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By Brian McBride Editor Its said that every dog has its day. But for Mia, a pit bull, and a black Labrador named Max, last Saturday in St. Cloud was not one of them. Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputies arrested and charged Nicole Moses, 29, of 3266 Anthony Drive, St. Cloud, with burglary and grand theft after she opened a mans garage and stole both dogs. However, it ended with a Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL rfrfnnn tbHomefinder rrr rb nnn tbSports r rnnntb Weekend WeatherPartly cloudy No chance of rain Man sends inappropriate photo, jailedAn Osceola County School District employee was jailed after send ing an inappropriate photo of himself to a 17-year-old student. See page A-3 Index Police briefsPage A4, Editorial Page A11, Sports Page B3, Community Page B1, Around Osceola Page A2, Local news Page B5, Obituaries Page C1, Homender Page C4, Classied County newsAnimal Services offering free ride home programAny dog or cat that is found running loose, but is wearing a current Osceola County license tag, will be delivered to the owner by an ani mal control officer, if the owner can be reached. See page A-3 CommunityDo you support gay marriage? one should have the right to marry. between a man and a woman. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the March 21 Question of the week: Would you vote to approve legalizing medi cal marijuana if it was put on a ballot? See Dogs, page A-5 By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Kissimmee Gateway Airports air traffic control tower will continue to as announced Friday by the Federal Aviation Authority. That came as great relief to Terry Lloyd, the citys director of aviation. It is a tremendous relief to know that we will be able to safely operate and continue to bring economic ben efit to our community, he said. As a part of the federal govern ments sequestration in order to trim the budget, the FAA announced that federal funding beginning April 7. The authority determined that Kis simmee Gateway and 23 other towers nationally, previously listed for clo sure, would remain open because of national security concerns. Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami and Craig Municipal Airport and Cecil Field in Jacksonville are the other Florida airports to be spared, but Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and Space Coast Regional in Titusville remained on the chopping block. In across the country will close if they cant find private funding, a nearly funded contract tower program. The FAA decision does not mean the end of this fight for Kissimmees airport. The funding program has been renewed in the past on a yearto-year basis, and it is up for renewal again when the next federal fiscal Weve lived year-to-year with this program anyway, but theres never been this level of turmoil surrounding it, Lloyd said, noting that Kissimmee airport representatives will be work ing with Congress and aviation lobby ists to ensure that the tower funding Had Gateway Airport remained on the chopping block, Lloyd said that his staff had put together a plan B to at least keep the tower, which is contracted by Robinson Aviation to hire and pay its controllers, up and running in a limited capacity. We had worked out a private fund ing option involves fees charged to our business partners for services, he said. But the most we could have aviation program. We could have stayed open, but for just the 12 busi est hours of the day, we would have had to lose about three people and Airport spared from FAA cuts File PhotoKissimmee Gateway Airports air traffic control tower will continue to operate as it has for the last 15 years, as announced Friday by the Federal Aviation Authority. See Airport, page A-5 What a sightNews-Gazette Photo/ Andrew SullivanTeenager Michael Stewart, of Kissimmee, gets an upclose look through the scope of an Osceola County Sheriffs Office SWAT sniper rifle. The weapon, and many other tools that Sheriff Bob Hansel has to combat crime in the county, was on display on March 16 at the Sheriffs Office complex during the annual commu nity appreciation day event. By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette St. Cloud police say one man killed another early Sunday during an argument about who was a bet ter worker. Jose Dolores MontesRodriguez, 29, con fessed to detectives about shooting Cesar Francisco Rodriguez, 28, about party on Indiana Avenue near 13th Street, authori ties said. The pair were co-work ers but were not related, police spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Roberts said. Argument over job ends in murder MontesRodriguez See Murder, page A-10St. Cloud woman arrested in dog theft Photo/Osceola County Sheriffs OfficeOsceola County Sheriffs Office Sgt. Justin Boutillier gives a thumbs-up sign after the agency helped recover a pit bull and black lab that was allegedly stolen by suspect Nicole Moses in St. Cloud By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette Court proceedings are moving forward for the accused murderer in the shooting that occurred in the McLaren Circle area of Kissimmee. Joshua Harris was 17 when police say a long-time feud ended with Rashan Hasaun Otiz being shot and killed during an argument. His first-degree murder trial is scheduled for April 1, where he faces life in prison or the death pen alty. Harris, a Kissimmee resident, is charged with mur der and attempted murder. The shooting occurred during an annual gradu ation party that hosted each year, police said. The party was posted as a public event on Face-1st degree murder trial set for Monday See Trial, page A-6 Curtis Pratt
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Thursday, March 28, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 Osceola County Animal Services has introduced a new program called Free Ride Home. Any dog or cat that is found running loose, but is wearing a current Osceola County license tag, will be delivered to the owner by an animal control officer, if the owner can be reached. In situations where the owner cannot be reached, the pet will be brought to the animal shelter. Owners who reclaim their pets within 24 hours of impoundment only will be charged half the usual fees. This new program does not apply in bite situations, repeat offenses by the same owner, or in situations where public safety is compromised. In case the pet does escape from the home, make sure an Osceola County license tag is worn at all times, Animal Services officials said For more information about pet licensing, contact Osceola County Animal Services at 407-742-8000. If you are looking to adopt a pet, check the adoptable pets on the Osceola County Animal Services website at http://www.osceola.org/go/ pets. Osceola County Animal Services also is on Facebook at http://www.facebook. com/OsceolaCountyAnimalServices. The shelter is at 3910 Old Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. Animal Services offering dog, cat free ride home with new county programAn Osceola County School District employee was jailed after sending an inappropriate photo of himself to a 17-yearold student. Osceola County S her iffs deputies arrested Curtis Pratt, 42, of 1701 Mabbette St., Kissimmee, and charged him with one count of transmission of material harmful to minors by electronic device. The investigation began on Friday, when deputies took a report from a School District official regarding Pratt, a campus monitor at Zenith School. After further investigation, detectives discovered Pratt sent an inappropriate picture of himself to a 17-year-old student who attends the school. Deputies brought Pratt in for questioning and he cooperated with the investigation. Based on his statements and the evidence, Pratt was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.Man charged with attempted murderA Poinciana man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after shooting two victims on Tuesday. Arrested w as Rasaun Brown, 22, of 709 Cockatoo Court, Poinciana. On March 19 at approximately 8 p.m., Osceola County Sheriffs deputies responded to Poinciana Produce at 871 Town Center Blvd. in Poinciana. Upon arrival, they spoke with two victims who said they were injured when an unknown male fired several shots outside the store. The victims were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. On March 21, detectives received information, which identified Brown as a suspect. After further investigation, detectives discovere d that Brown knew one of the victims. They were involved in a previous altercation days before and Brown shot the victim in retaliation. Based on this information, detectives obtained a felony warrant for Browns arrest. They located Brown in Poinciana and brought him in for questioning, but he did not cooperate with the investigation. Brown was booked into the Osceola County Jail. Man sends inappropriate photo, jailed Police briefs Pratt Brown 032313.SNG 030713.TNG Lic. #CAC042735 Financing Available FRACCA 032813.TNG All Meetings At Council On Aging Stotz Conference Room 700 Generation Pt. Kissimmee OSCEOLA COUNCIL ON AGING COMMITTEES & BOARD M MEETINGS MMARKETING & S SPEcCIAL E EVENTS FINANcCE COMMITTEE EEXEcCUTIVE COMMITTEE BOARD OfF D DIREcCTORS M MEETING 032813.TNG 032813.TNG 032813.TNG
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I once tried getting an answer from officials at Bayfront Medical Center about why they billed a breast biopsy at more than $12,000, not including fees charged by the radiologist and lab. All I got were vague answers, and no one would break down the cost. Then comes along Steven Brills special report on medical billing for Time magazine that laid bare the truth: Defense contractors selling $600 toilet seats to the Pentagon have nothing on the extortionist billing practices of Americas hospitals. Brills excellent 25,000-word expose, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us, sheds light on this opaque world where even nonprofit hospitals, with their tax exemptions and do-gooder images, are profit-generating machines that mercilessly squeeze uninsured patients until they have no assets left. In nonprofit hospitals, where top executives often are paid lavish compensation of $1 million or more, Brill documents how patients are gouged, charged hundreds of dollars for X-rays and other services that Medicare would have reimbursed at little more than $20. In one typical case, a dose of life-saving cancer medicine, already expensive at $4,000, was marked up by the hospital to $13,700 -with no explanation given. Whats wrong with health care in the United States? This is. Why arent medical ethicists, the conscience of the profession, all over this? For people with health insurance coverage, insurers will negotiate the obscene prices down. But its not enough. The bargaining leverage of insurers is often less than that of dominant (and consolidating) hospitals, which allows the system to wildly overcharge. We overspend on health care by $750 billion a year, Brill asserts, more than the gross domestic product of oil rich Saudi Arabia. When people level criticism at the Affordable Care Act for not doing enough to rein in health care costs, this is what theyre talking about. But Brills discussion of possible solutions falls short. He rejects the most cost-effective and efficient approach, a single-payer or Medicare-for-all type system with reasonable price controls. He says this type of solution would result in lower incomes for many health care providers and would allow government to gain more control over the health sector. (And whats wrong with that exactly?) Instead, Brill calls for a hodgepodge of policy changes that, to my mind, offer varying degrees of sense and possibility. One of his less workable suggestions is for a tax rate of 75 percent on all hospital profits and on salaries of hospital administrators over $750,000. Targeted taxation of that kind is infeasible. On the other hand, Brills call for real transparency in medical billing is an essential consumer protection reform. And, as Brill suggests, we need to put limits on pharmaceutical pricing to bring down U.S. drug charges in line with other developed countries. That reform alone would save Medicare $25 billion a year. For even better ideas, read Princeton economics professor Uwe Reinhardts blog at NYTimes. com. An expert in the funding of health care systems, Reinhardt says that our problem is that we allow the free market to determine prices for an essential service in a sellers market. This has led to exploding costs (we pay double or more of what other developed countries do for the same health care goods and services) and rampant price discrimination. The uninsured, who are powerless to negotiate a better deal, can pay 10 times more for the exact same services. Reinhardt suggests we adopt a system called price-setting in quasi-markets, similar to what exists in Germany and Switzerland. States or regions would negotiate fee schedules with associations of hospitals, doctors and other health care providers. Those fees could be structured as fee-for-service or bundled payments, and they would be uniform for all payers. Maryland already does this for hospitals. As a side benefit, it would sharply reduce administrative billing costs. Brill has helped re-open this conversation. Its a reminder that, even with health care reform coming into full effect next year, an overhaul of medical pricing remains one of Americas most pressing issues. You can respond to Robyns column at firstname.lastname@example.org. E ditors 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, March 28, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 happy ending. On Saturday at about 4 p.m., the victim arrived at the Tuscaroa Avenue home he had just purchased. He was approached by a neighbor who said an unknown white female, later identified at Moses, had been walking around his property and then opened his garage door. According to Sheriffs Office reports, she appeared to be taking pictures or video with her cell phone. S he t hen w ent into a blue Ford Explorer she was driving and removed two dog leashes, went into the garage and came out with the dogs attached. She put the dogs in the vehicle and left, the neighbor reported. On Monday, the victim called deputies again after he came home and found a note on his garage door t hat said, Dogs found, neglected and abused and asked him to text to a number written down. Moses is not facing any extortion charges, Sheriffs Office officials said. Its anybodys guess as to why she wrote the note, said Sheriffs Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain. The victim worked with deputies who instructed him to offer Moses money for the return of the dogs, Lizasuain said, and asked her to meet at a 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Boggy Creek Road and Narcoossee Road at 3 p.m. The two did not know each other, Lizasuain said. While waiting at the 7-Eleven, a deputy observed a blue Explorer in the area and initiated a traffic stop. When the deputy told Moses that they were investigating a burglary and that a description of her vehicle was seen in the area, she blurted out that she had rescued the dogs and they were hat her residence, the report stated. A deputy went to Moses Anthony Drive home and saw the two dogs behind her front screen door trying to get out. The victim arrived a short time later and identified the dogs as his and even obeyed his command to sit. The dogs were in excellent condition, reports stated.DogsContinued from Page A-1 reduce the hours of who was left. The risk of the loss of the contract towers funding had the possibility of being severely damaging to the airport, even more economically devastating than the effects felt from Sept. 11 and the hurricane barrage of 2004. We are, of course, very happy to retain our contract tower funding, but I know others (at general aviation airports in the state losing their tower funding) are facing some bad circumstances now. Shortly after the FAA compiled its list of airport towers it tentatively planned to stop funding in early March, Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) took up the cause for Kissimmees airport. He made an appearance on March 8 and came out against the sequester cuts, noting that three million jobs could be potentially lost nationwide if the cuts were to go into effect. He called t he aviation cuts financially illogical and wrong and a bad example of ADD government, noting that ending the war in Afghanistan would eliminate the need for the sequester cuts. The f ollowing week, Lloyd took the opportunity given to facilities on the proposed closure list to file a letter of appeal to the FAA with reasons why their tower operations are essential. Lloyd noted the complexity of the local airspace with Walt Disney World to the immediate west and Orlando International Airports flight plan space to the north and east. It would be like taking away the traffic light at John Young Parkway and (U.S. Highway) 192, he said on March 8, explaining that pilots would be left to radio amongst themselves to sort out their flight plans, opening the door to disaster in the skies above Kissimmee. 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Page A6, book and 400 people had confirmed their attendance that year on the social media site. Police were notified on the event and four marked police cruisers sat a block away from the party that year as a precaution, Kissimmee Police Department spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. Police never had any issues with the party in previous years, Miller added. Ortizs brother was one of several graduates celebrated at the party, held in the area of Ginwright and Smith streets, in an area known as McLaren Circle. According to police, Harris targeted Ortiz, 22, a 2007 Osceola High School graduate and athlete, due to a long-standing feud, but claimed the murder was not gang-related. According to court documents, Harris and Ortiz got into an argument, which later ended with the parties walking away. The witness who picked Harris, known as Bam out of a photo lineup, told police he walked back to Ortiz after changing into an all black outfit and fired at Ortiz. After gunshots rang out at 2:40 a.m., police officers pushed through throngs of packed people, who just moments before had been dancing, talking and drinking. By the time officers arrived to Ortiz, Harris had fled, court documents stated. Ortiz died at the hospital from a single gunshot to the chest. In addition to Ortiz, Derek Daniles, 26, Alana Brown, 42, and Tanya Price, 34, also were shot but sustained non-life threatening injuries. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force found Harris a day later in Orange County. Ortiz, known as Hasaun, was a starting defensive back his senior year for the Osceola High School Kowboys, making 41 tackles and scoring six touchdowns. He also ran track. Friends of Ortiz still post how much they miss and love him on his Facebook page, some as recently as Tuesday. More than 500 people like the Facebook page R.I.P. Hott Website dedicated in his memory. Ortiz went by the nicknames Redteam Hott and Fly Boi, according to Facebook. TrialContinued from Page A-1 032113.TNG Weekly Auctions Every Friday @ 7 PMCome Early, Get Great Seats! SPECIAL AUCTION FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH AT 7 P.M.Model Home & Storage Unit Default LiensDont miss out on some great buys!! Just Fresh TobaccoTastes Just Like Your Favorite Brand WITHOUT All The Chemicals! 407-846-0086 602 East Vine Street Kissimmee ALL BRANDSSMOKES$2495 $ 5 00 COUPON REQUIRED 200 CIGARETTE PURCHASE OFF First Time Visit Vine Street 192 Rose Ave. Smith St.Square Mall Oak St. Main St. 032813.TNG QUALITY TOBACCO $ 3 50 Pack of 20 CigarettesWith This Coupon S SCOOTERS & WHEELCHAIRS SCOOTERS & WHEELCHAIRSIndependent Repairs407-319-8687 Used Scooters Available Lift Installations & Repairs What yo u re look ing for is her e. T HE GUIDE T HE GUIDE R REALTY SERVICES A AUTO CASH PAID $350 AND UPFor junk cars and trucksAny condition, running or notFREE TOWINGSame day pick up, no title neededDont Settle for less, believe we pay more than the other guys.CALL 407-900-6490 D DERMATOLOGYThe Personal Attention You Deserve... Dr. Chris Manlio, FAOCD Board Certied in Dermatology Fellow of American Mohs Society John H. Levasseur, PA-C Board Certied Specializing In General & Pediatric Dermatology for over 15 years Same Day Appointments3131 Innovation Dr.St. Cloud, FL 34769PH: 407-910-4710 Fax: 407-201-7983 222 Broadway, Suite 202Kissimmee, FL 34741PH: 407-910-4710 Fax: 407-201-7983Ofce Locations:10437 Moss Park Rd., Suite BOrlando, FL 32832PH: 407-802-1100 A ACCOUNTING SERVICES EDDIE E DAMRON E.A. TAX PREPARATION AUDIT REPRESENTATION TAX ACCOUNTANT QuickBooks Pro Advisor EEDAMRON@AOL.COM 407-593-2470 909-223-2966 T TRAVELFor Further Information ContactRoxanne Graham email@example.com Includes Round-trip air from New York, 6 Nights at hotels, 12 meals, Sightseeing per itinerary motor coach, Services of English-speaking tour escort, And entrance fees per itinerary 8 Day Holy Land PilgrimageNovember 1-8, 2013*2209.00 per person (dbl occ) A ATTORNEYS BANKRUPTCYEvictions Foreclosure Mark & Rivera, PLLCAttorneys at LawBrian M. Mark, Esq. Practicing Since 1971 Alejandro Rivera, Esq. Se Habla Espaol A ANIMALS 407.910.4771 Hours are Monday Friday 6PM-7AM Saturday 12PM Monday 7AM 24 hours on all holidays.We also offer low cost spay/neuters and low cost vaccinations R RHEUMATOLOGIST Dr. Abdul Aziz, M.D.HAS MOVED!1400 W. Oak St. Suite B Kissimmee 34741(opposite Oak St. post ofce Kissimmee)407-343-5558 A ANNOUNCEMENT 032813.TNG
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Page A10, According to authorities, the pair had been drinking since Saturday afternoon with three other men. While drinking, the pair started arguing over who was a better employee at a Kenansvillebased sod company. One man was possibly taking over the others job, Roberts said. Cesar Rodriguez had recently been hired to replace Montes-Rodriguez at the company after he had been fired, the charging affidavit stated. Montes-Rodriguez told detectives Cesar Rodriguez was taunting him about being a better worker and said MontesRodriguez wasnt worth anything in front of the other men present, according to police records. It was during that argument, which lasted more than two hours, that Montes-Rodriguez allegedly got a gun and shot Cesar Rodriguez five times in the abdomen on the front porch of 1400 Indiana Ave. According to witnesses, Montes-Rodrigues had the handgun in his waistband. Montes-Rodriguez also shot off part of his thumb during the shooting and later required medical attention at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center. The suspect and other partygoers ran from the scene, with witnesses telling police they thought Montes-Rodriguez had fled to his home three blocks away on Illinois Avenue. Believing the suspect had barricaded himself inside his home, police and a SWAT team, including hostage negotiators, responded but did not find Montes-Rodriguez after gaining entry into the residence. Montes-Rodriguez was found several hours later after law enforcement used GPS technology to track his cell phone. We found him walking westbound on (U.S. Highway) 192 near Simpson Road, Roberts said. According to his confession to detectives, Montes-Rodriguez said he was fired from the sod company in February and Cesar Rodriguez had replaced him. He said the pair werent friends but hung around the same crowd, which included Montes-Rodriguezs cousin. The cousin told police that Montes-Rodriguez ran home after the shooting and changed clothes to try to conceal his identity, and then asked his cousin to help him get a vehicle so he could flee. The cousin told police he refused to help his cousin find a car. The cousin also told detectives he thought the pair were only going to get into a physical fight because of the argument and denied encouraging the shooting, the affidavit stated. Montes-Rodriguez told police he changed clothes because he was covered in blood and began walking westbound on U.S. Highway 192 to try to catch a bus to escape. After being apprehended by police, he directed detectives to the side yard of 1601 Ohio Avenue, where law enforcement found a 9 mm, Taurus semi-automatic handgun. Montes-Rodriguez told detectives he purchased the gun on the stree ts six months ago. He does not have a concealed weapons permit, according to police. The detective said during the interrogation that MontesRodriguez lacked remorse, according to the affidavit. What do you want me to tell you? I did it. I cant go back, Montes-Rodriguez told the detective. I understand what I did and I have to accept it. Montes-Rodriguez was charged with first-degree murder and booked into the Osceola County Jail on no bond.MurderContinued from Page A-1 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanS t. Cloud p olice were on scene at a home on I ndiana Avenue near 13th Street on Sunday a fter Jose Dolores M ontes-Rodriguez s hot and k illed Cesar Rodriguez during an argument. Rodriguez Rates Got You Down? 032313.SNG www.centerstatebank.com 021413.TNG We Believe In You!FREE Business and Personal CheckingMember FDIC Charlie AndersonBranch Manager, St. Cloud email@example.comKissimmee407-847-3800St. Cloud407-957-3800Southchase407-438-1140Poinciana407-944-3800Ashton407-891-8396 030713.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 New Major Brand Appliances 1024 New York Ave. St. Cloud, FL 34769 Appliance Parts For Most Major Brands Sales & Service Since 1961 W 032113.TNG 031413.TNG 032813.TNG
Thursday, March 28, 2013 Online All The Time www.aroundosceola.com NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A11 By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Osceola Countys four state wrestling champions have two things in common: Gold medals, and being selected as the Osceola News-Gazettes Wrestlers of the Year. When there is so much accomplished talent in one county, its difficult to single out one winner, so it seemed right to not even try. Osceolas Ariel Dominguez (106 pounds), Fox Baldwin (152), and Chris Pagan (195) as well as Gateways Christian Vazquez (160) will share the title as Osceolas Wrestlers of the Year. I think it is a fair thing to do, Osceola Coach Jim Bird said. Winning the state championship is the ultimate goal of a high school wrestler and I certainly wouldnt want to single out one of my guys as being more deserving than the other and what Christian did at the state meet was incredible. Recognizing all four is the right thing to do. Baldwins credentials are impeccable. Just a sophomore, Bird moved him up a weight class in order to improve the teams chances of challenging Brandon for the team title. Despite wrestling in a heavier, more competitive class, Baldwin ripped through the regional and state competition, capping a perfect 55-0 season with a 17-1 dismantling of Palm Harbors Aaron Hartman in the state finals to capture his third straight state title. Following the state meet, Baldwin won his weight class in an exhibition featuring the other state champions. With a 28717 overall high school record, Baldwin remains on pace to set several national records, including total wins (324, held by his brother, two-time OHS state champion Pete Baldwin). Although he has two years of eligibility left, he is already the most accomplished wrestler we have had in our program, Bird said. He has won a national championship, three straight state championships and he has competed internationally. He is such a perfectionist and hardworker, there is no ceiling on what he may accomplish. Always striving to achieve, Fox recently set personal records in state weight lifting and is looking to become state ranked in the new sport of cross fit. I always set my goals really high, Baldwin said. I want to win NCAA titles and world championships. I think you have to set your goals high so you have something to shoot for. If perfection would have been the standard for selection the Wrestler of the Year, Baldwin would not be the only county wrestler to qualify. Chris Pagan finished his season with a 51-0 record and had the most impressive run through the state tournament. In his four matches, Pagan won on first-period pins. Ever since his sophomore season, we tried to convince Chris that he could be one of the best wrestlers in the state and this year, the point finally sunk in, Bird said. He really wrestled with a purpose this year and it was gratifying to see him reach his potential. Pagan said the OHS coaching staff showed him that desire makes a champion. Coach just pounded the thought into my head all year Osceolas Baldwin wins 3rd title; Pagan, Dominguez reach goals OHS, St. Cloud meet elite softball squads at Klassic Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSports Four state champs top the listSee OHS, page A-12 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Christian Vazquez decided to try wrestling during his freshman year at Gateway High School, and if he wasnt sure right away that it was the right sport for him, it didnt take long to convince Panthers Coach Jon Smorin. After his first day at practice I knew I had to keep him in the program, Smorin said. You could tell just by the way he moved and by the way he picked things up so quickly that he had a lot of potential. That potential was realized in February when Vazquez lifted his arms in triumph after a thrilling 6-5 victory over Brandons Justin Haydock for the Class 3A 160-pound state championship at the Lakeland Center. Haydock had defeated Vazquez four times this season and won by more than 10 points just one week earlier at the regional meet. And, he led in the championship match by three points in the final period. But, it didnt matter to Vazquez. Something told me I had a chance to win, he said. A move called a lateral drop, where Vazquez used Haydcocks momentum to help throw the Brandon wrestler down, was the difference. He has been working on that move for a long time, but it didnt work because he usually forced it, Coach Smorin said. This time, he let it come to him, and that was the difference. Vazquez, a Co-Wrestler of the Year with Osceola state champions Fox Baldwin, Ariel Dominguez and Chris Pagan, is the first Panther to win a state title since 2002. It was an amazing journey by Christian, Smorin said. He dedicated himself to being a champion. Vazquez, who played football for Gateway, said he was attracted to wrestling because he controlled the outcome of every match. Its not something everyone can do, and thats something else I like about it, he said. If his confidence was fragile at the beginning of his career, it grew when he realized that he was holding his own against wrestlers with more experience. I dont know if I can point out any particular match, but I remember wrestling against Paul Zupofska (from OHS). He beat me, but it was a close match, Vazquez said. That was an eye opener to me. I thought to myself that if I could stay with a really talented wrestler like him, a guy who you knew was going to have a great career and do well at the state tournaments, then maybe I could do that, too. Vazquez and teammate Alex Velez (third at 120 pounds at the state tournament) formed the core of a rebuilding Panthers wrestling program under Smorin. Velez became the schools career wins leader (177) and Vazquez is second (151). Alex and Christian have set the tone for our program. Nobody works harder than those guys, and when somebody new walks into the room and sees how hard they are working, they dont have any choice but to do the same thing, Smorin said. Vazquez is proud of his role as a leader at Gateway and expects the tradition to continue. We have some good wrestlers coming back. I think Gateway is going to be very good again, he said. Though sad to see them leave the program, Smorin said their work ethic and talent would give future Panthers inspiration. Well definitely have to have a special place for them on our Wall of Fame, he said. All-County wrestling Gateway Class 3A state champion Christian Vazquez (left) holds his state championship medal standing next to teammate Alex Velez, third in the state and the schools all-time career wins leader.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanOsceola Highs 2013 Class 3A state champions, from left: Ariel Dominguez, Chris Pagan and Fox Baldwin.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Kissimmee Klassic returns to the Osceola County Softball Complex for its 21 st edition beginning today, and as usual, the tournament is loaded with elite high school programs. Four state champions, one from Illinois, dot the 32-team field, which is split into 16-team Gold and Blue brackets. Osceola High Coach George Coffey will host the tournament with a team that, with four college signees, might be capable of going deep into the bracket. St. Cloud will appear at the tournament for the first time See Klassic, page A-12 Wrestlers of the Year: Fox Baldwin (OHS), Chris Pagan (OHS) Ariel Dominguez (OHS), Christian Vazquez (GHS).All-county team: Osceola: John Locksmith, Alex Tilford, Paul Zupofska, Spencer Lacey, Max Tilford, Jhalen Flanders, Ben Cruz. St. Cloud: Joe McGinley, Alex Southall Harmony: Zac German, Dylan Gilhart, Jeremy Beesley. Gateway: Alex Velez, Woodly Deseme, Austin Seward. Liberty: Eyituoya Eyiangho. All-County wrestling Panthers Vazquez wraps up career in style Thursday: Miami Gulliver Prep vs. Lake Brantley (5 p.m.); Winter Park vs. Starke Bradford County (3 p.m).; Osceola vs. St. Petersburg Canterbury (9 p.m.); Chicago Marist vs. Winter Springs (3 p.m.); Delray Beach American Heritage vs. Tallahassee Lincoln (7 p.m.); Palm Beach Gardens vs. West Orange (1 p.m.); Pembroke Pines vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (1 p.m.); Cypress Bay vs. Miami American (7 p.m.). Friday: Games begin at 1 p.m. Saturday: Semifinals, 12:30 p.m.; Championship, 6:30 p.m. 2013 Kissimmee Klassic Blue bracket
Page A12, Klassic Continued from page A-11 Life Academy completes SIAA Sports briefssince 2010. Games begin at 1 p.m. Osceola will take on Canterbury School of St. Petersburg at 9 p.m. in a Blue bracket contest that will pit Coffey against one of his former players, Coach Jody (Horton) Moore. The Crusaders won the Class A 2011 state championship. St. Cloud meets T rinity Prep today at 7 p.m. in a Gold bracket game. Both of those contests will be broadcast live by Brighthouse Networks. Games continue Friday, starting at 1 p.m. The tournament concludes Saturday with action beginning at 9 a.m. The championship games start at 6:30 p.m. Defending state champions competing at the Klassic are American Heritage Delray Beach, the 3A state champion and winner of four state crowns in five years. Three-time defending champion Miami Gulliver Prep holds the current 4A crown, and Pembroke Pines Charter, the 6A champ, returns. Pembroke Pines has won four Klassic tournament titles. Chicago Marist holds the Illinois 4A (largest class) state title and makes its first appearance at the Klassic. Also in the field is Palm Beach Gardens, w inner of four state crowns since 2005 and the top-ranked team in Class 8A. The Gators were ranked No. 1 in the country last year. American Heritage, Gulliver Prep and Marist join Palm Beach Gardens as Klassic participants who currently are ranked No. 1 in their respective state polls. American Heritage was ranked No. 1 overall in Florida, but that may change after Osceola upended the Stallions, 8-5, at Gulliver Preps Slamfest tournament two weekends ago. We played very well in that game, Coffey said. Were making plays that you almost cant believe. Were excited about the tournament and to have a chance to see what we can do in a very competitive bracket. The Lady Kowboys are pounding the ball, led by power hitters Jessica Callahan (.512 BA, 3 HR, 21 RBIs) and Haisette Escudero (.472 BA, 4 HR, 28 RBIs). Leadoff batter Kali Jones is hitting .529 and leads the team by scoring 27 runs. Senior Kenya Pereira has been outstanding on the mound. St. Cloud, 9-6, is making a softball comeback under Coach Ray Whorbrey, who led the Lady Bulldogs to the regionals last season. A mix of experienced lettermen like Briana Benge (.353 BA) and Dinky McCowen (.579 BA) and talented newcomers like freshmen Paige Shantz (.533 BA) and Madison Urquiola (.412) has made the Lady Bulldogs a good bet to return to regional action. Shantz and Lindsay Markham, both freshmen, give Whobrey depth on the mound with junior Emma Wells. Were very excited about playing in the Klassic. Coach Coffey has always put on a great tournament with the best teams in the state coming to it, Whobrey said. It will be a great test for the girls as we start preparing for the district tournament. It will be a great experience for the girls and it will be something they will never forget. The girls can tell their grandkids how grandma was on TV playing softball. Tournament Director Roger Jones said 26 of the 32 teams at the Klassic advanced to the state playoffs last season and seven teams have been ranked No. 1 this season. There is nowhere else where you can see 50 all-state players at one location, Jones said. American Heritage brings seven all-state players, including Offensive Player of the Year Corrie Boggess. Other first-round matchups Thursday in the Blue bracket: Gulliver Prep vs. Lake Brantley; Lake Howell vs. Starke Bradford County; Marist vs. Winter Springs; A merican Heritage vs. Tallahassee Lincoln; Pembroke Pines vs. St. Thomas Aquinas and Cypress Bay vs. Miami American. Other first-round Gold bracket matchups: Miami Coral Reef vs. Frostproof; Pine Castle Christian vs. Jensen Beach; Palm Beach Central vs. Florida Christian; Cooper City vs. Clay Green Cove Springs; Cape Coral Baker vs. Davie Western; Okeechobee vs. Sarasota Riverview and Naples Barron Collier vs. Miami Doral Academy. Harmony played and won at the Daytona Beach Blast tournament last weekend. Thursday: Miami Coral Reef vs. Frostproof (1 p.m.); Pine Castle Christian vs. Jensen Beach (1 p.m.); Palm Beach Central vs. Florida Christian (7 p.m.); Cooper City vs. Clay Green Cove Springs (3 p.m.); Cape Coral Ida Baker vs. Davie Western (7 p.m.); St. Cloud vs. Trinity Prep (7 p.m.); Okeechobee vs. Sarasota Riverview (3 p.m.); Naples Barron Collier vs. Miami Doral Academy (5 p.m.). Friday: Games begin at 1 p.m. Saturday: Semifinals, 10:45 a.m.; Championship, 6:30 p.m. 2013 Kissimmee Klassic Gold bracket that when two guys are pretty equal, the guy who wants it the most will come out on top. Winning the title and sharing that status with two of my teammates was a great honor, he said. Accomplishing it in my senior year as sort of a last chance thing made it even sweeter. He finished the season ranked 18th nationally. Pagan, who is being recruited by several major colleges including Virginia Tech and Eastern Michigan, will spend the next several weeks weighing his options while he continues to compete in weightlifting. Chris sent me a text the other day saying that he broke two of his personal records in weightlifting. The young man is so focused right now, it wouldnt surprise me if he won states in that sport too, Bird said. Dominguez capped his senior year with an impressive 50-1 record and No.16 national ranking. He out-pointed highly-touted Brandon freshman Geoffrey Doback, 3-1, to win his first state title. In that match, he needed a takedown in the final minute of the match and then had to hold on for the win. Geoff is an outstanding freshman wrestler and a tough opponent, Dominguez said. I was lucky to get his back and win the match. To win a championship in my senior year was really special moment for me. Bird said Dominguez committed himself to success. I am really proud at what Ariel accomplished this season. When he transferred to Osceola (from Harmony before his junior year), he didnt have a lot of goals in life and lacked motivation both athletically and academically. We sat him down and explained to him the need to become focused. Where he has come from to where he is today is really remarkable, Bird said. Dominguez is also pursuing a college wrestling scholarship. The three state champions at OHS this year equals the number the school had in 2009 when it won the Class 3A team title. 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Thursday, March 28, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A13 A-15 Chavez signs to Webber By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Noemi Chavez became the fourth Osceola softball player to sign a college grant when she elected to join Babson Parks Webber International University program. She signed her papers at the OHS gym as her mother, Maribel Chavez, Kowgirls Coach George Coffey, Osceola Overdrive Coach Keith Pereira and her teammates celebrated with her. They saw me play in travel ball (with the Overdrive) and got in touch with my coach (Pereira), then they came up and watched me play a game against St. Cloud, Chavez said. I went on an unofficial visit and liked it. Chavez is having an excellent season, batting .393. Ill play the outfield, she said. The thing I want to work on is making my legs stronger. I want to get faster. Brent Orr is the Webber coach. The Warriors play in the NAIA Sun Conference. Chavez said she likes the family atmosphere at Webber. Coffey said Chavez should do well at Webber. 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Page A14, Easter Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. Martin LutherMay the season of new beginnings and hope bring peace and joy near and far. Happy Easter www.trinitychurchandschool.com Trinity Church/ SchoolHwy. 192407-847-42043016 W. Vine Street, KissimmeeEaster ServicesMarch 28th Maundy Thursday7:00 p.m.March 29th Good FridayViewing Passion of The Christ: Noon Traditional Good Friday Prayers: 7:00 p.m.March 30th Easter Vigil 7:00 p.m.March 31st Easter Sunday7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.Easter Breakfast is being served from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in our Family Life Center. Well be serving French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fruit Salad, and beverages. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Join us!All Services with Communion Church of St. Luke & St. Peter 2745 Canoe Creek Road, St Cloud, FL407-892-3227 EASTER SERVICES8 a.m. Traditional Celebration 9:30 a.m. Family Celebration Childrens Program Easter Egg HuntGOOD FRIDAY SERVICESNoon & 7 p.m. Episcopal He has risen! He has risen indeed!He has risen! He has risen indeed! Grace Lutheran Church and School Easter Services 8:30 & 11:00 Spanish Service 1:30Grace Lutheran is the place for you! Come worship with us. 1123 Louisiana Ave., St Cloud, FL 34769407-892-4653Easter Service, Sunday 7:00am & 10:00am Spanish Worship Service 12:00pmMember LCMS ST. CLOUD PREsSBYTERIAN CHURcCH ST. CLOUD PREsSBYTERIAN CHURcCH 10th St. and Indiana Ave., St. Cloud, FL407-892-2813 Traditional Easter Worship10:00 AM Wonderful Music! Great for Families!Easter Easter EasterWorship Worship Worship Community Sponsored by St. Cloud Presbyterian, El Buen Vecino, and Lake Nona FellowshipLocation: On Narcoossee Road at Ralph Miller Road 4965 Ralph Miller Road An Inspiring Easter Message Dynamic Christian Soloists Oldest and Best Attended Community Sunrise Service in the Area!Sunday, March 31st, 6:30 AMEaster Sunrise Service Easter Sunrise Service Easter Sunrise ServiceCome Celebrate the Rising of the Son Amidst the majestic oaks! First United Methodist Church Easter Sunday Worship Times6:30 a.m. Sunrise Serviceheld at Kissimmee Lakefront, near the gazebo8:15 & 11:00 a.m.Traditional Worship9:40 a.m.Contemporary Worship Open hearts: Open minds: Open doors. The People of The United Methodist Church. 101 W. Dakin Ave. Kissimmee, FL 34741407-847-3700www.kissimmeefumc.orgJesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Nothing gets your day off to a better start than a tasty breakfast but on most days, youre too rushed and stressed to enjoy it. Thankfully, on weekends and holidays, its a whole different story. Theres time to relax, enjoy the company of family and friends and prepare and serve that best-loved of all leisurely meals: brunch. A table full of delicious dishes that inspire conversation and interaction is an essential part of a truly great brunch experience. To encourage guests of all ages to linger around the table and enjoy the festive atmosphere, include a variety of options that will please all palates. Catherine McCord of Weelicious, a family-centric food blog and cookbook author, offers some of her favorite tips for putting together the ultimate brunch: *Make brunch interactive and fun for kids. The more you get them involved, the more theyll be interested in the food you serve.That can make it easier for everyone to enjoy the foods youve spent time preparing.* French Toast on a Stick turns a brunch staple into something a bit more fun. Make French toast cubes using different types of bread such as brioche, French bread, croissants or even regular sandwich bread. Theres no need to worry that you dont have a particular variety they will all produce delectable results. Fill bowls with fresh fruits like sliced bananas, strawberries, pineapple and melon balls for kids to skewer. Keep health in mind. Wash all fruits even organic varieties carefully. Since eggs are always an essential element of brunch, opt for Safest Choice Eggs. These eggs go through an a ll-natural p asteurizatio n process that eliminates the risk of salmonella, while still maintaining that farm-fresh flavor everyone loves. Safest Choice Eggs also let kids get in on the fun of preparation, while eliminating worries you might have about their getting sick. Put out an assortment of drinks for everyone to make non-alcoholic kiddy cocktails: sparkling water, orange, cranberry or grapefruit juice, lemonade, herbal iced tea and sliced fresh fruits are great options. *Fill the buffet table with a mix-and-match assortment of glasses, plates, placemats, napkins and silverware. It will add visual appeal to the festivities and act as a conversation starter. Sweet or savory, formal or relaxes, brunch is one of those meals that can do it all, and be whatever you want it to be. With these tips, and McCords recipe for French Toast on a Stick, youll be well on your way to organizing an easy, yet impressive, brunch that will brighten any day. For more ideas and recipes, visit www. safeeggs.com/recipes and www.weelicious.com. French Toast on a Stick Serves 4 Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 1 cup milk (any kind of milk will work) 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 cups brioche, French or sandwich bread (cut into cubes) 1 tablespoon butter or oil 16 s trawberries, stems removed 2 bananas, sliced into 1/2 inch coins 8 wooden skewers Preparation 1. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, honey and cinnamon. 2. Dip the bread cubes in the milk mixture to coat each side. 3. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook the bread for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. 4. Skewer the French toast cubes, strawberries and bananas and serve with maple syrup for dipping. Accompaniments: maple syrup, honey or raspberrySection C REAL ESTATE IN OSCEOLA & SURROUNDING COUNTIES www.aroundosceola.com March 28, 2013 CLASSIFIEDS Pages C3 C5 LEGALS Page C6 Why does an island with a population of 1.1 million people matter to investors and to mor tgage rates? C yprus economy isn t that impo rt ant to investors, but the proposed tax on deposits concerns investors because of the fe ar that other European countries could consider a similar solution to their debt issues. T his Cy prus situation ki nd of put renewed fo cus on the problems in Europe , says John Wa lsh, president of To tal Mo rt gage Se rv ices in Mi lf ord, Conn. C yprus is the latest European countr y to ask f or a bailout since the euro debt crisis star ted. A lthough it s a small countr y, it created a lot of fear, and fe ar drives markets, says Bob Moult on, president of Americana Mo rt gage in Manhasset, N. Y. costs of its bond purchases when determining the pace and size of bond-buying programs Once the purchases end, ther e s no doubt mort gage rates will shoot up analysts sa y. Mo rt gage tip:These days, home equi ty loans ar e harder to land -but boosting your credit score and bor rowing from a smaller bank can increase your chances.Mo rt gage Ne ws So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2013 3.57 3.50 3.67 3.79 3.78 10/31/201212/5/20121 /9/20132 /13/20133/20/20132.75 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 2.99 2.95 3.03 2.72 2.74 2.77 2.75 2.71 10/31/201212/5/20121/9/20132/13/20133/20/20132.00 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 island in the Mediterranean Sea. according to the Bank rate.com national survey of large lenders. The mor tgages in this week s sur vey had an average total of 0.37 discount and origination points. One year ago, the mort gage index stood at 4.29 percent; four weeks ag o, it was 3.8 percent. benchmark 5/1 adjustable -rate mo rt gage fe ll to 2.71 from 2.82 percent. The decline in rates is par tially attributed to the panic that Cy prus caused among investors worldwide when the European Union proposed a tax on deposits to bail out the countr y s banks. The EU wanted C yprus to charge a tax of 6.75 percent on bank deposits of less than 100,000 euros and 9.9 percent on larger deposits. The C ypriot parliament voted against the plan Tuesda y, but in vestors remain ner vous.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 0.88 60 3.795 2.750 0.00 1.25 60 3.108 SunTrust Bank 800-273-7827 4.625 1.00 0.15 60 4.751 3.800 1.00 0.18 60 4.021 STUFF FINDER HOME FINDER AUTO FINDER INSIDE TODAYS HOMEFINDERCLASSIFIEDSCLASSIFIEDS JOB FINDER If youve been thinking about selling your home, theres no time like the present. House hunters come out of the woodwork in warm w eather months and for sale signs pop up everywhere. Your job is to set your home apart from all the others. In most areas around the country, its a buyers market. So how do you get a legup on the competition? Deborah Rossler, Interior Design instructor at The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, and Maryse Jospitre, Interior Design program coordinator at The Art Institute of Phoenix share the top five tips you can really use to turn that for sale sign into sold. 1. Detach You may love the outdated recliner that was passed down from grandpa. You may also think that lime green and fuchsia are the foundation for a great color scheme. But others may not. Before you put it on the market, emotionally detach from your home, advises Rossler. Look at it from the buyers point of view. Figure out what needs an update, a touch-up or an overhaul and then do it. 2. De-clutter You want to open up the space to make it feel larger. While its fine if your home has the lived in look, all the extra knick-knacks should be put away. Jospitre suggests renting a storage unit if your place is small. If youve got a garage or an attic, store your items there in plastic bins. But do not shove all the extra stuff in your closets. People look in there, warns Rossler, and a messy closet tells potential buyers t hat there wont be enough room for their things either. The same goes for drawers and cabinets. Tidy them up and organize them neatly. Make sure your belongings arent packed tightly because it will make the cabinet look smaller. Free up the space on your kitchen countertop. A coffee maker and toaster are fine. But put away the blender, stand-mixer and popcorn maker. You might as well tidy up the bathroom counter while youre at it. 3. Go neutral Neutral colors allow house hunters to visualize what the space will look like with their belongings. Heavily saturated colors are overwhelming and dont go over well with prospective home owners, says Jospitre. If they dislike the colors, they will be put off by the space. Rossler agrees that sellers should paint neutral colors that blend room-to-room. But she does make room for an exception: If youre living in a trendy area where something out of the norm is expected, then a bright wall could be a welcome feature. 4. A little rehab and some heavy lifting Does the carpet need to be replaced? Better yet, is there hardwood under the carpet you can refinish? Go for the latter, if thats an option. Buyers love a good hardwood floor. Get the fresh coat of paint on the walls if theyre chipping or peeling. Move furniture away from walls. A big couch against a wall looks frumpy and is not aesthetically pleasing. And remove extra furniture (this could also be filed under de-clutter). Its good to see baseboards and corners, which gives the room a more open and spacious feel. 5. Before the doorbell rings Clean. Then clean some more. A dirty, dusty house is a huge turn-off. Dont forget to clean the light fixtures on the ceiling. And after youve done all that, do a quick 15-minute spruce-up before potential buyers walk through the door. Open the curtains an d blinds. Let natural light in. It makes the home seem cheery and bright. Of course, make sure the windows are clean too. Keep fresh flowers in a vase. And dont forget the smell. A fresh smelling home is a big plus. Open windows to air the home out. Dont cook potentially pungent foods like fish or garlic before a showing. Instead bake some cookies or use an air freshener that smells like baked goods. The Art Institutes (www. artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Rise and shine: How to make the ultimate brunch Photo/BrandpointSome tips on how to get a leg-up on the competition when it is a buyers market for selling homes. HOMEFINDERHOMEFINDERFive tips to take your home from for sale to sold Photo/BrandpointThe recipe for French toast on a stick can be found in the accompanying story.
Page C2, Dont allow dog to fertilize lawn Q: My neighbor walks his dog every day, and routinely allows his beloved pet to eliminate on my front lawn. He almost never picks up the dogs droppings -its something Im left to do when I get home from work. When I confronted him about it, he said that he was doing me a favor because the droppings will fertilize my lawn. How can I get him to stop? -Carlos G., Phoenix A: It sounds like youve talked to him already about it, and gotten a pretty unapologetic answer. For the record -and you probably know this already -dog droppings and urine are not good lawn fertilizer; they can cause dead spots or yellowed grass. Many cities have ordinances about picking up after dogs; some will issue tickets to pet owners who are caught in the act of not cleaning up. In other municipalities, enforcement varies. At any rate, dont get confrontational or pick a fight. Ask him politely one more time to stop leaving dog droppings in your yard. If he doesnt stop, check your options. If you belong to a homeowners association, check its rules or bylaws regarding pets. Check with your citys animal control office or visit its webpage to learn what recourse you have in stopping the daily visits. Causing a nuisance like letting ones dog soil a neighbors yard is generally frowned upon. I have a feeling the law will be on your side with this. Stay calm, do your homework, and you should be able to resolve this little dispute. HOME TIP: Review your homeowners association rules at least once a year to stay on top of any changes and to be familiar with rules that can help solve potential problems between you and your neighbors. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer. 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. DEAR PAWS CORNER: My mothers dog Berry has been scratching and itching at her back legs and stomach for weeks now. I put a monthly flea treatment on her regularly, and I cant see any fleas. Why is she itching? Some of the areas are looking very raw. -Barbara in Tampa, Fla. DEAR BARBARA: Topical flea treatments are pretty effective for pets, but double-check that Berry does not have fleas. Rather than trying to spot the fast-moving critters, look for tiny flecks of brownblack dust in her fur or on her skin. These are flea droppings, and seeing them means theres still an infestation. If you spot evidence of fleas, find out what dosage of the topical flea treatment is being given. These are typically sold in packages that specify the type of pet (cat or dog) and its weight range. Large dogs need a different dose than small dogs or cats. If there is no evidence of fleas, or if Berry is getting the correct dosage for her weight, take her to the veterinarian for a closer look at her skin. 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