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By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter First Baptist Poinciana will lead Osceola County Wednesday in the Eighth A nnual Evening of Praise Foster Youth Connection to help displaced foster youth of Osceola County. Started in 2005, Foster Youth Connection was an event organized by Rupert Henry, evangelist of Power Praise Connection Ministries. He became aware of the amount of displaced children in Osceola County and the lack of help they were receiving. Some of the foster homes changing hands and closing down on Neptune Road and U.S. Highway 192 sparked his inspiration to hold the event. Theyre shipped to other places, such as Jacksonville. So, lets say they grew up in Osceola or Kissimmee or St. Cloud. Theyre not with family, but theyre not here, theyre shipped to another county or somewhere else, said Henry. The annual event is a collaborative effort of Henry, local churches and organizations that work with foster care in the county. The focus is on foster children in Osceola County with the goal to raise awareness and support on the issue. Its an evening for local foster care organizations to talk Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Lifestyles Editor Peter Covino reviews DVDs for mom on Mothers Day.... Page B-1Lifestyles Harmony edges OHS to advance in baseball regionals....Page A-7Sports 117TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS MAY 11, 2013 St. Cloud woman stole from graves, police sayA St. Cloud woman was accused of stealing from a gravesite after police said she took a number of items from Mt. Peace Cemetery. St. Cloud police arrested Debra A. Farinella, 57, and charged her with felony theft charges. See page A-2 Index PolicePa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A7, Sp or ts Pa ge B4, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest yles Pa ge A2, Local ne ws Pa ge C1, Classi ed Pa ge C3, L egals Pa ge B6, O bit ua riesDo you think Osceola County School Board Member Jay Wheele r should step down as chairman? Yes, he is a disruption. No, he is a good School Board member. Im not sure. I dont have an opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the May 4 Question of the week: What do you think of the Kissimmee CRAs plans to change Broadway in the downtown area from four lanes to two? Leave it the way it is. 67% I think its a good idea. 26.8% Time will tell. 5.2% I dont have an opinion. 1% Schools Superintendent kicks off summer readling challenge In an effort to build a consistent, year-round culture of reading throughout Osceolas school community, Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano is currently challenging students to read 10 million minutes over the summer as part of Scholastics Summer Reading Challenge. See page A-3 For the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-4Community By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette The alleged ringleader of the neoNazi skinhead group dismantled last year near St. Cloud is headed to trial Monday as the only group member to be tried in front of a jury. Marcus Faella, 40, is suspected of teaching paramilitary training to at least 12 others, including his wife, Patricia Faella, as part of American Front, described in court documents as a militia-style, anti-Semitic, skinhead orga nization and known domestic terrorist organization. Marcus Faella faces numerous charges including participation in paramilitary training, directing the activities of a gang, conspiracy to shoot at, within or into a building and criminal intent to solicit conspiracy. Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jon B. Morgan will hear the case. According to court documents, Faella and his wife, who also was arrested but later had her charges dropped, barricaded their Holopaw property on Harris Road with barbed wire fence and fortified entrenchments made of railroad timber and cement pilings. The on-property arsenal included AK-47 assault rifles, 12-gauge shotguns, TEC-9 semiautomatic firearms and 9 mm pistols, according to law enforcement officials. Additionally, law enforcement accused Faella of attempting to manufacture ricin, a deadly chemical considered a weapon of mass destruction. During a two-year investigation of the organization, law enforcement, including the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force, uncovered evidence Faellas group considered themselves protector of the white race and planned an attack on Orlando City Hall as a way to increase their profile and recruit new members. According to court records, Faella had a vision of creating an Aryan Compound where AF members could live when the U.S. government fails. The accused ringleader also allegedly sent AF members to the tourist attraction Old Town in Kissimmee to recruit new members in order to collect dues to purchase more weapons and aid in American Fronts expansion and propaganda. AF members also allegedly made their own Ghillie suits layer cam-Trial to begin for neo-Nazi group leader See T rial, page A-2 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanRepresentatives from the Osceola County Sheriffs Office, St. Cloud Police Department and Kissimmee Police Department wind down t heir approximately 10-mile run from S t. Cloud City Hall to the Kissimmee Civic C enter W ednesday mornin g for t he annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. The event, which has been r un by Sheriff Bob Hansell each year he has held o ffice, is a fundraiser for the F lorida S pecial Olympics.Carrying the torch for Special Olympics Kissimmee By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter An amendment to the Kissimmees animal slaughtering ordinance now prohibits the slaughtering of any animal in public view within city limits. The amendment, which the City Commission passed at its meeting on Tuesday evening, changed the original ban of public slaughtering of cows and hogs to now include all animals. The issue here is more so people stringing up an animal and cutting the carcass in public view. That was really the intent, to eliminate that from being seen from residents or public view from other areas, said Douglas Etheredge, planning manager of Kissimmee Development Services. The amendment came up from several complaints by residents to code officers about neighbors slaughtering their game animals in their front yard. Thats what Etheredge wants code officers to focus on when enforcing this ordinance: What kind of animal is being slaughtered and if it is plainly in public view. We instruct our law enforcement officers to have common sense when they patrol the area, and to look and see whats the intent. And the intent here is, like I said, to discourage the public slaughter of big game animal in the front yard in public view, said Etheredge. People are allowed to butcher animals on their private property, as long it is in an enclosed space and away from public view, such as a fenced or screened-in backyard or garage. The alternative is to take the animals to a private slaughterhouse or butcher pen. I can see where someone would be upset, seeing an animal slaughtered, especially in city limits. You make something more in the county, where its more rural, but in the city, not so much, said Commissioner Cheryl Grieb. The first offense against City leaders: Dont slaughter animals in public See City, page A-3Evening of Praise to benefit displaced youth By Ken Jackson Staff W riter At its next scheduled meeting on May 21, the Osceola County School Board will vote on a series of policy c hanges discussed at length two in particular for over an hour at its prior meeting Tuesday. Much discussion came up about Policy 2.22, the boards rules on the use of electronic devices during meetings. If passed by a majority vote, language would be added to allow the board, during meetings, to use their personal devices or computers in order to review calendars to schedule meetings or events. A healthy remake of Policy 2.42, regarding the provisions of employees receiving and using legal services, was proposed by Chairman Jay Wheele r Policy change would allow board devices at meetings Schools News-Gazette Photo/Tiffanie ReynoldsEvangelist Rupert Henry stands with Kissimmee Mayor Jim S wan and a representative from F lorida Guardian ad Litem Program a nd his wife, who h olds t he proclamation c laimin g May as Foster Youth Connection Month during the May 7 City Commissioners meeting See Evening, page A-3 See Policy, page A-2 Faella
Page A2, By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter For a two-time, national gold metal ranking school, Osceola County School for the Arts hasnt c hanged t he w ay its running things. In the 2013 U.S. News and World Report, it ranked 228 in the nation and 16 in the state, earning the school a gold metal ranking for a second time. The rankings are based on student performance in statewide tests, success of African American, Hispanic and low-income students in the school and college readiness of high school seniors based on advanced placement test scores. I think it says to people not only do we emphasize the arts, but we also emphasize the academic work. Its easy to visualize and see how students are growing and how theyre performing. But, then to have an organization like U.S. News and World Report, it says that not only is this school known for its artwork, but theyre also a great academic school. So, it just fits all together, said Principal Charles Lisby. Osceola County School for the Arts placed into U.S. News and World Report with a silver metal ranking in 2008. It received their first gold metal ranking last year. The school also ranked 59 in Washington Posts Americas Most Challenging High Schools. The rankings are not a goal that the school strives to work toward, according to Lisby. Theyve been pleased to receive them, but with the schools focus on both arts and academics, it spends more time trying to beat their personal best then the national average. For example, Lisby has seen a student who is a sophomore band major, who is taking in seventh graders and eighth graders and helping them almost every day at lunch with their music. In the 2013 rankings, two other Florida schools also made the list. Both New Dimensions High School and the Professional and Technical High School received a silver metal ranking. The deluge of rain last week may have dampened a lot of plans, but it also lifted a burn ban in Osceola County. Fire Chief Robert Sorenson announced the lift of the ban on Tuesday for all areas of Osceola County. This ban has been in effect since January and restricted all types of outside burning, including open fire pits, campfires and yard debris. We ask everyone to continue to monitor weather conditions and to be careful while burning. Remember only foliage can be burned, all other materials need to be placed in your trash containers for disouflage full-body attire and homem ade body armor. Additionally, Faella allegedly asked American Front members to lure members of SHARPS (Skin Heads Against Racial Profiling) and REDS, another anti-racist skinhead group, to an undisclosed location to ambush them and put their teeth to the curb, a reference to violence portrayed in the movie American History X. The property was raided in May 2012 and 13 people were arrested, including Faella and his wife, after an undercover member of the group suspected Faella discovered he was working with police and planned to kill him, court records show. The informant, who was once a patched member of American Front, told investigators he is willing to testify against the suspects, according to court records. Many of those arrested have since had their charges associated with this case dropped by the Orange Osceola State Attorneys Office. The few accused American Front members who p leaded guilty received smal l prison sentences or probation, according to Osceola County Clerk of Court records. TrialContinued from Page A-1 A St. Cloud woman was accused of stealing from a gravesite after police said she took a number of items from Mt. Peace Cemetery. St. Cloud police arrested Debra A. Farinella, 57, an d charged her with felony theft charges. On Thursday, St. Cloud Police Department detectives served a search warrant at a home at 1618 Vermont Ave. to recover stolen items that were taken from the cemetery at 755 10th St., St. Cloud. After a week long investigation, detectives determined that Farinella had removed numerous items from various gravesites and then took the items back to her home for display. The items stolen included statutes, lights, decorations and planters. A total of six victims have been identified. Anyone who believes they have had items stolen from their relatives gravesite, should contact the St. Cloud Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit at 407-891-6700. St. Cloud woman stole from graves, police say CountyBurn ban lifted for Osceola See Ban, page A-5and discussed at length Tuesday, but was pulled from the proposed revision list later in the week. That change would have allowed for district employees to receive reimbursement for their legal defense and in investigations undertaken by an outside authority, with the exception of the Department of Education or the School Board, if they are successfully exonerated. During a nearly 90-minute workshop that preceded Tuesdays meeting, Board Member Tom Long voiced opposition to both of those changes. In the case of the device use policy, a board member using their phone, for example, would be opened up to receiving a text from the public during a vote or deliberation. It opens us up to a lawsuit, Long said, indirectly referring to action taken against the Orange County Commission earlier this year regarding texts received about a vote on a employee sicktime measure; commissioners deleted those public records. This board has good intent, I prefer not to invite that, he said, showing off his paper calendar and appointment book (I err on the side of caution for that reason), when board member Tim Weisheyer noted his schedule is entirely kept on his iPad. This change will enable us to work effectively, Weisheyer said. Right now we cant access an electronic calendar if its on a device. My iPad has no communications service; we should not be texting (during a meeting). Board Member Kelvin Soto said members could put phones on airplane mode to disallow any communication. C hairman Jay W heeler said the current policy goes against the use your own device program the district is putting into schools. Were sending a contrary message to students, he said. Were trusting students not to abuse them in class, so we should trust ourselves. In regard to the issue on the reimbursement of legal fees, Long said the proposed new language would have vastly expanded what is currently covered, which he said made him uncomfortable. I am not about to make a target of the School District, he said. For those who sue the county, there is a cap. In this, I see no cap. I could have unlimited legal funds. It only takes three votes to pass this and I dont think its fair to ask taxpayers to provide that. Wheeler noted that the district superintendent has the authority to establish a purchase agreement that would set a limit on such a legal expenditure before it had to be renegotiated. Good people who are exonerated should not have to fear for their financial health, he said. And we dont want to discourage people from working for the district for fear of loss from frivolous claims. Long disagreed with leaving that decision in the hands of the superintendent. Policy is for the board to decide. The superintendent is an employee of the board, thats not right. Wheeler could have benefitted from a rule change. The chairman faced an ethics charge, filed by Long in early 2010, that he misused his position in order to place campaign signs on public school campuses. The charges were dismissed and, when asked by Long Tuesday, said he would ask for his $15,000 legal bill covered by the district. While a few citizens spoke against the change, Apryle Jackson, president of the Osceola County Educators Association, said that three to four times a week and sometimes 10, charges are made against district employees that require legal representation, and her office supported the change. Our lawyers charge $250 an hour, she said. This will save our association money. Other policy changes still up for vote at the May 21 meeting include ones designed to students who have attended a high school for three years to finish there if they move out of zone, to permit substitute teacher certificate to be valid for five school fiscal years, to clarify language regarding certification of adjunct educators and to require employees entering the districts deferred retirement program to maintain a minimum reserve of sick leave.PolicyContinued from Page A-1 Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.School of the Arts scores 2nd national gold Farinella 051113.SNG 2055 Town Center Blvd Orlando, FL 32837(In Target Plaza)407-855-1115www.OnceUponAChildHuntersCreek.com M-F 9:30-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5 Coupon may not be combined with any other offer, sale or discount. only one coupon per day may be used. Expires 5/31/13. Valid at Hunters Creek location only. Coupon Hunters Creek CASH $$$$ FOR KIDS CLOTHES. 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Saturday, May 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 In an effort to build a consistent, year-round culture of reading throughout Osceolas school community, Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano is currently challenging students to read 10 million minutes over the summer as part of Scholastics Summer Reading Challenge. When school lets out in June each year, our students battle the summer slide the loss of academic skills when students are not in school, said Luciano. Research has proven that when children read over the summer, they return back to school in the fall at or above the reading levels they were at the end of the school year. Scholastics Summer Reading Challenge is a program that is designed to keep students reading over the summer. This challenge has students log their reading minutes online in an effort to break the world record of reading, while also meeting the goal of reading 10 million minutes in Osceola County alone. Each students reading minutes will be combined for their schools total reading minutes, and can be viewed real time on the Scholastic Summer Challenge website over the summer at http:// www.scholastic.com/summer. A mobile app also can be downloaded from the site where kids can log their reading minutes, and parents can track their students reading and access expert reading tips. Students who participate can earn virtual prizes on the site and possibly win a visit for their school from Dav Pilkey, author of the popular Captain Underpants series. The top 20 schools across the nation with the most reading minutes will be listed in the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records. Last year, Reed y Creek Elementary in Osceola County earned the ranking of 20th in the nation, and the school appears in the latest edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records. To help promote the challenge, Clear Channel Radios eight local stations will be airing summer reading announcements that remind parents to read with their children and remind students to log their reading minutes. Parents and students are encouraged to visit the following sites for suggested summer reads: -Florida Department of Educations Summer Reading List at http://www.justreadfamilies. org/SummerReadingList.pdf -Just Read, Florida! at www. justreadflorida.com. about their efforts for foster kids, and donations are made from local churches to these organizations. Grace Landing, a foster home for boys in St. Cloud, is one organization thats a seasoned speaker at the Foster Youth Connection. Opened three years ago, Director Juda Attkisson was contacted by Henry and has spoken at the event for as long as the house has operated. The home has been Attkissons dream since high school, giving a place and guidance to foster boys from age 18 to 23. We buy our kids a phone, we buy our kids video games, we buy our kids a car. We teach them how to drive. We teach them how to work. And, these (foster) kids age out and they dont have any of those skills. And so, we work with them to try to teach them those skills, said Attkisson. When foster kids turn 18, they are released from the foster care system. Within the first year of being released, 48 percent of kids become homeless, with 70 percent of boys are jailed. In addition, 60 percent of girls become pregnant within two years, according to Attkisson. Grace Landing provides dormitory style housing for foster boys 18 to 23, helping them get started in college, find a job and teaching them how to budget and live on their own. Henry also is working as a guide for local churches with Foster Youth Connection. He organized the event for the first five years, holding it in large public venues. For the past two years, he has pulled l ocal churches together to become more involved by holding the event at a different church in the county every year. Legally, theyre taken care of, but emotionally, morally, they need support, they need mentors. In these agencies, they have all those means of doing that. So, our group is not going to go out there and re-invent the wheel. Were just here to basically toot the horn and say these things are there, said Henry. As an evangelist, he said he has dedicated his life to sharing his beliefs and helping to better the community. This year, First Baptist Poinciana, 601 Walnut St., will be hosting the event starting at 6:30 p.m. Evening Continued from Page A-1 Contact Tiffanie Reynolds at 321-402-0434 or by email at treynolds@osceolanews gazette.com.this ordinance would be a notice of violation, with a period of time given for the person to come into compliance with the ordinance. If a person violates the code a second time, they would have to appear before the code enforcement board, which would result in a fine or other action. It needed to be done. Most people would have common courtesy and common sense, and they would not butcher a hog in the front yard of a neighbor, but some people dont have common sense, said Mayor Jim Swan. The amendment took effect Tuesday evening, when the City Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance. 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Page A4, Attack on coverage unwarrantedTo the Editor: It was very interesting how two individuals that favor incorporation would write letters to this paper attacking the coverage of a meeting held on April 15 by PRFSC with guest speakers from the Florida League of Cities and PINCHOS, the incorporation movement in Poinciana. I can only guess that they both think that they are so righteous that everybody should support their way of thinking and shouldnt make public comments in opposition. Their attack on the article in the Osceola News-Gazette just shows that they rather censor anything that disagrees with their philosophy as it cannot stand up to public scrutiny. The article stated facts based upon interviews with residents that were in attendance that are not in favor of incorporation. The writer, Lisa DCato, did not take one side or another in her article and just reported what was told to her by those she interviewed. The fact that there were some individuals present that had questions and did not seem to support or like the answers they received shows that all of the facts are not being presented. The attack on Ms. DCatos integrity was also appalling. Ms. DCato has promoted Poinciana and the activities in the community for a long time. She belongs to most community groups that support Poinciana and donates her time to the community. Ms. DCato was asked by her editor to cover the meeting. As we were both going to the meeting, we carpooled. To insinuate that she was writing an article that was fed to her by me was insulting to her as she is an independent thinker and came to her own conclusions regarding information that was presented. Both Mr. Laytham and Mr. Camorros owe Ms. DCato a public apology for their attacks on her integrity. If the article was going to be written to please me, as Mr. Chamorro implies in his letter, then it would have been much more critical regarding the misleading information that was being presented. Nowhere did she mention in her article that this was a meeting being hosted by the incorporation group even though Mr. Laytham, as PRFSCs president, has been introduced as a consultant to this effort. The fact that this paper and the Pioneer did not publicize the meeting was not in the hands of Ms. DCato. I was attending the meeting not as the opposition to incorporation but to insure that facts were straight and not misleading. As my community is not being included in this effort, I have no real skin in the game except on how incorporation will affect the many community groups that I belong to and support in the community donating both my time and money to these groups. I was also present to make sure that the residents are not guided down a path of misleading statements in order that they support this effort only to find out that what was presented to them was not accurate or correct. Jeffery A. Goldmacher Kissimme e The Florida Senate proved its value recently by not approving SB 0862, the Parent Empowerment in Education Act -better known as the Parent Trigger bill. The tie vote -20-20, the same tally as last year effectively killed the proposed legislation. The House version passed with the backing of former Gov. Jeb Bushs Foundation for Floridas Future and another group headed by Michelle Rhee, former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor. The proposal gave parents whose children are in a failing public school the power to organize a petition drive in support of a school turnaround option. The bill pulled the trigger for parents after a school received a failing grade and 50 percent plus one of the school parents signed a petition in support of one of three turnaround options: Convert the school to a charter school managed by the district or private management company; Put a corrective plan into effect. Close the school and transfer students to another school in the district. Supporters saw the bill as a means of giving parents a voice in the running of a neighborhood school. Most Florida parent organizations, including the Florida PTA, disagreed and lobbied the Florida Senate to reject it. The Senate version was thought to have a chance of passage because it had been amended to give school boards the power to reject the turnaround plan proposed by the parents. If the district chose a plan different from one proposed by parents, then the school board had to provide a report setting forth the reasons why the parents option was rejected and the reasons why another option was chosen. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and Republican state Sens. Nancy Detert, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Rene Garcia, Jack Latvala, Greg Evers and Charlie Dean joined forces with the Democratic opposition. School superintendents and boards need to focus on improving their failing schools, not finding new ways to close them or shuffle them off to for-profit charter school management companies. Parents of students in failing schools dont necessarily have the skill sets to develop corrective plans. That puts them at the mercy of those profiteers who have figured out how to make money off the public school system. Few parents would vote to close schools in their neighborhoods. That leaves only one viable option for them charter school. The school board and superintendent of schools get to unload a school that is hurting their evaluations. They can pass the problem off on someone else. The Parent Trigger was a bad idea with loads of unintended consequences. Once again, the Florida Senate saved the Legislature from itself. Rick Outzen is the publisher/editor of Pensacolas Independent News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. After a long pause in the public bickering up on the Osceola County School Board dais, the fireworks returned on Tuesday night. School Board members Tom Long and Barbara Horn asked Chairman Jay Wheeler to step down from his post. Wheeler refused. Should have Wheeler stepped down? Well, we believe its all about perception. Long and Horn cited comments Wheeler made in recent emails they perceived as demeaning and unprofessional. They referred the to the boards Nov. 26, 2012 meeting, when Wheeler was named chairman, but was asked to refrain from actions and public comments he made that drew unwanted negative attention to the board. The board, by charter rule, cannot remove a chairman, but both Long and Horn referenced what he said at the November meeting, should the board feel that behavior continued: I invite anyone; bring it up for a re-vote, and I will gladly step down. Horn referenced an email Wheeler sent to a TV reporter that said she and Long will never be able to wash off their political stink, perceived negative comments about outgoing Celebration High principal Laura Rhinehart and that the Department of Education need pack up its toys and leave quietly and go back to its keepers, after a recent investigation. Some could make the case that Long and Horn had a valid argument and Wheeler should have stepped down. Especially with the comment made directly at them. But did those comments bring negative attention to the board or was it just Wheeler being Wheeler? It depends on whom you ask. Its no secret that Wheeler has caused a stir at past meetings. Hes known for his war of words with former board member Cindy Hartig and for walking out on meetings. In his defense, Wheeler said the district, outside of his family, is the most important thing to him, saying that he would question state agencies and any other things he believed werent benefiting the School District. So some could argue hes just passionate about what he believes is best for the district. We believe all five board members have the best interests at heart for the Osceola County School District. But its just a shame that public friction on the board had to return after tensions seemed to have settled down. Submit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. All letters should be no more than 500 words and should include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. Letters to the editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. They also may be published in other Florida Sun Publications, including on the News-Gazette website. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at email@example.com. Our view Whos in the right depends on perceptionBrenda Heist wanted to run away from life. Naturally, she went to Key West, Fla. The first time I was down there, I saw a highway sign that, for me, perfectly captured the meaning of that place. North, it said, with an arrow pointing the way. No South, you understand. Just the one option: North. Not that I didnt know where I was before I saw that, but it struck me as a visceral manifestation of what the little island represents. As the southernmost dot of inhabited land in the continental United States, it is the nations designated refuge for troubled or nonconformist souls. You end up there because running any farther (by land, at least) is a geographic impossibility. It is, literally, the end of the road. So the news that Heist, the central Pennsylvania mother who disappeared 11 years ago, fled there, feels almost too on the nose. Of course she went to Key West. Of course she did. Heists odd odyssey began in 2002 in the little town of Lititz. She was going through a divorce and had just been turned down for housing assistance when three strangers found her crying in a park and invited her to hitchhike with them. She said yes. And with that, she disappeared, leaving behind a husband and two children, until last week when she walked into the sheriffs office in Key Largo and told deputies she was a missing person. The 11 years in between are a confusing pastiche of aliases, petty crime, panhandling, trailer parks, common-law marriage, sleeping under bridges, and even working as a housekeeper. It unfolded up and down the Florida peninsula, but largely on that half-mythic island at the bottom. You can read the cost of Heists journey by gazing on the before and after pictures, the former showing a middle-age mom wearing lipstick and a posed smile and the latter showing a gaunt, hollow-eyed wraith with stringy blond hair and no eyebrows. It requires an effort of will to realize that they are the same woman. But the cost of Heists escape is not just seen on her face. It is also seen in the ruins of her relationships. Ex-husband, Lee, who lived awhile under suspicion of murdering her and who may be tapped to repay the reported $100,000 payout on her life insurance policy (she was legally declared dead a few years back), has said he sees no purpose in talking with her. Her now adult daughter Morgan posted on Twitter that she hopes her mother rots in hell. Who can blame them? They are more than entitled. That said, there is something faintly recognizable in Brenda Heists story. Not condonable, perhaps not even forgivable, but, yes, recognizable. Who among us, after all, has never daydreamed about running away from life? For the majority of us, it never becomes more than that, but it is there, just the same. For all its joys and graces, life is not an easy proposition. Sometimes, it is a downright unhappy one. One contends with the big challenges like cancer and divorce, yes. But there are also the small ones -kids, and spouses and taxes and utility bills and setbacks and deadlines and waiting in line at the DMV -that are the true meat of daily existence. Well probably never know -she may not truly know -if any of this is what caused Heist to break. All we know is that something did and when it did, when she wound up weeping in that park, she responded by reaching out for the daydream. There is something pathetic about that. Something instructive, too. See, you can run to Key West. You can sail down to Tolhuin, a tiny village near the tip of South America. You can even trek across Antarctica and come up the other side of the globe. Doesnt matter. Because as Brenda Heists bill for damages comes due, one thing about running away from life seems painfully clear. Life always catches up. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Saturday, May 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 Baseball regionals Follow us on Twitte r Harmony hangs on to edge OHS By Rick Pedone Sports Editor For much of the postseason, the main concern of the Harmony High softball coaching staff was the teams lack of production at the plate. That problem continued Wednesday when the Lady Longhorns were eliminated in the semifinal round of the Class 7A state tournament by Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, 1-0, in nine innings at the Vero Beach Sports Village. The Raiders, 22-5, beat Tampa Freedom, 1-0, for the state championship Thursday. After routing East Ridge, 7-0, in the regional quarterfinal round, the Lady Longhorns, 26-4, managed only four runs total in wins against Osceola (3-1) and Lake Region (1-0, 10 innings) before Wednesdays game. I sat down with my coaches after the game and we determined that we scored one run in the last 19 innings, and youre not going to win championships with that kind of production, Harmony Coach Jeff Fiorelli said. St. Thomas won in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Gwen Svekis singled and pinch runner Jillian Healey scored on Samantha Sharkeys triple. The run was the first surrendered by Longhorns junior pitcher Lele Ocasio in 23 2/3 innings, since Osceola scored a run in the second inning of the regional semifinal. Ocasio, 17-3 with a 0.42 ERA, struck out 12, didnt walk a batter, and gave up six hits. She struck out 178 batters in 115 innings this season. LeLe did a superlative job, she couldnt have pitched better for us, Fiorelli said. We just couldnt do enough at the plate to help her. Aquinas pitcher Meghan King, 11-4, a lefty who brought a 0.94 ERA into the game, limited Harmony to three hits and struck out five. The thing with Meghan is that she has a nasty curve. It runs in on the bat handle, and thats what happened with most of our hitters, they were hitting it off the handle, Fiorelli said. We saw her at the (Kissimmee) Klassic, but I have to give her credit for picking up her game in the semifinal. She threw much better than the last time we saw her. St. Thomas Aquinas won the blue bracket of the Kissimmee Klassic in March, edging Osceola, 5-3. The Longhorns had two chances to score. They loaded the bases in the sixth inning before King got the next two batters to pop up and ground out. In the eighth, Ocasio singled, went to second and tried to score on Lauren Harris single, but Ocasio was thrown out. I talked about that with the coaches and we decided that in that situation, you have to send her. It wasnt like we were getting a lot of hits, so we had to take advantage of what opportunities we had, Fiorelli said. She is the fastest player we have, so we had to send her. Ocasio pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth when the Raiders Rachel Coll ins tripled to lead off but could not score. Fiorelli said Harmonys By Rick Pedone Sports Editor About the only way his Harmony L onghorns could upset Osceola at the 7A-2 regional semifinal baseball game Wednesday, Horns Coach Mike Fields said, was if the Kowboys hit em at us. Thats what happened in the top of the sixth inning at the Mike Fields Complex. With two outs, the bases loaded, and Kowboys powerful designated hitter Omar Colon at the plate, Harmony reliever Omar Villaman was in a jam. It looked real bad for the Horns seconds later when Colon pulverized the next pitch, but the line drive skipped in front of shortstop P.J. Musselman, who somehow corralled the hard-hit ball and threw to first to preserve a 5-4 Harmony victory. The Longhorns, 20-7, played Haines City Friday for the 7A-2 regional championship. The winner advanced to the Class 7A state tournament at Fort Myers next Friday. This is the deepest a Harmony baseball team has traveled through the regional playoffs since the programs inception in 2004, and the first time it has won 20 games. Wednesdays win was also one of the most unlikely victories in Coach Fields long career, which is nearing 600 victories. The Longhorns started a freshman pitcher, Sam Allen, after Villaman threw seven innings in a 4-1 quarterfinal win over Lake Minneola Monday. Allen, 3-0, struggled, walking seven batters in four innings, but he also came up with enough big pitches to keep the hard-hitting Kow boys from breaking the game open when they had runners in scoring position. He gave up just two earned runs, struck out two, and gave up five hits. Our freshman pitcher was nervous, you could see it, but he hung in there and I thought he did very well under the circumstances. We needed him to get us through four innings so we could bring in Omar, and thats what he did. He got us four, Fields said. I told the kids after the game that this was one of the sweetest ones I can remember. I dont know how we did it. Osceolas a great team. It was two great teams out there going at it. Our kids hit the ball well, and they played good defense. I dont know how to explain it. Sometimes you get lucky. Villaman needed more than luck when he came on in relief of Allen with the bases loaded and none out in the top of the fifth, with Harmony ahead, 5-3. There was a 3-1 count on the batter when Fields handed the ball to Villaman, who had been playing shortstop. Showing the poise of a veteran senior, Villaman quickly recorded a strikeout, and after surrendering an RBI groundout to Bud Weismore, he struck out the next batter to escape the jam While using Villaman after just one day of rest was a risk, Fields said that he knew before the game that Villaman, his No. 1 pitcher, would be available. He came in Tuesday and said he felt good, so we knew that hed be OK, Fields said. Villaman said he was ready for the challenge. I told coach that Im there for whatever he needed from me, Villaman said. I felt pretty good. Florida High School Athletic Association rules allow a high school pitcher to throw 14 innings over a seven day period, but only 10 innings over a three-day period. He went three innings, and thats all he had. Its a good thing we held them, Fields said. Osceola, 21-6, had runners in scoring position in every inning except the fourth, but the Kowboys managed only five hits despite their many scoring opportunities. The Kowboys ripped Harmony, 12-5, last month to clinch the Orange Belt Conference championship. Harmony led 1-0 after one inning when Villaman drew a leadoff walk and scored on P.J. Musselmans single. The Kowboys scored three times in the top of the second without getting base hit out of the infield thanks to three walks and a Harmony error. O mar Colon walked and scored on Frank Toros infield grounder. Justin Degrandis drew a pass and scored Armen Calilaos infield single, and Weismore reached on an error and came home on Edwin Bonillas sacrifice fly. Harmony bounced back to tie in the bottom of the second when Brock Howard and Charley Reyes hit back to back doubles and Reyes scored on Paul Benitez grounder. Wyatt Dering reached on a Kowboys error to lead off the third and came home on Kyle Covells double to make it 4-3. Villaman reached on another OHS error in the fourth inning and came home on Covells sacrifice fly, making it 5-3. Kowboys Coach Scott Birchler, who guided OHS to the regional championship game last year, said his team did not play well enough to win. The end is never fun Above, freshman Sam Allen pitched four innings to earn the win Wednesday in the regional semifinal game at the Mike Fields Complex. Below, Osceola base runner Bud Weismore knocks the ball free from Harmony first baseman Wyatt Dering in the second inning as Allen covers first base. Weismore later scored.News-Gazette Photos/Andew Sullivan The Longhorns made it to the regional finals for the first timeSee Softball, page A-9 Harmonys LeLe Ocasio pitched 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the softball playoffs before St. Thomas Aquinas scored a run in the ninth at the state tournament.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Lady Longhorns fall at state, 1-0, to Raiders See Baseball, page A-8
Page A8, Osceolas Armen Calilao connects in the second inning off Harmony pitcher Sam Allen. Calilaos infield hit helped the Kowboys build a 3-1 lead, but Harmony fought back to win, 5-4, in the regional semifinal game at the Mike Fields Complex.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan A-8 Baseball Continued from page A-7unless you win that last game, and only one team in our classification will do that, he said. We have had our opportunities, we just came up short. We made a few mistakes and they capitalized. We have to do a better job on that stage in the future. Birchler generously shared his scouting report on Haines City with Fields after the game Wednesday. Not many coaches would have done that under those circumstances, Fields said. Coach Scott Birchler is a class act and I will always remember that gesture. Birchler, a Kowboys infielder in the 1980s, played against Fields St. Cloud teams. He said he hopes the Longhorns continue to play well. Coach Fields is a great coach and a great person and I wish them the best the rest of the way, Birchler said. The last time a team coached by Fields went this deep into the playoffs was in 1985, when his Bulldogs reached the state tournament for the third time in four years. See aroundosceola.com for updates. A AIR CONDITIONING 407-873-7462 ALL COUNTY AIR CONDITIONING, INC.LOW FLAT RATES!www.osceolacountyair.comON THE SPOT REPAIRSState Certified, Licensed, And Insured CAC1813534 H HANDYMAN HANDYMANCharlies407-460-2524Call Today & Save H HANDYMAN Get all of your to do list household repairs done with just one phone callCALL DANIEL (407) 279-2109Need A Handyman? Call Dan! CLEAN, DEPENDABLE, HONEST & AFFORDABLEwww.KissimmeeHandyman.com Professional Painting Plumbing Lighting/Fans Re-Caulking Licensed/Insured H HOME IMPROVEMENT We Do It All!! Call Andy 321-443-2504 NO JOB TOO SMALL!!Looking for the right people to get the job done just got easier. H OME IMPR O VEMENT GUIDE H OME IMPR O VEMENT GUIDE G GARAGE DOOR REPAIR We x/replace: Garage doors Garage door openers Springs Cables AA Same DayGARAGE DOOR SERVICE We accept all major credit cards Se Habla Espaol**SAME DAY SERVICE GUARANTEED!!!**407-780-1691And much more!! H HANDYMAN JEFFS HANDYMAN& Painting Pressure Washing, Remodeling, Additions, Repairs To Residential & Mobile Homes, Trash Removal, Tile WorkCall407-508-2791Licensed & InsuredNo Job Too Big or Too Small F FENCE FREE Estimates 12 Month Same As CashFinancing AvailableSpecialPRIVACY FENCE 407-857-5770www.fencedirect.com$179900 A ARBORIST CALL TODAY Office 407-968-7763 Cell 863-634-1834 CharliesTREE SERVICERESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL EQUIPPED TO TAKE ON ANY JOB BIG OR SMALLLarge, Dangerous Tree Removal Is Our Specialty 1 Time Yard Cleanups/Waste Removal FREE ESTIMATES Local Family Owned 2nd Generation Tree ExpertTrusted since 1976 WE OWN OUR OWN EQUIPMENT C CARPET CLEANING Jeffs Carpet Cleaning with CareSteam Cleaning, Our Specialty Mobile Homes No Room Too Big or Too Small FREE ESTIMATES! Call(407) 508-2791 10%Senior DiscountLicensed & Insured H HANDYMANOwner Operated Licensed InsuredYOUR LOCAL HANDYMAN20 YEARS EXPERIENCE FREE ESTIMATES 407-962-6412 A APPLIANCES Marvins Appliances In-Home Repairs & Service OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE407-846-4448 All Brands, Qualified Technicians A AIR CONDITIONINGBefore you sign with another company, Check Us Out!13680624T211 $ 4920 Point Tune up Special $25 OFFSERVICE CALL$4920 POINT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE CHECKSpecialCALL NOW! PHONES ARE ANSWERED 24/7!! WE CAN REDUCE YOUR COOLING COSTS UP TO 40% www.alltempairconditioning.com407-857-7800 Se Habla EspaolFREE ESTIMATES Ask H HANDYMAN 25 YEARS EXPERIENCEWHERE DEPEND ABILITY & H ONESTY COME FIRST FREE ESTIMATES PROFESSIONAL SERVICE407-276-2245 INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Andres Perez 407-414-5917 H HANDYMAN FREE ESTIMATES FOR ALL YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT NEEDS! G GENERAL CONTRACTOR FREE ESTIMATES 1-800-438-0237 407-383-8663 A AIR CONDITIONING FREE E STIM ATES! GET A NEW 2-TON UNIT FOR $1,900 407-791-5005CAC1813937 MC/VISA KEEP YOUR COOL! Refrigeration24-HR EMERGENCY SERVICE Air MagicCentral Florida Inc.of TO SEE YOUR AD ON THIS PAGE CALL JODY OR KEITHAT407-846-7600
Saturday, May 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 A-9 SoftballContinued from page A-7The new moon should really get the shell crackers and bluegills in the mood for spawning. Ive seen huge areas full of beds. Boat cuts, lily pads, shell beds and Shingle Creek should be easy pickings. Crickets and worms are all you should need for bait. Bass fishing continues to be pretty good. The Big Toho Marina Tournament took 28 pounds for both first and second place last Sunday. Thats for a five-fish limit. A bass over 9 pounds was the biggest fish of the tournament. The two hottest baits this past week have been a 10-inch June bug worm and a Rat-L-Trap type lure. There have been a few bass schooling on calmer days. They dont seem to come up and chase bait when its windy. I suspect the bait just stay down deeper in the calmer water. Ive heard some reports of excellent bass fishing on Lake Cypress. There has been a lot of water flowing down the Kissimmee River after all the rain we had last week and that always gets the fish active. Several of the teams that did well in Sundays tournament fished on Cypress. More and more fish are starting to be caught out in open water hydrilla. The spawn is pretty much over and the bass are moving out into deeper, cooler water. Any of you who use the downtown boat ramps have surely noticed the difficulties in loading and unloading your boats. Its not much of an area to get your boat and trailer backed down the ramps. Its just a hassle that will get better as the boat basin construction area nears completion. It will remain congested for some time to come, so you just have to be patient and careful. The lakefront should be completely renovated sometime next year. Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net. You may also send fishing information and photos to email@example.com. Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Fishing for blue gills and shellcrackers should be hotseniors can be proud of exemplary careers at the high school that saw the team win three consecutive district championships and make two appearances at the state tournament. The 26 wins this season is a school record. They were a little disappointed after the game, but the next day they were smiling and felt better about it, Fiorelli said. I felt all of the girls gave 100 percent. I was very pleased with the way they played at the state tourna ment, they were into it the entire game and were making a lot of noise all the way through it. While the team loses several senior standouts, Ocasio returns along with other experienced players like Lily Mann, Molly Baker, Jaden Kline, R ebekah Batson, Savannah Austin and Brooke Harris. We absolutely are going to be back next year. Im going to sit down with my coaches while this is all fresh and outline some things wed like to do better next season, Fiorelli said. 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Just in time for Mothers Day, Warner Bros. Studio has released some of the largest movie collections on DVD in entertainment history. These one-of-a-kind collections will make a truly memorable gift for mom, or any other special person in you life who truly loves movies. The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection is just that a history of the best that the Warner Bros. studios has offered through the years, including all 22 of the Warner librarys Best Picture winners and two new documentaries about the studio; The Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray Collection presents Blu-rays of 50 classic movies and the documentaries. The 100/50 collections are presented in book style premium packaging and will introduce several new-to-Blu-ray film titles.. The films in The Best of Warner Bros.: Musicals won a combined total of 29 Oscars, including three Best Picture Winners and 9 winners for Music (Score and Song). The collection will be divided into three chapters on 21 discs: You Aint Heard Nothin Yet (1927-1951); The Music Makers (1951-1964); and Now, Thats Entertainment (1967-1988). Complete List of Films The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection Jazz Singer, Broadway Melody of 1929*, Public Enemy, Cimarron (1931) *, Grand Hotel*, 42nd Street, Mutiny on the Bounty*, Night at the Opera, The Great Ziegfeld*, Life of Emile Zola*, Adventures of Robin Hood, Dark Victory, Gone with The Wind*, Wizard of Oz, Philadelphia Story, Maltese Falcon, Citizen Kane, Mrs. Miniver*, Casablanca*, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Gaslight Anchors Aweigh, Mildred Pierce, Best Years of Our Lives*, Big Sleep, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, American in Paris, An*, Streetcar Named Desire, A, Singin in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Star Is Born, A (1954), East .50 CENTS New Warner collection features a mega-100 film set Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com May 11, 2013 Mom wants DVDS on her day OSCEOL A HE RITAG E PARK EVENTSKISSIMMEE The upcoming schedule at OHP includes: Boys Volleyball Finals. Dates: May 11, Silver Spurs Arena & Exhibition Building Admission: $9, Children 3 & under are free. TFC Be Careful with My Heart, May 12, 6 p.m. Tickets $45 to $120, Silver Spurs Arena. The Philippine daytime television drama. The Silver Spurs Rodeo, May 31-June 1. The rodeo, held at the indoor Silver Spurs Arena, is the largest sanctioned rodeo east of the Mississippi and has been a Kissimmee favorite since the 1940s. Rodeo events will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at OHP. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at silverspursrodeo.com. For more information on all OHP events go to www.ohpark.com.WINTER PARK TRIPKISSIMMEE Vintage Vino in downtown Kissimmee has a full day planned in Winter Park including train ride, dinner at Luma and limo back to Kissimmee Sunday, May 19. Advance ticket is $50. The itinerary includes breakfast pastries, coffee and tea and the Sunday paper at Vintage Vino at 11:45 a.m.; AMTRAK train to Winter Park (wine served during the ride). Optional events before dinner in Winter Park include discount shopping, the Morse Museum, wine and dessert tasting and wine and cheese tasting. Dinner at Luma is at 5:30 p.m. followed by limo ride back to Vintage Vino at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $60 but pay by May 11 and cost is only $50. Space is limited. Call 917-627-8432 or John@vintagevino.com.ATLAS V ROCKET LAUNCHKENNEDY SPACE CENTER Experience the powerful sights and sounds of the dramatic lift-off of a 191-foot-tall Atlas V rocket as it launches into the sky on Wednesday, May 15. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests may view the launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the closest possible public viewing area, or a special area at the Visitor Complex. The rocket will blast off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a launch window from 5:39 to 5:58 p.m. The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Forces fourth Block 2F navigation satellite, which is used for their Global Positioning System (GPS). The Navstar GPS is a constellation of satellites that provides navigation data to military and civilian users worldwide. GPS IIF-4 is one of the next generation GPS satellites, incorporating various improvements to provide greater accuracy, increased signals, and enhanced performance for users. Located along the Banana River and only three miles from the launch pad, the Apollo/Saturn V viewing area offers the closest public viewing opportunity in Brevard County. This viewing area will feature live NASA launch countdown commentary. A limited number of Apollo/ Saturn V Center launch viewing tickets can be purchased for $20 plus tax, in addition to admission. Bus loading for the Apollo/Saturn V Center viewing area will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. Launch viewing from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is included in regular admission and will feature live mission control commentary. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-3132610 and visit http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/ launch.aspx. GUYS & DOLLSKISSIMMEE The classic musical comedy Guys & Dolls is at the Osceola Center for the Arts starting weekends through May 19. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. and a special Thursday show, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held on the main stage. For tickets call 407-846-6257. See DVDs, page B-2 Warner Bros. Mothers DayThis 100 f ilm set on DVD from Warner Bros. is sure to k eep mom out of the kitchen. It is one of several multi-film c ollections available from Warner Brothe rs. By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor You can get mom out of the kitchen and even to a special Cirque du Soleil show for Mothers Day this weekend. Sumptious lunches and at getaways are part of the fun for mom this weekend in Central Florida. Gone with the Wind brunch Miss Scarlett, you better eat your brunch before they burn down Atlanta again. The Enizan Theatre in Maitland features a Mothers Day Brunch with Gone with the Wind Sunday. All guests will enjoy one compli mentary Mimosa, live music, and a brunch buffet as well as the classic film. Individual Film & Brunch Tickets: $35 Kids 12 and under: $20 Make it a VIP Experience for that special lady in your life with a reserved table and unlimited champagne & Mimosas! VIP Table for Two $110 Includes: Admission for Two Brunch Buffet for Two Unlimited Champagne & Mimosas for Two A Table Reservation of Your Choice. Go to Enzian.org to make reservations and more information. Mothers Day Weekend Special Fantasy of Flight is offering free admission to all mothers when accompanied by a paying guest. Any full-price paid youth, senior or adult admission ticket qualifies as the accompanying paid admission. The Mothers Day Weekend Special offer today and Sunday and is not valid with any other offers, discounts or Wing WalkAir. General admission to Fantasy of Flight is $29.95 for adults and $15.95 for children, ages 6-12, plus 7 percent sales tax. Annual passes are available. Hours are 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission to Wing WalkAir Ropes Course is $12 per person plus tax, Wing WalkAir Zipline is $15 per person plus tax and Wing WalkAir Annual Passes are $64.95 per person plus tax. Biplane rides, through Waldo Wrights Flying Service, Brunches, mom gets in free and more in Central Florida Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/icmovies Putting On Your DVDs Iron man on display See Mom, page B-2Just cant get enough of Iron Man? Planet Hollywood Orlando at Downtown Disney, is giving fans a rare up-close look at some of the props from the blockbuster film. Central Florida residents and vistitors are among the very first to see exclusive props from the film including the Iron Patriot armor. and the 2014 Audi R8 Spyder, sports car prototype driven by Tony Stark/Iron Man in the franchise Fans may come into the restaurant now through August 30 for an up-close look at the iconic costume. Marvels Iron Man 3 in 3D pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/ Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemys hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. The film once again stars Robert Downey Jr., as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvels Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvels iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of Tales of Suspense (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with The Invincible Iron Man (#1) in May of 1968. Iron Man 3 is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis DEsposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film is now playing and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Marvel icon on display at Planet Hollywood Brunch with Scarlett and moreThree endangered Malayan tiger cubs were born recently at Busch Gardens Tampa. The litter consists of two males and one female. Each cub weighs between six and seven pounds, and is currently being monitored around the clock by the parks animal care team. These births are critical to help preserve the species. M alayan tigers are critically endangered. Scientists estimate that only 500 remain in the wild. These newborn cubs will add to the genetic diversity of the Malayan tiger population and contribute to conservation efforts for the species.. These are the first Malayan tigers born at Busch Gardens Tampa and the first offspring for both the mother Bzui and father Mata. DisneyThe Iron Patriot suit, as seen in Iron Man 3, is on display at Planet Hollywood, Downtown Disney. Warner Bros./MGMA screening of G one with t he W ind is part of a Mothers Day brunch at t he Enzian T heatre.
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A glitzy casino affair featuring red carpet entrance, DJ, poker, Texas Hold Em slots and more. Exiting trips, trinkets and adventure packages will be auctioned. Ticket includes dinner, drinks and funny money for games. For info/tickets call Monica 407-489-9370, Karla 407-399-5503 or Melanie 321-745-9570ART, WINE, MUSIC, STROLLDowntown Celebration Free Event. Come on down to Market Street to listen to live music, sip some wine, and stroll down the street looking at the 50 artists while they work on their art. Please come and shop for original and creative pieces for your home or your friends and family! For further information contact Meryl at meryl@ merylsmurals.com or 321-939-4121. Mom Continued from page B-1 of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause, Around the World in 80 Days*, Giant, Searchers, Face in the Crowd, A, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Gigi*, BenHur*, North By Northwest, How the West Was Won, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, Viva Las Vegas, Doctor Zhivago, Whos Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Cool Hand Luke, Dirty Dozen, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bullitt, Wild Bunch, Dirty Harry, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Cabaret, Clockwork Orange, A, Enter the Dragon, Exorcist, Blazing Saddles, Dog Day Afternoon, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest*, All The Presidents Men, Superman Movie, Caddyshack, Shining, Clash of the Titans Chariots of Fire*, National Lampoons Vacation, Outsiders, Right Stuff, Risky Business, Amadeus*, Color Purple, Goonies, Full Metal Jacket, Lethal Weapon, Batman, Driving Miss Daisy*, Goodfellas, Bodyguard, Unforgiven*, Fugitive, Interview with the Vampire, Natural Born Killers (Directors Cut), Shawshank Redemption, Seven, L.A. Confidential, Matrix, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*, Notebook, Million Dollar Baby*, Departed*, 300 Dark Knight, Blind Side, Hangover, Sherlock Holmes, Inception, *Best Picture Winners (22) Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray Collection Grand Hotel*, Mutiny on the Bounty*, Gone with The Wind*, Wizard of Oz, Maltese Falcon, Citizen Kane, Mrs. Miniver*, Casablanca*, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, American in Paris, An*, Streetcar Named Desire, A, Singin in the Rain, Gigi*, Ben-Hur*, North By Northwest, How the West Was Won, Doctor Zhivago, Cool Hand Luke, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Clockwork Orange, A, Exorcist, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest*, Superman Movie, Shining, Chariots of Fire*, Risky Business, Amadeus*, Color Purple, Full Metal Jacket, Lethal Weapon, Driving Miss Daisy*, Goodfellas, Bodyguard, Unforgiven*, Natural Born Killers (Directors Cut), Matrix, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*, Million Dollar Baby*, Departed*, Dark Knigh, Blind Side, Hangover, Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot, Warner Bros. Lot Tour (2013)*Best Picture Winners (16) The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals The Jazz Singer, Broadway Melody of 1929, 42nd Street, The Great Ziegfeld, Wizard of Oz, Yankee Doodle Dandy, An American in Paris, Show Boat, Singin in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, A Star Is Born The Music Man Viva Las Vegas, Camelot, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Cabaret, Thats Entertainment, Victor, Victoria, Little Shop of Horrors, HairsprayDVDsContinued from page B-1 and hot air balloon experiences are available for an additional fee. Fantasy of Flight is located at 1400 Broadway Boulevard, SE in Polk City. For more information, visit www.fantasyofflight. com or call 863-984-3500. Royal Crest Room The restaurant, located at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, will host a Mothers Day Champagne Brunch featuring starters, entrees, breakfast, carving stations, desserts and childrens buffet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. One glass of champagne or sparkling cider is included. Adults $27.95. children 6-12, $16.95; children 3-5, $8.95. Call 407-891-0903 for reservations. Mom getaway The Omni Orlando Resort offers spoiling services for mom, including an Mothers Day Brunch and 20 percent off spa services at the new Mokara Spa, ranging from a customized Mokara facial to a Dragonfly Stone Massage. Starting at $133/night, based on double occupancy, plus tax and resort fee, it just might be the perfect Mothers Day gift. The offer is valid Mothers Day weekend, May 10-12 and includes: Deluxe room accommodations for a minimum two night stay arriving Friday or Saturday Mothers Day weekend breakfast per person (Mothers Day Buffet in Trevis) percent discount off spa services (does not apply to spa packages), voucher presented at check-in. For more information on the Mothers Day weekend, visit http://www.omnihotels.com/ Home/FindAHotel/OrlandoChampionsGate/SpecialOffers/ MothersD Mothers Day Brunch Rosen Centre, Unlimited Mimosas & Champagne Sunday, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. It is practically an endless brunch but the menu includes: Soups Market Salads Cheese & Fresh Fruits Antipasto Display Omelet & Waffle Station Pasta Bar Carving Station Entrees Banshoo Sushi Seafood Station Sweet Indulgences $39.95 per person. Children ages 4-12 $16.95 Children under 4 are free. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 407-996-2385. Rosen Centre Hotel 9840 International Drive. Complimentary Valet Parking. Cirque du Soleil Quidam, from Cirque du Soleil will be in Orlando, playing UCF Arena from May 1519. For Mothers day, UCF Arena Cyber Club offers you a special Family 4-pack of tickets, starting at only $110. Valid on select performances. Show her you appreciate all the things she does for you, and surprise her with a delighful gift from Cirque du Soleil. Price includes 4 Family 4-Pack tickets. Must purchase a minimum of 4 tickets for two adults and two children (2 to 12 years old). On select price levels and performances. Offer valid online only. Certain fees apply. Offer ends May 13 at 5 p.m. Gaylord Palms Surprise Mom with overnight stay at Gaylord Palms, one of the top destination resorts in Florida. The reso rt is offereing a special rate from $149* available. This offer is only for a limited time and is available from Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12. Brunch at Gaylord Villa de Flora Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Mom with an, award-winning meal underneath the glass atrium. Linger together over coffee and a delectable menu including delicacies such as a Mediterranean-inspired antipasti station, s moked salmon, carved-to-order prime rib of beef au jus, roast leg of lamb with mint jelly and plenty of desserts from our Dolceria! For the ultimate Mothers Day treat, indulge in our Champagne Brunch option. Price: $75 Champagne Brunch $60 Adult, $30 Child (ages 4 -12). Mom getaway 2 Celebrate Mothers Day in Sarasota. The 8th Annual Mothers Day Brunch is a feast dining catered by Michaels On East while being serenaded with the contemporary Brazilian jazz sounds of 2Saxy, and all in a gorgeous outdoor setting. The brunch offers three seating times which include 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. For information on pricing, menu, and seating arrangements please visit www.selby.org/events/mothersday-brunch-2. Mothers Day Brunch at The Ritz Carlton Sarasota With culinary inspiration from all around the globe, mom can choose from fifteen food stations. They offer everything from waffles and omelets made to order, to soup, carved meats, dim sum, ceviche, decadent desserts and much, much more in between. Brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is $119 for adults and $49 for children ages 4 to 12. For more information visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Sarasota/Information/Calendar/ Default.htm.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Dining Saturday night and day is all right for eating By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor We ate. We saw. We ate again. News-Gazette Staff photographer Andrew Sullivan thought it might be fun last week to devote an entire Saturday, were talking 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., going to various dining events in the area. Some ideas are better left on paper. These were all amazing food events, but doing three in one day was just insane. We started the morning in St. Cloud at the annual Blues Bike & BBQ event, where we both served as judges. There was great barbecue as usual. All of the Mosquito County BBQ events are fun and serve up great barbecue to the public as those fortunate enough to judge. As is usual with the county BBQ events, the categories are chicken, pork, ribs and and brisket, served up one category at a time, steaming hot from the grills. This was really good, and even though you try to pace yourself by n ot eating too much of any particular entry, as you wait for the next grouping to arrive brisket, ribs etc., there is still plenty of chicken to munch on. So you go ahead and sample some of the pieces that were not part of the judging at your table. And so it goes until by 2 p.m., you feel like a walking barbecue rib, only much plumper. Congratulations to all those cookers and barbecue team members on making the barbecue another memorable one. This years Backyard Competition Grand Champion was Southern Smoke BB. The Reserve Champions were a group of local scouts, Fine Swine of Troop 9. Good job, guys. In the professional category, Two Crackers Cooking was the Grand Champion and No Secrets the Reserve Champion. The Grand Champion received $600. Reserve Grand Champion, $400. Fine Swine also took first place in the Backyard chicken category; High on the Hog was first for ribs; Dixie Pig was first for pork and Low Down Barbecue first for brisket. In the professionals, Two Crackers Cooking took first in ribs, brisket and port and No Secrets was first for their chicken. First place winners received $100 in each category. I am not sure when the barbecue guys will be getting together for another competition, but keep an eye out for it here. You dont want to miss the next one. Normally, that would have been more than enough activity for a Saturday with a nice two-hour nap in order. But this day of eating was just barely starting. Home Grown Picnic Next we drove east of St. Cloud for the first Osceola County Farm to Picnic event. There was a nice-sized crowd on hand for the sold out event (but there were many, many more lovebugs than people). If you like the idea of farming or bottling sauce or even making soap, this is a great group to get involved in. We had about a half hour to kill before the picnic, featuring lots of local produce, got started so I talked to some of the area vendors who had set up shop for the day. Ileana Roman was one of the vendors and in just a few short years, she has shown you dont have a farm in a lush valley in California to grow some great vegetables. Roman has three rows in a communal garden, the Osceola CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), where participants rent a row or two and grow their own produce. The garden was looking really g ood on Saturday, and better still was all that produce Roman had for sale including things like Japanese eggplant, peppers, Romaine lettuce, arugala and more. Roman grew up in St. Cloud, but her green thumb is at least partially acquired from her paretns in Puerto Rico. She also has a love for cooking which started her on her first container garden. Soon she was learning about soil and what it takes to be a successful farmer in Central Florida. And now she has so many more vegetables than she could possibly use so everyone benefits. It was even sweeter at the table run by Randy and Barbara McGowan. They are in the business of keeping bees and that great bee by product honey. The St. Cloud couple, like almost everyone involved in Osceola County Grown, a group that promotes, networks and produces local products, the McGowans are new at this. McGowan studied under a commercial bee keeper a few years ago and now has a small, but thriving honey business. R&B Local Honey has about 30 hives and the featured honey this time of year is orange blossom. R&B will produce about 40-45 gallons of orange blossom honey this season and with the change of season the type of honey will also change to palmetto in the summer and later still wild flower. This is just a hobby right now for McGowan, but he hopes to turn it into a full-time job when he retires. Finally, there was Angels Secret Hot Sauce, a very nice sauce that is great on a cracker or as that secret ingredient in some of your own cooking. Made in their own kitchen, the sauce comes in a variety of flavors coconut, bluebery, mango, guava etc. It was mighty tasty, and hot as promised. You can find Angels Secret Hot Sauce at the Solivita Farmers Market Monday and Friday and at Celebration on Sunday. You can find out more about the group at www. osceolacountygrown and keep up all of their latest events by subscribing to their newsletter at the website. Not that Andrew or I were hungry at this point, but the picnic was now open for business. Almost all of the businesses that prepared the food for the picnic were professionals like Graze restaurant at Harmony, Natures Table and the Wyndham. But all of the dishes were made with local produce such including potato salad, a watermelon salad, pasta salad and potato pancake. Unfortunately, the first thing on our plates which were large, but couldnt stand up to all this variety, was barbecue. It was a really nice picnic. I think I would have traded in all those love bugs though for a couple of dozen ants. Chefs Gala After almost no rest at all, just time to change into something more formal. In my case that meant a Splitsville Bowling shirt. it was off for the days main event. the Chefs Gala United Way. This is one of the most important dining events on the Central Florida calendar, not only because it is for the Heart of Florida United Way, but because it offers so many choices from upscale restaurant menus, paired with wine and even a few beers. And there is a martini bar as well. It was sold out again this year, so there was a large crowd at the Epcot venue. Disney always hosts the event and the restaurants donate t heir time and services as well, meaning almost all the the money raised goes to the United Way. There will be a separate story soon on the gala and how much it raised, etc., but all I can think about a week after the event is how much Andrew and I missed. Sure we had a few sips of champagne, the min-glasses of Guiness, a large vanilla cappuccino and forced down some wine. And we ate the Mini Indulgences desserts from Seasons 52 and had the cupcake and creampuff from the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom and the salmon at Raglan Road and the seared scallop at California Grill and the Arugula Lalfatti Pasta at Siro. But we just couldnt have another bite after that. So many more restauratnts but just not enough time.How to survive a dining marathon and live to tell about it News-Gazette photo/Andrew SullivanMeat was mostly definitely on the menu at the St. Cloud Blues Bike & BBQ event last weekend, a weekend full of events for food enthusiasts. 050413.SNG TOP P PRICES P PAID!WE BUY GOLD! 4589 13th Street St. Cloud across from Home Depot407-891-2213www.thompson-jewelers.comYour Diamond Engagement Ring Store Since 1948 Mothers Day MemoriesWE BEAT any mall or Diamond Superstore prices. GUARANTEED! SAVE 30%-50% Store Wide GENUINE COLOR STONES SALENow Available!BIRTHSTONES FOR EVERY MONTH IN RINGS, PENDANTS, BRACELETS & EARRINGS Check out our exclusive EFFY Collection ALL DIAMOND EARRINGS ON SALECheck out our ALL NEW BOUTIQUE!Designer purses, scarves & wallets! VOTED BEST JEWELRY STORE!Designer Scarfs Special $19.99
Page B4, Whats new?Longhorn Wrestling Team FundraiserCome out on May 18 and help the Longhorn Wrestling Team defer its costs for a wrestling camp this summer at a benefit garage and car wash at the Tractor Supply on Old Canoe Creek Road and U.S. Highway 192 starting at 7:30 a.m.Celebrate RecoveryCome celebrate recovery at the Celebrate Recovery Program, dealing with lifes hurts, habits and hangups, at Cornerstone Family Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christcentered 12-step recovery program based on the eight principles found in Matthew 5. Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with Gods purpose to mend out lives. Cornerstone Family Kitchen serves a free meal from 6 to 8 p.m. for struggling families in the community and Celebrate Recovery participants.American Legion Post 80 eventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80, 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., will have the following events. On Mondays, bingo will be at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. On Tuesdays, the dart tournament will start at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, dinner specials run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays are free pool, dinner specials run from 5 to 8 p.m., $1 drafts are available, and Trivia Game Night begins at 8 p.m. Fridays are free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m., grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners on the first and third weeks, and N.Y. strip steak on the second and fourth weeks. Saturdays are road kill bingo on the first and third weeks and N.Y. strip steak on the second and fourth weeks. On Sundays breakfast will run from 8 to 11 a.m. and bar bingo will run from 2 to 4 p.m. On May 25, the Original Boggy Creek Band will perform starting at 7 p.m. Members may bring guests. Post 80 is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, we invite you to speak with us regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders, or Sons of the American Legion. Serving veterans is out only goal. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-527-1261.18th Annual Memorial Day ObservanceJoin us on May 27 at Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. as we remember those who served our country and remember our family, friends and neighbors who have gone before us. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 407847-2494.The Womans Club of St. CloudThe next Womans Club of St. Cloud meeting will be at noon May 15. Members or anyone interested in joining should bring a salad. The hostess committee will furnish coffee, tea and dessert. Monthly meetings occur on the third Wednesday, from September through May, at 1:30 p.m. The clubhouse is at 1014 Massachusetts Ave. next to the Heritage Museum, where members can volunteer. For more information regarding the club or museum, contact club President, Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347. St. Cloud Soccer ClubSt. Cloud Soccer Club will be holding competitive travel tryouts for the 2013-14 soccer season. Tryouts are open to anyone from ages 9 to 18 and will be conducted at 2701 Missouri Ave., St. Cloud. Tryout dates and times are as follows: boys u9-u12 May 28 and 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Boys u13-u18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., girls u9-u12 May 29 and 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., u13-u18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is suggested to attend both sessions. Bring a copy of your birth certificate, cleats and shin guards. For additional information, visit www.stcloudsoccer.com.Community awareness fairSolid Rock Church of God will host a community awareness fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at 1904 N. Michigan Ave., Kissimmee. Activities will include a health screening, information on community resources, rummage and book sale, childrens games and face painting. There will be food and drinks for sale. Vendors are welcome.Disabled American Veterans No. 148 The DAV Service officer is here every Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m., to help with your military benefit needs. Barnyard Meat Bingo is every first and third Saturday of the month starting at noon. On Saturday, May 18, the DAV will host Howie Brown, performing for the first time, from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information on booking, contact Howie at Howiebrownjr@ gmail.com On Sunday, May 19, there will be a monthly meeting for the DAV and DAV Auxiliary members. DAVA starts at 2 p.m. and the DAV is at 3:30 p.m Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday. Wear red shirt to show our your support for our military troops serving overseas. On the second and fourth Friday there are $1 longnecks for those who come in wearing a red shirt. The DAV is located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, 34744 407846-4141. GO FAR clubThe Greater Osceola Fitness and Run Club GO FAR meets Tuesdays at Crabby Bills at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at Hideout at 7 p.m.Sgt. Robo Mud RunThe city of St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Police Department will proudly host the Sgt. Robo Mud Run fundraiser event June 29 at the St. Cloud Civic Center and Peghorn Park. The event consists of a 4 to 5 mile mud obstacle course and to includes an after party with food, beverages, live band, and much more. The event will benefit SCPD officer Sgt. Boyd Graham, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer. For additional event information and registration, please visit: http://robomudrun.eventbrite.com.Bums Night danceIts a Bums Night theme d ance sponsored by B elles and Beaus Dance Club to be held Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Marks St. Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando. Dress and dance like a bum for a real fun evening. Ballroom, line and Latin music by the Soft Touch. Refreshments will be provided. Singles and couples are welcome. Cost: $5. For information call 407-277-7008.Alzheimers workshop The Alzheimers Association of Central and North Florida is hosting an Alzheimers/Dementia workshop for caregivers June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon (1 to 3 p.m. in Spanish) at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee. Light Refreshments will be provided. This class is approved for one CEU for RNs, LPNs, and certified nursing assistants for $5 donation. There is no charge. Call 1-800-2723900 to register. HipstoricSt. Cloud celebrates National Historic Preservation Month with Hipstoric, May 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. The host is Banks A Lot Emporium, 1025 Pennsylvania Ave. A Florida book giveaway (while supplies last) is scheduled at Banks a Lot as well as a book signing with Dennis Vebert, artist/author. The Veterans Museum, 1012 Massachusetts Ave., is open for presentations at 5:30 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and a mural walking tour is set for 5, 6, and 7 p.m. The St. Cloud Chamber Museum will be open to the public. There will be music, food trucks, antique cars and a movie after 8 p.m.Osceola Overdrive softballThe Osceola Overdrive youth softball travel program is looking for age 12-under players and coaches for the team. For more information, call Susie Santamaria at 407-572-5688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Osceola Greater Republican WomenThe Greater Osceola Republican Womens Network Meeting is June 13 at 7 p.m. at Kissimmee Bay Country Club. The speaker is Delores Clark, president of the Florida Womens Political Network. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The $15 fee is all-inclusive. For women over age 18. RSVP to Joni Dougherty by June 10 at email@example.com or 407-496-5101.4C Head Start registrationEnrollment for the 4C Head Start program that provides educational services to children ages 3-5 is available at Palm Plaza Head Start at 2232 U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You must provide a proof of the childs age (birth certificate, passport, baptism certificate), proof of income for the childs parents for the past 12 months, a 2012 income tax return or financial aid information, proof of residence, current immunization records, a current physical examination form (3040 form), the childs current Medicaid or health insurance card or a food stamps certification letter upon arrival. Call 321-219-6202, 321-2196204 or 321-219-6213 for further information.Wills and trusts seminarSavannah Court Assisted Living Community will host a complimentary informational lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates & C apital Estate Services. The topic for the presentation will be wills and trusts. The lecture information is provided purely as an educational service. No legal matters will be discussed and all requests for further information will be referred to appropriate legal counsel for individual consultation. Have you recently relocated to Florida? Updated your will? Have a durable power of attorney? This seminar is for you. The seminar will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Savannah Court, 3791 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Free facility tours will be offered prior to the start of the seminar. Reservations are required. RSVP to Savannah Court by calling 407-892-8502 or Joe McQuaid at 407-593-2243. Mothers Day luncheonGateway Baptist Church is having a Mothers Day luncheon today at 2601 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee, in the education building at 1 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 407846-8595. An essay with meaning There will be live classic country music and some 1950s rock and roll, dancing and some line dancing Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. For more information, call 407892-3335.Dancing day S ubmitted PhotoRebecca K han, r ight, a fifth-grade student at Narcoossee E lementary School, was the first-place winner of t he American Mothers Inc. e ssay contest c alled What My Mother Means to Me. Rebeccas mother, Nirvani, is at left. More than 3 00 students throughout the state entered. She also won t hird place in t he national c ontest. Photos/Osceola County Animal ControlS enior dogs deserve to be adopted. This week, t he O sceola County A nimal S helter is featuring t wo wonderful d ogs that need homes r ight away. Ben, t op, is a 10-year-old m ale beagle-mix. B en is an active a nd friendly dog, and he would make a wonderful family member in any type of family, because he loves everyone. He has been neutered and all his s hots are up to date, so he would love for y ou to come and take him home with you t oday. He has been at the S helter s ince April 26. If y ou are interested in providing a perm anent home for B en, come to t he s helter and visit with him. Ask for t he dog with identification number A 161114. Buster, below, is a 5 -year-old neutered m ale Labrador retriever-mix. Q uite t he gentle giant, Buster is a big bushy b undle of love and a ffection. He is a c alm dog that would r eally enjoy hanging around with y our family. Buster a rrived on April 27. He is r eady to begin a new life in a permanent home. He has b een at t he shelter s ince April 27. If y ou are interested in adopting Buster, come to t he s helter and visit with him. Ask for the dog with identification number A161152. The shelter is at 3910 Old Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. To find out what animals are available, check the Osceola County Animal Control website at www. osceola.org/go/pets. All animals are spayed and neutered before leaving Animal Control. The adoption fee is $60 for a dog and $50 for a cat. For more information, call 407-742-8000. Take me home Whats happening? COMMUNITYCOMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com See Community, page B-5
Saturday, May 11, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends of the Library meet the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members are welcome. Membership is open for active or supportive status. For more information, contact the Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 702087, St. Cloud, FL, 34770-2087.Osceola Friends of the LibraryT he Osceola Friends of the Library Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Hart Memorial Branch Library. Membership is open for active or supportive status. For more information, contact the Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 702087, St. Cloud, FL, 34770-2087.Kissimmee Moose 2056The lodge has lunch specials ever yday from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m. Every week it has the following events: Tuesdays Texas Hold Em from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays Bingo from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m. Every Friday night is date night. Prime rib is every first and third week; surf and turf is every second and fourth week. There also will be a live band. There are special events coming up that can be found in a calendar at the door The lodge has been nonsmoking since 2011. St. Cloud Horseshoe ClubThe St. Cloud Horseshoe Club invites everyone to join the group. The horseshoe pits are located between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The 2013-14 tournament schedule is Oct. 19, Nov. 9, Dec. 21, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 5. Members of the National Horseshore Pitchers Association (NHPA) and of the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association (FLSHPA) can qualify to pitch at the tournaments. Tournament director Vickie Marteney may be contacted at 321-297-1802. More information is available at the NHPA website. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom Gowan at 321-443-6871.Lets DanceThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets Wednesdays at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. April will be a review month. The schedule is: April 17, Waltz. The fee is $9, to be paid on the first night. Classes begin at 7 p.m. Come early to register. For more information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-7387546.VFW Post 3227 bingoThe Post offers bingo Wednesdays. Early Bird games start at 6:30 p.m., regular bingo begins at 7 p.m. The bingo hall is smoke free with a smoking area provided. Trivia is held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. New players and teams are welcome. Breakfast is served every Saturday from 8-11 a.m. for $5; dinners are served Fridays with the exception of the first Friday of the month when Bar Bingo is held. Chuck Wagon Bingo is the third Saturday of the month. Call 407-892-6761 for information regarding membership eligibility.Music, dancing eventThere will be live classic country music and some 1950s rock and roll, dancing and some line dancing Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. There is no admittance fee but there will be 50/50 tickets sold to help support the effort. Bring a covered dish or snack to be part of the meals at break time. For more information, call 407-892-3335.AARP driver safety classAn AARP driver safet y class will be Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee, at the Senior Friends building near the Publix at Pleasant Hill and John Young intersection. Reserve your spot by calling Ron Menke at 407-9449718. Its limited to the first 25 people. Ladies needed for gamesLadies are needed to fill in some empty spots for bridge and canasta games at the Kissimmee Womens Club, 1616 W Oak St. in Kissimmee. Call Debbie Salisbury at 407-791-7007.German American ClubThe Osceola German Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Club on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. Anyone interested in German culture and meeting new friends is welcome to join the group. For more information, call Kay at 407-931-1645. BingoBingo is held every Wednesday in the VFW Post 3227 hall. Early bird games begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular bingo starting at 7 p.m. Call the post at 407-8926761 for membership eligibility information and upcoming events.Line DancingThe Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in hall A. Lessons and open dance are both available. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. A donation of $2 is requested. For more information call 407-408-5039.Narcoossee Historical SocietyThe Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society meets every first Monday of the month starting at 6 p.m. in the Narcoossee Community Center, 5354 Rambling Road, Narcoossee. The first project is to protect and restore the 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. For more information, call 407-595-6727 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org New York Artist ShopNo cost creative writing classes/meetings with a focus on poetry will be led by local poet George Bishop at 6:30 on Thursday nights. If you are a poet, have written poetry in the past, or just enjoy the messages poetry and poetry alone can suggest to us, than this class is for you. For more information call Denise at 407-957-1583.GriefShare The GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th Street, St. Cloud, Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A second location is the Community Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include, The Journey of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Why?, and Stuck in Grief. These support groups are open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, please feel free to contact Nancy Boss at 407-873-1067, or by email at CommunityContinued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420 LANE STOCKTON, PAs S TORSCHEDULE OF SERVICEsS Sunday School . ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service . ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service . ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service . ............................... 7:00 pm PENTECOSTAL CHURCHRev. P. Sewell, Pastor GRACE APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUSA Church where Worship, Praise and Prayer is a liberty. ALL ARE WELCOMED. Worship Services: Sunday School...10:00am Morning Worship...11:15am Wednesday Bible Study...6:00pm 4501 Reeves Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 321-402-6684 OR 407-933-1794 November-April 8:15am & 11:00am Traditional 9:40am Contemporary May-October 9:40am Contemporary 11:00am Traditional Hispana-Brasilera Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida 10:30am FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCHKissimmee 101 West Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.The people of The United Methodist Church PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE OF KISSIMMEE1222 S. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34741 Tel: (407) 846-8888 Schedule of ServicesSunday First Fruits/Prayer 9:30 am Christian Education 10:00 am Mor ning Worship 11:00 am Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 pm F riday Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm W e would be delighted to have you as our special guest!Our Mission is to Educate, Equip, Empower and Evangelize Souls for the Kingdom of God. 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Page B6, CommunityContinued from Page B5 email@example.com.Take Pounds Off SensiblyTake Pounds Off Sensibly, or T.O.P.S., is a support groupto help those wanting to lose weight and get healthy. Meetings are every Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center Annex. 8th St. and Indiana, St. Cloud. For more information, call Jane Pearce at, 407-9572865. American Legion eventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80, 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud, will have the following events: On Mondays, Bingo will be held starting at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. On Tuesdays, dart tournaments will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays are Italian Dinner Night from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursdays, there will be free pool, dinner specials from 5 to 7 p.m., $1 drafts, and Trivia Game Night starting at 8 p.m. On Fridays, there is free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m. Prime rib dinners are the first and third weeks from 5 to 8 p.m., and karaoke is weekly starting at 8 p.m. Saturdays there will be Road Kill Bingo on the first and third weeks, NY Strip Dinner on the second and fourth weeks and Fish Fry Dinner on the first week. On Sundays, there will be a full breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. and Bar Bingo from 2 to 4 p.m. Post 80 is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. If you are a veteran, the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, you are invited to speak with American Legion Post 80 regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders or Sons of the American Legion. For more information call the Post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-572-1261.Church offeringCome enjoy a free meal at 6 p.m., a short service at 7 p.m., and a giveaway of groceries following the end of service every Wednesday at the Altar St. Cloud Vineyard Church at 1215 Old Hickory Tree, St. Cloud.American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post, Kissimmee, FL will hold the following events: Tuesdays, Karaoke from noon to 4 p.m., food served; Friday, Bingo at 5:30 p.m. and a seafood dinner from 5:30 to 7:30. Saturdays, full course dinner served every Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Music by local bands and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Bingo from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information call 407-847-4193.GriefShare at First BaptistGriefShare support and recovery group meets at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee, 1700 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee. GriefShare meets every Wednesday from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. for 13 weeks. Each session is self-contained, so you may begin at any time during the 13-week cycle. Childcare is available. Adults 18 years and over are better served in this group. GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one through death. This group of friendly, caring people will walk along side of you through one of lifes most difficult experiences. GriefShare features a video series with nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. For more information, call 407-847-3138, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.BVL music programDo you have a desire to learn to sing or play the piano and not break your wallet? For just $7 you can have a half hour lesson in either voice or piano every Wednesday afternoon. Come join the pilot music program at the Robert Guevara Community Center at 501 Florida Parkway in Kissimmee. For more information, call Christa Brown at 407-2016333.Saturday night church serviceNeptune Road Baptist Church at 1620 Neptune Road, Kissimmee, is having a Saturday night church service starting at 8 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month, Everyone is invited.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen Ministry is a 501c3 approved nonprofit ministry serving free hot meals to the needy and homeless in the community of St. Cloud. A combined total of 33 local community churches, ministry groups, businesses and restaurants have been voluntarily serving for over 12 years. Contact your church leader or current group serving you if you would like to participate in serving meals. If your church cannot serve, get it involved by making love offerings and memorial donations to help purchase food items needed. Elmers Meal Kitchen Director Carol Broski can be reached at 407-9579839.Sons of Italy 2523The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join. It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. For more information, contact lodge president Gertrude Dorries at 321-2866787 for more information.Osceola Historical Volunteers neededThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join the society in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. Anyone who can spare one to three hours per week can be a volunteer in any number roles with our organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers. Training provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Juana Kelly at 407-396-8644 or email questions to juana@ osceolahistory.org. Visit the website at Osceolahistory.org. Osceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twicemonthly meetings. The club will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Osceola Center for the Arts in the Edward Moore Studio at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ackyi7.Friends Who CareThe Friends Who C are Club of Osceola County meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Cloud Senior Center at 3101 17th St. Membership is open to men and women from 18 years and up.St. Cloud Garden ClubThe St. Cloud Garden Club will meet on the second Saturday of each month from October to May at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. Its a pot luck lunch, members should contribute. The topics covered will be information on vegetable plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. There also will be exhibits of live plants and flower arrangements. For more information, call 407-870-0671.One Word At A TimeIf you are an aspiring writer or a published author, join One Word At A Time. Its motto is writers helping writers. It offers education, critique, networking and support to adult fiction writers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susans Courtside Cafe, 18 S. Orlando Ave, in Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at email@example.com..Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free a nonymous support group for bi-polar, depression, anxiety disorders, their families and friends. It meets every Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud, second floor in the Barbara U. Thornton Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. For more information, call (day) 407-847-7420, 407-7459416 or (night) 407-8929272. ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.a ro undosceola.comCURRY John "Jack" Fletcher Curry passed away at, 81 years of age, May 7, 2013i n St. Cloud, Florida. At John's request, there will be no funeral service or flowers. He will be cremated and his ashes placed in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii on September 17, 2013. Jack was born April 7, 1932. After graduation from Crosset High School in 1950 he joined the United States Navy. He served for twenty years, obtaining the rank of Chief Wa rrant Officer. After his retirement from the Navy in 1970 he served several years as a Hamburg, Arkansas police officer. He moved to St. Cloud Florida and served as a volunteer for the St. Cloud Police Department in the Finger Printing Division. John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jean Curry, his sister Marg ret Curry, his children Barbara French, JohnCurry, Jr., and Don Curry, his grandchildren Steven French, Christopher French and Emily Curry, his great granddaughter Peyton French, and his great grandsons Colin and Mason French. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John Fletcher and Mattie Doss Curry and his brother Gene Curry. DAVISON Mr. John Edward Davison, 88, of, St Cloud, FL passed away on We dnesday, May 8, 2013. Arrangements are under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home an d Crematory, 2000 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769. (407)957-2511 www.OsceolaMemGds.com ELLIS Melinda Lee, 52, of W. Melbourne, FL. Jesus carried her in his arms to heaven from worlds strife and orbital cancer on Marc h 30, 2013. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 31, 1961 to Thurman Ellis of Te nnessee and Ruth (Ellis) Russell of Ti tusville, FL. She left 2 sisters Jeanne Smith of Orlando and Sandra Ellis of Oklahoma. A son Anthony of Melbourne, FL graduate of UCF and twin girls Rebekah and Sarah Martinez of Fellesmere, FL. A blessing to Katie Wilson, We ndy Erving, the Groovers, the Cottons, the Gants and the Herrells. Donations to American Cancer Society. KLASS Mr. Kenneth I. Klass, 63, of Orlando, FL passed away on Tu esday, May 7, 2013 at his residence. Kenneth was born in Parkville, Maryland on July 28, 1949, to Kenneth G. an d Lola (Inners) Klass. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl A. Klass of Orlando and his son, Kenneth M. (Kathryn) Klass of Apex, NC. He is also survived by tw o grandchildren: Rachael & Jason Klass along with three nephews: Mike Walters, T ony Walters & Kyle Wo lfert an d one niece, Angie Walters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the artful care of Osceola Memory Gardens, 1717 Ol d Boggy Creek Road Kissimmee, FL 34744. (407) 847-2494 www.OsceolaMemGds.com VILLANUE VA Mr. Emmanuel Enrique Palacios Villanueva, Infant, of Kissimmee, FL, passed away on Tu esday, May 7, 2013. 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