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www.aroundosceola.com www.holaosceola.com 113TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION July 7, 2012 50 CENTSOSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTEOSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTEFor the latest activities, events and classes, see ... Page B-4Harmony edges OHS for OBC All-Sports championship Page A-9Sports CommunityLifestyles Editor Peter Covino reviews Director Oliver Stones Savages. Page B-1LifestylesClassifieds .......... C-1 Community ......... B-4 Legals ................. C-3 L ocal ne ws .......... A2 Lifestyles ............ B-1 Obituary .............. B-6 Opinion ................ A-4 Sports .................. A-9Inside There were plenty of Fourth of July events around the county Wednesday. See photo page A-4 By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Osceola County Clerk of Court Malcom Thompson is the subject of employee grievances after three members of the offices Human Resources Department allege he is retaliating against them for testifying against him at his assault and battery trials in April. Thompson, who declined comment through Clerks Office spokesman Rudolfo Celis, personally responded via email to one complaint, filed by Melissa Benoit, a Human Resources generalist, alleging she wrote the complaint on her office computer during company time. To answer your question about placing a letter in your folder the answer is Absolutely Not!! I will NOT (sic) let this Clerks office to be set up for a furious lawsuit by you, he wrote. And, yes you did testify in front of a jury of your peers and not one of them believed you. If there is any retaliation it is on me. You have made it a hostile work environment for me. This is your second threat of a retaliation suit in the past four weeks. Benoit said she wrote the grievance June 20 at home on her own time, the night she found out Thompson denied her request to attend a human resources conference he had approved in June 2011 and had already paid for out of last years budget. Thompson said Benoit could no longer attend the non-refundable conference due to a 7 percent cut in the Clerks Office budget for this year. I believe your motivation to retaliate against me will result in a harmful adverse action, Benoit said in a letter to Thompson about her grievance, which she never filed due to Thompson allowing her to attend the conference. Furthermore, I am constantly worried what retaliatory behavior you will do next, which has created a stressful and unprofessional working environment that interferes with my job performance, particularly in any matters that require contact with you. Human Resources employee Lisa Cubero also filed a grievance against Thompson for alleged retaliation in which Thompson pressured her and her co-workers at a meeting in May about putting the trials behind them and whether they liked their jobs. Cubero became upset during the meeting. You women react differently than men. We men deal with our problems and thats the end of it, Cubero quoted Thompson as saying during the meeting. Maybe I need a lesson on women. Cubero stated Thompsons actions have made her fear for her job. Sir, you have created such a hostile work environment for everyone that was involved in the court case, each and every one of us have been on eggshells waiting for, what my belief is, our termination, she wrote. Chief Deputy Clerk Kimberley Hennecy contacted the women to assure them she and Thompson had reviewed their grievances and wanted the women to find their working experiences congenial and productive. Benoit and Cubero testified for the prosecution under subpoena in the battery trial in which Thompson was accused of pushing his administrative aide he was found not guilty by a jury and the assault trial in which Thompson was accused of threatening and pointing his finger in Human Resources Director Kimberlee Zanders face. Orange Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry dropped the charge due to insufficient evidence. Gov. Rick Scott suspended Thompson from his Retaliation complaints filed against clerk of court At r ight, 5 -year-old Taylor Violet and her three-year old little sister Alyssa, of Hunters Creek, wave f lags as t he Celebratio n F ourth of J uly parade g oes past t hem on Market Street. T he parade featured local civic groups political c andidates and a m ilitary marching band. B elow, t he city of Kissimmee launched what it c laimed was its larges t fireworks display ever. In t his photo, taken from atop t he countys new eight-floor parking garage y ou c an see the Kissimm ee display, the rising f ull m oon at c enter, and the S t. Cloud fireworks display on t he left.July 4 festivities News-Gazette Photos/ Andrew Sullivan By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor When Jackie Spence was a girl, her dream job was to be a veterinarian when she grew up. Years later, as a firefighter, the closest she got to that childhood calling was maybe rescuing that cat stuck up a tree. Now Spence is a member of the Osceola County Department Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services elite and the St. Cloud High School graduate is Osceola County Fire Rescues first female battalion chief. While women have gained a near equal footing in most jobs, the role of the fireman is still traditionally a mans occupation. In the Osceola County Fire Rescue, there are only seven women in the combat role (the firefighters) out of a force of 312. I never thought I would achieve this level, said Spence. As a firefighter, I always wanted to be the best firefighter I could be. Once I reached the point that I felt confident as a well-rounded firefighter, I strived to become an engineer, she said. When I became an engiOsceola County Fire Rescue promotes first woman to battalion chief News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanJackie Spence is the first woman in the history of Osceola County Fire Rescue to be promoted to battalion chief. See Chief, page A-5 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The Osceola County Board of County Commissioners recently accelerated a plan to allow businesses and residents in the U.S. Highway 192 corridor west of Hoagland Boulevard to invest in their property, enhance its value and put locals to work doing it. The West U.S. 192 Community Redevelopment Agency, recently approved by commissioners, crosses Interstate 4 and runs all the way to the county line near U.S. Highway 27. The entire block encompasses more than 12,000 acres. The agency, funded by the state, is an essential part of the countys Strategic Plan goal to grow and diversify its economy by making the corridor more attractive with viable businesses, as well as planning capital redevelopment projects to improve the look of the area. The new CRA encompasses the heart of the tourism corridor, with its collection of hotels, restaurants and other businesses that line what is essentially the driveway of Walt Disney World. Commissioner Michael Harfords district 1 boundaries include the area of the new CRA, and he has kept maintaining the standards of the area as a top CRA created to monitor look of 192 tourist district County news See CRA, page A-5 See Clerk, page A-5 Thompson For more info call 407-847-3174
Osceola County Sher iffs detectives arrested two men Sunday for allegedly forcing entry into a motel r oom and demanding money from the occupants. W illiam Davis, 37, and Amaury German Deleon, 35, a r egistered felon, both of the Central Motel, 4698 W. U.S. Highway 192, were arrested and charged with home invasion, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated battery and depriving the use of 911. The investigation began on July 1 when deputies re sponded to the Amber Inn, 4624 W. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. The victims told deputies they were in their motel r oom when they heard banging on the door Davis and Deleon, who knew the victims, attempted to gain entry into the r oom because one of the victims owed them money, Sheriffs Office r eports said. When one of the victims opened the door, Davis and Deleon forcibly entered the r oom, began fighting with the male victim and demanded the money, police said. The female victim attempted to leave the room, but was forced back and was not allowed to leave. The suspects fled the area, but deputies wer e able to locate them a short time later at the Central Motel. Based on the information provided by the victims and the evidence, they were ar r ested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.Three arrested for burglaryOsceola County Sheriffs deputies arrested three Kissimmee suspects for bur glarizing a business and stealing scrap metal. Jonathan McKeone, 33, and Theresa May Alvarez, 40, of 1030 Shawnee Drive, Kissimmee, and Gregory Lockhart, 49, of Kissimmee, were charged with burglary to a business and grand theft. The investigation began on July 29 at approximately 1:25 p.m., when deputies responded to Gate Precast at 810 Sawdust T rail in Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with a witness who said he saw three suspects enter the business and remove steel items. The suspects were seen leaving the business in a pick-up truck, but wer e stopped by several employees a short distance away, Sheriffs Office r eports said. McKeone, Alvarez and Lockhart were taken into custody and cooperated with investigators. Based on witness statements and the evidence located in the pick up truck, all three suspects wer e booked into the Osceola County Jail. By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter A Kissimmee police captain was demoted to lieutenant last month after an internal investigation confirmed he had an affair with an Osceola County Sheriffs Offices deputys wife, whom he had contacted while on duty, a nd which had the potential to cause complications to the partnership between the two agencies. James Napier, a 15-year veteran of the Kissimmee Police Department, was demoted from captain of finance, records, the communicator center and quarter master, to a lieutenant in the patrol division. The Internal Affair s investigation was conducted unusually, Chief Fran Iwanski said, due to the fact that the witnesses were not interviewed. Protocol calls for the accused officer to be confronted with the accusation and then for witnesses to be interviewed before the accused officer is interviewed. In this case, the investigating sergeant stated in his report Iwanski ordered him not to interview the witnesses, a charge she denies. Normally in an (Internal Affairs investigation) we have witnesses, someone whos come to us. In this case, it came in anonymously, Iwanski said, adding the questioning of Napier should have stopped when he confirmed the accusation. Citing protocol, the report was considered incomplete by Kissimmee City Manager Mike Steigerwald because the witnesses in the cases were not interviewed, forcing him to summit the order of discipline. I think the city manager has every opportunity to do a review (of the investigation),Iwanski said. I have no problem with a review. The department was made aware of the affair in January by an anonymous email sent through the city of Kissimmees website. The email alleged Napier, a married father of two, was having sex with two deputies wives while on duty in hotels and in his personal vehicle. The two women and their husbands are not being named by the Osceola News-Gazette because they were not interviewed during the investigation. When confronted, Napier admitted a sexual affair with one of the wives but said he didnt know the second woman. He denied the sexual e ncounters took place while he was on duty. I have (evidence) that I was not here, I was on my own time, Napier said Tuesday. I answered every question asked of me, even the ones that were extremely uncomfortable. The affair, which occurred from November of 2011 to January, e nded when the deputy discovered their relationship via cell phone texts, the investigation stated. It was those communications, which Napier used his city-issued cell phone to send, that caused him to be demoted for wasting company time. According to the report, at least 165 calls and 132 texts were sent back and forth between Napier and the deputys wife. Additionally, because the affair was between two people with connections to two law enforcement agencies that frequently work together, Napier was also disciplined for possibly causing issues with the partnership. There is no doubt in my mind that this incident has impacted the citys reputation, Steigerwald said in his report. I hope this will not have any lasting effects on the citys ability to work with the SO (Sheriffs Office). Napier also was found to be in violation of using his work email to promote his position as part-time trainer. Napier confirmed he asked investigators not to contact his former lover and her family as all parties involved were trying to repair their own relationships and he didnt want to open up old wounds. However, he said he only made the request because he thought the investigation was focused solely on his affair, not the other charges he was eventually disciplined for. The mistake I made. Something happened in my personal life that I am not very proud of and Im working very hard on my family, he said, adding the investigation only occurred because he is a police officer and has standards in the community to uphold. I am very ashamed by what I did but Im very ashamed for my family more than anything else. Due to the demotion, Napiers salary decrease s $10,000 from $66,000 annually, spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. He was promoted to captain in 2006. Kissimmee Police Department captain demoted after affair uncovered By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Kissimmee Police Officer Eric Longsworth is on unpaid leave following his arrest June 14 for a domestic violence situation involving his then livein girlfriend and mother of his 1-year -old child. Longsworth, 24, was charged with domestic battery and false imprisonment and posted bond from the Osceola County Jail after the girlfriend told police he pushed her into the bathroom sink and physically kept her from leaving the bathroom. The News-Gazette is not identifying the victim of domestic violence. The incident began June 13 at the couples home in Kissimmee, when the girlfriend noticed Longsworth re ceived a text on his cell phone from another woman. The ar gument escalated with Longsworth accusing his girlfriend of carrying on a romantic re lationship with the officers co-worker, Officer Andrew Stinson. During the argument, the girlfriend used her cell phone to contact Stinson. However, Longsworth grabbed the phone and disconnected the call, the police r eport stated. Stinson told detectives he could hear the woman screaming and crying in the background before the call was disconnected. While the woman tried to get her phone back from Longsworth, he allegedly pushed her backward, causing her to fall into the sink, r esulting in a large bruise on her left leg, the r eport stated. Longsworth also allegedly pushed the woman backward when she forcibly tried to leave the bathroom. Due to the phone call, Stinson asked another officer, Brandon Illgen, to check on the woman at the couples r esidence. Longsworth met Illgen outside and told him the couple was having an argument. After Illgen suggested one of the two leave the r esidence both r efused Illgen left, suggesting the woman lock herself in the bedroom to avoid further conflict, the r eport stated. Longsworth, Stinson and Illgen all have separate internal investigations being conducted on their actions during the incident, spokeswoman Stacie Miller said, adding Longsworth cannot r eturn to work as a police officer until his investigation is complete. His criminal case must be closed befor e his internal investigation can begin, she said. Longsworth was sworn-in as an officer in April 2011. Kissimmee police officer arrested for domestic violence after fight with girlfriend Home invasion suspects arrested after forcing way into motel room wanting money Police briefs Page A2, 070712.SNGNOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGfor Twin Oaks Conservation Area and Shingle Creek Regional ParkMaster/Management Plans The public is invited to attend two separate charettes for offering input on the analysis, design, planning and management of Twin Oaks Conservation Area (formerly known as the Tohoqua Property) on Thursday, July 12, 2012 and for Shingle Creek Regional Park on Thursday, August 9, 2012. Both meetings are from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Osceola County Extension Services meeting room at the Osceola Heritage Park Complex at 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744. The 370 acre Twin Oaks Conservation Area is located on Macy Island Road and was purchased for conservation and passive recreation purposes through the Osceola County Environmental Lands Program. The site is currently in the planning and design phase. Shingle Creek Regional Park is a 1,042 acre linear conservation and passive recreation corridor that is open to the public. The site is currently updating its planning, designing and management plans. You are invited to attend and participate in the discussion, comment on preliminary conceptual plans and ask questions of County staff and representative consultants involved with developing the nal plans. For more information, please contact Sandy Bean at 407-742-8650 or email@example.com. Where: Osceola County Extension Service 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane Kissimmee, FL 34744 When: Twin Oaks Conservation Area Thursday, July 12, 2012 5:00 pm 7:00 pm Shingle Creek Regional Park Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:00 pm 7:00 pm In accordance with Florida Statute 286.26, persons needing assistance to participate in these meetings should contact us prior to the meeting at 407-742-8650.
By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Charlie Kimball is comfortable driving over 200 miles per hour; he does it for a living. Many young drivers on the open road are a bit skittish driving at normal highway speeds and reacting to highway drivers. If any of those teens also are diabetic, working to regulate their blood-sugar level before they even click the seat belt and turn the key, the experience can be mindnumbingly harrowing. Kimball, who was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic just as his racing career was reaching high gear, can sympathize. The 27-year-old has been able to adjust his lifestyle and career to what he called his manual transmission pancreas to compete on the IZOD IndyCar Series and even lead three laps en route to his eighth-place finish at this years Indianapolis 500. Now, through charitable work with Children With Diabetes and a partnership with Car Control Clinic, Kimball is trying to offer teens who share his condition some help in the cockpit. The racer was a part of a program Tuesday at Celebration High School in conjunction with the CWD Friends For Life annual convention. The clinic offered handson, behind-the-wheel experience teaching new drivers and their parents what to do when something goes terribly wrong in the traffic stream. The clinic emphasizes on the challenges facing new drivers who also have type 1 diabetes. CWD President Jeff Hitchcock said that the event was in the Orlando-Kissimmee area for the 14th time (out of 42 national events). All three of my children have taken and benefitted from the New Driver Car Control Clinic, including my daughter who was diagnosed at age 2 (with type 1 diabetes) and is now 25, Hitchcock said. Science shows that diabetics can lead healthy lives, but the stats also shows they have a higher percentage of being involved in accidents. This program looks to reduce that. After a classroom session as part of the Friends For Life convention, participants took to the Celebration High parking lot to take part in evasive braking and steering exercises under the watchful eye of Car Control Clinic and with Kimball offering helpful tips. We want to offer a way to offer these teens a way to overcome the challenges of limited on-the-road driving before they head out there with everyone else, Kimball said. Most people, not just teens, dont have an indication of short-term braking and how ABS systems work, and here the worst thing they can hit is a cone, and they dont have feelings. The main exercise was turning and braking, simulating avoiding an unexpected obstacle in the road. When it came time for the teens to switch from driver to passenger and let their parents have a turn, he could see how much the young drivers had improved over the course of just a couple hours. I feel more confident right now in the kids than the parents, Kimball said as the elder drivers started their tests. Once the kids learn that its okay to hear tires squealing as long as they stop safely, they know they can handle an extreme situation behind the wheel and add to their arsenal for being safer drivers. Of course, theyre combining that with the added challenge of driving with diabetes. Kimball became involved with this cause four years ago, right around the time he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was a rookie on the Firestone Indy Lights series, the precursor to the IndyCar series then, and has since worked with his Chip Ganassi Racing team to develop telemetry to monitor his condition in the cockpit along with all of his other necessary specs. Its all there. For me its speed, lap time, RPMs, blood sugar, water temperature, Kimball said of his racing checklist. These kids have access to the same kind of information when they drive with the continuous glucose monitors on the market. For information on Children With Diabetes (www. childrenwithdiabetes.com), a community for families affected by diabetes, or New Driver Car Control Clinic (www.carcontrol.com), visit their websites.IndyCar race driver speaks to students about driving with diabetes News-Gazette Photos/Andrew SullivanAbove, IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball was on hand Tuesday at Celebration High School, teaching young drivers with diabetes how to keep both their vehicle and their blood sugar in control. In this exercise, drivers are given a last minute instruction on which way to swerve to avoid a collision, and have to brake suddenly while avoiding cones. Below, new Driver Car Control Clinic instructor Richard Lane goes over some ground rules for an upcoming exercise in helping new drivers become better acquainted with their vehicles. Kimball Saturday, July 7, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 070712.SNG OSCEOLA COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE (CATF) MEETING NOTICE Osceola County is a designated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Community that receives an annual allocation of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The primary objective of the Countys CDBG Program is the development of viable urban communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and the expansion of economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. In 1991, the CATF was established in order to assist Osceola County in developing and conducting needed neighborhood revitalizations and housing rehabilitation programs using Community Development Block Grant funds. The CATF counsels and advises Osceola County concerning current programs, assists in the development of new programs and advocates for Osceola County citizens. The next CATF meeting will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Human Services Department located at 330 N. Beaumont Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741. During the meeting, proposed FY 2012 CDBG Annual Plan activities will be discussed.The public will have an opportunity to make comments and suggestions on funding priorities. Comments received will be considered and evaluated by the County to determine appropriateness and feasibility for inclusion in the FY2012 Annual Action Plan. The meeting will be held in a handicapped accessible location. To request further information or special accommodations for a disability, please contact Jamie Rowland at (407) 742-8405 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. TDD users may call the Florida TDD Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771. Also, any non-English speaking person wishing to attend should contact Ms. Rowland 48 hours before the meeting.CONDADO DE OSCEOLA PROGRAMA DE SUBVENCION DE DESARROLLO DE LA COMUNIDAD (CDBG) GRUPO DE CIUDADANOS ASSESORES DE LOS TRABAJOS DE CDBG (CATF) AVISO DE REUNION El Condado de Osceola ha sido designado para el programa de subvencin de Desarrollo de la Comunidad (CDBG) y recibe una asignacin de fondos anualmente del Departamento Estadounidense de la Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD). El objetivo primario del Programa CDBG del Condado de Osceola es el desarrollo viable de comunidades urbanas incluyendo; vivienda digna, un ambiente propicio, y la expansin de oportunidades econmicas para personas de bajos y moderados ingresos. CAFT fue creado en 1991 con el fin de ayudar al condado de Osceola a desarrollar Programas para realizar necesarias rehabilitaciones en los barrios y rehabilitaciones de vivienda con fondos de CDBG. CATF aconseja y asesora al condado de Osceola en relacin a los programas actuales y ayuda en el desarrollo de nuevos programas y defiende a los ciudadanos del condado. La prxima reunin de CATF tendr lugar el Jueves 12 de Julio del 2012 a las 5:30PM en el Departamento de Servicios Humanos, localizado en el 330 N Beaumont Ave Kissimmee, FL 34741. Durante la reunin se discutirn las actividades de CDBG en el propuesto Plan Anual del ao 2012. El pblico tendr la oportunidad de hacer comentarios y sugerencias sobre las prioridades de financiacin. Los comentarios recibidos durante la reunin sern considerados y evaluados por el Condado para determinar la viabilidad de su inclusin en el Plan de Accin Anual del 2012. La reunin ser en un local accesible para personas minusvlidas. Para solicitar informacin adicional o acomodamiento especial por una discapacidad, por favor pngase en contacto con la Sra. Jamie Rowland al (407) 742-8405 por lo menos 48 horas antes de la reunin. 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neer, I strived to become the best engineer that I could be, and I kept that position for 12 years. I then became a lieutenant, a position I held for 11 years. Each position I took on, I sought to become the best I could be in that position before I felt comfortable in moving upward. As a battalion chief of only several weeks, I will work towards being the best I can be before I consider moving up. It may not have been something she sought, but her boss, Danny McAvoy, deputy chief/fire marshal for Osceola County, said it was something she certainly is worthy of. Everyone in the fire services, McAvoy said, is always improving, always striving to be better at their job. There is no rest in this business. You are always training, he said. Even if it is a Saturday or Sunday (assuming you have those days off), Training is an every day thing, he said. And foremost in mind for the firefighter is staying ahead of the fire. You have to learn to think like a fire, he said. And Jackie knows the ways of a fire. A fire does what it wants. You have to change its mind. Spence always has enjoyed the battle, all of the effort that goes into fighting the blaze. I like the combat. I like to combat fires, she said. Spences new position (she officially became a battalion chief, one of a dozen in the county, June 16) doesnt let her get as hands on as her old one. But the job still calls for her to be on duty 24 hours a day (when it is her shift), so when there is a fire in her district, which includes Buenaventura Lakes and Poinciana, she will be there. Much of her day now is filled with the routine of running the battalion executive staff meetings, checking on the status of the trucks, employee evaluations and similar endeavors. The countys fire rescue and emergency medical services is a growing department, McAvoy said. Spence has been a part of the department since it began in 1989, one of the original 15 members of the force when it formed in July of that year. It continues to grow in size and scope. Spence is one of five new battalion chiefs. The other new chiefs are Mike Capranica, Matt McNab, Dave Padgett and Steve Taylor. Other promotions announced in June included: Lieutenant Jay Jackson, Eric Jarvis, John Leonard, Rich Michel, George Slack and Shaun Smith. Engineer Brent Califano, James Franklin, Kevin Grice, Bill Gross, Christopher Marconi and Alfred Rowlett. Spence, who is married to a firefighter from Orlando, has two daughters. They are grown, but they are still excited for me, she said. Spence was recruited to the county in 1989 after being with the St. Cloud Fire Rescue for four years where she was a firefighter/paramedic. Being a woman in male-dominated profession does have its challenges. But I do have a good working relationship with the guys, she said. No one has ever challenged my being a female. We are all the same. And that is a big part of being a firefighter, McAvoy said. We cry. We have fears, he said. Recently, the department had to deal with the electrocution of a young girl at one of the area resorts. It was tough on everyone, he said. A lot of this job involves counseling the other firefighters. We are all brother and sisters. We are family.ChiefContinued from Page A-1 priority. We want to be on their doorstep, but I dont want to be their doormat, Harford said regarding Disney. Redevelopment in the area has had issues, so we wanted to re-evaluate how the corridor is perceived. The CRA will provide the tools, and as the economy improves, the funding for redevelopment of this corridor that is vital to our county. One of his hopes is that the CRA will help balance the ratio of retail businesses to the tourist-based locations in the area. But the biggest benefit to the area will be the availability of Florida PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) funding, which all property owners, commercial and residential, within the CRA area can utilize to make enhancements like faade improvements and energy-efficient air conditioning units and roofing materials. These programs will focus on local contractors and would promote local jobs, Harford said. Its a series of simple acts we can do for the private sector putting money and resources back into their properties. The benefit to individual properties is that it provides a vehicle for increasing their property values and lower their costs. And, its easy because its not the countys money. It is the second CRA the county has created this year, following a 2.8-mile segment of U.S. Highway 192 stretching east from the Kissimmee city limits near Michigan Avenue to Partin Settlement Road. Kissimmee has its own CRA within the city limits, creating three distinct economic development areas from U.S. Highway 27 to just west of St. Cloud. Each one has unique needs of Tourist Development Tax resources, Harford said. We hope this can keep discussions open in order to blend the areas together, he said. Next steps for the agency include creating redevelopment plans for the three sectors of the CRA. The first plan will be completed for the section between Vineland Road and Hoagland Boulevard. All of the redevelopment plans are expected to be complete in 2013.CRAContinued from Page A-1 position pending the outcome of his trials. He was reinstated in May. Zander, who also filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity C ommission and the Florida Commission on Ethics, filed an employee grievance stating she felt Thompson was retaliating against her for her criminal filing as well as the other complaints. Zander alleged Thompson failed to invite her to director meetings where information pertinent to the Human Resources Department was discussed including the hiring of a new finance director, that he eliminated duties such as monthly training from the departments responsibilities and was in discussions with County Manager Don Fisher to move Human Resources duties to the county, which would eliminate the department at the Clerks Office. This retaliation by you, Mr. Thompson, is an adverse employment action and has a tangible effect on my employment, my position here at the Clerks office, and my career, Zander wrote. As a matter of fact, since your return from suspension, you have not consulted with human resources on any issues including the hiring of the new finance director which clearly HR should have been involved in as we always have been involved in the hiring process. Hennecy, who served as acting clerk during Thompsons suspension, said in an email to Zander that no directors were included in the meeting with the new finance director, which was only conducted to re-acquaint ourselves with the applicant. Hennecy also addressed Zanders concerns about her attendance at the directors meetings and training. The office acted rapidly to address the concerns expressed in the correspondence from Human Resources, Celis said. The administration certainly wants this part of our staff to feel productive, so efforts have been made to ensure their ease to every reasonable extent possible. Thompson is running for re-election. Clerk Continued from Page A-1 Saturday, July 7, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 070512.TNGFree Luncheon SeminarOn Wednesday July 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM at Golden Corral Buffet2701 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, FL 34741Porta CoeliFuneraria y CrematorioCordially invites you to attend a special workshop:ARE YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER? Seating is limited. 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Page A6, Not so neighborlyTo the editor: My husband and I have resided on Knob Hill Circle since 1984. Weve raised three sons and have lived & worked in Osceola County since 1968. Its fair to say weve seen a lot of changes. There was a time when politeness and fair dealing was the rule of the day. Saturdays paper (June 30) makes me wonder if thats still true. I like to think it is, with a few distinct exceptions. Weve lived literally two doors down from Mrs. Kay White, a former Osceola Administrator, for nearly 20 years, and as a longtime neighbor one might assume shed avail herself of our close proximity and address her thoughts to me directly. She was a vocal financial supporter of the long-term incumbent who the people elected me to replace two short years ago. She should just let it go and confine her observations to pertinent facts instead of personal attacks. It still surprises me when I hear someone demand the toxic tone must stop as she did in her letter and in the same breathe use a litany of hateful words to describe my colleague. Thats exactly what White did in her letter June 30. Its equally amazing to me that any thoughtful person would suggest the Wheeler-Weisheyer team is what the Osceola schools need after having witnessed Wheelers antics first-hand on our board. Wheeler is the only board member who, reliably, without exception, cannot seem to act professionally. Ive tried to ignore his oddball behavior at every turn, and I must admit its no easy task. Anyone who has watched a board meeting can verify his continuing antics. I do take some solace in the likelihood that the voters of district 1 will reject his behavior with a resounding defeat two years from now, if he isnt removed before then. People dont want the status quo, and they dont want professional politicians like Wheeler & company. I didnt run for election for career advancement, or for re-election. I ran to do whats right, even when its difficult, and even when people, including neighbors with an axe to grind and newly minted newspaper editors, dont stick to facts. Theyve both made false assertions without any basis in fact and without even extending their neighbor the courtesy of phone call. Here are the facts. Many months ago I told Superintendent Andrews that I believed now former Principal David Groover should be dismissed for calling subordinate employees Nazis and other disparaging names, among numerous other well-documented complaints against him. Groover, by his own actions, his DUI charge aside, had demonstrated a pattern of poor judgment, and thats putting it mildly. An internal investigation was undertaken, only at my continued urging. Andrews pushed back and lamented Groovers supposed political ties within our community. Had Groover been a rank & file staff employee or newcomer, hed have sent them packing. As a former school bookkeeper, I know what its like to be one of those unfortunate rank & file employees. Superintendent Andrews thinks the continued shell-game of simply shuffling poorly performing or down-right incapable top-level Administrators around our district is acceptable. I do not. As a matter of policy, transferring malfeasant employees or sending them packing to the so-called rubber-room only to have them bounce-back into position later will be unacceptable during my tenure as your elected chairwoman. It will not be acceptable under any new superintendent either. Of course, due process will be given to the full extent of the law, but reassignment for terminable offenses will be the exception rather than the rule. The unfortunate reality is the negative headlines relating to our meth-distributing principal didnt have to happen. It wouldnt have happened either without Andrews inaction and complete lack of courage. I wish nothing but the best personally for Mr. Andrews, Mr. Groover, and anyone else who has issues of untruthfulness. I hurt for their families, and I pray for them. I regret these issues ever had to arise, but they did. With the help of the majority on our board, I aim to deal with them. Cindy Hartig and I dont agree on every issue, but shes honest and serving kids for all the right reasons, which is more than I can say for many of her detractors. Andrews retirement cant come soon enough. Hes demonstrated an inability to be open, honest, and fair dealing in his interactions with board members who are charged with determining educational policy. It has been clear to me for some time now that his movement from interim to permanent superintendent was a failed experiment and that most fellow board mem bers were unsatisfied with his performance on some level. I accept responsibility for his selection, and I can only pledge my dedication toward making it right with the appointment of a new superintendent who will undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure he or she is the right fit for our community. Well be thorough to ensure they have the credentials, the vision, and the intellect to make it happen. Well also ensure they understand what it means to be neighborly. Barbara Horn Osceola County School Board chairwomanSecure the best person possibleTo the editor: Egos, the sense of self importance, and misuse of power will corrupt any organization. We have been seeing this happening with our school board. Members of the board have lost sight of their charge, which is to set policy. When they disrupt the operation of the school system, students, parents, staff, and the whole community suffers. The lastest board action shows just how important they think they are in running the system rather than letting the professional staff do their job. A new superintendent is needed. Rather than seeking out the best qualified person for the job, we should wait until the next election so that the new board can get in on the selection. The most important issue now is to secure the best possible person to lead the school system, and as soon as possible. That should be the goal of the board, NOT just to be able to control the superintendent, or as they have done now, to create an atmosphere that is impossible for a competent person to operate in. Bill Coffman KissimmeeJust my opinionTo the editor: I cannot believe the Supreme Court voted the Obama health plan as legal. They say it is an added tax. For years we have paid into Medicare, now we are forced into this so-called health plan. For years hospitals have charged the insured more to cover the uninsured who paid little or nothing. Obama says all citizens will be covered or fined if they do not have insurance. What I would like to know is, the president going to make all the illegal immigrants legal? If not, who will pay their bills? I have to admit that I voted for Obama because of the condition the Bush administration had put the country in. I am a registered Democrat but I do not always vote the partys choice. I guess that makes me a Semi-Democrat. I hope all our citizens will give the next presidential election a lot more thought. As for me bye bye Obama. You may vote your conscience. Don Case St. CloudWhat fee actually meansTo the editor: Websters New World Dictionary of the American Language, Second College Edition, Deluxe Color Edition. 1986. David B. Guralik, Editor-in-Chief. Simon and Schuster, Inc. Page 512, defines the word fee as follows: a) heritable land held from a feyudal lord in return for service; fied; feudal benefice b) the right to hold such land c) payment, service, or homage due a superior 2. Payment asked or given for professional services, admissions, licenses, tuition, etc.; charge The second definition given above applies to the Kissimmee City Commissioners attempting to euphemistically obfuscate a TAX INCREASE while, at the same time, telling the citizens and taxpayers that they have reduced the tax rate. The so-called Fire Rescue Special Assessments are not a FEE. They are a TAX INCREASE that has, until a few years ago, been covered out of general tax revenues. This assessment or fee effectively increases ones property tax bill by an amount much greater than the minor reduction in the tax millage rate reduces ones taxes. As a fee one is not entitled to deduct the cost as a tax on ones federal income tax return. If one uses a fire or rescue service one should pay the charges for the service used. It is confiscatory to charge one for something they do not use. What is it about the City (and County) Commissioners, that they cannot understand that whether the charge comes out of ones right pocket or ones left pocket the money is still coming out of the same pair of pants? The last time properties were assessed at their current values by the Osceola County Property Appraiser, taxes were one third to one half what they are today. Houston W. Briggs II KissimmeeOPINION OPINIONStarting Monday, the Osceola County School District will be under new leadership. The Osceola County School Board appointed an interim superintendent at a special meeting Monday after voting 4-1 to allow Superintendent Terry Andrews to retire in two weeks. Melba Luciano, assistant superintendent of elementary curriculum and instruction, was tapped for the post. Luciano, a 27-year veteran of the School District, wrote a letter of intent to the School Board June 30 announcing her interest in taking over the position. We praise Luciano for having the fortitude to throw her hat in the ring after the School Boards recent record with superintendents. Two gone in two years, and neither left on the best of terms. We just hope that this will be a better marriage. Because we believe this goes higher than just the school system. We believe that all five School Board members want what is best for the students in Osceola County. But looking at the bigger picture, we believe the recent problems between the School Board members and the superintendents can have a negative affect on economic development. With Osceola County trying to lure new industry to create more jobs, its a no-brainer that corporations factor in the school systems when deciding to relocate. We believe most businesses want whats best for their employees and that includes a good education for their children. The School Boards clumsy attempt to fire Andrews last month didnt make a positive impression on anyone and we think it reflected badly on the district. Andrews was granted early retirement after he announced June 21 his desire to leave the position Oct. 31, after the June 19 School Board meeting where Chairwoman Barbara Horn motioned for his termination due to alleged breach of contract and member Cindy Hartigs 45-minute presentation of evidence of his alleged wrongdoings. Last year, former superintendent Michael A. Grego resigned and was voted out by the board seven weeks early. And factor in the public bickering between board members. Can that affect a companys decision on whether they want to do business in Osceola County? Unfortunately, we believe so. According to the terms, Luciano will be superintendent for at least six months, earning equal to Andrews current salary in the position, with the option of a month-to-month contract, should it be needed. This will ensure the board has time to conduct a superintendent search after new School Board members take office in November after the August primary. Additionally, Lucianos contract will include the caveat that guarantees that she be offered a position equal to or higher than the assistant superintendent position she currently holds should she not become the superintendent permanently. We wish Luciano the best of luck in her new endeavor and we hope she and the School Board will have a productive partnership. 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 407-846-8516. 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 Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at email@example.com. Got a gripe?The bigger pictureCan you say why America is the greatest country in the world? The question proceeds, of course, from an assumption, i.e., that America is, indeed, the greatest nation on Earth. When it is posed by a chipper college student to Will McAvoy, the dyspeptic cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels in the new HBO series The Newsroom, he gores that assumption with acid glee. By no standard or at least, no standard he cares to acknowledge -does McAvoy believe America is still the worlds greatest nation. Freedom? Thats hardly unique, he says, noting that C anada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan are all free. And he ticks off a number of other measures -literacy, life expectancy, math, exports, infant mortality -by which, he says, America now lags behind much of the world. Therefore, he says, America is, in fact, not the greatest nation on the planet. There is something telling and true in the crestfallen expressions with which the audience greets that declaration. Its as if someone has switched off the sun. America believes in nothing quite so deeply as its own greatness. There is something quintessentially us about that belief. The Japanese, we may presume, love Japan. Surely the Canadians feel a swelling pride at the sight of their flag and the Spanish stand a little straighter at the playing of their national anthem. But does any other nation feel the need to so routinely assure itself and remind others that it is the most excellent of them all? America, says Sean Hannity with numbing regularity, is ...the greatest, best nation God has ever given Man on the face of the Earth. It might be said, that the seed of American greatness lies in the very need to be great, to raise the foam index finger and chant USA! USA! to live up to our own self-image. Unfortunately, the seed of American self-delusion lies in the same place. To read the test scores, to watch the clown show that passes for TV news, to walk the boarded up streets of downtown Wherever, USA., to talk to a father about his kids future, is to take the fictional news anchors point: Namely, that there is something sad about yelling, Were number one! when you are, in fact, not. But and a character on the show reminds McAvoy of this we can be, always. The potential of it lies in Americas endless capacity for reinvention, the path to it in Americas matchless sense of mission. The nation has always risen to the challenge of greatness when it had a goal, a purpose to unite behind, a thing to get done. That is the story of the Revolution, the Union victory, the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin airlift, the Civil Rights Movement, the moon landing. So what is our mission now? What is the goal toward which we strive in 2012? And therein lies the problem: you dont know either, do you? Bill Clinton did mention something about a bridge to somewhere or other. George W. Bush was handed a mission fighting terrorism on a golden tray and bungled it. President Obama, unlike candidate Obama, has yet to articulate a goal that excites and unites. Like a knifes blade, greatness requires a whetstone to sharpen itself against. No whetstone presents itself in a nation where, as McAvoy notes, people define themselves by who they voted for in the last election, a nation whose depth of division and lack of unifying principle now poison the very air, a nation where, to speak of greatness is, increasingly, to speak of history. But what of the future? That will require mission and purpose, the realization that who we are is bound up in the things -audacious and spectacular things -we come together to get done. We ought to spend more time deciding what those things will be, and less reassuring ourselves of our own wonderfulness. True greatness, after all, is not declared. It is achieved. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@ miamiherald.com. Their view No newspaper?If you have signed up to receive copies of the Osceola News-Gazette and it is not being delivered, contact Kathy Beckham, circulation manager, by phone at 321-402-0401, or by email at kbeckham@osceolanewsgazette. com. Your ViewAmerica the greatest? OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications, a division of Independent Publications. Call 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at news@osceolanews gazette.com. The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www.aroundosceola.com.Year 113 No. 50 Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK 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 Leonard PittsTribune Media
Saturday, July 7, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 Serving Osceola County for 29 years Apartment homes & comprehensive services dedicated to Seniors and set amid a vibrant, gated golf community. Call and Tour Today 407.933.1999www.good-sam.com The Good Samaritan Village at Kissimmee provides services to qualied individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin or other protected statuses according to Federal or State law. Serving Osceola County for 29 years Apartment homes & comprehensive services dedicated to Seniors and set amid a vibrant, gated golf community. Call and Tour Today 407.933.1999www.good-sam.com The Good Samaritan Village at Kissimmee provides services to qualied individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin or other protected statuses according to Federal or State law. 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Thanks to our partnership with the Senior Resource Alliance, the Council was able to access mini-grant funding as a Community for a Lifetime through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. These funds were then used to purchase the iPads. Using the iPad, the Adult Day Health Center clients are able to enhance their interaction with others using applications that allow them to spell, track items, make choices and read words. The iPad weighs a little over a pound and is thinner than a magazine, making it easily accessible for frail individuals as well as those with mobility issues. Hands that are too atrophied to type on a keyboard or too shaky to hold a mouse can easily swipe across the tablet to access a variety of applications that support communications with friends and family members. The increased communication results in improved social, physical and functional status for the client. Several game applications also permit users to test memory, cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination, which helps them become more aware of their level of functioning the first step to rehabilitation and also a productive activity that patients with dementia can use to boost memory. The iPad also has iTunes capability as well as a camera and photo albums that allow users to share their favorite media with others. The calendar and timing applications remind users to take medications or do general activities and caregivers can likewise monitor the users progress in accomplishing those daily living skills. Since 1987, the Osceola Council on Aging Adult Day Health Center has provided frail seniors and disabled adults with daytime care services in a protective, noninstitutional environment. The Adult Day Health Center serves 107 individuals who cannot remain home alone but who do not require 24-hour care. Family caregivers may continue working outside the home, receiving help with the physical care of a loved one, and avoid placing them in institutional care. For more information about the Councils Adult Day Health Center, call the Osceola Council on Aging at (407) 933-9547. Greater OrlandoNeurosurgery & SpineBest in Neurological Surgeryby Orlando Magazine in 2007 2009 Also nominated for Best Doctor In America. by bestdoctors.comFor more information please call the office or visit our website at www.neuro-link.comNow serving Osceola County at our St. Cloud Office:3100 17th Street, Suite 3102 St. Cloud 34769Limited Hours7340 Stone Rock Circle Orlando 32819(Adjacent to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital)407-355-0575 for an appointment Most insurance plans accepted. Max Medary, M.D.S eE NIO rsRS G eE T CONN ecEC T eE D Kissimmee Utility Authority has r eleased the Spanish-language version of its comprehensive hur ricane preparedness guide. The Osceola Hurricane Handbook, which is offered annually to Osceola County r esidents, was developed by the utility to help individuals and families prepar e for the potentially devastating effects of hurricanes, tropical storms and other natural disasters. The 40-page guide includes information on emergency shelters, evacuation r outes, generator safety and power outage r estoration as well as helpful telephone numbers, a disaster supplies checklist and a hurricane tracking chart. The full-color guide can be downloaded in both Spanish and English from KUAs website at www.kua.com/hurricane. KUA serves its Spanish-language customers through a variety of channels, including a bilingual call center, assorted publications and free energy audits to encourage ener gy efficiency in the home. Steven H. Bronson, the man deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial for killing a St. Cloud housewife in 1979, was r eleased to the Baywood Nursing Center in St. Petersburg June 18 following his r elease from the Osceola County Jail. Bronson, 64, was arrested in December 2010 after DNA evidence connected him to the June 1979 slaying of Norma Thomas Page, 28, in the Church of the Nazarene parsonage on T ennessee A venue in St. Cloud. Pages two sons, ages 2 and 4 at the time, were present in the home when she was murdered. Bronsons first-degree murder charge was dropped by court order from the Fifth District Court of Appeals June 8, which allowed him to be released on his own re cognizance. Bronson confessed in December 2010 to St. Cloud police detectives to killing Page but due to a series of strokes in 2003, he was deemed incompetent to stand trial by several mental health professionals. By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Census data from 2010 has eliminated Buenaventura Lakes and Kissimmee View from low-income designa tion, lifting them out of a federal entitlement program that allows funding to be used for infrastructure and other improvements. Our target areas have changed. Theres higher incomes in those areas then there was previously, said Keisha Cyriaano, Community Development Block Grant Program manager for Osceola County. However, residents who meet our low income definition can participate and benefit from such activities as the rental assistance program. CDBG target areas are created when at least 51 percent of residents living within a census tract have a median income at or below 80 percent of Osceola Countys median income of $58,200. That means a family of four must make $46,560 a year to qualify as low income. Osceola County Commissioners were pleased to hear these areas had improved themselves out of being considered low income. This is a positive change. It shows our efforts to prepare our citizens for better jobs is succeeding, Commission Chairman John Quiones said. We still have much work to do to make Osceola County a better place for all of our residents but were on the right track. The county still has multiple communities Tropical Park, Marydia, Intercession City, Campbell City, Poinciana and portions of St. Cloud that still qualify as low income and will benefit from the CDBG program funding. The funding will be used by the county to ensure residents have access to decent a ffordable housing, a suitable living environment and the creation and retention of jobs. Cyriaano outlined several projects currently bein g worked on using past CDBG funding at the June 18 Commission workshop, the largest and closest to completion being the Osceola County Community Health Clinic in Buenaventura Lakes. More than $578,000 was allocated for the acquisition and rehabilitation of the health clinic, located at 2597 Boggy Creek Road. The clinic is expected to open this summer, according to county officials. Commissioners have identified more than $1.6 million in project priorities such as public infrastructure, w hich includes streetlight s in Marydia and Intercession City as well as a septic tank replacement for the Community Breadbasket; public facilities including the health clinic and the Poinciana YMCA Community Center; and economic development, which includes a training center. These types of actions require large amounts of funding. We need to prioritize which of these projects we want to focus on this year and try to start spending some money, Cyriaano said. Its very important we move forward with the projects that weve accumulated enough money to get started rather than just setting it aside. Governments receiving CDBG funding are required to have less than 1.75 percent of their allocation in the U.S. Treasury line of credit by May 1 and more than 1.5 percent by July 1. While Cyriaano said the county was in no danger of failing to meet those requirements, governments who fail to spend their allocated funds may be forced to return the money, create a spending plan or have their allocation lower in upcoming years. The countys action plan is due to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban D evelopment, w hich over sees the CDBG program, by Aug. 16. The county is in the midst of a 30-day public comment period and will hold a community meeting in July on the projects. The County Commission will taken final action on the projects at the Aug. 13 meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Administration Building. For more information on the meeting or this years action plan, contact the Osceola County Human Services Department at 407742-8400.Bueneventura Lakes, Kissimmee View lifted from low-income bracket Admitted killer Steven Bronson released to nursing home in St. Petersburg Kissimmee Utility Authority offering its comprehensive hurricane guides in Spanish
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Saturday, July 7, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsLonghorns win back the crown By Rick Pedone Sports Editor In one of the tightest races in Orange Belt Conference All-Sports Championship history, Harmony nipped Osceola, 119.5117.5, for the 2011-12 title. It was Harmonys fourth win in five years after OHS claimed the title last year. Its a credit to the kids, the coaches and the administrators we have at Harmony, Athletic Director Chuck Hitt said. We try to set things up so that our coaches can be successful, but in the end, its up to them, and the kids, to make it happen. The female athletic teams at Harmony have been phenomenal for the past several years, and this one was no exception. The Lady Longhorns won OBC championships in volleyball, basketball (tie with Osceola), soccer, flag football, softball and tennis. The only female sport to finish worse than third place in the conference was cheerleading, which was fifth. The boys also came through with conference crowns in golf, swimming and diving, and weightlifting. Osceola won conference titles in football, girls golf, girls swimming and diving, competitive cheerleading, wrestling and girls basketball. OHS seemed to have the all-sports title in hand entering the spring season, holding an 8.5-point lead over Harmony, but OHS failed to win a conference title in any spring sport and placed third or worse in six of eight sports, while Harmony won four spring championships (flag football, softball, girls tennis, boys weightlifting). I really didnt think we had much of a chance to win it after the winter season, but the kids really came through, Hitt said. It benefits us to have a program like Osceolas out there to keep pushing us. Competition makes everyone better. St. Cloud, the winner seven straight years before Harmony won its first title in 200708, finished third (110) in the standings for the fifth consecutive season. The Bulldogs won conference titles in girls cross country, girls weightlifting and girls track. Gateway (91.5) enjoyed one of its best years of OBC competition and placed fourth, with boys basketball, boys soccer and baseball all winning conference crowns. Celebration (78), with boys tennis winning the OBC title, topped Liberty (68.5) for fifth place. The Chargers won conference titles in boys cross country and boys track. Liberty does not field a swimming program. Poinciana (47) finished seventh, handicapped by no representation in six sports. The Eagles boys basketball team tied for second. Here are the all-OBC teams for the spring season: Baseball: Osceola: Jorge Pantoja, Travis R ichardson, Edwin Rios. Liberty: Yariel Alvarez, Oscar Galagarza, Tim Tapia. Gateway: Randy Batista, Bryan Ojeda, Aaron Rosso, Randall Toribio. St. Cloud: J.P. Del Valle, Abel Del Valle, Alessio Pena. Harmony: A.J. Stevens. Honorable mention: Gateway: Lio Morales, Carlos Villamil, Miguel Beltre. Harmony: Wyatt Dering, P.J. Musselman, Nathan Thomen, Josh Corredor. Liberty: Kevin Quinones, Ezra Domingues, Luis Rivera, Hector Perez. Osceola: Mark Clarke, Bryce Burton, Edwin Bonilla. Poinciana: Ariel Vargas. St. Cloud: Angel Otero. Celebration: Daniel Collins. Coach of the Year: Rob Hammond (GHS). S oftball: Osceola: Jessica Callahan, Noemi Chavez, Morgan Crapo, Chantal Crockett, Kali Jones, Kenya Pereira. Harmony: Lauren Harris, Brianna Kimura, Lily Mann, Dakota McCoy, Madison Nichols, Aleshia Ocasio. St. Cloud: KaDiesha McCowen, Audrey Wentzell. Celebration: Madison White. Honorable mention: St. Cloud: Shina Hunsicker, Aerla Del Valle, Emily Blackmore, Lisa Poon, Brianna Benge. Osceola: Patricia Ortiz, Kaley Brosious. Gateway: JoJo Martinez. Celebration: Sarah Stellwag, Kylie Jansing. Liberty: Dalia Villafane. Harmony: Brooke Harris, Bre ann Vanderzyl, Emily Fiorelli, Molly Baker. Coach of the Year: George Coffey (OHS). Girls tennis: Harmony: Lauren Grego, Addison Hickey, Antonella Scarpatti, Brianna Stacey. Osceola: Kristen Ackley. St. Cloud: Haylee Glasscock. Gateway: Amy Lamb. Poinciana: Jacqueline Renteria. Honorable mention: St. Cloud: Jessica Barney, Poppy Waranthorn. Harmony: Adrianne Roberts, Olivia Porter. Osceola: Kristina Alvarez, Savanna Escobar. Poinciana: Alyssa Maldonado. Coach of the Year: Jerry Piester (HHS). Boys tennis: St. Cloud: Ryan Bender, Trevor Foshey. Celebration: Richard Cruz. Liberty: Kevin Gomez. Osceola: Paul Gursky. Harmony: Broderick H icks. Gateway: Tony Oringer. Honorable Mention: Harmony: Tanner Maybury. Osceola: Eduardo Colon. Gateway: Jerry Satayarekha. Coach of the Year: Dallas Kelsey (SCHS). Flag football: Harmony: Taylor Ashcraft, Stephanie Baur, Stormi Justesen, Sage Leffew, Marie Gilbert. Gateway: Tiffany Charneco, Christy Folk, Jaleisha Peterman, Queneicesha Scott-Torres. Poinciana: Nickita Forbes, Kenya Fritas, Deriyan Woodson. Osceola: Gabby Goeins, Robin Hight. St. Cloud: Terryn ODonnell. Honorable mention: St. Cloud: Anaya Reid, Lynnsey Glunt. Osceola: Keira Koroitamudu, Kendall Kranich, Jhosinnory Diaz, Taylor Murphy. Harmony: Julia Ingler, Paige Starcher, Kaley Page. Poinciana: Brittany Campbell, Harmony dominated spring sports to deny defending champ OHS Caitlin Beam (3) and the Lady Longhorns soccer team again had a successful season and reached the regional semifinal round.News Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan OBC All-Sports Champions Harmonys volleyball team charged into the Class 7A state volleyball tournament, the first time an Osceola County team reached the volleyball finals.News Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Harmony (119.5) Osceola (117.5) St. Cloud (110) Gateway (91.5) Celebration (78) Liberty (68.5) Poinciana (47) All-Sports standingsHarmonys Marie Gilbert (left) races ahead after a pass reception against Gateway during the flag football season. The Lady Longhorns won the OBC flag football championship and reached the second round of the playoffs.News Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanSee OBC, page A-10
Good jobKissimmee All-Stars age 9-10 Coach Billy Nazario does a fist bump with his son, Justin Nazario, after Justin reached base during the District 3 tournament game against Celebration at the St. Cloud Little League complex Thursday.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan OHS third at Winter Park hoops OBCContinued from page A-9 Baldwin to Pan Am Games Osceola High wrestler Fox Baldwin, a two-time state champion, has been selected to the U.S. Pan American team that will compete at Maracaibo, Venezuela, July 10-16. From Venezuela, Baldwin will fly to Fargo, N.D., for the U.S. National Freestyle championships. Baldwin w as recently accepted to the U.S. Wrestling 2020 Olympics developmental program. Those wishing to help Baldwin defray travel expenses may contact email@example.com.HOT! HOT! HOT!And Im not talking about the fishing! Fishing has been on the slow, cool side. Right now if I had to catch some fish, I would be looking for some running water. Wherever you find running water it will be cooler than the lake water and more oxygenated. Usually the bait fish look for this type of water and the bass follow the bait. Small plastic worms, 6-inches or less, and a Carolina Rig should should be your best bet. Your other choice might be to flip some heavy cover where bass can find some shade from the sun. Some really nice bluegills and shell crackers are still being caught on the shell beds and along the grass lines. Worms and crickets work best. I caught a 16-inch spec (crappie) on a 3/8-ounce spinner bait last week on a grass line with submerged hydrilla just off the grass. I am on vacation in Alaska right now, and the weather is considerably cooler than Central Florida. Lows are in the 40s and highs in the 50s. Ill be back next week and Im betting the heat will be a little hard to take for a few days. If you do go out to do some fishing, make sure you take along plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.Land a lunker? Send information about your big catch to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send fishing information and photos to email@example.com. Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Running water is key to landing some fishShatell Ward. Gateway: Ashley Collazo, Kahlia Williams. Coaches of the Year: Paul Strauch (HHS), Steve Robertson (GHS). Weightlifting: Poinciana: Tim Williams. Harmony: Jacob Purcell, Hunter Perkins, Justin Kennedy, Riley Nicholson, Terry Akers. St. Cloud: Chase Butner, Hans Schroeder, Austin Ocasio. Liberty: Caleb Lucien. Coach of the Year: John Wallauer. Boys track: St. Cloud: Ian McKenzie, Cole Harvey, Austyn Jandrew, Bailey Morgan, Matt Cole, Antonio Montalvo, Ralphy Hernandez, Eric Pfeifer, Travon Williams, Jordan Reus. Liberty: Joshua Wilson, Markel Brown, Kyle Sharman. Harmony: Jared Payne, Daniel Foshee. Poinciana: Ronald Decomo. Celebration: Quincy OConnor. Gateway: Zach Smith, Brian Vaughan, Julian Johnlewis, Luis Hernandez. Coach of the Year: Robert Pauley. Girls track: Liberty: Kelila Naules. St. Cloud: Astaja Tyghter, Ashlyn Stadtlander, Katelyn Stadtlander, Octavia Gonzalez, Kirsten Chambers Harmony: Kendall Pollock, Yanese Arevalo. Celebration: Jessica Harter. Osceola: Jodiann Crooks, Kimani Francis, Charlie Muzeka, Janel Brown, Vallerie Norgaisse, Chelsea Thomas. Coach of the Year: Ettie Singleton. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola placed third at a Winter Park summer girls basketball league held at The Geneva School last week. The Lady Kowboys, coached by Barner Cooks, were 5-3 with the losses coming against Class 4A state qualifier Orlando Jones and twice to Metro Conference power Colonial. The league was r un by Sarah Jenkins, the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Class 2A Coach of the Year. Osceola, Harmony, St. Cloud, Gateway and Lake Nona are playing in a summer league for the next three weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at St. Cloud Middle School. Page A10, 070512.TNG 070512.TNG 070512.TNG 070712.SNG FIND A CHEVY DEALER CHEVYDEALER.COM1-866-503-8348www.kissimmeechevy.com2500 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, FL (Corner of Donegan and Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee)QUALITY SALE sS AND SERVICE *$1,000 due at signing (after all offers). Includes security deposit. Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment extra. Mileage charge of $0.20 /mile over 39,000 miles. **$1,000 due at signing (after all offers). Includes security deposit. Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment extra. Mileage charge of $0.20 /mile over 39,000 miles. 2012 CHEVY MALIBU LL S 33 MPG HWY ESTIMA TED $259mo. $1,700 DD ownPlus Tax & Tag. 39 mo Lease, 12,000 miles per yearStock #CF2130192012 CHEVY sS ONI cC L sS 4DR 35 MPG HWY ESTIMA TED AA utomatic with Remote K eyless E E ntry$15,495Plus Tax, Tag, Dealer Fee and Dealer Added Accessories.Stock #C41795682012 cC HEVY sS ILVE rR A dD O 4X4 20 MPG CITY ESTIMA TED CC rew CC ab, HH ybridUp to $4500 Rebate or 0% up to 60 mo.
By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor If you were wondering what ever happened to Scott Joseph, former Orlando Sentinel food critic and one of the areas No. 1 foodies, Joseph is alive and well, still writing about food and serving as a restaurant consultant as well. Joseph was at the Everglades Restaurant at the Rosen Centre last week hosting his own dinner, the Scott Joseph Supper Club at a delicious gathering called An Evening with Harris Rosen. Joseph hosts the events at some of the best restaurants in the Central Florida area. It may be his supper club, but it was hotelier Rosens night, since he did most of the talking. Rosen has been a major player in the Orlando area hotel scene since opening his first hotel on International Drive in the early 1970s. In between courses that included items such as tea smoked salmon (with green tea and shitake mushroom broth) and filet of buffalo au poivre with blueberry balsamic sauce and blueberry onion jam, Rosen proved to be a master storyteller. Take the Everglades Restaurant for example. Rosen said when he first thought about opening the restaurant at the Rosen Centre on International Drive, he was thinking something Asian. With sumo wrestlers. Rosen had served in the U.S. Army in Asia and had been captain of the Army Judo team and a visit to Japan and the sumo wrestling culture made a lasting impression. I told my wife about the concept, Rosen said. The answer was straight and to the point: Forget about it. And probably, rightly so. A restaurant based on large, sweaty man, is probably a tough sell. And so, the Florida-influenced Everglades restaurant was born. The restaurant itself proved to be the source for even more stories by Rosen. The dining area has some signature items: a very large, alligator with open mouth and a green frog for example. When the restaurant was under construction the alligator was already in place, about 17 years ago, one of Rosens young sons tripped over the alligator tail, breaking it. It could have been repaired seamlessly. Instead the big green gator has a deliberately fixed broken green tail to mark the occasion. And then there is that green frog. Restaurant employees noticed a few years ago that the frog had disappeared sometime after closing. It wasnt hard to track down the missing frog though. It had b een stolen by two d runken hotel guests, who brought the amphibian back to their hotel room. What they didnt realize, Rosen said, was that the hotel and restaurant, like most places, has surveillance cameras. And in this case, one of the frogs two large eyes also made a nice hiding place for a camera.Harris Rosen plays host at dinner at his own Orlando restaurantSavages is not as visionary as Natural Born Killers, and it isnt as emotional as Born on the Forth of July. But Oliver Stones take on the Don Winslow novel, is a welcome home of sorts to a director who has mostly floundered for the past decade. Savages is a quite good action/thriller focusing on the lives of a love triangle, two former high school buddies and the girlfriend they both love. The two guys also produce some of the highestgrade marijuana in California, and by default, the world. Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) could not be more unlike. Ben is a practicing Buddhist, a guy with a soul, who uses a lot of the money he has made from his marijuana fortune to help others. Chon is former Navy Seal and is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and not surprisingly, is the enforcer of their family business. They both love Ophelia (O for short), played by Blake Lively. She has sex with both of them (one at a time) in the opening 15 minutes of the film. It is an arrangement that has been working out quite happily for some time. 50 CENTS Oliver Stone returns to the heady days of Natural Born KillersFollow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/icmovies Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B July 7, 2012 Check out aroundosceola.com Getting Stoned one more timeLIFESTYLESLIFESTYLES PRETTY LIGHTSORLANDO Pretty Lights will bring The Illumination Tour to the UCF Arena on Wednesday, Oct 3. Tickets start at $23 and on sale now a the UCF Arena Ticket Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster. com. Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultraversatile Colorado-based producer Derek Vincent Smith. Together with his drummer, Adam Deitch, Pretty Lights achieves a raw energy rarely reached in the realm of electronic music.KISSIMMEE PARKSKISSIMMEE The Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Department has several fun events/discounts in July to celebrate Parks and Recration Month. On July 11 and 25 you can get a free day at the Kissimmee Civic Center; July 11, 18 and 25 admission to the Bob Makinson Aquatic Center is only $1; and on July 20 the aquatic center will screen the film Dolphin Tale for $3 as part of its Dive-In Movie series. For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Department at 407-518-2501. COKE ZERO 400DAYTONA BEACH Before the start of the Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona International Speedway, a Boeing B-52H aircraft will perform a flyover for race fans, taking off from and landing at Daytona Beach International Airport. This will be the largest plane to ever land at the countyoperated airport. The Coke Zero 400 race is at 7:30 p.m. tonight, but race day events begin when the gates open at 10 a.m. Grammy-winning multiplatinum group Train will perform an hour-long pre-race concert before the Coke Zero 400. After the race, stay for the largest fireworks show in the Southeast! For more information on the Coke Zero 400, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.FANTASY OF FLIGHTPOLK CITY This summer, Fantasy of Flight has a special offer for Florida residents with a special buy one, get one free admission offer. Now through Sept. 30 guests can receive one complimentary admission with the purchase of any paid admission ticket of equal or greater value. Individuals must present proof of residency at the Fantasy of Flight admission desk to qualify for the discount. The Florida resident offer is not valid with any other offers or discounts and does not include the purchase of annual passes. For more information on the attraction, which boasts one of the worlds great aircraft collections, go to www. fantasyofflight.com. Regular admission is $28.95 plus tax for adults, $14.95 plus tax for youth (age 6-12) and five and under are free with full paying adult. Current exhibits include The Tuskegee Airmen They Dared to Fly and the multimedia tribute to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) A Passionate Pursuit. See Movie, page B-3 Life is paradise for two buddies (Taylor Kitsch a nd Aaron J ohnson) who have a profitable marijuana business, but t hings quickl y unravel when a Mexican cartel enters the picture in Savages. Everythings coming up Rosen Universal Pictures S avages Directed by: Oliver Stone Running time: 130 minutes Rated: R See Dining, page B-3 Now open at Discovery Cove in Orlando is Freshwater Oasis, an all-new attraction featuring wading adventures and face-toface encounters with playful otters and curious marmosets. Designed with a rainforest canopy above and sparkling-clear springs below, Freshwater Oasis is a natural fit within Discovery Coves tropical atmosphere. Guests can relax, explore and swim in the water-filled trails. Freshwater Oasis is included with admission to Discovery Cove. Limited to approximately 1,000 guests per day, Discovery Cove requires advance reservations which can be made at DiscoveryCove.com or by calling 1-877-434-7268.News-Gazette Photo/Peter CovinoThe Everglades Restaurant, at the Rosen Center on International Drive, hosts special dining events throughout the year, including the popular, yet intimate, Vine & Dine Events. The next dining event, with a South American theme is Thursday, July 26. See Sun Spots, page B-3 B 070712.SNG
Page B2, 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 407-846-7600 you need the newspaper By Katie Pedone For the News-Gazette The Amway Center was the hottest spot in Orlando on Saturday night as European boy band, One Direction brought its Up All Night Tour into the heart of Florida. The band, made up of Englands Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, along with Niall Horan from Ireland, formed just two years ago on the British television show, The X Factor. In the past few months the group has taken America by storm, becoming the first UK band to debut as number one on the Billboard charts with their album, Up All Night. The sold out show kicked off with an enjoyable performance by opening act Manika, a Filipino-American who appeared at the American Music Awards show. She danced and sang songs about good girls with bad luck. The next act was Olly Murs, another English performer who also gained his start on The X Factor. Murs had the crowd on their feet the entire set with catchy songs like his single, Heart Skips a Beat. Then, the lights went down for the third time and the crowd knew who was next. Introduced by a short video, Liam, Harry, Louis, Zayn, and Niall took to the stage, putting all their energy into singing the dance tune, Na Na Na. Fans and parents alike danced and sang along the entire night, stopping only for slower songs such as, Moments, where the band asked fans to put their cell phones and glow sticks in the air which turned the venue into a sea of tiny white lights all swaying together. Taking a break to bond with the crowd, the band kicked back on a couch on stage to read their favorite questions from fans on Twitter. One question asked, What is your favorite childhood song? Liam, answered, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, sending the crowd into a fit of laughter. The show ended with an encore performance of the upbeat, I Want, as the band jumped off stage to grab the hands of adoring fans reaching across the barricades, and then with a final bow, One Direction had officially rocked Orlando. Local One Direction fan, Harmony student Leslie Acta, probably spoke for many of the bands fans when she said, I have been waiting since 2010 to see them and it was an experience that was well worth the wait. I will never forget it. (Editors note: Music fan Katie Pedone will be a senior at Osceola High School in the fall). More music news The hard rock and metal concert, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is less than a week away. Rated the #2 Best Summer Tour of 2012 by Yahoo. com, the tour comes to the amphitheater in Tampa (off of I-4, east of the city) July 12. The show got off to a record-breaking start last week with more than 26,000 at the Kickoff in San Bernardion. The festival features bands on three stages. This years lineup includes: Main Stage: Slipknot Slayer Motorhead Jgermeister Stage: Anthrax As I Lay Dying The Devil Wears Prada Asking Alexandria WhiteChapel. Sumerian Stage: Upon a Burning Body I The Breather Betraying the Martyrs Dirtfedd For more information/ tickets visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com Bearcat O rlandos own Bearcat, with Renn Yohee, return to their hometown tonight with a show at the Backbooth in Orlando. The name Renee Yohe may be familiar to Central Floridians from all the support work the non-profit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms has done in her honor; or from the film based on her story, Renee, starring Kat Dennings and Chad MIchael Murray, which premiered at Florida Film Festival this Spring. She first entered the public spotlight with To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit organization that aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide. She is now channeling all of her creative energy into her music career with her new band, Bearcat. Gaining momentum on tour this spring with Never Shout Never, Bearcat is ready to release its debut EP. Tickets for the show are available at the door: 37 West Pine St. Music SceneUK band debuted at No. 1 album on Billboard charts with Up all NightEuro boys, One Direction, wow their fans at Amway Photo/Special to the News-GazetteOne Direction fans (and Osceola County residents) Lauren Lesinski (left) and Leslie Acta show their enthusiastic support for the UK band at last Saturdays concert at the Amway Arena in downtown Orlando.
MovieContinued from page B-1 The love fest in Laguna Beach (with a really great nest) comes to a screeching halt when a Mexican Cartel (headed up by Selma Hayek with Benicio Del Toro as one of her top henchman) want a cut of the goodies. When Ben and Chon are not receptive enough to their deal, the Mexican baddies kidnap O and threaten to kill her (slowly and painfully) if they do not comply. Yes, they are savages. But Ben, and particularly Chon, are not about to go whimpering into the sunset, with their tails between their legs. They too can play the savages game. Savages is often violent, in a Quentin Tarentino kind of way (he wrote the screenplay for Stones Natural Born Killers) and maybe not particularly believable, but this is more of a violent fantasy. While Johnson, Kitsch and Lively, pretty much keep their acting in check, Hayek and Del Toro and John Travolta (hes a dirty federal agent) get to have all of the fun overplaying their roles. Savages plays out pretty well with good guys you want to win and bad guys you can only hope have a unhappy ending. And Stone also obliges by gives us plenty of both, by having one of those twist endings, right out of the Tarentino playbook.DiningContinued from page B-1 Rosen, also noted for his many humanitarian endeavors (he was named 2011 Central Floridian of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel for his philanthropy a nd work ethic) owns and operates the largest independent hotel chain in Florida with 6,300 rooms or approximately six percent of the total room inventory in Central Florida. His lodging portfolio includes seven properties in the Orlando area, including three convention hotels within one mile of the Orange County Convention Center Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek and four leisure hotels Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Rosen Inn closest to Universal, Quality Inn International and the Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. Also part of the evening was special guest Bryan Del Bondio, president of Markham Vineyards of St. Helena, Ca. Markham wines were paired with the sixcourse dinner. The Everglades restaurant is host to many dining events throughout the year, including the themed Vine & Dine Events. The next Vine & Dine is called A Different View of the World The South American Perspective, with special guest speaker Master Sommelier Andrew McNamara and his selections of five wines from Argentina and Chile paried with Chef Fred Vlachos six course menu inspired by the cuisine of South America. The dining event is Thursday, July 26 and starts with a 6:30 p.m reception. Cost of the Vine & Dine event is $75 per person (including complimentary valet parking). Space is limited. Call 407-996-8560 for reservations. The restaurant also features a three course with wine pairing summer menu for $59. Go to www.evergladesrestaurant.com for the complete menu, reservations and more information. Meanwhile, you can go to one of Scott Joseph Super Club gatherings (the next one is scheduled at Roys Restaurant in Orlando). Go to his website www. scottjosephorlando.com for restaurant reviews and other features on area restaurant scene. You can also sign up for his email newsletter. Brevard Zoo Its not dinner exactly, but who doesnt like a little candy before dinner, or after for that matter? The Brevard Zoo Brevard Zoo is accepting treat station sponsors for its annual Boo at the Zoo event opening Oct.12. Boo at the Zoo will run for nine nights this year: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14; 19-21; and 26-28 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly. As a treat station sponsor, this is a chance for businesses to introduce themselves to local residents while handing out candy to families. Treat station participants can choose to sponsor just one or two weekends of choice, or participate in all three weekends. Attendance over any of the three-day weekends averages 5,000 people. For treat station sponsorship information, please call 321254-9453 Ext. 236 or email Lheckerson@brevardzoo.org. The Zoos infamous Halloween event features music and live entertainment, a haunted trail, costume contest, witchs den, games, crafts, a train ride, and a chance to go trick-or-treating at more than 30 treat stations located throughout the Zoo that are sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Tijuana Flats Dont forget that every Thursday is Throwback Thursdaze at participating Tijuana Flats restaurants in Central Florida, including the Kissimmee location. You get a burrito, chips and drink for $5.99. HEADDRESS BALLORLANDO Hope and Help Center of Central Florida will host its 23nd annual Headdress Ball Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Hilton Orlando. John Morgan of Morgan and Morgan and his family have stepped up to the plate to chair this event. All disease is unfair. AIDS seems particularly so. My family looks forward to an AIDS free world, but in the interim it is important that those infected be treated with compassion, grace and Gods love said John Morgan. Headdress Ball is the areas number one voted gala and is the cornerstone fundraiser benefiting Hope and Help Center. Hope and Helps mission is save lives by treating and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Central Florida. Headdress Ball has generated more than $3 million since its inception in 1989. Last years event raised more than $325,000 which help to deliver life saving services to more than 4,600 clients a year. The event is known throughout Central Florida as Orlandos most outrageous black tie gala with the areas most influential people in attendance. Adult-only performances dominate the stage with precision and glamour. People love Headdress Ball because its the only charity event that brings together drag queens, G-strings, and black tie! adds Maggie King, Director of Development for Hope and Help. For ticket and event information visit www. headdressball.org. News-Gazette photo/Peter CovinoIf this green frog, one of several animals who call the Everglades restaurant home, could talk, he would have some interesting stories. Hotelier Harry Rosen shared a secret about this particular frog at a recent dining event. Sun SpotsContinued from page B-1 Saturday, July 7, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 OS CE OL A COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT 2012 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN, 30 DA Y PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARIN G Osceol a County is a designated Community Developmen t Bloc k Gra nt (C DBG) Entitlemen t Community th at receives an annual allocation of funding from th e U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In orde r to r eceive Fisca l Ye ar 2012 CDB G f unding th e County mu st develo p an Annua l Actio n Pla n and su bmit to HUD prior to August 15, 2012. In accordance with the Housin g and Community Developm ent Act (HCDA), as amended, the primary objectiv e of th e County s C DBG Progra m is th e development of vi abl e urba n communities includin g decen t housing a suitabl e livin g environment, and th e expansio n of economi c opportunitie s fo r lo w and m oderate income persons. CDBG funds may al so be us ed to ai d in t he elimina ti on and pr eventio n of sl um or blight; and to me et community development needs having particular urgency for which no other funds are available. ANNUA L ACTION PLAN: The Pla n establishe s prioritie s and provide s informatio n on activities th at will be funde d with th e County s CDB G allocation in FY2012 Base d on curren t estimates approximatel y $1,226,33 9 wil l be availabl e fo r th e 2012 progra m year The fol lowin g propose d projects and fun din g allocatio n wil l be considered for final action by the Osceola County Commission at its August 13, 2012 regular meeting: rfntb brbbbnbb rbnt frbfbnt rbfbn rbbbnbb rbbbnbb rfrnbb NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARIN G AN D 30 DA Y CONSOLIDA TE D PLA N COMMEN T PERIOD: The public is invited to atte nd a public hearing reg ardin g t he FY2012 Annual Action Plan. Addi tio nall y, a draft of the FY201 2 Annual Action Plan will be made available for public review and comments during the 30 day comment period 30-DA Y PUBLIC REVI EW PERIO D: Copies of the draft FY2012 Annual Action Plan will be available from July 9, 201 2 to Augus t 10, 201 2 at th e O sceol a County Huma n Service s Departmen t located at 330 N. Beaumon t Ave., Kissimmee FL 34741 For co mments or additiona l information co ntac t Jami e Rowlan d at ( 407) 742840 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Pla n w ill al so be ma de availabl e on th e County s website www.osceola.org and at local libraries. PUBLIC HEARING: The public hearin g wil l be held on Monda y, August 13, 2012 at 1: 30 p. m. at the Osceol a County Commissio n Chambers durin g a reg ularl y schedule d Commissio n m eetin g locate d at 1 Courthous e Square, Kissimmee, FL 34741. During the public hearing, the goals and needs of the FY2012 Annual Plan wil l be discussed Th e publi c w ill have an opportunity to ma ke additiona l comments and su ggestion s on f undin g priorities Comments r eceive d at th e public hearin g wil l be considered and evaluated by th e County to determine appropriateness and feasibility for inclusion in the FY2012 Annual Action Plan. The public hearin g wil l be hel d in a handicappe d accessibl e location. To r equest f urthe r informatio n or specia l accommodations for a disability please contact Jamie Rowland at (407) 742-8405 at least 48 hours in advance of th e m eeting TD D users ma y ca ll th e Florid a TD D Rela y Service at 1-800-955-8771 Also any non-English sp eakin g perso n wishin g to atten d th e public hearin g shoul d co ntac t Ms Rowlan d 48 hours before th e meeting. CONDADO DE OSCEOL A PROGRAM A DE SUBVENCION DE DESARROLLO DE LA COMUNIDAD (CDBG) PLAN DE ACCIN ANUAL DEL 201 2, PERODO DE 30 DAS DE COMENT ARIO PBLICO Y AV ISO DE AUDIENCIA P BLICAEl Condado de O sceola ha s ido d esignado pa ra el p rograma de subvencin de Desarroll o de la Comunidad (CDBG) y recibe un a a signacin de fondos anualmente de l Departamento E stadounidense de la V ivienda y Desarroll o Urbano (HUD) Pa ra recibi r f ondos de CDBG par a el A o Fiscal 2012 el Condado deb e d esarrollar un P lan de A ccin Anua l y someterlo al Departamento de Vi vienda y Desarrollo Urbano antes del 15 de agosto de 2012. De conformidad co n la ley de Vi vienda y Desarroll o de la Comunidad (HCDA) en su versin modificada, el o bjetiv o pr imari o de l Pr ogram a CDBG de l Condado de O sceola es el d esarroll o viable de comunidades u rbanas incluyendo; vi vienda digna, un ambiente propicio, y la expansin de oportunidades econmicas para personas de b ajos y moderados ingresos. Lo s fondos de CDBG t ambin pueden ser usados en la a yuda de la e liminacin y la pr evencin de ruinas o decadencias en los b arrios y pa ra satisfacer las n ecesidades de d esarrollo de c omunidades qu e ti enen a lguna u rgenci a particular para la cual no hay otros fondos disponibles. PLAN DE ACCIN ANUAL: El Pl an e stablece p rioridades y pr oporciona informacin sobr e las a ctividades qu e s ern financ ia das co n la a signacin de los fondos de CDBG de l Condado en el a o f iscal 2 012. B asado en e stimaciones actuales, aproximadamente $1,226,339 dlares estarn disponibles para programas en el 2012. Los siguientes proyectos propuestos y la a signacin de fondos par a el Pl an de A ccin A nual de l 2 012, ser n considerados par a su a ccin definiti va por la Comisin del Condado de Osceola en su reunin regular del 13 de agosto de 2012:: rfntb rb rfbf nnb nbt fb fb nbAVISO DE AUDIENCIA P BL IC A Y PERIODO DE 30 DAS DE COMENTARIOS DE L PLAN CONS OLIDADO: El pbl ic o e sta invitado a a sisti r a la a udienci a pbl ic a sobr e el Pl an de A ccin A nual de l a o f iscal 2 012. A dems, un bosquejo de l P lan de A ccin A nual 2 012 e star d isponible par a revisin pbl ic a y c omentarios d urante el p erodo de comentarios de 30 das. PERODO DE 30 DAS DE REVISION PU BL IC A : Copias de l b osquejo de l P lan de A ccin A nual de l 2 012 estarn disponibles de l 9 de J uli o de 2 012 al 10 de a gosto de 2 012 en el Departamento de S ervicios Humano de l Condado de Osceola localizado en 33 0 N. Beaumont A ve, Kissimmee, FL 34741. Pa ra comentarios o informacin adicional, pngase en c ontacto co n J ami e Rowland al (407) 7428405 o email@example.com. El P lan t ambin e star d isponible en la pgina web del Condado www .osceola.org y en las bibliotecas locales. AUDIENCIA PU BLICA: La a udienci a pbl ic a ser el lunes, 13 de a gost o del 201 2 a las 1: 30pm Esta audienci a se llevar a c abo d urante la reunin regular de la Comisin en la s Cmara s de la Comisin de l Condado de O sceola localizada en 1 Courthouse S quare K issimmee, FL 34741. Durante la a udienci a pbl ica, ser n d iscutidos los o bjetivos y necesidades del Plan Anual de ao 2012 El p blico tend r la oportunidad de hacer co me ntarios y sugerencias sob re las pr io ridades de financiacin. Lo s c omentarios recibidos durante la audienc ia pbl ica se rn c onsiderados y e valuados po r el Condado para determinar la viabilidad de su inclusin en el Plan de Accin Anual de 2012 La audienci a pbl ic a ser en un local a ccesible pa ra p ersonas minusvlidas. Pa ra s olicitar informacin a dicional o acomodamiento especial po r un a d iscapacidad, po r f avor pngase en c ontacto con la S ra. J ami e Rowland al (407) 742 8405 po r lo menos 48 horas a ntes de la reunin. Lo s u suarios de TD D pueden llamar el Ser vicio de TD D de la Florida al 1-800-955-8771. I gualmente, c ualquier p ersona que no habl e I ngls y d esea a sistir a la audienci a p blic a d eber a poners e en contacto con Sr a. Rowland 48 horas antes de la reunin. 070712.SNG
Page B4, 4 Whats new?Harmony Youth Football and CheerHarmony Youth Football and Cheer are still accepting applications for the 2012 fall season. All ages from 5 to 15 are encouraged to register before the teams are full. Go to www.harmonyfootball.com and click on registration. Opening day is set for Saturday, July 28,t beginning at 8 a.m., which includes equipment hand-outs, pass, punt and kick contest, barbecue, DJ and a water slide. All are welcome.Council on AgingThe Osceola County Council On Aging will hold a flea market Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon at 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. New and vintage items, including jewelry, will be available. For more information, call Helen at 407-846-8532, ext. 228.Social Security seminarA seminar about the role Social Security plays in your retirement plan will be offered Tuesday at the Edward Jones office at 109 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee. There is no charge. Guests are welcome. Reservations are required. Call 407-870-5464 to make a reservation.St. Cloud Horseshoe ClubThe St. Cloud Horseshoe Club invites everyone to join the group. The horseshoe pits are located between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-8738240 and Tom Gowan at 321-4436871.Self-defense awareness program for womenThe Osceola County Sheriffs Office has openings for a self-defense awareness program for women scheduled for July 17 at 6 p.m. Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange, or SAFE, is designed to educate women on how to protect themselves if they should become a victim. The two-hour class teaches that 90 percent of selfdefense is awareness, risk reduction and avoiding confrontation, while only 10 percent is physical. Taking responsibility and educating yourself is the first step in staying safe. Although you may not be able to prevent an attack from occurring, there are ways to protect yourself and lessen your chances of becoming a victim, states Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell. To sign up for the free class, call 407348-1105 or email aveg@ osceola.org. Volunteer child advocates neededInterested in helping a child? Volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. For more information, contact Linder Snider, volunteer program coordinator at 407-742-6656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Xi Lambda Nu, a local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority announced the installation of the 2012-13 officers, they are: Tina Phillips, president; Donna Sines, vice president; Beverly Hougland, secretary and Marianne Davitt, treasurer. The members of Xi Lambda Nu are active in all facets of the community; many in leadership roles, volunteering, working or spearheading activities to benefit a number of local agencies. For more information regarding Beta Sigma Phi, contact: https://bspinternational.org Teen Driver Challenge Openings are available for the next Teen Driver Challenge class scheduled July 20 at 6 p.m. The Teen Driver Challenge is a program designed to provide teenagers more knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce the chances of being in an auto accident. The two-day curriculum includes a four-hour classroom learning session and an eight-hour vehicle operations activity on a training course. Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate that can be presented to various auto insurance companies for a premium reduction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen fatalities in America. Traffic crashes occur every 12 seconds in the United States. The Teen Driver Challenge, designed by the Florida Sheriffs Association, is offered to all Florida county law enforcement agencies. Five years ago, Osceola County was the first county in Central Florida to implement the program. Since then, more than 1,000 teenagers have successfully completed the program. The course is offered free to any high school student in Osceola County. Parents can register their teenager by downloading an application at www.osceolasheriff.org or calling the Osceola County Sheriffs Office Training Unit at 321-6974436.Celiac/Crohns group The Celiac/Crohns of Osceola Support group will meet Aug. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pro-Health Family Physicians, 3100 17th St., St. Cloud. There will be a question and answer time with Dr. Basher Atiquzzaman. The group will have a gluten free meal. For more information, email email@example.com or call Barb at 407-908-5607AARP driver safety courseThere will be an AARP driver safety class July 20 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. The class will earn participants a discount on their insurance. Its located at 1500 Village Oak Lane just outside Good Samaritan Village at the Friends 2 U building near Publix in Kissimmee. Call Ron at 407-944-9718 or leave message with a phone number. The class is limited to 25 people .Travel ClubThe Ahoy! Carefree Travel Club meets every first and third Monday at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. There is cruise information from noon to 1 p.m. and discussed from 1 to 3 p.m. are one-day trips, three-day trips or longer. For more information, call Donna Parkins, president, at 772-539-0088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Mt. Zion ChurchC.P.R. American Heart courses will be offered July 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Mt. Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2123 N. Smith St., Kissimmee. Cost is $26. C.N.A. State Board Preparation Classes also will be offered at Mt. Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church for 12 weeks. Classes will be Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost for materials is $125. Registration July 19 at 7 p.m. For more information on the above events, call Ena Graham at 407-3482990.Elvis show Jeff La Jess will perform an Elvis and Country Jake show Thursday. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at 200 Lakeshore Drive, Kissimmee. Tickets are $10 per person. Call Shirley for more information at 407-922-4502.Sons of Union Veterans to meetThe Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will meet at 1 p.m. July 14 at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. For more information, visit the website at www.c4dofsuvcw.org/ camp4officers.html.Lets Dance Ballroom ClubThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets every Wednesday at the St. Cloud Senior Center at 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. On Wednesday, July 18 and 25, the fox trot will be taught. Classes begin at 7 p.m. Cost for the entire series of classes is $9, which must be paid the first night. Come early to register. For additional information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-738-7546 or Kathy Parsons at 407-319-2161.St. Cloud Senior Center eventsThe Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in hall A in the St. Cloud Senior Center. There will be lessons and open dance. A basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. There is a $2 donation requested. For more information, call instructor Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.Soccer Club registrationThe St. Cloud Soccer Club will be holding registration for players age 4 to 17 for its recreation and competitive League for the 2012-13 soccer season. Registration dates are July 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; July 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For ages 9 to 17 who want to try out for the competitive squad, call 321-7668715 for the tryout schedule. For registration information, visit the website at www.stcloudsoccer. com or call the hotline at 321-7668715.Girl ScoutingHave you ever wondered what Girl Scouting was like? Would you like to learn more about what Girl Scouts do? There is a chance for girls to participate in a summer four-week mini-series to learn Girl Scout basics. Its July 10-24 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1123 Louisiana Ave., St. Cloud. Girls will learn about Girl Scout traditions and ceremonies. They will earn a badge or a daisy petal and do activities centered on Girl Scout basics. Call 407-3615890 for more information. Become a Historical Society volunteerThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join it in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. Anyone who can spare one to three hours per week, should consider being a volunteer in any number roles with our organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or groundskeepers. Training is provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Megan Mirones at 407-396-8644 or email questions to email@example.com. Visit the website website at Osceolahistory. org. Candidates forumOsceola Visionaries, Inc. will host a candidates forum for local candidates in the primary election (Aug. 14) at the Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Ave. Saturday, July 7, at 1 p.m. The public will have an opportunity to meet and greet local candidates running for office. There will be a question/answer period at the conclusion of their presentations. There is no admission. All are welcome.Celebrate Recovery at First Christian Church of KissimmeeCelebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee. Celebrate Recovery is a Christcentered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; anger; self-esteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information, call 407847-2543 or visit www.fcckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab).DAV 148 Today, celebrate Independance Day with fun, food and music. The band starts at 2 p.m Ladies night is every Wednesday starting at 4 p.m. Margaritas are $2 each. On Fridays, wear a red shirt to show your support. There will be no Service officer in on July 31. The DAV Poker Run will be July 28. Call or come by for details. The third Sunday of the month there are meetings for DAV at 3:30 p.m. and the DAVA at noon. Doors open at 11 a.m.. The DAV is at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee. Camera club contestThe Osceola County Camera Club will present the Life in St. Cloud photo contest. The deadline is July 31. The winning photo will be placed on the cover of the St. Cloud Community Guide and Business Directory published by St. Cloud/Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce. Visit the website for rules and details at www.osceolacountycameraclub.com.Toho Friends Toho Friends meet at noon the second Thursday of every month with a covered dish lunch and Bingo at the Parks and Recreation Building, 717 N. Palm Ave. All seniors are welcome. The Craft Club meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the same building. Come work on your crafts or just visit. Crochet, embroider or whatever you enjoy doing. Fun cards meets every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. All seniors are welcome. For information, call Elaine at 407847-8970, or Lois at 407-846-2848. St. Cloud Senior Center eventsMonday Night is a social dance from 7 to 10 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. 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 See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comPower trip The Osceola County Camera Club will present the Life in St. Cloud photo contest. The deadline is July 31. The winning photo will be placed on the cover of the St. Cloud Community Guide and Business Directory published by St. Cloud/Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce. For rules and details, visit www.osceolacountycameraclub.com.Camera contestCOMMUNITYCOMMUNITY Whats happening? See Community, page B-5 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanCrews contracted by the Kissimmee Utility Authority on the morning of June 28 transported a large transformer along John Young Parkway from Poinciana Boulevard to Hoagland Boulevard to Clay Street. The convoy briefly blocked traffic along the way, as crews in lift trucks held up power lines and traffic signals to accommodate the equipment.
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.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 321-2866787 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 407922-2019.Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adul t 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 preregister. 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.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 firstname.lastname@example.orgOvereaters 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.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 407-870-8282. 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, g uest 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. 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.The Ohio, KY and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and M ichigan 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.Osceola Stamp Club The Osceola Stamp Club meets the first and third W ednesday of t he month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Come trade, sell and CommunityContinued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 Saturday, July 7, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 BY AGE & SIZE CHOOSE CAR SEA T: THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THEY HAVE THEIR CHILD IN THE RIGHT SEAT. WHO THINK THE ONES WHO ACTUALLY DO. 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meet other stamp collectors. New members are welcome and needed to keep the club going. For more information, call Charles Frazer at 407-7053593.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. New members are welcome and needed to keep the club going. For more information, call Charles Frazer at 407-7053593.Hospice volunteers neededVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the Central Florida area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide r elief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. For more information, call 407-691-4541 or email central.floridavolunteers @vitas.com. The Ohio, Kentucky 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.St. Cloud Shuffleboard ClubPractice at the St. Cloud shuffleboard courts, 701 Ohio St. St. Cloud, is 8:30 to 10 :30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Games are at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 407-498-0603. Leave a message if there is no answer. Duplicate Bridge: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.Contact Jim Davis by calling 407-348-4399. Euchre:Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kevin Fryback at 321 624-4546. Pinochle: Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Contact Bobbi Clement by calling 407-892-2749. Cribbage: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Dave Roberts by calling 407-892-2087. Mahjong: Tuesday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Contact Louise Owens by calling 407957-8733. Club dues are free for the first year and then its $20 per year. It covers all shuffling and card games. Confederate Dames to meetThe Osceola Confederate Dames No. 2684 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Monday night of each month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are at the Osceol a County Sheriffs Community Room. Membership is open to females age 16 years and older with documentation of an ancestor who served in or provided material aid to the Confederate Army. For more information, call 407-361-0984.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.FWA Osceola Writers GroupAnyone writing a book, screenplay or short story that needs help with craft or publication can join One Word at a Time, a diverse group of published and aspiring authors from many genres. The group offers education, critique, networking and support to adult fiction writers. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susans Courtside Cafe, 18 Orlando Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at flenviro@ gmail.com. Also visit the Florida Writers Association website for a link blog www.floridawriters. Click on Groups/Central Florida/ Osceola Group.Grief and loss support Cornerstone Hospice invites people to find peace while grieving. This group is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. The group meets from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays at Good Samaritan Village Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee. The group meets Tuesday at the Osceola Cancer Center, 737 W. Oak St., Kissimmee, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Claudia Swonger, bereavement counselor, at 407-2062273.Toastmaster ClubThe OSCAR Toastmaster Club is inviting the public to improve and polish their speaking skills and make new friends at the same time. It is not necessary to be a Realtor. It meets every Monday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Osceola County Association of Realtors Building at 1105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. Call Betty at 407-846-4500 or just walk in. Osceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twice-monthly meetings. The club will meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Folsom Services, 25 E. 13th St., St. Cloud at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ackyi7.St. Cloud Horseshoe ClubHorseshoe pitching practice is Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the club. The horseshoe pits are between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The clubs weekday practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson (407-873-8240) and Tom Gowan (850-672-9547). For more information, call Carol Johns at 407-8477212; or Peg Currier at 407957-3805 or 603-312-6333 (cell phone).Council zumba classThe Osceola County Council on Aging is offering two weekly zumba classes at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The first class is for seniors and is every Friday from 9-10 a.m. The cost of each class is $3. The second class is held Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The cost for the second class is $5. Individuals interested in participating or for more information, call 407-847-2144. Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends meets the third Tuesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members are welcome. The Osceola Friends Board of Directors meet bi-monthly at a time and place to be announced. New members are welcome. The West Osceola Friends Board of Directors meet quarterly. The time and place will be announced. The St. C loud Friends meet the third Thursday each month at 11 a.m. following the Book Club. New members are welcome. St. Cloud Friends of the LibraryThe Friends of the St. Cloud Branch Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon on the upper level of the library. The main purpose is to promote the library. It also has a St. Cloud Book Club that meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Thats located at U.S. H ighway 192 and Indiana Street in St. Cloud. If you are interested in reading good books and meeting interesting people, come join the group.Bible study groupUniversal Circle Of Light Learning Center, 4275 Neptune Road, St. Cloud, has a group that meets every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Community Continued from Page B-5 ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.com C RUZ Luisa Cruz, 95, of P oinciana, passed away W ednesday, July 4, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to t he care of Osceola Memory G ardens Funeral Homes, C emetery and Crematory; P oinciana. d eDIOSMr. Francisco de D ios of Kissimmee, passed a way on July 4th, 2012.He w as born in Palma S oriano,Oriente Cuba on O ctober 4, 1925. He is survived by three d aughters, 12 grandchildren a nd 19 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held M onday, July 9, 2012 from 5 :00-9:00 p.m. at Family F uneral Care, 13001 S. John Y oung Parkway, Orlando. A funeral service will be held T uesday, July 10th at 10:00 a .m. at the funeral home. Arrangements entrusted to F amily Funeral Care. M UELLER Phyllis Annette R uic Mueller passed away July 2 2012. Born November 6, 1 912 in Cleveland, Ohio, d aughter of Jesse S and Ethel A rndt Ruic, (de c eased). Phyllis c ame to Kiss i mmee in 1926 a nd graduated from Osceola H igh School. She was a member of First Methodist Church (Wesley Fellowship class), Unique Crafters Needlework, lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, ToHo Friends, H2U and longtime member of Business and Professional Women. She worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 33 years in downtown Orlando and in Kissimmee in the catalog dept. Phyllis had 2 children; Paul A. Mueller (deceased) and Ann Harris (Earl), Orlando; 3 grandchildren, Barbie Pratt (Todd), Tacoma, WA Earl, Jr., Salt Lake City, UT and Lauren Peters, St. Petersburg, FL; 2 great-grandchildren; Tyler Pratt, Tacoma and Jared Peters, St. Petersburg. Phyllis loved doing needlework, reading, her family, friends and devoted neighbors Savi, Dave and Reshma. She looked forward to attending Sunday school and her needlework group each week which she continued to do until her death at 99 years and 8 months. She was an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed. Memorial Services was held on Friday, July 6, at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church, We sleyan Chapel, Kissimmee with the Reverend Cathy C. Thacker officiating. Arrangements by Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. 407-847-3188www.conradandthompson.com See Community, page B-7Page B6, 6 070512.TNG FISKFUNERAL HOME & CREMATORYEstablished 1915ARE YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER? Everything You Want to Know About Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery PlanningThis Information Seminar will be Thursday, July 12 at 11:30 am at: The Catfish Place 2324 13th St. St. Cloud, FL 34769Join us to get answers to all your questions. rfr ntbtfr Great benefits. Extraordinary Service.As part of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral providers, we offer unmatched benefits, service and care.Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory803 Emmett Street Kissimmee, Florida 34741407-847-3131 071611.SNG YES! Please keep me on the delivery list FR eeEE O fF CHARG eE for the OO sceola NewsGG azette Full Name: _ __________________________________________________________ Full Address: _ ________________________________________________________ City: ___________________________________State: __________ Zip:___________ Subdivision: _ _____________________________________ Gate Code:___________ Phone Number: Signature (Required) _ __________________________________________________ Date_____________________________To stay on the delivery list for the Osceola News-Gazette, please fill out the following form mail to:OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE 108 Church Street Kissimmee, FL 34741 FAX: 407-846-8516or go online: www.aroundosceola.com and click on Delivery Request Tab and fill out. Request forms should be updated every year.E-Mail Address ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comCRUZ Luisa Cruz, 95, of Poinciana, passed away We dnesday, July 4, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Homes, Cemetery and Crematory; Poinciana. deDIOSMr. Francisco de Dios of Kissimmee, passed away on July 4th, 2012.He was born in Palma Soriano,Oriente Cuba on October 4, 1925. He is survived by three daughters, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Monday, July 9, 2012 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Family Funeral Care, 13001 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando. A funeral service will be held Tu esday, July 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements entrusted to Family Funeral Care. MUELLER Phyllis Annette Ruic Mueller passed away July 2, 2012. Born November 6, 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Jesse S. and Ethel Arndt Ruic, (de ceased). Phyllis came to Kiss immee in 1926 and graduated from Osceola High School. She was a member of First Methodist Church (Wesley Fellowship class), Unique Crafters Needlework, lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, ToHo Friends, H2U and longtime member of Business and Professional Women. She worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 33 years in downtown Orlando and in Kissimmee in the catalog dept. Phyllis had 2 children; Paul A. Mueller (deceased) and Ann Harris (Earl), Orlando; 3 grandchildren, Barbie Pratt (Todd), Tacoma, WA Earl, Jr., Salt Lake City, UT and Lauren Peters, St. Petersburg, FL; 2 great-grandchildren; Tyler Pratt, Tacoma and Jared Peters, St. Petersburg. Phyllis loved doing needlework, reading, her family, friends and devoted neighbors Savi, Dave and Reshma. She looked forward to attending Sunday school and her needlework group each week which she continued to do until her death at 99 years and 8 months. She was an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed. Memorial Services was held on Friday, July 6, at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church, We sleyan Chapel, Kissimmee with the Reverend Cathy C. Thacker officiating. Arrangements by Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. 407-847-3188www.conradandthompson.com
According to a center press release, it believes that it is Gods will that every individual should live a healthy, happy and prosperous life and it teaches how to achieve such a life. For more information, contact Rev. Lottie Clodfelter at 407-729-0798 or Patricia Lewis at 407-729-3330.Osceola Singles ClubThe Osceola Singles Club meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge Post 2056, 1019 N. Main St., Kissimmee. For more information, call Anne at 407-933-1100.Al-Anon meetingsSt. Cloud Al-Anon meetings are Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at 16 E. 17th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-346-7103 for more information.Confederate campThe Sons of Confederate Veterans Jacob Summerlin Camp 1516 meets every second Monday (except in December) at 6:30 p.m. at Fat Boys restaurant in St. Cloud. For more information, visit www.JacobSummerlin.org.St. Cloud Masonic LodgeSt. Cloud Lodge No. 221 F & A.M. hosts stated communications on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or email YEGGP@ aol.com for more information.Daughters of the ConfederacyUnited Daughters of the Confederacy Osceola Confederate Dames Chapte r 2684 meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The group is a historical, benevolent, educational, patriotic and memorial organization of ladies with Confederate ancestors. Any interested women with such a ncestors who would like to attend a meeting or for more information can call 407-361-0984.VITAS needs volunteersVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or e-mail central.floridavolunteers @vitas.com for more information. 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Please call Nicole & Frank1-888-969-6134 AA AUTO CASH PAID $300 AND UP TO $1000For junk cars and trucksAny condition, running or notFREE toTO W inIN GSame day pick up, no title neededC aA LL 407-900-6490 B B ANAN K RURU P TCTC Y-BANKRUPTCY-FORECLOSURE-FREE CONSULTATIONBRIAN M. MARK, ESQ. Attorney at LawPracticing Since 1971407-932-3933100 Church Street, Kissimmeewww.marklawrm.com 407-354-0500 Looking Younger WW WELLNEWELLNE SS & RERE J UU V ENATIONENATION Unlock the Code to Living Healthy & Hormonal Therapy Management Syndrome Management Treatment & Removal om of o r s rvic s incl U AA ANNOUNCEMENTANNOUNCEMENT NEW LOCATION HASELDEN CHIROPRACTICDr. Phil Haselden407-847-9680 22 NORTH JOHN YOUNG PARKWAY(Between Emmett Street and Mabbette Street) WISE COUNSELMary Ann Haselden, LMHC407-610-8446 AA ANNOUNCEMENTANNOUNCEMENT D D ANCEANCE CLACLA SS EE SJoannes Dance Center Joanne L. 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In order to ensure continuity of care for the Celebration community, Megan Delimata, MD will begin seeing patients at the cur rent ofce location, beginning August 20, 2012. Dr. Delimata is a Board-Certied Gastroenterologist, and received advanced fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. Patient medical records will remain at the current practice location in Celebration, unless otherwise indicated. For additional information, call 407-303-4829.
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