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Adoption solidifies local family Winter Garden resident Diana Bonilla will celebrate the holiday season with her newly adopted daughter, Madison. See 3A

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BJ and Boo are two of Ocoee’s most beloved sons. The feline duo can be found causing all sorts of trouble at Betty J’s Florist on Bluford Avenue. STORY ON PAGE 4A.

Lisa Arnold, Teacher of the Year for Ocoee Elementary School, has been named grand marshal of the Ocoee Christmas Parade, which takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade is presented by the Ocoee Lions Club in conjunction with the city of Ocoee. In Winter Garden, the parade grand marshals are Sam and Marian Wagster, longtime educators. The Winter Garden parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

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BJ, a ringtail tabby who was rescued from a funeral home, loves hunting all sorts of critters and terrorizing his family of humans. Inset: Boo, who is deaf, loves riding on the dashboard of cars.

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The first Reindeer Run, a 5K benefiting the Observer Media Group’s Reading Reindeer campaign, will take place at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Winter Garden Village, 3251 Daniels Road, Winter Garden. Packet pick-up begins at 6 a.m. Registration costs $30 and can be completed online at trinrun.com. For more, call Tony Trotti, (407) 656-2121.

Residents say speeding problem worse with new parking garage Residents on South Lakeview Avenue are dissatisfied with the Winter Garden Police Department’s efforts to solve an ongoing speeding issue in their area. GABBY BAQUERO

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STAFF WRITER WINTER GARDEN Residents living on South Lakeview Avenue near West Story Road have been plagued by speeding cars in their area for years.

They said they have made multiple calls to both the Winter Garden Police Department and city of Winter Garden but are troubled by the inadequate action to discourage speeding on their street. SEE SPEEDING PAGE 6A

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Residents along South Lakeview Avenue near West Story Road have posted signs to try to deter speeding in their neighborhood.


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20TH ANNUAL LIGHT UP WINTER GARDEN 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, on and around Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Join the city of Winter Garden and the West Orange Ministerial Association in welcoming the season with this annual event. Live entertainment from local church choirs and bands, vendors, shopping and children’s activities. A street- and building-lighting ceremony will be held at 6:15 p.m. SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at West Orange Seniors, 1701 Adair St., Ocoee. Singers perform at area health centers. There is no charge. (407) 5924498 or westorangeseniors. yolasite.com.

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DOLL AND ME AMERICAN GIRL TEA 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Invite your favorite doll and cel-

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ebrate all things American Girl. Trivia, a craft and tea will be on the menu. You do not have to bring an American Girl doll to participate in the fun. Ages 6-12. (407) 835-7323. 36TH ANNUAL OCOEE CHRISTMAS PARADE 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at the intersections of Maguire Road and Enterprise Street and ending at Bill Breeze Park and Ocoee City Hall. Be ready to usher in the holidays with this annual parade. Rain date is 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. ocoeelionsclub.org. HOLIDAY BAZAAR AT SUMMERPORT VILLAGE 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Lakefront Farmer’s Market at Summerport Village, 13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd., Windermere. This year’s event includes food trucks, a holiday movie night and vendors. For more, visit bit.ly/2gFuLa6.

INSECT SAFARI: BUG SOUNDS 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Join Christy LeDuc and learn all about the different noises and sounds that insects make and how they make those sounds. Afterward, take an insect safari hike. Bug nets and containers will be provided. For all ages. Free for ONP members, $5 for others. (4070 905-0054. JINGLE JOLLY JOG 5K 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Oakland Park, 15241 E. Oakland Ave., Winter Garden. The run/walk starts and ends in the community. The beneficiary is the West Orange Junior Service League. The cost is $25 through Nov. 26, $30 through Dec. 2 and $35 on race day. Register at trinrun.com or at Tri & Run of West Orange, 56 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Jamie Thompson, (321) 279-3544, or Kim Cannon, (321) 303-2616. OCOEE HOLIDAY TREELIGHTING CELEBRATION 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the historic Withers-Maguire House, 16 E. Oakland Ave., and the adjacent Ocoee Lakeshore Center, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive. The lights on the 20-foot tree

will be turned on at 6:15 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children at the historic house, which will be open for tours by the Friends of Ocoee History Preservation. There will be activities for all ages, some with a small fee. (407) 9053180 or ocoee.org. WINTER GARDEN CHRISTMAS PARADE 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, starts on South Dillard Street, heading north, and goes west on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Take a lawn chair or blanket and head to your favorite spot for this annual event. (407) 656-4111.

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COOKIE DECORATING 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Frosting, sprinkles, candy and cookies — what more could you want? Stop in and express your creativity by decorating a sugary treat. Then enjoy the best part of all, eating it! Ages 6-18. (407) 835-7323. LET IT SNOW 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. It doesn’t snow in Florida, but some winter activities can brighten the season and keep kids cool. Ages 6-12. (407) 835-7323.

THUNDER IN THE GARDEN Registration starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4; kickstands up at 11. Judging for the car show begins at 11:30, and prizes will be awarded. Begins at the Winter Garden Regional Shopping Center, 14001 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. The ride finishes at Gator Harley-Davidson, 1745 E. Main St., Leesburg, for lunch, music, raffles and a silent auction. Benefits the Winter Garden Police Athletic League’s Holiday Gifts for Kids program. Cost is $20 per bike, $10 for additional riders and $20 for cars. To pre-register, go to wgpal.org/ thunder-in-the-garden.html.

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COCOA AND A CRAFT 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Enjoy a little cocoa, a movie and a craft. Test your doodling skills for a creative cup of cocoa. (407) 835-7323. IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT TOMATO 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Join Ed Thralls, of the Orange County Master Gardener Program, as he provides expertise on urban horticulture. Cost $5 per class per family. Registration required. (407) 254-9200.

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Winter Garden resident Diana Bonilla is looking forward to the holidays with her newly adopted daughter, 21-month-old Madison. AMY QUESINBERRY RHODE COMMUNITY EDITOR

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Diana Bonilla, of Winter Garden, holds her 21-month-old daughter, Madison, during the Nov. 18 adoption ceremony at the Orange County Courthouse.

Time proved otherwise. The new mother said she has vowed to keep in contact with Madison’s biological mother so her daughter will grow up knowing that her birth mother cared for her and gave her up because it was in her best interest. A few months into the fostering process, Bonilla was sending the birth mother photographs of the baby and the three of them were enjoying visits together. “That made her feel really good,” Bonilla said of the relationship with Madison’s biological mother. “She sleeps good at night knowing she’s with me. We established a good relationship because of that.” Seven months after Bonilla took in Madison, the little girl was reunified with her birth mother, she said. She knew it could happen — because, ultimately, the point of foster care is for the parents to get their life together and get their child back, she said — but she was devastated all the same. She had grown to love that little girl. One week later, she learned Madison was back in foster care and that her birth father and mother had terminated their parental rights. “She just couldn’t get her life together,” Bonilla said. “She’s such a selfless person.” The two mothers communicate

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very day, and the trio went to dinner last week. On Thanksgiving, Bonilla received a text from the birth mother that exemplified the meaning of the day: “I only want what’s best for her, and you are it.” “She’ll grow up knowing her mother wanted her to have a better life,” Bonilla said of her daughter. Although Madison was with Bonilla for Thanksgiving 2015, this was their first official family holiday. She adopted her daughter on a Friday, and the two left for a vacation the next day, spending nine days together at the beach. “She’s the sweetest, funniest; she puts a smile on everybody’s face,” she said. “She’s such a wonderful little girl.” The new mother is looking forward to Christmas and starting traditions, the most important of which is being with family. There is no more hesitation for Bonilla: Will tomorrow be the day Madison returns to her birth mother? Is this my last day with Madison? “That uncertainty is very real; this is a closed chapter for us,” she said. “Now, this is my daughter. It just solidifies everything we have done during the last year and a half. .... It feels more real.”

Community Based Care of Central Florida, a lead organization overseeing foster care and adoption services locally, aims to raise awareness of the number of children in foster care needing permanent, loving homes. In the tri-county area, about 60 children are available for adoption – among thousands nationally. Since its inception in 2004, CBCCF has helped create more than 2,400 “forever families.”

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hen Diana Bonilla applied to be a foster parent soon after both her parents died, she was told she was setting herself up for more loss. After all, foster children typically come and go in a relatively short time. She applied, anyway, and received so much more than she ever expected. The 43-year-old Winter Garden resident is now a single mother to 21-month-old Madison, the second foster child who was placed in her home. They spent their first Thanksgiving together as a family, and Bonilla is looking forward to Madison’s first Christmas as her daughter. Nearly 20 children in Orange County received forever homes on National Adoption Day, Nov. 18, including Madison. Bonilla adopted the toddler after fostering her beginning in June 2015. The ceremony took place at the Orange County Courthouse and was hosted by Community Based Care of Central Florida. Bonilla, a legal assistant, was worried the possibility of becoming a mother was coming to an end, and she is thrilled to have a chance at motherhood, she said. “I went into foster care thinking, you’ll have a child for a week or two, a month, two months,” she said. “There’s this need. ... I have the time. I have the heart.” She fell in love with the little girl during the fostering process, and the moment Madison became available for adoption, Bonilla knew she wanted her to become a permanent part of the family. She always will remember the day the baby arrived at her door. “She was this bright-eyed, smiley-faced 4-month-old; just the cutest thing ever,” Bonilla said. A few months later, she was dropping Madison off at daycare when she was a little girl running to her mother, saying “Mommy, Mommy!” “I remember thinking, ‘Aw, I will never have that,’” Bonilla said.

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Boo is a Turkish Angora who goes by the nickname, “Dirty White Boy.” He loves tagging along on car rides.

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He proudly waltzes in on all four paws, making his entrance through the back doorway that leads to his home: A bustling shop with ladies who spend their every day with pretty flowers, arranging them into colorful bouquets for local deliveries. And here he comes with his latest catch — a hard-earned present for the flower ladies in the form of a scaly, writhing black snake. The shouting begins like clockwork. “He’s got a snake! BJ’s got a snake again!” one female florist shouts in terror, quitting her current task and backing away from the feline swiftly advancing further into the floral shop. “Don’t let him in,” shouts a second florist named Lisa Slone, known as the cat nanny.

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Slone quickly gets up from her desk and makes a sharp turn, running toward the back door to pursue the source of the commotion that Tuesday morning in Betty J’s Florist shop in Ocoee. BJ, the once proud cat, stops dead in his tracks once he sees the cat nanny — the flower lady who always tries to steal his serpentine presents. BJ makes a frantic about-face before making a beeline for the closest exit before the snake thief can catch him. He heads for the white trailer in the green expanse located behind his home where he does all his hunting, the threefoot-long snake still trapped in his mouth. Slone finally catches up to the feline snake wrangler, the only flower lady brave enough to dare pry the snake from his grasp. But this time, she repeatedly commands him to let it go, her tone

increasing each time until the snake managed to escape from death’s grasp and quickly slithers away as BJ is distracted and reprimanded. Such is the life of BJ, a ringtail tabby who spends the majority of his time hunting all sorts of critters for his ungrateful family of flower ladies. He does not quite comprehend why they refuse to accept his gifts, but ever the persistent cat, he tries again, consistently. Sometimes, he brings them lizards; other times, he brings them flying rodents they call “birds,” and sometimes, he shares his beloved snakes. But his family is hard to please, so sometimes he just brings lizards in so he can turn them loose and have friends to play with later. One time, he turned a bird loose in his home, but it did not end well for the bird and his family really did not like that. BJ, named after Betty J, is only one of two quirky felines who reside at the flower shop on Bluford Avenue and McKey Street.

a trick he learned from observing those terrible beasts his flower ladies call “dogs.” “I guess it’s his way of hearing — the senses of the car vibrations, the smells, and what he sees outside the van,” Slone said of Boo. “I’ve been around cats all my life, and I’ve never seen a cat that will hang his head out the window.” Slone has driven him to several places in Ocoee, with the usual being cemeteries, funeral homes and hospitals. He’s even traveled as far as Tampa and has the photos to prove it. Boo now jumps into the white van of his own accord whenever he seeks another adventure. Most days, he goes on two to three rides. He really enjoys being around the flower-obsessed ladies and is almost always around one of them, but his favorite spots are the top cubby on the cat tree in the center of the shop and Slone’s desk — right in the middle of her workspace so she has no choice but to pet his white fur, filled with dried leaves, dirt and all.

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Living in a flower shop, as opposed to a traditional home, creates a lifestyle that is a bit out of the norm. The two felines spend their nights alone, curled up in their beds in the front window display. They then wake to whoever opens the shop the next morning. But they have much more freedom and independence than most domestic cats will ever have, and they enjoy it. “They have so much here,” said Rilla Tomyn, the owner of Betty J’s Florists. “Granted, they’ll never curl up on somebody’s head. They’ll never do the things that cats do in somebody’s house, but they live a different life. During the daytime, they have constant companionship if they want it.” The two cats are now loved by Ocoee community members who frequent the shop and their Facebook fans who follow their daily adventures on their dedicated

Boo is his name, and delivering flowers is his game. He mostly just goes along for the rides in the white delivery van, lazily sprawled out on the dashboard as Slone dutifully drives him around town while he naps or looks for birds flying in the sky or perched on electric power lines. He searches for them during the red lights, his different-colored eyes — one blue and one green — attentive to the slightest movement. He can’t hear their chirping or the roar of the motorcycle engine beside the van. The world is completely silent for Boo — an earlier trip to the vet revealed he was born deaf. But he slowly closes his eyes again once the van continues forward, enjoying the humming vibrations of the familiar vehicle. Sometimes, he sticks his head out the window and enjoys the breeze,

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page, “The Flower Shop Boys.” However, circumstances could have been drastically different for the two cats, who were both rescues. Six years ago, Lucy, a former delivery driver, found BJ at Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home in Apopka. Lucy, Tomyn said, was delivering flowers to the funeral home when she came across a feeble kitten in danger of being eaten by two dogs. So Lucy ran over and picked BJ up by the scruff of his neck, effectively plucking him out of a situation he might not have survived. Lucy then took the rescued kitten to the flower shop, and he’s been there ever since. “Everybody went crazy over him, and he just became a part of our shop at that point,” Tomyn said. “Even though the last thing we needed was a cat.” Boo, on the other hand, was in Tomyn’s backyard. She found him a year after losing a white cat. Boo, she said, looked just like her lost cat, so she ran after him and spent four days looking for him in her neighborhood before spotting him in another person’s yard. After asking neighbors if anyone owned him, she was informed his previous owners had left him behind after moving away. So Tomyn decided to keep Boo, as well. The Flower Shop Boys have since been happily wreaking havoc, stealing hearts, delivering flowers, drinking water out of wine glasses, getting stuck in trees on Valentine’s Day and breaking all the rules — and flower vases. “They get to do whatever they want,” Slone said. “If they break a vase, so what? They own the place.” Contact Gabby Baquero at gbaquero@orangeobserver.com.

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“I’m just doing this from the heart” Twice a week, the children at Montessori Winter Garden Charter School are blessed with Ms. Frances’s tutoring skills and patience. AMY QUESINBERRY RHODE COMMUNITY EDITOR

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tant principal, said the children absolutely love her. “Ms. Frances is a treasure, and we are so grateful that we get to benefit from her amazing energy and enthusiasm,” Tobin said. “She had a pacemaker put in two weeks ago, and all the kids made cards for her. Two weeks later, she was back with her books, ready to go.” Kaufman follows the guidelines of the Montessori method but has incorporated her own style of teaching. It’s easy for her to take any kindergarten-book scenario and turn it into a lesson. “I always make a story; I bring things to life,” Kaufman said. “The cat and the rat. Do they fight? No, they get along, like you should in the classroom.” Kaufman said she often is ani-

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mated when teaching, as it engages the children and helps them remember. If a sentence has the word hop, she will get up and hop. “They’re starting to read, so I’m happy,” she said. Kaufman has been in the United States for 70 years, first arriving when she met an American soldier who was stationed in England in World War II. They married and had two sons. When she isn’t volunteering at the school, she remains busy at home. She keeps her mind sharp by reading two books a week. “I think I’ve always had an old soul,” Kaufman said. “I think I’ve always been a teacher.”

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To encourage cars to slow down when traveling in their area, residents, such as Shannon Peavey, have installed multiple street signs reading “children at play.” Unfortunately, the signs have done little to solve the issue. “It’s just constant speeding,” said Peavey, a resident with two grandkids who live across the street from her home. “They’ll come off Story (Road), punch it to go downtown, and vice versa when they leave the four-way intersection down there. I called the city of Winter Garden probably two months ago and complained about the speeding because during one particular week, it was the same person doing it.” WGPD’s call history records show Peavey called on Sept. 13, complaining of speeders and requesting that speed trailers and extra patrols be placed in the area. WGPD complied with her request and installed speed trailers, which were removed before Hurricane Matthew. They also placed patrol officers who have conducted nine total traffic stops on Lakeview Avenue from Sept. 29 to Nov. 8. Nonetheless, several neighbors in the area feel the speeding has worsened since the new parking garage opened in September. “I mean, where are they going to go? There’s no stop sign on this road until you hit Smith Street,” said Winter Garden resident Dennis Duckwiler. “They’re not going to go up Boyd (Street), because they’d have to stop two or three times, so they come right down Lakeview (Avenue). So it’s put all that traffic down our street.” Some residents have resorted to

yelling at the speeding cars while they drive by. “We’ve had major issues,” said Ashley Moore, a mother of three young kids. “It’s gotten to the point where all of us neighbors are screaming and yelling at people to get them to slow down through here.” One such instance a little more than a year ago saw tensions rise when Moore’s brother had a speeding driver pull out a gun on him after he ran up to the car and yelled at him to slow down. But their pleas for help, along with calls for service from what Moore estimates are six other houses on the block, has not achieved much. Moore said some residents with young children have repeatedly begged something be done. They wish speed bumps and additional stop signs be installed as a more permanent solution. WGPD also placed speed trailers in the area around Christmas, Moore said, which she believed unwise, given that people might drive slower to gaze at Christmas lighting decorations. Her husband, John Alliston, added that they also placed one right before Hurricane Matthew hit, but many cars avoided driving during the days following the natural disaster, possibly creating inaccurate data. Alliston himself has offered his own driveway and a free lunch to encourage WGPD officers to park their cars and patrol. Last he heard, he said, is that WGPD wanted to get appropriate data to know when they should place a patrol officer in the area. Contact Gabby Baquero at gbaquero@orangeobserver.com.

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Woodlawn Memorial Park, Never Forgotten Memorials and our Patriotic Community will be observing the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War as we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor. We will pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away from everything they knew and everyone they loved with a Full Choreographed Military Ceremony which includes a 40 piece military band, Posting of Colors, National Anthem Choir, Military Key Note Speaker, Local Dignitaries, Echo Taps, POW/MIA 5 Branch Performance, Scottish Bagpiper, placing of wreaths while under a huge tent for your comfort. To purchase a wreath for the event please contact Woodlawn at 407.293.1361.

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Stephanie Pineda opened Naillinis Spa just outside Dr. Phillips on Oct. 22. The nail salon is a continuation of her late daughter Alizé Castro’s legacy.

the salon in Alizé’s honor. So she painted the walls and ceiling purple, and the chairs for the employees to sit in while working are purple velour with silver accents. On the wall by the front desk hangs a drawing of Alizé, a gift from someone at Ocoee High. Before the salon opened, Pineda was taking the plastic off of one of the throne chairs, which Alizé never got to sit in. As she unveiled the chair and was taking a photo of it, her phone died. But the screen didn’t go black. Instead, it froze on her lock screen — a picture of Alizé. The screen wouldn’t turn off or unfreeze until Pineda got home and did a soft reset on it. “It was as if she was so excited and so happy,” Pineda said. “It was

as if she told me, ‘Mom, I love it.’ I can say that I got validation from her telling me she loved it.” Alizé loved the name Naillinis, but now, Pineda wants to franchise the salon and open a larger location in Miami under the name Princess Ali Nails. “I think she would be absolutely in love with it,” Pineda said. “I’ve had customers cry with me a couple times. Connecting with the customers who see (the drawing) and start crying — I think that’s one of the biggest things for me — knowing that I didn’t give up. She knew me as a person who never gave up.”

We miss you so much Kelly! It’s hard to believe it has been 16 years since Heaven received a Beautiful Angel “Kelly”. Our lives were crushed, but your legacy lives on in your sons, Austin and Brandon. Both are doing well! Brandon and the boys are still in New York. Brantley & Gunnar are now 4 years old and Avery is 2 year old. Austin, Kylee and your grand daughter, Kynslee, now one year old, still live in Florida. Your grandchildren will grow up to know they have a wonderful and special Grandma in Heaven watching over them and their family.

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West Orange Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Business

Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Florida Hospital Sports Medicine & Rehab

Celebrating 1st Anniversary for Smart Fitness

T he West Orange Chamber of Commerce (wochamber.com) recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of Florida Hospital Sports T he West Orange Chamber of Commerce (wochamber.com) Medicine & Rehab. Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehab recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of Smart Fitness. is excited to join the West Orange community. Now members of the West Orange community can access physical therapy without a physician referral. Photo courtesy ofWOCC.

Smart Fitness owners Andrew and Stacey Noble, along with their kids, Gavin and Mia are excited to introduce the community to their personal training studio. Smart Fitness allows individuals to exercise in casual or business clothes just 20 minutes twice a week. For more information, please visit www.gosmartfitness. com. Photo courtesy ofWOCC.

Celebrating 1st Anniversary for Kid’s Community College

T he West Orange Chamber of Commerce (wochamber. com) recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of Kid’s

Community College. Kid’s Community College is a tuitionfree public charter school of choice. KCC develops Individual Development and Education Plans (IDEPs) for each student by integrating age-appropriate, state-aligned readiness criteria with Multiple Intelligence Development Assessment Scales (MIDAS) profiles to develop unique and challenging curricula. For more information, please visit www.mykidscc.org

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Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of SunPass Customer Service Center

T he The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (wochamber. com) recently celebrated the 1st anniversary of FMI Stem

Academy, located at 325 Ocoee Apopka Road in Ocoee. FMI STEM Academy, a new high school near Horizon West, prepares 6th-12th graders for college and careers in Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math. Enrolling now! School starts August 22nd. For more information, please visit www.FMIstemacademy. com or call 407-490-8810. Photo courtesy ofWOCC.

Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Frozen Cow Ice Cream

T he West Orange Chamber of Commerce (wochamber. com) recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting of Frozen Cow

Ice Cream. Frozen Cow takes pride in being part of the local community.They are committed to serving great-tasting premium hand-blended ice cream, delivered in a fun and friendly atmosphere, and they think valued customers will be able to taste the difference. For more information, please visit www. frozencowicecream.com. Photo courtesy ofWOCC.

Celebrating 1st Anniversary of VOM FASS

T he West Orange Chamber of Commerce (wochamber.com) Ambassadors Ambassadors were on hand to celebrate the one-

year anniversary of VOM FASS. At VOM FASS Winter Garden, they offer a culinary tour for the palate! Come to their store for the finest oils, vinegars, spirits, liqueur and wine. From their award-winning fruit balsamic vinegars to their rare Scotches, all are available to taste before you buy! For more information, please visit www.vomfasswintergarden.com. Photo courtesy ofWOCC.

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A pproximately 100 members enjoyed the friendly competition in the West Orange For more information about joining the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, call 407-656-1304 or visit wochamber.com

Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Golf Classic, held at MetroWest Golf Club. Event sponsors gathered for a picture before teeing off in the event. Pictured (from left):Vincent Mancuso – Reed Nissan, Pete Lattner – Apple Air, Jon Noble – Florida Hospital Winter Garden, Ross Copstick – Florida Hospital Winter Garden, Carlos Rodriguez – Florida Hospital Winter Garden, Lou Garcia – Florida Hospital Winter Garden, Greg Ohe – Orlando Health, John Fischetti – Ranger Construction, Stina D’Uva – West Orange Chamber. Photo courtesy ofWOCC.

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ARTS + CULTURE Winter Garden Art Association holds painting class for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients. BRITTANY GAINES STAFF WRITER

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or two hours, the five men became artists. Soothing music filled the silence at SoBo Art Gallery while the men carefully swirled blue, yellow, brown and green paint onto a canvas. All five suffer from some form of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, but the painting session required no memory recall. In fact, the class had been created especially for them. For several years, Elizabeth McKinney, board chairwoman for the Winter Garden Art Association, dreamed about creating an art class for people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Having taken care of her father for the last three years, she knew firsthand just how debilitating the mental disease could be. After discussing her idea during a Rotary Club meeting earlier this year, McKinney finally got the support necessary to turn her idea into a real class.

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“A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS” 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. The 45-minute show runs Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 18. Times are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. A special sensory-friendly performance will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. This performance is designed for children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome or other sensory-processing disorders. Tickets are $23 ($19 students/seniors) and can be purchased at the Garden Theatre Box Office or online at gardentheatre.secure.force.com. For information, call (407) 877-4736 or go to gardentheatre.org. 20TH ANNUAL LIGHT UP WINTER GARDEN 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, on and around Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Join the city of Winter Garden and the West Orange Ministerial Association in welcoming the season with this annual event. Live entertainment from local church choirs and bands, vendors, shopping and children’s activities. A street- and buildinglighting ceremony will be held at 6:15 p.m. SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at West Orange Seniors, 1701 Adair St., Ocoee. Singers perform at area health centers. (407) 5924498 or westorangeseniors.yolasite.com.

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During the Paint a Memory class at the SoBo Gallery, participants were instructed on how to paint a pear. Inset: The men who attended the Paint a Memory class on Nov. 21 all suffered from some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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From The Allure of Joiner Street: When Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cook opened their coin-operated laundry in Winter Garden 18 years ago, it was the first such operation in West Orange County. Cook recalls, “People didn’t even know how to use it.” You could wash a load of clothes for 25 cents. … At the corner of Joiner and Woodland is the dry-cleaning business begun by Roy Fulmer Sr. back in 1936. … The only cobbler in West Orange is Ronald Monk at The Village Squire. … Memories of a rural childhood come rushing back in Beck’s Feed and Garden Supply. The business was started 25 years ago by J.N. McCord. … And then there’s the homecooked meals served seven days a week at Davies Restaurant, managed by Edna Ashberry.

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On Nov. 21, the Winter Garden Art Association held its first class, called Paint a Memory, at the SoBo Gallery for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. “It was all through word of mouth,” McKinney said. “We’ll start small and see how it goes.” Several sponsors stepped up to help pay for supplies. Edith Gendron, of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center, and Jennifer Campbell, of Age Advantage Senior Care Services, provided support for the classes. Without the support from her fellow Rotarians and the community, McKinney said she might never have gotten her idea off the ground. “They made it possible,” she said. Gendron screened each person to make sure he could handle the class, and Campbell provided one of her licensed caregivers to help the men during the class. One of the primary benefits

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Joan Gueran instructed the group of men at the Paint a Memory class on how to create a painting of a pear.

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Harry Fred Rogers — May 1, 1930 to Nov. 27, 2016. Down the long road you went. Peace is now yours. Born in Wetumpka, Oklahoma, on May 1, 1930, to the late Omer and Koie Rogers. The first born of 11 children, Harry grew up working on the cotton farm, and after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In 1953, he married Dorothy “Dottie” Garrett. Together, they had three children while traveling and serving in the Navy for 21 years during the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retiring in 1968, he was manager for the KOA Kampground in Winter Garden until

becoming a postal carrier in 1972. He retired in 1995, enabling him and Dottie to travel in their motor home. He enjoyed woodworking and garage-saling as hobbies and worked part-time delivering medicine for the Medicine Shoppe until his health started to decline.

LUPE ARMAS, 78, of Ocoee, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Gotha.

LEAR E. GRAY, 76, of Ocoee, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, Winter Garden.

BILLY T. BLANKS, 89, of Winter Garden, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory, Ocoee.

CORA LEE GUION, 80, of Ocoee, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Robert Bryant Funeral and Cremation Chapel, Orlando.

TROY ALLEN DURDEN, 41, of Ocoee, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. DeGusipe Funeral home and Crematory, Ocoee.

PATRICIA ANNE HATCHER, 81, of Winter Garden, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Golden’s Funeral Home Inc., Winter Park.

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JAMES W. FINLEY, 87, of Ocoee, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha.

MILTON CLAUDE HAWTHORNE, 58, of Ocoee, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. A Community Funeral Home, Orlando.

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OLIVIA FLORES, 80, of Winter Garden, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. San Juan Funeral Home, Kissimmee.

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Trey Griseck joins father in family business Mark Griseck, a Winter Garden resident and longtime high-school hoops coach, has been joined by his son on head coach Scott Williams’ staff at Apopka High. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR

Maybe it was being around his dad at the dinner table, witnessing firsthand the stress that goes with being a high-school basketball coach — or maybe it was just a player who never wanted to acknowledge that his playing career might end — but Trey Griseck never saw himself becoming a basketball coach. As a father-son, coach-player duo at Olympia High from 2009 to 2012, Mark and Trey Griseck combined for three playoff appearanc-

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es and a run to the state-title game in 2009. Following that, Trey had a successful collegiate career at Saint Leo that ended this past spring. Opportunities presented themselves to play professionally overseas, but none included the ability for him to bring his young daughter and fiance along with him. So, faced with a dilemma on what to do next, Trey found himself coming around to a profession he had previously written off. “I never thought, when I played SEE GRISECK PAGE 19A

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Cory Rahman came to Foundation Academy from East Ridge High as a junior and has made an immediate impact on both the varsity football and baseball programs on campus.

Foundation Academy senior Cory Rahman has a rare condition that gives him only 52% pulmonary function. But that hasn’t stopped him from assuming a leadership role for the Lions.

hen Cory Rahman sprints around the football field to make a big play — such as an interception returned for a touchdown, as he had in the regional championship this season — he can usually be heard when he returns to the sideline. The heavy breathing Rahman, a senior standout at Foundation Academy in football and baseball, exhibits has earned him the affectionate nickname “Darth Vader” from his teammates — not that the dynamic defensive back minds much. In a lot of ways, Rahman, who has just 52% pulmonary function — the equivalent of only one lung — is just appreciative to be on the field, doing what he loves and doing it well. Rahman has college football programs at the FCS, Division II and Division III levels clamoring for his services as a college athlete. On a more profound level, though, he’s also thankful to be alive.

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Isaac Titus The Legacy Charter soccer team is off to a 4-1 start, including an 8-0 victory against rival CFCA Nov. 18 during which freshman forward Isaac Titus score a whopping three goals. Titus has a total of four goals on the season so far.

What was it like to pull off a hat trick as a freshman? It’s a first for me, because it’s my first year playing high school soccer. I didn’t expect much — I didn’t even expect a starting position — so when I go out there and score three goals, I feel “holy cow.” It felt good. What are the differences in play you’ve noticed between club and varsity? I think Rush is a little more competitive, I think it’s a little harder. But high school is also pretty tough. What’s it like to represent the school on the field as opposed to a club team? It’s pretty sweet — it’s different. Which game left on the schedule are you most looking forward to? Foundation Academy (Dec.

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As a child, Rahman was initially misdiagnosed as having asthma. As Rahman navigated a childhood of playing any number of sports — characterized by natural athletic ability in spite of his thunderous breathing — that diagnosis was not called into question until, one day, his usual doctor wasn’t in when he went to pick up his medications before his Pop Warner football season at age 12. The fill-in doctor Rahman saw that day felt something wasn’t right. Rahman does not have asthma — in fact, the asthma medications he was taking turn out to have been worsening matters. What Rahman actually has is a condition known as a double-aortic arch, or a vascular ring. The condition involves an artery wrapping itself around Rahman’s esophagus and squeezing — and it is usually caught at a much younger age. “We ultimately found out it was like he was sucking air through a straw,” said Cory’s father, Jim Rahman. The doctor had more tests performed, and eventually, Cory had a surgical procedure at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to remedy the situation. The hope was Rahman’s pulmonary functioning would return to normal, but because it was caught so late, the percentage jump was mild — from in the mid-40s to 52%. Still, six years later, Rahman is cognizant that had the false diagnosis not been caught, a different fate could have await-

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15) — my brother, Jacob Titus, goes to Foundation. He plays football, but their season just ended, so I’m going to be going up against him and three other people I know on that team. I think it’s pretty exciting. What’s the sibling rivalry like between you two? We’re really close, so I’d say it’s just going to be fun. … I haven’t played with him for like eight years. What do you think you’d like to do for a career? I want to be a part of (the) New York Police Department. I’ve always watched the shows, and I’ve always thought it would be really cool to knock down cases and people who are not too good. What’s your favorite food? Sushi — I had it one time with my friend. I had never used to like it, but I tried it, and it blew my mind. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten? From my coach, Mr. (David) Hill, he said, “Don’t let your mind take you away from the game.”

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ed him. “I’m so thankful that, by the grace of God, that they caught that,” Rahman said. “If it wasn’t for the doctor coming in, I would have died.” JUST GO HARD

Thankfully for Cory and his family, the knowledge of the condition, and no longer taking medications that worsen it, means he could continue to play sports as normal — sort of. “He has to listen to his body and work harder than the other guys,” Jim Rahman said. Judging by the results, it seems he has done both. Rahman, who came to Foundation for his final two years of high school after starting his varsity career at East Ridge High, has been a standout for coach Brad Lord’s football team in its two best seasons in program history. He also was the most valuable player of the baseball team this past spring. “I love having athletes, and I saw Cory and I saw the way he moved and stuff … they (the Rahmans) brought a winning

attitude to our program,” Lord said. “He’s like having a coach on the field — has a very high football-I.Q. It’s one of the reasons our defense played so well this season.” As a free safety for the Lions, Rahman amassed a team-high seven interceptions and also was the team’s fourth-leading tackler. As opposed to Pop Warner, where he played both sides of the ball and often had to take himself out of the game, high school has allowed Rahman to mostly focus on defense — although Foundation had an offensive package where he sometimes took direct snaps for special occasions — and thrive. Even still, it was an adjustment for Lord’s staff and Rahman’s teammates to know that he was OK when the heavy breathing occurred. “It’s scary as a coach — you don’t want your player injured, but you want your best player out there,” Lord explained. “So you really monitor it.” Rahman said the decision to come to Foundation was one of the best he and his family have made — especially after enduring a winless campaign as a sophomore at East Ridge. The family, which has relocated from Clermont to Windermere, is now excited to see how he does during baseball season. In a perfect world, Rahman would find a college where he could play both sports. But, thinking realistically, he also knows he may have to settle for just playing football. Of course, a challenge has never stopped this young man from trying — an attitude he is intent on taking with him to the collegiate level and toward whatever else the future may hold “I know I have to work harder, it’s satisfying to me,” Rahman said. “I never made my breathing as an excuse — I just go hard.” B:3”

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The home at 6333 Earthgold Drive, Windermere, sold Nov. 17, for $271,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two-andone-half baths and 2,172 square feet. The price per square foot is $124.77. LAKES OF WINDERMERE

The home at 12881 Holdenbury Lane, Windermere, sold Nov. 13, for $351,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,763 square feet. The price per square foot is $93.28. The home at 12551 Cragside Lane, Windermere, sold Nov. 15, for $276,500. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,151 square feet. The price per square foot is $128.54. OASIS COVE 2 AT LAKESIDE VILLAGE

The condo at 14238 Desert Haven St., No. 703, Windermere, sold Nov. 14, for $212,000. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,861 square feet. The price per square foot is $113.92. SUMMERLAKE

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The town house at 13526 Carroway St., Windermere, sold Nov. 14, for $180,000 (REO/bank owned). Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,471 square feet. The price per square foot is $122.37.

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The home at 1741 Sparkling Water Circle, Ocoee, sold Nov. 14, for $240,000. Built in 1995, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,366 square feet. The price per square foot is $101.44. SILVER BEND

The home at 1787 Cassingham Circle, Ocoee, sold Nov. 16, for $238,000. Built in 1993, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,080 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $114.42.

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The home at 12130 Rebecca’s Run Drive, Winter Garden, sold Nov. 14, for $399,900. Built in 2000, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,830 square feet. The price per square foot is $141.31. COBBLESTONE

The home at 344 Black Springs Lane, Winter Garden, sold Nov. 17, for $272,500. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,901 square feet. The price per square foot is $143.35. GLENN JOINER COUNTRY CLUB ESTATES

The home at 14220 Tilden Road, Winter Garden, sold Nov. 17, for $425,000. Built in 1994, it has

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The home at 439 Whipperwill Way, Winter Garden, sold Nov. 14, for $405,000. Built in 2005, it has five bedrooms, three-andone-half baths and 3,379 square feet. The price per square foot is $119.86. WATERSIDE

The home at 16614 Harbor Sail Way, Winter Garden, sold Nov. 15, for $722,865. Built in 2016, it has six bedrooms, four baths, five half-baths and 4,882 square feet. The price per square foot is $148.07. WINTERMERE POINTE

The home at 2285 Windermere Pointe Drive, Winter Garden, sold Nov. 17, for $474,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths, a pool and 4,241 square feet.

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Fantastic buy for this 4 bedroom/2 bath pool/spa home. Just remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, baths have also been updated with granite and new cabinets... Step inside to the wood flooring in all rooms except bedrooms and baths. Family room is highlighted by the brick wood burning fireplace. Kitchen is complete with all appliances staying...Just off the family room is the covered screened and windowed brick paver lanai over looking the large pool with spa and the landscaped yard with storage shed. Great location to walk to the West Orange Trail, only minutes away from downtown Winter Garden with the many shops and restaurants... Conveniently located to the 429, 408 and turnpike... See this beauty today!!! Asking only $265,000

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Condo association takes care of roof, outside of building, ground maintenance and community pool. You just relax and enjoy your private courtyard and patio or hang out at the pool all day. 2 Bedrooms and 2 baths with sliders leading to your private courtyard from both bedrooms and kitchen. Also has a 2 car garage. Asking $94,900

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WINTER GARDEN VILLAGE AT FOWLERS GROVE, FL

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7 BEDROOMS • 5 BATHS • 3 CAR GARAGE!

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The home at 754 Tranquil Trail, Winter Garden, sold Nov. 15, for $357,000. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 3,512 square feet. The price per square foot is $101.65.

five bedrooms, two-and-onehalf baths and 2,997 square feet on one acre. The price per square foot is $141.81.

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BLACK LAKE PARK

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WINTER GARDEN

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This Braemar home, at 2036 Lake Fischer Cove Lane, Gotha, sold Nov. 14, for $1.2 million. This home features an oversized lot with views of Lake Fischer and a chef’s kitchen with Wolf and Electrolux appliances, center island, custom cabinetry and designer lighting.

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Don’t wait to look at this home or it will be gone!!! Just remodeled 3 bdrm.2Ba. Split plan with formal living/dining, family room with wood burning fireplace, kitchen has quartz counter tops, solid wood cabinets that have smooth closing doors and pull out drawers, stainless steel appliances. Bathrooms have granite counter tops, home has been freshly painted inside and out. Large covered and screened lanai 32x13. No hoa great neighborhood minutes from downtown W.G. West Orange Trail, 408,429 & Turnpike. Nothing to do here but move in!!! Asking only $265,000

LOWEST PRICE FOR POOL HOME IN SLEEPY HARBOR!

WOW! SELLER IS MOTIVATED! FRESHLY PAINTED! NEW PRICE! Great price for a pool home on a corner lot, privacy fenced yard is a plus! Landscaping just completed! Lake access with boat ramp and park! Living rm, dining rm, kitchen complete with range, refrigerator and dishwasher. Breakfast area, family room, split bedroom plan, sliding glass doors leading to covered lanai and pool...Washer, dryer and blinds stay!!! Move in condition!!! Walk to ocoee elementary and middle schools, close to shopping and all major highways... See this today before it is gone! Asking only $209,900


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WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

CHOOSE Your GIFT 5,000

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Spend less getting in to your home, and more time enjoying it with loved ones this season.* Unwrap a new washer, dryer and refrigerator courtesy of Taylor Morrison.**

In time for the holiday, take up to $5,000 off the purchase price of your beautiful new home.***

Make your season even more magical. Purchase a move-in ready Taylor Morrison Orlando area home by the end of the year and take advantage of one of our special holiday offers.

taylormorrison.com *Closing Cost Incentive Special Offer begins on new home contracts written as of 11/01/16 through 12/30/16 (“Promotion Period” ) and is valid on the purchase of eligible select inventory homes that can close by 12/31/16 in all Taylor Morrison Orlando area communities except Thornbrooke Townhomes (“Closing Cost Incentive”). Buyer must pre-apply with Approved Lender before submitting offer to qualify for the promotion. Seller will pay all applicable Closing Costs at Closing, excluding discount points or prepaid items other than the HOA Initiation Fees that is included, which contributions will vary depending on the eligible home selected and other restrictions described below, if qualified buyer utilizes Seller’s affiliated lender Taylor Morrison Home Funding, LLC, NMLS #149227 (“Approved Lender”) and the Title Company was selected only through Seller (“Preferred Title Company”). Closing Cost Incentive not applicable outside of the Promotion Period, Orlando-area or in the above excluded Taylor Morrison Orlando-area community. Closing Cost Incentive may not be combined with any other offer, unless expressly set forth in Buyer’s Purchase Agreement Documents. Total closing cost contribution credited at closing and subject to Seller’s contribution limitations based on mortgage program and loan to value guidelines that are outside of Seller’s control. All loans are subject to underwriting and loan qualification of the lender. Services not available in all states. Rates, terms and conditions offered are subject to change without notice. Additional licensing, disclaimers and other details, including special financing incentives (as applicable), may be found at www.taylormorrison.com. Buyer is not required to finance through Approved Lender or to use such Title Company selected by Seller to purchase a home; however, buyer must use both such settlement services to receive the above or certain other Closing Cost incentives. For more information about TMHF, its licensing and other financing information, please visit taylormorrison.com/tmhf-aba. **Limited time Appliance Package is valid for cash or financed buyer and includes a washer, dryer and side-by-side refrigerator not to exceed $7,000. The specific appliance make/model/colors and actual value selected by Taylor Morrison vary by Community/Home and remain subject to change. Offer valid on new home contracts written as of 11/01/16 through 12/30/16 (“Promotion Period”) and is valid on the purchase of eligible select inventory homes that can close by 12/31/16 in all Taylor Morrison Orlando area communities. ***Limited time $5,000 off the total purchase price of the home is valid for cash or financed buyers. Offer void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law. All incentives, pricing, availability and plans subject to change or delay without notice, and pricing may not include options, upgrades, lot or elevation premiums. Included and upgraded features will vary by home. Limited time offers, additional restrictions and limitations may apply and all “Special Offers” incentive programs subject to change prior to contract. Square footage and dimensions are estimated and may vary in actual construction. Please see a Taylor Morrison Sales Community Manager for additional details © November, 2016, Taylor Morrison of Florida, Inc. All rights reserved. FL GC#CBC1257822.

12.01.16 West Orange Times & Observer  

12.01.16 West Orange Times & Observer

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