By Rachel Christian Staff Writer The Osceola County Sheriffs Office celebrated a historic event last week with the rst female member of its SWAT team. Michele Sayers, 24, joined the Sheris Oce three years ago as a patrol deputy, but the young law enforcement agent said she always felt driven to achieve more. I knew I wanted to be in this eld and help people as much as I could, she said. While growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami-Dade County, Sayers said she formed a strong admiration for members of law enforcement who patrolled her streets. Her father became a corrections ocer when Sayers was older, but the women in her family pursued careers in education and nursing. By Charlie Reed For the News-Gazette Fifth-grader Logan Allington and his service dog, Belle, are inseparable even during the school day. e St. Cloud Elementary student is autistic and since bringing Belle to school this year, not only have his grades soared, but his ability to communicate with peers and adults has improved markedly. Whats more, other autistic kids in Logans class have also benefited from Belles presence in the classroom. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Its thought to be caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental inuences. Seeing the difference in the students bond with a dog and the reassurance and connection with Belle has helped many of my students communicate, not to mention Logan. He is able to talk to adults and communicate with strangers about Belle. Logan has overcome his fears of strangers and has shown perseverance and patience Sun, sand, staycation.Naples beach hotel oers buy two nights, get one free deal .Page 11.Unemployment remains low, but so do wages By Rachel Christian Staff Writer Osceola Countys recent rapid growth is undeniable. e booming population can be felt in gridlock trac on congested roads and in the classrooms of overcrowded schools. It is also reected in data and statistics. Since 2010, Osceola County has become the second fastest growing county in Florida, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. In those seven years, 32,577 people joined the Osceola County labor force, according to Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet, the unemployment rate in Osceola County came in admirably low in 2017 just 4.6 percent despite the inux of thousands of new job seekers. Its a drastic improvement from 2010, when unemployment hit a staggering 12.5 percent, leaving one out of every eight people in the Osceola County labor force jobless. e recession hit Central Florida hard, and as the economy began to improve, state and local lawmakers set sights on job growth. Osceola County has shrunk its unemployment rate 63 percent since 2010, but the average weekly wage for workers has remained nearly static in the last several years. In Osceola County, the numbers simply dont reflect the national trend of a booming economy at least not for the average worker in several industries. Workers in the OrlandoKissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average hourly wage of $20.70 in May 2016, about 13 percent below the nationwide average of $23.86, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bureau Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that, aer testing for statistical signicance, 16 groups had signicantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including construction and extraction, arts and media and production. According to Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data, the average weekly wage in Osceola across all industries was $656 at the beginning of 2014. By the end of 2017, that gure had only increased by $2. The data also shows that jobs such as serving and food processing typically low-wage earning positions are plentiful in Central Florida. Those jobs made up 12.8 percent of employment in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford region, significantly higher than the 9.2-percent share nationally. Similar jobs classied as leisure and hospitality, including motel and theme park employees, saw wages decline, from $442 in 2013 to $432 in 2017. Pets making a difference for residents of all ages1st female deputy makes SWAT teamAll dolled upNEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCK A collection of antique dolls can be seen at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum. Totally Tots is a temporary exhibit presented by the Osceola Historical Society displaying some childrens toys and clothing from the late 1800s to the 1950s. The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 2. INSIDE ONG Informing readers. Helping build a stronger community. 50 CENTS WWW.AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Thursday, May 3, 2018The Guide 1Osceola County to host job fair.e event is May 11 at Osceola Heritage Park.2 3 Six apply for KUA board.Top three candidates will be sent to City Commission for a nal appointment. Unique Mothers Day gift ideas.Shopping tips to nd the best present for Moms special day. 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The Florida Aviation Academy, a 9-12 grade privately-funded charter school, promises handson training in the aviation business to students right on airport property. e program will launch phase one in August, with a small freshman class of up to 50 students. e plan is to gradually expand enrollment to 800 students over the next four years. Until the new 13-acre on-site facility is complete, classes will be held at Aviator College across from Gateway Airport on Dyer Boulevard. Many features of the new school were modeled aer an aviation charter school in Lakeland called Florida Aerospace Academy. The Kissimmee campus will give students a similar chance to earn Federal Aviation Association credentials and a private pilot license by the time they graduate high school. It will include instructors with industry experience and a college feeder track so students can smoothly transition from high school to a bachelors degree program. Melissa March, president of a nonprot group called the TCE Foundation, discussed the school at a recent Kissimmee Commission meeting. She emphasized the value of creating a skilled labor force for the aviation eld. Youll read in article aer article that theres a shortage of mechanics and pilots within this industry, and if something is not done in the next ve years, we face a major transportation issue, March said. Charter schools, although privately funded, still follow certain public school regulations, including statewide graduation requirements. e academy is free to all students accepted into the program. Private donors are expected to invest $30 to $40 million to the school, and fundraisers are still being held to raise capital. Mayor Jose Alvarez has been a major advocate and supporter of bringing the aviation school to Kissimmee for years. Alvarez said he wanted to give Osceola County students a chance to learn about a rapidly growing industry in need of smart, young workers. e reason I continued to push for this is I was tired of seeing kids dropping out of high school, Alvarez said. When something good is in front of you, you cant leave it alone because you know its going to help those kids. March said the school plans to host open house events each month until the school opens in August. For more information about Florida Aviation Academy, visit www.aero schools.org.Aviation high school to open in August FILE PHOTOThe Florida Aviation Academy, a 9-12 grade privately-funded charter school, is set to open at Kissimmee Gateway Airport in August.WAGESContinued from Page 1 Likewise, employees working in the education and health care sectors suffered stagnant wages, with weekly average pay decreasing by $1 from 2013 to 2017. Some industries like construction, thanks in part to the recent local economic boost, fared better than some other industries in Osceola County, though wages in this eld remain below the national average. Construction jobs saw an average 13.47 percent increase in weekly earnings, from $720 in 2013 to $817 four years later. Wages for local government jobs jumped from an average of $817 to $903, or 10.5 percent, during the same four-year period. e number of Osceola County residents living in poverty is nearly 15 percent, and the median household income is $45,535, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Sandy Shugart, president and CEO of Valencia College, commented on the number of residents struggling to make a living wage in Osceola County during a groundbreaking ceremony April 26. Central Florida has the best economy in the world for putting unskilled people into low-paying jobs, Shugart said at the construction site of two facilities on Osceola Countys Valencia campus aimed at rapidly training local workers. Shugart added that, If you want to work in Central Florida, if you want to work at all, you can get a job. You can get two. You can get three. And you might need them, because at $8.50 or $9 an hour, you cannot sustain a family. Osceola County job fair set for May 11Based on the success of a job fair held in October where 120 people found jobs on the spot, Osceola County is hosting a new hiring and career counseling event on May 11 at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center. More than 1,200 people participated in the October event, which helped Hurricane Maria evacuees who had relocated to Osceola County. In addition to the people hired on the spot, many more scheduled follow-up interviews that led to employment. Once again, the job fair is free and open to anyone seeking employment. It is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Members of Osceola Countys Human Resources Department will oer two free workshops to help with rsum writing and interviewing skills at 8:30 a.m. and again at noon. The response to the rst job fair was fantastic, and demonstrated that these events provide significant benefits to our citizens, said Commission Vice Chairwoman Cheryl Grieb. We anticipate another successful connection between employers and jobseekers on May 11. is is an excellent way to serve those residents who need a job, or who are looking to improve their current employment situation. Approximately 65 employers have signed up to participate at the Job Fair through the Countys Human Services Department. Employers range from companies in the hospitality industry to professional services to health care to construction. Any employers interested in participating at the job fair should call the Osceola County Human Services Department at 407-742-8423. See Job Fair, Page 6.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 3 LOCAL OSCEOLA COUNTY HISTORY T he December 1, 1911 Kissimmee Valley Gazette reported One of the most frightful wrecks of a passenger train ever known in this section occurred last night just as train No. 85 of the Atlantic Coast Line was entering the city limits, although no one was seriously injured except Mr. L.C. Royal, the baggage master, who was badly crushed from falling trunks. The article states the wreck was caused by a broken rail. e train was late and running at high speed to make up lost time so even if the engineer had seen the break, it would have been impossible to stop the train. e engine passed safely over the break but the baggage car and every car aer it le the track, several turning over on their sides. Passengers were thrown about in the cars but sustained only a few bruises. A later report on Mr. Royal stated he was just badly shaken up and bruised, not gravely injured as previously reported. ank you to our friends at the Osceola County Historical Society for providing the editorial content and photos to bring this section to you. Train wreck of 1911 B etween midnight and 1 a.m. on the night of July 28, 1917, fire broke out in the W.A. Drawdy storeroom on Pennsylvania Avenue in St. Cloud, Florida. e re swept down both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, aecting eighteen businesses before it was brought under control. Townspeople assisted in removing items, which could be saved but eorts to extinguish the flames were futile. Fire Chief Billy Milson worked with his re ghters, stationed with buckets of water on roofs, which helped to prevent the spread of the re to other parts of town. Fortunately there was no wind blowing or the entire city would have been endangered. Water service was still incomplete and limited to a few places in the business district. Members of the Kissimmee Fire Department and citizens of Kissimmee also assisted in ghting the re. Three men were taken into custody; an investigation, numerous hearings and a trial, which lasted two years finally ended in November 1919 with a verdict of not guilty. Some businesses relocated to other buildings on adjoining streets but several began rebuilding immediately, using brick or concrete to ensure against possible loses in the future. Downtown St. Cloud re of 1917 Source: Kissimmee Valley Gazette, December 1, 1911 Photo Courtesy: Osceola County Historical Society Collection Sources: St. Cloud Tribune, August 4, 1917; December 5, 1918; November 6, 1919 Photos: Florida Memory online Photographic Collection Six apply for KUA boardSix residents have submitted applications to ll an upcoming vacancy on the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors. e deadline for completed applications was April 27. e outgoing director, Ethel Urbina, has served one term and is eligible for reappointment. Applicants must be registered voters, reside within Kissimmee city limits, and should demonstrate a successful business or professional management career. e applicants are: Zahir Ahmad is a licensed real estate broker and owner/manager of Associates First Insurance Agency, Inc. in Orlando. He is a 10-month resident of Kissimmee and uent or semi-uent in seven languages. He holds a chemistry/mathematics/physics degree from the Government College of Sahiwal in Pakistan. L. Ashley Coke is a two-year resident of Kissimmee and principal of Boes Financial Services, Inc. in Kissimmee. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of the West Indies and an MBA degree from the NYU Stern School of Business. Jerry Gemskie is a retired foreman with Associated Roofers in Chicago, Ill. He is a 22-year resident of Kissimmee and a former Kissimmee city commissioner. Jennifer Patterson is a 41-year resident of Kissimmee and president/owner of J.G. Patterson, CPA in Kissimmee. She is a certied public accountant and holds a business administration degree from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay, a Junior Achievement volunteer, and she serves on the nance committee at First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee. Carlos Rodriguez is owner of Osceola Developmental Center. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he is a 26-year resident of Kissimmee. He holds a math and science degree from University of Turabo in Puerto Rico, and a masters in education from Ana G. Mndez University in Orlando. Ethel Urbina is a real estate broker and owner of Mercedes Investments in Kissimmee. A resident of Kissimmee for the past 15 years, she is a former AT&T executive with service in the U.S., Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. Urbina has served on the utility board since 2013. e KUA board interviewed the applicants at its regular meeting on May 2. e board will now send three recommended applicants to the Kissimmee City Commission for second interviews and nal appointment. e candidate appointed by the city commission will be sworn in at the boards October meeting.Osceola Regional Medical Center opens level III NICUOsceola Regional Medical Center has opened an 18-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) oering the highest level of neonatal care for babies, including those born as young as 24 weeks. e hospital is the only medical facility to oer this level of care for children in Osceola County. Osceola Regional transformed its existing 10-bed Level II NICU into a Level III unit, adding eight beds for a new total of 404 beds hospital-wide. e NICU is staed by Nemours Childrens Health System physicians, who also sta the nursery. Osceola Regional also oers a Pediatric Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists for high-risk pregnancies. e Level III NICU addition is part of the hospitals multi-phase, $50 million expansion in a continued eort to meet the healthcare needs of the community. Osceola County jail passes 5th straight FCAC inspectionAs a sign of its commitment to providing a safe, secure, and humane environment for those housed in the jail, the Osceola County Corrections Department recently passed its reaccreditation inspection by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC). e Florida Corrections Accreditation program allows jails to evaluate their operations against standards and best practices. Over the course of four days, FCAC inspectors visited the Osceola County Jail and scrutinized policies and procedures covering all aspects of operations. Out of over 250 standards, the Osceola County Jail was found to be in 100 percent compliance. PETSContinued from Page 1 for others this school year, said Crystal Nori-Gross, who teaches Logans class for autistic students. With Belle serving as a teachers aide of sorts, Nori-Gross said the class has learned how to work as a team and how to express empathy and compassion for others. Disruptive behaviors and attendance also have improved. Other teachers and students also love the sweet-natured Belle, who greets everyone around with a smile and wagging tail. Belles even the subject of a book written by St. Cloud Elementary students that will soon be available in the schools library. The pooch came from the Pawsitive Action Foundation, a St. Cloud organization that trains service dogs for military veterans, first responders and those with autism and other disabilities. e dogs are named for U.S. veterans. When Logan moves on to Neptune Middle School next year, so will Belle. Her presence at the elementary school has been so successful that the school district and Pawsitive Action are teaming up to bring service dogs to three more schools next year at no cost to the district. e new dogs will go to the Exceptional Education classrooms at Narcoossee Elementary, St. Cloud Middle and back to NoriGrosss class at St. Cloud Elementary. I have seen an amazing transformation in my classroom this year, she said. Belle was denitely was part of this and I look forward to moving forward in helping other students with disability participate in therapy and service dogs in our community. For more information, visit www.pawsitive action.org. Pets helping seniors Special needs kids arent the only ones who benet from pets, even if theyre not necessarily therapy dogs. The Osceola Council on Aging is providing lowincome seniors in the Meals on Wheels program with pet food. All of the food is donated by residents and local businesses. But like the dwindling shelves at the councils food pantry, its pet food supplies are running low. The Pets Meals on Wheels program was established to honor volunteer Jimmy Scarborough, who first began delivering pet food to the seniors on his routes years ago. e program has grown over the years and now serves 50 low-income seniors whose pets are their only companions. ey make them laugh and believe again. They give the seniors a purpose. Donations of pet food, cat litter or any other pet items are always needed and welcome, said Wilda Belisle, the nutrition director at the Council on Aging. Kissimmee Valley Feed & Ranch Supply in St. Cloud is helping raise funds and collecting donations for the seniors. e stores rst fundraiser is today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its new second location at 215 13th St., St. Cloud. To learn more about donating pet food and supplies, call Wilda Belisle at 407-847-2144.
Page 4 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Thursday, May 3, 2018 By Lee H. Hamilton Our republic is under stress. So much so, in fact, that if youre not worried about its future, you probably havent been paying attention. What makes me say this? Our public discourse has become uncivil and shrill. Corruption and unethical actions by prominent politicians headline the daily news. Too many politicians make their mark by fueling division, exploiting frustration and casting doubt on our democratic institutions and too many Americans respond by agreeing with them. On the whole, Americans regard for our political institutions and the people who run them is scraping rock bottom. By twoto-one margins, parents urge their children not to go into politics. And who can blame them? ese days, its far easier to enumerate the things that are wrong with our republic than what is right. Its marked by a proliferation of special interests, an avalanche of money, disregard for facts, gridlock, partisan gerrymandering, excessive partisanship, and indifference to the common good among political leaders. So its not surprising that many Americans have tuned out. ey understand our republic only vaguely and participate in it less. Voting rates are depressing, and a disturbing number of young Americans reject politics in all its forms. While political engagement as measured by people taking to the streets may be on the rise, thats not necessarily a sign of good civic health. In fact, we appear to be caught in a dangerous downward cycle. Government is seen as dysfunctional and corrupt; this causes the ablest people to stay out of government and politics; and this, in turn, hobbles politics and government. e risk in all this is that as Americans disengage, we place the entire American democratic enterprise in jeopardy. Lincolns burning question at Gettysburg Whether a nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure was apt then; it is disturbingly so today. So what do we do? ere are plenty of steps we could take to strengthen our democratic institutions and make government more ecient, eective, and responsive. But what we need most of all is for our citizens thats you and me to appreciate this democracy weve inherited, and to step up to the responsibilities it asks of us. Our republic, despite its many challenges, is at its core a monumental achievement. It is marked by strong, independent branches of government, entrusted to exercise limited and dened powers within the bounds of the Constitution. It enshrines checks and balances, separation of powers, equal individual rights and opportunity, and the rule of law. It provides fair, free elections mostly free from fraud and manipulation. Most remarkably of all, it is constructed to allow us to seek a more perfect union to improve it as the nation evolves. is is its great strength. But we can only take advantage of its strength when we act as though were all in this republic together when we work cooperatively to secure a country where all people have the opportunity to enjoy the promise of America by living a life of honor, excellenceand responsibility. Because democracy places demanding responsibilities on its citizens to cast an informed vote, to engage in the dialogue of democracy with civility and a willingness to learn, to make discriminating judgments about politics and politicians, to work with others to strengthen the institutions of democracy and improve our part of the world. We will disagree with one another about all kinds of issues but also know that we need to accept and tolerate those dierences, because we are far stronger when we seek to reconcile them rather than ignore or exacerbate them. Lets not deny it: the trends these days are worrisome. We face a bewildering array of dangers to our republic. Authoritarian rule and autocratic leadership, once unthinkable, are now true concerns. We are subject to unwanted foreign inuence, prey to public and private gures who use government to pursue money and power and manipulate the rules of the game for personal gain, and at the mercy of politicians who believe that whatever it takes to win is just ne. But if we also lose trust that we, as citizens, can turn the republic around by shouldering our responsibilities to act, thats when were truly sunk. Lee Hamilton is a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. Sun Publications of Florida cannot be held responsible for advertising claims. We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue any advertising, and to edit editorial content. 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PHS students compete in journalism contest By Lisa Concepcion Poinciana Writer Recently, student reporters from Poinciana High attended the Florida Scholastic Press Associations annual convention in Orlando, joining more than 1,300 student journalists from across the state. Students spent three days competing in more than 50 categories and received a total of ve Best of the Best nominations, which means the work in those ve categories was considered a top three nalist in the state. Freshman Zamaiya Marquez took home two Best of the Best wins in the following categories: O Campus Feature and Spot News Photo. Senior Arthur Welch won the Best of the Best award in Prole Story for his piece on Poinciana High instructor Jorge Arce. Mothers Day is Sunday, May 13. Heres two ideas to help prepare for Moms Big Day. e Association of Poinciana Villages LifeStyle recently announced their 2018 Mother and Child Paint Night. Lets Gogh Art has planned another bonding and fun event for Moms and children ages 6 up. e 2018 Mother and Child Paint Event will be on Wednesday, May 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tony DePalma Community Building, 395 Marigold Ave. Cost is $20 per painter. In order to participate, you must pre-register. The event has limited seating and last year it lled up quickly. To register, go to Association of Poinciana Villages Facebook page and follow the link to Mother and Child Paint Night. Mommy and Me Tea Party at the Poinciana Branch Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave., will be on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. Celebrate that special lady in your life your mother! Honor your Mother at this tea party. Enjoy tea, make a cra and a memory that will last a lifetime. To register go to http://osceolalibrary. evanced.info/signupadmin/evenysxml. aspx?dm=ical&eventid=58212. Once On is Island opened on May 1 at Liberty High. is is an interactive and entertaining production you wont want to miss. Seating will be limited, and tickets will only be available online. Showtimes include tonight at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.; Monday, at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 5 and 8 p.m. Reserve tickets at www.seatyourself. biz/libertytheatre. Incoming sixth grade student orientation night is today, May 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All middle (including Discovery Intermediate) and K-8 schools (including Bellalago Academy) in the Osceola School District will be part of sixth grade orientation night. Students who will move on next year to sixth grade, along with their parents, are invited to attend the orientation night at their new school to meet their principal, to get an idea of what classes will be offered, to make their way around the campus, to learn about the extracurricular sports and club oerings and more. is Orientation Night will be a great opportunity for parents to get involved in the next step of their childs education. Parents with orientation night questions are encouraged to contact the middle school their child will attend. Poinciana (Polk) Neighborhood Crime Watch will present Womens Basic Self Defense and Personal Safety Class on Wednesday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. is class is open to all women in any Poinciana Village ages 13 and up (those 13 to 17 years old must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver). This class will be held at the Poinciana Community Center, 445 Marigold Ave. RSVP to Martin Negron at MARTINNEGRONSR@gmail.com. If you have any Poinciana news or information that you would like to share, call Lisa Concepcion at 407-319-9700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 7 Editors Note: Wednesday nights regional soball quarternals were played aer deadline for this issue. For updates on the playo games, go to www.aroundosecola.com or on Twitter (@OsceolaSports). By Ken Jackson Sports Editor St. Cloud and Osceola both defended their district softball championships last week in nailbiting, close games that featured at least one late-inning comeback. In last ursdays District 8A10 championship, the Bulldogs trailed Windermere 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, only to tie it and then win it in the seventh on Taylor McFanns walko bases-loaded single. At Osceola, the Kowgirls claimed their third straight district title with a 4-3 win Davenport Ridge to claim a spot Wednesday against Oviedo at 7 p.m. at Coey Field. St. Cloud four-peated as district champs for the rst time in school history. Winning these doesnt get old, but the process in getting here tonight makes me feel old, Bulldogs Coach Ray Whobrey said aer the game. e girls showed a lot of heart, and Im so proud because this team is so young. (Pitcher Alyssa) ODonnell hung in there in the circle and really battled until the end. e win earned St. Cloud, who started two freshmen and five sophomores ursday, a place in Wednesdays quarternal playos against Hagerty (22-4), who fell in the 8A-9 title game 8-6 to Winter Springs in 10 innings. Aer the Wolverines (15-12) broke open a scoreless game in the top of the sixth helped by an error, the Bulldogs answered right back in their half of the sixth. Senior Bri Rodriguez worked a leado walk, stole second, went to third on McFanns groundout and scored when Ariana Manzanares reached on a fielders choice. Lindsey Burns followed with a pinch-hit triple that tied it when Manzanare s scored. By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Saving some of their best for last, Osceola County track and eld athletes qualied for 45 entries in the Class 1A, 3A and 4A state track meets this weekend at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Several athletes qualied for multiple events by placing in the top four at ursdays Region 2 meet at Lakeland George Jenkins, which hosted the 3A and 4A regionals simultaneously. And others, like St. Cloud distance runner Tristen Montalvo, Poinciana hurdler Shaneylix Davila, throwers Essence Tornabene (St. Cloud) and Hunter Hummel (Celebration), and Osceola sprinters Sadae Davidson and Amaya Phillips, are returning to state to chase a coveted gold medal. Montalvo defended his regional championship in the 3,200 meters (9:21.37), and Zach Cloud (fourth, 9:39.06) will join him in that race along with the 4x800 relay, where the Bulldogs were second (8:01.62) to Lakewood Ranch by two seconds. Montalvo also earned a bid in the 1,600 meters (third, 4:27.65). Matthew Velez was second in the 300 hurdles (39.34) and punched a return ticket to Jacksonville. Osceola put ve athletes in ve events: Quavon Brown (second, 14.48) and Jeremiah William (fourth, 14.82) in the 110 hurdles; Dyshawn Baker (fourth, 11.14) in the 100 meters, Markevous Jackson in the 200 (second, 22.49) and 400 (third, 48.70) and Kameron Green (tied for rst/third on attempts, 6-5.50) in the high jump. Hummel, who was 4A state runner-up last year in the discus at 163 feet, won the region at 172-7. In the team standings, Osceola (54 points) was third at regionals. St. Cloud (41.5) was seventh, Celebration (18) was 12th and Gateway (5) was 20th. On the girls side of 4A, Osceolas 4x100 (third, 48.49) and 4x800 (third, 9:42.26) meter relays are in, along with Phillips, who was runner-up in the 100 hurdles (15.28) and regional champ in the 300 hurdles (45.65). Alliann Johnson was champion in the 100 (12.10) and second in the 200 (25.04), and Davidson was second in the 400 (55.92). Isabel Pancake qualied for the discus as an at-large selection. I was satisfied, everyone I took to Regionals made it to States, OHS Girls coach Eric Pinellas said. Alliann has a shot in the 100 and Sadae is the second seed in the 400. St. Cloud goes to state with its 4x400 relay (second, 4:14.85), hurdler Simone Giggetts (third in the 100, 15.88), pole vaulter Haudi Whitson (third, 10-4) and Tornabene, who was second last week in the discus (118-1) and shot put (40-6.25) and is in the running to return to the podium. Regionals went really well for us, St. Cloud Track Coach Kevin Harkema said. We had a lot of personal best to qualify for state. e hard work of the athletes paid o. The Kowgirls, like their male counterparts were third (76) in the team standings. St. Cloud (39) was sixth. In the 3A boys, Libertys Niles Hunte (third, 14.87) and Marion Brown (fourth, 15.18) will push each other in the 110 hurdles. In the eld events, Poincianas Guy Bond (fourth, 5-11.5) hopes to continue the legacy of Eagle high jumpers (Mike Edwards was a 2006 state champion), while pole vaulter Elijah Gunn (12-9.5) ies to the bar for Harmony. Poincianas Isaiah Miller (third, 143-10) and Harmonys Timothy Davis (fourth, 1418) are in the discus. Harmony was 10th (28.5), Liberty 14th (20) and Poinciana 18th (15) in the boys 3A regional standings. In the 3A girls race, Liberty used its depth to tie Mainland for seventh with 40 points. e Chargers, led by its regional champion 4x100 (48.50) and 4x400 (4:02.01, by three seconds over Auburndale) relays will be in ve events in Jacksonville. Alandi Jacobs (fourth, 25.81) is in the 200, Queen Washington (third, 58.73) is in the 400. Christelle Bonzil (fourth, 4-11.75) will compete in the high jump. Poincianas Davila, previously unbeaten this season in the 100 hurdles, was third (15.28), good enough for a state berth. Shyann Jackson (second, 57.71) is in the 200, and Jendaya Nesbitt (second, 5-1.75) will high jump with Bonzil. Harmonys 4x800 relay team (third, 10:09.11) earned a berth. Poinciana (26) was 11th and Harmony (16) was 16th in the team totals. At the Region 1A-3 finals on April 25 at The First Academy, City of Life put three athletes into the 1A state meet: long jumper Kenny Payton (fourth, 19-6.25), discus thrower Kayla Hefner (third, 9610) and Debra Buggs (fourth, 18.12) in the 100 hurdles. CONTACT KEN JACKSON OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE SPORTS EDITOR EMAIL KJACKSON@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Flagged downHarmony, St. Cloud fall in districts.Page 8. Celebration lacrosse falls in regional playoffs, but Storms future is bright, coach saysSix of seven county public schools, plus City of Life, qualify athletes for state track See Softball Page 8. NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/KEN JACKSONOsceolas Quavon Brown, shown here winning the 110 high hurdles at the District 4A-5 track meet, was second at last weeks Region 2 meet in 14.48 seconds, earning a trip to the Class 4A state meet this weekend at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, along with a dozen other Kowboys athletes.NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKThe St. Cloud softball team and some of their fans celebrate its fourth district championship in a row after a 3-2 come-frombehind victory last week over Windermere in the District 8A-10 championship game. By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Like last year, the Celebration girls lacrosse programs 2018 season ended in the regional playoff round with a loss to Lithia Newsome. But, during the 13-3 campaign, Coach Beverly Alksninis saw reason to believe the lacrosse team, currently the only one elded in Osceola County, is in good shape going forward. The Storm rolled through District 13 play undefeated its closest match was a 17-6 decision against Bartow in the regular season. Celebration beat the same Yellow Jackets 18-3 in the district championship on April 19 aer pasting Lakeland 18-0 in the seminals. Despite losing 21-5 to Newsome in last weeks regional quarternals, the Storm outscored opponents 234-121. e season featured separate win streaks of seven (to start the year) and six (leading into the regionals). We tried our best but Newsome was the better team on ursday, Alksninis said. I dont know if Id say we had a better season this year just dierent. Last year we had a denite star in Charlotte Spencer (now playing for Army at West Point), this year we had more of a constellation of stars, and it was difficult for our opponents to figure out and target our strongest player because we had several who worked together beautifully. Also this year we had more players on our varsity bench with lacrosse experience thanks to the inux of freshman players who developed their skills in middle school lacrosse clubs. Last year we wer e only able to eld a varsity team but this year we had enough players to eld a JV team as well. I think our District win last year helped promote our program within the student body. By putting away district opponents early, Alksninis said she was able to turn to her younger players and get them meaningful live-action playing time. I was able to see how some of our freshman players would perform when thrown into the varsity mix. ey did very well, she said. The future of Celebration lacrosse is strong. I was impressed with the Polk County programs this year, they have all denitely improve d.See Lacrosse, Page 8.
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For Osceola, the winning margin in its district title game Audra ompsons two-out, walk-o double came aer a scary play that sent Kowgirls catcher Maria Nunez to a local hospital for observation. With runners on second and third and no outs in the bottom of the seventh, Nunez sent a bouncing grounder to rst. e Ridge throw home to the plate to get the winning run hit Nunez between the mouth and chin, made worse when umpire called Osceolas lead baserunner out under the continuation rule. OHS Coach George Coey said spent a night in the hospital and was in good spirits earlier in the week as she awaited if oral surgery would be required. Well figure it out, Coffey said of the teams playo catching situation. Well survive, its what a family does. Wednesdays winners play in the regional seminals on Tuesday.SOFTBALLContinued from Page 7LACROSSEContinued from Page 7. Despite double-digit win seasons, ag football season ends in regionals for HHS, SC By Ken Jackson Sports Editor For the rst time in three seasons, ag football season in Osceola County wont extend into the regional playos. Just as Harmony fell 7-0 to Jones in the District A-10 final last week, St. Cloud couldnt get the one play they needed for most of the night in ursdays District 2A-5 final and lost, 7-6, to Lake Nona (122), who will host Tampa Bloomingdale tonight in a region seminal. We made more mistakes than them, they were the better team (Thursday), Bulldogs Coach Codie Nieder said aer the game. Their pass rush came a little stronger (six sacks) than we expected, they brought three instead of two on the extra point play we needed to tie it. St. Cloud (11-2) moved the ball a lot just not into the end zone until there were two minutes le in the game, and its defense kept quarterback Nashley Zayas (8-of-18 passing) in check. Bulldogs Sophomore quarterback Elly Schmidt was 25-of-35 passing for 183 yards, and tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Destinee Wright late in the game with St. Cloud trailing 7-0, but Lake Nona batted down the ensuing extra-point pass. e Bulldogs fell behind on a freakish offensive play aer a completed pass, Lions defender Chelsee Martino snatched a bobbling lateral out of the air and took it 30 yards to the end zone. We run that play a lot. Ive seen some odd things happen, but its the first time in six years thats happened on that play, Nieder said. We didnt strike until it was too late. I thought the defense played very well. Harmony, playing at East River in the A-10 championship for its third title in a row and ninth in 12 years, couldnt get the big play needed on oense and fell to Orlando Jones, 7-0, ending its season at 11-1. We won 11 games and were heartbroken, but thats the way it should be, said Longhorns Coach Paul Strauch, who is used to coaching the Longhorns into the regional and state playoff levels into May. Weve set a standard for Harmony ag football.SUBMITTED PHOTOThe Celebration Storm girls lacrosse team celebrated defending its District 13 championship on April 19 with a dominating 18-3 win over Bartow. The team lost in Thursdays regional playoffs.Istrategically created our schedule this year to play teams that would give us challenges. Our losses toHagerty and West Orange were extremely valuable to see where we want to go and what we need to do to improve. We added Rockledge and Viera to the schedule this year and had to work hard for those wins. We lost to Timber Creek last year (12-11) but redeemed ourselves this year with an 11-7 win. Senior Captain Katie Arce, who has signed to play collegiately for Bentley (Mass.) University, led the Storm attack with 58 goals and 38 assists. Freshman Midfielder Kaelyn Figueras led the team on draw control with 71 and scored 42 goals. She was also strong on ground balls. Senior captain Olivia Warner was a threat in the mideld and on attack, adding 31 goals. Sophomore goalie Vivian Spencer had 127 saves as Celebration pitched three shutouts.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 9 PHS alum Cirino signs with Colts 2012 Poinciana High graduate and defensive back Mike Cirino, who played collegiately at Ventura (Calif.) College and Division II Adams State (Colo.) University, was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts following the completion of last weekends NFL Dra. For more see a story in Saturdays NewsGazette sports section. City of Lifes Buggs, Harvey, OHS Langer named All-State Shooting guard Reyna Buggs and power forward Asia Harvey from City of Life Christian Academy, who won the Class 2A girls basketball state championship in February, were named to the 10-player FABC/ Source Hoops 2A AllState team. Osceola shooting guard Jaden Langer earned a spot on the Class 9A All-State team. All three are underclassmen. St. Cloud High Hall of Fame banquet St. Cloud High School will hold its ninth annual athletic Hall of Fame dinner banquet and silent auction on May 4 at Royal St. Clouds Royal Crest Room. Tickets are $30 in advance, table sponsorships are $350 which includes program recognition. To reserve seats or tables, email Steanie Ansbaugh at email@example.com. e school is also seeking donated items for its silent auction. For information on donating items or cash, contact Chad Ansbaugh at Chad.Ansbaugh@ osceolaschools.net. St. Cloud We Dare To Care golf tourney e City of St. Cloud Public Servicves staff will hold its fourth annual charitable golf tournament on May 19 at 8 am. at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. The event benefits the We Dare to Care Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that supports and raises funds for local charities, police officers, firefighters and other city employees in need. Registration is $70 per player or $250 per four-person team; other sponsor packages are available. To register, or for sponsorship information, go to http:// stcloudcharitygolf. eventbrite.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-957-7326. SPORTS BRIEFSSt. Clouds Tornabene to throw at state, then in college after signing with Christian Brothers NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/KEN JACKSONSt. Cloud thrower Essence Tornabene, seated and celebrating with Coach Kevin Harkema (standing fourth from left), signs a track scholarship to Christian Brothers University, a Division II school near Memphis. Tornabene has qualified for her third trip to the Class 4A state track meet, held this weekend in Jacksonville, in both the shot put and discus. By Ken Jackson Sports Editor A lot was going on at St. Cloud High School on April 17 during the District 4A-5 track meet, but there was enough time in the day for the Bulldogs to take a moment to celebrate one of their best athletes over the last four years. Essence Tornabene, a state-ranked thrower looking to return to the state track meet for the third year in the shot put and discus, signed a full-ride scholarship during the district meet to Christian Brothers University, a Division II school in Memphis. Tornabene, who also went to the weightlifting meet the last two years, made the commitment official Tuesday in front of family, teammates and Coach Kevin Harkema. This was late in the season, so Im happy that its over, she said, literally hours aer defending her District 4A-5 titles in the discus and shot put. Lorrie Tornabene, Essences mother, was also on hand Tuesday and succinctly put how the signing made her feel. Relieved. Happy. Overwhelmed, she said, noting many major air carriers fly directly into Memphis. Tornabene, who was also a state-qualied weightlier, will also compete in the hammer throw, essentially a weight on a rope, at Christian Brothers, which competes in the Gulf South Conference. Tornabene has thrown the hammer in AAU and USA Track competitions, she said. She said the school decision came down to the Buccaneers and Southwest Minnesota State, but CBU was able to offer a full scholarship, not common in collegiate track and eld. Harkema said Tornabenes story and journey is the result of what hard work does. I know firsthand that full rides are hard to come by, he said. I knew she was good early on, but shes been steadily improving her whole career to get to this point. Tornabene said Harkema sought her out to become a Bulldog and now a Buccaneer later this summer thrower. I was in the weight room my freshman year and Coach Harkema came in and said he needed a thrower. It took me a little while to get used to it but I quickly fell in love with it, she said. Going to states my sophomore year made me realize that I could do this in college and be competitive. Tornabene placed third in the discus at last years Class 4A at 120 feet, 8 inches. 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Page 10 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Thursday, May 3, 2018 Mothers Day is an annual holiday that honors motherhood and provides an opportunity for men, women and children to show their mothers how much they appreciate them. The tradition of Mothers Day in the United States dates back more than a century to 1908, when West Virginia native Anna Jarvis held a memorial service to honor her mother, who had passed away three years earlier, and all mothers in Grafton, West Virginia. Mothers Day would ultimately become a national holiday in the United States in 1914, thanks in large part to Jarvis campaigning. As Jarvis, who never married and never had children of her own, grew old, she criticized Mothers Day as overly commercial, even trying to have it removed from the calendar. Those efforts failed, and Mothers Day remains popular now, more than 100 years after the idea for it was conceived. While Mothers Day traditions have changed since Jarvis first proposed the holiday, many people feel its customary to give mothers gifts on Mothers Day, when moms take the day off from chores and relax with their families. Flowers make for popular Mothers Day gifts, and well wishers who want to give the special women in their lives flowers this year can consider a host of varieties. Carnations Carnations are popular Mothers Day flowers, perhaps because they are available in a number of colors. That means its highly likely sons, daughters, husbands and others gifting moms this Mothers Day can find some carnations in Moms favorite color. Ask your florist about what each carnation color symbolizes, as each has its own unique meaning. Pink carnations, for example, are believed to symbolize a mothers love. Roses Few mothers can resist roses, making them one of the more popular flowers come Mothers Day. Roses are symbolic of love and make the perfect floral gift for mothers who like traditional flowers. If you want to spice things up, order a bouquet made up of roses of various colors. Daffodils Yellow is synonymous with spring, and daffodils can highlight the season in which Mothers Day takes place while also providing a cheerful look thats perfect for Mothers Day floral bouquets. Daffodils can be given on their own or added to mixed bouquets. Daffodils also last quite a while when cared for correctly, giving moms more than just a few days to enjoy their bouquets. Freesia Like daffodils, freesia are long-lasting, meaning mothers will still be enjoying them long after Mothers Day has come and gone. The inviting fragrance of freesia makes bouquets of these flowers popular choices for Mothers Day gifts. Freesia also come in many colors, proving Mothers Day gift givers a greater chance of finding flowers their mothers will love.The 411 on Mothers Day owers Unique Mothers Day gift ideas CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, and many more remarkable women oen work tirelessly and without fanfare to provide for their families. Even though they may deserve to be recognized throughout the year, moms enjoy a special day nestled within the month of May when children, spouses and others celebrate Mothers Day. Many people give heartfelt gis on Mothers Day to express their love for the mothers in their lives. e perfect gi may focus on Moms interests and the things that make her truly happy. With that in mind, the following shopping tips can help anyone nd the perfect Mothers Day gi. Explore spa packages. What mother wont benet from some rest and relaxation with a little pampering thrown in? Salons and massage therapists typically put together Mothers Day packages that cater to mothers. Packages may include massages, facials, hair treatments, manicures, and pedicures. Gi-givers can customize the services depending on their budgets. Dining out can be a treat. A meal at a favorite restaurant can be a welcome change from kitchen duty. Mothers Day is a busy day for restaurants, many of which have limited menus to better handle the crowds. As a result, if dining out on Mothers Day, Mom may not get the full menu she desires. To ensure mothers have full menus at their disposal, gi givers can cook a meal at home on Mothers Day and then choose another day of the week to enjoy a meal in an upscale restaurant. Schedule a paint and sip. A paint and sip session is a unique gi. A session is typically two hours and includes step-by-step instructions. Patrons are encouraged to bring snacks and their favorite beverages. With the right planning, well-intentioned children can turn the evening into a ladies night out and encourage other moms to join in the fun. Or the entire family can paint masterpieces together. Give tickets to a show or sporting event. Whether Mom is a sports fan or she prefers the theater or live music, event tickets can make a wonderful gift. Unique gift ideas include tickets to Cirque du Soleil, Shen Yun or a Broadway play. Give the gi of wine tasting. Wineries can be found across the country and frequently open their doors to wine tastings and wine pairing events. A Mothers Day wine tasting can be special for the entire family and support local businesses. Check the vineyards rules on guests. Many times those under 21 can attend but will not be permitted to consume wine, though other refreshments may be available. Mothers Day offers the perfect opportunity to lavish attention on special women. Gis that cater to Moms interests will make the biggest splash. 5 ways to commemorate Mothers Day Losing a loved one is never easy. Whether the loss is recent or not, many people nd the void created by a loved ones passing never leaves them. Celebrating holidays or milestones can magnify feelings of loss, and such feelings may surface on Mothers Day among people whose mothers are deceased. People approach Mothers Day in unique ways when their mother has been laid to rest. Such an experience is extremely personal, and theres really no right or wrong way to mark the occasion. It can be challenging scrolling through others social media posts about happy brunches and thoughtful gifts. Some, particularly those for whom the wounds may be especially fresh, may opt to avoid the celebration or go through the motions for the benet of children or spouses. Others may embrace the bonds they had with their mothers by reecting on their memories. Those opting to stay connected to their mothers this year can recognize that, although Mom may be gone, they are not motherless. While Mothers Day may be painful for people who have lost their mothers, the following are ve ways to make the most of Mothers Day. 1. What would make her happy? Take a heartfelt moment to really think about what made Mom tick and brought joy to her life. Was it pouring over recipes in the kitchen? Did mom like to trek to the top of a mountain in her hiking shoes? Pay homage to her by walking in her footsteps and you may just feel a deeper connection. 2. Get together with siblings. If you are lucky enough to have siblings, you can share the day together. is way you can remember the happy times, comfort each other and laugh together. If you dont have siblings, consider a visit with an aunt or uncle or another close relative who may be feeling the loss, too. 3. Relay fond stories to others. Celebrate Mothers Day by doing things to ensure Moms spirit and personality live on. Bring up fond stories of Mom with your spouse, friends or your own children. Help blur out the sadness of the loss by focusing on happy memories, such as those depicted in family photos. 4. Put mom front and center. Take out a beautiful photograph of your mother and display it in a prime location in the house. is way you may feel like she is sharing the day with you, and you can think about her fondly each time you see the photo. 5. Enjoy your favorite childhood meal. Whether Mom was a master chef or couldnt boil water, theres bound to be a meal you associate with her. If that special meal is Chinese takeout or a slowcooked roast, enjoy it on Mothers Day in her honor. Coping with loss on Mothers Day is seldom easy. With time and by focusing on the positive, people who have lost their mothers can enjoy Mothers Day.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 11 041918.TNG By Jennifer DiDomenico A&E Editor Summer is near. With just a few weeks le until schools out for summer vacation, its time to start planning ahead. Luckily, living in Florida puts us at a bit of an advantage, as Florida is one of the top vacationing spots in the world. Traveling from Central Florida to the coast is an easy drive for day trips, but sometimes one beach day is just not enough. e Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is oering an exclusive deal for summer. Between June 4 and Sept. 30, 2018, guests are invited to stay two nights and get a third night free. e guest rooms and suites feature cool, tropical colors, at-panel televisions, patios or balconies (with varying views of the Gulf, golf course or lush resort interior), a coee maker and refrigerator all for a perfect, relaxing staycation. e Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is perfect for a relaxing getaway, said Jason Parsons, general manager of the familyowned resort. It is absolutely beautiful here. Plus, there is something at our resort to please almost anyone. is AAA Four-Diamond Resort sits on the white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, as Southwest Floridas only beachfront resort with an on-site tennis center, luxury spa and championship golf course. e full-service spa oers hair and nail services, but also houses nine individual spa treatment rooms, for treatments including the Hot Stone Massage, Revitalizing Fruit Fresh Facial, Moisture Rich Conditioning Wrap, AromaReflexology Massage, Ultimate Lifting Facial, Espresso Mud Detoxifying Wrap, and Signature Salt Scrub. Additionally, the spa offers separate womens and mens relaxation areas and locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpool baths, state-of-the-art cardio and weight rooms in separate areas, and a private aerobics studio. While its great to relax indoors, resort guests can take their vacation outside for a round of golf. Over the last few years, the resort as spent more than $50 million in renovations and enhancements, one of the major upgrades being the golf course. The $9 million redesign practically reinvented the course. Completed in November 2016, the plans were designed by golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus in collaboration with renowned course architect John Sanford. e par-71 course features ve tees, ranging from 4,800 to 6,900 yards. ough these amenities are for adults, the resort oers plenty of leisure for the whole family. e beachfront pool complex features two pools and whirlpools, while beach rentals are available for a sandier experience. Plus boating and shing trips can be arranged at the hotel. The resort also houses multiple restaurants and lounges, including the signature beachfront restaurant HBs on the Gulf, which oers both indoor and outdoor dining. e Seminole Store oers quickservice deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coees, pizza, pastries and desserts, all in a cafe atmosphere. Specically for the kids is the Beach Kids Club. is complementary, supervised program allows parents to drop o their kids (ages ve to 12) so they can enjoy the adult amenities. is enables Mom and Dad to play golf on our championship course, enjoy a soothing service at e Spa, play tennis, or simply relax on the beach or by one of the pools while the kids are having a great time, said Parsons. Favorite activities include scavenger hunts, face painting, beach walks, cras, and games. Teens can have their own fun, too, as the resort offers volleyball tournaments, beach olympics, beach-side scavenger hunts and more. Looking for some nearby fun? eres a lot to do in Naples. Check out the Naples Pier, only 2.3 miles down from the resort. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT AROUND OSCEOLA COUNTY & CENTRAL FLORIDA ONLINEVisit www.aroundosceola.com for the latest news. CONTACT JENNIFER DIDOMENICO OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE A&E EDITOR EMAIL JDIDOMENICO@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM Naples Beach Hotel offers buy 2 nights, get 1 freePHOTO COURTESY OF NAPLES BEACH HOTEL & GOLF CLUBThe Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is offering a special rate this summer. From June 4 to Sept. 30, buy two nights and get a third night free. CINCO DE MAYO BAHAMA BREEZE is oering $5 classic margaritas through May 5. Plus other signature, fruitavored margaritas including Hibiscus Mango, Strawberry, Tamarind and the new Mighty Blood Orange. 1251 W Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. THE MANELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, invites you and your furry friends to Yappy Hour from 3 to 5 p.m. e esta includes margaritas, sangria, dog chips and dip, photo booth stations and more. Admission is $10. 900 E Princeton Street in Orlando. HOT N JUICY CRAWFISH, is oering $5 margaritas all day long, with a fullmenu selection of delicious seafood. 7572 W Sand Lake Road in Orlando. THE KISSIMMEE SCULPTURE PUB CRAWL, runs all night, beginning at 6 p.m. at Kissimmee Main Street. Stops include Broadway Pizza, Big Johns Rockin BBQ, 3 Sisters Speakeasy, Shipwrecked in the Islands, Main Street PIzza and more. Downtown Kissimmee. CHURCH STREET, is hosting its annual Block Party from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring Chillers, Cahoots, Latitudes and Irish Shannons. RSVP includes free entry before 6 p.m. and free margaritas 6 to 7:30 p.m. Orlando See RESORT, Page 12.Sun, sand, staycation
Page 12 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Thursday, May 3, 2018 Visit the Naples Zoo (2.0 miles) or the Naples Botanical Garden (5.4 miles). Take the kids over to the Sun-n-Fun Water Park (11 miles), or do some shopping at the Village at Venetian Bay shopping center (3.2 miles). Take a day trip over to the Revs Institute for Automotive Research to see the vintage car collection (4.7 miles), or make reservations for a romantic date night at a restaurant in Downtown Naples (2.0 miles). Whether you wish to golf on the redesigned championship course, relax on the beach, lounge by one of our beachfront pools, enjoy a service at e Spa, play tennis, shop at Naples famous shopping districts just blocks away, or watch a gorgeous sunset, you just cant beat the oerings or incredible setting of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, said Parsons. e ird Night Free [special oer] simply provides even more reason to visit. For more information and to take advantage of this limited-time oer, visit www.NaplesBeachHotel. com (visit the Specials section), or call 800-2377600 or 239-261-2222. e oer is based on availability, and blockout dates apply during holiday weekends. By Jennifer DiDomenico A&E Editor Saturday, May 5, is Free Comic Book Day at Coliseum of Comics. e comic book chain will be giving away more than 35,000 comics to celebrate its largest event of the year. Free Comic Book Day is one of the the busiest days for comic stores, but also the day we see a lot of new faces, people we havent seen in a while, and fans we see regularly, all looking for whats new in comics, said Coliseum chain owner Phil Boyle, in a press release. This is the 17th year Colosseum has celebrated this event, oering the community a fun, family-oriented event where everyone can find a comic theyll enjoy. The comics that will be given away have been selected by retailers on the FCBD Committee, ranging from Star Wars and Disney Princesses, to the Avengers and Adventure Time. Free Comic Book Day will run throughout the day, at all nine Florida Coliseum of Comics locations. Each location has a different schedule of events. Coliseum Kissimmee (2511 Old Vineland Road) will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. e event will feature local artists, face painting, Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion and a morning appearance by balloon artist Denzil Jackson. Coliseum is just one of the thousands of comic book retailers around the world giving over six million comic books to millions of fans to introduce them to the wonders of comics. For more information, visit www.Free-ComicBook-Day.com or www. Coliseum-of-Comics.com. For more information on Coliseum Kissimmees events, call 407-870-5322 or email kissimmee@ coliseumofcomics.comCELEBRATE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY COLISEUM OF COMICS TO GIVE AWAY FREE COMIC BOOKS RESORTContinued from Page 11 New this year, college students can celebrate the end of the semester with $25 tickets to Adventure Island, saving more than 50 percent off of the original ticket price. Students must present valid college identication to be eligible for this limitedtime promotion. Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island is a 30-acre waterpark featuring endless opportunities to unwind aer nals with high-thrill slides to the lazy river and wave pool. Students can take advantage of this oer to experience Adventure Islands newest attraction: Vanish Point. e 70-foot drop slide lets riders choose between two wave paths, one that drops the floor from beneath their feet or one that begins in a seated position before taking a steep dive on a 455-footlong speed slide. e exclusive discount on single-day tickets is available now through May 25 online and at the front gate. To purchase tickets and learn more, students can visit www.Adventure Island.com/College.SPRING JUST GOT SWEETER: ADVENTURE ISLAND OFFERS COLLEGE STUDENT DISCOUNT WITH VALID ID EVERY SCOOP COUNTS AT CULVERS GUESTS CAN ENJOY $1 SCOOPS OF FRESH FROZEN CUSTARD By Jennifer DiDomenico A&E Editor Every scoop counts today, May 3, at Culvers locations across the nation, as the restaurant chain celebrates Scoops of anks Day. More than 650 participating Culvers restaurants are offering guests $1 scoops of Fresh Frozen Custard. The celebration is in part of Culvers Thank You Farmers Project, and helps support agricultural education programs like the National FFA Organization. Were proud to support local FFA chapters as they continue to prepare young people to strengthen American agriculture, said Culvers Senior Marketing Manager Jessie Kreke, in a press release. Scoops of Thanks Day allows our guests to join us in supporting young leaders who will work to create a sustainable food supply for future generations. To date, the Thank you Farmers Project has raised more than $1.7 million for the National FFA Organization, local FFA chapters, plus a variety of local agriculture organizations. Every dollar from todays Scoops of anks Day will continue to benet these organizations. More on the National FFA Organization, from the release: The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA alumni chapters throughout the U.S. e FFA mission is to make a positive dierence in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about Culvers Thank You Farmers Project, visit www.Culvers.com/Thank YouFarmersProject. TROPICAL FORD Photos for Illustration Purposes Only In Beautiful South Orlando!Monday Saturday 8:30am-9:00pm Sunday 11:00am-6:00pmSee dealer for details. Vehicle must be nanced with Ford Motor Credit Company to qualify for all rebates and incentives. 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Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 13 By Jennifer DiDomenico A&E Editor LEGO Star Wars Days is back and better than ever before. This years events from a galaxy far, far away will take place over a record three consecutive weekends, beginning May 5-6. e event will welcome back infamous characters like LEGO Darth Vader for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities, plus a new character: LEGO Captain Phasma, First Order Stormtrooper from the blockbuster Star Wars lm franchise. MINILAND USA the theme parks miniature display of famous landmarks, built from more than 32 million LEGO bricks will feature a brand new addition during opening weekend of Star Wars Days. LEGO Star Wars: e Force Awakens MINILAND Model Display will spotlight memorable moments from Episode VII of the Star Wars saga. Some of the 2,000 models on display stand six feet tall, enhanced with interactive lights, sound effects and animation. We are delighted to celebrate the installation of LEGO Star Wars: e Force Awakens MINILAND Model Display on May 4 just in time for three consecutive event weekends at the place built for kids, said LEGOLAND Public Relations Executive Chloe Boehm. An incredible amount of detail went into the creation of the giant LEGO model display, and were excited for guests to explore the newest addition. Guests can also meet one of MINILAND USAS Master Builders, and learn exclusive model tips and insights. Other fun things to see and do include photo opportunities with the worlds largest LEGO Yoda model, LEGO Chewbacca and LEGO Ray; Star Wars themed LEGO competition builds; fan photographer photo exhibits; chances to win LEGO prizes; and much more. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters for this event, for more chances to win LEGO prizes. Up next, LEGOLAND invites you to celebrate Americas independence with a fireworks show over Lake Eloise on July 4. Also, help build a giant American flag out of LEGO bricks before the sun goes down. For more information on these events, and for admission information, visit www.LEGOLAND. com/Florida. STAR WARS TAKES OVER LEGOLAND THEME PARK PRESENTS THREE WEEKENDS OF STAR WARS DAYS By Jennifer DiDomenico A&E Editor Tickets are now on sale for Live at the Gardens Bok Towers Summer Music Series, presented by Allen & Company. The series features an eclectic mix of ve top artists from June to September. As the summer heats up, Bok Tower Gardens cools down with amazing performances in the Visitor Center, said Bok Towers Director of Marketing Erica Smith. These evenings present some of the best musical artists in Florida and offer an intimate entertainment experience. From the release, the concert lineup is as follows: Saturday, June 9 Ashley Liberty & Daniel Strange Sponsored by Duke Energy Violinist, Ashley Liberty, and pianist, Daniel Strange, will perform an entire program of smokin fast, exciting, foot-stomping music in their show Hot Fiddle! Saturday, July 14 e Rowdy Roosters Mark Green plays the hottest trumpet this side of New Orleans. Enjoy an evening of authentic, toetapping, foot-stomping New Orleans jazz, that turns any concert into an instant Mardi Gras! Saturday, July 28 Betty Fox Band Sponsored by Terrie Lobb Catering With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, Tampa native Betty Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. Saturday, August 18 Mrs. Murphys Chowder Celtic Band Cooking up hot jugs and reels, poignant Celtic ballads and rousing pub tunes with an eclectic mix of instruments, dont miss this evening of hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, octave mandolin, tin whistle, Irish ute, upright bass, banjo and the Irish rum, Bodhran. Saturday, September 8 O-55 Show Composed of the areas most talented musicians the O-55 Show band has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years. Relive classics from the Great American Songbook as this group presents an evening of Jazz, Big Band, Broadway and more. All concerts are held in the air-conditioned comfort of the facilitys Visitor Center. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets are required. Tickets for nonmembers are $30 per concert, members pay $25 per concert. Series packages are available at $125 for non-members, $120 for members. Pre-show dining is available between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Palmetto Cafe, for an additional charge. Snacks and beverages will be available through intermission. For more information on the concert lineup, featured menu, or to purchase tickets, visit www. BokTower.org or call 863734-1222. Tickets can also be purchased in the Visitor Center.LIVE AT THE GARDENS TICKETS ON SALE FOR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES In other Bok Tower news, the garden facility is welcoming you to explore volunteer opportunities at Bok Tower Gardens during a volunteer fair on May 17. Bok Tower is currently looking for individuals and students of eight years or older to assist throughout the grounds in various departments including education, cafe, maintenance, the gi and plant shops, and more. If interested, please RSVP to the volunteer fair by calling 863-676-1408 x2258, or emailing jlandmichl@ boktower.org. Registration is also available online at https://boktowergardens. polldaddy.com/s/volunteerfair. 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Page 14 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Thursday, May 3, 2018 Meals on Wheels drivers needed e Osceola Council on Aging needs Meals on Wheels delivery drivers. Volunteers must have a valid license, an insured vehicle, and pass a background check. Deliveries are made Monday through Friday mornings and Mothers Day and anksgiving Day. Contact Marie Blackford at 407-9339532 or blackfm@ osceola-coa.com Meals on wheels is a 501 (c) 3, nonprot, private charitable organization dedicated to providing services to enable independence and self-suciency for seniors, disabled adults, the disadvantaged and families in poverty. www.osceola generations.org. OASIS volunteers needed Make a dierence and help enrich the education of students by becoming a school volunteer today at Discovery Intermediate. As students enter the time of testing through May, the school could use some volunteers acting as proctors, watching over students as they test, escorting students to the restroom, handling out pencils, etc. Please consider helping out during this very busy time at school. Please visit the district website at www.osceolaschools. net/OASIS. Bookmark Buddies P.M. Wells Charter Academy (http://www. pmwellscharter.org/) is a public charter schoolserving students in grades K-8. e school is in need of volunteers to serve as Bookmark Buddies at the school. Bookmark Buddies is a mentor reading program that helps third grade students improve their reading skills and score at Level 2 or higher on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). e program recruits volunteer mentors each year that help to improve the reading skills of low performing students. Mentors meet at the P.M. Wells Charter Academy for 30 minutes a week, oneon-one, throughout the school year. No prior tutoring experience is necessary and all the tutoring materials are provided, making for an easy and fun volunteer experience. e Bookmark Buddies mentor builds a strong friendship and takes great satisfaction in their students success as they begin to gain condence and improve their reading and writing skills. P.M. Wells is looking for volunteers to help elementary school art teacher work with students, and clean tables, desks and work surfaces. e school also is seeking volunteers to help tutor middle school students in math. Volunteers interested in becoming Bookmark Buddies at P.M. Wells Charter Academy can contact Principal Alan Ramos at 321697-1020 or Mrs. Ingrid Hernandez, volunteer coordinator, at ihernandez@ pmwellscharter.org. Volunteer at SNiP-it Clinic e SNiP-it Clinic is a 501(c) 3 non-prot organization working to: Reduce the pet overpopulation in our shelters. Educate the public on the benets of spay/neuter. Provide low cost, high quality spay/ neuter services. Service TNR and Animal Rescue Organizations e clinic provides high quality spay/ neuter services for cats and dogs to help dramatically reduce the number of animals entering in to shelters each year. More than 30,000 animals were euthanized in Central Florida last year. Reducing the pet population is the only way to guarantee that animals wont have to suer or die because of the lack of homes. e clinic has many opportunities for all levels 18 years or older. Normal business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. e clinic can use help with laundry, sterilizing surgical packs, cleaning, ling, answering phones, fundraising and marketing. It also has weekend opportunities that include special events and feral cat trapping for TNR. Contact Susan Muncy: email: 2snipit@gmail. com or by phone: 407-476-4748. The Backyard Project e Backyard Project is a local organization that strives to enhance community awareness and support by providing resources to those in need. e Backyard Project regularly provides meals to the homeless community in Kissimmee and we are looking for volunteers ages 16 and up to help with meal preparation and delivery. ose interested can email e Backyard Project at bypvolunteer@ gmail.com.Editors note: Due to space constraints, the News-Gazette cannot guarantee that all events submitted will be published in the Volunteer News in every ursday and Saturday edition. 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Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 15 DAILYTHURSDAY05-03PHYSICIAN 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.FRIDAY05-04TOTALLY TOTS! EXHIBIT e Osceola County Historical Society presents Totally Tots!a temporary exhibit that will run through August. e opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. 4155 W. Vine Street in Kissimmee. OSCEOLAHISTORY.ORGMOVIE NIGHT AT LEU GARDENS e whole family is welcome to Movie Night at Leu Gardens. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets. e lm Breathe (rated PG) will begin at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 4-17). 1920 N. Forest Avenue in Orlando MENNELLO MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR Join Mennello Museum of American Arts Executive Director for a guided tour of the current exhibition When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heernan. e tour is free with regular paid admission or Mannello Museum membership. For tickets, visit store.MENNELLOMUSEUM.ORGPORKYS COMEDY CLUB Porkys Comedy Club in St. Cloud is hosting a performance with headliner Jim Holder. Plus feature act BJ Odom and opener Ben Brainard. e show starts at 8:30 p.m., doors at 7 p.m. A second performance will be held on Saturday, May 5. Beer, wine, liquor, and a selection of Jimmy Bears BBQ food. Guests must be 18 years of age. For tickets and more information, visit PORKYSCOMEDYCLUB.COM SATURDAY05-05MEET JONATHAN CAIN FROM THE BAND JOURNEY. Come out to Books A Million at e Loop and meet Jonathan Cain from the band Journey. Tickets are available and required to attend. Tickets include a signed copy of Cains new book, plus meet-and-greets and photo opportunities. Call 407-552-0077. BAHIA 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.COMLEGO STAR WARS DAYS LEGOLAND kicks o its LEGO Star Wars Days. e theme park will unveil its newest addition to the MINILAND, featuring memorable moments from Star Wars Episode VII, enhanced with lights, sound eects and animation. Special appearances by LEGO Darth Vader. LEGO Star Wars Days include weekends in May: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Visit LEGOLAND.COM/FLORIDAMONDAY05-07 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.FRIDAY05-11DISNEY 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.COM DOG EVENT AT THE BREWSTILLERY Bring your pup out to e Brewstillery at e Bear and Peacock from 5 to 7 p.m. Dog treats, dog beer, stylish accessories, raes and more. Swag bags will be given to the rst 20 attendees. 1288 North Orange Avenue in Winter Park BOK TOWER GARDENS Bok Tower Gardens is oering free admission for National Public Gardens Day. Download the free admission voucher online, before entering: PUBLICGARDENS.ORG/ PROGRAMS/NATIONAL-PUBLICGARDENS-DAY/ ABOUT-NATIONAL-PUBLICGARDENS-DAYSATURDAY05-12SMOKIN BREWS, BOATS & BBQ St. Cloud Main Street presents Smokin Brews, Boats & BBQ featuring P1 Power Beats. is event is packed with excitement, featuring a Cra Brew Festival, exhilarating Power Boat Races, and the Peoples Choice BQ Competition. Eat, drink and enjoy the races. Tickets available on Eventbrite. Visit STCLOUDMAINSTREET.COMWEDNESDAY05-16OH WONDER OH WONDER takes the stage at House of Blues Orlando at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For tickets, visit HOUSEOFBLUES.COM/ ORLANDOFLEA MARKET e Council on Aging is hosting a ea 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. FLORIDA PLANTS SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP Harry P. Leu Gardens Executive Director Robert Bowden will lead a Florida Plants Sustainability Workshop at the Mennello Museum of American Art. Discover a surprisingly wide variety of vegetables and fruits that perform their best in our regions intense summer heat and humidity. Admission for nonmembers is $10. THURSDAY05-17PHYSICIAN LECTURE SERIES Poinciana Medical Center is hosting Dr. Owen Kieran in part of its May physician lecture series. Dr. Kieran is a general surgeon at Poinciana Medical Center. He will conduct a lecture about surgical options for diabetic patients, and discuss symptoms, treatment options and lifestyle modications for this condition. A Q&A will be hosted aer the lecture. e event is open to the public. Call 407-530-2013. FRIDAY05-18 AFIE JURVANEN AKA BAHAMAS Ae Jurvanen is a FinnishCanadian from Ontario. Since 2009 hes been making music under the name Bahamas. rough simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. Watch him take the stage at e Orpheum: 1915 East 7th Avenue in Tampa. e show starts at 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit THEORPHEUM.COMSATURDAY05-19COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET Attention all shoppers. e Home & Community Education (HCE) of Osceola County is hosting an indoor/outdoor community ea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Extension building in Osceola Heritage Park. All fundraising prots benet HCEs college scholarship programs. Contact Karen Kirkendall 407-973-4058 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to rent a table. Rent fees are $10 for a table inside, or $5 for a space outside (bring your own table or tent). THURSDAY05-31STAR TREK: ABDUCTION e rst performance of Star Trek: Abduction at Plaza Live in Orlando. Opera Orlando performers plus music from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets range $29-$59. For tickets and other show dates, visit OPERAORLANDO.ORG SATURDAY06-16WINTER GARDEN CRUISE-IN CAR SHOW Classic cars and other show cars will line the streets of historic Winter Garden at the Winter Garden Cruise-In Car Show. Guests are asked (but not required to) bring items for the homeless, including socks, sample size toiletries, canned goods, boxed items, etc. Each person who donates will receive a rae ticket and is eligible for a $50 drawing at 8 p.m. I DIGNITY OSCEOLA IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS To help with the next event, Friday, Feb. 9. e group was created to assist the disadvantaged in Central Florida to navigate the complexities of getting personal identication like Social Security and Florida ID cards and more. It requires nearly 100 volunteers and professional sta of the various agencies involved. e event will be held at First Christian Church, Kissimmee, 215 N. Main St. For questions email idignity.osceola@ id ignity.org. Weekly and Monthly Events CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. Editors note: Due to space constraints, the News-Gazette cannot guarantee that all events submitted will be published in the Daily Planner in every ursday and Saturday edition. Dont stop believing. Come out to Books A Million at The Loop this Saturday to meet Jonathan Cain from the band Journey. Tickets are available and required to attend. Tickets include a signed copy of Cains new book, plus meet-and-greets and photo opportunities. Call 407-552-0077. WHO Jonathan Cain from the band JourneyWHAT Book signing, meet-and-greets, photo opportunitiesWHEN Saturday, May 5WHERE Books A Million at The LoopTADMISSION Included with ticket ONGOINGDUPLICATE BRIDGEe group is looking for new members. e group can accommodate any individual who would need a partner to play with. Cost is $1 to play. Oak Street Community Center, 717 N. Palm Ave., Kissimmee, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. FLORIDA OMBUDSMANAre you looking for an opportunity to make a dierence in your community? e Florida Ombudsman Program currently has volunteer opportunities available statewide. Our volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect and receiving the care they deserve. To learn more about becoming an ombudsman volunteer, visit our website at ombudsman.myorida.com, search for us on Facebook, or call toll-free at 1-888-831-0404.CRAFTY LADIESMeet at the St. Cloud Community/Senior Center Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. e group knits and crochets lap rugs for veterans. Donations of clean, unused yarn are needed. Call 407-288-3069.THURSDAY NITE CRUISE INClassic Cars, Hot Rods, Trucks are on display every ursday night. Bring your own classic car to show. 4060 13th St. St. Cloud; 5:30-8 p.m.CELEBRATE RECOVERY A recovery ministry that applies the eight Biblical Recovery Principles (based on the Beatitudes) with a goal to let God work through us in providing His healing power. Open to everyone in the community who experiences pain, brokenness and needs support and encouragement. Some of the hurts, habits and hang-ups that are addressed are: anger, food addiction, co-dependency, grief and loss, abandonment, divorce, self-mutilation, tobacco, all types of abuse, workalcoholics, bitterness, all addictions, sexual integrity, selshness, unforgiveness and so much more. Every Friday night; Kissimmee Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee, at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd oor in rooms 206 and 208; 407-847-2543CRIBBAGE ON FRIDAYSe Cribbage Group at Parks and Recreation on Palm Drive welcomes anyone who would like to play or learn how to play cribbage. e group meets every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the community center. e charge is $.25 for every skunk. Winners can take the half or full pot.
Page 16 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Thursday, May 3, 2018 Manufacturer PhotosSPECIFICATIONS 2018 FORD ESCAPE TITANIUMVEHICLE TYPE 5-passenger AWD compact CUV BASE PRICE $32,045 (as tested: $33,395) ENGINE TYPE EcoBoost 4-cylinder w/DI DISPLACEMENT 2.0-liter HORSEPOWER (net) 245 at 5500 rpm TORQUE (lb.-ft.) 275 at 3000 rpm TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic OVERALL LENGTH 178.1 in. TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb) 38.8 ft. CURB WEIGHT 3,576 lbs. FUEL CAPACITY 15.7 gal. EPA MILEAGE RATING 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highwayFor Everyday and Getaway Drives Copyright, Motor Matters, 2018 FOR THE LATEST NEWS WEBSITE AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Motor Matters The Escape is appealing to many families who nd it a perfect blend of drivability and utility for both everyday motoring and getaways, too. So, its no surprise that it is one of Fords most popular vehicles, second to its number-one-best-selling F-150 pickup truck, and a leader in one of todays most competitive automotive segments where it contends with more than two dozen other compact crossover models. e ve-passenger 2018 Escape comes with a new SEL version that joins the existing S, SE, and Titanium trims. e front-wheel-drive Escape starts at $23,850 for the entry-level S model, $25,605 for the SE, $28,005 for the new SEL trim level, and $32,045 for the indulgent Titanium model. Three four-cylinder engine choices are available: a 2.5-liter powering both the S and SE trims makes 168 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque; the 1.5-liter four-cylinder that boasts 179 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque is standard on the SEL; while a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder available for the Titanium trim pumps out 245 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque.ESCAPEe turbocharged Escapes also feature active upper-grille shutters to streamline airow at highway speeds. Standard on the other two four-cylinder engines is fuel-saving auto start-stop technology that shuts down the engine whenever the Escape stops and restarts it when the driver lis o the brake. Fuel economy ranges from 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway in the front-wheel-drive S model, 23/30 in the FWD SE and SEL, to 20/27 for the AWD Titanium. All are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift semiautomatic shifting for additional performance and control. All-wheel drive available on SE, SEL, and Titanium trims ensures power is distributed as needed for maximum traction under a variety of road conditions, and also allows light o-roading. I drove an all-wheel-drive Escape in the high-end Titanium trim recently in New England along a mix of roads that included small-town two-lanes and higherspeed freeways. Notable are its sporty road manners with car-like ride and tight handling; high vantage for good visibility; smart technologies; and its impressive list of safety and driver-assistance features. Also of note is the pleasant mix of premium materials, and its good stowage capacity with split-folding rear seats that allow 34 cubic-feet of cargo with the rear seats up and 68 cu.-., with the seats folded at. e Escape has a towing capability of up to 3,500 pounds. Updates to the SE series bring front heated cloth seats, roof side rails, and a perimeter alarm. The new SEL trim sports leather-trimmed seating, a power ligate, heated exterior mirrors, signature LED lighting, and a reverse sensing system. e top-of-theline Escape Titanium features a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, intelligent access with remote start, navigation, enhanced active park assist, and high-intensity discharge headlamps. e standard rearview camera carries over for 2018, and all but the base S model feature heated front seats. Standard on all trim levels, the Escape oers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity; SEL and Titanium levels boast SYNC 3 with an 8-inch capacitive LCD display (an upgrade from the standard 4.2-inch SYNC system found in the S and SE). The roomy utility vehicle has an impressive suite of standard safety features; available driver-assist technologies include adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, lane-keeping, and an enhanced active park assist system that will guide the crossover into parallel and perpendicular parking lanes (and out of tight parallel spots). Of note is a driver alert system that uses data from the lanekeeping system to detect signs of fatigued driving and provide a warning on the instrument cluster-it even vibrates the wheel if it thinks youre dozing o. The Ford Escape has a condent, rugged persona. The hood and raised trapezoidal upper set a wider stance evoking a more prominent feel. The 2018 Escape is the rst Ford vehicle to make Auto Start/Stop technology standard with either of two EcoBoost engines a 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost. Auto Start/Stop technology shuts off the engine during common stops, so the vehicle burns no gas and emits zero tailpipe emissions. Base models are powered by a 2.5-liter i-VCT four-cylinder engine. 2018 Ford
Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 17 Forgetfulness can aect anyone. For example, few, if any, adults can say they have not experienced moments when they could not nd their keys. And once the keys are found, people move on without giving much thought to why they did not immediately remember where they le their keys. Isolated incidents where people cannot recall where they placed their car keys or other minor bouts with forgetfulness do not occur by accident. In fact, the Harvard Medical School notes that they are likely byproducts of age-related changes in thinking skills. When people reach their 50s, chemical and structural changes in the brain may begin to occur, and these changes can aect a persons ability to process memories. Father Time may be a formidable foe, but people can take steps to give their memories a boost as they get older. Embrace recognition instead of trusting recall. Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist who specializes in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, notes that human beings are better at recognition than recall. at means people are more likely to remember something they read, such as a note or a list, than something theyre simply told. Recognize the value of repetition. e Harvard Medical School notes that people might be more inclined to remember what they hear if they repeat it out loud. Names and addresses might be more easily remembered after theyre repeated out loud because repetition increases the likelihood that the brain will record the information and be capable of retrieving it later. When studying for exams, many students repeat important points to themselves time and again, and that same approach can be applied by adults who are trying to improve their memories. Eat a healthy diet. A study published in 2015 in the journal Neurology found that people who eat healthy diets with lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and sh and little alcohol and red meat may be less likely to experience declines in their memory and thinking skills. Authored by Andrew Smyth of McMaster University in Ontario and the National University of Ireland in Galway, the study following more than 27,000 people in 40 countries for an average of roughly ve years. All participants were 55 and older and had diabetes or a history of heart disease, stroke or peripheral artery disease. ose who ate the healthiest diets were 24 percent less likely to experience cognitive decline than people with the least healthy diets. Break things down. Breaking things down into small chunks also can help improve memory. If tasked with remembering something extensive, such as a speech, focus on a single sentence at a time, only moving on to the next sentence when youre condent you have successfully committed the preceding sentence to memory. Periodic memory lapses are oen nothing to worry about. But men and women concerned about maintaining their memories can employ various strategies to do just that. Tips to improve your memory www.aroundosceola.com SUPPORT & GUIDANCEin your time of sorrow r rfn ffn t bffn And Cremation Services Preplanning | Cremation Funeral Services | Veterans Services www.conradandthompson.com 060817.TNG Monday Saturday 8:30am-9:00pm Sunday 11:00am-6:00pmTROPICAL FORDhas yourNew F-250!VEHICLE MUST BE FINANCED WITH FORD MOTOR CREDIT TO QUALIFY FOR ALL INCENTIVES & REBATES. WITH APPROVED CREDIT. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE TAX, TAG & DEALER FEE.050318.TNG 2017 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY DIESEL 407-851-38009900 S. Orange Blossom Trailtropicalford.com Photos for Illustration Purposes Only In Beautiful South Orlando! STARTING AT$50,997New TENGAN -Judith Ann Tengan, age 70, of Narcoossee, FL, passed away at 5:43 a.m. on April 15, 2018 at St Cloud Regional Medical Center. Judy was born on October 8, 1947 in Beacon, NY to Irving and Gwendolen Nerrie.Judy grew up in Beacon, NY and soon aer graduation le to enroll in nursing school in Connecticut. She worked as an Operating Room Nurse at the prestigious Yale New Haven Hospital. From there she traveled to California where she worked for a short time before moving to Hawaii, where she met Rodney Tengan. They then moved to Guam and got married. Judy worked as an OR Nurse for the Guam Memorial Hospital, where she delivered her three children. Aer 17 years on Guam, she retired from the Guam Memorial Hospital, got divorced and For daily obituaries and services please visit www.aroundosceola.com moved to Kissimmee, FL with her children. Judy was a very strong, hardworking, independent and successful woman.After settling in Kissimmee, she went back to work for St. Cloud Regional Hospital as an Endoscopy nurse for many years, where she also retired. She met Ron in 1995, and they have been together ever since. ey loved and cared for each other for over 22 years.Judy spent much of her free time reading, watching football, caring for her dogs and horses, garage sale hunting, and enjoyed spending time at her timeshare in Daytona Beach with Ron. She will be greatly missed by all of those who knew her. We love you, Judy! Your wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May you rest in eternal peace.She is survived by her mother, Gwendolen Nerrie (age 99, Beacon, NY); her three daughters; Cheryl (David) Sundlov (Southlake, TX), Stacey Tengan (Absecon, NJ), and Denise (Ben) Garcia (Austin, TX); her boyfriend, Ron Zielsdorf; her grandchildren; Maile Escoto (age 12), Jadyn Sundlov (age 8), Kasen Sundlov (age 7), Anthony Garcia (8 months); and her brother, Brian Nerrie.Please join us to honor Judy at her Celebration of Life which will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 12 noon at 1059 S. Lake Avenue, Saint Cloud, FL 34771. RICHARD A. WALLACEFuneral services for Richard A. Wallace, 70, of Cochran who died Sunday, April 22, 2018 in a Augusta Hospital was held Monday, April 30, 2018 in the Chapel of Fisher Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.Mr. Wallace was born in Breman, MD. e son of the late James A. and Ruby Lee Streetman Wallace. He has lived in Cochran since 2008 moving from Kissimmee, FL. He was retired from T.R.S. Inc., in Haines City, FL. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in Vietnam and was of the Christian Faith. Survivors are his son, Edwynn (Leah) Wallace of Cochran; 2 daughters, Lynette Wallace and Kristine (Charles) Kidwell both of Saint Cloud, FL; 2 brothers, Frank Green of Milford, IN, and James Wallace of Breman, MD. 2 sisters, Elizabeth Spencer of Aylett, VA and Jane Dermott of South Bend, IN; 8 grandchildren, Alexis Linscott, Lana Gilbert, Tristan Ashbum, Mason Kidwell, Susie Wallace, Edwynn V. Wallace, Audrey Wallace and Isaac Wallace.The family met friends Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and were at the residence of Ed and Leah Wallace, S. 3rd Street, Cochran.Fisher Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. passed away Monday, April 23, 2018. Osceola Memory Gardens, Poinciana, is handling the arrangements. 407-931-4811. Cloud, passed away April 15, 2018. Osceola Memory Gardens, Kissimmee is handling the arrangements. 407-847-2494. 44, of Orlando, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018. Osceola Memory Gardens, Poinciana, is handling the arrangements. 407-931-4811OBITUARY NOTICESBROOKIE MAE CAULDER April 30, 1936 Mom, I know your gone but just wanted to say Happy Birthday! from here on earth to you in Heaven. Youll always be in our hearts forever. Love, Loretta and Grandchildren; Leslie, John II. Great grandchildren; Carissa, Alyssa, and Christian Barber.
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 21 Thursday, May 3, 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, INANDFOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. CIVILDIVISIO N CaseNo:2017-CA-2929M F FEDERALNATIONAL MORTGAGEASSOCI ATION(FANNIEMAE) Plaintiff, vs. EUGENIOLETONDEUR A/K/AEUGENIOJEA N MICHELPRISCIANTELLI LETONDEUR,etal., Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: EUGENIOLETON DEUR,A/K/AEUGENIO JEANMICHELPRISCIANTELLILETONDEUR LastKnownAddress: 8312FONTERADRIVE UNIT201,CHAMPIONS GATE,FL33896 CurrentResidence: UNKNOWN VERONICAALEXANDR A SALAZARMALAVE,A/K/A VERONICAMALAVE LastKnownAddress: 8312FONTERADRIVE UNIT201,CHAMPIONS GATE,FL33896 CurrentResidence: UNKNOWN YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actionforForeclosureo f Mortgageonthefollowing describedproperty: UNIT20135,BUILDING35 PHASE11,PROMENADES ATBELLATRAE,ACONDOMINIUM,ACCORDING TOTHEDECLARATIONOF CONDOMINIUM,ANDALL ITATTACHMENTSAN D AMENDMENTS,ASRECORDEDINOFFICIALRECORDSBOOK3119,PAGE 1865,ASAMENDEDB Y AMENDMENTTODECLARATIONASRECORDEDIN OFFICIALRECORDS BOOK3392,PAGE2903 OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA.TOGETHERWITHANUNDIVIDEDINTERESTINTHE COMMONELEMENTSAND ALLAPPURTENANCES HEREUNTOAPPERTAININGANDSPECIFIEDIN SAIDDECLARATIONOF CONDOMINIUM. hasbeenfiledagainstyou andyouarerequiredtoserve acopyofyourwrittendefenses,ifany,toit,on ChoiceLegalGroup,P.A, AttorneyforPlaintiff,whose addressisP.O.BOX9908, FORTLAUDERDALE,FL 33310-0908,onorbefore MAY30,2018,adatewhich iswithinthirty(30)daysafter thefirstpublicationofthis Noticeinthe OsceolaN ewsGazette, andfiletheoriginal withtheClerkofthisCourt eitherbeforeserviceon Plaintiffsattorneyorimmediatelythereafter;otherwisea defaultwillbeentered againstyouforthereliefdemandedinthecomplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtproceeding oreveit,youareentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance. Pleasecontact:inOsceola County:ADACoordin ator, CourtAdministration, OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,(407)742-2417,Fax #:407-835-5079atleast7 daysbeforeyourscheduled courtappearance,orimmediatelyuponreceivingnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledcourtappearance islessthan7days.Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. WITNESSmyhandandthe sealofthisCourtthis12th d ayofApril2018. A RMANDORAMIREZ AsClerkoftheCourt By:/s/SN AsDeputyClerk 17-01605 April26,2018 May3,3018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE A.R.C.TOWINGInc.gives NoticeofForeclosureofLien andintenttosellthes e vehiclesonMAY18,2018 08:00a.m.,at7421W.Irlo BronsonHighway,Kissimmee,FL34747,pursuantto subsection713.78ofth e FloridaStatutes. A.R.C.TOWINGInc.reservestherighttoacceptor rejectanyand/orallbids. 1)2001FORD VIN: 1FMZU73E01ZA27588 2)2017FORD VIN: 1FT7W2BT7HEB26810 3.2000MAZDA VIN: 1YVGF22D2Y5138687 4)2007FORD VIN: 3FAHP07127R172348 5)2006NISSAN VIN: 3N1CB51D26L540938 6)2003MITSUBISHI VIN: 6MMAP67P33T010892 7)2005TOYOTAXA VIN: JTKKT624050107892 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A CaseNo.: 2018-DR-001030-AD. Division:Domestic. AMANDADRUMMOND, Petitioner, and TERESALARSON, Respondent NOTICEOFACTION FORPUBLICATION TO: TERESALARSON Address: UNKNOWN YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actionforTerminationofParentalRights,includinghas beenfiledagainstyou.You arerequiredtoserveacopy ofyourwrittendefenses,if any,tothisactiononApril 20th,2018,Petitioner'sattorney,whoseaddressisP.O. BOX700687,SAINT CLOUD,FL34770-0687,on orbeforeApril30,2018,and filetheoriginalwiththeclerk ofthiscourtatOSCEOLA CountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee. Florida34741,eitherbefore serviceonPetitioner'sattorneyorimmediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwill heenteredagainstyoufor thereliefdemandedinthe petition. WARNING: Rule12.285, FloridaFamilyLawRulesof P rocedure,requirescertain automaticdisclosureofdocumentsandinformation.Failuretocomplycanresultin sanctions,includingdismissalorstrikingofpleadings. DATEDthis29thdayof March,2018. ( CIRCUITCOURTSEAL) ARMANDORAMIREZ CLERKOFTHE CIRCUITCOURT By:/s/DS AsDeputyClerk April12,19,26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUITINAN D FOROSEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A CaseNo.:2016-CC-00231 9 EASTLAKERESERVEAT NARCOOSSEEHOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC., Plaintiff vs. LISAMARIEKARRASAND UNKNOWNPARTIESIN POSSESSION,N/K/ A ROOSEVELTDARIUS Defendants. AMENDED NOTICEOFSALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 (tocorrectCounty) NoticeisgiventhatpursuanttotheFinalJudgmentof ForeclosuredatedApril18 2018,inCaseNo.2016-CC002319,oftheCountyCourt inandforOsceolaCounty Florida,inwhichEASTLAKE RESERVEATNARCOOSSEEHOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION,INC.,isthe Plaintiff,andLisaMarie KarrasandUnknownParties inPossess,n/k/aRoosevelt DariusaretheDefendants theClerkoftheCourtshall sellthepropertyatpublic saleonJUNE19,2018,at 11:00a.m.,accordingto AdministrativeOrder201-01 attheOsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare Suite2000,Room2602 Kissimmee,Florida34741,in accordancewithSection 45.031,Fla.Stat.Thefollowingdescribedpropertyset forthintheOrderofFinal Judgment: Lot112,EASTLAKE RESERVEATNARCOOSSEEUNITTHREE,accordingtotheplatthereof,as recordedinPlatBook16 atPages82-84,inclusive ofthePublicRecordsof OsceolaCounty,Florida ; A/K/A PropertyAddress: 122RachelLinLane, St.Cloud,Florida34771 AnyPersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate ofthelispendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. IFYOUAREAPERSON WITHADISABILITYWHO NEEDSANYACCOMMODATIONINORDERTOPARTICIPATEINTHISPROCEEDING,YOUAREENTITLED ATNOCOSTTOYOU,TO THEPROVISIONOFCERTAINASSISTANCE PLEASECONTACTCOURT ADMINISTRATION,2 COURTHOUSESQUARE SUITE6300,KISSIMMEE FLORIDA34741,TELEPHONE:(407)742-2417 WITHIN7WORKINGDAYS OFYOURRECEIPTO F THISNOTICEOFSALE;IF YOUAREHEARINGO R VOICEIMPAIRED,CALL1800-955-8771. DATED:April27,2018. By: /s/AlanSchwartzsei d AlanSchwartzseid AttorneyforPlaintiff FloridaBarNo.5712 4 CLAYTON&MCCULLOH 1065MaitlandCenter CommonsBlvd. Maitland,Florida32751 Telephone:(407)875-2655 File#:22768 May3,10,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusiness underthefictitiousnameof: MFCSERVICES locatedat:1420Celebration Blvd.,Suite305,inthe CountyofOsceola,inthe CityofCelebration,Florida 34747,intendstoregisterthe saidnamewiththeDivision ofCorporationsoftheFloridaDepartmentofState,Tallahassee,Florida. Thatthepartyinteres tedin saidbusinessenterpriseisas follows: S USANKARLIC,EA DATEDatKissimmee, OsceolaCounty,Florida,on this26thdayofApril,2018. May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Case#:2018-CA-000840MF WELLSFARGOBANK, NATIONALASSOCIATION ASTRUSTEEFORABFC 2002-OPT1TRUST,ABFC ASSET-BACKEDCERTIFICATES,SERIES2002OPT1, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTINEA.CADDLE A/K/ACHRISTINECADDLE; ASSOCIATIONOFPOINCIANAVILLAGES,INC.; UNKNOWNSPOUSEOF CHRISTINEA.CADDLE A/K/ACHRISTINECADDLE; UNKNOWNTENANT#1; UNKNOWNTENANT#2, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO:CHRISTINEA.CADD LE A /K/ACHRISTINECADDLE Residence: Unknown UNKNOWNSPOUSEOF CHRISTINEA.CADDLE A/K/ACHRISTINECADDLE Residence:Unknown YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actiontoforecloseamortgageonthefollowingdescribedpropertyin OSCEOLACounty,Florida: 272812522200011250 LOT125,TAMARIND PARKEATCYPRESS WOODS,UNIT2,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLATTHEREOFASRECORDEDIN PLATBOOK12,ATPAGES 176&177,PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. StreetAddress: 468ACACIATREEWAY, KISSIMMEE,FL34758 h asbeenfiledagainstyou andyouarerequiredtoserve acopyofyourwritten d efenses,ifany,toiton: McCabe,Weisberg&Conway,LLC ,Plaintiffsattorney, whoseaddressis500AustralianAvenueSouth,Suite 1000,WestPalmBeach,FL 33401,onorbeforeJUNE6, 2018,andfiletheoriginal withtheClerkofthisCourt, otherwise,adefaultwillbe enteredagainstyouforthe reliefdemandedinthecomplaintorpetition. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyacc ommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call1-(800)955-8771. DATEDonthis18thdayof April2018. A RMANDORAMIREZ CLERKOFSAIDCOURT By:/s /SN AsDeputyClerk McCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC 500AustralianAvenueSouth Suite1000 WestPalmBeach,FL33401 Telephone:(561)713-1400 FLpleadings@mwc-law.com May3,10,2018 INTHECOUNTYCOURT OFTHE9thJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2018-CC-000297CL POINCIANAPORTFOLIO SERVICES,LLC,AS ASSIGNEEOFASSOCIATIONOFPOINCIANAVILLAGES,INC.,aFloridanotfor-profitcorporation, Plaintiff, vs. LUISA.MEREDITH,etal, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: SharonR.Meredith, 203RedwoodBarkTrail, Kissimmee,FL34758 LuisA.Meredith, 203RedwoodBarkTrail, Kissimmee,FL34758 YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatanactionhasbeen com mencedagainstyouto ForecloseaClaimofLienfor unpaidAssessmentsowedto thePlaintiffonthefollowing realproperty,lyingandbeingsituatedinOsceola County,Florida,moreparticularlydescribedasfollows: LOT142,TAMARIND PARKEATCYPRESS WOODS,UNIT2,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLATTHEREOFASRECORDEDIN PLATBOOK12,ATPAGES 176&177,PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Thispropertyislocatedat thestreetaddressof: 2 03RedwoodBarkTrail, Kissimme e,FL34758 Thisactionhasbeenfiled againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefense,ifany, upon GarfinkelWhynot Attorneys'forPlaintiff,whose addressis:300NorthMaitlandAvenue,Maitland,FL 32751,within30daysafter thefirstpublicationofthisnoticeandfiletheoriginalwith theClerkoftheCourteither beforeserviceonPlaintiffs attorneyorimmediately thereafter;otherwiseadefaultwillbeenteredagainst youforthereliefdemanded intheComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Sui te 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingimpaired,call 1-(800)955-8770,Ifyouare voiceimpaired,call1-(800) 955-8771. WITNESSmyhandand SealofsaidCourtthis4th dayofApril2018. A RMANDORAMIREZ ClerkoftheCourt By:/s/SN AsDeputyClerk 20150-462 April19,26,2018 May3,10,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CaseNo.:15-CA-2312MF CARRINGTONMORTGAGE SERVICES,LLC, Plaintiff, vs. JUANNAVARRO,etal., Defendants RE-NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated August24,2016,and enteredinCaseNo.15-CA2312MF,oftheCircuitCourt oftheNinthJudicialCircuit, inandforOSCEOLACounty, Florida.CARRINGTON MORTGAGESERVICES, LLC,isPlaintiff,and JUANA. NAVARRO,areDefendants. ArmandoRamirez,Clerkof theCircuitCourtfor OSCEOLACounty,Florida willselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashSUITE 2600/ROOM2602ofthe OSCEOLACountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,at11:00a.m.,on the22nddayofMAY2018, thefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforthinsaidFinal Judgment,towit: LOT6BLOCKAOFDAVIS BUNGALOWPARKACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK1PAGE101 OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate oftheLisPendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinor dertoparticipateinacourtproceeding orevent,youareentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance. PleasecontactOsceola County:ADACoordinator, CourtAdministration, OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,FL34741, (407)742-2417,Fax#:407835-5079,atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediately uponreceivingnotificationif thetimebeforethescheduledcourtappearanc eisless than7days.Ifyouarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call 711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. D ated:April19,2018. VANNESSLAWFIRM,PLC 1239E.NewportCenter Drive,Suite110,Deerfield Beach,Florida33442 Phone:(954)571-2031 PRIMARYEMAIL: Pleadings@vanlawfl.com /s/J.AnthonyVanNess J.AnthonyVanNess,Esq. FloridaBar#:391832 Email: TVanNess@vanlawfl.com April26,2018 May3,2018 NOTICEOFMEETING ENTERPRISECOMMUNITYDEVELOPMENTDISTRICT TheMay2,2018MeetingoftheBoardofSupervisorsofthe EnterpriseCommunityDevelopmentDistricthasbeenrescheduledtoWednesday,May16,2018at4:30p.m.attheDistrict Office,locatedat313CampusStreet,Celebration,Florida 34747. Themeetingisopentothepublicandwillbeconductedin accordancewiththeprovisionofFloridaLawforCommunity DevelopmentDistrictsandmaybecontinuedtoadate,time andlocatio ntobespecifiedontherecordatthemeeting. TheremaybeoccasionswhenoneormoreSupervisorswill participateviatelephone.Inaccordancewiththeprovisionsof theAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,anypersonrequiringspecialaccommodationsatthismeetingbecauseofadisabilityor physicalimpairmentshouldcontacttheDistrictManagement Company,Inframarkat(954)603-0033atleasttwo(2)calendardayspriortothemeeting.Ifyouarehearingorspeech im paired,pleasecontacttheFloridaRelayServiceat7-1-1or 800-955-8771(TTY)/800-955-8770(Voice)foraidincontactingtheDistrictManagementCompany. Eachpersonwhodecidestoappealanydecisionmadebythe Boardwithrespecttoanymatterconsideredatthismeetingis advisedthatpersonwillneedarecordoftheproceedingsand accordingly,thepersonmayneedtoensureaverbatimrecord oftheproceedingsismade,includingthetestimonyandevidenceuponwh ichsuchappealistobebased. G aryL.Moyer DistrictManager May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHENINTHJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA CASENO.2017-CA-003106CI JELSITEDEVELOPMENT,INC., Plaintiff, vs. FAHADAL-TURKI, Defendant. NOTICEOFACTION-CONSTRUCTIVESERVICE TO: FAHADAL-TURKI, LastKnownAddress: P.O.BOX87433, RIYADH,11642,SAUDIARABIA andallpartieshavingorclaimingtohaveanyright,titleor interestinthepropertyhereindescribed: OsceolaCountyParcelNo.:132528000002800000a/k/a BEGATNWCORTRACTAORLANDOSUNVILLAGEPH 1APB10PG38,S8 3DEGW63.12FT,S70DEGW52.09 FT,S85DEGW48.35FT,S71DEGW192.26FT,N22DEG W15.98FT,S67DEGW49.44FT,S80DEGW114.94FT ; N24DEGW71.14FT,N2DEGE24.04FT,N3DEGE 122.52FT,N10DEGE25.08FT,N7DEGE36.27FT,N12 DEGE45.73FT,N8DEGE38.73FT,N12DEGE46.67FT N11DEGE50.93FT,N7DEGE62.76FT,N2DEGE77.15 FT,N18DEGW42.08FT,N29DEGW51.29FT,N32DEGW 51.56FT,N33DEGW43.75FT,N30DEGW64.74FT,N46 DEGW27.91FT,S85DEGW30.91FT,S46DEGW53.09 FT,N33DEGW3.42FT,N58DEGW34.83FT,N68DEG W53.98FT,N54DEGW57.94FT,N74DEGW56.78FT,S 49DEGW28.01FT,N32DEGW23.98FT,N6.67FT,E 1047.84FTTOWR/WORLANDOVINELANDRDANDPT ONNON-TANCURVE,CONCNELY,RAD560FT(CH BEARINGS10DEGE53.39FT)SELYALONGCURVE 53.41FT,S13DEGE6 31.88FT,S12DEGE139.18FTTO NLINEORLANDOSUNVILLAGEPHASE1A,S78DEGW 150FT,N72DEGW188.74FTTOPOB. YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatacivilactionhasbeen filedagainstyouintheCircuitCourtofOsceolaCounty,Florida.YouarerequiredtofileawrittenresponsewiththeCourt andserveacopyofyourwrittendefenses,ifany,toiton : WilliamL.Grant, 300S.OrangeAvenue,Suite1600,Orlando FL32801,atleastthirty(30)daysfromthedateoffirstpublication,andfiletheoriginalwiththeclerkofthiscourteither "beforeserviceonPlaintiffsattorneyorimmediatelythereafter ; otherwise,adefaultwillbeenteredagainstyouforthe reliefdemandedinthecomplaint. REQUESTSFORACCOMMODATIONS BYPERSONSWITHDISABILITIES Ifyouareapersonwithadisabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding,youareentitled,atnocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance PleasecontactCourtAdministrationatTwoCourthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone : (407)742-2417withintwo(2)workingdaysofyourreceiptof this(describenotice);Ifyouarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call 1-800-955-8771. WITNESSmyhandandsealofthisCourtthis12thdayof April2018. ARMANDORAMIRE Z CLERKOFTHECOUR T OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA By:/s/SN AsDeputyCler k April26,2018 May3,10,17,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Case#:2018-CA-000840MF WELLSFARGOBANK, NATIONALASSOCIATION ASTRUSTEEFORABFC 2002-OPT1TRUST,ABFC ASSET-BACKEDCERTIFICATES,SERIES2002OPT1, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTINEA.CADDLE A/K/ACHRISTINECADDLE; ASSOCIATIONOFPOINCIANAVILLAGES,INC.; UNKNOWNSPOUSEOF CHRISTINEA.CADDLE A/K/ACHRISTINECADDLE; UNKNOWNTENANT#1; UNKNOWNTENANT#2, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTIO N T O:CHRISTINEA.CADDLE A/K/ACHRISTINECADDLE Residence: Unknown UNKNOWNSPOUSEOF CHRISTINEA.CADDLE A/K/ACHRISTINECADDLE Residence:Unknown YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actiontoforecloseamortgageonthefollowingdescribedpropertyin OSCEOLACounty,Florida: 272812522200011250 LOT125,TAMARIND PARKEATCYPRESS WOODS,UNIT2,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLATTHEREOFASRECORDEDIN PLATBOOK12,ATPAGES 176&177,PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. StreetAddress: 468ACACIATREEWAY, KISSIMMEE,FL34758 h asbeenfiledagainstyou andyouarerequiredtoserve acopyofyourwritten d efenses,ifany,toiton: McCabe,Weisberg&Conway,LLC ,Plaintiffsattorney, whoseaddressis500AustralianAvenueSouth,Suite 1000,WestPalmBeach,FL 33401,onorbeforeJUNE6, 2018,andfiletheoriginal withtheClerkofthisCourt, otherwise,adefaultwillbe enteredagainstyouforthe reliefdemandedinthecomplaintorpetition. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyacc ommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call1-(800)955-8771. DATEDonthis18thdayof April2018. A RMANDORAMIREZ CLERKOFSAIDCOURT By:/s /SN AsDeputyClerk McCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC 500AustralianAvenueSouth Suite1000 WestPalmBeach,FL33401 Telephone:(561)713-1400 FLpleadings@mwc-law.com May3,10,2018 INTHECOUNTYCOURT OFTHE9thJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2018-CC-000297CL POINCIANAPORTFOLIO SERVICES,LLC,AS ASSIGNEEOFASSOCIATIONOFPOINCIANAVILLAGES,INC.,aFloridanotfor-profitcorporation, Plaintiff, vs. LUISA.MEREDITH,etal, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: SharonR.Meredith, 203RedwoodBarkTrail, Kissimmee,FL34758 LuisA.Meredith, 203RedwoodBarkTrail, Kissimmee,FL34758 YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatan actionhasbeen commencedagainstyouto ForecloseaClaimofLienfor unpaidAssessmentsowedto thePlaintiffonthefollowing realproperty,lyingandbeingsituatedinOsceola County,Florida,moreparticularlydescribedasfollows: LOT142,TAMARIND PARKEATCYPRESS WOODS,UNIT2,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLATTHEREOFASRECORDEDIN PLATBOOK12,ATPAGES 176&177,PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Thispropertyislocatedat thestreetaddressof: 2 03RedwoodBa rkTrail, Kissimmee,FL34758 Thisactionhasbeenfiled againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefense,ifany, upon GarfinkelWhynot Attorneys'forPlaintiff,whose addressis:300NorthMaitlandAvenue,Maitland,FL 32751,within30daysafter thefirstpublicationofthisnoticeandfiletheoriginalwith theClerkoftheCourteither beforeserviceonPlaintiffs attorneyorimmediately thereafter;otherwiseadefaultwillbeenteredagainst youforthereliefdemanded intheComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2 ) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingimpaired,call 1-(800)955-8770,Ifyouare voiceimpaired,call1-(800) 955-8771. WITNESSmyhandan d SealofsaidCourtthis4th dayofApril2018. ARMANDORAMIRE Z ClerkoftheCour t By:/s/SN AsDeputyCler k 20150-462 April19,26,2018 May3,10,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CIVILDIVISION CaseNo:2017-CA-2929MF FEDERALNATIONAL MORTGAGEASSOCIATION(FANNIEMAE), Plaintiff, vs. EUGENIOLETONDEUR, A/K/AEUGENIOJEAN MICHELPRISCIANTELLI LETONDEUR,etal., Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: EUGENIOLETONDEUR,A/K/AEUGENIO JEANMICHELPRISCIANTELLILETONDEUR LastKnownAddress: 8312FONTERADRIVE UNIT201,CHAMPIONS GATE,FL33896 CurrentResid ence: U NKNOWN VERONICAALEXANDRA SALAZARMALAVE,A/K/A VERONICAMALAVE LastKnownAddress: 8312FONTERADRIVE UNIT201,CHAMPIONS GATE,FL33896 CurrentResidence: UNKNOWN YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actionforForeclosureof Mortgageonthefollowing describedproperty: UNIT20135,BUILDING35, PHASE11,PROMENADES ATBELLATRAE,ACONDOMINIUM,ACCORDING TOTHEDECLARATIONOF CONDOMINIUM,ANDALL ITATTACHMENTSAND AMENDMENTS,ASRECORDEDINOFFICIALRECORDSBOOK 3119,PAGE 1865,ASAMENDEDBY AMENDMENTTODECLARATIONASRECORDEDIN OFFICIALRECORDS BOOK3392,PAGE2903, OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA.TOGETHERWITHANUNDIVIDEDINTERESTINTHE COMMONELEMENTSAND ALLAPPURTENANCE S HEREUNTOAPPERTAININGANDSPECIFIEDIN SAIDDECLARATIONOF CONDOMINIUM. hasbeenfiledagainstyou andyouarerequiredtoserve acopyofyourwrittendefenses,ifany,toit,on ChoiceLegalGroup,P.A AttorneyforPlaintiff,whose addressisP.O.BOX9908 FORTLAUDERDALE,F L 33310-0908,onorbefore MAY30,2018,adatewhich iswithinthirty(30)daysafter thefirstpublicationofthis Noticeinthe OsceolaNewsGazette, andfiletheoriginal withtheClerkofthisCourt eitherbeforeserviceo n Plaintiffsattorneyorimmediatelythereafter;otherwisea defaultwillbeentere d againstyouforthereliefdemandedinthecomplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtproceeding oreveit,youareentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance Pleasecontact:inOsceola County:ADACoordinator CourtAdministration OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,(407)742-2417,Fax #:407-835-5079atleast7 daysbeforeyourscheduled courtappearance,orimmediatelyuponreceivingnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledcourtappearance islessthan7days.Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. WITNESSmyhandandthe sealofthisCourtthis12th dayofApril2018. ARMANDORAMIRE Z AsClerkoftheCour t By:/s/S N AsDeputyCler k 17-01605 April26,2018 May3,3018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CaseNo.:15-CA-2312MF CARRINGTONMORTGAGE SERVICES,LLC, Plaintiff, vs. JUANNAVARRO,etal., Defendants RE-NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredated August24,2016,and enteredinCaseNo.15-CA2312MF,oftheCircuitCourt oftheNinthJudicialCircuit, inandforOSCEOLACounty, Florida.CARRINGTON MORTGAGESERVICES, LL C,isPlaintiff,andJUANA. NAVARRO,areDefendants. ArmandoRamirez,Clerkof theCircuitCourtfor OSCEOLACounty,Florida willselltothehighestand bestbidderforcashSUITE 2600/ROOM2602ofthe OSCEOLACountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,at11:00a.m.,on the22nddayofMAY2018, thefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforthinsaidFinal Judgment,towit: LOT6BLOCKAOFDAVIS BUNGALOWPARKACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK1PAGE101 OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfromthe sale,ifany,otherthanthe propertyownerasofthedate oftheLisPendensmustfilea claimwithin60daysafterthe sale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtp roceeding orevent,youareentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance. PleasecontactOsceola County:ADACoordinator, CourtAdministration, OsceolaCountyCourthouse, 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,FL34741, (407)742-2417,Fax#:407835-5079,atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediately uponreceivingnotificationif thetimebeforethescheduledcourtappearanceisless than7days.Ifyouareh earingorvoiceimpaired,call 711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. D ated:April19,2018. VANNESSLAWFIRM,PLC 1239E.NewportCenter Drive,Suite110,Deerfield Beach,Florida33442 Phone:(954)571-2031 PRIMARYEMAIL: Pleadings@vanlawfl.com /s/J.AnthonyVanNess J.AnthonyVanNess,Esq. FloridaBar#:391832 Email: TVanNess@vanlawfl.com April26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CaseNo.: 2018-DR-001030-AD. Division:Domestic. AMANDADRUMMOND, Petitioner, and TERESALARSON, Respondent NOTICEOFACTION FORPUBLICATION TO: TERESALARSON Address: UNKNOWN YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actionforTerminationofParentalRights,includinghas beenfiledagainstyou.You arerequiredtoserveacopy ofyourwrittendefenses,if any,tothisactiononApril 20th,2018,P etitioner'sattorney,whoseaddressisP.O. BOX700687,SAINT CLOUD,FL34770-0687,on orbeforeApril30,2018,and filetheoriginalwiththeclerk ofthiscourtatOSCEOLA CountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee. Florida34741,eitherbefore serviceonPetitioner'sattorneyorimmediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwill heenteredagainstyoufor thereliefdemandedinthe petition. WARNING: Rule12.285, FloridaFamilyLawRulesof Procedure,requirescertain auto maticdisclosureofdocumentsandinformation.Failuretocomplycanresultin sanctions,includingdismissalorstrikingofpleadings. DATEDthis29thdayof March,2018. ( CIRCUITCOURTSEAL) ARMANDORAMIREZ CLERKOFTHE CIRCUITCOURT By:/s/DS AsDeputyClerk April12,19,26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2018-CA-56-OC ORANGEBRANCHBAY HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION,INC., Plaintiff, vs. DONALDKOTHENBEUTEL PAMELAMATCHETTand UNKNOWNPARTIESIN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: UNKNOWNPARTIES INPOSSESSION 2900OrangeBudDrive Kissimmee,FL34746 YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actiontoenforcealienforeclosureonthefollowingpropertyinOsceolaCounty,Florida: Lot69;ORANGEBRANCH BAY,accordingtotheplat thereofasrecordedinPtat Book18,Pages,65through 71,OsceolaCounty,Florida. Alawsuithasbeenfiled againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefenses,ifany, toiton CARLOSR.ARIAS, ESQUIRE ,PlaintiffsAttorney,whoseaddressis: ARIASBOSINGER,PLLC, 140N.WESTMONTE DRIVE,SUITE203,ALTAMONTESPRINGS,FL 32714 ,withinthirty(30)days afterthefirstpublicationof thisnotice,JU NE6,2018, andfiletheoriginalwiththe ClerkofthisCourteitherbeforeserviceonPlaintiffsattorneyorimmediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwill beenteredagainstyoufor thereliefdemandedintheLienForeclosureComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministratio nat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407)742 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describednotice;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call1-(800)955-8771. D ATEDonApril17,2018. ARMANDORAMIREZ ClerkoftheCircuit andCountyCourt By:/s/SN AsDeputyClerk May3,10,17,24,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2017-CA-2419-OC DORALPOINTEHOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, vs. PABLOVELEZ,etal., Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: ROSAM. RODRIGUEZJAIME 4619WoodfordDrive Kissimmee,FL34758 YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actiontoenforcealienforeclosureonthefollowingpropertyinOsceolaCounty,Florida: Lot192,DoralPointeUnit Two,accordingtoplat thereofrecordedinPlat Book19,Pages19-21, PublicRecordsofOsceola County,Florida Alawsuithasbeenfiled againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefenses,ifany, toiton CARLOSR.ARIAS, ESQUIRE ,PlaintiffsAttorney,whoseaddressis ARIASBOSINGER,PLLC, 140N.WESTMONT E DRIVE,SUITE203,ALTAMONTESPRINGS,FL 32714,withinthirty(30)days afterthefirstpublicationof thisnotice,MAY15,2018, andfiletheoriginalwiththe ClerkofthisCourteitherbeforeserviceonPlaintiffsattorneyorimmediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwill beenteredagainstyoufor thereliefdemandedintheLienForeclosureComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedi ngs, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407)742 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describednotice;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call1-(800)955-8771. D ATEDonMarch23,2018. ARMANDORAMIREZ ClerkoftheCircuit andCountyCourt By:/s/SN AsDeputyClerk April12,19,26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2017-CA-2419-OC DORALPOINTEHOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, vs. PABLOVELEZ,etal., Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: ROSAM. RODRIGUEZJAIME 4619WoodfordDrive Kissimmee,FL34758 YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actiontoenforcealienforeclosureonthefollowingpropertyinOsceolaCounty,Florida: Lot192,DoralPointeUnit Two,accordingtoplat thereofrecordedinPlat Book19,Pages19-21 PublicRecordsofOsceola County,Florida Alawsuithasbeenfiled againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefenses,ifany toiton CARLOSR.ARIAS ESQUIRE ,PlaintiffsAttorney,whoseaddressi s ARIASBOSINGER,PLLC 140N.WESTMONTE DRIVE,SUITE203,ALTAMONTESPRINGS,FL 32714,withinthirty(30)days afterthefirstpublicationof thisnotice,MAY15,2018 andfiletheoriginalwiththe ClerkofthisCourteitherbeforeserviceonPlaintiffsattorneyorimmediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwill beenteredagainstyoufor thereliefdemandedintheLienForeclosureComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407)742 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describednotice;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call1-(800)955-8771. DATEDonMarch23,2018. ARMANDORAMIRE Z ClerkoftheCircui t andCountyCour t By:/s/SN AsDeputyCler k April12,19,26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2018-CA-56-OC ORANGEBRANCHBAY HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION,INC., Plaintiff, vs. DONALDKOTHENBEUTEL, PAMELAMATCHETTand UNKNOWNPARTIESIN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION TO: UNKNOWNPARTIES INPOSSESSION 2900OrangeBudDrive Kissimmee,FL34746 YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actiontoenforcealienforeclosureonthefollowingpropertyinOsceolaCounty,Florid a: Lot69;ORANGEBRANCH BAY,accordingtotheplat thereofasrecordedinPtat Book18,Pages,65through 71,OsceolaCounty,Florida. Alawsuithasbeenfiled againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefenses,ifany, toiton CARLOSR.ARIAS, ESQUIRE ,PlaintiffsAttorney,whoseaddressis: ARIASBOSINGER,PLLC, 140N.WESTMONTE DRIVE,SUITE203,ALTAMONTESPRINGS,FL 32714 ,withinthirty(30)days afterthefirstpublicationof thisnotice,JUNE 6,2018, andfiletheoriginalwiththe ClerkofthisCourteitherbeforeserviceonPlaintiffsattorneyorimmediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwill beenteredagainstyoufor thereliefdemandedintheLienForeclosureComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationa t 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407)742 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describednotice;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call1-(800)955-8771. D ATEDonApril17,2018. ARMANDORAMIREZ ClerkoftheCircuit andCountyCourt By:/s/SN AsDeputyClerk May3,10,17,24,2018
Page 22 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Thursday, May 3, 2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISION File#:2018-CP-000248PR DIVISION:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOFPEDRO JOSEROMANCOLON, A/K/APEDROJ.ROMAN, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofPEDROJOSE ROMANCOLON,a/k/a PEDROJ.ROMAN,deceased,whosedateofdeath wasDecember9,2017,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida, ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Ki ssimmee, Florida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthePersonalRepresentativeandthe PersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFT HISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate, mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN(3)MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE, ALLCLAIMSNOTSO FILEDWITHINTHETIME PERIODSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEO FDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisnoticeis:April26, 2018. P ersonalRepresentative: /s/IleanaRoman ILEANAROMAN 708GrapeAvenue St.Cloud,Florida34769 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/C.D.LewisJr. C.D.LEWISJr. AttorneyforIleanaRoman FloridaBarNo.435848. LEWISandMASSEY,P.A. Attorneys-at-Law 1021MassachusettsAvenue P.O.Box701654,St.Cloud, Florida34770-1654 Telephone:(407)892-5138 Fax#:(407)892-1534 E-Mail: email@example.com m A pril26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000206 INRE:ESTATEOF JESUSANTONIOCABRA GUTIERREZ, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS (SummaryAdministration) TOALLPERSONSHAVING CLAIMSORDEMANDS AGAINSTTHEABOVE ESTATE; Youareherebynotifiedthat anOrderofSummaryAdministrationhasbeenenteredin theestateof JESUSANTONIOCABRAGUTIERREZ, deceased,FileNumber 2018-CP-000206,bytheCircuitCourtforOsceola County, Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis: 2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Florida34741; thatthedecedentsdateof deathwasSeptember14, 2014;thatthetotalvalueof theestateis$65,000.00,and thatthenamesandaddressesofthosetowhomit hasbeenassignedbysuch orderare: N ame: MariaDelCarmenCabra Address: 4828AshurstStreet, Kissimmee,Florida34758 ALLINTERESTEDPERSONSARENOTIFIED THAT: Allcreditorsoftheestateof thedecedentandperso ns havingclaimsordemands againsttheestateofthedecedentotherthanthosefor whomprovisionforfullpaymentwasmadeintheOrder ofSummaryAdministration, mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHINTHETIME PERIODSSETFORTHIN FLORIDASTATUTESSECTION733.702.ALLCLAIMS ANDDEMANDSNOTSO FILEDWILLBEFOREVER BARRED.NOTWITHSTANDINGANYOTHERAPPLICABLETIMEPERIOD,ANY CLAIMFILEDTWO(2) YEARSORMOREAFTER THEDECEDENT'SDATE OFDEATHISBARRED. Theda teoffirstpublication ofthisNoticeisApril26, 2018. P ersonGivingNotice: MARIADEL CARMENCABRA 4828AshurstStreet Kissimmee,Florida34758 Attorneyfor PersonGivingNotice: NORBERTOS.KATZ, ESQUIRE FloridaBarNo.399086 425WestColonialDrive Suite104 Orlando,Florida32804 Telephone:(407)849-7072 Fax#:(407)849-7075 E-Mail:VelizLaw@TheVelizLawFirm.com Secondary:rriedel@TheVelizLawFirm.com April26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2017-CA-2889-OC ORANGEBRANCHBAY HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION,INC., Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEEL.WESSLING KRISTINH.WESSLING,and UNKNOWNPARTIESIN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION To :MICHAELL.WESS LING,KRISTINH.WESSLINGandUNKNOW N PARTIESINPOSSESSION 3901BlossomDewDrive Kissimmee,FE34746 YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actiontoenforcealienforeclosureonthefollowingpropertyinOsceolaCounty,Florida: Lot173ofORANGE BRANCHBAY,according tothePlatthereofasrecordedinPlatBook18 Page(s)65through71,inclusive,ofthePublicRecordsofOsceoiaCounty Florida. Alawsuithasbeenfile d againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefenses,ifany toiton CARLOSR.ARIAS ESQUIRE ,PlaintiffsAttorney,whoseaddressi s ARIASBOSINGER,PLLC 140N.WESTMONTE DRIVE,SUITE203,ALTAMONTESPRINGS,FL 32714,withinthirty(30)days afterthefirstpublicationof thisnotice,JUNE6,2018 andfiletheoriginalwiththe ClerkofthisCourteitherbeforeserviceonPlaintiffs attorneyorimmediately thereafter;otherwiseadefaultwillbeenteredagainst youforthereliefdemanded intheLienForeclosureComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407)742 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describedn otice;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call1-(800)955-8771. D ATEDonMarch22,2018. ARMANDORAMIREZ ClerkoftheCircuit andCountyCourt By:/s/SM AsDeputyClerk April12,19,26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2018-CA-000049CI DIRECTGENERAL INSURANCECOMPANY, Plaintiffs, vs. CYNTHIAD.JOSEPH, Defendant. NOTICEOFACTION FORDECLARATORY JUDGMENT TO: CYNTHIAD.JOSEPH, 2908GRAFTONDRIVE, KISSIMMEE,FL347417778. YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actionhasbeenfiledagainst youandthatyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefenses,ifany, toitonPLAINTIFFDIRECT GENERALINSURANCE COMPANYthroughitscounsel RobertK.Savage,Esq. whoseaddressis412East MadisonStreet,Suite815, Tampa,FL33602onorbeforeMAY30,2018,andfile withtheclerkofthisCourt, ArmandoR.Ramirez,whose addressis2Courthouse Square,Kissimmee,FL 34741,beforeserviceon Plaintiff,orimmediately thereafter. Ifyoufailtodo so,adefaultmaybe enteredagainstforthereliefdemandedinthedeclaratoryjudgmentaction. Copiesofallcourtd ocumentsinthiscase,includingorders,areavailableat theClerk'soffice.Youmay reviewthesedocuments uponrequest. YoumustkeeptheClerk oftheCircuitCourt'soffice notifiedofyourcurrentaddress.Futurepapersinthis lawsuitwillbemailedto theaddressonrecordat theClerk'soffice Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcerta inassistance.PleasecontactCourtAdministrationat TwoCourthouseSquare, Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417withintwo(2)workingdaysofyourreceiptof this(describenotice);Ifyou arehearingorvoiceimpaired,call1-800-955-8771. D ATED:April5,2018. ARMANDOR.RAMIREZ By:/s/SN AsDeputyClerk 2CourthouseSquare Kissimmec,FL34741 407-742-3500 OurFileNo.745 April19,26,2018 May3,10,2018 THISNOTICEWASRECORDEDINTHEOFFICIAL RECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA,ON 04/19/2018,INORBOOK5319,PAGES2833-2921. MARKETABLERECORDTITLEACTNOTICE LakepointeTownhomesatBuenaventuraLakesHomeowners Association,Inc.,aFloridanot-for-profitcorporation,(hereinafterreferredtoastheAssociation),isahomeownersassociationsubjecttoChapter720,FloridaStatutes.TheAssociation herebycertifiesthatpreservationofthecovenantsorrestrictionsaffectingthelandidentifiedhereinafterhasbeen approvedbyatwo-thirdsvoteoftheAssociationsBoardof Directorsatameetingatwhichaq uorumoftheBoardwas present,priortowhichtheStatementofMarketableTitle Action(theStatement)wasmailedorhanddeliveredtothe membersoftheAssociation,alongwithduenoticeofthetime andplaceofsaidmeeting.TheAssociationherebypreserves thecovenantsorrestrictionsimposedonthelandaffectedby filingthisMarketableRecordTitleActNotice(theNotice)as follows:1.ASSOCIATION:Thenameandpostofficeaddress oftheAssociationdesiring topreservethecovenantsorrestrictionsisasfollows:LakepointeTownhomesatBuenaventura LakesHomeownersAssociation,Inc.,2180WSR434,Suite 5000,Longwood,FL32779;2.AFFIDAVITOFMAILINGOR HANDDELIVERYOFSTATEMENTOFMARKETABLETITLE ACTION:TheAffidavitofanappropriateMemberoftheBoard ofDirectorsoftheAssociationisattachedheretoasExhibit1 affirmingthattheAssociationsBoardofDirectorscausedthe Statementtobemailedorhandd eliveredtothemembersof theAssociationnotlessthanseven(7)dayspriortoandagain followingthemeetingoftheBoardofDirectors,atwhichat leasttwo-thirdsofthemembersoftheBoardofDirectorsofthe Associationvotedtoapprovethepreservationofcovenantsor restrictions,assetforthinthisNotice.TheAffidavitisattached h eretoasExhibitwiththeStatementattachedtheretoasExhibitA.;3.LANDAFFECTED:Thelegaldescription(s)ofthe landaf fectedbythisNoticeandsubjecttothecovenantsorrestrictions(theLand)is/aresetforthontheplat(s)filedinthe PublicRecordsofOsceolaCounty,Florida(thePlat(s))asfoll ows:Plat(s)/PlatBook/Page/etseq:BuenaventuraLakesLakepointeTownhomesPlatBook5Page78et.seq.79-80.Acopy ofthePlatsareattachedheretoasCompositeExhibit2.4. COVENANTSORRESTRICTIONSBEINGPRESERVED WHICHAFFECTTHELAND:Thecovenantsorrestrictionsbei ngpreservedaresetforthonthePlat(s)andinthegoverning documentsidentifiedhereinafterastheGoverning Documents.CopiesoftheGoverningDocumentscontaining thecovenantsorrestrictionsbeingpreservedarerecordedin thePublicRecordsofOsceolaCounty,Florida,asfollow(s): Document/OfficialRecordsBook/Page/etseq:Declarationof CovenantsandRestrictionsforBuenaventuraLakesLakepointeTownhomesORBook875Pg1116etseq.1117-1130; AmendedandRestatedArticlesofIncorporationLakepointe TownhomesatBuenaventuraLakesHomeownersAssociation, Inc.ORBook875Pg1161etseq.1162-1168;ArticlesofIncorporationLakepointeTownhomesatBuenaventuraLakes HomeownersAssociation,Inc.ORBook875Pg1131etseq. 1132-1140;By-LawsofLakepointeTownhomesatBuenaventuraLakesHomeownersAssociation,Inc.ORBook875Pg 1145etseq.1146-1159;LakepointeTownhomesHomeownersAssocia tionRules&Regulations(RevisedApril13,2002), previouslyunrecorded;LakepointeTownhomes@BVL HomeownersAssociation.,Inc.ResolutiontoAmendtheRules andRegulations(AdoptedMarch10,1992),previouslyunrecorded;PartyWallAgreementandRoofOverhangEasement ORBook875Pg1141etseq.1142-1143;DevelopersAgreement(RegardingTreeProtection)ORBook862Pg1593et seq.1594-1598;NoticeofMaintenanceAssessmentsORBook 985Pg2002.Acopyof theseGoverningDocumentsareattachedheretoasCompositeExhibit3. Byandthroughitsundersignedauthorizedrepresentativeand p ursuanttoChapter712,FloridaStatutes,theAssociationdoes herebypreserveandextendforthemaximumdurationpermittedbylawthecovenantsorrestrictionsimposedontheLand affectedbythisNotice. INWITNESSWHEREOF,theundersignedhavesettheirhand andsealthis12thdayofApril,2018. LakepointeTownhomesatBuenaven turaLakesHomeowners Association,Inc.,aFloridanot-for-profitcorporation B y:/s/(sign)JennyMaldonado (print)President,LakepointeTownhomesatBuenaventura LakesHomeownersAssociation,Inc. Attest: /s/(sign)KittyLynneCornale (print)Secretary,LakepointeTownhomesatBuenaventura LakesHomeownersAssociation,Inc. Signed,SealedandDeliveredinthePresenceof: /s/WitnessSignNameEmmanuelFarrugia PrintName;/s/Witness SignNameLa uraRiosPineiro PrintName STATEOFFLORIDA COUNTYOF________________ Theforegoingwasacknowledgedbeforemethis12dayof April,2018,byJennieMaldonado,asPresident,andKitty LynneCornale,asSecretary,ofLakepointeTownhomesat BuenaventuraLakesHomeownersAssociation,Inc.,aFlorida not-for-profitcorporation,[x]whoispersonallyknowntomeor whoproduced______________________asidentification. s/LauraRiosPineiro NOTARYPUBLICSTATE OFFLORIDA NotarySeal MyCommissionExpires_____________ April26,2018 May3,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION PursuanttoChapter 713.585(6)F.S.UnitedAmericanLien&Recovery,as agentw/powerofattorney willsellthefollowin g vehicle(s)tothehighestbidder;netproceedsdeposited withtheclerkofcourt;owner/ lienholderhasrighttohearingandpostbond;owner mayredeemvehicleforcash sumoflien;allauctionsheld inreserve Inspect1weekprior@ lienorfacility;cashorcashier check;18%buyerpremium ; anypersoninterestedphone (954)563-1999 Saledate: MAY25,2018@ 10:00a.m.,3411NW9th Avenue,FortLauderdaleFL 33309 31780 2000NISSAN VIN#:3N1CB51D6YL325565 Lienor: IdealServiceCtr Inc.,125W.KeenSt. Kissimmee,FL321-697-0005 LienAmt:$3458.36 LicensedAuctioneer s FLAB422FLAU765&1911 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA GeneralJurisdictionDivision CaseNo.:2017-CA-2317MF DITECHFINANCIALLLC, Plaintiff, vs. THEUNKNOWNHEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES,GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,LIENORS, CREDITORS,TRUSTEES ANDALLOTHERSWHO MAYCLAIMANINTEREST INTHEESTATEOF EDUARDOSANCHEZ, DECEASED,et.al., Defendant(s). NOTICEOFACTIONCONSTRUCTIVESERVICE TO :THEUNKNOWNHEIRS, BENEFICIARIES,DEVISEES,GRANTEES,ASS IGNEES,LIENORS,CREDITORS,TRUSTEES,AND ALLOTHERSWHOMAY CLAIMANINTERESTIN THEESTATEOFEDUARDO SANCHEZ,DECEASED, whoseresidenceisunknown, ifhe/she/theybeliving;andif he/she/theybedead,theunknowndefendantswhomay bespouses,heirs,devisees, grantees,assignees,lienors, creditors,trustees,andall partiesclaiminganinterest by,through,underoragainst theDefendants,whoarenot knowntobedeadoralive, andallpartieshavingor claimingtohaveanyright, titleorinterestinthepropertydescribedinthemortgagebeingforeclosed herein. YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatanactiontoforecloseamortgageonthefollowingproperty: LOT21,HUNTERSRIDGE, ACCORDINGTOPLAT THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK10,PAGE 119,OFTHEPUBLICRE CORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. TOGETHERWITHA2001 LEXINGTONDOUBLEWIDE MOBILEHOMEVIN 2T630195NA,2T630195NB, AND2T630195NC. hasbeenfiledagainstyou andyouarerequiredtoserve acopyofyourwrittendefenses,ifany,toitoncounselforthePlaintiff,whose addressis:6409Congress Avenue,Suite100,Boca Raton,Florida33487onor beforeMAY30,2018/(30 daysfromDateofFirstPublicationofthisNotice)andfile theoriginalwiththeclerkof thiscourte itherbeforeserviceonPlaintiffsattorneyor immediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwillbeentered againstyouforthereliefdemandedinthecomplaintor petitionfiledherein. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Flori da 34741,Telephone:(407)742 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describednotice;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call1-(800)955-8771. WITNESSmyhandandthe sealofthisCourtatOsceola County,Florida,this13thday ofApril2018. A RMANDORAMIREZ CLERKofCIRCUITCOURT By:/s/S.N. AsDeputyClerk ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ, &SCHNEID,PL 6409CongressAvenue Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 PRIMARYEMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org 17-038422-AdB April26, 2018 M ay3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CIRCUITCIVILDIVISION Case#:2017-CA-002382MF NATIONSTARMORTGAGE, LLC,D/B/AMR.COOPER, Plaintiff, vs. LEONSCHULTZ,etal, Defendant(s) NOTICEOFACTION TO: LEONSCHULTZ RESIDENT: Unknown LASTKNOWNADDRESS: 44ABBEYLN,UNIT4310, DANBURY,CT06810-5241 YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatanactiontoforecloseamortgageonthefollowingdescribedproperty locatedinOSCEOLACounty, Florida: Unit3 07,Building6,of ArtisanClubCondominium,accordingtothe DeclarationofCondominiumrecordedinOfficialRecordsBook2859, Page(s)2216,andallsubsequentamendments thereto,togetherwithits undividedshareinthe commonelements,inthe PublicRecordsofOsceola County,Florida. hasbeenfiledagainstyou, andyouarerequiredtoserve acopytoyourwrittendefenses,ifany,tothisaction on PhelanHallinanDiamond&Jones,PLLC ,attorneysforplainti ff,whoseaddressis:2727WestCypress CreekRoad,FortLauderdale,FL33309,andfilethe originalwiththeClerkofthe Court,within30daysafter thefirstpublicationofthisnotice,eitherbeforeorimmediatelythereafter,MAY30, 2018,otherwiseadefault maybeenteredagainstyou forthereliefdemandedinthe Complaint. Thisnoticeshallbepublishedonceaweekfortwo consecutiveweeksin The OsceolaNews-Gazette. Movantcounselcertifiesthat abonafideefforttoresolve thismatteronthemotionnoticedhasbeenmadeorthat, becauseoftimecons ideration,suchefforthasnotyet beenmadebutwillbemade priortothescheduledhearing. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationtoparticipatein thisproceeding,youareentitled,atnocosttoyou,tothe provisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontactthe ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCounty Courthouse,2Courthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,(407) 742-2417,atleast7daysbeforeyourschedu ledcourtappearance,orimmediately uponreceivingthisnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledappearanceis lessthanseven(7)days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. D ated:April12,2018. ARMANDORAMIREZ ClerkoftheCircuitCourt By:/s/S.N. DeputyClerkoftheCourt Copiesfurnishedto: PHELANHALLINAN, DIAMOND&JONES,PLLC 2001N.W.64thStreet, Suite100 FortLauderdale,FL33309 PH#:83790 April26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA GeneralJurisdictionDivision CaseNo.:2017-CA-2317MF DITECHFINANCIALLLC, Plaintiff, vs. THEUNKNOWNHEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES,GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,LIENORS, CREDITORS,TRUSTEES ANDALLOTHERSWHO MAYCLAIMANINTEREST INTHEESTATEOF EDUARDOSANCHEZ, DECEASED,et.al., Defendant(s). NOTICEOFACTIONCONSTRUCTIVESERVICE TO :THEUNKNOWNHEIRS, BENEFICIARIES,DEVIS EES,GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES,LIENORS,CREDITORS,TRUSTEES,AND ALLOTHERSWHOMAY CLAIMANINTERESTIN THEESTATEOFEDUARDO SANCHEZ,DECEASED, whoseresidenceisunknown, ifhe/she/theybeliving;andif he/she/theybedead,theunknowndefendantswhomay bespouses,heirs,devisees, grantees,assignees,lienors, creditors,trustees,andall partiesclaiminganinterest by,through,underoragainst theDefendants,whoarenot knowntobedeadoralive, andallpartieshavingor claimingtohaveanyright, titleorinterestinthepropertydescribedinthemortgagebeingforeclosed herein. YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatanactiontoforecloseamortgageonthefollowingproperty: LOT21,HUNTERSRIDGE, ACCORDINGTOPLAT THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK10,PAGE 119,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLO RIDA. TOGETHERWITHA2001 LEXINGTONDOUBLEWIDE MOBILEHOMEVIN 2T630195NA,2T630195NB, AND2T630195NC. hasbeenfiledagainstyou andyouarerequiredtoserve acopyofyourwrittendefenses,ifany,toitoncounselforthePlaintiff,whose addressis:6409Congress Avenue,Suite100,Boca Raton,Florida33487onor beforeMAY30,2018/(30 daysfromDateofFirstPublicationofthisNotice)andfile theoriginalwiththeclerkof thiscourteitherbeforeserviceonPlai ntiffsattorneyor immediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwillbeentered againstyouforthereliefdemandedinthecomplaintor petitionfiledherein. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407)74 2 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describednotice;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call1-(800)955-8771. WITNESSmyhandandthe sealofthisCourtatOsceola County,Florida,this13thday ofApril2018. A RMANDORAMIREZ CLERKofCIRCUITCOURT By:/s/S.N. AsDeputyClerk ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ, &SCHNEID,PL 6409CongressAvenue Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 PRIMARYEMAIL: email@example.com 17-038422-AdB April26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA GeneralJurisdictionDivision CaseNo.:2017-CA-2317MF DITECHFINANCIALLLC, Plaintiff, vs. THEUNKNOWNHEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES,GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,LIENORS, CREDITORS,TRUSTEES ANDALLOTHERSWHO MAYCLAIMANINTEREST INTHEESTATEOF EDUARDOSANCHEZ, DECEASED,et.al., Defendant(s). NOTICEOFACTIONCONSTRUCTIVESERVICE TO :THEUNKNOWNHEIRS, BENEFICIARIES,DEVIS EES,GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES,LIENORS,CREDITORS,TRUSTEES,AND ALLOTHERSWHOMAY CLAIMANINTERESTIN THEESTATEOFEDUARDO SANCHEZ,DECEASED, whoseresidenceisunknown, ifhe/she/theybeliving;andif he/she/theybedead,theunknowndefendantswhomay bespouses,heirs,devisees, grantees,assignees,lienors, creditors,trustees,andall partiesclaiminganinterest by,through,underoragainst theDefendants,whoarenot knowntobedeadoralive, andallparti eshavingor claimingtohaveanyright, titleorinterestinthepropertydescribedinthemortgagebeingforeclosed herein. YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatanactiontoforecloseamortgageonthefollowingproperty: LOT21,HUNTERSRIDGE, ACCORDINGTOPLAT THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK10,PAGE 119,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. TOGETHERWITHA2001 LEXINGTONDOUBLEWIDE MOBILEHOMEVIN 2T630195NA,2T630195NB, AND2T630195NC. hasbeenfiledaga instyou andyouarerequiredtoserve acopyofyourwrittendefenses,ifany,toitoncounselforthePlaintiff,whose addressis:6409Congress Avenue,Suite100,Boca Raton,Florida33487onor beforeMAY30,2018/(30 daysfromDateofFirstPublicationofthisNotice)andfile theoriginalwiththeclerkof thiscourteitherbeforeserviceonPlaintiffsattorneyor immediatelythereafter;otherwiseadefaultwillbeentered againstyouforthereliefdemandedinth ecomplaintor petitionfiledherein. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407)742 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describednotice;ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call1-(800 )955-8771. WITNESSmyhandandthe sealofthisCourtatOsceola County,Florida,this13thday ofApril2018. A RMANDORAMIREZ CLERKofCIRCUITCOURT By:/s/S.N. AsDeputyClerk ROBERTSON,ANSCHUTZ, &SCHNEID,PL 6409CongressAvenue Suite100 BocaRaton,FL33487 PRIMARYEMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org 17-038422-AdB April26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CIRCUITCIVILDIVISION Case#:2017-CA-002382MF NATIONSTARMORTGAGE, LLC,D/B/AMR.COOPER, Plaintiff, vs. LEONSCHULTZ,etal, Defendant(s) NOTICEOFACTION TO: LEONSCHULTZ RESIDENT: Unknown LASTKNOWNADDRESS: 44ABBEYLN,UNIT4310, DANBURY,CT06810-5241 YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatanactiontoforecloseamortgageonthefollowingdescribedproperty locatedinOSCEOLACou nty, Florida: Unit307,Building6,of ArtisanClubCondominium,accordingtothe DeclarationofCondominiumrecordedinOfficialRecordsBook2859, Page(s)2216,andallsubsequentamendments thereto,togetherwithits undividedshareinthe commonelements,inthe PublicRecordsofOsceola County,Florida. hasbeenfiledagainstyou, andyouarerequiredtoserve acopytoyourwrittendefenses,ifany,tothisaction on PhelanHallinanDiamond&Jones,PLLC ,att orneysforplaintiff,whoseaddressis:2727WestCypress CreekRoad,FortLauderdale,FL33309,andfilethe originalwiththeClerkofthe Court,within30daysafter thefirstpublicationofthisnotice,eitherbeforeorimmediatelythereafter,MAY30, 2018,otherwiseadefault maybeenteredagainstyou forthereliefdemandedinthe Complaint. Thisnoticeshallbepublishedonceaweekfortwo consecutiveweeksin The OsceolaNews-Gazette. Movantcounselcertif iesthat abonafideefforttoresolve thismatteronthemotionnoticedhasbeenmadeorthat, becauseoftimeconsideration,suchefforthasnotyet beenmadebutwillbemade priortothescheduledhearing. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationtoparticipatein thisproceeding,youareentitled,atnocosttoyou,tothe provisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontactthe ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCounty Courthouse, 2Courthouse Square,Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,(407) 742-2417,atleast7daysbeforeyourscheduledcourtappearance,orimmediately uponreceivingthisnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledappearanceis lessthanseven(7)days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. D ated:April12,2018. ARMANDORAMIREZ ClerkoftheCircuitCourt By:/s/S.N. DeputyClerkoftheCourt Copiesfurnishedto: PHELANHALLINAN, DIAMOND&JONES,PLLC 2001N .W.64thStreet, Suite100 FortLauderdale,FL33309 PH#:83790 April26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. CaseNo.:2017-CA-2889-OC ORANGEBRANCHBAY HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION,INC., Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEEL.WESSLING, KRISTINH.WESSLING,and UNKNOWNPARTIESIN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICEOFACTION To :MICHAELL.WESSLING,KRISTINH.WESSLINGandUNKNOWN PARTIESINPOSSESSION 3901BlossomDewDrive Kissimmee,FE34746 YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actiontoenforcealienforeclosure onthefollowingpropertyinOsceolaCounty,Florida: Lot173ofORANGEBRANCHBAY,according tothePlatthereofasrecordedinPlatBook18, Page(s)65through71,inclusive,ofthePublicRecordsofOsceoiaCounty, Florida. Alawsuithasbeenfiled againstyouandyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefenses,ifany, toiton CARLOSR.ARIAS, ESQUIRE ,PlaintiffsAttorney,whoseaddressis ARIASBOSINGER,PLLC, 140N.WESTMONTE DRIVE,SUITE203,ALTAM ONTESPRINGS,FL 32714,withinthirty(30)days afterthefirstpublicationof thisnotice,JUNE6,2018, andfiletheoriginalwiththe ClerkofthisCourteitherbeforeserviceonPlaintiffs attorneyorimmediately thereafter;otherwiseadefaultwillbeenteredagainst youforthereliefdemanded intheLienForeclosureComplaint. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateintheseproceedings, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact:CourtAdministrationat 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407)742 2417,withintwo(2)working daysofyourreceiptofthis describednotice;ifyouare hearingorvo iceimpaired, call1-(800)955-8771. D ATEDonMarch22,2018. ARMANDORAMIREZ ClerkoftheCircuit andCountyCourt By:/s/SM AsDeputyClerk April12,19,26,2018 May3,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA Case#:2018-CA-000049CI DIRECTGENERAL INSURANCECOMPANY, Plaintiffs, vs. CYNTHIAD.JOSEPH, Defendant. NOTICEOFACTION FORDECLARATORY JUDGMENT TO: CYNTHIAD.JOSEPH, 2908GRAFTONDRIVE, KISSIMMEE,FL347417778. YOUARENOTIFIEDthatan actionhasbeenfiledagainst youandthatyouarerequiredtoserveacopyof yourwrittendefenses,ifany, toitonPLAINTIFFDIRECT GENERALINS URANCE COMPANYthroughitscounsel RobertK.Savage,Esq. whoseaddressis412East MadisonStreet,Suite815, Tampa,FL33602onorbeforeMAY30,2018,andfile withtheclerkofthisCourt, ArmandoR.Ramirez,whose addressis2Courthouse Square,Kissimmee,FL 34741,beforeserviceon Plaintiff,orimmediately thereafter. Ifyoufailtodo so,adefaultmaybe enteredagainstforthereliefdemandedinthedeclaratoryjudgmentaction. Copiesofallcourtdocumentsi nthiscase,includingorders,areavailableat theClerk'soffice.Youmay reviewthesedocuments uponrequest. YoumustkeeptheClerk oftheCircuitCourt'soffice notifiedofyourcurrentaddress.Futurepapersinthis lawsuitwillbemailedto theaddressonrecordat theClerk'soffice Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding, youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistan ce.PleasecontactCourtAdministrationat TwoCourthouseSquare, Suite6300,Kissimmee,Florida34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417withintwo(2)workingdaysofyourreceiptof this(describenotice);Ifyou arehearingorvoiceimpaired,call1-800-955-8771. D ATED:April5,2018. ARMANDOR.RAMIREZ By:/s/SN AsDeputyClerk 2CourthouseSquare Kissimmec,FL34741 407-742-3500 OurFileNo.745 April19,26,2018 May3,10,2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 23 CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM 1. FOOD & DRINK: What is a manzanilla? 2. SCIENCE: At what temperature are the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales equal? 3. U.S. CURRENCY: Which nonpresidents image is on the $100 bill? 4. LANGUAGE: What word represents the letter Q in the international phonetic alphabet? 5. MUSIC: How many strings does a pedal harp have? 6. LITERATURE: In which novel does the character Quasimodo appear? 7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: How many points does a snowflake have? 8. HISTORY: Where was Napoleon exiled after his defeat at Waterloo? 9. BIBLE: Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments? 10. GEOGRAPHY: What city claims to be the most northernmost in Europe? Answers 1. A type of sherry 2. -40 degrees 3. Benjamin Franklin 4. Quebec 5. 40-47 6. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame 7. Six points 8. Saint Helena, an island off the African coast 9. Mount Sinai 10. Hammerfest, Norway 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. April 30, 2018King Features Weekly Service 1. FOOD & DRINK: What is a manzanilla? 2. SCIENCE: At what temperature are the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales equal? 3. U.S. CURRENCY: Which nonpresidents image is on the $100 bill? 4. LANGUAGE: What word represents the letter Q in the international phonetic alphabet? 5. MUSIC: How many strings does a pedal harp have? 6. LITERATURE: In which novel does the character Quasimodo appear? 7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: How many points does a snowflake have? 8. HISTORY: Where was Napoleon exiled after his defeat at Waterloo? 9. BIBLE: Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments? 10. GEOGRAPHY: What city claims to be the most northernmost in Europe? Answers 1. A type of sherry 2. -40 degrees 3. Benjamin Franklin 4. Quebec 5. 40-47 6. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame 7. Six points 8. Saint Helena, an island off the African coast 9. Mount Sinai 10. Hammerfest, Norway 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. April 30, 2018King Features Weekly Service
Page 24 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Thursday, May 3, 2018 The Chris Lyle Aquatic Center in St. Cloud is offering Pre Level 1 and Pre Level 2 swim lessons for kids aged 3-5 and Parent /Tot lessons for children as young as 6 months. Classes run Monday to Thursday for two weeks. Water safety cant be stressed enough and its never too early to teach a child how to swim should they fall into a pool accidentally. There has already been 25 drownings in the state since Jan. 1 and Osceola County ranks 4th out of 67 counties for drowning accidents: Top row: A class of preschoolers prepare for their lesson. Veronica Torres has the group start off with a kicking exercise. Second row: Veronica helps Case Berg use his arms for paddling and Melanie Carrasquillo with kicking while doing a back float. Third row: Veronica prepares her kids for another exercise while Terri Colabella-Lewis has one of the students get comfortable with keeping her face in the water. Terri Colabella-Lewis helps Amber Murphy relax on her back, helping her to float more easily. Colabella-Lewis has been an instructor for 18 years now.News-Gazette Photos by Martin Maddock WATER SAFETY CLASS
Thursday, April 26, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E1 Section E April 26, 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:ST arAR T YOU r R Car CAR EE r R WITH aA J J OB TH a A T I s S RIGHT FO r R YOU! Tribune Triple EWednesday, May 2, 2018 EEE-1 www.citizentribune.comTribune Expanded Electronic Edition Traditional Czech open-faced sandwiches may be coming to USAPIn this picture taken on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, woman adjusts open-face sandwiches at bistro Sisters in Prague, Czech Republic. With an undying popularity, the traditional Czech open-face sandwiches have entered a new century of its existence with a respect for tradition combined with new innovative approaches. Czech it OutBY KAREL JANICEK Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) Open-faced sandwiches have been a popular Czech tradition since 1916. The sandwiches have become part of everyday life here, a universal snack that looks good, tastes good and is relatively easy to make. They can be served for any occa sion, from formal receptions to informal parties or simply as an affordable fast food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some chefs are innovating, creat ing new varieties of the sandwich using fresh vegetables and greens to reect contemporary food trends. One sandwich-maker hopes to introduce them this year to the U.S. market. Open-faced sandwiches are also popular in other countries, from Austria to Scandinavia, but the Czech sandwiches have some dis tinctive features, including their in gredients and unique look. Here's a look at the delicacy.HISTORYLegend says the sandwich was created by accident. It happened when a family friend of Jan Paukert, a famed Prague delicatessen owner, asked for a quick bite, something he could hold in his hand while he was working on paintings in Paukert's cafe. He was served a smaller-thanusual slice of bread with sh paste and anchovy on it. The sandwich was then offered to customers and it's been a hit ever since. Today, the sandwiches are typi cally made with one slice of white bread, a layer of potato salad or other salad, a slice of ham, hardboiled egg, pickled cucumber or pepper, and a parsley sprig on top. They might also have toppings like salami, cheese or sh, often with mayonnaise. During World War II, the tempt ing snack was once used as a weapon, to poison four journalists collaborating with Nazi occupation forces. After the Communists took pow er in 1948, the choice of ingredients was limited but the sandwich's pop ularity endured. In the years since the 1989 antiCommunist Velvet Revolution, cui sines from all over the world have ooded the country, ending its iso lation behind the Iron Curtain. But the sandwiches have retained their status as the favorite local fast food.TRADITIONThe Golden Cross has been serv ing the sandwiches in downtown Prague since the early 20th century. In a large underground kitchen, the same as 100 years ago, up to 25 em ployees start preparing sandwiches at 5 a.m. They make over 50 varieties, and the sandwiches are taken by a small elevator to the deli above. "The uniqueness of the sandwich is that it's all handmade," owner Ivana Klinderova said. "It's almost like a piece of art and that's what we like about it." Klinderova and her business part ner are working on a plan to expand their business to New York. They hope to open in Manhattan once they sort out sourcing of the neces sary ingredients. The precise location has not been determined. "America is a relaxed country with many nationalities and many cultures," Klinderova said. "The only thing it misses is the Czech sandwich."INNOVATIONWhen renowned food expert Hana Michopulu was opening a small bistro in Prague in 2014, the sandwiches were an obvious choice for the menu because, she said, un like most other local meals inu enced by cuisines of other coun tries, these sandwiches "are very authentic." But Michopulu offers a departure from tradition, using contempo rary food trends to innovate. She makes them on artisanal bread, includes unusual ingredients and relies on fresh vegetables and "micro greens." "It's all about the avor that has to be as rich, full and complex as pos sible," Michopulu said. Today, her "Sisters" sandwich is popular among the locals and has even become part of food tours in the Czech capital. Michopulu said the variety favored by tourists is made with a beet root paste, goat cheese and a glazed walnut on the top. The meat-loving Czech customers prefer a roast beef version, she said. "We've been trying to improve the Czech tradition," Michopulu said. "Any food needs innovation to survive."IF YOU GO...Traditional open-faced Czech sandwiches are served all over Prague for about $1 to $2 apiece. Some popular places to sample them include: The Golden Cross, Jungman nova street near the B line subway station Mustek, http://typicalczechdeli.cz The Sisters, at the beginning of a food arcade in Dlouha street, walking distance from Old Town Square, https://www.chlebicky-praha.cz/chlebicky Chlebicek (the Czech word for the sandwich) Store in the Liben district, which offers vegan ver sions, http://www.chlebicekstore. cz/homepage_en/ Bistro Jan Paukert, named for the legendary creator of the sand wich, in the Karlin district, https:// www.facebook.com/JanPaukertLa hudkarstvi/ APTop and above: Women prepare and adjust open-face sandwiches at traditional delicatessen Golden Cross in Prague, Czech Republic. Triple E
Page E2, AroundOsceola.com News Now AroundOsceola.com Get Up-To-Date news sent directly to you!Sign Up Today! AroundOsceola.com Spatzle Primavera is made with vegetables, cream and cheese CITIZEN TRIBUNE FoodEEE-2 Wednesday, May 2, 2018 BY SARA MOULTON Associated PressSpringtime is the right time for Pasta Primavera, which is, after all, the Ital ian word for spring. There's some controversy about who invented this wonderful dish, but everyone agrees that it was made famous in the late '70s at New York's Le Cirque restaurant. In any case, the recipe consists of spring vegetables, cream and cheese. How far wrong can you go? My take on this classic swaps out the traditional Ital ian pasta for the fresh egg pasta called spatzle, a kind of soft noodle that's wide spread throughout southern Germany, Austria, Switzer land, Hungary, Moselle and South Tyrol. "Wait a minute," you say. "Homemade pasta? Sounds like too much work." Not to worry. The spatzle will be ready to cook in the time it takes to bring a pot of water to a boil. Spatzle dough is about the consistency of a thick pan cake batter, which means it's much more liquid than typical pasta dough. You can make it with electric beaters or by hand. The only require ment is using the right tool for the job: a spatzle maker. The device looks like a metal washboard with holes on it, topped by a small open box made of metal. You set the "washboard" over the pot of boiling water and pour the batter into the little box. The dough drips through the holes as you slowly move the metal box back and forth along the washboard to cut the strands of pasta. Some folks have suggested that you can use a colander with large holes in stead of a spatzle maker, but I've never had success with that utensil. "Who needs yet another kitchen gadget?" you say. I strongly believe that you do. With a spatzle maker in house you can easily nd them online for about $12 you'll nd yourself making fresh pasta once a week, be cause doing so is that simple. Here I've combined the pasta with typical spring ingredients asparagus and peas along with mush rooms, to make it more sub stantial. But you're welcome to toss it instead with any of your favorite sauces.SPATZLE PRIMAVERAStart to nish: 1 hour (30 active) Servings: 4 to 6 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus extra for salting the water 1 pound asparagus 1 pound shelled fresh or defrosted frozen peas 8 ounces assorted whole mushrooms, halved or quar tered, if large 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups chicken or vegeta ble broth 1 cup heavy cream 240 grams (about 2 cups) all-purpose our 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 ounce grated Parmigia no-Reggiano, plus extra for garnish Chopped fresh dill for gar nish Bring a large pot of boiling salted water to a boil. Break or cut off the bottom tough part of the asparagus and, if it is thicker than 1/3-inch, peel it from right underneath the tip all the way to the bottom of the stem. Working in a few batches, add the asparagus to the water and simmer un til they are al dente but not cooked through (1 minute for thin asparagus and 2 min utes for thick), transfer them to a bowl of ice and water to chill. When they are chilled, pat them dry and slice them crosswise, at an angle, 1/2inch thick. Set aside. If us ing fresh peas, add them to the water and simmer them until al dente, about 2 min utes. Use a strainer to remove them from the water and set them aside. If using defrost ed frozen peas, do not cook them at this point (they were already blanched before they were frozen). In a large skillet cook the mushrooms in the oil over medium heat, stirring oc casionally, until they are golden, about 8 minutes. Add the chicken broth and cream and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Set aside. In an electric mixer stir to gether the our and 1/2 tea spoon salt, add the eggs and 1 cup water and beat until the mixture is smooth. The consistency should be like that of thick pancake batter. If it is thicker, add additional water, a few tablespoons at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency. Place the spatzle maker over the pot of boiling water and slowly pour the batter into the box, letting it drip down into the water. Boil for a few minutes (taste a piece of pasta to see if it is just al dente). Strain the spatzle and add it to the skil let along with the asparagus, peas and cheese. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring, until just heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve right away topped with additional cheese, if desired, and the dill. Nutrition information per serving: 450 calories; 195 calories from fat; 22 g fat (11 g saturated; 1 g trans fats); 131 mg cholesterol; 358 mg sodium; 48 g carbohydrates; 7 g ber; 7 g sugar; 16 g protein. APThis April 1, 2018 photo shows spatzle primavera in New York. BY KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press"The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats" (Dutton), by Daniel Stone. Who knew avocados, cit rus and cherry blossoms had a spellbinding past full of smuggling, spying, tycoons and death-defying adventure? "The Food Explorer" by Daniel Stone brings a for gotten era of American food history back to the table, with a timely twist. It turns out some of America's rst immigration battles were over plants, not people. In the late 1800s, quantity, not variety, was the issue at most American tables. Dif ferent regions had speci alities, but many farmers struggled to produce bountiful crops of grains, fruits and vegetables, partly because of limited native varieties. A Midwest farm boy named David Fairchild dreamed of bountiful elds and tables, and he ultimately visited more than 50 coun tries to bring tens of thou sands of new plant varieties to America. Stone brings drama, hu mor and perspective to what began as a tentative U.S. Department of Agriculture program. Fairchild made a semi-ofcial 1894 trip to Corsica, and suspicious local ofcials arrested and expelled him but not be fore he slyly pocketed local citron seeds and shoots. A wealthy playboy stepped in to fund Fairchild's travels, and soon exotic fruits, grains and vegetables were streaming back to Washington and to farmers who welcomed the new diversity. Fairchild eventually became director of the USDA's "Ofce of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduc tion." Bureaucrats and politi cians linked crop diversity with national prosperity, and some varieties were quickly embraced, while others lan guished for decades. Fairchild eventually oversaw ve globe-trotting USDA seed hunters, includ ing Frank Meyer, heralded by newspapers as "the Agriculture Department's Christopher Columbus." The Meyer lemon, collected in China, was named after him. Manchurian spinach, soy beans, wild pears, millet and the rst asparagus to enter the country came in through the program. The agricultural bounties led to personal and pro fessional fame. Fairchild married one of Alexander Graham Bell's daughters and spoke at the National Geographic Society. But a backlash was coming. The exotic new plants sometimes carried devastating insects and diseases. The blight that destroyed millions of Amer ican chestnut trees was ac cidentally introduced from Asia, and soon Fairchild had a botanical enemy: Charles Marlatt, a USDA rival who believed "the greatest danger is often from something you do not know about." Japan's rst gift of be loved cherry trees to Wash ington, D.C., nearly turned into a diplomatic disaster when Marlatt found infesta tion in the roots and had the entire shipment burned. But the Japanese were mor tied at having sent faulty trees, and a new delivery ourished. In 1910, Marlatt told Con gress that America needed a "Chinese Wall" to keep out plant enemies, and the Plant Quarantine Act soon became law. One of Meyer's huge shipments was seized in San Francisco and burned, and his job description changed: "to nd useful plants ... and to investigate plant diseas es." The warnings about imported plants that greet trav elers at airports today are a legacy of that century-old bureaucratic ght. After World War I, Amer ica began to close its doors to immigrant plants. Faced with dwindling budgets, Fairchild left the USDA but continued to do his own botanical expeditions. He settled in Florida with his wife, surrounded by the exotic plants he loved.Review: 19th-century plant pioneer changed how America eats
Thursday, April 26, 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) The special counsel leading the Russia investiga tion raised the prospect in March of issuing a grand jury subpoena for President Donald Trump, his former attorney said, conrming that investigators have oated the extraordinary idea of forcing a sitting president to testify under oath. Attorney John Dowd told The Associated Press on Tuesday that special coun sel Robert Mueller's team broached the subject dur ing a meeting with Trump's legal team while they were negotiating the terms of a possible interview with the president. It was not immediately clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller's prosecutors were about the move. Mueller is probing not only Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates but pos sible obstruction of justice by Trump. Trump lashed out against the investigation in a fa miliar fashion Wednesday, saying on Twitter: "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Ob struction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)." Even if Mueller's team decided to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, he could still ght it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimina tion. Dowd's comments come more than a month after he resigned from the legal team, and they provide a new window into the na ture of the Trump lawyers' interactions with the spe cial counsel, whom the president has increasingly tried to undermine through public attacks. On Tuesday, Trump said it was "disgraceful" that a list of proposed questions drafted in response to Mueller's negotiations with the legal team was "leaked" to the news media. The about four dozen questions were compiled by Trump's lawyers during negotiations with Mueller's investigators earlier this year over the prospect of a presidential interview. A person familiar with the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss ongo ing negotiations, told the AP that the president's law yers extrapolated the list of expected questions based off conversations with Mueller's team about the topics prosecutors wanted to cover in a potential sit down with Trump. The questions reected what the defense lawyers an ticipated Trump would be asked, rather than verbatim queries that Mueller's team provided, the person said. The Washington Post rst reported that Mueller's team raised the possibility of a subpoena for Trump. The New York Times rst published the list of ques tions. According to the list, the questions range from Trump's motivations for ring FBI Director James Comey a year ago to con tacts Trump's campaign had with Russians. Although Mueller's team has indicated to Trump's lawyers that he's not considered a target, investigators remain interested in whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice and want to interview him about several episodes in ofce. They have not yet made a decision about an interview. In his tweet, Trump said there were "no questions on Collusion" and, as he as many times before, called Mueller's investigation a "Russian witch hunt." He said collusion with the Russians "never existed." In a second tweet, Trump said: "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened." The questions do appear to indicate that Mueller is looking into possible collusion. Some touch on Rus sian meddling and whether the Trump campaign coor dinated in any way with the Kremlin. In one question, Mueller asks what Trump knew about campaign staff, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, reaching out to Moscow. Mueller has brought several charges against Manafort already, including money laundering and bank fraud. None of the charges relates to allega tions of Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates, and Manafort has denied having anything to do with such an effort. The questions also in volve key moments from the early months of the Trump administration, including his reaction to At torney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russia investigation and Trump's ring of his national security adviser, Mi chael Flynn. One question asks whether there were any efforts to reach out to Flynn "about seeking immunity or possible pardon" ahead of his guilty plea last year. Flynn is now cooperating with Mueller. WASHINGTON (AP) The Federal Reserve achieved an ination milestone this week, but that isn't likely to alter expectations for what the Fed will announce when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday. After six years of mostly missing its annual 2 per cent target for ination, the Fed learned Monday that its preferred gauge of consumer ination had reached a year-over-year pace of 2 percent. And in the coming months, ina tion is widely expected to stay around that level. The debate the Fed is now likely to have is whether it should accept a period in which ina tion rises above 2 percent without accelerating its pace of rate increases. But for now, a rate increase is considered unlikely. In a statement it will issue Wednesday afternoon, the Fed is expected to leave its benchmark rate unchanged at a still-low level of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. Solid economic growth, low unemployment and evidence of ination pres sures, though, are ex pected to keep the central bank on a path of gradual rate hikes the rest of the year. Most Fed watchers foresee either two or three additional increases in the Fed's key rate by year's end, coming after an ear lier hike in January. The central bank is meeting as its board is undergoing a makeover, with a raft of new appoin tees by President Donald Trump who appear gener ally supportive of the Fed's cautious approach to rates since the Great Recession ended. Despite Trump's complaints during the presidential race that the Fed was aiding Democrats in keeping rates ultra-low under President Barack Obama, his choices for a chairman and for other slots on the Fed's board have been moderates rath er than hard-core conser vatives who would favor a faster tightening of credit. "The Trump Fed could have been a much more hawkish Fed but so far, these choices are pretty middle-of-the road," said Diane Swonk, chief econ omist at Grant Thornton in Chicago. As Jerome Powell, Trump's hand-picked new Fed chairman, said at a news conference after the central bank's most recent meeting in March, "We're trying to take the middle ground, and the committee continues to believe that the middle ground consists of further gradual increases in the federalfunds rate." Bond investors are sig naling that they expect a pickup in U.S. ination, having bid up the yield on the 10-year Treasury note last week above 3 percent before the yield settled just below that by week's end. A year ago, the 10year yield was just 2.3 percent. Under Powell's prede cessors, Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke, the Fed's board endured criticism from House Republicans over its decision to pursue a bond purchase program designed to lower longterm borrowing rates and to leave its key rate at a record low near zero for seven years. The critics charged that those policies would eventually produce destructive bubbles in the prices of stocks and other assets and, eventually, un desirably high ination. But so far, Trump's re shaping of the Fed's board reects a generally status quo approach. "Trump's criticisms dur ing the campaign have not been borne out by his decisions on who to put on the Fed," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. Since the Fed began raising rates in December 2015, the pace has been modest and gradual: One quarter-point rate increase in 2015, one in 2016, three in 2017 and one so far this year. When the Fed announced its most recent rate hike in March, it forecast that it would raise rates twice more this year. But some economists think that the Fed will respond to the increased government stimulus in the form of tax cuts and higher spending to accelerate the rate hikes slightly from three to four this year. Congress in December passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut that took effect in January. And then in Febru ary, it approved $300 billion more in government spending for this year and next year. That stimulus, coming at a time when unemployment is at a 17year low of 4.1 percent, could raise the threat of higher ination. Y et even against this backdrop, the prevailing view is that the Trumpshaped Fed will remain cautious about rate in creases. "The central bank does not want to make the mis takes made in the past when the Fed raised rates too high, too fast and be came the No. 1 cause of a recession," said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at California State University, Channel Islands. CITIZEN TRIBUNEPoliticsWednesday, May 2, 2018 EEE-3 APThis June 19, 2015, le photo shows the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. The central bank is meeting this week as its board is undergoing a makeover, with a raft of new appointees by President Donald Trump who appear generally supportive of the Feds cautious approach to rates since the Great Recession ended. APPresident Donald Trump speaks to media as he meets with crew and passengers of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Fed set to leave rates alone amid signs of rising inflationSpecial counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump
Page E4, THE CIVIL WAR COURIER THE CIVIL WAR COURIER the reenactment hobbyist Only $3.00 Osceola News-Gazette.108 Church Street, Kissimmee Fl 34771407-846-7600 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) He felt like an invisible force was drawing him into the parking lot, past the four new white crosses in the driveway, the balloons and the ow ers, and the letters ad dressed to the dead. He felt it pulling him into his regular spot, the one where he had been sitting in his car when a stranger, three spaces over, stepped out of a truck car rying an AR-15. He sur prised himself by walking into the restaurant and sit ting down in his regular booth, which had always seemed like the most com fortable seat in the world until all of a sudden it didn't. At 3:25 a.m. on April 22, a Wafe House in Nashville joined the growing list of cherished Amer ican places morphed into the site of a massacre. And Chuck Cordero, a regular customer, joined the grow ing list of survivors left traumatized and struggling with how to move on. Children often have little choice but to return to their schools after a mass shooting and employees must return to their ofces. But 51-year-old Cordero thought at rst he'd never come back here. Then he found himself again and again back at his Wafe House No. 2,267 in the ubiquitous chain of yellow and black storefronts that are open 24/7, 365 days a year. The eateries are so ingrained in American culture the federal government uses them after hurricanes to help gauge suffering: An open Wafe House signals hope for recovery; a closed one means disaster. Cordero's Wafe House was closed for three days. Four young people died, the oldest of them a 29-year-old cook, Taurean Sanderlin, whom Cordero had always called "T." He saw the gunman shoot him in the parking lot, and now he feels compelled to come back, multiple times a day, desperate to cling to a community he never re alized he was so attached to until a man with a gun threatened to destroy it. "I don't know why I'm doing it," Cordero says. "Maybe I want to make sure my friends are OK. Maybe I want to know that I'm OK. Maybe I don't want to let the bad people win. I just don't know." Dozens of others feel it, too. The restaurant has been packed after the com pany pledged to donate a month's worth of prots to the families of the victims, and people have come from hours away, insisting on buying strangers' meals. Cordero is grateful but also eager for this to be his normal Wafe House again, the place where his favorite waitress always had his coffee ready just how he likes it, with cream and three packets of Splenda. On the night of the shooting, her ance, a cook, threw her to the ground and lay on top of her as bullets whizzed by. Before all of this, Cor dero had thought of the restaurant as a utilitar ian stop, a place to pass the time between calls on his overnight shift with a roadside assistance company. Though he's not cra zy about the greasy food, Cordero likes the people who cook and serve it, and the familiarity of the jukebox and the bright uorescent lights in the middle of the night. "Chuck's a special guy. But Chuck's a normal guy for Wafe House," says Jeff Camp, a manager for the chain. "We have a Chuck in every store: that guy that associates know, that comes in every night, that sits in the same seat, eats the same food." Now, people on the street recognize Cordero from the news, and he knows they mean well when they stop him. "They say, 'God bless you. Nice to see you,' and then I start thinking to myself, 'It's nice to be here.' And then I get all emotional about how close it came." He pictures himself dy ing not the death itself, but the news of it being delivered to his 5-yearold daughter, Emily. So he shaved his head so that people might stop recog nizing him. He sometimes fantasizes about moving out to the mountains so his daughter never has to feel fear like this. He feels hopeless, like the shooting will never make sense and gun violence will never be stopped. When he ran into a pastor one day outside the Wafe House, he told him, "It seems like the bad peo ple are winning." The pastor replied: "They're not winning." Cordero is struggling to believe it: "They're terror izing us. To me, that's them winning. To me, keeping someone from going into their restaurant without feeling scared means they won." Then he feels awful for feeling so awful because he lived and four others didn't. When he heard a com munity group had planned a vigil exactly one week after the shooting, at 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning, he pulled back into the park ing lot for the second time that day. His favorite waitress, Virginia Stanley, was waiting for him at his spot, wearing a T-shirt she'd hand-painted with the phrase "Wafe House Strong." They hadn't seen each other since the shoot ing, so they hugged and cried and he immediately felt relieved like things might be normal again. They went inside and slid into a booth along with her ance, Douglas Lauder dale. Cordero had, for a week, struggled to nd the right adjectives to convey what had happened to them. Scary. Horrible. Devastating. None seemed big enough to describe it: the rst glimpse of the gun, the blood, what it feels like to consider that inches or seconds separated those who lived from those who didn't. But sitting with others who had experienced it all, too: "I don't have to say that I was scared," he says. "They were there. They know that." Stanley promised Cor dero she'd return to work soon, and then she raised her sleeve to show him a new tattoo: "spread love," it said, with the L drawn in the shape of an orange ribbon. They should all get matching ones, she told him, all of the survivors. CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Wednesday, May 2, 2018 APIn this photo taken Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn., crosses are seen as a memo rial outside the Waffle House where four people were shot and killed. At 3:25 a.m. on April 22, a Waffle House in suburban Nashville joined the growing list of cherished American places morphed into the site of a massacre.Waffle House regulars seek return to normal after massacreArizona teachers vow to end strike if funding plan passesPHOENIX (AP) Ari zona teachers said they will end a historic statewide strike Thursday that shut down schools for days if lawmakers pass a plan that offers big raises and increased school funding but that still falls short of their demands. Organizers made the announcement Tuesday after educators statewide walked off the job last week and closed schools to demand higher pay and more education spending. The Arizona action fol lowed a teacher uprising that started in other parts of the U.S. and was punc tuated by a march of tens of thousands of red-clad supporters. Those mobilizing teach ers criticized a Republican-led funding plan but said it was time to go back to work. "Our ght is not over, we have options," said Rebecca Garelli, a teacher and strike organizer. "But it is time for us to get back to our students and get back into our classrooms." Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP legisla tive leaders have agreed on a state budget proposal that could be passed into law this week but doesn't increase classroom resources as much as educa tors sought. The plan moving through the Republican-led Legislature gives teachers a 10 percent raise next year and starts restoring some of the nearly $400 million in cuts to a fund that pays for supplies, repairs and some support staff salaries. It is expected to pass Wednes day, setting the stage for the walkout to end. The governor has promised to bump teacher pay 20 percent by 2020 and restore payments to that fund to pre-recession lev els in ve years. Ducey had resisted giving teach ers more than a 1 percent raise that he promised in January until teachers neared a strike vote. Then he came up with a new spending plan. "We're glad the strike is coming to an end. We've been working exceptionally hard to pass this budget and get this money to teachers," Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said. "While our students head back to the class room, we hope our teach ers will head back know ing we have worked very hard to take a major step toward rewarding them for their invaluable work." An Arizona grass-roots group that launched in early March after West Virginia teachers won a 5 percent raise said they would not let off the pressure, despite the decision to go back to work. Before teachers return to school Thursday, they will hold walk-ins, dressing in red T-shirts and standing in solidarity. After that, the long game is to push for a bal lot initiative that creates new funding streams for education and to elect policymakers who support increasing school funding, said Joe Thomas, presi dent of the Arizona Educa tion Association, the largest teacher membership group. "We have so many people now that are paying attention to what's going on, they will never turn away from this ght now," he said. "They understand that there are people down here who do not care as much about students as they care." The walkout began last Thursday, shutting down most public schools. Twothirds of Arizona's student population was still out of school through Tuesday, and some districts were expected to stay closed Wednesday. Teachers have packed raucous rallies at the state Capitol for days, while others have helped care for students and tried to maintain community support. Organizers urged teachers to hold community events, with some talking to parents over coffee and others crowding street cor ners in red shirts. Gladys Garcia said many of her students rely on free or reduced price meals at Challenger Middle School in Tucson and she orga nized with colleagues to collect food to hand out at a public library. "It's our way to let the kids know, 'We're actively trying to do something for you, please don't feel like we're turning our backs on you,'" the rst-year teacher said. Many community members supported teachers' efforts, but pressure was increasing on some par ents and school administrators. Gabriel Trujillo, super intendent of the Tucson Unied School District, the second-largest in the state, said he didn't sup port the walkout because it takes teachers out of classrooms. He said he does back the objectives of the so-called #Red forEd movement, with his schools facing a host of funding needs. But Trujillo was con cerned teachers would lose public support if the strike dragged on. He said when he called off school for the fourth day in a row, he re ceived more "angry com munications" from parents than he had last week. "I felt like the energy on Thursday was palpable," Trujillo said of the launch of the walkout. "Now that we're into day four, I think that's on the line." Organizers seemed to acknowledge the strain but reasserted what the walkout was about. "Our greatest victory is the powerful movement we have created, which we are going to continue on behalf of our students, because this movement has always been about our students," Garelli said.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E5 SHANGHAI (AP) A Chinese company that man ufactured Ivanka Trump shoes and has been accused of serious labor abuses is being celebrated in a block buster propaganda lm for extending China's inuence around the globe. The state-backed documentary "Amazing China" portrays the Huajian Group as a benecent force spreading prosperity in this case, by hiring thousands of Ethiopians at wages a frac tion of what they'd have to pay in China. But in Ethio pia, Huajian workers told The Associated Press they work without safety equip ment for pay so low they can barely make ends meet. "I'm left with nothing at the end of the month," said Ayelech Geletu, 21, who told the AP she earns a base monthly salary of 1,400 Birr ($51) at Huajian's factory in Lebu, outside Addis Ababa. "Plus, their treat ment is bad. They shout at us whenever they want." With epic cinematography, "Amazing China" produced by China Central Television and the stateowned China Film Group Co. Ltd. articulates a message of how China would like to be seen as it pursues President Xi Jin ping's vision of a globally resurgent nation, against a reality that doesn't always measure up. China's ruling Com munist Party recently announced it would take direct control of major broadcast ers and assume regulatory power over everything from lm and TV to books and news. As the party deepens its ability to cultivate "unity of thought" among citizens, "Amazing China" demonstrates the scope of China's propaganda machine, which not only crafted a stirring documentary about China's renaissance under Xi but also helped manufacture an adoring audience for it. The movie, which weaves together extraordinary feats of engineering and military, environmental and cultural achievements, hit theaters three days before China's rubber-stamp legislature convened to amend the con stitution and allow Xi to po tentially rule China for life. The star duly noted by IMDb.com is Xi himself, who appears more than 30 times in the 90-minute lm. "Amazing China" presents Huajian as an inspiring example of China export ing the success of its own economic miracle by creating transformative jobs for thousands of poor Ethio pians and sharing China's knowledge, language and can-do discipline to build a new industrial foundation for Ethiopia's economy. The company is cel ebrated as a model of the inclusiveness at the heart of a much larger project: Xi's signature One Belt One Road initiative, a plan to spread Chinese infrastructure and inuence across dozens of countries so ambitious in scope that it's been compared to the U.S.-led Marshall Plan after World War II. "In opening to the outside world, China's pursuit is not to only make our lives bet ter, but to make the lives of others better," the narrator says. In the lm, Huajian chairman Zhang Huarong stands before neat rows of Ethiopian workers singing a song about unity, describ ing himself as a father to his employees, who "like me very much." But four current and for mer Huajian employees told the AP their wages were so low that they struggled to pay their bills. They said they had no protective gear, were forced to work 12 hours a day and participate in military-style physical drills, were not permitted to form a union and were regularly yelled at by their Chinese managers. All that made it hard for them to relate to the inspira tional video about Huajian circulated by mobile phone with its sweeping shots of a gleaming factory and a soundtrack that repeats in operatic Mandarin: "Huajian has come, Huajian has come ... holding the torch of hope." "If someone complains, he will be accused of dis turbing the workplace and will be red right away," said Ebissa Gari, a 22-yearold who estimated he earns 960 Birr ($35) a month. "That's why we keep quiet and work no matter how much we are subdued." Getahun Alemu, a 20-year-old who quit Hua jian last year to continue his studies, complained of inadequate safety gear. "There are chemicals that hurt our eyes and nose, and machines that cut our hands," he said. "They have no idea about hand gloves! If you refuse to work with out that protective gear, then you will be told to leave the company." Huajian declined the AP's requests for comment. Ivanka Trump's brand said it no longer does business with Huajian and "has al ways and continues to take supply chain integrity very seriously." Huajian's investment in Ethiopia was part of a gov ernment-led industrialization drive. In the last few years, Ethiopia's leaders and business allies came un der intense criticism, with more than 300 businesses attacked by protesters who saw them as bolstering a re pressive regime. These days, armed sol diers stand guard at the entrance to the Eastern In dustrial Zone in Ethiopia's Oromia region, where Hua jian opened its rst factory. Six years after the com pany's arrival, the dream of turning Ethiopia into a shoe-manufacturing hub remains unrealized, and few harbor illusions about the main incentive for Hua jian's investment in a country where there is no legal minimum wage. "These companies are moving out of Asia and coming to Africa to save la bor costs," said Fitsum Arega, who recently stepped down as head of the Ethio pian Investment Commission to become an adviser to the new prime minister. He praised Huajian for em ploying more than 5,000 Ethiopians, but said the company "could have done better." "I'm not saying all em ployees are happy and there are no abuses here and there," Arega said, adding that the government pushes companies to protect work ers. "There's a labor law which actually the compa nies say favors the employees." The Chinese-owned Eastern Industrial Zone ef fectively took fertile land from Ethiopian farmers and handed it over to for eign investors a strategy the Ethiopian government is rethinking, according to Nemera Mamo, a teaching fellow in economics at the University of London. "You can clearly see that these industrial zones are absolutely favorable to the Chinese investors, but not to the local communities or the local private investors," he said. Huajian workers told the AP they made 960 Birr ($35) to 1,700 Birr ($62) a month. A basic living wage in Ethiopia is about 3,000 Birr ($109) a month, ac cording to Ayele Gelan, a research economist at the Kuwait Institute for Scien tic Research. In a post promoting "Amazing China" on its ofcial WeChat account, Huajian claimed to be Ethiopia's largest exporter an exag geration also promulgated by China's ofcial Xinhua News Agency. Huajian is Ethiopia's larg est shoe exporter, shipping out $19.3 million worth of goods last scal year, ac cording to Ethiopia's Leather Industry Development Institute. But coffee pro ducer Mullege PLC said it exported $42 million worth of coffee during the same period and that other com panies export even more. Huajian's record within China also has been trou bled. In at least ve cases since 2015, Huajian sued workers in Chinese court rather than pay compensation mandated by a govern ment arbitration panel. Hu ajian lost every case, court records show, and the court had to freeze Huajian's as sets to get one worker the 44,174 yuan ($7,000) he was owed. Last year, Huajian found itself entangled in labor and human rights controversies that made global headlines but attracted little attention in China's ofcial media. Three men working with the New York-based nonprot group China Labor Watch were arrested after their investigation of Ivanka Trump's suppliers zeroed in on Huajian. The men are out on bail, but remain un der police surveillance. China Labor Watch founder Li Qiang said Hua jian's factory in Ganzhou, in southeastern Jiangxi prov ince, had some of the worst conditions he has ever encountered, including excessive overtime, low pay, and verbal and physical abuse. Huajian has called those allegations "completely not true to the facts, taken out of context, exaggerated" and accused the investigators of conducting industrial espionage a charge that was parroted in China's partycontrolled media. Wei Tie, the director of "Amazing China," said he wasn't aware of the contro versy surrounding Huajian until the AP informed him. That's not too surprising given the years of positive co verage of Huajian in par ty-controlled media and the fact that many foreign news sites, especially Chineselanguage ones, are blocked inside China. Wei said he included the company in the lm because it is "introducing China's experience of pros perity to Africa." He said he prefers to fo cus on the good. "What I did was absorb the essence and discard the dross," he said, citing a longstanding aphorism of Chinese politi cal thought. At rst glance, Wei's se lective approach appears to have resonated with Chi nese audiences. "Amazing China" smashed box-ofce records for documentary lms, raking in 456 million yuan ($72 million) in its rst ve weeks, according to ticketing website Maoy an.com. It even thumped "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Wei attributed this success to the "spontaneous feeling" of citizens inspired by the arc of tremendous progress they've witnessed, a national rejuvenation forged with sweat and skill that he compared to Eu rope's Renaissance and the pioneering days of the American republic. In Shanghai, midday screenings during the week sold out immediately, sug gesting either unquenchable public appetite or organized bulk ticket sales. None of the viewers sur veyed by AP had purchased their own tickets. Instead, they said they got them from state-run companies, neighborhood committees or government departments that handed them out as part of their "party building work." Douban, a popular lm review website, blocked users from rating and com menting on the movie. The only entries came from of cial media, which gave it an 8.5 out of 10 ranking. On IMDb.com, a subsidiary of Amazon, "Amazing China" earned only one star. But for some, "Amaz ing China" is balm for old feelings of inferiority and a welcome reafrmation that China is ready to resume its rightful place in the com munity of great nations. "I did not know how good our country is until I watched this movie," said Zuo Qianyi, a 68-year-old retiree. "I have been to many countries, Britain, Spain, and they are not as good as China, at least not as Shang hai. I am very happy, and I will love my country more." CITIZEN TRIBUNE WorldWednesday, May 2, 2018 EEE-5 APIn this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, Ethiopian factory workers produce shoes at the Chinese company Huajians plant in the Lebu Industrial complex near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Chinese company that manufactured Ivanka Trump shoes and has been accused of serious labor abuses is being celebrated in a blockbuster propaganda film for extending Chinas influence around the globe. More fiction than fact, Chinese documentary still a hit
Page E6, BOSTON (AP) Sneak ing a cigarette in the school bathroom? How quaint. To day's teens have taken to vaping, an alternative to smoking that's so discreet they can do it without even leaving the classroom. Health and education of cials across the country are raising alarms over wide un derage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. The devices heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that's sold in sugary avors like mango and mint and of ten with the addictive drug nicotine. They're marketed to smokers as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, but ofcials say they're making their way to teens with sur prising ease. A new wave of smaller vapes has swept through schools in recent months, ofcials say, replacing bulk ier e-cigarettes from the past. It's now common in some schools to nd students crowded into bathrooms to vape, or performing vape tricks in class. "We've seen signicant increases across the student body," said Robert Keuther, principal at Marsheld High School on the south shore of Massachusetts. "This is not something specic to one group of kids. It's across all of my grades, nine to 12. It's all students." Vaping devices are notoriously difcult to detect for schools, often leaving behind only a quick puff of vapor and a light fruity scent. Students get away with it in bathrooms, halls and even classrooms, where some say they exhale the vapor into their shirts. Although buying e-cigarettes is illegal under age 18 and some states have bumped the minimum age to 21 students say they can buy them online or from old er friends. Some say there are dozens available for sale in school hallways at any given time. The rise of teen vaping has sparked concern among par ents, politicians and federal health authorities, who on Tuesday announced a nation wide crackdown on underage sales of e-cigarettes. The Food and Drug Ad ministration issued a warning to retail stores as part of its new operation against illegal sales. It also requested mar keting and design documents from the maker of the Juul, a popular vape product that is shaped like a ash drive. The agency says it's looking into whether certain features are specically appealing to young people. Some schools have been inundated by the Juul, which dispenses a avored vapor containing higher concentra tions of nicotine than tobacco cigarettes. The device's maker says it's intended only for adults trying to quit smoking. Its website aims to block under age customers, and the company says it supports legisla tion to raise the minimum age for vaping products to 21 nationwide. But critics say the Juul's sweet avors and stealthy design seem to be aimed at kids. In an April 18 letter to the FDA, a coalition of medical and health groups called for a suspension of online sales until authorities create stronger rules against under age sales. Similar measures have been backed by school lead ers including Keuther, who oversees 1,300 students south of Boston. "There's a reason why it's marketed that way," he said, referring to the Juul's con cealable design. "We wish there was a way to curb that, because the industry is clear ly targeting younger kids." Many schools are pushing back with education campaigns against vaping. Health and gym classes feature new lessons on potential risks. Teachers are being trained on what to look for. Schools are producing online videos on the dangers of e-cigarettes. At some schools, vaping penalties have been raised to an automatic suspension. Several in New Jersey now require drug tests for offend ers, partly because vapes can dispense marijuana. New York's Plainedge High School was among the rst to install new bathroom sensors that can detect e-cig arette vapor and immediately alert administrators. Few stu dents have been caught so far, but ofcials say that isn't a sign of failure. "The truth of the matter is the kids see it, they know what it is and it in itself is a deterrent," said Edward Salina, superintendent of Plainedge Public Schools. Whether schools' efforts are making a broader dif ference has yet to be seen, though. Teen vaping de creased for the rst time in 2016 after rapidly rising for years, according to the Cen ters for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated numbers are expected in June. Medical experts are still trying to understand the potential risks tied to vaping. Most agree that it's safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, but little is known about long-term effects. And while research has found trace amounts of chemicals like formaldehyde in many e-cigarettes, it's un clear whether they exist at levels that can cause health problems. Some students say that it's better to be vaping than us ing cigarettes or other drugs. Cameron Uldricks says he vapes almost every day but has never smoked tobacco. And even though it landed him a suspension from his high school near Columbus, Ohio, the 17-year-old said he has no plans to cut back or quit. "Honestly they treat it like frigging cocaine," said Uldricks, a sophomore at Worthington Kilbourne High School. "What would they rather have me do, smoke cigarettes or vape?" While high schools have typically faced the widest problems, some districts say it's now spreading to middle schools. At Chickamauga City Schools in rural Georgia, of cials instituted a three-day suspension for vaping this year after catching several students doing it at the mid dle school. Superintendent Melody Day said it's still unclear whether the crackdown has worked. North of New York City, ofcials at South Oran getown Middle School hosted a forum for parents last month after starting to see some cases. Students caught vaping go through counseling on risky behaviors, which ofcials hope will halt any escalation to further drug use down the line. "They'll do that after tak ing the risk here," said Karen Tesik, principal at the middle school. "This is the age group that is the most at risk for taking that rst step." CITIZEN TRIBUNE HealthEEE-2 Tuesday, May 1, 2018 APIn this Tuesday, April 10, 2018 photo Marshfield High School Principal Robert Keuther displays vaping devices that were confiscated from students in such places as restrooms or hallways at the school in Marshfield, Mass. Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. The devices heat liquid into an inhalable vapor thats sold in sugary flavors like mango and mint, and often with the addictive drug nicotine. Schools fret as teens take to vaping, even in classroomsBoy whose parents fought to keep life support mourned in UKLONDON (AP) Ale Evans, a British toddler with a degenerative brain condition whose parents lost a le gal battle to keep him on life support at a Vatican hospital, was mourned with balloons set free in the sky and prayers from the pope after he died Saturday weeks shy of his second birthday. Kate James and Tom Ev ans said their son's death overnight in Liverpool, Eng land had left them "heartbro ken." Ale's condition left him with almost no brain function, and multiple courts ruled that keeping him alive was not in his best interests before doctors removed his ventilator ve days ago. "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30," Evans, 21, wrote in a Facebook post decorated with a broken heart and crying emojis. As news spread in the com munity, dozens of people laid owers and mementoes in a park near Alder Hey Chil dren's Hospital in Liverpool, where Ale was treated. About 1,000 people gathered 12 hours after the boy died to release blue and purple balloons in solidar ity with the grieving mother and father who had struggled to come to terms with their child's terminal illness. James, 20, posted a mes sage on social media thank ing everyone who supported the family through Ale's ill ness and court ght. Ale's case sparked a medical ethics debate that resonated far beyond Britain. Doctors overseeing his care said further treatment was futile and he should be allowed to die. But his par ents fought for months to try to convince judges to al low them to take him to the Vatican's children's hospital, where life support would have been maintained. Under British law, courts are asked to intervene when parents and doctors disagree on the right course of treatment for a child. In such cas es, the rights of the child take primacy over the parents' right to decide what's best for their daughters and sons. Pope Francis, who met with Evans and publicly sup ported the parents' campaign to bring Ale to Bambino Gesu Hospital, wrote condo lences that were posted Sat urday on Twitter. "I am deeply moved by the death of little Ale," Francis said. "Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace." Italy granted Ale citizen ship and put a military plane on standby to transport him to Rome, if the courts allowed it. "Goodbye, little Ale. We loved you," Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano tweeted Saturday. Tensions between the tod dler's parents and the hospital had eased in recent days. Evans, who earlier said doc tors were wrong about Ale's prognosis and threatened to resume the court battle over his care, pledged to work with hospital staff to give his son "dignity and comfort" in his nal days. "Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Ale and his situation," Evans said Thursday outside the Liverpool hospital. He thanked the hospital staff "for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly dif cult time for them too." Alder Hey issued a statement to express "heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Ale's family." "All of us feel deeply for Ale, Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them," the hospital said. "This has been a devastating journey for them, and we would ask that their privacy and the privacy of staff at Alder Hey is respected." Ale's case received widespread attention outside Britain, especially in predomi nantly Catholic countries. Francis recently appealed for the wishes of the boy's parents to be heeded, saying only God can decide who dies. Ofcials in Poland and Italy criticized Britain's courts and state-run National Health Service. A leading right-wing politician in Italy, Veneto Gov. Luca Zaia, said that in Ale, the "so-called civilized world has supplied the latest proof of enormous incivility." Supporters of the parents staged angry protests regu larly outside the hospital and tried to storm the entrance at times. Alder Hey asked for tributes to Ale to be left in a park next door so the hospital's work wasn't disrupted.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E7 WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. government will take another 30 days to decide whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the Eu ropean Union, Canada and Mexico, extending a period of uncertainty for business es in those regions. The delay helps the U.S. avoid a potential trade war with allies as it prepares for tense trade talks in Chi na this week. But the EU slammed the decision as bad for business that "pro longs market uncertainty, which is already affecting business decisions." "As a longstanding part ner and friend of the U.S., we will not negotiate under threat," the EU said in a statement Tuesday. The Trump administra tion said Monday it had reached an agreement with South Korea on steel imports following discussions on a revised trade agreement. And the administration said it had also reached agreements in principle with Argentina, Australia and Brazil on steel and alu minum that will be nalized shortly. "In all of these negotia tions, the administration is focused on quotas that will restrain imports, prevent transshipment and protect the national security," the White House said. Facing a self-imposed deadline, President Don ald Trump was considering whether to permanently ex empt the EU and Mexico, Canada, Australia, Argen tina and Brazil from tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum that his administration imposed in March. The White House had given itself until the end of Monday to decide wheth er to extend the exemptions. The EU has taken a tough stance, raising the prospect of a trade war if the U.S. does not back down. It has a list of retaliatory tariffs worth about $3.5 billion on imports from the U.S. that it will activate if the EU loses its exemption. Germany said it contin ues to expect a permanent exemption. The EU's largest steel exporter to the U.S., it accounted for about 5 per cent of U.S. steel imports last year. "Neither the EU nor the U.S. can have an interest in an escalation of their trade tensions," a spokeswom an for Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday in a statement. European nancial ofcials have cited the trade tensions created by the U.S. tariffs proposal as a risk to the economy. Some surveys suggest a downtick in busi ness and consumer con dence, though it's unclear how big an impact the trade tensions are having. While experts say the immediate potential dam age from the aluminum and steel tariffs is limited, the danger is of a tit-for-tat es calation in which both sides slap more duties on each other's goods. "The imposition of tariffs might signal that the two re gions are heading towards a more serious trade conict," said Stephen Brown, European economist at Capital Economics. Trump says he wants to protect American metal producers from unfair com petition and bolster national security. But the tariffs' announcement in March, which followed an intense internal White House debate, triggered harsh criti cism from Democrats and some Republicans and roiled nancial markets. At the time, Trump ex cluded several vital trading partners the EU, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Argen tina and Brazil from the tariffs. That meant the steel tar iff covered just 30 percent of all imports, according to Oxford Economics. If all the exemptions were ended, it would have deepened the impact of the tariffs on American companies that use steel and potentially affect nancial markets. Stock prices fell nearly 2 percent when the tariffs were announced. Two people familiar with the process said the Trump administration had been considering whether to pro vide a short-term extension of the exemptions to allow for more time to review the countries' efforts to secure permanent exemptions. The ofcials spoke only on condition of anonymity to describe internal delibera tions. The EU and others had been asked to spell out what limits they could accept on the amount of steel they export to the United States, how they would address the issue of excess production of steel and aluminum, and how they would support the U.S. before international bodies like the World Trade Organization. Security rela tionships with the U.S. have also been part of the criteria. South Korea made up the largest share of U.S. steel imports last year, shipping about 13 percent of U.S. imports, according to an American Iron and Steel Institute analysis of government data. It has agreed to limit its exports to the Unit ed States and was granted a permanent exemption. China, Japan and Russia haven't received exemp tions, which will likely re duce steel shipments from those countries over time. Commerce Secretary Wil bur Ross said Friday that quotas on imports from Eu rope and other countries are necessary so imports from those countries don't simply replace Chinese imports. The goal of the tariffs is to reduce total steel imports and boost U.S. production, Ross said. "If you let everybody back out of the tariff, and you let them out of any kind of quota, how would you ever reduce the imports here?" Ross asked at a con ference of journalists. European leaders have resisted the idea of a quota. Merkel said Sunday that she discussed the issue with French President Em manuel Macron and Brit ish Prime Minister Theresa May after returning from a White House visit Friday. In her meeting with Trump, Merkel said, she saw little progress in obtain ing permanent exemptions. "The decision lies with the president," she said Friday. A British spokesperson called Monday's postponement "positive" and said the country will continue to work with EU partners and the U.S. to achieve a perma nent exemption. In a separate trade battle with China, the United States has threatened to impose tariffs on $150 bil lion of Chinese goods in retaliation for what it argues are Beijing's unfair trade practices and its require ment that U.S. companies turn over technology in ex change for access to its mar ket. The White House also wants China to agree to re duce its $375 billion goods trade surplus with the U.S. China has said it would subject $50 billion of U.S. goods to tariffs if the U.S. taxes its products. Trump has said that a delegation led by Treasury Secre tary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and trade adviser Peter Navarro will visit Beijing for negotia tions Thursday and Friday. "We're going to have very frank discussions," Mnuchin in an interview broadcast Monday on Fox Business. Most analysts think the talks will lead to longerterm negotiations. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsTuesday, May 1, 2018 EEE-3 APContainers are stored for export at a harbor in Duisburg, Germany, Monday, April 30, 2018. US delays decision on tariffs for EU, prolonging uncertaintyLike a showman, Trump suggests DMZ for 'big event' with KimWASHINGTON (AP) Like a consummate show man, President Donald Trump began rolling the drum Monday for his sum mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, suggesting the "big event" take place in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas. That's where Kim just met his South Korean counterpart. But Trump said that the Southeast Asian city state of Singapore was also in the running to host what few would have predicted when nuclear tensions were soar ing last year the rst faceto-face meeting between the leaders of the United States and North Korea. While policy experts, and even his own national security adviser, voice skep ticism that North Korea is sincere about giving up its nuclear efforts, Trump sounds like he's gearing up for a date with history, and clearly wants the backdrop to be just right. First by Twitter, and then at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he likes the idea of going to the southern side of the demarcation line that separates the Koreas, where South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Kim on Friday. "There's something that I like about it because you are there, you are actually there," Trump said. "If things work out there's a great celebra tion to be had on the site, not in a third-party country." There's been much speculation about where Trump and Kim might meet. Coun tries in Europe and South east Asia, in Mongolia and even a ship in international waters have all been sug gested as possible venues. Monday was the rst time that Trump had publicly named potential locations. His planned meeting with Kim will be the cru cial follow-up to the summit between Kim and Moon on Friday where they pledged to seek a formal end this year to the Korean War a conict that was halted in 1953 by an armistice and not a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war. They also committed to rid ding the peninsula of nuclear weapons. Former reality television star Trump now has to help turn the Korean leaders' bold but vague vision for peace into reality. Undaunted, he gave the impression Monday that governments were vying to host his face-to-face with Kim and share in the at tention it would bring. "Everybody wants us. It has the chance to be a big event," the president said on a bright spring day in Wash ington, alongside Nigerian President Muhammadu Bu hari, whom he'd just met at the White House. "The United States has never been closer to potentially have something happen with respect to the Korean Peninsu la that can get rid of the nu clear weapons, can create so many good things, so many positive things, and peace and security for the world." It wasn't clear whether his enthusiasm was stirred by the South Korean president's suggestion Monday that Trump could take the Nobel Peace Prize if the two Ko reas win peace. Moon's re mark came when he deect ed a question about whether he might win the award as one of his predecessors, Kim Dae-jung, did in 2000 after the rst ever inter-Korean summit. The United States has reached aid-for-disarmament deals with North Korea before, but they've ultimate ly failed. The most endur ing effort negotiated by the Bill Clinton administration in 1994 halted the North's production of plutonium for nearly a decade. But it col lapsed over suspicions that North Korea had a secret program to enrich uranium, giving it an alternative route to make ssile material for bombs. Trump's recently installed national security adviser, John Bolton, who has in the past advocated military ac tion against North Korea, reacted coolly Sunday to its reported willingness to give up nuclear programs if the United States commits to a formal end to the war and a pledges not to attack. "We've heard this before," Bolton told CBS' "Face the Nation," adding that the U.S. wanted to see concrete ac tion "not just rhetoric." This year, Kim has al ready suspended his nuclear and missile tests. According to South Korean ofcials, he told Moon that he's going to shut down his country's only known nuclear testing site and allow experts and jour nalists to observe. Trump cited that prospect with approval on Monday, saying Kim is "talking about no research, no launches of ballistic missiles, no nuclear testing." But as usual, the president left open the pos sibility of pulling the plug on talks, saying: "If it's not a success, I will respectfully leave."
Page E8, BARTLETT, N.H. (AP) Standing at a sce nic vista, Tyler Ray looks out at 2,661-foot Bartlett Mountain and envisions a network of ski trials wind ing through the dense forest below. Ray, who heads the Gran ite Backcountry Alliance, is working with federal and local land trusts to im prove, construct and expand backcountry skiing in the mountains of northern New Hampshire and western Maine. The group recently received approval from the White Mountain National Forest Service to develop and maintain ski trails on sections of Bartlett Moun tain and Baldface Moun tain. "We'll be skiing right off the summit, which is pretty exciting," Ray said. Backcountry skiing has a long history in the White Mountain National For est. Mount Washington is considered the epicenter of backcountry skiing in the Northeast. Skiers have been ocking to the mountain's Tuckerman Ravine for near ly 100 years, attracted by its steep, consequential terrain, more commonly found out West or in Europe. "What we have here is historic," Ray said. "It is really exciting because we are going full circle with the concept of what we now call backcountry skiing, which is an ironic term in many ways because we are doing something that was happening way before chairlifts and everything else. So we are really going full circle and bringing it back to the fore." The sector of the sport is booming, with skiers com plaining they don't have enough trails to keep up with demand. On a spring weekend, as many as 2,000 skiers may hike up into the ravine. The new trails should help. Greg Maino, spokesman for Vermont's Catamount Trail Association, which helps manage more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) of winter trails, including the Brandon Gap and Dutch Hill in the Green Mountain National Forest, which are used for backcountry ski ing, agreed the activity has been growing in popular ity in recent years as the specialized ski equipment needed to climb mountains without chairlifts has gotten less expensive. "It denitely opens the doors; you can go so many more places. Anywhere you want, anywhere there's snow, I think it opens up a lot of opportunities," Maino said. Andrew Drummond, owner of Ski The Whites, a backcountry ski shop in Jackson, New Hampshire, said he wishes more people would take advantage of the sport. "It doesn't matter if you're in a new zone or a familiar zone. The weather's nice, you're with your friends, and it's your personal play ground," Drummond said. "If everyone was outside more doing more of this stuff, everyone would be in a better mind frame, be bet ter people." Last summer, Granite Backcountry worked with the town of Randolph to open up about 75 acres (30 hectares) of glades on Cres cent Ridge. Dozens of vol unteers showed up to work with professional foresters to clear brush while opening up several ski lines through a hardwood grove. Unlike a traditional ski resort, these trails will leave no broad scars on the moun tains. There are no chairlifts to take skiers to the summit, which means skiers must attach climbing skins to the base of their skis to prevent them from slipping down the mountainside. "There is unbelievable satisfaction that is involved when you hike up a moun tain or skin a mountain," Ray said. "What I like to say is you may only get one run in a day but you are go ing to remember every sin gle turn and that's a really special thing." CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Tuesday, May 1, 2018 APIn this Saturday, April 21, 2018, photo, Andrew Drummond, below, and Drew Zimber ski through the glades on Crescent Ridge in the Randolph Community Forest in Randolph, New Hampshire. In the summer of 2017, Granite Backcountry Alliance recruited 75 volunteers to clear brush and thin trees to create a 75-acre glade on a hillside north of the Presidential Range.Even as spring arrives, backcountry skiing thrivesTina Fey's 'Mean Girls,' 'SpongeBob' musical lead Tony nodsNEW YORK (AP) Two popular entertainment brands Tina Fey's high school morality tale "Mean Girls" and the goofy undersea cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants" lead the Tony Award nominations with 12 apiece. Another massive property, a play based on the wizard Harry Potter, also cast a spell, earning 10 nods. Fey, who adapted the story of her oft-quoted 2004 movie with her composer husband, Jeff Richmond, admitted they awaited Tuesday's announcement with bated breath. "We're new to this whole Broadway thing and this whole musical thing so it was hard to tell which way everything could swing," Richmond said. "We're delighted." A British revival of "An gels in America," Tony Kushner's monumental, two-part drama about AIDS, life and love dur ing the 1980s, grabbed 11 nominations the most for any play this season 25 years after it rst ap peared on Broadway. The shimmering, grown-up musical "The Band's Visit" also earned 11 nods. Katrina Lenk earned her rst Tony nomination for "The Band's Visit," based on a 2007 Israeli lm about an accidental clash of cultures when an Egyp tian orchestra gets lost and ends up in the wrong Is raeli town. "I suppose it sounds cheesy if you say it, but it's really an honor. It's kind of hard to put into words. It's a deep joy." Next up for the actress: a nap. "Then I get to do the show again. I love doing it. I love this cast. I love being here. So the best way to celebrate is just to come back and do it." J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" franchise extended its magical touch to Broadway, with the twopart stage play "Harry Pot ter and the Cursed Child" featuring the bespectacled wizard earning 10 nomi nations, as did a revival of "My Fair Lady." The best new musical category is lled by "The Band's Visit," ''Frozen," ''Mean Girls" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." Those musicals that failed to make the cut were the Hal Prince revue "Prince of Broadway," the Jimmy Buffet musical "Escape to Margaritaville" and "Sum mer," about disco diva Donna Summer. Taylor Louderman, a veteran of such musicals as "Bring It On: The Mu sical" and "Kinky Boots," earned her rst nomination for playing a high school queen bee who is laid low in "Mean Girls." "I really haven't sat back and thought about the young version of me and how she would be freaking out right now," she said. "I'm from a small town where people don't really get out and dream big. I just really thought I would never be here." She faces competition from Lenk; Lauren Ambrose of "My Fair Lady," Hailey Kilgore of "Once On This Island," LaChanze of "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," and Jessie Mueller of "Carou sel." This is Tony-winner Mueller's fourth nomination but she said it never gets old. "It's still exciting. It always feels different because every show means something different, and is very personal in its own way. I just keep thinking of all the happy faces I'm going to see tonight when I go to work," she said. The two-part "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," which picks up 19 years from where Rowling's last novel left off and portrays Potter and his friends as grown-ups, won nine Olivier Awards in London before coming to the U.S. and bewitching critics and audiences alike. It now will face "The Chil dren," ''Farinelli and The King," ''Junk" and "Latin History for Morons" for best new play. Anthony Boyle won a nomination for best featured actor for his work in "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." He played Scorpius Malfoy in London and now on Broadway. He said he's having a ball with Broadway audiences. "They're so vocal, it's like having an extra cast member onstage," he said. "You hear audible gasps, and sobs. Broadway audi ences are incomparable." Best male acting nominations for a play include Denzel Washington, star ring in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's epic "The Iceman Cometh." The 2010 Tony winner for "Fences" faces off against Andrew Gar eld in "Angels in Amer ica," Tom Hollander of "Travesties," Jamie Parker of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" and Mark Rylance in "Farinelli and The King." Amy Schumer, who made her Broadway debut in Steve Martin's comedy "Meteor Shower," won a nomination for best actress in a play. Others in the category include Glenda Jackson from "Three Tall Women," Condola Rashad in "Saint Joan" and Lauren Ridloff in "Children of a Lesser God." "Carousel," ''My Fair Lady" and "Once on This Island" make up the best musical revival category, mostly because they're only eligible nominees. The best play revival category is lled by "Angels in America," ''Three Tall Women," ''Lobby Hero," ''Travesties" and "The Iceman Cometh." One surprise was the relatively few nominations for Disney's "Frozen" three, for best original score, best book and best musical. The much-anticipated adaptation of the an imated blockbuster got no nominations for its leading ladies Caissie Levy and Patti Murin or for traditional Disney strengths like sets and costumes. While Broadway veter ans like Louderman, Mark Rylance and Condola Ra shad all received nomina tions, some Hollywood stars were shut out, including Uma Thurman, Chris Evans and Clive Owen. Bruce Springsteen, whose solo show mixes songs and stories from his best-selling memoir "Born to Run" and has been banking over $2 million each week he's onstage, will be granted a special, non-competitive Tony, along with John Leguiza mo for "Latin History for Morons." Plenty of nominations don't necessarily lead to actual wins on Tony night. While "Hamilton" was nominated for 16 awards in 2016 and went on to win 11, just last year "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" earned a leading 12 nominations but got just two technical awards on the big night.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E9 AroundOsceola.com News Now AroundOsceola.com Get Up-To-Date news sent directly to you!Sign Up Today! AroundOsceola.com MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) Myanmar's last royal capital harbored the most learned Buddhist monks and exquisite artists, citizens speaking the most rened Burmese and cooks who prepared the best cur ries in the land. Mandalay was rhapsodized as the na tion's cultural core. Today, along the grand moat of the former royal palace, Chinese music rings out as people perform tai chi exercises, a sign of an uneasy transformation taking place in Myanmar's sec ond-largest city. This once quintessential Burmese metropolis, residents say, is losing its traditions as a massive inux of Chinese migrants reshapes it in their own likeness. "I feel that I am no lon ger a resident of Mandalay," says Nyi Nyi Zaw, a 30-year-old journalist, adding that problems between Burmese and Chinese caused by the changing dynamics have become a sta ple of his reporting. "They (Chinese people) look like the residents. They have money, so they have the power." This makeover of Man dalay located about 300 kilometers (185 miles) from China's Yunnan province and at the crossroads of trade, transport and smug gling routes reects a Chinese footprint across Southeast Asia that has grown alongside Beijing's economic and military clout. And it is one that is expected to widen as China pushes forward with its One Belt, One Road initiative to link Eurasian nations via land and sea routes. Propelled by Beijing's policy of encouraging Chi nese enterprises to expand abroad as well as ofcial Chinese government investment in its neighbors' infrastructure, the inux has sparked a measure of prosperity in some impoverished Southeast Asian regions. But along with it has come local resentment, sometimes anger, at per ceived Chinese aggressiveness, cultural insensitivity and environmental damage. Chinese have been drawn to Southeast Asia for centuries, with waves of migrants eeing war, revolution and starvation in the rst half of the 20th century. While most of them came with little more than the shirts on their backs, many of the latest migrants are arriving with cash and savvy. "Out of the 10 top entre preneurs in Mandalay, seven are Chinese," says Win Htay, vice president of the Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He says Chinese in the city own everything from small noodle shops to expensive commercial buildings. He estimates some 60 percent of Mandalay's economy, including the key industries, is now in Chi nese hands. Next to Laos' capital, Vientiane, Chinese are building a virtually new city on more than 300 hectares (741 acres) of governmentprovided land that is ex pected to cater to an inux of migrants coming to work on Chinese-backed infrastructure projects reshaping the once sleepy town on the banks of the Mekong River. Residents of Siha noukville are calling Cam bodia's only seaport "China Town" as more Chinese corner real estate and settle in a country that has turned from the West toward Bei jing, now its key political and economic supporter. Spearheaded by a surge of Chinese tourists, condo miniums and second homes marketed to mainlanders are sprouting in the north ern Thailand hub of Chiang Mai, along with both legal and illegal businesses cater ing to their needs. A tourist with no knowledge of Thai or English can now hire an unlicensed Chinese taxi driver or even a bodyguard. Chinese investment has increased sharply in Malay sia, sparking concerns over sovereignty. In addition to mega ventures including a $100 billion property de velopment project, Chinese state-linked rms have also bought assets linked to the indebted 1MDB state fund, which was set up by Prime Minister Najib Razak and is being investigated by the U.S and other countries for embezzlement and money laundering. Opposition leaders have used the inux of Chinese money as an is sue in the May 9 general election, warning that the government is selling off the country a claim dis missed by Najib. In Mandalay, anti-Chinese jibes have become a staple of workaday conver sation. Cartoons, comedy routines and literature label the country the "Chinese Republic of the Union of Myanmar" and the city as "Mandalay, Yunnan." A popular song "The Death of Mandalay" la ments what Mandalay has become: "The city where I was born is no longer there/ Who are these people in the city?" While a Chinese community has long existed in Mandalay, a new wave ocked to snap up swaths of cheap vacant land fol lowing massive res that tore through the city's core in the 1980s. As isolationist Myanmar opened up in the 1990s, Chinese entrepreneurs also took advantage of low interest rates at home and high ones in Myanmar to invest in real estate. Oth ers are involved in shadier areas such as the jade trade and narcotics trafcking. Since foreigners are not allowed to own land or en joy other privileges, a large but unknown number of Chinese have obtained Bur mese citizenship through bribes to Myanmar immi gration ofcials or outright forgery of documents, Bur mese businessmen and local journalists say. The result has been soar ing real estate values that have forced many locals to move to the city's outskirts. "If we can't enact laws and take effective action on immigration, we will see a continuation of the Chinese inux because this area is good for them," says Win Htay, who also heads a large sugar company. The ease with which Chi nese are able to illegally obtain citizenship contrasts with the plight of the Ro hingya, a Muslim minor ity group at the heart of an ongoing refugee crisis who despite having lived in Myanmar for generations are denied citizenship. Some take a balanced view of the Chinese pres ence in Mandalay, frequent ly reported as high as 50 percent of the city's 1.2 mil lion inhabitants, although estimates are unreliable giv en the undocumented status of many and depending on how assimilated ethnic Chi nese are counted. "As a native I am not so concerned about Mandalay changing because of the Chinese. The world is be coming a global village," said Tin Maung, managing director of the Royal Tun Thitsar Company. "Races mix all the time, but it is important that all are loyal to the country." The Chinese presence in Mandalay and Myanmar is simply a natural outcome of intensied and positive relations with Southeast Asia, said Zhu Xianghui, associate professor at the Institute of Myanmar Studies of Yunnan University. He said concerns by Bur mese nationalists that their country is under threat of Chinese expansionism is "an overreaction from a poor country." In response to questions about illegal immigration, the Foreign Affairs Ofce of Yunnan in China said it "always urged those going overseas to abide by local laws and customs." While some of the re gional migration is driven by Chinese governmentbacked policies, other mi grants are aided by the ageold "guanxi," the informal networks through which Chinese from a particular locality or clan have moved abroad. These networks aid and ease the entry of those following them into a for eign environment. Some simply come on their own, seeking a better, freer life outside China. Dai Qing, a prominent author and environmental activist who now calls Chiang Mai home, says she enjoys the absence of an in ternet rewall in Thailand, clean food and water, and being among "nice, peace ful people," some of whom she helps through charities. Living in a rural area outside the city, Dai says she has not yet encountered Thais averse to her country men. "But when I travel here and there, I do see the im polite, following-no-rules, arrogant Chinese and I feel ashamed for that," she says. "We have a long way to go before China's true modern ization is complete." Now that China has urged its citizens to go out into the world, it's only natural that many will choose to "follow their dreams," says Aranya Siriphon, an anthropologist at Chiang Mai University. "That's what we humans do," she says. "But we have to be able to manage the negative aspects of these dreams." CITIZEN TRIBUNEWorldTuesday, May 1, 2018 EEE-5 APThis Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese temple in the heart of Mandalay, one of many in the city. The road outside is lined with buildings owned by the Chinese. As Chinas shadow grows in Southeast Asia, residents of Myanmars former royal capital are lamenting an influx of Chinese migrants.APThis Nov. 4, 2017, photo shows the Mahamuni Monastery in Mandalay, a magnet for pilgrims from all over the country. This Buddhist pagoda exemplifies the traditional Burmese char acter of the city. An image of the Buddha in the monastery is one of the oldest and most revered in Myanmar. Chinese influx transforming Myanmar's quintessential city
Page E10, WWW.CFLJOBNET.COMPost Your Resum OO nline At:ST arAR T YOU r R Car CAR EE r R WITH aA J J OB TH a A T I s S RIGHT FO r R YOU! CITIZEN TRIBUNE SportsEEE-2 Monday, April 30, 2018 MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo is trying to eliminate the drama around whether Jabari Parker will return to the Milwaukee Bucks. It doesnt sound like he wants Parker to leave as a restricted free agent. Jabari aint going nowhere, Antetokounmpo said with a smile. Hes going to be here and hes going to be ready for the next season. Its just one of two big decisions facing the Bucks this offseason. They might be hiring a new coach, too. The organization has arrived at a crossroads. A new arena is opening in the fall, while Antetokounmpo is a budding NBA superstar because of the athleticism that earned him his Greek Freak nickname. However they proceed, the Bucks have grown beyond being a feel-good story. Theyve established a baseline of success with the Antetokounmpo-led group, having gone to the playoffs three times in the last four years. The next step is to get beyond the rst round for the rst time since going to the Eastern Conference nals in 2001. The best way to do that is to play more consistently in the regular season in order to secure a top-four seed and homecourt advantage in the rst round. The Bucks were eliminated on Saturday night by the Boston Celtics in seven games, with all four losses coming on the road. Clinching the playoffs, going to Game 7, somewhat of an accomplishment. Not really what we set out to do, guard Malcolm Brogdon said Sunday as players had exit interviews with coach Joe Prunty at the teams downtown training facility and packed up for the offseason. Whether Prunty is back when the Bucks reconvene for training camp remains in question. The veteran assistant was promoted to replace the red Jason Kidd in late January. General manager Jon Horst said at the time that the team would conduct a search after the season and that Prunty would be a candidate. Thats still the case, Prunty said, although the team has not detailed when it will conduct interviews. To be honest with you, I think at this stage we all thought we would still be playing and were hoping that we would be playing, Prunty said. Milwaukee was 21-16 under Prunty in the regular season after starting 23-22 with Kidd. Getting to Game 7 in the rst round was a small measure of progress after Milwaukee was eliminated in six games the previous season by Toronto. But issues that plagued the Bucks during the regular season contributed to their demise against the Celtics. Milwaukee nished last in the NBA in rebounding (39.8 per game) and 25th in opponent 3-point shooting (37 percent). The Bucks excelled on the break and were sixth in the league in 2-point shooting (53 percent) but 22nd from 3-point range (35 percent). A full year with Parker might help. He averaged 12.6 points in 31 games after returning in February from the second left knee injury of his four-year career. Antetokounmpo thinks his teammates return is a done deal. And we are going to be all excited, playing in a new arena and everyone is going to be having fun, he said.Parkers future, coaching search will define Bucks offseasonWALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are about to nd out what the NBA playoffs are really about. After dispatching the Miami Heat in ve games in the rst round in their rst career postseason appearance, the Philadelphia 76ers youngsters will open the Eastern Conference seminals on Monday night in Boston against the Celtics. All those banners hanging from the Garden rafters. All that history on the parquet oor. All that bad blood between the two cities. A civic rivalry that dates back to the Revolutionary War era came of age on the basketball court with Wilt Chamberlain leading the Philadelphia Warriors, and later the 76ers, against Bill Russells Celtics in the 1960s. Larry Bird and Julius Erving picked it up in the 1980s. Celtics forward Marcus Morris, a Philadelphia native, grew up watching the Allen Iverson-led 76ers that went to the NBA Finals in 2001 but lost to Paul Pierce and Antoine Walkers Celtics in the Eastern Conference nals the following year. Hes not expecting any favors from his hometown crowd. Im expecting the same treatment as far as them not even caring that Im from Philadelphia, he said after practice on Sunday, a day after the Celtics advanced by eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of their rst-round series. I really dont care either, when Im competing against them. The franchises have met 19 times in the playoffs (though only three times in the past 33 years), with Boston holding a 12-7 edge.YOUTH IS SERVEDTwo years after winning just 10 games, the Process is paying off for the 76ers. Embiid, the third overall pick in 2014, returned after missing the rst two games of the playoffs and averaged 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in three wins over Miami. Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 before missing all of last season, averaged 18.2 points and 10.6 rebounds against the Heat both improvements over his regular-season numbers. Theyre super-talented, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Thats what happens when youre in the NBA playoffs. Its fun.HOMETOWN SHOUTOUTMorris said hes enjoyed watching the hometown Eagles win the Super Bowl, followed by Villanovas NCAA basketball championship. Philly, we had a great year, the Celtics forward said. (Rapper) Meek Mill got out of jail its funny, but it was pretty big for our city. A lot of people really appreciated it. You can tell that feeling when you get there, where its coming back. A guy thats been there my entire life and not really seeing it at its peak. Right now Philly is at its peak with everything, sports, living out there. Its coming back.RUNNING GAMEThe Celtics held Milwaukee and star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to zero fast break points in Game 7 of their rst-round series. They know that transition defense will also be a key against Philadelphia, which was one of the best in the NBA on the break. In transition, they just make you pay, Celtics center Al Horford said. They just present a whole different challenge.BROWN OUTStevens said guard Jaylen Brown still had some soreness from a hamstring injury he sustained in Game 7 and is doubtful for Game 1 against the Sixers. Tests on Sunday were negative, the coach said. It looks like it could be something that allows him to play as the series goes on, Stevens said. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Brown averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season. He said on Saturday he would be back. Whatever it takes, I wouldnt miss this series for the world, Brown said. The Celtics are already without stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, as well as Daniel Theis.Celtics, Sixers renew rivalry with new casts APPhiladelphia 76ers Joel Embiid, left, talks with Rapper Meek Mill, right, during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, in Philadelphia. The 76ers face the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs, rekin dling an old rivarly with new faces.
Thursday, April 26, 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) The presidential news conference, a time-hon ored tradition going back generations, appears to be no longer. More than a year has passed since President Donald Trump held the only solo news confer ence of his administration a rollicking, hastily arranged, 77-minute freefor-all during which he railed against the media, defended his red national security adviser and insist ed nobody who advised his campaign had had contacts with Russia. But there are no signs the White House press shop is interested in a second go-round. Instead, the president engages the press in more informal set tings that aides say offer reporters far more access, more often, than past ad ministrations. "President Trump is more accessible than most modern presidents and frequently takes questions from the press," says White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The president often an swers shouted questions at so-called pool sprays, in which a small group of rotating reporters is given access to events such as bill signings and Cabinet lunches. Trump has also taken to answering shout ed questions on the White House lawn as he arrives at and departs the White House. The frenzied exchanges frequently taking place over the roar of Marine One's rotor often pro duce news. But the format also gives the president far more con trol than he would have during a traditional ques tion-and-answer session. Trump can easily ignore questions he doesn't like and dodge follow-ups in a way that would be glaring in a traditional news con ference. On Friday, for instance, Trump answered several questions in the Oval Ofce about North Korea and Iran. But when a reporter asked about his threats regarding intervening in the Justice Department, Trump responded with a curt "thank you" that signaled to reporters that he was done with the Q&A session. The president also holds joint news conferences with visiting world lead ers, a format reporters call "two and two" because each leader selects two of its country's reporters to ask questions. While the format looks similar to a solo news conference, the president more often than not calls on friendly reporters from conserva tive outlets and limits the opportunity for follow-up questions. On Friday, during a joint news conference with Ger man Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump called on reporters from Fox Business Network and the Christian Broadcasting Network. Fox News cor respondent John Roberts has been called on so often that Trump once picked him and then changed his mind. "Actually, we'll go somebody else this time, John. You've been doing enough, John," he said to laughs. Trump also submits to occasional one-on-one in terviews with individual news outlets. Last week, he called in to "Fox & Friends," his favored for mat during the campaign. And several times he has held longer, impromptu question-and-answer sessions, including one in the Rose Garden with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that, for re porters, had the feel of a mosh pit. Margaret Talev, a longtime White House reporter and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said the asso ciation welcomes Trump's "openness to engage on a regular basis, in pool sprays in the Oval Ofce and less traditional settings such as South Lawn departures." But, she said, "We have been disappointed at his reluctance to engage in regular full-format news conferences and we will continue to encourage him and his team to return to the practice. Such news conferences help the public to gain a deeper under standing of a president's thinking on an issue; show transparency and accountability; allow journalists to raise questions the public may be concerned about; and also allow a president to shape his message." Indeed, during his cam paign, Trump often criti cized his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for failing to engage more with the press. "Crooked Hillary Clinton has not held a news conference in more than 7 months. Her record is so bad she is unable to an swer tough questions!" he tweeted in June 2016. The pattern marks a dramatic departure from historic precedent, ac cording to records kept by The American Presidency Project and dating back to Calvin Coolidge. In their rst years alone, Presi dent Barack Obama held 11 solo news conferences, George W. Bush held ve, and Bill Clinton a dozen. Trump held just one. It's part of a pattern re ecting Trump's extraordi narily hostile relationship with a press he loves to hate. "The White House isn't legally mandated or required to hold press con ferences, but it's a tradi tion that's been in place because it serves the pub lic," said Katie Townsend, the litigation director at Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. "And I think the idea that the media is the enemy of the American people and an enemy of the president itself ... I think the unwill ingness to talk to the mem bers of the media is part of that." But Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary for George W. Bush, said there is little benet for a White House to hold solo new conferences anymore since the president can communicate with the public in other ways. "So long as the presi dent is held accountable as a result of frequent pool sprays, as a result of fre quent press conferences with heads of state, oneon-one interviews, the public gets its accountability through other tactics beyond formal long-winded news conferences," Fleischer said. Bush, he noted, wasn't a fan of the prime-time news conference, complaining that reporters would "peacock" at those events, making them more about themselves than the presi dent. Trump, however, seems to like the format, which he credited last year for his election win. "Tomorrow, they will say, 'Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.' I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you. You know, you're dishonest people. But I'm not ranting and raving. I love this," he said during his press confer ence last year. "I'm having a good time doing it." CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsMonday, April 30, 2018 EEE-3 AP In this March 23, 2018 le photo, President Donald Trump responds to reporters questions in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington after he spoke about the $1.3 trillion spending bill he signed earlier in the day. The presidential news conference, a timehonored tradition going back generations, appears to be no longer. Instead, the president engages the press in more informal settings that aides say offer reporters far more access, more often, than past administrations. In Trump era, the death of the White House press conferenceMenendez still has edge despite ethics censureWASHINGTON (AP) New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez seems in good shape to win a third term despite a harsh rebuke from fellow senators who say he violated chamber rules and federal law, according to political analysts and party colleagues. The Senate ethics committee found that Menendez repeatedly accepted gifts of signicant value, failed to report them and advanced the personal and business interests of the donor who provided the gifts. The allegations were hardly new to most New Jersey voters. Menendez's federal bribery trial last fall centered on those same accusations. It ended with a hung jury; prosecutors decided not to retry the case. Whatever negatives were generated from the trial ap pear to be more than offset by the fact he has a "D'' next to his name in the Demo cratic stronghold, said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in New Jersey. Monmouth's polling this month showed Menendez with a 53 to 32 percent advantage over his likely Republican challenger in November, former Celgene executive Bob Hugin. "They're not happy with his behavior, but they seem to be willing to overlook it," Murray said of New Jer sey's voters. A poll from Quinni piac University released in March showed a similar re sult, 49 percent for Menendez and 32 percent for Hu gin. The Senate committee's ndings certainly won't help Menendez, Murray said, but "he has a long runway to put this behind him as long as no new allega tions come out." There are, however, warning signs. Menendez, 64, seems to be hovering around 50 percent in his head-to-head matchups with Hugin, even with the vast majority of voters not having enough information to form an opinion of the Republican. Hugin, with much money at his disposal, could per suade most of those unde cided voters to move his way. Hugin has lent his campaign $7.5 million so far and has said he's willing to add substantially to that. National Republicans also note from the Quinnipiac poll that 38 percent of New Jersey voters believe Menendez was involved in serious wrongdoing, about double those who believed he was not. The remain der said they didn't have enough information to draw a conclusion. "I think it's going to be a closer race than most ob servers think it's going to be simply because of how un popular Bob Menendez is," said Bob Salera, a spokes man for the National Republican Senatorial Com mittee. Hugin, 63, was a top ex ecutive at New Jersey-based Celgene, which develops cancer treatments, for near ly two decades before retir ing as chief executive this year. A Princeton graduate and Marine veteran, Hugin was a major nancial backer of former Gov. Chris Christie's failed Republican presidential campaign and served on his nance lead ership team. In an emailed statement, Hugin said the ethics com mittee's ndings would be a focus of his campaign in the coming months. He said Menendez "disgraced himself and embarrassed New Jersey." "New Jersey voters deserve to know the truth about their incumbent sena tor, and we intend to make sure that they do," Hugin said. New Jersey hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972, and Democrats have nearly 900,000 more registered voters than Republicans. Trump is also unpopular in New Jersey, and he lost the state to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 14 points. In the end, Trump could play a much bigger role in the race than the Senate committee's public admonishment. Still, the ethics report represented a rare rebuke of a sitting senator. The com mittee is equally split, with three Republicans and three Democrats. All six signed off on the letter admonish ing Menendez for actions they said "reected discred it upon the Senate." Marc Elias, an attor ney for Menendez, said on Twitter that the committee's conclusions "were not only contradicted by the presid ing judge and rejected by the jury, but the proceed ings clearly demonstrated that there was no violation of any law." Matthew Hale, an associate professor at Seton Hall University, said polling has consistently shown that people have more con dence in the courts than in the Senate. "So I don't think the tongue-lashing form the U.S. Senate is going to have too much of an effect," Hale said. In 2002, allegations of ethics failings ended the career of Sen. Robert Torri celli, D-N.J., who abruptly dropped his bid for a second term just ve weeks before Election Day. He also was admonished by the ethics committee, but that came much later in the election season and in a different political climate. Menendez will benet from voters who plan to use the Senate race to make a statement about Trump. Rep. Bill Pascrell, DN.J., now serving his 11th term representing a Pater son-based district, said he believes Menendez will be re-elected by a comfortable margin. "I think the courts spoke for themselves. The Senate spoke, and now we can get on with the business of run ning a campaign," Pascrell said. "I think he'll come out of this standing tall." The Monmouth poll was conducted by telephone from April 6 to 10 with 632 registered voters. The mar gin of error is 3.9 percent age points. The Quinnipiac poll was conducted by telephone from March 8 to 12 with 1,052 registered voters. The margin of error is 4.2 per centage points.
Page E12, PHILADELPHIA (AP) Speaking out for the rst time, the jury that convicted Bill Cosby at his sexual as sault retrial said Monday its decision was inuenced only by what happened in court. The youngest mem ber of the panel said the comedian's own words sealed his fate. Harrison Snyder, 22, said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" that Cosby's deposition in which he admitted giv ing women drugs to have sex with them was the evidence that made him be lieve he was guilty. "I think it was his depo sition, really. Mr. Cosby admitted to giving these quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them," Snyder said. Snyder said it "wasn't an open and shut case," but added he had no doubt the jury made the right deci sion Thursday in convicting Cosby on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The investigation into Cosby was reopened in July 2015 after a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, un sealed portions of Cosby's deposition testimony from a civil lawsuit he settled with his accuser, Andrea Constand, in 2006 for nearly $3.4 million. In the testimo ny, which was read to jurors at both trials, he described giving quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s. Cosby also described his sexual encounters with Constand, a Temple University women's basketball administrator. Five other women testi ed at the retrial that Cosby had drugged and molested them as well, but Snyder said they weren't a factor in his decision. "I don't think it really nec essarily mattered that these other ve women were here because he said it himself that he used drugs for other women," he said. The Cosby jury issued a statement saying its decision was not inuenced in any way by factors other than what was seen and heard in the courtroom. Race and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct were never discussed, according to the statement, obtained by NBC's "Today" show. "After thoughtful and me ticulous consideration of the information and evidence provided to us, we came to our unanimous verdict," the jury said. "Not once were race or the #metoo move ment ever discussed, nor did either factor into our de cision, as implied in various media outlets." Cosby, 80, is now a pris oner in his own suburban Philadelphia home and fac es the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars as he awaits sentenc ing, likely within the next three months. His publicist has declared his conviction a "public lynching," and his lawyers have vowed to ap peal. "This is what they want ed," Cosby told the New York Post's Page Six after his conviction. He referred to prison as "that place." The Post said it also inter viewed Cosby last year dur ing his rst trial, which end ed in a mistrial because of a hung jury. But the newspaper agreed to hold his comments while his case wound through the courts. Cosby said he rejected a plea deal that would have required him to serve house arrest and register as a sex offender a claim rejected by the DA's ofce last year, when Cosby's side rst made it, and again on Mon day. "We never offered Mr. Cosby a plea deal at any time. We were condent in our evidence and were fo cused on proceeding to tri al," District Attorney Kevin Steele's spokeswoman, Kate Delano, said Monday. Cosby also seemed to compare himself to Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned anti-apartheid leader who later became South Afri can's rst black president. "I think back to the time when Camille and I went to visit Nelson Mandela in South Africa. He was a free man, but I remember when we met him at Robben Island where he had been in a prison for all of those years. I sat in that cell where he lived, and I saw how he lived . what he had to eat to live and what he went through. So, if they send me to that place, then that's what they will do, and I will have to go there." It wasn't the rst time Cosby referenced Mandela. A photo of Cosby and Man dela was displayed in at least one of Cosby's shows in 2015, at a time when sexual assault accusations against the comedian were mounting. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand has done. CITIZEN TRIBUNENationEEE-4 Monday, April 30, 2018 APIn this April 18, 2018 file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. The prosecutors who put Cosby away said Sunday, April 29, 2018, theyre confident the conviction at his suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault retrial will stand.Cosby juror: Comedian's talk of quaaludes led to convictionHow to build your 'Oh, crap!' fundThe emergency fund is a bust. Millions of Americans don't have one, and some of those who do resist tap ping what they've saved. I'd like to propose an al ternative for both sets of people: The "oh, crap!" fund, a savings account for not-quite-emergency expenses. One of the reasons peo ple don't have emergency funds is misplaced optimism. People think that if they're healthy, they'll stay healthy. If they're employed, ditto. The car will keep running, the roof will never need to be replaced and, since everybody's a better-than-average driver, there won't be any ac cidents. Behavioral scientists call that "recency bias," which is the delu sion that whatever hap pened in the recent past will continue into the in denite future. Everyone, though, has experienced "oh, crap!" moments: the no-parking sign they didn't see, the crown the dentist says they need, the smartphone dropped in the toilet. A relatively small amount in such a fund can keep peo ple from turning to expen sive credit cards or payday loans. "The power of just a few hundred dollars of savings can really help reduce the use of short-term, highcost lending," says John Thompson, chief program ofcer for the Center for Financial Services Innovation, a nonprot that pro motes nancial health. Having a cushion is particularly important if you're a homeowner. In a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by NerdWallet, nearly two-thirds of homeowners say they've experienced anxiety about their home, with unexpected home repair costs the top cause of anxiety. The "oh, crap!" fund is designed to be spent, not hoarded. Emergency funds are meant to be spent, too, but people are often reluc tant to part with money labeled as savings, says nancial literacy expert and Rutgers University profes sor Barbara O'Neill. "People hate to experience losses, (and) pulling money out of a savings account feels like a loss," O'Neill says. Many people also give up on the idea of an emer gency fund because any money they manage to put aside is quickly wiped out by unexpected expenses. They don't realize that the emergency fund did its job by keeping those expenses from going on a credit card, or that saving for unexpected expenses is a "rinse and repeat" deal. You don't just hit a savings goal and you're done. You save, you spend, and then you save again. The "oh, crap!" fund can help people build that muscle. It can be viewed as a transactional account with constant additions and subtractions as life unfolds. The fund also can help people who already have savings they don't want to touch except in big emergencies, such as a job loss. The rst "oh, crap!" goal can be pretty modest, say $500. For those new to saving, here's how to get there. SET UP A DEDICAT ED ACCOUNT. Consider using an online bank, since most don't have minimum balance requirements or account fees and they'll let you name the account al most anything you'd like (although anything stronger than the word "crap" might get you a "tut tut let's keep it clean" autoresponse from the bank). Some prepaid cards, such as American Express Bluebird and WalMart Money Card, have a savings fea ture if you don't use bank accounts. AUTOMATE IT, IF YOU CAN. Those with regular paychecks and bank accounts can set up automatic transfers, so $10 or $20 or whatever amount you like gets swept into a savings account each pay period. Or you can use technology that automati cally rounds up your pur chases to the nearest dollar and deposits the money in savings. Bank of Ameri ca's Keep the Change debit card and Chime, a mobile bank account, both offer this option. Or try Digit, an app that analyzes your spending and moves unneeded funds to a savings account. IF YOU CAN'T AU TOMATE, MAKE A RULE. Decide to put aside a set dollar amount or per centage from every check or other income you receive. Examples: "I'll save $10 from every paycheck and 10 percent of any windfalls." DON'T STOP. Once you're in the habit of sav ing, keep going. Your next goal can be $2,000, which is the median cost of the largest nancial shock experienced by households studied by the Pew Charitable Trusts. After that, you can shoot for the traditional emergency fund recommendation of building a fund equal to three months' worth of expenses. Even as you do, though, you may still want to keep a separate fund for those everyday mishaps. Be cause crap happens.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E13 JERUSALEM (AP) After resolving a brief crisis over the status of its pro claimed capital, Israel is ready to nally get things underway this week with its historic hosting of the Giro d'Italia cycling race. The world's best riders will start the race in Jerusalem on Friday in the rst time a cy cling Grand Tour will ever be held outside Europe. It's the biggest and most prestigious sporting event ever hosted in Israel and features four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, who is look ing to become only the third person ever to win the three Grand Tour titles in a row. For Israel, hosting the event marks a major coup and looks to draw tens of thousands of tourists and a chance to showcase its peo ple and landscape to a global television audience. In its 101-year history, the Giro has previously opened a dozen times outside Italy but never outside Europe. Its arrival in Israel is the re sult of the lobbying efforts of Sylvan Adams, a CanadianIsraeli cycling enthusiast who conjured the idea to co incide with Israel's marking 70 years of independence. He said his aim was twofold: to promote the sport in Israel and to project its "normal" image to the world, rather than the typical association of war and conict. "This is a mini-Giro, if you will. In three days we can cover a similar percentage of the country as Italy does in the whole race," Adams told The Associated Press. "We'll show the beauty of the country, that Israel is a sporting country and that it is open and free and most important ly safe." As with anything regard ing Israel, though, politics could not be avoided. The 2018 race will open in Jerusalem, but organizers insisted the route will not go through any land considered occupied by the inter national community. That means the course will cir cumvent the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as parts of a future independent state. Racers will steer clear of the Old City, the crown jewel of Israeli tourism and home to Jerusalem's most important Jewish, Christian and Mus lim holy sites. Palestinians have protested the decision to hold the event in Israel, and boycott activ ists have promised to demonstrate against it. The Giro itself caused a minor uproar when organizers billed the opening leg as in "West Jerusalem," anger ing Israel, which considers the entire city to be its eternal capital. The Giro ultimately reverted back to simply us ing "Jerusalem," which in turn enraged Palestinians, who said it served to "legiti mize the annexation of Jeru salem." The Palestinians and their allies have also objected to promotional materials on the Giro's social media that include photos and videos of the Old City of Jerusalem. Adams, who has been named the Giro d'Italia Big Start Israel Honorary Presi dent, shunned the controver sy, saying that at no stage did the course ever intend to pass through the Old City and its narrow, bumpy roads that are unsuitable for racing. "It's off-message. This is a sporting event. I don't want to get into politics. It's about building bridges through sports," he said, noting that he hasn't gotten any negative feedback from potential visitors. After the 6-mile opening time trial in hilly Jerusalem, the 104-mile second stage will whizz down the Medi terranean coast from Haifa to Tel Aviv. Stage 3 will follow a lengthy 143-mile route the second-longest leg of the entire race from Beersheba in the Negev desert down to Israel's southern tip of Ei lat along the Red Sea. The 176 cyclists are made up of 22 teams of eight, in cluding the rst two Israe lis to participate in a Grand Tour event as part of the inaugural Israel Cycling Academy team. The race will then transfer to Italy, and the island of Sicily, for an early rest day on May 7. All eyes will be on Froome. A victory at the Giro would make him the seventh rider to win all three Grand Tours cycling's top three stage races and only the third to hold the three titles at the same time. After suc cessfully defending his Tour de France title last year, the 32-year-old Froome went on to win the Spanish Vuelta for the rst time. In a surprise announcement, he then said he was go ing to participate in the Giro for the rst time since 2010. "The Giro is special and full of history, and I am looking forward to racing it again after almost a decade," Froome said in a statement. "I've had a different start to the season as I've obviously been aiming to try and reach my peak quite a bit earlier than usual. But the target of going for a third consecutive Grand Tour has given me new motivation." He will also try to win the Tour for a record-equaling fth time this year. No rider has completed a Giro-Tour double since Marco Pantani in 1998. Froome, a British cyclist who rides for Team Sky, will be racing in Israel under the cloud of a potential ban after a urine sample he provided at the Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permit ted level. The International Cycling Union's ruling on the case is expected after the Giro wraps up in Rome on May 27. The event consists of 21 days of racing, totaling 2,203.6 miles with 27 miles of vertical elevation. CITIZEN TRIBUNEWorldMonday, April 30, 2018 EEE-5 APIn this Dec. 6, 2011 file photo, cyclists from the Saxo Bank team ride past the walls of Jerusalems Old City during a race. Israel is ready to finally get things underway this week with its historic hosting of the 2018 Giro dItalia cycling race after resolving a brief crisis over the status of its proclaimed capital. The worlds best riders will start the race in Jerusalem on Friday in the first time a cycling Grand Tour will ever be held outside Europe.After political snag, Israel in gear to host Giro d'ItaliaTwin bombings in Afghanistan kill 25, including 9 reportersKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Two Islamic State suicide bombers struck in Af ghanistan's capital on Monday, killing 25 people, in cluding nine journalists who had rushed to the scene of the rst attack, in the deadliest assault on reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. An Agence France-Presse photographer, a cameraman for the local Tolo TV station and several reporters for the Afghan branch of Radio Free Europe were among the fatal ities, police said. At least 45 people were wounded in the attacks, according to Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai, who said four police were among those killed. The attack was the latest in a relentless string of largescale bombings and assaults in the capital and elsewhere in Afghanistan this year. A few hours later, in the southern Kandahar province, a suicide car bomb target ing a NATO convoy killed 11 children from a nearby religious school, police said. The children had gathered around the NATO convoy for fun when the bomber struck, said Abdul Rahim Ayubi, a lawmaker from Kandahar. Eight Romanian NATO sol diers were wounded. The Islamic State group claimed the Kabul bombings in a statement posted online, saying it targeted the Afghan intelligence headquarters. The statement did not say anything about specically targeting journalists. The blasts took place in the cen tral Shash Darak area, home to NATO headquarters and a number of embassies and foreign ofces as well as the Afghan intelligence ser vice. Stanekzai said the rst suicide bomber was on a mo torbike, while the second tar geted those scrambling to the scene to aid victims. He said the second attacker was on foot in a crowd of reporters, pretending to be a member of the press, when he set off his payload. AFP said the news agency's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among those killed. Hun dreds of people attended his funeral later on Monday. Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it was the deadliest attack targeting reporters since the U.S.-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban in 2001. The Paris-based group named the nine journalists killed, who worked for media organizations from multiple countries, and said another six reporters were wounded. The group, also known by its French acronym RSF, said 36 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in attacks by IS or the Taliban since 2016. In a separate attack in the eastern Khost province, a 29-year-old reporter for the BBC's Afghan service was shot dead by unknown gun men. The BBC conrmed the death of Ahmad Shah, saying he had worked for its Afghan service for more than a year and. BBC World Service Di rector Jamie Angus called it a "devastating loss." Survivors of the attacks in Kabul recounted scenes of mayhem. "When the explosion happened, everywhere was cov ered with dust and re, it was such a horric scene," said Jawed Ghulam Sakhi, a 28-year-old taxi driver. "I saw journalists covered with blood." Masouda, a young woman who was with her husband when he was wounded in the attack, lashed out at the au thorities. "I don't know who is responsible afor all these attacks. Every day we lose our loved ones and no one in this government is taking responsibility for the killing of these innocent people," she said. Like many Afghans, she has one name. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks, as did the U.S. Em bassy in Kabul. "We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims, including a number of brave journalists among the dead and injured," the embassy said. "Where media are in danger, all other human rights are under greater threat." In other violence Monday, insurgents killed at least four Afghan policemen in an ambush in the northern Balkh province, said Sher Moham mad Abu-Tariq, the district chief in Nahri Shahi. In the eastern Nangarhar province, an explosion killed an Afghan police ofcer and wounded four other people, said Attuhullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor. No one claimed responsibility for the attacks. The IS afliate in Afghanistan rst emerged in Nangarhar a few years ago, then expanded its footprint across the country. IS and the more rmly established Taliban carry out regular attacks, with the Taliban usually targeting the Afghan government and se curity forces, and IS targeting the country's Shiite minority, whom the militants view as apostates. The relentless assaults un derscore the struggles that Afghan security forces have faced since the United States and NATO concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014. Both armed groups want to establish strict Islam ic rule in Afghanistan.