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Dear neighbor: According to ancient Chinese belief, we’re already connected to all the people we will ever meet. There’s an invisible thread that binds us together the very moment we enter the world. I couldn’t agree more. As we were working on the photo shoot for July’s cover, I was chatting, as always, with our ‘talent’ — none other than Dr. William Felix. Dr. Felix will travel to Brazil this summer with the U.S. Olympic basketball team. Coincidentally, we both have the same alma mater, the University of Puerto Rico. We also took classes in the same medical sciences building at the same time. We only met 20 years later while working together 1,150 miles away from our native Puerto Rico. Coincidence or not, it was an amazing experience. Though Dr. Felix and I have several shared experiences, the invisible threads that connect us often go beyond things that are tangible. Regardless of who we are, or what we look like, we are connected by common denominators. We share challenges, strive to overcome self-imposed limitations and dream big. We are more similar than different. Take, for instance, Jerry Rich, whose story we share on page 14. If you need motivation to get fit, this article is a mustread. At 79, Jerry, who exercises on a near-daily basis, epitomizes strength, personal commitment and determination. In this issue, you’ll also meet Carlos Mota, 21, who challenged himself to make it in the app development world and is now a Facebook darling with a $30,000 grant to fund his app creations. What about dreaming big? Well, if there’s a minimum age requirement to publish a book, there’s a group of Lake Nona Middle schoolers who didn’t get that memo. They wrote, edited, illustrated and published their own book, which now sells on Amazon.com Congrats to these published authors!
JEANNETTE RIVERA-LYLES Jeannette is a former Miami Herald, MSN and Orlando Sentinel reporter. She is a proud UCF alumna. When not working she loves to play guitar and enjoy a good glass of wine. PHOTOGRAPHER
LUIS BONETTI Luis is an amazing photographer. He has a wonderful way of putting people at ease. When he is not working, you may find him at an Orlando City Soccer game. Go Lions! PHOTOGRAPHER
TERRY O. ROEN Terry is a former Orlando Sentinel and Associated Press reporter. The Rollins grad is married to Hal and they have two children.
ELIZABETH SCHMIDT Elizabeth is founder and owner of Lucky Kat Graphics, LLC. She is a UF alumna, a Florida Gators fan and a fair-weather motorcycling enthusiast. WRITER
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DENA POWELL Dena specializes in newborn and children’s portraiture. She started Everyday Moments Photography in 2011. When she is not working, she enjoys quality time with her family, working out, camping, and attending Orlando City Soccer games.
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KIRSTEN HARRINGTON Kirsten is a freelance writer contributing food, family and lifestyle articles to numerous Central Florida publications, such as Edible Orlando. She loves adventure – big and small – and spending time with her husband and two sons.
BY THE NUMBERS If you’ve lived here awhile, you probably know a lot of interesting tidbits about Lake Nona, but here are six more facts about our community you may not know.
MINUTES TO SHAPE YOUR EYEBROWS TO PERFECTION! Eyesbrows are the most important and prominent facial feature we have, so it’s worth going to an expert who truly understands what it means to ‘shape’ one’s brows flawlessly. Call Julie from Posh Brow & Beauty today for an appointment. Appointment time includes custom contour and color evaluation and full blading. 407.719.3313 www.poshbrows.com
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Number of Lake Nona residents who use the Nextdoor app, a private social network, to keep up with everything in our community, from the next movie night to reporting a car break-in.
AVERAGE MINUTES it takes to order a pizza online at Giovanni’s. We highly recommend the Bianca pizza with marinara sauce! www.giovannislakenona. patronpath.com 7 NONAVIBE
GROWTH PERCENTAGE AVERAGE PER YEAR Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the nation, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Go Lake Nona High School Lions!
SCHOOL’S OUT for the summer and it’s relaxation time. But keeping the kids entertained can be challenging and stressful. So, what to do? Luckily for us, we live in Central Florida, a highly desirable vacation destination. Here’s how to take advantage of what’s in our own backyard.
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Nestled in beautiful Lake Apopka, just 23 miles away from Lake Nona, there’s a local gem that will please every member of the family without breaking the bank: Winter Garden, a former citrus town with a charming downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss the Plant Street Market at 426 West Plant St. Every weekend it showcases artisan breads, cheeses and dip, handmade popsicles, arts and crafts, live music, craft beer and much more.
WANT MORE ACTION? Rent a bike and stroll around downtown’s cobblestone streets. Before you go, see what’s happening at the Garden Theatre, where the lineup can include cult classic movies, bluegrass bands and live theater productions. Don’t forget to bring bathing suits and a towel for the splash pad. It’s the perfect place to cool down from the Central Florida heat.
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DR. WILLIAM FELIX
TO COORDINATE MEDICAL LOGISTICS FOR NBA STAFF AND GUESTS DURING 2016 SUMMER GAMES BY ALLISON LOWE, FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP
ake Nona’s own Dr. William Felix is headed to Rio! As a medical director for the National Basketball Association, he will help coordinate medical logistics for NBA staff and guests during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
As part of his duties, Dr. Felix will travel to Rio de Janeiro prior to the Summer Games to explore and vet a variety of medical facilities and EMS services, which would be utilized if members of the NBA staff and guests are injured or become ill while in Brazil. “We want to have the best possible care for NBA staff and
guests who attend the Summer Games,” Dr. Felix said. “We look at the quality of the facilities, the technology available and make sure that confidentiality can be guaranteed.” He has served as the Medical Director Global Games Clinical Consultant for the NBA since 2010 during local and national events, including the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He is also a medical consultant for CNN and ESPN Radio and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. THE ROAD TO LAKE NONA Dr. Felix did not always seem destined for international prominence as a medical doctor. Born and raised in a low10
COMMUNIT Y ST RONG income neighborhood in Puerto Rico, he struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia as a young student and was told his dreams of becoming a doctor were out of his reach. “I identify strongly with the Olympic spirit to work hard and never give up,” he says. “The journey to where I am today was not always simple or straightforward.” He credits his
Lake Nona, he focuses on the treatment of sports injuries as well as acute and chronic injury care for patients of all ages, performing diagnostic and procedural musculoskeletal ultrasounds to find non-surgical solutions for orthopaedic disorders, including Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), regenerative medicine and ortho-biologics. Along with elite athletes, weekend warriors and other patients with joint and tissue injuries, Dr. Felix treats children with special needs. “My son has Down’s Syndrome, so I know first-hand the muskoskeletal issues faced by patients with genetic conditions that affect joints,” he says. “There are unique orthopaedic considerations when working with this group of patients and it’s an honor for me to treat them.”
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Health Park Lake Nona’s primary care physicians and specialists are experts in preventive medicine, early detection and treatment of concerning health issues, and management of acute and chronic illnesses and injuries. In one unique facility, patients have access family medicine physicians, in-house imaging and laboratory services, physical therapy and sports medicine.
mentor, Dr. Jace Provo, Sr. Vice President, NBA Medical Services, for inspiring him to keep reaching. After earning his medical degree from Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, he completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, followed by a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the prestigious Duke University School of Medicine. He went on to serve as head team physician for the Rollins College Athletic Department.
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He didn’t stop there. Dr. Felix recently started a PhD program at Concordia University in Health and Human Performance and expects to complete his degree in 2019. During his free time, between duties as a husband and father of two, he serves as a medical journalist providing expertise in the fields of general, emergency and sports medicine as a consultant to outlets like CNN Español and Quepalo.com.
Florida Hospital Medical Group (FHMG) is the Orlando area’s most comprehensive multi-specialty medical group practice. With more than 441 board-certified physicians and surgeons, our group provides patients with a broad range of medical and surgical services in over 57 medical specialties. Our neighborhood-based practices are located throughout Central Florida in convenient and easily accessible locations in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. From primary care to robotic surgery and ground-breaking cancer treatment, FHMG doctors and medical team support provide treatment and care for our patients at their practices, as well as at Florida Hospital’s eight campuses in Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Celebration, East Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Orlando, Winter Garden, Winter Park and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares.
“It’s true that I stay busy,” Dr. Felix laughs. “I want to do everything I can to help patients, whether they are athletes or not, live fulfilling, healthy lives. When someone can find relief for chronic pain they have been experiencing and get back to their normal routines, that’s extremely satisfying for me as their physician.” A PERSONAL APPROACH Today, Dr. Felix is one of only 125 physicians in the United States board certified in both sports and emergency medicine. In his practice at Florida Hospital Health Park11
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Orlando City Commissioner for District 1, which includes the Lake Nona area, and President of GrayPointe Capital, a commercial real estate investment and advisory firm headquartered in Orlando.
FIRST AN AREA GOLFER, THEN A RESIDENT:
“My wife, Kathy, and I have lived in Lake Nona Golf and Country Club for 11 years, but I had been golfing here for 20 years when I joined the club. Lake Nona was still very rural. The only retail development was the Publix shopping center at the intersection of Narcoossee and Moss Park Road.
FROM BUSINESSMAN TO PUBLIC SERVANT:
“Four years ago, the city commissioner for this area resigned to run for mayor. Lake Nona was starting to experience significant growth and the major challenge seemed to be managing the growth while maintaining strong neighborhoods. I felt like the combination of my real estate experience and my desire to protect our neighborhoods gave me a reasonable chance at being a successful city commissioner.”
FUTURE PLANS FOR THE AREA:
“The city has three regional parks on the drawing board as well as plans to have a contiguous bike and walking trail connecting Lake Nona and Lee Vista. Infrastructure to accommodate area traffic is paramount and we do intend to expand Narcoossee Road to six lanes in the summer of 2017. With a little give and take from neighbors and developers, I’m convinced we can maintain the Lake Nona area as one of the most desirable places in Orlando to live, work and raise our families.”
FAVORITE LAKE NONA SPOTS:
“You’ll see me dining at my two favorite restaurants, Nona Blue and Lake Nona Sushi. And what guy doesn’t like a weekly trip to the Home Depot? Also, I’m awed at the view of Medical City from the 417 Expressway. It reminds me that this hospital, research, sports and employment center was all a cattle field just 10 years ago.”
AGE HAS NO
AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE, CURIOUS MIND KEY TO THIS SENIOR’S GOOD HEALTH BY KIRSTEN HARRINGTON
erald “Jerry” Rich recently turned 79, but his fitness routine and commitment to a healthy lifestyle would put most of us to shame regardless of age.
By 6:15 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, you’ll find Rich at Apex Fitness Orlando in Lake Nona warming up for a group strength and conditioning class. After an hour of running, rowing, box jumping, rope climbing and weight lifting, he takes a short break and then attends a 9 a.m. boot camp class. On the days he’s not at Apex Fitness, Rich heads to Planet Fitness to work out for about two hours. “The closest anyone (at the gym) comes to my age is about 30 years,” said Rich, who can crank out 40 pushups and a dozen pull-ups. “I’m sort of competitive. I’ve always tried to
FITNESS Vietnam and later in England with the Royal Air Force. Rich credits his time in the military for his disciplined lifestyle, along with his grandmother, who always pushed him to give his best effort. After retiring from the Air Force, Rich finished college and became an elementary school teacher for six years. His love of flying drew him back to the aviation industry in various pilot and instructor roles until he had to retire in 1999 due to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) age restrictions.
It sounds simple, but Rich believes that exercising and eating right are the keys to his energetic lifestyle. In the early 1980s, he became troubled by arthritis and sought the advice of a holistic doctor. After a month of giving up red meat, dairy and coffee, he felt great. About five years ago, he became a vegan and eliminated all animal products from his diet. He enjoys dining out at Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Winter Park and Dandelion Communitea Café in Orlando. At home, Rich prepares simple meals with beans and sweet potatoes. “I thought why not? I can do this,” he said. “I feel great.”
exercise over the years and once I retired I was able to do it more often.” Luke Siefert, part owner and head coach at Apex Fitness (where Rich spends about 15 hours a week), says it’s all about mindset. “It takes practice, commitment and dedication,” Siefert said. Rich’s clear commitment to staying in shape makes him a favorite around the gym and an inspiration to others.
“Jerry’s diet keeps inflammation down, gives him the nutrients he needs and keeps his body healthy,” Siefert adds.
A DISCIPLINED LIFE
A NEVER-ENDING DESIRE TO LEARN
Born in Southwest Harbor, Maine, Rich was the oldest of four boys and attended school in a three-room school house with wood stoves and an outhouse. His father was a lobster fisherman and later a lobster dealer.
“I’m curious and I like to know everything about everything,” said Rich, who spends time on the computer, takes occasional computer courses at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and likes to keep his mind active. “I’m not the typical old guy that doesn’t know anything about technology. If a new iPhone comes out, I have to have it,” said Rich, who also helps others with their tech problems in his spare time. In addition to receiving a bachelor’s degree from Boston University in elementary education, Rich studied anatomy and physiology to become a licensed massage therapist (he is no longer practicing) and completed a PhD in nutrition.
The United States entered World War II when Rich was four years old. “It was both a good time for our country and a bad time,” he recalled. “It united the country in a way that brought pride, but then the bad part was that we were losing so many young men in the war.”
“I’m not quite as limber anymore, but I refuse to let anything limit me,” he said. “I don’t believe that age is going to stop me. Sure, I may not be able to keep up with the guys who are 40 to 50 years younger, but I will always give it all that I can.”
After high school he joined the Air National Guard, became an F-89 fighter pilot and served in Thailand,
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These pintsize published authors have discovered the power of the written word.
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drawn to exploring what incarceration would be like for someone his age while watching TV with his father. “I was watching ABC World News and they were doing this show about teenagers in jail,” Dentey said. “I can’t explain why, but I couldn’t get that show out of my mind. The characters followed.” Clever writing isn’t the only thing that brings the pages of “Entwined” to life. All the stories are illustrated with charcoal drawings produced by other Lake Nona Middle School students. Lorenzo Urayan, Emily Johnson, Melanie Quiñones, Yasmine Salazar, Kenneth Decker and Adriana Mendez, captured the stories’ poignant messages in beautiful black and white imagery. To work on the storytelling itself, each teen was paired with a fellow Knight Writer for help with research, character development and honest feedback. “Students really had to look at their writing from new perspectives,” Ostrow, their writing teacher, said. “They had to look at their writings from the reader›s perspective. This helped them realize that it was necessary to make their stories interesting, yet plausible. They also had to fine-tune the art of leaking out just enough information to keep their readers engaged and guessing.’’
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elissa Colón, 13, has been making up stories since she could talk.
“My imagination has gone wild in my mom’s car many times,” Colón said. ‘’I’d start randomly babbling about characters, stories, plots, until my poor mom would give me the look.”
Ostrow started the club because kids frequently would come to her seeking feedback on something they’d written. She felt compelled to mold their talent. After getting the administration’s approval, she hung posters all over school last fall.
Colón and a group of her Lake Nona Middle School classmates now are officially published authors. Named after the school’s mascot, they are the Knight Writers, a writing club whose 15 members describe themselves as “human nature aficionados.” Guided by language arts teacher Kristina Ostrow, the teens recently produced and self-published “Entwined,” a collection of short stories in a range of genres available at their school for $5 or on Amazon.com for $6.99. The book also includes poetry.
‘’I was so amazed and excited when I saw the posters,” said Haley Mannon, 11, a sixth grader and one of the club’s youngest members. “I said, ‘this is [for] me’. I love to write.” Mannon, the only girl in a family of six boys, wrote her first short story when she was six. She undertook a complex topic: the history of the world as she perceived it. It was so eloquent her brother didn’t believe she’d written it.
“I love words because they are the source of everything: TV shows, movies we love, songs, books,” said Emma Drauer, 13. “They are such a powerful force.”
“It was very long but, hey, it was the history of the world,” Mannon joked.
In “Entwined,” Drauer writes about a 14-year-old girl dealing with the tragic loss of her father. Like her, the group members aren’t afraid to explore emotionally charged experiences and scenarios bigger and deeper than anything they’ve experienced in their short lives. Raynard Dentey, 12, wrote about a wealthy Hollywood boy who ends up in juvenile detention for taking his neighbor’s Harley-Davidson for a joy ride. He was
As for their summer plans, these authors plan to do what any other writer would: write more. Mannon is pondering ideas about time travel, while Dentey has begun to work on a kids’ spy novel. Everyone else in the group is already outlining characters and settings. Who knows, a Pulitzer may be in their future. 17
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AS LAKE NONA COMPANIES FOCUS ON RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THROUGHOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE STEPPING UP TO TRAIN A TECH SAVVY WORKFORCE THAT WILL FULFILL THE NEEDS OF THE MARKET. As Lake Nona companies focus on research and technology, colleges and universities throughout Central Florida are stepping up to train a tech savvy workforce that will fulfill the needs of the market.
have been enough to create these successful apps. He credits the education he’s received at FTC as key to his success. “They have taught me a lot of different languages that I didn’t know when I came to the school,” he said. “Right now we’re learning a lot of C++, which is a language that lots of online games use. You can do an infinite amount of things with a language. It’s up to you and your imagination.”
People like Carlos Mota, a Florida Technical College (FTC) student, are the workforce of Lake Nona’s present and future. At 21, Mota already has two game apps in the market and a $30,000 award from Facebook to keep going. “I couldn’t believe it,” Mota said of the award from Facebook, which was granted through its FbStart program and provides winners with mentorship and access to technical resources. “People from all over the world compete. I never thought I had a chance. In fact, I had totally forgotten about it when I got the email.”
FTC information technology programs also teach HTML, CSS3, Java, Visual Basic and Python, among other programming languages. In the information technology networking, web design and programming bachelor’s degree program, students receive training in each of the three disciplines, giving them the necessary skills for supervisory or managerial roles in the information technology industry.
Mota is a senior in FTC’s information technology networking, web design and programming bachelor’s degree program. His latest game, HeroHopp, is available for free on iTunes and Google Play for Apple and Android devices. In it, players have 80 characters to choose from, each with different skills and personality traits. The objective is to make one’s way through the game, hopping from one elevated area to another to pursue the game’s top prize: the granting of a wish.
“This is a great program, and the learning is intense,” said Rigoberto Maximo, one of the program’s instructors. Employers are impressed with the level of experience and hands-on practical training that students get at FTC. Maximo said many of his students have gotten jobs in hospitals, theme parks and internet security. “It is a rigorous program and the school makes sure that graduates are capable of getting a job in a very competitive market,” he said.
HeroHopp follows the path of Box King, Mota’s first game about a whimsical king wearing an oversized crown whose gold fortune is stolen. He sets out to recover his wealth, but in the process he must dodge dozens of falling boxes to stay alive. HeroHopp improves on Box King by making the game more onetouch and enabling the player to play faster.
Lake Nona employers, take note. Program availability varies by campus location. For more information about Florida Technical College offerings and enrollment, go to www.ftccollege.edu or call (407) 483-5700.
Mota began designing games in the third grade when his dad gave him his first computer, but that wouldn’t
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Carvera continues this legacy with Argentinean cuisine slightly tweaked to suit American palates. The family brought over a grill master and chef from its Puerto Rican restaurants to ensure the Orlando staff was trained to prepare the highquality, authentic Argentinean cuisine that has become the business’s trademark.
Delicious beef empanada with chimichurri
Argentinean Grill New fast casual eatery opens in Florida Mall BY KIRSTEN HARRINGTON Dr. Jorge Rodriguez Melani, a successful pediatrician and restaurateur, is bringing more delicious cuisine to Orlando. After opening fast-casual, Argentinean-inspired eateries all over Puerto Rico, Dr. Rodriguez and his family are set to expand their brand in the U.S. with the opening of Carvera Argentinean Grill in Florida Mall’s new dining pavilion. Carvera Argentinean Grill is the brainchild of Dr. Rodriguez, his wife, Irma Lockwood, and their oldest son, Jorge Rodriguez-Lockwood. The restaurant, which was a decade-long dream for the family, specializes in grilled-to-order beef, chicken, chorizo sausage, salmon and pork, as well as over a dozen side dishes, salads, wraps and steak burgers. Desserts include Latin favorites such as flan, tres leches cake and a decadent fried cheesecake with guava sauce. Carvera is recognized for its full-service, restaurant-quality food at affordable prices ($6-$15). The indoor seating area has beautiful décor that features a hand-painted brick wall mural and a collection of antiques dating back to the 1900’s. “Everything is made from scratch in the store and cooked to order on an open grill, so customers can see the actual churrasco (grilled meat) being cooked,” RodriquezLockwood said. Carvera’s menu is adapted from the menu of La Parilla Argentina, the family’s successful chain of restaurants in Puerto Rico, where Rodriguez’s parents relocated to from Argentina when he was a little boy. The family now has seven restaurant locations in the most important shopping centers in Puerto Rico and more than 100 employees.
In addition to the cuisine, the service is at a high level. Customers order at the counter, pay for their meal and receive a beeper to let them know when their food is ready. The average meal takes about 10 minutes to prepare. One of the most popular dishes (and a great place for first-timers to start) is the 6-ounce churrasco, Carvera skirt steak served with chimichurri, a vibrant green sauce made with freshly chopped herbs, spices, garlic and olive oil. Customers also can choose a side of garlic-infused rice or crispy French fries for the ultimate in Argentinean comfort food. If you’re not in the mood for steak, try the homemade empanadas or a Tango Bowl, which starts with a base of rice and beans or mashed potatoes with corn and gravy topped with your choice of grilled beef, chicken or chorizo. Kids can choose from a smaller Tango Bowl or homemade chicken strips. The restaurant also serves beer and wine. Carvera Argentinean Grill is the first fastcasual concept dedicated to Argentinean food in the United States, according to the owners. As Americans travel more and grow their culinary curiosity, the popularity of quick-serve, ethnic food is on the rise. From Vietnamese bánh mì to Peruvian rotisserie chicken, global flavors are popping up in shopping malls across the country. The Rodriquez-Lockwood family hopes to take advantage of this trend and plans to open at least three more Carvera restaurants across Florida in the next three years and eventually expand into the global marketplace. Visit Carvera Argentinean Grill at the Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, or call 407-812-9933 for more information.
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Known for its craftsmanship and attention to detail, Bella Fence sets the standard for beauty and longevity. Whether it’s aluminum, steel, vinyl, composite or chain link, a Bella Fence is made with the highest quality materials and carries the best warranty in the business.
Every product used by Bella Fence is backed by a comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty. In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty on materials, Bella Fence gives customers a five-year-warranty on workmanship.
Demetrio Vega, who has worked in Central Florida’s fencing industry since 2002, started Bella Fence to bring quality workmanship into a volume production market, where some installers cut corners to finish jobs as quickly as possible. Bella Fence has its own exclusive team of installers who pay attention to every detail and custom build each fence to satisfy the customer’s needs.
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pool or providing a safe space for children and pets. Vinyl (also known as PVC) has replaced wood as the most popular fencing choice in Florida. Wood doesn’t weather well in our hot, humid climate and only has a 10- to 15-year lifespan, while vinyl fences are extremely low maintenance and last a lifetime. They don’t peel, rot, rust or flake. These faux-wood fences are made from either solid vinyl or a mix of wood fibers and plastic resins. The material is formed into rails, pickets and gates that are assembled piece-by-piece by Bella’s team of expert installers. The
ORNAMENTAL ELEGANCE When privacy is not an issue, ornamental fences offer an elegant solution. They bring style and beauty to any setting. Bella Fence builds ornamental fences in aluminum and steel, metals that replaced the traditional wrought iron because it rusts. Aluminum fences are the most popular and economical, while steel is the stronger of the two. Both are sturdy and rustproof. The slats are spaced for safety and security but still reveal a view for lakeside residents. Aluminum and steel are virtually maintenancefree and extremely durable. There are a variety of styles, colors and grades to choose from. TAKE IT TO NEXT LEVEL Bella Fence is known for its custom designs. They are the local experts on designing and installing customized fences and gates that complement a home or garden. A homeowner can come up with an idea or sit down with a designer to create a fence that their neighbors will envy. Specialty projects range from wood grain vinyl fences to state-of-the-art composites and custom automatic entry gates. REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS A building permit is required anytime a fence is installed on your property. The permit ensures the plans meet all construction and development standards. Since Bella Fence installs throughout Central Florida, they are knowledgeable about local fence regulations and will obtain a permit for the homeowner. Both the City of Orlando and Orange County allow a maximum height of eight feet for backyard fences, while Lake Nona’s Homeowner’s Association limits the height to six feet. The City of Orlando will not issue a fence permit without prior approval from the HOA. Locally owned and operated, Bella Fence gives free estimates. Its team of designers and installers are ready to fulfill your fencing needs. For more information, visit www. mybellafence.com.
DEMETRIO VEGA is the Founder and President of Bella Fence. The company is committed to honesty and integrity and to using only the highest quality materials and the very best installation methods.
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SURVIVE THE SUMMER HEAT WITH STYLE
Lake Nona Fashion Bloggers have rounded up the top must-have fashion trends for summer. From cool hats to breezy summer dresses, these fashionistas tell you how to look stylish with comfy staples when itâ€™s toasty outside.
HAT Jen @jenlumiere
WHITE DRESS Paola @chicpaolastyle
SUMMER SCARF Natalia @nataliagdominguez Photo credit: Suzi Banez @suzibanez
To Avoid TIPS Trouble R
estaurants in the Sunshine State and beyond are frequently finding themselves in an unnecessary quandary with employees over how to handle tips properly. Whether you own, work or frequent a restaurant, it may be useful to know that dining establishments have become the target of an onslaught of lawsuits claiming wage and hour violations based on improper tipping practices. Many of these lawsuits seem to have merit. Over the last few years, Department of Labor investigators found tip credit violations in over 1,500 cases, resulting in nearly $15.5 million in back wages. To restaurant workers in Lake Nona, Orlando and beyond, tips are more than a “gratuity”. It is part of their livelihood. Here is how it should work. Under the law, an employer may pay a reduced minimum wage to “tipped employees” (i.e. wait staff, bartenders, etc.) who have regular customer interaction and receive more than $30 per month in tips. However, employers must fill in the gap if the employee, at any given time, fails to earn at least the normal minimum wage through wages and tips combined.
BY ADAM KEMPER, ESQ.
A common lawsuit is a restaurant employer that requires its employees perform non-tipped duties at the reduced/tipped minimum wage for long periods of time. It is true that in every restaurant there is a list of side work for tipped employees to complete such as setting tables or restocking supplies, even though such work does not directly result in
tips. The Department of Labor says this is OK so long as this duties are (1) minimal and no greater than 20 percent of the time and (2) related to the performance of tipped duties. Here are five “tips” to avoid the tiprelated legal trouble: 1. Understand that tips are the property of the employee and the
employee is not required to share them with anyone. If your restaurant takes a tip credit on employees, make sure employees are notified and paid the appropriate tipped minimum wage. 2. If your restaurant has a tip pool, maintain and enforce a strict policy which only permits employees who “customarily and regularly” receive tips to participate in the tip pool. Do not allow non-tipped employees, such as cooks and managers, to participate in the tip pool. 3. Maintain adequate and accurate time keeping records. If your “tipped employee” is performing nontipped, make sure it is related to the tipped position and only for a very limited amount of time. Otherwise, the employee must be paid the full minimum wage for time spent on non-tipped work. 4. Monitor compensation and tip distribution to ensure employees are paid appropriately. 5. Keep your employees happy.
Mr. Kemper practices in the area of labor and employment law where he regularly counsels employers on a variety of workplace issues including, but not limited to, interviewing, hiring, employee discipline and discharge, workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour (including tipping practices), whistleblower, unemployment, restrictive covenants, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, separation agreements, workplace policies and employee handbooks. More information about Mr. Kemper can be found at http://www.gmlaw.com/adam-d-kemper/.
S P O T T E D: C O N N E C T I O N S
BREAKFAST CONNECTIONS The Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce recently hosted Phil Rawlins, Founder and President of the Orlando City Soccer Club, as the key note guest speaker of its monthly networking event. More than 100 people filled the Canvas Restaurant and Market for this breakfast gathering, many of them business owners and entrepreneurs from the Lake Nona area. The chamber holds networking events every month. For additional information visit:Â http://www.lakenonacc.org
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HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Lake Nona Social recently held its first Home and Garden Show at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel to showcase exhibitors ranging from builders, to interior designers and sustainable gardeners. A variety of seminars on DIY projects for the entire home were well attended by many area homeowners. Amy Mercado, Mrs. Florida International 2016, was a special guest to the event which was presented by SPC Homes which offered insightful tips on how to custom build the home of your dreams.Â
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MARKET MONDAY Fewer things are more powerful than a community coming together to support its own. Every Monday afternoon, Lake Nona families gather at the YMCA’s lawn to enjoy delicious food from a variety of food trucks and move to thee music of local bands. There are also fruits, veggies, baked goods and even kettle corn for sale, all from from local vendors -many of them your neighbors. Come and check it out if you haven’t! Support your community and start off your week with a bang.
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