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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Jul. 1, 2010 7 years ago

Community bulletin and business briefs

News on the Morse Museum expansion

Community Bulletin

Andrew Addleman of Winter Park, a student at Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts in Melbourne, was a semifinalist in the American Culinary Federation's "Be Like Mike" Contest. For more information, visit

For $1, customers at participating Wendy's restaurants can purchase an all-access pass for six months of Jr. Frostys while supporting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and its signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids. By showing the $1 key tag on subsequent visits to Wendy's, customers will receive a free Jr. Frosty, with any purchase through Dec. 31. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.

InBusiness Inc. aims to help charities raise more money by offering charity patrons the opportunity to nominate someone they know or themselves as the "Coolest Guy In Orlando." Commissioner Tony Ortiz, from Orlando District 2, was a recent nominee. To check it out, make a nomination, or suggest a new category, go to [email protected]. Or visit

If you have a car you no longer need, you have four basic options for what to do with it: you can trade, sell, junk or donate your car. There are many reasons why you should donate your car to charity. Complete details are available at

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art has began installation of the famous Daffodil Terrace from Louis Comfort Tiffany's Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall. Although the terrace will not be accessible to visitors until the museum opens its new galleries early next year, the public can watch the installation via live video feed on the Morse website ( The terrace installation should be completed by July 15.

Four large steel bike racks behind the Audubon Park Garden District office building, awaiting installation at area businesses, were stolen last month. The recycled bike racks had been procured with grant money from the city of Orlando and from a series of bake sales. The four playground-recycled racks would have needed a truck and strong hands to steal. If you have any information or would like to help, visit

The Orlando Science Center made a major move toward becoming a "green" organization with the recent installation of a new energy-efficient HVAC system and the addition of a solar panel system and a roof replacement. This event announces the completion of the organization's first steps towards attaining the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its facility.

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens has postponed its much anticipated sculpture exhibition, Figure and Form: In the Tradition of Polasek, originally scheduled to open in September 2010, until July 19, 2011.

United Arts celebrated the completion of a successful private sector fundraising campaign at its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 17, at the Orlando Museum of Art. In collaboration with 16 of the region's cornerstone cultural institutions, United Arts achieved 103 percent of its campaign 2010 private sector goal. Overall private sector funding has fallen 23 percent in the last two years. Funds support arts and culture in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

Business Briefs

Cotter Ryan Commercial, LLC has started construction on the renovation of the Aloma Cinema Grill and Draft House, located in the Publix Shopping Center on Aloma Avenue and Lakemont in Winter Park. Work will include adding a third theater to the Aloma Cinema Grill, which will expand the facility by 3,500 square feet. Once the $125,000 project completed the Aloma Cinema Grill and Draft House will seat 195 patrons.

The Central Florida office of SIKON Construction, Maitland, announced the company has been awarded new contracts totaling over $8 million for renovation upgrades at seven Winn-Dixie stores in South Florida.

UCP of Central Florida was recently honored for its communication and marketing efforts with the Ritter Legacy Award from the national office of United Cerebral Palsy last month in Chicago.

Bob Owens, president of Winter Park-based O,R&L Facility Services, launched Owens Realty Network (ORN) — a global, full-service commercial and residential real estate brokerage firm – earlier this month.

Earlier this month EVOK Advertising hired three new team members — now that number increases yet again. EVOK announced Lawrence Werner as their new creative copywriter.

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., is featured as one of the foremost real estate law firms on the East Coast in the 2010 edition of Legal 500 United States, an independent guide to America's leading law firms.

Only five townhomes remain for sale at Via Lago, the luxury townhome community M/I Homes developed off Hanging Moss Road between State Road 436 and Forsyth Road in Winter Park.

Architectural Electronics, headquartered in Winter Park, announced that its president, Peter Shipp, has been named one of Dealerscope magazine's 40 Under 40, which recognizes young individuals who have made significant contributions to the consumer electronics industry. For the full article, visit and click resources; 40 Under 40.

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