Category: Features

Burgenstock Family … Doing What They Can for their Country

by Blair Parke

It’s no secret that most Americans appreciate all that the U.S. armed services and their families do to ensure the protection and safety of this nation. However, they don’t know what military life is really like unless they talk to those who are serving at the front lines overseas or at home: the months of separation, managing the household alone, and the feelings of anxiousness in wondering when and if loved ones will return …

Taylor Morrison: Building Homes, Not Just Houses


A house is more than a structure that provides shelter and a place to eat and sleep. Building relationships and creating lasting memories are what make a house a home. From newlyweds and companions to empty nesters and individual owners, Taylor Morrison has a house to …

SWB Mother’s Day One-Liners

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…

Dave’s House

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 …

Accents Model and Talent Center

Dont Just Dream It, Do It!

Picture a girl short in stature, a bit overweight and extremely shy. Fast forward to this same young girl who later gained confidence and increased self-esteem that set her up for a life of success and assurance. This girl experienced a transformation that enabled her to embrace herself unconditionally.

What made such a difference in her attitude …

Florida Technical College … Your Future Starts Here!

If you have dreamed of making a career change, finishing your degree or owning your own business, Florida Technical College is your springboard to success. With six Central Florida campuses and dozens of fields of study, FTC offers bachelor’s and associate degrees and diploma programs to help you turn your dreams into reality. With convenient…

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA

Engage a child and you touch a life, touch a group of children and you change the world.

People may think of the  Dr. P. Phillips YMCA as only a workout destination. However, a closer look reveals layers of programs that touch lives in meaningful ways. From a young child timidly stepping onto a soccer field for the first time and soon forgetting his …

The JCC Opens Its New Events Center

A Dream Realized “If you will it, it is no dream.” More than 20 years ago, the dream of having an inclusive, welcoming community center was born. Today, that dream is a reality. Thanks to a recent 22,000-square-foot, $3.5 million expansion, The Jack & Lee Rosen Jewish Community Center is now better equipped than ever…

Dr. Christopher Walker Leads Girl Talk

Throughout their lives, women put a tremendous amount of stress on their bodies. From childbirth to menopause to the lasting effects of aging, many women struggle with feeling sexually confident, enjoying intercourse and managing vaginal medical issues. But there is hope for women who are looking to improve their vaginal health and appearance. UroGyn Specialists…

Pet Photo Contest 2016

Picture My Pet!  For 15 years, Southwest Orlando residents have showed off the modeling talents of their beloved pets in the annual Picture My Pet photo issue. And for 15 years, the staff of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin has had the privilege of reviewing hundreds of creative — and often funny — shots, showcasing everything from dogs…

Mama Louise Opens in The Marketplace!

 Shut Up and Eat! Mama Louise Restaurant — a new Italian eatery located in the spot of the former Cariera’s Cucina Italiana in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips — was designed for the neighborhood locals to come, eat, spend time with their families, have fun and feel at home. Forty-year restaurateur and chef Joe Esposito…

Happily Ever After

An inside look at how four local couples keep their marriage strong by Lauren Salinero – Love can seem like something straight out of a fairy tale. The prince and princess instantly fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. Reality takes a little bit more work. As the one day of the…

El Inka Grill Ceviche Now Open

There is an exciting, new restaurant in Dr. Phillips that is filled with fresh ingredients, bold flavors and vibrant colors just waiting to welcome you. El Inka Grill Ceviche, located in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, is the second location for chef and restaurateur Ivan Colombier. His first eatery, located in Hunter’s Creek, has been a favorite with local residents since…

BEST OF SOUTHWEST 2016

   Results are in and our readers have selected this years Best of Southwest. The results are listed below! Best Place to Live 1. Windermere 2. Dr. Phillips 3. Winter Garden Best Golf Club/Course 1. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge 2. MetroWest Golf Club 3. Orange Tree Golf Club Best Family Restaurant 1. Gator’s Dockside 2. KeKe’s…

Vines Grille & Wine Bar

Classical Elegance Meets Modern Ingenuity Among the variety of options along Restaurant Row lies an exceptional fine dining favorite, Vines Grille & Wine Bar. Since its doors opened in 2003, Vines has acquired a reputation for premier dishes, upscale ambiance and one of the best wine lists in the country. “We are a chef-driven restaurant…

Stories of the Season Contest 2015

The entries submitted for Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s 24th annual Stories of the Season contest told tales of special visits from Santa, mystical holiday creatures and the joy of spending time with family and friends. Whether they recreate holiday memories or take readers to imaginary places filled with elves, reindeer and their ilk, they are sure to…

SLATE: A New Neighborhood Favorite

With a focus on creative dishes prepared from the freshest ingredients using modern techniques, SLATE has made big rumbles along Restaurant Row since opening in June. Momentum is high for the newest collaboration from Unicorp and Atlanta-based Concentrics Restaurants, and some of those rumblings come from empty stomachs hungry for more of executive chef Dominic Rice’s contemporary American…

Robert Darino of Southwest

Robert Darino: A Touching Tribute Medal Reminds Veteran of Fighting for the U.S. on D-Day by Blair Townley For the nation, it is called D-Day; for Robert Darino of Southwest, it was “the invasion”. However one would like to call the day U.S Army soldiers invaded the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, it will…

Offering a Taste of the Old Country

Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse Serves Authentic Italian Cuisine in a Family Atmosphere It’s a blend of Italian cuisine and prime-cut steaks that creates an exceptional dining experience when you have a meal at Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse. Nestled in the luxurious Hyatt Regency Orlando on International Drive and formerly Capriccio Grill when affiliated with The Peabody Orlando, Fiorenzo was established…

The Y: A Healthy Cause

The Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center beckons the community to join in on a get-healthy mission “So what is your YMCA story?” It’s a question Ryan Smith, executive director of the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center, loves to ask members as they walk the halls of the facility. Each person he asks describes differently how the Y…

WOMEN IN CHARGE

Fifty years ago, the most expected of women was to maintain a home, raise their children and have dinner on the table by 6 o’clock. Today, they create their own expectations. They are owners, presidents, doctors, managers and more, as well as mothers, daughters and wives. More and more females are entering the business world…

Show Off Your Ride

Whether they are cruising for speed, restoring antiques or just enjoying the ride, Southwest residents know how to get around. Despite varying horsepowers and engines, one thing is clear — driving and riding these machines is just plain fun. The set of vehicles in Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Show Off Your Ride pictorial display just a…

Back to School 2015

As summer winds down, children’s thoughts across Southwest Orlando will inevitably turn to the first day of school. The school year, which begins Aug. 24, is only a month away, and students and their families can get a head start by preparing now. The beginning of school is an exciting time, but some might worry…