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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL L ifestyles Editor Peter Covino reviews new Disney Blu-ray releases ... Page B-1Lifestyles Osceola County volleyball preview...Page A-8Sports 116TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 CommunityFor the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-4 Kissimmee financial genealogy firm constantly searching for heirsSome of t he most intense forensic genea logy research in the world happens on a daily basis from a quiet second-story Kissimmee office. See page A-3 Osceola Sheriffs Office still looking for suspect in 2010 shootingOsceola County Sheriffs detectives are seeking the publics help in closing their only active homicide investigation of 2010. See page A-2 Local Index PolicePa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A8, Sp or ts Pa ge B4, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest yles Pa ge A2, Po lice news Pa ge C3, L egalsDo you plan on buying an Apple iPhone5 when it comes out? Yes, I like Apple products. No, I prefer other models. I havent decided. I dont care about smart phones. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Sept. 1 Question of the week: Who do you plan to vote for president Nov. 6? President Barack Obama. 50.8% Mitt Romney. 41.3% third party candidate. 7.9% I have not decided yet. 0% Number of voters: 63 By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Hundreds of people stood in line Thursday in hopes of getting a ticket to see President Barack Obama Saturday at the Kissimmee Civic Center as part of a grassroots campaign event during a weekend-long bus tour in Florida. The line began before midnight Thursday at the Organizing for America campaign headquarters on Oak Street in Kissimmee despite the office not opening until 10 a.m. The line eventually stretched around the corner and up to the middle of Bay Street. It shows the public is ready to support Obama another four years, Jackie Centeno, a volunteer for Organizing for America, said. Its been like this everywhere. We didnt expect anything less (in Kissimmee). People are excited for this once-in-a-lifetime, for some people, chance to see him in person. By early afternoon Thursday, most supporters only had to wait 10 minutes for a ticket. Although four campaign sites in Osceola and Orange counties were giving away tickets, the Civic Center is planning approximately 2,500 attendees Saturday, according to Cathe Iveson, assistant supervisor of the facility. Retired Kissimmee Army veteran James Moore, ticket in hand, wants to see the president re-elected for a second term based on his policies re garding the military, veterans and retirees. I like what hes doing with the country, Moore said. I wouldnt vote for (Republican candidate Mitt) Romney because he has five sons and none were ever in the military but he wants to send my kids. While picking up his ticket, Moore also chose to sign up for volunteer opportunities, part of the organizations re cruitment efforts. More than 50 percent of the people waiting in line at this types of ticket pick-ups sign up to volunteer, whether for a Obama swinging back through Kissimmee File PhotoPresident Barack Obama visited the Kissimmee Civic Center while campaigning for the presidency in 2008. Hell return to the center on his re-election campaign today. By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Lee Massie, the interim Windermere Police chief, will take over as the new chief of the Kissimmee Police Department, effective Oct. 1, according to an email sentThursday to employees from Kissimmee City Manager Mike Steigerwald. As you know, Chief (Fran) Iwanski will be leaving us in retirement after 25 years of dedicated service to the police department, city and the citizens of Kissimmee, Steigerwal d said in his email announcement. As a result, we have conducted an extensive search for a new police chief to take the reigns of the department upon her departure. Massie was unavailable for comment before press time. Massies first day will coincide with Iwanskis last day in office, as she and Steigerwald agreed in 2010 she would retire early if a replacement was found before her scheduled retirement date in midNovember. I hope you will join me in wishing Chief Iwanski the best of luck in her retirement and in welcoming Chief Massie as we embark upon a new chapter in the history of the Kissimmee Police Department and the city of Kissimmee, Steigerwald said. Kissimmee police spokeswoman Stacie Miller said while not everyone embraces change, the department as a whole is excited about the new beginning. We all knew Fran would be leaving. Massie, who is on loan to Windermere from the Orange County Sheriffs Office, earned the top spot out of 140 applicants. He was selected by Steigerwald with input from a hiring com-New chief chosen to lead Kissimmee cops See Chief, page A-3 By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Outgoing Kissimmee Police Chief Fran Iwanski was disciplined for her part in investigating an officer accused of having an affair with two Osceola County Sheriffs deputys wives w hile on duty. A r eport released last w eek by Kissimmee City Manager Mike Steigerwald showed Iwanski was given a written reprimand, placed in her personal file, disclosed the city managers findings of her mishandling of the Internal Affairs investigation of then-Capt. James Napier. A 15-year veteran of the Kissimmee Police Department, Napier was demoted from captain of financial, records, the communicator center and quarter master, to a lieutenant in the patrol division, which also resulted in a $10,000 salary pay cut. While Napier admitted to one affair, he denied the second and also denied the trysts occurred on city time Iwanski reprimanded by City Manager Steigerwald By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Sept. 10 is considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. Needless to say, when emergency officials around here use the terms disaster and emergency preparedness, the first thought is generally about a swirling system that can be tracked and readied for days. The cleaning, restoration and disaster recovery teams at ServPro of Osceola County are reminding residents that there are other natural and manmade hazards to prepare for The National Preparedness Expo will take place on Sept. 15 in the West Loop parking lot, 2801 W. Osceola Parkway) in front of Babies R Us from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free event will feature exhibits and demonstrations from over 40 vendors. That number is nearly double than that of last year, the inaugural event of this type, and Greg Combs, ServPro marketing manager and the de facto organizer of this event, hopes to attract double the 500 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Osceola County Sheriffs deputies made an arrest in a road rage case that occurred over Labor Day weekend in the south Poinciana Boulevard and Trafalgar Boulevard area. Mark Daniel Ortiz, 37, 6200 Mimosa Drive, Orlando, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after aggressively approaching a driver and making threats against him. According to the charging affidavit, On Sept. 1 at approximately 8:41 p.m., deputies responded to the area of in reference to a possible aggravated assault. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who said he was driving south on South Poinciana Boulevard in the Eagles Trail area with his two sons in the car, when he noticed a vehicle behind him Police news LocalNational Preparedness expo set See Expo, page A-5Road rage suspect arrested Ortiz See Iwanski, page A-3 Iwanski News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanPeople stand in line Thursday at the Organizing for America campaign headquarters on Oak Street in Kissimmee in hope of getting a ticket to see President Barack Obama today at the Kissimmee Civic Center. See Obama, page A-7 See Road rage page A-7 Who wants pie?News-Gazette Photo/ Andrew SullivanA plethora of pies were m ade available by t he Kissimmee Utility Authority to visitors at t he Discover O sceola event held T hursday a fternoon at O sceola Heritage Park. T he utility, along with departm ents of t he cities of Kissimmee, S t. Cloud and O sceola County government, puts on t he event biannually to s howcase all t hat the c ounty has to o ffer. Massie
Page A2, By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Osceola County Sheriffs detectives are seeking the publics help in closing their only active homicide investigation of 2010. Two years ago Wednesday, Lake Wales resident Joshua Levi Burch was shot and killed while driving down Pleasant Hill Road near U.S. Highway 17-92. Burch, 20, was driving his burgundy Chevrolet truck northbound near the corner of Pleasant Hill Road and John Young Parkway with two friends around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 5, 2010, when a darkskinned black or Hispanic man between 18 and 35 years old pulled up in a newer model, black SUV, possibly a Nissan, and shot Burch, according to the Sheriffs Office. The SUVs driver then sped away northbound on Pleasant Hill Road, police said, while Burchs friends gained control of his truck and steered it into a 7-Eleven convenience store parking lot, where they called police. Burch was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died. Detectives suspect that Burch was the victim of a road rage incident, Sheriffs Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain said. Last year, Burchs loved ones held a vigil and parked his truck at Pleasant Hill Road and Green Tree Drive to bring more attention (to the case) because the tips have slowed down, Lora Donley, a Burch family friend and who co-founder of the Levi Burch Reward Fund organization, said. Everyones wearing yellow today in honor of Levi. Its great for the family to see, Donley said, adding people were posting photographs in his memory on the memorial funds website www.Facebook.com/levireward on Wednesday. Obviously, anniversary times are real somber for them. Burch, a student at Polk State College, who dreamed of being a wildlife officer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and worked full-time at a Lake Wales Winn-Dixie, unknowingly had a hand in his memorial fund organization with his last Facebook posting. Remember when we were young and always drew the sun in the corner of the paper? Burch wrote on the social media website at 8:23 p.m. Sept. 4, 2010, eliciting the childhood memories of his family and friends of doodling half-suns in the corner of school worksheets. The posting prompted the sun logo of his memorial fund and the theme color of yellow in honor of Burch. More than 100 people gathered in Poinciana last year for the vigil, wearing shirts emblazoned with a sun in memory of Burch and holding signs imploring the public to come forward with any information on the crime. While Donley said the detectives continue to keep the family updated on the case, she was disappointed not to have new information come into law enforcement in the last year. Theres nothing for them to even work on, she said. Theres nothing new. Burchs family and friends, within the first two months of his death, raised more than $25,000 by hosting car washes and bake sales to offer a $20,000 reward, including $5,000 o ffered by Crimeline, to any person who provides information that leads to an arrest, according to Donley. Its hard-earned money and they would gladly hand it over for some closure, Donley said. While money cannot bring Levi back, we know it will ultimately be money that brings this person forward. Money talks. Once the crime is solved, Donley said, Burchs father, Lynn Burch, wants to continue to raise funds and offer scholarships in his sons name. Levi Burch was hog hunting on a cattle pasture his family owned in Poinciana the night he was killed, his father said. They were just boys hanging out on a Saturday night, Lynn Burch said, adding that he feels in my heart the murderer still lives in Osceola County. It ticks me off every morning that this cats still free. I need to know who he is before I can forgive him. Burchs loved ones are asking for the publics help to bring them closure by calling the Sheriffs Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 800423-TIPS (8477) with information about the murder. If anyone is scared (to provide information), the best thing to do is call anonymously, Donley said. Crimeline does not have caller ID, nothing is traceable.Osceola Sheriffs Office still looking for suspect in 2010 shooting File PhotoJoshua Levi Burchs father, Lynn Burch, held an orange sign at the first anniversary of his sons murder encouraging passersby to contact the Osceola County Sheriffs Office with information on the crime. Levi was shot and killed on Sept. 5, 2010, in his truck on Pleasant Hill Road and John Young Parkway in a possible road rage incident. The case is the only unsolved homicide for the agency in 2010. Burch 090812.SNG 090812.SNG
Saturday, September 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Some of the most intense forensic genealogy research in the world happens on a daily basis from a quiet secondstory Kissimmee office. It doesnt sound exciting, and its execution probably isnt either. But the effect it has on people once they realize exactly what forensic genealogy research is can be some of the most positive news theyve heard in quite some time. Jerry Cushing, who started Cushing Forensic Genealogy some 40 years ago in Long Island, moved the operation to Kissimmee in 1980. The basis of CFGs business is finding heirs and making them happy. Around the world, people pass away every day without clear instructions to their heirs, or a clear idea who those heirs are. In cases of large estates with invalid wills, this could tie up millions of dollars in cash and property in the court system. CFG researches these wills and does all the legwork to find the heirs and provide that they indeed have a claim to what is contained in said will. Our interest is in these large estates, Cushing said. If a rightful heir cannot be found, this is money that is turned over to the state. We want it to go to rightful heirs. The companys website name MrRightfulHeir.com reflects that commitment. It is not an easy process working a claim means paying to a cquire original court-issued documents like birth and death certificates and wedding licenses for folks who have long ago passed away, generally involves appearing in court and often involves traveling to foreign countries (and dealing with their often-inefficient records departments). It can take years to close a case, and some end up coming to a dead end. Since the company accepts no money until the court releases money or property to a confirmed heir, CFGs researchers can go long periods without getting paid. despite the finding by Sgt. Chris Succi that Napier used his city-issued cell phone to make at least 165 calls and send or receive at least 132 texts with the deputys wife. At the heart of Steigerwalds investigation of Iwanski was whether she gave a direct order to then-Deputy Chief John Klein, who has since retired, and Capt. Bill Burnham to first interview Napier about the allegations rather than interviewing the deputies wives first. Neither the deputies or their wives are being named because they were not interviewed as part of the investigation. Burnham and Klein both claimed Iwanski gave the directive, which violates the Police Bill of Rights requiring witnesses be interviewed prior to the accused employee. Iwanski denied she gave the order, asserting because the claim came anonymously through the citys website, Napier should have stopped answering questions once she confirmed the accusation. While Steigerwald wa s unable to substantiate either claim definitively, he wrote in his report I do find that her participation in the discussion and the apparent concurrence of the deputy chief at the meeting likely influenced Captain Burnhams determination on how this investigation should be handled. The manner in which this IA (internal investigation) was handled has brought embarrassment and criticism to both the police department and the city. Regardless, whether or not a direct order was given, the chiefs subordinates pursued a course of action based on what they believed was what she wanted. When contacted Thursday, Iwanski said she respects the city managers decision on her punishment. Steigerwald said Iwanskis action was a group 1 violation of policy, which carries the highest punishment of suspension, a reprimand he said he considered but which he determined as inappropriate as she is retiring Oct. 1. Shes been here 25 years and this is her first discipline and I have to give it to her, Steigerwald said. Too many questions arose. The most glaring thing that needed to happen was changing policy. Another aspect of Steigerwalds investigation of Iwanski centered on the outside employment relationship between the chief and Napier, who teaches part-time at Iwanskis private driving school business. Napier was found to be in violation of using his work email to promote his position with Iwanskis company. Due to this partnership, Steigerwald made changes to the citys Administrative Rules and Regulations to forbid an outside working situation between any city supervisors and their city subordinate. Additionally, no city department head is permitted to own, operate or engage in any business activity related in any way to their work with the city. Iwanskis private business involvement while serving as police chief was approved by former city manager Mark Durbin. When I came in, I was not going to change the game on her, Steigerwald said. Furthermore, due to the potential for conflict, Steigerwald directed the police department to amend its policy for Internal Investigations ensuring an investigator does not investigate claims against those in a higher rank than themselves. This situation also leaves me to question why in this case a sergeant was placed in a position to investigate a captain, who could potentially supervise him in the future, Steigerwald wrote in his report. Sgt. Succi began his interview with me by admitting that he failed to follow through under the policy and seek the counsel of either the Personnel Department or the city attorney. Succi was the only individual involved in the investigation not cited for any wrongdoing. Besides Iwanskis written reprimand, both Klein and Burnham, who is on medical leave, each had a copy of Steigerwalds report placed in their file. mittee Steigerwald put together Kissimmee Deputy City Manager Desire Matthews, City Personal Director Beth Stefak, Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell, St. Cloud police Chief Pete Gauntlett and former Kissimmee police chief Frank Ross. Steigerwald was looking for a chief with a similar management philosophy as the rest of the citys management team that also had experience in Florida law enforcement. Florida, with the population, the politics, the government, the laws what we have is unique enough for it to be important for somebody to need to have experience in the state of Florida, Steigerwald said. Mr. Massie has an outstanding reputation throughout the Central Florida community as a result of his 28 years of law enforcement service. Massie has served in various capacities with the Orange County Sheriffs Office including Patrol Division Sector 2 commander and director of the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX) Fusion Center. According to his rsum, Massie has been with the Orange County Sheriffs Office since 1992; he began his law enforcement career at the Winter Garden Police Department in 1984. Additionally, he serves as cochair for the Intelligence Committee of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force.ChiefContinued from Page A-1 IwanskiContinued from Page A-1 Contact Fallan Patterson at 321-402-0434 or by email at fpatterson@osceolanews gazette.com.Kissimmee financial genealogy firm constantly searching for heirs News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanJerry Cushing, who started Cushing Forensic Genealogy some 40 years ago, and Charlene Sims, a genealogist, look over the firms current cases. See Genealogy, page A-5 Your needs have not changed, your bank did. 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Page A4, To those who didnt voteTo the Editor: Dear Editor, We have reached in all time high for being worthless. Only 65 percent of us are registered and of that figure 85 out of 100 were to stupid, lazy and ignorant to bother to vote. If you live in Osceola County you earn 10 percent less than if you live in Orange or Brevard. We are 15 percent more likely to get food stamps and free school lunches. We are a holding pen for cheap service workers who care less about anything except having gas for their cars. To you trash who were too busy to vote early, vote absentee or show up for a twelve hour voting period, your kids must be really proud of you and your forefathers who slugged it out in battlefields from Bunker Hill to Khe Sah must be throwing up in their flag decorated graves. Charles B. Tiffany KissimmeeInstitutions of governanceTo the editor: On April 20, 1653, Oliver Cromwell dissolved the English Parliament and sent its members packing. His words are as true today as they were then. ...Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government... Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man among you that has the least care for the good of the commonwealth? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. Ye were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance... In the name of God, Go! So we are left with the question. What are we to do with our institutions of governance when they no longer serve the people? Frank DeNike St. Cloud Ive been asked why there is no grass roots representation of the Tea Party at the Republican National Convention. My response is fairly simple. Despite three years of media onslaught and cluelessness by liberals and Democrats, those outside the movement still dont grasp a simple truth: people like me are the absolute last folks -probably even below gaffe-a-minute Vice President Joe Biden who would be invited to the RNC. We in the Tea Party believe in Republican principles of limited government, free(er) markets and limited foreign military adventures. Its elected Republicans who represent the problem they just dont follow their own principles. We watched in disbelief as a Republican-controlled government passed the Patriot Act and Medicare Part D, growing government and racking up even more debt. Our response? We stayed home in 2006 and the Democrats took control of the U.S. House. In 2008, we had two choices for president. One spoke very well, wanted to greatly increase the size of government, and supported TARP -the Troubled Asset Relief Program that purchased the failed assets of banks. One spoke less well, wanted to greatly increase the size of government and also supported TARP. The result was total Democrat control of the federal government, because we decided silently that the Republicans had blown it. We gave the Democrats a chance to, as Nancy Pelosi said, drain the swamp. The door was wide open. But it turns out the only ones worse in handling our economic crisis than the Republicans was the Democrats. As a result, we have given the government complete control over our health care, and thus our bodies, regardless of whether that body is male or female. I challenge anyone on the left, who had legitimate complaints about the policies of President George W. Bush, to offer a rational defense for voting for President Obama a second time. Obamas policies are almost universally expansions of President Bushs policies. Not only did the swamp not get drained, it got filled with huge amounts of cash to special interest groups, even more debt and, worst of all, a sense of hopelessness in our form of government. So the Tea Party went out and did, without violence, what needed to be done. We found candidates and supported them to vote our way. The result was the absolute smack down of Democrats in 2010. Fortunately, the intellectual superiority of the left prevented them from realizing the mood of the nation, an attitude that has put Republicans in a position to sweep back to power now. Yet, the Republican party has shown no interest in following their principles, even with the nation in serious peril. The tea party was formed because there was a group awareness that our nation is on the precipice of the famed economic cliff. Since Democrats have made no effort to reach out, understand or even acknowledge that the tea party has an economic point, we are stuck with Republicans for one more cycle because we simply cannot leave our government in the hands of President Obamabush. Hes proven to be a failure as a leader, and we will swap him out for someone we dont quite trust, either. You see, the tea party long ago realized that We the People had to rise up and transcend our government and parties, or the nation will never be the same. After this election, the future of the tea party is unclear. We may finally break off and work to be truly independent. Many members may join a third party. What is certain is that the Republicans have pushed us away as much as the Democrats, and well work together to elect a guy we dont fully trust. And therein oddly, lies a glimmer of hope. We may elect someone who no one quite believes in and we will look to ourselves for solutions, not D.C. And that, my friends on the right and left, is what makes America great. We are a nation of individuals, and we need to find that strength again. Henry Kelley, a Fort Walton Beach business owner, is a leader of the Florida tea party movement. Henry KelleyFlorida tea party OPINION OPINIONSo, Osceola County is fielding a new pitch in sports tourism. The 192 Community Redevelopment Agency recently submitted its official proposal to build a $23 million complex consisting of 13 sports fields, housing, hotel and commercial space on the Judge Farms property on the south side of U.S. 192 across the street from Osceola Heritage Park. Officials with the CRA and the development company that wants to build it cited how the complex would create jobs, increase utilization of current ballpark space and serve as a catalyst for tourism and a new marketing platform for the corridor. Well, it sounds good on paper. But questions remain as to how the complex will be paid for and who will manage it when it is complete. We believe what this pitch needs is a guarantee to the county that this is going to be profitable and not something that local taxpayers will be forced to subsidize. Remember the fact that revenue from Osceola Heritage Park has not met expectations. The projected 165-acre athletic complex is expected to include at least one championship-caliber, stadium-style field with broadcasting capabilities, one or two on-site hotels, and separate housing that, proponents say, could become student housing for nearby Valencia College and Florida Christian College. That would add local jobs and provide additional property and sales tax revenue to the county, all good things. We like the fact that the United States Specialty Sports Association, which has its national headquarters at Osceola County Stadium and sanctions 30,000 national events, said that it would relocate more tournaments to Osceola County to fill the new ball field facilities. That could have potential. Commissioner Fred Hawkins noted that, at the right price, the proposal could be a good one if what the USSSA says about bringing more tournaments to the area is true. But, he wants to see a commitment from the USSSA that it will bring such events. We applaud his concerns, and we agree with him. Sports tourism is a growing trend and Osceola County is in a good position to take advantage of it. But before were going to play ball, lets have the right strategy in place, one that will benefit the countys taxpayers, not further drain them. Our View Sounds good on paper In Dante Alighieris Divine Comedy, the narrator is conveyed to the gates of hell, upon which he finds a sign: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. This city is not hell. But a case can be made, as the Democratic Party convenes here to nominate Barack Obama to a second term, that the same admonition applies. Abandon hope. And change. Hope and change, of course, were the promises by which Obama swept into office four years ago, heralding a post partisan era in which Republicans and Democrats would work together in solving the nations problems. We all know how that turned out. The GOP lurched further to the right, driven by a tea party that scorned compromise, the ordinary horse trading that defines politics, as traitorous and weak. There was an element of fanaticism there that one watched with a kind of awestruck horror, unable to believe that what you were seeing was really real. But it was. They actually did take the economy hostage, actually did vote down their own major bill because the president supported it. They actually did declare war on objective fact, bow to a ludicrously rigid anti-tax pledge, abridge the religious freedoms of Muslims, commit acts of voter suppression, require Latinos to show their papers. The great Clint Eastwood actually did stumble through a dialogue with an empty chair that was supposed to represent the president. And yes, they actually did call that president uppity, a boy, and a secret Muslim, actually did question his birthplace and academic credentials, actually did accuse him of being a radical socialist out to destroy America. They actually did. Three years ago, a distraught woman at a health-care protest cried out, I want my country back! Better she should demand her party back. The party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan doesnt seem like a party at all anymore, but a cult. Y es, thats just the sort of observation youd expect from a liberal hack, Democratic Party shill and assorted other epithets by which GOP true believers routinely ward off questions about their true belief. But let them note that similar concerns are being voiced by GOP stalwarts like former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Indeed Barack Obama seems to have been the last person in America to understand how things have changed, to realize that there can be no bipartisan problem solving because the GOP has decided it has no problem bigger than him: black, funny name, center-left leaning him, and all that his elevation to the presidency portends for a changing nation and for a political party that, in that changing nation, remains whiter than polar bears in snow. So we dont hear so much about hope and change anymore. The president has lately been more prone to unilateral action and has taken the wood to Mitt Romney in attacks as negative and misleading as those that are leveled against him. It is always gratifying to see the bullied kid finally stand up for himself. But what happens then? That is the question Obama and his party must answer this week. This is not an election about big government versus small or more taxes versus less, but, rather, about reason versus unreason, coherence versus incoherence, tomorrow versus a yesterday that never really was, that exists only in sepia-colored GOP fictions. To win the election, Obama needs 270 electoral votes. But to deserve to win it, he needs to articulate a toughminded new vision about how to shepherd America into a challenging future some of us plainly fear. The sweet platitudes of four years ago will not do. Instead, Obama must answer a stark and simple question: What now? What do you do after hope and change have failed? Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at email@example.com. Their view No newspaper?If you have signed up to receive copies of the Osceola NewsGazette and it is not being delivered, contact Kathy Beckham, circulation manager, by phone at 321-402-0401, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Y our view OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications, a division of Independent Publications. Call 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at news@osceolanews gazette.com. The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www.aroundosceola.com.Year 116 No. 67 Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Accounting Manager LOUISE MCCLEAN Inside Sales Manager KELLY TATMAN Leonard PittsTribune Media After hope and change, whats next? Submit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. 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Saturday, September 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 Osceola County ranked 10th in the state for the most marriages performed in 2011, according to data from the Florida Department of Healths Bureau of Vital Statistics. According to the vital statistics report, 3,501 marriages were performed in Osceola County in 2011. Comparatively, Polk County came in 12th with 3,352 marriages and Orange County was 3rd with 9,244 I dos. Miami-Dade County nabbed first place by a landslide with 20,560 weddings perfor med in 2011. The most popular month for weddings in 2011 was November with 14,153 mar riages performed. The most popular day to get married was Nov. 11, 2011, when 3,510 weddings were reported per formed. V alentines Day and Sept. 9, 2011, tied for the second most popular days to tie the knot, with 1,585 marriages perfor med on each day. Subsequently, 84,785 divorces were granted to Floridians in 2011, with the aver age duration reported as 10.2 years. Osceola County recorded 1,320 divorces in 2011. Births statewide dropped attendees from last year. We want to cover the broad spectrum of things that can happen in this area, Combs said. Central Florida is the lightning capital of the world. You have to be prepared for tornadoes. But the biggest thing we hope comes out of this event is help families form preparedness plans. He said that aside from normal plans to deal with disasters, families needed to develop emergency and survival kits, and discuss and decide how to handle the needs of the disabled, elderly family members and pets. Fires and the threats that cause them will be a topic covered at the Preparedness Expo. Combs said that $35 million in insurance claims are annually made for fires caused by clogged clothes dryer vents. At 3 p.m., the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association is scheduled to put on a rather visual demonstration of the effects a solid sprinkler system can have on a structure. Among the other exhibitors, home inspectors, contractors, roof experts and a local roofers association will also be on hand to show off how homeowners can make their biggest investment more resistant to disaster. Information from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Osceola and Orange County Emergency Operations Centers will be available. Officials from the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud are also expected to attend and lend support. September is National Preparedness Month, which was created by FEMA in 2004 to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. The expo was created out of Combs discovery that it exists. Last year we found out theres a month dedicated to preparedness, so we did some research and out of our commitment to the community, he said. We came up with what we think is a great community event to help people be safer in their homes. It is definitely a labor of love, said Diane Kuiper, who has spent the past four years as a CFG researcher and investigator after coming over from the mortgage industry. People are so amazed when they get that check, she said. This is after we work through that initial phone call. The hard part is not finding people, its convincing them its legitimate. We tell them there may be money awaiting t hem and they think its a scam and they hang up. Then we call back and tell them all the information we have about their family and now were a stalker. But after working with them for a while and then getting to hand them that check, were as close as you get to being Ed McMahon. It isnt glamorous, but its fascinating. The work is difficult for different reasons on different cases. Sometimes, CFG must prove for a rightful heir that there are no other heirs. In other cases, there are a large number of family members who must be proven to be heirs. Cushing said the most rewarding part of the companys work might not even be the monetary part. We a lso help reunite families and bring relatives together who havent met or seen each other for a long time, he said. Plus, we can enable them to inherit lifechanging money. CFG genealogist Charlene Sims noted a case for a man they are trying to find in New York. If we can find this homeless fellow, we may have $500,000 to $1 million for him, she said. There isnt always good news. The firm is currently working a $10 million estate and has yet to find heirs. Sometimes, t he f amily tree doesnt have enough branches, Sims said. There is plenty of work for Cushing and his firm in Florida, where there is $2 billion tied up in unclaimed wills, and after five years, that money is turned over to the state. In New York, the other state that the firm does most of its work in, theres $20 billion sitting around. Again, CFG collects no fees until the courts release money. Their fee is based on the size of the estate and the time spent working on the case. The cost of research, especially when international research is involved, can become quite high, Cushing said. There is a lot of overhead, and there is risk, he said. But if we can find the heir and get to court, we know we will win. Cushing was working in hospital public relations in New York when he was asked to serve as the executor of his fathers will in 1972, an assignment that kick-started the next segment of his lifes work. I had no idea what serving as an executor meant, he said. I spoke with a deputy court clerk who told me that thousands of people died that the court didnt have the staff to find their heirs. I thought it was a noble idea and something Id enjoy, and my boss at the hospital gave me a six-month leave of absence. I could return if the researching didnt work out, but I never went back. After spending a lot of time in the line of work traveling from New York to Florida to seek out heirs, he finally relocated to Central Florida as he built up the firm. Four years ago, he sold his ownership stake to partners Howard Chanin and Harry Urban. But that doesnt mean hes retired. Now 77, he still spends time in the office, serving in a consulting role. Since hes also the main reason for the companys success, hes also the offices inspiration. His name is so wellknown in the industry, its why we kept the company name, Kuiper said. People call from other states just to work with him. Jerrys the master at this, hes earned worldwide recognition for it. Cushing said the firm is looking to expand its research to other states like California, Massachusetts and Arkansas. Were looking to add researchers into places with favorable intestate laws, he said.GenealogyContinued from Page A-3 Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.ExpoContinued from Page A-1 Want to submit a community event? Submissions for community events must either be printed or typed on a full sheet of paper and mailed or delivered to the News-Gazette office, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, faxed to 407-846-8516 or sent by e-mail to bmcbride@ osceolanewsgazette.com. If any current community events have to be canceled or changed, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-4020436. 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Saturday, September 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 0.9 percent in 2011 to 11.3 births per 1,000 people compared to 2010. Osceola County recorded 3,775 births last year while Orange County saw 15,392 new babies. Additionally, 1,686 deaths were reported in Osceola County in 2011 with the top three causes of death listed as heart disease (445), cancer (400) and other natural causes (228). The report was released in July.BureauContinued from Page A-5 driving at a high rate of speed attempting to get him to move from his lane. The vehicle got very close to the victims vehicle and the driver began flashing his lights. The victim said he pulled over into the turn lane and the other driver, later identified as Ortiz, began yelling at him and asking him why he was driving slowly. During a verbal altercation, the victim asked Ortiz why he was slurring his words before Ortiz got out of his vehicle and began hitting the side of the victims vehicle. The victim exited his vehicle to confront Ortiz, who got back into his car and attempt to hit Daniel with the vehicle, nearly hitting the side of his vehicle When the victim called 911, Ortiz fled the area by peeling out and making a U-turn in the median onto northbound Poinciana Boulevard, Sherrifs Office reports said. After deputies were contacted, they were able to lift a print from the victims drivers side rear door. Shortly after a lookout was issued for Ortiz and his vehicle, deputies were advised of a vehicle matching the description of the one in the incident in a neighborhood directly north of Trafalgar Boulevard. Contact was made with the owner of the vehicle, Mario Ortiz, Mark Ortizs father. The younger Ortiz was at the home, and when interviewed about what had happened earlier, he denied any allegations; deputies noted in the affidavit that It should be noted that a strong odor of alcoholic impurities was emitting from Marks breath he then became uncooperative with the investigation and just kept denying the allegations. Based upon the investiga tion, Mark Ortiz was suspected in attempting to hit the victim with his motor vehicle. He was arrested and transported to the Osceola County Jail. The report noted that while at the jail, Ortiz complained chest pains and dizziness. After paramedics checked his vitals found nothing wrong, he refused medical assistance before being booked into the jail.Road RageContinued from Page A-1 Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.Crews from CSX rail line will need to close a portion of County Road 532 (Osceola Polk Line Road) between W estmont Boulevard and U.S. Highway 17-92 to work on the railroad crossing near Old Tampa Highway. Work is scheduled to take place from Sept. 10-14. Variable message boards w ill be in place alertin g motorists to t he project, and detours will be set up with signs directing traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution when approaching the area, as workers are present and speed limits may be reduced in certain areas. Traffic delays can be expected. Schedules could vary according to w eather and equipment-related issues. For more information, contact CSX Transportation at 407-850-3531. In addition, crews will need to close the outside northbound lane of North Poinciana Boulevard between Pam Road and U.S. Highway 192 in the area of the Villas of Somerset as part of ongoing continuing underground KUA conduit installation project. For more information concerning this project, please contact Tracy Pate with Team Fishel at 407-448-1418. County Road closures scheduled set number of hours per week to hosting a phone bank, knocking on doors to spread Obamas message or to help people register to vote, Centeno said. We get a really good bank of volunteers every time we do something like this, she said. With 43 percent of Osceola County voters registered as Democrat, versus 27 percent registered Republicans, according to the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Office, Centeno is confident Obama will win the county. This election is import and they (Democrats) will come out to vote. When its going to effect them directly, they will come out, she said. The Hispanic vote is going to be decisive for him. We have a strong sense that Obama is going to win Florida. While residents waited in line, Kissimmee employees were busy sprucing up landscaping surrounding the Civic Center, Belinda Kirkegard, the Kissimmee economic development director, said. Its no different than anything else we would do for any other major event, she said. One of the site selectors really liked our Civic Center, which is good for us. Its really exciting that were going to be on national news as part of his grassroots campaign. Residents are encouraged to remain patient Saturday as downtown Kissimmee and the surrounding areas will experience rolling street closures for Obamas motorcade as well as permanent street closures due to the event. Dakin Avenue from Monument Avenue to the railroad tracks, in front of the Civic Center, will be closed Saturday and there will be limited parking in the downtown area, Kissimmee Police Department spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. 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Page A8, SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsHorns defend OBC titleIts difficult to find many enticing major college football matchups in the early weeks of the season because most of the powerhouse programs arent ready to dance with one another just yet. So, they ante up a few hundred grand to pay the foot wipe of the week to come to the home stadium for what amounts to an exhibition contest. It works out for the powerhouse, which can work out the kinks before the real games. It works out for the powerhouses students and alumni, who have a good time and enjoy the game without the stress involved with playing an opponent who could, you know, actually win. And, most of the time, it works out for the foot wipe, which pockets a big payday and can use the money to buy some blocking sleds, or put up new nets on the tennis courts. But, when you see what is happening to the poor kids at Savannah State, you have to wonder if sometimes the powerhouse-foot wipe contract is out of bounds. Last week, the Tigers ventured to Oklahoma State for an 84-0 pounding. They picked up a check for around $400 grand. This week, Savannah State rolls down to Tallahassee, where the Seminoles will throw another half-million or so at them so the Noles can sharpen their spears for the upcoming ACC contests. Last week, FSU fans were transfixed by a 69-3 nailbiter against Murray State. These payoff games can be pretty embarrassing, though, if you pick the wrong foot wipe. Just ask the grim folks at Pitt, who paid Youngstown State a bunch to visit last week and spank the Panthers by two touchdowns in Coach Paul Chrysts debut. Fortunately, the Panthers only had to pop for the plane fare for their 34-10 loss at Cincinnati Thursday.The Mighty News-Gazette Divine 9:No. 1: Roll Tide. No. 2: The Pats. No. 3: The Pack. No. 4: Youngstown State. No. 5: Savannah State (for staying alive). No. 6: Texas State (34-point dogs who beat Houston last week). No. 7: State of Confusion. No. 8: Bowling Green (for coming close at UF). No. 9: Bowling. To the picks: UCF (-18) at Ohio State: If the Buckeyes think they are bringing in a foot wipe, they made a mistake. The Knights are much better than that, more like elbow wipes. Buckeyes by 14. Miami (-7) at Kansas State: Good heavens, the once-mighty Canes are underdogs out on the plains? Whats going on? At least they arent foot wipes. Yet. Wildcats by 4. Florida at Texas A&M (-1.5): Gators werent impressive last week, but at least they played a game. The Aggies opener was rained out by Hurricane Isaac. Gators by 3 in the Upset Special. Georgia (-2.5) at Missouri: Dawgs had a foot wipe scheduled this week, but the darned SEC expansion forced them to get to work early. Dawgs by 3. Auburn at Mississippi State (-3): Another tough road test for the Tigers, who opened at Clemson. Where are those foot wipes when you need them? Tigers by 1 in Son of Upset Special. The paid professionals: Miami at Houston (-12.5): Around the NFL, Florida is known as the Foot Wipe State. Texans by 13. Jacksonville at Minnesota (-3.5): Can we bill this as the Clash of the Foot Wipes? Vikes by 6. Carolina (-2.5) at Tampa Bay: The Bucs will be better than they were last season, but not yet. Panthers by 3. San Francisco at Green Bay (-5): Wouldnt be a shock if these guys meet again in the playoffs. Pack by 2. Pittsburgh at Denver (1.5): The Stillers lost a playoff game to Tim Tebow the last time they were a mile high. And now, Peyton Manning is the Denver QB. Ouch. Broncs by 3. Petey The Gators Are Going to Win Covino says: Gators by 6. Andrew Flaming Spear Sullivans Massacre of the Week: FSU by 60. Brian Big Man McBrides Super Foot wipes early-season fodder Rick PedoneSports Editor Life Lions rumble in football opener, 52-44 See Picks, page A-9 Volleyball preview Picks of the Weak By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Life Christian won its football season opener, 52-44, over Legacy Charter last week by overcoming a 13-0 first-quarter deficit. The Lions, 1-0, got outstanding efforts from running back Antonio T Smith, who had 254 allpurpose yards, scored two touchdowns and three 2-point conversions. One of the TDs came on a 51-yard punt return. Another offensive weapon was Elijah Gonzalez, who rushed for 192 yards and scored three touchdowns. He ran for a pair of 2-point conversions as well. Gonzalez set up the Lions first touchdown with a 61-yard run. The Lions had a 32-25 halftime lead, but Legacy led 44-38 before the Lions dominated the fourth quarter as Lucas Camargo, Gerry Aviles and Julius Rivera had key interceptions. Rivera returned his pickoff 20 yards for the Lions final touchdown. Smith and Gonzales each made four tackles on defense. The team was without one of its leaders, Leonardo Nunez, for much of the game after he suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter. Still, the Lions totaled 376 yards offensively. The Lions welcome Bishop McLaughlin to Joe Day Field Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Last season was one of unprecedented success for Osceola County volleyball teams. Three squads Harmony, Osceola and St. Cloud advanced to the regional playoffs, and Harmony became the first school from the county to reach the state tournament. The Lady Longhorns again will be an Orange Belt Conference and 7A District 6 favorite, but improved St. Cloud will present a strong challenge along with Celebration. In 7A-5, Osceola and Gateway have the talent to reach the regionals, but Lake County teams Lake Minneola and East Ridge will present challenges along with Liberty and Poinciana.HarmonyCoach Eric Trowbridge, the Osceola County Coach of the Year for 2011-12, said success isnt guaranteed this season even though his team has been dominant in the OBC for the past three seasons. Standout hitters Marie Gilbert and Nia Fredrick graduated, both earning volleyball scholarships, and only two senior starters return. We will never be felt sorry for, but thats the way we like it as it proves that we have set a high standard and built this program into what it is a program, Trowbridge said. With six seniors and six sophomores on the roster, Trowbridge calls this a rebuilding season. Most of the team is geared around the young kids. They are working hard to keep the streaks alive, he said. We dont make excuses here, so our ultimate goal is to get back to and win the state championship. That is a lofty goal, but with senior setter Genesis Viera, a two-time county player of the year, back, with sophomores Chaney Howard and Alexis Trowbridge, the Lady Longhorns will not relinquish their OBC, district and regional championships without a struggle. I think by the end of the season we will be battle tested and ready to march into tournament play, Coach Trowbridge said.OsceolaCoach Carrie Palmi saw two of her top players last season, hitter Natalie McClain and setter Colleen Arago, earn volleyball scholarships to Ave Maria University. But, with sophomore Kaitlin Birchler stepping up to fill Aragos shoes at setter and a balanced roster returning, Palmi thinks the Lady Kowboys will be in the thick of the conference and district races this season. Im really excited about this team, she said. Kaitlin is going to do a great job taking over at setter. Were running a 5-1 offense, so its all going to go through her. Palmi is so impressed with her young talent that three freshmen Katie Markley, Astra Weismore and Aspen Dangren, all hitters all are on the varsity roster and will see action. Returning from last seasons varsity are seniors Vallerie Norgaisse, Ninoshka Andujar, Kristina Wendland, Lorraine Hoyos and Savanna Escobar. All are hitters except Hoyos, the libero. Senior Kristie Velez, a hitter, and junior defensive specialists Mallory Donnelly and Keke Smith round out a talented roster.GatewayCoach Jason Alise begins his second season as the Lady Panthers coach with ambitions of taking his team into postseason play. He has good reason to be optimistic with four returning seniors, plus a dedicated roster that played club ball during the offseason and attended open gym. This year it isnt like Im coming in fresh like last year and wondering what do we have here. This time, the girls have had a good 12 months to understand what were going to do, and theyve really worked hard, he said. The Panthers have size in the middle with 6-footer Ivelisse Saint-Clair and plenty of talent in a roster that includes Selena Arce, Arianna Diaz, Rhiana Durant, Amber Jackson, Sylvia Morales, Emily Nasello, Yareliz Ramirez, Hannah Reeves, Yakira Reyes, Veronica Rodriguez and Elena Shortman. Alise said it is realistic to expect his team to play after the district tournament. Definitely, thats our goal, to get to the state tournament, he said.St. CloudCoach Ettie Singleton has quickly turned the fortunes of the Lady Bulldogs volleyball program around, leading the team into the regional playoffs last year in only her second season. She expects the team to continue its rise this year, with a roster that is both tall and experienced. Weve got a little bit of size, three 6-footers, she said. Were thinking that this is our time. Weve spent the past 12 months preparing for his, playing club ball, working hard over the summer, so hopefully things will turn in our favor. Senior Sarah Sullivan, sophomore Baylee Sullivan and freshman Jaima Mejia all tower at the net, and Singleton said her entire roster is primed for success. Also playing for the Lady Bulldogs are senior Kristel Calle, juniors Cadie Binns, Diana Gatlin and Faith Udstad, and sophomores Cierra Binns, Yairaliz Hernandez and Audrey Wentzell. Freshman Sheynne Phillips rounds out the varsity team.CelebrationCoach Pedro Davila begins his second season with the Lady Storm. Last year was difficult, we only won two matches and that was hard for our girls, he said. This year, were going to be better. The girls are working hard and theyre improving. Davila, who runs a club program in Kissimmee, the Toreros Volleyball Academy, said that he expects his team to be competitive in 7A-6 against St. Cloud, Harmony and Oak Ridge. Theres some good talent in the county. A lot of girls are playing club ball, he said. he Storm roster includes Farina Rahman, Karisma Colon, Michelle Calderon, Alyson Loane, Gaby Ortiz, Alexandra Stephan, Morgan Gerber, Shaina Gilstrap, Nichole DeJesus, Maritea Martinez, Francis Ramos, Kylie Jansing and Above, St. Clouds Diana Gatlin warms up before the OBC jamboree at the Bulldogs gym. Below, Lady Bulldog Baylee Sullivan (left) goes up to block a shot during a match against Poinciana.News Gazette Photos/Andrew Sullivan County squads chase district crowns See Volleyball, page A-9
Saturday, September 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 PicksContinued from page A-8 Sports briefsIts a tough time of the year to be a fisherman. Seems like I hear something like this every day. I tell people its just the dog days of summer. Just wait until the weather cools down and then fishing will turn into catching. Now you all know why my wife calls me the biggest optimist shes ever met. The main problem Ive had with fishing lately is consistency. I can go out one day and catch eight to 10 fish and the next day I might get just one or two bites. Another thing that isnt helping is the hydrilla that has spread all over the lake. I was down by Lanier Point the other day and there was topped out hydrilla as far as I could see. The last I heard, there wont be any chemical spraying until November to sometime in February. Right now I can only think of a couple of places where you can actually fish in the Kissimmee grass lines. I guess thats why you dont see a many fishermen out on the water right now. Many are trying other lakes, hoping for better results. Pan fish continue to hit pretty good. Bluegills and shell crackers are being caught in fairly good numbers. The old standbys, worms and crickets should put some fish in the boat. We need to get the high pressure system out of here, have the water cool down, less hydrilla, cooler nights, more cloud cover, moving water, some different baits, and maybe I need to get a new boat? Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net. Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Still too hot to fishVolleyballContinued from page A-8Sniffer Upset Special: Titans over Pats by 2. Tom Captain Kirks Beam Me Up Scotty Prime Time NFL Pick of the Week: Denver over Pittsburgh by 2. Ken Young Jackson says: Canes by 3, Mississippi State by 3. Last week: Oh no, here we go again: Knervous Knight, 4-0; Stodgy Senior, 3-1. Karina Sanchez.PoincianaCoach Lauren Valle begins her third season with the Lady Eagles. She said that consistency in coaching is helping her team show improvement. We are hoping to continue to keep the girls playing as much volleyball year around so we can to continue to gain a competitive edge in our conference and district, she said. This year we have some new additions who should be paramount to our success. The roster includes seniors Alexis Claudio, Gabrielle Rodriguez, Jacqueline Palfy, Lilliana Carpintero; juniors Priscilla Carpintero and Basma Elbougrini, sophomore Rachel Brost and freshman Erin McNeil.LibertyCoach Gretchen Arzillos Lady Chargers are strengthened by the return of senior captain Khayla Smith, one of the teams best servers. Also back is senior Ashley Ramos, among the countys top hitters. Senior Melanie Martinez can set and hit, and sophomore Bailee Hodge is a standout in the middle, said Arzillo. Also on the roster are senior Tara Rosemond, juniors Alexandria Arnoux, Kaleimy Colon, Samarie Davila and Samantha Sviridoff. Sophomore Vianca Colon also will compete.Southland ChristianFive seniors return to Coach Sharon Gillespies team including Tatyanna Correia, Sheena Fletcher (hitter), Gabriela Hermosa (setter), Delany Sjostrom (setter) and Rebecca Sweatman (hitter). Sjostrom and Sweatman are beginning their sixth varsity season. Joining them are juniors Amanda Milian and Victoria Santana along with sophomores Ashley Brown, Jasmine Ginyard and Jessica Hermosa. Freshman Rachel Santiago also will play. The Lady Flames competed in early-season tournaments at Heritage Christian and Eastland Christian where Sjostrom was an all-tournament selection. Southland will compete in the Florida Christian Conference.City of LifeCity of Life Academy competes in 2A District 6 under Coach Cynthia Ortega. The Lady Warriors were 17-3 and district runners-up. I think we have a great opportunity to compete this year for the district title, Ortega said. The girls have been working extremely hard and with our experience from last year we are ready for a great season. The roster includes seniors Gabriella Carrion and Abby Robinson, junior Azia Constance and sophomores Zohraia Ciquero, Alexandra Cardona, Krizia Cornejo and Jessica Otero. City of Life will host the district tournament Oct. 22-25.Heritage ChristianCoach Maria Hardwick leads the Lady Eagles. We have a young team, but Im excited about the future of our program, she said. The Eagles field five volleyball teams: varsity, JV, and three fourthto sixth-grade squads. Junior Kefia Hilbert, freshman Kayla Bush and seventh-grader Brooke Beaver return from last years varsity. Joining them are Jasmine Pastrana, Angelica Maldonado, Christina Birk, Taylor Suarez and Kiara Perez. 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Space shuttle Endeavour will fly above Kennedy Space Center one last time at a farewell celebration Sept. 14-17. After 19 years of service, 25 missions, 133 astronauts carried, 299 days in space and 122,883,151 miles traveled, space shuttle Endeavour is departing Kennedy Space Center for the last time. The public has the opportunity to see Endeavor as it is being prepared for its journey atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) Sept. 14 and 15. Through scheduled exclusive Endeavour bus tours, guests will be able to view the orbiter as it is lifted by the mate-demate device (MDD) and placed atop a specially designed Boeing 747 aircraft. As a collectible, complimentary gift during the festivities, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests will receive a lithograph of Endeavour as a keepsake. There are two unique opportunities to view the fly-out of Endeavour at approximately 7:30 a.m. KSC has a farewell celebration for space shuttle Endeavour Sept. 14-17I ts a Disney fans dreams come true. Walt Disney Studios has just blown the doors off their renowned vault of animated films with the release of a bunch of titles, some for the first time in Blu-ray, as well as some new collector sets. One of the crowning achievements in Disneys second golden age of animation has to be Pocahontas. The animated musical is back in a new Blu-ray combo that also features the HD debut of Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. It is the songs and animation that is the big sell in Pocahontas and, as with almost all sequels, Pocahontas II is inferior, but if you are a collector of Disney, it is nice to have both discs in Blu-ray. The combo also includes a third disc, DVD version of the film and a digital copy. The Rescuers (1977) was one of the few bright spots from Disney before the animation resurgence. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of that film, Disney has released The Blu-ray combo pack The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. Both films feature Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart as those brave mice Bernard and Bianca. The mice on two different rescue operations, the first a young orphan girl named Penny and in the Down Under sequel they go to Australia to save a young boy. The Rescuers, particularly, features some excellent animation. The combo includes a DVD version of the films as well as a digital copy. The Aristocats makes its Blu-ray debut with a combo pack/DVD and digital. This was Disneys 20th fulllength animation film (1970) and it is often compared to the similar 101 Dalmatians, except with cats. It was also the last animated film he oversaw, before his death. Eva Gabor is here as well, as the mother cat with her three kidnapped kittens in Paris. The jazzy Everybody wants to be a Cat, sung by Phil Harris, 50 CENTS Plus, Airport, Harvey and Sixteen Candles on Blu-rayFollow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/icmovies Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B September 8, 2012 Check out aroundosceola.com A treasury of Disney filmsLIFESTYLESLIFESTYLES FLORIDA BUSINESS EXPOORLANDO The 3rd Annual Florida Business Expo comes to the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Sept 20 from 1 to 8 p.m. Admission is free to the Expo Hall. For more information go to www.FloridaBusinessExpo.com or call 407-2965882.SKATEBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIPORLANDO Floridas skateboarding fans can get up close to the action as the Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championship Event hits movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.. NCM Fathom Events and Maloof Skateboarding present the Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championship from South Africa in nearly 580 U.S. cinemas for one night only. The event will feature world-class street competition skateboarding, highlights, behind-the-scenes footage and more. The events pre-show will also announce three amateur skateboard winners, who submitted home videos of personal best tricks to an online contest. Tickets for the Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championship Event are on sale now and are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.GRAND MARSHALKISSIMMEE The City of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities is inviting the public to nominate individuals to serve as Grand Marshal for the 2012 Festival of Lights Parade. Nominations are open to anyone who meets the following selection criteria: Osceola County resident, displaying pride and commitment to our community through service and/or volunteerism, and has the ability to carry out the functions of Grand Marshal, including sitting and/or standing for an extended period of time. Nominees must be available for the full duration of the Festival of Lights Parade, which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, from 6 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Those interested in nominating an individual to serve as Grand Marshal must complete the Festival of Lights Parade Grand Marshal Nomination form, which can be obtained online at www.kissimmee. org Click on the Kissimmee Civic Center Tab, go to Downloads, and select Grand Marshal Nomination. Completed nomination forms can be submitted via e-mail to Vanessa Romn at vroman@ kissimmee.org. CALL FOR ARTISTSKISSIMMEE The City of Kissimmee is seeking local artists to participate in the citys Call for Artists program. Selected artists will be able to display their works of art in Kissimmee City Hall for three months The display periods are as follows: NovemberJanuary, FebruaryApril, May-July and AugustNovember. The artwork will be available for public viewing on all five floors of City Hall on Monday Friday from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. A total of five artists will be selected to showcase their work for each quarter. Interested artists can either contact Desiree Matthew or or Maria Damas in the City Managers Office at 407-518-2300.CLASSIC FILMSCinemark theaters nationwide will participate in the Fall Classic Series, with six legendary Hollywood movies returning to the big screen on Thursdays in Sept. at 2 and 7 p.m. The films include Jaws, High Noon, Doctor Zhivago, Chinatown, The Bridge on the River Kwai and The African Queen. Cinemark has selected six titles that were visionary films at their time of release, and still stand as true classics in every sense of the word. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.cinemark.com. A full list of participating Cinemark locations, advance ticket purchases and show time information can be found at www.cinemark.com. PRETTY LIGHTSORLANDO Pretty Lights will bring The Illumination Tour to the UCF Arena on Wednesday, Oct 3. Tickets start at $23 and on sale now a the UCF Arena Ticket Office, charge by phone at 800-7453000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado-based producer Derek Vincent Smith. Together with his drummer, Adam Deitch, See DVDs, page B-3 The new Disney B luray combos include the two Pocahontas a nimated f ilms a nd The Rescuers. Other new Disney B lu-ray releases include The Aristocats and The Tigger Movie.Endeavour flies over the cape, one last time Disney Putting on Your DVDsIts is the final night for Night of Joy at the Magic Kingdom and Rock the Universe at Universal Studios. Switchfoot, above, is one of the headline acts at the Christian music event at Universal. Tickets for Night of Joy (if available) can be purchased at www.nightofjoy.com. Tickets for Rock the Universe are available at www.RocktheUniverse.com. Both theme park events offer a slateful of musical entertainment and select rides are also open through the night. The events require a separate ticket purchase. Theyre attacking againKennedy Space CenterThe Endeavor will never have another landing at the space center but you can say goodbye at a farewell celebration Sept. 14-17. See Shuttle, page B-3 By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Its time for Bodega Bay to get on the move again. Yes, that sleepy little town in Northern California will be under attack on the big screen when Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds returns for a one-night appearance, Wednesday, Sept. 19. One of Hitchcocks more memorable films, The Birds will take flight once again as part of a Fathom Events/ Turner Classic Movies presentation celebrating Universal Pictures 100th anniversary. The newly-restored version will be shown at 7 p.m. (some special matinees will also be shown at 2 p.m.) The film will be introduced by TCM host Robert Osborne, who will take audiences behind the scenes for the American classic. TCM/Fathom also will host a double-feature, Wednesday, Oct. 24 with Universals Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein. The TCM Event Series will be presented using new digital cinema projection systems in select movie theaters around the country. Tickets to the series are available at presenting theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. If you somehow have managed to miss The Birds on TV (it has to be one of the most televised films ever), the 1963 film features Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels, a spoiled, rich San Francisco socialite who unwittingly seems to be the center of at-The Birds take flight on the big screen Sept. 19 as part of Universal celebration See Birds, page B-3Photo/UniversalThe Master of Suspense is shown on the set of The Birds during production.
Page B2, DiningBring on the pretzels and beer By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Fall is quickly approaching and with the arrival of cooler temperatures come some of the more fun food festivals of the year. Coming on Oct. 6, and again Oct. 27, is The German American Societys Central Florida Octoberfest 2012. This years event features a beer stein holding contest, in addition to lots of German beer on tap as well as German cuisine and desserts. There also is plenty of folk dancing and more. Admission is $5. Children under 12 free. The event is at 381 Orange Lane in Casselberry and will be held from 2 to 11 p.m. The society is not the only group with an Octoberfest. Orlando Oktoberfest 2012 will be held Sept. 29 at the Bahia Festival Grounds. Their event is 4 to 11 p.m. Admission is free (there is a $5 parking charge). The event features musical entertainment, beer, brats, p otato salad and pretzels. There is even a free bounce house for the kids. Heavenly Sausage You can whet your appetite for Octoberfest with sausage, brats and hot dogs from Heaveny Sausage in St. Cloud. The new, mostly take-out restaurant, is located at 1308 10th St, just off of New York Ave. in downtown St. Cloud. The restaurant features daily specials (with chips and drinks included) as well as several one-of-a-kind menu items created by shop owner Tina Ocasio such as sweet potatoghetti, a variation of a spaghetti dish made with sweet potato fries, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese. The menu also includes Polish and Italian sausage. Prices for hot dogs and sausage range from about $2.25 to $3.50. There is no seating indoors, but the restaurant does have a few tables and chairs outside. H eavenly Sausage is open daily, Tuesday-Saturday. Evening of Merriment The Bach Festival Society will host the third annual season-preview event, Fte at Feliz: An Evening of Merriment to Benefit the Bach Festival Society on Oct. 4. The event, in partnership with Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, features a special preview of upcoming works with Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. John V. Sinclair and music performed by members of the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. The night also features wine from Clos du Bois and hors doeuvres from Arthurs Catering, tours of historic Casa Feliz. and the chance to bid on silent-auction item s It will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 656 North Park Avenue, Winter Park. Tickets are $40 each, $70 per couple. Call the Box Office at 407-646-2182 or online at www.BachFestivalFlorida.org. No Kid Hungry The two Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurants in Orange County are participating in the 2012 Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign. More than 16 million American children face hunger. This September, Mellow Mushroom is joining thousands of restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry campaign by raising funds through Share Our Strengths Dine Out For No Kid Hungry program. Dine with Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers throughout the month of September and order a Bruschetta appetizer, then Mellow Mushroom will donate $1 on your behalf. For more information on Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers and this September event, visit www. mellowmushroom.com or DineOutForNoKidHungry.org. Now in its fifth year, Dine Out For No Kid Hungry has raised more than $4 million for the No Kid Hungry campaignfunds that are used to raise awareness about child hunger in the U.S.; create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need; support school breakfast, summer and afterschool meal programs; and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources. Everyoneprivate citizens, businesses, policymakers, and nonprofitshas a role in helping end childhood hunger in America, said Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. I encourage people to dine out often at participating restaurants wherever they are this September. Then, visit NoKidHungry.org to join this national movement to ensure that all children in America have access to the nutritious food they need, every day. Kissimmee Farmers Market The long-running downtown K issimmee Farmers Market moves to a new day and time beginning Oct. 9. The weekly market, sponsored by Kissimmee M ain Street, moves to Tuesday night from 4-8 p.m. The market will also get a new name the Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market. The market will continue to have vendors Come join us for all the wonderful festivities as well as all the fresh produce, meats, dairy, plants, herbs and crafts all in one place! Southern Womens Show Food enthuiasts should mark their calendars for Oct. 11-14 when the Southern Womens Show returns to the Orange Count Convention Center. The popular event features a little bit of everything for todays women. Jay Qualls from TLCs Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker is one of the special guests. Qualls has been rolling fondant, piping and creating lifelike flowers for his jaw dropping cake designs since 1992. Hes created a successful business known as Maples Wedding Cakes in Nashville and has created wedding and special occasion cakes for the likes of Miranda Lambert/Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and more. Hes a master when it comes to fondant and has created his own specialty line, Jay Qualls Fabric Fondant. Hollis Wilder is a hometown Orlando girl who skyrocketed to fame after appearing on The Food Networks Cupcake Wars. Her fans include Nicole Kidman, Jay Leno, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening and Tom Cruise who each have their own favorite among the 30+ varieties of cupcakes Holly is known for. Sweet! By Holly, her retail store now has two locations in Florida. Jay and Holly will appear on the Cooking Stage at this years Southern Womens Show. Admission to the show is $10 for adults, $5 for youth. Children under six are free with a paying adult. Advance discounted tickets are available at Walgreens and online at www.SouthernWomensShows.com. Taste for Learning Valencia College Foundation and Orlando Health Foundation have joined together to host A Taste for Learning on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Rosen Shingle Creek. An international wine sampling and auction, A Taste for Learning will generate monies for health care scholarships and medical education in the community. Making this event unique, 100 percent of all sponsorships, tickets and auction receipts are given directly to student scholarships and medical education. Tickets for A Taste for Learning are $125 per person or $200 per couple and can be purchased online at www. ATasteForLearning.com. When Taste was first proposed in 2005 by Valencia Foundation board member Jess Bailes, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits executive vice president, the idea was to create an event that could be sustained by the support of community partners donating all the necessary items for the event as in-kind contributors. The generosity of those willing to offer the venue, food, wines, auction items and dcor has resulted in $1.97 million dollars in student support scholarships. For this years tasting and auction, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits has invited vintners from around the world to donate hundreds of bottles of their finest wines, as well as providing exceptional auction items. Nearly 100 come to Orlando from throughout the country, as well as Australia, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Guests will enjoy gourmet hors doeuvres and sample entre selections donated by BB Kings Blues Club, Bubbalous Bodacious Bar-B-Que Alafaya/UCF location, Cabin Creek Catering, Fiorellas Cucina Toscana at the Westin Imagine Orlando, Godiva Chocolatier, Raphsodic Bakery, Rosen Shingle Creek, T-REX, The Little Bean Company, The Wave of American Flavors at Disneys Contemporary Resort, Tijuana Flats, Tommy Bahamas Restaurant and Bar and Yak and Yeti. Sponsors include ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Rosen Shingle Creek, McCree General Contractors and Architects, Freeman Co., Orlando Magic, Walt Disney World Resort, Bright House Networks, Central Florida Hotel and Lodging A ssociation, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services of Orlando Inc., Baker Hostetler, Charles Perry Partners Inc., Clancy and Theys Construction Com pany, Dr. Jay and Mrs. Randye Falk, Old Florida, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando, Signature Systems of Florida, Skanska USA Building, Terra Firma Construction Management Inc., UCF Regional Campuses, Universal Orlando Resort and Wolverine Anesthesia Consultants. Valencia Foundation wa s named one of the strongest two-year college endowments for the sixth consecutive year by the NACUBO-Commonfund annual endowment study (National Association of College and University Business Officers). 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Saturday, September 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 ShuttleContinued from page B-1 BirdsContinued from page B-1 Scatman Crothers and others is a definite highlight. The film has a complete restoration for its Blu-ray debut. The combo pack includes a DVD and digital copy as well as special features. Finally, making its Blu-ray debut is the gentle tale The Tigger Movie. This is The Tigger Movie Bounce-A-Riffic Special Blu-ray combo Pack edition and tells the story of Tigger looking for his family tree and more Tiggers. It also features a nice collection of tunes by longtime Disney song collaborators the Sherman Brothers. The combo pack includes the Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy. All of the Disney films here offer lots of bonus feature content as well. Airport They dont call them emergencies anymore. They call them Patronis. After watching Airport for the 50th time (but the first time in Bluray), I was kind of amazed at how quotable this Academy Award winning film from 1970 is. Hey, its not Shakespeare, but Airport (Universal Studios) is pretty much everything a movie should be lots of stars and wholly entertaining. Burt Lancaster, Helen Hayes, Dean Martin and George Kennedy, who was a minor star when he appeared here as Patroni but went on (and on) with that character in the inferior sequels. If you want more (unintentional) laughs go right to Airport 1974, but for the most part Airport is the real deal, one of the original all-star disaster films ( The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake were all to follow). Its nice to see the original Airport restored like this. There arent any whistles and bells and amazing effects like Transformers, but just a solid old-fashioned Hollywood-type story, with a bomb on plane. The explosion on board is still a one of those memorable movie moments. This is another of Universals 100th anniversary releases and the Blu-ray combo includes a DVD and digital copy. HarveyAnd the hits keep on coming from Universal with what may be the best James Stewart film, Harvey.It is one of the classic comedies of all time as Stewart stars as alcoholic Elwood P. Dodd, whos best friend just happens to be an invisible six-foot tall rabbit. The film has been restored, of course, for its Blu-ray debut, and as usually is the case, it has never looked better. This film starts right away, without going to a menu, which is a good thing, but if you want to see the bonus features, you will have to hit the menu button on your player yourself. The Blu-ray combo includes a DVD disc and a digital copy as well. Sixteen Candles Nobody was better at depicting 1980s youth than John Hughes, and Sixteen Candles (1984) was one of his stellar efforts. Yet another Blu-ray combo for Universals 100th anniversary, this is one of the great teen movies. Molly Ringwald stars as Sam, who has just turned 16, but all the attention is going to her older sister who is getting married the next day. The main story involves Sams unrequited love for senior Jake. She is being pursued by a dorky freshman (memorably played by Anthony Michael Hall). If you havent watched it in awhile, keep an eye out for early performances by John Cusack and sister Joan. tention of unexplained bird attacks in the small town north of San Francisco. The film also stars Rod Taylor and Suzanne Pleshette. Osborne will share an exclusive interview he conducted specifically for this special presentation with the films star Hedren filmed earlier this year at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Hedren reveals how Hitch hand-picked her to play the part of Melanie Daniels, and also how the movie that launched her career also practically ended it. Osborne will reach deep into the TCM Archives to share more on-set stories from Hedrens costars Taylor and Suzanne. The Birds will be screened at Cinemark Orlando Festival Bay, Pointe Orlando and Waterford Lakes Stadium 20. Also, just in time for Halloween, the double feature of Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein come to the big screen. Two of the great horror classics, it is the story of brilliant scientist Henry Frankenstein and his experiments on the reanimation of lifeless bodies. His fiance, Elizabeth, and friend Victor Moritz are worried about his health as he spends far too many hours in his laboratory on experiments. The creature hes brought to life escapes, and soon the villagers rise up, intent on destroying the murdering creature. The sequel finds Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both alive; but a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps Dr. Frankensteins wife and forces him to create a new female companion for the original monster. The original 1931 film and its 1935 sequelboth starring Boris Karloffwill be introduced with exclusive interviews conducted at this years TCM Classic Film Festival, including conversations with Karloffs daughter Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Jr. (son of the classic Dracula star), and Academy Award-winning make-up artist Rick Baker. All three will discuss classic horror movies, how legendary icons like Karloff and Lugosi helped define the genre, and how todays horror films measure up to the classics. This Event Series is a rare opp ortunity for fans of these four legendary films, said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. Not only will fans experience these Hollywood classics on the big screen once again, but TCM host Robert Osborne will give fans an exclusive insight into the stories behind the making of each classic. As part of Universals 100th Anniversary this year, a commemorative 50th Anniversary release of To Kill a Mockingbird is currently available on Blu-ray/DVD. Coming to Bluray for the first time, The Birds will be released as part of the Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection on Sept. 25. Also premiering on Blu-ray, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein will be included in the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection available Oct. 2. EDT on Monday, Sept. 17. A limited number of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests will have a front-row seat to witness the departure of Endeavour from the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). Another fly-out viewing option is from the Visitor Complex as the history-setting mission covers the sky above the attractions Rocket Garden. Endeavour celebration events include: Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15: Endeavour Bus Tour Special Endeavour tour, including a drive-by of the mate-demate device at the SLF with viewing of Endeavour as it is mated to the 747 SCA and drive by of Launch Pad 39-A with the tour culminating at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Viewing and photo opportunities will be available from the bus. The tour price is $20 per adult/$14 per child in addition to regular admission. Monday, Sept. 17: Endeavour Fly-Out Viewing Opportunities Limited availability at the SLF for guests to view takeoff and flyover of Endeavour. Bus transportation to the SLF will be from 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. The tour price for this up-close opportunity is $40 per person plus admission. o Fly-over of Endeavour at 300 feet above the Rocket Garden. Viewing is included in regular admission price. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 a.m. EDT. o Live NASA TV video coverage of Endeavours fly-out and commentary will be broadcast in the IMAX Theater. Doors will open at 6 a.m. EDT. Coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 877-3132610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers W anted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, featuring historic spacecraft and the worlds largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commanders Club Annual Pass is $63 plus tax for adults and $53 plus tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. At the theme parks Brevard Zoo is offering four discounted zoo admission days in September. Admission each Tuesday on September 11, 18, and 25 will be just $2 per person all day long. The $2 admission price applies to anyone who is not already a member of Brevard Zoo and is 2 and older. Zoo members and children under 2 still receive free admission into the zoo. Brevard Zoos hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4:15 p.m. Additional charges apply to activities inside the zoo including feeding giraffe and lorikeet, kayaking or paddle boating, and riding the train. For more information about Brevard Zoo, please visit www.brevardzoo.org or call 321254-9453. Brick-or-Treat Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will invade LEGOLAND Florida during its first kid-friendly Halloween celebration of Brick-or-Treat presented by Wells Fargo. This spooky, event takes place Saturdays in October from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During Brick-or-Treat, Miniland USA will transform into a fun, haunted scavenger hunt for the whole family with the invasion of LEGO Monster Fighters and their enemies. With extended hours on Saturdays, Miniland USA gets a bit more spooky when the sun goes down and the fog rolls in on these LEGO cities. The family event also features trick-or-treating along the brickor-treat trail, a kids four category costume contest with brick-tastic prizes and a build your own Halloween themed LEGO pumpkin model activity station. LEGOLANDThe newest Halloween event at the theme parks is Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND. The kid-spooky event will be held each weekend in October and features trick-or-treating, a haunted scavenger hunt, costume contests and more. DVDsContinued from page B-1 Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420 LANE STOCKTON, PAs S TORSCHEDULE OF SERVICEsS Sunday School . ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service . ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service . ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service . ............................... 7:00 pm FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCHKissimmee 101 West Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, Open hearts. Open minds. 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Page B4, Whats new?Pine Lily Chapter meetingJenny Welch, president of the Pine Lily Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, will make a presentation on Florida Native Grasses and Groundcovers and also will give anecdotes on other uses for Florida native plants at the Pine Lily Chapter meeting Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30pm at the First United Methodist Church, 101 W. Dakin Ave., Fellowship Hall, in downtown Kissimmee. In addition to her volunteer duties as Pine Lily president and education chair, Welch is a Florida master naturalist, Osceola County master gardener, Audubon eagle watch volunteer, board member of Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society and serves on the Osceola County Land Conservation Advisory Board. She also heads up the Osceola County Schools Garden Committee. This program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information or to join the organization, call 407-433-4483, PineLilyFNPS@aol.com or visit www.fnps.org.2012 September Osceola County Democratic community events Thursday, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Blue Scarves Club meeting will be in the Roseada Room at the Hart Memorial Library, Kissimmee. Questions may be directed via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., the Poinciana Democratic subcommittee will meet at the Poinciana Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave., Kissimmee. Questions may be directed via e-mail: email@example.com or call 407-966-4684 and leave a message. Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Democrats of Celebration Club (DOC) will meet in the Town Hall at 851 Celebration Ave. in Celebration. All are welcome whether or not you live in Celebration. For more information, email DOC@democratsosceola.com Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m, the Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee (OCDEC) meeting will be in the Osceola County Commission Chamber on the fourth floor of the Administration Building in the Courthouse Complex, 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee. Website: http://www.democratsosceola.com To volunteer, contact: OCDEC headquarters Office, 104 Church St., Kissimmee. Hours are from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 407-966-4684 and leave a message. NAACPThe Osceola County branch NAACP will meet Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, at 7 p.m. for the election of the nominating committee. On Oct. 10, the NAACP will meet at the Barney E. Veal Center at 7 p.m. for a report of the nominating committee. On Nov. 14, the NAACP will meet at the Barney E. Veal Center from 7 to 8 p.m. to vote in the election of officers and at large members of the executive committee. In order to vote in a branch election, one must be in good standing of the branch 30 days prior to the election. A form of identification is required.DAV No. 148Join the DAV for Ladies Day every Wednesday; $1 off your drink from 11 a.m. until close. We have Barnyard Bingo on the first and third Saturday of each month starting at noon. Slingshot will be playing following Bingo on Saturday September 15. Wear your red shirt to show your support for our Troops. Wear one on the second and fourth Friday of each month. The non-premium longnecks are $1 from 11 a.m. until close. Dont have a red shirt? We have them for sale. There will be a district meeting Saturday, Sept. 22, for members only. Guests will be welcome after 3 p.m. The Buzzard Band will be play after the meeting. Our monthly meetings are on the third Sunday each month. DAVA at 2 p.m. and DAV at 3:30 p.m. Happy hours are 5 to 7 p.m. daily. The service officer is here every Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m. We are located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, 407-846-4141.AARP driver safety classAn AARP driving safety class will be taught Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Oak Village Lane near Good Sam at the senior friends building. To register, call Ron at 407-944-9718. Both AARP members and non members accepted. This class will earn you an insurance discount. Osceola Stamp ClubThe 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 407-2014192. Shop, dine, strollDowntown St. Cloud is alive from 5-9 p.m. on the third Friday evening of every month. Enjoy restaurants, boutiques and antiques. There are always local musicians and artists as well as raffles and door prizes and many other activities throughout the downtown business district. Hallow Dream Charity CruiseThe Hallow Dream Charity Cruise to support the charity services of the USMCs Toys For Tots and A Firefighters Christmas will be Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Lake Fish Camp. The event is open to all showready cars, trucks and bikes. The entry fee is a new unwrapped toy or a $20 cash donation. There will be a raffle, a cornhole tournament and restaurant specials. For more information contact Roy at 407-873-4515 or visit hallowdreamcharitycruise.com, or eastlakefishcamp.com. Disco feverJoin the Osceola County Lodge 2523 Sons of Italy for a night of Disco Fever. Its Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Clarion Resort Hotel, just west of the Floridas Turnpike entrance on U.S. Highway 192. Put on your bell bottoms, bring out those platform shoes and head bands and boogey on down beginning at 6 p.m. and enjoy a night of dinner, music and dancing. Cost for dinner is $25/cash bar. For reservations, call Carolyn at 407-892-4266.Health fairGateway Baptist Church is holding a health fair Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all residents in the surrounding area in the educational building, 2601 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee. It will have a host of participants in all types of medical fields including eye, heart, internal medical; infectious diseases; prescriptions, fire dept, police, funeral home, hospice, senior care, hospital staff and many other services. It is free to the public. Some healthy snacks will be provided. For more information, call 407-846-8595.Casino tripThe Afternoon Delight Bus Trip to the Hard Rock Casino will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26. It will benefit The American Cancer Society. The bus will pick up guests at the Stonefield Development (near the Loop) at 11:45 a.m. and at Publix on Partin Settlement Road, in St. Cloud at 12:15 p.m.. Also, at Senior Friends/H2U, Kissimmee, at 12:45 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and price includes: transportation, $25 free play and a $5 meal voucher, plus drawings for cash and prizes. Guests are invited to enjoy the Hard Rock from 2 to 7 p.m. For reservations; call Irene at 407-738-5300. Transitions in Care Those who care for a loved one suffering from Alzheimers Disease or age related dementia often reach the point when the needs of their loved one surpass their capabilities as a caregiver. When it is time to take the next step? The East Central Florida Memory Clinic will address the issue with Transitions in Care When to Take the Next Steps in Caring for a Family Member with Dementia. The class is free and geared toward the family caregiver. It will be Sept. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. and will be at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. For more information, call 321-768-9575, Ext. 5.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 2012-13 tournament schedule is Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Feb. 9, 2013, March 9, 2013 and April 13, 2013. Members of the National Horseshore Pitchers Association (NHPA) and of the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association (FLSHPA) can qualify to pitch at the tournaments. Tournament director Vickie Marteney may be contacted at 321-2971802. More information is available at the NHPA website. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom at 321-443-6871.Elvis impersonatorElvis impersonator Peter Alden will appear at American Legion Post 10 (200 Lakeshore Dr., Kissimmee) Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Non-members are welcome. Contact Shirley at 407-922-4502 for mor e information.St. Cloud Senior CenterMonday night: social Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. There is a lall year on Mondays, but is ubject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $3 per person is requested. Saturday Night: Country Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. There are live bands November through April. A donation of $3 per person is requested. Other months, the music will be by a DJ and admission is free All ages are welcome. Line dancing: Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. Lessons and open dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. A $2 donation is requested. The instructor is Gail Smith, 407-408-5039.The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War meets at the Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month except for January and July. In those months, the group meets on the second Saturday. For more information, visit http:// www.c4dofsuvcw.org/camp4officers.htmlHeel and Toe Western Square DanceCome dance with Heel and Toe Western Square Dance Club Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Annex, 702 Indiana Ave., St. Cloud. Admission is $5 per person. No experience is needed. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome. Call Paul and Ellen at 407-931-1688 for more information. School supplies driveRobert Rosen, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Kissimmee, is supporting Education Foundation of Osceola County by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive. Local residents and businesses may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The items needed for the school supply drive include: Crayons, pencils, markers, erasers, paper, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue, backpacks, lunch boxes and more. The branch address is 109 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee.Voices for Children golfThe Voices for Osceolas Children See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comPractice makes perfect Gateway Baptist Church is holding a health fair Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all residents in the surrounding area in the educational building, 2601 Partin Settlement Road,Health fairCOMMUNITYCOMMUNITY Whats happening? News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan A team of Kissimmee Police Department officers makes entry following a simulated shooting incident during one of many themed simulations run by the department Tuesday at the Cornerstone Church on Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. KPD arranges these live-action training sessions to review tactics, build teamwork and learn techniques that could be essential should such a situation arise in reality. Photos/Osceola County Animal ControlJ. J ., t op, is a y oung, m ale, r ed and white cocker s paniel, who is about 4 -years-old. S helter staff named J.J. a fter a M agic basketball player because he is active, outgoing and he loves to play b all. J.J. is lost, and he has been at t he O sceola County A nimal Shelter awhile, so it is time for him to f ind a permanent family. If y ou are interested in J.J., stop by t he s helter. His identification number is A 153659. Raina is a female 3 -year old black a nd t an m iniature pinscher/mixed breed dog. Raina, bottom, was given up by her owner who c ould no longer a fford to take care of her. Raina has a wonderful disposition, she is friendly and social, housebroken and s he walks nicely on a lease. She has b een s payed, so s he c ould go home with y ou today. If you are interested in Raina stop by the shelter and visit with her. Rainas identification number is dog No. A153753. T he s helter is at 3910 O ld Canoe Creek Road in S t. Cloud. To f ind out what animals are available, c heck the O sceola County A nimal Control website at www.osceola.org/go/pets If y ou are interested in adopting any of the animals, k eep in m ind t hat t he animals stay at t he s helter is extremely limited. T he s helters adoption v iewing area will close at 4:45 p.m. M onday through Friday and at 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays. A ll animals are s payed and neutered before leaving A nimal Control. The adoption f ee is $60 for a dog and $50 for a cat. For more information, c all 407-742-8000 Take me home See Community, page B-5
Saturday, September 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 organization will hold its Mini Golf Day honoring foster families Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 5 p.m. at Congo River Golf, 4777 W. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. Food, entertainment, face painting and prizes are part of the fun. The organization supports children in need. Sponsors are needed. For information, call Kathy Wandel at 407-346-0550 or email kathyHwandel@yahoo.com.Holy Redeemer SchoolHoly Redeemer Catholic School PTO, 1800 W. Columbia Ave., Kissimmee, is hosting its second annual Crusin for the Classroom car and motorcycle show Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A display of cars and motorcycles, a pig roast, beverages, kids games and raffles are part of the event, which will be held on the soccer field. Proceeds will benefit studentused technology. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call Debbie Gum at 407-5074122 or email jmjdebbiegum@ gmail.com.Al-Anon meetingsSt. Cloud Al-Anon meetings are Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at 16 E. 17th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-346-7103 fo r more information.Osceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twice-monthly meetings. The club will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Osceola Center for the Arts in the Edward Moore Studio at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ackyi7.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 pool; Wings 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, Auxiliary, Riders, or Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call the Post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-5721261. Post 80 and Auxiliary Unit 80 are located at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud. 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 Thursday. 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 407873-1067 or email bossn1@ cfl.rr.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, 407-8468532, from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month. Good Samaritan Village Friendship Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee, 407933-3246, 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, 407-957-7392, the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon.Osceola Republican PartyThe Osceola Republican Party meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 804 Emmett St. at 7 p.m. For more information call 407-846-8889.English Country Dance ClubThe English Country Dance Club meets every second Saturday year round at the St. Cloud Senior Citizens Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn to dance early English style dances, no partner is needed, and beginners are welcome. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a snack to share. For more information call Diana Kehr at 407-847-6055. Ronald Reagan Republican Gun ClubThe Ronald Reagan Conservative Spirit of Republican Gun Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, 5310 Michigan Ave, in St. Cloud. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.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.Travel ClubThe Ahoy! Carefree Travel Club meets every first and third Monday at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. There is cruise information from noon to 1 p.m. and discussed from 1 to 3 p.m. are one-day trips, three-day trips or longer. For more information, call Donna Parkins, president, at 772-539-0088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.St. Cloud Senior 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 Christ-centered 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 407-846-2848. 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, call Madame Wu at 407-7387001. League looking for MarinesThe Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1092 is requesting all Marines join the group. The league does a variety of things including: sends care boxes overseas, memorials, parades, has scholarship programs, works with veterans, has a color guard and holds Toys for Tots drives. It meets the fourth Thursday of the month at the VFW in St. Cloud. It has a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. every second Saturday of the month at the VFW to support the league. For more information, call Jim Underwood at 863-4961107 of the VFW at 407-8926761.Ministry medical clinicThe Osceola Christian Ministry at 700 Union St., Kissimmee, offers a medical clinic most Thursday mornings. It serves the uninsured and people with a family income at or below the 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 9 a.m. and it can serve eight to nine people. It also has a Tuesday afternoon clinic once a month, which serves adults only. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. To confirm the hours for either clinic for the week, call 407944-9968 for the correct information. 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 407742-6656 or linder.snider@ gal.fl.gov.Sons of Italy 2523The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join. It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. For more information, contact lodge president Gertrude Dorries at 321-2866787 for more information.American Legion Post 10 eventsThe American Legion of Kissimmee Post 10 is having the following events: Friday: Bingo at 5:30 p.m.; seafood dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday: dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; dancing at 7 p.m Sunday: bingo at 4 p.m. Tuesday: karaoke from noon to 4 p.m.; bean bag first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, call the post at 407-847-4193 or Frank Rohman at 407-9222019.Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.Hospice offers bereavement groupsNonprofit Cornerstone Hospice has announced three bereavement support groups in Osceola County for people who have e xperienced the recent loss of a loved one. The groups are completely free and the only requirement is to call ahead of time to preregister. They are: Mondays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. The first Thursday of the month (Spanish speaking support group) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Porta Coeli Funeral Home, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee 34743 Call Claudia Swonger to pre-register for any of these three groups at 407-2062273.GermanAmerican ClubThe Osceola GermanAmerican Club of Kissimmee/ St. Cloud meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at The Elks Club on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. The club consists of people who were born in Germany or who are of German descent or just have an interest in socializing with German people. For more information, call Kay Cushing at 407-931-1645.IOOF to meetThe Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Cloud Lodge No. 66, 1122 New York Ave., St. Cloud, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. For more information, call 407-891-0773 or 321-7223381. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.Lodge No. 80 F&AMThe Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 F&AM meets the first and third Monday of each month. There is a social at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. The lodge is at 321 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, contact the secretary, Johnny Brock, at 321-624-2682 or email email@example.com .Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen is a nonprofit ministry that serves a free hot meal every Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church on Ohio St. in St. Cloud. The ministry is in its 12th year of serving a free hot mealto t he homeless, l owincome and lonely elderly residents every Sunday of the year. It also, on occasion, will have clothing, toiletry bags, holiday gift bags and brown lunch bags to take. Anyone who wants to be a part of the ministry or for more information, c ontact Carol Boroski at 407-957-9839. Orange Blossom Alcoholics AnonymousThe Osceola Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup Office carries all the literature and books that are available for the AA groups here in the county to buy and use. It also maintains a 24-hour phone line. Anyone who wants help with a drinking problem can call a 24-hour line at 407-870-8282. Callers can find where the nearest meeting is. There are no dues or fees.The Ohio, KY and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and M ichigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a potluck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-8917396.Overeaters AnonymousOvereaters A nonymous, CommunityContinued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 Placing a classified adin the Osceola News-Gazette hasnever been easier!Visitwww.adsinthesun.comto place your ad today!Best classified ads under the Sunfirstname.lastname@example.org Church Street Kissimmee, FL 407-846-7600
Page B6, fellowship for those recovering from compulsive eating, meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Call 321-443-2362 or visit www.oacfi.org for more information.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.Hospice volunteers neededVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the Central Florida area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide r elief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. For more information, call 407-691-4541 or email central.floridavolunteers @vitas.com. Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older are invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. For more information, call Phyllis Brannaman at 407847-2744. Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends meets the third Tuesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members are welcome. The Osceola Friends Board of Directors meet bi-monthly at a time and place to be announced. New members are welcome. The West Osceola Friends Board of Directors meet quarterly. The time and place will be announced. The St. Cloud Friends meet the third Thursday each month at 11 a.m. following the Book Club. New members are welcome. The Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a potluck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-891 7396.St. Cloud Shuffleboard ClubPractice at the St. Cloud shuffleboard courts, 701 Ohio St. St. Cloud, is 8:30 to 10 :30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Games are at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 407-498-0603. Leave a message if there is no answer. Duplicate Bridge: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.Contact Jim Davis by calling 407-348-4399. Euchre:Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kevin Fryback at 321 624-4546. Pinochle: Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Contact Bobbi Clement by calling 407-892-2749. Cribbage: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Dave Roberts by calling 407-892-2087. Mahjong: Tuesday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Contact Louise Owens by calling 407957-8733. Club dues are free for the first year and then its $20 per year. It covers all shuffling and card games. Confederate Dames to meetThe Osceola Confederate Dames No. 2684 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Monday night of each month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. a nd a re at t he Osceola County Sheriffs Community Room. Membership is open to females age 16 years and older with documentation of an ancestor who served in or provided material aid to the Confederate Army. For more information, call 407-361-0984.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.Music, dancing eventThere will be live classic country music and some 1950s rock and roll, dancing and some line dancing Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. There is no admittance fee but there will be 50/50 tickets sold to help support the effort. Bring a covered dish or snack to be part of the meals at break time. For more information, call 407-892-3335.FWA Osceola Writers GroupAnyone writing a book, screenplay or short story that needs help with craft or publication can join One Word at a Time, a diverse group of published and aspiring authors from many genres. The group offers education, critique, networking and support to adult fiction writers. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susans Courtside Cafe, 18 Orlando Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at flenviro@ gmail.com. Also visit the Florida Writers Association website for a link blog www.floridawriters. Click on Groups/Central Florida/ Osceola Group.Grief and loss support Cornerstone Hospice invites people to find peace while grieving. This group is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. The group meets from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays at Good Samaritan Village Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee. The group meets Tuesday at the Osceola Cancer Center, 737 W. Oak St., Kissimmee, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Claudia Swonger, bereavement counselor, at 407-2062273.Council zumba classThe Osceola County Council on Aging is offering two weekly zumba classes at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The first class is for seniors and is every Friday from 9-10 a.m. The cost of each class is $3. The second class is held Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The cost for the second class is $5. Individuals interested in participating or for more information, call 407-847-2144. St. Cloud Friends of the LibraryThe Friends of the St. Cloud Branch Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon on the upper level of the library. The main purpose is to promote the library. It also has a St. Cloud Book Club that meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Thats located at U.S. Highway 192 and Indiana Street in St. Cloud. If you are interested in reading good books and meeting interesting people, come join the group.Bible study groupUniversal Circle Of Light Learning Center, 4275 Neptune Road, St. Cloud, has a group that meets every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. According to a center press release, it believes that it is Gods will that every individual should live a healthy, happy and prosperous life and it teaches how to achieve such a life. For more information, contact Rev. Lottie Clodfelter at 407-729-0798 or Patricia Lewis at 407-7293330.Daughters of the ConfederacyUnited Daughters of the Confederacy Osceola Confederate Dames Chapter 2684 meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The group is a historical, benevolent, educational, patriotic and memorial organization of ladies with Confederate ancestors. Any interested women with such ancestors who would like to attend a meeting or for more information can call 407-361-0984.VITAS needs volunteersVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or e-mail central.floridavolun teers @vitas.com for more information.St. Cloud Masonic LodgeSt. Cloud Lodge No. 221 F & A.M. hosts stated communications on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or email yeggp@ aol.com.Toastmaster ClubThe OSCAR Toastmaster Club is inviting the public to improve and polish their speaking skills and make new friends at the same time. It is not necessary to be a Realtor. It meets every Monday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Osceola County Association of Realtors Building at 1105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. Call Betty at 407-846-4500 or just walk in. Lodge 221 F&A.M. meetingSt. Cloud Lodge 221 F&A.M. holds stated communications on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412. In Step with the SpiritThe In Step With the Spirit organization, a Christ-centered recovery group for alcohol and drugs, meets 6:30 to 7:30 Thursdays at the Osceola Christian Ministry Center, 700 Union St., Kissimmee. For more information, call Richard Burton at 407-9449968.CommunityContinued from Page B-5 YES! 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