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By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Y ou can find your thrill on blueberry hill. It isnt on a hill exactly, but Osceola County has its first u-pick berry farm for blueberries and blackberries. Located just outside St. Clouds eastern city limits, the new farm has some 2,400 blueberry and blackberry plants, and the berries are ready to be picked now. Larry and Nancy Chapman have lived on the 11acre farm since the 1980s. Larry Chapman planted the blueberries and blackberries not much more than one year ago. He expected to have some berries ready for picking this spring, but the results have been amazing. I never dreamed it would be like this, Chapman said as he walked amongst the rows of berry plants. The berry farm has six varieties of blueberries and two different kinds of blackberries. For the most part, all of that planting and irrigating which equates to hours and hours of work was done by Chapman. The farm had citrus trees before, and the Chapmans www.aroundosceola.com www.holaosceola.com 113TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION May 19, 2012 50 CENTSOSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTEOSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTEThe Journal of Osceola Business is included in this edition of the NewsGazette. See page, A-7.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 looks at the big films coming this summer. Page B-1LifestylesClassifieds .......... C-1 Community ......... B-4 Legals ................. C-3 Local ne ws .......... A3 Lifestyles ............ B-1 Obituary .............. B-6 Opinion ................ A-4 Sports .................. A-8Inside By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter In the often grisly world of a crime scene technician, Danny Lunsford knew how to lighten the mood. He often joked with his peers at the Kissimmee Police Department that he hadnt authorized anyone to commit a crime in his city. Lunsford, 54, died May 5 when he suffered a heart attack in a local hospital after being transported there complaining of stomach pains. Beloved in his community, the burly man who made up nicknames for himself such as The Chief, supreme leader and commandant, had 200 visitors in one day during his hospital stay. His funeral procession rivaled that of a decorated police officer, Sgt. Ron Schroeder said, adding memorial patches with 51, Lunsfords identification number and a thumbprint were distributed to police department staff. Born William Daniel Lunsford in 1956, he was raised in Kissimmee, graduating from Osceola High School in 1974. A photography buff, Lunsford dabbled in the profession before being hired at the Kissimmee Police Department in 1979 as a reserve officer. When Schroeder was first hired at the department in 1984, Lunsford rode with him to serve a search warrant in McLaren Circle. The suspect ran into a house and out the back, right into the path of Schroeder, who tried to stop the man. Schroeder was smaller than the suspect and was being dragged along until Lunsford came out of nowhere and with one leap, tackled the suspect to the ground. After that, Danny rode with me anytime he wanted because that was a good arrest, Schroeder said. Wanting to incorporate his love of photography into his career, Lunsford took a job as a crime scene technician and latent fingerprint examiner in 1984, a position he held until his death. He was just a wealth of knowledge, police spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. Its going to be a huge loss for us. In the police academy Lunsford taught Lt. Dan Burkard how to preserve evidence at crime scenes and to take photos if needed. Danny (was) the KPD crime lab. He was actually a crime scene investigator, Burkard said. If you needed something in crime lab, hed take care of you. For all of his joking around, Lunsford knew when to be serious, helping to put one man on death row and several others in prison for life based on his testimony of crime scene evidence at their trials. Its a big loss because all that experience is out the window, Burkard said. A huge Andy Griffith fan, Lunsford decorated his office with posters and calendars. He enjoyed collecting autographs and often went to a baseball card store in downtown Kissimmee with Burkard to meet professional ballplayers. Additionally, the pair would go to card shows together and attend Florida Marlins games. Lunsford also organized a weekly lottery pool and a monthly old timers luncheon to catch up with retired and former police officers. A big time family guy, Schroeder said that once Lunsford met his wife of 20 years, Yvette, that was it. A hands-on father to Meghan, 22, Cody, 17, and Dakota, 15, Lunsford was known to participate in Boy Scout activities with his son and spent time researching his genealogy. Recently, Lunsford had his old 1987 pickup truck refurbished to give to his son. Lunsford also is survived by his mother, Evelyn Horst, brothers, Randy and Mike Lunsford and sister, Connie Arnold. KPD mourns loss of crime scene tech News-Gazette Photo/Rick PedoneThe funeral procession for Kissimmee Police Department Crime Scene Technician Danny Lunsford rolls along Church Street May 10. Photo/Courtesy of the Kissimmee Police DepartmentCrime Scene Technician Danny Lunsford was hired by the Kissimmee Police Department in 1979. He died May 5 after suffering a heart attack.Have a berry good time on farm News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanLarry Chapman, proprietor of Chapmans Berries in east St. Cloud, displays a vine of ripening blackberries along one of several rows of ready-to-pick produce on his 11-acre farm. The berries become ripe and ready to pick through the month of June. See Berries, page A-2File PhotoThe main event at the Festival of Festivals Sept. 21-23 will be the hot air balloons in western Osceola County. By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Going on a hot air balloon ride wont be the only way to get high when the Kissimmee Festival of Festivals debuts in September Festival organizers have just announced a margarita challenge, a contest designed to concoct the best margarita in Central Florida. The Festival of Festivals is a new event scheduled for the fall calendar in western Osceola County. The main event will be the hot air balloons. Festival spokesman Alan Byrd said r esponse from the hot air balloon community nation-wide has been great so far. There should be at least 50 hot air balloons in the skies above Osceola come festival time, Sept. 21-23. It is going great, Byr d said. We have been getting a great r esponse. Several Festival of Festivals more than just hot airMargarita contest introduced See Festival, page A-2 Contact Fallan Patterson at 321-402-0434 or by email at fpatterson@osceolanews gazette.com. i
of the popular colorful shaped balloons have already committed to the event. The balloon communitys re action has been fantastic. They r ealize what a great place this area is (for hot air ballooning). The margarita challenge should be an interesting addition to the Festival of Festivals, which also will include 5k and 10k races, live entertainment, food and arts and crafts, Byrd said. The purpose of the Festival of Festivals is to provide some unique experiences, he said, and the margarita challenge is something you wont find anywhere else. People enjoy tasting (and making) lots of margarita blends, so it should be interesting, he said. The contest is still several months away, but it is never too early to try testing some of those favorite recipes at home. The Kissimmee Festival of Festivals will be a unique event that aims to attract locals and visitors alike to Osceola County to show them how much this area has to offer, said George Chen, developer of Formosa Gardens V illage and the festival co-creator When the planning committee began to discuss contests and someone threw out the idea of a margarita challenge, we knew it was a perfect fit. The competition will combine a fun, light contest during a war m Florida weekend, delighting the taste buds of festival-goers and r emaining the talk of the town for years to come. Rules and specifics for the margarita challenge will be available in the coming weeks on the Kissimmee Festival of Festivals website at http://www.kissimmeefestival.com/ vendors/mar garita-challenge.stml. You also can also call Formosa Gardens Events at 407-396-1188 if you are interested in par ticipating in the challenge. Judging for the contest will include a combination of expert judges and peoples choice votes. The overall contest winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. In other Festival of Festival news, Byr d said festival organizers will soon be announcing festival purchase packages for activities at the event such as skydiving, helicopter rides and, of course, hot air balloon rides. Sponsorship packages for the Kissimmee Festival of Festivals are still available. For sponsorship information, contact Byr d at 407-415-8470 or alan@byrdconnections. com. VIP and travel packages also will be available in the near future. For mosa Gardens, a 500-plus acre development in western Osceola County, will be the center point for the festival. Other event organizers and sponsors include the Kissimmee Convention and V isitors Bureau, the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and Orlando Balloon Rides.FestivalContinued from Page A-1 also have the standard garden variety of tomatoes, eggplants and other vegetables. But the citrus trees are coming to the end of their life cycle, and Chapman, who works full-time, will probably retire in a few years. He began thinking about planting berries as something he could do during his retirement years. He did his homework, researching what varieties of berries grow best in the Sunshine State. Then he started planting. One year later, all of the plants are producing berries. A lot of them. And next year should even be better Not only will the current plants be a lot bigger, Chapman said, but he plans on expanding the berry farm, making it almost twice as large as it is now. This is really addicting, he said as he thought about enlarging his budding berry empire. And judging by the cars parked on the front of the Chapman property, full of enthusiastic berry pickers, he is going to need more plants. Its awesome, said Patty Parsons, who was out picking berries with her daughter, Emily. Like many of the berry pickers, Parsons said she used to drive outside the county to find a u-pick berry farm. Polk County has several far ms. But now she and her daughter only have to make the drive from Kissimmee to pick ber ries. Actually, shes going to eat the berries, Patty said of her daughter. I have been doing the picking. Judging by all the families picking berries late last week at the farm, berry picking is a great family activity. Since the plants are young, many of the berries are close to the ground, making them just the right height for the youngest members of the family to par ticipate. I had a feeling this would work, Chapman said of his endeavor, but the results have been astounding. People have been coming here and thanking me for doing this, and the kids love it too, he said. Berry picking is a fun activity and requires no special skills. And the blackberry plants on the farm have no thorns, ensuring easy, pain-free picking. The Chapmans do not put chemical sprays on the fruit, so it is safe to eat right from the plant. The biggest problem is keeping up with demand. Almost all of the Chapmans farm business has been by word-of-mouth and emails sent to subscribers of the Osceola County Grown Food group. They pretty much have been clearing out all the ripe fruit daily, Nancy Chapman said. The blueberry crop is getting toward the end of its cycle, but there were a lot of blackberries close to ripening late last week. To participate in a morning or afternoon of berry picking, just show up. The Chapmans supply the plastic buckets. Y ou pick as many berries that you want (or can find). They are weighed and put in a plastic bag. The price of blueberries is $2.50 a pound, slightly higher for blackberries. The farm takes cash only. The blackberry/blueberry season runs through early June. The farm is open for berry picking daily, Monday through Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. And the early bird doesnt only get the worm he also gets the berries. Pickings will probably be slim late in the day. The farm is at 75 Nolte Road. Tu rn right on Hickory Tr ee Road (Not Old Hickory Tr ee Road). Drive about a mile to Nolte Road and turn right again. The house is the first one on the left. There should be u-pick signs in the yard. BerriesContinued from Page A-1 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanDonna Osborn, of Kissimmee, developed a method of searching for ripe blackberries low against the ground during her first visit to Chapmans Berries in east St. Cloud. The ready-to-pick farm features pesticide-free produce, priced by the pound. Contact Peter Covino at 321-402-0432 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Page A2, 051912.SNG FIND A CHEVY DEALER CHEVYDEALER.COM1-866-503-8348www.kissimmeechevy.com2500 N. 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By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter After a year of planning and four months of construction, the St. Cloud Police Department in April unveiled the complete remodel of its facility on Neptune Road. From the roof to the lobby to the landscaping outside, almost nothing was untouched by the crews from Arnco Construction. The department worked within its alloted $872,500 budget. We are and will be under budget, however additional items are being installed and/or purchased at this time related to this project, Capt. Dave Pierson said. The project is still active and will probably be closed within six months. Police Chief Pete Gauntlett opened the doors to the station April 17 for guided tours where the public could walk through the state-of-the-art communications center, which handles 68,000 calls annually, or tour the reconfigured office space. Some offices were so large previously that the room was divided with enough space for five detectives to work comfortably. We wanted to make sure the building was laid out as efficiently as possible for the space we have, Gauntlett said, adding departments who regularly work together were moved closer. It was quite an accomplishment. There was a lot of movement within the building. A former fire administration building, the facility was never truly redesigned for police when the police department took over the building in 2000, Gauntlett said. Now, with bulletproof glass in the lobby, additional cameras mounted on the property and a redesigned conference room that doubles as a back up to the citys emergency center, with new phone lines and fiber optics, the brick building is safe from man made disasters. Additionally, the new communications center has multiple 70-inch screens allowing the department to A-3 color Chatting with the chamberNews-Gazette Photos/Andrew SullivanAbove, David Lane, president of the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the chambers quarterly luncheon May 10. Above left, State Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, was the featured speaker of the luncheon, and outlined some of the locally relevant legislation he is currently working on in Tallahassee, including issues related to automobile insurance, business incubators, and road construction. Above right, chamber member and owner of Creative Printing Services. Inc. Dwight Loeding served as emcee of the event at the Harmony Golf Preserve, which also featured award presentations for local chamber businesses. News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanSt. Cloud Police Department dispatcher Nadine Zilke monitors emergency responders via an array of computer monitors in the departments recently upgraded facility on Neptune Road and Old Canoe Creek Road.St. Cloud police roll out remodel of its department See Remodel, page A-5 Saturday, May 19, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 041412.SNG 041412.SNG 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 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... Now You Can Refinance!NOW YOU CAN!Call to learn more about the new HARP 2.0 Program that may allow you to: Call Today! 407-931-3800www.butlermortgage.com HHOWARD C CHANIN 041412.SNG Diane KuiperStuart Adkins Regina Brady Charlene Sims Sabrina Stewart Lori Smith Julie ChavelJudy Epley Eva Krawczyk Barbara Bowling Chris Urban Miguel Zavala HHARRY U URBAN Horacio Toledo
Page A4, Supervisor should respondTo the editor, It is very troubling that the Osceola Supervisor of Elections will not provide written rules for ballot initiatives. Citizens for a Better Osceola is supporting the effort to make County Commission races nonpartisan. By taking political parties out of the process, more voters can participate in the election. Whether you support removing political parties from the commission or not, we can all agree that the Supervisor of Elections should be neutral in the process. The Supervisor should not put additional barriers to citizen ballot efforts and should provide clear documentation relating to petition drives and important election dates. In spite of numerous requests, the Elections Supervisor and staff will only furnish information verbally. What is even more troubling is that different groups are being given different answers. This is why it is critical that rules and procedures should be given in writing. In January, the Election Supervisors office verbally instructed representatives of the Osceola Ballot Initiative group that they should submit petitions for validation early so the Supervisor would not be overloaded with too many petitions to validate late in the process. These instructions follow Florida Statutes and are consistent with the way the election office handles petitions for other elections. In an abrupt reversal, two weeks ago the Supervisor of Elections informed the Kissimmee Chamber verbally that she would NOT validate petitions as they are collected and that once we turn in petitions no more would be accepted. This new policy will make the citizen petition process much more expensive and time consuming. After two further email requests from the Chamber for the rules to be provided in writing all they have received is an email explaining that the Supervisor is very busy and will provide answers after legal consultation. I am making this public appeal to the Osceola Supervisor of Elections. Please promptly publish the rules and dates for the citizen ballot initiatives in writing. Please do not add additional and burdensome requirements to the process. Over ten thousand Osceola voters have already signed a petition asking that this issue be placed on the ballot. Respect the voters wishes and let this election move forward in a way that is consistent, transparent and fair. Tom Franklin Chairman, Citizens for a Better OsceolaCommissioners need to make tough decisions for the good of all To the Editor: This letter is in response to Robert Bass letter advocating the proposed sales tax increase. In my original letter, I indicated my predictions for how the Board of County Commissioners and its supporters would try to sell the tax increase. While Mr. Bass is indeed blaming tourists for the need for this tax increase (my first prediction), he seems to be out of step with the official line on why the money is needed. The commissioners have clearly linked their pursuit of new taxes to the impact fee moratorium currently in place. Mr. Bass implies that this money would be used to address road repair and maintenance. Since state law prohibits funding road repair and maintenance out of impact fees, it sounds like we are being asked to provide a brand new, previously untapped revenue source for the commissioners pet projects. In legal terms, I think this approach would be called a bait and switch. Mr. Bass also indicates that Commissioner Hawkins has pledged that every cent of this increase will be offset by a commensurate decrease in other taxes, specifically mentioning a reduction in property taxes. Heres the dirty little secret: a county commission cannot vote to limit the ability of future commissions to raise property taxes within the limits set forth in state law. This means that, even if all five commissioners voted today to lower property taxes, on the day after the election it only takes a change of heart by three of the Commissioners to vote to raise property taxes back up to what they were before the sales tax increase. Finally, lets not be nave about the options that the county commissioners have open to them in voting for or against this tax increase. By law, this sales tax increase is REQUIRED to be approved by the voters in a referendum after it is approved by the commission. Each of the commissioners has to pick one of two options. If in favor of the tax increase, then his vote would be to send it to the people. If opposed to the tax, then clearly his vote would be against the tax increase. Commissioners are not elected to be unthinking conduits; rather they are there to make the tough decisions that need to be made for the good of all of the people (even those who dont contribute to their campaigns). Scott Brooks HarmonyArresting the obesity epidemicTo the Editor: The number of Americans considered obese is expected to rise from the current 34 percent to 42 percent by the year 2030, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and discussed at Mondays Weight of the Nation conference in Washington. Diabetes, kidney failure, heart disease, and other obesity-related ailments account for countless premature deaths and as much as 18 percent of the $2.6 trillion national cost of medical care. (www.washingtonpost.com/national/healthscience/study-predicts-42-percent-of-americans-will-be-obese-in-2030/2012/05/07/ gIQAeaDL9T_story.html) The leading causes of obesity are consumption of fat-laden meat and dairy products and lack of exercise. This is particularly critical during childhood years, when lifestyle habits become lifelong addictions. A five-year Oxford University study of 2,000 people, published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2006, found that those on a vegetarian or vegan diet gained the least weight. A review of 87 studies in Nutrition Reviews concluded that a vegetarian diet is highly effective for weight loss. The time has come to replace meat and dairy products in our diet with wholesome grains, vegetables, and fruits and to undertake a regular exercise program. Parents should insist on healthy school lunch choices and set a good example at their own dinner table. Tony Wells KissimmeeOPINION OPINIONThe State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to lower the passing grade for the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test writing test to a 3.0 from a 4.0 after public outcry Monday when state test results showed a dramatic decrease in passing students. Now, external and internal audits are being conducted to determine why there was such a change in test scores between 2011 and 2012, when the test remained the same. We applaud this move by the state because it might lead to any improvements needed on how the test is administered. As we see with the recent writing scores, something went wrong. And we would hope that with any changes, state educators would have the opportunity to offer their professional opinions. We also applaud Osceola County School District Superintendent Terry Andrews who is trying to calm any fears. He stated that he is prepared to navigate parents, students and teachers through what the state boards vote means to them. The FCAT writing test changed this year after the state board agreed in 2011 to have two scorers grade each essay and to increase the rigor in which the essays are graded in terms of quality of support such as details to emphasize the students point and in conventions, which include spelling, punctuation and grammar. Preliminary statewide results show 27 percent of fourth graders scored a 4.0 or above compared to 81 percent who scored similarly in 2011. Furthermore, 33 percent of eighth graders scored higher than a 4.0 this year compared to 82 percent last year and 38 percent of tenth graders scored a 4.0 or higher in 2012 compared to 75 percent in 2011. The Florida Department of Education will be providing a one-page sheet explaining what occurred and its meaning for parents and students to be released with individual students. School grades allow districts to earn more state and federal dollars depending on their performance, contract needed services to poor performing schools, make a decision to close schools that repeatedly do poorly, shift students and faculty and provide opportunity scholarships for students attending failing schools. Its not breaking news that this test has had its critics. But we believe that not turning a blind eye to the decrease in writing scores is a step in the right direction. 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 321-402-04306. Email at email@example.com. Got a gripe? A good step for FCA TAnd another one bites the dust. But Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar did not go quietly. After last weeks defeat in the GOP primary, the veteran legislator issued a remarkable statement warning of the dangers of continued partisanship. Lugar, a conservative who embraces the Republican principles of small government, low taxes, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and trade expansion, was nevertheless targeted for defeat by conservatives who felt he had strayed from ideological orthodoxy. This, because he compromised with the other party on a few matters -the auto industry bailout, TARP, the confirmation of two Supreme Court justices -that were, he thought, the right votes for the country. Partisans at both ends of the political spectrum, said Lugar, are dominating the political debate in our country. ... They have worked to make it as difficult as possible for a legislator of either party to hold independent views or engage in constructive compromise. If that attitude prevails in A merican politics, our government will remain mired in the dysfunction we have witnessed during the last several years. The senator is in the ballpark. But he misstates the problem in two ways. In the first place, the issue is not partisanship, but hyper-partisanship, a mindset that prioritizes party above country. In the second place, Lugars sop to moral equivalence notwithstanding, this is not a problem caused by partisans at both ends of the political spectrum. It was not Democrats who held the economy hostage in a manufactured debt ceiling crisis that caused the nations credit rating to be lowered for the first time in history. It was not Democrats who voted down their own deficit reduction resolution, apparently because they didnt want the president to share credit. It was not a Democratic leader who declared defeating the president his top legislative priority. No, it was Republicans who did all that. And it is not Democrats who have seen a steady trickle of condemnation and defection by their own appalled members. That trickle includes Nathan Fletcher, a San Diego mayoral candidate who left the GOP because, I dont believe we have to treat people we disagree with as an enemy. And former Sen. Chuck Hagel, who said he was disgusted by the irresponsible actions of the GOP during the debt ceiling crisis. And congressional staffer Mike Lofgren, who likened his party to an apocalyptic cult. And former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said too many in the GOP regard it as an exclusive club where your ideological card is checked at the door. In their new book, Its Even Worse Than It Looks, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein argue that the GOP has become an insurgent outlier -ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. It is, they note, awkward for mainstream news media to report this because it might be seen as violating their ethos of non-bias or interpreted as blindness to the sins of Democrats. But it needs reporting, regardless. One cannot fix a problem one will not face. And the new cultishness of the Republican Party is certainly a problem. It should concern anyone who thinks democracy is best served when political parties offer coherent alternatives and hash them out in the marketplace of ideas -something the GOP no longer does. Or, as Lugars opponent, Richard Mourdock, said in response to Lugars statement: I have a mindset that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www.aroundosceola.com.Year 113 No. 40 Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK Assistant Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Staff Writer FALLAN PATTERSON Inside Sales Manager KELLY TATMAN
By Sam Gilkey For the News-Gazette Five Osceola County law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since 1983 were honored during a ceremony Tuesday morning. The Law Enforcement M emorial service is hel d annually during National Police Week and rotates between the Kissimmee and St. Cloud Police Departments and the Osceola County Sheriffs Office. This years ceremony was hosted by the St. Cloud Police Department. Police Chief Pete Gauntlett told those in attendance t hat more t han 19,000 male and female officers had died in the line of duty in the United States since 1791. Their names are engraved on marble walls at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. This year we added 362 names to that wall. Thats one officer who died every 53 hours, Gauntlett said. Its not how these officers died that make them heroes, but how they lived. We are the thin blue line that protects our community and maintains a civilized, not a chaotic, society. Gauntlett reminded the audience that two St. Cloud officers were assaulted in the past year while responding to a local call. Nationally, he said, there were 53,000 incidents against the police in 2011. St. Cloud Police Detective Michael Ford, a 10-year veteran, died in 1996 when he suffered a fatal heart attack while preparing to teach a department class. He was survived by his wife and son. I can tell you that this profession of law enforcement is a noble vocation filled with satisfaction and disappointment, boredo m and terror, happiness and heartbreak, said Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell. But I know of no other job I would rather have. It is our duty to protect the victims (of crime) and remove from our community those who choose a criminal path. Hansell called on residents to remember the fallen, their efforts and sacrifices, and to remember their families, as they carry a huge void that will never be filled. Remember that we stand for what is right, and sometimes there are costs for that stance. Deputy Troy Babin had been with the Osceola Sheriffs Office for six years when he died. He was killed in 1994 when his airplane crashed as he attempted to land and pick up other deputies to look for poachers. His wife and son survived him. Sheriffs Lt. James Haddock was escorting a trail r ide in 2000. He died of injuries after his horse reared up and fell backward on top of him. Haddock, who was with the office for 20 years, was survived by his wife and two children. Memorials to fallen Kissimmee Police officers Tom Bartholomew and Doug Parsons were dedicated last year, said Kissimmee Police Chief Fran Iwanski. Parsons died in 1993 when he suffered a fatal heart attack during a physical fitness test. He was a 16-year veteran of the department. Bartholomew was shot and killed in 1983, after he and other officers responded to a domestic disturbance involving an armed man. The officer was shot during an attempt to rescue the mans wife from the home. He had served for four years in the department and was survived by his wife and two daughters. In recounting the incident, Iwanski said Bartholomew gave his life for a woman he didnt know. All he knew was that someone needed him and he went, she said. He reached out to save her and he did save her. (Author) Studs Terkel said it best, Heroes are people who say this is my community. It is my responsibility to make it better. Following the ceremony, Chief Gauntlett commented on a FBI survey showing a 14 percent increase in violence on law enforcement officers in the past year. Each and every day we stress to our officers focus, fitness and vigilance, he said. If they stay focused and fit, they can overcome a lot of challenges. We are ever mindful there are a lot of weapons out there and theres a lot of unhappy and angry people. As crime patterns rise and fall, it impacts us in our ability to respond. Gauntlett called on residents to be partners with police and work together. Call us and let us know about things going on, he said. Support those officers. Often they dont get the pats on the back they should. Never take (them) for granted. They have a very difficult job to do. monitor the 180 security cameras around St. Cloud and download the images, if nee ded, in the event of a crime. The roof, where squirrels had found their way in, and windows were resealed against the elements and contractors replaced leaky light fixtures that could have posed a fire hazard. The more we got into it, the more issues we found, Gauntlett said. We had water intrusion in all the windows in the front of the building. We just need to better secure the building from the elements. A new 2,700-square-foot garage was built out back to protect expensive vehicles such as the mobile command unit and allow detectives to process vehicles associated with a crime. The most noticeable changes are part of the aesthetics. The parking lot was repaved, landscaping redone and new secure gates installed for the fenced-in parking lot. Gray walls and the original carpeting were replaced with tile and a burgundy and tan color scheme. It was all drab. It looked like an old hospital, battleship grey, Gauntlett said. Weve made it seem more professional. Seemingly benign repairs added to the overall project, such as a new rubber flooring for the internal gym and the replacement of the ceiling to properly ventilate the building. Additionally, a new air-conditioning system replaced 22 units that were not exactly energy efficient, Gauntlett said. Were maximizing every inch of the building. The department also was remodeled within staffing, with Gauntlett establishing an Office of Professional Standards, which is in charge of internal affairs, training, hiring and recruiting and shifting employees around to new or modified positions to better serve the public. A complete reorganization of all department policy was reviewed and rewritten, if necessary, to bring the department up to modern times, Gauntlett said. Capping off the remodel is the process of reaccreditation, where the department is opened up to outside assessment and internal investigation to ensure everything is running smoothly. It separates great police departments from good police departments. Its kind of a gold seal, Gauntlett said. It brings a level of confidence to the community that their police department is being properly managed.RemodelContinued from Page A-3 Memorial service honors the fallen in the line of duty News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanRepresentatives from the Osceola County Sheriffs Office, Kissimmee and St. Cloud Police Departments and Florida Highway Patrol were in attendance May 15 for the annual Law Enforcement Memorial event at the St. Cloud lakefront. 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Saturday, May 19, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Osceola Countys brightest and best individuals in the all-important service industry will have their own day to shine in June at the first Spirit of Hospitality Awards Program. The new award program, presented by the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, features three awards which will recognize the outstanding qualities of individuals who have set the standards for the entire industry, said Jill Stevenson, special events coordinator for the chamber. The idea is an offshoot of award that was originally given to hospitality and tourism workers by the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Larson Award, Stevenson. It has been several years since we did it, she said. Recently the Convention and Visitors Bureau got together with the chamber about a new award to recognize those in the hospitality and tourism industry in the county. The awards will be presented at a luncheon June 6 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center beginning at 11:45 a.m. Three awards will be presented at the Spirit of Hospitality: The ROSE Award (Recognition of Service Excellence) The winner will come from the frontline workers in the service industry in the county, such as front desk personnel and housekeeping. The Spirit in Management Award is awarded to the outstanding manager. The Larson Lifetime Achievement Award. The Larson award is named after the Larson family, a pioneer family in the county in tourism. It will be a nice way to recognize exceptional performers and those committed to the industry, she said. To nominate anyone in any of the three categories, call Robin Wells at the chamber at 407-8474407. Individual seats for the luncheon awards are $35. Corporate tables of ten also are available for $400. To register for the lunch program go to www.kissimmeechamberofcommerce.com or call Jill Stevenson at 407-847-4434. The event is sponsored by the chamber, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kissimmee Utility Authority and the Gaylord Palms Resort.Submitted PhotoGaylord Palms Resort is the site of the Spirit of Hospitality Awards Program, presented by the Kissimmee/ Osceola County Chamber of Commerce on June 6.Geocove conference draws emergency management experts to Osceola County Geocove Inc., w hich d evelops specialized GIS software to aid disaster recovery teams in locating, quantifying and qualifying damages from natural disasters, recently hosted its second Geocove Users Group conference for over 30 GIS and emergency management experts at the Osceola Emergency Operations Center in Kissimmee. Karyn Tareen, president and chief executive officer at Geocove, said User Group conference participants came from California, North Carolina and throughout Florida. The weekend conference included Geocoves first Geo-Disney at Magic Kingdom. Tareen said Geocove used the opportunity to showcase its newest version of ARM360, its flagship damage assessment application, and announce its newest product GeoEvac, which helps residents access information about evacuation zones and facilities. Tareen said Geocove would host follow-up webinars for specialists who were unable to attend the user group conference. We are excited about our users enthusiasm and support of our products and company, Tareen said. We couldnt ask for a better group of individuals and communities to work with and will continue to work with our customers to make our product line meet and hopefully exceed their expectations and needs, she said. Geocove is a member of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program in the Central Florida Research Park in East Orange County. Florida Hospital Kissimmee opens new Digestive Health CenterAs Osceola County continues to experience rapid growth and the baby boomer population ages, the need for comprehensive endoscopy services is expected to increase, with hundreds of new endoscopy outpatient cases projected. Florida Hospital Kissimmee, 2400 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, is answering the community need with the opening of an 8,561 square-foot Digestive Health Center, equipped with three procedure rooms and 12 pre and post-op patient bays. The new endoscopy suites will be used for a wide spectrum of upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) procedures, 80 percent of which are performed on people 45 and older. Many endoscopy procedures are essential to the fight against cancers such as colon or esophageal cancer. This year, rates of esophageal cancer jumped up 463 percent, making it the fastest growing cancer diagnosis in the United States. Since GI cancers are found typically in an older population, easy access to endoscopic procedures in Osceola County, which is expected to see a nearly 5 percent increase in the age group of 45 and older, could be life-saving.Florida Consumer Warning: Bogus Health Insurance Being Marketed in FloridaThe Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) and the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) are warning Floridians of the solicitation of unauthorized health insurance plans sold by the Association of Independent Managers (AIM). The OIR has issued a cease and desist order to AIM, and preliminary OIR estimates indicate as many as 1,800 consumers have already purchased these bogus health plans. Bogus health insurance scams rob consumers of their hard-earned money and also leave them uncovered in the event that medical care is needed, said CFO Alex Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. My Department is working together with OIR to actively seek out and hold accountable any agents involved in unauthorized insurance transactions. The DFS has received complaints from over 96 consumers involving 49 agents soliciting health benefits through different unauthorized entities. Most notably, AIM recently marketed AIM Health Plans. Insurance Resource Group (IRG) is another name associated with AIM Health Plans. Some of the individuals involved with the sale of AIM plans have also participated in the unauthorized sale of health insurance products with other companies including Serve America Assurance and Real Benefits Association. Osceola MediClinic Recognized For Quality Laboratory ServicesOsceola MediClinic, a provider of quality and affordable walk-in urgent care and non-urgent care services in Osceola County, has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing and pass a rigorous onsite laboratory survey. Osceola MediClinic has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients, company officials said in a press release. THE JOURNALTHE JOURNALOF OSCEOLA COUNTYBUSINESSOF OSCEOLA COUNTYBUSINESS Nemours Childrens Hospital welcomes Jay R. WolitzNemours, one of the nations leading pediatric health care systems recently announced that Jay R. Wolitz, will be the administrator of Professional Services for Nemours Childrens Hospital, which is currently under construction in Lake Nonas Medical City. Wolitz will provide health services administrative support to the Chief Medical Officer and department chairs at NCH. As administrator, Wolitzs responsibilities will include providing support, general management advice and research funding expertise, while assisting with business operations, logistics, human resources management and performance improvement. In his new position, he also will coordinate with system leaders to develop key performance indicators to measure financial performance, provide organizational development, oversee alignment of administrative support programs, and facilitate sharing information across medical staff departments. Spirit of Hospitality awards at Gaylord PalmsGeocove conference draws experts On May 3, Fifth Third Banks across the country have celebrated their heritage through their employees, customers and communities they serve. As part of Fifth Thirds holiday, the banks Florida affiliates have created an alliance to address the effects of critical issues plaguing our state: hunger and homelessness. In Central Florida, officials marked the one-year anniversary of the Summer of Dreams, a 10-week summer program providing food, activities, supervision, and school supplies to homeless students, as well as financial counseling for their parents. After serving 1,078 students in Orange County in 2011, supporters gathered to kick off the expanded 2012 program now available to homeless students in Seminole and Osceola counties. Local seventh-grade student, Jazzmine Rivera, was one of the 1,078 students enrolled in the program last summer and shared her story. The best part of the program is that it feels like a home to me, said Rivera. It has a staff that listens and cares about me, friends that I can laugh with and share my feelings with, and fun things to do that keep my mind off my problems. With the help of community partners like Orlando After-School All-Stars and Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, students sponsored through the program are seamlessly integrated into one of 36 pre-existing camp locations and given access to extra resources, like weekend food packs and a backpack of school supplies. At this point, funding has been secured for 710 homeless children for the entire summer. The cost of the program is $3.72 per student, per day or $186 per child for up to 10 weeks. The Fifth Third Bank Summer of Dreams program addresses basic needs and urgent concerns for homeless children and their parents, including financial empowerment, said Reagan Rick, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Central and North Florida). As the founding sponsor, Fifth Third Bank is proud to be engaged in this effort to give these deserving kids a summer worth dreaming about. As part of Summer of Dreams, Fifth Third Bank kicked off a drive to collect canned goods, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Collection bins are set up at all 48 Central Florida affiliate banking centers. Fifth Third Bank has been listening to our communitys concerns and has developed high-impact initiatives to help address the effects of hunger and homelessness, said Karen Dee, Florida regional president of Fifth Third Bank. All of our Florida affiliates have united to form an alliance and, as part of Fifth Third Day, were making that commitment known, so that others have the opportunity to participate. For more information about the Summer of Dreams or to get involved, visit www.TheSummerofDreams.com or call 407-657-4818. Fifth Third Bank marks one year anniversary of the Summer of Dreams for homeless families, kidsProgram expands into Osceola County Submitted PhotoA local seventh-grade student, Jazzmine Rivera, was one of the 1,078 students enrolled in the program last summer and recently shared her story at a bank event.
Page A8, SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsSpring games set next week Spring football By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The end of spring football practice is in sight for Osceola County football teams, who will conclude the drills with games next week. Three games Thursday and three more Friday will give coaches an idea of where they stand for the upcoming season. Osceola High will hold its football alumni day today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many former Kowboys players and coaches will gather to watch the team scrimmage and then participate in flag football games, Coach Doug Nichols said. Many Kowboys alumni have been present at spring practice, including former quarterback/linebacker Marc Deas, now a redshirt junior free safety at Georgia. Its good to come back and help out, but this is probably the last time Ill be able to stay down here this long, he said. From now on, Ill be lucky to get away for a week. Deas played in Georgias spring game last month and made several tackles. The Bulldogs had another tumultuous offseason that saw several players earn suspensions for disciplinary violations. Thats been a little bit crazy, but its all taken care of now, Deas said. My job is to get better and get ready for the season. Georgias schedule was reconfigured after Missouri and Texas A&M joined the SEC. Deas expects the team to get off to a fast start now that South Carolina, usually a week 2 opponent, has been moved back to the middle of the season (Oct. 6). (South Carolina) Coach (Steve) Spurrier always joked that the time to play us was early because we had the suspensions, Deas said. Now, Missouri is the real strong team well see in the first four weeks (Sept. 8 at Columbia). Its going to be different. Georgia hosts Buffalo (Sept. 1) for its opener and welcomes Florida Atlantic (Sept. 15), then it opens its SEC schedule against Vanderbilt. Deas filled in at quarterback during his sophomore season at OHS in 2007 and led the Kowboys to a north regional playoff victory at Jacksonville Bartram Trail after starting quarterback TSharvan Bell went down with a knee injury. Deas was the quarterback in the Class 5A state championship game the following week in Orlando against Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Deas played quarterback and linebacker during his junior and senior seasons at OHS, when the Kowboys reached the regional semifinals. Bell, a defensive back who won a national championship at Auburn in 2011, also attended OHS practices and is expected to participate in alumni day. The Kowboys are preparing for Thursdays game at Lake Gibson, which begins at 7 p.m. The offensive line, rebuilding after losing four starters, lost senior Josh Phelps, who dislocated his kneecap. He said he will return for August workouts. Poinciana Coach Corey Fleming said his team is making progress as it prepares for Fridays trip to Orange City University at 7 p.m. Josh Lopez (quarterback), Kendrick Calixte (safety), Jordan Zayas-Hall (lineman), Donaldo Nava (lineman) and Aaron Meade (safety) are among the players who have excelled, Fleming said. Jonathan Lindstrom is another candidate at quarterback, Fleming said. At Harmony, Coach Jerrad Butler said things are coming along well in practice. We have been able to get a lot of work in so far, he said. Our kids have had great enthusiasm. Our performance, so far, is an indication of the hard work they put in during the offseason. We look to continue to get better day by day. The Longhorns will host Mount Dora at 7 p.m. Friday. Other games Thursday have Ocoee at St. Cloud and Florida Air at Gateway, both at 7 p.m. Liberty visits Cypress Creek Friday at 7 p.m. Celebration and Life Academy played at Celebrations jamboree Friday. Six county teams prepare for action starting ThursdayAbove, Osceola quarterback Daequan Harrison weaves through the defense during practice Wednesday. Below, former OHS quarterback and linebacker Marc Deas (right) jokes with Kowboys assistant Ty Ensor. Deas, a safety at Georgia, works with the OHS defensive backs. He and several more former OHS players and coaches will participate in the schools football alumni day today starting at 10 a.m.News-Gazette Photos/Rick PedoneThunder baseballThe Osceola Thunder travel baseball program will hold tryouts at Osceola High June 9. Tryout schedule: 11-U, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; 12-U, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 13-U, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; 14-U, 4 to 6 p.m. Players must provide a birth certificate copy and a utility bill with a current address. For information, contct Richie Pahlad at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jose Tavar es at b andit50ny@yahoo. com. 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.Open 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 call the recreation 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). For more information, visit www.poincianapredators. com, or call Matt at 407-9253710. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Austyn Jandrew made the move from Harmony to St. Cloud High School for his senior year. Hell be making another move in a few months when he enrolls in Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., but hell still be a Bulldog. Jandrew will play receiver for the NCAA Division III Bulldog football team, coached by Jim Deere. Adrian was 8-2 last season and 4-2 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Jandrew celebrated his college plans last week at the St. Cloud gym with more than a dozen family members and teammates on hand. I looked at several schools, but I think this will work the best, he said. Jandrew became the second member of the Bulldogs receiving corps to sign a college l etter of intent. Jandrews teammate, Cole Harvey, signed in February to Florida Tech in Melbourne. I really wanted to stay in Florida at first, but the way things worked out, this is better for me, Jandrew said. He wont lack for fan support in Michigan since many family members already live there. His mother and stepfather, Michelle and Thomas Grabowski, are moving to Adrian, located about 90 miles west of Toledo, Ohio, this summer. Hell have a lot of support in the stands, Michelle Grabowski, a former St. Cloud High athlete of the year for cross country, said. Jandrews father, Jasen Jandrew, held the St. Cloud record (13-3) for the pole vault when he graduated. Austyn has developed into a great athlete and a great person. Were extremely proud of him, Jasen Jandrew said. Jandrew, with assistance from St. Cloud Coach Brad Lennox, met the Adrian coaches at a high school combine at Lake Wales earlier this year. He also considered offers from other schools, like Greensboro College in North Carolina and from Pikeville College in Kentucky where Sports briefsSt. Cloud receiver Austyn Jandrew, seated between his parents, Jasen Jandrew and Michelle Grabowski, recently signed a grant to Adrian College in Michigan. Standing from left are St. Cloud Coach Brad Lennox, Principal Nate Fancher and Athletic Director Matt Milton.News-Gazette Photo/Rick Pedone Dogs Jandrew goes to Adrian College ThursdayOHS at Lake Gibson Ocoee at St. Cloud Fla. Air at GatewayFridayMount Dora at Harmony LHS at Cypress Creek Poinciana at Atlantic Spring games See Jandrew, page A-9
Jandr ewContinued from page A-8 former Harmony coach Dayne Brown is an assistant. Hes a great kid, I wish I had 100 more like him, Lennox said. My godson is the starting wide receiver (at Adrian), so hopefully that will help Austyn out. Jandrew led an explosive Bulldogs offense in receiving yardage (660 yards) and he averaged 17.4 yards per catch. He scored eight touchdowns. They run some spread and some pro-set, a lot of the same offenses weve run, Jandrew said. Chad Ansbaugh, who was the interim head football coach last season, said Jandrew should have a successful college career. This will work out great for him. Austyn has the pedigree. Im pretty sure that his mothers mile record at St. Cloud was broken a couple of weeks ago, and his dad was a very good athlete as well. He is everything any coach could want, and Coach Lennox really stepped up and helped finish this off, Ansbaugh said. Jandrew, who runs a 4.5 4 0-yard dash, also w as a member of the Bulldogs 4 x 100 relay team that qualified for the Class 3A state meet and earned a spot in the finals before teammate Eric Pfeifer pulled his hamstring during the first leg, causing the team to DQ in the finals. Jandrew spent his first three years of high school at Harmony, where he was primarily a basketball player. Jandrew plans to major in sports training or sports management at Adrian.The Osceola Thunder Blue U-12 baseball team won the Florida Major Elite 2K12 championship recently and qualified for the national tournament. Team members, front from left: E.J. Kortum, Justin Driscoll, Andrew Winslow, Jacob Cockcroft, Josh Pahlad. Middle: Heldon Ramosiii, Nick Morgan, Juan Ramierez, Calvin Williams, Markeys Tavares. Back: coaches Heldon Ramos, Richie Pahlad, Jose Tavares. Not pictured: Marshall Hamm. Photo/Special to the News-Gazette Saturday, May 19, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 S sS COOTER sS & WHEELCHAIR sS SCOOTER sS & WHEELCHAIR s SII ndependent RR epairs407-319-8687 Used Scooters Available Lift Installations & Repairs AA AUTO CASH PAID $225 AND UPFor junk cars and trucksAny condition, running or notFREE TOWINGSame day pick up, no title neededCALL 407-900-6490 Ce nter for Medical Weight Loss of rlando 4125 Hunters Pa rk Lane Suite 117 Orlando, Florida 32837407-480-3339 407-480-3339 Weight loss from a Medical Perspective rf n t f b I lost 24 pounds and regained my energy and normalized my blood pressur e C. Anna rfr f ntfbffnf r b rrr rr rrrr r r rr r r 40124 US Hw y 27, Suite 205 Davenpo rt Florida 33837 WW WEIWEI G HTHT LOLO SS M aA Y$99 Weight Loss Consultation -Reg $250F F II N AA N CECE Sister TinaI do what others fail to do. Truly God gied, I help with all problems. Remove Evil Inuence, Relationships, Business, Health Issues, Court Cases. For Guaranteed Quick Results Call Sister Tina (407)230-7488 FF ree RR eading by T T elephoneP PSY CHICCHIC S ERER V ICEICE S P P ERER S OO N ALAL Best Chat Line In Florida!Connect Live With Singles In Your Local Area!Women Call Free 24/7! Men Get 30 Minutes FREE! Call Now! 1-786-364-7788 TO SEE YOUR AD ON THIS PAGE CALL JODY, KEITH, LISA OR KEllLLY AAT 407-846-7600 TT TIRETIRE II NS TALLATIOTALLATIO N GRAND OPENINGAll Tires... Any Size!Free Install $ 25 00 $ 25 00 8 East Park StreetKissimmee, FL 34744(Between Neptune Rd. & Oak St. Off Main St.)407-371-1652407-334-2844 USED TIRES MM AIN ST. TIRESPresent CouponReceive$200 OFFEach Tire Purchased EE EE V EE N TT AA A nnNN OU nN CEME nN TThe Personal Attention You Deserve...Dr. Chris Manlio, FAOCDBoard Certied Dermatologist Fellow American MOHS Society By A Board Certied Dermatologist Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment MOHS Surgery Mole Removal Botox, Juviderm, Restylane & Radiesse Same Day Appointments 222 Broadway Suite 202Kissimmee, FL 34741 Ph: 407-910-4710Fax: 407-201-7983 or3114 17th StreetSt. Cloud, FL 34769 Ph: 407-910-4710Fax: 407-201-7983 AA AA NN OUOU N CEMECEME N TT MOVING SOON! Dr. Phil HaseldenCHIROPRACTOR 407-847-9680 NEWNEW : 320 PLEASANT STREET, KISSIMMEE Dr. Mary Ann HaseldenCOUNSELOR 407-610-8446 The Hope Mission ChurchThere is a light waiting to shine over your life. Cordially Welcomes YouSunday Worship Service 9:30amThursday Prayer Meeting 7:30pm CC CHURCH sS ER vV ICE sS 1431 N. Palmway St., Kissimmee407-749-9320Israel Calderon Pastor
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By Peter Covin o It is a party of galactic proportions this weekend and weekends thro ugh June 10 with the retur n of Star Wa rs W eekends at Disn eys Hollywood Studios. The a nnual special event retur ns every Friday, Saturda y a nd Sunday through J une 10 with more than 60 Star Wa rs characters from the f ilms and the animated TV series. As usual, Star Wa rs W eeke nds f eatures s ome of the star s from the f ilms. The Star Wa rs celebrities will a ppear in theme d parades, t alk s hows, star c onversations, behind-the-scene s presentations and autograph sessions W eekend I (May 19 20) Park (Darth Maul Star Wa rs: Episode I The Phan tom Menace) Jerome B lake e H aako/Mas Amedda Star Wa rs: Episode I The Phantom Menace) Bradley B aker (voice of Clone Captain ex a nd Clone C ommander C ody Star Wa rs: The Clone Wa rs) W eekend II (May 2527) Secombe (W a tto Star Wa rs: Episode I The Phantom Menace) Park (Darth Maul Star Wa rs: Episode I The Phantom Menace) om Kane (voice of Y oda Star Wa rs: The Clone Wa rs) W eekend III (June 1 -3) Lloyd (Anakin S ky-Star W ars W eekends is b ack at Disney Hollywood Studio s t hrough June 10 when the s ummer s eason for movies actually started in s ummer? Jaws the f ilm credited with m aking s ummer f ilms big business, opened on J une 20 way b ack in 1975. With big movies opening just a bout every week of s umme r, the s tudios keep inching that starting date back, week by week. The H unger Games which opened more than two months a go, m ay not be strictly a s ummer f ilm, but it got the jump on everybody else this year a nd it is still the N o. 1 f ilm of 2012 with a domestic box office of $387 m illion (all f ilm dollar totals ar e from Boxofficemojo.com) as of early this week. B ut that record will be broken any day now by Marvels The A venger s the first f ilm of the s umme r s eason, even though it opened on M ay 4. Th e A vengers took in $103 m illion last weekend alone and has already grossed $373 m illion at the box office, with a l ong way to go before it fades from the top ten movie list of the week. Wo rldwide, The A venger s has passed the $1 b illion worldwide, m aking it No. 11 all-time. It will be in the top three f ilms ever, by the time it e nds its r un. The numbers are incredible, b ut more incredible still: by the time s ummer is over, The A venger s may not even be the N o. 1 f ilm of the year. There are at least two s ummer c ontenders for billion dollar movies of 2012. The Amazing Spider-Ma n S lated for a July 6 openi ng, this is the riskier c hoice for big box office success. A fter three Spider-Movies ,50 CENTS The Avengers became a $1 billion movie this week, who is next? www.twitte r. com/icmovies P eter Covin oFilm C ritic Section B May 19, 2012 Check out aroundosceola.com The summer billion dollar movies L IFESTYLES L IFESTYLES rfnrtbt rt rt fr rfn t t ft r r t tt tr n r t trt ttf tt f t r tt t rrr ftr f t r f ttt t rr rtn r r t r t n r rtttr 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 f t nn fr rfr ft t t ftrft t r t t rttrt rrtt t nt r t r f ntr t t n rr t r rrt 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 ntrtf r r t r 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 r t t r tt bbttr f t ttr r r fr rf t fr r t trt rtt bbttt r tt rttrf t r f t trr rr r rf tfr r tt r r r n r tr t ttrtt t t rtrtt rt ff r r r t ftt tr rtt t r ff r r r ff t ftt r t rtfr t t r r r rt rt S ee Summe r, page B3 rfnnt brbnntt ntnt Spend the weekend with Darth Va der Hey, hey, its a Monkee Summer movie Prev iew 2012 See Star, page B-3 Park Place At the theme parksrfrnt b t nt n trrt f tntr rnt rfrr r nt n ntnnr ntt btnnnrtrftt By Peter Covin o So who was your favorite Monkee? If y ou are old e nough to remember when Last Tr ain to Clarksville was the No. 1 song across the USA, well ... welcome to the club. M onkee-mania wasnt quite B eatlemania, but M icky, Davy, M ike and Peter hit it big a nd g ave the Fab Four a r un for their m oney, even if their greenbacks didnt stack up quite as high as that of Lennon a nd M cCartn ey. Davy J ones is gone now, but M icky Dolenz will be m aking s everal a ppearances this weekend at Epcot. He is the closing Flower Power musical guest as the Inte rn ationa l Flower & Garden Show packs up it s roses a nd topiaries for a nother year The B eatles m ay h ave b een bigger, and they seemed that way. Th e foursome were totally huge and inaccessible. B ut Davy a nd M icky were there in your living room ever y M onday night on NBC. A nd proba b ly even in color if y ou had a color set. Y ou c ould hang out with The M onkees a nd chances are, mom a nd dad like them too. They wer e such n ice boys, unlike The Beatles, who were going through some crazed hallucinocgenic phase, or even worse, there was that M ick Jagger a nd The Stones. E very dads worse nightmare was h aving a s on w ho emulated the moves of Jagger. men just didnt move their hips like that. J ones, 66, d ied in n earby S tuart on Feb. 29 with a funeral service at Indiantown. He was a regular at the a nnua lMicky Dolenz closes out Epcot f estival this w eekend w ith tribute to D avy Jones ntn See Monkee, page B-2
DiningAnd n ow for something perfectly chees yBy Peter Covin o So maybe you really do make the worlds worst barbecue, a nd y our a ttempt at amazing everyone with your homemade chili was foiled because that Hormel label floated to the top of that bowl of chili y ou p laced in front of Uncle Joe. Y ouve got one more chance to s how off y our c ooking s kills at Kissimmees Ultimate M acar oni a nd Cheese Challenge This brand new cookin g event c omes to Dakin A venue M ay 26 at the City Centre, an d is hosted by Vintage Vino. M ac a nd Cheese has traditionally b een one of the simp lest a nd quickest ways to m ake a m eal. Kids love i t, a nd even T homas Jefferson used to serve a variety back on the ol planta tion at M onticello To win the Ultimate M ac and Cheese c ontest though, I think y our r ecipe n eeds to c ome closer to the upscale dish Jefferso n served a nd not the kind that c omes out of a box made by Kraft. The contest benefits the S unshine Foundation, a wishgranting foundation for serious ly ill or challenged children. There is an e ntry f ee of $20, a nd all participants must m ake two 9-inch by 13-inch pans of homemade macaroni and cheese a nd serve it to a hungr y crowd of cheese and mac e nthusiasts. The top three winners will r eceive prizes a nd a chance to c ompete again local celebrity chefs at a nother challenge in J une. E veryone w ho e nters will also receive a swag bag for part icipating. Each pan will be j udged ranked 1 through 10 by a ttendees. The c ontest is limited to only 30 e ntries. If y ou dont h ave a f avorite m ac a nd cheese r ecipe y ou can still get in on the fun (eating and v oting) a nd help donate to a M ac & cheese challenge l ooking for t he b est c ooks in t he count y S ee Cheese, page B3 rfntrbr MonkeeContinued from page B1Epcot event, always a ttracting a large crowd of a ppreciative fans, many of the woman l ooking old e nough to be his mom (Davy seemed to stay perpetually y oung) waving signs a nd articles of clothing PG only, this is Disney. Davy Always smiled always smiled through it all, even though he was probaby singing Daydream Believer for the 5,000th time in his career The set w ould always include a few Monkees tunes and m aybe a s ong that had nothing to with those years of b eing a M onkee. J ones was, a fter all, the only member of the group with a r eal performing b ackground. He p layed the Artful D ogder on L ondons We st End when he was 14. When O liver came to Broadway s hortly a fterward, J ones was part of the s how, a nd he was nominated for a T ony A ward. Amazing bit of musical irony: J ones a nd the O liver cast performed a s ong from the s how on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, but nobody cared. The a udience c ouldnt wait for O liver a nd company to get off the stage. It was the same night The B eatle s made their American debut on the Sullivan s how. J ones w ould almost always include, during his Epcot performances, that s illy one hit w onder from his solo career Girl. It wasnt even a hit, r eally, but b ecame famous b ecause he sang it, memorably, or m aybe i nfamously, in a Brady B unch episode. So now it is M icky Dolenz tur n to carry the Monkees torch at Epcot this weekend. Dolenz and J ones shared most of the lead singing duties with the group, so it s hould be a fun time for Monkees fans M icky got his start on a vintage TV series from the 1950s called Circus Boy (sometimes s hown on one those nostalgic cable channels in the early a.m.), but he is b illed as M ickey Braddock. It is sort of like Rin Tin Ti n at the circus, only with an elephant. Dolenz r eal name is George M ichael Dolenz, Jr. a nd he turned 67 in March. Dolenz sang lead vocals on Last Tr ain to Clarksville an d Im a B eliever, but Davys presence should be felt all around the Epcot s hows, no matter which s ongs he sings. A nother musical note: Dolenz got the role of the drummer as one of The M onkees for the TV s how, but c ould not p lay the drums. By the time the s how aired though in 1 965, he was c ompetent e nough to p lay drums himself. Dolenz will perform toda y a nd S unday at the America Gardens Theater at Epcot with s hows at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m a nd 7:45 p.m. The s how is included with regular admission to the Disney theme park. Page B2, Placing a classified adin the Osceola News-Gazette hasnever been easier!Visitwww.adsinthesun.comto place your ad today!Best classified ads under the Sunemail@example.com Church Street Kissimmee, FL 407-846-7600 051912.SNG 051912.SNG
Summer Continued from page B1 Star Continued from page B1 the franchise was r unning out of steam by Spider Man 3 even though it made a ton of money. Does the w orld r eally want a nother Spider-Man movie, especially since The Amazing Spider-Man e ssentially s eems to be a retelling of the first film with the a ddition of 3D? Andrew Garf ield (The S ocial Network) p lays Spidey in the n ewest incarnation. Ma a nd Pa Parker are p layed by Martin Sheen a nd S ally F ield this time around. It l ooks to be first-rat e production from Sony, but will that a nd the a ddition of 3D m ake them line up at the box office? The Dark Knight Rise s Given the phenomena l success of T he Dark Knight ( more than $533 m illion domestically), there are a l ot of expectations for e qual success for the latest Batman movie. But The Dark Knigh t had the all that buzz surrounding H eath Ledge r. On the plus side, C hristopher Nolan once again directs a nd the returning cast (along with Christophe r Bale) includes Michael Caine, Gary Oldham and Morgan Freeman. A dditions are A nne Hathaway and T om Hardy as villains and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a G otham City c op. There is probably at least one more b illion hopeful in 2012: T he Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour n ey. Slated for a Decembe r r elease, this is the first of the two part filming of Bilb o Baggins s tory, uncle to Frodo, w ho hada ll thos e adventures in the Lord of the Rings. So what else looks interesting in the summer of 2012? Prometheus W ell at least it isnt yet a nother s uper -hero movie. Ridley Scott once again directs an Alien f ilm and though this is described as a prequel to the original Alien, it does s upposedly ventur e off in a nother direction. Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron are a mong those with top-billing. Only two of the A lien f ilms wer e good. Scott is due for s ome success with this one. A braham Lincoln Va mpi re Killer No big names here, but do y ou r eally n eed a big star when y ou have a presiden t w ho has a s ecret identity as a vampire killer? Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Benjamin W alker stars as one of the most r evered presidents of alltime. Brave W ill f eature f ilm N o. 13 prove to be lucky or unlucky for P ixars latest c ompute ranimated e ffort? Set in 10th century Scotland, a y oung w oman defies an age-ol d cus tom and soon a curse is inflicted upon her and he r kingdom. The w oman is voiced by K elly Macdonald (Mar garet Schrode r, Boardwalk Empire ). On the smaller scale this summer these films probably wont make $100 million at the box office, let alone $1 billion, but look to be much better than average: Moonrise Kingdom Director We s Anderson (he also co-wrote) this film set in 1960s New England a bout two y oungsters in love who r un off togethe r. The cast includes Bill Murray, Ed N orton, Bruce Willis and T ilda S winton. To R ome With Love W oody Allen found s ome big success in Europe last y ear with Midnight in Paris a nd now he is in R ome. He stars as well as wrote a nd directs To R ome With Love, with acast that includes Jesse Eisenbe rg Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, R oberto Benigni a nd Alec Baldwin. Killer Joe W illiam Friedkin ( The Exorcist, The French Conn ection) directs Matthe w McConaughey a nd Emile Hirsh in a tale about a hitman hired to kill a young mans mother to collect her life insurance. walker Star Wa rs: Episode I TheP hantom Menace) Carson (Nute G unray/Ki-Adi-Mundi Star Wa rs: Episode I The Phan tom Menace) Ta ber (voice of Padm Amidala Star Wa rs: The Clone Wa rs) W eekend IV (June 810) Bourriague (Aurra Sing Star Wa rs: Episode I The Phantom Menace) Bulloch (Boba Fett Star Wa rs: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back a nd Star Wa rs: Episode VI Return of the Jedi) Logan (Boba Fett Star Wa rs: Episode II A ttack of the Clones) rm an (voice of Asajj Ve ntress Star Wa rs: The Clone Wa rs) Star Wa rs characters including W ookiees, droids R odians, Ewoks, a nd bounty hunters also will roam the streets of Disneys Hollywood Studios for meet-and-greet opportunities with guests. The centerpiece of the celebration is the 3-D a ttraction, Star T ours The Adventures Continue. The attraction, which opened in 2011, f eatures 3-D, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator based t echnology to immerse guests into the Star Wa rs g alaxy. Limited-editi on and eventexclusive merchandise is offered each year, an d Hyperspace Hoopla e nds each Star Wa rs Weekends day with a show filled with comedy, dancing and music. For more information and future updates, go to disneyparks.com/blog (keyword s earch: Star Wa rs W eeke nds) disneyworld.com/ starwarsweekends or starwars.com. rfntn b nn b good cause. There are three ways to vote (and eat) at the ma c event. The $5 White Score Card you get a glass of house wine and a bowl of your favorite mac and cheese. The $10 Red Score Card you get a glass of nice wine and a bowl of your favorite Mac and Cheese. The score is worth twice as much as a white card. The $25 Black VIP Card you get the best wine, a bowl of y our f avorite M ac and Cheese, a c ommemorative wine glass and your vote is worth five times the value of the white score card. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Y ou can fill out an entr y form to compete in the challenge at https://www.facebook.com/ e vents/142256089239637/ or go to Vintage Vino at Facebook and hit the events tab. Y ou can also get mor e information by emailing John Suido at j ohn@vintage vino.com.CheeseContinued from page B2 Saturday, May 19, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 051912.TNG 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 New Construction Commercial & Residential041212.HFRepair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing FAMILY DENTISTRY 2618 13TH ST., ST. CLOUD, FLL 34769 directly across from Kentucky Fried Chicken & Dairy Queen Dr. Lizette Morad really cares!Call Today For Your Appointment 407-957-5344 Lizette M. 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Page B4, 4 Whats new?Happy Health MartPoinciana Family YMCAs Happy Health Mart will be in front of the Y the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning today. The Poinciana Family Y is at 397 Marigold Ave.DAV reopensDAV No. 148 re-opened under new officers on May 12. Join the DAV on the first and third Saturday of each month for barnyard bingo at noon. The Buzzard Band will play at 2 p.m. today following bingo. The DAVA meeting is Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m.; the DAV meeting is at 3:30pm. Two-dollar Bloody Mary specials are all day Sunday. The DAV now opens at 11 a.m. For more information, call 407-8464141. Advanced line dance clubThe Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in hall A. with lessons and open dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. There is a $2 donation. The instructor is Gail Smith, call 407-408-5039.St. Cloud Senior Center eventsMonday Night is a social dance from 7 to10 p.m. in hall A. Live band Mondays, all year, but is subject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $3 per person is requested. The Saturday Night Country Dance is 7 to 10 p.m. in hall A November through April. There will be live bands. A donation of $3 per person is requested. The other months, the music will be by Art Fagnant, DJ, and admission will be free. All ages are welcome. Church celebrates 100th birthdayThe Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Kissimmee will celebrate its 100th year anniversary May 20 and 27. Services are at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on both Sundays. Greater Hopewell Missionary Baptists Church of Ocala and pastor E. E. Bland will be the special guest May 20 at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 27, at 3:30 p.m., the special guest will be St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church at pastor Johnny McKinnie will close out the centennial celebration. After the 11 a.m. service May 27, Shilohs pastor Remer Baker Jr., officers and members will bur a time capsule. Elvis Hawaiian showAn Elvis Hawaiian tribute show featuring Rich Purnell will be Thursday, June 14, starting at 7 p.m. It will be at the American Legion Post 10 in Kissimmee. Tickets are $10 per person. Call Shirley at 407-922-4502.Yard saleA multi-family yard sale will be May 25, 26, and 27 at 2507 Maui Circle, Kissimmee. All proceeds benefit Flava Dance Studios Junior dance team. For more information, call James Alexander at 407-7090304 or Shannon Alexander at 407-709 -0555.Downtown Kissimmee updateThe Downtown Kissim mee Area Council will host a downtown update Wednes day, May 30, at the Kissimmee Civic Center to showcase what is happening in downtown Kissimmee. The doors opening at 7:15 a.m., with presentations from 7:45 to 9: a.m. Event-goers can expect to hear from civic and government leaders about the current, future and potential projects for Downtown Kissimmee. Event registration is required for admission. Call the Kissimmee/ Osceola County Chamber of Commerce at 407-847-3174 or online via www.kissimmeechamber.com. Individual seats are $10 and a corporate table of 10 is $250. Guest speakers include Marianne Gurnee with SunRail, Kissimmee City Manager Mike Steigerwald, Osceola County C ommissioner Brandon Arrington, Kissimmee Parks and RecreationDan Loubier. The moderator will be Belinda Kirkegard, Kissimmee director of economic development. Friends Who Care Club fundraiser The Friends Who Care Club will sponsor a Relay For Life fundraiser Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Ramsays Day Spa. The services will be: chair massages, haircuts, mini-pedicures, mini-facials, facials, waxing and mini-manicures. Services will be provided for donations only and proceeds will go to the Amercian Cancer Society May 19. For the address and for more information, call 863-438-6999. Democrat clubs meetThe Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee meeting will be Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. It will be held in room 2501 and 2502 on the second floor of the administration building in the Osceola Courthouse Complex,1Courthouse Square, Kissimmee. The guest speaker will be Osceola County Commissioner Mike Harford. The website is www.democratsosceola.com. The Democrats of Celebration Club meets Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Community Center at 851 Celebration Ave. in Celebration. Democratic candidate for Congress Alan Grayson will speaks Questions may be directed to email at: sheri@democratsosceola. com 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.OCEA-R noticeThe Osceola County Education Association Retireds May meeting has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for June 7.Car show benefitThere will be a car show benefitting Give Kids Safe Shelter today 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. Its $25 to register, cash and credit cards 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 today, 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 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. 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. today. There will be face-painting, free food, bounce houses and give-a-ways. For more information, call 407-870-1594 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kissimmeedestiny.org.Community health festival set for May 19There will be a community health festival today 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 presSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comThe pressure is on There will be a community health festival today 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 entertainment, music, food and fun for everyone.Healthy festival C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITY Whats happening? P hotos/Osceola County A nimal Control S ila, t op, is a 6to 8 -year-old female domestic shorthair t abby cat. S ila was surrendered by her o wners becaus e t hey c ould no longer care for her. S he is definitely an indoor cat, and she has t he most beautiful set of green eyes, In addition, s he has already been spayed, so that m eans s he c an go home with y ou t oday. If you are interested in S ila, come down to the O sceola County A nimal Shelter and visit with her. Her identification number is cat No. 2012-2628. S parks, bottom is a 4 -year-old m ale brown and white Germ an s hepherd-mix. He is a stray that was found in Kissimmee, so very little is k nown about him. S parks is feisty, with a ttitude...in a good way. He is a m id-sized, rambunct ious pup with a lot of personality/ He has not b een n eutered, but he will be by t he time you take him home. If you are interested in adding S parks, visit him, t oday a nd s ee if he is t he dog for y ou! Sparks ID number is Dog #20122672.. T he shelter is at 3910 O ld Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. To f ind out what animals are available, c heck the O sceola County A nimal Control website at www.osceola. org/go/pets. If you are interested in adopting any of the animals, k eep in m ind t hat t he animals stay at the shelter is extremely limited T he s helters adoption v iewing area will c lose at 4:45 p.m. M onday through Friday and at 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays. A ll animals are s payed and n eutered before leavin g A nimal Control. T he adoption f ee is $60 for a dog and $50 for a cat. For more information, c all 407-742-8000 Take me home See Community, page B-5News-Gazette Photo/Fallan Patterson Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson has his blood pressure checked May 5 in Marydia by Jamie Plumey, a registered nurse with the Osceola County Health Department, during the final Healthy Counties, Healthy Families health fair, hosted by the county as part of National County Government Month.
sure 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 407944-9968 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: Mondays: bingo at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. Tuesdays: dart tournament at 7 p.m.. Wednesdays: all you can eat spaghetti for $5.75. Thursdays: free pool. Fridays: free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m.; grill menu from 5 to 8 p.m.; karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays: road kill bingo on the first and third Saturday of each month at 7 p.m. Sundays: breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. 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 407-9222019.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 407-578-7496 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 407-2062273.GermanAmerican ClubThe Osceola GermanAmerican 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 407892-4412 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 321-7223381. 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 407847-3138.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. It also, on occasion, will have clothing, toiletry bags, holiday gift bags and brown lunch bags to take. Anyone who wants to be a part of the ministry or for more information, contact Carol Boroski at 407-957-9839. Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 F&AMThe Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 F&AM meets the first and third Monday of each month. There is a social at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. The lodge is at 321 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, contact the secretary, Johnny Brock, at 321-624-2682 or email@example.comOvereaters AnonymousOvereaters Anonymous, fellowship for those recovering from compulsive eating, meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Call 321-443-2362 or visit www.oacfi.org for more information.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.Alcoholics AnonymousThe Osceola Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup Office carries all the literature and books that are available for the AA groups here in the county to buy and use. It also maintains a 24-hour phone line. Anyone who wants help with a drinking problem can call a 24-hour line at 407870-8282. Callers can find where the nearest meeting is. There are no dues or fees.Quilt GuildThe Patchers of Time quilt guild meets monthly on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192. Meetings include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers and prizes. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. For more information, call Debbie at 407-346-6086.Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older are invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. For more information, call Phyllis Brannaman at 407847-2744. 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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.Goodwill StoreThe Goodwill Store at Kissimmee Square, 1363 E. Vine St., is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The store carries all kinds of new and used items and also takes donations. For more information, call 407-932-0002.St. Thomas AquinasThe St. Thomas Aquinas Thrift Store, 175 E. 13th St., St. Cloud, is open Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed Sunday and Monday. The store carries furniture, small and large appliances, linens and clothing. It also takes donations. For more information, call 407-891-0022.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. Tues. through Sat. Clean donations are welcome. The center carries clothing, kitchen supplies, linens, toys, craft supplies and more. Operated by the women of St. Cloud Presbyterian Church. B6 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.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 Osceo la 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 BassCast ers 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, gamesThe 1st marine Division AssociationThe 1st Marine Division Association, the Central Florida chapter, meets the first Saturday of October, December, February, April and June at 10:30 a.m. Its new location is VFW Post no. 2093, 4444 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. The phone number is 407296-2553. All Marines (active, former, retired ) and members of attached support units are invited After a short business meeting, the chapter will enjoy fellowship over an optional lunch. For more information, call Mike Galyean, president, at 407-740-5097 or e-mail koolade@ embarqmail.com.Fleet Reserve AssociationThe Delbert D. Black Branch 117 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the VFW 4287, 3500 S. Goldenrod Road, Orlando. Honorably discharged Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard personnel are eligible for membership as well as personnel on active duty. There are currently more than 97,000 members in the 270 branches nationwide, For more information, contact Branch Secretary Steve Miglionico at 407-348-8466.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 Veter ans 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.VFW Post 4225Members of VFW Post 4225, 504 S. Randolph St., Kissimmee, meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The Mens Auxiliary meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Darts are played every Thursday at 7 p.m. Meat bingo is on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Dinners are served Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by karaoke. The Ladies Auxiliary accepts used eyeglasses for those in need. Postage stamps, cell phones and Campbell Soup labels may be dropped off at the Post for the VFW National Home. Call 407-847-7855 for menus and scheduled events. Military Thrifts, pantries ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comAULT Todd R. Ault, age 56, of Kissimmee, left for Glory Monday, May 14, 2012. Todd was a man of many loves, his God, his wife, his church and his families. He loved helping people and working buddies. Todd loved cars, tools and new projects. He had a knack for seeing peoples needs and loved doing his best to meet them. Todd was an Army veteran. He loved his country and he loved the Lord, love that he learned from his Grandpa Thurston. His greatest gift in life was the love of his soul mate Brenda. Love filled their lives as well as the lives of their families and their extended family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Todd is survived by his wife, Brenda; parents, Ben and Alyce; sisters, Ti na AultCovaleski and Te ri Ault-Smith (Dave); and loving in-laws, Norm an (Glora) Walls, Janet (Bruce) Tuppe r, Karen (Eddie) Tr oth, Phyllis (David) Presson, Wa nda Walls, Cheryl (Dennis) Finley and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Glenn and Jean Thurston and Ben and Goldie Ault; and his mothe rin-law, Marg aret Walls whom he loved dearly. CACERES Angel Luis Caceres, 71, of Kissimmee, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Homes, Cemetery and Crematory; Kissimmee. EDMOND Mrs. Promesse E. Edmond, 87, of Kissimmee, FL passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Arrangements Under The Direction Of Osceola Memory Gardens, Kissimmee. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. at Grissom Funeral Home followed by a funeral service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Page B6, 6 YES! 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The Ohio, KY and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a potluck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-8917396.Music, dancing eventThere will be live classic country music and some 1950s rock and roll, dancing and some line dancing Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. There is no admittance fee but there will be 50/50 tickets sold to help support the effort. Bring a covered dish or snack to be part of the meals at break time. For more information, call 407-892-3335.Osceola Stamp Club The Osceola Stamp Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Come trade, sell and meet other stamp collectors. 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