College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 050116
News 5 MAY 2016 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM By David Karch A few years ago there was a company that had a television com- mercial that boasted, “We don’t make the products you buy. We make the products you buy better.” The Col- lege Park Partnership (CPP) could use the same the tag line: We don’t make College Park. We make Col- lege Park better. On March 30, the members of the College Park Partnership held its annual awards celebration at Dubs- dread. Local businesses provided an array of Silent Auction items for peo- ple to bid on. For example, Rocky’s Retreat had a 30-minute hydrotherapy session for your dog. Hank, my puppy, won and I’m excited to see him swim and enjoy some hard-earned recovery time in the pool. Melissa Hart, co-owner of Cookie Cousins and president of the CPP, spoke about how the Partnership collaborates with the city of Orlando and Florida Hospital. She refer- enced the pink painting of the crosswalks along Edgewater Drive this past fall as an example. Hart shared how the Partnership is responsible for many of the great events in College Park such as Dancing on the Drive, which was held on Saturday, April 30. Deena Breed, owner of Orange Cycles, was honored for her service to College Park, and she officially retired from the Partnership. She was a charter member of Orlando’s Main Street program. The College Park Partnership is now one of nine Main Street districts scattered throughout Orlando. To learn more about the College Park Partnership and how to get involved, please contact Andrea Kudlacz, Executive Director, at 407-579-8228 or email her at info@ collegeparkpartnership. College Park resident Joannie Schirm re- ceived word that her book “Adventurers Against Their Will” is now included with other material at the World War II Museum in New Orleans used to educate students on the Holocaust. “My dad is doing a happy dance in heav- en that his and his friends’ stories might somehow help the world,” said Schirm. Adventurers Against Their Will is written around stories told to the author by her late father, Oswald A. Holzer, MD, and from extensive research using letters and documents between his family and friends during the war. By Teresa TL Bruce If you overheard people speaking in verse — or the sound of bagpipes — in College Park during the weekend of April 15 and 16, chances are you encountered the Florida State Poets Association (FSPA) Spring Fling, which has been held annually since 1974. Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke addressed this year’s theme, “Found in Translation: An International Journey,” urg- ing participants to broaden their knowledge of other cultures. “Being writers, you need to have open windows, and travel is one of those windows.” Event chair Elaine Person, president of the Orlando Area Poets chapter, brought elements of intercontinental travel into the statewide gathering inside the Comfort Suites Downtown Orlando: —Reginald Lyle, pipe major with Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders, performed bagpipe tunes (while dressed in traditional regalia) and classic poems (with Scottish pronuncia- tion and dialectical terms) by Robert “Rob- bie” Burns and Robert Service. —Paintings and photographs depicted scenes from one of Volusia County’s sister cities, Bayonne, France. —Workshops included the tricks (and tri- als) of translating poetry from one language to another. —Open mic readings relayed poems inspired by subjects spanning Spain’s Don Quixote to China’s Miao people, and the themes ranged from somber to whimsical. Observing participants after one work- shop, Meinke said, “They’re serious about poetry, but they like to have fun.” Approximately one-fourth of the FSPA’s statewide 200-plus members attended. “The intimacy of having around 50 people in- creases the camaraderie,” said Person, whose Orlando Area Poets comprise the largest FSPA chapter.“We look forward to seeing each other every year.” Person added, “I always learn something new.” According to Joe Cavanaugh, FSPA president, the nonprofit is the fourth-largest organization within the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. He looks forward to increasing that ranking through the addi- tion of youth memberships. For information about the FSPA, visit http://www.floridastatepoetsassociation.org/. College Park Partnership awards Local author featured at National World War II Museum Florida Poet Laureate presents in College Park Event chair Elaine Person with Reginald Lyle. Photo by Teresa TL Bruce. Photo by Samantha Merrigan.