Stories for April 2014


Wednesday, April 30

Winter Park City Talk

Earth Day in the Park and Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Join the city at Earth Day in the Park and the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Central Park.

Keep your VA care without reporting income

If you’re enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system, you no longer have to report your income.

Starting March 2014, you’ll only have to give your income information if you’re applying for the first time.

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Meet Winter Park High School's 11 valedictorians

Meet the valedictorians

Most schools have at least one valedictorian — the top-ranked student in the school. This year Winter Park has 11.

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Knights rank in after weekend sweep

Extend lead in AAC

The UCF Knights blasted into the NCAA Top 25 with a convincing sweep of Rutgers just after nearly doing the same to Louisville the week before.

With senior downsizing, it's best to start early

There are numerous websites about senior downsizing, but they all seem to agree on one thing: Get started early. Beginning months in advance to make the move a gradual process will keep stress to a minimum.

Senior Calendar

Maitland Senior Center programs

The Maitland Senior Center will be closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day, and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27.

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Oviedo artists prove creativity doesn't ail with age

Seniors keep creativity alive

Palm Valley is home to a surprising amount of talented senior artists. Some residents have just discovered their artistic talents, while others have spent their lives expressing themselves through art.

Louis Roney: Relative history

Relativity is everywhere you look. And who needs an Einstein to explain that the fourth dimension — time — is the glue that holds together the pieces of the world in which we live?

Reality is a constantly changing motion picture — not a still life. Change is the way of life. And change takes time. The change from young to old takes place too quickly for most of us.

Maitland City Talk

Movie in the Park on Saturday

Join us for a Movie in the Park on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Quinn Strong Park. This month’s feature will be the sing-along version of “Frozen.”

Letter to the Editor: Electric undergrounding is key to Winter Park’s future

Electric undergrounding throughout Winter Park results in greatly improved reliability for every resident, reduced ongoing electric system capital and maintenance costs.

Chris Jepson: Big, Dumb White Boys and other advocates of racism

You, Mr. Sterling, must know better than most that one’s ethnicity, race or religion is no justification for bigotry.

Is it coincidence or merely one of those times when coincidence “morphs” into irony when the U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan State’s ban on Affirmative Action just as two outrageous examples of racism roil the nation?

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

When you have a holiday like Cinco de Mayo, I strongly support the good folks at my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant Cocina 214 in their decision to turn one day into a three-day festival.

Historically, May 5 marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla, but here in Winter Park, it allows Cocina 214 to have ‘ambassadors’ from Jose Cuervo and Corona serve up drinks.

Family Calendar

SunRail commuter rail system officially open

The SunRail commuter rail system officially opens for business (and free rides) on May 1. Free rides will be available through May 16 to acquaint passengers with the service.

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Park Maitland students get a lesson in going green

Eating the rainbow

Park Maitland School celebrated Earth Day in style with the return of Mindy Kobrin and her Don’t Worry, Eat Happy program.

Community Bulletin

Help Winter Park win again!

Last year the city of Winter Park won three awards in the nation-wide America In Bloom program including Tops in our Population Category, Best Arbor Day Celebration and Best Waterways Management.


Derby on Park

Derby on Park will celebrate and watch the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby live at the Winter Park Country Club.

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Maitland looks to weed out medical marijuana sales

Zoning medical marijuana

Maitland City Council members are lighting up a debate over whether medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in the city, should the statewide referendum legalizing the practice pass in November.

Wednesday, April 23

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Brookshire Elementary artists use artwork to inspire

Elementary artists compete

The students competed in the school’s first time participating in the National Parent Teacher Association Reflections Program, inspired by the words: “Believe, Dream, Inspire.”

Family Calendar

Jeannette Genius McKean Run for the Trees 5K

In the mood to show off your fitness (or just get moving)? It’s the 22nd annual Jeannette Genius McKean Run for the Trees 5K in Winter Park.


Benefit for New Hope for Kids

The 13th annual Art of the Vine to benefit local children’s non-profit New Hope for Kids will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at Fields BMW.

Community Bulletin

Join the swim team

The Stone Crabs Swim Team is a year-round USA Swimming program that has been providing swimming opportunities to children in Central Florida since 1991.

Winter Park City Talk

April 30 SunRail Whistle Stop Tour

Please join your City Commission and city leaders Wednesday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at the Winter Park Train Station located at 148 W. Morse Blvd. celebrating the arrival of passenger rail service in Central Florida.

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Derby event takes Winter Parkers off to the races

Event features big hats, bowties

When the gates open and 20 thoroughbred horses blast toward turn one of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, the loudest cheering in Orlando may come from the Winter Park Country Club.

FlexBus service leaves Maitland riders waiting

Limited ways to get aboard

Instead of calling an on-demand bus to take commuters to and from SunRail stations, Maitland riders are challenged with getting more creative when it comes to getting aboard.

Maitland City Talk

Let's talk trees

Yes, our tree canopy, graciously given to us by our forefathers, is aging out. We are losing the tree canopy as our over-mature trees are removed.

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Goldenrod KinderCare crash leaves locals with questions

Driver had long rap sheet

They boarded up the gaping hole at the northwest corner of the brick and cinderblock Goldenrod Road KinderCare, but the void inside the hearts and minds of parents and children still remained.

Louis Roney: Here and there

I always stayed in the Hollywood Hotel and once had a room looking down from the second floor and on New Years Day could enjoy the whole Rose Bowl Parade from my window.

Bob Hope once gave me two 50-yard-line tickets to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where I sat with great singer John Charles Thomas and movie actor Edmond Lowe.

Chris Jepson: Nothing exceeds like excess

When a few exploit the many but the end product is beauty of an unimaginable scale, how are we (today) to judge how that artistic accomplishment was/is achieved?

On one hand, I truly love, for example, what the egoist Pope Leo X funded, but I have to question at what cost to society for such indulgence?

Commissioner's Corner: Preventing identity theft

In February, I had two experiences with identity thieves squatting in vacant homes in quiet neighborhoods to perpetrate their crimes.

Your vigilance is crucial to detecting and catching identity thieves. Stay on the lookout to prevent your family from being targeted by identity thieves.

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Wildcats’ wild bats head to districts

Team heads to championship

The Wildcats are headed for the district championship game after beating Timber Creek 5-4 Wednesday night.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

More than 13 million people have seen “Jersey Boys,” the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons.

Led by the unique voice of Frankie Valli, these four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Now the 'Jersey Boys' are back in Orlando!

How to tell if you’re a true ‘pet parent’

Bottom line: when you are a pet parent, you’ve made a commitment for the life of that pet.

So what is the difference between a pet parent and a pet owner? Here’s some examples, some silly and some serious!

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Review: Olive Garden's new menu

If your idea of your local Olive Garden is “unlimited soup and salad,” – have I got news for you!

The flagship chain of Darden Restaurants recently unveiled the most significant menu ‘evolution’ in the restaurant’s history, including more than 20 new menu items.

Friday, April 18

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Oviedo home project hits legal sand trap

298 homes stalled

One of the most contested Oviedo developments in recent memory hit a snag earlier this month when the city attorney discovered the project might not be legal.

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Tracking turtles' "lost years" in the ocean

Turtle research breakthrough

A team of professors and scientists led by UCF professor Kate Mansfield revealed first-of-its kind data regarding the migration patterns of sea turtles.

Thursday, April 17

Winter Park City Talk

The city of Winter Park presents “Earth Day in the Park & Arbor Day Tree Giveaway” on Saturday, May 3.

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Knights running away with conference

Four AAC series wins

Two one-run games gave way to a 10-run mercy rule blowout as the Knights beat out Memphis to take a three-game series last weekend in Tennessee.

Surprising steak news: It's healthy for some of us

For years we’ve been told to focus on plant-based proteins (beans, for example) rather than meats and cheeses from animal-based proteins. Now all that may change — depending on our age.

Louis Roney: People

Mickey Rooney sat down at the grand piano and said, “So you’re a singer? — so sing.”

He sat down at the grand piano and said, “So you’re a singer?— so sing.” He played a bit of a song from the 40’s and I sang along and interpolated a high B-flat. “Ya’ got it alright,” he said.

Stress: Gone in 60 seconds

Breath plays a really huge role in our ability to manage stress.

The way we breathe can affect our emotions and mental states, as well as determine how we physically respond to stress.

Maitland City Talk

On March 13 the Maitland Fire Rescue Department was awarded Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

On March 13 the Maitland Fire Rescue Department was awarded Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

Chris Jepson: Skepticism vs. cynicism

Every so often I am reminded of just how narrow is the gap between knowledge and despair.

We’ve reached a point, environmentally speaking, where the scientific consensus has us either aggressively acting to curb greenhouse gases or to experience horrendous human suffering.

Dr. Nancy: What walking does for you

Here are about a dozen reasons to get walking today

Can you enjoy the gift of walking? It is easy: One foot in front of the other. Even if you don’t move around much or you already go great distances, walking can be tailored to you, growing with you as you get walking muscles.

Jim Govatos: Questioning God after a tragedy

Dealing with an imperfect world

I think all of Winter Park was rocked by the recent tragedy at KinderCare on Goldenrod Road, which claimed the life of 4-year-old Lily Quintus and injured many others.

Josh Garrick: Culture for your calendar

April 26 and 27 turns the town of Celebration, Florida into the “Pie capital of the world.”

More than 13 million people have seen “Jersey Boys,” the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons.

Family Calendar

Winter Park’s 60th annual Easter Egg Hunt is on! It starts at 9:30 a.m. April 19 in Central Park.

Community Bulletin

Nearly 800 of Central Florida’s government, business and philanthropic leaders rocked with a purpose to the music of Florida rock band Sister Hazel.


The Rollins College Cornell Fine Arts Museum will debut ‘Emergence,” a fine arts show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18.

Wednesday, April 16

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Orlando walk brings awareness of Crohn's Disease

Crohn's Disease patient leads awareness effort

Ed Timberlake didn’t know what was causing his painful abdomen until it was so bad he couldn’t exercise anymore. He didn't realize it was Crohn's Disease.

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Winter Park Memorial shuts down cardiac-pulmonary rehab

Rehab patients forced to adapt

A cardiac-pulmonary rehab program gave Fran Gramarosa a better quality of life, but that isn't stopping the program from shutting down.

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Winter Park library takes on technology

Library considers new location

The tech-savvy “maker” generation may have a place to become the next music maven, video producer or industrial designer: the Winter Park Public Library.

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Central Florida’s health kick pays off

Local counties tops in health

Central Florida counties earned bragging rights recently for their health and fitness as they topped the charts on a statewide ranking.

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Wounded soldier to receive new home in Winter Park

Hero hopes for a comeback

Sgt. Bacary Sambou nearly lost his life in Afghanistan. Now he's found a place to call home: a donated house in Winter Park.

Wednesday, April 9

Winter Park City Talk

Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley is joining Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and mayors across the country in asking residents to participate in the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 to 30.

Faulty faucet causes homeowner headache

How to fix it for little time and money

The most likely problem with the faucet is a faulty cartridge, and in a unit that was only purchased about a year ago, that part should be covered in the faucet’s warranty.

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'Slingshot' film shows miracle fix for water

Science captured in film

Using technology they developed for at home kidney dialysis equipment, inventor Dean Kamen created a vapor compression distiller – dubbed Slingshot – that would deliver up to 250 gallons of pure water per day.

Christina Rordam: Pricing your home in today’s market

As an Orlando area Realtor I’m as happy as any homeowner to see home values and inventory stabilize.

Even though sellers still hold an overall advantage in the Central Florida real estate marketplace, buyers also have options now, making pricing your home competitively more important than ever.

Louis Roney: Musty musings

Signs of weakness from our president are answered by aggressive action from the Russian Putin — sure as shootin’!

We must finally learn that our White House must lead from strength, not from weakness, or the world will wipe its feet on us.

Orlando Philharmonic offers triumphant sendoff

Wilkins brought thrilling full sound to the symphony's conclusion and drained every drop of emotion from Sibelius’ musical “victory.”

On Saturday, April 5, the Orlando Philharmonic, with conductor Christopher Wilkins, performed “Finlandia,” the Symphony No. 2 of Jean Sibelius and the Brahms Violin Concerto with soloist Elmar Oliveira.

Tips for training cats: give them the carrot

Cats differ from dogs in that dogs can be disciplined by the stick; cats are trained mainly by the carrot.

One thing that doesn’t ever work with a cat is swatting them, as one might do with a rolled up newspaper for a dog. Corporal punishment only insults them.

Helping you overcome obstacles to homeownership

Today’s real estate market — with its historically low interest rates and continued high affordability — is an attractive market for buyers.

However, it’s a market that is difficult for many buyers to enter, and first-time buyers in particular are finding it challenging to purchase a home.

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Mead Garden restoration plans could transform wetland

Mead proposes dredging plans

A restoration project for the Lake Lillian Wetlands at Mead Botanical Garden could bring new life to the dark, murky habitat – an effort that would eliminate other wildlife and vegetation in the process.

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Bids come in to redevelop Maitland's downtown

Bids come in for city center

A boutique grocer, brand new bank, and multiple levels of new apartments, parking and shops could replace a currently downtrodden Maitland downtown if any of the recently proposed developer plans pull through.

Maitland City Talk

Springtime is always an exciting time in the Leisure Services Department and our park system.

Leisure Services is currently taking reservations for our youth tennis summer program slated for June, July and August.

Letter to the Editor: Stop burying the electric system

Winter Park should scrap its plan to bury all of its electric system

Such a massive undertaking would be a costly overreaction to the “bad old days” of Progress Energy and would be hard to justify when limited city funds are needed for other purposes.

Chris Jepson: Half the 'good' minds come with ovaries

It is always interesting to consider that a white, post-Civil War America “assigned” a higher status to emancipated male slaves than it did to her already “free” mothers, wives and daughters.

Women did not achieve voting rights until the 1920s, decades after former male slaves were “awarded” such rights. Is it not puzzling how such societal “values” are determined?

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” tells the Wolf's side of the story in a rock musical for the entire family.

Alexander T. Wolf (a.k.a. Big Bad Wolf) is accused of deplorable crimes. Facing a jury of pigs and a judge (with a weakness for musical theater), can the Wolf possibly get a fair trial?

Family Calendar

The 26th Spring Festival of the Arts around Lake Lily

The show features up to 150 artists and craftsmen around the lake in Maitland is April 12 and 13.

Bunnies, eggs adorn Easter Sunday table

Woven straw baskets, chicks and pastel candies set the scene for a springy Easter Sunday table.

Here are a few last-minute creative twists and flourishes your kids can do to add even more spark to the celebration. Hop to it!


Good Morning Winter Park kicks off

The topic of this month's Good Morning Winter Park is “Setting the Stage: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Update.” A complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

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A.S. degree-seekers see big payoff

Degrees bring in dollars

The ‘S’ in A.S. degree can make a big difference, giving students a work-related specialty by the time they graduate, compared to A.A. degrees which typically require another two years of study.

Wednesday, April 2

Winter Park City Talk

Spring Pops Concert

The city of Winter Park will proudly host the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as they present Spring Pops “Voices of Spring” on Sunday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in charming Central Park in downtown Winter Park.

Managing chronic pain and avoiding addiction

50 percent of veterans in the VA system suffer from chronic pain

The greatest effort has gone into determining when these opioids are appropriately prescribed when there are multiple medical conditions.

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Knights stay undefeated in AAC, face USF next

Face USF this week

Six games deep into American Athletic Conference play, the Knights haven’t lost a baseball game as they approach their grudge match of the season against USF.

Life is still good without an appendix

Millions of people worldwide live without an appendix

Life without an appendix goes on as normally as life with one.

IRS offers ‘fresh start’ to taxpayers

Find out if you might qualify

The Internal Revenue Service is continuing its expansion of the “Fresh Start” initiative by offering more flexible terms to its Offer in Compromise.

High-tech gadgets track our health

Do health trackers go to far?

These devices can fit into your cellphone and allow your doctor to keep track of your health, even if you’re not in his office.

Senior Calendar

Maitland Senior Center programs

The Maitland Senior Center presents a program for elders on the second Friday of the month that is staffed by counselors from S.H.I.N.E.

Louis Roney: Women and such

Men like to play with fire and are big risk-takers; women are fire extinguishers and lead men home safely from their adventurous tomfoolery.

We men lean individually and collectively upon women from the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night.

Guest artist season comes to laudable close

Barnatan’s pianism is prodigious

The recital of cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan on Sunday, March 30, in Tiedtke Hall presented by the Bach Festival Society turned out to be an impromptu affair.

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Legal loophole found in Winter Park's loitering ordinance

Court says its unconstitutional

Judges declared a portion of the city’s loitering ordinance unlawful on March 20 after realizing it gave residents the right to create a 50-foot no protest buffer around their homes.

Maitland City Talk

Keep Maitland in mind when making plans for April.

Residents and guests of all ages and all walks of life will appreciate Maitland’s seasonal events happening in the Cultural Corridor and along U.S. Highway 17-92 this month.

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Developer looks to extend Lee Road in Winter Park

Road rage over expansion

A future FDOT project to extend Lee Road faces opposition from some Winter Park residents, fearing new traffic problems if developer’s efforts are enough to push the project forward.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The first Fairwinds Broadway Season at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts was unveiled in glittering Broadway fashion on March 18.

It’s an incredible season, and it’s your first chance to ‘subscribe’ for seats in the new Performing Arts Center.

Chris Jepson: You make America better

There is an undeniable inner joy and satisfaction that comes from doing good (for the benefit of humankind). Is that not then doing well while doing good?

It would seem, acts of charity and generosity definitely offer a return above and beyond the immediate feelings of happiness and control.

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Ice cream social to raise money for Ronald McDonald House

Ice cream for a cause

There are two Ronald McDonald Houses in the Central Florida area where families whose children are being treated in nearby hospitals can stay for free.

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Come kick off Maitland Walks

Come kick off Maitland Walks with an 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event April 4 with a 20-minute walk in the Maitland Center.

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Simulator offers insight into living with dementia

Training through simulation

The goal of the Virtual Dementia Tour is to reach all communities, from caregivers to grocery store workers, to give them an elevated social consciousness and awareness for dealing with those with dementia.

Community Bulletin

Tars go global

Ten students from Rollins College were recently participated in the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University, on March 21-23 at Arizona State University.

Capen House halves connected

Two halves come together

Both pieces of the historic Capen House were reunited on their new foundation last week on the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden.


It’s Date Night at Leu Gardens!

Date Night at Leu Gardens for April features the thriller “Gravity” on April 4. Come early and enjoy a stroll in the 50-acre garden before the movie.

Bob Franken: Missing pay and the overtime scam

If it wasn’t before, it’s certainly clear now why the nation’s super-rich oligarchs work relentlessly to sabotage the Obama presidency.

These obese cats will use whatever it takes to neutralize anything that threatens their privilege, and they’ll work overtime to get their way.