Category: Features

Building a Foundation for Life

This year, Foundation Academy proudly celebrates its 60th anniversary. What began as a kindergarten program back in 1958 has grown into a two-campus, preschool through 12th grade, private Christian school in Winter Garden. This year, the school is not only commemorating its impressive history, but also its promising future, with plans to expand and continue its legacy as a foundation for academic excellence.


It’s December, and the race is on for Southwest residents to find amazing holiday gifts for the people on their lists. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Holiday Gift Guide provides a comprehensive listing of various local businesses, as well as gift ideas — from always-handy gift cards to beauty and fashion finds and more — that are sure to please everyone this holiday season.

A Message of Grace

It had the makings of a perfect Christmas pageant, until the Herdman children showed up and changed everything … for the better.

Orlando Repertory Theatre  in partnership with UCF brings the Orlando community the spirit of Christmas with its production of Barbara Robinson’s 1972 fictional classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical.


Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Holiday Gift Guide provides a comprehensive listing of various local stores, as well as gift ideas — from always-handy gift cards to opportunities for better health and more — that are sure to please everyone this holiday season.

Holiday Gift Guide

While November has just begun, and Thanksgiving is still weeks away, many Southwest Orlando residents may already feel pressure in their searches for amazing holiday gifts for everyone on their lists. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s annual Holiday Gift Guide provides a comprehensive listing of various local stores, as well as gift ideas — from always-handy gift cards to beauty services to educational opportunities and more — that are sure to please everyone this holiday season.

Balancing Act

John C. Carrozzella, M.D., MSMS, ABAARM, FAARFM, was a successful orthopedic surgeon for more than 25 years when, in 2007, his life and career path changed dramatically.

Strength & Persistence

Strong. Leader. Powerful. Prior to just a few decades ago, these words were almost exclusively used to describe men. Women in the U.S. were relegated to the background, left at home to take care of the family while men made their way in the world. Males were the leaders; females were the caregivers. Throughout history, there have always been women who “broke the mold.” Not all women were born to be followers, after all; and even in a repressed society, those women stood out.

Mako Robotic-Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

Among the various, quality orthopedic services at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital is the Mako robotic arm-assisted orthopedic surgery from Stryker that is revolutionizing what can be achieved in the success rate of partial knee and hip replacement surgeries.

Faces & Places

It can be easy to see a business as just a business, but the staff of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin wanted to help you get to know the faces in the background. Get a deeper view of the people behind your local companies and an in-depth look at what each place has to offer in our first Faces & Places.

Junior Players Golf Academy

Interested in playing for your favorite college team or one day rubbing elbows with pro golfer Rory McElroy? Visit the Junior Players Golf Academy for a day, and you’ll see that these impressive goals of golfing success are not only dreams but realities.

The Voice of Young People

It’s almost showtime again for Orlando Repertory Theatre, but the 2017-18 performance season marks a different focus for the theater in providing quality entertainment for children and their families. This season encompasses shows that reflect the current times young people are living in and offers theatrical opportunities that give a voice to children’s perspectives on life.

The Arts

Orlando boasts an eclectic variety of cultural events, performance troupes and arts centers. Theater groups, museums and local attractions offer something to suit everyone.

60 Years in the Making

As the first day of school approaches, the halls of Foundation Academy are much like any other school, filled with teachers preparing classrooms and gearing up for the start of a new school year. However, this isn’t just any academic year for Foundation Academy. This year marks the school’s 60th anniversary, the celebration of which will officially kick off January 2018, at the annual State of the Academy Address.

Back to School 2017

Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s 20th annual Back to School section provides a comprehensive look at a variety of school-related topics. In the following articles, area experts offer insights into different concerns often brought about by the start of a new school year. For students, there is an article about skin care. For parents, there is information about dental hygiene, healthy skin, stress management for the family, and more.

Arnold Palmer

On Sept. 25, 2016, the world lost a golf legend and Central Florida lost a community champion.

Arnold Palmer’s celebrated golf career saw seven major titles, including four Masters Tournament championships, 62 PGA Tour wins, 95 professional victories, 26 amateur victories, 10 Champions Tour victories, and six Ryder Cup appearances and World Cup appearances, respectively, until his retirement on Oct. 13, 2006. He then served as an honorary starter for the Masters.

Soaring to New Heights With Napa Nights

Since opening two years ago, Slate restaurant in the heart of Dr. Phillips has become a neighborhood favorite and gained the attention of national media. In a recent article, the Boston Globe described the restaurant’s brunch as “phenomenal” and highlighted Slate’s brilliant-pink deviled eggs as one of the top things to eat in Orlando.

It’s no surprise then that this casually elegant restaurant with a hint of Southern style will be soaring to new heights this summer with the introduction of Napa Nights, a prix fixe menu paired with award-winning Napa Valley wines.

“That’s My Dad!” Photo Contest

William Shakespeare once wrote, “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” When Southwest fathers are not busy being all-around superheroes for their families, they are busy becoming experts on their children. From favorite toys to secret sayings, good dads share a bond with their children like no other. And the fathers in Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s milestone 24th annual That’s My Dad! photo contest are no exception.

Weather the Storm!

Andy Phillips of State Farm Insurance Co. has been providing excellent care and coverage for his clients for nearly 46 years. In 2013, he opened Andy Phillips State Farm Insurance Co. in Dr. Phillips. His highly trained and experienced staff includes his wife and office manager, Connie, who has been with State Farm for 31 years.

Bright Futures for Every Student!

Education was the opportunity for change that took Southwest resident, philanthropist and businessman Harris Rosen from a rough neighborhood in New York’s Upper East Side to the renowned hotel investor he is today. You can’t go very far in Central Florida without seeing his name attached to exclusive hotels, a medical center, a Jewish community center, and even a college building.

There Every Step of the Way!

Millennium Homes Realty Offers a Personal Approach to Real Estate

By choosing Millennium Homes Realty, clients get a two-person team dedicated to their every need.

One of the most stressful experiences many adults will face is buying or selling a home. For a buyer, from sifting through an inundation of houses to choosing the right investment to inspections and financing; and for a seller, from the overwhelming options of marketing to staging and open houses to closing, the process can be vastly overwhelming. That’s where Courtney Shoultz and Francisco “Cisco” Chavez of Millennium Homes Realty LLC come in.

A Long & Rich History

Tucked between Windermere and Ocoee, and home to about 2,000 people, Gotha enjoys a rich history, which caring citizens have sought to preserve and maintain.

Early Gotha

German immigrant H.A. Hempel founded Gotha in the late 1870s and named it after his birthplace. A Buffalo, New York, resident, he planned to spend a few months of the year in Florida to escape the cold. Hempel, an inventor of a printing tool, envisioned Gotha being an enclave for fellow Germans.