From losing weight to looking younger to feeling fit, there are many reasons people focus on their health. Choosing the right way to maintain a healthy lifestyle can be a daunting task; however, Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s 21st annual Health & Fitness Guide provides a plethora of advice from local experts to help readers achieve and maintain their varied health goals.
compiled by Lauren Salinero
Southwest–Area Seniors Receive Scholarship Money
Representatives of the Central Florida Women’s League Foundation award scholarships to 12 local high school seniors.
Central Florida Women’s League Foundation gave out $27,000 in scholarships to 12 well-deserving high school seniors from Dr. Phillips, Ocoee, Olympia and West Orange high schools. Five young women each received $3,000, six girls received $1,500 each, and one young man was awarded the George M. Fortier Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000. The funds can be used at the college of each student’s choice.
This year more than 40 students applied for …
Nothing Sweeter Than Mom & Apple Pie! Every year, the staff at the Southwest Orlando Bulletin harvests heartfelt, honest and funny passages from the entries submitted for the Best Mom in Southwest contest. This year was no exception. Even though all the submissions for the 25th annual contest could not be printed, the following one-liners…
Providing a Home, Health and Hope for Those Living With Serious Mental Illness
by Kirsten Harrington
When Lin Wilensky’s brother died in 2007, she and her husband, Ron, knew they had to find a way to honor his life. Dave, Lin’s only sibling and lifelong mentor, had been in and out of hospitals for years, struggling with schizophrenia. When he eventually found safe, supportive housing, he became stable for the first time in quite a while.
“He was able to work part time, volunteer and make friends,” Lin said. “He lived the best life …
Awards Scholarships & Grants
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association held its Community Partnership Luncheon at the Hilton Orlando, during which the CFHLA Foundation awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants to Central Florida hospitality students and programs. For the second consecutive year, a “full-ride” $40,000 Don & Lorraine Freeberg Foundation Scholarship was presented. This year’s recipient was University High School student Ilana Harmon Sanchez, who will be attending the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management this fall. Also among the 29 Central Florida students who received scholarships at the event was Ira–Rain Levinson of West Orange High School. Ira-Rain was awarded the $10,000 …
by Joe Esposito, owner
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the locals for their continuous support of Mama Louise Restaurant. As you may already know, I opened this restaurant as a promise to my mother a long time ago, but I had no idea how supportive the locals would be. Yes, I knew that anyone who came here when it was Donatos, Enzos, or all of the Cariera’s that it has been, would come out of curiosity at least once. Then it was up to how we treated them and what we …
Gone Too Soon But Never Forgotten
by Blair Parke
Most students at Lake Whitney Elementary School in Winter Garden did not feel as if their day had started unless they were high-fived by physical education teacher Brian Burton, lovingly called “Mr. B” by teachers, parents and students alike. He was the smile to brighten their days, the comforting shoulder to cry on, and the childlike jokester who regularly pranked school counselor Tambi Durham more times than she can count.
So it was a shock to all when the school was notified that
A New, Delicious Destination for the Whole Family
by Kirsten Harrington
On a recent breezy Sunday afternoon in Summerport, families practiced yoga on the lawn, selected books from the Little Free Library, and waited in line to visit with Rommy the therapy horse. This is not your average farmers market, and that’s exactly what Summerport Village market manager Shanny Rios intended.
“Because Summerport Village is a community, I wanted to feature vendors that come from …
Senior Care Leader Meets Growing Demand for In-Home Care Services
Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, is honored to be serving Dr. Phillips and the surrounding communities of Orlando. Owner and President Jim Pasquinelli has made it his mission to create a place that is integrated into the community it serves.
According to a recent study, 89 percent of American seniors said they would prefer to live at home rather than in a care facility. Yet every year, thousands of seniors continue to enter nursing homes without knowing they have …
by Debra Wood
A fixture on Sand Lake Road near International Drive, the “World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s,” was rebuilt on adjacent property purchased by McDonald’s Corp. Franchisee Oerther Foods Inc. continues to operate the new 19,000-square-foot restaurant.
Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs helped at the groundbreaking for the …
Southwest to See Improvements
by Debra Wood
Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs announced a $300 million INVEST program for roads, parks and other facilities during her 2015 State of the County address. County officials identified and discussed what projects to include in the program, and already have several upgrades in the works in Southwest Orlando.
West Orange Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 14th annual Best Fest “The Taste of West Orange.” Held along the shore of Starke Lake in Ocoee, more than 30 local restaurants and businesses treated guests to their most creative dishes, delicious desserts and inspired cocktails. Attendees sampled an unlimited array of food and drinks while also visiting the many interactive business booths. They also voted for the best booths of the night. Winners included …
Congratulations to this year’s winners: Maryfer Alvaro, overall winner; Jillian Sendin, 12-and-older winner; Anna Gordon, 9-11 winner; and Paige Baggett, 8-younger winner; and all of our honorable mentions. They join a long list of past participants who believe that their mothers are truly the best. Over 50 entries follow …