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APRIL 5-8, 2018 at Osceola Heritage Park MONDAY, APRIL 2ND | 3PM JOIN US FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL RNCFR CATTLE DRIVE 033118 SNG By Rachel Christian Staff Writer The Osceola County School District broke ground on a new 170,000 square foot middle school in Harmony Wednesday. The school, which is slated to open August 2019, is the rst of ve new facility projects the district has planned for the next five years. Harmony Middle will occupy 33 acres, and will accommodate about 1,400 sixth to eighth grade Osceola residents join March for Our Lives By Charlie Reed For the News-Gazette Osceola County residents of all ages joined a nationwide chorus calling for common-sense gun reform at the March for Our Lives in Kissimmee on March 24. It was among 800 sister rallies to the main march in Washington D.C., which drew hundreds of thousands in the wake of the Valentines Day murders of 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. at mass shooting has ignited a movement across the U.S. started by high school students to convince politicians that gun laws need to change. e activists are ghting to ban assault weapons and for stricter background checks on weapons sales. We need to ban assault weapons. ose are weapons of war, said Michelle Nelson, an eighthgrader at Osceola County School for the Arts. She was among a handful of students who spoke at the Kissimmee rally, held on the steps of the Osceola County Courthouse. In just one school year weve had four active-assailant shutdowns. Its scary. Its hard to worry about that and my ve-year-old sister in school instead of focusing on my academics, Nelson told the crowd of about 50. Were not only here to march for my life and my sisters life, but for all the lives that have been lost and that can be saved, she said. Organized by the Osceola Democratic Party, the rally featured addresses from several local politicians including state Rep. John Cortes, D-Kissimmee, Osceola County Commissioners Cheryl Grieb and Viviana Janer and Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez. Were preempted from doing things locally, Janer said. We cant do an ordinance but we can help take guns o the street. District breaks ground on Harmony Middle Its getting warmer out thereNEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCK As temperatures warm up into the 80s again this week, children can be seen frolicking in the water in the splash pad at Kissimmees Lakefront Park. Informing readers. Helping build a stronger community. 50 CENTS WWW.AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Saturday, March 31, 2018 INSIDE ONG1Movers and Shakers. Farm Bureau president optimistic about agriculture in Osceola. 2 3 Motorcyclist killed in crash.Kissimmee man was pronounced dead aer hitting a house.Easter extravaganza, health faire event today will be held at Lago Vista near Poinciana.AROUND TOWN LOG ONFollow us at https:// osceolanewsgazette FOLLOWFollow us on Osceola News-Gazette@ OsceolaNews TOP STORIESLOCAL e city of St. Cloud selects new re chief. Page 6.SPORTS New indoor soccer team comes to Kissimmee. Page 7.Serving Osceola County for 127 Years WHERE TO FIND ITViewpoint ................4 Daily Planner ........10 Brainfood ...............16 Classieds ..............20 Photo Gallery ........24 WE BACK THE BLUE NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/CHARLIE REEDMichelle, 13, right, Carly, 5, and their mother, Renee Nelson, hold signs calling for gun reform at the March 24 March for Our Lives rally in Kissimmee. See March, Page 3. See School Page 3. PHOTO/OSCEOLA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTThe Osceola County School District broke ground on the new Harmony Middle School on Wednesday.Happy Easter


Page 2 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 By Jessica Sullivan For the News-Gazette Florida might not be best known for growing peaches, but they have been grown in Central Florida for the past 100 years. Heres what you need to know to grow, pick, or buy Florida peaches this spring. Enjoying Florida peaches Peaches are high in potassium, vitamins A and C, and beneficial antioxida nts, making them a healthy snack. Florida peaches are in season March-May and are unique among other peaches on the market. Florida peaches have shorter growing times in our warm climate, so they tend to be smaller than those from northern locations. Softness is not a good indicator of ripeness in Florida peaches; the types found in grocery stores are firmer even when they are ripe and ready to eat. Peaches grown in other states are harvested before they are ripe, and their taste will improve as they continue to ripen after harvest. Florida peaches are picked when ripe because their taste and sweetness will not be improved as they ripen. In other words, Florida peaches shouldnt be picked bef ore they are ripe, and you shouldnt try to keep them very long after you pick them. Store Florida p eaches in the refrigerator and dont stack them. Gently wash peaches before eating. Local you-pick farms: Deer Park Peaches: 6900 Kempfer Road, St. Cloud, 321-288-3030, FB: Deer Park Peaches Premium Peach: 3920 Packard Ave., St. Cloud, 407-448-9958, FB: Premium Peach LLC Growing your own peaches The varieties listed in this article are low-chill and will produce quality fruit in our warm climate. They are also selfpollinating, so you wont need multiple trees or varieties to produce fruit. Peach fruits have two different textures: melting flesh or nonmelting flesh. Melting flesh peaches are juicy, stringy and are best eaten fresh, in smoothies, or processed into preserves. The fruit is soft and prone to bruising so they do not store well fresh. Melting flesh peaches should be treeripened, as their flavor will not improve with ripening after harvest. Varieties to grow here: UFSun, UFBest, UFOne. Non-melting flesh peaches are the firmer type of Florida peach that you will find in grocery stores. They are suitable for eating fresh, canning, freezing or pies. Varieties to grow here: FlordaGrande, TropicBeauty, FlordaPrince, FlordaGlo. Florida peaches are all clingstone or semi-clingstone, which means the peach pit will not totally separate from the flesh like some northern varieties of freestone peaches. Suitable soil pH for peaches is 6-6.5. As with any fruiting plants in Florida, irrigation is needed to keep peach trees healthy during dry periods. Frequent, light applications of slow-release fertilizer during the growing season will help peach trees stay healthy and produce well. A slowrelease fruit fertilizer like a 12 percent nitrogen; 4 percent phosphorus; 8 percent potassium with micronutrients will work in our sandy soils. Peaches require pruning in the winter and again in the summer to give them good structure and keep them short enough for easy fruit picking. Peach trees will develop smaller and lowerquality fruits if they are not thinned. To have larger fruit, thin the developing fruits to one fruit every six inches of branch when the fruit is about as big as a dime. For more information about gardening and farming in Florida, contact the UF IFAS Extension in Osceola County: 321-697-3000. Jessica Sullivan is an agent with UF/ IFAS Extension Osceola County Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. Could hemp replace oranges as Floridas agricultural powerhouse?AGRICULTURAL BRIEFS FWC provides tips for living with alligators The American alligator is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and stable alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million alligators of every size. They are an important part of Floridas wetlands, but should be regarded with caution and respect. Alligators become more active and visible during spring when temperatures rise and their metabolism increases. Although serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found anywhere there is standing water. Reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators by swimming only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Also keep pets on a leash and away from the water. Because alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun, they may be easily observed. However, the FWC urges people to keep their distance if they see one. And never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. The FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program to address complaints concerning specific alligators. People concerned about an alligator should call the FWCs tollfree Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (3924286). SNAP uses contracted nuisance alligator trappers throughout the state to remove alligators 4 feet in length or greater that are believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property. The FWC also works diligently to keep Floridians and visitors informed, including providing advice about Living with Alligators. Look out for manatees when boating Chances of close encounters between Florida manatees and boaters increase in the spring. For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic mammals. Spring is a great time to go boating in Florida, but manatees are out there too. Please watch out for them, said Ron Mezich, who heads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee management program. From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts. FWC law enforcement officers are on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the seasonal manatee speed zones and take enforcement actions when appropriate. Since manatees are difficult to detect when underwater, operators of boats and personal watercrafts can help by: Wearing polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees. Looking for large circles on the water, also known as manatee footprints, indicating the presence of a manatee below. Looking for a snout sticking up out of the water. Following posted manatee zones while boating. Reporting an injured, distressed, sick or dead manatee to the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or dialing #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone. Forestry firefighter of the year namedFlorida Commissioner of Agriculture AdamPutnam and the Florida Forest Service recognized Senior Forest Ranger John DeWolfe as the 2017 Forestry Firefighter of the Year. John DeWolfe has served as a wildland firefighter with the Florida Forest Service since September 1997, and he currently serves in the Lakeland District. During last years historic wildfire season, which burned more than 260,000 acres, DeWolfe served as the Incident Commander for the Florida Forest Services incident management teams in the Lakeland District and the Withlacoochee Forestry Center. Our wildland firefighters risk their lives daily to protect Floridas wildlife and residents from wildfire, and last year they courageously battled one of the most severe wildfire seasons in recent history, said Putnam. I congratulate John on being named the 2017 Forestry Firefighter of the Year and thank him for his selfless service.Florida fruit is just peachy April 15 marks start of Floridas bat maternity seasonIf you have bats roosting in your attic, eaves or chimney spaces, now is the time to give them an eviction notice. Bat maternity season begins April 15 and runs through Aug. 15. Exclusions of bat colonies must be completed before the season starts. During bat maternity season, bats gather to give birth and raise their young, said Terry Doonan, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist and mammal conservation coordinator. The season lasts until the young bats can fly and feed themselves. In Florida, this occurs from mid-April through mid-August for most bat species. Bat exclusions are illegal during this maternity season to prevent young bats that cannot yet fly from being trapped inside structures and dying. Fl orida is home to 13 resident bat species, including threatened species such as the Florida bonneted bat. Some bat species roost in artificial structures, including buildings and houses. Although it is illegal to harm or kill bats in Florida, guidelines have been developed allowing for the legal exclusion of bats outside of the maternity season. Exclusion guidelines on how to remove bats from buildings can be found at By Charlie Reed For the News-Gazette While Florida tries to save its struggling citrus industry, the state is exploring a potential new cash crop; industrial hemp. The University of Florida Board of Trustees gave the greenlight to develop hemp management and cropping systems this month. Gov. Rick Scott last summer signed the Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects bill into law. It allows UF and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University to conduct research projects on cultivating industrial hemp in rural areas of the state. The 2014 Federal Farm Act permits states and universities to grow or cultivate hemp for research to determine future uses as a commercial project. So far, 30 states have approved similar bills, with some 30 colleges and universities participating the research. UF officials are in the process of choosing locations in South, Central and North Florida to explore a broad range of climates and soils where hemp can be grown. Osceola County is certainly a possible candidate with tens of thousands of undeveloped acres in the southern portion of the county. The move is an important step to test the viability of what could become a valuable alternative crop for the states agriculture producers as the citrus industry continues to reel from citrus greening disease and the devastating effect on crops after Hurricane Irma last fa ll. Some growers in South and Central Florida lost up to 90 percent of their crops, with $761 million in citrus industry losses because of the storm. Agricultural forecasts for Floridas iconic crop remains bleak, making industrial hemp all the more attract ive as a replacement crop. Hemp is not the illegal weed bought on the street or medical marijuana that can be purchased legally at official dispensaries. Hemp is often confused with its cannabis cousin marijuana, but it contains considerably less of the psychoactive compound THC and requires minimal care in cultivation as opposed to a carefully controlled environment. Industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis sativa plant, has been cultivated for 10,000 years as a fiber and grain crop. Industrial hemp also has applications for building materials, plastics, forages, skin products and even pain relief as a topical oil. Hemp can easily be made into paper, and hemp seeds already are consumed in the U.S. and around the world for their nutritional value. In order for the UF research to begin, it still must be approved by federal and state legislative entities including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said this week he wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the controlled substances list that now associates it with its cousin marijuana. Its now time to take the final step and make this a legal crop, McConnell said. PHOTO BY KAREN PARKER.


Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 3 Editors note: Herb Harbin is the president of the Osceola County Farm Bureau, a group that supports those in the farming and horticulture industry through community involvement and legislative action. On National Agriculture Day, March 21, the News-Gazette sat down with Harbin to discuss the future of agriculture in Osceola County, why controlled burns are benecial to Central Florida soil and drones that help monitor crops. News-Gazette: e legislative session wrapped up a couple weeks ago. What are some good things that came out of the Farm Bureaus eorts in Tallahassee this year? Harbin: We were able to get some help for farmers still recovering from the hurricane, some tax breaks on supplies they had to buy to repair damage around their property and things like that. Some key spending bills were passed that will help support research eorts at the University of Florida and local extension oces, which operate 4H and other local ag education programs. e Rural Lands and Family Protection Program also received good funding this year, though we can always use more. at funding is so important because it allows families to stay and preserve their farmland by giving owners property easements. ere is a big incentive for people to sell to developers who continue getting closer and closer to agriculture land. Money from that program makes it easier, less costly for them to stay on that land and support their family. We should preserve and protect this valuable land, and allow the next generation to stay on land that has been in their family for generations sometimes. We all need food to survive, and as our world grows, that need is going to increase. We are lucky we live in a country where we can produce enough food to feed our people. We import things, sure, but we also have many natural resources in our nation, and we need to preserve them. Whats important to the agriculture community is important to everyone. We are all a part of this, and everyones food comes from farmers, ranchers and other producers. News-Gazette: Do you think continued development is a threat to the future of agriculture in Osceola County? Harbin: It does create some challenges. When people continue getting closer to rural lands, theres a lot of things about farm practices and running a farm they may not understand, like spraying elds with pesticides or having controlled burns. ese are all completely normal things, but if youre not used to them and if its happening near you, you might be concerned about a re going on near your home and the smoke that goes with it. News-Gazette: Why do farmers need to have controlled burns anyway? Harbin: Its a part of best practices management. Science shows that the soil has richer nutrients and minerals aer a periodic burn. e soil in Central Florida especially. Soil in South Florida, that swampy muck kind of soil, thats dierent. But the gray sand kind of soil here is used to periodic lighting strikes and lighting res that naturally tend to occur every ve or six years. As we continue to develop the land though, and re safety practices improve, we arent seeing those naturally occurring res where they need to be anymore. So by creating a controlled re periodically, a grower can ensure that same rich land. News-Gazette: Are you optimistic about the future of agriculture in Osceola County? Harbin: Yes, I would say for the most part were very optimistic. We have a lot of great support at the local level from our county commissioners and other local ocials. ey care and listen to the needs of the agriculture community, and check in with us to see what issues were having and where they can help. ere are some things coming up in the future in Osceola County that will be benecial to farmers and ranchers. For example, the NeoCity project will be a great thing for the community. e small sensors that will be developed and produced there can be used out in the elds to give farmers a tremendous amount of useful data about the soil, its chemical levels, how much water it needs, so much. Its amazing. Technology has transformed the agriculture industry in a great way. We can grow things better than ever before, and have more control over it. A you-pick blueberry farmer out on Old Canoe Creek Road can read data from ground sensors from his phone, and adjust water levels and other measures accordingly. Its a great thing, and were happy to see something like that, those kinds of advancements, coming to Osceola Country. MOVERS AND SHAKERSFarm Bureau president: Were very optimistic about future of agriculture in Osceola Herb Harbin MARCHContinued from Page 1 She is working with Osceola County Sheri Russ Gibson for an upcoming Gi Cards for Guns event. Deanna Paul, a retired law-enforcement officer and Narcoossee resident, said she came out because enough is enough. I support the 2nd Amendment, but regular citizens shouldnt have assault weapons that are designed to take many lives. And unfortunately, were seeing just what they can do, Paul said. Recently introduced legislation both in Congress and the Florida Legislature include eorts to arm teachers. Katie Meyers, a teacher and gun owner with a concealed-carry permit, said thats a bad idea. I just dont see where it would be possible for teachers to carry a gun safely in a school, said Meyers, who works with children with emotional and behavioral disorders at Narcoossee Elementary School. Brian Morgan came with Meyers and brought his 4-year-old son Ale. Its crazy that it took a month to get fast-lane TSA approval but you can go buy a gun the same day, he said. Vietnam veteran Victor Noto came out not only to call for more gun regulation but also to support the youth-driven movement. I like what the kids are doing, said Noto, who lives in Good Samaritan Village. It gives me hope for the future. Ofcials: Stop trying to recycle plastic bags By Charlie Reed For the News-Gazette If youre tossing your recyclables into the curbside bin inside of plastic garbage bags then theyre likely going straight to the dump. Youre also wasting your time if you put those ubiquitous small plastic bags in with your cans, bottles, paper and cardboard. Plastic bags turning up on the receiving floor of recycling centers in the county get caught on sorting machine gears. Its prompted Osceola County to advise See Recycle Page 6.SCHOOLContinued from Page 1 students once construction is complete. Officials said the Harmony middle school is being constructed as a direct response to rapid growth in the eastern part of Osceola County. A $28 million construction contract was awarded to Moss in July to build the new structure, which will be located near Harmony High School at 3671 Arthur J. Gallagher Blvd. in St. Cloud. Designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture, the campus will include a two-story academic building that contains the administration offices, media center, kitchen, multi-purpose room and 1,408 student stations. Safety and security were key considerations during design planning: the site is fully fenced with gates for access. In addition, the school will have a one-story, 800-seat gymnasium building, two retention ponds, a multi-purpose field with track, baseball eld, basketball courts and protected wetlands. The building construction will consist of concrete tilt wall panels, a steel structure and low slope roofs. Funds to create the new school will come from district impact fees. Each new home or residential property is charged a fee based on how many students it may contribute to the county. ose fees were recently increased at a March County Commission meeting to accommodate the new school structures, including Harmony Middle. Chief Financial Ocer Sarah Graber said funds generated from a half penny sales tax approved in November 2016 only pays for the renovation of existing schools, not the construction of new ones. Superintendent Debra Pace was joined by School Board members and other community figures Wednesday for the schools ribbon cutting. The planning and construction of our new middle school in Harmony plays a critical role in the combined efforts to promote and support our students, as well as to further positive economic growth in Osceola County, said School Board Chairman Ricky Booth. PHOTO/OSCEOLA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTGround was broken for the new Harmony Middle School on Wednesday. From left: Dave Torbert, partner at SchenkelShultz Architecture; Bob Moss, owner of Moss Construction; Ricky Booth, chairman of the Osceola County School Board; Dr. Debra Pace, superintendent of the Osceola School District; Tim Weisheyer, Osceola County School Board member; Jay Wheeler, Osceola County School board member; and Fred Hawkins Jr., Osceola County Commission chairman. LOCAL


Page 4 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 By Robert C. Koehler How close, how intimate, have you ever gotten with Greenland? A new documentary called Stella Polaris, directed by Yatri Niehaus part of Chicagos 10th annual Peace on Earth Film Festival takes you on a meditative journey to this lonely, extraordinary island, to its melting ice, its rampaging waters and crumbling glaciers, where climate change is a part of daily life, and where the native people have wisdom and heart to oer the rest of us. It begins with a slow meditation on the beauty of the ice. en, six minutes in, a wall of ice suddenly crashes into the ocean. e Old People of Greenland have told us, since the sixties, this time its too late to stop it, a native man says. . . Your religion, your money and your politics cannot stop the melting of the Big Ice. But the story is told matter-of-factly, mostly without rancor or blame. Indeed, its not really a story in the ordinary sense. Its a slow walk across the ice: a swirl of light and sky, ice and ocean, in loving close-up and stunning overview. Punctuating the photography are the words of an array of Greenland natives, who talk about life here at the far end of Planet Earth life thats ordinary and Western in some ways, but that reverberates with memories of the old ways and the Old People. From clothes to food, we had everything we could ever ask to have, a man named Angaangaq says at one point. en the government came and declared that the village of Qaggat, my grandmothers village, is very poor. ere was no money in the village. It didnt have a store. So the government closed the village and moved by grandmother to Maniitsoq. As he talks, the camera pans over a sterile, soulless, modern building, presumably in the new, money-infused town the Danish government had established. My grandmother died in 1969, he continues. We all say now she died of a broken spirit. She was moved from the village she grew up in, where she was the matriarch of an entire society honored, recognized, respected, acknowledged, loved to a senior home where she was nobody. And then the camera pans to the melting ice. Only by melting ice in the heart of Man does Man have a chance to change and begin using his knowledge wisely. And slowly a truth emerges, that peace on Earth, whatever that is, involves listening to the Old People: the indigenous people, the victims of cultural, spiritual and physical genocide these last 500 years. ey had a connection to the planet that their conquerors dismissed as primitive and irrelevant. Stella Polaris makes this point not with venom but with melting ice, which in close-up cuts through ones consciousness like tears. This movie is merely one of 34 international films, from 11 different countries, that are part of this years Peace on Earth Film Festival, which will be held March 9 to March 11 at Chicagos Davis Theater. Besides the films, the festival also includes Q&A sessions with some of the directors, plus both lmmakers and a peacemakers panel discussions. e mission of the festival, which I have been lucky enough to be a part of since its inception, in 2008, is to raise awareness of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world. It aims to contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, dialogue and programming highlighting individuals on the vanguard of peace activism and social change. POEFF endeavors to enlighten and empower individuals, families and communities to step out of the ignorance of conict, violence and divisiveness, into the light of communication, consideration, tolerance and understanding. Step out of the ignorance of conict . is is an idea that bears close attention. Is it possible? What does it mean? At one point in Stella Polaris, a woman named Laali, a Greenland native who became a social worker and lived for a dozen years in Northern Canada, said: I was working with the First Nation, the Inuit and the Metis women, who were abused or homeless. . .e native people really use their culture, their teachings to li up the spirits of the women, the teenagers, the children who are in need. ey use their elders. ey sit in circles with them. . . e lm doesnt explore this further, but the point here is profound: It is the essence of stepping out of the ignorance of conict. e peace circle/Restorative Justice movement has entered the so-called civilized world from Northern Canada and other parts of the world where indigenous culture has not been totally uprooted. Sitting in a circle with others creating a safe place where everyone is respected, everyone is welcome, everyone can speak builds connection and creates the possibility of healing. As Rupert Ross writes: Healing is by turns subtle and dramatic, but underlying the entire process is this movement toward reconnection. . As the First Principle in e Sacred Tree is phrased: It is . possible to understand something only if we can understand how it is connected to everything else. And I return to the ice, the ocean and the sky. Stella Polaris is not so much a movie to understand as a movie to surrender to. We cant undo what weve done to the planet, but perhaps we can ask its forgiveness. Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound, is still available. Contact him at, visit his website at or listen to him at Voices of Peace radio. Sun Publications of Florida cannot be held responsible for advertising claims. We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue any advertising, and to edit editorial content. All materials in these publications are copyrighted. Publisher will not be liable for any errors in advertising to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error, and accepts responsibility only for an error in the rst weeks issue. to the editor?Email it to Editor Brian McBride at bmcbride@ Melting the ice in the human heart Year 127 No. 26Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor KEN JACKSON A & E Editor JENNIFER DIDOMENICO Production Manager ANGELIQUE PRIORE Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Chief Photographer MARTIN MADDOCK (USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FLPostmaster: Send address changes to: Osceola News-Gazette 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications of Florida, a division of Lakeway Publishers of Florida, Inc. Phone 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. 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Page 6 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 RECYCLEContinued from Page 3 residents about the problem with three solar-powered message boards stationed around the county. Unfortunately, everybody does it. ey put perfectly acceptable items into the bags, which cant be processed, said Solid Waste Manager Danny Sheafer. Its been an issue for more than a year, he said. It means Waste Management the company contracted by the county to run the recycling program simply doesnt recycle most loads that include this thin plastic. You can take the plastic grocery bags back to most of the major chains who then can recycle them, Sheafer said. Its the same story for the city of Kissimmee. Entire truckloads of otherwise recyclable goods are going to landlls because residents arent following the rules and contaminating the stream. Another common recycling issue is food residue in recyclable containers that little bit of sauce le in the spaghetti jar or the yogurt still clinging to the inside of a singleserving cup. Its as simple as giving the containers a quick rinse, so the residue doesnt dry up and require a lot of eort and water to clean later. Kissimmee began charging residents for such oenses a few years ago but put that on hold until notices are sent to all residents. Ocials said they hope to curb the problem before it gets out of hand and starts costing taxpayers more. e biggest thing is the customer are not reading the lids, so we constantly have to educate them, said Kissimmee Sanitation Supervisor Jody Kirkendall. Meanwhile, since China stopped accepting much of the recycling coming from America, the onceprotable program is now losing money, he said. China was the No. 1 buyer of recycling all around the world, then it put constraints in place which has been problematic for local government recycling programs, Kirkendall said. Recycling isnt mandatory in Kissimmee or unincoporated Osceola County, but residents are charged either way. e city charges $17.27 per month for the 15,650 single-family homes in city limits and handles the recycling program in-house. The 64,000 singlefamily households in unincorporated Osceola County are charged $17.57 a month, $16 of which goes to Waste Management. ats about $1 million a month for the program. Check out the top of your recycling bin for exactly what you can and cant recycle. In the meantime, heres a list of acceptable and nonacceptable items. Acceptable paper: Newspapers, junk mail, magazines, telephone books, catalogues, office paper and brown paper bags. Plastics: Bleach, detergent, shampoo bottles and bottles with necks No. 1-7 (number is located on the base of a container). Make sure to rinse them. Metals: Aluminum and aerosol cans, pie pans and steel food containers. Make sure to rinse them. Cardboard: Food boxes, milk and juice containers and cardboard boxes. Make sure to atten the boxes. Glass: Green, clear and brown bottles and jars. Make sure to rinse. Non-acceptable: Recyclables in plastic bags, plastic grocery bags, food waste, clothes and linens, wrapping paper, Styrofoam, disposable cups or atware, electronics, hardback books, ceramics or dishes, motor oil containers, household hazardous waste, light bulbs, window glass or mirrors, yard waste, unnumbered plastics, toothbrushes, toys, hoses, plastic or metal clothes, hangers, construction debris, bricks, wood, cement paint, or spray paint. St. Cloud selects new re chief By Rachel Christian Staff Writer On Monday, Joe Silvestries stepped into his new role as the St. Cloud re chief. Silvestries is an experienced reghter, but said he is still excited to take on the new leadership position. Its a great honor to be selected as fire chief, he said the week before starting his new job. Im excited to begin. Silvestries replaces former re chief Bill Sturgeon, who is now city manager. e two men have known each other for years, and both formerly served as Orange County reghters. Sturgeon stepped down from his role as chief in July when he took over as St. Clouds interim city manager. In November, the City Council approved for him to remain in the position permanently. Rick Stilp has been serving as interim re chief since September. Sturgeon reached out to Silvestries about the position along with other candidates back in January. I think Joe is a very professional, stand-up person who is going to bring a lot of leadership to the position, Sturgeon said. Hes a trustworthy person with good vision. Silvestries arrives to his new position with nearly 30 years of experience as a reghter. He most recently served as an assistant fire chief in Clermont, where he lives with his wife and their 18-year-old son. Silvestries said he was about the same age as his youngest son when a friend recommend that he consider a career as a firefighter. Silvestries signed up for an EMT training class, and met with firefighters at Station 30 in Orange County to learn more about joining the department. Once they told me about the pay, vacation and retirement, I was sold, Silvestries said with a laugh. I knew I already loved the job after completing some training and being around other firefighters, so the benets only made it better. Since then, Silvestries has created a long, successful career as a firefighter, overseeing more than 30 stations in Orange County as shift commander and participating in special operations. As St. Clouds new fire chief, Silvestries will play an important role in the departments future as the town continues to grow. Hell be responsible for working with city ocials and helping them achieve certain goals, such as earning specific accreditation and opening new stations. A fire chief is an appointed position with Silvestries serving as an atwill employee. So basically, I plan on staying there as long as theyre happy with me and want me to keep serving in that role, he said. Silvestries will be in charge of overseeing three stations and roughly 65 employees. Since he is new to the St. Cloud area, Silvestries said he wants to learn as much about the community and the department as he can during his rst few weeks on the job. I want to learn from the local government and others what goals St. Cloud has for the re departments future, and then start taking steps to make those goals a reality, he said. I want to make sure tax payer dollars are being used well in an eective way. Silvestries said he is also looking forward to working with his new fellow reghters. Its a rela tively young department with a lot of energy, so Im excited, he said. Silvestries Motorcyclist killed in crash A Kissimmee motorcyclist was killed on Sunday aer he slammed into a house. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Timothy Ablan, 30, was riding a 1999 Honda motorcycle southbound on Salsona Avenue and drove through the intersection of Virginia Drive. The motorcycle then went into the front yard of a Virginia Drive home and slammed into the north side of the house. Ablan was found in the bushes along side of the house and was pronounced dead. FHP responded about 11 a.m., but it was unclear what time the crash occurred, according to the report. The crash remains under investigation. Orlando man killed in Osceola crashAn Orlando man was killed getting o Interstate 4 in Osceola County aer he lost control of the car he was driving. The male driver was driving a 2006 Toyota Scion westbound on I-4 and attempted to exit onto State Road 429. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the man lost control of the car, le the roadway and hit a tree head-on. He was pronounced dead on scene. He was not identified by troopers because his family had not been notied.Easter Extravaganza set for today By Lisa Concepcion Poinciana Writer Travel a bit outside of Poinciana proper today and enjoy Bellalagos Egg-citing Easter Extravaganza and Health Fair at Lago Vista (the boat ramps) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. e day of fun includes an Easter egg hunt, carnival games, rides, cotton candy, craing, entertainment and food tricks. is event is open to the public. Celebrate Womens History Month today from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Poinciana Branch Library. Actress Brooke Pratt will present the story of Margaret Brown, better known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown. She is best known for her brave actions during the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Brown was also a human rights activist a philanthropist and an actress. The Association of Poinciana Villages first Paint Night of 2018 will be on Friday, April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Poinciana Community Center, 445 Marigold Ave. is event is exclusively for Poinciana residents. e painting will be on canvas and will be a Poinciana Tree. is will be a custom made painting for the nights theme. e fee is $20, and includes all materials and instructions. Space is limited. To register go to https://letsgoghartcentralflorida. com/products/poinciana-villages-paintparty?variant=2140999122954. Help support Valencia College Poincianas culinary program and enjoy a fabulous breakfast too. The Country Breakfast and Silent Auction for the Culinary Program will take place on Tuesday, April 10. is is a drop-in event with both breakfast and program from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. e breakfast will be pancakes and eggs prepared by Chef Jenifer Denlinger. e recommended donation is $10. Credit card, check, money order or cash donations will be accepted. Donations can be mailed to Valencia College: Attn: PNC Admin, 3255 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, Fl., 34746. Please include a memo-PNC Country Breakfast. RSVP through Eventbrite: http-tinyurl-com-PBreakfast. To read the entire column, go to The motorcycle then went into the front yard of a Virginia Drive home and slammed into the north side of the house. Spring Boutique Fashion Show & Luncheon poolside Includes: Fashion Show Model Makeovers Melia Hotel Dream 7 Designs Merrill Gardens Lifeline in Grief MELIA HOTEL For more information Contact: FB eventsbysandg Tickets $30 69349 Events by S&G Nerium Orlando Team Sephora UGG Disney Springs Sponsored by Nikki Flor es at 407-433-7252 www .f Ro taryClubofStCloud 033118.SNG


Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 7 CONTACT KEN JACKSON OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE SPORTS EDITOR EMAIL KJACKSON@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM State Weight7 go on to state liing meet. Page 9. Sports Editor The Kissimmee Klassic, the 32team, multi-bracket high school soball tournament hosted by Osceola High, returns for its 26th edition starting Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Osceola County Soball Complex. Annually, the Klassic showcases the best eld of soball squads, bar none, in the state of Florida, and likely the Southeast. This year will be no different, tournament liaison Roger Jones said. It is setting up to maybe be the most talented tourney in the country, he said. Twenty-nine of the 32 teams coming to the Klassic have been ranked this year already. Eleven of the teams have been ranked No. 1 or 2 in their state already this year at some time, and three of them are defending state champs, with four of them have been nationally ranked in the top 30 of the country already. is years tournament continues through Saturday evenings championship games. Land OLakes, the reigning Class 6A state champion, is the top seed in the Blue Bracket, which includes 8A champ Orange Park Oakleaf and state seminalist St. omas Aquinas, 5A runner-up Eustis and 2A runner up Aucilla Christian. Its in the Blue Bracket where youll nd St. Cloud, 8-3 entering another stern test as a Klassic warmup, the Rutenbar Classic in Bartow, where they face Bartow and Winter Springs today in pool play. After hosting at District 8A-10 game Tuesday against Windermere, the Bulldogs face Parkland Stoneman Douglas on ursday at 4 p.m. In the Gold Bracket, Pembroke Pines Charter (16-1), the current No. 1 in the state Class 7A poll, is the top seed in a bracket that includes Tampa Alonso, Gulliver Prep, and St. Petersburg Canterbury, all top-five programs in the polls in their classes. Osceola (12-3) eighth in the Class 9A poll, is among that mix, the fourth seed in the Gold. e Kowgirls open the tournament Thursday at 7:30 against Riverview. Over 100 players coming to the tournament have signed college scholarships orally committed to programs. Other rst round games ursday in the gold bracket are: Lake Region vs. Coral Gables (2 p.m.); Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Tampa Plant (4 p.m.); Montverde Academy vs. Cooper City (4 p.m.); Rockledge vs. Lake Howell (4 p.m.); Canterbury vs. Vero Beach Masters Academy (6 p.m.); Gulliver Prep vs. Okeechobee (6 p.m.); Eau Gallie vs. Tampa Alonso (7:30 p.m.). The blue bracket contains most of the tournaments heavyweights: Gateway reaches 10 wins after 3-0 week in OBCIndoor soccer team begins play in December Sports Editor The Gateway Panthers baseball team is young this season. And, after three wins this week, theyre now 10-3. Gateway, looking for a third straight trip to the regional playos, geared up with a 3-0 week in which it outscored Orange Belt Conference opponents 36-12 with wins over Celebration (11-7 Monday), Poinciana (10-0 Tuesday) and Harmony (15-5). While his pitchers struggled with control a bit Wednesday Harmony scratched out ve runs in the fifth inning on four walks, a hit batter, and error and just one hit the offense compensated when needed, and Gabriel Delorbe threw a no-hitter Tuesday against Poinciana with seven strikeouts. Everything felt good, and the defense played great, Delorbe said of Tuesday. I think our seasons going good. Wednesdays game was about who made the fewest mistakes, and while Gateway was far from perfect, they took advantage of five walks and seven Harmony errors. Center fielder Emile Perez was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs, and designated hitter Armando Ramirez See Soccer, Page 9.NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKChris Kokalis, general manager of a new Major Arena Soccer League team that will begin play at the Silver Spurs Arena this December, introduces a gathered crowd to the league and sport of indoor soccer Wednesday at The Heritage Club. The new team, and another to start play this season in Toronto, will bring the MASL to 18 teams in 2018-19. FILE PHOTOSt. Cloud, shown here playing Cooper City in the 2017 Kissimmee Klassic, opens the event Thursday at 4 p.m. against Parkland Stoneman Douglas. Sports Editor After years of hosting minor-league sports years ago Kissimmees Silver Spurs Arena joined the major leagues Wednesday with the announcement that a new Major Arena Soccer League franchise will call Osceola County home for the leagues 2018-19 season. The Kissimmee team joins the MASL, the major league of indoor soccer, along with a team in Toronto that will get the league to 18 teams situated across the country and in Mexico. e local team should have a natural rivalry with the Lakeland-based Florida Tropics, entering their third season in the MASL. Information is available about the club at a working temporary website, www. Among the information there is a Name the Team contest. Fans can submit their suggested names, and those who choose the eventual selected name will win game tickets, which will start at $10. Orlando Professional Indoor Soccer LLC, made up of investors already involved in another MASL team, the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Rampage, are the owners. They, along with Chris Kokalis, the new franchises general manager, and ocials from Osceola Heritage Park and Osceola County, joined together at e Heritage Club for the announcement. The team will play 12 regular-season games from December through April. Kokalis said he also hopes to schedule a preseason exhibition and host a small group of teams for a sort of winter training. With the winter and spring MASL season and the presence of the Orlando City Lions and Orlando Pride nearby, professional soccer becomes a yearround activity in the Orlando metropolitan area, a fact not lost on MASL Commissioner Joshua Schaub. The MASL views Orlando as a prime soccer market and a perfect match for the MASL, he said. e league looks forward to many exciting years ahead in Orlando as we continue to introduce arena soccer to Florida and expose our international league to new markets. Fans can look forward to an extremely fast paced and physical brand of soccer. Major-league indoor soccer is a fast-paced, highscoring game enclosed by boards, with five players and a goalkeeper on the field at a time for each team.. Most games feature double-digit scores; MASL games averaged 13.64 goals per game during the 201718 season. e Baltimore Blast, the reigning league champion, has been around for over 25 years in indoor leagues of various names (National Professional Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League II, National Indoor Soccer League). MASL teams are also located in Harrisburg, Pa., Syracuse, Cedar Rapids, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St. Louis, El Paso and Hidalgo, Texas, Monterry and Hermosillo, Mexico, San Diego, Ontario and Turlock, Calif., and Tacoma, Wash. OHP General Manager Robb Larson said the work to bring the team to Kissimmee had been ongoing for months, and started even before that with upgrades to the arena that include a new modern scoreboard, LED ribbon boards and upgraded concourses, parking lots and new lighting. Were watching whats going on in Orlando as a soccer market, and we look forward to the season getting started, he said. e league reported an average attendance of 2,539 for regular season games in 2017-18, and 4,100 in the playoffs. Kokalis said the Silver Spurs 7,500 seating bowl ts what the MASL is trying to accomplish. We looked at some others in the area but Robb and his team were willing to work with us, See Beisbol Page 8. See Klassic, Page 9. NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKGateway pitcher Joseph Roque fires one to the plate in Wednesdays 15-5 win over Harmony. The lefty pitched 4 2/3 innings to earn the win.


Page 8 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 CLASSIFIEDSIn Print, Online & MobileLooking for SomethingUNIQUE?Keep an eye on the Classieds.Every day, browse a fresh selection of items for sale locally, from classic cars to estate jewelry, vintage furniture, antiques, collectibles and the latest garage sale listings. Call Jody at 321.402.0423 for details today! Place your classied ad for only 20 words for $25 in 2 issues* 20 words for $35 in 4 issues* excludes garage sale ads had five effective plate appearances: three walks, a sacrifice fly, another RBI single in the seventh, with three runs and two stolen bases. Joseph Roque pitched 4 2/3 innings to get the victory, striking out three and giving up three hits. Im proud of the boys, GHS Coach Jim Moran said. Were a good team, sometimes we dont show it, but these kids know what theyre doing wrong. We dont have to tell them, they just go to battle. Harmony (8-8) played their rst game under Coach Joe Allison, the former JV coach. School ocials made the change during spring break, replacing former coach Hal Keene. Were sorry for the kids that it had to be done during the season, Longhorns Athletic Director John Wallauer said this week. It just couldnt wait until the end of the year. Allison said hes already met with parents to get everyone in the program back on the same page. We want to be a program, something maybe wed gotten away from the last couple of years, he said. I love this program and denitely plan to put my hat in for the job permanently at the end of the year. First baseman Jackson Sibbitt had an RBI single for Harmony, who travels to Poinciana on Wednesday and District 7A-6 foe Sebastian River Friday. Melvin Cotto, the Panthers ace, is 5-1 on the year as a sophomore who overcame heart problems in the offseason and is now playing problem-free. I feel good. I wish the district (tournament) was right now, were playing well and everyone is working hard. Gateway hosts Liberty Tuesday and travels to Osceola on Friday in a game that could likely dictate the Orange Belt Conference winner. The Panthers, whove lost just three times, with two of them coming to St. Cloud (7-3), beat the Kowboys, 2-1 on March 2. Osceola (10-4) scratched out a 2-1 win Tuesday over Celebration (6-8). J.P. Clement and Frankie Santaniello had RBI singles to give the Kowboys a 2-0 lead, and Franklin Ramirez, C.J. Oliverria and Hamilton Martinez combined to throw a two-hitter. e Storm cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth on Chris Nunezs RBI groundout that scored Eric Echevarria. Ten teams turned up this past windy Wednesday for the weekly Toho Marine Lake Toho Wednesday Night Shootout, and 104.11 pounds of bass were caught. e winning team of Butch and Austin took home the jackpot with 19.49 pounds. Second place went to last weeks winning team of Skip Stowers and Mark with a limit totaling 15.69 pounds that included the Denali Rods Big Fish, a sweet 6.97 pounder. Missing a shot of the jackpot by ounces in both total weight and big sh was Charlie Harrelson, who shed solo that night. The second Toho Marine Elite One Man Series Tournament was held March 24 on Lake Istokpoga, where 33 Anglers participated and $2,175 was paid out among the top ve places. Tim Snellings had a total of 22.03 pounds for the win and received $1,088 that included a nice 7.20-pounder that weighedin as the second biggest sh earning him an additional $145. Bob McDaniel came in Second Place with 16.66 pounds earning $435. ird Place and $326 went to Richard Johnson for his 13.87 pound limit and the Big Fish honors with his 7.34 pound catch and a bonus of $290. Kim Hebb was right behind him in fourth with 12.49 pounds, $217 and rounding out the top ve was Ryan Hoover with 11.79 pounds and $109. e Enigma Fishing recipient for nishing one spot out of the money was Anthony Pepe. Some 85 bass were caught for a total of 196.14 pounds. Only seven out of the 33 anglers were able to catch a limit on what some described as a tough lake Saturday. After two tournaments completed, Bob McDaniel is your current leader in the Angler Of The Year with 397 points, leading Santos Solis Jr. (385 points) and Rich Mills (384). Next stop is Lake Okeechobee / Scott Driver Park on April 21. e Osceola Anglers is hosting the North vs. South Tournament this weekend out of Camp Mac. is is an event where high school anglers are grouped with other high school shing clubs. Teams are made up of students from the North Central Florida area and compete against students from the South Central Florida area. The overall total weight of all fish determines who wins. I will have full results next week. Have a wonderful Easter weekend. If taking in a boat ride, please be safe. Tight lines, friends! CINDY JOINTThe Reel DealBEISBOLContinued from Page 7. Wednesday tourneys, Elite One Man Series are in full swing


Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 9 SPORTS A Bridge To Our Past 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 010517.TNG New Construction Commercial & ResidentialSewer Video Camera Repair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing SOCCERContinued from Page 7. County sends 7 lifters to 2A state meet By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Seven Osceola County liers claimed spots in the Class 2A state weightliing field on Friday, and a handful of others have to wait another couple days to see if their Region 6 lis were good enough to qualify as wild cards. Fridays regional included District 10 schools from Polk County, and it was Auburndale (36 points) that took the team title. Osceola and St. Cloud (31) tied for second and Harmony (29) was fourth. Poinciana (10) tied for eighth out of the 17 schools. Celebration (2) was 13th. St. Cloud Coach Cory Aun, who did his best to split time as the Bulldogs coach and the event coordinator, said a handful of liers did not pass weighins and it threw the results into a tizzy. We tied for second with Osceola and by all rights they should have beaten us, he said. Harmony could have won if the Auburndale 129-pounder bombed out and if one of the Osceola kids made weight. My 119 and 129 did not make weight. Its a dierent meet if they all do. Only the regional champions in the 10 weight classes in the states eight 2A regions are guaranteed state meet spots. Aer the regional champions, the top 12 at each weight class across the state earn a wild card berth. e state meet is April 7 at Arnold High in Panama City Beach. The last regional meet occurred Wednesday, delaying the results. Thats four days past the time when we were supposed to hold them all, Aun said. Im hoping by Friday Ill have the composite list to find out who made it out. Im keeping my ngers crossed one or two more couldnt sneak in. Poincianas Jacob Bazilme (205-17580) was the 199 pound winner. At 139, Harmonys Brett McCarroll (255-260) won and returns to the state meet and will take Joseph Derryberry (238, 305-305 610) with him. Osceolas Dion Bergan (heavyweight, 345-315 660) also earned a return trip to state. Kowboys Bernie Velez (154, 2402400) and Jakobe Thomas (219, 320-265 585) are also headed to Panama City. St. Cloud is represented by Ricardo Hernandez (169, 290-235). A handful of other county lifters are waiting it out, including Osceolas Daniel Rodriguez (third at 119, 340 total), Harmonys Cameron Scheerer (second at 129, 435), St. Clouds Johnny Fritz and Gil Sosa (second and third at 183 with 515 and 495), Harmonys Garrett Breeding, a district and OBC champion (third at 199 with 580) and Osceolas Jordan Redmond (second at heavyweight, 650). Stuart South Fork vs. Eustis (4 p.m.); Gainesville vs. Aucilla Christian (6 p.m.); Lakewood Ranch vs. Academy at the Lakes (6 p.m.); Bartow vs. Keystone Heights (6 p.m.); St. omas Aquinas vs. Tate (7:30 p.m.); Land OLakes vs. Winter Springs (7:30 p.m); Timber Creek vs. Oakleaf (7:30 p.m.). The tournament continues with games starting at 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The championship games begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 per day or $30 for a tournament pass. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult. For more information about the Kissimmee Klassic, visit from Page 7. and this can be one of the best venues in the league and a perfect fit for this product, he said. Osceola County has welcomed us with open arms. is is a tourist destination and we look to drive tourism. We look forward to having a relationship with Orlando City and furthering the game of soccer in Osceola County. He said the league gets players from all different levels. College players use it as a stepping stone to get to a higher level, and those in outdoor leagues like (the minor league) USL who use it as a way to continue playing during their offseason, Kokalis said. There are international players who see it as a last chance to continue their careers. He said local tryouts will be held in May, with camps held statewide over the summer in order to nd talent. Toni Smith, a representative of the Iowabased ownership group, said Osceola County and Central Florida are an appealing market to put a team in. We love this area, weve been coming here for 20 years. Were big Disney fans, too, she said. e weather is awesome. County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb noted the MASL season is during a slower time in local tourism. is will pick up some of the slack our local hotels feel in the winter months, she said. Were excited about the formation of a new professional team at the highest level of indoor soccer in the United States, and that its coming here.NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/ROB HERBERTSt. Clouds Ricardo Hernandez was the 169-pound Region 6 champion and qualified for the state meet.


Page 10 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 DAILYSATURDAY03-31MANDY HARVEY Old Town will host a spring concert by Americas Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winner, Mandy Harvey. e concert will be in the South Entertainment Area of Old Town in Kissimmee. A limited amount of VIP Meet & Greet tickets are also available online and includes free parking. Guests can save up to 30% by purchasing general admission tickets online at MYOLDTOWNUSA.COM FAMILY PICNIC AND EASTER EGG HUNT First United Methodist Church in Winter Park will hold a Family Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the Osceola Lodge. e event will include an egg hunt, face painting, pony rides, games, a bounce house and more. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs, blankets and Easter baskets. CHRISSY METZ TV star Chrissy Metz will sign copies of her book is is Me. Barnes & Noble: 2418 E. Colonial Drive in Winter Park. MEET AND GREET Meet local authors from a variety of genres in celebration of Womens History Month. Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando. e free event will take place 2 to 4 p.m. Call 407-835-7323 for more information. OUR LAST NIGHT e Social. e show starts at 6 p.m. For tickets, visitTHESOCIAL.ORGWEDNESDAY04-04FLEA MARKET Sale will feature a large selection of new and vintage items, jewelry and more. Council on Aging, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Carmen Carasquillo: 407-483-1473. FRIDAY04-06PIE BAKERS e AOC National Pie Championship, coming to the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, April 6-7, has announced a new chocolate category using Guittard chocolate. is category will replace the existing chocolate category. For pie baking guidelines and rules, email SCHOOL RUMMAGE SALE St. Luke & St. Peter Church is hosting a school rummage sale. Friday hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at: 2745 Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. THE FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL April 6-15. Back with more lms and celebrity guests. All lms will play at e Enzian: 1300 South Orlando Ave in Maitland. Visit FLORIDAFILMFESTIVAL. COM for the lm lineup, schedule, tickets and more. Additionally, visit ENZIAN.ORG for more information. MOVIE IN THE PARK KUA will host its nal lm of its Movie in the Park season. e Greatest Showman will play on the civic lawn of Kissimmee Lakefront Park at 7:45 p.m. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. RETIRED EDUCATORS GROUP (REAOC) Holds meetings at 11:30 a.m., on the second Friday of the month, Sept-May. Meeting includes a luncheon, program and business meeting. $10 per person. Barney Veal Senior Center: 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Email ginger40@earthlink. net or call 407-892-7428.SATURDAY04-07SPRING BOUTIQUE FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON Prepared to be pampered. With over 25 vendors, ladies can shop, get advice and a massage. Plus auctions and door prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benet Housing 4 All, a nonprot that helps to nd housing for those in need in the community. Poolside at the Melia Hotel in Celebration. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include lunch and the show. Lunch will be served at noon. KISSIMMEE WOMENS CLUB Will host a fundraiser / sale 8 a.m. to 4 1616 W. Oak Street. ere will be delicious homemade baked goods (cakes, pies, muns, cookies, etc.), household items (small appliances, lamps, clothing, glassware, china, linens, bedding, art), plus a womans boutique area (jewelry, pocketbooks,scarfs, etc.).Aer 2 p.m. remaining items will be at half price. Call Jewel Seton with questions: 407-864-4129.SUNDAY04-08CONGREGATION BETH EMETH BIBLE STUDIES Hampton Inn: 4971 Calypso Bay Way in Kissimmee. 10-11 a.m. Call 407-222-6393.FRIDAY04-13BINGO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER Spring Card BINGO Scholarship Fundraiser by the Home & Community Education clubs of Osceola is at the Extension Building in Osceola Heritage Park. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., followed by card BINGO and prizes. e $9 charge is all inclusive. All prots benet scholarship fund. Call 321697-3000 for more information and reservations.SATURDAY04-14 FLORIDA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA Invites you to its Rhapsody in Blue Gala Concert. Dinner at 6 p.m. (VIP ticket only); performance at 8 p.m. Located at The Plaza Live in Orlando: 425 N Bumby Avenue. 1920s party attire is encouraged. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit FSYO.ORGSUNDAY04-15REV. CHASE KEENER New Life Free Will Baptist Church, 1211 Ocean Street, Kissimmee. For directions or more information, call 863-640-4008. THURSDAY04-19PHYSICIAN LECTURE ON KNEE PAIN Poinciana Medical Center is hosting a physician lecture on knee pain, by Dr. Nam Dinh. e informational session is in part of a lecture series, at the Poinciana Library: 101 N. Doverplum Avenue. e event is open to the public. RSVP at 1-888-253-8117. For more information, call 407-530-2013.FRIDAY04-20COMEDY CLUB April 20 & 21. Beer, wine and liquor bar for purchase, plus select Jimmy Bears BBQ food. Porkys Comedy Club will host a weekend of laughs. Expect performances by comedians Shannon Hall and Jim Moran. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8:30 p.m.For tickets and more information, visit www. SUNDAY04-22CARIBBEAN FUSION Is back at Kissimmee Lakefront Park, noon to 8 p.m. Experience Caribbean culture through music, food, cra and dance.FRIDAY04-27COCO Lake Eola will host Coco as its free movie in the park. Event begins at 6 p.m., the movie will start at 8:15 p.m. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks. Food will be available for purchase. Lake Eola Park: 512 East Washington Street in Orlando. SATURDAY04-28LUPUS FOUNDATION WALK Lupus Foundation of America Florida Chapter is hosting a walk at Lake Ella Park: 512 E. Washington Street in Orlando. The walk will begin at 4 p.m. Advanced registration is available online at CHAPTERS. LUPUS.ORG. For more information, contact Devin Brown at 561-279-8606. PAINT OUT Save the date for the Winter Park Paint Out Garden Party. is years event will be held at the Polasek Museum. For more information go to WINTERPARKPAINTOUT.ORGSPRING BREAK CAMP Registration is open for Camp LOL, a sketch comedy camp for kids at Osceola Arts is now open. Cost of the camp is $125 for the week and will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a final showcase on Friday at 3 p.m. Call 407-846-6257 for more information. SHAKESPEARE THEATER Orlando Shakespeare eater in Partnership with UCF (Orlando Shakes) has announced that LinManuel Mirandas and Quiara Alegra Hudes Tony Awardwinning musical, In the Heights will open their 30th Season. Tickets for In the Heights will go on sale June 2018. For more information call (407) 4471700 ext. 1, or visit in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E. Rollins St.). SUNDAY04-297TH ANNUAL SCIENCE OF WINE Orlando Science Center welcomes adults to the 7th annual Science of Wine from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Presented by Southern Glazers Wines and Spirits, the event takes you through a tour of your wine. Experience the science behind the taste and body of your favorite wines while dining on hand-selected pairings provided by some of Orlandos best restaurants. For more information, visit OSC.ORGSATURDAY05-122018 SMOKIN BREWS, BOATS & BBQ Will take place at the St. Cloud Lakefront. Cra Brew Festival: 1-4 p.m. Peoples Choice BBQ Competition: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Booths, vendors and entertainment all day. For more information, visit STCLOUDMAINSTREET.ORG Weekly and Monthly Events CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. Editors note: Due to space constraints, the News-Gazette cannot guarantee that all events submitted will be published in the Daily Planner in every ursday and Saturday edition. Old Town is celebrating 28 years of its well-known Saturday Nite Classic Car Show and Cruise on April 7. The all-day celebration will begin at 11 a.m., and includes live entertainment, giveaways and more. Live music will begin on the Trophy Row Stage at 3 p.m. and run through the evening. Cars will be on display all day, with a cruise down Old Towns brick main road at 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Regularly scheduled nights of the Saturday Nite Classic Car Show and Cruise will resume on April 14. For more information, visit WHAT Saturday Nite Classic Car Show and CruiseWHERE Old TownWHEN April 7COST Free and open to the publicINFORMATION Visit ONGOINGST. CLOUD LINE DANCE CLUBAll levels of line dance are taught. St. Cloud Community Center, 101 17th St.; Mondays 2-5 p.m., ursdays 5:30-9 p.m.; $2 donation 407-957-7738 or 407-908-5976.CRIBBAGE ON FRIDAYSe Cribbage Group at Parks and Recreation on Palm Drive welcomes anyone who would like to play or learn how to play cribbage. e group meets every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the community center. e charge is $.25 for every skunk. Winners can take the half or full pot. TAI CHI FOR HEALTH ON SATURDAYS Tai Chi for Health takes place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Check the library calendar for classes. For more information, call Tracy at 407-900-9003. FLORIDA OMBUDSMANAre you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? e Florida Ombudsman Program currently has volunteer opportunities available statewide. Our volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect and receiving the care they deserve. To learn more about becoming an ombudsman volunteer, visit our website at, search for us on Facebook, or call toll-free at 1-888-831-0404.CRAFTY LADIESMeet at the St. Cloud Community/Senior Center Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. e group knits and crochets lap rugs for veterans. Donations of clean, unused yarn are needed. Call 407-288-3069. HISTORY TRUNK Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County is oering the Early Learning History Trunk for rent, for free. e trunk is designed for pre-K classrooms to bring history and nature alive in exciting and interactive ways. For information contact or visit OSCEOLAHISTORY.ORG/TRAVELING-TRUNKS-2/


Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 11 By Eva Pabon Its right here, right now spring in Osceola County is the best time and place to be gardening. Our subtropical climate frees us to prepare garden beds after the frosts of January and February, allowing plants more time to mature before the summer heat kicks in. Its also the time when plant sales and garden workshops start popping up, oering us a harvest of new possibilities and the questions that go with them. So where do you start? Whether youre a seasoned gardener or youre planting seeds for the rst time, you can turn to the University of Florida IFAS Extension service for help. ere is an oce in every county, including Osceola County. UF/IFAS Extension has over 100 years of experience working with Florida gardeners, and we have a bushel basket of information resources ready to use. EDIS e Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) is an online database with over 3,600 peer-reviewed publications about all aspects of gardening in Florida. Standout titles include the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide, Organic Vegetable Gardening in Florida and Gardening in Raised Beds, as well as publications about specic vegetables, herbs, fruits, owers and landscape plantsif you can name it, theres probably a handy fact sheet about it. Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Having a beautiful home garden or landscape shouldnt have to be hard on your wallet or the environment. Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) helps homeowners and green industry professionals learn how to use low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Head on over to the FFL website to learn about the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program in your county. Gardening Solutions This site from UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology brings Florida homeowners and gardeners the best information about Florida-friendly plants, sustainable landscape practices, and ways to beautify your yard and garden. Website: ( The Florida Master Gardener Program Florida Master Gardeners are UF/IFAS Extension-trained volunteers who offer gardening education within the community, at schools, garden clubs, plant sales and farmers markets. Master Gardeners are an excellent source of face-to-face gardening information, and a richly satisfying experience if youre interested in volunteer work. If you will like more information about the program, we are having a Master Gardener Orientation Session on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. in the UF/IFAS Extension oce in Osceola County. You can register online at or you can call the oce at 321-697-3000. Website: (http://gardeningsolutions.ifas. UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore For many gardeners, the second most important place in their home is their In honor of Womens History Month, Osceola County recognized ve women for their positive contributions to the community on Monday. Our community is stronger because of these remarkable women and their accomplishments, said Osceola Commission Vice Chairwoman Cheryl Grieb. e contributions of this years honorees are dierent, yet signicant. What they share in common is a love for Osceola County and its residents. We hope this recognition inspires others. e impetus for the award started four years ago after Viviana Janer was elected to the commission. These Osceola County women are strong examples of commitment and leadership. Im once again proud that the county can highlight their achievements in order to empower others, Janer said. While women today face challenges in the workplace, we continue to overcome those obstacles and battle for a brighter future for all. is years Woman Warrior honorees, according to a county press, release include: District 1, Miriam Martes, pastor, The Rock Church: Miriam loves being a people person and being hands-on with community involvement. She has served as a minister and a Pastor at e Rock Church, helping to establish ministries throughout the world. She currently is a Pastor at The Rock Church, married with four children. She did not have any religious beliefs until she became a Christian her senior year of college. At a student internship program, she was invited to e Rock Church in Queens, New York in the spring of 1996 where she experienced a remarkable transformation. She testies that the Lord saved her from a life of drugs and delinquency. She developed an immense passion to help young people struggling to nd themselves. Miriam graduated Cum Laude from St Johns University in New York City. District 2, Carmen Carrasquillo, chief operations officer, Osceola Council on Aging: Carmen has been affiliated with the Council On Aging since 1992, rst as a volunteer then as a board member. She worked eectively with residents and leaders to initiate and sustain programs directly serving frail seniors and disabled adults. ese have earned the Osceola Council on Aging Senior Center numerous awards for maintaining the independence and dignity of our constituents, including Outstanding Senior Center in the state of Florida. Her background as a bilingual teacher in the New York Public School system led to starting the rst English classes for Spanish speaking adult residents in Osceola County; implementing the first Spanish voter registration campaign here; and becoming a founding member of BRAVO, a non-profit organization that provided assistance to emigrating Hispanic populations in the County. Carmen is a graduate of New Yorks Baruch College. District 3, Beth Anne Knight, Osceola County deputy county manager: Beth has a wide-ranging set of responsibilities in the dayto-day operation of Osceola County, as well as an important role in the development of policy and planning for the countys future. The countys external departments CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Osceola honors 5 as Woman Warrior UF/IFAS Extension: A garden of useful information FPHOTO/OSCEOLA COUNTYAs part of Womens History month, Osceola County recognized, from left, Beth Knight, Tammi Madison, Miriam Martes, Carmen Carrasquillo and Donna Sines, at a recent County Commission meeting for their leadership. See Extension Page 12.Community leaders help raise awareness for Meals on WheelsThe Osceola Council on Aging invited community leaders to participate in the Meals on Wheels program and they helped deliver meals to the 80 seniors throughout Osceola County. The community leaders served clients of the Osceola Meals on Wheels program. It was an opportunity to educate our community leaders on the need and how the Meals on Wheels program works in preventing Senior Hunger in Osceola County. The Osceola Council on Aging staff coordinated 25plus community leaders who delivered Meals on Wheels to seniors throughout Osceola County. The community leaders consisted of Osceola Council on Aging board members, local law enforcement and re department ocials, lawmakers and local candidates. SUBMITTED PHOTOSt. Cloud City Councilman Dave Askew delivers food to a Meals on Wheels recipient. See Women, Page 12.


Page 12 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 On April 8, 563 B.C., Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is thought to have been born in what is now Nepal. Buddhist tradition had placed his birth in the 11th century B.C., until modern scholars determined he was likely born in the 6th century. O n April 3, 1776, lacking sufficient funds to build a strong navy, the Continental Congress gives privateers permission to attack all British ships. Any goods captured by the privateer were divided between the ships owner and the government. On April 6, 1830, Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion, organizes the Church of Christ. Smith claimed in 1823 that he had been visited by an angel named Moroni who spoke to him of an ancient Hebrew text. Smith translated this text, and in 1830 e Book of Mormon was published. On April 7, 1945, the Japanese battleship Yamato, purportedly the greatest battleship in the world, is sunk in Japans rst major counteroffensive in the struggle for Okinawa. It sank aer being struck by 19 American aerial torpedoes, drowning 2,498 of its crew. On April 5, 1969, some 100,000 antiwar demonstrators march in New York City to demand that the United States withdraw from Vietnam. The weekend of protests ended with demonstrations and parades in other cities. EXTENSIONContinued from Page 11 bookshelf. UF/IFAS has an online bookstore where you can order books, ID decks, posters and DVDs for your gardening library and gis for the gardener in your life. Whether its a guide to organic vegetables, keeping your palms healthy or managing pests without pesticides, this bookstore has something for you. ( Your Local UF/IFAS Extension Ofce Every county in Florida has one: a local office staffed by faculty from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, experienced experts dedicated to using the latest scientific research to help find solutions to your gardening issues. Extension oces oen have demonstration gardens and hold workshops, phone and site consultations, open houses and special events in your community. Some examples of upcoming programs in Osceola County include Florida-Friendly Landscaping Series, Vegetable Gardening, Lawn Care and more. Contact the UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County oce at osceola or at 321-697-3000. Community events UF/IFAS Extension specialists and master gardener volunteers are a familiar presence at gardening workshops, plant sales, county fairs, farmers markets and other events happening in your community. is spring, you can nd them at the following events in Central Florida. They include Osceola County Master Gardeners Plant Sale April 13-14. Other Classes are available in Osceola County, for more information you can visit https:// Eva Pabon is a residential horticulture agent and master gardener coordinator at the UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension. Her email is WOMENContinued from Page 11 such as Animal Control, Community Development, Community Outreach/ Public Information, Corrections, Emergency Management, Fire Rescue/EMS, Human Services, and Public Works all report to her. These departments serve the public directly and under her leadership their mission is conducted with promptness, passion and professionalism. Beth has always been involved in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Osceola Council on Aging, Community Vision and the McCormick Institute. She earned her Masters degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida. District 4, Donna M. Sines, director Community Vision: Donna is regarded as an expert in organizational management and developing outcomefocused collaborations. She has more than 25 years of experience in the non-prot sector and is best known for the creation of Community Vision (established in 1995). She was a leader in downtown Kissimmees revitalization. Under her guidance, Community Vision secured a multimillion dollar grant to operate a mobile health unit oering free healthcare to underserved communities and generating an additional $10 million new dollars. The organization received a $1 million endowment to fund a Community Vision health collaborative in perpetuity. Recent accomplishments include development of Project OPEN, a program that breaks the cycle of poverty through education and training. It provides short-term certification training in high-demand careers, oering a pathway out of poverty with a focus on single moms and the unstably housed. District 5, Tammi Madison, board member St. Cloud Community Pantry: Tammi started volunteering at the St. Cloud Community Pantry 12 years ago. She has served on the board as treasurer and director. Her passion is to help those less fortunate and she feels a person should never go to bed hungry. Tammi is a Kissimmee native, who has been married to her husband, Randy, for 37 years. She has three sons and eight grandchildren. After studying business administration, human resources and marketing at Florida Southern, she spent 11 years running Central Florida Aviation Renishing, Inc. one of two aviation businesses owned and operated by women in America, which was recognized one of the nations Top 10 aviation businesses. She had 10 years in government procurement with the School District, GOAA and Osceola County. Tammi was a wedding cake caterer, owner/publisher of a Christian magazine and an etiquette consultant. The Rotary Club of Kissimmee West will host the seventh annual Student Art Contest & Pancake Breakfast April 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Osceola County School for the Arts. More than 500 student art entries are expected, to be submitted including sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography and more from the local county and private schools. e breakfast menu will feature pancakes, sausage and beverages for a $5 donation per person or $15 for a family of up to 5. Childrens activities will be provided along with raes and a silent auction. A Peoples Choice Award will be awarded to the entry receiving the most votes cast by those in attendance. Votes are cast for each dollar donated by attendees for their favorite entry. An attendee may vote as many times as they desire. e Peoples Choice Award winner will receive half of the proceeds from the voting while the other half is donated to charity. Art entries from each school will be judged and a rst-, second-, and thirdplace award for the best from each school. Net proceeds from the event are to benefit local charitable organizations and programs as well as student education in Osceola County. Funds raised from the previous events to date have resulted in the Kissimmee West Rotary donating over $50,000 to support local educational programs in public and private schools, provide student dictionaries, and to support the Community Food Bank at the Osceola Council on Aging.Pancake breakfast, student art contest set SUBMITTED PHOTOJaime Medina-Campis, a student at Sunrise Elementary School, won the 2017 Best of Show Award. Osceola Health Guide & Directory is a special section dedicated to showcasing local doctors and specialists. To include your business in this widely read special section, contact the Osceola New-sGazette today! Call 407/846-7600. Promote Your Healthcare Services Advertising Deadline: April 13 This special section will publish April 26, 2018. 033118 SNG


Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 13 Mission Statement e mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Orlandos Only Airboat & Wildlife Park Experience3301 Lake Cypress Rd. Kenansville, FL Scouting in Journalism Boys Life The Scout Law.A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave,clean, and reverent.Its fitting that a column about Scouting that appears in a newspaper, which is all about journalism, highlights the monthly periodical all about Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venture Crews and Explorer. Boys Life is the Boy Scouts of Americas monthly magazine, publishes in two demographic editions. Both editions oen have the same cover, but are tuned to the target audience through the inclusion of 16 pages of unique content per edition. e editions cater to younger Cub Scouts (ages 6-10) and older Boy Scouts and Venture crews (11-18). It was rst published in 1911, just over a year aer organized Scouting was founded in the United States. Content includes Special Features, Adventure Stories, Bank Street Classics, Entertainment, Environmental Issues, History, Sports, and Codemaster. Feature columns include Electronics, Entertainment, Fast Facts, History, Hitchin Rack With Pedro the Mailburro, ink and Grin (jokes page), Science, Scouting Around, and Sports. Two columns, Hobby Hows and Collecting, featured Scouts own personal hobby tips and collections, with them being oered $10 for being published in the issue. e magazines mascot is Pedro the Mailburro, who answers readers letters and is the subject of a comic strip. He was introduced in 1947. Boys Life included a column written by Pedro that later evolved into a department known as Hitchin Rack. Scouts could write a letter addressed to Pedro, and mail it to Irving, Texas, where the BSA and Boys Life magazine were headquartered. e comic was discontinued and replaced with e Wacky Adventures of Pedro. For a complete list of school events, visit THIS WEEKS CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS, CONTACT DANA SCHAFER EMAIL SCHAFER@OSCEOLA.K.12.FL.US THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. Deerwood Elementary second grade will be going on a eld trip to Legoland on April 13. e school is looking for volunteers and parents to chaperone the trip. Please contact the schools OASIS Coordinator for more information. Kissimmee Elementary School 2017-18 yearbook will be available to students for $15 through presales only. is means that if a student is wanting to purchase a copy of the yearbook, they need to have prepaid for it ahead of time. Please see Mrs. Biela in the media center if your child is interested. SAC committee meeting taking place on Wednesday, April 11, at 1 p.m. will allow parents and community members to assist in the input and nalization of the SIP (School Improvement Plan) and the Parent Compact for the next school year. Lakeview Elementary School participates in the House Pull For e House pop tab collection contest. Sta, students, friends, and families collect the aluminum pop tabs year-round to be recycled with proceeds beneting the Ronald Although the school is ALWAYS collecting, the cut-o for this years submission is by end of school day on April 2. Tabs can be sent in to the school at any time, all year long. Lakeview Elementary has won rst place for the last four consecutive years. Send in those tabs, and help Lakeview Elementary strive for ve. Neptune Elementary School Night for Neptune Elementary at Tijuana Flats on Monday, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. Come join the fun with your family and friends. Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts at Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts will be held on April 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the media conference room. At this meeting, parents are invited to look at the Family Engagement plan and Title I Compact for the 2018-2019 school year. Denn John Middle School will be taking a trip to Florida Polytechnic on Monday, April 2. Middle will explore civics and history by visiting the Ninth Circuit Court and the Courthouse grounds on Tuesday, April, 3. football team at the following games: Parkway Middle on Monday, April 2, at Middle. Narcoossee Middle vs Wednesday, April 4, at Middle. meeting will be on SAC meeting, two important topics will be addressed: e Parent and Engagement Plan (PFEP) and the School Compact will be revised and reviewed. Discovery Intermediate School Intermediate. e cost is $24 until May, and you can purchase them from Mrs. Veety in the media center. STEM science teacher the STEM Club every Tuesday until the end of school year in Rm. 4-112 from 4 to 5 p.m. will be meeting every Tuesday in rooms 5-115 and 5-104 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is excited to oer free tutoring for students needing extra assistance with reading and math weekly. Students will report to the media center. ey will receive small group instruction in reading or math on Mondays, Tuesdays, and ursdays with the teacher. Intermediate Student Council meets every ursday in room 4-203 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. e Intermediate Student Council is to fulll the needs of every student, faculty member, sta member, and those in the community, through setting an example of respect, honesty, safety, and promoting the values of others. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Becker at 407-343-7300. Neptune Middle School are the week of April 2-7. Middle Seahawk yearbook in the media center today. e price is $30. Also, eighth graders can now pick up baby picture order forms for the yearbook. See Ms. Senter, Media Specialist, with any questions you may have. Westside K-8 SAC/PTSO meeting on ursday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. Parents, business partners, students, and teachers will be helping to revise the Title I Compact for the 2018-19 school year. upcoming theatrical performance, a parody A Midsummer Nights Us on April 5, 6, and p.m., and showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Liberty High School Senior cap and gown pictures will be taken on ursday, April 5. Please see Ms. Sandra ompson, Senior Advisor, if you have any questions. Seniors are invited to attend the Prom Fashion Show, sponsored by the Liberty High School Ambassadors. e fashion show will take place during seventh period on Friday, April 6. on this Island is an interactive entertaining production you wont want to miss at Liberty High. Seating will be limited, and tickets will only be available online. Watch for more details on the schools website and at libertytheatre. Osceola High School will be kicking-o this years National Library Month Celebration by hosting the ocial book launch of Coming To America on April 4 at 7:00 p.m. is published work is an anthology of migration narratives written by nine Osceola High School students and edited by English teacher, Mr. Manuel Hernandez. The March 2018 cover of Boys Life magazine, celebrating its 107th year in print this year


Page 14 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 SUBMIT YOUR CHURCH BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION.Due to space constraints, the News-Gazette cannot guarantee that all church listings submitted will be published in the Worship page every Saturday edition. CHURCHES IN OSECOLA COUNTY Poinciana Pentecostal Church4912 Old Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee; 407-944-1151Real Life Christian Church Hunters Creek3232 N John Young Parkway Kissimmee; 352-394-3553 Church920 Osceola Parkway Kissimmee, 407-247-9993 St. Rose Of Lima Catholic Church3880 Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee; 407-932-5004 srlcc.orgSt. Cloud Church of Christ904 Florida Ave., St. Cloud (corner of 9th St.) 407-957-8044 St. Cloud Church of God501 Dakota Ave.; St.Cloud stcloudchurchofgod.comSt. Cloud Missionary Baptist Church2400 10th St., St. Cloud 407-892-3444; www.scmbc.usSt. Cloud Presbyterian Church909 10th St., St. Cloud 407-892-2813 www.stcloudpresbyterian.orgSt. James AME Zion Church719 N. John Young Parkway Kissimmee; 407-847-3025 St. Johns Episcopal Church1709 North John Young Parkway; Kissimmee 407-847-2009; stjohns-ec.comSt. Luke & St. Peter Episcopal Church2745 Canoe Creek Road St. Cloud; 407-892-3227 www.lukeandpeter.orgSt. Nicholas Anglican Church1792 S. Orange Blossom Tr. Kissimmee; 407-344-2700 www.stnicholasanglican.comShiloh Missionary Baptist Church604 N. John Young Parkway Kissimmee; 407-846-0544Solid Rock Church of God 1904 Michigan Ave. Kissimmee; 407-847-3500 solidrock church ofgod.orgTabernaculo de Poinciana4937 Old Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee; 407-334-6508 Pastorjosesantiago.comTrinity Lutheran Church3016 W. Vine St. Kissimmee; 407-847-4204The Uperward Call Church3272 Canoe Creek Road St. Cloud; 407-593-2930 A merican Sign Language Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses2281 N. acker Ave.Kissimmee; 407-910-2067 www.jw. org Bible Baptist Church1500 E. Vine St. Kissimmee; 407-847-4068 www.BibleBaptistKissimmee. com or www.BBC-HCS.orgCampbell City First Missionary Baptist Church4463 Bryan Ave. Kissimmee 407-935-1802 or 865-566-8579Canoe Creek Christian Church4080 Pine Tree Drive St. Cloud; 407-891-1492 Catalyst Community Church 14500 Landstar Blvd Orlando, 32824 http://www.catalyst Del Espritu Santo722 N Main St. Kissimmee; 407-655-5816Casa De Generaciones1219 Ingram St.,Kissimmee 407-914-6068 Christian Life Church2750 Partin Settlement Road Kissimmee 407-847-7631The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints2821 Old Canoe Creek Rd. St Cloud, FL 34772 407-892-5568 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints1900 N. John Young Parkway Kissimmee 407-847-3978Christ Our Savior Fellowship915 New York Ave. [VFW Hall], St. Cloud 407-922-2409Community Church at Celebration501 Celebration Place Kissimmee; 407-494-4644 www.celebration communitychurch.comCatalyst Community Church 14500 Landstar Blvd Orlando, 32824 http://www.catalyst Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration511 Celebration Ave. Celebration 407-566-1633 www.commpres.comChurch Of Spiritual Awakening909 E. Oak St. Suite B Kissimmee 407-343-9062 www.churchofspiritual Church Of The Nazarene1900 Michigan Ave. St. Cloud 407-892-8184The Connection Church700 Generation Point Kissimmee; 407-744-7007 www.connectionchurch.netCornerstone Baptist Church2925 Canoe Cree k Rd. St. Cloud; 706-379-1571 Neptune Road Baptist Church1620 Neptune Road Kissimmee, Florida 34744 407-847-8174Pastor Dr. Bob Reaves Expanded Senior Ministry : special needs, spiritual counseling Sunday Worship Traditional at 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible/Prayer Service at 10:30 a.m. Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420LANE STOCKTON, PASTORSCHEDULE OF SERVICESSunday School ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service ............................... 7:00 EGLISE PENCOTISTE DU DERNIER TEMPSPasteur Joli & Jocelyne DesruisseauxP: 321-284-5802 Or 407-285-55141238 John Young Pkwy Chalifoux Plaza, Kissimmee, FL 34741 HORAIRE DE SERVICESSUNDAY:Morning: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Evening: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.WEDNESDA Y : 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 030318.SNG And Cremation Services Cremation Services:Affordable, Simple, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, FL407-847-3188061116.SNG PACK -Anna Cassandra Pack Cassie, age 24, passed away suddenly on March 26, 2018.Cassie was born in Jacksonville, FL on July 2, 1993, to Cassandra Hartley and grew up there in Duval. She married to Richard Allan Pack Jr. and moved to Kissimmee, FL where she attended college and worked for the Kissimmee Christian Church as a ministry coordinator.She is survived by her husband, Richard Allan Pack Jr; parents, John Mark and For daily obituaries and services please visit Deborah Tyre and Cassandra Hartley of Jacksonville, FL; brother, Gordon Waters (Annmarie) of Jacksonville, FL; sisters, Emilee Prater (John) of Jacksonville, FL and Jessica Bulin (James) of Castalian Springs, Tennessee; uncles and aunts; nieces; cousins; and a network of church family across the globe.A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 31, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kissimmee Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee, FL 34741, and on Saturday April 7, 2018, at Christs Church, 6405 Greenland Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32258. Interment will be private in Jacksonville, FL.In lieu of owers donated, donations are being coordinated by Kissimmee Christian Church. WHATLEY Dr. Claude Kimbell Whatley, Jr. DDS/DMD, 85, of Albany, Georgia, and a former resident of Kissimmee, Florida, passed away March 16, 2018 in Albany.Dr. Whatley was born December 14, 1932, in LaGrange Georgia, the son of the late Claude K Sr. & Odell Deloach Whatley. Dr. Whatley was a member of the First Baptist Church on the Square LaGrange and retired from his private practice of Dentistry in Kissimmee. He enjoyed spending time fishing with his children and grandchildren. Dr. Whaltey proudly served in the United States Air Force. He was preceded in death by his Wife, Ruth Huggel Whatley, and Son, Marcus Werner Whatley.Survivors include: Daughter & Son-in-law: Sandy & Todd Smith, Dawson, GA; Son & Daughter in-law: Claude K. III & Susan Whatley, Natlacha, Florida; Daughter-in-law: Vickie Whatley, omasville, GA; 4 Grandchildren, James Wilder Smith, Kimberly Ruth Smith, Claude K Whatley, IV, and Aedan Patrick Whatley. Graveside rites were held Sunday, March 18, 2018, from Shadowlawn Cemetery (LaGrange, Georgia) with Reverend Max McCord officiating. The family requests that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church on the Square (LaGrange) or your favorite Charity.Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 15 Versatile and avorful, lamb is enjoyed across the globe and is especially popular come springtime holidays. roughout the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe, lamb has traditionally been enjoyed once the weather warms and the season of fertility renews. Christians, who refer to Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God pay homage to the Easter miracle and oen dine on lamb as part of their celebrations. Depending on how they interpret Jewish law, Jews may or may not include lamb at their traditional Passover seder. Lamb is a tender and tasty meat that can be prepared in various ways. Lamb can be roasted, braised, stewed, broiled, and even grilled. To prepare lamb well, it is extremely important to follow safety guidelines concerning food cross-contamination. Undercooked and raw meats may contain E. coli bacteria; therefore, lamb should not come in contact with other foods that will be served uncooked. Many cuts of lamb are very tender so they will not require long marinating times to help break down the bers in the meat. Lamb does not need a lot of prep time. In fact, a simple seasoning of herbs, garlic or a spice rub will provide substantial avor. According to e Daily Meal, New Zealand or Australian lamb has a milder flavor than domestic lamb. Over-seasoning can overwhelm the delicate avor of the lamb in these cases. While preferences differ, many chefs attest that a bone-in cut of lamb will be more flavorful. However, boneless cuts are easier to carve. Similarly, cooks have strong opinions on the doneness of lamb, with some prefering rare meat while others like theirs well-done. Lamb can be juicy and tender at a wide range of cooking temperatures, so home chefs can decide how they want to prepare their lamb. The average temperature for roasting lamb to medium doneness will fall between 135 to 145 F, with the USDA recommending at least 145 F as the desired temperature. Lamb roasts at a rate of 20 minutes per pound at a cooking temperature of 325 F. Use a thermometer to accurately measure the internal temperature of lamb. Remove the lamb when it is roughly ve degrees below the desired temperature, as the meat will continue to cook even aer it is removed from the oven, skillet or grill. Aer cooking. let the lamb rest for around 10 minutes for thinner cuts and 20 minutes for roasts or leg of lamb to allow the juices to redistribute. Certain avors pair especially well with lamb, including citrus, mint, garlic, oregano, and curry. Lamb can be served beside potatoes, couscous, polenta, vegetables, and even pasta.Lamb a favorite meal at springtime holiday dinner tables Easter symbolism complements the holiday CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Tradition plays an important role in Easter celebrations for many families. Cherished traditions and symbols of Easter may include anything from egg hunts to lilies to lambs. Understanding the importance behind these symbols can make sharing the miracle of Easter that much more special. Eggs Eggs are one of the more recognizable symbols of Easter. For Easter egg hunts, eggs are hard-boiled and decorated in bright hues. Its believed that the origins of Easter eggs are both secular and religious. From the secular (once pagan) perspective, the egg is an ancient symbol of new life, according to The History Channel, and has been associated with pagan festivals that celebrate spring. Some Christians feel that Easter eggs represent Christs emergence from the tomb and his subsequent resurrection. Eggs were once a food not consumed during Lent, therefore painting and decorating them to mark the end of fasting and penance became a way to celebrate Easter. Crucix e crucix is one of the central symbols of Easter and Christianity. e cross is a symbol of Christs crucixion and sacrice. e crucix also highlights the ability of God to give new life to people aer death. In addition to wearing and displaying the cross during Easter, some people bake hot cross buns as another symbol of the season. Rabbit The Easter bunny is very much a secular symbol of the holiday, but one that has become so ingrained with the season that many people ascribe to it a Christian meaning. Pagan celebrations of spring oen linked rabbits or hares with the season because of their fertility and ability to bring forth new life. According to the Christian living resource Crosswalk, believers associate the rabbit coming out of its underground home as a symbol of Christ emerging from the tomb. Lilies Lilies are oen exchanged during Easter celebrations or presented as hostess gis for those sharing the holiday meal with others. e American Bible Society says lilies grow in the spring around the time when Easter is typically celebrated. Also, because they look like trumpets, they can be a symbol that heralds Christs resurrection. Lamb e lamb is another symbol associated with Easter. Lambs were originally associated with the Jewish holiday of Passover, when lambs were sacrificed and their blood was used to mark which houses contained those faithful to God. As a result of his crucixion, Christ became the symbolic lamb for all the ultimate sacrice. In fact, Christ is oen referred to as e Lamb of God. Easter is replete with many recognized symbols. Unearthing their meanings can be a learning experience and a way to further immerse oneself in this holy holiday. Create and hide unbreakable Easter eggs Easter is one of the most important days of the year for Christians. Easter Sunday is filled with symbolism and tradition, some of which harken back to early Christianity, while others trace their origins to paganism. e Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are two Easter traditions with less extensive histories. e Easter Bunny, according to sources including, rst arrived in America in the 1700s via German settlers who brought with them their tradition of an egg-laying hare called Osterhase. Children would make nests where the rabbit could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread from Pennsylvania, where many German immigrants settled, to other areas around the country. Eggs are symbolic of new life and rebirth in many cultures. To Christians, eggs represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Another theory suggests that Christians were once forbidden to eat during the Lenten season preceding Easter. erefore, Christians would paint and decorate eggs for Easter to mark the joyous celebration and cessation of penance and fasting. Even though these traditions have endured, Easter eggs themselves might not be so strong. is year, Easter celebrants may want to experiment with different materials that are more forgiving and more enduring than standard eggs. Wooden eggs Families may nd that wooden eggs are much more forgiving than standard eggs. Wooden eggs dont have to be boiled, and they dont need time to harden, and theyre quite maneuverable for young ngers. Decorators can explore dierent ways to color wooden eggs. Acrylic paints are readily available and safe for users of any age. Wood stains or wood markers also can be used to give the eggs a natural nish. Others may want to rip small pieces of decorative paper to create a decoupage eect on their wooden eggs. Sew soft eggs ose who are handy with a needle and thread can explore patterns for making soft, stuffed eggs. Cozy fleece or other fabrics can be sewn together to make the general egg shape. en the egg is lled with polyester lling, feathers or another so material. Ribbons, buttons, trims, and other decorative touches can personalize the eggs and add a touch of whimsy. Check out for their ideas on handmade Easter eggs. Modeling clay Children who love to get their hands dirty may enjoy making Easter eggs out of modeling materials. Colors can be blended together to create a marbleized effect. Depending on the clay medium, the eggs may air-harden or may need to be heated at a low temperature in the oven to fully cure. Easter eggs are a fun tradition that adds to the festivity of spring. While traditional eggs can be used, many dierent, more long-lasting materials can be used as well. Avoid chicks and ducklings this Easter Baby chickens and ducks make for adorable Easter scenery, as their so feathers and diminutive size make them a natural draw for inquisitive and loving children just looking for a new pet. But those little winged cuties will grow up into adult animals, which oen make them impractical Easter treats for the average family. When purchasing chicks or ducklings, many people may not realize just how quickly these animals grow. Pekin ducklings, one of the more popular species of duck available, can reach adult size between four and ve weeks of age. Chicks can transform from that small puall of yellow or white feathers into an adult-sized bird in mere months. Some chicken breeds weigh four pounds between seven and nine weeks of age. Many families find that once chicks and ducklings outgrow their initial nesting box they become impractical. ey need suitable shelter as well as a space to enjoy the outdoors. Animals are oen abandoned if their needs become too much to handle. The animal resource Vet Street also advises that ducks and chicks tend to be messy pets. ey shed feathers constantly and can deposit waste all over. Ducks and chicks may also like to kick up bedding when nesting. The birds also may pass diseases to people through their fecal matter, which is why humans must wash their hands aer contact. Many people also think that chicks and ducks are perfect for little kids. But the animals can become stressed by rough handling and peck or scratch to avoid perceived danger. Instead of live ducks and chicks this Easter, well-meaning parents or grandparents are better sticking with the chocolate varieties.


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Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 17 Despite consistently low inventory levels and faster price growth, existing-home sales bounced back in February aer two straight months of declines, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sizeable sales increases in the South and West oset declines in the Northeast and Midwest. Total existing-home sales, https://www. which are completed transactions that include singlefamily homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, grew 3.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.54 million in February from 5.38 million in January. Aer last months increase, sales are now 1.1 percent above a year ago. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said sales were uneven across the country in February but did increase nicely overall. A big jump in existing sales in the South and West last month helped the housing market recover from a twomonth sales slump, he said. The very healthy U.S. economy and labor market are creating a sizeable interest in buying a home in early 2018. However, even as seasonal inventory gains helped boost sales last month, home prices especially in the West shot up considerably. Affordability continues to be a pressing issue because new and existing housing supply is still severely subpar. Added Yun, The unseasonably cold weather to start the year muted pending sales in the Northeast and Midwest in January and ultimately led to their sales retreat last month. Looking ahead, several markets in the Northeast will likely see even more temporary disruptions from the large winter storms that have occurred in March. e median existing-home price for all housing types in February was $241,700, up 5.9 percent from February 2017 ($228,200). Februarys price increase marks the 72nd straight month of year-over-year gains. Total housing inventory at the end of February rose 4.6 percent to 1.59 million existing homes available for sale, but is still 8.1 percent lower than a year ago (1.73 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 33 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace (3.8 months a year ago). According to Freddie Mac, a 30-year, conventional, xed-rate mortgage moved higher for the h straight month to 4.33 percent in February (highest since 4.34 percent in April 2014) from 4.03 percent in January. e average commitment rate for all of 2017 was 3.99 percent. Properties typically stayed on the market for 37 days in February, which is down from 41 days in January and 45 days a year ago. Forty-six percent of homes sold in February were on the market for less than a month. Mortgage rates are at their highest level in nearly four years, at a time when home prices are still climbing at double the pace of wage growth, said Yun. Homes for sale are going under contract a week faster than a year ago, which is quite remarkable given weakening aordability conditions and extremely tight supply. To fully satisfy demand, most markets right now need a substantial increase in new listings. Realtor.coms Market Hotness Index measuring time-on-the-market data and listings views per property, revealed that the hottest metro areas in February were San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.; Midland, Texas; Vallejo-Faireld, Calif.; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; and Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, Calif. First-time buyers were 29 percent of sales in February, which is unchanged from last month and down from 31 percent a year ago. NARs 2017 Prole of Home Buyers and Sellers released in late 20175 revealed that the annual share of rst-time buyers was 34 percent. NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, said rst-time buyers are seeing sti competition for the available listings in their price range. Realtors in several markets note that entry-level homes for rst-timers are hard to come by, which is contributing to their underperforming share of overall sales to start the year. she said. Prospective buyers should start conversations with a Realtor now on what they want in a new home. Even with the expected uptick in new listings in coming months, buyers in most markets will likely have to act fast on any available listing that checks all their boxes. All-cash sales were 24 percent of transactions in February, which is up from 22 percent in January and the highest since last February (27 percent). Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 15 percent of homes in February, which is down from 17 percent in January and unchanged from a year ago. Distressed sales foreclosures and short sales were 4 percent of sales in February, down from 5 percent in January and 7 percent a year ago. ree percent of February sales were foreclosures and 1 percent were short sales. (BPT) Spring is officially here, bringing owers, greenery and increased pest activity. Because termite evidence is more noticeable in warmer months, it is important to check for any warning signs every spring. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation in the rst place. Keep shrubs trimmed Well-maintained shrubbery looks nice, but it also serves an important purpose: Trimming shrubs reduces the likelihood termites and pests will enter your home. Stray branches that touch a houses exterior provide pests with direct access to potential entry points. By properly maintaining landscaping, you can make access more dicult for these unwelcome houseguests. Modify your landscape Its important to make smart decisions when adding landscaping, because termites are more attracted to some materials than others. Instead of traditional mulch, opt for synthetic mulch or pea gravel. ese alternatives are less attractive to termites than wood-based mulch. Maintain home exteriors Termites need water to survive. Controlling excess moisture can help reduce the risk of an infestation. Regularly maintaining home exteriors, such as wooden siding and windows, can help you detect and repair leaks early. Monitor interior moisture Many homeowners forget to think about moisture inside their homes, particularly in basements and crawlspaces. Properly ventilating these areas helps minimize the amount of moisture around floor joists and subflooring. Reducing moisture in interior spaces can help reduce the likelihood that termites will take up residence in your home. If you suspect you may have a termite problem, the best solution is to call a pest professional such as Terminix. Termite warning signs include blisters in wood flooring, hollowed or damaged wood, and evidence of swarms such as discarded wings, mud tubes and droppings that resemble sawdust or coffee grounds. Early detection can prevent a small termite problem from becoming a widespread infestation. CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Protect your home from termites Buy vs. Rent Index shows sings of a peak in U.S. markete Beracha, Hardin and Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index was recently released indicating that most U.S. markets are nearing their peak in the real estate cycle. Housing indices within the index have noted a steady pace of rising prices since 2012 across the country that have recently begun to slow. But the index, produced by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University faculty, did not forecast a drastic drop in prices, as we saw in 2007. Housing markets are slowing, suggesting that we are nearing a peak in housing markets around the U.S., saidreal estate economist and index co-creator Ken Johnson. But this is good news, as we are pulling back from the brink, unlike we did in 2007. Added Eli Beracha, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the Hollo School of Real Estate and another index co-creator, Our data indicates that prices are above their 40-year trend but not signicantly so, as they were in 2007. Rather than a crash, I anticipate slower growth in prices accompanied by longer marketing times for sellers and increasing inventories, which should bring prices back in conjunction with their 40-year trend. ere were 23 metro areas covered in the BH&J Index, with 13 falling moderately within buy territory, and 10 moderately within rent territory. In Miami, the most local metro area, the index points to renting as the more aordable option. This index, based on fourth quarter data from 2017, follows the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index which earlier found a 6.3% increase in home prices. e BH&J Index is dierentiated by inclusion of additional data sources like rent prices, mortgage rates, alternative investment streams, and other variables to explain changes in market conditions. SNG 021018


Page 18 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 Manufacturer PhotosSPECIFICATIONS 2018 AUDI A5VEHICLE TYPE 2+2-passenger AWD midsize coupe BASE PRICE $42,600 (as tested: $43,575) ENGINE TYPE 16-valve TFSI turbocharged 4-cylinder DISPLACEMENT 2.0-liter HORSEPOWER (net) 252 at 6000 rpm TORQUE (lb.-ft.) 273 at 1600 rpm TRANSMISSION 7-speed S tronic OVERALL LENGTH 184.0 in. TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb) 37.7 ft. CURB WEIGHT 3,605 lbs. FUEL CAPACITY 15.2 gal. EPA MILEAGE RATING 24 mpg city, 34 mpg highwaySlick, Swift and Svelte for Rened Tastes Copyright, Motor Matters, 2018 FOR THE LATEST NEWS WEBSITE AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Motor Matters The all-new 2018 Audi A5 Coupe presents a degree of finesse and sophistication few other models in its category can match. The fluidity of its exterior styling, the gracious accommodations of its interior features and the quietly competent way it moves, mark the A5 as a singularly desirable coupe. Already one of the most handsome cars on the road, the Audi A5s styling rejuvenation makes what was merely lovely before, downright beautiful now. While the overall shape remains familiar, the elongation of its lines renders it more graceful and sportier. Backing up the promise of the exterior styling, Audis engineering team fit a 252-horsepower version of the VW Groups 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the A5s base powerplant. A sevenspeed dual-clutch automated manual transmission feeds engine output to all four wheels. is is a full 32 horsepower more than the previous version of Audis luxury sports coupe got from its standard engine. More signicantly, this 2.0-liter four spins out 273 lb.-. of torque at a low 1,600 rpm. is gives the A5 a 0-to-60 mph of just over 5 seconds. Driving the old and new A5s back-toback, I felt the dierence immediately. Long story short, the A5 now ows as well as it shows. is is a grownups performance car. If youre looking for a thundering exhaust note and lumbering ride quality, then you might want to turn your attention toward something else. e A5 Coupe is a slick, swi and svelte ride, specically designed to appeal to individuals with rened tastes. The Audis interior treatment underscores this assertion. e moment I settled into the nicely proportioned and decidedly supportive front seat, the A5 oered up my seatbelt. Rather than requiring the driver or front seat passenger to look over their shoulders to locate the seatbelt on the B pillar, the A5 presents the buckle. Further exhibiting the panache typical of Audi, the rest of the interior is outtted in high style. Every creature comfort the buyer could reasonably expect is submitted in a chic arrangement, one readily telegraphing the value of the car. Clever solutions, along with outstanding materials and workmanship abound. As an example, the TFT (thin film transfer) virtual instrument panel can be set to show a continually updating satellite view of the Audis physical position. Additionally, Audis MMI (multi media interface) remains one of the best telematics systems in the automotive world. at said however, I do miss the days when its monitor could be hidden away when not in use. Still, outward visibility is excellent, which is a refreshing circumstance for a coupe. All sightlines are clean, even the rear three-quarter perspective. e adaptability of the driving position further marks the A5 coupe as having been designed with the pilot in mind. e generously proportioned steering wheel adjusts for height and reach, while the front seats oer more positions and exibility than a yoga instructor. e 2018 Audi A5 Coupes dynamic capabilities are fully commensurate with every other aspect of the car. e driver can specify high performance operation or graceful cruising with the A5s multiple driving modes. e sleek coupe tightens up when opting for the sport conguration to reveal determined handling, resolute acceleration and acutely responsive steering. I thoroughly enjoyed attacking twisting two-lanes in this setting. Conversely, I appreciated the quietly unobtrusive demeanor of the A5 in normal mode during morning and evening commutes. If a luxury sports coupe fits your lifestyle, then youll want to give the 2018 Audi A5 an opportunity to sway you. Odds are, its optimal blend of performance, comfort, style and sophistication will do so. Pricing starts at $42,600.A-5 COUPE AUDI


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Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 21 Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 21 View all Public Notices online and CONTACT : GARY LUGO EMAIL LEGALADS@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM PHONE 407-846-7600 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2014-CA-002683MF DEUTSCHEBANKNATIONALTRUSTCOMPANY,AS INDENTURETRUSTEE UNDERTHEINDENTURE RELATINGTOIMHAS SETSCORP.,COLLATERALIZEDASSET-BACKE D BONDS,SERIES2004-5 Plaintiff, vs. DAVIDN.BARRON; CHARLENEG.BARRON; BANKOFAMERICA,N.A.; UNKNOWNTENANT#1; UNKNOWNTENANT#2, Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrderGrantingPlaintiffsMotiontoRescheduletheForeclosur e SaleDateenteredinCivil CaseNo.2014-CA-002683 MFoftheCircuitCourtofthe 9THJudicialCircuitinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinDEUTSCHEBANK NATIONALTRUSTCOMPANY,ASINDENTUR E TRUSTEEUNDERTHE INDENTURERELATINGTO IMHASSETSCORP.,COLLATERALIZEDASSETBACKEDBONDS,SERIES 2004-5,isthePlaintiff,and DAVIDN.BARRONand CHARLENEG.BARRON,et al,areDefendants.The Clerk,ARMANDORAMIREZ shallselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashat OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600/Room#2602,Kissimmee,Florida34741,at11:00 A.M.,onMAY1,2018,inaccordancewithChapter45 FloridaStatutes,thefollowingdescribedpropertylocatedinOSCEOLACounty Florida,assetforthinsaid FinalJudgmentofMortgage Foreclosure,to-wit: THEWEST100FEETOF THENORTH150.0OFTHE SOUTH183.0FEETOFLOT 44,THESEMINOLELAND ANDINVESTMENTCOMPANYS(INC)SUBDIVISIONOFSECTION21 TOWNSHIP26SOUTH RANGE31EASTACCORDINGTOTHEOFFICIAL PLATTHEREOFASRE CORDEDINPLATBOOKB PAGE50,OFTHEPUBLIC RECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDALESS ROADRIGHTOFWAY. PropertyAddress: 5445AlligatorLakeRoad SaintCloud,FL34772-9331 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate oftheLisPendens,mustfile aclaimwithin60daysafter thesale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtproceeding orevent,youareentitled,at nocos ttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance PleasecontacttheCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouseSquare,Suite6300 Kissimmee,Florida34741 Telephone:(407)343-2417 atleast7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingnotificationifthetimebeforethescheduledcourtappearanceislessthan7days Ifyouarehearingorvoice impaired,call711toreach theTelecommunicationRelaysService. Dated:March16,2018. /s/AnthonyLoney AnthonyLoney,Esq. FRENKELLAMBERTWEISS WEISMAN&GORDON,LLP AttorneyforPlaintiff OneEastBrowardBlvd Suite1430,FortLauderdale Florida33301 Tel:(954)522-3233 Fax:(954)200-7770 DESIGNATEDPRIMARYEMAILFORSERVICEPURSUANTTOFLA.R.JUD. ADMIN2.516 04-071830-F00 March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A CIVILDIVISIO N Case#:2016-CA-001390MF DEUTSCHEBANKNATIONALTRUSTCOMPANY,AS TRUSTEEFORSOUND VIEWHOMELOANTRUST 2006-2,ASSET-BACKE D CERTIFICATES,SERIES 2006-2, Plaintiff, vs. WARRENE.TISCHER,etal, Defendants. RE-NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE RE-NOTICEISHEREB Y GIVENpursuanttoanOrder GrantingPlaintiffsMotionto RescheduleForeclosureSale filedFebruary22,2018,and enteredinCaseNo.2016CA-001390MFoftheCircuit CourtoftheNINTHJudicial CircuitinandforOSCEOLA COUNTY,Florida,wherein DEUTSCHEBANKNATIONALTRUSTCOMPANY,AS TRUSTEEFORSOUND VIEWHOMELOANTRUST 2006-2,ASSET-BACKE D CERTIFICATES,SERIES 2006-2,isPlaintiff,andWARRENE.TISCHER,etal,are Defendants,theclerk,ArmandoR.Ramirez,willsell tothehighestandbestbidderforcash,beginningat 11:00A.M.,OsceolaCounty Courthouse2Courthouse Square,Suite2600/Room Number2602,Kissimmee FL34741,inaccordancewith Chapter45,FloridaStatutes onthe24thdayofAPRIL 2018,thefollowingde scribedpropertyassetforth insaidLisPendens,towit: Lot14,MORELANDESTATES,PHASEONE,accordingtotheplatthereof asrecordedinPlatBook6 Page139,ofthePublicRecordsofOsceolaCounty Florida. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfunds fromthesale,ifany,other thanthepropertyownerasof thedateofthelispendens mustfileaclaimwithin60 daysafterthesale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationtoparticipatein thisproceeding,youareentitled,atnocosttoyou,tothe provisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontactth e ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCounty Courthouse,2Courthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,(407) 742-2417,atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediatel y uponreceivingthisnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledappearancei s lessthanseven(7)days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. Dated:March27,2018. PhelanHallinanDiamond &Jones,PLLC AttorneysforPlaintiff 2727WestCypressCreek Road,FortLauderdale,FL 33309 Tel:954-462-7000 Fax:954-462-7001 By: /s/HeatherGriffiths HeatherGriffiths,Esq. FloridaBarNo.0091444 PhelanHallinanDiamond &Jones,PLLC EmilioR.Lenzi,Esq., FloridaBarNo.0668273 PH#75359 M arch31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2018-CA-555FO INREFORFEITURE:2006 InternationalTowTruck, BlackinColor,bearing VIN# : 1HTMMAAM06H21706 NOTICEOFFORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS TOALLPERSONSWHO CLAIMANINTERESTIN THEFOLLOWINGPROPERTY: 2006InternationalTow Truck,BlackinColor, bearingVIN#: 1HTMMAAM06H21706 RussellGibson,asSheriffof OsceolaCounty,Florida, seizedtheabovedescribed propertyonoraboutJanu ary 18,2018,inoraboutKissimmee,OsceolaCounty,Florida.AVerifiedComplaintfor OrderofProbableCause FindingandFinalOrderof Forfeiturepursuanttothe FloridaContrabandForfeitureAct,Sections932.701.7062,FloridaStatutes (2017),hasbeenfiledinthe CircuitCourt,inandfor OsceolaCounty. Ifnoclaimantappearsand noclaimisfiled,arequest willbemadeforanimmediatehearingandFinalOrder ofForfeiture. /s/KirkS.Warren KirkS.Warren,Esquire PostOfficeBox151 Lakeland,FL33802-0151 (863)688-3400 FLBarNo.439177 AttorneyforPetitioner, RussellGibson,AsSheriffof OsceolaCounty,Florida. March3 1,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA GeneralJurisdictionDivision Case#:2016-CA-002915MF PENNYMACLOAN SERVICES,LLC; Plaintiff, vs. LINETTER.CARROLL, ET.AL., Defendants NOTICEOFSALE NOTICEISGIVENthat,in accordancewiththeFinal JudgmentofForeclosure datedFebruary28,2018,in theabove-styledcause,the ClerkofCourt,Armando Ramirez,willselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room# 2602,oftheOsceola Courthouse,2courthouseSquare, Kissimmee,FL34741,on APRIL17,2018at11:00 a.m.,thefollowingdescribed property: LOTNO.376,OFSOUTHERNPINES,UNIT3A,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK20PAGE31 THROUGH36,INCLUSIVE OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. P ropertyAddress: 4950WINDBOURNEWAY, SAINTCLOUD,FL34772 ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTHE PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATE OFTHELIS PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAYS AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtproceeding orevent,youareentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance. Pleasecontact:ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare, Suite6300,Kissimmee,FL 34741,(407)742-2417,Fax #:407-835-5079atleast7 daysbeforeyourscheduled courtappearance,orimmediatelyuponreceivingnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledcourtappearance islessthan7days.Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayServi ce. WITNESSmyhandon March26,2018. B y: /s/MatthewM.Slowik MatthewM.Slowik,Esq. FBN#:92553 AttorneysforPlaintiff MarinosciLawGroup,P.C. 100WestCypress CreekRoad,Suite1045 FortLauderdale,FL33309 Phone:(954)-644-8704; Fax(954)772-9601 File#:16-13728-FC March31,2018 April7,2018 IntheCircuitCourtofthe ThirdJudicialCircuit inandforLafayette County,Florida CaseNo:2018-26-D R InRe: MaryJohnsandMarkJohns Petitioners JacquelineAndersonand MichaelC.Mains Respondents Youarenotifiedthatan actionforPetitionforTemporaryCustodybyExtended Familyhasbeenfiledagainst youandthatyouarere quiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefense,ifany toKarenD.Hatton,P.A., AttorneyforPetitioners,PO Box446,Mayo,FL32060 OnorbeforeAPRIL19 2018,andfiletheoriginal withtheClerkofCourtat120 WMainStreet,Mayo,FL 32060,beforeserviceonthe undersignedattorneyorimmediatelythereafter.Ifyou failtodoso,adefaultmaybe enteredagainstyouforthe reliefdemandedinthepetition. TheActionisaskingthe CourttoawardTemporary CustodybyExtende d Family.Copiesofallcourt documentsinthecase,includingorders,areavailable attheClerkoftheCircuit Courtsoffice.Youmayreviewthesedocumentsupon request. YoumustkeeptheClerkof theCircuitCourtsofficenotifiedofyourcurrentaddress (YoumayfileDesignationof CurrentMailingandEmail address,FloridaSupreme CourtApprovedFamilyLaw form12.915)Futurepapers inthislawsuitwillbemailed oremailedtotheaddress(es) onrecordattheclerksoffice Warning: Rule12.285,FloridaFamilyLawRuleofProcedure,requirescertainautomaticdisclosureofdocumentsandinformation.Failuretocomplycanresultin sanctions,includingdismissalorstrikingofPleadings. March10,17,24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, NINTHJUDICIALCIRCUIT, STATEOFFLORIDA, INANDFOR OSCEOLACOUNTY PROBATEDIVISION File#:2018-CP-000129PR DIVISION:__ INRE:CHARLENE ADELEPHILLIPS, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofCHARLENE ADELEPHILLIPS,deceased whosedateofdeathwas January21,2018,ispending intheCircuitCourtfor OsceolaCounty,Florida ProbateDivision;FileNo 2018-CP-000129-PR;theaddressofwhichis:2CourthouseSqare,#2000,Kissimmee,FL34741.Thenames andaddressesofthePersonalRepresentativeandthe PersonalRepresentatives attorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingentorliquidatedclaims,andwho havebeenservedacopyof thisnotice,mustfiletheir claimswiththiscourtWITHINTHEL ATEROFTHREE (3)MONTHSAFTERTHE DATEOFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEORTHIRTY(30)DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstthedecedentsestate,includingunmatured contingentorunliquidated claims,mustfiletheirclaims withthisCourtWITHIN THREEMONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINSECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. THEDATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEIS:March31,2018 PersonalRepresentative: CHRISTINEWESLEY 5303W.ClevelandSt. Tampa,Florida33609 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: D.MichaelLins,Esquire FloridaBarNo.435899 LINSLAWGROUP,P.A. 14497N.DaleMabry Highway,Suite160-N, Tampa,FL33618 Ph.(813)386-5768 Fax(813)968-9426 PrimaryE-mail: SecondaryE-Mail: March31,2018 April7,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusiness underthefictitiousnameof: HAIRITIS,LLC locatedat:6113thStreet,in theCountyofOsceola,inthe CityofSaintCloud,Florida 34769,intendstoregisterthe saidnamewiththeDivision ofCorporationsoftheFloridaDepartmentofState,Tallahassee,Florida. Thatthepartyinterestedin saidbusiness enterpriseisas follows: M YRAHERNANDEZ DATEDatSaintCloud, OsceolaCounty,Florida,on this23rddayofMarch,2018 March31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE PRESTON'STOWINGgives NoticeofForeclosureofLien andintenttosellthese vehiclesonthefollowing datesat09:00a.m.at605E. DoneganAvenue,Kissimmee,FL34744,pursuantto subsection713.78ofthe FloridaStatutes. PRESTON'STOWINGreservestherighttoacceptor rejectanyand/orallbids. APRIL12,2018 1)2009CHEVROLET VIN:2G1WT57K191289972 APRIL13,2018 1)2007VOLKSWAGEN VIN:3VWEW31C67M509268 APRIL16,2018 1)2017TAOI VIN: L9NTEACB5H1010516 March31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE Noticeisherebygiventhat thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatpublicauctionpursuanttoF.S..713.78onthe saledatesatthelocations belowat9:00a.m.tosatisfy towingandstoragecharges 1)2002FORD 2FMZA51412BA86466 2)2005CHRYSLER 2C4GP64LX5R508555 SaleDate: 04/16/2018 Location: CenterStateAutomotiveInc.,1170HGreenskeepDrive,UnitH,Kissimmee,FL34741 Lienorsreservetherightto bid. March31,2018 NOTIFICATIONOF PUBLICSALE TosatisfyacontractuallandlordslienundertheprovisionsoftheFloridaSelfServiceStorageAct( 83.801),publicnoticei s herebygiventhatthefollowingdescribedpropertywillbe soldatpublicsaletothe highestbidderforcash.The salewillbeatKissimmee Stor-It,1920KelleyAvenue Kissimmee,Florida34744on APRIL3,2018,at9:00a.m. Phone(407)932-2239 Unit: B-17 RobertoSuarez (CleaningSupplies) March24,31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE FELDWRECKERSERVICE givesNoticeofForeclosure ofLienandintenttosell thesevehiclesonthefollowingdatesat8:00a.m.,APRIL 14,2018,at907Garden Street,Kissimmee,F L 34744-1405,pursuanttosubsection713.78oftheFlorida Statutes. FELDWRECKERSERVICEreservestherightto acceptorrejectanyand/orall bids. 1)2002SATURN VIN:1G8ZS52872Z270627 March31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE RKTOWING,INC.givesNoticeofForeclosureofLien andintenttosellthese vehiclesonApril12,2018at 8:00a.m.,907AGarden Street,Kissimmee,FL 34744,pursuanttosubsection713.78oftheFlorida Statutes. RKTOWING,INC.reserves therighttoacceptorreject anyand/orallbids. 1)2008HYUNDAI VIN:5NPET46C08H320665 March31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE RKTOWING,INC.givesNoticeofForeclosureofLien andintenttosellthese vehiclesonApril15,2018at 8:00a.m.,907AGarden Street,Kissimmee,FL 34744,pursuanttosubsection713.78oftheFlorida Statutes. RKTOWING,INC.reserves therighttoacceptorreject anyand/orallbids. 1)2007LEXUS VIN:JTHBK262272031433 March31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000141PR DIVISION:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOFANITA GEORGIECROSSMAN A/K/A/ANITAG.CROSSMAN, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofANITAGEORGIE CROSSMAN,a/k/aANITAG CROSSMAN,deceased whosedateofdeathwas December1,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee Florida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthePersonalRepresentativeandthe PersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTIC E ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN(3)MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE, ALLCLAIMSNOTSO FILEDWITHINTHETIME PERIODSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisnoticeis:March31 2018. PersonalRepresentative: /s/BarbaraJoyceTaylor BarbaraJoyceTaylor 3259VillaWayCircle St.Cloud,Florida34769 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/C.D.LewisJr. C.D.LEWISJr. Attorneyfor BarbaraJoyceTaylor FloridaBarNo.435848. LEWISandMASSEY,P.A. Attorneys-at-Law 1021MassachusettsAvenue P.O.Box701654,St.Cloud Florida34770-1654 Telephone:(407)892-5138 Fax#:(407)892-1534 E-Mail: cdlewis@lewismasseylaw. com March31,2018 April7,2018 NOTICEOFSALE JOE'SAUTOSERVICE CENTERINC.,112313th STREET,STCLOUD,FL 34769 Towed-03/10/2018 Year-2015 Make-BMW VIN: WBA3A5G55FNS82170 DateofSale-04/16/2018 Time: 10:00a.m. LocationofSale: Joe'sAuto ServiceCenterINC.,1123 13thStreet,St.Cloud,FL. 34769 March31,2018 INTHECOUNTYCOUR OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2017-CC-002920CL POINCIANAPORTFOLIO SERVICES,LLC,ASASSIGNEEOFASSOCIATION OFPOINCIANAVILLAGES INC.,aFloridanot-for-profit corporation, Plaintiff, vs. FELIXMEJIA,etal, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: FELIXMEJIA 8DorsetDrive Kissimmee,FL34758 YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatanactionhasbeen commencedagainstyouto ForecloseaClaimofLienfor unpaidAssessmentsowedto thePlaintiffonthefollowing realproperty,lyingandbeingsituatedinOsceola County,Florida,moreparticularlydescribedasfollows: LOT4,INBLOCK534,OF POINCIANANEIGHBORHOOD1,VILLAGE2,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK3,AT PAGE(S)69THROUGH87 OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Thispropertyislocatedat thestreetaddressof:8 DorsetDrive,Kissimmee FL34758 Thisactionhasbeenfiled againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefense,ifany uponGarfinkelWhynot,Attorneys'forPlaintiff,whose addressis:300NorthMaitlandAvenue,Maitland,FL 32751,within30daysafter thefirstpublicationofthisnoticeandfiletheoriginalwith theClerkoftheCourteither beforeserviceonPlaintiffs attorneyorimmediately thereafter;otherwiseadefaultwillbeenteredagainst youforthereliefdemanded intheComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertopartic ipateintheseproceedings youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingimpaired,call 1-(800)955-8770,Ifyouare voiceimpaired,call1-(800) 955-8771. WITNESSmyhandand SealofsaidCourtthis22nd dayofMarch2018. (CIRCUITCOURTSEAL) ARMANDORA MIREZ C lerkoftheCourt By:/s/SM AsDeputyClerk 20150-288 March31,2018 April7,2018 NOTIFICACIN DE ADOPCIN RESOLUCIN NO. 01-2018 PR OV EER MTODO Y PERODO DE CALIFICACIN DE CANDIDATOS POR CUANTO, bajo la cdula y ordenanza de la ciudad de Kissimmee, habr una eleccin municipal general en la ciudad de Kissimmee el 28 de agosto del 2018 y POR CUANTO, ser necesario que se elija en dicha eleccin municipal general por los electores cualicados de la ciudad de Kissimmee para ocupar la silla No. 2 de la Comisin de la ciudad y la silla No. 4 de la Comisin de la ciudad; y CONSECUENTEMENTE, SEA RESUELTO, que cada candidato a la ocina de la comisin de la ciudad debe calicar por separado para la ocina particular para la que l es un candidato, segn lo ahora estipulado por la seccin 7 del Artculo II de la cdula de Kissimmee. Los candidatos deben ser calicados para votar en dicha eleccin, y deben ser residentes de la ciudad por un (1) ao antes de inscribirse para la ocina particular, y estar inscrito con la ocina de supervisor de elecciones entre las 12:00 p.m. de 18 de junio del 2018 y 12:00 p.m. del 22 de junio del 2018. Los nombres de todos los candidatos a dichas ocinas sern publicados en la boleta ocial, si han calicado y han pagado la cuenta de la eleccin requerida en el 99.093 de F.S. En caso que sea necesario, habr una votacin de desempate en la ciudad de Kissimmee el 6 de noviembre del 2018. SE DETERM INA, que esta resolucin ser efectiva inmediatamente tras su paso por la Comisin de la ciudad, Ciudad de Kissimmee, Florida. Debidamente adoptado este da, el 16 de enero del 2018. CIUDAD DE KISSIMMEE /s/ Jos Alvarez ALCALDE-COMISIONADO /s/ Linda S. Hansell REGISTRADOR DE LA CIUDAD March 31, 2018 NOTIFICACIN DE ADOPCIN RESOLUCIN NO. 01-2018 PR OV EER MTODO Y PERODO DE CALIFICACIN DE CANDIDATOS POR CUANTO, bajo la cdula y ordenanza de la ciudad de Kissimmee, habr una eleccin municipal general en la ciudad de Kissimmee el 28 de agosto del 2018 y POR CUANTO, ser necesario que se elija en dicha eleccin municipal general por los electores cualicados de la ciudad de Kissimmee para ocupar la silla No. 2 de la Comisin de la ciudad y la silla No. 4 de la Comisin de la ciudad; y CONSECUENTEMENTE, SEA RESUELTO, que cada candidato a la ocina de la comisin de la ciudad debe calicar por separado para la ocina particular para la que l es un candidato, segn lo ahora estipulado por la seccin 7 del Artculo II de la cdula de Kissimmee. Los candidatos deben ser calicados para votar en dicha eleccin, y deben ser residentes de la ciudad por un (1) ao antes de inscribirse para la ocina particular, y estar inscrito con la ocina de supervisor de elecciones entre las 12:00 p.m. de 18 de junio del 2018 y 12:00 p.m. del 22 de junio del 2018. Los nombres de todos los candidatos a dichas ocinas sern publicados en la boleta ocial, si han calicado y han pagado la cuenta de la eleccin requerida en el 99.093 de F.S. En caso que sea necesario, habr una votacin de desempate en la ciudad de Kissimmee el 6 de noviembre del 2018. SE DETERM INA, que esta resolucin ser efectiva inmediatamente tras su paso por la Comisin de la ciudad, Ciudad de Kissimmee, Florida. Debidamente adoptado este da, el 16 de enero del 2018. CIUDAD DE KISSIMMEE /s/ Jos Alvarez ALCALDE-COMISIONADO /s/ Linda S. Hansell REGISTRADOR DE LA CIUDAD March 31, 2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHENINTHJUDICIALCIRCUIT INANDFOROSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA CASENO.49-2014-CA-003445-MF WELLSFARGOBANK,N.A., Plaintiff, vs. THEUNKNOWNHEIRS,GRANTEES,DEVISEES,LIENORS, TRUSTEES,ANDCREDITORSOFVANINAFAUSTIN, DECEASED;THEUNKNOWNHEIRS,GRANTEES,DEVISEES,LIENORS,TRUSTEES,ANDCREDITORSOFMARCELOTESTRIPLET,DECEASED;THEUNKNOWNHEIRS, GRANTEES,DEVISEES,LIENORS,TRUSTEES,ANDCREDITORSOFCARMELPAUL,DECEASED;BERTONIEM.ESTRIPLET;LLOYDA.ESTRIPLET;MARCE LLEESTRIPLET; STEVENA.ESTRIPLET;HENRYM.ESTRIPLET;ELSIEM. ALEXANDER;MARIECAROLEPAULA/K/ACAROLEPAUL; MARCALIXPAUL;DANIKPAUL;GERALDY.PAUL; GENEVIEVEPAUL;UNKNOWNSPOUSEOFGENEVIEVE PAUL;VANINAFAUSTIN;UNKNOWNSPOUSEOFELSIEM. ALEXANDER;UNKNOWNSPOUSEOFMARIECAROLE PAULA/K/ACAROLEPAUL;UNKNOWNSPOUSEOFGERALDY.PAUL;UNKNOWNTENANT1;UNKNOWNTENANT 2;ANDALLUNKNOWNPARTIESCLAIMINGBY,THROUGH, UNDERORAGAINSTTHEABOVENAMEDDEFENDAN T(S), WHO(IS/ARE)NOTKNOWNTOBEDEADORALIVE, WHETHERSAIDUNKNOWNPARTIESCLAIMASHEIRS, DEVISEES,GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES,LIENORS,CREDITORS,TRUSTEES,SPOUSES,OROTHERCLAIMANTS; UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICADEPARTMENTOFHOUSINGANDURBANDEVELOPMENT, D efendants. NOTICEOFSALE Noticeisherebygiventhat,pursuanttotheFinalJudgmentof ForeclosureenteredonApril19,2016,andtheOrderReschedulingForeclosureSale,inthiscause,intheCircuitCourt ofO sceolaCounty,Florida,theOfficeofArmandoRamirez, ClerkoftheCircuitCourt,shallsellthepropertysituatedin OsceolaCounty,Florida,describedas: LOT18,BLOCK55,BUENAVENTURALAKES,UNIT3,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLATTHEREOF,ASRECORDEDAND FILEDINPLATBOOK2,PAGE124THROUGH133,OFTHE PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. a /k/a127LEONCT,KISSIMMEE,FL34743-7014 atpublicsale,tothehighestandbestbidder,forcash,atthe OsceolaCountyCourthous e,locatedat2CourthouseSquare, Suite2600,Room2602,Kissimmee,FL34741,onMAY01, 2018,beginningat11:00A.M. Ifyouareapersonclaimingarighttofundsremainingafterthe sale,youmustfileaclaimwiththeclerknolaterthan60days afterthesale.Ifyoufailtofileaclaimyouwillnotbeentitledto anyremainingfunds. IFYOUAREAPERSONWITHADISABILITYWHONEEDS ACCOMMODATIONINORDERTOPARTICIPATEINTHIS PROCEEDING,YOUAREENTITLED,ATNOCOSTTOYOU, FORTHE PROVISIONOFCERTAINASSISTANCE.PLEASE CONTACTCOURTADMINISTRATIONAT2COURTHOUSE SQUARE,SUITE6300,KISSIMMEE,FLORIDA34741,TELEPHONE(407)742-2417WITHINTWO(2)WORKINGDAYS OFYOURRECEIPTOFTHIS(DESCRIBEDNOTICE);IFYOU AREHEARINGORVOICEIMPAIRED,CALL1-800-955-8771 DATEDatSt.Petersburg,Florida,this27thdayofMarch 2018. e XLLegal,PLLC 1242528thStreetNorth,Suite200 St.Petersburg,FL3 3716 T elephoneNo.(727)536-4911 AttorneyforthePlaintiff By: /s/DouglasM.Bales DOUGLASM.BALES FBN#:0767270 888141537 March31,2018 April7,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICHEARING PLANNINGADVISORYBOARD ThisistoinformyouthatthePlanningAdvisoryBoardofthe CityofKissimmeewillmakearecommendationtotheCity CommissionconcerningarequesttoamendthePlannedUnit Developmentfortheprojectknownas FortuneRoadCommons forapprovalto changetheusetomulti-familyandInstitutional. Thesubjectpropertyislocatedat ParcelID:13-25-29-00U0-0050-0000 ThePlanningAdvisoryBoardwillholdameetingtoconsider theirrecommenda tiononsaidrequeston Wednesday,April 18,2018, at6:00p.m.intheCommissionChambersofCity Hall,101ChurchStreet,Kissimmee,Florida. Allinterestedpartiesmayappearandbeheardontheabove dates.Writtenopinionwillbereceiveduntil5:00p.m.,Wednesday,April18,2018.AnyquestionsmaybedirectedtotheDevelopmentServicesDepartmentat(407)518-2140. R eference#DRC#17-00083PLANNINGADVISORYBOARD FortuneRoadCommons PUDKISSIMMEE,FLORIDA InaccordancewithFloridaStatute286.26,personsneedingassistancetoparticipateinanyoftheseproceedingsshouldcontacttheOfficeoftheCityClerk(407)518-2308priortothe meeting.(FS286.26) InaccordancewithFloridaStatute286.0105:anypersonwishingtoappealanydecisionmadebytheCityCommissionwith respecttoanymatterconsideredatsuchmeetingorhearing willneedarecordoftheproceedings,andforsuchpurposes mayneedtoensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingis made,whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceupon whichtheappealismade. March31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA GeneralJurisdictionDivision Case#:2016-CA-002915MF PENNYMACLOAN SERVICES,LLC; Plaintiff, vs. LINETTER.CARROLL, ET.AL., Defendants NOTICEOFSALE NOTICEISGIVENthat,in accordancewiththeFinal JudgmentofForeclosure datedFebruary28,2018,in theabove-styledcause,the ClerkofCourt,Armando Ramirez,willselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room# 2602,oftheOsceolaCourthouse,2courthouseSquare, Kissimmee,FL34741,on APRIL17,2018at11:00 a.m.,thefollowingdescribed property: LOTNO.376,OFSOUTHERNPINES,UNIT3A,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK20PAGE31 THROUGH36,INCLUSIVE OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. P ropertyAddress: 4950WINDBOURNEWAY, SAINTCLOUD,FL34772 ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTHE PROPERT YOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELIS PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAYS AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtproceeding orevent,youareentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance. Pleasecontact:ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare Suite6300,Kissimmee,FL 34741,(407)742-2417,Fax #:407-835-5079atleast7 daysbeforeyourscheduled courtappearance,orimmediatelyuponreceivingnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledcourtappearance islessthan7days.Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. WITNESSmyhandon March26,2018. By: /s/MatthewM.Slowik MatthewM.Slowik,Esq. FBN#:92553 AttorneysforPlaintiff MarinosciLawGroup,P.C. 100WestCypress CreekRoad,Suite1045 FortLauderdale,FL33309 Phone:(954)-644-8704; Fax(954)772-9601 File#:16-13728-FC March31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2018-CA-555FO INREFORFEITURE:2006 InternationalTowTruck, BlackinColor,bearing VIN# : 1HTMMAAM06H21706 NOTICEOFFORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS TOALLPERSONSWHO CLAIMANINTERESTIN THEFOLLOWINGPROPERTY: 2006InternationalTow Truck,BlackinColor, bearingVIN#: 1HTMMAAM06H21706 RussellGibson,asSheriffof OsceolaCounty,Florida, seizedtheabovedescribed prop ertyonoraboutJanuary 18,2018,inoraboutKissimmee,OsceolaCounty,Florida.AVerifiedComplaintfor OrderofProbableCause FindingandFinalOrderof Forfeiturepursuanttothe FloridaContrabandForfeitureAct,Sections932.701.7062,FloridaStatutes (2017),hasbeenfiledinthe CircuitCourt,inandfor OsceolaCounty. Ifnoclaimantappearsand noclaimisfiled,arequest willbemadeforanimmediatehearingandFinalOrder ofForfeiture. /s/KirkS.Warren KirkS.Warren,Esquire PostOfficeBox151 Lakeland,FL33802-0151 (863)688-3400 FLBarNo.439177 AttorneyforPetitioner, RussellGibson,AsSheriffof OsceolaCounty,Florida. March3 1,2018 April7,2018


Page 22 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 STATEOFMAINEDISTRICTCOURT LOCATION:Lewiston ANDROSCOGGIN,ss. DOCKETNO.RE17-175 WELLSFARGOBANK,N.A. PLAINTIFF, vs. STEPHENJ.SANCHEZ DEFENDANT. ORDERONPLAINTIFF'S MOTIONFORSERVICEBYPUBLICATION TITLETOREALESTATEISINVOLVED BeforetheCourtistheMotionofPlaintiffsattorney,LoraineL Hite,Esq.,ofthelawfirmofBendett&McHugh,PC,270FarmingtonAve.,Suite151,Farmington,CT06032foranOrder allowingServicebyAlternateMeansontheDefendant StephenJ.Sanchez,namedinaSummonsandComplaint TitletoRealEstateInvolved,nowpendingbeforethisHonorableCourt.M.R.Civ.P.4(g)(1).Plaintiffmovesforserviceto bemadeontheDefendantStephenJ.Sanchez,bypublishing acopyofthisOrderonceaweekforthree(3)successive weeksintheOsceolaNews-Gazettewhichisanewspaperof generalcirculationintheTownofKissimmeeandCountyof Osceola,Florida,aswellasintheSunJournal,anewspaperof generalcirculationintheTownofAuburnandtheCountyof A ndroscoggin,Maine. P laintiffsMotionisGRANTED. Thisisanactionfortheforeclosureofamortgageonreal propertyandmayaffectrealpropertyoftheDefendantlocated at1744HotelRoad,Auburn,ME04210-3621,anddescribedin suchMortgageDeedasrecordedinBook5947atPage256263intheAndroscogginCountyRegistryofDeeds,Auburn Maine. Afterduediligence,PlaintiffWellsFargoBank,N.A.,hasbeen unabletomakepersonalserviceofPlaintiff'sSummonsand Complaint,TitletoEstateInvolved,onDefendantStephenJ Sanchez.PlaintiffhasmettherequirementsofRule4(g)(1)(A)(C).M.R.Civ.P.4(g)(1)(A)-(C);4(g)(2). ITISORDERED thatservicebemadeupontheDefendant StephenJ.SanchezbypublishingacopyofthisOrderoncea weekforthree(3)successiveweeksinthe OsceolaNews-Gazette whichisanewspaperofgeneralcirculationintheTownof KissimmeeandCountyofOsceola,Florida,aswellasinthe SunJournal,anewspaperofgeneralcirculationintheTownof Auburnandth eCountyofAndroscoggin,Maineandbymailing acopyofthisOrderaspublishedtotheDefendantat1744 HotelRoad,Auburn,ME04210-3621,thelastknownaddress ofDefendantStephenJ.Sanchez.Thismethodandmannerof serviceisreasonablycalculatedtoprovideactualnoticeofthe pendencyoftheactiontodefendantStephenJ.Sanchez. ITISFURTHERORDERED thattheDefendantStephenJ Sanchez,beingservedbypublication,appearandservean AnswertotheMotionorComplaintoncounselforPlaintiff LoraineL.Hite,Bendett&McHugh,PC,270FarmingtonAvenue,Suite151,Farmington,CT06032.TheAnswermustbe filedwiththeCourtbymailingtothefollowingaddress:Clerkof Court,LewistonDistrictCourt,POBox1345,71LisbonStreet Lewiston,Maine04240,withinforty-one(41)daysafterthefirst publicationofthisOrder. IMPORTANTNOTICE IFYOUFAILTOSERVEANANSWERWITHINTHETIME STATEDABOVE,ORIF,AFTERYOUANSWER,YOUFAIL TOAPPEARATANYTIMETHECOURTNOTIFIESYOUTO DOSO,AJUDGMENTBYDEFAULTMAYBEENTERED AGAINSTYOUINYOURABSENCEFORTHEMONEYDAMAGESOROTHERRELIEFDEMANDEDINTHECOMPLAINT.IFTHISOCCURS,YOUREMPLOYERMAYBE ORDEREDTOPAYPARTOFYOURWAGESTOTHE PLAINTIFFORYOURPERSONALPEROPERTY,INCLDUINGBANKACCOUNTSANDYOURREALESTATE,MAY BETAKENTOSATISFYTHE JUDGMENT.IFYOUINTEND TOOPPOSETHISLAWSUITE,DONOTFAILTOANSWER WITHINTHEREQUIREDTIME. IfyoubelievethePlaintiffisnotentitledtoallorpartofthe claimsetforthintheComplaintorifyoubelieveyouhavea claimofyourownagainstPlaintiff,youshouldtalktoalawyer Ifyoufeelyoucannotaffordtopayafeetoalawyer,youmay asktheClerkofCourt,LewistonDistrictCourt,Maine,forinformationastoplaceswhereyoumayseeklegalassistance Theclerkshallenterthefollowingonthedocket:TheORDER datedMarch7,2018,isincorporatedinthedocketbyreference.ThisentryismadeinaccordancewithM.R.Civ.P.79(a) atthespecificdirectionoftheCourt. Date:3/7/18 /s/NancyD.Carlson NANCYD.CARLSON Judge March31,2018 April7,14,2018 PUBLICNOTICE OsceolaCountyEastU.S.192CommunityRedevelopment Agency(CRA)ReportAvailable InaccordancewithS.163.356(3)(c),FloridaStatutes,Osceola CountyEastU.S.192CRAhasdevelopedtheannualreportof itsactivitiesfortheprecedingfiscalyear,includingacomplete financialstatementsettingforthassets,liabilities,income,and operatingexpensesasoftheendoffiscalyear2017.This reporthasbeenfiledwiththeClerkoftheCountyCommission andisavai lableforinspectionduringbusinesshoursinthe officeoftheClerk,locatedat1CourthouseSquare,Suite2401 Kissimmee,FL34741phonenumber407-742-2100.Inaddition,thereportisavailableintheofficeofStrategicInitiatives,3 CourthouseSquare,2ndFloor,Kissimmee,Florida34741 between8:00a.m.and5:00p.m.,orbyvisiting "" ForquestionsregardingthisAnnualReportpleasecontactthe StrategicInitiativesdepartmentat407-742-4200oremailat March31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A PROBATEDIVISIO N FileNo.:2018-CP-000154 InReTheEstateOf: CLAYTONLAMONT WORLEY, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theformaladministrationof theEstateofCLAYTON LAMONTWORLEY,de ceased,FileNumber2018CP-000154,hascommencedintheProbateDivisionoftheCircuitCourt OsceolaCounty,Florida,the addressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee FL34741.Thenamesand addressesofthePersonal RepresentativeandthePersonalRepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst thedecedent'sestateon whomacopyofthisnotice hasbeenservedmustfile theirclaimswiththisCourtat theaddresssetforthabove WITHINTHELATEROF THREEMONTHSAFTE R THEDATEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEASSETFORTHBELOWORTHIRTYDAY S AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONSUCHCREDITOR. Allothercreditorsorpersonshavingclaimsordemandsagainstdecedent's estateonwhomacopyof thisnoticehasnotbeen servedmustfiletheirclaims withthisCourtattheaddresssetforthaboveWITHINTHREEMONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEASSETFORTHBELOW. ALLCLAIMSANDDE MANDSNOTFILEDWITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSET FORTHINSECTIO N 733.702OFTHEFLORIDA PROBATECODEWILLBE FOREVERBARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateofthefirstpublicationofthisnoticeis:March 31,2018. PersonalRepresentative: SHAYLAWORLEY 859LenoxOaksCircle Atlanta,GA30324 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: ERICS.MASHBURN LawOfficeofEricS.Mashburn,P.A.,PostOfficeBox 771268,WinterGarden,FL 34777-1268,(407)656-1576 FloridaBarNumber:263036 March31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000002PR Division:____ INRE:ESTATEOF MATTHEWJ.MITCHELL, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofMatthewJ.Mitchell, deceased,whosedateof deathwasNovember19, 2017,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis 2CourthouseSquare#2000, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof thepersonalrepresent ative andthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havin gclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:March24, 2018. PersonalRepresentative: SharyL.Weis 1192313thWayNorth St.Petersburg,Florida33716 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: DavidP.Folkenflik,Esq. Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative FloridaBarNo.:0981753 DAVIDPFOLKENFLIK,P.A. 574254thAvenueN. KENNETHCITY,FL33709 Telephone:(727)548-4529 Fax:(727)545-0073 March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION Case#:2018-CP-000133PR INRE:ESTATEOF PERAMBASKARA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofPeramBaskara,deceased,whosedateofdeath wasDecember19,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOSCEOLACounty,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthepersonalrepr esentativeandthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherperson s havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED.NOTWITHSTANDINGTHETIMEPERIODS SETFORTHABOVE,ANY CLAIMFILEDTWO(2) YEARSORMOREAFTER THEDECEDENT'SDATE OFDEATHISBARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:March24, 2018. P ersonalRepresentative: UmaBaskara 24MalvernRoad Surbiton,SurreyKT67UQ UnitedKingdom Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: EllenS.Morris,Esq. FloridaBarNumber:850306 ELDERLAW ASSOCIATESPA 7284W.PalmettoPark Road,Suite101, BocaRaton,FL33433 Telephone:(561)750-3850 Fax:(561)750-4069 SecondaryE-Mail: lrubin@elderlawassociates. com March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018CP000140-PR INRE:ESTATEOFSUSAN RITASCHUCHMAN,a/k/a SUSANRITAHELLER, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS TOALLPERSONSHAVINGCLAIMSORDEMANDSAGAINSTTHE ABOVEESTATE: Theadministrationofthe estateofSUSANRITA SCHUCHMAN,a/k/aSUSAN RITAHELLER,deceased, FileNumber2018-CP000140-PR,ispendinginthe CircuitCourtforOsceola County,Flori da,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis: TwoCourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,FL34741.The namesandaddressesofthe personalrepresentativeand thepersonalrepresentative's attorneyaresetforthbelow. ALLINTERESTEDPERSONARENOTIFIEDTHAT: Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingentorunliquidatedclaims,onwhoma copyofthisnoticeisserved mustfiletheirclai mswiththis CourtWITHINTHELATER OFTHREEMONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEORTHIRTY DAYSAFTERTHEDATE OFSERVICEOFACOPY OFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingentorunliquidatedclaims,mustfile theirclaimswiththisCourt WITHINTHREEMONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSANDDEMANDSNO TSOFILED WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. ThedateofthefirstpublicationofthisNoticeis:March 31,2018. J UDITHHALPERIN PersonalRepresentative 1005WildElmStreet Celebration,FL34747 FrankG.Finkbeiner, Attorney FloridaBarNo.146738 108HillcrestStreet P.O.Box1789 Orlando,FL32802-1789 (407)423-0012 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative Designated: Secondary: March31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION File#:2018-CP-000142PR Division:_____. INRE:ESTATEOF RANDALLROYKELLEY, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofRANDALLROY KELLEY,deceased,whose dateofdeathwasJanuary1 2018,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis : 2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,Florida34741 Thenamesandaddressesof thepersonalrepresentative andthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allotherc reditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WIFEBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE.ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:March31, 2018. PersonalRepresentative: /s/SallyA.Evers SALLYA.EVE RS 6 975RancheroCourt St.Cloud,Florida34771 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/FredH.Cumbie,Jr. FredH.Cumbie,Jr. Attorney FloridaBarNo.0141664 Overstreet,Miles,Cumbie &Finkenbinder,P.A. 100ChurchStreet Kissimmee,Florida34741 Telephone:(407)847-5151 Fax:(407)847-3353 E-Mail: SeconaryE-Mail: March31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A PROBATEDIVISIO N File#:2018-CP-000156PR Division:__ INRE:ESTATEOF AUDREYJ.GULLICKSON, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofAUDREYJ.GULLICKSON,deceased,whose dateofdeathwasJanuary9 2018,ispendingintheCircuitCourtofOsceolaCounty Florida,ProbateDivision,the addressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee Florida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthepersonalrepresentativeandthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisre quiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETH E LATEROF3MONTH S AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHE,DATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE T IMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateofthefirstpublicationofthisnoticeis:March 31,2018. P ersonalRepresentative : /s/PaulaJ.Cogswell PAULAJ.COGSWELL 305StonewallStree t Raeford,NorthCarolin a 28376 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/TimothyL.Finkenbinder TimothyL.Finkenbinder Attorney FloridaBarNo.0025480 OVERSTREET,MILES, CUMBIE&FINKENBINDER, P.A.,100ChurchStreet Kissimmee,FL34741 Telephone:(407)847-5151 Fax:(407)847-3353 E-Mail: m SecondaryE-Mail: March31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2016-CA-003111-MF ENCANTADAPROPERTY OWNERSASSOCIATION, INC.,aFloridanon-profit corporation, Plaintiff, vs. MARKLEES,, Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEisherebygivenpursuanttoaSummaryFinal JudgmentofForeclosureand AwardofAttorneysFeesand Costs,datedMarch20,2018, andenteredinCaseNumber: 2016-CA-003111MF,ofthe CircuitCourtinandfor OsceolaCo unty,Florida, whereinENCANTADA PROPERTYOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.,isthe Plaintiff,andMARKLEES,is theDefendant,theOsceola CountyClerkoftheCourtwill selltothehighestandbest bidderforcash,atthe OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600Room#2602,Kissimmee,Florida34741,beginningat11:00oclockA.M.on the8thdayofMAY,2018the followingdescribedproperty assetforthinsaidSummary FinalJudgmentofForeclosureandAwa rdofAttorneys FeesandCosts,to-wit: P ropertyAddress: 8582BayLillyLoop, Kissimmee,Florida34747 PropertyDescription: Lot230,ENCANTADA PHASE1,accordingtothe Platthereof,asrecordedin PlatBook17,Pages186 through190,PublicRecordsofOsceolaCounty, Florida. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Please contact:Pleasecontact:Court Administratorat2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741.Telephone (407)742-3500withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdocument;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call(800)955-8771. DATEDonthis20thdayof March2018. / s/JenniferL.Davis JohnL.DiMasi FloridaBarNo.0915602 PatrickJ.Burton FloridaBarNo.:0098460 JenniferL.Davis FloridaBarNo.:0879681 TobySnively FloridaBarNo.:0125998 LAWOFFICE SOF JOHNL.DIMASI,P.A. 801N.OrangeAvenue,Suite 500,Orlando,Florida32801 Ph(407)839-3383 Fx(407)839-3384 PrimaryE-Mail: AttorneysforPlaintiff File#:1688-011 March24,31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICHEARING PLANNINGADVISORYBOARD TheCityofKissimmeePlanningAdvisoryBoardwillholda PublicHearingon Wednesday,April18,2018at6:00p.m .in theCityCommissionChambersofCityHall,101ChurchStreet Kissimmee,Florida34741tohearaconditionalusewithSite Planrequestforadrive-thrufacility. Thesubjectpropertyislocatedat ParcelID:08-25-30-1537-0001-0020 Allinterestedpartiesmayappearandbeheardontheabove date.Writtenopinionwillbereceiveduntil5:00p.m. Wednesday,April18,2018. AnyquestionsmaybedirectedtotheDevelopmentServicesDepartmentat(407)518-2146. Reference#DRC 17-00041 PLANNINGADVISORYBOARD DunkinStripCenter -HilliardIsle KISSIMMEE,FLORIDA InaccordancewithFloridaStatutes286.26,personsneeding assistancetoparticipateinanyoftheseproceedingsshould contacttheOfficeoftheCityClerk847-2821#2309priortothe meeting.(FS286.26) InaccordancewithFloridaStatutes286.0105:anyperson wishingtoappealanydecisionmadebythePlanningAdvisory Boardwithrespecttoanymatterconsideredatsuchmeetingor hearingwillneedarecordoftheproceedings,andforsuchpurposesmayneedtoensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingismade,whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhichtheappealismade. March31,2018 NOTICEOFTRANSMITTALPUBLICHEARING ORDINANCENO.2018-10 NoticeisherebygiventhattheCityCounciloftheCityofSt Cloud,Florida,atameetingtobeheldonApril12,2018,in theirChamberatCityHall,13009thStreet,St.Cloud,Florida at6:30p.m.,willconsidertheadoptionofOrdinanceNo.201810entitled: ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYCOUNCILOFTHECITYOF ST.CLOUD,FLORIDA,ASSIGNINGAFUTURELANDUSE DESIGNATIONOFMIXEDUSETOAPPROXIMATELY 2,015.59ACRESIDENTIFIEDASCENTERLAKERANCH LOCATEDEASTOFNARCOOSSEEROAD,WESTOF NOVAROAD,SOUTHOFJONESROADANDNORTHOFE IRLOBRONSONMEMORIALHIGHWAY;PROVIDINGFOR AMENDINGTHEOFFICIALFUTURELANDUSEMAPOF THECOMPREHENSIVEPLAN,FILINGOFTHEPLANNING COMMISSIONRECOMMENDATIONANDPROOFOFPUBLICATION,APPLICABILITYANDEFFECT,SEVERABILITY COPIESONFILE,ANDEFFECTIVEDATE. Interestedpartiesmayappearatthemeetingatwhichtimethis ORDINANCEistobeconsideredandpubliccommentsshallbe heardwithrespecttotransmittaloftheORDINANCE.This ORDINANCEinitsentiretycanbereviewedattheCityClerk's officebetweenthehoursof8:00a.m.and11:00a.m.and between2:00p.m.and5:00p.m.MondaythroughFriday. IfapersondecidestoappealanydecisionmadebytheCommittee/Board,withrespecttoany matterconsideredatsuch hearing/meeting,suchpersonwillneedarecordoftheproceedingsandthat,forthispurpose,suchpersonmayneedto ensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhich theappealistobebased,andwhichrecordisnotprovidedby theCityofSt.Cloud.(FS286.0105) InaccordancewiththeAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,personsneedingassistancetoparticipateinanyoftheseproceedingsshouldcontacttheSecretary/ClerkoftheCommittee/ Board(listedbelow),priortothemeeting.(FS286.26) LindaP.Jaworski,CityClerk 13009thStreet,St.Cloud,Florida34769 Teleph one:407-957-7300 March31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE Noticeisherebygiventhat on4/13/18at10:30am,the followingvehiclewillbesold atpublicauctionpursuantto F.S.715.109:2003FORD# 1FTYR10D93PA33401. Last Tenants :JohnAnthony Markham.Saletobeheldat: NHC-FL203,LLC-2551 TohopeBlvd,Kissimmee,FL 34741,813-241-8269. March31,2018 April7,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION ThevehiclesdescribedbelowshallbesoldatPublic AuctiononAPRIL16,2018, at3:00P.M.,cashonly. AuctiontobeheldatDELLWOODSERVICE,2112 NorthMainStreet,Kissimmee,Florida34744. Telephone:(407)847-2334. 1)2004TOYOTA VIN: 1NXBR32E54Z274197 March31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE KISSIMMEEAUTOSALVAGEgivesNoticeofForeclosureofLienandintentto sellthesevehiclesonthefollowingdates,at8:00A.M. 1400HarrelsonLane Kissimmee,Florida34741 ; (407-847-5197),pursuantto subsection713.78ofth e FloridaStatutes. KISSIMMEEAUTOSALVAGEreservestherightto acceptorrejectanyand/orall bids. APRIL15,2018 1)2005TOYOTA VIN:4T1BE32K55U993517 2)1996CHEVYBLAZER VIN: 1GNDT13W5T2272638 APRIL16,2018 1)2000NISSAN200SX VIN: 1N4AB42D2VC507032 APRIL17,2018 1)1995NISSAN VIN: 4N2DN11W8SD807905 March31,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION Thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatauctionfreeofall priorliensforcash. 1)1995TOYOTACamry LE-Tan VIN:4T1SK12E2SU542712 SaleDate:April12,2018 SaleTime: 10:00A.M. SaleLocation: MagicTows, LLC.-1201SawdustTrailKissimmee,Florida34744 March31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION File#:2018-CP-000142PR Division:_____. INRE:ESTATEOF RANDALLROYKELLEY, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofRANDALLROY KELLEY,deceased,whose dateofdeathwasJanuary1, 2018,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis: 2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof thepersona lrepresentative andthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpe rsons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WIFEBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE.ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:March31 2018. PersonalRepresentative : /s/SallyA.Evers SALLYA.EVER S 6975RancheroCourt St.Cloud,Florida34771 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/FredH.Cumbie,Jr. FredH.Cumbie,Jr. Attorney FloridaBarNo.0141664 Overstreet,Miles,Cumbie &Finkenbinder,P.A. 100ChurchStreet Kissimmee,Florida34741 Telephone:(407)847-5151 Fax:(407)847-3353 E-Mail: SeconaryE-Mail: March31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.:2018-CP-000154 InReTheEstateOf: CLAYTONLAMONT WORLEY, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theformaladministrationof theEstateofCLAYTON LAMONTWORLEY,deceased,FileNumber2018CP-000154,hascommencedintheProbateDivisionoftheCircuitCourt, OsceolaCounty,Florida,the addressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, FL34741.Thenamesand addressesofthePersonal Repres entativeandthePersonalRepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent, andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst thedecedent'sestateon whomacopyofthisnotice hasbeenservedmustfile theirclaimswiththisCourtat theaddresssetforthabove WITHINTHELATEROF THREEMONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEASSETFORTHBELOWORTHIRTYDAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONSUCHCREDIT OR. Allothercreditorsorpersonshavingclaimsordemandsagainstdecedent's estateonwhomacopyof thisnoticehasnotbeen servedmustfiletheirclaims withthisCourtattheaddresssetforthaboveWITHINTHREEMONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEASSETFORTHBELOW. ALLCLAIMSANDDEMANDSNOTFILEDWITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSET FORTHINSECTION 733.702OFTHEFLORIDA PROBATECODEWILLBE FOREVERBARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSS ETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateofthefirstpublicationofthisnoticeis:March 31,2018. PersonalRepresentative: SHAYLAWORLEY 859LenoxOaksCircle Atlanta,GA30324 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: ERICS.MASHBURN LawOfficeofEricS.Mashburn,P.A.,PostOfficeBox 771268,WinterGarden,FL 34777-1268,(407)656-1576 FloridaBarNumber:263036 March31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000002PR Division:____ INRE:ESTATEOF MATTHEWJ.MITCHELL, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofMatthewJ.Mitchell, deceased,whosedateof deathwasNovember19, 2017,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis 2CourthouseSquare#2000, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof the personalrepresentative andthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentand otherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:March24 2018. PersonalRepresentative : SharyL.Wei s 1192313thWayNorth St.Petersburg,Florida33716 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: DavidP.Folkenflik,Esq. Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative FloridaBarNo.:0981753 DAVIDPFOLKENFLIK,P.A. 574254thAvenueN. KENNETHCITY,FL33709 Telephone:(727)548-4529 Fax:(727)545-0073 March24,31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018CP000140-PR INRE:ESTATEOFSUSAN RITASCHUCHMAN,a/k/a SUSANRITAHELLER, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS TOALLPERSONSHAVINGCLAIMSORDEMANDSAGAINSTTHE ABOVEESTATE: Theadministrationofthe estateofSUSANRITA SCHUCHMAN,a/k/aSUSAN RITAHELLER,deceased, FileNumber2018-CP000140-PR,ispendinginthe CircuitCourtforOsceola County,Flori da,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis: TwoCourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,FL34741.The namesandaddressesofthe personalrepresentativeand thepersonalrepresentative's attorneyaresetforthbelow. ALLINTERESTEDPERSONARENOTIFIEDTHAT: Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingentorunliquidatedclaims,onwhoma copyofthisnoticeisserved mustfiletheirclai mswiththis CourtWITHINTHELATER OFTHREEMONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEORTHIRTY DAYSAFTERTHEDATE OFSERVICEOFACOPY OFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingentorunliquidatedclaims,mustfile theirclaimswiththisCourt WITHINTHREEMONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSANDDEMANDSNO TSOFILED WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. ThedateofthefirstpublicationofthisNoticeis:March 31,2018. JUDITHHALPERIN PersonalRepresentative 1005WildElmStreet Celebration,FL34747 FrankG.Finkbeiner, Attorney FloridaBarNo.146738 108HillcrestStreet P.O.Box1789 Orlando,FL32802-1789 (407)423-0012 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative Designated: Secondary: March31,2018 April7,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION Case#:2018-CP-000133PR INRE:ESTATEOF PERAMBASKARA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofPeramBaskara,deceased,whosedateofdeath wasDecember19,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOSCEOLACounty,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741.Thenames andaddresseso fthepersonalrepresentativeandthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedeced entandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED.NOTWITHSTANDINGTHETIMEPERIODS SETFORTHABOVE,ANY CLAIMFILEDTWO(2) YEARSORMOREAFTER THEDECEDENT'SDATE OFDEATHISBARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnotice is:March24, 2018. P ersonalRepresentative: UmaBaskara 24MalvernRoad Surbiton,SurreyKT67UQ UnitedKingdom Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: EllenS.Morris,Esq. FloridaBarNumber:850306 ELDERLAW ASSOCIATESPA 7284W.PalmettoPark Road,Suite101, BocaRaton,FL33433 Telephone:(561)750-3850 Fax:(561)750-4069 SecondaryE-Mail: lrubin@elderlawassociates. com March24,31,2018


Saturday, March 31, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 23 NOTICE OF UNSAFE STRUCTURE AND ORDER TO ABATE UNSAFE CONDITIONS BUILDING DIVISION TO: Mei Tan Ming Sheng Tan Ming Zhuang Tan Ming Block 112 Lorong 1 TOA PAYOH #07-382 Singapore, 310112 Republic of Singapore SUMMARY OF NOTICE 1. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE BUILDING OFFICIAL HAS DETERMINED AND HEREBY DECLARES THAT THE STRUCTURE LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED BELOW IS UNSAFE. 2. YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO ABATE AND CORRECT THE UNSAFE CONDITIONS AS SHOWN BELOW. 3. IF YOU DO NOT WANT THIS ORDER TO BECOME FINAL AND BINDING UPON YOU, YOU MUST FILE AN APPEAL NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR HEARING AS SHOWN BELOW, WIT IN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF SERVICE OF THIS NOTICE AND ORDER. A TELEPHONE CALL WILL NOT PROTECT YOU. YOU MUST FILE A WRITTEN NOTICE OF APPEAL. 4. THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE BUILDING OFFICIAL IS PROCEEDIKG AGAINST YOU UNDER THE RULES SET OUT IN THE STANDARD UNSAFE BUILDING ABATEMENT CODE (SUBAC) AND CITY OF KISSIMMEE CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 13-4. IF YOU DO NOT OBEY THIS ORDER, OR APPEAL IT, AS SET FORTH MORE SPECIFICALLY BELOW, THE PROCEEDING MAY RESULT IN ANY ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: A. CITY OF KISSIMMEE MAY REPAIR OR DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURE AT YOUR EXPENSE. B. CITY OF KISSIMMEE MAY FILE A LIEN IN THE PUBLIC RECORD AGAINST YOUR PROPERTY TO SECURE THE EXPENSE OF SUCH REPAIR AND DEMOLITION. C. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL ACTION AND SUBJECT TO INJUNCTIVE RELIEF, CIVIL PENALTIES AND/OR AN ORDER FOR REPAIR OR DEMOLITION. D. ANY VIOLATION OF THE PROVISONS OF CITY CODE CHAPTER 13-4 MAY RESULT IN CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND/OR FINES. DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS REGARDING THE STRUCTURE, PROPERTY LOCATION, VIOLATIONS AND UNSAFE CONDITIONS OWNER OF BUILDING/ Mei Tan Ming STRUCTURE: Sheng Tan Ming Zhuang Tan Ming NAME AND/OR DESCRIPTION Single Family Structure OF BUILDING/STRUCTURE: STREET ADDRESS OF 1308 Robinson Avenue BUILDING/ STRUCTURE: Kissimmee, Florida 34741 LEGAL DESCRIPTION 22-25-29-1360-000B-0017 OF BUILDING/ STRUCTURE: OWNERS ADDRESS: Block 112 Lorong 1 TOA PAYOH #07-382 Singapore, 310112 Republic of Singapore You are hereby notied that the above-described building has been inspected by the Building Ofcial of the City of Kissimmee Building Division and found to be an illegal unsafe building as dened by Section 202 of the Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code, 1985 Edition, as amended. Therefore, the building is in violation of the Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code. YOU MUST CORRECT THE UNSAFE CONDITIONS BY REPAIR OR DEMOLITION. If you decide to repair the conditions, you are further notied that you must secure all necessary permits to correct the conditions described below and commence repairs by no later than the date specied below. You must complete the repairs in accordance with all applicable codes by no later than the repair completion date specied below. You may, as an alternative, determine that it is preferable to demolish the building. If you choose that option, you must obtain the proper permits for that also, by no later than the date specied below, and have the work completed by the date specied below. IF YOU FAIL TO COMMENCE WORK TO CORRECT THIS CONDITION ON THE DATE REQUIRED AND TO CORRECT THE CONDITIONS DESCRIBED BELOW IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE CODES BY THE DATES SPECIFIED BELOW, THE BUILDING MAY BE ORDERED VACATED AND POSTED TO PREVENT FURTHER OCCUPANCY UNTIL THE REPAIRS OR DEMOLITION ARE COMPLETED, AND THE BUILDING DIVISION MAY CAUSE THE REPAIRS OR DEMOLITION TO BE DONE AND ALL COSTS IMPOSED AGAINST THE PROPERTY OF THE OWNER OF RECORD AND LIENED. 1. IF YOU DETERMINE TO REPAIR THE BUILDING OR STRUCTURE, YOU MUST SECURE THE NECESSARY PERMITS WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE YOU WERE SERVED WITH THIS NOTICE. YOU MUST COMMENCE REPAIRS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE YOU WERE SERVED WITH THIS NOTICE AND CONTINUE UNTIL YOU COMPLETE THE REPAIR. THE FINAL DATE FOR COMPLETION OF THE REPAIR SHALL BE NOT LATER THAN 6 MONTHS FROM DATE OF PERMIT ISSUANCE. SUCH REPAIRS SHALL CONFORM TO THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 13 OF THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE CODE. 2. IF YOU PREFER TO DEMOLISH THE UNSAFE STRUCTURE, YOU MUST VACATE THE PREMISES OR SEE THAT IT IS VACATED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF SERVICE OF THIS NOTICE INSTRUCTED BY THE BUILDING OFFICIAL. UNLESS OTHERWISE YOU MUST SECURE ALL PERMITS FOR AND COMPLETE THE DEMOLITION WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM DATE OF ISSUANCE OF PERMIT. 3. INSTRUCTIONS AS TO VACATING THE BUILDING (IF ANY), ARE ATTACHED. CONDITIONS FOUND WHICH RENDER STRUCTURE UNSAFE The following is a list of conditions which cause the structure to be unsafe and in violation of the following Code sections: CONDITION: 1. The building located on the property is in a general dilapidated condition so severe as to be unt and unsafe for human occupation, and constitutes a nuisance. It is unsafe and unsanitary and, generally, violates the following code provisions: Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code Section 101.6, Maintenance. All buildings or structures, both existing and new, and all parts thereof, shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition. All devices or safeguards which are required by the Standard Building Code in a building when erected, altered or repaired, shall be maintained in good working order. The owner, or his designated agent, shall be responsible for the maintenance of buildings and structures. The structure located on this property has not been maintained in accordance with the above-referenced requirements. It must be maintained or demolished. 2. The building is unsafe also because it meets certain of the criteria shown under the denition for unsafe building given by Section 202 of the Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code, which states as follows: Unsafe Building Abatement Code Section 202, Denitions * Unsafe Building Any building or structure that has any of the following conditions, such that the life, health, property or safety of its occupants or of the general public are endangered: 1. Any means of egress or portion thereof is not adequate size or is not arranged to provide a safe path of travel in case of re or panic. 2. Any means or egress or portion thereof such as but not limited to re doors, closing devices and re resistive ratings, in disrepair or in a dilapidated or nonworking condition such as that the means of egress could be rendered unsafe in case of re or panic. 3. The stress in any material, member or portion thereof, due to all improved loads including dead loads exceeds the stresses allowed in the Standard Building Code for new buildings. 4. The building, structure or portion thereof has been damaged by re, ood, earthquake, wind or other cause to the extent that the structural integrity of the building or structure is less than the minimum requirement established by the Standard Building Code for new buildings. 5. Any exterior appendage or portion of the building or structure is not securely fastened, attached or anchored such that it is capable of resisting wind, seismic, or similar loads as required by the Standard Building Code for new buildings. 6. If for any reason the building, structure or portion thereof is manifestly unsafe or unsanitary for the purpose for which it is being used. 7. The building, structure or portion thereof as a result of decay, deterioration of dilapidation is likely to fully or partially collapse. 8. The building, structure or portion thereof has been constructed or maintained in violation of a specic requirement of the Standard Codes of a city, county, or state law. 9. Any building, structure or portion thereof that is in such a condition as to constitute a public nuisance. 10. Any building, structure or portion thereof that is unsafe, unsanitary or not provided with adequate egress, or which constitutes a re hazard, or is otherwise dangerous to human life, or, which in relation to existing use, constitutes a hazard to safety or health by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence or abandonment. The Building Ofcial has found that certain of the conditions listed above, specically those listed under condition(s) exist(s) on the ro e. The attached inspection notices describes those conditions. RIGHT OF APPEAL YOU MUST FILE AN APPEAL OF THE PROCEEDING DESCRIBED ABOVE OR THIS ORDER WILL GO INTO EFFECT WITHOUT FURTHER HEARINGS, AND CITY OF KISSIMMEE WILL BE AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO REPAIR OR DEMOLISH YOUR BUILDING OR STRUCTURE AND CHARGE THE COST TO YOU. Any person having a legal interest in the described building may appeal this Notice to the City of Kissimmee City Commission. The appeal shall be led in writing with the City of Kissimmee City Manager and the City Building Ofcial at the address given above under Additional Information within thirty (30) days of service of this notice. An application may be obtained from the Building Department. The appeal shall contain the following: 1. Identify the street address or legal description of the building. 2. Identify the legal interest of the Appellant in the building. 3. Identify the section of the Notice and Order being appealed. 4. Include a statement detailing the issues on which the Appellant desires to be heard. 5. Include the signature of the Appellant and the Appellants ofcial mailing address. FAILURE TO FILE AN APPEAL WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED ABOVE SHALL CONSTITUTE A WAIVER OF ALL RIGHTS TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE If you wish to obtain additional information, you may visit the Building Division on the rst oor of the City of Kissimmee Administration Center at 101 Church Street, Kissimmee, Florida, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, or you may telephone the Building Division during those hours and days at (407) 518-2379. NOTICE OF UNSAFE STRUCTURE AND ORDER TO ABATE UNSAFE CONDITIONS BUILDING DIVISION TO: Mei Tan Ming Sheng Tan Ming Zhuang Tan Ming Block 112 Lorong 1 TOA PAYOH #07382 Singapore, 310112 Republic of Singapore SUMMARY OF NOTICE 1 . YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE BUILDING OFFICIAL HAS DETERMINED AND HEREBY DECLARES THAT THE STRUCTURE LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED BELOW IS UNSAFE. 2. YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO ABATE AND CORRECT THE UNSAFE CONDITIONS AS SHOWN BELOW. 3. I F YOU DO NOT WANT THIS ORDER TO BECOME FINAL AND BINDING UPON YOU, YOU MUST FILE AN APPEAL NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR HEARING AS SHOWN BELOW, WIT IN THIRTY (30 ) DAYS OF SERVICE OF THI S NOTICE AND ORDER. A TELEPHONE CALL WILL NOT PROTECT YOU. YOU MUST FI LE A WRITTEN NOTICE OF APPEAL. March 24, 31, 2018 April 7, 2018 BOARDOFADJUSTMENT LEGALNOTICE CASE#18-00.01 AnappealhasbeenfiledbyJohnDilullo Owner(s)ofKentuckyAvenue,Lot53.2,legallydescribedas: BEGINattheNorthwesterncornerofsaidLot53;thencerun South89"50'58"EastalongtheNortherlyboundarylineofsaid Lot53foradistanceof337.44feettothePOINTOFBEGINNING;thencerunSouth00"09'02Westforadistanceof140.46 feet;thencerunNorth89"59'13"Westforadistanceof90.00 feet;thencerunNorth00"09'02"Eastforadistanceof140.68 feettotheNor therlyboundarylineofLot53;thencerunSouth 89"50'58"EastalongtheNortherlyboundarylineofsaidLot53 foradistanceof90.00feettothePOINTOFBEGINNING. C ontains0.29acresmoreorless. APPLICANTISREQUESTINGAWAIVEROFSECTION 3.20.7OFTHELANDDEVELOPMENTCODETOALLOW THECONSTRUCTIONOFASINGLE-FAMILYRESIDENCE ONALOTOFRECORDTHATHASONLYTWENTY-TWO FEET(22)OFFRONTAGEONAPUBLICRIGHTOFWAY WHERETHIRTY-FIVEFEET(35)OFFRONTAGEISREQUIRED. THEREQUESTEDVARIANCEISTHIRTEENFEET (13). F orthepurposeofhearingobjectionsto,orprotestsagainstthe grantingofsaidappeal,theCityofSt.Cloud,FloridaBoardof Adjustment,inaccordancewiththeCityZoningOrdinance,will holdapublichearingonApril11,2018,intheSt.CloudCouncilChambers,13009thStreet,BuildingA,3rdfloor,at6:30 p.m.byorderoftheBoardofAdjustment. IfapersondecidestoappealanydecisionmadebytheBoard, Agency,orCom missionwithrespecttoanymatterconsidered atsuchmeetingorhearing,hewillneedarecordoftheproceedings,andthat,forsuchpurposehemayneedtoensure thataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade,whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhichtheappealistobebased,andwhichrecordisnotprovidedbythe CityofSt.Cloud.(FS286.0105) InaccordancewiththeAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,personsneedingassistancetoparticipateina nyoftheseproceedingsshouldcontacttheSecretaryoftheBoardofAdjustment (listedbelow)priortothemeeting.(FS296.26) J essieLight,BoardSecretary 13009thStreet,St.Cloud,FL34769 Telephone:(407)957-8427 March31,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICHEARING ORDINANCENO.2018-30 NoticeisherebygiventhattheCityCounciloftheCityofSt. Cloud,Florida,atameetingtobeheldonApril12,2018,in theirChamberatCityHall,13009thStreet,St.Cloud,Florida at6:30p.m.,willconsidertheenactmentofOrdinanceNo. 2018-30entitled: ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYCOUNCILOFTHECITYOF ST.CLOUD,FLORIDA,PRESCRIBINGTHEMANNEROF HOLDINGTHEREGULARELECTIONTOBEHELDONTHE FIRSTTUESDAYAFTERTHEFIRSTMONDAYOFNOVEMBEREACHEL ECTIONYEAR,TOWIT:NOVEMBER6,2018 WITHAPRIMARYELECTIONONAUGUST28,2018(IFREQUIRED),PURSUANTTOCHAPTER20,ARTICLE1,SECTION20OFTHECODEOFORDINANCESOFTHECITYOF ST.CLOUD,PROVIDINGFORANEFFECTIVEDATE. Interestedpartiesmayappearatthemeetingatwhichtimethis ORDINANCEistobeconsideredandshallbeheardwith respecttotheproposedORDINANCEatthePublicHearing thereon.ThisORDINANCE,initsentiretycanbereviewedat t heCityClerk'soffi cebetweenthehoursof8:00a.m.and11:00 a.m.andbetween2:00p.m.and5:00p.m.MondaythroughFriday. IfapersondecidestoappealanydecisionmadebytheCommittee/Board,withrespecttoanymatterconsideredatsuch hearing/meeting,suchpersonwillneedarecordoftheproceedingsandthat,forthispurpose,suchpersonmayneedto ensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade, whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhich theappealisto bebased,andwhichrecordisnotprovidedby theCityofSt.Cloud.(FS286.0105) InaccordancewiththeAmericansWithdisabilitiesAct,personsneedingassistancetoparticipateinanyoftheseproceedingsshouldcontacttheSecretary/ClerkoftheCommittee/ Board(listedbelow),priortothemeeting.(FS286.26) L indaP.Jaworski CityClerk CityofSt.Cloud 13009thStreet St.Cloud,Florida34769 Telephone:407-957-7300 March31,2018 NOTICEOFTRANSMITTALPUBLICHEARING ORDINANCENO.2018-33 NoticeisherebygiventhattheCityCounciloftheCityofSt. Cloud,Florida,atameetingtobeheldonApril12,2018,in theirChamberatCityHall,13009thStreet,St.Cloud,Florida at6:30p.m.,willconsidertheadoptionofOrdinanceNo.201833entitled: ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYCOUNCILOFTHECITYOF ST.CLOUD,FLORIDA,ASSIGNINGAFUTURELANDUSE DESIGNATIONOFPARK/OPENSPACETOAPPROXIMATELY127.99ACR ESIDENTIFIEDASCHISHOLMPARK, LOCATEDAT4700CHISHOLMPARKTRAIL;PROVIDING FORAMENDINGTHEOFFICIALFUTURELANDUSEMAP OFTHECOMPREHENSIVEPLAN,FILINGOFTHEPLANNINGCOMMISSIONRECOMMENDATIONANDPROOFOF PUBLICATION,APPLICABILITYANDEFFECT,SEVERABILITY,COPIESONFILEANDEFFECTIVEDATE. Interestedpartiesmayappearatthemeetingatwhichtimethis ORDINANCEistobeconsideredandpubliccommentsshal lbe heardwithrespecttotransmittaloftheORDI NANCE.This ORDINANCEinitsentiretycanbereviewedattheCityClerk's officebetweenthehoursof8:00a.m.and11:00a.m.and between2:00p.m.and5:00p.m.MondaythroughFriday. IfapersondecidestoappealanydecisionmadebytheCommittee/Board,withrespecttoanymatterconsideredatsuch hearing/meeting,suchpersonwillneedarecordoftheproceedingsandthat,forthispurpose,suchpersonmayneedto ensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade, whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhich theappealistobebased,andwhichrecordisnotprovidedby theCityofSt.Cloud.(FS286.0105) InaccordancewiththeAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,personsneedingassistancetoparticipateinanyoftheseproceedingsshouldcontacttheSecretary/ClerkoftheCommittee/ Board(listedbelow),priortothemeeting.(FS286.26) L indaP.Jaworski,CityClerk 13009thStreet,St.Cloud,Florida34769 Teleph one:407-957-7300 March31,2018 NOTICEOFBOARDWORKSHOP PursuanttoFloridaStatutes,theSchoolBoardofOsceola County,Florida,herebyproposestoholdaBoardWorkshopon theproposedrevisionstotheSchoolBoardRules,includingthe StudentProgressionPlanandtheCodeofStudentConduct. TheworkshopwillbeheldonTuesday,April03,2018,at5:30 PMintheSchoolDistrictofOsceolaCountyAdministrative CenterBoardRoom,817BillBeckBoulevard,Kissimmee,Florida. NOTICEOFPUBLICHEARIN G PursuanttoFloridaStatutes,theSchoolBoardofOsceola County,Florida,herebyproposestoholdaPublicHearingon t heproposedrevisionstotheSchoolBoardRules,includingthe StudentProgressionPlanandtheCodeofStudentConduct. ThepublichearingwillbeheldonTuesday,May01,2018,at 5:30PMintheSchoolDistrictofOsceolaCountyAdministrativeCenterBoardRoom,817BillBeckBoulevard,Kissimmee, Florida. Interestedpersonsmayofferinputandrevi ewanyproposals MondaythroughFridayfrom8:00AM-4:30PMattheSchool DistrictofOsceolaCountyAdministrativeCenter,817BillBeck Boulevard,Kissimmee,Florida34744. A nEqualOpportunityAgency March31,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHENINTHJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. GENERALJURISDICTIONDIVISION CASENO.:2017-CA-001060MF CITBANK,N.A.,F/K/AONEWESTBANKN.A., Plaintiff, vs. THEUNKNOWNHEIRS,BENEFICIARIES,DEVISEES, GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES,LIENORS,CREDITORS,TRUSTEESANDALLOTHERSWHOMAYCLAIMANINTEREST INTHEESTATEOFEDILMARTINEZ,DECEASED.,etal, Defendant(s). NOTICEOFFORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVENpursuanttoaFina lJudgmentof ForeclosuredatedJanuary31,2018,andenteredin2017-CA001060MFoftheCircuitCourtoftheNINTHJudicialCircuitin andforOsceolaCounty,Florida,whereinCITBANK,N.A.,is thePlaintiff,andTHEUNKNOWNHEIRS,BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES,GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES,LIENORS,CREDITORS,TRUSTEESANDALLOTHERSWHOMAYCLAIMAN INTERESTINTHEESTATEOFEDILMARTINEZ,DECEASED;MILDREDQUILES;ENIDMARTINEZ;EDUARDO MARTINEZ;MANUELMARTINEZ;RAFAELMA RTINEZ; STATEOFFLORIDA,DEPARTMENTOFREVENUE; CAVALRYPORTFOLIOSERVICES,LLC,ASASSIGNEEOF CAVALRYINVESTMENTSW,LLCASASSIGNEEOFMIDFIRSTBANK,ASASSIGNEEOFBANKOFAMERICA;CAPITALONEBANK(USA),N.A.,F/K/ACAPITALONEBANK; UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA,ONBEHALFOFTHESECRETARYOFHOUSINGANDURBANDEVELOPMENT; CLERKOFCOURTSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY;ENTERPRISE LEASINGCOMPANYOFORLANDO,LLC,A/K/AENTERPRISELEASINGCOMPANYOFORLANDO,aretheDefendan t(s).ArmandoRamirez,astheClerkoftheCircuitCourt,will selltothehighestandbestbidderforcashatSuite2600/Room #2602,2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee,FL34741,at11:00 AM,onMAY01,2018,thefollowingdescribedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment,towit: LOT8,BLOCK1,BUENAVENTURALAKES,UNIT2,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLATTHEREOFASRECORDEDIN PLATBOOK2PAGES114THROUGH120ANDCORRECTEDINOFFICIALRECORDSBOOK293,PAGE334,OF THEPUBLICRECORDSO FOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA P ropertyAddress:288SEALSTREET, KISSIMMEE,FL34743 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthesale,if any,otherthanthepropertyownerasofthedateofthelispendensmustfileaclaimwithin60daysafterthesale. 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Page 24 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, March 31, 2018 The 25th reenactment of the Battle at Narcoossee Mill took place on March 24 at Chisolm Park in St. Cloud, bringing in hundreds to watch the historic event and learn a little about local history during the Civil War era. Top row: Confederate soldiers spot Union troops in the open. Canons fire from the treeline providing some cover. Second row: Hundreds of visitors came out to watch the hour long battle. Confederate troops fire on the approaching enemy. Bottom row: Back in camp, Kyle Besser finishes sharpening his bayonet. A war weary soldier takes a nap in his tent. Terry Pinkstaff plays a fife brought to her by a visiting spectator.News-Gazette Photos by Cindy JointBATTLE RE-ENACTMENT IN 25TH YEAR


Saturday, March 31, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E1 Section E March 31, 2018 Tribune Triple EWednesday, July 15, 2015 EEE-1 Tribune Expanded Electronic EditionBY MELISSA DARABIAN Associated PressLife is busy. We dont always have the luxury of thumbing through our favorite cookbooks, marking appeal ing recipes with sticky notes for dinners sometime off in the future when we will somehow have time to saltcure a cod or dry-age a side of beef in our garage fridge. Sometimes, we just need to get dinner on the table. It doesnt have to be fancy, but it should still be tasty and nutritious. Enter the chicken leg and thigh! Often overlooked by the healthy cook due to its higher fat content, dark chicken meat is underappreciated. Yes, the dark meat has a few more grams of fat than the white meat of the breasts (a 3 1/2-ounce serving of breast meat has about 4 grams of fat, while the same amount of dark meat has just under 6 grams). And the higher cholesterol of the dark meat means the breast probably still should be in your rotation. But chicken legs and thighs are lus cious in texture and full of avor and protein (about 28 grams per serving). They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. Perhaps most impor tant of all for the busy weeknight cook is that bone-in dark meat chicken is very forgiving in terms of cooking time. Which is to say, it is very hard to overcook dark chicken meat. So on weeknights when my hus band and I both have to work and one daughter has dance and the other three have soccer, lacrosse and more soccer, I totally appreciate the forgiveness offered by the dark meat. One of my favorite weeknight chicken leg and thigh strategies is to load them up in a large plastic bag in the morning, dump in some veggies and a quick marinade, then just toss the whole thing into the refrigerator to sit all day. After work, I dump the con tents of the bag into a baking dish and pop it into the oven while I change into something more comfortable (by which I mean sweats). Dinner, done!WEEKNIGHT LEMON CHICKEN DINNER-IN-A-BAGStart to Finish: 1 hour, plus marinat ing Servings: 4 8 bone-in chicken drumsticks or thighs, or a mix 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon red pepper akes (op tional) Kosher salt and ground black pep per 1 large red or yellow onion, cut into 8 wedges 4 medium red potatoes, halved Using a paper towel in each hand to help grip the chicken pieces, remove and discard the skin by pulling it off. In a 2-gallon zip-close plastic bag, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, thyme, red pepper akes (if using), and a hefty pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the chicken, onion and potatoes, seal the bag and gently turn over several times to evenly coat the contents with the marinade. Re frigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours, turning the bag once or twice if convenient. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 375 F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Dump the con tents of the bag onto the pan, spread into an even layer, then bake uncov ered until the chicken registers 175 F at the thickest parts, about 40 minutes. If the potatoes and onions brown too quickly on one side, turn them for more even cooking. Nutrition information per serving: 610 calories; 220 calories from fat (36 percent of total calories); 25 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 240 mg cholesterol; 540 mg sodium; 40 g car bohydrate; 5 g ber; 5 g sugar; 55 g protein. Food Network star Melissa dArabian is an expert on healthy eating on a budget. She is the au thor of the cookbook, Supermarket Healthy. http://www.melissadarabian.netAPThis June 22, photo shows weekend lemon chicken diner in a bag in Concord, N.H. Chicken legs and thighs are luscious in texture and full of flavor and protein. They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa dArabian.APThis June 22, photo shows weekend lemon chicken diner in a bag in Concord, N.H. Chicken legs and thighs are luscious in texture and full of flavor and protein. They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. Cooking CornerIts in the bagFor crazy weeknights, dinner in a bag that isnt takeout WWW.CFLJOBNET.COMPost Your Resum OO nline At: Tribune Triple EFriday, March 30, 2018 EEE-1 www.citizentribune.comTribune Expanded Electronic Edition ST arAR T YOU r R Car CAR EE r R WITH a A J J O B TH aA T I s S RI GHT FO rR Y OU! Triple E


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Saturday, March 31, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E3 Check out the THE GUIDE For all your services needs Inside ev ery Thursday and Saturday Osceola News-Gazette.Want to place an ad? Call 407-846-7600Looking For An Attorney... or Dog Groomer? I House Ad WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump's selection of his White House doctor to run the massive Department of Veterans Affairs triggered concern Thursday among lawmakers and veter ans groups about whether he has the experience to manage an agency paralyzed over Trump's push to expand private care. Ronny Jackson, a Navy rear admiral entrusted with the health of the past three presidents, is a lifelong phy sician whose positions on privatizing operations in the second largest federal department and addressing ballooning health care costs are unknown. First named to the top White House post by President Barack Obama, he would be new to running a big bureaucracy if given leadership over a department of 360,000 employees serv ing 9 million veterans. In a statement, Trump praised Jackson as "highly trained and qualied." But representatives of veterans aren't sold on the choice, or on Trump's decision a day earlier to re VA Secretary David Shulkin. "There is little that we know about Dr. Ronny Jack son's vision and qualications," said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "Our concern is whether President Trump was more interested in pick ing a secretary who would be politically loyal rather than someone who can work across the aisle to x long standing problems of bureaucratic delay." Similar doubts were expressed by Veterans of For eign Wars, which praised Jackson's military back ground in a statement but pointed to a nominee biog raphy devoid of "any expe rience working with the VA or with veterans, or manag ing any organization of size, much less one as multifac eted as the Department of Veterans Affairs." AMVETS echoed such sentiments. "We look forward to a rig orous conrmation hearing," Rieckhoff said. Montana Sen. Jon Tester, top Democrat on the panel that will consider the nomi nation, said he had yet to de termine if Jackson "is up to the job." It's not clear from Jack son's military service record how much, if any, manage ment experience he has. His military assignments did not appear to include supervi sion over a large department or unit. His Navy biography says he deployed to Iraq with a Marine unit and served as the emergency physician in charge of resuscitative medi cine for a trauma platoon. Jackson joined the White House medical team in 2006 and is perhaps best known for his appearance before the press corps in January, announcing the results of Trump's rst physical in a performance that showed he was quick-witted and un failingly complimentary of Trump. Marveling at the 71-yearold president's good health, Jackson opined, "It's just the way God made him." A White House ofcial said Shulkin himself had recommended Jackson for an undersecretary position at the VA in the fall, and Trump ultimately decided he was more comfortable with Jackson than with other top candidates. The ofcial was not authorized to discuss per sonnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity. If conrmed by the Senate, Jackson would face immedi ate crises, like a multi-billion dollar revamp of electronic medical records now in lim bo that members of Congress fear will prove too costly and wasteful, and a budget short fall in the coming weeks in its private-sector Veterans Choice program. Trump is seeking an ag gressive expansion of the Choice program to make it easier for veterans to see private doctors outside the VA system at government expense, but proposals are stalled in Congress following a failed effort last week. "We're going to have real choice," Trump said in Ohio. "That's why I made some changes, because I wasn't happy with it." Jackson's nomination comes as Trump's new Cabi net nominees begin to pile up in the Senate. That is certain to stir weeks of conrmation battles this spring when senators, especially those running for re-election, may prefer to shift focus away from the changes at the White House. None of the nominees, in cluding the president's new picks for secretary of state and CIA director, is expected to sail to easy conrmation. The GOP-led Senate is nar rowly divided 51-49 and Democrats and some Republicans are prepar ing to ask tough questions. Even though Congress has an otherwise slim legislative agenda before campaign sea son, prolonged conrmation ghts could jam up the Sen ate and inuence the election. Pending Jackson's conr mation, Robert Wilkie, a for mer Pentagon undersecretary for personnel and readiness, is serving as the acting head of the VA. Lawmakers said they needed to learn more about Jackson's record. Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, chair man of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that will review the nomination, de clined to indicate his support. He stressed that he looked forward to "meeting Admiral Jackson and learning more about him." Isakson, a moderate, has expressed skepticism in the past toward toward nominees who ex pressed strong views in favor of privatization. Sen. Bernie Sanders, in dependent of Vermont and a former chairman of the panel, cautioned that Jackson would not be approved if he supported privatizing the VA. "Our job is to strengthen the VA in order to provide highquality care to our veterans, not dismember it," he said. Shulkin, a physician and the lone Obama administra tion holdover in Trump's Cabinet, was unceremoniously red late Wednesday by Trump in a tweet. Shulkin had enjoyed support from Trump for much of his rst year in the administration but support eroded last month after a bruising ethics scandal and political inghting at VA. Dan Caldwell, executive director of the conserva tive Concerned Veterans for America, said the group is keeping an "open mind" about Jackson's nomination. Some of the names that had been in circulation for the post had previous ties to the group, which supports giving veterans greater access to pri vate doctors outside the VA system. "We'd like to hear more about his positions to reform and x the VA," Caldwell said. "He has a very distin guished service record and it would be unfair to outright dismiss him you have to be very professional to reach his rank." A native of Levelland, Texas, Jackson, 50, gradu ated from Texas A&M with a degree in marine biology, then from medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He headed to the Navy, then in 2005 joined a 2nd Marines regiment. Jackson was deployed to Iraq as the physician in charge of resus citative medicine for a trauma platoon, according to the White House. Ned Price, a National Security Council spokesman under Obama, described the doctor as "the guy you al ways want to be around" be cause he's affable and funny. But Price said it was difcult to believe the nomination was unrelated to the "glowing assessment" of Trump's health that the doctor had provided. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsFriday, March 30, 2018 EEE-3 APIn this Aug. 3, 2017, le photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, right, and White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, left, watch as President Donald Trump talks with a patient during a Veterans Affairs Department tele health event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump's VA pick draws concern over thin management record After departures, West Wing anxiety lingersWASHINGTON (AP) With a handshake and a presidential kiss on the cheek, Hope Hicks bid farewell to the White House on Thursday, the press-shy com munications director taking a rare moment in the spotlight on her nal day in Donald Trump's administration. The exit of the president's most trusted aide, coming one day after yet another Cabinet departure, highlights continuing uncertainty among Trump aides and White House staff about who might be the next to go. Hicks departed the admin istration on her own terms and was given a gracious goodbye by Trump outside the Oval Ofce in view of reporters. That stands in stark contrast to the White House treatment of David Shulkin, the Veterans Affairs secretary who was red amid ethics questions and replaced by a White House physician who has no experience running a bureaucracy or working with veterans. As Trump allies defended the choice of Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, scru tiny quickly shifted to a num ber of other Cabinet members facing ethics questions and with strained relationships with the president, as well as a White House chief of staff who has found his inuence diminished. Trump aides and outside advisers suggested that other changes weren't imminent, but no one could say how long that would last. "I'll have to get back to you on that," said deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters when asked if Trump now had his ideal Cabinet. White House ofcials are apprehensive about Hicks' departure, given her unri valed position in the presi dent's orbit. Despite her title as communications director title, Hicks was more accurately described by White House ofcials as Trump's right-hand-woman and media gatekeeper, providing needed doses of afrmation to the president and able to deliver bad news to him with few repercussions. The internal jockeying to replace her if Trump even chooses to do so has featured backstabbing and planted news stories that, in turn, bash the leading candi dates: Mercedes Schlapp, the White House strategic com munications director, and Tony Sayegh, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Treasury Department. Many close to the White House, however, expect se nior adviser Kellyanne Conway or press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to assume the role, at least temporar ily. Sanders has grown close to the president since taking over the press secretary's job after the resignation of Sean Spicer last summer and has been spending more time in the Oval Ofce lately. The job of communica tions director which involves developing and executing the administra tion's long-term messaging strategy has never been a particularly important one to the president. Aides joke he is his own communications director, who upends care fully laid plans with a tweet or digression. Trump, never disciplined, has taken to freelancing more of late, as he moves to sur round himself with aides less likely to try to rein him in. A speech outside Cleveland on Thursday meant to be about infrastructure instead felt like a campaign rally. And he has broken free of more of the restraints placed upon him by chief of staff John Kelly. Trump hired John Bolton as national security adviser last week over Kelly's ob jections and didn't include his chief of staff in the Oval Ofce meeting in which the job offer was extended. And Kelly, who frequently listens in on the president's calls, was not on the call Trump made from the White House residence earlier this month during which, over staff ob jections, he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election. Though Kelly's job did not appear to be in danger, Trump has mused to outside allies of late about setting a West Wing structure with no chief of staff, reminiscent of his Trump Tower operation. Aides said controversies around Trump's staff need to hit a certain decibel level to get the president's attention. In the case of Shulkin, who was found to have inap propriately accepted gifts and travel, his parting came as he was under re from all cor ners, including GOP-leaning veterans groups and goodgovernment watchdogs. And Trump himself vented to condants that the questions surrounding Shulkin under mined his campaign promise to help veterans, according to three White House ofcials and outside advisers who spoke on condition of ano nymity to discuss personnel matters.


Page E4, THE CIVIL WAR COURIER THE CIVIL WAR COURIER For the history bu or the reenactment hobbyist Only $3.00New issue the rst of every month. Now available at the lobby of the Osceola News-Gazette.108 Church Street, Kissimmee Fl 34771407-846-7600 LOS ANGELES (AP) Coffee sellers in California should have to post warn ings because the brew may contain an ingredient that's been linked to cancer, a judge has ruled. The culprit is a chemical produced in the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny nonprot group and Big Coffee. The Council for Education and Research on Toxics wanted the coffee industry to remove acrylamide from its processing like potato chip makers did when it sued them years ago or dis close the danger in ominous warning signs or labels. The industry, led by Starbucks Corp., said the level of the chemical in coffee isn't harmful and any risks are outweighed by benets. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said Wednesday that the coffee makers hadn't presented the proper grounds at trial to prevail. "While plaintiff offered evidence that consump tion of coffee increases the risk of harm to the fetus, to infants, to children and to adults, defendants' medical and epidemiology experts testied that they had no opinion on causation," Berle wrote in his proposed ruling. "Defendants failed to satisfy their burden of proving ... that consumption of coffee confers a benet to human health." The suit was brought against Starbucks and 90 companies under a law passed by California voters in 1986 that has been credit ed with culling cancer-causing chemicals from myriad products and also criticized for leading to quick settle ment shakedowns. The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known as Proposition 65, requires warning labels for about 900 chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. It allows private citizens, advocacy groups and attorneys to sue on behalf of the state and collect a portion of civil pen alties for failure to provide warnings. "This lawsuit has made a mockery of Prop. 65, has confused consumers, and does nothing to improve public health," said William Murray, president and CEO of the National Coffee Asso ciation, who added that coffee had been shown to be a healthy beverage. Scientic evidence on cof fee has gone back and forth for a long time, but concerns have eased recently about possible dangers of coffee, with some studies nding health benets. In 2016, the cancer agen cy of the World Health Orga nization moved coffee off its "possible carcinogen" list. Studies indicate coffee is unlikely to cause breast, prostate or pancreatic cancer, and it seems to lower the risks for liver and uter ine cancers, the agency said. Evidence is inadequate to determine its effect on dozens of other cancer types. Coffee companies have said it's not feasible to re move acrylamide from their product without ruining the avor. But attorney Raphael Metzger, who brought the lawsuit and drinks a few cups of coffee a day, said the industry could remove the chemical without impairing taste. "I rmly believe if the potato chip industry can do it, so can the coffee industry," Metzger said. "A warning won't be that effective because it's an addictive product." Many coffee shops have already posted warnings that say acrylamide is cancercausing chemical found in coffee. But signs that are supposed to be posted at the point of sale are often found in places not easily visible, such as below the counter where cream and sugar are available. Customers at shops that post warnings are often un aware or unconcerned about them. Afternoon coffee drinkers at a Los Angeles Starbucks said they might look into the warning or give coffee drinking a second thought after the ruling, but the cup of joe was likely to win out. "I just don't think it would stop me," said Jen Bitter man, a digital marketing technologist. "I love the taste, I love the ritual, I love the high, the energy, and I think I'm addicted to it." Darlington Ibekwe, a law yer in Los Angeles, said a cancer warning would be annoying but wouldn't stop him from treating himself to three lattes a week. "It's like cigarettes. Like, damn, now I've got to see this?" he said. "Dude, I'm enjoying my coffee." The defendants have a couple weeks to challenge the ruling before it is nal and could seek relief from an appellate court. If the ruling stands, it could come with a stiff nancial penalty and could rattle consumers beyond state lines. The judge can set another phase of trial to consider potential civil penalties up to $2,500 per person exposed each day over eight years. That could be an astronomi cal sum in a state with close to 40 million residents, though such a massive ne is unlikely. California's outsized mar ket could make it difcult to tailor packaging with warning labels specically to stores in the state. That means out-of-state coffee drinkers could also take their coffee with a cancer warning. Cream and sugar would still be optional. MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) A century after World War I ended, dis carded munitions from that and other wars continue to make their way onto beaches around the country. Items ranging from tiny fuses to full-scale mines are displaced by beach replen ishment projects, sucked from the ocean oor and pumped ashore, or by strong storms that uncover them. The most recent discov ery came earlier this month when seven WWI rie gre nades were found on the beach in Mantoloking, New Jersey, which is undergoing a beach replenishment project to undo damage from Su perstorm Sandy more than ve years ago. Many of the items were simply dumped overboard at the end of World Wars I and II; others remain from military drills or target practice. They've been discovered in at least 16 states from New Jersey to Hawaii. "Surprisingly or not, this stuff continues to turn up," said Niall Slowey, an ocean ography professor at Texas A&M University, who has studied the phenomenon extensively. "They disposed of millions of tons of this stuff." No one knows how many pieces of munitions remain offshore, partly because the military's own records as to how much was disposed of aren't great. A Defense Department report to Congress in 2009 said more than half of sea disposals of munitions was done in the Atlantic Ocean; the Pacic got an other 35 percent, and lesser amounts were dumped off Hawaii, Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. The material was dumped as near as 5 miles from shore, in water as shallow as 50 feet. Slowey and a colleague released a 2012 study esti mating there are millions of pounds of undersea bombs in the Gulf of Mexico alone. Disposal of unneeded mu nitions at sea was commonly accepted practice until 1970. "They thought it was beyond harm's reach," Slowey said. "People could not envision that there would be any interaction with material that deep on the ocean oor. But there is a lot more on the sea oor than anyone could have envisioned." New Jersey has been home to some well-publicized dis coveries, including more than 1,100 pieces of muni tions pumped ashore during beach replenishment work on a mile and a half of sand in Surf City and Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island in 2007. The items, mostly fuses, prompted temporary bans on the use of metal detectors and the digging of holes in the sand more than a foot deep. It also created a cot tage industry in T-shirts with slogans like "Our beaches will blow you away!" and "I got bombed on L.B.I.!" Similar material surfaced on the Jersey shore towns of Loch Arbour, Allenhurst and Deal in 2016 as part of another post-Sandy beach restoration project. In May 2008, a bomb squad from the Massachusetts State Police detonated several pieces of unexploded ordnance left over from World War II on Chappa quiddick, including practice bombs. In June 2013, a beachgoer discovered a partially bur ied German mine in the surf about 10 feet from shore in Bay Head, New Jersey, on the same day that the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland did a controlled explosion of a World War II bomb that had washed ashore. In July 2015, a photoash bomb, designed to illuminate the night sky over WWII battleelds, was discovered on a beach near Tampa, Flor ida, where authorities blew it up on the sand. Military and civilian ex perts say they don't know of anyone in the United States being injured by munitions found on a beach, but agree the potential for injury is real. "The problem is you just don't know," said Master Sgt. Brad Kline, an explo sives disposal expert at New Jersey's Joint Base McGuireDix-Lakehurst. "There could be explosive residue left behind. It's denitely not worth the risk" of handling it. Military personnel use explosives to blow up muni tions that are discovered on the beach and brought to the base. In Europe, there have been injuries and deaths from unexploded munitions, includ ing the 2005 deaths of three Dutch shermen whose nets brought a WWII bomb to the surface, and other shermen burned by chemical weapons they unwittingly dredged up. CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Friday, March 30, 2018 APIn this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, a barista pours steamed milk in a coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles. APThis Feb. 10, 2009 file photo shows some of the more than 1,100 old fuses and small antiaircraft shells that have been found as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers searches for any remaining World War I era munitions along the Atlantic Ocean in Surf City, N.J. A century after World War I ended, munitions from that and other wars continue to surface on beaches around the United States, usually during beach replenishment projects when they are sucked from the ocean floor and pumped ashore onto the sand, or exposed by strong storms. A century after WWI, munitions still making way onto beachesCalifornia judge rules that coffee requires cancer warning


Saturday, March 31, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E5 MOSCOW (AP) Rus sia ordered new cuts Friday to the number of British en voys in the country, escalat ing a dispute with the West over the poisoning of an exspy in Britain. The massive expulsion of diplomats on both sides has reached a scale unseen even at the height of the Cold War. Two dozen countries, in cluding the U.S. and many EU nations, and NATO or dered out more than 150 Russian diplomats this week in a show of solidarity with Britain over the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skri pal and his daughter in Brit ain that London blamed on Russia. Moscow has vehemently denied involvement in the March 4 nerve agent attack in the English city of Salisbury and announced the expulsion of the same number of diplo mats from each nation. Scores of foreign ambas sadors streamed into the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Friday to receive the notices given to 23 na tions. The ministry further es calated its response Friday, saying it has ordered Brit ain to reduce the number of its diplomats in Moscow to the level that Russia has in London. That exact number wasn't immediately clear. The ministry said it sum moned the British ambassador to hand him a protest over the "provocative and unsubstantiated actions by Britain, which instigated the expulsion of Russian diplomats from various nations for no reason." It gave London one month to reduce its dip lomatic personnel in Russia. When Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats earlier this month, Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko said it represented a 40 percent cut in the number of embassy personnel. Commenting on the Rus sian move, a spokeswoman for the British Foreign Of ce said "it's regrettable but in light of Russia's previous behavior, we anticipated a response." "However, this doesn't change the facts of the matter: the attempted assas sination of two people on British soil, for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable," she said. "Russia is in agrant breach of international law and the Chemical Weapons Conven tion and actions by countries around the world have demonstrated the depth of inter national concern." The expulsions affect not only the diplomats but their families as well, forcing them to take their children out of school in the middle of the year. A hospital treating the Skripals said Thursday that the 33-year-old daughter Yulia was improving rapidly and was now in stable condi tion, although her 66-yearold father remained in critical condition. Speaking to reporters Fri day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted that "Russia didn't start any dip lomatic wars," and "remains open for developing good ties." He added that Russia has called a meeting of the inter national chemical weapons watchdog next week to press for an "unbiased and objec tive investigation." Russia has accused Britain of failing to back up its ac cusations with evidence and refusing to share materials from the probe. The Foreign Ministry said it told the Brit ish ambassador on Friday that Moscow is ready to co operate in the investigation. The Russian Embassy in London tweeted a statement by the Russian Foreign Min istry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova saying that Britain and the U.S. "do most to undermine any trust element in international relations." Earlier this week, the Rus sian Foreign Ministry alleged that British special services could have been involved in the poisoning and claimed that Britain, the U.S., the Czech Republic and Sweden all have researched the class of nerve agent that London said was used to poison Skri pal. Britain and its allies have rejected the Russian nerve agent claims. On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow summoned the U.S. ambas sador to announce the expulsion of 60 U.S. diplomats in a tit-for-tat response to Washington's move. Nearly two dozen ambassadors from other countries followed suit Friday. The countries informed Friday of expulsions were Australia, Albania, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Latvia, Lithu ania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Estonia. The Foreign Ministry add ed that it would also consider mirror expulsions of diplo mats from Belgium, Hunga ry, Georgia and Montenegro. In response to the U.S. move earlier this week to close the Russian Consulate in Seattle, Moscow also shut the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, giving it until Satur day to vacate the premises. An Associated Press reporter on Friday saw U.S. consulate staff carrying box es from the building in St. Petersburg and loading them into a van. Several mini-vans drove out of the consulate while security also detained a man who threw a Starbucks cup at the building. Some passers-by near the U.S. Consulate in St. Peters burg cheered the expulsions. "Let them get out of here," said 61-year-old retiree Vik tor Fedin. "You won't put Russia on its knees." Others were more cautious, worried that the clo sures would affect visa pro cessing for Russians. "The Russian government has to respond to the hostile actions against Russia," said 32-year-old researcher Yelena Bogomazova. "But the escalation is bad. The closure of the consulate will make it difcult for people to get U.S. visas. They will have to go to Moscow." After Russia expelled sev eral dozen U.S. diplomats, the waiting list for U.S. visa applications in Russia has increased to weeks, if not months, as the U.S. Embassy said it was unable to process visa applications faster because of the staff shortage. Russia also warned that the expulsions of its diplomats could slow down issuing vi sas. In a statement that reects the soaring tensions, Moscow accused Washington of trying to recruit the Russian diplomats it has expelled as spies. The Russian Foreign Min istry said the U.S. special ser vices have engaged in "frantic efforts" to make cooperation offers to the expelled Rus sian diplomats. The ministry described the alleged U.S. overtures as "cynical and disgusting," adding that they have failed. CITIZEN TRIBUNE WorldFriday, March 30, 2018 EEE-5 AP In this June 20, 2016 file photo, the full moon rises near the ancient marble Temple of Posei don at Cape Sounion, southeast of Athens.APPeople walk past the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, March 30, 2018. Russia announced the expulsion of more than 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, on Thursday and said it was closing a U.S. consulate in retaliation for the wave of Western expulsions of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in Britain, a tit-for-tat response that intensified the Kremlins rupture with the United States and Europe. Russia ramps up diplomatic clash, expels even more UK envoysGreek govt upset as spy show denied access to ancient templeATHENS, Greece (AP) A highly-anticipated television series adapting spy novelist John le Carre's "The Little Drummer Girl" will not include scenes from an ancient site near Athens after a panel of ar chaeologists turned down an access request by the BBC and the U.S.-based cable network AMC. Greece's powerful Central Archaeological Council denied the oneday access request to the 2,500-years old Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion next month, saying the site would be closed to visitors for too many hours and the production team would be too large. The decision triggered a furious reaction from the Greece's government, which launched a cam paign three days ago to attract lm productions to Greece with a series of in centives. The government says overseas productions could be a key growth area in the country that is emerging from eight years of crippling nancial cri sis. "We have declared that Greece is now lmfriendly. A few days later, another institution is contradicting this, not us but the hopes and ambitions of artists, technicians and thousands of professionals that are a part of this indus try. It is an international embarrassment," Lefteris Kretsos, general secretary at the government's media and communication department, said Thursday. The decision, he said, "once again highlights the issues we have as a coun try." Filming at Greek archaeological sites, whether for commercial productions or news reporting, requires a permit from archaeologists that is often near impos sible and very costly to obtain. The six-part series is due for global release next year and stars Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard and Britain's Florence Pugh, while South Korean lm maker Park Chan-wook will make his television debut with the project. In the 1983 novel, an Israeli spy chief hunts a Palestinian bomber around Europe, recruiting a young English actress to try and expose him.


Page E6, LONDON (AP) The big decisions have been made: Windsor Castle is the venue, May is the month, the guests have been invited and the wed ding dress has likely been chosen. Friday marks 50 days to go until the wedding of Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36 time to decide the details that will make a large roy al wedding feel intimate. That's the view of Anna McGregor, director of the Wedding Gallery, one of Britain's leading wedding planning agencies. Its em porium in central London offers everything from wedding gowns to sample menus to festive cufinks shaped like top hats. "You've chosen your menu, so choosing your drinks would probably start happening about now, and picking how much wine you would need is one of the more fun parts of planning the wedding, because you get to do a great wine tasting," she said. Her recommendation? In most cases, plan on a bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine for each guest, plus cocktails after dinner "and beer for the boys." This being a royal wed ding, "I'm sure they've got a nice cellar they can pick from as well," she added. One big challenge still to come, she said, is the seating plan. That can be a weekslong project even for couples who need to work out seating for 10 or 15 tables. Harry and Markle have invited about 600 people for the wedding at St. George's Chapel and af ternoon reception and then are having a more exclusive nighttime gathering for 200 of them. That's a minimum of 60 tables if you squeeze in 10 people per table. Some new details are emerging. The Ministry of Defense said this week that regiments and units associated with Harry's years in the military will provide ceremonial sup port during the wedding and carriage procession. More than 250 members of the Armed Forces will be tasked with this role. Their wedding cake will be a lemon elderower concoction made by pastry chef Claire Ptak. Kensington Palace ofcials have kept quiet about many of the key wedding details, including the su per-secret guest list. Of cials say the invitations have been sent but won't reveal the names. The couple has also in vited 2,640 people from all walks of life to come to the grounds of Wind sor Castle to watch them arrive and to see their car riage procession from a ne vantage point. On the wedding dress front the designer of Markle's gown is still not known to the public, leading to a guessing game that is picking up speed. Will it be a British or American designer? The lucky fash ion house that received the coveted assignment has no doubt been sworn to se crecy. Dress ttings will likely take place inside one of the royal palaces, not at a bridal salon, where Markle could be seen by fellow shoppers and their cell phone cameras. Regardless of what dress she chooses, McGregor expects Harry and Markle to dene wedding styles for the next year if not years to come not just for the fashions, but for tableware, owers and the overall look. "She's already a style icon," McGregor said. "The royal family are style icons and have been for generations. So yes, it's absolutely going to lead trends and fashions in weddings." CITIZEN TRIBUNE EntertainmentEEE-2 Thursday, March 29, 2018 APSouvenir items are displayed for sale ahead of the upcoming royal wedding of Britains Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, at a shop in London, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The wedding takes place on Saturday, May 19, in Windsor Castle, England. Over 2,000 people have been invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the procession, and over 600 invitations have been sent, though the palace has not revealed who has received one. 50 days to UK royal weddingTime for the personal touchesChrissy Metz calls focus on her stepdad's abuse 'clickbait'NEW YORK (AP) Chrissy Metz calls news stories focusing on abusive behavior by her step father while growing up mere "clickbait." Metz is one of the stars of NBC's hit series "This Is Us" and has a new book out called "This Is Me" where she writes about her life, including grow ing up with a stepfather who sometimes would hit her and was critical of her weight. "What they fail to leave out is that we have a relationship. I have forgiven him, he's apologized and I respect him and he was more of a father to me than my biological father." Metz says the attention has caused tension in her family. "I felt so many emo tions about it and I still do because my sisters are getting involved... I want him to know that that was never my intention." Her purpose, she says, is to share how she got to where she is. "I didn't realize that all of these life lessons, these experiences were setting me up for where I'm at today and that's what I believe the universe does for us. And so by me going through these expe riences, I feel like I'm stronger and I can be an advocate for somebody who's gone through these things or been discrimi nated against." Despite the fallout of sharing her family drama with the public, Metz believes it's important to be honest. "I (spoke out) for my self but also, in turn, it's helping a lot of people and that's the cherry on top," she said. Her stepfather has publicly denied her claims, which Metz says she un derstands. "It is so hard to accept responsibility for what you've done," said Metz. Metz told The Associ ated Press about her "This Is Us" character, being a struggling actress and future goals. ___ AP: Your character, Kate, on "This Is Us" has resonated with so many who can relate to her in securities, mother issues and bond with her dad. Do people think you are Kate? Metz: Oh yeah. People think I'm Kate all the time. There are people who just run up and kiss me and I'm like, 'Oh, hi.' It takes some getting used to. It's funny because that's what they know me as. It's great that they're invested. AP: What was life like for you when you got the role on "This Is Us"? Metz: These cities (like LA and New York) are ex pensive to live in and to be an actress with classes and headshots, forget about it. It was always paycheck to paycheck. I was on unem ployment for some time... When I booked the role, I was in between paychecks and didn't even have enough gas to get to the audition. I was living with a friend. (I had) 81 cents in my bank account. AP: Why be so honest about your ups and downs? Metz: I told my publicist when I started this whole thing, 'If I can't be who I am, I can't do this.' I can pretend and play another character on television but I can't be that in real life. It's too much. I want to be authentically myself and honest. Sometimes it's probably to a fault but it is what it is. I want people to know that, yes, I have a great job and it looks very glamorous but I'm not any different. I just have a dif ferent job. AP: You write about condence struggles in your book. Where are you now with your selfesteem? Metz: It took me awhile to cultivate a belief in my self and I'm still learning that. There are times I get on the set and I'm like, 'Am I gonna get red to day? I don't think I'm a good actress.' Sometimes it's just where you're at mentally and you've got to recalibrate. AP: You've got the TV show and a book. What's on your list next, careerwise? Metz: I'm the lead of a movie that begins shoot ing in April. It's based on a true story called "The Impossible Movie." I'm over the moon about that. Eventually I'd love to pro duce and maybe write an episode of "This Is Us." Maybe do some music and write music. Just help peo ple who I believe in.


Saturday, March 31, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E7 WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump red Veterans Affairs Sec retary David Shulkin and nominated White House doctor Ronny Jackson to replace him following a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the agency. A Navy rear admiral, Jackson is a surprise choice to succeed Shulkin, a for mer Obama administration ofcial and the rst nonvet eran to head the VA. Trump had been considering re placing Shulkin for weeks but had not been known to be considering Jackson for the role. In a statement, Trump praised Jackson as "highly trained and qualied." It was a decision that signaled Trump chose to go with someone he knows and trusts, rather than choosing a candidate with a longer resume, to run a massive agency facing huge bureau cratic challenges. Shulkin said he was undone by advocates of privatization within the ad ministration. He wrote in a New York Times opinion piece that they "saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed." He added: "That is because I am convinced that priva tization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with prots, even if it under mines care for veterans." Jackson has served since 2013 as the physician to the president, one of the peo ple in closest proximity to Trump day in and day out. His prole rose after he conducted a sweeping press conference about the presi dent's medical exam in Jan uary in which he impressed Trump with his cameraready demeanor and deft navigation of reporters' questions as he delivered a rosy depiction of the presi dent's health, according to a person familiar with the president's thinking but not authorized to discuss private conversations. Jackson eagerly embraced the idea of moving to the VA, according to a White House ofcial who spoke on condition of ano nymity to discuss personnel matters. Ironically, it was Shulkin who had recommended Jackson for an un dersecretary position at the agency in fall. Jackson was vetted during that time on his policy positions and oth er issues, the ofcial said. The promotion of Jack son marks the latest Trump hire to be driven at least as much by personal familiar ity with the president as by his vision for the role at government's secondlargest department, responsible for 9 million military veterans in more than 1,700 government-run health fa cilities. Brig. Gen. Dr. Richard Tubb, who trained Jackson, said in a letter read at Jack son's brieng that the doctor had been attached like "Vel cro" to Trump since Inaugu ration Day. "On any given day," he wrote, "the 'physician's of ce,' as it is known, is gen erally the rst and last to see the President." A White House ofcial said Shulkin was informed of his dismissal by chief of staff John Kelly before the president announced the move on Twitter on Wednesday. A major veterans' organization expressed concern over Shulkin's dismissal and Trump's intention to nominate Jackson, whom they worried lacked experi ence to run the huge depart ment. "We are disappointed and already quite concerned about this nominee," said Joe Chenelly, the national executive director of AM VETS. "The administration needs to be ready to prove that he's qualied to run such a massive agency, a $200 billion bureaucracy." Rep. Phil Roe, chair man of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said he believed Shulkin did a "fantastic job" and didn't think he should have been dismissed, but "at the end of the day, Cabinet secretaries serve at the pleasure of the president." "I respect President Trump's decision, support the president's agenda and remain willing to work with anyone committed to doing the right thing on behalf of our nation's veterans," said Roe, a Republican from Tennessee. Shulkin is the second Cabinet secretary to depart over controversies involving expensive travel, following Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's resignation last Sep tember. Trump said in a statement he is "grateful" for Shulkin's service. Shulkin had agreed to reimburse the government more than $4,000 after the VA's internal watchdog concluded last month that he had improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and that his then-chief of staff had doctored emails to justify his wife traveling to Europe with him at tax payer expense. Shulkin also blamed internal drama at the agency on a half-dozen or so rebellious political ap pointees, insisting he had White House backing to re them. But the continuing VA inghting and a fresh raft of watchdog reports docu menting leadership failures and spending waste as well as fresh allegations that Shulkin had used a member of his security detail to run personal errands proved too much of a distraction. It was the latest in a series of departures of top administration ofcials, including Secretary of State Rex Til lerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster. The VA change comes as Trump is trying to expand the Veterans Choice pro gram, fullling a campaign promise that major veter ans' groups worry could be an unwanted step toward privatizing VA health care. His plan remains in limbo in Congress. Having pushed through legislation in Trump's rst year making it easier to re bad VA employees and speed disability appeals, Shulkin leaves behind a department in disarray. Several projects remain unnished, including a mul tibillion-dollar overhaul of electronic medical records aimed at speeding up wait times for veterans seeking medical care as well as ex panded mental health treat ment for veterans at higher risk of suicide. Trump selected Robert Wilkie, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, to serve as the acting head of the VA. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsThursday, March 29, 2018 EEE-3 APIn this Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 le photo, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters during the daily press brieng in the Brady press brieng room at the White House in Washington. On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, President Donald Trump red Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and tweeted that Jackson is his nominee to replace Shulkin. Trump is hopeful, but some skeptical ahead of US-NK talksWASHINGTON (AP) An enigmatic North Korean leader takes a secretive train trip to China to afrm frater nal ties and declare a com mitment to denuclearization. It sounds like Kim Jong Un's visit this week, but his father and predecessor Kim Jong Il made similar decla rations on a trip to Beijing, months before he died in 2011. Yet North Korea's nu clear weapons development only speeded up. President Donald Trump expressed optimism Wednesday after the younger Kim's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying there's "a good chance" that Kim will "do what is right for his people and for hu manity." But there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical that the U.S.-North Korean summit slated for May will produce the breakthrough that Washington wants. After a year of escalating tensions, Trump agreed to talks after South Korean of cials relayed that Kim was committed to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons and was willing to halt nuclear and missile tests. That has tamped down fears of war that elevated as Trump and Kim traded threats and insults and North Korea demonstrated it was close to being able to strike the U.S. with a nucleartipped missile. Kim's meeting with Xi offered some reassurance to Washington that "denuclearization" will be up for negotiation if the rst sum mit between American and North Korean leaders in seven decades of animosity takes place. But while Trump has elevated expectations of what that sit-down would achieve, North Korea has yet to spell out what it wants in return for abandoning a weapons program that Kim likely views as a guarantee for the survival of his totalitarian regime. The readout of Kim's remarks to Xi as reported by China's state news agency Xinhua strongly indicates Pyongyang is looking for signicant American concessions. "The issue of denuclear ization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved," Kim was quoted as saying, "if South Korea and the United States respond to our ef forts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking pro gressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace." To many North Korea watchers, that sounds like old wine in a new bottle. In May 2011, the elder Kim, who was making what would be his nal trip to China, told then-president Hu Jintao that the North was "adhering to the goal of de nuclearization." That came months after North Korea had revealed a uranium enrichment plant that gave it a second path for making fuel for atomic bombs. Abraham Denmark, a for mer senior U.S. defense of cial, said the North's latest offer to "denuclearize" still appears contingent on U.S. creating the right conditions. In the past, Pyongyang de manded that U.S. withdraw troops from the peninsula, end its security alliance with South Korea and the nuclear protection it offers its ally. "It's possible that Kim Jong Un has a different meaning in mind," said Denmark, now director of the Asia program at the Wilson Center think tank. "So far it sounds like the same old tune." Ending six years of inter national seclusion, Kim was spirited into Beijing by spe cial train under tight security like his father before him. He met with Xi, seeking to repair relations that have been frayed as China has supported tough U.N. sanc tions and slashed trade with its wayward ally in frustra tion over its refusal to stop its provocative behavior. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Kim's rst foreign trip was a "historic step in the right di rection" and proof that U.S.led campaign of "maximum pressure" of economic sanc tions was working. Trump said that the pressure would be maintained for now, but offered an optimistic view of how he could achieve peace and denuclearization that eluded past administrations. "Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!" There's another way of looking at it. It could be North Korea not the U.S. that is calling the shots. When Kim offered an olive branch to South Korea in the new year, he also warned that the entire U.S. was within range of the North's atomic weapons. With that capability in hand, he may now going on a diplomatic offensive, using it as leverage to win aid and se curity guarantees rather than with an intent of giving it up. Trump's own choice as national security adviser John Bolton is famously skeptical of diplomacy with North Korea. Just a month ago, he made the case for a pre-emptive military strike on the North. That raises questions about whether he might advocate for the same should Trump's summit with Kim fail. Experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank said in an analysis that by meeting Xi, Kim may be seeking an insurance policy that "even if summit talks fail with the U.S. that North Korea could still fall back on its relationship with China." Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a close ally of the president, is worried about a less than ideal out come. He said Wednesday he's worried that in his talks with Kim, Trump will fo cus on the intercontinental missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland and not the shorter-range missiles that threaten Japan and may "end up accepting North Korea's possession of nuclear weap ons." The doctor is inWhite House physician nominated to lead VA


Page E8, SAN ANTONIO (AP) On the night before Easter, a night when Sister Jean could reasonably be contemplating more consequential affairs, she will instead be festooned in her maroon and yellow letter jacket, sitting in her wheel chair on the oor of one of America's greatest sports cathedrals, praying for an entirely different sort of miracle. She'll be trying to will the underdog, 11th-seeded Ramblers from the Jesuit school of Loyola-Chicago another step along the road to a national champion ship. It's a road even the most pious fan wouldn't have dreamed of a mere three weeks ago. More than any single player or coach, it is the 98-year-old nun Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, who has left an indelible mark on this year's NCAA Tour nament, with her scouting reports and T-shirt-ready advice "Worship, work and wisdom" lending an almost otherworldly credence to the idea that, in sports, anything is pos sible. And for those seeking a deeper meaning to Loyola's improbable trip to the Final Four, her presence raises questions that would nor mally be out of bounds in most mainstream sports conversations: Do Sister Jean's prayers carry more weight than, say, those of the Michigan fans who will be rooting against Loyola on Satur day? Is it OK to pray for something as pedestrian as, say, your team to win the big game? Do miracles really hap pen in sports? To sum them all up: Does God really care about basketball? "Because God cares about the whole health of a human being, and because play is an element of the human experience, God cares about play," says Joe Price, an ordained minis ter who teaches classes on sports and religion at Whit tier College. "Now, wheth er God cares about competitive sport at a professional level is perhaps a different question." Big-time sports has been long familiar with enthusi astically religious athletes and ultra-successful programs from religious colleges. Tim Tebow, Carson Wentz and Kurt Warner; Notre Dame, BYU and, yes, another Final Four participant this weekend, Villanova. They and others have come to the fore and brought their religion with them, front and center. And yet, Loyola feels like something different. Instead of a player or coach who stands out as the main catalyst for all this success, it's a nun who is not only bringing added attention to her beloved players, but doing it in a way that unravels stereotypes about the elderly to say nothing of the millions of women who have chosen her calling over the centuries. "She's showing that, yes, nuns are regular people with a special calling," says Rebecca Alpert, a re ligion professor at Temple whose book, "Religion and Sports," looks at ways those two facets of life intersect. "She's photogenic. She's media savvy. It's a great story. I like hearing it. I'll buy a bobblehead." It also brings up this awkward dissonance: Villanova is also accompanied by a person of the cloth, the Rev. Rob Hagan. And yet, because he represents a school that is better known, top seeded, a champion only two years ago and the furthest thing from a plucky underdog, Father Rob is a supporting player in this drama no bobble head as of yet who is receiving his 15 minutes in large part because Sister Jean has gotten hers on the other side of the bracket. Which brings up the question: If Father Rob's and Sister Jean's teams square off in an all-Catholic nal Monday night, who wins? Another way to ask it is whether Sister Jean's prayers hold any more weight than those of others, including secular fans who may want Kansas or Michi gan to win on Saturday to say nothing of the poor folks who were pulling for Kansas State or Texas Tech last weekend in the Elite Eight. "It's a legitimate ques tion," Price says. "It's about discipline and it's about frequency (of praying), and that doesn't necessar ily mean (Sister Jean's) prayers are heard better. But they're articulated in ways that are not about self-gratication. Cheering for a bunch of young men to play their best and ful ll their dream is different from, let's say, a stock car racer who prays to the Lord for a caution ag to come out so he can win the race." The idea of divine inter vention in sports goes way back, even decades before Al Michaels famously asked "Do you believe in miracles?" as the seconds ticked down in the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's seminal victory over the Russians a bunch of amateurs unbelievably beating a bunch of profes sionals. And yet, the so-called "Miracle on Ice" hardly stands alone in sports, where the never-ending search for the upset, the unexpected, the unexplainable, is, in fact, "the reason we play the game." Miracle in the Meadow lands. Music City Miracle. The Immaculate Reception. Hail Mary. The winner of the rst three women's national titles: Immaculata College That was no miracle. But if little Loyola-Chi cago is cutting down nets come Monday night, well, that might be even if God is in no way connected to the actual result. "The word 'miracle' is very important because what it signals is something intruding on your day-today reality and remind ing you that the world is a much more complicated and beautiful place," Alp ert says. "You don't have to make the assumption that there's an all-knowing God intervening and making this happen." Though no harm if you do. From all the corrup tion that's been unmasked in college basketball to the sex-abuse scandals in volving Larry Nassar and gymnastics to the Rus sian doping scandal at the Olympics, sports has become an ugly, ungodly sort of place of late. Miracle or no, who's to say a 98-year-old superfan and her 11th-seeded team from out of nowhere can't help drag some sports fans from that abyss? "We can't possibly for get the kinds of questions and issues that are being raised," Alpert says. "But this has ... pulled us away from things that are hurting sports today. If you look at it that way, then we can all be very grateful to Sister Jean." CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Thursday, March 29, 2018 APThis March 22, 2018 file photo shows Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt sitting with other LoyolaChicago fans during the first half of a regional semifinal NCAA college basketball game against Nevada in Atlanta. Sister Jean is depicted in a bobblehead and sales of the figurine have soared to the heavens. She has become a celebrity during the NCAA mens basketball tournament. As a result, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in conjunction with Loyola University, last week unveiled a limited edition bobblehead. Phil Sklar with the soon-to-be-open museum in Milwaukee says within 24 hours, the bobblehead became the institutions top seller of all time. Sister Jean takes hoops to a heavenly placeGood driver, poor credit: What makes your car costs so highCar owners with poor credit can pay hundreds if not thousands more to drive than those with good credit. This plays out in two important ways: higher rates on car loans and, in most states, higher insurance premiums. In fact, having bad credit can raise your insurance quote even higher than if you'd had an accident. To see how much poor credit can cost car owners, personal nance website NerdWallet looked at auto loan terms and insurance quotes for drivers in dif ferent credit tiers. CREDIT AND CAR LOANS Drivers with blemished credit often choose a cheaper car than they could otherwise afford. However, they'll still pay more to own it especially if they nance the purchase. Good credit is generally considered 690 to 719, while bad credit is below 630. In a slightly different system, prime credit is 661 to 780 and subprime credit is 501 to 600. For used car loans in the last quarter of 2017, prime credit buyers re ceived an average rate of 5.48 percent, according to credit reporting agency Experian. The average rate was much higher, 16.27 percent, for subprime bor rowers. Say a buyer purchases a used car with a loan of $21,000 just under the average amount nanced on used car purchases, according to Edmunds. Using the average rates above, here's about how much each borrower would pay on a 48-month loan: __ Prime: $488 per month and $2,433 in total interest __ Subprime: $598 per month and $7,706 in total interest In this example, the cost of poor credit is $110 per month, and $5,273 over the life of the 48-month loan. THE TRAP OF TAK ING A LONGER LOAN To get a lower monthly payment, buyers increasingly accept loans with longer terms about 42 percent take out loans for six years or more, accord ing to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While there's merit in making sure bills t your budget, this dramatically increases the cost of a car. With the loan extended to 72 months, the total cost of poor credit becomes $8,335, or $116 per month over six years. A DIFFERENT SCORE FOR INSURANCE The credit scores lenders use to determine loan terms are not the same score auto insurers use to set your premium. A credit-based insur ance score is used to predict your likelihood of l ing a claim in the next few years, says Lamont Boyd, insurance industry director of scores and analytics at FICO. Insurers can use this and other scoring models to help set rates in all states except Califor nia, Hawaii and Massa chusetts, where the practice is banned. NerdWallet looked at quotes in the rest of the country for drivers with clean records and either "good" or "poor" credit, as reported to the insurer. We averaged rates from 10 ZIP codes in each state and then ranked the difference in price by state. We also compared quotes for drivers with good credit and one accident versus similar driv ers with poor credit and no accidents, and found poor-credit quotes were often higher. In all but two states, drivers can nd quotes at least $500 cheaper per year for good credit and one accident compared with poor credit and no accidents. INSURANCE COSTS VARY WIDELY In Michigan, home to some of the highest car in surance rates in the country, we found that someone with poor credit can pay an average of $464 more per month than someone with good credit and the same driving record. The next-highest average price increase was $185 per month in Kentucky. As in many states, in both Michigan and Kentucky average rates for poor credit more than doubled. On the opposite end of this spectrum is North Carolina, where good driv ers with poor credit pay, on average, $20 more per month for insurance than those with good credit. Iowa was the next cheap est for motorists with poor credit, at an average increased cost of $37 per month. AVOID PAYING UP To get the best rate pos sible, before heading to a dealership, check your credit scores and get pre approved for an auto loan. You can still get nanced on the spot, but "now you have this pretty strong negotiating chip to help you get an even better rate from the dealer," says Delvin Davis, senior research analyst at the Center for Responsible Lending. And even with splotchy credit, you could still save by shopping around for car insurance quotes. In New York, for example, we found a $1,219 (per year) difference between the lowest and second-lowest quotes for poor credit and a $5,689 difference between the highest and lowest. You can also improve both your credit and cred it-based insurance score by: __ Paying all your bills on time __ Keeping credit card balances below 30 percent of the limit


Saturday, March 31, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E9 your local e-mail update News Now Get Up-To-Date news sent directly to you!Sign Up Today! ISLAMABAD (AP) Nobel Peace Prize win ner Malala Yousafzai said Thursday she was excited to be back in Pakistan for the rst time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants angry at her championing of education for girls. Yousafzai, who landed in her home country just before dawn anked by heavy secu rity, said in a brief speech at a ceremony at Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's of ce that she will continue to campaign for the education of girls and asked Pakistanis to be united on issues like providing better health care and education. She said she remembered having to leave Pakistan for treatment after she was attacked. Covering her tearlled eyes with her hands, Yousafzai said it was hard to wait for more than ve years to return home. "It is now actually happening and I am here," she said. It's unclear how long Yousafzai will stay, neither she nor her family have an nounced any travel plans. Pakistani ofcials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter, said their understanding is that her visit will last until Monday. Speaking after meeting the prime minister, Yousafzai said Pakistan was always in her thoughts even when she traveled to cities like New York or London. "I was always dreaming for the past ve years, that I can come to my country, whenever I was travelling abroad," she said, adding that her dreams were of simple things, "like driving in Kara chi, Islamabad." "Finally, I am here," she said. Since the attack, Yousafzai spent lengthy stretches of time undergoing medical treatment to recover from her wounds. She also went to school in Britain. Her native Swat Valley still sees occasional militant at tacks, though the Pakistani military has largely restored peace since retaking the area. In February, a suicide bomb ing at an empty lot used by soldiers for sports and exer cise killed 11 troops, under scoring the threat that mili tants still pose to the region and this Islamic nation. Abbasi praised Yousafzai for her sacrices and role in the promotion of girls' educa tion. He said he was happy to welcome her home, where he said "terrorism has been eliminated" a line often repeated by Islamabad de spite persisting militant at tacks across the country. Since her attack and recovery, Yousafzai has also led the "Malala Fund," which she said has invested $6 mil lion in schools and to pro vide books and uniforms for schoolchildren. "For the betterment of Pakistan, it is necessary to educate girls and empower women," she said. Earlier, tight security greeted the now-20-year-old university student upon her arrival at Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Local television stations showed her with her parents in the lounge at the airport, before leaving in a convoy of nearly 15 vehicles, many of them occupied by heavily armed police. Her return had been shrouded in secrecy and she was not likely to travel to her hometown of Mingora in the Swat Valley, where the shooting occurred. As news broke about Yousafzai's arrival, many of her fellow Pakistanis welcomed her. The party of Imran Khan, former international cricket star and now leading Paki stani opposition politician, said Yousafzai's return was a sign of the defeat of extrem ism in the country. Mohammad Hassan, one of Yousafzai's cousins in the northwestern town of Min gora, said it was one of the happiest days of his life. He said he was not sure wheth er Yousafzai will visit her hometown, where he said schoolchildren were jubilant and wished they could greet her. Javeria Khan, a 12-yearold schoolgirl in Mingora said she wished she "could see her in Swat." "I wish she had come here, but we welcome her," she said, as she sat among schoolchildren. Marvi Memon, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, said it was a pleasant surprise for her to see Yousafzai back home and a "proud day" for Pakistan. "What an incredible sur prise, I woke up to this morn ing" to know that Yousafzai is back along with her parents, Memon said. Yousafzai was just 14 years old but already known for her activism when Taliban gun man boarded the school van in which she was sitting and demanded to know "who is Malala?" before shooting her in the head. Two of her class mates were also wounded. In critical condition, Yousafzai was own to the garrison city of Rawalpindi before being airlifted to Bir mingham in Britain. She has since spoken at the United Nations, mesmerizing the world with her eloquence and her unrelenting com mitment to the promotion of girls' education through the Malala Fund, a book, meetings with refugees and other activism. She was awarded the Nobel in 2014, along with Indian child-rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, and said on the day she collected the prize that "education is one of the blessings of life, and one of its necessities." She remained in Britain af ter undergoing medical treat ment there and was accepted to the University of Oxford last year. At home in Pakistan, however, she has been con demned by some as a West ern mouthpiece. Some have even suggested on social media that the shooting was staged. Yousafzai has re peatedly responded to the criticism with a grace far outstripping her years, often saying education is neither Western, nor Eastern. Often when she has spo ken in public, Yousafzai has championed her home country and spoken in her native Pashto language, always promising to return to her home. On March 23, when Pakistan celebrated Pakistan Day, Yousafzai tweeted, "I cherish fond memories of home, of playing cricket on rooftops and singing the national anthem in school. Happy Paki stan Day!" Local television channels have been showing her return to Pakistan with some replay ing the horror of her shooting and the rush to get her treat ment. Pakistani ofcials say they captured several suspects after the attack on Yousafzai, but the head of the Taliban in Pakistan, Mullah Fazlullah, is still on the run and believed to be hiding in neighboring Afghanistan. Fazlullah's spokesman, Mohammad Khurasani, earlier this month said Fa zlullah's son was among 21 "holy warriors" killed by missiles red by a U.S. drone at a seminary in Afghanistan in early March. CITIZEN TRIBUNEWorldThursday, March 29, 2018 EEE-5 APIn this Feb. 4, 2016, file photo, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai, from Pakistan, speaks during the first focus event on education at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time she was shot in 2012 by militants angered at her championing of education for girls. Malala visits native Pakistan, 1st time since Taliban attack1 year to Brexit: So much to do, so little timeLONDON (AP) Brit ain's exit from the Europe an Union has been likened to putting toothpaste back in the tube. But it's more like trying to separate the uoride from the paste: complicated and messy. Thursday marks 365 days until Britain of cially leaves the EU. The March 29, 2019, departure will end a 46-year mar riage that has entwined the economies, legal systems and peoples of Britain and 27 other European coun tries. British Prime Minis ter Theresa May was on a whistle-stop tour of the United Kingdom's four corners England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to promise a Brexit that unites the country. "Brexit provides us with opportunities," May said at a weaving rm in south west Scotland. "It is in our interests to come together and really seize these op portunities for the future." For all her optimism, there are a thousand complex issues to settle, and little time. Britain formally announced its intention to leave the EU a year ago, triggering a two-year countdown. University of Manchester political sci ence professor Rob Ford said that timeframe is "lu dicrously short." "That's not sufcient time to disentangle 40 years of political, social and economic entanglement," he said. "Even with the best will in the world which isn't the spirit in which these negotiations have been conducted it couldn't happen." Across the English Channel in Brussels, the chief European Parliament Brexit ofcial, Guy Verhofstadt, listed a few of the many areas where the two sides must strike a deal: shing, aviation, research and academic exchanges, nuclear cooperation and the handling of radioactive materials. Failure could leave Brit ish hospitals unable to of fer radiation treatment and British planes stranded on the tarmac. "In every one of these elds it will be necessary to nd a new arrangement," Verhofstadt told The Associated Press. Britain will turn into a third country "and a third country can not have the same advan tages as a member state." The EU has repeated that warning ever since Britain voted in June 2016 to leave: Brexit is going to hurt. That applies espe cially to future trade and economic ties, which the two sides have barely be gun to negotiate. In a speech this month, May said she wanted "the broadest and deepest pos sible partnership" through a free-trade deal unlike any other in the world. EU leaders warn Britain that it cannot "cherry-pick" the benets of membership without the obligations. The two sides have giv en themselves until Octo ber to agree on the outlines of a deal, so that the EU and national parliaments can sign off on it before Brexit day. That deadline is rapidly approaching af ter many months of delay and deferral. Nine months passed between Britain voting to leave the EU and the triggering of the two-year countdown. More delay followed when May called a snap election to strength en her hand in Brexit talks only to lose her major ity in Parliament and much of her authority as leader. Her government now relies on support from North ern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which has further complicated talks on the most intractable of all Brexit issues main taining the near-invisible border between the EU's Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland. Negotiations between Britain and the EU nally began in earnest last sum mer. Their main achieve ment so far is a transition period that will last until the end of 2020. Dur ing the transition, Britain will continue to pay into EU coffers and follow the bloc's rules, though it will lose its voice in decisionmaking. The transition period has eased, though not erased, fears of a Brexit cliff-edge, in which time runs out and Britain crashes out of the EU with no deal. Both Britain and the EU and most businesses want to avoid that economically and politically destabilizing scenario. Verhofstadt said he is "an optimist by nature" and considers a cliff-edge Brexit unlikely. "The question is: Can we bridge the red lines of the U.K. with the principles of the European Union? And the answer is yes, it is pos sible," he said. Amid the uncertainty, British businesses worry. Since the referendum, ination in Britain has shot up, and growth, once among the highest in the EU, is now below the bloc's average. And Britain remains di vided.The 52 percent-48 percent referendum result divided Britain into two mutually mistrustful camps, leavers and remainers, battling over the nation's future. Remainers argue Britain should be able to change its mind if it turns out Brexit will damage the economy and the country. "Nobody voted in the referendum to be worse off," said pro-EU Labour lawmaker Chris Leslie. That argument infuriates Brexiteers like John Longworth, co-director of lobby group Leave Means Leave. He says pro-EU campaigners are "a fth column in the U.K. working in collusion with the European Union to try and wreck the Brexit process." While Brexit has divid ed Britain, it has brought out unity in the often frac tious EU. "After Brexit, every body thought there would be a sort of domino ef fect," Verhofstadt said. "A Dexit, the Danish going out; Nexit, the Dutch go ing out; a Frexit even, the French going out. What we have seen is exactly the opposite. Since Brexit, we see that people again have a positive feeling about the EU. "They are saying, we will not be so stupid as to leave the EU, to destroy the EU. So Brexit has been a serious wake-up call."


Page E10, WWW.CFLJOBNET.COMPost Your Resum OO nline At:ST arAR T YOU r R Car CAR EE r R WITH a A J J O B TH aA T I s S RI GHT FO rR Y OU! Put that leftover brisket to use in a barley soup APThis photo shows brisket and barley soup in New York. CITIZEN TRIBUNE FoodEEE-2 Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Cooking on a DeadlineBY KATIE WORKMAN Associated PressIf you are hosting Pass over, you may well be making a brisket. And if you are making brisket, you may well have leftovers. (And if you don't end up with leftovers, make a note next year to buy a bigger brisket.) You can, of course, just heat up those leftover slices and have yourself another small, lovely brisket dinner, or perhaps make a thick and probably messy sandwich. Good choices, both. But if you want to stretch those tender pieces of meat into a different dish to serve a big ger group, then soup is the way to go. This is a exible recipe, so feel free to play around with the proportions and ingredients. This assumes you're starting with a fairly traditional brisket recipe, saucy and punctuated with some braised vegetables, like carrots and onions. But the basic template will work with all kinds of brisket. If you want to add some chopped celery or peppers when you are sauteing the carrots and onions, go right ahead. The amount of bar ley may seem small, but it expands as it cooks into a large amount of toasty, chewy grain, and bulks up the soup nicely. Other grains like spelt or farro would also be very good. If you don't have enough sauce from the brisket, add up to 2 cups of extra beef broth or maybe add a cup of tomato sauce, and even a splash of red wine if you've got a bottle open (I almost always have a bottle open). And then, voila! Two cups of leftover brisket have magically transformed themselves into a soup that will feed 4 or more.Leftover Brisket Barley SoupServings: 4 to 6 Start to nish: 1 hour 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped carrots 1/2 cup pearl barley 2 cups beef broth 2 cups chopped leftover brisket, plus any chopped cooked vegetables from the brisket 2 cups sauce from cooking the brisket (or 1 cup sauce and 1 extra cup beef broth) Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional) Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan, and saute the on ion and carrots for 3 min utes, until slightly softened. Add the barley and saute for 2 more minutes until the bar ley is nicely coated with the oil and toasty looking. Add 2 cups beef broth, 2 cups of the brisket sauce (or 1 cup sauce and 1 additional cup beef broth) and two cups of water. Partially cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes, until the barley is pretty tender. Turn the heat to high, add the chopped brisket and any chopped cooked carrots or other vegetables that were swimming around in the sauce, and bring to a sim mer, uncovered. Return the heat to medium low and let it bubble gently away for 10 more minutes. If you want, add some fresh chopped parsley. Now you have soup. Nutrition information per serving: 297 calories; 139 calories from fat; 15 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 52 mg cholesterol; 167 mg sodium; 19 g carbohydrate; 4 g ber; 2 g sugar; 21 g protein.BY KEITH RIDLER Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) A federal judge ruled that the U.S. government illegally quarantined some Idaho potato elds infested with a microscopic pest that could threaten the state's $1.2 billion potato industry, but he left the restrictions in place. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge said last week that lifting the rules could lead to quarantines across a state that produces a third of the nation's potatoes and is a major global supplier. It would likely "have signicant immediate and long-term consequences to both the state of Idaho as well as the United States as a whole," he wrote. The judge decided that the federal government rolled out the quarantine and other restrictions without sufcient public input. Lodge's order, which came in a 2015 lawsuit from farmers, makes the rules temporary until U.S. ofcials redo the pro cess. "I'm looking for an improved result," said Bill My ers, an attorney representing the farmers. He declined to say whether that meant re moving the quarantines. "I think rst we need to nd out what the proper pro cedures are and what is the science they are going to use to support future decisions," Myers said. The U.S. Justice Depart ment, which represents federal agencies in lawsuits, declined to comment Tuesday. The discovery of the pale cyst nematode in 2006 was the pest's rst appearance in the United States. Federal ofcials responded with quarantines and treatment of infected elds as well as special regulations for some associated elds. Nematodes feed on potato roots and can reduce crop production by 80 percent. When the pests were dis covered, Canada, Mexico and Korea would not accept Idaho potatoes, and Japan banned all U.S. potatoes. The countries ultimately lift ed their bans, the latest coming late last year when Japan opened its market again. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an email Tuesday that about 8,200 acres of elds are being reg ulated because of the pest in southeastern Idaho. In 2017, the state had about 310,000 acres growing potatoes that produced about 13 billion pounds (6 billion kilograms). Lodge wrote that it was bad to violate laws on pub lic input to get the quaran tines in place, but "the court nds the seriousness of those procedural interests are out weighed by the disruptive consequences that will ow" from ending the restrictions. It's not clear how long it will take to go through the public process that could revamp rules on infected elds. Myers, attorney for the farmers, said he was an ticipating it could be years. "Until they go through the process and do it right, we won't know how things are going to change," he said. Meanwhile, the federal government is battling the pest, announcing last week that Idaho will receive $800,000 for eradication efforts. Judge: US illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields APIn this 2007 file photo, Candy Pannel sorts through potatoes near American Falls, Idaho. A fed eral judge has ruled that the U.S. government illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields infested with a microscopic pest that could threaten the states $1.2 billion potato industry.


Saturday, March 31, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E11 Check out the THE GUIDE For all your services needs Inside ev ery Thursday and Saturday Osceola News-Gazette.Want to place an ad? Call 407-846-7600Looking For An Attorney... or Dog Groomer? I House Ad WASHINGTON (AP) The Trump administration's decision to ask peo ple about their citizenship in the 2020 census set off worries among Democrats that immigrants will dodge the survey altogether, dilut ing political representation for states that tend to vote Democratic and robbing many communities of federal dollars. Not since 1950 has the census collected citizenship data from the whole population, rather than just a population sample, says the Congressional Re search Service. The decision to restore the question after decades prompted an immediate lawsuit from California already tan gling with Washington over immigration and moves by other states with large immigrant populations to engage in a legal ght. The population count, a massive effort taken every 10 years, is far more than an academic exercise. It's required by the Constitu tion and used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House as well as how federal money is distributed to local communities. Communities and businesses depend on it in deciding where to build schools, hospitals, grocery stores and more. The political stakes of undercounting segments of the population are high. Several states that have slowing population growth or high numbers of immi grants such as California, New York, Illinois, Massa chusetts and Ohio are typi cally at risk of losing U.S. House seats when their congressional districts are redrawn every 10 years depending on how fully their residents are counted. California struck quickly, with Attorney General Xavier Becerra ling a fed eral lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to block Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' de cision to add a citizenship question in 2020. Ofcials from New York and New Jersey, also Democratic-led states, were also planning on leading or participating in lawsuits. Massachusetts signaled interest, too. "The census constitutes the backbone for planning how and where our com munities will invest taxpay er dollars," Becerra said. "California simply has too much to lose to allow the Trump Administration to botch this important decen nial obligation. The Justice Department said in a statement it "looks forward to defend ing the reinstatement of the citizenship question, which will allow the department to protect the right to vote and ensure free and fair elections for all Americans." The Commerce De partment said the benets of obtaining citizenship in formation "outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts." Their argument in es sence: Enforcing voting rights requires more data on the voting-age population of citizens than current surveys are providing. Democratic lawmakers had been bracing for the decision. A bill sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. would block the addition of a citizenship question, or any major de sign change, unless it has undergone a certain level of research and testing, but it faces dim prospects with no Republicans signing on. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that adding such a question "will inject fear and distrust into vulnerable communities and cause traditionally undercounted communities to be even further underrepresented, nancially excluded and left behind." Some Republican law makers hailed the decision on Tuesday. GOP Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas had sent a letter to the Commerce Department asking Ross to add the question. "It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide ranging impacts it will have on U.S. policy," Cruz said in a press release issued by the three lawmakers. "A question on citizenship is a reasonable, commonsense addition to the census." The Census Bureau sepa rately conducts an ongoing survey called the American Community Survey that provides citizenship data on a yearly basis. But it only samples a small por tion of the population. Before that, citizenship or related questions were asked of about 1 in 6 house holds on the census "long form," which has since been retired. The Congres sional Research Service said it has been 1950 since all households were asked about citizenship. Alabama Attorney Gen eral Steven Marshall said the American Community Survey is so small, with a correspondingly large mar gin of error, that it is an ineffective tool for under standing lightly populated rural areas of the country. "It just makes sense that government has a more ac curate record for the census and reinstates the practice of including a citizenship question in the next census," Marshall said. A joint fundraising committee for Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Com mittee highlighted the addi tion of a citizenship ques tion in a fundraising pitch last week. The pitch said Trump wants the 2020 Cen sus to ask people whether or not they are citizens, and that in another era, this would be common sense. "The President wants to know if you're on his side," the solicitation asks. Census counts are taken by mail and by workers walking neighborhoods. The Census Bureau says the 2010 census drew a mas sive response, with about 74 percent of the households mailing in forms and remaining households counted by workers in neighborhoods. Information is only re leased publicly in the aggregate, although the government has the details. In 2010, the Obama adminis tration offered assurances that the census data would not be used for immigration enforcement. The Census Bureau states on its website that personal information ob tained through its surveys cannot be used against respondents by any gov ernment agency or court. And the disclosure by an employee of any informa tion that would personally identify a respondent or family can lead to up to ve years in prison or a ne of $250,000, or both. Critics of the decision seemed far more focused Tuesday on the potential for intimidation and an inaccu rate count than the prospect that the information could be used to target participants for deportation. "I can only see one pur pose for why this question is being added," said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Associa tion of Latino Elected and Appointed Ofcials Edu cational Fund, an organiza tion that seeks to advance Latino political engage ment. It's to "scare Latinos and others from participat ing in the 2020 Census." WASHINGTON (AP) Still angry about the budget deal he signed last week, President Donald Trump has oated the idea of us ing the Pentagon budget to pay for his long-promised border wall with Mexico, despite the fact that such spending would likely require approval from Congress. Trump raised the funding plan with House Speaker Paul Ryan at a meeting at the White House last Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the discussion who wasn't au thorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. And he has tweeted that building "a great Border Wall" is "all about National Defense" and has called to "Build WALL through M!" the military. Departments, however, have limited authority to reprogram funds without congressional approval. Pentagon spokesman Chris Sherwood referred all questions on the wall to the White House, where spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders deected them, saying she was "not going to get into the specif ics of that." Trump threw Washing ton into a tizzy on Friday when he threatened to veto the omnibus spending bill, in part because it didn't in clude the $25 billion he'd tried to secure for the wall in a last-minute bargaining spree. The $1.3 trillion fund ing package did include $1.6 billion in border wall spending. But much of that money can only be used to repair existing segments, not build new sections. Congress also put restrictions on the types of barri ers that can be built. Trump has tried to justify signing the deal by pointing to the boost in funding it provides for the military. But he nonetheless remains frustrated, according to people familiar with his thinking who weren't autho rized to discuss private conversations and who spoke on condition of anonymity. Trump rst publicly oated the idea of having the Pentagon pay for the rest of construction in an obscure tweet that left many con fused. "Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National De fense," he wrote Sunday. "Build WALL through M!" He retweeted his message again Monday night. Some people close to the president have also suggested creating a GoFundMe campaign that Trump could use to raise money from the public to fund construc tion. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the idea, and it's unclear whether it has gained any serious trac tion. Congress, under the Con stitution, has the power to determine federal appro priations, and the admin istration has little author ity to shift funding without congressional approval. The Senate Appropriations Committee was not aware of any authority that would allow the Defense Department to fund the wall with out congressional approval, said a GOP aide. Sanders said Tuesday that Trump would work with the White House counsel to make sure any action taken was within his executive authority. And she insisted the "continuation of build ing the wall is ongoing and we're going to continue moving forward in that pro cess." Building the wall was one of Trump's top campaign promises, and the idea that drew the loudest cheers from supporters at his ral lies. Trump also insisted he'd make Mexico pay for the construction. But Mex ico has made clear it has no intention of doing so. Trump has also proposed making Mexico pay for the wall indirectly through measures such as increas ing visa fees, imposing new tariffs and targeting remittances. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsWednesday, March 28, 2018 EEE-3 APIn this March 13, 2018 le photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego. Trump is oating the idea of using the militarys budget to pay for his long-promised border wall with Mexico. Trump raised the idea to House Speaker Paul Ryan at a meeting last week, according to a person familiar with the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymity.Trump suggests paying for US border wall with Pentagon funds Dems fear immigrants will skip census with citizenship query


Page E12, Yes, there will be a few cars, but SUVs will cap ture most of the headlines at this year's New York In ternational Auto Show. Automakers will be shoring up gaps in their SUV lineups and revamp ing models that already are popular in the hottestselling part of the U.S. market. Leading the way is Toyota with an all-new RAV4 compact SUV, which last year was the most popular vehicle in the U.S. that isn't a truck. There are also new SUVs coming from Subaru, Volkswagen, Acu ra, Cadillac and Lincoln. There won't be many cars. Nissan will show a redesigned Altima midsize sedan, while Toyota will roll out a new Corolla hatchback. Kia will unveil a new K900 big luxury sedan, among others. Volkswagen put a toe into the Detroit-dominated a pickup truck market with concept built on extended Atlas SUV underpinnings. But SUVs, which hit a record 43 percent of U.S. sales last year at just over 7.3 million, according to Kelley Blue Book, will steal the show. Here are some wheels to watch: TOYOTA RAV4 Toyota sold almost 408,000 RAV4 compact SUVs last year, making it the new American fam ily car and the top-selling vehicle in the nation aside from Detroit's popular big pickups. In an effort to stay on top, Toyota is revamping the RAV for the 2019 model year. The fth-generation comes on all-new underpinnings that the company says will give it better handling and a smoother ride. It's also slightly wider and a little lower. New looks are more chiseled and athletic, and the distance between the wheels grows by 1.2 inch es for more passenger and cargo space. It comes stan dard with Toyota's safety system that includes auto matic emergency braking. It's powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed transmission, or a 2.5-liter gaselectric hybrid system with a continuously vari able transmission. Horse power, gas mileage and price weren't released. The new RAV hits showrooms in the fall. CADILLAC XT4 The compact SUV is now the largest part of the U.S. market, and Cadil lac hasn't had a product to offer until now. The General Motors luxury brand rolled out the new XT4 SUV at a pre-show event in New York Tues day night. It's built on un derpinnings specically designed for the Cadil lac brand and comes with sculpted looks and an in terior that Cadillac says is luxurious and spacious. The company says it will have segment-leading back-seat legroom. It's powered by a 237 horse power 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission that will get an estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The XT4 is available in the fall and starts at $35,790 including shipping. VOLKSWAGEN AT LAS CROSS SPORT CONCEPT Volkswagen broadens its growing SUV lineup with a ve-seat version of the three-row Atlas. The company calls the Atlas Cross Sport a concept, but it's almost ready to be built at the automaker's U.S. factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The new ver sion is 7.5 inches shorter than the seven-seat Atlas. The concept is powered by a 355-horsepower plugin hybrid system with a V6 gasoline engine and a battery that can take it 26 miles on electric power. The hybrid concept can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, VW says. There's also a "mild hybrid" with 310-horsepower from a V6 and a smaller hybrid bat tery. The SUV is due in showrooms sometime next year. Mileage and price were not announced. LINCOLN AVIATOR Ford's luxury brand nally gets an Explorer-like midsize SUV with three rows of seats to compete in the hot luxury SUV market. The company was to unveil the Aviator Wednesday. Few details were given, except that it will have a twin-turbo engine of undisclosed size as well as a plug-in hybrid option. Ford says it will have tapered lines and a roomy interior. It also gets standard safety features such as automatic emer gency braking and can be opened and started with a smart phone. The Avia tor goes on sale sometime next year. The price wasn't disclosed. CITIZEN TRIBUNENationEEE-4 Wednesday, March 28, 2018 SUVs to steal the New York International Auto ShowAP Volkswagens five-passenger SUV concept is shown at the New York Auto Show, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The vehicle will be designed and engineered for the American market and Volkswagen will construct it at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.American Samoans sue for birthright citizenshipHONOLULU (AP) John Fitisemanu, who works for a lab company in Utah, has paid U.S. taxes and been subject to Ameri can laws his whole life. But the 53-year-old father and husband isn't considered a U.S. citizen by the fed eral government because he was born in American Samoa, a U.S. territory and the only place in the country without automatic claim to citizenship. Now, he's suing to be recognized as an American. Fitisemanu is the lead plaintiff on a lawsuit led Tuesday on behalf of Amer ican Samoans in Utah to be treated as U.S. citizens un der the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. The As sociated Press obtained the documents before the case was led. American Samoa, a U.S. territory since 1900, is a cluster of islands 2,600 miles (4,184 kilometers) southwest of Hawaii per petually stuck in a legal loophole. People born in the territory are labeled U.S. nationals. Under that status, they cannot vote, run for ofce, sponsor family members for immigration to the U.S., apply for certain government jobs, or serve on a jury -despite paying taxes to Uncle Sam. They're even issued special U.S. passports that say: "This bearer is a United States national and not a United States citizen." With colleagues, "it's kind of like an ofce joke -'Hey! John is not a citi zen, he's an alien!' I know they're joking, but it still hurts," Fitisemanu told the AP. "It feels like a slap in your face, that you're born on U.S. soil, but you're not recognized as a U.S. citizen." He's been rejected for jobs that list U.S. citizenship as a requirement. Pro spective employers "need me to show them proof that I am a U.S. citizen, which I am not." Around elections, "I sit quietly at my cubicle, and don't say a word, because I know I can't vote," he said. "It's kind of embar rassing." Rosavita Tuli, another plaintiff in the case, has had to obtain special permits and pay fees that wouldn't apply to U.S. citizens when visiting her aging parents outside American Samoa, according to court docu ments. Although American Samoans can pursue natural ized citizenship, the lawsuit says it is a "lengthy, costly, and burdensome" process. The cost to apply is $725, and legal fees pile up if applicants hire an at torney to help navigate the process. For Fitisemanu, a previous divorce and other nancial burdens have pre vented him from going that route. Also, "there's no guaran tee of success," said Neil Weare, the attorney leading the suit, and president of non-prot Equally Ameri can. "If someone has a birth certicate showing they were born on U.S. soil, they shouldn't have to jump through any more hoops to be recognized as a U.S. citizen." Those born in the terri tory, however, can claim citizenship at birth if one of their parents is a U.S. citizen. The same generally holds true for children born abroad to Americans. This is Weare's second attempt on the issue. A pre vious case he led stalled in 2016 when the Supreme Court declined to reconsider a ruling from a lower court in D.C., which found the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship didn't apply to American Samoa, and referred back to controversial colonial era decisions from the early 20th century after the U.S. acquired a spate of territories in the Spanish American War. Known as the "Insular Cases," the Supreme Court distinguished between "incorporated" and "unincor porated" territories. The former, such as Arizona and New Mexico, mostly settled by white people, were thought destined to be a permanent part of the U.S. The latter, such as American Samoa, weren't considered candidates for statehood, whose inhabitants were described as "alien races" and "uncivi lized," and thus weren't granted full constitutional rights. Over the years, Congress has decided on a per ter ritory basis to allow those born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Is lands to claim citizenship by birth. American Sa moa's population of about 55,000, however, has con tinued to fall to the way side. "This is the holding pat tern we've been in now for over a century," said Sam Erman, an expert in consti tutional law and a professor at the University of South ern California. Still, Erman and many legal scholars agree that "American Samoans are clearly citizens under the 14th Amend ment." This lawsuit places a question mark over wheth er the millions that lived in the Philippines while the country was a U.S. territory for ve decades until 1946 would also be able to seek U.S. citizenship, said Erman, who plans to le a legal brief on the current lawsuit. The local American Sa moan government has be fore taken a nuanced view over the issue, given con cern about how aspects of Samoan life and culture "would be jeopardized if subjected to scrutiny under the 14th Amendment," ac cording to court documents led in 2014 by lawyers representing the government. American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga didn't respond to a request for comment. The U.S. State Depart ment, named as the defendants on the lawsuit, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Utah has a major Samoan population. If the case there is decided favorably, that would create a "circuit split" -a conicting ruling to what was previously decided in another court, which could add pressure to the Supreme Court to review. Until then, Fitisemanu is standing rm: "People will say what they want to say, and I'm going to believe in what I want to believe, and I believe that I should be a U.S. citizen."


Saturday, March 31, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E13 BEIJING (AP) With smiles and rm handshakes, North Korea and China used a surprise sum mit this week to show that despite recent tensions, Pyongyang still has a pow erful backer and Beijing will not be sidelined in discussions about the fate of its unpredictable neigh bor. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's secretive talks with Chinese Presi dent Xi Jinping in Beijing which were not conrmed until after his return home appear aimed at improving both countries' positions ahead of Kim's anticipated meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming weeks. A key objective for Bei jing is to reassert its rel evance to the talks, from which it has been exclud ed. China has appeared increasingly shut out as its relations with the North deteriorated and Pyong yang reached out to Seoul and Washington. "Kim Jong Un's visit shows that China is not marginalized, but playing a leading role. This saves China a lot of face," said Pang Zhongying, a North Korea expert at Renmin University in Beijing. "North Korea once again is taking advantage of Chi na," Pang said. "It plays the China card, showing South Korea and the U.S.: China is still my ally." Ofcial reports from both countries on Wednes day depicted in effusive terms warm ties between the leaders in an effort to downplay recent tensions over Kim's development of nuclear weapons and longrange missiles. In the reports, "Kim reafrms the traditional friendship between the two countries as if nothing had ever happened, when the relationship had plummeted to unprecedented lows," said Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Cen ter for Strategic and Inter national Studies. Ties in recent months have frayed as China sup ported tougher U.N. sanc tions on North Korea and suspended coal and iron ore imports. Pyongyang last year seemingly sought to humiliate Beijing by timing some of its missile tests for major global sum mits in China. Kim made the visit to China at Xi's invitation, China's ofcial Xinhua News Agency said, in his rst trip to a foreign coun try since he took power in 2011. Xinhua said the trip ran from Sunday to Wednesday but appeared to include travel time from Pyongyang on the special armored train that Kim traveled on, which secretly arrived in Beijing on Mon day and left Tuesday after noon. Rumors of Kim's pres ence began circulating on Monday night, with the spotting of his special train, Chinese security teams and ofcial delegations at the border city of Dandong and various points in Beijing. Although China sought to keep Kim's visit secret, and described it Wednes day as "unofcial," it ac corded him full honors due to a head of state, in cluding a formal welcom ing ceremony and troop review at the Great Hall of the People in central Bei jing. Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, also hosted a banquet for Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, and they watched an art perfor mance together, Xinhua said. "We speak highly of this visit," Xi told Kim, according to Xinhua. For China, the visit also projects to its public that Xi is rmly in charge of steering Beijing's relations with North Korea in a way that favors China's inter ests. "Here is Xi Jinping say ing, 'Don't worry, every thing is going to be great,'" Glaser said. Trump tweeted Wednesday that he had received a message from Xi saying that his meeting with Kim "went very well" and that Kim "looks forward to his meeting with me." "For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility," he tweeted. "Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!" Ahead of the planned meeting, however, satellite images of North Korea's main nuclear site indicated it has begun preliminary testing of an experimental light water reactor and possibly brought another reactor online. Both could be used to produce the s sile materials needed for nuclear bombs. According to Jane's Intelligence Review, the ex perimental reactor could become operational with "little warning later in 2018 or in 2019." In a separate report on 38 North, a website that specializes in North Ko rea news and analysis, experts said images of the other reactor suggest it was brought into operation very recently. That would mean "North Korea has resumed production of plutonium presumably for its nuclear weapons pro gram," it said. Analysts say Kim would have felt a need to con sult with China ahead of summits with Moon and Trump. His famously re clusive father, Kim Jong Il, made his rst visit to China as North Korean leader in May 2000, reportedly to consult with the Chinese leadership ahead of his summit with South Korea's then-leader, Kim Dae-jung. China would not want Kim Jong Un's rst for eign meeting to be with someone other than Xi. "This is China asserting its regional hegemony and inuence, saying, 'Hey, you talk to me rst,'" said Michael Kovrig, senior adviser for Northeast Asia at the International Crisis Group. In video aired by Chi na's state broadcaster China Central Television, Kim appeared reserved and col lected as he sat at a long table across from Xi. Kim wore horn-rimmed glasses and was shown jotting down notes and speaking in a calm manner. In contrast, while meeting with South Korean envoys ear lier this month, Kim was shown by his state media frequently smiling, bursting into laughter, propos ing toasts and waving at departing limousines. Kim was described by Xinhua as saying that his country wants "reconciliation and cooperation" with South Korea, with which it is technically still at war. He also said North Korea is willing to hold a summit with the United States, according to Xinhua. North Korean state me dia, however, didn't carry Kim's comment about his plans to talk with the United States. The North has yet to ofcially conrm its interest in a summit be tween Kim and Trump. North Korea's ofcial Korean Central News Agency published Kim's personal letter to Xi, dated Wednesday, in which he said he was satised that the leaders conrmed their "unied opinions" on mu tual issues. Kim also called for more meetings with Xi and oth er Chinese ofcials and asked Xi to visit North Korea at a time convenient for him, to which Xi "gladly accepted," KCNA said. "For the North Koreans, it is in their best interests to enter any meetings with Moon or Trump having shored up and repaired to a certain extent their rela tions with Beijing," said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. The North's diplomatic outreach this year follows a tense 2017 when it con ducted its most powerful nuclear test to date and tested three intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to target the U.S. mainland. The developments are being interpreted as the North being desperate to break out of isolation and improve its economy after being squeezed by heavy sanctions. Analysts think Kim may have been seek ing promises from Beijing that it wouldn't hit the North too hard with sanctions if the talks with Washington and Seoul fall apart and the North starts testing nuclear weapons and missiles again. "At least one of the things that Kim would want out of these meetings is a way forward to begin to ease those sanctions and support from China in that effort," said Glaser, the Asia expert. China remains North Korea's only major ally and chief provider of energy, aid and trade that keep the country's broken economy aoat. In addition to the trip being his rst abroad as leader, Kim's talk with Xi was his rst meeting with a foreign head of state. Kim's father had visited China several times dur ing his rule, lastly in May 2011, months before his death that December. "It's most proper that my rst overseas trip would be the capital of the People's Republic of China," Kim Jong Un said, according to the North's KCNA. "It's also one of my noble du ties to v alue the North Korea-China friendship as I do my own life." CITIZEN TRIBUNEWorldWednesday, March 28, 2018 EEE-5 APIn this photo provided Wednesday, March 28, 2018, by Chinas Xinhua News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Beijing, China. The Chinese government confirmed Wednesday that North Koreas reclusive leader Kim went to Beijing and met with Chinese President Xi in his first known trip to a foreign country since he took power in 2011. The official Xinhua News Agency said Kim made an unofficial visit to China from Sunday to Wednesday. Kim, Xi portray strong ties after NKorea leader's China tripWhy cant we be friends