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Olympia alum hot to trot Molly Murtha won a national championship last month SEE PAGE 11.

EE-I-EE-I-O! One Gotha family has adopted and rehomed about 70 animals since they opened their home to farm animals in need. STORY ON PAGE 4.

Gotha Middle student concocts winning formula

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Vishanth Murugesan will compete in the National You Be The Chemist Challenge.

Vishanth Murugesan will compete in a chemistry challenge in Washington, D.C. DANIELLE HENDRIX BLACK TIE EDITOR

School might be out for the summer, but rising Olympia High freshman Vishanth Murugesan is headed to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate his knowledge of chemistry. SEE STUDENT PAGE 4

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Victoria, Erika and David Jimenez show affection to their baby pygmy goats in their backyard animal rescue farm in Gotha.


County approves improvements to Wallace Road, Dr. Phillips Blvd.

Windermere artist Mark Hadley finds inspiration in the darkness.

Orange County plans to construct a right-turn lane on eastbound Wallace Road and a left-turn lane on westbound Wallace Road at the YMCA.






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The Wallace Road and Dr. Phillips Boulevard intersection will be getting much-needed improvements. The area houses the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA center in the southwest corner, a residential subdivi-

sion in the northwest corner, the Dr. Phillips Elementary School on the northeast corner and a medical office plaza on the southeast corner. Orange County commissioners on Tuesday, June 5, passed a SEE IMPROVEMENTS PAGE 6

BERGER EARNS VFW AWARD Cadet Technical Sgt. Katia Berger, of Windermere, a senior at Randolph-Macon Academy, has been recognized for outstanding participation in the Air Force Junior ROTC program at the academy. She received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award, which is presented to a senior or junior cadet who displays a positive attitude toward the AFJROTC program, demonstrates lofty personal standards and maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average. This award is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1860. Berger is daughter of Robert and Kathryn Berger of Windermere. RandolphMacon Academy is a collegepreparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in sixth through 12th grades.




AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERSHIP MEETING 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the American Legion Post 63, 271 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Scott Gration, retired U.S Air Force major general, recently joined the post and will speak on Flag Day. Gration has an incredible background and experience in worldwide leadership. He was appointed by President Barack Obama as a special envoy to the Sudan in 2009 and then as ambassador to Kenya in 2011. He served 32 years as a fighter pilot and senior leader in the Air Force. (407) 656-6361. AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in Building B Room 201 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. This

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support group is designed for parents of children and teens on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. The support group for parents of adult children and soon-to-be adult children will resume in September. Share challenges, ideas, concerns, success stories and fellowship. A trained facilitator from UCF CARD offers a brief topical lesson each month. Email care@ or call (407) 8764991, Ext. 262, to register to attend. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Barnes Learning Center Distance Learning Classroom (second floor of Founder’s Hall) at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. All faiths welcome. This support group is open to cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers and spouses or partners. Meetings include a time of sharing and spiritual and emotional support. This month’s

topic is “Chair Yoga and Meditations to Alleviate Stress.” Email or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 262, to register to attend. WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED MEETING 11:20 a.m. doors open at West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Guest speakers are Army Corps 1st Lt. Bill Peterson, a P51 fighter pilot, and Shannon Laurie for Ashley Moody, candidate for attorney general. Lunch is served at noon and costs $20. RSVP to or (407) 230-5968. WHIZKIDS: CODE WITH JAVASCRIPT 4:15 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Write real code. Explore the JavaScript programming language with characters from “Star Wars.” Ages 9 to 12. (407) 835-7323.  


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YOGA AND REIKI: TOOLS FOR HEALTH AND ENLIGHTENMENT 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Learn how simple postures in yoga and the healing powers of Reiki can change your health, add joy and longevity and make a positive difference in your life. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a gentle yoga class as well as Reiki. Dress comfortably, take a notebook or journal and a large towel or yoga mat. Registration required at ocls. info or call (407) 835-7323. A responsible adult or caregiver must accompany children 10 years of age or younger.

‘ASBURY SHORTS’ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. This is New York City’s longest running short-film exhibition and touring show, and it is making its second appearance in Winter Garden. The 90-minute concert of the world’s best short films is strongly recommended for ages 16 and older. Tickets cost $12 general admission. For tickets and information, visit or call (407) 877-4736. CRUZ N CAR SHOW 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, along Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Check out vintage cars and trucks, or enter your own for a chance to win prizes. (407) 656-4111.

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Rising through the ranks WHAT IS CIVIL AIR PATROL?

Kendall Barrows, a rising junior at Olympia High, has achieved the rank of second lieutenant in the school’s Civil AMY QUESINBERRY COMMUNITY EDITOR

Olympia High School is the only school in Central Florida to offer Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary cadet program of the U.S. Air Force. Nearly all other high schools offer a U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. This program is unique, too, because many of the squadrons are based in the community; Olympia offers it as an after-school club, and any student in the community — whether in public or private school or home-schooled — can participate. One Olympia student has been consistent in her rise through the ranks. Kendall Barrows, 16, recently was promoted to second lieutenant just weeks before completing her sophomore year. This is a feat accomplished only with determination and drive. Furthermore, she has earned the Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell Award, which puts her in the top 15% of all cadets nationwide. The award is named for William Lendrum Mitchell, a U.S. Army general, regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force. Eligibility requirements are strict for this promotion. Mitchell Award recipients are eligible to attend Cadet Officer School and the Civic Leadership Academy and, if they choose to enlist in the Air Force, they may enter at the grade of E-3. Barrows’ promotion was made official at a ceremony May 21. Her parents, Greg and Jennifer Barrows, and her grandparents, Dave and Mary Barrows, were in attendance, and she asked her grandparents to participate in the ceremony. “Having my parents and grandparents there to put on my officer bars meant everything to me but, most importantly, everything to them,” Kendall Barrows said.

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Second Lt. Kendall Barrows received her promotion during a Civil Air Patrol meeting at Olympia High School. She asked her grandparents, Mary Barrows, left, and Dave Barrows, right, to pin on her epaulets. In back are Capt. Brian A. Collins, squadron commander for Olympia Cadet Squadron FL-465, left, and her father, Greg Barrows.

“Dave Barrows, my grandpa, is a military veteran, and ever since I joined CAP, he has been so proud to watch me advance.” She joined for the challenge and the opportunity to grow. “Going into the military has been a consideration for my future, and I thought CAP could help me decide,” she said. Capt. Brian A. Collins, squadron commander for Olympia Cadet Squadron FL-465, also was present for the promotion ceremony. Collins initially joined CAP as a sponsor member when his oldest son was one of Olympia’s first members; he became a senior member when his second son joined. He got more involved in the program, earning his aircrew wings as a mission scanner and aerial photographer. By this time, a third sibling joined the squadron. “All three kids have held leadership positions, and it’s been amaz-

ing to see how CAP helped build their confidence and leadership skills over the years,” Collins said. In March, he assumed command of the squadron. The Civil Air Patrol, led by advisers from the school and the community, teaches discipline, leadership and aviation. Participants are given opportunities to fly an aircraft alongside an instructor, see the latest in military simulation and perform Color Guard duties at school and community events. “Civil Air Patrol has given me the best leadership training a teenager could get,” Kendall Barrows said. “Starting as a basic airman, I learned drill and the core values; then (I) was placed into leadership roles, (such as) flight sergeant and first sergeant. “Now as the 2018-19 cadet commander I will bring what I have learned to help my squadron grow,” she said. “Because of Civil

Air Patrol, I will use the leadership skills at school and other activities.” Barrows has flown a small airplane with a pilot’s guidance. In 2017, she attended the weeklong Encampment at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, where she participated in obstacle courses, aerospace classes, physical fitness tests and leadership courses. “Grit and perseverance helped me get through the week,” she said. She is still deciding between the United States Air Force Academy or a Florida university after she graduates from Olympia in 2020. She wants to travel the world and make it a better place, she said. “One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,’” Barrows said. “It reminds me to be better than I was the day before and to constantly do things that may seem intimidating.”

As a member of the Air Force’s Total Force, Civil Air Patrol operates its own fleet of aircraft, performs about 90% of the Air Force’s inland search-andrescue missions and supports homeland security, disaster relief and drug-interdiction missions. The three focus areas of CAP are Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education. For more on the program, go to or contact Capt. Brian Collins, Olympia High School squadron commander, at New members are always welcome. The Civil Air Patrol national headquarters is at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Commission approves amendment, rezoning for assisted-living facility CERTUS Premier Memory Care Living is proposing to build its newest location along Conroy Windermere Road west of South Hiawassee Road. ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER

This rendering shows what the outside of CERTUS Premier Memory Care Living could look like.

A proposed senior assisted-living facility is one step closer to establishing a presence in West Orange County. Orange County commissioners voted during their June 6 meeting to adopt a rezoning request and a small-scale comprehensive plan amendment pertaining to the 5.39-acre lot located at 7865 and 7753 Conroy Windermere Road, west of South Hiawassee Road. The property could be the next site for CERTUS Premier Memory Care Living. The comprehensive plan amendment changes the property’s low-density residential land-

use designation, Orange County Planner Nicolas Thalmueller said. “At the hearing, the board voted to adopt the comprehensive plan amendment subject to changing the land-use label from Planned Development — Commercial (Assisted Living Facility) to Planned Development — Assisted Living Facility,” Thalmueller said. He added that commissioners rezoned the property from R-CE Country Estate District to Planned Development subject to 15 conditions outlined by county staff. One of those conditions is a six-foot-tall wall along the eastern boundary of the property

adjacent to any on-site parking areas. The rezoning and comprehensive plan amendment allow for the construction of a 43,000-squarefoot, 64-bed assisted-living facility. Cost of the building is estimated to run between $12 to $13 million, and construction is expected to begin in November. CERTUS Premier Memory Care Living anticipates accepting residents by September 2019, CERTUS Senior Living CEO Glen Pawlowski said. “The community is dedicated solely to serving individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other

dementia,” Pawlowski said. “The community is made up of two residential wings for 32 residents each. … The wings contain residential suites surrounding a courtyard, which contains covered porches, fountain, walking paths and gardening planters. The common area of the wings contain kitchen and dining areas and family rooms. There are additional spaces throughout the wings for smaller gatherings. (It’s) very home-like. Laundry facilities are available as well as a spa room in each wing.” Pawlowski added he was pleased with the commission’s decision.

“We are a residential use (development) where people with Alzheimer’s and dementia can live an engaging and safe lifestyle that accommodates their specific needs,” he said. “We believe CERTUS will be able to contribute to the community in a positive and meaningful way. (Because) we never have been a ‘commercial use,’ the ‘commercial label’ was more administrative in the county code than actually descriptive of the development and services we provide to the community and our residents.”






Animal instincts

Observer Victoria, David, Erika and Krystal Jimenez make it their mission to care for 62 rescued farm animals.



rika Jimenez’s penchant for rescuing animals began in Texas when, as a young girl, she caught sight of a kitten next to a trashcan with ants crawling around its eyelids. Only 9 years old at the time, Jimenez instantly jumped into action when she saw the kitten was still breathing. “I got close to it and freaked out when I saw its stomach was still moving, which meant it was still breathing yet it already had ants,” Jimenez said. “I remember crying so much.” Desperate to help, Jimenez grabbed the kitten and made her way to a pool, using the water to wipe away the ants. She later retrieved a shoebox, warmed up some milk and fed the kitten using a cotton ball. The kitten finally opened her eyes after two weeks of gentle care and attention. She had one blue eye and one green eye and was named Snowball.


Snowball the kitten became her first rescue, and Jimenez developed the habit of rescuing strays, bringing them into her family’s Texas home and adopting them. But it wasn’t long until circumstances forced her to stop. “At one point my dad said, ‘OK Erika, this is getting out of hand — we can’t have that many animals,’” she said. “But I was like, ‘They don’t have a home,’ and I remember crying, but he said, ‘Well, you know what, when you’re old enough and you have your own house, you can have all the animals you want.” Decades later, Jimenez now lives on three acres of land in a large two-story home in Gotha with, yes, all the animals she wants. Jimenez and her family own and operate The Farm Next Door, an animal-rescue farm that, by her estimate, currently serves as home for about 62 animals, including cats, dogs, goats, ducks, chickens, tortoises, a horse, a bearded dragon and a hedgehog, with an alpaca potentially coming in a few weeks. Seeing how she took his words to heart, her father never fails to laugh when he comes over for a

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visit. However, life on a farm has become the norm for Jimenez, her husband, David, and her two daughters, Krystal and Victoria. The family has resided in West Orange for 12 years and opened their doors to animals in need four years ago.

“Sometimes, people don’t really give them away out of their own free will,” Jimenez said. “Sometimes, we just offer money for them.”



The family’s farm adopts animals that have been living in poor conditions or whose owners can no longer care for them. After rehabilitating the animals, the family cares for them until they can rehome them in a more suitable environment. Most of the animals, Jimenez said, come to them via word of mouth or social media. Biscuit, the family’s miniature horse, was adopted three years ago from an older couple that had purchased him for the couple’s granddaughter. Once the granddaughter grew up, she no longer paid as much attention to Biscuit. Unfortunately, the owner then developed pancreatic cancer and no longer had the time or energy to properly care for Biscuit. When Jimenez picked up Biscuit, he was depressed and skinny and needed eye surgery. They fixed him up and built him a stable under their rear porch. Another rescue is Elsa, a pygmy goat currently under their care. Elsa’s former owner had four young boys who, not knowing any better, would grab Elsa’s horns and try to ride her like a horse. And so, Jimenez offered to pay the owner to adopt Elsa, as they have for several other animals they found living in less-than-ideal conditions.

Although the family keeps some of the animals they adopt, they try to rehome most of them. Jimenez estimates her family has rehomed about 70 animals since opening the farm. For the older animals, Jimenez charges a rehoming fee, but she sells any offspring — she reasons people have a tendency to value animals for which they pay. All the proceeds go toward the costs of caring for the animals, but the farm is primarily supported by her husband’s law firm, she said. Jimenez understands rehoming animals comes with a risk and takes certain precautions when meeting people interested in adopting one of her rescues, particularly as some try to buy them for consumption. “You just read them according to how they treat the animal,” she said. “People that come by, I question them and ask them to take a photo of their land to see how much room they have and where the animals will go. ... You can tell who is an animal lover. I’ve had people come and just look at them, point and then ask, ‘OK, how much for that one? And how much for that one?’ They’re not even connecting with the animal or trying to pet them.” She also offered an example of a

Student readies for contest Vishanth — who just finished his eighth-grade year at Gotha Middle — is one of 42 finalists who qualified from among 46,000 middle-school students across 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, after they participated in the local and state levels of the You Be The Chemist Challenge. On Monday, June 18, he will be in Washington, D.C., to compete in the National You Be The Chemist Challenge. This is his second-consecutive year participating in the national contest, and he hopes to advance to the final rounds of the national competition this year. “Last year when I went to the state challenge, I kind of surprised myself by winning,” Vis-

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hanth said. “I studied and all that but didn’t expect to come in first place. This year I wanted to go back to the national challenge, so this year I was a little more nervous. … It’s amazing (to go back), because I know there’s a lot of repeat contestants.” Local, state and national You Be The Chemist Challenges are designed to engage middleschool students in chemistry to demonstrate the importance of science in their everyday lives. Fifth- through eighth-grade students compete in a bee-style competition and must answer questions relating to chemistry, science, technology, mathematics and engineering. These challenges have been

facilitated by the nonprofit Chemical Educational Foundation for 14 years, with the goal of inspiring students to pursue chemistry and STEM-related learning and careers. “Engaging students in STEM at a young age is the best way to foster an understanding of, and ability to apply, scientific concepts,” said CEF Executive Director Dwayne Sattler. “Students today are the workforce of tomorrow. Business and community leaders want to nurture the capacity of those who will join the chemistry industry and keep it successful. These 42 students’ incredible success is proof of how far young learners can come when inspired by community educators.”

time when a man interested in buying one of her goats used the Spanish term “Cabritos” to refer to her goats, which translate to goat meat. Deducing his intentions, she refused to sell it to him.

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Although keeping up with the farm can be a lot of work, the family’s shared love for animals keeps the smiles on their faces as they tend to the laborious tasks of running a farm. Jimenez said she actually hopes to expand in the future and buy more land, while her husband, David, hopes the farm is just the start of a family legacy that can be passed on to their grandchildren and future generations. But for the present, the family relies on the occasional help they receive from high-school volunteers on the weekends. The biggest challenges, they said, are waking up early every morning for feeding time at 8:30 and trying to find someone to care for their animals when they go on long vacations. “That’s what’s been the hardest,” Jimenez said. “I don’t really know when was the last time we slept in. (The animals) wake up so early, and they’ll yell at you and all you hear is, ‘Baaa!’ And then if I don’t listen to the goats, the pigs start oinking, and then if I don’t listen to the pigs, the horse starts neighing. Oh, and the rooster, he starts even earlier than everybody else. So it’s a lot of work, and a lot of money, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”


The students will vie for educational scholarships and prizes as they display their knowledge and use their experience from local and state challenges. Vishanth, who won the state challenge in April, has been studying the materials the program provides, as well as the extra resources on its website. His mother, Suganthi Saminathan, couldn’t be happier to see him succeeding at something for which he has a passion. “The challenge is really a great opportunity,” Saminathan said. “He learned a lot of things. I’d like to thank his teacher, Uma Kasi, who introduced this challenge to us.”


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The app would enable its users to report any suspicious behavior they observe anonymously or confidentially. GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR

Students and teachers might soon have an easier way to document and report suspicious activity to local law-enforcement officials. As part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act approved by Gov. Rick Scott March 9, the state allocated $400,000 toward the development of a mobile suspicious activity reporting tool. The app, planned to be released to the public this fall, takes its cue from similar mobile applications launched in other states that have received positive results,

said Trey Stapleton, the Director of Public Affairs of the Florida Attorney General’s office. “Basically, it’ll be an app that allows students to anonymously, or confidentially, if they want, provide some information, and report suspicious activity,” Stapleton said. “The information would then go directly to FDLE and local law enforcement and depending on how we set it up, it might go to the schools as well.” The hope is that the app, dubbed FortifyFL, will streamline the process of reporting suspicious behavior and prevent more students from becoming schoolshooting victims. “We started to look for a way we could streamline the process, and there are other states making apps similar to what we’re doing,” Stapleton said. “I think the first to do it was Colorado after Columbine. They’ve really been the leaders on this, and there’s a couple of states that have copied their model.” Colorado’s app Safe2Tel is meant to stop violent school incidents, planned attacks and prevent suicides. It provides students, parents, and community members a way to report information. All reports

are handled by trained dispatchers from the state’s patrol and relayed to a team of school officials and law-enforcement officers for further investigation. According to CBS Denver, Colorado’s app has prevented hundreds of planned attacks and suicides since its launch in 2014. The state’s success provided the Florida Attorney General’s office hope that a similar app also could offer benefits in Florida, Stapleton said. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office now has taken the lead on the project and is working in partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state’s Department of Education. Negotiations with potential companies for development of the app are ongoing, and a competitive bid process will follow shortly after, Stapleton said. “As far as how it’s going to work, and the features it’ll have — we’re still trying to hash that out because there has to be a bidding process for this particular initiative,” Stapleton said. “So we’re going through that right now. Once we go through the negotiation process and the bidding process, we’ll have more information on how exactly the app will work. … But we’re confident it’ll be successful and help us save some folks.”



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PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS WALLACE ROAD n Construct additional eastbound right-turn lane n Construct additional westbound left-turn lane into the YMCA n Regrade drainage ditch and add new drainage structures n Reconstruct sidewalks and pedestrian ramps n Milling and resurfacing of existing pavement n Replacement of existing signal heads and/or add signal heads DR. PHILLPS BOULEVARD n Milling and resurfacing of existing pavement n Reconstruct sidewalks and pedestrian ramps n Construct a pedestrian signal

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Creepy beautiful Mark Hadley creates acrylic paintings of dark and disturbing scenes featuring fairies, grim reapers, teddy bears and zombies juxtaposed with bright colors.

Mark Hadley’s favorite paintings are his works based on the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the Ukraine, where a nuclear power plant exploded in 1986. It remains radioactive.




t began with a watercolor painting he created in fifth grade of a potted plant propped against gardening tools. Noticing his talent, an art teacher coached

him in art techniques, and it wasn’t long until his painting was published in a book titled “Outstanding Young Artists in American Elementary Schools.” Yet, despite his early aptitude for art, it wasn’t until 20 years later that Windermere resident Mark Hadley began to take steps toward making a name for himself in the art world.


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Mark Hadley has been a resident artist at Cafe Tutu Tango on International Drive for 12 years. Hadley paints art live at the restaurant twice monthly. His next scheduled live painting is on Wednesday, June 27.





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Hadley, now 48, has been painting and attending art shows for 12 years. He uses the profits from his art sales to support his wife and two kids, Skylar Moon, 4, and Jack River, 1. His artwork adorns the walls of his home and gives visitors a small glimpse into Hadley’s artistic and dark imagination. Serving as an example of just how dark his paintings can be is his bestselling, yet most controversial, artwork depicting characters from the children’s show “Winnie the Pooh.” While those who know the story of Winnie the Pooh and how each character represents the author’s mental disorders consider the work genius, others accuse Hadley of going too far and making light of the suicide epidemic. “It’s so pretty, and light and cartoony, but it’s equally as dark,” Hadley said. “I sell out at every show though — every single show I go to. ... People either hate it or love it. I’ve been cussed out for it; I’ve seen little kids cry over it, but


Although $8,000 might seem like a lot, it took Hadley years before he reached a point where he could financially support himself solely via his art. Before coming into his own as a painter, Hadley made his living as a waiter. “So I figured I’m either going to die in this restaurant, or I’m going to make it as an artist,” he said. “I’ve been out of the restaurant business for about six years now, but I’ve washed cars, mowed grass, whatever I could to stay out of a corporate job just so I could freelance and easily take off for shows whenever I needed.” His early career presented many challenges and moments of selfdoubt. At times, he couldn’t pay his power bills, get gas for his truck or even afford the monthly $30 fee for his professional website. “The hardest part is just mak-

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“Sometimes, I get psychiatrists who come to the shows,” he said. “They ask me, ‘Can I get you a couple of beers so we can sit down and talk? And I’m like, ‘I’m fine, I promise.’” — Mark Hadley

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ing money,” he said. “You’ve got to establish yourself, come up with your own style and then be seen. When I was so broke I couldn’t pay my power bill, I would pay my way into a show just so I could go be seen. I wouldn’t even have money for business cards, but at least I would be seen. “It was a vicious cycle for a long time, and I would come home to the power being turned off and not being able to eat for a week, but then I would go to a show and sell a painting for two grand and it would keep me pumped up,” he said. Recalling memories of his early struggles, Hadley described a time when he drove into Dragoncon in Atlanta with bald tires and the “loudest squealing brakes you’ve ever heard.” TURNING POINT

He also remembered a day 10 years ago, when he’d made the first painting that established the style he would later adopt. He credits that “eureka” moment as the day things began to turn around for him. “The power was off,” he said. “I was living over in Hunter’s Creek, and it was in the middle of a Florida summer, and I’m lying there with a battery-operated fan with almost no clothes on with both my cats on either side of me with their tongues hanging out. We were just laying on the kitchen floor, and I was just feeling sorry for myself going, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ “It was the worst,” he said. “And I

was so hungry, but there was no gas in my car. ... So I’m lying there feeling sorry for myself, because I also didn’t have money for canvases at the time, and I was thinking I just can’t keep painting. So I looked at one painting on the wall and thought, I don’t really like that. So I put my fan on my easel, and I stood there dripping sweat and made that painting.” The painting, a haunting piece that depicts a fairy with long hair and butterfly wings, was on display in his mom’s house until she died. It was his mom’s favorite, he said. It now hangs on the walls of his own home, and he has no plans to sell it. Currently, his favorite works are a series of paintings he recently created based on photographs of the uninhabitable Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine. The paintings make use of fluorescent paint and feature children in gas masks surrounded by abandoned buildings and structures still found at the site today. The paintings, like most of his artwork, are simultaneously disturbing and intriguing, and Hadley speaks proudly of them. However, they, like a good majority of his pieces, may not be for everyone. “Sometimes, I get psychiatrists who come to the shows,” he said. “They ask me, ‘Can I get you a couple of beers so we can sit down and talk? And I’m like, ‘I’m fine, I promise.’”

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“I didn’t really know where I wanted to make my money until I was almost 30,” said Hadley, who previously earned his income as a waiter and working odd jobs. “I was like, ‘All right, let me start becoming a painter.’ I had never even owned an easel, but I was always drawing.” At 15, he confessed he mostly created paintings to impress girls. At 30, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream to become a professional artist. “I always knew I was going to be an artist; I just didn’t know what kind,” he said. Once he picked up a paintbrush again, his years of hard work and practice eventually culminated into his successful art business named Studio Hadley. “So then I started painting and I started selling,” he said. “For some reason, the darker stuff started selling more ... but I found a way to make it pretty and dark at the same time, like a creepy beautiful.”

it definitely brings people to my table.” Although most of his work possesses a darker aspect, few illustrate controversial subject matter. Most of the canvas prints in his home feature galaxies, skulls, grim reapers, butterflies, gothic fairies and even “Star Wars” fan art. He describes his art style as “creepy beautiful.” “I get bored sometimes, and I’ll do space paintings with nebulas and stars, and then sometimes I’ll get tired of the space stuff and get in the mood to paint something dark,” he said. “But I usually do the backgrounds first and then let them talk to me. I’ll walk by a painting for a week or two before I think, ‘OK it could be this.’ So I really don’t sketch anything out at all — I usually just go with the flow.” While most stem from his imagination and dreams, some pieces are requests by others who admire his skill with a paintbrush. In fact, his most challenging painting was a commission piece for a Windermere resident who wanted an elaborate 3-foot-by4-foot painting of the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. Hadley sold him the piece for $8,000 and estimates it took 50 hours to complete.






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The veteran coach announced June 5 he had stepped down at Dr. Phillips and taken a post at Winter Springs.

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First Baptist Church Windermere will offer a soccer camp for boys and girls entering first through sixth grades from 9 a.m. to noon June 18 to 22, at the Lakeside Campus fields, 8464 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere. Campers will learn the different technical and tactical aspects of the sport. For more information, visit myfbcw. com/ministries/sports/ summer-camps-2018.


The Windermere Lions Soccer Club received good news last week as its 3v3 team qualified for the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships in early August at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.


JoJo Marasco Lacrosse will host its summer camp from from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 to 28 at Windermere Preparatory School, 6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere. Each day, campers from entering second through 12th grades will learn the ins-and-outs of the game of lacrosse. For more information, visit


Panthers’ softball will host a sports camp from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 18 to 20 at the Dr. Phillips High School softball field, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando. Participants will get to learn the ins-and-outs of pitching and catching. For more information, visit sport.asp?sid=19.


Fresh off its run to the FHSAA Class 9A State Semifinals, the Dr. Phillips baseball program is in the market for a new head coach. Mike Bradley, an alum of the program (Class of 1998) and the team’s head coach from 2010 through 2018, announced via Twitter he had stepped down from the post June 5. In a statement, he shared he had accepted the head coach job at Winter Springs High, where he also will teach. Bradley, who has lived in Lake Mary for several years, said the reasoning behind this decision was the ability to work closer to home so he can spend more time with his wife and three children. Reached by phone June 5, Bradley said his commute on Interstate 4 to and from Dr. Phillips each day could range anywhere from 35 minutes on good days to oneand-one-half hours on bad days. “It’s been real difficult during the fall season and the spring season to spend more time with (my family),” Bradley said. “This is going to give me the opportunity to do that. ... My family was motivation.” A tough decision process came on the heels of the program having its deepest playoff run in two decades. Although the Panthers came up short of winning the second state championship in program history, falling 5-1 to Timber Creek in the FHSAA Class 9A State Semifinal June 2, the team’s exciting journey to that point served a memoSEE PANTHERS PAGE 12

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Olympia High alumna Molly Murtha won an individual “I just always kept national championship as a member of the going back to Equestrian Club at UCF last month. riding. It kind of STEVEN RYZEWSKI Murtha, an Olympia grad and got down to which SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR former MetroWest resident, started riding when she was (sport) did I love When Molly Murtha was a kid, 5. Sixteen years later, she is a more, and it was no she gave several sports a try. national champion. There was soccer, basketball A member of the Equestrian and a long run of gymnastics. Club at the University of Central question — horse But when she got into her teen Florida, Murtha won a national years, and it came time to focus in championship in the Individual riding just blew all on one sport, she said the deci- Novice Equitation on the Flat sion was not hard. at Intercollegiate Horse Shows of them away.” “I just always kept going back to riding,” Murtha, now 21, said. “It kind of got down to which (sport) did I love more, and it was no question — horse riding just blew all of them away.”

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You moved to Florida from Connecticut. How is playing baseball in Florida different from playing in Connecticut? When we moved here, it was December, and it was like 90 degrees … The only major difference is that I got to play baseball (all) year, so I improved faster. Probably dealing with the heat (is the biggest adjustment). How did you get started in baseball? When I was little my dad was like, ‘Oh I’m going to sign you up for baseball.’ Did your dad play? What positions did he play? Yes. I think he was middleinfield, second base and pitcher. How old were you when you started playing baseball? Five. Do you play any other sports? Nope, just baseball. What is the best baseball advice that you’ve received? When you’re up at the plate, all you (should) think about is just hitting the ball. That’s all you

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After training daily with multiple horses, years of hard work has paid off for this Titans alumna. “I went into nationals, and I was just like, ‘I’m here to have a good time — but I did work hard for this,’” Murtha said. “I was completely shocked that I won, but I also thought I did deserve it, and I was proud of myself, how I improved and how hard I worked.”

think about because you never know what could happen if you start (losing focus). Who is your favorite baseball player? Derek Jeter.


Murtha said she has been asking her parents about horses for as long as she can remember. When the family was living in Davenport, her parents found a barn in Lake Wales and she got her start. Later, when the family relocated to MetroWest, she moved to a barn in Clarcona. Before she was a Titan, Murtha attended St. John Vianney, a small Catholic school in Orlando, and it didn’t take long for her classmates to learn of her unique passion. “Everyone knew I rode — I was kind of labeled with the ‘crazy horse girl’ stereotype,” Murtha said. Murtha eventually started training and competing out of Wendover Place, near UCF, and as college came on her radar, she began looking for a school with an equestrian team and a strong arts program — her original desired field of study. As it turns out, there was a school that seemed to have the perfect combination of the two. “Everyone was like, ‘Oh my God — go to (Savannah School of Art and Design),’” Murtha said. “‘It’s perfect; it has art and ponies.’” In fact, SCAD has a robust equestrian program that Murtha said is regarded the same way a football team is on most other college campuses. What seemed to be the perfect option, though, did not endure.

What is your favorite baseball team? The New York Yankees. If you could play a game of baseball on any baseball field in the country, which would you choose? Yankee Stadium. What is your favorite baseball memory so far? My favorite baseball memory actually (happened) pretty recently on this team. I hit two home runs in one game. Is that the most home runs you’ve hit in one game? How many home runs in total have you hit? Yeah. (I’ve hit) six total, and five of them were out of the park and one of them was inside. You excel in the classroom as well as on the baseball field. Can you talk about some of your recent school accomplishments? I made the National Junior Honor Society and (I got) straight As. And I also made all-county for orchestra. What instrument do you play? Do you play more than one? I play the viola — a stringed instrument. … I’m working toward (learning) the cello. What is favorite subject in school? I would have to say orchestra. For core subjects, science (is my favorite), but orchestra is probably my favorite because playing the viola is a lot fun.


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from the Georgia-based school to her family in MetroWest, or the stress of trying to standout in an equestrian program with more than 70 teammates, Murtha decided SCAD was not the best fit and sought out transfer options following her sophomore year. As she perused schools that had both an equestrian team or club and arts programs, a familiar name stood out — UCF, which had a club team that just so happened to train of Wendover Place. “I always kept coming back to UCF,” Murtha said. “I love the people here — I’ve been riding at this barn for over 10 years, and I’ve always been around the UCF team. It’s familiar, and I love everybody here.” On a smaller roster, Murtha thrived with more attention from Wendover trainers Wendy Trocano and Lesli Isaacson. Success came, and Murtha advanced through the college equestrian season past the regional level, the zone level and up to the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships in Pennsylvania last month. At nationals, Murtha had a special opportunity on a few

levels — it was her first time competing this deep into the season and also a rare opportunity to compete in front of extended family, many of whom live in New Jersey and made the trip to cheer her on. “I wanted to do well because my whole family came,” Murtha said. Murtha won in the largest field at the competition. In the division, riders must use a horse assigned to them and are judged on their ability to drive or restrain the animal. Her individual national championship means a move up to Intermediate Equitation on the Flat for next season — a discipline that incorporates fence jumping. Murtha, who currently resides in Apopka and has switched her field of study to web design, is nearing the end of her college career. She said she wants to enjoy what likely will be her final season in 2018-19 as much as possible, and that — in one capacity or another — the sport will always be a part of her life. “I definitely want to keep riding throughout my whole life,” Murtha said. “I’m just going to keep working on improving — there’s always room to grow.”

me wrong, I would have loved to have won the whole thing — but it’s a tremendous feat to get there.” During his nine seasons at the helm, Bradley’s teams compiled a record of 147-110 — making him the winningest coach in program history. Dr. Phillips Athletic Director Steve McHale expressed his

support for Bradley’s decision and said June 5 a search for his replacement is underway. It is unclear which members of Bradley’s staff — a staff full of former players and longtime assistants — will remain, and Bradley indicated a few already are planning on pursuing new opportunities inside and outside of baseball.


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