compiled by Lauren Salinero
Officials of the city of Ocoee commissioned an alternate storm-debris collection contractor who will complete two collection passes through the city. The debris collection company is responsible for picking up vegetative debris that has not been bagged or mixed with other construction/demolition debris. All storm debris may not be collected in the initial collection pass. Ocoee Public Works will collect bagged yard waste and construction/demolition debris. Debris will be picked up seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and may take another month to complete two passes on every city street. For more information, visit www.ocoee.org.
(L. to r.) Beth Larson; Donna and David Boyer, M.D., of Palm Lake; and Jasmine Bailey celebrate Dr. Boyer’s 30 years of service to Orlando Health.
David Boyer, M.D., of Palm Lake recently celebrated 30 years with Orlando Health. Staff members at the Della Drive location threw Dr. Boyer a surprise party and presented him a plaque in appreciation of 30 years of outstanding dedication and service.
Windermere residents Mitesh and Vicky Popat, CEO and CFO of PlantOGram, respectively, were invited to New York Fashion Week 2017. The couple attends events around the country and donates items for VIP gift bags and silent auctions. They have also attended the Emmy Awards and the Art for Life Gala.
Windermere residents (front, l. to r.) Sanum, Sohum, (back, l. to r.) Vicky and Mitesh Popat attend New York Fashion Week 2017.
Sangeeta Duggal of Windermere released her book, A Moment in Time, written under the pseudonym C.D. Paul. It touches on social issues that are prevalent in today’s world, from terrorism to family values and gives the reader an opportunity to look at some of the issues in a different light with the help of two people from diverse backgrounds coming together and forming a romantic bond. Sangeeta was inspired to write the novel by the idea of whether the differences of nature could find a common ground. For example, the two characters that are portrayed have many differences between them, starting with age, profession and family life. The novel is a fast-paced romantic thriller that leaves the reader pondering some of its themes.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Townsend, an Ocoee High School alumnus and a Winter Garden native, serves as an equipment operator.
Winter Garden native and Ocoee High School graduate U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Townsend is a member of a naval construction battalion center in Gulfport, Mississippi. He works as an equipment operator and is responsible for operating all heavy equipment during Seabee construction. The Seabees are the Navy’s construction force.
“My dad served 24 years in the Navy,” Jared said. “I remember seeing him in his uniform and being proud.”
The St. Johns River Water Management District joined city of Winter Garden leaders and others to celebrate the start of a reclaimed water and stormwater project. The district provided $750,000 for the work, which captures and stores excess stormwater, improving aquifer recharge and water quality at nearby Lake Apopka.
“The city of Winter Garden is excited to support a long-term approach to better manage our water resources,” said Winter Garden City Manager Mike Bollhoefer. “This project captures more stormwater for the aquifer to benefit, not just Winter Garden, but all of Central Florida.”
Once completed, the project is expected to capture and add 2 million gallons of stormwater per day to the city’s reclaimed water infrastructure. Located within the Central Florida Water Initiative, the project will also improve aquifer recharge, the process where water soaks from surface water to groundwater, not only benefiting the city’s water supplies, but groundwater for the Central Florida region.
Dr. Reginald Riley, reception host, and Anne Peach, a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista and former head nurse of Orlando Health, attend a reception at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
The Rotary clubs of Dr. Phillips and Lake Buena Vista were invited to a reception in the Atrium Lobby at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. Attendees enjoyed food and beverages while celebrating the clubs’ contributions to the community, as well as the support of Orlando Health.
WithumSmith+Brown PC officials announced the promotion of several employees based at its Orlando office. Teresa Crabtree of Southwest Orlando and Halston Fernandez of Winter Garden became supervisors, Chanda Horne of Winter Garden was named to senior manager, and Craig Kish of Isleworth was promoted to manager.
“These promotions are an acknowledgement of their enduring professional growth, which includes earning multiple certifications as well as the respect and trust of their fellow employees, clients and industry leaders,” said Bill Hagaman, the firm’s managing partner and CEO.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts, led by President and CEO Harris Rosen of Southwest Orlando, committed $140,000 to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program for the 2017-18 school year. Step Up For Students helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides K-12th-grade scholarships to qualified lower-income families throughout Florida. The program allows recipients to choose between a scholarship to help with private school tuition and fees or a transportation scholarship to assist with transportation costs to an out-of-district public school.
Rosen is one of the earliest donors to Step Up For Students. John Kirtley, founder and board chairman of Step Up, partnered with Rosen for the first time in 2003. Harris Rosen, a fervent believer in a quality education, initiated a program that provides educational opportunities for the underserved neighborhood of Tangelo Park.
Margaret Cox of Higgin Brothers Surgical Center was the guest speaker at a recent Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips meeting. She talked about the center’s partnership with the Haitian Christian Mission. In addition, Ryan Smith was named Rotarian of the month for his outstanding work with the club, and David Chilton was awarded Rotarian of the day.
Ken Peach (right), former president of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, congratulates David Chilton on being named a Rotarian of the day.
Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips Membership Chairwoman Sonja Giselbrecht congratulates Ryan Smith on being named a Rotarian of the month.
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