Lake Mary Life Magazine Sept./October 2009 : Page 3
Inside this issue Features 28 ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIRST GRADER? Six-year-old Ria Balwalli is not only a genius, but a courageous young girl. 56 BORN TO BE WILD Women bikers have changed the rules of the road. 64 BONNIE STUART SPEAKS FROM THE HEART After suffering a heart attack, this Lake Mary resident now advocates for the American Heart Association. 68 IRON WOMAN Angi Farrugia fights cancer and becomes an inspiring athlete in the process. 70 LAKE MARY HIGH WELCOMES NEW COACH After 28 years, a new coach guides the girls volleyball team. 72 AGE IS JUST A NUMBER Longwood resident, Ruth Del Manzano is a 65-year-old dynamo who has won six triathalon medals. 74 RESCUE OUTREACH MISSION Sanford mission reaches out to help the homeless. 76 LAKE MARY BUNKO GROUP PLAYS FOR KEEPS A dozen Lake Mary women enjoy game of chance and camaraderie that goes along with it. 80 LAKE MARY LIFE BOOK CLUB Besa Kosova’s mission is to fight illiteracy. 86 PARTNERS IN DANCE AND IN LIFE The Millars have found passion in flamenco...and each other. 104 PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: ALENE DUERK Lake Mary resident was the first woman admiral in the Navy. Tickets are $25 for one, $45 for a pair. Proceeds 122 CHECK OUT THIS KID: AUBREY PEEPLES Fifteen-year-old is en route to a brilliant career in acting. 117 WELCOME FROM DR. BILL VOGEL Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools gives Lake Mary Life readers an update on the new school year. 134 RAISING A JOCK IN LAKE MARY Competing in a sport today is a serious (and expensive) business. Florida Magazine Association Lake Mary Life 3 will benefit The Rotary Foundation and the many community projects sponsored by the Club. The theme will be An Evening of Jazz-Chicago Style. Once again, the music will be provided the Lake Mary Life Swing Band comprised of some of the best jazz musicians in our community, including Ben Kramer, Greg Parnell, and Lake Mary Life editor, Michael Kramer. Of course, great food, and spirits will be in plentiful supply. For more information about corporate patron packages, tickets, or any other questions you may have, please call Elvis 407-435-1368 or email email@example.com for ticket information. September/October 2009 Luna Anico Sanchez, Mary Dvornick, Gloria Marwick, and Kathy Brown are just four of a new breed of women who are fearlessly taking to the road on their bikes. ON THE COVER...page 56 Cover photography by jeffhawkins.com Rotary Club of Lake Mary to host Third Annual Evening of Jazz The Rotary Club of Lake Mary is host- ing its Third Annual Evening of Jazz in the beautiful courtyard between the Orlando-Lake Mary Marriott and Park Place at Heathrow. The event will be held on Thursday, October 22, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.