Osceola news-gazette
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Publisher: Westminster Publications
Place of Publication: Kissimmee, Fla
Creation Date: May 31, 2008
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May 31, 2008

More cuts coming for schools

By Mallory Bonbright
Staff Writer
The Osceola County School
District is bracing for additional
budget cuts for the 2008-09
school year.
District officials said they
would be receiving fewer dollars
per student next school year
from the state.
In 2007-08, the district
received $202 less per student
than the prior year. Going into

the 2008-09 school year, the
district will receive $245 less
per student than for the current
year, a total cut of $447 per
student over two years, district
officials said.
The proposed budget cuts
should save the district a total of
$15.98 million, Bill Collins,
assistant superintendent, said.
School Board member Tom
Greer said Osceola County is
doing better than other Central

Florida school
"I think even
with cutbacks
around $11 L .
million, we will ' ""'
be pretty well
off because of G
(funds) and the job Bill Collins
has done with the budget,"
Greer said.
To help reduce the budget,

the School Board will eliminate
what it calls "extraordinary
salary savings."
Dana Schafer, district spokes-
woman, said schools and
departments are allocated
money for positions for the
entire school year in the budget;
If the positions aren't filled, that
is a salary savings. In the past,
schools and departments were
allowed to keep that savings,
now the district will be taking it

back, Schafer said.
The district is restricting
out-of-state travel and taking
back any funds not spent from
the current year's budget that
are usually rolled over to the
next year.
The proposed cuts include
reduced appropriations for driv-
ers education, reading and
math/science coaches, elemen-
tary swim programs, band and
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Storm season starts Sunday,

do you have a disaster plan?

By Mallory Bonbright
Staff Writer
Forecasters predict this year's hurri-
cane season, which begins Sunday, could
have 15 named storms, eight of them
hurricanes, and being ready can help
reduce anxiety.
Creating a disaster plan in advance
is important for survival, Becky
Sebren, director of Preparedness and
Response for Central Florida American
Red Cross, said.
Hurricane season runs June 1 through
Nov. 30. Osceola County, in 2004, saw
three major hurricanes pass through -
Charley, Frances and Jeanne. The most

widespread damage in Central Florida
was caused by Hurricane Charley, which
struck the evening of Aug. 13 with winds
in some areas in excess of 100 mph.
Hurricane Charley entered and left the
state as a hurricane.
"The most important thing to do is
make a decision early on whether to stay
or go and to communicate your plan to
the immediate family as well as those
family members outside the area,"
Sebren said. "When a storm comes, are
you heading for Georgia, hunkering
down or heading to a shelter?"
See Prepare, page A-5

File photos
Osceola County Extension Director Mary Beth Salisbury, left, at a
workshop last summer explains to local residents what they
should have in their homes to be prepared for a hurricane.

competitions, the school health
program, national student com-
petitions, Jumpstart and Osceo-
la County School for the Arts
auditorium-use for schools and
The district plans to cut
school budgets by 2.5 percent
and cut department budgets by
3 percent. Employees will only
work four days a week during
See Budget, page A-5


wall an

issue for

St. Cloud,


By Jessica Solis
Staff Writer
With her home located next
to busy Kissimmee Park Road,
Ilona Hutchison can hear and
see cars drive by day and night.
"It is such a noisemaker. We
can't sleep at night because of
all the traffic," she said.
Hutchison said the cars
driving past on the county
road also cause the windows
in her mobile home to shake,
and she fears that one day a
car crash will occur too close
to her home.
"There was one last year and
one of them hit the curb, and
we've had several of them
here," she said.
To help reduce the noise and
lack of security caused by the
traffic, Teka Village residents
like Hutchison requested
$25,000 from the city of St.
Cloud to help build a brick wall
along the neighborhood.
Roy Canterbury, president
of the Teka Village Homeown-
er's Association, calls the noise
and lack of security "intangible
"It's one that you can't get a
hold of, but it's damage never-
theless," he said at the May 22
St. Cloud City Council meeting.
"It has reduced our security. It
has exacerbated the noise sig-
nificantly and it's getting worse
and worse.
Canterbury said Teka Vil-
lage, which is on Kissimmee
Park Road, is a gated mobile
home community where
approximately 90 percent of
the residents are 55 and older.
Canterbury also said he knew
security would be an issue as
soon as the Kissimmee Park
Road expansion project began.
"As soon as they built it,
See Wall, page A-3

Review committee: No support for changes to county charter

By Mallory Bonbright
Staf Writer
After meeting for more than
a year, the Osceola County
Charter Review Advisory Com-
mittee on May 19 made no rec-
ommendations to the County
Commission and at least one
commissioner is disappointed
there wasn't more public input.
The County Commission
every four years appoints an
11-member committee to study
any or all phases of county gov-
ernment. The latest committee

discussed ethics policies, non-
partisan county elections and
expansion of the number of
county commissioners, among
other issues.
Committee members invited
the public to voice their opin-
ions on the charter-review, but
few participated, county offi-
cials said.
"I'm pleased with the char-
ter review committee. I think
they worked hard and diligent-
ly," Commission Chairman
Ken Shipley said. "I just wish

more citizens would
been more engaged
involved and worked


them on ideas and solutions."
In order for an item to be
reviewed and sent to the coun-

ty commissioners, eight of the
advisory committee members
had to agree on the item being
discussed. None of the items
received enough votes to move
forward, county officials said.
The County Commission
would have had a final word in
which items would be taken to
voters in a referendum.
Because no issues were
brought forward to the Com-
mission, the charter will be left
"They (the committee) did-

n't come to us with anything,"
Commissioner Paul Owen
said. "Everything is operating
smoothly at this particular
Owen also said he thought
the committee would likely
make a recommendation to
review single-member districts,
but didn't.
In February, Kissimmee and
St. Cloud officials were con-
cerned when the committee
See Charter, page A-3

Leonard Pitls
says he
feels sorry
for voters in
West Virginia.
See page

S I'm pleased with the charter
review committee. I think
they worked hard and diligently.
I just wish more citizens would ,
have been more engaged and
involved ..." "
Osceola County Commission Chairman

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Man charged for
worthless checks
Kissimmee police have
accused a former owner of a St.
Cloud auto mart for giving a
worthless check to a victim after
the suspect sold a car for him.
Police say 38-year-old
Richard Mendez, owner of
Mart in -St.
Cloud, could
have given out
other worthless
checks and are
asking that
other possible
victims come Mendez
The victim told police he first
met Mendez while trying to sell
his 2005 Honda Accord.
Mendez, who at the time was
the owner of the JAMS Auto
Mart, agreed to sell the car for
In December, Mendez con-
tacted the man again, telling
him that he had sold the Honda
for $16,500. The man went to
Mendez's new place of employ-
ment, J&B Rides, 1700 Kelley
Ave. in Kissimmee, to pick up
the check. However, when he
tried to deposit the check, there
were insufficient funds in
Mendez's bank account for
JAMS Auto Mart, authorities
said. He tried to contact Mendez
several times and when he was
unable to, contacted the police.
During' the investigation,
fraud detectives learned that
Mendez never had enough
funds in his business account to
cov&r the check he wrote. They
charged Mendez with giving a
worthless check with insufficient
funds and grand theft. Mendez
turned himself into the Osceola
County Jail May 23 and posted

a $2,000 bond.
The Kissimmee Police
Department asks anyone other
potential victims of Mendez to
contact the economic crimes
unit at 407-846-3333 or by e-
mail at seeitsayit@
Sgt. Buckle Up gives
message of safety
Sgt. Buckle Up, perched
atop a lifeguard chair in the back
of a police truck, proclaimed the
message of the national "Click it
or Ticket" campaign Thursday.
"Everybody's buckled up in
there?" he asked a passing car
at the intersection of Emmett
Street and John Young Park-
way, his voice amplified with a
megaphone. "All right. We
thank y'all for wearing your seat
Sgt. Buckle Up was actually
Sgt. Derek Crawford with the
police department's traffic unit.
He turned to face the other side
of the intersection.
"Seat belt violator: just been
observed by Sgt. Buckle Up!"
he said, pointing.
A Kissimmee officer waved
down the car to write a ticket to
the driver who wasn't buckled
in. About 16 or 20 tickets were
given out during the three hours
the department's traffic unit
patrolled the intersection Thurs-
day afternoon.
"I think it's a pretty good
idea because people need to
buckle up," said a St. Cloud res-
ident, receiving her very first
traffic ticket.
Police wrote another 163
Tickets during the first week of
the campaign, which will contin-
ue until Sunday.
"The things they make me
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Kissimmee Police Department's traffic unit, gives a
thumbs-up to a passing motorist who is properly buck-
led in. The department took part in the national Click it
or Ticket campaign at the intersection of Emmett Street
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For months, those passing by the large earth mound at 3702
Boggy Creek Road wondered what was coming. As the land began
to take shape and signs went up, curiosity soon turned to anticipa-
tion. And just last week, only 14 days after the brightly-colored sales
center opened its doors for business, the Veredas at North Shore
website had record traffic.
Why all the buzz? It seems despite recent reports of an econom-
ic downturn, new home buyers are still searching for a priced-right
community that doesn't cut corners. Veredas is just that type of
community. In fact, instead of reducing offerings, Veredas at North
Shore promotes extended standard features, going as far as calling
them "luxury," and encourages homebuyers to take advantage of
never-seen-before incentives. These homes are truly designed with
the homebuyer in mind.
All homes at Veredas at North Shore are constructed with rein-
forced concrete block on both the first and second floors. Plus, dou-
ble-pane insulated windows, masonry insulated foam, steel rein-
forced lintels and R-30 ceiling insulation are combined to make
some of the area's strongest and most energy-efficient homes.
Veredas at North Shore is making and even bigger splash with
their pre-construction incentives. For a limited time, new homebuy-
ers will also receive their choice of a free backyard pool or $20,000
in custom interior upgrades. Even more, unlike other communities,
Veredas isn't charging for lot premiums. That's an average savings
of over $25,000.
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New water plant in St. Cloud is friendlier to the environment

By Jessica Solis
Stff Writer
A new water plant designed
to improve the quality of water
for residents of St. Cloud and
Osceola County is now online,
city officials said.
The H. Clay "Junk" Whaley
Sr. Memorial Water Plant, locat-
ed on Kissimmee Park Road
near the Florida's Turnpike exit,
is the fourth water plant in St.
Cloud and the largest of its type
in the United States.
All 39,510 customers using
water from the city's potable
water system will receive water
from the new plant. Approxi-
mately 80 percent of the cus-
tomers are St. Cloud residents
and 20 percent are unincorpo-
rated Osceola County residents,
St. Cloud Environmental Utili-
ties Director Todd Swingle said.
According to Swingle, the
plant includes technological
advancements that will provide
reliability and quality, such as
magnetic filtration.
"It is also one of the first

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they told us that the road
would be about 15 feet farther
(away from the neighbor-
hood), and had that occurred,
we probably wouldn't have
had any complaints," he said.
Currently, Teka Village is
protected by a series of gates
and fences. The proposed wall
would be similar to the wall in
place at the Anthem Park
neighborhood, also located on
Kissimmee Park Road.
To help fund building of the
wall, Teka Village residents
spoke at the May 5 Osceola
County Commission meeting
and requested $72,900 for the
project. The initial request was
denied, and according to Can-
terbury, ' the commission
instead voted to give the com-
munity $36,450. However,
that offer was then rescinded
due to legal reasons.
"Two days later in the
evening, our esteemed com-
missioner, Mr. Ken Smith,
called me and said that the
attorneys had determined that
that action was illegal and that
they couldn't honor it," Canter-
bury said. "And he recom-
mended that we get an attor-

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plants that has the capability
to use sodium bicarbonate,
which is basically baking soda,
to regenerate resin and is
friendlier to the environ-
ment," Swingle said.
The plant will significantly
improve the overall quality of
water, including smell, taste and
color. Water quality is based on
a running annual average sam-
pled every quarter. St. Cloud's
water system is currently out of
compliance with disinfection
rules, which has resulted in res-
idents being mailed noncompli-
ance postcards by the city. The
plant was designed with hopes
to bring the city's system into
compliance with disinfection
byproduct rules set by the Flori-
da Department of Environmen-
tal Protection.
Construction of the plant
took four years and cost
approximately $23 million,
$19 million going toward the
construction, which was done
by Wharton-Smith Inc., a gen-
eral contractor and construc-

ney, and come
to their attor-
ney and see if
there was some -
way to legally
do that."
A provision
in the Florida
Constitution . Smith
states that pub-
lic funds cannot be used for the
benefit of private individuals or
for private purposes.
"There's some long-stand-
ing opinions that address the
appropriateness of using
funds to improve private
property, repair private prop-
erty, referring to things like
streets and property bound-
aries, and presumably walls,
that say that those are inap-
propriate uses of public
funds," St. Cloud City Attor-
ney Dan Mantzaris said at the
May 22 council meeting.
Because of the road's prox-
imity to the neighborhood,
Canterbury said the city should
help pay for the wall.
"We actually believe that you
are a co-owner of the responsi-
bility for the damage," he said.
Residents like Hutchison

tion managing company
based in Florida.
"The project also utilized
low-interest state loans to help
control the overall cost of the
project," Swingle said.
The new plant sits on land
donated by the Whaley family,
who own several acres of
property within city limits. It
was named after the Whaley
family patriarch, H. Clay
"Junk" Whaley Sr.
"The city was very fortunate
to have the land for the plant
and well field donated by the
Whaley family," Swingle said.
The city also has started
designs to rehabilitate the
other three plants it manages,
Swingle said. The plants will
remain operating as needed
and be used to serve cus-
tomers during peak water
demand times.
At 11 a.m. June 7, the city
will host a grand opening event
that includes a ribbon-cutting
ceremony and a tour of the
facility for residents.

"Everybody's paying taxes
on their property so we should
be able to get something back."
Mantzaris said that until the
county decides what to do, the
city cannot advise Teka Village
or give it the $25,000 it is
"From a legal perspective,
the city of St. Cloud is not the
owner of that road and is not
the responsible party for that
road," he said. "Any damage
associated with the construc-
tion of that road would fall on
the party responsible for con-
structing it, and that's the coun-
ty at this point."
Currently, Teka Village has
not hired a lawyer, but Canter-
bury said the wall is a necessity,
and not building it is not an
option. He requested that the
issue be brought up again at the
June 26 council meeting after
he speaks to the commission.
"I'd like to find out what the
Board of County Commission-
ers is finally doing on it so that
we can properly advise you on
what you can do on this issue,"
Mantzaris said.

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Most St. Cloud
residents will
receive water
produced at
the H. Clay
Whaley Sr.
Water Plant,
located on
Park Road.
The plant's
grand open-
ing is set for
June 7, from
11 a.m. to 2

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proposed a change that would
allow county ordinances to pre-
vail over conflicting city ordi-
nances. This issue, generated
the'most discussion from the
public, mainly city officials.
Hector Liza-
suain, advisory
committee r
chairman serv-
ing on his first ,R .
charter review
said the 'few
residents who Lizasuain
addressed the
committee were concerned
about ethics in the county.
While ethics issues were dis-
cussed, the charter-review com-
mittee did not propose any.spe-
cific reforms:

Rather than adopt an ethics
code similar to the one pro-
posed in Orange County, the
commission is now considering
creating a committee to specif-
ically address ethics issues.
A suggestion of changing
the charter to allow casino
gambling in the county was
not passed on to the commis-
sion because the committee
felt the subject was "taboo,"
Lizasuain said.
"I see (casino gambling) as
a slippery slope," Commis-
sioner John Quifiones told
the News-Gazette previously,
adding that Osceola County
shouldn't even consider the
idea because of its efforts to
promote family-oriented

The committee also
passed on recommending
non-partisan races for the
County Commission.
The next committee
should look at new popula-
tion numbers available after
the 2010 census to see
whether the commission
should have seven members
with two at large seats
instead of five single-member
districts in place now, Liza-
suain said.
Lizasuain said that in gen-
eral he was disappointed with
the public participation in the
review process.
"The public doesn't seem
to want to get involved, like
they are disenfranchised with
the system," Lizasuain said.

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The National Football League -
in particular, its Youth Football Fund
- has scored some big-time extra
points with the residents of
Kissimmee by offering up a $50,000
matching grant to convert a baseball
field into a flag football field at
Cornelius Chambers Park.
Kissimmee's Neighborhood Im-
provement Grant Program will pay
$40,000 for the irrigation, painting
and preparation of the field, while
another $18,550 will go toward the
design of the project as well as the
purchase of a mower, yard marker
liner and field marker. Aside from
football, the field will be used for soc-
cer and other community events.
There were shouts of joy when
this announcement was made last
Saturday by representatives with the
NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
There was jumping and hollering.
There was celebrating. And tears
were shed.
It was a milestone undertaking to
help the McLaren Circle community
create such a positive, since that area
is not known for too many.
But we have to wonder, why now?

That particular area has faced
some tough times for quite a while.
At one time the McLaren circle area
was practically a war zone for police.
In the mid-1980s, drugs and violence
defined the neighborhood. It had
become so turbulent, that the depart-
ment assigned a six-man police team
to solely patrol the area.
The upbringing of the youth
there has long been a struggle and
perhaps many young lives could
have been changed for the better
had they been given an opportunity
such as this long ago. The value of
this field goes far beyond youth
merely playing the sport. Football,
as other sports, helps to teach
young men character, to play fair
and the great significance of team-
work. It keeps them sharp, skilled
and challenged, and it helps them to
see life in a better way.
We congratulate the community
for receiving the funds for this, and
we thank those who participated in
the funding. We only wish the youth
of long ago could have benefited
from it.

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Workers did well
To the editor:
Three cheers to Jr. Davis
Construction for the work it has
done on Neptune road.
They have for the most part made
it a nearly painless operation. I travel
that road at least twice a day to and
from work and have watched them
from the start and have been amazed
at the speed, and work they have
performed. Yes, there have been a
couple of glitches but, for the most
part, it has been very smooth.
I was one who was against the
project to begin with but after seeing
the results I admit I was wrong. It is
going to be one of the best roads in
the county keeping some of its wind-
ing curves and charm and moving
traffic in a timely manner.
Good work Jr. Davis and congrats
to your workers for a job done well.
Paul Lewis

Responds to letter
To the editor:
Please allow me to clarify my
recent letter and respond to Jeremy
Lanier's opinion of my remarks.
Jeremy, I am fully aware of the
fact that we have crosswalk lights at
our traffic signals downtown. What I
am saying is they are not enough.
Those should be pedestrian cross-
walk lights (such as the ones on
International Drive) at the intersec-
tions of Dakin Avenue, Darlington
and perhaps even Sproule.
Also, speeding fines downtown
and red light runners should have
their fines doubled. And for those
too busy or too lazy to use the cross-
walks, old-fashioned jaywalking tick-
ets should be issued.
I promise to keep the rest of my
uninformed opinions to myself for at
least a couple of weeks now, except
for this one. Mr. Lanier has one of
the finest shops downtown and

everyone should go check it out.
Guy Norsworthy

Hospital needed
To the editor:
Poinciana, with a population of
approximately 77,000, is a large commu-
nity, even larger than the city of
Kissimmee. Because of its size, it is
imperative for our community to have a
hospital to serve its inhabitants, especial-
ly in times of emergencies.
A wealthy conglomerate known as
Health Management Associates and its
subsidiary, Poinciana HMA, which
includes St. Cloud Hospital. A report
signed by Ann Barnhart, senior vice
president, operations, HMA, stated the
"...It is evident there is insufficient
incremental census population to sup-
port a new acute care hospital within
the subdistrict 7-3, in Osceola County,
nor are there access or availability
problems sufficient to support the via-

ability of such a hospital."
This statement is callous.and I consid-
er the display of such impervious attitude
as an affront to the approximately
77,000 residents of our community in
Poinciana and adjacent subdivisions,
revealing an act of sabotage against the
hard working American families and
retirees in our community.
Behind the opposition we perceived
insensitivity emanating from HMA and
its affiliate, St. Cloud Hospital, in the
attempt to thwart the creation of a hos-
pital in Poinciana. This conspiracy is
simply greed and a lack of altruism for
the thousands of families and children
of our community.
We respectfully request from HMA
and its affiliates to withdraw their opposi-
tion to building our hospital in Poinciana
and drop the legal action against our proj-
ect of creating the hospital, which our
community desperately needs.
Armando Ramirez
Democratic candidate, Osceola
County Commission, District 3


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Candidates for
KUA board
Four Kissimmee residents
have submitted applications to
fill a vacancy on the Kissimmee
Utility Authority Board of Direc-
The vacancy is the result of
the death on May 9 of KUA
chairman William C. "Bill"
Hart. The utility charter requires
that a nominee be presented to
the Kissimmee City Commis-
sion no later than 30 days after
an unforeseen vacancy.
The applicants include:
* William F. Brouillard Jr.
He is an independent construc-
tion consultant. A former
Marine, Brouillard has been a
resident of Kissimmee for 26
* George A. Gant. He is the
former mayor of Kissimmee
and retired medical director of
the Osceola County Health
Department. He is a 48-year
resident of Kissimmee.
* Wanda Y. Reritas. She is a
business management analyst
for the South Florida Water
Management District. Rentas is
chairman of the Kissimmee/
Osceola County Chamber of
Commerce's Hispanic Business
Council and a board member
for the Osceola County YMCA.
She is a 14-year resident of

Continue from page A-
the summer and Fund 100
resource specialists, who are
paid with state dollars, will be
reduced in order to save money.
School Board member Jay
Wheeler said he is concerned
that budget cuts will have effects
inside and outside of the class-
room. He said he was con-
cerned that programs like the
elementary swimming programs
would be cut.
"For many of these children,
this is the only instructional
swim program they will ever
have access to. With lakes,
retention ponds, pools, creeks
and streams all around us, this,
program is really a life and ceath
issue," Wheeler said. "Better to
continue this program than save
a few dollars and have to go to
the funeral of a drowned child."
These cuts are in addition to
the approximately $21 million
in mid-year cuts made to the
2007-08 district operating
budget, district officials said.
Two alternative programs for
students who had difficulty in
traditional high school settings
closed in March.


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firm. Trim chairs the city of
Kissimmee's Parks and Recre-
ation Advisory Board. She
has been a resident of Kissim-
mee for 13 years.
The KUA board will inter-
view the applicants at its reg-
ular monthly meeting June 4.
The board will then select one
applicant whose name will go
before the Kissimmee City
Commission June 10 for final
Get help with
federal programs
Caseworkers from the office
of U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-
Bartow, will be at locations in
Osceola and Polk counties in
June to help constituents with
federal programs such as
Social Security, Medicare or
veterans' benefits.
Constituents should bring
any documentation or written
information they think may
help explain their case.
On Tuesday, June 3, from
10:30-11 a.m., caseworkers
will be at the Haines City Com-
munity Center, 219 S. Fifth St.,
Haines City. On the same day
but from 11:30 a.m. to noon,
caseworkers will be at the Poin-
ciana Community Center, 395
Marigold Ave., Poinciana.

Even with current budget
reductions, things could get
worse come election time in
November, Greer said.
According to published
report, the state Taxation and
Budget Reform Commission
will ask voters in November to
cut one-fourth of Florida's prop-
erty tax for schools and make up
the revenue with a higher.sales
tax. The proposal, if approved,
would eliminate the entire $8
billion-plus portion of property
taxes that the state forces school
districts to impose, called the
Required Local Effort, by 2010.
To offset the tax loss to
schools, the Legislature would
have to pick and choose
between repealing sales tax
exemptions, spending cuts,
enacting a one-cent sales tax
increase, or through general
revenue growth once the econ-
omy rebounds.
"If the economy stays the
same, next year will be really
ugly," Greer said. "We just keep
plugging away and hope the
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Having a conversation
about potential safety issues
with the family, including chil-
dren, is crucial, Sebren said.
"Some people don't want to
talk about bad things that could
happen with their kids because
they think it will scare them
but in fact it has an opposite
effect," Sebren said. "It assures
them that you have a plan of
how to keep them safe."
If it appears a hurricane is
headed directly toward Central
Florida, it is important to pre-
pare a safe roomrrin the interi-
or of your home, with no win-
dows or doors, Sebren said.

"Place some comfort items
in your safe place to gather,"
Sebren said. "It may be a
cramped space, like a bath-
room or closet, but at least it is
You also should create a list
of emergency contact num-
bers, including local emer-
gency management, residents'
information line, local weather
and news stations.
Get your financial docu-
ments in order so you can
locate them quickly and take
them with you in case of an
emergency, Sebren said. You
should make copies of and

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Award announced
at convention
Weichert, Realtors-Hallmark
Properties, headquartered in
Orlando, has received the 2007
Pinnacle Award, the topmost
award given by Weichert Real
Estate Affiliates to an affiliate.
This is the third consecutive
year that the agency was recog-
nized as the nation's top
Weichert franchise.
Martin J. Rueter, Weichert
SAffiliates president, made the
formal announcement on-
stage at the franchise organi-
zation's national convention.
The company's President and
Broker/Owner Steve Pilchick
and Executive Vice President
Lorraine Green were .present
to take a bow and thank the
agents and managers from 14
offices across Central Florida
for the hard work and dedica-
tion that brought them all to
the forefront.

Extension wins big
The University of Flori-
da/IFAS Osceola County
Extension Services' "Get
Your Green On" exhibit won
best in show in community
exhibits recently at the Cen-
tral Florida Fair.
The whimsical house
invites visitors to enter and
learn a variety of ways to
save money, energy and
water. The messages-touch
on many of the classes
offered by Extension Ser-
vices to help local residents
solve problems.
Located at Osceola Her-
itage Park on U.S. Highway
192 between Kissimmee
and St. Cloud, Extension
Services offers free classes
and consumer information
daily to the public.
For more information,
call 321-697-3000.

store your passports, military
records, citizenship papers,
birth certificates and insurance
information in safe place.
Gather enough medication,
such as antacid, aspirin and
prescriptions that last being
away from home for an
extended period of time, as
well as food and water, Sebren
And a hurricane supply kit
should include flashlights, plen-
ty of batteries, games for chil-
dren and comfort foods.
"Try to have typical snacks
that will be comforting. People
tend to eat when they are nerv-
ous," Sebren said.
In your supply kit, include
a battery-powered radio or
"Pay attention to the media
because they'll tell you where
shelters are pre-storm and
where to get help post-storm.
You'll want to get that public
information in case of a hurri-
cane," Sebren said. "Be safe
and be ready."
During a hurricane, most
stores will be close or will run
out of supplies before the
storm hits. And after a storm,
businesses may not have elec-
tricity, which means they might
remain closed or take cash
only for their merchandise.
"If a storm hits, you may
not have access to grocery or
an ATM, so make sure you
have cash on you," Sebren
said. "You have to think about
how you would survive if the
world wasn't there to help
To prepare your home for a
hurricane, you should put shut-
ters on windows and reinforce

your garage door.
"If your garage door goes,
the roof will go," Sebren said.
"Places like Home Depot and
Lowe's can show you how to
reinforce your garage. It's sim-
ple, inexpensive, and it will
save your home."
It is important to prepare
for your furry family members,
too. If you plan on evacuating
or going to a shelter, make
sure you find a place to stay
that is pet-friendly, Sebren
, "Make sure your pet is up to
date on vaccinations and have
a copy included in your impor-
tant papers," Sebren said. "If a
shelter allows pets, you'll need
a pet carrier and plenty of
During an emergency, cell
phone towers often don't work
because too many people .are
trying to call outside relatives at
once. E-mail usually continues
to work, Sebren said.
It's important for parents to
educate their children with
family members' e-mail
addresses, Sebren said.
Families can contact outside
relatives at www.redcross.org
on the "Safe and Well" page.
"If you go to that Web site,
you can enter.personal identifi-
cation, such as your name,
address and telephone num-
ber, to communicate with
other family members that you
are safe and OK," Sebren said.
For more information on
hurricane preparedness,
including the location of Cen-
tral Florida shelters, visit


The general medicine/general surgery practice of Osceola Surgical Consultants, P.A. and
Pedro 1. Gonzales, M.D. located at 461 W. Oak Street, Suite D, Kissimmee, FL will be closed as of
April 25, 2008. Dr. Gonzales has decided to retire after 37 yearsof practicing in Osceola County and
thanks his patients for making hima successful practitioner and surgeon.
Written requests"'fr;5 medical records shall be addressed to Medical Records, P.O. Box 420057,
Kissimmee, FL 34741-0057. This request shall serve as authorization for the release of medical
records. Please provide your name, complete address, .date of birth, telephone number, type of
records requested and to whom and where the records should be sent. Per Florida Administrative
Code (chapter 64B8-10.008) and Florida Statutes, a fee may be charged to reproduce the records
and records will be released upon payment.
Medical records can also be faxed to your new primary care practitioner or specialist at no charge.
This can be done by written request to the address listed above or by calling 407-846-6131. You must
provide us with the practitioner's name and fax number.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you since 1971.

Osceola Surgical Consultants, P.A.
Pedro I. Gonzales, M.D.
Mary Deal, R.N.
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The City of Kissimmee will receive $608,501 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for
Program Year 2008 from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009. The CDBG Program provides federal
funds to states, cities and counties to implement projects and programs that will improve the physical,
economic and social conditions of the community.

A public hearing has been scheduled for the purpose of receiving input from the public regarding the
draft PY 2008 CDBG One-Year Action Plan in conjunction with the 30-day public comment period.
There shall be an advertised 30-day public comment period from Monday, June 9, 2008 to Wednesday, July 9,
2008. The final One-Year Action Plan is to be approved by the City Commission and submitted to the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development by no later than Wednesday, August 15, 2008.

This public hearing will be held:
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Kissimmee City Hall Commission Chambers
101 N. Church Street
Kissimmee, Florida 34741-5054

In accordance with Florida Statues, Sections '166.041(3)(a) and 286.0105, "Interested parties may appear at the
meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed", and "No stenographic record by a certified court reporter
will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision
involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and
evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based."

Americans With Disabilities: Anyone requiring reasonable accommodations for this meeting as provided for
in the ADA should contact 407-518-2308, FAX 407-518-2260; TDD ONLY 407-518-2309, or FAX 407-518-
2260 at least three (3) working days in advance of the meeting date and time.

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New Storm coach

wants to bring title

aspirations to school

By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer
Celebration High School
has yet to record a .500 foot-
ball season in its five years.
The Storm hopes that a
champion can help make
good things like that happen.
John Bangley, a dean of
students at CHS and quarter-
back of Elon University
squads that won back-to-back
NAIA national champi-
onships In 1980-81; has
been named Celebration's
new gridiron coach. He was
named interim coach this
spring after the resignation of
David Holder, who took an
assistant's position with Osce-
ola High after two seasons
with the Storm.
"The spring was spent
doing a lot of watching, see-
ing what we had to work with
-as far as the kids and the
coaches," said Bangley, whb
led the Storm into its first-
ever spring jamboree Friday
at Lakeland Christian School
against LCS and All Saints.
He coached in his native
Suffolk, Va., for five years in
the 1980s, at All Saints from
2004-06 (to a 9-19 record)
and in 2007 at Wartburg
High outside Knoxville, Tenn.
But, he and his wife returned
to Winter Haven late last
year, and Bangley was hired
as a CHS dean in January.

"We helped grow the pro-
gram at All Saints. It was hard
leaving," he said. "My wife
got a job outside of Knoxville
but it wasn't what she hoped
and we came back. But I'm
glad it worked this way. If it
hadn't, I wouldn't have
applied for the dean's job."
CHS Principal Dan White
said he removed Bangley's
interim tag after reviewing the
"I'm extremely pleased
with the hire; I was happy to
have him as a dean," White
said. "John brings a wealth of
knowledge of. the game, and
an excitement we think will
transfer to the kids. Numbers
are up and we're in our first
spring game, so it's an excit-
ing time for the program."
Bangley said the offensive
scheme will be basic.
"My roots are in the 'I', a
power-type set with a full-
back," he said. "We'll use an
unbalanced line with play-
action passing."
But, he said, that may not
be the case when the team's
11-game season begins on
Aug. 29 at home against
"We'll be creative next
year. We'll do what it takes to
be competitive, if that means
being sneaky and using
smoke and mirrors, so be'it,"
he said. "We're going to fit
the offense to the kids."
Bangley said the base

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John Bangley
defense will feature a four- or
five-man front, depending on
who the Storm is playing.
"We were in a 'five' most
of the spring, but we may end
in a 'four' because we have a
good stock of linebackers,"
he said.
Bangley said he hoped to
create depth in Friday's
action, the first time Celebra-
tion ever played any kind of
spring contest.
"The goal is to have as
many one-way players as pos-
sible," he said, noting that the
plan for Friday's spring jam-
boree at Lakeland Christian
was to have 22 different
The Storm will enter its
fourth year as an independent
program. Joining a district is
the next logical step. Bangley
said that will happen when
the program is ready.
"I'd like to be in a district in
2009, but as I sit here it
would probably happen in
three years," he said. "The

See Bangley, page A-7

Poinciana football

coach released after

less than one year

By Rick Pedone
NewsGazette Staff Writer
The news can hardly be
worse for the Poinciana High
football program: Coach
David Aubrey will not return
for the 2008 season.
Aubrey said Thursday that
he was removed from the
position by Principal Dr.
Peter Straker.
The reason, Aubrey said,
was because he failed a
recent teacher certification
test by one point. He plans to
take the test again June 21,
nine days before his tempo-
rary certificate expires.
"I offered to do the job on
a volunteer basis since I'm
financially stable, but Dr.
Straker said he decided to go
in a different direction," said
Straker, referred inquiries
to Eagle Athletic Director Mal
"It's just an unfortunate set
of circumstances," Harpell
said. "I believe he (Aubrey)
made some positive strides."
Harpell now faces the
unenviable task of hiring the
school's third football coach
since Keith Simmons
resigned in July of 2006, and
the fifth since Mike Culllison
left in 2000. Greg Meyers
replaced Simmons for the
2006 season before resigning
suddenly last July in protest of
the school district's decision

to replace former PHS Princi-
pal George Sullivan.
Aubrey, an assistant under
Meyers, stepped in just five
days before practice began
last summer to lead the foot-
ball program.
"It's devastating to the
kids. I feel bad for them. I'm
not worried about me. I'm
going to have plenty of
opportunities, especially after
I.pass this test," Aubrey said.
"I felt like we were making
progress here. I did every-
thing I could to persuade
(Straker) to let me work with
the team as a. volunteer, but
he made the decision that it
had to be an on-site coach.
There wasn't anything else I
could do. The kids are going
to be devastated."
Poinciana was 1-9 under
Aubrey last season, defeating
county rival Gateway. Poin-
ciana also played well in loss-
es against Osceola and South
Poinciana lost its spring
game at Mulberry, 23-7, last
week in Aubrey's final game
at PHS. Jimmy Jean-Baptiste
picked off a Mulberry pitch-
out and returned it 50 yards
to put the Eagles up, 7-0. He
also made an interception.
Mulberry led 9-7 at the half
before scoring twice in the
fourth quarter.
"I thought our kids played
a great game defensively," he
said. "We- struggled on

David Aubrey
offense, though, and they
kind of pounded on us with
their running game in the sec-
ond half. We finally wore
down a little and they scored
a couple of times."
Aubrey played as an offen-
sive lineman three seasons for
Kissimmee's professional arena
football teams, which disbanded
after the 2007 season.
Harpell said the position is
advertised and an interview
committee is forming.
"This hurts because the
thing this program needs is
consistency," Harpell said.
"We're not going to be able
to go anywhere until that
Harpell must fill several
other head coaching vacan-
cies: softball, flag football,
volleyball and girls soccer. In
addition, the school has lost
many of its assistant coaches
due to budget cutbacks.
"That's what makes it so
difficult is that there aren't
many assistants left to step
up," Harpell said.

Photo Special to the News-Gazette
The Starling Chevrolet St. Cloud Majors Softball team completed a 20-0 regular
season. Team members are, bottom, I-r: Olivia Porter, Emily Fiorelli, Megan
Trout, Alexis Lockaby, DanYale Murphy, Alexis Vakesteren. Top, I-r: Team Man-
ager Jeff Fiorelli, Ka'Deisha McCowen, Haylie Arledge, Katie Ippolito, Breanne
Kimura, Jodi Nestle, Alora Justesen, Coach Scott, Coach Bill.

Chargers have some work

to do before football opener

By Rick Pedone
Staff Writer
There was little question
that there would be work for
Liberty football players to do
over the summer, and that
was confirmed after last
week's spring game.
The Chargers lost a 37-0
decision to Lakeland George
Jenkins, which competes in
5A-8 against Osceola, Lake-
land and Lake Gibson.
"We knew it was going to
be a tough matchup for us, so
we weren't too surprised

about that," Coach Doug
Nichols said. "Their quarter-
back was back and he isn't
bad. And we aren't going to
see anyone on our schedule
that's as tough as one of their
defensive linemen. He was a
The score is deceptive,
Nichols said, in that it was 21-
0 before the JV teams finished
the game.
"They scored one on a
tipped pass. It was 13-0 at
halftime," Nichols said.
"That's not saying that we

didn't see a lot of things we
need to work on, but we
weren't terrible. We're not
going to panic just yet."
One plus was that Nichols
used every player on his
"We didn't play any kids
both ways. We had them all
spread out, so that's some-
thing that will probably be a
little different when we start
the season," Nichols said.
"We'll get to work and hope-
fully get some things straight-
ened out over the summer."

Harmony's Leila Savage

selects Lake-Sumter CC

By Rick Pedone
Staff Writer
Another of Harmony
High's charter softball mem-
bers, Leila Savage, will move
on to a bigger stage at Lake-
Sumter Community College.
Savage is the third mem-
ber of the Harmony softball
team to sign a college grant.
Mandy Turner signed in Feb-
ruary to St. Petersburg Col-
lege and Laney Tucker select-
ed Northwood University ear-
lier this month.
Savage, who played first
base and pitched for the Lady
Longhorns, said Lake-Sumter
in Leesburg was an easy
choice for her.
"I went to a tryout there
and they offered me a full
scholarship," she said.
The school also ;offers a
nursing program.
"I'll probably be a RN (reg-
istered nurse)," she said.
The Lakers, 5-42, strug-
gled under first-year coach
Kelly Golden.
Savage posted a 5-1
record and 1.75 ERA on the
mound this season, averaging
nearly one strikeout per
inning (40 in 44 innings
pitched). She batted .254
with two home runs and 17
"I probably like hitting
more than anything else,"
she said.
But, her primary duty at
Lake-Sumter will be on the
pitcher's mound.
"They haven't told me
about a conditioning program
yet," she said. "I'm sure there
will be some things. I'm sup-
posed to go up in August."
She will continue to play
travel ball with the Diamond
Girls out of Haines City. One
of her Diamond Girl team-
mates, Tiffany Chisholm, will
join her at Lake-Sumter.
Savage, like Turner and
Tucker, is proud of the legacy
the graduating seniors are

Photo Special to the News-Gazette
Harmony's Leila Savage is flanked by Lake-Sumter
Community College Coach Kelly Golden, left, and
her mom, Linda Savage, after signing a softball
grant. Standing is her brother, Cody Savage, dad,
Eddie Savage and Harmony Coach Ralph King.

leaving at Harmony. In the
four years of the school's
existence, the Lady Long-
horns won two district cham-
pionships and reached the
regional playoffs three times.
This season the team
advanced to the regional
semifinal round.
"I guess if there's anything
I'd like for us to be remem-
bered for, it would be our
effort," she said. "We always
played hard."
Harmony Coach Ralph
King said Savage will be
remembered as a major con-
tributor to the team's success.
"She did an outstanding
job at first base for the major-
ity of her career and came up
with some clutch hits. She
accepted her role, even
though she had a desire to
pitch for more games for us,"
he said. "She is going to be
an outstanding addition to the
Lake-Sumter squad."

Longhorn stampede
The Harmony cross country
team will host the 2nd annual
Longhorn Stampede 5K June
7 at Harmony High School.
The entree fee is $15 for
adults; $10 for children under
18. Registration on the day of
the race is $20. Contact
Debra Maruffi at 407-933-
9900 for further details.
Harmony golf
The Harmony High Booster
Club will hold its annual golf
tournament June 6 at 1 p.m.
at Harmony Golf Preserve. *
Registration begins at
11:30 a.m. Dinner and awards
begin at 5:30 p.m. The fee is
$340 (foursome).
Proceeds benefit Harmony
athletics. Call Racquel
Schroeder (321-624-5780) or
Cassie Lanier (407-908-4084)
for information.

Perfect record


Robinson Pierre to

Concordia University

By Rick Pedone
Staff Writer
Robinson Pierre has heard
all about the winter chill factor
in "The Windy City," Chica-
go, where he will play football
at Concordia University.
The Poinciana High defen-
sive end isn't worried about it.
"I've been in it (cold weath-
er) in New Jersey," he said..
"It's not going to bother me."
. There weren't many cold
evenings during his three-year
career at Poinciana, but he
had some productive ones.
Despite playing for three
different coaches, Pierre
chilled offenses with his speed
on the perimeter and his abil-
ity to make big plays. He
intercepted a pass, caused
two fumbles and recovered
three more as a senior, when
he had 79 tackles.
"I'd say my quickness is
what helps me the most," he
said. "I'll be playing linebacker
up there. I like playing there; I
did when I was a junior. I just
like hitting."
Pierre was a' leader on and
off the field. He served as the
Sergeant at Arms during
Poinciana's Varsity. Club
meetings. He became one of
Coach David Aubrey's
favorite players.
"He's one of our hardest
workers, both athletically and
academically," Aubrey said.
"He was a monster when he
went out there. He was one of

If you can get out on the
water at first light, you can
probably catch five to 15 bass.
If you get out too much after
sunrise you will find fishing for
bass will be tough. At first light,
bass can be found schooling on
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our leaders on defense, one of
those guys who got the ball
back for us."
aubrey, who will not return
as tihe Poinciana head coach
next season, said college
coaches are impressed with
his straight-line 4.7 speed in
the 40, and also his agility.
Pier re was one of two Poin-
cian a wrestlers to qualify for
the Class 2A state wrestling
tournament, where he com-
peted. at 189 pounds. The
other Poinciana qualifier was
Pier re's cousin, junior Widler
Rislin, who placed fourth at
the :state meet at 215 pounds.
"That wrestling leverage,
and his strength, work for
hirn," Aubrey said. "I think
they! are thinking about having
himr wrestle up there, too.
They are excited about his
Pierre's brother Patrice, a
juni or, plays for the Liberty
football team.
Pierre and his teammates
endlured some trying times at
Poi nciana, where the school
recorded only two wins over
his career.
"I think that taught me to
be a better teammate," he
said. "You learn that you all
have to stick together."
Concordia was 3-7 last sea-
son under Coach Lonnie
Priest. The Cougars will debut
in the Division III Northern
Athletic Conference next sea-

Continued from page A-6
goal, is to be competitive
week in and week out. We
want the mindset to be that
we're going to be competi-
tive. If that can happen in
one year, then great."
Bangley was Elon's offen-
sive leader in 1981, passing
for 2308 yards and 13 touch-
downs, and rushing for anoth-
er 453 yards.
He is often seen wearing at
least one of his NAIA champi-
onshiip rings, but he doesn't use
them to try to set a tone. But he
said the tone this spring has
been upbeat nonetheless.
"I hope it's what's in my
shoes that commands atten-
tion, not what's on my hand,"
he said. "Anytime there's
change, there's excitement.
And what do we have to lose,
another game?"
Celebration added an 11th
game to its schedule Oct. 31
against the new Lakeland
school, Teneroc. The Florida
High School Athletic Associa-
tion permits schools to add an
additional playing date for
new schools in the second
year of two-year contracts.

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Aubrey and Principal Dr. Peter Straker.

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Community Event:s


Vacation Bible School
First United Methodist Church has begun
.registration for its Vacation Bible School.
This year's theme is Power Lab - Discover-
ing Jesus' Miraculous Power. The school will
be June 16-20, from 9 a.m., to 12:30 p.m.
There is no cost. Stop by the church office,
101 W. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, to complete
a registration.
Republican headquarters
The Osceola County Republican Party is IC
celebrating the grand opening of its campaign .
headquarters at 1631 E. Vine St., (next to i
Valencia Commununity College and Denn
John Road) on Flag Day, June 14 from 4 to 7
p.m. There will be a barbecue in the parking
lot and refreshments will be served. County
residents will have the opportunity to meet the
Republican candidates campaigning for office -
in Osceola County. Thhheadquarters will be
open Monday to Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
and the phone number is 407-846-8889.
Information, signs and literature of Republican
candidates will be available to thepublic.
Driver safety course
There will be a driver safety course Tues-
day, June 10 and Thursday, June 12 from 9,
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kissimmee Utility
Authority, 1701 W. Carroll St., Kissimmee.
To make a reservation, call 407-870-5928.
Genealogy Club meeting
The Genealogy Club of Osceola County
will meet Sunday at the Hart Memorial Library
in Kissimmee at 2 p.m. Ann Bergelt will deliv- From the left, Woman's Club of St.
er the presentation on doing research. There Ruth 'Phillips presented scholarships
will be no meeting in July. nitzky, a senior from Harmony Hig
August's speaker will be Matthew Griffin senior from St Cloud High School:
whose great-great grandfather was a black .,
Seminole and will speak about the history of
black individuals in the Seminole Nation. r a.m.; the walk begins at 8 a.m. T-shirts will be
In September, there will be a field trip to given to registrants while they last. For a regis-
the Osceola County Historical Society and the traction form or for mqre information, call
Pioneer Village. 407-334-7411.
The club meets the first Sunday of the, 4.0
month at 2 p.m. at the Kissimmee library. POi Ciana
For further information and a copy of the EEEUEW
club's newsletter, call 957-4347 or 892-5726 Poinciana Predators
Blood drive Poinciana Predators Youth Football and
There will be a blood donation drive in the o'Cheerleading -is still accepting registrations for
Kissimmee Middle School parking lot, 2410 boys and girls ages 12-15. Space is limited,
Dyer Blvd., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. first-come, firsf-served. Registration is $75.
Donators. receive a free T-shirt. For every sec- You will need a copy of your birth certificate
ond donation, $10 Darden restaurant gift cer- and a physical before the first practice in July.
tificates will be given'out. Identifications are The practices will be at Vance Harmon
required to give blood. Park in Poinciana and home games will be
Bone density, played at Liberty High School. Call Jonathan

composition screenings
In honor of National Osteoporosis Month
CVS pharmacies will offer free bone density
and composition screening today at 3300 S.
Orange Blossom Trail, from 10 a.m. to 1
p.m. No appointment is necessary and results
will be provided within minutes.
Piano Recital
A free piano recital will be today at the
Gateway Baptist Church, 2601 Partin Settle-
ment Road, Kissimmee, at 2 p.m. The stu-
dents of Claudia Boldon and Tracey Mozroll
that will play are Jasmine Burnett, Spencer
Hart, Brandon and Zachary Melvin, Celia and
Lalesha Max-Faults, Jamison and Madeline
Munns, Elise Pettitt, Issac and Racheal
Sawyer, MaryAnn Shauger, Kayleen Smith
and Courtney Sumler. The public is invited.
Osceola Federated
Republican Women
The Osceola Federated Republican Women
will have a luncheon Thursday, June 5 at the
Broadway Caf: and Art in downtown Kissim-
mee at 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be state
Sen. Bill Posey, candidate for U.S. Congress,
district 15. Reservations are required. RSVP
to cdempster@cfl.rr.com or by calling Betty at

St. Cloud
The St. Cloud Parks and Recreation
Department will host the 2008 End of School
Jam Splashtacular Pool Party Friday, June 6,
from 6 to 10 p.m., at the St. Cloud Pool
(Chris Lyle Aquatic Center), 3001 17th St.
Students from all area middle and high
schools are invited to attend. Admission is free
and school identification is required to enter .
the pool party. The event will feature a disc-
jockey, live performances from such acts as
3AM, The HPCC Dancers, The Goody Boys,
The Mysterious Dancers, and door prizes,
which will be given out during the night.
For more information, contact the St.
Cloud Parks and Recreation staff at 407-957-'
Walk for a Cure
Walk for a Cure, benefiting the American -
Cancer Society, will be June 14.
The walk begins at the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 3227 on New York 'Avenue in
downtown St. Cloud. Registration begins at 7

at 407-436b-z~4 for registration location and
times. For more information, go to www.

Osceola County

Extension Services
The Osceola County Extension Services
office is offering the following classes:
June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Land-
scaping with Florida Friendly Plants. The class
is at the Poinciana Library, 101 N. Dover-�
plum Ave. Register by calling 407-518-2578
-or go to www.tohowater.com.
Greater Osceola
United Soccer
The Greater Osceola United Soccer 2008-
09 fall/spring league will be accepting regis-
trations for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 for
both recreational and competitive programs
Monday, June 2 through Thursday, 'June 5,
from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Austin-Tindall Soccer
Complex, 4100 Boggy Creek Road. All new
players must bring a copy of their birth cer-
tificate with them.
All players who register by June 5 will
receive 10 percent off the registration price.
' Tryouts for competitive teams only will be
held Monday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 4,
for ages 8 to 13 and Tuesday, June 3 and
Thursday, June 5, for' ages 14 to 18, from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For questions, :call Myra LeCaptain at 407-
709-3801 or Mark Monbarren at 407-957-
Father's Day lunch
The Osceola County Council on Aging will
,be celebrating Father's Day with a special
lunch Friday, June 13 at the Council on Aging
site, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee.
To help make this happen, the council is
requesting $10 donations to sponsor a
Father's Day meal.
Send donations to: Dinners for Dads, Osce-
ola Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point,
Kissimmee, Fl 34744.

Other areas

Water safety fair
American Pools and Spa, 7390 Nar-
coossee Road, Orlando, will present a water
safety fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo/Special to the News-Gazette
Cloud investment trust chairwoman
from the club to Camille Louise Lieb-
gh School, and Megan Marie Diaz, a

There will be life saving information for
children and parents and demonstrations.
In addition there will be free window and
door alarms given away to the first 50 people
who arrive. Register to win free children's
swimming lessons at the Lake Nona YMCA.
There will be games and prices for children.
Free lunch and refreshments will be served
while it lasts.
For more information, call 407-847-9322.
Disease lecture
Dr. Robert C. Liddington, director of the
infectious and inflammatory disease center at
the Burnham Institute for Medical Research,
will discuss infectious and inflammatory dis-
eases, the research on them and how to treat
them including anthrax, arthritis, diabetes,
influenza, HIV and the West Nile virus at 6
p.m. June 4 at the Orange County Agricultur-
al Center, 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando.
For more information, call Elizabeth Giaini,
vice president of external relations, at 407-
745-2060 or Eshma Harry at 407-745-2061.


The Tribute
The Veterans Tribute and Museum, located
in the Osceola Square Mall, 3831 W. Vine
St., Kissimmee, is a free exhibit of military
memorabilia, open to the public.Tuesday
through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
The museum is, in Mall Suite 46.
Museum volunteers are available to refer
veterans and their family members to support-
ive services offered by the VA, Workplace
Central Florida and other organizations. Infor-
mation on local veterans organizations is also
Volunteers can also help family members,
veterans, school children and others research-
ing military history or details of an individual's
service. The museum has an extensive library
of research material and has access to online
military records.
The Tribute encourages visits from school
and other groups. Call to.schedule a field trip.
Any veteran that would like to tell- their
story on camera to be included in the videc
interview series "Every One a Hero" can con-
tact the Tribute. For information on the series,
visit www.veteranstributeandmuseum .com.
For details, call the museum at
407-931-3133, visit www.veteranstributeand-
museum.com, e-mail veteranstribute@earth-
link.net or contact Frank Clark 407- 846-
American Legion Post 80
St. Cloud American Legion Post INo. 80.
1019 Pennsylvania Ave., holds meetings at 7
p.m. the second Thursday of each month;
auxiliary meetings are at 7 p.m. the first
Thursday of each month; and the Sons of
American Legion meetings are at 6:30 p.m.
the second Monday of each month.
The Post holds karaoke, hosted by Jerry
Cox, on Wednesdays from 7 to 11 p.m. This
is also "Steak Night" sponsored by the Sons
of American Legion from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Post has dinners every Friday from 5
to 8 p.m., with entertainment beginning at 7

Watching out for women

Rejoice Christian Fellowship
Rejoice Christian Fellowship Church meets
at the Expression Center, 2140 Michigan
Ave., Kissimmee, every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
for Sunday school and 11:30 a.m. for worship
service. Rejoice is a Filipino international fel-
lowship. A business opportunity seminar is
available every Monday and Thursday at 6:30
p.m. Guitar, piano and drum lessons are also
available every Saturday at 5 p.m. or by
For more information, call 407-343-0111
or 407-288-3733.
Holy Redeemer
Catholic Church
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church holds Mass
on Saturday, 4 p.m., with 7 p.m. in Spanish.
On Sunday, Mass is held 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m.,
10:30 a.m. and noon. It's held in Spanish at
1:30 p.m..and in Portuguese at 7 p.m.
Calvary Assembly of God
Calvary Assembly of God is located at 711
N. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee. Sunday services
start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call
Batterers Anonymous
Batterers Anonymous is a new fellowship in
the area and new participants are welcome at
meetings. The goal of the group is to offer a
safe place for people to share their pain. Learn
how to make peace with your past and be free
of violence in the future.
The group meets Saturdays at 7 p.m. at
Church for the Nations, 1485 Mill Slough
Road, Kissimmee. For information, contact

_ni ,.1 Spread the word in the Osceola News-Gazette
er ax number is 407-933-6856. day for Saturday's paper.
V'-rd'ail- events to bmcbride@osceola Those categories of comm
SIitwsgazette.com. events listed in Thursday's pap
Dai dlines are 5 p.m. Monday for be: activities, benefits, bingo
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SThose categories of events listed in Sat-
urday's paper will be: health, hob-
bies/games, military, miscellaneous,
recreation, religion and thrift stores. For
more information on community events,
contact Community Editor Brian McBride
at 407-846-7600, Ext. 211.




p.m. The; Post has Sunday breakfast from 8
to 11:30 a.m. with a buffet and a full
menu.The public is invited. Bingo for mem-
bers and. guests is on Saturdays at 7 p.m.
Karaoke with Jerry Cox every Saturday at 8
p.m. Calll the post at 407-892-8808 for more
informati on.
Normandy beach tour
The Firaternal Military Association will tour
the Norn nandy invasion beaches in London,
Paris, Ba stogne, Brussels and Amsterdam and
June 17 to 29.
Curre nt and past military personnel,
dependents, friends plus general public are
invited to participate in the journey to com-
memora::e the 64th anniversary of D-Day,
June 6, 1 944.
For more information, call Sy Canton at
561-865-8495 .or write to: Sy Canton,
14130 - C Nesting Way, Delray Beach, FL


Sing barbershop
The Society for the Preservation and
Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet
Singing iin America is looking for men who
sing or would like to sing to join them. The
group meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the
Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 U.S.
Highway 192. Call Jim McElravy at 407-
397-2294 for,details.
Soccer club
The St. Cloud F.C (adult soccer club) is
currently looking for female players 18 and
older to join the co-ed team. The club also is
seeking a volunteer manager/coach for the
team. Anyone who is interested, call Sharon
Johnson at' 407- 957-2790 or Barry 407-
873-5304. The St. Cloud F.C. holds prac-
tices every Wednesday night at.the Austin
Tindall soccer complex.
St. Cloud recreation
The hours for the Chris Lyle Aquatic Cen-
ter are: Monday through Thursday noon to 3
p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; Friday noon to 3 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For
details, call St. Cloud Parks and Recreation at
Hours'for Aqua-fit class at the Chris Lyle
Aquatic Center are Monday through Friday
from 8 .a.m. to 9 a.m.; Monday through Sat-
urday from 11 a.m. to noon; and Monday
through Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuning,Toning and Talking is at 10 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Tennis/racquet ball
A "for fun" tennis and racquet ball club has
formed in St. Cloud. Anyone can join, no
rankings or ratings. You set times and days of
play. No fees or dues. Call Tom Long at 407-
Square dance club
A2 Square Dance Club meets the first and
third Sundays of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.
at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th
St. For more information, call 407-344-


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Hobbies, games

Cribbage class
A free cribbage class is
offered by the Kissimmee
Parks and Recreation
Department every Friday
from 10 a.m. to noon at
the Oak Street Park, 717
N. Palm Ave., Kissimmee.
For details, call 407-847-
Plant clinic
The Osceola County
Master Gardeners conduct a
free plant clinic at the
Extension Services building
in Osceola Heritage Park
Monday through Friday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A staff member is avail-
able when Master Garden-
ers are off duty. People can'
take their plant problems,
either disease or insect, for
identification and advice.
See the latest plants
available in their landscape
and vegetable gardens. For
more information, call 321-
Corvair Club
The G.O. Vairs Corvair
Club holds monthly meet-

ings. For more information,
contact Titus Stewart at
Play Scrabble
Scrabble games are every
Monday at 9 a.m. at the
Poinciana Community Cen-
ter. All levels of players
invited. For more informa-
tion, call 863-427-1782.
Thursday Night
The Thursday Night Quil-
ters meet at 6:30 p.m. at
the First Baptist Church,
Building D, in St. Cloud.
All quilters or would-be
quilters are invited to join
the group. Call 407-892-
2685 or 407-892-5775.
Fishing club
The St. Cloud BassCast-
ers Fishing Club meets the
first Thursday of the month
at Fat Boys restaurant on
U.S. Highway 192 in St.
Tournaments are held
the following Saturday.
Boaters and non-boaters
welcome. Call The Fishing

Pad II, 407-891-1003, or
Marc McKenzie, 407-891-
Osceola Riders
The general membership
meeting of the Osceola Rid-
ers motorcycle enthusiast
group is held the second
Sunday of each month at
the Kissimmee Elks Lodge,
1655 Kings Highway, at 1
p.m. For more information,
call Paul at 407-891-1752.
Latin Touch
Car Club
Meets every Saturday at
7 p.m. at the Chevron gas
station, 3040 W. Vine St.
For more information,
call J.R. Ramos, president,
at 407-348-2234 or Tito
Garcia, vice president, at
Car club
The Solo Pa Mi Gente
Car Club meets Saturdays
at 8 p.m. at 1707 W. Vine
For more information,
call Jesus "Gee" Rivera at
407-931-2061 or Tito
Nieves at 407-944-0181.


Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Store
in Kissimmee is at 105 W.
Vine St. Store hours are 9
a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday
through Saturday; the store is
closed on Sunday. Donation
drop-off hours are Monday
through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Call 407-932-2009.
Thriftee Center
In the Hunter Arms build-
ing on 11th Street, St.
Cloud, 407-891-8155.
Hours are 9 a.m. to noon,
Tuesday through Saturday,
Clean donations are now wel-
come. The center carries
clothing, kitchen supplies,
linens, toys, craft supplies
and more. Operated by the
Presbyterian Women.
Three Saints
The Three Saints thrift
store, 1026 New York Ave.
in St. Cloud, is open from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays. Donations
may be dropped off during
shop, hours. For more infor-
mation, call the shop at 407-



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Senior programs
The following programs
are held at the Oak Street
Community Center, 717 N.
Palm Ave., Kissimmee.
Phone: 407-847-2388.
"Peg-A-Longs" Cribbage
Club - Year Round, Fridays
9:07 a.m. to 12:07 p.m.
Mah Jongg Club - Year-
round Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to
noon. Free.
Ladies Craft Club-Year-
round Tuesdays 10 a.m. to
noon. Free.
Golden Rollers
Adults roller skate at
Kissimmee Skate Reflections,
1111 Dyer Blvd., each
Wednesday from 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. For details, call Skate
Reflections at 407-846-
Poinciana AARP
Chapter 3520 meets the
third Thursday of each month
at the Poinciana Community
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Silver Clouds
The Silver Clouds Chorus
holds rehearsals Wednesdays
at 3:30 p.m. at the St.
Cloud Senior Center, 3101
17th St. under the direction
of Tony Buchanan. All
seniors 50 and older are
welcome. For more informa-
tion, call Lorraine at 407-
Senior club
The Holy Redeemer
Catholic Church Senior Club
meets every Monday from
noon to 4 p.m. in the social
hall. All seniors are welcome
to enjoy coffee, cards and
Fitness class
A senior fitness class is
held at the YMCA, 2117 W.
Mabbette St., Kissimmee, at
10 a.m. Monday, Wednes-
days and Fridays. For
details, call 407-847-7413.
Free screenings
Free screenings for blood
pressure and blood sugar are
available to seniors 55 and
older at the Osceola County

Council on Aging Senior
Health Clinic.
Diagnosis and treatment
of minor illnesses (flu and
colds) and ongoing care of
high blood pressure and dia-
betes are available at the
clinic, 700 Generation
Appointments may be
made by calling Ona Pryor
at 846-8532, Ext. 241.
Serving Health Insurance
Needs of Elders (SHINE), is
a volunteer-based program
that empowers medicare
beneficiaries, their care-
givers or family members to
make informed decisions
about Medicare, health
insurance issues, medical
bills and prescription assis-
A SHINE counselor is"
available on the first and
third Tuesday of each month
from 10 a.m. to noon at the
Barney E. Veal Center, 700
Generation Point, Kissim-
For more information,
call 1-800-963-5337 or dial


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In addition to helping a very
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Complete details are
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Osceola blood
The Osceola branch of
Florida's Blood Centers, 1029
N. John Young Parkway, is
open: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday and Thursdays; from
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday

and Wednesdays; from 7 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Friday; and from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
For more information,
call 407-847-5747.
Crime watch
The Kissimmee Neighbor-
hood Crime Watch meets
the second Thursday, of
every month at 6:30 p.m. at
the Kissimmee Police
Department on Stewart
Street. For more informa-
tion, call 407-344-2591.
T'ai chi
Ongoing t'ai chi classes
are held at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday at the Senior
Center, 1099 Shady Lane.
Free. All ages welcome.
For details call Carmen at
the center, 407-846-8532,
Ext. 241.

0.Frdilyobituaris andservi

Hartsuff, 69, passed away
Monday at
home with his
family. He
moved to St. i g
Cloud with his
family in 1972
and spent the ' -
next 30 years in
family businesses. In his most
recent years he found interest in
working Security and Private
He is survived by his loving
wife of 52 years, Dolly, one
sister, Louise Hartsuff in New
Brighton, PA, daughter,
Brenda Breaker, St. Cloud,
son, Greg & Marjean Hartsuff,
St. Cloud, daughter, Lori
Quilin, Crystal River, 6 grand-
children, Alicia, Melissa,

Jessica, Casey, Michele, Ryan
and 7 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at the

Eastern Avenue Baptist Church
where he was a member, on
Monday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m.


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