SW Orlando School News


Stilt walker Mike Weakley (back, center)entertains first-graders in Bay Meadows Elementary teacher Julie Gifford’s (not pictured) 2016 class during their end-of-the-year party.

Bay Meadows Elementary

Angela Blum, Bay Meadows Elementary PTA member and homeroom mother for teacher Julie Gifford, coordinated an end-of-the-year party for Ms. Gifford’s 2015-16 first-graders. During the carnival-themed event, stilt walker Mike Weakley made the children balloon hats and displayed his …

Pulse Tragedy

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Southwest Businesses & Residents Unite

In the early morning hours of June 12, Omar Mateen opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring 53 in a domestic terrorism attack that resulted in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. In the days and weeks that followed, the Orlando community banded together in an outpouring of love and support. The Southwest community has been no exception. From fundraisers to blood donations …

Finding Spiritual & Physical Wellness

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Tranquiliti Wellness Center opened in 2010 and has been expanding its clientele in the Windermere and Orlando areas ever since. It is conveniently located in downtown Windermere, right on Main Street. Owner Anne McDonough specializes in helping clients achieve their personal goals, both physically and spiritually.

Past experiences or traumas often …

Did You Know this about Windermere?


by Kirsti K. Gomen

• Lake Down or Lake Dawn?

Did you know that due to a typographical error, Lake Down, part of the Butler Chain of Lakes, was originally named Lake Dawn? A map designer in the early 1900s did not catch the typo, and published and distributed maps with the error. And more …

Feel Good & Live Life to Its Fullest


Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness helps patients age gracefully & happily

If asked, most people would say they want to age gracefully, live longer and live better. Well, that is within one’s reach with the help of Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness under the direction and expertise of John C. Carrozzella, M.D.

Feeling fatigued, forgetful and not at the top of one’s game can be the results of hormonal imbalances in the body. Hormones are important, because they …

SW Orlando Neighborhood News



George Rahi of Sandpointe receives an International Diamond Society Award for his exceptional performance in 2015 as a Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate sales associate.

Sandpointe resident George Rahi, a sales associate with …

Eton Bridge: From Personalized Insurance to Personal Counsel


Eton Bridge Insurance Is Ready to Respond to Help You & Your Assets

In life, you can’t foretell when trials and tragedies will happen: when a loved one dies, when a house fire occurs, when unexpected bumps emerge in your path. However, there is a way to prepare for what life will bring, and that is getting quality insurance with a personal touch at Eton Bridge Insurance and Financial Solutions.

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).

“That’s My Dad!” Photo Contest


Congratulations to the winner of Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s 23rd annual That’s My Dad! photo contest!

KEEP ME IN STITCHES Dr. Phillips dad James Donovan and son Leo know laughter is the best medicine.

This annual photo album, dedicated to Southwest Orlando dads, is one way to say thanks for all the time spent on learning the ins and outs of fatherhood, and to show our local dads that they are loved and appreciated every day.

The staff of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin wishes a hearty happy Father’s Day to all Southwest dads!

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 …

Huntington Learning Center: Helping Students Succeed in School & Life


For nearly 40 years, Huntington Learning Center has been helping students nationwide achieve and surpass their academic goals. Locally, Huntington Learning Center of Dr. Phillips, has been tutoring students for 17 years, the last seven of which have been at its current location in the Grand Oaks Village shopping center on Dr. Phillips Boulevard. The facility provides a calm and quiet environment, free of distractions, allowing students to …

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,