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PRSRTSTDESRWSSUSPOSTAGEPAIDPERMIT#1556ORLANDO,FL CP Interview National champ Chris Leak is ready to take Eagles to “The Edge” Page 12 ‘Community’ has new meaning for College Park family Innovation and growth explosion coming to Health Village Excited to share College Park history Spotlight Eric Jackson doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks it Page10 News Big changes at inter- section of Edgewater and Vassar Page 6 By Martina Smith After listening to Barbara Burnes tearfully recall the fears she had during her pregnancy with her youngest son, David, it is a relief to know how much the College Park community has fully embraced him since. “It’s a great community to have raised a special-needs kid in,” Burnes said. Burnes has lived in College Park with her husband, Chuck, for 30 years. The couple has five children, the youngest being David, who she found out would have Down syndrome while she was still pregnant with him. Being 37 at the time, Burnes was considered to be in advanced maternal age and had a 1 in 200 chance of having a child with Down syndrome. When she found out David would have Down syndrome, she bawled. Burnes worried about how her fam- ily would be affected by having a special-needs child. “I kept just thinking how horribly this was going to change our family. How everything was going to change for us. We would now be a ‘labeled’ family. I now see what a small line of vision that was,” Burnes said. Burnes and her husband told their other four children, Charlie, Maria, Bobby and Tommy, a day later. Maria said that he was going to be no different, and she would treat him the same as she had her other brothers. “The day my mother delivered David I was a nervous wreck because I didn’t know what to expect,” Maria said. “When they wheeled him out in his bassinet I immediately fell in love. There was no question that he was perfect. He looked a little bit different, but he was perfect. He was a Burnes Boy through and through.” Burnes said news that the child she was carrying had Down syndrome hit the community fast. Reactions were mixed. One woman said to Burnes that she was “so glad it’s you, ’cause if it would have been me, my husband would’ve made me abort.” But many people in College Park were supportive and kind. When the family was moving during Burnes’ pregnancy, a friend brought her food and helped, making little mention of David. “That was what made the difference, people who said nothing at all,” Burnes said. “People who just hugged me, By Becky Dreisbach In Florida, you’re considered an old-timer if your fam- ily was here before 1960. My mother’s family has been in Florida since it was Spanish territory in the late 1700s. My Hart ancestors were a founding family of Jackson- ville, and my great-great-grandfather settled Umatilla in Lake County in the 1850s. I guess that makes me an old-timer, a part of that unique Florida cultural heritage, a proud seventh-generation Florida native. And, a very happy lifetime resident of College Park. My parents moved to Princeton Court in 1949, the year my father graduated from the University of Florida. My mother was from that “north” Lake County citrus town of Umatilla. They later moved to Ardsley Drive, where I spent my entire childhood, running barefoot through or- ange groves that over the next decade were replaced with new homes and businesses — the boom era for College Park. Memories flood my senses with nighttime cricket noises heard on warm summer nights, and the heady scent of jasmine or orange blossoms blowing through open windows, and attic fans that hummed and stirred the air inside our home. My brothers, Paul, Robert and David, and I grew up in a happy home with great neighbors, lo- cal churches, top schools, and beautiful lakes for fishing and swimming. Edgewater Drive was home to our own branch library, post office, three grocery stores, several clothing stores and Wilson’s Shoes, Johns Hardware and Albert Drug Store, to name a few favorites. And everyone knew each other — and their kids, as well as their dogs. We all ran free. We walked to every school we went to and even came home for lunch when we were in elementary school. If Ozzie and Harriet lived in a real community, they might’ve been right here in College Park. Everything I loved about growing up here, I have loved while raising my own three children here and continue to love to this day. By David Karch There is a transformation taking place at Health Village by Florida Hospital. Some of the change is visible to the eye as one travels along Orange Avenue. The hospital recently held the grand opening for its 12-story women’s hospital and has several more important buildings planned. But there is also a less visible, but more palpable blend of New Urbanism and health care delivery converging in Health Village. It is creat- ing exciting opportunities for growth and partnerships that will position Health Village as a leading innovation district for years to come. Keith Lowe, executive director of the Strategic Venture Group at Florida Hospital, is responsible for recruiting med- tech start-up companies to partner with Florida Hospital to help develop health care solutions. “To solve these prob- lems, Florida Hospital needs partners,” said Lowe. “Small companies are more efficient and more creative than large companies.” This past fall, Florida Hospital held a “Shark Tank” – type event by inviting 25 companies to Orlando for a day of pitch- ing their medical products and/or solutions to the hospital. From that event, Lowe and his team selected five to eight of those companies to potentially work with. The chosen com- panies will enter into a Florida Hospital Incubator program and develop their products and services in a co-working space in Health Village, allowing them to interface with doc- tors and nurses who will ultimately use the technologies. The Ustler Group of companies developed The Ivy apart- ments in Health Village. “[Health Village] needs to continue to build a critical mass of residents. That is the most impor- tant near term goal, and it aligns with market demand,” said Craig Ustler. He went on to say, “By continuing to develop Health Village into a well-designed, walkable, mixed-use and meaningful urban place, it can serve as a magnet to at- tract and retain talented employees.” Building an innovative community that will attract talent is Continued on page 14 (New history section can be found on page 14) Continued on page 6 Continued on page 6 04 News 08 Opinion 10 Features 17 Schools 24 Community 26 Events Inside THIS ISSUE Community events, local opinions, school news, and other special features CollegeParkPaper,LLCP.O.Box547263Orlando,FL32854LOCALPOSTALCUSTOMER Charlie, Maria, Bobby and Tommy Burnes with their brother David, whom they have cherished since before he was born.