored by the legendary Arnold Palmer.
STAY + PLAY THIS SUMMER
Summer is here and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to staycation! Check out these ideas for getting out of town without going too far.
Go online for stories and photos not seen in print.
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Netflix+Chill(ed): 3 Cocktails and the Shows That Inspired Them
Kick back, relax and sip on these tasty cocktails while watching the shows they were named after. Old Fashioned – Inspired by "Yellowstone"
Courtesy of Streamsong Resort
With "Yellowstone" season 4 due out this month, Streamsong Resort has partnered with Maker’s Mark for its own “new release,” a bespoke bourbon blend called Streamsong Private Select. The flavors of smoke, dark fruit and cacao complement this classic cocktail perfectly. Ingredients • 2 ounces Streamsong Barrel Select, Maker's Mark • 0.5 ounce orange blossom honey syrup • 2 dashes Angostura bitters Directions Combine all ingredients in mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 30 seconds. Strain over large cube in rocks glass. Garnish with 2 Amerena cherries and an orange peel.
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Key Largo’s Little Secret – Inspired by "Bloodline"
Courtesy of Bungalows Key Largo While "Bloodline" is all about family secrets and a dark past, Bungalows’ secret to success is embracing the easy-going, island vibes of Key Largo. This cocktail is a simple yet delightfully refined libation, made for guests lounging poolside without a care in the world. Ingredients • 1.5 ounces vodka • 4 ounces lemonade • 1.25 ounces of blueberry simple syrup Directions Pour vodka, lemonade and blueberry syrup into a shaker with ice and mix for 10 seconds. After fully mixed, strain the liquid and pour into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge, blueberry and cherry.
Better Call the Smokies – Inspired by "Better Call Saul"
Courtesy of Southern Comfort at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Water Park Saul Goodman’s façade may be all smoke and mirrors, but this smokey concoction is all about keeping it real. This drink is so good, it should be illegal! Ingredients • 2 ounces Buffalo Trace bourbon • Splash of Bordeaux cherry juice • 3 dashes blood orange bitters • 2 sugar cubes • 1 Bordeaux cherry, for garnish • Orange peel, for garnish Directions In a glass old fashioned mixer, place two sugar cubes and the fruit of an orange wedge into the bottom of the glass, then coat the sugar cubes with three dashes of blood orange bitters and a splash of Bordeaux cherry juice. Pour in 2 ounces of Buffalo Trace bourbon, then stir with bar spoon until sugar is dissolved. Double strain into a rocks glass and pour over one large ice ball. Garnish with a Bordeaux cherry and an orange peel.
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eet the Jacksons, a real estate team inside Jackson Law P.A. that is comprised of Kristen Jackson, attorney/owner and founder of the law firm; John Jackson, Kristen’s husband and firm administrator; Laura Jackson, real estate administrator; and her husband, Charles Jackson, real estate title and contracts manager. What do they all have in common besides a family relationship? They are all Florida Realtors and represent clients in the purchase and sale of real estate.
How It All Came to Be When Kristen first started practicing law, she envisioned herself inside the court room, in front of judges and juries, as a trial lawyer embattling disputes. She quickly learned that law had many paths that didn't require the intensity of courtroom trials. "Instead, I developed an interest in asset management law where I could help
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The team at Jackson Law P.A. stands together with clients at all stages of their journey, which now includes the buying and selling of their dream properties.
families manage their assets, wealth and health," she says. "I chose to become an estate planning and elder law attorney to work closely with families in the development of wills, trusts, probate management and health care.” The asset protection part of Kristen’s practice, estate planning, involved the family home of many clients. She prepared property deeds, sale and purchase contracts, and, later, real estate title, escrow and closing documents, which her law practice has been managing for more than 20 years. In that time, clients often asked, "When will your staff become Realtors so you can sell our properties, too?" Kristen took that advice. With a clientele into the thousands, Kristen and members of her staff became Realtors and established an additional website specifically designed for the sale of real estate, www.JacksonFloridaRealtor.com. Kristen and the Realtors within her firm, John, Charles and Laura, have joined their li-
censes with a highly renowned real estate brokerage firm in Orlando, Florida Realty Investments. Soon, Kristen says, it's her desire to add a real estate brokerage license to her plate of many other licenses.
Meet the Team Charles manages field sales and, most often, is who clients will meet for the initial step of signing listing agreements. At this step, he provides comparable values, sharing the value of the property you're preparing to list, or, if you're looking to buy, what you might expect to pay when purchasing a home. He also prepares the sale and purchase agreements, working closely with Kristen at closings. And just who is Charles? First, he says to call him Chuck, like those of us who know him and grew up with him. In Central Florida, three out of every four people are from another state. Chuck is the exception. Born and raised here in Orlando, he knows the Central Florida
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Meet the Jacksons
terrain better than most Realtors. This gives him a navigational awareness and advantage to place families in just the right home location for convenient, easy access to their places of business, their children’s schools, shopping, and entertainment — all within a budget to fit their daily living. "My love for family pushes me to provide the best, safest, most meaningful life possible for them," Chuck says. Having the right home in the right location is life-changing. This is much of why I became a Realtor. In real estate, I get the best reward, and there is no greater feeling than selling something that is meaningful and life-changing to other families." Chuck's wife, Laura, is involved in the day-to-day administration of real estate matters within the law firm. Her family relocated to Orlando when she was only 4 years old, so she considers herself a true Floridian. In addition to being a Realtor, Laura is a registered nurse who lectures and teaches the ethical, respectful, and strategic importance of optimal care of vulnerable patients. In her practice as an educator, she has learned that the same core values she was taught as an RN are essential in all business matters and applies these values in her practice as a Realtor. She says, “Although they're different subject matters, health and home are intertwined. Whether you
have been in a hospital or you're buying or selling a home, both are life events and an emotional rollercoaster ride. Both require facts, delivered with compassion, in the attempt to attain the most favorable outcome for the family involved.” Lastly, we have Kristen's husband, John. For many years, John has managed the law firm. Most clients know him as one of the first voices they hear when contacting Jackson Law to set an appointment for the law firm or the real estate arm of the practice. Although not an attorney himself, he has a comprehensive understanding of the firm's legal areas of practice. Clients quickly become confident and comforted with his ability to comprehend, discuss and articulate their individual legal needs prior to setting a consultation with one of the firm's attorneys. More specifically to the real estate area of the firm’s practice, John is also a Realtor as well as a state-certified general contractor who has built projects locally, nationally and internationally. John understands value and quality when visiting properties as he, for many years, built commercial high-rise buildings, largescale custom residential homes and theme parks. It's not uncommon for John to show up together with Chuck to determine the best listing price or comparison values before selling or buying property.
The Future of Real Estate at Jackson Law To our many clients who challenged us to sell and buy real estate properties for them and to the rest of the Central Florida community: We did it. Jackson Law P.A., together with its in-house Realtors, now have the ability to purchase and sell properties for you. Whether you need to sell or buy a piece of real estate, or close on a property, let our Realtors and our real estate escrow, title and closing legal team represent you.
KRISTEN JACKSON Founding Partner
CHARLES JACKSON Real Estate Manager
JOHN JACKSON Firm Administrator
LAURA JACKSON Real Estate Administrator
Get started today!
407-363-9020 Visit us at both of our websites: www.JacksonLawPA.com www.JacksonFloridaRealtor.com
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Conversations for Your Community As you have heard, June 1 marks the unofficial start of Florida’s hurricane season. Please prepare your household (and your business) with a review of needed items to survive possible storms in our region. It’s that time of the year to possibly say, "Hunker down!"
A monthly look at what's happening in the Orlando area, along with fun facts and important reminders. By Rich Maladecki
Downtown Orlando boasts a new rooftop bar that features spectacular sunsets and excellent people watching! Consider an evening at the AC Hotel Sky Bar at the corner of South Street and Garland Avenue.
As the 2020-21 school year ends, it’s time to re-recognize the Orange County Public Schools Teacher and Principal of the Year. Congratulations to Teacher of the Year, Stewart Parker of Winter Park High School, and Principal of the Year, Jennifer Bellinger of Oak Ridge High School.
It’s time to finalize plans for Father's Day! This annual holiday to salute fatherhood is set for Sunday, June 20. (Hint: Purchase cards early to avoid empty shelves and long lines.)
Let’s not take for granted — as residents of Central Florida — the various space craft launches from our Kennedy Space Center. It’s especially enjoyable watching the spectacular night launches, when total darkness becomes a flaming, red sky. It’s another oneof-a-kind benefit of living in this fine Florida community.
The future is soon — with the I-4 Ultimate Project nearing completion. As a resident, it’s so, so encouraging to experience the new lanes and the on/off ramps. Additionally, seeing the “soon to be open” express or toll lanes offers Central Floridians hope that this 21-mile phase is concluding.
Let’s honor our U.S.A. flag by flying Old Glory on the country’s official date of recognition, Flag Day, on Monday, June 14. Farmers Markets are gifts to any neighborhood. Please support these businesses as our community continues to reopen. I have had the pleasure of being re-introduced recently to the Windermere Farmers Market and now regularly enjoy being a Friday consumer of these fresh and unique products.
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HOW IT WORKS Participating in Westly’s Splash Challenge is easy. Make sure to follow each step below for a chance to win 4 tickets to Universal’s Volcano Bay! 1. Register for Westly’s Splash Challenge at HWOEvents.org before it begins on June 21 to maximize your participation. 2. Complete your challenge by adding 30 minutes of water activity to your daily life by July 5. 3. While you’re having fun with H2O, make a recording (video preferred, but photo is just fine) and either send it directly to Westly@HealthyWestOrange.org or share it on social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) with #WestlysSplashChallenge and #HealthyWestOrange. Also, be sure to tag @healthywestorange if your post is private.
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emperatures are rising and the afternoon sun is sweltering. There’s no question that summertime has officially arrived in Central Florida. To help you cool off (while staying active, of course), Healthy West Orange is hosting Westly’s Splash Challenge from June 21 to July 5. The goal of this annual aquatic event is to keep you moving (and healthy) in a way that is appropriate for the season. Participating is easy. All you have to do is add 30 minutes of water activity to your daily life during the challenge period. Whether you cannonball into the pool, run through the sprinkler, water your garden, or even wash your car, the possibilities for this fun, engaging challenge are endless. The best part is that you can integrate Westly’s Splash Challenge into your day on your own time, as your schedule allows. Healthy West Orange is a grassroots movement to make west Orange County the healthiest community in the nation. Through engaging social media, community events and festivals, partnerships with local businesses, an informative website, and an interactive app, Healthy West Orange provides important tools and social connections to help residents eat well, stay active, and enjoy life. Join Westly and the team this summer as the community keeps cool, gets active, and makes a splash with Westly’s Splash Challenge.
SIZZLING Summertime Eats Whether you're firing up the grill or setting up the smoker, these local restaurant recipes will become family favorites this summer.
Sonny's Beer Can Chicken
Courtesy of Shannon Snell, Sonny's BBQ Pitmaster Moist on the inside and crispy on the outside — with just the right hint of smoke — this recipe is perfect for a weekday dinner or weekend get-together. Serve it with an array of BBQ sides, like baked beans and potato salad, or on top of a hearty salad. INGREDIENTS • 1 whole chicken • 1 cup poultry rub • Budweiser or any lager • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning DIRECTIONS Pour quarter can of beer in Cajun seasoning. Inject the Cajun/beer mixture in the breast of the chicken. Season the entire chicken with rub. Stuff the beer can inside the chicken. Cook the chicken in your smoker at 350 degrees for 75-90 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Rest for 10 minutes and remove the beer can before serving.
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4 Rivers Smokehouse Smoked Brisket Courtesy of John Rivers, 4 Rivers Smokehouse Serves 20 or more Who doesn't love brisket? Once smoked, this versatile cut of beef can be stacked inside a sandwich, placed on pizza or simply savored on its own. Now, you can make this recipe from a local BBQ staple from the comfort of home. INGREDIENTS BRISKET • 1 whole brisket, from 10 to 15 pounds, untrimmed with full fat cap • 1 cup 4 Rivers Brisket Rub • All-Purpose BBQ Sauce • Sliced dill pickles • Onions, sliced thin • White bread
DIRECTIONS Mix all brisket rub ingredients in a small bowl. Apply it liberally on brisket, making sure to cover all sides and crevices. Refrigerate uncovered at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Remove brisket from refrigerator at least 1 hour before smoking, letting it come to room temperature. Soak hickory chips or chunks for 1 hour before smoking. Light charcoal and allow to burn to a white ash. Place soaked wood on top of hot coals and adjust smoker vents to settle the temperature between 200˚ and 225˚F. Place brisket, fat side up, indirectly over the smoking wood and close the lid. Depending on the size of your brisket, smoking will take from 12 to 18 hours. A general rule of thumb is 75 minutes for every pound of brisket. Replenish coals and wood as needed, opening the smoker lid as little as possible. After 8 to 10 hours, check brisket's internal temperature using a meat thermometer. Continue checking every 30 to 60 minutes until it reaches 190˚ to 192˚F. Remove brisket from smoker and allow it to rest for 1 to 2 hours before carving. Serve with white bread, pickles, onions and sauce.
Courtesy of Margaritaville Resort Orlando Servings: 8
When you transform your backyard into your own, personal paradise, you can eat a Cheeseburger in Paradise any day of the week. Prepare it just as Jimmy Buffett likes it with the help of this recipe. INGREDIENTS • 2 pieces white sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces. • 1/3 cup milk • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 3 garlic cloves, minced • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • 3 pounds 85% lean ground beef • 3 scallions, very finely sliced (optional) • 8 hamburger buns DIRECTIONS Preheat the grill to high heat. In a large bowl, mash the bread and milk together with a fork until it forms a chunky paste. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and paste and mix well. Add the ground beef and scallions and break the meat up with your hands. Mix everything together until just combined. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and form balls. Flatten the balls into 3/4-inch patties about 4-1/2 inches across. Form a slight depression in the center of each patty to prevent the burgers from puffing up on the grill. Oil the grilling grates. Grill the burgers, covered, until nicely browned on the first side, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip burgers and continue cooking for a few minutes more until desired doneness is reached. Before serving, toast the buns on the cooler side of the grill if desired.
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4 RIVERS BRISKET RUB: • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon dried parsley • 1 teaspoon oregano • 1 teaspoon coarse salt • 1 teaspoon onion powder • 1 teaspoon chili powder • 1 teaspoon sugar
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The Old Ball Game Vintage Base Ball of Central Florida mixes history and fun by playing baseball as it was played in 1864. By Tarre Beach
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“We have high schoolers and senior citizens playing together,” Blackwood says. “We are truly made up of the community.” Vintage baseball uses 1860’s “Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player Manual” rules. This makes it more conducive for vastly different players to play together. The first noticeable difference between modern amateur baseball players and vintage baseball players is that vintage players don’t use baseball gloves. Barehanded catching takes some practice, Pollifrone says, but it also means balls are thrown with a lot less force. Additionally, only underhand pitching is allowed, and there is no foot-first sliding. Sort of like a Renaissance Faire or a Civil War re-enactment, games can include off-field commentators who give the crowd helpful information on the game. Teams play in old-timey uniforms and some even have spectators that come in character. You might see men dressed up in top hats and ladies wearing sun bonnets and Victorian garb in the stands. While vintage baseball honors history, it has evolved to include co-ed and racially diverse teams — both things that would never have existed in the 1800s. For all the history preserved, Pollifrone says, it’s by far not the only goal of vintage baseball. “It’s historical, it’s educational, it builds community, but at the end to the day, it’s just plain fun,” Pollifrone says. To join the team or find out where you can catch a game, visit Facebook.com/VBBCF.
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f you love America’s sport, why not play (or watch) it as it was played when it first began? Now you can. Vintage Base Ball of Central Florida (VBBCF) is looking for players to join the team and welcomes anyone to come and watch them play. Bill Pollifrone is the team captain for VBBCF’s Awkwards. In keeping with tradition, the team takes its name from a nearby team that played in the 1800s. The Awkwards played out of City Point, Florida, located just south of Titusville on the west bank of the Indian River. Other fun team names from the 1800s include Up and At Ems from Georgia and Whangdoddles from Hawaii. Formed in 1996 by delegates from 13 amateur baseball clubs, the Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA), of which VBBCF is a part, boasts approximately 200 teams across the country. “The motto of the VBBCF is, ‘No stats, no stars, no shame,’” Pollifrone says. “It’s a perfect way to describe what we are about. We’re here to have fun and hopefully teach the community a little about what our national past time looked like when it first began.” Central Florida’s vintage team was started in 2016 by Jeremy Blackwood and Ted Kopsaftis. Both had played vintage baseball before they moved to Florida and were disappointed to find no VBBA teams here, so they started one. Blackwood, who has since moved back to Maine but still comes down to Florida in the winter to play vintage baseball, says one of the best things about the organization is that it’s so inclusive.
How to Make a Splash at Your Pool This Summer Utilize these tips to make sure your outdoor space and patio area are ready for lounging and soaking up the sun. By Natasha Boschetti
ool season is here! Whether it’s your kids, friends or family, everyone is excited to make a splash at the pool, catch some rays and fire up the grill. Follow these tips to maximize your outdoor space and throw the best pool party of the summer.
First things first, make sure all necessary pool maintenance is completed. Keep these simple but important concepts in mind: circulation, cleaning and chemistry. Like a heart, keep your pump and filter system running daily to maximize circulation. Make sure the water is clear and clean from contaminants and pollutants. Lastly, basic pool chemistry is essential to a healthy pool. Make sure the pH, alkalinity and sanitizer levels are within the ideal range at least a week before you head into the pool.
Don’t let your backyard or patio sit bare. Transform your outdoor space into a tropical oasis with hanging planters, flowers and other greenery. Shade the patio with large, brightly colored umbrellas and fans to keep cool. Hang string lights across the patio to light up the space.
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Designate a specific portion of your pool area for lounging. This way, you will have the choice of laying under the warm sun or under a shady spot. Don’t forget to make sure it’s away from the splash zone! If you have lots of trees in your backyard, set up a hammock with pillows for the ultimate comfort and relaxation.
Sun Protection Station
When you have guests, encourage them to protect their skin from the sun by setting up a sunscreen station. Place SPF sunscreen, sprays and tanning lotions near the lounge area so it can be applied as needed. For a little extra touch, provide towels and cold water so everyone stays hydrated.
Floats & Games
What’s a pool party without pool floats? Be creative and throw in flamingo, swan and pizza-shaped floats for the kids to play with and for a great family photo op. Set up cornhole in the yard and giant board games on the table for those who would rather play poolside. You can even find cooler floats to fill with ice, beverages and snacks so everything you need is right there with you in the pool.
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How Primary Care Providers Can Help Support Your Mental Health As the role of primary care providers change, check-ups include whole-person care for the mind, body and spirit. By Elizabeth Fisher, DO, AdventHealth Medical Group
he role of the primary care provider (PCP) has changed over the years. As the connection between mental and physical health has become more apparent, the PCPs’ approaches to meeting the physical and mental needs of their patients have evolved significantly. Gone are the days of simply asking, “How are you today?” or “Where does it hurt?” Today’s PCPs also assess a patient’s mental wellbeing. Taken at face value, the questions PCPs pose during a visit may simply seem like small talk. When asked by a trained health professional, they are diagnostic tools that reveal much about a patient’s state of mind. Some of the more valuable questions include:
Do you have someone who loves you and cares for you? n Are you happy? n Do you feel stressed?
While no patient is forced to respond to these questions, most do. And, when a PCP receives an answer of “no” or “not sure,” that may set in motion actions that can help, including a referral and a call from one of AdventHealth’s e-spiritual caregivers. Depending on specific needs, the patient could be referred for additional resources, such as support from local faith communities, family or grief support groups, food banks or housing assistance programs. For some, a prayer or conversation is enough. As professionals trained in almost all areas of medicine, PCPs can serve as a familiar, comforting and trusted confidante who can capably care for a patient’s body, mind and spirit. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with an AdventHealth primary care provider, visit CentralFloridaPrimaryCare.com or call 407-599-6111.
Elizabeth Fisher, DO, is a board-certified family medicine physician serving the Dr. Phillips community with whole-person care for ages four and up.
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No Fault, Their Fault or Your Fault? A look at possible changes to Florida’s current personal injury protection statute and what it means for motorists if it’s signed into law. By Michael B. Brehne, Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A
ince 1971, those injured in a motor vehicle accident have been eligible for $10,000 worth of medical benefits under our current personal injury protection (PIP) statute. PIP was created to eliminate the finger-pointing after a collision and provide immediate medical benefits to any injured person. It wasn’t necessary to prove that you didn’t cause the collision to get your benefits. It was automatic and swift. Over the years, the PIP statute has come under fire from special interest lobby groups because they claim that either the PIP system is wrought with medical fraud or attorneys are taking advantage of the prevailing party fee provision by collecting large fees when they prevail over the insurance company that wrongfully denied a claim. On the contrary, many insurers want to protect PIP because of the large volume of premiums they collect from this mandatory insurance. Hospitals and walk-in clinics also want to preserve PIP because there is a special carve-out reserved especially for them — up to 50% of your total benefits. Most health insurance programs can be exploited by unscrupulous medical providers. PIP is no more susceptible to provider fraud than any other insurance program. What’s different is that the current PIP statute provides protections for the insurance companies to legally deny claims that haven’t complied with strict statutory requirements, but also includes penalty provisions when insurance companies wrongfully deny
proper claims. It seems to be a balanced statute penalizing any party that runs afoul of the law. The Florida legislature wants to repeal mandatory PIP, substituting mandatory bodily injury coverage instead. This coverage pays for medical bills and pain and suffering caused by the at-fault driver. To be reimbursed for your medical bills and pain and suffering, you cannot be at fault for the accident. If you are, your motor vehicle insurance company will pay the other party up to the minimum of $25,000 for their medical bills and pain and suffering while you’re left to pay your own. Under the old system, the medical bills of both parties would be paid up to $10,000 within 30 days of submission of the bill. If the governor signs the bill to repeal the PIP system, even the party who wasn’t at fault may have to wait
months or years to have their medical bills paid from a settlement or a verdict at trial. The new proposed statute includes safeguards for insurance companies, allowing them to delay or deny valid claims while limiting the power of attorneys for injured people to contest wrongful denials. Worst of all, there is no expectation that your premiums will go down. In fact, some researchers have shown the potential average increase of premiums to be up to 5.3%. These consultants also say more motorists could be forced to drive without insurance because they will be unable to afford the premiums for the newly required bodily injury coverage. If you have suffered injuries because of an accident, schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
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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+ EXPERT ADVICE | Education
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Steps for a Smooth Transition to College
Your guide to preparing your high school senior (and your family) for leaving the nest and heading off to college. Courtesy of Windermere Preparatory School
ow that your senior has celebrated the special milestone of walking across the stage to accept their high school diploma, they may start to feel overwhelmed and a little anxious about the next chapter. It’s an exciting time for the whole family and impacts all family members, not just the senior. As your senior leaves for college, you may experience empty-nest syndrome. Here are five ways to reduce the stress of your child leaving the nest.
1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
If you and your high school grad feel that everyone is prepared, then you both will be able to rest easier. Rely on the school for information on upcoming events, move-in days and tours of the campus. Go over these dates with your child. Reassure your child that you are only a phone call away and will always
be there for them. Review basic safety tips with them as well. In spite of the eye-rolling, they will appreciate these little reassurances.
2. Schedule Time as a Family
It’s important to allow them to have time with friends but also be sure to schedule time with you and the family to create memories that they can take with them. It doesn’t need to be a huge, overwhelming gesture. In some cases, that could actually lead to additional stress. It’s the little things that they will remember.
3. Reach Out and Talk
Many parents are going through this stage or have already been through this stage, so use your resources. Ask your friends and family how they handled this time in their life or how they are handling it. Talking with others will help you feel not as alone during this time.
Remember the to-do list you’ve had forever? Now’s the time to do it! This will allow you to stay busy and keep your mind off of your senior leaving. Plus, you will have more time for yourself and the projects you would like to complete.
5. Ignite Your Passions
Have you always wanted to learn to play tennis? Are you interested in taking classes at the local college or YMCA? Take time to really invest in yourself, your family and your friends. Many times, parents put their needs and wants on the backburner and focus on their child. Now is YOUR time! Heading off to college is an exciting time and affects the whole family. Be sure to be patient, cut yourself some slack and just remember that you’ve been working toward this moment for the last 18 years — even if it is hard to let them go.
Windermere Preparatory School is known as the best private school in Central Florida. As a PreK-3 to Grade 12 college preparatory school, WPS strives to ignite your child’s curiosity and drive them to believe there is no limit to what they can achieve. To learn more, visit windermereprep.com or call 407-905-7737.
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Men's Health & Wellness Stay on top of your health with tips and advice from local experts. How Chiropractic Care Keeps Athletes Going By Dr. Connor Kelley, Greater Orlando Chiropractic & Wellness Athletes are constantly pushing their bodies to the max, which can take a toll. The result is all too often muscle tears, sprains and other injuries impacting the shoulders, hips, wrists and ankles. Chiropractic care can keep athletes in the game. The main focus of a chiropractic adjustment is to improve range of motion in a specific region in the body by breaking up fibrous adhesions that cause inflammation and restrict joint mobility. This allows for better movement, reduced pain and better function while allowing the muscles in the surrounding areas to relax. Chiropractic adjustments can increase athletic performance by improving flexibility and range of motion while increasing maximum voluntary muscle contraction and cortical drive. Every major sports league utilizes chiropractors to keep their athletes performing at their top level. We can do the same for student athletes and adults who participate in sports or other fitness programs. Similarly, chiropractic adjustments help with the recovery and prevention of injuries. Sports injuries occur for many reasons, including improper form and joint restrictions in the spine that cause tension in the surrounding muscles. Regular adjustments, especially when combined with other chiropractic services like spinal decompression therapy, myofascial release and soft tissue work, can not only get athletes back to the game faster but also protect the body from further injury by helping it to function as it should. When your musculoskeletal system is balanced, you will feel better and perform better, no matter your sport. Chiropractic care can help you achieve just that.
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Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Colonoscopy Courtesy of South Lake Gastroenterology
You've heard it before: Having a colonoscopy is important. Colon cancer is the No. 3 cause of cancer deaths in men and women, but just the thought of a colonoscopy makes you cringe. Studies show this is especially true in men who are much less likely to get screened than their female counterparts. It's important to note that colon cancer is preventable with a routine colonoscopy. This is because a gastroenterologist can remove polyps, which are growths within the large intestine that could become cancerous, during the screening. Even when colon cancer is diagnosed, it is very treatable, more so if caught in its early stages. But don’t take that risk! If you are age 50 or older (age 45 for African-Americans) or younger than age 50 with a family history of colon cancer or polyps, now is the time to schedule a colonoscopy. At South Lake Gastroenterology, a range of services are available to patients across four Central Florida locations. In addition to colonoscopies, providers specialize in all areas of digestive health, including upper and lower GI problems as well as liver, pancreas and hemorrhoid issues. The practice's approach is always to make you feel comfortable and cared for throughout your journey to better heath. The highly trained physicians and clinical staff are here to support you as they strive to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Your health and quality of life is too important to wait. For more information and to schedule your routine colonoscopy, visit www.SLGDocs.com.
Is My Ankle Sprained or Fractured? By Mohamed K. Shaath, MD, Orlando Health Uneven pavement, a faulty step, a slide tackle on the soccer field — your ankles probably aren’t top of mind until you feel that unmistakable twinge of pain signaling injury. Made up of bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments, your ankle is the fulcrum point that links your leg to your foot, allowing the foot to move up and down and side to side independently of the leg. These are all essential movements in walking, running, climbing stairs and playing sports. But this delicate connector is also vulnerable to damage, with ankle sprains or fractures among the most common orthopedic injuries among all age groups.
Is it Strained, Sprained or Broken? An ankle strain is when the muscles or tendons overstretch or tear. With a sprain, it’s the ligaments that overstretch or tear. Strains and sprains can occur when the ankle twists from a misstep or impact. With more than 23,000 cases a day in the U.S. alone, ankle sprains and strains are one of the most frequently seen injuries by healthcare providers. Ankle strain and sprain symptoms may include:
Treating Common Ankle Injuries In most cases, follow the RICE regime (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and take an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. If your ankle is still swollen after 24 to 48 hours, or you have reduced mobility and significant bruising, see an orthopedic specialist who can determine whether there are ligament tears, any damage to the cartilage or broken bones. If you have an ankle strain or sprain, your doctor may prescribe a walking boot or cast to immobilize your ankle while it heals. You also may see a physical therapist to help restore flexibility and strength with exercises such as foot flexes and seated stretches. If the injury turns out to be a fracture, more extensive evaluations and solutions will be needed. Imaging diagnostics may include:
• An X-Ray • A computed tomography (CT) scan • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
• Swelling • Bruising • Tenderness to the touch • Instability and weakness
Once your doctor determines the severity of the injury, they’ll recommend an appropriate treatment. Ankle fracture treatment requires extended healing with your foot in a nonweight-bearing position to allow the bones to heal.
By contrast, an ankle fracture is when one of the bones in the ankle breaks or cracks, occasionally from the same types of unexpected movements as a sprain, but more often due to blunt force. The symptoms of a fracture can include those of a sprain/strain, as well as:
Tips To Prevent Ankle Injuries
• Inability to bear weight • Decreased range of motion • Increased pain
courage ankle strength and flexibility, such as walking or running on lower-impact surfaces. • Wear well-fitting shoes and avoid unlevel or underlit areas. • Reduce added strain on bones and ligaments by maintaining a healthy weight. • Eat a healthy diet that includes vitamin D and calcium — essential building blocks for healthy bones and tissue.
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While you may not be able to prevent an ankle injury from an accident, there are some steps you can take to minimize damage and avoid strains and stress fractures.
• Develop your ankle joints through exercises that en-
Cutting-Edge Urology Care That's Focused on You By Lauren Leetun
Male urology issues can be a sensitive topic. However, it's important to have an open discussion about symptoms with a health care provider to achieve an improved quality of life. Avant Concierge Urology, which recently opened in Winter Garden, specializes in the treatment of conditions related to the kidneys, urinary bladder, prostate, urethra and male reproductive organs. Avant's treatment options bring the latest and greatest in microsurgical tech advances to patients in an in-office setting that is safer and more efficient, translating to more cost-effective solutions that also ensure decreased down-time. “It has long been a dream of mine to build the most tech-advanced, office-based urology practice, doing my part to provide cutting-edge treatment options for patients in a manner that both reduces post-surgery downtime and is also more cost-effective than the more traditional route of booking surgeries in hospitals or surgical centers,” says Dr. Sijo Parekattil, Medical Director. “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.” From prostate cancer focal therapy treatment and Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy for BPH/enlarged prostate, to being the first stand-alone urology clinic in the U.S. to bring a 3-D exoscopic camera system that allows for better precision during procedures, and many more examples in between, Avant Concierge Urology was founded to bring cutting-edge urologic care to patients in a setting that caters to individualized attention and cost efficiencies. For more information, visit avanturol.com or call 407-547-1654.
+ TECH | Trends
The Evolution of Driving From the Model T to self-driving cars, transportation in the United States continues to change. By Lyndsay Fogarty
arly settlers in the United States navigated their cities on horseback and later traveled by horse and buggy. Then, in the late 1800s, European manufacturers created a modern automobile, but wealthy individuals were pretty much the only ones that could afford it. It was the same with the first successful American gasoline car that was built in 1893 because limited production of the vehicles kept prices high. It wasn’t until Henry Ford built the practical and affordable Model T in 1908 that car ownership became a reality for average American workers. His development of mass production techniques in 1910, which were quickly adopted by other car manufacturers, made it even easier for Americans to purchase a car. Since then, the transportation industry has seen the muscle car era of the ‘50s and ‘60s, which led into more practical vehicles dominating the market for several decades before another muscle car era of the ‘90s was introduced. Now, hybrid cars and electric vehicles are trending.
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So what’s next in the evolution of driving? It appears to be self-driving vehicles. Since 2009, Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project, has been developing autonomous driving technology for many different types of vehicles and experiences, such as ridesharing, trucking and local deliveries. Waymo Driver uses custom maps and real-time sensor data to determine its exact road location, and it can adjust to closed lanes, drive defensively to stay out of blind spots and detect other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Not only has the Waymo Driver technology been driven along millions of miles on public roads, but it has also spent billions of miles in simulation to gather data and develop top safety features. As the technology continues to develop, the question is: Is the public ready for it? A national AAA study that was conducted in mid-January found that only 14% of drivers would trust riding in a vehicle that drives itself. In fact, the majority of drivers (80%) say that manufacturers should focus on improving existing technology in-
stead. This includes technology within the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), such as lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking and blind spot warning. Nearly 90% of 2020 vehicle models had at least one of these technologies. Locally, self-driving vehicles are present in public transportation. In 2019, Beep launched an autonomous shuttle service in Lake Nona with two fully electric, driverless shuttles on one fixed route connecting Lake Nona Town Center with Laureate Park. Now, it’s the largest, longest autonomous vehicle network at one location in the United States, with eight shuttles and five routes that span multiple destinations, including the area’s medical facilities, model homes, entertainment options and more. Imagine being able to catch up on emails during your workday commutes or entertain your children during road trips. In the near future, you may just be able to let the car handle the driving while you stay connected to the things that matter most.
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Prepare Now for an Active Hurricane Season By Nancy Glasgow
• Sign up for local alerts and warnings.
• Monitor local news and weather reports.
• Prepare to evacuate by testing
your emergency communication plan(s), learning evacuation routes, having a place to stay, and packing a “go bag.” • Stock emergency supplies (nonperishable food, hand sanitizer, flashlights, water, etc.). Refill prescriptions and any other medical necessities. • Protect your property by installing sewer backflow valves, anchoring fuel tanks, reviewing insurance policies, trimming trees and cataloging belongings. • Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and records.
Other helpful steps to take ahead of a hurricane include:
• Download useful phone apps,
such as FEMA, American Red Cross and NOAA. • Make a plan for your pets. Stock up on pet food and medications, and be sure to have a pet carrier if you need to evacuate. Factor your pet’s water needs into your emergency supplies. • Invest in a hand-crank weather alert radio/smartphone charger. • If you have a generator, be sure it is safely installed and that you understand all safety precautions in order to avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. • Buy an assortment of batteries now. Store inventories are quickly depleted once a storm is on its way. The ability to quickly recover following a hurricane requires a focus on preparedness and advance planning. Work with your family now to create a Family Emergency Communication Plan and be hurricane ready.
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html https://www.redcross.org https://www.stateofflorida.com/articles/hurricane-preparedness-guide/ https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
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MetroWest Pulled Together After Hurricane Irma In September of 2017, MetroWest came together in the face of natural disaster, with neighbor helping neighbor in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. MetroWest institution Josie’s Pizza and Wings opened the day after the hurricane to feed recovering residents. Girard’s Management Team (now BrightView) responded to MetroWest even before the county curfew was lifted, and Valencia College graciously allowed storm debris to be stacked on their vacant lot. The neighborhood’s heartfelt response to this crisis clearly demonstrates the strong sense of community in MetroWest.
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t’s that time again! The Atlantic Hurricane season starts June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. This year, a total of 17 named storms – eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes – are expected, which is above the 30-year average. If you haven’t already, start preparing for hurricane season according to these recommendations from FEMA.
MetroWest Schools Put Master Association Donation Toward Tutoring By Nancy Glasgow
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etroWest Food Truck Connection, which had been on hiatus due to COVID-19, returned May 27 and will again be held every fourth Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the MetroWest Golf Club. Social distancing guidelines will be observed. Each MetroWest Food Truck Connection features a variety of food trucks serving delicious and innovative dishes created by some of Central Florida’s most inventive chefs. The May 27 event showcased tasty fare from these outstanding food trucks:
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who provide tutoring to students who are face-to-face and LaunchED@home. Tutoring is provided three evenings a week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. online. The academic focus areas are English Language Arts (ELA), Writing, and Math. Thanks to the MWMA donation, MetroWest Elementary School was able to hire an interventionist, Ms. Maria Garcia, who works with third through fifth grade students who need additional academic support for reading and math. “MetroWest Elementary is grateful for the donation we received to be used for tutoring,” says Dr. Xhuljeta Gjini, MetroWest Elementary Principal.
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etroWest Master Association has a long tradition of supporting the community’s elementary schools with cash donations, starting with MetroWest Elementary School more than two decades ago followed by Westpointe Elementary School when it opened in 2017. Over the last 10 years, MWMA has donated more than $100,000 to the schools, with the donations allowing the schools to enhance and enrich the learning experience for teachers and students. In 2020, MWMA doubled its usual annual donation for a total of $20,000 for the schools. Dr. Atresa F. GrubbsHolmes, Westpointe Elementary Principal, says that these additional funds allowed the school to hire three tutors
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The Long and Sometimes Strange
History of Barbering By Nancy Glasgow
eaders of a certain age may remember classic Saturday Night Live sketches from the late 1970s featuring Steve Martin as “Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber,” a barber and a surgeon whose treatments produce dubious results for his patients. While we may laugh, barbers of the medieval period were actually called barber-surgeons and not only practiced shaving, hair cutting and hair dressing, but also performed surgical operations such as bloodletting. While such activities seem outrageous today, barbering is at least 6,000 years old and has morphed time and again to become the profession we know currently. Let’s take a look at some of the twists and turns barbering has taken over the millennia.
• As early as 6,000 years ago, bar-
bering services were performed by Egyptian nobility with instruments usually formed from sharpened flint or oyster shells. • Barbers of the Middle Ages not only practiced traditional barber’s duties, they also dressed wounds and performed surgical operations as barber-surgeons. • In 1745, a bill was passed separating barbers from surgeons. Barbers kept the pole as their identification. The pole, consisting of red, white and blue stripes, represents red for blood, white for bandages and blue for veins.
• During colonial times, most men
were smooth shaven and many of the rich wore wigs. The beard did not come into its own until the Civil War. • By 1880, the average barber shop cost about $20 to equip and was 10 by 12 feet in size. Haircuts were five or 10 cents and shaves were three cents. • In 1897, the state of Minnesota passed legislation for a barber license. For the next 40 years, various states enacted legislation to license and inspect barbers for sterile conditions. • Irene Castle, a well-known dancer, popularized the bob cut in 1915. Barbers had to quickly learn how to perform the bob cut to keep up with rising demand. • World War II brought the popularity of short hair. The flat top, butch, crew cut and the Princeton cut became popular. • In the early 1960s, The Beatles set the stage for long hair. Many barbers who resisted the methods of cutting long hair were soon out of business. • By 1985, over 50% of barber students were female. Since 1995, more than 50% of barber students are African-American. Successful barbers today must keep up with new technology, techniques and styles. Becoming a barber requires hundreds of hours of training and state licensing.
MetroWest Barbershops MetroWest is home to some great full-service barbers. If you want to treat dad to a new cut for Father’s Day, or freshen up your own look, check out one of these neighborhood shops: Changing Lives Salon and Barbers 5920 Metropolis Way Orlando, FL 32835 407.985.3777 Changing-Lives-Salon-AndBarbers.business.site 4-Gentlemen Barbershop and Lounge 2459 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 260 Orlando, FL 43835 407.237.0027 BarbershopAndLounge.com The Ultimate Cave Barbershop 6965 Piazza Grande Ave., Suite 106 Orlando, FL 32835 407.630.6149 TheUltimateCaveBarber.com Ego For Men Grooming 6996 Piazza Grande Ave., Studio 10 Orlando, FL 32835 267.629.1764 EgoForMenGrooming.com
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Local Student Earns Full-Ride Scholarship Orange County Public Schools Receives National Recognition Orange County Public Schools has been named one of America’s best communities for music education yet again. This recognition came from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM) and marks the fourth year in a row in which OCPS has been honored with the distinction. The foundation focuses on encouragement of the arts through public service programs, philanthropy and scientific research. Drawing on the attempt to implement and celebrate arts education, the Orange County community has teamed up with both local and national celebrities who have roots in Orlando as a way to encourage students to get involved with arts in their school. Some include Michael James Scott, infamous for the role of Genie in “Aladdin” on Broadway and Sophia Deler, a recent OCPS graduate and star of “The Prom,” a new Netflix favorite. “Our school board remains committed to providing arts education to 100% of our students, even during the pandemic,” says OCPS Superintendent Barbara Jenkins. 36
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Florida Atlantic University’s Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program has announced its class of 2025 scholarship recipients and among them is Orlando graduate, Sharon Carineau. She attended Oak Ridge High School and is one of the 15 students who will receive the opportunity to graduate from FAU debt-free. This program provides wraparound services for Florida’s select academically talented, first-generation, low-income students. In addition, financial and academic support is shared through services such as career planning, mentoring and financial literacy support. “Our program removes the most pressing barriers so these students can dream of a brighter future through education,” says FAU President John Kelly. “As we prepare to welcome our fifth class of scholars, I am immensely proud of our growth as a program.”
WPS Congratulates Top Students Windermere Preparatory School would like to congratulate the class of 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian. John Geller, who has been a Laker since Kindergarten, received the title of valedictorian. Through his busy schedule as an IBD student, member of SGA and captain of the football team, he was able to master time management skills. He will be attending the University of Notre Dame to study computer science and ultimately hopes to work in the technology field. Zaid Syed has attended WPS since fifth grade and has earned the title of class of 2021 salutatorian. He was a member of the Latin Club and National Honor Society and gained confidence as a result of his entrepreneurial studies in school. He will attend the University of Florida in the fall.
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+ IN MEMORY OF Brad Brewer On April 14, 2021, our Central Florida community lost an amazing man who touched the lives of so many. As we reflect back on Brad Brewer’s contributions to Central Florida, we wanted to share with you a feature we ran in 2016 on Brad’s book that shares his experiences with Mr. Arnold Palmer as he was working in the ‘90s to help co-found the Arnold Palmer Golf Academies. Brad’s legacy will continue to live on in the lives he touched through his golf teachings as well as his faith and commitment to helping others on and off the golf course.
Mentored by the King
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n his book titled “Mentored by the King,” Brad Brewer of Brad Brewer Golf Academy recounts his memories of working with and learning from Arnold Palmer. In Palmer’s memory, Brewer has graciously allowed us to reprint an excerpt from the book so we can all learn a little piece of the golf legend’s humble teachings.
Lesson 4 Should you ever cross paths with any of my students from the past twenty years, they will undoubtedly remember my recitation of a favorite Arnold Palmer quote:
“ Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. A child can play it well and a grown man can never master it. Any single round of it is full of unexpected triumphs and perfect shots that end in disaster. It is almost a science, yet it is a puzzle without an answer. It is gratifying and tantalizing, precise and unpredictable; it requires complete concentration and total relaxation. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening — and it is without doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”
That brilliantly sums up everything that the great and beautiful game of golf is and can be.I’ve thought about these words for years, and I’ve arrived at a simple conclusion: I’m drawn to Mr. Palmer’s perspective for no other reason than this — he is right!
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Back-to-the-Basics Simplicity Given how foundational Palmer’s philosophy of simplifying complexity has been to me, I’ve naturally been curious about how and where it originated. During a visit to his Latrobe office, I decided to ask. “What has helped you keep your thoughts so deceptively simple about such complex things?” I asked.Arnold leaned back in his chair, rubbed his chin, and gazed out the window, his eyes brightening, his gaze settling on the distant course.“It was the way my father and mother raised me,” he began. “My dad taught me how to play, and he would keep it to the basic fundamentals, like a good grip, steady head, and the need to just hit it hard! That was fun for me, and it gave me great satisfaction to strike the ball this way when I was a young man. As I progressed during my career, if I ever felt like I was out of sorts, I would just go back to these simple thoughts, and I would find that ‘solid ball-striking’ that leads to winning golf tournaments again.“
of my energy focused on my goal of winning every tournament that I entered. My thought was to create and execute good shots, one at a time. Not perfect swings, but keeping it simple with basic fundamentals that produced the good golf shots that proved to serve me well.”
Breaking Bad Habits As a pro whose responsibility it is to “fix” the broken swings of my students, I find Palmer’s “swing thoughts” refreshingly (though deceptively) simple. Mere mortals like us might easily discount them. After all, unlike Arnold Palmer or Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam, many of us didn’t begin playing golf as a young boy or girl, or benefit from a parent or coach instilling good golfing habits back then. There’s a tremendous advantage in learning these simple lessons at a young age, before faulty habits set in and negative thoughts become the norm. Fortunately, just because you didn’t begin playing at age six doesn’t mean that you can’t reprogram your habits toward achieving what you want to accomplish. If you’ve only picked up the game as an adult, take heart. The vast majority of players out there have done the very same thing. Elevating your game begins with awareness that certain fundamentals are necessary to develop a repeatable shot pattern. This newly practiced paradigm will require conscious thought for a while, with several repetitions, before it becomes your newly formed habit. What I’m suggesting is nothing new, of course, but a return to the basic fundamentals of the game can be one of the most important things a golfer can do.
But I have seen many fellow competitors get twisted into knots,” he continued, “trying new things and searching for that magical swing, though to no avail. In fact, some unfortunate fellows just over-thought themselves right off the Tour and out of competitive golf. I tried to keep all www.CentralFloridaLifestyle.com
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IT'S TIME TO STAYCATION! Here are some ideas for getting out of town without going too far.
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Explore the World of Optical Illusions on International Drive
Looking for something different to do this summer? Museum of Illusions is bringing an all-new adventure to the heart of International Drive. Shrink or grow to new heights in the cleverly distorted Ames Room, see a mirror image of yourself times five at the Clone Table, and test your balance in The Vortex Tunnel. Grab a photo for the 'gram in the Symmetry Room, where you can utilize the mirror to capture playful poses, or the Reverse Room, where a 90-degree flip will completely change your photo in the most fun way possible. Not only does the Museum of Illusions provide an exciting environment that is incredibly Instagrammable but it's also educational. Throughout each exhibit, you will find information explaining the illusion you're about to experience (and team members are always on hand to line you and your camera up so you can get just the right shot). Getting the perfect photo while learning something new — now that's a win-win. At Museum of Illusions, you can explore the world of the unexplainable and experience the impossible. Just don't forget your camera!
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New Property Joins Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN RESERVE
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels are known for beautiful accommodations and luxurious amenities that allow guests to relax and forget about the real world for a little while. Later this summer, a brand new addition, called the Swan Reserve, is set to welcome guests for an upscale, boutique staycation experience. The 14-story hotel will feature 349 guest rooms, 149 family suites and two presidential suites as well as a pool with elevated deck and fire pit, a state-of-the-art fitness center and dining options that include a grab-n-go cafe and a new signature Mediterranean restaurant. Vue, an exclusive rooftop space, offers views of the Walt Disney World Resort for weddings and other events. Its proximity to the parks means that guests can take advantage of complimentary transportation services and other Disney benefits. Guests will also have full access to the amenities at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, including the Mandara Spa, five pools, preferred tee times at Disney's championship golf courses and dining at signature restaurants, Shula's Steak House, Todd English's bluezoo, Il Mulino and Kimonos. Reservations for the Swan Reserve can currently be made for Sept. 1 and beyond. www.CentralFloridaLifestyle.com
Central Florida Golf Guide Our community is full of amazing golf courses, so it can be tough to decide where to play a round. In addition to members-only courses, such as Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Bella Collina and Lake Nona Country Club to name a few, there are many incredible public courses to choose from as well. Dubsdread Golf Course 549 W. Par St. Orlando, FL 32804 407.246.2551 HistoricalDubsdread.com Holes: 18 Par: 70
MetroWest Golf Club 2100 S. Hiawassee Rd Orlando, FL 32811 407.299.1099 MetroWestGolf.com Holes: 18 Par: 72
Eagle Creek Golf Club 10350 Emerson Lake Blvd. Orlando, FL 32832 407.273.4653 EagleCreekOrlando.com Holes: 18 Par: 73
Mystic Dunes Golf Club 7850 Shadow Tree Lane Celebration, FL 34747 407.787.5678 Holes: 18 Par: 72
Falcon’s Fire Golf Club Resort 3200 Seralago Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 407.239.5445 FalconsFire.com Holes: 18 Par: 72 Grand Cypress Golf Club (Must stay at Hyatt Regency Golf Cypress to play) 1 N. Jacaranda St. Orlando, FL 32836 407.239.1909 GolfGrandCypress.com Holes: 18 Par: 72 Grande Vista Golf Club & Marriott Golf Academy 12001 Avenida Verde Orlando, FL 32821 407.238.7677 GrandeVistaGolf.com Holes: 9 Par: 32 42
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Orange County National Golf Center 16301 Phil Ritson Way Winter Garden, FL 34786 407.656.2626 OCNGolf.com Holes: 18 Par: 72 Shingle Creek Golf Club 9939 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 407.996.1559 ShingleCreekGolf.com Holes: 18 Par: 72 Winter Park Nine GC 761 Old England Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 407.599.3419 CityofWinterPark.org/departments/ parks-recreation/golf-course/ Holes: 9 Par: 35
Worth the Drive: TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach On a 415-acre tract of swampland in northeast Florida, the history of golf would be altered forever. On that site, in February of 1979, ground was broken for what would become THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in 1980 — and the new home of the PGA TOUR. Brainchild of Commissioner Deane Beman, and designed by Pete Dye, it left players wide-eyed with wonder. They found contoured fairways, confounding angles, and a par-3 island green that would arguably become the signature hole for the entire sport. Just a short drive away and ideal "near-cation" with accommodations provided by the on-site Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, the course includes a stunning clubhouse, restaurant + bar, museum-quality examples of golf history adorning nearly every wall. With local amenities that include some of the best dining, shopping and beaches in North Florida, it’s no wonder TPC Sawgrass is a dream for nearly anyone who’s ever picked up a club. While the property is known for its rich history, the TPC Network is focused on the future — specifically "growing the game," which is why it opened the PGA TOUR’s Performance Center almost exactly four years ago this past May. Located at the expansive practice grounds adjacent to Pete Dye’s renowned Stadium Course, it offers a variety of individual programs integrating instruction, fitness, club fitting and playing strategy to improve performance and lower scores.
For more information, visit www.tpc.com/sawgrass.
Relaxation and Renewal at Cypress Cove
When planning a staycation, you're often looking for a relaxing resort, complete with a selection of amenities, fun things to do on property and comfortable accommodations, that is close to nearby attractions, shopping, golf and more. Cypress Cove, a 300-acre, family-owned resort in Kissimmee, has all of this and more. Complete with 84 luxurious villa hotel rooms and apartments, a modern RV park and campsites, this clothing-optional resort has something for everyone. While the resort is just a short drive from the area's theme parks, making it easy to include local attractions as part of a staycation itinerary, there are plenty of on-site activities to explore as well. The property's 50-acre lake, with its white, sandy beach, is perfect for a scenic boat ride or lounging on the shore. Two sparkling pools offer a relaxing area to soak up some sunshine, and the tennis and pickleball courts are a place for some friendly competition. There are also weekly entertainment options, themed weekends and annual special events scheduled for additional fun things to do. This summer, Cypress Cove is offering several special offers for locals looking to plan a staycation. First-time visitors can take a complimentary tour plus receive half off a day visit or get a third night free when booking a two-night stay in a villa. Looking for a longer stay? Villa guests who book a six-night stay will receive a seventh night for free. For more information, visit www.CypressCoveResort.com.
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This month, the Center for Independent Living will host a virtual gala to raise funds to support its work for individuals with disabilities within the Central Florida community.
or 45 years, Center for Independent Living has been breaking down barriers for individuals with disabilities. This Winter Park based nonprofit will host its annual fundraiser virtually on June 25 to support its mission. At Celebrating Independence LIVE!, you will hear from someone whose life has been impacted by CIL while celebrating the organization’s supporters. “Our goal is to raise $30,000, which will go directly back to CIL’s programs and services in Central Florida,” Event Chair Kinsey Lallathin says. “Programs include providing increased accessibility and independence through home modifications and durable medical equipment, assisting young adults living with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, and helping those with disabilities find jobs.” Each year, CIL honors the legacy of one of its founders by presenting the Beverly Chapman Award to a community leader who exemplifies courage and unwavering dedication to the disability community. This person actively looks for ways to create opportunities for disability inclusion through partnerships, community outreach and advocacy. The 2021 Beverly Chapman Award will be presented to Sarah 44
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Celebrating Independence LIVE! ABOVE – Orlando Health’s volunteerism is just one of the many reasons the company will be presented with the 2021 Champion Award. LEFT – Sarah Goldman, the receipient of the 2021 Beverly Chapman Award.
Goldman, director of administration and youth initiatives at the Florida Independent Living Council. As an individual living with cerebral palsy, she works to increase awareness and rights for the disability community. This includes leading the creation of the Working People with Disabilities Program, which provides financial independence by allowing individuals with disabilities to keep their state Medicaid waiver services while working full time. The Champion Award, which is presented to an organization that creates opportunities for individuals with disabilities, will be presented to Orlando Health. A true partner to CIL through board service, program funding, patient referrals and volunteerism, Orlando Health will be honored for its dedication of service and lasting impact in support of Central Florida’s disability community. “It’s great to see our corporate and community partners come together to celebrate disability inclusion and the increasing efforts to make Central Florida a more accessible place to live and work,” Lallathin says. The 2021 Celebrating Independence LIVE! event will be held virtually on Zoom as well as streamed simultaneously on CIL’s Facebook and YouTube.
How You Can Help 1. Attend Celebrating Independence LIVE!: From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 25, celebrate the strides that CIL and its supporters have made to break down barriers for those with disabilities in our community. Pre-register by texting “live” to 72572 or visiting the event website below. 2. Become a VIP: New this year, VIP box options allow virtual attendees to see, hear, smell and feel independence from the comfort of home with unique items that will be hand-delivered or mailed prior to the event. 3. Make a donation: Whether you can attend virtually or not, you can make a difference by donating or participating in the key raffle for a chance to win tickets to local Orlando experiences, spa packages and more. For more information and to preregister, purchase a VIP box or participate in the key raffle, visit Live.CILOrlando.org.
+ YOUR Local
2021 Wins for the Local Business Community
Dawn Willis, Brian Wetzel, Amy DeYoung and Tonja Mosely, OH-HCH; Camille Evans, Virtus LLP; Rusty Johnson, Mayor of Ocoee; Stina D’Uva; Dr. Alexander Cartwright and Dr. Sean Snaith, UCF; and Heather Easterling, Boyd Development.
The WOCC Economic Update and Forecast Luncheon combined chamber chicken with an economic forecast to create a recipe for success. By Stina D’Uva, West Orange Chamber of Commerce
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The luncheon gave business owners the information they needed to know that our economy is growing and will continue to do so. This knowledge gave them the competitive edge and affirms their decisions for hiring more personnel and approving additional capital expenditures — all activities that will keep us moving in a positive direction. Dr. Snaith also shared in his presentation that the housing market will continue to be a seller’s market. The current, available inventory of homes in our region is at 1.2 months, whereas, in 2020, it was at 2.4 months. This housing shortage has caused home prices to increase by 19% from a comparison of March 2020 to March 2021. The good news is that a repeat of the housing bubble bursting isn’t likely, even with low interest rates, since financial institutions have maintained strict guidelines on those able to receive mortgages. That is great news for all. Some other great news comes from Tallahassee. Main Street Fairness, an important issue on the collection of sales taxes from out-of-state, online retailers, was signed into law. This will bring much-needed revenue to our state and helps businesses with their unemployment taxes. Another item that was signed into law recently is fondly known as Alcohol To-Go. This legislation will help restaurants bolster their revenue through the sale of packaged alcohol to-go. This year is looking good! To learn about more 2021 wins for the local business community, visit wochamber.com.
COURTESY OF WEST ORANGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ho knew that the time was right to bring back a chamber luncheon featuring the ever-popular chamber chicken dish and a world-renowned economist? Well, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce knew, of course. It’s also known as pent-up demand, an economic term (if I’m remembering correctly from my few courses in college). This term applies to so much since the lockdown of the pandemic, from travel to eating out to hugging people. The pandemic has caused many of us, including the chamber, to limit things that were second nature to us. Our luncheons, which always present valuable information to our members, had to be put on hold in 2020. Yet, we knew that bringing back an in-person, CDC-safe luncheon with a relevant topic would relieve that pent-up demand for people to be in a room with one another and to hear first-hand if our economy would continue to move in the right direction. Our luncheon did exactly that and more. Most people couldn’t imagine that a luncheon featuring an economist would have them laughing and smiling throughout, yet that is exactly what the attendees experienced. Sean Snaith, Ph.D., Director of UCF’s Institute of Economic Forecasting and an internationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting, is also known for his quick wit and self-deprecating sense of humor. He makes a dry subject not only interesting but also relevant.
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National Travel and Tourism Week
Orange County Proclamation
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Osceola County Proclamation
In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association continued the tradition of passing out pineapples, the international symbol of hospitality, to our county commissioners in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. All three counties presented official proclamations to CFHLA declaring the celebration of Travel and Week. 8.pdf National 1 2/25/21 1:28Tourism PM
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Additionally, Visit Orlando announced this month that the Official Visitation Number in 2020 was over 35 million. While this number is a significant drop in visitation due to the pandemic, industry leaders remain optimistic that visitor numbers will continue to rebound and recover as travel restrictions are eased and consumer confidence continues to rise.
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+ CALENDAR of Events ALL MONTH LONG June 5 Enchanted Fairy Doors Exhibit
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Leu Gardens 1920 N. Forest Ave. Orlando, FL 32803 $10 adults, $5 children, ages 3 and under free 407.246.2620 LeuGardens.org This exhibit features 20 whimsical fairy doors that will inspire a child’s imaginative world of secret gardens and the magic of fairies. Exhibit runs through Sept. 5.
June 5, 12, 19, 26 The Market at Promenade at Sunset Walk
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Promenade at Sunset Walk 3251 Margaritaville Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34747 SunsetWalk.com Enjoy local craft and specialty vendors from across Central Florida while exploring the shops and restaurants of Sunset Walk.
June 12 Kids Night at the Museum - Maker Month 6-10 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art 777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803 $70 members, $75 nonmembers for first child; $40 per additional child 407.514.2000
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OSC.org Youth ages 5 to 12 can explore exhibits with enhanced programming, participate in hands-on activities and enjoy a pizza dinner in age-appropriate small groups.
June 17 Sunset at the Zoo
5-8 p.m. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens 3755 W. Seminole Blvd. Sanford, FL 32771 $7 per person 407.323.4450 CentralFloridaZoo.org At this adults-only event, experience the zoo as the sun goes down. Food and drinks are available for purchase. A family friendly version will be held on June 25.
June 19-20 Guy Harvey Weekend
9-10 p.m. SeaWorld Orlando 7007 Sea World Dr. Orlando, FL 32821 407.545.5550 SeaWorld.com Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist, will be available for meetand-greet opportunities at the park.
June 24 MetroWest Food Truck Connection 5:30-9 p.m. MetroWest Golf Club 2100 S. Hiawassee Rd. Orlando, FL 32835 Free admission MetroWestCommunity.com Every fourth Thursday of the month, enjoy some of the best and most exciting food trucks in the Orlando area.
June 27 I Said Yes Wedding Show
12-4 p.m. Hilton Orlando 6001 Destination Pkwy. Orlando, FL 32819 $10-$20 407.286.8088 ISaidYesFL.com Connect with the experts who can help you plan your big day, from catering and cakes to decor and dresses.
June 30 Shen Yun
Show times vary Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 Tickets start at $80 407.358.6603 DrPhillipsCenter.org Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance and see legends come to life.
AROUND THE CORNER July 4 4th of July at Avalon Park
5-9 p.m. Downtown Avalon Park Free admission 407.658.6565 AvalonParkOrlando.com Enjoy an apple pie bakeoff, bike parade, community performances and a fireworks show.
July 5 AdventHealth Watermelon 5k
7:30 a.m. 251 Park Ave. South Winter Park, FL 32789 $30-$35 407.896.1160 TrackShack.com Join friends, family and neighbors for a morning celebration with a 5k, watermelon treats and American pride.
July 8 Popcorn Flicks in the Park 8 p.m. Central Park in Winter Park Free admission 407.629.0054 Enzian.org Enjoy a showing of “Men in Black” under the stars. Advance registration is requested.
+ SOMEONE You Should Know
Spotlight On: Don Long
By Kaitlyn Fusco
on Long, a retired U.S. Marine and former Public Affairs Chief of the Marine Corps at The Pentagon, became the first president/CEO of the Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce. His mission is to provide support and resources for local business owners as the area continues to grow. “The Lake Nona region is rapidly growing, and my goal is to keep up with it by providing each business, small or large, with opportunity, progress and support,” Long says. “We provide opportunities for members, we give tools and resources to help them progress, and then we provide support to continue their growth.” The chamber was created in 2013 and was run by volunteers until Long was hired. His first initiative was to create a strategic business plan, which included the addition of a business development manager, who also happened to be his wife. “The board of directors actually made that decision and motioned to hire my wife Madelyn, who served in the military with me
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and had 17 years of experience with the Saint Cloud Chamber of Commerce,” Long says. “Since her start, our membership has more than doubled to almost 400 businesses.” Madelyn is responsible for membership and daily operations and says working with her husband is easy. She says he “understands the needs of businesses and organizations, is always available to meet or answer a call. He is at every event and has the connections to help them receive whatever they need to succeed.” The chamber hosts monthly events, such as breakfasts, luncheons and special lectures from prominent government officials and other community leaders. “It’s more than just networking, it’s about being involved and making sure the community is a place you and your business can grow,” Long says. Long continues to incorporate what he learned in the military to his duty as the chamber’s president and CEO. “The Marines teach you a goal without a plan is still just a dream,
so I still live life that way,” he says. “Integrity is always the most important leadership trait in the Marine Corps, so I still do my best to exercise integrity every day.” Before joining the chamber, Long served 27 years in the Marine Corps, where he primarily served as a combat correspondent as a print, broadcast and photojournalist, and achieved the highest ranking of Master Gunnery Sergeant. After he retired from the military, he graduated with honors in business management from the University of Phoenix. He then served as the chair and interim president of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce after more than 10 years with the organization. Today, Long enjoys his own yacht brokerage business and likes to spend time on the water skiing, cruising or fishing; spending time with Madelyn, their daughter and her family; and making unique cocktails for himself and his wife. You can learn more about the Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce and how to become a member at lakenonacc.org.
COURTESY OF LAKE NONA REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Get to know this Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce leader and his vision for supporting smart business growth within the fast-developing community.
Devereux Behavioral Support Program Offering Hope for Youth with Autism When Mental Health Challenges Escalate
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