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YMCA swims

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Winter Park YMCA’s swim team, the Pirates, participated in the state YMCA swim meet Feb. 4-6. Coached by brothers Patrick and Marty Topps, the Pirates had eight participants and swam as part of the YMCA Central Florida team. Leah Howell placed fourth overall in the 50-yard butterfly for 8 and under. Rebekah Ryan dropped 5.61 seconds in the 100-yard individual medley and placed first in many heats. Charlie Shortt-Carter, Lauren Bergquist, Jennifer Kalley, Erin Clifton, Fernan LeBron and Peyton Earl posted record times and many finished first or second in their heats. Contact Patrick Topps at the Winter Park YMCA, 407-644-1509, for swim team information.

Michael Hawkins, resident of Winter Park, was among the students from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne who were named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester

Ms. Susanne Marie Shepherdson, a senior History and Entrepreneurial Small Business Management major from Maitland, was named to the Dean’s List at Huntington University for the fall semester.

On Jan. 28, Grandma’s House, at the Orlando Health and Rehabilitation Center, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil its new gazebo donated by RLF employees.

Three Central Florida churches are establishing faith community nursing programs thanks to grants made possible by the Winter Park Health Foundation. Newly selected grant recipients include Redeemer Lutheran Church and First Congregational Church, both of Winter Park, and First Presbyterian Church of Maitland. The programs are scheduled to begin in February.

On Friday, Feb. 11, more than 30 patients at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children received a special Valentine’s gift: a personalized teddy bear. Among those who received a little bear from the University of Phoenix in Central Florida was Danna, a young Leukemia patient.

The 12 students in Florida Hospital’s Healthy 100 Kids program “rallied” together the more than 600 students at Park Maitland School for a Healthy 100 Assembly. The main purpose of the assembly was to get every student in the school excited about living a healthier lifestyle. Visit

Whole Foods Market is rolling out a new, statewide initiative to support local farmers. Effective immediately, all Florida stores will now be serving as drop points for local Community Supported Agriculture programs. Visit

Volunteer opportunities

Habitat for Humanity Orlando is seeking women to create fundraising teams to volunteer during its 2011 Women Build Week, May 2-7. Contact Lynn Ivanek at [email protected] or 407-648-4567 extension 404. Sign up by March 4.

Seniors First is seeking drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels to elderly clients in Orange County. Contact Lorraine Shumaker at 407-615-8982.

Junior Achievement of Central Florida’s annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser will take place throughout the spring across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia and Lake counties. Contact 407-898-2121, extension 19 or [email protected]

Business Briefs

The Orlando Science Center has announced three new members to its Board of Trustees for the 2011-2012 term: Oscar Anderson, Dr. Gaby Hawat and Dr. Mansooreh Mollaghasemi. Visit

The Florida Lacrosse Association has named its board of directors for 2011. Chris Curry will serve as the organization’s president. Will St. Laurent has been named secretary, and Bruce Burdon has been named treasurer. Duane Crowley and Tony Williams will serve as directors. Visit

Winston-James Development, Inc., which developed the Beville Road Business Park in South Daytona and the Aloma Commerce Center in Oviedo, recently negotiated new lease agreements at both centers.

M&I Bank, Florida Region, announces the promotion of Dawn Abram to vice president.

Mattamy Homes will start construction on two model town homes this month at Lake Nona Preserve, on Narcoossee Road.

The Central Florida office of SIKON Construction, Maitland, announced the company broke ground Feb. 1 for the new 43,000-square-foot, 100-bed Florida Keys Community College Student Housing Facility in Key West.

Capital Guardian Wealth Management in Winter Park announces the addition of Vice President Dan Davis, CFP, AAMS.

Five Fannie Hillman + Associates residential sales agents closed four million-dollar-plus Winter Park residences that fetched a whopping $14.453 million. Call 407-644-1234 or visit

Data Transfer Solutions, based in Orlando’s Avalon Park, reported sales and revenues in 2010 doubled from 2009.

Beverly Evans, Axel Real Estate, Inc., was recognized for her professionalism and commitment to the real estate industry with the Orlando Regional Realtor Association’s 2010 Realtor of the Year award, the highest honor bestowed on an ORRA member.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is the proud recipient of a $10,000 contribution from the Central Florida Hotel Lodging Association.

Andrea Massey-Farrell is the new President/CEO of Massey Communications.


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