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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL 117TH YEAR THURSDAY EDITION 50 CENTS FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Luxury resort coming to ChampionsGate... Page C-1HomefinderWrestlers from four county teams at state meet ... Page A-13 Sports For the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-4 We ekend We atherPa r tly cloudy No chance of rain New library opens in CelebrationAfter much planning and years in a temporary facility, a new state-of-theart library for the residents of western Osceola County opened on Saturday in Celebration. See page A-5 Index County r f n t tb bf f b f n t LocalKissimmee Utility Authority hosting Student DaysThe Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show just got mor e family friendly, thanks to Kissimmee Utility Authority. See page A-7 CommunityWhere should the next pope come from? Europe North Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Feb. 7 Question of the week: Do you plan on going to the Silver Spurs Rodeo this year? Yes, I go every year. 69.6% it d t 29% I might 1.4% 0% News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanB ull r ider Clint Morgan goes head over h eels a f ew seconds out of t he c hute during last Saturdays second Monster Bulls event at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritag e Park. T he event f eatured more t han 20 bull r iders from around t he nation a nd as far away as Brazil, r iding some of t he largest bucking bulls ever to come into the arena.Flipping out! By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The city of Kissimmee will not work anytime soon to amend local ordinances regarding animals to allow for pet rescues within the city. After hearing the complaints from residents about Sandy Robisons Yorkie Friends Rescue Group, which houses many more dogs than the citys limit of five, and her pleas to be allowed to continue her work at the Jan. 15 commission meeting, Robison again addressed the board at its Feb. 5 meeting, with one of the dogs in tow. She has admitted to having as many as 15 to 20 dogs in her care, and has already received a code enforcement violation. The commission said on Jan. 15 that it would have to wait for Osceola County to draft its own regulations on pet rescue operations, in order to avoid creating any ordinance that contradicted the countys draft. On Feb. 5, the board took much the same line. I have concerns. I work for the people, not one or two persons, Commissioner Jose Alvarez said. There is a liability that the city is opened up to in a situation like this. Mayor Jim Swan said he supported leaving the current ordinance on the books intact. This is a pure zoning issue. I dont want to reward those who violate ordinances. I love animals, but a facility to help them like this needs to be in a rural setting, he said. Swan instructed city staff to look for corresponding ordinances in other cities if it wishes, but not to put aside other pressing business to seek them. If it is presented, I will read it, he said. Commissioner Sara Shaw said that if it were possible to codify the number and size of pets a facility like this could keep at one time, such pet rescues would be possible within the city. Having well-kept rescues that allow for random inspection I think is part of the solution and not the problem, she said. In other business, the commission also created Citizen Advisory Boards for the Downtown and Vine Street Community Redevelopment Areas. The ordinance approved includes language for how the boards will be populated by residents who meet the requirements of residing, owning property or conducting business in those areas. Under the ordinance, the current CRA Board that previously oversaw b oth CRAs will seamlessly transition into the new Downtown CRA Advisory Board. The advisory boards will make recommendations about the CRA areas and manage routine issues such as grants. Also at the meeting, Commission wont make pet rescue rule exception See Pet rescue, page A-7Osceola County Sheriffs detectives arrested and charged a St. Cloud man on Feb. 6 with possession of child pornography after a child advocacy group reported him to authorities. Jesse Marshall Varney, 25, of 1422 Illinois A venue, St Cloud, was charged with a total of 10 counts of possession of child pornography. The investigation began in August 2012, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided information to the Sheriffs Office of possible criminal activity involving Varney. A lengthy Internet investigation led detectives to Varneys home. Detectives obtained a search warrant and discovered computers containing child pornography and many other explicit and disturbing images involving young children, Sheriffs Office reports said. Varney was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.Man busted for burglary spreeOsceola County Sheriffs detectives Saturday arrested a man they said targeted his own neighbors during a monthlong burglary spree at a Kissimmee apartment complex. Arthur Farmer, 24, was charged with two counts of occupied burglary and one count of attempted occupied burglary. Since January, deputies have taken three reports an attempted burglary and two occupied burglaries in the Simpson Ridge Apartment Complex located on Simpson Road. The first report was Jan. 9, when the victims told deputies an unknown male attempted to break into their apartment. They heard a noise at the front of the apartment and saw a male attempting to gain entry through a window, according to police. On Jan. 18, deputies responded to the apartment complex and took a report of an occupied burglary. The victim indicated she was asleep in her home when an unknown male awakened her. When the male saw her, he fled the area, according to police, who added two other individuals were in the St. Cloud man arrested for child pornography Police news Varney See Police, page A-9 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Through a collaborative bargaining effort, the School Board of Osceola County has reached a tentative agreement with the Osceola County Education Association (OCEA) on its 2012-13 contract. Among t he provision s of the agreement includes an average pay increase of 1.67 percent across all experience levels, a onetime supplement of $800 for those with 26 years of experience or greater and clarification in the evaluation process. There are 340 of those tenured educators who will be receiving that supplement, OCEA President Apryle Jackson said. They are mostly concentrated in the high schools, she said. As part of the Race to the Top initiative, an additional $400 bonus will go to teachers who are rated highly effective in the next round of the evaluation process. Jackson noted that 272 teachers got that rating in the last evaluation period. She also said that in the prior school years contract, some educators in intermediate steps actually took a pay cut despite a 1.25 percent across-the-board raise. My number one concern was getting everyone back to where they should be, and weve made those School Board, teacher union agree on contract See Contract, page A-9 Farmer
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Thursday, February 14, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter During his first month in office, Osceola County Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez has made numerous changes that affect both courthouse employees and the public. Utilizing his newly appointed special projects team to identify policies and areas within the office that need improvement, including some, like his new dress code, have attracted media attention. It has been a roller coaster; we have had rocks thrown at us unjustifiably, Ramirez said. Nevertheless, these events will not deter me and my administration from continuing on the path of being successful. In addition to the new dress code policy that went into effect on Monday, Ramirez balanced the budget and removed or changed policies instituted by the previous clerk, Malcom Thompson. In order to balance the budget, Ramirez cut the educational incentives that offered higher salaries to employees with advanced degrees, affecting 47 employees. The move will save the office $33,000. Of those affected, six hold masters degrees, 14 have bachelor degrees and 27 hold associate degrees. Mr. Ramirez felt targeted cuts were better than acrossthe-board salary and wage cuts, Marvin Cortner, the clerks office public information officer, said. This would be the first thing brought back by the office when the budget allows. Additionally, Ramirez increased e mployee back ground checks from annually to quarterly, with the first expected in March after the Information Technology administrator completes certification training. According to Cortner, the increase in background checks will only require additional staff time and no additional funding. More frequent background checks are needed to ensure overall safety and security at the clerks office, he said, adding an employee could be arrested in another county for a felony and the clerks office may not know about it for up to a year. The bottom line is that we want to ensure the integrity of the clerks office, Cortner said. Ramirez also reversed Thompsons decision to move the foreclosure auctions from a live event to online. By keeping the auctions live, Ramirez maintains the homes will return to the local market quicker, not only increasing property values but boosting local real estate and home renovation companies. Ramirez is concerned that if the auctions moved online, out-of-state bidders such as hedge funds could purchase a group of homes as an investment and sit on them until their value increases. Additionally, if homes sit vacant for years, it can invite other problems such as squatters or code enforcement issues. Ramirez has other changes hes planning to implement, such as hiring part-time cashiers to help with the lunchtime rush while employees take their breaks and the public heads to the courthouse to pay their traffic tickets or child support. Peak wait times are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. when customers can wait up to 45 minutes to be helped, Cortner said, adding the hires will begin when the positions have been approved by the finance department. Ramirez has other ideas to ease wait times and make the clerks offices services more accessible including opening satellite locations in St. Cloud and Poinciana and installing payment kiosks to supplement other payment options such as Amscot stores. Ramirez also took steps to shorten the time it takes to enter traffic citations into the clerks database from upwards of two weeks to one day or the same day. This also decreases the wait time for the public by ensuring the traffic ticket is available when the customer comes to pay it rather than having the cashier enter the ticket information at the time of payment. Ramirez also is utilizing his wife, Milly, by supporting her idea to have a volunteer or internship program at the clerks office; such a policy does not exist now. This policy change was announced after reports surfaced Ramirez had given his wife security clearance to the courthouses sixth floor despite her being denied clearance by Osceola County government. A clerk having his wife at the office is not new, Cortner said. In the 1980s, Mel Wills Jr.s wife came in as a volunteer every day and apparently held considerable power to direct employees. Milly Ramirez has no such authorities or duties. Ramirez is planning to continue one program Thompson began last year group wedding ceremonies will be held at the Historic Osceola County Courthouse today, Valentines Day. In order to participate in the 2013 Valentine wedding event, couples must have purchased an application for a marriage license and registered for the event prior to Feb. 11. The clerk will waive the normal $30 fee to perform the marriage ceremony; however, standard marriage license fees still will apply. To participate, couples must sign up at the Marriage & Passport office in the functioning courthouse. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in front of the Historic Courthouse and couples will receive a special commemorative marriage certificate. All couples should arrive at the courthouse by 1 p.m. on the day of the event with their marriage license and identification. The marriage ceremony will be offered in both Spanish and English. Our courthouse is the oldest working courthouse in the state, and this is an excellent backdrop for happy couples to get married in a civil ceremony on this special day, Ramirez said. With new Clerk of Court administration comes numerous changes The Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court office has updated its automated phone system, giving callers a Spanish language option. The change, made at no cost with the help of staff, provides another level of service for Spanish-speakers in the community who are not able to speak English. 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Page A4, When youre a bigwig of industry, perched up high above the hoi polloi, maybe you really do think that the laws of politics, economics and even gravity are suspended, or are at least twisted, to your benefit. Thats the only conclusion I can draw from years of listening to business-oriented groups shuffling through the Tampa Bay Times editorial board with the same conflicting agenda: demands for lower taxes, fewer government protections for workers, consumers and the environment, while at the same time calling for a more educated workforce, a high-quality, modern infrastructure and cities that attract the creative class. Heres what we know about reality: Support for ideologically conservative candidates for political office who want to slash taxes and regulation wont result in a government that invests in top notch education or mass transit. Cutting taxes on business and the rich wont magically spur enough growth to boost government revenues; instead it starves government of the resources needed to invest in infrastructure and human capital. Eliminating regulations on development, environmental protection and workers rights wont lead to attractive cities or a solid middle class with the disposable income to make communities blossom into cultural and consumer meccas. Liberal sensibilities of community, intellectual pursuit and investment in people and institutions are what make great cities. But that recognition was absent Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Partnership, a group largely made up of area businesses and local governments, came before the editorial board to discuss transportation issues. Its noble vision is to address the already serious and worsening road congestion problem with a regional plan that includes bus rapid transit and light rail. Yet, even as the Partnership bemoaned the lack of mass transit, it touted a political agenda that calls for enhanced business climate competitiveness through low taxes and fewer regulations. The business community has to open its eyes wider than this. How can it claim to understand that what attracts young professionals and entrepreneurs to cities is working mass transit systems, vibrant cultural institutions, beautiful public spaces and excellent universities, without making the connection to the public policies that determine whether those exist? Here are the attributes of a politician the business community should be supporting: someone who believes in investing in public works and community amenities and raising the taxes to do so, someone who will push for sustainable community growth and limits on unrestrained development, and someone who supports living wages for all workers. This last bit doesnt get talked about much, but in The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited, socio-economic guru Richard Florida is very clear that lasting prosperity for cities will only happen if service workers start getting paid wages that support families. He says its essential to rebuilding the middle class, enhancing social cohesion and driving economic demand. What this comes down to is that Americas business community needs to change political bedfellows and become liberal. Chuck Sykes, who heads up the Partnership and is CEO of the Tampa call center outsourcing firm Sykes Enterprises, mentioned three cities that hes lived in that Tampa should emulate: Charlotte, N.C., Denver, Colo., and St. Louis, Mo. Their light rail systems are economic drivers, Sykes says, luring members of the creative class to live and work there. And theres something else all three regions have in common -they voted in substantial majorities for President Barack Obama in the last election. Liberals live in and around those cities in large numbers and help drive public policy. Calls for spending public money for efficient mass transit systems dont come from angry people with tea bags stapled to their hats. Nor do they come from the politicians they elect. Remember how Republican Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal high-speed rail money? Only when the business community starts supporting liberal policies and politicians will its agenda finally start making sense, and only then will our country be transformed for the better. You can respond to Robyns column at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editors NoteSubmit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to Editor Brian McBride at email@example.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. 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Thursday, February 14, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 After much planning and years in a temporary facility, a new state-of-the-art library for the residents of w estern Osceola County opened on Saturday in Celebration. Hundreds of local residents who had patiently waited for the day passed through the doors throughout the opening day, which featured activities such as a wildlife presentation by Gatorland, a magic and comedy show and face painting and poetry reading for children. The 10,000-square-foot facility, at 305 Campus St. near its intersection with Golfpark Drive, quadruples the space of the former facility. Walt Disney World donated $150,000 for construction, and county officials provided $200,000 to fund the opening collection. The branch has seen the highest per square foot usage among the countys six public library branches. A ground-breaking was held in M arch. The exterior architecture is consistent with the town of Celebrations basic style and design intent. Osceola County Commissioner Michael Harford, whose district 1 encompasses Celebration, said he was excited that the West Osceola Branch has finally been presented with a permanent home. For many years, the residents of Celebration have demonstrated their love for public libraries and the contributions that they make to their community, he said in a press release. Today, we enter a bold new chapter. This location will impact all citizens of western Osceola County in a positive manner. The one-story library building includes areas for the library collection, reading, computer study, specialty areas for children, family and teens, a large multipurpose room, staff work areas and office space. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity for users. New library opens in Celebration Photo/Osceola County Above, Osceola County Commissioner Michael Harford, center, cuts the ribbon on the new Osceola County Library Saturday with the help of many involved in the project. From left are: Wally Krujaick (Osceola County), County Manager Don Fisher, Richard Rodriguez (Welbro-Quinn), Pat Wasson (Town Hall), Jim Palmer (Disney), Susan Hauer (LSSI), Frank Raymond (Osceola County), architect Mark Jones, Richard Quinn (Library Advisory Board), Floyd McCollum (Celebration CDD), Mary McMahon, Tom Touzin (CROA) and David Barnett (Osceola County). Please be advised that the Board of Supervisors of the Tohopekaliga Water Authority, an independent special district (the Authority) plans to hold a meeting and public hearing on March 13, 2013 at 5:00PM in Toho Water Authoritys Board Room at: 951 Martin Luther King Blvd., First Floor, Kissimmee, FL 34741. The purpose of this meeting will be to hold the public hearing for the adoption of modications to System Development Charges (SDC). The following is a summary of the fees the Authority expects to adopt: Persons interested, including all customers affected thereby, or owners, tenants or occupants served or to be served thereby, shall have an opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed impact fee rates and may appear and be heard at said time and place. Any person deciding to appeal any decision of the Tohopekaliga Water Authority Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings. For such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The above-referenced information regarding System Development Charges (SDC) is a summary only. Copies of the related supporting documents may be obtained from Brian L. Wheeler, Executive Director, Toho Water Authority, 951 Martin Luther King Blvd., 2nd Floor, Kissimmee, Florida 34741.NOTICE OF MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING OF THE TOHOPEKALIGA WATER AUTHORITY 020913.SNG 013113.TNG
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Thursday, February 14, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 The Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show just got more family friendly, thanks to Kissimmee Utility Authority. KUA is hosting Student Days today and Friday, featuring free admission today and from noon to 5 p.m. Friday for students in kinder garten through 12th grade. In addition, student armbands for unlimited rides can be purchased at a discounted price of $20 today (gates open at 5 p.m.) and for $25 on Friday through 7 p.m. (gates open at noon) In these tough economic times, it is getting harder and harder to spend quality time with our children at an affordable price, KUA spokesman Chris Gent said. The Osceola County Fair is a wonderful tradition for family fun, and KUA is excited to offer this promotion to make it easier for mor e families to enjoy it. The Osceola County Fair runs through Sunday in conjunction with the Silver Spurs Rodeo at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. For more information, visit http://osceolacountyfair.com. Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Floridas sixth largest communityowned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County. By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The Celebration Area Council, in conjunction with the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, will hold a job fair March 7 at the Stetson University Center at Celebration featuring businesses from Osceola and surrounding counties. At the event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., various employers with leads for entry level, mid-level, management and executive level positions will be on hand to discuss employment opportunities. Applicants will have the chance to appear in front of and apply with employers from Universal Studios, Florida Hospital, Wendys, Bright Star Care and Walt Disney World (attendees are encouraged to bring several copies of their resume and come in professional attire ready to interview). Classes on how to interview and build a competitive resume will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. Central Florida motivational speaker Sandy Geroux also will be on hand. We have never taken on a task like this previously, Stetson Celebration Center Director Toni Castillo said. We are looking forward to the result, though. Through the event, employers receive marketing in local publications and the opportunity to secure employees with a wide range of talents, Castillo said, and employees will be able to secure employment and fill staffing holes of the employers. For information, contact Dianne James at Stetson Celebration at 321-939-7612. Commissioner Cheryl Grieb announced that the ninemember authority board for the Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity (GOPEP) has been completely filled. She was named chairperson and St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders the vice chair at the groups inaugural meeting last week. The remaining members include Fred Hawkins of the Board of County Commissioners; Walt Disney World Director of Government Relations Jacob DiPietre; Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia Colleges Osceola Campus; Rob Brooks, CEO of St. Cloud Medical Center; Mark Reicher, vice president of Operations at ChampionsGate; Yolanda Londoo, vice president of Global Social Responsibility at Tupperware; and former Kissimmee city manager Mark Durbin. T he organization will focus, for the first time, Osceola Countys economic development efforts under one umbrella. The partnership will attempt to grow the economy and increase community wealth in the greater Osceola area. Its very exciting to have Osceola County working as a group, looking to further economic development by growing our economy, improving our workforce and pushing our average wage up, Grieb said. Im ready to get started. Our board is very representative. Picking an executive director will be paramount. The group is set to meet again on Wednesday to draw bylaws and move along the process of selecting the GOPEP executive director.Pet rescueContinued from Page A-1 Job fair set for March 7 Kissimmee Utility Authority hosting Student Days, offering free admission to Osceola County Fair OUR PRACTICE PROVIDES ON-SITE 4D ULTRASOUND, ON-SITE NSTS & ON-SITE LAB FOR OUR OBSTETRICAL PATIENTS. AND WE ARE NOW OFFERING FOR OUR GYN PATIENTS IN-OFFICE HYSTEROSCOPY AND IN OFFICE ESSURE. Our physicians are aliated with Florida Hospital Celebration Health and Winnie Palmer Hospital For Women & Babies.Dr. David Marcantel, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Dr. Robert Lemert, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Dr. Eric J. Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Amy M. Lowell, M.S.N., C.N.M. Suzette C. Boyette, A.R.N.P. www.celebrationobgyn.com Now at 2 locations 407-566-2229 (BABY) 410 Celebration Place, Suite 208 Celebration, FL 2209 North Boulevard West, Suite C Davenport, FL 33837122012.TNG 020913.SNG
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Thursday, February 14, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 residence, but did not witness anythin g. On Feb. 8, deputies took another report of an occupied burglary. The victim told deputies she woke up and saw an unknown male in her residence. She was able to provide a description to police, which led detectives to Farmer, who also resides in the apartment complex. On Saturday, detectives brought Farmer in for questioning. He cooperated with the investigation and based on his statements, he was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail on $35,000 bond.Suspects nabbed after car chaseAn attempted early Monday morning traffic stop in Kissimmee turned into a low-speed chase that ended on State Road 417 in Orange County with three suspects arrested on a litany of charges including and drug possession. At approximately 3:13 a.m., Osceola County Sheriffs deputies attempted to make a traffic stop at the intersection of John Young Parkway and Vine Street; the vehicle did not have operable tag lights. The driver, later identified as Jason Ray Allen, 22, of Sanford, did not stop the vehicle and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Deputies attempted to deploy a spike stick but Allen swerved, aiming his car at a deputy. Deputies followed the vehicle at a low rate of speed onto 417 northbound into Orange County until it came to a stop, striking a fence south of the State Road 408 interchange. With the assistance of K-9, Allen and another passenger, Joseph Glatterman, 36, of Kissimmee, were taken into custody. A third passenger, Herbert Lamb, 43, of Kissimmmee, attempted to flee the area, but an aviation unit was able to assist in locating him, and he was apprehended by the Orlando Police Department. Methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia were located in t he v ehicle. Alle n was charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation. Glatterman, a registered felon, was charged with resisting with violence and two counts of violating probation. Lamb, as a registered felon, was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting without violence and burglary and had outstanding warrants for driving with an expired drivers license and driving while license revoked. All three suspects were booked into the Orange County Jail. The investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending.Burglary suspect soughtKissimmee Police Department detectives are asking for the publics help in identifying an attempted burglary suspect at a local market. On Feb. 7 around 11:15 a.m., officers responded to the Chamberlins Market and Caf at 1114 N. John Young Parkway in reference to an attempted burglary. Officers interviewed an employee who said he went into the employee break room and heard a noise coming from the managers office. When he looked to see if it was the manager, he noticed a black male exit the office. The employee confronted the male and escorted him out of the store. Surveillance video from i nside t he managers o ffice shows t he u nidentified black male unsuccessfully attempt to open the safe. The video also shows him going through the filing cabinet, but t ook nothing of value before immediately being confronted as he exits the office. The suspect is described as a black male approximately 6 feet tall and between 190 and 210 pounds with dark eyes and dark brown skin and graying facial hair. He was wearing a tan hat with no logos, a plaid lumberjack style shirt, gray T-shirt underneath with the word Florida across the front chest area, gray jean pants and dark sneakers. Anyone with information about this crime or the suspect is asked to contact the Kissimmee Police Departments Property Crimes Unit at 407-8463333, by e-mail at seeitsayit@ kissimmee.org or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.Woman killed in crashA St. Cloud woman was killed on Friday after her car collided with a truck in Osceola County. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Joy Kiser, 42, of St. Cloud, was driving a 2005 Mitsubishi northbound on Holopaw Road at about 10:10 a.m. A 2007 Mack truck was driven by Leldon Robinson, 49, of Orange Lake, eastbound on U.S. Highway 192.. Kiser approached the intersection, which is controlled by a flashing light. Kiser had a flashing red light, while Robinsons light was yellow, FHP reports stated. For unknown reasons, Kiser tried to travel across the road at the intersection, but was hit on the left side by the truck. She was pronounced dead by the Orange-Osceola County Medical Examiners Office. Robinson suffered minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation. people whole again, so Im happy with this contract, she said. Im pleased that the district recognized that our employees need to be rewarded for the hard work they do. Raises would be made retroactive to the start of the school year, so educators would see a lump-sum payment made to them once the new contract is approved. The OCEA membership is slated to vote on ratifying the new contract at its next meeting of Feb. 22, with the School Board expected to vote Feb. 26. Jackson said some other changes still may be made. This is still a working document as the state legislature makes changes in its policies, so its a work in progress, she said. Osceola County School District spokesperson Dana Schafer said Monday in a release that the new agreement is consistent with other contracts being settled in Floridas other school districts. Both the Osceola County Education Association and the School Board of Osceola County value our teachers, recognize their hard work, and are committed to attracting and retaining high-quality educators, she said.ContractContinued from Page A-1 PoliceContinued from Page A-1 021413.TNG Online... 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Thursday, February 14, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A13 By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette They call 3A-2 the wrestling Region of Doom, but it wasnt a disaster for the host Osceola Kowboys Saturday. OHS won six individual championships and advanced nine wrestlers to the state tournament. The Kowboys also gave nationally-ranke d Brandon a run for the regional championship. The Eagles, 11-time defending state champs, won the regional title over OHS, 294-212, but the Kowboys won four of six head-to-head semifinals showdowns against the Eagles and split a pair of matches in the finals. How many times has that happened against Brandon? It was a great tournament for our guys, Kowboys Coach Jim Bird said. This regional was stacked, and to have six of our seven finalists win was a great accomplishment. We had a tough draw, but our guys did well. The Eagles and Kowboys each had six individual regional champions, but Brandon advanced four more wrestlers, 13, to the state tournament at the Lakeland Center Friday. Action begins at 10 a.m. The third round wrestlebacks Saturday start at 9:30 a.m. The semifinals follow. The finals begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $7 per session. Ariel Dominguez (106 pounds) got things off on the right foot in the finals for the Kowboys, winning a thrilling 7-5 overtime decision over Countrysides Matt Collora. Dominquez ran his season record to 49-1. Freshman Tim Locksmith (34-13) made it to the finals of 113, where he was pinned by another outstanding freshman in Brandons Kyle Norstrem (60-2). OHS senior Paul Zupofska claimed a regional title at 145 with a tight 2-0 decision over Manatees Jesse Fulk. Both wrestlers fought to a 0-0 draw through two periods. Starting from the bottom in the third period, Zupofska (49-4) scored a reverse and held on for the win. Sophomore Fox Baldwin (54-0) avoided a pair of precarious situations early in the first period before dominating Brandons Dakota Greene (61-4) in the 152 finals, 16-0. In a strategic move to improve the teams title chances, Bird moved Baldwin up a weight class and dropped Zupofska down to Baldwins normal spot at 145. The move worked well as both wrestlers claimed titles. The switch really didnt matter to me, Baldwin, who won his fourth regional championship, said. My focus is always the same. I always envision the guy across from me as the biggest, baddest, and best wrestler in the world and I try to attack him from there. In the most hotly-contested and controversial match, Osceolas Jhalen Flanders (46-5) won a decision over North Ports Carlos Martinez (37-2) at 182 pounds when officials called a second stalling warning against Martinez at the buzzer of the final period. Flanders was awarded a penalty point, which gave him a 2-1 victory. Huge win by Jhalen, Bird said. He emerged from a tough weight class as chamBrandon wins region; Gateway sends three grapplers to stateOsceolas Ben Cruz (top) pins Northeasts Aaron Yelko in the first round and then won the 220-pound 3A-2 regional championship Saturday at the Kowboys gym. He is one of nine Kowboys to advance to the Class 3A state tournament. Wrestlers from Gateway, Harmony and St. Cloud also will compete in Lakeland Friday and Saturday.News Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan 3 from Harmony at 2A tourney; Dogs Southall is regional champ Panthers, Storm in regional matchup Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/OsceolaSport s Nine Kowboys advance in 3A By Rick Pedone Sports Editor After 12 seasons and several frustrating near misses, Gateway boys basketball coach Bob Baker celebrated a 7A-5 district championship with his team after a 53-51 nail-biter against East Ridge Saturday at the Panthers John Ramirez Sports Center. Juan Mena scored 14 points and Felix Gonzalez added 12, but the game wasnt over until the Knights missed on a lastsecond field goal attempt. Gateway (18-10) will host Celebration (19-7), the 7A-6 district runner-up, today at 7 p.m. in the regional quarterfinals. East Ridge (22-6) goes to Oak Ridge (22-5), the 7A-6 champ, today. The winners meet Tuesday in the regional semifinals. Baker saluted his team for playing well in back-to-back games against Osceola, a 76-75 win in double overtime Friday, and East Ridge. Its a credit to these kids. They just kept playing hard and theyve gotten better and better as the years gone on, Lady Horns throttlePoinciana, 44-28 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony used its formula of tenacious defense and disciplined offense to throttle Poinciana, 44-28, Tuesday in the 7A-2 girls basketball regional semifinal at the Harmony gym. Julia Ingler scored 21 points and Rebekah Fitzpatrick added 11 as Harmony (22-3) advanced to the regional finals for the second straight year. The Lady Horns will travel to Haines City, the 56-48 winner over Bartow in the other regional semifinal, Saturday at 7 p.m. The regional final winner advances to the Class 7A state tournament at the Lakeland Center Thursday. It didnt take long for Harmony to seize control against Poinciana Tuesday. After the Lady Eagles (21-5) took a 2-0 lead on a pair of free throws from center Tralonnie Tisdale (5), Harmony scored 13 points in a row, most coming on 3-point bombs from Ingler, Fitzpatrick and Ragen Dotson (5). When Harmony wasnt hitting from outside, it was getting good looks inside against Poincianas man-to-man defense. We have a lot of plays for backdoor cuts, Fitzpatrick said. The plan was to not let the pressure get to us, to keep on running our offense until we got what we wanted. Poinciana couldnt buy a basket and trailed 20-6 at the half, with all of the Eagles points coming on free throws. Poincianas first field goal, a 3-point shot from Brandii Walker (4), came with 5:30 play in the third quarter. Poinciana never got closer than 11 points, 26-15. Guard Geri Navarro (9) led the Eagles, who made eight field goals in the game. Harmony Coach Paul Strauch said it is a credit to his teams tenacity and desire that it executes so well on defense. To hold a talented team like Poinciana without a field goal until 5:30 left in the third quarter thats amazing, you could never expect that to happen, he said. Thats something that you have to want to do. Playing defense and rebounding is about wanting it, and our girls do. Fitzpatrick said the team u sed essentially t he same defensive game plan that worked against East Ridge in the regional quarterfinals last week. Both East Ridge and Poinciana have tall, athletic centers. It was very similar to East Ridge. Poinciana has so much talent, its hard to keep them from scoring, Fitzpatrick said. We did a lot of the same things we did against East Ridge. We just wanted to get behind them and keep the pressure on, and box out, box out, box out. Fitzpatricks sister, freshman Abbygail, threw herself into the middle of the Lady Horns man-to-man defense to help keep the 6-2 Tisdale away from the basket. On most teams Abby would be a guard, she really has no business being inside, but she did a great job, Strauch said. Thats the way this team plays. Whatever you ask these girls to do, thats what they do. Poinciana Coach Shane Whitsett said his team had a good season and wished the Lady Longhorns good luck. Harmony plays team basketball. Well coached. I knew we were up against a strong team, he said. Haines City will be a formidable challenge Saturday. The Lady Hornets beat Harmony last year, 48-31. They are very good, but with only eight teams left, thats to be expected, Strauch said. Dotson (5), Abby Fitzpatrick (5) and Kaitlyn Sparks (2) all scored for the Lady Horns.See Wrestlers, page A-15 See Basketball, page A-14 State wrestling tournaments Harmonys Rebekah Fitzpatrick lifts a shot over Poincianas Breyuna Walker during their regional semifinal game Tuesday at the Harmony gym. Harmony won, 44-28, and advanced to Saturdays regional final.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Host St. Cloud produced a champion heavyweight Alex Southall at the 2A-2 wrestling regional at the Bulldogs gym Saturday. Southall (46-10) edged Antonio Thomas of Auburndale, 2-1, in the finals and will join teammate Joe McGinley (48-7) at the Class 2A state tournament at the Lakeland Center Friday. The Bulldogs (59.9) tied River Ridge for ninth in the team standings. Springstead (196), the defending 2A champion, edged Lake Gibson (187.5) for the team title. Harmony (84) finished sixth overall and produced three state qualifiers in Jeremy Beesley, the runner-up at 138; Zac German (126), who was third along with Dylan Gilhart (145). Its a credit to how our guys trained this year. They were ready for the competition in our region and they stepped up and answered the bell, Horns Coach Chris Todd said. Beesley (42-13) lost to the state defending champion from Springstead, Jordan Rivera, but should reach the medal platform at the state tournament, Todd said. I was very pleased with the way Jeremy wrestled the past two weeks. He has a great opportunity to make a name for himself, he said. Todd said German (53-7) beat a two-time state medalist in the semifinals and that Gilhart (38-16) has made remarkable progress in only his second season of wrestling. It has been a pleasure to watch him, Todd said. He is hitting his peak right now. Celebration was unable to advance any wrestlers to the state meet. Poinciana, competing at the A-8 regional, did not have a state qualifier.
Page A14, Basketball Continued from page A-13Gateways Giovanni Guzmann drives to the basket for a layup during the 7A-5 district tournament last week at the John Ramirez gym. GHS won its first district crown in 13 years Saturday and will host Celebration today at 7 p.m. in the regionals.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Baker said. Despite winning or tying for seven Orange Belt Conference championships, Bakers teams seemed jinxed at district tournaments. We were the No. 1 seed a few of those years, but it seemed like every time we were in position to win it, something would pop up, like an injury, and we didnt get it done, Baker said. Its been frustrating, no doubt about it. It feels good to finally break through. I thought this was one of those years where I thought it would be tough to get, so maybe things evened out a bit. It is the Panthers first trip to the regionals since 2000. Based on their regular-season meeting, todays game against Celebration should be close. The Storm won two weeks ago, 60-57, on a long shot at the buzzer. The Storm will be bolstered by the return of Kordell Johnson, who has been out the past two weeks with an injury. Celebration will be a tough one, Baker said.They are much improved. Storm Coach Jeff Bean said his team has shaken off a 69-62 loss to Oak Ridge in the district title game. The players are excited to play Gateway again, he said. Gateways district semifinal win against Osceola was another in a series of intense games between the countys most heated basketball rivals. Justin Peters came off the bench to hit the winning free throws with two seconds left. The Panthers trailed, 75-74, in the final seconds, but during a midcourt scramble, Gateways Gonzalez was fouled, then fell to the floor with cramps. Baker summoned Peters, who scored seven points, from the bench to replace Gonzalez. Peters had to shoot the free throws, Baker said, since he was the substitute. I have to give Justin a lot of credit for coming in cold and hitting those free throws, he said. The Panthers seemed to have the game under control, leading 60-48 with three minutes left in regulation, but the Kowboys pressure defense created turnovers and Tre Perry (20) hit a pair of free throws to tie it at 63 with 19 seconds left. Gateway couldnt get off a shot, sending the game to overtime. The Panthers built a 69-67 lead on baskets from Mena (16), Gonzalez (27) and Raul Cotto (16), but Osceolas Alex Forde (15) tied it at 69, creating the second overtime. Forde and Cortez Edwards (4) scored to put OHS up 73-69 before Gonzalez scored five points on consecutive possessions to give the Panthers a 74-73 advantage, but Perry came right back to score with nine seconds to play, putting the Kowboys, 15-10, back on top. Thats when the midcourt collision sent Peters to the line. Have you ever seen a game end like that? Baker, drained with emotion, said. We had it, then they made a run. They have so many athletes, its tough. The Kowboys, behind the hot shooting of Jamie Morris, jumped ahead 22-11, but a 13-0 run by the Panthers put them in front. Gateway led 31-28 at the half. Baker said the Panthers have earned their moment in the spotlight. Im happy for the players, more than anyone else, he said. Theyve worked hard and they deserve it. City of Life Academy claimed the 2A-6 district championship last week and will host 2A-5 runnerup Orlando Faith Christian Thursday at 7 p.m. 021413.TNG 020913.SNG 611 W. Vine Street, Ste. B, Kissimmee, 34741407-846-1666 Valentines Special 19 $ 95 Choice from Spaghetti, Baked Ziti, Stuffed Shells, Baked Ravioli, Manicotti, or Lasagna2 Dinners 2 Salads, Garlic Rolls 2 Desserts 2 Drinks (Beer & wine not included) 011013.TNG407 -892-2608In Our 52nd Year of Doing Business in Osceola County rd DOWN rd IN 30 DAYS rd IN 60 DAYS SAME AS CASH Same Day Delivery HOME APPLIANCE HODGINS New Major Brand Appliances 1024 New York Ave. St. Cloud, FL 34769 Appliance Parts For Most Major Brands Sales & Service Since 1961 W 021413.TNGThe Cypress Woods Common Facilities District Board of Supervisors has rescheduled the Second Quarter Regular Board Meeting to be con ducted at the Osceola County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square, Suite 4727 Kissimmee, Florida 34741, on February 26, 2013, beginning at 6:30 PM. In accordance with Chapter 286, Florida Statutes, the public is advised that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that per son may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any additional necessary accommoda tions will be provided with a 48 hour notice. For more information call the Clerk of the Board at 407-742-2100.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A15 A-15St. Clouds Sarah Boroski mentally prepares for a 180-pound bench press at the girls state weightlifting meet at the Kissimmee Civic Center Saturday. Boroski placed fifth in the 129-pound weight class.News-Gazette Photo/Rick PedoneWrestlersContinued from page A-13 2 Lady Dogs place at statepion. Chris Pagan, Osceolas other undefeated wrestler (500), remained that way with a 17-0 technical fall over Palm Harbors Tyler Modlin. At 220, Osceolas Ben Cruz (34-11) scored a reversal midway through the third period and held on to beat Brandons Robert Enmon (538) in the championship match. Other Osceola wrestlers advancing to the state finals next week in Lakeland include Hakeem Butler (35-13) with a fourth place finish at 120 and Spencer Lacey (37-11) with a third place finish at 170. Hakeem really wrestled well. Youre looking at a kid who didnt start wrestling until two years ago, and now hes in the state tournament, Bird said. Spencer had a great tournament, too. Gateway was fifth (64) at the regional and has three state qualifiers in Alex Velez (48-4) at 120, Austin Seward (40-9) at 138 and Christian Vazquez (52-7) at 160. Vazquez made the finals, while Seward and Valez each won the consolation finals. We are pretty excited about this weekend. The most state qualifiers we have had (since he has coached) is two, so there is an improvement and we are hoping to bring back three state medals, Panthers Coach Jon Smorin said. We had several guys who were close and come back next year. Were hoping this serves as a motivator. The nine state qualifiers from OHS ties the school record. Bird said his team is confident that it can bring home its second state championship trophy even though Brandon will be the strong favorite. In addition to the strong group from Region 2, Homestead South Dade, North Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas all will bring excellent teams to the 3A meet, Bird said. This was a stacked region with Brandon, Osceola, Palm Harbor and North Port, so nothing will surprise us at states, Bird said. Most of Brandons kids will be on the opposite end of the bracket, so it should be exciting. Our guys have wrestled enough good people to not worry about what (name) is on the other singlet. They are confident that they can wrestle with anyone in the country. Even Brandon? I wont rule anything out. If we can get a little help from a couple of places, and we wrestle well, anything can happen, Bird said.Rick Pedone contributed to this story. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Two of six St. Cloud weightlifters placed among the top six Saturday at the girls state meet at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Sarah Boroski was fifth (175-145-320) at 129 pounds and Diana Gatlin placed sixth (120-125-245) at 101 pounds. Two more St. Cloud lifters were in the top 10. Ashley Sauer was seventh (135-150-285) at 119 pounds. Her total tied for sixth place, but she lost the podium spot because of a post-meet weigh-in tiebreaker. Madison Clayton was eighth (260) at 110 pounds. Leeah Schroeder (250) was 13 th at 119 pounds and Haley Weber (300) was 17 th at 199. The girls did a good job, Coach Lonnie Beckel said. I think Diana and Sarah were a little disappointed, but I thought they did OK the circumstances. Ashley was disappointed that she missed sixth place, but she lifted well. Navarre (24) edged Spruce Creek (23) for the team title. St. Cloud (3) was 23 rd Boroski, Sauer and McKenzie Woodard will compete this weekend at the AAU Junior Nationals in California along with former Lady Bulldog Amy Barberi. Sports briefsKiss-im-mee 5KKissimmee Main Street will host the 5th annual Kiss-immee 5K Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. In celebration of Valentines Day, the Kiss-im-mee 5K race promotes heart health with a portion of all proceeds going to the American Heart Association. The race course starts and finishes at Toho Square and takes participants through the historic streets of Downtown Kissimmee. The entry fee for early registration through Feb. 15 is $27 or $30 on race day. Awards and prizes will be given in the following categories: Top Three Overall Male & Female; Top Masters Male & Female; Top Three Male & Female Finishers in Age Division 10 and under, 11-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. To sign-up for the Kissim-mee 5K, visit www.kissimmee5k.com or call 407-8464643 for any additional questions. Heart-shaped stickers will be available for $1 each to wear in honor of or in remembrance of those who have suffered from heart disease. I started the Kissimmee 5k race five years ago in honor of my parents whom I lost to heart attacks. This race has become so much bigger than what I could have hoped for, said City Commissioner, Cheryl Grieb. Not only do we get to showcase our historic downtown, but we continue to raise thousands of dollars each year for the American Heart Association. The Kiss-im-mee 5k, sponsored by Kissimmee Utility Authority, Burkhardt Construction and Osceola Regional Medical Center, will be using the ChronoTrack B-tag to accurately calculate scores for the race.Osc. Senior SoftballOsceola Senior Softball welcomes players ages 55-over for pickup games year around. All skill levels are welcome. The games are played Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at the Denn John fields, adjacent to Valencia College. For more information, call 407-957-6188, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.55plussoftball.com. 011713.TNG 021413.TNG 013113.TNG
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The Osceola County Association of Realtors has announced Susie Graves is the 2013 President for the Associations Board of Directors. Susie Graves is currently a Broker Associate at DeNike Realty and Property Management, where she has worked since October 2012. Graves is a Florida Realtors Director and will serve as the OSCAR shareholder representative on the My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service this year. In previous years, Graves has c haired the R ealtors Politica l Action Committee, the Professional Development Task Force, and served on the Candidate Screening Task Force at our Association. Our Association is very fortunate to have Susies leadership for 2013, said Carol Platt, Association E xecutive. We look forward to benefiting from Susies wealth of knowledge and her excitement for OSCAR, Platt continues. Graves has nearly ten years in the real estate industry, and worked at the Osceola County Council on Aging for thirteen years prior to her career change. She enjoys traveling, is an avid reader, and is very dedicated to her home church, St. Cloud Presbyterian and spending time with her family. The mission of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS is to provide a dedicated success to its membership consisting of real estate professionals and affiliates, while adding value to the community. Builder confidence up Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for singlefamily homes showed continued improvement in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released The number of improving housing markets continued to expand for a sixth consecutive month to a total of 259 metropolitan areas on the National Association of Home Builders/ First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for February, released today. This is up from 242 markets listed as improving in January, and includes entrants from all 50 states and the District of the Columbia. The IMI identifies metro areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. A total of 20 new metros were added to the list and three were dropped Section C REAL ESTATE IN OSCEOLA & SURROUNDING COUNTIES www.aroundosceola.com February 14, 2013 CLASSIFIEDS Pages C3 C5 LEGALS Page C6 (a rate), he says Weekly changes in rates are often too small f or average borrowers to notice but need to get their pape rw ork ready soon. Sooner or late r, rates are going to go up and stay up , says John Stearns a mor tgage banker at American F idelity Mo rt gage Se rv ices in Mequon, Wi s. U .S. home prices in December were 8.3 percent higher year -o ver-year real estate data provider Core Lo gic said Tu esda y. That s the strongest result since 2006. Sinnott says he has seen an uptick in applications from homebuyers. Most have been from renters who have realized that a mor tgage payment could be less than they pay in rent A s rents continue to climb, you will see a common trend of people getting into the purchase market , he says Mo rt gage tip:The FHA caps monthly mortgage payments at 31 percent of the borrower s pretax incom e. Mo rt gage Ne ws So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2013 3.70 3.61 3.52 3.58 3.76 9/19/20121 0/24/20121 1/28/20121 /2/20132 /6/20132.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 4.50 Ad justable rate mo rt gages So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2013 3.02 3.00 3.01 2.95 3.00 2.69 2.73 2.74 2.76 2.76 9/19/201210/24/201211/28/20121/2/20132/6/20132.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 1 yr ARM 5/1 ARM Bankr ate National Tr end s L ocal Mo rt gage Rate sInstitution Phone Ra te Orig Disc. Lock APR Ra te Orig. Disc. Lock APRThese are largest area rates that banks and thri ft s were charging W ednesda y. For additional Florida area rates visit www .bank rate.com By Po rate.co mBank rate mor tgage update tial homebuyers were reminded they are running out of time to take advantage of the low-rate en vironment. Ra tes barely moved this week, but the clock is still ticking, say industry observ ers. according to the Ban kr ate.com national survey of large lenders. The mortgages in this week s survey had an average total of 0.32 discount and origination points. One year ag o, the mor tgage index stood at 4.14 percent; f our weeks ago, it was 3.67 percent. benchmark 5/1 adjustable -rate mo rt gage f ell to 2.76 percent from 2.78 percent. It s unlikely that rates will fall back to the record lows seen last year and borrowers realize that, says Brett Sinnott, direc tor of secondary marketing of CMG Mo rt gage Group in San Ramon, Calif. T here were two or three days of panic last week, when people were trying to lock In almost all cases the rate is based on a lock-in period of 30 to 60 days Borr owers should review how the rates are calculated and inquire about additional closing costs such as appraisal fees and title searches NA means rate quotes not available on sur v ey date Ra tes are based on a loan amount of $165,000 to $417,000 with a 20 pe rc ent down payment. Bank of America 800-432-1000 3.625 0.00 0.25 60 3.709 2.875 0.00 0.38 60 3.041 SunTrust Bank 800-273-7827 4.490 1.00 0.68 60 4.662 3.750 1.00 0.27 60 3.984 STUFF FINDER HOME FINDER AUTO FINDER INSIDE TODAYS HOMEFINDERCLASSIFIEDSCLASSIFIEDS JOB FINDER Lennar at ChampionsGate celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting last week for the debut of a new luxury resort-style community in Osceola County. Area officials and VIPs attended the Feb. 7 grand opening of The Country Club and The Retreat at ChampionsGate. Upon completion, it is expected that Lennar at ChampionsGate will boast approximately 3,200 homes, 54 holes of golf, an elementary school and park as well as office and retail space. According to National Association of Homebuilders projections, over the life of the community, the ChampionsGate development is estimated to add more than 10,000 new jobs, more than $675-million in local income and roughly $70-million of tax revenue in the local community As the first of many premier resort-style communities to open as part of Lennar at ChampionsGate, the first phase of The Country Club, will feature single-family homes starting with prices in the mid$200s, many floors plans starting at approximately 1,800 square feet and will include bundled golf. The Retreat will feature single-family homes priced in the low-$300s to over $500, with plans starting at approximately 2,200 square feet to over 3,800 square feet. Both Everythings Included Homes, resort-style communities will offer a variety of luxurious amenities including their own clubhouses, fitness centers, luxury pools, as well as casual dining and entertainment venues. We are thrilled to open the Lennar at ChampionsGate community with the debut of The Country Club at ChampionsGate and The Retreat at ChampionsGate, said Mark Metheny, Lennar Homes Division President. Today marks a huge milestone for Lennar Homes as well as this unique community. No where else in Central Florida can homebuyers find a luxury resort-style community where everything is included even the golf. Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle of Interstate 4, State Road 27 and State Road 192, Lennar at ChampionsGate is in close proximity to Central Floridas world-class attractions, premier shopping outlets, and 917 acres of lush landscaping, making it an ideal community for single families, pre-retirees, retirees, as well as vacation homebuyers. For more information about Lennar at ChampionsGate please visit www. lennar.com or call 1-800430-2193. About Lennar: Lennar was established in 1954 and is one of the nations leading homebuilders. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the Miamibased homebuilder has built over 800,000 homes in more than 50 cities coast to coast. Lennars famed Everythings Included Home has recently been redesigned to include many more features and enhanced energy efficiency and technology at no additional charge. Photo/BrandpointTodays new homes and home remodeling projects embrace far more open designs. Realtors name Susie Graves presidentPhoto/Lennar Mark Metheny, president of Lennar Central Florida division and Marc Reicher, senior vice president of Rida Development Corp. welcoming guests to the Lennar at ChampionsGate grand opening celebration last week. The new community will have some 3,200 homes, 54 holes of golf, an elementary school and park as well as office and retail space when it is competed. HOMEFINDERHOMEFINDERLuxury resort is coming to ChampionsGate 021413.HF
Low interest rates are not always a bargain With mortgage interest rates remaining low, people who buy a home this spring may be lulled into accepting the rates theyre offered, certain that whatever they get is a good deal compared to previous years. Without looking closely at all the details, however, additional factors can come into play that make a low interest rate not much of a bargain after all. Go Banking Rates (www.gobankingrates.com) offers four things to watch for when signing up for a new mortgage. Length of the loan: While 30-year fixed rate mortgages have been the most popular for years, new options allow some consumers to stretch their mortgage out for 40 years or even 50 years. At first glance, this extra 10 to 20 years brings the monthly payment down and may allow consumers to move up into properties they never would have been able to consider. However, the length of the loan means that much more interest will be paid over the life of the loan. Private Mortgage Insurance: Consumers who purchase a home with less than a full 20 percent down have to purchase private mortgage insurance, which is insurance for the lender in case of default. Not only is PMI expensive (1/2 percent to 1 percent of the total loan), but the cost, when added to monthly expenses, could keep a consumer from qualifying for a home in a particular price bracket. PMI is supposed to be cancelled when the home reaches an 80 percent loan-to-value ratio. In truth, PMI is very difficult to get rid of, as lenders will change the requirements. Overvalued property: Municipalities dont change their tax assessments every year, so a property may still be listed at a higher rate, even though property values have dropped. Appeals to the property tax board should be done quickly, if theres any doubt about whether the assessment is current. Refunds often are limited to only the prior year. Refinancing: Even if refinancing at a lower rate, there might not be any real savings. The reason is that the old loan is being retired and a new loan generated -with all the typical costs of a brand-new home mortgage. Be sure to find out in advance what each of the fees and closing costs will be. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to columnreply@ gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. Q: The floor squeaks loudly when I walk over a couple of spots in my living room. I read somewhere that you can stop these squeaks by sprinkling talcum powder between the boards. But my floor is covered by carpet. Is there any other way to fix the squeaks? -Squeaking Mad in Memphis A: Talcum powder is a good temporary fix for squeaky floorboards (as noted in my new book, Best Home Repair Tips, available from Amazon). But eventually the squeaks come back anyway. If youre not inclined to pull back the carpet repeatedly to apply powder between the boards, try a more permanent solution. Do you have access to the underside of the living room floor, such as in the basement or the crawlspace under the house? If so, you either shim the nearest joist or secure the subflooring to the squeaky boards to reduce the noise. To shim the floor, have a helper walk around the living room while you listen below for squeaks, and mark the noisy areas. Next, mark the joists (the large boards running perpendicular to the floorboards underneath the floor) on either side of the squeaky area. Coat a shim (a thin wedge of wood, available at most home-improvement stores) with a thin layer of wood glue, and hammer the shim into the gap between the joist and the subfloor on each side of the squeak. You may need to add a couple of shims on each side, and have your helper test the area each time. If that doesnt completely rid your floor of squeaks, try attaching the subfloor to the floorboards in the squeaky area more tightly. You do this by driving wood screws through the subfloor layer into the bottom of the floorboards. Be careful to select screws that will not punch through the floorboards. Place the screws into the center of the squeaky area -two should do it, but if you need three or more, go ahead. What if you cant access the underside of the floor? This is where youll need to roll back the carpet and address the boards from above. To avoid marring the floorboards, hammer finishing nails between the squeaking boards, angling them so that they go into one edge of one of the boards. The nails should be flush with the floorboards. Space them a few inches apart along the squeaky area. If that doesnt do it, you can secure the floorboard to the subflooring from above. This will mar the board, as youll need to drive a finishing nail (or if necessary, a wood screw) directly through the center of the squeaky floorboard into the subflooring. Use a nail set or another nail to drive the finishing nail slightly below the woods surface. Then cover it with wood filler whose color matches the color of the floorboard. HOME TIP: Talcum or graphite powder are just temporary fixes for squeaky floors. Apply either one between the offending boards and brush away excess. Send your questions or tips to email@example.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.Permanently silence a squeaky floor Antique mowerQ: I have a Monta antique lawn mower patented in 1923 that was manufactured in Traverse City, Mich. I once had it appraised and was told it was worth around $500. I have enclosed a picture and would appreciate any advice you have. -Richard, Sun City West, Ariz. A: I looked at your picture, and I doubt your mower would sell for $500 in this sluggish economy. My advice is to show it to several antiques malls in your area. *** Q: I have enclosed photos of two art pieces: one in oil, the second in pen and ink. The oil is signed Davis and the other piece by R.E. Kennedy. Although I havent been able to find anything out about Davis, but understand Kennedy is a prolific artist. I purchased both at a not-for-profit shop. Neither is dated. I have two questions, how old are they, and what is each worth? -Christine, Albuquerque, N.M. A: I am not an art expert, and for a competent answer to your questions you need to hire the services of a certified appraiser in your city. Why? A free appraisal by a neighbor or so-called expert with no credentials is virtually worthless. If you really want to know about your art, spend the money and find out. If not, continue to enjoy them in your home. I know what your next question is: You write a collectible column, so why cant you give me an estimated value. The answer to that is simple. If I tell you, for example, that your Davis oil is worth $500 and you later discover it is really worth much more, or for that matter, much less, you would not be happy with me. *** Q: I have a Charlie the Tuna plastic radio that I received as a premium at my neighborhood grocery store in about 1972. I have always wondered if it has any value. -Steve, Piggott, Ark. 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