College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 060117
News Learn how the downtown UCF/Valencia campus will impact College Park. Page 5 JUne 2017 | VOLUMe 28 | eDITIOn 10 Community Spotlight Childhood friends turn game they love into a thriving business. Page 17 CP Interview The woman behind the curtain: Dr. Phillips Art Center’s Kathy Ramsburger. Page 14 A year after Pulse, Cory Connell’s legacy lives on Lake Silver retirees share Tiger Pride at annual reunion 49 days of love and kindness Kay Barrett still lives a few houses away from Lake Silver Elementary School where she was the librarian for more than 20 years. One of her most vivid memories is automating the inventory and check-out system for Lake Silver’s 12,500-book collection in the early ’80s. “We typed each and every entry into the new computer,” Barrett said. Together with her friend and colleague, Ernestine Dixon, they added bar codes to each book and entered the required data, and they also opened the school’s first computer lab featuring the new Apple II computer. As a Lake Silver parent involved in the PTA, Dixon was recruited by Principal Mary Bailey in the ’70s to work at the school in a new remediation position. “Little did I realize it would turn into 22 years. One job led to another,” Dixon wrote. “It was truly a wonderful experience working with such a devoted group of teachers and staff and being part of the students’ lives. I have made lifelong friends and have been blessed to be a Lake Silver Tiger!” Friends like these have gathered every April — some say for 30 years and others recall as since the 1960s in some form — for the annual Retirees Luncheon. The 2017 invitation stated, “Come to enjoy favorite memories and some heartfelt laughter!” This year, about 40 Lake Silver retirees gathered at the Tap Room at Dubsdread for an elaborate buffet luncheon. Display boards filled with old photographs, scrapbooks from classrooms, and note cards to sign for ill colleagues filled the tables. Many wrote their memories on notepaper and dropped them into the “Memories Bucket.” Between the former teachers, paraprofessionals and staff members, there were lots of stories told and By Holly Hatcher By Debbie Goetz By Allison Miehl Some people change their communities through their presence. But it takes a special person to continue to change the community during his absence. Cory Connell was one of the latter; in the year since his death June 12, 2016, College Park has felt the impact of his personality through the actions of his loved ones. Although he is physically gone from the community, his legacy of kindness and empathy lives on. “The impact he had when he was here ... we’re finding out so After learning of the 49 Acts of Love and Kindness initiative by One Orlando Alliance, the Orlando Economic Partnership and Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce knew they wanted to participate in some way. They decided to work together to perform an act of kindness each day for 49 days leading up to the June 12 anniversary of the Pulse nightclub attack. May 11, Chamber project assistant Kellie Pinel invited Earl Crittenden, chairman of the onePulse Foundation, to join her in bringing 49 boxed lunches to the emergency department nurses at Orlando Health. Pinel reached out to Steve Gunter, owner of The Tap Room at Dubsdread, for Continued on Page 22 Continued on Page 10 Continued on Page 13 PRSRTSTDeSRWSSUSPOSTAGePAIDPeRMIT#1556ORLAnDO,FL 04 Business News 12 Opinion 14 Features 20 Schools 26 Events Inside THIS ISSUE Community events, local opinions, school news and other special features CollegeParkPaper,LLCP.O.Box547263Orlando,FL32854******eCRWSSeDDM******LOCALPOSTALCUSTOMeR Photo by Katie Kaufman Former Lake Silver elementary employees gathered at annual Retirees Luncheon. Courtesy photo Cory Connell, seen here with his sister Amanda, was one of the 49 who lost their lives at Pulse last summer. Photo provided by Kim Waldron edgewater High School students display Cory Connell Scholarship plaque. Photo courtesy of Kellie Pinel earl Crittenden and Kellie Pinel deliver meals to Orlando Health’s emergency department.