On Aug. 18, Buca di Beppo kicked off National Senior Citizen’s Day with a lunch celebration. The official holiday was marked with a special delivery to the Lake Mary Health and Rehabilitation Center to feed 40 seniors, including 102-year-old Caroline Gregory, a Buca di Beppo regular. Pictured from left to right are Buca di Beppo server Haley Forest, Bobby Paul Benevento, 90, and server Emmy Coonrad.
The Summer of Dreams program came to a close in Orange County last week. Fifth Third Bank’s 10-week program — which provided food, activities, transportation, school supplies and financial counseling for parents — served 1,078 homeless students in its first year. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or how to get involved for next year, visit TheSummerofDreams.com
Rollins College freshmen participated in Service Philanthropy Activism Rollins College, a day when all incoming students contribute their time to community service projects throughout Central Florida. At the start of this semester, students donated time to 24 local organizations, including Fern Creek Elementary School, A Gift For Teaching, Henry Nehrling Society, The Mustard Seed and the Ronald McDonald House. From sorting school supplies and recycling mattress materials to making gift packs and landscaping, new students plunged headfirst into the service-driven culture at Rollins College.
The Bach Festival Youth Choir is auditioning for new members ages 9-16. Contact Bach Festival Youth Choir conductor Devon Kincaid to schedule an audition for your student. Email [email protected] or call 407-206-1900, extension 3312.
If you wish to take part in the Winter Park Paint Out in 2012, send a letter of interest to [email protected] no later than Thursday, Sept.15:
·Explain your interest and commitment.
·Include an active link to your website in the email.
·Attach a current resume.
State Rep. Bryan Nelson is now seeking applicants for the Florida House of Representatives’ page and messenger program. You must live in the Orange County community and be 13-18 years old. The program is one week during the 2012 legislative session in Tallahassee. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 16. Call 407-884-2023.
Ways to give back
The first $10,000 raised through the Classrooms Supplies Campaign will be matched $1 for $1 by the state’s School District Matching Grant Program to support low-income classrooms. More than 100,000 Orange County students are on the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Invest by visiting www.foundationforocps.org
The Jewish Pavilion is offering an opportunity to market your business for as little as $100. On Sunday, Oct. 23, the Pavilion will host “A Walk in the Park” from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. In addition to the walk, they will be having a community expo. Visit tinyurl.com/jpwalksponsor to be a sponsor or vendor.
The Internal Revenue Service is looking for volunteers to prepare simple federal tax returns from mid-January through April 18. Almost all sites use computers to prepare and electronically transmit tax returns (e-file) during daytime hours for TCE and days, evenings and weekends for VITA. You need not have any accounting experience. All that’s required is a desire to help individuals who cannot prepare their basic tax returns or afford to pay a preparer. For more information or to volunteer, contact Yanina Noboa at 954 423-7626 or [email protected]
Winter Park entrepreneurs are proud to announce the opening of their second retail store, Big Top, a retail store where customers can design and print custom shirts on the spot. The store is located in the University Commons shopping center across from University of Central Florida.
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has hired Timothy Schaben as a loss prevention manager.
Cuhaci & Peterson Architects LLC, based in Orlando’s Baldwin Park, recently promoted Amy Phillips to marketing manager.
Data Transfer Solutions LLC (DTS), based in downtown Avalon Park in east Orlando, has added another data collection vehicle to its existing fleet. The new MAC-Van will be able to capture both video and data in a 360-degree field of view. The vehicle uses proprietary data collection, processing and extraction software called EarthShaper.
Altamonte Springs-based general contractors and construction managers Roger B. Kennedy Inc. completed the LA Fitness Hunter’s Creek sports club remodel and 11,000-square-foot expansion located at 12700 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.
Robert W. Bowser has joined Greenberg Traurig P.A. as an associate in its Orlando office. Beth Norrow also joined the litigation practice group as an associate.
The Central Florida office of SIKON Construction, Maitland, announced the completion of Lagoon Landing, Florida Keys Community College’s first student-housing facility, in Key West on Aug. 16.
Watson Realty Corp.’s top salesperson for Central region in July 2011 was Diane Sterling, Maitland office.
RLF/TranSystems LLC recently announced it was awarded a $15 million, five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic Division.