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As a culmination to a recent integrated unit on nutrition and money, the Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergartners opened their “Awesome Snack Store” for a one-day only event. They donated the proceeds. For more information, call 407-647-0713 or visit

Florida State Rep. Dean Cannon accepted an award for his support of the art and community at the Mennello Museum’s eighth annual gala on Feb. 26. U.S. Congressman John Mica was also honored.

The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis: Joel Michael Cohen of Maitland, Sarah Ruth Harary of Winter Park and Jason Chase Sanders of Winter Park.

Emily Coleman, a Full Sail University art teacher, has started a project on, a website built for creative people to help get funding for larger projects. Her sculpture is about 30 percent funded so far. Visit

Trinity Preparatory School senior Daniel Schwindt of Winter Springs has won one of Wake Forest University’s Guy Carswell Scholarships, which is valued at more than $220,000 over four years.

Al-Anon Family Groups, a twelve-step program of recovery for those dealing with the disease of alcoholism, offers free daytime and evening meetings. Call 407-265-7334 (Seminole) or 407-896-4929 (Orange) for English meetings; call 407-201-6462 for Spanish meetings.

The YMCA of Central Florida Youth in Government Students joined in the 54th State Assembly that took place in February in Tallahassee. Speaker of the House Dean Cannon of Winter Park is an alumnus of the program. Visit for more information.

About 350 people attended the fourth annual High Tea & Hats fundraising event last week, and more than $40,000 was raised to support Seniors First programs and services. Visit

Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park won Best of Chocolate Brownie, Best of Chocolate Cookie and Best of Show for its chocolate cookie at The Festival of Chocolate. Kirsten Loftus, a UCF student, came in second place in Orlando’s Fairy Tale Film Competition with “Her Chocolate Shoe”, which featured Peterbrooke chocolate.

Volunteer opportunities

Jewish Family Services Southwest Orlando office is looking for dedicated volunteers to help out on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Opportunities will range from receptionist to assisting in the pantry. A training session will be given on March 22 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The location is 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando. Visit

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

Business Briefs

Orange Blossom Pilsner owner Tom Moench says his beer has appeared twice recently on national television: It first turned up on the Today Show that featured a Fort Lauderdale spa that offered massage treatments using OBP. OBP also was seen recently in an episode of Fox Network’s “Lie to Me.” And, the beer may be used in a pilot called “The Inbetweeners” that MTV is filming at Universal Orlando. Visit

Orlando Resource Networking Group is an industry-specific business networking organization for Central Florida businesses. Membership is participation-based with no dues or referral requirements. They offer cooperative marketing and own and operate a Central Florida search engine for members. For more information, call 407-970-0016 or e-mail [email protected]

The Rollins MBA is launching the Crummer Graduate Certificate in Advanced Entrepreneurship, Rollins Business Accelerator, a new graduate certificate for growth stage companies in April. It will bring participants together with their peers and select Rollins MBA faculty to analyze, evaluate and develop strategies for growing their business. Visit

The University of Central Florida’s video game graduate school ranks No. 2 in North America, according to The Princeton Review and GamePro Media.

Fannie Hillman + Associates has earned the Website Quality Certification presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World for

NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new industrial lease agreement for 1,830 square feet in Suite 102 at South Park Business Center, a flex, office and warehouse center at 8600 Commodity Circle in Orlando.

Palmer Electric completed its contract with Turner Construction Company for the renovation of the Citrus Club located on the 18th floor of the BB&T building in downtown Orlando.

The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools recently awarded $60,743 to 149 teachers at 57 schools to enhance the learning in their classrooms.


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