Derek Donahue, 13, recently earned scouting's highest level of ranking — Eagle Scout. As a dedicated member of Boy Scout Troop 205 of First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, it took him only two and a half years to earn this achievement. Derek has been a resident of Maitland for 11 years and is the son of Dorine Olive.
The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston) celebrates its 20th season this year with a special exhibit, "Zora Neale Hurston: The Legacy of Inspired Reality" (through Aug. 27). This exhibit pays tribute to Eatonville's hometown daughter with a distinctive display featuring the works of numerous artists inspired by Hurston, with images of Hurston and her works woven into the exhibit. Visit Zoranealehurstonmuseum.org for more information.
Tax-Aide volunteers, trained and certified by the IRS, will provide free income tax assistance at 16 sites throughout the Orange and Seminole County area through Thursday, April 15. Individuals seeking assistance should bring pertinent tax documents such as a copy of last year's income tax return; forms showing income earned, pensions and Social Security; 1099 Forms showing interest and dividends; and photo ID of self plus social security cards for all those listed on their return. Visit the Winter Park Library at 460 E. New England Ave. Winter Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 15. For additional information visit Aarp.org/taxaide or call toll-free number 1-800-227-7669.
Patrick Gaughn, class of 2010 at Connecticut College and a Winter Park resident, has been named to the Dean's Honors for the 2009 fall semester.
The Morse Museum will open a new wing to house most of its holdings of objects and architectural elements from Louis Comfort Tiffany's Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall, in early 2011. It will increase the public exhibition space by about 50 percent.
The Valencia Character Company announced Stephen A. DeWoody of Winter Park as the winner of its 19th annual Original Play Competition among Florida playwrights. DeWoody's winning script, "DOORS," will debut as a fully-staged production, March 30 through April 3 at the Black Box Theater on Valencia Community College's East Campus.
NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new long-term lease agreement for 3,960 square feet of office space at 445 Challenger Rd. at the Maritime Center in Port Canaveral.
Gregory Stock, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, was recently elected to the Orlando Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' Board of Directors. He will serve as treasurer for the 2010 fiscal year.
Partner Gary M. Kaleita and Associate Michael S. Provenzale with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed, P.A. recently authored "Is the Doctrine of Caveat Emptor Dying in Florida?", which was published in the January 2010 issue of The Financial Fraud Law Report. Visit www.lowndes-law.com.
Masterpiece Design Group, a Winter Park-based company, now in its 12th year of operations, just completed the design work on its 100th residence at the upscale resort.
The Central Florida office of SIKON Construction announced the company broke ground Jan. 18 for the new $1.5 million, two-story, 25,695-square-foot KAM Specialties headquarters building located at 1440 SW 28th Ave. in Pompano Beach.
Beazer Homes has appointed Evan Marie Vogel New Home sales analyst.
Family Services of Metro Orlando welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors: Sarah Lindquist, associate, Zimmerman, Kiser, Sutcliffe, P.A.; Greg Mainguth, asset resolution manager, RBC Bank; Diane Summers, private client manager, U.S. Trust/Bank of America; Melinda Tedder, accounts payable manager, Darden Restaurants.
Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, based in Orlando's Baldwin Park, was recently awarded contracts to design renovations of three J.H. Harvey supermarkets in Havana and Tallahassee and in Lakeland, Ga.
The Central Florida Chapter of Credit Unions Board of Directors in cooperation with Fairwinds Credit Union, Insight Financial Credit Union, Martin Federal Credit Union, and Magnify Credit Union has made a donation of $2,250 in favor of the American Red Cross' Haiti Relief Fund.