Cypress Isles News
The official newsletter of the Cypress Isles Homeowners Association
February 2007 Edition - Published Quarterly

In This Issue - February 2007
Financial Statements Available
Holiday Lighting Contest Winners
Welcome to Cypress Isles!
President's Message
Jenny Tong Named Concertmistress
Whose Road Is It Anyway?
WLCA Re-elects Same Directors
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Don't Recycle ALL Plastic
No Window Clips for You! - Update! The clips can be purchased locally (read article)
Cypress Isles Contact List
Publication Schedule
Dateworthy Notes
Crime Alert - Stolen Hondas
Crime Links


Financial Statements Available
A copy of our community association's year-end financial statement of income and expenses is now available for review at the management office.
If you would like to have a copy sent to you, please request in writing to the following address, fax, or email.

Community Management Professionals
5401 South Kirkman Road, Suite 540
Orlando, FL 32819
Fax: 407-903-9234

Tell us how you want the financial statement delivered to you - by mail, fax, or email.
A copy of the current year's budget is also available upon request, or from our website at

Your Board of Directors

Holiday Lighting Contest Winners
New and old winners
The 2006 winners of the Cypress Isles Holiday Lighting Contest are:

The Symons family, 13756 Crystal River Dr.
First Place (That helicopter did it!)
The Williams family, 849 Spring Island Way
Second Place
The Navaille family, 13201 White Cedar Ct.
Third Place
Several other homes were also very well decorated and merit honorable mention (in alphabetical order):
The Ali family, 712 Cedarwood Court
The Dekorver family, 806 Spring Island Way
The Freeman family, 537 Divine Circle
The Gordon family, 708 Divine Circle
The Janoske family, 505 Spring Island Way
The Lowe family, 819 Spring Island Way
The Reyes family, 517 Spring Island Way
The Sturn family, 926 Spring Island Way

We thank you, and we're sure that Progress Energy thanks you as well.

Welcome to Cypress Isles!
Go over and say, "Hi!"
Welcome to our new neighbors at:
600 Divine Circle
If we've missed anyone else who recently moved in, please let us know so we can mention you in the next newsletter.

President's Message
Board and residents to focus on wetlands and traffic.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend a belated Happy New Year to all the residents of Cypress Isles. I hope that everyone was able to share the beginning of the New Year with family and friends and that you did not place to much pressure on yourself by setting difficult New Years Resolutions.
I also wanted to make sure that I extended my personal thanks to the Board Members and Committee Chairs for their achievements in 2006 that helped all of us in this community. Their efforts continue to help us maintain a safe and prestigious community.
Last year was quite a year for our community in regard to major projects, allowing your board the start the process of rebuilding our reserve for future projects. As you know from the letter and coupon books sent to you in December, we had to increase our dues slightly. The increase was needed due to rising insurance cost and contractor costs. I can assure you that your Board of Directors works hard to keep these costs down by securing routine bids for services while at the same time not compromising the quality of services we all pay for with our dues.
Your Board of Directors held its first meeting on January 16th to recap 2006 and lay the foundation for 2007. There were two research & recommendation committees formed at the meeting to focus on two issues that we need to address this year. One committee will focus on our Conservation & Open Space / Wetlands and the other will focus on our Traffic problem. We invite any resident to join either of these committees as we need all the help we can get. Please contact any board member about joining either or both committees.
One last thing that I feel is extremely important to all of us is the Annual Meeting that will be held on May 15th this year. This is when you elect your Board of Directors for the next 12 months. If you are interested in being on the board, this is when you can nominate yourself or someone else, but more importantly you have the opportunity to meet and vote for those who are running. I encourage you to exercise your vote.

Ron Wiley, President

Jenny Tong Named Concertmistress
Ten-year-old becomes first-chair violinist of FYAO
A Cypress Isles girl, Jenny Tong, 10, received the honor of being named the concertmistress of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida Young Artists Orchestra. She became the first-chair violinist after a very competitive audition process.
The Philharmonic Orchestra is a full orchestra that consists of 43 talented high, middle and elementary school students from ten counties in central Florida. Intermediate to advance orchestral repertoires along with challenging great masterpieces are performed throughout the concert season. Jenny's parents, Tom and Lee, couldn't be more proud of her achievement since they have no background in music. A straight-A, gifted student since the first grade, Jenny has passion for community service. She received the Asian Award for her academic achievements and community service; she won the national storybooks writing contest and donated the prize to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Relief Fund. She is the first violin of the string quartet which performs in the local community such at hospital and church. She loves math, computer, reading and badminton.

Jenny with middle and high school performers

On Saturday, March 3, 2007, the FYAO will have a special concert. This is the only free concert in 2006-2007 season for three orchestras: Sinfonia, Philharmonic Chamber and Philharmonic Orchestra. Please mark that day on your calendar. All Cypress Isles residents are welcome to the concert. You will certainly have a wonderful evening entertained by these young artists.

Jenny at performance

The concert will be at 7:30 pm at the Reformed Theological Seminary, 1231 Reformation Drive in Oviedo. For detailed information about this free concert, please contact Tom Tong, (407) 207-6279

Please visit our website to see the pictures in COLOR!

Whose Road Is It Anyway?
Hate cut-through traffic? Sign up here.
Have you tried to get out of our neighborhood in the morning and found a huge line of cars effectively turning Spring Island Way in to an expensive parking lot of SUVs and Minivans?
Have you come home and seen that more than half the cars turn left in to Barrington, cutting through our neighborhood?
What happened to the "mutually cooperative peace and enjoyment" that we expected in a deed-restricted community?
It's not going to get better. It's going to get worse, in fact. When the poorly planned traffic light is installed at Waterford Chase and Lake Underhill, I predict the cut through traffic will more than double.
"What can we do about it?"
Funny you should ask. The Board of Directors has formed an ad hoc committee open to any homeowner with the purpose of studying traffic and speed control options for our neighborhood.
"What are you saying? We don't want speed bumps or the cost of being a gated community!"
Agreed. There are options however, such as smoothed out speed "humps" that can be crossed at 25 mph but will give a rough ride at 35 and higher. There is also a partial gate option, such as gates only at two or three of our four entrances, which would still leave the road maintenance up to Orange County.
"Hey wait a minute, how do I get my voice heard?"
Get on the committee. Our first meeting will be in late February. Our goal is to study the options available and present some viable options to the homeowners at the Annual Members Meeting on May 15th.
"Who do I contact?"
Any board member can direct you to the committee, or you can contact me directly using the contact information below. Don't let this opportunity to improve your neighborhood safety and security pass you by. Get involved.

John Tenney, Board of Directors

Funding for the mailing of this edition of the Cypress Isles News was provided by:

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WLCA Re-elects Same Directors
Master Association reviews 2006, plans 2007.
The Waterford Lakes Community Association held its Annual Members Meeting on January 22nd at Discovery Middle School to report its accomplishments and elect its Board of Directors. Participants at the meeting included President Jim Witmer, Vice-president Tom Bontrager, Secretary Alvin Little, Treasurer Blaine Bartosavage, Board Member Jamie Rodriguez, property manager Tom Tempfer, HOME (WLCA's Management Company) representative Mickey House, eight neighborhood representatives, and several homeowners.
Quorum: The required one-third quorum was satisfied by eight neighborhood representatives representing 885 homeowners and three proxies representing 404 homeowners, for a total of 1289, or 38 percent, of the 3380 homeowners in Waterford Lakes - but who's counting? Represented neighborhoods were Barrington, Bradfordt Village, Cypress Isles, Estates, Magnolia Glen, Riverbend, Thatcher's Landing, Waterbury, Waterford Bend, Waterford Place, and Waterford Reserve.
Reports: The meeting opened with reports of completed and planned projects. Projects Completed in 2006 include the complete overhaul of the pool, the replacement of many dead trees, and the re-landscaping of common areas along Mark Twain Boulevard. Projects planned for 2007 include the re-landscaping of common areas along Lake Underhill Road. Members requested a few additional projects, such as topping a dead tree in a conservation area and repairing the volleyball poles and nets, which the Board agreed to address.
Committees: The Board issued a general request for volunteers on any of WLCA's committees, especially the Operations Committee. The other WLCA committees are Architectural Review, Facilities, Finance, Long Term Planning, Recreation, and Storm Water & Drainage. These committees generally meet once a month. Interested volunteers were asked to contact the board through the WLCA website,, call the WLCA office at (407) 380-3803, or send an email to
Elections: WLCA has five directors elected to 2-year terms, with three directors elected in even-numbered years and the other two elected in odd-numbered years. This year there were two open director positions and four nominations -- two incumbents and two nominations from the floor. Neighborhood representatives voted, and both incumbent directors were re-elected to 2-year terms in their same positions. The results were:
Jim Witmer, Bramble Bluff (incumbent) - 1126 votes;
Jamie Rodriguez, Waterbury (incumbent) - 863 votes;
Sheri Anderson, Waterbury - 259 votes; and
Crystal Walker, Crystal Bay - 198 votes.

The remaining directors Tom Bontrager, Alvin Little, and Blaine Bartosavage were not up for re-election because their 2-year terms do not expire until 2008.
Erik Kron was re-elected as the representative from the Estates, a neighborhood that chose to be managed by WLCA instead of by a separate property manager.

Dennis Horazak, Vice-president

Who Ya Gonna Call?
WLCA Office (Dawn) 407-380-3803
453 Mark Twain Blvd.
Orange County Sheriff
Non-emergency 407 836-HELP (4357)
Animal Control (unleashed pets, etc.)
407 352-4390
Progress Energy Streetlight Repair 1-800-228-8485

Whatcha Gonna Click? - to report certain types of crime online, such as lost property, theft, vandalism, and vehicle burglary. - to find out what types of crimes are occurring in your area. - to check individuals for warrants. - exposes hoaxes, urban legends, and other email crap


Don't Recycle ALL Plastic
Got polyethylene terephthalate?
First, thanks to those of you who dropped off your used cooking oil after the holidays. (Hope those fried turkeys were good!) I am in the process of confirming that these oils will go towards a local biodiesel program that is also getting started. By the way, it remains an open offer for anyone who has used cooking oil to give me a call and arrange to drop it off.
As you all know, Tuesday in Cypress Isles means it is time to set out your green bins filled with recyclable containers and orange bins filled with recyclable papers. Orange County provides these bins to each household to help homeowners with a place to set aside and sort materials that are recyclable. As I drive through the neighborhood, it is clear that many people already make full use of these containers. However, it is also clear that recycling in Cypress Isles has room for improvements. In this and the next several newsletters, I will attempt to elaborate on these opportunities.
The first recycling problem child I will mention is PLASTIC. Plastic items far and away cause the most confusion for Cypress Isles homeowners attempting to recycle.
A municipal recycling program like Orange County's can only sell the recycled materials collected at the curb if these materials conform to clearly defined specifications that are dictated by the market for these materials. Currently, Orange County is only able to sort, market, and sell plastic bottles that are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PETE, usually labeled #1) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE, usually labeled #2).

The County cannot sort and sell any other plastics-such as butter or margarine tubs, deli trays, rigid plastic toys, film bags, or other plastic items. Further, the County cannot at this time even sell plastic bottles that are different resin types than the #1 and #2 resins mentioned above. This means that if a plastic bottle has #3, #4, #5 or #7 on the bottom (or no number at all), the bottle is not recyclable.
To the extent that these non-recyclable plastic items are put in your green bin, they will ultimately be removed as a contaminant at the County sorting facility and the County will pay both a processing fee and a disposal fee on the item -- so it actually costs the County more money to dispose of these plastic items through the recycling program than if you just put them in the trash!
Ironically, some of the problems with these non-targeted plastics are caused by avid recyclers who might be overly inclusive with the plastic items they put in their recycling bins. So, all you committed recyclers out there, keep up the good work with #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) plastic bottles, but use the proper alternatives for other plastics, such as:

(1) Taking them to retailers that will accept for recycling all clean plastic retail bags, including dry cleaning bags. Publix even accepts expanded polystyrene foam trays such as egg cartons and foam produce trays.. (Make sure to rinse these trays thoroughly and let them dry first.)
(2) If you get a shipment packed in plastic foam "peanuts," any of the packaging and shipment stores in the area, such as UPS Store, FedEx Kinko's, and MailBoxes, Etc., will gladly take these off your hands and re-use them. (Foam peanuts are arguably the most commonly occurring windblown litter in my yard on trash day.)
(3) Unfortunately, the rest of the plastics your household consumes are probably best put in the trash.

That's all for now. As always, feel free to contact me if you want additional background or clarification-I am always happy to help the recycling cause!

John Culbertson
MSW Consultants, LLC
(407) 658-4261

Cypress Isles resident John Culbertson recently launched his small business to provide recycling and waste management consulting services to cities and counties across the country with the aim of helping them establish, manage, and improve their refuse and recycling policies and practices. He writes occasional columns to provide Cypress Isles residents with tips to improve their understanding of how to recycle more effectively.

No Window Clips for You!
Hey, don't blame us. We can't find those "thingies/muttons" either.
Two years ago the CIN published a list of businesses that carried those pesky window "thingies" that hold the metal lattices in place, which some of us refer to as "muttons." Well, no more. That listing is now outdated (so we're not going to repeat it here). We've learned from a neighbor (and our own efforts) that they no longer carry the plastic clips and have not been able to find them for years. If anyone out there in mutton world knows where to find these, please let us know. Sorrreeee…

Sandy Horazak
Mutton Editor

! ! ! Web Site UPDATE ! ! !

The window clips can be purchased from:

Continental Glass
4653 L B McLeod Rd #A
Orlando, FL
(407) 422-9897
They carry 2 types, bring an old clip (or pieces) with you to confirm you are getting the correct clip.

Cypress Isles Contact List

Board of Directors
Ron Wiley, President 407 384-2564
Dennis Horazak, Vice-President 407 207-6557
Mike Kranz, Secretary 407 970-9036
Myron Davis, Treasurer 407 737-8200
Lee Blackwell, Member 407 275-2541
Harold Engold, Member 407-273-4990
John Tenney, Member 407-383-3079

Sue Bires, Community Management Professionals
407 903-9969 Ext. 117

Neighborhood Watch
John Tenney 407-383-3079

Dennis Bode, Webmaster
Sandy & Denny Horazak, CI News Editor 407 207-6557

Publication Schedule
The Cypress Isles News is published quarterly by the Board of Directors for the residents of Cypress Isles. We welcome non-commercial articles and paid advertising from our neighbors. Send email submissions to Sandy Horazak - Copy deadlines are February 1 for the February issue, May 1 for the May issue, August 1 for the August issue, and November 1 for the November issue. Articles may be edited for length, clarity, or content.

Sandy Horazak, Editor

Dateworthy Notes
Happy Birthday to:

May 5 - Steve Wood
May 23 - Michael Symons
May 23 - Cheryl Engold
May 28 - Tara Engold

Happy Anniversary to:
March 5 - Mike & Mary Kranz
May 22 - Cookie & Scott Symons
May 27 - Sandy & Denny Horazak

Crime Alert - Stolen Hondas
Accords and Civics hardest hit.
A crime trend has been identified in the last few weeks. An increase in automobile thefts has been observed in area apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods in east Orange County. Most of the vehicles that have been stolen were 1991-2000 Honda accords and civics.

o Lock your doors and windows.
o Remove items from view.
o Remove keys from your car.
o Activate alarms.
o Utilize steering wheel locking devices and kill switches.
o Record the serial numbers of your valuables.
o Utilize additional lighting.
o Report any suspicious activity.

Call 9-1-1 for emergencies
407-836-HELP (4357) for non-emergencies.

Crime Links
Internet access to crime data.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is now offering different online services to assist the public.
allows you to report certain types of crime online, such as lost property, theft, vandalism, and vehicle burglary.
allows you to find out what types of crimes are occurring in your area.
allows you to check individuals for warrants.