|UFDC Home||myUFDC Home | Help ||
ALL ISSUES CITATION MAP IT! PDF VIEWER
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
This item is only available as the following downloads:
By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The Board of Osceola County Commissioners Tuesday made the move toward changing how its members are elected by voting to amend the requirements for petitions for ballot referendums turned into the countys Supervisor of Elections office. The move will likely validate a portion of some 15,000 petitions collected by a group, headed by Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and its President Mike Horner, seeking to put a referendum on the ballot, either in Novembers general election or in a special election, to make county commission elections non-partisan affairs. Currently, those are partisan elections requiring a primary race that independents and those without party affiliation, both candidates and voters, do not participate in. The chamber took over the drive from Osceola Ballot Initiative, a resident-run grassroots campaign, earlier this year. The existing ordinance, voted into the county charter in 1992, required signed petitions to include the signers name, address, signature and voting precinct number; quite a few of Horners groups petitions for the drive to get nonpartisan county elections on the ballot did not feature the precinct number and were thus invalid. After a heated debate by the audience, of which a dozen or so shared their views with the board, and some lengthy discussion by the commissioners, the board voted 3-2 in favor of amending the ordinance. The vote came after Commissioner Mike Harford, who would join fellow Commissioner Brandon Arrington in voting against the charter change, proposed an amended motion to that would allow for petitions in future initiatives to not need precinct numbers to be valid, but any other petitions submitted to the Supervisor of Elections prior to Tuesdays vote could not be accepted By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter An Amtrak Silver Meteor passenger train headed to New Y ork hit and killed a woman north of V ine Street in Kissimmee just before 1:15 p.m. Monday, officials said. The train struck a trespasser on the track just west of La Placita Market, 519 E. V ine St., at 1:13 p.m., according to an Amtrak spokeswoman. At press time W ednesday, the 49-year-old woman had not been identified by the Kissimmee Police Department pending notification of her death to family, spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. T rain 98, which originated from Miami, was scheduled to stop at the Kissimmee Amtrak station at 12:56 p.m., according to the online train schedule, and was to stop next in Orlando at 1:35 p.m. According to eyewitness Charles Givens, who was Osceola County residents make their early election picks at Osceola Hob Nob, Politics in the BarnLocal candidates hoping to win seats, or at least qualify for runoffs, in the Aug. 14 election got a boost to their campaigns July 19 and 24 with strong showings in straw polls at the Osceola Hob Nob at the Kissimmee Civic Center and Politics in the Barn at the St. Cloud Civic Center. See story, A-5 Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor The wait is over Wawa has finally arrived in Osceola County. The convenience store, which has a rabid following in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has entered Central Florida in a major way with the opening of a new Kissimmee store at 2184 E. U.S. Highway 192, the former site of Saturn of Osceola. It is the third Wawa opening in Florida. Another Kissimmee Wawa store opens next Wednesday at 2499 N. Orange Blossom Trail, across from Starling Chevrolet. Wawa, which is more restaurant than convenience store, opened in Kissimmee with a bang Wednesday morning with city and county officials at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a charity hoagiemaking competition between the Osceola County Sheriffs Office and the Osceola County Fire Rescue EMS. This has taken us 200 years, (to arrive in Central Florida), said Carol Jenson, chief marketing officer. And we are overjoyed to be here. Wawa has a long history in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that has included everything from an ironworks factory, opened in 1803, to a dairy farm. The company opened its first convenience store in 1964 and now there are about 600 stores, almost all in the Northeast. Selling everything from quesadillas and smoothies to lobster bisque and New England clam chowder, it is the hoagie that has made Wawa famous. At the opening of the first Florida Wawa last month in Orlando, the line was outside the door, with people standing in line for an hour to be among the first in Central Florida to buy the sub sandwich that helped give Wawa cult status. At least one Wawa fan slept on the premises the night before, waiting to be the very first customer, officials said. Wawa even sponsored the first Hoagie Day in PhiladelThe wait is over welcome to Wawa 113TH YEAR THURSDAY EDITION AUGUST 2, 2012 Affordable decorating tips to take home to a high style... Page C-1Homefinder Osceolas Kenya Pereira leads AllCounty softball team ... Page A-6 Sports For the latest activities, events and classes, see ...Page B-3/4 Osceola County Sheriffs Office arrests suspect wanted in smoke shop robberyDetectives have arrested Carl Junior Angervil and charged him with armed robbery, grand theft and criminal mischief in connection with a Fourth of July smoke shop robbery. See story, A-3 Local Index Angervil Police r fnt b b f r r ttrr tr Quote of the day r b r f n t bt We ekend We atherPa r tly cloudy 40% chance of rainCommunity See Police news, page A-3 Police newsNews-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanKissimmee Police Department forensics worker Joann Canning, left, documents the scene Monday morning after an Amtrak train struck and killed a woman crossing the tracks at Vine Street.Woman hit, killed by train News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanO sceola Countys first W awa, located along U.S. Highway 192 near F loridas Turnpike, opened W ednesday. On T uesday, the store held a sampling event for local press, elected o ffic ials and business leaders, f eaturing the c hains famous hoagies and other food offerings. By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Early voting for the Aug. 14 election primary begins Saturday and Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington said she is encouraging voters to make their voices heard. There may be a misconception that voting in the primary election doesnt count, but voting in any election is an important privilege that every voter needs to exercise, Arrington said. If you do not vote and just assume that your one vote wont make a difference, your candidate may not make it to the general election. It could mean the difference in a race that is important to you. That is why we urge all voters to vote in every election. The primary election could determine winners for the Osceola County School Board and the Kissimmee City Commission as well as the county judge positions. However, its not just those races that matter. Many other races have many candidates and need the publics help in narrowing the choices by political lines for the November ballot. For example, the Osceola County Clerk of Court race has seven candidates including three Democrats and four Republicans. Voters in the primary have the opportunity to select whom they deem the best candi-Early voting to start Saturday See V oting, page A-3 See W awa, page A-2Commission amends petition procedure See Commission, page A-2 RAYELYNNEKETCHUM FOR OSCEOLA COUNTY CLERK OF THE COURTPolitical advertisement paid for and approved by Rayelynne Ketchum, Republican, for Osceola County Clerk of the CourtSee our ad on page 3
retroactively under the amended ordinance. The rest of the board voted against the motion. Harford echoed the sentiment of some in the crowd who spoke, voicing a concern if passing the ordinance would open other commission actions to retroactive changes. Amending our charter is equivalent to amending our Constitution, I feel, and it should be done more carefully, he said. The petition process (in this case) started in January, and under that agreed-to process the chamber made a mistake. The argument is not with us, its between the Osceola Ballot Initiative and its contractor. Arrington questioned the commissions role in how elections are held. Were not supposed to be a participant in this process, he said. Commission Chairman John Quiones, who before the vote questioned whether he should abstain from voting because he sits on the chamber board as a representative of the commission, learned from County Attorney Andrew Mai that it wasnt. He voted in favor of the change. I understand this could open up the county to legal liability, but Im concerned why there are so many obstacles in giving citizens the right to vote in a primary, he said. Thats all this group is asking for. A mong others who voted in favor, Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. wondered why the process was different for petitioning candidates and citizens initiatives to get on the ballot. Im all for citizens deciding the direction their government should go, he said. Lets force them to seek answers of their candidates. Commissioner Frank Attkinson said the action was to enable the countys 39,000 registered independent voters to vote in primaries. I made a campaign promise to the independents in my district to give them a voice, he said. Changing the rules gives someone the right to vote. Horner said that the referendum can go to the voters in the Nov. 6 general election in one of two ways: by having the required ballots verified by the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections office by Monday which Horner considered unlikely or if the County Commission votes to put it on the ballot by super majority by Aug. 30. Otherwise, it would run in a special election, which Horner would like to avoid for monetary reasons it would cost county taxpayers upwards of $350,000 election and for turnout reasons. phia in 1992, highlighted with the construction of a 500-foot long hoagie. A hoagie day will probably be in the future for the Florida stores as well, Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce said. For the uninitiated, a hoagie also is called a submarine sandwich, hero, poor boy and grinder, depending on what part of the country you are from. People a re passionate about Wawa, Johnson said, and the hoagie is one of the reasons why. And it goes beyond using fresh ingredients, including bread that is baked on the premises. All sandwiches are made to order and the customer actually does the ordering. A unique touch-screen system allows customers to choose the type of sandwich hot or cold, and a variety of meats. The touch screen is very specific, not only about the types of meat, but the selections of all the toppings and even an area on the screen to touch if you want a little mayonnaise or a lot, a bit of oil or much more. Wawa sells 60 million builtto-order hoagies each year. Customers also order their drinks and side items from the touch screen and once they get their receipts, the wait for the sandwich usually is short (unless its real busy). Wawa has found that being busy is the norm for the new, larger Wawa stores, like the ones being introduced in Florida. Emphasizing more kitchen space, initially, Wawa had only planned on having 20 to 30 employees at each store. But at peak times, Wawa has as many as 25 employees working. Each new Wawa store employees 30 to 60 people, plus four managers. The busy times should continue during these first few weeks of business for the Kissimmee Wawa stores. Both locations will offer free coffee for five days following the initial opening day and the Shortie Hoagie will be sold for only $1.99. All fountain drinks also are specially priced at 89 cents. Another Wawa customer favorite is coffee. It serves up 195 million cups of coffee each year. That makes Wawa the No. 7 coffee vendor in the United States, Bruce said. Wawa stores also have ATM machines without any surcharge. Wawa claims to be a community-minded company and is involved in many community projects throughout the year, according to company spokesmen. As part of the grand-opening celebration of the five Central Florida locations, Wawa has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. A portion all hoagie sales at the five stores (up to $5,000 per store) will go to the food bank. Its been a thrilling three weeks, said Chris Gheysens, Wawas president. We couldnt be happier that our unique brand of appetizing convenience has caught on so quickly with our new Central Florida friends and neighbors. Were well on our way to presenting Second Harvest Food Bank with a check for $25,000 at the end of our fiveweek launch, and we feel passionate about doing our part to help fight hunger in Central Florida. Wawa will be opening stores in Tampa in 2013. Throughout the Orlando/Tampa markets, Wawa plans to open 20 stores in 2013, 25 stores in 2015 and it projects more than 100 stores in the Orlando/Tampa market within the next five years. If you missed the opening of the U.S. Highway 192 store, you have another chance to attend at the grand opening of the Orange Blossom Trail Wawa next Wednesday at 10 a.m. Another hoagie building competition between law enforcement and the fire department is scheduled. Each team will be challenged to see who can build the most hoagies in three minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa will make a donation to the charities of the winning team. For more information about Wawa, go to Wawa.com. (Editors note: Look for more information about the dining choices at Wawa in the dining column in Saturdays Osceola News-Gazette). Correction In the July 26 article Kissimmee city candidates square off for dais seats, seat 1 commission candidate Dave Scherers last name was spelled wrong. WawaContinued from Page A-1 CommissionContinued from Page A-1 Thursday, August 2, 2012 JOSE TORROELLAFOR CIRCUIT JUDGE 080212.TNGAbout JoseJose is rst and foremost a loving father to his two young children. He participates in their extracurricular activities, helps them study for school and coached youth soccer for 7 years. Jose speaks uent Spanish and is conversational in Portuguese. He is a member of St Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park. As a 55 year old father of two, he has the life experiences necessary to serve as your Circuit Judge.Business BackgroundJose has been a sole practitioner attorney in Orange and Osceola county for the last 21 years. This means taking care of payroll, insurance coverage and nding new clients. His quick smile and friendly demeanor have won him many friends throughout the community and in our courthouses. Before becoming an attorney, Jose worked in marketing management for R. J. Reynolds and British American Tobacco both domestically and in the international divisions.Legal BackgroundJose started his legal career working for the Orange Osceola State Attorney as a prosecutor. He tried hundreds of cases over 3 years. He knew he wanted to be a lawyer who spent his days in the courtroom and decided to open his own practice specializing in criminal defense. He has helped many thousands and tried over 250 cases since opening his own rm. Jose is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Since 2002. EducationBachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon Masters in Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts -and visit JoseForJudge.comPolitical Advertisement. Paid for and approved by Jose Torroella for Orange Osceola Circuit Judge Group 27 071912.TNG CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save CLIP & SAVE Clip & Save Clip and SaveCOUPONS BUY 1 GET 1 FREE**Valid on keys $1.99 or less. Must present coupon. Exp. 8/31/12 We Make Hardware Easy1410 TENTH ST., ST. CLOUD, FL407-892-7700 Shop Online at: www.Handyman.doitBest.com Mon-Fri, 7:30-6:00 Sat, 8:00-5:30 Sun, 10:00-5:00BUY 1 GET 1 FREE*WE MAKE KEYSTNG Established Since 19781205 W. Oak St. Kissimmee (Corner of Oak & John Young)WITH TT HIS C oO UP oO N. EXP. 8/8/12 NoNO T VALID wW /AN yY oO TH eE R oO FF eE R. TNG5 FREE WINGS 5 FREE WINGSW/ANY 10 WINGS OR MORE ORDER 407-847-3441 What A Great Combination! Olympic Rings PGs Wings
date in each political party to face off in November. Voters cannot cross party lines during the primary election. Democrats may vote only for Democratic or nonpartisan candidates; the same for Republicans. In the 2008 primary election, just 1,700 out of 13,874 registered Osceola County voters cast a ballot during early voting, according to the Elections Office. Whether a voter takes advantage of early voting, voting by mail or voting at t he polls on election day, we want the voters of Osceola County to get out and vote, Arrington said. Early voting gives voters eights days to make their selections at six locations before the Aug. 14 primary election. Early voting this year also includes two Saturdays and a Sunday, plus extended hours to make polling locations available to those who work non-traditional schedules. A dditionally, voter s arent limited to a polling location during early voting. A registered voter can live in Celebration and go vote at the St. Cloud library during early voting, Arrington said. Early voting is about making it more convenient for voters. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to vote. Early voting days can be crucial to those citizens with busy lives or who may have something important scheduled on the actual date of the primary. Sometimes if its election day, you vote before work, on your lunch hour or after work and if something happens, you dont get to go, Elections Office spokeswoman Amber Smith said. Early voting also employs approximately 180 election w orkers during the eight days. There are approximately 400 poll workers on election day. Early voting will be from Saturday to Aug. 11 with the hours scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Aug. 10 and noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 11. The primary election will be Aug. 11 and the General Election is scheduled for Nov. 6. standing on the south side of the highway near the Wholly Smokes tobacco shop, the train was slowing, with the conductor blowing its whistle and heavily applying its brakes before the impact. He thought a passenger was sick or the brakes had overheated because of the smell of the hydraulic fluid. When I crossed (Vine Street), I saw the young lady lying in the grass, Givens said. I didnt see the train hit her. It happened so quickly. Givens recognized her as a Puerto Rican woman nicknamed Sunshine. He said hes known her since 2005. The train was stopped and blocking traffic in both directions on Vine Street, which was closed for more than two hours Monday between Main Street and Michigan Avenue as the Kissimmee Police Department investigated. The train had 218 passengers, none of whom reported any injuries, the Amtrak spokeswoman said. Check with www.aroundosceola.com for updates.Man arrested in smoke shop robberyOsceola County Sheriffs detectives have arrested Carl Junior Angervil and charged him with armed robbery, grand theft and criminal mischief in connection with a Fourth of July smoke shop robbery. The investigation began on July 4 at a pproximately 2:08 p.m., when deputies responded to VIP Smoke Shop at 2071 E. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. Upon arrival, they spoke with a store employee who indicated an unknown male entered the store and made a purchase. He returned several minutes later, smashed the counter with a brick and took several items before leaving the store. During the investigation, detectives received a Crimeline tip that identified Angervil, 20, 401 Pearl Stone Way in Orlando, as the suspect. Detectives obtained a photo of Angervil, who was later positively identified as the suspect in the armed robbery. On Friday, detectives arrested Angervil, who refused to cooperate. In addition to the armed robbery charges, Angervil was arrested for resisting without violence and booked into the Osceola County Jail.Suspect arrested for sexual battery An Osceola County man was arrested for allegedly sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl in their apartment complexs pool. Osceola County Sheriffs deputies arrested Afner Alburez, 18, of 5263 Images Circle, and charged him with sex battery victim under 12 and lewd and lascivious molestation. The investigation began on July 29, when deputies responded to the Images Apartments, 5259 Images Circle. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the 10-year-old victims parents who said that their daughter reportedly Alburez touched her inappropriately on two separate occasions. Alburez is not related to the victim, but lives in the same apartment complex, Sheriffs Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain said. The first incident allegedly occurred on July 27 in the familys garage when Alburez touched the victim inappropriately. The second incident allegedly occurred the next day when the victim and Alburez were in the apartment complexs pool. Alburez was brought in for questioning and cooperated with the investigation. Based on the information, Alburez was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail with no bond.Police newsContinued from Page A-1 Angervil Alburez VotingContinued from Page A-1 Osceola County voting sites There are six early voting sites located throughout O sceola County from Saturday to Aug. 11. Supervisor of Elections office: 2509 E. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee. Hart Memorial Library: 211 E. Dakin Ave, Kissimmee. Buenaventura Lakes Library: 405 Buenaventura Blvd., Kissimmee. St. Cloud Library: 810 13th St., St. Cloud. Poinciana Library: 101 N. Doverplum Ave., Kissimmee. Celebration Library: 1134 Celebration Blvd., Celebration. Thursday, August 2, 2012 061412.TNG Lic. #CAC042735 Financing Available ree FRACCA 072612.SNG Every Fri. Sat. Sun.OVER 60 BOOTHSFREE Rental in our courtyard area for garage sale items [used household Items] for the month of August [Open Saturdays & Sundays only]4301 W. Vine St. (Hwy 192) Kissimmee, FL 34746(located on Hwy 192 (Vine St.) between Osceola Mall and Wal-mart) www.192fleamarketprices.comCall for Rental Info407-396-4555 F Open 7 Days a Week 9-6pm Bring the Family & Enjoy the Day With US.192 Flea Market GARAGE SALE Bring This Coupon to Building G to Receive a FREE gift!NG F F We are Osceola Countys best local ea market. Lots of new vendors. Stop by and see for yourself. 041212.TNGNew & Reconditioned w/WarrantySALES & SE r R VICE407-892-2608 HOME APPLIANCE CENTERFamily Owned & Operated Since 19611024 NE wW YO rR K AA VE nN UE, SS T. CC LOUD N ameAME B ranRAN D A ppliancesPPLIANCES SS E rR VI nN G OO SCEOLA CC OU nN T yY FO rR 50 YEA rR S 080212.TNG Political advertisement paid for and approved by Rayelynne Ketchum, Republican, for Osceola County Clerk of the Court ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT
It was depressing to pick up my Tampa Bay Times the other morning to read: Most Floridians still o ppose f ederal Affordable Care Act health reform law. A recent opinion poll indicated that only 43 percent of Florida voters support the health care reform law while 52 percent oppose it. For those who feel like I do, that when the law is fully implemented in 2014 it will add significantly to the security of Americas middle class, the poll was a real downer. But as I examined the results more closely, one detail was particularly infuriating: The group most vehemently opposed to the reforms are folks 65 and older. Only 39 percent of this group supports the law, compared to 57 percent support from voters ages 18-34. What this means is that seniors on Medicare, a taxpayer-funded program that provides secure health insurance and is a European-style single-payer system, are the ones most interested in denying medical security to younger generations. My mom would call that being selfish. Id love to do a John Rawls-type thought experiment with this group and have them design a system of health insurance for the country. One option would be what we have today, where one group gets Medicare. But ... under the Rawlian rules, the seniors couldnt be sure that they would be part of that group. Would those 65 and over be willing to chance it and possibly find themselves subject to todays free market? Would they choose Medicare-for-all, where taxes would have to go up? Or would they pick something that looks like Obamacare, which builds on the current employer-based system yet makes coverage universally accessible and affordable by requiring everyone to obtain health insurance? Im willing to bet the last two options would be quite popular, with relatively few willing to subject themselves to the vagaries of the free market. That brings us to a friend of mine well call Sarah, one of the current systems victims, who asked that her real name not be used so she could candidly discuss personal medical issues. Sarah has a typical middle-class American life. Shes married with two young daughters and lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., in a home she and her husband own. Her husband is a commercial artist, while she takes care of the girls, one of whom has Aspergers. A short while back, Sarahs family suffered a devastating car crash. It landed Sarah in the hospital with traumatic brain injury, among other medical issues. Thankfully, they had health insurance, but since then, Sarahs husband lost his job. His new one doesnt come with health insurance benefits, and there is no way for them to afford the $1,800 per month to stay on their old employers policy under COBRA. Since July 1, the family has been uninsured. Sarah has been desperately shopping for affordable health insurance, but she has come up empty. Her past injuries make her uninsurable, and shes been turned down flat without even so much as a price quote. Sarahs plan right now is to cover her children through a state program, while the adults go without insurance for six months until they qualify for the federally subsidized high-risk pool thats part of the Affordable Care Act. In the interim, Sarah will keep her fingers crossed that they are not bankrupted by medical bills. Thats her plan -her hope -which is the only thing available to her. Sarahs sisters live abroad, one in Singapore and one in the U.S. military in Germany, in nations that provide their citizens with universal coverage. They cant believe the unfairness of the fix shes in. Americans are alone among citizens of advanced nations in facing this highwire act with their medical and financial security. Sarah cant wait until 2014, when health insurance companies must offer coverage without considering her preexisting condition in determining cost or eligibility. But if all those older, antiO bamacare voters put Republicans in office, that day may never come. Of course, those older voters wont have to worry if the law is repealed. They will still have Medicare. But as fellow Americans, they will need to answer: What will Sarah have? (You can respond to Robyns column at firstname.lastname@example.org.) O PINION O PINION Editors NoteSubmit 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 Editor Brian McBride at email@example.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. 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. If you would like to be a guest columnist, call Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436 or email bmcbride @ osceolanewsgazette.com. Their view Robyn BlumnerTribune Media OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Accounting Manager LOUISE McCLEAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Inside Sales Manager KELLY TATMAN Staff Writer FALLAN PATTERSON(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: Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741.The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications, a division of Independent Publications. Phone 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www.aroundosceola.com.Year 113 No. 56Older voters disapproval of ACA are selfish Thursday, August 2, 2012 4 071212.TNG 080212.TNG 072812.SNG ATTENTION OO sceola County Voters Do you believe in:~ Family Values ~ ~ Smaller Government ~ ~ Less Taxation ~ ~ Lowering the National Debt ~ ~ Creating Jobs in America? ~Local, State, and National Candidate Information and Yard Signs Osceola Republican Headquarters OO pen for Victory 2012804 W. Emmett St.Kissimmee, FL 34741(Corner of Rose Ave. & Emmett St. next to Osceola County Courthouse)407-846-8889www.osceolarepublicans.orgAd paid for by the Osceola County Republican Executive Committee
By Ken Jackson and Fallan Patterson Staff W riter s Local candidates hoping to win seats, or at least qualify for runoffs, in the Aug. 14 election got a boost to their campaigns July 19 with strong showings in straw polls at the Osceola Hob Nob at the Kissimmee Civic Center. With many races and primaries including anywhere from three to six candidates, and many of them running for the first time, those looking for Osceola County, Kissimmee City Commission and School Board seats were able to see the fruit of their campaigns. In the district 2 and 3 School Board seats, political rookies Kevin Soto (41 percent in a three-way race) and Tim Weisheyer (76) garnered the most support. For City Commission seat 3, Mike DeLong (42) and Sara Shaw (24) led a six-way battle that could go to a November runoff following next months election. In other local commission races, Jed Suhl (38 percent) led a three-way Republican race which will determine who takes on incumbent Mike Harford for County Commission seat 1. Jeffrey Goldmacher got 58 percent of some 400 votes for the Republican primary poll for seat 3. Hob Nob attendees also supported incumbents Brandon Arrington and Fred Hawkins for their County Commission seats, Dave Scherer for City Commission seat 1, Mary Jane Arrington for supervisor of elections, Patsy Heffner for tax collector, Katrina Scarborough for property appraiser and Malcolm Thompson and Reyelynne Ketchum for clerk of court. Jeff Ashton, prosecutor in last years Casey Anthony murder trial, garnered 51 percent of 464 votes to win the battle for OrangeOsceola state attorney over incumbent Lawson Lamar. Current County Commission Chairman John Quiones and sitting School Board member Julius Melendez, running for the district 9 race for the U.S. House of Representatives, took second and third respectively in the Republican poll behind Todd Long. Next months winner will take on Alan Grayson for that seat. Mitt Romney (70 percent) got the overwhelming support of the polls 587 voters. Pollsters also supported Connie Mack and Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate races.Politics in the BarnIn the second of two major straw polls held in Osceola County of election candidates, the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce held its Politics in the Barn event July 24 at the St. Cloud Civic Center. St. Cloud City Council seat 2 incumbent Thomas Griffin took 56 percent of the vote with newcomer Ron Caswell, who recently retired from the St. Cloud Police Department, took 44 percent. St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders and City Council seat 3 representative ar e currently running unopposed. Qualifying for the St. Cloud City Council races runs from Aug. 27 to Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Osceola County Commission district 5 incumbent Fred Hawkins Jr. garnered 81 percent of the support versus 19 percent for Chad Carnell. District 5 includes St. Cloud. Rayelynne Ketchum took 65 percent of the vote in the Republican race for Osceola County Clerk of Court over Beau Osbourne (22), Kathy Foust (9) and Dan Durfey (4). Clerk of Court incumbent Malcom Thompson earned 45 percent of the vote in the Democrat side of the race over Armando Ramirez (30) and Alpha Lacy (25). Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell garnered 86 percent of the vote over Timothy Devine at 14 percent. Osceola County Property Appraiser incumbent Katrina Scarborough took 82 percent of voter support versus 18 percent for opponent Dale Bronson. A dditionally, Osceola County Tax Collector incumbent Patsy Heffner earned 92 percent of the vote against opponent Romuald Leydon (8). Osceola County Supervisor of elections incumbent Mary Jane Arrington took 58 percent of the votes versus opponent Peter Olivo at 42 percent. Tim Weisheyer e arned 75 percent of voter support running against incumbent Cindy Hartig (25 percent) for the Osceola County School Board District 3 position. District 3 covers Poinciana. Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington, who represents district 3 as a Democrat, will face either Jeffery Goldmacher (74) or Tony Ferentinos (26) in November. Osceola County Judge Heather K. OBrien earned 79 percent of the vote over opponent Philip T. Dunlop (21) for group 2. Osceola County Judge Hal Epperson took 76 percent of the vote against the 24 percent earned by Ernie Mullins for group 4. Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. took 88 percent of voter support for Ninth J udicial Circuit Judge group 3 against Daniel Perry with 12 percent. Leticia Letty Marques garnered 53 percent of the vote for Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Group 7 against opponents Eric DuBois (33) and Joel Wilson (14). In the race for Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Group 27, Keith White took 89 percent of the vote over Jose Torroella at 11 percent. Tim Shea earned 88 percent of the vote for Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Group 42 against opponent Pedro Malaret at 12 percent. Incumbent Lawson Lamar was in a dead heat with Jeff Ashton at 46 percent in the race for the Ninth Judicial Court State Attorney position. Lamar had two votes at 165 over Ashton at 163. Incumbent Mike Horner, Republican, earned 78 percent of the vote for State Representative District 42 against Democrat Eileen Game at 22 percent. Denise Grimsley garnered 66 percent of the vote for State Senator District 21 against Democrat Stacy McCland at 34 percent. Democrat Alan Grayson, who is vying for the newly redistricted Representative in Congress District 9, will face Todd Long (59), Julius Melendez (18), John Q Quiones (18) or Mark Oxner (7) in November depending on who wins the primary Aug. 14. Incumbent Bill Nelson took 59.5 percent of the vote in the Democrat race for U.S. Senator against opponent Glenn Burkett at 40.5 percent. Nelson will face one of the following Republicans in November depending on who wins the primary Aug. 14: Connie Mack (69), Michael McCalister (13), Marielena Stuart (8), Ron McNeil (8) or Akinyemi Agbede (1). Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Republican) garnered 78 percent of the vote over 22 percent for President Barack Obama. The election primary is Aug. 14 with early voting running from Aug. 4 to Aug. 11.Residents pick early favorites at Hob Nob, Politics in the Barn Thursday, August 2, 2012 080212.TNG 080212.TNG 071212.TNG 080212.TNG
6 Thursday, August 2, 2012 SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsPeriera keeps improvingAmidst the relentless barrage of swimming and gymnastics coverage at the Olympics, did you notice the legally-blind archer competing in London? South Korean Im Dong-hyun, according to some published reports, can see only blurred colors and lines when he sights the target 76 yards away. Does it seem like a good idea to hand someone with eyesight like that a quiver of 72 very sharp arrows? Me neither. So, how did he do? How about a score of 699 in the first round? That broke Ims world record of 696. The South Koreans won the bronze medal last weekend after the U.S. bumped them in the semifinals. Italy beat the U.S. for the gold medal by one point. NBC will show this on tape delay in November. (Just kidding, sort of.) As it turns out, Im may not be quite so blind as originally reported. Do you really think anyone who cant see could compete at the Olympics? he told an inquisitor after his story gained traction. His sight is 20-200 in one eye, which is legally blind, but apparently he can see the target pretty well. In fact, Im said he does not require glasses to drive. OK. Most of us navigating U.S. 192 near the attractions will confirm that 50 percent of the drivers we encounter there are legally blind, too. While on the subject of archery, whats with those bows? They look like satellite dishes with drawstrings. If William Tell had one of those carbon-fiber gizmos, I imagine he would have been splitting atoms, not apples. The Orlando Magic introduced their new coach, Jacque Vaughn, to fans Monday. Vaughn, 37, has a credentials list that reads like this: former NBA player, two years as a San Antonio assistant coach, available, cheap. Is your head spinning a little, wondering how the Magic went from the NBA finals to the leagues edition of the Houston Astros in three years? Also, how did the team completely blow the trade value of its one chit, Dwight Howard? Shouldnt he be worth a couple of established stars and draft picks? Youthful GM Rob Hennigan seems intent on doing a salary dump deal. We saw how well these space-clearing plans work 12 years ago when the Magic cleared the deck for Grant Hill and Tim Duncan. They ended up with Hill and Tracy McGrady, and we dont need to rehash that episode, except to say, really, do Magic fans want to go there again? Well, there should be plenty of good seats available at the Amway Center for a couple of years. Speaking of the Houston Astros (we did up there, somewhere), this is a Major League baseball team that seems to be participating in the FBIs Witness Protection Program After dumping the few veterans left on the team last week, like pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers, and third baseman Chris Johnson, the Astros now seem equipped to challenge the magical 110-loss mark this season. Its hard to say whether the Astros ripped a page from the Magic playbook, or vice-versa. Just a few years ago, the Astros were paying Roger Clemens $14 million for a half season of work. They were in the World Series in 2005. For $14 million now, you can buy the whole Astros roster and probably get a couple of good seats for the Texans season-opener to boot. The highest-paid player on the Astros makes a little over $1 million a year, which in baseballs fiscal universe, is a little like earning parking valet tip money. Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, where are you? The NFL teams are already in camp, and the college and high school squads will be there soon. Be warned, we intend to make weekly football predictions again. But, were going to go the NBC route and make our picks the Tuesday following each weekends games. Editors Note: In the July 21 edition of the NewsGazette, due to an editors e rror, All-County l ifter Chase Butners photo was included in the Weightlifter of the Year story for St. Clouds Hans Schroeder This is an abridged version of the story, with the correct photo of Schroeder.By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Hans Schroeder sometimes had mixed emotions during his junior year at St. Cloud High. As a transfer from Harmony, the Bulldogs rival, he often competed against his former teammates in football and weightlifting. One of those conflicts came into play at the Class 2A state weightlifting tournament at the Kissimmee Civic Center, when Schroeder, competing at 183 pounds, was locked in a close race with former Harmony teammate Phil Laird for third place. Schroeder missed his final clean and jerk attempt but still had a season-high lift of 340 pounds in the bench press and 285 in the clean a jerk for a 625 total. Laird had one more clean and jerk attempt. If he hit it, he would displace Schroeder in third place. What was going through my mind was that if he hit it, it would be his best of the year, so part of me wanted him to get it, Schroeder recalled. But, another part of me wanted me to get (third place), so I was hoping hed miss. Laird failed in his final attempt, leaving Schroeder in third place in Class 2A. C ombined with Schroed ers Orange Belt Conference championship at 183 pounds, with a meet-best 620-pound total lift, Schroeder is the Osceola NewsGazette Male Weightlifter of the Year.Schroeder said he easily assimilated to the St. Cloud campus, where his older sister, Lauren, competed for the Lady Bulldogs weightlifting team and made three trips to the state meet. She was the Female Weightlifter of the Year in 2008. His younger sister, Leeah Schroeder, also is competing for St. Cloud. I was supposed to go to St. Cloud all along, but my dad (Karl Schroeder) coached football at Harmony and he took me over there, so I was OK with that, Schroeder said. The Bulldogs lifter said his dad introduced him to weightlifting in middle school. It was something I did so I could be around my dad more often. I always thought of it as something to help me get ready for football until I got to high school, where I found out that it was a sport in itself, Hans said. St. Cloud Coach Cory Aun said Schroeders work ethic sets him apart. Hes a tremendous competitor who does things right, Aun said. Hes definitely the weightlifter of the year. Schroeder has big goals for his senior year. Id like to break the school record in the bench press, 415 pounds, he said. Id like to get my clean and jerk up to about 330 pounds. Ill try to stay in the same weight class, but if I cant make weight Ill be at 199. Schroeder will play football for the Bulldogs as an offensive and defensive lineman under Coach Brad Lennox. But, hell keep busy in the weightroom, as well. If I can reach my goals, I have a chance to do pretty well at state. I could be right there for a championship, he said. Should you shoot if you cant see? Rick PedoneSports Editor Kenya Pereira helped the Lady Kowboys reach the regional finals.News Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanHans Schroeder won the 183-pound Orange Belt Conference championship and placed third at the Class 2A state meet.News-Gazette Photo/Rick Pedone All-County softball Player of the Year: Kenya Pereira (Jr., OHS). All-county team: Osceola: Jessica Callahan (Jr.), Noemi Chavez (Jr.), Morgan Crapo (Jr.), Chantal Crockett (Soph.), Kali Jones (Fr.), Kaley Brosious (Sr.). Gateway: JoJo Martinez (Jr.). Celebration: Madison White (Soph.). St. Cloud: Audrey Wetzell (Fr.), KaDiesha McCowen (Soph.), Breanna Benge (Jr.). Harmony: Lauren Harris (Jr.), Brianna Kumra (Jr.), Aleshia Ocasio (Soph.), Dakota McCoy (Jr.), Madison Nichols (Jr.), Breann Vanderzyl (Sr.), Lily Mann (Fr.). All-County softball By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Coming from a family that produces softball players the way Dole grows pineapples, its no surprise that Osceola High junior Kenya Pereira found a place in the Lady Kowboys varsity lineup in a hurry. Kenyas older sisters, Keisha and Kimberly, each played softball and earned college scholarships. Her dad, Keith Pereira, is a former OHS assistant coach who founded the Osceola Overdrive travel softball program. I started playing when I was around 5. I always was around the field, Kenya said. Like most elite-level players, softball is a way of life for her. We play most of the year, but I like it. It keeps me busy, she said. Pereira was extremely busy in late April and early May, when she was the teams main option in the pitching circle after teammate Morgan Crapo was injured. All Pereira did was pitch the Lady Kowboys to the 7A-2 regional championship game, Osceolas deepest trip into the playoff bracket since the 1996 team played for the state championship. Pereira, t he Osceol a News-Gazette Softball Player of the Year, won three of five postseason contests and pitched well in the games she lost. Coach George Coffey said Pereira understood, that with Crapo unavailable, that she was the key to the teams playoff success. I told her that we were going put the saddle on her and ride her as far as we could, and she responded to that challenge, Coffey said. Kenya made remarkable progress this season, and not only on the field. Mentally, she matured, and that made her a much improved player. Pereira was 11-7 with a 3.37 ERA; at the plate, she batted .374 and knocked in 28 runs, averaging one run batted in per game for a team that finished 19-9. She enjoys hitting, but she loves being in the pitchers circle. You feel like you can control t he g ame w hen youre pitching, she said. Pereira has five pitches, she said, and it has taken years of work with her dad, also her pitching coach, to develop them. I feel pretty confident with all of them; I feel most confident with my curve, she said. An improved change-up made her more effective late in the season. I think I did use it a little more. I think Im throwing it better now than I did before, she said. Coffey said Pereira is making the transition from a player who reacts to situations to one that plans her actions. You could see that in the last 10 or so games. She was thinking out there, OHS pitcher helped Kowgirls advance to regional title gameSee Pereira, page A-7 All-County Boys WeightliftingSchroeder has heavy goals Bulldogs junior won OBC title, placed third at 183 in Class 2A
FCC basketball lands three recruits Pe reiraContinued from page A-6 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Florida Christian College Basketball Coach Jake Deer guided his team to the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II national tournament last season. To continue that success, Deer signed three Florida high school players for the upcoming season. The Suns will have a big presence inside with the addition of 6-7 forward Kaleb Baker of Harvest Community School in Jacksonville. They also signed 6-4 guard/forward Anthony Wilson of Stuart Martin County High and 6-2 guard Colton Catto, Floridas Class 2A Player of the Year, from Southwest Florida Christian Academy. Deer is looking forward to working with his recruits. Of Baker, Deer said: Hes a great young man that will represent his family and our program well on and off the court. Kaleb as a player will bring l ength, reboundin g and interior scoring to our program for many years to come. Deer said Wilson is an excellent perimeter defender and he likes the energy that Wilson projected at Martin County High. Anthony has a great spirit about him. His energy and passion for the game is extremely contagious and we look forward to what he will bring to the Suns on a daily basis, Deer said. Catto averaged 25.4 points and n early five assists pe r game at Southwest Florida last season. He was runner-up for Floridas Mr. Basketball and was named to several Miamiarea and Florida all-star teams. Coltons on the court accolades speak for themselves. I am most excited about all of the intangibles Colton will bring to our program, Deer said. Colton is a young man with great character, a high basketball IQ and he is a teamfirst guy. I am very excited about our freshman class. Another reason for optimism next season, Deer said, is that 14 of 16 players from last years roster return. Weve had a very high retention rate, which is a plus, he said. The guys will start arriving soon, and were looking forward to getting things started again. Deer hosted the colleges first summer camp in June. Sports briefsshe was remembering what batters had done earlier and planned how she was going to attack them, Coffey said. An important district win at East Ridge late in the season is a turning point in her career, said Coffey. We were up, but it was close and she was in a little trouble, so I went out to the mound and told her that I needed a little more giddy-up from her, he said. She told me she was giving me giddyup, but I told her I needed more. Well, she got mad. She turned her back on me. But, she gave me more giddy-up. From that point on, she was a different player. Entering her senior year, Pereira has big plans for the Lady Kowboys in 2013. I want to play at the state tournament, she said. That would require overcoming a major obstacle in 7A Region 2 named Bartow. The Yellow Jackets, who have made consecutive visits to the state tournament, have eliminated OHS from the playoffs the past two seasons. Were going to be good. We can beat them, she said. Coffey said with Pereira in the circle, the Lady Kowboys can play with anyone. Definitely. She can beat anybody in the state, absolutely, Coffey said. She still needs a little work with her practice habits, but shes going to get that taken care of. The thing about her is that she is very level-headed, shes never way up or way down. And, she never pays attention to her stats. She has no idea. OHS volleyball tryoutsOsceola High volleyball tryouts will be held from August 6-10 in the gymnasium from 8 to 11 a.m. for all 9th through 12th graders. All girls interested in trying out must have a sports physical completed and on file with the front office.Osc. Senior SoftballOsceola Senior Softball welcomes players ages 55-over for pickup games year around. All skill levels are welcome. The games are played Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at the Denn John fields, adjacent to Valencia College. 7 Thursday, August 2, 2012 S sS COOTER sS & WHEELCHAIR sS SCOOTER sS & WHEELCHAIR s SII ndependent RR epairs407-319-8687 Used Scooters Available Lift Installations & Repairs AA ANNOUNCEMENTThe Personal Attention You Deserve...Dr. Chris Manlio, FAOCDBoard Certied Dermatologist Fellow American MOHS Society By A Board Certied Dermatologist Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment MOHS Surgery Mole Removal Botox, Juviderm, Restylane & Radiesse Same Day Appointments 222 Broadway Suite 202Kissimmee, FL 34741 Ph: 407-910-4710Fax: 407-201-7983 or3114 17th StreetSt. Cloud, FL 34769 Ph: 407-910-4710Fax: 407-201-7983 AA AA D OO P TIONTION Are YouPregnant?Childless married couple (in our 30s) seeks to adopt.Will be hands on Mom and devoted Dad. Financially secure, expenses paid. 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 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 TO SEE YOUR AD ON THIS PAGE CALL JODY, KEITH, LISA OR KEllLLY AAT 407-846-7600 CC CAMCAM P CALL NOW FOR RESERVATIONS AA ANNOUNCEMENTNotice to PatientsShams Tabrez, MDEffective July 12, 2012, Shams Tabrez, MD will no longer practice at Four Corners Digestive Disease Institute at 400 Celebration Place, Suite A360, Celebration, FL 34747. His new ofce will be located at 205 North Park Avenue, Suite 106, Apopka, FL 32703. 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. CC COINCOIN S American Legends Coins and SuchFormerly of Osceola Farmers Flea Market NEW LOCATION Silver Eagles 2012 President Dollars 2012 National Park Quarters Wide Variety of Morgan Silver DollarsGR anAN D OP eningENING Door Prizes Buying and Selling Silver and Gold Coins Appraisals P P IANOIANO LELE SS ONON S CON cC ERT PIANIST Conservatory graduate trained in E E urope. 30 years experience.FIRST LESSON FREE ~ 407-566-1496 Beginning to advanced. All ages welcome. Never too late to learn!!! Beau Rivage Resort & Casino V V ACATIONACATION B UU S TOURTOUR S BILOXI CASINO PACKAGE4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS$199.00 P/Pdbl occ. R/T transportation from your area to Biloxi, MS. 3 nights Hotel accommodation at the Deluxe Beau Rivage Resort. Hotel taxes & baggage handling. 2 Buet Breakfast. 25.00 Free play 1st night @ Beau Rivage. Visit to Boomtown Casino. $ 15.00 Free play Visit to Hard Rock Caf & 15.00 Free Play Extra Casino Visit either Isle of Capri or IP Resort & 15.00 Free Play. 5 hrs. mandatory in each casino. Tour guide on each trip. Bingo & Rae on board. Groups of 20 or more 1 person Free. Single: $ 299.00 50 paxs required. K eE Y W esES T / M iamiIAMI P ackageACKAGE 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS $ 245.00 P/Pdbl occ. R/T in a Deluxe motor coach transportation to Key West/ Miami. 2 nights/ 3 days hotel accommodations in Florida City. 2 Continental Breakfast included. Hotel taxes & baggage handling included. Alligator Boat Ride @ e Miccosukee Indian Reserve and a Tour of the Village. Key West city tour in a in /out Trolley. Miami City Tour, including Coconut Grove, South Beach & Bayside Marketplace with a Boat Ride to the Celebrities Home. Seller of Travel #ST 38347 CALL FOR RESERVA TT ION: 1-866-858-5313 OR 407-910-1176 Single $ 299.00 50 paxs required. TT TOWINGLocal Family Owned & Operated Since 1995 24/7407-931-1966 AA lways on atbed NN o MM ileage Call Anytime for the Best Rate & Service TM AcceptedHonest, Reliable, Dependable, ReputableBRENNANS TOWING For The Vehicles D D ANCEANCE CLACLA SS EE SJoannes Dance Center Joanne L. Sylvain, Owner/choreographer1002 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud, FLCall 407-593-1059www.joannesdancecenterstcloudfl.comAll styles, ages, & levels of dance preschool through adultPreschool Combo. ClassesHIP HOP (Special Boys only Hip Hop) Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Acrobatics (Tumbling), Musical Theater, Cheer Dance & Leaps and Turns Class OO P ENEN HOUHOU S EE D ATEATE S at the studio on NEW THIS FALL!!!Mommy & Me Classes (1 1/2 2 1/2 yrs. old) Ballroom & Homeschool a.m. & early afternoon classes CLASSES START SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH 2012 Offering:Happy Dancing!! TO SEE YOUR AD ON THIS PAGE CALL JODY, KEITH, LISA OR KEllLLY AAT 407-846-7600 020812.TNG Starling Chevrolet brings you... MM on.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m.:00 a.m. Fill Your TT ires WW ith N N itrogen NN ew ServiceDick Williams and Bill McKechnie were the only managers in major league history to lead three different teams to the World Series. But Williams made some odd history in another way as a player. With the Orioles in 1957, Williams cracked a solo home run in the ninth inning literally seconds before a hard 10:20 curfew, which had been set so the visiting Chicago White Sox could catch a train out of Baltimore. The homer tied the game, so by rule it was later replayed from the beginning, and the Orioles won. Had Williams done anything else anything Chicago would have won the game. Any idea which sporting event set the record for most tweets per second? The record had been an incredible 12,233 per second, set during the 2012 Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots. But a new mark of get this 13,684 tweets per second was posted during the Champions League semifinal soccer match between Chelsea and Barcelona in May of 2012 a record that will no doubt be short-lived. Sports and gambling go hand in hand, and nobody knew that better than the late Thomas Austin Preston Jr. better known as Amarillo Slim, a character who billed himself as the Worlds Greatest Gambler and with good reason. After winning the 1972 World Series of Poker, Slim stayed in the public eye with a series of wild bets. A few examples: He used a skillet to beat Bobby Riggs in a game of Ping-Pong, a broom handle to beat Minnesota Fats in a game of pool, and a hammer to beat Evel Knievel in a round of golf. I bet you didnt know.. Stop in for details.... RAY ICAZAEX eE CUTI veVE MA nANA G eE R K issiISSI MMEE www.kissimmeechevy.com 201 2 C R R UZ E E L L S 080212.TNG ONLINE ALL THE TIME WWW.AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM
Thursday, August 2, 2012 8 HOME IMPROVEMENT GUIDE A APPLIANCE REPAIR AAA APPLI aA NCE REP aA I rR Serving your Area for the past 12 years. Same Day Service No Trip Charge with Repairs Honest Qualified Technicians 407-847-3097We Service All Makes & Models On: Refrigerators, Washers, Dryers, Cooktops, Stoves, Dishwashers, Microwaves, Garbage Disposal & Water Heaters H hH OM eE I MM PR OO VE MM ENTWe Do It All!!No Job Too Small!! Call Andy 321-443-2504 R R OOOO FING Locally Owned FREE EstimatesQualty roofing at affordable prices! L laLA W nN M aintenanceAINTENANCE MANNYS LANDSCAPING & FENCING (407) 891-1272 (407) 908-4392 P paintingPAINTING Rodolfo Sanchez Small Repairs A A irIR CO nN D itiITI O ningNING ALL COUNTY AIR C on ON DI t T I on ON I n N G, Inc INC .LOW FLAT RATES! freeFREE 2 nN D O piniPINI O nsNS State Certified, Licensed, And Insured CAC1813534 P PLU MM BING Lic. & Ins. Residential & Commercial Complete DD rain Plumbing & Sewer Service WW WW OOD S heHE D sS 2839 E. Hwy. 192Low MM onthly Rental FREE D D elivery WW hy pay high storage rates when you can rent to own one of our top of the line sheds? CHECK! R R OOOO FING24 POINTS CHECK-UP Serving Osceola, Polk & Orange CountiesOsceola County Resident Since 1959 Your Local Roofer for OVER 30 Yearswww.donschmidtroofing.comFlorida State Certified CCC#042852ROOFING P PLU MM BING ALL WORK GUARANTEED St. Cloud, FL 34771Bus. Ph LEAK TECH PLUMBING, INC. 24 hr Service SERVICE SAVER$00OFFAPPLIES T O O ANY SERVICE CALLNever A Service Fee H H OMOM E I MM PR OO VE MM ENT OO SCE OO LA EXTERI OO RSServing Osceola County Since 1999 WW hen Quality Counts, Count on us for... Home Improvements & General Home Repairemail:email@example.com L LA WW N MM AINTENANCE 407.973.4665Honest & Reliable Free Estimates407.973.4665 Estimados GratisTambien hacemos mejoras en su hogar de cualquier clase. A AIR C OO N DD ITI OO NING 407-857-7800 $ 4920 Point Tune up Special $25 OFFSERVICE CALLWith Promo Code: GAZETTE$49With Promo Code: GAZETTE20 POINT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE CHECKSpecial A APPLIANCES Marvins Appliances In-Home Repairs & Service er ears o perie ce 407-846-4448 All Brands, Qualified Technicians H HAN DD Y MM AN Get all of your to do list household repairs done with just one phone callCALL DANIEL (407) 279-2109Need A Handyman? Call Dan! CLEAN, D eE P endaENDA B leLE H onest ONEST & A fforda FFORDA B le LE www.KissimmeeHandyman.com PP rofessional PP ainting P P lumbing Lighting/Fans Re-Caulking Licensed/Insured S screeningSCREENING / TM 407-857-5079 Blue Skye Screening We will beat any other pricing by 5% 100% Financing for up to 15yrs.Easy & Fast Approval No Equity Required* / FREE ESTIMATES!Remodeling, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Flooring, Painting...WE DO IT ALL! Se Habla Espaol R RE MODMOD ELING We Beat Any Price! T TREE SERVICE rfntbn rrbn br ft br brfn rttn nbrOur Staff is Fully Trained & Certified. We guarantee the lowest reasonable price & the highest quality service. We accept insurance claims & all credit cards.rfnrnrtbnttn LIC. CGC1509832 Big or Small! Free Estimates 40707 cGENERAL CONTRACTORcc sN scaR G GENERAL C OO NTRACT OO R G garageGARAGE DOO rsRS & gatesGATES AA G arageARAGE D oorsOORS & G atesATES SAME DAY SERVICE GUARANTEED!!! operators. SPECIALS: only $275.00 $60.00 24-7 ~ 7 daDA Y s S a A week WEEK HOME IMPROVEMENTSRapinesi407-891-0518Commercial & ResidentialLicensed & Insured ll pes ome aintenance Now Accepting Major Credit Cards!28 Years Experience H hH OM eE iI M prPR O veVE M entENT C C OO NCRETE PP ort-ACC rete firstname.lastname@example.org 1501 Eastern Ave., Saint Cloud R R OOOO FING A ARB OO RIST Trusted since 1976 CALL TODAY Office 407-968-7763 Cell 863-634-1834 Charlies ree er ice c N oO J oO B T ooOO B igIG orOR T oo OO s S MALL 1 FREE ES TT I MATMAT ES SPECI ALAL PALM TREE PRUNING Only $20 ree la ti g 10% D isco ISCO UNT L LAN DD SCAPING & H anAN D yY M anAN EaglesLANDSCAPING & HANDYMANWe AreLocal! REMODELS ROOFING PAINTING SS IDING Dr DR YW ALL W W INDOWS LL AWN S S E r R VICES A AIR C OO N DD ITI OO NING 407-870-7755 Osceola Countys Only Comfort Specialist! 24 MM onth No Interest Financing Available H hanHAN D yY M anAN HAND YY MANCharlie Lasseter407-460-2524Call Today & Save E R R M h
Section B Go to www.aroundosceola.com for all St. Cloud news August 2, 2012AROUND KISSIMMEEAROUND KISSIMMEEINCLUDING: POINCIANA BVL INTERCESSION CITY By Michelle DeLeon Staff W riter The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places youll go. Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! On July 25, The Osceola County Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the Florida Education Association and First Book Organization all worked together to celebrate reading and provide free books to students in summer reading classes at the KOA Elementary School in Poinciana. This is the first time that Osceola County celebrated an event focusing on the importance of reading that benefits the students who attended a summer program aimed to improve their reading skills. Approximately 120 third-grade students from KOA Elementary School, Reedy Creek Elementary School, Chestnut Elementary School, Deerwood Elementary School and Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts and their teachers, administrators and volunteers enjoyed this fun-filled event t hat a lso marks t he OCEA-First Book Organization partnership. As part of the program, students could choose to either stay indoors to explore their creativity with artwork or go outdoors to play with Hula-hoops and take part in a game of dodge ball. After all the fun, the students were given lunch before starting a good book reading. Volunteers divided the kids into groups where readers, including Osceola County School Board candidate Tim Weisheyer, read short stories like Stray Dog, If you Take a Mouse to School, Team Work and The Day Jimmys Boa Ate the Wash. Weisheyer said he saw the event as an opportunity to give back to the community he grew up in. I saw the press release yesterday and I was actually the Business Partner of the Year for the KOA Elementary and I volunteered in every school out here, he said. I wanted to be here and be a part of it. Having the opportunity to read for the kids and share with them the importance of it understanding how to read, how to tell full points of the stories, I thought was a great opportunity and so its great to be here, its great to be in my community again and read to the kids and support education in Osceola County. The students received three exciting books each, Charlottes Web, Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory and The Bridge to Terabithia. Adding more excitement to the students after receiving great books, the Osceola County Sheriff Department brought in a 3year old K9 bloodhound named Lulu under the supervision of Deputy Jorge Covas to show the students how K9s do their work while Deputy Wayne Escudero thought the students how to deal with Stranger Danger situation. At the end, the students expressed their gratitude by showing how much they loved their new books and thanking everyone who made the event possible. One of the Deerwood Elementary student said that he had fun at his sum mer reading class and he is happy with the books he got especially the Chocolate Factory. Area students celebrate the power of reading at eventThe following classes are being offered by Osceola County Extension Services and are free unless stated otherwise: From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28, A Home of Your Own in English and Spanish, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. This class addresses the ins and outs of buying/building a home. Participants will learn how to prepare financially, select a home, negotiate price, review contract and what to expect at closing. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ homebuyer1 for more information. Supply fee applies Registration is required. Call 321-697-3000. From 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, Taking Control of Your Money, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. Stop wondering where money went and letting it control you. Instead establish financial goals, discover your financial potential and develop a plan to make your money work for you. Registration is required. Call 321-697-3000. From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, Whats Underfoot in Your Home? Its at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee This program focuses on the various types of flooring in Extension Services Submitted PhotoApproximately 120 third-grade students from KOA Elementary School, Reedy Creek Elementary School, Chestnut Elementary School, Deerwood Elementary School and Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts and their teachers, administrators and volunteers enjoyed a recent summer reading event at the KOA Elementary School in Poinciana. Kids Day!Kissimmee Main Street hosted more t han100 kids during Kids Day at the Kissimmee Farmers Market on July 12 in downtown Kissimmee. At right, Kaisley Carswell plants a Zinnia seed into the flowerpot she decorated At Kids Day. B elow, O sceola High School Cheerleaders help Julia, Carly and Megan LaMorte decorate their flowerpots at Kids Day.Photos/Kayla Burton Submitted PhotoThe U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering a free boating safety class to children ages 3-9 in Kissimmee at the Museum of Military History, 5210 W. U.S. Highway 192 at 10 a.m. Saturday.To mark the 222nd birthday of the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering a free boating safety class to children ages 3-9 in Kissimmee at the Museum of Military History, 5210 W. U.S. Highway 192 at 10 a.m. Saturday. Utilizing the Boating Fun Safety on the Water program, certified instructors will teach children what they should know before boarding a boat, such as how to swim, swim with a buddy, swim under adult supervision, always wearing a PFD (life jacket), the equipment that should be taken on a boat and what to do if a boat capsizes. Activities included trying on various sized life jackets and a handson hypothermia demonstration. Self-guided tours of the museum also will be offered immediately after the class at no cost. Each child must be accompanied by a parent. The instructor for the program is Jim Nickles, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member. Each child will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the one-hour class. There is no fee for the class but enrollment is limited in size so early registration is recommended. Call the mu-Free boating class offered to kids at museum Saturday See Museum, page B-1 See Extension, page B-2
your home and how to install and care for it. Registration is required. Call 321-697-3000. From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, Save Your Home: Prevent Foreclosure at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. This class addresses how to save your home from foreclosure through better money management, communication with your lender and identifying other mortgage payment/foreclosure prevention options. Registration is required. Call 321-697-3000. From 1 to 3 p .m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Using Your Sprinkler System Efficiently, at Saint Cloud Civic Center, 3001 17th Street, Saint Cloud. Learn to save on your water bill, operate your irrigation controller, keep your landscape healthy, and check your system for leaks. Registration is required. Call 407957-7344. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Taking Control of Your Money, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. Establish financial goals, discover your financial potential and develop a plan to make your money work for you. R egistration r equired. Call 321-697-3000. From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 23, Fall Vegetable Gardening, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. Learn the basics of growing vegetables in Florida, vegetable seasons, common pests and diseases that may attack your crops. Registration is required. Call 321-697-3000 From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Save Your Home, Prevent Foreclosure, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. ExtensionContinued from Page B-1 W ithin a marriage, a man and a womans financial circumstances are generally pretty much equal. But if a divorce occurs, the womans situation tends to be somewhat more challenging than that of her ex-spouse. And thats why, during this major life transition, you may want to meet with a professional financial advisor to go over your spending needs and your cash flow, so that you know what you absolutely need today and how you can plan for tomorrow. Before we get into some possible steps you can take, lets look at some of the reasons that women may fare worse than men, financially speaking, following a divorce: Lower income The average womans family income drops by 37 percent after divorce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In many cases, divorce exacerbates a situation in which women were already trailing men in earnings. In fact, women still only earn 77 cents for each dollar earned by men, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Smaller retirement accounts: The average balance on womens defined contribution plans (such as 401(k) plans) is only 60 percent of mens average balances, according to LIMRA, a financial services research organization. Of course, averages are just that averages.: But whether you recognize yourself in the above numbers or not, consider these suggestions: Create an emergency fund. Try to put six months to a years worth of living expenses in a liquid account. Once youve established this emergency fund, you wont have to dip into long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as an expensive car repair, a new furnace or a large medical bill. Contribute as much as you can afford to your retirement accounts. Even if you will eventually receive some of your ex-spouses retirement funds, you need to take full advantage of your own savings opportunities because its pretty hard to save too much for retirement. If money is tight, it wont always be easy, but contribute as much as you can to your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. At a minimum, put in enough to earn the employers match, if one is offered. Rebalance your investment portfolio. If you are now investing for yourself, youll want to take a close look at your asset mix to make sure it is appropriate for your situation. For example, your risk tolerance may be quite different than that of your ex-spouses. So if you now have total control over an investment portfolio, you need to make sure it reflects your needs and preferences. Consequently, you may need to rebalance your holdings. Above all, get some help. As mentioned above, now is a good time to meet with a financial advisor. And if you dont have much experience in managing your finances, you may even find it helpful to work with a trust company, which can collaborate with your financial provider to manage your assets and also provide a variety of other functions, including bill payment and record keeping. A trust companys services can prove especially valuable to you and your family should you ever become incapacitated. Unfortunately, a divorce may leave you feeling at sea in many areas of your life. But by following the above suggestions, you can at least help keep your financial ship in calmer waters.Financial tips for newly single women to help plan for the future Robert RosenEdward Jones seum at 407-507-3894 to sign-up. For further information contact Nickles at 407396-6000 ext. 5017. Purple Heart DayThe Museum of Military History is honoring Purple Heart Day by offering free admission to the museum T uesday for recipients of Purple Hearts and their families. In 1782, in Newburgh, New Y ork, Gen. George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, created the Badge for Military Merit, a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word mer it stitched across the face in silver The badge was to be presented to soldiers for any singularly meritorious action and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honorees name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a Book of Merit. Washingtons Purple Heart was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr. The Book of Merit was lost, and the decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when Gen. Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to revive the Badge of Military Merit. In 1931, Summeralls successor, Gen. Douglas MacAr thur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washingtons birth. On Feb. 22, 1932, Washingtons 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the Order of the Purple Heart. For more information on Purple Heart Day, contact the museum at 407-507-3894.MuseumContinued from Page B-1 Page B2, 072612.TNG www.kissflowers.com Visit us on FaceBook! Buy 1 doz. Roses Get 1 doz. FREE $1995Cash and Carry 080212.TNG GO SOLAR SAVE $$$ COLD POOL? SOLAR POOL HEATING SYSTEM Per Month w.a.c. 407-846-7830 www.allsolarorida.com $ 99CVC56863HIGH ELECTRIC BILL? CALL TODAY TO FIND OUT MORE!$1,000 POINT OF SALE REBATE JUST FOR YOUR HOT WATER!!! Harnessing the Suns Energy Since 1974. SAVE 3 0%UP TO www.furniturelandusa.com080212.TNG COMPLETE 5 PIECE WOOD BEDROOM SETINCLUDES: WOOD HEADBOARD WOOD FOOTBOARD WOOD RAILS WOOD DRESSER WOOD MIRRORYour Choice of Cherry or Black CherrySALE PRICE$695PLUS FREE NIGHTSTAND407-847-8518 PLUS FREE NIGHTSTAND EASY AA CC eE SS PARKING AT TT OHO SS QUAR eE (407) 847-6397 846-2303 i www.lewismusicfl.com 3Since 1973 Ser ving Osceola County Since 1970 Se e 106 Chur ch St 5 7 SIGN UP N NOW FOR MusUSIC& VOICE LEssSSONsS FULL LINE OF: OPEN: Mon-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 10am-6pm23 BROADWAY DOWNTOWN KISSIMMEE 407-847-6744 1 Draperies & Interiors by Bette & Lauren s8 W. DARLINGTON407-846-1553 4 MAKINSON HARDWAREYour Hometown Hardware For All Your Business And Home Needs FLORIDAS OLDEST HARDWAREDOWNTOWN KISSIMMEE308 BROADWAY407-847-2100 EVERY THURSDAY In Downtown Kissimmees Toho Square For more information call 407-846-4643 FROM 7 A MM 1 P MM 108 B roadwayROADWAY 407-933-5679Hrs: Mon-Sat, 9am-5:30pmwww.laniersantiques.com 2 LaniersHistoric Downtown Marketplace Go Green. Recycle. Buy Antiques A D A AM 6:00PM 109 BROADWAYHistoric Downtown Kissimmee407-847-2300 www.echoes109.com N eE W I teTE M sS WeeWEE K lL Y 6 COME SEE WHATS NEW & EXCITING IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN KISSIMMEE 2 1 6 5 3 4 7 Since 1973 Lessons For
Thursday, August 2, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Whats new?DAV 148Wednesday is Ladies Day, $1 off your drink. The second and fourth Friday of the month, wear your red shirt to show your support for our troops and receive $1 non-premium beer. Red T-shirts are on sale. Meetings are the third Sunday of each month at DAV at 3:30 p.m. and the DAVA at 2 p.m. Doors open at 11a.m.American Legion Events The American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80 will have the following events: Mondays: Bingo at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. Tuesdays: Dart tournament at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Italian Dinner Night $5.75. Thursdays: Free p ool; W ings Night, 10 wings for $5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Trivia Game Night at 8 p.m. Fridays: Free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m. Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners first and third weeks, 5 to 8 p.m.; Karaoke 8 p.m. Saturdays: RoadKill Bingo first and third weeks. N.Y. Strip Steak second and fourth weeks. Sundays: Breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. The Legion Post 80 is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son, or daughter of a veteran, we invite you to speak with us regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxillary, Riders, or Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call the Post at 407-892-8808 or M ike Turco at 352-572-1261. Post 80 and Auxiliary Unit 80 are located at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud. Free Jazz concertA free Jazz Concert is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at Poinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee. GriefShareThe GriefShare recovery an support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th Street, St. Cloud, on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 13. Childcare is provided as needed at the St. Cloud location. A second location for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 14. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions such as, The Journey of Grief, will be offered. This 13-week session is open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact Nancy Boss at 407-873-1067 or email email@example.com .Free Medicare counselingSHINE Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be sponsoring free, unbiased counseling at the following locations on Medicare, Medigap/ HMO, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and long-term care insurance. All counseling is first-come, first-served. Bring with you a list of all your medications or Rx bottles, insurance card, and red, white and blue Medicare card. All dates are subject to change. Barney E. Veal All Generation Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, 407-846-8532, from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month. Good Samaritan Village Friendship Room, 4 250 V illage Drive, Kissimmee, 407-933-3246, Jan.-May the second Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon; September through November the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, 407957-7392, the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon.Elvis tribute showAloha Elvis, a Hawaiian tribute show starring Rich Purnell will be at the American Legion Post 10, Kissimmee, Thursday, Aug. 9, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. For further information, contact Shirley at 407-922-4502. Osceola Republican PartyThe Osceola Republican Party meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 805 Emmett St. at 7 p.m. For more information call 407-8468889.Luncheon and breakfast seminarsThe Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Homes, Cemetery, and Crematory will be sponsoring several luncheon and breakfast seminars. Luncheon seminars will be held on Aug. 17 and Sept. 6. The seminars will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, 4551 13th St. in St. Cloud. The breakfast seminar will be Aug. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. at Fat Boys on 13th St. in St. Cloud. Meals will follow the seminars compliments of Osceola Memory Gardens. Seating is limited. To make your reservation call 407-957-2511.Volunteer Close to HomeVolunteer training for adults and teens will be Friday, July 27, and Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both days are required and lunch is provided. The training will be at the Cornerstone Office, 8009 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. RSVP to Diane at 407-3042604.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.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.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 407-908-5607Travel 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, threeday trips or longer. For more information, call Donna Parkins, president, at 772-5390088 or by email at dparkins8@ gmail.com.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. The registration date is 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 321766-8715 for the tryout schedule. For registration information, visit the website at www.stcloudsoccer.com or call the hotline at 321-766-8715.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 407-847-2543 or visit www.fcckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab).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 407-847-8970, or Lois at 407846-2848.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, cal l Madame Wu at 407-738-7001. Hospice offers bereavement groupsCornerstone 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 pre-register. They are: Mondays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Drive, 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. Call Claudia Swonger to pre-register for any of these three groups at 407-206-2273.German-American ClubThe Osceola German-American Club of Kissimmee/St. Cloud meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at The Elks Club on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. The club consists of people who were born in Germany or who are of German descent or just have an interest in socializing with German people. For more information, call Kay Cushing at 407-931-1645.Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-498-0929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts. com.Osceola County American Legion eventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80 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 at the post civic hall. For more information, call the p ost at 407-892-8808 or Mik e Turco at 352-572-1261. Post 80 and the Auxiliary Unit 80 are at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud.VFW Post 4225Members of VFW Post 42255, 504. S. Randolph Ave., Kissimmee, and the ladies auxiliary meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The mens auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Meat bingo is at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month and is open to the public. Dinners are served from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday followed by karaoke. Call 407-847-7855 for menus and scheduled events. Sons of Italy 2523The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join, It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. For more information, contact lodge president Gertrude Dorries at 321-286-6787 for more information.St. Cloud Masonic LodgeSt. Cloud Lodge No. 221 meets the second and fourth Thursdays at 7 :30 p.m. at the lodge building, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or YEGGP@aol.com.Mall cruise-inThe second Friday of each month from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mill Creek Mall and CiCis Pizza, there is a cruise in for classic cars, from 1985 and earlier. CiCis pizza has special coupons for cruisers and the music is provided by WJBJ (Butch Johnston). There is a raffle and a 50/50 drawing with half going to charity. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378Dakin cruise-inOn the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m., Dakin Avenue is shut down for a classic and exotic car cruise in. Music will be provided by Ron (DJ) and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. There are special prices at some of the restaurants for cruisers. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.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 Phyllis Randall, president, at 407-892-9792. Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80The Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 F&AM meets the first and third See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comCool as Ice The public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-498-0929, located 1 mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.Dog days News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Vanilla Ice was the surprise guest star at Gaylord Palms Resort last week as area residents got a sneak peak at what to expect at Ice! in 2012. The Christmas in July event also included characters from the animated Dreamworks films Madagascar and Shrek. Ice! has become one of the more popular events in Central Florida. The colorful ice sculptures, kept a frigid 9-degrees throughout the winter event, also will feature characters from the films. Several hundred people attended the free event at Gaylord Palms. COMMUNITYCOMMUNITY Whats happening? See Community, page B-5
Bomba and plena classes The city of Kissimmee is offering bomba and plena classes for all ages. The Puerto Rican Folkloric Academy will demonstrate how to dance, play percussion instruments and how to sing a variety of cultural songs. The cost of the class is $25/ month, per person and $45/ month, per couple. Classes are ongoing each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for children ages 5 to 11; 6:15 to 7 p.m. for youth ages 12-17; and adults 16 and older from 7 to 8 p.m. All classes will be at Oak Street Park Community Center, 717 N. Palm Ave., Kissimmee. For more information about this program or other Kissimmee Parks and Recreation programs, call 407-847-2388.Ballet and jazz dancingThe city of Kissimmee is offering classes to youngsters ages 7 to 12 years old who are interested in learning the basic steps of ballet and jazz dancing. Learn how to maximize flexibility. Classes will be on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This combo class teaches two different styles yet very similar concepts. The registration fee is $25 per month. This class is taught by the instructors from Flava After School. Dancers are required to wear ballet shoes and are encouraged to wear pink tights and black leotards. Whether you are new to dancing or have had prior experience all are encouraged to sign up. All classes will be at Oak Street Park Community Center, 717 N. Palm Ave., Kissimmee. For more information about this program or other Kissimmee Parks and Recreation programs, call 407-847-2388.Oak Street Community CenterActivities running at the Oak Street Community Center are: Martial Arts: Tang Soo Do, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-7 p.m. (all ages), $55 per month. Instructor: Dale Hooper. Hip-Hop Dance: Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. (5-11 years old); 6-7 p.m.(12-17 years old), $25 per month. Instructor: Marissa Hernandez Bomba and Plena: Wednesdays 5:30-8p.m.(all ages), $25 per month for singles or $45 a month for couples. Instructors: Manny Fuentes and Edith Colon Scrapbooking: Thursdays, 9 a.m.noon (except the second Thursday of the month), fee to be announced. Must bring your own materials. Texas Holdem Club: Mondays 1-4 p.m. (adults/seniors), fee to be announced.Math classIncrease your knowledge of math by learning algebra and other advanced math skills at free mathematics classes every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Adult Literacy League, 345 W. Michigan St., in Orlando. For more information, call 407-422-1540. Learn to speak EnglishEnglish classes are offered at St. Johns Episcopal Churchs Parish Hall, 1709 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, each Sunday from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Cost is $10 per month, payable at the beginning of the month. For more information, call 407-566-8725.Classes ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.a ro undosceola.com ARROYO Roberto T. Arroyo, age 88, of Kissimmee, Florida.Passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Florida. 407-846-2804 www.PortaCoeliFH.com ARRUFA T Mary E. Arrufat, age 87, of Haines City, Florida. Passed away on We dnesday, July 25, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Florida. 407-846-2804 www.PortaCoeliFH.com SWENSON Omar Swenson, 86, of St. Cloud, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Homes, Cemetery and Crematory; St. Cloud. BRONSON Mrs. Betty Jane Bronson, 64, of Kissimmee, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Avante at St. Cloud due to prolonged Dementia. Betty was born in Kissimmee, Florida on July 20, 1947, the daughter of the late Raymond and Edith (Howard) Uline. Betty is survived by Daughte r, Ta mmy (Robert) Graham of St. Cloud, FL; Son, James (Tina) Bronson of Te nnessee; three Sisters, Debbie MacBeth of Kissimmee, FL, Sylvia (Marcus) Marshall of Sebring, FL and Glenda Wilson of St. Cloud, FL; and by 2 Grandchildren; Katie and Jessica Graham. Family will receive friends on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home (St. Cloud Chapel) from 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. A Memorial Service for Betty will be held during calling hours at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements for Betty have been entrusted to the care of Osceola Memory Garden s Funeral Homes, Cemetery & Crematory 2000 13th Street St. Cloud, FL 34769. (407)957-2511 www.osceolamemgds.com FA LCON Herodias Falcon age 89, of Kissimmee Florida.Passed away on Jul y 30, 2012. Arrangements entrusted t o the care of Funeraria Port a Coeli, 2801 E. Osceol a Parkway, Kissimmee, Florida. 407-846-2804 www.PortaCoeliFH.com IPPOLITO France s LoCicero Ippolito, 82, o f Kissimmee, passed awa y Sunday, July 29, 2012 Arrangements entrusted t o the care of Osceola Memor y Gardens Funeral Homes Cemetery and Crematory; St Cloud. PLEASE SUBMIT OBITUARIES FOR THURSDA Y NEWS-GAZETTE BY TUESD AY AT 3 PM Page B4, 4 080212.TNG 407-201-3928C D&AUTOMOTIVE REPAIRSDealership Quality Repairs At A Budget Friendly Price 071912.TNG Master Technician Complete Repair & ServiceForeign & Domestic Cars & Light Trucks M-F: 8am-5pm Weekends by appt 2239 W. Clay St., KissimmeeCandDautorepairs.com 041212.TNG 511 Emmett Street Kissimmee, Florida 34741www.conradandthompson.com407-847-3188funeral homeAnd Cremation ServicesWhen Experience Counts... ...160 Years of Combined Experience 080212.TNGFree Luncheon Seminar9:00 AM, Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Fat Boys2912 13th St., St. Cloud, FL 34769Osceola Memory GardensFuneral Homes, Cemetery & CrematoryCordially invites you to attend a special workshop:ARE YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER? Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling Osceola Memory Gardens at 407-957-2511 Or feel free to stop in and registerLunch will be served following seminar.Seating is Limited Call today to reserve your seat.407-957-2511 ONLINE ALL THE TIME WWW.AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM OSCEOLA COUNTY IS GOING GREEN! Recycle Cart Delivery Has BEGUNOsceola County Solid Waste Dept. 407-742-7750080212.TNG
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.orgAlcoholics 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.Ladies needed for gamesLadies are needed to fill in some empty spots for bridge and canasta games at the Kissimmee Womens Club, 1616 W Oak St., in Kissimmee. For more information, call Marilyn Smith at 407-348-5682. 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 of the month. For more information, call 407-891-0773 or 321-722-3381.St. Cloud Tai Chi ClubThe St. Cloud Tai Chi Club meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in St. Cloud. For the exact location or for more information, call Sifu Dave Lewis at 407-8928882 or email at Sifulewis@ cs.com.Quilt GuildThe Patchers of Time quilt guild meets monthly on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192. Meetings include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers and prizes. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. For more information, call Debbie at 407-346-6086.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.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. Overeaters AnonymousOvereaters Anonymous, fellowship for those recovering from compulsive eating, meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at St. Cloud Warehouses, East 17th St. at Eastern Ave., building 61, St. Cloud. Its free to join. Call 321-443-2362 or visit www.oacfi.org for more information.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 Pete and at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links in St. Cloud. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.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 meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Folsom Services, 25 E. 13th St., St. Cloud, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.osceola countycameraclub.com.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 407-8472744. Hamzys Ketsu-ka ClubThe Hamzys Ketsu-ka Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 to 8 p.m. For the exact location and for more information, call Sensei Harry at 407-870-8477.Hospice volunteers neededVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the Central Florida 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. For more information, call 407-691-4541 or email central.floridavolunteers @vitas.com. 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.CommunityContinued from Page B-3 Thursday, August 2, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 080212.TNG Auto Home Life Business ALowerInsuranceRate.com407 933-7866080212.TNGSe Habla Espaol1201 Emmett St. (at intersection of John Young Pkwy & Emmett St.)Kissimmee, FL 34741 Fax: 407 931-0083 Jonathan Reich Jarmessy Ramirez Ivelisse BetancourtAnd Many Other Companies Serving Osceola County Since 1994 06282.TNG 407-343-9922 Hours: Monday / Wednesday / Friday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monthly Special: Orchid Plants Starting at$10.00 per pot With is Coupon Only THE GOLF ACaADEMY AT CC ELEBRatATIO N GOLF CLUB 701 Golf Park Drive Celebration, Florida 34747407-566-4653 x 4 Whether you are new to the game, or looking to lower your handicap, we have a group program for you. The GOLF 101 program is affordable, enjoyable and less intimidating. Please visit our website at www.celebrationgolfacademy.com email@example.comGOLF 101 INCLUDES: 6 Hours of Instruction (4 weekly 1 1/2 hour sessions)10 Play with the Pro Day (30 minute clinic followed by 1 hour on course instruction) 5 Rounds of Discounted Golf 5 Supervised Practice Sessions (student to supply range balls) PING nFlight Club Fitting Session 2 for 1 Range Ball Voucher Referral Card 10% Merchandise Discount Classes require a minimum of 2 students with a $299 per student New Golfer Class$349 per student Breaking 100, 90, 80 Classes(includes Ping nFlight evaluation) Term of package from purchase 12 months070512.TNG www.mizukissimmee.comSATURDAY & SS UNDAY BRUNCH12pm-4pm $9.95 Includes DD rinkStarting Open 7 Days 1632 W. Osceola PkwyNext to Best Buy, Across from the Loop407-846-8828 4043 13th St., St. Cloud, FL 34769321-805-4721 bB UY ONE MEAL REGULAR PR i I CE YY ou AA re EE ligible For 50% OO FF 2ND EE NTREE Only Kissimmee. One coupon per table or group. Expires 8/31/12. 080212.TNG 1209 West Oak Street, Kissimmee (Next to PGs) MelanieJennifer ENVIO DE PAQUETES SIN LIMITES072612.TNG COUPON REQUIRED EXPIRES 8/31/12Excludes USPS. One coupon per customer per visit. Not valid with any other offer. ORFREE GI fF T W ra RA PPIN g G $3 OFFAny ShippingWith Any Shipping Dont Wait in Line Fast Friendly Service Serving Central Florida For 36 Years 050312.TNG NEW & USED FURNITURE 2527 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, FL 34744407-348-8600We Buy FurnitureWE ARE YOUR QUALITY USED FURNITURE HEADQUARTERS www.furniturelandusa.com080212.TNG COMPLETE 5 PIECE WOOD BEDROOM SETINCLUDES: WOOD HEADBOARD WOOD FOOTBOARD WOOD RAILS WOOD DRESSER WOOD MIRRORYour Choice of Cherry or Black CherrySALE PRICE$695PLUS FREE NIGHTSTAND 2744 N. Orange Blossom Tr. Kissimmee, FL 34744PLUS FREE NIGHTSTAND WATCH IT WATCH ITDisappearCall today for details407-846-7600Place an ad for your mechandise for sale andWATCH IT DISAPPEAR! 080212.TNG Job Opening Are You AnINACTIVE Licensed Real Estate Agent?Fatigued, burnt-out, and unable to handle income uncertaintyYet skilled and knowledgeable? Different 40-Hour Week REAL ESTATE CAREER Salary+Commission: Earn $100,000.00 + For (only) 1 lucky Kissimmee area licensed agent with experience and success, it is possible: an inside sales position, following up on and nurturing qualied leads (NO cold calls). Join a team of other inside sales agents supporting one of the top companies in the area, work only a 40-hour week, 2 weeks vacation, No open houses, NO buyer babysitting, TURN OFF YOUR CELLPHONE after hours and relax and enjoy your life. Your free days are actually free! Must be able to check ego at the door and effectively represent the agent and team in exchange for the only stress-free real estate career. seeking a shortcut to prociency nor is it for the failed agent unable to make a living. Instead, If you left real estate because of the 80-hour a week, oncall-all-day-all-night-all-weekends rat race and roller-coaster income, but like working with clients, the sense of accomplishment and 6-gure income opportunity, we have a great place on our unique team for you. (Note: the last time we advertised an opening, we were ooded with applicants and immediately lled the position. Do NOT procrastinate.)
Page B6, 6 CHAMBER TRUSTEES: AUGUST 2012www.kissimmeechamber.com For more information call 407-847-3174 NEW MEMBERS Welcome!Enterprise Motel James Lee 4121 W. Vine Street, Hwy. 192 Kissimmee, FL 34741 PH: (407) 933-1383 HOTEL/MOTEL Infinite Health & Spine Center Kevin Kersey 201 E. Ruby Avenue, Suite A Kissimmee, FL 34741 PH: (407) 931-3700 ACCIDENT AND INJURY MANAGEMENT (CHIROPRACTIC) Nails by Mel Melissa Quintero 2882 Clipper Cove Lane #102 Kissimmee, FL 34741 PH: (407) 517-8649 NAIL CARE ReadySendGo.com Chris Lakey P.O. Box 420742 Kissimmee, FL 34742 PH: (407) 538-5768 MARKETING Runaway Beach Club & Resort Maria Carney 3000 Bonfire Beach Drive Kissimmee, FL 34746 PH: (407) 997-3656 HOTEL RESORT Solid Rock Church of God Coral Pemberton 1904 Michigan Avenue Kissimmee, FL 34744 PH: (407) 847-3500 CHURCHES Support Your Local Chamber and Promote Your Business.Its a win/win opportunity!Call Jean or Debbie at 407-846-7600 Put your 51/2x31/4 ad hereIN FULL COLORfor only $100 per run. Ad runs once monthly.
Summer brings a full court press for moving season as more Americans relocate during summer than any other time of year. While aesthetics often take precedence when settling into a new-to-you home, its important for homeowners and renters alike to complete a safety check of their abode to reduce the risk of unintentional injuries. One of the greatest hazards in a home that usually is the furthest from the mind is fire. But, its one of the easiest to address. There is an urgent need to educate families about fire safety, said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. Fire and burns r emain a l eading cause of unintentional injury and death for children, particularly those under the age of 5. Replacing older smoke alarms is a simple way for parents to help protect their families. More than two-thirds of residential fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working alarms according to the National F ire Protection Association. One in four families with homes built prior to 2002 is at risk due to aging (10 or more years old) smoke alarms, according to a recent survey from Kidde. Fire experts recommend replacing alarms every 10 years as older smoke alarms may not operate efficiently and often cause nuisance alarms. By the time a smoke alarm is 10 years old, it has a 30 percent chance of not alarming due to age-related factors such as accumulated dust, insects and airborne contaminants, according to a Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center study. If you dont know how old your smoke alarms are, or if you know they were installed more than 10 years ago, its replacement time. Additionally, the survey found that most American families are under-protected when it comes to fire safety. Sixty-seven percent of respondents have four or fewer smoke alarms in their homes, but the average U.S. single-family home should have at least five alarms. When replacing your homes alarms every 10 years, look for smoke alarms with a 10-year sealed lithium battery that will keep your alarms powered for a decade. The alarm will never need its battery replaced d uring its useful life. Or, select a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, which offers a voice warning and uses the latest technology to help minimize nuisance alarms that often occur when cooking. As you prioritize y our move-in to-do list, remember that an ounce of prevention today could save a life tomorrow. HOMEFINDER HOMEFINDER Section C REAL ESTATE IN OSCEOLA & SURROUNDING COUNTIES www.aroundosceola.com August 2, 2012 HOME IMPROVEMENT Page A-8 CLASSIFIEDS Pages C3 C5 Feeling uninspired in your space? Updating the decor in your home is an easy way to add more color, style and personality to rejuvenate your residence. Whether youre making a few updates, like new artwork or wall colors, or renovating an entire room with a completely new look, decorating should be fun, not stressful. With a few simple tips, you can up the design ante in your home without breaking the bank.Decorative painting for designPainting can consist of much more than simple strokes of one color. Take things to the next level with decorative painting. Create different patterns on your walls with textured rollers to achieve an artistic design. Sponge and fabric paint rollers provide unique patterns to give your walls a one-ofa-kind look. Low in price and high in design, using textured rollers is a great option for redecorating on a budget. Painting stripes in your room is a refreshing way to update your current color scheme. A sequence of wide and narrow stripes in complementing colors is a stylish option. To achieve crisp, clean lines between each stripe, FrogTape brand painters tape will get the job done. The patented PaintBlock Technology applied to the edges of FrogTape helps prevent paint bleed, leaving precise lines and keeping the transition between your colors looking sharp.A plethora of platesArtwork is a great way to change things up and give any room a boost. Expensive traditional framed pieces of artwork arent your only option anymore. Instead, create an eclectic art piece with plates you already own, or find them at garage sales and antique stores. Opt for various sizes and shapes and attach each one to your wall with plate hooks. You can cover an entire wall, or focus on a smaller area but before you get started, be sure to lay out your design on the floor first. This way, youll achieve your desired look, without extra nail holes on the wall from hanging as you go. Perk-up hallways with runners; rooms with rugsWhile re-energizing your home, the hallways may seem a little drab. Add a pick-me-up to your walkway by hanging portraits with funky frames along the walls. Add a runner along the length of the floor for a touch of pizzazz. Runners come in a multitude of lengths, patterns and colors not to mention price ranges. Updating the flooring will keep your feet cozy and help to diminish the sound of footsteps during the night. If you have a space you want to update, but a full room makeover isnt in your budget, consider an area rug to spruce things up. If the color in your room is dull, the rug can add visual interest and a pop of color, serving as an aesthetically pleasing addition. Area rugs also help to break up the space of a larger room and can add grandeur to a small space. A new rug will also protect your pre-existing carpet, vinyl and hardwood floors, keeping them looking newer, longer. Opt for accents as design elementsNo home redecorating project is complete without a few perfectly placed accents. These interesting items stand out from your primary colors and furniture pieces, offering a fresh look to any space. Accent pieces like chairs, frames or vases will spice up a monotonous color scheme, while harmonizing with everything else you may already have in a room. Consider a bright beanbag chair for your childs bedroom, a bold lawn chair on your patio to enthrall while entertaining or a lamp base in a complementary color on your console. Keep in mind accents are meant to speak for themselves; so theres no need to have another elaborate piece in the room to pair with an accent piece. Just one affordable piece is all it takes. When the redecorating bug bites, embrace the opportunity to freshen up your home inexpensively. With a pinch of creativity and a dash of design inspiration, you can easily make over any space into one thats perfect for you. The European debt crisis and a slowing economy in the United States have been the main contributors to low mo rt gage rates That s because when investors grow anxious about the global and local econom y, they seek safer investments. U.S. debt is still viewed as the safest in vestment in the wo rl d, despite the countr y s economic issues. If you have to swim away from a shar k, you do n t have to be Mi chael Phelps, you just need to swim faster than the guy ne xt to you, says Cameron Fi ndla y, chief economist at Discover Home L oans. As investors seek safet y, they pour money into U. S. Tr easury bonds and mort gage bonds. The high demand pushes bonds yields down. Normally that results in lower mo rt gage rates. Ra tes are likely to stay at bottom until the elec tion, some mo rt gage analysts sa y. Mo rt gage tip:Never use a reverse mo rt gage to buy insurance or an annuit y.Mo rt gage Ne ws So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 4.11 4.11 3.97 3.89 3.75 3/7/20124 /11/20125/16/20126 /20/20127/25/20123.25 3.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.75 5.00 Ad justable rate mo rt gages So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 3.08 3.06 3.11 3.13 3.03 3.03 3.03 3.00 2.97 2.89 3/7/20124/11/20125/16/20126/20/20127/25/20122.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 1 yr ARM 5/1 ARM Bankr ate National Tr ends L ocal Mo rt gage Rate sInstitution Phone Ra te Orig Disc. Lock APR Ra te Orig. Disc. Lock APRThese are largest area rates that banks and thri ft s were charging W ednesda y. For additional Florida area rates visit www .bank rate.com By Po rate.co mBank rate mor tgage updateThey did it again. Mo rt gage rates sagged to new lows this week as in vestors wait to see if the Fe d has any tools le ft to pull the econom y out of the mud. percent, according to the Bank rate.com national sur vey of large lenders. The mortgages in this week s survey had an average total of 0.43 discount and origination points. One year ago, the mort gage index stood at 4.74 percent; four weeks ago it was 3.89 percent times in the last 16 weeks. In the other two week s, the rate stayed unchanged percent, while the benchmark 5/1 adjustable -rate mo rt gage was 2.89 percent, the same as last week.In almost all cases the rate is based on a lock-in period of 30 to 60 days Borr owers should review how the rates are calculated and inquire about additional closing cost s, such as appraisal fees and title searches NA means rate quotes not available on sur v ey date Ra tes are based on a loan amount of $165,000 to $417,000 with a 20 pe rc ent down payment. Bank of America 800-432-1000 3.500 0.00 0.88 60 3.674 2.875 0.00 1.25 60 3.241 SunTrust Bank 800-273-7827 4.800 1.00 0.04 60 4.918 4.250 1.00 0.03 60 4.450 STUFF FINDER HOME FINDER AUTO FINDER INSIDE TODAYS HOMEFINDERCLASSIFIEDSCLASSIFIEDS JOB FINDER Affordable decorating tips to take home to high style ARAcontentCreate different patterns on your walls with textured rollers to achieve an artistic design. Is the new home safe and secure from possible fire hazards Photo/ARAcontentMore t han t wo-thirds of residential fire deaths o ccur in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working alarms a ccording to t he National Fire Protection Association.
Q: Roughly 50 years ago, I was given a hot chocolate set with six cups and saucers, and pot. It has a flower design and was made in Germany. How can I determine its value? -Caroline, Edgewater, Fla. A: You need to hire the services of a professional appraiser. There are two types of appraisals, verbal and written. The verbal is less expensive; the written is usually for insurance purposes. Some appraisers also provide a ball park estimate. That can sometimes be a free service, but not always. Contact appraisers in your area and inquire. Incidentally, be aware that what your chocolate set is worth in Florida might be quite different than its value in some other part of the country. *** Q: I have in my possession two books I believe are valuable: a paperback copy of Mark Twains War Prayer, published by Perennial Library, Harper and Row in 1971; and Defense of America by Thomas Penfield, issued in 1941. -Paul, Newton, N.H. A: If you have a computer, the best and fastest way Ive found to determine the value of a book is to access www. abe.com. Simply type in the name of the book and the author, and scroll until you find the right edition. I did just that and found both of your books listed for less than $10 each. *** Q: I have some Kodak wristwatches celebrating the 100th anniversary of the company. All are in their original boxes. Can you tell me their value? -Millie, Sun City West, Ariz. A: Bill Gesswein is the owner of The Clock Doctor and Music Box Company and has been in business for more than 30 years. He repairs and appraises both clocks and watches. His contact information is 10610 N. 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254; www.clockdr.com; and clockdr@ clockdr.com. *** Q: I have an old tennis racket in good condition. Please advise me as to its probable value. -Bob, Palm Coast, Fla. A: Randy Crow is a dealer who specializes in older sports equipment and might be able to help you. Contact him c/o Sporting Antiques, 20269 N. 86th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85255; and firstname.lastname@example.org. *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.Value of hot chocolate set may vary in different areas Get free local HDTV channels with an outdoor antennaQ: I recently canceled my cable subscription in order to save money. While watching the news streamed on my computer is OK, Id like to pick up local stations on my TV. How can I do that? -Chuck F., New Hampshire A: Todays over-the-air TV transmissions are entirely digital, a change mandated by the government a couple of years back. The old analog TV transmissions were switched off in 2010, something that owners of old tube televisions who try to pick up signals with their old antennae are painfully aware of. However, even with an older television, you can pick up line-of-sight transmissions and receive local television stations. Converter boxes are available at most large retailers that sell electronics and cost from $30 to $60. You can learn more at http://dtv.gov/consumercorner_4.html. If you have a newer HD television, you might be able to pick up a few signals if the TV has a built-in digital antenna. If not, there are several HD antennas on the market. If you live in an area where TV signals are traditionally faint, youll absolutely need one of these. They start at around $45 and go up in price, but the plus side is that you wont pay any more money for TV signals once the antenna is up. At least one brand of HD antenna was designed to be set up inside your home, but there are other brands specifically made to be set up outside or on the roof. Outdoor antennas can pick up signals up to 50 miles away in most cases, as long as there arent too many obstructions like hills or other buildings between your home and the transmission source. To set up an outdoor HD antenna, follow the instructions included with the product. Those made for rooftops should include proper mounting bolts and, ideally, small sealing squares (basically roof-patching squares) that sit between the antenna mount base and the roof. If those sealing squares arent included, head to your home-improvement store for roof patches and cut them to fit. Youll also need to feed the coaxial cable connecting the antenna back into the house to your television. If possible, try using the holes already drilled by the cable company to install its coax, rather than punch more holes in your homes envelope. A number of videos on the web can provide more information on antenna installation. This video (http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=CuY-D9fQG_s) shows one homeowners installation option, at the top of the eave. Another (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0WQtzMdo7I) provides details on properly positioning the antenna for an optimal signal, which is important in remote areas. HOME TIP: If you have an existing dish or antenna mount on the roof, take note of how the mount base is set up. It can be a big help in setting up your HD antenna without causing a roof leak. Send your questions or tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. This is a hammerBy Samantha Mazzottahomeguru2000@ hotmail.com Park Square Homes introduces two new floor plans at WaterSong resort in Davenport Park Square Homes has in0troduced two new floor plans at WaterSong Resort, the gated luxury community of new resort style homes with swimming pools located off U.S. Highway 17-92 in Davenport in Polk County. Vishaal Gupta, president and chief operating officer at Park Square Homes, said the new floor plans include the Crestview which offers five bedrooms and four baths in 2,810 square feet of living space with a two-car garage and the Solana with five bedrooms and four and a half baths in 3,297 square feet. Park Square Homes builds new single-family homes at WaterSong Resort from the builders Beach, Palm and Coastal Collections of model homes priced from the mid-$200,000s. WaterSong Resort features a grand clubhouse with a swimming pool and spa, a large lounge, Cyber Caf, state-of-the-art fitness center, sports court and childrens playground. Visit www.parksquarehomes.com Page C2, Coming Next Saturday, in the... Call for a List of Properties For Sale1345 Shakerag Road, Kissimmee 407-933-4499080212.HF Kissimmee: . . ...... St. Cloud: . . ...... Clark ClarkInvestment Properties, Inc.RENTALS 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 New Construction Commercial & Residential041212.HFRepair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing SECOND FLOOR UNIT forFOR s S A le LE or OR rent RENT orOR le LE A se SE purc PURC HA se SE KISSIMMEE: 900 Sq.Ft. Comm. Condo 407-847-3742KissimmeeBarbara K. Bruneau, Lic. Real Estate Broker MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE 071912.HF OF KISSIMMEEKISSIMMEE: 4/3 w/Pool . ..................................... $1,250.00 4/3.5 House w/family room & 3 car garage . ........................... $1,500.00 ST. CLOUD: 2/2 House w/1Car Garage . .............. $825.00 3/2 Mobile Home . ............................. $775.00 INDIAN WELLS: 3/2 House . ........................................ $975.00 2/2 House . ........................................ $950.00 P oinciana OINCIANA : 3/2 w/Family Room, Screen Porch . .. $975.00 4/2 House . ........................................ $850.00 RENT AA LShttp://www.realtyoneofkissimmee.com firstFIRST floorFLOOR Bel Kiss Plaza 950 Sq.Ft. $850.00 per mo.
bbbbbb bbrnrb bbt\001 IIIr4DBGA7BE68B?4r6B@&,,# # ) #").+, 4@fC@'BA74Kf D<74K )DC?468KBGD6?4EE<9<87BA?
trb btn ftffntrtbtfr nf bbbbbb bbrnrb bbtfnf FFFA?D>5?B46?<2?=$**!! '! ',)* rr2=nrr@=t%?>52HnA:52H 'A@<246H?DA4<2BB:7:65?><:>6 '(& ',)*\003b\003b \bb\002bt .
nf ftffntrtbtfr tnbb trb 1.Yourelookingforwaystosavemoney.2.Youcoulduseanewjob.3.Yourgarageisabouttoburst.4.Youneedanewride.5.Youwanttoknowwherethebestdealsare.6.Yourelookingforagoodpreschool.7.Youwanttoknowwhowonthegamelastnight.8.Yourcathadkittens...again!9.Youneedanewroof.10.Youre looking for something to do this weekend. Call407-846-7600 todaytobeginyourFREEdelivery!youneedthe newspaper The OsceolaNewsGazetteislookingforanexperienced SportsStringertocoverHighSchool &Communityevents. Applicantsmusthaveprofessional writingexperience and have knowledge of High School Sports. Sendwritingexamples to sportseditor RickPedone at email@example.com @0.?6:9.7!"$&%% $%&!%"" %=E@8<6*40274@=@B7n@034 ':40A4::ftt &@>>:G <'4@A=?=@0?6:9*#$!#$! #=B)B@8>4@0<3)40:2=0B4@E0
trb btn ftffntrtbtfr nf ( #'" "'# ! tfbntfbnn #% *&$%#''+#(%%''#"#*"$%#)''%'" $%#"&$( %+#(%"#%!'#""$%#''#"btbtfnnbtbtfnn $*(+*%+(*% *B7 +"(+* $$%(%)%" %+$*."%(t ,",)%$ )$=trbbr#t %#"%$) )(,$"t&t5n9n0 %+$*(.-%# "%$)"t&t5n9n0 %+$*(.-%# "%$)$t &:08
nf ftffntrtbtfr tnbb trb )$!! !6:2-/60-+:265068&+=//. 'BG<68
trb btn ftffntrtbtfr nf #$)$ ('((! %&+ *)0 -% +:3FBGDEG3@FFA3.D;FA8 J75GF;A@;EEG76A@F:7rrF: 63KA8$0bfrnn;EEG76 ;@F:7 ), +AGDF A8&*AG@FKb>AD;63b ;@F:753GE7I:7D7;@# #%% %% # *)*b %nb;EB>3;@F;88 3@6+ $ #0 '0* %*&-#b'nnb %)&%#,)&*;E3D7 6787@63@FEb47;@93E7%An rf);@E3;6AGDFn b)A47DFn3@E7>>b3E *:7D;88A8&E57A>3AG@FKb >AD;63b:3H7>7H;76GBA@3>> F:7D;9:FbF;F>73@6;@F7D7EFA8 F:76787@63@FE)&%# ,)&*3=3,*+& )&%#,)&*;@3@6FA F:7 8A>>AI;@9 67E5D;476')*&%# BDAB7DFKFAI;F
nf ftffntrtbtfr tnbb trb %* (+ # &+(*&*% %* !+ # (+ *& #&( b %%&( &)&+%*/n # ) &% )%?nfrttfr$n ) &% n $ ()*%"b '<19>D966b FCn #,(&n&%0#0 %## &%0#0 ))& &% & '& % %, ##)b %n '& % %, ##&% ))& &%b %n1>4 +%"%&-%*%%*) &-%()b >41>DCn #$($'! %&* )(/ ,%b @EBCE1>DD?9>1D?6 ?B53D9665>D5B54 9>D89C31EC5?>!E
bnrf btn ftffntrtbtfr tnr"#'#'%(&'&& *&'')'#") &+ (A A4A?@rfrfr 4Grr4@t +',)(('&++t)tr)