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CP Interview Growing Bolder’s Marc Middleton inspires others to grow bolder as retirement has become outdated Page 14 MARCH 2017 | VOLUME 28 | EDITION 7 News Princeton Elementary School celebrates its 90th birthday this month and you’re invited! Page 27 Community Spotlight College student Drew McCorey opens-up about mental illness in hopes of helping others Page 17 New KidsTown at Orlando Science Center gets rave reviews Assistance for local seniors on the way Neighbors Network, a nationwide organization aimed at helping the elderly with tasks around the house and getting them to doctor appointments or the store, is adding College Park to their list of service areas. Annette Kelly, whose son and grandchildren live in College Park, is spearheading the effort in our area and will be holding an informational gathering March 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Florida Room at Historic Dubsdread. The event is being sponsored by Share the Care, a College Park nonprofit specializing in adult day care and respite. Wine and cheese will be served. This free event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Network: — Adult children of older parents — Neighbors of older adults who could benefit from some volunteer help — Older adults themselves who want to know they can count on the volunteers — Community members who want to volunteer to serve To RSVP for the informational event March 6, please contact Annette Kelly at 321-209-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org By Debbie Goetz By Holly Hatcher Orange warning lights flash, a siren beeps and dozens of “oranges” fall to the ground from a tower above while children scream in delight. It’s a typical scene played out every five minutes in the “orange grove,” one of the Orlando Science Center’s classic, and most popular, exhibits since the current building opened 20 years ago. But now, the expand- ed, reinvented “grove” includes far more interactive features (like the tower) showcasing the process of oranges moving from tree to table. The Orange Grove, presented by Dr. Phillips Charities, is a highlight of New KidsTown, a $5 million renovation of the Orlando Science Center’s popular play to learn area designed for infants to children 7 years old. As OSC’s first major expansion in its Unlock Science capital campaign, New KidsTown opened in October and incorporated many of the most popular exhibits from the past. It also brought in new, well-liked features found in children’s museums throughout the country. The first time Greg Favazza, the assistant parish admin- istrator at College Park’s St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, took his family to New KidsTown, he turned to his wife, Christina, and said, “This is insane!” The Favazzas have threeboys—ages7,5and1—andsaidtheywereallinawe when they entered. “New KidsTown is safe, it’s stimulating, it’s engaging, and it’s fun for the parents, too,” Greg Favazza said. “The way it is designed, with one entrance and one exit, for example, makes it an extra safe place for parents with kids.” At nearly three times the size of the former KidsTown, New KidsTown is earning rave reviews. “There’s something for every age, even toddler areas. It is multiage appropriate. Continued on Page 6 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 Stock Photo A network for helping the elderly with tasks at home and errands is coming to College Park. Photo by Christina Favazza Benny Favazza stands inside the rain shower in New KidsTown’s water play area. Photo by Peggy Trubey Grace and Grant Ferraro pick oranges in the New KidsTown orange grove. Orlando Science Center Courtesy Photo by Hannah Glogower Children love the oranges falling from the tower in the Orlando Science Center’s new orange grove.