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Community Bulletin and Business Briefs

Volunteer honored

Miss West Volusia County Emily McLeod was honored Thursday, May 19, with the Chelsea A. Wynn Community Service Award. The award was presented by Ivy J. Wynn-Fowler at Winter Park High School, where Ms. McLeod is in the 11th grade. McLeod had spent the past year volunteering at the Tiger Den & Chelsea’s boutique at Jones High School.

At the City Commission meeting held on May 9, the Commission approved city staff’s recommendation to give about $1 million back to its electric customers during the months of July, August and September. At a time when bills normally are higher due to the extreme summer heat, Winter Park electric customers will be able to benefit from this rebate of about $8/month per 1,000 kWh during this quarter. For a 1,000 kWh residential customer this will amount to about a 7 percent reduction. For commercial customers, it will result in a 7 to 9 percent reduction depending on rate classification and usage characteristics. The city is receiving $1.5 million from Progress Energy Florida (PEF) due to a Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL) reimbursement.

The Dr. P. Phillips Baby Place at Winter Park Memorial Hospital has unveiled the next mommy-to-be blogger. Amanda is a mom of two and is expecting her third child. When she was a teenager, she was diagnosed with cancer and told she would never have children. This will be her third child delivered at the Baby Place at Winter Park Hospital. For more information about Amanda and the blog, please visit

Rollins College won one of six Presidential Awards for Community Service (out of more than 800 applicants) from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service.

Enzian Theater announced it is the recipient of a 2011 Disney Helping Kids Shine Grant, receiving a $5,000 award for its summer educational program, the KidFest Young Filmmakers’ Summer Camp.

Susanne Shepherdson of Maitland participated in the 113th Commencement exercises at Huntington University. Shepherdson, a May 2011 graduate, earned a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Small Business Management and a Bachelor of Arts in History Summa Cum Laude.

Ron Schorsch, a dedicated volunteer with the Central Florida-based Adult Literacy League, was recently awarded the “2011 Community Quarterback Award” from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area was recently a victim of theft. On May 5, nearly $13,000 worth of tools and equipment were taken from the affiliate’s construction trailers. In response, Universal Orlando Foundation, Amway Global, Grainger and Lowe’s stepped in to donate both tools and funds so construction could continue.

Allogy Interactive, based in Orlando, recently entered into an exclusive agreement with textbook publisher McGraw Hill to create the UCF Digital Press, which will provide University of Central Florida students the opportunity to download their textbooks — complete with rich media, hyperlinks and coaching algorithms — directly to their favorite mobile device.

Ways to give back

The Boys & Girls Club “Keepin’ It Real Speaker Series” is looking for speakers for upcoming programs. Contact [email protected]

Help your favorite charity win up to $500,000 by “liking” the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook at and casting your vote.

NABA Inc. volunteers will converge on Trotters Park, 1905 Lee Road in Orlando, at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 25, to give it a much-needed face-lift. Visit

Host families are needed for exchange students for the 2011-2012 school year. Choose a student from Brazil, Japan, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Sweden and more. Act now to meet school registration deadlines. Contact Betsy at 321-277-7198 or visit

Business Briefs

NAI Realvest recently negotiated a six-year lease renewal agreement for 7,378 square feet of office space at 5757 Blue Lagoon Drive in Miami representing the tenant, TLC Engineering for Architecture.

The recent delivery of an 18,000-pound advanced MRI system by crane represents a medical milestone as Florida Hospital Orlando prepares for the opening of a new cutting-edge neurosurgical center for patients requiring brain and spine surgery.

Beazer Homes, based in Maitland, has five ready-to-move-in single-family homes priced from $164,900 to $249,900 at Sawgrass, located on Sawgrass Plantation Blvd.

Mattamy Homes U.S. Group, the U.S. division of Canada’s largest homebuilder, reports it sold 17 new town homes at City Homes at Baldwin Park.

NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new lease agreement for 11,100 square feet at 4600 L.B. McLeod Road in the 33rd Street Industrial Center in Orlando.

On Your Mark Marketing, a family-owned business based out of Maitland, designs, prints and provides full-color glossy menus to high-volume pizza businesses free of charge. Advertising space on each menu is sold to local businesses. Visit

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that Edmund T. Baxa, Jr., partner in the Orlando office and chair of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Judge J C Jake Stone Distinguished Service Award by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association.

NAI Realvest recently negotiated a lease renewal agreement for 1,533 square feet of industrial space at Oviedo Commerce Center, 2460 W. State Road 426, suite 1008.

The United States Junior Chamber ( has selected The Ten Outstanding Young Americans of 2011, and among this list is Orlando resident Lucas Daniel Boyce, author of the recent book release “Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA.”

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