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October 2013

Horizon West - A Closer Look Florida Hospital Breaks Ground in Winter Garden Residential Real Estate Spotlight


THE ALL-NEW QUATTROPORTE. THE JOURNEY BEGINS AT MASERATI OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. The Quattroporte was born in 1963, when Maserati put a racing engine in a Grand Touring automobile. Today, the sixth-generation Quattroporte is simply the world’s finest luxury sports sedan, with a choice of two new engines: a 523 hp V8 capable of 191 mph or a 404  hp V6 with intelligent Q4 all-wheel drive. Both engines are matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission for maximum acceleration and fuel efficiency. Quattroporte blends unmistakable Italian design and one of the most spacious interiors in its category with engineering precision for a combination of performance, luxury and driving pleasure that only Maserati can offer.

MASERATI OF CENTRAL FLORIDA The Quattroporte S Q4 with intelligent all-wheel drive starts at $102,500.* STAY IN TOUCH


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A New Story Begins NOW OPEN a New Practice that Ensures Patients are Seen & Heard.


nce upon a time‌ A new story was written about how pediatric care should be delivered. Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine specializes in the physical and mental health issues unique to children. Led by a team of experts who were handpicked to guide the future physicians of pediatric medicine.

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around the garden Music Fest 2013 Date: Friday Oct 4 - Sun. Oct 6 On Plant St. in Winter Garden Free Three days of family entertainment with more than 20 hours of music, food and children’s activities. From classical to jazz, country to rock, over 30 music genres on 2 outdoor stages.

HalloweenCostume Parade and Hayride Windermere Parks and Recreation will host their annual Costume Parade and Hayride on Saturday, October 27, from 9:45 am to Noon. The event takes place at Town Hall in Windermere and is open to all residents. The children’s costume parade will begin at 10 am. Children are asked to assemble at 9:45 am. The festivities include cookies and punch, story time or movie and a hayride. Children can trick-or-treat with the downtown merchants following the event. For more information call the Town Office at 407.876.8393 x 21.

Oakland’s Annual Heritage Festival October 26 The 16th Annual Oakland Heritage Festival presented by Oakland Nature Preserver & the town of Oakland will take place Oct.26 from 10 am to 4 pm at Speer Park in Oakland. The family celebration includes cultural and history presentations, hayrides, local history tours, live music, children’s activities, a selection of electric & hybrid cars, craft and plant vendors, community displays and wildlife exhibit. Visit or call 407.905.0054.

Halloweenfest Date: Thursday, October 31

6 - 8:30 pm Free on Plant St. in Winter Garden Features live entertainment, local vendors and family activities! Enjoy a safe night of haunted happenings in Downtown Winter Garden.

Winter Garden 5K Fun Run Date: Saturday November 2 Plant St. Winter Garden 5K Fun-Run is open to runners, walkers and strollers. The course will run along Winter Garden streets. Call 407.905.4786 for info. 4 | October 2013

Food Truck Fridays & Movie in the Park Third Friday of Every Month 6 - 9 pm Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Dr. in Ocoee Call 407.877.5803 for more info or visit www.

West Orange High Class of 1993 The West Orange High School Class of 1993 is planning a Royal Caribbean cruise to Nassau, Bahamas and CocoCay from Oct 18-21. For specific cruise information, contact vacation specialist Danielle Johnston at DanielleJohnston@rccl. com or 800 456-3595. The Group ID # is: 99211265.


Magnolia Park’s 13th Annual Pumpkin Fest & Hayride Celebrate the Season at Magnolia Park in Apopka. Friday, October 18th 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Admission: $3 per child (Adults Free) Non-scary Halloween Fun for all Ages, Mosquito Spray is suggested. Activities include: Games, Hayrides, Costume Contest, Bonfire with Marshmallow Roast and much more. Call 407.886.4231 for more info. Magnolia Park, 2929 Binion Rd, Apopka 32703

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Florida Hospital breaks ground in WG

latest techniques in laser hair removal

Horizon West a closer look

real estate spotlight

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health & fitness Florida Hospital Breaks Ground in Winter Garden

Florida Hospital leaders, physicians and elected offi-

cials picked up shovels and turned the first dirt on Florida Hospital’s ninth campus located in Winter Garden.

to serve the community’s needs. “We are so pleased that Florida Hospital has chosen Winter Garden as the site for their newest facility,” said Winter Garden Mayor John Rees. “This health campus will bring superior, high-paying jobs to our community and will make Winter Garden more attractive as a place that others will want to live, work and play.” In addition to the groundbreaking, Florida Hospital officials announced the new leader of the Winter Garden Health Campus, Amanda Maggard. Maggard has been a part of Florida Hospital team for eight years, most recently as the assistant administrator at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.

L.toR. Florida Hosp Pres./CEO Lars Houmann, WG Campus Leader Amanda Maggard, Orange County MayorTeresa Jacobs, WG Mayor John Rees, FH Altamonte Administrator Rob Fulbright

“We are very excited to be a part of this rapidly growing community of Winter Garden,” said Florida Hospital President and CEO Lars Houmann. “We want to strengthen our presence in this community as a trusted healthcare partner that brings greater access to care close to home.” The Winter Garden Health Campus is beginning construction on its first phase that consists of a 75,000-sqaure-foot building, standing three stories tall. The facility will feature a stand-alone emergency department staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by emergency room physicians that provide the clinical expertise to all of Florida Hospital’s emergency rooms in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. The facility will also include an outpatient imaging center and a multi-specialty clinic that will host a variety of physician practices 6 | October 2013

The campus, located between Daniels Road and State Road 535 near Winter Garden Village at Fowler’s Grove, is scheduled to open in Winter 2014. |

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Two minds over matters of the heart that have been changing the shape of heart disease for a combined 30 years come to Winter Garden. The revolutionary team has the necessary advanced certifications and training, coupled with the latest diagnostic technology to properly treat those who suffer from heart disease, CAD or congestive heart failure. If you are one of the one million Americans who will be diagnosed with a heart condition, the cardiologists at Florida Heart Consultants can provide the best in cardiac care.

S u r G I C A L S P E C I A Lt I E S • Coumadin Clinic • Echocardiogram/ Ultrasound • Exercise Treadmill Stress Test • Interventional Cardiology • Heart Catheterization

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• Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound • Angioplasty • Arterial (Peripheral) Doppler • Carotid Doppler Ultrasound

Laser Hair Removal Freedom from the Razor, Wax and Creams by Douglas E. Gearity, M.D., Medical Director of Metamorphosis, the aesthetic division of The Women’s Center of Orlando Is Laser Hair Removal an option you should consider? Shaving lasts only a few days, waxing needs to be repeated every few weeks, or electrolysis which is tedious, sometimes painful, and very time consuming. There is another option, Laser Hair Removal.

Why the need for multiple treatments? Laser hair removal technology can only affect hair in active phases of growth, so multiple treatments are needed to affect all unwanted hair. Most people need between four and six sessions.

What can be treated? Permanent laser hair reduction can remove hair from faces (including chins and upper lips), backs, chests, arms, bikini lines and legs.

The Latest Technological Advances At Metamorphosis, the aesthetic division of The Women’s Center in Orlando, we use the Palomar Vectus Laser, the latest technology for fast, effective, and painless hair removal. The Vectus Laser is equipped with the Skintel Melanin Reader, the only FDA cleared melanin reader. Our professionals are able to customize each treatment to the patient’s own melanin index. The Palomar Vectus is also equipped with advanced contact cooling to help protect the skin and keep you comfortable during treatment. The Palomar Vectus offers the largest spot size and most uniform beam profile, making the treatment of large areas quick and easy. Areas such as full back or legs that used to take up to 60 minutes to treat have been reduced to just 20 minutes.

How does it work? Laser energy is used to destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth, without harming surrounding tissue. Hair removal lasers have been in use since the 1990’s, and have been approved by the FDA for “permanent hair reduction”. “Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.” - WebMD How long does it take? Treatments can take just a few minutes for small areas and about a half hour for larger areas. You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment. What does a session feel like? This is a common questions that is asked and for everyone, the sensation is slightly different. For most, it feel like a rubber band slapping gently on the skin. There may be some redness after the procedure but it usually goes away within an hour or two. You will then come back in six to eight weeks to have the area treated again.

Is Laser Hair Reduction the right choice for me? The laser hair reduction using the Palomar system is extremely effective. Different types of hair and different skin types will respond to the system in different ways, which is why it’s important to have a consultation with an esthetician or physician assistant. At the Metamorphosis Clinic, you take advantage of a free consultation and have all your questions answered. Call or email for a convenient appointment.

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HEART TO US. At Florida Hospital, we incorporate new technologies and less-invasive procedures into the treatment of vascular disease to provide our patients with shorter hospital stays and an earlier return to normal activity. And because we treat more vascular patients than any other hospital in the nation, we know how to stop vascular disease from stopping you.

Heart disease often goes undetected until it’s too late, so we have created a heart risk assessment to help evaluate your risk for the number-one cause of death among Americans. Visit today and take the heart risk assessment. It’s quick. It’s easy. It could save your life.

Highest ranked in the state of Florida and 32nd in the nation for Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. October 2013 | 9

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a closer look Horizon West

the vision takes shape by Ryan Gregory


he vision for the Horizon West development continues to take shape in West Orange County. Independence is one of 6 villages within Horizon West, a groundbreaking collaboration between landowners and Orange County that created carefully planned communities to protect the environment and enhance the lifestyle of its residents. A series of freezes in the 1980’s led to the decline of southwest Orange County’s citrus agriculture industry. Pressure from suburban and tourist-related development in the area’s former citrus groves led property owners and the development community to embrace a neighborhood concept for Horizon West. Although planning for the Horizon West area began in 1995, the recent faltering economy and the decline in housing starts delayed the project’s expansion. Independence As one of Horizon West’s six villages, Independence at completion will be comprised of 2493 home sites, an elementary (Keen’s Crossing Elementary) and middle school (Bridgewater Middle), a downtown area with restaurants and shops, nature trails, a bike trail, and four community pools. It will be filled with parks and conservation/preserve areas – one of which houses a bald eagle – and is situated on two recreational lakes. The grand entry boulevard at Independence, with

its 50-foot clock tower and 512-foot reflection pond, sets the stage for a truly remarkable community. Independence offers the best of natural Florida, a variety of recreation for all ages, and traditional homes from some of Florida’s finest homebuilders. Independence encompasses more than 1,300 acres and has frontage on two beautiful lakes – Lake Hancock and Lake Speer. Homes are nestled between the sparkling lakes and lush conservation areas. Recreational opportunities abound, including 2 clubhouses, several swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, children’s play areas, nature and bicycle trails, and water sports of every description on beautiful Lake Hancock. Independence includes hundreds of acres dedicated to parks, recreation and conservation areas. Latham Park Construction may begin this year on a new “village” in the Horizon West community. Clearwater-based VF Horizon Investments LLC received approval in March from Orange County’s development review committee to start site work on 103 of 416 acres it bought last year for $2.8 million near Walt Disney World. The project, called Latham Park South, would be the first part of Village F in Horizon West. There’s also a Latham Park North included in the overall site work approval. Village F, the fourth of six planned mixed-use villages, is approved for 3,463 homes and 240,000 square feet of commercial space. Broker Linda Stern with The Stern Group Professional Real Estate Services says the timing is perfect for (continued on page 14) October 2013 | 11

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real estate & lifestyle Make Your Kitchen & Bath Sparkle


avvy Realtors® know that attractive kitchens and baths sell homes. Make them sparkle, and you can almost see a buyer’s eyes light up. C.J. Wright, a Realtor® with ERA Dan Jones & Associates in Jacksonville, Florida, says its easy and inexpensive to freshen up your kitchen and baths. “De-cluttering and cleaning always comes first,” she says. “Start by taking those magnets off the refrigerator and clean your countertops. Then, you can see what other steps are needed. ” Here are 16 tips to get your kitchens and bathrooms ready to show: • Wash walls and tile thoroughly. A little cleaner goes a long way and may save you money on repainting. • Instead of replacing cabinets, try refinishing them or just adding new hardware. This will give your kitchen a fresh new look without breaking the bank. • Repair dents or holes in baseboards, walls, and doors with wood putty, which you can find at any hardware store. • Use a knife or screwdriver to remove any caulk or dirt from the space between the baseboard and the floor tile, and from around sinks, showers and bathtubs. Then re-caulk with bright white mildew-resistant silicon caulk. • Paint all baseboards to achieve a new bright feel. • Stage your bathroom just like you would the rest of your house. Add new towels, candles, or decorative soap to make the bath

room more attractive. “I open shampoo and liquid soap containers and swish a little down the drain to make it smell as if someone just took a shower,” says Wright. • Replace the old shower curtain or lining. • Clean up the clutter on your countertops, refrigerator, tubs, and sinks. • Stage your kitchen just like you would the rest of your house. Wright puts empty cereal boxes and a small coffee maker with a bag of coffee next to it on the countertops to give the kitchen a homey feel. • Empty your refrigerator if possible. If you can’t empty it, scrub it and organize your food to make it look appealing. • Scrub your stovetop. By using some inexpensive cleaner and a little effort you can renew the appearance of your stove and make it more attractive. • Buy and install new switch plates. This is a miniscule expense for you, and an appreciated touch for buyers. • Clean fan blades. • Clean windows inside and out. • Make certain all lights and switches work and have high-wattage bulbs; polish the fixtures. • Polish all mirrors and appliances. Putting a little effort into your kitchen and baths can really pay off, says Wright. And you can take that to the bank. Reprinted with permission. Florida Realtor Association. All rights reserved. October 2013 | 13

Horizon West (continued from page 11) more development. “Builders are on fire again, inventories are still at a record low and the fact that we’re seeing this kind of growth again is truly exciting.” Latham Park is approved for about 236 homes. According to John Smogor, county planning administrator, the developer still must submit subdivision plans and present at a public hearing before any vertical construction could take place. If Latham Park moves forward, it would join two other Horizon West villages in the works: • Hamlin, the new $750 million-$1 billion, 640-acre mixed-use project being built in the Town Center portion. • Lakeside Village, which includes a retail center, a 360-unit apartment complex and future single-family homes. Hamlin Hamlin, the 640-acre community opened its main roads in September, New Independence Parkway and Hamlin Groves Trail. These two major roadways south of Winter Garden will help alleviate congestion and reduce drive time to Orlando from the Horizon West area. The new roads will connect State Road 429 to Tiny Road via New Independence Parkway also helping to reduce congestion at the CR 535/SR429 exchange. Hamlin Grove Trail, which runs south from New Independence Parkway for nearly 15 miles, will connect The Overlook at Hamlin subdivision, as well as a number of other residential subdivisions, to the interchange. Hamlin developers broke ground in October 2012 and have since completed the road and utility infrastructure. Hamlin is situated on the east side of SR 429 at the New Independence Parkway interchange. It includes more than three miles of Lake Hancock 14 | October 2013

waterfront – central element of the development’s design. Taylor Morrison has already begun construction on homes in the lakefront subdivision, The Overlook at Hamlin, which is slated to open this year. “The vision is beginning to take shape,” said Scott Boyd, president of Boyd Development Corporation. “Having two new roads connecting current residents with the beltway immediately brings value to the area. Adding jobs, retail centers, recreation opportunities and a new sense of community makes Hamlin a game-changer for West Orange County.” The expanse of land creates the potential for some two million square feet of retail, restaurant and office space, as well as 2,000 single and multi-family residential units. In 2014, there are plans to develop the first retail center at Hamlin along with a 300 unit multi-family project on Lake Hancock. *

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