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CP Interview Get to know federal judge and College Park resident Skip Dalton Page 14 FEBRUARY 2017 | VOLUME 28 | EDITION 6 Sports New head coach plans to restore pride to Eagle football team Page 21 Community Spotlight High school student making an impact on feral cat population Page 17 Kitchen House & Culinary Garden is nation’s first City announces results of traffic study in Edgewater/Vassar corridor NFL first-round draft pick Karl Joseph returns to Edgewater High School The following is a letter sent by the City to College Park residents and businesses directly impacted by traffic con- gestion in the Edgewater Drive and Vassar Street area: In 2016, the City of Orlando conducted a study of the Edgewater Drive and Vassar Street area to research poten- tial improvements to pedestrian safety, accessibility and traffic patterns in the area. The study used the latest, state-of-the-art traffic moni- toring technology to gather The fourteenth overall pick in last year’s NFL draft — and the Oakland Raiders’ number one pick overall — Karl Joseph returned to Edgewater High School January 18 to pay a visit to some high school students and the varsity football team. Joseph is a former Edgewater High School alumnus who graduated with the class of 2012. A native of Haiti, Joseph came to Orlando when he was just 11 years old. He shared with students that in the eighth grade, he made a promise to his mother that someday he would buy her and the family a house with a pool — a promise he recently delivered on. “It was the happiest I’ve ever been,” Joseph said, “Happier than I was on the day I was drafted.” He and girlfriend Xenia Taylor, who also graduated in 2012 from Edgewater, spent much of the day bouncing in and out of classrooms speaking to students, snapping photos and answering questions. Joseph spoke of how he decided not to enter the NFL draft after his junior year at the University of West Virginia because he wanted to get his college degree. He then suffered a season-ending injury by tearing his ACL in the third game as a senior, which jeopardized his dream of playing in the NFL. “What did you do not to get down on yourself when you got hurt?” a student asked. “Everything happens for a reason,” Joseph replied. “I just stayed focused and Staff Report By Francis Zipeto By Holly Hatcher It started with a simple dinner conversation 10 years ago at K Restaurant on Edgewater Drive. Orlando firefighter Brad Jones approached renowned K Chef/Owner Kevin Fonzo with a dream of starting an inte- grated food and nutrition class at Orlando Junior Academy (OJA), his daughter’s nearby private school. That simple idea, nurtured by many dreamers, has blos- somed into a full seed-to-plate curriculum and a nearly completed stand-alone culinary facility, a one of a kind project unprecedented in the U.S. “Any one person couldn’t have dreamed as many dreams as it took to make this come together,” Jones said. “It’s very surreal,” Fonzo said. “Ten years ago, the whole idea was to have fun with the kids and teach them where food comes from and how to eat healthy. And for that to blossom into this incredible building, it is a dream. How many people it would take to come together to make that dream happen ... I never thought it would happen. So for me today to stand in this garden and look across the street and see that, I’m overwhelmed with joy and the possibili- ties of what can happen there.” Soon, the dreamers and OJA students will be cooking in the new Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden at 26 E. King St., across from OJA. Courtesy Photo The Kitchen House was designed by architect Jose Venegas of Midtown Architecture Studio and project architects HuntonBrady Architects. Continued on Page 6 Continued on Page 10 Continued on Page 10 PRSRTSTDESRWSSUSPOSTAGEPAIDPERMIT#1556ORLANDO,FL 04 Business News 11 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 Image courtesy of the City of Orlando Francis Zipeto Karl Joseph spent much of his day at Edgewater with Kyle Leisher’s special needs students.