News & Business Briefs


compiled by Lauren Salinero

SouthwestArea Seniors Receive Scholarship Money

Representatives of the Central Florida Womens League Foundation award scholarships to 12 local high school seniors.

Central Florida Womens 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 …

SWB Mother’s Day One-Liners

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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…

Health & Fitness Guide 2016

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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.

Tourist Update/CFHLA


CFHLA Foundation
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 IraRain Levinson of West Orange High School. Ira-Rain was awarded the $10,000 …

A Thank-You From Mama Louise

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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 …

In Memory of … Brian “Mr. B” Burton


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

Summerport Village Farmer’s Market


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 …

Home Care Assistance for Seniors

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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 …

Iconic McDonald’s in Full Operation


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 …

County Construction in Progress with INVEST Program


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.

14th Annual Best Fest “The Taste of West Orange”


West Orange Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 14th annual Best FestThe 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 …