Dads of the SW Orlando Bulletin Staff

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This Father’s Day, the staff of Southwest Orlando Bulletin would like to thank our dads for their wisdom, humor and guidance throughout the years. They have rescued us from a flat tire on the side of a busy highway, scared off boogie-men in the middle of the night, and flipped the perfect pancake on Saturday mornings. Though residing from California to Florida, our fathers are never far from our thoughts and hearts.💓

Clay Kearney, president, with dad Dave Kearney (deseased).

SW Orlando School News


compiled by Lauren Salinero

Dr. Phillips Elementary’s 2015-16 team wins the trophy for the K-2 grades chess tournament sponsored by Orange County Public Schools.

Orange County Public Schools officials sponsored a chess tournament at Dr. Phillips Elementary, and Dr. Phillips Rotary Club members purchased awards for the event. The DPES team, coached by Denise Hartman, won the K-2 grades division. Out of 83 kids who entered the K-2 grades competition …

SW Orlando News & Business Briefs


compiled by Lauren Salinero

HFUW begins search for new leadership

Southwest resident RobertBobBrown steps down as president and CEO of Heart of Florida United Way.

After a decade of service as president and CEO of Heart of Florida United Way, Southwest resident Robert BobBrown announced his plans to retire. With more than 45 years of experience as a nonprofit administrator, Brown led HFUW’s conversion to the Investing in Results philosophy, which encourages competitive grant funding for specific community issues focused on prevention. Under his leadership,

Egg-citing News for Winter Garden – Backyard Chickens


Residents Flock Together to Gain Approval for Backyard Chickens

by Kirsten Harrington

First it was victory gardens, then composting and now backyard chickens. The latest do-it-yourself urban trend is sweeping the country, and Winter Garden is not going to be left behind. Joining the cities of Orlando and Maitland, Winter Garden recently approved a pilot program allowing a limited number of permits for residents to raise backyard chickens, following certain guidelines …

Burgenstock Family … Doing What They Can for their Country


by Blair Parke

It’s no secret that most Americans appreciate all that the U.S. armed services and their families do to ensure the protection and safety of this nation. However, they don’t know what military life is really like unless they talk to those who are serving at the front lines overseas or at home: the months of separation, managing the household alone, and the feelings of anxiousness in wondering when and if loved ones will return …

Tourism Update, June 16, 2016 – CFHLA


Last year, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness reported that more than 25,000 Central Florida children, or one in every 17, are homeless at some point during the year. While there is no short-term fix to the homelessness issue, many of the youngest still attend school and need basic, daily resources that many take for granted.

For the past eight years …

Worst Mass Shooting in US History

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The worst mass shooting in US history occurred last night in downtown Orlando. Omar Mateen dialed 911 and proclaimed his allegiance to ISIS moments before opening fire inside the Pulse Club and killing at least 50 and injuring another 53. The staff of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin extends our sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

Lion & Hornet Society Social Scene


Lion & Hornet Society members held their first fundraiser, a carwash. The group is made up of Bishop Moore High School students who are Holy Family Catholic School alumni, and they took their name from the mascots of each school. Donations from the carwash totaled $550, all of which was given to HFCS’s Adopt-A-Student program,…

SW Orlando School News – June 2, 2016


Windermere Elementary

Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins pays a special visit to Windermere Elementary to personally thank fourth-grader Brady OMalley for his letter of appreciation.

Windermere Elementary fourth-grader Brady OMalley emailed Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins to thank her for all she does each and every day to help the schools in Orange County succeed. As Ms. Jenkins does not often receive such correspondence, she made a surprise visit to …

SW Orlando Sports News – June 2, 2016


compiled by Lauren Salinero

Gymnast Hailey Clark, 12, of Windermere displays her talent on bars.

Hailey Clark, a sixth-grader and Windermere resident, achieved a high victory in gymnastics. The 12-year-old earned the titles of 2016 Florida USA Gymnastics Level 7 Bars State Champion and 2016 Region 8 USA Gymnastics Level 7 Bars Regional Champion. Aside from one second-place finish, Clark has consistently won first place in bars throughout the season. She is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society, …

Real Estate Directory 2016

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Combating Rising Mosquito Threat

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Home Maintenance Is Vital in Combating Rising Mosquito Threat

Despite recent news that Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that can carry Zika, chikungunya and other viruses, has spread to 30 states, the majority of Americans have yet to embrace basic recommendations to help reduce the mosquito population at their own homes.

That’s the result of a new survey fielded by TNS Global detailing homeowners’ knowledge of steps to reduce mosquitoes in their yards. According to The Mosquito Squad Fight the Bite Report, nearly three-quarters of Americans do not plan to modify their time outside this year because of mosquito activity, yet …