Tag: West Orange Chamber of Commerce

School Siting Ordinance Updated … and other News & Business Briefs

Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the board of county commissioners joined Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette, Southwest resident and Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins, and OCPS board members to announce the passing of the updated school siting ordinance and participated in a ceremonial signing. The updated ordinance, which was passed at a recent commissioners meeting, establishes standards for OCPS to build new schools and renovate existing sites, including charter schools.

Best Fest Photo Album

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce held its 15th annual Best FestThe Taste of West Orange” along the shores of Starke Lake in Ocoee. More than 60 food and drink vendors treated attendees to mouthwatering samples.

Holiday bazaar earns more than $37,000 and more news …

The United Methodist Women of St. Lukes United Methodist Church raise more than $37,000 at their annual Holiday Bazaar.

At the United Methodist Women of St. Lukes United Methodist Church’s 34th annual Holiday Bazaar, more than 14 specialty shops were set up to resemble a Christmas market with handmade fall and holiday crafts for sale. Homemade pickles and baked goods, along with antique and decorator items, were offered for shoppers. Santa Claus greeted the children, and entertainment was provided by the Dr. Phillips High School choir.

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.

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 …

Five Star New Year’s Eve at I-Drive 360 and more news …

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Southwest resident John Stine (middle, far right) of IDrive 360 joins representatives from Concept ID and Case Americas to celebrate the announcement of Five Star New Year’s Eve.

Concept ID and Case Americas officials announced Five Star New Year’s Eve at IDrive 360. The unique event will gather local celebrities and Orlando’s most influential people, and feature world-class disc jockeys and entertainment. Admission packages start with general admission, including a full-service open bar with beverages, beer, vodka, whiskey and Prosecco, and go up to the Gold Lounge package, which accommodates 16 people, features a separate VIP entrance, full-service open bar, exclusive dinner and breakfast, a dedicated butler service, and

Southwest Orlando Business Briefs

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Victory Martial Arts Celebrates 19th anniversary

Students and their families celebrate Victory Martial Arts’ 19th anniversary with special classes and a potluck.

To commemorate its 19th anniversary, Victory Martial Arts at 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 120, in Orlando, hosted two special classes, featuring guest instructors Master Von Schmeling and professional Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Antonio and Anthony Pettis. Anthony is the former UFC Lightweight Champion. After the classes, students and their families were invited to partake in a celebratory potluck. For more information, call 877-797-7988 or visit www.victoryma.com on the web.

SW Orlando Neighborhood News

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Jennifer Halbert, a former resident of Vizcaya, plays a news reporter in the film Mafiosa.

Former Vizcaya resident Jennifer Halbert appears in the feature-length film Mafiosa. She portrays a news reporter. The film, written and produced by Florida resident Veronica Russo, was screened twice during the recent Central Florida Film Festival.

SW Orlando News & Business Briefs

Drowning-prevention organization accepts donation

Susan Polder (third from left), executive director of The Gift of Swimming, accepts a donation from Whole Foods Market representatives (l. to r.) Grant, team member; Michael DAndrea, team leader; Vicky Santamaria, marketing field associate; Krissy, team member; and Ethan, graphic artist.

Whole Foods Market donated 5 percent of one day’s net sales to The Gift of Swimming, an organization committed to providing drowning-prevention resources, including swim training and education.

SW Orlando Neighborhood News

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Dr. Phillips

Having earned Diamond Club status,
Randy Cook of Dr. Phillips joins an elite group of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood managing partners from across the country.

Dr. Phillips resident Randy Cook, managing partner of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, was awarded parent company Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. He is among a group of top-performing managing partners recognized for …

SW Orlando News Briefs

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Presenting the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

Winderlakes resident Diana Chastain (front, center) and Southwest resident Todd Andrus (front, right) Orlando Eye head of marketing, take a turn on the newly dubbed CocaCola Orlando Eye.

To celebrate the renaming of The Orlando Eye to the CocaCola Orlando Eye, the 400-foot observation wheel offered all guests a complimentary Coca-Cola beverage. With the new partnership comes an enhanced experience, featuring a bold and contemporary look throughout the exterior of the Eye’s terminal building, including Coca-Cola’s signature red-and-white colors. On the wheel itself, select capsules have been …

SW Orlando Neighborhood News – 8/4/2016

During a Bucket List Hiking Club trip, Matt Durfee of Bay Hill and Denise Orlando of Keenes Pointe visit a remote beach path near Prestwick, Scotland.

Bay Hill resident Matt Durfee led the sixth international trek of the Bucket List Hiking Club, which took place in western Scotland. The group hiked 52 miles during three days, and the route followed the northern segment of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Future hikes include Normandy, France and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

SW Orlando Neighborhood News


George Rahi of Sandpointe receives an International Diamond Society Award for his exceptional performance in 2015 as a Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate sales associate.

Sandpointe resident George Rahi, a sales associate with …