Nancy Nagy shows championship dog … and more Neighborhood News!

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Bay Hill Village

Bay Hill Village resident Nancy Nagy and Chip, a champion Kerry blue terrier, participate in the American Kennel Club National Championship Dog Show’s Meet the Breed booth.

Nancy Nagy of Bay Hill Village showed her champion Kerry blue terrier, Chip, at the Meet the Breed booth at last month’s American Kennel Club National Championship Dog Show. The event, held at the Orange County Convention Center, is reputed to be the largest show in the country with more than 5,000 entries. The grand prize winner for best in show took home $50,000.

Dr. Phillips

Chabad Jewish Center of South Orlando celebrated Hanukkah last month by leading a 70-car parade with illuminated rooftop menorahs and blasting Hanukkah music as they drove around Dr. Phillips and up International Drive. The processional culminated with a menorah lighting on I-Drive. Children and teens traveled in class in stretch limousines with the signature menorah on top.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed Dr. Phillips resident Yog Melwani to the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission. Yog is honored to be re-appointed and to serve as an at-large board member through December 2019.


MetroWest resident Rosey Terranova recently published a children’s picture book called Alfonse the Littlest Clown. She is both the author and illustrator. The book is a light-hearted story about a little boy. But Alfonse isn’t like most little boys. His entire family is circus clowns. Alfonse’s dream is to join his family as a clown in the big circus show; however, he is too little — only big clowns can be in the show. So, while Alfonse waits to grow, he takes readers along on his travels of playing and practicing his circus tricks. In the end, a twist of fate gives Alfonse his big break in the spotlight.

Sterling Pointe

(L. to r.) Rep. Robert “Bobby O” and Allison Olszewski attend the governor’s annual Christmas party co-hosted by first lady Ann and Gov. Rick Scott.

Sterling Pointe residents Rep. Robert “Bobby O” and Allison Olszewski attended Gov. Rick Scott’s annual Christmas party with dignitaries from around the state. The Olszewskis represented District 44 and joined Gov. Scott and first lady Ann in the holiday festivities.

Stoneybrook West

The staff of Century 21 Professional Group Inc. welcomes Stoneybrook West resident Erika Garcia to its team.

Erika Garcia of Stoneybrook West joined Century 21 Professional Group Inc. as a sales associate. She specializes in residential property sales in Central Florida. She recently completed extensive training and licensing through Comprehensive In-House Training and Create21, two in-depth trainings that go through all the aspects of real estate business. Erika has more than 10 years of real estate industry experience, including advertising, sales and marketing.

Turtle Creek

Michael Kulich of Turtle Creek serves on the Florida State Board of Landscape Architecture.

Recently elected to the board of directors of the Central Florida chapter of the Community Association Institute, Turtle Creek resident and Turtle Creek Homeowners Association President Michael Kulich was also appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida State Board of Landscape Architecture. The board is responsible for licensing and regulating landscape artists. It meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, review disciplinary cases and conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board also engages in rule-making to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.


Rep. Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski (right) of Sterling Pointe congratulates Dewayne Thrift of Windermere on receiving a Governor’s Veteran Service Medal.

Gov. Rick Scott presented Windermere resident Dewayne Thrift with a Governor’s Veteran Service Medal at a ceremony at the Florida National Guard Armory. Dewayne is a local Realtor and involved in many veterans organizations and causes in the community, including serving with the American Legion.

Winter Garden

Brownie troops 4626 and 2355 win first place for best youth group at the Winter Garden Christmas Parade.

Girl Scouts of Citrus Council Brownie troops 4626 and 2355 marched in the Winter Garden Christmas Parade, which helped them earn their Celebrating Community badges. They also sang Make New Friends for the judges and won first place for best youth group.

Winter Garden resident Justin Meritt joins 52 other inductees in Florida State University’s Garnet & Gold Scholar Society.

Florida State University welcomed 53 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society last fall. Among them was Winter Garden resident Justin Meritt, who is studying management information systems. To become an inductee, students must meet the engagement area criteria and submit a synthesis reflection project in their final semester before graduation. Participants are recognized during graduation and receive a designation on their official university transcript, both of which make them more marketable to potential employers and/or graduate programs.

Et Al

More than 150 community members volunteer at the United Methodist Women of St. Luke’s Methodist Church’s annual Holiday Bazaar.

The United Methodist Women of St. Luke’s Methodist Church presented their 35th annual Holiday Bazaar. More than 150 volunteers worked during the two-day event and raised more than $41,000. Proceeds are distributed to missions locally, nationally and internationally.

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