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Your community connection since 1995 April 6 May 3, 2012 enant Church Paulines hus So when Charles went to the Orange County auction house, If someone saw me they She was a connector for east Or of her actions are still far reaching e Update on homeless center 6 Disabled athlete shines 7 Kid touts skating to school 16 Kids Quotes 21 22 fre Local studio gets trained to pass on yoga healing to disabled 20 Ser Get a list of local C camps for your little ones9Trayvon case poses questions for HOAsBank helps church in crisis MEGAN STOKEsS Sun Staff SARAH WILsSON Sun Staff JORDAN KKEYEsS Sun Staff NCC back from bank and they ght to keep it OCCPA M puts spotlight on neighborhood security methods PSr eyferbf y Winterbottom, above middle, forged connections in her personal and H P HOAHOA on page 5 Community loses core connector TMSC A honor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on TA NCDT LT ture a silent auction, with proceeds PAL O A A T MCSS CC MSCS NCC P TRIBUTE on page 5 P cCHURcCH on page 4 Pbyeke Pastor Charles BBaxter stands

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Page 2 OS April 6 May 3, 2012 V I A PS O PUBLISHER TT racy Craft 407-515-2605 OWNER BBeat KKahli bkioff@eosun.com ASSoOCIaA TE EEDITo OR Megan Stokes megans@eosun.com MaANaA GING EEDITo OR Jenny A Andreasson 407-563-7026 DDESIGNER Jonathan GGallagher 407-563-7054 CopCOPY EEDITo ORS Jenny A Andreasson IIsaac BBabcock Sarah Wilson STa AFF WRITERS Sarah Wilson BBrittni Johnson INTERN Jordan KK eyes ADVERTISING SaSALES LLinda Stern 407-376-2434 LS LLEGaAL NoO TICES AAshley McBBride LA SSUBSCRIpPTIoONS | CCIRCULaA TIoON KKatie RReyes 407-563-7073 kreyes@turnstilemediagroup.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. Coffee with BBeat Beat Kahli Can anything good come from T T rayvon Martin tragedy? east CELEBRATEEASTER withDISCOVERY CHURCH EAST Sunday, April 8 | 10:45 amTimber Creek High School1001 S Avalon Park Boulevard Orlando, FL 32828Kids ministry provided for children birth-grade 5.Or join us for our live streaming service online at www.mydconline.org www.discoverychurch.org 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. CALL US TODAY FOR A COPY OF Your Guide to Social Security bob@safeharbor.com | ASafeHarbor.comLearn more visit www.ss.vip2site.com (407) 644-6646 *A Safe Harbor LLC is in no way afliated with the Social Security Administration. tions against the young man ac The best we can do the only thing we can do is to take steps to assure that nothing like this ever happens again.

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Page 4 OS April 6 May 3, 2012 CN EOEOSun.com threatening not only the Baxters relief came on March 19 when was at the auction house where THE LEGENDARY MARSHALL TUCKER BAND COMES TO ORLANDOAfter an extensive overhaul, The Orlando Jai Alai is reclaiming its former status as Orlandos best venue for live entertainment. With ample free parking, plush stadium seating, a gourmet restaurant, custom sound and lights, The Orlando Jai Alai offers a unique concert experience. This is your opportunity to see The Marshall Tucker Band in the intimate setting of The Orlando Jai Alai on Friday, April 13th. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90's, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Dont Mess with Zohan, Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many others as well as many TV Shows. After 37 years of recording and touring, this band will still rock your socks off!Tickets are on sale now for The Marshall Tucker Band. Orlandoliveevents.comFriday April 13th, 2012 8:00 pm 6405 S. US Highway 17-92 (Intersection of SR 436) Fern Park, FL 407 338 6221 Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Ronald Blocker Dinner HonoreeTeresa Jacobs Co-ChairJerry Demings Co-ChairBuddy Dyer Co-ChairHarold Mills Dinner Chair C ONTINUDOM fr e cCHURcCH Pr eyfewer Volunteers, folks in need and MNCSA

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Page 5 OS April 6 May 3, 2012 CN EOEOSun.com Donating to Goodwill Donating to Goodwill Donating to is easier than ever!A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION #CH5843 Weve opened a Donation Xpress near your home.Now its even faster and more convenient to drop off gently used clothes, shoes, household items and electronics. Our attendants can provide receipts and every donation stays local. It takes only 24 pounds of donations to give an individual access to job training, helping them get on the road toward independence. Weve opened a Donation Xpress near your home. Now its even faster and more convenient to drop off gently used clothes, shoes, household items and electronics. Our attendants can provide receipts and every donation stays local. It takes only 24 pounds of donations to give an individual access to job Drop off your donations today! 3520 Avalon Park East Blvd., Suites 4 & 5 Orlando, FL 32828 Industries of Central Florida, Inc.Building Lives That Work. Bring in this ad to receive a free gift.Quantities limited! thorities if they witness something Their efforts are in line with the goals that the Orange County Sher Matamoros went on to say that a little too seriously sometimes, cit C ONTINUDOM fr e HOACorrection TThe photo that accompanied the article "DDaring to be a star" in the March 2 issue of the EEast Orlando SSun was taken by EEric DDean of EEric DDean Photography. T The caption mistakenly credited the Orlando RRepertory T Theater. C ONTINUDOM fr e TRIBUTE P r eyferbf yY Winterbottom was very close with her grandaughter, Alanna, and spent a great deal of time with her.

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Page 6 OS April 6 May 3, 2012 CN EOEOSun.com Orange County commissioners Community Center, near the inter erates out of the community cen County staff estimates the cost source center to the community There was concern that the we really want to offer is classes OOther county news with the Orange County School Fire station contract for a new Orange County Aprils Rotary Business of the Month is Soho Ofce in Avalon Park. Owners Jennifer and Ron Housewright have been involved with national charities, such as Toys for Tots, since they opened in 2005, but recently wanted to focus their charitable efforts on the local community. They hosted a food drive to benet East Orlando food pantries during the holidays and got such a great response that they decided to start hosting them quarterly. Their most recent was in March. They also host a shoe drive by Timber Creek High Schools Student Government Association that benets Edge Outreach Shoes for Water, which helps provide safe, reliable drinking water to people around the world. They are also Partners in Education with Avalon Middle and Camelot Elementary schools. Soho Ofce is located at 3564 E. Avalon Park Blvd., Ste. 1, Orlando. For more information, call 407-482-0662 or visit www.orlando1.sohoofce.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. SOOH A P More options for homeless center OCHOCC MEGAN STOKEsS Sun Staff PbyMeke TThe Woodbury Presbyterian Church is SC PbyMeke Samaritan RResource Center A C

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Page 9 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.comFor many military personnel, adjusting to life after combat is a struggle. For Sean McGrath, a Marine, retiring and returning to normal life was made worse by a divorce at the same time. Life was to everyday life with his family back home wasnt going smoothly. They were worried. They didnt know how to help me, McGrath said. But that next Christmas his sisters had an idea yoga. McGrath, a Massachusetts resident, got a Warriors class. He wasnt so sure was hooked. McGrath felt com fortable in a class surrounded by people just like him. It was made for veterans. Teacher Lucy Cimini, direcfor veterans dealing with Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) military members are exposed to. Through yoga, soldiers are able to cope with situations that trigger memories that cause fear or ag gression by using the tools taught in the program, like deep breath ing to calm down. After getting an interest in how yoga helps military members, Cimini partnered with represen tatives from the U.S. Air Force, Tufts University and Worcester University to conduct a study on its effects. The study, published in the January/February 2012 is sue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy found that hatha yoga is effective in treating PTSD and the stresses experi enced by military personnel, even better than other more common treatments, like talk therapy. A lot of veterans say, This not only helped me but it saved my life, Cimini said. Now Cimini is bringing her and largest yoga for veterans in Avalon Park. Cimini will be teaching yoga teachers how to conduct their own yoga for vet Owens while shes there this April. And then, most likely in free yoga for veterans class once per week. With the coming opening of the VA Medical Center in Orlando, this program will be in-demand by the community, Owens said. Theres also the growing number of veterans returning home dis abled and in need of treatment While yoga does address mak ing a healthy body, when it comes to veterans its very much about healing the mind. And its been proven to work Ciminis study found that in veterans who par ticipated, 54 percent reported sleep improvement, 37 percent felt more calm or relaxed and 11 percent reported reduced frustration and anger or better anger management. These wounds can be very deep and not always visible, Cimini said. Its just been a Godsend for me the daily ups and downs of life are tolerable, Massachusetts client and Vietnam veteran Jim Mitchell said. Im not doing it by myself. McGrath agreed. Not only does he feel a great sense of well being after class, he also likes the Just the going and being so cial with people is really helpful, he said. We all have that one unifying experience, Mitchell said. And that unifying experience is combat. Because of this, a yoga class for veterans has to be taught in a slightly different way. Cimini lets her class be a little more so cial to build a support system and trust between students. The class is in a non-clinical, relaxing and safe environment. They avoid certain music and phrases used in yoga like surrender to the mat or take corpse pose because that may trigger bad memories for the veterans. Cimini leads with class about being in the present moment one way she tries to help soldiers cope with their experiences. They must leave the past and connect to their bodies, tally and try to learn to be more relaxed. Theyre not waiting for some thing bad to happen and can let go of the past, Michelle Owens ist in the present moment, and to realize that is a great relief. band, who just retired from the military in December. She said hes more grounded, and uses it as a way to cope with stress and not let his experiences in the Mid McGrath and Mitchell have found that yoga has done that for them as well. Theyre letting go just a little bit of that past, and recognizing that the present is whats important. I took a chance and it got me out of my bubble and its a way for me to move forward, McGrath said. 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 Yoga East is hosting a training session to learn to teach yoga to wounded veterans and amputees on April 20-22. For more information, visit yogaeast orlando.com. For more information about Yoga Warriors, visit yogawarriors. com. Yoga East will likely begin their free, once-per-week yoga for veterans program in May after their training. Yoga teaches war vets to breathe BRITTNI JoOHNsoSON Sun StaffYoga East owners Michelle and Greg Owens get training to teach local vets to relax, bond and heal through yoga PHoO To O CoOURTesyESY ofOF yoga YOGA wa WARRIoORsS TThrough yoga, vets learn techniques, such as deep breathing, that allows them to deal with a number of afictions they bring back with them from overseas, such as Post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Page 10 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com APRIRIL TThe East Orlando T T rack CClub will start training at Avalon Middle School, 13914 Mailer Blvd. in Avalon Park, with meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and T Thursdays. For more information, call 407-574-7033 or email eastorlandotc@live.com APRIRIL 6 TThe Strates Fun Fair will return to the Wa terford Lakes T T own CCenter April 6-15 in the parking lot behind Friendly CConnes. T The fair will open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. UUnlimited rides cost $15 per person. For more information, visit tinyurl. com/StratesFunFair ApPRIlL 10 CComedian Aziz Ansari will be performing at 7 p.m. T T uesday, April 10 at the UCUCF Arena, Bldg. 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. T Tickets are $5 for students with UCUCF IID and $25 for the general public. For more information, visit ucfarena.com APRIRIL 12 UCUCFs One Act Festival features ve one-act plays running each evening at 7 p.m. April 12-15 at the UCUCF Black Box T Theatre. T There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15. T The plays are "TThe UUnwanted" by Walter Wykes, "RRoad TT rip" by Melissa Landy, "HHouse of the HHoly Mo ment" by CCary Pepper, "Brutal IImagination" by CCornelius Eady, and "Stingray" by Sam Liguori. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit tinyurl.com/OneActFestival APRIRIL 14 Absolutely Avalon, a free family event featuring a bounce park, arts and crafts booths, live music, cultural performances and a laser light show, is from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in downtown Avalon Park. Bring your children ages 6-12 to the Bunny HHop at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the  Alafaya Library, 12000 E. CColonial Drive, Orlando. Kids can make a craft and watch the movie HHop. RRegistration is required. T T o register or get more information, call 407-835-7323. ApPRIlL 15 Join UCUCF students as they present NanoFest Florida, a community awareness event regarding the emerging eld of nanotechnology starting 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at the Alafaya Library, 12000 E. CColonial Drive, Orlando. For more information, call 407-835-7323 APRIRIL 20 Avalon Parks April Movie U U nder the Stars is H H op playing at dark on Friday, April 20. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy free popcorn. Activities start at 7 p.m. Friday Night Life, a free teen club in Avalon Park, offers water bounce houses, water balloons and more water fun from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Avalons Founders Square. RR otary C C lubs of Avalon and Orlando East's 2012 Golf T T ournament is at 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at North Shore Golf C C lub, 11507 N. Shore Golf C C lub Blvd., Orlando. R R egistration starts at noon. T T his four-person T T eam Best Ball Scramble will benet Fairways For Warriors. T T he cost is $80 per player (includes range balls, foursome photo, and awards ceremony and dinner). For more information or to register, contact Jim Foulks at 407-488-5111 or jim.foulks@gmail. com RRapper Mac Miller is performing at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the UCUCF Arena, Bldg. 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. HHe will be joined by special guests T T he C C ool Kids and T T he C C ome UUp. T Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased through ticketmaster.com and at the Arena box ofce. For more information, visit ucfarena.com APRIRIL 21 A kite event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the band shell in Avalon Park.  Bring a kite to y  and a picnic lunch or make a "free" kite at the band shell. Food and kites will be available for purchase. For more information, contact russmozier@yahoo.com APRIRIL 25 UU niversity H H igh School is performing "Les Miserables" as their spring musical April 25-29 and May 3-4. APRIRIL 26 TThe Kiwanis Kwik Mix, a speed-networking event for the community, is from 6-8 p.m. TT hursday, April 26, at SunT T rust Bank in Eastwood, 1999 S. Alafaya T T rail, Orlando. A minimum suggested donation of $5 will be collected for U U nited Global Outreach and the Bithlo community. Visit www.avalonKiwanis. com APRIRIL 27 TThe Festival of CChocolate will be April 27-29 at the UCUCF Arena. T The event runs 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. T Tickets can be pur chased on ticketmaster.com and the prices are $15 for adults and $9 for children. For more information, call Aileen Mand at 407-497-1588 or visit orlando.festivalofchocolate.com APRIRIL 28 TT he Florida Flight, Avalon Parks semi-pro basketball team, will host a game beneting Orange CCounty Academy in Bithlo on April 28. A sold-out game could mean the $10,000 the school needs to purchase a bus to transport its students. Visit www.ighthoops.com for more information or to purchase tickets. TThe inaugural Victim Service CCenter RRide to RR each, a bicycling, walking and outreach event to bring awareness to sexual violence, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the T T own Park Amphitheater, 3651 E. Avalon Park Blvd., Orlando. T T here's a three-mile walk that begins at 10 a.m., a 17-mile ride that begins at 9 a.m., vendors and community booths as well as speakers throughout the event. For more information, call 407-644-2577 or email jody. swain@oc.net APRIRIL 29 TThe 2nd Annual Kiwanis Family 5K for the Kids starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at Blanchard Park in Orlando. C C heck in starts at 7 a.m. All proceeds will go back to support the local community. T There will be free kids fun runs for ages 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8 starting at 9 a.m. T T o register, visit eockiwanis.blogspot.comMAY 5Epic Family 5K races, presented by Nemours C C hildrens H H ospital and Orange C C ounty Parks and R R ecreation, will host a 5K race at Blanchard Park, 2451 N. Dean R R d., Orlando on May 5. RRaces are for all ages and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, visit www.OrangeC C ountyParks.net or connect on Facebook at Orange C C ounty Government Parks and RRecreation. WIN PASSES TO THE ADVANCE SCREENING OF AT REGAL WINTER PARK TO GET TICKETS, VISIT AND ENTER CODE: IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE APRIL 13 THIS FILM IS RATED PG-13. PASSES ARE GOOD FOR TWO COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSIONS. YOU MUST HAVE A PASS TO ATTEND. SEATING IS ON A FIRSTCOME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS AND IS NOT GUARANTEED. SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED AND AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Calendar Festival of Chocolate One Act Festival

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Page 11 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com NNow to April 29 Private Lives An evening of sophisticated one-liners and sexy rejoinders make up Noel Cowards best play. Private Lives is scandalous, very British and as sparkling as chilled champagne. Playing at the Mad Cow Theatre with Jennifer Palmer as Amanda and tempestuous, and once-married/ once-divorced couple Private Lives  runs through April 29. Call 407-297-8788 or visit mad cowtheatre.com NNow to April 22 RRed The Tony-award-winning play for 2010 is Red, an oftendisturbing look at painter Mark Rothko. Written by John Logan, nominated for Oscars for writ ing Avatar and Gladiator, Rothko is seen struggling to create new works. In 90 short minutes, the venomous Rothko embodies the will to create that drives great artists, but in the end, the audience comes to understand a defensive artist struggling with his pride, his legacy, and his will to create. Its presented by the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Call 407-4471700 or visit orlandoshakes.org April 7 CarouselI highly recommend the Or lando Philharmonics opera/mu sical stagings with the orchestra onstage and the performers in front of the Orchestra. Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel, con ducted by Christopher Wilkins and directed by Frank McClain, will be performed on April 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, and both performances feature an all-star cast including dancers from the Orlando Ballet. Named the best musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, Carousel follows the dramatic story of Billy Bigelow, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker who captivates and marries nave mill worker Julie Jordan. Michelle Knight, Todd S. Mummert and Andrea Canny are just a few of the supertalented singing actors you will recognize in this production. Call 407-770-0071 or visit orlandophil. orgApril 13 to June 10 T T reasures of the Chrysanthemum T Throne A much-anticipated new exhibit called Treasures of the Chrysanthemum Throne opens at the Museum of Arts and Sciences on April 13 featuring exquisite Japanese bronzes, intricate ivories and paper-thin porcelains in which each artwork was created during the reign of ascended the Japanese throne in 1867 at the age of 15 and ruled with the aid of Samurai advisors until his death in 1912. MOAS is located at 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach. Call 386-255-0285 or visit moas.org April 17 to May 13 TThe Lion King Disneys  The Lion King leaps onto the stage of the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando with all its stunning theatricality and beloved musical score. Giraffes and elephants strut as gazelles leap and Africa comes to life as the Tony Award-win ning Broadway sensation features Circle of Life.  Themes of love, family, guilt and the strength of friendship are woven into the brilliant theatricality of The Lion King, which also makes it the perfect family musical. The Lion King roars into Orlando from April 17 to May 13. Visit  Or landoBroadway.com April 18 T T aste of Winter ParkSerious food ies need to bring their serious appetites to the 27th  Annual Taste of Winter Park pre sented by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce on  Wednesday, April 18, from 5-8 p.m. Appropriately held at the  Winter Park Farm land Ave., in Winter Park, Taste of Winter Park is an epicurean indulgence featuring tastings from a virtual Whos Who of popular Winter Park restaurants, chefs and catering venues. Along with maxing out on the food and drink, live entertainment will be provided by Johnny Mag Sax. For more information including a complete list of participating restaurants call 407-644-8281  or visit winterpark.orgApril 20 RRick Springeld  Theres some thing about  Rick   and always has been real. His songs about love and loss and greed and envy speak to genera tions. Lately the Grammy-Award winner is more upbeat and fun than dark and introspective, marking a return to Ricks pop/ rock roots. To date,  Rick Spring   lion records with 17 Top 40 hits. Hell be at Plaza Live in Orlando on April 20 at 8 p.m. Visit plazali veorlando.comApril 23 StompIn the wildly popular Broadway show Stomp, the eightmember troupe uses brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and beautiful noise. Perfect for audiences of all ages, you can see what the noise is all about on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. Visit peabodyauditorium. orgApril 28 & 29 Great American Pie FestivalDiet What diet? Its time for the 11th Annual Great American Pie Festival (and Championships). Last year 447 commercial, 142 professional, 301 amateur and six junior  bakers competed for the title of America's top pie baker, but the big news is that 32,000 (of us pie lovers) will descend upon the Disney-created town of Celebration on April 28 and April 29 for the Pie Fest and the never-ending pie buffet. Last year 87,000 slices of pie as well as ice cream and toppings from America's best known bakers were served. The buffet and the childrens activities are the only paid events; all stage entertainment and demonstrations are free. Tickets for the pie buffet are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 5 to enjoy. Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendarCowards Private Lives at Mad Cow TThe Lion King

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Page 12 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.comDoctors told Stephanie Arthur her twin boys only had a 20 per cent chance of survival. I looked at my husband, and said, A 20 percent chance is bet ter than a zero percent chance, Arthur said. Arthurs twins were born premature, at 23 weeks, four months too soon, and have been defying the odds ever since with the sup port of the March of Dimes. We were told Jackson (her son) would be paralyzed from the waist down, and basically told to turn off the machine for Quincy (her other twin son), she said. It was a pretty traumatic and emotional time for us. Arthurs twins are among the 633 babies born preterm every week in Florida, and like so many other mothers she never thought shed be tackling the obstacles that can accompany babies born prematurely. When many women get pregnant you think youre going to have a natural and full preg think youre going to have to en counter what we encountered. Arthur said that when she started researching the causes of premature births March of Dimes immediately came up. After reading hundreds of stories (on the March of Dimes alized I wasnt the only woman going through this, but at the same time I realized there was a purpose there for me, she said. And once I saw the impact they (March of Dimes) made on the community, and how I could get involved, thats really what drove me to really make a difference. The March of Dimes is con tinuing to impact lives with their biggest fundraising event, March or run will help raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes, and support families in need. March of Dimes Central Flor for Babies is a family event. This years goal is for the event to raise $670,000. We have a lot of family teams that are parents that have had babies born premature or with a birth defect, and they know how they have received from all of the advances in medicine that have been achieved by the March of Dimes, Stuart said. The infant mortality rate is 6.9 per 1,000 live births in Orange County, and one in seven babies (14.8 percent of live births) are born preterm. The March of Dimes spends 75 percent of the money raised in March for Babies on research and programs that promote the health of babies. By walking and rais ing money to help the March of Dimes, it supports all-important research offering preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects, educates women on things they can do to increase their chances of having a healthy baby, provides comfort and information to families with a baby in intensive care and pushes for newborn screening and health insurance for all pregnant women and children. March of Dimes board mem ber and volunteer Roger Jeffrey has been involved with the March of Dimes for 25 years, and said he believes its a great way to help others. that event without feeling good about people, because everyones there for the same purpose to do something in some way shape, or form to save babies, Jeffrey said. Its very uplifting and a joy to be involved. Arthur and her family are now also experiencing the joy of being involved in the March of Dimes by becoming this years ambas sador family, as they continue to tackle the obstacles that come their way; while reaching out to share their story and walking for a cause near and dear to their hearts. We decided to share our story and give parents hope, Arthur said. It doesnt matter how many times I talk about them, my eyes always tear up. 2012 CENTRAL FLORIDA MARCH FOR BABIES FACT SHEET WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2012 WHERE: WHAT: $1.9 billion WHY: The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than 29 other countries HOW: Or sign up at marchforbabies.org HHealthy Living TThe 2012 March of Dimes, March for Babies is on Saturday, April 28, at Lake Eola in downtown Or lando. RRegistration begins at 6:30 a.m. For more information or to sign up visit marchforbabies.org or call 407-599-5077. Walking for babies KRIsSTyY VIckeCKERy Y Sun Staff PHoO To O CoOURTesyESY ofOF maMARCH ofOF dDImesMES TThe 2012 March of Dimes March for Babies is Saturday, April 28, at Lake Eola to bring awareness to preterm babies. PHoO To O CoOURTesyESY ofOF maMARCH ofOF dDImesMES Stephanie Arthur poses with her twin boys who were born four months early.

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Page 14 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com common refrain, also translates to your baby is what you eat, too. Moms healthy eating for growing a strong, healthy baby starts before conception and continues through breastfeeding. The healthier you are before getting pregnant, the more likely you are to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Balanced meals with a variety of fruits and vegetables, mixed with lean protein sources and whole grains are a great formula for good health. Find new ways to add vegetables to your meals. Switch to veggie pizzas. Add an extra tomato slice to your sandwich. Of course, avoid alcohol and tobacco before and after having a baby. We dont know what a safe level of alcohol might be, so it is best to avoid all beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks. And the damage of prenatal smoking and second-hand smoke is well known. Dont do it to yourself or your baby. If you smoke, call the Florida Tobacco Free Help Line at 877-UCANNOW for help. Look for these nutrients: Folate, a Vitamin B, prevents birth defects affecting the brain and spinal cord, such as spina nancy, try to have plenty of foods with folate, which is found in leafy green vegetables, beans, cit rus, prenatal vitamins and foods Calcium is a critical building block for bones and teeth, and a great source of Vitamin D. Aim for at least three cups a day of low-fat milk, yogurt or cheeses. If you and milk dont get along, juices. Iron is used to make red blood blood cells that are too small and too light) can be avoided with dark leafy vegetables. Popeye got his strength from spinach (a dark leafy vegetable) precisely because it prevented anemia. Lean protein helps the babys growth. Look for lean cuts of meats and dont underestimate the power of beans and soy the secret is in the sauce. Water is a basic building block weather, aim to drink 10 glasses day. Avoid sodas as much as pos sible. They provide no nutrition and give you either calories or Avoid risky foods provide protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for brain development. But with so much contamination in our planmercury to hurt a babys nervous system development. Avoid the a lower mercury seafood such cod, tilapia or canned tuna. Stick to well-cooked foods. poultry or eggs can carry harmful bacteria and viruses. When you are pregnant, your immune sys tem is not as strong so you need to avoid infection risks. Raw oys ters may be the food of love, but undercooked chicken, turkey or over easy may not go over easy with your health. Pasteurized dairy products are also a safer way to go than unpasteurized. BreastfeedingWhen breastfeeding your precious baby, continue to eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water so your body can make healthy milk. Know that anything that can cause gas or heart burn in you is doubly likely to upset a newborn stomach. A great night out at Taco Tuesday may mean staying up late Tuesday night with an unhappy baby.Maitland resident Nancy Rudner Lugo is a nurse practitioner and president of Health Action, offering workplace health consulting and nurse coaching. Visit www. healthaction.biz 04/30/12 HHealthy Living NNancy RRudner Lugo Health ActionYour food, your baby

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Page 15 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com If you are a new mother or recently pregnant, chances are you have felt the wisp of air that follows the pendulum of mod ern medicine as it swings by yet again. The topic this time: elective deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation. Prior to taking a hard look at outcomes, the consensus in the medical community was that 37 weeks was considered term and deliveries after that point are deemed safe. So off we went and phone calls funneled into labor and deliver wards to schedule elective deliveries. Her husband is getting deployed. Texas to help with the sibling. Shes miserable. We are headIn 1990, 10 percent of deliver ies were electively performed before 39 weeks. Until recently, they accounted for nearly 25 percent of all deliveries. With the emphasis of evidence-based medicine, the pendulum is now swinging the other way and we, as a community, are learning that there is true merit to the saying, patience is a virtue. So what is the big deal? It has become apparent that babies born between 37 and 39 weeks are more likely to have respiratory problems and simply put, they have more growing to do. The brain and liver continue to develop between 39 and 40 weeks. Perhaps most evident is the increased trouble they have with feeding because the coordination required for sucking has not matured. On the maternal front, there is a higher rate of Csections in this patient population as well. This mode of delivery inherently carries increased risks including infection, bleeding and post-delivery pain. And if this isnt reason enough to shy away from early elective cant economic impact as a result of this practice. C-sections are more expensive to perform and lead to longer hospitalizations. Infants that are not fully mature can require intensive neonatal care and that is costly. A study last year estimated that reducing early-term births to 1.7 percent could save close to $1 billion an nually. I personally have found that after appropriate counsel ing, patients are supportive of whatever delivery plan is best for their baby. Not only is an elective induction before 39 weeks against my practices policy, but it is also against hospital policy. Increased awareness of the dangers associ ated with preterm births is on the rise thanks to initiatives such as the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. Hospitals in multiple states, including Florida, have stopped elective deliveries inductions and cesarean sections before 39 weeks. This information wouldnt be complete without offering a few care professionals do not hesitate to recommend delivery before 39 weeks if there is a medical reason to proceed. These indications could include, but are not limited to: a mother sick with preeclampsia, uncontrolled diabetes and concerns for baby's health, such as small size. Patient care in these situations is very individualized, and the risks of continuing the pregnancy can outweigh the This subject leads me to reminiscence about my inter view days before residency. A wise physician sat in front of me, looked at my resume, and then pulled his reading glasses down on his nose to look me in the eyes. He then asked, Can you tell me three attributes that make a good obstetrician? As I paused and shifted uncomfortably in my chair, much to my relief, he proceeded, A good obstetrician is a team player, decisive and perhaps most importantly is patient. We are the only docs that wait 9 months for something to happen. Dont rush things in its Stone. Coming from a physician who has long felt the breeze from the ever-swinging pendulum of medicine, I take great heed in his guidance. And from our experiences, weve learned. It is time to be patient and let Mother Nature do the planning. 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Alafaya Trail Ste 130 Orlando, FL 32825407-380-7991 Evening hours available7560 Ste. 2064 Oviedo, FL 32765407-366-7387 More and more births are being scheduled a little early for non-medical reasons. Experts are learning that this can cause problems for both mom and baby. If possible, the March of Dimes recommends for you to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own. We know you cant wait to meet your baby face to face. But getting to at least 39 weeks gives your baby the time he needs to grow. There are lots of important things happening to your baby in the last few weeks of pregnancy. For example, your baby's brain and lungs are still growing. You might not have a choice about when to have your baby. If there are problems with your pregnancy or your baby's health, you may need to have your baby earlier. But if you have a choice and you're planning to schedule your baby's birth, wait until at least 39 weeks. The March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait education campaign and obstetric provider groups advise that you wait until at least 39 weeks to induce labor or have a cesarean birth (also called a c-section) if it is needed. The campaign was developed in response to the growing number of inductions and c-sections prior to 39 weeks for non-medical reasons.Why babies need timeBabies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life than babies born full term. Here's why your baby needs 39 weeks: time they need to develop. birth. a healthy weight have an easier time staying warm than babies born too small. eat after he's born. Babies born early sometimes can't do these things.Why scheduling an early birth can be a problem Experts are learning that scheduling an early birth for nonmedical reasons can cause problems for mom and baby. For example: hard to know just when you got pregnant. Even with an ultrasound, your due date can be off by as much as 2 weeks. If you schedule to induce labor or schedule a c-section and your date is off by a week or two, your baby may be born too early. medicine your doctor or certied nurse-midwife gives you may not start your labor. When this happens, you may need to have a c-section. by c-section may have more breathing and other medical problems than babies born by vaginal birth. (Most babies are born by vaginal birth. The mother's uterus contracts to help push the baby out through the vagina, also called the birth canal.) Once you have a c-section, you may be more likely in future pregnancies to have a c-section. The more c-sections you have, the more problems you and your baby may have, including problems with the placenta. you to recover from a c-section than from a vaginal birth. You can expect to spend 2 to 4 days in the hospital after a c-section. Then you'll need 4 to 6 weeks after you go home to fully recover. You also could have complications from to stay in touch with your health care provider even after you go home. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprot organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/orida or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information and questions to ask your medical provider, please visit our website at marchofdimes.com. March of Dimes wants you to know that Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Try to avoid pre-term delivery DR. Pamela AMELA SNookOOK Guest writer Dr. Pamela Snook HHealthy Living

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Page 16 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com One street in Avalon Park isnt as quiet as the others. In front of the Rodriguez familys house youll hear the sounds of little wheels bouncing down pavement, grinding as they slide across the ground, and the pop of the board hitting the ramp and slamming over it. Its a street for skaters, and the whole neighborhood is invited. Over the past couple years, the Rodriguez family has been working to make their passion for skateboarding a part of the Avalon Park community. Theyve got an open-garage policy, and any given evening after school, kids from the neighborhood will stop by, browse their vast collection of boards, and pick out their favor ite. Theyll skateboard, bike and have fun until mom or dad yells for them to come home. Francisco has seen the kids go from wary to excited, wobbly to smooth and gliding. Its nice to see the kids getting better, dad Francisco Rodriguez said. Francisco noticed that the sport was popular with lots of teens in the area, but that there wasnt a spot close to home for them to skate safely and without grinding on public property. He decided to invest in some ramps, and has set up a portable skate park at events in Avalon Park. I think its just like any other sport, if your get kids involved in sports they stay away from other bad things, mom Rosanna Rodri guez said. While in the past insurance costs has limited Francisco, this year hes found affordable insur ance and will be having as many skating events as he can. Hes starting with the communitys Friday Night Life program, which is a special night for teens to hang out and have fun while being supervised. the older kids didnt have hel mets and became disinterested. But a few minutes later they saw a crowd of people headed down the street in their direction. A group of younger skaters were ready for fun, so Julian decided to host a competition. A quick skate-off led to three winners, with prizes of skateboard wheels and bearings, and his son Julian getting the hon or of ceremoniously tossing lots of stickers into the air for the skaters to grab all donated by the Rodriguez family. Some of the kids were like, 'This was the best Friday Night Life ever', Julian said. Stephanie Hodson, Avalon Park Group marketing director, said she hopes to help him or ganize bigger skating events, including a distance skating race in Avalon. She loves how involved the family is, and that they bring something new to the residents. Its just a really good example of how getting involved in your community can really help make things happen and foster really great community spirit, she said. Not only has Julian helped his dad organize skating events for the community, hes also done work to make skating a part of his schooling. Before, no skateboarding was allowed at Avalon Middle School. Julian, always the fervent defender of skating and its ben there anyway. He was told not to, the principal to discuss why. After a week of planning his proposal, solving potential safety problems, such as making sure kids wear their helmets and lock up their boards, and touting the homemade shirt with slogan push dont pollute, Julians plan to get skating to school allowed was approved. I felt good about myself, he said. I set out to do something and I did it. Principal Judy Frank said she encourages every kid to stand up for what they are passionate about. If you have something you re ally believe in, theres a right way to talk to people, Frank said. Now, some of his friends are skating to school rather than get ting their parents to drive them, and he sees about 10 skateboards locked up along with the bikes when he skates to school every day. Frank said the line is still very long during pick up and drop off times but any alternative is im portant to the environment and the health of the students, even if We promote healthy life styles, she said. Not only is skateboarding good for the envi ronment, its good for you. Julian is proud of his accom plishment, but is also just happy he can do his favorite thing right before school. It relaxes and wakes you up, he said. It refreshes me. Francisco RRodriguez hopes to be at many of Avalon Parks Friday Night Life events this year. Stop by with a helmet and your parent to check out his portable skate park. Skate community BRITTNI JoOHNsoSON Sun StaffLocal kid creates skate park and alternative to driving to school PHoO To O byBY bBRITTnNI joJOHnsonNSON RRosanna, Julian, Francisco and Adrian RRodriguez are Avalons skate family.

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Page 17 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com School N News TThe East RRiver Chorus yard sale runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur day, April 21 in the East RRiver HHigh School parking lot, 654 C C olumbia School R R oad, Orlando. For more information, contact K. Brillhart at kema.brillhart@ocps.net March was Youth Art Month and artwork by 15 Avalon Middle School art students were chosen for display in the 2012 OCCPS Educational Lead ership C C enter YAM Art Show during the month of March. TT wo T Theatre UCF actors have been recognized by the National Kennedy C C enter/American C C ollege TTheatre Festival for their perfor mances in the 2011 production of Gem of the Ocean. Kevia Goins, a junior in the BFA Acting program at UCUCF, was awarded Distinguished Performance by an Actress for her role as Black Mary. Be Boyd, a tenured associate professor was awarded Distinguished Performance by a Faculty Guest Artist for her work in the role of Aunt Esther. Forty-ve Avalon Middle School students received the highest rating possible from the judges in the countywide event Solo and Ensemble Festival. During this event, students perform an individual solo with a piano player accompaniment, or a small group performance (duets, trios, etc.) in front of a judge. During the 100th Central Florida fair, which ran March 1-11, T T he TT imber C C reek Future Farmers of America chapter took home quite a few awards. T T imber C C reek FFA members Gabriel Maldonado RRosa, RRachel CCasel, Alexis Anne Von Dyke, and Alisha Moore all brought back multiple ribbons and awards for their work. College students from Japan will soon be studying at Valencia CCol lege while interning at Walt Disney World. R R epresentatives from four Japanese colleges visited Valencia on February 16 to nalize an agreement that would provide for overseas academic training opportunities for their students. T The agreement, estab lished by Valencia CContinuing Educa tion, links academic coursework at the college with an academic training experience at Disney. Stacey RRepass, a world history teacher at East RRiver HHigh School, was selected by the English-Speaking UU nion of C C entral Florida to receive one of four scholarships awarded to teachers in Orange, Osceola and Seminole C C ounties. T T he scholarship gives teachers the opportunity to attend an all-expenses-paid, twoweek total immersion seminar in the British UUniversities Summer Scholars Program. RRepass will join the UUniver sity of Oxford's H H istory, Politics and Society Program. Avalon Middle School held its 6th annual H H oops for H H eart event March 19-20. Sponsored by the American HH eart Association, H H oops for H H eart has students participate in a variety of basketball-related activities to learn how to care for their heart. For the last ve years, Avalon Middle School has ranked rst, second or third in the state and in 2008 AMS was ranked fth in the nation. Cricynda Quibell of Union Park Middle School is the rst winner in the Florida Flight's J's for A's program, which awards East Orlando students who earn straight As a brand new pair of Jordan sneakers. TT he Flight is an Avalon Park-based minor-league basketball team. A new winner will be chosen during each marking period. For more informa tion about the program, visit www. ighthoops.com/js-for-as East R R iver H H igh Schools Keith Clements had his art displayed at the 53rd Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. C C lements, also a football player and a weight lifter for the school, also holds the schools weightlifting record of 620 pounds. NNASA's Flight Opportuni ties Program has selected three UU niversity of C C entral Florida space technology projects for ights. TT he UC UC F projects were among 24 chosen by NASA for its program this month. NASA will pay for all projects to y on a suborbital rocket, high-altitude balloon or on a parabolic airplane. TThe East Orlando 4-HH robot ics team also known as Exploding Bacon RRobotics qualied for the World CChampionships of the FIRIRSTT RR obotics C C ompetition to be held in St. Louis, Mo. T T heir robot, driven by Matt Winchester from T T imber C C reek HHigh School and Kris Walters, a ho meschooler, advanced to the seminals at each event but was knocked out by the regional winners. UCF in space Keith Clements

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Page 18 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com Oviedo / Chuluota407.359.1070 Summer Camp Program Summer of Fun and Learning Summer Camps Too much time indoors can of ten lead to cranky, stir-crazy kids. But you can keep your kiddo occupied with kid-friendly, educational activities that will appeal to their imagination. Here are a few ideas to get you started: site. If the weather has prevented you from a camping excursion, pitch a tent in your living room. Use a table, chairs and a sheet to create a tent or fort in your dining room or living room. Then, make a circle using potatoes in place of involved and take turns telling funny stories. Remember to pack some good campsite treats, such as popped popcorn and dried fruits. From your campsite, go explor ing through the jungle of the liv to use their imagination. What animals do they see? Do they hear any foreign sounds? How tall are the trees? Will they have to cross a river? If so, will they need to build a bridge? If a bridge is needed, let them use some throw pillows to use as crossing stones. Remem ber, if youre excited, theyll be excited too. Create a journal. Ask your child to describe their ad venture or just their day by writing, painting or drawing on a series of pages. Have them start from the beginning by describing what they had for breakfast, what can use a hole punch and yarn or string to put together a journal to help them recall their exciting day. better excuse to head out even in less than favorable weather than to take a trip to the library? Keeping your childs book col lection well-stocked and diverse are great ways to encourage their hobby, and help them to continue to develop a larger vocabulary. Find out if your local library has a reading program and get your child signed up, and dont forget to check to see if they have story time as well. are few things better on a dreary weather day than to curl up in a cozy corner in warm pajamas with a good book and a trusted teddy bear. And after a long day of trudging through the jungle and the library, both you and your kiddo are likely to need some quiet time. Designate one corner of your home as the book nook with lots of comfy blankets, pil lows and a reading light. Then snuggle up and read some stories together. If youre looking for more edu cational activities, great reading material or tips for encouraging your child to read, look to Kidsville News! in your area or online at www.kidsvillenews.com Family FeaturesKeep your little one busy with indoor kid-friendly activities

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Page 19 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com UCPs East Orlando/ Bailes Campus (by UCF) 12702 Science Drive Orlando, FL 32826Enroll Today! or call (407) 852-3300. Follow us on: care available basis. Medicaid, commercial insurance and private/prompt pay discounts availableFunded in part by Harper Family Summer is About Learning and Having Fun!FREE $40 RegistrationNew students only please. Register now and receive 25% off your rst month tuition with this ad.Call our New Student Hotline 407-567-7776 today!Piano/Guitar/Voice/Drums/Band & Orchestra School will be out soon and now is the time to start learning an instrument! Beginners welcome. Have fun and learn to playAvalon Park School 12001 Avalon Lake Dr. Suite E1 (next to Eastside Bistro in Avalon Park) Lake Underhill School 11333 Lake Underhill Rd. Suite 104 (across from Legacy Middle School) Plan your weekend withThe Weekender!This weekly newsletter keeps you up to date on events happening in Central Florida's cities, including Winter Park, Maitland, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Avalon Park and Waterford Lakes.Visit eosun.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter" Whether youre a parent, a classroom teacher, or a homeschool instructor, you know that students learn best when they can interact with their subject. It can be fun and inspirational to explore and hand. The sample project featured here comes from a free resource thats helping to inspire elementary-aged students across the country: MyBotanicPlanet. com. Through online and hands-on ex periences, this resource lets students customize an avatar to explore color ful plant environments and interactive games as they learn. Flower investigationWhat youll need: groups to work together. Alstroemerias and gladiolus work well and are avail departments. Azaleas or any member of the lily family could also be used easy to see. be used for dissecting equipment closer inspectionGetting started nail. Remind students to be careful with all of the tiny pieces. Its easy to damage or brush away some of the most important parts. RReview the parts of the ower students record how many petals their made. For older students, you could also point out that the top part that holds the pollen is the anther and the stem part has. If it has six petals, it will also have six stamens. If they have an extra piece, then one should look a little bit different, and is actually part of the pistil. made. The pistil is made of three different parts. The very top of the pistil is called the stigma. The stigma is where the pol len falls when a pollinator brings it in. The pollen travels down the tube (style) and goes down to the bottom (ovary) where the seeds will form. Split the pis see unfertilized beginnings of seeds. The seed pattern inside will be the same pat tern of seeds within the fruit later. ering bud is hidden safely behind these developed. When the bloom begins to grow, the sepal will split open and the petals can break out. Visit www.MyBotanicPlanet.com for more. Family FeaturesNurturing young nature lovers Summer Camps

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Page 20 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com EasAST ORlaLANdoDO Avalon School of MusicKids ages 6 and up can sign up for piano, guitar, drums or voice lessons during Avalon School of Musics summer camp. T The school is located at 11333 Lake UUnderhill RRoad, Ste. 104, in Orlando. CCall 407-567-7776, email JKolbrich@AvalonMusic CCenter.com or visit www.AvalonMusicCCenter.com Central Florida Soccer Academy TT rain with professionals and World CCup cham pions at the CCentral Florida Soccer Academys Amanda CCromwells Girls Day and Overnight CCamps at UCUCF. T The camp runs from June 11-15, June 20-23 and July 15-18. CCall 407-823-6611, email IInfo@CCentralFloridSoccerAcademy.com or visit cfsaorlando.comFirst Friends TThe Boing Jump CCenter, roller skating rink, bowl ing alley and rock climbing wall at First Friends summer camp program will keep any child occupied this summer. T The center is located in the Wa terford Lakes T T own CCenter at 789 N. Alafaya T T rail, Orlando. CCall 407-273-9400, email Waterford@ FirstFriends.com or visit www.FirstFriends.comLegoLand Spend the summer building robots at II Brick Academy Lego RRoboCCamps for kids grades 3-8. CCall 407-230-6100, email fun@ibrickacademy.com or visit www.IIBrickAcademy.com Kids RR Kids TTimes machines, ice ages, castles and knights TThese are all weekly camp themes at Kids RR Kids summer camp for kids ages 5-12. CCamp Dates are June 8 and Aug. 17. CCall T T racy at 407-381-7979, email T T racy@Kidsrkidsorlando.com or visit www. KidsRRKidsOrlando.com Painted Oaks AcademyLearn how to groom, tack up, bathe and ride a horse at Painted Oaks Academy HHorse C Camp. Kids can also enjoy the pool and arts and crafts. T The academy is located at 15100 Lake Pickett RRoad, Orlando. CCall Lisa at 407-929-0970, email Lisa@ PaintedOaksAcademy.com or visit www.PaintedOaksAcademy.comYMCAY camps, whether overnight, day or specialty camps all share one thing: theyre about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, nd new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. T They spend their days swimming, playing sports, learning positive character development, doing arts and crafts and going on eld trips. Visit www.ymcacentralorida.com  UCP of Central Florida UCUCP of CCentral Florida offers full day camp programs for children age birth through fourth grade. T The school is for children with all abilities but this camp offers experts for children with special needs. UCUCP is located at 12702 Science Dr., Orlando, near UCUCF. CCall 407-852-3300 or visit www.ucpc.org CeENTRalAL FloLORIdaDA Orlando RRepertory T Theatre CCreate, explore and perform with the Orlando RRepertory T Theatres Youth Academy summer camps with multiple sessions for kids entering grades 1 through 12. Also offered are special sessions for preschoolers and their parents or grandparents. T The Youth Academys camps are designed to foster self-condence, creative thinking, collaboration, trust, and discipline through the medium of the performing arts. Most camps take place at the theatres facility in Orlandos Loch HHaven Park and conclude with a showcase on the nal day. All instructors are screened and back ground-checked. Morning care and after care are available. For information and pricing visit www. orlandorep.com  Bright HHorizons TThrough discovery and exploration, your child will experience the summer of a lifetime while enrolled in Our World Our Backyard, Bright HHo rizons signature summer program. T T eachers work to develop a curriculum that takes advantage of all that summer offers. T The staff uses playgrounds and the surrounding community as an extension of the center, helping children to discover science and explore nature, creative art and music. T These experiences include walking trips to local parks, libraries, zoos or museums. With multiple locations throughout CCentral Florida there is one in Baldwin Park. For more information please visit www.brighthorizons.comOrlando Science Center TThe Orlando Science CCenter is hosting a full schedule of summer camps for kids entering PreK through ninth grade. T T uition includes extended care (before and after camp) and a camp T T -shirt. Lunch and snacks are available or campers can choose to bring their own. T The OSCC will host two open house events for families to preview and reg ister for camp on Saturday, May 12, and Saturday, June 2. For more details visit www.osc.orgOrlando Museum of ArtSee, discover and create art treasures at the Orlando Museum of Art this summer through the Summer Art Programs with sessions for students entering grades 1-9. Join OMA for a summer of unique art-making experiences that place value on the process of creating in a relaxed atmosphere. From programs for fun-loving kids to the more serious student of art, classes offer something for every budding artist. RRegister for one week or up to 10 weeks with a different theme each week. For information telephone 407 896 4231 x262, email gneureuther@omart.org or visit www. omart.org Orange County RRegional HHistory Center Adventures in HHistory camp programs offer kids an opportunity to explore their creativity, expand their imaginations and enhance their knowledge of the world around them. T The OCRHCCRHC offers summer camp for grades K-8. Day camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. Extended day available until 6 p.m. for an addition Whatever youre into, weve got a camp for you. GOO D FO R T HE BRAIN GOO D FO R T HE BODY AN D JUS T PLAIN GOO D FU NSUMMER COOL CAMPWeaving in a little bit of education along with a whole lot of fun, these week-long day camps, offered at 34 locations, ensure kids are spending summer days in a safe environment, exercising their bodies and their brains, too. Activities include sports, art, aviation, computers, swimming, book club and more. PASS SCORE P LA Y CAMPThis camp is perfect for boys and girls who get a kick out of kicking, throwing, passing and scoring. Well spend our days playing everything from soccer to basketball to volleyball.THE ALL-NE W MIN D BLOWING BRAIN CAMPWere turning summer camp up a notch with new camps that cater to the active imaginations and curious minds of 21st century kids. The Ys Mind Blowing Brain Camps challenge kids to become young inventors, engineers, chefs and more. THE ALL NEW Y SUMMER CAMPS At Camp Wewa, kids get to have fun and make memories as they spend their days playing sports, canoeing and hanging out with their friends in the great outdoors, all while developing responsibility and leadership skills. Lear n more a t ymcawewa.org or c al l 407.886.1240 YMC A CAM P WEW A (Residen t C am p) ymc ace nt ralfl or id a. comTo l ear n m ore abo ut Summ er C amp ema il u s a t camp @c f ymc a.o rg YMCA OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Follow us at: Summer Camps Summer camp directory Orlando Museum of Art

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Page 21 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com al $10 per child, per day.) T The cost for members is $110 per child, per week and for non-members $140 per child, per week. T There is a 10 percent discount for sibling or multiple-week enrollment. Visit www.thehistorycenter.orgOrlando Metro Gymnastics in Baldwin ParkOrlando Metro offers Kidz Sports Day CCamps on all major school holi days and vacations. Activities include gymnastics, games, swimming, arts and crafts, bouncer and much more! During Summer CCamp there are regular eld trips to the LB McLeod location for skateboarding and other local businesses. Full-day or half-day sessions are available. Visit www. Orlandometrogymnastics.com RRollins College RRollins CCollege summer camp pro grams combine interesting, hands-on activities with innovative course content to create a rewarding educational camp experience. Each course provides in-depth subject exploration while maintaining a fun summer camp atmosphere. T The dates for the 2012 RRollins CCollege Summer CCamp are Session A: T T uesday, June 12 Friday, July 6 and Session B: Monday, July 9 Friday, Aug. 3. IIf you have any ques tions regarding the Summer CCamp program please visit www.rollins.edu/ campOrlando Magic Summer Camps TThe Orlando Magic summer basket ball camps are back for their best season ever! Join them at one of over 20 sessions that will offer expert instruction, fantastic giveaways and NBA excitement. Plus, register by April 1 and save an additional $15! (HHurry many sessions will sell out very quickly.) Visit www.nba.com/ magic/magiccamps_index.html to register.Crealde School of Art CCrealds Summer ArtCCamp, begin ning Monday, June 11, offers kids between ages four and 17 more than 20 classes in a variety of media including painting, drawing, clay and ceramics, sculpture, traditional lm or digital photography, and printmaking. C C ontact the C C reald School of Art at 407-671-1886 or  www. crealde.org. T They are open Monday through T Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are located at 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park. Baldwin Oaks AcademyBaldwin Oaks Academy Summer CCamp is now enrolling ages 3-12. For elementary and middle school campers, each week features different themes like photography, robotics or drama. Preschoolers will be taking a RRoad T T rip to the Four CCorners of the UUnited States. CCamp hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost is $160/week. For an additional $30 per week, extended care, until 6 p.m. is available. CCon tact 407-647-0119 or BaldwinOA. comMead Garden RR egistration is now open for this summer's elementary, middle and high school camps. Early Bird discount registration for Mead Botanical Garden members and prior campers ends May 15. Enjoy fresh air and fun, wildlife and water, pine trees and pollinators, bees and butteries, creeks and critters, going green and getting grimy with some good old-fashioned summer fun at Mead Gardens Young Naturalist summer camp. Visit MeadGarden. org/Programs/Mead-Summer-CCamp www.KidsRKidsOrlando.com DCF Certificate Number C09OR0225 Summer Camp Open House & RegistrationJunior Camp (VPK Graduates) and Senior Camp (School Age K 5th)Tuesday, April 17th4:00 PM 6:3 0 PMThe Kona Ice Truck will be at the Waterford location Enroll on April 17thand get a Goodie Bag that includes a FREE Kona Ice Join us as we travel through time in our incredible time machine! Ex citing T hemes Flexible Weekly Scheduling Weekly Field Trips Experienced Professi onal Staff A v a l o n P a r k 12001 Avalon Lake Dr Orlando, FL 32828 4 0 7 3 0 6 9 0 3 5 W a t e r f o r d 415 Woodbury Rd Orlando, FL 32828 4 0 7 3 8 1 7 9 7 9 Summer Camps Mead Garden II went in the hot tub and played pool, and II also played air hockey. Justin, 8 II went to the Smokey Mountains and II went horseback riding and II went on a hike. Savannah, 8 II went to the pool with my dad. T The next day II went to a hotel and II saw Shrek and Fiona for breakfast. CCharlisse, 9 II went to the beach twice, went to Disney and slept in a lot. II played with my friends and family and enjoyed my time away from school. Kyle, 11 We went to Disney and my papa got me this T T -shirt from Disney. Missy, 6 We went camping. We went swim ming there. We went to the beach. Miranda, 12What did you do on Spring Break?

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Page 22 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Opinions EOSun.com Recently, the organization I work with held an employment seminar. We visited the topics of dealing with job loss, resumes, how employment has changed since 2001 (think digital) and interviewing. I love listening to the presenters at these events because they have such great information for job seekers. The dent of HR Concepts, talked about putting together a sheet of PAR state ments to help prepare for interviews. I love this! PAR statements are Problem, Ac tion, Result. This is the perfect answer for behavioral interview questions. By writing down a list of problems you have faced, the actions you took and the results you had, you are in a story telling mode for the interview. We are not talking about petty problems like the restroom had no toi let paper so I walked down the hall to get some (or screamed from the stall) and the result was the next person had paper. We are talking about ways you helped the company to grow, saved the company money, streamlined a process, or made a suggestion that made things better for you and your co-workers. For example, instead of saying, I landed a $3 million account, you could say, When I took over the posileveraging networking connections, and diligent follow ups with potential customers, I was able to land a new account. This new account contributed to more than $3 million in annual sales for my company. A true story for me in a job I previously held. By thinking this way in advance of an interview, you are well prepared for the questions you will be asked. On a side note, I asked a very professionally dressed lady at the event to tell me a little about herself and she told me that question always stumps it! 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.orgDeep-seated personality traits of mine have always been those of a designer and builder. Numerous career choices have been in the construction trades, starting as a carpenters helper during college summer breaks, working in the wholesale building supply industry, and even as an electrician at the Mouse House. During these 30plus years, interspersed with creating my homestead and gardens, concern for job safety has evolved from nonmy current position as an instructor of the noble art of growing your own food, imparting safe working habits has become a mission and duty. What could possibly be dangerous safely ensconced in the tranquility of my garden? The soft, deeply turned soil, perfectly loosened to allow the roots easy penetration, was more than likely broken up with sharp steel im plements. Whether using a sharpened spade-shaped shovel or the rapidly rotating tines on a gas-powered rototiller, our soft toes are no match when directing as much force as possible at targeted root clumps. Sandals or the question when considering garden attire. At a bare minimum, closed-toe sneakers should be worn, with steel toe combat boot probably recom mended by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines. The various denizens of the natural world all have their bag of tricks when feeling threatened. I am amazed at the tenderness of thin-skinned guests to my great out-of-doors when facing down the poison arsenal of mere no-see-um welts, not to mention bee stings or scorpion zolts. Long-sleeve shirts and canvas jeans preclude the majority of itches. Chemical repelsprayed on a paper towel and then applied sparingly to outer clothes and exposed skin. Timing is everything, with most biting bugs looking to snack on us right around sunset. The most inconvenient safety chore during a cardio session in the garden on a hot, humid afternoon would be a dust mask. Dry soil will emit particulate of untold composition. Tossing granular fertilizer warrants an awareness of wind direction and pity for all those downstream from the dust cloud. Diatomaceous earth, an insect control, is jagged microscopic silica skeletal remains of diatom algae, akin to ground-up glass. My primary procrastinator when planning to muck out the chicken coop is the airborne manure powder. Gardening is the oldest and most popular active hobby in the history of our species. The immediate enjoyment in an idyllic setting must be slightly tempered with safety measure to ensure future enjoyment. Have fun, grow safe!Tom 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.At the end of this school year Or ange County Public Schools Super intendent Ronald Blocker will retire after leading the district for 12 years. I want to thank Mr. Blocker for his cant academic gains and growth for OCPS students. Succeeding Mr. Blocker will be Dr. Barbara Jenkins. It's with great enthu siasm that I endorse Dr. Jenkins. She began her education career with OCPS as a teacher and principal, moved to the nationally recognized urban school district of Charlotte-Mecklen berg, N.C. as assistant superintendent of human resources and is now the current OCPS deputy superintendent for teaching and learning. Dr. Jenkins will assume the job against a formidable backdrop of challenges that includes escalating academic standards and accountabil ity, lower funding, and a teacher work force that is stressed by recent legisla tive mandates. State education funding levels are lower now than in 2007, while health insurance and utility expenses have risen. As superintendent, Dr. Jenkins will need to provide a budget that time protects the classroom. The Flor introduced higher "cut scores" for students to pass the FCAT and began revising the individual school grading formula, leading education experts to predict seeing fewer "A" schools and more "D" and "F" schools. Many Language Learners and special needs students will be especially vulnerable to the revision. and pride in the OCPS work force and in our teacher ranks. Providing our teachers with the support they need to cope and excel within their profession against the intense pressure of change will be an important task. Leading all of our students to academic suc cess will be her No. 1 goal! Welcome aboard, Dr. Jenkins!Contact Flynn at daryl.ynn@ocps.net or 401-317-3200, ext. 2989. Daryl Flynn Orange CCounty School Board member Jackie Carroll Parent to ParentOCPS leader takes overIs there really a Lady Gaga? TT om Carey From My Garden to Yours Is my garden safe? Sandi Vidal Ask SandiMake a list of good qualitiesTheyre just kids. Our kids. And weve protected them to the best of our abilities. Sometimes to the point where it may seem absurd. This became painfully clear the day my daughter came home with a burning question the second she walked in the door after school. Mom, it isnt true, is it? What isnt true? I told them, but they said I was wrong. What, honey? Theres not a singer named Lady Gaga, is there? There cant be. Ummm, I know its a silly name, but yes, honey, there is a Lady Gaga. At this point we had to ask ourselves, have we gone too far? busy. No excuse, I know. But there was a picture of two elementary-aged girls with their arms around each others waists on the cover, it was titled As Long As Were Together and she got it from the school library and from the correct area for her age group. Go ahead, honey. She may be nave, but shes not dumb. She read the whole book before asking me if daddies can really have girlfriends. And hey, why wouldnt anyone help that girl when she was bleeding? Ugh. Give me that. Topics ranged from French kissing to being pressured to go all the way and, of course, the obligatory smattering of sexual urges. My favorite line had to be about Marcella, the eighth grade slut. Because we cant pre-read every book in the library, we had a conversation with the school. Of course were not interested in banning books; and yes, some kids have split families, and some girls do get their periods before they leave elementary school; I get it. But it was a middle school reader, and shes 6. Still, Im the parent. It was my fault. How about when I decided to relax a little and let the kids watch Speed Racer. What was I thinking? fast forward it almost continuously. I should have it wasnt a great work of art. OK. Mindless viewing is alright every once in a while. But the reviews didnt really mention the language, or the piranha tank, or stead of good. More research, mom. Get on the ball. So, yes, we make mistakes. And we get tired of having to seem like the ogre parents. And sometimes we miss stuff. And thats our fault. But its also our fault that our daughter doesnt know who Lady Gaga is. And shes never seen a scary news story. And she doesnt surf the Internet blindly. And shes never watched a movie more advanced than language that makes me cringe). And shes polite and respectful, most of the time. But, believe it or not, she really doesnt seem any the worse for wear. My kids are sheltered. As sheltered as I can keep them without completely banning all media, homeschooling and running background checks on friends and neighbors. Things will slip through. But were tant for kids to bewell, kids. Too soon theyll know every curse word there is, every form of violence mankind can think up, and all of the horrible things And then, like the rest of us, they can waste brain that way. But until then, well let them be kids.Chris and Jackie Carroll co-author Parent to Parent and live in Avalon Park with their ve children.Commissioners Corner

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Page 23 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Opinions EOSun.com Staff opinion Strip-searching the Fourth AmendmentIf youre given a speeding ticket and forget to pay it for long enough, you may now be subject to a strip search. Thats a rather extreme example, but one thats now legally allowed thanks to a split 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision search anyone arrested for any reason. Considering that America has the largest population of incarcerated residents in the world, thats an awful lot of humiliation about to happen. About 13 million people are jailed each year in the Unit ed States, wrote justice Anthony Kennedy, who drafted the majority opinion on the ruling, which split directly down political lines with the court. Dont think youll be among them? Not so fast. The ruling comes from a seemingly unlikely case. In 2005 Albert W. Florence was arrested and strip-searched for not paying been processed. He found out the hard way what a clerical error can cost. ager at a Philadelphia car dealership, he was riding in his BMW, driven by his wife, when she was pulled over for speeding. When police noticed he had an outstanding was arrested, even though he had a court document in his possession proving hed paid it. Hed kept it, he told the Standing alongside the highway, with proof that he should be free to go, he was arrested in front of his wife and 4-year-old son anyway. When he arrived at jail, he was strip-searched. When he was moved to another jail in another county, he was stripsearched again. It made me feel like less of a man. nally set free when the courts discovered the clerical error. against unlawful search was violated. Despite the obvious incompetence displayed in the ar rest and treatment of a non-criminal in this case, Kennedy wrote that the courts are in no position to second-guess are. They are some of the very few in a position to second in this case. They simply failed to do so. Citing some of the more dangerous examples on hand, 9/11 conspirator. The implication being that since we have examples of arrestees committing worse crimes than those they were arrested for, anyone who is arrested for any reason even non-criminal reasons is immediately sus pected of being in the act of committing more crimes. So why not strip search everybody whos put in handcuffs? Dissenting judge Stephen G. Breyer wrote about his own examples: a nun who was strip-searched after being arrested at an anti-war protest, a driver strip searched searched after riding a bicycle without an audible bell. In states with some stricter laws, someone could con ceivably be strip searched after feeding the homeless, for violating a leash law or for not using a turn signal. Florence thought police went too far in searching his naked body for drugs and weapons after he was wrongly arrested for a civil infraction he hadnt even committed. According to the Supreme Court, simply falsely arresting him wasnt far enough. In states with some stricter laws, someone could conceivably be strip searched after feeding the homeless, for violating a leash law or for not using a turn signal. Letters to the editor Save on gas and groceries Gas and groceries are among our basic necessities. Commuting to work every day and putting food on the table are getting more expensive and, for families already struggling to make ends meet, these added our pantry continues to increase, CredAbility offers tips to help con sumers save at the pump and in the grocery store. Saving on Gasoline carpool. Work with neighbors and co-workers to share the expense of getting kids to school and driving to work. requires little more than a computer, try and work from home one or more days per week to cut down on commuting costs. Websites, such as GasBuddy.com, keep track of gas prices throughout can also download an app for your smart phone and get prices on the go. rebate options. Some retailers offer discounts on gas for shopping in Winn-Dixies Fuelperks program offers consumers 5 cents per gallon discount (up to 20 gallons) at par ticipating stations for every $50 in groceries purchased.) Other retailers also participate in the Fuelperks pro gram; visit fuelperks.com for more information. Costco offers a cash back rebate on gasoline purchased Card. Walmart offers 3 cents off per gallon discount if you use a pre-paid gift card or store credit card. -Pay cash for gas. If you dont know how much you are spending in gas, or you are struggling to pay off gas purchases made on a credit card each month, use cash to pay for gas. a trunk full of stuff, you are getting trunk and save. priate air pressure in your tires to get the best gas mileage. Reduce the cost to cool down a hot car by using a sun-shade in the front window and parking in a shady area. Plan your day so you can combine trips and drive fewer miles. Drive the speed limitspeeding reduces your miles per gallon. Saving on Groceries While grocery shopping can be expensive, it is often the unplanned purchases that put the bill over the top. Plan your menus for the week and make a list of things you need before you go to the store. savings, special purchases and buyone-get-one promotions. Coupon savings are usually worth the cost of the Sunday paper. In addition to manufacturers coupons, sites like CouponMom.com compare in-store specials at many grocery chains. A great sale or double or triple coupon values may make it worth the trip to a store you dont usually go to. For staple items with a long shelf-life, stock up during sales. save. There are many apps to help pons, track prices at stores in your area and more. Grocery Pal shows you whats on sale at your local retailers. Apples2Oranges allows you to compare prices on various sizes to see which offers the better deal. Grocery Gadget can help organize your shopping list and track prices for maximum savings. Most apps are available for multiple devices. be cheaper to buy three dozen eggs, but only if you dont end up throw ing out a dozen because they have expired. Compare prices on bulk purchases. Consider shopping for bulk items with a friend and share the cost. on an empty stomach will always cost you more at the store. Have a snack before you go and youll be less tempted to impulse buy. eye level. Many lower cost items, including store brands, are stocked on higher and lower shelves while higher-priced items are at eye level. because they are a larger size or displayed separately Take a calculator along to determine the price per ounce or pound so you can get the best deal. And remember: larger is not always better. Buy only what you will use. may add slightly to your grocery bill, packing your lunch can save you a hundred dollars or more per month when compared to eating out. RRichard Schram regional president of CCredAbility Get a summer-ready lawn Orlando. This means getting back into the yard and gardeneither to prepare an outdoor space for en tertaining, address a long-overdue isfy the needs of a green thumb. landscape like a pro this season: are many factors that go into having a fuller, healthier lawn. It all starts with selecting the right seed. Having a drought-tolerant seed is critical, particularly during dry seasons and in drought-prone regions, such as Florida. Good soil conditions also are es sential. This means that the soil will provide the right foundation for growth. Soil tests evaluate the condition and level of nutrients in the soil, namely pH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels. A soils pH level determines how well plants will be able to draw the nutrients they need. Because soil pH levels tend to change over time, test regularly. tilizers help supply plants with the nutrients needed to grow properly. The ideal time to apply fertilizer is when a lawn is actively growing. For the Orlando area, grasses tend to require fertilizing in the spring and in the late summer. germination, establishment and ongoing maintenance. During germination, its important to water every day to keep soil moist. This helps promote a strong root system encouraging nutrient uptake, drought resistance and a lawns ability to thrive under stress. Fol every third day for 15-20 minutes until your grass has fully grown. As part of ongoing maintenance, water every fourth day for 20-30 minutes. At this point, the primary goal is to keep a healthy lawn. This can be accomplished by monitoring color changes. A lawn does not need water until the color falls by 50 percent, at which time one inch of water should be added. Mowing schedules revolve around the length of the grass more than the time between mowing. Once grass is roughly one-third taller than the desired height, its time to mow. cutting after new grass is planted. This reduces stress on the grass. RRuss Nicholson Senior Agronomist for Pennington Seed, IInc. Cooking with familyCooking has always been such an important part in my family. For us, cooking together with my kids allows me to not only share generations after generations of favorite family recipes, but also a chance to bond with my children on a special level. Food happens to be my passion and having kids that are so interested in that helps foster their own passion for food and all that is encompassed with being in the kitchen. I have had the extreme honor to cultivate a love for cooking with my daughter, Kayla.  I see so much of myself in her, it amazes me from her spunky precocious personality to her love for food, she is truly a mini-me. my daughter comes bouncing in, wanting to help me whether Im chopping onions, which I just hate to do, or baking cinnamon rolls from scratch. No matter what it is she wants in. and I love it! When I saw this amazing contest being sponsored by Uncle Bens Rice and Rachel Ray I knew I wanted to give Kayla an opportunity to showcase her love for cooking. The a three-minute video showcasing you and your son/daughter cooking in the kitchen. Of course the main ingredient to use in this dish was Uncle Bens Rice. There were so many different from savory roasted stuffed peppers to sweet rice puddings.  During the video you were supposed to have your child discuss why cooking is so much fun, tips for other kids who want to cook with their moms and dads and why they like cooking so much. When I asked Kayla what she wanted to make for the video she and I suggested to add shrimp to it.  She loved the idea and went with it.  One of the last questions I asked Kayla was, Why do you want to be on the Rachel Ray Show and to be chosen as a winner?  She responded: Because I want to show kids my age how much fun cooking really is and show kids how much I love to cook and have them eat my food.   I think that answer alone was the best answer ever. Whether or not Kayla and I are the contest, our love for cooking together will continue to grow and we will continue to show families how important cooking together is. Natasha N. Kennedy East Orlando E-mail your letters to megans@eosun.com

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Page 24 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 TThe Marketplace EOSun.comFirst impressions are priceless, in all aspects of life. Just like you wear a suit to a job interview, your home has a dress code to buyers to ask Where do I sign? I learned a few things in my years selling for new home builders, one being a properly staged and prepared home can often fetch thousands more for its seller. Some of the things you need to do make a memorable impression may be common sense to you, and some may surprise you. Lets start with the basics. Make a punch list. If youve ever bought a new home you wouldve had several walk throughs with the builder wherein you made a punch list of items needing attention prior to close. Its a great idea to do the same thing prior to listing your home for sale. Walk your entire home, starting at the curb and jot down items in need of TLC or removal. A fresh set of eyes is crucial here. Rope a neighbor, friend or relative into helping you, or better yet your Realtor, and be thorough. Put your home in the witness protection program. When potential homebuyers view your home, you want them to be able to visualize themselves and their families actually living there. This is a tall order if you have your family photos, stacks of dishes and a display of whatever it is you collect in plain sight. Less clutter and less personal items equals less distractions for the buyer. The idea here is to have them mentally put themselves in your space. Repair, renew, revitalize. Once youve de-cluttered your home and made it neutral (think a builders model home), execute the items on your punch list, within reason. Areas with high return on investment are the And never under estimate the power of curb appeal. Fresh mulch, well cared for grass and pretty pink annuals go a long way. Cleaning works wonders as well. Be sure all light bulbs are working, and give your windows a good inside and outside Windex job. Heres a helpful checklist of some of the best ways to make your home shine for its new owners: out, dust sills. fresheners and scented candles, brew coffee or bake cookies prior to showings if possible. Smoke? Consider repainting the interior, it helps neutralize the smoke smell. Remember to change your accents or knick knacks in small groups. Add a pop of color, and go easy with the accent walls, one is enough! Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Contact her at 407-928-8294 or www. ChristinaSellsOrlando.com BRRENNDA: Approximately 60 Orlando are still short sales. This percentage has come down but still the majority of homes on the market are short sales. The banks have allocated a lot of their funds that used to go to foreclosures and are now going towards short sales, which is good. Karen, as a real estate attorney and owner of your own title company, what have you been seeing? KARRENN: The short sale cli mate has never been more seller friendly. If your mortgage holder is Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, Chase or Ally Bank, the news is even better. These $25 billion government-backed program to assist distressed hoagreed to strive to have short sales approved within 30 days. PAMELA: That is unbelievable news and this time frame period is doubled this would be a major improvement over the past history of short sales. Many short sales have taken up to a year or more to get an answer back from the banks. And as a buyers specialist, I see buyers often getting impatient and can celling their contract and moving on to another home. If short sales could be approved in 30 days, this would really speed up the process and get many of the short sales off the market. BRRENNDA: Another very important aspect of short sales is the upcoming deadline of Dec. 31, 2012 to have a sellers tax liability waived on their primary residence (in all but a few limited cases). A seller needs to close on their short sale by this time or have their foreclosure completed on their home to have the taxes to the sellers bank) waived on their primary residence. KARRENN: Taxes are based on the sellers tax bracket when they the 25 percent tax bracket and $100,000 upside down on your home, you would owe $25,000 in income taxes if you miss the deadline. So this is a very im portant consideration if a seller is thinking of short selling their home. Sellers need to have a Re altor who is very experienced in short sales to manage the whole process. PAMELA: And a very experienced buyers specialist is needed to represent the buyers throughout the process to handle their contract, paperwork and keep them constantly informed on the whole short sale process. BRRENNDA: Our next educational short sale seminar is Satur day, April 14, 10-11 a.m. at 13013 Founders Square in downtown Avalon Park. Myself, buyers specialist Pamela Rehbein and Karen R. Spell, P.A. will answer all of your questions and educate you on all the new government programs and tax implications for short sales.Brenda Kolbrich and Pamela Rehbein are Realtors with Keller Williams Advantage II Realty. Reach Kolbrich at 407-963-6876 or Brenda@ TopOrlandoHomes.com. Reach Rehbein, at 407-488-4078 or Pamela@ HomeforyourHeart.com. Karen R. Spell, P.A. 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Page 26 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 TThe Marketplace EOSun.com Driveways, Patios, Pool Decks Epoxy Garage Floors Email: Decorative Concrete Decorative Concrete with this ad HHome Magnier RReport: HHome sales and prices recover The existing home market in Orange and Seminole counties continued to show signs of im provement last year with sales up nearly 6 percent and prices rising or holding steady in most categories, according to the recently published 2011 Hillman Report. The number of transactions last year were up considerably in nearly every category over see continued appreciation in all areas of the local residential real estate market in 2012, includ ing million-dollar-plus homes, said Scott Hillman, president of Fannie Hillman + Associates that twice a year publishes The Hillman Report, which takes a comprehensive look at the Win ter Park, Maitland, College Park, Baldwin Park, Windermere and downtown Orlando housing and condominium markets. The real estate industry is digging out of a deep hole that I believe reached rock bottom in cant put the shovels away just made in the past two years, but theres lots more work that needs to be done, said Hillman. The 2011 Hillman Report showed transactions for all single-family homes were up 5.7 percent over 2010 and up 15.7 percent over 2009, while sales of condominiums were down 22.7 percent from 2010, but up 13.8 percent over 2009. The good news in the condominium market is that although total transactions were down last year, prices in the lower two categories (under $200,000 and $200,001-$500,00) were up 13 per cent and 1 percent, respectively, said Hillman. While there have been isolated cases where average and median prices for single-family home have spiked, generally speak ing prices throughout the area have stabilized or gradually appreciated, particularly in Baldwin Park and Windermere. This trend bodes well for 2012 and beyond, Hillman said. Higher-priced, single-fami ly homes did particularly well last year. Sales of homes in the $750,000 to $1 million range were up 13 percent over 2010 and up 21.5 percent over 2009, while transactions of homes with million-dollar-plus price tags were up 4 percent over 2010 and 34 percent over 2009. Last years in crease in million-dollar-plus sales occurred even though average and median sales prices were up 9 percent and 6 percent, respec tively. For more information or a hard copy of The Hillman Report, call Scott Hillman at 407-644-1234 or visit fanniehillman.com and click on The Hillman Report link.

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Your community connection since 1995 April 6 May 3, 2012 enant Church Paulines hus So when Charles went to the Orange County auction house, If someone saw me they She was a connector for east Or of her actions are still far reaching Update on homeless center 6 Disabled athlete shines 7 Kid touts skating to school 16 Kids Quotes 21 22 Local studio gets trained to pass on yoga healing to disabled 20 Get a list of local camps for your little ones 9 Trayvon case poses questions for HOAs Bank helps church in crisis MEGAN STOKES Sun Staff SARAH WILSON Sun Staff JORDAN KEYES Sun Staff back from bank and they ght to keep it puts spotlight on neighborhood security methods Winterbottom, above middle, forged connections in her personal and HOA on page 5 Community loses core connector honor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on ture a silent auction, with proceeds TRIBUTE on page 5 CHURCH on page 4 Pastor Charles Baxter stands

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Page 4 April 6 May 3, 2012 EOSun.com threatening not only the Baxters relief came on March 19 when was at the auction house where THE LEGENDARY MARSHALL TUCKER BAND COMES TO ORLANDOAfter an extensive overhaul, The Orlando Jai Alai is reclaiming its former status as Orlandos best venue for live entertainment. With ample free parking, plush stadium seating, a gourmet restaurant, custom sound and lights, The Orlando Jai Alai offers a unique concert experience. This is your opportunity to see The Marshall Tucker Band in the intimate setting of The Orlando Jai Alai on Friday, April 13th. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90's, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Dont Mess with Zohan, Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many others as well as many TV Shows. After 37 years of recording and touring, this band will still rock your socks off!Tickets are on sale now for The Marshall Tucker Band. Orlandoliveevents.comFriday April 13th, 2012 8:00 pm 6405 S. US Highway 17-92 (Intersection of SR 436) Fern Park, FL 407 338 6221 Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Ronald Blocker Dinner HonoreeTeresa Jacobs Co-ChairJerry Demings Co-ChairBuddy Dyer Co-ChairHarold Mills Dinner Chair CHURCH Volunteers, folks in need and

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Page 6 April 6 May 3, 2012 EOSun.com Orange County commissioners Community Center, near the inter erates out of the community cen County staff estimates the cost source center to the community There was concern that the we really want to offer is classes Other county news with the Orange County School Fire station contract for a new Orange County Aprils Rotary Business of the Month is Soho Ofce in Avalon Park. Owners Jennifer and Ron Housewright have been involved with national charities, such as Toys for Tots, since they opened in 2005, but recently wanted to focus their charitable efforts on the local community. They hosted a food drive to benet East Orlando food pantries during the holidays and got such a great response that they decided to start hosting them quarterly. Their most recent was in March. They also host a shoe drive by Timber Creek High Schools Student Government Association that benets Edge Outreach Shoes for Water, which helps provide safe, reliable drinking water to people around the world. They are also Partners in Education with Avalon Middle and Camelot Elementary schools. Soho Ofce is located at 3564 E. Avalon Park Blvd., Ste. 1, Orlando. For more information, call 407-482-0662 or visit www.orlando1.sohoofce.com Business Month of the Rotary 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. More options for homeless center MEGAN STOKES Sun Staff The Woodbury Presbyterian Church is Samaritan Resource Center

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Page 9 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com For many military personnel, adjusting to life after combat is a struggle. For Sean McGrath, a Marine, retiring and returning to normal life was made worse by a divorce at the same time. Life was to everyday life with his family back home wasnt going smooth ly. They were worried. They didnt know how to help me, McGrath said. But that next Christmas his sis ters had an idea yoga. McGrath, a Massachusetts resident, got a Warriors class. He wasnt so sure was hooked. McGrath felt com fortable in a class surrounded by people just like him. It was made for veterans. Teacher Lucy Cimini, direc for veterans dealing with Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) military members are exposed to. Through yoga, soldiers are able to cope with situations that trigger memories that cause fear or ag gression by using the tools taught in the program, like deep breath ing to calm down. After getting an interest in how yoga helps military members, Cimini partnered with represen tatives from the U.S. Air Force, Tufts University and Worcester University to conduct a study on its effects. The study, published in the January/February 2012 is sue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy found that hatha yoga is effective in treating PTSD and the stresses experi enced by military personnel, even better than other more common treatments, like talk therapy. A lot of veterans say, This not only helped me but it saved my life, Cimini said. Now Cimini is bringing her and largest yoga for veterans in Avalon Park. Cimini will be teaching yoga teachers how to conduct their own yoga for vet Owens while shes there this April. And then, most likely in free yoga for veterans class once per week. With the coming opening of the VA Medical Center in Orlando, this program will be in-demand by the community, Owens said. Theres also the growing number of veterans returning home dis abled and in need of treatment While yoga does address mak ing a healthy body, when it comes to veterans its very much about healing the mind. And its been proven to work Ciminis study found that in veterans who par ticipated, 54 percent reported sleep improvement, 37 percent felt more calm or relaxed and 11 percent reported reduced frus tration and anger or better anger management. These wounds can be very deep and not always visible, Cimini said. Its just been a Godsend for me the daily ups and downs of life are tolerable, Massachusetts client and Vietnam veteran Jim Mitchell said. Im not doing it by myself. McGrath agreed. Not only does he feel a great sense of well being after class, he also likes the Just the going and being so cial with people is really helpful, he said. We all have that one unifying experience, Mitchell said. And that unifying experience is combat. Because of this, a yoga class for veterans has to be taught in a slightly different way. Cimini lets her class be a little more so cial to build a support system and trust between students. The class is in a non-clinical, relaxing and safe environment. They avoid certain music and phrases used in yoga like surrender to the mat or take corpse pose because that may trigger bad memories for the veterans. Cimini leads with class about being in the present moment one way she tries to help soldiers cope with their ex periences. They must leave the past and connect to their bodies, tally and try to learn to be more relaxed. Theyre not waiting for some thing bad to happen and can let go of the past, Michelle Owens ist in the present moment, and to realize that is a great relief. band, who just retired from the military in December. She said hes more grounded, and uses it as a way to cope with stress and not let his experiences in the Mid McGrath and Mitchell have found that yoga has done that for them as well. Theyre letting go just a little bit of that past, and recognizing that the present is whats important. I took a chance and it got me out of my bubble and its a way for me to move forward, McGrath said. 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 Yoga East is hosting a training session to learn to teach yoga to wounded veterans and amputees on April 20-22. For more information, visit yogaeast orlando.com. For more information about Yoga Warriors, visit yogawarriors. com. Yoga East will likely begin their free, once-per-week yoga for veterans program in May after their training. Yoga teaches war vets to breathe BRITTNI JOHNSON Sun Staff Yoga East owners Michelle and Greg Owens get training to teach local vets to relax, bond and heal through yoga PHO T O COURTESY OF YOGA WARRIORS Through yoga, vets learn techniques, such as deep breathing, that allows them to deal with a number of afictions they bring back with them from overseas, such as Post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Page 10 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com APRIL The East Orlando T rack Club will start training at Avalon Middle School, 13914 Mailer Blvd. in Avalon Park, with meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 407-574-7033 or email eastorlandotc@live.com APRIL 6 The Strates Fun Fair will return to the Wa terford Lakes T own Center April 6-15 in the parking lot behind Friendly Connes. The fair will open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Unlimited rides cost $15 per person. For more information, visit tinyurl. com/StratesFunFair APRIL 10 Comedian Aziz Ansari will be performing at 7 p.m. T uesday, April 10 at the UCF Arena, Bldg. 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Tickets are $5 for students with UCF ID and $25 for the general public. For more information, visit ucfarena.com APRIL 12 UCFs One Act Festival features ve one-act plays running each evening at 7 p.m. April 12-15 at the UCF Black Box Theatre. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The plays are "The Unwanted" by Walter Wykes, "Road T rip" by Melissa Landy, "House of the Holy Mo ment" by Cary Pepper, "Brutal Imagination" by Cornelius Eady, and "Stingray" by Sam Liguori. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit tinyurl.com/OneActFestival APRIL 14 Absolutely Avalon, a free family event featuring a bounce park, arts and crafts booths, live music, cultural performances and a laser light show, is from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in downtown Avalon Park. Bring your children ages 6-12 to the Bunny Hop at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Alafaya Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Kids can make a craft and watch the movie Hop. Registration is required. T o register or get more information, call 407-835-7323. APRIL 15 Join UCF students as they present NanoFest Florida, a community awareness event regarding the emerging eld of nanotechnology starting 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at the Alafaya Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. For more information, call 407-835-7323 APRIL 20 Avalon Parks April Movie U nder the Stars is H op playing at dark on Friday, April 20. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy free pop corn. Activities start at 7 p.m. Friday Night Life, a free teen club in Avalon Park, offers water bounce houses, water bal loons and more water fun from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Avalons Founders Square. R otary C lubs of Avalon and Orlando East's 2012 Golf T ournament is at 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at North Shore Golf C lub, 11507 N. Shore Golf C lub Blvd., Orlando. R egistration starts at noon. T his four-person T eam Best Ball Scramble will benet Fairways For Warriors. T he cost is $80 per player (includes range balls, foursome photo, and awards ceremony and dinner). For more information or to register, contact Jim Foulks at 407-488-5111 or jim.foulks@gmail. com Rapper Mac Miller is performing at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the UCF Arena, Bldg. 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. He will be joined by special guests T he C ool Kids and T he C ome Up. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased through ticketmaster.com and at the Arena box ofce. For more information, visit uc farena.com APRIL 21 A kite event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the band shell in Avalon Park. Bring a kite to y and a picnic lunch or make a "free" kite at the band shell. Food and kites will be available for purchase. For more information, contact russmozier@yahoo.com APRIL 25 U niversity H igh School is performing "Les Miserables" as their spring musical April 25-29 and May 3-4. APRIL 26 The Kiwanis Kwik Mix, a speed-networking event for the community, is from 6-8 p.m. T hursday, April 26, at Sun T rust Bank in Eastwood, 1999 S. Alafaya T rail, Orlando. A minimum suggested donation of $5 will be collected for U nited Global Outreach and the Bithlo community. Visit www.avalonKiwanis. com APRIL 27 The Festival of Chocolate will be April 27-29 at the UCF Arena. The event runs 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be pur chased on ticketmaster.com and the prices are $15 for adults and $9 for children. For more information, call Aileen Mand at 407-497-1588 or visit orlando.festivalofchocolate.com APRIL 28 T he Florida Flight, Avalon Parks semi-pro basketball team, will host a game beneting Orange County Academy in Bithlo on April 28. A sold-out game could mean the $10,000 the school needs to purchase a bus to transport its students. Visit www.ighthoops.com for more information or to purchase tickets. The inaugural Victim Service Center Ride to R each, a bicycling, walking and outreach event to bring awareness to sexual violence, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the T own Park Amphitheater, 3651 E. Avalon Park Blvd., Orlando. T here's a three-mile walk that begins at 10 a.m., a 17-mile ride that begins at 9 a.m., vendors and community booths as well as speakers throughout the event. For more information, call 407-644-2577 or email jody. swain@oc.net APRIL 29 The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Family 5K for the Kids starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at Blanchard Park in Orlando. C heck in starts at 7 a.m. All proceeds will go back to support the local community. There will be free kids fun runs for ages 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8 starting at 9 a.m. T o register, visit eockiwanis.blogspot.com MAY 5 Epic Family 5K races, presented by Nem ours C hildrens H ospital and Orange C ounty Parks and R ecreation, will host a 5K race at Blanchard Park, 2451 N. Dean R d., Orlando on May 5. Races are for all ages and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, visit www.Orange C ountyParks.net or connect on Facebook at Orange C ounty Government Parks and Recreation. WIN PASSES TO THE ADVANCE SCREENING OF AT REGAL WINTER PARK TO GET TICKETS, VISIT AND ENTER CODE: IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE APRIL 13 THIS FILM IS RATED PG-13. PASSES ARE GOOD FOR TWO COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSIONS. YOU MUST HAVE A PASS TO ATTEND. SEATING IS ON A FIRSTCOME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS AND IS NOT GUARANTEED. SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED AND AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Calendar Festival of Chocolate One Act Festival

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Page 11 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com Now to April 29 Private Lives An evening of sophisticated one-liners and sexy rejoinders make up Noel Cowards best play. Private Lives is scandal ous, very British and as sparkling as chilled champagne. Playing at the Mad Cow Theatre with Jennifer Palmer as Amanda and tempestuous, and once-married/ once-divorced couple Private Lives runs through April 29. Call 407-297-8788 or visit mad cowtheatre.com Now to April 22 Red The Tony-award-winning play for 2010 is Red, an oftendisturbing look at painter Mark Rothko. Written by John Logan, nominated for Oscars for writ ing Avatar and Gladiator, Rothko is seen struggling to create new works. In 90 short minutes, the venomous Rothko embodies the will to create that drives great artists, but in the end, the audience comes to understand a defensive artist struggling with his pride, his legacy, and his will to create. Its presented by the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Call 407-4471700 or visit orland oshakes.org April 7 Carousel I highly recommend the Or lando Philharmonics opera/mu sical stagings with the orchestra onstage and the performers in front of the Orchestra. Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel, con ducted by Christopher Wilkins and directed by Frank McClain, will be performed on April 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, and both performances feature an all-star cast including dancers from the Orlando Ballet. Named the best musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, Carousel fol lows the dramatic story of Billy Bigelow, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker who captivates and marries nave mill worker Julie Jordan. Michelle Knight, Todd S. Mummert and Andrea Canny are just a few of the supertalented singing actors you will recognize in this production. Call 407-770-0071 or visit orlandophil. org April 13 to June 10 T reasures of the Chrysanthemum Throne A much-anticipated new exhibit called Treasures of the Chrysanthemum Throne opens at the Museum of Arts and Sciences on April 13 featuring exquisite Japanese bronzes, intricate ivories and paper-thin porcelains in which each artwork was cre ated during the reign of ascended the Japanese throne in 1867 at the age of 15 and ruled with the aid of Samurai advisors until his death in 1912. MOAS is located at 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach. Call 386-255-0285 or visit moas.org April 17 to May 13 The Lion King Disneys The Lion King leaps onto the stage of the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando with all its stunning theatricality and beloved musical score. Giraffes and elephants strut as gazelles leap and Africa comes to life as the Tony Award-win ning Broadway sensation features Circle of Life. Themes of love, family, guilt and the strength of friendship are woven into the brilliant theatricality of The Lion King, which also makes it the perfect family musical. The Lion King roars into Orlando from April 17 to May 13. Visit Or landoBroadway.com April 18 T aste of Winter Park Serious food ies need to bring their serious appetites to the 27th Annual Taste of Winter Park pre sented by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, April 18, from 5-8 p.m. Appropriately held at the Winter Park Farm land Ave., in Winter Park, Taste of Winter Park is an epicurean indulgence featuring tastings from a virtual Whos Who of popular Winter Park restaurants, chefs and catering venues. Along with maxing out on the food and drink, live entertainment will be provided by Johnny Mag Sax. For more information including a complete list of participating restaurants call 407-644-8281 or visit winterpark.org April 20 Rick Springeld Theres some thing about Rick and always has been real. His songs about love and loss and greed and envy speak to genera tions. Lately the Grammy-Award winner is more upbeat and fun than dark and introspective, marking a return to Ricks pop/ rock roots. To date, Rick Spring lion records with 17 Top 40 hits. Hell be at Plaza Live in Orlando on April 20 at 8 p.m. Visit plazali veorlando.com April 23 Stomp In the wildly popular Broad way show Stomp, the eightmember troupe uses brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and beautiful noise. Perfect for audiences of all ages, you can see what the noise is all about on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. Visit peabodyauditorium. org April 28 & 29 Great American Pie Festival Diet What diet? Its time for the 11th Annual Great American Pie Festival (and Champion ships). Last year 447 commercial, 142 professional, 301 amateur and six junior bakers competed for the title of America's top pie baker, but the big news is that 32,000 (of us pie lovers) will descend upon the Disney-created town of Celebration on April 28 and April 29 for the Pie Fest and the never-ending pie buffet. Last year 87,000 slices of pie as well as ice cream and toppings from America's best known bakers were served. The buffet and the childrens activities are the only paid events; all stage entertain ment and demonstrations are free. Tickets for the pie buffet are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 5 to enjoy. Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar Cowards Private Lives at Mad Cow The Lion King

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Page 12 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com Doctors told Stephanie Arthur her twin boys only had a 20 per cent chance of survival. I looked at my husband, and said, A 20 percent chance is bet ter than a zero percent chance, Arthur said. Arthurs twins were born pre mature, at 23 weeks, four months too soon, and have been defying the odds ever since with the sup port of the March of Dimes. We were told Jackson (her son) would be paralyzed from the waist down, and basically told to turn off the machine for Quincy (her other twin son), she said. It was a pretty traumatic and emo tional time for us. Arthurs twins are among the 633 babies born preterm every week in Florida, and like so many other mothers she never thought shed be tackling the obstacles that can accompany babies born prematurely. When many women get pregnant you think youre going to have a natural and full preg think youre going to have to en counter what we encountered. Arthur said that when she started researching the causes of premature births March of Dimes immediately came up. After reading hundreds of stories (on the March of Dimes alized I wasnt the only woman going through this, but at the same time I realized there was a purpose there for me, she said. And once I saw the impact they (March of Dimes) made on the community, and how I could get involved, thats really what drove me to really make a difference. The March of Dimes is con tinuing to impact lives with their biggest fundraising event, March or run will help raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes, and support families in need. March of Dimes Central Flor for Babies is a family event. This years goal is for the event to raise $670,000. We have a lot of family teams that are parents that have had babies born premature or with a birth defect, and they know how they have received from all of the advances in medicine that have been achieved by the March of Dimes, Stuart said. The infant mortality rate is 6.9 per 1,000 live births in Orange County, and one in seven babies (14.8 percent of live births) are born preterm. The March of Dimes spends 75 percent of the money raised in March for Babies on research and programs that promote the health of babies. By walking and rais ing money to help the March of Dimes, it supports all-important research offering preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects, educates women on things they can do to increase their chances of having a healthy baby, provides comfort and information to families with a baby in intensive care and pushes for newborn screening and health insurance for all pregnant women and children. March of Dimes board mem ber and volunteer Roger Jeffrey has been involved with the March of Dimes for 25 years, and said he believes its a great way to help others. that event without feeling good about people, because everyones there for the same purpose to do something in some way shape, or form to save babies, Jeffrey said. Its very uplifting and a joy to be involved. Arthur and her family are now also experiencing the joy of being involved in the March of Dimes by becoming this years ambas sador family, as they continue to tackle the obstacles that come their way; while reaching out to share their story and walking for a cause near and dear to their hearts. We decided to share our story and give parents hope, Arthur said. It doesnt matter how many times I talk about them, my eyes always tear up. 2012 CENTRAL FLORIDA MARCH FOR BABIES FACT SHEET WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2012 WHERE: WHAT: $1.9 billion WHY: The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than 29 other countries HOW: Or sign up at marchforbabies.org Healthy Living The 2012 March of Dimes, March for Babies is on Saturday, April 28, at Lake Eola in downtown Or lando. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. For more information or to sign up visit marchforbabies.org or call 407-599-5077. Walking for babies KRISTY VICKER Y Sun Staff PHO T O COURTESY OF MARCH OF DIMES The 2012 March of Dimes March for Babies is Saturday, April 28, at Lake Eola to bring awareness to preterm babies. PHO T O COURTESY OF MARCH OF DIMES Stephanie Arthur poses with her twin boys who were born four months early.

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Page 14 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com common refrain, also translates to your baby is what you eat, too. Moms healthy eating for growing a strong, healthy baby starts before conception and con tinues through breastfeeding. The healthier you are before getting pregnant, the more likely you are to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Balanced meals with a variety of fruits and vegetables, mixed with lean protein sources and whole grains are a great formula for good health. Find new ways to add vegetables to your meals. Switch to veggie pizzas. Add an extra tomato slice to your sandwich. Of course, avoid alcohol and tobacco before and after having a baby. We dont know what a safe level of alcohol might be, so it is best to avoid all beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks. And the damage of prenatal smoking and second-hand smoke is well known. Dont do it to yourself or your baby. If you smoke, call the Florida Tobacco Free Help Line at 877-UCANNOW for help. Look for these nutrients: Folate, a Vitamin B, prevents birth defects affecting the brain and spinal cord, such as spina nancy, try to have plenty of foods with folate, which is found in leafy green vegetables, beans, cit rus, prenatal vitamins and foods Calcium is a critical building block for bones and teeth, and a great source of Vitamin D. Aim for at least three cups a day of low-fat milk, yogurt or cheeses. If you and milk dont get along, juices. Iron is used to make red blood blood cells that are too small and too light) can be avoided with dark leafy vegetables. Popeye got his strength from spinach (a dark leafy vegetable) precisely because it prevented anemia. Lean protein helps the babys growth. Look for lean cuts of meats and dont underestimate the power of beans and soy the secret is in the sauce. Water is a basic building block weather, aim to drink 10 glasses day. Avoid sodas as much as pos sible. They provide no nutrition and give you either calories or Avoid risky foods provide protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for brain development. But with so much contamination in our plan mercury to hurt a babys nervous system development. Avoid the a lower mercury seafood such cod, tilapia or canned tuna. Stick to well-cooked foods. poultry or eggs can carry harmful bacteria and viruses. When you are pregnant, your immune sys tem is not as strong so you need to avoid infection risks. Raw oys ters may be the food of love, but undercooked chicken, turkey or over easy may not go over easy with your health. Pasteurized dairy products are also a safer way to go than unpasteurized. Breastfeeding When breastfeeding your precious baby, continue to eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water so your body can make healthy milk. Know that anything that can cause gas or heart burn in you is doubly likely to upset a newborn stomach. A great night out at Taco Tuesday may mean staying up late Tuesday night with an unhappy baby. Maitland resident Nancy Rudner Lugo is a nurse practitioner and president of Health Action, offering workplace health consulting and nurse coaching. Visit www. healthaction.biz 04/30/12 Healthy Living Nancy Rudner Lugo Health Action Your food, your baby

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Page 15 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Lifestyle EOSun.com If you are a new mother or recently pregnant, chances are you have felt the wisp of air that follows the pendulum of mod ern medicine as it swings by yet again. The topic this time: elective deliveries before 39 weeks of ges tation. Prior to taking a hard look at outcomes, the consensus in the medical community was that 37 weeks was considered term and deliveries after that point are deemed safe. So off we went and phone calls funneled into labor and deliver wards to schedule elective deliveries. Her husband is getting de ployed. Texas to help with the sibling. Shes miserable. We are head In 1990, 10 percent of deliver ies were electively performed before 39 weeks. Until recently, they accounted for nearly 25 percent of all deliveries. With the emphasis of evidence-based medicine, the pendulum is now swinging the other way and we, as a community, are learning that there is true merit to the saying, patience is a virtue. So what is the big deal? It has become apparent that babies born between 37 and 39 weeks are more likely to have respiratory problems and simply put, they have more growing to do. The brain and liver continue to develop between 39 and 40 weeks. Perhaps most evident is the increased trouble they have with feeding because the coordi nation required for sucking has not matured. On the maternal front, there is a higher rate of Csections in this patient population as well. This mode of delivery inherently carries increased risks including infection, bleeding and post-delivery pain. And if this isnt reason enough to shy away from early elective cant economic impact as a result of this practice. C-sections are more expensive to perform and lead to longer hospitalizations. Infants that are not fully mature can require intensive neonatal care and that is costly. A study last year estimated that reducing early-term births to 1.7 percent could save close to $1 billion an nually. I personally have found that after appropriate counsel ing, patients are supportive of whatever delivery plan is best for their baby. Not only is an elective induction before 39 weeks against my practices policy, but it is also against hospital policy. Increased awareness of the dangers associ ated with preterm births is on the rise thanks to initiatives such as the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. Hospitals in multiple states, including Florida, have stopped elective deliveries inductions and cesarean sections before 39 weeks. This information wouldnt be complete without offering a few care professionals do not hesitate to recommend delivery before 39 weeks if there is a medical reason to proceed. These indications could include, but are not limited to: a mother sick with preeclamp sia, uncontrolled diabetes and concerns for baby's health, such as small size. Patient care in these situations is very individual ized, and the risks of continuing the pregnancy can outweigh the This subject leads me to reminiscence about my inter view days before residency. A wise physician sat in front of me, looked at my resume, and then pulled his reading glasses down on his nose to look me in the eyes. He then asked, Can you tell me three attributes that make a good obstetrician? As I paused and shifted uncomfortably in my chair, much to my relief, he proceeded, A good obstetrician is a team player, decisive and perhaps most importantly is patient. We are the only docs that wait 9 months for something to happen. Dont rush things in its Stone. Coming from a physician who has long felt the breeze from the ever-swinging pendulum of medicine, I take great heed in his guidance. And from our experi ences, weve learned. It is time to be patient and let Mother Nature do the planning. 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Alafaya Trail Ste 130 Orlando, FL 32825407-380-7991 Evening hours available7560 Ste. 2064 Oviedo, FL 32765407-366-7387 More and more births are being scheduled a little early for non-medical reasons. Experts are learning that this can cause problems for both mom and baby. If possible, the March of Dimes recommends for you to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own. We know you cant wait to meet your baby face to face. But getting to at least 39 weeks gives your baby the time he needs to grow. There are lots of important things happening to your baby in the last few weeks of pregnancy. For example, your baby's brain and lungs are still growing. You might not have a choice about when to have your baby. If there are problems with your pregnancy or your baby's health, you may need to have your baby earlier. But if you have a choice and you're planning to schedule your baby's birth, wait until at least 39 weeks. The March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait education campaign and obstetric provider groups advise that you wait until at least 39 weeks to induce labor or have a cesarean birth (also called a c-section) if it is needed. The campaign was developed in response to the growing number of inductions and c-sections prior to 39 weeks for non-medical reasons.Why babies need timeBabies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life than babies born full term. Here's why your baby needs 39 weeks: time they need to develop. birth. a healthy weight have an easier time staying warm than babies born too small. eat after he's born. Babies born early sometimes can't do these things.Why scheduling an early birth can be a problem Experts are learning that scheduling an early birth for nonmedical reasons can cause problems for mom and baby. For example: hard to know just when you got pregnant. Even with an ultrasound, your due date can be off by as much as 2 weeks. If you schedule to induce labor or schedule a c-section and your date is off by a week or two, your baby may be born too early. medicine your doctor or certied nurse-midwife gives you may not start your labor. When this happens, you may need to have a c-section. by c-section may have more breathing and other medical problems than babies born by vaginal birth. (Most babies are born by vaginal birth. The mother's uterus contracts to help push the baby out through the vagina, also called the birth canal.) Once you have a c-section, you may be more likely in future pregnancies to have a c-section. The more c-sections you have, the more problems you and your baby may have, including problems with the placenta. you to recover from a c-section than from a vaginal birth. You can expect to spend 2 to 4 days in the hospital after a c-section. Then you'll need 4 to 6 weeks after you go home to fully recover. You also could have complications from to stay in touch with your health care provider even after you go home. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprot organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/orida or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information and questions to ask your medical provider, please visit our website at marchofdimes.com. March of Dimes wants you to know that Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Try to avoid pre-term delivery DR. P AMELA SNOOK Guest writer Dr. Pamela Snook Healthy Living

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Page 16 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com One street in Avalon Park isnt as quiet as the others. In front of the Rodriguez familys house youll hear the sounds of little wheels bouncing down pavement, grinding as they slide across the ground, and the pop of the board hitting the ramp and slamming over it. Its a street for skaters, and the whole neighborhood is invited. Over the past couple years, the Rodriguez family has been working to make their passion for skateboarding a part of the Avalon Park community. Theyve got an open-garage policy, and any given evening after school, kids from the neighborhood will stop by, browse their vast collection of boards, and pick out their favor ite. Theyll skateboard, bike and have fun until mom or dad yells for them to come home. Francisco has seen the kids go from wary to excited, wobbly to smooth and gliding. Its nice to see the kids getting better, dad Francisco Rodriguez said. Francisco noticed that the sport was popular with lots of teens in the area, but that there wasnt a spot close to home for them to skate safely and without grinding on public property. He decided to invest in some ramps, and has set up a portable skate park at events in Avalon Park. I think its just like any other sport, if your get kids involved in sports they stay away from other bad things, mom Rosanna Rodri guez said. While in the past insurance costs has limited Francisco, this year hes found affordable insur ance and will be having as many skating events as he can. Hes starting with the communitys Friday Night Life program, which is a special night for teens to hang out and have fun while being su pervised. the older kids didnt have hel mets and became disinterested. But a few minutes later they saw a crowd of people headed down the street in their direction. A group of younger skaters were ready for fun, so Julian decided to host a competition. A quick skate-off led to three winners, with prizes of skateboard wheels and bearings, and his son Julian getting the hon or of ceremoniously tossing lots of stickers into the air for the skaters to grab all donated by the Rodri guez family. Some of the kids were like, 'This was the best Friday Night Life ever', Julian said. Stephanie Hodson, Avalon Park Group marketing director, said she hopes to help him or ganize bigger skating events, in cluding a distance skating race in Avalon. She loves how involved the family is, and that they bring something new to the residents. Its just a really good example of how getting involved in your community can really help make things happen and foster really great community spirit, she said. Not only has Julian helped his dad organize skating events for the community, hes also done work to make skating a part of his schooling. Before, no skateboard ing was allowed at Avalon Middle School. Julian, always the fervent defender of skating and its ben there anyway. He was told not to, the principal to discuss why. After a week of planning his proposal, solving potential safety problems, such as making sure kids wear their helmets and lock up their boards, and touting the homemade shirt with slogan push dont pollute, Julians plan to get skating to school allowed was approved. I felt good about myself, he said. I set out to do something and I did it. Principal Judy Frank said she encourages every kid to stand up for what they are passionate about. If you have something you re ally believe in, theres a right way to talk to people, Frank said. Now, some of his friends are skating to school rather than get ting their parents to drive them, and he sees about 10 skateboards locked up along with the bikes when he skates to school every day. Frank said the line is still very long during pick up and drop off times but any alternative is im portant to the environment and the health of the students, even if We promote healthy life styles, she said. Not only is skateboarding good for the envi ronment, its good for you. Julian is proud of his accom plishment, but is also just happy he can do his favorite thing right before school. It relaxes and wakes you up, he said. It refreshes me. Francisco Rodriguez hopes to be at many of Avalon Parks Friday Night Life events this year. Stop by with a helmet and your parent to check out his portable skate park. Skate community BRITTNI JOHNSON Sun Staff Local kid creates skate park and alternative to driving to school PHO T O BY BRITTNI JOHNSON Rosanna, Julian, Francisco and Adrian Rodriguez are Avalons skate family.

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Page 17 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com School News The East River Chorus yard sale runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur day, April 21 in the East River High School parking lot, 654 C olumbia School R oad, Orlando. For more information, contact K. Brillhart at kema.brillhart@ocps.net March was Youth Art Month and artwork by 15 Avalon Middle School art students were chosen for display in the 2012 OCPS Educational Lead ership C enter YAM Art Show during the month of March. T wo Theatre UCF actors have been recognized by the National Kennedy C enter/American C ollege Theatre Festival for their perfor mances in the 2011 production of Gem of the Ocean. Kevia Goins, a junior in the BFA Acting program at UCF, was awarded Distinguished Performance by an Actress for her role as Black Mary. Be Boyd, a tenured associate professor was awarded Distinguished Performance by a Faculty Guest Artist for her work in the role of Aunt Esther. Forty-ve Avalon Middle School students received the highest rat ing possible from the judges in the countywide event Solo and En semble Festival. During this event, students perform an individual solo with a piano player accompaniment, or a small group performance (duets, trios, etc.) in front of a judge. During the 100th Central Florida fair, which ran March 1-11, T he T imber C reek Future Farmers of America chapter took home quite a few awards. T imber C reek FFA members Gabriel Maldonado Rosa, Rachel Casel, Alexis Anne Von Dyke, and Alisha Moore all brought back multiple ribbons and awards for their work. College students from Japan will soon be studying at Valencia Col lege while interning at Walt Disney World. R epresentatives from four Japanese colleges visited Valencia on February 16 to nalize an agreement that would provide for overseas academic training opportunities for their students. The agreement, estab lished by Valencia Continuing Educa tion, links academic coursework at the college with an academic training experience at Disney. Stacey Repass, a world history teacher at East River High School, was selected by the English-Speaking U nion of C entral Florida to receive one of four scholarships awarded to teachers in Orange, Osceola and Seminole C ounties. T he scholarship gives teachers the opportunity to attend an all-expenses-paid, twoweek total immersion seminar in the British Universities Summer Scholars Program. Repass will join the Univer sity of Oxford's H istory, Politics and Society Program. Avalon Middle School held its 6th annual H oops for H eart event March 19-20. Sponsored by the American H eart Association, H oops for H eart has students participate in a variety of basketball-related activities to learn how to care for their heart. For the last ve years, Avalon Middle School has ranked rst, second or third in the state and in 2008 AMS was ranked fth in the nation. Cricynda Quibell of Union Park Middle School is the rst win ner in the Florida Flight's J's for A's program, which awards East Orlando students who earn straight As a brand new pair of Jordan sneakers. T he Flight is an Avalon Park-based minor-league basketball team. A new winner will be chosen during each marking period. For more informa tion about the program, visit www. ighthoops.com/js-for-as East R iver H igh Schools Keith Clements had his art displayed at the 53rd Annual Winter Park Side walk Art Festival. C lements, also a football player and a weight lifter for the school, also holds the schools weightlifting record of 620 pounds. NASA's Flight Opportuni ties Program has selected three U niversity of C entral Florida space technology projects for ights. T he UC F projects were among 24 chosen by NASA for its program this month. NASA will pay for all projects to y on a suborbital rocket, high-altitude balloon or on a parabolic airplane. The East Orlando 4-H robot ics team also known as Exploding Bacon Robotics qualied for the World Championships of the FIRST R obotics C ompetition to be held in St. Louis, Mo. T heir robot, driven by Matt Winchester from T imber C reek High School and Kris Walters, a ho meschooler, advanced to the seminals at each event but was knocked out by the regional winners. UCF in space Keith Clements

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Page 18 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com Oviedo / Chuluota407.359.1070 Summer Camp Program Summer of Fun and Learning Summer Camps Too much time indoors can of ten lead to cranky, stir-crazy kids. But you can keep your kiddo oc cupied with kid-friendly, educa tional activities that will appeal to their imagination. Here are a few ideas to get you started: site. If the weather has prevented you from a camping excursion, pitch a tent in your living room. Use a table, chairs and a sheet to create a tent or fort in your dining room or living room. Then, make a circle using potatoes in place of involved and take turns telling funny stories. Remember to pack some good campsite treats, such as popped popcorn and dried fruits. From your campsite, go explor ing through the jungle of the liv to use their imagination. What animals do they see? Do they hear any foreign sounds? How tall are the trees? Will they have to cross a river? If so, will they need to build a bridge? If a bridge is needed, let them use some throw pillows to use as crossing stones. Remem ber, if youre excited, theyll be excited too. Create a journal. Ask your child to describe their ad venture or just their day by writing, painting or drawing on a series of pages. Have them start from the beginning by describing what they had for breakfast, what can use a hole punch and yarn or string to put together a journal to help them recall their exciting day. better excuse to head out even in less than favorable weather than to take a trip to the library? Keeping your childs book col lection well-stocked and diverse are great ways to encourage their hobby, and help them to continue to develop a larger vocabulary. Find out if your local library has a reading program and get your child signed up, and dont forget to check to see if they have story time as well. are few things better on a dreary weather day than to curl up in a cozy corner in warm pajamas with a good book and a trusted teddy bear. And after a long day of trudging through the jungle and the library, both you and your kiddo are likely to need some quiet time. Designate one corner of your home as the book nook with lots of comfy blankets, pil lows and a reading light. Then snuggle up and read some stories together. If youre looking for more edu cational activities, great reading material or tips for encouraging your child to read, look to Kids ville News! in your area or online at www.kidsvillenews.com Family Features Keep your little one busy with indoor kid-friendly activities

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Page 19 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com UCPs East Orlando/ Bailes Campus (by UCF) 12702 Science Drive Orlando, FL 32826Enroll Today! or call (407) 852-3300. Follow us on: care available basis. Medicaid, commercial insurance and private/prompt pay discounts availableFunded in part by Harper Family Summer is About Learning and Having Fun!FREE $40 RegistrationNew students only please. Register now and receive 25% off your rst month tuition with this ad.Call our New Student Hotline 407-567-7776 today!Piano/Guitar/Voice/Drums/Band & Orchestra School will be out soon and now is the time to start learning an instrument! Beginners welcome. Have fun and learn to playAvalon Park School 12001 Avalon Lake Dr. Suite E1 (next to Eastside Bistro in Avalon Park) Lake Underhill School 11333 Lake Underhill Rd. Suite 104 (across from Legacy Middle School) Plan your weekend with The Weekender! This weekly newsletter keeps you up to date on events happening in Central Florida's cities, including Winter Park, Maitland, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Avalon Park and Waterford Lakes. Visit eosun.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter" Whether youre a parent, a classroom teacher, or a homeschool instructor, you know that students learn best when they can interact with their subject. It can be fun and inspirational to explore and hand. The sample project featured here comes from a free resource thats help ing to inspire elementary-aged students across the country: MyBotanicPlanet. com. Through online and hands-on ex periences, this resource lets students customize an avatar to explore color ful plant environments and interactive games as they learn. Flower investigation What youll need: groups to work together. Alstroemerias and gladiolus work well and are avail departments. Azaleas or any member of the lily family could also be used easy to see. be used for dissecting equipment closer inspection Getting started nail. Remind students to be careful with all of the tiny pieces. Its easy to damage or brush away some of the most important parts. Review the parts of the ower students record how many petals their made. For older students, you could also point out that the top part that holds the pollen is the anther and the stem part has. If it has six petals, it will also have six stamens. If they have an extra piece, then one should look a little bit different, and is actually part of the pistil. made. The pistil is made of three different parts. The very top of the pistil is called the stigma. The stigma is where the pol len falls when a pollinator brings it in. The pollen travels down the tube (style) and goes down to the bottom (ovary) where the seeds will form. Split the pis see unfertilized beginnings of seeds. The seed pattern inside will be the same pat tern of seeds within the fruit later. ering bud is hidden safely behind these developed. When the bloom begins to grow, the sepal will split open and the petals can break out. Visit www.MyBotanicPlanet.com for more. Family Features Nurturing young nature lovers Summer Camps

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Page 20 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com EAST ORLANDO Avalon School of Music Kids ages 6 and up can sign up for piano, guitar, drums or voice lessons during Avalon School of Musics summer camp. The school is located at 11333 Lake Underhill Road, Ste. 104, in Orlando. Call 407-567-7776, email JKolbrich@AvalonMusic Center.com or visit www.AvalonMusicCenter.com Central Florida Soccer Academy T rain with professionals and World Cup cham pions at the Central Florida Soccer Academys Amanda Cromwells Girls Day and Overnight Camps at UCF. The camp runs from June 11-15, June 20-23 and July 15-18. Call 407-823-6611, email Info@CentralFloridSoccerAcademy.com or visit cfsaorlando.com First Friends The Boing Jump Center, roller skating rink, bowl ing alley and rock climbing wall at First Friends summer camp program will keep any child occu pied this summer. The center is located in the Wa terford Lakes T own Center at 789 N. Alafaya T rail, Orlando. Call 407-273-9400, email Waterford@ FirstFriends.com or visit www.FirstFriends.com LegoLand Spend the summer building robots at I Brick Academy Lego RoboCamps for kids grades 3-8. Call 407-230-6100, email fun@ibrickacademy.com or visit www.IBrickAcademy.com Kids R Kids Times machines, ice ages, castles and knights These are all weekly camp themes at Kids R Kids summer camp for kids ages 5-12. Camp Dates are June 8 and Aug. 17. Call T racy at 407-381-7979, email T racy@Kidsrkidsorlando.com or visit www. KidsRKidsOrlando.com Painted Oaks Academy Learn how to groom, tack up, bathe and ride a horse at Painted Oaks Academy Horse Camp. Kids can also enjoy the pool and arts and crafts. The academy is located at 15100 Lake Pickett Road, Orlando. Call Lisa at 407-929-0970, email Lisa@ PaintedOaksAcademy.com or visit www.PaintedO aksAcademy.com YMCA Y camps, whether overnight, day or specialty camps all share one thing: theyre about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, nd new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. They spend their days swimming, playing sports, learning positive character development, doing arts and crafts and going on eld trips. Visit www.ymcacen tralorida.com UCP of Central Florida UCP of Central Florida offers full day camp programs for children age birth through fourth grade. The school is for children with all abilities but this camp offers experts for children with special needs. UCP is located at 12702 Science Dr., Orlando, near UCF. Call 407-852-3300 or visit www.ucpc.org CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando Repertory Theatre Create, explore and perform with the Orlando Repertory Theatres Youth Academy summer camps with multiple sessions for kids entering grades 1 through 12. Also offered are special sessions for preschoolers and their parents or grandparents. The Youth Academys camps are designed to foster self-condence, creative think ing, collaboration, trust, and discipline through the medium of the performing arts. Most camps take place at the theatres facility in Orlandos Loch Haven Park and conclude with a showcase on the nal day. All instructors are screened and back ground-checked. Morning care and after care are available. For information and pricing visit www. orlandorep.com Bright Horizons Through discovery and exploration, your child will experience the summer of a lifetime while enrolled in Our World Our Backyard, Bright Ho rizons signature summer program. T eachers work to develop a curriculum that takes advantage of all that summer offers. The staff uses playgrounds and the surrounding community as an extension of the center, helping children to discover science and explore nature, creative art and music. These experiences include walking trips to local parks, libraries, zoos or museums. With multiple loca tions throughout Central Florida there is one in Baldwin Park. For more information please visit www.brighthorizons.com Orlando Science Center The Orlando Science Center is hosting a full schedule of summer camps for kids entering PreK through ninth grade. T uition includes extended care (before and after camp) and a camp T -shirt. Lunch and snacks are available or campers can choose to bring their own. The OSC will host two open house events for families to preview and reg ister for camp on Saturday, May 12, and Saturday, June 2. For more details visit www.osc.org Orlando Museum of Art See, discover and create art treasures at the Orlando Museum of Art this summer through the Summer Art Programs with sessions for students entering grades 1-9. Join OMA for a summer of unique art-making experiences that place value on the process of creating in a relaxed atmosphere. From programs for fun-loving kids to the more serious student of art, classes offer something for every budding artist. Register for one week or up to 10 weeks with a different theme each week. For information telephone 407 896 4231 x262, email gneureuther@omart.org or visit www. omart.org Orange County Regional History Center Adventures in History camp programs offer kids an opportunity to explore their creativity, expand their imaginations and enhance their knowledge of the world around them. The OCRHC offers summer camp for grades K-8. Day camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. Extended day available until 6 p.m. for an addition Whatever youre into, weve got a camp for you. G O O D FO R T HE B R A I N G O O D FO R T HE B O D Y A N D J U S T P L A I N G O O D FU NS U M M E R C O O L C A M PWeaving in a little bit of education along with a whole lot of fun, these week-long day camps, offered at 34 locations, ensure kids are spending summer days in a safe environment, exercising their bodies and their brains, too. Activities include sports, art, aviation, computers, swimming, book club and more. P A S S S C O R E P L A Y C A M PThis camp is perfect for boys and girls who get a kick out of kicking, throwing, passing and scoring. Well spend our days playing everything from soccer to basketball to volleyball.T H E A L L N E W M I N D B L O W I N G B R A I N C A M PWere turning summer camp up a notch with new camps that cater to the active imaginations and curious minds of 21st century kids. The Ys Mind Blowing Brain Camps challenge kids to become young inventors, engineers, chefs and more. THE ALL NEW Y SUMMER CAMPS At Camp Wewa, kids get to have fun and make memories as they spend their days playing sports, canoeing and hanging out with their friends in the great outdoors, all while developing responsibility and leadership skills. L e a r n m o r e a t y m c a w e w a o r g o r c al l 4 0 7 8 8 6 1 2 4 0 Y M C A C A M P W E W A ( R e s i d e n t C am p ) ymc a c e nt r a l f l or id a. c o mT o l ear n m o r e a b o ut Summ er C a m p e m a il u s a t c a m p @c f ymc a.o r g YMCA OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Follow us at: Summer Camps Summer camp directory Orlando Museum of Art

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Page 21 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Education EOSun.com al $10 per child, per day.) The cost for members is $110 per child, per week and for non-members $140 per child, per week. There is a 10 percent discount for sibling or multiple-week enrollment. Visit www.thehistorycen ter.org Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Baldwin Park Orlando Metro offers Kidz Sports Day Camps on all major school holi days and vacations. Activities include gymnastics, games, swimming, arts and crafts, bouncer and much more! During Summer Camp there are regular eld trips to the LB McLeod location for skateboarding and other local businesses. Full-day or half-day sessions are available. Visit www. Orlandometrogymnastics.com Rollins College Rollins College summer camp pro grams combine interesting, hands-on activities with innovative course content to create a rewarding educa tional camp experience. Each course provides in-depth subject exploration while maintaining a fun summer camp atmosphere. The dates for the 2012 Rollins College Summer Camp are Session A: T uesday, June 12 Friday, July 6 and Session B: Monday, July 9 Friday, Aug. 3. If you have any ques tions regarding the Summer Camp program please visit www.rollins.edu/ camp Orlando Magic Summer Camps The Orlando Magic summer basket ball camps are back for their best season ever! Join them at one of over 20 sessions that will offer expert instruction, fantastic giveaways and NBA excitement. Plus, register by April 1 and save an additional $15! (Hurry many sessions will sell out very quickly.) Visit www.nba.com/ magic/magiccamps_index.html to register. Crealde School of Art Crealds Summer ArtCamp, begin ning Monday, June 11, offers kids between ages four and 17 more than 20 classes in a variety of media including painting, drawing, clay and ceramics, sculpture, traditional lm or digital photography, and print making. C ontact the C reald School of Art at 407-671-1886 or www. crealde.org. They are open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are located at 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park. Baldwin Oaks Academy Baldwin Oaks Academy Summer Camp is now enrolling ages 3-12. For elementary and middle school campers, each week features dif ferent themes like photography, robotics or drama. Preschoolers will be taking a Road T rip to the Four Corners of the United States. Camp hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost is $160/week. For an additional $30 per week, extended care, until 6 p.m. is available. Con tact 407-647-0119 or BaldwinOA. com Mead Garden R egistration is now open for this summer's elementary, middle and high school camps. Early Bird discount registration for Mead Bo tanical Garden members and prior campers ends May 15. Enjoy fresh air and fun, wildlife and water, pine trees and pollinators, bees and but teries, creeks and critters, going green and getting grimy with some good old-fashioned summer fun at Mead Gardens Young Naturalist summer camp. Visit MeadGarden. org/Programs/Mead-Summer-Camp www.KidsRKidsOrlando.com DCF Certificate Number C09OR0225 Summer Camp Open House & RegistrationJunior Camp (VPK Graduates) and Senior Camp ( School Age K 5th)Tuesday, April 17th4:00 PM 6:3 0 PMThe Kona Ice Truck will be at the Waterford location Enroll on April 17thand get a Goodie Bag that includes a FREE Kona Ice Join us as we travel through time in our incredible time machine! Ex citing T hemes Flexible Weekly Scheduling Weekly Field Trips Experienced Professi onal Staff A v a l o n P a r k 12001 Avalon Lake Dr Orlando, FL 32828 4 0 7 3 0 6 9 0 3 5 W a t e r f o r d 415 Woodbury Rd Orlando, FL 32828 4 0 7 3 8 1 7 9 7 9 Summer Camps Mead Garden I went in the hot tub and played pool, and I also played air hockey. Justin, 8 I went to the Smokey Mountains and I went horseback riding and I went on a hike. Savannah, 8 I went to the pool with my dad. The next day I went to a hotel and I saw Shrek and Fiona for breakfast. Charlisse, 9 I went to the beach twice, went to Disney and slept in a lot. I played with my friends and family and enjoyed my time away from school. Kyle, 11 We went to Disney and my papa got me this T -shirt from Disney. Missy, 6 We went camping. We went swim ming there. We went to the beach. Miranda, 12 What did you do on Spring Break?

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Page 22 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Opinions EOSun.com Recently, the organization I work with held an employment seminar. We visited the topics of dealing with job loss, resumes, how employment has changed since 2001 (think digital) and interviewing. I love listening to the presenters at these events because they have such great information for job seekers. The dent of HR Concepts, talked about putting together a sheet of PAR state ments to help prepare for interviews. I love this! PAR statements are Problem, Ac tion, Result. This is the perfect answer for behavioral interview questions. By writing down a list of problems you have faced, the actions you took and the results you had, you are in a story telling mode for the interview. We are not talking about petty problems like the restroom had no toi let paper so I walked down the hall to get some (or screamed from the stall) and the result was the next person had paper. We are talking about ways you helped the company to grow, saved the company money, streamlined a process, or made a suggestion that made things better for you and your co-workers. For example, instead of saying, I landed a $3 million account, you could say, When I took over the posi leveraging networking connections, and diligent follow ups with potential customers, I was able to land a new account. This new account contributed to more than $3 million in annual sales for my company. A true story for me in a job I previously held. By thinking this way in advance of an interview, you are well prepared for the questions you will be asked. On a side note, I asked a very pro fessionally dressed lady at the event to tell me a little about herself and she told me that question always stumps it! 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 Deep-seated personality traits of mine have always been those of a de signer and builder. Numerous career choices have been in the construction trades, starting as a carpenters helper during college summer breaks, work ing in the wholesale building supply industry, and even as an electrician at the Mouse House. During these 30plus years, interspersed with creating my homestead and gardens, concern for job safety has evolved from nonmy current position as an instructor of the noble art of growing your own food, imparting safe working habits has become a mission and duty. What could possibly be dangerous safely ensconced in the tranquility of my garden? The soft, deeply turned soil, perfectly loosened to allow the roots easy penetration, was more than likely broken up with sharp steel im plements. Whether using a sharpened spade-shaped shovel or the rapidly rotating tines on a gas-powered rototiller, our soft toes are no match when directing as much force as possible at targeted root clumps. Sandals or the question when considering garden attire. At a bare minimum, closed-toe sneakers should be worn, with steel toe combat boot probably recom mended by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines. The various denizens of the natural world all have their bag of tricks when feeling threatened. I am amazed at the tenderness of thin-skinned guests to my great out-of-doors when fac ing down the poison arsenal of mere no-see-um welts, not to mention bee stings or scorpion zolts. Long-sleeve shirts and canvas jeans preclude the majority of itches. Chemical repel sprayed on a paper towel and then applied sparingly to outer clothes and exposed skin. Timing is everything, with most biting bugs looking to snack on us right around sunset. The most inconvenient safety chore during a cardio session in the garden on a hot, humid afternoon would be a dust mask. Dry soil will emit particulate of untold composition. Tossing granular fertilizer warrants an awareness of wind direction and pity for all those downstream from the dust cloud. Diatomaceous earth, an insect control, is jagged microscopic silica skeletal remains of diatom algae, akin to ground-up glass. My primary procrastinator when planning to muck out the chicken coop is the airborne manure powder. Gardening is the oldest and most popular active hobby in the history of our species. The immediate enjoyment in an idyllic setting must be slightly tempered with safety measure to ensure future enjoyment. Have fun, grow safe! Tom 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. At the end of this school year Or ange County Public Schools Super intendent Ronald Blocker will retire after leading the district for 12 years. I want to thank Mr. Blocker for his cant academic gains and growth for OCPS students. Succeeding Mr. Blocker will be Dr. Barbara Jenkins. It's with great enthu siasm that I endorse Dr. Jenkins. She began her education career with OCPS as a teacher and principal, moved to the nationally recognized urban school district of Charlotte-Mecklen berg, N.C. as assistant superintendent of human resources and is now the current OCPS deputy superintendent for teaching and learning. Dr. Jenkins will assume the job against a formidable backdrop of challenges that includes escalating academic standards and accountabil ity, lower funding, and a teacher work force that is stressed by recent legisla tive mandates. State education funding levels are lower now than in 2007, while health insurance and utility expenses have risen. As superintendent, Dr. Jenkins will need to provide a budget that time protects the classroom. The Flor introduced higher "cut scores" for students to pass the FCAT and began revising the individual school grading formula, leading education experts to predict seeing fewer "A" schools and more "D" and "F" schools. Many Language Learners and special needs students will be especially vulnerable to the revision. and pride in the OCPS work force and in our teacher ranks. Providing our teachers with the support they need to cope and excel within their profession against the intense pressure of change will be an important task. Leading all of our students to academic suc cess will be her No. 1 goal! Welcome aboard, Dr. Jenkins! Contact Flynn at daryl.ynn@ocps.net or 401-317-3200, ext. 2989. Daryl Flynn Orange County School Board member Jackie Carroll Parent to Parent OCPS leader takes over Is there really a Lady Gaga? T om Carey From My Garden to Yours Is my garden safe? Sandi Vidal Ask Sandi Make a list of good qualities Theyre just kids. Our kids. And weve protected them to the best of our abilities. Sometimes to the point where it may seem absurd. This became pain fully clear the day my daughter came home with a burning question the second she walked in the door after school. Mom, it isnt true, is it? What isnt true? I told them, but they said I was wrong. What, honey? Theres not a singer named Lady Gaga, is there? There cant be. Ummm, I know its a silly name, but yes, honey, there is a Lady Gaga. At this point we had to ask ourselves, have we gone too far? busy. No excuse, I know. But there was a picture of two elementary-aged girls with their arms around each others waists on the cover, it was titled As Long As Were Together and she got it from the school library and from the correct area for her age group. Go ahead, honey. She may be nave, but shes not dumb. She read the whole book before asking me if daddies can really have girlfriends. And hey, why wouldnt anyone help that girl when she was bleed ing? Ugh. Give me that. Topics ranged from French kissing to being pressured to go all the way and, of course, the obligatory smattering of sexual urges. My favorite line had to be about Marcella, the eighth grade slut. Because we cant pre-read every book in the library, we had a conversation with the school. Of course were not interested in banning books; and yes, some kids have split families, and some girls do get their periods before they leave elementary school; I get it. But it was a middle school reader, and shes 6. Still, Im the parent. It was my fault. How about when I decided to relax a little and let the kids watch Speed Racer. What was I thinking? fast forward it almost continuously. I should have it wasnt a great work of art. OK. Mindless viewing is alright every once in a while. But the reviews didnt really mention the language, or the piranha tank, or stead of good. More research, mom. Get on the ball. So, yes, we make mistakes. And we get tired of having to seem like the ogre parents. And sometimes we miss stuff. And thats our fault. But its also our fault that our daughter doesnt know who Lady Gaga is. And shes never seen a scary news story. And she doesnt surf the Internet blindly. And shes never watched a movie more advanced than language that makes me cringe). And shes polite and respectful, most of the time. But, believe it or not, she really doesnt seem any the worse for wear. My kids are sheltered. As sheltered as I can keep them without completely banning all media, home schooling and running background checks on friends and neighbors. Things will slip through. But were tant for kids to bewell, kids. Too soon theyll know every curse word there is, every form of violence mankind can think up, and all of the horrible things And then, like the rest of us, they can waste brain that way. But until then, well let them be kids. Chris and Jackie Carroll co-author Parent to Parent and live in Avalon Park with their ve children. Commissioners Corner

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Page 23 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 Opinions EOSun.com Staff opinion Strip-searching the Fourth Amendment If youre given a speeding ticket and forget to pay it for long enough, you may now be subject to a strip search. Thats a rather extreme example, but one thats now legally allowed thanks to a split 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision search anyone arrested for any reason. Considering that America has the largest population of incarcerated residents in the world, thats an awful lot of humiliation about to happen. About 13 million people are jailed each year in the Unit ed States, wrote justice Anthony Kennedy, who drafted the majority opinion on the ruling, which split directly down political lines with the court. Dont think youll be among them? Not so fast. The rul ing comes from a seemingly unlikely case. In 2005 Albert W. Florence was arrested and strip-searched for not paying been processed. He found out the hard way what a clerical error can cost. ager at a Philadelphia car dealership, he was riding in his BMW, driven by his wife, when she was pulled over for speeding. When police noticed he had an outstanding was arrested, even though he had a court document in his possession proving hed paid it. Hed kept it, he told the Standing alongside the highway, with proof that he should be free to go, he was arrested in front of his wife and 4-year-old son anyway. When he arrived at jail, he was strip-searched. When he was moved to another jail in another county, he was stripsearched again. It made me feel like less of a man. nally set free when the courts discovered the clerical error. against unlawful search was violated. Despite the obvious incompetence displayed in the ar rest and treatment of a non-criminal in this case, Kennedy wrote that the courts are in no position to second-guess are. They are some of the very few in a position to second in this case. They simply failed to do so. Citing some of the more dangerous examples on hand, 9/11 conspirator. The implication being that since we have examples of arrestees committing worse crimes than those they were arrested for, anyone who is arrested for any reason even non-criminal reasons is immediately sus pected of being in the act of committing more crimes. So why not strip search everybody whos put in handcuffs? Dissenting judge Stephen G. Breyer wrote about his own examples: a nun who was strip-searched after being arrested at an anti-war protest, a driver strip searched searched after riding a bicycle without an audible bell. In states with some stricter laws, someone could con ceivably be strip searched after feeding the homeless, for violating a leash law or for not using a turn signal. Florence thought police went too far in searching his naked body for drugs and weapons after he was wrongly arrested for a civil infraction he hadnt even committed. According to the Supreme Court, simply falsely arresting him wasnt far enough. In states with some stricter laws, someone could conceivably be strip searched after feeding the homeless, for violating a leash law or for not using a turn signal. Letters to the editor Save on gas and groceries Gas and groceries are among our basic necessities. Commuting to work every day and putting food on the table are getting more expensive and, for families already struggling to make ends meet, these added our pantry continues to increase, CredAbility offers tips to help con sumers save at the pump and in the grocery store. Saving on Gasoline carpool. Work with neighbors and co-workers to share the expense of getting kids to school and driving to work. requires little more than a computer, try and work from home one or more days per week to cut down on commuting costs. Websites, such as GasBuddy.com, keep track of gas prices throughout can also download an app for your smart phone and get prices on the go. rebate options. Some retailers offer discounts on gas for shopping in Winn-Dixies Fuelperks program offers consumers 5 cents per gallon discount (up to 20 gallons) at par ticipating stations for every $50 in groceries purchased.) Other retailers also participate in the Fuelperks pro gram; visit fuelperks.com for more information. Costco offers a cash back rebate on gasoline purchased Card. Walmart offers 3 cents off per gallon discount if you use a pre-paid gift card or store credit card. -Pay cash for gas. If you dont know how much you are spending in gas, or you are struggling to pay off gas purchases made on a credit card each month, use cash to pay for gas. a trunk full of stuff, you are getting trunk and save. priate air pressure in your tires to get the best gas mileage. Reduce the cost to cool down a hot car by using a sun-shade in the front window and parking in a shady area. Plan your day so you can combine trips and drive fewer miles. Drive the speed limitspeeding reduces your miles per gallon. Saving on Groceries While grocery shopping can be expensive, it is often the unplanned purchases that put the bill over the top. Plan your menus for the week and make a list of things you need before you go to the store. savings, special purchases and buyone-get-one promotions. Coupon savings are usually worth the cost of the Sunday paper. In addition to manufacturers coupons, sites like CouponMom.com compare in-store specials at many grocery chains. A great sale or double or triple coupon values may make it worth the trip to a store you dont usually go to. For staple items with a long shelf-life, stock up during sales. save. There are many apps to help pons, track prices at stores in your area and more. Grocery Pal shows you whats on sale at your local re tailers. Apples2Oranges allows you to compare prices on various sizes to see which offers the better deal. Grocery Gadget can help organize your shopping list and track prices for maximum savings. Most apps are available for multiple devices. be cheaper to buy three dozen eggs, but only if you dont end up throw ing out a dozen because they have expired. Compare prices on bulk purchases. Consider shopping for bulk items with a friend and share the cost. on an empty stomach will always cost you more at the store. Have a snack before you go and youll be less tempted to impulse buy. eye level. Many lower cost items, including store brands, are stocked on higher and lower shelves while higher-priced items are at eye level. because they are a larger size or displayed separately Take a cal culator along to determine the price per ounce or pound so you can get the best deal. And remember: larger is not always better. Buy only what you will use. may add slightly to your grocery bill, packing your lunch can save you a hundred dollars or more per month when compared to eating out. Richard Schram regional president of CredAbility Get a summer-ready lawn Orlando. This means getting back into the yard and gardeneither to prepare an outdoor space for en tertaining, address a long-overdue isfy the needs of a green thumb. landscape like a pro this season: are many factors that go into having a fuller, healthier lawn. It all starts with selecting the right seed. Having a drought-tolerant seed is critical, particularly during dry seasons and in drought-prone regions, such as Florida. Good soil conditions also are es sential. This means that the soil will provide the right foundation for growth. Soil tests evaluate the condition and level of nutrients in the soil, namely pH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels. A soils pH level determines how well plants will be able to draw the nutrients they need. Because soil pH levels tend to change over time, test regularly. tilizers help supply plants with the nutrients needed to grow properly. The ideal time to apply fertilizer is when a lawn is actively growing. For the Orlando area, grasses tend to require fertilizing in the spring and in the late summer. germination, establishment and ongoing maintenance. During germination, its important to water every day to keep soil moist. This helps promote a strong root system encouraging nutrient uptake, drought resistance and a lawns ability to thrive under stress. Fol every third day for 15-20 minutes until your grass has fully grown. As part of ongoing maintenance, water every fourth day for 20-30 minutes. At this point, the primary goal is to keep a healthy lawn. This can be accomplished by monitoring color changes. A lawn does not need wa ter until the color falls by 50 percent, at which time one inch of water should be added. Mowing schedules revolve around the length of the grass more than the time between mowing. Once grass is roughly one-third taller than the desired height, its time to mow. cutting after new grass is planted. This reduces stress on the grass. Russ Nicholson Senior Agronomist for Pennington Seed, Inc. Cooking with family Cooking has always been such an important part in my family. For us, cooking together with my kids allows me to not only share genera tions after generations of favorite family recipes, but also a chance to bond with my children on a special level. Food happens to be my pas sion and having kids that are so interested in that helps foster their own passion for food and all that is encompassed with being in the kitchen. I have had the extreme honor to cultivate a love for cooking with my daughter, Kayla. I see so much of myself in her, it amazes me from her spunky precocious person ality to her love for food, she is truly a mini-me. my daughter comes bouncing in, wanting to help me whether Im chopping onions, which I just hate to do, or baking cinnamon rolls from scratch. No matter what it is she wants in. and I love it! When I saw this amazing contest being sponsored by Uncle Bens Rice and Rachel Ray I knew I wanted to give Kayla an opportunity to showcase her love for cooking. The a three-minute video showcasing you and your son/daughter cooking in the kitchen. Of course the main ingredient to use in this dish was Uncle Bens Rice. There were so many different from savory roasted stuffed peppers to sweet rice puddings. During the video you were supposed to have your child discuss why cooking is so much fun, tips for other kids who want to cook with their moms and dads and why they like cooking so much. When I asked Kayla what she wanted to make for the video she and I suggested to add shrimp to it. She loved the idea and went with it. One of the last questions I asked Kayla was, Why do you want to be on the Rachel Ray Show and to be chosen as a winner? She responded: Because I want to show kids my age how much fun cooking really is and show kids how much I love to cook and have them eat my food. I think that answer alone was the best answer ever. Whether or not Kayla and I are the contest, our love for cooking to gether will continue to grow and we will continue to show families how important cooking together is. Natasha N. Kennedy East Orlando E-mail your letters to megans@eosun.com

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Page 24 East Orlando Sun April 6 May 3, 2012 The Marketplace EOSun.com First impressions are priceless, in all aspects of life. Just like you wear a suit to a job interview, your home has a dress code to buyers to ask Where do I sign? I learned a few things in my years selling for new home builders, one being a properly staged and prepared home can often fetch thousands more for its seller. Some of the things you need to do make a memorable impression may be common sense to you, and some may surprise you. Lets start with the basics. Make a punch list. If youve ever bought a new home you wouldve had several walk throughs with the builder wherein you made a punch list of items needing attention prior to close. Its a great idea to do the same thing prior to listing your home for sale. Walk your entire home, starting at the curb and jot down items in need of TLC or removal. A fresh set of eyes is crucial here. Rope a neighbor, friend or relative into helping you, or better yet your Realtor, and be thorough. Put your home in the wit ness protection program. When potential homebuyers view your home, you want them to be able to visualize themselves and their families actually living there. This is a tall order if you have your family photos, stacks of dishes and a display of whatever it is you collect in plain sight. Less clutter and less personal items equals less distractions for the buyer. The idea here is to have them mentally put themselves in your space. Repair, renew, revitalize. Once youve de-cluttered your home and made it neutral (think a builders model home), execute the items on your punch list, within reason. Areas with high return on investment are the And never under estimate the power of curb appeal. Fresh mulch, well cared for grass and pretty pink annuals go a long way. Cleaning works wonders as well. Be sure all light bulbs are working, and give your win dows a good inside and outside Windex job. Heres a helpful checklist of some of the best ways to make your home shine for its new owners: out, dust sills. fresheners and scented candles, brew coffee or bake cookies prior to showings if possible. Smoke? Consider repainting the interior, it helps neutralize the smoke smell. Remember to change your accents or knick knacks in small groups. Add a pop of color, and go easy with the accent walls, one is enough! Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Contact her at 407-928-8294 or www. ChristinaSellsOrlando.com BRENDA: Approximately 60 Orlando are still short sales. This percentage has come down but still the majority of homes on the market are short sales. The banks have allocated a lot of their funds that used to go to foreclosures and are now going towards short sales, which is good. Karen, as a real estate attorney and owner of your own title company, what have you been seeing? KAREN: The short sale cli mate has never been more seller friendly. If your mortgage holder is Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, Chase or Ally Bank, the news is even better. These $25 billion government-backed program to assist distressed ho agreed to strive to have short sales approved within 30 days. PAMELA: That is unbeliev able news and this time frame period is doubled this would be a major improvement over the past history of short sales. Many short sales have taken up to a year or more to get an answer back from the banks. And as a buyers specialist, I see buyers often getting impatient and can celling their contract and moving on to another home. If short sales could be approved in 30 days, this would really speed up the process and get many of the short sales off the market. BRENDA: Another very important aspect of short sales is the upcoming deadline of Dec. 31, 2012 to have a sellers tax liability waived on their primary residence (in all but a few limited cases). A seller needs to close on their short sale by this time or have their foreclosure completed on their home to have the taxes to the sellers bank) waived on their primary residence. KAREN: Taxes are based on the sellers tax bracket when they the 25 percent tax bracket and $100,000 upside down on your home, you would owe $25,000 in income taxes if you miss the deadline. So this is a very im portant consideration if a seller is thinking of short selling their home. Sellers need to have a Re altor who is very experienced in short sales to manage the whole process. PAMELA: And a very ex perienced buyers specialist is needed to represent the buyers throughout the process to handle their contract, paperwork and keep them constantly informed on the whole short sale process. BRENDA: Our next educa tional short sale seminar is Satur day, April 14, 10-11 a.m. at 13013 Founders Square in downtown Avalon Park. Myself, buyers specialist Pamela Rehbein and Karen R. Spell, P.A. will answer all of your questions and educate you on all the new government programs and tax implications for short sales. Brenda Kolbrich and Pamela Rehbein are Realtors with Keller Williams Advantage II Realty. Reach Kolbrich at 407-963-6876 or Brenda@ TopOrlandoHomes.com. Reach Rehbein, at 407-488-4078 or Pamela@ HomeforyourHeart.com. Karen R. Spell, P.A. Real Estate Attorney, 407-306-0454 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 10% discount when you mention this ad 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: ADVANTAGE II REALTYResidential & Commercial Nationally Certied Short Sale Specialist Brenda@TopOrlandoHomes.com www.TopOrlandoHomes.comBRENDA KOLBRICH Home Magnier Brenda Kolbrich and Pamela Rehbein Chit n Chat The wait for short sales is shorter now Get your home in shape to sell CHRISTINA RORDAM Guest Writer How to make sure the rst impression of your home is a good one

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