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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Lifestyles Editor Peter Covino reviews the comedy The Way, Way Back ... Page B-1Lifestyles OHS hurdler leads girls AllCounty track teamPage A-7Sports 117TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS JULY 20, 2013 Motorcycle Clinic enjoying 40 year rideThe Motorcycle Clinic in Kissimmee was born to be wild. While many businesses fail after a year or two, and even the successful ones seldom make it past a decade, the motorcycle specialty shop is now celebrating 40 years in business. See page A-2 Index Business JournalPa 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 riesShould the Osceola County Commission approve or reject the proposed multi-million dollar baseball stadium at its Aug. 19 meeting? Approve. Reject. Im not sure. I dont have an opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Police Mother jailed on child neglect chargesAn exotic dancer was arrested and charged with child neglect after she left her 6-year-old son alone to work at a nightclub in Orlando. See page A-3 Best of OsceolaThe Votes Are In!Page B-2 By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette More than a year after Anita Louise Smith was shot to death in the middle of the night in her backyard near St. Cloud investigating a suspicious vehicle, the two men responsible for her murder now face prison time. Cody Lee White, 20, and David Eugene Smith, 21, who is not related to his victim, were found guilty July 12 of the March 22, 2012 murder of Smith during a botched robbery of drugs and money from Orlando resident Patrick Bacon. Bacon also was shot in the head but survived. White, of Kissimmee, was found guilty of third-degree murder in the death of Anita Smith, 59, a U.S. Navy veteran who worked as an account technician for the city of Kissimmee. He faced first-degree murder. He also was found guilty of robbery and attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Bacon. Hes scheduled for sentencing Aug. 14 by Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Mark S. Blechman. David Smith, listed as a transient in court records, was found guilty on the lesser charge of third-degree murder in the death of Anita Smith, although he also was originally charged with firstdegree murder with a firearm. He was found not guilty of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Bacon and the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of petit theft rather than his original charge of robbery with a firearm. His sentencing will also be Aug. 14. The mens then-girlfriends, Kaitlyn Robare, now 20, who was dating White, and Brandy Taylor, now 23, who was dating David Smith, testified against their former lovers in exchange for a plea deal with the prosecution. Both women pleaded guilty to charges of accessory after the fact and giving a false report to law enforcement officers for lying about their ex-boyfriends involvement with the murder. Robare is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 12 and Taylor will be sentenced Aug. 12. According to court records, White and Cody Smith randomly chose Anita Smiths secluded backyard March 22, 2012, to make a false drug deal with Bacon while planning to rob him of the marijuana and money. Anita Smith awoke before 2 a.m. to noises in her backyard and left the home to investigate, according to statements made by her mother and sister, who also lived in the house at 5625 Lake Lizzie Drive. Anita Smith was found shot to death near a red barn-style shed in the backyard of her home by Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputies who responded to a call just after 2 a.m. on March 22, 2012. The shed partially concealed Bacons 2007 Dodge Charger, where deputies found Bacon, then 25, shot in the front seat. White and David Smith fled the scene on foot and were later picked up by Taylor and Robare, who brought her 3-year-old daughter along. After the murders, the couples separately spent time in hotels, with David Smith and Taylor arrested in Fort Lauderdale in the days after the crime. During their interviews with police, Taylor and Robare were placed in an interrogation room at the Sheriffs Office and left alone by detectives. As police listened in, the pair allegedly discussed how they were deliberately fabricating answers and alibis to detectives about their involvement, specifically impeding where evidence to the crime was located. Neither w oman has past a rrest records in Osceola County. White and David Smith, however, have criminal histories involving drugs. White is currently awaiting trial for the robbery of a St. Cloud Kwik Stop two weeks before Anita Smiths murder, where White allegedly brandished a gun and wore just one glove, according to police records. Whites alleged accomplice was seen on surveillance video punching the store clerk repeatedly in the face. That trial is scheduled for Aug. 19, with White charged with robbery with a firearm while wearing a mask, aggra-Two found guilty of murder in botched robbery White Smith By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A total of 496 pets adopted, and only 706 more to go. Thats how many Osceola County Animal Services hopes people will adopt to reach its 1,202 pet adoption goal by Aug. 31. It is one of 50 shelters nationwide participating in the ASPCA/ Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, which started on June 1 and runs until the end of August. If it reaches the goal, then it can become eligible for the $100,000 grand prize or one of two $25,000 grants. If it can receive that money, then it will have the funds to boost its programs in treating animals taken in with medical issues, pet retention and temporary foster care. For Animal Services, keeping animals out of the shelter is their biggest priority, and 30 percent of pets in the shelter are voluntarily given up by their owners, who can no longer afford to take care of them. Director Kim Stanton wants to see that percentage lowered. Its a very sad situation, because some of these people would like to keep their pets but have got into a bad financial situation with the economy the way it is. So, some of these people are very distraught about having to give up a pet, said Stanton. To help counteract that percentage, Animal Control is launching a temporary foster care program. Owners who, through losing a job or other means, find themselves financially unable to take care of their pet can go to the shelter to place it into a foster home. Osceola Animal Shelter pushes to reach $100K adoption grant News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanOsceola County Animal Services Director Kim Staton pets a ready-to-adopt kitten through the bars of its enclosure Thursday morning. Animal Services, located at 3910 Old Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud, is working to reach a goal of more than 1,200 adoptions through the end of August. Kissimmee County By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter When SunRail is on the tracks, it will not only be easier to travel to Kissimmee but also within the city itself. At the Kissimmee City C ommission meeting on Tuesday, the feasibility study and plan for the Kissimmee Transit Circulator passed unanimously, marking the commissioners commitment to make the Kissimmee bus program a reality. Working with the citys transportation consultant, Renaissance Planning Group, the city will continue to create a final plan, along with planning funding and marketing for the service. The circulator, which is a bus, will take riders from the central hub of downtown Kissimmee to various points around city limits. What makes t hese smaller buse s stand out from the current Lynx service is that they follow a fixed, shorter route, continuously circulating from one end of the route to the other. The current plan divides the circulators into three routes, which all connect to the Kissimmee SunRail station. The first phase of the plan consists of a north/south route that starts at Kissimmee Commission approves an easier way to cruise around city By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter The date for West U.S. Highway 192s long awaited makeover is getting closer. After months of collecting and organizing concerns of business owners along the highway corridor, the redevelopment board will put together a complete plan next month. During its next workshop meeting Aug. 1, the board will create a few different plans and send them to a group of economists and tourism professionals for feedback. Based on the response, the board will have a single plan by Oct. 1 and a completed plan by the end of the calendar year. The redevelopment of West U.S. Highway 192 spans west from where Vine Street ends in Kissimmee to the Polk/Osceola County line. It is broken up into three segments to better organize construction, and unified under one goal: to once again become a competitive tourist destination. The problem with the corridor that we had established in previous meetings was that youre trying to compete with areas in Central Florida that are defined destinations. You have International Drive, you have Lake Buena Vista that people went to, but theres no destination, theres no place on 192, said Jeffrey Jones, strategic initia-West Highway 192 improvement plan moves forward See Kissimmee, page A-5 See County, page A-6 See Adoption, page A-6 See Guilty, page A-5 072013.SNG AT COST BELOW COST TOTAL LIQUIDATION ANNUAL DISPOSAL EVENT SALE 1 WEEK ONLY PUBLIC NOTICE Hwy. 192 St. Cloud | Across from Home Depot | 407-891-2213 www.thompson-jewelers.comTrusted For Over 60 Years See Page A3
Page A2, They say to give is better than to receive. At least thats the spirit driving Celebration Restaurant Group, the owner and operator of 96 Central Florida Pizza Hut Restaurants, who helped raise an incredible $60,000 this year for Childrens Home Society of Florida. This years record brought the total funds raised by Pizza Hut to more than $100,000 during the past three years to help improve the lives of struggling and vulnerable children within the local community. Pizza Hut is so grateful for our generous and caring customers who helped us raise over $100,000 for Childrens Home Society of Florida, stated Janet Stewart, chief people officer for Celebration Restaurant Group in a press release. The funds raised will provide services in our local community that positively impact the lives of children who have encountered unimaginable circumstances. Diana Schorejs, manager of Pizza Hut on International Drive in Orlando, shared her passion for helping local children in need. She made it a priority to communicate this to her employees who were the key to her stores fundraising achievements. Schorejs fundraising ambassador Kisha Lindsey set daily goals and kept the team motivated which led to the store raising the most funds of all 96 Pizza Hut restaurants. Join Childrens Home Society of Flori da and Celebration Restaurant Group to make a difference in the lives of children. To learn more about how you can help chil dren in your community, visit www.chsfl.org. By Pete Covino Lifestyles Editor The Motorcycle Clinic in Kissimmee was born to be wild. While many businesses fail after a year or two, and even the successful ones seldom make it past a decade, the motorcycle specialty shop is now celebrating 40 years in business. Currently at 807 E. Vine St., the original owner, Finis Oakley started the shop off of Donegan Avenue in Kissimmee in June of 1973. Brian Dady came on board as an employee a few years later and has been running the place ever since. For motorcycle enthusiasts, The Motorcycle Clinic has become the go to place for pretty much everything having to do with motorcycles in the area. The shop doesnt sell retail bikes, but if you have a bike with a problem or want to customize, Dady and company can handle it. The family business is operated by Brian Dady, his son, Cory, and wife, Linda. And thats Brian Montoya, the service parts manager, who most likely will greet you at the counter. No one else has been doing what we do, on the scale that we do it, said Dady. The shop is the only full-service motorcycle shop offering this kind of in-depth service, to my knowledge. There are years and years of experience at the clinic. Brian Dady has been riding (he started out on a used Honda 100 when he was 15) and Cory has been riding since his teens, including participating in stunt shows on weekends. Dadys wife was not originally a motorcycle enthusiast, but it sort of comes with the territory. She too rides a Honda, customized in the shop. The clinic is open daily, Tuesday through Saturday and is not tied to any particular type of motorcycle since it is not in the retail business. So whether it is a Harley-Davidson, Honda or other popular brand, the clinic can service it. Being versatile has helped the shop during the lean, recession years too, he said. Some motorcycle brands become hot and then cool off, and that causes a downturn in business if you specialize in just one thing, Dady said. But since the shop is all about all kinds of motorcycles, a fad doesnt phase them. Dady said the current trend in motorcycles is moving away from the chopper style that has been popular for several years and more into a cruising style. The reason of course has a lot to do with comfort. Motorcycle manufacturers also are getting more back to basics with younger buyers and entry models that cost a lot less. The clinic showroom offers an assortment of clothing, apparel and accessories as well as parts for do-it-yourselfers. While some shops may stray away from those who want to fix and maintain their own bikes, the clinic encourages it. While the shop may make less on a sale in the shortterm, it does encourage customer loyalty for return visits, and those jobs that are just too big for typical home garage mechanic. The shop also has one of the largest selections of motorcycle tires in Central Florida and at the best prices, Dady said. Specialty services at The Motorcycle Clinic include: Dyno Tuning The shop has a house dyno-tuning center to keep motorcycles running at their optimum best and the companys performance division and it can install, repair and tune turbo systems, surcharging systems and even building a motor from the ground up. The back garage area is a motorcycle lovers dream with various projects big and small underway. Its a one-stop place for motorcycles, he said, with everything from paint to lighting and electronic powder coating. We are a one-stop shop, he said. Motorcycle fans also may want to take part in the various events the clinic is involved in throughout the year. Thursday nights are Bike Night at the Bloodhound Brew in Orlando, a pub/eatery. The clinic hosts the event, at 5801 Conroy Road, and it includes a live DJ, drink specials, bike games, raffle prizes and, of course, a place to show off and talk about motorcycles. Bike night is held 7 to 11 p.m. and admission is free. Dady would like to have an event in Kissimmee on a regular basis as well as host special bike events in places like the citys Lakefront Park. The Motorcycle Clinic welcomes walk-in customers, or you can call 407-846-7508 for an appointment or online at www.motorcycleclinic.net.Shop hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Osceola Regional announces first OBGYN residency program in the Southeast Osceola Regional Medical Center recently announced that it has been approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. With the approval, Osceola Regional will be the first Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program approved by the AOA in Southeastern United States. This is an exciting time for our faculty and community, Dr. Mark Palazzolo, director of osteopathic medical education said. At Osceola Regional we boast the highest standards of patient care, and compassion. Our physicians-in-training will be given the opportunity to practice in a multicultural environment and will benefit from a diverse experience in obstetrics and gynecology, and all of its subspecialties. This will prepare them to be expert OBGYNs who have the capabilities of dealing with any and all clinical situations. The new residency program is another major step forward for the hospital. In June, Osceola Regional announced that it had been accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for an Internal Medicine Residency Program sponsored by the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine. Osceola Regionals new graduate medical education programs will not only benefit the local community, but it will also help to fill a statewide need. According to the Florida Department of Health, there is a severe shortage of doctors in much of state. To meet this increasing demand for doctors, the state funded $80 million for an additional 700 residency slots this year, yet it still it wont be enough to bring the state up to the national average per capita. Studies show that roughly 60 percent of doctors practice where they complete their residency. Osceola Regionals Chief Medical and Academic Officer Dr. Aida Sanchez-Jimenez said the hospitals recent expansions make it an ideal place for comprehensive teaching and training programs for future physicians. From planning our level ii trauma center to finishing up our new 60 bed patient tower, were not just getting bigger, were getting better. We welcome the opportunity to help show the next generation of leaders how to provide outstanding patientcentered health care and master the skills necessary to succeed in todays healthcare system, Dr. Aida Sanchez-Jimenez said. The OBGYN Residency will be a four year program with two residents per year under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Mark Palazzolo. Osceola Regional will begin welcoming physicians-in-training starting in July of 2014.Kissimmee Clearance Center gets added retailers.The addition of several nationally recognized retailers is creating optimism at the revitalized Kissimmee Clearance Center. Expecting an increase in patronage from locals and tourists, management officials welcome the arrival of Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Converse to the Kissimmee Clearance Center located at 4673 W. U.S. Highway 192. Its easy to see the appeal we offer shoppers, said Andy Walsh, director of leasing for the center. Were within five miles of the entrance to Walt Disney World in the heart of the Kissimmee. And unlike outlet malls which stock irregulars or cheaper quality factory items, our clearance stores offer the same merchandise you would find in their retail stores at huge discounts. Tour buses are literally lining up to take advantage of the bargains, according to Walsh which has attracted the attention of area tourism marketers who know the importance of shopping to visitors, especially the valued international guests. Reports from Experience Kissimmee, Osceola Countys tourism promotion department, and other agencies confirm that shopping is every bit as popular to the vacationer or holiday traveler as the nearby theme parks. With over 20,000 square feet of new leases in the last few months and major brands expressing interest in the clearance concept, we feel like we are onto something here at the Kissimmee Clearance Center that is more than just a coincidence, said Walsh. We envision our shopping center continuing to transform to meet the demand of the market to become the new destination for brandnamed retailers clearance store concepts and their customers. Its the original outlet idea come full circle great brands from the actual retail stores at clearance prices. The Kissimmee Clearance Center has been owned and managed by Sugaroak since 2001. Current tenants at the Clearance Center include: Nike, Converse, Tommy Hilfiger, Bonworth, Dollar Tree and the Party & Gift Outlet. THE JOURNALTHE JOURNALOOF O OSCEOLA C COUNtTYBUSINESSOOF O OSCEOLA C COUNtTYBUSINESS Motorcycle Clinic enjoying 40 year ride The new Harmony Town Square Marketplace was recently recognized by the University of Florida/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping program for its use of low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices in the landscape and parking lot areas around Harmonys new stores. Notable practices included an irrigation system guided by site weather data, a parking lot bio-swale to collect and treat storm-water, recycled concrete used as a substitute for imported landscape stone, and native and other low maintenance vegetation in the planting beds. I am very pleased and impressed with the Florida Friendly Landscaping recommendations that the Town of Harmony has adopted through the landscape design and landscape maintenance of this area, said Jennifer Pelham, urban horticulture agent with the UF/IFAS Extension in Osceola County. They are doing their part to conserve and protect Floridas ground and surface waters, which are our most valuable resources. We appreciate the recognition by Florida/IFAS and look forward to partnering on future landscape projects in Harmony, said Brock Nicholas, head of Harmonys Development Company. For more information on Florida Friendly Landscaping, visit: http://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/. J ennifer Pelham may be reached at: 321-697-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Harmonys Town Square Marketplace offers several restaurant options, a wine bar, a physicians office, nail spa, and local grocery store. More than merely a planned community, shaped with purpose from the start, Harmony is a town consciously designed to offer beauty and amenities, in balance with nature. Community tours are available daily. For more information on the town of Har mony, visit www.harmonyfl. com or call 407-891-8358. Harmony Town Square Marketplace receives award Celebration Pizza Hut stores raise $100,000 to help Central Florida children in need.
Saturday, July 20, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 An exotic dancer was arrested and charged with child neglect after she left her 6-year-old son alone to work at a nightclub in Orlando. Osceola County Sheriffs deputies arrested Brittany Renee Roman, 22, of Miami. The investigation began on Thursday at about 12:42 a.m., when deputies responded to Westgate Towers located at 7300 W. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the security guard who said that he came to work at 10 p.m. and noticed a little boy walking around the hotel unsupervised. Several hours later, he saw the same boy still alone, so he approached him and asked him if he was staying at the hotel. The boy told the security guard he was 6 years old and staying at the hotel with his mother. He took the security guard to a room and used a key to open the door but no one was there. Deputies contacted the Department of Children and Families By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The path through medical school is nothing like it was a generation ago. Some believe high schoolaged prospective medical students need a roadmap, so the Education Foundation-Osceola County has teamed with the biggest names in local health care education to develop the Medical Pipeline Collaborative Program. The foundation has partnered with Nemours Childrens Hospital, the UCF College of Medicine, Celebration Health, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Valencia College, Junior Achievement and the School District of Osceola County to offer the program to high school students who are interested in eventually wearing a lab coat, scrubs or a surgical mask. The students, who were identified by their school principals and required to apply to be a part of the program, have spent the last two weeks touring places theyll pass through if their medical career keeps them close to home: the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences on the UCF main campus in Orlando and the Medical City complex between Orlando and the Kissimmee-St. Cloud corridor. The Lake Nona corridor, with its hospitals, research laboratories and teaching institutes, is projected to be home to 30,000 jobs when fully built out. Education Foundation Executive Director Kathy Carr said somebody has to fill those jobs, and the best scenario for the community is that locals take them. This is a $2 billion medical campus, Carr said. The M edical P ipeline Progra m hopes to fill those 30,000 jobs with students of the school district and the colleges and universities of Osceola County. Dr. Lisa Barkley, an assistant professor of Medicine at UCFs College of Medicine, said part of the colleges mission is to connect with public schools, and the Medical Pipeline Program offers that chance. When they meet the scientists and make that connection, they learn what they have to go through and reach a whole new level of understanding, Barkley said. Our faculty loves to see these students come. With the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs offered by colleges now a hot topic, one of the foundations goals is to expose high school students to new classes and majors offered to make medical study more appealing, said Board of Directors member David Berelsman. Our goal is to raise students achievement as they become aware of whats possible through the strength of collaboration, he said. During the two-week long Health Leaders Summit Academy, the group spent much of the first week at the Orlando UCF campus where it toured hospitals and talked to medical professionals. That was music to the ears of Christina Sanchez, who will be a junior at Harmony High School in the fall. I wanted to learn how to get here and piece together the steps, she said. I learned how relatively simple it is to get started. Growing up all Ive heard is how much pressure there is. Plus now I have a better idea how the medical field is progressing. Stanley Avios, a junior-to-be at PATHS, said he knows if he really wants to go into medicine, there will be a specialty for him. Ive really learned about some of my options, he said. To find out more information about the groups programs or partnerships, visit http://www.foundationosceola.org. Local partnership gives possible medical students a look inside News-Gazette Photo/ Ken JacksonA member of the Nemours Childrens Hospital nursing room staff goes over the innovations used in the emergency room at the Lake Nona hospital Monday during a tour of the Education Foundations Medical Pipeline Program. Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.Mother jailed on child neglect charges See Jailed, page A-6 072013.SNG ANNUAL DISPOSAL EVENT SALE 1 WEEK ONLY www.thompson-jewelers.com Trusted For Over 60 Years PUBLIC NOTICE TOTAL LIQUIDATION AT COST BELOW COST TOTAL LIQUIDATION 6101 Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, Fl 32819407-581-7800 072013.SNG ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL DRIVE Se Habla Espaol407-345-0505 EXT 10988444 International Dr Orlando, FL 32819 Great Venues For Your Meetings & Events Radisson has 7000 SF of Flexible & Aordable Meeting Space Quality Inn has 1800 SF of Meeting Space Special Rates for group accommodations Llmanos! 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Page A4, By Bob Franken Ive always loved the expression Putting lipsti ck on a pig. Its the perfect way to describe an effort to gloss over something ugly. Its certainly appropriate in the case of the decision by POTUS and his peeps to delay for a year the fundamental employer-mandate piece of Obamacare. Its the provision that would require businesses with 50 or more workers to provide affordable health insurance or pay a big fine for each individual. The administrations lipstick was the claim that the decision to hold off until 2015 showed its flexibility. What was piggish was the hardto-ignore suspicion that it was really more about trying to sidestep a huge political controversy before the 2014 midterm elections. 2014 is when the new Affordable Care Act is scheduled to kick into high gear, but now it will be missing one of its components. Didnt supporters argue incessantly that this plan to cover millions of the uninsured was an intricate proposition, with each part reliant on every other? So suddenly its OK to leave out one piece of this puzzle for a year? Or are we really just witnessing another instance of a president withering in the face of boarish opposition? In the case of the employer mandate, there certainly has been a lot of hostility, with many small businesses threatening to reduce the hours of their help or cut back on the size of their staff so their enterprises are no longer included in the requirement. Either maneuver would be a case of cutting off their snouts to spite their faces, but it wouldnt compare with the tactics of GOP officeholders who are rolling around in the mud, doing everything they can to cause this health-care reform to fail. Sen. Mitch McConnell is just one example. Hes the minority leader of the Senate, the same guy who told us, The single most important thing we want to achieve is for Barack Obama to be a one-term president. He made that remark in a 2010 interview, the same year Congress, after an intense battle, passed Obamacare. Now that were into Obamas second term, McConnell and many of his other GOP soulless-mates have decided that the new single most important thing is to sabotage the entire law. Weve all watched them in the House gleefully vote to repeal of the Affordable Care Act 37 times, knowing full well itll never get past the Senate. They want to be seen as relentless. So they are certainly celebrating right now. The order to delay a key part of the program will be seen as an embarrassment for the president. That will be the story, and watch them line up to, uh, hog the spotlight. Courtesy of King Features.Vote against baseball stadiumTo the Editor: Many people in Osceola County have never hear d of Ted Lerner. However, we should make ourselves familiar with him because hes been working on a secret deal with Osceola County to use our tax dollars to his benefit. Ted Lerner owns the Washington Nationals and, according to Forbes, also happens to be one of the top 100 richest people in America with a net worth of $4 billion. Despite his own immense wealth, Lerner believes that residents, businesses and visitors in Osceola County should pay to build a spring training stadium for the Nationals to use just two months out of the year. The Board of County Commissioners and the taxpayers they represent should tell Lerner to take a hike. Details of the secret deal recently became public and include spending in excess of $100 million for a stadium where only a handful of professional games that dont even count will be played each year. The spending plan includes leveraging tourist taxes at an uncomfortable level and it takes tens of millions in general fund dollars paid by each one of us to get the site ready for Lerners playground. Those general fund dollars can be used for all types of projects like roads and parks to name a couple projects that could benefit many more residents and businesses than another spring training stadium and its seasonal, low-wage, part-time jobs ever will. Three county commissioners deserve credit for their recent decision to delay a final vote on this deal to allow residents more time to digest it. However, the delay is just that a delay. All five of the commissioners need to ask themselves if Osceola County is providing residents with the best roads, parks, libraries, etc. before they agree to give our tax dollars to a billionaire. They should ask drivers if theyre happy when they sit in traffic. They should ask our tee ball coaches how they feel about scrambling to find places to practice their five year old kids who arent getting paid millions. They should ask the fundamental question: what public purpose does a stadium built for Ted Lerner and the Washington Nationals serve? God bless America and the fact that people like Ted Lerner can be successful and make billions of dollars. However, when our government in Osceola County cannot claim to have the best roads and cannot claim to provide adequate sports fields and parks for our families, it has no business negotiating deals that funnel tax dollars to the wealthy. I would argue our government never has any business doing that. If our county commissioners are looking for a plaque on the front of the stadium with their names on it, then they will vote to approve the deal at our expense. However, if they are truly looking out for residents and people who own business in Osceola County, they will vote against this stadium on Aug. 19. Ray Walls Harmony When the Houston Astros come back to town for spring training next year, buy your tickets. Opportunities to do so may be running out. With the Astros lease at Osceola County Stadium ending after two more springs and talks to extend it stalled, a proposal for Osceola County to become the spring home of the Washington Nationals has been put forward. But, it has its own flaws. If the county cant agree with its tourism partners on a plan to spend more than $100 million in tourist taxes to build a facility that could host two teams, Champion Stadium at Disney, the spring home of the Atlanta Braves, could become the closest Grapefruit League site. Business and political leaders saw the plan for the first time Monday and took exception to the Nationals wanting fast approval. County commissioners heard those concerns and, prudently, delayed action for four weeks. Spring training, for going on 30 years in Kissimmee, attracts about 60,000 fans annually to Osceola County Stadium. The loss of a major league attraction in February and March would certainly hurt our tourism-based economy. Without disrespecting our longtime Houston friends, Washington would perhaps make for a better spring training market. Forbes magazine said six of the countrys 10 most affluent counties are Washington, D.C. suburbs, and Nationals fans can drive 13 hours down I-95 to get here. Drive for 13 hours toward Houston and youre somewhere near Baton Rouge, La. The Nationals, owned by the billionaire Lerner family, are asking Osceola County to pay for the facility the county would be able to derive income from it the rest of the year through amateur tournaments. But, some tourism officials question if they will see a return on their investment equal to whats being spent. They would like to see the Nationals contribute to the new stadiums cost. Commissioner Fred Hawkins nailed it when he called this a business and political decision. Talk of building a new complex would be easier to digest if Osceola County Stadium hadnt been renovated 10 years ago. Some say that stadium should be enough for a new team coming in, but county staff reminded that the Astros have a pair of one-year extension options for 2016 and 2017. The Astros have indicated that they will not talk about the options until the main part of the lease is finished. So, until they say they arent, the Astros are the stadiums tenants. We hope that some plan to retain spring training here can come to fruition, but not at the expense of mortgaging the future of our still-fragile tourism industry. 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 Got a gripe? Dont mortgage future of countys tourism industryFour words of advice for AfricanAmericans in the wake of George Zimmermans acquittal: Wake the hell up. The Sunday after Zimmerman went free was a day of protest for many of us. From Biscayne Boulevard in Miami to Leimert Park in Los Angeles, to the Daley Center in Chicago to Times Square in New York City, African-Americans -and others who believe in racial justice -carried out angry, but mostly peaceful demonstrations. Good. This is as it should have been. But if thats the end, if you just get it out of your system, then move ahead with business as usual, then all you did Sunday was waste your time. You might as well have stayed home. We are living in a perilous era for African-American freedom. The parallels to other eras have become too stark to ignore. Every period of African-American advance has always been met by a crushing period of push back, the crafting of laws and the use of violence with the intent of eroding the new freedoms. Look it up: The 13th Amendment ended slavery. So the white South created a convict leasing system that was actually harsher. The 14th Amendment guaranteed citizenship. So the white South rendered that citizenship meaningless with the imposition of Jim Crow laws. The 15th Amendment gave us the right to vote; it was taken away by the so-called grandfather clause. The Supreme Court struck that down, so the white South relied on literacy tests and poll taxes to snatch our ballots all over again. Our history is a litany: two steps forward, one step back. The Civil Rights Movement was the greatest step forward since emancipation. So we ought not be surprised to see voting rights eroded again, the Civil Rights Act attacked, the so-called War on Drugs used for the mass incarceration of black men. Or to see the killing of an unarmed child deliver a message as old as the Constitution itself: Black life is worth less. We are in another period of push back. And worse, we dont even seem to know. It feels as if we have taken the great advances of the last half century -the protective laws, the rise of the black middle class, the winning of the ballot, the flowering of options once considered unthinkable -for granted. It feels as if we have come to regard progress as somehow inevitable, preordained, carved in stone and irrevocable as a birthright. So yes, we need to wake the hell up. While we were celebrating, others were calculating. While we were writing nasty rap lyrics, they were writing senators. While we were organizing Obama victory parties, they were organizing tea parties. While we were buying DVDs, they were buying candidates. While we were sending texts, they were building propaganda machinery. While we were resting on the past, they were seizing the future. Granted, the preceding casts a wide net. Yes, there are many of us, AfricanAmericans and others, who dont need the admonition, who are already awake, who have always been awake. More power to them. But there are also many of us still sleeping. So let Trayvon Martins death and the acquittal of his killer be a wakeup call. Let it be a spur to stop reacting and start pro-acting. Let it be a goad to become better informed. Let it be a reminder to organize. Let it be a reason to send a check to the NAACP. Let it be an incentive to join the social justice ministry at church. Let it be cause to write your congressperson. Let it be an impetus to teach and nurture your kids. Most of all, let it be an alarm clock, ringing in the darkness of a new morning, calling conscience to account. Do not waste this moment. The time for sleeping is done. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@ miamiherald.com. 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Saturday, July 20, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 Florida Hospital, with stops at Osceola Regional Medical Center, downtown to the SunRail station and finishing at the Osceola County Courthouse. It will run every 15 minutes Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The second phase of the plan has east-west routes, one traveling from Osceola Valencia College campus to the SunRail station and another from Osceola Square Mall to the station. Both of these routes will travel every 20 minutes Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Initially, the service will be free, city officials said. Eventually, a fare of 50 cents to $1 will be imposed. The goal for these routes is to encourage accessibility throughout Kissimmee by stopping at destinations with or close to access to parking as well as connecting to existing Lynx routes. According to Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan, it is the most effective way to move Kissimmees growing population, reducing downtown traffic congestion and making the city more accessible to tourists. It also ties into the more pedestrianfocused redevelopment projects on Broadway and U.S. Highway 192. Getting on a bus thats convenient, or a mini-bus t hats conveniently l ocated and takes you from point A to point B in a reasonable amount of time, instead of driving, more and more will be a way of getting around going forward, said Swan. The plan that Renaissance Planning Group has prepared will be what the city will stick with, according to Swan, with the possibility of minor changes depending on the funding the city receives. The focus of the project for the city now is funding. For the first phase, cost for the north/south route is $350,000 a year. For the east and west routes in the second phase, cost is between $345,000 and $450,000 a year. It will be $1.2 million a year for all three routes. The planning group gave the city a list of funding recommendations. Most of the funding could come from grants by the Florida Department of Transportation and partners from major employers in the area. The mobility fees that the city adopted last year should also help with funding, as it can be used for transit as well as in building new roads. The city is talking to the Department of Transportation and Lynx for their assistance in the new service, according to City Manager Mike Steigerwald. Both already are familiar with the plans, as they have been part of the feasibility study and planning process. The city plans to hire Lynx to provide the buses and drivers, as it would be more cost effective to pay a company that already provides transportation services instead of buying new buses and hiring new drivers. If Lynx rejects the city, it will find another public or private transportation company. The city plans to have funds, a concrete plan and a transportation company hired by 2016. It plans to implement the service the same day that SunRail opens. vated battery with a firearm, burglary of a structure with battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault. During the time of the murder, White was serving three years and six months probation for a March 2011 burglary and possession of marijuana over 20 grams in April 2011, according to records from the Florida Department of Corrections. In April 2011, White was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and resisting an officer without violence, offenses he served 111 days in the Osceola County Jail for. He also was forced to forfeit the weapon to the Sheriffs Office. Additionally, he was charged in August 2009 with robbery with a deadly weapon but the charges were later dropped, according to Osceola County Clerk of Courts records. David Smith was put on probation in December for possession of cocaine, possession of a weapon with intent to commit a felony and resisting an officer without violence, charges stemming from February 2008. Those charges were combined with a separate case from March 2008, when Smith was charged with five counts of dealing in stolen property and six counts of possession of a firearm by a person committing a delinquent act. He served two years in prison on the convictions.GuiltyContinued from Page A-1 KissimmeeContinued from Page A-1 Do you have Osceola County news?If you have news that you would like to share with the Osceola NewsGazette, contact Editor B rian McBride at 321-4020436. You may fax information to the newspape r at 407-846-8516 or email it to email@example.com or news@osceolanews gaz e tte.com. 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The goal is to help make the corridor more tourist friendly by creating inviting spaces to walk in and an easy way to travel around the corridor and to Disney. This also will encourage more traffic to businesses as well as to hotels and motels on 192. But implementing these visions takes more than a plan and simple construction. The redevelopment board is dealing with problems that have lingered on U.S. 192 for the past 15 years, such as the rise of blighted businesses, the steady decrease of room rates and the homeless families and transients that currently occupy area hotels. For the past two years, temporary measures have been put in place to address these problems, and to make way for the changes that will be made on U.S. 192. The county has received a Facade Improvement Grant, matching the owners expenses of repairing a facade and signs, if needed. The entire West U.S. 192 corridor is to be designated as a brownfield, which qualifies the area for money from the state to improve the environment around businesses. Working with h otels and motels on U.S. 192, county staff is searching for a co-housing facility off of the corridor. By r efurbishing a hotel or motel o ff of the corridor, homeles s families living on 192 will be given a place to stay inside the co-housing facility. In the course of a year, each family will work with social workers to find a job and a more permanent home to move into. This will not only address the homelessness issue on the corridor, but also help the hotels transition back to tourists again, county officials said. For the plan itself, county staff also has designated three strategies: retain, reorganize and repurpose, which can be applied anywhere on the corridor, depending on the need. Retain means minimal construction to areas that are doing economically well. Reorganize indicates major repairs for the area of businesses. And repurpose describes an area that no longer works as a tourist corridor and will start over with a new economic function in mind. Jones said that each strategy can completely cover one of the three corridor sections, but still emphasizes variety, with board members looking at the purpose of every area carefully. Another major part of the plan is a Bus Rapid Transit System. Working like a rail system, it is a fixed, high-speed bus system, designed to quickly take passengers to various destinations. Given its own lane on U.S. 192, it will travel at a constant 45 miles an hour and stop around every mile. Passengers can purchase a ticket at one of the stations, and electronic messages can tell them exactly how far away the next bus is. There also will be connections to Disney. With this transit, tourists staying at hotels along U.S. 192 can easily travel to restaurants and attractions, getting back to their hotel in a relatively short time. Like the rest of the plan, the system is built with tourism in mind. Tourism is the economic engine of the county, along with agriculture. You cant let it disappear. There are too many people whose livelihood depends on it. It brings in a substantial amount of taxes that are otherwise paid for by the residents, said Jones. The plan for redevelopment started at the request of the tourism industry on U.S. 192 to prevent further decline in the area. With plans done by the end of the year, work on West U.S. 192 can happen as soon as next year. CountyContinued from Page A-1 Contact Tiffanie Reynolds at 321-402-0434 or by email at treynolds@osceolanews gazette.com.Foster care is relatively short term, with pets only staying a few months at the most, but provide a positive alternative for owners who can quickly get back on their feet. It will become an extension of their volunteer services, and 23 to 24 qualified volunteers are going through the first training session this Saturday. The challenge is about more than counting adoptions, but also measures shelters by the amount of yearly improvement. If Animal Services makes its goal of 1,202 adoptions, both by new owners and animals returning to their original owners, it will reach double the amount of adoptions from the same time last year. Since the challenge started, Animal Services has been able to increase the number of adoptions in June by 129 animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) also ranked them 19 out of 50 shelters. The major push in increasing adoptions was its increase in adoption events. It had one event every three weeks since June 1, and while it has been a strain on their resources and staff, it has also helped them figure out what the community responds to and what does and doesnt work in terms of encouraging adoption. While this challenge helped the shelter push themselves and concentrate their efforts on adoption, it has also helped Staton realize the shelters broader focus. Through the push for adoptions, she started to see how the shelter was only reacting to the problem of homeless animals in the community. As the challenge comes to a close, she wants to shift the shelters response from reactive to proactive in Osceola County. Were really not investing in prevention based programs, which would be affordable spay/neuter and pet retention, for people who truly want to keep their pets, help those people find a way to do it. So, were really going to start focusing in that direction some in over the next few months, said Stanton. For the remainder of the challenge, the shelter will be holding two more adoption events, as well as other adoption events after the challenge is over. For more information about Osceola County Animal Services and how to adopt, visit their website at http:// www.osceola.org/animalcontrol/home.cfm. It also has a Facebook page, where they post photos of pets for adoption as well as announcements for volunteer opportunities and events. AdoptionContinued from Page A-1 JailedContinued from Page A-3 What yo u re look ing for is her e. T HE GUIDE T HE GUIDE D DERMATOLOGYThe Personal Attention You Deserve... Dr. Chris Manlio, FAOCD Board Certied in Dermatology Fellow of American Mohs Society John H. 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Saturday, July 20, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 You might call these the dog days of summer, when the water temperatures start approaching 90 degrees and its only comfortable to be on the lake a few hours in the morning and in the evening. Fishing really hasnt been that bad, hot or not. Ive been on the l ake ever y morning this week a nd have caught some nice bass every day. Wednesday morning I was out and caught over 20 bass with one weighing over 9 pounds. The day before that I had 16. I ran into Cody Detweiler that day and he told me he had caught over 20. Most of the fish Ive caught have been schoolers. That doesnt have to mean theyre all small. Ive had several in the 4-pound range, using a top water bait. After the schoolers stop biting Ive been catching bass along the edge of Kissimmee grass on a 10-inch plastic worm. A little later on I move out to deeper water hydrilla and catch them on that worm and an 8-inch magnum speed worm. The trick is to try and find an edge to the hydrilla and follow it out. I usually end up in about 6 to 7 feet of water. Some bluegills and shell crackers are still being caught on shell beds, but I havent heard anything about the spec fishing. As far as I know, no hydrilla spraying has been started. Theres still a lot of running water and I assume they are waiting till it stops. I dont think they like to spray much when the water is this warm, either. Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net. Jacque MitchellFishin Fun News-Gazette Photo/ Andrew SullivanVallerie Norgaisse competes in the 300 hurdles, her best event, during a 2011 meet at OHS when she was a sophomore. Norgaisse and three OHS teammates recently signed track grants to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Follow us on Twitte r OHS hurdler learned in a hurry All-County girls track Bass fishing as hot as the weather on the local lakes Sports briefsNorgaisse placed in 2 events for Kowgirls at Class 3A state meet SC soccer teams seek playersThe St. Cloud Soccer Club seeks players for its U15 and U16 boys teams. To schedule a tryout, contact Brian Cecil at saintcloudstampede@gmail. com.Life Chr. hoops campLife Christian Academy is holding a basketball camp for children in grades 6-9 Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the gym. The fee is $85. L unch and a T-shirt is included. Life Christian Coach Mike Botkin will instruct with a staff of former college coaches and players. For more information call 407-847-8222. Monarchs baseball campThe Orlando Monarchs baseball camp will be held at Kissimmees Oak Street Park Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children ages 7 to 19 will be instructed by Monarchs players, who compete in the Florida Collegiate Summer League at Orlandos Tinker Field. Campers will rotate among stations where they will learn fundamental skills, s trategy and discipline. Campers also will be invited to run the bases at Monarchs games. The fee is $45. Camps also are offered at Tinker Field. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.SC soccer registrationRegistration for the upcoming 2013-14 St. Cloud Soccer Club season is available online at www.stcloudsoccer.com. The age chart and fees are listed on the website. Payment is available online through Visa or MasterCard. Checks may be mailed. Register at the soccer field on the following dates: July 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those who are interested in coaching please contact Janice Lavigne at janice. email@example.com. FUNdamentals football campThe City of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Department together with USA Football and former Green Bay Packer and Miami Dolphin Brent Fullwood will co-host a Football FUNdamentals camp Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fortune Road Athletic Complex. The free one-day clinic is designed to introduce children ages 5-18 to football by teaching basic skills in a fun and energetic environment and is supported through a grant from the NFL Foundation. FUNdamentals camp incorporates a series of drills to teach passing, catching and running skills in a non-contact setting. The Fortune Road Athletic Complex is located at 2500 Fortune Road in Kissimmee. For more information, contact Jaime Paul at 407518-2599 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 407-5725688 or email email@example.com.SC Bulldogs youth footballThe St. Cloud Youth Football Bulldogs flag football program is holding registration for the fall season for children ages 4-15. Registration for co-ed and powderpuff leagues is available online at www.scyfbulldogs.com. The fee is $75 for flag football (ages 4-9) and flag cheer. The fee is $175 for tackle football (ages 6-15) and tackle cheer.Celeb. marathonThe inaugural Town of Celebration Marathon and Half Marathon will be Jan. 26, 2014. The Celebration race will be a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and will be held on a 13-mile loop through Celebration. Registration has begun. For more information, visit celebrationmarathon. com. By Katie Pedone Special to the News-Gazette She was late-arriving to the track team, but she learned in a hurry. The Osceola NewsGazettes Female Track Athlete of the Year, senior Vallerie Norgaisse of Osceola High, broke records and placed at the Class 3A state meet in two hurdles events after just three seasons on the team. Battling rainy, windy conditions at the state meet in Jacksonville, Norgaisse was third (44.36) in the 300 hurdles and eighth (15.35) in the 100 hurdles. Norgaisse joined the track team during her freshman year just to try something new, but she did not compete. Not having a solid background in the sport, Norgaisse was left to figure out what events she wanted to try. I didnt really know what to pick, so I picked the hurdles because Im a dancer. Ive been dancing all my life and I figured that had to help me out somehow, she said. Apparently, she made the right choice. Norgaisse broke the school record for the 300 hurdles. She also helped Osceola High dominate hurdles events this season. Teammate Deara Thomas, was sixth (15.15) in the 100 meters hurdles at the state meet, held at the University of North Florida, and Charlie Muzeka qualified for the state meet in the 100 hurdles. OHS Coach Eric Pinellas said that Norgaisse always had the physical talent to be a successful hurdler. She just had to overcome the mental side of it, he said. She can excel in other events as well, the coach said. She has incredible range. She can run the high hurdles, the low hurdles, the 200, 400 800 and long jump. She trained through sickness and pain. Not many girls could train with the teams we had from 2006 to 2009, but she was close to it. She worked hard in the weight room and track. Norgaisse said the hard work was worth it. I was happy with my season this year, Norgaisse said. I mean, you always think you can do better. I thought I could have done better at state if I would have finished stronger, theres always something; but Im still happy with how it turned out. I think I had a good season. Norgaisse recently joined several teammates to sign a track scholarship to Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. Also signing from OHS were Janel Brown, Jodiann Crooks and Thomas, all members of the All-County track team. Craig Perry is the Coffeyville coach. Pinellas expects Norgaisse to do well at the Kansas college. Shes not bad for someone who took up track in the 10 th grade, he said. Sports Editor Rick Pedone contributed to this story. Osceolas Vallerie Norgaisse, center, is flanked by teammates Charlie Muzeka (left) and Deara Thomas at the 100 meters hurdles competition at the Class 3A state track meet at Jacksonville. Norgaisse placed eighth in this event and was third in the 300 meters hurdles to earn two medals. Thomas placed sixth in the 100 meters race.News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb Athlete of the Year: Vallerie Norgaisse (OHS).All-county team: Osceola: Deara Thomas, Janel Brown, Jodiann Crooks, Charlie Muzeka, Crystal Marrero, Markesha Johnson, Shantavia Huggins. St. Cloud: Mary Robinson, Kristin Detroyer, Karissa Solorzano. Celebration: Christine Infantolino. Liberty: Kadijah Brown, BreShae Pierce. Harmony: Kaylin Clark, Kendall Pollock, Christina Moody. Gateway: Amber Jackson. Poinciana: Majjdah Barnett, Estelle Esperance, Mical Davis, Alexis Oldfield, Zhane Wilson. All-County girls track
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Sam Rockwell has been the king of quirkiness for a few decades. Put him in just about any film, and no matter the plot, it still will have some redeeming qualities just because he is there. Fortunately, The Way, Way Back has a lot more going for it than Rockwell alone. There is nothing particularly innovative about this comedy about a lonely, introverted kid named Duncan (Liam James), who is stuck on a holiday from hell with his mom (Toni Collette), her new horrible boyfriend Trent (Steve Cantrell) and the boyfriends almost equally obnoxious teen daughter. It gets worse when they arrive at Trents summer cottage at the beach in Massachusetts where even more torment awaits poor Duncan. This is the kind of situation that brings the Jeffrey Dahmer out of some people. But not here. Just as the poor kid seems on the verge of imploding, he desperately takes a spin on a very girly bike (pink streamers and all) to get away and stumbles upon the rundown Water Wizz water park and its near legendary employee Owen (Rockwell). Owen is everything Duncan is not, a sort of Peter Pan extravert who never takes anything .sca r 50 CENTS The Wa y, W ay Back succeeds without all those special effects Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com July 20, 2013 Salvation in a summer of super heroes IMAGINE DRAGONSORLANDO Dance/pop indie rockers Imagine Dragons come to the UCF Arena Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Go to Ticketmaster.com for more information.ELVIS CONTINENTALS SHOWKISSIMMEE Elvis Presley Continentals are having a Fundraiser Legends Tribute Show, Saturday, July 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Gateway Hotel, 7470 W. U.S. Highway 192. It will be a night of golden oldies rock and roll with many tribute artists. The Sha na na Tribute Band, the Studebakers will be performing and hosting a tribute to Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson,The Everly Brothers, Dion, The Royal Guardsman and more. Dress up as a greaser or pink lady. There will be special parking for classic cars. Admission is $20.,with a $6 voucher for food or drinks included. Proceeds will go to charity For more information call 407-962-0263, firstname.lastname@example.org. or online at www. epcontinentals.comELDON LUX ART GALLERYKISSIMMEE The Kenton Kowboy Classic Organization has partnered with the Florida Cattleman Association to present its 2nd major show of this genre of art. The featured artist for this one man major show is Eldon Lux, a painter of the sights and scenes of the old and still existing central Florida landscape. A former Nebraska Rancher and current Disney artist, Eldon resides in Kenansville and captures the essence of the working cowboy, his spirit and environment. The show opens on Saturday, July 20 at 4-7 p.m. at the Florida Cattlemans Association Building, 800 Shakerag Road. The show will be on exhibit for the month of July. The opening day reception features food and music. The non-profit groups raised money for young artist scholarships as well as preserve the countys agricultural history. MAMA MIAORLANDO The hit musical Mamma Mia! comes to the Bob Carr Auditorium for one week of performances beginning Oct. 3. Tickets start at $41 and are available online at www.OrlandoBroadway.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Fairwinds Broadway Across America Orlando box office located at 100 South Eola Drive, Suite 101 in downtown Orlando or by calling 1-800982-2787. Seen by more than 50 million people around the world, Mamma Mia! is celebrating more See Movie, page B-2 Fox SearchlightThe Way, Way Back Directed by: Faxon, Rash Running time: 100 minutes Rated: PG-13 Park Place A-Liam James is Duncan, a 14-year-old introverted k id stuck on a miserabl e holiday, who f inds s olace at a rundown waterpark and through o ne of its employees, p layed by Sam Rockwell. By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor One of Floridas original theme parks, Marineland Florida, is celebrating its 75th birthday. Located in St. Augustine, the famous marine park has changed through the years and now its primary focus is an underwater experience with the dolphins. Programs include the parks most popular experience, the Immersive Experience, where participants spend time with the dolphins in the shallow water as well as the unique opportunity of swimming with them in deep water. Aided by masks and life vests, its a great way to truly experience the grace and power of the bottlenose dolphin. The 30-minute dolphin encounter is preceded by an educational presentation to prepare guests for the unqiue experience. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Due to demand, spaces may not be available on a walk-in basis. The anniversary celebration includes a special tribute to Nellie, the parks dolphin resident celebrating her 60th year. She was born at the park in 1953 and by far, is the oldest dolphin in human care. Touch & Feed The Touch & Feed program lets guests get up close and personal with one of the resident dolphins. Touch & Feed offers the opportunity to do both. Meet, greet and feed one of the amazing bottlenose dolphins in this fast-paced program. During the up-close experience, guests may Dolphins continue to be the focal point at this classic American theme park Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/icmovies Evil Dead named second horror house See Park, page B-2This fall, Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywoods Halloween Horror Nights will conjure unrelenting evil in elaborately themed haunted mazes based on this years box office hit, Evil Dead. Universal is joining forces with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to deliver more scares for horror fans in the blockbuster remake of the cult classic. Producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell creators of the original Evil Dead film reunited to present this years new vision of the classic horror film. The film follows five 20-something friends who turn a remote cabin in the woods into a blood-soaked chamber of horrors after awakening an ancient demon. Directed by Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead opened No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office, and top 10 for all-time horror remakes. The movie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and now horror fans will get to live it at Halloween Horror Nights. In this lated haunted maze, guests will be transported into the film and face off against a demonic evil that will stop at nothing to consume them. It begins when a mysterious passage from an ancient book is read, releasing an unearthly force of darkness. A pack of violently possessed victims, including the films starring character Mia, wreaks brutal carnage throughout the mazes and guests must make their best attempt to escape. Im thrilled with how popular Evil Universal announces the newest house to the horror lineup at Horror Nights Marineland Florida celebrates 75 years submitted photoThe Evil Dead wil be rising at Halloween Horror Nights this fall. See Horr or page B-2 MarinelandMarineland has an emphasis on an upclose experience with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins with its I mmersive Experience and T ouch & F eed programs. Horror scream queen Felissa Rose and Supernaturals Richard Speight Jr., are just two of the Hollywood Celebrities to be on hand at this years Central Florida Film Festival over the Labor Day weekend in Ocoee. The festival dates are Friday, Aug. 30 thru Sunday, Sep. 1 at the West Orange Cinemas at the corner of McGuire and Route 50. CENFLO will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the horror cult classic, SLEEPWAWAY CAMP, which will screen on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. followed by a question and answer session by the films star, Rose who will also pose for photos after the screening. Felissa played young Angela in the film that has also brought four sequels over the years. Speight, will highlight a short series of films with his movie America 101. Richard will also perform a Q & A with two other filmmakers during the program. An all-day pass to the festival is $25 and includes a medium popcorn and soft drink. Save $5 with online purchase at www.CentralFloridaFilmFestival.com See Scene, page B-3
Page B2, MovieContinued from page B-1HorrorContinued from page B-1 too seriously and soon, Duncans visits to the park turn into a job and his salvation. The Way, Way Back is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the creative team responsible for The Descendants (they won writing Oscars) a memorable George Clooney film from a few years ago. In a summer of excess, blockbuster films that go on for 150 minutes and more, The Way, Way, Back is a film I just didnt want to end. There are so many rich characters here, the kind that populate a great sitcom, you just want to get to know them better and see them again next week. Along with Collette, Rockwell and James (you might remember this kid from TVs The Killing Allison Janey is also outstanding as Trents partying sister Betty. Its one of those roles that is not easily forgettable. The Way, Way Back is a lot like some other recent films. Little Miss Sunshine, Adventureland immediately come to mind, but it has a lot to say in its own way about the human condition and life at 14 and how to survive it. Starlite Film Festival The third annual StarLite Film Festival, taking place Jan. 23 26, at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden has announced deadlines for film submissions. The one-of-a-kind microbudget film festival promotes the screening and development of feature-length narrative films from across the globe that are produced, shot and completed for a total budget under $200,000. Over the course of four days, the film festival will feature hand-selected films screened at the Garden Theatre. Entry rates: 7/31 $20 mail/$15 online; 8/27 $25 mail/$20; 9/26 $30 mail/$25 regular deadline: 10/30 $45 mail/$30. For full submission instructions, visit starlitefilmfest.com. get wet, so it is strongly recommend wearing suitable attire. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Due to demand, spaces may not be available on a walk-in basis. Behind the Scenes Tour The Behind the Seas is actually three tours in one: Its a great way to learn more about Marineland Dolphin Adventures unique and fascinating history spanning nearly 75 years, starting prior to its 1938 grand opening as an underwater film studio, and featuring actual materials and artifacts from the parks extensive archives. Generations have enjoyed historic Marineland Dolphin Adventure, and this is a good way to learn about those glory years too in and around the new, modern facility. Guests will also have the opportunity to see and learn more about Marinelands pioneering work in aquatic animal research and the advancement of life support systems for aquatic environments, which today is an advanced science. Finally, guests will a lso enjoy new exhibits featuring live animals of the Southeast region of the United States, and will absorb information on the importance of the Gulf Stream, ecosystems, conservation and invasive species like lion fish, green moray eels, jellyfish, lobsters and other species wreaking havoc on native populations along the eastern seaboard. General Admission $9.95 for adults ages 13 and above, $5.95 for children (ages 3-12), $8.95 for seniors (60+) Behind the Seas Admission $17 for adults ages 13 and above, $8 for children (ages 3-12), $14.50 for seniors (60+) For more information and prices on other tours go to the parks website at www. marineland.net. Disney on Ice Okay, Disney on Ice is not a theme park, but it certainly is related. You can enter the world of Ariel, Prince Erice, Prince Philip, Sleeping Beauty and more at Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes at the Amway Center Sept. 13-15. All of the beloved Disney princesses will be on hand, and the heroes too as they do battlle with some famous villains as well. All on ice, the show features high flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends. Tickets start at $16 at DisneyOnIce.com. Show Times: Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets: $55 Front Row, $37 VIP, $27, $24, $16 (Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included.) All seats are reserved, and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740. Park Continued from page B-1 Dead has become with horror fans, and its exciting that its coming to life at Universals Halloween Horror Nights, said Fede Alvarez, director of this years Evil Dead film. Just like the film, this haunted maze is going to be over-the-top, in-your-face and completely outrageous and I cant wait to see it. The Evil Dead series is iconic, and this latest film has set the scare factor to 11, said Michael Aiello from Universal Orlandos Entertainment team. These haunted mazes will be just as intense and unapologetically terrifying, and I cant wait for my fellow horror fans to venture inside and live the unyielding horror theyve seen in the film. Watching Evil Deads unrelenting horror unfold in movie theatres was undoubtedly an unnerving experience, but with Halloween Horror Nights, were taking it one step further, said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood. Fans of Evil Dead will feel like theyve left the safety of the theatre and stepped through the screen into a living horror movie where the films demonic characters are coming for them. Our incredibly immersive and highly disturbing maze experience will come to life with the same attention to detail and production value of the film and will be the ultimate thrill for horror movie fans. Universals Halloween Horror Nights has a more than 20-year history of creating an incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experience that is consistently rated the nations best. The event features highlythemed, disturbingly-real haunted houses that are based on everything from hit films to worst nightmares -and streets filled with hundreds of specially-trained scareactors. Additional details about Universals Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Howl-O-Scream Universal has been delivering scares for 20 years, but Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Tampa has also had its share of thrills for more than a decade. Horror fans can take the horror a bit further through Facebook. Through a series of polls, Howl-O-Scream Facebook fans will vote on several elements of a brand new haunted house Death Water Bayou. Deep in the bayou the #6 Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows, and travelers must get out before they fall victim to her spell. Facebook fans will have the opportunity to vote on three key elements of Death Water Bayou, including voodoo doll designs, mask designs and even the name of the town where Death Water Bayou is located. Voting has already begun on the HowlO-Scream Facebook page and takes place in a series of three Facebook polls over the course of three weeks. Opening weekend for Howl-O-Scream 2013 is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 3-5, 1012, 17-19 and 24-26. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Busch Gardens 335 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun and the chance to ride adrenaline-fuelled coasters at night, including Floridas first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2013. For a limited time, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2013 is $47. Or, if youre scared to go alone, you and three friends can save on a pack of four tickets to Howl-OScream on Thursdays for only $30 per person. Busch Gardens Tampa pass members can take advantage of their exclusive discount on any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream for only $37. Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit HowlOScream.com or call 1-888-800-5447. Best of Osceola The Readers have spoken and the winners Are... 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Saturday, July 20, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Technically SpeakingSceneContinued from page B-1 than 4,000 perfo rmances in its twelfth smash hit year on Broadway and remains one of Broadways top selling musicals. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBAs songs from Dancing Queen and S.O.S. to Money, Money, Money and Take a Chance on Me, MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.HISTORY VOLUNTEERSKISSIMMEE The Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Volunteers will educate the community and visitors to show what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. If you can spare 1-3 hours per week, consider being a volunteer in any number roles with the organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Juana Kelly at 407-396-8644 TV is finally going to the dogs with new network By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor My dog Chester, probably because he has a pedigree and is above such things, cant be bothered with the goings on of Americas Got Talent or Keeping up with the Kardashians. But I have known a few dogs w ho were a vid TV watchers, canines that would actually come running down a flight of stairs because their favorite commercial (the one for Chuck Wagon dog food immediately comes to mind) whenever the music for the commercial was blaring over the speakers. Well sleep now all of you Chihuahuas, poodles and Pomeranians. DogTV is on the way. The channel will be available in some locales and can be viewed online as well. Started by a group of dog experts, DogTV is a 24-hour TV channel, created to help dogs with separation anxiety and to keep them company when their owners are away. According to their website, DogTV.com, DogTV will be an ideal babysitter for home alone dogs. Research shows that dogs feel better when the TV is on, especially with the right content. Big screen high definition televisions have apparently aided a boom in TV watching for dogs. The higher resolution not only gives humans a better picture, but our canine friends as well. While some of my canine buddies from the past have always sworn by Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, this 2013 dog programming will emphasize three areas: relaxation, stimulation and exposure. The relaxation programming, the site says, will help dogs relax, reduce their stress level and keep them calm through soothing music, sounds and visuals. Stimulation programming uses stimulating scenes with and without other animals, animation sequences and a variety of moving objects to stimulate the dogs. Great care is taken to use just the rights sounds and frequencies to encourage the dogs playfulness even when home alone, the web site continues. Finally, there is exposure programming. Yes, I know what your thinking. This must be the programming featuring a Dalmatian in a polka-dot thong. I guess that wont happen until dogs get their own adult channel. Again, according to the website, DogTV uses special sounds and visuals to help habituate the dog and make him more comfortable in his environment, by exposing him to different day-to-day stimuli. Programming is broken down into 3 to 6 minute segments that are designed to provide the right balance of a dogs human owners routines as well as their own. The website has a whole question and answer session on why TV viewing is good for dogs coving varied topics such as is Dog TV for all breeds (apparently, yes) and why cant you just pop a DVD in and let your dog watch Lassie on his own. DogTV is also available online, through a streaming service www.dogtv.com/ online, and through Roku boxes. In addition, DogTV is gearing up for its nationwide launch via cable and satellite. DogTV is a pay channel. The monthly cost varies by cable provider and is between $5.99/month $9.99/month (or $9.99 for the online streaming service and Roku). You can view some free sample broadcasts of DogTV at www.youtube.com/user/ DOGTVWORLD. Netflix Emmy s H istory was made this week when for the first time, original Internet programming received nominations from the Emmy Awards. Netflix, the streaming online service, received several nods this week, including best drama for its original drama series House of Cards. Netflix also picked up nominations for Arrested Development (best actor Jason Bateman) as well as two more nominations for Hemlock Grove. It doesnt seem like it was all that long ago that HBO and Showtime were always on the outside looking in when it came to the award shows. Now they dominate. HBOs Game of Thrones, picked up a slew of nominations, while other non-Broadcast network favorites Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Homeland vie once again for the best drama award. PBSs Downton Abbey also got a best drama nomination. The four major networks were shut out of the drama category completely. There wont be any canine newly inspired feature films such as Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark, but DogTV will f eature programs geared toward canines in segments 3 to 6 minutes long.DogTV offers a variety of programming for home alone dogs 071313.SNG 072013.SNGIntroducingCELEBRATIONCOSMETIC SURGERYSFull Cosmetic Surgery M ed S palive beautifully... MEN Call about hair removal specialsOther services availableCall to make your appointment407-965-2558www.celebration-cosmeticsurgery.com(across from Celebration near Arabian Nights & Kobe Japanese Steak House) Laser Hair Removalfor Lip, Chin, or Underarms6 treatments for $89 (per area)Limit one per person. 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Page B4, Whats new? Greater Republican Womens NetworkThe Greater Republican Womens Network will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the St. Cloud Heritage Museum 1012 Massachusetts Ave, St. Cloud. Everyone is Welcome to attend for a tour and lunch. There is a donation asked for the tour. After the tour, lunch will be at a local restaurant, a la carte. RSVP to JoniDougherty@aol. com. Free document shreddingThere will be a free document shredding again from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at the park and ride lot behind Hess Station on Shady Lane at the Floridas Turnpike entrance off U.S. Highway 192. Its hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-932-2037.Democratic organizations The Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in the Osceola County administration building room 4727 in the Courthouse Complex, 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee. Guests are always welcome. The Democrats of Celebration (DOC) will meet Wednesday, July 24. The social gathering is at 6:45 p.m., followed by meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 851 Celebration Ave, Celebration. The guest speaker will be Vivian Rodriguez, who is the field constituent representative in U.S. Congressman Alan Graysons Osceola office.Poinciana Predator fundraiserOn July 27, there will be a yard sale benefitting the Poinciana Predators youth football/cheer league at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., there will be a BBQ in the Park. The events will be at Vance Harmon Park, 50 Country Club Road in Poinciana.Kissimmee Writers GroupThe Kissimmee Writers Group is looking for fiction writers and authors of all genres. Attendance is free and open to everyone, from aspiring writer to published author. The group motto is Writers Helping Writers, and member benefits include education, critique, networking, and support. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Hart Memorial Library in downtown Kissimmee, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at email@example.com. Ahoy Travel ClubThe Ahoy Carefree Travel Club meetings will be at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays at the Kissimmee Moose Lodge, 1019 N. Main St. Lunch is available. No membership fee is required. Travel includes day bus trips, overnights, cruises and international travel. For additional information, call Donna, liaison officer, at 407-5692118 or email dparkins8@gmail. com Shiloh Church free marketShiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 604 N. John Young Parkway, will hold a free market Aug. 10, at 7 a.m. D onations are being a ccepted until Aug. 3. Volunteers are needed from Aug. 5-9. Call 407-932-1898, 407-8910866 or 407-201-6912.Solid Rock Church adult connectionSolid Rock Church of Gods Young Adult Connection (YAC) Campus Ministry will host a workshop for those in high school or those transitioning from high school to college July 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1904 Michigan Ave., Kissimmee. Guest speakers are Andy Oguntola, assistant director of admissions at Valencia College, and Tracie Godfrey, Bridges to Success Program, Valencia College. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. For more information contact Solid Rock Church of God at 407-847-3500.Edward Jones supports school supply drive Those wishing to donate school supplies to the Education Foundation of Osceola may drop them off at the Edward Jones branch office of Rob Rosen, 109 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee, through Aug. 16. The items needed for the schoolsupply drive include: crayons, pencils, markers, scissors, glue, sharpeners, erasers, paper, notebooks, folders and backpacks.DAV informationThe members meeting for the DAV is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The next DAV auxiliary meeting is Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. The organization will have Fun OKe with Billy OKe July 27 starting at 1 p.m. Finger foods are welcomed. The DAV Service officer is here every Tuesday at noon until 4 p.m. Wednesday is ladies night. Special drink prices for the ladies! Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday. Wear your red shirt to how your support for our military troops serving overseas. The second and fourth Friday of the month is $1 long necks for those who come in wearing a red shirt. Barnyard meat bingo is the first and third Saturday of the month starting at noon. We are located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee. Contact 407-846-4141 for more information.SC soccer teams seek playersThe St. Cloud Soccer Club seeks players for its U15 and U16 boys teams. To schedule a tryout, contact Brian Cecil at saintcloudstampede@ gmail.com.SC soccer registrationRegistration for the upcoming 2013-14 St. Cloud Soccer Club season is available online at www.stcloudsoccer.com. The age chart and fees are listed on the website. Payment is available online through Visa or MasterCard. Checks may be mailed. Register at the soccer field on the following dates: July 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. or Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those who are interested in coaching, contact Janice Lavigne at firstname.lastname@example.org.Medical Center Auxiliary saleThe Osceola Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will conduct a $6 sale to benefit the auxiliary Sunday, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in hospital classrooms A and B. There will be show specials and name brand products, including fashion accessories, jewelry, gadgets, gifts and much more. There will be factory direct prices and values up to 80 percent below retail. The public is invited to attend. The ORMC Auxiliary is composed of volunteer men and women who provides services within the hospital. They sponsor various fundraising events for scholarships, The American Cancer Society, Wounded War Heroes. Give Kids the World and other causes.Poinciana Predator fundraiserOn July 27, there will be a yard sale benefitting the Poinciana Predators youth football/cheer league at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., there will be a BBQ in the Park. The events will be at Vance Harmon Park, 50 Country Club Road in Poinciana.Kissimmee Writers GroupThe Kissimmee Writers Group is looking for fiction writers and authors of all genres. Attendance is free and open to everyone, from aspiring writer to published author. The group motto is Writers Helping Writers, and member benefits include education, critique, networking, and support. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Hart Memorial Library in downtown Kissimmee, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at email@example.com. The Lets Dance Ballroom ClubThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets every Wednesday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, located at 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud. In July, we will feature night club two step lessons for five weeks. Class meets Wednesday, 17, July 24 and 31. Class starts promptly at 7 p.m. Come early to register. For more information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-738-7546.Sons of Confederate VeteransThe Jacob Summerlin Camp 1516 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at Fat Boys restaurant in St. Cloud. Meetings start at 7 p.m.. See www.JacobSummerlin.org for further information.American Cancer Society looking for volunteersThe American Cancer Society is looking for at least 300,000 adults who want to make a direct impact in the fight against cancer. In partnership with the Leesburg Regional Medical Center, The Villages Regional Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the Central Florida Regional Hospital and the Osceola Regional Medical Center have been selected as one of a limited number of communities nationwide where people can enroll in the Cancer Prevention Study-3. Visit www.seeuthere.com/ cps3enroll/orlfl or call 1-888-6045888. Fun Seekers Travel ClubThe Fun Seekers Travel Club meets the second Monday of every month at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. The meeting will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Day Trips, overnights and cruises will be discussed. For more information on trips or about the club, call 407-846-0088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website grouptravelspecialistskiss. comSt. Cloud Soccer Club fall recreation registrationRegistration for the upcoming 2013-14 soccer season has begun. Players can register online at www.stcloudsoccer.com. The age chart and fees are listed on the website. You also can register at the soccer field on the following dates: July 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 is the last day you can register online. Tryouts will be June 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for both boys and girls that wish to play in one of our travel teams. Tryouts will be at 2701 Missouri Ave., St. Cloud. Teams start at 8 to 18 years old. 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 Wednesdays, dinner specials will run from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursdays there is free pool, dinner specials from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursdays there is free pool; dinner specials from 5 to 8 p.m.; $1 drafts. Trivia game night is at 8 p.m. On Fridays, there is free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m., Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners on the first and third weeks from 5 to 8 p.m., and karaoke at 8 p.m. On Saturdays, RoadKill Bingo will take place on the first and third weeks, N.Y. strip steak will be available 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. Post 80 is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 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 our only goal. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-572-1261.American Legion Post 10 EventsThe American Legion Post 10 Kissimmee holds the following events: All veterans and family are welcome. We will honor all military membership cards (VFW, DAV, etc.) and active duty ID cards. Sunday is game day, at 1 p.m., free pool, bowling, ping pong, and more. On Mondays at 7 p.m. there is a free Texas Holdem Tourney for points, food is served. Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. is karaoke; bingo at 5:30 p.m.(open to public), food is served. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, Barnyard Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 5:30, Bingo (open to public), food is served. On Fridays, there are seafood dinners from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., live bands and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. On Saturdays, there are full course dinners from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., live bands and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Legion will pay the first years membership for any veteran or active duty soldier who has served during the Gulf War era. (January 31, 1990 to present). Our hall and/ or kitchen are available to the public for weddings, etc. SAL meetings changed to first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407847-4193.Eagles 4048 bingoThe Eagles 4048 group will be playing bingo Sundays at 4 p.m. at 15 W. Darlington Ave., Kissimmee. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 407-846-4990. 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. 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.Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends of the Library meet the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members Celebrating veterans Those wishing to donate school supplies to the Education Foundation of Osceola may drop them off at the Edward Jones branch office of Rob Rosen, 109 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee, through Aug. 16. The items needed for the school-supply drive include: crayons, pencils, markers, scissors, glue, sharpeners, erasers, paper, notebooks, folders and backpacks.School support News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanCelebration veterans march in Celebrations July 4th parade. Later in the day, things became more futuristic, as the theme for this years Independence Day celebration was sci-fi. Whats happening? C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com See Community, page B-5
Saturday, July 20, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 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 LibraryThe 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.Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free anonymous support group for bi-polar, depression, anxiety disorders, their families and friends. It meets every Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud, second floor in the Barbara U. Thornton Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. For more information, call (day) 407-847-7420, 407-891-7099 or (night) 407-730-5641.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 Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) and of the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association (FLSHPA) can qualify to pitch at the tournaments. Tournament director Vickie Marteney may be contacted at 321-297-1802. More information is available at the NHPA website. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom Gowan at 321-443-6871.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. 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.DARThe Joshua Stevens Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. The group welcomes visitors. Anyone interested in learning more about DAR or need help in searching for possible family members who fought in the war, contact Lori at 407-694-5277 or Carole at 407-846-1992 for more information.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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.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 email@example.com.Take Pounds Off SensiblyTake Pounds Off Sensibly, or T.O.P.S., is a support group to 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, 407-957-2865. CommunityContinued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 YES! 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Page B6, CommunityContinued from Page B5 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 407-957-9839.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.Friends Who CareThe Friends Who Care 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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org..Community OrchestraThe Osceola Community Orchestra welcomes orchestra musicians high school age and older to our Monday evening rehearsals at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. For more information, contact Bill Lauer at 407-8925011.Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate RoseThe Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate Rose is an independent support group to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and local camps thereof. It is nonprofit, nonracial, nonpolitical and nonsectarian. Confederate ancestry is not required for membership. It assists SCV with its historical, educational, benevolent and social functions. Special emphasis is placed on the preservation of Confederate symbols. The meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Library, Barbara Thornton Room, in St. Cloud. For more information, email email@example.com 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. The St. Cloud Line Dance Club The St. Cloud Line Dance Club, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, meets: Monday, novice (2-2:30 p.m.); beginner 2:30-3 p.m.); intermediate (3-5 p.m.). Thursday, novice (5:30-6 p.m.); beginner (6-7 p.m.); intermediate (7-9 p.m.). Its a $1 donation for the day. Call Glenda Brown at 407744-3892 for more information. Osceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twice-monthly meetings. The club will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Osceola Center for the Arts in the Edward Moore Studio at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ackyi7.Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai Chi and qigong (Chinese yoga) classes being offered by Madame Wu Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Barney Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All classes taught by donation. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407-7387001. Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, a dult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.Osceola Stamp ClubThe Osceola Stamp Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Come trade, sell and meet other stamp collectors. New members are welcome and needed to keep the club going. For more information, call Charles Frazer at 407-2014192.Osceola Coin ClubThe group will meet at Broadway Pizza in the side room every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The group will be for trading, selling or buying coins for those interested. Call Ron at 407944-9718 for information. Free Medicare counselingSHINE Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be sponsoring free, unbiased counseling at the following locations on Medicare, Medigap/ HMO, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and long-term care insurance. All counseling is first-come, first-served. Bring with you a list of all your medications or Rx bottles, insurance card, and red, white and blue Medicare card. All dates are subject to change. ation Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, 407-8468532, from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month. St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, 407-957-7392, the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon. OSCAR ToastmastersOSCAR Toastmaster s meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Realtors Association training room, 105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. You do not need to be a Realtor to join group to hone your speaking skills. For more information, contact Betty Dobbie at 407846-4500.Osceola Republican PartyThe Osceola Republican Party meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 804 Emmett St. at 7 p.m. For more information call 407-846-8889.In Step with the SpiritThe In Step With the Spirit organization, a Christ-centered recovery group for alcohol and drugs, meets 6:30 to 7:30 Thursdays at the Osceola Christian Ministry Center, 700 Union St., Kissimmee. For more information, call Richard Burton at 407-9449968. Ministry medical clinicThe Osceola Christian Ministry at 700 Union St., Kissimmee, offers a medical clinic most Thursday mornings. It serves the uninsured and people with a family income at or below the 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 9 a.m. and it can serve eight to nine people. It also has a Tuesday afternoon clinic once a month, which serves adults only. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. To confirm the hours for either clinic for the week, call 407944-9968 for the correct information. Quilt GuildThe Patchers of Time quilt guild meets monthly on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192. Meetings include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers and prizes. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. For more information, call Debbie at 407-346-6086.Celebrate Recovery at First Christian Church of KissimmeeCelebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; anger; self-esteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information, call 407-847-2543 or visit www. f cckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab). Toho FriendsToho Friends meet at noon the second Thursday of every month with a covered dish lunch and Bingo at the Parks and Recreation Building, 717 N. Palm Ave. All seniors are welcome. The Craft Club meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the same building. Come work on your crafts or just visit. Crochet, embroider or whatever you enjoy doing. Fun cards meets every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. All seniors are welcome. For information, call Elaine at 407-847-8970, or Lois at 407-846-2848.The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War meets at the Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every other month except for January and July. In those months, the group meets on the second Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.c4dofsuvcw.org/ camp4officers.htmlOvereaters AnonymousOvereaters A nonymous, fellowship for those recovering from compulsive eating, meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Call 321-443-2362 or visit www.oacfi.org for more information.Alcoholics AnonymousThe Osceola Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup Office carries all the literature and books that are available for See Community, page B-7 111012.SNG And Cremation Services rfntbbt btf C fwww.conradandthompson.com 042013.SNG Serving the Sunset of Life with Dignity and Care New Horizon Funeral Chapel and Cremation 407-891-2300 www.newhorizonfuneralchapel.com Michael Morales, LFD/Owner Family Owned & Operated ~ Hablamos Espaol FISKFUNERAL HOME & CREMATORYEstablished 1915ARE YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER? Everything You Want to Know About Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery PlanningJoin us to get answers to all your questions. rfr ntbtfr This Information Seminar will be Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:30 am at:The Catfish Place2324 13th St., St. Cloud, FL 34769072013.TNG 072013.SNGOpen House SeminarOn Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM at Porta Coeli2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34773Porta CoeliFuneraria y CrematorioCordially invites you to attend a special workshop:ARE YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER? Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling Porta Coeli at 407-846-2804 Or feel free to stop in and registerLunch will be served following seminar.Seating is Limited Call today to reserve your seat.407-846-2804 Obituaries For daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comBRZEZINSKI Mr. Philip L. Brzezinski, 74, of Kissimmee, FL passed away on We dnesday, July 17, 2013 at his residence. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home and Crematory, 3175 Pleasant Hill Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746. www.osceolamemgds.com HIRACHE TA-PEREZ, FELIPE Felipe Hiracheta-Perez, 80, of Kissimmee passed away Monday, July 15, 2013. He was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and moved to Kissimmee in 1958 from Mexico He was a retired selfemployed sub-contractor and a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kissimmee. Felipe is survived by his sons: Lupe, Jesus, Simon, Johnny, Roy, Michael all of Kissimmee and David of Pelam, Georgia; daughter: Aurora of Orlando, Florida; sister: Marg arita of Monterey, Mexico and Chencha of Mexico; several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Percival De Ve ra as Celebrant, 1603 N. Thacker A ve., Kissimmee, Florida 34741. The Hiracheta-Perez family is being cared for by Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, and Cremation Services, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741 407-847-3188 www.conradandthompson.com PISCITELLOEvelyn Marie Piscitello, 82, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on Monday, July 15, 2013. She was born on December 5, 1930. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph. She is survived by her sons Ralph (Kate) Piscitello, Tony Piscitello, Pete (Joan) Piscitello, and Vinnie (Vickie) Piscitello, daughter; Elicia (Kevin) Morg an, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Condolences may be offere d at woodlawnfuneralhome gotha.com. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America. The family would like to thank the staff at Consulate Health Care. SALLEY Ti mothy David Salley, of Berwick, LA, passed away after a brief illness on July 17, 2013. He was born in Kewanee, IL, November 20, 1955, to Alan R. Salley and Florence Hawthorne Salley. He is survived by his sisters, Patricia Cierebiej, Barbara Long and Janice Miller, and brothe r, Thomas Salley. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Russell and Fred Salley. Ti m grew up in St. Cloud and graduated from St. Cloud High in 1973. He was a meat cutter for Wal-Mart in Berwick until he retired. Ti m enjoyed drawing, portrait photography and cooking for friends and family. Inte rm ent will be held in St. Cloud at a later date. SNYDER, RICHARDL. Richard L. Snyder (age 69) Passed away We dnesday, July 17, 2013, in Kissimmee FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughte r. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Patricia A. Snyder; 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Dayton, OH. Arrangements being provided by Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home in Kissimmee, Florida 34741 407-847-3188 www.conradandthompson.com
Saturday, July 20, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 Community Continued from Page B-6 the AA groups here in the county to buy and use. It also maintains a 24-hour phone line. Anyone who wants help with a drinking problem can call a 24-hour line at 407-870-8282. Callers can find where the nearest meeting is. There are no dues or fees.Volunteer child advocates neededInterested in helping a child? Volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. For more information, contact Linder Snider, volunteer program coordinator at 407742-6656 or linder.snider@ gal.fl.gov.Dames to meetThe Osceola Confederate Dames No. 2684 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Monday night of each month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are at the Osceola County Sheriffs Community Room. Membership is open to females age 16 years and older with documentation of an ancestor who served in or provided material aid to the Confederate Army. For more information, call 407-361-0984.The Spirit of 76 Gun Club of Central FloridaThe Spirit of Gun Club of Central Floridameets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, 5310 Michigan Ave, in St. Cloud. For more information or to RSVP, call Jed Suhl at 407908-0568.Al-Anon meetingsSt. Cloud Al-Anon meetings are Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at 16 E. 17th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-346-7103 for more information.Hospice offers bereavement groupsNonprofit Cornerstone Hospice has announced three bereavement support groups in Osceola County for people w ho have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The groups are completely free and the only requirement is to call ahead of time to preregister. Its the first Monday of each month from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Call Cornerstone to preregister for any of these three groups at 407-206-2273Hospice volunteers neededVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the Central Florida area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. For more information, call 407-691-4541 or email central.floridavolunteers @vitas.com. IOOF to meetThe Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Cloud Lodge No. 66, 1122 New York Ave., St. Cloud, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. For more information, call 407-891-0773 or 321722-3381. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.St. Cloud Shuffleboard ClubPractice at the St. Cloud shuffleboard courts, 701 Ohio St. St. Cloud, is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Games are at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 407-498-0603. Leave a message if there is no answer. Duplicate Bridge: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.Contact Jim Davis by calling 407-348-4399. Euchre:Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kevin Fryback at 321 624-4546. Pinochle: Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Contact Bobbi Clement by calling 407892-2749. Cribbage: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Dave Roberts by calling 407-892-2087. Mahjong: Tuesday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Contact LouSee Community, page B-8 R ROOFING Locally Owned FREE EstimatesLic# CCC057668Qualty roofing at affordable prices! 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! 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Page B8, CommunityContinued from Page B-7 ise Owens by calling 407-9578733. Club dues are free for the first year and then its $20 per year. It covers all shuffling and card games. Toastmaster ClubThe OSCAR Toastmaster Club is inviting the public to improve and polish their speaking skills and make new friends at the same time. It is not necessary to be a Realtor. It meets every Monday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Osceola County Association of Realtors Building at 1105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. Call Betty at 407846-4500 or just walk in. Dance ClubThe English Country Dance Club meets every second Saturday year round at the St. Cloud Senior Citizens Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn to dance early English style dances, no partner is needed, and beginners are welcome. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a snack to share. For more information call Diana Kehr at 407-847-6055.St. Cloud Friends of the LibraryThe Friends of the St. Cloud Branch Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon on the upper level of the library. The main purpose is to promote the library. It also has a St. Cloud Book Club that meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Thats located at U.S. Highway 192 and Indiana Street in St. Cloud. If you are interested in reading good books and meeting interesting people, come join the group.Council zumba classThe Osceola County Council on Aging is offering two weekly zumba classes at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The first class is for seniors and is every Friday from 9-10 a.m. The cost of each class is $3. The second class is held Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The cost for the second class is $5. Individuals interested in participating or for more information, call 407-847-2144. VITAS needs volunteersVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or e-mail central.floridavolunteers @vitas. com for more information.Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older are invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. For more information, call Phyllis Brannaman at 407847-2744. 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