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The Crossings Church in Winter Garden raised enough money to rebuild the destroyed home of Danladi Boyi Yarri, his wife and his family. The entire village showed up for the dedication of the new home.

The pastor of The Crossings Church and three parishioners were humbled by their trip to Nigeria, where they helped build homes and hope for distraught Christian villagers.

come at nighttime, when it’s dark and the victims are

asleep. The suspected Fulani, a nomadic group of mostly Muslim herders, have made it their goal to torch the homes and run out the Christians of Nigeria. SEE REBUILDING PAGE 4

McCraney plans large industrial park in Ocoee Ocoee could be getting a new 650,000-square-foot industrial park after McCraney Property Company purchased about 44 acres at the crossroads of State Road 429 and Florida’s Turnpike. ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER

McCraney Property Company purchased a 43.9-acre parcel at the crossroads of State Road 429 and Florida’s Turnpike in Ocoee to make way for a new 652,696-square-foot industrial park. The proposed industrial park SEE DISTRIBUTION PAGE 4

U.S. Air Force Airman Raheem Brent has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. He completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Brent is the son of Reginald and JoAnn Brent of Winter Garden. He is a 2016 graduate of West Orange High School.

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THURSDAY, MAY 17

A CONVERSATION ABOUT EDUCATION 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Tildenville Elementary School, 1221 Brick Road, Winter Garden. Orange County School Board chair candidates Matthew Fitzpatrick, Robert Allen Prater and Nancy Robbinson, plus District 7 School Board candidate Eric Schwalbach, will speak during the Orange County Council of PTA/PTSA program. (407) 877-7074. THE PAPERLESS GENEALOGIST 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Feeling bogged down with too much paper from years of genealogical research? Explore options for going paperless and see how

digital versions can actually enhance the research experience. (407) 835-7323.

FRIDAY, MAY 18

INTRODUCTION TO THE SEWING MACHINE 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee. Have you ever wanted to make your own custom clothes, home decor, costumes or accessories? Learn about sewing safety, basic sewing machine skills and stitching seams in this basic class. (407) 835-7323.

SATURDAY, MAY 19

NINTH ANNUAL OPD COMMUNITY PICNIC 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Freedom Park, 351 Thornebrooke Drive, Ocoee. The Ocoee Police Department is hosting this ninth annual event with free food, drinks, games and activities. Various prizes, including a 32-inch flat-screen television, will be raffled off. There will be bounce houses, Ocoee fire truck engines and facepainting. (407) 554-7204 or patera.scott@ocoee.org.

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WHIZKIDS: 3D DESIGN MINECRAFT CHARACTERS 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Children who love playing Minecraft will love this class. They will learn to design and draw their very own Minecraft character using 3D modeling software. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.

SUNDAY, MAY 20

GARDEN TO TABLE FUNDRAISER 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Winter Garden Community Garden, 455 Ninth St., Winter Garden. Help the garden board and Grow Orlando celebrate a new program, FarmRaiser, which hires east Winter Garden youth to tend to the garden, growing fresh produce for lowincome residents. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 2 to 12 and free for children younger than 2. For tickets, bit. ly/2jsFgRT.

MONDAY, MAY 21

LAKE WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Lake Whitney Elementary media center, 1351 Windermere Road, Winter Garden. All 2010-11 Dolphins and their parents are invited to catch up with old friends and teachers

and enjoy old photographs. (407) 877-8888.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

CHAMBER MAYORAL UPDATE LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. The West Orange Chamber of Commerce offers the opportunity for residents to get to know local leaders from Orange County, the cities of Ocoee and Winter Garden and the towns of Oakland and Windermere. Cost is $41 per person and $328 for tables of eight for Chamber members; and $51 or $408 for others. (407) 656-1304. “HUNCHBACK” SHOW ADDED 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Due to the show’s popularity, another evening performance of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” has been added. Tickets can be purchased at (407) 877-4736 or gardentheatre.org. Various other showtimes remain through May 27.

THURSDAY, MAY 24

TRANSITIONING TO KINDERGARTEN 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Kid’s Community College, 1475 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. This toolkit course will provide

resources and materials to help parents prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. (407) 9822421.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

SECOND CHANCE PROM 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at The Breakroom, 13105 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. The theme of the 21-and-older party is “A Night in Paris.” Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple and includes dinner, dancing and a prom photo. For tickets, email mindy@callmemktg.com.

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BOOK CLUB FOR ART LOVERS Noon Saturday, June 9, at the SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association, this month’s book discussion is “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” by Tracy Chevalier. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. Call (407) 347-7996 or email info@wgart.org. ONP GOPHER TORTOISE RUN 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Take part in a three-miler through the preserve or a three-mile virtual race — all to support ONP. Visit oaklandnature preserve.org/ gopher-tortoise-run.

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Winter Garden resident starts online petition to preserve city’s traditions The petition was created in response to another petition regarding the city’s current invocation policy in commission meetings. GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR

Roper YMCA to teach swim safety program at Bouler Pool The Roper YMCA is offering its Safety Around Water program for free to 100 children. ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER

With summer around the corner, it’s no doubt that families will be hitting the water to beat the heat. To ensure the little ones stay safe around the water this summer, the Roper YMCA will be partnering with the Maxey Community Center to educate children about water safety. Swim instructors from the Roper YMCA will bring the Y’s Safety Around Water program to Bouler Pool at 362 11th St., Winter Garden. “Safety Around Water is a YMCA national program that we offer,” Roper YMCA Executive Director Chris Demetriou said. “Swimming is a major, major skill that we feel every kid should have the opportunity to learn.” The program will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting May 23 to 25 and continue the following week from May 28 to June 1. The program is limited to 100 children, and registration is open. Those who are interested can register at the Roper YMCA or at the Maxey Community Center. Spots are available on a first-comefirst-serve basis, so individuals are encouraged to sign up imme-

diately, Demetriou said. “Sign up immediately because … when we offered it at the Roper Y in April, it was incredibly popular,” Demetriou said. “That’s our hope. We want people to sign up for this.” Demetriou said the Roper YMCA earned the 2018 Florida State Alliance of YMCAs, Inc. Safety Around Water/Swim Lessons Grant, which allows them to offer the program for free. “We applied for a grant with Y-USA and we were awarded that grant,” Demetriou said. “This is completely free to the community. … We were thrilled to have the support from Y-USA to be able to do this program outside of the Roper Y.” Demetriou added building the relationship with the city of Winter Garden and the Maxey Community Center is the first step in offering the program outside of the Roper YMCA facility itself. “We wanted to do our best to help and continue to support the city of Winter Garden,” Demetriou said. “This is the start of us expanding it from just the Roper Y to the city of Winter Garden. … Next year, depending on the impact we’re able to make, we would love to see what an expand-

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ed role would look like.” Demetriou said children who participate in the program “learn three basic umbrella skills” that pertain to water safety: ground rules, water skills and rescue. “They learn (ground rules such as) how to ask permission before entering the water … always swimming with a parent or adult, sun protection and then any other generic pool rules” Demetriou said. “Some of those water skills include entering the water safely, floating and kicking.” Additionally, children will learn about breath control and what to do in emergency situations, Demetriou said. “Of course, there’s the rescue piece which is very important,” Demetriou said. If you have a friend that’s in a serious situation, instead of you jumping in (the water) yourself — because we’re working with kids — find something that floats that we can throw to them to help pull them in.”

An online petition requesting signatures in support of Winter Garden’s traditions has been making the rounds on Facebook. The petition, titled Keep Winter Garden Traditions Alive, reached 659 signatures as of May 14 and was started by Winter Garden resident Lauren Bennett-Flemister. Bennett-Flemister, who has lived in Winter Garden for 51 years, said she started the petition out of concern after hearing of neighbor Joseph Richardson’s petition. “The purpose of my petition is to show the city of Winter Garden how many residents support honoring our traditions and keeping them intact,” BennettFlemister said. Richardson, a self-proclaimed secular humanist, is an advocate for the Freethought Community. He has made repeated efforts during the last three years to persuade city officials to either modify its invocation policy or change to silent meditations, as the cities of Longwood and Winter Springs have done. Richardson believes the existing ordinance, which dictates who is allowed to get on the city’s invocator lists and sets out selection procedures for invocators, creates an opportunity for discrimination. Although he does not believe it was written with the intent to discriminate, he insists it allows commissioners to apply the rules in a discriminatory manner. “I agree that in the original resolution, they said it is not their intent to discriminate but to apply the rules in a nondiscriminatory way,” he said. “But that’s obviously not the way the rules are working. And the fact is, we warned them about this three years ago. Here we are three years later, and it’s been made abundantly clear they’re not choosing certain people. It just reinforces the idea that they are indeed using this policy in a discriminatory manner.” He notes the commission has yet to choose him to do an invocation in the last three years, despite his name being on the list, while having chosen “a

couple of different people four times” in that same timeframe. “They could decide, using the same rules in existence right now, to never pick a Christian invocator if they wanted,” Richardson said. “And it doesn’t have to be religious discrimination. The point is, they can discriminate either for religious reasons or for personal reasons — if they don’t like a particular person or for no reason at all.” But Bennett-Flemister believes there is no need to change the policy and fears doing so could erode the city’s community traditions. “From talking to people, the general consensus has been strongly in favor of leaving things alone,” she said. “They like Winter Garden the way it is and don’t want it to change. If we allow change to some of our traditions, they are afraid it will open the door for other traditions to be changed as well.” The invocation policy, implemented a little more than three years ago, requires invocators to be a representative of a 501(c)(3) organization and allows commissioners to choose who leads the invocation from an established volunteer invocator list. “For me this is bigger than who presents an invocation,” she said. “This is about changing Winter Garden one piece at a time. You can exercise your right to not attend a function if it offends you. ... But why must you change the way things have traditionally been done?” Bennett-Flemister also emphasized concern for one of the Christmas festivities, Light Up Winter Garden, which she believes Richardson is against. But Richardson said he has no quarrel with the holiday celebration. Winter Garden City Manager Mike Bollhoefer was initially unaware of the content of both petitions, but he said the city has not discussed or considered any changes to Light Up Winter Garden and added that the city has no obligation to respond in any manner to the petitions. “I’m not sure why people are worried about that (Light Up Winter Garden),” Bollhoefer said. “We have not discussed any changes to the Light up Winter Garden celebration.”

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Rebuilding a village

Observer “If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this — a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.”

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The dwellings are made of mud, so the attackers throw lighted torches and gasoline through the windows, setting the belongings and the wooden rafters ablaze and causing the metal roof to collapse. The villagers, mostly farmers, harvest their land and store the food in small straw huts. The Fulani torch the food supply, too. “They make them impoverished,” Pastor Ron Tewson said. “(Even) if their lives are spared, they have lost everything. … They have to leave; they can’t stay there.”

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BUILDING HOUSES, BRINGING HOPE

Tewson, pastor of The Crossings Church in Winter Garden, and three members of his congregation, Mike Palmer, Kevin Dettore and Ed Engstrom, traveled to Nigeria to follow up on a promise made to the family of Danladi Boyi Yarri, whose home was destroyed in an attack last October that killed five of the 10 residents, including several children. A Christmas Eve collection to rebuild Yarri house raised $10,300, more than double the $5,000 necessary to build one home. The four men, who funded their own trip, left the United States April 1, following the Easter Sunday service. Palmer, Dettore and Engstrom returned after one week; Tewson stayed for almost three. Yarri’s village of Te’egbe has about 20 homes and is in the Kogi State of Nigeria in western Africa. He is a native of the area and was known for holding regular church services in his home. Tewson said it was an emotional meeting between his group and the Yarri family. Yarri’s wife had been viciously attacked, her face slashed and her left arm cut off at the elbow. The money raised at the Winter Garden church had been sent previously to the International Christian Concern organization, so the home was nearing completion by April. It included front and back doors, a long hallway and a series of rooms to the left and right where up to 20 family members can live together. There is no running water; the outhouse and cooking area are set up outside. Tewson participated in a dedication of the house. He said it was a wonderful experience and a huge celebration that included not only the Yarri family but also most of the villagers and their families. “They were so extremely grateful,” Tewson said. “And

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“We didn’t just build some houses. We brought hope. It was all over the faces of the people we helped.” — Ron Tewson, pastor of The Crossings Church Courtesy photos

Teamwork helped rebuild the pastor’s home in the Zangwra village.

what it did was it brought hope that somebody cared for them on the other side of the world. That was probably the most touching, somebody cared for them. … That just made them feel so special and so valued, and it gave them so much hope.” HANDS-ON HELP

More money raised meant another opportunity to build, so the group went to the Miango District’s village of Zangwra, which was almost entirely destroyed in a rare daytime attack Jan. 25. A total of 17 homes were burned down, but because it was daylight, everyone fled and survived. There was a real sense of lost hope, Tewson said, because so many villagers had dispersed. When they returned, they found their homes, as well as friends and family, gone. The village church remained intact, but the pastor’s home next door was burned, and he and his family had left. “The lack of hope was unbelievable,” Tewson said. “Life was over.” An ICC representative said

rebuilding the pastor’s house would give the residents hope that their village could prosper again. So they built. The four men from The Crossings witnessed a barn-raising, of sorts. Men, women and children — about 75 in all — came together, and everyone played an important role in the construction. Some women walked to the stream a half-mile away and returned with buckets and barrels of water for the men to use when mixing the concrete. Other women prepared a large cauldron of soup for lunch. Children were put to work, too. Tewson was asked to speak to groups of about 300 villagers multiple times, and he said it was humbling to know the people saw him as “the great white hope from America.” He traveled with heavy military protection to Central Nigeria to a district called Daffo. On March 8, the Fulani herdsmen destroyed eight villages, killing hundreds of people in one day; these communities are now empty. “I’ve been all over the world on mission trips,” Tewson said. “This

was unlike anything I’ve ever done, because it was seeing evil against a church.” He returned home April 19 and shared his trip with his congregation April 22. The pastor said the first home was actually $8,000, because it was built bigger than anticipated, and he asked churchgoers to help raise $3,000. They raised $8,600, and Tewson is considering rebuilding another house in Nigeria. “Evil is the best and only way you can describe this,” Palmer said of his trip to Nigeria. “All the politics, all the culture aside, even religion aside, it’s just evil acts. “It was very eye-opening to me,” he said. “To see what folks are doing and what they’re experiencing in the face of this type of attack and evil firsthand, as opposed to reading about it, seeing that and talking to the people, and being able to touch the destroyed buildings and smelling the charred wood gives it a level of realism that I don’t think you will ever forget. You don’t walk away unchanged. Now I have a heart for these people. … it’s brothers and sisters in Christ — and in humanity, as well.”

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would span across three buildings: building 100 will be 104,950 square feet, building 200 will be 145,164 square feet, and building 300 will be 402,582 square feet. The project has been named “Distribution 429.” “Orlando’s already-bustling industrial market just got more active,” said Deidre Krause of The PR Company, who handles public relations for McCraney Property Company. “With a new exterior look (and) keeping with the company’s belief that industrial is the new retail, Distribution 429 will

reside in the epicenter of Ocoee — one of Central Florida’s submarkets with the lowest vacancy rates for industrial space.” A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for this month. Each building at the new industrial park will feature McCraney Property Company’s signature clean façades and high-finish benchmark-setting warehouse design, the company stated in a prepared statement. “The Ocoee market is Central Florida’s newest epicenter for industrial growth,” President and CEO of McCraney Property Company Steven McCraney said. “With the demand for last-mile

hubs continuing to outpace supply, industrial developments along key arteries that enable tenants to move product throughout the Greater Central Florida market and beyond will prove invaluable to company’s distribution strategies.” Ocoee is just one location in the southeast seeing development from McCraney Property Company. The company also has projects in some form of development underway in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and in other areas of Florida. “Shallow bay industrial buildings, ranging from 180 feet to 440

feet in depth, is the target property size our company is developing throughout the Southeast, fulfilling demand from tenants seeking to do business in a 5- to 50-mile radius from their customer,” McCraney said. “The market segment for industrial assets under 250,000 square feet represents 70% of the total U.S. warehouse stock but only 17% of completions, as the average U.S. industrial user ranges from 15,000 to 50,000 square feet. As demand for industrial product remains strong in Florida’s major markets, we are already seeing strong tenant interest at Distribution 429.”

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Orange County enacts burn ban regulations NEWS EDITOR

To increase fire safety during periods of severe drought conditions, county commissioners recently established a burn-ban ordinance. The ordinance amends Chapter 18 of the County’s code, which details the existing Fire Prevention and Protection ordinance. The revised ordinance will eliminate the need for the Orange County mayor to publicly issue an emergency burn ban during drought conditions, as emergency burn bans will automatically activate once the Keetch-Buram Drought Index, which is a reference scale created by the State of Florida that measures drought conditions, meets, or exceeds, 500. According to the new ordinance, automatic burn bans will remain in effect until the drought index dips below 500 KBDI for seven consecutive days and is applicable in both unincorporated and incorporated Orange County. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted, including campfires, bonfires and yard and trash burning. Outdoor burning authorized by the Florida Forest Service is exempt from the ban, as well as the use of outdoor grills and barbecues. Permitted commercial and professional firework displays are also exempt. The public will be notified of active burn bans via press releases issued to local media sources, social

FIRE SAFETY TIPS DURING DROUGHT n Create at least 30 feet of clean and green space around your home. n Clear trash and dead vegetation from your front and backyards. n Remove leaves and debris from roofs and gutters. n Create a plan and an emergency kit in case an emergency evacuation is necessary. n Monitor local media for updates on road closure and smoke conditions. n Use caution when grilling, camping and discarding cigarettes. n Call 911 if you see fire in your area. n Download the OCFL Alert app.

media and emergency messaging via the OCFL Alert phone application. Although early discussions regarding enforcement included a criminal penalty of $500 fine and a possible 60-day imprisonment, county commissioners’ concerns about the severity of the punishment encouraged the removal of such language from the ordinance. The county’s fire department and Environmental protection Department will enforce the burn ban by issuing civil citations up to $500 to people who violate the restrictions.

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Winter Garden city commissioners voted unanimously to award a contract to Collis Roofing Inc. for roof replacements at the Winter Garden Police Department during their May 10 meeting. Collis Roofing Inc. will be replacing the roofs at the WGPD 911 Dispatch Center and the police department’s gym facility for a total cost of $151,844. The cost includes a 10% contingency, Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Frank Gilbert said. “The roofs have been extensively patched over the years, and they have reached their total life expectancy,” Gilbert said. “They need to be replaced to ensure the roofs remain properly sealed.” Commissioners also approved the purchase of a new backup generator at the WGPD at a cost of $111,170.95, which includes a 10% contingency. The new generator will be powerful enough replace the two older generators at the police department, Gilbert said. “The (current) main generator is over 23 years old, has become costly to maintain and … the parts are very hard to source,” Gilbert said. “The new generator — due to upgraded technology — is powerful enough to back up the entire police department campus.” Gilbert also said funding for the roof replacements and new generator have been included in the current fiscal year budget.

n Under regular business, commissioners voted unanimously to dispose of surplus vehicles and equipment that are no longer usable or obsolete. n Commissioners also approved a resolution to designate Oakland Park as a golf cart-approved subdivision. The resolution designates the roads in Oakland Park where residents may legally drive their golf carts. REZONINGS

City leaders voted unanimously to approve the first reading of two rezoning ordinances. Ordinance 18-20 seeks to rezone a 0.26-acre parcel located at 42 E. Smith St. from R-2 residential district to C-3 profession office district. If the second reading of the ordinance is approved, the space will be used as a real-estate office, Gilbert said. Ordinance 18-21 pertains to a 3.32-acre property generally located at 205 Windermere Road. The ordinance seeks to rezone the property from R-1 single-family residential district to Planned Unit Development to allow for the development of an 11,700-squarefoot indoor pool facility and administrative office. SouthWest Aquatics currently is housed on the subject property, and the new building would be an addition to the existing facilities.

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Bridgewater Middle School teachers were treated to an unexpected surprise the morning of May 7 when they came to school to see their lounge had received a makeover. Members of the Bridgewater Parent Teacher Student Organization — with help from IKEA and Sherwin Williams — redecorated the school’s teacher lounge in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, PTSO Vice President Xiomara De Gracia said.

Prior to the makeover, the lounge doubled as a storage area for supplies.

“They were super excited,” De Gracia said. “We kept it top secret until (the reveal). … When they got there, that’s when we let them know that we redecorated their (lounge) and gave them a space to relax in.” IKEA donated furniture and designed the lounge, while Sherwin Williams donated paint, De Gracia said. Prior to the redecoration, the Bridgewater teacher lounge doubled as a storage area. Various supplies, copy machines and rolls and reams of paper cluttered the space — making it look more like a large supply closet than a lounge. “The teacher lounge was kind of an area of the school that was being utilized more as a supply area,” De Gracia said. “They didn’t have a fridge. They didn’t have much in there. It kind of was a forgotten spot. As we approached Teacher Appreciation Week, one of the ideas that came up was giving the teachers an area where they can go during their break (to) eat, relax, take some time to get their work done and just have an area for them in the school.” De Gracia said the decision to redecorate the teacher lounge was a last-minute idea conceived about a week before the reveal. Originally, PTSO members thought the redecoration

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would be a summer project. That changed when one parent reached out to IKEA seeking furniture donations. IKEA took it a step further and not only donated furniture but also delivered it and designed the lounge quick enough to have the redecoration completed in time for Teacher Appreciation Week. “(IKEA) really stepped up lastminute,” De Gracia said. “When we called IKEA … they were like, ‘We’ll pull it off. We can get the design. We’ll get it done if you guys want to reveal it for (Teacher Appreciation Week).’” De Gracia added the teachers are happy with their new lounge and have expressed their grati-

tude to the PTSO. “I had one teacher actually approach me and said, ‘You know, because of things like this, it makes me excited to come and teach the children, because I know I have a group of parents that care and are here for us,’” De Gracia said. “That’s why we do it. It’s for them.” Principal Andrew Jackson said he was supportive of the makeover from the beginning, adding he was pleasantly surprised with how the teacher lounge turned out. “When the parents said they wanted to do something nice for our teachers and suggested a complete makeover of a teacher

work room, my response was, ‘Absolutely,’” Jackson said. “I knew they would do an amazing job with the decorations, but when I saw the transformation, I was completely blown away. It is evident our parents appreciate our teachers as the effort to renovate the lounge was substantial.” School Bookkeeper Jill Pitchford-Dunn also thanked De Gracia and her fellow PTSO members. “The teacher lounge looks absolutely fabulous and (the redecoration) was definitely needed,” Pitchford-Dunn said. “Thanks for all your hard work. We appreciate you all.”

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n The Town Commission approved, under the consent agenda, an amended cost request for two modular classrooms at Oakland Avenue Charter School. The commission previously approved site work in the amount of $50,000 and monthly rental costs of $3,000 but subsequently has learned that additional electrical service is required from Duke Energy. This will cost about $86,000 more. n Elected officials adopted park hours at its three parks and pier: Speer and VanderLey parks and the Jake Voss Pier will be available to the public from sunrise to sunset; and Pollard Park, formerly known as West Side Park, is open from sunrise to 10 p.m. because the basketball court has timed lights. About $900 will be spent on signage at these locations.

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he earlier rains took the edge off the heat for a beautiful evening Saturday, May 12, during Oakland Nature Preserve’s Night at the Preserve. The preserve’s third annual event is one of its biggest fundraisers, and proceeds support its continued work. Guests mingled and indulged in heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, as well as wine and beer selections. They were also treated to live music, raffles and a lakeside champagne toast at sunset.

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Some attendees were asked to take the stage for an intense game of heads or tails as part of the evening’s fun activities. Left: Jenna DeGuissepe, James Frost, Emersynn Frost, Cindy Harding, Alexandra Frost and Richard Harding attended as a family.

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Kick off your weekend with an evening of magic, comedy and family fun at the Groove at The Grove event Friday, May 18. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Grove shopping center at 4750-4757 The Grove Drive in Windermere. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the event. James Songster of Magic and Mayhem will be performing at the event. An award-winning magician, Songster, 52, has been inciting laughter and wonder with his performances for about 25 years around Orlando, throughout Florida and other locations. “I moved to Orlando to be a magician,” Songster said. “I got here very late in 1991 and started performing in 1992 not knowing how it would develop or what it would turn into. Here I am all these years later having the time of my life.” When Songster first came to the area, he only expected to stay for a few years. He ended up staying longer because the type of magic he performs matches well with Orlando’s tourism market. “What was really a turning point for me was the type of people that come to Orlando for vacations — specifically families — because I’m very in tune with performing for family audiences,” Songster said. Songster said he always has had passion for theater and took up magic as a theatrical hobby when he was a child. “My very first magic trick — I remember going to the magic shop at Disneyland in California ... and the demonstrator behind Program(5.5”x4.25”) the counter brought out this little stack of nickels,” Songerster said. “He showed me this little stack of

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THROWBACK THURSDAY MAY 19, 1988 Jimmy Pitchford was the longtime owner of Jimmy’s Thriftway, located in downtown Winter Garden near the intersection of Plant and Dillard streets. Pitchford advertised in The West Orange Times each week and always provided a small column called “Food For Thought,” in which he provided hints and tips for food preparation and ingesting. A city-owned parking lot now gives visitors ample parking in the space previously occupied by the grocery store.

85 years ago

Bray Hardware was advertising push-type lawnmowers for $4.75 and ice-cream churns for $1.

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George Morgan Howard, of Winter Garden, and Charles Hawthorne, of Ocoee, narrowly escaped death when their rowboat overturned on the large lake at the Smith-Britt groves.

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From 1958, this photograph features a group celebrating May Day at Holden Street Elementary School in Orlando. Pictured, from left: Edna Jones, chairman; Oakland’s Ruby Lee,

Franklin Cappleman addressed the Winter Garden Lions Club on the subject of the West Orange Scholarship Foundation.

The Red Sox were champions of the senior division of the West Orange Little League. Team members were Claude Hawthorne, Steve Holden, Dennis Meridith, Nicky Adams, Johnny Dyal, Craig Maloy, Jim Notaro, James Jenkins, Mike Mask, Ricky Maloy, Wally Adams, Billy Butler, Mark Perko and Kevin Munroe.

co-chair; Oakland’s W.V. Nixon, principal of the school; Miss McDonald; Mrs. Henry; Mrs. Turner; Miss Rhea Anderson; and Mr. Leonard Wilson. If you can provide further

information about this photograph, contact the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation at (407) 656-3244.

The mission of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is to preserve the heritage and architecture of Winter Garden while creating new cultural experiences. The Foundation also preserves the material culture of West Orange County, using it to educate the area’s youth on the community’s rich history.

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The Windermere 10,000-meter road race drew some 500 runners of all ages. Gene Murphy and Rans Black were co-chairmen of the Windermere Rotary Auction, which drew a big crowd. Lakeview Junior High School will present “L’il Abner” starring Rhonda Swanner, Ernie Hahn,

Mark Parker, Brett Jarvis, Lynne Carter, Donnie Hammon, Danny Bodiford, Rich Charron, Rans Black, Cathi Norris, Amy Tope, Joanna Rosich, Lee Winters, Molly Matheison, Lesli Griffin and many other students. The Rev. Bob Wheat was installed as the new pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland.

30 years ago

Tom West hosted a homecoming in Ocoee for his three sisters, Grace Kerr, Mabel Pounds and Ida Hovey; his brother, Sidney West; and their families. After a boat ride on Starke Lake, they enjoyed a poolside dinner with The Banks Family providing music.

2018 West Orange Chamber of Commerce and West Orange Foundation Education Awards SOAR Winners with Stina D’Uva, Joe Alarie, Dorcas Dillard

Stina D’Uva, West Orange Chamber President/CEO and West Orange Foundation President

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West Orange softball senior outfielder Lexie Blair is a candidate for the American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Softball Player of the Year, a partnership with USA Today High School Sports. Warrior fans can help Blair’s chances of winning the national distinction by voting at bit.ly/2KSuD7n.

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The Dr. Phillips baseball team survived with its season on the line May 8 with a 12-inning victory over Lake Brantley in the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Quarterfinals. The game lasted four hours and 15 minutes. Previously, the Panthers had earned a playoff berth with an extra-inning win over Cypress Creek in the semifinals of their district tournament.

West Orange junior Russell Robinson wins state championship in long jump. Page 18.

Extra-inning win sends Warriors to state semis again West Orange softball won its region to earn a thirdconsecutive trip to the state semifinals in Vero Beach. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR

For the third time in as many years, the West Orange softball team is headed to Vero Beach for a state semifinal. And for the third time in as many years, the Warriors (23-7) had to go through Port Orange’s Spruce Creek Hawks to advance. After beating the Hawks by a score of 2-0 in 2016 and again in

2017, West Orange needed extra innings to top Spruce Creek May 11, winning 3-0 in eight innings. As a result, the Warriors are preparing to face Metro Conference peer Timber Creek (24-5) in the FHSAA Class 9A State Semifinals Saturday at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The game originally had been scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Friday, May 18, but the FHSAA announced Monday morning, May 14, that ongoing

weather concerns had altered the schedule for the state championships this week. During the dramatic regional final that punched the Warriors’ ticket to Vero Beach, West Orange ace Landry Newgent and Spruce Creek pitcher Tiana Hernandez dueled through seven scoreless innings. It wasn’t until the top of the eighth that the Warriors pushed across three runs — with the first coming by way of a oneout, bases-loaded walk of Lexi Mosur. Brenna Wise followed that by driving in Lexie Blair on a sacrifice fly to center field that made it 2-0 in favor of the Warriors. Helping to ice the victory was an RBI-single from Alli Sartini that drove in Bryce Adkinson. After that, West Orange looked to Newgent to close the door, SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 19

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Landry Newgent earned the win on the mound for West Orange May 11.

MAKING A FIELD A HOME The Foundation Academy football program took the field at its new, on-campus facility May 11 for its spring intrasquad scrimmage. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR

As Foundation Academy junior Warren Sapp II walked off the field last Friday, he had to admit the grass beneath his cleats felt pretty right. “It feels great — everything about this is great,” Sapp, a standout defensive lineman for the Lions, said with a smile. “We’re all excited.” Foundation Academy’s football program, a longtime tenant of Winter Garden’s Walker Field, had just played its “blue-andwhite” spring scrimmage on its new, on-campus field. Although

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there is still plenty of work to be done on the facility — including permanent bleachers, the concession stand and bathrooms — the afternoon scrimmage, which lasted about 90 minutes, was a milestone for a program that is excited to play actual home games this fall. “The field is in great condition … it should be a great venue for us,” Lions head coach Brad Lord said. “Walker Field has been good for us, but I know our kids are excited to finally play home games.” The milestone is significant for

After spending more than three decades at her prior school in the Panhandle, packing up and moving to Central Florida was no small decision for Lisa Eaves, the new athletic director for Foundation Academy. Luckily, Eaves said, there were enough indications from on high that the Winter Garden campus was where she is supposed to be.

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Spring football games got underway in West and Southwest Orange last week, with Olympia football hosting Boone May 11. The Titans were defeated 31-14. Upcoming this week are games for Foundation Academy (7 p.m. May 17, at Lake Highland Prep), Ocoee (hosting Evans and Hollywood Hills May 18 for a jamboree at 7 p.m.) and CFCA (hosting Warner Christian at 11 a.m. May 19).

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Russell Robinson, a junior for the West Orange High track team, won an individual state championship in the long jump May 4 at the FHSAA Track & Field State Championships. Robinson’s jump of 23 feet, 3.5 inches was more than enough to win gold in Class 4A. Robinson is a twosport standout for West Orange, also competing for the Warriors football team, as well as performing several other events for the track team.

What was the experience of competing at the FHSAA Track & Field Championships in Jacksonville like? It was a nice experience — I was a little nervous. It was just cool being up there and watching everyone run, experiencing state for the first time. … It’s exciting to have another chance next year to go and do the same thing. What’s your routine before each meet? I listen to music a little bit before and when I’m warming up. I’m not thinking about jumping for a P.R. (personal record) or anything — I’m just thinking about getting a jump in and performing well. Has there been a coach who’s had a particularly large impact on you? My coach, Patrecia Daniley. She’s really good. Who is a track-and-field athlete you admire? I look up to Grant Holloway, a runner for (the University of) Florida Gators. He’s good at the hurdles and does the long jump just like me. He played football in high school and chose track for college. What was your favorite class this past school year? I’d say wood shop, taught by Mr. (Rudy) Zubricky. I like building projects and doing stuff on my own … just being free (to create) in the class.

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Foundation Academy quarterback Henry Austad launched a pass downfield during the Lions’ scrimmage May 11.

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What do you think you might like to study in college? I haven’t really thought about that yet, but the choices are civil engineering or sports medicine — something around that area. What are your favorite professional and collegiate football teams? My pro team is the Washington Redskins, and my favorite collegiate team is the Georgia Bulldogs. What’s your go-to meal after football or track practice? Some pasta or some chicken or something — fried chicken. What are you looking forward to the most about this summer? Running track, playing football and getting bigger and faster. I’m going to run for Florida Elite this summer. Have you seen any good movies lately? “Avengers: Infinity War” — I liked the way they brought all the characters together out of all the different movies. If you had to hang out with one of the heroes from that movie for a day, who would you choose? Probably Iron Man, Tony Stark, because of all the cool technology he has and everything. — STEVEN RYZEWSKI

a campus community that has invested significantly in — and exercised patience for — the school’s new athletic complex on its South Campus. Hurricane Irma thwarted earlier hopes that games might have been played on it during the fall of last school year, and when the field neared completion at the beginning of 2018, school officials opted not to play any soccer games there in favor of giving the sod more time to firmly settle. As evidenced by players’ ability to plant and change direction during the scrimmage, the sod has settled in nicely. And although the facility has not been fully completed, Lord said he already can envision what home games on a Friday night will mean for the campus community. “You go to different schools, and their sports complex is sort of the heartbeat of the school,” Lord said. “It’s where the kids work out, where they hang out, where they make friends, build relationships with coaches and get better. That’s what our vision is here and we’ve been blessed here at Foundation.” There is still plenty of time for progress to continue on the new facility before the Lions take the field for an official game, too. Foundation Academy President David Buckles said the school has ordered the first phase of its bleachers for the inaugural season. It will have bleachers in place to seat 300, with ensuing phases planned that will increase that capacity over time. Foundation Academy will play its annual spring game at Lake Highland Prep in downtown Orlando May 17 and open the fall season with a kickoff

classic game at Orlando Christian Prep Aug. 17 and a road game in Week One at Cambridge Christian Aug. 24. As is currently scheduled, the official debut of the new field will take place Aug. 31, when Foundation Academy hosts Kingdom Prep. RENOVATED WEIGHT ROOM A PLUS FOR LIONS

The scrimmage debut of the Lions’ new football field is not the only exciting facility-related news at Foundation Academy. The school is upgrading its playground at its North Campus with artificial turf and new equipment, and more pertinent to the athletics program, the existing weight room at the school’s South Campus has received a significant facelift. Located within the Leiferman Family Gymnasium, the weight room has been renamed the Lumpkins Family Strength and Conditioning Center to recognize the generosity of the Chip and Luanne Lumpkins, who made the donation. The renovation included new equipment and aesthetic branding elements, and already it has been a big hit. “They redid it, and the kids are excited about it,” Foundation Academy football coach Brad Lord said. “We got two new (weight) racks, so we’ll get done quicker than we have been — it’s beautiful.” Buckles said this was not the first generous donation by the Lumpkins family, which also has donated money for projects such as providing Chromebook laptops for the school’s teachers. “What they see is the possibilities of Foundation Academy,” Buckles said. “This is a family that believes in the vision of Foundation Academy — athletically and academically.”

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“The Lord just kind of answered the (questions I had) and I had a peace about it,” Eaves said. “I just know (Foundation Academy) is where I’m supposed to be.” Eaves replaces outgoing Athletic Director David Baginski, who had been in the role since 2010, and she already has begun working for the school on a part-time basis. Her full-time start date is June 1. She joins an athletics program at Foundation that is in a growth mode. As athletic director at the Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville for the past eight years, Eaves oversaw the addition of nine middle-school sports and 13 high-school sports. “It’s exciting to me, because that’s what I did (at Rocky Bayou),” Eaves said. “I’ve learned a lot here, and so I think I’m prepared to do it in a way that’s going to be healthy at Foundation.” Foundation Academy President David Buckles, who also expressed gratitude for the work Baginski had done while on campus, said Eaves stood out during the school’s search because of her experience and, particularly, her success growing female sports programs. “Lisa came on our radar with a very strong sports program at her school, and a strong female sports program, and that’s an area where we want to grow,” Buckles said. Eaves’ prior experience also includes serving as the president of the Panhandle Christian Conference and on the FHSAA’s Athletic Directors Advisory Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Bible College and a master’s degree from Luther Rice University. Already, Eaves has collaborated with school officials to hire a new boys soccer coach — Josh Mansingh, formerly an assistant coach with the team — and she is working to fill the Lions’ opening for a cheerleading coach, also. One big change for her will be that, after more than three decades of coaching volleyball, basketball and softball, she will be focused solely on the administrative side of things. “That’s going to be a little weird for me,” Eaves said. “But I get to coach coaches, and I’m looking forward to being fulltime in that role and serving the coaches.”

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which she did with authority — finishing a complete-game, eight-inning outing that saw the Hawks tally just four hits. “(Newgent) seemed to really have the hitters’ number,” West Orange coach Kelsey LaNeave said. “Our thought (during the playoffs) has been that if we’re going lose a ball game, we’re going to lose it with our No. 1 pitcher on the mound.” An inning before Newgent closed the door on Spruce Creek, the Hawks (19-11) nearly defeated the Warriors in walk-off fashion if not for the arm of left-fielder Cerynn Siemer. When Spruce Creek’s Mackenzie Childs doubled to left, it looked as though it might bring in Anna Carter. Instead, Siemer made a throw to catcher Julia Sniffen that saved the Warriors’ season and set the stage for a dramatic eighth inning that booked her and her teammates a trip to Vero Beach. The victory is the 11th consecutive win for West Orange, an exclamation point on a hot streak that began in early April starting with a 12-2 win over Wekiva April 5. Before that, the Warriors had been 12-7 with an uncharacteristic handful of district losses to their credit. After graduating several key contributors from the teams that won back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017, West Orange had several new faces in new roles, and the coaching staff had done some experimenting early in the season

TIMBER CREEK Record: 24-5 Quick pitch: Sophomore pitcher Lindsey Hendrix has racked up 173 strikeouts in 123 innings and has an ERA of 0.85 on the season. Seniors Sydney Socarras and Alyssa Velez anchor the Wolves’ batting order. WESTERN Record: 20-7 Quick pitch: Sophomore pitcher Jada Oleski has an impressive 108 strikeouts to show for her 113.2 innings on the mound this season. CORAL REEF Record: 18-11 Quick pitch: Junior Katerina Boix leads the Barracudas with a whopping 37 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits, including four home runs.

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adversity West Orange was facing was some adversity off of it, too. In mid-March, head coach Todd LaNeave suffered a heart attack and was sidelined for several weeks while he recovered. In the interim, Kelsey LaNeave assumed the role of head coach. Todd LaNeave has gradually

returned to the dugout, and now the father-daughter coaching combo will game plan for the Wolves this weekend. And where it was once unclear whether West Orange would even make it out of its district, anything seems possible as the Warriors are — once again — one of

just four teams left in the state in their classification. “The girls are really confident,” Kelsey LaNeave said. “It’s been a season of battling, and we’ve had to come from behind quite a bit — those (tense) situations aren’t really scaring us much, anymore.”

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STARKE LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH PO Box 520, 611 W Ave, Ocoee Pastor Jeff Pritchard (407) 656-2351 www.starkelakebaptist.org

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

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