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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011 6 years ago

Community Bulletin and Business Briefs

Wildcats honored in D.C.

Community Bulletin

Florida Rep. Dan Webster welcomed the Wildcats boys’ basketball team of Winter Park High School on March 30 in Washington, D.C. He congratulated the team for its latest state championship win.

Fifth Third Bank Central Florida is honored to announce that Lennette Fields of Orlando was the winning caller on WCFB (94.5 FM) during its African American History Maker advertising campaign. She chose Frontline Outreach to receive $5,300 from Fifth Third Bank due to the positive impact the organization has had on her own life.

A team of Maitland Middle School sixth-graders won the State Future Problem Solving Bowl last month and is now moving on to the international competition held by the University of Wisconsin in June.

Money was recently found on the ground on Glenridge Way near Quail Hollow and General Rees. E-mail [email protected] with the date/time the money was lost and how much it was to claim it.

Rollins College’s Alternative Spring Break participants had the opportunity to learn the cultural, social and legal implications of immigration when they visited South Florida. In collaboration with the Farmworker Association of Florida, students worked alongside immigrants in the fields to truly understand what issues face this population.

The 27-year-old Festival of Orchestras organization ceased operations at the end of the March due to waning finances directly related to the struggling economy, the organization’s Board of Directors announced last week.

Your Neighborhood Eats is a program that allows organizations to raise money by their supporters going to participating restaurants. Anyone can go to these restaurants at anytime and 10 percent of their meal will be donated to the organization chosen by the patron. Visit

Registrations are now open for the 16th Annual Teachers Institute on Holocaust Studies, June 20-24, sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland. Teachers living more than one hour from the Center in Maitland qualify for free lodging. Register at

Rollins College English professor Carol Frost was recently honored by the Florida Book Awards, receiving a gold medal in the Poetry category for her book “Honeycomb”.

A book launch party for Winter Park author DH Cermeno’s “Rising Sunsets” is scheduled at Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Visit

More than 25,000 people visited during the Morse Museum of American Art’s four-week period of free admission (Feb. 19 through March 20) to celebrate the opening of its new Tiffany wing. “We are so very pleased,” Director of Public Affairs Catherine Hinman said. “I think if you talked to merchants on the Avenue, you would find they are a lot busier too.”

The Rollins MBA announces that full-time MBA student, Christopher Gassner, has been awarded this year’s SunTrust Distinguished Leader of Merit award. Gassner was presented with the honor during an April 1 ceremony at the school and will be recognized again for his achievement during the Rollins MBA commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 30.

Business Briefs

Award-winning Winter Park-based Masterpiece Design Group helped Solivita celebrate its 10th anniversary by redesigning a 15-home model sales center that will help showcase the 4,300-acre community as the nation’s first Younger Next Year community, which focuses on a wide spectrum of healthy lifestyle choices available for persons older than 50.

Maitland’s CBR has appointed Peggy Gies as Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning. Visit

Crossman & Company Vice President & Director of Leasing Justin Greider was named Retail Broker of the Year by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

When the most recent Newsweek Magazine hit the stands this month, Central Floridians were able to see a familiar name standing out to them in their feature, “150 Women Who Shake the World” in Debbie Farah, the local CEO of Bajalia International Group. Visit

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has issued a call for applications for Orlando nonprofits and community leaders to apply for grant funding through the bank’s grassroots philanthropic program, the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. Now through June 1, Orlando area nonprofits and individual community leaders are urged to apply. Applications and more information are available at

NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new lease agreement for 10,500-square feet at Airport Industrial Center on Narcoossee Road in Orlando.

Moore Stephens Lovelace launched their cutting-edge initiative, MSL Technologies, a joint venture with Maxis Networks.

Orlando Orthopaedic Center announced that Bryan L. Reuss, MD, was named the 2010 Sports Medicine Person of the Year by the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida.

The United Negro College Fund hosted its ninth Annual Mayors’ Black History Month Luncheon. The Darden Restaurants Foundation presented UNCF with a donation for $840,700.

Winter Park resident Michael Pedicelli has joined 112-year-old Hancock Bank as an assistant vice president and small business specialist.

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