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Community Bulletin and Business Briefs


Community Bulletin

The Winter Park Health Foundation Board of Trustees will add three new members this month including Debbie I. Chang, MPH, vice president, Policy and Prevention with Nemours Health and Prevention Services; George Herbst, vice president of finance at Stetson University; and Tiffany Chen, a student at the University of Central Florida Medical School, and its first student trustee.

SportsLink and Football University are proud to announce that Jimmy Martin, a seventh-grader from Winter Park, was chosen to play in the 2010 second annual Football University Youth All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Sunday, Jan. 10. The event, which was broadcast live on the Web, honored the top seventh- and eighth-graders in the nation, bringing them together to play in an all-star format on a national stage.

Orange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan wants new homeowners to know now is the time to file for homestead exemption. "If you have bought a home prior to Jan. 1, 2010, you may be eligible for a significant tax savings." Residents can visit to file the exemption online. The deadline is March 1.

The University of Central Florida will receive a $1.5 million seed grant from the Florida Legislature to take its "economic gardening" concept to another level — promoting new jobs and economic growth by helping promising second-stage companies expand more quickly. Visit to learn more about the Economic Gardening Institute.

Winter Park resident Kelly Branham, who plans to graduate in 2012, made the Dean's List at Providence College for the Fall 2009 semester. To make the Dean's List, students must achieve at least a 3.55 GPA with a minimum of 12 credits.

The Orange County Health Department would like to remind the community that Jan. 10-16 is National Influenza Vaccination Week and to get their H1N1 flu shot, if they have not done so already. Seasonal flu activity in Florida usually peaks in January and February, so vaccinations are still beneficial. In partnership with VaxCare, H1N1 shots and nasal mist are available at the following events for free, on a first-come-first-served walk-in basis, while supplies last: Colonial High School (cafeteria), 6100 Oleander Drive, Orlando, Saturday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Edgewater High School (cafeteria), 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Business Briefs

Brikena Isai Tomasic of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. was recently selected to serve as Chair of the Professional Education Committee for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Greater Orlando Chapter.

Mattamy Homes U.S. Group recently appointed Denise Rapp new home counselor at City Homes at Baldwin Park and The Enclave at Lake Jean in Orlando.

The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, Florida Chapter, Central Florida Office is proud to announce that Susan Greene joins as Executive Director, Jan. 4. Greene's experience and leadership will greatly benefit local efforts to fund and find a cure for CF.

Barnie's Coffee & Tea Company continues to expand with a new store that opened Jan. 5 in the University Mall in Tampa. The store is a franchise, owned by Hamid Gowani and Alnoor "Al" Jiwani, who also operate Barnie's stores in Lakeland and Orlando.

Partner Norma Stanley, with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed, P.A. recently took part in a financial and estate planning panel discussion organized by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Women's Group.

Stirling Sotheby's Int'l Realty associates Daniel Natoli, Carolyn Burgiel and Darren Iozia of the firm's Windermere/Dr. Phillips office collected 137 pounds of dry foods for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida during the holiday season.

Ride Green Scooters of Winter Park, which specializes in fuel-efficient scooters, will introduce six new models in March, according to Brian Schwartz, general manager of the West Fairbanks Avenue dealership.

Kincaid Construction Co. of Winter Park is pleased to announce their 47-year anniversary as a Winter Park Commercial General Contractor on Dec. 19.

RLF, a leading Winter Park-based architecture, planning, engineering and interior design firm, has added two new employees – Tom DeSimone, Jr. and Eugene Damaso – to its talented team of professionals.

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