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By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Police are still searching for U.S. Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, originally from St. Cloud, who has been missing since April 14 after being seen last at a North Carolina bar. More than 100 police and military volunteers searched 10 acres Wednesday in the woods behind the Froggy Bottoms bar, where Bordeaux, 23 was last seen around 1:20 a.m. April 14. Police also concluded a search of a pond near the bar, Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said Thursday. Bordeaux is described as 5 feet 1 inches tall and 102 pounds with blond hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink tube top with spaghetti straps and black shorts. Detectives believe Bordeaux may be in danger, although her case is still classified as a missing person, MacRoberts said. Bordeaux was reported missing by officials at Ft. Bragg Army base, where she is stationed, after she failed to www.aroundosceola.com www.holaosceola.com 113TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION APRIL 21, 2012 50 CENTSOSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTEOSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTEThe April Journal of Osceola County Business is included in todays newspaper. See Section B. For the latest activities, events and classes, see ... Page C-4County track athletes advance to regionals. Page A-7Sports CommunityPeter Covino reviews Chimpanzee, a Disney documentary about an orphan chimp. Page C-1LifestylesClassifieds .......... D-1 Business ............. B-1 Legals ................. D-3 Lifestyles ............ C-1 Obituary .............. C-5 Opinion ................ A-4 School ne ws ......... A-3 Sports .................. A-7Inside Local Looking for new Scouts in PoincianaRecruitment has begun for a new Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack in the Poinciana area, with recruitment for both groups occurring on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Chestnut Elementary School, 4300 Chestnut St., Poinciana. Boy Scouts is for young men 12 to 18 years old who are interested in outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, fishing and bicycling. Cub Scouts is for boys in the first through fifth grade who are interested in games, activities, hiking, arts and crafts, archery, service projects and more. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts also are in need of adult leaders for the two groups. For more information, contact the following: Dixon Palma, committee chairman, 407-655-9533 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Greg Huff, Hispanic Director Boy Scouts, 253-686-3237 or greg.huff@ cflscouting.org.Fertic drops out of Clerk of Court raceJarom Fertic, of St. Cloud, has dropped out of the race for Osceola County Clerk of Court, according to the Supervisor of Elections website. Fertic, a Republican, withdrew earlier this week. Remaining candidates in See Local news, page A-2 Legislators update chamber on session By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Nolte Road is slated to be completed June 1, two months before it was originally scheduled, according to city of St. Cloud Engineering Manager Kevin Felblinger. A presentation given by Felblinger April 12 at the St. Cloud Council meeting announced the 4-lane, 3.1 mile roadway, which stretches from Hickory Tree Road to Canoe Creek Road, is ahead of schedule, under budget and free of any serious, reportable accidents. Were definitely getting to the point where were seeing the send, Felblinger said, adding the work is 90 percent completed. They are very confident (of a June 1 deadline). The remainder of the work is concentrated on segment 4 from Michigan Avenue to Canoe Creek Road which includes paving, signage, markings and signals. Landscaping is being finished up along the other segments and soon, residents will begin to see the traffic signals flash, which is required for seven days before they can become fully operational. Segment 4 is where the majority of the work is going on right now, Felblinger said. More than 80,000 man hours have been worked on the project, with 80 percent of the work conducted by local contractors, a stipulation of the contract with Turner Construction. The additional 20 percent companies Nolte Road nearly finishedSoldier still is missingNews-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanFrom left, state Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, and Rep. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, presented an up-to-the-minute report of funding and support of local and regional projects to the local business community during a legislative update April 18 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Grimsley has filed to run in a new Senate district that would include a portion of Osceola County. By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Osceola County is receiving funding for several major projects this year, including $8.3 million to the Osceola County Health Department, after Gov. Rick Scott signed the state budget Tuesday. Scott approved the $8.3 million in federal funding that was vetoed last year due to the perception that the funds were part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This was a rider for the bill. It had nothing to do with Obamacare, Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, said Wednesdays during the Kissimmee/ Osceola County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored legislative update at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Its going to help a lot of low-income folks in Osceola County. Plans have been set for more than a year for a $5.7 million 16,000-square-foot, twostory permanent building for the health clinic on Doverplum Avenue in Poinciana. The facility will be equipped with 17 exams rooms, an immunization area and two labs on the ground floor, Health Department spokeswoman Camille Bissainthe said. The second floor would be occupied by a WIC office, a federally-funded nutrition program for women, infants and children; and the dental department with six exams rooms, a sterilization and lab area with X-ray capabilities and two conference rooms. The remainder of the $8.3 million would be used to expand the St. Cloud and Stadium Place Health Department properties by 4,000 square feet each, adding 11 exams rooms to the current St. Cloud 10-room facility and increasing Stadium Place from 19 to 30 exam rooms. Health Department gets $8.3 million See Update, page A-5 By Marvin G. Cortner Editor During an update Monday on Lynx, Osceola County c ommissioners heard how increased ridership over the last few years and reduced funding have resulted in service problems for the regional transportation agency. During the hear-the-audience portion of the Monday commission meeting, Poinciana resident Sabrina L. Otis set the stage for the discussion of service problems in Osceola County. Otis uses three different bus links to get to and from work. I start my day off by leaving the house at 5 a.m. I get to my bus stop, get picked up by Link 426, and by the time I get to Vine and Michigan (streets) where I work, its already two hours and 27 minutes. Otis said. It is a 30-minute car ride. Otis also said her commute home from Kissimmee takes even longer three hours and 18 minutes. She also criticized Lynx for not being willing to come to Poinciana to g enerate identification cards for students who use Lynx buses to get to school, forcing parents and students to go to the downtown Orlando station to get the documents. Otis also said the community needs express buses so that route connections can be made in a timely manner. During a presentation at the meeting on funding and proposed improvements, John Lewis, Lynx CEO, said there has been an explosion in ridership over the last couple of years due to more interest in mass transit as a less-costly way to commute to work. He added that in 2008 there Lynx, county agree on service fixes News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanKissimmee boxer Jonathan Robles, right, lands a solid right uppercut against opponent Angel Martinez during the first bout of the night at the April 13 Boxeo Telemundo event at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The semi-annual event, which this time featured participants from Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Guatemala, is a popular draw for the center.Boxing returns to Civic Center County See County, page A-3 See Missing, page A-6 Police News See Nolte Road, page A-5
In a competition that measures safety, skill and speed, linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority bested teams from across the U.S. on Saturday to bring home the nations fourth best ranking from the American Public Power Associations 12th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Cleveland, Ohio. Forty-five journeyman teams and 59 apprentices from municipal utilities throughout the country gathered to compete in timed events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills. There are two levels of competition within the annual rodeo: journeyman teams and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members two climbers and a ground person. An alternate team member is also assigned in case of illness or injury. A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker competes as an individual and has four or fewer years of experience. KUAs team earned a perfect score of 500 points and placed behind teams f rom Nashville Electric Service (Tennessee), Santee Cooper (South Carolina) and Modesto Irrigation District (California), based on event completion times. KUA was the only Florida utility honored in this years competition. Trophies were awarded to KUA in the following event categories: Journeyman team: Steve Bray, Chris Ketner and Dave Wolfe; Logan Murphy was an alternate. Fourth place: overall journeyman team. Second place: 12 kV arrestor change out. Third place: transformer change out. KUAs two apprentices Shane Paras and Brent Davis earned perfect scores in their four events and scores of 86 and 82, respectively, on the written exam. Last month, KUA linemen won the states third best ranking at the Florida Lineman Competition in Gainesville. The American Public Power Association, based in Washington, D.C., is the service organization for the nations more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities. Collectively, these utilities serve more than 46 million Americans. Story provided by Chris Gent. the race include Republicans Oliver Daniel Durfey, Kathy M. Foust, Rayelynne Ketchum and Arthur R. Osborne. Democrats in the race include incumbent Malcom W. Thompson and Armando Ramirez. Thompson was suspended earlier this year from office by the governor for alleged malfeasance in office. Thompson goes to trial Monday on misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor assault charges related to that alleged malfeasance.Bill Sheaffer closes judicial campaignOrlando attorney and TV analyst Bill Sheaffer announced Tuesday that he had ended his campaign for Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge (Group 7) in Orange and Osceola counties. In a press release, Sheaffer said he was halting his bid for the judicial post immediately, citing serious health issues within his and his wifes families. Sheaffer had concentrated his efforts full-time on his run for judge, a post for which he had officially qualified last week. Sheaffer was best known to many Central Floridians for his fouryear stint as the legal analyst for WFTV, Channel 9, particularly for his on-camera work during the Casey Anthony murder trial.Community health festival set for May 19There will be a community health festival Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 101 W. Dakin Ave., in Kissimmee. The United Methodist Church of Kissimmee is sponsoring the free event. There will be free screenings for glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure as well as the opportunity for uninsured families to have a medical card for $5 that will provide each one of them with family practice visits for only $15 to $20, prescriptions for $3, free eye exams, a free massage once a month, free first visit to a chiropractor, discounts on natural health consultations and products, among many other services. There will be entertainment, music, food and fun for everyone.Road-e-o competition is todayThe Kissimmee Public Works and Engineering Department is hosting the Solid Waste Association of North America Florida Sunshine Chapter Road-e-o. This years theme is Magic on the Track. The event is open to the public and admission is free. The conference portion of the event is taking place at the Gaylord Palms through today while the competition challenges will take place today at the Public Works Service Center, 100 North Alaska Ave., in Kissimmee. Mechanics and truck drivers will compete in the following categories: mechanic competition (8 a.m. to noon); and truck competition (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) The Public Works Department is excited to serve as the host of this years event. We have quite a few talented employees who look forward to representing the city of Kissimmee. This is the ideal arena to display our vehicles and show the public how much pride we take in the maintenance and operation of our fleet, Dave Derrick, director of Public Works, said in a press release. The Road-e-o is hosted each year to promote professionalism on the part of drivers, equipment operators and mechanics in the field of solid waste management. This provides an opportunity to create a spirit of competition and goodwill throughout the participating organizations, such as municipalities, counties and private haulers. Road-e-o events reward deserving employees by allowing them to showcase their talents and refresh their safety skills, thus bringin g pride to themselves and their organization.Health center receives Komen grant The Central Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded a $50,000 grant to Health Care Center for the Homeless to provide free mammograms to patients from Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. The grant from Komen for the Cure will support the Femmes de Coeur Mammography Program, an initiative to ensure that homeless patients and uninsured patients have access to regular screenings. The program will involve an early detection approach with screenings available to the patients at no cost. The generous suppor t from Komen Central Florida has allowed us to expand our mammography program substantially, Bakari Burns, CEO, Health Care Center for the Homeless, said. We encounter so many uninsured women who have never had access to this service before, some with a family history of breast cancer who have lived with the fear of not knowing about their own health for years. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the worlds largest breast cancer organization and funds innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment. Where a woman lives, and whether she has a home or not, should not increase her risk of breast cancer. Stefanie Steele, of Komen Central Florida, said. This program is constantly raising the bar and reaches some of Central Floridas most underserved women. For more information, call 321-972-5534 or visit www komencentralflorida.org. A-2 color KUA linemen take fourth in national event Osceola County Democrats have announced that statewide county caucuses will be Saturday, May 5. The first ever statewide caucuses will kick-off the delegate selection process, which will determine who will be part of the Florida delegation that will attend the national convention in Charlotte, N.C., according to a press release. Osceola County Democrats will caucus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hart Memorial Central Library in the Lillie Room, second floor. The library is at 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. Florida Democrats are looking forward to the National Convention this summer and are energized heading into 2012, Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux said. The county caucuses are an exciting chance for Democrats to get involved and help rally support for President Obama. Whether youve volunteered in the past or are brand new to the party, we urge you to join us on Saturday, May 5, and we hope to see you in Charlotte this summer. After being selected at the county level, delegates will proceed to the partys statewide convention in Tampa June 1-3 where they will take part in the final phase of the delegate selection process. Those selected at the state convention will attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this summer. All registered Democratic voters are invited to attend to cast a ballot for their countys delegates to the state convention. Any Democrat interested in running as a candidate for delegate to the state convention must file the state convention delegate filing form with t heir county D emocratic Executive Committee leadership by April 27. The filing form is available at www.fladems.com/timetoshine. The location of each countys May 5 caucus, along with contact information, is available on the state partys website at www. fladems.com/timetoshine. This year, Florida will send its largest delegation ever to the national convention with a record 300 delegates and 23 alternates. A majority of the delegates (184) will be elected at the Congressional district level. Only individuals elected as state convention delegates at the caucuses can run for district-level delegate positions. The FDP has created a special website for those interested in taking part in the 2012 Delegate Selection Process. Visit www.fladems.com/timetoshine, for more information. 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Kindergarten Roundup announcedThe Osceola County School District will host Kindergarten Roundup May 3 until 6:30 p.m. at all public elementary schools for parents of children who will be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Incoming kindergartners and their parents are invited to drop by their school during this time to pick up a school registration packet and enroll for the 201213 school year; meet teachers, principals and other school staff; tour the school facility and learn about school procedures and programs; and find out ways to become involved at the school. Participating Elementary Schools are: Bellalago Academy, Boggy Creek, Celebration K-8, Central Avenue, Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering, Cypress, Deerwood, East Lake, Flora Ridge, Harmony C ommunity, Hickory Tree, Highlands, K issimmee, Koa, Lakeview, Michigan Avenue, Mill Creek, Narcoossee, Neptune, Partin Settlement, Pleasant Hill, Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts, Reedy Creek, St. Cloud, Sunrise, Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies, Ventura and Westside K-8. To register a child for kindergarten, enrollment information can be found at www.osceola. k12.fl.us; under the Quick Links section, choose Parent Link tab and select Registration Information Parents unsure about w hat school their child will attend are encouraged to visit the districts website. On the homepage, parents should select the tab under the Quick Links section titled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The first link (What school will my child attend?) will allow parents to type in a home address to view schools in their attendance area. Parents with enrollment or Kindergarten Roundup questions are encouraged to contact their individual school.Athletic physicals offered at high schoolsWhile athletic physicals for high school student athletes have always been required in the Osceola County School District, middle school students wishing to participate in sports for the 201213 school year will have to have one as well. Athletic physicals will now be mandatory for all student athletes in grades 6-12 for the upcoming school year. The benefits of a preparticipation physical include: Detection of congenital anomalies that increase the athletes risk of injury. Detection of conditions that predispose the athlete to new injuries. Evaluation of any existing injuries of the athlete. Determination that the athlete is in general good health. Middle and high school athletes and parents are invited to attend one of the following Athletic Physicals Nights from 6 to 8 p.m.: Tuesday, Liberty High School (with Poinciana High School); cost $10 Wednesday, Harmony High School; cost $10 April 26, St. Cloud High School; cost $10 April 30, Osceola High School; cost $25 May 1, Gateway High School; cost $10 Consent and physical forms can be found at www. c2cschools.com/osceola county.Golf tournament helps underserved youth get to collegeHelping underserved Orlandoarea youth graduate high school and achieve their college dreams is the main goal of Take Stock in Children of Orange County. Major support for that effort comes from the Take Stock in Children Golf T ournament, scheduled this year for Monday, at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Valencia College, Full Sail University and Tavistock Foundation are principal sponsors of the tournament. Valencia administers Take Stock in Children, a statewide program, in the Orlando area in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools. The idea: Get students in the seventh grade to sign contracts in which they promise to get good grades, behave positively and remain drugand crime-free. In exchange, they get mentors who help them stay in high school and graduate. The students reward for graduating: a 2+2 scholarship that pays two years of tuition at any state college and the following two years of tuition at a state university. To register, go to www.valen ciacollege.edu/golf or call 407582-3336 or email email@example.com. were service cuts and a fare increase, which produced a decrease in ridership that year but that over the last four years there have been annual increases of from 8 percent to 10 percent, with a record set last year of 28 million riders in the region served by the agency. In the first two quarters of this year, were on pace to break that record by 10 percent this year, to the 30 million mark, Lewis said. Were at a new norm for transit in Central Florida; this is going to be the trend moving forward. There may be a leveling off but I dont anticipate ridership dropping off unless we get into a situation where we are doing massive service cuts. In his presentation, Lewis highlighted the routes that have been identified as problems in the county, the solutions to those problems and some proposals for the future. Link 55, which goes from Osceola Square Mall along West U.S. Highway 192 to Four Corners, and Link 56, w hich g oes from the mall to the Magic Kingdom, have not been making their scheduled stops on time. The solution Lynx proposed and the one the commission has approved is to add one bus to serve both routes to improve on-time performance. Ridership is up 24 percent over the last two years on Link 55 and up 20 percent on Link 56. Link 26, which goes from Osceola Square Mall to Poinciana via Pleasant Hill Road, has overcrowding. The fix approved is to increase service to 30-minute intervals at peak times. Ridership on this link is up 56 percent over the last two years. The problem on Link 426/ Poinciana, is that buses are not making connections with other links. The improvement will involve better ontime performance to make the connections. Ridership is up 454 percent on this link over the last two years. Lynx Service recommendations that will be considered in the future include: St. Cloud: The recommendation is to add Sunday service to Link 10 and a neighborhood link within the city as demand increases. Buenaventura Lakes: The recommendation is to include regional service to Medical City and Orlando International Airport as part of the proposed Kissimmee/ Medical City/OIA route. Intercession City: No recommendations at this time other than to survey residents on their n eeds. S olutions mentioned, however, could include using Access Lynx, a mid-day round trip to Kissimmee, a van for local service only and a flexible route service six days per week. Express service connecting to SunRail for commuters. Implement Link 213 from the Osceola Square Mall to SunRail and Link 214 from U.S. Highway 192 and Floridas Turnpike to SunRail. Commissioner Brandon Arrington asked about plug buses being used to improve overall service on some routes. Lewis said Lynx supervisors have the ability to put additional buses into service on a route when people are not being picked up or a bus is catching up to another. However, he said the related cost is significant and that plug buses wont necessarily solve a problem. When a sking about priorities, Lynx officials said the most benefit to overall service would be derived from the Link 55 and Link 56 improvements and the increased frequency on Link 26. Commission Chairman John Quiones asked how Lynx prioritized the proposed improvements. Lynx officials said the reason service on U.S. Highway 192 was high on the list was because it is both a job commute corridor as well as one heavily used by tourists, especially in the summer. The Link 26 issue was high on the priority list, Lynx officials said, because of the overcrowding. Commissioner Michael Harford said the problems would continue in Osceola County until there is more funding made available. Lewis responded by saying the agency has been hamstrung over the last few years by dipping into capital funding to deal with operating deficits, which has prevented it from buying buses to improve service on problem routes. In the end, the commission voted to allocate $4.28 million in funding for Lynx for the next fiscal year. Lynx will officially announce the service changes for Osceola County in a few weeks, county staff said.Eagle nest viewingThe commission on Monday also approved installing a public bald eagle nest observation site at the intersection of Kings Highway and Henry Partin Road, about 682 feet away from the nest, which has a 330-foot no disturbance zone around it. Developer D.R. Horton has agreed to provide a fiveyear easement for the observation site and temporary parking area, at no cost to the county except that the county must provide maintenance for the facility as well as the appropriate liability insurance, according to county documents. The entrance to the eagle viewing area will be off Henry Partin Road. Due to residents parking their vehicles along Kings Highway and related safety issues, the county restricted parking along the roadway. Following inquiries and comments from residents, the commission directed staff to look at how the parking issue could be dealt with and, at the same time, allow the public to observe the bald eagles. The cost to the county to prepare related documents for the easements was $1,200, and costs for property improvements and signs will be about $7,400. A nnual maintenance cost s are expected to be $350.Other newsCommissioners recently moved forward to improve a section of the East U.S. Highway 192 corridor by approving establishment of an East U.S. 192 Community Redevelopment Agency board for a 2.8-mile s egment of the federal highway stretching from Kissimmee city limits to Partin Settlement Road. Commissioners will sit as the CRA board, but they have the option of creating an advisory board, according to a county press release. The goal of the agency is to grow and diversify the countys economy; to u pgrade the county infrastructure and transportation network; and create neighborhoods that are safe and livable. Next steps for the agency i nclude creating a community redevelopment plan and initiating a funding mechanism, according to the press release. The plan will address the unique needs of the area and include the overall goals for redeveloping the area, as well as identifying specific projects designed to improve aesthetics and encourage private developers to invest in the redevelopment district. Possible programs could include improving the turnpike entrances with destination signage and landscaping, streetscape i mprovements, directional signage, decorative street lighting, and infrastructure improvements. CountyContinued from page A-1 Lewis School news See School news, page A-5 A-3 Contact Marvin G. Cortner at 321-402-0430 or by email at mcortner@osceolanews gazette.com. 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The public hearing will be conducted at the Osceola County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square, Suite 4727 Kissimmee, Florida 34741, on May 15, 2012 beginning at 6:30 P.M. or soon thereafter. In accordance with Chapter 286, Florida Statutes, the public is advised that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any additional necessary accommodations will be provided with a 48 hour notice. For more information call the Clerk of the Board at 407-742-2100.
Page A4, 4 OPINION OPINIONThe need to resolve Lynx bus service problems in Osceola County brought on by dramatically increased ridership and reduced funding for the agency due to the Great Recession will not go away anytime soon. We expect that as we resolve certain pressing issues now, new problems will be identified as more people turn to mass transit as a transportation alternative and as population increases. The improvements proposed by Lynx and approved Monday by the Osceola County Commission will go a long way to resolving current problems of on-time performance on Links 55 and 56, which run in the tourist corridor and to Disney, overcrowding on Link 26, which goes from Poinciana to the Osceola Square Mall in Kissimmee, and Link 426, which is entirely in Poinciana and which has seen problems making connections to other links. The improvements come at no additional cost, since the county saw significant savings in December when Lynx established an Osceola County operations base. The fixes as approved Monday will make it easier for working people to get to their jobs without the high cost of operating a vehicle. Improved service along West U.S. Highway 192 also could help improve the experience that tourists have when using our mass transit system. During the hear-the-audience portion of the commission meeting Monday, a Poinciana resident said it takes two hours and 27 minutes for her to get to work and three hours and 18 minutes to get home over a route that would take 30 minutes by car. Those commute times are enough to dissuade most anyone from using mass transit. The problem, though, is that many residents for various reasons have no other alternative than to use the bus system. The same resident also criticized Lynx for not being willing to come to Poinciana to generate identification cards for students who use Lynx buses to get to school, forcing parents and students to go to the downtown Orlando station to get the documents. That situation needs to change. The main issue with Lynx has been that it has been hamstrung by operating deficits, which has forced the agency to dip into capital funding to offset the deficits. That means fewer buses being put on the street, and few buses means missed connections, overcrowding and riders being left on the side of the road when buses are full at peak times. The bottom line is that we need a dedicated source of funding in our county for transportation. Year 113 No. 32Publisher/Ad DirectorTOM KIRKEditorMARVIN G. CORTNERAssistant EditorBRIAN McBRIDESports EditorRICK PEDONELifestyles EditorPETER COVINOChief PhotographerANDREW SULLIVANCirculation ManagerKATHY BECKHAMProduction ManagerSTEVE KRAUS Our View Submit letters to the editor to Osceola NewsGazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. 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Postmaster: Send address changes to: News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. The Osceola NewsGazette is published by Sun Publications, a division of Independent Publications. Call 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at news@osceolanews gazette.com. The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www. aroundosceola.com.OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Lynx fixes comingBarack Obama himself has never had the guts to say it. Indeed, while it is famously difficult to prove a negative, it seems apparent that few people in all of politics and media have had the guts to say it. Did John McCain ever say it? Did Rick Santorum or Bill OReilly? So let us plant a little flag for, mark with a yellow highlighter, the thing Rep. Raul Labrador said Sunday on Meet the Press: that it wouldnt matter if President Obama were a Muslim. And if it seems rather much to be handing out medals for such a modest statement of principle, well ... the principle has been under fire for so long that even a modest statement feels momentous. In recent years, public figures have made news for refuting (like McCain) or failing to refute (like Santorum) the canard that Obama is a follower of Islam. But outside of Colin Powell, who did so a few years back on Meet the Press, it is difficult to think of many -or any -who have dared to confront the notion implicit in the lie. Namely, that being a Muslim is incompatible with being an American. This is taken by some as self-evident truth even as Muslim soldiers risk their lives on our battlefields, Muslim cops risk their lives on our streets, Muslim teachers teach our children, Muslim reporters report our news, Muslim politicians help to make our laws, and Muslim-Americans struggle against those who believe our sacred ideals cover other people, but not them. Thus, a fleeting statement that should have been obvious to the point of mundanity feels instead like a water station in the Mojave. Labrador is no fan of the president. His comment about Islam was made en route to a contention that Obamas policies have weakened the nation. Labrador is a Republican and a conservative from a very Republican and conservative state, Idaho. It is his political and ideological kin who are most responsible for pushing -and believing -the Obama-as-Muslim narrative. All of which imbues his remark with a welcome patina of political courage and moral clarity. Perhaps he would agree that what has historically weakened this nation at least as much as any policy the president has ever pursued is the tiresome notion that some of us are more American than the rest of us, that the all in all men are created equal refers only to those of the right gender, genus, sexual or political orientation, or faith. It is an idea abhorrent to the aforementioned sacred ideals, yet one embraced eagerly in recent years by those who apparently feel bereft without someone to fear. It is a shameful truth of American history that there has never been a shortage of someones to fear, nor of those who were willing to maximize and exploit that fear. It is an equally shameful truth that Americans, in thrall to that fear, have committed grievous sins against both human rights and those sacred ideals. And always, it begins with some false, implicit truth, some lie that gains such a foothold in the popular imagination, that becomes so pervasive and persuasive, no one even questions it anymore. Some, because they dont think to; others, because they dont dare to. So someone says the GermanAmericans are traitors and lets string that one up -and no one says a thing. Someone says the Japanese-Americans are spies and lets imprison them all behind barbed wire -and no one raises a cry. And someone says all the Muslims are terrorists and we must rid our nation of them by any means necessary -and one hears only the arias of the crickets. It is in those complicit silences that we lose ourselves, that we betray our ideals and that mobs are born. So there is nothing modest about even a modest statement of principle. And one cannot help but be glad Labrador, being what he is, said what he said. Its about time someone did. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, M iami, FL 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@ miamiherald.com. Their ViewIssues should go to votersTo the editor: In response to Scott Brooks letter to the editor of April 5 regarding possible proposed sales taxes, I must respond to his assumptions. As residents of Osceola County, we use our roads daily. Growth does impact the system, but for the past four years and probably for the next four, growth does not appear to be a contributing factor. Also, growth hasnt slowed tourism and the fact cannot be ignored that tourism contributes to almost one-half of the traffic generated on our roads. Before the bubble burst, many were calling for a moratorium on new development until our infrastructure (roads) were brought up to par. Well, now we have that non-selfimposed moratorium and it is time for our commissioners to address the situation. The costs for road repair and maintenance exceed revenue and our commissioners deserve kudos for looking outside the box for alternate funding. They could have taken governments simple path of adding taxes or raise property tax, however, they chose to present the situation to the citizens and give us the opportunity to vote. Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. has stated that he would only support additional funding if the taxpayers of the county received savings elsewhere such as reducing property taxes for as long as the sales tax is in effect and that any future tax increase must be voter approved. I know Fred personally and will attest to the fulfillment of his word. Mr. Brooks stated, A vote by any commissioner to send this to the voters is a vote in favor of raising taxes, and that message should be heard loud and clear by the voters come November. So, if I read this correctly, I should vote against my commissioner for giving the public the option of voting on an important issue? I may not agree with all decisions made by our commissioners, but I will totally support their decision to place important issues on a referendum. After all, they are elected to represent us, and how better to represent than listen to citizens through the ballot box. Robert Bass St. CloudDisappointed over criticismTo the editor: As the chairperson of the Osceola County School Board, I am disappointed that the superintendent, without prior notice, criticized the School Board at the meeting on April 17. Mr. Terry Andrews distributed a prepared statement and made a public statement that was harshly critical of the board. It is ironic that the superintendent made these statements while at the same time advocating a more harmonious interaction between the Board and himself. Particularly disappointing was the fact that parents and students were in the room to hear this. It is also distressing that several of the statements were untrue or distorted. For example, Mr. Andrews claimed that the School Board attorney told him there were three votes to terminate his contract. That isnt true. The attorney only suggested that if Mr. Andrews was ready for a change in position, he could request a transfer to another position. A transfer would allow the superintendent to keep his current pay and benefits until his scheduled retirement in June 2013. At no time did I tell anyone that I wanted to terminate Mr. Andrews, and I would not support buying out his contract. I would, however, seriously consider a request he might make for a transfer. Based on his frequent criticism of the board, it is obvious Mr. Andrews doesnt like working with us as the superintendent. A transfer to a position in which he doesnt report to the Board, with full salary and benefits, is not a termination, contrary to Mr. Andrews statement. I, and not any other board member to my knowledge never discussed termination. Mr. Andrews accused some board members of not reading the materials. But, he didnt point to a single example of when a member of the board hasnt been prepared. Generally, the business sections of our agendas move very quickly. Unless an item is controversial or more information is requested, the votes are often 5-0 or 4-1, and the members act promptly because theyve read the materials and are prepared. Contrary to Mr. Andrews assertion that we are unprepared, on several occasions Ive caught errors in the agenda materials, staff agrees that Ive caught a mistake and the item is pulled so staff can correct the paperwork. All of this is evidence that we are prepared and we do our work, so it was disappointing that Mr. Andrews would publicly make a statement without offering any specific examples to support his assertion. I have frequently asked staff to re-examine more closely certain items that I believe are important. For example, although we ultimately approved the E-Rate and Solar Power grant projects, several of us did express concerns and we asked staff to brief us more thoroughly before we approved these projects. (Our concerns related to safety regarding the solar power cells on elementary school campuses, and fiscal responsibility regarding E-Rate). It is my opinion that Mr. Andrews may not effectively distinguish an active and interested board from micromanagement. Rather than respond positively, his response to an engaged board is to try and criticize us into complacency. For myself and a majority of this board, we are not merely rubber-stamps for whatever staff presents. This Board is responsive to the public and not to an entrenched bureaucracy that wishes wed be quiet and let them do whatever theyd like to do. When citizens contact us and complain about how theyve been treated by the system, we do want the staff to look hard at the concern and report back whether the concern is valid, and if it is a valid complaint, how the problem may be alleviated. This Board wants the administration to constantly seek out ways to improve efficiency, improve the quality of our service to students and parents, and assure the public that taxes are being wisely spent. We have insisted on an audit of procedures in our facilities department. The audit report came back with numerous findings on how we can improve our business practices. One simple example: Previously, applications for payments to contractors were not required to have any backup. A pay-application on a large construction project could request a payment of several hundred thousand dollars or more, yet there would be no supporting documents. Because of that, contractors were spending money on things that I consider to be a waste of tax dollars. Things like large catered barbecue dinners costing thousands of dollars, or novelty items branded with the contractors logo for thousands of dollars. If the Board hadnt pushed for an examination of these business practices, it would have been status quo business as usual. We want to do better than that. In conclusion, I think what you have is a classic situation of an involved board that wants the staff to work hard in the public interest, and push back by some in administration who want us to leave them alone so they can maintain status quo. I hope high-level administrators cant succeed in maintaining their status quo through tactics of intimidation. We support our teachers and support personnel, and they do a great job for the students. But they need a superintendent who will conduct himself or herself with the highest degree of professionalism, and will be a positive force for effective and innovative administration of our school system. Cindy Lou Hartig Kissimmee School Board chairperson Your View Leonard PittsTribune Media Betrayed by our own silence
TECO Accreditation reaffirmedOsceolas Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) has announced that the Council on Occupational Education (COE) has reaffirmed it. The accreditation process included a detailed examination of the schools records and policies in 10 different standardized areas. The standards included a review of all career and technical education programs, financial services, human resources, student services and program completion and placement rates, along with facility management. The faculty and staff at TECO, under the direction of their newly-appointed administration of Jeanette Eddy and Robert Noll, and with the guidance of their Institutional Effectiveness Facilitator Leon Deutsch, have exceeded the expectations of the COE team, according to a TECO press release. The team consisted of six representatives of COE who traveled to Osceola from all over the country. Each team member is an expert in his or her field, the press release stated. The representatives spent three days inspecting all the necessary standards and criteria. The COE report stated there were no findings or recommendations. A finding or recommendation would have been made for areas that needed improvement. This is the first time since TECO opened its doors in 1994 that the school met all criteria and standards at 100 percent. Visit TECO on the web at www.teco.osceola.k12. fl.us or contact Student Services at 407-344-5080 for more information. offer speciality items not available locally, Felblinger said. The project also is below budget, with the guaranteed maximum price hovering just over $14 million compared with the original price of $19.5 million. Additionally, there is nearly $1.2 million left in the projects contingency fund. Councilwoman Mickey Hopper is the only sitting council member who has been on the dais throughout the projects entire process. Im so glad its going to be done soon, she said. Hats off to everyone who participated. Turner Construction, partnering with the city, will host the Nolte Road Fitness Walk and Run June 9 from 8-10 a.m. through the first segment of the new roadway, which runs from Hickory Tree Road to Clark Road. A ribbon cutting will follow the fitness portion at 10 a.m. We really want the community to come out and help us open the road, Kathy Pierson, spokeswoman for Turner Construction, said. Nolte RoadContinued from page A-1 Arena to host boys high school volleyball finalsFloridas top boys volleyball teams will compete in the 2012 FHSAA boys volleyball finals at the Silver Spurs Arena May 11-12. Throughout the spring, 64 high schools from 16 districts across the state participate in the FHSAA boys volleyball state series. For weeks, athletes train an d compete to win districts and continue their journey for a state title. The tournament concludes at Osceola Heritage Park in the finals, where nearly 1,000 fans will watch one team take home the title of state champion. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 800-7453000, visiting ticketmaster. com or at the Silver Spurs Arena Box Office. Tickets are $9. For more information, call 321-697-3333. Local newsContinued from page A-2 School newsContinued from page A-3 Weve been on hold since last year, Bissainthe said. So far, all were going to do is pick up where we left off. Donna Sines, executive director for Community Vision, said she is pleased the federal grant came through for Poinciana, where the need quickly outgrew the small, current health clinic. The bottom line is people could die, she said. This is the number one issue, besides crime prevention, that drives the quality of life in a community. The governor also approved $4 million for the final funding installment for completion of Valencia College Osceola campus construction of a new $35 million four-story, 150,000square-foot building slated to open spring semester 2013 with space for 18 classrooms and state-of-the-art science labs for physics, chemistry, biology and anatomy students. The building will be the largest on any Valencia campus. Its going to be a gem for Osceola County, Horner said. Additionally, the Osceola County Historical Society was awarded $150,000 to move as many as three historical buildings to the organizations Pioneer Village on Bass Road in Kissimmee. Historical Society Executive Director Donnita Dampier has worked with the county for four years to raise the funding for their expansion project, which will add the structures currently on private property to the four buildings currently on display. Were just trying to save them from development, Dampier said. This (funding) will help us fill the shortfall of what the county allocated to us. The expansion project includes the Historical Societys new museum on U.S. Highway 192, slated to open this summer. Scott did veto one project for Osceola County: the $1 million medical wet lab construction at the University of Florida Business Incubator in St. Cloud. The lab would have be the only one in the greater Central Florida area where researchers could have rented space to develop their projects, incubator site manager Jim Bowie said, adding the lab would have filled the buildings still unfinished 4,000 square feet. It would have been a great opportunity since were close to Lake Nona and Medical City, he said. Theres still some discussion on how some private money may make it a reality but thats months down the line. Horner, who is vice chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Committee, outlined the future plans for roadway funds geared toward building Poinciana Parkw ay, w hich would run fro m Interstate 4 to Poinciana, with the Southport Connector then taking motorists to the Floridas Turnpike. The committee this year set aside $35 million in bonded funds for roads that connect to the turnpike, Horner said. Poinciana Parkway will be the top project to be qualified for that funding, he said. Visit Florida, the states tourism marketing website, received a bump from $34 million last year to $54 million this year, in line with Central Florida, specifically Orlando and Kissimmee, being the number one destination in the nation, Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, said. Thats a good sign for us, he added. Soto also mentioned pushing for funding the countys sports venues. Osceola can, could, will be and already is the capital of amateur sports, he said. The Legislature also increased education funding by $1 billion, which includes a $405 million increase in funding, or roughly $150 per student, an additional $47 million for enhanced reading programs and $663 million to fill funding gaps due to the influx of 31,000 expected new students next year and lower property taxes. We have been able to fund education, which is important to future generations, Rep. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, who is currently running unopposed for the District 17 Senate seat, which includes portions of Osceola County, said. It was very timely with the declining property values and increased enrollment. Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, who is terming out of office after serving 10 years, was awarded the Hard Charger Award by Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. His tenure has left a great legacy, Hawkins said. Haridopolos, who was the Florida Senate president, joked about smiling during the event and having a tan after his final legislative session. 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Page A6, 6 By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter The parents of two young Kissimmee girls who agreed six months ago not to call police regarding the inappropriate touching for their two young daughters helped authorities arrest the man Tuesday. Kissimmee police arrested 18-yearold Marc Anthony Vasquez for sexual battery and lewd and lascivious activity on a child under 12. On April 17, Kissimmee police detectives were contacted by the Department of Children and Families in reference to a child abuse complaint, including that an 8-year-old girl was possibly being raped by her 13-year-old brother and that their father was getting drunk and beating the girl and her siblings. The family is still being investigated by the agency, spokeswoman Kristi Gray said. Detectives interviewed the 8-yearold female victim and her mother, who, with her husband, also has eight other children. The girl told a DCF investigator that Vasquez, whom her family used to live with, made her give him oral sex and touched her private area. All the encounters allegedly occurred in Vasquezs bedroom. When the girl told her mother approximately six months ago this had occurred, she said her 13-yearold brother knew. The boy admitted to his mother that the sexual abuse had occurred between his sister and Vasquez. Her parents confronted Vasquezs grandparents, Marlyn Moreno and Jorge Moreno-Gomez, whom he lived with on River Branch Circle in Kissimmee. The grandparents told the couple they had no proof of the sexual encounter and asked them not to contact police with the condition Vasquez received therapy, a police report stated. Detectives Tuesday arrested Vasquez at his grandparents home and transported him to the Kissimmee Police Department for questioning. He told detectives he coerced the 8-year-old victim into touching his genitalia three times, and admitted to touching the girls private area both under and over her clothes and, on one occasion, sodomized the girls 5-year-old sister, reports said. Vasquez also admitted to showing adult pornographic movies to one of the victims. He told detectives if he could write a letter to his victims, he would say he was sorry for everything, according to the police report. Vasquez was charged with sexual battery on a person under 12 and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12. Vasquez was transported to the Osceola County Jail and is being held on zero bond. report for duty as a health service specialist Monday. Being a soldier to Kelly isnt something shed jeopardize for anything, Bordeauxs older sister, Olivia Cox, said in a press conference Tuesday. Missing work isnt something thats in character for Kelli. This is an out of character thing to happen to my sister. Bordeaux is assigned to the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, according to published reports. Froggy Bottoms bar hand Nicholas Holbert, 25, a registered sex offender, told a Fayetteville news station he dropped Bordeaux off outside her apartment complex the morning she went missing. Holbert, who reportedly lives in a lean-to behind the bar where he works, told the station he has been questioned by police twice and thinks hes being singled out due to his criminal record. The news station reported Holbert was convicted as a 16-year-old of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old child. Fayetteville police are not publicly calling him a person of interest as of Thursday, MacRoberts said, although Holbert told the news station police called him that. Bordeaux grew up in Osceola County and attended St. Cloud High School where she was a straight-A student, Cox said. She previously worked at the local Sonic restaurant in St. Cloud, where the marquee Thursday read Come home safe Kelli. We miss you. Bordeauxs Facebook page states she studied at Valencia College as a dental hygienist before joining the Army in April 2011. She has been married for two years to Mike Bordeaux, a civilian, who reportedly was in Florida visiting family when his wife went missing. While they do not have children, Cox called Bordeaux the most awesomest aunt to her 3-yearold nephew. Her mother, Johnna Henson, who lives on Louisiana Avenue in St. Cloud, travelled to Fayetteville to help search for her daughter. Calls to Henson were not returned at press time. She is the most amazing person I know. She joined the military to make her family proud, Cox said. She needs to be found safe, sound and immediately. Anyone who may have seen her or knows anything about her whereabouts should contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-873254 or CrimeStoppers in North Carolina at 910-0483-TIPS (8477). MissingContinued from page A-1 A-6 Vasquez Arrested for sexual battery News-Gazette Photo/Fallan PattersonThe Sonic Americas Drive-In restaurant in S t. Cloud added a message on its marquee for former employee Kelli Bordeaux who has been missing for a week in Fayetteville, N.C., where she was living while stationed at Fort Bragg Army base. Contact Fallan Patterson at 321402-0434 or by email at fpatterson@osceolanews gazette.com.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsSt. Cloud, Liberty runners-up District track By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola County will be wellrepresented at next Wednesdays 3A-2 regional track meet at Tampa Leto High. Local athletes qualified for the regional by placing among the top four of their events at Wednesdays 3A-5 district meet at St. Cloud High. O rlando Evans w on th e girls (184) and boys (111) team championships. The boys meet was tight, with St. Cloud (104) and Liberty (104) tying for second place. Harmony (54.5) was sixth, Celebration (47.50) was eighth and Osceola (6) was 12 th St. Cloud (113) was the girls runner-up. Harmony (63) was third, Liberty (62) was fourth, Osceola (35) was seventh and Celebration (26) finished eighth. Liberty Coach Robert Pauley said St. Cloud and Liberty are so evenly matched that they may have hurt one another in the team standings. Taking points from each other hurt us from taking the title. It was good to see we both finished second in a very competitive meet, Pauley said. We missed a lot of points in the discus, but, I take my hat off to the men in how they bounced back in the last couple of events. St. Cloud boys Coach Kevin Harkema said his team should have won. We did not run well in a couple finals and we had a couple of mishaps in the field (events), he said. St. Clouds district champions were Ian McKenzie (51-1) in the shot put and Jordan Reus (132-4) in the discus. Libertys boys had one district champion, long jumper Markel Brown (23-0). Harmony had a dual-event champion in Daniel Foshee, who swept the 110 (15.05) and 300 (39.19) hurdles. The Horns Chad Williams (6-2) won the high jump. Celebrations Quincy OConnor swept the 1,600 (4:20.68) and 3,200 (10:08.05) runs. St. Cloud girls coach Ettie Singleton said her team had a solid district meet. We had some excellent performances and set some personal records as well as school records, she said. St. Cloud sophomore Kirsten Chambers (15.45) won the 100 hurdles, was second (5-2) in the high jump and the triple jump (36-6.5) and fourth (173.5) in the long jump. St. Cloud broke the school record in winning the 4 x 800 (9:41.87) with Ashlyn Stadtlander, Katelyn Stadtlander, Octavia Gonzalez and Anaya Reid. Libertys Kelila Naules won the triple jump (37-10) and was third in the 100 (12.66) and the long jump (18-3.5) Harmony freshman Yanese Arevalo won the 3,200 (12:00.15) and finished third (5:35.92) in the 1,600. Celebrations Jessica Harter (11-0) won the pole vault. Other county girls advancing to the regionals: From St. Cloud, Katelyn Stadtlander (2:24.62) was second in the 800, Ashlyn Stadtlander (5:28.09) was second in the 1,600 and teammate Karissa Solorzano (5:44.95) was fourth. Ashlyn Stadtlander (12:18.55) was third in the 3,200. Janice Velez (9-0) was third in the pole vault. The Lady Dogs 4 x 100 relay (50.32, Diana Gatlin, Yazmeilis Santos, Astaja Tyghter, Jennifer Fullwood) finished fourth. Libertys 4 x 100 relay ( 49.60, S amantha Toledo, Bretny Powell, Kadijah Brown and Naules) was second. Brown (5-2) was third in the high jump and the triple jump (35-6). Powell was third (49.62) in the 300 hurdles and fourth (16.02) in the 100 hurdles. For Osceola, Charlie Muzeka (15.98) was second in the 100 hurdles. Jodiann Crooks took third (26.16) in the 200 Osceolas 4 x 100 relay (50.27, Janel Brown, Crooks, Muzeka, Vallerie Norgaisse) and 4 x 400 (4:09.85, Norgaissee, Crooks, Muzeka, Chelsea Thomas) were third. Harmonys Kendall Pollock (106-2) was second in the discus. Marie Gilbert (1:00.61) was fourth in the 400. The Lady Horns were fourth in the 4 x 400 (4:12.17) with Kylie Koral, Gilbert, Kaley Ward and Christina Moodie and in the 4 x 800 (10:07.43) with Korol, Yanese Arevalo, Ward and Yasmine Arevalo. Yliana Santiago (8-6) was fourth in the pole vault. Celebrations Christine Infantolino (12:42.19) finished fourth in the 3,200. For the boys, Libertys Brown finished second (51.08) in the 400 and third (45-7.5) in the triple jump. Joshua Wilson was second (22-0) in the long jump. Donald Simms-Sylvestor (15.29) was second in the 110 hurdles and Amadis Germine (40.26) was second in the 300 hurdles. Germine was fourth (15.77) in the 110 hurdles. The Chargers 4 x 400 was second (3:28.29) with Amadis, Simms-Sylvestor, Kyle Sharman and Justin Winkler. Luis Ruiz (45-7) was third in the shot put and Tyler Haase (10:31.22) was fourth in the 3,200. R ogelio Araiza (2:03.88) was fourth in the 800 and Kyle Sharman (11-6) was fourth in the pole vault. All three St. Cloud relays advanced to the regionals: The 4 x 800 (8:18.12) was second with Bailey Morgan, Antonio Montalvo, Ralphy Hernandez and Matt Cole. The Bulldogs 4 x 100 was runner-up by one-hundredth of a second (42.78) behind Evans with Eric Pfeifer, Reus, Austyn Jandrew and Travon Williams. The 4 x 400 (3:33.63) was third with Jovane Parkinson, Trevill Holcy, Hernandez and Cole Harvey. St. Clouds Morgan was second (4:34.64) in the 1,600 and 3,200 (10:17.64). Cole (10:30.41) was third See Track, page A-8 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The 7A-5 and 7A-6 baseball district tournament brackets are out, and they confirm that this may develop into the wildest, most competitive high school baseball postseason in recent memory. Six of Osceola Countys seven teams have a realistic chance to reach the regional tournament. The action begins Monday when Osceola High hosts the 7A-5 tournament. The 7A-6 tournament at Harmony starts Tuesday. Gateway (18-6) the most consistent team in Osceola County this season and the Orange Belt Conference champion for the second year in a row, is the top seed at the 7A-5 tournament and receives a first-round bye, along with No. 2 seed East Ridge. Liberty (9-7) is the No. 3 seed and may be the wild card at the 7A-5 tournament. The Chargers beat Gateway twice this year and also knocked off No. 4 Osceola. But, the Chargers also lost to Lake Minneola, the No. 5 seed, and to East Ridge twice. Osceola (15-9) with 11 seniors, deep pitching and a powerful lineup, will play No. 5 Lake Minneola in the first round Monday at 7 p.m. Liberty plays No. 6 Poinciana, winless in the district, at 4 p.m. The OHS-Lake Minneola winner meets Gateway Wednesday at 7 p.m. in one semifinal, and East Ridge awaits the Liberty-PHS winner at 4 p.m. The championship Friday begins at 7 p.m. The Kowboys blanked Harmony, 7-0, April 13. Edwin Rios, batting .373, hit his fourth homer of the season and has a team-leading 24 RBIs. Cameron Hindle doubled and had two RBIs. J.R. Charles, Bryce Burton and Peter Calilao all are batting .333. Charles has a pair of homers. OHS has a deep pitching staff with Jorge Pantoja (5-2, 1.29 ERA), Travis Richardson (3-1, 1.99), Mark Clarke (1-2, 0.89) and Carlos Perez (2-0, 1.86). Shortstop Edwin Bonilla locks up the middle of the defense. Edwin is the catalyst of our defense. He makes great plays that keep us in ball games. Hes very comparable to (Major Leaguer) Felipe Lopez when he was here, Coach Scott Birchler said.Offensively, Edwin Rios is getting hot and if he has a strong showing in districts, the others tend to follow his lead. We will lean on our arms to keep us in ball games. Our pitchers have been great all year and need to just keep doing what theyre doing. Osceola impressed Harmony Coach Mike Fields. That was the most talented team I have ever seen from Osceola, he said. Gateway, led by left-handed pitchers Lio Morales and Aaron Rosso, and with an experienced lineup, have not lost consecutive games. The Panthers clinched the OBC title, 12-8, over St. Cloud April 13 as Bryan Nunez went 5-for-5 Gateway beat Osceola twice this season. Panthers Coach Rob Hammond said Osceola would be a difficult semifinal opponent. I think its going to be really hard to beat them three times in one season, Hammond said. Liberty Coach Nick Philpot watched finish on a threegame winning streak, including a 4-3 win against OHS April 10. Philpot said his senior pitchers, Tim Tapia and Joseph Nunez, have been solid all season. Yariel Alvarez, who drove in the winning run against OHS, is batting .652. I think were hot at the right time. Never have I been more proud of a group of young men, he said. Harmony (17-7), is the No. 1 seed at the 7A-6 tournament it hosts starting Tuesday. The Longhorns will play No. 4 Oak Ridge at 7 p.m. Secondseeded St. Cloud (12-12) plays No. 3 Celebration (9-12) at 4 p.m The winners play for the title Thursday at 7 p.m. St. Cloud Coach Mike McDaniel said his team must stay focused and that it is capable of hoisting the district championship trophy. I like our chances as long as we execute and play like we have at times this season, he said. We talk about the season being in three parts, and the postseason being the most fun time of all. We play a tough schedule to prepare us for the end because thats what its all about in our program. Celebration swept two games from Oak Ridge April 13 to take the No. 3 seed. Coach Dan Caughman likes his teams status as the tournament begins. The thing we have done better the past week or so is to pitch better. Jerom e Lopez, Steven Rivera and Alex Oquendo have done a good job on the mound lately, Caughman said. Dan Collins and Noah Perez have been swinging hot bats, the Storm coach said. Harmony tuned up for the district tournament by pounding Orlando Christian Prep, 17-0, Monday. Tim Helser hit a grand slam and P.J. Musselman hit a two-run homer. Fields said his team is young, but with senior pitcher A.J. Stevens ready to go against Oak Ridge, it is capable of advancing. Hopefully, well be ready for the district Tuesday, Fields said. The district champs and runners-up move on to the 7A-2 regional quarterfinals May 1.Liberty long jumper Markel Brown splashes down during the 3A District 5 track meet at St. Cloud Wednesday. Brown won the long jump championship at 23 feet.News-Gazette Photo/Rick Pedone Horns softball champs County athletes advance to regional meets next week District baseball begins at Osceola, HarmonyOsceolas Edwin Rios is swinging a hot bat as the Kowboys begin play at the 7A-5 district tournament Monday.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The 7A-2 regional softball quarterfinals Wednesday are coming into shape after Harmony edged St. Cloud, 8-7, Thursday for the 7A District 6 championship at St. Clouds Mike Clark Field. Harmony, 20-7, will host the loser of Fridays OsceolaEast Ridge 7A-5 championship game. St. Cloud (188) will visit the 7A-5 champ Wednesday. Both games begin at 7 p.m. Harmonys Lauren Harris hit a two-out, two-run triple in the sixth inning for Harmonys winning runs, and Aleshia Ocasio pitched out of a seventh-inning jam to earn the win. St. Cloud, 18-8, jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Kadeisha McCowen, Lisa Poon and Shina Hunsicker scored off Harris, who pitched the first two innings. St. Cloud led 4-1 in the third inning before Harmony, a state finalist last season, rallied. Breanna Vanderzyl hit a solo home run, then Madison N ichols and Brooke Harri s singled and scored on Lilly Manns double and Ocasios infield grounder. Ocasio was 1-for-1, walked twice and scored three times. Molly Bakers RBI double tied it for Harmony at 5-5 in the fourth, but the Lady Dogs countered when Hunsicker scored on Emily Blakmores See Softball, page A-8
TrackContinued from page A-7 Sports briefsin the 3,200 and Harvey (6-2) was third in the high jump. The Dogs Pfeifer (11.1) was fourth in the 100. Celebrations David Akins (12-0) was second in the pole vault. Harmonys Jared Payne (131-2) was second in the discus and Robert Esford (11-6) was third in the pole vault. Osceolas Marquis Hegwood (40.52) was third in the 300 hurdles. Liberty Coach Pauley said his team may have several athletes advance to the state meet, which will be held in Jacksonville in two weeks. Marion (Markel) Brown jumping 23 feet in the long jump was a monster of a jump, then he ran the 400 in the prelims and came back and finished the triple jump 45-7 to take third. That was a great sight. Rogelio Araiza had a very impressive day, and Donald Simms taking second in the 110 hurdles was a great bounce back, he said. St. Clouds Harkema expects several of his boys to advance to the state meet, as well. Our 4 x 800 team has a chance along with the 4 x 100. E.J. (McKenzie) has a great shot in the shot put and Cole (Harvey) in the high jump, Harkema said. Harmony Coach Jacob Grantham said Foshee continues to develop in the hurdles. He just seems to step up and he is improving each time, so thats all we can ask. Chad (Williams) was a pleasant surprise. He just did what he needed to do and everything else fell into place, Grantham said. Yanese and Yasmine (Arevalo) are just starting to tap their potential. The 3A-2 regional will begin at noon Wednesday. Gateway athletes who advanced from the 4A-4 district meet will compete at the 4A-1 regional at Flagler Palm Coast Thursday at 1 p.m. double. Brianna Kuzaras RBI single drove in Blackmore, who scored twice. Brooke Harris was hit by a pitch and scored after Mann and Ocasio singled in the sixth. After Baker flied out, Harris drove her triple down the left field line. Id rather win one like this even lose one, but not at the district tournament rather than to win like 16-0, Harmony Coach Mike Clark, the fields namesake, said. This was fun. St. Cloud played hard. Their kids did a great job. But, our girls have played like this all year. They never give up. St. Cloud Coach Ray Whobrey lauded his team. Im proud of them. They wanted it, and they played hard, he said. I thought we had it. We came close. St. Cloud hasnt beaten Harmony since 2006. Top-seeded Osceola (18-8) escaped upset-minded Gateway, 3-1, in the 7A-5 semifinals at Coffey Field Wednesday. East Ridge (21-5) pounded Lake Minneola, 11-1, in five innings in the other semifinal. Osceolas Kenya Pereira struck out 10 to earn the win for the Kowgirls Wednesday. Outfielder Jessica Callahan tripled and drove in a run. Gateways JoJo Martinez had two hits as the Lady Panthers finished 8-15. Gateway Coach Rachel Kilbert said her team played well, holding a 1-0 lead through four innings. It was close, she said. We certainly have improved, but we have a long way to go.SoftballContinued from page A-7Flag football districtHarmony is the top seed at the District 12 flag football tournament at Osceola High Tuesday.The unbeaten Lady Longhorns (8-0) play Celebration (2-5) at 5:30 p.m. Gateway (9-2), the No. 2 seed, plays Osceola (4-5) at 7 p.m. The winners play for the championship Wednesday at 7 p.m.OHS water polo fallsLake Nona won the boys (19-7) and girls (20-0) water polo district championships over Osceola Wednesday. Page A8, 8 041912.TNG 042112.SNG FIND A CHEVY DEALER CHEVYDEALER.COM1-866-503-8348www.kissimmeechevy.com2500 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, FL (Corner of Donegan and Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee)QUALITY SALE sS AND SERVICE *$1,000 due at signing (after all offers). Includes security deposit. Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment extra. Mileage charge of $0.20 /mile over 39,000 miles. **$1,000 due at signing (after all offers). Includes security deposit. Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment extra. Mileage charge of $0.20 /mile over 39,000 miles. 2012 CHEVY MALIBU LL S 33 MPG HWY ESTIMA TED $259mo. $1,700 DD ownPlus Tax & Tag. 39 mo Lease, 12,000 miles per yearStock #CF2130192012 CHEVY sS ONI cC L sS 4DR 35 MPG HWY ESTIMA TED AA utomatic with Remote K eyless E E ntry$15,495Plus Tax, Tag, Dealer Fee and Dealer Added Accessories.Stock #C41795682011 cC HEVY sS ILVE rR A dD O 4X4 20 MPG CITY ESTIMA TED CC rew CC ab, HH ybrid$10,780 OFF MSRPIncludes All Manufacturers RebatesStock #BG216607 042112.SNG Only 2 Pitcher Positions Available!
Care agency reaccreditedCommunity Coordinated Care for Children, referred to as 4C, recently announced that it has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation, The accreditation process is designed to identify providers who have set high performance standards for themselves and have made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the highest quality services. Community Coordinated Care for Children is a private, non-profit organization that develops, coordinates and strengthens programs that care for children in the Central Florida area, including Osceola County. Visit www.4CFlorida.org for more information.County website earns high mark for accessibilityOsceola Countys website, www.osceola.org, was recently recognized as being one of the most accessible government websites for information and records in the nation by Sunshine Review, a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. Osceola County earned an A one of only Valdes, Daye join Weichert, Realtors-Hallmark PropertiesWeichert, Realtors-Hallmark Properties has announced that Realtors Lorraine Valdes and Ruth Daye have joined the sales team of the companys Kissimmee office. As a resident of Solivita in Poinciana, Valdes will serve all of Central Florida. She specializes in residential sales, first-time homebuyers and relocations. Valdes community involvement includes membership in Poinciana Professionals, the Lions Club of Kissimmee, the Kissimmee/ Osceola County Chamber of Commerce (including the Poinciana Area Council) and Poinciana Residents for Smart Change. Originally from Bergen County, N.J., she has a background in medical marketing and administration. Valdes can be reached at the Kissimmee office, 1001 W. Cherry St., Suite B, at 407-870-8388. Daye brought 11 years of real estate experience to the sales team when she joined the firm. Serving all of Central Florida, she specializes in residential sales and rentals, first-time homebuyers, property management and empty nesters. Originally from Baltimore, Md., Daye is a resident of Kissimmee and a member of the Osceola County Association of Realtors. She is active in the Kingdom Life International Center in Orlando. Daye can be reached at the Kissimmee office by calling 407-870-8388. The realtys Web address is www. weicherthallmark.com. See Business briefs, page B-2 Ap ril 21, 2012 www .a ro undosceola.co m Sect ion BTHE JOURNALTHE JOURNALOF OSCEOLA COUNTYBUSINESSOF OSCEOLA COUNTYBUSINESS See NOTEables, page B-3For millions of Floridians and tourists, outdoor recreation and being close to nature are important facets of life, according to the States Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Every year, resident Floridians are joined by millions of tourists from around the world who flock to Floridas beaches, wetlands and forests to enjoy the unique wildlife and beautiful wild lands the state has to offer. The 2011 SCORP survey shows that 49 percent of residents and 47 percent of tourists participate in wildlife viewing trips in Florida. This is important information for Florida, Jerrie Lindsey, director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) Office of Public Access and Wildlife Viewing Services, said in a press release. It provides community leaders the information needed to develop their wildlife-viewing tourism plans. The survey, conducted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, shows that wildlife-viewing activities are an economic driver within our state, especially our rural areas, Lindsey said. That is important for the states economy and jobs. The survey also points to the importance of businesses capitalizing on wildlife-viewing interests shared by so many people. The FWC, Lindsey noted, is where businesses and communities turn when they want advice on how to attract wildlife-viewing tourists. We can help communities develop and maintain wildlifeviewing opportunities that are unique to their area, she said. Recognizing the importance of the fact that wildlife viewing opportunities bring people close to nature, the FWC also provides the states residents and tourists with the resources and information they need to get the most out of their wildlife-viewing adventures. The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is an FWC program that highlights excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities at 491 specially designated sites throughout Florida. The FWC also manages 5.8 million acres of designated wildlife management areas, which are home to a wide variety of species and offer people various experiences with wildlife. For more information on where to watch wildlife in Florida, visit MyFWC.com/Viewing and FloridaBirdingTrail.com. More information on the results of the 2011 Florida Outdoor Recreation Participation Survey is available at www.dep.state.fl.us.Survey says tourists, residents are keen on wildlife Center hits computer jackpotNews-Gazette Photos/ A ndrew S ullivanAt r ight, representatives of Rhode Island-based technology firm GTECH, the F lorida Lottery, and O sceola County t eamed up with Kissimm ee c hildren to o fficially cut the r ibbon of the new computer lab equipmen t at t he W oodside Enrichm ent Center March 29. By Brian McBride A ssistant Editor The old computers at The Center for Drug Free Livings Woodside Enrichment Center in Kissimmee for the 30 or so children who used them had no Internet capability and would often need to be repaired. But through a grant, the center hit the lottery. A partnership between the Florida Lottery and GTECH Corporation, an informational technology provider based in Rhode Island, donated four Dell desktop wireless computers, student workstations, a wireless printer, a wireless router, chairs, bookshelves and a variety of educational software in March. A special dedication ceremony was held at the new computer lab at the centers Woodside Enrichment Center, which is at 900 Woodside Circle and inside th e Woodside apartment complex. The computers came through a GTECHs After School Advantage Program via the Florida Lottery. GTECH is the lottery technology and services provider to the lottery agency. Its partnerships like with GTECH and the lottery that really makes things happen, The Center For Drug Free Living Program Director Alicia Williams said. After a brief dedication, the group of youngsters in the centers after-school program flooded the lab to get a first crack at the new computers. The old computers were outdated and didnt have Internet access, Williams said, adding that they often had to be serviced for repairs. And there was no software or a working printer. Now, the children can do school work and with the Internet they can find out what is going on in the world they dont already know, Williams said. The center is Central Floridas largest substance abuse provider. Its after-school program, the Woodside Enrichment Center, offers youth opportunities for their educational and personal goals in a positive environment. Many of the youth come from homes where they do not have access to computers. GTECH launched After School Advantage in 1999. For each program it donates to, GTECH donates, on average, $15,000 in state-of-theart computers, online technology, software, furniture and volunteer hours. GTECH has since installed 175 computer centers in 24 states. This computer lab and others like it p rovided by GTECH gives these students the tools theyll need to prepare for college, Florida Partnership helps youth See GTECH, page B-3 Two St. Cloud women have pledged to eat only Florida-grown foods for the next 90 days and log their experiences through their blog and multiple social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. Rebecca Reis-Miller and Trish Strawn, local food activists for nearly a decade, said that during the next three months they would be eating a healthier, more varied diet all to promote eating foods grown locally and in their state. The added benefits, they said, would be fresher, tastier foods; a more sustainable farm-totable chain; and added revenues for small Florida farmers. The two know a thing or two about food and where it comes from. Strawn is a fifth-generation rancher with expertise in grass-fed beef and lamb production. She currently chairs the Florida Food Policy Council. Reis-Miller co-founded Slow Food Orlando five years ago, and led the sustainable food advocacy group for four years. Last year Strawn and Reis-Miller launched Growing SynEating from Florida See Florida, page B-3 S ubmitted PhotoFrom left are Rebecca ReisM iller and Trish Strawn, f ounders/part ners of Growing Synergy. Kathy Jump, a representative of Rhode Island-based technology firm GTECH, stressed the importance of the availability of functional and upto-date computer equipment during the unveiling of the new computer lab equipment at the Woodside Enrichment Center March 29. Daye Ten-year-old Carlos Rivera, who has been using the outdated equipment at the center for more than a year, takes the new computers and software for a spin.
Page B2, Bright House Networks expands its community service programBright House Networks has expanded its employee Community Service Day initiative throughout its Florida service area including Osceola County. Launched initially in Tampa in 2005, the program enables employees to volunteer in their community during work hours. The program gives all fulltime employees one regularly scheduled workday each calendar year to volunteer and parttime employees four hours per calendar year to volunteer. The Bright House Networks Community Service Day initiative has been a great success since we have such a generous group of employees, Michel Champagne, company vice president and general manager, said. Because of their generosity, we know that many of them would like to volunteer more which is why we want to continue our tradition of giving back to the communities we serve once again and increase our reach in the Central Florida area too.Edelman Orlando partners with Give Kids The WorldThe Orlando office of Edelman, the worlds largest independent public relations firm, has established a pro-bono marketing partnership with the Kissimmee-based Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit. Edelman will work directly with the organization to develop and execute a public engagement program to raise awareness to its cause and advance its mission. The organization was selected from a pool of local Central Floridabased philanthropic groups, who submitted proposals in response to the agencys call for pro-bono submissions. Each year, Edelman employees around the globe volunteer in their local communities from New York to Los Angeles, Sao Paulo to Moscow, and right here in Central Florida. This is the first year the Edelman Orlando office has gone through a request for submissions process to determine the charitable organization partnership for the year and hopes it will become a new tradition and a unique way for the office to give back to the community. The pro-bono campaign will run through Jan. 31, 2013, with the option for a one-year renewal. See Helping out, page B-4 Homes at Eagle Creek in magazineThree new homes at Eagle Creek Golf Course Community on Narcoossee Road in east Orlando are featured in the February issue of Builder Magazine one of the leading media brands for the U.S. home building industry as examples of state-of-the-art design for Generation X, Generation Y and baby boomer homebuyers. The homes, built by Centerline Homes at Eagle Creek, were designed for the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show, which drew thousands of home building executives and some 800 exhibiting companies to Orlando recently. Altamonte Springs-based Emerson International, developers of Eagle Creek, partnered with Builder Magazine and Centerline Homes at Eagle Creek to build the state-of-the-art concept homes. Canin Associates of Orlando designed the Generation X home and provided landscape plans for the project. Kay Green Design, also based in Orlando, created interior designs and merchandising for all three homes. Woodley Architectural Group, of Littleton, Colo., designed the Generation Y and Generation B homes.Schoolfield announces leasesKissimmee-based Schoolfield Properties has announced a number of leases its staff negotiated. For landlord 200 John Young, James Mangan negotiated 3,436 square feet of professional office space at 200 John Young Parkway, Suite 102-104, Kissimmee, to Osceola Animal Emergency. For landlord Old Hickory, Alicia Spina negotiated 3,100 square feet of restaurant space at 1561 Old Hickory Road, St Cloud, to Sustacor Enterprise. And for landlord Old Hickory, Spina also negotiated 3,230 square feet of retail space at 1421 Old Hickory Road, St Cloud, to Mikes Tools.Winnie Palmer Hospital expansionWinnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies has announced plans to expand its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The $13 million expansion will add 30 beds to the unit, making it the largest such unit in the United States. The current unit at the hospital, named the Alexander Center for Neonatology in honor of neonatology pioneer Dr. Business briefsContinued from page B1 B-2See Business briefs, page B-4Consumer confidence among Floridians fell two points in March to 74, repeating a trend seen last year, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. The pattern of consumer confidence from December to February was exactly the same as last year, Chris McCarty, director of UFs Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, said. In March 2011 confidence among Floridians fell four points to 72, and then kept falling through August coinciding with a pull-back in spending among Floridians. This month, the decline was only two points, but still down. Three of the five categories measured by the survey showed a drop of confidence among respondents. For instance, their overall assessment of the strength of the national economy over the next year declined one point to 73, while their trust in U.S. economic conditions over the next five years sank six points to 75. Perceptions over whether the present is a good time to buy bigticket items such as automobiles or refrigerators also fell, dropping four points to 79. Survey takers, however, were not so gloomy in how they viewed their personal financial situations. Taken as a whole, their perception that they are personally better off financially today than they were a year ago increased three points to 62, a post-recession high. In addition, their expectations that personal finances will improve a year from now increased one point to 82. Unrest in the Middle East and the Japanese earthquake helped to tamp down consumer confidence in the first quarter of last year, but rising fuel costs are fueling the current anxiety. The big drag on consumers will increasingly be gas prices, which have increased more than 15 cents a gallon in the past month, McCarty said. Consumers, particularly those with lower incomes, will feel the impact which is expected to lead to lower confidence and perhaps less spending than was indicated in the January and February confidence surveys. The consequences of all this would be a pull-back in consumer spending which would certainly slow the recovery, although not reverse it, McCarty said. There are also modest positive signs in the economy, McCarty said. Floridas unemployment rate for January was down .3 percent from December to 9.6 percent. Economists disagree, however, over how much of this improvement is due to new job creation or a reduction in the labor force due in part to senior workers retiring. McCarty said that the February preliminary employment report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity due for release March 30 is expected to help economists develop a better prediction of employment conditions for the remainder of the year. Meanwhile, stock prices have kept their values as the Dow Jones industrial average continues hovering above 13,000, even though higher income respondents are pessimistic about their future finances, and recent trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange has been quite low, McCarty said. Housing prices in Florida have stopped declining and even nudged up a little recently. For example, the median price of a single-family home for February was $134,000, matching the about same level in December 2011, which is higher than Januarys $129,000. McCarty also said further price declines are less likely for the moment, because the Florida Legislature did not pass laws to speed up the handling of approximately 368,000 potential foreclosures in Florida. In addition, a new arrangement between the federal government and the nations largest banks may stall further price declines, at least for the rest of the year. The index used by UF researchers is benchmarked to 1966, which means a value of 100 represents the same level of confidence for that year. The lowest index possible is a 2; the highest is 150. The UF survey was conducted March 12-22 and reflects the responses of 415 individuals statewide. 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The countys Information Technologys Director Richard Van Natta and Senior Project Leader Steve Gongage accepted the award from County Chairman John Quiones at the March 19 commission meeting. Graduates from Davey training class Eliezer Negron, of Kissimmee, recently graduated from the Davey Institute of Tree Science, The Davey Tree Expert Companys flagship training program in Kent, Ohio. Negron, who is a supervisor on the Peace River Electric Cooperative account for Davey Tree, completed the monthlong training program that has been conducted by the company since 1909. The program includes classroom and field exercises in climbing and safety procedures, tree and plant care, disease and pest diagnosis, management practices and team building. Program participants were drawn from Davey operations throughout North America and had to be nominated by their field managers and approved by corporate management to be admitted into the prestigious program. This years class of almost 50 students was the largest in recent history and included sessions on how to spot invasive species such as the Asian long-horned beetle and emerald ash borer. The Davey Tree Expert Company, with U.S. and Canadian operations in more than 45 states and five provinces, provides a variety of tree care, grounds maintenance and consulting services for the residential, commercial, utility and government markets. Founded in 1880, Davey is employee owned and has more than 7,000 employees. For more information, visit www.davey. com. Horticulture professional earns certificationJohn Henry Starcher, a horticultural consultant in St. Cloud, earned his certification recently as a Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association Certified Horticultural Professional. Starcher earned the certification after successfully completing a written exam that measured horticultural knowledge and professional skills. On the test, Starcher demonstrated his skills in many areas, such as plant identification, disease and insect control, landscape design/management and proper irrigation. The associations certification program has been administrated since the mid-1980s and was designed to increase professionalism among landscape professionals. This is the industrys only standard for measuring horticultural knowledge and has been recognized by Florida Department of Environmental Protection and all five of the states water management districts. The program builds upon Florida Green Industries best management practices and Florida friendly principles. Starcher has been in the horticultural industry for 27 with a specialty in turf and agricultural irrigation.NAI Realvest named a top sales and leasing firmNAI Realvest recently earned CoStar Power Broker awards as one of Central Floridas Top Commercial Sales firm and Leasing firm for 2011. Paul P. Partyka, principal and managing partner at NAI Realvest, said the CoStar Power Broker awards were based on overall transaction volume for 2011 measured against all the commercial real estate brokerage firms active in the Central Florida region. Partyka said NAI Realvest principals and associates negotiated more than 200 commercial property lease and sales transactions in 2011 valued at $118,675,570, principally in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Osceola and Polk counties. In a ddition, NAI Realvest senior associate Mary Frances West was named a top office leasing broker and principal Michael Heidrich was named a top industrial leasing broker.KUA earns industry safety awardThe Florida Municipal Electric Association recently presented its annual safety award to Kissimmee Utility Authority for the utilitys safe operating practices in 2011. KUA earned the states third best safety record for electric utilities in category D, which is comprised of utilities with 400,000 to 999,999 workerhours of exposure. Entrants were placed in categories according to t heir number of worker hours and judged for the most incident-free records during 2011. The incidence rate, used to judge contest entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2011, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. NOTEablesContinued from page B-1 ergy, a consulting and distribution company that helps farms connect with local customers. Growing Synergy focuses on proteins from small Florida farms and ranches, including beef, lamb, veal, poultry, dairy, pork and even alligator. The company offers farmers and ranchers access to consumers, health food stores, food trucks, hotels and restaurants, Strawn said. We believe Florida has much to offer in the way of local foods, and we hope to inspire more consumers and businesses to increase their spending with small Florida farmers, Strawn said. Growing Synergy boasts a growing list of customers: DeLand Natural Bakery in DeLand, Living Waters Health Food Store in Ormond Beach and Sustain Natural in Apopka. It also has a food truck on its customer list Big Wheel Provisions. The companys customer list also includes more than a dozen restaurants and hotels, such as K Restaurant, Normans, The Table, Ritz Carlton in Orlando, Graze at Harmony Golf Preserve, Guanabanas Island Restaurant and Bar in Jupiter, 3030 Ocean and Market 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Altamare in Miami Beach, Pearl in the Grove in Dade City, Whistle Stop in Safety Harbor, Sideberns in Tampa and even a local gym called the Body Coach in Windermere, The University of Florida/ IFAS reports that there are approximately 47,000 small farms in Florida, Reis-Miller said. The Florida Food Policy Council is currently conducting an impact study to show how important Florida consumers are to small Florida farms. To follow the Eating from Florida 90 Day Food Challenge, visit Growing Synergy on Facebook or www. GrowingSynergy.com. The challenge will conclude with a dinner at The Table Restaurant in Orlando on June 20. To book a reservation to attend the closing dinner, visit TheTableOrlando.com. Strawn said all of the food that will be consumed would come from Florida farms. Locally produced artisan foods breads and cheeses, for example may be made from ingredients produced outside the state. Growing Synergy is a client company with the UCF Business Incubation Program at the St. Cloud Incubator. This story was provided by the UCF Business Incubation Program. FloridaContinued from page B-1 Lottery Secretary Cynthia OConnell said. We applaud GTECHs dedication to Floridas youth in providing this valuable resource through the After School Advantage Program. To apply for the program, agencies must be nonprofit, must be in a location in a jurisdiction where GTECH does business, must have an existing after-school program in need of a computer lab, must serve at-risk youth ages 5 to 15 of diverse backgrounds and m ust have a staffing and monetary support system in place to sustain the lab. The generous support of our sponsors is very encoura ging and we need more partners like GTECH to come on board, Center for Drug Free Living President and CEO Dick Jacobs said in a press release. I hope their commitment to this community through their donations will be an example for others to follow. GTECHContinued from page B-1 Contact Brian McBride at 321-402-0436 or by email at bmcbride@osceolanews gazette.com B-3 color See NOTEables, page B-4 Saturday, April 21, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 010712.SNG Support e March of Dimes 042112.SNG
School District recognized for financial reportingThe Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Osceola County School District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The districts Business and Fiscal Services Department received the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement, as it was primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning comprehensive annual financial report. The districts consistently high-quality Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) validates the credibility of the school systems operations, measures the integrity and technical competence of the business staff, assists in strengthening the presentations for bond issuance statements, and provides important information to our taxpayers, said Superintendent Terry Andrews.OUC earns safety awardThe Florida Municipal Electric Association recently awarded Orlando Utilities Commission with a first-place safety award for continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year. OUC was awarded first place in category E, which comprises utilities with 1,000,000 to 2,499,999 man-hours worked. Awards were presente d March 31 at the FMEA Annual Safety and Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Gainesville. Lead Line Technician Chris Wohlfart accepted the award for OUC. The banquet was the culmination of a two-day event that included technical skills training and the 12th annual Florida Lineman Competition. OUCs team of line technicians James Alexander, Richard Boley and Chris Hosier placed first overall in the competition.Advocate honored for volunteer workFloridas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program recently announced Maritza RamosPratt as the East Central Florida Councils ombudsman of the year, serving Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Ombudsmen volunteers receive this award by demonstrating exceptional efforts, going above and beyond the call of duty, in advocating for long-term care facility resi dents living in nursing homes, adult family-care homes, and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen volunteers from the programs 18 councils located throughout Florida, protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of Floridas most vulnerable population. These advocates spend hundreds of hours working to make sure the voices of elderly residents are heard and respected. 2012 marks Maritzas fourth active year serving on the East Central Florida Ombudsman Council. Maritza is an awesome advocate for both English and Spanish speaking residents in long-term care facilities and a valuable part of the East Central Council. Maritza is passionate about volunteering and helping others. In addition to her volunteer work as an ombudsman, Maritza also cooks and feeds the homeless twice a month and works as a chaplain for her church, East Central Assistant Jamaal Coleman said in a press release. For more information about the program, local council meetings or becoming an ombudsman volunteer, call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit ombudsman.myflorida. com online.New MBI director announcedThe governing board of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation recently selected Larry Zweig as MBI director; he will begin his duties May 1. Zweig will replace Phil Williams w ho retired fro m the Orange County Sheriffs Office, and the MBI, in December. Zweig is a 25-year veteran with the Orlando Police Department and currently serves as deputy chief for the Orlando Police Department. For 11 of his 24 years in law enforcement, he was assigned to investigate narcotics offenses at the MBI first as an undercover agent, then as a supervisor of a squad of undercover agents and finally as the commander of the narcotics section of the MBI. Zweig currently serves as the high risk incident commander with overall command of the SWAT team. he also serves on the crisis negotiation team, emergency response team, crisis intervention team, and the emergency services unit. The MBI is a permanent, multi-agency cooperative law enforcement task force of specialized law enforcement officers and prosecutors assigned from city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that investigate in the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Central Florida. Also, the Florida Highway Patrol recently joined as the MBIs newest member agency. FHPs involvement with MBI brings the total number of participating member law enforcement agencies to 16. The MBI concentrates on narcotics trafficking, o rga nized crime, racketeering, prostitution, gambling, and adult entertainment crimes. In addition to these activities, Edelman will work with Give Kids The World to promote the organizations key annual fundraising initiatives.ICE! raises $35,000 for Give Kids The WorldThe holiday attraction, ICE! at Gaylord Palms, has helped raise more than $35,000 for Give Kids The World Village a Central F lorida resort for childre n with life-threatening illnesses and their families. In a ceremony held Give Kids The World, Jeff Abbaticchio, director of public relations for Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, presented the check for $35,071 to charity President Pamela Landwirth. Gaylord Palms is proud to be a long-time supporter of Give Kids The World, Johann Krieger, senior vice president and general manager of Gaylord Palms said. We are honored to help bring happiness and hope into the lives of these inspiring children and their families. Gaylord Palms helped raise the funds for GKTW by donating a portion of the proceeds from each child ticket sold to the attraction as well as hosting a charity preview day for the organization. Open from November through January every year, ICE! is one of Floridas largest holiday attractions. More than 250,000 guests from all over the world come to experience the 20,000-square foot blizzard wonderland, which is kept at a 9 degrees Fahrenheit. This years attraction featured 2-million pounds of hand-carved ice monuments telling the amusing DreamWorks Animation TV classic story Shrek the Halls. Helping Out Continued from page B-2 Gregor Alexander, holds 112 beds. More than 1,600 babies are admitted into the unit annually. It is equipped to provide the highest-level of care for high-risk newborns, including babies born prematurely or with congenital heart disease, infections and various other conditions. Once the expansion is complete, the unit will hold 142 beds. The current NICU is on the third floor of Winnie Palmer Hospital. The expansion will take place on the eleventh floor of the facility. Completion of the expansion is expected in 2014.NAI Realvest newsNAI Realvest recently negotiated a new lease agreement at Poinciana CommerCenter East in Kissimmee. At Poinciana CommerCenter East, 1745 Business Center Lane, NAI negotiated a lease of 1,269 square feet. The landlord is Small Bay Partners, of Maitland, and the tenant is Lube Brokers. NAI Realvest recently also negotiated a lease renewal agreement with The Nemours Foundation for 32,112 square feet of office space in Buildings A and B of LaVina Office at Lake Nona, 9145-9161 Narcoossee Road, in southeast Orlando. Ripleys International, the Orlando-based company, is the landlord. The building is currently 100 percent occupied. NAI Realvest also negotiated a new retail lease of 1,620 square feet at 1725 Business Center Lane at Poinciana CommerCenter East in Kissimmee. The landlord and developer is Small Bay Partners and the new tenant is Kissimmee-based Willie Roundtree Jr. Business briefsContinued from page B-2 NOTEables Continued from page B-3 Submitted PhotoDreamWorks Characters Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots from Gaylord Palms ICE! Attraction present a check for $35,000 to Give Kids The World. A portion of the proceeds from each child ticket sold to the holiday attraction was donated back to the charity. B-4 color Page B4, 4 At Osceola Heritage ParkSaturday April 28, 201210:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Free Family Fun!041412.SNGThe Osceola School District will proudly host its annual Education in the Park event on Saturday, April 28, outside of Osceola Heritage Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is the largest youth-oriented event in Osceola County, as over 20,000 people are expected to come and enjoy this free family fun day designed to celebrate children and education. Highlights of the event will include: casing Osceolas public and charter schools, as well as numerous district wide programs and community youth organizations; FREE family fun KUA Kids Area, Moon Walks, Ropes Course, Rock Climbing Wall, Velcro Wall, Bungee Jump, Face Painting, Balloon Artists, and more.As part of this years event, Radio Disney AM 990 Orlando will present professional musical performances by Zack Montana, the runner up in Radio Disneys Next Big Thing Season 4. This 14-year-old singer from the Tampa area currently has two singles on iTunes, which also has been in regular rotation on Radio Disney: His signature song Serious and his urban pop sensation/anti-bullying song called Shortys With Me. Education in the Park will be a sort of homecoming for Zack, as it will be his first appearance in the area since he moved from Tampa to Los Angeles to pursue his dream four and a half years ago. The event is open to the public, and parking and admission are free of charge. Thanks to the generous donations of sponsors, no tax dollars are used to put on this event.For more information about Education in the Park, contact the Osceola School Districts Community Relations Department at 407-870-4007. 041912.TNG 041912.TNG COME SEE OO UR MM OBILITY S cC OOTER sS 041412.SNG Authorized Dealer Guaranteed Service 40 Years Experience HOUR sS OF OO P eE R aA TION 10 a A M 6PM PP rofessional Bike R R epairSegway & BB ike Shop 5483 W. 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By Peter Covin o It is one of Floridas premier dini ng events. It is also one of the most important charity events in Central Florida. The 20th a nnual Chefs G ala retur ns to Epcot Wo rld S howplace at W alt Disney Wo rld Saturda y M ay 19, a nd the mega-event once again s howcases Central Florida s top chefs. Media got a sneak preview last week on just what is in s tore at the event, which raised more tha n $185,000 last year for the H eart of Florida United W ay. The mini version of the Chefs G ala f eatured was h eld at Primo at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando, a nd f eatured a tasty preview of the m ain event including S ous Vide V eal Te nderloin (fro m the Bull & B ear W aldorf Astoria, S ous Chef Carlos Pereira); P almet-United W ay f oodie/wine event returns to Epcot for its 20th yearD ont m onkey around with what s hould h ave b een a winning formula. Y ou cant h elp but f all in love with Oscar, a c ute a nd c uddl y toddler-type chimpanzee in Disneynatures n ewest Earth Day weekend offering Chim panzee. B ut the narration written for a nd s poken by, comedian Ti m Allen n early wrecks it. If y ou h ave great nature footage as Chimpanzee does, y ou r eally dont n eed to dumb it down to p lease a 5-year-old. And Chimpanzee despit e some stellar moments, does just that. Ti me for a brief plug here: While I wish there was a way to put Allen on m ute for a good portion of the f ilm, there is one great r eason to se e Chimpanzee during its openi ng week at theaters ( through this T hursday). Disneynature will m ake a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute to protect chimpanzees a nd their habitats for ever y moviergoer who sees Chimpanzee this week. The chimpanzee population, like most wildlife on p lanet Earth has been decimated in recen t d ecades. A large c ontribution to the institute to h elp is r eason e nough to s uffer through Ti m Allen. Goodall was the special guest at the red carpet worl d premiere screening of the f ilm at Downtown Disney last Frid ay. Back to the f ilm. Oscar is the y oungest member of an extended tribe of chimps living in the tropical j ungles of the Ivory Coast in Africa. He has a loving mom, who dotes on him, like most mom s do. It is a pretty good life for a baby chimp. B ut chimps are not much different than humans when it comes to not getting along wit h their n eighbors. A nd for years, they h ave b een fighting o ver50 CENTS But Disney should have muzzled the films narrator Tim Allen www.twitte r. com/icmovies P eter Covin oFilm C ritic Section C April 21, 2012 Check out aroundosceola.com Baby chimp Oscar has star qualityLIFESTYLESLIFESTYLES rfn n ntbn ntnnbbrn n tn tn trrt t t n r n n n nn n n tn nnn t n n r n t rt nnn t r tn nt n nt n nt tr ttn n n n n nn n n nt tr tnn n nr nbnrnrt r tn t nt n t bttbn n t n t ntn bnt t nn nt n t n n t n t ntnn trbnt rn t trt rtn b nt nnn tn n nn t nn n r b n n n nt nr n t r nnn t nrtbn n t rn n t nnn n rtnbn r tn t bbbbnrtn ttnt nt nnn t b t bb nn n r ntnbn n t t rtb trn rtn n n t t tb n t b tbn nt n t n n n rtn n tn b n b ntnnt nb tnnbbn n r n n t ttnn r r n ttn nb nbrn n tnntnt n bbb n nt ntbtr n b t b r n n tt n tt t n n trn n b n rtn n t n tn t nn t n tn t tn nnbbbttb r tnntnn n r rnn nn n rn t nnn n rtn t n tnrn nn t b n n ntn tn tnr n b nrtnnn nnt b n b nn t nn n r t tn t rt See Movie, page C-2 r f ntb r n fn fr fb B-C hef s Gala is an a ppetizing idea for MayThis one is strictly on the r ecord rfrfnftfbnn fn rfntn rf bn ntb bn See Gala, page C-3 By Peter Covin o I have always been a big Jackson Browne fan. His songs are heartfelt and poignant and never more so than in Daddys T une, a s ong from the R unning on Empty album ( 1977) a s ong a bout father/son r elationships. The s ong also kind of foretol d the demise of the long-playin g r ecord Actually, the line from the s ong is: M ake r oom for my forty-fives Along beside your seventye ight s Nothing survives But the way we live our lives. Fortunately, the LP n ever r eally d ied, though it certainly s uffered a great d ecline. B ut there has b een a resu rg ence in vinyl in r ecent years. A nd that is a good segue for todays (Saturday) big event: R ecord S tore Day. Independently-owned record s tores across the nation will be s elli ng special i ssue LPs (some available in very limited quantities) as well as other r ecord barg ains in s tores. A f ew of the bands include Garbage, Arctic M onkeys a nd W ilco. The participating Orlando area i ndependent r ecord s tores are EastWe st Mu sic & More; Retr o Records; Rock & Roll Heaven and Park Avenue CDs. Most of the record stores have websites, and to make things even simpler, there is an app (isnt there always) appropriately called Record Store Day for iTunes and See Records, page C-2 ntbrft Orlando and indie record stores across the USA celebrate Record Store Day Technically Speakingnfnf n f nb nf f f nt n f n n n btff f n
MovieContinued from page C-1 RecordContinued from page C-1 A ndroid. The a pplication g ives dire ctions to the n earest part icipating record stores, the lat est n ews a bout the event, contests, special r ecords for s ale and in-store musical events both in Central Florida, acros s the state a nd around the nation. Here is an in the nutshell l ook at Central Floridas stores East -Wes t East-West established in 1971, a nd is now the oldest surviving i ndie music s tore in Central Florida. The s hop offers a full line of new and used r ecords, in most music categories and also t akes special. E ast-West is located at 4895 S. Orange A ve. P hone 407-859-8991. Park A venue C ompact Discs Park A venue CDs h ave b een around for 25 years, but they are no longer in Winter Park or on Park A venue. They f eatur e a large s election of n ew and used CDs, r ecords a nd, DVDs a nd LPs. They can also special orde r. Park A venue CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Drive. P hone 407 447-7275 Rock & Roll Heaven Rock & Roll H eaven has m aybe the largest collection of records for sale in Central Florida, and in a great setting. They also buy records and have a $1 record bin. The s tore is located at 1814 N. Orange Avenue. Retro Reco rd s Retro Records is a second hand store that buys and sells records. They have been at the same location since In addition to LPs, the store sells cd's, and memorabilia from the 19 50's on up. The s tor e is located at 59 N. B umb y Avenue. Phone: 407-898-2484. territory (especially the fruits an d nuts that grow there). Oscars mom is n ever s een again a fter a r aid by the r ival troupe, a nd he spends d ays l ooking for her before the realization sets in: He is on his own. What follows is a rarity in the a nnals of nature f ilms. Oscar is r ejected by the other m othe r chimps in the troupe. He is still very y oung a nd will perish without an a dult to protect a nd t each him the ways of the j ungle. His persistance finds an unlikely ally, Freddy the alpha m ale leader of the chimpanzee band. Freddy begins by i gnoring the pesky little u pstart, w ho is desperate to find a surrogate parent. But amazingly, Freddy begins at first to tolerate his presence a nd is s oon sharing food, a nd even grooming the y oungster, something alpha males dont do. The grooming proces s is a p ecking order kind of thing. T hose at the top, like Freddy are groomed. They dont do the grooming. The direction by Alastair Fothe rg ill a nd Mark Linfield and camerawork by Martyn Colbeck a nd B ill W allauer is first rate. But w hoever is responsible for Ti m Allen a nd the d ialogue that s ounds like it was s tolen from an animated f ilm aimed at a juvenile a udience, s hould be sentenced to a lifetime of producing bad Saturday morn i ng cartoons Despite the dumbing down to the audience, Chimpanzee might be a bit unsettling for some children. 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Dining M eat your makers: Its an endless crew at F ogo de ChoGalaContinued from page C-1 By Peter Covin o The st akes h ave risen in Central Florida if y ou love f ilet mignon a nd sirloin. Fogo de Cho C hurrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse a rrived in Orlando a fe w weeks ago and I finally got to try o ut this unique dining experience o ver the weeke nd. Fogo is not inexpensive l unch will set y ou b ack $26.50 on a weekday ( $35.50 S unday) a nd dinne r is $42.50 (drinks, dessert s extra), but this is a m eal that is i ntended to i mpress a nd it does just that as s oon as you walk through the door While the Inte rn ational Drive restaurant is based on the centuries old gaucho traditio n k nown as churrasco, fire roaste d o ver an open charcoal f lame, the i nterior is all-contemporary. It begins when you walk through the door i ts a contemporary l ook in the i nterior with a rich palette of colors. Th e c obalt-blue t ile tower e ntrance also f eatures a g lass-enclosed open f lame r otisserie, a preview of things to come. The f east of food begins with a s alad bar (available separately, but included in the regular l unch a nd dinner price.) The s alad is a m eal onto itself if m eat is not y our mantra. The s alad bar f eatures more than 30 items, including smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, h earts of p alm, tabbouleh s alad, jumbo a sparagus, cured m eats, artisan breads and imported cheeses. When y ou h ave had y our f ill of the s alad bar, f lip the circular card at y our table, a nd the f east of m eat begins. At Fogo they call the experience e speto corrido, or continuous service, in which a t eam of Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs prepare a nd serve 15 different c uts of b eef, lamb, chicken and pork. As l ong as y our card is green, the chefs will c ontinue to bring some r eally great c uts of m eat, cooked to specification rare to well-done A bit of a warning here: if you dont f lip that card from green to red, y ou will f eel like Lucy an d E thel on the c hocolate c onveyer b elt line in I Love Lucy. Y ou will n ever catch-up. The servers are also the chefs. Back in the kitchen, they keep watchful eyes on the rows of various m eats a nd k now just when to bring them table-side The serving team also includes a dditional staff wit h drink a nd dessert orders as well as those on hand with a fres h p late. The m eat s elections include p icanha ( the prime part of the sirloin, s easoned with s ea s alt or f lavored with garlic); filet mignon (cut from the tenderloin, it can also be served wrapped in b acon); alcatra, c ut from the top sirloin; fraldinha, c ut from the bottom sirloin; b eef ancho, the prime part of the rib eye; cordeiro, young leg of lamb s liced off the bone. Lamb c hops are also available; lombo, from the pork loin, the f ilets ar e encrusted with parm esan cheese; costela de porco, pork ribs; frango, a variety of c uts, including chicken breasts wrapped in b acon a nd chicken legs and lunguica, pork sausages It is n early impossible to p ick a f avorite. I tried every m eat s election except the lamb and pork loin, a nd each was exceptional, but all of the steaks wer e truly memorable. The portions, sliced right onto y our p late, are not large, but y ou can p ick a f avorite or f avorites a nd just keep that car d green. Ta b le side orders, which also are refreshed throughout th e m eal, include Brazilian specialt ies polenta, garlic mashed pota toes, car m elized bananas and pao de queijo (cheese bread). The restaurant offers a 200label wine list, for which it has received Wine Spectators A ward of Excellence for the past eight years. Guests also may sample the Caipirinha, made from Brazilian liquor cachaa, as well as Guarana Brazilian s oda and Brazilian lemonade Desserts (a challenge a fter the salad bar a nd m eat e ntrees) include the restaurants signatur e Papaya Cream, made with fres h papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crme de Cassis liqueur, as well as South American Flan, Crm e Brule, Tu rtle Cheesecake, Molten C hocolate Cake a nd Key Lime P ie. The 12,000 square-foot restaurant has s eating for 400 guests a nd offers f ive private an d semi-private dining r ooms for group events, meetings and wedding celebrations. An outdoor patio a first for the restau rant company f eatures s tone floors, exposed w ood b eam s a nd t eak p lanters. Children f ive years of age and under dine free at Fogo. Children s ix to 10 years of age dine at h alf-prices listed a bove. Beverages, desserts, t axes a nd gratuity are a dditional. Come hungry to Fogo to r eally t ake advantage of thi s great dining experience. Its the perf ect p lace for an important date or to m ake a memorabl e family gathering. Reservations are s uggested a nd are pretty much a require ment on a weekend evening. Lunch is served Monday T hursday, noon p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday: noon p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday: noon to 3 p.m. Dinner is served Monday T hursday: 5 to 10 p.m.; Frid ay a nd Saturday: 5 to 11 : p.m. Sunda y 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.fogo.com. Fogo de Cho Orlando is located at 8282 Inte rn ational Drive. Call 407-370-0711 for reservations. The restaurant also 17 other locations including Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Las Ve gas, Austin, Denver as well as restaurants in Braz il. to Creek Smoked Pork (Graze Restaurant at Harmony Golf Preserve, Chef J ohn Greene); Red Wine Braised Florida Octo pus ( Primo by M elissa Kelly, Chef G ilberto Ramirez); an d Caramel C hocolate G elato (Disn eys Y acht a nd B each Club B akery, Pastry Chef Dera Lanpher). As usual, the mini-assortment of u pscale cuisine, was a great way to launch the event. No one goes home hungry at the Chefs G ala. And Centrals Floridas neediest individuals, including those in Osceola C ounty, also get a much n eeded h elping hand in the process. With tough economic times still lingering for many in the area, the H eart of Florida Unite d W ay c ontinues to be a lifeline for the areas n eedy. More tha n 345,000 Central Floridian s were h elped by the United Wa y last year providing everything from food, shelter a nd even h elp p aying utility b ills. The Unite d W ay r aised, managed a nd d istributed $27.3 m illion in 201011. As our economy struggles to regain solid footing, thousands of Central Floridians remain unable to p ay for the basi c n ecessities of life, s aid event cochairman Shawn Bartelt, vice president a nd general manager of WFTV 9. The n eed for h elp remains urgent in Central Florida he s aid. The Chefs G ala is a m eani ngful way to h elp the growin g n eed, Simon Hemus, presiden t and COO of T upperwar e Brands C orporation, a nd the events other c o-chairman s aid. The extraordinary food, thoughtfully prepared wines and incredible desserts are sure to p lease even the most sophisti cated palates, Hemus said And thanks to the generosity of Disney, our t alented chefs and other generous sponsors, 95 percent of all money raised goe s to h elp those in n eed. T ickets for the Chefs G ala are $225 per person, $400 for c ouples t ickets a nd $2,000 for a corporate p ackage of ten t ickets. S ponsorships are also available, offering a great way to e ntertain clients, partners and guests while g iving b ack to the community. More than 1,000 people a ttend the event a nnually. E vent hours are from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. In a ddition to food, wine and desserts, the g ala f eatures a s ilent auction, sparkling wine a nd martini r eception a nd live music. This yearsparticipants and menu s elections include : Artist Point (Disneys W ilderness Lodge): Te ppan s eared P acific Swordfish with jumbo spring asparagus a nd smokey b acon jam. California Grill (Disney s C ontemporary Resort): Floridagrown h eirloom tomato risotto with dried cherry tomatoes. Roys Hawaiian Fushion: Island-style ahi poke with sush i r ice, truffled tamari a nd kukui nuts 4 R ivers S weet S hop: Shakes made from four 4 R ivers specialty desserts. S weet! By Holly gourmet mini c upcakes. Disneys Contemporar y Resort B akery Lemon mascarpone cheesecake with lavenderinfused strawberries and lemon basil ice cream. Disneys Y acht & Beach Club B akery Caramel m ilk g elato harzelnut s ponge a nd caramel vanilla espuma. Cinderellas Royal Ta ble (Magic Kingdom) Roasted Lamb with a Moroccan s alad. Jiko The C ooking P lace (Disneys Animal Kingdom L odge) Dry-cured Ahi T una with p ickled h earts of palm salad, crispy pappadam an d smoked m ackerel aioli. Mama M elroses Ristorante Italiano (Disneys Hollywood S tudios) Pan-seared b eef tenderloin o ver crispy m acaroni and cheese with a chianti reduction. Coral Reef Restaurant (Epcot) Pan s eared loch duart s almon with fregola wild mush r oom s alad a nd ramps foam. Citricos Grill (Disneys C ontemporary Resort) Hudson V alley Duck with artisanal pasta a nd purple cream The Tu rf Club Bar a nd Grill (Disneys Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa) Lobster bisque cappuccino with vanilla-tarragon foam, truffle biscotti and American s turgeon caviar T odd E nglishs Bluezoo (Walt Disney Wo rld D ophin) B utte r poached Bay Scallop and braised s hort rib with f ava b ean, English pea, foraged mushr ooms a nd p ickled ramp. Raglan Road Irish Pub (Downtown Disney) Guinness-braised b eef cheek with a roasted garlic mashed potato. Ristorante Tu s cany (Orlando Wo rld Center Marriott) Housemade sheeps m ilk r icotta saffron Gnudi with m ain l obster a nd tomato truffle broth. C offee is from J offreys C off ee & Tea Company and Coffe e Roasters Alliance. Sommeliers will also be on hand to provide i nformation a bout each wine a nd to discus s p airings. rffrrfntr bfrrffrfrrr rfrfrr Saturday, April 21, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page C3 www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com Discover Find ...your news around Osceola... ...with just a click of your mouse. APRIL 21ST & 22ND Hours: Sat. 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sun. 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. CENTRAL FLORIDA ARMS SHOWThe Original Lakeland Gun Show Over 500 Tables Floridas Largest Gun Show701 W. 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Page C4, 4 Whats new?Community health festival set for May 19There will be a community health festival Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 101 W. Dakin Ave., in Kissimmee. The United Methodist Church of Kissimmee is sponsoring the free event. There will be free screenings for glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure as well as the opportunity for uninsured families to have a medical card for $5 that will provide each one of them with family practice visits for only $15 to $20, prescriptions for $3, free eye exams, a free massage once a month, free first visit to a chiropractor, discounts on natural health consultations and products, among many other services. There will be entertainment, music, food and fun for everyone.Looking for new Scouts in PoincianaRecruitment has begun for a new Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack in the Poinciana area, with recruitment for both groups occurring on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Chestnut Elementary School, 4300 Chestnut St., Poinciana. Boy Scouts is for young men 12 to 18 years old who are interested in outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, fishing and bicycling. Cub Scouts is for boys in the first through fifth grade who are interested in games, activities, hiking, arts and crafts, archery, service projects and more. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts also are in need of adult leaders for the two groups. For more information, contact the following: Dixon Palma, committee chairman, 407-6559533 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Greg Huff, Hispanic Director Boy Scouts, 253-686-3237 or greg. email@example.com.AARP driver safety classAn AARP driver safety class will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Good Samaritan Village, 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee. The limit is 25 people. Call Ron at 407-944-9718Raffle for American Cancer SocietyThe Walgreens store, 5030 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, is raffling off a basket of items to raise money for the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life. The basket is a $200 value. It contains $100 in gift certificates donated by Kissimmee Go Karts, a $10 Walgreens gift card, a 10th anniversary Dale Earnhardt tribute book, an autographed 8-by-10 photo of Nascar driver Brad Keselowski, a T-shirt and other goodies as well. The chance drawing tickets are $1 each and all of the proceeds go to the Relay For Life. The winner will be contacted by 2 p.m. Friday, April 27.Breast cancer encouragement groupThe women of the breast cancer encouragement group, His Healing Touch, will meet Wednesday, May 2 at 5:15 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee, 1700 John Young Parkway. The group meets monthly to encourage women who have been newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment or those who have been through the journey. Any woman who has been touched in some way by breast cancer is invited to join. For more information, contact Betty at 407-847-3138 or email bferg38@ cfl.rr.comKissimmee Valley AudubonKissimmee Valley Audubon will meet Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at Kissimmee Utility Authority headquarters on Carroll Street in Kissimmee. The program will be Photographing Birds In The Wild presented by Greg Stephens. Elections for offices in KVAS also will take place. The public is welcome. For more information, call 407-729-5168.Osceola County Democratic Party community events The Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the County Commission Chamber on the fourth floor of the Administration Building in the Courthouse Complex, 1 C ourthouse Square Kissimmee. Visit http://www. democratsosceola.com. Clubs: The Blues Scarves Club will meet the second Thursday each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Roseada Room in the Hart Memorial Library 211 E. Dakin Ave. Kissimmee. Website: http://www.democratsosceola.com The Democrats of Celebration Club will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Center at 851 Celebration Ave., Celebration. Questions may be directed to Sheri by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org Osceola students at Valencia College, who are interested in joining a Democratic Club, should contact Megan Rivera at email@example.com with any questions. Osceola students at the University of Central Florida who are interested in joining a Democratic Club, should contact Jasmine Alvelo at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Inspirational songs at churchThe St. James A.M.E. Zion Church will host a night of inspirational songs at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at 719 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee. A guest soloist will be Lula K. Howard from Stoner Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Kentucky.Kissimmee Bay Rotary Moose lodge charity poker tournamentThe Kissimmee Loyal Order of Moose No. 2056 will host a charity poker tournament Saturday, April 28. A total of $1,000 is guaranteed to the winner. There are cash prizes for those who finished between second and 10th place, which have yet to be determined. Its at 1019 N. Main St., Kissimmee. There is a $50 entry fee. The charities are: Hospice of the Comforter and B.A.S.E. Camp Childrens Cancer Foundation. For more information, call 407847-5451. 4C head start programThe 4C Head Start program is accepting registrations for children ages 3 and 4 for its 2012-13 preschool program until Sept. 1 at its main office, 2232 W. U.S. Highway 192. It also is accepting registrations for its Early Head Start program for children 6 months to 3-years-old. Families must meet the eligibility criteria. To register your child, parents will need: immunization records, Social Security cards (child and parents), a physical exam, health insurance or Medicaid, proof of address, WIC and food stamps or certification letter.Ministry medical clinicThe Osceola Christian Ministry at 700 Union St., Kissimmee, offers a medical clinic most Thursday mornings. It serves the uninsured and people with a family income at or below the 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 9 a.m. and it can serve eight to nine people. It also has a Tuesday afternoon clinic once a month, which serves adults only. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. To confirm the hours for either clinic for the week, call 407-944-9968 for the correct information. The clinic is unable to provide any x-rays or female services at this time. Methodist school scholarshipsScholarships are available for low-income students to attend First United Methodist School. Lowincome students who want to attend the school this fall can apply now for a state-backed scholarship. For the c oming school year this Florida Tax Credit Scholarship administered by the nonprofit Step Up For Students, will be worth up to a projected $4,335. Qualification guidelines and applications are available online at http://www.StepUpForStudents. org. Parents who want more information or assistance with the application process can call Step Up For Students at 1-877-735-7837. K-12 scholarships are available on a firstcome, first served basis. For more information about the school, or to schedule a tour, call 407-847-8805 or visit www.fums. org.Sons of Italy 2523The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join. It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. For more information, contact lodge president Gertrude Dorries at 321-286-6787 for more information.Veterans reunionThe 25th annual veterans reunion will be from April 26-29 at Wickam Park in Melbourne. There will be the Vietnam traveling memorial wall, displays and helicopters will fly in for viewing. There will be entertainment from all over the country. Different acts will take the stage about every two hours. Everyone is welcome to come to show appreciation for the military and for veterans. For more information, visit www.FloridaVenteransReunion.com or www.VietnamandallVeteransofBrevard.com. American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80The American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80 at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud, will have the following events: Mondays: bingo at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. Tuesdays: dart tournament at 7 p.m.. Wednesdays: all you can eat spaghetti for $5.75. Thursdays: free pool. Fridays: free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m.; grill menu from 5 to 8 p.m.; karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays: road kill bingo on the first and third Saturday of each month at 7 p.m. Sundays: breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. The Legion Post 80 is open Monday to Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday from 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 80, meets the first Thursday of the month post civic hall. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-572-1261. Post 80 and the Auxiliary Unit 80 are at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud.American Legion Post 10 eventsThe American Legion of Kissimmee Post 10 is having the following events: Friday: Bingo at 5:30 p.m.; seafood dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday: dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; dancing at 7 p.m. Sunday: bingo at 4 p.m. Tuesday: karaoke from noon to 4 p.m.; bean bag first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, call the post at 407-847-4193 for Frank Rohman at 407-922-2019.Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-498-0929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407578-7496 or go to w ww.godsgreyts.com. See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comHonorable discharge The public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-498-0929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.Dog daysNews-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Members of the Osceola County Veterans Council engage in a gun salute during the city of Kissimmees employee memorial ceremony April 6. The dedication honored the 43 city employees who died while in service. The employees names were etched into the granite surface of the memorial, which is outside City Hall, as an eternal reminder of the service they provided to Kissimmee. COMMUNITYCOMMUNITY Whats happening? Photos/Osceola County A nimal ControlB aby, t op, is a female 3to 5 -year-old, cream and gray domestic long-hair cat. B aby was given up by an owner who was no l onger a ble to care for her. She is an inside only cat, s he is a bit shy and very quiet. She gets along well with men, women, c hildren and other cats, but would rather not be around d ogs. B aby has beautiful blue eyes and is probably mixed with S iamese. If you are interested in making Baby a part of y our family, stop by t he O sceola County A nimal Shelter. Her identification number is cat No. 2012-2133. Titan, bottom, is a b ig, wonderful, c hocolate lab/ W eimaraner mix t hat needs a new permanent home. W eimaraners are wonderful companions t hat love to h unt. Titan is 3 -years-old and he already has been neutered, so he could go hunting with y ou t oday. Titan is friendly, active and he needs a big yard in which to r un and play. He is also crate-trained, but not house-broken. It would not take long, however, to t each him where to go. If y ou are interested in Titan,come to t he shelter and visit with him. Titans identification number is dog No. 2012-2061. T he shelter is at 3910 O ld Canoe Creek Road in S t. Cloud To f ind out what animals are available, check the O sceola County A nimal Control website at www.osceola.org/go/pets. If you are interested in adopting any of t he animals, keep in mind that t he animals stay at the s helter is extremely limited T he s helters adoption v iewing area will close at 4:45 p.m. M onday through Friday and at 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays. All animals are s payed and neutered before leaving A nimal Control. T he adoption f ee is $60 for a dog and $50 for a cat. For more information, c all 407-343-7101. Take me home
Habitat for HumanityHabitiat for Humanity of Osceola County, 2340 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, is accepting furniture, household items and building materials. Its open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pickup and delivery is available. For more information, call 407343-1910 or visit www.habitatosceola.org.Goodwill StoreThe Goodwill Store at Kissimmee Square, 1363 E. Vine St., is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The store carries all kinds of new and used items and also takes donations. For more information, call 407-932-0002.Salvation Army storeThe 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 407-9322009.Good SamaritanThe Good Samaritan Village thrift store is at 4195 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee; call 407-944-4351. The store is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Costume jewelry, family apparel, kitchen items, furniture and electronics are stocked. Donations welcome, proceeds go to the village.Three SaintsThe Three Saints thrift store, 1026 New York Ave., St. Cloud, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Donations may be dropped off during shop hours. Operated by the ministry of St. Luke St. Peter Episcopal Church. For more information, call 407-957-7704. tral Florida Accordion Club meets the third Wednesday of the month from 5 to 9:15 p.m. at the Winter Park Elks Lodge, 4755 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park. Accordion players of all skill levels, genres and types are invited at this time. For more information, visit www.cfaccordionclub.com.Osceola RidersThe general membership meeting of the Osceola Riders motorcycle enthusiast group is the second Sunday of the month at the Kissimmee Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway, at 1 p.m. For more information, call Paul at 407-8911752.St. Cloud gamesVarious games are held at the St. Cloud Shuffleboard Club, Seventh Street and Ohio Avenue. Shuffleboard practice is mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. Duplicate bridge is played on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.; euchre is played on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; pinochle is played Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. In the fall, cribbage is played on Thursday nights and pinochle on Friday nights. For more information, call Charlotte at 407-498-0455 or Bobby at 407-892-2749.Cornhole tournamentsThe Kissimmee Elks host cornhole tournaments every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway, Kissimmee. Come out to see what this fairly new game is and join the fun. Bring neighbors and friends. Food and drinks are available for purchase.Stamp clubThe Osceola Stamp Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Stamp auctions are the first Wednesday meeting of each month. Trade or sell stamps with other collectors. New members wel come. For more information, call Tom Wall at 407-3480950 or Charles Frazer at 407-348-4413.Quilters at HeartQuilters at Heart meets the fourth Monday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Berlinsky Community House, 300 Monument Ave., Kissimmee.Quilt guildThe Patchers of Time Quilt Guild meets monthly on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee. The meetings include demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers and prizes. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. For more information, call Debbie at 407-346-6086. Cribbage classA free cribbage class is offered by the Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Department every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at Oak Street Park, 717 N. Palm Ave., Kissimmee. For details, call 407847-2388.Plant clinicThe 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 available when Master Gardeners are off duty. People can have their plant problems, either disease or insect, identified. For more information, call 321-697-3000.Play ScrabbleScrabble games are every Monday at 9 a.m. at the Poinciana Community Center. All levels of players invited. For more information, call 863427-1782. Thursday Night QuiltersThe Thursday Night Quilters meet at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Building D, in St. Cloud. All quilters or would-be quilters are invited. Call 407-892-2685 or 407892-5775.Fishing clubThe St. Cloud BassCasters Fishing Club meets the first Thursday of the month at the Fat Boys restaurant on U.S. Highway 192 in St. Cloud. Tournaments are the following Saturday. Boaters and non-boaters welcome. Call The Fishing Pad II, 407891-1003, or Marc McKenzie, 407-891-7368.Corvair ClubThe G.O. Vairs Corvair Club holds monthly meetings. For more information, contact Titus Stewart at 407-8925999. Hobbies, games Thrifts, pantries ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.a ro undosceola.com H UGHES Penny Hughes, 57, of St. Cloud died on Friday, April 13, 2012. V isitation, was on Friday, A pril 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Ball Chapel AME Church, 1125 Crawford Ave., St. Cloud, FL Services will be today S aturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m., Ball Chapel AME Church. Services entrusted to Holmes Funeral Directors, Haines City, FL 863-419-2700 holmesfd.com MOLINA Reimundo Arsenio Garcia Molina, 61, of Kissimmee, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli; Kissimmee. Saturday, April 21, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page C5 YES! 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Extraordinary Service.As part of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral providers, we offer unmatched benefits, service and care.Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory803 Emmett Street Kissimmee, Florida 34741407-847-3131 071611.SNG 041912.TNGFree Luncheon Seminar11:00 AM, Thursday, April 26, 2012 Golden Corral Buffet2701 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, FL 34741Osceola Memory GardensFuneral Homes, Cemetery & CrematoryCordially invites you to attend a special workshop:ARE YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER? Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling Osceola Memory Gardens at 407-957-2511 Or feel free to stop in and registerLunch will be served following seminar.Seating is Limited Call today to reserve your seat.407-957-2511 The days and months have now become a year. Each day holds memories of the special times we had; the laughter and the tears we shared. Our time with you was short. We are grateful to have had you in our lives. Our love for you will never die... Forever loved and missed by Wife, Paige and all of the Vaughn Family.In Loving MemoryKirk J. Vaughn 1967-2011042112.SNG
Page C6, 6 Ne ws-Gazette Ph ot os by Andr ew S ull ivan Bo xe o Te lem undo Returns to the Kissimme e Civic Ce nt erBoxing returned to the Kissimmee Civic Center April 13 in another well-attended presentation by Telemundo. Top, World Boxing Organization No. 13 Jorge Melendez receives a brutal right cross from opponent Marcus Willis, but would be declared the victor via knockout. Above, a low angle view of the footwork of Quinton Willis (Marcus brother) as he dances to avoid opponent Sheldon Moore. At right, Angel Martinez gets rocked by a right uppercut in the final round of his matchup against Jonathan Robles, which Robles won. Below, one of three ring girls walks with the round card as fighters take a break for water and trainer instructions. Below right, the thrill of victory and agony of defeat, as fighters Tim Parker, right, and Robert Burwell react to the post-fight decision declaring Burwell the victor.
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