Axum Market Café Makes Its Mark at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA


For Global Poverty & a Healthy Southwest!

by Kirsten Harrington

Whoever thought that eating a Southwest Breakfast Pizza or sipping a hazelnut latte in Orlando would help orphans in Ethiopia? Or that savoring a spoonful of banana ice cream could calm an aching hip? Both goals — addressing global poverty and fighting chronic disease through healthy eating — are at the heart of the new Axum Market Café in the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA.

SW Orlando News & Business Briefs


Drowning-prevention organization accepts donation

Susan Polder (third from left), executive director of The Gift of Swimming, accepts a donation from Whole Foods Market representatives (l. to r.) Grant, team member; Michael DAndrea, team leader; Vicky Santamaria, marketing field associate; Krissy, team member; and Ethan, graphic artist.

Whole Foods Market donated 5 percent of one day’s net sales to The Gift of Swimming, an organization committed to providing drowning-prevention resources, including swim training and education.

Andy Phillips State Farm Insurance Co. Offers a Wide Variety of Insurance and Financial Products


It’s All About Helping People

Andy Phillips of Andy Phillips State Farm Insurance Co. thrives on helping members of the community with all of their insurance needs (photo courtesy

There is no better feeling than a sense of security when an unforeseen circumstance or catastrophic event happens. That’s what Andy Phillips State Farm Insurance Co. is able to offer — peace of mind.

Apartments Planned for Turkey Lake Road


More Development in Dr. Phillips

by Debra Wood

Developers are planning to transform the former Yogi Bear Campground into Eden Springs Resort, a high-density apartment complex with commercial space, and have already obtained a land-use change to the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

Neighbors in Bay Vista Estates, Sand Lake Cove and other subdivisions have expressed concern on social media regarding the addition of a high-density project on the lakefront site, including where the children living in the apartments would attend school and the traffic the project would generate.

Southwest Orlando Bulletin Tourist Update/CFHLA


On Friday, Sept. 9, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association proudly presented the annual Patriot Day Breakfast, a community event to remember the lives tragically lost 15 years ago in New York City; Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. Each year, CFHLA commemorates the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and honors local law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency medical service members in the Central Florida region.

Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association honors community first responders during its annual Patriot Day Breakfast.

OPMI Offers High-Quality Music Lessons


For the Enhancement of Your Child

Musical eduction offers many benefits, but for children, the impact is most valuable. The Royal Conservatory of Music cites a great wealth of scientific research that highlights early childhood musical education as “a profound tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social and creative potential.” The staff at Orlando Premier Music Instruction knows it’s never too early for kids to begin their musical journey and offers lessons to children of any age in the comfort of their own homes.


Orlando Premier Music Instruction’s staff members provide private in-home lessons on all instruments. After-school group lessons, art classes, musical theater, dance, drama and voice programs are also available.

SWB Tourism/I-Drive Resort Area


A Special Invitation

Dear Central Florida Residents,

We invite you to come down and rediscover the International Drive Resort Area. As you may have heard, the world-renowned International Drive Resort Area has transformed into an even more exciting resort destination. And it’s right around the corner from you!

Maria Triscari serves as president and CEO of the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce.

SW Orlando Neighborhood News


compiled by Lauren Salinero

Dr. Phillips

Vesper, pictured with her handler, Dr. Phillips resident Matthew FitzGibbon, overcomes sight obstacles to become certified in human remains detection.

In SW Orlando neighborhood news, Vesper, a working-line German shepherd, earned national certification in human remains detection, despite the complete loss of one eye. Together with her handler, Matthew FitzGibbon of Dr. Phillips, Vesper serves as a member of the Florida Alliance of Search and Rescue K-9 and can be deployed by law enforcement in wilderness settings as a cadaver dog.

A Front-Runner in Urological Solutions


Richard Lotenfoe, M.D., FACS, is a board-certified urological surgeon and the founder of Urology Health Solutions. He has been serving the urological needs of Florida since 1998. He offers compassionate, personalized care in a safe and confidential environment. Dr. Lotenfoe has special interest and expertise in the treatment of prostate cancer and vasectomies.

Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer in men, and each year 26,000 men …

Dr. Philip Phillips … The Legacy


The Beginning of Dr. Phillips, Central Floridas First MasterPlanned Community

by Debra Wood

Southwest Orlando residents and visitors can see the name “Dr. Phillips” on everything from schools to a hospital to a road. So who was Dr. Phillips and why is a community named after him?

Dr. Philip Phillips owned more than 5,000 acres of citrus groves, about 1,200 acres in the community now bearing his name. He envisioned a self-sufficient town in the vicinity of his packinghouse, with a post office, grocery store, school and fire station. He wanted a community where people would live, work and play. However, it’s unlikely that even this visionary leader could have anticipated the growth that has occurred on his former land.