Stories for June 2014


Monday, June 30

Winter Park baseball stadium in a pickle

Rollins stadium ruled out

The search for a minor league baseball stadium site continues as Winter Park announced that Harper-Shepherd Field has been ruled out for consideration.

Wednesday, June 25

Three downtown proposals pass muster in Maitland

Getting downtown going

Plans for downtown Maitland’s long awaited redevelopment are slowly being fleshed out as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board voted to move forward with three possible developments for the downtown area last week.

Winter Park City Talk

Beware of fraud!

Recently, several Winter Park utility customers have reported that they have been contacted by individuals or organizations claiming to represent the city of Winter Park.

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Winter Park requests changes in police, fire pensions

City calls for 'home rule'

Winter Park wants more flexibility with negotiating fire and police pensions, but a recent request of the state level government raised suspicion and concern among some local retirees.

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Winter Park looks underground for biz stimulus

Going underground

Winter Park’s latest effort to attract new businesses to the city’s major corridors is going underground – all the way down to the sewer pipes.

Louis Roney: As they say…

If our dreams of love don’t come true, we rarely sing about it.

Nothing is ever quite the same as it is when we remember it.

Sovereign Brass shine in summer concert

Quintet plays favorites

A quintet of brass players called Sovereign Brass plus one percussionist played a program titled “Splendor in the Brass” on June 23 at The Plaza Live Theater and they played how else? Splendidly!

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Winter Park plans to increase sustainability

Planning for the future

Winter Park city staff hopes a new sustainability action plan in the works will lead the city to a greener future, all while addressing Winter Park’s lack of recycling compared to other neighboring cities.


FilmSlam returns to the Enzian

FilmSlam returns to the Enzian Theater on Sunday, June 29, at 1 p.m. with a new showcase of films.

Maitland City Talk

Fourth of July safety for you and your family

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain.

Letter to the Editor: The hunt for a new Rollins president

Rollins College is about to undergo a national search for a new president who will, no doubt, be expected to have the Ivy League-type pedigree of past presidents.

Chris Jepson: Musings of a summer mind

Subscribing to the daily New York Times, nearly a decade ago, was undoubtedly the best gift I have given to myself as an adult.

To have the luxury of leisurely perusing the Times is a genuine joy. It’s mystifying to me why anyone (with the wherewithal) would deny himself this pleasure.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Each summer the Morse Museum organizes free programs for elementary-school-aged children. The series begins Friday, June 27, with a family-friendly film showing.

After the films, children and parents will take guided tours of the galleries to see objects actually exhibited at these fairs. How cool is that?

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River Rats take top standing in FCSL

Dawgs fall down

It took just one week to upend the chase for the Florida Collegiate Summer League lead in the standings, and now the Sanford River Rats are on top.

Family Calendar

Popcorn Flick in the Park showing of “Toy Story"

Bring snacks, a blanket and the whole family to Winter Park’s Central Park at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, to catch this month’s Popcorn Flick in the Park showing of “Toy Story.”

Suspect in Fairbanks assault turns himself in

Husband turns himself in

A suspect on the run turned himself in at the Winter Park Police Station last Monday night after an apparent life-threatening altercation with his wife off of Fairbanks Avenue earlier that day.

Community Bulletin

Firm celebrates 40 years

Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A., a regional certified public accounting firm, celebrated 40 years in business this month.

Erika Spence: Business in the Park

With the official start to the summer season behind us, it’s time to enjoy some of the season’s outdoor activities.

Take the family to a Winter Park Diamond Dawgs baseball game. Get up early for the Winter Park Farmers Market, which now offers locally grown, organic produce.

Friday, June 20

Nancy Lugo: Accidents don't just happen

Accidents don’t just happen. They occur when the perfect storm of factors are present. Conditions, situations, and human factors are not random. We can control many of factors to reduce the risks.

Injuries are not accidents. “Accident” suggests random events or bad luck.

Thursday, June 19

Dr. Nancy: Accidents don't just happen

Injuries and violence kill more people across the U.S. in the prime of life, ages 1 to 44, than any other cause.

Injuries are not accidents. “Accident” suggests random events or bad luck. Accidents don’t just happen.

Winter Park City Talk

Possible changes to city’s recycling and garbage program?

he city’s Keep Winter Park Beautiful & Sustainable Advisory Board has drafted a Sustainability Action Plan focusing on efforts to make the city more sustainable in the next 10 to 20 years.

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Winter Parkers remember demolished train station

Train station comes down

Winter Park said goodbye to a piece of city history on June 1 as demolition workers tore down the 52-year-old Amtrak train station in Central Park.

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Four arrested for alleged foul play at Winter Park phone store

Four arrested a fix-it store

Winter Park Police received a tip last year that the location was buying stolen cell phones and selling them on the Internet, starting an investigation last June.

Tom Carey: Summer herbs for Florida gardens

The ultimate taste of summer is the green goodness of basil.

Just about any plant exposed to the pounding rain of a thunderstorm will take a beating, but even more so for tender basil.

Key signs indicate Legionella bacteria

What should I expect for my future?

Legionella is a bacteria that can cause pneumonia. It is classically found in fresh water, such as air-conditioning cooling towers and condensers.

Tomatoes: once bitten, forever loved

It’s that time of the year — the season of the tomato!

Red, green or gold ... sweet or tart ... but always plump and juicy, just-ripe tomatoes are what we dream of when the season is lean and the weather cold.

Louis Roney: Let me ask…?

These days there are many questions about the president and his presidency floating around in the political air we breathe.

Barack Obama has no experience with any of our armed services and yet as president he is commander in chief of all of them.


Old school pool party

Come out and hang by the pool for an old school party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the Winter Park Community Center.

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Mother-son duo take turns earning Rollins degrees

Mother, son graduate together

On Mother’s Day weekend Holly and her son Aaron took turns watching each other graduate.

Maitland backtracks on traffic plans

Keeping wheels off the rails

The city of Maitland is getting on track to make changes to traffic patterns aimed at keeping cars moving freely on the roads and – more importantly – off of the railroad right-of-ways.

Maitland City Talk

Safety tips for new parents and grandparents

As a new grandparent, I’ve found I needed to review and remember how to deal with the safety of a small child all over again.

Letter to the Editor: Winter Park's density problem

The issue here is the density increase

We believe our city leaders must not throw open the floodgates to a substantial increase in density without taking time to help us understand how this will benefit the people of our city.

Chris Jepson: The end of your choice

I confess to disappointment over human lifespans. Some turtles, lots of trees, even some sponges—SPONGES!—have longer lifespans, years longer than human beings.

Dying isn’t the question. Never is. It’s when. It’s how. Make the living will. Have "DNR" tattooed in four-inch letters on your chest.

Jim Govatos: A father’s blessing

This Father's Day, I would want to ask, "Have you blessed your kids lately? Have you told them that you're proud of them and believe they will do great things?"

In honor of Father’s Day last weekend I've been doing some reminiscing about my own father, who died in 1975.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

More than 100 orchestra and rock musicians will come together to present an eclectic concert featuring some of the best music ever to come out of England.

Focused on symphonic compositions of the early 1900s and rock ‘n’ roll from the late 20th century, this concert features everything from “Pomp and Circumstance” to the greatest hits of The Beatles.

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Diamond Dawgs get squeezed by Winter Garden

Battle for league lead

The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs had a squeeze put on them in two narrow heartbreakers at home to start last weekend.

Family Calendar

E-Gaming days at the library

Maitland Public Library will host E-Gaming days every Friday during the summer from 1 to 4 p.m. starting on Friday, June 20. Play current and retro video games at this free event.

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Txokos Basque Kitchen: Garden fresh foods with Spanish flair

Meals with Spanish flair

When the James Beard Foundation nominates a chef for Best Chef of the South, and that chef goes on to open a restaurant on the border between Baldwin Park and Audubon Park, local foodies start salivating.

Community Bulletin

Local YMCA swimmers make big splash

Andy Kroupa and Rich Mercer of the Winter Park YMCA and Rick O’Dell of the Downtown Orlando YMCA won big last month at the United States Masters Swimming Short Course meet in Santa Clara, Calif.

Fighting the fat of the land

Our body bigotry is so ingrained that we consider it completely acceptable to make fun of fat people and to consider those who are overweight to be lesser people.

Obesity is right up there with cigarette smoking when it comes to habits that can kill us, habits that are incredibly difficult to break.

Wednesday, June 11

Winter Park City Talk

Win a KindleFire and $50 Cocina 214 gift cards

Attendees of the Sustainability Action Plan Public Forum who have completed the survey will also be eligible to win a KindleFire and other great sustainable items that will be raffled at the public forum (must be present to win).

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Winter Park researches renovating, relocating library

City looks into relocation

Winter Park might be forced to use the wrecking ball in order to make room for a high tech new library. And it could end up in Central Park.

Relationships rule when it comes to real estate

Real estate is a relationship business. It’s about trust and service, and you don’t trust someone you don’t know, at least not as well as you would someone with whom you have had a relationship.

The perception still lingers in many people that as agents we are here solely to find homes and show up to open their doors.

Louis Roney: Slices of time

In the ’30s Hope Strong and I, along with other members of our Scout Troop, would canoe with our leader Fleet Peeples down the Wekiva River and camp out overnight on Shell Island.

We were boys then. We were crazy. What else is new?

Millenials still hold dreams of homeownership

The dream of homeownership is alive and well for the Millennial generation.

The numbers are in: Millennials – those age 33 and younger – take the top spot as the largest group of recent homebuyers in the U.S.

Maitland City Talk

Joint TAB/P&Z meeting on Thursday

On Thursday, June 12, the city of Maitland’s Transportation Advisory Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet to revisit the recommendations of a 2004 traffic study and the future plans for Maitland Avenue.

Chris Jepson: The war on women

Even the most cursory exposure to world history depicts the relentless marginalization of women.

Has there been a war on women? Examine our history, nay, simply look around the world today and truthfully answer.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Experience the charm of Winter Park’s Park Avenue at the Sip, Shop & Stroll, where you spend the evening exploring Park Avenue’s shops and restaurants.

Discover new shops, check out the fashions, gift ideas and menu items as you enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres along the way from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Opening night: FSCL baseball is back in Winter Park

FSCL teams step to the plate

Florida Collegiate Summer League baseball is back in Central Florida. The league’s 11th season opened June 3 at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

Men and women sometimes planets apart with home wish lists

Let’s face it: Real estate is, and always has been, a highly emotional experience.

While not always on the same planet with their wish lists, their likes were in the same solar system.

Family Calendar

Popcorn Flick in the Park showing of “Toy Story"

Bring the whole family, snacks and a blanket to Winter Park’s Central Park at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, to catch this month’s Popcorn Flick in the Park showing of “Toy Story.”

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Eagle scout hopeful launches project to help Orlando's homeless

Scout project gives back

For his Eagle Scout project, Baxter Murrell has made an ambitious choice to provide 400 supply-filled backpacks to the men and women served by the homeless ministry of St. George Orthodox Church in downtown Orlando.

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Winter Park approves larger planned developments

Second vote passes

An ordinance passed by Winter Park City Commissioners on Monday could be the first step in opening the floodgates for larger development in the city, a month after the Commission originally voted the change down.

Community Bulletin

Commending Preservation Capen

Winter Park's Preservation Capen was recently awarded an Outstanding Achievement award at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation's 2014 Historic Preservation Awards.


Summer Sip, Shop & Stroll

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Park Avenue Merchants Association invite you to experience the charm of Park Avenue at the Summer Sip, Shop & Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 12.

Thursday, June 5

Senior Calendar

Central Florida senior programs

Maitland, Winter Springs and Casselberry offer a plethora of programs for seniors in June.


Ladies’ Art Lounge

Join the Ladies’ Art Lounge on Friday, June 6, at 6 p.m. for an evening of friendship and creativity.

Community Bulletin

Police promotions

The Maitland Police Department held its largest promotion ceremony in recent years on June 2.

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Winter Park foundation honors doctor's legacy

Inspiring the next generation

Over the first 10 years following Don Diebel Jr.'s death, the foundation has donated more than half a million dollars in funding to local organizations that fell in line with Diebel Jr.’s health care interests.

Family Calendar

Tastefully Goldenrod

Tastefully Goldenrod, presented by the Goldenrod Chamber of Commerce, is coming back to town June 6 offering food, drinks and a festive atmosphere.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Beginning June 6, Art & History Museums – Maitland will devote its museums to exhibits related to war and conflict in a manner unique to each museum’s mission.

New exhibits recognizing the 70th anniversary of D-Day open at Art & History Museum's - Maitland on June 6.

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Eatonville celebrates opening of new health facility

Eatonville works on its fitness

Eatonville residents found new hope and realized a dream more than a year in the making Saturday as Healthy Central Florida, Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation opened Healthy Eatonville Place.

Chris Jepson: Why is more humanity humane for the planet?

I believe the conversation has shifted. More and more Americans are considering the idea that mankind (our industrialization) contributes to global climate change.

We’ve quickly moved from climate denial to, “Well, that ship has sailed.”

Maitland City Talk

Rail safety reminder

Given SunRail’s frequency and size of the trains in relation to cars, it is imperative that drivers exercise caution and good judgment near all railroad crossings.

Louis Roney: Porcellian vocalism

Most American kids are not willing to wait. They put last things first, and first things last.

That's why there are so many people in the audience and so few on the stage.

Will social security be your only income?

Seniors need to plan ahead

If you have five more years until retirement, there are steps you can take now to make living on only Social Security a bit easier.

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SunRail riders give Park Avenue merchants a boost

Train riders boost biz

Winter Park merchants along Park Avenue saw sales and foot traffic soar in the first month of SunRail rides, leaving them hoping to see the trend continue.

Restless Leg Syndrome no laughing matter

Why do people snicker when I tell them I have RLS?

Restless leg syndrome causes an urge to move the legs (and sometimes arms), which is worse at nighttime and is relieved by movement.

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Study says new Lake Nona VA may be too small

Can Lake Baldwin VA stay open?

Study says that even after the new Lake Nona-based VA Medical Center opens, the growing veteran population in Central Florida will require at least 300,000 more square feet of space for medical services.

Deported veterans face unfair penalties

Can return only in coffin

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of foreign-born U.S. military veterans who have been convicted of crimes and served their time in prison have been deported.

Winter Park City Talk

“Stop tailgating before it stops YOU” campaign

During 2013, in the city of Winter Park alone, rear-end collisions caused more than $3 million in property damage and injury insurance claims.

Wednesday, June 4

Developers shift plans for downtown Maitland redevelopment

Developers shift focus

Plans for Maitland’s downtown redevelopment are shifting into focus, with one developer partially pulling out of the process and two others campaigning for public support.