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Your community connection since 1995 March 2 April 5, 2012Homeless students stories 6 Knights eye playoffs 11 Local girl is a star 15 Spring break camp directory 16 Parenting column debuts 17 chargers are popping up all over Avalon Park12 New basketball Avalon Middle7Homeless center closer to realityResearch Park works to rally through cutsMEGAN STOKESSun Staff MEGAN STOKESSun StaffAreas three sectors map out plans to survive national budget cutsOrange County commissioners are eyeing the East Orange Community Center would mean displacing the Head Start program but it could mean more space for a packed program. I know a family who lost their house and now theyre living in their car. That is really sad. If we build this homeless center, maybe people wont have to live in their cars. This excerpt from a letter by Ali, 13, of the Spirit of Joy Youth Group was one of hundreds received by Orange County coma location for an East Orlando homeless drop-in center, which will offer an array of services to the growing homeless population in East Orlando. An update on the drop-in center is scheduled for the Orange County Commission on March 20, where Commissioner Jennifer Thompson is optimistic that a solution to this three-year-long conundrum can be found. She and the two other East Orange County commissioners, Ted Edwards and John Martinez, have been eyeing the East Orange Community Center located near the intersection of Alafaya Trail and East Colonial Drive. To locate the drop-in center there, the er location for the Orange County Head Start program, a preschool for low-income children. Thompson said the maneuver could turn out to be a win-win for everyone, since the Head Start program is space-limited. The county received an $800,000 grant to lease or purchase land for a drop-in center in countys price limitations, opposition from neighbors and issues with the site itself. Commissioners said theyre feeling pressure from the community to get this project under way. Were spending so much time looking for a property and then theres the politics on top of it, Thompson said. That moneys sitting there; we have a true need this out yet. mind boggling that in this economy, with this many ditressed properties along East Colonial that a site could not be located for a good price. I think the site parameters might have been too restrictive. a site is crystal clear to Orange County Real Estate Management Divisions Gary Roberts, whos in charge of scouting these sites. With historic national defense budget cuts, continued manufacturing outsourcing and an economy not yet expecting a vast recovery, 2012 will likely be a year of transition for many tenants of Central Floridas Research Park, Executive Director Joe Wallace said. Business in Research Park, which employs about 9,500 Central Floridians, can be sectioned into three different sectors: Department of Defense, commercial businesses and incubator/start-up companies. Each, he predicts, will make different adjustments to help them thrive through uncertain economic times. I dont see a downslide now, Wallace said, but I dont see an upside either until probably late 2013. He said he predicts industry to stay constant for those involved with the University of Central Floridas Business Incubator at Central Florida Research Park, while commercial industries may still struggle with a continued lack of consumer spending. Carol Ann Dykes, site manager of the UCF Business Incubator, said the coming years will test how well new businesses can adapt to survive in an ever-changing market. By teaching these new businesses easier for them to adapt to the needs of the market, Dykes said. She says the incubator plays a big role in feeding the cycle of businesses that come in and out of Research Park by fostering companies so that they can develop successfully and create more highlevel jobs in Central Florida. The economy and budget cuts will surely have some impact but I dont think it will hinder our companies from markets, she said. All eyes right now are on Parks defense sector. Since the Pentagon announced in January that it plans to try to reduce Department of Defense spending and $487 billion in the next decade, Wallace said hes heard some raised concerns over what impact that will have on those employed in simulation and modeling programs in defense, government, academia and industry at Research Park jointly referred to as Team Orlando. Right now I havent seen any cutbacks at my level, Wallace said. But Im sure all of the sectors are doing everything they can to continue to thrive. Please see RESEARCH on page 4 Please see DROP IN on page 4 Central Florida Research Park continues to grow.

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Page 2 March 2 April 5, 2012 Volume 17, Issue 14 PUBLISHERTracy Craft407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHERJannett R. Roberts407-563-7069 jroberts@turnstilemediagroup.com OWNERBeat Kahlibkioff@eosun.com ASSOCIATE EDITORMegan Stokes407-658-2404 megans@eosun.com MANAGING EDITORJenny Andreasson407-563-7026 jennya@observernewspapers.com DESIGNERJonathan Gallagher407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com COPY EDITORSJenny Andreasson Isaac Babcock Sarah WilsonINTERNJordan KeyesADVERTISING SALESLinda Stern407-376-2434 LStern@observernewspapers.com SUBSCRIPTIONS | CIRCULATIONAmanda Rayno407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. 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But here in East Orlando, were starting new traditions all the time. So I have a few predictions to share. When winter week rolls around again, well tally them up to see just how right I am. this year. Even if nothing else happens in Europe, the Mideast or here in the U.S., the economy will be better. The economy has improved during election years ever since 1932. That said, fuel prices will be higher, and the oil comAgain! you are blessed with children, you know they will probably do at least one thing dumb this year. Regardless, by next spring, they will be smarter than they are right now. And youll be one year wiser. more. Despite the dire emoluments of the most gloom-and-doom think tank wizards, the consensus among independent economists is that the U.S. housing markets downturn has run its course. The is that you cant fall very far. Well never see the bubble rise like it did in 2005, and thats a good thing. start even earlier this year. And the holiday season last October, it was lovelier than ever. I say we start it sometime during baseball season, like maybe August. This will upset Halloween at least one Zombie Santa Claus come Oct. 31. in the Middle East will wake up to reality and lose their authoritarian power. It ought to be clear that democracy has just as much a place in the Middle East as in the rest of the world. The so-called Arab spring has been an inspiration, though one fraught with tragedies and turmoil. startup company will announce it has set up shop in East Orlando. This is a safer prediction than you realize and doesnt require a lick of insider information. The UCF Business Incubation Program seems like its helping a new startup launch about every three weeks on average, and some of the business ideas are nothing short of brilliant. If you ever want some good news about the Central Florida economic prospects, visit incubator.ucf.edu will have a winning season in more than one sport, will graduate a record number of seniors this year, and see a record number of graduates go on to college or university. Whenever Im feeling a little blue, I drive over by the school and bask in the glow of all that youthful exuberance. cal scandal. Please refer to prediction No. 1, this is an election year. The more curmudgeonly among us will claim this years election is itself a scandal. They are wrong. Democracy, with all its warts and whoopsies, is a glorious exercise. least one tragedy. I hope and pray its a minor one, among the lines water heater. And trust that it will be balanced by at least one event of great happiness for you and your family. Try and focus on the happiness, I think its why we are here. the hoo-hah was about on Dec. 12, 2012. Well all learn that the ancient Mayan people, as inventive as they were (corn, tomatoes, the numeral zero) never envisioned a wheel, and never meant to forecast the end of civilization as we know it. Well still be here. And well be waiting to see how many of my predictions are worth their salt.

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Page 4 March 2 April 5, 2012 Community News EOSun.com 2012 Curry Ford Road Orlando, FL 32806 407.895.7075License # CAC1816227 Air & Heat Services:Same day repair services $79.95 annual maintenance programs Low price system replacements/ upgrades Ductwork replacement/repairs Insulation Indoor air quality Financing available Air & Heat Services: Same day repair services $79.95 annual maintenance programs Low price system replacements/ upgrades Ductwork replacement/repairs Insulation Indoor air quality Financing available 10% discount when you mention this ad Theyve considered more than 60 properties surrounding the East Colonial Drive corridor from Semoran Boulevard to Alafaya Trail and none panned out so far. Weve looked at anything and everything and everything in between, Roberts said. Its a tough one; I feel bad for this one. Its just a tough, tough project. Everyones sympathetic to the situation but when the rubber meets the road [no one wants it]. Thompson has already contacted Orange County School Board Member Daryl Flynn to explore any possible partnerships with Orange County Public Schools to house the Head Start program. She received many responses from local realtors when she recently posted an inquiry on Facebook about 9,000to 11,000 square-foot of commercial space between Dean Road and Avalon Park Boulevard. It looks like I have support of the Community Center from the community. I feel good that its the right spot, she said. Head Start is in an old facility and they need to expand, so if we can move them into a new spot we can assume theyd be for it. We really need to enhance the Head Start program on the east side. Because of limited classroom space, all seven classrooms are at capacity, which is 20 students. Ideally, a Head Start class size is 17 students. Director of Orange County Family Services Lonnie Bell said their focus is to add more locations in East Orlando, since the current location serves such a large area, but a chance to increase the number of classrooms surfaced would be a plus, he said. Currently, the waiting list for the east side Head Start is 51 kids year and can get as high as 100. This is partially due to the maximum number of publically funded students. Right now the bulk of our sites are on the west side. We think it would be appropriate, given Orange County demographics, to increase our services on the east side, Bell said. Thats something weve been thinking about for a long time, but we have not or partnership to make that happen. Although he agrees the Community Center is a solid option, Roberts said he tries not to get he doesnt miss another potential opportunity for a site. Until the day I have a contract and Im standing in front of the board with approval, Ill continue to look. I go out in that area at a site, he said, adding that even when he and his wife are traveling through the area he drives slow, looking for any new property signs. Weve drilled a lot of dry holes and every time we think we have something, something comes up. Theres a tremendous amount of pressure. As for the community, Anna Elias, member of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, who encouraged members of the congregation to write letters to the commissioners, said they plan to attend the March meeting in full force. She said people are so passionate about the homeless situation in East Orlando that they jumped at the chance to write their local leaders. Times are hard so people are seeing this more directly homes in foreclosure, people losing their jobs, she said. Its more palpable and direct rather than some guy walking down Colonial (Drive) pushing a cart. I think its time that we move from the discussion phase to the action phase. We have to come up with some kind of safety net to help our neighbors in need. Its not us and them anymore, its all of us. C CDROP IN cer of Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando, which both operate out of Research Park, said he doesnt exthe defense operations or workforce here in Central Florida. I expect our productivity to stay at worst the same, he said. Reuter expects that eventually the cuts will actually enhance the importance of the work in simulation and modeling done at Research Park, as the military looks technologies to cut costs in the future. Right now the core mission of these activities seem somewhat insulary, Reuter said, because the mission is actually something that offsets the amount of money spent on some of these programs in the future. Though the Department of Defenses employment is currently capped, he said there is potential for these programs to grow in coming years, with no workforce cuts in sight. The demand for our services continues to increase, he said. As it is well just be having to do more work with the same amount of people. Marchs Rotary Business of the Month is Rinse Cleaners in Waterford. Owners Juan and Marianela Chirinos have been giving back to the East Orlando community since they opened their green dry cleaning business in 2007. Twice a year they collect school supplies for A Gift for Teaching Foundation; they urge their customers, friends and neighbors to ll shoeboxes with clothes, toys and toiletries for Operation Christmas Child each year; and every winter they collect coats, jackets and sweaters, which they donate to schools with children who cannot afford them. This year, they gave 40 outerwear pieces to Orange County Academy in Bithlo. They also have been cleaning OCA kids uniforms twice a week for nearly a year. Rinse Cleaners is located at 448 S. Alafaya Trail, Ste. 9, in Orlando. For more information, call 407-249-3332 or visit rinsecleaners.com.BusinessMonthof theRotary Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Avalon Park, the East Orlando Sun and Pinnacle Awards and Promotions, the Rotary Business of the Month recognizes East Orlando businesses and organizations that are actively involved in their communities and embody the motto of Rotary: Service above self. Winners receive a plaque, a free advertisement in the Sun and a spot in the Downtown Avalon Park Discount Card, which serves all of East Orlando. Nominate a business at facebook.com/avalonparkrotary.Rinse Cleaners Rinse Cleaners Owners Juan Chirinos with Rotary of Avalon Parks Jim Foulks. RESEARCH

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Page 6 March 2 April 5, 2012 Community News EOSun.comIts 4 a.m. when across town alarms sound to awake Timber Creek seniors Keyna, 17, and Natalie, 18. They sleep at each of their respective grandparents houses, where both have found temporary homes. At 6 a.m. when the folding doors of the Lynx buses they catch to Timber Creek High School in Avalon Park close behind them, it is more than metal that now separates them from their lives at home its a mental wall. Everything that faced them before those doors closed, they say, is now a world away. Gone are the girls who live in a world of overcrowded houses, bare pantries and dwindling to non-existent bank accounts. In their place are girls who study hard, take Advanced Placement classes and lead student clubs. I live in two different worlds, Keyna said. I cant let my issues at home follow me to school or Id never pass. They both have learned to fake it so well that though their bus routes often cross, neither girl knows the other is there, getting on the same bus, jumping the same mental threshold, to go to the same school, where they fall under the same statistic: two of Timber Creek High Schools 14 registered homeless students. To the schools other 2,962 students, and the majority of the faculty, Keyna and Natalie are just two high-achieving students working their way through senior year, balancing honors classes, lege applications. We all just have to work with what we have I have the same amount of work as all the other students, but I dont have the same schedule, Natalie said. Sometimes I get depressed with whats going on at home, but I dont want sympathy so I just dont show it, Keyna said. Every day I just put up a front I keep it to myself. The only time that front comes down during the school day is when TCHS SAFE Coordinator A safe placeNearly 400 students every nine weeks, Schall estimates, pass through the door to her SAFE ofsleep or just an ear to listen, Schall is there to provide any help she and her database of school and county resources can offer. As the schools SAFE coordinator, which stands for Student Assistance Family Empowerment, Schall deals with not only homeless students, but those dealing with abuse, depression, anger issues and substance abuse, to name a few. These kids deal with a lot every day, and some have no parents to guide them on the right path Ive been able to be that support for them, that surrogate caregiver, she said. Its a Friday morning when a tall, lanky 12th-grader walks through her door. He sits down, at his shoes a gift from Timber Creeks clothes closet. Do you know where youre sleeping tonight? Schall asks. The boy shakes his head no, and Schall springs into action, afraid, she admits later, hell be on a park bench option. Minutes later shes on the phone with a local shelter, the Covenant House, that offers bed, food, clothes and life services to those ages 18-21, checking his status on the 80-person long waiting list, where his name has been listed the last six days. She hands the phone to the boy, who quietly murmurs single-word answers to the person on the other end, before he hangs up. They have a bed for you? Schall asks hopefully. He nods, But I said no. Why? Because youre scared? He nods again, burying his face in his hands before the tears brimming in his eyes can escape, as he slumps back into his chair, eyes once more on his sneakers. Its common, Maria Shorkey, community relations director for Covenant House says, that kids are scared to seek out refuge in a shelter. It takes a big leap of faith for these kids to agree to stay here, she said. Theyve been let down by adults over and over and over again, and its hard for them to trust that were really here to help them. But Covenant House, located off of East Colonial, near Semoran Boulevard in East Orlando, which has in the past two years limited its scope to 18-21 year olds in need due to increased pressure from the economy, isnt like the shelter she says kids often picture in their heads. The walls inside are painted a rainbow of sherbet colors. There are two classrooms with laptops for homework or GED study, a dining area, a childcare room for young mothers, a small chapel, an outdoor basketball court and 10 dorm-style bedrooms that sleep 20 to 25 youth a night. Any youth in need can have access to the shelters programs and facilities for free, but only those approved off the waiting list can be guaranteed a bed. Once youre in, you can stay as long as you need, Shorkey said, but on average, stays range from 14 to 45 days, with a new bed usually opening up nightly. Sometimes these kids feel like theyre invisible in life because no one even notices theyre there, Shorkey said. Its an uphill battle but we want these kids to know were here, and we want to do everything in our power we can to help them live normal, happy, healthy lives in the future.The next stepAfter the boy goes back to class, Schall continues to work on for Keyna and Natalie, asking for money through Orange County Public Schools McKinney-Vento Program (MVP), which works to remove any and all barriers to the educational process of students experiencing homelessness, to cover the remainder of their senior year expenses. From college application fees, to cap and gown rentals and yearbook costs, the girls have been lucky enough to have the majority of their necessary fees covered so far. Each girl has applied to multiple colleges in state and out. Keyna has no phone or Internet access where she lives and she recently quit her afterschool sports team to apply for jobs to help her family try to afford a more permanent home. She has an interview with Duke University in North Carolina this month. Sometimes I just wish I was a normal kid but its just never going to be like that, Keyna said. I have to realize my life is never going to be like that normal unless I really work for it. Natalie hopes to major in biotechnology and one day make enough money to own her own home. Im ready to get out of here Im excited to move on and thats she says, waving a half-completed MVP form. out with prom season in mind. Both girls are looking for funds to cover the cost of dresses, shoes and accessories. Keyna has already started looking for dresses. She fell in love with one, she says, covered in silver, shiny sequins with deep purple accents. I call it my Beyonce dress, she says with a laugh. But I just look at the price tag and I think of all the other things I could do with that money, she says, her laughter gone. Its just too much. Schall said its her goal with they come into school. I just want them to feel like theyre the same as any other student when theyre here, she said, whether thats through providing pretty prom dresses or a hot meal so they can have full stomachs to concentrate in classes. I try to stress to them that their education is their way out, that their situation right now isnt the way its always going to be, she said. Theres always hope. Its hope that Keyna and Natalie continue to hold onto through their last four months of high school before graduation in June. A hope that one day they dont have to live in a world of revolving doors, and that one day theyll have a place other than the ally feel safe and at home. Editors note: The names of some students have been changed to protect their privacy. programs for homeless students, at your local schools, visit tinyurl. Homeless students stories SARAH WILSONSun Staff Maria Shorkey, director of community relations at the Covenant House, sorts items in their clothes closet for homeless teens. Shorkey said many kids are afraid to stay there but its really a safe place for them.

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Page 7 March 2 April 5, 2012 Sports EOSun.comThe rhythmic pounding on the pavement, the swoosh of the net and the adrenaline from a body working overtime all helped Mark King forget his troubles as a child. Hed play basketball from the moment he got home from school until his mother forced him into the house, sometimes as late as 10 p.m. It was the perfect distraction from the electricity and water routinely being turned off in his Detroit, Mich. home, his fathers constant trips to the hospital as he battled bipolar disorder and the relentless teasing from kids at school about his hand-me-down clothing. He even slept with his basketball. It was all I had, he said. He didnt discover the game or its healing properties until his father shocked him by asking him to play with some neighborhood kids. King and his father lost miserably, but it turned out to be one of the most life-altering events he would ever experience. These moments, when he was normal functioning, were very rare, he said. Something snapped in the 9-year-old. Suddenly, nothing else in his life mattered more than playing basketball. After a lot of convincing by King, his father, unable to afford a regulation hoop, bought a metal ring and built a backboard out of wood and set it up in the backyard. I would forget all of the problems I had [while playing basketball]. Sometimes I would forget to eat dinner. I would lose track of everything. It was like escaping into a rocket ship and entering another world, King said. King, 35, still has basketball on the brain as founder and president of the Florida Flight, a minor league basketball team that started in Kissimmee in 2010, and recently moved to Avalon Park where they play on the regulation-size court at Avalon Middle School. Billy Bass, head of the Avalon Middle Fitness Department, said the Flight has been very involved with the students and the community. Players have visited the schools gym classes, teaching kids basketball skills and doing drills with them. Bass said the players see about 1,000 kids when they come. Middle school kids are like a mold, they are getting shaped right now. Any time the kids have someone who can teach them something theyre good ata role modeltheyll want to be as good as them, Bass said. Flight point guard Ernest Jones said the Kissimmee venue was great for the team, but they never had as big an impact on the community and the youth as they have here in Avalon. We were not able to get an outlet to the children, the community and the things we wanted to do, he said. Were the new team in town and some people may think its just about selling tickets, but its about getting out in the community, playing ball in the courts in Avalon. Weve had guys and kids out there playing against us, just having fun. Then the next time they remember you. Jones said the biggest message they want to send the kids is never give up on your dreams. A lot of guys on the team wont make it to the NBA, but that doesnt mean it has to stop there. The NBA is there but not everyone makes it, he said. Jones said King is the perfect example of that as he was excluded from many opportunities growing up but never lost track of his passion for the game. God chose a different path for him and I think hes doing more with what he has now than he ever would have if he made it to the NBA, Jones said. Hes touching more lives by telling his story, owning the team and giving other people the opportunities he didnt have. Never give upWhen he started trying out for teams in seventh grade, King stood at 4 feet, 10 inches and weighed 70 pounds. Eating potpies just about every night, or takeout from the Burger King where his mother worked, left him scrawny and malnourished, but he kept trying anyway. He went through middle and high school gripping his dream to play for the NBA tight and all the while never making a team. In 12th grade I had just gotten cut from the team and I remember walking home from the bus stop and I almost ran into a parked car. I went straight to the basketball hoop. I would tell everyone from 12 years old on that I would play pro and I would get laughed at. Ill be honest, it didnt make a lot of sense. King always found a way to play the game he loved. In his senior year, he signed up for a Basketball Tech class, which was intended for the schools team to get extra practice, but it allowed him an opportunity to practice with the players every morning. Since when the building opened to get some extra hoop time. King grew from his 5 stature in high school to his current 51 shortly after graduation, but still his basketball career never evolved. He spent his years at Pikeville College in Kentucky, relentlessly trying to be a permaafter that never panned out, he still refused to give up. After marrying his college sweetheart, Florence, he worked as an Arbys manager in Kentucky. In a twist of fate, he lost that job just as minor league team the Orlando Aces started up. He got on the roster and played for them until the team folded a year later. I was 30 years old and I was a player, the director and the interim head coach, he said. I learned everything I needed to know about running a minor league basketball team. Florence said shes made a lot ward with his dream of playing basketball, and later to run a minor league team. Its his dream. Weve had some tough times but youre not happy if youre not doing something youre supposed to do, she said. Florence was a pretty competitive basketball player in high school and she also played net ball, which is like basketball, minus the backboard and the dribbling, and is very popular where she grew up in Sri Lanka. The two played a lot before the arrival of their 3-year-old daughter Angelica. Shed always foul me, King said about his wife. Well he was just so cocky, Florence joked. King said Angelica is three inches taller than the average child her age, which he hopes is a sign that a love of basketball might run in the family. The duo dribbles the ball together, plays keep-away and passes the ball back and fourth shes more likely to roll the ball or even kick it to her father. Angelica has been going to Flight games since she was a baby. Bass said the Flight makes the games fun for all kidsproviding a DJ, a high-energy mascot and the players going around highThey really try to get the kids involved. There was a good turn out last time a lot of kids. Some kids cant go to a Magic game so they can come here and get a taste of what the NBA is like, he said. Its just starting off. Its the beginnings of the relationship [between Avalon and the Flight]. Although King agrees, he said the community is already starting to embrace the team. I was at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and one of the workers said, Hey coach. I thought, OK were here, he said. It was a good moment for me. I didnt feel like we were making that big of an impact yet, but apparently we are. Offer valid at the UCF Arena Box Ofce, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.comOffer Valid Thru 3/3/12. Only valid on $31 and $21 price levels. Minimum purchase of 3 tickets. Additional Fees may apply. Subject to availability. No double discounts. Sun., Mar. 4 2:00pm Special Family Value Pack! SAVE up to $7 on Tickets! Use promo code FAMILY Special Family Value Pack!SAVEup to $7 on Tickets! Use promo code FAMILY by calling 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com Look for your insert in today's paperwww.centraloridafair.com Central Florida Fair March 1 March 11 Park is on Saturday, March 31, at Avalon Middle School, where theyll hold all of their future program. Visit ighthoops.com for more information and a full game schedule.Florida Flight: Keep dreamingMEGAN STOKESSun Staff Florida Flight Founder and President Mark King plays basketball with his 3-year-old daughter, Angelica.

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Page 9 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 Sports EOSun.com 03/31/12 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCKCenter Josh Crittle has helped energize the Knights near the end of the season. The UCF Knights shrugged off a loss at Rice on Feb. 22 to come back home and decimate UTEP 6345 in front of the home crowd for the second to last time this season. But the euphoria didnt last long, as they then suffered a devastating 84-55 loss at Memphis Feb. 28. Now theyre staring down the Conference USA tournament with eyes on a postseason run. Things were looking up for UCF in C-USA play after the big win over UTEP. With little playing time from regular starters A.J. Rompza and Josh Crittle, they managed a big win. While those two key players were resting on the bench, freshman Kasey Wilson got his UCF starting debut at forward, picking up four points and four rebounds, and leading the team with three blocks. Two more freshmen, Rod Days and Wayne Martin, each had some playing time as well, with Days picking up two points and two rebounds, and Martin snagging a turnover in only a minute on the court. Isaiah Sykes again led the team in scoring with 23 points, collecting 11 rebounds for a double-double in the game. He needed them all after the Knights let a lead slip and the struggling Miners tie the game at 29-even. But after early second half sluggishness they ran up a massive scoring gap to run away with the lead and the win. That was sweet redemption after the game before that, when the Knights (20-9, 9-6) blew a 20-point lead against Rice to lose a game that would have put them in a tie for second in the conference. But the Knights couldnt hold onto their momentum as they headed to Memphis, who the Knights had narrowly defeated son. Memphis offense exploded early in the game, outscoring the Knights 33-18 heading into the half, while the Knights shooting sputtered, with only 30 percent accuracy. Center Josh Crittle had one of his best scoring games of the season with eight points, but The Knights lackluster shooting continued to plague them in the second half en route to a blowout loss. nal regular season game against UAB (13-14, 8-6) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The only time the two teams faced each other this season the Knights won in Birmingham by a score of 48-41, one of the lowest scoring games in team history. It had ever beaten the Blazers. The Knights will head to the Conference USA tournament on March 7, part of a four-day, 11game slugfest. The Knights will also be hoping their performance during the season is good enough for an NCAA tournament bid. For the Knights, who have appeared in the tournament four times, a spot this year would end a drought that started after the 2005 season. Knights close in on the playo sISAAC BABCOCKSun Staff The Scoop Two seniors from Timber Creek have signed with Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Lehighs Division 1 athletics program picked up Leah Turner for their volleyball team and Mat Verdon for the football team. On Feb. 1, three East River High School seniors signed to play football with three different colleges in the southeast. Adam Duckett signed with Georgia Military College, Ivan Rios signed with FAMU and Josh Farr signed with the Florida Institute of Technology. The East River High School Girls Weightlifting team placed second in the Super Metro Conference in February. Chelsea Brooks placed rst place in the 101 lb. class. Two East River High School wrestlers competed in the 2012 FHSAA State Wrestling Championship in February at the Lakeland Center. Micah Cross placed No. 6 and Corey Ray placed No. 2 in the state. East River Falcon Wrestlers nished No. 10 in Class 3A in the state--higher than any other competing Orange County school.

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Page 11 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.comA team of four rows a 29-footlong boat. Its a speck in the Atlantic Ocean, minuscule compared to the three-story waves and 50 mph winds it battles. Saltwater smacks the team members skin, and the only space they have for refuge from the penetrating rain, blistering sun and incredible work it takes to steer and propel their oars through the wild ocean, is a tiny cubby not large enough to sit up straight in. Its taken 56 days, but that speck has navigated the 2,550 nautical miles nearly 3,000 miles on land that it takes to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Team Epoch, led and formed by Fern Park resident and University of Central Florida alumna Sonya Baumstein, set off on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) on Dec. 5 in La Gomera, Spain, and arrived eighth of 17 teams on Monday, Jan. 30, in Barbados. The TWAC was created in 1997, and since then, fewer than 200 people have crossed the Atlangender team of four to complete the race, and were the only Americans to participate this year. Baumstein joked that they were, out of 17 teams, voted least prepared. She hopes her team can inspire others to take a chance on adventure. While Baumstein had been a rower for Winter Park High School and passionate about the sport, she had no idea what she was in for at the TWAC. Longtime friend Ashley Frasier said she never expected something like this from her. It surprised me, Frasier said. She had never come off to me as this hardcore, outdoor girl. And she isnt. Were like an everyman if you will, Baumstein said. Were showing everyone you dont have to have rowed the ocean before, you dont have to have climbed Mt. Everest to be an adventurer. Two weeks after this challenge, Baumstein and her team will embark on the next three legs of what she calls the 400 Challenge. They plan to complete 10,000 selfpowered miles in 400 days. Team Epoch will bike along the West Coast, kayak the Inside Passage from Alaska to Washington and Baumsteins goal with the 400 Challenge is to help promote her Expeditions. Shell tell her Challenge tale along the rest of her trip, educating adults and students on the environment and its wonders. This is the beginning of the organization, and when she gets back, she plans to connect people to their environment through expeditions and adventures, though less epic than her own current journey. I was aggravated with how impossible it seemed for somebody to get outdoors, she said. Baumstein said she didnt like how expensive it was becoming to set out on a real adventure: the cost of taking time off work, buying equipment and traveling to an exotic location. She just wanted to offer people particularly those older than 40, whom she said have become landlocked at home and behind desks with an affordable way to explore the outdoors. Her expeditions will range from three days to 100 or more, with the 400 Challenge as a model for the future trips. She wants people to take these trips and turn them into a passion for conservation that lasts. This isnt supposed to be a one-time experience this is supposed to be the beginning of their experience, she said. Tougher than EverestWhile she and her team have a long way to go, nothing will compare to what they endured on the Atlantic, Baumstein said. The team took shifts rowing, two hours on, two hours off. Theres no breaking for a nights sleep, these three men and one woman row for a couple hours, change into dry clothes, eat some ramen noodles and sleep for a little over an hour, 24 hours a day. The pain in their arms never goes away because there is no rest. Some days it rains for hours and it takes days to dry off. Another day, instead of rain, its a shark as big as their boat that follows them from hours. Many say this expedition is tougher than climbing Mt. Everest, because theres no precedent for any trip; every day is different. And the ocean has no base camps. Adventuring is not easy and thats why not everyone does it, Baumstein said. Its our Everest. But Baumstein said its her ish her goal that keeps her going. Shed been working on this trip and forming Epoch Expeditions and nothing else for nine months. When shes feeling down, she gives herself the same pep talk. This is my baby, she said. Im achieving this, something that people said I couldnt do. But her friend, Frasier, said anybody who knows Baumstein knows she would never give up. Shes probably one of the most headstrong and motivated people you will ever meet, Frasier said. When she came to me and told me she was doing this, I knew she could do it just because when she has her mind set on something, it will get done. And shes got a great team backing her up. Their spirit of adventure connects them. Michael McGovern, an Orlando resident who didnt take part in the TWAC but will join starting on the bike leg, said hes drawn to the challenge. The things that most people might shy away from, the challenges that are part of this 400 Challenge, are sort of the things that interest me and being able to overcome those obstacles, McGovern said. Ive always had a strong sense of adventure and Ive always been driven to sort of escape, and Ive never been able to really satisfy that desire. Baumsteins own desire might not be for the wicked days on the beautiful ones. On some nights, she and her team could see the Milky Way and Orions Belt because there wasnt a cloud, or light, in the sky to compete. The wind was perfect and the waves would push the boat just right. You could feel the boat gliding on top of them and it was just light and easy and that was incredible. Epoch Expeditions, Sonya Baumstein, Team Epoch, 400 Challenge, Facebook, Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, TaliskerWhiskeyAtlanticChallenge. com, Atlantic Ocean, Winter Park High School, Fern Park, Barbados, Ashley Frasier, Mt. Everest, Michael McGovern, Orlando To learn more about Epoch Expeditions and Team Epochs 400 Challenge, visit teamepoch.org. Follow them on their website, Facebook and Twitter to see how their journey is going. For more information about the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, visit TaliskerWhiskeyAtlanticChallenge.comA 400-day Epoch adventure BRITTNI JOHNSONSun StaffA former UCF student completed a row across the Atlantic Ocean last month, and will continue the challenge by biking, kayaking and hiking, completing 10,000 self-powered milesPHOTO BY BRIAN FINKE TALISKER WHISKEY ATLANTIC CHALLENGETeam Epoch includes Jonathan Crane, Christopher Crane, Sonya Baumstein, a former University of Central Florida and Winter Park High School student, and Oliver Levick. The team completed 8th in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge on Jan. 30. Sweet treats at Waterford PHOTOS BY MEGAN STOKESLake Nonas Lollicakes, top, and Sprinkles Custom Cakes showed off their sweets at the Waterford Lakes Town Centers Sweets Treats and Wine on Feb. 25.

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Our professional team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. During hours when the ofce is closed and during the weekends and holidays, the on-call coordinator is available by telephone 24 hours per day.www.HarbourPrivateDutyNursing.com License # 299991382phone (407) 895-8188 fax 407-895-9339 Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 Healthy Living Electric cars are right at home in East OrlandoJORDAN KEYESSun Staff PHOTO BY JORDAN KEYESDave Norvell, executive director of facilities for UCFs Department of Sustainability and Energy Management, oversees the operation of car charging stations. The amount of electricity that would equal the power of a gallon of gas costs 75 cents. For Frankie Rosado, the installation of three new electric car charging stations in downtown Avalon Park opens up a world of possibilities. I didnt know that they had those out here yet, said Rosado, who lives and works in Avalon. But if I needed a new car, that sider buying electric. Rosado is a hairstylist and musician who works in the Peter Jacobs salon in Avalon Park by day and performs at various venues in downtown Orlando by night, so rising gas prices are a major concern for him. The stations, called ChargePoints, were installed by the Orlando Utilities Commission at no cost to the community as part of the ChargePoint America program, which aims to expand the use of sustainable fuels. Its kind of like a chicken-andegg situation, said Dave Norvell, University of Central Florida Department of Sustainability and Energy head of facilities. Cars cant go to market until there are charging stations and the charging stations need the cars to be marketable. Weve got to invest in the infrastructure to be ready for the cars that are coming. In 2010, UCF installed solar car charging stations very similar to the stations in Avalon Park. Norvell oversees the department that is in charge of four solar-powered stations on campus. The department is even installing an additional four stations to meet the campus needs. OUC has already installed several stations in downtown Orlando but the Avalon stations are the beginning of their expansion. OUC spokesman Tim Trudell says they are reaching out to as many communities as they can in their coverage area. This type of infrastructure doesnt just pop up overnight, he said. We want to start getting those stations set up even though there arent that many electric cars in the area yet. Proponents of alternative fuels are saying that the time is right for a transition. Weve been watching the market for a few years now, Novell said. This past year was the big unveiling of the electric vehicle where all major car manufactures are producing electric vehicles. Ignorance is the main obstacle standing in the way of a transition to alternative fuel options, Norvell said. Many people just arent cars. Theres a great deal of misunderstanding about the cost of fuel, Norvell said. For instance, at our current rate that we pay for electricity here, if you take the same amount of energy that it would take to match up with a gallon of gas, you would be paying about 75 cents. Avalon Park Group marketing director Stephanie Hodson has been tasked with getting the word out about the stations. She has been using emails and the community newsletter to alert residents to the presence of the ChargePoints in Avalon and will soon be ramping up the promotion of the new fuel source through different media. Were doing a lot of press to let people know that theyre out here, Hodson said. Avalon Park resident Rebekkah Serra had not heard about the stations in her area, but she says shes excited that theyre here. I recently went to St. Petersburg and saw that they had a bunch there, Serra said. Its awesome that theyre putting some in Avalon as well. I really think its where the future is headed. East Orlando could soon be seeing massive changes in automotive fueling and Avalon Park Group wants to make sure the community is ready. The best thing to know is that Avalon Park Group is always working to be cutting edge, Hodson said. Were always looking to bring new, cutting-edge amenities and services to our community.Expert: Its like the chicken and the egg, electric car chargers have to come before the cars

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Page 13 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com Its TAX time. Appointments Available 7 Days a Week!Tax Form Processing LLC2400 N Forsyth Rd., Suite 101 Orlando, FL 32807Tel: (407) 657-6336www.TaxFormProcessing.com Proudly Serving the Orlando Area for 17 years! Scan QR Code Calendar Dave Ramsey Harlem Globetrotters MarchThere will be a food drive March 1-31 at SOHO Of ce, 3564 Avalon Park, Blvd., Ste. 1, Orlando. Nonperishable food and personal hygiene items are needed. For more information, visit www.orlando1.sohoof ce. com or call 407-482-0662.March 2The Harlem Globetrotters will have an exhibition at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Tickets start at $18. For more information, visit ucfarena.comMarch 6The Citizenship Inspired program is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Citizenship Inspired is a four-week program where students will meet once each week to prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Test and Interview. For more information or to register, call 407-835-7323 or visit ocls.info/locations/alafaya Magic Curtain Productions will be holding auditions for their production of Aladdin Tuesday, March 6 at Lifesong Church, 2800 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. Auditions for children ages 8-12 begin at 6 p.m. and auditions for ages 13 and older begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit magiccurtainproductions.com/auditionsMarch 8The Orlando FIRST Robotics Regional Competition is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 8-10 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit orida rstregional.comMarch 10The Orange Audubon Societys Nature Journaling workshop, for children ages 7-12, starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at Orlando Wetlands Park, 25155 Wheeler Road Christmas, Fla. Cost is $10 per child for Audubon members, $16 for non-members; parents are welcome to participate at the same rates. Preregistering is required. For more information, contact Robert Amoruso at Wildscapeimages@att.net Basics of Wills and Trusts is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Paula B. Leite and Katherine A. Martin of Englert, Leite & Martin, PL will host two complimentary seminars on the need-to-know details of wills and trusts. Admission is free. For more information, visit ocls.info/locations/ alafayaMarch 11Disneys Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! will be making a stop Sunday, March 11 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Show times are 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and ticket costs start at $15. For more information, visit ucfarena.comMarch 17Family Focus: Create a Video Game Part 1 is from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. It is the rst of two class sessions that will teach families how to create their own video game prototype. For more information, visit ocls.info/locations/alafaya International nancial expert Dave Ramsey will be presenting his Total Money Makeover Live event from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Registration starts at $35. For more information or to register, visit daveramsey.com/live Fort Christmas Historical Parks annual Bluegrass Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17 at 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-254-9310.March 22Theatre UCF will be presenting their performance of the play Ragtime March 22-25, 29-31 and April 1 in the UCF Theater, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando. Performances Thursday-Saturday begin at 8 p.m. and performances on Sunday begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students, $17 for seniors and $19 for adults. Visit theatre.ucf.edu. March 23The 6th Annual St. Judes Trike-AThon is from 9:15-11 a.m. Friday, March 23 at 1411 Melanie Drive, Orlando. The contributions the children collect from friends and families go to St. Judes Hospital. For more information, visit stjude.org Marla Stevenson from Seminole Music Together is teaching an interactive music class for parents and children at 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Registration is required. For more information or to regsiter, call 407835-7323 or visit ocls.info/locations/ alafaya Valencias Spring Dance Concert is at 8 p.m. March 23-24 in the Valencia East Campus Performing Arts Center, 701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Tickets for this show cost $10 for general admission, $8 for students, alumni, faculty, staff and seniors and $6 for children 12 and under. Visit valenciacollege.edu/artsandentertainmentMarch 24Family Focus: Create a Video Game Part 2 is from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. It is the second of two-class sessions that will teach families how to create their own video game prototype. For more information, visit ocls.info/locations/ alafaya Avalon Parks Easter Egg Hunt is at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at Town Park, located near downtown Avalon. Special prizes and pictures with the Easter Bunny will also be available. For more information, call the Avalon Park POA at 407-249-9395 or visit avalonparkpoa.com Get to Know: Orange County Parks is at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Stop by and learn about some of Central Floridas greatest public parks from representatives of the Orange County Parks and Recreation department. Admission is free. Visit ocls.info/ locations/alafayaMarch 28Preschoolers can go to the library for a jungle adventure with Rumble in the Jungle at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive. Admission is free and children ages 3-5 are welcome to participate. For more information, visit ocls.info/locations/alafaya March 31The 3rd Annual UCF Book Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Admission is free. For more information, visit bookfestival.ucf.edu or follow the event on Twitter @UCFBookFestival The Orange County Master Gardeners Plant Fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Orange County Extension Education Center, 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando. The event is open to the public. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/OCMGsApril 6St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Churchs self-guided Stations of the Cross for Families will run between 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 6 at the Avalon Park Amphitheater at 3680 Avalon Park E Blvd, Orlando. For more information, call Allie at 407929-6626.

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Page 14 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.comThrough March 24 The Andrews Brothers (A New s Musical)Yes, you read the title correctly. The Andrews Brothers is a new 1940s musical comedy running through March 24 at the always fun, always innovative, Winter Park Playhouse. The Andrews Brothers includes 27 Andrews Sisters songs and tells the wacky story of three brothers working for the USO in the The Andrews Sisters (who are scheduled to perform) do not arrive, the brothers don wigs and the troops. Directed by Michael Edwards and featuring four Florida Kevin Kelly, Todd Mummert, Roy Alan and Sarah Michele this promises to be another tuneful success for the Playhouse. Visit winterparkplayhouse.org or call 407-645-0145. March 9 Beethovens 5th by the Minnesota Orchestra The Minnesota Orchestra will present a performance of Beethovens Symphony No. 5 on Friday, March 9, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. Adding to the rapturous sound of the evening is violinist phenomenon Midori who will perform Sibelius Concerto for Violin in D minor. Led by Music Director Osmo Vnsk, the program also features Brahms Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn. Having made her debut at age 11 with the New York Philharmonic Midoris 29-year performing career is seen among the greatest before the public today. The concert is set for 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. Call 407-770-0071 or visit OrlandoPhil. org March 9 to May 20 The Flower Power Concert SeriesAt Disneys Epcot theme park, music comes alive this spring as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from March 9 to May 20. Along with Disneys dazzling gardens and character topiaries, the Festival features live music from singing stars of the s and s in the Flower Power Concert Series. A different artist is presented each weekend at the America Gardens Theatre with shows on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Beginning with Jose Feliciano on March 9 and featuring acts including Starship starring Mickey Thomas, The Guess Who, Chubby Checker, Paul Revere & The Raiders, and Davy Jones, among others, the musical acts are included with theme park admission. Visit disneyworld. disney.go.comMarch 10 James Bond and Austin Powers in concert!The forces of evil better stay away from the Bob Carr PAC on Saturday, March 10, as the Orlando Philharmonic pays tribute to James Bond, Austin Powers, Inspector Clouseau and other spies and arch-villains of the cinema with Bond and Beyond, performed at 2 and 8 p.m. The concert features music from 007 movies like Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love Award-winner Debbie Gravitte provides vocals for James Bond favorites. Michael Krajewski will conduct the concerts. Call 407770-0071, or visit orlandophil.orgMarch 14 Kathy Ireland and the Womens Leadership Council Entrepreneur, philanthropist and super-model Kathy Ireland will headline Heart of Florida United Ways 5th Annual Womens Leadership Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Co-chaired by Helen Donegan and Karen Dee, The Womens Leadership Council raises funds and support for women and children dealing with domestic violence, poverty and lack of health care. A heartbreaking 65 percent of clients served by United Way partner agencies are women. Ireland is the CEO of a $1.9 billion design empire and has worked diligently to improve education, reduce poverty and help families. The luncheon is at the Hilton Orlando Convention Center, at 6001 Destination Parkway. Tickets may be purchased at hfuw.org or by calling 407-429-2111.March 16 Lord of the DanceSixteen years after Michael Flatley created Lord of the Dance, it is selling out arenas as the worlds highest grossing dance show. Join the 60 million people who have already seen this hit show when the tour arrives in Orlando at the Bob Carr PAC on March 16 for two performances only. Visit OrlandoBroadway.com or call 1-800-982-2787 or 407-7046116.March 30 Noel Cowards Private Lives An evening of sophisticated one-liners and witty comebacks make up Noel Cowards best play. Private Lives is scandalous even today, and it is also veddy British, sexy, and as sparkling as perfectly chilled champagne. Private Lives opens March 30 at the Mad Cow Theatre. This glamorous and tempestuous couple havent seen each other when they meet again by chance on a hotel balcony. Their passion reignites, but they happen to be on their respective honeymoonswith two other people! Private Lives will run through April 29. Mad Cow Theatre is at 105 S. Magnolia Ave. in Orlando. Call 407-297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.com Josh GarrickCulture worthy of your calendarNew 1940s musical at the Playhouse

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Page 15 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 Education EOSun.com Monarch Childrens AcademyGrowing, learning and celebrating each day, happens naturally at MCA! Now Enrolling:Infants-Preschool VPK Program Before/After School and Summer Camp for 5-12 year olds Hours of Operation: 6:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday 13825 Townsend Drive Orlando, FL 32828 407-658-4047 www.MonarchChildrensAcademy.com MonarchChildren@aol.comConveniently located near Stoneybrook and Avalon Park Full-time and part-time programs available Honestly, I like to play on the playground with my family and friends. I do the monkey bars and the swings. Sometimes the slide, too. Jessica, 7 I like to skateboard because you can do a lot of tricks. Robert, 6 I like to play Dragon Ball Z. Its a TV show. Ian, 7 I like to go on the swings. Thats my favorite thing to do outside. Paige, 6 Its getting warmer. What do you like to do outside? Shell happily jump rope under a bright spotlight, leap fearlessly between matresses, or bark and pant like a dog, all on a stage and in front of a crowd of people watching her intently. Kennedy Mason, a Sunrise Elementary fourthgrader, has been demanding the attention of an audience since she was 4 years old. Shes been in commercials for Publix, Brighthouse and Busch Gardens, performed in community theater with East Orlandos Magic Curtain Productions, and most recently landed a spot on the cast of Lyle and the Crocodile at the Orlando Repertory Theater this month. It all started when a prekindergarten teacher and theater director saw her in her schools annual Thanksgiving performance. Kennedys gobble outshone her classmates. Her ability to forget everyone there and give it her all, as loudly and happily as she could, was a spark Rhonda Cato couldnt ignore. Shes just fearless, said Cato, Magic Curtain Productions artistic director. The rest is really history, said her mom Cari Mason, teacher at Avalon Elementary. It just hasnt stopped since then. Kennedy has always been a child who was never afraid of a little silliness, even with an audience. Shes just uninhibited, her mom said. Shes not afraid to try new things, make a funny face, shes not embarrassed by anything. Shes just an easy kid. Thats something that Kennedy has, she has that ability to just be that character and not be self-conscious about what shes doing, Cato said. Natural actress Thats a trait Cato said is invaluable in the world of acting. When Kennedys given a character, she dives right in and theres never a moment of being awkward or unsure, Cato said. Kennedy said the more action the better when it comes to her acting parts. She loves that she gets to jump rope onstage in Lyle the Crocodile, and couldnt imagine being nervous about something so easy as jumping across a few beds when she was in Annie for Magic Curtain Productions. One of her favorite memories, she said, was being able to ace a dance routine for Annie during the song Youre Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile. The choreographers changed the dance six times, and getting the performance down perfectly was pretty tough, but it demonstrating her favorite kick line part as she tells the story and hearing the clapping and cheering from the audience. That, she says, is what makes theater great. If there was no audience, there would be no show, Kennedy said. All business Kennedy is also great at taking direction, something a lot of children have trouble with, Cato said. She knows how to play mean and nice, and loves memorizing lines while her mom helps by playing all the other characters. And though shes a kid at heart, when its time to act, shes all business. She spends six days a week, basically a full-time job, rehearsing for her Lyle role. And despite a crowd of adults surrounding her on a commercial shoot, working sometimes 12-hour days, she never gets nervous or complains, and is always prepared, said Mark Kohl, director and cinematographer for Kohl Pictures. Shes an adult in a kids body, Kohl said. As a director, she makes it really, really easy. And Kennedy takes her maturity with her on auditions, too. If she doesnt get the part, shes always positive that something bigger and better will come along. Even when she messes up a line, she said she only thinks of the next time when shell redeem herself by doing it right. And thats because, Kennedy says, theres nothing else shed rather be doing. Even when her mom offers other activities, shes matter-of-fact about just not having the time for it. This is her passion. Theres really nothing she doesnt like about it, her mom said. She said to me this morning, Mom, it just makes my heart happy, thats just where I like to be. Its like my home, Kennedy said.Daring to be a star BRITTNI JOHNSONSun StaffEast Orlando resident and Sunrise Elementary student Kennedy Mason, 10, will star in the upcoming show Lyle and the Crocodile at the Orlando Repertory Theatre Kennedy Mason will be performing in Lyle the Crocodile at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, which runs Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 23, through March 25. You can buy tickets at www.orlandorep.com, or call 407-896-7365.PHOTO BY THE ORLANDO REPERTORY THEATREResident Kennedy Mason played in Annie for Magic Curtain Productions. Shes now starring in Lyle and the Crocodile.

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Page 16 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 Education EOSun.com School News Five Camelot Elementary School crossing guards were honored on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, Feb. 3. Monserrate Francheschi, Randy Belchick, Maureen Buckley, Joyce Go and William Jackson were given a certi cate of appreciation, a basket lled with freebies from Waterford businesses and cards from Camelot students. Students from Theatre UCF received high honors at the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Region IV Festival at Daytona State College. UCF students brought home honors in Scenic Design (Benson Knight, rst place), Playwriting (Bryant Hernandez, rst place), Costume Design (Melissa Palomino, Meritorious Achievement), Dramaturgy (RK Barringhaus, Runner Up), and Stage Management (Jasmin Holton, Alternate). Kavaliro collected 630 boxes of cereal, 3, 387 packets of pop tarts, and 59 misc breakfast items. There are more bins being delivered on Monday. Avalon Middle School students Bryan Paape, Ankit Vishnubhotia, Michael Hoffman, Mindy Lieu, Jared Turnago, Emad Kashif, Quinn Sheptock, Amy Pho, Zachary Mendez, Gabriel Gamet, and Sebastien Trias competed in the Central Florida Regional Math Counts on Saturday, Feb. 18. Out of 328 Central Florida Mathletes, AMS ranked in the 91st percentile and one AMS student ranked in the 98th percentile. In February, Avalon Elementary second graders created a living wax museum. During the event, each student dressed up as a historical gure of their choice and stood completely still until the time came to come to life and present their speech. Waterford Elementary students, Kasey Adkins, Damian Truax, Lindsey Evans, and Matthew Crudo, have been selected to participate in the districts All County Choir. The All County Choir is a gather of students from multiple schools selected on the basis of good vocal quality and strong character. The students will work with clinicians to help them grow vocally ending with a performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Calvary Assembly. Nine East River astronomy students were selected to participate in the University of Floridas STARS Program, which allows students to participate in laboratory exercises and telescope observations at UF. Of the 25 total students selected statewide, more students were selected from East River than any other school. Crossing Guard Day Spring break will soon be here and that means many families will have children in need of something to do. Many local businesses are offering spring break camps for any kid, whether theyre artsy or athletic, East Orlando has a camp for any kid. Avalon Dance will host a dance camp from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26-30. Campers will learn a range of styles from ballet to hip hop, and will participate in games and activities as well. The cost is $135 for the full week, and kids ages 4 and older are welcome. For more information, call 407-380-3444 or visit avalondance.net La Petite Academy Daycare is offering activities for kids March 26-30. Kids will take part in arts and crafts, games and other activities. The cost is $125 per child. For more information, call 407-273-8522 or visit lapetite.com Orlando Metro Gymnastics Waterford location will hold their Kidz Sports Day Camp from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 26-30. There will be ve days of gymnastics and sports training, as well as fun activities. The program offers full-day and half-day programs. Kids have the option to attend any of the days individually at $45 a day, or all ve days for $160. For more information, call 407-207-4110 or visit orlandometrogymnastics.com Kids R Kids will take campers on a journey through time during their Camp Tremendous Time Travelers program. The activities are offered at both their Waterford Lakes and Avalon Park locations on March 23 and March 26-30. The cost is $35 per day, $130 for March 26-30, or $165 for every day of Spring Break. For more information, call 407-306-9035 or visit kidsrkidsorlando. com There will be free, daily spring break activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26-29, and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in Avalon Parks Town Park. Activities include pool parties, a basketball tournament and a movie night at Avalon Church. For more information, call 407-249-9395, or nd Friday Night Life on Facebook. Pottery Pad in Avalon Park will be hosting a camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26-30. Children ages 5 and older will be painting pottery along with other arts and crafts. There is a $15 deposit for a guaranteed spot, and the prices range from $50 for each individual day to $220 for the week. For more information call 407-674-7844 or visit potterypadorlando.com Painted By Hue is offering pottery molding and glass fusing classes for children ages 7 and older starting at 10 a.m. on Fridays, March 23 and March 30. Each class is $22 and there will be two classes on both days. For more information, call 407-282-5556 or visit paintedbyhue.comCamp directory

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Page 17 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 Opinions EOSun.comI want to take the opportunity to feature the town of Christmas, one of the District 5 communities within east Orange County. This year, the town will celebrate 175 yearsa unique bit of Florida history. Located along State Road 50, some 20 miles southeast of downtown Orlando, the town of Christmas is roughly 4.5-squaremiles with a population of 2,500 residents. The town is hard for a driver to miss, due in part to the large, decorated, lit up Christmas tree that stands beside the town sign. where people from all over come each holiday season to have their Christmas cards postmarked, Christmas, Fla. The town has a rich tradition within Orange County in the cattle, citrus and eco-tourism industries. There are working cattle ranches, citrus groves and hundreds of acres of land under conservation. In addition, a popular tourist spot is Jungle Adventure, featuring the worlds largest alligator-shaped building, measuring more than 200 feet in length. This year, the town of Christmas will also be home to a new Orange County Fire Station, scheduled to break ground in late March. The town of Christmas is centered around and home to Ft. Christmas Park, one of the premiere parks in Orange County. The park was established in 1930 and totals 20 acres. It is considered a living history site with multiple historic buildings for people to tour, along with hiking trails and community events that display old Florida pioneer life. The park is also where Ft. Christmas is located. Soldiers Indian War built the fort on Dec. 25, 1837; today it houses exhibits and artifacts. The Fort was built eight years before Florida became the 27th State in 1845. The fort will also celebrate its 175-year anniversary. Some of the annual events at Ft. Christmas Park include the Bluegrass Festival held in March; Old Timers Day held the second Saturday in May; and Cracker week of December. The Town is also home to Orlando Wetlands Park. There is an annual Wetlands Park Festival held each year in February, which is sponsored by the city of Orlando, Orange County and the Audubon Society. More information about Ft. Christmas Park and upcoming events can be found on Orange Countys website under the Parks and Recreation Department at The town of Christmas is a community of residents who are always welcoming to anyone who visits. I encourage all Orange County residents to visit the Ft. Christmas Park during this years celebration. As always, my staff and I are available to assist you should you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to contact Dana Boyte or Lynette Rummel at 407-836-7350 Yours Truly, Orange CountyCommissioner Ted Edwards Sometimes I wonder if there is a magic formula to getting a job. As I work with people, both professional and entry level, I am always looking for feedback on what worked for them. Resoundingly the answer is, people I have seen who are successful in landing their next job have really worked hard for it. They approached it like a sales job. They networked, asked for introductions, checked out all sources for job leads and looked at potential career changes when needed. I tend to be very goal oriented. I set my mind to do things and then work backward to get there. For example, when I was job searching, I made a list of companies I would like to work for and then a list of people I knew at those companies. With websites like LinkedIn and Google, there is a wealth of information out there for you I am hearing now that the six degrees of separation has gone down to four with social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. It is much knows someone. The key is not abusing that privilege. As you network, think about not only what is in it for you, but the others you are meeting with as well. Use the tools that work best for you to stay organized. If you are a calendar person, keep a calendar of to-dos and people to meet with. If you are a list person keep a checklist. You can also use electronic methods or good old-fashioned paper and pen. The key is to stay on top of your job search and also to walk away from it every once in awhile. There are many free things you can do to free up dence up and help you move forward.Sandi Vidal, an Avalon Park resident, is the executive director for Christian HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council and has more than 15 years of recruiting and human resources experience. Visit www.cfec. org wonderful, beautiful, perfect has a unique talent for getting under our skin. We love them dearly, but thats the easy part. The hard part is parenting effectively. Being a mom or a dad probably comes pretty naturally to most people, but when it comes to making the right parenting choices, the path isnt always so clear. Looking back at our stillone of the best choices we made was an agreement early on to function as a single parental unit whenever possible. Lets call it the Bad Cop/Bad Cop approach. Instead of having a good cop and a bad cop, like every episode of Law & Order, What happens, especially when children are as clever and devious as ours (and did I mention that we love them dearly?), is that they look for chinks in the parents against each other. For example, just the other day our 8-year-old boy came into the room and asked me for permission to get on the Wii; because I was preoccupied with something, I quickly evaluated the situation (1 kid sleeping, 2 kids playing out, 1 kid reading) and said yes. He turned and started to leave. Hold on a second, I said. Didnt I just hear you ask Mama the exact same thing a few minutes ago in the other room? He smiled sheepishly and said yes, a little too cleverly for his own good. And what did she say? He didnt respond, both of us knowing the answer. Go in time out, I said, correctly predicting a tantrum. His crime wasnt asking to play the Wii, of course; his crime was trying to play us. I could have easily said yes and over-ridden Jackie, or she could have over-ridden me, or we both could have ignored him happily playing the Wii, lost in the chaos of a large bustling family, and the planet wouldnt have gone crashing into the sun. But he wouldve learned a new skill: try to play them against each other enough, and eventually youll get what you want. This approach is most important when it comes to discipline. When we have to make the really hard decisions (like putting the Wii in a box and packing it away), we both have to be on the same page. And theres not always time to discuss and plan ahead. Sometimes justice and the parent who isnt doing the meting, so to speak, has to get on board the discipline train his face as he realizes that he also wont be able to play the Wii if its packed away in a box; because theyre watching your reaction, looking for that weak change your mind. If youre both on the same page, hopefully theyll only have their behavior to change.Chris and Jackie Carroll co-author Parent to Parent and live in Avalon Park with their ve children Sandi VidalAsk Sandi Ted EdwardsCommissioners CornerBad cop / Bad copChristmas, Fla., marks 175 years Chris CarrollParent to Parent Treat a job search like a full-time job To sell something as valuable as the family livestock for a handful of beans would put any of us in either the nuthatch or poorhouse. But our friend Jack took the risk and then climbed his magic beanstalk to the giants realm. His adventures and rewards were worth the effort, resulting in riches and tales enduring to this day. If only our gardening adventures could be so fruitful, alas I am here to tell you they can be! The common edible vegetable, tagged taxonomically as Phaseolus vulgaris, has been cultivated by us humans, Homo sapiens, for thousands of years in both the old and new world. Columan early cruise to the Bahamas. The Native American method of growing beans, corn and squash as companion plants is called Three Sisters cropping. Vining pole beans have been a staple crop for modern Americans since tinent. The recent development of the bush bean has motivated modern cultivation to reach an industrial scale. As a green snap or unripe bean, we eat the immature seed along with the tender pods. This expedited harvest provides an earlier crop than letting the bean reach the shelling or dried stage. The varieties grown for green harvest are different from many other familiar storage types, such as black, fava, garbanzo, navy or Magic beans Tom CareyFrom My Garden to Yoursdening is the multiple harvests provided as beans continue to beans also come in yellow wax The pole or vining types access on the trellis and produce over a longer timeframe. To grow pole beans requires the construction of a suitable trellis of about 6-feet-tall that is able to withstand the vagaries of our erratic weather, especially wind. I created trellis rings of scrap fence 3 feet in diameter that are transportable and available for other climbing crops. Varieties of bush beans I have successfully grown include Provider, Contender, Top Crop and Blue Lake. Bush beans planted directly to garden soil and spaced about 4 to 6 inches apart months. Beans are leguminous, meaning they can produce their own nitrogen fertilizer in harmony with certain types of soil bacteria. Inoculating bacteria can be purchased to imbue this natural phenomenon to your gardening playbook. For a truly productive garden, we should follow Jacks example and plant the magical fruit. (You knew that was coming!) Livestock, beanstalk, Three Sisters, black, fava, garbanzo, navy, soybeans, Provider, Contender, Top Crop, Blue Lake, Fertilizer, Inoculating, gardenTom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business near the University of Central Florida in East Orlando. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page.

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Page 19 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 CHRIST KINGDOM CHURCH-Services at 10 a.m. Sundays at Discovery Middle School (601 Woodbury Road, 32828) -Nursery & Childrens Program available through fth grade -Youth Group (6thth grade) meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Primrose School on Tanja King Blvd. -Visit www.christkingdom.org -A congregation of the Presbyterian Church in AmericaAVALON CHURCH -Were Your Church! -13460 Tanja King Blvd. in Avalon Park -Sunday Worship 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. -Loving nursery for birth2 years -Exciting childrens ministry for 3 yearsth grade -Youth service Sunday 6 p.m. -College group Tuesday 7 p.m. -Pastor Dale Brooks -www.avalonchurch.org -407-275-5499CONGREGATION GESHER SHALOM OF ORLANDO -Bridge of Peace Jews & Gentiles following the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) -Rabbi, Dr. Charles I. 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Your community connection since 1995 March 2 April 5, 2012Homeless students stories 6 Knights eye playoffs 11 Local girl is a star 15 Spring break camp directory 16 Parenting column debuts 17 chargers are popping up all over Avalon Park12 New basketball Avalon Middle7Homeless center closer to realityResearch Park works to rally through cutsMEGAN STOKESSun Staff MEGAN STOKESSun StaffAreas three sectors map out plans to survive national budget cutsOrange County commissioners are eyeing the East Orange Community Center would mean displacing the Head Start program but it could mean more space for a packed program. I know a family who lost their house and now theyre living in their car. That is really sad. If we build this homeless center, maybe people wont have to live in their cars. This excerpt from a letter by Ali, 13, of the Spirit of Joy Youth Group was one of hundreds received by Orange County coma location for an East Orlando homeless drop-in center, which will offer an array of services to the growing homeless population in East Orlando. An update on the drop-in center is scheduled for the Orange County Commission on March 20, where Commissioner Jennifer Thompson is optimistic that a solution to this three-year-long conundrum can be found. She and the two other East Orange County commissioners, Ted Edwards and John Martinez, have been eyeing the East Orange Community Center located near the intersection of Alafaya Trail and East Colonial Drive. To locate the drop-in center there, the er location for the Orange County Head Start program, a preschool for low-income children. Thompson said the maneuver could turn out to be a win-win for everyone, since the Head Start program is space-limited. The county received an $800,000 grant to lease or purchase land for a drop-in center in countys price limitations, opposition from neighbors and issues with the site itself. Commissioners said theyre feeling pressure from the community to get this project under way. Were spending so much time looking for a property and then theres the politics on top of it, Thompson said. That moneys sitting there; we have a true need this out yet. mind boggling that in this economy, with this many ditressed properties along East Colonial that a site could not be located for a good price. I think the site parameters might have been too restrictive. a site is crystal clear to Orange County Real Estate Management Divisions Gary Roberts, whos in charge of scouting these sites. With historic national defense budget cuts, continued manufacturing outsourcing and an economy not yet expecting a vast recovery, 2012 will likely be a year of transition for many tenants of Central Floridas Research Park, Executive Director Joe Wallace said. Business in Research Park, which employs about 9,500 Central Floridians, can be sectioned into three different sectors: Department of Defense, commercial businesses and incubator/start-up companies. Each, he predicts, will make different adjustments to help them thrive through uncertain economic times. I dont see a downslide now, Wallace said, but I dont see an upside either until probably late 2013. He said he predicts industry to stay constant for those involved with the University of Central Floridas Business Incubator at Central Florida Research Park, while commercial industries may still struggle with a continued lack of consumer spending. Carol Ann Dykes, site manager of the UCF Business Incubator, said the coming years will test how well new businesses can adapt to survive in an ever-changing market. By teaching these new businesses easier for them to adapt to the needs of the market, Dykes said. She says the incubator plays a big role in feeding the cycle of businesses that come in and out of Research Park by fostering companies so that they can develop successfully and create more highlevel jobs in Central Florida. The economy and budget cuts will surely have some impact but I dont think it will hinder our companies from markets, she said. All eyes right now are on Parks defense sector. Since the Pentagon announced in January that it plans to try to reduce Department of Defense spending and $487 billion in the next decade, Wallace said hes heard some raised concerns over what impact that will have on those employed in simulation and modeling programs in defense, government, academia and industry at Research Park jointly referred to as Team Orlando. Right now I havent seen any cutbacks at my level, Wallace said. But Im sure all of the sectors are doing everything they can to continue to thrive. Please see RESEARCH on page 4 Please see DROP IN on page 4 Central Florida Research Park continues to grow.

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Page 2 March 2 April 5, 2012 Volume 17, Issue 14 PUBLISHERTracy Craft407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHERJannett R. Roberts407-563-7069 jroberts@turnstilemediagroup.com OWNERBeat Kahlibkioff@eosun.com ASSOCIATE EDITORMegan Stokes407-658-2404 megans@eosun.com MANAGING EDITORJenny Andreasson407-563-7026 jennya@observernewspapers.com DESIGNERJonathan Gallagher407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com COPY EDITORSJenny Andreasson Isaac Babcock Sarah WilsonINTERNJordan KeyesADVERTISING SALESLinda Stern407-376-2434 LStern@observernewspapers.com SUBSCRIPTIONS | CIRCULATIONAmanda Rayno407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved.My spring forecast: Feeling good about America Coffee with BeatBeat Kahli A Nations strength lies in the well-being of its people. e Social Security program plays an important part in providing for families, children and older persons in time of stress, but it cannot remain static. Changes in our population, in our working habits, and in our standard of living require constant revision.June 30, 1961 John F. KennedyBased on the current debt situation in the United States, many preand post-retirees have become concerned about their Social Security benet. Receiving that continuous in come stream is the foundation of a retirement income plan. To make sure that you maximize your Social Security benet, it is important to know the answers to these questions. 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But here in East Orlando, were starting new traditions all the time. So I have a few predictions to share. When winter week rolls around again, well tally them up to see just how right I am. this year. Even if nothing else happens in Europe, the Mideast or here in the U.S., the economy will be better. The economy has improved during election years ever since 1932. That said, fuel prices will be higher, and the oil comAgain! you are blessed with children, you know they will probably do at least one thing dumb this year. Regardless, by next spring, they will be smarter than they are right now. And youll be one year wiser. more. Despite the dire emoluments of the most gloom-and-doom think tank wizards, the consensus among independent economists is that the U.S. housing markets downturn has run its course. The is that you cant fall very far. Well never see the bubble rise like it did in 2005, and thats a good thing. start even earlier this year. And the holiday season last October, it was lovelier than ever. I say we start it sometime during baseball season, like maybe August. This will upset Halloween at least one Zombie Santa Claus come Oct. 31. in the Middle East will wake up to reality and lose their authoritarian power. It ought to be clear that democracy has just as much a place in the Middle East as in the rest of the world. The so-called Arab spring has been an inspiration, though one fraught with tragedies and turmoil. startup company will announce it has set up shop in East Orlando. This is a safer prediction than you realize and doesnt require a lick of insider information. The UCF Business Incubation Program seems like its helping a new startup launch about every three weeks on average, and some of the business ideas are nothing short of brilliant. If you ever want some good news about the Central Florida economic prospects, visit incubator.ucf.edu will have a winning season in more than one sport, will graduate a record number of seniors this year, and see a record number of graduates go on to college or university. Whenever Im feeling a little blue, I drive over by the school and bask in the glow of all that youthful exuberance. cal scandal. Please refer to prediction No. 1, this is an election year. The more curmudgeonly among us will claim this years election is itself a scandal. They are wrong. Democracy, with all its warts and whoopsies, is a glorious exercise. least one tragedy. I hope and pray its a minor one, among the lines water heater. And trust that it will be balanced by at least one event of great happiness for you and your family. Try and focus on the happiness, I think its why we are here. the hoo-hah was about on Dec. 12, 2012. Well all learn that the ancient Mayan people, as inventive as they were (corn, tomatoes, the numeral zero) never envisioned a wheel, and never meant to forecast the end of civilization as we know it. Well still be here. And well be waiting to see how many of my predictions are worth their salt.

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Page 4 March 2 April 5, 2012Community News EOSun.com 2012 Curry Ford Road Orlando, FL 32806 407.895.7075License # CAC1816227 Air & Heat Services:Same day repair services $79.95 annual maintenance programs Low price system replacements/ upgrades Ductwork replacement/repairs Insulation Indoor air quality Financing available Air & Heat Services: Same day repair services $79.95 annual maintenance programs Low price system replacements/ upgrades Ductwork replacement/repairs Insulation Indoor air quality Financing available 10% discount when you mention this ad Theyve considered more than 60 properties surrounding the East Colonial Drive corridor from Semoran Boulevard to Alafaya Trail and none panned out so far. Weve looked at anything and everything and everything in between, Roberts said. Its a tough one; I feel bad for this one. Its just a tough, tough project. Everyones sympathetic to the situation but when the rubber meets the road [no one wants it]. Thompson has already contacted Orange County School Board Member Daryl Flynn to explore any possible partnerships with Orange County Public Schools to house the Head Start program. She received many responses from local realtors when she recently posted an inquiry on Facebook about 9,000to 11,000 square-foot of commercial space between Dean Road and Avalon Park Boulevard. It looks like I have support of the Community Center from the community. I feel good that its the right spot, she said. Head Start is in an old facility and they need to expand, so if we can move them into a new spot we can assume theyd be for it. We really need to enhance the Head Start program on the east side. Because of limited classroom space, all seven classrooms are at capacity, which is 20 students. Ideally, a Head Start class size is 17 students. Director of Orange County Family Services Lonnie Bell said their focus is to add more locations in East Orlando, since the current location serves such a large area, but a chance to increase the number of classrooms surfaced would be a plus, he said. Currently, the waiting list for the east side Head Start is 51 kids year and can get as high as 100. This is partially due to the maximum number of publically funded students. Right now the bulk of our sites are on the west side. We think it would be appropriate, given Orange County demographics, to increase our services on the east side, Bell said. Thats something weve been thinking about for a long time, but we have not or partnership to make that happen. Although he agrees the Community Center is a solid option, Roberts said he tries not to get he doesnt miss another potential opportunity for a site. Until the day I have a contract and Im standing in front of the board with approval, Ill continue to look. I go out in that area at a site, he said, adding that even when he and his wife are traveling through the area he drives slow, looking for any new property signs. Weve drilled a lot of dry holes and every time we think we have something, something comes up. Theres a tremendous amount of pressure. As for the community, Anna Elias, member of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, who encouraged members of the congregation to write letters to the commissioners, said they plan to attend the March meeting in full force. She said people are so passionate about the homeless situation in East Orlando that they jumped at the chance to write their local leaders. Times are hard so people are seeing this more directly homes in foreclosure, people losing their jobs, she said. Its more palpable and direct rather than some guy walking down Colonial (Drive) pushing a cart. I think its time that we move from the discussion phase to the action phase. We have to come up with some kind of safety net to help our neighbors in need. Its not us and them anymore, its all of us. C CDROP IN cer of Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando, which both operate out of Research Park, said he doesnt exthe defense operations or workforce here in Central Florida. I expect our productivity to stay at worst the same, he said. Reuter expects that eventually the cuts will actually enhance the importance of the work in simulation and modeling done at Research Park, as the military looks technologies to cut costs in the future. Right now the core mission of these activities seem somewhat insulary, Reuter said, because the mission is actually something that offsets the amount of money spent on some of these programs in the future. Though the Department of Defenses employment is currently capped, he said there is potential for these programs to grow in coming years, with no workforce cuts in sight. The demand for our services continues to increase, he said. As it is well just be having to do more work with the same amount of people. Marchs Rotary Business of the Month is Rinse Cleaners in Waterford. Owners Juan and Marianela Chirinos have been giving back to the East Orlando community since they opened their green dry cleaning business in 2007. Twice a year they collect school supplies for A Gift for Teaching Foundation; they urge their customers, friends and neighbors to ll shoeboxes with clothes, toys and toiletries for Operation Christmas Child each year; and every winter they collect coats, jackets and sweaters, which they donate to schools with children who cannot afford them. This year, they gave 40 outerwear pieces to Orange County Academy in Bithlo. They also have been cleaning OCA kids uniforms twice a week for nearly a year. Rinse Cleaners is located at 448 S. Alafaya Trail, Ste. 9, in Orlando. For more information, call 407-249-3332 or visit rinsecleaners.com.BusinessMonthof theRotary Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Avalon Park, the East Orlando Sun and Pinnacle Awards and Promotions, the Rotary Business of the Month recognizes East Orlando businesses and organizations that are actively involved in their communities and embody the motto of Rotary: Service above self. Winners receive a plaque, a free advertisement in the Sun and a spot in the Downtown Avalon Park Discount Card, which serves all of East Orlando. Nominate a business at facebook.com/avalonparkrotary.Rinse Cleaners Rinse Cleaners Owners Juan Chirinos with Rotary of Avalon Parks Jim Foulks. RESEARCH

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Page 6 March 2 April 5, 2012Community News EOSun.comIts 4 a.m. when across town alarms sound to awake Timber Creek seniors Keyna, 17, and Natalie, 18. They sleep at each of their respective grandparents houses, where both have found temporary homes. At 6 a.m. when the folding doors of the Lynx buses they catch to Timber Creek High School in Avalon Park close behind them, it is more than metal that now separates them from their lives at home its a mental wall. Everything that faced them before those doors closed, they say, is now a world away. Gone are the girls who live in a world of overcrowded houses, bare pantries and dwindling to non-existent bank accounts. In their place are girls who study hard, take Advanced Placement classes and lead student clubs. I live in two different worlds, Keyna said. I cant let my issues at home follow me to school or Id never pass. They both have learned to fake it so well that though their bus routes often cross, neither girl knows the other is there, getting on the same bus, jumping the same mental threshold, to go to the same school, where they fall under the same statistic: two of Timber Creek High Schools 14 registered homeless students. To the schools other 2,962 students, and the majority of the faculty, Keyna and Natalie are just two high-achieving students working their way through senior year, balancing honors classes, lege applications. We all just have to work with what we have I have the same amount of work as all the other students, but I dont have the same schedule, Natalie said. Sometimes I get depressed with whats going on at home, but I dont want sympathy so I just dont show it, Keyna said. Every day I just put up a front I keep it to myself. The only time that front comes down during the school day is when TCHS SAFE Coordinator A safe placeNearly 400 students every nine weeks, Schall estimates, pass through the door to her SAFE ofsleep or just an ear to listen, Schall is there to provide any help she and her database of school and county resources can offer. As the schools SAFE coordinator, which stands for Student Assistance Family Empowerment, Schall deals with not only homeless students, but those dealing with abuse, depression, anger issues and substance abuse, to name a few. These kids deal with a lot every day, and some have no parents to guide them on the right path Ive been able to be that support for them, that surrogate caregiver, she said. Its a Friday morning when a tall, lanky 12th-grader walks through her door. He sits down, at his shoes a gift from Timber Creeks clothes closet. Do you know where youre sleeping tonight? Schall asks. The boy shakes his head no, and Schall springs into action, afraid, she admits later, hell be on a park bench option. Minutes later shes on the phone with a local shelter, the Covenant House, that offers bed, food, clothes and life services to those ages 18-21, checking his status on the 80-person long waiting list, where his name has been listed the last six days. She hands the phone to the boy, who quietly murmurs single-word answers to the person on the other end, before he hangs up. They have a bed for you? Schall asks hopefully. He nods, But I said no. Why? Because youre scared? He nods again, burying his face in his hands before the tears brimming in his eyes can escape, as he slumps back into his chair, eyes once more on his sneakers. Its common, Maria Shorkey, community relations director for Covenant House says, that kids are scared to seek out refuge in a shelter. It takes a big leap of faith for these kids to agree to stay here, she said. Theyve been let down by adults over and over and over again, and its hard for them to trust that were really here to help them. But Covenant House, located off of East Colonial, near Semoran Boulevard in East Orlando, which has in the past two years limited its scope to 18-21 year olds in need due to increased pressure from the economy, isnt like the shelter she says kids often picture in their heads. The walls inside are painted a rainbow of sherbet colors. There are two classrooms with laptops for homework or GED study, a dining area, a childcare room for young mothers, a small chapel, an outdoor basketball court and 10 dorm-style bedrooms that sleep 20 to 25 youth a night. Any youth in need can have access to the shelters programs and facilities for free, but only those approved off the waiting list can be guaranteed a bed. Once youre in, you can stay as long as you need, Shorkey said, but on average, stays range from 14 to 45 days, with a new bed usually opening up nightly. Sometimes these kids feel like theyre invisible in life because no one even notices theyre there, Shorkey said. Its an uphill battle but we want these kids to know were here, and we want to do everything in our power we can to help them live normal, happy, healthy lives in the future.The next stepAfter the boy goes back to class, Schall continues to work on for Keyna and Natalie, asking for money through Orange County Public Schools McKinney-Vento Program (MVP), which works to remove any and all barriers to the educational process of students experiencing homelessness, to cover the remainder of their senior year expenses. From college application fees, to cap and gown rentals and yearbook costs, the girls have been lucky enough to have the majority of their necessary fees covered so far. Each girl has applied to multiple colleges in state and out. Keyna has no phone or Internet access where she lives and she recently quit her afterschool sports team to apply for jobs to help her family try to afford a more permanent home. She has an interview with Duke University in North Carolina this month. Sometimes I just wish I was a normal kid but its just never going to be like that, Keyna said. I have to realize my life is never going to be like that normal unless I really work for it. Natalie hopes to major in biotechnology and one day make enough money to own her own home. Im ready to get out of here Im excited to move on and thats she says, waving a half-completed MVP form. out with prom season in mind. Both girls are looking for funds to cover the cost of dresses, shoes and accessories. Keyna has already started looking for dresses. She fell in love with one, she says, covered in silver, shiny sequins with deep purple accents. I call it my Beyonce dress, she says with a laugh. But I just look at the price tag and I think of all the other things I could do with that money, she says, her laughter gone. Its just too much. Schall said its her goal with they come into school. I just want them to feel like theyre the same as any other student when theyre here, she said, whether thats through providing pretty prom dresses or a hot meal so they can have full stomachs to concentrate in classes. I try to stress to them that their education is their way out, that their situation right now isnt the way its always going to be, she said. Theres always hope. Its hope that Keyna and Natalie continue to hold onto through their last four months of high school before graduation in June. A hope that one day they dont have to live in a world of revolving doors, and that one day theyll have a place other than the ally feel safe and at home. Editors note: The names of some students have been changed to protect their privacy. programs for homeless students, at your local schools, visit tinyurl. Homeless students stories SARAH WILSONSun Staff Maria Shorkey, director of community relations at the Covenant House, sorts items in their clothes closet for homeless teens. Shorkey said many kids are afraid to stay there but its really a safe place for them.

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Page 7 March 2 April 5, 2012Sports EOSun.comThe rhythmic pounding on the pavement, the swoosh of the net and the adrenaline from a body working overtime all helped Mark King forget his troubles as a child. Hed play basketball from the moment he got home from school until his mother forced him into the house, sometimes as late as 10 p.m. It was the perfect distraction from the electricity and water routinely being turned off in his Detroit, Mich. home, his fathers constant trips to the hospital as he battled bipolar disorder and the relentless teasing from kids at school about his hand-me-down clothing. He even slept with his basketball. It was all I had, he said. He didnt discover the game or its healing properties until his father shocked him by asking him to play with some neighborhood kids. King and his father lost miserably, but it turned out to be one of the most life-altering events he would ever experience. These moments, when he was normal functioning, were very rare, he said. Something snapped in the 9-year-old. Suddenly, nothing else in his life mattered more than playing basketball. After a lot of convincing by King, his father, unable to afford a regulation hoop, bought a metal ring and built a backboard out of wood and set it up in the backyard. I would forget all of the problems I had [while playing basketball]. Sometimes I would forget to eat dinner. I would lose track of everything. It was like escaping into a rocket ship and entering another world, King said. King, 35, still has basketball on the brain as founder and president of the Florida Flight, a minor league basketball team that started in Kissimmee in 2010, and recently moved to Avalon Park where they play on the regulation-size court at Avalon Middle School. Billy Bass, head of the Avalon Middle Fitness Department, said the Flight has been very involved with the students and the community. Players have visited the schools gym classes, teaching kids basketball skills and doing drills with them. Bass said the players see about 1,000 kids when they come. Middle school kids are like a mold, they are getting shaped right now. Any time the kids have someone who can teach them something theyre good ata role modeltheyll want to be as good as them, Bass said. Flight point guard Ernest Jones said the Kissimmee venue was great for the team, but they never had as big an impact on the community and the youth as they have here in Avalon. We were not able to get an outlet to the children, the community and the things we wanted to do, he said. Were the new team in town and some people may think its just about selling tickets, but its about getting out in the community, playing ball in the courts in Avalon. Weve had guys and kids out there playing against us, just having fun. Then the next time they remember you. Jones said the biggest message they want to send the kids is never give up on your dreams. A lot of guys on the team wont make it to the NBA, but that doesnt mean it has to stop there. The NBA is there but not everyone makes it, he said. Jones said King is the perfect example of that as he was excluded from many opportunities growing up but never lost track of his passion for the game. God chose a different path for him and I think hes doing more with what he has now than he ever would have if he made it to the NBA, Jones said. Hes touching more lives by telling his story, owning the team and giving other people the opportunities he didnt have. Never give upWhen he started trying out for teams in seventh grade, King stood at 4 feet, 10 inches and weighed 70 pounds. Eating potpies just about every night, or takeout from the Burger King where his mother worked, left him scrawny and malnourished, but he kept trying anyway. He went through middle and high school gripping his dream to play for the NBA tight and all the while never making a team. In 12th grade I had just gotten cut from the team and I remember walking home from the bus stop and I almost ran into a parked car. I went straight to the basketball hoop. I would tell everyone from 12 years old on that I would play pro and I would get laughed at. Ill be honest, it didnt make a lot of sense. King always found a way to play the game he loved. In his senior year, he signed up for a Basketball Tech class, which was intended for the schools team to get extra practice, but it allowed him an opportunity to practice with the players every morning. Since when the building opened to get some extra hoop time. King grew from his 5 stature in high school to his current 51 shortly after graduation, but still his basketball career never evolved. He spent his years at Pikeville College in Kentucky, relentlessly trying to be a permaafter that never panned out, he still refused to give up. After marrying his college sweetheart, Florence, he worked as an Arbys manager in Kentucky. In a twist of fate, he lost that job just as minor league team the Orlando Aces started up. He got on the roster and played for them until the team folded a year later. I was 30 years old and I was a player, the director and the interim head coach, he said. I learned everything I needed to know about running a minor league basketball team. Florence said shes made a lot ward with his dream of playing basketball, and later to run a minor league team. Its his dream. Weve had some tough times but youre not happy if youre not doing something youre supposed to do, she said. Florence was a pretty competitive basketball player in high school and she also played net ball, which is like basketball, minus the backboard and the dribbling, and is very popular where she grew up in Sri Lanka. The two played a lot before the arrival of their 3-year-old daughter Angelica. Shed always foul me, King said about his wife. Well he was just so cocky, Florence joked. King said Angelica is three inches taller than the average child her age, which he hopes is a sign that a love of basketball might run in the family. The duo dribbles the ball together, plays keep-away and passes the ball back and fourth shes more likely to roll the ball or even kick it to her father. Angelica has been going to Flight games since she was a baby. Bass said the Flight makes the games fun for all kidsproviding a DJ, a high-energy mascot and the players going around highThey really try to get the kids involved. There was a good turn out last time a lot of kids. Some kids cant go to a Magic game so they can come here and get a taste of what the NBA is like, he said. Its just starting off. Its the beginnings of the relationship [between Avalon and the Flight]. Although King agrees, he said the community is already starting to embrace the team. I was at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and one of the workers said, Hey coach. I thought, OK were here, he said. It was a good moment for me. I didnt feel like we were making that big of an impact yet, but apparently we are. Offer valid at the UCF Arena Box Ofce, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.comOffer Valid Thru 3/3/12. Only valid on $31 and $21 price levels. Minimum purchase of 3 tickets. Additional Fees may apply. Subject to availability. No double discounts. Sun., Mar. 4 2:00pm Special Family Value Pack! SAVE up to $7 on Tickets! Use promo code FAMILY Special Family Value Pack!SAVEup to $7 on Tickets! Use promo code FAMILY by calling 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com Look for your insert in today's paperwww.centraloridafair.com Central Florida Fair March 1 March 11 Park is on Saturday, March 31, at Avalon Middle School, where theyll hold all of their future program. Visit ighthoops.com for more information and a full game schedule.Florida Flight: Keep dreamingMEGAN STOKESSun Staff Florida Flight Founder and President Mark King plays basketball with his 3-year-old daughter, Angelica.

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Page 9 East Orlando SunMarch 2 April 5, 2012Sports EOSun.com 03/31/12 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCKCenter Josh Crittle has helped energize the Knights near the end of the season. The UCF Knights shrugged off a loss at Rice on Feb. 22 to come back home and decimate UTEP 6345 in front of the home crowd for the second to last time this season. But the euphoria didnt last long, as they then suffered a devastating 84-55 loss at Memphis Feb. 28. Now theyre staring down the Conference USA tournament with eyes on a postseason run. Things were looking up for UCF in C-USA play after the big win over UTEP. With little playing time from regular starters A.J. Rompza and Josh Crittle, they managed a big win. While those two key players were resting on the bench, freshman Kasey Wilson got his UCF starting debut at forward, picking up four points and four rebounds, and leading the team with three blocks. Two more freshmen, Rod Days and Wayne Martin, each had some playing time as well, with Days picking up two points and two rebounds, and Martin snagging a turnover in only a minute on the court. Isaiah Sykes again led the team in scoring with 23 points, collecting 11 rebounds for a double-double in the game. He needed them all after the Knights let a lead slip and the struggling Miners tie the game at 29-even. But after early second half sluggishness they ran up a massive scoring gap to run away with the lead and the win. That was sweet redemption after the game before that, when the Knights (20-9, 9-6) blew a 20-point lead against Rice to lose a game that would have put them in a tie for second in the conference. But the Knights couldnt hold onto their momentum as they headed to Memphis, who the Knights had narrowly defeated son. Memphis offense exploded early in the game, outscoring the Knights 33-18 heading into the half, while the Knights shooting sputtered, with only 30 percent accuracy. Center Josh Crittle had one of his best scoring games of the season with eight points, but The Knights lackluster shooting continued to plague them in the second half en route to a blowout loss. nal regular season game against UAB (13-14, 8-6) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The only time the two teams faced each other this season the Knights won in Birmingham by a score of 48-41, one of the lowest scoring games in team history. It had ever beaten the Blazers. The Knights will head to the Conference USA tournament on March 7, part of a four-day, 11game slugfest. The Knights will also be hoping their performance during the season is good enough for an NCAA tournament bid. For the Knights, who have appeared in the tournament four times, a spot this year would end a drought that started after the 2005 season. Knights close in on the playo sISAAC BABCOCKSun Staff The Scoop Two seniors from Timber Creek have signed with Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Lehighs Division 1 athletics program picked up Leah Turner for their volleyball team and Mat Verdon for the football team. On Feb. 1, three East River High School seniors signed to play football with three different colleges in the southeast. Adam Duckett signed with Georgia Military College, Ivan Rios signed with FAMU and Josh Farr signed with the Florida Institute of Technology. The East River High School Girls Weightlifting team placed second in the Super Metro Conference in February. Chelsea Brooks placed rst place in the 101 lb. class. Two East River High School wrestlers competed in the 2012 FHSAA State Wrestling Championship in February at the Lakeland Center. Micah Cross placed No. 6 and Corey Ray placed No. 2 in the state. East River Falcon Wrestlers nished No. 10 in Class 3A in the state--higher than any other competing Orange County school.

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Page 11 East Orlando SunMarch 2 April 5, 2012Lifestyle EOSun.comA team of four rows a 29-footlong boat. Its a speck in the Atlantic Ocean, minuscule compared to the three-story waves and 50 mph winds it battles. Saltwater smacks the team members skin, and the only space they have for refuge from the penetrating rain, blistering sun and incredible work it takes to steer and propel their oars through the wild ocean, is a tiny cubby not large enough to sit up straight in. Its taken 56 days, but that speck has navigated the 2,550 nautical miles nearly 3,000 miles on land that it takes to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Team Epoch, led and formed by Fern Park resident and University of Central Florida alumna Sonya Baumstein, set off on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) on Dec. 5 in La Gomera, Spain, and arrived eighth of 17 teams on Monday, Jan. 30, in Barbados. The TWAC was created in 1997, and since then, fewer than 200 people have crossed the Atlangender team of four to complete the race, and were the only Americans to participate this year. Baumstein joked that they were, out of 17 teams, voted least prepared. She hopes her team can inspire others to take a chance on adventure. While Baumstein had been a rower for Winter Park High School and passionate about the sport, she had no idea what she was in for at the TWAC. Longtime friend Ashley Frasier said she never expected something like this from her. It surprised me, Frasier said. She had never come off to me as this hardcore, outdoor girl. And she isnt. Were like an everyman if you will, Baumstein said. Were showing everyone you dont have to have rowed the ocean before, you dont have to have climbed Mt. Everest to be an adventurer. Two weeks after this challenge, Baumstein and her team will embark on the next three legs of what she calls the 400 Challenge. They plan to complete 10,000 selfpowered miles in 400 days. Team Epoch will bike along the West Coast, kayak the Inside Passage from Alaska to Washington and Baumsteins goal with the 400 Challenge is to help promote her Expeditions. Shell tell her Challenge tale along the rest of her trip, educating adults and students on the environment and its wonders. This is the beginning of the organization, and when she gets back, she plans to connect people to their environment through expeditions and adventures, though less epic than her own current journey. I was aggravated with how impossible it seemed for somebody to get outdoors, she said. Baumstein said she didnt like how expensive it was becoming to set out on a real adventure: the cost of taking time off work, buying equipment and traveling to an exotic location. She just wanted to offer people particularly those older than 40, whom she said have become landlocked at home and behind desks with an affordable way to explore the outdoors. Her expeditions will range from three days to 100 or more, with the 400 Challenge as a model for the future trips. She wants people to take these trips and turn them into a passion for conservation that lasts. This isnt supposed to be a one-time experience this is supposed to be the beginning of their experience, she said. Tougher than EverestWhile she and her team have a long way to go, nothing will compare to what they endured on the Atlantic, Baumstein said. The team took shifts rowing, two hours on, two hours off. Theres no breaking for a nights sleep, these three men and one woman row for a couple hours, change into dry clothes, eat some ramen noodles and sleep for a little over an hour, 24 hours a day. The pain in their arms never goes away because there is no rest. Some days it rains for hours and it takes days to dry off. Another day, instead of rain, its a shark as big as their boat that follows them from hours. Many say this expedition is tougher than climbing Mt. Everest, because theres no precedent for any trip; every day is different. And the ocean has no base camps. Adventuring is not easy and thats why not everyone does it, Baumstein said. Its our Everest. But Baumstein said its her ish her goal that keeps her going. Shed been working on this trip and forming Epoch Expeditions and nothing else for nine months. When shes feeling down, she gives herself the same pep talk. This is my baby, she said. Im achieving this, something that people said I couldnt do. But her friend, Frasier, said anybody who knows Baumstein knows she would never give up. Shes probably one of the most headstrong and motivated people you will ever meet, Frasier said. When she came to me and told me she was doing this, I knew she could do it just because when she has her mind set on something, it will get done. And shes got a great team backing her up. Their spirit of adventure connects them. Michael McGovern, an Orlando resident who didnt take part in the TWAC but will join starting on the bike leg, said hes drawn to the challenge. The things that most people might shy away from, the challenges that are part of this 400 Challenge, are sort of the things that interest me and being able to overcome those obstacles, McGovern said. Ive always had a strong sense of adventure and Ive always been driven to sort of escape, and Ive never been able to really satisfy that desire. Baumsteins own desire might not be for the wicked days on the beautiful ones. On some nights, she and her team could see the Milky Way and Orions Belt because there wasnt a cloud, or light, in the sky to compete. The wind was perfect and the waves would push the boat just right. You could feel the boat gliding on top of them and it was just light and easy and that was incredible. Epoch Expeditions, Sonya Baumstein, Team Epoch, 400 Challenge, Facebook, Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, TaliskerWhiskeyAtlanticChallenge. com, Atlantic Ocean, Winter Park High School, Fern Park, Barbados, Ashley Frasier, Mt. Everest, Michael McGovern, Orlando To learn more about Epoch Expeditions and Team Epochs 400 Challenge, visit teamepoch.org. Follow them on their website, Facebook and Twitter to see how their journey is going. For more information about the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, visit TaliskerWhiskeyAtlanticChallenge.comA 400-day Epoch adventure BRITTNI JOHNSONSun StaffA former UCF student completed a row across the Atlantic Ocean last month, and will continue the challenge by biking, kayaking and hiking, completing 10,000 self-powered milesPHOTO BY BRIAN FINKE TALISKER WHISKEY ATLANTIC CHALLENGETeam Epoch includes Jonathan Crane, Christopher Crane, Sonya Baumstein, a former University of Central Florida and Winter Park High School student, and Oliver Levick. The team completed 8th in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge on Jan. 30. Sweet treats at Waterford PHOTOS BY MEGAN STOKESLake Nonas Lollicakes, top, and Sprinkles Custom Cakes showed off their sweets at the Waterford Lakes Town Centers Sweets Treats and Wine on Feb. 25.

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Our professional team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. During hours when the ofce is closed and during the weekends and holidays, the on-call coordinator is available by telephone 24 hours per day.www.HarbourPrivateDutyNursing.com License # 299991382phone (407) 895-8188 fax 407-895-9339 Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 Healthy Living Electric cars are right at home in East OrlandoJORDAN KEYESSun Staff PHOTO BY JORDAN KEYESDave Norvell, executive director of facilities for UCFs Department of Sustainability and Energy Management, oversees the operation of car charging stations. The amount of electricity that would equal the power of a gallon of gas costs 75 cents. For Frankie Rosado, the installation of three new electric car charging stations in downtown Avalon Park opens up a world of possibilities. I didnt know that they had those out here yet, said Rosado, who lives and works in Avalon. But if I needed a new car, that sider buying electric. Rosado is a hairstylist and musician who works in the Peter Jacobs salon in Avalon Park by day and performs at various venues in downtown Orlando by night, so rising gas prices are a major concern for him. The stations, called ChargePoints, were installed by the Orlando Utilities Commission at no cost to the community as part of the ChargePoint America program, which aims to expand the use of sustainable fuels. Its kind of like a chicken-andegg situation, said Dave Norvell, University of Central Florida Department of Sustainability and Energy head of facilities. Cars cant go to market until there are charging stations and the charging stations need the cars to be marketable. Weve got to invest in the infrastructure to be ready for the cars that are coming. In 2010, UCF installed solar car charging stations very similar to the stations in Avalon Park. Norvell oversees the department that is in charge of four solar-powered stations on campus. The department is even installing an additional four stations to meet the campus needs. OUC has already installed several stations in downtown Orlando but the Avalon stations are the beginning of their expansion. OUC spokesman Tim Trudell says they are reaching out to as many communities as they can in their coverage area. This type of infrastructure doesnt just pop up overnight, he said. We want to start getting those stations set up even though there arent that many electric cars in the area yet. Proponents of alternative fuels are saying that the time is right for a transition. Weve been watching the market for a few years now, Novell said. This past year was the big unveiling of the electric vehicle where all major car manufactures are producing electric vehicles. Ignorance is the main obstacle standing in the way of a transition to alternative fuel options, Norvell said. Many people just arent cars. Theres a great deal of misunderstanding about the cost of fuel, Norvell said. For instance, at our current rate that we pay for electricity here, if you take the same amount of energy that it would take to match up with a gallon of gas, you would be paying about 75 cents. Avalon Park Group marketing director Stephanie Hodson has been tasked with getting the word out about the stations. She has been using emails and the community newsletter to alert residents to the presence of the ChargePoints in Avalon and will soon be ramping up the promotion of the new fuel source through different media. Were doing a lot of press to let people know that theyre out here, Hodson said. Avalon Park resident Rebekkah Serra had not heard about the stations in her area, but she says shes excited that theyre here. I recently went to St. Petersburg and saw that they had a bunch there, Serra said. Its awesome that theyre putting some in Avalon as well. I really think its where the future is headed. East Orlando could soon be seeing massive changes in automotive fueling and Avalon Park Group wants to make sure the community is ready. The best thing to know is that Avalon Park Group is always working to be cutting edge, Hodson said. Were always looking to bring new, cutting-edge amenities and services to our community.Expert: Its like the chicken and the egg, electric car chargers have to come before the cars

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Page 13 East Orlando SunMarch 2 April 5, 2012Lifestyle EOSun.com Its TAX time. Appointments Available 7 Days a Week!Tax Form Processing LLC2400 N Forsyth Rd., Suite 101 Orlando, FL 32807Tel: (407) 657-6336www.TaxFormProcessing.com Proudly Serving the Orlando Area for 17 years! Scan QR CodeCalendar Dave Ramsey Harlem Globetrotters MarchThere will be a food drive March 1-31 at SOHO Of ce, 3564 Avalon Park, Blvd., Ste. 1, Orlando. Nonperishable food and personal hygiene items are needed. For more information, visit www.orlando1.sohoof ce. com or call 407-482-0662.March 2The Harlem Globetrotters will have an exhibition at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Tickets start at $18. For more information, visit ucfarena.comMarch 6The Citizenship Inspired program is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Citizenship Inspired is a four-week program where students will meet once each week to prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Test and Interview. For more information or to register, call 407-835-7323 or visit ocls.info/locations/alafaya Magic Curtain Productions will be holding auditions for their production of Aladdin Tuesday, March 6 at Lifesong Church, 2800 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. Auditions for children ages 8-12 begin at 6 p.m. and auditions for ages 13 and older begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit magiccurtainproductions.com/auditionsMarch 8The Orlando FIRST Robotics Regional Competition is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 8-10 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit orida rstregional.comMarch 10The Orange Audubon Societys Nature Journaling workshop, for children ages 7-12, starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at Orlando Wetlands Park, 25155 Wheeler Road Christmas, Fla. Cost is $10 per child for Audubon members, $16 for non-members; parents are welcome to participate at the same rates. Preregistering is required. For more information, contact Robert Amoruso at Wildscapeimages@att.net Basics of Wills and Trusts is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Paula B. Leite and Katherine A. Martin of Englert, Leite & Martin, PL will host two complimentary seminars on the need-to-know details of wills and trusts. Admission is free. For more information, visit ocls.info/locations/ alafayaMarch 11Disneys Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! will be making a stop Sunday, March 11 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Show times are 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and ticket costs start at $15. For more information, visit ucfarena.comMarch 17Family Focus: Create a Video Game Part 1 is from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. It is the rst of two class sessions that will teach families how to create their own video game prototype. For more information, visit ocls.info/locations/alafaya International nancial expert Dave Ramsey will be presenting his Total Money Makeover Live event from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Registration starts at $35. For more information or to register, visit daveramsey.com/live Fort Christmas Historical Parks annual Bluegrass Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17 at 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-254-9310.March 22Theatre UCF will be presenting their performance of the play Ragtime March 22-25, 29-31 and April 1 in the UCF Theater, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando. Performances Thursday-Saturday begin at 8 p.m. and performances on Sunday begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students, $17 for seniors and $19 for adults. Visit theatre.ucf.edu. March 23The 6th Annual St. Judes Trike-AThon is from 9:15-11 a.m. Friday, March 23 at 1411 Melanie Drive, Orlando. The contributions the children collect from friends and families go to St. Judes Hospital. For more information, visit stjude.org Marla Stevenson from Seminole Music Together is teaching an interactive music class for parents and children at 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Registration is required. For more information or to regsiter, call 407835-7323 or visit ocls.info/locations/ alafaya Valencias Spring Dance Concert is at 8 p.m. March 23-24 in the Valencia East Campus Performing Arts Center, 701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Tickets for this show cost $10 for general admission, $8 for students, alumni, faculty, staff and seniors and $6 for children 12 and under. Visit valenciacollege.edu/artsandentertainmentMarch 24Family Focus: Create a Video Game Part 2 is from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. It is the second of two-class sessions that will teach families how to create their own video game prototype. For more information, visit ocls.info/locations/ alafaya Avalon Parks Easter Egg Hunt is at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at Town Park, located near downtown Avalon. Special prizes and pictures with the Easter Bunny will also be available. For more information, call the Avalon Park POA at 407-249-9395 or visit avalonparkpoa.com Get to Know: Orange County Parks is at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Stop by and learn about some of Central Floridas greatest public parks from representatives of the Orange County Parks and Recreation department. Admission is free. Visit ocls.info/ locations/alafayaMarch 28Preschoolers can go to the library for a jungle adventure with Rumble in the Jungle at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 at the Alafaya Branch Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive. Admission is free and children ages 3-5 are welcome to participate. For more information, visit ocls.info/locations/alafaya March 31The 3rd Annual UCF Book Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Admission is free. For more information, visit bookfestival.ucf.edu or follow the event on Twitter @UCFBookFestival The Orange County Master Gardeners Plant Fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Orange County Extension Education Center, 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando. The event is open to the public. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/OCMGsApril 6St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Churchs self-guided Stations of the Cross for Families will run between 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 6 at the Avalon Park Amphitheater at 3680 Avalon Park E Blvd, Orlando. For more information, call Allie at 407929-6626.

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Page 14 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012Lifestyle EOSun.comThrough March 24 The Andrews Brothers (A New s Musical)Yes, you read the title correctly. The Andrews Brothers is a new 1940s musical comedy running through March 24 at the always fun, always innovative, Winter Park Playhouse. The Andrews Brothers includes 27 Andrews Sisters songs and tells the wacky story of three brothers working for the USO in the The Andrews Sisters (who are scheduled to perform) do not arrive, the brothers don wigs and the troops. Directed by Michael Edwards and featuring four Florida Kevin Kelly, Todd Mummert, Roy Alan and Sarah Michele this promises to be another tuneful success for the Playhouse. Visit winterparkplayhouse.org or call 407-645-0145. March 9 Beethovens 5th by the Minnesota Orchestra The Minnesota Orchestra will present a performance of Beethovens Symphony No. 5 on Friday, March 9, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. Adding to the rapturous sound of the evening is violinist phenomenon Midori who will perform Sibelius Concerto for Violin in D minor. Led by Music Director Osmo Vnsk, the program also features Brahms Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn. Having made her debut at age 11 with the New York Philharmonic Midoris 29-year performing career is seen among the greatest before the public today. The concert is set for 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. Call 407-770-0071 or visit OrlandoPhil. org March 9 to May 20 The Flower Power Concert SeriesAt Disneys Epcot theme park, music comes alive this spring as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from March 9 to May 20. Along with Disneys dazzling gardens and character topiaries, the Festival features live music from singing stars of the s and s in the Flower Power Concert Series. A different artist is presented each weekend at the America Gardens Theatre with shows on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Beginning with Jose Feliciano on March 9 and featuring acts including Starship starring Mickey Thomas, The Guess Who, Chubby Checker, Paul Revere & The Raiders, and Davy Jones, among others, the musical acts are included with theme park admission. Visit disneyworld. disney.go.comMarch 10 James Bond and Austin Powers in concert!The forces of evil better stay away from the Bob Carr PAC on Saturday, March 10, as the Orlando Philharmonic pays tribute to James Bond, Austin Powers, Inspector Clouseau and other spies and arch-villains of the cinema with Bond and Beyond, performed at 2 and 8 p.m. The concert features music from 007 movies like Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love Award-winner Debbie Gravitte provides vocals for James Bond favorites. Michael Krajewski will conduct the concerts. Call 407770-0071, or visit orlandophil.orgMarch 14 Kathy Ireland and the Womens Leadership Council Entrepreneur, philanthropist and super-model Kathy Ireland will headline Heart of Florida United Ways 5th Annual Womens Leadership Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Co-chaired by Helen Donegan and Karen Dee, The Womens Leadership Council raises funds and support for women and children dealing with domestic violence, poverty and lack of health care. A heartbreaking 65 percent of clients served by United Way partner agencies are women. Ireland is the CEO of a $1.9 billion design empire and has worked diligently to improve education, reduce poverty and help families. The luncheon is at the Hilton Orlando Convention Center, at 6001 Destination Parkway. Tickets may be purchased at hfuw.org or by calling 407-429-2111.March 16 Lord of the DanceSixteen years after Michael Flatley created Lord of the Dance, it is selling out arenas as the worlds highest grossing dance show. Join the 60 million people who have already seen this hit show when the tour arrives in Orlando at the Bob Carr PAC on March 16 for two performances only. Visit OrlandoBroadway.com or call 1-800-982-2787 or 407-7046116.March 30 Noel Cowards Private Lives An evening of sophisticated one-liners and witty comebacks make up Noel Cowards best play. Private Lives is scandalous even today, and it is also veddy British, sexy, and as sparkling as perfectly chilled champagne. Private Lives opens March 30 at the Mad Cow Theatre. This glamorous and tempestuous couple havent seen each other when they meet again by chance on a hotel balcony. Their passion reignites, but they happen to be on their respective honeymoonswith two other people! Private Lives will run through April 29. Mad Cow Theatre is at 105 S. Magnolia Ave. in Orlando. Call 407-297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.com Josh GarrickCulture worthy of your calendarNew 1940s musical at the Playhouse

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Page 15 East Orlando SunMarch 2 April 5, 2012Education EOSun.com Monarch Childrens AcademyGrowing, learning and celebrating each day, happens naturally at MCA! Now Enrolling:Infants-Preschool VPK Program Before/After School and Summer Camp for 5-12 year olds Hours of Operation: 6:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday 13825 Townsend Drive Orlando, FL 32828 407-658-4047 www.MonarchChildrensAcademy.com MonarchChildren@aol.comConveniently located near Stoneybrook and Avalon Park Full-time and part-time programs available Honestly, I like to play on the playground with my family and friends. I do the monkey bars and the swings. Sometimes the slide, too. Jessica, 7 I like to skateboard because you can do a lot of tricks. Robert, 6 I like to play Dragon Ball Z. Its a TV show. Ian, 7 I like to go on the swings. Thats my favorite thing to do outside. Paige, 6 Its getting warmer. What do you like to do outside? Shell happily jump rope under a bright spotlight, leap fearlessly between matresses, or bark and pant like a dog, all on a stage and in front of a crowd of people watching her intently. Kennedy Mason, a Sunrise Elementary fourthgrader, has been demanding the attention of an audience since she was 4 years old. Shes been in commercials for Publix, Brighthouse and Busch Gardens, performed in community theater with East Orlandos Magic Curtain Productions, and most recently landed a spot on the cast of Lyle and the Crocodile at the Orlando Repertory Theater this month. It all started when a prekindergarten teacher and theater director saw her in her schools annual Thanksgiving performance. Kennedys gobble outshone her classmates. Her ability to forget everyone there and give it her all, as loudly and happily as she could, was a spark Rhonda Cato couldnt ignore. Shes just fearless, said Cato, Magic Curtain Productions artistic director. The rest is really history, said her mom Cari Mason, teacher at Avalon Elementary. It just hasnt stopped since then. Kennedy has always been a child who was never afraid of a little silliness, even with an audience. Shes just uninhibited, her mom said. Shes not afraid to try new things, make a funny face, shes not embarrassed by anything. Shes just an easy kid. Thats something that Kennedy has, she has that ability to just be that character and not be self-conscious about what shes doing, Cato said. Natural actress Thats a trait Cato said is invaluable in the world of acting. When Kennedys given a character, she dives right in and theres never a moment of being awkward or unsure, Cato said. Kennedy said the more action the better when it comes to her acting parts. She loves that she gets to jump rope onstage in Lyle the Crocodile, and couldnt imagine being nervous about something so easy as jumping across a few beds when she was in Annie for Magic Curtain Productions. One of her favorite memories, she said, was being able to ace a dance routine for Annie during the song Youre Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile. The choreographers changed the dance six times, and getting the performance down perfectly was pretty tough, but it demonstrating her favorite kick line part as she tells the story and hearing the clapping and cheering from the audience. That, she says, is what makes theater great. If there was no audience, there would be no show, Kennedy said. All business Kennedy is also great at taking direction, something a lot of children have trouble with, Cato said. She knows how to play mean and nice, and loves memorizing lines while her mom helps by playing all the other characters. And though shes a kid at heart, when its time to act, shes all business. She spends six days a week, basically a full-time job, rehearsing for her Lyle role. And despite a crowd of adults surrounding her on a commercial shoot, working sometimes 12-hour days, she never gets nervous or complains, and is always prepared, said Mark Kohl, director and cinematographer for Kohl Pictures. Shes an adult in a kids body, Kohl said. As a director, she makes it really, really easy. And Kennedy takes her maturity with her on auditions, too. If she doesnt get the part, shes always positive that something bigger and better will come along. Even when she messes up a line, she said she only thinks of the next time when shell redeem herself by doing it right. And thats because, Kennedy says, theres nothing else shed rather be doing. Even when her mom offers other activities, shes matter-of-fact about just not having the time for it. This is her passion. Theres really nothing she doesnt like about it, her mom said. She said to me this morning, Mom, it just makes my heart happy, thats just where I like to be. Its like my home, Kennedy said.Daring to be a star BRITTNI JOHNSONSun StaffEast Orlando resident and Sunrise Elementary student Kennedy Mason, 10, will star in the upcoming show Lyle and the Crocodile at the Orlando Repertory Theatre Kennedy Mason will be performing in Lyle the Crocodile at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, which runs Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 23, through March 25. You can buy tickets at www.orlandorep.com, or call 407-896-7365.PHOTO BY THE ORLANDO REPERTORY THEATREResident Kennedy Mason played in Annie for Magic Curtain Productions. Shes now starring in Lyle and the Crocodile.

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Page 16 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012Education EOSun.com School News Five Camelot Elementary School crossing guards were honored on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, Feb. 3. Monserrate Francheschi, Randy Belchick, Maureen Buckley, Joyce Go and William Jackson were given a certi cate of appreciation, a basket lled with freebies from Waterford businesses and cards from Camelot students. Students from Theatre UCF received high honors at the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Region IV Festival at Daytona State College. UCF students brought home honors in Scenic Design (Benson Knight, rst place), Playwriting (Bryant Hernandez, rst place), Costume Design (Melissa Palomino, Meritorious Achievement), Dramaturgy (RK Barringhaus, Runner Up), and Stage Management (Jasmin Holton, Alternate). Kavaliro collected 630 boxes of cereal, 3, 387 packets of pop tarts, and 59 misc breakfast items. There are more bins being delivered on Monday. Avalon Middle School students Bryan Paape, Ankit Vishnubhotia, Michael Hoffman, Mindy Lieu, Jared Turnago, Emad Kashif, Quinn Sheptock, Amy Pho, Zachary Mendez, Gabriel Gamet, and Sebastien Trias competed in the Central Florida Regional Math Counts on Saturday, Feb. 18. Out of 328 Central Florida Mathletes, AMS ranked in the 91st percentile and one AMS student ranked in the 98th percentile. In February, Avalon Elementary second graders created a living wax museum. During the event, each student dressed up as a historical gure of their choice and stood completely still until the time came to come to life and present their speech. Waterford Elementary students, Kasey Adkins, Damian Truax, Lindsey Evans, and Matthew Crudo, have been selected to participate in the districts All County Choir. The All County Choir is a gather of students from multiple schools selected on the basis of good vocal quality and strong character. The students will work with clinicians to help them grow vocally ending with a performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Calvary Assembly. Nine East River astronomy students were selected to participate in the University of Floridas STARS Program, which allows students to participate in laboratory exercises and telescope observations at UF. Of the 25 total students selected statewide, more students were selected from East River than any other school. Crossing Guard Day Spring break will soon be here and that means many families will have children in need of something to do. Many local businesses are offering spring break camps for any kid, whether theyre artsy or athletic, East Orlando has a camp for any kid. Avalon Dance will host a dance camp from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26-30. Campers will learn a range of styles from ballet to hip hop, and will participate in games and activities as well. The cost is $135 for the full week, and kids ages 4 and older are welcome. For more information, call 407-380-3444 or visit avalondance.net La Petite Academy Daycare is offering activities for kids March 26-30. Kids will take part in arts and crafts, games and other activities. The cost is $125 per child. For more information, call 407-273-8522 or visit lapetite.com Orlando Metro Gymnastics Waterford location will hold their Kidz Sports Day Camp from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 26-30. There will be ve days of gymnastics and sports training, as well as fun activities. The program offers full-day and half-day programs. Kids have the option to attend any of the days individually at $45 a day, or all ve days for $160. For more information, call 407-207-4110 or visit orlandometrogymnastics.com Kids R Kids will take campers on a journey through time during their Camp Tremendous Time Travelers program. The activities are offered at both their Waterford Lakes and Avalon Park locations on March 23 and March 26-30. The cost is $35 per day, $130 for March 26-30, or $165 for every day of Spring Break. For more information, call 407-306-9035 or visit kidsrkidsorlando. com There will be free, daily spring break activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26-29, and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in Avalon Parks Town Park. Activities include pool parties, a basketball tournament and a movie night at Avalon Church. For more information, call 407-249-9395, or nd Friday Night Life on Facebook. Pottery Pad in Avalon Park will be hosting a camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26-30. Children ages 5 and older will be painting pottery along with other arts and crafts. There is a $15 deposit for a guaranteed spot, and the prices range from $50 for each individual day to $220 for the week. For more information call 407-674-7844 or visit potterypadorlando.com Painted By Hue is offering pottery molding and glass fusing classes for children ages 7 and older starting at 10 a.m. on Fridays, March 23 and March 30. Each class is $22 and there will be two classes on both days. For more information, call 407-282-5556 or visit paintedbyhue.comCamp directory

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Page 17 East Orlando SunMarch 2 April 5, 2012Opinions EOSun.comI want to take the opportunity to feature the town of Christmas, one of the District 5 communities within east Orange County. This year, the town will celebrate 175 yearsa unique bit of Florida history. Located along State Road 50, some 20 miles southeast of downtown Orlando, the town of Christmas is roughly 4.5-squaremiles with a population of 2,500 residents. The town is hard for a driver to miss, due in part to the large, decorated, lit up Christmas tree that stands beside the town sign. where people from all over come each holiday season to have their Christmas cards postmarked, Christmas, Fla. The town has a rich tradition within Orange County in the cattle, citrus and eco-tourism industries. There are working cattle ranches, citrus groves and hundreds of acres of land under conservation. In addition, a popular tourist spot is Jungle Adventure, featuring the worlds largest alligator-shaped building, measuring more than 200 feet in length. This year, the town of Christmas will also be home to a new Orange County Fire Station, scheduled to break ground in late March. The town of Christmas is centered around and home to Ft. Christmas Park, one of the premiere parks in Orange County. The park was established in 1930 and totals 20 acres. It is considered a living history site with multiple historic buildings for people to tour, along with hiking trails and community events that display old Florida pioneer life. The park is also where Ft. Christmas is located. Soldiers Indian War built the fort on Dec. 25, 1837; today it houses exhibits and artifacts. The Fort was built eight years before Florida became the 27th State in 1845. The fort will also celebrate its 175-year anniversary. Some of the annual events at Ft. Christmas Park include the Bluegrass Festival held in March; Old Timers Day held the second Saturday in May; and Cracker week of December. The Town is also home to Orlando Wetlands Park. There is an annual Wetlands Park Festival held each year in February, which is sponsored by the city of Orlando, Orange County and the Audubon Society. More information about Ft. Christmas Park and upcoming events can be found on Orange Countys website under the Parks and Recreation Department at The town of Christmas is a community of residents who are always welcoming to anyone who visits. I encourage all Orange County residents to visit the Ft. Christmas Park during this years celebration. As always, my staff and I are available to assist you should you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to contact Dana Boyte or Lynette Rummel at 407-836-7350 Yours Truly, Orange CountyCommissioner Ted Edwards Sometimes I wonder if there is a magic formula to getting a job. As I work with people, both professional and entry level, I am always looking for feedback on what worked for them. Resoundingly the answer is, people I have seen who are successful in landing their next job have really worked hard for it. They approached it like a sales job. They networked, asked for introductions, checked out all sources for job leads and looked at potential career changes when needed. I tend to be very goal oriented. I set my mind to do things and then work backward to get there. For example, when I was job searching, I made a list of companies I would like to work for and then a list of people I knew at those companies. With websites like LinkedIn and Google, there is a wealth of information out there for you I am hearing now that the six degrees of separation has gone down to four with social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. It is much knows someone. The key is not abusing that privilege. As you network, think about not only what is in it for you, but the others you are meeting with as well. Use the tools that work best for you to stay organized. If you are a calendar person, keep a calendar of to-dos and people to meet with. If you are a list person keep a checklist. You can also use electronic methods or good old-fashioned paper and pen. The key is to stay on top of your job search and also to walk away from it every once in awhile. There are many free things you can do to free up dence up and help you move forward.Sandi Vidal, an Avalon Park resident, is the executive director for Christian HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council and has more than 15 years of recruiting and human resources experience. Visit www.cfec. org wonderful, beautiful, perfect has a unique talent for getting under our skin. We love them dearly, but thats the easy part. The hard part is parenting effectively. Being a mom or a dad probably comes pretty naturally to most people, but when it comes to making the right parenting choices, the path isnt always so clear. Looking back at our stillone of the best choices we made was an agreement early on to function as a single parental unit whenever possible. Lets call it the Bad Cop/Bad Cop approach. Instead of having a good cop and a bad cop, like every episode of Law & Order, What happens, especially when children are as clever and devious as ours (and did I mention that we love them dearly?), is that they look for chinks in the parents against each other. For example, just the other day our 8-year-old boy came into the room and asked me for permission to get on the Wii; because I was preoccupied with something, I quickly evaluated the situation (1 kid sleeping, 2 kids playing out, 1 kid reading) and said yes. He turned and started to leave. Hold on a second, I said. Didnt I just hear you ask Mama the exact same thing a few minutes ago in the other room? He smiled sheepishly and said yes, a little too cleverly for his own good. And what did she say? He didnt respond, both of us knowing the answer. Go in time out, I said, correctly predicting a tantrum. His crime wasnt asking to play the Wii, of course; his crime was trying to play us. I could have easily said yes and over-ridden Jackie, or she could have over-ridden me, or we both could have ignored him happily playing the Wii, lost in the chaos of a large bustling family, and the planet wouldnt have gone crashing into the sun. But he wouldve learned a new skill: try to play them against each other enough, and eventually youll get what you want. This approach is most important when it comes to discipline. When we have to make the really hard decisions (like putting the Wii in a box and packing it away), we both have to be on the same page. And theres not always time to discuss and plan ahead. Sometimes justice and the parent who isnt doing the meting, so to speak, has to get on board the discipline train his face as he realizes that he also wont be able to play the Wii if its packed away in a box; because theyre watching your reaction, looking for that weak change your mind. If youre both on the same page, hopefully theyll only have their behavior to change.Chris and Jackie Carroll co-author Parent to Parent and live in Avalon Park with their ve children Sandi VidalAsk Sandi Ted EdwardsCommissioners CornerBad cop / Bad copChristmas, Fla., marks 175 years Chris CarrollParent to Parent Treat a job search like a full-time job To sell something as valuable as the family livestock for a handful of beans would put any of us in either the nuthatch or poorhouse. But our friend Jack took the risk and then climbed his magic beanstalk to the giants realm. His adventures and rewards were worth the effort, resulting in riches and tales enduring to this day. If only our gardening adventures could be so fruitful, alas I am here to tell you they can be! The common edible vegetable, tagged taxonomically as Phaseolus vulgaris, has been cultivated by us humans, Homo sapiens, for thousands of years in both the old and new world. Columan early cruise to the Bahamas. The Native American method of growing beans, corn and squash as companion plants is called Three Sisters cropping. Vining pole beans have been a staple crop for modern Americans since tinent. The recent development of the bush bean has motivated modern cultivation to reach an industrial scale. As a green snap or unripe bean, we eat the immature seed along with the tender pods. This expedited harvest provides an earlier crop than letting the bean reach the shelling or dried stage. The varieties grown for green harvest are different from many other familiar storage types, such as black, fava, garbanzo, navy or Magic beans Tom CareyFrom My Garden to Yoursdening is the multiple harvests provided as beans continue to beans also come in yellow wax The pole or vining types access on the trellis and produce over a longer timeframe. To grow pole beans requires the construction of a suitable trellis of about 6-feet-tall that is able to withstand the vagaries of our erratic weather, especially wind. I created trellis rings of scrap fence 3 feet in diameter that are transportable and available for other climbing crops. Varieties of bush beans I have successfully grown include Provider, Contender, Top Crop and Blue Lake. Bush beans planted directly to garden soil and spaced about 4 to 6 inches apart months. Beans are leguminous, meaning they can produce their own nitrogen fertilizer in harmony with certain types of soil bacteria. Inoculating bacteria can be purchased to imbue this natural phenomenon to your gardening playbook. For a truly productive garden, we should follow Jacks example and plant the magical fruit. (You knew that was coming!) Livestock, beanstalk, Three Sisters, black, fava, garbanzo, navy, soybeans, Provider, Contender, Top Crop, Blue Lake, Fertilizer, Inoculating, gardenTom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business near the University of Central Florida in East Orlando. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page.

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Page 18 East Orlando Sun March 2 April 5, 2012 Mike & Mary Kranz The Kranz TeamKeller Williams Advantage Group407-716-6614mikemary@mindspring.com www.kranzteam.com Short Sale Certied High Integrity Strong Negotiators Superior Customer Service Serving our Waterford Area neighbors since 1995For all of your Real Estate needs contact: The Marketplace EOSun.comHome Magni er Preparing to sell your home? Price it right Driveways, Patios, Pool Decks Epoxy Garage Floors Email: Decorative Concrete Decorative Concrete with this adYouve made the decision. Youre Selling your home. Although youre not likely to get an hour-long special like LeBron when he decided to move, this choice is one of the most important you and your family will make. Now, the anxiety sets in. How much can we get? What about repairs? Is anything selling in this market? Theres good news for sellers in todays market. Price it right, put some marketing behind it and throw a competent Realtor in the mix and you have a recipe for success. I outline the ingredients to a succesful sale below.Get a sellers mindsetThe most important thing you can do s prepare mentally for the sale of your home. Try to take as much emotion out of the scenario as you can. Sometimes buyers begin negotiations with low offers, dont take it personally. Sellers are cautioned to keep the home in showing condition at all times. Put away those dishes, sweep the porch in the morning and keep the dirty laundry out of view. Does your home need touch-up paint or have fraying carpet? Walk your home with your Realtor and outline potential value vampires. In the case of luxury homes you have more invested (read: more to lose) so its well worth your while to spring for bigger ticket items like landscaping, new appliances and cabinetry. At the least, clean your home top to bottom and keep it that way.Price it right the rst timeThis is one of the big ones. Consult with your Realtor regarding recent neighborhood sales to see what the true current market value of your home actually is. I spoke with a seller recently and she informed me that she bought the home and added $50,000 in upgrades and to break even she would need to get at least $150,000. Unfortunately for her, the recent neighborhood sales were between $90,000 and $100,000. Her story is not unique. Just be aware that retail for upgrades in your home do not translate directly into resale dollars. An appraiser will have a value range for such upgrades. The best indication of value is the solds within the past three to six months in your direct area. If your home has unique features or nitely come into play and your Realtor will be able to show you the market trends for your area. The good news is in many markets we are seeing values stabilize and often times multiple offers on homes that are priced well and marketed properly. Also, dont price it much more than market value or it may languish on the market and deter ready, willing and able buyers. Homes typically sell here around 96 percent of their original list price so do offer, and traditionally, sellers see lower priced offers as their homes remain on the market. Christina Rordam, Realtor, CSP, CNE, CDPE Exit Real Estate Results

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Page 19 East Orlando SunMarch 2 April 5, 2012CHRIST KINGDOM CHURCH-Services at 10 a.m. Sundays at Discovery Middle School (601 Woodbury Road, 32828) -Nursery & Childrens Program available through fth grade -Youth Group (6thth grade) meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Primrose School on Tanja King Blvd. -Visit www.christkingdom.org -A congregation of the Presbyterian Church in AmericaAVALON CHURCH -Were Your Church! -13460 Tanja King Blvd. in Avalon Park -Sunday Worship 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. -Loving nursery for birth years -Exciting childrens ministry for 3 yearsth grade -Youth service Sunday 6 p.m. -College group Tuesday 7 p.m. -Pastor Dale Brooks -www.avalonchurch.org -407-275-5499CONGREGATION GESHER SHALOM OF ORLANDO -Bridge of Peace Jews & Gentiles following the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) -Rabbi, Dr. Charles I. 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Azalea Cove promises to live up to the beauty of its name. The homes in Azalea Cove will have 3 or more bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, Double Car Garages and large kitchens for family gatherings. These homes are designed by architects in a variety of attractive styles including great exterior features such as front porches, which add friendliness and interest to the streets. Azalea Cove homes have oversized windows so each home is filled with the cheeriness of natural light. There are many floorplans to choose from so youll be able to find exactly what your family is looking for. This is a community close to elementary and middle schools as well as Valencia Community College. Right in the neighborhood youll find a childrens playground and friendly streetscapes. Just minutes away youll find grocery shopping, restaurants and shopping centers. For perfectly affordable family living in Orlando, we invite you to visit our Azalea Cove Sales Center this weekend and discover why Mattamy Homes have become so popular.Single Family Homes From $139,990 mattamyhomes.com Single Family Home, The Palm, Elev. B, 2,140 Sq.Ft. Single Family Home, The Hawthorne, Elev. A, 1,645 Sq.Ft. Charlotte, NCJacksonville, FL Orlando, FL Phoenix, AZ Minneapolis, MN Calgary, ABOttawa, ONToronto, ON License #: CGC1512500Sales Center Hours: Tuesday Saturday 10ampm, Sunday & Monday 12pmpm Azalea Cove New Affordable Living And Family Style Comes To Orlando.Mattamy Model Home In OrlandoAzalea Cove Sales Center 7564 Azalea Cove Circle Orlando, FL, 32807 Central Florida Greenway N Golden Rod Rd.East-West ExpyEast Colonial Dr.University Blvd.N Semoran Blvd.408 436 50 417 551ValenciaCollege Lane This W eekend We Present Azalea Cove.