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Community Bulletin and Business Briefs

UCP helps children graduate

With the help of UCP of Central Florida, more than 150 children graduated June 10 at Greater Trinity Baptist Fellowship Church with the skills necessary to move into a kindergarten classroom. Pictured is Adriana Bancalari, age 5, with Dr. Ilene Wilkins, UCP’s President and CEO. Founded in 1955, UCP of Central Florida provides support, education and therapy services for children with and without special needs from birth to age 21. Call 407-852-3300 or visit

On June 11, the Art & History Museums – Maitland was the recipient of the generous help of more than a dozen BB&T employees. With loads of energy, a dozen hardworking volunteers made a huge impact on the preservation and care of the Art Center Campus.

United Arts’ voting campaign, The Arts Matter, Your Vote Matters!, ran for 14 days. After more than 12,250 total visits to, the winning organization with 1,544 votes is Enzian Theater. They will be presented with a check for $5,000. The five runner-up organizations are: The Center for Contemporary Dance – 829 votes, Orlando Shakespeare Theater – 782 votes, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park – 674 votes, Orlando Repertory Theatre – 622 votes, and Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra – 544 votes.

Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland dedicated a new home on June 7. The wheelchair-accessible house is located at 701 Symonds Ave. in Winter Park. Completion of the 1,100-square-foot bungalow allows Carolyn Clark, who is confined to a wheelchair, to begin her new life. Visit

Chad Modomo of Winter Park has been named to the 2011 spring semester Dean’s List at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Bryan B. Danley of Maitland was named to the President’s List of Mercer University’s School of Engineering for the spring 2011 semester.

Florida Hospital’s support and mission service group, Global Mission Initiatives, recently led a professional team of Florida Hospital’s environmental service employees to the outskirts of Haiti’s capital, Port-Au-Prince, to share best practices in hospital safety/infection prevention.

Keep Winter Park Beautiful is calling for nominations for four awards recognizing businesses and residents that have acted to beautify Winter Park in the past year. One Beautification Award and three Green Awards will be presented to the winners at the City of Winter Park’s Commission Meeting on August 8. Deadline for nominations is July 5. Call 407-599-3364 or visit

Holler Hyundai in Winter Park hosted the Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on May 25 to showcase its new VIP showroom. Pictured are Ivan Valdes (from left), city of Maitland councilman; Pat Williamson, Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce; and Phil Bonus, city of Maitland councilman, standing near the new Hyundai Equus.

Ways to give back

Through July 31, JFS will conduct a Got Lunch campaign. Donations can be made payable to JFS and mailed to their office at 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL 32789 (note “Got Lunch” on your check). Donations are also accepted via phone at 407-644-7593, ext. 250 or online

Palmano’s CafĂ©, Coffee and Wine Bar, 333 S. Park Ave., announced that throughout the summer, half their bottled water proceeds will benefit The Morning Star School.

Seniors First launched Help Fuel Meals on Wheels, a campaign to offset the cost of gas for volunteer drivers. The campaign runs through June 30. Call 407-581-9366, or email Jan Ingrando at

The Center for Cultural Interchange needs volunteer host families from July 5-July 26 for exchange students from Spain. The students are between 14 and 18 years old. Call Rebecca at 407-415-9619.

Business Briefs

Moore Stephens Lovelace welcomes Mike Gossman to the Firm Audit and Attestation Practice as a manager.

Shaw Mechanical Services of Orlando has begun work on a $1.3 million contract with Wharton Smith Inc. for an HVAC Upgrade and Renovation at Southwood Elementary School in Orange County.

Ride Green Scooters, based in Winter Park, has been named the exclusive Central Florida area dealer for Puma Cycles.

Mike Winn, broker with Winter Park Land Commercial, represented the seller Ewing Winn Properties, LLC in the sale of the 8,352-square-foot building located at 270 W. New England Ave. in Winter Park. The buyer was represented by NAI Realvest chairman George Livingston, associate Drew Saphos, CCIM, and principal Christie Alexander.

Nine attorneys from the Ninth Judicial Circuit will be among 134 attorneys honored by The Florida Bar on Friday, June 24, for 50 years of dedication to the practice of law. The attorneys are: William Leon Eagan, Orlando; Louis Frey, Jr.; Orlando, Richard Neil Greatwood, Orlando; Irvin A. Meyers, Orlando; Julian C. Renfro, Winter Park; John L. Sewell, Winter Park; Ira Burton Spraker, Orlando; H. Allan Weber, Maitland; and Samuel Joshua Zusmann, Orlando (senior counselor).

The Central Florida office of SIKON Construction, Maitland, announced the firm is ranked among Florida Trend magazine’s 2011 Top 200 Private Companies according to the annual survey published in its June 2011 issue. The general contracting and construction management firm ranks as the 184th largest privately held company statewide.

Laura M. Walda, a second year associate with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, has been appointed to the Environmental Review Board for the city of Winter Park.

Rick Bavec, president of Tolaris Realty Group, said his company is offering three real estate scholarships for interested persons that want to start a career in real estate. For more information, call 407-322-5253.

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