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Community Bulletin and Business Briefs


Community Bulletin

Orange County's top high school athletes were honored Wednesday, May 26, at the Bright House Sports Network Breakfast of Champions at Bright House Networks Stadium on the University of Central Florida campus. A total of 32 athletes from throughout the Orange County School District received special medals for being selected as the best male and female players in their respective sports. The Orange County award recipients include:

Boys Basketball: Austin Rivers, Winter Park High; Girls Basketball: Alexis Prince, Edgewater High; Girls Cross Country: Shelby Hayes, Winter Park High; Girls Golf: Brandi Rodriguez, Winter Park High; Boys Lacrosse: Will Rotatori, Lake Highland High; Girls Lacrosse: Kelly Thayer, Edgewater High; Boys Swim & Dive: Harrison Curley, Winter Park High; Girls Swim & Dive: Chelsea Britt, Lake Highland High; Boys Tennis: Matt Saltsgaver, Winter Park High; Girls Tennis: Caitlin McGraw, Winter Park High; Girls Track: Shelby Hayes, Winter Park High; Boys Water Polo: Ory Tasman, Winter Park High; Girls Water Polo: Nicole Tobin, Winter Park High; and Boys Scholar Athlete: Patrick Mputu, Winter Park High.

During a typical school year, the Holocaust Center in Maitland hosts thousands of student visitors, most of whom come as part of class field trips. The school coming from the greatest distance, however, was the group that visited on May 26. A dozen middle-school students traveling from St. Mary's School in Kodiak, Alaska made a half-day stop at the Center. Known as St. Mary's Adventure Learning Team, they planned to visit the Center after reading about it on the National Geographic Traveler Web site. According to Principal Josh Lewis, they raised money all year in order for the students to have one extended educational field trip, which also included places such as Gatorland and theme parks.

Rasmussen Inc., a premier learning organization, has expanded its Orlando office as rising enrollment numbers have placed increased demands on student support teams. With this growth, Rasmussen has welcomed 85 new employees to the central office over the last year, and has announced its search for more than 40 qualified professionals to fill additional faculty, admissions, information technology and marketing positions. Candidates interested in any of the available positions may submit a resume, or learn more about the opportunities with Rasmussen at or by e-mailing [email protected].

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010. For more information, please visit

Florida jumped 20 places to rank 12th in the nation among the most bicycle-friendly states, according to the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly States program ranks states based on a 95-item questionnaire that evaluates a state's commitment to bicycling and covers six key areas: legislation, policies and programs, infrastructure, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning, and enforcement. For more information about the 2010 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings, please go to

Mitchell's Fish Market, which is opening in the Winter Park Village on June 14, is hiring for 115 positions, including various servers, cooks and general utility workers. Those interested should apply in person at 460 N. Orlando Ave. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 407-339-3474 or visit for more information.

Lots of Kids (LOK) a baby-sitting co-op, is looking for new members in College Park, Winter Park and Orlando. LOK members do not charge each other for babysitting, instead they trade babysitting hours. However participation in the exchanges is not required for membership. If you would like to join the group, e-mail [email protected]. Yearly dues are $12 a year per family, prorated at $1 a month.

Business Briefs

Following a nationwide search, the University of Central Florida has selected renowned researcher and academic leader Tony Waldrop as its new provost.

Realvest Development is expanding its commercial development services to offer third-party construction project management, ranging from complete site and facility development to construction of interior improvements and tenant build outs for owners and tenants.

Lynne Frederick, president/CEO of Massey Communications, has announced the promotion of Lauren Leetun, APR, to director of Client Services.

Aloma Commerce Center, located at 2785 Wrights Road near Aloma Avenue in Oviedo, recently negotiated a new three-year lease agreement for 950 square feet of commercial space to Lens Depot, Inc., a camera retailer and repair store.

Ronald W. Lowry, AIA, was recently appointed to the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation Inc.'s Board of Directors. Lowry is currently Chairman of RLF, a leading Winter Park-based architecture, engineering and interior design firm. RLF will provide design services for the Veterans Memorial, which will be located adjacent to the Orlando Veterans Medical Center at Lake Nona, currently under construction.

Fifth Third Private Bank recently appointed Trey Tolbert-Thompson as the vice president and wealth management advisor for private banking clients in Winter Park. In this role, he will provide strategic investment and financial guidance to high-net-worth clients.

Mattamy Homes U.S. Group, the U.S. Division of Canada's largest homebuilder, received the first place award for its model home at The Enclave at Lake Jean in East Orlando during the 2010 Central Florida Parade of Homes.

Demonstrating its home building versatility, Musgrave Building & Restorations, Inc. earned top honors in two separate and distinct categories in this year's Parade of Homes. The remodel of a Winter Park home earned them a first place.

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