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Attendees at Bubbles and Blues, hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 21, donned their diamonds, pearls and trendy blue jeans.
Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 6 years ago

Community Bulletin and Business Briefs


Community Bulletin

Attendees at Bubbles and Blues, hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 21, donned their diamonds, pearls and trendy blue jeans. It featured bubbly champagne, blues music by Papa Jack Express and delicious seafood from Winter Park Fish Company at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market.

Winter Park-based Lighthouse Central Florida has launched Lighthouse Works!, a new business that will provide job opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision. Lighthouse Works! business enterprise program will employ individuals with visual disabilities to produce goods and services for federal, state and local government agencies, as well as private businesses. For more information, contact Russ Hauck at 407-545-8873 or [email protected] or visit

University of Central Florida military and government leaders celebrated the opening of a new partnership building on Oct. 28 that will strengthen one of the region’s cornerstone industries. UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) and several military agencies share the Partnership III building in the Central Florida Research Park, which will allow UCF and its partners to expand their research capabilities and pursue additional funding in such areas as medical simulation, high-performance computing and mobile applications for training. Visit for more information about the building.

The Central Florida Chapter of Credit Unions held its annual charity golf tournament at Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary on Friday, Sept. 17. The $5,000 in proceeds from raffle ticket sales were donated to the Children’s Miracle Network and will be matched for another $5,000 by Co-Op Financial Services through its Miracle Match program. Visit for more information.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month! Seizures can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Make sure you know how to help! If someone is having a seizure, do you know what to do? Find out now, visit or contact the Epilepsy Foundation at 1-800-332-1000. Take the quiz and Get Seizure Smart today!

Volunteers are needed for the AARP’s Tax-Aide Program. Tax-Aide counselors help prepare tax returns and assist with filing requirements for older taxpayers and others. Training for volunteer Tax-Aide counselors begins Monday, Jan. 3 in the Orlando area. For more information, call Dave Epstein at 407-281-6498 or Jackie Sward at 407-647-5233.

The Winter Park YMCA is offering to try the Y for free. Visit the Winter Park YMCA any time prior to Monday, Nov. 15 to sign up for a free two-week Y Experience and Fitness Challenge. E-mail [email protected] for more information.

A Public Input Survey link regarding the Lake Lily Stage Proposal is now available on the city of Maitland website. Please visit and click Public Input Survey – Lake Lily Stage Proposal under Maitland News to take the survey.

The award-winning SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program is looking for volunteers. SHINE is a Medicare and health insurance information, counseling and assistance program that is part of the positive aging campaign. Currently, there are about 450 dedicated SHINE volunteers statewide who provide services to Medicare customers, their families and caregivers. SHINE volunteers perform a variety of functions, including providing information, counseling and assistance; making educational presentations to community groups; distributing materials at health fairs, senior fairs and outreach events; and assisting with general program support. To become a volunteer in Orange, Osceola or Seminole Counties, call Heather Fogle at 407-514-1823 or e-mail at [email protected]

Business Briefs

Brad Hester has joined the law firm of Frank A. Hamner, P.A. as new ‘Of Counsel’. Hester will continue his practice in the areas of real estate transactions and development, lender representation, agri-business, corporate and other areas. Winter Park-based Frank A. Hamner P.A. specializes in construction and commercial litigation.

Orlando Health appointed noted real estate developer Craig Ustler to its Board of Directors last month.

Neal Renuart, senior manager of the audit group at the strategic accounting firm of BKHM CPA, was appointed to the board of directors of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival for a one-year term.

Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, based in Baldwin Park, was recently awarded a contract to design the interior build-out of a new B2 Café facility in the Red Willow Plaza on Red Bug Lake Road in Winter Springs.

Orlando-based Navigator Executive Advisors has named longtime Human Resources management executive and leadership development consultant Leon Lachance, SPHR, as director of operations.

Bright House Networks Digital Cable TV customers can now access their Digital Video Recorder (DVR) anytime, anywhere. By logging into a Bright House Networks My Services online account at, customers can access Remote DVR.

Acropolis, a full-service ad agency in Central Florida, has hired two new employees: Sarah Faust, as senior account executive, and Becky Smith, as account executive.

The commercial division of Palmer Electric Company has secured a $3.5 million contract with general contractor Brasfield and Gorrie LLC for The Continuum, a new University of Florida student-housing complex.

The Central Florida office of SIKON Construction announced the company broke ground Wednesday, Sept. 22 for the new $5 million Publix at The Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale.

NAI Realvest recently negotiated the $408,375 sale price for a 2,475-square-foot “gray shell” office/retail condominium at Narcoossee Commerce Park.

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