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Shakespeare Competition winners from the English-Speaking Union of Central Florida.

Shakespeare Competition winners from the English-Speaking Union of Central Florida.

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Shakespeare winners

The annual Shakespeare Competition, sponsored by The English-Speaking Union of Central Florida, was held at The University Club of Winter Park. Each student, who is a winner from his or her own school, memorized and presented a Shakespearian sonnet and also a 20-line passage from one of his plays.

The winners are:

First place: Alison Sigalow, Lake Highland Preparatory School

Second place: Cheyenne Everhart, Seminole High School

Third place: Joseph Reece White, Winter Park High School

Alison received an all-expense paid trip to New York to compete in the National E-SU Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center.

Backstage with Bach

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Pictured are J. Brock McClane, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Rev. Eric Ravndall III, president, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Gwinn, executive director, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

On March 1, the Honorary Consul of Germany in Orlando hosted “Backstage with Bach” in conjunction with the Consulate General of Germany in Miami, a sponsor of the performance of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the 77th Annual Bach Festival. About 100 guests attended a preview of the St. Matthew Passion in rehearsal. Pictured are J. Brock McClane, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Rev. Eric Ravndall III, president, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Gwinn, executive director, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

Vote for Casa Feliz

Casa Feliz was nominated by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as one of the top 100 buildings in Florida. Cast your vote at aiafltop100.org

Resident in Reader’s Digest

Winter Park resident Donna Gropper is featured this month in Reader’s Digest, which selected her letter for its “React” section. Reader’s Digest receives about 8,600 letters to the editor each year and only 13 letters were chosen for publication in April. Donna wrote: “Kudos to Andy Simmons for ‘Funniest Moments of the Year.’ We get so bombarded with negativity and strife in the news that I didn’t know I needed a good laugh until I read this piece and laughed out loud, repeatedly. You’re lucky to work with Andy—give him a pat on the back!”

Model behavior

Winter Park Day Nursery was one of five early childhood programs in Florida selected to become state demonstrations for the implementation of Positive Behavior Support (PBS). The PBS model promotes the social emotional competence of all children, prevents the development of behavior challenges, and ensures that young children with behavioral problems get effective intervention.

Chili event raises $27K

On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Rotary Club of Winter Park hosted the inaugural Chili for Charity. A dozen of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers served chili to more than 450 attendees with more than $27,000 raised.

SunRail survey

UCF has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation to conduct a survey about Central Florida’s new commuter rail system, SunRail. Let them know what you think by visiting tinyurl.com/SunRailsurveyMaitland

Construction limits parking

As part of the East Morse Boulevard Improvement Project, construction on the stormwater treatment phase to eliminate pollutants from entering Lake Osceola will begin Monday, April 9 and is expected to be complete by Saturday, April 28. During construction there will be limited parking at the end of East Morse Boulevard and limited access to the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour.

Donations needed

The Winter Park Benefit Shop, a longtime community thrift shop at 140 Lyman Ave., Winter Park, needs items to sell — clothing, bedding, jewelry, kitchenware and bric-a-brac. They also need volunteers. Please call Elizabeth Comer at 407-647-8276. Proceeds support children’s programs and Blind Association Of Central Florida.

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