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www.aroundosceola.com www.holaosceola.com 113TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION May 12, 2012 50 CENTSOSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTEOSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTEOsceola County football teams spring into action. See Sports on page A-2. For the latest activities, events and classes, see ... Page B-4See the delinquent tax roll insert in this edition of the Osceola News-Gazette. Tax rolls CommunityPeter Covino reviews the Blu-ray trilogy of the The Mimic horror film series. Page B-1LifestylesClassifieds .......... C-1 Community ......... B-4 Legals ................. C-3 Local ne ws .......... A2 Lifestyles ............ B-1 Obituary .............. B-5 Opinion ................ A-4 Sports .................. A-6Inside St. Cloud By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Get wild this weekend and celebrate the 125th birthday of Osceola County. Osceola Countys 125th birthday event promises to be an all-star affair at Shingle Creek Regional Park today. The family event should attract a large crowd of guests to the park, but be on the lookout for some of the natives as well, including eagles, river otters and deer. The idea for the county historic party, a travel back in time, came from Osceola County Commissioner Mike Harford. I was originally thinking of a Star-Spangled Banner celebration, Harford said, which is the actual name of the event, but with the countys birthday also happening this year, a county celebraOsceola celebrates 125th See Birthday, page A-2 By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter After more t han 15 years of residents pushing, Marydia is getting a community center, Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson announced May 5. The $1.8 million face-lift of a former Osceola County Fire Rescue station, currently being used as storage for the department, on the corner of Old Dixie Highway and Sawdust Trail, will be designed by residents. Marydia has a special place in my heart, Attkisson said. This community has heritage we must never forget. Its going to be one more great reason why this is a great place to live. Pastor A.L. Holley, who has pushed for the facility for more than six years, envisions a hurricaneproof multicultural center with vocation, occupation and education opportunities for the community. In meetings with Attkisson and other county officials, Holley has requested a facility large enough to house 320 people tha t can be rented out for special events and includes a kitchen to provide lunches for the elderly. A computer lab, a tutoring center and employment assistance with capabilities for General Education Diploma testing would round out the internal facility. A community garden and fishing access to an existing pond Holley is convinced is filled with bass will help teach local children about w here t heir f ood c omes from. Weve got some high hopes, Holley said, adding he wants to add a bridge over the pond and dedicate it to a great man in Marydia history. To me, there wasnt a choice in the matter; it (the community center) was already bonded for some money for this center. The funding, half of which will come from bonds set up by former commissioner Ken Smith, will come from the general funds capital budget, Beth Knight, deputy county manager, said. Then well have some funds for capital projects such as sidewalks and sewer systems (in Marydia), Knight said. Thats a good thing. The building sits on county-owned property, allowing the funding to be allocated toward internal and external improvements. It will be the most beauSee Marydia, page A-5Marydia secures community center In the mood for foodAbove left, Vanessa Urban, of The Batter Bowl food truck, uses a handheld torch to caramelize the top layer of a crme brle before serving a customer. Above right, Angel Padilla, who lives near Hunters Creek and is a first-time attendee of Kissimmees monthly Food Truck Bazaar, chomps down into an enormous cheeseburger from the Treehouse Truck.News-Gazette Photos/ Andrew SullivanHundreds gather ed in front of the Kissimmee Civic Center May 4 for the m onthly Kissimmee F ood Truck Bazaar, which features gourmet food served from mobile vendors normally found in Orange and Seminole counties. T he event, which is sponsored by Kissimmee Main Street and hosted by Mark Baratelli and thedailycity com, has drawn a crowd to d owntown Kissimmee s ince it came to O sceola seve ral months ago.The St. C loud Police Department at 8:30 p.m. Sunday will pay tribute to the men and women who serve and protect the community. St. Cloud Police Chief Pete Gauntlett is inviting local residents, surrounding law enforcement agencies, friends and their family members to a lighting ceremony in the front parking lot of the police department, 4700 Neptune Road, St. Cloud. During the ceremony, Chief Gauntlett will light up the sky with a single blue beam of light, which represents The Thin Blue Line for law enforcement. The blue beam will illuminate the sky nightly during National Police Week, May 13-19. National Police Week, which occurs every year, honors those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Tribute to law enforcement Courtesy of Osceola CountyThis artists rendering illustrates how the Marydia community center may look when its completed by the end of the year. Residents are excited the facility will be built after working with Osceola County government for 15 years to get a community center. Attkisson File PhotoThe Osceola County 125th birthday celebration today at Shingle Creek Regional Park will include the free use of canoes.
The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers in Kissimmee walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders and anyone wanting to make a difference to join its Relay For Life of Kissimmee. The volunteers should be interested in getting involved in the fight against cancer through fundraising in Relay For Life. Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. The events are held overnight to honor and mirror a cancer patients journey through treatment. A relay team is a group of 12 to 15 people, led by a team captain, who commit to raising at least $100 each and participating in the overnight event fundraising event. All of the proceeds raised through the event go directly to the mission of the American Cancer Society. While teams do the majority of their fundraising prior to the event, many teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay, which creates an 18 hour festival-like atmosphere. You can get involved by calling the local American Cancer Society at 407-5812513 or emailing Carly.Sullivan@cancer.org Relay For Life is all about our community uniting with the American Cancer Society and supporting its efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, Kissimmee City Commissioner Jerry Gemskie, Relay for Life of Kissimmee event chair, said. Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let Kissimmee know that cancer can be defeated. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community. In 2011, events across Florida raised more than $21 million to help cancer patients and their families in local communities and to fund lifesaving cancer research. The Relay For Life of Kissimmee raised more than $54,000 that helped to fund lifesaving programs and services locally. tion seemed more fitting. There will be a full slate of activities at the countys newest park, and it all begins at 10 a.m. With free parking, free admission and free shuttles to and from the park, all you have to do is show up and have a good time, Harford said. The regional park is still unknown to many county residents, Harford said, so the birthday event should be a great way for them to get acquainted with all it has to offer. Located right off of Vine Street (U.S. Highway 192) in Kissimmee, the 200-acre park is in a great natural setting. The busy tourism corridor is just a few feet away from the entrance, but the creek is home to and visited by, wild turkey, great blue heron, yellow-bellied slider turtles and other animals. The event schedule includes crafts and games for children, informative exhibits, hands-on activities, canoe rides, live entertainment, historical reenactments (including people in period costume), Thai music and dancers and other live entertainment, and free snacks and refreshments. Attendees also may enter the Osceola Star Spangled Family contest for a chance to win a weekend vacation. This is a great way for residents to understand where we came from, Harford said. It will be a good event if the weather cooperates. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with Osceola County, the events other sponsors include Community Vision, a group that has bringing together residents and local resources since 1995. Other sponsors include Kissimmee Utility Authority and the Osceola NewsGazette. Parking is available at Babb Landing, 2491 Babb Road and the Osceola County Welcome Center, 4155 W. Vine Street.BirthdayContinued from Page A-1 Contact Peter Covino at 321-402-0432 or by email at pcovino@osceolanews gazette.com. Cancer Society seeks Kissimmee volunteers Gov. Rick Scott announced recently the appointment of Wayne C. Wooten, of Apopka, to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. Wooten, 45, has served as an assistant state attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit since 1995. He received bachelors and law degrees from the University of Florida. For the past 17 years, Wayne has focused on serving the people of the Ninth Circuit with integrity, and I am confident he will continue to do so from the bench, Scott said. He has demonstrated a commitment to upholding the law and refraining from allowing his personal beliefs and preferences to influence his legal judgment. Wooten will fill the seat previously held by Judge N. James Turner.Gov. Scott appoints Wooten to Ninth Judicial Circuit CourtEver heard a student ask what life was like for the earliest of settlers in Osceola County? Does getting a bit dirty and digging up artifacts or traveling through time spark their interest? The Osceola County Historical Society has just the right program to fuel their curiosity and keep them off the couch this summer. The Historical Society is providing five weeks of hands-on historical discovery for students with various interests. Each week students are encouraged to go back in time to explore, discover and appreciate the history of the area in which they call home. Throughout the week, students will also expand and reinforce their skills needed to become a historian; such as research, inquiry development and formulating conclusions. Each week is themed to learn about a different facet of the historical field and keep students active all summer long. June 18-22 Diggin up history: Put on your pith helmets and grab your trowels to embark on an adventure into Floridas ancient past. Digging for fossils and relics of lost civilizations are just a small part of this adventure camp.June 25-29 Historys mysteries: In this camp, campers will try to solve one of Osceola Countys oldest mysteries by putting the pieces of the puzzle together.July 16-20 Miss Ruths Girls Academy: Ever wonder what it was like for a woman during the Civil War? Heres your chance to take charge of the homefront, tend to wounded soldiers or even spy on the enemy. Civil War Adventure Camp: Enter the world of a Civil War soldier. As a newly enlisted private, you will shoulder your musket, don your uniform and march off to a new adventure.July 30Aug. 3 Survivor Osceola: In this camp, campers will learn how the early -pioneers and Seminoles survived in the Florida wilderness.Aug. 6-10 Blast from the past: This trip through time will have campers flipping through the pages of history for an experience t hey will never forget. From poodle skirts and gas rations to tie-dye and Trans Ams, this retro camp is a time travelers dream! Each camp is held Monday through Friday at the Osceola County Pioneer Village in Kissimmee. For more information or to register your student, contact the Osceola County Historical Society at 407-396-8644 or visit www.osceolahistory. org. Historical Society offers five-week summer camp Page A2, 050312.TNG UPSIDE DOWN? If you are current on your mortgage and have been told you cant take advantage of the low interest rates because you owe more than your home value...Stop Worrying... 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By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Assembly lines of volunteers filled The Rock Church on West U.S. Highway 192 May 5 to pack nutritious rice meals for the more than 3,000 homeless children and their families living in motels, cars and on friends and familys couches in Osceola County. The volunteers in orange hair nets bopped along to dance music while they measured rice, lentils, sea salt and dried vegetables into cellophane bags before sealing and attaching an instructions sheet. More than 1,500 volunteers ages 8 to 93 at four events in west Osceola County last weekend packed 17 pallets of boxes filled with nearly 251,000 meals to be distributed to Families in Transition those families considered homeless and needy individuals through the Osceola County School District and local food pantries. The event was the first for the newly organized Osceola Connected, a coalition of 21 local agencies and organizations aimed at ending hunger in Osceola County. It was unbelievable, Gloria Niec, executive director of the Celebration Foundation, whose members helped form Osceola Connected, said of the events. It was so neat to see all the different ages and walks of life come together. With the help of The Rock Church, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Celebration Town Hall and Florida Hospital Celebration Health providing space, volunteers filled to capacity all the spaces available for online sign up, and people still showed up without registering. Volunteers from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Walt Disney World and local high schools, church groups and local government all came out in support. Its a testament to this county. People really want to help these children, they just need a way to do it, Niec said. Three generations of the same family from Winter Garden grandma, Joline Krolicki, daughter, Julie Brown, and granddaughter, Peyton Brown, 8 volunteered at The Rock Church after Krolicki heard of the event through her church group in Orange County. Were so blessed and to give an hour and a half of your time is nothing, Julie Brown said. Her daughter, Peyton, a Girl Scout, added, It makes me feel proud that Im helping the little kids that need food. Osceola County Commissioner Michael Harford donned a bright orange hair net and joined an assembly line himself at The Rock Church. Were trying to solve issues out here with the homeless and those staying in extended stay (motels), Harford, who sits on the Celebration Foundation board of directors, said. Its my part of being in the community. The rice meals packed by volunteers cost just 25 cents apiece, thanks to Orlandobased Feeding Children Everywhere, the organization who developed the meal, purchasing overly large quantities of the ingredients direct from farmers, Don Campbell, executive director of the organization said. Our job in this is the mobilization and empowerment, Campbell said. The need is there. This event was birthed out of our Love Local program, designed as an easy entry point for any organization to put healthy meals into the schools. The meals are easily cooked in a microwave or on hot plate or open flame, making it a simple, nutritious dish diners can eat as-is or add inexpensive meat and vegetables to, Kathy Jackson, executive director of the Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, said. For folks in a very rudimentary area, this is still useful, Jackson said, noting those individuals who may live in homeless camps throughout the county can benefit from the meals. Jackson made two of the meals at home for her family a jambalaya-style dish and one for tacos both of which she said turned out really well. The pallets of boxes will soon be distributed to Osceola County schools and food pantries by the Osceola County Human Services Department as soon as possible, Niki Whisler, homeless advocate coordinaA-3 Volunteers assemble to help feed the homeless in Osceola County News-Gazette Photos/Martin MaddockAbove, volunteer Mary Clessie with Senior Friends Osceola Regional Medical Center, puts the finishing touch on packages of food prepared for the Osceola County Crisis Food Pantries. Clessie was one of the 1,300 volunteers who helped with the preparation and packing of 250,000 meals for the Osceola County Crisis Food Pantries. The two-day event, run by the Feed the Children Everywhere Organization, was held last Saturday and Sunday at four different locations including The Rock Church, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Florida Hospital Celebration Health and at Celebration Town Hall. At left, Osceola County Judge Stefania Jancewicz and Osceola County Sheriffs Office Deputy Erkins Hernandez help with the preparation and packing. See V olunteers, page B-5Saturday, May 12, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 051012.TNG 041912.TNG
Page A4, 4 Celebrating ombudsmenTo the editor: To celebrate National Volunteer Week, I want to recognize the group of nearly 300 volunteer ombudsmen who give so much of their time and energy advocating for over 160,000 Floridians living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family-care homes. Residents in long-term care facilities represent our friends and family members who often need an extra voice to ensure that their right to age with dignity, choice and autonomy is respected. Volunteer ombudsmen of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program seek to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of Floridas most vulnerable population. During this week when we celebrate the work of all volunteers, the Ombudsman Program would like to specifically honor the accomplishments of our committed volunteers. Last year, volunteer ombudsmen traveled a total of 365,412 miles across Floridas 67 counties and gave over 70,000 service hours to meet with residents, conduct annual facility assessments, train facility staff and residents and investigate complaints, attempting to resolve any complaints to the residents satisfaction. Nine district-wide resident council meetings were hosted around the state by ombudsmen volunteers and staff, where residents from multiple area facilities gathered with their caregivers and family members to discuss issues, share ideas and encourage residents to understand and advocate for their rights. The Ombudsman Program is proud to boast in the work of its dedicated and passionate volunteers. If you would like to work with us to better the lives of long-term care facility residents, contact 1-888-8310404 or visit ombudsman.myflorida.com to find out how you can volunteer. Jim Crochet State Ombudsman Long-Term Care Ombudsman ProgramNursing facility issuesTo the editor: Seniors, who do we turn to? My brother-in-law has been in a nursing facility for more than 565 days. What does that mean to you? Nothing. But, do you realize how many of us are in these nursing homes? How many are taken advantage of? How many are just left there to dwindle away and die? Why dont their stories make the newspaper? Are we the forgotten group? I watch my sister every day pack up her life, get into her car and go nurse her husband. If she doesnt go, he would be in the hands of careless non-compassionate, non-qualified personnel. Why do I say this? Have you ever taken the time to visit nursing homes? I have over the past 25 years in Florida. And they all are the same. I have seen patients being abused by non-caring workers, being humiliated and stripped of their very last shred of dignity. How do I know? I worked in two separate fields, which allowed me to have an opportunity to frequent these facilities. I also volunteered doing some programs, which brought me into them again. So I am not making this judgment call strictly on my family experience. Seniors, we cant always stand on the sidelines, we must demand accountability for good care. I know my brother-in-law is being taken care of nine hours every day (my sister is there). Who takes care of my sister? She herself is a nervous wreck; it is an uphill battle every day for 565 days. The staff appeases her when she asks for a lift to get her husband to the bathroom. After waiting a minimum of 45 minutes by then, this is the straw that broke the camels back, because all day its one incident after the other. One day when I was there, I saw her ask three CNAs for assistance. Their answer was, I am not his CNA, I will call someone. Did you see anyone? I didnt for at least one hour later. My sister does whatever she can not to disturb the CNA, and I mean disturb they stroll around like they are at a park and do not go out of their way for anyone. In all honesty, I have to say there are a handful who are good and 20 handfuls who do not. I have watched my sister make certain they dress the wound that they caused, check and see if they dressed the rash by brother-in-law had under his arm from them putting Heat for arthritis under his arm instead of deodorant. I can go on and on and each dilemma chips away at her stamina. She not only has to be a nurse, she needs nerves of steel to confront their incompetence on a daily basis. My questions at this time are: What happens if my sister cant be there if her back goes out, her carpal tunnel acts up, her arthritis is hurting and her strength is dwindling? Some days she drags herself there? sister will need due to their negligence? This is ongoing in so many lives every day. What do we do just sit and watch these facilities take our hard earned money for care and give our loved ones none? I know all about the state agencies and the administrators in the facilities. They are there to make certain it is a profitable facility. The state agency will come and investigate with all their paperwork bureaucracy. Naturally, when they visit, everyone stands at attention for the one hour it takes to check if the facility conforms to their regulations. What they themselves do not realize is there are humans in those beds and if the water temperature isnt exactly as it should be, oh well thats not a crime. But if a patient is calling them because they fell on the floor and no one answers, that is a crime. So, please visit a nursing facility in your area. See what is happening there and if you dont like what you see, report it. If all us seniors band together to right all the wrongs, it will work. You never know it could be you one day in there and me visiting might help you. JoAnn Colonna St. CloudKeep it cleanTo the editor We are fortunate to live within walking distance to The Loop. During our daily walks, we cannot believe how much trash and litter surrounds this beautiful area. We started carrying a trash bag with us, but there are only two of us and many who choose to litter. The Wilder Company has built a first class facility and we reward them by trashing it with bottles, sandwich wrappers, cans and other assorted junk. Lets all pitch in to keep this area looking as good as it did when it was built. Norm and Claire Bedard KissimmeeDont down DisneyTo the editor: In reference to Leonard Pitts article that appeared in the Saturday, April 28, edition of the Osceola News-Gazette, at the age of 9, I saw Snow White and loved it. Walt Disney did a wonderful job and became a millionaire because of his talent. I hope this Snow White will always be a classic. Lets not outdate it because of problems of many overpaid, over-hyped celebrities have and the publicity they receive. They are the ones who live in their own fantasy world. Marriage is a wonderful thing or can be a tragic mistake. It is what a couple makes of it. In June of this year, my wife and I will celebrate our 60th year of marriage. It was not easy at times, but the good times outweighed the bad. We raised two children and are proud of both. It is the rules and understanding as parents that guide our children, not a fairy tale. Mr. and Mrs. Donal Case St. CloudJoining the flockTo the editor: President Barack Obama on his own just awarded Afghanistan the same status in our country as Israel. The graveyard of empires is now to be more important to us than South Korea or any place except our NATO nations. Your grandchildren will be condemned to die in the dung heap of mankind. He didn`t bother to bring this up to the Congress. He is now ruling as a virtual dictator. I have said before I would vote for Romney; I would join a gaggle of turkey buzzards at a dead dog road kill. After this usurpation of war mongering power, Im joining the flock. Charles B. Tiffany KissimmeeOPINION OPINIONLast Thursday, a portion of downtown Kissimmee was put on lockdown after the Kissimmee Police Departments community relations squad patrolling on bike came across what they perceived to be a suspicious device in front of City Hall. The supposed bomb, found shortly before 10:30 a.m., turned out to be a light fixture with exposed wiring, according to Stacie Miller, spokeswoman for the Kissimmee Police Department. Shortly before the evacuation, police started stringing yellow crime scene tape around a several-block area to restrict access. The cordoned off area was then expanded once the bomb squad arrived and workers or visitors to the area were unable to access vehicles if they were inside the restricted zone. Even employees from the Osceola News-Gazette were hurried out of the office, losing operating time. It wasnt until about four hours later that authorities allowed access to the road and buildings. Now, we can understand that some people who were caught in the perimeter while police worked the scene might have been frustrated. They might have had things to do or people to see. And at the end of the investigation, it was learned there was never a dangerous device. But we applaud the Kissimmee Police Department for a job well done. Because we believe its better to be safe than sorry. We were fortunate that the device was not an actual threat. But if it had been and police officials did not perform the duties they were paid to do, who knows what the outcome could have been. When we hear reports of a bomb threat, often times nothing becomes of it. But that doesnt mean we should become complacent. We believe every report must be treated as a threat until we learn otherwise. The Orlando Police Department bomb squad was called to the scene to deal with the device, arriving about noon. After investigating the device using a robot, the bomb squad shot into it, destroying it. While we dont have bomb threats every day, we wonder if it would suit local law enforcement better if it had its own bomb squad instead of having to wait for an agency from the neighboring county. In the meantime, lets all just be grateful that when the incident was all over, we were left safe and sound. Our View Submit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. All letters should be no more than 500 words and should include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. Letters to the editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. They also may be published in other Florida Sun Publications, including on the News-Gazette website. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Assistant Editor Brian McBride at at 321-402-04306. Email at email@example.com. Got a gripe? Better safe than sorryWe met last week in a medium-security correctional facility. There, I spent a couple of hours talking with a group of men who are studying for their GED. I stressed to them the need for longterm goals, the criticality of education in an era where good-paying, low-skill jobs are going away, and the importance of refusing to allow oneself to be defined by whatever box of race or class society has placed you in. It was toward the end that Russell asked a question whose exact wording I cant recall, but whose gist was a simple challenge: What are you going to do to help me when I get out? He meant me, personally. And he meant you, personally. Perhaps the question makes you indignant. This would not surprise me. A generation of conservative reform on issues of criminal justice has encouraged many of us to believe the only thing we owe those who break the law is punishment, followed by punishment, along with punishment and then punishment. It is a seductive line of reasoning. Who among us is not made furious by those men and women who break and enter and steal and damage and violate and maim and kill and thereby rob us of the right to feel secure in our own persons? Small wonder, then, that harsh, endless punishment has come to seem such an absolute good that politicians of both the right and the left stumble all over themselves to prove they are tough on crime. And none of them dare speak a word about rehabilitation, for mortal fear of being declared that hated other thing: soft on crime. Thus, you get mandatory sentencing guidelines that give a man 25 years for stealing a slice of pizza or kicking down a door. Thus, you get Joe Arpaio, the cartoonish Arizona sheriff, feeding his prisoners moldy bologna and rotten fruit and housing them in tents where the temperature reaches 140 degrees. Thus, you get Troy Davis executed despite substantive doubts about his guilt. Maybe such things leave you feeling righteous and tough. They should actually leave you feeling concerned, if not from moral questions, then from pragmatic ones. America is now the greatest jailer on earth. Prison overcrowding is a growing problem; we literally cannot build facilities fast enough. As CBS News recently reported, the United States has less than 5 percent of the worlds population, but about 25 percent of its prisoners. As CNN recently reported, at 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens, the U.S. jails its people at a rate seven to 10 times higher than most any other developed nation. Either A mericans are much more crime prone than, say, the Japanese or the British or this reform is insane. Worse, in a system of punishment followed by punishment, the insanity does not end with locking up our citizens in obscene numbers. No, after we set them free, we deny them re-entry into the mainstream of society with laws barring them from jobs, housing, loans, voting, schooling. How can you fix your life -why even try? -if you are denied the reward that should follow, i.e., the dignity of full citizenship? We close doors of advancement and opportunity to exfelons, then wonder why so many end up walking back through the door to prison. Once upon a time, there was an ideal which held that once a person had paid his debt to society, he was owed a second chance. That seems to have gone the way of vinyl albums and 69-cent gas. But our new ideal -punishment and then punishment -is short-sighted and unsustainable. Maybe you find Russells question impertinent. Actually, it could not be more pertinent. What are we going to do to help him when he gets out? It would be good if we had an answer for him. We might not like the answer he finds for himself. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their View Your View Leonard PittsTribune Media I promised Russell I would ask you something OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. The Osceola News-Gazette 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.Year 113 No. 38 Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK Assistant Editor BRIANMcBRIDE Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Inside Sales Manager KELLY TATMAN Staff WriterFALLAN PATTERSON
tor for the agency, said. The food is staying in the county, Whisler said. Were going to make sure of that. The weekend-long event had been in the works since January, when members of the Celebration Foundation had lunch at the Town Tavern. The foundation already works with local schools to provide FIT students with clothes, school supplies, hygiene products, fees for school expenses and backpacks full of food for the weekend. The organization wanted to plan an event that would offer more widespread food assistance. The whole theory is to put these kids on a level playing field with their peers, Mike Jackson, president of the Celebration Foundation, said. We thought this would be a great cornerstone event. To pull off the event, Osceola Connected had to raise $62,500 to pay for their goal of 250,000 meals. The funding goal was reached the last week of April. Thus is as much about getting the meals out to have something for these families to have to put in their pantry as it is to support this coalition, Jackson said. Were already planning our next event. For more information about Osceola Connected and any upcoming events, visit www. osceolaconnected.c om. Want to share news with the News-Gazette?If you have local news that you would like to share with the Osceola News-Gazette, contact Assistant Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436 or email it to email@example.com or news@osce olanewsgazette.com. tiful building in all of Osceola County, Attkisson said. Residents attending the May 5 health and wellness fair the county hosted where the announcement about the community center was made cheered as the rendering was unveiled. Its going to be a blessing, health and hope to the community, Wanda Clay said. As long as we do whats right with it, everyone will get a chance to use it.15-year struggleResidents of the predominately African-American community, tucked away behind the businesses on the corner of Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail, have struggled through three county commissioners for a community center. This community has given a lot of patience over the years, Attkisson said. It know its the most important thing they want. Bishop Gary Gray began his quest for the community center in 1997 after he toured his neighborhood and saw children and young people standing around on the streets with nothing to do. Our children werent accepted at McLaren Circle park (Chambers Park), Gray said. We wanted a community center for the children to have a place to go for activities. Gray began discussions and putting pressure on with thencommissioner Ken Shipley, who called Gray a thorn in a commissioners side. They told me my idea wouldnt last six months if we got it out here. I guess they wanted me to give up but I wasnt going to give up; if it took the last drop of my blood, we were going to get a community center here, Gray said. People didnt understand what I was pressing for. Now theyre getting behind me. That includes Holley, who was recruited by Gray after the elders brain surgery to lead New Hope Community Church and is now following in Grays footsteps as a leader in Marydia. I pushed him on. He has a lot of energy, Gray said. Hes following right behind me. For Holley, who in the past has pushed for streetlights, sidewalks, a playground and other neighborhood improvements, Marydia is a historic community worth fighting for. The renovations have made a great impression in the overall view of our neighborhood, he said. This is the way were going to transform the community.MarydiaContinued from Page A1 VolunteerContinued from Page A-3 Contact Fallan Patterson at 321-402-0434 or by email at fpatterson@osceolanews gazette.com.Saturday, May 12, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 050312.TNG 050312.TNG
Page A6, 6 SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsCelebration searches for coach Spring football By Rick Pedone Sports Editor A week and a half into spring football practice, Celebration finds itself without a head coach. Ben Aarestad, who led the Storm for two seasons, said Thursday that his contract was not renewed by Principal Laura Rinehart. I didnt get reappointed for next year so I am no longer the head football coach here, he said. Aarestad said he doesnt understand why Rinehart waited until five days into spring practice to make the decision, rather than to do it several months ago. Storm Athletic Director Chris Lavoie said he could not comment about why Aarestad was not retained. He said Storm assistant coach Eric Scrivens, the former Liberty High head wrestling coach, would lead the team through spring practice. Were going to try to fill the position before the end of the school year, Lavoie said. There may be in-house applications, but this just happened so were still in the formative stages of the search. I know Ms. Rinehart has other faculty positions to fill and she probably wants to work this in with those hires. Aarestad came to Celebration prior to the 2010 season after one year as an assistant at Lakeland High. He was the defensive coordinator and head coach at Hialeah American for four seasons. The Storm was 4-6 in 2010, tying the 2003 team for the best record in the schools history, but last season the Storm, decimated by graduation, was 0-10. At the countys other high schools, it has been business as usual. St. Clouds Brad Lennox, who took over in March, is leading his team for the first time. Lennox, a former Bulldogs assistant who was at OHS for the past two seasons, replaced interim coach Chad Ansbaugh. At quarterback, we need somebody to step up, Lennox said. Linebacker is another place with a big need. Ian McKenzie and Ian Rinehart are among the candidates at quarterback, Ansbaugh, now an assistant, said. Running back Eric Pfeifer pulled his hamstring at the state track meet last week and missed practice. The countys other high school coaches return: Doug Nichols at Osceola, David Benson at Liberty, Marlin Roberts at Gateway, Jerrad Butler at Harmony, Corey Fleming at Poinciana and Mike Bonneville at Life Christian. Glenn Harris coaches a seven-man squad at City of Life Academy. College coaches use spring practice as a scouting opportunity. Already, Osceola High running back Stafon McCray and defensive back Hassan Childs ha ve been offered Division I scholarships, according to Nichols. Neither player has verbally committed to a college. McCray led the county in rushing yardage last season, and Childs, at 6-1, has good size, Kowboys defensive coordinator Scott Spencer said.See Football, page A-7 Aarestads contract not renewed after 2 seasonsNew St. Cloud football coach Brad Lennox oversees conditioning drills at the Bulldogs practice field Wednesday.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanOpen gym volleyballThe City of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Department will offer youth volleyball open gym on Fridays, and adult open gym volleyball on Tuesdays. Youth open gym volleyball is available for players ages 8-16. It will be played through August at Denn John Middle School from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Adult open gym volleyball is for players age 16-over. it is held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. The fee for both youth and adult open gym is $3 (cash only) per visit, or a punch card can be purchased on site for $20 for 20 visits. For more information, or to receive an open gym schedule, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department at 407847-2388. Predators youth FBThe Poinciana Predators Youth Football & Cheerleading Organization is holding registration for football players and cheerleaders, ages 4-14. The fee is $75 for football and $140 for cheer. The league plays at Vance Harmon Park (by Country Club Road and Cypress Park Way). Last season the Senior football players (ages 13-14) won the AYF National Championship and the Mighty Mite cheerleaders (ages 7-8) won the United Cheer National Championship. For more information, visit www.poincianapredators. com, or call Matt at 407-9253710.FCC hoops campThe Florida Christian College boys basketball summer camp is June 11-15. Boys ages 8-12 attend from 9 a.m. to noon; ages 13-18 attend from 1 to 4 p.m. The fee is $60. For information, visit www. fcu.edu or call Coach Jake Deer at 407-569-1364.Santos scholarshipA fund has been set up at CFE Federal Credit Union for Osceola High soccer player Allanfredo Santos, who recently earned a scholarship to Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy in Leeds, England. Santos must provide the school with $1,200 to hold his place for the upcoming school year. For additional information, contact Joan Quinones at 407-879-1436 or Grissel McGarry at 407-873-8178. Editors note: Osceola played Brandon Friday for the 7A-2 regional championship. The winner advanced to the Class 7A state tournament at Port St. Lucie May 19-20. See aroundosceola.com for the game story.By Rick Pedone Sports Editor After stranding eight base runners through three innings, then seeing Liberty jump to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, Osceola High players and fans were rightly concerned at the 7A-2 regional semifinal baseball game at Kowboys field Wednesday. That was a little unnerving. I was definitely a little worried, Kowboys designated hitter Bryce Burton said. But, Burtons two-run single in the bottom of the fourth climaxed a four-run rally that spurred OHS to a 7-3 win and a berth in the regional finals. Osceolas Travis Richardson pitched three innings of relief to earn the victory over Liberty (14-9). The game was postponed because of rain Tuesday and resumed with one out in the bottom of the first. After failing to take advantage of nine walks and a hit batter and leaving the bases loaded in the first and second innings, the Kowboys saw Liberty go ahead, 2-0, on Yariel Alvarezs double and Mark Valdezs RBI single. Valdez scored after a pair of wild pitches. That wasnt good. It was important that we answer back there, Osceola Coach Scott Birchler said. The Kowboys (20-9) responded in the bottom of the fourth by sending 10 men to the plate. Tony Lima walked, Edwin Bonilla was hit by a pitch and Armen Calilao sacrificed them into scoring position. Edwin Rios brought in Lima with a sacrifice fly, cutting the lead to 2-1. Liberty Coach Nick Philpot elected to intentionally walk Osceola cleanup hitter J.R. Charles, bringing first baseman Gustavo Rios to the plate. Rios drove a two-out double to left center, bringing in Bonilla with the tying run. When they walk the batter in front of you, theyre telling you that youre not any good, Rios said. I was mad. Burton then delivered his two-RBI single up the middle, scoring Charles and Rios, to give OHS a 4-2 lead. I just wanted to make contact, do my job, Burton said. Birchler said Osceolas fourth-inning outburst was the key to the game. We did a good job of taking pitches and getting men on early, but we didnt get the hit we needed, he said. Its easy to lay down there, but our guys fought back. Gustavo came up with a big hit for us. That was a momentum builder for us, a confidence builder. Brandon Woodard started for the Kowboys Tuesday and returned to the mound Wednesday. He threw like 20 pitches Tuesday, which was like batting practice. He felt good, so we went with him and he gave us some solid innings, Birchler said. Travis came in again and did another good job for us. Mark Clarke pitched the seventh inning for OHS Oscar Galagarza singled and scored on Alvarezs single to cut the OHS lead to 4-3 in the fifth, but again the Kowboys countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Calilao homered to left to lead off for OHS. I had two strikes, so I just took a hack at it, he said. Edwin Rios reached on an error, took third on Charles double and scored when Gustavo Rios drove his brother home with a sacrifice fly. Peter Calilao walked and scored in the sixth on Bonillas RBI single to make it 7-3. Give Liberty credit, those guys played us tough all year, Sports briefsOsceola shortstop Edwin Bonilla tags out Liberty runner Oscar Galagarza after Galagarza was picked off first by Kowboys pitcher Brandon Woodard in the third inning of their regional semifinal at Kowboys field Wednesday.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Big 4th inning boosts Kowboys past Chargers Ben AarestadSee Baseball, page A-7
BaseballContinued from page A-6 Birchler said. It was a great win for the team, a great win for our program. There are a lot of seniors on this team who have buckled down, and they deserved a reward like this. This is the deepest the Kowboys have gone in the playoffs since the 1991 team reached the state tournament. Liberty Coach Nick Philpot said the Kowboys, who beat his team in three of four meetings this season, deserved their success. Hats off to Osceola. They played well, hit the ball hard and capitalized on our mistakes, Philpot said. Great job, great season by them. The Liberty coach said that his Chargers had a programchanging season. We became a family this year, and now we have one heck of a tradition to build on thanks to this talented senior class, he said. I am extremely proud of the Chargers baseball team. They have a lot of fight in them. We dont have the size that most teams have around here, but we have the heart. They see a lot of potential with his size, and he has decent speed, Spencer said. I guess were doing OK for now. Nichols said at least one Big Ten school is interested in McCray, who also has been linked to Florida and UCF. North Carolina State recently offered Childs. Nichols is looking at juniors Dwight Scooter Fagan and Daequan Harrison at quarterback. Theyre pretty even right now, Nichols said. Running backs look good, O-line not so much. Defense is pretty solid all over. Osceola will have its football alumni day next Saturday at Kowboys field from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 5-on-5 flag football tournament will be among the activities. All former Kowboys coaches and players are invited. Libertys Benson, starting his third season as the schools head coach, will use the spring to identify a quarterback. Sophomore Terrell Bonds, who led the county in passing yardage last season, has transferred to Hollywood McArthur High, Benson said. Benson has been through this before. Sophomore quarterback Greg Hankerson transferred to South Florida after the 2010 season. Were having fun experimenting with new offensive schemes, Benson said. Gateway Coach Marlin Roberts expects to see progress from his team this year. Were so far ahead of where we were last year, he said. We had a good freshmen crop this year, so hopefully it will pay off for us. Spring games begin Friday when Celebration hosts Life Christian a nd Windermere Prep at 6 p.m. City of Life visits E astland Christian at 4:30 p.m On May 24, Osceola travels to Lake Gibson, St. Cloud hosts Ocoee and Florida Air visits Gateway. 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By Peter Covin o There is no need to travel all the way to Napa Valley to experience the fun and taste sensation of wine making and drinking. Some of the best wine in all of the Southeast is made right here in Florida, and less than an hour away in the rolling hills of Lake County at the Lakeridge Winery The multi-award winning winery is the largest winery in the state and home to 9 different premium table wines and a sparkling wine. Dont scoff. Florida may never threaten France or California when it comes to the art of winemaking. France and Californi a have hundreds of years of history as well as climate that is conducive to great wine. But as Lakeridge winemaker Jean Burg ess is quick to point out, L akeridge has produced s ome really nice wines during its relatively short existence. To date, Lakeridge has won more than 400 awards in a number of distinguished competitions, including the most recent, the 2012 Pacific Rim Wine Competition in Southe rn California. Lakeridge won three Gold Medals for its Southe rn White, Cuvee Blanc and Proprietors Reserve and a Silver Medal for the Southe rn Red. The 440-gallon tank capacity warehouse at the Clermont winery equates to 185,000 cases or 2.2 million bottles of wine. The Lakeridge Winery and its sister winery, San Sebastian in St. A ugustine, have c ombined to become the only wineries in Florida to bottle 1.8 million bottles of wine in just one year. Lakeridge has been growing grapes and making wine in the same location since 1989, and Burg ess has been a part of that process since the very beginning. Amazingly, the 127-acre vineyard, which once was home to thousands of citrus trees, actually had grapes on it earlier in its history, she said. Floridas earliest pioneers had hoped to grow grapes for wine, like they did in Spain, but the soil and climate are not conducive to the full-bodied grapes used for the wines of Mediterranean countries. The Florida winery found the future was in the native muscadine and hybrid bunch grapes, sh e said. All the years of science have paid off apparently, the proof being all those awards. One of the major differences between the wine produced in Florida and that of the more prestigious wine of California an d Europe their red wines often get better with age and are supposed to mature. Lakeridge wines are fresh and fruity and should be consumed within a few years after purchase. Every trip to the winery should include a winery tour. Tours are complimentary and so are the tastings that follow. Of course after the tour and tasting, owners Gary Cox and his son Charles Cox (of Seavin, Inc.)T astings, tours, m usic and annual harvest f estival are among t he highlight sBefore z ombies and vampires took over our t elevisions a nd movie theater s in the 21st century, there were other threats to man a nd w omankind. A nd m aybe the worst of them was the insect G iant insects h ave b een a problem in Brooklyn and South Florida even befor e R aid was invented. B ut the seriously disturbing insects of movielan d undoubtedly got their start in Them! the classic f ilm a bout g iant a nts on the rampage in the desert of the American Southwest. The lowly insect r eally took a star turn mor e recently in Guillermo Del To r os Mimic ( 1997). The horror f ilm just made its Blu-ray debut (LionsGate) as part of 3-film set with the two other Mimic films. This also is the directors c ut with a dditional minute s not found on the origina l theatrical r elease. Del To ro (Pans Labyrinth) is great at creating s pooky locales in dark p laces a nd there certainly is a l ot of that in this f ilm starring M ia Sorvino a nd Josh Brolin Sorvino p lays e ntomologist Susan T yler w ho saves the d ay a fter a disease carr ied by common cockroach es is killing children in Manhattan. She creates a mutant breed that s ecretes a fluid that kills off thos e bad cockroaches. Ye s, the children are s aved. If Susan had only asked any sci-fi fan, we woul d have told her: there have to be side e ffects. There ar e always side e ffects. Three years late r, the cockroach she i ntroduced has involved i nto a large, m ake that very large roach that can mimic huma n form. So thats what hap-50 CENTS Mimic trilogy, plus Pillow Talk, Car 54 and The Big C on Blu-ray/DVD www.twitte r. com/icmovies P eter Covin oFilm C ritic Section B May 12, 2012 Check out aroundosceola.com No foot is big enough to crush these bugs L IFESTYLES L IFESTYLES rfnrtbt rt rt fr rfn t t ftt r r t tt tr r t r t n r rtt tr tr t tft ttt r r rt rt tr tfr f r rt t r t r tfrt ttrfrtfrt t tf t tf t trn r nt r rr r frrrt t n ttr t rt ttf r ft nn fr rfr f t t t f trft t r tt rttrt rrtt t nt r t r f ntr t t n rr t r rrt t t ftttrr rf tfr t t r rf r ttfrtt ft t t t n trttrtttt r rr r ttrr t rn rrrt t rt t fr r r t r tn fr fr r f tfrrt r t t rr r t t r r tr t t r n tfr t f f t t n t r t t ttt rf t ntr t ntr t f r r t r rt rr trt t ttrt rt trnr trtn r r r t t t r ttr r rt t t t nr rtt r t r t fr t r tt ttrrt n t trt t fntr rr f f t tttrtr f t rtrrt t ttt t nrtt tr rt t r ftfrrttf n r ft t t r r r rt frt t r t t tt tr t fr r t t rtn tr rt t t t rt t t t r rt rr r r t r r fr r t t t r t tn rt r ftt t r t t tr t r t rtt r r f n t r rtf rr t rf t t fr t t tr t See DVDs, page B-3 rf f ntfrr btA day at Lakeridge winery might be de-vine Putting on Your DV Ds See Winer y, page B-3 rf ntbn ffnr tfftnt b nt ffft tf fn rfnfftnntnnfft ftbffttnttn
Park Place Theme Parks and Other Attractions D-Day veterans special g uests at Fantasy of F lightBy Peter Covin o It has been almost 70 years since the Allied forces invaded Norm a ndy, where for two days, thousands of men were involved in one of the largest armed forces invasions in history. You can relive those fateful days of Wo rld Wa r II with the men w ho were there this weekend as Fantasy of Flight presents D-Day: The Invasion of Norm andy. The event features veterans w ho fought in Norm a ndy, France, June 6, 1944. The D-Day veterans will interact with guests in open forum/question-and-answer sessions, followed by meet a nd-greet/autograph signing sessions. D-Day panelists include Major Clifford Kantz, Winter Park, Fla., Sgt. Harold Heil, Ta mpa, Fla., PFC Paul Rancicot, Winter Haven, Fla., Lt. Hope Kirkendall, Lakeland, F la., a nd from Polk County, Sgt. Te ddy Fisk, Sgt. Bob Franklin and Sgt. Vi rg il Myers. Throughout May, in celebration of National Militar y Appreciation Month, Fantasy of Flight will honor the individuals of the armed forces by extending free admission to all active-duty, retired and reserve military. Admission to the Legends & Legacies Symposium "D-Day: The Invasion of Norm andy" is included in this special offe r. Guests must present a current ID to qualify for the general admission ticket. This offer is not valid with any other offers or discounts. As the D-Day Legends & Legacies Symposium t akes p lace o ver M other's Day weekend, Fantasy of Flight is also offering free admission to all mothers when accompanied by a paying guest. Any paid youth, senior or adult admission ticket qualifies as the accompanying paid admission. This offer is valid Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, May 13, and is not valid with any other offers or discounts. Known as the largest military invasion in world history, the Norm andy Invasion came overnight with parachute and glider landings, naval bombardments, massive air attacks and a mphibious beachfront assaults. Months in the making, it required the coordination of thousands of Allied Forces and was an operation so mammoth that once set in motion, there was no turning back. Fantasy of Flight offers a series of progams from Wo rl d Wa r II and Vietnam featuring Heroes share their compelling personal accounts, as well as their family members and descendants, who are able to offer their own unique perspectives. The series also includes heroes from WWII who served on the ground protecting and supporting the men in flight. "What better way to learn about one of the most historic ally significant battles in world history than from the men who were actually there," said Kim Long, General Manager of Fantasy of Flight. "We are honored to be able to provide this living history forum to m ake sure these valuable lessons and stories will continue to be told for generations to come." Upcoming events in the 2012 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series include : "Reflections of Vietnam," June 8-9 and "Letters Home: Love, Courage & Survival," Oct. 1213. Fantasy of F light welcomes inquiries from all those who may be interested in participating in the symposium series. The series events ar e included in the price of Fantasy of Flight general a dmission of $28.95 plus t ax for a dults, $14.95 plus t ax for y outh (age 6-12) a nd f ive a nd under are free with full p aying a dult. The sympo siums are free for all A nnua l Pass holders. Group rates are available. Call 863-9843500 or go to www.fantasyofflight.com for more i nformation. General admission also includes The Tu s kegee Airmen They Dared to Fly exhibit; the multimedia trib ute to the WA SP (Women Airforce Service P ilots) A Passionate P ursuit, a walking a udio tour and many special events throughou t the year New at Fantasy of F light this year is Wing W alkAir, a thrilling outdoor a ttractio n f eaturing a 600-foot zip line suspended four s tories a bove water a nd a threelevel r opes c ourse c omplet e with 33 midair challenges to be per for med while tethered to an overhead line at heights of up to 45 feet. Ideal for families, couples, student/youth groups or corporate groups seeking teambuilding opportunities, Wing WalkAir is the first attraction of its kind in Polk County, loca ted midway between Ta mpa a nd Orlan do. A dmission is $22 for the zip line a nd r opes c ourse or $15 for the zip line and $12 for the r opes c ourse when purchased separately. Group rates are available. Fantasy of F light a dmission is not required for e ntry to Wing W alkAir For more i nformation a bout Fantasy of F light, call 863-984-3500 or visi t www.fantasyofflight.com. M ilitary discounts Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando has a nnounced a special offer for U.S. M ilitary this M ay Nationa l Military A ppreciatio n M onth. It will last through J une 30. Active duty and retired U. S. M ilitary including members of the U .S. Coast Guard a nd National Guard or Reservists can enjoy h alfprice accommodations off of the standard rack rate of $89.99 (a $45 m ilitary rate) a nd h alf-price off of buffe t dining at Rosen Hotels & Resorts' four Orlando leisur e properties Quality Inn I ntern ational, Rosen Inn closest to Universal, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando (all three ideally located along Inte rn ational Drive, in the tourist c orridor) a nd Clarion Inn L ake Buena Vista. Moms a nd dads free All mothers on Mother's Day a nd a ll fathers on Father's Day will be a dmitte d free to the Orange C ounty Regional History Center. Hours of operations both d ays this Sunday a nd Sund ay, J une 17 are noon to 5 p.m. The Orange County Regional History Cente r, is 65 East Central B lvd., at the corn er of Magnolia A venue downtown Orland o. Parking is available in the Public Library parking garage on Central Boulevard. Regular admission: adults $9, seniors (60+), students, and military with I.D. $7, and children ages 5-12 $6. Historical Society Members and children ages 4 and under are free. The Orange C ounty Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 county courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution a ffiliate and accredited by the American Association of Museums, also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. 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DV DsContinued from page B1 WineryContinued from page B1 pened to all those missing people in the New Yo rk Cit y s ubway system A nd the r ace is on for Susan to s top the g iant mutant roaches before they move b eyond the subway system a nd t ake over the w orld There is l ots of creep y fun, particularly in the unde rg r ound tunnels. Thin k A lien The Blu-ray also c ontain s so nice bonuses including an a udio c ommentary with Del To ro (who also c o-wrote); a nd the f eaturettes A L eap in Evolution The Creatures of Mimic; B ack in the T unnels Shooting Mimic; d eleted scenes; gag r eel and more. For Mimi c fans, the stor y c ontinues with Mimic 2 and Mimic 3: Sentine l S eldom are sequels bette r, but the third f ilm definitely has an i nteresting premise. Residents of an apartment c omplex disappear under the watchful eye of one of the residents c onfined to his home. He spends his d ays t aking photos of his n eighbors from a window m aking it all very Hitchcock/ R ear Windowlike. Mimic 2 is more pred ictable. It is four years a fter the first f ilm a nd s ome of those g iant insects from Mimic survived and are onc e again threatenin g humankind. B oth f ilms include a few bonus f eatures P illow T alk The only insects you might find in P illow T alk might be the occasional bedbug, but one s hriek from D oris Day a nd those bugs w ould go r unning for the n earest window P illow T alk, the first of the three Rock Huds on/Doris Day films has b een r eleased in various forms o ver the years but this one is special: Its the 50th a nniversary Blu-ray editio n of this r omantic c omedy It is also a nother one of those Universal 100th a nniversary r eleases. D oris hates Rock in this one. She is an interior deco rator. He is a s ongwriter and w omanize r. A nd they shar e a partyline. ( Editors note : Partylines are probably nonexistent in 2012, but back in the 1950s, phone lines wer e frequently shared by one or more i ndividuals). E very time D oris tries to use her phone, there is Rock on the other e nd, serenadi ng yet a nother w oman. Rock hates D oris too, until he finds out what the other e nd of his partylin e l ooks like, a nd then he starts dating her d isguised as a T exan visiting the Bi g A pple. It is l ots of harm less fun, made quite magical v ia the chemistry of Hudson an d Day with s ome h elp from T ony Randall. In a ddition to a r eally n icely r estored print, the Blu-ray has l ots of bonuses sure to p lease fans Start with the digital copy of the f ilm. A nd then there are many bonus f eatures such as the f eaturettes B ack in Bed with P illow T alk; Chemistry 101: The F ilm D uo of Doris Day a nd Rock Hudson; f eature commentary with f ilm historians; as well as three 100th a nniver sary of Universal Studios f eatures. The B ig C Te levision doesnt get much better than Show times The B ig C, currentl y in its third s eason on Show time. Y ou can catch up on all the poignant c omedy and drama in s eason two just r eleased from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Laura Linney is one of those f ew actresses w ho can m ake setting a dining r oom table l ook i nteresting, bu t she excels here in her role of Cathy Jamison, a housewife w ho has b een d iag nosed with stage fou r m elanoma. It isnt so much that she is on s ome kind of bucket list mission, but she certainly is out to live life to its fullest. Linney has already won a Golden Globe A ward for her portrayal. Husband Paul has problems of his own, including a cocaine a ddiction. Oliver P latt is the other major reas on to watch the s how. Guest stars during s eason two include Alan Alda of M*A*S*H fame and Cynthi a Nixon. The three-disc set c ont ains all ten episodes from the second s eason. Car 54 Whats the funniest TV sitcom ever ? Lucy? S einfeld? The Honeymooners ? One of the best is also one of the most seriously o verlooked, the early 1960s classic Car 54, Where ar e Y ou? It ran for only two seas ons, but officers T oody (Joe E. Ross) a nd Muldoon (Fre d G wynne) simply define what great sitcoms were all a bout. Absolutely ridiculous is the only way to describe the goings on at the 53r d precinct in the Bronx T oody was the s omewhat mentally slow, l oud-talker of the two, a nd everything he was involved i n, woul d inevitably, be screwed-up. This is s eason two of the Nat H iken series ( of Sgt. B ilko fame) a nd there ar e s everal great episodes in the 30 episode four-disc set. Ty p ical of the way the series operates is The Biggest Day of the Y ear. T oody c omes i nto the precinct m aking the a nnouncement of what an important day it is. Wo rd is passed around the precinct from cop to serg eant to captain on how today is important, and soon panic ensues. Everyone is going to the banquet later that night that marks the occasion, the commissioner will be there and the mayor has issued a proclamation. But no one will admit that they have no idea what is important about the day, but they are all going to a banquet that doesnt exist, and everyone is following e verybod y else to get there The s how is h elped i mmensely by its ensembl e cast, one of the best early ensembles ever. Along with Ross a nd G wynne, also prominently featured are Al L ewis (who starred with Gwynne on The Munsters) as Officer Leo Schnauser B eatrice P ons as Lucille, T oodys wife and Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Schnauser. Guest stars for season two include Molly P icon, Larry Storch, Mitch M iller, Jack Guilford, Shari Lewis, Sugar R ay R obinson a nd Rocky Graziano. There isnt much in the way of bonus features, but a tenminute standup comedy routine by Ross is a nice, welcome touch. Note: If you dont buy the DVD, check out Me-TV on cable and local broadcast early Sunday morning. The channel usually shows two episode s starting at 2 a .m. are hopeful visitors will like the wine enough to buy a bottle or two or more in the large gift shop. Wines are priced from $7.99 for the Chablis an d Sunblush to $16.99 for the Pink Crescendo (a pink sparkling wine) and the Proprietors Reserve. Until r ecent years, L akeridge wines were only available at the winery, but now they can be found in more than 2,500 retail locations in Florida and Georgia. The winery has grown significantly since Gary Cox took over, so much so that the St. Augustine winery was opened in 1996. In addition to tastings and tours, the winery is a great place to go for live music and food events throughout the year. The upcoming schedul e includes the music series in July and the most popular event of the year, the 22nd annual Harvest Festival. This is the winerys flagship festival and is held June 2224. There is plenty of grape stomping (everyone can participate), and lots of other things going on for the whole family. In addition to the harvest activities, there is an arts and crafts festival with more than 80 area artists, live music by bands and groups continuously throughout the three days and vendors selling a variety of good and drink. Lakeridge Wine will be available as well. And as always, the winery will be open for tours and free tastings. There is a $2 donation to benefit Corn erstone Hospice of Lake & Sumter counties. The Summer Music Series also retur ns each Saturday in July from 1-4 p.m. This is a free admission event and features a different band playing live throughout the afternoon. Wine, beer and a variety of food will be available for purchase, a nd the winery is open for tours a nd free tast i ngs And, the 18th a nnua l Harvest Grape Stomp will be h eld A ug. 18-19. For a c omplete list of events, wine available at the winery a nd more go to http://www.lakeridgewinery .com. The winery is conven ient from Osceola County just off of Floridas Tu rnpike in Clermont. Saturday, May 12, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 051212.SNG 1-800-WERE HERE AdvanceAmerica.netFor specic fees, visit AdvanceAmerica.net or your local center. Certain limitations apply. Subject to approval. Checks or money orders may be issued instead of cash. Licensed by the California Department of Corporations pursuant to the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law. AARC, LLC. All rights reserved. Advance America Visa Prepaid Cards are issued by MetaBank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. MoneyGram and the Globe are registered marks of MoneyGram. Tax preparation, ling and refund estimation services are provided by eTax, Inc. d/b/a eTax Partners. Advance America is not afliated with eTax Partners. Services may vary by location. 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The Planning Advisory Board will hold a meeting to consider their recommendation on said request on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 101 North Church Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741. All interested parties may appear and be heard regarding adoption of the proposed amendment. Written opinion will be received until 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2012.This is to inform you that the City Commission will hold a Public Hearing concerning this amendment on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 101 North Church Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741. All interested parties may appear and be heard on the above date. Written opinion will be received until 5:30p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2012.The proposed amendment to be discussed at the public hearing will be as follows: Proposed Ordinance No. 12-04AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2771 KNOWN AS THE ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA, UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF FLORIDA STATUTE 163.3184; DELETING CHAPTER 9 PUBLIC SCHOOLS FACILITY ELEMENT AND CREATING A RESERVED CHAPTER 9. ADDING COORDINATED PLANNING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES TO CHAPTER 1 LAND USE ELEMENT GOAL 1.3 COORDINATED PLANNING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES. AMENDING POLICY 188.8.131.52 COORDINATION OF GROWTH MANAGEMENT ISSUES AND AMENDING POLICY 184.108.40.206: COORDINATE REGIONAL/SUB-REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES; DELETING TWG GROUP AND ANNUAL ELECTED OFFICIALS MEETING; ADDING SCHOOL SITE SELECTION TO CHAPTER 7 INTERGOVERNMENTAL ELEMENT OBJECTIVE 7.1.8 SCHOOL SITE SELECTION; ADDING 7.1.9 COLLOCATION OF SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC FACILITIES AND POLICIES 220.127.116.11 AND 18.104.22.168; OBJECTIVE 7.1.10 PROVISION FOR SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND POLICIES 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199 AND 188.8.131.52; EMERGENCY PREPARATION/EMERGENCY SHELTERS AND POLICIES 184.108.40.206 AND 220.127.116.11; OBJECTIVE 7.1.12 ANNUAL UPDATE PROCESS AND POLICIES 18.104.22.168 AND 22.214.171.124; AND DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AS HEREIN PROVIDED AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THIS ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR A PUBLIC HEARING AS REQUIRED BY LAW; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The proposed amendment and the supporting documents may be inspected in the Development Services Department, City Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any questions may be directed to the Development Services Department at (407) 518-2140.In accordance with Florida Statute 286.26, persons needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the Office of the City Clerk (407) 518-2308 prior to the meeting. (FS286.26)In accordance with Florida Statute 286.0105: any person wishing to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purposes may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
Page B4, 4 Whats new?Hurricane preparedness seminarThere will be a hurricane preparedness seminar and fair Thursday, June 14 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Good Samaritan Village, 4197 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee in the community center. The seminar will include information on how and what to be ready for including living supply, home preparedness and a pets travel supply. The public is welcome.Caregiving and depression classThe East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic will host a free one hour class from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, June 8, entitled Caregiving & Depression at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Family Caregivers of people with Alzheimers Disease and related memory disorders may experience a wide range of emotions including depression. Learn how depression may be affecting you and new ways to deal with it healthfully. The class is geared toward the family caregiver. The monthly Alzheimer and Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group will immediately follow from noon to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call the East Central Florida Memory Clinic at 321-768-9575 and press 5.Happiness Happens classHappiness Happens Saturday, March 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Community Room Southwest Branch Library 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Happiness Happens will provide practical tips to assist you in getting through the grief recovery process. The presentation will focus on the importance of: coping skills, integrating loss into life and emotional freedom techniques. Join the team from Samaritan Care Hospice of Florida for an informative presentation and an opportunity to share with others who are traveling the same path to healing. The guest speaker is Courtney Stewart, emotional freedom techniques practitioner. Its free and open to the community. Following the presentation, people can participate in a support group where they can ask questions, share their thoughts or just listen. Reservations are not required but are suggested Call 407-514-1300 to reserve a seat.OCEA-R noticeThe Osceola County Education Association Retireds May meeting has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for June 7.Financial discussionRobert Rosen, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Kissimmee, is holding a monthly discussion on market topics and investment strategies. The next event is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Vintage Vino, 14 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-870-5464. Car show benefitThere will be a car show benefitting Give Kids Safe Shelter Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sams Club parking lot, 4763 W. U.S. Highway 192. There will be classics, antiques, exotics, hot rods, foreign and others. Registration is from 8:30 to 11 a.m.. The awards ceremony, which will include best of show, begins at 2:30 p.m. There will be a DJ, live music, raffle and a 50/50. Those who pre-register by Friday receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. Its $20 per vehicle. Checks for preregistrations should be made payable to GKSS and mailed to at B&W Mobile Detailing, 564 Bitter Court, Kissimmee. Its $25 the day of the show, cash only. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.Poppy DaySt. Cloud American Legion Auxiliary Unit 80 Poppy Day will be May 28. Poppy Day is sponsored each year by the American Legion Auxiliary to remind Americans of the sacrifice of the life and health made by men and women of the Armed Forces. The American Legion Auxiliary will be at two St. Cloud Walgreens locations distributing poppies to the community Saturday, May 19, Armed Forces Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The locations are: Walgreens at the northeast corner of Narcoossee Road and U.S. Highway 192 and the Walgreens on Commerce Road across from Walmart. The auxiliary is asking residents to come out and thank veterans for their service. The auxiliary also will be attending the St. Cloud City Council meeting Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Cloud City Hall. Mayor Rebecca Borders is expected to proclaim May 28 as St. Cloud Poppy Day. Then, the American Legion will be at Mt. Peace Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m. for the Memorial Day ceremony and will be distributing poppies to all who attend. Financial discussionRobert Rosen, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Kissimmee, is holding a monthly discussion on market topics and investment strategies. The next event is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Vintage Vino, 14 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-870-5464. Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai chi and qigong classes being offered by Madame Wu Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. On Wednesdays, the class will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All classes will be taught through donations. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407-738-7001. League looking for MarinesThe Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1092 is requesting all Marines join the group. The league does a variety of things including: sends care boxes overseas, memorials, parades, has scholarship programs, works with veterans, has a color guard and holds Toys for Tots drives. It meets the fourth Thursday of the month at the VFW in St. Cloud. It has a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. every second Saturday of the month at the VFW to support the league. For more information, call Jim Underwood at 863-496-1107 of the VFW at 407-892-6761.East Republican Womens NetworkThe East Osceola Republican Womens Network meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Tourism awards to be given out June 6On Wednesday, June 6, the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau will present their 2012 Spirit of Hospitality awards. The program this year will be at Gaylord Palms and Convention Center, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for individuals and $400 for a corporate table of 10. The awards honor exceptional performance, commitment and achievements in the hospitality and tourism industry in Osceola County. The awards will be in three areas: service, management and lifetime achievement. To register, go to www.kissimmeechamber.com or call Jill Stevenson at 407-847-4434. To nominate someone, call Robin Wells at 407-847-4407.Church summer camp enrollmentKissimmee Destiny Church of the Foursquare Gospel is offering a free summer camp. The free enrollment time is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. There will be face-painting, free food, bounce houses and give-a-ways. For more information, call 407-870-1594 or visit www.info@kissimmeedestiny. org or www.kissimmeedestiny.org.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.Ronald Reagan Republican Gun ClubThe Ronald Reagan Conservative Spirit of Republican Gun Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, 5310 Michigan Ave, in St. Cloud. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.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 407-9449968 for the correct information. 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.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: 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. first and third Saturday of each month at 7 p.m. Sundays: breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Happy hour is Monday through 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 www.godsgreyts. com.Hospice offers bereavement groupsNonprofit Cornerstone Hospice has announced three bereavement support groups in Osceola County for people who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The groups are completely free and the only requirement is to call ahead of time to pre-register. They are: Mondays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. The first Thursday of the month (Spanish speaking support group) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Porta Coeli Funeral Home, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee 34743 Call Claudia Swonger to pre-register for any of these three groups at 407-206-2273.GermanAmerican ClubThe Osceola German-American Club of Kissimmee/St. Cloud meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at The Elks Club on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. The club consists of people who were born in Germany or who are of German descent or just have an interest in socializing with German people. For more information, call Kay Cushing at 407-931-1645. St. Cloud Masonic LodgeSt. Cloud Lodge No. 221 meets the second and fourth Thursdays at 7 :30 p.m. at the lodge building, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or YEGGP@aol.com.IOOF to meetThe Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Cloud Lodge No. 66, 1122 New York Ave., St. Cloud, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. For more information, call 407-891-0773 or 321-722-3381. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.GriefShare at Baptist ChurchGriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of lifes most difficult experiences. The program is held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee,1700 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-8473138.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen is a nonprofit ministry that serves a free hot meal every Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church on Ohio St. in St. Cloud. The ministry is in its 12th year of serving a free hot meal to the homeless, low-income and lonely elderly residents every Sunday of the year. See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comA stare at flair Robert Rosen, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Kissimmee, is holding a monthly discussion on market topics and investment strategies. The next event is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Vintage Vino, 14 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-870-5464. Financial discussionCOMMUNITYCOMMUNITY Whats happening? See Community, page B-6News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanLinda Barry, at right, of Kissimmee, and Mary Lou Nash, of St. Cloud, were on hand to view entries and to support a mutual artist friend during the opening gala for the Juried Art Show at the Osceola Center for the Arts May 1. The show featured artwork from local and regional artists, in categories such as painting, sculpture, and photography.
Saturday, May 12, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 YES! Please keep me on the delivery list FR eeEE O fF CHARG eE for the OO sceola NewsGG azette Full Name: _ __________________________________________________________ Full Address: _ ________________________________________________________ City: ___________________________________State: __________ Zip:___________ Subdivision: _ _____________________________________ Gate Code:___________ Phone Number: Signature (Required) _ __________________________________________________ Date_____________________________To stay on the delivery list for the Osceola News-Gazette, please fill out the following form mail to:OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE 108 Church Street Kissimmee, FL 34741 FAX: 407-846-8516or go online: www.aroundosceola.com and click on Delivery Request Tab and fill out. Request forms should be updated every year.E-Mail Address FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCHKissimmee 101 West Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.The people of The United Methodist Church Traditional 8:15am & 11:00am Contemporary 9:40am Hispana-Brasilera Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida 11:00am Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420 LANE STOCKTON, PAs S TORSCHEDULE OF SERVICEsS Sunday School . ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service . ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service . ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service . ............................... 7:00 pm Great benefits. 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 ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comPYNE Marg aret Pyne, 82, of St. Cloud, passed away Tu esday, May 8, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Fisk Funeral Home; St. Cloud. SUISSE ShirleyAnn Suisse, 80, of Kissimmee, passed away We dnesday, May 9, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Homes, Cemetery and Crematory; Kissimmee. TA VERAS Francisco Antonio Taveras, age 87 of Kissimmee, passed away May 9, 2012.He was born April 12, 1925 in Esper anza, D.R. to Francisco and Maria Taveras. Mr. Taveras was a farm er .H e is survived by his sons, Francisco, and Bienvenido Taveras; daughters, Gladys Taveras, Grace Astacio and Carmen Taveras; brothers, Geraldo, Lalito and Blas Taveras; sisters, Dominga Jackson and Dolores Taveras; grandchildren, Julian, Franky, Nicky, Melisa, Alex, Miguelito, Rafael, Jason, Edward, Jennife r, Luis, Claribel, Felix, Michelle, Benny Jr., and Krystal and Nicolas; son-in-law, Andres Astacio: daughters-in-law, Jac queline and Clara. Funeral service will be held Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11 a.m., at Family Funeral Care, 13001 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando. 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.Thriftee CenterThe Thriftee Center is at 1220 11th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-891-8155. The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Clean donations are now welcome. The center carries clothing, kitchen supplies, linens, toys, craft supplies and more. Operated by the women of St. Cloud Presbyterian Church.Accordion ClubThe Central 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 welcome. For more information, call Tom Wall at 407-348-0950 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.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. Barbershop chorusThe Orange Blossom Chorus rehearses every Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Melody Manor, 813 Montana St., Orlando. Visitors are welcome either to sing or just to see what is going on. The primary format of singing is barbershop four-part harmony in a cappella style. The group also does other styles of songs, including popular, Broadway musicals and gospel. You dont need to read music to be in the group.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.Kissimmee Kribbage KlubThe Kissimmee Kribbage Klub meets every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Kissimmee Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway, which is off Neptune road. The club plays nine games every week from Sept. 1 until the end of May. Then, club members play at the same times during the summer. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Nancy or Ray Wanke at 407-433-6791 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for the first week and all cribbage players are welcome. If you are interested in learning the game, join the club Friday mornings. There is a social group that meets every Friday at 9 a.m. at the Oak Street Park Recreational Center on Palm Drive in Kissimmee. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and cookies are available and there is no charge except if you get skunked it will cost you a donation of 25 cents. Hobbies, gamesMarine Corps LeagueMeetings are held at the VFW Post 3227, 915 New York Ave., St. Cloud, the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.. Join the group for breakfast the second Saturday of each month at the post from 8 to 11 a.m.. For more information, contact Jim Underwood at 863-496-1107.Vietnam vetsThe Vietnam Veterans of Osceola County and Associates meet at the DAV Chapter 148, 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Eligibility: Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. military, for other than training, between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, in country, or between Aug. 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, for Vietnam-era veterans. Associate membership is open to all who believe in what the Vietnam Veterans of America represents. Meetings are open to the public. Call Jim Kervin at 407846-7278 or Tony Cianciotta, 407-957-1400.Korean War vetsThe Korean War Veterans Association of Osceola County meets at VFW Post 3227, 915 New York Ave., St. Cloud, the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. All military veterans who served honorably in the U.S. armed forces during the Korean War period are eligible for membership. For more information, call David L. Conboy at 407-8927409. avy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-4 meets the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 7251 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Wives welcome. For details, call Harold Beal, 407-277-0007. Military Thrifts, pantries PLEASE SUBMIT OBITUARIES FOR SATURDAY NEWS-GAZETTE BY THURSDAY AT 3 PM On Line, All the time at www. aroundosceola.com
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