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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Lifestyles Editor Pete Covino reviews Good Evening, a movie about Alfred Hitchcock... Page B-1Lifestyles Osceola County boys basketball preview... Page A-6Sports 116TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS DECEMBER 8, 2012 CommunityFor the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-4 Woman missing againAn Osceola County disabled woman is missing for the second time in two months, according to the Sheriffs Office. See page A-5 Police urging residents to participate in Project Blue LightThe department is asking all residents to place a blue light in a window of their home from now until New Years Day to show support for those officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to work keeping A mericas streets safe. See page A-5 Police Index KissimmeePa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A6, Sp or ts Pa ge B4, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest yles Pa ge A5, Local ne ws Pa ge C1, Classi ed Pa ge C3, L egals Do you think this the state of Florida should ban texting and driving? Yes, its dangerous. No, thats too much government. Im not sure yet. I dont have an opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Dec. 1 Question of the week: Do you think this time of year should be referred to as the Christmas season or holiday season? Christmas season. 97.1% Holiday season. 1.6% It doesnt matter. 1.3% Im not sure. 0% By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter A fifth-grade class at East Lake Elementary School in Kissimmee has become the first classroom in Osceola County to offer iPads to every student as part of the educational experience. Students in co-teachers Elizabeth Colon and Shannon Johnsons exceptional student education class use the iPads for all subjects, manipulating applications to cater to each students individual learning style. I like to use the Pages (app) to make charts and Keynotes to make presentations, Sonia Jacob said. Sonias mother, Cini George, is pleased with the progress shes seen her daughter make since the iPads were introduced to the class about a month ago. Her knowledge improved and thats the best thing, George said. Shes faster than before, her learning capacities improved and her grades. Jacobs teacher, Elizabeth Colon, has seen her students change over the past month as they embraced the technology. Its amazing. Ive seen a huge change in behavior and their focus. The productivity has increased tremendously, she said. What theyre exposed to right now is very different than what I was exposed to. They live in a digital world. Theyre natives in this. As part of the schools three-point plan which also includes academics and the arts technology was a huge part of the campus when it opened two years ago. Principal Stacy Burdette has maintained the number of desktop and laptop computers the school began with but decided to implement the handheld tablets as part of the schools iConnect program because the students are the future of the community. We want to speed up the process of getting kids to technology, Burdette said, adding the tablets are equipment with applications companies say educators are falling down on teaching. S he defended providing expensive handheld technology to elementary school students. When we look at our kids, we see the future, Burdette said. Were not willing to wait to see if theyre putting it in the Elementary school setting the bar by giving students iPads in class News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanFrom left, East Lake Elementary students Anthony Barrantes, Madalyn Sisko and Alexis Chodan crowd around kindergarten teacher Stacy Johnson as she flips through images created by her class on an iPad tablet computer. Johnsons students, who have had access to the iPad during class for approximately one month, use the touch screen device to write letters and take photographs that support the curriculum. Osceola County Sheriffs detectives are still searching for two at large suspects who purposely rammed a deputys vehicle while fleeing a retail theft, and are asking for the publics help in locating the fleeing male and female. On Tuesday at approximately 5:10 p.m., deputies responded to Walmart at 3250 Vineland Road in Kissimmee after store security had contacted law enforcement in reference to a retail theft. While on scene, a deputy was told a male suspect was still inside the store heading toward the garden section. Several minutes later, the deputy saw Walmart security following the male suspect out of the garden center. The male suspect was observed climbing into the back seat of a red Ford Taurus with Florida license plate 792 YKZ. As the deputy approached the vehicle, coming from the opposite direction, he activated his emergency lights and siren. The female driver of the vehicle saw the deputy and intenPolice newsSuspects sought who rammed deputys vehicle See iPads, page A-3 See Police, page A-2Santa Claus is coming to Kissimmee. The city of Kissimmee and Kissimmee Main Street are partnering today for the annual Festival of Lights Parade through downtown including entertainment, a tree lighting and a snowfall. There will be live entertainment and caroling by several local groups including The Mistletones, Santas Sisters, The Carolers and the Caroling Kids. Families and residents of all ages can enjoy some great performances and food as well as a snow fall at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and light up the night sky as floats decorated by local businesses, schools, organizations and agencies trek through downtown. Follow the parade to the Kissimmee Police Department for the lighting of the downtown Kissimmee Christmas tree where Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting from the North Pole. Children are encouraged to bring their holiday wish list for a meet and greet with the jolly old elf from 5 to 6:30 p.m.Kissimmee Festival of Lights parade set for today By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Kissimmee resident Todd Casidy and his wife Amy are vigilant when it comes to their neighborhood. Empty homes dot their block off Mill Slough Road, so they keep an eye out to watch for anybody who doesnt look to belong or fit in. So when a van was parked on the side of the roadway in the oncoming direction near the house next door around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, the couple thought nothing of calling the Kissimmee Police Department, and Todd felt at ease going outside his door to get a better look. What happened next isnt condoned by police, but earned Todd Casidy a Citizens Award from the city for coming to the aid of the responding officer, who struggled with a burly, violent suspect who was clearly under the influence.Kissimmee resident earns Citizens Award by coming to the aid of struggling police officer News-Gazette Photo/Ken JacksonKissimmee resident Todd Casidy was given the Citizens Award by the city for coming to the aid of a police officer who was struggling with a violent suspect on Oct. 9. From left are: Officer Shannon Dore, Police Chief Lee Massie, Mayor Jim Swan, Casidy and his son, Christian Casidy. See A ward, page A-2 Paneto
Page A2, tionally struck the front of his car before making a U-turn and driving towards Poinciana Boulevard. Although the deputy was not injured, there was extensive damage to the vehicle, police said. The deputy continued to follow the red Taurus northbound on State Road 535 and eventually onto State Road 417 before pulling off to the side due to the earlier car damage. The deputy observed the red Taurus driving in the wrong direction on S.R. 417 and hit the drivers side mirror of a car that swerved to get out of its way. Further investigation revealed the license plate on the suspects vehicle had been reported stolen out of Volusia County in early September. Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriffs Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000. Casidy was presented the award at Tuesdays City Commission meeting. Mr. Casidy did not hesitate to assist the police officer despite the personal risks that were involved, Police Chief Lee Massie said. Mr. Casidys actions are noteworthy and reflect the true spirit of citizenship in our community. Officer Shannon Dore was called to the scene that night and arrived alone; generally one officer will be sent to investigate a suspicious vehicle. The suspect, who had been sitting in the drivers seat, quickly exited the van. Dore quickly surmised he was likely intoxicated and tried to block his path, but the suspect began pushing Dore toward the roadway by driving his shoulder into her chest. Casidy said he heard Dores commands, and saw the suspect was not complying, so he came over to assist. Dore, who stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall but is s lender, and Casidy, who is close to 6 feet and of average build, eventually each subdued one of the suspects arms, but not before he nearly dragged both of them into Mill Slough Road. Dore said in her statement that she would not have been able to restrain the suspect and keep him from walking into traffic in his intoxicated state without Casidys timely help. I didnt know he was there until he came up to help. Thats not something wed ask the public to do, but in that situation Im grateful he stepped up and helped, she said. I was doing my best to keep both of us out of the road. Casidy said the urge to help out became stronger when he saw Dore go for her Taser gun and it failed to fire. He was a stocky guy, and I didnt want her to get hurt. I just could see she needed help, he said. We got him on the ground and each pinned an arm. The suspect, Loogens Victor, 28, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, resisting with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. The incident made for an uneasy rest of the night, he said. Holding a pen to write his police statement was even difficult, so he gave the pen to his wife, Amy Casidy. I was his backup, she said. He told me what to write and I did that. Todd Casidy said he knows better than to interfere in police business, but acted strictly in the name of safety. I would never get involved in a controlled situation, but I saw this heading out of control, Casidy said. I just did what any of my friends or family would do. In the city of Kissimmees presentation, it noted that Casidys actions are noteworthy and reflect the true spirit of c itizenship in ou r community. When he got a call asking if he was available at City Hall for the Tuesday meeting, he got concerned, and when he realized the city would be awarding him, he was honored but a bit floored. I didnt expect anything in return. I just wanted to help out, he said. Award Continued from Page A-1 PoliceContinued from Page A-1 Suspect 120812.TNG 120612.TNG Live to a Healthy 100.org AroundOsceola.com Live to a Healthy 100.org AroundOsceola.com 120812.SNG
Saturday, December 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 high schools. Were starting now. That includes the youngest students at the school, the five and six-year-olds that fill the kindergarten classes. Stacy Johnson rotates 18 students three times a day as part of her science block, integrating her classrooms iPad for lessons on letters and animal coverings such as feathers, fur and scales. Anything I can give them thats hands-on has definitely increased their knowledge and enthusiasm, Johnson said. They already know how to do it and they arent afraid of it. Im more intimidated by this than they are, probably because I know how much it costs. Johnson is currently using the iPad to film her students singing the alphabet and using Wikki Stix wax-covered yarn to create letters. She plans to use the movie for parent-teacher days, presentations and on the schools website. Johnson wants parents to see the benefits of such technology for their students. They embrace it much easier than we (adults) do, she said, adding the teachers undergo training for grade-appropriate learning. If they dont learn it now, theyre already behind, I feel. Assistant principal Audie Confessor said students with the technology in their classrooms have increased their academic engagement and decreased behavioral issues. The school continues to work with the community to raise funds for the iPads with Technology Days. The school received a $2,820 donation Thursday from Mullinax Ford in Kissimmee after the dealership and school participated Oct. 6 in the Drive One 4 Ur Community program. The program g ave the school $20 for every test drive taken during the event at the schools campus, with 141 faculty and parents participating. When this opportunity came up, it was a perfect fit, Chris Baron, Mullinax general manager said, adding technology has improved so greatly that the dealership offers bi-weekly training classes for customers needing help with the gadgets in their new vehicles. Thats the biggest problem. Its an issue Burdette hopes her students wont encounter because of the technology they were exposed to in elementary school and throughout their academic career. We opened this school with a lot of technology but in order to move our students forward, its not the same as having your own tablet, she said. We needed to move to one-to-one. iPadsContinued from Page A-1 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanEast Lake Elementary fifth-grade teacher Shannon Johnson, right, instructs her students on how to construct a presentation using Apples Keynote, software included on each students iPad tablet computer. Contact Fallan Patterson at 321-402-0434 or by email at fpatterson@osceolanews gazette.com. Call Today! 407-931-3800www.butlermortgage.com 100612.SNG HOWARD ChHANIN HARRY URBAN Diane Kuiper Stuart Adkins Regina Brady Sabrina Stewart Lori Smith Julie Chavel Judy Epley Eva Krawczyk Barbara Bowling Chris Urban Miguel Zavala Horacio ToledoNMLS#204032 DIdD YOU KNOW... HARP 2.0Renance even if you are underwater.FHA Streamline RenanceEasily renance FHA loans into a much lower payment.VA IRRRLsThe VA has made this easy for veterans. Butler Mortgage is helping Osceola County recover by becoming experts in programs that will save you money and make you a homeowner again. Call us to discuss how you can become a proud homeowner once again.Cassie Fiorelli Anitia MillerNew possibilities for home ownership after a foreclosure or Short Sale. 112212.TNG 120812.SNG9500 sq. feet of... 407-507-3947 PUBLIC AUCTION Furniture for every room in the house CONSIGNORS WEL c C OME8 am 6 pm, Mon.-Fri. We Buy Estates & Liquidation 120612.TNG FAMILY DENTISTRY 2618 13TH ST., ST. CLOUD, FLL 34769 directly across from Kentucky Fried Chicken & Dairy Queen Dr. Lizette Morad really cares!Call Today For Your Appointment 407-957-5344 Lizette M. Morad, D.M.D041412.SNG Restore YOU rR SmileLady Dentistwith the gentle touch of a
Page A4, Through all of the changes American society has undergone over the past century, there remains one tradition that perseveres, especially in small and medium-sized communities like Kissimmee and St. Cloud. That is Friday night high school football. Osceola Highs Kowboys, as they so often have been in the past, have been sensational this football season, stringing together 13 consecutive victories through Friday nights state semifinal game against Tallahassee Lincoln. The winner of Fridays game will play for the Class 7A state championship next week at the Citrus Bowl. High school football teams have the unique ability to bring together all age and demographic groups for one night per week in the fall. Grandparents, parents and children have a common interest and a rallying point; and as good teams such as Osceola venture far into the playoffs, excitement builds among the student body and the alums alike. As the team wins each playoff game, more fans turn out the following week to enjoy the excitement and to bond again with former classmates and teammates. Osceolas proud football tradition (one state championship and playoff appearances in 12 of the past 14 years) lends a big boost to student and community pride. While this is Osceola Highs time to shine, several other local football teams enjoyed success this season. Harmony High overcame a 0-5 start to win four of its last five regular season games and earn a playoff berth. It was a remarkable example of resilience and determination that Longhorns fans can take pride in. Gateway High had its best season ever with seven victories and a bowl game appearance. Gateway students are to be commended for packing the stands for most of the teams games and showing great enthusiasm and pride for their school. While Osceola Countys seven public high school football programs are rivals, all of those players, their coaches and the many volunteers who support those teams, deserve the communitys thanks for their hard work and for continuing a great American tradition. Submit letters to the editor to Osceola NewsGazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. All letters should be no more than 500 words and should include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. Letters to the editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. They also may be published in other Florida Sun Publications, including on the News-Gazette website. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Florida politics is full of ironies and unintended consequences. So its not surprising that a big tactical shift made by mostly Old South Democrats a halfcentury ago will help Republican Rick Scott, one of the nations least-popular governors, keep his job in two years. Despite dismal poll numbers, Scott has a lot going for him in 2014. First, the best advantage anyone can have is incumbency. Governors make news just by showing up. Their policies can be spun into bumper stickers and campaign ads; any dissent within their parties is politely snuffed; and, best of all, the smart money flows their way. Scott has all of those advantages -not even counting his personal wealth, which financed his rookie campaign with more than $70 million. His Lets Get to Work re-election fund already has more than $5 million, with lots more to come. His message will be the same as it was in 2010 -jobs. In his first two years as governor, Scott has been stamping out the corporate income tax, deepening Florida ports, cutting regulation on businesses and concentrating the states education policies in STEM areas -science, technology, engineering and math -that hes convinced will make Florida, in his oft-used term, the number-one place in the world to do business. His first day in office, he put the states jet and two old prop-driven planes on the auction block. He has reduced the size of the state workforce, advocated (but not produced) an Arizona-style immigration law, linked teachers jobs and raises to student test sores and signed laws requiring drug testing of state employees and welfare recipients. Hes made employees chip into the government pension pot, as workers in the private sector pay for theirs, and has seen unemployment drop from 11.1 to about 8 percent. Scott managed to contain his enthusiasm for Mitt Romney and kept his own hands clean while the Republican Party of Florida called for the ouster of three Florida Supreme Court justices last month. He also didnt go out on any limbs for the ill-fated constitutional amendments on the ballot. Last week, he came up with his $10,000 tuition plan for state colleges to find ways to hold down costs and crank out graduates with job-related skills. Democrats and the teacher unions (pardon the redundancy) sneered at the Wal-Martization of education, but they would deride anything Scott advocates. What theyre overlooking is, Wal-Mart works. Like it or not, it does what it sets out to do. OK, under Scotts $10K collegiate plan, the students dont come out quoting Balzac and Shakespeare and all those other highfalutin Greeks. But if youre a working family worrying how to put two kids through college, Stanford and Dartmouth might not be on your shopping list. The community college on Aisle 4 looks a whole lot better than nothing. Imagine these things in a re-election campaign ad: He sold off the state jet (visual of a big executive plane, not the little eight-seater they actually got rid of) He cut bureaucracy and taxes and made government workers pay for their pensions (on-screen shot of briefcasetoting bureaucrats leaving the Capitol) He promoted school choice and put college within reach of working families (montage of Scott visiting schools) He worked all his life and knows what makes success (video of Scotts monthly work days) He made the Legislature address education reform and clean up its ethics (shots from State of the State speeches, or having intense conversation with lawmakers). The Democrats just carried the state for President Obama and made major gains in Congress, while picking up seats in the Legislature. But their best bet for governor is a retread Republican, Charlie Crist, who isnt even officially a Democrat yet. And when the Democrats get a nominee, what do they promise? To restore corporate taxes, eliminate drug testing and pension payments for public employees? Maybe not make college cheaper? It wont be easy for Scott in 2014, but the sixth year of a presidents term is always bad for his party. About a half-century ago, when Democrats ran Tallahassee, governors and Cabinet officers didnt like sharing the ballot with liberal (by Southern standards) presidents like Kennedy and Johnson. So they gave everybody two-year terms in 1964 and let them run again in 1966 for four. Gov. Haydon Burns got defeated, but the off-year cycle was set. Govs. Claude Kirk (1966), Reubin Askew (1974), Bob Graham (1982), Lawton Chiles (1990), Jeb Bush (2002) and Scott were elected or re-elected in non-presidential years, when the party in the White House took a bath. Chiles and Crist bucked that trend, winning in years their parties lost significant House seats in Washington, but they had weakened opponents. The Democrats arent dead. Maybe Obamas second term will defy all odds, and hell be wildly popular in the midterms. Maybe Scotts popularity will remain low. But if timing is everything in politics, he certainly has that on his side. Bill Cotterell is a retired Capitol reporter who worked for United Press International and the Tallahassee Democrat. He can be contacted at email@example.com.OPINION OPINION Our View Got a gripe? Continuing a great American traditionYoung people are not exactly renowned for their judgment. We are, after all, talking about an age group that has to be told it is a bad idea to text while doing 70. Or drink alcohol till it spews from your nostrils. Or wear a T-shirt and flip-flops to interview for the office job. So no, judgment is not their forte. Yet even they have enough sense to steer clear of the gun dorm. You havent heard about the gun dorm? Well, back in August, the University of Colorado announced it was segregating students with valid concealed-carry permits in dorms of their own on its campuses in Boulder and Colorado Springs. This, after the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that struck down the schools ban on people bringing guns on campus. So now, a student 21 years or older who has a permit may be armed in the dorm or even in class, though not, for some reason, at a school event requiring a ticket. Recently, the Denver Post decided to count the number of young gunslingers who wanted to live among their own. How many kids had rushed to take advantage of this opportunity? Lets just say there is not a waiting list. The Post reports the number of kids who opted for the gun dorm is zero. A big, fat goose egg. The paper speculated on a few reasons for this: maybe there are not enough students with carry permits who live on campus; maybe students with such permits find it more convenient just to sneak their guns into the old dorm. OK. But isnt it also possible at least some of this preference for unleaded dorms reflects a happy outbreak of simple sanity? Is it too much to hope at least some students recognize -as the court did not -that an environment full of immature judgment, poor impulse control, overactive hormones, sexual rivalries, drug use and binge drinking is perhaps, not the best place to introduce weapons of mass destruction? One keeps thinking that surely there has to be some middle ground that balances the rights of responsible adults to own firearms, with the need of a society to ensure that people who ought not have access to them are denied. But we will never get there so long as the debate is dominated by the sort of extremism Colorado exemplifies. As has happened with conservatism generally, the gun rights movement has lurched hard to the right in recent years, has alienated reason, ostracized compromise and fetishized guns and gun ownership to a point that seems psychologically unhealthy. What was once a campaign to ensure the right of people to bear arms has mutated into a campaign to ensure guns at all times for everybody everywhere and to smack down those who would seek to ban them, even from places where banning them makes obvious sense. In Georgia, for instance, theyve been arguing over whether or not to allow guns in churches. In Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, you can bring a gun into a bar. And now, in Colorado, where a deranged man shot up a movie theater in July, and two disaffected teenagers broke the nations heart with a 1999 massacre at their high school, they say its OK to bring guns into the dorm. An armed citizenry will help deter crime, goes the thinking. As if we were all living on the set of some old TV western. But this is not Bonanza. This is a nation where shell casings crunch underfoot, children and the mentally ill have guns, and there have been, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 60 mass shootings just since the attack on Gabrielle Giffords in 2011. You do not solve a problem of too many guns in the wrong hands with a policy of guns at all times for everybody, everywhere. Maybe thats the message of the empty gun dorm. And that suggests pretty good judgment after all. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their view 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 email@example.com. 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. 93 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 In Colorado, empty gun dorm sends a message Guest columnA modest tip: Dont bet against Scott in 2014 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, faxed to 407-846-8516 or sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Handwritten listings on scraps of paper will not be accepted. The deadline for Thursdays edition is Monday at 5 p.m. For Saturdays edition, its Wednesday at 5 p.m. If any current community events have to be canceled or changed, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Bill CotterellFlorida Voices
Saturday, December 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 The Kissimmee Police Department is encouraging residents to participate in project Blue Light while decorating their homes for the holidays. The department is asking all residents to place a blue light in a window of their home from now until New Years Day to show support for those officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to work keeping Americas streets safe. By placing a blue light at your home, office and throughout the community, law enforcement officers will understand that the work they do daily is appreciated by the citizens they serve, spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. Police Chief Lee Massie said he wished the community a safe and happy holiday season on behalf of his department. The color blue is symbolic of peace, Massie said. By displaying your blue lights you are sending a dual message: you support Americas peacekeepers and that youre hopeful the New Year will be a year of peace. Police urging city residents to participate in Project Blue Light City of Kissimmee The Osceola News-Gazette is seeking the help of talented freelance writers in Osceola County. If you know the community, and would like to re port on events in Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana and Lake Nona and have your work featured in the pages of the Osceola News-Gazette, we would like to meet you. Our r eporting focuses mainly on community events and local businesses, but successful candidates also may be able to contribute to the sports or entertainment sections, so you should be comfortable writing about a variety of topics. Freelancers must possess a valid Florida driver license, r eliable transportation and be available to schedule assignments and deliver work on deadline. Additional skills would ideally include photography, knowledge of written Associated Press style and an outgoing, friendly and professional attitude when conducting business. If interested, submit a re sume and samples of any published writing experience you have c/o Editor Brian McBride, Osceola News-Gazette 108 Church St. Kissimmee, FL 34741 or email to bmcbride@ osceolanewsgazette.com. For more information, call McBride at 321-402-0436. Want to be a freelance writer for the Gazette?An Osceola County disabled woman is missing for the second time in two months, according to the Sheriffs Office. Osceol a County Sher iffs detectives need the publics help in locating Marisa Paneto, 45. Shes also known as Marisa Nicholson. She was last seen on W ednesday at approximately 10 a.m. at her r esidence located on Anzio Drive in Kissimmee. According to her family, Paneto might possibly have the early stages of dementia, police said. Paneto is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair She last went missing Nov. 1. Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriffs Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). Woman missing again Paneto 120812.SNG 120812.SNG E DAKIN AVE E SPROULE AVE PLEASANT ST PLEASANT ST S ORLANDO AVE BROADWAY AVE ST AR T EN D Ki ss im me e Ci vic Ce nt er KI SSIM ME E PO LI CE DE PA RT ME NT LI BRAR Y KI SSI MM EE CI TY HA LL COUN TY ADM INIS TR AT IV E DE PA RT ME NT COUR TH OU SE PERF OR M ANCE ARE A A NNOUNCING ST AT IO N SA NT A ME ET & GR EE T AND TR EE LI GH TI NG CE RE MO NY CHURCH ST LA KEVIEW DR EM ME TT ST E MONUMENT AVE N BEAUMONT AVE MABBETTE ST W DAKIN AVE RUBY AVE NEPTUNE RD N VERNON AVE VERONA ST N ORLANDO AVE E DRURY AVE MAPLE AVE W SPROULE AVE SU MN ER ST SUN AVE NEW YORK AVE W MONUMENT AVE N STEWART AVE LAKESHORE BLVD JOHNSTON ST BRACK ST COURTHOUSE SQ E DARLINGTON AVE SUMNER ST 20 12 FE ST IV AL OF LI GH TS PA RAD E RO UT E Thanks to our sponsors: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012 7:00 P.M. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN KISSIMMEEEntertainment and Caroling by: The Mistletones Santas Sisters The Carolers The Caroling Kids Join us for more holiday festivities at the Kissimmee Police Department building located at 8 North Stewart Avenue. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. immediately following the parade For more information, please call 407.518.2576 or visit www.kissimmeeparks.org
Page A6, S PORTS S PORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsLocal teams eye playoffsLets face the unhappy facts: There are a lot of bad bowl trips awaiting college football fans. Just look what happened to the bowl qualifiers from the Sunshine State. Florida State won the ACC championship, and for its reward it meets Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl. Northern Illinois? Shouldnt this be a September broiler, when FSU rolls in the early-season sacrificial lambs? Sure, were slighting the Huskies. They won the MAC championship, and the MAC probably is more worthy of BCS consideration than the disintegrating, reintegrating and disintegrating again Big East. Plus, the Huskies have one A keem Daniels, former OHS standout running back, in the backfield. But, still, I dont think anyone in Garnett and Gold got the pep talk of, OK guys, take care of biz in the ACC and youll get to play Northern Illinois in January! The problem for FSU is that it didnt quite take care of business. It rolled over at N.C. State before taking an embarrassing licking from Florida. Of course, what good did beating FSU, plus four BCS Top 10 teams, do for the Gators? Theyre sentenced to the Sugar Bowl against wait for it Louisville, one of several co-champs from the Big East. It is very difficult to figure out who won the Big East, primarily because, on any given day, who knows who is in the conference? Louisville wont be for long; its moving to the ACC along with Pitt and Syracuse. Rutgers is going to the Big Ten. UCF, meanwhile, is headed into the Big East, which might be its second worst move after traveling to St. Petersburg for the Beef OBradys Bowl against Ball State. Ball State is another MAC team that generally fields a very good basketball team and has a great comedian in David Letterman as an alumnus, and those pretty much are its qualifications for playing UCF in a bowl game, as far as Knights fans are concerned. It isnt just the Florida teams and their fans who got skewered by the bowl committees. Arizona State and Navy, for some reason, are meeting at the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco (good seats are available!) and Pitt, for the third straight year, got sucked into the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham. Thats what being .500 in the wretched Big East will do for you. But, there are a couple of bowl games worth the trip: LSU and Clemson at the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta is tasty, and the Cotton Bowl matchup of Oklahoma and Texas A&M looks much good. Do the Irish belong in the BCS championship game against Alabama? Why not? Sometimes, the illusion of grandeur is just as good as the real thing. There is no illusion about the Mighty News-Gazette Divine Nine. Its official. No. 1: Johnny Football, your Heisman Award winner. No. 2: Charlie Down The Hatch Batch. No. 3: The Irish. No. 4: Roll Tide. No. 5: The Falcons. No. 6: Akeem and the Huskies. No. 7: Josie and the Pussycats. No. 8: The Texans. No. 9: The Pats. To the games: Army vs. Navy (-7): Every year we enjoy the pageantry and rave about what a wonderful rivalry this is, but when will the Black Knights ever get their act together and make this thing competitive? Middies by 9. The paid professionals: N.Y. Jets (-2.5) at Jacksonville: They finally were taking the tarps off the seats in the upper deck in J-ville, but then came the word: Sanchez, not Tebow, starts at QB for the Jets. Tebowless Jets by 5. Miami at San Francisco (-10): Fins have little chance here, but at least they know who their quarterback is. Niners by 6. Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (-7): These teams also know who their quarterbacks are, which truly is tragic for the Eagles. Bucs by 8. Dallas at Cincinnati (-3): Cowboys can beat anyone in the league. Cowboys can Bowl trips that we can live without Rick PedoneSports Editor See Picks, page A-7 Boys basketball preview Sports briefs Picks of the Weak By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Orange Belt Conference defending champ Gateway Panthers will be among the teams fighting for a post-season playoff spot in 7A District 5 along with Osceola, Poinciana, Liberty, East Ridge and Lake Minneola. St. Cloud, Celebration and Harmony will try to dethrone Oak Ridge, a state finalist last season, in 7A-6. New Dimensions competes in district 3A-7, while City of Life Academy is in 2A-6. Life Academy plays an independent schedule after withdrawing from the Florida High School Athletic Association in October. Heritage Christian seeks its third consecutive berth in the Florida Christian Conference championship gameGatewayCoach Bob Baker, who won his 400 th varsity game last season, returns at Gateway with and experienced roster. We should be OK even though we are a little small, Baker said. Sharpshooting forward Felix G onzalez return s along with Geo Guzman, Justin Peters and Theo Belhomme. Belhomme is a senior and the others are juniors. Gonzales scored 37 in a win against St. Cloud last week. Newcomers i nclud e sophomore Juan Mena, and seniors Jordan Lewis and Raul Cotto. Baker also expects seniors Dimitri Jerome, David Del Santos and Teshaun Hodges to contribute. We are going to be OK with our shooting ability and quickness, plus the kids are strong competitors who work very had in practice and it carries over to game situations, Baker said. The Panthers are 5-1.OsceolaNate Alexander begins his second season as the Kowboys coach with young but talented roster, he said. Gone is four-year starting point guard Michael Sanchez, but Alexander is confident that junior Tre Perry can step in to the job. We are deep at the guard spot, Alexander said. Everyone will play and look for us to be on the gas pedal for 32 minutes straight. Junior Alain Allard, who started as a sophomore, returns at forward for the Kowboys. Seniors Alex Forde, Josh A ntoine and Johnathon Phillips also will play after playing for the unbeaten Kowboys football team. Senior Aubrey Chatham, junior Jamie Morris an d sophomore Cortez Edwards also will see action. Im really excited about the group of kids I have this year. A lot of first-time varsity starters, and they are hungry, Alexander said. There is a lot of competition in practice, and that will only make us better. Alexander calls the schedule, which includes Winter Park, Dr. Phillips, Lake Wales and Bishop Verot, in addition to the Great Florida Shootout, one of the toughest the Kowboys have played. When February comes, we should be battle tested and battle approved, he said. OHS lost its first four regular-season games including a 53-51 setback against Celebration Tuesday.CelebrationCoach Jeff Bean may have his most talented roster as the Storm seek a spot in the regional playoffs. We are returning our entire rotation plus newcomers from the JV team, Bean said. Romelo Banks, a senior 6-11 c enter, gives the Storm inside presence that few teams have. Banks signed early to the University of North Florida. Also back are seniors Kyle Arzt and Daniel Lucas, both guards, and junior guard Jhonny Victor. Junior guard Kordell Johnson and junior point guard Fernando Lucchetti also return. With Victor at 6-4 and Arzt at 6-5, the Storm have plenty of size. In addition, 6-5 sophomore forward Chris Bowman is up from the JV squad, and Billy Frazil, a senior guard, transferred from Liberty. We have the tools, and we had a good offseason, Bean said. Now we need to continue to build and get to be successful. If we can get to the level were capable of, we can have a good run. The team enjoyed one of its biggest victories in years at OHS Tuesday, 53-51, as Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left. It was a huge win for our guys. I think we have a chance to be really good if we can cut down on the lapses, Bean said.LibertyCoach Bob Lauster takes over the Chargers this season and he is encouraged by the talent he discovered at Liberty. We have a really good nucleus of great kids with good attitudes, and thats a good foundation to build on, Lauster said. Seniors Keenan Johnson, Johnathan Maldonado, Dante Andrade and Johnathan Mercado will lead the way with Rayshawn Palmer and Rickenjee Bellevue also pegged for plenty of minutes. Our offense is slowly coming along and improving daily. It will take time and patience on everyones part for our kids to fully understand the system. My coaching staff has done a great job of helping the kids along, Lauster said.HarmonyCoach Steve Smith returns to the Longhorns and is optimistic that the team will enjoy a successful season. This should be an interesting year for us. We will be a little more athletic, which means we can do a few more things. The key for us will be rebounding and defense, Smith said. Colten Viscomi, Isaiah Moser and Kevin Guevara return. With the addition of newcomers Imari Hillery and Kevion Williams, Smith said the team has goo depth. If we can hold teams in the 50s we will be very competitive with most people, Smith said. Hopefully we blend this all together quickly and have a successful year. The district will be tough with Oak Ridge still good and Celebration has their best team in a few years.St. CloudAfter leading St. Cloud into the regional playoffs last season, Coach John Jenkins had enough bad luck in the preseason to last Osceolas Alain Allard (3) takes a shot over Celebrations Johnny Victor (35) during the Storms 53-51 win over the Kowboys at the OHS gym Tuesday.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Gateway defends its OBC championshipSee Basketball, page A-7 Winners at the Partin Settlement Elementary Golf League are, top row from left: Joey Heather, Zack Frano and Lauren Christopher with Coach Robert Muzeka. Kneeling from left: Rutger Doe and Matthew Heather.Photo/Special to the News-GazetteStafon McCray at All-Star gameOsceola High running back Stafon McCray has been selected to play at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star fotball game at Sebring later this month. Those interested in sponsoring McCray, who must pay $175 to participate, may contact OHS Coach Doug Nichols at 407-5185400 or email nichold@ osceola.k12.fl.us.Osceola Youth SoftballOsceola Youth Softball will hold registration for the fall season Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Oren Brown Park, 3511 Baker Ave., Kissimmee. Registration fee is $70 for ages 10U, 14U and 18U or $40 for ages 8U. A birth certificate copy is required at registration. Come N Try Day is Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. This is an opportunity for children to try the game. No experience required. Assessment day is Jan. 26 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing hourly for each age group. For more information, call 407-288-8035.Keep Kids Safe golfThe first Keep our Kids Safe Foundation golf beneift and luncheon will be Jan. 5 at Kissimmee Bay Country Club. Keep our Kids Safe is an after school interactive program in assocation with Christians and Chaplains in Action. The fee is $75 per player, or $250 for a foursome. Luncheon tickets (1:30 p.m.) are $25, Sponsorships are available starting at $150. For for more information, contact Bill Mullin at 407-341-5380.
Saturday, December 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 GFSO field announced PicksContinued from page A-6lose to anyone in the league. Pokes by 2. Chicago (-3) at Minnesota: Two NFC North teams clawing their way out of the playoff race. Vikes by 2. Baltimore at Washington (-2.5): Can RGIII do it again? Maybe, but not this week. Ravens by 2. Houston at New England (-3.5): Patriots have t hei r orders from our very own Tom Captain Kirk, native New Englander: We will not lose again this season. Belichick agrees. Pats by 4. Brian Big Man McBrides Super Sniffer Upset Special: Cowboys by 5. Tom Captain Kirks Beam Me Up Scotty NFL Prime Time Pick of the Week: Pats by 13. Ken Jackson says: Jags by 3 in Jags Stink but Jets are from Jersey Upset Special. Last week: Gnarly Knight (8-1, 90-36) conked Crumbling Cranium (7-2, 90-36). Basketball Continued from page A-6 Brandii Walker scores 1,000thIve spent a lot of time on the water this past week. I decided to split my time between b ass fishing and spec fishing. It seems to me that lately the specs dont get active until about 8:30 a.m. Bass fishing is usually best early in the morning, right at dawn. So I would bass fish for a couple of hours and then spec fish till around noon. Just about every morning I would check different places for bass. I would usually catch three to five bass. Most of them I was catching on a Carolina Rig or a small hard jerk bait if I was around some bass that were schooling. We concentrated our spec fishing around Marker 26 and between the two big islands. We tried drifting and trolling with a Hal-Fly tipped with a minnow. Most of the specs we caught were while trolling. Eight to 10 feet of water was where we had the best luck. We normally caught about five to 10 nice specs on each outing. The other people out there who were spec fishing told me it had been a lot better before it warmed up and before the full moon came around. I havent done a whole lot of spec fishing in the past, but Ive found that its fun and relaxing. Several of the bass guides that Ive talked to say that shiner fishing for bass is improving daily. Catches of 10 to 15 bass in four hours is about normal for a half day. Some bluegills and shell crackers are still being caught, but not as many as a month ago. If you get a chance, get on the water and do some fishing; its good for the soul. Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net. You may also send fishing information and photos to email@example.com. Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Fish for bass early, go for the specs late through the entire year. Jenkins said four potential starters are out for the season because of injuries, academics or transfers. Last years leading scorer, senior Jamal Demetrius, tore knee ligaments last summer and is out. During football, senior E.J. McKenzie, the basketball teams second-leading scorer, suffered a similar injury. Fortunately, senior Eddie Sanchez is back and Jenkins said he will be the key to the Bulldogs success. We will lean heavily on his play at point guard, Jenkins, in his second season, said. Senior Ronald Johnson returns to the lineup. A bevy of newcomers will also see playing time: seniors Adeniis Rodriguez, Brandon Ceri-Rodriguez, James Clark and Rey DeJesus. Juniors Daniel Garrafa, Anthony Smith, Adreas Diaz Jason Flories and freshman Stone Gomez also will see action, Jenkins said. The Bulldogs beat Agape Christian, 60-45, in their opener.PoincianaCoach Oliver Simmons will guide the Eagles through the post-Stefan Moody era with an inexperienced roster that includes two varsity starters. Moody, a first-team all-state selection, signed with Florida Atlantic. Point guard JaQuan Flood and forward Dyland Jean Pierre return to lead a roster that has just two seniors. Still, the Eagles got off to a good start by beating New Dimensions and South Sumter to open the season. New DimensionsCoach Ben Bartlett takes over the Tigers program this season. Bartletts roster includes Jean and J.P. Cintron, Jordan Garcia, Oscar Castillo, Stone Treadwell, Terrill Williams, Jalen Reeder, Devon Pitter, Anthony Calvo, Devin Moronta, Georges Cherry, Ricardo Cruz, Dewell Puello and Roojames Belizaire. We are very young but extremely talented, Bartlett said. With the limited time that Ive had with them, they have seemed to puck up everything that Ive gone over so far. The Tigers compete in district 3A-7.Heritage ChristianThe Eagles, under Coach Jim Estrella, have b een a Florida Christian Conference powerhouse over the past several years with standout scorers Maynard Rowe and Josh Newman. The team won the FCC championship in 2011 and reached the finals last season. The team was ranked higher (No. 136) in the MaxPreps Florida standings last season than Osceola (139), and Miami Dr. Krop (138). Estrellas squad will try to maintain that standard with a mix of veterans and young players who will play an uptempo style, Estrella said. Were going to push the ball all the time, thats our game, Estrella said. Weve had a great off season. Our guys have put in the time and they are in great shape. So far, the team is playing like an experienced, veteran unit than a squad that starts two eighth graders and only one senior. If this is a rebuilding year, then give me a couple more years, Estrella said. Weve got a young lineup, but the guys are playing great. On the roster are seniors Sean Greaves and Stephen Maldonado, juniors Raymond Rodriguez, Carlos Castro, Davielle Justiniano, and sophomores Alex Tirado, Dominick Maldonado, Mark Wiley and Manny Rodriguez. Eighth graders Antonio Lloyd and Jacob Newman round out the roster. Maldonado is averaging 24 points and Newman is scoring 17 per game early in the season, while eighth-grader Antonio Lloyd has handled the point guard position. Sophomore Andre Lloyd is a forward with big ups, Estrella said, and Greaves, the only senior starter, has the experience to keep things under control. Estrella hopes for a third straight berth in t he state championship game, but rival Southland Christian and Altamonte Christian are potential roadblocks in the FCC Eastern Division, he said. My coaching staff probably has about 50 years of experience total in what we are doing, and it is really paying off, Estrella said. Our guys are learning about discipline and about playing defense, and how that pays off. The team is 4-1.Life AcademyCoach Mike Botkin, a Poinciana assistant last year, will lead the Lions this season. The roster includes seniors Zeke Cox, Nick Rodriguez and Izic Vanegas, juniors JonPaul Gonzales, Gerry Aviles and Victor Ruiz, and sophomores Chris Vanegas, Josh Escobar and Jose Ortiz. The Lions are 6-0 after an 89-24 win over Merritt Island Christian Thursday. Cox scored 24.City of LifeCoach Ron Riley, in his first season at City of Life Christian Academy, is excited about his team and the season. We have great kids who work hard, understand the game and are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful, he said. Led by senior Tyler Travelute, juniors Carlos Morales and Carleck Martin and sophomore Edesse (E.D.) Edouard, Riley believes a 2A-6 district championship is a possibility. We have good speed and quickness, our defense is improving; the players are getting better at understanding what we need to do to win games, he said. Seniors Pedro Gildalamadrid, Harold Gomez, Daniel Villa and David Villa; sophomore Julius Rivera and eighth grader Orlando Gonzalez also are on the roster. The Warriors are 3-2 after a 56-10 decision over Brevard Christian Thursday. Travelute scored 12 points for the Warriors. David Villa had 11. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Poincianas Brandii Walker scored her 1,000 th career point Monday during a 61-53 win over East Ridge. Walker, a senior, scored 24 points for the Eagles. Geraldine Navarro added 16 for the Lady Eagles, who are 9-1 overall and 5-0 against 7A District 5 competition. Walker recently signed a basketball grant during the early signing period to Southern University, along with Eagles center Tralonnie Tisdale. Poinciana, which has won six in a row, travels to Osceola Monday at 6 p.m. for a district contest that is a rematch of the Lady Eagles 58-57 win over OHS Nov. 16. Osceola has won six straight since a Thanksgiving tournament loss to Boone and brings a 9-2 record, 4-1 in the district, to Mondays game. The Lady Eagles host Harmony, 4-2, Tuesday at 6 p.m. for an Orange Belt Conference showdown. Harmony and Osceola are the co-defending OBC champions. The 32nd Great Florida Shootout boys basketball tournament returns Dec. 27-29 to the Kissimmee Civic Center. The tournament expands to 16 teams this year. For the first time, the teams will be split into two eight-team championship brackets. Osceola, Gateway and Celebration will be joined by St. Petersburg High, South Atlanta High, East Hall High from Georgia, Eustis High, St. Michaels High from Toronto, Chamberlain High, South Miami High, McEachern High from Georgia, Colonial High, Palm Bay High and Metairie Park Country Day High from Louisiana, the 2008 Shootout champion. 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Page A8, News-Gazette photos by Andrew SullivanThe St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce coordinated its annual Christmas parade through the streets of St. Cloud Dec. 1. The event, which featured more than 120 floats, schools and civic groups, began at East Lake Tohopekaliga, wound around city hall and downtown, then returned to the lakefront. Above, the citys tree and decor on and around city hall helped to set a holiday mood, despite temperatures in the 70s. Above right, Mayor Rebecca Borders helped collect food donations along the parade route. At left, 12-year-old Samantha Dombrowski walks along with Tina, a 9-month-old Golden retriever assistant dog in training. Above, the Rhapsody Baton & Dance team performs a routine at the judging station in front of St. Cloud City Hall. Below, members of the Osceola County Sheriffs Office toss candy to children lining the parade route from the back of an armored vehicle along Pennsylvania Avenue at 10th Street. Thousands of people crowded the streets of downtown St. Cloud to watch the parade and also look through the Arts and Crafts Festival, which was the same weekend.
Saturday, December 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 And The Winner Is...Home Based Business Of e Year 2012 Finalists Jim Marshall & Steven Wilderspin407-456-1369Ludlows Lawn Service was purchased by Jim Marshall and Steve Wilderspin in February 2007. Since then the company has grown steadily, increasing sales year aer year. is has been achieved through a combination of marketing, and the introduction of additional services such as pool service and screen repairs. In 2011 they replaced two vehicles and purchased an additional vehicle and in 2012 they purchased two mowers and two trailers. Constant reinvestment in the company has ensured that their employees have the equipment they require to provide the high standard of service that their company relies on. Ludlows Lawn Service has been an associate member of Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association since 2008, and joined the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber in 2012, attending the Four Corners leads Group. Clients range from Home Owners Associations to individual homeowners, and also include short and long term property managers, Realtors and banks. As they visit the property on a more regular basis, the employees are instructed to report back on any issues they see, even those not related to the service Ludlows provides. S3 Industry Corp.Joan & Eric Stump407-414-4228TCP GlobalTyler & Chantal Patton866-307-6410 120812.SNGEvery person one way or another has been a victim of cyber-crime. ese crimes range anywhere from illegal charges on their account, breeched credit card number all the way up to stolen social security numbers and identity the. According to the FBI and the Department of Justice, cyber-crime is on the rise among American businesses, and it is costing them dearly. Cyber-crime includes a myriad of devious criminal practices designed to breach a companys computer security. Large corporations have started to boost up their network security to combat this problem with solutions at a large expense. Small businesses are not immune; criminals see small businesses as an easy target and worst of all small businesses feel that they arent a target till its too late. Conventional network security is too complex and out of reach of the small and mid-range businesses. Most small businesses spend more money per year on tea and coee for their employees than they do on securing their computers and thats a big problem. S3 Industry Corp has come up with a solution that not only protects their computers and their network but also saves them a lot of money too. S3, with its unique cloud based system launched this month, oers 24/7 security features with round the clock monitoring services that is on par with the industry standards only available to large corporations. is cloud based system also includes content ltering to block specic Internet content to keep employees focused on working and not on social network sites and online shopping. S3 also oers remote IT services through the same cloud based system centralizing everything into an aordable monthly package that every small business can aord. Its all about protecting the small business and its most valuable asset, its customers. In 2001, Tyler & Chantal Patton went to tie the knot, but to their disappointment, they were unable to nd any online resources to help them plan their wedding. Tyler, being computer savvy, decided he would come up with a solution; he would create a local wedding planner website to help brides nd all the resources they needed to plan their wedding. Tyler & Chantal became a dynamic team. Tyler being the website developer and Chantal in sales, they started the Kingston Wedding Planner. As they saw the need for local companies to make their mark on the internet, they quickly grew their one local site into several wedding planners and community explore sites. Adding more and more individuals to their team, they realized that helping local companies with their websites and making an online presence was hugely satisfactory and became their passion. Today in 2012, they have grown and spread across Canada and the USA and are based out of Celebration Florida. ey enjoy serving the Kissimmee area in expanding their target audiences with tools such as inter active website designs for both computer and mobile devices, social media and their Wedding Planner and Community Explore sites. Ludlows Lawn Service
Page A10, And The Winner Is...New Business Of e Year 2012 Finalists Eduardo & Janira Colon1912 Boggy Creek Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34744407-348-1777Ever since Eduardo and Janira opened the doors of Melao Bakery in April 2009 with 1,700 square feet and 7 employees, its commitment to the community of Kissimmee and Orlando has been genuine. They recently had a growth of 6,000 square feet and now have 35 employees. Melao Bakery is committed to excellence in food and Puerto Rican confectionery. eir mission is serving the Kissimmee community with quality food and excellent customer service. Melaos vision is to celebrate Hispanic heritage and extending their cultural roots with other diverse backgrounds. e wide variety of services and excellent quality of its products make Melao Bakery a great meeting place and preferred among the thousands of customers who visit the bakery weekly. e growth in physical facilities and sta has tripled since its inception. Melao Bakery, LLC Kissimmee Medical Eye CenterDr. Ly Nguyen1523 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34744407-891-2010Rapid LubeJim Wells1444 Dyer Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34741407-518-0800120812.SNG e Kissimmee Medical Eye Center opened its doors in April of 2012. Over 3,000 square feet featuring ve exam lanes, two procedure rooms, two diagnostic rooms and a spacious lobby that highlights more than 1,000 frames, the Kissimmee Medical Eye Center is a beautiful full service ophthalmology practice and optical dispensary. Founded by internationally recognized Board Certied Ophthalmologist Dr. Ly Nguyen, this is the sister ofce to the St. Cloud Eye Center. Both locations provide advanced medical and surgical treatments from vision and medical eye exams to complex cataract surgeries and glaucoma evaluations. In addition to eye surgery, Dr. Ly Nguyen also specializes in facial rejuvenation through their in-house medical spa, Rejuve Rx. Accepting most major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid, the Kissimmee Medical Eye Center uses cutting edge equipment and medical advances that not only promise better results and diagnosis, but also offer faster exams allowing for more one on one time between the patient and the doctor. ese one on one interactions are something that Dr. Nguyen and the sta prides themselves on; as the goal of the practice is to provide excellent and informative eye care to each and every patient. To further this endeavor, the practices oer Saturday oce hours, free consultations, monthly open houses, and educational talks at locations and also local hospitals, schools, and events. Rapid Lube is a family owned and operated full service oil change business. e facility has recently been renovated with parking lot lights, landscape, new oil change bays and pits. A newly decorated lobby oers free beverages, free Wi-Fi while your car is treated to a free car wash and vacuum while you wait. e rapid lube oers the most up to date services to eliminate mold from a/c ducts, transmission ush machines and coolant refortication. Rapid Lube employees get to experience paid benets that is not available to those in this type of industry. Rapid Lube oers health insurance, vacation/sick pay, and 401K and prot sharing as well as the Pay for Grades that is oered to the employees children. Rapid Lube also oers promotional discounts for teachers and emergency service providers as well as school civic groups by donating $5.00 for each oil change done while they raise money on their property doing a car wash. Rapid Lube feels the community is very important to their business; they must be knowledgeable, courteous, and passionate about the service they provide but most of all to be respectful to every customer as they leave with the most pleasant experience ever from an oil change facility.
He is probably the best known director of all-time, responsible for some of the greatest films ever made, including Vertigo and North By Northwest, but as two recent films show, Alfred Hitchcock was not the nicest of men, particularly in his dealings with women. In the HBO film, The Girl Tippi Hedrons story about her experiences with Hitch are on full view and it is not a pretty picture. He is not quite as bad in Hitchcock, a look at his career during the filming of Psycho as portrayed by Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins is good as the Master of Suspense as in Helen Mirren, who plays his better half, and confidant, wife Alma. Take a look at the HBO take on this just to compare Hopkins performance with that ot Toby Jones, who plays Hitchcock in the HBO film. Jones seems to have a knack for being overshadowed in his screen choices. He was excellent playing Truman Copote in Infamous, but Phillips Seymour Hoffman got the Academy Award. Hitchcock is not as much the obsessive womanizer here as he is in The Girl But his reputation precedes him. 50 CENTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/icmovies Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com Hitchcock delivers a Good Evening LIFESTYLESLIFESTYLES FESTIVAL OF LIGHTSKISSIMMEE The City of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department will host the annual Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. This years theme is Let it Snow. TARANTINO MOVIESYou can celebrate the career of director/writer Quentin Tarantino with screenings of two of his biggest films at Tarantino XX, featuring Reservoir Dogs (Dec. 4) and Pulp Fiction (Dec. 6). Each night of Tarantino XX will also include a special feature covering Tarantinos 20-year career, and a selection of hand-picked movie trailers from films that inspired him as a filmmaker. The Fathom Event includes AMC Downtown Disney, Universal Cineplex and Pointe Orlando. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.comCIRQUE FILMTickets for Paramount Pictures 3D film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away are on sale now for select showtimes. The advance tickets can be purchased online or at participating box offices for special showings at noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 21-24. Beginning Dec. 25, the film will extend its theatrical engagement with regular showtimes. The film, which Variety has called A bona fide high-wire actdelivering towering thrills, and The Hollywood Reporter has called a D spectacular, opened in Japan on November 9th and earned $1.5 million in its opening weekend, making it the #1 U.S. release for the weekend, following the films opening of the Tokyo International Film Festival. It makes its North American theatrical debut in Montreal, the home town of Cirque Du Soleils world famous productions, on December 7th.THIN K SNO WWINTER PARK The city of Winter Park will host Winter in the Park, the citys annual holiday ice skating rink in Central Park West Meadow through Jan. 6. The West Meadow is located at 150 N. New York Ave., on the corner of Morse Boulevard and New York Avenue, in downtown Winter Park. Skaters of all ages and skill levels are invited to chill out as they glide, spin and turn at Winter in the Park: Monday thru Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m. You can skate all day for $10 per skater (skate rental included). For more information, call 407-599-3203 or visit the website at cityofwinterpark.org/witp. FOOD TRUCKSWINTER PARK The Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta has arrived. On the fourth Saturday of each month, Food Truck Crazy will be held at Fleet Peeples Park, 2000. South Lakemont Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature ten gourmet food trucks each month, featuring a variety of gourmet food as well as desserts. The event also features music, face painting and more. For more information regarding the Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta, visit www.foodtruckcrazy.com or call 407-296-5882.MONSTER BULLSKISSIMMEELock up the china closet here come the bulls. The Silver Spurs Riding Club has See Movie, page B-3The dog days of winter are almost here Fox Focus See Dogs, page B-3Hitchcoc k Directed by: Sacha Gervas i Running time: 98 minutes Rated: R See Sun Spots, page B-3 Sweet Events The Wine & Chocolate festival is this weekend BLakeridge Winery & Vineyards will host its 2nd Annual Wine & Chocolate Festival on December 8th & 9th. This two-day outdoor event will feature live music, an arts & craft show, and award-winning Lakeridge Wines. The event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $2 donation will be collected at the gate to benefit The American Heart Association and parking is free for all guests. The first 100 guests to donate at the gate each day will receive a special door prize. The musical lineup includes two bands each day who never fail to get the crowd singing & dancing along with their hits. Solo performances by Robert Harris and Marc Clermont will also be featured Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the Hospitality Cellar which is located on the 2nd floor of the Wine Shop. Plenty of seating will be available on the festival grounds, but guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets. There will be food & beverage vendors serving a variety of items for purchase, including domestic & imported beers and Lakeridge wines by the glass. The Wine Shop will be offering great specials and guests will be invited to attend a complimentary winery tour and wine tasting during their visit. Co-sponsored by Godiva, the Lakeridge Winery hosts two-day event with chocolate sampling and more December 8, 2012Anthony Hopkins is one of two reasons to see Hitchcock. Helen Mirren, who plays his wife Alma, is the other. Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF continues its 2012-2013 season with the holiday spoof for the entire family, The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomens Guild Dramatic Societys Production of A Christmas Carol. Acclaimed director Matt Pfeiffer directs this comedy about a fictional amateur drama group that stumbles in its attempts to bring to life on stage Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Future, and Present. Actors run late, botch their lines, and argue while trying to perform but the show goes on in all of its festive, comedic glory. Farndale Avenue performs through December 30. at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Tickets, priced at $16-$40, are on sale now (407) 447-1700 or http://www. orlandoshakes.org. Photo/Celebrate Dogs By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor It will be a three-dog night and then some next week at the Orange County Convention Center. The mega-canine dog event should be fun for dog lovers of all ages as the largest celebration of its kind in the United States arrives Dec. 15-16. The two-day event is presented by The American Kennel Club and Eukanuba. Events include the AKC Meet the Breeds, a perfect place to get to know more than 140 different dog breeds from dog experts. It should be a great place for prospective dog owners to get to know the right breed for their lifestyle. The special event is only held twice a year. The other dog breed event is held in New York City in October. Other events during Celebrate Dogs include: Dock Dogs demonstrat-Celebrate Dogs, two days of dog shows will be held Dec. 15-16 at convention center See Wine, page B-3 Photo/Lakeridge Winery
Page B2, Technically Speaking By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Even if you dont have cable TV, you can get a lot of channel variety thanks to a new online network, FirstRun.TV. The online channel features indie film competiting films and original web series. The new channel is called NexTV and will occupy Channel 10 within FirstRun.tvs lineup. This is the networks fourth year and it specializes insubmitted independent web series, shorts, TV pilots, features, documentaries, and animation to a panel of judges consisting of Hollywood insiders. NexTV panels have included major agents and executives from studios such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, and MGM, as well as producers from HBO, NBC, and CBS. Our goal is to find the best content from around the web that can be adapted for television, said Randy Becker, President of NexTV. The competition was created to connect tomorrows top artists with an elite panel of Hollywood decision makers, he added in a news release. Becker notes that filmmakers and animators spend countless hours creating content, most of which lands on shelves or in some obscure corner of cyberspace. The competitions provide an opportunity to infuse value in these productions by framing them as part of a pitch for something bigger, such as a TV series or major motion picture. There have been a number of success stories where a low budget project turned into a successful TV series, such as Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, or a high-grossing feature such as Paranormal Activity, the release continued. Submissions to past NexTV competitions have been sold to HBO, FOX, Nat Geo, BET, SyFy, BBC and others. In addition, corporate sponsors have donated over $450,000 in cash, goods, and services to competition winners. FirstRun.tv and NextTV are the perfect match, said Gary Kleinman, President and CEO of FirstRun.tv, and former Disney Studios Technology VP. FirstRun.tvs mission is to build an innovative television network based on the expanding community of talented, creative people who are writing and producing their own series and films the same community that is submitted their work to NexTV competitions, said Kleinman. The NexTV channel will provide a platform for the public to watch these unseen shows. Its great exposure for the producers, and great entertainment for our viewers, he added. Content producers can submit their work for the NexTV competitions at www.mynextv. com/web. The NexTV channel can be viewed at www.FirstRun.tv About FirstRun.tv FirstRun.tv (www.FirstRun. tv) is owned and operated by Innovation Organization, LLC, a company founded in 2010 by former Walt Disney Studios Technology VP, Gary Kleinman, to develop entertainment for new media platforms. FirstRun.tv Network features ten channels of unique shows produced by independent creative talent, and includes comedy, drama, action, reality, kids, talk, paranormal, sci-fi, along with other popular genres. Shows can be watched for free on virtually any web browser-capable device including iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Android tablets, Mac and Windows notebooks, Mac and Windows desktop computers, web-ready TV sets, and the Roku streaming player. Although free FirstRun.tv apps are available, apps are not needed to watch the network on any of the devices. NoshList The wait is over. Or maybe not as bad. Firespotter Labs has announced the launch of NoshList Premium, the expanded version of its restaurant waitlist management app for iPad. NoshList and NoshList Premium are now available for download at NoshList.com. NoshList notifies diners via text messaging that their tables are ready and improves their dining experience by replacing paper lists, microphones and alert buzzers with text messages sent directly to their cell phone. Since the February launch of the free service, nearly 4.5 million diners have been seated with NoshList. Im thrilled that in a mere nine months, weve seated nearly four and a half million diners with NoshList, proving that not only do restaurants want a better waitlist solution, but customers really like the service as well, said Craig Walker, CEO and Co-founder of Firespotter Labs. (One one recent) Friday alone we seated 105,000 diners. That coupled with month-over-month increases in NoshList usage makes us the fastest-growing waitlist management app for restaurants. NoshList is already in use in more than 1,600 restaurants nationwide. Clients include Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Buffalo Wild Wings and many other regional and national brands. With NoshList Premium, we get an expanded set of features that help us deliver an even better guest experience including unlimited two-way texting that our customers really like, as well as a designated local phone number, said Garrett Schmidt of Buffalo Wild Wings. We benefit greatly from analytics and in-app statistics, which allow us to measure our waitlist performance in real time relative to past shifts. NoshList has made managing our waitlist much more efficient and given us valuable insight into an aspect of operations we never had before. NoshList Premium features the same capabilities as NoshList, including unlimited SMS text and automated phone call notifications to diners, while new services have been added to increase functionality and provide diners with the ability to interact directly with the restaurant via text. NoshList remains free, while NoshList Premium is priced at $49 per month per restaurant. NoshList Premium features include: Unlimited Two-Way Texting. Table Number Assignment. Large Party Functionality. NoshGuest Autoll. In-App Statistics. Designated Local Phone Number. 30-Day Exportable Analytics. Weekly Email Summaries. Firespotter Labs has other applications for smartphones and tablets including Nosh, a restaurant rating application for diners. About Firespotter Labs Launched in 2011, Firespotter Labs is a start-up founded by serial entrepreneur Craig Walker. Walker, who has more than 15 years experience as an entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley, served as CEO of Dialpad Communications, (acquired by Yahoo!, now Yahoo! Voice), and later was co-founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications (acquired by Google, now Google Voice). To learn more about Firespotter visit www.firespotter.com. NexTV features films, web series, TV pilots and more FirstRunTV offers a lineup of free programming online.New online network offers variety in films, shows 112912.TNG407-498-3077857 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy. 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Saturday, December 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Actress Vera Miles (Jessica Biel) was already on persona non gratis status with the director by the time he was making Psycho. But he treats the married Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson almost sweetly. Meanwhile, long-suffering Alma (she is his right-hand man when it comes to his film projects) is quite aware of her husbands flirtations and more. She is spending more and more time with her writer friend (played by Danny Huston), and with a more and more jealous Hitchcock, the whole P sycho project suffers. Hitchcock strangely deals with a lot of his problems throughout the film having a dialogue with Ed Gein, the serial killer who inspired Psycho and other films including The Texas Chainsaw M assacre It is an ill-fit to the overall proceedings at times. Sun SpotsContinued from page B-1 wine tasting will include a sample of Godiva chocolates paired with some of the wines. The tours will run approximately every 20 minutes until 4 p.m. and the wine tasting will be held continuously throughout the festival until 5 p.m. Aside from the delicious Lakeridge wine and Godiva chocolate, a highlight of the wine tasting is that it is held inside the Lakeridge Winery production facility, where guests have the opportunity to see the many fermentation tanks and bottling equipment from a much closer perspective than on a normal tour. The arts & craft show will showcase 100 local artists & crafters including precious stone jewelers, woodturners, painters, and many more. There will also be a Lakeridge Winery booth on the festival grounds where guests can sign up for a chance to win a flat screen HDTV. Guests should not pass up this opportunity as there is no charge to enter the giveaway. Arts & Craft vendors who are interested in participating in our shows can visit www. lakeridgewinery.com/events for information on how to become a vendor. Music Schedule Saturday, December 8th 10:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m.: LADYZ and the BOYZ 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.: The Nightly Blues Band *1-4 p.m. Solo Performance by Robert Harris in Hospitality Cellar Sunday, December 9th 11:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m.: BlueStone 2:00 p.m. 5 p.m.: Bobby Blackmon and the B3 Blues Band *1-4 p.m. Solo Performance by Marc Clermont in Hospitality Cellar Seavin, Inc., owner of Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont, FL, San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine, FL and Prosperity Vineyards in Prosperity, FL, is a pioneer in the development of table, dessert, and sparkling wines made from Muscadine and hybrid grapes. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is Floridas Largest Premium Winery and San Sebastian Winery is the second largest. The two brands have won over 1,000 awards for excellence in winemaking. Complimentary tours and wine tasting are offered seven days a week at both the Clermont and St. Augustine locations. Seavin, Inc., Dedicated To Your Good Taste. announced Rodeo and Monster Bulls dates for 2013, at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. Bucking into action first, will be the 2nd Monster Bulls, Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The following weekend, Feb.15-17, will be the 130th Silver Spurs Rodeo, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. On May 31 and June 1, the 131st Silver Spurs Rodeo will take place, both performances at 7:30 p.m. The Monster Bulls will be a jammed packed event full of high energy, filled with many wild rides, as bull riders from across the nation compete for big prize money, said Steve Knowles, Big Boss for the Silver Spurs. The Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions will have hundreds of top rodeo professionals competing in traditional rodeo events such as: bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and barrel racing. CALL FO R 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 Maria Damas in the City Managers Office at 407-518-2300.SEAWORL D FUN PASSORLANDO The popular SeaWorld Fun Card is back. Florida residents pay for a day and come back again and again for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013 to enjoy SeaWorlds shows, rides and special events all year long, with no blackout dates. : Pay for a day and get the rest of 2012, including SeaWorlds Christmas Celebration, and all of the events and concerts throughout 2013. 2013s Fun Card comes with an extra cool perk, too. Its the best way to experience the largest expansion in SeaWorld history -Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Fun Cards are on sale now to Florida residents for the cost of a single-day SeaWorld admission ($89 for adults and $81 for children ages 3-9). Fun Cards are available at the parks front gate, at SeaWorldOrlando.com or by calling 888-800-5447. NEIL ARMSTRONGORLANDO Currently on display at the Orlando Museum of Art is The Great Moment, a painting of American hero Neil Armstrong by Paul Calle, commemorating Neil Armstrongs historic first manned lunar landing. Armstrong died recently at the age of 82. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. American artist Paul Calle had been one of five original artists selected by NASA to document the United States attempt to land a man on the moon in the late 1960s. Other artists included Bob McCall, Lamar Dodd and Peter Hurd. Calle was the only artist who was with Armstrong in the hours prior to the launch. Calle had already created a painting of the historic event that was reproduced as a stamp and released by the Post Office on the date that Armstrong set foot on the moon. When Calle completed The Great Moment Neil Armstrong signed the painting at the lower left near the lunar landing module leg. This is very unusual as Armstrong is on record many times refusing to sign anything that might enhance the commercial value of any product or service. He even refused to sign the lithographs of this painting. Hanson Mulford, Curator of the Orlando Museum of Art stated, It is very rare to find anything such as this with Armstrongs signature.AQ UATIC A W EEKDAY PASSORLANDO Aquatica waterpark has added a new weekday pass that allows guests to enjoy unlimited access through Dec. 31. The park has 38 water slides, rivers and lagoons, side-by-side wave pools and two interactive water playgrounds designed for the littlest of swimmers. Cost for the weekda y pass is $59.99 plus tax. Visit AquaticaBySeaWorld.com for all of the details.WineContinued from page B-1MovieContinued from page B-1 ing their amazing and extreme dock diving talents Eukanuba Extreme Soccer Dogs playing soccer with children in attendance Eukanuba Super Dogs, a family-fun show featuring talented canines displaying a variety of skills such as the worlds highest jumper and the quickest disc catching dog in the land. The Competition Heats Up! .The 12th Annual AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship, the only dog show hosted by t he A merican Kennel Club, features thousands of the worlds top canine competitors from across the country and around the globe as they vie for Best in Show honors, the title of National Champion and a total of $225,000 in prize money. Watch canine athletes race against the clock over challenging obstacles in the AKC Agility Invitational. See dogs put their best paw forward for the AKC National Obedience Invitational. Skilled youngsters and their dogs compete in their own age divisions in conformation, agility and obedience. Top dogs from more than 40 countries around the world competing in the Eukanuba World Challenge. Additionally, the Canine Celebration vendor mall will offer holiday shoppers more than 140 different doggie boutiques to pick out gifts for dog-loving family and friends. Shoppers can show off their breed loyalties with a dog breed shirt, pick up a new dog bed for the Beagle, and find exquisite, hand-crafted pet-oriented jewelry. Celebrate Dogs! will comprise 800,000 square feet of event space in the West Building of the Orange County Convention Center. Convenient parking and free shuttle transportation will be available. Celebrate Dogs! are on sale now and will be available through the AKC Website. Celebrate Dogs! tickets also can be purchased in person at the Orange County Convention Center Box Office on the days of the event. Day Ticket for Saturday OR Sunday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Adult $20 Senior (65+) & 13-18 Yrs $15 Children 2-12 Yrs $5 Children Under 2 Yrs freeActive Military free w/ ID Celebrate Dogs! features a variety of exciting demonstrations and competitions including: the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC National Obedience Invitational, AKC Meet the Breeds, Dock Dogs, and the daytime dog show judging of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. For more information, visit http://www. akc.org/aenc/DogsContinued from page B-1 120812.SNG
Page B4, Whats new?Cracker Christmas todayThe Osceola County Historical Societys Cracker Christmas is designed to let people get a head start on their Christmas shopping with unique, handmade gifts. This year the society will be hosting a special tea with Mrs. Claus ($5), an elf workshop ($5) with a few of Santas little helpers (both for $8), a free photo with the societys Cracker Santa and a special craft for each of the kids. Cracker Christmas will be held at the OCHS Pioneer Village located at 750 N. Bass Road, Kissimmee, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. General admission does apply. For more information, visit our website at www.osceolahistory.org or contact the organization for more information at 407-396-8644.Volunteers neededThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join the society in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. Anyone who can spare one to three hours per week can be a volunteer in any number roles with our organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers. Training provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Juana Kelly at 407-396-8644 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at Osceolahistory.org.Church choirs to performIn celebration of the Holy Redeemer Parishs 100th anniversary in Kissimmee, the adult, children, and contemporary choirs are inviting the community to come hear, sing and learn about some of your favorite carols for the advent and Christmas seasons Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. The event is free. Homemade cookies and punch will follow the reception.The Lets Dance Ballroom ClubThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior The December activities are as follows: Dec. 5: polka lesson with David & Lou, cost $3; Dec. 9: tea dance, cost $3, light refreshments served; Dec. 19: dancing & practice, cost $1; Thursday practice from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. continues throughout the month. For additional information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-738-7546 or Kathy Parsons at 407-319-2161.Osceola Coin ClubThe group will meet at Broadway Pizza in the side room every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The group will be for trading, selling or buying coins for those interested. Call Ron at 407-944-9718 for information.Audubon Society meetingThe Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society will meet Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. in the boardroom of Kissimmee Utility Authority, 1701 W. Carroll St., Kissimmee. Kim Swamp Girl will bring an array of live animals from snakes, turtles, frogs and opossums to skunks. Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society meetings are free and are open to the public. For more information, call 407-729-5168.Fashion showThe Xi Lambda Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host its fourth annual Jazz Up Your January Fashion Show and Luncheon Mexican Fiesta Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Osceola County Council on Aging at 11:30 a.m.. Fashions will be presented by Casual Chic of Auburndale. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, call 407-931-2222.The N.E., N.Y. N.J. ClubThe New England, New York, and New Jersey club meet the third Tuesday of each month at the senior center, hall B, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, (through April). Bring a pot luck dish and utensils. For more information, call 407-957-3952.VFW Post 3227The VFW Post 3227, 915 New York Ave., St. Cloud, weekly events are: Monday: draft and longneck domestic beer, $1. Tuesday: 2-for-1 small pitcher and draft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; happy hour 6 to 8 p.m.; trivia Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; grill food available. New players are welcome. Wednesday: bingo at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited, grill open. Thursday: drink specials; hot dogs and chips from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday: Friday night dinners from 6 to 8 p.m.; karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday: third Saturday is the shuffleboard tourney at 1 p.m.; fourth Saturday is the cornhole tourney at 1 p.m. Sunday: 50 cents off all drinks all day. A hall rental is available. For more information on events and membership eligibility, call 407-892-6761. Smoking area provided; canteen and hall are smoke free.Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai Chi and qigong (Chinese yoga) classes being offered by Madame Wu Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Barne y Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All classes taught by donation. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407-738-7001. The St. Cloud Line Dance Club The St. Cloud Line Dance Club, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, meets: Monday, novice (2-2:30 p.m.); beginner 2:30-3 p.m.); intermediate (3-5 p.m.). Thursday, novice (5:30-6 p.m.); beginner (6-7 p.m.); intermediate (7-9 p.m.). Its a $1 donation for the day. Call Glenda Brown at 407-7443892 for more information.Driver safety courseA driver safety class will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The AARP driver safety program helps participants refine driving skills and develop safe-driving habits. Its $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. To register, call 407-593-1957.Osceola Republican PartyThe Osceola Republican Party will meet Dec. 20 at Kissimmee City Hall at 7 p.m. For more information call 407-846-8889.DARThe Joshua Stevens Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. The group welcomes visitors. Anyone interested in learning more about DAR or need help in searching for possible family members who fought in the war, contact Jan. at 407-846-0676 or Carole at 407-846-1992 for more information.Christmas BoutiqueChristmas Boutique hosted by the Daughters of the King Cornerstone Family Church. The event will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Admission is free. There will be commercial merchandise, such as jewelry, clothing, art and more. The St. Cloud Womans Club The St. Cloud Womans Clubs next meeting will be Dec. 19 at noon with a wrapped gift auction and holiday luncheon for members and anyone interested in membership. Monthly meetings normally occur on the third Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 p.m. The clubhouse is located at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. next to the Heritage Museum where members can volunteer. For more information regarding the club, contact club President Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347. For information about the museum, contact Lucille McClure, Curator at 407-957-7587.Womens self defense classThe Osceola County Sheriffs Office has openings for a self-defense awareness program for women Tuesday at 6 p.m. Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange or SAFE is designed to educate women on how to protect themselves if they should become a victim. The two-hour class teaches that 90 percent of selfdefense is awareness, risk reduction and avoiding confrontation, while only 10 percent is physical. To sign up for the free class, call 407-348-1105 or email aveg@ osceola.org. 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 p age at http://bit.ly/ ackyi7.New Years Eve dinner/danceThere will be a New Years Eve dinner/dance at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center and Special Needs Evacuation Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. Its $15 per person for tickets sold through Dec. 15 or $20 per person at the door. Cost includes dinner and live music. Music will be provided by Larry and Sandi. There will be rock, pop, country, rumbas, disco and waltz. For more information, call 407957-7392. Osceola County Fair and Livestock ShowThe 69th Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show will be from Feb. 8-17. The Creative Arts department invites all Osceola County residents young and old to share their talents. It can be baking, canning, quilting, painting, photos, needlework, table settings, cake decorating and so much more. Entries cannot be collected until Monday, Feb. 18, from 3-7 p.m. (the day after the fair closes). Registration for all entries Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.. until 4 p.m. (4-H youth must register this day only) and Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (items do not submitted until February, this is only to register them). Registration location is at Osceola Heritage Parks KVLS Pavilion. You may get the fees, dates and more information by going to www.osceolacountyfair.com. Look for Community Shows link and find Creative Arts. Call Diann Arthur at 407-9221266 (cell), 434-534-9170 (home), email email@example.com or Beverly Frankenberg at 407-892-6549 for more informationPoinciana Christian Church Christmas eventsPoinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, will be hosting the seventh annual drivethrough Christmas story today and Sunday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. View scenes (complete with music, scripture, and live animal and actors) of the Christmas story from the car. This is a free event. Join the church for a festive evening of Christmas music at its annual Christmas jazz concert Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. There is no charge. A Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m. BVL music programDo you have a desire to learn to sing or play the piano and not break your wallet? For $7, you can have a half hour lesson in either voice and piano every Wednesday between 4 and 5 p.m. Join Trevor Flowers at the Robert Guevara Community Center at 501 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee. For more information, call Flowers at 407-455-4453DAV 148There will be no DAV/DAVA meeting Dec. 16. Ladies Day is 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. Wear your red shirt on Fridays to show your support for our Troops. Wear one on the second and fourth Friday of each month and the non-premium long necks are $1 from 11 a.m. until close. 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 on Tuesdays from noon until 4 p.m. We are located at 21 E. Keen Street, Kissimmee, phone 407-8464141.Heel and Toe Square Dance Club Come and dance with the Heel and Toe Western Square Dance Club Monday nights at The Annex, 702 Indiana Ave., St. Cloud. Admission is $5 per person. Dances begin at 7 p.m. Traditional square dance attire is optional. The caller is nationally-known caller Bill Boyd, editor and publisher of Bow and Swing magazine. Call Paul and Ellen at 407-931-1688 (home) or 407-319-0790 (cell) for more information. The Friends Who Care Club of Osceola CountyThe Friends Who Care Club of Osceola County will host an afternoon delight benefit to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa Wednesday, Dec. 5, for the public to enjoy. The club raises funds annually to support The American Cancer Societys efforts in research. On Dec. 5, a bus tip to the casino will be provided with an 11:45 a.m. pick up at the Dyer Blvd. Publix; 12:15 p.m. at Partin Settlement Road, St. Cloud; and 12:45 p.m. at Senior Friends building, Kissimmee. Cost is $25 per person and includes transportation, $25 free play and a $5 meal voucher. Included at the casino will be drawings for cash and prizes. Guests can enjoy the casino from 2 to 7 p.m. and return by 8:30 p.m. For reservations or additional information, call Irene at 407-738-5300.One Word At A TimeIf you are an aspiring writer or a published author, join One Word At A Time. Its motto is writers helping writers. It offers education, critique, networking and support to adult fiction writers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susans Courtside Cafe, 18 S. Orlando Ave, in Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at flenviro@ gmail.com.. St. Cloud Senior CenterMonday night: Social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. Live band all Mondays, all year, but is subject 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. Live bands November through April; a donation of $3 per person is requested. Other months, music will be by 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 welcome. There See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comOn your mark.... Christmas Boutique hosted by the Daughters of the King Cornerstone Family Church. The event will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Admission is free. There will be commercial merchandise, such as jewelry, clothing, art and more. Holiday shoppingCOMMUNITYCOMMUNITY Photo/Give Kids The WorldLast month, more than 1,200 participants walked, strolled or rolled through the whimsical 70-acre Give Kids T he World property in its annual G ingerbread Run 5K. Participants were treated to c haracter appearances from t he GKTW mascots, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks. See Community, page B-5 Whats happening?
Saturday, December 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 is a $2 donation is requested. Call instructor Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post 10 is having the following events: Friday, bingo at 5:30 p.m. and seafood dinner until 7:30 p.m. There is a Saturday dinner and dance. Sunday, bingo at 3 p.m. Monday at 6 p.m., karaoke with food served. Tuesday at noon, karaoke with food being served. Barnyard bingo is the first and third Thursday.St. Cloud Pavement PoundersThe St. Cloud Pavement Pounders meet at Crabby Bills Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and running/walking begins at 6:45 p.m.. For more information, call 407791-3296 or mcitation525@ aol.com or Facebook under St. Cloud Pavement Pounders.American Legion EventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80 will have the following events: Mondays: Bingo at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. Tuesdays: Dart tournament at 7:30 p.m.. Wednesdays: Italian dinner night ($5.75). Thursdays: Free pool. Wing night 10 for $5. $1 Drafts. Trivia game night 8 p.m. Fridays: Free shuffleboard from 3-7 p.m. Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners first and third weeks, 5-8 p.m. Karaoke weekly at 8 p.m. Saturdays: fish fry dinner and roadkill bingo first and third weeks; NY strip dinner second and fourth weeks. Sundays: Full breakfast 8-11 a.m.; bar bingo 2-4 p.m. Post 80 is open fro m 10 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, the post invites you to speak with it 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. The post is located at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud OSCAR ToastmastersOSCAR Toastmasters meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Realtors Association training room, 105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. You do not need to be a Realtor to join group to hone your speaking skills. For more information, contact Betty Dobbie at 407846-4500.St. Cloud AARP The St. Cloud AARP Chapter 4001 meets the fourth Monday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, September through May at 12:30 p.m. Bring a potluck dish to share. The center is at 3101 17th Street in St. Cloud. For more information, call Florenc e Strout at 407-892-9069.St. Cloud Garden ClubThe St. Cloud Garden Club will meet on the second Saturday of each month from October to May at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. Its a pot luck lunch, members should contribute. The topics covered will be information on vegetable plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. There also will be exhibits of live plants and flower arrangements. For more information, call 407-870-0671. Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate RoseThe Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate Rose is an independent support group to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and local camps thereof. It is nonprofit, nonracial, nonpolitical and nonsectarian. Confederate ancestry is not required for membership. It assists SCV with its historical, educational, benevolent and social functions. Special emphasis is placed on the preservation of Confederate symbols. The meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Library, Barbara Thornton Room, in St. Cloud. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.orgOsceola County Support Group for Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free a nonymous support group for bi-polar, depression, anxiety disorders, their families and friends. It meets every Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud, second floor in the Barbara U. Thornton Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. For more information, call 407556-4998 or 407-892-9272 in the evening. 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. 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 Feb. 9, 2013, March 9, 2013 and April 13, 2013. Members of the National Horseshoe 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 321-297-1802. 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.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 other 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.html 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.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.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. Community Continued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 YES! 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Page B6, 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 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.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).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. Toho FriendsToho 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 Community Continued from Page B-5 See Community, page B-7 A ADOPTION Are Yo uPregnant?Childless married couple (in our 30s) seeks to adopt.Will be hands on Mom and devoted Dad. Financially secure, expenses paid. Please call Nicole & Frank1-888-969-6134 C CAREER OPPORTUNITY www.valenciacollege.edu/join-us D DESIGNS BEST PRICES ANYWHEREUnique DesignsSeashell Art Come See Our Huge Display of Silk & Seashell Art Trees Open Frida days 10am to 4pm Monday thru Thursday by Appt. Only407-957-25484175 Old Canoe Creek Rd., St. Cloud N NUTRITION Pleasant Hill Rd.John Yo ung Pkwy eall s ossN Nutrition/Nutricion Circ le Discover the Bene ts of a Daily Shake3265 S. John Young Parkway Kissimmee FL 34746(863) 255-3876 NOW OPEN! Monday Friday 7 am 7:30 pm Saturday 7 am 1 pm Lunes Viernes 7 am 7:30 pm Sabado 7 am 1 pm Now Open Nutrition Circle Live A Healthy Life Come On In And Have A Healthy SmoothieAhora Abierto El Nuevo Club de Nutricion Vi va La Vi da Saludable To mese suSabila (Mango) Te (4 Sabores) Batida (8 Sabores) A ADVANCED PLASTIC SURGERY www.yournewlook.com www.yournewlook.com vailableSe habla Espaol With the holidays just around the corner, why not get that new look you have been thinking about? October 1January 31st, enjoy a $500 discount on many surgical procedures, some restrictions apply. Need ideas for loved ones this Christmas or maybe you would like to give an idea to someone for yourself. Take advantage of any of our holiday inspired gifts!Images Glitz and Glow Limited Holiday Edition: (4) Image skin care products that will revitalize and refresh. Max Facial Cleanse r, Vital C Hydrating Anti Aging Serum, Matte Daily Defense Sunscreen, and Vital C Hydrating Repair Crme. The products in this package will bene t any skin type making it the perfect choice for you or that person on your list that seems to have everything. This gift is boxed beautifully and ready to give this holiday season. Priced to shimmer and shine at just $75. Only while supplies last!!!Offering Complimentary Consultations Inquire About Current Specials407.345.8145 111012.SNG And Cremation Services rfntbbt btf C fwww.conradandthompson.com 120612.TNG 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 New Construction Commercial & Residential041212.HFRepair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: aroundosceola.com McF ARLANEMrs. Lucille M. McFarlane, 86, of, St. Cloud, passed away on December 4, 2012. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens, Kissimmee. 407-847-2494 www.osceolamemgds.com
Saturday, December 8, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 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. 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. GermanGreyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adul t dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.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. 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Page B8, And The Winner Is...Small Business Of e Year 2012 Finalists Susan Bona721 Front St., Celebration, FL 34747407-566-2526The Celebration Town Tavern is a family owned and operated restaurant. One of the owners is on property 99% of the time from open to close. The Tavern is the local place to gather for great food, meet friends, unwind at happy hour, have a business luncheon or a family reunion. They are a high volume food and beverage establishment that specializes in New England seafood flown in fresh from Boston and are as authentic as if you were sitting in Beantown itself. They do quarterly training for responsible alcohol training and their employees are recertified in food safety handling every 3 years. They do daily shift meetings to keep team members informed of new products and upcoming events and just implemented a new menu with many gluten free and vegetarian selections and overall healthier options. Celebration Town Tavern had donated over $350,000 to the Celebration schools in the past 12 years. They want each and every guest to enjoy their experience and will do everything in their power to ensure they want you to return again and again.CELEBRATION TOWN TAVERN WILD FLORIDA AIRBOATSSam Haught3301 Lake Cypress Rd., Kenansville, FL 34739407-891-8910120812.SNG Club La Costa has taken over the vacant land at Encantada right o of West 192 that was not being developed by the previous owner and has built to date 102 units, and still has another 116 to build out by the end of 2013. By building just over 200 units at Encantada this has created a huge impact on the local economy. e average price per unit has been $250,000, which has also aided in restoring the value of the Town Homes that were built over 6 years ago, as well as increased nearby subdivisions values. Once each unit is sold it then goes into a rental pool for short term vacation rentals. Business growth has been at 30%+ year aer year and for 2013 their annual budget has nearly tripled. Tourist Development tax is accessed on each rental that is brought into the resort and that alone should bring in over $200,000 for the New Year. eir goal is to continue to help fund the local TDTs so projects such as the West 192 BeautiVacation add to the marketing of Kissimmee as a wonderful vacation destination. Encantadas Club House has also gone through recent renovations such as updating furniture, building a new reception desk and building a kitchen and bar. Encantada is also in the progress of adding Geo ermal Heating to their two pools, and much more to ensure that they are able to provide the utmost service in the area. ey are eager to continue to build units so they can continue to add quality and aordable vacation rentals to the Kissimmee area to help the local economy. As native Floridians, they had always dreamed about owning the most pristine and exciting airboat tour attraction. Aer years of searching they found the perfect location on the beautiful shores of Cypress Lake at the headwaters of the Everglades, Wild Florida was born. And when it comes to Florida airboat tours, there is simply no comparison to Wild Florida. Just a short drive from the Orlando and Disney area, they oer beautiful airboat day tours, relaxing sunset tours and exciting night tours that guests of all ages will love. Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades. Get an in depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees and plants that can be found in our beautiful wetlands. is is Natural Florida at its best! ey guarantee you wont see any development, homes, or signs of human life on your airboat ride. Come see for yourself how good it feels to be in the middle of nowhere! Aer your airboat tour, explore their amazing wildlife park full of zebras, watusi, deer, water bualo, emu, wild boar and monster alligators. Visit the tropical bird aviary, hands-on alligator demonstrations, gi shop, 500 sightseeing dock and nature trails. Dont forget to try their delicious barbeque with smoked ribs, chicken, pulled pork, fried alligator and even frog legs! Wild Florida is owned and operated by one of Floridas pioneer families that know the meaning of southern hospitality. ey are one of the only airboat companies in Central Florida that privately owns their property. eir facility is properly insured with US Coast Guard approved captains and boats. Groups, individuals and families of all sizes are welcome. Day or night, they are prepared to oer individual, family, group and corporate experiences that youll never forget! ENCANTADA a CLC WORLDWIDE RESORTEric Bonesteel3070 Secret Lake Dr., Kissimmee, FL 34747407-997-3595
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