Stories for May 2014


Wednesday, May 28

Winter Park City Talk

CoffeeTalk returns

If you have “a latte beans to grind” or simply want to “espresso your thoughts,” CoffeeTalk may be the cup for you.

Louis Roney: Thinking at 93 degrees

There is nothing that prepares one for the vicissitudes of old age except living a very long time and learning to roll with the punches.

Human beings are always in some state of mind or another and tend to assume that everyone they talk to is in the same state that they are at the same time.

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Rollins College president resigns

Duncan steps down

Rollins College will have a new president by this summer – a turn of events that may have stemmed from unrest in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Winter Park Boy Scout to erect fountain for fallen friend

Honoring Elizabeth

A 13-year-old girl’s spirit will live on in Winter Park’s Central Park if an old friend’s endeavor succeeds: placing a peacock fountain at the center of the park’s tranquil rose garden.

Maitland City Talk

Understanding stormwater pollution

Though only a small percentage of parcels in Maitland are considered “lakefront,” every single property is somehow connected to a water body, and the pollution we generate will inevitably find its way there.

Chris Jepson: War - another issue of choice

The true costs of war are seldom calculated with veracity in mind.

Our political leaders, in the name of national security, willingly sacrifice American servicemen.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The Maitland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) invites us to an evening of seafaring music in a free concert for children of all ages.

We can ‘Sail Away’ on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Maitland Presbyterian Church at 341 N. Orlando Ave.

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FSCL baseball season is back in Winter Park

Dawgs take to the field

It’s baseball time again as the Florida Collegiate Summer League heads to the plate next week to start the summer season.

Family Calendar

Maitland Symphony Orchestra invites you to “Sail Away”

The Maitland Symphony Orchestra invites you to “Sail Away” at its upcoming concert June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maitland Presbyterian Church, 341 N. Orlando Ave.

Community Bulletin

Improvements to Fleet Peeples

The latest addition to the park is a large, grassy, shaded area, which has been fenced for the benefit of small dogs and their owners.

Commissioner's Corner: Paying a heavy price

Orange County’s law enforcement agencies sometimes pay a heavy price to keep us safe.

In less than two months Orange County lost two brave officers in the line of duty.

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Winter Parker Cora Boyett Evans turns 100 in style

Centenarian celebrates

A long-time Winter Park resident, Evans was known until very recently for hosting gracious afternoon teas in her home, so it was only appropriate that she should celebrate with one for her 100th birthday.


A Princess of Great Courage

The University Club of Winter Park will present “A Princess of Great Courage” by Lynn Schiffhorst on Monday, June 2, at 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 22

Louis Roney: Good health, good life, good grief

inter Park can be grateful to our city commission for being more concerned with our future township than with the wishes of developers.

When and if Winter Park becomes only a busy suburb of Orlando, my house will be for sale.

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Commission calls for re-vote to allow bigger buildings

Commission to re-vote

A change to Winter Park’s Comprehensive Plan allowing more development of a larger size is set to come back before the City Commission, despite commissioners already voting it down by a count of 3-1 last month.

Chris Jepson: Which is it, Sen. Rubio?

Ask yourself this: What would you say or do to win public office? This is what I cannot quite figure out about Marco Rubio.

Sen. Marco Rubio wants to be president of the United States. I haven’t yet determined whether he is merely ignorant or opportunistic or some egregious combination of the two qualities.

Maitland City Talk

Preparing for hurricane season

Here in Central Florida we all know we’re not immune to the effects of hurricanes. When such storms threaten, we need to take appropriate actions and precautions.

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New exhibit showcases Winter Park's history on rails

All aboard exhibit to the past

To celebrate the rail connection to the past and the future, the Winter Park History Museum debuted its new exhibit “Whistle in the Distance: The Trains of Winter Park” on Thursday, May 8.

Community Bulletin

Civic Center gets a makeover

The Maitland Civic Center has taken on a new face, an effort to return to its status as the venue its community can rely on for their special events.

Winter Park City Talk

Extension of Lee Road

Traffic congestion on U.S. Highway 17-92 and Lee Road has been an area of concern for both the city and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for many years.

Family Calendar

WPHS band concert

Winter Park High School and the Band Booster Board are pleased to announce “Band Deconstructed,” a concert of chamber music at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 23.


2014 Hurricane Expo

Orange County residents can better prepare themselves this hurricane season by attending the county’s 2014 Hurricane Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The wacky, weird and wonderful festival of plays called Fringe will present 100 performance groups in Fringe 2014.

The oldest, non-juried festival in the United States, the Orlando International Fringe Festival’s philosophy is to be 100 percent uncensored, 100 percent non-juried, and 100 percent accessible.

Monday, May 19

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SunRail crash in Maitland raises safety questions

Train strikes car in Maitland

The crash came just weeks after Maitland City Council members discussed potential safety issues at the train track intersections in the city.

Thursday, May 15

Winter Park City Talk

Winter Park to celebrate Farmers Market 35th Anniversary

You’re invited to attend the Winter Park Farmers Market 35th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m.

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Winter Park softball team scores spot in history

Wildcats take districts

The Winter Park Wildcats won the district championship and punched their first ticket to the regional tournament on April 18 earning the Wildcats’ first district title for softball in the program’s history.

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City nears deal to bring in minor league baseball

A step toward the minors

Rollins College, the Brevard Manatees Single-A baseball team, and the city of Winter Park are nearing an agreement to bring the Manatees to Rollins’ Alfond Stadium.

Grilling our way to colon cancer?

Yes, charred meat is carcinogenic, at least according to the preponderance of the data.

There is some evidence that leaner cuts of red meat aren’t as dangerous, and also that marinating, especially in wine, reduces the production of the dangerous chemicals.

Want to live to be a centenarian?

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a long-term research report on the differences between centenarians and seniors who are age 65 and older.

Be adaptable and flexible. Get rid of stress. Be optimistic. Exercise. Own a pet. Those are good goals for people of any age.

Louis Roney: ‘Pot’ and Proust

We talk a lot about logic, but when have we managed to string any two periods of logic together to make sense for long?

It is the permanent unknown that spurs us on as it concomitantly holds us back, while we read Proust and try to rethink “Remembrance of Things Past” — times when we probably never even existed.

Maitland City Talk

National Public Works Week

National Public Works Week, May 18 through May 24, is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women throughout North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.

Asparagus makes spring recipes pop

Nothing says spring is here like a beautiful bunch of crisp asparagus.

Asparagus is easy to select and prepare, and comes in a variety of vibrant colors including green, violet, purple and white.

Chris Jepson: Whatever is does not have to be

Everything is a human construct. All of our material possessions, how we organize society and govern ourselves, our economic system, religion, our personal relationships. Everything.

Everything associated with being human is the result of our (historical) actions. Such awareness begs the question, “Is this the best we can do?”

Nancy Lugo: Water makes waves in overall health

Water, which makes up over half of your body and 75 percent of your muscles, plays a key role in almost every body function.

Drinking water throughout the day can keep the body well-hydrated and feeling more satisfied. Many times we sense our body craving food when we really are thirsty.

Wednesday, May 14

Jim Govatos: Bridging the gap between reality and our grasp of it

There is often a significant gap between reality and our grasp of it. What we pursue will eventually become normal for us.

Real change happens when we make daily commitments to attend to little things that eventually compound into big things.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The wacky, weird and always wonderful festival of plays called Fringe will present 100 performance groups in Fringe 2014.

The oldest non-juried festival in the United States, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival’s philosophy is to be 100 percent uncensored, 100 percent non-juried, and 100 percent accessible.

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Capitalist goes environmental in new bank venture

Capitalists go environmental

First Green Bank opened its first location in Winter Park, expanding the Central Florida community bank with a mission to conserve the environment to its fifth location.

Family Calendar

Harlem Wizards at WPHS

The Harlem Wizards are coming to the Winter Park High School gymnasium on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. to play an exciting and hilarious game against the teachers and staff of local schools.

Community Bulletin

Maitland Middle School’s News Crew students recently returned from a national film and broadcast competition, STN (Student Television Network).


James Gamble Rogers II Colloquium on Historic Preservation

Nicole Curtis, star of “Rehab Addict” on DIY Network and HGTV, will headline the eighth annual James Gamble Rogers II Colloquium on Historic Preservation.

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Rollins grad works to bring bike share to Orlando

Bringing in bike share

Having recognized the need for alternate modes of transportation to and from SunRail, Orlando city leaders recently sent out a request for bids to bring the growing trend of bike sharing to the city.

Wednesday, May 7

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Massive Winter Park Ravaudage for sale

Bellows' project up for grabs

Developer Dan Bellows recently put his 75-acre Ravaudage Development up for sale through commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley.

Winter Park City Talk

Sustainability Action Plan survey

In 2008, the city adopted a resolution to become a certified Green Local Government. Since then, in 2011, Winter Park achieved the Gold Level status, which shows the city’s commitment to being “green.”

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Winter Park commission axes idea to increase development size

No more bigger buildings

Winter Park residents wary of more development breathed a sigh of relief last Monday after a proposed change to the comprehensive plan came down to a single vote by the City Commission.

Old home woes: repairing wood floors and worn swings

Older homes, while probably pretty sturdy, may have developed hidden problems structurally.

Have a construction professional who specializes in outside attachments like decks and porches inspect and evaluate the condition of the porch.

Choosing the right tree for your family’s nest

It’s an age-old adage. You know the one: location, location, location.

Knowing exactly what you want increases exponentially your odds of finding it and prevents time being wasted looking at homes you would never consider.

Louis Roney: Infamous last words

Communication via human speech is really quite a mysterious invention.

It appears that we take on understanding of many abstract words by the dramatic situation in which they first occur.

What to do when your pet can’t quench their thirst

While it could just be excess thirst due to the hot weather, anytime you feel something is not right with your pet, you should act on that feeling.

The vet will check for any immediate causes of concern, and may do blood tests to determine if anything systemic is going on.

Orlando's home-buying season starts off with a hop in sales

Orlando’s housing market took its traditional month-to-month springtime sales hop in March.

Buyer demand is continuing to also drive increases in the area’s median price.

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Florida Opera Theatre offers 'musical theater on steroids'

Opening an opera

Morgan Davis may teach at Rollins, but for now she’s the student, listening, watching and learning from her director and fellow performers.

Maitland City Talk

Emergency Medical Services Week

To honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services as medicine's front line to the citizens and visitors of the city of Maitland, the city has proclaimed the week of May 18 through May 24 as “Emergency Medical Services Week.”

Letter to the Editor: Undergrounding is essential

Isn’t it time to go to modern technology?

Barrett M. Williams’ Letter “Stop burying the electric system” was like arguing against putting new tires on our old 1970 Ford Fairlane.

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Winter Park Commission considers Lee Road extension

City considers extensions

Winter Park officials discussed a new approach to realigning Lee Road on Monday – hoping to solve local traffic problems without creating new ones.

Chris Jepson: 50 Shades of Grey

Humans live for sex. Literally and metaphorically. I think you’d have to be dead or nearly so to have no interest in sex.

No, this column is not about sex, it’s about aging. I was sprucing up recently for a party and noticed my first gray hair. In my nose.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The Orlando Philharmonic has created a series of brilliantly produced operas – with the unique idea of placing the Orchestra on-stage with the singers performing in front of the orchestra.

On May 9 at 8 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m., the Philharmonic will present Giuseppe Verdi’s most melodious and popular work – “La Traviata.”

Family Calendar

Whistle in the Distance: The Trains of Winter Park

The Winter Park History Museum is proud to unveil its latest exhibition, “Whistle in the Distance: The Trains of Winter Park,” and will be hosting a grand opening party on Thursday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Serve breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming on May 11

Pssst. Mother’s Day is coming on May 11. With busy spring schedules on family calendars, it’s not too early to begin preparations to pamper Mom.

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Cora Boyett Evans celebrates her 100th birthday

A tea party for 100 years

With a remarkable memory and a natural gift for storytelling, Cora entertained friends with recollections of her personal Florida history.

Community Bulletin

Attention scholarship seekers

Rollins College and the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando recently announced the establishment of a partnership to award one full-tuition scholarship each year.


Good Morning Winter Park with Dick Batchelor

Good Morning Winter Park will feature Dick Batchelor from the Change 4 Kids charity and Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette starting at 8:15 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center.