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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Lifestyles Editor Peter Covino reviews Tom Cruises Oblivion on Blu-ray... Page B-1Lifestyles Pole vaulting champ leads All-County boys track teamPage A-9Sports 117TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS JULY 27, 2013 County presents tentative budgetOsceola County began its annual process of approving a balanced budget this week. The budget for fiscal 2013-14 will be finalized in September, the final month of the fiscal year. See page A-2 Index CountyPa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A9, 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 riesHow much money do you plan on spending for school supplies this year? At least $25. At least $50. At least $100. More than $100. Vote at www.around osceola.com Police Attempted robbery suspect still sought The Kissimmee Police Department continues to look for a suspect who attempted to rob a West U.S. Highway 192 pawnshop on July 5 but fled when the attempted robbery was thwarted as an employee fired a gun at the robber. See page A-3 For the latest activities, events and classes see ...Page B-4 Community By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter Hotel and motel owners on West U.S. Highway 192 said they are fighting to clean up their businesses, but they claim they are getting little help from Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputies. The U.S. 192 Hotel/Motel Association and 10 other hotel and motel owners filed a lawsuit July 19 against the Osceola County Sheriffs Office for failing to remove disruptive guests or those who wont pay. Many use their room as a permanent home. The Osceola County Sheriffs Office was waiting to receive the lawsuit that attorney Marc Jones, representing the hotel and motel owners, said should arrive soon. The forced removal of a guest is the last step for hotel owners under Florida law. Owners can remove a guest who is dealing or possessing illegal drugs on property, is intoxicated, profane, lewd and disturbs other guests, is involved in a brawl on property, stays past their check out time or fails to pay the owner of the hotel/motel. The owner must send that guest a notice stating that they no longer want them on their property and must leave immediately. If the guest does not leave, then the owner calls law enforcement to arrest and remove the guest from the hotel. For many West U.S. 192 hotels and motels, that is where they claim the enforcement is lacking. In their lawsuit, West 192 lodging owners suing Sheriffs Office for not removing problem guests News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanAn O sceola County S heriffs Office deputy patrol car cruises eastbound past the Maple L eaf Motel on U.S. Highway 192 Wednesday afternoon. The Maple Leaf is one of several hotels and motels along the highway that have jointly f iled suit a gainst the Sheriffs Office for what they claim to be a failure to remove non-paying or disorderly g uests. See Suing, page A-6 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Having an active warrant for failing to appear in court for a simple misdemeanor charge means constantly looking over ones shoulder, and being extremely anxious when applying for a job or providing other information. Any passing police officer could step up and handcuff someone with an outstanding warrant, and that person wouldnt be able to see a judge or contact anyone until bail is arranged. That just adds to the courts caseload, spreading the resources of law enforcement, lawyers and the courts thin. But thanks to a joint effort between Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputies, probation and court departments, some of the thousands of active misdemeanor warrants will be easily adjudicated Wednesday at Fugitive Safe Surrender Day at the Kissimmee Civic Center. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., those with outstanding non-violent charges will have the ability to have their cases adjudicated in a non-threatening environment, one less threatening than the county courthouse, where someone could face arrest if they came without a court appointment. Safe Surrender Day does not offer amnesty, rather a chance to get favorable consideration from the court for coming forward. It debuted last year in Osceola County, and more than 60 individuals cleared t heir warrants. Most received reduced fines or probation requirements and new court dates as an alternative to going to jail. Some were lucky enough to plead out their case and close it with no further action required. County Court Judge Stefania Jancewicz will head up the program again this year. Shell Joint effort offering possible leniency in Safe Surrender Day News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanA public defender, left, and his client, right, who both wished not to be identified, stand before Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Stefania Jancewicz via live video feed during last years Fugitive Safe Surrender Day. During the event, 4,000 people with misdemeanor warrants in Osceola County were invited to the Kissimmee Civic Center to clear outstanding warrants and arrange future court dates. See Surrender, page A-6 By Tremne Triplett For the News-Gazette The film industry brings lights, cameras, action, cash and opportunities to Osceola County. The state of Florida, and Osceola County in particular, is a favorite among film and commercial makers, and interest in the area continues to grow as directors look for economical locations and professional local crews and talent to produce pieces. Popular television shows, such as TLCs Breaking Amish and MTVs Teen Mom 3 were shot in the county this year, along with commercials and independent film projects. While the idea of camera crews filming a favorite TV show or a catchy commercial may bring visions of Hollywood stardom to some, the economic impact to the area is indisputable. A three-day commercial shoot has a local impact of $200,000, said Sheena Fowler, director of film and digital media, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. Its three days of hotels, offices, wardrobe, city services (like the police), locals for extras and crew, she said. The TV series, From the Earth to the Moon, starring Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy and L ane S mith, w as filmed in the area for more than eight months. It generated $36 million dollars for the local economy, said Fowler, whose nonprofit organization bridges the gap between community and production for the city of Orlando, Osceola, Orange, Lake and Seminole counties. Its not one big check, she said. Its a trickle effect. When a crew moves into a community, they have to spend money there.Osceola County drawing in lights, camera, action See Film, page A-7 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Bad news for Osceola County homeowners: Property taxes will likely be going up by a small amount this year. But theres good news in that: Property went up in value in 2012, meaning homeowners may have some equity in their houses for the first time since about 2008 in most cases. For the first time since Property Appraiser Katrina Scarborough took office after the 2008 election, she submitted a preliminary tax roll that showed an increase in property values in the county compared to last year. Total valuations rose by $685 million to a projected total more than $17 billion for 2013, still off from the $26 billion reported in fiscal 2009 but a sign that the economy, and in particular the real estate market, are seeing signs of relief. Those higher values mean more collected in ad valorem taxes those tied Property values rose in 2012, appraiser reports See Property, page A-5 Local nonprofits asking for help to feed hungry school children Osceola Connected, a network of local nonprofit organizations, has been able to feed hungry children in Osceola County schools for every weekend of the school year. But, this year, feeding them has become more of a challenge. See page A-5 Local
Page A2, By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Osceola County began its annual process of approving a balanced budget this week. The budget for fiscal 201314 will be finalized in September, the final month of the fiscal year. The proposed budget at $775.2 million is smalle r than the 2012-13 budget that came in at $844.59 million, but it contains no decreases in services or increases in tax rates. But it does include cost of living increases for county workers, their first in four years, and the replacement of some capital equipment. For the first time in more than five years, the preliminary tax roll showed a 3.88 percent increase in property values across the county, according to a press release from Property Appraiser Katrina Scarboroughs office, ending a trend that saw that figure fall from around $26 billion in 2009 to $17 billion within the last year. That will result in a $5 million increase in ad valorem revenues available; nearly $115 million is expected to be collected. Expenditures across the county have increased by $4 million, and the amount going into reserves will be increasing for the first time in a long time, Assistant County Manager Donna Renberg reported to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The county building fund is expected to grow by $1.47 million, reflecting an increase in building fees. That is nothing but good news, Renberg said. Its a good sign for Osceola County that building is on the increase. Among the countys projections, the general fund millage rate will remain constant at 6.700 mills. Commissioners will vote to approve the rate Sept. 4. Some expenditures will increase. An additional $1.9 million in operation funds is budgeted to meet Lynx bus ridership and increased health care plan needs for county employees. Personal Services will increase by $4.8 million to provide the 2 percent raise for non-union employees to meet increased payments to the Florida Retirement System and workers compensation rates mandates by the state. The county also anticipated adding as many as 11 new full-time employees made necessary by an increase in activity and demand, mostly in the parks and building engineering departments. Commissioner Fred Hawkins said the county might have to get more competitive soon in luring employees. With the economy turning, we may have employees looking to going back into the private sector, he said. Hawkins said he also was happy to hear that the countys Fire Rescue operations will receive an additional $2,135,000 to complete station renovations and start new ones. Im glad to see this, weve had places in temporary stations for a long time, she said. The special revenue funds budget is down $48 million, mostly from a $34 million reduction in transportation impact fees, a revenue source eliminated for good last year. Those existing funds are frozen and in the process of getting closed out, Renberg said. Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington asked that her departments budget include a line item to update voting equipment. She said the countys cost would be only $217,000, with the rest coming from money the Elections Office saved in recent years. We wanted to wait to get out of a presidential election County presents tentative budget See County, page A-7 Thank You to all our loyal patients who voted us Best of Osceola again this year! 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Saturday, July 27, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The Kissimmee Police Department continues to look for a suspect who attempted to rob a West U.S. Highway 192 pawnshop on July 5, but fled when the attempted robbery was thwarted as an employee fired a gun at the robber. KPD is in search of a male who entered the Queen of Pawns, 1700 W. Vine St., between 11 a.m. and noon Friday wearing a green long sleeved shirt, black pants and a black shirt around his head. He pulled up in a grey Ford SUV, police spokesperson Stacie Miller said. A store clerk produced a gun and fired at the suspect, causing the suspect to flee in the opposite direction of Vine Street. The clerk and another person in the store, possibly another employee, suffered minor injuries. An officer on scene said that other person might have been grazed in the hand by the clerks gunshot. It was unknown if the suspect was injured. Guests at a hotel across the street said they couldnt or wouldnt say if they witnessed the suspect flee, at most saying they noticed the commotion of police activity at the pawnshop after the fact. Surveillance video captured an image of the man running entering the store, but the dark shirt around the head has made identifying the suspect difficult. KPD continues to investigate the case. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Kissimmee Police Departments Major Crimes Unit at 407-847-3333, by email at email@example.com or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. Poincianas Got Talent No, thats not the name of a new reality competition television series, just a reality statement. There are Poinciana-based residents who have artistic talents and are proud to call Poinciana their home. Breeze Representing, a Poinciana High School graduate and singer, had his first start in a middle school band. 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Page A4, Over a quarter of a billion of your tax dollars might be spent to build a new complex Aug. 19, when Osceola County commissioners vote on completing negotiations with the billionaire owners of the Washington Nationals to replace the Houston Astros. Were being told this is the way its done in Major League Baseball now local taxpayers assume all of the risks and bear all of the expenses while the MLB franchise is allowed to enjoy all of the benefits of this state-of-the-art facility. Should we join an escalating arms race between Florida and Arizona counties that want spring training? To many, this project is outrageously expensive and provides no guaranteed returns. Although taxpayers would own the complex and the risks, 100 percent of the naming rights, ticket sales, and merchandising/concessions will belong to the Nationals. There are some big risks. It is only a 15-game season for 45 days each February and March, and what happens after 30 years? Sports teams are notorious for moving at the end of their leases. What kind of additional multi-million dollar investment will be needed to retain them? While no one knows, the risk is more massive investment required by taxpayers. What is there to get excited about a complex that will lose $2.3 million annually? Capital investments of at least $1 million annually will also be required. Construction costs of $127.3 million consume $67.3 million of tax dollars in reserve, $10.5 million from the State, and a loan of $49.5 million more. The use of our reserves, plus $100 million of operating losses and capital improvements, and the $113 million of debt service on the loan totals $280 million! On average, each year $9.3 million will be spent to generate 94,604 room nights to our hotels. Cost per acquisition is approximately $98.30 per room night when the average CPA for room nights acquired by our Department of Tourism Development through traditional marketing efforts is only $11.67. Given the average cost of a hotel room in Kissimmee is $76.73, it is clear that this is not an efficient use of our tax money and that there are many better alternatives. Space Coast Office of Tourism Executive Director Rob Varley estimates the Nationals, who currently play in Brevard County bring as much as $10 million a year into their local economy. But, according to Osceola Countys optimistic projections, this complex will bring $144 million in local economic impact. Whose numbers are right? If all games are played, the cost per game will be at least $600,000. Also, its noteworthy that this 400-acre complex would not be on property tax rolls. Is $280 million worth delaying projects that will improve the daily quality of life for Osceola residents, like road widenings in Kissimmee and Poinciana? Even if the Astros leave as expected in 2016, spring training will remain near Kissimmee the Atlanta Braves play at Disney. To improve tourism and generate more economic impact, shouldnt we be able to do that just by taking advantage of the incredible location we have just minutes away from the best attractions in the world? Is a quarter of a billion dollars invested in more spring training going to magically change Kissimmee over the next 30 years and improve your quality of life that much? Brian Wong is the chairman of the Osceola County Tourism Development Council and general manager of the Celebration Suites in Kissimmee.Grateful for the wonderful careTo the Editor: On April 16, my husband of 51 years went to be with his heavenly Father. On Nov. 20, he fell and broke his hip. After a short stay at Osceola Regional Medical Center, he was admitted to Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center for five weeks. From there, he was admitted to Southern Oaks Memory Center for treatment. During this time, he had a short time at St. Cloud Regional Hospital and received very good care there. I am writing to tell everyone how grateful I am for the wonderful care he received in these facilities. As an RN (registered nurse) of 44 years, I tend to watch the care given to all my family. I have to say that I was more than pleased about the care given to my husband, Harley, especially at Southern Oaks where he spent the last two and a half months of his life. I have never seen such loving care to residents as we witnessed there. When he developed pneumonia, which took his life, I was there for at least six to eight hours a day. On the Friday before he passed away, a CNA (certified nursing assistant) came into his room at the end of her shift and kissed him and stroked his cheek and said, Goodbye Poppy, I will see you on Monday. Then on Monday night as we sat with hospice, an RN came in after her afternoon shift and sat with me for an hour and a half. I saw TLC delivered to residents that sometimes were loving, sometimes hostile, abusive and even unresponsive. It made no difference to these caregivers. The love of the residents was so apparent in everything that was done for them. My first few days on that unit were fearful. But as the days passed, I became more comfortable and finally ended up loving them as well. One CNA brought me a cup of coffee every evening just a gesture of her caring. I want to thank everyone from the maintenance men, housekeeping, physiotherapy, social service, CNAs, LPNs, (licensed practical nurse) RNs and administration for their love and care shown us. On behalf of the family of Harley R. Houseman, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God continue to bless you. Beverly Houseman Kissimmee Its the time of year when our local children are preparing to head back to school. Most of us have fond memories of shopping for new clothes, getting school supplies and the excitement of that first day of the new school year. The Education Foundation of Osceola County does so much for our students every year. The Osceola County business community and the School District came together in 1985 to form a partnership designed to bolster the efforts of schools in creating quality education. This partnership produced The Education Foundation. Today, the foundation is a solid, nonprofit organization led by a 23-member board of directors. The board is made up of parents, corporate executives, community leaders and elected officials. This board has increased the programs of the foundation to serve educators and district staff in their efforts to give Osceola Countys students the best education possible. The Education Foundation needs 2,000 backpacks to assist with the start of the upcoming school year. The need has been huge this year. Phones at the Education Foundation are ringing off the hook with calls from families who need our help. As you know, many backpack drives around Central Florida, including the huge Amway event, have been cancelled. We will gladly accept backpacks and school supplies here at the Osceola News-Gazette office at 108 Church St. in Kissimmee. Backpacks, school supplies or cash can also be brought directly to the Education Foundation at 2310 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee. Again, the need is now. If you can buy an extra backpack or additional school supplies when you are out this weekend, it would be an incredible help to our local students. The Education Foundation can be contacted at 407870-4855, or by visiting www.foundationosceola.org. We applaud the continued services provided by one of Osceolas best organizations. Thank you. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our view Got a gripe? A call to assist our local studentsThere are very few African-American men in this country who havent had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. -Barack Obama I am Trayvon Martin. Distill it to its marrow, and that is what African-Americans have been telling other Americans since February 2012, when the unarmed teenager was stalked and killed by George Zimmerman, who, for no good reason, thought him suspicious. And it is essentially what President Obama said in an impromptu appearance in the White House press room last week. We AfricanAmericans see ourselves, our sons and grandsons, in this dead boy. And we hear no whisper of there but for the grace of God, but, rather, a nightmare scream of what could yet be, in a nation that would afterward slander them till it seemed they deserved what they got and more. In pointedly including himself among our number, in testifying that even the most powerful man in the world once saw women clutch their purses when he got on an elevator, Obama committed an act of moral courage. It was all the more remarkable because it carried no political upside. Not that everyone understood. Trayvon Martin could have been me, said the president, after which Sean Hannity, a grand wizard of the extreme right, professed confusion, wondering if by this, Obama meant he smoked pot and he did a little blow. And so it goes. That coarse attempt at wit pretty much emblematizes the behavior of many so-called conservatives since Zimmermans acquittal. They have redoubled their efforts to fashion a fairly ordinary teenager into some general purpose thug who somehow needed shooting, and his killer into some righteous street avenger who stalked him from justifiable fear because, we all know young black men are criminal. Young black men. Not Trayvon Benjamin Martin, 17, son of Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. Because the first casualty of racism is individuality, the right to be your singular self. This is what was stolen from Trayvon even before his life. It is stolen anew every time some pundit bloviates upon the perceived criminality of young black men to justify his killing. That perception is rooted more in stereotype and fear than actual fact, but put that aside and ask yourself this: What man or woman among us would be willing to let the rest of us judge them based not upon who they are and what they have done, but solely upon our perceptions of people like them? There is, for instance, a perception that methamphetamine use is concentrated among white people in red states -in other words, Sean Hannitys audience. May we treat all white people in red states accordingly? Will they go for that deal? Of course not. Yet we daily crucify young black men upon that cross and pretend to moral righteousness in the doing. Trayvon is not the first victim. Hes not even the latest. But he is the one whose death has made us cry, Enough! There comes a time when people get tired. So said Martin Luther King in his first speech as leader of the Montgomery bus boycott. From that fatigue grew a movement that reshaped America. One hopes people are that tired again -and that it spurs a new movement to challenge not just laws, but attitudes so corroded and stained some of us cannot even muster compassion for the death of a blameless boy. This is wrong. It is unworthy of decent people. And so, it cannot stand. The thing the rest of the country may not fully appreciate is how deeply that loss of individuality cuts for African-Americans, how closely it binds us. So yes, of course Barack Obama is Trayvon Martin. And let there be no mistake: I am Trayvon, too. Their view No newspaper?If you have signed up to receive copies of the Osceola News-Gazette and it is not being delivered, contact Kathy Beckham, circulation manager, by phone at 321-402-0401, or by email at email@example.com. Brian WongTDC chairman OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida, a division of Lakeway Publishers of Florida, Inc. 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Saturday, July 27, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 to value by the county, providing more funds to keep county services going and employees doing their work. County staff introduced a preliminary budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year Tuesday that took that tax revenue into account, and the budget featured planned additions in county staff and new equipment while keeping the millage rate constant. All of the tax authorities are happy about this news, Scarborough said. It makes things easier for everybody. Should county commissioners approve maintaining a 6.700 millage rate (one mill equals $1 of tax per $1,000 of value) at their Sept. 4 meeting, she said property taxes will go up, on average, about 4 percent, as nearly every area of the county saw rising property values. Kissimmee saw an average increase of 4.21 percent, St. Cloud a 5.2 percent raise, and the rest of the county 3.88 percent, based on statistics from the appraisers office. Im not aware of any areas that lagged behind in this reporting cycle, Scarborough said. Poinciana and Buenaventura Lakes have rebounded very well, but they were the hardest hit areas during the recession. TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices, which will contain all of a property owners tax information, are set to be mailed around Aug. 16. Scarborough said homeowners should look past the first line on their notice -- THIS IS NOT A BILL -and pay attention to the appraised and assessed values of their property. Its a very important document that some people dont pay enough attention to, she said. Anyone who has questions about their notice can contact our office, we welcome any questions they have, she said. The information contained in those newest notices is all from 2012, which saw modest real estate relief. The more robust growth seen in the first half of 2013 will be taken into account next year. With values starting to climb again, those who may have lost significant value during the markets rapid downtown may see another bubble forming. Scarborough said she is aware of market condition, but isnt alarmed as things stand now. I dont think well have that kind of trend this time around, she said. The residential market is getting better, but we hope the industry learned its lessons. Home prices were really inflated then. By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter Osceola Connected, a network of local nonprofit organizations, has been able to feed hungry children in Osceola County schools for every weekend of the school year. But, this year, feeding them has become more of a challenge. With the 2013-14 school year so close to beginning, Osceola Connected is pooling from the efforts of the entire community to continue to feed otherwise hungry children for the weekends. It is calling the fundraiser Education Without Hunger, and asking for the support of Osceola County School District, city and county government, civil groups and any individual wanting to give to its cause. The fundraiser is asking for a donation of a dollar a month during the 10 months of the school year. The donation drive is heavily relying on the Osceola County School District and county and city government, asking employees to deduct a dollar from their paycheck for the organization. Through these employees alone, Osceola Connected will be able to r each t heir previous fund g oal of $200,000, a ccordin g to Gloria Niec, executive director of Celebration Foundation, an organization part of Osceola Connected. Kissimmee city commissioners have agreed to help the cause, and are working with city employees to implement the donation. Last year, the School District received a grant of $200,000 from BB&T bank specifically for combating hunger in schools. The district gave the money to Celebration Foundation, which helped to create Osceola Connected and used the money to start the first countywide food donation effort in schools. That year, they spent $192,000 on food to make weekly donations to kids in need. Currently, they only have enough food to feed children for another eight weeks, once school is back in session. Osceola Connected isnt the first to tackle the issue of hunger in the county. Green Bag Project, a local nonprofit organization, adopted two schools in Osceola County and donated a bag of non-perishable food to children in need every week. Celebration Cares also organized a similar event, adopting Celebration K-8 and giving a weekly bag of food to children in need. The grant from BB&T, along with efforts from these two organizations, helped the district to adopt 20 schools in Osceola County for food donations. The countywide effort inspired another organization, St. Cloud Cares, which also focuses on hunger in St. Cloud elementary schools. Only in operation for a year, it has been able to adopt every elementary school in need in St. Cloud, and delivered 4,474 sacks of non-perishable food throughout the 2012-13 school year. Partnering with the Green bag Project, it was able to purchase enough food that is both delicious and nutritious to elementary school kids. I think we were pretty unaware of how many kid s might be involved in a program like this. So, we looked at it and we felt here is a significant number of school children that could use some extra food on the weekends, said Sam Gilkey, an initial member of St. Cloud Cares, on the start of the program. Made up of five churches in St. Cloud, St. Cloud Cares also is part of Osceola Connected. Its current focus is on elementary schools in need, but wants to branch out to middle and high schools in St. Cloud in the future. 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Page A6, be presiding over the cases via a video uplink from the Civic Center to the Osceola County Courthouse. She hoped with more publicity and a clearer view of what the event is that more residents with warrants will take advantage of it this year. People who heard about it that day were a little scared we were setting them up, Jancewicz said. I hope people will recognize we did this last year and its not a way for us to lure them in to be arrested. Were doing exactly what we say were doing. More than 5,000 postcards were mailed out to those who had outstanding misdemeanors in Osceola County going back as far as 2005, many of them probation violations with a zero bond. As long as they have proper identification, are legal citizens and dont have other felony or violent warrants, their warrant will most likely be resolved or recalled. They will be issued a new court date if needed, where they will still have their original options to make a plea or have a trial. We thought it worked really well last year, Jancewicz said. Were not going to have as heavy a law enforcement presence, we want people to be at ease and be able to take away those issues they have when people dont know what to do. Having an outstanding warrant can make other matters worse. If a cop tries to stop you for a burned-out taillight and you run, now you have a fleeing charge added to the original problem. Im excited to be able to do this. With the caseload we have, why not try to resolve as many as we can. The Civic Center location, adjacent to the bus and train stations, is an easy location for those using mass transit to find. People from as far away as New York, Ohio and Colorado came last year. Ages of participants ranged from 19 to 72. The event is a joint effort of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, Osceola County Government, Osceola County Corrections Department, Osceola County Clerk of Court, Judicial Correction Services, Public Defenders Office, State Attorneys Office, Osceola County Sheriffs Office, Kissimmee Police Department and St. Cloud Police Department. Those attending are asked not to bring weapons or children to the Civic Center. owners list several incidences where officers responded to a call of an unwanted guest, but did not arrest and remove the guest from the property. In every incident, authorities told owners that the case against the unwanted guest is a civil matter, and they would have to file an eviction to get them off the property, an action that only apartment complexes and other long term rental properties can use. When they check into these hotels, it becomes their permanent residence. And because it is their permanent residence, the only way to get them out of the hotel is to file an eviction action under chapter 83, which is the landlord/tenant law, Jones said. Theres a couple of problems with that. Number one, these are hotels and motels. Hotels and motels are specifically exempted from chapter 83, meaning it doesnt apply to them. Further, theres no lease agreement here. These people check into a hotel, its a temporary arrangement. For an eviction action, you got to have a lease, and there isnt one. Some hotel owners have spent more than $10,000 in eviction notices to push guests off their property. Its money they claim they shouldnt have to pay, and they blame the Sheriffs Office for incorrectly categorizing their businesses. West U.S. 192 hotel and motel owners already have had several meetings with the Sheriffs Office about this issue, especially in how the law is interpreted. Sheriffs Office spokesperson Twis Lizasuain said that their interpretation of the statue is c onsistent with other law enforcement agencies. Weve spoken with other law enforcement agencies. Were very consistent with what other Central Florida law enforcement agencies are doing, said Lizasuain. In the past six months, Lizasuain said that deputies have responded to 51 calls from hotels and motels on West U.S. 192. Of those 51 calls, deputies have taken action on 49 of them. The Sheriffs Office would not comment on the lawsuit before it had an opportunity to thoroughly review it. We will investigate their concerns, and we have been to meetings with them and will continue to do so in order to address those concerns, said Lizasuain. 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Saturday, July 27, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 The film industry also seeks to fortify the area. Its a green industry, said Fowler. [A production] pumps money into the community, and then it walks away. We dont waste things. It is an unwritten rule to leave a location the same or a little better than before you arrived if something gets trampled, the production crew replaces it. Through Fowlers efforts, the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission markets Central Florida to film and digital producers. Features, such as state tax credits, an upgraded website and database, inexpensive local production costs and a readily accessible talent pool, work together to impress producers and bring the film industry to the area. We really love the crews there, said Gary Nolton, director and owner of Portland, Ore.based, Limbo Films. Theres a really good talent pool there because of the theme parks. They hire actors to play certain roles. Florida has the third largest talent pool in the country, Fowler said. We have a lot to offer as a state. This areas commission is the most active film commission Ive ever worked with, and one of the easiest, said Josh Disney, whose local production company, AshWood Projects, shot the independent film, Dakota in Osceola this year. Production costs in Osceola County were $30,000 for Dakota, said Disney. It would have cost $160,000 in other places even with tax credits. In 2010, Florida allocated $242 million over five years for tax incentives. Up to 30 percent of a productions budget can be given to cover Florida expenses. Our incentive is focused on making sure production companies take advantage of indigenous Florida resourcesincluding actors, said Fowler. The s tate tax incentive is the first thing producers want to hear about. But Florida has a problem. It is almost completely out of dollars for tax incentives. As of 2013, we have precertified someone who will use up what is left through 2016, said Fowler. Its hard to market when you dont have the one thing they want to know first. Were still talking to people, but were keeping an average profile to encourage companies and studios to talk to our state Office of Film and Entertainment. Although some projects walk away because the incentives ar e not readily available, others continue to come to the state and to Osceola County for the other benefits the area offers. Film permits are free of charge in Central Florida, and the process has been designed to be quite simple, said Fowler. The process is set up to protect the community and the production company. The industry also offers opportunity for the county. Our busiest season is spring, said Fowler. Its commercial season and TV pilot seasonwhat Central Florida is known for is its commercials. W hen the rest of the country has brown grass, we have green. Everyone wants small town America for commercials anytime, anywhere USA, said Fowler. Osceola County is a magnet for this type of production. To keep the film industry viable in the state, insiders are hopeful that state dollars will be allocated for new tax incentives this year. Florida has always had this industry, said Fowler. Florida was a strong production state before incentives. It will be strong afterwards. year cycle to do this, she said. County Manager Don Fisher said after the highlights were presented to commissioners Tuesday that this budget-building cycle has been uncommonly smooth. Its the easiest budget process weve had in years, he said. Its a lot shorter than it used to be. Commissioner Mike Harford thanked county staff for continuing its innovative, outside-the-box thinking in keeping the county afloat through years of difficult economic climate. 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Saturday, July 27, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 With all the rain weve been having, there is no shortage of running water. Bass love to be around moving water. Bait moves to it and the bass follow. When the bass get to chasing the bait, they are pretty easy to catch. Try throwing a small top-water lure or a small crank bait. Bass are also schooling on shell beds in several areas around the lake. No matter where you might be, dont be surprised if the bass start jumping around. Some nice bass are being caught along the edges of Kissimmee grass and out in open water hydrilla. Try throwing a big 10-inch worm. June bug and red shad have both been working for me. With the last full moon, shell crackers have moved into the bedding areas. I talked to a fisherman who had caught over a hundred pan fish on a white beetle spin. Most people are using crickets and worms to catch them. Look for them around lily pads, scattered hydrilla and up in Shingle Creek. 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The workshop, called Guiding the College Bound Athlete, will provide information and topics for every student-athlete in middle and high school and their parents to educate and prepare them for opportunities and careers after graduation. Many student-athletes who aspire to play at the college level are not familiar with the ins and outs of academic requirements and eligibility as they need to be in order to pursue their goals. Attendees will receive a free ACT/SAT prep DVD, limit one per family. 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 Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those who are interested in coaching please contact Janice Lavigne at janice. firstname.lastname@example.org.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 407-5182599 or by e-mail at jpaul@ kissimmee.org. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Celebration Highs David Akins wrestled and played football during this first two years at the school, so he was accustomed to contact sports and exhausting physical training. As a junior, he learned that height wasnt an issue for him, either. Not his personal height 5-10 but rather the altitude he needed to clear the bar while pole vaulting. He had never tried the sport before Coach Joel Fox made a suggestion that he give it a go one day in practice. The real story is that David wanted to be a thrower at the start of last year and I told him no, Coach Fox said. Halfway through the year we werent scoring much in the vault, so we started messing around with it. He was fast and strong and not afraid, so I figured he might be able to muscle his way over a bar. Akins did. Within five weeks, he soared 13 feet, far surpassing his coachs expectations. I told him to get over 10 feet any way he could and he would help the team, never really thinking he would be up to 13 feet in less than a month, Fox said. Sometimes you get lucky. Akins said the sport suited him immediately. I liked it. I was disappointed because I didnt make it to state (last year) because I was fifth at the regional, he said. I decided that I was going to put all my effort into it over the summer and get better. Picking up a tip from former teammate Jessica Harter, who holds the schools female pole vaulting record, Akins began working with coaches Jim Metzger and his brother, Martin Metzger, in St. Cloud. I went to a couple of meets over the summer. I took a break for football, but as soon as it was over, I was right back at it, he said. Akins hard work and training resulted in a vault of 14-6 at the Class 3A state meet, good enough to make him the state champion. The Celebration pole vaulter is the Osceola News-Gazettes Male Track Athlete of the Year. I wanted to do 15-6 at state. I cleared that in practice, he said. But, the weather at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville at the state meet was hardly ideal for a track meet steady rain and wind. Akins made the best of the situation. He nailed a jump of 14-6 right off the bat, which quickly proved to be the winning vault. The weather was bad, probably the worst I ever jumped in, but I fought through it, Akins said. The rain made it really hard to hold the pole because the tape was all wet. But, there was a tail wind, which helped. I didnt have any problem with the traction at all. Akins tried unsuccessfully to clear 15-3 three times, but it didnt matter as he already owned the gold medal. Akins performance might have won him an opportunity to compete in college. The coaches from UNF and USF were there and I spoke with them, he said. Id definitely love to vault in college. He helped his cause at a USA Junior Olympic track meet in June at Lake Brantley High when he cleared 16-1. Akins got a new pole early in the season, which helped him boost his vaults by more than 2 feet. I went from a 15-foot pole to 15-7, so that made a big difference, he said. Akins said he adapted quickly to the pole vault because he was accustomed to hard work after competing for Coach Vic Lorenzanos wrestling team two years. I think that gave me an advantage. We trained hard. You learn what its like to work through the pain, he said. Akins didnt wrestle during his senior year so he could concentrate on track. He became the third Celebration athlete to win a state championship. Sean Blaney (2005) was the Class 2A cross country champion, and Tyler Osorio (2011) won sprints championships at 100 and 400 meters in Class 3A. Both signed scholarships to UF. Liberty enjoyed its best ever track season in 2013 as the team won the schools first district championship in any sport under Coach Robert Pauley. The Chargers also won the Orange Belt Conference championship. Celebration pole vaulter David Akins clears 14-6 at the Class 3A state track meet at Jacksonville, which earned him the gold medal.News-Gazette Photos/Donald Lamb Athlete of the Year: David Akins (CHS)All-county team: Celebration: Jhonny Victor. Liberty: Rogelio Araiza, Richard Eyaingho, Devarious Turner, Markel Brown, Josh Wilson, Kevin Johnson, Tyler Haase. St. Cloud: Travon Williams, Eric Pfeifer, Steve Overbay, Waylan Scheirer, Jovane Parkinson, Ian McKenzie. Gateway: Michael Timpson, Byron Vaughan, Luis Amado-Betancourt, Jordan Lewis. Osceola: Akiel Hamilton. Poinciana: Christian Ramos, Josh Lopez. All-County boys track David Akins By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Longtime high school baseball coach Jim Moran will end a three-year hiatus away from coaching and return to the dugout in 2014, this time with the Gateway Panthers. Moran replaces Rob Hammond, who spent the last five seasons at Gateway. Moran, who teaches at Denn John Middle School, said hes excited to get back in the dugout, as is his family. You know what my son (Jimmy Moran, a pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds system) got me for my birthday? A new fungo bat, the coach said. Being away helped recharge my batteries, and this is an opportunity to help kids, and I think we can do a lot of that over here. Gateway Athletic Director George Sullivan said that the change in the dugout will improve the program, and that he couldnt let a coach of Morans ability sit idle. Ive known Jim a long time. Hell do a great job, and people like him, said Sullivan, who was principal at Poinciana for a time during Morans tenure there. Moran last coached at St. Cloud, where he led the Bulldogs to the regional playoffs despite a 7-17 record in 2010. While at Poinciana from 2002-09, he built a program that had won one game in the year prior to his arrival into a respectable one with one of the nicest facilities in the county. When I took that job people thought I was crazy, but along the way we got better, he said. We did things people didnt think we could when I took the job. The best stats to come from Morans tenure are 17 of his former players who earned scholarship money to play in college. He also helped players on other county squads find opportunities at the next level. Moran said hell have much more to work with at Gateway, which was 15-12 and lost in the district tournament semifinal last season, than he did at PHS. Things are in order here. Theres so much potential, he said. Ive already met with a few of the kids and the parents, and this is a time where they could be a little apprehensive, but theyre excited, too. Moran said he hopes to find time and money this summer to improve the Panthers baseball facility, which just got lights in 2011. He already has plans to get a permanent concession stand and new batting tunnel built. Its not a lot. Im used to it, and George knows where Im coming from, he said. Sullivan filled another coaching spot in recent weeks, naming Pam Reeves as the girls basketball coach. She replaces Steve Robertson, who held the post for five years, during which time the Lady Panthers experienced their first winning season and playoff appearance. He stepped down to pursue an educational opportunity. Reeves was an assistant coach at Poinciana when the Eagles won three district titles and made four trips to the regional playoffs. We were lucky to already have Pam on our staff, Sullivan said. Steve did an outstanding job, I have no complaints, and I understand his decision. Robertson also coached GHSs flag football team to the district finals the last two years. Jim Moran is GHS baseball boss; Reeves to girls hoops
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What do Mickey Rooney, Tom Cruise and Jeffrey Dahmer all have in common? They are all featured in this weekends Putting on Your DVDs review column, as is Cinemaxs original series Banshee and a mob movie that may not have quite inspired The Godfather, but it did precede it by a few years. Since Tom Cruise can be kind of scary and Dahmer is even scarier, lets start with Rooney, the 92-year-old actor is one of just a handful of stars whose career dates back to the silent era of film. Rooney is at his very best in the new Warner Archive Collection release The Andy Hardy Film Collection Volume 2 (1937-58). The newly remastered set includes ten Andy Hardy films including probably the most famous one of all, Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) with Judy Garland and Lana Turner, two women Rooney never got around to marrying. Rooney would marry wife number one Ava Gardner, four years later. He has had eight wives and is quoted as saying, Always get married early in the morning. That way, if it doesnt work out, you havent wasted a whole day. The complete collection titles: A Family Affair (1937) Judge James K. Hardy (Lionel Barrymore) faces town backlash and scandal when he blocks a large public works project. With Cecilia Parker, Mickey Rooney, Spring Byington, and Sara Haden. Judge Hardys Children (1938) This installment sees the The Hardys going off to Washington as Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) chairs an important committee and Andy seeks out a tuxedo. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) Andys gets stuck with multiple dates to the Christmas formal. The Hardys Ride High (1939) The Judge is informed of a sizeable inheritance and the clan leaves small town Carvel for the high life in Detroit. With Virginia Grey. .sca r 50 CENTS Plus Tom Cruise in Oblivion, Dahmer Files and Banshee Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com July 27, 2013 DVDs find Andy Hardy ELVIS CONTINENTALS SHOWKISSIMMEE Elvis Presley Continentals are having a Fundraiser Legends Tribute Show, today 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, email-defalconan2den1@ aol.com. or online at www.epcontinentals.com.RADIO DISNEY FIELD DAYKISSIMMEE Kids can test their superpowers during Radio Disney Field Day today at Osceola Regional Medical Center. Its a morning of fun, music and prizes. The Radio Disney Road Crew will play hero games and provide tests of strength for kids. Bouncy Balls, beanbag & ring tosses, soccer kick/ football throw and prizes for all who participate. The Kissimmee Police Department will be providing bicycle safety information, bike helmet FIT tests and a bike rodeo course. Plus a special visit from Aircare Helicopter and its Medical Flight Crew.Superheroes may come in their costumes or come wearing their regular summer clothes. Refreshments and ice cream provided. Its from 10 a.m. until noon at the medical center located at 700 W. Oak St. For more information, visit www.OsceolaRegional.com.FOOD & BEVERAGE EXPOKISSIMMEE Florida Technical College will hosts its first Food & Beverage Expo today starting at 9 a.m. The expo will feature entertainment, educational creations and different competitions of culinary arts, pastry and beverage services. Some of these competitions include hot plate, cake decoration, cup cake war and cocktail preparation. More than 25 companies will promote their products and services, giving out samples to all the guests. For more information about FOOD AND BEVERAGE EXPO contact Chef Mendez at 407-483-5700 or via email JMendez@ FTCCollege.edu. The technical college address is 3831 West Vine Street.REALITY STARSCELEBRATION Meet the stars of TVs hottest reality shows like Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Ghost Hunters and more as a part of this years Summer Sidewalk Sale at Celebration Town Center and participate in the ever Sales Survivor Treasure Hunt Challenge Aug. 2-4. It is the See DVDs, page B-2 Universal/Cinemax Park Place Sci-fi action with Tom Cruiise in Oblivion and th e Cinemax crime adventur e Banshee are among this weeks new DVD offerings. By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor If you love all things LEGOLAND there is good news this week. The Central Florida theme park has just announced the final plans for the LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience, a dream come true for LEGO fans. The VIP experience includes lunch, private guided tour, a special LEGO build experience and more. But it doesnt come cheaply: Prices start at $445 per child and $495 per adult The private guided tour experiences include park admission, a personal guide, lunch, refreshments, an exclusive LEGO Model Shop tour and a special build experience with a Master Model Builder. A seasonal special events package add-on is also available. Acccording to the LEGOLAND press release, as part of the experience, guests also receive priority entrance to rides and attractions, a photography package, a special gift bag with LEGO product, and learn behind the scenes fun facts about LEGOLAND Florida. The park also announced plans for a theme park and water park combo experience. It includes a private cabana and a souvenir towel in addition to the theme park perks. The official roll out of the LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience is a very exciting time for the park and for our guests, said Phil Royle, Product Excellence Manager. As with all products, we constantly test and adjust to ensure were providing the absolute best Premium visit starts at $445 for kids and $495 for adults Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/icmovies Putting On Your DVDs Willy Wonka and Raiders and Mothra too See Park, page B-2You can share some of your favorite movies with your kids at the KidFest summer movie series at the Enzian theater now through Aug. 4. The KidFest summer movie series offers film fans and children of all ages the rare opportunity to experience an exceptional selection of family-friendly movies. From unique, silent comedy classics to popular and unusual retro favorites, Monday through Thursday screenings are free for everyone and individual tickets on weekends are only $5. The remaining films include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Raider of the Lost Ark. The movie schedule: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m., $5. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad Sunday July 28 at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at 3 p.m., free. The Muppets Take Manhattan Wednesday, July 31 at 3 p.m., free. Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m., $5. Raiders of the Lost Ark Thursday, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m., Free. Sunday, Aug 4 at 1 p.m., $5. The Cult Classic series of films also continues at the Enzian. This weeks movie is the Japanese sci-fi classic, Mothra on Tuesday, July 30, at 9:30 p.m. Upcoming classic films include The Warriors, Aug. 27 and Repulsion, Sept. 10. For a list of all films and tickets go to Enzian.org.Enzian has kid icks and cult classics on tap for July and August LEGOLAND lovers get a VIP experience The classic Japanese sci-fli film, Mothra, flies into the Enzian theater in Maitland Tuesday as part of its Cult Classic series. LEGOLANDT he new VIP experience includes a private guided tour, lunch, refreshments, a LEGO Model Shop t our and a s pecial b uild experience. A water park t our is available as well. Celebrate International Tiger Day at Busch Gardens this weekend. The festivities take place daily in the Jungala area of the Tampa park. With only 3,200 wild tigers in the world, International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Busch Gardens is celebrating with face painting, tiger keeper talks and feedings. Also, a portion of the proceeds from the tigress and cubs plush toys sold in the Tiger Lodge gift shop in the Jungala area will be donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Additionally, three of Busch Gardens newest additions, endangered Malayan tiger cubs, are scheduled to make an appearance on the Jungala habitat all three days of the celebration. See Scene, page B-2
Page B2, largest collection of reality stars assembled. On Friday, the Sidewalk Sale kicks off with a Sales Survivor: Treasure Hunt. Visit the restaurants to get a treasure map and use the clues to navigate through Celebration Town Center to uncover the answers. One Sole Survivor will walk away with $500 worth in cash and prizes. On Saturday, a special autograph signing will take place at the Celebration Bohemian Hotel from 3-6 p.m. and a special Survivor Party at the Celebration Town Tavern will be held that evening with all proceeds from the party and autograph signing benefiting Give Kids The World Village. On Sunday, the Sidewalk Sale continues and it will be the last day to return completed treasure maps to be eligible to win. For more information on Celebration Town Center and Special Events visit www.celebrationtowncenter. com. Some of the events, including the Saturday night party, are donation events. IMAGINE DRAGONSORLANDO Dance/pop indie rockers Imagine Dragons come to the UCF Arena Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. DVDsContinued from page B-1SceneContinued from page B-1 Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) Andy is infatuated with the new drama teacher. The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942) Donna Reed guest stars in this film about a bitter custody battle. Andy Hardys Double Life (1942) Andy somehow gets engaged to two different girls. Andy Hardys Blonde Trouble (1944) This time Andy has twin troubles at school. Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) World War II is over and Andy returns from the service. Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) If Andy Hardy were a TV series, this would be the reunion episode. All Warner Archive Collection titles are only available online. To order go to (www.WarnerArchive.com or www.wbshop. com). Andy Hardy certainly never had the kind of problems Tom Cruise does in Oblivion (Universal Home Entertainment). Out on DVD/Blu-ray Tuesday, Cruise, along with Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough star in the post-apocalyptic thriller set in 2077 after Earth has been decimated (again). Cruise plays Jack Harper, who along with his partner, are the only two people left on the evacuated planet, and they actually spend their time in orbit above Earth, keeping the drones in working order. They too will be heading to Titan (where all of the surviving Earthlings are) but a beautiful stranger in a downed spacecraft changes everything. Oblivion boasts some nice special effects making it a good Blu-ray choice for big screen TVs, but the pacing is slow and the plot doesnt offer much that is new. It is still worth a buy for sci-fi fans for its visual appeal though. The Blu-ray combo pack includes the DVD as well as Blu-ray and an Ultraviolet digital version for phone, tablet etc. There are many bonus features including a feature commentary with Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski; deleted scenes; and a multi-part feature Promise of the New World: The Making of Oblivion looking at every from the music (by M83) post-production and effects and more. I probably already know too much about infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (including visiting the vacant lot where his apartment complex was in Milwaukee, the site of more than a dozen murders), but The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (IFC Films) offers a fresh look on how we look at serial killers. Director Chris James Thompsons documentary features an actor portraying Dahmer, visiting many of the places Dahmer did on his routine days in the city. It sort of gives you the feeling that could be you sitting on a public bus with Dahmer sitting across from you, or exchanging a few words with him while waiting for an eyeglass fitting at an eyeglass store. Those scenes are interspersed with interviews by others such as Milwaukee police detective Patrick Kennedy, who was the primary interviewer of Dahmer for several days after his arrest and Dahmer neighbor Pamela Bass, who remembered times she was in his apartment, eating a sandwich offered by Dahmer (and now wondering what kind of meat was in that sandwich). While the usual serial killer film focuses on the killer, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files focuses on the effect Dahmer had on those around him and the community. It is at times chilling and unforgettable. Bonus features include some deleted scenes (of the Dahmer actor in his daily routine) as well as a question and answer session with the director and detective Kennedy following the screening of the film at a film festival. Banshee With everyone from Netflix to HBO and Showtime getting involved in making good TV dramas (and getting tons of Emmy nominations in the process) you might forget that Cinemax has also become a player in the original series derby and it has an outstanding contender in Banshee. Season one of the series just came out on Blu-ray/DVD. Banshee: The Complete First Season arrives in stores/ online Tuesday and while it will never be confused with Shakespeare for its writing, it does offer a lot of suspense and action. Anthony Star is Lucas Hood, or masquerades as Lucas Hood, the new sheriff in the small town of Banshee in Pennsylvania. Actually, he is a recently paroled con, looking for his ex-girlfriend, who also happened to be the last one to have the fortune from a jewel heist they pulled off years earlier. He suddenly becomes sheriff after the towns new sheriff (who no one knew yet) is killed in a bar altercation. Now he is leading a double life, a crime fighter who hasnt quite left behind his criminal activities. The town isnt so quiet either. It has some Amish roots, but it is controlled by a shunned Amish gangster. The Blu-ray disc set includes all ten episodes from season one, plus a digital download version. Blu-ray with Digital Copy Bonus Features (include all DVD features): Inside the Title Sequence uncover the clues behind each episodes opening title sequence with this interactive feature. Reveal the Code discover the true meaning behind the code that starts each episode. DVD Bonus Features NYC Bus Crash a look inside the special effects process of one of the series most explosive scenes. Town of Secrets show creators give an insiders guide to the towns darkest and most twisted secrets. Banshee Origins find out backstory with over a dozen prequel videos featuring the cast. Zooming In: Episodes 7 & 8 go on set with the cast to see how key, adrenaline-filled scenes were created. Audio Commentaries six commentaries with cast and crew. including executive producers Jo Season two of Banshee will air on Cinemax in 2014. The Brotherhood If you want to see what mob movies were like before The Godfather, check out The Brotherhood (Warner Archive Collection), a film starring Kirk Douglas from 1968, four years before Francis Ford Coppolas film was released. Martin Ritt (Hud) directs this much more ordinary tale about a mafia don (Douglas) in Sicily and his younger brother (Alex Cord) who finds himself getting drawn back into that world after returning from Vietnam. Much of the film is told in flashback, when the don was living in New York, before he fled to Sicily after having a conflict with the other dons. The Brotherhood is also only available online at www. warnerarchive.com. experience for our guests. This is a prime example of how we took time with a pilot program and shaped it to the best it could be. The LEGOLAND Experience features: Single d ay admission to LEGOLAND Florida and VIP parking Private VIP host for group Exclusive tour of secret Model Shop and building experience with a Master Model Builder Front of the line priority access to rides and attractions Behind the scenes fun facts on LEGO models and LEGOLAND Florida Locker usage LEGOLAND Florida gift bag Lunch with reserved seating and refreshments Souvenir photograph A digital photograph package for the day LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park VIP Experience Everything in the LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience, plus; Single-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park and VIP parking Private cabana in LEGOLAND Water Park with full service Refreshments Beach towels Souvenir Photograph Locker usage Prices start from $545 per child & $595 per adult LEGOLAND Florida Special Events VIP Experience A VIP Experience is also available during LEGOLAND Florida Special Events such as Red, Brick & Boom, Christmas Bricktacular and Kids New Years Eve VIP picnic for special events VIP host Prime viewing location for special event fireworks Prices vary per event For more information or to make a reservation for a LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience, call (855) 7537777.ParkContinued from page B-1 Kisselback Ford would like to extend a Huge Thank You to all of our awesome customers for voting our dealership as their favorite in all of Osceola County two years in a row!! 072713.SNG4571 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769www.dowsherwood.com Hours Monday-Thursday: 6:00 AM 11:00 PM Friday: 6:00 AM 12:00 AM Saturday: 12:00 AM 12:00 AM Sunday: 12:00 AM 11:00 PM rfntbbbbrnb nbrnt bbnrnt n brbr brfntrt rb rrbr rnb
Saturday, July 27, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Tailgate Cook-off gives fall a head start at Amelia Island By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Football season is just weeks away and you can start the pigskin season like no other at the the fourth Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-Off August 23 and 24 on Amelia Island. It should be a fun getaway weekend for football and barbecue fans alike with barbecue cooking teams across the country competing for cash and prizes. The cook-off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and features professional and backyard barbeque competition teams. This year, the cook-off is one of 12 events to participate in the Smithfield Rib Super Series. Chosen as a top 20 event for 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society, the cook-off features live musical entertainment, a Kids zone, tasty food and beverage items, Turner Ace Hardware Peoples Choice Contest and VIP Pig Pub for an enhanced experience. The event is a fundraiser for the Gator Bowl Association and is held at Main Beach on Amelia Island. If you have never been to this historic barrier island beach, the cook-off is a great time to visit. Several of the islands award-winning hotels, vacation r entals and inns have discounted room rates and unique packages for the upcoming event. Participating hotels and lodging include: Residence Inn, Amelia Island is the official host hotel of the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off and recently received the Platinum designation, Marriotts Highest Level of Distinction. The property offers rates starting at $109 per night, which includes free hot full breakfast, evening social, and shuttle service to the cook-off. The special rate is valid from August 21 through 25 and must be booked before July 20. Mention Tailgate Cook-off to get the rate. cwp.marriott. com/jaxar/greatsoutherntailgate Addison on Amelia is offering a free night on reservations of four nights or more during the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off weekend. AddisonOnAmelia.com Amelia Hotel at the Beach is offering standard rooms (king or double) for $79 per night, deluxe rooms for $89 per night, and King Balcony rooms for $99 per night for visitors attending the cookoff. The rate is only available through phone reservations by calling 877-263-5428, and includes free parking, free Hot & Healthy breakfast daily, and an afternoon warm cookie service. The discount is valid August 22 through 24 only. Make sure to use rate code GTCO when booking the deal. AmeliaHotel.com Beachside Motel is offering a 20 percent discount on standard rates during the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off. The offers are valid August 23-25, 2013. Call (877) 2614236 to receive discount. BeachsideMotel.com Elizabeth Pointe Lodge is walking distance from the event and o ffers a Fourth Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off Package starting at $599. The package includes a king bed, sunset guest room for two nights, bike rental for two, hors doeuvres reception each evening, complete breakfast each morning, newspaper, Wi-Fi, beach equipment and parking. ElizabethPointeLodge.com ERA Fernandina Beach Realty is offering discounts on their vacation rentals for the Great Southern Tailgate weekend, with specially priced condos from $145 per night and beach houses from $160 per night with a 2to 3-night minimum stay. This includes Oceans of Amelia, Amelia South and Amelia By the Sea condominiums and selected oceanfront homes and resort condos. The discounts will be available August 22-25. Guests must call 800-7414011 to book. Fairbanks House is offering a 15 percent discount to guests staying three or more nights for the Cook-off, along with a free bottle of Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and bag of Southern Slush Mix. Guests will also be treated to gourmet breakfasts and evening social hours with adult beverages and hors doeuvres. This offer is available for new bookings only, and may not be combined with any other offers. Must be booked online. Mention code STC13 when making your reservation. FairbanksHouse.com The recently renovated Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering their Give Me Smore Summer package during the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off. The package includes a round of mini golf at Herons Cove Adventure Golf; ice cream float concierge at March Burette or In Room Dining; smores around a beach fire; $100 recreation credit to be used toward Amelias Wheels, Nature Center, tennis, beach operations and Camp Amelia; and pizza at Natural Slice. The package starts at $328 per night based on two adults and two children and requires a two-night minimum stay (before Labor Day weekend). Visit www.omnihotels.com/discover for additional information and restrictions. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will offer a special fall promotion during Cook-off. The offer includes room rates starting at $189 per night and a $50 spa credit. Guests must book online and use promotional code FLP to obtain the deal. Ritzcarlton. com/AmeliaIslandSubmitted photoThe Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off Barbecue comes to Amelia Island Aug. 23-24.Area hotels have special rates for the big annual barbecue event What yo u re look ing for is her e. T HE GUIDE T HE GUIDE TO SEE YOUR AD ON THIS PAGE CALL JODY OR KEITHAT407-846-7600 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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Page B4, Whats new?DAVA and DAVThe monthly members meetings will be Aug. 18 with the DAVA meeting beginning at 2 p.m. and the DAV meeting beginning at 3:30 p.m., all members are asked to attend. The DAV service officer is available every Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. to help with any military benefit needs. Every Wednesday is Ladies Night, all day. Special drink prices are available for the ladies. Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday. Wear your red shirt to show your support for our military troops serving overseas. On the second and fourth Friday of the month, $1 long necks are available for those who come in wearing a red shirt. Barnyard meat bingo takes places every first and third Saturday of the month starting at noon. The DAVA and DAV are located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, 34744. For further information, call 407846-4141.Self-defense awareness for womenThe Osceola County Sheriffs Office has openings for a self-defense awareness program for women scheduled for Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange or SAFE is designed to educate women on how to protect themselves if they should become a victim. The two-hour class teaches that 90 percent of selfdefense is awareness, risk education, and avoiding confrontation, while only 10 percent is physical. To sign up for the free class, call 407-348-1105 or email, aveg@ osceola.org.Celebration High School meet and greetCelebration High School welcomes you to meet and greet new principal, Mr. C Mytron Lisby, Aug. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Celebration High School Media Center. Womans Club of St. Cloud (WCSC)The first meeting of the club year for the Womans Club of St. Cloud (WCSC) will be Sept. 18 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is dedicated to welcoming new members. Mike La Rosa, Florida House of Representatives, District 42, will be the speaker. Monthly meetings occur on the third Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 p.m. The Clubhouse is at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. next to the St. Cloud Heritage Museum where members can volunteer. The new museum hours of operation in September are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge but donations are accepted. For more information regarding the club or museum, contact Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347, or email@example.com.Heritage MuseumThe St. Cloud Heritage Museum, 1012 Massachusetts Ave., hosts a historical scavenger hunt every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for school age children to young adults. Discover, learn and have fun during this very special journey to the past. The museum is open to the public for learning about St. Cloud history as well as military memorabilia, Thursday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For museum information, contact Charmaine Baust at 407-957-1845.Jehovahs Witnesses ConventionsFor the 10th straight year, the Christian Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses Conventions will meet at the Silver Spurs Arena for five consecutive weekends throughout the month of August. As many as 8,000 members are expected to attend each of the weekend sessions that run Friday through Sunday. The convention begins Aug. 2 and continues each weekend and culminates on Sept. 1. Aug. 23 through 25 and Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 weekends will be conducted in Spanish. The theme for the 2013 convention is, Gods word is truth. The intriguing talk entitled, What Is Truth? will examine why we can trust Gods Word, the Bible. For more information call, 321697-3333 or visit, www.ohpark com.Osceola High School class of 83 reunion The Osceola High School Class of 83 is planning a 30-year reunion for Sept. 14 at the Florida Mall Hotel. Deadline for registration is Sept. 1. Details can be found at, http:// home.windstream.net/bkerrr/83/. For more information, contact Pam Gaffney Yelvington at 321624-0652 or, puregstraitfan@aol. com.Greater Republican Womens NetworkThe Greater Republican Womens Network will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday 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 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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Donations are being accepted until Aug. 3. Volunteers are needed from Aug. 5-9. Call 407-932-1898, 407-8910866 or 407-201-6912.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.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: Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those who are interested in coaching, contact Janice Lavigne at email@example.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Visit the website grouptravelspecialistskiss. com 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. A fair addition 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, pencil sharpeners, erasers, paper, notebooks, folders and backpacks.School support S ubmitted PhotoA reception was held on T uesday at Osceola Heritage Park to welcome Miranda Muir, the new general manager of the KVLS & Osceola County Fair. Community leaders and fair partners visited with Miranda who relocated to Kissimmee from Oregon. From left are: County Commissioner Mike Harford, Muir and James and Jay Strates, from Strates Shows. Whats happening? C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com See Community, page B-5 Engagement Taylor-Martinez Jerry Davidson, grandfather of Brenna Martinez, formerly of St. Cloud, is happy to announce her engagement to David T aylor, son of James and Sherri T aylor, of Douglasville Ga. A spring 2014 wedding is planned.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 407846-4990. Celebrate RecoveryCome celebrate recovery at the Celebrate Recovery Program, dealing with lifes hurts, habits and hang-ups, at Cornerstone Family Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 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 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.The Spirit of 76 Gun Club of Central FloridaThe Spirit of Gun Club of Central Florida meets 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 407-908-0568 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.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 407-7917007.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.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen Ministry is a 501c3 approved nonprofit ministry serving free hot meals to the needy and homeless in the community of St. Cloud. A combined total of 33 local community churches, ministry groups, businesses and restaurants have been voluntarily serving for over 12 years. Contact your church leader or current group serving you if you would like to participate in serving meals. If your church cannot serve, get it involved by making love offerings and memorial donations to help purchase food items needed. Elmers Meal Kitchen Director Carol Broski can be reached at 407-9579839.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.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 C are Club of Osceola County meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Cloud Senior Center at 3101 17th St. Membership is open to men and women from 18 years and up.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. 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Page B6, Community Continued from Page B5 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..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 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.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. 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. 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 Toastmasters meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Realtors Association training room, 105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. You do not need to be a Realtor to join group to hone your speaking skills. For more information, contact Betty Dobbie at 407846-4500.Osceola Republican PartyThe O sceola 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 o rganization, 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.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 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 ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.a ro undosceola.comESSING Mrs. Sandra Lee Essing, 66, of Kissimmee, FL passed away on We dnesday, July 24, 2013. Arrangements are under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematory, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744. (407) 847-2494 www.OsceolaMemGds.com FINOCHIARO Michelle Rene Finochiaro passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at age 54. Michelle (Mikki) was born in Annapolis, MD and as a young woman, settled in St. Cloud, FL where she met her husband Joseph. They remained in St. Cloud until recently moving to Fort Smith, AR. For many years, Michelle and Joe operated a booth at the St. Cloud Flea Market where she knew everyone and everyone knew her. Mikki loved animals and would never turn away an injured or homeless cat or dog. Michelle is survived by her husband Joseph, mother and stepfather Claudette and Michael Vo lentine, daughters Aime, Ashley and Lisa, 5 grandchildren, 2 nephews, sister Denise Cottrell and brother Dwayne Edgerton. A private family service was held at Osceola Memorial Gardens in Kissimmee, FL INMEMORYO FTHOMASGLY NNDECEMBER22, 1925 JULY9, 2013 Thomas Glynn Memorial service will be held at Holy Redeemer Chapel on August 5, 2013 11:00 a.m. 1410 TENTH STREET ST. CLOUD, FL 407-892-7700 WWW.HANDYMAN.DOITBEST.COMHOURS: MON-FRI 7:30-6:00 / SAT 8:00 5:30 / SUN 10:00 5:00For voting us Best Hardware Store again in 2013! If you havent visited our store, stop by and experience local, hometown business the way it was meant to be!Hardware & SupplyOur services include: 072713.SNGNo Paper? 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Saturday, July 27, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 15 Years of Experience Interior & Exterior Residential & Commercial FREE E E STIMATES Pressure Wash on Tile Roof Licensed InsuredPh: 407-731-3336062913.TNG Affordable Prices!! Excellent Quality!! CommunityContinued from Page B-6 192. 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 Christcentered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; anger; selfesteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information, call 407-847-2543 or visit www. fcckissimmee.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 Anonymous, 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 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.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 Louise Owens by calling 407957-8733. 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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