By Charlie Reed For the News-Gazette The Osceola County Commission on Monday accepted a deal with Tavistock Development Company that paves the way for extending Osceola Parkway through Split Oak Forest. It was hammered out in private between Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins Jr. and the developer and brought before the board during the last 30 minutes of the Monday night meeting set aside for commissioner comments. Hawkins gave commissioners a letter addressed to him from Tavistock issued April 13. It gave them 10 days to accept and obligates the county and the commission to lead a public process (both local and state) to get the associated land in the Split Oak Forest released for right-of-way to Osceola Parkway. In exchange, Tavistock will move a proposed wastewater treatment plant away from Split Oak and donate the upland scrub habitat as part of an environmental compensation package. Tavistock, which developed Lake Nona, is lobbying for the toll road extension to benet its massive Sunbridge development that will span northeast Osceola and southwest Orange counties. Time is of the essence because in (Tavistocks) world, time is money and they have a large community coming in that this plant is vital in supplying, said Hawkins, who also is the chairman of the Central Florida Expressway Authority, or CFX. The agency manages the building and maintenance of toll roads in the region. The eastward expansion of Osceola Parkway has not been approved by the agency nor undergone the required project development and environmental study, often referred to as the PD&E. If CFX does move forward with the construction then our actions tonight will prompt the utility to be moved and Split Oak to be made stronger an option that wouldnt be available after the PD&E is completed because construction of the utility would already be underway, Hawkins told his fellow commissioners. CFX is proceeding with the PD&E but already knows that from a construction-cost standpoint that this route is the route to build, he said. at route would eat up about 160 acres of the 1,700-acre public conservation area. Friends of Split Oak Forest, a grassroots group of local residents and environmentalist from around the region, for months has expressed vehement opposition to any road alignment that cuts through the conservation area. Split Oak was jointly purchased by Osceola and Orange counties with public funds more than 20 years ago under the conditions that it would remain untouched by development. Additionally, the likely route does not cut into Lake Ajay Villages, a gated community near Split Oak. But residents said theyre still unsure if the toll road will be positioned far enough away from their neighborhood to satisfy their concerns. Unfortunately, we remain out of the loop. Despite our request to have a seat at the table of any stakeholder or similar meetings, By Rachel Christian Staff Writer Henri Landwirth, founder of the Kissimmee-based wish granting organization Give Kids the World, passed away Monday night at the age of 91. A self-made millionaire in the early days of Central Floridas tourism industry, Landwirth, a Nazi concentration camp survivor, used his fortune to open the Give Kids the World Village in 1989. e sprawling 84-acre resort on Bass Road has provided weeklong, all-expenses paid vacations to over 160,000 children with life threatening illnesses and their families since it opened. By Rachel Christian Staff Writer Its a construction project that never seems to end. Roadwork that jams traffic amid a maze of orange trac cones, jolting potholes and frustrated drivers. The widening of John Young Parkway from Portage to Vine Street in Kissimmee has dragged on for nearly two-and-a-half years. Motorists were told the road-widening project would wrap up by January 2018. That date was later pushed to May, and nally last week, the Florida Department of Transportation updated its website with a new completion date fall 2018. Construction, which totals $12.3 million, only impacts 1.37 mile of John Young Parkway. Yet the short section of road is vital to a growing city reliant on a handful of busy thoroughfares to transport thousands of drivers each day. Roughly 37,000 motorists travel the four-lane roadway daily, according to FDOT trac counts. Feeder roads like Emmett Street and Patrick Street contribute downtown commuters, while vehicles bound for Osceola Regional Medical Center only add more congestion. Tourists and the workforce also help slow trac near U.S. Highway 192, where the project comes to an end. Late night and early morning travelers faced further delays this past week as northbound and southbound lanes on John Young Parkway closed overnight from April 15 to April 21. Theres no reason for this, and its insane, said St. Cloud resident Tony Arasim. It feels like nobody is ever out working. Arasim, a 25-year resident, works as a handyman at job sites across Osceola County. He said he would actually refuse jobs near certain intersections because the trac heading Arts Alive spotlights student arts.Award ceremony featured 57 ne and performing arts students.Page 11.Commission to help Tavistock with Split Oak road John Young construction now extended to fallGive Kids the World founder Henri Landwirth passes away at 91Toho turtlesNEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCK Eastern chicken turtles clamor for space in the sun to warm themselves along the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee as temperatures warmed up to the low 80s on Wednesday. INSIDE ONG Informing readers. 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Page 2 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 Local Business News CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Local broker aims to shake up real-estate market By Charlie ReedFor the News-Gazette Longtime local real-estate broker Ray Guenther is aiming to revolutionize the way people buy homes by cutting commissions by about 50 percent. In January, his agency, 3% Real E$state rolled out its new co mmission strategy, roughly half the going rate of 6 to 7 percent buyers are charged when purchasing a home now. Its a clear boon for consumers but seems counterintuitive for those in the real-estate busines s. Thats where Guenthers strategy comes into play. What he and his agents sacrifice in commission they aim to make up for in volume. Most buyers sign with agents they find through word of mouth from friends and family, he said. Guenther gets many clients that way himself. However, shaking up the way the industry has worked for decades has been his goal for the past several years. The Internet has revolutionized the real-estate business, allowing prospective homebuyers shop around online by themselves. Detailed BUSINESS BRIEFSphotos of homes, locations and prices are now just a click away. Before that, real-estate agents who work under brokers essentially were the only way buyers could easily access that information. Theres so much information online now that its changed the whole way realestate essentially works but the industry hasnt caught up, he said. I thought theres got to be a new way of doing business and to market it. I thought: What could I put in the marketplace that would make people salivate. While home prices in Central Florida have doubled since the 1990s, agents have see their commissions double as well for essentially doing the same amount of work, he said. I saw that there was something out of balance. Its what gave me the inspiration for this new business plan, he said. Not only is Guenther getting the word out by marketing the half-price commissions, he and his staff are expanding their geographic area to make it work. We need exponential growth vs. linear growth, he said. The reception has been wonderful Again, its easy to see why buyers, who typically bare commission, are responding positively. But what about the agents? Even his own agents were leery of the 3-percent commission plan at first, he said. But as the new strategy unfolds at the agency, theyre coming around. However, Guenther expects his competitors wont be as receptive. They have to be willing to accept that theyve been grossly overpaid, particularly over the past 10 years, he said. I think all the agents and brokers in the area are going to hate what Im doing. But I thats good. Although its too early to disregard selling agents, the idea is to eliminate parttime agents who are grossly overpaid for what they do, he said. The 3-percent commission plan is business-minded vs. sales oriented, he said. And its good for the consumer, and whats good for the consumer is good is going to be good for business. Osceola County planning report receives award of excellence Osceola County Government has received a national award for the innovative, forwardthinking and sustainable approach it has taken to plan its future growth. The Strategies for a Sustainable Future report recognizes a number of planning initiatives the county is focusing on and spells out how to build on those efforts to ensure fiscally sustainable growth. The report received the Award of Excellence in the Best Practices category from the American Planning Association. This honor is confirmation of the work Osceola has been doing over the last several years to become a self-sustaining community that grows in an economically positive manner, said Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins, Jr. The reports unique approach really opened a lot of peoples eyes to the interconnected nature of growth, and fiscal sustainability. The County is working to ensure it can grow in ways that are fiscally positive, and provide the resources needed to maintain infrastructure and deliver services. In addition to fiscal sustainability, the report addressed the key issue of affordable housing, noting that different housing types and their affordability are influenced by development patterns including the mix of land uses and the transportation network. Further, a households ability to pay for housing is affected not only by housing price, but by availability of jobs, services, and transit near that housing. The report lays out strategies to increase housing affordability that take into account all of these factors. The report uses indicators and metrics designed to measure plans and gauge their effectiveness. It provides a benchmark of existing conditions, which will help to assess the effectiveness of planning policy to improve economic, environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability. This report is the next step in efforts that started over a decade ago, when the County decided to change its direction from a bedroom community to a self-sustaining community. A series of innovative smart growth plans were put into place, including: A new growth model for the County outlined in the Comprehensive Plan. The re-planning of some of the Countys largest greenfield areas over 70,000 acres into Mixed Use Districts (an effort that received APAs Award of Merit in the Best Practices category in 2010). Long-range sector planning of Osceolas portion of the 300,000-acre Deseret Ranch property. One of the largest redevelopment plans in the nation, for 15 miles of West U.S. Highway 192 between Disney and Kissimmee. A new multimodal transportation strategy, which result ed in a multi-tiered transportation funding source, including one of Floridas first mobility fees; plans for a new commuter rail system and transit-oriented development (TOD). Revamped land development codes that focus on development of complete communities, housing diversity, TOD. Repositioning of over 30 commercial centers to accommodate new trends in retail. The link to the document is http://www.osceola.org/core/ fileparse.php/2731/urlt/111317_ OsceolaCO-Strategies-ForA-Sustainable-Future-FinalReport_171026.pdf. M/I Homes has land development underway at in St. Cloud M/I Homes started development of Reserve at Pine Tree, its newest single-family home community in St. Cloud south of U.S. Highway 192 in the Canoe Creek corridor. The 105 home sites at Reserve at Pine Tree will be 50 feet wide and 120 feet deep. The site development will be completed in one phase by August, according to David Byrnes, area president of M/I Homes. A model home will also break ground in August and presales of the new homes will start in September, Byrnes said. A neighborhood pool and cabana is planned for the community and a gated entry will be located on Pine Tree Drive, onequarter mile south of Canoe Creek Road. NAI Realvest closes on acquisition of 16.4-acre tract in KissimmeeNAI Realvest recently closed on the acquisition of 16.4 acres of mixed-use development land at 1420 E. U.S. Highway in Kissimmee. Daniel Blackford, broker associate at NAI Realvest negotiated the transaction representing the buyer, Park Square MF, which paid $1,169,000 for the land to develop a mixed-use center with retail, office and multi-family units. The Jacksonville-based seller, Leonard R. Setzer, as successor trustee was represented in the transaction by Clyde Wells of Maury L. Carter & Associates. Caliber Collision holds 7th annual food driveCaliber Collision, the largest collision repair company in the country, is asking its customers, business partners and the public to fill er up by donating grocery bags full of food during its 7th Annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive, starting now through May 11. Donations from Calibers food drive locally in Osceola County will help stock the shelves of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida during the summer months when many children who typically rely on school lunches go hungry when school is out. Were asking our communities to help us fill local food banks and fill those kids tanks, so they do not spend the summer running on empty, said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision CEO. At Caliber, our purpose is to restore the rhythm of life for our customers and we are equally committed to help restore the rhythm of regular meals for at-risk children over the summer. Collection centers for food donations are located at each of Calibers two locations here in Kissimmee. Online donations can also be made at CaliberDonations.com. Last years company-wide food drive, involving Calibers more than 10,000 teammates, resulted in nearly 3.5 million meals and the companys goal is to exceed that amount this year. Currently, 22 million students across the country rely on reduced-price or free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program. According to Feeding America, one in five children in the United States live in food insecure households, which means they lack consistent access to enough food. To locate the nearest Caliber Collision to donate food items, visit CaliberCollision.com Yencarelli joins Orlando law firm Jennifer N. Yencarelli is an associate with Alvarez, Winthrop, Thompson & Storey, P.A. Her practice is focused on insurance, product liability, transportation, commercial, construction, consumer lending, real estate, and class action disputes. Yencarelli graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2005 with a bachelor of science in advertising and a minor in business administration. At age 23, she was the youngest in her class to graduate with her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008. She has over eight years of experience litigating complex and other general civil litigation matters in state and federal courts. Prior to joining the law office of Alvarez, Winthrop, Thompson & Storey, P.A, Ms. Yencarelli was a founding partner of J&J Legal, PLLC. There, she leveraged the depth of her experience to provide clients with expeditious and costeffective solutions to disputes and litigation. In addition to making partner at another insurance defense firm, Yencarelli previously served two years as senior law clerk to the Honorable Mary S. Scriven, United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida. While an assistant attorney general at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, Yencarellis accomplishments on the Mortgage Fraud Task Force and in Antitrust Litigation earned her a Distinguished Service Award. Women and STEM The number of women entering the professional fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is slowly growing around the world, but there is still a sizable gender gap in these professions. According to the College Board, which produces many standardized tests, only 27 percent of all students taking the AP Computer Science exam in the United Science are women. Similarly, just 18 percent of American computer-science degrees are attained by females. However, this is not the case elsewhere in the world. A paper by Gijsbert Stoet and David Geary published in Psychological Science noted that women who live in countries with traditionally higher gender inequality tend to choose STEM professions more readily. Algeria, for example, has one of the highest ratios of women in STEM professions, at 41 percent. Stoet and Geary surmise that women in these countries may be choosing careers with the strongest path to financial independence. According to a U.S. Department of Education report, students studying science or math in college have a higher employment rate and salary than other majors after graduation. STEM majors typically earn an average of $15,500 more annually than non-STEM majors. Engineering and engineering technology tends to pay the most. Women eager to secure competitive, stable and well-paying jobs should carefully consider the opportunities available to them in STEM field s.
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Request forms should be updated every year. KEEP IT COMING! Take the rst step towards understanding your joint pain as local orthopaedic surgeon answers your questions and discusses: Arthritis of the Hip and Knee New Technologies in Hip and Knee Replacement Computer Assisted Surgery Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology r | fntnb | Lunch will be provided.Individual results vary. Not all patients will have the same post-operative recovery and activity level. See your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your potential benets and risks. GSNPS-PE-31f r rf nfr 041918.TNG COMMISSIONContinued from Page 1 we have not been informed of any such meetings or received any update on the PD&E study since the March 8 CFX meeting, said Lake Ajay resident Stacy Ford. However, if the route keeps the road at least 1,400 feet away from the community and satisfies most of the environmental protection groups, then I think most in our neighborhood would be happy with that compromise, she said. In orchestrating the deal with Tavistock, Hawkins worked closely with Charles Lee, advocacy director for Audubon Florida, who gave a formal presentation to commissioners while they pondered the decision before them. At the end of the day, things have to be better because of this arrangement. I believe that the breakthrough that Chairman Hawkins was able to attain in his discussions with Tavistock last week is the most important piece of the puzzle, said Lee, the only member of the public permitted to speak during the discussion. Lee also recommended that the commission change land-use regulations in the countys northeast district to prevent high-density development from abutting nearby conservation lands including Split Oak, Moss Park and the Isle of Pine Preserve. Such government regulations are similar to those previously established to protect Split Oak but which now appear moot. Along with moving the treatment plant away from Split Oak, Tavistock is expected to donate 478 acres of conservation land with CFX to purchase another 973 acres with public funds, according to Lee. ose land donations were not included in the deal with Tavistock that the commission approved Monday. Excluding Commissioner Peggy Choudhry, commissioners, up until now, have been reticent to comment on the Split Oak controversy, saying they were waiting for the CFX process to play out before taking a stance. Its unclear how the privately crafted deal between Hawkins and Tavistock could have changed their earlier positions on the matter. CFX has not moved forward with the Osceola Parkway extension project since approving a feasibility study in early March. Commissioner Brandon Arrington thanked Hawkins and Lee for bringing a real option to the table. Its a great deal... This is better than I even anticipated, said Commissioner Viviana Janer. Commissioner Cheryl Grieb: This is all about trying to make a balance. Its not the best in the world to anyone thats involved. But thats what makes a good compromise. If I had my druthers would we go through Split Oak at all? No. But realistically in trying to move this forward and being able to have that utility site out of the area, I think thats a tremendous win for all of us. Commissioner Choudhry was the one commissioner who expressed concern about the rushed agreement. Im a little bit uncomfortable with it just because I havent had a chance to speak to the citizens and the environmentalists about what they feel about this. So thats my reservation, she said. I would like some more clarication so I can better understand. I have few more questions and would love to speak to some of the citizens about it, said Choudhry, although she ultimately agreed with the commission to proceed. Its clear that this deal was brokered at the pleasure of the developer and Charles Lee and sounds good enough to fool the commission, with the exception of Peggy Choudhry. This sketchy deal takes very little land out of development in Osceola County and allows Tavistock to get kudos for saving hundreds of acres they were already planning to preserve, said Friends of Split Oak founder and St. Cloud resident Valerie Anderson. Commissioners spent only a few minutes considering the deal from Tavistock before agreeing to it. Though it did not include any official documentation, the commission would need to act consistently with this, said County Attorney Andrew Mai. Should the board choose to go in a different direction there would be some risk. By Charlie Reed For the News-Gazette An independent investigation commissioned by the city of St. Cloud into the unwanted touching of a city employee by Councilman Chuck Cooper found that he acted inappropriately and that human resource director was remiss in his handling of matter. The employee (who the News-Gazette did not name due to privacy issues) told investigators that she did not believe that the alleged touching (of her buttocks) was sexual in nature but that it made her uncomfortable. Cooper denied the charge, according to the investigation report. He did not respond to the News-Gazettes request for comment. The reported incident occurred in January at the conclusion of a city meeting when Cooper, employees and others were taking a photograph. Two days later, the employee told Assistant St. Cloud City Manager Veronica Miller that Cooper had touched her buttocks but said that she did not want to pursue a complaint, according to investigator Lindsay Oyewale, an attorney with DSK Law, the Orlando firm where City Attorney Dan Mantzaris is a partner. The employee then recounted the incident during a meeting with Miller and Human Resource Director Harvey Bisson, who said that she should be prepared for career suicide if she filed a complaint against Cooper and that she did not want to be labeled a troublemaker, according to Oyewales report. e employee later told Miller she was offended by Bissons response and that she felt discouraged from pursuing a complaint, which led to the investigation. ough Cooper denied the charge, he could be heard saying that he goosed her, Oyewale reported aer watching a tape of the meeting. She added that according to the Oxford Dictionary, goose means to poke someone between the buttocks. During Oyewales interview with Cooper she asked if he was familiar with the term. After he initially said he was not, he later stated that he did know what it meant. e investigation report said Coopers conduct of touching (the employee), even if unintended to be of a sexual nature was inappropriate. Employees must be free to enter the workplace, knowing that certain areas of their bodies are sacrosanct. e report also criticized Bisson. We strongly recommend that you fully review Mr. Bissons handling of this situation and address any performance issues as may be warranted, Oyewale wrote. His role as Human Resource Director must be to process each complaint and be mindful that his responses have the ability to discourage employees from moving forward. e Report chides councilman in goosing allegation Chuck Cooper See Report Page 6.
Page 4 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 Teenagers of the world, I have held my unpierced tongue long enough. Your desire to entertain yourselves via common household products, your phones camera feature, your esophagus and the word challenge has got to stop. With two teens of my own, Ive remained silent until now. Ive lived through my girls desires to perforate body parts that, in my opinion, should be nowhere near needles: I begrudgingly approved the ear helix but held rm on the belly button and lower lip. I said nothing around 2011 when my rst-born daughter, then 14, was planking with her friends. Mimicking a wooden board and having a friend snap the obligatory photo for social media upload looked stupid, I thought, but what was the harm? As long as the planker or was it plankee? performed the stunt in a safe location, I shrugged my shoulders and thought, Kids, what will they think of next? Plenty, thats what. And what they are thinking about is enough to push the needle on the idiot meter permanently into the red zone. I can no longer toss a Tide Pod into my washing machine without rst holding it and wondering what possesses someone to insert a puff of highly-concentrated detergent into ones mouth and bite down. While lming, no less. I keep wondering if, the next time I venture to my drug store to pick up laundry soap, Im going to nd it behind a locked glass case, next to the razor blades, Benadryl and other items that could cause harm if not used correctly. Blame the Tide Pod challenge for my worries. Now condoms may occupy that same, protected space. Thank teenagers who are apparently bored by 999 channels of entertainment on their televisions, not to mention thousands of apps on their everpresent phones. When I rst read about the condom challenge, I assumed it was a joke, for it appeared in my newsfeed on April Fools Day. Also, Id been tricked, embarrassingly so, by the Google Self Driving Bike video just a week earlier. So, my guard was up when it came to spotting potential fake news. But stories, and accompanying videos of teens unwrapping condoms, and snorting them through their nasal passages with the intent of reproducing them via their mouths are in fact true, as reported by reputable publications including Newsweek and Forbes magazines. Like most teen fads, the articles were accompanied by quotes from medical and rescue professionals who, due to years of education and on-the-job training, were duly qualied to say, is is stupid. And dangerous. Kids, medical risks aside, do you realize youve just foisted another layer of discomfort on your parents when it comes time to having the sex talk? My dad stammered and stuttered his way through an explanation of a condoms proper use when I was 14. And that speech didnt include the addendum, Oh, and one more thing. Dont shove it up your nose and inhale deeply. Ever the active, concerned parent, I asked both my kids if they were aware of this now-conrmed craze. Granted, it wasnt the most appropriate Easter dinner topic; but one daughters in college now, and I rarely see them together. So, imagine my shock when both said they had not only heard of it, but one had TRIED it. Its where you ll a condom with water and drop it on somebodys head, right? my older one asked. We tried it in the dorm. No, its where you snort it up your nose, I corrected her. Ewww, havent heard of that one. ats a relief. Resume eating your hardboiled eggs, girls. Teens, I realize your social lives, and popularity sadly, revolve around likes, follows and YouTube views. But please, nd something that doesnt rst involved a trip to a CVS. Revert to piercings if you must. Go visit a licensed cosmetologist and have her pierce your phone to your cheek. 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Saturday, April 21, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 5 LANDWIRTHContinued from Page 1 Friends and family remembered Landwirth as a kind man with a passion for helping children. Pamela Landwirth, CEO of Give Kids the World and Henris former wife, said she has been touched by the outpouring of love and support from the community following her former husbands death this week. You are never prepared to lose someone like that, even though you know it can happen, Pamela said. He le behind an amazing legacy thats touched thousands of lives. Pamela said Landwirth always felt a connection to kids who lost their childhoods because of things out of their control. Born in Belgium in 1927, Landwirth was imprisoned by Nazis in concentration death camps from age 13 to 18. He managed to survive the horric experiences, and aer the war he immigrated to the United States with his twin sister. I think he saw himself in the eyes of these children, Pamela said. Like himself, they couldnt be normal kids because of what theyre going through. Landwirth studied hotel management in New York for two years before moving to Florida in the 1950s. He worked his way up from a bellhop to a manager of a Cocoa Beach hotel before opening his first Holiday Inn franchise in Orlando in 1969. By the 1980s, Landwirth began offering free rooms to the MakeA-Wish Foundation for families of terminally ill children visiting Disney World and other theme parks. After learning that a 6-year-old girl had passed away before her trip due to paperwork, Landwirth launched Give Kids the World in 1986. He opened the then 35acre village three years later. Disney, SeaWorld and other attractions immediately showed support for the new organization by donating tickets, and Landwirth reached out to his many contacts in the hospitality industry to grow the program and attract volunteers. During its first year, the nonprofit served 300 children. This year, it anticipates serving 5,000 kids. e Give Kids the World Village now includes 168 family villas, rides, unique nightly celebrations and even a special ice cream shop with extended hours named Henris Starlite Scoops. I think its become bigger than Henri could have ever imagined, Pamela said. He was never daunted by the challenge, though. Landwirth retired from active operations years ago, but still visited the village for the remainder of his life. Landwirth passed away at his Jacksonville home Monday night. He is survived by three children, Gary Landwirth, Greg Landwirth and Lisa Landwirth Ullmann, and four grandchildren. A private family funeral service will be held at Temple Israel Cemetery near Orlando. A celebration of Henri Landwirths life will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Give Kids the World Village. CONSTRUCTIONContinued from Page 1 home is unbearable. is should have been done a long time ago, Arasim said. No one wants to be held accountable. Steve Olsen, public information director for FDOTs East Central Florida district, said three factors have contributed to delays. Bad weather added 29 days to the project timeline, and holiday road closures added 47 days and multiple conflicts with existing utilities in the ground tacked on an additional 137 days. Utility issues stem primarily from Mabbette Street. Sewer lines beneath Mabbette date back to the 1930s, and before work began on John Young Parkway, Toho Water Authority determined that the lines needed to be replaced at the same time. The water line work was completed by FDOT contractors, but paid for by TWA to the tune of $3.3 million. Olsen said much of the work being done is occurring at night and underground, which may be why many drivers oen say they never see work taking place when they drive by. Olsen said FDOT plans to begin paving roads later this month or early May. Frustrated residents have sought answers from county and city ocials. But since every aspect of the job from funding to contract services is handled by FDOT at the state level. Local leaders can do little more than commiserate with constituents. City Manager Mike Steigerwald told Kissimmee commissioners Tuesday that Masci Construction, the contractor overseeing the job, had formally requested a completion date extension from FDOT. Steigerwald added that FDOT officials estimate travel lanes along John Young to re-open by August. e state said all additional work, including drainage and utilities, would wrap up by September. So we will see how that goes, Steigerwald said. Council on Aging needs more help keeping food pantry stocked By Charlie Reed For the News-Gazette When word got out that the food pantry at the Osceola Council on Aging was bare, Osceola County residents, businesses and local government offices came to the rescue. But the need continues as does the shortage. The council not only serves the countys elderly population but also residents of all ages, with everything from food to financial assistance. Between 100 to 250 people pour into the council office on U.S. Highway 192 every week for bags of food, mostly nonperishable goods. The need has grown substantially since January, said Wilda Belisle, the councils nutrition director. While the council has continued to help local residents affected by Hurricane Irma and storm evacuees from Puerto Rico, the need for food has been coming from people who dont t these two categories, according to Belisle. Its a diverse group thats coming in, from seniors to families in transition, all of them just trying to survive, she said. Its been tough. We had been trying to round up whatever we could to help them as the shelves became bare. See Pantry Page 6. 041918.TNG
Page 6 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 REPORTContinued from Page 3 Human Resource Director is often the first contact that an employee has in the complaint process and the City must take all reasonable steps to encourage use of said complaint procedures, Oyewale wrote. A complete copy of the investigation report has been provided to the mayor and City Council, according to City Manager William Sturgeon. Sturgeons request for a comprehensive and thorough review, of how all employee complaints are handled, is actively underway, according to city spokesperson Krystal Diaz. Neither the report nor the investigation have not been discussed at a public meeting. Be assured that I have not, and will never take any harassment allegations lightly. I believe it is essential for every St. Cloud employee to work in an environment where they are not only comfortable and safe, but respected. At this time, let me be clear, the City has a no-tolerance policy in regards to harassment of any kind. I have instructed the appropriate departments to conduct a comprehensive and thorough review of how all employee complaints are handled, Sturgeon wrote in a prepared statement sent by Diaz. City council members did not respond to requests for comment. However, Mayor Nathan Blackwell issued the following statement via email: I have read the report regarding the allegation of sexual harassment against Council Member Cooper. I believe the City Manager responded responsibly and appropriately by ordering an investigation into the grievance filed by one of our city employees. It is essential all our employees know they are protected from inappropriate conduct and that the City of St. Cloud is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to work in. I certainly believe the City Manager should evaluate how the HR Director has handled this complaint in order to ensure our harassment policies and procedures protecting employees are being properly carried out in a timely, fair and equitable manner. A review is being done. Blackwell added that: If any Council Member feels they need to address the process and outcome of this investigation, the upcoming Council Meeting would certainly be the appropriate place and time to do so. PANTRYContinued from Page 5 Earlier this month, council sta wrote a post about the situation on Facebook, hoping to the community might help. It worked. Among the first groups to organize drop-off sites for food donations was the Kissimmee Downtown Business Association with help from Kissimmee Main Street. Whenever theres an issue facing our community our merchants dont hesitate to come together to help people, said Kissimmee Main Street director Diana MarreroPinto. e groups chose three businesses with hours of operation that would make donations dropoffs available mornings, evenings and the weekend. They include 3 Sisters Speakeasy, Kissimmee Diner and Laniers Historic Downtown Marketplace. Jeremy Lanier, who manages the eponymous family business and is the newest president of the Downtown Business Association, acted fast and within days the food started pouring into the Council on Aging. Lanier, who also works as a family support coordinator at the Osceola County Health Department and volunteers with the council, said he knows rst-hand just how much people rely on the nonprot to survive. One of our main passions is helping people in our community who are underserved, he said. Truckloads of nonperishable collected from downtown Kissimmee and from other businesses and government agencies such as the Osceola County Tax Collectors Oce have helped ll the pantry. Even other nonprots including the Osceola Community Hope Center which stocks its own food pantry have pitched in to meet the councils need. Im overwhelmed by the support. It just shows how much this community cares, Belisle said. e sad things is that the pantry is almost empty again. As soon as it comes in, it goes out. As recently, the pantry was only 25 percent full. e Council on Aging is currently working on grants and other eorts to create a sustainable source of food for its pantry. But until then, unfortunately have to rely on the community. Were even seeing people we know dont have much giving. Want to help? Nonperishable food donations can be dropped o at the following locations: Osceola Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, 407-8468532 3 Sisters Speakeasy, 226 Broadway, Kissimmee, 407-201-3270 Laniers Historic Downtown Marketplace, 108 Broadway, Kissimmee, 407-33-5679 Kissimmee Diner, 120 Broadway, Suite 103, Kissimmee, 407-777-9767 DaVita Dialysis Center, 802 N John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, 866544-6781, Ext. 4013 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 1900 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, 407-847-3978. Is your nonprot group or local organization looking for volunteers to help you out in the community?The News-Gazette is establishing a new Volunteer section to list where volunteers are needed. If your organization or nonprot needs volunteers, then give the group name, a description of your group, the volunteer requirements and contact information.Email that information to Editor Brian McBride at email@example.com. There is no cost for this service. 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Saturday, April 21, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 7 By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Taylor Stelley changed schools the summer prior to her senior year, and while she may not have changed the fortunes of her new basketball team, she certainly had an eect on those around her. Stelley, who came to Osceola after three years at Poinciana, immediately became the Kowgirls starting point guard in pre-season workouts. By the time her senior season body of work was complete, with averages of 18 points, 3.5 steals and 3.5 assists per game, she had earned Osceola News-Gazette Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors. Stelley couldnt help carry Osceola any deeper into the playoffs than before she arrived the Kowgirls lost in the district championship to Haines City and ended their season on the road in the regional quarternal each of the last two years. But Stelley said she had hopes her high school career would go at least one or two more games longer than last year. After we lost (to Port St. Lucie West Centennial, a game Osceola led into the third quarter), it felt like the worst day in my life. I woke up the next day heartbroken, said Stelley, who will still have a basketball career, having signed on to play at Belmont Abbey University, a Division II school in North Carolina. Stelley teamed with shooting guard Jaden Langer to form a lethal outside shooting combo for the Kowgirls, who beat teams by shooting them out of the gym. eir kinship CONTACT KEN JACKSON OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE SPORTS EDITOR EMAIL KJACKSON@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Lake cleanupOsceola Anglers help clean Toho.Page 8. Kowgirls win 4A-5 track; 64 county athletes advance to regional meetsRegional playoff spots on the line beginning Tuesday By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Its time for the countys track teams to cash in district and regional meets mean its money time and Osceola and St. Clouds squads are lining up at the pay window, as they usually do. The Kowboys and Bulldogs were the countys major force at the District 4A-5 meet Tuesday at St. Cloud. Osceola (163 points) won the girls meet in a squeaker over George Jenkins (161), and the boys (156) were runners up to Jenkins (159). But, more importantly, nearly 60 athletes and relay teams nished in the top four in their events and qualied for the Region 2 meet ursday at George Jenkins. Osceolas Alliann Johnson, (100 and 200 meters), Amaya Phillips (both hurdles events) and Sadae Davidson (400 meters, anchor of the 4x400 relay) won two district titles apiece, showing the Kowgirls sprint program will be a force in two weeks at the state track meet in Jacksonville. We feel good about the team win, everyone contributed and le it all on the track, OHS girls coach Eric Pinellas said. Alliann, Sadae, and Amaya had a fantastic day, but we understand that this is just Step No. 1 on the journey. I try to put each girl in events that will allow them to move on to regionals and if we happen to win it all, so be it. Johnson won the 100 and 200 in 12.22 and 25.1 seconds, Davidsons 57.32 second 400 win was over four seconds over teammate Niyah Harris, and she was also runner-up in the 200 (25.34). Osceola romped to wins in the 4x400 (3:547.83) and the 4x800 (9:56.50) relays, the latter anchored by Virginie Beljour, who also won the 800 (2:26.35.) St. Cloud, which was third in both the girls (144) and boys (142.50) team competitions, had five district girls champions: pole vaulter Haudi Whitson (9-6.25), Destinee Wright, who took the long (163.75) and triple jumps (344.75), and state-contending thrower Essence Tornabene, who won the discus (1268) and shot put (39-3.75) titles, then later in the day signed a track scholarship to Christian Brothers University in Memphis (see adjoining story). e boys team got wins from long jumper Tyler Ford (22-6.25), Matt Velez in the 300 hurdles (39.04), the 4x800 team (8:10.14) and their distance dominance where Tristen Montalvo (4:26.90 and 9:53.88) and Zach Cloud (4:30.40, 10:01.44) went 1-2 in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. But, Coach Kevin Harkema was most impressed about the Bulldogs snagging 24 regional bids. I was happy with most of our kids yesterday, he said. We competed well and I knew that we would be in the ght, even though NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKOsceola point guard Taylor Stelley (10) averaged 18 points and over three steals and assists apiece per game in her only season with the Kowgirls. She will move on to play for Division II Belmont Abbey (N.C.) University. NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/KEN JACKSONOsceola hurdler Amaya Phillips (left) won both the 100 high hurdles, pictured here, and the 300 intermediate hurdles at the District 4A-5 meet Tuesday at St. Cloud. See Track Page 8. See Stelley, Page 8. Stelley t right into Osceola basketball By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Glory begins Monday. ats when the countys soball teams begin district tournament playoff play, which begins the win or go home portion of the schedule. For teams like Osceola and St. Cloud, its what every practice, every session in the batting cage and just about every regular season game is groomed for. Theyll host the District 9A-5 and 8A-10 tournaments next week and, thanks to earning No. 1 seeds and playing in small districts, have to just win once to qualify for the regional playoffs, which begin May 3. Osceola (17-8) will host in-county rival Gateway, the No. 4 seed, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. e winner gets the winner of Haines City and Ridge, who play Monday at Ridge at 6, in ursdays championship game at 7. OHS Coach George Coffey, who led a team dominated by freshmen all the way to the regional nals last year, said the Kowgirls are ready to go. e team completed its regular season last week with big wins over Ridge and Haines City to claim that No. 1 district seed and over Celebration to take the Orange Belt Conference title in undefeated fashion. Im really pleased where were at right now, he said. We treat the 25 games we play before this like a preseason to make sure everything is ready to go when this time of the year comes. Osceolas been getting it done at the plate (.324 batting average entering the Kissimmee Klassic), on the base paths (24-of-32 in steal attempts) and on the mound with the alternating styles of senior Liane Santiago and Shelby Jones. St. Cloud (15-7) awaits the winner of Mondays Liberty-Celebration game on Tuesday at 7:30. East River plays first-year program Windermere in Tuesdays early game, and Tuesdays winners square o in ursdays championship. Like Osceola, St. Cloud is the defending district champion. The Bulldogs offense runs through the bat and legs of leadoff hitter and center elder Bri Rodriguez, who is hitting .368 with 28 runs and 23 stolen bases. Freshman second baseman Evoni Rodriguez is hitting .355 and leads the club with 19 RBI entering ursdays matchup against East Ridge. Pitcher Alyssa ODonnell is 10-5 with a 1.33 ERA. On Friday the Bulldogs played at Melbourne, the site of the District 7A-6 GIRLS BASKETBALL: Jaden Langer. Gabby Suarez, Khaila Yu. Debra Buggs, Reyna Buggs, Asia Harvey, Omega Payton. Eno Inyang. Anissa Tuitt.: Naquana Gray. Alyssa Rayko. Brooke Barber, Ashli Burkhalter. Bailey Ansbaugh, Beka Benge, Moriah Sanchez.See Softball Page 9.
Page 8 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 we didnt load everyone up like at the (OBC) conference meet. In the boys sprints, the afternoon was spent watching Osceola and George Jenkins chase each other around. e Kowboys got wins from Dyshawn Baker in the 100 (11.17), Markevous Jackson, who continued his stellar freshman year winning the 400 (49.17) after secondplacing the 200, the 4x100 team (43.40) and Quavon Brown in the 110 hurdles (14.5) after winning the triple jump (43-4.25) earlier in the day. Kameron Green (6-6) won the high jump. Celebration thrower Hunter Hummel, a medalwinner at state last year, began that quest again with wins in the discus (170-10) and shot put (48-1.75), where he was pushed by Gateways Jeremiah Messam (47-6.5) and Dennis Briggs (46-10.25). e Storm also qualied all three boys relay teams and the girls 4x800 relay. At the District A-10 championship at The First Academy, City of Life advanced six athletes to Wednesdays regional, also at TFA. Kayla Hefner took second in discus and fourth in shot put, Debra Buggs was second in the 100 hurdles, third in 300 hurdles and third in triple jump, and sister Reyna Buggs was third in the 100 hurdles. Omega Payton nished second in 400 meters. Justin Harris claimed the pole vault district championship and Kenny Payton advanced with a third place nish in long jump. All those in the top four of their events at regionals earn spots in the state track meet at the University of North Florida May 4-5.TRACKContinued from Page 7. CINDY JOINTThe Reel Deal they knew each other from playing travel ball with and against each other was clearly evident during the season. Jaden was this teams leader, I just came in and tried to add what I could, Stelley said. I knew Osceola was a better t for me when we all rst got together. e team was a dedicated group of players who all played their role. It all worked out. OHS Coach Sarah DiLeonardo said Stelley t into her lineup seamlessly and created instant chemistry. Taylor showed leadership, and made those around her better, she said. Her best assets are that she handles the ball better than most players Ive seen at this level, her basketball IQ is very high and she sees the whole court well. Shes aggressive on defense and takes charges. I dont know if she improved those skills this year, but she denitely polished what she has. We may have only had her one year, but she was denitely an asset. Some say she had Jaden as a security blanket, but I say she made Jadens junior year better. STELLEYContinued from Page 7. Last Saturday, Osceola County District 4 Commissioner Cheryl Grieb partnered with the Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club for Clean Up West Lake Toho, which resulted in more than 500 pounds of trash and debris collected from the lake. To give the young volunteers some incentive, they all competed in categories including Weirdest/Strangest Object, Single Heaviest Object and Heaviest Total Weight. Thank you volunteers for your time and effort to keep our lakefront and lake cleaner. Eleven teams came out to participate in the recent Toho Marine Lake Toho Wednesday Night Shootout the day aer some much needed rain was in the area. ere were 46 bass caught for a total of 139.36 pounds came across the scales, of which the team of Mark Lundgren and Charlie Harrelson brought in a new record weight with a ve-sh limit of 31 pounds, rather impressive for just three hours of fishing. eir catch also included the Denali Rods Big Fish of the night, a TrophyCatch Florida Bass weighing 9.71 hooked by Charlie earning him an extra $55. Coming in second place was the duo of Shelton Smith and Steven Pennington with another limit of 18.73 pounds and the second biggest fish, another trophy catch of 8.37 pounds. A third 8.06-pound Trophy Catch was reeled in by Don as well. Before the weigh-in that night, Mark Holasek was awarded the first Denali Rod of the season for his big sh of the month for March. Osceola Anglers will host the fourth annual Scholarship Fundraiser Tournament, on May 12 at Joe Overstreet Landing on Lake Kissimmee in Kenansville. Fishing will begin at safelight with the first weigh-ins beginning at 2 p.m. Dinner will be sponsored and served by the Cattlemans Association aer the weigh-in. Tournament Registration is $125 per boat and includes entry for two anglers, two dry fit fishing jerseys, and two steak dinners. Steak dinner tickets are available for family and friends at $15 each. Prizes to be awarded include 50/50 big sh and 50/50 junk sh ($20). Rae prizes including gift certificates, rods, reels and much more Sponsorships available Registration supports the Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club Scholarship Fund and Banquet. 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Saturday, April 21, 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 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE NO. 2018-32Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of St. Cloud, Florida, at a meeting to be held on April 26, 2018, in their Chamber at City Hall, 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, Florida at 6:30 p.m., will consider enactment of Ordinance No. 2018-32 entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. CLOUD, FLORIDA, TO ANNEX INTO THE CITY OF ST. CLOUD APPROXIMATELY 127.99 ACRES IDENTIFIED AS CHISHOLM PARK, AT 4700 CHISHOLM PARK TRAIL; IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 171.044, FLORIDA STATUTES. Interested parties may appear at the meeting at which time this ORDINANCE is to be considered and shall be heard with respect to the proposed ORDINANCE at the Public Hearing thereon. The complete legal description by metes and bounds and the ORDINANCE in its entirety can be reviewed at and 11:00 a.m. and between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Committee/Board, with respect to any matter considered at such hearing/meeting, such person will need a record of the proceedings and that, for this purpose, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based, and which record is not provided by the City of St. Cloud. (FS 286.0105) In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the Secretary/ Clerk of the Committee/Board (listed below), prior to the meeting. (FS 286.26) Linda P. Jaworski, City Clerk 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, Florida 34769 407-957-7300 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE NO. 2018-32 Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of St. Cloud, Florida at a meeting to be held on April 26, 2018 in their Chamber at City Hall 1300 9th Street St. Cloud, Florida at 6:30 p.m., wil l consider enactment of Ordinance No. 201832 entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. CLOUD, FLORIDA, TO ANNEX INTO THE CITY OF ST. CLOUD APPROXIMATELY 127.99 ACRES IDENTIFIED AS CHISHOLM PARK, AT 4700 CHISHOLM PARK TRAIL; IN ACCORDA NCE WITH THE VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 171.044, FLORIDA STATUTES. Interested parties may appear at the meeting at which time this ORDINANCE is to be considered and shall be heard with respect to the proposed ORDINANCE at the Public Hearing thereon. The complete legal description by metes and bounds and the ORDINANCE in its entirety can be reviewed at the City Clerk's office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If a p erson decides to appeal any decision made by the Committee/Board, with respect to any matter considered at such hearing/meeting, such person will need a record of the proceedings and that, for this purpose, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim re cord of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based, and which record is not provided by the City of St. Cloud. (FS 286.0105) In accordance with the Americans w ith D isabilities Act, perso ns needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the Secretary/Clerk of the Committee/Board (listed below), prior to the meeting. (FS 286.26) Linda P. Jaworski, City Clerk 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, Florida 34769 407957-7 300 041418.SNG SOFTBALLContinued from Page 7. By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Celebrations girls and boys tennis teams have advanced to next weeks regional playo round and will play beginning on Tuesday. Aer defeating Lakeland in the District 4A-5 nals last week, the boys team will host Strawberry Crest in Tuesdays region nals, and with a win would host the Wiregrass Ranch-Lakeland winner in Thursdays regional nals. At districts, the boys got individual championshiop from No. 2 and 3 seeds Angel Partidas and Jamal Skaggs in singles, Skaggs and Alex Mourtan in No. 1 doubles and Partidas and Sagar Shah in No. 2 doubles. e girls team, who fell in a district tiebreaker with George Jenkins for the 4A-5 championship, will travel to Lithia Newsome on Tuesday and, with a win, go to Tuesdays Jenkins-Tampa Wharton winner. The state tournament begins May 1 at Red Bug Lake Park and Sylvan Lake Park in Seminole County. Storm goes for another lacrosse title: An 18-0 win over Lakeland Tuesday in the District 13 put the Celebration girls lacrosse team into ursday nights championship game against Bartow. The Storm, who won the district title last year, would play this ursday against the District 14 champion in the regional playos with a win (check aroundosceola.com for updates). e Storm still seek their first playoff win aer losing to Tampa Newsome in last years regional quarternals. County represented in volleyball district: Harmony and St. Cloud joined No. 1 seed Celebration in qualifying for the District 3 tournament, which begins Tuesday at Celebration. No. 2 Harmony plays No. 3 Tampa HEAT at 5 p.m., and Celebration takes on No. 4 St. Cloud (9-14) at 7. e winners meet on ursday at 7. The Storm were 23-1 entering their regular season finale against Poinciana ursday, and had dropped only ve sets all season long. Water polo ends at districts: Osceolas boys and Gateways girls advanced to the District 6 water polo championship games, but each fell to Lake Nona in the title match Tuesday. On Monday, Gateways girls defeated Osceola, 7-3.Playoff runs for CHS tennis, lacrosse, boys volleyballgame in where Harmony (75) is the No. 3 seed and will play the host Bulldogs on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and with a win will play in ursdays championship at 7. Coach Kristi Mindrup said despite a .500 on base percentage in the regular season, the Longhorns were missing some key hits with runners in scoring position. e team gave a good ght in regular season but couldnt score quite enough runners, she said. We hope to score some runs and we are ready for Melbourne. Senior Gracie Justesen leads the team .542 batting average. Poinciana is the No. 4 seed at the 6A-10 tournament at Auburndale. e Eagles are slated to play Tuesday.
Page 10 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 DAILYSATURDAY04-21NATIVE PLANT SALE Florida Native Plant Society Pine Lily Chapter will host a Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chisholm Park: 4700 Chisholm Park Trail, St. Cloud, FL 34771. ARTS & DRAFTS House of Blues Orlando is hosting Arts & Drafts from noon to 4 p.m., celebrating eight local artists. Plus live music and cra beer from Southern Tier Brewery. For more information, visit HOUSEOFBLUES.COM/ORLANDOPAWS FOR PEACE WALK Harbor House presents its annual Paws for Peace Walk and Family Fun Day. e walk begins at 9 a.m., registration begins at 8 a.m. A $25 registration fee includes a t-shirt and dog bandana. e walk is pet-friendly. More info and early registration, visit HARBORHOUSEFL.COM/PAWSNARCOOSSEE SCHOOLHOUSE BROMELIADS & BAKED GOODS FUNDRAISER e Narcoossee Schoolhouse Bromeliads & Baked Goods Fundraiser will take place 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the historic Narcoossee Schoolhouse: 5026 Yukon Street in Narcoossee. Colorful bromeliads will be oered for $5 each or 5 for $20. Sponsored by the Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society, the fundraiser will benet the historic Narcoossee Schoolhouse project. For more information, visit NARCOOSSEEHISTORY.ORG or email email@example.com. A NIGHT OF COCKTAILS & COMEDY Melia Orlando Suite Hotel presents: A Night of Cocktails & Comedy. Guests are invited to enjoy an intimate, but entertaining evening with some really funny folks. Tickets packages including dinner and the show are available. Space is limited. For more information, visit EVENTBRITE. COM and search Cocktails & Comedy in Kissimmee. RECORD STORE DAY Celebrate Record Store Day at Park Ave CDs: 2916 Corrine Drive in Orlando. Exclusive releases, games, raes, coupons and more. SUNDAY04-22CARIBBEAN FUSION Is back at Kissimmee Lakefront Park, noon to 8 p.m. Experience Caribbean culture through music, food, cra and dance.TUESDAY04-24 P!NKS BEAUTIFUL WORLD TOUR ere are still tickets available for P!NKs Beautiful World Tour 2018 at Amway Center. To purchase tickets, visit AMWAYCENTER.COMKISSIMMEE VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY e Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society presents Kim Titterington of Swamp Girl Adventures. Kim and her crew return to educate listeners on a variety of live Florida wildlife. Her presentation features some critters to meet. e event starts at 6: 30 p.m., at the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) Headquarters: 1701 W. Carroll Street in Kissimmee. e event is free and open to everyone. FRIDAY04-27SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM Did you ever wonder about the people who lived in Osceola County and settled St. Cloud? Join us as they come alive to tell their stories. The St. Cloud Heritage Museum and Parks and Recreation Department invite you to a special presentation of Night at the Museum at 7 p.m. After the live performance, the film, Night at the Museum, will be shown. Admission is a $5.00 donation. The museum is located at 1012 Massachusetts Avenue. Come early to tour your hometown museum. For more information, call 407957-7243 or Olive Horning at 407-414-2682. COCO 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. SATURDAY04-28A NIGHT OF MAGIC MUSIC AND MERCH e Lost Bros present e Kingdom Classic, a night of magic music and merch. e event begins at 7 p.m. at 3NINE at Rosen Plaza. Tickets are $29. Visit THEKINGDOMCLASSIC.COM UNCORKED: FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Uncorked: Food and Wine Festival is in its second year at Cocoa Beach. e festival runs all weekend. Tickets are $55 per person, per day for general admission. VIP tickets are available for $75 per person, per day. Visit COCOABEACHUNCORKED.COMLUPUS 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. 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.). 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.ORGMONDAY04-30YOGA AT THE CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO Channel your inner animal during an hour-long evening yoga session at the Central Florida Zoo. Guests are asked to bring their own yoga mats. Check-in for the one-hour class is at 5:45 p.m. in the Safari Room. e class will start at 6 p.m. Cost is $20. CENTRALFLORIDAZOO.ORG 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.ORGMICHELEE PUPPETS MicheLee Puppets is performing at the Sunday Family Fun Day event at the Lake-Maitland Civic Center. For more information, visit MICHELEEPUPPETS.ORG or call 407-898-7925. WEDNESDAY05-02ENCHANTED FLORIDA EXHIBITION Culture Pop! opening Enchanted Florida at the Art and History Museums in Maitland. Preview the Enchanted Florida exhibition. Elemental Arts activity for adults and kids, plus live music by e Moss Park Trio. Light bites and cash bar with wine and cra beer. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit ARTANDHISTORY. ORG/EVENT/CULTURE-POPENCHANTED-FLORIDA FLEA MARKET e Council on Aging is hosting a flea market from 8 a.m. to noon. e sale will feature a large selection of new and vintage items, and lots of jewelry all at a low price. For information, call Carmen Carasquillo at 407-483-1473. THURSDAY05-03PHYSICIAN LECTURE SERIES Poinciana Medical Center is hosting Dr. Prakash Maniam in part of its physician lecture series at the Poinciana Library at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Maniam is a credentialed urologist at Poinciana Medical Center, and will discuss symptoms, treatment options and lifestyle modications for this condition. He will hold an open Q&A aer the lecture. Poinciana Library: 101 N. Doverplum Avenue. Reservations can be made: 1-888-253-8117. SATURDAY05-05BAHIA SHRINERS CIRCUS Osceola Heritage Park is pleased to announce the 64th Bahia Shriners Circus. Tickets are on sale now, $18 for all ages and free for children ages two and under. ey can be purchased at www.ticketmaster. com, by phone 800.745.3000 and at the Silver Spurs Arena Box Oce. For more information, please visit OHPARK.COMMONDAY05-07 GATOR WEEK AT WILD FLORIDA Wild Florida is hosting its second Gator Week, May 7-12. Free admission to the Gator and Wildlife Park during Gator Week, plus family-friendly, gator-themed activities every day. FRIDAY05-11 DISNEY ON ICE Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream at Orlandos Amway Center for six performances, May 11-13. e ice skating extravaganza will feature Moana for the rst time in a live production. Visit AMWAYCENTER.COMBOK TOWER GARDENS Bok Tower Gardens is offering free admission for National Public Gardens Day. Download the free admission voucher online, before entering: PUBLICGARDENS. ORG/PROGRAMS/NATIONALPUBLIC-GARDENS-DAY/ ABOUT-NATIONAL-PUBLICGARDENS-DAY 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. Tickets are still available for Osceola Heritage Parks funniest event of the year. Record-breaking, global comedy superstar Jeff Dunham is bringing his cast of characters to the Silver Spurs Arena on Sunday, April 22, in part of his 60-city North American Passively Aggressive tour. The show begins at 3 p.m., with doors at 1:30 p.m. Get your tickets online today.WHO Everyone is invited!WHAT Jeff Dunham: Passively AggressiveWHEN Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m.WHERE Silver Spurs Arena at OHP ONGOINGFOOD BANKe Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is now sponsoring an Aer school Meals Program at Iglesia Principe De Paz, 2204 W. Columbia Ave., Kissimmee. REPUBLICAN PARTY OF OSCEOLA COUNTY Meets the fourth ursday of the month 6:30pm at the Kissimmee Elks Lodge 1655 King Highway (2 miles South o Neptune Road) Come by and help us move the Republican agenda forward as we Make America Great! Call 407-846-8889 or go to www. osceolarepublicans.org for additional information.AL-ANONOpen to anyone who has been aected by the disease of alcoholism. Rebos Clubhouse, 1614 Orange Ave., St. Cloud. 10 a.m., Saturdays, Free. 407-896-4929MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUPOsceola County group invites the public to a free anonymous self-help support group for people with depression, bi-polar and anxiety disorders along with family and friends. Every Monday. Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud; 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, call Pat at 407-593-1997 or Kathy at 407-847-7420.BINGOFraternal Order of Eagles; 15 W Darlington Ave., Kissimmee 4:00 p.m.; (2) $200 games guaranteed (1) $250 jackpot guaranteed. 407-846-4990; Everyone is welcome.ELKS CLUB CRIBBAGE, KARAOKEKissimmee Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway, Kissimmee. Every Wednesday 5:30-9 p.m. Open to the public.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 11 Metabolic Syndrome is a group of health factors that puts someone at risk for developing certain chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. Having three or more of these health factors increases your risk: Large waist Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30. BMI is a ratio of weight to height and provides an estimate of ones health based on where their BMI falls. A larger BMI typically indicates obesity or overweight. Also, the distribution of fat plays a role more fat around the middle (apple-shaped) puts more stress on the internal organs, than fat around the sides (pear-shaped). High triglycerides Triglycerides over 150 indicates too much fat in the blood, which can contribute to heart disease and stroke. Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood and can be reduced with healthy eating choices and physical activity. Choose foods and beverages low in saturated fat and cholesterol; eat and cook with unsaturated fats like olive, canola, and peanut oils. However, watch your overall fat intake as it can still contributes to weight gain. Low HDL High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is the good cholesterol that should be kept over 50. Having a high HDL has been shown to be a protective factor against heart disease as it helps transport bad cholesterol out of the body through the liver. is can be aected mainly by physical activity, but also eating choices. High blood pressure Keeping blood pressure under 120/80 lowers the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Blood pressure is aected by eating choices and physical activity. Choosing foods and beverages lower in sodium, not adding salt to foods, and cooking with herbs and spices are a few ways to lower BP. Being physically active helps lower BP as well. High fasting blood sugar High blood sugar can be an indication of PreDiabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, or Insulin Resistance. Having a fasting blood sugar of 100-125 is an indication of Pre-Diabetes; 126-plus indicates type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, pre-diabetes is reversible with healthy eating and physical activity, but type 2 diabetes is not. Make sure to balance protein and carbs in meals, choose whole grain products, limit sugary foods and beverages, and be physically active. Physical activity is any activity that gets you moving and keeps you moving for an extended period of time. Include traditional (going to the gym, running) and non-traditional forms like hobbies and daily activities like doing chores, gardening, and dancing. Activity should include some form of cardio like running; weight liing or body weight exercises. By Jennifer DiDomenico A&E Editor The Arts for a Complete Education (ACE) Coalition presented Arts Alive, its 24th annual arts showcase and scholarship awards on April 13, at the Osceola County School for the Arts. The awards ceremony featured 57 ne and performing arts students from Osceola County, who were selected by a panel of professional adjudicators from hundreds of applicants throughout the county. e students showcased their talents in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, musical theater, performance theater, technical theater, visual art and vocal performance. Arts Alive represents the very best of our students, said Osceola County School District Fine and Performing Arts Resource Specialist Pamela Haas. Students audition for a coveted spot in the showcase and are adjudicated by professionals and professors in their respective elds. Throughout the awards ceremony, the ACE Coalition awarded $11,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in the program. The ACE Coalition awards a $1,000 student scholarship in the arts in each of the eight disciplines, said Haas. This year we also awarded two $1,000 Grant Lacerte Scholarship for Excellence in Music. Grant Lacerte was a musician that overcame a physical deformity of his hands to become an accomplished pianist. The scholarship is for a student that has overcome a hardship in [his or her] life through music. A $1,000 Bobbi Mastrangelo scholarship was also awarded this year. Mastrangelo was a judge on last years panel, and was so impressed with Osceolas student talent that she decided to give a scholarship for a deserving student in visual arts. In addition to student recognition, teachers were recognized for their hard work and eorts. e awarded teachers are as follows: Danielle Giguere, Elementary Rookie Arts Teacher of the Year; Janelle Kaufmann, Secondary Rookie Arts Teacher of the Year; Ashley Lowe, Elementary Arts Teacher of the Year; Randy Cochran, Secondary Arts Teacher of the Year. The winning teachers received a grant from the ACE Coalition to support their school programs, plus a fabulous prize package from Gaylord Palms including a twonight stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee. Teaching is certainly a career that takes a lot of heart, and is too oen thankless. Were proud to provide a staycation to these award-winning Osceola teachers, hoping they can enjoy a much-deserved break, said Gaylord Palms Director of Public Relations Chris Brumbaugh. Our company has a long history of supporting entertainment and the arts, going to back to our CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM ACE show spotlights students art achievements GABRIELA MURZAUF/IFAS Extension Metabolic Syndrome can put health at risk NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKNyasia Rodriguez performs a dance solo to Janes Escape by Dario Marianelli during Arts Alive held April 13 at Osceola School for the Arts. PHOTO/METROKeeping blood pressure under 120/80 lowers the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. See Arts, Page 12.Osceola County opens new $6 million re station in BVLA new $6 million fire station that opened in Buenaventura Lakes Wednesday improves public safety for residents and also honors the history of the 65th Infantry Regiment. Members of the storied 65th, known as the Borinqueneers, were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2014. The medal is one of the nations highest honors and is awarded to those who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture, according to a county press release. e 65th Infantry Regiment was a segregated unit of the U.S. Army, composed mainly of soldiers from the island of Puerto Rico that distinguished itself in World War I, World War II and Korea. This $6 million station is a sign of our commitment PHOTO/OSCEOLA COUNTYOsceola County Commissioner Viviana Janer, center, helped Osceola County Fire Rescue open a new $6 million fire station in Buenanventura Lakes. See Station Page 12.
Page 12 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare eld. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to cathy@petpundit. com. Please include your name, city, and state. ARTSContinued from Page 11 origins in Nashville with Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry. For us at Gaylord Palms particularly, we want to support local arts education, knowing that our own kids are beneting from the work of these teachers. And maybe, just maybe, some of these students will nd themselves working with us at Gaylord Palms, and the creativity and passion fostered by an education including the arts are attributes we look for in our team. Arts Alive has been held annually for 20 years. e ACE Coalition said the event would not be possible without the generosity of countless members of the community, who graciously provided their time and resources. The ACE Coalition is a volunteer group of individuals from various backgrounds, all committed to supporting arts and education in Osceola County. It stands under the umbrella of the Education Foundation of Osceola County a partnership foundation of the Osceola County business community and School Board, with goals to ensure and promote higher education within the county. NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKCo-Chairs for The Arts for a Complete Education (ACE) Coalition Lorena Bruneau and Pamela Haas, introduced Nathaniel Adair, Lisamar Barreiro Marrero, Natalie Cabello, Ricky Dirga, Maya Durham, Madelyn Edwards, Galina Pikheeva, Tate Sanborn, Noah Seppanen and Adriana Suarez, and recognized them for their excellence in visual arts during intermission at Arts Alive.STATIONContinued from Page 11 to the community and the members of the 65th Infantry Regiment, said Viviana Janer, the county commissioner for district 2 where the station is located. To build this station, we utilized a small, unused part of the existing 65th Infantry Regiment Park, so it seems right to dedicate the station to them. e four-bay station will improve response time and is the second completed with the countys cost-saving prototype design, county ocials said. In addition, the county made improvements to the existing park including: an improved parking lot, two pavilions, a restroom, an event stage, and the ag court area. This all adds to the usability of the park and because of the caretaker eect of having the station next to the park it should be safer, and less prone to vandalism, the press release stated. By Cathy M. Rosenthal Dear Cathy, I have a four-yearold American short-hair female cat. I got her at 8 weeks old from a friend. e problem is, she scratches my upholstered furniture and rugs. She only does it when I am in the room. I have tried sprays, tape and correcting with a spritz of water. I have various scratching posts, which she is not interested in, even when I put catnip on them. Putting towels over things helps a bit, but she usually finds a way around them. Any other ideas? Carol, via email Dear Carol, Scratching and clawing are natural instincts for a cat or kitten, and with indoor cats, our furniture and rugs become their items of choice for sharpening their claws and leaving their scent behind. e fact that she only does it when youre in the room makes it a little easier for you to correct. Get some foam or pompom cat balls or crumple paper or aluminum foil into balls and have them ready to toss across the room when you enter. Her rst reaction should be to chase the ball and not scratch in response to your arrival in the room. She still may eventually scratch, but now you can correct her quicker with a verbal eh-eh or a Pet Corrector, which emits a compressed air sound, to discourage her from scratching in inappropriate areas. Its important to not just correct her but show her alternative places to scratch. Put treats, food pieces, cat nip, or cat grass she can eat, near or on scratching posts and cat trees to attract her to her furniture. Be consistent with your distraction/attraction techniques, and over time, she will learn what is expected of her. Dear Cathy, My 15-week-old silver Labrador is our pride and joy, but she just wont stop biting. What do you suggest? Frank, Oro Valley, AZ Dear Frank, Puppies teethe around 4 months old and need teething toys and lessons from you on whats acceptable to put in their mouths. Dont use your hands or arms to play with her, and never punish her for this normal behavior. Instead, correct her and offer her toys to teeth on instead. When she sinks her teeth into you, give a short yelp to interrupt the behavior and then say, let go. Praise her and give her a treat if she lets go. Some training experts say you should go quiet because prey also yelps when you bite. But, I have found this usually does not work for a puppy who is wired at this age to listen. If she doesnt let go, shake a can of coins or purchase a Pet Corrector, which emits a compressed air sound, to get her attention. If this still doesnt break her grip, squeeze very gently just behind her nose/mouth area to unlatch her grip. en give her a toy she can chew on. Over time, she should learn to play with her toys, and not your arms or hands. Dear Cathy, I have a 3-year-old female cat. She was a rescue cat and is xed. Ever since I took her in, she has been residing under my couch for eight days. She only comes out in the middle of the night to eat and use the litter box. I purchased the calming spray because she is shedding terribly. I think she is stressed, but she does eat well. I really want to keep her and not set her free when the weather warms but is breaking my heart that I cannot coax her out during the day. My other cat was 2 when I rescued him, and he adjusted just great. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Joni, via email Dear Joni, Eight days is not long enough for a previously outdoor cat to adjust to living in a new home. She needs several weeks or months to adjust and may take even more time than that before she comes near you to be petted. Use plug-in feline pheromones around the home and play with her twice a day using a shing pole-type toy with a feather on the end. At some point, she wont be able to resist the feather toy and will bolt out from under the couch to play. The more she does this, the more condence and security she will feel in her new home. e fact that she is not fighting with your other cat and is eating at night bodes well for her success. Be patient, and you will eventually have many wonderful years with this feline.Cats can be distracted and redirected toward better behavior Informing readers. Helping build a stronger community. Informing readers. 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Saturday, April 21, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 13 ursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., Yes You Can! Food Preservation, at UF/ IFAS Extension Services (OHP). Get ready for some pickling this evening. e class is hands-on, with the instructor guiding you through the process as you make-and-take your own jar home. Cost is $10 and class lls up quickly. Pre-registration is required at http://ocfcs.eventbrite.com by April 23. Saturday, April 28, Trees Osceola Want a Free Tree? ree class times in English and Spanish: 10 to 11 a.m.; noon to 1 p.m.; and 3 to 4 p.m. Its at Mary Jane Arrington Gym and Aquatic Center, 625 Country Club Drive, Poinciana. Lets Celebrate Earth Day and National Arbor Day planting trees around Osceola County. Register to attend a one-hour class on Tree Planting, site and tree selection and you will take a tree home the same day. Register at https://freetreeosceola. eventbrite.com.EXTENSION SERVICESHow burrowing wildlife can damage your lawn and gardenSo, spongy lawns may be indicative of various problems underfoot that occur relatively sight unseen. Barring a septic system backup or considerable ooding, insects or animals may be to blame. In many areas, burrowing wildlife can wreak havoc on landscapes. Identifying which critter is causing the damage helps homeowners develop the most effective solutions to issues involving wildlife. Moles Moles will spend much of their lives underground, rarely coming up to the surface. They spend their days digging long tunnels from their dens in search of grubs, earthworms and tuber plants all year long. Moles can be gray, black, brown, or gold and will be between six and eight inches in length. Their wide front feet are designed for excavating, and moles have very small eyes and angular snouts. Many times moles are to blame for zig-zagging lines across a yard. Channels are typically dug between ve to eight inches below the surface of the soil, according to the home and garden resource site Hunker. e tunnels are only about 1.5 inches in diameter and one may see small molehills of excavated soil in areas around the yard. Mole tunnels can be followed through the yard thanks to the appearance of elevated ridges on the surface of the soil. Voles Even though their name is similar, voles look nothing like moles. They are also known by the name meadow mice and look more like mice than they do moles or gophers. Voles are small as well and primarily feed on foliage and plant roots. It can take a trained eye to dierentiate between holes created by moles and voles, but foliage eaten around an entry or exit hole suggests the presence of voles. Unlike moles, voles dont create soil masses on the surfaces of landscapes, which can make recognizing infestations more dicult. Groundhogs, gophers, prairie dogs Groundhogs, gophers and prairie dogs also are burrowing rodents. These rodents are larger than moles and voles. Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are the largest of the group, followed by prairie dogs and gophers. Prairie dogs tend to be more social than groundhogs and gophers and may be seen congregating together. Gophers tend to stay below ground and will pull food into their burrows, says the Florida-based A Wildlife Whisperer. Groundhogs oen stretch their subterranean tunnels to dens, which they may like to set up under backyard sheds or other protected areas. Groundhogs size and desire to forage and eat their ll above-ground often make them easy to spot. Once the animal doing the burrowing has been identied, homeowners can begin removing food sources and altering conditions to make their yards less critterfriendly. In the instance of moles, using a grub-killer can diminish their numbers. Wire mesh fences buried underground can deter digging into garden beds. Homeowners who are vigilant about disrupting burrows and tunnels may encourage rodents to relocate. If burrowing wildlife prove problematic, homeowners can work with professional exterminators to assess the situation. On April 23, 1969, Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant, is sentenced to death aer being convicted in the assassination of politician Robert F. Kennedy. In 1972, Sirhans sentence was commuted to life in prison aer California abolished the death penalty. On April 24, 1980, an ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran, Iran, ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued. The hostages would not be released for another 270 days. On April 25, 1859, at Port Said, Egypt, ground is broken for the Suez Canal, an artificial waterway intended to stretch 101 miles across the Isthmus of Suez. Labor disputes and a cholera epidemic slowed construction, and the Suez Canal was not completed until 1869 four years behind schedule. 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 34739407-957-3135www.wildoridaairboats.com The Scout Law.A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave,clean, and reverent. National Volunteer WeekNext week is National Volunteer Week. For the past two decades, the national occasion has been powered by Points of Light, which is a nonprot that helps millions of volunteers change the world. We mobilize people to take action on the causes they care about through innovative programs, events and campaigns. Points of Light is creating a culture of volunteerism, one that celebrates the power of service, their website says. Points of Light sounds a lot like the Scouting movement, which emphasizes its duty to service over self, doesnt it? is years estimated value of a volunteer hour is $24.14 up 2.5 percent from last year, according to 501c.com, which tracks volunteer trends. According to their data, 63 million Americans currently volunteer about 8 billion hours of their time, talent, and eort to improve peoples lives and the natural world. With the new value of volunteer time, these Americans are contributing approximately $193 billion to our nation. According to data from the Corporation for National and Community Service, educational or youth service (26 percent) trailed only religious organizations (34 percent) as the type of organization that volunteers worked in the most. The Osceola District of Boys Scouts of America and the thousands of youth is serves can use that time, talent and treasure to help improve the Scouting experience. For information on how to help out, contact District Executive Cory Dewell at cory.dewell@ cscouting.org. Bobcat Tiger Cub Wolf Bear Webelos Scout TenderfootSecond Class First Class Star Life Eagle
Page 14 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 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 OBITUARY DEADLINE FOR THURSDAY NEWS-GAZETTE IS TUESDAY AT 12 NOON North Kissimmee Baptist Church425 W. Donegan Ave., Kissimmee; 407-847-5372Peace Lutheran Church3249 Windmill Point Blvd. Kissimmee 407-870-5965 www.peacelutheran kissimmee.orgPeace United Methodist Church13502 Town Loop Blvd. Orlando; 407-438-8947 www.peaceumcorlando.orgPoinciana Christian Church3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee; 407-870-9700 www.poincianacc.orgPoinciana Pentecostal Church4912 Old Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee; 407-944-1151Primera Iglesia Cristiana en Kissimmee Asambleas de Dios2031 Simpson Rd. Kissimmee; 407-348-6461Real Life Christian Church Hunters Creek3232 N John Young Parkway Kissimmee 352-394-3553 www.real.life/#8mkibRedemption Church920 Osceola Parkway Kissimmee, 407-247-9993 www.redemptionchurch.life St. 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.comSt. Rose Of Lima Catholic Church3880 Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee; 407-932-5004 srlcc.orgShiloh 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 American 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 www.canoecreek.org Casa Del Espritu Santo722 N Main St. Kissimmee; 407-655-5816Casa De Generaciones1219 Ingram St Kissimmee 407-914-6068 Catalyst Community Church 14500 Landstar Blvd Orlando, 32824 http://www.catalyst communitychurch.net/ Christian Life Church2750 Partin Settlement Road Kissimmee 407-847-7631Christ Our Savior Fellowship915 New York Ave. [VFW Hall], St. Cloud 407-922-2409 Church Alive3674 Old Canoe Creek Road St. CloudThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints2821 Old Canoe Creek Rd. St Cloud, FL 34772 407-892-5568; www.lds.orgThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints1900 N. John Young Parkway Kissimmee 407-847-3978Community Church at Celebration501 Celebration Place Kissimmee; 407-494-4644 www.celebration communitychurch.comCommunity 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 awakening.comChurch 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 www.inallthingspray.comCornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church2916 Cialella Pass St. Cloud; 407-498-8316Corpus Christi Catholic Church1050 Celebration Ave. Kissimmee; 321-939-1491 www.corpuschristi.churchCrossroads Baptist Church3797 Edsel Ave. St. Cloud; 407-891-8688 www.lifeat thecrossroads.comDestiny Church Of Foursquare101 W. Cypress St. Suite H, Kissimmee 407-870-1594The Dwelling Place Church4730 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy Kissimmee 407-917-2354 www.tdpchurch.com/Eastern Avenue Baptist Church1001 Eastern Ave. St. Cloud; 407-892-4644 El Tabor Church5625 Orange Ave. Kissimmee 407-343-9050Emmanuel Baptist Church2627 Lehigh Ave. Kissimmee; 407-846-8230 www.ebckissimmee.comFaith Community Church1990 Neptune Road Kissimmee 407-846-0157Faith Community Church of Holopaw. 5000 Holopaw Road HolopawFaith Harvest Ministries1537 Mill Slough Road Kissimmee; www.faith harvestonline.orgFirst Apostolic Church2317 Clay St.; Kissimmee 407-348-6521Faith International Baptist Church7491 W. Irlo Bronson Memo rial Highway Kissimmee 706-405-8134 www.faithorlando.com/ site/cs/index.aspFirst Baptist Church1717 13th St., St. Cloud 407-892-7125 www.inallthingspray.comFirst Missionary Baptist Church760 S. Canoe Creek Rd. Kenansville; 407-436-1104First Presbyterian Church15 Church St., Kissimmee 407-847-2807 preskiss.comFirst United Church Jesus Christ550 E. Jackson St. Kissimmee; 407-847-4009 www.rstunitedchurch ojca.orgFirst United Methodist Church101 W. Dakin Ave Kissimmee 407-847-3700 www.kissimmeefumc.orgFirst United Methodist Church1000 Ohio Ave. St. Cloud; 407-892-3128 www.rstchurchstcloud.orgFortune Road Church of Christ2431 Fortune Road Kissimmee 407-348-0300 KissimmeeChurch.orgFreedom Life Church1700 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee 407-944-1773 www.freedom-life.org And Cremation Services Cremation Services:Affordable, Simple, Dignifiedwww.conradandthompson.com 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, FL407-847-3188061116.SNG BEST OF OSCEOLA BEST OF OSCEOLA READERS CHOICE AW ARDS READERS CHOICE AW ARDS BES T B BEST BEST B B 20 17 020318.SNG 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 pmwww.lockhavenbaptist.org
Saturday, April 21, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 15 For a complete list of school events, visit www.osceola.k12.fl.us FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS, CONTACT DANA SCHAFER EMAIL SCHAFER@OSCEOLA.K.12.FL.US THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. THIS WEEKS CALENDAR OF EVENTS Deerwood Elementary Kissimmee Elementary School Lakeview Elementary School Neptune Elementary School Partin Settlement Elementary Discovery Intermediate School Westside K-8 School Liberty High School Osceola County School for the Arts Osceola Technical College Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy Reading is a passion for many people. But even avid readers may not know just how far back their love of reading stretches. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who find pleasure in reading have the potential to become lifelong readers. In addition, studies have shown that reading to children can help kids become familiar with sounds, words and language, helping them in their earliest stages of cognitive development. So adults who love books might be able to trace their passion for page-turners to those times their mothers and fathers read aloud to them as youngsters. Parents who want to their children to learn to love reading can rely on various techniques to accomplish that goal. Make reading a routine. Routine is a necessity for parents, helping children learn when its time to eat, play and go to sleep, among other things. Parents can include reading to their children as part of their daily routines. As noted, doing so will promote language skills and cognitive development while also acclimating children to books and providing valuable time for them to bond with their parents. Create a distractionfree reading environment. When reading to children, parents can create an environment with little to no distractions. This allows kids to focus on their parents voices as well as the story theyre being told. Parents can turn o the television and the radio when reading to their kids. In addition, moms and dads should leave smartphones or tablets in another room so they arent distracted by alerts or tempted to check for incoming messages or emails. Read aloud together. Some children may shy away from reading if they struggle in their initial eorts to read. at does not mean kids wont ultimately enjoy reading, it just means a little more eort may be required on parents part to help kids overcome any issues they have. Reading aloud to children can help little ones learn how to become good readers, as they will learn how to pronounce words and form sentences. Kids who know how to read can be encouraged to read to their parents, which can instill self-esteem. If kids struggle with certain words or sentences when reading aloud, parents can read those words and/or sentences aloud to them and ask them to repeat the phrases back. Let kids pick their own books. When reading to youngsters, whether theyre babies, toddlers or already in school, parents can let sons and daughters choose their own books. Children might be especially enthusiastic about reading if theyre allowed to choose their own books and stories. Reading can benefit children from the earliest stages of their lives all the way through adulthood. Parents can take various steps to foster a love of reading in their children. How to help children learn to love reading
Page 16 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 Manufacturer PhotosSPECIFICATIONS 2018 HYUNDA ACCENT LIMITEDVEHICLE TYPE 5-passenger FWD compact sedan BASE PRICE $18,895 (as tested: $19,780) ENGINE TYPE 16-valve 4-cyl. w/GDI DISPLACEMENT 1.6-liter HORSEPOWER (net) 130 at 6300 rpm TORQUE (lb.-ft.) 119 at 4850 rpm TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic OVERALL LENGTH 172.6 in. TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb) 33.5 ft. CURB WEIGHT 2,679 lbs. FUEL CAPACITY 11.9 gal. EPA MILEAGE RATING 24 mpg city, 38 mpg highwayBetter Compact Ride Comfort Copyright, Motor Matters, 2018 FOR THE LATEST NEWS WEBSITE AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Motor Matters e all-new 2018 Hyundai Accents design displays sculpted body forms and smoothly contoured lines and edges resulting in a new interpretation of Hyundais signature design language. Hyundai enters into the h generation of the Accent available in a four-door model only, oered in three trims starting with the base model SE priced at $14,595, a more upscale SEL begins at $17,295, and the top-level Limited with a starting price of $18,895. The new Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection that delivers 130 horsepower at 6,300 rpm along with 119 lb.-. of torque at 4,850 rpm. e engine mates to either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission with a gate-type Shironic overdrive lock-up torque converter and hill-start assist control. e EPA highway mileage estimate for the manual is 37 mpg -add 1 mpg for the automatic. Up front is Hyundais signature cascading grille, anked by wraparound headlights and available LED signature daytime running lights. In profile, the sweeping roof and sharp character lines ACCENTtraverse the length of the car ending at available slim LED wraparound taillights. Features such as 17-inch alloy wheels and side mirror LED turn signal indicators add to the upscale feel of the car. The compact sedans functional form achieves a balance between design and engineering with aerodynamic improvements, even underneath. A new front-lip spoiler, combined with a lower ride height, contributes to its design eciency. ese features result in a 0.28 coecient of drag. e 2018 Accent is larger and provides more interior space than the previous generation. It is 1.2 inches wider, and the overall length has grown by 0.6 inch. e height remains unchanged, delivering a more grounded stance. The wheelbase has also increased 0.4 inch, pushing the wheels out to the corners too improve the roominess of the interior, now up to 104 cubic feet. The cabin showcases a pleasing simplicity that isnt exactly luxurious, but isnt tacky either. e interior ambience level increases with each step up the model scale. For instance, the SEL or Limited trim levels provide an additional USB port for back-seat occupants, and the infotainment touchscreen bumps up from 5 to 7 inches. Accent comes with a 60/40 split folding rear seat and six airbags as standard fare. Wind noise has been reduced for a quieter interior, which enhances audio quality with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto -included with the 7-inch screen, and Hyundais Blue Link system now integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, allowing the remote start of the vehicle by speaking to a device located in ones home. A more meaningful feature would be an available forward-collisionavoidance system that warns the driver of an impending impact and automatically applies the brakes if the driver fails to react quickly enough. My test 2018 Accent arrived in Limited trim with a silver metallic exterior and cloth interior executed in patterned black and grey tones. While its a sound choice for ecient, entry-level transportation, its not likely to stir the avid auto enthusiasts emotions, though it serves its purpose quite well. During my drive, I found the acceleration was quite adequate for a 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine, although a tad more torque would have proved to be benecial. While some say the manual gearbox is a little perkier than the automatic transmission, I didnt have the opportunity to make a personal comparison. The automatic provides a switch-operated drive mode selector that transitions from Normal to Sport for improved driving response. Ride quality is compliant and comfortable, and the handling characteristics deliver a responsive, if not sporty feel. In a bottom-line assessment, this latest Hyundai Accent represents an outstanding value and it comes with the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundais 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and ve years of complimentary roadside assistance. Cars equipped with Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provide proactive safety and car care services including automatic collision notication, for three years with enrollment. The all-new 2018 Accent builds on the strengths of its predecessors with Hyundais modern engineering prowess. The result is a sedan with an expressive design, a high-tech interior, a more efcient powertrain, reduced cabin noise and remarkably improved driving dynamics. Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension.All-New 2018 Hyundai
Saturday, April 21, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 17 February data for CoreLogics recent home price insights report shows a 6.7 percent year-over-year increase in prices from February 2017 to February 2018. e newly released Home Price Insights Report also shows a 1 percent increase from January 2018 to February 2018. Expectations into next year forecast a 4.7 percent increase in prices for next February, while forecasters dont expect to see any growth going into March. A number of western states have had hot housing markets, stated Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Washington all had home prices up more than 11 percent over the last year. With the recent rise in mortgage rates, affordability has fallen sharply in these states. We expect home-price growth to slow over the next 12 months, dropping to 5 or 6 percent in Idaho, Utah and Washington, and slowing to 9.6 percent in Nevada, Added president and CEO, Frank Martell, Family income is rising more slowly than home prices and mortgage rates, meaning that the mortgage payment takes a bigger bite out of income for new homebuyers. CoreLogics Market Conditions Indicator has identied nearly one-half of the 50 largest metropolitan areas as overvalued. Oen buyers are lulled into thinking these high-priced markets will continue, but we nd that overvalued markets will tend to have a slowdown in price growth. Looking to statewide data, the analysis of home prices found that Florida saw a 5.7 percent increase from February 2017 to February 2018, while the month-tomonth increase from January to February only increased 0.5 percent. Expectations for March are put at another 0.5 percent growth over February, while next year forecasts strong growth with an anticipated 7 percent growth in prices, beating national expectations. Top U.S. metros gauged in this report are Las Vegas, increasing by 12.4 percent, followed by San Francisco at 9.6 percent, and Denver with 8.7 percent. Our nearby metro area of Miami ranks among the lower of the top U.S. metros with a 3.7 percent annual growth in home prices. It is followed by Chicago which only saw a 3.4 percent increase over last year, and Washington D.C. which grew 2.8 percent. The Osceola County Association of Realtors is the largest trade association in Osceola County and represents over 3,400 Realtors in the area, bringing valuable training and support to its membership, and oering community services to the Osceola County area. e association is dedicated to members success through personal development, advocacy, and community engagement. (StatePoint) Looking for a way to get the most out of your summer evenings? Make it a night at the drive-in at home! With the right equipment and planning, you can easily enjoy your favorite movies under the stars, right in your own backyard. Here are a few simple steps for bringing your new favorite tradition to life. The Setup Designing your outdoor screening space is a simple process. To begin, determine where your screen should be placed. You will want your screen positioned where there is minimal light once the house lights are o and the sun has set. ere should be ample space for guest seating, and room for the projector. For optimal image quality, your projector should be elevated. For seating, an assortment of lawn chairs, oor chairs, outdoor ottomans and outdoor rugs will accommodate preferences for guests of all ages. Since you will be limiting ambient light as much as possible, keeping pathways lit for safety purposes is a sensible exception. Solar LED pathway lights are a tasteful accent that will keep guests safe around tripping hazards. The Basics Select the right projector. Since outdoor settings include a number of light sources that are not always within your control, such as street lights and moonlight, choosing a projector with the right lumen level for your space is critical for clear image projection. As a rule, the more ambient light in your backyard, the higher you will want your projectors lumen level to be. The second component to consider is sound. No home theater system is complete without quality sound, and your outdoor screening experience is no exception. Your guests will appreciate an audio source with enough output to cut through ambient noise. For simplicity and convenience, consider an all-in-one outdoor movie theater kit, such as the one offered by Improvements, which is Wi-Fi enabled and features everything your backyard home theater needs, including a 1,200 lumen projector with 800x480 DPI, Bluetooth speaker and a 90-inch screen. The Extra Details Since you will most likely be waiting for the sun to set before starting the movie, get creative with activities for both kids and adults to pass the time. Its a smart step to spray the area for bugs before guests arrive, and keep additional pest control solutions on hand. Hosting an outdoor movie party is a fun opportunity to put a twist on movie theater snacks, especially ideas that can be prepared in advance. However, fresh popcorn is an absolute must. Creating a drive-in theater in your backyard is easier than you think. With the right equipment, and some planning, the most dicult step will be picking out the movie. CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Florida Realtors market data for February 2018 shows a declining number of closings for Osceola County single-family homes in the lower price ranges. In February there were two homes that sold for under $50,000 and three more that were priced from $50,000 to $99,999. Yearover-year, homes at this price range have declined 83.3 percent, while homes under $50,000 showed no changes over last year. Closings that priced between $100,000 and $149,999 were down 54.8 percent from this time last year with just 19 closed sales recorded for the month. And homes priced from $150,000 to $199,999 saw 79 closings, much more healthy activity in comparison to the lower valued properties, but still down at this price range by 36.8 percent from last February. Higher priced homes up to $599,999 saw increasing percentage changes from this time last year. At $200,000 to $249,999 there were 93 closings the most of all price ranges recorded in the data. At 93, this is up 12 percent from last year. And the next price bracket up also saw a good deal of activity with 78 closed sales, an increase of 47.2 percent from this time last year. Over in the condo and townhome market, no sales were recorded under $50,000, making this a 100 percent decline over last February. Units that were priced from $50,000 to $99,999 declined 61.3 percent year-over-year to 12 closed sales. Most price ranges beyond $100,000 saw annual increases. At $100,000 to $149,999 there were 52 closed sales, which is a 10.6 percent gain, and at $150,000 to $199,999 there were 54 closings, up 100 percent. It was at these prices that most closings occurred. Further up the scale, condos and townhomes that were priced from $200,000 to $249,99 had 23 closings in February, up 91.7 percent, and from $250,000 to $299,999 there was a 400 percent increase in closings with 30 sales recorded. When measuring the Median Time to Contract by Sale Price, declines were prevalent among lower priced units for condos and townhomes in Osceola County. February data shows a 20.7 percent decrease for properties priced from $50,000 to $99,999 putting median time to contract at 23 days. It took a median time of 20 days to reach contract at $100,000 to $149,999, down 58.3 percent, and from $150,000 to $199,999, the median time to contract fell 65.9 percent to 43 days. Only where properties were priced from $200,000 to $249,999 did we see an increase in the percent change over last year. Here it took a median time of 123 days for condos and townhomes to go under contract, up 108.5 percent from this time last year. Moving back to the single-family home market of Osceola County, the Median Time to Contract by Sale Price was mostly down in the lower half of the pricing spectrum. Homes that were less than $50,000 moved quickly. e median time to contract for these most aordable homes was just six days. From $50,000 to $99,999 there was a 6.3 percent decline year-overyear in the time to contract at nine days. Where homes were priced from $100,000 to $149,999 there was a positive change of 37.5 percent from last year with the median time to contract being 44 days. And the annual changes move backed to negative at a price range of $150,000 to $199,999. Here the median time to contract was 25 days, down 46.8 percent from this time last year. From $200,000 to $249,999 there were 37 days to contract, which is unchanged from February 2017, and from $250,000 to $299,999 there were more shortening times on the market with median time to contract coming in at 62 days, which is a decline of 7.5 percent year-over-year.Affordable homes dwindling in Osceola SNG 021018
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Saturday, April 21, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 21 View all Public Notices online www.aroundosceola.com and CONTACT : GARY LUGO EMAIL LEGALADS@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM PHONE 407-846-7600 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORID A CIVILDIVISION : CASENO. : 49-2011-CA-003345MF U.S.BANKNATIONAL ASSOCIATION,ASTRUSTEE,ONBEHALFOFTHE HOLDERSOFTHECSMC MORTGAGE-BACKE D PASS-THROUGHCERTI FICATES,SERIES2007-1 Plaintiff, vs. CONCEPCIONNFRANCES ; AMERICANINTERNATIONALINSURANCECOMPANY ASSUBROGEEOFPAUL ELLIS;LAKESIDEES TATESMASTERCOMMUNITYASSOCIATION INC.;MORTGAGEELECTRONICREGISTRATIO N SYSTEMS,INCORPORATED,ASNOMINEEFOR RESOURCEBANK ; SHELBYPLACEPROPERTYOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.,ANINACTIVE ASSOCIATION;UNITED STATESOFAMERICADEPARTMENTOFTREASURY;JAMESMITCHELLJR ; MELINDASILLIMAN;UNKNOWNTENANTINPOSSESSIONOFTHESUBJECTPROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrderResettingForeclosureSaledated the15thdayofFebruary 2018,andenteredinCase No.49-2011-CA-003345-MF oftheCircuitCourtofthe 9THJudicialCircuitinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinU.S.BANKNATIONALASSOCIATION,A S TRUSTEE,ONBEHALFOF THEHOLDERSOFTHE CSMCMORTGAGEBACKEDPASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES,SERIES 2007-1,isthePlaintiff,and CONCEPCIONN FRANCES;AMERICANINTERNATIONALINSURANCECOMPANYASSUBROGEEOFPAULELLIS ; LAKESIDEESTATESMASTERCOMMUNITYASSOCIATION,INC.;MORTGAGE ELECTRONICREGISTRATIONSYSTEMS,INCOR PORATED,ASNOMINEE FORRESOURCEBANK ; SHELBYPLACEPROPERTYOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.,ANINACTIVE ASSOCIATION;UNITED STATESOFAMERICADEPARTMENTOFTREASURY;JAMESMITCHELLJR ; MELINDASILLIMAN;and UNKNOWNTENANT(S)IN POSSESSIONOFTHE SUBJECTPROPERTY,are theDefendants.ARMANDO RAMIREZ,astheClerkof theCircuitCourt,shallsellto thehighestandbestbidder forcashatthe,OSCEOLA COUNTYCOURTHOUSE SUITE2600/ROOM2602 TWOCOURTHOUSE SQUARE,KISSIMMEE,FL 11:00A.M.,onthe23rdday ofMAY,2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: LOT87,SHELBYPLACE PHASE2,ACCORDINGTO THEPLATTHEREOF,AS RECORDEDINPLA T BOOK8,PAGES116AND 117,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceedings,you areentitled,atnocosttoyou totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact : CourtAdministrationat 2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediatel y uponreceivingthisnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledappearancei s lessthan7days;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call1-(800)955-8771 DATEDonthis11thdayof April2018. By: /s/ScottWeiss ScottWeiss,Esquire BarNumber:0710910 Submittedby: CHOICELEGALGROUP P.A.,P.O.Box9908,Fort Lauderdale,FL33310-0908 Telephone:(954)453-0365 Facsimile:(954)771-6052 TollFree:1-(800)441-2438 DESIGNATEDPRIMARYEMAILFORSERVICEPURSUANTTOFLA.R.JUD.ADMIN2.516 firstname.lastname@example.org 10-61083 April14,21,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION ThevehiclesdescribedbelowshallbesoldatPublic AuctiononMAY28,2018,at 3:00P.M.,cashonly. AuctiontobeheldatDELLWOODSERVICE,2112 NorthMainStreet,Kissimmee,Florida34744. Telephone:(407)847-2334. 1)2003MITSUBISHI VIN: 4A3AC74H73E097187 April21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A CaseNo.:2009-CA-01029 0 THEBANKOFNEWYORK MELLON,F/K/ATHEBANK OFNEWYORK,TRUSTEE FORTHECERTIFICATE HOLDERSCWABS,INC. ASSET-BACKEDCERTIFICATES,SERIES2006-BC5 Plaintiff, vs. LUISF.CASTILLO;et.al., Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thatsalewillbemadepursuanttoanOrderResetting SaleenteredonMarch6 2018,inCivilCaseNo.2009CA-010290,oftheCircuit CourtoftheNINTHJudicial CircuitinandforOsceola County,Florida,wherein THEBANKOFNEWYORK MELLON,F/K/ATHEBANK OFNEWYORK,TRUSTEE FORTHECERTIFICATE HOLDERSCWABS,INC. ASSET-BACKEDCERTIFICATES,SERIES2006-BC5 isthePlaintiff,andLUISF CASTILLO;HELE N FIGUEROA;CYPRESSRESERVEATFLORARIDGE HOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC;MORTGAGE ELECTRONICREGISTRATIONSYSTEMS,INC.,AS NOMINEEFORMORT GAGELENDERSNETWORKUSA,INC.;ANYAND ALLUNKNOWNPARTIES CLAIMINGBY,THROUGH UNDERANDAGAINSTTHE HEREINNAMEDINDIVIDUALDEFENDANT(S)WHO ARENOTKNOWNTOBE DEADORALIVE,WHETHERSAIDUNKNOWN PARTIESMAYCLAIMAN INTERESTASSPOUSES HEIRS,DEVISEES GRANTEES,OROTHE R CLAIMANTSareDefendants TheClerkoftheCourt, ArmandoRamirez,willsellto thehighestbidderforcashin Suite2600/Room2602of theOsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL34741o n MAY8,2018at11:00A.M. ESTthefollowingdescribed realpropertyassetforthin saidFinalJudgment,towit : LOT225,CYPRESSRE SERVEPHASE2,AC CORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK16,PAGES 175THROUGH177,O F THEPUBLICRECORDSOF OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. IMPORTANT Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontacttheADACoordinator CourtAdministration OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,(407)742-2417,at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711toreachthe TelecommunicationsRelay Service. DATEDonthis9thdayof April2018. ALDRIDGE|PITE,LLP AttorneyforPlaintiff 1615SouthCongress Avenue,Suite200, DelrayBeach,FL33445 Telephone:(561)392-6391 Facsimile:(561)392-6965 By: /s/SusanSparks SUSANSPARKS,Esq. FBN#:33626 PrimaryE-Mail: Se rviceMail@aldridgepite.co m 1 092-2050 April14,21,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE Noticeisherebygiventhat thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatpublicauctionpursuanttoF.S.713.585onthe saledatesatthelocations belowat9:00a.m.tosatisfy laborandstoragecharges. 2004LEXUS JTHBA30G445036060 TotalLien: $1201.89 SaleDate: 05/08/2018 Location: C.I.GAUTOINC., 1170GREENSKEEPDR., STEA,Kissimmee,FL34741 (407)496-0927 PursuanttoF.S.713.585the cashamountpervehicle wouldbesufficienttoredeemthatvehiclefromthe lienor.A nyinterestedparty hasarighttoahearingprior tothesalebyfilingademandforthehearingwiththe ClerkoftheCircuitCourtin Osceolaandmailingcopies ofthesametoallownersand lienors.Theowner/lienholderhasarighttorecoverpossessionofthevehicleby postingbondpursuanttoF.S. 559.917andifsoldanyproceedsremainingfromthe salewillbedepositedwith theClerkofCircuitCourtfor disposition. A pril21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2016-CA-000578MF U.S.BANKTRUST,N.A., ASTRUSTEEFORLSF 9 MASTERPARTICIPATION TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. NATALIAE.CRUZ,A/K/A NATALIACRUZANDFRANCISCOJ.MELENDEZ,A/K/A FRANCISCOMELENDEZ,et al, Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated September21,2016,and enteredin2016-CA-000578 MF,oftheCircuitCourtofthe NINTHJudicialCircuitinand forOsceolaCounty,Florida whereinU.S.BANKTRUST N.A.,ASTRUSTEEFOR LSF9MASTERPARTICIPATIONTRUST,isthePlaintiff andNATALIAE.CRUZ A/K/ANATALIACRUZ ; FRANCISCOJ.MELENDEZ A/K/AFRANCISCOMELENDEZ;UNKNOWNSPOUSE OFFRANCISCOJ.MELENDEZ,A/K/AFRANCISC O MELENDEZ;STATEOF FLORIDA,DEPARTMEN T OFREVENUE;MALLARD PONDHOMEOWNERS'ASSOCIATIONOFST.CLOUD INC.,aretheDefendant(s) ArmandoRamirez,asthe ClerkoftheCircuitCourt,will selltothehighestandbest bidderforcashatSuite2600/ Room#2602,2Courthouse Square,Kissimmee,FL 34741,at11:00A.M.,o n MAY15,2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: LOT168,OFMALLAR D POND-PHASETWO,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK19 PAGE(S)67THROUGH72 OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. PropertyAddress: 3463HARLEQUINDRIVE SAINTCLOUD,FL34772 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. IMPORTANT AMERICANSWITHDISABILITIESACT Ifyouarea personwithadisabilitywho needsanyaccommodationin ordertoparticipateinthis proceeding,youareentitled atnocosttoyou,tothepro visionofcertainassistance PleasecontactCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407)742-2417at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;(describenotice);Ifyouar e hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. DATEDthis10thdayofApril 2018. ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ &SCHNEID,P.L. AttorneyforPlaintiff 6409CongressAvenue, Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 Telephone:561-241-6901 Facsimile:561-997-6909 ServiceEmail: email@example.com By: /s/ThomasJoseph THOMASJOSEPH,Esquire FloridaBarNo.123350 CommunicationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 15-081560-MoP April14,21,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusiness underthefictitiousnameof: MOBILEMONITORING INSTALLATION locatedat:3955Glenwick Drive,intheCountyof Osceola,intheCityofSaint Cloud,Florida34772,intendstoregisterthesaid namewiththeDivisionof CorporationsoftheFlorida DepartmentofState,Tallahassee,Florida. Thatthepartyint erestedin saidbusinessenterpriseisas follows: W ENDELWILLIAMS DATEDatSaintCloud, OsceolaCounty,Floridaon this18thdayofApril,2018. April21,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE Noticeisherebygiventhat thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatpublicauctionpursuanttoF.S..713.78onthe saledatesatthelocations belowat9:00a.m.tosatisfy towingandstoragecharges. 2006TOYOTA 1NXBR32E06Z693738 SaleDate: 05/08/2018 Location: TowSolutions LLC,4489WVineStreet Kissimmee,FL34746 Lienorsreservetherightto bid. April21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2016-CA-001429MF U.S.BANKNATIONAL ASSOCIATION,NOTINITS INDIVIDUALCAPACIT Y BUTSOLELYASTRUSTEE FORTHERMACTRUST SERIES2016-CTT, Plaintiff, vs. ADACELIZDIAZ,etal., Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated March28,2018,andentered in2016-CA-001429MFof theCircuitCourtofth e NINTHJudicialCircuit,inand forOsceolaCounty,Florida whereinU.S.BANKNATIONALASSOCIATION,NOTIN ITSINDIVIDUALCAPACITY BUTSOLELYASTRUSTEE FORTHERMACTRUST SERIES2016-CTT,isthe Plaintiff,andADACELI Z DIAZ;UNITEDSTATESOF AMERICA,ACTINGON BEHALFOFTHESECRETARYOFHOUSINGAND URBANDEVELOPMENT aretheDefendant(s). ArmandoRamirez,asthe ClerkoftheCircuitCourt,will selltothehighestandbest bidderforcashatSuite2600/ Room#2602,2Courthouse Square,Kissimmee,FL 34741,at11:00A.M.,o n MAY15,2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: LOT10,BLOCK"N",TROPICALPARK,UNITFOUR ASPERPLATTHEREOF RECORDEDINPLA T BOOK2,PAGES16&16A OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. TOGETHERWITHTHAT CERTAIN1988SHADOW MASTERDOUBLE-WIDE MOBILEHOMECONTAININGVIN#'S14604085AAND 14604085B PropertyAddress: 195ETROPICANACT, KISSIMMEE,FL34741 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. IMPORTANT AMERICANSWITHDISABILITIESACT: Ifyouarea personwithadisabilitywho needsanyaccommodat ionin ordertoparticipateinthis proceeding,youareentitled atnocosttoyou,tothepro visionofcertainassistance PleasecontactCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407)742-2417at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;(describenotice);Ifyouar e hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. DATEDthis5thdayofApril 2018. ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ &SCHNEID,P.L. AttorneyforPlaintiff 6409CongressAvenue, Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 Telephone:561-241-6901 Facsimile:561-997-6909 ServiceEmail: email@example.com By: /s/ThomasJoseph THOMASJOSEPH,Esquire FloridaBarNo.123350 CommunicationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 16-016177-MoP April21,28,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusiness underthefictitiousnameof: JLHAIRSTYLING locatedat:1771Sungate Drive,intheCountyof Osceola,intheCityof Kissimmee,Florida34746, intendstoregisterthesaid namewiththeDivisionof CorporationsoftheFlorida DepartmentofState,Tallahassee,Florida. Thatthepartyinterestedin saidbusin essenterpriseisas follows: J OYCELANG DATEDatKissimmee, OsceolaCounty,Floridaon this18thdayofApril,2018. April21,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION Thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatauctionfreeofall priorliensforcash. 1)2002NISSANAltimaSL 4Door-Gold VIN:1N4AL11D52C706357 SaleDate:MAY04,2018 AND 1)1999HONDAAccordEX 4Door-Green VIN:1HGCG1653XA009444 SaleDate: MAY07,2018 SaleTime:10:00A.M. SaleLocation: MagicTows LLC.-1201SawdustTrailKissimmee,Florida34744 April21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2017-CA-002207MF SPECIALIZEDLOAN SERVICINGLLC, Plaintiff, vs. MIRIAML.EDWARDS A/K/AMIRIAMLENORA EDWARDS,A/K/AMIRIAM EDWARDS,etal. Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated March28,2018,andentered in2017-CA-002207MFof theCircuitCourtofth e NINTHJudicialCircuitinand forOsceolaCounty,Florida whereinSPECIALIZED LOANSERVICINGLLC,is thePlaintiff,andMIRIAML EDWARDS,A/K/AMIRIAM LENORAEDWARDS,A/K/A MIRIAMEDWARDS;UN KNOWNSPOUSEOFMIRIAML.EDWARDS,A/K/A MIRIAMLENORAEDWARDS,A/K/AMIRIAMEDWARDS;FLORIDAHOUSINGFINANCECORPORATION;ASSOCIATIONOF POINCIANAVILLAGES INC.;POINCIANAVILLAGE ONEASSOCIATION,INC. aretheDefendant(s).ArmandoRamirez,astheClerk oftheCircuitCourt,willsell tothehighestandbestbidderforcashatSuite2600/ Room#2602,2Courthouse Square,Kissimmee,FL 34741,at11:00A.M.,o n MAY15,2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: LOT2,BLOCK1653,POINCIANA,NEIGHBORHOOD3 SOUTH,VILLAGE1,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOFRECORDEDIN PLATBOOK3,PAGES53 THROUGH58,PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA PropertyAddress: 12SFLAGDRIVE, KISSIMMEE,FL34759 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. IMPORTANT AMERICANSWITHDISABILITIESACT: Ifyouarea personwithadisabilitywho needsanyaccommodationin ordertoparticipateinthis proceeding,youareentitled atnocosttoyou,tothepro visionofcertainassistance PleasecontactCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407)742-2417at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;(describenotice);Ifyouar e hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. DATEDthis10thdayofApril 2018. ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ &SCHNEID,P.L. AttorneyforPlaintiff 6409CongressAvenue, Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 Telephone:561-241-6901 Facsimile:561-997-6909 ServiceEmail: email@example.com By:/s/ThomasJoseph THOMASJOSEPH,Esquire FloridaBarNo.123350 CommunicationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 17-043076-MoP April14,21,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION PublicNoticeishereby giventhatACETRANSPORTATIONSYSTEMLLC, d/b/aRUSSELLSTOWING, willholdapublicauctionat 8:00A.M.,onMAY11,2018, at:272013thStreet,St. Cloud,FL34769. Pursuanttothelawsofthe statethefollowingvehicles willbesoldtothehighest bidder: 1)2003CADILLAC VIN:1G6KE57Y93U139983 2)2012FORD VIN:2FMGK5DCXCBD19835 Termsofthesalearecash andnochecksareaccepted. Sellerreservestherightto finalbid.Allsalesa refinal. Norefundswillbemade. Saleautowillbesold"asis" withnoguarantee. A pril21,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE FELDWRECKERSERVICE givesNoticeofForeclosure ofLienandintenttosell thesevehiclesonthefollowingdatesat8:00a.m.,MAY 4,2018,at907Garden Street,Kissimmee,FL 34744-1405,pursuanttosubsection713.78oftheFlorida Statutes. FELDWRECKERSERVICE reservestherighttoaccept orrejectanyand/orallbids. 1)2006MAZDA VIN:1YVHP80CX65M26453 2)2002FORD VIN:1FMRU15W62LA42457 3)2005TOYOTA VIN: 2T1BR32E85C346528 April21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CaseNo.:2009-CA-009403 BACHOMELOANS SERVICING,L.P.,F/K/A COUNTRYWIDEHOME LOANSSERVICING,LP, Plaintiff, vs. MATTHEWL.HARRIS, etal., Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrderdated March27,2018enteredin CivilCaseNo.2009-CA009403oftheCircuitCourtof theNinthJudicialCircuitin andforOsceolaCounty,Florida,whereinBACHOME LOANSSERVICING,L .P., F/K/ACOUNTRYWIDE HOMELOANSSERVICING, LP,Plaintiff,andMATTHEW L.HARRIS,MALICHAND BAINHARRIS,MORTGAGE ELECTRONICREGISTRATIONSYSTEMS,INC.AS NOMINEEFORCOUNTRYWIDEHOMELOANS,INC., areDefendants,Clerkof Court,willsellthepropertyat publicsaleinSuite2600/ Room2602oftheOsceola CountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, FLbeginningat11:00a.m. onMAY15,2018,thefollowingdescribedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgm ent, to-wit:. LOT13,INSTEEPLECHASE,ACCORDINGTO THEPLATTHEREOF,AS RECORDEDINPLAT BOOK6,ATPAGE142 THROUGH143,OFTHE PUBLICREOCRDSOF OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. A /K/A4106FoxtailCt., Kissimmee,FL34746 ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTHE PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELIS PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAYS AFTERTHESALE. IFYOUAREAPERSON WITHADISABILITYWHO NEEDSANYACCOMMODATIONINORDERTOPARTICIPATEINACOURTPROCEEDINGOREVENT,YOU AREENTITLED,ATNO COSTTOYOU,TOTHE PROVISIONOFCERTAIN ASSISTANCE.PLEASE CONTACT:ADACOORDINATOR,COURTADMINISTRATION,OSCEOLA COUNTYCOURTHOUSE,2 COURTHOUSESQUARE, SUITE6300,KISSIMMEE, FL34741,(407)742-2417, FAX407-835-5079AT LEAST7DAYSBEFORE YOURSCHEDULED COURTAPPEARANCE,OR IMMEDIATELYUPONRECEIVINGNOTIFICATIONIF THETIMEBEFORETHE SCHEDULEDCOURTAPPEARANCEISLESSTHAN 7DAYS.IFYOUARE H EARINGORVOICEIMPAIRED,CALL711TO REACHTHETELECOMMUNICATIONSRELAYSERVICE. D ated:April16,2018. KelleyKronenberg 8201PetersRoad, Suite4000, FortLauderdale,FL33324 Phone:(954)370-9970 Fax:(954)252-4571 ServiceE-Mail: email@example.com /s/JasonM.Vanslette JasonM.Vanslette,Esq. FBN:92121 April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2018-CA-555FO INREFORFEITURE: 2006InternationalTow Truck,BlackinColor, bearingVIN#: 1HTMMAAM06H210706 *AMENDED* NOTICEOFFORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS TOALLPERSONSWHO CLAIMANINTERESTI N THEFOLLOWINGPROPERTY: 2006InternationalTow Truck,BlackinColor, bearingVIN#: 1HTMMAAM06H210706 RussellGibson,asSheriffof OsceolaCounty,Florida seizedtheabovedescribed propertyonoraboutJanuary 18,2018,inoraboutKissimmee,OsceolaCounty,Florida.AVerifiedComplaintfor OrderofProbableCause FindingandFinalOrderof Forfeiturepursuanttothe FloridaContrabandForfeitureAct,Sections932.701.7062,FloridaStatute s (2017),hasbeenfiledinthe CircuitCourt,inandfor OsceolaCounty. Ifnoclaimantappearsand noclaimisfiled,arequest willbemadeforanimmediatehearingandFinalOrder ofForfeiture. /s/KirkS.Warren KirkS.Warren,Esquir e PostOfficeBox151 Lakeland,FL33802-0151 (863)688-340 0 FLBarNo.43917 7 firstname.lastname@example.org AttorneyforPetitioner RussellGibson,AsSheriffo f OsceolaCounty,Florida April14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. GeneralJurisdictionDivision Case#:2010-CA-000882MF BACHOMELOANS SERVICING,L.P.F/K/A COUNTRYWIDEHOME LOANSSERVICINGL.P., Plaintiff, vs. CESARANGARITA,etal, Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated September21,2010,and enteredin2010-CA-000882 MFoftheCircuitCourtofthe NINTHJudicialCircuit,inand forOsce olaCounty,Florida, whereinBANKOFAMERICA,N.A.ASSICCESSOR BYMERGERTOBAC HOMELOANSERVICING, LP,F/K/ACOUNTRYWIDE HOMELOANSSERVICING LP,isthePlaintiff,and CESARANGARITA;MARITZACARRERA;BANKOF AMERICA,NATIONALASSOCIATION,aretheDefendant(s).ArmandoRamirez,as theClerkoftheCircuitCourt, willselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashatSuite 2600/Room#2602,2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, FL34741,at11:00A.M.,on MAY15,2018,thef ollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment, towit: LOT25,BLOCK221, BUENAVENTURALAKES UNIT10,ACCORDINGTO THEPLATTHEREOF,AS RECORDEDINPLAT BOOK5,PAGES81 THROUGH83,OFTHE PUBLICRECORDSOF OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. P ropertyAddress: 322PLUMWOODCIR, KISSIMMEE,FL34743 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe s ale. I MPORTANT AMERICANSWITHDISABILITIESACT: Ifyouarea personwithadisabilitywho needsanyaccommodationin ordertoparticipateinthis proceeding,youareentitled, atnocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance. PleasecontactCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407)742-2417at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance, orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificatio nifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;(describenotice);Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. DATEDonthis17thdayof April2018. R OBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ &SCHNEID,P.L. AttorneyforPlaintiff 6409CongressAvenue, Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 Telephone:561-241-6901 Facsimile:561-997-6909 ServiceEmail: email@example.com By: /s/ThomasJoseph THOMASJOSEPH,Esquire FloridaBar No.123350 CommunicationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 16-028346-TeU April21,28,2018 NOTICEOFSALE JOE'SAUTOSERVICE CENTERINC.,112313th STREET,STCLOUD,F L 34769 Towed-04/02/2018 Year-1991 Make-DODGE VIN:1B7FL26X8MS243678 DateofSale-05/08/2018 Time: 10:00a.m. LocationofSale: Joe'sAuto ServiceCenterINC.,1123 13thStreet,St.Cloud,FL 34769 April21,2018 SEARCHING AnyoneknowingthewhereaboutsofKARLARIBERIO (54,135lbs,lightskin,curly brownhair,Brazilian,29 yearsold),pleasecontact IMMIGRATIONSERVICES at525N.LakewoodAvenue, Ocoee,FL34761,ore-mail meat: email@example.com April14,21,28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.:2018-CP-000208 Division:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOF: DANNYEDGARHAYNES, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS (SummaryAdministration) TOALLPERSONSHAVING CLAIMSORDEMANDS AGAINSTTHEABOVE ESTATE: Youareherebynotifiedthat anOrderofSummaryAdministrationhasbeenenteredin theestateofDANNYEDGAR HAYNES,deceased,File Number:2018-CP-000208, bytheCircuitCourtfor OsceolaCounty.Florida, Proba teDivision,theaddressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741;thatthedecedent'sdateofdeathwas December17,2017,thatthe totalvalueoftheestateis $3295.00,andthatthe namesandaddressesof thosetowhomithasbeen assignedbysuchorderare: N ame: DannyEdgarHaynesJr. Address: 1025DakotaAve., St.Cloud,FL34769 ALLINTERESTEDPERSONSARENOTIFIED THAT: Allcreditorsoftheestateof thedecedentand.persons havingclaimsordemand s againsttheestateofmedecedentotherthanthosefor whomprovisionforfullpaymentwasmadeintheOrder ofSummaryAdministration mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHINTHETIME PERIODSSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702.ALL CLAIMSANDDEMANDS NOTSOFILEDWILLBE FOREVERBARRED.NOTWITHSTANDINGANYOTHERAPPLICABLETIME PERIOD,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisNoticeis:April21, 2018. PersonGivingNotice: /s/DannyEdgarHaynes,Jr. DannyEdgarHaynes,Jr. 1025DakotaAve. St.Cloud,Florida34769 Attorneyfor PersonGivingNotice: /s/KathyD.Sheive KathyD.Sheive,Esquire FloridaBarNo.:0752509 318N.JohnYoungParkw ay, Suite1,Kissimmee,FL34741 T elephone:(407)944-4010 Fax:(407)944-4011 E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org SecondaryE-Mail: email@example.com April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.:2018-CP-000208 Division:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOF: DANNYEDGARHAYNES, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS (SummaryAdministration) TOALLPERSONSHAVING CLAIMSORDEMANDS AGAINSTTHEABOVE ESTATE: Youareherebynotifiedthat anOrderofSummaryAdministrationhasbeenenteredin theestateofDANNYEDGAR HAYNES,deceased,File Number:2018-CP-000208, bytheCircuitCourtfor OsceolaCo unty.Florida, ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741;thatthedecedent'sdateofdeathwas December17,2017,thatthe totalvalueoftheestateis $3295.00,andthatthe namesandaddressesof thosetowhomithasbeen assignedbysuchorderare: N ame: DannyEdgarHaynesJr. Address: 1025DakotaAve., St.Cloud,FL34769 ALLINTERESTEDPERSONSARENOTIFIED THAT: Allcreditorsoftheestateof thedecedentand.persons ha vingclaimsordemands againsttheestateofmedecedentotherthanthosefor whomprovisionforfullpaymentwasmadeintheOrder ofSummaryAdministration mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHINTHETIME PERIODSSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702.ALL CLAIMSANDDEMANDS NOTSOFILEDWILLBE FOREVERBARRED.NOTWITHSTANDINGANYOTHERAPPLICABLETIME PERIOD,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisNoticeis:April21 2018. PersonGivingNotice: /s/DannyEdgarHaynes,Jr. DannyEdgarHaynes,Jr. 1025DakotaAve. St.Cloud,Florida34769 Attorneyfor PersonGivingNotice: /s/KathyD.Sheive KathyD.Sheive,Esquire FloridaBarNo.:0752509 318N.JohnYoungParkway Suite1,Kissimmee,FL34741 Telephone:(407)944-4010 Fax:(407)944-4011 E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org SecondaryE-Mail: email@example.com April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2016-CA-002883MF ENCANTADAPROPERTY OWNERSASSOCIATION, INC.,aFloridanon-profit corporation, Plaintiff, vs. CATAZACHRISEN, individually;SOLFRID ZACHRISEN,individually; andALLUNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEisherebygivenpursuanttoaDefaultFinalJudgmentofForeclosureand AwardofAttorneysFeesand Costs,datedApril10,2018, anden teredinCaseNumber: 2016-CA-002883MF,ofthe CircuitCourtinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida, whereinENCANTADA PROPERTYOWNERS ASSOCIATION,INC.isthe Plaintiff,andCATAZACHRISEN,SOLFRIDZACHRISEN,andALLUNKNOWNTENANTS/OWNERS,aretheDefendants,the OsceolaCountyClerkofthe Courtwillselltothehighest andbestbidderforcash,at theOsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare, Suite2600Room#2602, Kissimmee,Florida34741, beginningat 11:00oclock A.M.onthe12thdayof JUNE,2018thefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforth insaidDefaultFinalJudgmentofForeclosureand AwardofAttorneysFeesand Costs,to-wit: P ropertyAddress: 3077YellowLantanaLane, Kissimmee,Florida34747 PropertyDescription: Lot56,ENCANTADA PHASE1,accordingtothe maporplatthereof,asrecordedinPlatBook17, Pages186-190,ofthePublicRecordsofOsceola County,Florida. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilit ywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontactCourtAdministrationat TwoCourthouseSquare, Suite6300,Kissimmee,FL 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417withintwo(2)workingdaysofyourreceiptof thisSummons.Ifyouare hearingimpairedcall(800) 955-8771;ifyouarevoice impaired,call(800)9558770. DATEDonthis10thdayof April2018. / s/T obySnively JohnL.DiMasi FloridaBarNo.:0915602 PatrickJ.Burton FloridaBarNo.:0098460 JenniferL.Davis FloridaBarNo.:0879681 TobySnively FloridaBarNo.:0125998 LAWOFFICESOF JOHNL.DIMASI,P.A. 801N.OrangeAvenue, Suite500 Orlando,Florida32801 Phone:(407)839-3383 Fax:(407)839-3384 PrimaryE-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org AttorneysforPlaintiff FileNo.:1688-003 April14,21,2018
Page 22 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORID A CASENo.:2017-CA-002802 DIVISION:A W FBN:98730 0 WILLIAMBOSWELL, Plaintiff, vs. PRESTIGEHOMESLLC, aFloridaLimitedLiability Company;UNKNOWNTENANT(S)INPOSSESSIONOF THESUBJECTPROPERTY ; IFANY;andREUNIONRESORT&CLUBOFORLANDOMASTERASSOCIATION,INC.,aFloridaNotFor-ProfitCorporation, Defendants. AMENDEDNOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated February22,2018,an d enteredinCaseNo.2017CA-002802,oftheCircuit Courtofthe9thJudicialCircuit,inandforOSCEOLA County,Florida.WILLIAM BOSWELL,isPlaintiff PRESTIGEHOMESLLC,a FloridaLimitedLiability Company;UNKNOWNTENANT(S)INPOSSESSIONOF THESUBJECTPROPERTY IFANY;andREUNIONRESORT&CLUBOFORLANDOMASTERASSOCIATION,INC.,aFloridaNotFor-ProfitCorporation,are theDefendants.Wewillsell tothehighestandbestbidderforcashatBYELECTRONICSALEAT:Suit e 2600/Room#2602,ofthe OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL34741,at 11:00A.M.,onthe17thday ofMAY2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: Lot163,REUNIONPHASE 1,PARCEL1,UNIT1,accordingtothemaporplat thereof,asrecordedinPlat Book14,Pages15through 23,inclusive,ofthePublic RecordsofOsceol a County,Florida. PARCELIDENTIFICATION NUMBER: 352527484600011630 Apersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfrom sale,ifany,otherthanpropertyownerasofthedateof thelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafter sale. Thisnoticeisprovided pursuanttoAdministrative OrderNo.2.065. Inaccordancewiththe AmericanswithDisabilities Act,ifyouareapersonwith adisabilitywhoneedsany accommodationinorderto participateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,toprovisionofcertain assistance.Pleasecontact theCourtAdministratorat2 CourtHouseSquare,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Phone No.(407)742-3479within2 workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisnoticeorpleading;if youarehearingimpaired,call 1-800-955-8771(TDD);ifyou arevoiceimpaired,call1800-995-8770(V)(ViaFloridaRelayServices). Datedonthis16thdayof April2018. SubmittedBy: By: /s/BruceHornstein BruceHo rnstein,P.A. 6961IndianCreekDrive MiamiBeach,Florida33141 Telephone:(305)397-8476 Facsimile:(305)713-1158 April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A Case#:2016-CA-002953MF WINDSORHILLSMASTER COMMUNITYASSOCI ATION,INC.,aFloridanonprofitcorporation, Plaintiff, vs. PAULJOHNSTRAFFORD individually;andLYNNETTE MAGDALENANNESTRAFFORD,individually, Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEisherebygivenpursuanttoaDefaultFinalJudgmentofForeclosureand AwardofAttorneysFeesand Costs,datedApril10,2018 andenteredinCaseNumber : 2016-CA-002953MF,ofthe CircuitCourtinandfo r OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinWINDSORHILLS MASTERCOMMUNITYASSOCIATION,INC.,isthe Plaintiff,andPAULJOHN STRAFFORDandLYNNETTEMAGDALENANNE STRAFFORD,aretheDefendants,theOsceola CountyClerkoftheCourtwill selltothehighestandbest bidderforcash,atth e OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 2600Room#2602,Kissimmee,Florida34741,beginningat11:00oclockA.M.on the12thdayofJUNE,2018 thefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforthinsaidDefaultFinalJudgmentofForeclosureandAwardofAttorneysFeesandCosts,to-wit : PropertyAddress: 2629ArchfeldBoulevard, Kissimmee,Florida34747 PropertyDescription: Lot17,ofWINDSORHILLS PHASEFIVE,accordingto theplatthereofasrecordedinPlatBook18 Pages82through86,ofthe PublicRecordsofOsceola County,Florida. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontactCourtAdministrationat TwoCourthouseSquare Suite6300,Kissimmee,FL 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417withintwo(2)workingdaysofyourreceiptof thisSummons.Ifyouare hearingimpairedcall(800) 955-8771;ifyouarevoice impaired,call(800)955 8770. DATEDonthis10thdayof April2018. /s/TobySnively JohnL.DiMasi FloridaBarNo.:0915602 PatrickJ.Burton FloridaBarNo.:0098460 JenniferL.Davis FloridaBarNo.:0879681 TobySnively FloridaBarNo.:0125998 LAWOFFICESOF JOHNL.DIMASI,P.A. 801N.OrangeAvenue, Suite500 Orlando,Florida32801 Phone:(407)839-3383 Fax:(407)839-3384 PrimaryE-Mail: email@example.com AttorneysforPlaintiff FileNo.:1012-570 April14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORID A PROBATEDIVISIO N FileNo.2018-CP-000173PR INRE:ESTATEOF SARAE.ROST, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofSARAE.ROST,deceased,whosedateofdeath wasDecember20,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida ProbateDivision,thead dressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee Florida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthePersonalRepresentativeandthe PersonalRepresentatives attorneyaresetforthbelow Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisre quiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSE TFORTHINSECTION733.702OFTH E FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisnoticeis:April14 2018. PersonalRepresentative : /s/RhondaG.Mullin s RHONDAG.MULLIN S 3415GreenviewDriv e NewAlbany,IN4715 0 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/AddisonE.Walker ADDISONE.WALKER,Esq. FloridaBar#185047 4313NeptuneRoad St.Cloud,FL34769 Telephone:(407)892-2525 Fax#:(407)892-5536 EM: firstname.lastname@example.org April14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. CIVILDIVISIO N Case#:2016-CA-000682MF FIRSTGUARANTYMORTGAGECORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. IMENEPIERRE,etal, Defendants. RE-NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE RE-NOTICEISHEREB Y GIVENpursuanttoanOrder GrantingPlaintiffsMotionto RescheduleForeclosureSale filedMarch22,2018,and enteredinCaseNo.2016CA-000682MFoftheCircuit CourtoftheNINTHJudicial CircuitinandforOSCEOLA COUNTY,Florida,wherein FIRSTGUARANTYMORTGAGECORPORATION,is thePlaintiff,andIMENE PIERRE,etal,areDefendants,theclerk,ArmandoR Ramirez,willselltoth e highestandbestbidderfor cash,beginningat11:0 0 A.M.,OsceolaCountyCourthouse2CourthouseSquare Suite2600/RoomNumber 2602,Kissimmee,FL34741 inaccordancewithChapter 45,FloridaStatutes,onthe 8thdayofMAY,2018,the followingdescribedproperty assetforthinsaidLisPendens,towit: Lot449,ANTHEMPARKPHASE3B,accordingto thePlatthereofasrecordedinPlatBook20,Pages 90through93,inclusive,of thePublicRecordsof OsceolaCounty,Florida PARCEL# R092630-008200014490 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:April16,2018. PhelanHallinanDiamond &Jones,PLLC AttorneysforPlaintiff 2727WestCypressCreek Road,FortLauderdale,FL 33309 Tel:954-462-7000 Fax:954-462-7001 Servicebyemail: FL.Service@PhelanHallinan com By: /s/HeatherGriffiths PhelanHallinanDiamond &Jones,PLLC HeatherGriffiths,Esq. FloridaBarNo.0091444 EmilioR.Lenzi,Esq., FloridaBarNo.0668273 PH#87202 April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORID A PROBATEDIVISIO N FileNo.2018-CP-000183PR INRE:ESTATEOF FREDAO.BARNES, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofFREDAO BARNES,deceased,whose dateofdeathwasSeptember12,2017,ispendingin theCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis : 2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,Florida34741 Thenamesandaddressesof thePersonalRepresentative andthePersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisre quiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSE TFORTHINSECTION733.702OFTH E FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisnoticeis:April14 2018. PersonalRepresentative : /s/MaryLouBarnes MARYLOUBARNES 2820EastLakeRoa d Kissimmee,FL34744 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/AddisonEWalker ADDISONE.WALKER,Esq. FloridaBar#185047 4313NeptuneRoad St.Cloud,FL34769 Telephone:(407)892-2525 Fax#:(407)892-5536 EM: email@example.com April14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,IINAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n CaseNo.:2013-CA-00030 9 GREENTREE SERVICING,LLC, Plaintiff, vs. NANNETTEFORTIN,etal., Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated April23,2015,andenteredin 2013-CA-000309oftheCircuitCourtoftheNINTHJudicialCircuitinandforOsceola County,Florida,wherei n GREENTREESERVICING LLC,isthePlaintiff,an d NANNETTEFORTIN,arethe Defendant(s).Armand o Ramirez,astheClerkofthe CircuitCourt,willselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room# 2602,2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL34741,at 11:00A.M.,onMAY01 2018,thefollowingde scribedpropertyassetforth insaidFinalJudgment,to wit: LOT3AND4,BLOCK47 TOWNOFST.CLOUD,ACCORDINGTOPLA T THEREOFRECORDEDIN PLATBOOKB,PAGES33 AND34,PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. PropertyAddress: 604FLORIDAAVE, STCLOUD,FL34769 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. IMPORTANT AMERICANSWITHDISABILITIESACT: Ifyouarea personwithadisabilitywho needsanyaccommodationin ordertoparticipateinthis proceeding,youareentitled atnocosttoyou,tothepro visionofcertainassistance PleasecontactCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407)742-2417at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;(describenotice);Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. DATEDthis11thdayofApril 2018. ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ &SCHNEID,P.L. AttorneyforPlaintiff 6409CongressAvenue, Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 Telephone:561-241-6901 Facsimile:561-997-6909 ServiceEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org By: /s/ThomasJoseph THOMASJOSEPH,Esquire FloridaBarNo.123350 Com municationE mail: email@example.com 17-076882-MoP April14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2017-CA-000039MF NewPennFinancial,LLC d/b/aShellpointMortgage Servicing, Plaintiff, vs. ELSIEJ.CRUZ,etal., Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrdergrantingMotiontoResetForeclosureSaledatedMarch26 2018,enteredinCaseNo 2017-CA-000039MFofthe CircuitCourtoftheNinth JudicialCircuit,inandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinNewPennFinancial LLC,d/b/aShellpointMortgageServicing,isth e Plaintiff,andElsieJ.Cruz ; DanielMercedes,Jr.,a/k/a DanielMercedes;Lak e LizzieReserveHomeowners Association,Inc.,arethe Defendants,thatArmandoR Ramirez,OsceolaCounty ClerkofCourtwillselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashat,Suite2600/Room 2602,2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL34741,beginningat11:00A.M.,onthe 10thdayofMAY,2018,the followingdescribedproperty assetforthinsaidFinal Judgment,towit: LOT31,LAKELIZZIERESERVE,ACCORDINGTO THEMAPORPLA T THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK14,PAGE 55,PUBLICRECORDSOF OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontacttheADACoordinator CourtAdministration OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,(407)742-2417,at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. Datedonthis17thdayof April2018. BROCK&SCOTT,PLLC AttorneyforPlaintiff 1501N.W.49thStreet, Suite200, FortLauderdale,FL33309 Phone:(954)618-6955 ext.4729 Fax:(954)618-6954 FLCourtDocs@brockandscott.com By: /s/JimmyK.Edwards JimmyK.Edwards,Esq. FLBarNo.81855 forKaraFrederickson,E sq. F loridaBarNo.85427 FileNo.16-F07515 April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2016-CA-000512MF PennyMacLoan Services,LLC, Plaintiff, vs. AnwarKharfanand KianiKharfan,etal., Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrdergrantingMotiontoResetForeclosureSaledatedMarch26 2018,enteredinCaseNo 2016-CA-000512MFofthe CircuitCourtoftheNinthJudicialCircuit,inandfo r OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinPennyMacLoa n Services,LLC,isthePlaintiff andAnwarKharfan;Kiani Kharfan;SaratogaPar k HomeownersAssociation Inc.,aretheDefendants,that ArmandoR.Ramirez OsceolaCountyClerkof Courtwillselltothehighest andbestbidderforcashat Suite2600/Room2602,2 CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee,FL34741,beginningat 11:00A.M.,onthe10thday ofMAY,2018,thefollowing describedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: LOT37,SARATOGAPARK ACCORDINGTOTHEMAP ORPLATTHEREOF,A S RECORDEDINPLA T BOOK10,PAGE(S)123 THROUGH125,INCLUSIVE,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontacttheADACoordinator CourtAdministration OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,(407)742-2417,at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. Datedonthis17thdayof April2018. BROCK&SCOTT,PLLC AttorneyforPlaintiff 1501N.W.49thStreet, Suite200, FortLauderdale,FL33309 Phone:(954)618-6955 ext.4729 Fax:(954)618-6954 FLCourtDocs@brockandscott.com By: /s/KaraFrederickson KaraFrederickson,Esq. FloridaBarNo.85427 FileNo.15-F0 7250 A pril21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A PROBATEDIVISIO N FileNo.: 49-2018-CP-000168P R Division:20B. INRE:ESTATEOF JESSEH.GOSS,JR., Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateof JesseH.Goss,Jr. deceased,whosedateof deathwasMay8,2016,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida ProbateDivision,thead dressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,#2600 Kissimmee,Florida34741 Thenamesandaddressesof thepersonalrepresentative andthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisre quiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETH E LATEROF3MONTH S AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TI MEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:April21 2018. PersonalRepresentative : JoyceGos s 26744CashCourt Leesburg,Florida3474 8 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: JaimeCouncil,Attorney FloridaBarNo.:0015951 LawOfficesof Curtis&Associates,P.A. 701MarketSt.,Unit109 St.Augustine,Florida32095 Telephone:(904)819-6959 Fax:(904)819-6936 E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org SecondaryE-Mail: email@example.com April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2017-CA-001923MF WELLSFARGOBANK,N.A., Plaintiff, vs. JEFFREYD.ANDREWS, etal., Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated March20,2018,enteredin CaseNo.2017-CA-001923 MFoftheCircuitCourtofthe NinthJudicialCircuit,inand forOsceolaCounty,Florida whereinWellsFargoBank N.A.,isthePlaintiff,and JeffreyD.Andrews;Annette C.Andrews;TheEstanciaat TohoHomeownersAssociation,Inc.,aretheDefendants,thatArmandoR Ramirez,OsceolaCounty ClerkofCourtwillselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashat,Suite2600/Room 2602,2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL34741,beginningat11:00A.M.onthe8th dayofMAY,2018,thefollowingdescribedpropertyasset forthinsaidFinalJudgment towit: LOT61,ESTANCIA,ACCORDINGTOPLATRECORDEDINPLATBOOK 15,PAGE(S)184AND185 OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontacttheADACoordinator CourtAdministration OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,(407)742-2417,at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. Datedonthis9thdayofApril 2018. BROCK&SCOTT,PLLC AttorneyforPlaintiff 1501N.W.49thStreet, Suite200, FortLauderdale,FL33309 Phone:(954)618-6955 ext.4788 Fax:(954)618-6954 FLCourtDocs@brockandscott.com By: /s/KatherineE.Tilka KatherineE.Tilka,Esquire FloridaBarNo.70879 FileNo.17F02892 A pril14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000164PR Division:Probate MERRILLC.VANN, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofMERRILLC.VANN, deceased,whosedateof deathwasMarch14,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida, ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, FL34741.Thenamesand addressesofthepersonal representativeandthepersonalrepresentat ive'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestate,onwhom acopyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeserved,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdeced ent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:April21, 2018. Signedonthis16thdayof April,2018. / s/Th omasC.VannII THOMASC.VANN,II PersonalRepresentative 785WoodsideRd. Maitland,FL32751 /s/MichaelA.Nardella MichaelA.Nardella FloridaBarNo.51265 Nardella&Nardella,PLLC AnthonyM.NardellaJr.,Esq. FloridaBarNo.:341274 250E.ColonialDrive, Suite102 Orlando,FL32801 Telephone:(407)966-2680 Fax:(407)966-2681 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Email:email@example.com SecondaryEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Attorneysfor Pers onalRepresentative April21,28,2018 INTHECOUNTYCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A Case#:2016-CC-380C F BATTAGLIAHOMEOWN ERSASSOCIATION,INC. Plaintiff, vs. HERIBERTOMARRERO, etal., Defendant. NOTICEOFSALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 NoticeisgiventhatpursuanttotheAmendedFinal JudgmentofForeclosure datedApril11,2018,inCase No.2016-CC-380CF,ofthe CountyCourtinandfo r OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinBATTAGLIA HOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.,isthePlaintiff andHERIBERTOMARRERO,istheDefendant.The ClerkofCourtwillselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room 2602,oftheOsceolaCounty Courthouse,2Courthouse Square,at11:00a.m.,on JUNE5,2018,thefollowing describedpropertysetforth intheOrderofFinalJudgment: Lot5,BATTAGLIA,accordingtothemaporplat thereof,recordedinPlat Book18,Page116,ofthe PublicRecordsofOsceola County,Florida: Withanaddressof: 4995AlitaTerrace, S t.CloudFL,34769. AnyPersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. IFYOUAREAPERSON WITHADISABILITYWHO NEEDSANYACCOMMODATIONINORDERTOPARTICIPATEINTHISPROCEEDING,YOUAREENTITLED ATNOCOSTTOYOU,TO THEPROVISIONOFCERTAINASSISTANCE PLEASECONTACTTH E ADACOORDINATOR COURTADMINISTRATION OSCEOLACOUNTY COURTHOUSE,2COURTHOUSESQUARE,SUIT E 6300,KISSIMMEE,F L 34741,(407)742-2417AT LEASTSEVENDAYSBEFOREYOURSCHEDULED COURTAPPEARANCE,OR IMMEDIATELYUPONRECEIVINGTHISNOTIFICATIONIFTHETIMEBFORE THESCHEDULEDAPPEARANCEISLESSTHANSEVENDAYS;IFYOUAR E HEARINGORVOICEIMPAIRED,CALL711. DATED:April17,2018. By: /s/CarlosR.Arias CarlosR.Arias,Esquir e FloridaBarNo.:820911 ARIASBOSINGER,PLLC 140NorthWestmonteDrive Suite203 AltamonteSprings,FL32714 (407)636-2549 70823965 April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000249PR Division:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOF OMERR.DESJARLAIS, A/K/AOMERROGER DESJARLAIS, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofOMERR.DESJARLAIS,a/k/aOMERROGER DESJARLAIS,deceased, whosedateofdeathwas January10,2018,ispending intheCircuitCourtfor OsceolaCounty,Florida, ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, F lorida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthePersonalRepresentativeandthe PersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,onwhom acopyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeserved,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTI CE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate, mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTSO FILEDWITHINTHETIME PERIODSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS B ARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisnoticeis:April14, 2018. P ersonalRepresentative: /s/PauletteBoiteau PauletteBoiteau 210SchoolmasterLane Dedham,Massachusetts 02026 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/LeeH.Massey LEEH.MASSEY AttorneyforPauletteBoiteau FloridaBarNo.36207 LEWISandMASSEY,P.A. 1021MassachusettsAvenue St.Cloud,Florida34769 Telephone:(407)892-5138 Fax#:(407)892-1534 E-Mail:email@example.com April14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OSCEOLACOUNTY, FLORIDA Case#:2018-CP-000188PR INRE:ESTATEOF PAULEDWARDJENVEY, a/k/a,PAULE.JENVEY, a/k/aPAULJENVEY, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofPAULEDWARD JENVEY,Deceased,who diedtestate,whosedateof deathwasAugust7,2016, FileNumber2018-CP000188PR,ispendinginthe CircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis 2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenames andaddressesof thepersonalrepresentative andthepersonalrepresentativesattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththisCourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROFTHREE MONTHSAFTERTHETIME OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR 30DAYSAFTERTHEDATE OFSERVICEOFACOPY OFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Allothercreditorsofthedece dentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstthedecedent'sestatemustfiletheirclaimswith thisCourtWITHINTHREE MONTHSAFTERTHEDATE OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINSECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublic ation ofthisNoticeis:April14, 2018. / s/WadeF.JohnsonJr. WADEF.JOHNSONJR. PersonalRepresentative 4255TidewaterDrive Orlando,FL32812 /s/PatriciaL.Daugherty PATRICIAL. DAUGHERTY,ESQ., FloridaBarNo.364029, 11N.VernonAvenue Kissimmee,FL34741 Telephone:407.518.7674 Facsimile:407.932.4387 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative Emaildesignationpursuant toFla.R.JuAdmin.firstname.lastname@example.org April14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUITOFFLORIDA, INANDFOR OSCEOLACOUNTY GeneralJurisdictionDivision CaseNo.:2017-CA-002213 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGELLC, Plaintiff, vs. REBECATAPIA,ET.AL., Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaSummaryFinal JudgmentofForeclosure enteredMarch16,2018in CivilCaseNo.2017-CA002213oftheCircuitCourtof theNINTHJudicialCircuitin andforOsceolaCounty, Kissimmee,Florida,wherein NATIONST ARMORTGAGE LLCisPlaintiffandREBECA TAPIA,ET.AL.,areDefendants,theClerkofCourtARMANDORAMIREZ,willsell tothehighestandbestbidderforcashatOsceola CountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare,Suite2600/ Room2602,Kissimmee,FL. 34741inaccordancewith Chapter45,FloridaStatutes onthe14thdayofJUNE, 2018at11:00A.M.,onthe followingdescribedproperty assetforthinsaidSummary FinalJudgment,to-wit: Lot501,IndianWellsUnit Five,asperpl atthereofrecordedinPlatBook5, Page97,ofthePublicRecordsofOsceolaCounty, Florida. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendens,mustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact CourtAdministrationat TwoCourthouseSquare, Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417withintwo(2)workingdaysofyourreceiptof this(describenotice);Ifyou arehearingorvoiceimpaired,call1-800-955-8771. DATEDonthis18thdayof April2018. B y: /s/LisaWoodburn LISAWOODBURN,Esq. McCallaRaymer LeibertPierce,LLC AttorneyforPlaintiff 110S.E.6thStreet, Suite2400, FortLauderdale,FL33301 Phone:(407)674-1850 Fax:(321 )248-0420 Email: MRService@mccallarayrner. com FlaBarNo.:11003 17-01307-3 April21,28,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,IINAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. GeneralJurisdictionDivision CaseNo.:2013-CA-000309 GREENTREE SERVICING,LLC, Plaintiff, vs. NANNETTEFORTIN,etal., Defendant(s). NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated April23,2015,andenteredin 2013-CA-000309oftheCircuitCourtoftheNINTHJudicialCircuitinandforOsceola County,Florida,wherein GR EENTREESERVICING, LLC,isthePlaintiff,and NANNETTEFORTIN,arethe Defendant(s).Armando Ramirez,astheClerkofthe CircuitCourt,willselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room# 2602,2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,FL34741,at 11:00A.M.,onMAY01, 2018,thefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforth insaidFinalJudgment,to wit: LOT3AND4,BLOCK47, TOWNOFST.CLOUD,ACCORDINGTOPLAT THEREOFRECORDEDIN PLATBOOKB,PAGES33 AND34,PUBLICR ECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. P ropertyAddress: 604FLORIDAAVE, STCLOUD,FL34769 Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. IMPORTANT AMERICANSWITHDISABILITIESACT: Ifyouarea personwithadisabilitywho needsanyaccommodationin ordertoparticipateinthis proceeding,youareentitled, atnocosttoyou,totheprovisionof certainassistance. PleasecontactCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407)742-2417at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance, orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;(describenotice);Ifyouar e hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. DATEDthis11thdayofApril 2018. ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ &SCHNEID,P.L. AttorneyforPlaintiff 6409CongressAvenue, Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 Telephone:561-241-6901 Facsimile:561-997-6909 ServiceEmail: email@example.com By: /s/ThomasJoseph THOMASJOSEPH,Esquire FloridaBarNo.123350 CommunicationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 17-076882-MoP April14,21,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OSCEOLACOUNTY, FLORIDA Case#:2018-CP-000188PR INRE:ESTATEOF PAULEDWARDJENVEY, a/k/a,PAULE.JENVEY, a/k/aPAULJENVEY, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofPAULEDWARD JENVEY,Deceased,who diedtestate,whosedateof deathwasAugust7,2016, FileNumber2018-CP000188PR,ispendinginthe CircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis 2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Flor ida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof thepersonalrepresentative andthepersonalrepresentativesattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisre quiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththisCourt ONORBEFORETH E LATEROFTHRE E MONTHSAFTERTHETIME OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR 30DAYSAFTERTHEDATE OFSERVICEOFACOPY OFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstthedecedent'sestatemustfiletheirclaimswith thisCourtWITHINTHREE MONTHSAFTERTHEDATE OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINSECTION733.702OFTH E FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisNoticeis:April14 2018. /s/WadeF.JohnsonJr. WADEF.JOHNSONJR PersonalRepresentativ e 4255TidewaterDrive Orlando,FL32812 /s/PatriciaL.Daugherty PATRICIAL. DAUGHERTY,ESQ., FloridaBarNo.364029, 11N.VernonAvenue Kissimmee,FL34741 Telephone:407.518.7674 Facsimile:407.932.4387 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative Emaildesignationpursuant toFla.R.JuAdmin.email@example.com April14,21,2018 LEGAL AD DEADLINES:Thursday News-GazetteFriday at 1:00 PMSaturday News-GazetteTuesday at 5:00 PM
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Page 24 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, April 21, 2018 The exotic car show was held at Celebration last weekend giving visitors the opportunity to get up close to some of the worlds fastest and most beautiful cars free of charge. The makes included Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Lotus, Mclaren, Koenigsegg and much more. Top row: Rows of various models of Porsches from different years line Market Street and on Bloom Street. One could see cars made by Lotus, Maserati, and Delorean. Second row: The Munsters family car was on display and Butch Patrick who played Eddie on the show, was available for autographs. Anson Williams who played Potsie on Happy Days was also on hand to sign photos and answer questions. Third row: Alyssa Douty, Lauren Downs and Kaitlin Layman from Celebration check out a Delorean equipped with its own flux capacitor (inset). Mike Fuller and Justin Perry from Orlando check out the engine in a 1964 AC Cobra FIA. Right: Rows of Dodge Vipers were lined up along Sycamore Street.News-Gazette Photos by Martin Maddock CELEBRATIONS 15TH ANNUAL EXOTIC CAR SHOW
Saturday, April 14, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E1 Section E April 14, 2018 Tribune Triple EWednesday, July 15, 2015 EEE-1 www.citizentribune.com 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, April 20, 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, April 14, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E3 AroundOsceola.com 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) Tiny Maile Pearl made Sen ate history Thursday without making a sound. The tightly wrapped 10-day-old baby, brought to the well of the chamber by her mother, Sen. Tam my Duckworth, became the rst newborn to appear there, just one day after the Senate approved a new rule permitting it. "It's about time," the Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran told reporters on the way in to vote. The rule had passed with out objection but there had been plenty of grum bling about babies threatening the Senate's cherished decorum. But when it actu ally happened, even stern Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to beam. In fact, he left a Senate vote open to allow Duckworth time to get there with little Maile Pearl Bowlsbey. "Thank you very much," Duckworth said to the Kentucky Republican. The double amputee, in a wheelchair with Maile, pronounced "Miley," in her lap, was on the oor for less than three minutes before they took off. Like newborns, the Sen ate can be unpredictable. The rst sign that the two would meet Thursday was a tweet by Duckworth that she might vote on the nomination of Rep. James Bridenstine to run NASA. "May have to vote today. Maile's outt is prepped," she tweeted, with a photo of baby clothes. "Made sure she has a jacket so she doesn't violate the Senate oor dress code requiring blazers. Not sure what the policy is on duckling one sies but I think we're ready." The idea was for Duck worth to vote only if she was needed to break a tie. Vice President Mike Pence arrived for the same reason. In the end, it was unnecessary and Bridenstine was conrmed. Duckworth cast a thumbs-down anyway, before her colleagues de scended to coo over the wee baby. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in quired about the well-being of Maile's sister and wished them a safe trip home. When Duckworth wheeled around to leave, reporters in the press gal lery above got their rst glimpse of the baby's face, and a loud "aww" could be heard. The senators on the oor laughed, and Schum er called up to the gallery: "The press is nally inter ested in something worth while." Senators of both parties had been interested, too, for the past two months. But many of their concerns revolved around whether babies would disrupt "decorum," the relatively civil style of discourse practiced in the Senate over the na tion's business. Even a day earlier, they were fairly open about that. "I'm not going to object to anything like that, not in this day and age," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., father of three and grandfather of six. He then noted that a person could stand in the door of the cloakroom, a lounge just off the cham ber, and vote. "I've done it," he said. Allowing babies on the Senate oor, he said, "I don't think is necessary." Sen. Orrin Hatch, the father of six, grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 23, said he had "no problem" with such a rules change, but he hoped the parents of newborns would use "discretion" in bringing them. "What if there are 10 babies on the oor of the Senate?" he wondered. On Thursday, there was only Maile, wearing a little pink cap and getting all the attention without a sound. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DMinn., who had done some of the negotiating and behind-the-scenes reassur ing of senators, clapped and gave Duckworth a hug when she arrived. With a big smile, Duckworth cast her "no" vote. WASHINGTON (AP) The drama of U.S. and allied missile strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. The U.S. has 2,000 troops in Syria assisting local Arab and Kurdish ghters against IS, even as President Don ald Trump resists deeper U.S. involvement and is ea ger to withdraw completely in coming months. Trump wants "other people" to deal with Syria, whose civil war has spawned the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II in terms of refugees. It's unclear whether Trump will go ahead with a total U.S. withdrawal while IS retains even a small pres ence in Syria. Since January, when Trump asserted in his State of the Union address that "very close to 100 percent" of IS territory in Syria and Iraq had been liberated, progress toward extinguish ing the extremists' caliphate, or self-proclaimed state, has ground to a halt and shows no sign of restarting. U.S. warplanes continue to pe riodically bomb remaining pockets of IS in eastern Syr ia, but ground operations by U.S. partner forces have slowed. "We've halted forward progress and are essentially attempting to avoid losing territory we've gained to date," said Jennifer Cafarella, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. She sees two potential solutions: send additional U.S. combat power to eastern Syria to take on IS more directly, or resolve a diplomatic dispute with Turkey that has largely sidelined the main U.S. mil itary partner in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces. Now that Trump has upped the ante by attacking Syria directly for the second time in just over a year, Ca farella said in an interview this week, it is possible that Syria and its two main inter national supporters Rus sia and Iran will retaliate militarily against American forces and their Kurdish and Arab partners in eastern Syria "in an attempt to compel an American withdrawal by raising the cost of con tinued American involvement." The U.S. began bombing IS in Syria in September 2014 and deployed an ini tial contingent of 50 spe cial operations troops in the country the following year. The anti-IS campaign gained momentum in 2016 and made its biggest gains during Trump's rst year in ofce. A spokesman for the U.S.-led military coali tion against IS refused this week to say how many IS ghters remain. Col. Ryan Dillon said they are holed up mainly in two places in eastern Syria. He said they are in and around the town of Hajin on the Euphrates River north of Bukamal and in Dashisha near the city of Deir el-Zour. They are "contained" in these areas, he asserted, suggesting they are not in immediate danger of being ousted. Of concern, Dillon said, are indications that IS is stepping up successful at tacks against pro-govern ment ghters elsewhere in Syria. The Trump administra tion has been saying in re cent months that 98 percent of IS territory has been liberated, suggesting the campaign was close to nal victory, although on April 3 the Army general oversee ing the campaign, Joseph Votel, put it differently, saying "well over 90 percent" of the caliphate had been retaken. "The situation continues to become more and more complex," Votel said, alluding in part to the effects of a Turkish incursion into the town of Afrin in northwest ern Syria. The Afrin operation was part of a Turkish plan to drive the main Syrian Kurd ish militia, known as the YPG, away from the Turk ish border area. Turkey con siders the YPG a threat to its national security and an extension of Kurdish insur gents inside Turkey. But the YPG also is America's main partner in Syria; it forms the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF. Turkey's advance on Afrin prompted the SDF to shift from ghting IS to confronting Turkey in Afrin. The result: "We are no longer in an offensive effort on the ground against them (Islamic State)," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters March 27. Even so, eliminating IS in Syria remains the goal, he said after Trump announced the missile strikes to punish the Syrian government for its alleged chemical weapons use. The barrage of 105 missiles launched by the United States, Britain and France last week to destroy ele ments of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal was de signed to deter President Bashar Assad from repeating his alleged use of chlorine gas and perhaps nerve gas on civilians in a Damascus suburb. It was unrelated to the IS problem, except in the sense that it highlighted the jumble of actors involved and the absence of a broad U.S. strategy. Sen. John McCain, one of the Congress' most vocal advocates for a fuller U.S. role in Syria, praised Trump for the missile strikes. But he also said the president needs to look beyond de feating IS and stopping further chemical weapons use by Assad to tackle the bigger challenge of regional conict. "Airstrikes disconnected from a broader strategy may be necessary, but they alone will not achieve U.S. objec tives in the Middle East," he said. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsFriday, April 20, 2018 EEE-3 APSen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., carries her baby Maile Pearl Bowlsbey after they went to the Senate oor to vote, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Washington. APIn this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a C-17 Globemaster III, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, conducts combat airlift operations for U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria on April 13, 2018. The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria has obscured the fact that the U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. This is an illustration of the many-layered complexities of the Syrian con ict. After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding pattern10 days old, she makes Senate history in her pink cap
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 CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Friday, April 20, 2018 Judge delays ruling on Cosby accuser's confidanteNORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) Bill Cosby's lawyers want jurors at his sexual assault retrial to hear from accuser Andrea Constand's condante before deliberations get un derway next week but they're having trouble getting the woman to cooper ate. Sheri Williams has been unreachable, Cosby's lawyers said Friday, asking a judge for permission to read parts of her deposi tion into the record just as prosecutors did with Cos by's old testimony. Judge Steven O'Neill appeared skeptical of the defense request, saying he wants to hear from a witness who can show the defense has made a reasonable effort to serve Williams with a subpoena to testify in person. O'Neill put off a ruling un til Monday. Constand testied at Cosby's rst trial last year that she and Williams were good friends and would speak "at all hours of the day: morning, noon, and night." She said they were in touch as she went to po lice in January 2005 with allegations he drugged and molested her about a year earlier. Cosby's lawyers said they expected Williams' testimony to refute Constand's claims that she was unaware he was romanti cally interested in her. And they said the testimony would show that Constand "could not have been the unwitting victim" prosecu tors have portrayed. Constand testied at the trial that Cosby had never expressed any romantic interest, though she called the passes he made at her before the alleged assault touching her thigh and trying to unbutton her pants "a little bit absurd." "Mr. Cosby was just a little bit younger than my grandfather. He was a mar ried man and I absolutely showed no interest in him. But I wasn't threatened and I didn't judge him," she testied. Williams' deposition was part of Constand's 2005 lawsuit against Cos by, who wound up settling for nearly $3.4 million. Cosby testied in his own deposition also given as part of Constand's lawsuit that he had a romantic relationship with her. Two weeks in, Cosby's trial on three counts of ag gravated indecent assault is rapidly winding down. O'Neill told jurors Thursday that there are only a few more days of testimony. Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau went into the case predicting it would last about a month. A pair of drug experts one for the prosecution and one for the defense spent Thursday debating one of the case's enduring mysteries: What drug did he give his chief accuser on the night she says he molested her? Cosby has insisted he handed 1 tablets of the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benad ryl to Andrea Constand to help her relax before their sexual encounter at his mansion outside Philadel phia. Constand testied he gave her three small blue pills that left her incapacitated and unable to resist as he molested her. The experts agreed that paralysis isn't known to be a side effect of Benadryl, though its active ingredient can cause drowsiness and muscle weakness, among other side effects. Cosby's expert, Harry Milman, said he didn't know of any small blue pill that could produce the symptoms Constand de scribed. The "Cosby Show" star has previously acknowledged under oath he gave quaaludes a power ful sedative and 1970sera party drug that's been banned in the U.S. for more than 35 years to women with whom he wanted to have sex, but de nied having the Quaaludes by the time he met Con stand in the early 2000s. Dr. Timothy Rohrig, a forensic toxicologist called by prosecutors, testied Thursday that quaaludes can make peo ple sleepy. But he and Mil man said the drug came in large white pills not small and blue. Prosecutors rested their case after Rohrig got off the witness stand. Cosby's lawyers are expected to call several peo ple who worked for him, including an executive as sistant and employees of his talent agency and pub licity rm. It's likely part of a bid to challenge the prosecution's contention that the alleged assault happened within the 12year statute of limitations. Williams' deposition testimony, which has been under seal, could provide insights into what led Constand to accuse Cosby and whether the encounter was a factor in her leaving her job a few months later as the director of women's basketball operations at Temple University. A private investigator working for the defense said he attempted to serve Williams at least six times at her North Carolina home before sending her a FedEx package containing a subpoena and instruc tions to call Cosby's legal team. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkoutPHOENIX (AP) Ari zona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a rst-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republi can-dominant states. A grassroots group and the state's largest teacher mem bership group said Thursday that teachers will walkout April 26. Arizona jumped into a movement for higher teacher pay that started in West Vir ginia, where a strike garnered a raise, and spread to Okla homa, Kentucky and most recently Colorado. Thursday's vote followed weeks of protests in Arizona and an offer from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to give teachers 20 percent raise by 2020. Many teachers kept up the pressure at schools and on social media, saying the plan failed to address muchneeded funding for classrooms and support staff. "The worst possible thing we could do is not take action right now," said Noah Karve lis, an organizer for Arizona Educators United. The historic vote was announced at a press conference at the Arizona Ed ucation Association headquarters. Around 78 percent of the 57,000 teachers voted in favor of the walkout, ac cording to Joe Thomas, pres ident of Arizona Education Association. "This is undeniably, clear ly, a mandate for action," Thomas said. Arizona House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios re leased a statement supporting the planned teacher walkout. "The women and men who work so hard to educate our children at our neighborhood public schools have earned a meaningful and sustainable pay increase that's based on a real revenue source, not smoke and mirrors," Rios said. "We call on superintendents and school boards to support their teachers and support staff during this time." The governor said "no one wants to see teachers strike" and reiterated his proposal on Twitter after the vote was an nounced. "We have worked side by side with the education community to develop a sustain able plan to give teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020," Ducey wrote. Thomas said the gover nor's plan was "falling apart as we speak," and added that two letters asking the gover nor to sit down with educa tors have gone unanswered. Ducey's proposal drew support from the business community and some school organizations, but others were concerned about nding the money. The plan would cost about $650 million when fully implemented. The Arizona PTA pulled its support for the proposal, saying its analysis showed the nances were not realis tic. An education advocacy group, Save Our Schools Arizona, said it's worried the plan isn't a "sustainable or comprehensive" way to rein vest in schools. Legislative budget analysts this week predicted a $265 million decit in 2020 if the governor's plan is approved. Ducey's ofce strongly dis putes that analysis, saying much of the funding comes from revenue increases. Teachers on both sides of the walkout vote have shared concerns. It could pose child care difculties for thousands of families and leave teachers at risk of losing their creden tials. How a strike could play out in more than 200 public school districts will vary but could leave hourly workers like custodians without their paychecks. Beth Simek, president of the inuential Arizona PTA, she feels the pain of teach ers who are torn. Some are concerned about the effect on support staff and what kids might do without school, she said. "I know they're toiling with that," Simek said. "I also know they need these raises." Parents and communities already have been making plans for child care, with some stay-at-home parents stepping up to watch children so other parents can work, she said. Local parent-teach er associations also are put ting together food boxes for kids who rely on free break fast and lunch at school. "There's been a lot of mo bilization by the community to prepare," Simek said. Teachers themselves could face consequences in this right-to-work state, where unions do not collectively bargain with school districts and representation is not mandatory. The Arizona Education Association has warned its 20,000 members about a 1971 Arizona attor ney general opinion saying a statewide strike would be il legal under common law and participants could lose their teaching credentials. The logistics of a walk out will vary by district. The state's largest, Mesa Public Schools in suburban Phoe nix, would close and hourly staffers would not be paid, Superintendent Michael Cowan has said. The Dysart School Dis trict west of Phoenix would "make every effort" to avoid closing schools," but they would have to shut down if too few staff members show up, Superintendent Gail Plet nick has told parents. Sara Bresnahan, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix Elementary School District, said a walkout is "uncharted ter ritory" but its schools would try to stay open for as many students as possible. "Some kids will be coming to school and really need a place to be," she said. Karvelis wouldn't say how long the walkouts could last. "I don't want to put any limitations on it right now," Karvelis said. Nancy Maglio, a teacher at Magee Middle School in southern Arizona's Tucson Unied School District, said teachers are motivated to walk out and demand fund ing because of what it means for their students. "None of us went to school, none of us spent money on tuition, on books, none of us spend our time and our ener gy to not care," she said. "We went into a eld where caring is mandatory." While Maglio voted in support of the walkout, it wasn't without conicted feelings. "I am eagerly anticipating the walkout, but I'm not ea gerly anticipating leaving my students," she said.Woman who lost pink house, court case seeks box office winWASHINGTON (AP) Susette Kelo's Supreme Court case now has a Holly wood ending, just not the one she hoped for. What Kelo wanted when she took her case to the high court more than a decade ago was to get to stay in her little pink house in New London, Connecticut. The city was trying to force her out to make way for development, and Kelo didn't want to go. The high court ruled against her. Now, however, Kelo's story has been turned into a movie, "Little Pink House," opening Friday in limited nationwide release. It's a movie she and those involved in the lm hope will get people to think about the government's pow er to take private property for public use. Governments can use that power, called eminent domain, as long as they fairly compensate owners. Kelo, who was in Washington this week to speak about the lm, said what city and state ofcials did "ripped our hearts out." Kelo wasn't looking for a ght when she bought her house overlooking the Thames River in 1997 and had it painted Odessa Rose pink. Divorced and with ve grown sons, she was looking for a place of her own. She found it in the 100-year-old cottage. Shortly after she moved in, pharmaceutical manufacturer Pzer an nounced it would move in nearby, building a research facility that opened in 2001. New London hoped Pz er's move could help revital ize the city and, with the help of a private nonprot development corporation, sought to redevelop land near the fa cility. A hotel, housing, ofce space, restaurants and shopping were planned. To get it done, the city authorized the use of eminent domain. Kelo thought that was wrong, and she and a small group of other homeowners took on the city. They ac knowledged eminent domain could be used to take their homes for public uses such as a road or military base, but they argued the planned de velopment didn't count. "She was just fearless," said Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Keener, who plays Kelo in the movie. "She took on everybody." Kelo had help. The Virginia-based Institute for Justice represented her and the other homeowners. The group was also instrumental in the new movie's making, bringing a book about the case to the at tention of lmmakers Court ney Moorehead Balaker and Ted Balaker. Courtney Balaker, the movie's writer and director, said she was "blown away" by Kelo's case but also by Kelo herself. She compared her story to that of Erin Brockovich, a nonlawyer and divorced mother of three who took on utility company PG&E over contaminated groundwater in Hinkley, California, inspiring a 2000 movie. One big difference: Brockovich won. In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled against Kelo 5-4. Three justices who sided with the city Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy are still on the court. The two others John Paul Stevens and David Souter have since retired. The justices wrote that the city had care fully crafted a development plan it believed would benet the community. They agreed the use of eminent domain was permitted. "I want people to walk away thinking about if that's right," Balaker said. Stevens, the Supreme Court justice who authored the opinion, has acknowledged it was the most un popular one he wrote. Justice Antonin Scalia, who dissented from the decision, ranked it among the court's biggest mistakes. After the decision, more than 20 states signicantly revised their laws to make it more difcult to take proper ty through eminent domain, said Dana Berliner, litigation director for the Institute for Justice. Those changes didn't help Kelo, who had to move. And despite the lengthy legal bat tle, her land still stands empty. Pzer announced in 2009 that it would leave New Lon don. But submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat now occupies its former facility with many more employees, said New London Mayor Michael Passero. Passero said that's now helping spur development. Passero, a Democrat who grew up in the city, said while the movie vilies the development corporation, he believes the people behind it had good motives, though they also made mistakes. More than anything, he said, the story is a cautionary tale about two sides becoming so polarized they couldn't nd a middle ground. Kelo's little pink house was ultimately saved. Dis assembled and moved but still painted pink, it stands on New London's Franklin Street. Although Kelo doesn't live there, she says she thinks about her former home and her legal ght often. "A lot of people ask: 'How are you all doin'? ... How are your neighbors? How did you survive this?'" she said of recent appearances in con nection with the movie. She answers that they've left the city, bought new homes and are trying to do "the best we can to recover."
Saturday, April 14, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E5 HAVANA (AP) Raul Castro turned over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party of cial little known to most on the island. Castro's 90-minute vale dictory speech offered his rst clear vision for the na tion's future power structure under new President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez. Castro said he foresees the white-haired electronics engineer serving two ve-year terms as leader of the Cuban government, and taking the helm of the Commu nist Party, the country's ultimate authority, when Castro leaves the powerful position in 2021. "From that point on, I will be just another soldier defending this revolution," Castro said. The 86-yearold general broke frequently from his prepared remarks to joke and banter with ofcials on the dais in the National Assembly, saying he looked forward to having more time to travel the country. In his own half-hour speech to the nation, DiazCanel pledged to preserve Cuba's communist system while gradually reforming the economy and making the government more re sponsive to the people. "There's no space here for a transition that ignores or destroys the legacy of so many years of struggle," Diaz-Canel said. "For us, it's totally clear that only the Communist Party of Cuba, the guiding force of society and the state, guar antees the unity of the na tion of Cuba." Diaz-Canel said he would work to implement a long-term plan laid out by the National Assembly and communist party that would continue allowing the limited growth of pri vate enterprises like res taurants and taxis, while leaving the economy's most important sectors such as energy, mining, telecommunications, medical services and rumand cigar-production in the hands of the state. "The people have given this assembly the mandate to provide continuity to the Cuban Revolution dur ing a crucial, historic mo ment that will be dened by all that we achieve in the advance of the mod ernization of our social and economic model," Diaz-Canel said. Cubans said they ex pected their new president to deliver improvements to the island's economy, which remains stagnant and dominated by inef cient, unproductive staterun enterprises that are unable to provide salaries high enough to cover basic needs. The average month ly pay for state workers is roughly $30 a month, forcing many to steal from their workplaces and de pend on remittances from relatives abroad. "I hope that Diaz-Canel brings prosperity," said Richard Perez, a souvenir salesman in Old Havana. "I want to see changes, above all economic chang es allowing people to have their own businesses, without the state in charge of so many things." But in Miami, CubanAmericans said they didn't expect much from DiazCanel. "It's a cosmetic change," said Wilfredo Allen, a 66-year-old lawyer who left Cuba two years after the Castros' 1959 revolution. "The reality is that Raul Castro is still controlling the Communist Party. We are very far from hav ing a democratic Cuba." After formally taking over from his older brother Fidel in 2008, Raul Castro launched a series of reforms that led to a rapid expansion of Cuba's pri vate sector and burgeoning use of cellphones and the internet. Cuba today has a vibrant real estate market and one of the world's fast est-growing airports. Tour ism numbers have more than doubled since Castro and President Barack Obama re-established diplomatic relations in 2015, making Cuba a destina tion for nearly 5 million visitors a year, despite a plunge in relations under the Trump administration. Castro's moves to open the economy even further have largely been frozen or reversed as soon as they began to generate conspicuous displays of wealth by the new entrepreneurial class in a country ofcial ly dedicated to equality among its citizens. Foreign investment remains ane mic and the island's infra structure is falling deeper into disrepair. The elec tion of President Donald Trump dashed dreams of detente with the U.S., and after two decades of get ting Venezuelan subsidies totaling more than $6 billion a year, Cuba's patron has collapsed economically, with no replacement in the wings. Castro's inability or un willingness to x Cuba's structural problems with deep and wide-ranging re forms has many wondering how a successor without Castro's founding-father credentials will manage the country over the next ve or 10 years. "I want the country to advance," said Susel Cal zado, a 61-year-old eco nomics professor. "We already have a plan laid out." Most Cubans have known their new president as an uncharismatic gure who until recently main tained a public prole so low it was virtually nonexistent. Castro's declaration Thursday that he saw Diaz-Canel in power for more than a decade was likely to resolve much of the uncertainty about the power the new president would wield inside the Cu ban system. "The same thing we're doing with him, he'll have to do with his successor," Castro said. "When his 10 years of service as presi dent of the Council of State and Council of Ministers are over, he'll have three years as rst secretary in order to facilitate the tran sition. This will help us avoid mistakes by his suc cessor, until (Diaz-Canel) retires to take care of the grandchildren he will have then, if he doesn't have them already, or his greatgrandchildren." Cuban state media said Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Diaz-Canel and thanked Castro for the many years of cooperation between the two countries, while Chinese President Xi Jin ping also reafrmed his country's friendship with Cuba and expressed inter est in deeper ties. At the U.S. State De partment, spokeswoman Heather Nauert expressed disappointment at the handover, saying Cuban citizens "had no real pow er to affect the outcome" of what she called the "un democratic transition" that brought Diaz-Canal to the presidency. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted at Castro that the U.S. won't rest until Cuba "has free & fair elections, political prisoners are released & the people of Cuba are nally free!" Diaz-Canel said his gov ernment would be willing to talk with the United States but rejected all de mands for changes in the Cuban system. With Castro watching from the audience, DiazCanel made clear that for the moment he would de fer to the man who founded the Cuban communist system along with his brother Fidel. He said he would retain Castro's cabinet through at least July, when the National Assembly meets again. "I conrm to this assem bly that Raul Castro, as rst secretary of the Communist Party, will lead the decisions about the future of the country," Diaz-Canel said. "Cuba needs him, providing ideas and pro posals for the revolution ary cause, orienting and alerting us about any error or deciency, teaching us, and always ready to con front imperialism." Diaz-Canel rst gained prominence in central Villa Clara province as the top Communist Party ofcial, a post equivalent to governor. People there describe him as a hardworking, modest-living technocrat dedicated to improving public services. He became higher educa tion minister in 2009 be fore moving into the vice presidency. In a video of a Com munist Party meeting that inexplicably leaked to the public last year, Diaz-Ca nel expressed a series of orthodox positions that in cluded somberly pledging to shutter some indepen dent media and labeling some European embassies as outposts of foreign subversion. But he has also defended academics and bloggers who became targets of hard-liners, leading some to describe him a potential advocate for greater openness in a system intolerant of virtually any criticism or dissent. International observers and Cubans alike will be scrutinizing every move he makes in coming days and weeks. As in Cuba's legislative elections, all of the leaders selected Wednesday were picked by a governmentappointed commission. Ballots offered only the option of approval or dis approval and candidates generally receive more than 95 percent of the votes in their favor. DiazCanel was approved by 604 votes in the 605-mem ber assembly. It was un clear if he had abstained or someone else had declined to endorse him. The assembly also ap proved another six vice presidents of the Council of State, Cuba's highest government body. Only one, 85-year-old Ramiro Valdes, was among the revolutionaries who fought with the Castros in the late 1950s in the eastern Sierra Maestra mountains. CITIZEN TRIBUNE WorldFriday, April 20, 2018 EEE-5 APCubas former president Raul Castro delivers a speech after Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected as the island nations new president, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Castro left the presidency after 12 years in office when the National Assembly approved Diaz-Canels nomination as the candidate for the top government position.Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines futurePortman's snub of 'Jewish Nobel' triggers Israel backlashJERUSALEM (AP) U.S. actress Natalie Portman's decision to snub a June ceremony in Israel where she was to have re ceived a prize dubbed the "Jewish Nobel" triggered an angry backlash Friday from some Israeli politicians, including the cul ture minister. The Genesis Prize Foundation said it had been informed by Portman's representative that "recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing" to the Jerusalem-born Oscar winner and that she would "not feel comfortable par ticipating in any public events in Israel." The foundation did not refer to specic events. Israel has faced inter national criticism over its response to recent mass marches on the Gaza bor der, in which 37 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army re, most of them protesters. Hundreds more Palestinians were wound ed by Israeli troops since the weekly protests began March 30. Israel says it is defending its border and accuses Gaza's rulers, the Islamic militant Hamas group, of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of pro tests. Rights groups have branded open-re rules as unlawful, saying they effectively permit soldiers to use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters. In comments reported by Israeli media, Culture Minister Miri Regev said Friday that she was sorry Portman had "fallen like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters," a refer ence to a Palestinian-led campaign of boycott, di vestment and sanctions against Israel. "Natalie, a Jewish ac tress who was born in Is rael, joins those who relate to the story of the success and the wondrous rebirth of Israel as a story of dark ness," Regev was quoted as saying. Oren Hazan, a legislator in Prime Minister Benja min Netanyahu's Likud Party, called on the gov ernment to revoke Portman's Israeli citizenship. The Genesis foundation said it was "very sad dened" by Portman's deci sion and would cancel the prize ceremony, which had been set for June 28. "We fear that Ms. Portman's decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past ve years to avoid," it said. The prize was launched in 2013 to recognize Jewish achievement and contributions to humanity. Previous recipients include former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor. When Portman was an nounced late last year as the 2018 recipient, she said in a statement re leased by organizers at the time that she was "proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage." In Thursday's statement, the Genesis foundation quoted a representative for Portman as saying that "she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony."
Page E6, LOS ANGELES (AP) Olivia Pope's journey comes to an end Thursday on "Scandal," but real-life Washington power players and others remain in need of a determined "gladiator" to rescue them from crises. Enter Judy Smith, who in spired the ABC drama and remains in the thick of politics and Hollywood. Smith, a co-executive producer for "Scandal," has a deal with Hallmark for a mystery movie and is a producer for a Fox drama pilot starring Katie Holmes as a disgraced FBI agent. The affable but discreet crisis manager and lawyer isn't forthcoming about her Smith & Co. clients, but the varied alumni are said to include Monica Lewin sky, Wesley Snipes and Walmart. She's familiar with Wash ington from the inside out: Smith served as deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush before founding her rm. She's also been an occasional presence on TV, weighing in on issues for news shows. Her personal life con trasts sharply with that of Olivia (Kerry Washington), who boasts a president among her lovers. But both Smith and her TV counter part have been embraced as symbols of female AfricanAmerican strength and professional success. On the eve of the "Scandal" nale (10 p.m. EDT, ABC), Smith talked about the show's im pact, what it means to be a "xer" and what she wants for Olivia. ___ The Associated Press: How does it feel seeing the series, which you inspired Shonda Rhimes to create, wrap up? Smith: It's been an amazing journey, and I'm so grateful and excited about it. ... I think it's really nice to end on a high note. AP: You've got high-pro le clients but tend to re main behind the scenes. Do you get recognized because of "Scandal"? Smith: One time I was in a cab and the driver said, "How you doing? I really think about you and what your father does, running the secret (CIA) operation." I said, "So you know it's a TV show, don't you?" I explained that to him and he said, "All right, since you're the xer, while I have you in the cab I've got a few is sues that you could help me out with." So that was the rest of the cab ride, sorting out problems, which I didn't mind. AP: The word "xer" also has been used to describe Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime attorney, among others. What does that term mean to you? Smith: We provide strate gic advice when a company or individual comes to us with a problem. ... The goal is to help navigate through it, and to protect the organization's brand, reputation and valuation in the process. And I think that people have different names for that. AP: Does 'xer' have a negative connotation? Smith: I don't want peo ple to get the impression that there's a problem and somehow we magically make it go away. Issues of ten have a level of complex ity that need to be worked through. AP: How different is Washington now? Smith: It's not just Washington. I think the entire country has changed in so many ways. I think the political landscape is dif ferent. I think the cultural landscape has changed a lot. ... Things are just very different from even two or three years ago. AP: What's surprised you about "Scandal"? Smith: That it helped to change the landscape of television. I had a meeting with a network executive, and one of the things that he did was say "thank you," because the show opened doors and proved the point that a strong African-Amer ican woman, a woman of color, could lead a network show. ... It was important to me when we rst started that the character is a strong woman who is good at what she does, and doesn't walk away from that. She's compassionate about her clients and she is passionate about the work that she does. ... When women nd out there is a person in real life be hind the character and that all of these possibilities ex ist, they tell me they feel in spired and motivated. AP: What do you count as Olivia's biggest mistakes? Smith: Oh, my gosh, where do you start? It could be going with the president. It could be moving bodies from a crime scene, which would cause me to lose my bar license. Or planning a murder. I could go on. AP: You're known for being well-dressed, but any envy of Olivia's impressive wardrobe? Smith: I sort of teased on the set when the show rst started, "You guys know I don't look that good every single day." I don't go to work like that every single day. AP: Should Olivia end up back with her original squeeze, Tony Goldwyn's now-former President Fitzgerald Grant? Smith: I might have a little more information than you. I just want her to be happy. I think wherever her heart leads, that's where she nds true happiness. That's what I want for Olivia. NEW YORK (AP) If you're not already on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle overload ahead of their big to-do in Windsor, here's a few books to take a deeper dive: MEGHAN: A HOLLY WOOD PRINCESS Celebrity biographer Andrew Morton's latest book, from Grand Central Pub lishing, stretches back to Meghan's valley upbringing in Los Angeles, the breakup of her parents, her 2013 di vorce and her struggles in Hollywood. Tidbits were released early to select media, including this from Meghan friend Ninaki Priddy: "She was always fascinated by the royal family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0." Oh, and Markle rehearsed drinking tea before meeting her prince's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. She learned to crook her nger as she held the cup and saucer. Morton, who wrote "Diana: Her True Story" and a slew of other royal biogra phies, also recently took on the story of Wallis Simpson, in "Wallis in Love," about the woman whose affair with King Edward VIII led to his abdication. PRINCE HARRY: THE INSIDE STORY Duncan Larcombe, a for mer royal watcher for The Sun in London, recently up dated this book from Harp erCollins to include more Meghan details. He takes us through the prince's unruli er days as he struggled with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, and how he turned it all around through his military service, coun seling and work on the In victus Games. Larcombe told People magazine that Harry "des perately wanted to get mar ried and be happy. He sees his brother has found that. The fact that Meghan ar rived when she did com pletes it for Harry." AMERICAN PRINCESS: The LOVE STORY OF MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY This William Morrow Paperbacks offering by Leslie Carroll takes a juicy tone for the "sexy ginger" and his American princess ahead of their taboo-busting union. Carroll's exploration of their relationship covers a look back through centuries of Britain's rule-breaking royal marriages and those love matches that were nev er allowed to reach the altar. Noting that Meghan is 36, the same age as Harry's mother when she died in 1997, Carroll ends with the birds-and-bees talk Diana doled out when Harry was 8 and William was 10. Carroll writes: "A blushing Harry ed the room. ... Diana told her sons, whether or not your bride is royal, 'if she is the person you truly love, then that's all that matters.'" HARRY: LIFE, LOSS AND LOVE Royal expert Katie Nich oll, in this book from Hachette Books, focuses in part on Harry's relationship with close family, including the queen. She covers his frequent visits to one of his favorite places, Botswana, and details his past relation ships while chronicling his romance with Meghan. Nicholl offers some de licious details about their courtship. Meghan was so at home at Nottingham Cottage that she had a wardrobe of clothes in Harry's closet and added several more suitcases of belongings. She brought in fresh owers, organic cookbooks and her favorite Le Labo Santal 26 scented candles to trans form his bachelor decor. Meghan loved making extravagant dinners for Harry, and the two loved watching "The Crown" on Netix, ac cording to Nicholl. MISCELLANEOUS "Harry and Meghan: A Love Story Coloring Book," 30 illustrations ready to go. Got a royal house museum going? The pictures are perforated for display once you're nished. "Harry and Meghan Paper Dolls," from Dover Publications. Put Harry in his swim trunks and Meghan in the jeans and white buttondown boy shirt she donned for the Invictus Games. "Harry and Meghan 2018," a paperback planner for the year with the couple on the cover against a royal blue background. Motiva tional quotes included to carry you through the postwedding hangover. CITIZEN TRIBUNE EntertainmentEEE-2 Thursday, April 19, 2018 APThis cover image released by Grand Central Publishing shows Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, by Andrew Morton.APIn this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, Kerry Washington, left, from the ABC series Scandal, points to a questioner alongside the shows co-executive producer Judy Smith, a crisis manage ment consultant, at the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Books to guide you on the Harry and Meghan wedding pathReal-life 'gladiator' salutes 'Scandal,' show she inspired
Saturday, April 14, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E7 WASHINGTON (AP) Who doesn't like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Its passage without objection came despite plenty of concern, some privately aired, among senators of both par ties about the threat the tiny humans pose to the Senate's cherished decorum. "I'm not going to object to anything like that, not in this day and age," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., father of three and grand father of six. He then noted that a person can stand in the door of the cloakroom, a lounge just off the cham ber, and vote. "I've done it," he said. Allowing babies on the Senate oor, he said, "I don't think is necessary." Sen. Orrin Hatch, the father of six, grandfather of 14 and great-grandfa ther of 23, said he had "no problem" with such a rules change. "But what if there are 10 babies on the oor of the Senate?" he asked. The inspiration for the new rule is a small bundle named Maile Pearl, born April 9 to Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth the only sitting senator in U.S. history to give birth. In a statement, Duckworth thanked her colleagues for "helping bring the Senate into the 21st Century by recognizing that sometimes new parents also have re sponsibilities at work." Their concerns and more were shared by Republicans and Democrats, according to interviews Wednesday. "It is a big change," Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said in a telephone inter view, as leaders of both par ties sought to clear the new rule without objection, or public discussion. The pri vate reassurances to mem bers of both parties, she said, have "been going on for weeks." Teleworking is not an op tion in the Senate, which requires members to vote in person. So Duckworth raised a rare question that split her colleagues more along generational lines than well-worn partisan ones. Duckworth proposed changing the rules to allow senators with newborns not just Duckworth, and not just women to bring their babies onto the oor of the Senate. This, recalled Klobuchar, did not go entirely smoothly for the two months she privately took questions about the idea and its potential consequences diaper changes, fussing and, notably, nursing. Sen. Tom Cotton, father of two, said he has no prob lem with the rule change. But the Arkansas Repub lican acknowledged that some of his colleagues do, "so the cloakroom might be a good compromise." Klobuchar's answer to that suggestion noted that Duckworth lost both legs and partial use of an arm in Iraq, and mostly gets around by wheelchair. "Yes, you can vote from the doorway of the cloak room, but how is she go ing to get to the cloakroom when it's not wheelchair ac cessible?" she asked. Some senators proposed making an exception for Duck worth. But her allies said the Senate should make work easier for new parents. "We believe strongly, and she did, that it should be a permanent rules change." Having 10 babies on the Senate oor, as Hatch sug gested, "would be a de light," Klobuchar said. "We could only wish we had 10 babies on the oor. That would be a delight," retorted Klobuchar, noting that such a conagration would probably mean more young senators had been elected in a body where the average age of members tops 60. There was more, voiced privately, Klobuchar said including whether Duck worth intended to change Maile's diaper or nurse her new baby on the Senate oor. Most senators, though, were supportive, Klobuchar said. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Rules Committee Chair man Roy Blunt, R-Mo., both fathers, helped or did not stand in the way. Mc Connell did not answer a reporter's question Wednesday about whether he had any concerns about babies on the Senate oor. Several others were hap py to voice support for the rules change, and could not resist taking a jab at their colleagues. "Why would I object to it? We have plenty of babies on the oor," joked Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. But there still was some confusion. Just after the unanimous vote, Sen. Dick Durbin, DIll., said it would do the tradition-bound Senate some good to see "a diaper bag next to one of these brass spittoons, which sit on the oor, thank goodness, never used." Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe took issue with that, saying: "They don't use diaper bags any more. They're disposable diapers." Diaper bags are generally used to carry clean diapers and other supplies when parents and babies go out. Sometimes, they hold dirty naps until they can be dis posed of. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsThursday, April 19, 2018 EEE-3 APIn this Feb. 14, 2018, photo, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Babies do not care about Senate decorum. But in a bow to working parents, the tradition-bound institution is considering let ting the newborns of senators in.Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with KimBabies of senators now welcome in Senate chamber WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump said that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Ko rean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful." Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along really well" in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, "We've never been in a position like this" to ad dress worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons. But speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, after the allies met at Trump's Florida resort, he made clear that he'd still be ready to pull the plug on what is being billed as an extraordinary meet ing between the leaders of longtime adversaries. "If I think that if it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful we're not going to go. If the meet ing when I'm there is not fruitful I will respectfully leave the meeting," Trump told a news conference. He also said that a U.S.-led "maximum pressure" cam paign of tough economic sanctions on North Korea would continue until the isolated nation "denuclearizes." Abe echoed the sentiment. "Just because North Korea is responding to dialogue, there should be no reward. Maximum pressure should be main tained," he said. Trump has said his summit with Kim, with whom he traded bitter insults and threats last year as North Korea conducted nuclear and missile tests, could take place by early June, although the venue has yet to be decided. It would be the rst such leadership summit between the two nations after six decades of hostility following the Korean War. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who meets with the North Korean leader next week, said Thursday that Kim isn't asking for the with drawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. If true, this would seem to remove a major sticking point to a potential nuclear disarmament deal. Moon said the North still wants the United States to end its "hostile" policy and offer security guarantees. When North Korea has previously talked about "hostility" it has been linked to the U.S. troops in South Korea, so Kim's intentions remain unclear. Other than the threat posed to by North Ko rea's weapons of mass destruction, another issue overhanging the summit plans is the fate of three Americans detained there. Trump said that was under negotiation and there was a "good chance" of winning their release, but he wouldn't say whether that was a precondition for sit ting down with Kim. Pompeo raised the question of the three Ameri cans in his meeting with Kim, a U.S. ofcial said. Trump also said he had promised Abe he would work hard for the return of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea. Tokyo says at least a dozen Japa nese said to have been tak en in the 1970s and 1980s remain unaccounted for. News of Pompeo's trip to North Korea, which took place more than two weeks ago, emerged on Tuesday, as lawmakers weighed whether he should be con rmed to become secre tary of state. Trump and Republican senators held up his highly unusual, secret mission as sign of Pompeo's diplomatic ability. But the prospect of his conrmation hung in the balance as Democrats lined up against him. Sen. Robert Menendez, top-ranking Democrat on the committee that will have the rst vote on conrmation, expressed frus tration that the CIA chief had not briefed him on the visit that took place more than a week before Pom peo's public hearing last Thursday. He is the most senior U.S. ofcial to meet with a North Korean leader since Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with Kim's father in Pyongyang in 2000. "Now I don't expect di plomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specic questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit," Menendez said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote on the nomination next week. Pompeo, whose hawkish foreign policy views and comments about minori ties have raised Democratic hackles, would replace Rex Tillerson, who was pushed out by Trump last month. In the U.S. Senate, Re publicans have a singlevote advantage on the 21-member panel that will have the rst say on Pom peo's nomination. With nine of the 10 Democrats already declaring they will oppose Pompeo, and at least one Republican, Rand Paul of Kentucky, also opposed, the panel could be forced to take the unusual step of sending the nomination to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation. Trump said Wednesday he expects Paul to come through on Pompeo. The president called Paul and the senator agreed to meet with Pompeo, but Paul's spokesman said, "Nothing else has changed." As for opposition by Democrats, Republican Cory Gardner, who chairs an Asia subcommittee, said in an interview that they "want to play partisan politics." Despite meeting Pompeo on Tuesday, Gard ner said he hadn't been briefed on the trip and was awaiting more informa tion about it. Still, he said the fact that the meeting happened gave weight to Pompeo's testimony last week that the administra tion was committed to the "complete and veriable denuclearization" of North Korea and sustaining sanc tions pressure. It is not unprecedented for U.S. intelligence of cials to serve as conduits for communication with Pyongyang. In 2014, the then-director of U.S. national intelligence, James Clapper, secretly visited North Korea to bring back two American detainees. Clapper did not, howev er, meet with Kim, who has only in recent weeks emerged from international seclusion after taking power six years ago and super-charging North Ko rea's push to become a nu clear power. Kim met last month with China's president and is to meet South Korea's leader April 27.
Page E8, PHILADELPHIA (AP) U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window. The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work. Pressure for the FAA to act grew after an engine on a Southwest plane blew apart on Tuesday, shower ing the aircraft with debris and shattering a window. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out and died of her inju ries. The plane, which was headed from New York to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Investigators said a blade that broke off mid-ight and triggered the fatal ac cident was showing signs of metal fatigue micro scopic cracks that can splin ter open under the kind of stress placed on jetliners and their engines. The National Transpor tation Safety Board also blamed metal fatigue for an engine failure on a South west plane in Florida in 2016. That led manufacturer CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and France's Safran SA, to recommend last June that airlines conduct the inspec tions of fan blades on many Boeing 737s. The FAA proposed mak ing the recommendation mandatory in August but never issued a nal decision. On Wednesday, the FAA said it would issue a direc tive in the next two weeks to require ultrasonic inspec tions of fan blades on some CFM56-7B engines after they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. Blades that fail inspection would need to be replaced. It was not immediately clear how many planes would be affected. Last year, the FAA estimated that an order would cover 220 engines on U.S. air lines. That number could be higher now because more engines have hit the num ber of ights triggering an inspection. Southwest announced its own program for similar inspections of its 700-plane eet over the next month. United Airlines executives said Wednesday that they had begun inspecting some of their planes. American Airlines has about 300 planes with that type of engine, and Delta Air Lines has about 185. It will not be clear until the FAA issues its rule how many will need inspections. Tuesday's emergency broke a string of eight straight years without a fatal accident involving a U.S. airliner. "Engine failures like this should not occur," Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB, said Wednesday. Sumwalt expressed concern about such a destruc tive engine failure but said he would not yet draw broad conclusions about the safety of CFM56 engines or the entire eet of Boeing 737s, the most popular air liner ever built. Federal investigators were still trying to deter mine how a window came out of the plane. The woman sitting next to it, identi ed by family members as 43-year-old Jennifer Rior dan, was wearing a seat belt. Philadelphia's medical examiner said the bank ing executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, died from blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso. It is unknown whether the FAA's original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up. CEO Gary Kelly said it had logged only 10,000 cycles since being overhauled. Before Wednesday's announcement, critics accused the FAA of inaction in the face of a threat to safety. Robert Clifford, a lawyer who is suing American Air lines over another engine explosion that caused a re that destroyed the plane, said the FAA should have required the inspections even if it meant grounding Boeing 737s. "There is something going on with these engines," he said, "and the statistical likelihood of additional fail ures exists." William Waldock, a safety expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, predicted the FAA's deci sion. He said the scope of FAA action will depend on whether investigators nd fatigue in other fan blades on the broken engine. "The rst thing they prob ably are going to do is pull every single one of those other blades off and X-ray them to see if they've got a similar type of failure waiting to happen," he said. The Southwest CEO pro tested that it is too soon to say whether Tuesday's acci dent is related to any other engine failures. Kelly said the plane was inspected on Sunday and nothing appeared out of or der. A spokeswoman said it was a visual inspection and oil service of the engines. The NTSB's Sumwalt said, however, that the kind of wear seen where the miss ing fan blade broke off would not have been vis ible just by looking at the engine. CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Thursday, April 19, 2018 APIn this Tuesday, April 17, 2018 frame from video, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator examines dam age to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that set off a terrifying chain of events and left a businesswoman hanging half outside a shattered window showed evidence of metal fatigue, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosionCosby defense loses 5th bid for mistrialNORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) Bill Cosby's law yers turned to their star wit ness in the comedian's sexual assault retrial, countering the harrowing accounts of a half-dozen accusers with a woman who says chief accuser Andrea Constand mused about framing a ce lebrity in hopes of a big payday. Temple University academic adviser Marguerite Jackson took the witness stand the same day jurors heard Cosby's explosive deposition testimony about giving quaaludes, the sincebanned 1970s party drug, to women before sex. As the trial entered its ninth day Thursday, Cos by's lawyers lost their fth bid for a mistrial over the prosecution's treatment of Jackson. The defense argued prosecutors were out of line for implying they were wrong to help Jackson write a statement outlining her claims about Constand. Prosecutor Stewart Ryan irked Cosby's lawyers dur ing Jackson's cross-exam ination on Wednesday by repeatedly saying they "cre ated" her afdavit. Ryan highlighted dif ferences between the Jan. 22 afdavit and one that Jackson wrote on her own last year, getting Jackson to concede that Cosby law yer Kathleen Bliss had her add quotes and make other changes to the second docu ment. Judge Steven O'Neill said there were "simply no grounds for a mistrial" and that Cosby's lawyers were raising the issue too late. He added that it didn't appear the defense did anything wrong, nor were prosecu tors wrong to question their involvement. O'Neill was upset that Cosby's lawyers had just one witness ready to testify on Thursday a drug ex pert who will take the wit ness stand after prosecutors call their own drug expert. District Attorney Kevin Steele also expressed his displeasure and wanted O'Neill to make sure se questered jurors weren't blaming prosecutors for wasting their time. "Are you going to tell the jury that it's their fault?" Steele asked the judge. "My fault. No. Their fault? Yes," Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau retorted. "This court is not about blame," O'Neill said. "Just pack your witnesses in." The prosecution expert expected to take the stand Thursday, Dr. Timothy Rohrig, testied at Cosby's last trial that wooziness and other effects Constand described could have been caused by quaaludes or Benadryl, the over-thecounter cold medication Cosby claims he gave her. Quaaludes have been illegal in the U.S. since 1982. Cosby, in the 2005 deposition read to jurors by a police detective, said he used quaaludes "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'" "Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with, and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case," Cosby said in the deposition, given in 2005 and 2006 after Con stand sued him. Cosby's testimony was hidden from public view until The Associated Press pe titioned to have it unsealed in 2005. That led prosecu tors to reopen the criminal case and le charges. After jurors heard Cos by's quaaludes testimony, the defense put Jackson on the stand. She testied that Constand, Temple's wom en's basketball operations director, spoke to her on a February 2004 road trip to Rhode Island about fabri cating sexual assault allega tions against a high-prole person so she could "get that money" from a lawsuit. After watching a TV news report about a ce lebrity who had been sued over allegations of sexual assault, Jackson said, Con stand told her: "Oh, wow, something similar happened to me." Constand said she never reported the assault because her assailant was a "high-prole person" and she knew she couldn't prove it, Jackson testied. Jackson, who said she roomed with Constand on the trip, told jurors that she encouraged Constand to come forward. She testied that Constand then switched gears, saying, "No, it didn't, but I could say it did. I could say it happened, get that money. I could quit my job. I could go back to school. I could open up a business." Jackson's account was immediately challenged by prosecutors, who suggested she was not on the trip on which she says her conver sation with Constand took place. Jackson's appearance on the witness stand was one of the most highly antici pated moments of a retrial that has Cosby, 80, defending himself against criminal charges that he knocked Constand out with pills and then sexually assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby paid Constand nearly $3.4 million in 2006, and his law yers call her a "con artist" who set him up. Jackson said a comedian she met on a cruise put her in touch with Cosby's law yers in November 2016. They got to talking about Cosby after the comedian offered to buy her a drink and promised, "I won't put anything in it," she recalled. O'Neill blocked Jackson from taking the stand at Cosby's rst trial last year, ruling her testimony would be hearsay after Constand told the jury that she did not know her. That trial ended without a verdict after ju rors deadlocked. The judge changed his mind about Jackson for the retrial, giving the defense case a huge boost. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permis sion, which Constand has done.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E9 your local e-mail update AroundOsceola.com News Now AroundOsceola.com Get Up-To-Date news sent directly to you!Sign Up Today! AroundOsceola.com TOKYO (AP) Imagine a national budget that reects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spend ing. It's generous with in frastructure improvements, and is certain of unques tioning, unanimous approval in parliament. Congratulations. You are now thinking like a North Korean economist. North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly passed a budget with all of those fea tures last week in an annual ritual reecting the coun try's conicting desires to keep up appearances, especially for potential foreign investors, while obscuring even the most basic statis tics needed to gauge its eco nomic health. The mysterious manner in which North Korea reports its budgets and gener ally hides other economic indicators is particularly frustrating as experts are now carefully scrutinizing whatever information they can get in an effort to understand the motives of leader Kim Jong Un as he prepares to hold his rst summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week and U.S. President Donald Trump in late May or early June. "North Korea really is unique in this regard," said Benjamin Silberstein, an associate scholar with the Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-editor of the North Korean Econo my Watch website. "Going back to the 1960s, even So viet bloc diplomats record ed their frustrations at how not even basic legal documents were made public." The budget's typically rosy outlook contrasts sharply with a slew of eco nomic challenges facing leader Kim Jong Un. The country has logged signicant growth since Kim assumed power in 2011, but is now operating under the toughest set of in ternational trade sanctions it has ever had to endure. Beijing's apparent decision toward the end of last year to tighten restrictions even beyond those mandated by the United Nations is squeezing it further. "No matter the actual state of the economy during the last year, it would have been politically difcult to recognize too much of a loss from economic sanc tions and the like," Silber stein said. "Over the years, Pyongyang's economic reporting has gotten much closer to being somewhat credible, but regardless of actual performance, it would have likely been dif cult to publicize any losses for last year in particular." North Korea is notori ously reluctant to provide transparency on just about anything. It stopped revealing its actual budget numbers in 2001, opting instead for percentages of growth or of the total, as it did again this year. It hasn't pub lished macroeconomic per formance indicators since 1965. Most foreign experts rely instead on data com piled by the South Korean government. Because of the way it's reported, it's not even entirely clear if the budget is balanced. That said, the budget's highlights include: Revenues are rising. For scal 2017, North Ko rea forecast a 3.1 percent revenue increase, which it later revised up, to 4.9 per cent. The increase this year is forecast to be about the same, 3.2 percent. Total ex penditures are expected to grow 5.1 percent, down in percentage terms at least, from 5.4 percent for last year's budget. To Silber stein, this has a somewhat realistic ring to it. "Histori cally, communist economies would often claim that plans had been overfullled by factors far too high to be realistic and that is clearly not the case here." Despite its ofcial claim of having a centrally planned socialist economy, Pyongyang relies heavily on local governments for nearly a quarter of the funds it needs to pay for itself. Revenues collected by the central government now ac count for 73.9 percent of the total and the remainder, many North Korea watchers suspect, may boil down to prots made on the quasiofcial market economy that has ourished under Kim. Sanctions notwithstanding, North Korea is hoping to reap revenues from its special economic and trade zones, which of ten depend on investment or joint venture arrange ments from Chinese and, to a lesser degree, Russian partners. On the ip side, it expects to earn less from its cooperatives, real estate rental income and sales of properties. Defense spending stays at 15.8 percent, rough ly the same as last year. A big umbrella catego ry called "the development of the national economy" now accounts for a 47.7 percent share, presumably reecting Kim's vow to im prove the people's standard of living. "The state budget for this year will be successfully carried out through meticulous organization of economic operation and command and thus nan cially back the building of a powerful socialist country," North Korea's nance min ister, Ki Kwang Ho, said in announcing the budget to parliament. What's not in the budget is often more important than what is. "It's laughable they have the audacity to put out a budget report that doesn't reference the shocking drop in trade, at least as an nounced ofcially by Chi na," said William Brown, a retired U.S. government economist who has worked for the Commerce Department and the CIA and is now at Georgetown University. "From this data it doesn't look like anything is happening. I had hoped to see a big rise in property sales privatization but that doesn't show up here." Brown noted North Ko rea's use of percentages makes the budget all the more opaque. "One thing that always catches people is the trans lation of growth terminolo gy," he said. "The Koreans, like the Chinese, include the base and say growth was 100.8 or so, meaning a 0.8 percent increase. But without the actual numbers, and no references to price changes, it's impossible to know what it means." To those North Korean economists, that's undoubtedly a feature, not a bug. CITIZEN TRIBUNEWorldThursday, April 19, 2018 EEE-5 APIn this April 13, 2017, file photo, North Korean men, women and soldiers walk past apartment blocks along Ryo myong street, a collection of more than a dozen apartment buildings in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea under leader Kim Jong Un has been on a spending spree, evidenced in projects like the new Ryomyong Street residential district. But outside economists looking for clues of the countrys fiscal health say its latest budget reveals con flicting desires to keep up appearances, especially for potential foreign investors, while obscuring even the most basic economic indicators. North Korea has a new budget and it's full of fiscal hijinks Rebels in Syria's south brace for onslaught, fear wider warAMMAN, Jordan (AP) Rebels in southern Syria who were once backed by the United States fear a new of fensive by President Bashar Assad's forces, one that risks igniting a wider conict. A government push to the south could bring allied Ira nian and Russian forces even closer to the increasingly tense frontier with Israel, and to U.S. forces based further to the east. A breakdown in security across the region, which has been largely quiet in recent months follow ing a cease-re brokered by the U.S., Russia and Jordan, could also provide an opening for Islamic State militants to regroup. For years, rebel forces known as the Southern Front received covert U.S. arms, funding and training to help them ght both the Syr ian government and IS. But President Donald Trump ended the CIA program last year to try and extricate the U.S. from the civil war, an effort that was again thrown into doubt when an alleged chemical attack this month prompted U.S. and allied air strikes against Assad's forces. A "de-escalation" agreement reached last summer meanwhile appears to be breaking down. Government airstrikes rained down on the southern Daraa province in March after an eight-month lull. Thousands of people ed the stricken areas and have yet to return, fearing a renewed onslaught, accord ing to opposition activists and community leaders. "Southern Syria is living on a sea of rumors that will turn into a reality soon," said Ahmad al-Masalmeh, an activist in Daraa. "The (rebel) Free Syrian Army is getting ready as the regime and Rus sia send threats. America and Israel are beating the drums of war with strikes against Assad." Those fears deepened after Assad's forces recaptured the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus earlier this month after a devastating offensive and the suspected chemical attack. Many now wonder where Assad's forces, sup ported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian air power, will strike next. Israel has repeatedly warned Iran and its proxies to stay away from the bor der. It has carried out more than a hundred airstrikes in Syria since the war began in 2011, and is believed to have carried out an airstrike on a Syrian base earlier this month that killed seven Iranian military personnel. In February, Israel launched a wave of airstrikes in Syria after it intercepted an Iranian drone that had inltrated its airspace, and an Israeli F-16 was downed upon its return from Syria. "The Iranian octopus is try ing to strangle us and break our spirit. But Israel is stronger than them," Cabinet Min ister Naftali Bennett said at a ceremony marking Israel's Memorial Day on Tuesday. "From here I tell the leaders of Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah: Do not try us." The Syrian government may calculate that a push to the south is worth the risk. The main border crossing with Jordan has been closed since insurgents seized the Syrian side in 2015, shutting off vital trade routes linking Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Jordan has said it will only reopen the crossing if the Syrian government controls the other side. Jordan's priorities are stability, border security, and keeping both extremist groups and Iranian militias at bay interests that the U.S. and Israel share. "Southern Syria's primary concern for us is Jordan's sta bility," said Henry Wooster, charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan. He said American, Russian and Jordanian ofcials engage regularly on the mission to "de-conict" southern Syria through a monitoring center in Amman. But similar "de-escalation" arrangements have been violated or broken down en tirely in other parts of Syria. A cease-re in eastern Ghouta came to an abrupt end in February when the Syrian government and its Russian allies launched a massive operation, eventually forcing rebels there to surrender or relocate to northern Syria. The rebels gave up their last holdout, the town of Dou ma, after the alleged April 7 chemical attack. The Eastern Lions Bri gade, a rebel group that re ceived covert U.S. support until late last year, fears a similar scenario in the south. In recent months, the group has retreated from attacks by government forces as well as IS militants, and is now largely conned to an area further east near the rebelheld al-Tanf military base, where U.S. special opera tions forces are housed.
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! CITIZEN TRIBUNE FoodEEE-2 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 BY MELISSA D'ARABIAN Associated PressNot a day goes by that I don't get a recipe request or question about the Instant Pot. So, dear readers, today is the day for my starter recipe for you Instant Pot (Multi-Pot, etc.) fans. I'll start by pointing out that we are really talking about here is an automated, easy-to-use electric pressure cooker. I hear a collective sigh of recognition from a whole generation of homecooks who have relied on a pressure cooker for years to deliver stews, chilis and braises to their families in quick order. But for the rest of us who were freaked out by man aging the pressure on the stovetop ourselves, fearing exploding hot liquids or bursts of scalding steam, an automated pressure cooker welcomes us into the fold. Cooking under high pres sure speeds up the process quite a bit, meaning you can have tender braised meat in minutes instead of hours, which can be a boon for weeknight meals. In case you decide to get an electric pressure cooker, here are a few tips. First, read the entire manual before you start cooking anything. Even if you are one to put an entire Ikea living room set together with nary a glance at the instructions, read the manual. It will ex plain how the cooker works, and give you step-by-step operating instructions. My second tip is to start with something easy that can't be overcooked: stock or bone broth, for example. Load up the pressure cooker with bones and a few hunks of onion and celery, cover with water (don't overll), and set the timed cooker (exactly how long is in you guessed it your manual see it's paying off already!). Next tip: Use less liquid than you would use stovetop as evaporation is eliminated, and don't overcook. High pressure means you can't easily open the lid to check on food's progress and texture as you would with a typical stovetop braise. Be extra aware of the possibil ity of overcooking if you are cooking tougher meat with tender vegetables. Finally, be aware that "instant" is a bit of a misnomer. While "cook time" in any recipe is relatively short today's recipe for Instant Dijon Chicken only "cooks" for 10 minutes don't for get to add the time it takes to come to pressure (about 5-15 minutes) plus time for pressure release, if you aren't manually releasing the pressure (which I don't rec ommend for a newbie). Just in case any of you thought that dinner would be done in an actual instant.INSTANT DIJON CHICKENServings: 6 Start to nish: 40 minutes 1 14-ounce can diced to matoes 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 teaspoons dried tarra gon (or 1 teaspoon fresh, chopped) 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped, about 3/4 cup 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 pounds boneless skin less chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat 1/2 pound white button mushrooms, wiped clean and halved 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch piec es 1/4 cup Dijon mustard Additional tarragon or chopped parsley for garnish, optional salt and pepper Special equipment: Electric Pressure Cooker (such as Instant Pot or Multi-Pot) Spray the inside of an electric pressure cooker with an olive oil mister for easy cleanup. Place the canned diced tomatoes, wine, tar ragon and garlic at the bottom of the pot and stir with a wooden spoon to blend. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and cut each thigh twice (into three pieces), and place on top of the tomato mixture. Place the halved mushrooms and cut carrot pieces on top of the chicken. Place the lid on, secure, and close the pressure valve. Set the timer to 10 minutes at high pressure. Once the cooking is done, allow the pressure cooker to sit for 10 minutes, allow ing the pressure to release slowly (without moving the valve). Then, carefully turn the pressure valve to open, releasing any remaining pressure. (Note: it will take 8-10 minutes for the cooker to come to pressure, plus 10 minutes of cooking time, plus the release time, so total cooking time will be near 30 minutes.) Spoon about 1/2 cup of the cook ing liquid into a small bowl and whisk in the Dijon mus tard until creamy. Whisk the mustard mixture into the pot of cooked chicken. Top with parsley or additional tarragon, if desired. Serve with cooked cauli ower rice, spaghetti squash, quinoa or brown rice. Chef's Note: The dish can be made in a conventional pot on a stove. Simmer, cov ered, on low heat until meat is tender, about 60-75 minutes. Nutrition information per serving: 246 calories; 57 calories from fat; 6 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 142 mg cholesterol; 941 mg sodium; 11 g carbohydrate; 2 g ber; 4 g sugar; 32 g protein.Cooking Under PressureSpeed up the process on this Dijon chickenBY KATIE WORKMAN Associated PressDuring the month of Ra madan, observant Muslims perform daily fasts from dawn to dusk, only break ing the fast with a meal (usually a light one) after the sun sets. Fasting is intended to cleanse the soul, allowing Muslims to turn their attention inward, toward charity work and prayer, and away from material things. One of the dishes on many tables in Levantine countries during Ramadan is fattoush. It may be served during the evening break fasts, and is often part of the celebratory spread that marks the end of the month of abstinence. Many countries have a version of fattoush. As with many cross-cultural dishes, researching the different varieties is both fun and slightly exhausting. There's always some type of at bread, such as pita, and tomatoes and cucumbers. But then ... lettuce or no let tuce? Vegetables sliced or diced? Radishes? Peppers? Lemon or lime juice? A bit of sweetener? Sumac? Choices to be made. Mince your garlic as much as you can so that it really blends into the dressing. A way to get it superne is to chop it quite a bit, then sprinkle on a bit of salt and drag the at side of the knife blade across the gar lic several times, pressing down as you go to create a paste. Chop some more, drag the knife over it once again, repeat, and soon you will have a ne garlic paste. I used a little pomegran ate syrup in my dressing because I had a bottle lying around (which I realize is not normal for most Ameri can cooks). Use honey if you are not as ingredientnerdy as I am (or you can nd the syrup online or in a specialty foods store). Sumac is a spice made from berries that grow wild on bushes in Lebanon and other countries in the re gion; it's a classic fattoush seasoning. The avor is tart and tangy. You could use that instead of the za'atar, which is a lovely, tangy and earthy combination of sumac, thyme, sesame and marjoram (sometimes cumin), and is often easier to nd in supermarkets.FATTOUSHServes 6 Start to nish: 30 min utes Pita Crisps: 2 pieces pita bread 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon za'atar Salad: 1 heart of romaine, thinly sliced crosswise 4 Persian cucumbers, sliced, or 1 seedless or hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeds removed, and thinly sliced 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup nely diced red onion 4 scallions trimmed and thinly sliced (white and green parts) 6 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced 1 cup fresh parsley leaves Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon pomegranate syrup or honey 1 teaspoon very nely minced garlic (almost a paste) 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1/2 teaspoon za'atar Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Make the Pita Crisps. Brush the tops of the pitas with the tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and za'atar. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 4 to 5 minutes, until toasted and crisp. Remove and let cool. Make the Salad: In a large bowl combine the let tuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, scallions, radishes and parsley. Make the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup olive oil, lime juice, pomegranate syrup or hon ey, garlic, mint, za'atar, and salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Break the cooled pita into pieces about 1-inch large (they will be uneven) and add them to the salad just before serving. Give a nal toss, let sit for 5 minutes so the pita starts to soften just slightly in the dressing, and serve. Nutrition information per serving: 187 calories; 106 calories from fat; 12 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 311 mg sodium; 18 g carbohydrate; 5 g ber; 6 g sugar; 5 g protein. APThis April 9, 2018 photo shows instant Dijon chicken in Bethesda, Md. Try traditional fattoush during this Ramadan season APThis 2018 photo shows a fattoush in New York.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E11 AroundOsceola.com 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 on Wednesday conrmed that his CIA chief secret ly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. Mike Pompeo's highly unusual talks took place "last week," Trump tweet ed, and "went smoothly," with details about the pres idential meeting within the next few months "being worked out now." "Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!" Trump wrote while at his Florida estate, where he was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Trump had disclosed on Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea were holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a possible summit. He said ve locations were under consideration for the meeting, which could take place by early June. Conrmation of Pompeo's trip later came from two ofcials, who were not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly and spoke on condition of ano nymity. The Washington Post, which rst reported the development, said it took place over Easter weekend just over two weeks ago, shortly after Pompeo was nominated to become secretary of state. Two White House ofcials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive discussions, conrmed Wednesday that the trip took place over Easter weekend. Kim's offer for a sum mit was initially conveyed to Trump by South Korea last month, and the president shocked many by ac cepting it. U.S. ofcials indicated over the past two weeks that North Korea's government had communicated directly with Washington that it was ready to discuss its nuclear weap ons program. It would be the rst-ever summit between the U.S. and North Korea during more than six decades of hostility since the Korean War. North Korea's nuclear weapons and its capability to deliver them by ballistic missile pose a growing threat to the U.S. mainland. The U.S. and North Korea do not have formal diplomatic relations, complicating the arrangements for contacts between the two governments. It is not unprecedented for U.S. in telligence ofcials to serve as a conduit for communication with Pyongyang. In 2014, the then-director of U.S. national intelli gence, James Clapper, se cretly visited North Korea to bring back two Ameri can detainees. China, North Korea's closest ally, said it wel comes direct contact and talks between the U.S. and North Korea after news emerged of Pompeo's meeting with Kim. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a brieng Wednesday that Beijing hopes the two sides will work on a political resolu tion of tensions on the Ko rean Peninsula and set up a peace mechanism. The Koreas are technically still in a state of war after ght ing in the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a ceasere, not a peace treaty. At a Senate hearing last week on his nomi nation, Pompeo played down expectations for a breakthrough deal on end ing North Korea's nuclear weapons program at the planned summit, but said it could lay the ground work for a comprehensive agreement on denuclear ization. "I'm optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation and will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America and the world so desperately need," Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. After a year of escalating tensions, when North Korea conducted nuclear and long-range missile tests that drew world con demnation, Kim has piv oted to international out reach. The young leader met China's President Xi Jin ping in Beijing in late March, Kim's rst trip abroad since taking power six years ago. He is set to meet South Korean Presi dent Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone between the rival Koreas on April 27. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsWednesday, April 18, 2018 EEE-3 APThis combination of two le photos shows CIA Director Mike Pompeo, left, listens during his introductions before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a conrmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 12, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Polit ical Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 9, 2018. Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea DOJ watchdog finds himself in familiar political hot seatWASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump wasted no time before seizing on last week's re port by the Justice Depart ment's internal watchdog on misconduct allegations against the FBI's former No. 2 ofcial, Andrew McCabe. Trump tweeted it was proof that his archri val James Comey, the for mer FBI director, "totally controlled" McCabe. But the report by In spector General Michael Horowitz said no such thing. In fact, it depicted clashing accounts of a conversation they had that contributed to McCabe's dismissal. It wasn't unusual for Horowitz to see his actions or his own credibility caught up in Washington's political storms, despite the apolitical reputation he has cultivated over six years on the job. Trump has disparagingly called Horowitz an "Obama guy" even as McCabe's lawyers have decried the report and investigative process as unfair. No matter the opin ion, there's no doubting the impact of the work: It helped lay the groundwork for McCabe's ring and opened him to torrential criticism by Trump and his supporters. The controversies he has endured are likely nothing compared to what awaits him in coming weeks when he announces the ndings of his review into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The report will iname the debate about whether FBI actions during the campaign af fected the race's outcome. And Trump's friends and foes will inevitably scour for any nugget that can undermine his criticism of their side, and Horowitz himself. Charles McCullough, a former intelligence community inspector general who referred the Clinton emails to the FBI, said he believes Horowitz's report will be "absolutely thor ough and completely ac curate." Still, he said, Horowitz "will be in the same vortex that we were in, and you just have to manage that as best as you can because of the politics." Horowitz declined to comment, through a spokesman. The Clinton report is unquestionably Horowitz's most politically consequential case, but it's not his rst high-prole inves tigation. He spent years as a federal prosecutor in the powerful Southern District of New York as chief of its public corruption unit, where he built cases against crooked police of cers. He later served in top Justice Department roles under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Attorney Josh Berman, a close friend who has played basketball and softball with him, recalled that Horowitz had anticipated departing at the end of the Clinton administration and had packed up his ofce as chief of staff to the crimi nal division head. Yet, un expectedly, he was asked to stay on. "He is the kind of guy who plays it straight, plays it fair, doesn't let politics ... play into his decisionmaking," Berman said. President Barack Obama nominated him for inspec tor general in 2011, and he quickly dived into big scandals. Five months after he took the position came a report on the botched gun-tracking operation called Fast and Furious. It criticized individual agents and prosecutors and prompted the resignation of a top criminal division ofcial whose supporters say was unfairly maligned by Horowitz's ofce. It largely spared from direct attack then-Attorney General Eric Holder and other senior ofcials. Lawmak ers questioned whether he'd held back out of friendship, which he de nied. "The only thing that was going to make my decisions here were the facts and the law, period," Horowitz said at a 2012 hearing. His supporters note that while Horowitz was appointed inspector general by Obama, Bush had named him to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. As a watchdog in a Demo cratic administration, he sometimes enjoyed the support of congressional Republicans performing similar oversight. "He is the brain trust that we on the Hill have relied on for years," said Keith Ashdown, former Repub lican staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "He's not just great at what he does for the Department of Justice, he has had an aggressive, important and vital role in shaping the IG community at large." As chairman of an in spector general umbrella group, he's championed the interests of fellow watchdogs. Ashdown recalled Horowitz being the rst inspector general to publicly criticize his coun terpart at the Department of Veterans Affairs after he subpoenaed a watchdog group in a move other in spectors general privately found aggressive. McCullough said Horowitz supported him during the fracas over the Clinton email referral. Robert Storch, who was hired by Horowitz and is now the National Security Agency inspector general, called him a nurturing boss who made a point to show interest in his employees despite the job's long hours and rigorous demands. "He is a marvelous lead er in that sense," Storch said. In 2015, Horowitz com plained about an Ofce of Legal Counsel opin ion that he felt interfered with his ofce's ability to obtain grand jury records, wiretap information and other data normally protected from public disclo sure. Justice Department ofcials were rankled by what they saw as Horow itz's mischaracterization of the opinion and his criticism of an under-theradar ofce. Yet Horowitz succeeded in drawing at tention to his stance and secured legislation to ensure the access he wanted. Horowitz has also been sensitive to media cover age of his ofce and pub lic perception of its work. After the Justice Depart ment disclosed anti-Trump text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and another FBI ofcial, Horowitz issued an un usual statement to make clear his ofce hadn't been consulted on whether it approved the release. Given the public and congressional interest in the FBI's handling of the Clinton case, there was probably no way Horowitz could have avoided wad ing in, McCullough said. "Once you're tasked to do it, it's the whole nine yards. You can't do it half way." The Clinton report has had practical consequences even before its release. It was Horowitz who agged the texts from Strzok, who worked on the bureau's Clinton investigation and later joined spe cial counsel Robert Mueller's team. Strzok was reassigned. And it was Horowitz's ofce that concluded McCabe hadn't been forthcoming about having authorized FBI ofcials to speak with a journalist about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. The FBI's internal disciplinary ofce recommended McCabe's ring. Attor ney General Jeff Sessions dismissed him last month. McCabe denies mis leading anyone. His law yer, Michael Bromwich, a former inspector general himself, blamed Horowitz for severing the McCabe matter from the rest of the investigation. He says Horowitz and FBI disci plinary ofcials rushed to complete their work be fore McCabe's planned re tirement.
Page E12, PHILADELPHIA (AP) A preliminary examina tion of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that set off a terrify ing chain of events and left a businesswoman hanging half outside a shattered win dow showed evidence of "metal fatigue," according to the National Transporta tion Safety Board. Passengers scrambled to save the woman from get ting sucked out the win dow that had been smashed by debris and a registered nurse and emergency medi cal technician on the ight rushed to try to help her. She later died, and seven others were injured. The pilots of the twinengine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard took it into a rapid descent Tuesday and made an emer gency landing in Philadelphia. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling and passengers said their prayers and braced for im pact. "I just remember holding my husband's hand, and we just prayed and prayed and prayed," said passenger Amanda Bourman, of New York. The dead woman was identied as Jennifer Rior dan, a Wells Fargo bank ex ecutive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The seven other victims suffered minor in juries. Retired registered nurse Peggy Phillips told WFAATV that she performed CPR on Riordan for about 20 minutes, until the plane landed in Philadelphia. She said that shortly af ter takeoff "we heard a loud noise and the plane started shaking like nothing I've ever experienced before. It sounded like the plane was coming apart, and I think we pretty quickly gured out that something hap pened with the engine." She said they started los ing altitude and the masks came down and "basically I think all of us thought this might be it." She then heard a lot of commotion a few rows behind her. "It was a lot of chaos back there a lot of really upset people and a lot of noise, and a big rush of air, a big whoosh of air," Phil lips said. After a ight attendant asked if anyone knew CPR, Phillips and an EMT lay the woman down and per formed CPR until the plane was on the ground. "If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600 mph and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face, then I think I can probably tell you there was signicant trauma," Phillips said. The National Transpor tation Safety Board sent a team of investigators to Philadelphia and NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said late Tuesday that one of the engine's fan blades was separated and missing. The blade was separated at the point where it would come into the hub and there was evidence of metal fa tigue, Sumwalt said. The engine will be exam ined further to understand what caused the failure. The investigation is expected to take 12 to 15 months. Photos of the plane on the tarmac showed a miss ing window and a chunk gone from the left engine, including part of its cover. A piece of the engine cover ing was later found in Ber nville, Pennsylvania, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) west of Philadelphia, Sum walt said. As a precaution, Southwest said Tuesday night that it would inspect similar engines in its eet over the next 30 days. Passengers praised one of the pilots, Tammie Jo Shults, for her cool-headed handling of the emergency. The former Navy pilot was at the controls when the plane made the emergency landing, according to her husband, Dean Shults. She walked through the aisle and talked with passengers to make sure they were OK after the aircraft touched down. "She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her," said Alfred Tumlinson, of Corpus Christi, Texas. "I'm going to send her a Christ mas card, I'm going to tell you that, with a gift certi cate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome." In a recording of conver sations between the cockpit and air trafc controllers, an unidentied female crew member reported that there was a hole in the plane and "someone went out." Tumlinson said a man in a cowboy hat rushed for ward a few rows to grab the woman and pull her back in. "She was out of the plane. He couldn't do it by himself, so another gentleman came over and helped to get her back in the plane, and they got her," he said. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said there were no problems with the plane or its engine when it was in spected on Sunday. The jet's CFM56-7B en gines were made by CFM International, jointly owned by General Electric and Safran Aircraft Engines of France. CFM said in a statement that the CFM567B has had "an outstanding safety and reliability record" since its debut in 1997. Last year, the engine maker and the Federal Aviation Administration instructed airlines to make ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades of engines like those on the Southwest jet. The FAA said the move was prompted by a report of a fan blade failing and hurling debris. A South west spokeswoman said the engine that failed Tuesday was not covered by that di rective, but the airline an nounced it would speed up ultrasonic inspections of fan blades of its CFM56-series engines anyway. "There's a ring around the engine that is meant to con tain the engine pieces when this happens," said John Goglia, a former NTSB member. "In this case it didn't. That's going to be a big focal point for the NTSB why didn't (the ring) do its job?" In 2016, a Southwest Boeing 737-700 blew an engine as it ew from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, and shrapnel tore a 5-by-16-inch hole just above the wing. The plane landed safely. The NTSB said a fan blade had broken off, apparently because of metal fatigue. CITIZEN TRIBUNENationEEE-4 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 APNational Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwest Airlines jet blew the engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate scramble by passengers to save a woman from getting sucked out. She later died, and seven oth ers were injured.A retired school nurse says she performed CPR on the Southwest Airlines planeCampus food pantries proliferateSCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) Free food pantries are becoming nearly as com mon as the campus bookstore at a growing number of col leges. More than 570 campus food pantries nationwide are registered with the College and University Food Bank Alliance, which formed in 2012 and helps colleges set up food pantries and other hunger programs. New York recently required that they be established at all institutions in its state university system. "You can't concentrate when you're hungry; you're irritable, you're not focusing. I did not perform well on some exams," said 47-yearold Borough of Manhattan Community College student Melanie Aucello, who is working on a college degree in hopes of improving her family's quality of life. A report published this month by a lab at the Uni versity of Wisconsin found 36 percent of 43,000 students attending twoand four-year colleges who were surveyed in 20 states had trouble get ting enough to eat, threatening the academic success that's key to overcoming pov erty. Among community col lege students alone, 42 per cent struggled to pay for bal anced meals. "We see food-insecure students devote as much time to school and homework as other students, but they also work longer hours and get less sleep," said Sara Goldrick-Rab, a Temple Universi ty sociologist and founder of the HOPE (Harvesting Op portunities for Postsecondary Education) Lab at Wisconsin. Studies, she said, have shown such students are like ly to have lower grades and graduation rates. For young students from well-to-families, spending time as a starving student scarng ramen noodles is of ten written off as a humorous rite of passage. But the demographics of typical college students are changing, and for many, hunger is a serious reality, Goldrick-Rab said. Food insecurity is related to soaring college costs, stag nant family incomes, a poor labor market for part-time workers and employment requirements that make food stamps inaccessible, Gold rick-Rab said. There are also more low-income students, sometimes with children of their own, she said. "There is no typical stu dent who's food insecure; it can impact any type of student," said Clare Cady, a Temple University ofcial who is co-founder of the College and University Food Bank Alliance. Food pantries cost little to colleges because they're typically run by volunteer students and faculty and are supported by donations of food and money. The student-run Michigan State University Student Food Bank, launched in 1993, was the rst. It buys food from a regional food bank and distributes it to more than 4,000 students and their families per year. In California, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017 signed a law allocating $7.5 million to ght campus hunger not only for pantries, but also for other approaches, such as helping with access to public benets programs. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said an initiative launched this spring makes New York the rst state to require food pantries to be established at all 64 institutions in the State Uni versity of New York system. About 70 percent already had them. At Schenectady County Community College, any stu dent, regardless of income, can visit up to three times a month and select three days' worth of food such as canned beans, tuna, spaghetti sauce and pasta. "It helps immensely be cause it's really difcult trying to balance school and nances, and it's difcult to work to have money for groceries while in school," 22-year-old biology major Hannah Daignault said. "We have a lot of stu dents who are low-income working parents or single people struggling to get by," said Robyn King, a college counselor who coordinates the pantry. "Some receive food stamp benets, but some make a little too much to qualify. We try to ll the gap." Monroe Community College in Rochester seeks to provide a path to longer-term solutions. Its food wagon distributes free granola bars with labels directing students to the food pantry and Single Stop, an organization that helps students apply for government benets such as food stamps, housing and childcare. "The traditional student today is older with other obligations," Monroe president Anne Kress said. "A lot of them are living in a very narrow margin between nancial security and insecu rity. What's going to connect them to nancial security is a college degree."
Saturday, April 14, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E13 JERUSALEM (AP) Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemo rate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage. It has a standard of living that rivals Western Europe, though it lacks signicant natural resources. It can boast of scientic achievements and military and technological clout beyond its modest size. It controls most of biblical Israel, and despite widespread criti cism of its policies toward the Palestinians, it has cul tivated good diplomatic ties with most of the world. But it's also a country that is weary from decades of conict with the Palestinians. It is riven by reli gious, ethnic and economic divisions. It is still seeking recognition in a region that has not fully come to terms with the presence of a Jew ish state. Its founding declaration offers it as a "light unto the nations," but it still is regu larly accused of war crimes against Palestinians, millions of whom it has con trolled for decades without the right to vote. There is no end in sight to its occu pation of the West Bank, or to its crippling blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. The grand peace hopes of the 1990s have mostly evaporated. Israel still feels en dangered, with well-armed adversaries calling for its destruction and no perma nent borders. Israelis are fretting over the possibility of war with archenemy Iran, which has a military pres ence in neighboring Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite winning three elections since 2009, is reviled by many and faces corruption scandals. A look at Israel at 70:WEALTH AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITYFueled by a vibrant hightech sector, Israel's per cap ita GDP of almost $40,000 ranks with Italy and South Korea, and is within reach of Britain and France. But it also suffers from one of the highest levels of inequality in the developed world, and poverty is espe cially prevalent among its Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews. These two sectors, at nearly a third of the popula tion and growing, risk drag ging down the rest of the economy.PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHTFor a country of just un der 9 million, Israel has enjoyed surprising success. It counts eight living Nobel winners among its citizens and has helped give the world instant messaging, Intel chips and smart, au tonomous vehicles. Hightech units in the military have made Israel a global cybersecurity powerhouse. It is in a small club of nations to have launched a satellite, and is widely be lieved to be among an even smaller group with nuclear weapons, although the government won't conrm it. Israel has one of the world's strongest air forces. It has won European basketball championships and song contests, and hit shows like "Homeland," ''In Treatment" and "Fauda" are Israeli creations. Last year's blockbuster "Wonder Woman" the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman starred Is raeli actress Gal Gadot.FORGING A NATIONAL IDENTITYDespite decades of development, Israel is still work ing at forging a national identity. Over a century ago, Zi onists in Europe saw the Jews as a nation, not just a religion. Persecution in Europe, culminating in the Holocaust, sent European Jews pouring into the Holy Land. Soon after Israel's estab lishment in 1948, they were joined by immigrants from countries like Morocco, Yemen, Iraq and Iran. These Middle Eastern, or Mizrahi, Jews had little in common with their Europe an counterparts. They were poorer, more religious and often targets of discrimination. Three generations of integration and intermar riage have blurred the distinctions, but gaps remain. Arrivals from the former Soviet Union and Ethio pia have made Israel even more diverse, yet the differ ent communities still often keep to themselves. The entire arrangement can seem an affront to the founding idea of the Jews as a nation yet it is also a rare feat that all of these have been forged into a He brew-speaking population with considerable national pride. Still, antipathy exists along cultural lines: Many Europeans, still said to account for perhaps half the Jews in Israel, cannot stand the popular Arabic-style "Mizrahi music" that in ear lier days was suppressed; Moroccan-descended Culture Minister Miri Regev once boasted she does not read Chekhov. Meanwhile, nationalist lawmakers push legislation that would dene Israel as the Jewish nation-state. These initiatives have faltered so far amid criticism that they would discriminate against the Arab mi nority of about one in ve citizens.DISAGREEMENTS OVER JUDAISMAfter 70 years, the place of Judaism in the Jewish state is unclear. Most Israelis are either secular or mildly religious. Yet the devout ultra-Ortho dox, about 10 percent of the population, wield dis proportionate inuence be cause right-wing coalitions never have been able to muster a majority without them. They have used their po litical power to shut down much of the country on Saturdays, the Jewish day of rest; obtain exemptions from compulsory military service; and gain a monopoly overseeing rituals like weddings and funerals. Their strict rules have upset the secular majority, but at tempts at change frequently result in violent protests. The issue of religion has also affected relations with U.S. Jews the largest Jewish community outside Israel and a key base of support. Israel's Orthodox establishment repeatedly has sought to prevent inroads made by the liberal streams of Judaism popular in the U.S. Last year, it blocked plans to allow egalitarian prayer at Jerusalem's West ern Wall. Such moves have created a sense that liberal American Jews are unwelcome. They also have been dis enchanted by Israeli poli cies toward the Palestin ians. American Jews tend to be liberal and support the Democratic Party, while Netanyahu boasts close ties with President Donald Trump.RELATIONS WITH ARAB WORLDAfter Israel declared in dependence, its Arab neigh bors attacked it. And even after the watershed 1967 Mideast war, in which Israel captured parts of Syria, Jordan and Egypt, the Arab world refused to engage. That began to change with the 1979 peace agreement with Egypt, Israel's rst with an Arab country. Jordan followed in 1994, after Israel reached an in terim peace deal with the Palestine Liberation Orga nization. Meanwhile, Netanyahu strengthened ties with countries like India, China and Russia. He often boasts of covert ties with moderate Arab countries presumably Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations that share Israel's concerns about Iran. Saudi Arabia now allows ights between Israel and India to use its airspace. But without resolution of the Palestinian issue, formal relations remain elusive. PALESTINIAN ENTANGLEMENT The euphoria that accompanied the interim peace accords of the mid-1990s was short-lived. The sides established an autonomous "Palestinian Authority" with limited powers on islands of ter ritory but were never able to complete a nal deal, due to deep disagreements and repeated violence that killed thousands. Israel's re lations with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank are poor; its relations with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, who seized the territory from the Palestinian Au thority in 2007, are hostile. Israel has faced heavy criticism and war crimes allegations for high civilian casualties in Gaza most recently with the deaths of over two dozen Palestinians in border protests. Is rael and Hamas have fought three wars. Hamas, which is committed to Israel's destruction, has repeatedly red rockets at Israel, with Israel accusing its leaders of using civilians as cover for attacks. Despite the autonomy arrangement, Israel has ef fective control in the West Bank over 2.5 million Palestinians who are left with out voting rights, while it has expanded Jewish settle ments in the same territory. That has drawn interna tional condemnation and comparisons to apartheid in South Africa. For years, it seemed that Israel w ould agree to a Pal estinian state next door in order to preserve its status as a democracy with a Jew ish majority. But after failed talks, Israel's current hardline government opposes the very idea of negotia tions. Opponents consider this a suicidal path. If things continue this way, a fateful decision awaits: Give Palestinians citizenship in a single state, and end Israel's status as a Jewish-majority country; or maintain a two-tiered sys tem, with a disenfranchised Palestinian population that could no longer credibly claim to be a democracy. CITIZEN TRIBUNEWorldWednesday, April 18, 2018 EEE-5 APIn this Dec. 6, 2017 file photo, Jerusalems Old City is seen through a door with the shape of the star of David. As Israel marks the 70th anniversary of statehood starting at sundown Wednesday, April 18, 2018, satisfaction over its successes and accomplishments share the stage with a grim disquiet over the never-ending conflict with the Palestinians, internal divi sions and an uncertain place in a hostile region.APThis June 21, 2017 photo shows a view of Tel Aviv, Israel. Israelis mark 70 years as a countrySatisfaction and grim disquiet share the stage