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Kick off Creativity Week with these photography tips. PAGE 16A

Foundation organizes its first dad/daughter dance. PAGE 10A

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WIN TICKETS! environment by Zak Kerr | Staff Writer

Bubbles could help clean Lake Apopka Micro-bubble systems have restored sea bottoms in Japan. A Japanese designer wants to use the system in West Orange.

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+ Ocoee resident celebrates 100th

WEST ORANGE — Although Lake Apopka has improved since its worst point decades ago, the process has been gradual, with local advocates such as Friends of Lake Apopka leading efforts to restore the

largest body of water in Orange County for its important ecological and anthropological benefits. But a Japanese designer, Santoshi Anzai, has created a technology that could expe-

dite that process, through a simple process that diffuses bubbles into seabeds and lake bottoms, which adds oxygen to help restore aquatic life. His staff has already met to discuss how the technology

Spring has Sprung

Winter Garden resident Kevin Root has been in intensive care since a March 8 collision on Tiny Road. WINTER GARDEN — At about 1 p.m. March 8, Kevin Root, a 32-year-old resident of Independence, was driving near the back entrance of his neighborhood on Tiny Road. The speed limit is between 35 and 40 mph on that undulating road, said neighbor Todd Wind, who was driving in the opposite direction at the time. “I was coming home with groceries, and a few neighbors were, as well,” Wind said. “The car directly behind me had come out to cross double-yellow (lines) and pass all the cars, I believe four or five in total.” That driver, 18-year-old

IF YOU GO INDEPENDENCE TRAIL RUN WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18 WHERE: Schoolhouse Pond Road and New Independence Parkway REGISTRATION:

Independence Clubhouse, 14213 Pleach St., Winter Garden or after 7 a.m. April 18 at the start COST: Minimum suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family CONTACT: sandra.acevedo@fsresidential.com or (407) 654-7479

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governance by Peter M. Gordon | Contributing Writer Paula Ashby, of the Avian Reconditioning Center, introduced Miko, a gunshot-wounded shorttailed hawk who cannot fly. During the weekend of April 11-12, thousands flocked to Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden for the Bloom and Grow Garden Society’s Spring Fever in the Garden. This community event centered on flora also included bunches of local businesses offering free samples and products to attendees. Among special events were musical performances and the Chalkin’ It Up art competition in front of City Hall. For more photos, see page 8A.

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Naiah Cadavedo inspected the butterfly that landed on her dress. Left: The All-American Rockers performed a variety of music.

This week’s winner is

Kimberli White.

W.G. commission approves Cypress Reserve development The Taylor Morrison development will add 86 homes on the former Mathews Grove property.

By Michael Eng, Zak Kerr and Amy Quesinberry Rhode

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Independence unites for car-crash victim

+ Gather your hazardous waste

See the photo on PAGE 9B.

er bubbles or using a lot of energy to push bubbles out,” said Tony Humphreys, business development director for Anzai Machine Customised Service. “Ours is an entirely different system. Our diffusers work by osmosis. The gas goes into a diffuser with no single

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR by Zak Kerr | Staff Writer

Ocoee resident Alyce Carothers turned 100 and celebrated her birthday at Frank’s Place in Ocoee. She has visited Frank’s every Monday night for the past five years. She attributes her longevity to good wine every night with dinner and her special martinis at Frank’s. The restaurant provided wings, appetizers and champagne to celebrate Carothers’ birthday and installed a ramp for her to be on the top deck with her friends and family.

Eligible Orange County residents can get rid of hazardous waste at Orange County Utilities’ collection event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Orange County Services Building, 475 W. Story Road, Ocoee. Acceptable items include: paint, cooking oil, flammable liquids, cleaning fluids, pesticides, pool chemicals, vehicle batteries, drain cleaners, brake fluids, antifreeze, propane tanks (20pound maximum), stereos, televisions, computers, telephones and DVD players.

could benefit Lake Apopka. In Anzai’s technology, a pump produces a water jet and a unique carbon-ceramic nozzle makes minuscule bubbles that shrink to nanometer size as they traverse water. “There are traditionally six ways of making nanobubbles, which by and large means making bubbles into small-

WINTER GARDEN — The Cypress Reserve development in southwest Winter Garden took another step toward starting construction April 9, when the City Commission approved its plat for phase one. Taylor Morrison, developer of several communities in the Orlando area and throughout Florida, plans to build 86 single-family lots on this former Mathews Grove property. It is located on SunRidge Boulevard, east of Avalon Road and west of Siplin Road.

The Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval. The only question came from Commissioner Kent Makin, who asked how close the homes in lots 31-34 will be situated on the street. He thought the planned curve in the road at that point might create some safety issues if the homes were built too close to the road. Community Development Director Ed Williams answered that the plan called for

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INDEX Arts & Culture.......................13A Classifieds........................... 10B

Community Calendar..............2A Cops Corner............................6A

Crossword...............................9B Obituaries.............................17A

Sports.....................................1B Weather..................................9B

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COMMUNITYCALENDAR THURSDAY, APRIL 16 West Orange Women’s Luncheon — 11 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at Olive Garden, 8984 International Drive, Orlando. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch. The speaker is Kimberly Riley from the Orlando History Center. The menu consists of a choice of one of five dinner-sized entrées, soup or salad and garlic breadsticks. The beverages included are tea, coffee, soft drinks and juice, and dessert is vanilla ice cream. The cost is $21 per person. Guests are invited to attend. To make a reservation, call Dottie Ansel at (407) 258-8155.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Food Truck Friday and Movie in the Park — 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee. Bring the family for dinner and afterward, at 8 p.m., watch the film “Big Hero 6” in the park. Several food trucks will offer gourmet treats, including Krispy Kreme hamburgers, lobster rolls, barbeque pulled pork, crepes and Swedish burgers. The movie will be shown on a 20-foot-by-12foot outdoor screen. The Friends of Ocoee History Preservation will also give free tours of the historic Withers Maguire House from 6 to 8 p.m., located at 16 E. Oakland Ave. (407) 905-3180. Help the Earth — 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, at the West Oaks Branch Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Preschool children ages 3 through 5 can help the Earth. Come celebrate Earth Day with stories and crafts that honor the planet. For more information, call (407) 835-7323.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Astronomy ABCs — 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Tibet Butler Preserve and Vera Carter Environmental Center, 8777 County Road 535, Orlando. Explore the final frontier in an introduction to astronomy. Discuss galaxies, stars, planets,

asteroids and the universe. Learn how to use a telescope, what it’s like to be an astronomer and the ways of space and its history. This event is most appropriate for ages 7 and up and limited to 35 participants. (407) 876-6696. Bread of Life Yard Sale — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Westside Tech, 955 E. Story Road, Winter Garden. The Bread of Life Fellowship will host a yard sale to raise funds for daily operations. For more information, call (407) 654-7777.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19 High Tea & Hats — 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando. The community is invited to celebrate Seniors First, a non-profit organization providing support to enhance the quality of life for seniors living in Orange and Seminole counties. Dress in a special hat and enjoy exotic teas, tea sandwiches, desserts and fresh fruit. Guests will participate in the annual stylish hat contest and parade and enjoy the Itsy Bitsy Hat Parade, just for kids. Bid on items available in silent and chance auctions, all to raise funds to support Seniors First. Tickets are $60 for adults and $40 for children ages 12 and under. Lauren Rowe, former WKMG news anchor, will emcee the event with Magic 107.7’s morning show host Leslye Gale featured as a celebrity hat judge and special emcee. For tickets, call (407) 615-8979. Riverdale Mass Youth Choir Concert — 6 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Vineland Road Christian Fellowship, 890 Vineland Road, Winter Garden. The concert is free and open to the public. The choir is from Riverdale, California, and is composed of 60 high-school students. Hear this dynamic group of young people using its talents to bless the community. For more information, call (407) 656-3949. Roadmap to Recovery — 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at New Life Worship Center, 2342 Hempel

To publicize your event in our Community Calendar, please send by mail: 720 S. Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787; or by email: news@wotimes.com. Photos are welcome. Deadline is noon Thursday.

Ave., Gotha. New Life Worship Center’s Women Connect Ministry will host Dr. Yvonne Duffe’, DO, speaker, lifestyle educator and wellness mentor. Discover the road map for recovering from the effects of outdated information, poor choices, and poor habits that have been speeding up the aging process and restricting optimized living. Using her blueprint, attendees will learn to harness simple, self-care practices that will guide changes of unhealthy habits. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call (407) 578-5882.

will follow the program. For more, visit tablefortwocookbooks. com.

WED., APRIL 22 Branching Out to Find Your Roots: Discovering U.S. Census Records — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the West Oaks Branch Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. The United States Federal Census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. Discover what information is contained in each census and learn how to use that information to further your research. For more information, call (407) 835-7323.

MONDAY, APRIL 20 Making Your Mortgage Work for You — 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Windermere Branch Library, 530 Main St., Windermere. Jeff Hess, licensed mortgage broker and owner of Blue Stripe Mortgage, will share tips on making the best home mortgage choice for your next home purchase or refinance. Learn how choosing the proper mortgage product can potentially save tens of thousands of dollars throughout the life of your loan. For more information, visit BlueStripeMortgage.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Bazaar Crafting — 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 South Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. Each November, the church sponsors a bazaar/ marketplace where all proceeds go to missions and charity. The church invites women to meet in the Fellowship Hall to help make handmade items for the upcoming event. All supplies are provided. Guests should bring a bag lunch. For more information, call (407) 876-5532. Snakes Alive! — 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the TibetButler Preserve and Vera Carter Environmental Center, 8777 County Road 535, Orlando. Ages 7 and older are welcome. The cost is $2 per person. Pre-

Preventing Identity Theft — 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the West Oaks Branch Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. During this informative workshop, guest will learn how to protect themselves against identity theft, lottery scams, social security scams, tax fraud and sweepstake scams. Other topics include the resources available if victimized and how to report identity theft. For more information, visit myfloridalegal.com.

BEST BET Spring Fling — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Windermere Union Church, United Church of Christ, 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Road, Windermere. Guests will enjoy activities including a silent auction, games, a bounce house, slides, a cake walk with homemade cakes, face painting, an obstacle course and pony rides. Food will be provided by the food trucks Kona Ice and Ellie Lou’s Bar-B-Que and a taco truck. Vendors can set up booths for $25 to sell various items to families. Inexpensive tickets will be sold for all events, as well as wrist bands. All proceeds will go to the Windermere Union preschool programs. For more information, call (407) 909-0464. registration is required. To sign up, call (407) 876-6696.

ior. For more information, call (407) 835-7323.

Southwest Book Club — 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Southwest Branch Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Join the club for a discussion on “The Autistic Brain,” by Temple Grandin. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, best-selling author and autism advocate Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behav-

Table for Two — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the West Oaks Branch Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Awardwinning cookbook author Warren Caterson will share kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking. Caterson will also demonstrate how easy it can be to cook for two using fresh and readily available ingredients. A book sale and signing

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 One Book, One Community: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Winter Garden Branch Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden. All children ages 6 through 12 have won the golden ticket to attend a free, funfilled event complete with activities and crafts inspired by Charlie and his dazzling tour of the Willy Wonka factory. For more information, call (407) 835-7323. Spring Wine Walk — 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in downtown Winter Garden. Presented by the Garden Community Choir, participants will enjoy strolling through historic Plant Street sampling wines and light hors d’oeuvres at a variety of participating shops and restaurants. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets and more information, visit wintergardenwinewalk.com.

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Ocoee police sergeant retires Randy Conyers has spent three decades of service with the Ocoee Police Department. OCOEE — When Randy Conyers was thinking about a possible career path, he didn’t have to look far for inspiration. He chose to become a law-enforcement officer, just like his grandfather, Jack Clark, who was chief of police in the city of Winter Garden from 1964-66. Conyers, who retired last week following 30 years of service to the Ocoee Police Department, said he tried to emulate Clark’s sense of fairness and honesty. “He has always been my inspiration,” Conyers said. “He taught me about God, honesty and service. Everyone knew him and knew he was an honest and fair man. I tried to model myself after him. It didn’t matter if I was arresting someone, caring for an injured person, consoling someone in a tragedy or teaching kids; my goal was always to treat them

with respect.” Conyers was a reserve officer with the Winter Garden Police Department and intended to have a long career in his hometown, following in his grandfather’s footsteps, but there were no positions available. When the Ocoee department advertised for a dispatcher, Conyers took the job. Six months later, in April 1985, he was hired as a police officer; promotions to corporal and sergeant came in 1988 and 1997. He said one of his biggest accomplishments is the implementation of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at Ocoee schools in 1989. The international substance-abuse prevention education program teaches students good decision-making skills. Conyers initially raised $6,000 from local businesses for the first year of D.A.R.E. and

was able to have it placed as a line item in the budget. He was also the first officer in Orange County to teach the program at the middle-school level. “This year is the 25th anniversary of actually teaching the program in the schools,” he said. “It has continued on and is in the budget every year. No telling how many children’s lives it has affected. I know I have received many wonderful personal notes from prior students about what I meant to them. … It was heart warming to hear and see these notes. I had no idea I had that kind of effect on those kids.” In 1995, he established the Cardinal Patrol, a youth crime watch program, at Ocoee Middle School. Student members reported to school administrators if they witnessed issues such as truancy, fights and thefts.

He was the first supervisor of the Traffic Unit and Professional Standards and was a long-time public information officer for the agency. In his 30 years with the Ocoee Police Department, Conyers’ responsibilities were many. He oversaw, directed and conducted forfeiture, internal affairs, background, criminal and lie-detector investigations. He conducted and supervised traffic homicide investigations. He established the SAFER Driver Program that is taught citywide and was the lead driving instructor for the department. He assisted in obtaining a three-year Community Oriented Policing Services Grant and helped the department receive other grants totaling more than $757,000. He was the emergency management

SHARING THE GOSPEL by Amy Quesinberry Rhode | Community Editor

liaison between the city of Ocoee and surrounding agencies, was a Crisis Intervention Team coordinator and was past secretary of the Ocoee Pension Board. For the last few years, he has been a private-security instructor at Mid-Florida Technical Institute and an adjunct professor at Valencia College, both in Orlando. He has also served as a member of the football coaching staffs at Ocoee and Celebration high schools. He has been the liaison to the Ocoee PD chaplains, and he is a member of Winter Garden Elks Lodge 2165, where he has been the recipient of multiple recognition awards. Conyers might be retiring from the Ocoee Police Department, but that doesn’t mean he’s giving up work completely. He has accepted a position

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Randy Conyers said he is excited to spend more time with his family.

with the Office of Inspector General with the Department of Transportation in Tallahassee and will be doing investigative work. He is also going to be a first-time grandfather in about a month, and he intends to keep busy in that new role, too. “Spending time with my wife, children and extended family is always at the top of my list,” he said. Contact Amy Quesinberry Rhode at aqrhode@wotimes. com.

UPCOMING by Amy Quesinberry Rhode | Community Editor

Windermere Rotary offers slice of good life at Spring Fest If you live the life of luxury — or you’d like to experience it for a weekend — the Rotary Club of Windermere invites you to its luxury lakefront lifestyle festival, Windermere Spring Fest 2015. The event is Friday, April 17, though Sunday, April 19, at the Pines at Windermere, 3409 Maguire Road. Friday night is a ticketed event. Through the support of Spring Fest sponsors and exhibitors, admission on both Saturday and Sunday is free. The family-friendly event will provide three days of lakeside fun, food and live entertainment. Major Orlando sports teams and local corporations and non-profit organizations will be in attendance. Courtesy photos

Last year’s mission trip took Amanda Kraus to remote African villages of Malawi. She did landscaping and worked with AIDS orphans.

Worldwide Reach Amanda Kraus, 13, is heading to Ireland this summer with Teen Missions International to work on a landscaping and building project and participate in neighborhood ministry. OCOEE — Thirteenyear-old Amanda Kraus will be traveling out of the country for a second consecutive summer with Teen Missions International. Last year, in Africa, she planted mango tree seedlings at the TMI base and made bracelets and held puppet shows with children at an AIDS orphan rescue unit. This summer, she is spending a month in Dalkey, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, which might seem like a vacation destination, but Amanda knows otherwise. The teen and her travel companions are going there to build a wood shed and to share the gospel with residents. They will stay at Ireland Outreach, living in tents and using buckets for bathing and doing laundry. Amanda has been part of TMI since she was 7 years old. The youngest team members are called Peanuts, and their first trip is to the mission organization’s Merritt Island base. She was part of a choir team that performed for nursing home residents.

In her second and third years, she was on the Cookie Command team, baking cookies and delivering them to nursing homes. When she

was 11, she worked with the Navajo Indians in Arizona, landscaping a Bible camp and helping with Vacation Bible School. But perhaps her greatest summer so far was her 2014 mission trip to remote African villages in Malawi. She had wanted to go there for several years and said it was a blessing to be able to raise enough money to go. “I liked the outreach part of it, and I liked that I could work with old people and young people,” she said. “And I loved being able to share the gospel with people.” Amanda brought back many stories of the young children who were orphaned after their parents died of AIDS. Many of these children were living with AIDS themselves. She said these survivors are living on their own off their parents’ land, and some are as young as 6 or 7 years old. She hopes to return to Malawi to continue her mission work. Her parents, Brian and Sally Kraus, of Ocoee, have four other children, and three of them have traveled through Teen Missions International. Another is going on

RAISING MONEY The mission trip will cost Amanda Kraus and her family $2,800; she hopes to raise $2,000 of that. To provide funding, donations can be made in her name at teenmissions. org/donate. Amanda also has planned several fundraising events. A Cake & Coffee Social, with homebaked cakes and treats, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Clermont Business Connections, 1795 E. S.R. 50, Suite A, Clermont. She will be sharing photos and details about her last mission experience in Africa. For more information, call Jackie Kelly at (352) 874-7049. A Spirit Night was held Wednesday at House Blend Café, in Ocoee, and 10% of the evening’s sales was donated. his first trip this summer. Teen Missions International is sending 44 teams on trips this year to countries like Cambodia, China, Haiti and Israel. Contact Amy Quesinberry Rhode at aqrhode@wotimes. com.

EVENING OF CULTURE

Guests are invited to an evening of culture from 5-9 Friday, April 17, and the chance to mingle with the “Who’s Who” of Windermere. An art cocktail reception runs from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a full lineup of gourmet food prepared fresh by local celebrity chefs, spirits and live entertainment. The Rotary has partnered with Darden Restaurants to present a variety of delicious foods from some of their favorite restaurants. Guests will also enjoy a variety of crab specialties from one of Orlando’s newest specialty food purveyors, Willy T’s Crab Shack. Also included in the $100 ticket price is a selection of beer and wine. Onli Sparkling Beverages is providing a flavored sparkling water bar. All proceeds will benefit selected local charities, including Edgewood Children’s Ranch, Freedom Ride, Home at Last, Health Central Hospital, Shepherd’s Hope and Nehrling Gardens. Plus, each paid ticket will be eligible for a $1,000 raffle drawing held during the event. Tickets are $100 each or $75 each for orders of eight or more. For tickets and more information, visit windermereevents.com. Attire is casual lakefront.

STUDENT ART SHOW

The Rotary Club is holding its annual student art show from 5-9 p.m. Friday. The show will highlight Central Florida student artists and showcase their creative works ranging from paintings to sculptures. Local public and private schools entered, and the winners will be set up all weekend for the festival in the interior Art Zone Exhibit Hall. Participants are students

IF YOU GO WINDERMERE SPRING FEST 2015 WHEN: Friday, April 17, to Sunday, April 19 WHERE: Pines at Windermere, 3409 Maguire Road INFO: windermereevents. com from Dr. Phillips, Olympia and West Orange high schools; Foundation Academy, The First Academy, Windermere Prep; Bridgewater and Southwest middle schools; Windy Ridge School; and Citrus, Dr. Phillips, Sunset Park, Thornebrooke and Windermere elementaries. Paula Abney is the 2015 program director for the Rotary’s annual student art competition. This juried event will be judged by local artists, and cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded. The school represented by the winning student will receive a gift card.

TWO DAYS OF LUXURY

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, a diverse range of Central Florida businesses will exhibit the latest luxury toys, provide product demonstrations, giveaway prizes and more. At the festival’s lifestyle engagement areas, visitors are invited to upgrade their health, home and recreation, using insider tips from local experts. Saturday and Sunday will include a schedule of live music, many foods, lakeside activities, children’s entertainment and playground access. Prizes will be up for grabs all weekend. Join the Orlando Magic, Orlando City Soccer Club, Central Florida Zoo and a list of musicians, artists and luxury-toy vendors. The Sports Zone is an interactive environment designed to get fans excited about Central Florida’s sports teams. This will be a one-stop shopping area for tickets sales, activities, merchandise and a chance to meet cheerleaders, players and mascots. Guests can practice their shots at the inflatable ski ball machine and basketball hoop with the Orlando Magic and practice their kicking with Orlando City Soccer Club’s signature giant inflatable goal. Kingston, the official Orlando City Soccer Club mascot, will be there, too. The Central Florida Zoo will visit from noon to 2 p.m., and families are invited to stop by the Zoo Zone.


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Inside the relief school decision West Orange residents representing different sides of the relief-school debate shared many points of view with Orange County commissioners last week.

With so many details to the West Orange High School relief school plan the Orange County commissioners passed April 7, there was just not enough space to display some of the passion locals showed for their community at the meeting. Winter Garden elected officials appealed for an agreement and noted traffic and overflow problems they believed Orange County Public Schools officials handled poorly, as well as a suit against Winter Garden. Residents of the West Windermere Rural Settlement presented videos of nature around their neighborhoods that they said would be disturbed by increased development. Parents presented information such as the West Orange High School student population outnumbering beds in the Orange County Jail, children getting soaked during rainy walks from the high school to the ninth-grade center and a parade of students and parents with signs for the 14 schools affected by the decision. Current students talked and wrote about how tired they were of fighting through halls

COMMISSION / PAGE 1A the homes in those lots to be set back 40 feet or more from the street. He didn’t anticipate any safety issues. Taylor Morrison wanted a more costly landscaping on the road and right-of-way than the city would normally provide. The developer agreed to design and pay the cost for landscaping and maintenance on the right-of-way going forward. The homeowners association will take ownership from the developer once the development has achieved between 50 and 60 certificates of occupancy.

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Willie Fulmore, owner of the property at 740 W. Ninth St., addressed the commission March 12 about a foul odor he smelled on his property. He expressed surprise that the odor persisted even after the recent completion of the Ninth Street lift project. Fulmore raised

BUBBLES / PAGE 1A exit point. It actually diffuses through the material. We don’t need to pump liquid through our diffuser. We pump liquid over the outside of the diffuser.” A small factory run by Anzai Kantetsu invented the technology, which is simpler and less expensive than other micro-bubble technologies. Nanobubbles remain in the water for a significant time because they are smaller and too light to rise to the surface, even after the nozzle is removed, and about 90% of the bubbles will osmose — double the rate of some micro-bubble technologies, Humphreys said. “Ours works off the energy of a lightbulb, with just 29 psi,” he said. “We’re working on one that can work on just water power. The other difference is … we can put gas into larger diffuser heads and then increase pickup area of the liquid, which means the viscosity of the liquids we can handle (is) thicker.” For Lake Apopka, Anzai MCS would have a large system firing oxygen into the

lution — relief now — and were satisfied with the commissioners’ approval of a school of 2,776 students with an offsite stadium about a mile south of the campus.

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These were some of the many students who attended the Board of County Commissioners meeting in support of relieving West Orange High School now. to get to class, ancient books with too few to give to all students and frequently being late to class because of distance between classrooms. Students in feeder elementary and middle schools mentioned current West Orange students eating lunch on the floor of the overcrowded cafeteria, if they were able to get lunch at all, and a possibility of missing prom or homecoming because there

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of an ordinance to allow the transfer of road impact fees to certain properties when those fees can be used to redevelop blighted properties. The ordinance gives the commission the power to do this, but each time it is used, it must come before the commission for approval, Bollhoefer said. The ordinance formalizes the initiative commissioners already approved to support development efforts at the corner of Dillard Street and State Road 50. • Commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone 0.316 acres at 553

W. Plant St., on the north side of the street, from city R-NC residential neighborhood commercial to city C-1 Central commercial district. This property has housed an auto repair shop since 1947. The ordinance legalizes that use and enables the owner to sell the property and business in the near future. The second reading will take place at the meeting on April 23. Commissioner Kent Makin recused himself from the vote. • The commission postponed the first reading of ordinances to annex and rezone 0.22 acres at 360 W. Story Road.

health concerns and asked the city to respond. City Manager Mike Bollhoefer promised to send someone to the property as soon as possible. Fulmore returned to the meeting on April 9 to thank

the commission and city staff. “My wife told me preachers never repent, but (city staff) came and they gave me good service,” he said. He referred to his March 12 talk to the commission.

“I was so dramatic then, and I thought I’d be dramatic now and thank you,” Fulmore said. He said the city made some adjustments and discovered an issue with his plumbing that he fixed.

lake bottom, if talks with local environmental experts and tests on smaller areas of the lake match the company’s research, Humphreys said. “We want to get to the objectives of the community, which are to clean the whole thing up,” he said. “We’re very excited about the environmental aspects of it.” Santoshi Anzai stands behind the technology and even uses it in his personal fish tank, where ordinary air pumped in has not only removed the need to clean the tank for two years but allowed freshwater and saltwater species to co-habitate, Humphreys said. Moreover, a 2011 experiment at Nippon-maru Memorial Park in Yokohama, Japan, tested the device with propeller-shaped stirrers and a bubble-defusing nozzle. The device fit in a truck and was easy to place in the water without heavy machinery. Three divers installed it 10 meters below the surface within a half-day. Although the top of the water looked clean, the bottom was covered in sludge and showed few signs of aquatic life. “Normally, bubbles rise to

the surface, but most aquatic life is at the bottom,” Santoshi Anzai said. “Nanobubbles shrink on their own and are picked up by currents, which carry them to the seabed, where they mix into the sludge. Nanobubbles can supply oxygen to organisms at the bottom of the sea.” Bubbles usually stay in the system for three to five hours but sometimes can last three months, Humphreys said. Experiments in 2013 at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise near Tokyo Bay in Yokohama also featured a water body with thick sludge at its bottom. Within six months, there were shrimp species near the bottom that could not survive in poor oxygen environments. In January 2014, the experiment ended with drastic changes in aquatic life, including various types of fish and seaweed growths. For Lake Apopka, the pollution from now-extinct farms has largely stopped, which means pumping nanobubbles into the bottom could have a permanent effect and renew the ecosystem. “We introduce more oxy-

gen, introduce other plankton that the fish will eat and then build up the fish in a cycle again,” Humphreys said. “It’s about trying to address the environmental balance naturally without chemicals.” A small, short-term test would last six months, which would prompt a larger twoyear test if successful, Humphreys said. “Over two years, you’d look for the next level change,” he said. “At some point in there, you might feel confident enough that this is working and scale it around what time period may be there or the costs and budget.” Because in-person meetings with local officials have not happened yet, Humphreys was uncertain of those costs for the area. But this much is certain: As climate change worsens and oxygen levels in water bodies are depleted, ecosystems gradually worsen until most aquatic life dies out. With nanobubbles, bodies like Lake Apopka and perhaps even oceans could find new life. Contact Zak Kerr at zkerr@ wotimes.com.

• The commission proclaimed April Water Conservation Month, in partnership with the state of Florida. April is usually one of the driest months in the state. The commission and the state hope to make every Floridian aware of the importance of water conservation and take steps as individuals to conserve water. The proclamation states “every business, industry, school and citizen can make a difference when it comes to conserving water.” • Officials unanimously passed the second reading

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are not enough tickets. There were also plenty of messages simply displayed, such as signs saying, “Build our schools now” and “WOHS relief NOW,” printed on orange shirts worn by many speakers and spectators around the room. Although most expressed support for a relief school of 2,500 students with an on-site athletics stadium, even more expressed the desire for a reso-

Julie Sadler shared a video of morning traffic at the Seidel Road and Beck sites for relief schools. At the Beck site along County Road 535 (Winter Garden-Vineland Road), traffic around 7 a.m. was light, and crosswalks and infrastructure were established, she said. This contrasted with the bendy, narrow roads without established infrastructure near the Seidel site, which were more dangerous than the busier but straighter 535, she said. Sadler noted possible overflow of students to Ocoee and Wekiva high schools, saying that could hurt community morale and property values. She also said tennis court lights near the Beck site were quite bright and no worse than what school lights would be, and that Lake Nona had made a high school work across the street from a farm — not apparent at the Beck site.

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She finished by sharing a music video parody of “We Are the World,” featuring future high-school students of West Orange County in “WOHS relief NOW” shirts. Others in support of building at the Beck site included Judy Paulsen, a Windermere resident who said her family had waited 14 years for a high school; Patrick Spikes, a graduate of West Orange who presented a 2,500-signature petition to build at the Beck site now and said six nights of home football games per year should not be a big deal; and student Madelyn Papa.

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June Cole was one representative of Citizens United for Sensible Growth who spoke during the public hearing. Residents of the West Windermere Rural Settlement have no problem with a high school in their area but want to limit the size and choose the best location for relief now because further relief might not come for 15 years, according to Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette, she said. She sees the Seidel site as a

RUN / PAGE 1A Windermere resident Nicholas Recanati, dangerously sped to the top of a steep hill in excess of 60 mph, a common occurrence Wind thought little of in the moment, he said. “I thought he would pass me and get back over,” Wind said. “But instead, he accelerated even faster up the hill on the wrong side of the road. When he crested the second hill, he hit Kevin’s car and they collided head-on.” Other witnesses described the wreck as fiery and violent. Recanati died from the impact, and Root has been in some sector of the intensive-care unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center ever since. “He had a number of broken bones from his shoulder to his arm, in his ankle and in his leg that they had to reset,” Wind said. “That was a couple surgeries in the beginning. His wife kept saying in his stomach or intestines they had to reconnect something. With all that, there was some infection and some follow-up with those surgeries, so they had to (recommence surgery) a couple times to get that taken care of.” Beyond that, Root could face more surgeries and be in rehab for years, Wind said.

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Mutual friends connected Wind to Root’s wife, Ligia, who thanked Wind and other bystanders for calling 911 and offering help. But Wind’s help has continued, transforming him from a stranger down the street to a friend and ambassador to the community. He has informed neighbors of the predicament and helped to channel the community’s good will into meaningful fundraisers, including a table at the community’s spring festival. “Everyone in Independence has traveled on that road, most of them multiple times a day,” Wind said. “That could’ve been any of us going over that hill. That’s where I really feel almost compelled to help out. Just because it’s someone I didn’t know at the time doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. It’s just the right thing to do, in my opinion.”

better fit for several reasons. Growth and projections show a need for six lanes on 535, with four on it currently, she said. Traffic between a relief school at the Beck site and Windermere Preparatory School a half-mile away could become problematic during drop-off and pick-up hours. Cole said the West Windermere Rural Settlement should not be the sacrifice while future Orange County rural settlements would be off-limits for future relief school sites. With further relief unlikely for at least a decade, Cole is concerned about the possibility of West Orange High School and the relief school becoming overcrowded before the next school is built. “There has to be a mechanism to get OCPS to build the next high school when this gets close to capacity,” Cole said of the relief plan. Another CUSG representative said courts should resolve this special exception to ensure fighting among all parties would end. She proposed a condition of beginning to build a third high school at the Seidel site as soon as the school at the Beck site reached a student population of 1,900, which she called most important to CUSG. That condition was not part of the proposal the county commissioners passed, in part because Orange County school relief is contingent on a chronological listing process. Contact Zak Kerr at zkerr@ wotimes.com.

Community members have contributed food in addition to funds needed for costly medical bills, through MealTrain. com, a website tailored to situations like the Roots’ where organizers can coordinate meal donations with donors. “You can invite people, write how many people are in the house, what foods they like, what they’re allergic to, when to bring foods, stuff like that,” Wind said. “You can go to a calendar and say, ‘This is what food I’m going to bring.’ We’ve had that for a month now. We had a great response to that. It adds up financially. They really appreciated people would take the time to make or get food at a restaurant and drop it off.” Root’s mother held a fish fry to raise funds, and the community added a 50/50 raffle to the donations from its spring festival and a GoFundMe account, with the raffle winner donating the prize back to Root for a total of about $1,500 in donations toward a $10,000 goal. But the biggest fundraiser is set for April 18, when the community will host a charity run.

TRAIL RUN FOR KEVIN ROOT

The run, which begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of Schoolhouse Pond Road and New Independence Parkway, will include fun apart from the race, such as music, entertainment, raffles and special guests, such as Orange County District 1 Commissioner Scott Boyd and perhaps the Florida Garrison — 501st Legion from Star Wars, said Sandra Acevedo, a lead organizer. “At the end of the race, we have a water bottle and fruit station for the runners, very typical of a 5K,” she said. “At the end at the Independence Clubhouse, we’ll have a bounce house and Philly’s Best will have a food truck selling breakfast foods, with 20% of proceeds going to the Root family.” The race will be about three miles along the community bicycle trail, with expectations for more than 160 runners and all donations going to the Roots, Acevedo said. “We’d absolutely love more,” she said. “Runners are welcome from outside the community.”

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Leaders hope ‘lollipop’ signs sweeten Ocoee Leaders considered a variety of different signage and branding options at the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency April 7 board meeting. OCOEE — To continue with a long-range vision to carve out an identity for their municipality, Community Redevelopment Agency board members discussed a variety of signage and branding options for Ocoee at their meeting April 7. The most notable is a series large, “lollipop”-style signs that spell the city’s name at the Florida’s Turnpike overpass at Maguire Road. The signs will include five 20-foot poles. At the top of each pole will be a 5-foot-diameter circle, each displaying one letter of the city name. The poles will be installed in the middle median on Maguire Road, and the letters will be lit with LEDs and visible from both directions on the turnpike. The letters are the same size as the ones displaying “Orlando” on Interstate 4. CRA Administrator Russ Wagner said the city has been working on purchasing and installing these $44,800 lollipops for four years and finally has found a sign manufacturer — Sign Producers — that is willing to construct and install them. Wagner said liability concerns have slowed the progress of the signs. However, in this design, each of the five poles will be bolted into the concrete, and the signs will be able to withstand 180mph winds. And, because of the walking canopies on both sides of the overpass, even if the signs did fall, they never would fall onto the turnpike itself, Wagner said. “It’s a very simple sign, and it should be very visible to a lot of people driving by,” he said. “This will really get a lot of play for publicity for the city. I think it will be a really positive thing.”

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Before the final installation, Sign Producers will experiment with fake signs on a lift truck to determine the exact height and location that will yield maximum visibility. Ginger Corless, citizen board member and CRA chair, said she welcomes the signs. “I’m excited to finally see something about to start happening,” she said. Wagner said the timeframe for the signs depends on the manufacturing time, but he anticipates about two to three months. With $50,000 earmarked for the lollipop signs, they account for about 40% of the CRA’s $120,000 signage and branding budget. Other items in the budget include updated street signs ($13,350), way-finding signs ($25,000), public-art projects ($15,000) and a series of about 18 temporary FiftyWest business district signs ($19,650). CRA board member and Ocoee City Commissioner Rosemary Wilsen raised con-

cerns regarding the FiftyWest business district signs, which would be installed at intersections along State Road 50 to promote Ocoee businesses while the road is under construction. “They don’t really appeal to me,” Wilsen said. “I think with all the construction going on on (S.R.) 50, I don’t really even want to think about these kinds of signs until 50 is done. I don’t see the value, quite frankly.” A public-art project in the Mills 50 area in Orlando inspired the CRA to devise a similar program for Ocoee. In Mills 50, local artists were invited to paint the traffic-signal boxes at major intersections. “It’s because of the marketing they did; I can’t emphasize this enough,” Wagner said of Mills 50’s success. “You have to market your area to create this image of a place.” Because Ocoee’s traffic-signal boxes along S.R. 50 will be moved during construction, the Ocoee CRA is hoping

• The Ocoee City Commission approved a change in the fees charged for city police and fire personnel responding to false alarms. Previously, residents were charged $35 for the fourth response to a false alarm, $75 for a fifth and $150 for sixth and subsequent responses. Under the new fine schedule, residents are subject to a flat $100 fine for the fourth and any subsequent false alarm. Additionally, false-alarm violations now will be reviewed by the city’s Violations Hearing Board. • The commission approved an ordinance that decreases Ocoee’s road impact fees by an average of 25%. The ordinance does not amend other impact fees, including those for police, fire and recreation. • Commissioners approved the preliminary and final site plans for McCormick Reserve, a new 134-home community on about 45 acres on the southwest corner of McCormick and North Clarke roads. The developer, Ryan Homes, will offer homes starting at 1,500 square feet in the mid$200,000s.

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BIKE BANDITS 16000 block of West Colonial Drive. Theft. At about 10 a.m., an officer met a complainant at a recreational vehicle dealership where unknown suspects stole two vehicles. The complainant observed an opened crate and ordered an inventory on units stored outside that morning. Two vehicles were missing from shipping crates since sometime after Saturday afternoon, worth $14,239. Business cameras did not face the area of the crates.

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to launch a similar program using large, water-filled barrels as blank canvases for local artists, organizations and schools. The barrels will cost $300 each. “The idea (for the art barrels) infuses color, activity; it shows the community is interested in art,” Wagner said. “It includes citizens and students who would be involved in the project to paint these. … It’s another way to add, enliven and activate what’s going on in the area.” The CRA approved the use of signage funding for all projects except the FiftyWest business signs. The CRA approved spending funds to fabricate four of those business signs for review at a later date. Contact Michael Eng at meng@wotimes.com.

500 block of West Henschen Avenue. Theft. An officer met a complainant around 8:05 p.m. about a theft that had just occurred. The complainant said a neighbor had stolen her shovel and hoe from her yard after the complainant refused to give her money and asked her to leave. The neighbor became belligerent and then left with the tools. The officer met the suspect at her residence, where she was uncooperative and said she had never asked for money. The officer told both that the suspect would be trespassed from the complainant’s property if she went there again. The complainant declined to prosecute for the theft of the tools.

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80 PROOF, 80 MPH Clarke and Silver Star roads. Drunken Driving. An officer stopped a car traveling about 80 mph around 1:02 a.m. The driver flipped off the officer out his window while they stopped at a red light. A bystander stopped in the next lane and gestured to the officer that the

suspect had been drinking alcohol. When approached with a ticket for speeding 30 mph over the limit, the suspect said he had no license, but the officer learned it was suspended as of April 2011. The suspect said the date was March 14 and the time was 2:11 when it was 1:19, but he said he had not been drinking, despite reeking of alcohol and struggling to speak. He gave only the number and city of his address when asked and said he did not know his age. He refused sobriety tests and was arrested on drunken driving and driving without a license charges. The officer found an 80-proof vodka bottle in the car. He slept for the entire transport to the DUI test center, where he called the officer several varied racial slurs and threatened to slash the officer’s tires. He made many threats to the officer, including, “I will [expletive] your [expletive] sideways.” The suspect incorrectly blew into a breath tester many times, but a partial breath reading was 0.240 BAC.

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ROBBING THE RED CROSS 10000 block of West Colonial Drive. Theft. An officer reported to a gas station around 6:25 p.m. An employee said a customer had asked for an item from the convenience store cooler. While she got the item, a male suspect took the American Red Cross donation container, according to the customer, who said the suspect has grabbed a 12pack of beer before leaving. The employee did not see the incident but did recall seeing the suspect as the customer had described. The employee said she would try to follow up with video footage. The donation container held about $8 in change.

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Stories beyond the headstones As Van Morrison says, “It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance, with the stars up above in your eyes.” It was also a marvelous night for a historical tour of Greenwood Cemetery on April 3, with a full moon, a good pair of walking shoes and a host with enough knowledge and humor to both educate and entertain us. Don Price, cemetery sexton, has been giving these monthly tours of the Orlando cemetery AMY since 2004. QUESINBERRY The event RHODE started as a thank-you to volunteers who pitched in to clean up the cemetery after four hurricanes pounded the state in a sixweek period. He said they were asking if the people buried in Greenwood were the same ones whose names grace the streets of downtown Orlando — names such as Bumby, Gore and Robinson. “So, I figured I’d do a tour to tell stories about the families to help folks make the connection of the namesakes of streets, lakes, buildings, etc., in Orlando,” Price said. He invited me recently to walk around a graveyard in the dark, and although I’m not afraid of ghosts or the walking dead, I was a little hesitant to say yes. He does a fantastic job, though, of keeping things light by sharing witty epitaphs and throwing out lots of puns. He also really knows his Orlando history, having worked in the cemetery’s archives for 28 years. Throughout the two-hour, one-and-one-half-mile walk, he casually tells the stories — no script here. He points out which of President Thomas Jefferson’s grandchildren is buried there and who lies at the highest point in Orlando. He explains the city’s connection to Shakespeare and how the term “magic” came here long before the professional basketball team or Disney theme parks. Participants can see the final resting place of July Perry (a prosperous black Ocoee businessman who was killed in a 1920 race riot that broke out after he attempted to vote), find out which part of the cemetery has the headstones turned the wrong way, learn why there are multiple cemetery entrances and discover which member of the Pounds family lies there. Price, who lives in Winter Garden, shares interesting facts about the cemetery’s notable resident, such as dairyman T.G. Lee, Mayor Bob Carr, embalmer and undertaker Carey Hand, Principal William R. Boone, pharmacist Maynard Evans and hardware store owner Joseph Bumby. One of the most fascinating stories is the one surrounding the mausoleum of Fred S. Weeks, a northerner who bought land locally around 1905 but discovered it was swampy and worthless.

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De Vine Soul and Medieval Times entertained the crowd. The guest speaker was the Rev. Jennifer Stiles Williams, co-lead pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and a cancer survivor. “To reach the joy of the rainbow, I must endure the rain,” she said. Nick Mason, a senior at Dr. Phillips High, hosted the luminaria ceremony, which moved indoors because of the rain. Speakers were Moushami Robinson, Olympian and DPHS teacher; and Chris Supra, father of Ian Supra, a student-athlete who has been battling cancer. This year’s theme was “Kicking the App out of Cancer.” Forty-four teams and 673 people from Dr. Philips, Millenia and International Drive participated.

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Don Price is the sexton of Greenwood Cemetery. He leads moonlight tours once a month.

RHODE / PAGE 9A The angered man erected a headstone at the entrance to the cemetery (which was also a public park) and carved the names of the swindlers (who also happened to be attorneys), along with a Bible quote that mentions thieves. Not liking the negative

publicity, they returned his money, and the headstone was removed; however, Weeks bought 15 cemetery plots and built a mausoleum — and again included the Bible quote and the attorneys’ names. (These names were later removed.) Up paths and down hills we trekked, covering roughly 20

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of the cemetery’s 120 acres. The next tours are at 8 p.m. May 1 and June 5. Price suggests you register early: These tickets are a hot commodity and go fast. In the meantime, check out his tweets of nottoo-well-known history facts about Orlando on Twitter: @ orlandocemetery. When you do score a ticket, take some cash. The tour is free, but the cemetery selects one charity to speak for a few minutes and collect donations. A couple bucks, some history, a little exercise and fresh air — not a bad way to spend a Friday night.

Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Collaborating once again with “School of Rock” director Richard Linklater, Black starred as a small-town funeral director who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) in small-town Texas. In 2016, Black will reprise his role as “Po” for the third installment of DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda” franchise.

+ Jack Black to speak at Montverde Actor, comedian and producer Jack Black will be the honorary keynote speaker of commencement exercises for the Montverde Academy Graduating Class of 2015. MVA’s 2015 ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, inside Montverde Academy’s Roberts Gymnasium, 17235 Seventh St., Montverde. Tickets to this event will be made available for seniors and their families only. Black recently starred in the critically acclaimed independent film “Bernie,” which earned him a Golden

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Second-grader Samantha Quinones was excited to meet Olympian Rowdy Gaines.

+ Ocoee Middle to host Spirit Night The Ocoee Middle School PTSA has planned a Spirit Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Let’s Skate, 14207 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. For every paid skater who mentions OMS at the door, the PTSA receives $1 back. The PTSA will be giving away T-shirts to the first 30 people who mention OMS at the door. This event will not be supervised (chaperoned) by Ocoee Middle School, so parent should consider this when deciding whether to accompany their children or drop them off.

+ Olympian visits Whispering Oak Rowdy Gaines, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, spoke recently to second-, third- and fourth-graders at Whispering Oak Elementary. Gaines shared stories about his career during the Olympics and his journey that got him there. He also spoke to the students about water safety.

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Businesses to celebrate week of creativity Florida Film Academy, Florida Hospital Winter Garden, Orlando Science Center, Winter Garden Village and the West Orange Times & Observer are leading local efforts.

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CONTEST WINNER Brett Bauer, of Clermont, is the winner of Florida Film Academy’s T-Shirt Design Contest. Bauer has won one free week at Florida Film Academy this summer for his entry.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Sounds Like Chicken A Cappella Rehearsal — 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays in the choir room at First United Methodist Church, 125 N. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. Sounds Like Chicken is a community based, all-male singing group looking for more tenors and basses. The group sings anything from contemporary a cappella to barbershop, choral music, folk and more. Rehearsals are often followed by dinner in downtown Winter Garden. For more, email tenorthechad@yahoo. com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Archaeology Works: Pottery Workshop — 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Experience a handson workshop from the Florida Public Archaeology Network and learn about 4,000 years of prehistoric ceramics in Florida. This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (407) 905-0054. “Bully! A Musical Theatre Production” — 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Windermere Branch Library, 530 Main St., Windermere. Children ages 6 through 12 will work together to create and star in a musical theater production that addresses one of the biggest challenges in school today. (407) 835-7323. Spring Festival and Battle of the Bands — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs invites families and friends to this exciting and festive day filled with live music, food and fun family activities. (407) 836-6257. Kings Ridge Royal Showcase — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Kings Ridge Ballroom, 1900 Kings Ridge Blvd., Clermont. The showcase will feature musician Donnie Abraham. Abraham has appeared on stage with The Lettermen, Pat Boone and the Oak Ridge Boys and has been compared to Dean Martin, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow. Admission is $18 for residents and $20 for non-residents/ guests. (352) 242-9653.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Asante Children’s Choir Concert — 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Camp Ithiel, 2037 Hempel Ave., Gotha. The 22 children in the group are mostly orphans from Rwanda, Uganda and Bunundi. Asante, which means “thank you” in Swahili, is a Christian organization that educates, feeds and provides health insurance for more than 2,000 children. (407) 293-3481. Riverdale Mass Youth Choir — 6 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Vineland Road Christian Fellowship, 890 Vineland Road. (407) 565-3949.

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Jason King, left, is Mr. Mushnik, Alex Schwartz plays Seymour, and Sammi Roberts portrays Audrey in Windermere Preparatory School’s upcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

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Windermere Preparatory School will present “Little Shop of Horrors” April 17 and 18.

WINDERMERE — The students at Windermere Preparatory School are in their final days of rehearsals for this weekend’s dark but funny musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” which hits the Garden Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18. Alex Schwartz and Samantha Roberts are starring in the lead roles, as Seymour and Audrey. Director Jason King is playing Mr. Mushnik, the owner of a failing flower shop on Skid Row. This is a throwback role for King, as he played Mushnik 22 years ago as a senior at Mt. Vernon High School. King was hired last July as the school’s first director of fine arts and said he feels blessed and thankful to work with such a creative and talented faculty and staff. “We are working together to grow, develop and promote the fine and performing arts at Windermere Preparatory School,” he said. Cindy Kennaugh is the artistic director. She has taught theater arts and IB French at Windermere Prep for six years. She previous taught, directed and acted in Venezuela, Switzerland and France. She last directed this show 17 years ago. Emily Tousek is the musical director. This is her ninth musical theater production at Windermere

IF YOU GO Windermere Prep’s “Little Shop of Horrors” WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 17 and 18 WHERE: Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden TICKETS: $15 adults, $8 students in advance or at the door. To purchase, call (407) 905-7737, Ext. 3391 Prep. She currently teaches class piano, vocal ensemble and IB music, and she is the director of Wren 5, the high school’s vocal jazz ensemble. It took some work to bring this show to the local stage. King said the directors are utilizing a moving set, a turntable set, special lighting effects and puppets from the touring production. The Audrey II plants and puppets are being provided by Imaginationworks and are “truly impressive,” King said. “Little Shop of Horrors” is one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows and is also a Broadway and 1986 Hollywood smash musical. It follows the story of a meek floral assistant in a decrepit flower shop who discovers after a total eclipse of the sun that a mysterious plant shows up looking for human blood to gain strength for its plans for world domination.

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“Little Shop” performers are Alex Schwartz (Seymour Krelborn), Samantha Roberts (Audrey), Jason King (Mr. Mushnik), Justin Woodstock (Orin Scrivello), Xavier Cumberbatch (Audrey II), Dove Haas (Crystal), Vanessa Vasquez (Ronnette), Zahria Tims (Chiffon), Desi Kantounis (Customer 1 and Bernstein), Louis Kingsley (Old Chinese Man and Skip Snip), Isabella Esteves (Customer 2 and Patrice Martin) and Valerie Senger (Mrs. Luce). Schwartz, Roberts, Cumberbatch, Vasquez, Tims and Esteves are members of Thespian Troupe 6902. Cumberbatch, Vasquez, Kantounis and Kingsley are members of Tri-M Music Honor Society. Performing in the orchestra are Heather Langs, piano; Adam Langs, percussion; Steven MacDonald, drums. The tech crew consists of Lily Scanlan, Chris Becker, Adam Molnar and Nick LaFalce, puppeteers; Tom Davis, set design; OSCA Technical Theater Department, set construction; Michael Pagan, light designer/operator; Enna Pascau, audio operator; Cindy Kennaugh, props and costume; Alex Schwartz and Claudia Verbaas, program; and Nick Purdue, poster. Contact Amy Quesinberry Rhode at aqrhode@wotimes. com.

WEST ORANGE — In the digital age, techies and entrepreneurs are among the throngs who are almost constantly seeking the next big thing. Since its foundation in 2001, a campaign has encouraged people to create and innovate to make the world a better place. That campaign is known as World Creativity and Innovation Week, which began as a simple conversation in Canada that expert Marci Segal initiated and is continuing from Wednesday, April 15, to Tuesday, April 21, this year. That conversation has spread through various means, from social media to in-person events in more than 50 countries around the world, as well as West Orange County. Here, the Florida Film Academy, based in downtown Winter Garden, has strived to follow the mantra of the week in all that its staff and students do, Florida Film Academy Director of Operations Stefanie Esquijarosa said. “Our team decided to lead a campaign which bridges Florida with the world through one of our partners, The RSA,” Esquijarosa said. The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has a mission to enrich society through ideas and action, according to its website, TheRSA.org, which fits right in with World Creativity and Innovation Week’s mantra, as well. “Do good, do something different, inspire new thinking and new action, help people feel their potential to make a positive difference” is that mantra, according to wciw.org, the official website of World Creativity and Innovation Week. Other partners that are trying to help Florida Film Academy to spread this idea and foster creativity and innovation this week include: Florida Hospital Winter Garden, Orlando Science Center, Winter Garden Village and the West Orange Times & Observer. “Our 2015 partners have a passion for creativity and innovation and want to unite to help encourage our community to answer the question: What is creativity, and how can even a small change impact my life and those around me?” Esquijarosa said. Around the hashtag #WCIW, social-media users can follow daily updates and get looks at creative challenges they are encouraged to interact with through public comments, both on a worldwide level and here in West Orange County through the pages of each of the partners that highlight some of their daily experienc-

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es, Esquijarosa said. In West Orange County, there will be a series of micro events open to all ages. To start the week, Florida Film Academy hosted its “Make Up for the Movies Workshop” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 15, primarily for ages 7 to 18. Students learned beginner makeup techniques and created different characters using movie makeup, such as zombies, animals, superheroes and princesses. On April 16, the Orlando Science Center is hosting a “Musical Fiesta” at 10:30 a.m. for children younger than 8, where they can learn to play and play to learn, as well as “Messy Afternoons” at 1:30 p.m., where children can enjoy a messy activity in KidsTown, such as playing with homemade play dough and exploring states of matter. At 1:30 p.m. April 17, the Orlando Science Center will host wall painting, also for children younger than 8, where children can use Tempura paint to paint the walls of KidsTown. Also on that day, Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves will host its free Art Walk by the Clock Tower event from 5-8 p.m., where guests can walk by artists, get dinner and shop.

MICRO EVENTS MAKEUP FOR THE MOVIES WORKSHOP WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 WHERE: Florida Film Academy, 270 W. Plant St., Winter Garden DETAILS: Students learn beginner makeup techniques and create different characters using movie makeup. Some examples of characters include zombies, animals, superheroes and princesses. Suitable for ages 7 to 18. WEBSITE: Visit FLFilmAcademy.com to book a space.

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Florida Film Academy’s Makeup for the Movies Workshop is just one of many local events for World Creativity and Innovation Week. The Orlando Science Center will host other events throughout the weekend and April 20, before Florida Film Academy hosts three free onehour classes April 21 to close

the week: Ani-Motion and Stop Motion beginning at 4:30 p.m., Photography and Animation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and an acting workshop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Stefanie Esquijarosa at (407) 654-8400 or Stefanie@ FLFilmAcademy.com. Contact Zak Kerr at zkerr@ wotimes.com.

“Do good, do something different, inspire new thinking and new action, help people feel their potential to make a positive difference.” wciw.org, the official website of World Creativity and Innovation Week

MUSICAL FIESTA AND MESSY AFTERNOONS WHEN: 10:30 a.m. (Musical Fiesta) and 1:30 p.m. (Messy Afternoons) Thursday, April 16 WHERE: Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando DETAILS: Learn to play and play to learn at Musical Fiesta. Then enjoy a messy activity in KidsTown during Messy Afternoons. WEBSITE: osc.org ART WALK AT WINTER GARDEN VILLAGE WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 17 WHERE: Clock tower at Winter Garden Village, 3251 Daniels

Road, Winter Garden DETAILS: This free event makes for a lovely night out. Stroll by artists, go out for a meal and shop at the mall. WALL PAINTING WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 WHERE: Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando DETAILS: This is one wall you can actually paint on. KidsTown invites our younger guests to get creative with Tempura paint (washable with soap and water). Suitable for ages 7 and younger with accompanying adult. WEBSITE: osc.org

FREE CLASSES WHEN: Tuesday, April 21. Classes take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (ani-motion and stop motion), 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (photography and animation) and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (acting workshop). WHERE: Florida Film Academy, 270 W. Plant St., Winter Garden DETAILS: Stop by for an hour (or two) and experience some of Florida Film Academy’s classes for free. Appropriate for ages 7 to 18. WEBSITE: Contact Stefanie@ FLFilmAcademy.com to RSVP. Space is limited.

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Simple ideas to inspire your creativity

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Photographer and cinematographer David Haynes has traveled the world capturing iconic images for organizations such as National Geographic and the BBC. His work can be seen in magazines, newspapers, on book covers and in private collections. Now he’s sharing his skills with us in a new “cut and keep” column on everyday photography.

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LOSE FOCUS. Switch your lens to manual and then dial it out of focus until you get an effect you like. Here, the sun appears larger because it’s out of focus, the branches in the foreground are almost completely lost — becoming texture in the top part of the image — and only a few leaves are left recognizable and silhouetted.

April 15 to 21 is World Creativity and Innovation week and to celebrate here’s a few simple and fun photography ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

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Winter Garden firefighters, aided by crews from Pine Hills and Ocoee, spent the early-morning hours fighting the raging fire that destroyed the Winter Garden Lumber Company and heavily damaged the Florida Metal Craft Co. According to Max Millitzer, vice president of the lumber yard, the company plans to rebuild at a location yet to be determined. Melody Anne Schick of Hull Island was judged winner of the Chamber of Commerce sign beautification contest. Her theme is “Sunny Faces — Friendly Places.” There were 21 designs submitted, and all but two were from Lakeview High School students. Bob Macchi, who doesn’t like to have his name mentioned, was prime mover behind this project.

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More than 3,000 Floridians marched in Tallahassee for the Equal Rights Amendments. Attending from this area were Betty Barley, Kathryn Barley, Jo Arnold and Thellie Roper. The West Orange Chamber of Commerce will hold its 1975 banquet at the Contemporary Resort Hotel. Delta Burke, currently serving as Miss Florida, will be mistress of ceremonies, and the Hon. Richard Kelly, U.S. representative from the

Rutledge Bradford, of Windermere, won high honors at the recent recognized annual three-day horse show at the Rocking Horse Ranch in Altoona. Other local participants were Kathleen Greer, Beth Chase, Paige Winters, Virginia Spigener and Rebecca Sharp. From an editorial: We don’t expect Ocoee to succeed in its goal of separating from Orange County, but we certainly don’t blame the Ocoee officials for sounding off. We urge the county officials to hear and try to understand the Ocoee gripes. Many other towns and cities feel the same way. … Both Winter Garden and Apopka have experienced serious problems as a result of inconsiderate treatment and astonishing lack of understanding on the part of the county officials.

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From Editor’s Notebook: Retired Navy Capt. Bill Sims caused a stir in Windermere by installing a sign in front of Town Hall with the message “Navy parking only. All others will be towed away.” Air Force fighter pilot Jess Green and Town Manager Vic Thompson (also an Air Force veteran) threatened to confiscate the illegal sign. Pat Williams, president and general manager of the Orlando Magic and Orlando Sun Rays, attended the meeting of the Winter Garden Rotary Club and discussed the minor league baseball team and the possibility of getting a National League franchise.

Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Apopka, “the large-mouth bass capital of the world.” The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, which seeks to preserve our heritage and architecture while creating new cultural experiences, is celebrates its third decade with the debut of its History Research and Education Center.

HELEN JOYCE HALL, 89, of Windermere, died April 4, 2015. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Gotha. PATRICK JOSEPH HENNESSEY, 59, of Windermere, died April 5, 2015. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Gotha.

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Gloria Storey Youngblood, 84, of Windermere, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2015. Born on Aug. 7, 1930, in Meansville, Georgia, she graduated in 1948 from Zebulon High. Shortly thereafter, she married her beloved husband, Billy, in 1951 and moved to Winter Garden to begin their new life. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. She lived her life with complete devotion to Billy, family and faith. Our family marks the passing of a wonderful woman of grace and beauty. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Youngblood, of 62 years. She is survived by daughters, Susan Hodge (Mark), Sallie Youngblood, Sarah Youngblood and Billie Ruth Snell (Roy). She is also survived by her brothers, Edward Storey (Connie) and Bobby Storey (who is deceased); sisterin-law, Agnes Foote (Eddie); brother-in-law, Lewis Youngblood (Dottie); grandchildren, Mark Hodge Jr. (Amy), Billy Hodge (Christine), Matthew Hodge (Paula), Jason Youngblood (Jennifer), Gloria LaGiorgia and Elena LaGiorgia; and great-grandchildren, Cadie, Carson, Nolan, Collin, Walker and Waylon Hodge, and Tyler, Jason and Coltin Youngblood. A Celebration of Life service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the church on Gloria’s behalf. Please visit baldwinfairchild.com to view and sign the guestbook.

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+ Olympia girls heading to states The Olympia girls water polo team is headed to state this weekend. The Titans (20-6) defeated Winter Park in a firstround play-in match and now will face Pembroke Pines in the state quarterfinals at 9 a.m. Friday in Miami. The winner will face the winner in the quarterfinal match between Lake Nona and MAST. Statistics and results can be found at FHSAA.org and the team also has a Twitter account, @OlympiaH2Opolo.

+ Area teams head to tennis finals The coverage area for the West Orange Times & Observer is well-represented at this week’s 2015 FHSAA Tennis Championships in Seminole County. Programs competing for team state championships include Olympia’s boys and girls teams and Windermere Prep’s girls team. Competing as individuals are West Orange’s Luiza Simoes and Windermere Prep’s Rafael Campos, and competing as individual doubles teams are West Orange’s Oscar Toro and Arlem Gorelov as well as Windermere Prep’s Campos and Nico Rivero.

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Talent ensures exciting 8A-3 district tourney Top-ranked Titans seem a good bet as district champs, leaving West Orange, Ocoee and Apopka to battle for runner-up slot. Here’s half of what you need to know about Class 8A District 3 and its upcoming district tournament: Olympia is the No. 1 team in the nation, as ranked by at least two reputable polls (USA Today and MaxPreps). Not just the region, not just Florida, not just the Southeastern United States — but the entire nation. It is important to remember as context for the other half of what you need to know, because it means that West Orange, Ocoee and Apopka — three good teams that would

be district championship contenders in most other districts around the state — are, in theory, at least, left to battle for the Class 8A District 3 runner-up slot and its accompanying berth in the FHSAA Class 8A State Playoffs. Which isn’t to say the Titans (21-0, 8-0 in 8A-3) are unbeatable, as evidenced by several close calls that coach Chuck Schall’s veteran club has withstood. But it means baseball fans should be in store for quite a week, starting on April 20 with the No. 4 vs No. 5 game between Ocoee and Evans.

“It’s probably going to be more competitive than it’s ever been,” West Orange coach Jesse Marlo said of the 8A-3 tourney, noting the improvement of Ocoee’s program, in particular. “It’ll be interesting to see how it shakes out. I’m sure it’s going to be some really good baseball.” Marlo’s Warriors (14-9, 4-4 in 8A-3), hosts of the tournament, enter as the No. 3 seed this season, just behind the Blue Darters (18-6, 5-3 in 8A3). Those two programs will

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Bullock shares vision with players, parents The new head coach has won over some of the Knights’ returning players as offseason training ramps up and spring practice looms.

+ CFCA’s Brenyo to play in college CFCA senior football player Jacob Brenyo, who was instrumental in the Eagles’ 2014 breakout season that saw the team go 8-3 and place fourth in the 24-team Sunshine State Athletic Conference, will be playing football on Saturdays. Brenyo signed a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday with the LaGrange College Panthers in Georgia. The Panthers compete at the Division III level and are members of the USA South Conference. LaGrange went 5-5 in 2014.

+ SunRidge student heads to states SunRidge Middle School’s Courtney Cochrane has qualified for the FLYRA Middle Track & Field State Championships in the 100and 200-meter hurdles events. The state championship meet will be contested May 9 at IMG Stadium in Bradenton.

+ W.G. Squeeze readying for 2015 The Winter Garden Squeeze, a franchise in the Florida Collegiate Summer League that made its debut in the summer of 2014, is readying for its sophomore season this summer. General Manager Adam Bates announced head coach Ruben Felix, currently on staff with the softball program at Ole Miss, will be returning to lead the team again this summer. Players from last summers’ inaugural team set to return include Chase Sarchet, C/OF (Weatherford); Brandon Murray, RHP (USF) and Chase Haecker, IF (Auburn); among others. The team has 13 roster commitments already, with other schools represented including Miami-Dade College, Lake Sumter, Coppin State and St. Pete. This summer’s schedule includes 20 home games to be played at West Orange High School.

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DOMINANCE Every boys and girls lacrosse district tournament last week that involved an area team was won by an area team, setting the stage for three big-time matchups on Friday in the FHSAA State Playoffs. A busy week of district tournaments in boys and girls lacrosse saw four champions crowned from within the coverage area of the West Orange Times & Observer — an especially important distinction, as lacrosse is one of only a few FHSAA-sanctioned sports where only district champions advance to the state playoffs, as opposed to district champions and runners-up in most others. Here is a look back at the four district tournaments and how the Olympia girls, West Orange boys and Dr. Phillips boys and girls rose to the top.

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goals as the Olympia Titans defeated the West Orange Warriors 18-8 in the District 13 Girls Lacrosse Championship April 9 at East Ridge High School. The No. 5 Titans (16-2) trailed the No. 20 Warriors (14-6) early in the contest but created distance toward the back end of the first half. Early in the second half, West Orange made its run to cut the lead to 11-7 before Olympia responded with authority and put the contest out of reach. “We knew it was going to be a fight the entire game,” DeLisle said. “I think our goalie made some big saves that kind of was the spark for the defense, which triggered the midfield and went

on to the attack.” The district title is the first piece of hardware for the program under DeLisle’s leadership, with this being the first year at the helm for the Olympia alumna-turnedcoach — but the Titans are not content. “I have my sights set higher for them, and they know that,” DeLisle said. “I think they’re feeding off of that and feeding off of each other.” Olympia will hit the road to take on Tampa Plant at 7 p.m. Friday.

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The Dr. Phillips boys lacrosse team will take on West Orange on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Though the Warriors were to host, the unplayable condition of West Orange’s turf field means that the game will be played on the Panthers’ home field ahead of the girls team’s playoff match at 7:30 p.m.

(15-2), Friday’s 15-8 win over Celebration in the District 12 championship capped a five-peat for the program in district play. Led by Elyse Decker’s six goals and three assists, the Panthers have now won 15 of their past 16 contests, entering a matchup with Timber Creek at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dr. Phillips. On the boys side, after going into halftime of the District 13 Championship against The First Academy tied at 4-4, the Panthers outscored the Royals 6-1 the rest of the way en route to a 10-5 victory and a third district title in four years. “Our defense stepped up,” senior Ian Decker said. “We had a lot of underclassmen

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OCOEE — With passion and enthusiasm, new Ocoee football coach Ben Bullock spoke to a room full of parents and players April 6 about his vision for the Knights football program. Bullock, aiming to turn around a program that has gone 9-41 dating back to 2010 with his new set of goals, spoke about placing an emphasis on academics and developing well-rounded athletes, as well as his hopes that a new outlook and energy around campus will bring about a winning season for Ocoee in the fall. Already, the new head coach has struck a chord with some of the Knights’ returning players. Included among those who are impressed with what he has seen so far is Jeremy Vargas, a junior. Bullock has wasted no time diving headfirst into his new role. From the first week that Bullock has been training with the returning players, Vargas said he can tell he is improving and that he is already enjoying the fastpaced atmosphere present in offseason workouts. “The way he’s pushing us this season so far — just from the one week, alone, we had three practices, and after each practice, you could tell it was something different,” Vargas said. “We were all sore, but it was a good sore, because

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New Ocoee football coach Ben Bullock chatted with parents on April 6 about his vision for the football program under his leadership.


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The boys and girls track teams for Windermere Prep had a strong showing at the Class 1A District 7 meet last week, with junior Danielle Hercules helping to lead the way for the Lakers’ girls squad. Hercules won the triple jump, was the anchor for Windermere Prep’s first-place 4x100-meter relay team and also placed second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters. Your last name is pretty cool. Do you like having Hercules for a last name? I originally didn’t — when I was younger, people would always come up to me and say, “Hercules, can you lift a car?” “Hercules, can you lift me up and throw me?” It was always the most annoying thing. … Now, it’s fun because all the coaches call me “Herc,” and all my friends refer to me as Hercules, and it’s just really fun. You won a district championship as an individual and as a part of a relay team — what’s that mean to you? It was really fun. I didn’t think I was going to win triple jump because I hadn’t done it in a few years. It was really fun to go out there and win. When did you find out that you were going to do the triple jump at districts, and how did you go about preparing to do an event you had not done for so long? I found out about a week ahead of time that I was going to triple jump for district. In terms of training, my coach, Sharrod Williams, was actually a triple jumper — so it helps that he knew how to approach it and how to make it not seem as complicated as it seems to most people. How much do you enjoy being a part of the 4x100-meter relay team? It’s probably my favorite part of track because we go out there, and everyone is like, “Oh, you just have to stand there and get the handoff,” and it’s not even remotely that simple. We have to do steps and we have to make sure we’re doing the right thing. We have to be in tune with each other. Playing soccer and running track, which do you like better? My preference is definitely track. I played soccer as a kid, and it was always one of my favorite sports to go out and play for fun, but I definitely prefer track.

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WEST ORANGE TEAM: Windermere Prep WHEN: Starts April 21; championship game at 7 p.m. April 24 at The First Academy (Orlando)

How are you preparing for the regional meet? For triple jump, I’m going to try and jump four feet farther, so I can make it to state. For running, we’re going to work on fixing the first part and the last part of my races — because I don’t have a fast start (off the blocks), and I don’t really have a good finish, but I’m good with the middle.

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The winner of the district semifinal between CFCA and Foundation Academy April 20 will advance to the FHSAA Class 2A State Playoffs.

Windermere Prep has had some notable success in several sports this year — which is your favorite to support? I like watching all of them. … I watched basketball, I watched football — but I think my favorite would be lacrosse.

Lions, Eagles to meet with playoff berth on the line The two programs, which split their regular-season meetings, will meet April 20 at Foundation Academy in the semifinals of the Class 2A District 4 Tournament.

What’s your favorite subject in school? Probably math. Or art. Those two are kind of different. Do you enjoy the contrast between them and the parts of your brain that they utilize? I think it’s fun to have a contradiction. If not, then you’re always just on one side and you can’t really look at things from both sides.

The baseball teams for Foundation Academy and Central Florida Christian Academy have played twice already this season, splitting the regular-season series. The two district rivals, sitting just 10 miles apart in Winter Garden and Ocoee, will play a third time in 2015 — this time, with everything on the line. The Lions (6-10, 3-3 in 2A-4) will host the Eagles (8-15, 3-3 in 2A-4) in the No. 2 vs No. 3 semifinal of the Class 2A District 4 tourney at 4:30 p.m. April 20. The winner advances to the district championship on April 23, again at Foundation and secures a berth in the FHSAA Class 2A State Playoffs — making for a true winner-takes-all affair. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” CFCA coach Larry Oldham said. “Foundation is a very good team; they’re a classy coaching staff and school. It’s always fun to play against them in big games like this.” Foundation took the first matchup, a 5-2 win at the school’s Winter Garden campus, with CFCA scoring an extra-innings victory when the teams met in Ocoee. Both

Given your interest in math and art, what do you think you would like to study in college? Interior design. What’s your average day like once the final school bell sounds? English homework, math homework — just homework in every class, really. I try to put aside three hours after school (for athletic training). From 3 to 6 p.m., I’m at track. What’s the last movie you saw in theater? I think it was “The Wedding Ringer” with Kevin Hart. I thought it was hilarious. What are you looking forward to the most about summer? So much sleep. I love to sleep in; I don’t like mornings. So I’m excited to not have to wake up before noon.

teams swept The First Academy-Leesburg, the district’s No. 4 seed, and were swept by top-seeded Trinity Christian. Both teams are also young — the Lions do not have any seniors on their roster — and have struggled as the season has progressed. “It’s big because we’re lacking in maturity in the game, and we’re trying to learn how to compete,” coach Brent Casteel said. “I’m proud of the guys that are here — they’re really

trying to step up and get the job done.” Whichever team emerges victorious Monday not only will gain a playoff berth but also some momentum because both programs are in rebuilding mode around young cores. CFCA, which just two years ago had an imposing pitching staff anchored by four seniors, has lacked an ace in the traditional sense this spring and relied heavily on underclass-

WEST ORANGE TEAMS: Ocoee, Olympia, West Orange WHEN: Starts April 20; championship game at 7:30 p.m. April 24 at West Orange

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WEST ORANGE TEAM: Dr. Phillips WHEN: Starts April 21; championship game at 4 p.m. April 24 at Boone

men on the mound. The lack of dominant pitching has led to lots of balls being put in play, and that has exposed the holes in the Eagles’ defense, something Oldham hopes to shore up in time for Monday’s game. However things shakes out, Monday’s game should make for quite an atmosphere as the previous two contests have drawn strong crowds. “We’ll see what happens on Monday — we’ve got a great chance of making this thing happen,” Casteel said. “We’re very excited. … We had a great crowd the first time we played them, so we’re really looking forward to it.” Contact Steven Ryzewski at sryzewski@wotimes.com.

PANTHERS, LAKERS HOPEFUL FOR POSTSEASON The Dr. Phillips Panthers have rattled off three consecutive wins, starting with a victory over Ocoee on April 2, helping the Panthers (1111) gain some momentum heading into the Class 8A District 4 Tournament. Dr. Phillips, the No. 2 seed, will play Cypress Creek at 4 p.m. April 21 in the semifinals and, if victorious, will advance to the state playoffs and likely face No. 1 seed Boone in the district championship April 24.

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Despite an up-and-down season, the Panthers have accumulated a 4-2 record in district play and are hopeful for another shot at the Braves, who have handed them both of their district losses. In Class 3A District 6, Windermere Prep (16-4) is looking toward the district championship and beyond, entering next week’s tournament at The First Academy as the No. 1 seed with a 3-0 record in district play. The Lakers will play

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or two hits away from beating these guys.” To get a third shot at the Titans, the Warriors will have to first defeat the Blue Darters in a winner-takes-all showdown, after splitting two games with Apopka in the regular season. Ocoee (15-9, 3-5 in 8A-3) should have its way with Evans, which is 0-8 in the district, in the 4-5 game before taking on the Titans in the semifinals. While Olympia will, of course, be a heavy favorite in the 1-4 game, the Knights did have a good showing in a 10-inning defeat to the Titans earlier this season and have a strong core of senior leadership to fall back on to make for a more intriguing matchup than meets the eye. Contact Steven Ryzewski at sryzewski@wotimes.com.

meet in a semifinal to decide which team advances to the district final on April 24 — and the state playoffs. Marlo’s squad, which is younger and not quite as deep as it has been in recent memory, has played better in the past few weeks as highlighted by a strong showing last week in two close losses to Olympia — one of which came in a 10-inning thriller on April 8 in a game that was televised on local cable. “We’ve grown a lot and matured a lot on the baseball field since the beginning,” Marlo said. “(Olympia) just had more timely hits when they needed it, and we didn’t. … (This week) showed us that if we go out there and play our best baseball, we’re one

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DP senior lifter steps into spotlight

BULLOCK / PAGE 1B we’re all getting better.” Bullock said he will bring a process-driven approach to the program as well as an emphasis on success in the classroom. “Each day, if we continue to improve, then the program is going to improve and we’re going to get to where we want to be,” he said. Bullock, who most recently led Mount Dora to a 8-3 record in his first season as a head coach, anticipates making adjustments as he gets to know the players available to him. In addition to raising the GPAs

WHAT: Top boys weightlifters in the state compete in the bench press and clean-and-jerk and are ranked by the total of those two lifts. WHERE: Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E Dakin Ave., Kissimmee WHEN: Friday, April 14. Class 2A competition begins at 10 a.m. COST: $9 admission, free parking WEBSITE: fhsaa.org

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Gio Clavier dropped a significant amount of weight between his junior and senior years of high school, while retaining his strength, to set himself up to qualify for the state this spring. to, then everything will be all right.” At the district meet, Clavier — who played defensive tackle for the Panthers during football season — benched 350 pounds and successfully cleaned-andjerked 250 pounds for a meet total of 600 pounds. That was 45 pounds better than the runner-up. Clavier went hard to work afof his athletes, he intends to place an emphasis on teaching the value of making decisions and accepting the consequences. With a few successful offseason conditioning sessions already completed, Vargas said he is excited to see how everything will influence the Knights’ season in the fall. “I’m just looking forward to the season, seeing how everything plays out from how hard we work,” he said. Ocoee will take the field for the first time under its new coach when the Knights host University for their spring game at 7:30 p.m. May 22.

ter just missing state a year ago while competing at a heavier weight class and has focused on the clean-and-jerk, a move he prefers and adds with a smile that it is “because it looks the coolest.” Dropping nearly 40 pounds is tough enough to do on its own, but Clavier’s work ethic allowed him to accomplish that while retaining his strength,

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making this year’s berth in the state championships possible. “He started working on technique, and his technique is very, very good and very, very crisp,” Wells said. “It’s awesome because last year he lifted at 238 (pounds), and this year, he lost all the weight — and did it the right way, cut down on his body fat — and he’s down to compete under 199 (pounds). It’s really, really hard to do … He lost 45 pounds of body weight and pretty much kept the same strength.” Contact Steven Ryzewski at sryzewski@wotimes.com.

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DR. PHILLIPS — To try to follow a stellar career in football and weightlifting by his older brother, Victor Clavier, Dr. Phillips senior Gio Clavier often found himself being reminded about how good his brother — currently a football player at Southwest Baptist University — was when he was a Panther. “We had Gio’s brother a couple years ago, and Gio was much smaller, very quiet — and not as strong as his brother,” Dr. Phillips football and weightlifting coach Rodney Wells said. “We always said, ‘Gio, hey, you gotta lift like your brother. You gotta play like your brother.’ And he wouldn’t say much, but come into his junior year, we saw Gio getting a lot stronger.” It’s safe to say Clavier has stepped out of his older brother’s shadow after winning the Class 2A District 5 Championship at 199 pounds April 1 to secure his spot at the FHSAA Boys Weightlifting State Championships on Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center. “I’m very excited at the opportunity,” Clavier said. “It feels awesome. … I feel like if I do this the way I’m supposed

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step up on offense, that put balls in the back of the net and really changed the momentum of the game.” As his team celebrated another district title, coach Charlie Battaglini reflected on the run his program has been on over the past few years. “The program has come a long way, and that’s due to the hard work of these kids,” Battaglini said. “They’ve put in work over the offseason — it’s hard to get some of these guys off of the field shooting sometimes.” Dr. Phillips now will take on West Orange in a first-round play-in game, with the contest originally set for 7 p.m. April 17 with the Warriors listed as hosts. Because the playing surface at West Orange is unplayable, though, the game has been moved to Dr. Phillips and will take place ahead of the girls’ game at 5:30 p.m. Despite the unusual circumstance, the matchup of old rivals still promises to be an exciting one. “West Orange is always a very highly emotional game for everybody,” Battaglini said. “It’s pretty much a big rivalry game for us. We’ve played them very close in the past years.”

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The West Orange boys lacrosse program brought home its fourth consecutive District 14 title April 9, beating neighborhood rival Olympia 18-6. The game was played at Ocoee High School — the Warriors had been slated to host the District 14 Tournament this spring, but because of the complications with the synthetic turf playing surface at West Orange, it was moved. Lane Artope had six goals, and Bailey Sarp had three goals to lead the Warriors (12-6) to its four-peat. Goalkeeper Garrett Burns had 14 saves in the final. “It’s pretty special; I wasn’t sure how much it meant to the kids until now,” coach Bill Baker said. “No one on the west side of the county has done this (a four-peat). It’s a testament to the growth that our program has had.”

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The Olympia girls lacrosse team cruised into the FHSAA State Playoffs with a 18-8 victory over the Warriors in the district final.

FHSAA LACROSSE STATE PLAYOFFS Here is the schedule for Friday’s First Round PlayIn Games: BOYS Dr. Phillips vs. West Orange (at Dr. Phillips), 5:30 p.m. GIRLS Olympia at Tampa Plant, 7 p.m. Timber Creek at Dr. Phillips, 7:30 p.m. Winners will compete in the second round play-in games at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Despite the margin of victory, West Orange led just 6-3 midway through the second quarter before creating some distance. “It’s just something about

coming out against Olympia in the second half that spurs these boys on — it’s an old rivalry, and it’s one that (Olympia) used to always get the better of,” Baker said. Turner Morris and Steven Gilmour each had two goals for the Titans, whose season came to an end with the District 14 Runner-up finish. The goals by Artope and Sarp, who each came into the game with 70 goals on the season, made the two Warriors the program’s first and second leading scorers in a single-season. Now, the Warriors, like the other local district champions, will get some time off before Friday’s showdown against Dr. Phillips in the state playoffs. “Keeping teenage boys focused — it’s the hardest part of the job,” Baker said. “We’ll focus on fundamentals. That’s the biggest thing we need to do at this point.” Contact Steven Ryzewski at sryzewski@wotimes.com.

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ACTIVE POUNDforPOUND THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015

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LET THE RHYTHM MOVE YOU by Steven Ryzewski | Sports Editor

Power Dance & Fitness in Winter Garden is the only studio in Orange County certified to offer POUND classes — an innovative fusion of cardio and Pilates incorporating good music and drumsticks.

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ust a few doors down from the library in Winter Garden, a place known for its quiet and reserved setting, a group of a dozen or so gathered on Saturday morning for a scene stark in its contrast. Set to pulsating music, the all-female group of participants navigate a workout routine that fuses cardio and Pilates, among other disciplines, each utilizing her own lightly weighted lime green drumsticks, or Ripstix, throughout. They lunge, they squat, they drum, and they yell; the members of Power Dance & Fitness on Plant Street in Winter Garden are enjoying the perks of being at the only POUND-certified gym in Orange County and one of just two gyms offering the class in Central Florida. “You don’t feel like you’re working out until you’re dying at the end — in a good way,” said Jill Holland, who drives all the way from Clermont to attend classes. “It’s very cathartic; it’s a great stress-reliever to be able to pound to the music. It keeps your energy going.” Power Dance & Fitness has been offering POUND classes since June, when the gym’s owner and lead instructor, Jaimie Roberts, became certified in the innovative new fitness genre. When a friend and former client moved to Tampa and began posting statuses and photos about a POUND class she was taking in that area, it sparked the longtime Disney performer’s interest. “It was driving me nuts because it looked so fun,” Roberts said. “I just blindly went and signed up to get certified. … I had no idea what I was doing.” Once certified, Roberts brought the new class back to her Winter Garden studio, and her clients, who already took her other classes, including High Intensity Interval Training and Power and Dance, gave it a shot. “(It was) completely different from what I thought it was going to be,” said Erica Thayer, a Winter Garden resident. “You don’t think it’s going to be as high-intensity as it is.” Roberts said her members fell in love with the new class and began bringing friends or sharing about it via social media. The way POUND allows participants to get so much done without realizing it — thanks to the fun atmosphere and pulsating music — and its cathartic elements have helped to make it a hit. “That’s one of the factors that they stress in the training — is that it gets it out,” Roberts said. “Especially at the end of the day, if you come to an evening class, you just pound it out — you pound out your frustrations, and you get to hit something and yell.” What’s more, while the classes are intense, they are also suitable for all ages —

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Jaimie Roberts, owner and lead instructor at Power Dance & Fitness in Winter Garden, leads the POUND class.

Patti Brankert, 52, sings along during a POUND class while utilizing her Ripstix, or lightly weighted drumsticks. just ask Patti Brankert. Brankert, 52, regularly attends POUND classes with Roberts or the studio’s other POUND instructor, Whitney Siemsglusz, and confidently

said she can keep up with any 25-year-old. Beyond offering POUND and other amenities, such as a spring floor designed for dancing that helps ease stress

on the knees and back, Roberts’ staff at Power Dance & Fitness works to create a sense of fellowship that keeps members coming back for more and, often, attending multiple classes in succession. “We’re all friends here, too, so you don’t feel silly doing it,” Thayer said. “You just let it go. Everybody is very, very welcoming.” For anyone looking for a new, fun and innovative workout — and perhaps even a few new friends — Power Dance & Fitness’ POUND class offers a formidable alternative to more traditional choices. “It’s just different — the 45 minutes goes by, and you don’t realize how many lunges you’re doing or how many squats you’re doing,” Roberts said. “And the music is awesome. … We’re just trying to get the word out that it’s awesome.” Contact Steven Ryzewski at sryzewski@wotimes.com.

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WHAT: Ten-game season beginning May 4 and ending July 20 that includes ISA-certified umpires and team trophies. REGISTRATION: Through April 24 at Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road. WHERE: Games will be played at Soreson Fields, 1755 Adair St., Ocoee COST: $360 per team CONTACT: Ocoee Parks and Recreation, (407) 905-3180

WHAT: Eight-game regular season, six-team playoffs and championship trophies and T-shirts. Season begins on May 13. REGISTRATION: Through May 1 at Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road. WHERE: Games will be played at Vignetti Fields, 1910 Adair St., Ocoee COST: $200 per team CONTACT: Ocoee Parks and Recreation, (407) 905-3180

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Lessons from walking 18 with two of golf’s best You can learn a lot watching professionals on TV or at an event. You can learn even more when you can walk with them, ask questions and watch what they do. I had the unique opportunity to walk 18 holes with two of the world’s elite players, Erik Compton and Rory McIlroy, at the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational. From that experience, I have some lessons I would like to share with you. Being a great person is the first lesson I can pass on from that day — being genuine at all times. Knowing who you JOHN are and HUGHES what your limits are will assist you to play great golf and provide the people around you with a sense of who you are and what you’re about. The second lesson the day provided was purpose. Rory had his lifelong coach with him, assisting him to navigate the course. Rory’s meticulous attention to detail is one of the reasons he is the world’s No. 1-ranked player. Erik was trying to break a streak of missed cuts and had his father, and later on his family, at his side to support him. Although it was a practice round for each player, every shot — each target, each club selection — had purpose. Lesson No. 3 concerns adapting and problem-solving. I was able to ask Rory and Erik about their preparation for The Masters, as well as other items, on and off the course. Each explained how his equipment has changed through the years, how each has changed his routine — both on and off the course — to increase his potential and how he deals with life issues. As is life, golf is a puzzle — a problem-solving journey. Along the way, things change, and you have to be ready to accept and embrace the changes the game hands you. Erik’s is a story of perseverance and determination, something else to be taken away from my encounter. Erik has had to overcome two heart transplants in his short life. So many times, I see golfers give up during a round because things did not go their way — if Erik had given up with that type of attitude, he would not have been one stroke away from winning the U.S. Open a year ago. Determination and commitment to any endeavor is crucial to your success, and it starts with one small accomplishment, so others can follow. Each professional had a team with him. From swing coach to manager to family, I noticed that each showed tremendous trust in the team that surrounded him. The lesson there is to allow some of the people in your life to experience what you do on the golf course. Incorporating some of the lessons I learned walking with two of the world’s best most likely will assist you to improve and enjoy the game more. But more importantly, it will make you a person of genuine quality first — a better golfer second. John Hughes is an award-winning golf coach whose clients include golfers of all skill levels, including major winners on tour. His website and blog, JohnHughesGolf.com, features tips, advice and the programming he offers at West Orange Country Club.


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THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015

REAL ESTATE by Michael Eng | Executive Editor

Keene’s Pointe home sells for $2.795 million

BAY LAKES AT GRANADA

The home at 8324 Granada Blvd., Orlando, sold March 31, for $270,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,665 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $162.16.

BRISTOL PARK

The home at 10228 Pointview Court, Orlando, sold March 27, for $263,550 (REO/ bank owned). Built in 1994, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,107 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $125.08.

TURTLE CREEK

The home at 10950 Boca Pointe Drive, Orlando, sold March 31, for $505,000. Built in 1997, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,434 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $147.06. The home at 10950 Woodchase Circle, Orlando, sold March 27, for $375,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,260 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $165.93.

The home at 9500 Baycliff Court, Orlando, sold March 31, for $449,900 (REO/bank owned). Built in 1994, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 2,914 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $154.39.

WINDERLAKES

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The home at 8619 Terrace Pines Court, Orlando, sold March 30, for $430,000. Built in 1998, it has five bedrooms, three baths and 2,863 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $150.19.

HERITAGE BAY

The home at 9033 Dancy Tree Court, Orlando, sold April 1, for $525,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,486 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $211.18.

PARKSIDE

The home at 8017 Chilton Drive, Orlando, sold March 27, for $699,000. Built in 2014, it has seven bedrooms, sixand-one-half baths and 5,206 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $134.27.

The home at 4108 Winderlakes Drive, Orlando, sold March 27, for $353,842. Built in 1983, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,661 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $132.97.

FALCON POINTE

The home at 3867 Shadowind Way, Gotha, sold March 27, for $278,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,248 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $123.67.

METROWEST AZUR AT METROWEST

The home at 6408 Raleigh St., No. 2411, Orlando, sold March 27, for $91,000 (short sale). Built in 1997, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,062 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $85.69.

CENTRAL PARK

The condo at 6184 Westgate Drive, No. 103, Orlando, sold March 31, for $62,500. Built in 1988, it has one bedroom, one

The condo at 5961 Westgate Drive, No. 2012, Orlando, sold April 1, for $89,900. Built in 1999, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,077 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $83.47.

MADISON AT METROWEST

The condo at 2528 Robert Trent Jones Drive, No. 1626, Orlando, sold April 2, for $110,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,295 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $84.94.

STONEBRIDGE LAKES

The home at 5915 Buford St., Orlando, sold March 31, for $280,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 1,828 square feet of living area. The price per

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The condo at 1075 S. Hiawassee Road, No. 912, Orlando, sold March 31, for $82,000. Built in 1989, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 829 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $98.91.

MONTVERDE LAKE HIGHLAND

The home at 14915 Fosgate Road, Montverde, sold March 31, for $1.78 million. Built in 2006, it has seven bedrooms, seven baths, a pool and 7,556 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $235.57.

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Total sales: 109 High sales price: $2.795 million Low sales price: $42,000 Short sales: Four REO/bank owned: 18

REMINGTON OAKS

HARBOUR HIGHLANDS

The home at 820 Chicago Ave., Ocoee, sold March 30, for $170,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,699 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $100.06. The home at 807 Burr Oak Drive, Ocoee, sold March 27, for $160,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,103 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $76.08.

KENSINGTON MANOR

The home at 3489 Bromfield Drive, Ocoee, sold March 30, for $198,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,235 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $88.59.

The home at 1982 Ancient Oak Drive, Ocoee, sold April 1, for $185,900 (REO/bank owned). Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,825 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $101.86.

VILLAGES OF WESMERE

The town house at 2103 Bent Grass Ave., Ocoee, sold March 31, for $229,000. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths and 1,876 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $122.07.

VILLAS AT WOODSMERE

The town house at 2316 Aloha Bay Court, Ocoee, sold March 27, for $162,475. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,540 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $105.50.

The home at 15652 Paddock Drive, Montverde, sold March 27, for $290,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,084 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $139.16. The home at 16511 Quarter Horse Court, Montverde, sold March 31, for $265,200 (short sale). Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,738 square feet of living area on 2.23 acres. The price per square foot is $96.86.

The home at 1519 Adriatic Drive, Ocoee, sold March 27, for $225,000. Built in 1992, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,152 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $104.55.

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The home at 728 Huntington Pines Drive, Ocoee, sold March 30, for $343,500. Built in 2009, it has four bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths, a pool and 2,668 square feet. The price per square foot is $128.75. The home at 2291 Post Oak Court, Ocoee, sold March 31, for $262,000. Built in 1996, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,103 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $124.58.

LAKE OLYMPIA CLUB

The home at 737 Olympic Circle, Ocoee, sold March 30, for $97,800. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,401 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $69.81. The town house at 627 Olympic Drive, Ocoee, sold March 31, for $89,000. Built in 1986, it has three bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths and 1,424 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $62.50.

MEADOW RIDGE

The home at 487 Douglas Edward Drive, Ocoee, sold April 2,

WESMERE

The home at 515 Mickleton Loop, Ocoee, sold March 27, for $228,500. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,525 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $149.84.

The home at 113 Pier Point Court, Orlando, sold March 31, for $130,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,233 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $105.43.

GOLF RIDGE

The condo at 1212 S. Hiawassee Road, No. 522, Orlando, sold March 27, for $112,500 (REO/bank owned). Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,206 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $93.28.

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WINDERMERE SOUND

The duplex at 7137 Harbor Heights Circle, Orlando, sold March 30, for $126,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,563 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $80.61. The home at 7108 Harbor Heights Circle, Orlando, sold March 31, for $125,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,230 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $101.63.

The home at 13248 Penshurst Lane, Windermere, sold March 31, for $355,000. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,921 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $121.53.

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MABEL BRIDGE

The home at 11955 Verrazano Drive, Orlando, sold March 30, for $245,000. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,723 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $142.19.

ORLO VISTA HEIGHTS

The home at 507 S. Hart Blvd., Orlando, sold March 30, for $86,000. Built in 1940, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,147 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $74.98.

ORLO VISTA TERRACE

The home at 126 S. Normandale Ave., Orlando, sold March 27, for $80,000 (REO/ bank owned). Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,544 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $51.81.

THORNHILL

The home at 11668 Brightstowe Way, Orlando, sold March 31, for $368,000. Built in 2008, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,744 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $134.11.

WEST ORANGE

The home at 7118 W. Livingston St., Orlando, sold March 31, for $238,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,130 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $111.74.

WESTMINSTER LANDING

The home at 2125 Stillington St., Orlando, sold March 27, for $415,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,246 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $127.85.

The home at 40 Main St., Windermere, sold for $1.35 million. It features five bedrooms, fourand-one-half baths and 3,714 square feet of living area.

ENCLAVE AT BERKSHIRE PARK

The home at 7325 Colbury Ave., Windermere, sold March 31, for $267,500. Built in 2009, it has three bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths and 2,160 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $123.84.

ENCLAVE AT INDERMERE LANDING

The home at 17509 Black Rail St., Windermere, sold March 27, for $575,360. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 4,501 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $127.83.

KEENE’S POINTE

The home at 9727 Wyland Court, Windermere, sold April 1, for $1.1 million. Built in 2002, it has six bedrooms, five baths, three half-baths, a pool and 6,000 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $183.33. The home at 11808 Vinci Drive, Windermere, sold March 27, for $1.1 million. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, four baths, two half-baths, a pool and 4,173 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $263.60. The home at 11515 Camden Park Drive, Windermere, sold March 30, for $515,000. Built in 2005, it has five bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,004 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $171.44.

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LAKE SAWYER SOUTH

The town house at 7720 Fordson Lane, Windermere, sold March 31, for $210,000. Built in 2008, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,644 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $127.74.

PROVIDENCE

The home at 13314 Fossick Road, Windermere, sold April 2, for $370,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,814 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $131.49.

RESERVE AT LAKE BUTLER SOUND

The home at 11162 Bridge House Road, Windermere, sold March 31, for $1.75 million (REO/bank owned). Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, five-and-one-half baths, a pool and 6,922 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $252.82.

SILVER WOODS

The home at 9228 Palm Tree Drive, Windermere, sold April 1, for $260,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,534 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $169.49. The home at 9190 Sabal Palm Circle, Windermere, sold March 31, for $242,000 (REO/ bank owned). Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,492 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $162.20.

The home at 13006 Sunkiss Loop, Windermere, sold April 1, for $175,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,155 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $151.52.

TILDENS GROVE

The home at 13330 Bonica Way, Windermere, sold March 27, for $577,500 (REO/bank owned). Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,761 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $153.55.

WATERSTONE

The home at 11629 Waterstone Loop Drive, Windermere, sold March 31, for $1,389,900. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths, a pool and 4,436 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $313.32.

WAUSEON RIDGE

The home at 11017 Lake Butler Blvd., Windermere, sold March 31, for $499,900. Built in 1961, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 2,911 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $171.73.

WICKHAM PARK

The home at 12789 Bosworth Ave., Windermere, sold March 30, for $259,900. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,710 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $151.99.

The home at 12022 Otterbrooke Trail, Windermere, sold April 2, for $460,000. Built in 2012, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,455 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $103.25. The home at 9173 Outlook Rock Trail, Windermere, sold March 31, for $460,000. Built in 2014, it has five bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 4,057 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $113.38.

WINTER GARDEN ALEXANDER RIDGE

The home at 2080 Nerva Road, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $381,150. Built in 2014, it has six bedrooms, four baths and 4,259 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $89.49. The home at 2262 Romanum Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $375,000. Built in 2014, it has six bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,773 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $99.39. The home at 1970 Pantheon Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $375,000. Built in 2015, it has five bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,773 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $99.39. The home at 2111 Cestius Road, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $359,640. Built in 2014, it has five bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,773 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $95.32. The home at 2063 Nerva Road, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $319,000. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,919 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $109.28.

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The home at 2206 Romanum Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $315,000. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,919 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $107.91.

BRANDY CREEK

The home at 1263 Brandy Lake View Circle, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $199,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,702 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $116.92.

BURCHSHIRE

The home at 641 Foster Ave., Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $85,000. Built in 1948, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,454 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $58.46.

CAMBRIDGE CROSSING

The home at 12113 Rebeccas Run Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $368,000 (REO/ bank owned). Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,552 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $103.60.

GLYNWOOD

The home at 409 Duff Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $451,100. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 3,375 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $133.66.

HICKORY HAMMOCK

The home at 16195 Johns Lake Overlook Drive, No. 49, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $439,990. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,819 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $156.08. The home at 15651 Citrus Harvest Road, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $350,690. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms and three baths. The home at 15899 Citrus Grove Loop, No. 363, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $349,990. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 2,675

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The home at 13232 Bellaria Circle, Windermere, sold March 27, for $1,369,995. Built in 2014, it has five bedrooms, five baths, two half-baths, a pool and 5,423 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $252.63.

LAKE BURDEN SOUTH

The town house at 7460 Ripplepointe Way, Windermere, sold March 30, for $235,000. Built in 2015, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,938 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $121.26.

LAKE BUTLER PARK

The home at 40 Main St., Windermere, sold March 31, for $1.35 million. Built in

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HORIZON OAKS

The home at 1033 Mildred Dixon Way, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $42,000 (REO/ bank owned). Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,000 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $42.

INDEPENDENCE/ SIGNATURE LAKES

The home at 7036 Fence Line Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $310,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 3,547 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $87.40. The home at 6496 Old Carriage Road, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $280,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,698 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $103.78. The town house at 14422 Prunningwood Place, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $173,500. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two-and-onehalf baths and 1,448 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $119.82. The town house at 6947 Pasturelands Place, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $168,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,464 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $114.75.

ISLAND POINTE

The home at 1040 Chase Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $212,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,938 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $109.39.

JOHNS LAKE POINTE

The home at 15234 Johns Lake Pointe Blvd., Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $578,971. Built in 2014, it has five bedrooms, four-and-onehalf baths and 4,619 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $125.35.

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LAKE COVE POINTE

The home at 549 Lake Cove Pointe Circle, Winter Garden, sold April 2, for $516,000. Built in 2014, it has five bedrooms, four baths and 3,906 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $132.10.

OAK PARK

The home at 207 Clacyn Court, Winter Garden, sold April 2, for $174,000 (REO/ bank owned). Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,918 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $90.72.

OAKS AT BRANDY LAKE

The home at 916 Cloverwood Way, Winter Garden, sold April 2, for $235,000. Built in 2008, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,968 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $119.41.

ORCHARD HILLS

The home at 14568 Cedar Hill Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $352,480. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,987 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $118.

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STONEYBROOK WEST

The home at 14949 Masthead Landing Circle, Winter Garden, sold April 2, for $275,000 (short sale). Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,825 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $97.35. The home at 15570 Amberbeam Blvd., Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $250,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,224 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $112.41. The home at 1132 Portmoor Way, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $249,900. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,741 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $143.54. The town house at 1363 Priory Circle, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $187,000. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,633 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $114.51.

SUMMERLAKE

The home at 15345 Sandfield Loop, No. 87, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $375,000. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,183 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $117.81.

STONE CREEK

The home at 1572 Tiverton Blvd., Winter Garden, sold April 1, for $190,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths and 1,632 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $116.42. The home at 15312 Black Lion Way, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $188,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,541 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $122.

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sale). Built in 2007, it has five bedrooms, four baths and 3,396 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $79.51.

The home at 13109 Moro Court, Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $270,000 (short

The home at 8125 Key West Dove St., Winter Garden, sold April 1, for $379,000. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,895 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $130.92. The home at 14549 Spotted Sandpiper Blvd., Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $326,500. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths and 3,052 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $106.98. The home at 8106 Key West Dove St., Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $310,000. Built in 2009, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,323 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $133.45. The home at 8012 Rail St., Winter Garden, sold March 31, for $308,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,340 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $131.62.

SUNSET LAKES

The home at 3101 Shadow Pond Terrace, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $324,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 1997, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,716 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $119.29.

TRADITIONS

The home at 117 Steinveck St., Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $208,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,928 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $107.88.

TUCKER OAKS

The condo at 15325 Oak Apple Court, 8A, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $130,000. Built in 2008, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,216 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $106.91.

TUSCANY

The home at 1563 Victoria Way, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $270,000. Built in 1995, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 1,984 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $136.09.

VERDE PARK

The home at 17959 Gourd Neck Loop, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $443,309. Built in 2014, it has seven bedrooms, five baths and 5,107 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $86.80.

WESTPOINT TOWNHOMES

The home at 437 Westpoint Garden Circle, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $154,500. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,588 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $97.29.

WINTERMERE POINTE

The home at 2061 Wintermere Pointe Drive, Winter Garden, sold April 2, for $317,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,520 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $125.79.

BUSINESS BRIEFS + Windermere resident promoted WINDERMERE — Commercial real-estate investment services firm Marcus & Millichap named Justin West regional manager of its Orlando office. “Justin has demonstrated his expertise in expanding our national market-making Justin West capabilities to clients in Orlando and Central Florida as sales manager of the Orlando office,” said President and CEO John J. Kerin. “In his new role as regional manager, Justin will provide leadership and support to our investment professionals and continue to expand the Orlando office.” West has been a resident of West Orange County for more than three decades and currently resides in Windermere. “A key element of our continued growth and expansion is cultivating strong relationships with experienced commercial real-estate investment professionals in Orlando and throughout Central Florida,” West said. He began his career with Marcus & Millichap in February 2010 as an agent in the Orlando office. He has been serving as sales manager of the Orlando office since October 2013. His product specialty was officeand industrial-investment properties, and in 2013, West received the Central Florida Chapter of NAIOP’s Investment Broker of the Year award. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, he was managing partner at West Commercial Real Estate Advisors. He began his real-estate career with Duke Realty Corp. as a leasing and development representative for its Orlando office group. West graduated from Rollins

College in Orlando and is also a graduate of West Orange High School in Winter Garden. He and his wife, Angie, have three children: Caden, 7, Colin, 5, and Makinze, 2.

+ Taylor Morrison names finance VP ORLANDO — Taylor Morrison recently announced Rolando Gonzalez as its vice president of finance. In this role, he will oversee the company’s accounting, auditing and reporting processes. Most recently, Gonzalez served as vice president of finance for the Central Florida division of AV Homes. He also has held several leadership positions in the industry, including director of strategic corporate planning and vice president of finance at TOUSA Homes. “With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, there’s no doubt that Rolando will be an asset to our team,” said Maurice Johnson, division president for Taylor Morrison (North Florida Division). “We look forward to his insight as we continue to grow as an organization and offer quality service for our homebuyers.” Gonzalez is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University.

+ DP manager wins RE/MAX award DR. PHILLIPS — The RE/ MAX Florida Region has recognized Reese Stewart with RE/ MAX Properties SW Inc. in Dr. Phillips as the 2014 Manager of the Year for Single Office. This honor confirms the impact Reese had on the people around him. “We truly appreciate his commitment and thank him for serving his clients and community as a member of the RE/ MAX family.” said Hudson O. McMurtrie, broker/owner of RE/ MAX Properties SW Inc.

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CHRISTIAN WEST ORANGE CHURCH OF CHRIST 1450 Daniels Road Winter Garden 407-656-2770 www.cocwo.com

CHURCH OF GOD OCOEE CHURCH OF GOD Pastor Thomas Odom 1105 N. Lakewood Avenue, Ocoee 407-656-8011

EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH 241 N. Main, Winter Garden Services: 8, 9:30, & 11am, 7pm www.churchofthemessiah.com CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd. Orlando Sun.Serv 8:30am, 10:30am, 6:30pm. 407-876-3480 www.ascension-orlando.org

METHODIST FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 125 N. Lakeview Ave Winter Garden Phone – 407-656-1135 Web: fumcwg.org

PRESBYTERIAN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF THE LAKES, USA Conroy-Windermere Rd. @ Lincoln Ave. Sunday School 9:00AM, Worship 10:30 407-291-2886 Worship on Wed. 7:00 - 7:30 PM “Come hear the Gospel” Rev. Ferdinand Brits www.pcol.org

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST WINDERMERE UNION CHURCH 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Rd. Windermere, FL 34786 407-876-2112 Worship times: 9:00am Adult Sunday School 10:00am Worship www.windermereunion.org

Advertise your Services, Bible School or Events on this page weekly The NEW Faith Page will appear in the West Orange Times & Observer weekly and online at wotimes.com. Each online listing will be linked to the church’s website. One month minimum commitment. Call 407-656-2121 to schedule your ad.

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Classifieds LOST CAT - Black with white chest & four white paws. Lost at Affordable Pet Care behind Hardee's in Ocoee. $100 reward. 407-905-0823. 4/23

090 MISCELLANEOUS AVIATION Grads work with JetBlue, Boeing, Delta and others- start here with hands on training for FAA certification. Financial aid if qualified. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-314-5838 4/16fcan Struggling with DRUGS or ALCOHOL? Addicted to PILLS? Talk to someone who cares. Call The Addiction Hope & Help Line for a free assessment. 855-995-3142 4/16fcan

SouthWest Aquatics located in Winter Garden is seeking the perfect office candidate. Must have excellent customer service skills, be able to multi-task in a very busy office. Efficient computer skills. Self-motivated and self-directed. Must be available 3 to 5 days a week from 3pm to 7:30pm and 2-3 Saturdays per month from 9am to 1pm. Please call Maureen at (407) 905-0999 or email your resume to Maureen@SouthWestAquatics. com 4/23sa B.A.H. Express hiring Regional-OTR Class A drivers. Great pay and benefits, paid vacation and holidays. Home weekly. 12 months experience. Apply at www.bahexpress.com. 800-8526641 ext. 111 4/16fcan Class A drivers wanted home every weekend dedicated southeast runs walk away lease purchase no money down! Or paid every mile plus benefits www.Sheltontrucking.Com 800-8773201 4/16fcan

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Estate Sale-6240 Bolling Dr Pine Hills, Fri/Sat 8-2 Original Owner since 1957. Full House and Sheds 4/16ts Big Tool/Shed Sale- 1256 Oak St. Ocoee Sat 8-2. All kinds of tools, Drill Press, Saws, Yard Tools, Tool cabinets, Side by Side Refrigerator, Pool Table, Air Compressor, 100?s of small tools. Please Park on side street and use back gate. 4/16ts Independence Community Garage Sale. 14213 Pleach St., Winter Garden Florida, 34787. April 18-19 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 4/16sa

Good running driving cars from $1800 Call Billy 407-948-2723

WINTER GARDEN - 1BR $735, 2BR $785, 3BR $975 on Lake Apopka. Water/Sewer included. 407-656-7162. 9/25tfn

SouthWest Aquatics located in Winter Garden is seeking the perfect office candidate. Must have excellent customer service skills, be able to multi-task in a very busy office. Efficient computer skills. Self-motivated and self-directed. Must be available 3 to 5 days a week from 3pm to 7:30pm and 2-3 Saturdays per month from 9am to 1pm. Please call Maureen at (407) 905-0999 or email your resume to Maureen@SouthWestAquatics. com 4/23lm

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200 ITEMS FOR SALE Club Car Electric Golf Cart. Great condition, new batteries & Service. $2,350. 407-877-2666. rs4/16

240 GARAGE SALE Wagons, Car seats, Highchairs, Play pens, Bassinets, Toy boxes, Pottys. 25 cent children's clothes. Bathtubs, Sports balls. Babylady 407-731-4248. 4/23bl $1.00 table, 1/2 price table, different items weekly. Stroller/Car seat $29.95, Highchair $12.95. Babylady 407-7314248. 4/23bl Jumperoo $29.95, Fans $8/$12, Walker $12.95, Tikes pink toy box $24.95. Babylady 407-731-4248. 4/23bl

700 HOMES FOR SALE For Sale By Owner. Winter Oaks Community. 913 Butter Oaks Ct, Winter Garden. 3/2 1/2, walking distance to W.O. Trail and Downtown Farmer's Market & Shops. Call for appt. 407808-3480. 4/16jb

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JUST LISTED 2 DAYS!!!

This home features open floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, dining area, breakfast nook, breakfast bar, pantry, inside laundry, 2 car garage, privacy fenced back yard!!! All appliances and window coverings stay!plants!!! Asking only $169,900.Freshly painted inside, new landscaping includes new sod, new plants!!!

PAT SHARR Realty

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UNDER CONTRACT IN 13 DAYS!

4 bdrm. 3ba with Foyer, formal living & dining, family rm, kitchen has 42’ cabinets, all stainless steel appliances stay! Inside laundry rm washer & dryer stay! This home is in immaculate condition, beautiful landscaped yard, SUPERB INTERIOR. Open floor plan, large breakfast area. Split bdrm plan, screened lanai, white privacy fenced yard. 3 car garage! Asking only $299,995.

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407-948-1326

TREAT YOURSELF! SEE THIS!!!

OLD FASHIONED CHARM!!!

3 Bdrm. 2 Ba. IMMACULATE CONDITION!!! Tiled foyer with tray ceiling. Open floor plan, living/great room with sliding glass doors, privacy fenced back yard. Kitchen complete with pantry and all appliances, all window coverings stay! Two great bedrooms and full bath. Granite countertops in kitchen, breakfast bar and baths. Inside laundry, dual sinks in master bath and 2-car garage, paver driveway. Original Owners. Asking Only $229,000

This home features hardwood flooring, orginial cabinets, tile and plaster walls! Large living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, inside laundry room and 1/2 bath just off kitchen. Storage room under carport, fenced in back yard!!! Walk to downtown winter garden or drive your golf cart. Great for first time home buyer or to down size. Asking only $165,000.

407-948-1326

407-948-1326

PAT SHARR Realty

PAT SHARR Realty

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Labor Ready now HIRING! - Plenty of jobs available. Apply online at www.LaborReady.com or in person. Applications accepted Mon - Thurs 10am-2pm. 301 N. Ocoee-Apopka Road Ocoee, Florida, 34761. 4/23rd

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3 bdrm.1Ba. Completely remodeled. New doors and windows, new drywall, new wood cabinets, all appliances stay! Laminate flooring, all electric and plumbing replaced, new front and back porch. Completely painted inside and out. Ideal for a first time buyer . Walk to downtown, walk/ride the West Orange Trail. No HOA. Corner lot. Asking only $165,000 PAT SHARR Realty

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WELDING CAREERS - Hands on training for career opportunities in aviation, automotive, manufacturing and more. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. CALL AIM 877-206-4006 4/16fdan

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DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Become a driver for Werner Enterprises. Earn $800 per week! Local CDL Training. 1-877-214-3624 4/16fcan

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620 APARTMENT & DUPLEXES

160 GENERAL EMPLOYMENT

TIRED OF CITY LIVING?

5 ACRES, NO HOA, Great home with 4 bdrms. 3 baths, formal living/dining, family rm, kitchen with breakfast nook, split bdrm plan, inside laundry rm, covered screened large lanai, 2 car garage, huge metal building 3 roll up doors. Covered storage, and 2 storage containers. New porcelin tile, kitchen has quartz counter tops, new oven/cooktop, bathrooms updated, new plumbing 2014, new water heater 2014. Electronic front gate. Asking Only $499,700

CUTE STARTER HOME!!!

400 AUTOS FOR SALE

JUST REDUCED $5,000

4 Bdrm. 2 Ba. This is a TRADITIONAL SALE, NOT a short sale or bank owned. No rear neighbors! Travertine tile, throughout except for bdrms and living rm. Formal living & dining rms, family rm with wood burning fireplace, kitchen with breakfast nook, breakfast bar, pantry and all kitchen appliances stay! Inside laundry rm, split bdrm plan, large master bdrm adjoined by master bath, garden tub, separate shower, his/her closets, dual sinks. Screened lanai, pool, heated spa, open wood deck off of lanai, fenced yard. Asking only $294,900. PAT SHARR Realty

407-948-1326

WHAT A BUY! LISTED 12 DAYS!

3 Bdrm, 2 ba.On cul-de-sac, great back yard with patio and privacy fence. No carpet in this split bedroom plan. All wood laminate and ceramic tile flooring... Granite countertops in kitchen and baths! Kitchen appliances stay! Freshly painted inside! Large master bdrm and large walk in closet! Close to W.O. Trail, 429, 408 and Turnpike! Asking only $249,000.

PAT SHARR Realty

407-948-1326

The City of Winter Garden is currently seeking applicants for various positions Job descriptions and applications are available online.

www.wintergarden-fl.gov Phone: Fax:

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407-877-2795

The City of Winter Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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740 LOTS & ACREAGE Lot For Sale - Beautiful Wolf Laurel, NC with great view and golf course near by. Priced for quick sale. 407-8777522. 4/16ba 5 Acres -approx.1.5 acres flat land on gravel road with electricity. Approx. 3.5 acres down mountain side with creek near property line; triangle shaped. Great sunsets (facing west). Land taxes $155 /year. Only 2 neighbors nearby. Very peaceful, occasional deer running through property. Closest town is Monterey. Located between Cookeville and Crossville Tenn. -$38,000.Call 407-697-2386. 5/7ma

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