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Winter Garden painter Norma Johns earned the People’s Choice Award and a Merit Award for one of her paintings at SoBo Art Gallery’s Sixth Annual Top Choice Art Exhibition.

YEAR IN PHOTOS: West Orange Times & Observer, August 2019

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

Winter Garden painter Norma Johns earned the People’s Choice Award and a Merit Award for one of her paintings at SoBo Art Gallery’s Sixth Annual Top Choice Art Exhibition.

Arlette and Aleeza Williams came for an afternoon swim at the Ocoee Family Recreation Day Saturday, Aug. 10.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

Arlette and Aleeza Williams came for an afternoon swim at the Ocoee Family Recreation Day Saturday, Aug. 10.

Ocoee residents and Fort Barachel founders Tim and Joyce Fake have called on the community to help them support people in Burundi. The Fakes have run their own nonprofit, Fort Barachel Foundation, since spring 2008.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

Ocoee residents and Fort Barachel founders Tim and Joyce Fake have called on the community to help them support people in Burundi. The Fakes have run their own nonprofit, Fort Barachel Foundation, since spring 2008.

Owner Smita Patel, center, and her children, Remmal Karamsadkar and Rena Popat, are excited to see Element by Shangri-la thrive in Winter Garden.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

Owner Smita Patel, center, and her children, Remmal Karamsadkar and Rena Popat, are excited to see Element by Shangri-la thrive in Winter Garden.

Ocoee High School seniors in the Class of 2020 grabbed their brushes and paint buckets and showed off their creative sides as they painted their own unique, shield-shaped emblems on their parking spaces Saturday, Aug. 17.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

Ocoee High School seniors in the Class of 2020 grabbed their brushes and paint buckets and showed off their creative sides as they painted their own unique, shield-shaped emblems on their parking spaces Saturday, Aug. 17.

West Orange Times & Observer won the Funniest Selfie category for #CityHallSelfie Day — a worldwide celebration of government service.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

West Orange Times & Observer won the Funniest Selfie category for #CityHallSelfie Day — a worldwide celebration of government service.

Award-winning theater director Joe Walsh began his new role with the Garden Theatre in June. He comes from Massachusetts, but spent much of his theater career based in London.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

Award-winning theater director Joe Walsh began his new role with the Garden Theatre in June. He comes from Massachusetts, but spent much of his theater career based in London.

Winter Garden resident Marli Watson embarked on a 10-month foreign-exchange experience in Germany.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

Winter Garden resident Marli Watson embarked on a 10-month foreign-exchange experience in Germany.

Ocoee Deputy Police Chief Stephen McCosker left the department after 27 years to serve as Crestview’s chief of police.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

Ocoee Deputy Police Chief Stephen McCosker left the department after 27 years to serve as Crestview’s chief of police.

After eight years in downtown Winter Garden, Nora Farrell shuttered her equestrian-themed business, Tack Boutique.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 |

After eight years in downtown Winter Garden, Nora Farrell shuttered her equestrian-themed business, Tack Boutique.

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