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29 arrested in law enforcement operationOperation Rx PrintShop, a c ooperativ e effort of Osceola County Investigative Bureau agents, the Osceola County Sheriffs Office, Kissimmee and St. Cloud Police Department targeted individuals that printed fraudulent drug prescriptions. See page A-3 Teacher of the Year gives back to her studentsThe long hours and hard work put in by teachers is no mystery to those working in Osceola Countys school system, but for educators like Nanci Brillant, of St. Cloud High School, the ability to give back to her students is reward enough. See page A-3 Police Index SchoolsPa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A11, Sp or ts Pa ge B6, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest yles Pa ge A3, Local ne ws Pa ge C1, Classi ed Pa ge C3, L egals Did you stay under your budget with Christmas shopping this year? No, I spent more. Yes, I stayed with in budget. I spent even less. I dont know, Im not done yet. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Dec. 15 Question of the week: Do you plan to use public transportation when SunRail comes to Kissimmee? No, I prefer my car. 94.3% Yes, I will. 3.8% Im not sure. 1.8% I dont have an opinion. 0.2% Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Lifestyles Editor Peter Covino reviews the Blu-ray version of Killer Joe... Page B-1Lifestyles Harmony girls win OBC soccer for 5th straight year... Page A-11Sports CommunityFor the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-6 DECEMBER 22, 2012 116TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS By Ken Jackson Staff W riter By the grace of generous givers and tireless volunteers, good news did come out of our schools this week. The holiday spirit of giving was alive and well Thursday and Friday at Michigan Avenue Elementary School in St. Cloud, where underprivileged families were able to select toys and other Christmas presents for their children as well as wrap them on their way out. The event is in its fourth year at the school. Guidance counselor Pam Strickland spearheads this and other giving initiatives through the school, but has a team of helpers like Kim Fredericks, Shelly Allen and Sandra Borchers and others she said she couldnt do without. I have wonderful helpers, theyre our elves, she said. We have to start this before Thanksgiving, and I have people willing to store things for me all over the school. A maze of gifts for the taking wound through the office space at the school, passing through Stricklands office, past principal Diane Crook-Nichols and through staff workspace, giving new life to the phrase decking the halls. At the end of the line, a room with tables, wrapping paper and tape also had coffee and cookies available and holiday music playing to let those who needed the help take the Christmas spirit home with them, along with their gifts. Before leaving, each family also received a bag of groceries and a personalized stocking for a girl or boy. Strickland said with so many local churches, families and businesses helping out, the event has taken on a life of its own. This has grown tremendously over the four years, she said. The first year it was all Christmas spirit alive and well at area school News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanMichigan Avenue Elementary parent Michelle Mercer, left, who has a first grader at the school, was able to bring home Christmas presents for her children, with assistance from Principal Diane Crook-Nichols, center, and guidance counselor Pam Strickland during an event Thursday at the school. Needy families that were invited picked age-appropriate clothes, books and toys for their children. They wrapped them up and even brought home a bag of groceries. By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Over the course of a pair of meetings this week the Board of Osceola County C ommissioners, with th e help of county staff, has drafted a list of its priorities to pass on to the Osceola Legislative Effort (OLE). With t he help of the lobbying group, the county seeks funding or policy changes for six top projects. In addition, the county has directed the lobbying effort to oppose legislation pertaining to shifting statelevel prison inmates to county jails and formation of any regional expressway authority without Osceola County representation. The legislative priorities the commission asked OLE to take to Tallahassee include: In the name of economic development, creating a micro-loan program through Enterprise Florida, in order to advance money to small business that are expected to populate the anticipated new international commerce center for the Judge Farms property just east of Kissimmee. County staff reported, however, that Enterprise Florida is not in the lending business, and that this could be an uphill battle. Enact extended-stay legislation into public lodging law. This will bring clarity to hoteliers who cater to extended-stay residents regarding when they can simply have police remove tenants who simply fail to pay their rent (regarded Osceola County forms its legislative wish list County St. Cloud By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The St. Cloud City Council Nov. 13 approved resolutions to amend a pair of local impact fees. The council amended the transportation impact fee schedule to provide for a discount percentage of 65 percent, resulting in an impact fee of 35 percent of the base fee through the end of 2014. On Jan. 1, 2015, the discount fee will drop to 5 percent. City staff proposed establishing the discount percentage of 65 percent, and the council voted unanimously to approve it. City Manager Tom Hurt said reduced transportation impact fees should help to stimulate building activity in the city. It keeps with the councils direction to encourage development within our city by providing economic relief where possible to residents and the devel-City Council votes to reduce impact fees See List, page A-2 See Fees, page A-2 See School, page A-2 Brillant
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The amount of need has gone up, but so has the number of donations at the same time. Michigan Avenue Elementary targeted 55 families and more than 100 children for the gift giveaway this year, starting with families the schools database listed as homeless, and then added recommendations from the schools teachers. And most of the school gets involved, Strickland noted. The schools parents donated what they could. Strickland said the schools cafeteria manager baked the cookies. The contributions even came from outside the school. Strickland listed Disney and The Clothes Closet for offering childrens clothes. Local churches and civic groups like the St. Cloud American Legion Womens Auxillary sent donations. And for it, a steady stream of parents came through the school day on Thursday, with more scheduled on Saturday. All were grateful and relieved, as no other groups offer such a toy drive in St. C loud proper. Michele Mercer has a son in first grade at Michigan Avenue, along with two older children. Her trip through the holiday halls represented just about all of her Christmas shopping. My husband lost his job right before Thanksgiving, so I dont know what we would have done without this, she said. Im thankful, so thankful. Strickland said that sentiment was clear in every parents eyes. You can see the joy, the relief in the parents, she said. It takes off a lot of pressure and stress because theyre not just handed a toy, they can go through the halls and shop with dignity. And, Christmas is not the beginning and end of the giving season at Michigan Avenue. Strickland and staff distributed warm clothes to those in need during a cold snap in November. Her staff accumulates items needy students might need during the year and distributes things like shoes and toiletries. If I see something on sale, I grab it. People and churches ask if I want their donations, and the answer is always yes, she said. What we dont give away this year, well put away for next year. Well have things stored in closets all over the school. Meaning that n ext year, despite any acts like the Connecticut school shooting last week, good will always come out of schools like Michigan Avenue Elementary.SchoolContinued from Page A-1 as transients) and when they must go through the longer eviction process to those who have established their home address, and therefore residency, at that location (regarded as nontransients). Commissioners noted this subject has wide-reaching effects, including economic and law enforcement ramifications. It also hinders homeless prevention and revitalization efforts along the West U.S. Highway 192 corridor. Establish funding for an Osceola County mental health triage unit. A center on Michigan Avenue in Kissimmee has a lready b een budgeted at $100,000, but county staff noted that the project is projected to cost $400,000. The school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 helped move this up the priority list. Simplifying the permitting codes regarding septic tanks. Funding a pedestrian and vehicle overpass linking Osceola Heritage Park and the Judge Farms land earmarked for the business commerce center. The project is slated to cost upward of $10 million, county transportation p lanner Tiffany Homler said. Were planning a gateway structure and not just a concrete overpass, she said. Garnering funding to continue to expand Valencia Colleges Osceola campus. Officials noted that Valencias high ratio of students to current instructional building square footage should put it at the top of the list statewide in the complicated process of garnering community college funding. OLEs list of local legislators includes state Representatives Neil Combee, Mike LaRosa and Ricardo Rangel and state Senators Darren Soto and Kelli Stargel. OLE representative Tom Franklin told the commission that the battle to carry out the countys priorities is more of an uphill battle this year than it has been in y ears past because of reduced amount of experience working in Tallahassee committees. They dont represent the county as well as Mr. (Mike) Horner did, he said. Prior to Wednesdays session, the board went through the list of regional boards and committees that commissioners sit on, one that C hairman Frank Attkisson called an interesting list. In most cases, commissioners agreed to remain on boards they sit on, such as John Quiones remaining the commissions representative to the Kissimmee/ Osceola County Chamber of Commerces Board of Directors. Brandon Arringtons vacated seat on the Lynx board was discussed. I In a measure to secure more county representation, the board considered the possibility of Attkisson taking the seat and then securing its nomination to the MetroPlan board, with Commissioner Mike Harford then taking the seat.ListContinued from Page A-1 opment community, he said. The impact fees are used to pay off the debt service on the bonds issued to pay for the citys Nolte Road extension project and the Budinger Road upgrades. Councilman Jeff Rinehart said the city will continue to work for lowered or eliminated transportation fees. This is not the end-all, be-all, but 35 percent is a start, he said. The council also voted unanimously to waive the annual inflation adjustment for potable water and sanitary sewer impact fees. An adjustment of 2.6 percent scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 will be deferred. The adjustment would have meant a $77.20 increase per equivalent residential unit (ERU) for the year for potable water, and $68.46 per ERU for sanitary sewer. Public Services Administrator Veronica Miller said this waiver only affects rates for 2013. It is the city councils desire to provide growth incentive to encourage development and new business, she said. Also at the meeting, the council selected Donald Shroyer, of seat 5, as its new deputy mayor and will fulfill the duties of Mayor Rebecca Borders in her absence. Prior Deputy Mayor Russell Holmes nominated Shroyer, who was accepted unanimously. He has shown a lot of enthusiasm for this and has really done his homework, Holmes said. Shroyer, who was elected to the council in 2011, also received his Certificate of Completion from Borders for fulfilling the requirements of the Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. He attended the course, which focuses on such municipal topics as revenues and finances, growth management and personnel issues, in October. The program is sponsored by the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government and the Florida League of Cities. Shroyer said he was overwhelmed at receiving the support of the entire board. Im excited to be a part of St. Cloud and to be able to continue to serve you, he said. The workshops have been very beneficial. They taught me how we work and why we do what we do and the process to do it without getting in trouble. Also on Dec. 13, Holmes, who led two challengers in the Nov. 6 election then defeated Jay Polachek by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in a Dec. 4 runoff for seat 3, was sworn in for his second term. I want to thank my volunteers, they were non-stop for the whole five month process and they even kept me going, he said.FeesContinued from Page A-1 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanMichigan Avenue Elementary Principal Diane CrookNichols, left, makes recommendations to parent Michelle Mercer, who has a first grader at the school, on which toys her daughter might like during a walk through what event helpers dubbed the gauntlet, a hallway filled with donated toys.
Saturday, December 22, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 Operation Rx PrintShop, a cooperative effort of Osceola County Investigative Bureau agents, the Osceola County Sheriffs Office, Kissimmee and St. Cloud Police Departments netted 29 arrests recently in an operation targeting individuals that printed fraudulent drug prescriptions. The individuals would fill the fraudulent oxycodone, hyrdromorphone and alprazolam prescriptions and sell them illegally on the street. Those individuals filling the fraudulent prescriptions would be paid a small amount of the pills in exchange for pretending to be patients. The prescriptions were written on DEA numbers of unsuspecting physicians not involved in the scheme. Most of the 29 arrested will be charged with conspiracy to traffic the in oxycodone and hydromorphone in addition to obtaining prescriptions by fraud and several other charges. The information will be forwarded to the Attorney By Victor Ocasio For the News Gazette The long hours and hard work put in by teachers is no mystery to those working in Osceola Countys school system, but for educators like Nanci Brillant, of St. Cloud High School, the ability to give back to her students is reward enough. Soon after the start of the new year, 25 special needs students in the schools ESE program are taking a field trip to Disneys Magic Kingdom just in time to see the parks new Fantasyland, and while most trips of this size would cost a pretty penny, all expenses are paid thanks to Brillant. Brillant was named Osceola Countys 2013 Teacher of the Year this past spring, and after negotiating with Disney representatives, the veteran English and reading teacher was able to trade in the four year-long passes she was given with the title into 25 one-day tickets for her students. To me, it is just so heart warming that shes taking something that she could use personally for herself, and instead, is choosing on her own volition to give a positive experience to some of our students, said Nate Fancher, principal of St. Cloud High. Its just wonderful to see. Given the many budgetary issues schools face in financing extracurricular activities, the gesture is more than just kind; its timely. Many of the students in ESE children with varying physical, developmental, emotional and learning barriers have not been on a field trip in years. She goes out of her way and people realize how much she does to help the students, said Fancher. I think people see that. Shes very well respected and she kind of raises the bar for everybody else. With a specialty in special needs education, Brillant has worked in Osceolas school system for more than 10 years, currently teaches English and intensive reading, and heads numerous programs including the schools National Honor Society and Gifted program. I love my job. It really is who I am, said Brillant. It totally defines Nanci. I am just happiest when I am with my kids. But while the idea may have started with Brillant, this enthusiastic educator takes no credit for the massive coordination between teachers like Karen Best, Krista Browning, Ruth Ellis and Denise Peeler it took to make it all happen. It really is a family. It really is a group of people who work together for the greater good, said Brillant. And the greater good in this case was the kids being able to do something they havent had the opportunity to do in awhile. In addition to the 25 students attending, networking between teachers and staffers who work for Disney is allowing the parents, additional faculty, students involved in the National Honor Societys Best Buddies program, and even district 5 School Board Member Tom Long to tag along as well. Turning four tickets into a class outing of more than 50 is no small feat, but for teachers that go above and beyond the workload of the week, providing for those most in need is just the name of the game. It is not an easy job. That being said, thats the joy of it too, said Brillant. Every day is different, every student is different, everything they bring to you, that you give to them, that you can share with someone else; not a job to be bored in. Teacher of the year from St. Cloud High gives back to students Photo/Victor OcasioMany of the students going to Walt Disney World this spring wouldnt have had the opportunity without St. Cloud High School teacher Nanci Brillants donation. County and city offices and public works and utilities will be closed the first part of next week to celebrate Christmas. Osceola County Administration office, the Osceola County Courthouse, city offices in Kissimmee and St. Cloud and the Kissimmee Utility Authority will be closed on Monday and T uesday. In the county, regular curbside garbage and recycling service will be provided on Monday (Christmas Eve). Scheduled curbside collection T uesday (Christmas) will be done this Saturday, before the Christmas holiday. County offices and the Courthouse will re-open on W ednesday. The City of St. Cloud Public Services Solid W aste Division will have normal collection, but no clam truck service. T uesday customers will have collection on W ednesday. Collection on Dec. 31 will be normal but will be closed on Jan. 1, with collection on Jan. 2 for T uesday, Jan. 1 customers. KUAs customer service center and administrative offices will r eturn to r egular utility business hours (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will r esume on W ednesday. Customers wishing to make a bill payment dur ing the holidays can do so through the utilitys automated telephone system at 407-933-7777, online at www.kua.com or at any area Amscot Financial location. KUAs 24-hour outage number is 407-933-9898. If power goes out, customers should notify KUA immediately. In addition, all of those offices will be closed on Jan. 1 and r e-open for nor mal business on W ednesday, Jan. 2. Scheduled curbside trash collection on Jan. 1 will be done on Saturday, Dec. 29 the Saturday before the New Y ears holiday.County, city offices closed for holidays Brillant OCIB arrests 29 in Operation Rx Printshop Police news See Police, page A-5 120812.SNG RESIDENTS OF UNINCORPORATED OSCEOLA COUNTYTHE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT WILL OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Monday, December 24, 2012 (Christmas Eve) Theadministrativeofficesandthe BassRoadResourceRecoverysitewillbeclosed. Curbsideg arbagea ndrecycle collection will run as normally scheduled. Tuesday,December25, 2012(ChristmasDay) Theadministrativeofficeandthe BassroadRecoverysitewillbeclosed.Thereis no curbsidegarbageorrecyclecollection on this day. Curbsidegarbageandrecyclecollectionforcitizensn ormallyscheduled for this day, will take place on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (New Years Day ) TheadministrativeofficesandtheBass RoadResourceRecoverysitewillbeclosed.Thereis no curbsidegarbageorrecycle collection on this day. Curbsidegarbageandrecyclecollectionforcitizensn ormallyscheduled for this day, will take place on Saturday, December 29, 2012. _____________________________________________________ RESIDENTES DEL CONDADO DE OSCEOLA NO INCORPORADO EL DEPARTAMENTO DE DESPERDICIOS SOLIDOS OBSERVAR EL SIGUIENTE HORARIO PARA LA SEMANA DE NAVIDAD: El lunes, 24 de diciembre de 2012 (Vispera De Navidad) Las oficinas administrativas, el Centro de Reciclaje de Bass Road estarn cerrados. Los servicios de recogido de basura y reciclaje no sern interrumpidos. El martes, 25 de diciembre de 2012 (D a de Navidad) Las oficinas administrativas, el Centro de Reciclaje de Bass Road estarn cerrados. No habr servicios de recogido de basura o reciclaje. Sin embargo, los servicios para estos hogares se llevarn acabo el sbado, 22 de Diciembre. El martes, 1 de enero, 2013 (Da de A o Nuevo ) Las oficinas administrativas, el Centro de Reciclaje de Bass Road estarn cerrados. No habr servicios de recogido de basura o reciclaje. Sin embargo, los servicios para estos hogares se llevarn acabo el sbado, 29 de diciembre. WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! Osceola County Solid Waste Dept. 407-742-7750 122212.SNG SERVICIO PERSONALIZADO, PROFESIONAL Y DIGNO Tenemos los precios ms bajos de Kissimmeewww.PortaCoeliFH.com(407) 846-2804 122212.SNG
Page A4, It seems to take a tragedy for lawmakers, the news media and the public to show an interest in addressing the growing national crisis in untreated mental illness. The recent calamity at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., caused millions of Americans to question, how does something like this happen? Werent there warning signs? Of course there were warning signs. The sad truth is, in almost every tragedy like Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, cries for help went unheeded or unfunded. Sometimes its the person with a serious mental illness (SMI) schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or a family member reaching out to help them. In either case, their pleas for help often fall on deaf ears or on a mental health system that is stressed with too much unmet need and too few resources. Many experts on mental health lobby Congress and state legislatures to explain the need for treatment to deal with the large number of people suffering with an SMI and to warn of the potential consequences of ignoring that need. Due to the cost of providing treatment and shrinking government budgets, policy makers dismiss adequate mental healthcare funding as something less than a high priority. They do this at great peril. Without treatment, the mentally ill can become a danger to themselves or others. Many end up in crowded and costly jails and prisons. According to the Criminal Health Project, MiamiDade County is home to the largest percentage of people with serious mental illnesses of any urban community in the nation. While 9.1 percent of the population has some form of SMI, fewer than 13 percent of individuals receive the proper care. As a result, law enforcement and correctional officers have increasingly become the responders to people in crisis. With the annual cost of incarcerating an adult in the Florida prison system at roughly $20,000, untreated mental illness can be a very expensive burden on taxpayers. Its also a safety issue or, in the worst-case scenario, a national tragedy. While serving as chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, I became an ardent and vocal proponent of comprehensive strategies developed by a task force headed by Judge Steve Leifman of Floridas 11th Judicial Circuit. Judge Leifman served as special advisor on criminal justice and mental health for the Florida Supreme Court from 2007-2010. During that three-year period, Leifmans committee produced a report entitled Transforming Floridas Mental Health System, which received considerable state and national recognition. The report outlines recommendations to reduce the number of people with mental illness in prison and to develop alternative approaches that offer treatment and support for recovery. The 165-page report chronicles the history of confinement, first in jails and then in psychiatric hospitals, of the mentally ill. The development of medications led to the community mental health movement. President John F. Kennedy signed a $3 billion authorization to support federal legislation to move from institutional to community-based treatment. However, funds were never appropriated. Federal lawsuits led to the deinstitutionalization of public mental health care. Without funding, an adequate network was never established to absorb these newly displaced individuals, leaving enormous gaps in treatment and the potentially dangerous untreated in our communities. Sadly, Florida ranks near dead last nationally in the level of expenditures for front-end communitybased mental health services. Yet it ranks near the top of the list in the area of forensic mental health services at the tail end. The justice system is ill-suited to serve as the safety net for the mentally ill. Our jails and prisons have been forced to house an increasing number of individuals who are unable to access needed and competent community care. The report outlines several consequences of failure to design and implement an appropriate system of community-based care for people who experience the most severe forms of mental illness: considerably less expensive, front-end services in the public health system to much more expensive, backend services in the juvenile justice, criminal justice and forensic mental health systems. Compromised public safety. Increased arrest, incarceration, and criminalization of people with mental illness. Increased police shootings of people with mental illness. Increased police injuries; and Increased rates of chronic homelessness. It shouldnt take another devastating loss of life to spur action on a growing problem in our society -the failure to provide a safety net to those who can be a danger in our communities if their mental illness is left untreated. The Florida Legislature should quickly embrace the work of Judge Leifman and his expert task force something that we failed to do in 2010 and each year after. Lets not be penny wise and pound foolish when so many precious lives are at risk. Paula Dockery was term-limited as a Republican state senator from Lakeland after 16 years in the Florida Legislature. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.The horrific incident last week in a small town New England elementary school reminds us all how fragile and uncertain our lives can be. In an instant, the lives of so many were cut short. The majority of these lost were the most innocent of children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the lives lost, and to the families and friends of these innocent victims. In the hours and days following, the entire country has wrestled with emotions. Anger, fear and anxiety have become tangible after this recent tragedy. Locally here in Osceola County, parents, police and school officials are all actively involved in working to keep our Osceola County students safe. This was evident at every school, as well as discussions at Tuesdays School Board meeting. The heightened awareness among all involved should give Osceola residents the assurance that steps are being taken to keep our children as safe as can be. This issue will continue to be front page news as the country wrestles with the how to best address the situation. It is important to keep the focus on solutions. If there was a simple answer to stop incidents like the one in Newtown, Conn., it would have already been implemented. While evidence continues to be collected and theories on what lead to this tragedy surmised, we must keep the discussion on how to best prevent future situations. The comments and statements from our local officials are encouraging. More important, the willingness for all to work together will build the foundation for the best Osceola County strategy on keeping our schools as safe as they can be. We echo the comments of Superintendent Melba Luciano in an email she sent to district staff last week, stating Our school district community is continuing to share disbelief and heartbreak over the tragedy that happened last Friday in Connecticut. Submit l etters to t he editor to O sceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. All letters should be no more than 500 words and should include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. Letters to the editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. They also may be published in other Florida Sun Publications, including on the News-Gazette website. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at email@example.com. Seasons Greetings! As we say goodbye to another year, take time to reflect on the goals achieved, learn from the obstacles conquered and anticipate new objectives for the future and the year 2013. As this year adjourns, we will continue to focus on the many goals set forth and continue to face the next year with the same endurance and positive spirit that helped us through. For the past 12 months, it has been an honor to serve as Chairman of the Board as it has provided many opportunities to work more efficiently and productively on behalf of Osceola County residents. I am proud of the accomplishments the Board and I have achieved together and look forward to working diligently to accomplish more. At a special meeting held Dec. 3, Commissioner Frank Attkisson was elected as Chairman of the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners for the upcoming year, and Commissioner Fred Hawkins, Jr. was selected as Vice Chairman. Together, we will continue identify trends and needs of our community for action. I wanted to share a retrospective on the year coming to a close with a couple of projects accomplished during my term. The year started with the announcement of a future opening of Colt Manufacturing bringing new jobs to Osceola County. Colts Manufacturing Company, LLC committed to creating 63 jobs in Osceola County for its new regional headquarters and product manufacturing center. As I mentioned at that time, this is one of the worlds top brands and it is a real coup for our economic development efforts and great asset to our community. In the same light of stimulating our economy, we took a next step in eliminating Transportation Impact Fees. As a result, the county experienced an increase in new growth activity as it gave builders noticeable cost savings on commercial construction and level the playing field on competitive economic development projects. A new residential curbside recycling program was launched. In the programs first three weeks, more than 1.7 million pounds of recyclables were collected by Waste Management and WSI, which is equivalent to the timber resources needed to produce 85.3 million sheets of newsprint. The annual cost for curbside pick-up of solid waste and recyclables for Osceola County residents decreased by $16.80. Another development was the Economic Industry Cluster Study made to identify industries most conducive to successfully create job opportunities for our citizens. The study was influential for implementing one of the com missions strategic goals to grow and diversify the countys economy. The targeted clusters included: Life Sciences and Allied Health Services, Information Technology, Tourism, Entertainment and Recreation, Chemical Product and Plastic Manufacturing, and Food Manufacturing. One of our legislative priorities was to place a satellite medical clinic in Buenaventura Lakes BVL. In August, the new after-hours Community Health Clinic opened its doors to support uninsured and underinsured Osceola County low-to-moderate-income families after-hours when the main health clinic is closed. In our efforts to reform county government, a Strategic Plan was implemented that leads us to 2013 and beyond. It encompasses the Countys vision, plan, and objectives for helping plan the future of Osceola County. The plan centers on Grow and Diversify the Countys Economy, Cost Effective, and High Performing County Government, Upgrade County Infrastructure and Transportation Network and Create Great Neighborhoods for the Future. We ended the year with a huge announcement that would possibly bring 12,000 jobs to the county. The project is to be built on a portion of a property known as the Judge Farm and it will maximize opportunities for local contracting and local jobs. We are very proud of what these developments represent to Osceola County and look forward to new ones. Carry on the spirit of the season by learning from the past, holding on to the courage of the present to face with optimism the future! John Quiones is the Osceola County Commission chairman. John QuionesCounty Commission Our View Got a gripe?Lets work together to keep our schools safeAs the Chairman of the Osceola County School Board it is fair for the public to know what my top priorities will be for improving public education in the Osceola County School District. Understand that student success will always rise to the top, falling just behind student safety. Insofar as student safety is concerned, I am also the parent of students who have attended and will continue in our public schools since kindergarten and are currently in High School and Middle School, and will remain in the Osceola School District until graduation. I have no reservations about the safety of my own children in our schools. In order for our students to succeed and compete at the highest levels for both college and career endeavors the Osceola School Districts number one educational priority right now has to be the integration and upgrading of our digital/computer technology throughout the entire school district. With FCAT being replaced by Common Core testing in less than two years, we must make technology changes quickly. Unlike FCAT, which is a paper and pencil test, all Common Core testing is online. There are those who will argue if that is good or not. The School District does not have the luxury of that debate. Online testing for Common Core is not an issue, it is a fact. Understand that we have some schools that will need a bunch of new computers. While that seems simple on the surface, it is not. Of those schools needing more computers, some do not have the infrastructure to accommodate those computers. Those schools will need bandwidth upgrades, more data ports installed, etc. The next technology leap we must take is to get our schools to the point where students can bring their own devices such as laptops, smart phones, tablet computers to take notes on, download content, manage schedules, etc. The first step is to have an acceptable use policy for students who already have their own data plan for that device. The real leap for the School District is to upgrade the infrastructure of our own data network so students can use our district highspeed data network with a guest access protocol with the appropriate firewalls for security, at every school. The final and maybe most significant piece of this puzzle is teacher laptops. At present we have too many teachers using laptops that are more than five years old. While it is easy to say use what you have until it dies, like an old car-that logic does not apply to instructional technology. Understand that we have and are still equi pping classrooms with the latest technology such as smart boards. Many older computers do not interface properly with smart boards, which negatively impacts student achievement and makes that smart board an expensive tool not being used. We need to get to a point where teacher technology is upgraded every five years, which means as a district we are upgrading twenty percent of our teacher technology every year. Every day we lag in technology is another day our students fall behind students in China, Europe, India, Japan, Singapore, etc. While we do not have a bottomless pit of money, we must spend our resources wisely to do all we can to keep our students competing at the highest levels. Right now the Osceola School Board must invest in technology upgrades district wide to. To that end, at one School Board meeting every month, I am going to request an update from district leadership on where we are on the road to the upgrades we need with our digital technology, and to stress its importance it will be at or near the top of the agenda. On another topic, Kelvin Soto and Tim Weisheyer have already brought fresh ideas and a renewed sense of purpose since being sworn in as Osceola School Board members last month. Both have integrity that is beyond reproach and an intellect that is welcome and has been sorely needed on this board for some time. If anyone has any questions about this or anything else I can be reached at 407973-4141. Or via email at jaywheeler@ embarqmail.com. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Jay Wheeler is the chairman of the Osceola County School Board. As I see it Jay WheelerSchool Board Paula DockeryFlorida Voices 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. 97 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 TATMANTime to upgrade school technology Their viewWrapping up 2012 in Osceola County O PINION O PINION Guest columnTime to get serious about mental health
Saturday, December 22, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Local parents of schoolchildren who might still be a little on edge after the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. can be assured in the Osceola County Public Schools response to its own security issues. An incident at Lakeview Elementary in St. Cloud Tuesday morning, and the staffs extremely fast response to it, highlighted the countys protocols for school and student safety and, more importantly, that they work. Schools superintendent Melba Luciano said immediate action by staff kept the schools children safe. Students were out of the area within seconds, and law enforcement was quickly on scene, she said. The situation began when St. Cloud Police received calls about a male walking through the neighborhood acting in a bizarre manner near 5th Street around 6:30 a.m.; a Lakeview Elementary teacher said that the man, arrested later that morning at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and identified as Glenn J. Bay, entered her front porch, looked around for a bit and then left. Less than an hour later, at 7:10 a.m., Bay reportedly went on the Lakeview campus, while students in the schools extended daycare program were arriving, and entered the cafeteria, where about 20 students were according to School District spokesperson Dana Schafer. According to the St. Cloud Police Departments report, Bay asked someone inside the cafeteria to call 911, but then quickly left and fled the campus. He would later steal a car from the intersection of 5th Street and Columbia Avenue and drive to the hospital prior to getting arrested. He was only on the campus for about 45 seconds, Schafer said. Another source within the district said that the schools lockdown protocol then went into place. Of the four teachers in the cafeteria at the time, one blocked Bays forward progress while the other three ushered the 20 students into a more secure location. Another teacher arriving at school at the same time began herding other arriving children into a music room. While this was going on, school administrators did call 911, and St. Cloud police responded within two or three minutes, Schafer said. Operations returned to normal soon afterward, although a St. Cloud police officer was stationed at the school for the balance of the school day. Students arriving at Lakeview for the 8:25 a.m. opening of school werent aware anything had happened until t hey w ere given a note to take home to their parents later in the day. Staff did everything 100 percent the way they were supposed to. At no time were any children in actual danger, and we are very proud of the response, Schafer said. We also have phenomenal cooperation with police. This was not a security breach, but, as always, we will review what happened and see if there was any part of the response that could have been improved. She said the districts partnership with t he countys three major law enforcement agencies is a big key to its safety protocols, which start with the quick reaction of front-line, on-campus school staff. In light of what happened in Connecticut, weve as a district stepped up our guard, but our number one priority has been as will be student safety, Schafer said. Generals Office of Statewide Prosecution. Jaime OConnor, 27, of Spring Hill, Jeremiah Persyns, 28, of St. Cloud (a registered felon), Ashley Young, 26, of St. Cloud, and Walter Smith, 40, of St. Cloud were listed as leaders of the ring. Agents are still looking for two other listed leaders: Amy Dembinksi, 32, and Mathew Berry, 33, along with Carolyn Driscoll, 31 and Shane David Lee, 28. Daniel Ulivarri, 29, of St. Cloud, and Leron Jackson, 37, of St. Cloud and another registered felon, are listed as organizers. Anyone with information on those still at large in the on-going investigation is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriffs Office at 407-3482222 or Crimeline at 800423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000. The Osceola County Investigative Bureau is a multi-agency task force working in conjunction with the State Attorneys Office and comprised of Osceola County Sheriffs deputies, St. Cloud Police Department officers, Kissim mee Police Department officers and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents who investigate vice, narcotics and organized crime.Transient arrested for robberyA transient was arrested and charged with robbery at a local hotel last week. Osceola County S heriffs deputies on Dec. 13 at approximately 8:43 p.m. responded to the Palm Motel at 4519 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who said an unknown male approached him in the parking lot and took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the area. The male was identified at Felix Torres, 30, a transient, Sheriffs Office reports said. Several witnesses assisted deputies with identifying Torres near the motel. Torres did not cooperate with the investigation, but based on the victim and witness statements, he was arrested for robbery by sudden snatching and booked into the Osceola County Jail.Pair arrested in illegal metals purchaseThe Osceola County She riffs Office Community Response Team East on Dec. 12 conducted an undercover operation at OU Metals located at 4570 Old Tampa Highway in Kissimmee after receiving an anonymous complaint regarding possible illegal activity. The investigation r evealed two employees of the business, Islam Dusebarov, 22, and Yavuz Aras, 21, both of 1258 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, were illegally buying restricted metals and aluminum-copper condensing coils from air conditioning units without proper documentation. They cooperated with the investigation and implicated the owner of the company, who has felony charges pending against him. Yavuz were booked into the Osceola County Jail on secondhand dealers charges. This investigation remains ongoing.PoliceContinued from Page A-3 School District reacts quickly at Lakeview Elementary School incident Bay Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com. 122012.TNG www.centerstatebank.comKissimmee 407-847-3800 Poinciana 407-944-3800 St Cloud 407-957-3800 Southchase 407-438-1140 Ashton 407-891-8396 Charlie AndersonBranch Manager St. CloudKaren GielBranch Manager AshtonNancy MorriseyBranch Manager Kissimmee122212.SNGMonica MedinaBranch Manager SouthchaseAmber AdamsBranch Manager Poinciana
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Saturday, December 22, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Real estate was booming in downtown Kissimmee Tuesday night as more than 20 homes sprung up at the weekly Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market. The homes were a big hit with visitors to the market, who may have been tempted to eat up some of the competition at Kissimmee Main Streets first Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. Our inaugural Gingerbread House Decorating Contest was a huge success, said Kayla Burton, e vent coordinator for Kissimmee Main Street. Downtown businesses proved that a little gingerbread goes a long way when creative minds are at work. Each participant was given a standard boxed gingerbread house kit and told to put together a house that was representative in some way of their business using the kit and accessories of their choice. The a ccessories varied wildly. Natures Table featured spinach or some other leafy substance for its roof, while Quokka Coffee used what else coffee beans. There were candy canes and gumdrops and even Goldfish cheese crackers in the cleverly designed homes, that used a whole lot more than ginger spice to get the idea across. Burton said 593 votes were cast during the competition (voters even received a free cup of hot chocolate). We were amazed by the talents of the downtown businesses and look forward to continuing this new downtown Kissimmee tradition, Burton said. The winners of the competition: First place: 3 Sisters Speakeasy. (They built a close facsimile of the popular restaurant/bar, complete with outside tables and chairs for diners). Second Place: Osceola News-Gazette. (A g inger bread house turned into Snoopys dog house, complete with Snoopy himself reading an edible rice paper copy of the Osceola NewsGazette). Third place: Photography by Skip Stowers. (A homey cabin, with a window to view inside the building). The first place winner received a trophy, while second and third receive ribbons for their efforts. Kissimmee Utility Authority, which put together an elaborate display with working lights and utility poles actually received more votes than anyone, but since it also were the host and sponsor, graciously declined the honor. If you missed out on the fun on voting and s eeing some of the amazing gingerbread homes, there always is next year. Kissimmee Main Street plans on doing the event again in 2013. The event also featured live music and an edible holiday craft-building opportunity for youngsters. The Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market is held each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in front of the Kissimmee Civic C enter and f eatures fresh local produce as well as other items from the area including bread, honey and soap. 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Saturday, December 22, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A11 SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsLady Horns OBC champsWe stand here at the penultimate weekend of the NFLs regular season and the question that comes to mind is: Just what does it take to get eliminated from the AFC wildcard playoff race? Not only have the Baltimore Ravens lost three in a row, but they can lose their final two games and they still are assured of a playoff spot at 9-7. The Steelers (7-7) have done everything in their power to drop out of sight, bombing four of their past five games, yet, if they win their last two games, not only are they guaranteed a wildcard berth, but they still could win the AFC North championship. Dont look now, but our maddeningly erratic Miami Dolphins, who routinely fill 60 percent of Sun Life Stadium, are somehow still in contention for a wildcard despite their uninspired 6-8 record. It wasnt so long ago that the chorus was in full volume, demanding that the NFL expand its 12-team playoff format because too many 11-5 teams were being left out. Commissioner Roger Goodell is broaching playoff expansion even as we speak. Not necessary this season, swami. Anyone with a pulse and a record near .500 still has a shot. To be fair, the 9-5 Colts and the 8-6 Bengals, currently holding the AFC wildcard slots, have played well. And, the Jets, Browns, Chargers, Titans, Bills, Raiders, Jaguars and Chiefs did find the correct formula for elimination and they all are preparing for next years draft. The Jags and Chiefs, at 2-12, are neck-and-neck for the No. 1 overall pick. Over in the NFC, there is a three-way pillow fight for the East championship after the Giants (8-6) contracted AFC North disease and dropped four of their last six games, while Dallas (8-6) and Washington (8-6) suddenly decided to play like genuine contenders. Its a madhouse in the NFC, where eight teams remain in contention for the last three playoff spots. The NFL has posted its playoff clinching scenarios for this weekend, but unless you enjoy recreational calculus, its probably better to let things play themselves out. After surveying the college bowl offerings for this week, weve decided to concentrate on Christmas shopping (its almost time to get started) and await the one or two bowl games next week that might be interesting. We did, however, dispatch Young Jackson to St. Petersburg Friday for the widely anticipated showdown between his beloved UCF Knights and Ball State at the Beef OBradys Bowl. Should Young Jackson return intact, we will cheerfully report those observations that he might remember. Meanwhile, we never forget the Mighty News-Gazette Divine Nine, which takes a holiday twist: No. 1: Santa Claus. No. 2: Bear Claws. No. 3: Electric trains. No. 4: Candy canes. No. 5: Roast beast. No. 6: Carols. No. 7: Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey. No. 8: Cookies. No. 9: Goodwill. To the games: New England (-14) at Jacksonville: The NFLs version of Scrooge vs. Tiny Tim. Pats by 40. St. Louis at Tampa Bay (-3): Bucs officially out of playoff contention after their rousing 41-0 loss at New Orleans. Rams, somehow, are still alive. Not for long. Bucs by 2. Buffalo at Miami (-4): The Fins playoff scenario revolves around the Bengals losing twice and the Steelers winning this week and losing next week. It all could happen. Of course, there is the small matter of the sleigh ride to New England next week, but, hey, one step at a time, right? Hopeful Fins by 4. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-4): Bungles can steal a playoff berth by winning Sunday. But, Cincy always seem to have coal in its stocking. Stillers by 2. N.Y. Giants (-2) at Baltimore: Ill borrow from the loquacious Young Jackson about this one: The moveable force vs. Wildcard races still confusing Rick PedoneSports Editor See Picks, page A-13 Girls Soccer Picks of the Weak By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Some things change, and some dont. The Harmony Lady Longhorns soccer teams success is a non-changer. After a 9-1 win over Poinciana Tuesday, the Lady Longhorns are the Orange Belt Conference champions for the fifth year in a row. They also have command of the 4A-6 district race and are a lock for the No. 1 seed. Coach Stephanie Jones has worked a group of talented freshmen into the lineup along with an group of seniors who played at the state tournament two years ago and went two rounds into the regional playoffs last season. All is good. Working through some injuries right now that hopefully will be sorted out through the first of the year, Jones said. Harmony, 7-1, 6-0 in the conference and 6-0 in the district, not only is winning, it is dominating its conference and district foes, winning by eight goals (mercy rule) each time. Senior Kaley Ward leads the team with 32 goals, and freshman Miranda Lucas has 22 goals and leads the Lady Horns with 18 assists. Junior Breana Plattner has four goals and seven assists. Jones happily reports that the goalkeepers havent had to stop many shots. Not many stats in that direction, she said. The teams only loss was against Class 5A powerhouse Vero Beach, 5-0, in November. Jones points to that game as a reason for her squad to remain humble. Once you get out of districts, it becomes a whole different level, and we are just trying to prepare for districts and beyond, she said. St. Cloud and Celebration both have had good seasons. Well have to see how it plays in the tournament. St. Cloud and Celebratiion tied at 1 Thursday. St. Cloud, 7-2-3, has won or tied 10 of its past 11 games. Celebration, 11-1-4, is on a hot streak of its own, winning or tying each opponent except Harmony.Harmonys Miranda Lucas takes a shot during the 9-1 victory against Poinciana Monday. Lucas,a freshman, had 22 goals through the teams first nine games.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Harmony wins 5th straight OBC title; Leads District 4A-6 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Three former Great Florida Shootout champions are in the 16-team field as the 32 nd version of one of Floridas premier high school basketball tournaments begins Thursday. The tournament, for the first time split into two eight-team championship brackets (Silver and Gold), will be at the Kissimmee Civic Center with eight firstround games set to begin at 9 a.m. The tournament continues through Dec. 29, with the two championship games scheduled for 7 p.m. (Silver) and 8:30 p.m. (Gold). Oviedo, with Shootout founder and former Osceola High Coach Ed Kershner, returns with two (2000, 2006) Shootout championships to its credit. Oviedo (9-0) returns all five starters from last years Class 7A final four team. The Osceola Kowboys won twice (1981-82) and Metairie Park Country Day from Louisiana returns after winning in 2008. Osceola (4-6) is joined by Osceola County schools Gateway (10-2) and Celebration (8-3) at the Shootout. This is Celebrations first appearance. The Storm bring the tournaments premier center in 6-11 North Florida signee Romelo Banks. Gateway, coached by Bob Baker, is in the Silver Bracket and opens at 7 p.m. Thursday against South Atlanta High, which has averaged 25 wins per season over the past five years. Osceola and Celebration are in the Gold Bracket. Celebrations Zach Reddy (32) dunks during the Storms victory at OHS in early December. Osceolas Jamie Morris (22) looks on. Both teams will compete at the 32nd Great Florida Shootout on Thursday.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Great Florida Shootout returns for 32nd edition Sports briefsSee Shootout, page A-13State Academic teamSeveral Osceola County high school fall sports athletic teams were ranked among the top 10 academically in their classes by the Florida High School Athletic Association. They are: Celebration football (3.110), first; Harmony boys cross country (3.619), fourth; Gateway girls cross country (3.636), fourth; Liberty girls cross country (3.460), 10th; Harmony girls cross country (3.562), 10th; Harmony girls golf (3.710), fifth; Osceola boys swimming (3.155), 10th; Harmony girls swimming (3.679), third; Harmony volleyball (3.541), fourth; St. Cloud girls volleyball (3.381), ninth. The cumulative GPA for all fall sports teams in the Osceola School District is 3.141.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. No experience required. Assessment day is Jan. 26 beginning at 10 a.m. 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 407341-5380.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A13 PicksContinued from page A-11the resistible object. G-men by 1. Atlanta (-3) at Detroit: Falcons made their statement by blitzing the Giants last week. Lions made their statement months ago: Were no good. Falcons by 2. New Orleans at Dallas (-2): Cowboys keep poking along, so Saints should go marching out of the playoff picture. Pokes by 3. San Francisco (-1) at Seattle: Seabirds are tough at home, and their QB moves quicker than Santa on Christmas eve. Hawks by 3. Brian Big Man McBrides Super Sniffer Upset Special: Seattle by 3. Tom Captain Kirks Beam Me Up Scotty NFL Prime Time Pick of the Week: Niners by 6. Young Jackson says: Niners by 7, Saints by 4 and I wish they had played the bowl game at Ybor City. Last week: Blitzing Blitzen (4-4, 100-43) bested Doddering Donner (2-6, 99-44). The Kowboys open at 8:30 p.m. Thursday against Country Day (5-4), which boasts a pair of 6-9 forwards in Scott Plaisance and Kent McGuire. Celebration meets South Miami at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The Cobras (8-1) only loss this season came at the Tournament of Champions in Illinois. Antravious Simmons, a 6-9 senior, averaged 21 ppg. last season and was Dade Countys player of the year. Other Gold Bracket matchups Thursday have McEachern High (3-6) from Georgia meeting Orlando Colonial (1-6) at 9 a.m. and Palm Bay Heritage (8-2) meetin Oviedo (9-0) at 2 p.m. Other Silver Bracket matchups are St. Petersburg High (6-2), a Class 7A final four team last season, against Fort Lauderdale Dillard (6-2) at 3:30 p.m., East Hall High (1-3) of Georgia against Eustis (6-4) at 10:30 a.m. and St. Michaels College School of Toronto (16-1) against Tampa Chamberlain (7-1).ShootoutContinued from page A-11 R ROOFING Re-roofsLocally Owned FREE Estimates407-891-7080Lic# CCC057668Qualty roofing at affordable prices! ~ L LAWN MAINTENANCEMANNYS LANDSCAPING & FENCING -MORE!!!WWW.MLF.EMBARQSPACE.COM(407) 891-1272 (407) 908-4392Lic./Ins. 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Matthew McConaughey gives an Academy Awardnominee performance in Killer Joe, but with a crowded field for Best Actor, he will almost for sure be left out in the cold. If you like Fargo, Pulp Fiction and films of that ilk, Killer Joe is made to order. Just out from Lionsgate and available in Blu-ray and DVD and featuring an unrated directors cut of the film, Killer Joe is one hell of a ride. Directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist), the black comedy stars McConaughey as twisted police detective Joe Cooper, hired to kill a woman for her life insurance policy. Also featured is Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Milk) as the young man who hired Killer Joe, along with his father (Thomas Haden Church) and younger sister to kill his mom for the money. The very dark film has some memorable scenes, but be warned: stay away if twisted, violent films are not your favorite genre. The Blu-ray/DVD includes the theatrical R-rated version, a question and answer session with the cast and audio commentary with director Friedkin. Savages There is more stylish violence in Savages (Universal), the latest release and DVD/ Blu-ray from director Oliver Stone. Savages is a quite good action/thriller focusing on the lives of a love triangle, two former high school buddies and the girlfriend they both love. The two guys also produce some of the highest-grade marijuana in California, and by default, the world. Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) could not be more unlike. Ben is a practicing Buddhist, a guy with a soul, who uses a lot of the money he has made from his marijuana fortune to help others. Chon is former Navy Seal 50 CENTS Plus Savages, Cagney & Lacey MIB, Eight is Enough Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com Killer Joe: Dead on black comedy CIRQUE 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 Nov. 9 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 Dec. 7.LEGOLAND NEW YEARSWINTER HAVEN LEGOLAND Florida brings in the New Year for six nights beginning Dec. 26 with a Coundown to New Years and a Kids New Years Eve party. Perfect for families with children ages 2 to 12, all festivities begin in the afternoon and wrap-up shortly after the sun goes down, allowing little ones to have all the fun of New Years with their family without having to stay up until midnight to do it. Each day during the Countdown to New Years (Dec. 26-30), the celebration starts at 2 p.m. Special events include a New Years themed live-action show in Pirates Cove Stadium and a grand finale fireworks spectacular over Lake Eloise. With special LEGOLAND Florida viewing glasses, an ordinary fireworks show is transformed into millions of exploding LEGO bricks.In addition, the whole family can enjoy a family-friendly party with Kids New Years Eve on Dec. 31. Kids get to rock out in Miniland USA with a live DJ Dance Party. After the live-action show and fireworks, everything will be in place for the enormous BRICK Drop at just the right time for kids, midnight Kid Standard Time (KST) otherwise known as 6 p.m. EST. All New Years events are included with regular park admission, and guests will have complete access to a full day of theme park fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.CHRISTMAS SPOOFORLANDO Or lando 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 Dec. 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. See DVD, page B-4Only three more theme park days til Christmas Lionsgate Theme Park holiday O sceola County residents are encouraged to consider exhibiting your works in the upcoming fair. The Creative Arts exhibits are open to all residents of Osceola County to compete in categories such as baked goods, quilting, needlework, canning, woodworking, painting, photography and much more. Pre-registration for adults and youth is Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 from 8 a.m. until 4 pm. at Osceola Heritage Parks KVLS Pavilion. The entry fee is: Adults (19 and up) $3 per item entered. Youth (18 and under) $2 per item entered. Ribbons and cash awards will be awarded to the winners. Exhibitors may show 10 entries per department. Entries may not have been previously entered in the fair. Entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 or on Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. only. (Baked goods accepted that need refrigeration). For additional information visit www.OsceolaCountyFair.com. Click on Community Shows and Creative Arts. You may also contact Beverly Frankenberg with questions. 407-552-6932 (cell), 407-892-6549 (home) bfrank323@aol. com. Pre-registering begins Jan. 12 at Osceola Heritage Park December 22, 2012Matthew McConaughey plays bad guy detec tive Killer Joe in the film of the same name. The dark comedy is now available on Blu-ray. Valencia Colleges Anita S. Wooten Gallery will display a collection of drawings by New York artist Selena Kimball, starting Jan. 18. The drawings include selections from Kimballs collections, Split Doubles and A History of Things I Will Remember but Never See. The exhibit opens Jan. 18 with an opening-night reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will remain on display through March 8, 2013. Kimball, a Maine native who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., says her work begins with archival documents, such as illustrated histories and books of popular science, and develops into imagined reckonings with the history they represent. For her collection titled A History of Things I Will Remember but Never See, Kimball created portraits of people watching -painted from photographs of events in our recent historic memory. The gallery is located in Building 3 on Valencias East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail.Universal OrlandoThe Macys Parade has become a popular part of Universal Orlandos annual holiday events. The parade features some of the same famous balloons featured in Macys Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. By Peter Covino Lifestyle Editor If you dont mind the crowds and long lines, you can really get into that holiday mood at the theme parks in Central Florida Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND and Busch Gardens in Tampa were geared up for the season even before Thanksgiving, and with Christmas just a few days away, there are bright lights and even snowflakes at the theme parks. No one does the holidays quite like Walt Disney World, and there are special events at all four Disney parks, plus you can get in some last minute shopping at Downtown Disney, which is also all dressed up for the holidays. Here is a quick look at Disney for the holidays. Magic Kingdom It is always magical at the Magic Kingdom at Christmas. Cinderellas Castle is all decked out with 200,000 shimmering white lights, plus there is the Holiday Wishes nighttime show, Disney characters wearing their holiday finest and more. Epcot The Candle Processional is the main attraction here with seasonal music and a reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir and 50-piece orchestra. The processional is held three times nightly through Dec. 30. Admission is included with Epcot ticket, but guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. For more information and reservations: http://disneyworld. disney.go.com/reservations/dining/ candlelight-dinners/ Holidays Around the World: Storytellers from around the world share traditions and lore from their homeland throughout World Showcase. The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale. Disneys Hollywood Studios The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall. The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests through Jan. 6, 2013. Disneys Animal Kingdom Celebrate safari style as Disneys Animal Kingdom with traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily Mickeys Jingle Jungle Parade. Downtown Disney Finish your shopping at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa It s a holly jolly holiday at Central Florida s theme parks See Holiday page B-3 Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/OsceolaSport s Putting On Your DVDSFair warning: time to get those entries readyA blue ribbon or cash prize could be in your future.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Goofy. Both Universal Orlando Resort Parks also offer lots of holiday happenings. Islands of Adventure At Universals Islands of Adventure guests will be filled with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing. They can watch the live show, Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular, featuring The Grinch and the Whos from Who-ville, accompanied by an original musical score by Mannheim Steamroller. Universal Studios Universal Studios Florida, the Macys Holiday Parade will fill the streets every evening with the same larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous New York City parade. This year, the parade includes allnew Nutcracker and Mouse King trycaloons tandem tricycles that appear to be pedaled by whimsical balloon characters from the popular holiday tale. Guests will also enjoy colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus. And Christmas music sensation, Mannheim Steamroller, will return this year with more performances than ever before. The acclaimed musical group will perform their memorable holiday hits this weekend at the Music Plaza stage at Universal Studios. For more information on Universal Orlandos Holidays celebration, guests can visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/ holidays. LEGOLAND LEGOLAND Florida presents a second year of its holiday themed Christmas Bricktacular. Sounds of the season and stunning holiday decorations fill The Beginning and Fun Town with festivities every Saturday and Sunday in December, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Beginning is home to a truly Bricktacular sight a more than 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000 forest green LEGO and DUPLO bricks. Holiday festivities on Saturdays and Sundays in December during Christmas Bricktacular will feature lots of family fun: LEGO Christmas Tree: The more than 30-foottall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000 forest green LEGO and DUPLO bricks provides the perfect place for every holiday family photo. Through Dec. 25, a special family will be chosen to help light the Bricktacular tree each night. LEGO Model Build Activity: What LEGO lover doesnt want a chance to build while at Central Floridas newest theme park featuring massive creations of the worlds most beloved toy? Help LEGOLAND Florida build a LEGO Christmas Tree in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza that will stand over 20 foot tall when completed. LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt: Its Christmas Eve in Miniland USA and Santa is busy delivering gifts to all the good girl and boy minilanders. Help find Santa in this funfilled holiday scavenger hunt. The whole family can enjoy searching for Santa in the over 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA. LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier: Guests will have meet and greet opportunities with LEGOLAND Floridas special holiday friends, LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier. Festivities and Entertainment: Festive decorations and sounds of the season will fill the entrance of the park and a variety of holiday entertainment will take place throughout the weekend to delight guests of all ages. Holiday Shopping: LEGOLAND features six specialty stores, offering unique and often hard to find selection of LEGO products and more. To purchase tickets, visit www.legoland.com. SeaWorld SeaWorld Orlandos holiday festivities include the sparkling sea of trees, a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience and more. It continues through Dec. 31. O Wondrous Night tells the greatest story never told, with more than 30 carols, based upon the Christmas Story and told through the eyes of a variety of live animals. Shamu Christmas Miracles is the live night-time as whales soar through the air in a performance that will take the audience on a stirring voyage into the heart of the holidays. Winter Wonderland on Ice is an ice skating extravaganza where Christmas comes to life through towering water fountains, magnificent fireworks and some of the most talented ice skaters in the world. This is a dont-miss, holiday sensation. Busch Gardens The Tampa Bay theme park launched its biggest Christmas celebration ever this year with Christmas Town. It is a wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas, filling guests senses with seasonal sights, sounds and flavors. A portion of the proceeds from Christmas Town will benefit All Childrens Hospital. For the first time in the parks 53-year history, visitors to Christmas Town will experience all-new evening attractions, shows and shopping from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The special event includes attractions exclusive to the nighttime experience: SnowWorld Presented by Coca-Cola brings real snow to Florida! Make s snowman, snow angel or just play in the soft white snow. Pack the perfect snow balls and test your aim at the target practice area. All aboard the Christmas Town Express for the biggest Christmas carol sing-a-long on wheels. Friends and family are invited join in singing traditional songs of the season like Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while circling the park on a beautifully lit vintagestyle steam locomotive. The Claus family invites you into their North Pole home at Welcome to Santas House. While the elves are busy preparing for Christmas, Mrs. Claus is in the kitchen baking holiday treats, but even Santa himself will take a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with families in his private study. Straight from the South Pole, Penguin Point has brought a bit of ice and snow all the way to Florida! Come chill with these dapper little creatures and marvel at their underwater antics at the penguin habitat, located near Candy Cane Lane in the Nairobi area. Even Busch Gardens most familiar fans will barely recognize the portions of the park that convert to Christmas Town through special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and thousands and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights: Celebration Village brings together the rich, warm colors of Christmas and heartfelt voices lifted in song to welcome guests as they enter Christmas Town. Draped in jewel-tone ornaments and glowing lights, the Moroccan Village comes alive with local choirs in the Marrakesh Theater and shops full of holiday gifts. Family and friends will cozy up to brave the chill in the air along Ice Wonder Way. The frozen pathway sparkles and shimmers in the night as snowflakes dance down the front of the Moroccan Palace, welcoming guest for special performances of the all-new Christmas Town ice show. Wild colors, exotic decorations and intricate animal patterns create the kind of Christmas found only in nature! Stretching along the Cheetah Hunt walkway, Jungle Jubilee welcomes guests to Floridas only triple-launch coaster and the iconic Crown Colony restaurant, featuring special holiday fare and the new Carol of the Bells light show. Just around the bend, Candy Cane Lane gives Christmas Town a peppermint twist. Red and white lights twinkle in the trees throughout the Nairobi area, calling to mind the beloved Christmas confection and pointing guests down the path to the Christmas Town Express and Santas House. Experience the humble magnificence of that first Christmas night and remember the real reason for the season and along Miracle Way. Guests will marvel at a topiary representation of the Holy Nativity and illuminated angels, set along the Stanleyville Bridge in the warm glow of Christmas lights and sacred holiday music. Christmas has come to Sesame Street! Elmo and his friends are all dressed up in their holiday best at Sesame Holiday Continued from page B-1 LEGOLANDEverything is LEGO at LEGOLAND, including the Christmas tree. 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Actress Diana Hyland died after the first season of the show wrapped up and it became a major subplot of season two. Season two centers on the new romance of Tom and Abby (Betty Buckley) as well as other hot 1970s topic such as underage drinking. Guest stars during the season include Will Geer, Robin Williams, Danny Bonaduce and a pre Miami Vice Don Johnson. The DVD set is part of the Warner Archive Collection and available for order at www.warnerachive.com Men in Black 3 I really dont like sequels and Men in Black really had run its course with the second film. But Men in Black 3 is a pleasant surprise, featuring a really good performance by James Brolin as well as a reuniting of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agents J and K. This is a retro film as Agents J and K travel back in time to 1969 to prevent an alien assassination. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Men in Black 3 is available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo back as well as Blu-ray 3D, both with UltraViolet copies (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment). Bonus features in the Blu-ray combo pack include the Spot the Alien Game; Keeping it Surreal: The FX of MIB 3 featurette and The Evolution of Cool: MIB 1960s Vs. Today featurette. A Men in Black Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset featuring all three films in collectible packaging also is available. Cagney and Lacey The hard-edge female cop type is a staple on TV today, gut back in the early 1980s, women were not very common playing detectives. Cagney & Lacey broke the mold, featuring not just one, but two female leads. Visual Entertainment presents Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series, 119 episodes on 32 discs, a bonanza of TV viewing for fans of the genre. Also available online only (www.cagneyandlacey.com,) is the 30th anniversary of the series a mega-pack features the series first season (six episodes) with Meg Foster as Cagney, four made for TV films (which aired after the series finale); personal interviews with Sharon Gless (who took over the role of Lacey in season two) and Tyne Daly. There even is an audio book of Barney Rosenzweigs book, Cagney & Lacey .and Me. This series also holds up much better than other similar shows, mostly because of the chemistry between the two female leads. The show was quite groundbreaking with its portrayal of womens issues and other topics during its run (1981-88). DVDContinued from page B-1 Holiday Continued from page B-3 Street Season of Fun, ready to pose for pictures and plenty of hugs with kids of all ages who stop by to wish them a funny, furry Christmas. When its warm in December and theres more sand than snow, celebrate a Floridian Christmas with a touch of the tropics in the Enchanted Flamingo Valley. Guests will be thinking pink as they encounter decorated palm trees and a flock of festive flamingos created from thousands of twinkling pink lights. Christmas is in full bloom along Poinsettia Parkway, where guests can lose themselves among hundreds of the traditional holiday flowers and feast their senses on delicious holiday treats. On your way to play in the snow, stop by Jingle Bell Junction and climb aboard a pintsized train for a holly-jolly ride designed especially for young guests, located at the crossroads of Christmas Town in Gwazi Plaza. Guests can find the perfect holiday gift or indulge in a delicious seasonal treat as they explore Christmas Town Village. Set along the Gwazi Park walkway, tiny Christmas cabins will scent the air with seasonal treats like apple pies and strudels, gingerbread cookies, eggnog and roasting nuts, as well as a delicious array of flavored popcorns, roasted nuts, waffles with ice cream, fruitfilled crepes, rustic sandwiches, homemade potato chips and Starbucks coffees and hot chocolate. Enjoy a nostalgic white Christmas in Florida! in Christmas Town Park. Guests can experience real, frozen snowdrifts in SnowWorld Presented by Coca-Cola, meander among quaint cabin shops, pose for pictures with strolling snowmen, and finish off the night with an exclusive concert with the Grammy Award-winning group Jars of Clay. Guests who have come to love Busch Gardens traditional holiday shows will still be able to see Christmas on Ice, Christmas from the Heart and Christmas Celebration during the day. But at Christmas Town, new shows and surprise guests who will provide a very special evening of family-friendly entertainment: Grammy Award-winning contemporary Christian artists Jars of Clay will provide an uplifting finale each evening with an exclusive concert in Gwazi Park. Performing both original hits and holiday favorites, the group will send guests on their way with music in their hearts and the spirit of Christmas in their souls. Jimmy Osmonds Christmas Jukebox features Jimmy Osmond and his family singing favorite Christmas tunes and sharing special holiday memories each night in the Stanleyville Theater. In the true spirit of Christmas, Busch Gardens is joining Jimmy in his work with the Childrens Miracle Network, and will be making a donation to local Tampa Bay-area kids in need at All Childrens Hospital. World-class skaters will bring to life favorite Christmas songs both traditional and contemporary, in a cool, all-new angelinspired ice show, Angels of Peace: A Christmas Journey on Ice, produced especially for Christmas Town by the creators of Christmas on Ice and Iceploration. Busch Gardens Crown Colony House restaurant sets the stage for a stunning ballet of music and light each night under the stars. The Carol of the Bells features tens of thousands of Christmas lights covering the faade of the stately building, set in motion to a choreographed presentation of stirring seasonal songs. For those who cant wait to get their night at Christmas Town started, guests are invited to pull up a chair at Mrs. Claus Family Feast for a special evening filled with stories, songs, a delicious buffet of traditional holiday fare, plenty of opportunities for holiday hugs and photos with Mrs. Claus and her favorite elves, and exclusive no-wait access to Welcome to Santas House and Snow Wonderland after dinner. When Christmas Town opens this weekend, it will be the beginning of a unique holiday tradition for Tampa Bay area, says Jim Dean, Busch Gardens Tampas park president. We are creating a season-long celebration for family and friends unlike any other event our guests have ever seen the kind of Christmas fun only Busch Gardens can provide. Christmas Town is a separate-ticketed night event, and regular daytime admission is not required or included. General admission for Christmas Town is $39.99 plus tax. Busch Gardens annual pass members will receive discounts with advance online priced at $24.99 for adults and $9.99 for children, and special offers are available for guests wishing to upgrade their paid daily admission to Busch Gardens. e Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Five-Year Consolidated Plan is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Osceola Countys current Five-Year Consolidated Plan guides housing programs and non-housing community planning between 2010 and 2014. e goal of the Consolidated Plan is to provide decent housing, provide a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for very low, low, and moderate income persons. e current Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan determines expenditures of program activities for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. e County is required to complete a Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan in order to change the use of funds in excess of 20 percent from one eligible activity in accordance with Title 24 Housing and Urban Development, Part 91.105. e substantial amendment is required, because the funds were not expended for the identied activities in the respective funding year. ere is a total of $401,300.92 in unexpended funds carried over funds from the 2010-2011 scal year and $550,355.57 from the 2011-2012 scal year. Additionally, $461,060.18 in 2012-2013 funds needs to be reallocated and/or assigned to projects. Total funds to be amended are $1,412,526.60. e 2010-2011 unexpended funds are available from Program Administration, Breadbasket Septic Tank Replacement, Public Services activities, and the Osceola County Community Health Clinic. Unfortunately, these activities did not expend the total allocated. ere are also 2011-2012 unexpended funds available from Program Administration, Public Service activities, Marydia Community Center, Poinciana Community Center, and St. Cloud Maryland Avenue drainage project. Unfortunately, three of the ve activities did not expend the total allocated. e construction of a Marydia Community Center and Poinciana Community Center will no longer be undertaken utilizing CDBG funds, thus the reasoning for reallocating the funds. Furthermore, the 20122013 plan set aside funds for Intercession City and Campbell City target areas but did not specify for which activities; the amendment will specify the activities for these areas. Additionally, the 2012-2013 Action Plan set aside funds for a Poinciana Community Center, these funds are no longer needed. Please see Table 1 for specics on program expenditures. e following is the proposed amendment to the 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan activities and funding levels considered for action by the Board of County Commissioners at their February 4, 2013 regular meeting. Comments on the amendment will be accepted during a 30-day period, from Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Friday, January 25, 2013. A dra copy of the substantial amendment is available at Osceola County Human Services 330 North Beaumont Avenue Kissimmee Florida 34741, County libraries, on the Countys website www.osceola.org, or by calling 407-742-8405. All comments from citizens will be considered and included in the substantial amendment to the Action Plan. e Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing, which will be held in the Commission Chambers at 1 Courthouse Square Kissimmee Florida 34741, on February 4, 2013 at 1:30 p.m., or as soon thereaer as can be heard, to obtain input and comments for the proposed activities for the upcoming program year and all input and comments from citizens will be considered in preparing the One Year Action Plan. e public hearings will be held in a handicapped accessible location. For further info about special accommodations for a disability, please call Jamie Rowland at (407) 742-8405 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. TDD users may call the Florida TDD Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771. Also, any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should contact Ms. Rowland 48 hours before the meeting. Cinco aos de plan consolidado del Programa de Subvencin de Desarrollo de la Comunidad (CDBG) es requerido por el Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD). El consolidado Plan del Condado de Osceola de los corrientes cinco aos gua los programas de vivienda y de planicacin comunitaria no residencial entre 2010 y 2014. El objetivo del Plan Consolidado es proporcionar una vivienda digna, proporcionar un entorno de vida adecuado, y ampliar las oportunidades econmicas para las personas con ingresos muy bajos, bajos y moderados. El actual Plan Consolidado Plan Anual de Accin determina los gastos de las actividades del programa para el Ao Fiscal 2012-2013. Es requerido que el Condado complete una modicacin sustancial al Plan de Accin con el n de cambiar el uso de los fondos en exceso de 20 por ciento a partir de una actividad elegible de acuerdo con el Ttulo 24 Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano, Parte 91.105. La modicacin sustancial es necesaria, ya que los fondos no se gastaron en las actividades identicadas en el ao que fueron asignados. Hay un total de $ 401,300.92 en fondos no utilizados prorrogados del ao scal 2010-2011 y $ 550,355.57 del ao scal 2011-2012. Adems, $ 461,060.18 en fondos 2012-2013 que hay que reasignar y / o asignar a proyectos. El total de fondos que debe modicarse es $1, 412,526.60. Los fondos no utilizados durante 2010-2011 consistieron de gastos de Administracin del Programa, reemplazo del tanque sptico del programa Breadbasket, las actividades de los servicios pblicos y la Clnica de Salud Comunitaria de Osceola County. Infortunadamente, estas actividades no gastaron el total que se le haba asignado. Tambin existen fondos del 2011-2012 no utilizados en administracin del programa, las actividades de servicio pblico, Centro Comunitario Marydia, el Centro Comunitario de Poinciana y del proyecto de drenaje de Maryland Avenue en St. Cloud. Lamentablemente, tres de las cinco actividades no gastaron el total asignado. La construccin de los Centros Comunitarios de Marydia y de Poinciana ya no se realizarn utilizando fondos CDBG; consecuentemente, estos fondos se reasignacin. Adems, los fondos destinados para el plan 2012-2013 para las reas de Intercesin City y Campbell City no se especicaron para qu actividades serian asignados, en la enmienda se especicarn las actividades para estas zonas. Adems, el Plan de Accin 2012-2013 tena fondos asignados para un centro comunitario en Poinciana, estos fondos ya no son necesarios. Por favor, consulte la Tabla 1 para obtener informacin especca sobre los gastos del programa. La siguiente tabla es la propuesta de enmienda a las actividades 2012-2013 del Plan de Accin Anual y los niveles de nanciacin considerados para accin por la Junta de Comisionados del Condado en su sesin regular del 4 de Febrero 2013. Comentarios sobre la enmienda sern aceptados durante un perodo de 30 das, a partir del Mircoles, 26 de diciembre del 2012 y hasta el Viernes, 25 de enero 2013. Una copia relevante del borrador de la modicacin est disponible en la Ocina de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Osceola 330 North Beaumont Avenue Kissimmee Florida 34741, bibliotecas del Condado, en la pgina del Internet del Condado www.osceola.org o llamando al 407-742-8405. Todos los comentarios de los ciudadanos sern considerados e incluidos en la modicacin sustancial del Plan de Accin. La Junta de Comisionados del Condado llevar a cabo una Audiencia Pblica, que se celebrar en la Cmara de la Comisin 1 Courthouse Square Kissimmee Florida 34741, el 4 de febrero del 2013 a las 1:30 pm, o tan pronto como se pueda obtener la opinin y los comentarios de las actividades propuestas para el programa del ao prximo los comentarios de los ciudadanos se tendrn en cuenta en la preparacin de un plan de Un Ao de Accin. La audiencia pblica se llevar a cabo en un lugar accesible para personas con discapacidad. Para solicitar informacin adicional o acomodaciones especiales debido a una discapacidad, por favor pngase en contacto con Jamie Rowland en (407) 742-8405 por lo menos 48 horas antes de la reunin. Los usuarios de TDD pueden llamar al servicio de TDD de la Florida al 1-800-955 8771. Igualmente, cualquier persona que no hable Ingls y desee asistir a la audiencia pblica deber ponerse en contacto con la Sra. 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Saturday, December 22, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care in Central Florida has named Charles Chuck Lee, as president and CEO. Lee is a veteran in the hospice industry who has led patient care operations, strategic planning, fund raising, business development, and volunteer recruitment at several hospice organizations. We are fortunate to welcome Chuck to our leadership team, said John Moore, Cornerstone Hospice Board chairman. His proven ability to work collaboratively to provide exceptional care while sustaining and expanding programs will benefit the organization as we move into a challenging time for health care providers. I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve the team at Cornerstone Hospice, Lee said. Cornerstone has a long tradition of excellence in serving dying persons and their loved ones in Central Florida, and Im excited to play a part in keeping that tradition strong in the years ahead. Lee, who most recently has served as CEO at Hospice of Chattanooga in Tennessee, will assume his role at Cornerstone Hospice, which serves seven Central Florida counties on Jan. 2. Prior to Chattanooga, Lee served as Sr. Vice President of Operations at Covenant Hospice in Pensacola, Fla., and worked with hospices across the country as a leader with the Studer Covenant Alliance. In the coming years, hospice programs including Cornerstone will face daunting challenges, Lee said. Tighter regulations, changes in reimbursement, and increased competition will demand that Cornerstone enhance the quality of its service delivery, keep costs under control, and find creative new ways to ensure that our caring mission remains intact. Cornerstone Hospice has been providing compassionate care for people facing lifelimiting illnesses and their families since 1984. In 2011, the agency served 4,281patients, plus thousands more friends and loved ones, and Cornerstone c urrently serves mor e than 800 patients each day. Cornerstones annual revenue approaches $60 million. Lee intends to build on that strong foundation. While challenges certainly exist, great opportunities lie ahead for Cornerstone, he said. More people request hospice care each year, and Cornerstones reputation for excellence positions us as the provider of choice for hospice and palliative care across Central Florida. Thats a powerful combination for growth in the years ahead. Lee replaces interim CEO Mary Manrique, who has led the organization since February 2012 and who did not pursue the permanent position. Manrique will resume her role as chief operations officer for Cornerstone Hospice. By Victor Ocasio For the Osceola News-Gazette While car maker Fiat prides itself on its next wave of Italians to come to America, the city of Kissimmee will soon be home to its own foreign-born vehicle manufacturer, one that looks to soar above the competition in the category of aviation Italico Aviation USA. The Italy-based designer, manufacturer, and distributor of light sports aircraft (LSA), Italico Aviation, will set up its new shop at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport next year under the name Italico Aviation USA, and projects to create 55 jobs with an average wage of $61,000 over the next 4 years. We are excited to begin manufacturing in the United States, said Eros Spinozzi, president of Italico Aviation and Italico Aviation USA. The Kissimmee location is perfect as it offers us access to everything we need, from a great workforce, strategic location, a tremendous customer base and most importantly the Florida sunshine that enables us to showcase our planes year round. The companys arrival a $3.2 million capital investment for the airport was shrouded in secrecy for almost a year, but was officially announced on Dec. 4, and is the product of an economic partnership project between the state, Enterprise Florida Inc., Osceola County, the city of Kissimmee and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. I hope what this means for city residents is that we begin to improve the overall household income, said city of Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan. When youre bringing in $60,000 a year jobs, that brings the whole base up. Now, is that going to fix things over night? No. But you have to start. Operations are expected to begin in March of 2013, and the company will initially start with a workforce of 22 employees working in everything from aviation mechanics and aluminum folding to composite material design and marketing. The airplanes to be built at the facility fall under the Federal Aviation Administrations newest aircraft designation of LSA, a classification that requires a different pilots license. Planes like it are currently built by two other companies Cessna and Piper making Italico Aviation USA the only original equipment manufacturer of light sports aircraft in the United States. The rarity of such an opportunity makes Swan hopeful for Kissimmees future economic opportunities. I think given the opportunity, youre going to see spin-off businesses that will also come in, said Swan. I dont know what kind they might be, I dont where theyll be, I dont know how many jobs they might create, but usually when a manufacturing facility is built, you end up finding similar industry connections. As far as customers are concerned, Spinozzi believes that by offering a plane that is projected to be between $20,000 to $40,000 less than Italicos competitors prices, and maintaing a 35 year record of zero fatalities with his product, that marketing to the non-traditional pilot is the way of the future. Our major concern is to make the people that already fly happy, but it can not be our only focus, said Spinozzi. If you want to build a company that employs 55 people and sells 500 planes a year, we can not just stick with the few people that go to flight shows because the market is saturated there. We need to create pilots. Henin Realty names Mitch Gover Realtor associateHenin Realty has named Mitch Gover Realtor associate in Orlando and Winter Park. Jerome Henin, who heads Henin Realty, said Gover holds a degree in business administration from the University of Florida and has more than 25 years of residential real estate and mortgage lending experience. Gover was formerly with Charles Rutenberg Realty in Orlando and achieved more than $2 million in sales volume in 2011-2012. He was formerly a Wholesale Account Executive for North American Mortgage and also for Chase Home Mortgage where he tripled sales volume in one year. The skills and experience that Mitch brings together with his passion for achieving outstanding results should play a decisive role in our growth at Henin Realty and were excited to have him on board, Henin said.Stirling Sothebys International Realty hopes to lease The Plaza North tower to night club operatorStirling Sothebys International Realty plans to lease its 20,000 square foot penthouse suite in The Plazas North tower in downtown Orlando and hopes to find a national or international night club operator to take over the space. Roger Soderstrom, founder and owner of Stirling Sothebys International Realty, said the facility is ideal for an upscale night club. We have almost 10,000 square feet on the 16th floor overlooking downtown Orlando and it includes a 10,000 square foot garden terrace, Soderstrom said. The space is ideally suited to become the sort of upscale night club that can be found in Miami, New York, London or Paris. John Kurtz, commercial specialist with Stirling Sothebys International Realty, is representing the property. The Plaza South building is located in the heart of Orlandos entertainment district and the sort of visionary club operator who would develop this facility would draw from a national and international market for entertainment and customers alike, Kurtz said. Orlando is an international destination and is ready for a nightclub at an exclusive venue like this, he added.NAI negotiates lease renewals NAI Realvest recently negotiated two l ease r enewals totaling 33,000 square feet at industrial facilities in Orlando. Michael Heidrich, principal at NAI Realvest negotiated both transactions representing the landlords. Hajoca Corporation of Ardmore, Pa., a plumbing and heating supplier, renewed a lease of 30,000 square feet at 2499 Mercy Drive where LB Sowell Corp. of Brandon, is the landlord. Heidrich also negotiated a renewal with electrical contractor 4Evolution, Inc. at 7466 Narcoossee Road for unit 200-G with 3,000 square feet in Airport Industrial Center where the landlord is Columbus, Ohio-based Airport Investment Properties, LLC. THE JOURNALTHE JOURNALOF OSCEOLA COUNTYBUSINESSOF OSCEOLA COUNTYBUSINESS Italian aviation manufacturer takes flight in Kissimmee Hospice names Lee as president/CEOOn Nov. 19, TJMaxx of Kissimmee, in conjunction with the Orlando District, presented J uda Attik son, of Grace Landing, with a $5,000 check toward Foster Care Resources. Grace Landing is an Osceola County based organization, which provides a safe environment for young adults that have aged out of the foster care system and find themselves homeless at that time. The team at Grace Landing not only provide shelter for these young adults, but mentorship and basic life skills to succeed in their future. TJMaxx through the TJX Foundation provides financial assistance to local charities as part of their Neighbor Of Choice initiative. Cutline: From left, Fred Helmes TJMaxx district loss prevention manager, Juda Attikson, Grace Landing founder and Antonio Cruz, TJMaxx Kissimmee store manager at The Loop.Grace Landing receives $5,000 checkbenefit from his leadership skills, passion and drive for our industry, Platt continues. Graduates of the Florida Realtors Leadership Academy will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel as a leader in the 21st century. The mission of the Florida Realtors Leadership Academy is to identify, educate and inspire future leaders in a professional, supportive environment while advancing the principles of the Florida Rrealtors. The ideal applicants will be those who have served on the local Realtor level and/ or who have potentially had some experience at the state (Florida Realtors) or national (NAR) levels of the Realtor family. Those veteran leaders at Florida Realtors or NAR with many years of leadership experience may be called upon by the academy during the year to share their expertise and therefore may find the information redundant. Florida Realtors is utilizing an online application for all applicants. Applications for the 2013 Leadership Academy are currently being accepted. Apply for the 2013 Florida Realtors Leadership Academy via www.floridarealtors.org or contact William Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 407-438-1400 for further questions.Submitted PhotoFrom left, Fred Helmes TJMaxx district loss prevention manager, Juda Attikson, Grace Landing founder and Antonio Cruz, TJMaxx Kissimmee store manager at The Loop News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanKissimmee Economic Development Director B elinda Ortiz Kirgegard speaks during the press c onference to introduce Italico Aviation U SA. The Italy-based designer, m anufacturer, and distributor of light s ports aircraft (LSA), Italico Aviation, will set up its new s hop at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport next year under the name Italico Aviation U SA.Heniin Lee The Kissimmee location is perfect as it offers us access to everything we need, from a great workforce, strategic location, a tremendous customer base and most importantly the Florida sunshine that enables us to showcase our planes year round. Tim Weisheyer graduates from State Leadership Program The Florida Realtors recognized one of Osceolas own, Tim Weisheyer, as a 2012 graduate from The Florida Realtors Leadership Academy. The Florida Realtors Leadership Academy is a rigorous program designed to identify emerging Realtors leaders who want to get involved, make a difference, grow their businesses and expand their leadership skills. The Florida Realtors Leadership Academy will empower you to maximize your leadership potential. As a participant, you will be immersed in a classroom setting, on-your-own study, group sessions, teambuilding exercises, goal setting, networking techniques and communication skills. Tim has been an amazing leader for our Association and our Community as a whole, said Carol Platt, OSCAR Executive Director. We are extremely privileged to Weisheyer
Page B6, Whats new?New Years Italian styleCelebrate New Years Italian style in Januarys Hipstoric third Friday. Join host business Boutiques & Sweets for carriage rides from All Hitched Up, food trucks, an antique car show hosted by Kisselback Ford at Centennial Park, and a showing of the movie, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green that will begin around 7 p.m. Italian food vendors and Chianti making classes will take place on Pennsylvania Ave. On the New York Avenue stage Tony Cianciotta will sing your favorite tunes, Joannes Dance will perform, and Arch Angels will be doing their annual kick-a-thon from 6 to 7 p.m. The St. Cloud Citizens Foundation will be presenting grants for 24 local agencies. Remember to order your February picnic basket offered by the downtown restaurants for the February Moonlight on Main event. Details on the Main Street booth are at Boutiques & Sweets.Tobacco-free meetingInterested in making a difference within your community by promoting tobacco-free and healthy lifestyles? Join the partnership. The mission of the Osceola County tobacco Prevention Partnership is to promote a tobacco-free environment for Osceola County residents and visitors. The partnership meets once a quarter and participates in a variety of community events. There is no cost to attend the meeting and new members are always welcome. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Health Department, 1875 Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. For more information, contact Monifa Charles at 407-343-2170.Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrationA Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration will be Feb. 12 starting at 7 p.m. The celebration will be at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St. A buffet will follow the anniversary program, guests are asked to bring a dish to share. The night will finish with the music of the Osceola Community Orchestra. For more information, contact John Dutt at 407-744-1700. Wills and trusts lectureSavannah Court Assisted Living Community will host a complimentary informational lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates and Capital Estate Services. The seminar will be Jan. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. at Savannah Court, 3791 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. The topic for the presentation will be wills and trusts. The lecture information is provided as an educational service. No legal matters will be discussed. Have you recently relocated to Florida? Updated your Will? Have a Durable Power of Attorney? This seminar is for you. Free facility tours will be offered prior to the start of the seminar. The program is complimentary and reservations are required. RSVP to Savannah Court at 407892-8502 or Joe McQuaid at 407593-2243.Driver safety classAn AARP driver safety class will be Friday, Jan., 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee, at the Senior Friends building. Limit first 25 people. For reservations, call Ron at 407944-9718.Osceola Community OrchestraThe Osceola Community Orchestra welcomes orchestra musicians high school age and older to our Monday evening rehearsals at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. For more information, contact Bill Lauer at 407-892-5011.St. Cloud Womans Club The next St. Cloud Womans Club meeting will be Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. with an Osceola Center for the Arts performance 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 at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. next to the Heritage Museum where members can volunteer. For more information regarding the club, contact Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347. For information about the museum, contact Lucille McClure at 407-9577587.An Elvis celebrationAn Elvis tribute show will be held Jan. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. at American Legion 10 at 200 Lakeshore Blvd. Kissimmee. Tickets will be $10. The house will be rocking! Come out and celebrate Elviss Birthday. For tickets contact Shirley Schwebs at 407-922-4502.State Board prep classesC.N.A. State Board preparation classes will be offered by Mt. Zion S.D.A. Church Life Enhancing Ministries beginning Jan. 7. The classes will be Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost will be $125 for materials and lab. For more information, call E. Graham at 407-348-2990 or 407-9628446.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 email@example.com. Visit the website at Osceolahistory.org.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.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: M onday: draft and l ongneck 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 407892-6761. 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 Barn ey 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.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. 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, visi t the website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or th e clubs Facebook page 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Beverly Frankenberg at 407-8926549 for more information 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 148Ladies 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.. See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comChristmas crowd The public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-498-0929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.Dog days C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITYNews-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanA crowd of Osceola residents wait for the Christmas for the Kids Osceola event, held Dec. 13 at the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Hall. Toys donated to underprivileged O sceola schoolchildren wait to be handed out. See Community, page B-7 Whats happening?
Saturday, December 22, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 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 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 is a $2 donation is requested. Call instructor Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.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.CommunityContinued from Page B-6 See Community, page B-8 ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our W ebsite: www.ar oundosceola.com FERNANDEZ Noel Fern andez, 62, of Kissimmee, FL, passed away on December 17, 2012 Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Port a Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com FIGUEROA Ana Dolore s Apontes Figueroa, 81, of Orlando, passed away on December 15, 2012 Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Port a Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com GRACIA Jesus Emilio Abad Gracia, 49, of Orlando, passed away on December 10, 2012 Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Port a Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com MERCADO Jessica Mercado, 24, of Vi rg inia Beach, VA passed away on Deember 9, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Port a Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com WEBB William R. Bobby We bb, age 76, of Munford, TN, passed away December 6, 2012 at Coving ton Manor Nurs ing Home, Cov ing ton, TN Bobby was bor n in Memphis, TN, April 9, 1936, moved to St. Cloud, FL in 1968 and lived there until 2000 retur ning back to Munford. Bobby was a dental laborator y technician for 52 years, 32 years being in St. Cloud. He is survived by his two daughters, Julie Glynn, Inver ness, FL and Christin a Alvan, Orlando, FL; two grandchildren, Amber and Kaelen; and sister Linda Moore Hughes, Nashville, TN. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Millington Funera l Home, Millington, TN PUGH Gerald M. Pugh (Jerry), 69, of St. Cloud died Sunday, December 16, 2012 Mr Pugh was bor n in Selma, AL, June 30, 1943, Jerry moved to Florid a as a child. As a young adul t Jerry started his law enforcement career at Lakeland PD. He then worked for the Kissimme e PD, Osceola County Sheriff' s Office, St. Cloud PD and the State of Florida, as a frau d investigator for 25 years, where he retired his law enforcement career After retirement, he worked part time at Publix, where he loved being referred to as the "balloon man". Jerry was past president and vice presiden t of St. Cloud Senior Center and a for mer member of KVLS. He enjoyed playing his guitar and piano and played at many venues, including the senior citizen centers. Survivors include his wife, Kathy of 37 years; brothe r Harold (Judy) of Lakeland; son, Richard (Karen) of St. Cloud; daughter Sherry O'Neal (Clay) of Altha FL; grandsons D.J. Griswold and William Austin Pugh; granddaughters Deana Griswold and Hannah Pugh; step grandchildren, Johnathon and Dustin Frazer and Claylee O'Neal; and three great grandchildren. Funera l Services will be held at 2 PM on Fri., Dec. 21, 2012 at Corn erstone Family Church at 2925 Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. Visitation was held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., on Thursday at Osceola Memor y Gardens Funeral Home in Kissimmee. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Osceola Counsel on Aging, in memory of Jerry. Envelope s will be available at the services. Osceola Memory Garden s Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematory is in char ge of arrangements 407-847-2494 www.osceolamemgds.com REYES Rosa Ynes Reyes, 65, of Kissimmee, passed away on December 13, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Port a Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com ROBERTO Angel L. Sabat Roberto, 78, of Orlando, passed away on December 15, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Port a Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com SUSANGREGGSUTTERJUL Y3, 1964DECEMBER18, 2012 Susan Gregg Sutter passed away at home on December 18, 2012 after a long battl e with breast cancer She was a loving mother and wife. She loved not only her immediat e family but all of her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends She was active in documenting family history, genealogy and loved scrapbooking. She is survived by her husband Marc A. Sutte r, her daughter Elise Alyn Sutter both of St. Cloud, Florida, her fathe r Cecil C. Gregg and her brother Steven L. Gregg both of Athens, Alabama. The visitation will be December 22, 2012 at 1:3 0 p.m. followed by funeral at 3:00 p.m. at Athens First United Methodist Church 210 Hobbs Street, Athens AL. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Services will be arranged by McConnell Funeral Home in Athens, AL In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Inheritanc e of Hope (www.inheritanceofhope.or g) P .O. Box 90, Pisgah Forest NC, 28768` YES! 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Page B8, B8 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 from 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 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. Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.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. 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Page B10, erans Memorial Library, Barbara Thornton Room, in St. Cloud. For more information, email email@example.comOsceola County Support Group for Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free anonymous 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. 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.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. 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