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Storage facility development moves forward The new facility in Ocoee will be built near the Aldi grocery store by the intersection of Good Homes Road and West Colonial Drive. ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER
A development project will be bringing a new self-storage facility to the city of Ocoee. City leaders voted unanimously during the March 17 commission meeting to approve a rezoning request related to the Shoppes at West Oaks Planned Development. The subject site, located at 9000 West Colonial Drive, is approximately 4.10 acres and contains parking, drive aisles and a vacant pad next to the Aldi grocery store located on the property. Commissioners voted to approve the applicant’s request to rezone the property to planned unit development to allow for the construction of a four-story office, retail and self-storage
Matthew’s Hope has reached its milestone decade of service to the homeless in West Orange County. PAGE 4. Courtesy
Melissa Desruisseaux and her daughters, Zielle Adams, in back, and twins Braelyn and Brianna Adams, in front, lived in Matthew’s Hope’s transitional housing on Morgan Street.
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YOUR TOWN The Orlando House of Prayer, 336 Franklin St., Ocoee, is offering a drive-thru prayer outreach to anyone who would like to receive prayer. It will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April 18. Appointments aren’t necessary, as staff will be serving and praying for those who drive up to the parking lot. Prayer requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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House Bill 1213 mandates that all Florida students learn about anti-Semitism, as well as the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Riots. DANIELLE HENDRIX ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Palm Lake families had a sweet time at their dance. SEE PAGE 9.
A house bill including a provision that all Florida students learn about the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Massacre has been sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. House Bill 1213 — sponsored by Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) — involves educational instruction of historic events. The bill mandates every school district teach students about the state’s policy against antiSemitism. The provision of requiring that stu-
dents also learn about the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Riots is the result of an amendment filed by Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Orlando), which Fine supported. Under HB 1213, the Commissioner of Education’s African American History Task Force would be directed to determine ways in which the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Riots will be included in required instruction on black history. The task force would be required to submit recommendations to the commissioner and the State Board of Education by a specified date. The bill also would direct the secretary of state to take certain action regarding the inclusion of the history of the riots in museum exhibits, direct the secretary of environmental protection to assess naming opportunities for SEE HISTORIC PAGE 4
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KEEPING YOUR DISTANCE Health officials have advised individuals to stay away from large crowds. ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, health authorities worldwide have been encouraging individuals to practice social distancing. But what exactly is social dis-
tancing and how does one practice it? Simply put, social distancing can be defined as taking measures to limit physical contact with other people. These measures are often taken to restrict when and where people can gather to prevent or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures often include placing limits on large groups of people coming together, closing certain buildings and public spaces, and canceling
events that attract large crowds. Daniella Sullivan, health services administrator at Orange County Government, shared a number of tips for how citizens can practice social distancing. “The goal is to maintain a healthy distance between you and other people,” Sullivan said. “The goal (also) is to minimize the unnecessary contact with people, and that involves avoiding things like public transportation, or nonessential travel, or business meetings or things like that. It’s keeping (away from) social gatherings and not going to crowded areas and that type of activity.” Sullivan added that, for jobs that have implemented workfrom-home measures, businesses should limit in-person meetings and use video, phone or other
SOCIAL DISTANCING TIPS
n Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay at home when you’re sick. n Avoid shopping at peak hours and take advantage of delivery or pick-up services with retailers. n Work with your employer to change company practices, set up flexible shift plans, have employees telecommute and cancel any large meetings or conferences. n Stay within 6 feet away from other people. n Don’t travel to areas with active outbreaks. n Avoid shaking hands as a social greeting. n Avoid public transit if possible. Source: Florida Department of Health
telecommunication methods for meetings when necessary. “You can still keep (business) operations going while you will comply with the recommendation of social distancing,” Sullivan said. “There are other companies that have transitioned to remote work. … In Orange County in particular, we have seen a lot of strategies related to that.” Although social distancing currently is strongly recommended for people all over the world, that doesn’t mean individuals won’t be coming into contact with others. There will be instances where individuals might have to interact — such as picking up groceries or working at a job that cannot be done from home — but social distancing measures can still be taken. “The recommendation is (you have) to be at least 6 feet (away from others),” Sullivan said. “Hand hygiene is always going to be the key. … Social distancing does not mean that you’re going to be socially isolated. We still need to go to the pharmacy or to the grocery store and we have to be a little bit more cautious when we go to those public places. … Avoid being in close distance with others.”
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Homemade honeymoon Despite having to cancel their honeymoon plans, Hamlin newlyweds Stephanie Machado and Jesus La Rosa are still celebrating married life in self-quarantine. TIM FREED MANAGING EDITOR
FOLLOW ALONG To keep up with Stephanie Machado and Jesus La Rosa’s home honeymoon, visit @givethatgirlasnack on Instagram.
Jesus La Rosa and Stephanie Machado are making everyday activities romantic.
One Hamlin couple in selfquarantine has bigger plans than just searching grocery store aisles for toilet paper — they’re celebrating their honeymoon. Residents Stephanie Machado and Jesus La Rosa were married earlier this month on March 7 at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, but shortly after had to cancel their honeymoon plans in Niagara-onthe-Lake in Canada due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The couple thought at first they could simply change up their plans and stay in a cabin in Asheville, North Carolina, but leaders declaring a state of emergency threw off those plans, as well. And so the newlyweds were forced head back home March 9 and have spent their honeymoon there ever since — but the situation didn’t get them down. “I would say that our friends and family that know us would call us a pretty positive duo,” Machado said. “We’re usually trying to make the best of everything — Courtesy photos especially my husband, he is
like Mr. Positivity. ... I think we quickly saw that this was something that had to happen, so we can mope here at home or we could make the best of it.” They started turning everyday routines into special, romantic moments throughout a home honeymoon. Instead of lounging by the pool at a resort, the couple kicked back and relaxed in their backyard by a kiddie pool they bought at Walmart. Instead of a fishing excursion, the couple cast fishing lines in a lake in their neighborhood. Instead of an adventurous hike along a trail, the couple took a walk through the neighborhood. The couple has also eaten a romantic dinner by candlelight in their home and soaked their feet in the tub as a “spa day.” “It kind of started as a joke,” Machado said. “We were doing different home activities like laundry and making the bed and we said, ‘This is our honeymoon now,’ and it turned into our home honeymoon. We started actually planning out things to do at home that simulated what you would do on an actual honeymoon. “It sounds super cheesy, but we’ve been able to pretend or just have some fun with the fact that we’re kind of stuck at home,” she said. Machado and La Rosa have been documenting their home honeymoon on Instagram. The couple has enjoyed hear-
ing from the community — even from other couples going through similar situations with weddings getting postponed. “We’ve gotten so many messages on Instagram of people saying, ‘Thank you so much for sharing some positivity during this time,’” Machado said. “A lot of people, frankly, are scared. For us, we feel safe and OK, but, for a lot of people, they’re anxious during this time, and to have something to smile at and laugh at and bring some joy to people honestly makes us feel really good.” “I try to live by this everyday: You’ve got to make the best out of every situation you have, trying to make everything as positive as possible,” La Rosa said. “I tell Steph all the time that sometimes someone seeing you make that positive spin on something can dramatically change their outlook on whatever they’re doing. … You make the world a better place — at least for that moment.” The couple said they hope to take a trip — a “honeymoon 2.0” — once travel is allowed and the virus is contained. For now though, the newlyweds plan to remain in home honeymoon mode. “It’s something that’s going to be a memory that we’re going to carry with us,” Machado said. “We’ll never forget our honeymoon, that’s for sure.”
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DeAndre Loggins: “I don’t consider myself successful until I can tell my momma she doesn’t have to work anymore.”
Sherry Easley: “I’m worthy, and I matter.”
GIVING HOPE TO THE HOMELESS AMY QUESINBERRY COMMUNITY EDITOR
In the span of 10 years, Matthew’s Hope has increased the opportunities for the homeless men, women and families in West Orange County. What started as a temporary shelter for the homeless during freezing weather conditions has expanded multiple times to include a larger operational space, preschool and daycare, workshop and mental health service. Scott Billue founded the ministry a decade ago with the intentions of getting homeless residents back on their feet. The mission holds true still today. Donations are vital to the organization, and Matthew’s Hope relies on regular donors and annual fundraisers to help fund the various programs offered by the homeless ministry. An open house and two festivals that draw thousands of people in Ocoee and Winter Garden have been canceled due to the coronavirus, and this is a hard blow to the program. For now, the nonprofit has closed its doors to its regular services and is working as a mobile service until the coronavirus pandemic passes. It operates Tuesdays and Thursdays to get necessities to people who live outdoors. “A lot of other resources that were available to them have closed down temporarily,” Billue said. Instead of picking up homeless folks and taking them back to the Matthew’s Hope facility, three teams go out twice a week . Financial donations always are needed, as are donations of travel-size products that easily fit into backpacks.
For information, call (407) 905-9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There have been many success stories to come out of Matthew’s Hope, and each of them is different. Here are a few. SHERRY EASLEY
Sherry Easley and her two daughters — the oldest, Alivia Easley, has Down syndrome — were living in a hotel, and with little money, they were close to having to live in their car. Sherry Easley prayed for resolution — and her pastor invited the three to live with him and his wife. Shortly after, she began the rigorous Matthew’s Hope program, which addresses the homeless population’s issues one by one. She worked with Matthew’s Hope for two years, learning how to advocate for her daughter and handle finances. Today, Sherry and Alivia Easley live in an apartment in Clermont. Sherry Easley works at her church in a custodial capacity and at Special Hearts Farm, a place for adults with disabilities. “I work both jobs, and I just do the next right thing,” she said. “And I learned the next right thing through Matthew’s Hope.” After a failed 27-year marriage, Sherry Easley turned to alcohol to numb the pain and lost her $62,000 job. “The only thing God blessed me with is to keep my kids,” she said. “And then I got into Matthew’s Hope, and they don’t play. You either work it or you don’t. … It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.” Sherry Easley moved her family into the program’s transitional
housing for two years, working on herself and working through the Matthew’s Hope programs. Of all the lessons Matthew’s Hope has taught her, Sherry Easley said learning to be independent is the most important one. “And that I’m worthy, and that I matter,” she added. “Just to know how much MH has done for me, I don’t have words,” Sherry Easley said. “I’m no longer the homeless lady.”
bedroom house — far removed from the life he once had. But he has even bigger goals. “I don’t consider myself successful until I can tell my momma she doesn’t have to work anymore,” Loggins said. “I really don’t think I would have gotten very far (without Matthew’s Hope),” he said. “The biggest lesson I learned is being given a second chance at doing something.”
DeAndre Loggins was homeless for about a year and half when he discovered Matthew’s Hope. He lived in a hotel, and when he couldn’t afford that, he resorted to couch surfing, staying at friends’ homes each night. He had a felony on his record, so finding a job was difficult. The homeless ministry was still in its infancy, and the Garden of Eatin’ was just getting started. Matthew’s Hope worked with Loggins for 14 months. He was advised to petition the court, and the felony was expunged, he said, which gave him a better chance of getting a job. Matthew’s Hope provided an airplane ticket to Chicago, where Loggins is from, and he started working at Texas Roadhouse. A year later, he moved to Las Vegas to attend The Art Institute of Las Vegas and study culinary management. “My main thing I did was I worked as a personal chef,” Loggins said. “I took it upon myself, and I worked for two families until I was ready to graduate.” Loggins now lives in San Diego and is a sous chef at Sugar Factory. His family lives in a four-
Melissa Desruisseaux had been homeless for about six months when she accepted Matthew’s Hope’s services. She lived in the transitional housing for several months before getting her own place to live. She will soon move to an apartment in Clermont. “Being on my own taught me I never wanted to be in that situation again and not be able to stand on my own two feet,” Desruisseaux said. “Matthew’s Hope … came at a time when I kind of had no place, nobody, so they were a safe haven. “They taught me a lot,” Desruisseaux said. “I learned how to resurface furniture. It’s very therapeutic and calming. … You’re listening to music and zoning out. … I can decorate my house by picking up furniture and working on it.” What is the most important lesson she learned? “I learned it’s the simplest things — to budget myself,” she said. “I learned how to budget and only go after things I needed. I didn’t need new things, I just needed the essentials. That’s all I needed. I think that’s the biggest thing for me.”
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state parks or a portion of their facilities in recognizing victims of the riots and encourage district school boards to assess naming opportunities for school facilities in recognition of the victims. It also requires certain instruction related to anti-Semitism in the required instruction relating to the Holocaust, as well as designating a certain week as “Holocaust Education Week.” The provision for including education of the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Riots, along with related naming recognition opportunities, stems from Bracy’s Senate Bill 1262. That bill was passed by
the state Senate March 5 but ultimately died in messages in the House. Bracy said with November marking the 100th anniversary of the Ocoee massacre, it is extremely important to him that future generations be educated about the event and its victims. One of those victims was Julius “July” Perry, a leader in the early Orange County black community who was lynched by a mob. “It’s been 100 years since the massacre happened, and I think the victims are looking down and would be proud that at least there would be some education about what happened,” Bracy said. “It was extremely important to me
and became a mission of mine, and I think people need to know about what happened in Ocoee 100 years ago.” A monument installed last year in downtown Orlando states a black resident named Mose Norman attempted to vote on Election Day Nov. 3, 1920, but was turned away. Norman attempted again to vote but was assaulted and chased away by armed white men stationed at the polls. Norman reportedly fled to Perry’s home, where an angry mob surrounded and burned the home. Norman escaped, but Perry was arrested, transported to Orlando and thrown in the Orange County Jail. A lynch mob took Perry from
his cell shortly after and hanged him. The following two days were marked by violence, during which a white mob burned 25 black homes, two black churches and a masonic lodge. According to the monument, the Ocoee massacre resulted in the deaths of between six and more than 30 black residents, and the entire black community was driven out of Ocoee. “I think it’s important to put it out there so people know about it, learn the history and it can always be a marker for us to continue to strive for better in our community,” Bracy said. “It shows where we’ve come from and where we’re trying to go.”
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facility. Also included within the footprint of the project will be a small addition to the Aldi grocery store. “This (property) is in a little enclave on the south side of State Road 50,” Development Services Director Mike Rumer said. “There’s one parcel left that’s about 4.10 acres. It’s the pad adjacent to the Aldi supermarket. It’s zoned C-2 (commercial).” The entire climate-controlled, selfstorage facility totals 100,396 square feet. The first floor of the new facility will include a 2,700-square-foot addition to the Aldi grocery store; provide 7,300 square feet of retail space along the facility; and contain climate-controlled, self-storage units with driveunder access for loading and unloading purposes. The second and third floors of the facility will contain more climate-controlled, self-storage units. The fourth floor will consist of 34,332 square feet of office space and climatecontrolled, self-storage units. “This will be similar to the storage facility on State Road 50 on the west side adjacent to (State Road) 429,” Rumer said. “It has retail lining the front, it has storage above it and outside units behind it.”
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IN OTHER NEWS n Ocoee Fire Chief John Miller delivered a presentation regarding COVID-19 at the beginning of the meeting. Miller discussed how the virus is spread, symptoms, what precautions citizens should take and what precautions the city and fire department are taking to prevent the spread of the virus.
First Baptist Church Pastor Tim Grosshans 125 E. Plant St, Winter Garden (407) 656-2352 Sundays: 8:30 a.m. Traditional 9:45 AM Bible Study 11:00 AM Contemporary Wednesdays: 6 p.m.- Awana
n The second reading of ordinances for the West Orange Medical Center, located at 3441 and 3462 Old Winter Garden Road, was postponed to the City Commission meeting scheduled for April 21.
Church of the Messiah 241 N. Main St., Winter Garden Services: 8, 9:30, & 11 a.m., 7 p.m. ChurchoftheMessiah.com
First United Methodist Church 125 N. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden (407) 656-1135 Services: 9 and 11:15 a.m. fumcwg.org
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n The second reading of the ordinance for the Crystal Investment property, located at 1414 E. Silver Star Road, was postponed to the City Commission meeting scheduled for April 21.
n Mayor Rusty Johnson anUNITED CHURCH nounced that the city is postponOF CHRIST ing the utility cut-off date for the Windermere Union Church month of March to reduce the Starke Lake Baptist Church 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Rd., need for trips to City Hall. JohnSTARKE LAKE BAPTIST Pastor Jeff Pritchard ANGLICAN METHODIST NON-DENOMINATIONAL son also announced meetings and Windermere CHURCH FIRST UNITED METHODIST PURPOSE CHURCH OLANDO PO Box 520 ANGLICAN COMMUNITY events that have been canceled (407) 876-2112 PO Box 520, 611 W Ave, Ocoee CHURCH 13640 W. Colonial Dr., Ste 110, FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 611 W Ave., or postponed. These include the PastorOcoee Jeff Pritchard 125Adult N. LakeviewWorship: Ave Winter Garden 9 a.m. Winter Garden Rector The Rev. Canon Tim Trombitas (407) 656-2351 Service Times 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM 407-654-9661 • Prayer 9:30AM, March 26 Best Fest, which1146 hasEast Plant St, Winter(407) Garden 656-2351 Sunday School: 10 a.m. www.starkelakebaptist.org Phone – 407-656-1135 Fellowship 9:45AM, Service 10:05 AM been postponed to Oct. 8; SUNDAY the SERVICE 10:00 AM StarkeLakeBaptist.org WindermereUnion.org Web: fumcwg.org Find us at: Theacf.net March 28 Spring Fling, which has CHURCH OF GOD OCOEE CHURCH OF GOD been postponed with the new UNITED CHURCH OF BAPTIST Pastor Thomas Odom date to be determined; the April CHRIST NON-DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH OF GOD 1105 N. Lakewood Avenue, Ocoee BEULAH BAPTIST WINDERMERE UNION CHURCH 9 Ocoee Lakeshore CenterPastor grand 407-656-8011of God Casey Butner Ocoee Church Purpose Church Orlando 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Rd. reopening ceremony has been 671 Beulah Rd, Winter Garden Windermere, FL 34786 13640 W Colonial Dr. Ste 110, Pastor Thomas Odom EPISCOPAL | BeulahBaptistWG.org postponed to a future date407-656-3342 to be 407-876-2112 Worship times: Winter Garden CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY 9:30AM 1105 N. Lakewood Ave.,Ocoee determined; and the April 11 Eas9:00am Adult Sunday School 241 N. Main, Winter Garden SUNDAY SERVICE 11:00AM (407) 654-9661 10:00am Worship (407) 656-8011 ter Eggstravaganza is canceled. Services: 8, 9:30, & 11am, 7pm WEDNESDAY SERVICE 6:00PM www.churchofthemessiah.com
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Here are six suggestions for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that could give Floridians hope and assurance that the state’s leaders are taking bold, decisive and immediate action to help Florida’s economy now and for when the coronavirus crisis has ended:
1. Call House and Senate leaders back to Tallahassee and work on immediate economic measures to re-open our economy. 2. Convene a Business Task Force, led by the governor, of no more than 10 business executives and owners. They should be people who have been through crises before and represent primarily small businesses of fewer than 500 employees and $100 million in annual revenue. The representation should include a diverse selection of entrepreneurs; hospitality and leisure executives; professional, business and consumer services executives; and construction industry executives. This task force could be charged with developing and recommending actions that can be vetted, narrowed down and implemented for maximum impact — before April 6.
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3. Because Florida’s finances are strong, the state should issue up to $10 billion in 50-year bonds to fund one-time initiatives. Time is of the essence. This must be a top priority now. 4. To save Florida’s restaurant industry, we should immediately provide every voter a $100 or $150 debit card issued by the state — a $1.3 billion or $1.5 billion stimulus. The card could be used for food only — no alcohol or sales tax — at any registered restaurant in the state for 30 days only. Unused cards expire and the money would go back to state. This must be Priority 1.
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with Disney World, Universal, other resorts and hoteliers, cruise lines and airlines to bring back pent-up demand after the crisis. In a similar time, Hawaii subsidized air fares to Hawaii. Reduce airport landing fees and abate sales taxes on some services for Florida only.
These are the businesses that typically have the least amount of financial wherewithal to withstand a shock like this. These businesses need immediate assistance — not two weeks from now. They need it now! And to be sure, our government officials are only exacerbating the economic crisis when they issue “stay-at-home” proclamations, except for essential services. We stood last week with an owner of a 60-year-old, family-owned, Sarasota auto body shop. He told us in a typical week he would see a dozen to 15 car owners a day pull in to his shop for repairs. The phone was always ringing. Last week, he said he had four inquiries for the entire week. Or take any business, say, a dental office. The governor banned them from opening. If any business was to be extraordinarily careful in its health practices, you could be sure it would be Florida’s dentists. The point here is that while our public officials are acting out of a rational, heightened sense of caution (and their own fears) — and it’s good that they are — there appears to be little convincing evidence coming from our state officials that the medicine that is being dispensed is in the right proportions. There seems to be little cost-benefit analysis. To be blunt, we are suggesting that public officials are acting hastily and with emotion more than with facts. Understandably, it appears they are afraid to be accused of not following the official crowd, rather than examine the facts (see box). We know the above statements will bring forceful criticism and opposition. But as this crisis progresses and our government officials continue to raise the level of quarantines, lockdowns and restrictions in the name of preserving lives, there is another side to the scale that must be weighed. This is why we are urging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Senate President Bill Galvano and House Speaker Jose Oliva to demonstrate Patton-like leadership. They need to show Floridians they know they are fighting a two-front war and that they know they must turn as much attention to the economic front as they are to the health front. They need to take immediate action. They need to go big and bold. They need to present far-reaching, impactful plans that address the here and now and the future. As Gen. Patton famously said: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.” Most of all, our state leaders need to give Floridians hope — hope that their lives are not going to end up in breadlines and broke. As one observer told us: “I would rather die of coronavirus than go through breadlines and having little hope like the Great Depression.”
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ers that have claims administration capabilities in place to process business interruption claims that could be backstopped and paid for by the state. Most policies exclude pandemics and war. But this should be focused on Florida-based businesses and those businesses with fewer than 500 employees and $100 million in annual revenue.
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Matt Walsh is editor and CEO of the Observer Media Group. Joel Schleicher is a resident of Sarasota and entrepreneur whose companies successfully survived and thrived after three major economic downturns.
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Students still fed while schools closed The Foundation for OCPS is making sure the students who rely on free and reduced-price lunches continue to receive meals while schools are closed. AMY QUESINBERRY COMMUNITY EDITOR
The sudden school closings last week put a temporary stop to on-campus education, but for some students, it took away more than that. It meant many of them wouldn’t receive the free or reducedprice lunches that are served in Orange County Public Schools. More than half of the public school students in Orange County receive nutritious meals through the program. The Foundation for OCPS is making sure those students have access to breakfast and lunch as long as schools are closed. The school district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department is providing all of the food, about 45,000 meals daily. The meals are free for children 18 and younger and are being funded through the Florida Department of Agriculture. “The district has 68% of students eligible for meals at no charge and rely on school meals for their main source of nutrition,” said Lorena Arias from OCPS media relations. The program started Monday, March 23, and operated like a drive-thru service. District staff handed out packages to children who walked or rode their bicycle to the schools, as well as parents who were lined up in the car loop to pick up food. Identification is not needed, families do not have to qualify for free and reducedprice meals, and students and parents can go to any of the 50 participating schools, according to OCPS.
The Lynx bus transportation system is offering free service through March 27 to all children and their parents going to and from Grab-and-Go locations. Parents are required to be accompanied by their child to receive free fare and must inform the driver they are going to the school for a Grab-and-Go meal. The following school sites within or near West Orange County are among 50 Grab-and-Go stations set up by OCPS. Adjustments are being made to the locations depending on daily participation. n Apopka Middle School, 425 N. Park Ave., Apopka n Dr. Phillips High School, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando n Evans High School, 4949 Silver Star Road, Orlando n Frangus Elementary School, 380 Killington Way, Orlando n Gotha Middle School, 9155 Gotha Road, Windermere n Lake Gem Elementary School, 4801 Bloodhound St., Orlando n Maxey Elementary School, 602 E. Story Road, Winter Garden n Orlo Vista Elementary School, 3 N. Hastings St., Orlando n Pine Hills Elementary School, 1006 Ferndell Road, Orlando n Rolling Hills Elementary School, 3607 Damon Road, Apopka n Wekiva High School, 2501 N. Hiawassee Road, Apopka n Wheatley Elementary School, 1475 Marvin C. Zanders Ave., Apopka.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO GRAB-AND-GO n Be patient and follow all directions from OCPS staff on site. They are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment, reinforcing social distancing protocols and creating a smooth traffic flow. n Families using the drive-thru service must remain in their vehicle. Do not get out. n Place your car in the parked position to reduce the potential for injury to staff and pedestrians. n Pedestrians must take their Grab-and-Go meals home and not remain in the area to eat. n Pedestrians waiting in line must maintain a 6-foot distance from other people. Do not shake hands with other individuals. n Children walking or biking should take a backpack to carry their Grab-and-Go meals home.
Each package included breakfast, lunch and breakfast for the next day. OCPS provided the meal plan for each week. Breakfast each day will include milk, juice and a fruit cup, as well as an assortment of cereal, a cereal bar with cheese stick, Pop-Tart or muffin. Lunches vary and will include a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, chicken tenders, pizza, burger sliders or chicken nuggets.
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Three options to enjoy while stuck in sports purgatory Despite there being no sports due to the spread of the coronavirus, there are options to satiate your thirst for competition.
With officials calling for social distancing to fight the coronavirus, Gymnastics USA in Winter Garden is launching at-home learning with live-online classes. Gymnastics USA will host training sessions led by its coaches for different levels of gymnastics via daily livestreaming videos. Classes will focus on flexibility, strength training and basic gymnastics skills — all sessions can be done in home or in your own backyard. Coaches will track and communicate with athletes by using myskillchart.com.
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If you’re a sports fan — and I’m assuming you are, based on this being the sports section of the paper — you’re probably pretty bored right now. Now don’t get me wrong — because I know we are in the middle of a serious pandemic that is wreaking havoc across the world — but while some have their coping mechanisms in place, the sports fans of the world do not. Over the last two weeks, we have seen every professional sporting league in the country shut down and have watched college and high school sports halted, as well. We should be watching March Madness or baseball right now. So, what I’m offering to you — the good folks of West and Southwest Orange County — are three ways I’m keeping myself sane during this Twilight Zone moment that we find ourselves in.
As Crossfit Winter Garden continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic, the gym will be now limiting its classes to 10 athletes. To make up for the new changes, the gym will be adding 10 and 11 a.m. classes to give others chances to get in their workouts.
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Eat The Frog Fitness in Winter Garden is offering an “on the go” virtual program for its members to keep up their workouts and track their health and fitness goals. The program will offer cardio, strength and Flex-Core sessions — like what’s done in the gym — throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Members will be able to use their gymspecific app and heartrate monitor to keep an eye on their health.
Warrior One (Winter GardenWindermere) is taking its yoga classes online with its Warrior One Zoom live interactive classes. Those interested can visit bit.ly/2WCbNtb. There you can purchase a variety of yoga classes to participate in at the comfort of your own home.
Despite temporarily closing its doors Friday, March 20, Planet Fitness — located at 10908 W. Colonial Dr. in Ocoee — will have free at-home workouts broadcasted daily on its Facebook page via Facebook Live.
After the Tokyo Marathon was canceled due to the coronavirus, a special marathon in Winter Garden was put together for Windermere resident Liliana Umpierre. Photo courtesy of Liliana Umpierre
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On Sunday, March 1, Windermere resident Liliana Umpierre was supposed to be in Japan to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Marathon — one of the world’s biggest marathons. Instead, she found herself standing at the splash pad in downtown Winter Garden at 5:30 in the morning surrounded by her family, as well as friends from the local and Ocoee chapters of Moms Run This Town. The Tokyo Marathon had been canceled by the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, but her friends in the running group weren’t going to let her training be for naught, said friend and group member Denise Snyder. Umpierre was going to have a marathon of her own. “We tried to make it a lighthearted event and just (wanted to) show support,” said Snyder,
who organized the event. “You train so many months for a race and to have it canceled like that, and not know if you’ll ever be able to do that race again, is just heartbreaking.” When the Tokyo Marathon was canceled Monday, Feb. 17, Umpierre lost out on not just a chance to run the marathon — she and her family lost a chance to enjoy a family vacation. It also cost her financially, as some parts of the trip were non-refundable. After hearing the news, Snyder and the group acted fast. In the span of only a couple weeks, Snyder had planned out a marathon mile for mile and figured out the specifics to make the race happen. Part of the plan included members riding around in a van to get from place to place — handing out water and holding up signs written in both English and Japanese while Umpierre ran, creating the feel that she was in the Tokyo Marathon.
“It was kind of making the most of a tough situation,” friend and Moms Run This Town member Jeanne Harbin said. “She had stuff planned to go to other attractions, as well, with her family of five.” Before the race, Umpierre was worried about running the course alone, but her friends had that figured out. During the run, Umpierre had runners by her side the whole time. “They created a group where they were posting updates, and that’s when I realized I wasn’t running by myself — there were people who were going with me for a few miles,” Umpierre said. “I felt like I wasn’t alone — all the support they were giving me, it was the strength that I needed.”
Channels like ESPN, FOX Sports and the NFL Network need to keep making money, and they can only talk so much about sports being canceled — or about the shampoo that Lebron James is using to keep his hairline from receding to the back of his neck — so of course there is a slew of sports replays running constantly at the moment. Today — Friday, March 20 — I’ve watched Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series between the Seattle Mariners/ New York Yankees and Game 7 of the 1988 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers/Detroit Pistons. And tomorrow? I’ll do the exact same with whatever else I can find to watch. Sure, it doesn’t offer the live and social components that come with sports, but it’s something. And it doesn’t have to stop with TV — there’s also YouTube, which offers a plethora of choices, as well. Shoot, given how many times I’ve watched full Alabama football games on there, YouTube should be paying me for my services. Just about every sports organization in the United States — like the NFL, NBA and NHL — has its own channel where you can watch full games. SPORTS DOCUMENTARIES
That strength came in handy for Umpierre around mile 21 when
I’ll preface this by just saying I love — to an obnoxious level — documentaries as a whole. Seeing as how I’m a journalist, it shouldn’t be shocking, but I digress.
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Yaidel Gonzalez Yaidel Gonzalez has been in martial arts since she was a child and has worked as an instructor at her family-run Winter Garden Karate. Her favorite things about martial arts are performing katas and helping teach the children who attend classes at the dojo.
How long have you been practicing karate for? How did you get into it? I’ve been practicing martial arts since I was 4 or 5 years old — practicing this style (Shito-ryu) since before we opened, so at least 2004 is when I started picking up this style in particular. Before then I was doing different types of karate, but this one I stuck to primarily teaching here at the school. It was kind of like a “born into it” situation — some people are born into money, and I was born into martial arts because my dad was already into it and did a lot of traveling around to world open tournaments. He kind of just put me in it very young, so I didn’t try many sports out, so it was always karate and that’s where I’ve been since then. What has kept you in martial arts for so long? As far as karate goes, it never goes away from you — there are a lot of things you learn in martial arts that apply to every day. It helps with a lot of things — balance, coordination, strength training and it kind of helps you zen out, too. It just helps relax me. If you’re angry, go punch a bag. If you’re ever angry for anything, go meditate on it. There are so many things you can do to help you out. What is one thing you don’t like about martial arts? How about something you really like? Not the tournaments — I don’t like the energy at tournaments, because it’s too angry, and that’s not what martial arts is about. My favorite thing has to be performing katas. The way I teach the kids — when they ask me what a kata is — I tell them, “Hey, every move
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you do, think of it like a word, the more words you know you can actually form a sentence; the more karate moves you know, the more moves you can make to form a kata.” Honestly, I get one of the best workouts I do (by) just doing katas. Is there one success — or something you’re proud of — that stands out to you during your time in karate? It’s just crazy how many students you end up teaching, and me doing it for this long. The best part is it’s just rewarding — it’s the feedback from the parents and them coming up to me saying, “Hey, I want to thank you guys, my kid changed so much,” because sometimes these kids don’t necessarily come out with their head on their shoulders and you can see the change in them in more ways than one when they get involved and invested in karate. They actually focus and really want to train, and have self-motivation. It’s probably one of the more rewarding things about being a teacher in general.
Umpierre flies by finish line proving to be the biggest challenge for her during the mornshe hit the proverbial “runner’s ing’s run. wall.” After 20 solid miles of “My mind started tricking running, she could feel herself me, because I wasn’t prepared begin to slow down, and when for all the inclines in the area it happened, it happened fast — I was asking too much of and abruptly. my body at that moment,” She had already finished the Umpierre said. “I’m not a fan first leg of the run — going from of the sun and running (under) downtown Winter Garden to it — it was really bright and Ocoee and back — and was in getting hot, and my legs were the final stretch when her body really, really tired from running began to feel the stress. Despite on the inclines. the training she had done to “The last three miles — it was prepare for the race, the hills in a moment I stopped completely Clermont had tripped her up — and I looked at my watch and I say, ‘Oh man, I still have this many miles?’” she said. With words of encouragement by her entourage, Umpierre continued the fight as she made her way back to downtown Winter Garden. As she got closer and closer, she could feel herself being pulled to the finish line by sheer will. “When we were one mile from the splash pad, I just felt a push with my heart, because my legs weren’t moving,” Umpierre said. “I ended up running with my heart the last one mile, because my brain was wanting to shut down the rest of my body.” As she pulled into Photo courtesy of Liliana Umpierre view of those waitUmpierre has ran in two major marathons. ing at the finish line, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11
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What are the best words of advice you have been given about karate? That martial arts isn’t really a sport and it never has been a sport — it’s really more of a lifestyle.
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There are some absolutely phenomenal sports documentaries, but I’ll go with ESPN’s “30 for 30” — a mecca of the art form. For me, “Survive and Advance” is the best “30 for 30” documentary. Nothing in sports beats an incredible underdog story, and that’s exactly what head coach Jim Valvano and his 1983 NC State basketball team’s run to the NCAA title was. As a good ol’ North Carolinian born and raised on State sports I’m unabashedly biased, but if that story doesn’t move you to sobbing like a contestant being kicked off “The Bachelor,” I don’t know what will. Other suggestions for incredibly well done docs: “Without Bias,” “The U,” “The Two Escobars,” “Pony Excess” and “O.J.: Made in America.”
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For this last section, I’m going to ask you to do something — open your mine to the ludicrous. Outside the realm of traditional sports there exists a world of utter weirdness, and honestly, it’s oddly addictive. I’ve always known that there were “sports” out there that were beyond what I was used to, but I’ve never dived into that world until now. I’m not ashamed to say that I, a grown man, have been sucked into the world of marble racing. There are actually channels on YouTube that serve this audience, and it’s something. Jelle’s Marble Runs channel has specialty tracks that are used for heats, while small stadiums made up of an audience of marbles “watch.” If marble racing isn’t your thing, one of the fastest
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