Category: In Your Neighborhood

Michael Kulich wins award … and other Neighborhood News!

Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs presents the Monica Harris Spires Excellence in Leadership Award to Turtle Creek Homeowners Association President Michael Kulich.
Based on his leadership and achievements in the Turtle Creek community throughout the past year, Turtle Creek Homeowners Association President Michael Kulich was awarded the Monica Harris Spires Excellence in Leadership Award for the second consecutive year.

Martine Morley Wins Yard of the Quarter … and more news

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Hidden Springs/Estates

John Scolaro (left) of Dr. Phillips presents a Hidden Springs/Estates Yard of the Quarter award to Martine Morley.

Hidden Springs Homeowners Association President Jeff Olszewski announced the winner of the Hidden Springs/Estates Yard of the Quarter, Martine Morley. Each quarter, residents nominate a fellow neighbor whose property stands out as being attractive and well-maintained. A committee of volunteers then reviews the nominations and selects a winner. Martine has lived in Hidden Springs for 27 years.

Gotha’s Ready, Set, Dance earn top awards and more news …


Gotha

The competition and performance teams of Gotha’s Ready, Set, Dance earn top awards in Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition.

Dancers from Ready, Set, Dance in Gotha competed in Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition. The competition and performance teams performed Beneath the Waves, which won Ultimate Elite and Overall High Score Production. Many of the girls also won individual and high score awards.

Art and Karen Brown Travel to New Zealand and more news …


Turnburry

Turnburry residents Art (far right) and Karen Brown (far left) visit Karen’s lifelong pen pal, Robyn Chrystal (second from left), and Robyn’s husband, Laurie, in New Zealand.

Art and Karen Brown of Turnburry traveled to New Zealand to meet Karen’s lifelong pen pal, Robyn Chrystal. The women have been writing to each other since 1948, when Karen was in first grade.

Ann Varkey Holds Event for Special Needs and more news …

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Dr. Phillips

Dr. Phillips resident Ann Varkey (back, second from right) and her family (back) join residents of The Russell Home for Atypical Children at Ann’s special holiday event.

Ann Varkey of Dr. Phillips held a holiday event at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA to help special-needs and homeless individuals. Attendees included several residents from The Russell Home for Atypical Children and a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free and healthy holiday meals were provided to attendees. A typical gift box included fruits, vegetables, meat and nonperishable items that would allow families to make complete meals.

100th-year birthday party for Marian Mishalanie and more news

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Bay Hill

Former Sand Lake Pointe resident Marian Mishalanie (front, center) celebrates her 100th birthday with (front, l. to r.) Allen Layton of Bay Hill, Kathe Swanson of Dr. Phillips, Sarah Layton and Richard Spears of Bay Hill, (middle, l. to r.) Lillian Saunders of Clermont, Joanne MacPherson and Norma Radosevich of Bay Hill, (back, l. to r.) Jim Bennett and Salley Martin of Dr. Phillips, Debra Sheffield of Orlando, Jeanne Wetta Van Sickle of South Bay, and Janet Minard and Joe Radosevich of Bay Hill.

Bay Hill residents Allen and Sarah Layton co-hosted a 100th-year birthday party for Sarah’s mother, Marian Mishalanie, formerly of Sand Lake Pointe. Marian turned 100 on Nov. 4. Helping to celebrate the momentous occasion were Bay Hill residents Jim Bennett and Joanne MacPherson, Dr. Phillips resident Salley Martin, Bay Hill residents Janet Minard and Joe and Norma Radosevich, Clermont resident Lillian Saunders, Orlando resident Debra Sheffield, Bay Hill resident Richard Spears, Dr. Phillips resident Kathe Swanson, and South Bay resident Jeanne Wetta Van Sickle.

Light Up Windermere and More News …


During Light Up Windermere, one of three choirs from First Baptist Church of Windermere serenades the crowd with songs of the season.

In what attendees dubbed the “best Light Up Windermere ever,” 3,000 people took part in the town’s fourth annual welcome to the holiday season. As promised, there was snow in Windermere, as First Baptist Church Windermere donated 10 tons. It became a gathering place for people of all ages to make snowballs, slip and slide, or simply enjoy the white fluff. Leading up to the lighting, three different choirs from FBCW provided songs of the season. Hundreds of children joined Mayor Gary Bruhn as the entire town was lit by …

Arnold Palmer Named a 2016 Dick Pope Legend Honoree

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Bay Hill

120116iyn01The late Arnold Palmer of Bay Hill is named a 2016 Dick Pope Legend Honoree.

Officials of The Grand Tour Foundation recognized the late Bay Hill resident Arnold Palmer as a 2016 Dick Pope Legend Honoree. Arnold, known as one of the best sportsmen and businessmen in the world for nearly half a century as a professional golfer, left a lasting impact on the Central Florida community by lending his name to leading fundraiser efforts that led to …

Blake Blahut Receives Award

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Bay Vista Estates

111716iyn01Blake Blahut of Bay Vista Estates receives a Twenty Under 40 Rising Stars award from Orlando Regional Realtor Association.

Orlando Regional Realtor Association representatives named Bay Vista Estates resident Blake Blahut of Regal Real Estate Professionals/Christie’s International Real Estate one of the Twenty Under 40 Rising Stars in real estate. The award recognizes top local Realtors under age 40 who demonstrate excellence in their careers and service to their community and the real estate industry.

Cornita A. Riley Named 2016 Central Florida Woman of the Year and more news …

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110316iyn04Windermere resident and Orange County Corrections Chief Cornita A. Riley is named the 2016 Central Florida Woman of the Year by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando.

During Women’s Executive Council’s 44th annual Women’s Achievement Awards event, Cornita A. Riley of Windermere was named the 2016 Central Florida Woman of the Year. Cornita serves the community as Orange County corrections chief. The awards ceremony honored outstanding women in arts, business, community services, education, government, technology, communications/media and emerging achievers. WEC also granted college scholarships to deserving women.

SW Orlando Neighborhood News

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102016iyn05Young bullying prevention advocate Makaila Nichols of Windermere tops Amazon’s New Release list with her book, Blatantly Honest.

Eighteen-year-old Windermere resident Makaila Nichols turned her experience of being bullied as a young teen into a book, Blatantly Honest. In honor of October being National Bullying Prevention Month, her book was released Oct. 3. It topped Amazon’s New Release list in both Teen & Young Adult Social Issues and Parenting Teenagers categories. Makaila was also named National Ambassador for The Great American No Bull Challenge, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of bullying. She started her modeling career at age 14 when she was discovered by an agent at the mall.