By Rachel Christian Staff Writer Fire rescue ocials are urging the public to be careful with re and all potential heat sources due to increased wildre danger levels throughout the state. Last week, 56 wildres burned 3,780 acres in Florida. In Osceola County, Deputy Fire Chief Dan McAvoy said his department is keeping busy putting out small blazes. There havent been any great big ones, but we have definitely encountered a few already, including one rather large one near Disney, he said. McAvoy added that a burn ban is still in place for Osceola County. Wildre season is proving more difficult this year than others in recent memory. McAvoy attributed it not only to the dry conditions eecting Central Florida, but also a rather unexpected source winter frost. When freezing temperatures hit Osceola and other counties in January, it killed o large amounts of wild vegetation. New grass and weeds may have grown up around it since then, but McAvoy said that dead underbrush serves as dangerous kindling during dry times. Fields may look nice and green, but once a re reaches it, it can go up very quickly, he said. ats not something we always have to deal with, but this year it is. McAvoy said his department is educating the public about how to stay safe and help prevent res. eyre also deploying more manpower and responding to any potential By Rachel Christian Staff Writer e Osceola County Sheris Oce is now taking applications for school resource ocers (SROs) in an eort to keep Osceola County students safer. The agency is working alongside Kissimmee police, St. Cloud police and the Osceola County School District to implement 33 additional SROs by August. is would put two ocers in every high school, as well as one in every elementary, middle and charter school. Maj. Jacob Ruiz, public information ocer for the Sheris Oce, said the agency will attempt to ll those positions with its deputies rst before lling remaining spots with part-time SRO applicants. e new hires would be more than just school security guards. Anyone interested in the position must have proper certication and at least 10 years of sworn, full-time law enforcement experience. Applicants must also successfully pass a physical agility test, swim test, written examination, medical physical and drug screens. We wanted people with experience because we need to get them placed into schools quickly, Ruiz said. It usually takes a full year to get a new recruit ready to perform the job on their own, and we just By Rachel Christian Staff Writer The Osceola County Jail is a 193,763 squarefoot facility with over 770 inmates and 378 sta members. e man overseeing it all is Bryan Holt, who became the jails new chief Feb. 5. The News-Gazette interviewed Holt this week to discuss his rst 90 days on the job, his extensive career in criminal justice and the future of the corrections system in Osceola County. Osceola News-Gazette: Tell us about your career in the corrections system. Bryan Holt: I started in corrections in 1987. I was hired by the Orange County Sheriffs Department at that time. I just moved through the ranks and worked at several dierent facilities there. I worked in direct supervision, internal aairs, maximum security, I worked a little bit of everywhere. I retired from there in 2017, last year. So this is my 31st year in corrections. ONG: OK, so denitely not a rookie. Holt: I have a year or two doing this, yes. ONG: How did you come to take over this position in Osceola County? Holt: As I was ending my career in Orange, this opportunity came up. Chief (Sherry) Johnson was retiring, and there was a position available, so I thought it was a good opportunity. I liked the fact that it was close by and a smaller jail, which I thought gave me some more opportunities to put my ngerprints on it. ONG: And what does that ngerprint look like? Holt: Part of my initiative would be to make sure we maintain a professional workforce by providing training, secession planning, giving them the tools they need to be successful. Additionally, as far as the inmate population, the vast majority of individuals who get arrested are going back on the street. eyre not going to the Department of Corrections, theyre going back into the community. So its important that we give them the tools they need, or at least make that available, so they can transition back into the community. ONG: What do you think some of those tools are? Holt: Its not a one-sizefits-all, but for instance, depending on what their testing shows that they Bringing smiles to Nemours.St. Cloud resident sews pillow cases for sick children at hospital.Page 11.Chief: Use caution during wildfire season New Osceola jail chief talks career, the future in correctionsSchool District in need of 33 resource officers to comply with new state lawMaking a connectionNEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCK Evangelist Rupert Henry was on hand to receive a proclamation from Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez and City Commissioners Angela Eady, Wanda Rentas and Jim Fisher at Kissimmee City Hall on Tuesday, stating May as 2018 Foster Youth Connection Month. INSIDE ONG Informing readers. 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Page 2 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 2018 11 MAY Osceola County Feria de Empleo del Condado de OsceolaOsceola Heritage Park (Events Center) 1901 Chief Osceola Trail, Kissimmee May 11, 2018/11 de mayo 2018 9 a.m. 3 p.m.THE JOB FAIR IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL LA FERIA DE EMPLEO ES LIBRE DE COSTO Y ESTA ABIERTA A TODOSWe will be offering two resume review and job interview workshops at 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Se ofrecern 2 talleres de preparacin de resume y de entrevista de empleos en los horarios de 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. y 12 p.m.-1 p.m.EMPLOYERS ACTIVELY SEEKING EMPLOYEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATEEMPLEADORES SE LE EXHORTA A PARTICIPAR SI EST ACTIVAMENTE RECLUTANDOFor Information, Employers should contact Olga Torres at 407-742-8423 or Olga.Torres@osceola.org Para Informacin, Empleadores deben contactar a Olga Torres al 407-742-8423 o Olga.Torres@osceola.org 050518 SNG WHOLESALE TO THE PUBLIC YES! WE FINANCE!rf ntb f rr rr FREE SERVICE CALLwith repair! Paid Labor & Parts Only $ $ $ 69174 041218.TNG WILDFIREContinued from Page 1 re hazards or threats right away. Since January, approximately 1,325 wildfires have burned 74,427 acres in Florida. Motorists in wildfireaffected areas should exercise extreme caution. To access real-time prescribed burn and wildfire conditions, Floridians can download the FLBurnTools app. When citizens are careful with fire, they are doing more than just protecting themselves and their property, said Jim Karels, state forester and director of the Florida Forest Service. They are helping to protect the lives of Floridas wildland firefighters and first responders. The Florida Forest Service urges residents to be cautious and to remember the following: implement a family wildre action plan. Florida Forest Service eld unit oce immediately in the event of a wildre. burning laws. days. source and suppression tools on hand when burning yard debris. outdoor fire or hot grill unattended. By Rachel Christian Staff Writer will be at the Poinciana SunRail station later this month as the commuter rail system prepares to launch Questions about how Poinciana residents will travel to and from the new station still remain unanswered. Poinciana serves as SunRails southern-most stop on a rail line spanning counties. Located near the intersection of Poinciana Highway, the isolated station is also miles away from where many Poinciana residents live. Janer, has repeatedly pushed for comprehensive Lynx public bus service to and from the station. But last month at a county board meeting, Janer told fellow commissioners the fixed routes Lynx planned for the station have now been eliminated. Janer said that decision was based upon a Lynx place years ago, before the county saw some extraordinary growth. The community in Poinciana is being shortchanged with this. It is percent minorities, she said, adding that shell continue to push for reconsideration. We could test it for a year, see if the ridership is there. which oversees SunRail construction. communications director Florida region, said residents could travel current bus routes to downtown Kissimmee and board SunRail there instead. When Lynx modeled route, the projected ridership was low and the cost for the service was resulted in a projected cost compared to a Lynx system average of $4.15. operates between the Poinciana Walmart stop and downtown Kissimmee. slightly faster then one proposed by the county, which included a stop at the Poinciana station. additional service hours in the morning and match the SunRail schedule. if the route adjustment would include a stop at the Poinciana station, or if residents would still have to travel to downtown Kissimmee in order to ride SunRail. The train tour event at the Poinciana SunRail station, located at 5025 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May SunRail stations are slated to open July 30. Open house set for Poinciana SunRail station May 19 NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKThe train tour event at the Poinciana SunRail station, located at 5025 South Rail Avenue, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19. Safety campaign urges protection for motorcyclists, bike ridersThis May, the Florida motorists statewide to safely share the road with motorcycles and bicycles in recognition of Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety In addition, the drivers information to safely drive around large commercial vehicles. of the Florida Highway Patrol is partnering with of Transportation, Florida important messages. Smaller vehicles are harder to see on the road. caution when changing lanes and give others plenty Rhodes. Sharing the road is everyones responsibility. Whether you operate a large motorcycle or bicycle, learn your role on the road and another. In 2017 preliminarily, crashes in Florida. at is more than 300 motorcycle and bicycle crashes every See Campaign Page 5.
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Limit 4 SMALLLOW PROFILESMALLERCOMPLETELY IN THE CANALSMALLESTINVISIBLE IN THE CANAL 042818.SNG The Osceola Board of County Commissioners seeks volunteers to serve on the following Advisory Boards: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (6 Positions) Not less frequently than every three (3) years, the advisory committee shall review the established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and adopted local government comprehensive plan of the appointing local government and shall recommend specic actions or initiatives to encourage of facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. Board of Adjustment (1 Position) District 2 Members of the Board of Adjustment shall be knowledgeable in the eld of comprehensive planning and shall be familiar with the Osceola County Comprehensive Plan, the Osceola County Land Development Code and other applicable regulations. Members of the Board of Adjustment serve at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners. The Board of Adjustment shall have the authority to grant or deny, wholly or in part, any request for a variance from the specied regulations and grant conditional use requests pursuant to the appropriate ndings and further that it is not contrary to the public interest and the health, safety, comfort, convenience, and welfare of the citizens of Osceola County, or that the request is in conict with provisions of this Code. Must reside in County Commission District 2. Typically meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Terms are four (4) years, unless it is to ll a vacant position. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Citizens Advisory Task Force (2 Positions) District 2 & 5 The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Citizen Advisory Task Force increases public awareness of the function of the community Development Block Grant Program and the types of assistance available to low and moderate income residents. In this role, the Task Force reviews and provides input on the Action Plan, Consolidated Plan, citizen Participation Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The Task Force also provides input on the implementation of community projects. Fifty-one percent of Task force members must meet the low and moderate income denition (households at or below 80 percent area median income). The committee meets twice a year at the Osceola County Human Services ofce in the Beaumont Complex, 330 N. Beaumont Avenue, Kissimmee, FL 34741 Fire and Rescue Advisory Board (1 Position) District 2 The Fire and Rescue Advisory Commission considers various operational and budgetary aspects of Osceola Countys re services and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. Meetings are scheduled the rst Thursday of every month and take place in the following location: Emergency Operations Center, 2586 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee, FL 34747 Housing Finance Authority (1 Position) The Housing Finance Authority is composed of ve (5) residents of the County serving for four (4) years or until their successors are appointed and are qualied. Florida Statutes 159.605 provides that not less than a majority of the members of the Housing Finance Authority shall be knowledgeable in one of the following elds: Labor, Finance or Commerce. These are the only qualications for membership on the Authority, established by Law. Library Advisory Board (1 Position) At-large The Library Advisory Board is a visionary force, meeting the needs of a growing and diverse community.Those interested in applying may visit http://www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/ advisory-boards/ for a listing of all boards and the application documents required.050518.SNG A Bridge To Our Past Its easy to see nowadays. Everywhere around us someone is protesting, marching, begging and pleading for change. Whether it is on a national level or local level, our society seems to be going through signicant changes. Well, there have been very signicant moments where people demanded change from their communities and police departments over the last 28 to 30 years. I am going to look at three signicant events and how they shaped Kissimmee and the response of the Kissimmee Police Department. On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department, 2,519 miles away from Kissimmee. e arrest had been recorded by a citizen using a VHS recorder and videotaped the ocers using excessive force on King. is was an extremely signicant event. For the rst time, a citizen using his own video camera captured the incident. It was, and still is, a dark day for law enforcement. But how did this affect Kissimmee? Unfortunately, society as a whole tends to paint with a very broad brush. The actions of the Los Angeles police officers instantly made anyone wearing a badge just as guilty as they were. Even though KPD enjoyed a very good reputation in the community, immediately citizens became concerned that we would use the same brutal force to arrest people. It was an image problem for police across the nation. Everywhere you went, people now had video cameras ready to hopefully capture the police doing something wrong. Nowadays, police are equipped with body cameras so the public can see what we are doing from our viewpoint. Back in 1991, it made us think anytime we went to a call. Did it improve our actions? Maybe a little, but we never had that bad reputation to begin with so it probably just made us think a fraction of a second longer before taking action. On April 20, 1999, two students went into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. and began shooting and using pipe bombs to kill 13 and injure an additional 24 students and teachers before killing themselves. This played out on television as law enforcement arrived on scene and waited for the SWAT team to respond and engage the killers. Unfortunately, it took too long and the incident was over before SWAT could really deploy. What did this teach law enforcement across the country? You do not wait for SWAT. Within a few months there was a movement across the countrys law enforcement community to change our tactics. We could not wait. We would wait for the rst four officers to arrive on scene and then we would deploy into the area to seek out the shooter. KPD began such training as soon it became a lesson learned from the Columbine incident. Throughout my career, we trained on this type of scenario every year. So, the incident in Colorado fundamentally changed the way we responded to potential active shooters. That response posture continues to evolve today and without getting into a great deal of specifics regarding the horrible incident down in Parkland this year, I suspect responses to active shooters will once again evolve and better tactics will become commonplace. Finally, I want to address how a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. aected law enforcement. Im not going to address the narrative of hands up, dont shoot, because that is a hotly contested topic. What I will discuss is that a community must trust its law enforcement or there will be problems. By all accounts, the police in Ferguson had the reputation of driving through areas of A changing society in the cityREMEMBERING KISSIMMEE JOHN LEWISFormer deputy police chief CHIEFContinued from Page 1 need, you can talk about anger management and GED classes. We have new direction programs, parenting programs, substance abuse programs, as well as programs to help with vocation. Were still in the very early stages of looking at a construction program, which Im really excited about. Its been very successful in Orange County. So I think there are a lot of programs we can bring here, but ultimately, they need to be meaningful and evidence-based. ONG: Why do you think the corrections system tends to get less public attention than other parts of the criminal justice system, such as law enforcement and the courts? Holt: I think once the issue is resolved in court, sometimes people dont think about what happens after that. People often forget that corrections is the biggest part of the criminal justice system. eres also not enough emphasis, in my opinion, on a persons transition back into the community. The glamorous part of it, for lack of a better word, is the arrest and the court case. I think a lot of times those things are overlooked or forgotten, but theres a lot of men and women who are professionals here with a very dicult job. ONG: It sounds like working in the jail can be extremely stressful. Are there things in place to help staff members cope with these challenges? Holt: We certainly want to make sure sta members, and even their families for that matter, are taken care of. We also have supervisors who keep an eye out to see if sta are struggling with anything, so we can oer our employee assistance program, which is a way for them to get counseling. Its completely anonymous, so they can get the help they need and dont have to worry about anyone knowing about it. eres several avenues we can take, but yes, absolutely, we need to make sure were taking care of each other in these situations. ONG: How is your role as chief dierent then other roles youve held in the past? Holt: Its about managing from the 50,000-foot view verses just managing in my area as a corporal sergeant or other lower level position. Basically, its about making sure the mission and vision of the jail is echoed throughout, so everybody is on the same page. As chief of corrections, the buck stops with you. Everyone who works here knows what your philosophy is and what your expectations are. ONG: What is something the Osceola County Jail has in common with others in the area? Holt: Ive been to several facilities across the country, and right now, theyre all sharing some of the same issues of housing space for single-cell individuals. Individuals who need protective custody, those who need separation such as juveniles. Most jails have not built enough single-cell housing to accommodate those individuals, so theyre all struggling to t them into where they can. Roughly 10 percent of your cell space should be for single-cell housing, and most facilities just arent there. ONG: Is there a need for an expansion at the jail in the future? Holt: Yes. The way the county is growing. Its just a microcosm of the community, so as the population grows, so will the population here at the jail. Its not just about how many inmates we have now, its about the type of housing we have. Its paramount that you have the right type of housing to alleviate problems and issues. See Changing Page 5.Man gets 32 years for robberiesAn Orlando man received more than 30 years in prison for committing two Orlando robberies at gunpoint and attempting to commit a third in Kissimmee. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Bakari McCant, 26, of Orlando, to 32 years in federal prison for committing armed robberies at two Orlando-area Walmart Neighborhood Markets, for conspiring and attempting to commit a third armed robbery at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Kissimmee, for possessing a rearm as a convicted felon, and for brandishing and possessing rearms during crimes of violence. He was found guilty on Jan. 29, following a bench trial. In addition, Jarvis Wingster, 28, of Ocoee, and DeAndre Brewer, 26, of Orlando, were sentenced to eight and seven years in federal prison, respectively, for their participation in the attempted armed robbery in Kissimmee and for possessing rearms in furtherance of that crime. ey pleaded guilty on Jan. 5. According to court documents, shortly after midnight on June 2, 2017, McCant and two accomplices robbed the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Clarcona Ocoee Road in Orlando. On July 31, 2017, at approximately 3 a.m., McCant and two accomplices robbed the Walmart Neighborhood Market on South Orange Avenue in Orlando. During each of the robberies, McCant and one accomplice forced one or two employees into the cashier room at See Robberies Page 5.
Page 4 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 2018 When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the le claimed people would starve. They didnt. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single mothers increased from 63 percent to 76 percent. In addition, the overall poverty rate has declined over the last half-century. Many able-bodied people who once relied on a government check found jobs and started earning a paycheck. Good news, but the sideshow that has attached itself to so much of the Trump administration has distracted many from things that actually affect peoples lives. President Trump last week signed an executive order, the purpose of which is, according to a White House press release, to reduce poverty in America by promoting opportunity and economic mobility. Some of that is already happening with unemployment numbers the lowest theyve been in 17 years. e press release says that in 2017, the Federal Government spent more than $700 billion on low-income assistance. It notes that since modern welfare began during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, the system has become a large bureaucracy with little incentive for people to look for work. Conservatives like to say they measure success not by how many people receive government assistance, but by how many dont. It is more than a sound bite. Helping people become independent of government is real compassion. The executive order addresses what for many has become an addiction to government: While bipartisan welfare reform enacted in 1996 was a step toward eliminating the economic stagnation and social harm that can result from longterm government dependence, the welfare system still traps many recipients, especially children, in poverty and is in need of further reform and modernization in order to increase self-suciency, well-being, and economic mobility. e order also stresses the need for better social networking to become more involved in helping able-bodied people to acquire the skills, education, child care and especially the motivation to work. I would add that churches and religious institutions that benet from tax breaks should be encouraged to do more to help poor people nd employment. The president cites another key to reducing the welfare rolls: Address the challenges of populations that may particularly struggle to find and maintain employment (including single parents, formerly incarcerated individuals, the homeless, substance abusers, individuals with disabilities and disconnected youth)... Education choice should be another component of welfare reform. A good education for a child currently living in poverty is a ticket out of the system and into a better life. I have written before about the nation of Singapore, where unemployment hovers around 2 percent. Thats because the country has no welfare programs. If one is capable of working and doesnt work, he gets no check from the government. e truly needy are cared for. Knowing that government is a last resort and not a rst resource and that if you dont work, you wont have money to buy food, is a powerful incentive to nd a job. 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Police agencies all across the U.S. saw this as a warning sign. Now, many departments, including KPD, have a significantly greater community outreach program. Police now ask how they can help a community instead of telling people how they take care of a problem. It has now become a collaborative eort to prevent crime and is no longer a onesided view. I guess you could say that some good came from the tragic events in Missouri. I could spend days discussing the three incidents listed above. Each had a distinct impact on our community and the way KPD reacted. Even though body cameras are now commonplace, Rodney King made everyone aware that they could be recorded. I remember hearing the lieutenant say, Act like if your actions appeared on Channel 9, would your mom be OK with seeing it? We also were no longer allowed to wait for help to stop an active shooter; we had to act. Finally, we learned that the days of the police not engaging their communities had come to an end and that we were in this together. Sure, there are places across the country that havent learned all these lessons yet, but we took the high road to try and make Kissimmee a better place to live, work and play. ese three incidents made us a better police department and a better community. OFFICERSContinued from Page 1 dont have that much time. In March, Gov. Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act into law that, among other measures, requires at least one SRO in every elementary and middle school and two at every high school. It allocated $97 million to assist schools with hiring extra ocers. The bill was signed following a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day that left 17 students and staers dead. But the money coming down from the state may not be enough for all counties in Florida. Places like Clay and Mantatee counties have already discussed raising local taxes to fund the new school ocers. e salary posted on the Osceola County sheriffs website for part-time SROs is $40,000 a year. It would cost $1.32 million to sta 33 SROs at that rate, not including benets. In Osceola County, the School District is set to receive $3.4 million from the states $97 million program budget. According to Dana Schafer, public information officer for the School District, the district will use all the funding given by the state, and law enforcement agencies will contribute the rest. But what about next school year? The school safety law only appropriates money for the upcoming school year. Counties across Florida could be left holding the bag if the state legislature decides to cut funding to the program next year. I certainly hope that isnt the case, Ruiz said. at would be a tremendous burden to taxpayers. CAMPAIGNContinued from Page 2 week, resulting in 611 motorcycle and bicycle fatalities last year. Motorists should use caution when driving around large trucks and watch for motorcycles and bicycles, said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. By staying alert, drivers and riders can help create a safer road environment for everyone to Arrive Alive. In 2017 preliminarily, of the 10,232 motorcyclists involved in a crash, 42 percent were not wearing a helmet and more than 85 percent were male. Motorists are reminded never to share the lane with a motorcycle, maintain a four-second buer zone between you and a motorcyclist and increase space when encountering bad weather and road conditions. Do not follow too closely behind a motorcycle or bicycle. Motorists and bicyclists should refer to the ocial Florida Driver License Handbook for more safety tips about operating on roadways. e public is encouraged to report dangerous drivers by dialing *FHP (*347). ROBBERIESContinued from Page 3 gunpoint and stole cash from the safe while another accomplice held the customers and remaining employees at gunpoint at the front of the store. During the rst robbery, McCant red a shot in the direction of an employee. He and his accomplices also displayed rearms and wore masks and gloves to conceal their identities during each of the robberies. In total, McCant and his accomplices stole more than $98,000 during these robberies. In addition, shortly before midnight on Aug. 16, 2017, law enforcement ocers intercepted McCant, Wingster, and Brewer as they attempted to carry out an armed robbery at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on East Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. At that time, they were each in possession of a rearm, mask, and gloves, which they intended to use to complete the robbery. Assistant United States Attorney Chauncey A. Bratt prosecuted the case. Tow to Go offered for Cinco de MayoWith some local residents celebrating Cinco de Mayo today, AAA encourages those who plan to be on the road traveling to and from festivities to make preparations ahead of time for getting home safely. Whether its using a designated driver, taxi or rideshare service, having a plan helps ensure celebrations dont turn deadly. Cinco de Mayo a holiday that began as a day to commemorate Mexicos victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 has become a popular celebration day in the U.S. However, some partygoers celebrate the festivities with alcohol, increasing the risk for impaired driving. From 2012-16, nearly one-third (28 percent) of fatal trac crashes during the Cinco de Mayo holiday period were alcohol related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Now in its 20th year, the Tow to Go program a partnership between AAA and Budweiser will be available through 6 a.m. on Sunday to oer free rides for anyone needing to get home safely. Tow to Go has provided safe rides to more than 25,000 impaired drivers across the Southeast and the Midwest since 1998. e Tow to Go number is 855-286-9246. e following guidelines apply to the Tow to Go program: to a safe location within 10 miles. takes the vehicle and the driver home. AAA members and nonmembers. be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions.
Page 6 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 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. THIS WEEKS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES TO SUBMIT YOUR REQUEST, CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EMAIL BMcBride@osceolanewsgazette.com THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. 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Saturday, May 5, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 7 Editors note: ursday and Fridays district championships were played after the print deadline for this issue. For updates, go to www. aroundosceola.com. By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Baseball season in Osceola County will continue on in earnest next week as three squads Osceola, Gateway and St. Cloud qualied for the regional playos thanks to district semifinal victories on Tuesday. One was guaranteed to bring home a district championship, as Gateway and Osceola went at it for the third time this year in Thursdays District 9A-5 championship game at Haines City. The Panthers (18-5) rode the arm of pitcher Melvin Cotto on Tuesday, as the junior overpowered Davenport Ridge, tossing a one-hitter and striking out seven in a 6-0 victory. GHS scored three runs in the bottom of the rst to stake him to a lead hed never let the Bolts threaten. Melvin was the story, he was lights out, Coach Jim Moran said. Heres a kid who had to have open-heart surgery just over a year ago, and now hes powering us to the district nal and the regionals. In Tuesdays late game, Osceola (17-7) used a nine-run h inning to beat host Haines City, 10-6. e Kowboys trailed 3-0 before getting a run in the fourth when Keneth Badillo singled and eventually scored on an error. ey broke it open in the h on four walks, four doubles, a single and a hit batter, who all scored. The kids dug themselves a whole but they responded, OHS Coach Scott Birchler said. ey quit digging, didnt give up and then they strung some hits together. Diego Arroyo hit a two-run double in the h, and Frankie Santaniello continued his hot hitting trend with a bases-clearing two-bagger, and Markeys Tavares added an RBI double. In the 8A-10 tournament at Windermere, St. Cloud also battled back from a deficit, coming from 2-0 down to defeat Celebration, 3-2. In the fifth inning, Alex Hernandez drove home Nicky Matos, who tripled, for the gamewinning RBI. Jacob Larkins got the save in relief of starter Darren Friedman, with a little help from catcher Migdiel Burgos and second baseman Carson Roe, who teamed up to throw out a Storm runner stealing to end the game. We spotted them two runs early o of a hit batter with two outs in the rst and a two out walk in the second, those little gis always seem to score with two outs, Bulldogs Coach Bo ODell said. We kept our composure and tied it up in the third. By Ken Jackson Sports Editor While the outcome of Wednesdays 9A Region 2 quarternal soball playo game might have been tough to swallow for the Osceola Kowboys and their fans, the silver lining is the bulk of Coach George Coeys lineup returns next year to take another swing at a regional title and state tournament berth. Playing without starting catcher Maria Nunez, one of seven freshmen or sophomores whove regularly started this season, Osceola fell behind visiting Oviedo early and lost 14-3 Wednesday at Coey Field. Nunez was hurt in ursdays District 9A-5 championship against Ridge when she got hit in the face by a throw to home plate; hopes she would clear concussion protocol and play faded before game time. Not making excuses, but not having Maria in there was a big factor, you dont think how much missing one player makes a dierence, Coey said. is is an emotional team and it may have aected them a little bit. e preparation was there, we just didnt do what was needed to win. Meanwhile, Oviedo (1511), who play Timber Creek in Tuesdays regional seminal, got big hits up and down the lineup and played eective, near-awless defense and led 11-0 aer four innings before Osceola could get the key hit needed to score. e Kowboys got runners in scoring position in ve innings but didnt crack the scoreboard until Shelby Jones, who went 2-for-3, drove home Maya Jusino with an RBI single in the fourth. Facing mercy-rule elimination in the h, Lianne Santiago, one of two seniors along with catcher Lauren Edwards to appear in CONTACT KEN JACKSON OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE SPORTS EDITOR EMAIL KJACKSON@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM NFL dreamsPHS alum Cirino in camp with I-Colts.Page 8. Osceola, Gateway, St. Cloud advance to baseball regional and play for district titlesOviedo strikes early, often, eliminates OHS, 14-3 See Baseball Page 9. Young Bulldogs cant overcome Hagerty pitcher Ashley Worrell, fall to Huskies, 4-0, in 8A Region 3 NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/MARTIN MADDOCKOsceola pitcher Shelby Jones fires a pitch to Oviedo batter Sharina Nazario in Wednesdays Region 2 quarterfinal playoff.NEWS-GAZETTE PHOTO/KEN JACKSONCelebration boys volleyball coach Pedro Davila (left) addresses his team after the Storm defeated Dr. Phillips in four sets to advance to this weekends state tournament at Ransom Everglades High School in Miami. REGIONAL SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite a slow start in Wednesdays state tournament play-in round, the Celebration Storm became the rst Osceola County boys volleyball program to advance to the eight-team state tournament Wednesday with a four-set win over Dr. Phillips. Celebration (25-1) will play in Miami at host Ransom Everglades High on Friday at 7 p.m. against Palm Beach Central (18-3) in an FHSAA quarternal match. e state seminals and nals will be played on Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. The Storm committed five service errors and never got the upper hand against the Panthers (21-7) in losing the rst set, 2520, on Wednesday. But aer CHS Coach Pedro Davila made a couple lineup adjustments, Celebration, ranked No. 5 in Florida and No. 66 nationally by MaxPreps, exed its muscles and took the next three sets, 25-15, 25-21, 25-21 for the win. We made a couple adjustments, we brought in a kid o the bench to serve for Johansen (Negron), he was struggling a little bit, Davila said. Bruno Araujo went in for him and went on a serving rampage. We brought in a new setter (sophomore Diego Arroyo) and there he is, setting for the regional championship. He managed the ball and us passing a little better. On service we struggled. I told the guys aer the first set to stay disciplined and trust their training, which prevailed. Yes, we played our district tournament in here, but Dr. Phillips is a better team than anyone we saw last week. Everyone gives us their best game, were it around here and they want our heads. The Storm got big offensive nights from Negron, who had 22 kills and eight digs on a night that both he and Davila agreed wasnt his best night and a struggle, and fellow hitters Alejandro Hernandez (nine kills, seven digs) and Carlos Adrian Mercado (13 kills, nine aces, six digs). Celebration never led in the rst set, and trailed 9-8 in the second before going on a 17-6 run to close it out. Mercado helped widen the lead late in the stretch with two kills and four straight aces. e Storm also trailed 9-8 in the third set before Mercado drew four aces again and Hernandez had three kills in a 10-2 run. In the fourth set, the Storm looked to be comfortable aer an See Volleyball Page 9. By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Although St. Cloud was coming o a district championship and was playing host to a rst round regional game, Head Coach Ray Whobrey knew his young team would have its hands full with Hagerty. Whobreys concerns were well founded as pitcher Ashley Worrell red a ve-hit shutout and the Huskies (23-5) pounded out 12 hits in a 4-0 win over the Lady Bulldogs in Class 8A Region 3 quarternal playo game Wednesday night. Hagertys a really good team and deserved the win, Whobrey said. But I could not be prouder of my team and the season we had. We had our chances tonight, especially in the sixth inning and just couldnt come up with the big hit when we needed it. St. Cloud (19-9) fell behind 2-0 in the top of the third inning. Grace Germer and Taylor Waters reached on ineld hits before Worrell and Shannon Glover each delivered two-out, run-scoring singles. Gabi Mathre made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the sixth before the Huskies tacked on an insurance run in the seventh as Germer opened the inning with a triple and scored on a Waters single. St. Cloud loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with one out, but Worrell got Arianna Manzanares to hit into an inningending double play. The Lady Bulldogs put two runners on in the seventh, but Hagerty also turned another double play to help end that threat. Shortstop Morgan Watral had two hits and Alyssa ODonnell pitched a complete game and struck out three for the Lady Bulldogs. Center fielder and leadoff batter Brianna Rodriguez, signed to play at Mercer University next year, is the Bulldogs only loss to graduation in the starting lineup. With five sophomores, three juniors and a freshman in our starting lineup, this team exceeded expectations this season, Whobrey said. The future certainly looks promising.Celebration volleyball qualies for state tournament See Softball Page 8.
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Laboy is one of six sophomores or freshmen that started for the Kowboys in the game.SOFTBALLContinued from Page 7. PHS alum Mike Cirino earns free-agent spot in Colts camp By Ken Jackson Sports Editor Despite playing for a high school football program that didnt see much success while he played there, and three years at small college programs thousands of miles from his Kissimmee home, Mike Cirino is a step closer to realizing his dream of playing in the NFL. Following the completion of last weekends NFL Draft, Cirino, who played at Poinciana High from 2008-11 and spent the last two years of his college career at Division II Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo., was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts Sunday and invited to their rookie mini-camp that begins ursday. Cirino attended a regional combine in Tampa March 27, where he attracted the attention of about a dozen teams, he said. I knew I have the talent to play in the NFL, its just a matter of getting in front of the right scouts and coaches to see you, the 6-1, 200-pound defensive back said. He said he watched the final three rounds of the Dra last weekend intently his agent said he had an outside chance of getting draed aer two solid years at Adams State and then hoped at least one team would reach out on Sunday with a free agent oer. It was hard watching the Dra and sitting still, Cirino said. When it was over I didnt know if I was going to get a call. Luckily for him the Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals both called, and he chose the Colts because they provide the better chance of earning a place in the secondary and onto the 53man roster. I talked with their scouts and with (new head coach) Frank Reich, he seems like a good guy, Cirino said. I was an Atlanta Falcons fan growing up, but I liked the Colts too, they had a fun team with Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne. e Colts won a Super Bowl while he was in middle school, just before starting a four-year varsity career at Poinciana. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they only had one Mike Cirino at a time, and the team struggled he played for three coaches during his four years. He played quarterback, wide receiver, slot receiver, defensive back and returned kicks, scoring 19 touchdowns. He scored in three phases of the game (offense, interception return, kickoff) in a double-overtime loss to Gateway to open the 2009 season, and scored four touchdowns, including a 99-yard reception, and had three interceptions in a 3521 win over Lake Nona in 2011 that kept the Eagles in the playo hunt late in the season. He earned a scholarship to Charleston Southern, but le aer a year with some other teammates to attend Ventura College, a junior college near Los Angeles. From there he landed at Adams State, and in his 18-game Grizzlies career he registered 65 tackles, three interceptions, 11 pass breakups, and three forced fumbles. At the Tampa combine, he showed o his versatility he played both corner and free safety at ASU, and was also key member of its special teams. His handtime 40-yard dash averaged right around 4.4, an ASU release said. In less than a week Cirino, who has been working out in Atlanta since January, will nd himself in an NFL camp, ready to make all his dreams come true. Ive always put playing pro football front and center, I never really had a Plan B, he said. I never lost faith that itd be possible. Now Im ready to go in every day, work hard on the eld and in the lm room, and just give all I can. He said hed love to go back and tell a young Cirino and his PHS teammates to keep working hard if they have pro football aspirations. You have to keep working, keep chasing the dream, he said. It doesnt matter what school you go to. If you have the talent and get a break along the way, youll get your chance, but you have to earn it every day in every game, every practice. Cirino Wednesdays batting order, belted a two-run home run to le in what would be her nal high school at-bat. She homered in the rst at-bat of her career as a freshman, and didnt hit one in between, Coey said. Shortstop Audra ompson was 3-for-4 with a run scored. For Oviedo, Katheryn Sutton was 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Payton Duncanson was 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI. Our core will be back, and well get some help from some incoming freshman, and do it all again next year, said Coery, whose team claimed the Orange Belt Conference title.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 9 SPORTS 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 010517.TNG New Construction Commercial & ResidentialSewer Video Camera Repair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing INFORMING READERS. HELPING BUILD A STRONGER COMMUNITY. On Monday, Liberty lost in a 8A-10 quarternal to East River, 5-2, who played top-seeded Windermere in the other semifinal Wednesday. That winner would played St. Cloud in Fridays championship game. In the District 6A-10 tournament, Poinciana fell to host and topseeded Lake Wales, 122. The Highlanders play Auburndale Friday for the title. e district champions will host runners-up in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday. e St. CloudWindermere winner will host the Hagerty-Lake Howell loser. e GatewayOsceola winner will host the Oviedo-Timber Creek loser. BASEBALLContinued from Page 7Elite Pro Team standings tightening upVOLLEYBALLContinued from Page 7. CINDY JOINTThe Reel Deal Were seven weeks into the Toho Marine Lake Toho Wednesday Night Shootout! Here are the results from April 25: With 21 teams that week there were four places paid out, and 84 bass were caught for an overall total weight of 239.96 pounds. First place with a ve-sh limit of 19.41 pounds, that included the Denali Rods Big Bass of the night, was the team of Don and Steve earning $200 for rst and an extra $100 for that TrophyCatch Florida winner. Placing second was the duo of Joe and Dustin with ve sh for and 19.15 pounds. They took home $100. ird went to Shelton and Steve, keeping them in the money for several weeks in a row now with 18.73 pounds and $80 check. And winning back his entry fees and then some was Logan with 17.06 pounds. The Second Toho Marine Elite Pro Team Trail Tournament was held April 28 out of Camp Mack; 88 teams turned out to compete for prize money and points. Over $13,000 was distributed among nine teams, and eight Florida Trophy Catches were brought to the scales. e Big Bass of the day and $880 went to the team of David McAvoy and Mickey Varney for their 10.81-pounder. First Place went to Team Hinman. Matt and Gary had a 32.94 pound sack aer a half-pound deduction for a dead sh, earning them the top prize of $6,735 and 200 points toward the Team of the Year standings. Second place went to the duo of Laramy Strickland and omas Clark with 29.97 pounds taking home $2,480. ird Place and $1,130 went to David Howell and Bob Wojcuich for their limit of 28.39 pounds. Fourth place was Richard Carter and Colby Evans with 26.59 poundsand $ 840. Coming in Fih place to claim $690 was Bob Bostdorf and Je Ledroux for their 25.50 pounds. In sixth for $485 we had e Finleys, Travis and Willie with 25.37 pounds. Seventh was the team of Robert Rigdon and Brandon Smith with 23.76 pounds for $350. e Crowders, Marlon and Craig, brought in 23.74 pounds to claim the eighth and $260. And in ninth we had Jerry Hammett and Robbie Denton with 23.60 pounds for $230. e Top 10 in the Team of the Year Standings aer two tournaments are: Mark Lundgren and Santos Solis Jr./Brett Hobson (385 points), Tim Burton and Terry Seagraves (378), Bob Bostdorf and Je Ledroux (376), Jerry Hammett and BJ Hammett/Robbie Denton (373), William Weil and Danny Hulett (368), Austin Shroeder and Chad Shroeder (363), Tim Snellings and Robert Sueld (356), Preston Clark and Bruce Vann (355), Travis Finley and Willie Finley (353), Jason Hughey and Kevin Wright (353). A reminder for next weekend: Osceola Anglers will host the fourth annual Scholarship Fundraiser Tournament next Saturday, May 12 at Joe Overstreet Landing on Lake Kissimmee in Kenansville. Fishing will begin at safelight with the first weigh-ins begin at 2 p.m. D inner will be sponsored and served by the Cattlemans Association aer the weigh-in. Tournament registration is $125 per boat and includes entry for two anglers, two dry t shing jerseys, and two steak dinners. Steak dinner tickets are available for family and friends for $15. Registration supports the Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club Scholarship Fund and Banquet. For more information call 407-9089587. Have a great first weekend of May. Tight lines friends! Arroyo ace made it 14-9, but Dr. Phillips brought them affliction with a kill and four straight blocks to take a 15-14 lead. Davila called a timeout to settle his team, which when on to take 10 of the next 16 points for the match victory. Yes, they got some momentum that could have swung the match, but I was happy to see our guys answer it, Davila said. Celebration played in the Smoothie King Invitational at Ransom Everglades in March, falling to Miami Killian in its only loss on the year despite winning a set, so the Storm should have the advantage of playing in that gym over a handful of the eight state tournament teams. Everyone has been looking forward to this, thats the reason we went to that tournament when we had options to stay local that weekend, Davila said. I wanted the boys to play in that gym to get the experience to play the top teams in the state. e eight-team eld of qualiers is a Whos Who of the best boys volleyball talent in the state and country which is not a surprise since the states teams compete in a single class. In the quarternal prior to the Storms, Killian, third in the state and 60th in the country according to MaxPreps, faces unbeaten Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (25-0), 1st in Florida and 10th nationally. We want Killian, Davila said. It means we will have made the nals and wed get to avenge our only loss. In the other seminals, No. 4 Lake Mary will face Boca Raton, and No. 2 Miami Southwest plays South Broward. Celebration rolled through the District 3 tournament, like it did in the regular season to make it to the state play-in round. e Storm defeated Tampa Bay HEAT, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14, in the district championship on April 26. Hernandez had seven kills, ve blocks and six digs. Negron added four aces, 11 kills and seven digs. Mercado had 17 kills.
Page 10 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 2018 DAILYSATURDAY05-05MEET 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. $5 MARGARITAS AT BAHAMA BREEZE Bahama Breeze is oering $5 margaritas in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Plus other signature, fruitavored margaritas, appetizers and more. KISSIMMEE SCULPTURE PUB CRAWL e Kissimmee Sculpture Pub Crawl runs all night in Downtown Kissimmee, beginning at 6 p.m. at Kissimmee Main Street. Stops include Broadway Pizza, Big Johns Rockin BBQ, 3 Sisters Speakeasy, Main Street Pizza and more. YAPPY HOUR AT THE MENNELLO MUSEUM e Mennello 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. 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/FLORIDA SUNDAY05-06FAMILY FEST AT CRANES ROOST PARK e Altamonte Springs Police Department presents Family Fest at Cranes Roost Park. Kids activities, games, shing derby, live animals, rescue vehicles, police K9 demonstration, helicopter drill, inatables, face painting, live music and more. Admission is free, noon to 5 p.m.MONDAY05-07 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.TUESDAY05-08NETWORK WITH WEDDING PROFESSIONALS Creating and Submitting Polished Content for Publication at ELEVEN at Reunion Resort, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. An exciting opportunity to network with wedding professionals who live and work coast-to-coast throughout Central Florida. Lunch and presentations by local publishers. Visit Eventbrite for tickets. MEDICARE COUNSELING Shine Medicare Counseling free, unbiased help with healthcare plans, medication, nancial assistance and claims. 10 a.m. to noon. St. Cloud Community Center: 3101 17th Street in St. Cloud. WEDNESDAY05-09MEDICARE COUNSELING Shine Medicare Counseling free, unbiased help with healthcare plans, medication, nancial assistance and claims. 10 a.m. to noon. Hart Memorial Library: 211 East Dakin Avenue in Kissimmee. 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.COMJOB FAIR An Osceola County Job Fair will be held in the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center. e fair is free and open to anyone seeking employment, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of Osceola Countys Human Resources Department will oer two free workshops to help with resume writing and interviewing skills at 8:30 a.m. and noon. 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.COMBLOOMING FOR MOTHERS Winter Parks Parks & Rec presents Blooming for Mothers from 10 a.m. to noon. e event allows children to create oneof-a-kind gis for Mothers Day. Admission is free and open to the public. Ward Park: 250 Perth Lane in Winter Park. Call 407599-3342. DESPICABLE ME 3 Bring your family and friends to Despicable Me 3. Gru meets his long-lost twin brother and together they take down a former child star seeking revenge against the world. Food and beverages available for purchase. Come early to watch the choreographed fountain show. Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.WEDNESDAY05-16OH 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/ORLANDO FLEA 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. FRIDAY05-18AFIE 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 email@example.com 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.ORGSATURDAY06-16 WINTER 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. 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. Explore hands-on science activities at STEAM Foundations Family Night, sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County, Disney, Orlando Science Center, State of Florida and Office of Early Learning. Plus free vision screenings in partnership with Nemours. The event runs 6 to 8 p.m. at Osceola Heritage Park. WHO Everyone is invited!WHAT Family NightWHEN Tuesday, May 8WHERE Osceola Heritage ParkCOST Admission is free ONGOINGSCUBA CLUB SOCIAL Come learn about some adventure trips and have some fun sharing your dive stories. Meets the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at 403 Broadway in downtown Kissimmee. Call Ron at 321-437-8190 for more information.SELF DEFENSEe Womanly Art of Self Defense classes, classes for women to learn to protect themselves will start in Kissimmee. ese are very small classes. You pay what you can aord. e rst class is free. Proceeds go to charitable organizations in Kissimmee area. For more information, call 407-870-8477.DIVORCECAREA recovery seminar and support group featuring nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Poinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee; every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Child care provided; 407-870-9700; dckissimmee.comVOLUNTEERS NEEDEDOsceola Council on Aging is actively recruiting volunteers for Meals on Wheels, but has other volunteer opportunities available. For more information call Marie Blackford at 407-933-9532.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.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 11 By Jessica Sullivan Sweet potatoes are a summer-season root vegetable that anyone can grow. Native to Central and South America, they are well-adapted to our semi-tropical climate. If youre picturing a casserole dish of orange mush with marshmallows on top, think again. Sweet potatoes are available in a variety of colors, avors and textures and can be eaten raw, boiled, baked, made into chips, used in soups, pies, ice cream or in baked goods. Sweet potatoes are low-calorie, and high in Vitamins A and C, and B6. Even sweet potato leaves are edible; young leaves are good in salads, while older leaves are better cooked. Growing sweet potatoesSweet potatoes grow best in a sunny site with well-drained soil and can be planted in Osceola County from February to August. A garden bed of about 12 feet is suitable for vining sweet potatoes. Orange-flesh varieties of sweet potato include Centennial, Burgundy and Vardaman, a bush type good for smaller spaces. White flesh, dryer, boniato types of sweet potatoes include Picadita and Campeon. All Purple and the Hawaiian sweet potato have purple esh. Sweet potatoes are started from slips (vine cuttings) planted 12 inches apart, or by simply planting whole potatoes that have started to sprout. Potatoes can be harvested in about four months, depending on variety. To grow the tastiest sweet potatoes and reduce pest problems, always dig up the years crop completely and rotate planting areas every year. Enjoying the harvestFreshly dug sweet potatoes have delicate skin that is easily damaged. To increase skin toughness and storage life of sweet potatoes, they must be cured. Proper curing also improves avor and texture. Place newly harvested, unwashed sweet potatoes in a warm (85F), dark room with high humidity and good ventilation for at least a week. Aer curing, store potatoes in a cool (60F), dry room. If sweet potatoes sprout during storage, simply remove sprouts and eat potatoes as usual. Homegrown sweet potatoes can be dicult to store long-term; preserving them in the freezer is also an option. Heres how: Wash and sort sweet potatoes according to size. Boil, steam, or bake them. Cool, peel and cut in half, slice or mash. To prevent whole or sliced, cooked sweet potatoes from darkening in the freezer, dip for ve seconds in a solution of half-cup lemon juice per quart of water. For mashed potatoes, mix two tablespoons orange/ lemon juice per quart of mashed sweet potatoes. Package, seal and freeze. Contact UF IFAS Extension for more information about farming, home gardening, and landscaping: 321-697-3000. Jessica Sullivan is a Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems agent with UF IFAS Extension Osceola County. By Victoria Sovran For the News-Gazette A hospital can be a frightening place for a child. One St. Cloud woman is doing her best to make them seem a little friendlier. Toni Petrucci Casto sews handmade pillowcases for the children at Nemours Childrens Hospital. She was inspired to create something positive and upliing when was undergoing radiation for cancer herself. Casto noticed how many young children were at the hospital undergoing chemotherapy. ey arent allowed any of their stued animals or blankets from home. Since I sew, I called Nemours to see if they would accept pillowcases for the children, said Casto. The children have bad immune systems and need items that are done carefully. I steam them, put them in a plastic bag and tape them shut. I drop them o and they have the nurses distribute them to the children, Casto added. Casto creates a wide range of pillowcase designs, anything to help put a smile on a childs face. She makes everything from Hello Kitty to Superman pillowcases and football to holiday-themed pillowcases. I was told that they used the Halloween ones I made to put on the children for the parade they had at the hospital on Halloween, Casto said. Casto has now made over 2,100 pillowcases for the children at Nemours Childrens Hospital. Each pillowcase Casto makes holds a special place in her heart. I am very happy to be able to make those sick children smile and so very thankful that I can keep making pillowcases. So many people have told me how much their child loved getting them and for them to be able to take home with them, Casto said. It takes one yard of cotton fabric for each pillowcase. Casto is grateful for all the help and supplies she receives in her mission of brightening the lives of the children at Nemours. I have such a long list of family and friends that I want to thank for helping me all these years. I would never have been able to come this far without all their help. People have bought me fabric, thread, donated money and plastic bags. I am retired, so I am so grateful for all their help, Casto said. Casto retired from the front desk at Harmony High School in 2014 when she was 78. Sometimes I nd a box of fabric on my porch, or I will be at the store and one of my friends put money in my pocket to buy whatever is needed, said Casto. Every time I am almost out of material it appears from somewhere. So, I guess God doesnt want me to quit doing what I am doing for all those children. CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM St. Cloud woman brings smiles to Nemours Growing sweet potatoes in Florida SUBMITTED PHOTOToni Petrucci Casto sews handmade pillowcases for the children at Nemours Childrens Hospital. Heart of Florida Medical Center to host Baby FairNew and expectant parents and grandparents will be able to gather information on everything from breastfeeding, proper sleeping positions for children to infant swim classes at the May 12 Baby Fair at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Davenport. e Baby Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 12 at the hospital located at 40100 U.S. Highway 27, will have baby-related vendors set up on both the rst and h oors of the hospital. e event is free and open to all new and expectant mothers. The Baby Fair is geared toward pregnant women, new mothers and mothers with toddlers up to age 2, said Bonnie Wittman, director for Heart of Florida Regional Medical Centers Womens & Childrens Services program. e fair is a great way for new moms to meet and network with other new moms, too. We ask our moms what kind of information they would like to receive and then we select the vendors based on the feedback we get. We want them to be well informed on the issues important to them. New to the Baby Fair this year is the opportunity to get a picture of their baby taken and printed on the spot by the Mom 365 company. is opportunity is available to the first 500 attendees babies. Tours of the labor and delivery area will be available. Just stop by the labor and deliver desk on the h oor to arrange for a tour. ere will be health-related giveaways and chances to win gi baskets as well as dietary tips for new moms and information on exercise and swim classes for both mothers and babies. ere will also be training and information on infant CPR. For more information on the Baby Fair, call 866-997-DOCS (3627) or visit the Events tab at HeartOfFlorida.com/Mother.Valencia exhibit to showcase work by Florida nativeValencia College will display the artwork of Florida native Richard Currier at the Anita S. Wooten Gallery at Valencia Colleges East Campus from June 14 through Aug. 3. An opening night reception will be held on June 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Currier, a Florida native, studied at the Ringling School of Art and Design, one of the few schools in the country at that time that concentrated on traditional skills of painting on canvas with a brush. As a painter of real objects, I have always been drawn towards dramatic imagery that uses contrasting elements of color, shape and space. I paint until the objects become more than what they are. Although realism is not necessarily the goal, this seems to result in a PHOTO/VALENCIA COLLEGEValencia College will display work by artist Richard Currier. Above is called, Weathering Storm. See Exhibit Page 12.
Page 12 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 2018 Informing readers. Helping build a stronger community. Informing readers. Helping build a stronger community.This is not just a slogan, its our way of life. The Osceola News-Gazette has been serving our community for 126 years. We are a part of the fabric of our local community bringing you the news and information that impacts your daily life. From blue ribbons to state championships. From cattle drives to home runs, environmental issues to volunteering opportunities. From county and city government to arts and entertainment. We bring you the most relevant, up-to-date information about our community to keep you informed on issues that impact you. We are here to inform you and help build a stronger community together. WE ARE OSCEOLALOCAL INHOUSEADS from the local businesses with Join us for 1205 W. Oak St. Kissimmee (Corner of Oak & John Young)www.pgswings.com 407-847-3441 050518.SNGEstablished Since 1978With This Coupon. 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I focus not on the objects found in a landscape but on the spaces, infused with light, that lie between the objective realities. at is where I nd the passion for painting, he said. Currier built his house and studio himself close to the Atlantic coast of Florida in the town of Micco. He draws inspiration from the abundance of fruit and flowers, the lightbathed woods, and the storm-battered clouds and sea. But most of all, he said he is inspired by the ability of oil painting to achieve an almost operatic grandeur just by virtue of its techniques. Curriers work has been shown at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Quinlan Museum, Daytona Museum of Art and Science, and the Deland Museum of Art. The artists work ranges from atmospheric landscapes to dramatic ocean scenes. The Anita S. Wooten Gallery is located in Building 3, room 112, on Valencias East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Admission to the gallery is free. e opening night reception is free and open to the public. e gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through ursday and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 407-582-2298 or 407-5822268. By Cathy M. Rosenthal Dear Cathy, I have a 7-year-old cat named Squeaky. She was xed as a kitten and is an indoor cat. She was the only cat for two years before we inherited a second kitty from my son. e second cat really brought Squeaky out of her shell. Both cats get along ne, but Squeaky is not friendly with other people. One of my sons moved back home and cannot get close to her. He loves animals and has tried to befriend her, but she wont have anything to do with him. She is not a lap cat at all. She will sit somewhat close to him but does not want him to touch or pet her. She is like this with everyone. My son has been with her for a year and a half and nothing has changed. When I take her to the vet, she hisses and growls at whoever tries to get near her. She is very untrustworthy of everyone. Is there some kind of medication I can give her to become less hostile toward my son and other people? When I take her out of the house to the vet, it is like she needs a tranquilizer to calm her nerves. I realize each animal has their own personality, but hers is extreme with everyone except me. Carol, Aurora, IL Dear Carol, You can talk to your veterinarian about anxiety medication for vet visits, but I wouldnt worry about trying to make her a people pleaser there. Most cats are not excited about going to the vets oce and no amount of medication will make her happy to go. As for the home, there are a few things your son can do to help Squeaky relax in his presence. One way is through interactive play. Just like how a stepdad might build trust with his new son or daughter by playing catch, animals relax and learn to trust people who play with them. Have your son get a fishing pole-like toy or a feather toy that he can use to entice her when she comes into the room. At rst, she will be interested in the toy, but wont approach. ats OK. Let her watch. Do this for a few minutes a few times a day. Over time, she wont be able to resist and should pounce and play with the toy. In the feline world, closing ones eyes and blinking slowly around another cat or human also is a sign of trust. roughout the day, tell your son to look (never stare) at Squeaky and do an exaggerated slow blink. You will know she is relaxing when she slowly blinks back. Finally, tell him to never reach out to Squeaky. With cats, its best to let them come to you for aection. Dear Cathy, Our wonderful, sweet rescue dog, Pippin, has developed some sort of anxiety at bedtime. This behavior has come out of the blue. He is about 8 years old and we have had him almost five years. Until recently, he seemed to really love bedtime. He would jump into our bed and cuddle. When we turned the lights o, he would move to the end of the bed to sleep for the night. He still jumps onto the bed during the day, but suddenly, he stopped jumping onto the bed at night and wants to sleep in the bathroom. When we pet him to comfort him, we can feel him trembling. During the day, his behavior is normal. e only other time we have seen this anxious behavior is in the car, but we chalked that up to some trauma in his life before we adopted him. We feel so bad for him. We hope you can give us some advice. He weighs about 18 pounds and is a Schnauzer/ Yorkie mix. Harriette Westbury, NY Dear Harriett, When a pet suddenly changes a routine behavior, its time to take him to the vet for a health exam. Health issues can impact and change a pets behavior overnight, especially with older pets. In fact, sometimes the only way you know something is wrong with your dog or cat is that they suddenly stopped doing a behavior they always do. Pain, thyroid and gastric problems, cancer, ear infections, toothaches, can all cause a sudden change in behavior. Oen, dogs feel worse at night because they are less distracted. So, take Pippin to the vet and let me know what the doctor says. I am almost certain there is something going on healthwise.Build trust with cats through play and slow blinking
Saturday, May 5, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 13 Mission Statement e mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Orlandos Only Airboat & Wildlife Park Experience3301 Lake Cypress Rd. Kenansville, FL 34739407-957-3135www.wildoridaairboats.com The Scout Law.A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave,clean, and reverent. Hey Scouts service hours available next weekend!e STEM school at Osceola Science Charter is having an event on May 12 and needs volunteers for the morning and rst part of aernoon. Osceola Science Charter is part of the Avant Guard Academy, located just south of Osceola Parkway on Orange Blossom Trail. e school needs Scouts and other volunteers to to help run games and serve food. e school is looking for (at least) 20 volunteers from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Set up is from 9-10 a.m., the event itself (assist with serving food, monitoring game stations and assisting with group activities) is from 10-2, and cleanup is from 2-3 p.m. Contacts are Christy Jenkel (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the charter school, or Associate District Commissioner James Selph (Selph.email@example.com). is is a great opportunity for Scouts who need service hours for advancement, or who want to arm the ird Point of the Scout Law (A Scout is Helpful). EXTENSION SERVICES Friday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Limited Pesticide Review Limited Lawn & Ornamental/Limited Commercial Maintenance at UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County. Testing in from 3 to 6 p.m. Fees will apply. e deadline to receive preregistration discount is May 7. Register at http://occeu.eventbrite.com. Wednesday, May 16, from 2 to 5 p.m., Taking Control of Your Money at UF|IFAS Extension Osceola County. Stop wondering where money went and letting it control you. Instead establish nancial goals, discover your nancial potential and develop a plan to make your money work for you. Register at http://ocfcs.eventbrite.com. Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Community Flea Market at UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, OHP. Clean out your attics and closets and bring your items to the ea market. Rent a table Inside for $10 to sell your wares or rent a space outside for $5 and bring your own table and tent. To reserve your space call or email: 407973-4058/ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday, May 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Master Gardener Orientation Session, at UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, OHP. If you like gardening and desire to know more about the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, join us for a free introduction to the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Register at: http://ocagriculture. eventbrite.com. Wednesday, May 30, 5 to 8 p.m., Taking Control of Your Money, at UF|IFAS Extension Osceola County. Stop wondering where money went and letting it control you. Instead establish financial goals, discover your financial potential and develop a plan to make your money work for you. Register at: http://ocfcs.eventbrite.com. Tuesday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Worker Protection Standard-Train the Trainer Certication at UF IFAS Extension Osceola County. e Agricultural Worker Protection Standard requires that owners/ employers on agricultural establishments provide pesticide safety protections and training to workers. Attendees learn about these requirements and become Florida Certified Worker Protection Standard Trainers. Pesticide Applicator CEUs available. Fee: $25 Registration link: https://ocagriculture. eventbrite.com. ursday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., A Home of Your Own, First Time Homebuyer 1-Day Class (English) at UF|IFAS Extension Osceola County. Registration opens May 7. Fee: $10. is class addresses the ins and outs of buying/building a home. Participants will learn how to prepare nancially, select a home, negotiate price, review contract and what to expect at closing. Register at http://ocfcs.eventbrite.com. ursday June 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., SafeSta Training and Recognition, at UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County. SafeStaff is a food handler recognition program for foodservice employees, volunteers needing this level and Cottage Food business owners who prefer this level of recognition. Once class is completed, participants will receive a certificate showing SafeSta recognition, and hold recognition for 3 years. Pre-registration is required Register at http://ocfcs.eventbrite.com by June 3. Wednesday, June 13, from 2 to 5 p.m., Taking Control of Your Money, at UF|IFAS Extension Osceola County. Stop wondering where money went and letting it control you. Instead establish nancial goals, discover your nancial potential and develop a plan to make your money work for you. Register at: http://ocfcs.eventbrite.com ursday, June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., A Home of Your Own, First Time Homebuyer 1-Day Class (Spanish), at UF|IFAS Extension Osceola County. Registration opens May 14. Fee: $10. is class addresses the ins and outs of buying/building a home. Participants will learn how to prepare nancially, select a home, negotiate price, review contract and what to expect at closing. Register at http://ocfcs.eventbrite.com. Tuesdays, June 19 to July 24, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., FIT Wellness Series, at UF/IFAS Extension Mary Jane Arrington Center, 625 Country Club Drive, Kissimmee. The FIT (Forever Improving rough) Wellness Series helps individuals adopt strategies for long-term health and wellness. A new wellness topic is discussed each week, along with a snack prep component throughout. Each paying individual can bring one guest for free (age 14 and older). is is a partnership between UF/IFAS Extension in Osceola County and Polk County. Pre-registration is required at http:// ocfcs.eventbrite.com and the cost is $15. ursday, June 20, from 5:45 to 8 p.m., SafeSta Training and Recognition, at UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County. SafeSta is a food handler recognition program for foodservice employees, volunteers needing this level, and Cottage Food business owners who prefer this level of recognition. Once class is completed, participants will receive a certificate showing SafeSta recognition, and hold recognition for three years. Pre-registration is required at http:// ocfcs.eventbrite.com by June 17. How to banish mosquitoes from yardTime spent in the backyard on spring and summer afternoons and evenings contributes heavily to the popularity of these times of year. Many homeowners go to great lengths to make their outdoor living spaces as luxurious as possible, only to be bothered by uninvited and bothersome guests: mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not just pesky nuisances, but theyre also harmful. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, more than one million people across the globe die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Such diseases See Mosquitoes Page 15.
Page 14 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 2018 CHURCHES IN OSECOLA COUNTY Trinity Lutheran Church3016 W. Vine St. Kissimmee; 407-847-4204The Uperward Call Church3272 Canoe Creek Road St. Cloud; 407-593-2930 American Sign Language Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses2281 N. acker Ave.Kissimmee; 407-910-2067 www.jw. org Bible Baptist Church1500 E. Vine St. Kissimmee; 407-847-4068 www.BibleBaptistKissimmee. com or www.BBC-HCS.orgCampbell City First Missionary Baptist Church4463 Bryan Ave., Kissimmee 407-935-1802 or 865-566-8579Canoe Creek Christian Church4080 Pine Tree Drive St. Cloud; 407-891-1492 www.canoecreek.org Casa Del Espritu Santo722 N Main St. Kissimmee; 407-655-5816Casa De Generaciones1219 Ingram St Kissimmee 407-914-6068 Catalyst Community Church 14500 Landstar Blvd Orlando, 32824 http://www.catalyst communitychurch.net/ Christian Life Church2750 Partin Settlement Road Kissimmee 407-847-7631Christ Our Savior Fellowship915 New York Ave. [VFW Hall], St. Cloud 407-922-2409Church Alive3674 Old Canoe Creek Road St. CloudThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints2821 Old Canoe Creek Rd. St Cloud, FL 34772 407-892-5568; www.lds.orgThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints1900 N. John Young Parkway Kissimmee; 407-847-3978Community Church at Celebration501 Celebration Place Kissimmee; 407-494-4644 www.celebration communitychurch.comCommunity Presbyterian Church in Celebration511 Celebration Ave. Celebration; 407-566-1633 www.commpres.com Church Of Spiritual Awakening909 E. Oak St. Suite B Kissimmee; 407-343-9062 www.churchofspiritual awakening.comChurch Of The Nazarene1900 Michigan Ave. St. Cloud 407-892-8184The Connection Church700 Generation Point Kissimmee; 407-744-7007 www.connectionchurch.netCornerstone Baptist Church2925 Canoe Cree k Rd. St. Cloud; 706-379-1571 www.inallthingspray.comCornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church2916 Cialella Pass St. Cloud; 407-498-8316Corpus Christi Catholic Church1050 Celebration Ave. Kissimmee; 321-939-1491 www.corpuschristi.churchCrossroads Baptist Church3797 Edsel Ave. St. Cloud; 407-891-8688 www.lifeat thecrossroads.comDestiny Church Of Foursquare101 W. Cypress St. Suite H, Kissimmee 407-870-1594The Dwelling Place Church4730 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy Kissimmee 407-917-2354 www.tdpchurch.com/Eastern Avenue Baptist Church1001 Eastern Ave. St. Cloud; 407-892-4644El Tabor Church5625 Orange Ave. Kissimmee 407-343-9050Emmanuel Baptist Church2627 Lehigh Ave. Kissimmee; 407-846-8230 www.ebckissimmee.comFaith Community Church1990 Neptune Road Kissimmee 407-846-0157Faith Community Church of Holopaw. 5000 Holopaw Road HolopawFaith Harvest Ministries1537 Mill Slough Road Kissimmee; www.faith harvestonline.orgFirst Apostolic Church2317 Clay St. Kissimmee 407-348-6521Faith International Baptist Church7491 W. Irlo Bronson Memo rial Highway Kissimmee 706-405-8134 www.faithorlando.com/ site/cs/index.asp Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420LANE STOCKTON, PASTORSCHEDULE OF SERVICESSunday School ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service ............................... 7:00 pmwww.lockhavenbaptist.org 030318.SNG And Cremation Services Cremation Services:Affordable, Simple, Dignifiedwww.conradandthompson.com 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, FL407-847-3188061116.SNG 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.SMITH -Lawrence (Budd) Smith, age 89, of Kissimmee, FL. Budd was born December 18, 1928 in Flint, MI to Walter and Mary Smith and passed peacefully on April 29, 2018.After graduating from Otisville High School, he married his high school sweetheart Berneda Mae Buck on June 3, 1950. Budd worked on his family farm and McDonalds Dairy before working for the City of Flint, MI. He retired as manager/golf pro from Kearsley Golf Course in 1979 and moved to Kissimmee, FL and he enjoyed many years of cutting wood and many miles of travel.Budd is survived by his wife of 67 years, his daughter, Beverly (John) Wilder, son, Larry (Debbie) Smith all from Kissimmee. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Phillip Smith, Altamonte Springs; John (Katrina) Wilder II, Kissimmee; Amanda Smith and Nicki (Nick) Brown both from St. Cloud. His legacy continues with ve Great Grandchildren; Logan Smith, Haley and Nicholas Brown, and Harper and Jack Wilder. His life was further enriched by very dear nieces and nephews.In lieu of owers the family request donations be made to the Alzheimers Association in Budds honor. 2180 W. State Road 434, Suite 1100, Longwood, FL 32779Visitation is Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Conrad and Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett Street. Kissimmee, FL 34741. With a graveside service at Rose Hill Cemetery, Monday, May 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Wayne Cook, Presiding.Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the family. OBITUARY DEADLINE FOR THURSDAY NEWS-GAZETTE IS TUESDAY AT 12 NOON
Saturday, May 5, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 15 For a complete list of school events, visit www.osceola.k12.fl.us FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS, CONTACT DANA SCHAFER EMAIL SCHAFER@OSCEOLA.K.12.FL.US THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SUBMISSION. THIS WEEKS CALENDAR OF EVENTS Boggy Creek Elementary Highlands Elementary School Kissimmee Elementary School Lakeview Elementary School Neptune Elementary School Partin Settlement Elementary School Osceola County School for the Arts Celebration K-8 School Westside K-8 School Denn John Middle School Discovery Intermediate School Neptune Middle School MOSQUITOESContinued from Page 13 include malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and the Zika virus. The AMCA notes that many of the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes can be linked to travel to endemic areas. But mosquitoes in North America can still be harmful, and bites may result in severe skin irritation through an allergic reaction to mosquito saliva. Homeowners can employ several measures to prevent mosquitoes from invading their backyards this spring and summer. Remove standing water. Stagnant water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, so homeowners must be diligent in their eorts to remove standing water around their properties. Mosquitoes can breed in bird baths, pets water bowls and empty plant pots that collect rain water. Routinely tipping these items and refilling them with fresh water can prevent mosquito infestations, protecting both humans and pets alike. Inspect property for hidden pockets of water. While bird baths, pet bowls and kiddie pools are easy to nd, homeowners may be unknowingly hosting mosquito breeding grounds elsewhere on their properties. For example, tarps used to cover pools, automobiles or grills that are not tightly secured can fold up, creating pockets where rain water can collect and give mosquitoes somewhere to breed. Mosquitoes also may use gutters to breed, so homeowners should routinely inspect and clean their gutters during spring and summer. Sixth grade student orientation nightIn order to help incoming middle school students and parents become familiar with their new schools for next year, Osceola County middle and K-8 schools will host a Sixth Grade Student Orientation Night ursday, May 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at all middle and K-8 schools in the Osceola School District. 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 oered, to make their way around the campus, to learn about the extracurricular sports and club offerings, 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.
Page 16 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 2018 SPECIFICATIONS 2018 BMW X3 xDRIVE 30iVEHICLE TYPE 5-passenger compact AWD CUV BASE PRICE $42,450 (as tested: $57,620) ENGINE TYPE TwinTurbo 4-cylinder DISPLACEMENT 2.0-liter HORSEPOWER (net) 248 at 5200 rpm TORQUE (lb.-ft.) 285 at 1450-4800 rpm TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic OVERALL LENGTH 185.9 in. TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb) 39.4 ft. CURB WEIGHT 4,156 lbs. FUEL CAPACITY 17.2 gal. EPA MILEAGE RATING 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highwayAll-New for 2018 Copyright, Motor Matters, 2018 FOR THE LATEST NEWS WEBSITE AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Motor Matters e most important and dicult thing in the automotive business is an institutional ability to predict the future. BMW has actually managed some of that soothsaying, of which the 2018 X3 xDrive 30i is a prime example. e German automaker has expanded its lineup of crossover sport utility vehicles to plug every size and power niche in the premium category to the point where there are now seven distinct models: X1, new X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, and the upcoming X7, plus higher-performance versions. Whether BMW was reacting to a trend or proactively contemplating where the market was headed, it has caught the wave of buyer infatuation with crossover SUVs, which are proliferating in every price class. It remains to be seen whether this is a passing fad, but no matter: BMW also has a garage full of sedans, coupes, convertibles, and sports cars in case theres a course correction. Well skip self-driving cars for now. Meanwhile, the company, which manufactures many of its crossovers at its plant in Spartanburg, S.C., entices high-end customers with machines like the all-new X3X3 xDrive 30i and its higher-performance and more expensive X3 M40i. The X preceding a number is what BMW calls a sports activity vehicle, known in the business as a crossover SUV. A lower-case x, as in xDrive, designates any BMW with all-wheel drive. And if theres an M somewhere in the title, its a higherperformance or better-decorated model. e model numbers actually dont mean much anymore. You might assume that the tested X3 xDrive 30i comes with a 3.0-liter engine. Nope. Because modern engines with turbocharging are getting smaller, this one actually delivers 248 horsepower and 285 lb.-. of torque from a 2.0-liter fourcylinder engine. Step up to the higher-performance X3 M40i and the engine actually is a 3.0-liter V-6 with twin turbochargers that makes 355 horsepower and 369 lb.-. of torque. Enough said. Back to the subject: the U.S.-built X3 30i. This is a nicely executed compact crossover with the power and features expected in this category. And, as with other automakers, BMW has an extensive options list and charges extra for equipment that is standard elsewhere. For example: The $3,300 Premium package includes a heated steering wheel, navigation system, and head-up display. Tack on another $350 for heated front and rear seats. e $2,850 Convenience package gets you a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, lumbar support, and SXM satellite radio. Continuing: The $1,400 Dynamic Handling package includes M Sport brakes, dynamic adaptive shock absorbers, and variable sport steering, while the $900 Driving Assistance package adds blind spot and lane departure warning. e Parking Assist package covers a surround-view camera, active parking assist, and distance control. There are also individual options, including $1,700 for Vernasca leather upholstery, $875 for a premium Harman Kardon audio system, $300 for Apple Car Play, $500 for wireless device charging, and $550 for metallic paint. All of that brought the test X3s base price of $42,450 up to $57,620. Many desirable items were part of the standard equipment, including the eightspeed automatic transmission, driverselectable driving modes, hill descent control, automatic stop-start, garage door opener, dark oak wood interior trim, leather-covered steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED low-beam headlights and fog lights, and a power tailgate. Much of that, of course, is frosting that doesnt aect the basic driving goodness of the X3, which hews to BMWs traditional dedication to performance, handling, and braking. e X3, however, also delivers a luxury ambiance enhanced by a quiet cabin: You can hear the engine under hard acceleration but highway cruising at a steady speed is almost tranquil. Overall, this is an inviting modern conveyance that delivers a competent, pleasurable, and comfortable driving experience with a dose of excitement. With sales of 40,691 in 2017, it is BMWs thirdbest selling model, behind the 3 Series sedan and X5. X3 competitors include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rovers Range Rover Evoque and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.Manufacturer Photos BMW
Saturday, May 5, 2018 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Page 17 Existing-home sales grew for the second consecutive month in March, but lagging inventory levels and aordability constraints kept sales activity below year ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales, https://www. nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include singlefamily homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.60 million in March from 5.54 million in February. Despite last months increase, sales are still 1.2 percent below a year ago. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said closings in March eked forward despite challenging market conditions in most of the country. Robust gains last month in the Northeast and Midwest a reversal from the weather-impacted declines seen in February helped overall sales activity rise to its strongest pace since last November at 5.72 million, said Yun. The unwelcoming news is that while the healthy economy is generating sustained interest in buying a home this spring, sales are lagging year ago levels because supply is woefully low and home prices keep climbing above what some would-be buyers can afford. The median existing-home price for all housing types in March was $250,400, up 5.8 percent from March 2017 ($236,600). Marchs price increase marks the 73rd straight month of year-over-year gains. Although the strong job market and recent tax cuts are boosting the incomes of many households, speedy price growth is squeezing overall aordability in several markets especially those out West, said Yun. Total housing inventory at the end of March climbed 5.7 percent to 1.67 million existing homes available for sale, but is still 7.2 percent lower than a year ago (1.80 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 34 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.6-month supply at the current sales pace (3.8 months a year ago). Properties typically stayed on the market for 30 days in March, which is down from 37 days in February and 34 days a year ago. Fiy percent of homes sold in March were on the market for less than a month. Realtors throughout the country are seeing the seasonal ramp-up in buyer demand this spring but without the commensurate increase in new listings coming onto the market, said Yun. As a result, competition is swift and homes are going under contract in roughly a month, which is four days faster than last year and a remarkable 17 days faster than March 2016. First-time buyers were 30 percent of sales in March, which is up from 29 percent last month but down from 32 percent a year ago. NARs 2017 Prole of Home Buyers and Sellers released in late 20174 revealed that the annual share of rst-time buyers was 34 percent. Distressed sales foreclosures and short sales were 4 percent of sales in March, unchanged from February and down from 6 percent a year ago. ree percent of March sales were foreclosures and 1 percent were short sales. (StatePoint) Affordable housing is in high demand in cities and counties nationwide. Experts say that areas grappling with aordable housing issues may nd factory-built homes to be a powerful tool in addressing this need. Built in a factory and delivered to home sites, this ecient process translates into lower production costs that are passed on to the consumer. e good news is while manufactured homes cost less than sitebuilt homes they are just as high quality. The average new manufactured home costs around $70,600. e cost for a smaller new single-section home can be as low as $20,000. In 2016, manufactured homes accounted for 80 percent of all new homes sold under $150,000. Unfortunately, when many people think of manufactured housing, the old stereotype of a run-down trailer park enters their minds. However, most of the more than 37,000 manufactured housing communities in the U.S. are a far cry from that negative image, boasting amenities like community centers, organized activities and childrens play areas. Other benets may include: e option to rent an existing home in the community or place your own home in the community. Provided services, which often include professional property management, care and maintenance of common grounds, as well as resources and amenities like trash removal, community centers, playgrounds, storage and laundry facilities. e possibility of not paying real estate taxes. While it varies state-to-state, residents of land-lease manufactured home communities oen dont pay real estate taxes, but rather, pay a personal-property tax, osetting the cost of land-lease rents for the homeowner. Affordable homeownership, along with many of its benets, including control over home and yard improvements, as well as convenient parking. A sense of community. In many communities, there are social or activity clubs, fitness amenities, and friendly and caring neighbors. Indeed, a sense of belonging is among the most frequent responses about why residents enjoy living in a land-lease community. Newer manufactured homes come in a variety of architectural styles and exterior nishes that will suit most any buyers desires, as well as customization opportunities, including interior features like vaulted ceilings, replaces and state-of-the-art kitchens and baths. They also feature enhanced energy eciency in an era of rising energy costs, thanks to upgraded insulation and more ecient heating and cooling systems than homes from decades ago. Smart buyers also are turning to ENERGY STAR-labeled manufactured homes for additional savings. Modern manufactured homes are among the safest housing choices today, as homes must adhere to strict federal building standards. All aspects of construction are continually inspected by professionally trained third-parties, and homes feature smoke detectors, and limited combustible materials around furnaces, water heaters and kitchen ranges, as well as wind resistance in areas prone to hurricane-force winds. e need for quality, aordable housing has never been greater. However, todays manufactured homes are high-quality and cost up to 50 percent less per square foot than conventional site-built homes, said Richard Jennison, president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute. ese savings are allowing more Americans to own a home in the face of an ever-widening housing aordability gap. CONTACT BRIAN MCBRIDE EDITOR EMAIL BMCBRIDE@OSCEOLANEWSGAZETTE.COM All-cash sales show declines in MarchCash sales can be a useful indicator of the degree in which investors are participating in the housing market. So, what does March sales data say about the extent to which investors are involved in our current market? Well, aside for Osceola County single-family homes, sales that were paid entirely in cash have declined year-over-year. e 94 cash sales recorded in March show a 14.6 percent year-over-year increase in the single-family home category. Meanwhile, in the condo and townhome market of the county, cash sales have slipped 5.4 percent from last year to 87 sales. As a percentage of all sales closed during the month, these cash sales made up 43.5 percent of closings, falling 29 percent from this time last year. And looking back to Osceola Countys single-family home market, cash sales as a percentage of all closed sales numbered 20 percent, up 17.6 percent year-over-year. The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area also saw declines in cash sales. Single-family homes had 627 cash sales in March, down 10.4 percent from last year, and condos and townhomes in the area saw cash sales decline 4.9 percent to 448 closings. As a percentage of closed sales, condos and townhomes saw 48.9 percent of sales paid in cash, which marks an 11.9 percent yearover-year decline. In the single-family home market, this metro area saw declines of 6.4 percent from this time last year to 20.5 percent of closed sales being paid entirely in cash. Finally, our statewide data shows more declines in cash sales across the single-family home category and the condo and townhome property category. Single-family homes in Florida saw 6,633 cash sales in March, which has fallen 12.3 percent from March 2017 while condos and townhomes recorded 6,054 cash sales, a decline of 8.6 percent. As a percentage of all closed sales, these 6,054 properties accounted for 55.1 percent of sales, a decline of 6.9 percent from last year. And for single-family homes, the cash investment was 26.5 percent of all closed sales for the month, dropping 9.2 percent year-over-year. SNG 021018
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Saturday, May 5, 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 LEGAL AD DEADLINES:Thursday News-GazetteFriday at 1:00 PMSaturday News-GazetteTuesday at 5:00 PM INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2016-CA-000222MF U.S.BANKN.A., ASTRUSTEE,ONBEHALF OFTHEHOLDERS,OFTHE J.P.MORGANMORTGAGE ACQUISITIONTRUST2006WMC4ASSETBACKE D PASS-THROUGHCERTI FICATES,SERIES2006WMC4, Plaintiff, vs. THEUNKNOWNSPOUSES HEIRS,DEVISEES GRANTEES,CREDITORS ANDALLOTHERPARTIES CLAIMINGBY,THROUGH UNDERORAGAINST DOLORESESPOSITO A/K/ADELORESESPOSITO,A/K/ADOLORESJ ESPOSITO,DECEASED ; ETAL, Defendant(s). RE-NOTICEOFSALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrderorSummaryFinalJudgmentofforeclosuredatedAugust31 2017,andanOrderResettingSaledatedApril9,2018 andenteredinCaseNo 2016-CA-000222MFofthe CircuitCourtinandfo r OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinU.S.BANKN.A.,AS TRUSTEE,ONBEHALFOF THEHOLDERS,OFTH E J.P.MORGANMORTGAGE ACQUISITIONTRUST2006WMC4ASSETBACKE D PASS-THROUGHCERTI FICATES,SERIES2006WMC4,isPlaintiff,andTHE UNKNOWNSPOUSES HEIRS,DEVISEES GRANTEES,CREDITORS ANDALLOTHERPARTIES CLAIMINGBY,THROUGH UNDERORAGAINST DOLORESESPOSITO A/K/ADELORESESPOSITO,A/K/ADOLORESJ ESPOSITO,DECEASED ; UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA;ASSETACCEPTANCE LLC;LOISANNFEUERBACH;DELORESFISCHER ; FREDERICKESPOSITO ; JOSEPHESPOSITO ; ROBERTESPOSITO ; UNKNOWNTENANTNO.1 ; UNKNOWNTENANTNO.2 ; andALLUNKNOWNPARTIESCLAIMINGINTE RESTSBY,THROUGH,UNDERORAGAINSTA NAMEDDEFENDANTTO THISACTION,ORHAVING ORCLAIMINGTOHAVE ANYRIGHT,TITLEORINTERESTINTHEPROP ERTYHEREINDESCRIBED areDefendants,ARMANDO RAMREZ,ClerkoftheCircuitCourt,willselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashOsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare Suite2600/Room2602 Kissimmee,FL34741,11:00 A.M.,onJUNE5,2018,the followingdescribedproperty assetforthinsaidOrderor FinalJudgment,to-wit: LOT10,THEOAKSA T MILLRUNREPLAT,AC CORDINGTOTHEMAPOR PLATTHEREOFASRE CORDEDINPLATBOOK5 PAGES145AND146,OF THEPUBLICRECORDSOF OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontacttheADACoordinator CourtAdministration OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,(407)742-2417,at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. DATED:May2,2018. SHDLegalGroupP.A. AttorneysforPlaintiff 499NW70thAvenue Suite309 FortLauderdale,FL33317 Telephone:(954)564-0071 Facsimile:(954)564-9252 ServiceE-mail: answers@shdlegalgroup. com By: /s/MichaelJ.Alterman MichaelJ.Alterman,Esq. FloridaBarNo.:36825 1162-143904/DJI May5,12,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE PRESTON'STOWINGgives NoticeofForeclosureofLien andintenttosellthes e vehiclesonMAY21,2018,at 9:00a.m.,at605E.DoneganAvenue,Kissimmee,FL 34744,pursuanttosubsection713.78oftheFlorida Statutes. PRESTON'STOWINGreservestherighttoacceptor rejectanyand/orallbids. 1)1999HONDA VIN: 2HGEJ6575XH581269 2)2002TOYOTA VIN: 4T1BF32K22U515208 3)2008LINH VIN:LL8SZN4W480G00063 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORIDA. CIVILDIVISIO N Case#:2017-CA-002582MF U.S.BANK,NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONASLEGAL TITLETRUSTEEFORTRUMAN2016SC6TITLE TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. CESARACEVEDO;ETAL, Defendant(s). NOTICEOFSALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoanOrderorSummaryFinalJudgmentofForeclosuredatedApril26,2018 andenteredinCaseNo 2017-CA-002582MFofthe CircuitCourtinandfo r OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinU.S.BANK,NA TIONALASSOCIATIONAS LEGALTITLETRUSTEE FORTRUMAN2016SC6 TITLETRUST,isPlaintiff andCESARACEVEDO ; REMINGTONMASTE R HOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION,INC.,F/K/AREMINGTONTRACT1-BHOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION INC.;UNKNOWNTENANT NO.1;UNKNOWNTENANT NO.2;andALLUNKNOWN PARTIESCLAIMINGINTERESTSBY,THROUGH UNDERORAGAINST A NAMEDDEFENDANTTO THISACTION,ORHAVING ORCLAIMINGTOHAVE ANYRIGHT,TITLEORINTERESTINTHEPROP ERTYHEREINDESCRIBED areDefendants,ARMANDO RAMREZ,ClerkoftheCircuitCourt,willselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashOsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare Suite2600/Room2602 Kissimmee,FL34741,11:00 A.M.,onJUNE12,2018,the followingdescribedproperty assetforthinsaidOrderor FinalJudgment,to-wit: LOT93,REMINGTON PARCELK-PHASE2 ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOFASRECORDED INPLATBOOK13,PAGES 130AND131,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceeding youareentitled,atnocostto you,totheprovisionofcertainassistance.PleasecontacttheADACoordinator CourtAdministration OsceolaCountyCourthouse 2CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,(407)742-2417,at least7daysbeforeyour scheduledcourtappearance orimmediatelyuponreceivingthisnotificationifthetime beforethescheduledappearanceislessthan7days;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call711. DATED:May2,2018. SHDLegalGroupP.A. AttorneysforPlaintiff 499N.W.70thAvenue, Suite309 FortLauderdale,FL33317 Telephone:(954)564-0071 Facsimile:(954)564-9252 ServiceE-mail: answers@shdlegalgroup. com By: /s/MichaelAlterman MichaelAlterman FloridaBarNo.:36825 11460-164484/JMW May5, 12,2018 NOTICEOF PUBLICAUCTION Thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatauctionfreeofall priorliensforcash. 1)2015BASHANXplorea 150ccMotorcycle-Orange VIN:LHJTLKBRXFB920081 2)1992PONTIACBonnevilleSE4Door-Silver VIN:1G2HX53L7N1254103 3)2001HYUNDAIElantra GLS4Door-Red VIN: KMHDN45D01U206320 SaleDate:MAY16,2018 AND 1)2005HYUNDAIElantraBlue VIN: KMHDN46D95U038259 SaleDate: MAY18,2018 AND 1)2000VOLKSWAGEN CabrioGLS2Door Convertible-White VIN: 3VWDC2 1V9YM801076 S aleDate:MAY21,2018 SaleTime: 10:00A.M. SaleLocation: MAGICTOWS,LLC. 1201SawdustTrail Kissimmee,Florida34744 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORID A CaseNo.:2010-CA-00457 0 BANKOFAMERICA,N.A., Plaintiff, vs. JOSETAVARES,A/K/ A JOSERAMONTAVARESNUNEZ,ETAL., Defendants. NOTICEOF FORECLOSURESALE NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN pursuanttoaFinalJudgmentdatedApril25,2018 enteredinCivilCaseNo 2010-CA-004570intheCircuitCourtofthe9thJudicial CircuitinandforOsceola County,Florida,wherei n BANKOFAMERICA,N.A. Plaintiff,andJOSETAVARES,A/K/AJOSERAMON TAVARES-NUNEZ;BAN K OFAMERICA,N.A.;REMINGTONMASTERHOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION INC.andSAIASCORPORATION,ASTRUSTEEFOR TRUSTNUMBER143,are Defendants,ClerkofCourt willsellthepropertyatpublic saleattheOsceolaCounty Courthouse,2Courthouse Square,Suite2600/Room 2602,Kissimmee,FL34741 beginningat11:00A.M.,on AUGUST22,2018thefollowingdescribedpropertyas setforthinsaidFinalJudgment,to-wit:. LOT49,REMINGTON PHASE1,TRACTF,ACCORDINGTOTHEMAPOR PLATTHEREOFASRE CORDEDINPLATBOOK8 PAGE147AND148,OF THEPUBLICRECORDSOF OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. PropertyAddress: 143WestmorelandCircle, Kissimmee,Florida34744 ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. IFYOUAREAPERSON WITHADISABILITYWHO NEEDSANYACCOMMODATIONINORDERTOPARTICIPATEINACOURTPROCEEDINGOREVENT,YOU AREENTITLED,ATNO COSTTOYOU,TOTHE PROVISIONOFCERTAIN ASSISTANCE.PLEASE CONTACT:ADACOORDINATOR,COURTADMINISTRATION,OSCEOLA COUNTYCOURTHOUSE,2 COURTHOUSESQUARE SUITE6300,KISSIMMEE FL34741,(407)742-2417 FAX407-835-5079AT LEAST7DAYSBEFORE YOURSCHEDULED COURTAPPEARANCE,OR IMMEDIATELYUPONRECEIVINGNOTIFICATIONIF THETIMEBEFORETH E SCHEDULEDCOURTAPPEARANCEISLESSTHAN 7DAYS.IFYOUARE HEARINGORVOICEIMPAIRED,CALL711TO REACHTHETELECOMMUNICATIONSRELAYSERVICE. Dated:May1,2018. KelleyKronenberg 8201PetersRoad, Suite4000, FortLauderdale,FL33324 Phone:(954)370-9970 Fax:(954)252-4571 ServiceE-Mail: email@example.com /s/ReenaPatelSanders ReenaPatelSanders,Esq. FBN:44736 FileNo.M140743 May5,12,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusiness underthefictitiousnameof : BILLIONAIREMAMMAS, LLC,D/B/A GLITTER&GLAM locatedat:3ColumbiaAvenue,intheCountyo f Osceola,intheCityofSt Cloud,Florida34769,in tendstoregisterthesaid namewiththeDivisionof CorporationsoftheFlorida DepartmentofState,Tallahassee,Florida. Thatthepartiesinterestedin saidbusinessenterpriseare asfollows: ADRIANNEDILLO N REGINASQUIRES DATEDatSt.Cloud OsceolaCounty,Floridaon this1stdayofMay,2018. May5,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusiness underthefictitiousnameof: LOSALTOSAPARTMENTS locatedat:1631E.Vine Street,Suite300,inthe CountyofOsceola,inthe CityofKissimmee,Florida 34744,intendstoregisterthe saidnamewiththeDivision ofCorporationsoftheFloridaDepartmentofState, Tallahassee,Florida. DATEDatKissimmee, Os ceolaCounty,Floridaon this1stdayofMay,2018. M ay5,2018 INTHECIRCUIT COURTOFOSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION CaseNo.:2017-CP-174RR INRE:THEESTATEOF ALEXANDERMAYEA MAYEA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofALEXANDER MAYEAMAYEA,deceased, whosedateofdeathwas December5,2016,FileNumber2017-CP-174RR,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida, ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, FL34741.Thenamesand addresses ofthepetitioner andthepetitionersattorney aresetforthbelow. ALLINTERESTEDPERSONSARENOTIFIED THAT: Allpersonsonwhomthis noticeisservedandwho haveobjectionsthatchallengethevalidityofthewill, thequalificationsofthepersonalrepresentativeorcurator,venue,orjurisdictionof thiscourtarerequiredtofile theirobjectionswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREEMONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEORTHIRTYDAY S AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestateonwhoma copyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeservedmustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROFTHREE MONTHSAFTERTHETIME OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR THIRTYDAYSAFTERTHE DATEOFSERVICEOFA COPYOFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Allothercreditorsofthe decedentandotherpersons havingclai msordemands againstthedecedent'sestatemustfiletheirclaimswith thiscourtWITHINTHREE MONTHSAFTERTHEDATE OFTHEFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTSO FILEDWITHINTHETIME PERIODSSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWOYEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateofthefirstpublicationofthisNoticeis:April28, 2018. L UISE.BARRETO, ESQUIRE FERMINLOPEZ,ESQUIRE FloridaBarNo.946478 Successor PersonalRepresentative LuisE.Barreto& Associates,P.A. c/oLuisE.Barreto &Associates,P.A. 19WestFlaglerStreet Suite720 Miami,Florida33130 Telephone(305)358-1771 Facsimile(305)358-1773 firstname.lastname@example.org April28,2018 May5,2018 NOTICEUNDER FICTITIOUSNAMELAW PursuanttoSection865.09 FLORIDASTATUTES ToWhomItMayConcern: NOTICEISHEREBYGIVEN thattheundersigned,desiringtoengageinbusiness underthefictitiousnameof: HOYAORLANDO VACATIONRENTAL locatedat:7480Excitement Drive,Apt.102,intheCounty ofOsceola,intheCityof Reunion,Florida34747,intendstoregisterthesaid namewiththeDivisionof CorporationsoftheFlorida DepartmentofState,Tallahassee,Florida. Thatthepartiesinterestedin saidbusinessenterpriseare asfollows: H ARJINDERPALBHANGU GURPREETBHANGU DATEDonthis1stdayof May,2018. May5,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE On05/19/2018at09:00 A.M.,anauctionwilltake placeat1720ALEXANDER ST.,KISSIMMEE,FL34746. Thevehicleswhichwillbe auctionedinclude:. 1)1999TOYOTA VIN:T1BG22KXXU497006. Pleasebeadvised,perF.S. 713.78thatanewspaperad mustbepublishedfor1day inanewspaperofgeneral circulation(dailyorweekly circulation)whichhasbeenin circulationforatleast1year. Theadvertisementmustbe publishedatleast10calendardayspriortothedateof sale,inanewspaperofgeneralcirculationinthecounty inwhichthesaleistobe held.The10calendardays donotincludethedateofthe advertisementnorthedateof thes ale. M ay5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORID A CaseNo.:09-CA-889-MF THEBANKOFNEWYORK MELLON,ASSUCCESSOR INDENTUREDTRUSTEE UNDERNOVASTARMORTGAGEFUNDINGTRUS T 2005-2, Plaintiff, vs. SAIMAS.KHAN,ET.AL., Defendant(s). RE-NOTICEOFSALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 NOTICEOFSALEIS HEREBYGIVENpursuantto theorderofFinalJudgment ofForeclosuredatedFebruary01,2010andenteredin CaseNo.09-CA-889-MFof theCircuitCourtofthe9th JudicialCircuitinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida, whereinTHEBANKOFNEW YORKMELLON,ASSUCCESSORINDENTURED TRUSTEEUNDER NOVASTARMORTGAGE FUNDINGTRUST2005-2,is Plaintiff,andSAIMAS. KHAN,ET.AL.,areDefendants,theOfficeofArmando Ramirez,OsceolaCounty ClerkoftheCourtwillsellto thehighestandbestbidder forcash attheOsceola CountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare,Room2602, Kissimmee,Floridaat11:00 A.M.onthe26thdayof JUNE,2018thefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforth insaidFinalJudgment,to wit: LOT162,OFESTANCIA, ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK15,PAGES 184AND185,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. andallfixturesandpersonal propertylocatedthereinor thereon,whichareincluded assecurityinPlaintiffsmort gage. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfunds fromthesale,ifany,other thanthepropertyownerasof thedateofthelispendens mustfileaclaimwithin60 daysafterthesale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceedings,you areentitled,atnocosttoyou, totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact: CourtAdministrationat2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741, Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call1-(800)955-8771. Datedthis25thdayofApril 2018. M cCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC By: /s/JonathanI.Jacobson JonathanI.Jacobson,Esq. FLBar#:37088 McCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC AttorneyforPlaintiff 500S.AustralianAvenue, Suite1000 WestPalmBeach,FL33401 Telephone:(561)713-1400 Email:FLpleadings@MWCLaw.com Ref erence#:13-400351 April28,2018 May5,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE Noticeisherebygiventhat thefollowingvehicleswillbe soldatpublicauctionpursuanttoF.S..713.78onthe saledatesatthelocations belowat9:00a.m.tosatisfy towingandstoragecharges 1) 2000MERCEDES 4JGAB54E2YA209971 2) 2006CHEVROLET 1G1ZT61846F265394 SaleDate:05/22/2018 Location: CenterStateAutomotiveInc.,1170HGreenskeepDrive,UnitH,Kissimmee,FL34741 Lienorsreservetherightto bid. May5,2018 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)2001TOYOTA VIN: 5TBRT34101S211175 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A GeneralJurisdictionDivisio n Case#:2017-CA-00484MF WILMINGTONSAVINGS FUNDSOCIETY,FSB,D/B/A CHRISTIANATRUST,NOT INDIVIDUALLYBUTAS TRUSTEEFORHILLDALE TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. ROMMELI.GUAQUETA, JOSEANNEA.LUNKES, ET.AL, Defendants NOTICEOFSALE NOTICEISGIVENthat,in accordancewiththeFinal JudgmentofForeclosure datedMarch28,2018,inthe above-styledcause,th e ClerkofCourt,Armando Ramirezwillselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room# 2602,oftheOsceolaCourthouse,2courthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL34741,on MAY15,2018,at11:00a.m. thefollowingdescribedproperty: LOT(S)115,OFCHATHAM PARK,PHASE2ASRECORDEDINPLATBOOK7 PAGE70,ETSEQ.,OFTHE PUBLICRECORDSO F OSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. PropertyAddress: 2655CHATHAMCIRCLE KISSIMMEE,FL34746 ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtproceeding orevent,youareentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance Pleasecontact:ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare Suite6300,Kissimmee,FL 34741,(407)742-2417,Fax #:407-835-5079atleast7 daysbeforeyourscheduled courtappearance,orimmediatelyuponreceivingnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledcourtappearance islessthan7days.Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. WITNESSmyhandonApril 25,2018. By: /s/MatthewM.Slowik MATTHEWM.SLOWIK, Esq.,FBN#:92553 AttorneysforPlaintiff MarinosciLawGroup,P.C. 100WestCypress CreekRoad,Suite1045 FortLauderdale,FL33309 Phone:(954)-644-8704; Fax(954)772-9601 ServiceFL@mlgdefaultlaw.com ServiceFL2@mlg defaultlaw.com File#:16-04870-FC April28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA GeneralJurisdictionDivision Case#:2016-CA-02470MF PENNYMACLOAN SERVICES,LLC, Plaintiff, vs. TIANN.LARODE, RAHIMHENDERSON, ET.AL, Defendants. NOTICEOFSALE NOTICEISGIVENthat,in accordancewiththeFinal JudgmentofForeclosure datedMarch28,2018,inthe above-styledcause,the ClerkofCourt,Armando Ramirezwillselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room# 2602,oftheOsceolaCourthouse,2courthouseSquare, Kissimmee,FL34741,on MAY15,2018,at11:00a.m. thefollowingdescribedproperty: LOT264,SHINGLECREEK RESERVEATTHEOAKS PHASEIIIANDIV,ACCORDINGTOTHEPL AT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK20,PAGES 108-110,INCLUSIVE,PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. P ropertyAddress: 2960BOATINGBLVD., KISSIMMEE,FL34746 ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTHE PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELIS PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAYS AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtproceeding orevent,youar eentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance. Pleasecontact:ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare, Suite6300,Kissimmee,FL 34741,(407)742-2417,Fax #:407-835-5079atleast7 daysbeforeyourscheduled courtappearance,orimmediatelyuponreceivingnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledcourtappearance islessthan7days.Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired, call711torea chtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. WITNESSmyhandonApril 25,2018. B y: /s/MatthewM.Slowik MATTHEWM.SLOWIK, Esq.,FBN#:92553 AttorneysforPlaintiff MarinosciLawGroup,P.C. 100WestCypress CreekRoad,Suite1045 FortLauderdale,FL33309 Phone:(954)-644-8704; Fax(954)772-9601 ServiceFL@mlgdefaultlaw.com ServiceFL2@mlgdefaultlaw.com File#:16-10322-FC April28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A PROBATEDIVISIO N FileNo.:2018-CP-000017-PR INRE:ESTATEOF BETTYL.GISH, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS TOALLPERSONSHAVINGCLAIMSORDEMANDSAGAINSTTH E ABOVEESTATE: Theadministrationofthe estateofBETTYL.GISH deceased,FileNumbe r 2018-CP-000017-PR,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida ProbateDivision,thead dressofwhichis:TwoCourthouseSquare,Kissimmee FL34741.Thenamesand addressesofthepersonal representativeandthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. ALLINTERESTEDPER SONARENOTIFIEDTHAT : Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingentorunliquidatedclaims,onwhoma copyofthisnoticeisserved mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHINTHELATER OFTHREEMONTH S AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEORTHIRTY DAYSAFTERTHEDATE OFSERVICEOFACOPY OFTHISNOTICEON THEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingentorunliquidatedclaims,mustfile theirclaimswiththisCourt WITHINTHREEMONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSANDDE MANDSNOTSOFILE D WILLBEFOREVE R BARRED. ThedateofthefirstpublicationofthisNoticeis:May5 2018. TIMOTHYGIBBS PersonalRepresentativ e 4440CITRUSDRIVE ST.CLOUD,FL34772 FrankG.Finkbeiner, Attorney FloridaBarNo.146738 108HillcrestStreet P.O.Box1789 Orlando,FL32802-1789 (407)423-0012 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative Designated: email@example.com Secondary: firstname.lastname@example.org May5,12,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION CaseNo:2018-CP-0172PR INRE:ESTATEOF GERALDALANMERTA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe ESTATEOFGERALDALAN MERTA,deceased,whose dateofdeathwasFebruary 15,2018,ispendinginthe CircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,FileNumber2018-CP0172PR,theaddressof whichis2Courthouse Square,Kissimmee,Florida 34741.Thenamesandaddressesofthepersonalreprese ntativeandthepersonal representatives'attorneyare setforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonswhohave claimsordemandsagaistthe decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingent,orunliquidatedclaims,andwho havebeenservedacopyof thisnotice,mustfiletheir claimswiththiscourtWITHINTHELATEROFTHREE (3)MONTHSAFTERTHE DATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR THIRTY(30)DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons whohaveclaimsordemandsagainstthedecedentsestate,includingunmatured,contingent,orunliquidatedclaims, mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICE ALLOBJECTIONSNOTSO FILEDWILLBEFOREVER BARRED NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:May5,2018. P ersonalRepresentative: /s/CourtneyMerta CourtneyMerta 573TimberRunLane Groveland,Florida34746 A ttorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: CARPENTERLAWP.A. 222SouthVernonAvenue Kissimmee,Florida34741 (407)343-7737 email@example.com By:/s/W.JoyCarpenter W.JoyCarpenter FloridaBarNo.:080225 May5,12,2018 SEARCHING AnyoneknowingthewhereaboutsofKARLARIBERIO (54,135lbs,lightskin,curly brownhair,Brazilian,29 yearsold),pleasecontact IMMIGRATIONSERVICES at525N.LakewoodAvenue Ocoee,FL34761,ore-mail meat: firstname.lastname@example.org April14,21,28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF THE9thJUDICIALCIRCUIT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA CaseNo.:09-CA-889-MF THEBANKOFNEWYORK MELLON,ASSUCCESSOR INDENTUREDTRUSTEE UNDERNOVASTARMORTGAGEFUNDINGTRUST 2005-2, Plaintiff, vs. SAIMAS.KHAN,ET.AL., Defendant(s). RE-NOTICEOFSALE PursuanttoCHAPTER45 NOTICEOFSALEIS HEREBYGIVENpursuantto theorderofFinalJudgment ofForeclosuredatedFebruary01,2010andenteredin CaseNo.09-CA-889-MFof theCircuitCourtofthe9th JudicialCircuitinandfor OsceolaCounty,Florida whereinTHEBANKOFNEW YORKMELLON,ASSUCCESSORINDENTURED TRUSTEEUNDER NOVASTARMORTGAGE FUNDINGTRUST2005-2,is Plaintiff,andSAIMAS KHAN,ET.AL.,areDefendants,theOfficeofArmando Ramirez,OsceolaCounty ClerkoftheCourtwillsellto thehighestandbestbidder forcashattheOsceola CountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare,Room2602 Kissimmee,Floridaat11:00 A.M.onthe26thdayo f JUNE,2018thefollowingdescribedpropertyassetforth insaidFinalJudgment,to wit: LOT162,OFESTANCIA ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK15,PAGES 184AND185,OFTHEPUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. andallfixturesandpersonal propertylocatedthereinor thereon,whichareincluded assecurityinPlaintiffsmortgage. Anypersonclaiminganinterestinthesurplusfunds fromthesale,ifany,other thanthepropertyownerasof thedateofthelispendens mustfileaclaimwithin60 daysafterthesale. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywho needsaccommodationinordertoparticipateinthisproceedings,you areentitled,atnocosttoyou totheprovisionofcertainassistance.Pleasecontact : CourtAdministrationat2 CourthouseSquare,Suite 6300,Kissimmee,Florida 34741,Telephone:(407) 742-2417,withintwo(2 ) workingdaysofyourreceipt ofthisdescribednotice;if youarehearingorvoiceimpaired,call1-(800)955-8771 Datedthis25thdayofApril 2018. McCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC By: /s/JonathanI.Jacobson JonathanI.Jacobson,Esq. FLBar#:37088 McCabe,Weisberg &Conway,LLC AttorneyforPlaintiff 500S.AustralianAvenue Suite1000 WestPalmBeach,FL33401 Telephone:(561)713-1400 Email:FLpleadings@MWCLaw.com Reference#:13-400351 April28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT OFTHENINTHJUDICIAL CIRCUIT,INAND FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA GeneralJurisdictionDivision Case#:2016-CA-02470MF PENNYMACLOAN SERVICES,LLC, Plaintiff, vs. TIANN.LARODE, RAHIMHENDERSON, ET.AL, Defendants. NOTICEOFSALE NOTICEISGIVENthat,in accordancewiththeFinal JudgmentofForeclosure datedMarch28,2018,inthe above-styledcause,th e ClerkofCourt,Armando Ramirezwillselltothe highestandbestbidderfor cashatSuite2600/Room# 2602,oftheOsceolaCourthouse,2courthouseSquare Kissimmee,FL34741,on MAY15,2018,at11:00a.m thefollowingdescribedproperty: LOT264,SHINGLECREEK RESERVEATTHEOAKS PHASEIIIANDIV,ACCORDINGTOTHEPLAT THEREOF,ASRECORDED INPLATBOOK20,PAGES 108-110,INCLUSIVE,PUBLICRECORDSOFOSCEOLACOUNTY,FLORIDA. PropertyAddress: 2960BOATINGBLVD., KISSIMMEE,FL34746 ANYPERSONCLAIMING ANINTERESTINTHESURPLUSFROMTHESALE,IF ANY,OTHERTHANTH E PROPERTYOWNERASOF THEDATEOFTHELI S PENDENSMUSTFILEA CLAIMWITHIN60DAY S AFTERTHESALE. Ifyouareapersonwitha disabilitywhoneedsanyaccommodationinordertoparticipateinacourtproceeding orevent,youareentitled,at nocosttoyou,totheprovisionofcertainassistance Pleasecontact:ADACoordinator,CourtAdministration,OsceolaCountyCourthouse,2CourthouseSquare Suite6300,Kissimmee,FL 34741,(407)742-2417,Fax #:407-835-5079atleast7 daysbeforeyourscheduled courtappearance,orimmediatelyuponreceivingnotificationifthetimebeforethe scheduledcourtappearance islessthan7days.Ifyouare hearingorvoiceimpaired call711toreachtheTelecommunicationsRelayService. WITNESSmyhandonApril 25,2018. By: /s/MatthewM.Slowik MATTHEWM.SLOWIK, Esq.,FBN#:92553 AttorneysforPlaintiff MarinosciLawGroup,P.C. 100WestCypress CreekRoad,Suite1045 FortLauderdale,FL33309 Phone:(954)-644-8704; Fax(954)772-9601 ServiceFL@mlgdefaultlaw.com ServiceFL2@mlg defaultlaw.com File#:16-10322-FC April28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION CaseNo:2018-CP-0172PR INRE:ESTATEOF GERALDALANMERTA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe ESTATEOFGERALDALAN MERTA,deceased,whose dateofdeathwasFebruary 15,2018,ispendinginthe CircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,FileNumber2018-CP0172PR,theaddressof whichis2Courthouse Square,Kissimmee,Florida 34741.Thenamesandaddressesofth epersonalrepresentativeandthepersonal representatives'attorneyare setforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonswhohave claimsordemandsagaistthe decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingent,orunliquidatedclaims,andwho havebeenservedacopyof thisnotice,mustfiletheir claimswiththiscourtWITHINTHELATEROFTHREE (3)MONTHSAFTERTHE DATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR THIRTY(30)DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICE OF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons whohaveclaimsordemandsagainstthedecedentsestate,includingunmatured,contingent,orunliquidatedclaims,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICE ALLOBJECTIONSNOTSO FILEDWILLBEFOREVER BARRED NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFT ERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:May5,2018. P ersonalRepresentative: /s/CourtneyMerta CourtneyMerta 573TimberRunLane Groveland,Florida34746 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: CARPENTERLAWP.A. 222SouthVernonAvenue Kissimmee,Florida34741 (407)343-7737 email@example.com By:/s/W.JoyCarpenter W.JoyCarpenter FloridaBarNo.:080225 May5,12,2018
Page 22 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.:2018-CP-000272PR Division:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOF MARYL.JUNG, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofMARYL.JUNG, deceased,whosedateof deathwasFebruary19, 2018,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis: 2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof theCo-Per sonalRepresentativeandtheCo-Personal Representativesattorneyare setforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,onwhom acopyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeserved,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecede ntandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate, mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTSO FILEDWITHINTHETIME PERIODSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisn oticeis:April28, 2018. C o-Personal Representatives: /s/NormaL.Sutton NormaL.Sutton 142ZacaloWay Kissimmee,Florida34743 /s/LoriA.Hoang LoriA.Hoang 436S.GatewayInternational Ridgecrest,California93555 AttorneyforCoPersonalRepresentatives: /s/LeeH.Massey LEEH.MASSEY FloridaBarNo.36207 LEWISandMASSEY,P.A. 1021MassachusettsAvenue St.Cloud,Florida34769 Telephone:(407)892-5138 Fax#:(407)892-1534 E-Mail:lmassey@lewismasseyl aw.com A pril28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION File#:2018-CP-84 INRE:ESTATEOF EFTICHIAKRASA, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofEftichiaKrasa, deceased,whosedateof deathwasDecember18, 2017,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,theaddressofwhich is2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thelastknowaddressofthe decedentEftichiaKrasawas 2909SummerWindsCircle, St.CloudFL3476 9-6341. Thenameandaddressofthe personalrepresentativeisset forthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestate,onwhom acopyofthisnoticeisserved mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHETIMEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM.ALL CLAIMSNOTSOFILED WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. Allothercreditorso fthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate,includingunmatured,contingentorunliquidatedclaims, mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE.ALLCLAIMS NOTFILEDWITHINTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH INFLORIDASTATUTESECTION733.702WILLBE FOREVERBARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT 'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisNoticeis:April28, 2018. Signedthis24thdayofApril, 2018. P ersonalRepresentative: /s/SharonKilcourse, SharonKilcourse, c/oBeecherA.Larson 1201RidgeRoad Longwood,FL32771 /s/BeecherA.Larson BeecherA.Larson, Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative FloridaBarNo.52825, 1201RidgeRoad Longwood,FL32771 Telephone:321-206-3270; Fax407-209-0097; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. April2 8,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISIO N FileNo.2018-CP-000275PR Division:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOF RAYMONDW.REYNOLDS, A/K/ARAYMONDWAYNE REYNOLDS, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofRAYMONDW REYNOLDS,a/k/aRAYMONDWAYNEREYNOLDS deceased,whosedateof deathwasSeptember5 2017,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis : 2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,Florida34741 Thenamesandaddressesof thePersonalRepresentative andthePersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate,on whomacopyofthisnoticeis requiredtobeserved,must filetheirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allo thercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTSO FILEDWITHINTHETIME PERIODSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisnoticeis:May5,2018 PersonalRepresentative : /s/ManuelCouvertier ManuelCouvertie r 3118SpireCour t Deltona,Florida32725 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/LeeH.Massey LEEH.MASSEY Attorneyfor ManuelCouvertier FloridaBarNo.36207 LEWISandMASSEY,P.A. 1021MassachusettsAvenue St.Cloud,Florida34769 Telephone:(407)892-5138 Fax#:(407)892-1534 E-Mail:email@example.com May5,12,2018 STATEOFWISCONSIN CIRCUITCOURT MILWAUKEECOUNTY CaseNo.18TP18 IntheInterestof: R.A.W. Bornto:A.M.W. NOTICEANDORDER OFHEARING (ForPublication) TO: AustinMiller, addressunknown PedroMurphyCaraballo Lastknownaddress: 187WesternSt. FondduLac,WI54935 305S.PalmAve. Kissimmee,FL34741 PhysicalDescriptionof allegedparent: Miller@age29 MurphyCaraballo bornNovember1972 andanyunknownparent atunknownaddress Additionalidentifying information: Dateofconception: 6/06/20178/05/2017 Placeofconception: FondduLac, FondduLacCounty,WI Dateofbirth:4/03/2018 Placeofb irth:Menomonee Falls,WaukeshaCounty,WI I TISORDERED: Thisnoticebepublishedadvisingyouthatapetitionfor terminationofyourparental rightstotheabovenamed childbeheardattheFonddu LacCity-CountyGovernmentCenter,160S.MacySt, FondduLac,WI54935, Branch2,onMay16,2018, at3:30p.m. Youhavetherighttohavean attorneypresent.Ifyoudesiretocontestthematterand cannotaffordanattorney,the statepublicdefendermay appointanattorneytor epresentyou. Ifyoufailtoappearandthe courtterminatesyourparentalrights,eitheramotionto seekrelieffromthejudgmentofanoticeofintentto pursuerelieffromthejudgmentmustbefiledinthetrial courtwithin30daysafterthe judgmentisentered,inorder topreservetherighttopursuesuchrelief. Ifyouneedhelpinthismatterbecauseofadisability, pleasecall920-929-3734. B YTHECOURT: Hon.PeterL.Grimm Dated:4/17/2018 StephenW.Hayes N14W23 777Stone RidgeDrive#200 Waukesha,WI53188 262-347-2001 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISIO N FileNo.:2018-CP-000274PR Division:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOF KATHLEENF.PAULSON, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofKATHLEENF PAULSON,deceased,whose dateofdeathwasMay25 2017,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis : 2CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,Florida34741 Thenamesandaddressesof thePersonalRepresentative andthePersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,onwhom acopyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeserved,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allo thercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate, mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTSO FILEDWITHINTHETIME PERIODSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisnoticeis:April28, 2018. PersonalRepresent ative: / s/RichardW.PaulsonJr. RichardW.Pailson,Jr. P.O.Box143 Orford,NewHampshire 03777 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/LeeH.Massey LEEH.MASSEY Attorneyfor RichardW.Paulson,Jr. FloridaBarNo.36207 LEWISandMASSEY,P.A. 1021MassachusettsAvenue St.Cloud,Florida34769 Telephone:(407)892-5138 Fax#:(407)892-1534 E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org April28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOL A COUNTY,FLORID A PROBATEDIVISIO N CaseNo:2018-CP-0200PR INRE:ESTATEOFJOSEPH EDWARDMANCILLASJR, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe ESTATEOFJOSEPHEDWARDMANCILLASJR deceased,whosedateof deathwasMarch4,2018,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida ProbateDivision,FileNumber2018-CP-O200PR,the addressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee Florida34741.Thenames andaddressesofthepersonalrepresentativeandthepersonalrepresentatives'attorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonswhohave claimsordemandsagainst thedecedentsestate,includingunmatured,contingent,or unliquidatedclaims,andwho havebeenservedacopyo f thisnotice,mustfiletheir claimswiththiscourtWITHINTHELATEROFTHREE (3)MONTHSAFTERTHE DATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR THIRTY(30)DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons whohaveclaimsorde mandsagainstth e decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingent,orunliquidatedclaims,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICE ALLOBJECTIONSNOTSO FILEDWILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:May5,2018 PersonalRepresentative : /s/LisaKerrigan LisaLynnKerriga n 9295LunaDriv e St.Cloud,Florida34773 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: CARPENTERLAW,P.A. 222SouthVernonAvenue Kissimmee,Florida34741 (407)343-7737 email@example.com By:/s/W.JoyCarpenter W.JoyCarpenter FloridaBarNo.:080225 May5,12,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.2018-CP-000184PR Division:_____. INRE:ESTATEOFEVELYN M.BLOWSKY,a/k/a EVELYNMAYBLOWSKY, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe estateofEvelynM.Blowsky, deceased,whosedateof deathwasFebruary7,2018, ispendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida, ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, FL34741.Thenamesand addressesofthepersona l representativeandthepersonalrepresentative'sattorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedent'sestate,onwhom acopyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeserved,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt ONORBEFORETHE LATEROF3MONTHS AFTERTHETIMEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICEOR30DAYS AFTERTHEDATEOFSERVICEOFACOPYOFTHIS NOTICEONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandothe rpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedent'sestate mustfiletheirclaimswiththis courtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTFILED WITHINTHETIMEPERIODSSETFORTHINFLORIDASTATUTESSECTION 733.702WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:April28, 2 018. S usanM.Buscaglia PersonalRepresentative 4125BergamontCourt Kissimmee,FL34746 T.BrentJenkins,Esq. Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative FloridaBarNo.366080 Jenkins&Young 265ClydeMorrisBlvd.,#300 OrmondBeach,FL32174 Telephone:386-672-1332 Email: TBJenkinsPA@aol.com April28,2018 May5,2018 CONDADODEOSCEOLABLOQUEPARAEL DESARROLLOCOMUNITARIO(CDBG)PROYECTODE EXTENSINDEALCANTARILLADOSANITARIODE MARYDIAAVISODEENCONTRARSIN IMPACTOSIGNIFICATIVOYAVISO DEINTENCINPARASOLICITAR LALIBERACINDEFONDOS 7demayode2018 CondadodeOsceola 1CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,Florida34741 (407)742-2385 Estosavisosdeberncumplircondosrequisitosdeprocedimientoseparadosperorelacionadosparalasactividadesque realizarelCondadodeOsceola. SOLICITUDDELIBERACI NDEFONDOS Alrededordel24demayode2018,elCondadodeOsceola presentarunasolicitudalDepartamentodeViviendayDesarrolloUrbanodelosEstadosUnidos(HUD)paralaliberacinde losfondosdelSubsidioenBloquedeDesarrolloComunitario (CDBG)bajoelTtulo1delnombredelaLeyde1974,segn enmendada,parallevaracabounproyectoconocidocomo ProyectodeExtensindeAlcantarilladoSanitariodeMarydia conelpropsitodeproporcionarserviciosdeagu asresiduales alvecindariodeMarydiaparaquelosocupantesdelosedificiosy/omejorasconstruidosrecibanunserviciodeaguaresidualminoristaadecuadodelaAutoridaddelAguadeToho; serprovistoporfondosdeCDBGes$633,000conuncosto totaldelproyectode$1,650,000.Lasinstalacionesdeaguas residualesdelaprimerafaseseubicarndentrodelderecho depasopblicoubicadoenlalneaoestedeLucilleStreet,la lneanortedeHomeStreet,lalneaested eOldDixieHighway ylalneadelsurdeE.CarrollStreetenelcondadode Osceola,Florida.Lasegundayterserafaseesunaconexin desdelascasasoeldesarrolloexistentesaloslateralesdealcantarilladopropuestosyseencuentranenN.JohnsonStreet, PioneerStreet,OldDixieHighway,TampaAvenue,FloridaAvenueentreGardenStreetySawdustTrail.GardenStreet,Barn Street,StillStreetySawdustTrailentreN.JohnsonStreety FloridaAvenueenelbarrioMary diaubicadoenelcondadode Osceola,Florida. E NCONTRARSINIMPACTOSIGNIFICATIVO ElcondadodeOsceolahadeterminadoqueelproyectono tendrunimpactosignificativoenelambientehumano.Porlo tanto,noserequiereunaDeclaracindeImpactoAmbiental bajolaLeydePolticaAmbientalNacionalde1969(NEPA).La informacinadicionaldelproyectoestcontenidaenelRegistrodeRevisinAmbiental(ERR)archivadoenelDepartamentodeServiciosHumanosdelCo ndadodeOsceolaubicadoen330N.BeaumontAvenue,Kissimmee,Florida34741y puedeserexaminadoocopiadoentresemanade9:00a.m.a 4:00p.m. C OMENTARIOSPBLICOS Cualquierindividuo,grupooagenciapuedeenviarcomentariosporescritosobrelaERRalDepartamentodeServiciosHumanosdelCondadodeOsceola,330N.BeaumontAve., Kissimmee,FL34741,portelfonoal(407)742-8402opor correoelectrnicoaDanicka.Ransom@osceola.org.Todoslos comentariosr ecibidoshastael23demayode2018sernconsideradosporelCondadodeOsceolaantesdeautorizarel envodeunasolicituddeliberacindefondos.Loscomentariosdebenespecificaraquavisoseestndirigiendo. C ERTIFICACINAMBIENTAL ElCondadodeOsceolacertificaaHUDqueDonFisher,ensu calidaddeAdministradordelCondadodeOsceola,tieneel consentimientodeaceptarlajurisdiccindelosTribunales Federalessiseiniciaunaaccinparaimponerrespon sabilidadesenrelacinconelprocesoderevisinambientalyque estasresponsabilidadeshansidosatisfechas.Laaprobacin deHUDdelacertificacincumpleconsusresponsabilidades bajoNEPAylasleyesyautoridadesrelacionadasypermite queelCondadodeOsceolauselosfondosdelprograma. O BJECIONESPARALALIBERACINDEFONDOS HUDaceptarobjecionesasuliberacindefondosyla certificacindelCondadodeOsceolaporunperododequince dasdespusdel afechadepresentacinanticipadaola recepcinrealdelasolicitud(loqueseaposterior)solosise encuentranenunadelassiguientesbases:(a)lacertificacin nofueejecutadaporelOficialCertificadoradelCondadode Osceola;(b)elCondadodeOsceolahaomitidounpasoono hatomadounadecisinounadeterminacinrequeridaporlas regulacionesdeHUDen24CFRparte58;(c)eldestinatario delasubvencinuotrosparticipantesenelprocesodedesarrollohanco mprometidofondos,incurridoencostosoemprendidoactividadesnoautorizadaspor24CFRParte58antesde laaprobacindeunaliberacindefondosporpartedeHUD;o (d)otraagenciafederalqueactadeconformidadconel40 CFRParte1504hapresentadounaconstatacinescritade queelproyectonoessatisfactoriodesdeelpuntodevistade lacalidadambiental.Lasobjecionesdebenprepararsey presentarsedeacuerdoconlosprocedimientosrequeridos(24 CFRParte5 8,Sec.58.76)ydebendirigirsealaoficinade administracindeHUDJacksonvilleen400WestBayStreet, Suite1015,Jacksonville,FL32202.Losposiblesobjetores debencomunicarseconHUDparaverificarelltimodareal delperododeobjecin. D onFisher,AdministradordelCondado, CondadodeOsceola,Florida May5,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICHEARING ORDINANCENO.2018-36 NoticeisherebygiventhatthePlanningCommissionofthe CityofSt.Cloud,Florida,atameetingtobeheldonMay15, 2018,intheCouncilChambersatCityHall,13009thStreet,St. Cloud,Floridaat6:00p.m.,willconsidertheissueandmakea recommendationtotheCityCouncilrelativetoenactmentof OrdinanceNo.2018-36entitled: ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYCOUNCILOFTHECITYOF ST.CLOUD,FLORIDA,ASSIGNINGAZONINGDISTRICT OF"PPROFESSIONAL,CO MPATIBLEW ITHACOMMERCIALFUTURELANDUSEDESIGNATIONCHANGE, ADOPTEDBYORDINANCENO.2018-35,FORAPPROXIMATELY0.422ACRES,LOCATEDSOUTHOF11THSTREET, BETWEENMISSISSIPPIANDEASTERNAVENUE;PROVIDINGFORENTERINGTHEDESIGNATIONONTHEOFFICIALZONINGMAP,FILINGOFTHEPLANNINGCOMMISSIONRECOMMENDATIONANDPROOFOFPUBLICATION, SEVERABILITYANDEFFECTIVEDATE. Interestedpartiesmayappearatthemeetingatwhichtimethis ORDINANCEistobecons ideredandshallbeheardwithrespecttotheproposedORDINANCEatthePublicHearing thereon.ThisORDINANCE,initsentiretycanbereviewedat thePlanningandZoningDepartmentbetweenthehoursof 8:00a.m.and4:00p.m.MondaythroughFriday. IfapersondecidestoappealanydecisionmadebytheCommittee/Board,withrespecttoanymatterconsideredatsuch hearing/meeting,suchpersonwillneedarecordoftheproceedingsandthat,forthispurpose,suchpersonm ayneedto ensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade, whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhich theappealistobebased,andwhichrecordisnotprovidedby theCityofSt.Cloud.(FS286.0105) InaccordancewiththeAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,personsneedingassistancetoparticipateinanyoftheseproceedingsshouldcontacttheSecretary/ClerkoftheCommittee/ Board(listedbelow),priortothemeeting.(FS286.26) J essieLigh t,PlanningCommissionSecretary 13009thStreet,St.Cloud,FL34769 Telephone:(407)957-8427 May5,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE PERSONALPROPERTYOFTHEFOLLOWINGTENANTS WILLBESOLDFORCASHTOSATISFYRENTALLIENSIN ACCORDANCEWITHFLORIDASTATUES,SELFSTORAGE FACILITYACT,SECTIONS83-806AND83-807;CONTENTS MAYINCLUDEKITCHEN,HOUSEHOLDITEMS,BEDDING TOYS,GAMES,PACKEDCARTON,FURNITURE,TOOLS ETC.LIENSALETOBEHELDFRIDAYMAY18TH2017,AT 9:00A.M.,MOREORLESSSTORAGE,711E13THSTREET SAINTCLOUD,FL34769 DAVIDHORNER112, WILLIEDOWDELL306, EVEYLNVELAZQUEZ408. May5,12,2018 OSCEOLACOUNTYCOMMUNITYDEVELOPMENT BLOCKGRANT MARYDIASANITARYSEWEREXTENSIONPROJECT NOTICEOFFINDINGOFNOSIGNFICANTIMPACTAND NOTICEOFINTENTTOREQUESTRELEASEOFFUNDS May7,2018 OsceolaCounty 1CourthouseSquare Kissimmee,Florida34741 (407)742-2385 Thesenoticesshallsatisfytwoseparatebutrelatedprocedural requirementsforactivitiestobeundertakenbyOsceola County. REQUESTFORRELEASEOFFUNDS OnoraboutMay24,2018OsceolaCountywillsubmitarequesttotheU.S.Departmento fHousingandUrbanDevelopment(HUD)forthereleaseofCommunityDevelopmentBlock Grant(CDBG)fundsunderTitle1ofthenameoftheActof 1974,asamended,toundertakeaprojectknownasMarydia SanitarySewerExtensionProjectforthepurposeofproviding theMarydianeighborhoodwithwastewaterservicessothatthe occupantsofthebuildingsand/orimprovementsconstructed willreceiveadequateretailwastewaterservicefromtheToho WaterAuthority,estimat edfundingtobeprovidedbyCDBG f undsis$633,000withatotalprojectcostof$1,650,000.Phase OneWastewaterFacilitieswillbelocatedwithinthepublicrightof-waylocatedonthewesterlylineofLucilleStreet,thenortherlylineofHomeStreet,theeasterlylineofOldDixieHighway andtheSoutherlylineofE.CarrollStreetinOsceolaCounty, Florida.PhaseTwoandThreeisconnectionfromtheexisting homesordevelopmenttotheproposedsewerlateralsandare l ocatedonN.JohnsonStreet,PioneerStreet,OldDixieHighway,TampaAvenue,FloridaAvenuebetweenGardenStreet andSawdustTrail.GardenStreet,BarnStreet,StillStreetand SawdustTrailbetweenN.JohnsonStreetandFloridaAvenue intheMarydianeighborhoodlocatedinOsceolaCounty,Florida. F INDINGOFNOSIGNIFICANTIMPACT OsceolaCountyhasdeterminedthattheprojectwillhaveno significantimpactonthehumanenvironment.Therefore,an Environmenta lImpactStatementundertheNationalEnvironmentalPolicyActof1969(NEPA)isnotrequired.Additional projectinformationiscontainedintheEnvironmentalReview Record(ERR)onfileattheOsceolaCountyHumanServices Departmentlocatedat330N.BeaumontAvenue,Kissimmee, Florida34741andmaybeexaminedorcopiedweekdays9:00 A.Mto4:00P.M. P UBLICCOMMENTS Anyindividual,group,oragencymaysubmitwrittencomments ontheERRtotheOsceolaCountyHumanS ervicesDepartment,330N.BeaumontAve.,Kissimmee,FL34741,byphone at(407)742-8402oremailatDanicka.Ransom@osceola county.org.AllcommentsreceivedbyMay23,2018andwillbe consideredbyOsceolaCountypriortoauthorizingsubmission ofarequestforreleaseoffunds.Commentsshouldspecify whichNoticetheyareaddressing. E NVIRONMENTALCERTIFICATION OsceolaCountycertifiestoHUDthatDonFisherinhiscapacityasCountyManagerofOsceolaCounty consentstoaccept thejurisdictionoftheFederalCourtsifanactionisbroughtto enforceresponsibilitiesinrelationtotheenvironmentalreview processandthattheseresponsibilitieshavebeensatisfied. HUDsapprovalofthecertificationsatisfiesitsresponsibilities underNEPAandrelatedlawsandauthoritiesandallows OsceolaCountytouseProgramfunds. O BJECTIONSTORELEASEOFFUNDS HUDwillacceptobjectionstoitsreleaseoffundandOsceola County scertificationforaperiodoffifteendaysfollowingthe anticipatedsubmissiondateoritsactualreceiptoftherequest (whicheverislater)onlyiftheyareononeofthefollowing bases:(a)thecertificationwasnotexecutedbytheCertifying OfficerofOsceolaCounty;(b)OsceolaCountyhasomitteda steporfailedtomakeadecisionorfindingrequiredbyHUD regulationsat24CFRpart58;(c)thegrantrecipientorother participantsinthedevelopmentprocesshaveco mmittedfunds, incurredcostsorundertakenactivitiesnotauthorizedby24 CFRPart58beforeapprovalofareleaseoffundsbyHUD;or (d)anotherFederalagencyactingpursuantto40CFRPart 1504hassubmittedawrittenfindingthattheprojectisunsatisfactoryfromthestandpointofenvironmentalquality.Objectionsmustbepreparedandsubmittedinaccordancewiththe requiredprocedures(24CFRPart58,Sec.58.76)andshallbe addressedtoHUDJacksonvilleadmi nistrationofficeat400 WestBayStreet,Suite1015,Jacksonville,FL32202.Potential o bjectorsshouldcontactHUDtoverifytheactuallastdayofthe objectionperiod. DonFisher, CountyManager,OsceolaCounty,Florida May5,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICHEARING ORDINANCENO.2018-35 NoticeisherebygiventhatthePlanningCommissionofthe CityofSt.Cloud,Florida,atameetingtobeheldonMay15 2018,intheCouncilChambersatCityHall,13009thStreet,St Cloud,Floridaat6:00p.m.,willconsidertheissueandmakea recommendationtotheCityCouncilrelativetoenactmentof OrdinanceNo.2018-35entitled: ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYCOUNCILOFTHECITYOF ST.CLOUD,FLORIDA,ASSIGNINGAFUTURELANDUSE DESIGNATIONOFCOMMERCIALTOAPPROXIMATELY 0.422ACRES,LOCATEDSOUTHOF11THSTREET BETWEENMISSISSIPPIANDEASTERNAVENUE;PROVIDINGFORAMENDINGTHEOFFICIALFUTURELANDUSE MAPOFTHECOMPREHENSIVEPLAN,FILINGOFTHE PLANNINGCOMMISSIONRECOMMENDATIONAN D PROOFOFPUBLICATION,APPLICABILITYANDEFFECT SEVERABILITY,COPIESONFILEANDEFFECTIVEDATE Interestedpartiesmayappearatthemeetingatwhichtimethis ORDINANCEistobeconsideredandshallbeheardwith respecttotheproposedORDINANCEatthePublicHearing thereon.ThisORDINANCE,initsentiretycanbereviewedat thePlanningandZoningDepartmentbetweenthehoursof 8:00a.m.and4:00p.m.MondaythroughFriday. IfapersondecidestoappealanydecisionmadebytheCommittee/Board,withrespecttoanymatterconsideredatsuch hearing/meeting,suchp ersonwillneedarecordoftheproceedingsandthat,forthispurpose,suchpersonmayneedto ensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade whichrecordincludesthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhich theappealistobebased,andwhichrecordisnotprovidedby theCityofSt.Cloud.(FS286.0105) InaccordancewiththeAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,personsneedingassistancetoparticipateinanyoftheseproceedingsshouldcontacttheSecretary/ClerkoftheCommittee/ Board(listedbelow),priortothemeeting.(FS286.26) JessieLight,PlanningCommissionSecretary 13009thStreet,St.Cloud,FL34 769 T elephone:(407)957-8427 May5,2018 NOTICEOFSPECIALMEETING COUNTRYGREENS COMMUNITYDEVELOPMENTDISTRICT ASpecialMeetingoftheBoardofSupervisorsoftheCountry GreensCommunityDevelopmentDistrictisscheduledtobe heldonMonday,May14,2018at5:30p.m.attheSorrento ChristianCenter,32441CountyRoad437,Sorrento,Florida. Thepurposeofthemeetingistoreviewtheissuesrelatedto theFiscalYear2018/2019Budgetandtheassessment methodology. Themeetingisopentothepublicandwillbeconductedin accordanc ewiththeprovisionsofFloridaLawforCommunity DevelopmentDistricts.Acopyoftheagendaforthismeeting maybeobtainedfromInframark,InfrastructureManagement Services,210N.UniversityDrive,Suite702,CoralSprings, Florida33071. TheremaybeoccasionswhenoneormoreSupervisorsmay participatebytelephone.Attheabovelocationtheremaybe presentaspeakertelephonesothatanyinterestedpersoncan attendthemeetingattheabovelocationandbeful lyinformed ofthediscussionstakingplaceeitherinpersonorbytelephonecommunications. Anypersonrequiringspecialaccommodationsatthismeeting becauseofadisabilityorphysicalimpairmentshouldcontact theDistrictOfficeat(954)603-0033atleasttwo(2)calendar dayspriortothemeeting.Ifyouarehearingorspeech impaired,pleasecontacttheFloridaRelayServiceat1-800955-8770,foraidincontactingtheDistrictOffice. Eachpersonwhodecides toappealanydecisionmadebythe Boardwithrespecttoanymatterconsideredatthemeetingis advisedthatpersonwillneedarecordoftheproceedingsand thataccordingly,thepersonmayneedtoensurethataverbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade,includingthetestimonyandevidenceuponwhichsuchappealistobebased. R obertKoncar DistrictManager May5,2018 STATEOFWISCONSIN CIRCUITCOURT MILWAUKEECOUNTY CaseNo.18TP18 IntheInterestof: R.A.W. Bornto:A.M.W. NOTICEANDORDER OFHEARING (ForPublication) TO: AustinMiller, addressunknown PedroMurphyCaraballo Lastknownaddress: 187WesternSt. FondduLac,WI54935 305S.PalmAve. Kissimmee,FL34741 PhysicalDescriptionof allegedparent: Miller@age29 MurphyCaraballo bornNovember1972 andanyunknownparent atunknownaddress Additionalidentifying information: Dateofconception: 6/06/20178/05/2017 Placeofconception: FondduLac, FondduLacCounty,WI Dateofbirth:4/03/2018 Placeofbirth:Menomonee Falls ,WaukeshaCounty,WI I TISORDERED: Thisnoticebepublishedadvisingyouthatapetitionfor terminationofyourparental rightstotheabovenamed childbeheardattheFonddu LacCity-CountyGovernmentCenter,160S.MacySt, FondduLac,WI54935, Branch2,onMay16,2018, at3:30p.m. Youhavetherighttohavean attorneypresent.Ifyoudesiretocontestthematterand cannotaffordanattorney,the statepublicdefendermay appointanattorneytorepresentyou. Ifyouf ailtoappearandthe courtterminatesyourparentalrights,eitheramotionto seekrelieffromthejudgmentofanoticeofintentto pursuerelieffromthejudgmentmustbefiledinthetrial courtwithin30daysafterthe judgmentisentered,inorder topreservetherighttopursuesuchrelief. Ifyouneedhelpinthismatterbecauseofadisability, pleasecall920-929-3734. B YTHECOURT: Hon.PeterL.Grimm Dated:4/17/2018 StephenW.Hayes N14W23777Stone RidgeDrive# 200 W aukesha,WI53188 262-347-2001 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT, INANDFOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA. PROBATEDIVISION FileNo.:2018-CP-000274PR Division:Probate. INRE:ESTATEOF KATHLEENF.PAULSON, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe EstateofKATHLEENF. PAULSON,deceased,whose dateofdeathwasMay25, 2017,ispendingintheCircuitCourtforOsceola County,Florida,ProbateDivision,theaddressofwhichis: 2CourthouseSquare, Kissimmee,Florida34741. Thenamesandaddressesof thePersonalRepresentative andthePersonalRepresentativesattorneyaresetforth below. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonshaving claimsordemandsagainst decedentsestate,onwhom acopyofthisnoticeisrequiredtobeserved,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THETIMEOFTHEFIRST PUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR30DAYSAFTER THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedec edentandotherpersons havingclaimsordemands againstdecedentsestate, mustfiletheirclaimswiththis CourtWITHIN3MONTHS AFTERTHEDATEOFTHE FIRSTPUBLICATIONOF THISNOTICE. ALLCLAIMSNOTSO FILEDWITHINTHETIME PERIODSETFORTHIN SECTION733.702OFTHE FLORIDAPROBATECODE WILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2)YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENT'S DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. ThedateoffirstPublication ofthisnoticeis:April28, 2018. PersonalRepresentative: /s/RichardW.Pauls onJr. RichardW.Pailson,Jr. P.O.Box143 Orford,NewHampshire 03777 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: /s/LeeH.Massey LEEH.MASSEY Attorneyfor RichardW.Paulson,Jr. FloridaBarNo.36207 LEWISandMASSEY,P.A. 1021MassachusettsAvenue St.Cloud,Florida34769 Telephone:(407)892-5138 Fax#:(407)892-1534 E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org April28,2018 May5,2018 INTHECIRCUITCOURT FOROSCEOLA COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATEDIVISION CaseNo:2018-CP-0200PR INRE:ESTATEOFJOSEPH EDWARDMANCILLASJR, Deceased. NOTICETOCREDITORS Theadministrationofthe ESTATEOFJOSEPHEDWARDMANCILLASJR, deceased,whosedateof deathwasMarch4,2018,is pendingintheCircuitCourt forOsceolaCounty,Florida, ProbateDivision,FileNumber2018-CP-O200PR,the addressofwhichis:2CourthouseSquare,Kissimmee, Florida34741.Thenames an daddressesofthepersonalrepresentativeandthepersonalrepresentatives'attorneyaresetforthbelow. Allcreditorsofthedecedent andotherpersonswhohave claimsordemandsagainst thedecedentsestate,includingunmatured,contingent,or unliquidatedclaims,andwho havebeenservedacopyof thisnotice,mustfiletheir claimswiththiscourtWITHINTHELATEROFTHREE (3)MONTHSAFTERTHE DATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICEOR THIRTY(30)DAYSAFTE R THEDATEOFSERVICEOF ACOPYOFTHISNOTICE ONTHEM. Allothercreditorsofthedecedentandotherpersons whohaveclaimsordemandsagainstthe decedentsestate,including unmatured,contingent,orunliquidatedclaims,mustfile theirclaimswiththiscourt WITHINTHELATEROF THREE(3)MONTHSAFTER THEDATEOFFIRSTPUBLICATIONOFTHISNOTICE ALLOBJECTIONSNOTSO FILEDWILLBEFOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDINGTHE TIMEPERIODSSETFORTH ABOVE,ANYCLAIMFILED TWO(2 )YEARSORMORE AFTERTHEDECEDENTS DATEOFDEATHIS BARRED. Thedateoffirstpublication ofthisnoticeis:May5,2018. P ersonalRepresentative: /s/LisaKerrigan LisaLynnKerrigan 9295LunaDrive St.Cloud,Florida34773 Attorneyfor PersonalRepresentative: CARPENTERLAW,P.A. 222SouthVernonAvenue Kissimmee,Florida34741 (407)343-7737 email@example.com By:/s/W.JoyCarpenter W.JoyCarpenter FloridaBarNo.:080225 May5,12,2018 NOTICEOF SHERIFFSSALE LIVESTOCKF.S.588.17 ToWhomItMayConcern: YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatthefollowingdescribedLIVESTOCKhas beenimpoundedbythe OsceolaCountyAnimalControlDepartment,3910Old CanoeCreekRoad,St. Cloud,FL 1,BLACK,BULL. TheabovedescribedLIVESTOCKwillbeoffered,for salebypublicauction,tothe highestcashbidder,by orderoftheCountyCourt,in andforOsceolaCounty.The proceedsfromthesaleshall beappliedfirsttocoverthe costofthesale,ifa ny.The Sheriffmaycharge$20.00 peranimalforconductingthe sale,$20.00peranimalfor reportingthesale,andthe costofadvertisingnotices. Secondly,theproceedsshall bepaidtotheOsceola CountyBoardofCounty Commissionersforthecost ofcareandprovisions providedfortheanimalby theOsceolaCountyAnimal ControlDepartment.TheAnimalControlDepartmentmay chargeanimpoundfeeof $25.00,peranimaltakenintothefacility,and$18.00,per dayforcar e,foodandshelterprovidedfromApril17, 2017.Anyremainingproceedsshallbeforwardedto theowneroftheanimal.In theeventtheownerisunknown,theremainingproceedsshallbeforwardedto thecourt. D ATE:April27,2018. RussellGibson OsceolaCountySheriff By:___________, Lt.DanWeis DeputySheriff Inaccordancewiththe AmericanswithDisabilities Act,Personswithdisabilities needingaspecialaccommodationtoParticipateinthis proceedingshou ldcontact theOsceolaCountySheriffs Officeat2601E.IrloBronsonMemHighway,Kissimmee,Florida,34744,Telephone(407)348-2222,not laterthansevendayspriorto theproceeding.IfHearingis impaired,(TDD)1-800-9558771orVoice(V)1-800-9556770,ViaFloridaRelayService. M ay5,2018 NOTICEOF SHERIFFSSALE LIVESTOCKF.S.588.17 ToWhomItMayConcern: YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatthefollowingdescribedLIVESTOCKha s beenimpoundedbythe OsceolaCountyAnimalControlDepartment,3910Old CanoeCreekRoad,St Cloud,FL 1,BLACK,BULL TheabovedescribedLIVESTOCKwillbeoffered,for salebypublicauction,tothe highestcashbidder,by orderoftheCountyCourt,in andforOsceolaCounty.The proceedsfromthesaleshall beappliedfirsttocoverthe costofthesale,ifany.The Sheriffmaycharge$20.00 peranimalforconductingthe sale,$20.00peranimalfor reportingthesale,andthe costofadvertisingnotices Secondly,theproceedsshall bepaidtotheOsceol a CountyBoardofCounty Commissionersforthecost ofcareandprovisions providedfortheanimalby theOsceolaCountyAnimal ControlDepartment.TheAnimalControlDepartmentmay chargeanimpoundfeeof $25.00,peranimaltakenintothefacility,and$18.00,per dayforcare,foodandshelterprovidedfromApril17, 2017.Anyremainingproceedsshallbeforwardedto theowneroftheanimal.In theeventtheownerisunknown,theremainingproceedsshallbeforwardedto thecourt. DATE:April27,2018. RussellGibson OsceolaCountySheriff By:___________, Lt.DanWeis DeputySheriff Inacc ordancewiththe AmericanswithDisabilities Act,Personswithdisabilities needingaspecialaccommodationtoParticipateinthis proceedingshouldcontact theOsceolaCountySheriffs Officeat2601E.IrloBronsonMemHighway,Kissimmee,Florida,34744,Telephone(407)348-2222,not laterthansevendayspriorto theproceeding.IfHearingis impaired,(TDD)1-800-9558771orVoice(V)1-800-9556770,ViaFloridaRelayService. M ay5,2018 NOTICEOF SHERIFFSSALE LIVESTOCKF.S.588.17 ToWhomItMayConcern: YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatthefollowingdescribedLIVESTOCKhas beenimpoundedbythe OsceolaCountyAnimalControlDepartment,3910Old CanoeCreekRoad,St. Cloud,FL 1,BLACK,BULL. TheabovedescribedLIVESTOCKwillbeoffered,for salebypublicauction,tothe highestcashbidder,by orderoftheCountyCourt,in andforOsceolaCounty.The proceedsfromthesaleshall beappliedfirsttocove rthe costofthesale,ifany.The Sheriffmaycharge$20.00 peranimalforconductingthe sale,$20.00peranimalfor reportingthesale,andthe costofadvertisingnotices. Secondly,theproceedsshall bepaidtotheOsceola CountyBoardofCounty Commissionersforthecost ofcareandprovisions providedfortheanimalby theOsceolaCountyAnimal ControlDepartment.TheAnimalControlDepartmentmay chargeanimpoundfeeof $25.00,peranimaltakenintothefacility,and$18.00,per dayforcare,foodandshelterprovidedfromApril17 2017.Anyremainingproceedsshallbeforwardedto theowneroftheanimal.In theeventtheownerisunknown,theremainingproceedsshallbeforwardedto thecourt. DATE:April27,2018. RussellGibso n OsceolaCountySherif f By:___________ Lt.DanWei s DeputySheriff Inaccordancewiththe AmericanswithDisabilities Act,Personswithdisabilities needingaspecialaccommodationtoParticipateinthis proceedingshouldcontact theOsceolaCountySheriffs Officeat2601E.IrloBronsonMemHighway,Kissimmee,Florida,34744,Telephone(407)348-2222,not laterthansevendayspriorto theproceeding.IfHearingis impaired,(TDD)1-800-9558771orVoice(V)1-800-9556770,ViaFloridaRelayService. May 5,2018 NOTICEOF SHERIFFSSALE LIVESTOCKF.S.588.17 ToWhomItMayConcern: YOUAREHEREBYNOTIFIEDthatthefollowingdescribedLIVESTOCKhas beenimpoundedbythe OsceolaCountyAnimalControlDepartment,3910Old CanoeCreekRoad,St. Cloud,FL 1,BLACK,BULL. TheabovedescribedLIVESTOCKwillbeoffered,for salebypublicauction,tothe highestcashbidder,by orderoftheCountyCourt,in andforOsceolaCounty.The proceedsfromthesaleshall beappliedfirsttocove rthe costofthesale,ifany.The Sheriffmaycharge$20.00 peranimalforconductingthe sale,$20.00peranimalfor reportingthesale,andthe costofadvertisingnotices. Secondly,theproceedsshall bepaidtotheOsceola CountyBoardofCounty Commissionersforthecost ofcareandprovisions providedfortheanimalby theOsceolaCountyAnimal ControlDepartment.TheAnimalControlDepartmentmay chargeanimpoundfeeof $25.00,peranimaltakenintothefacility,a nd$18.00,per dayforcare,foodandshelterprovidedfromApril17, 2017.Anyremainingproceedsshallbeforwardedto theowneroftheanimal.In theeventtheownerisunknown,theremainingproceedsshallbeforwardedto thecourt. D ATE:April27,2018. RussellGibson OsceolaCountySheriff By:___________, Lt.DanWeis DeputySheriff Inaccordancewiththe AmericanswithDisabilities Act,Personswithdisabilities needingaspecialaccommodationtoParticipateinthis proceedingshouldcontact theOsceolaCountySheriffs Officeat2601E.IrloBronsonMemHighway,Kissimmee,Florida,34744,Telephone(407)348-2222,not laterthansevendayspriorto theproceeding.IfHearingis impaired,(TDD)1-800-9558771orVoice(V)1-800-9556770,ViaFloridaRelayService. May5,2018 NOTICEOFPUBLICSALE FELDWRECKERSERVICE givesNoticeofForeclosure ofLienandintenttosell thesevehiclesonthefollowingdatesat8:00a.m.,MAY 18,2018,at907Garden Street,Kissimmee,FL 34744-1405,pursuanttosubsection713.78oftheFlorida Statutes. FELDWRECKERSERVICE reservestherighttoaccept orrejectanyand/orallbids. 1)2008SUBARU VIN:JF1GE74668G509834 May5,2018
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Page 24 OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Saturday, May 5, 2018 The Rotary Club of Kissimmee West hosted its seventh annual Student Art Contest and Pancake Breakfast at the Osceola County School for the Arts on April 7. Rotary Club partnered with the School District of Osceola County to invite students in grades K 12 from public and private schools to enter the juried event. Over 500 pieces of student art were on display for all to enjoy. Attendees shared a breakfast while being entertained by a DJ and student vocal groups. Face painting, crafts activities, a silent auction, canine demos and dance contests made for a fun time. The club netted over $10,000 from the event. Top Row: Pancakes on the grill. Osceola School for the Arts Chior entertains guests. Members of the Rotary club. Second row: Eleventh Grader Briyana Makayla from Har mony HS took first place.. Twelvth grader Yarielez Merced from Harmony HS also placed first for her grade. Third row: Second grader Lillian Schmidt from St Cloud Prep took third place and winner of Peoples Choice Award. First grader Jayce Sidaui Mill Creek Elementary took third place. Osceola County Sheriffs Deputy James Scanion with his bloodhound during a canine demonstration.Photos courtesy of the Rotary Club Kissimmee West STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY ROTARY CLUB
Saturday, May 5, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E1 Section E May 5, 2018 Tribune Triple EWednesday, July 15, 2015 EEE-1 www.citizentribune.com Tribune Expanded Electronic EditionBY MELISSA DARABIAN Associated PressLife is busy. We dont always have the luxury of thumbing through our favorite cookbooks, marking appeal ing recipes with sticky notes for dinners sometime off in the future when we will somehow have time to saltcure a cod or dry-age a side of beef in our garage fridge. Sometimes, we just need to get dinner on the table. It doesnt have to be fancy, but it should still be tasty and nutritious. Enter the chicken leg and thigh! Often overlooked by the healthy cook due to its higher fat content, dark chicken meat is underappreciated. Yes, the dark meat has a few more grams of fat than the white meat of the breasts (a 3 1/2-ounce serving of breast meat has about 4 grams of fat, while the same amount of dark meat has just under 6 grams). And the higher cholesterol of the dark meat means the breast probably still should be in your rotation. But chicken legs and thighs are lus cious in texture and full of avor and protein (about 28 grams per serving). They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. Perhaps most impor tant of all for the busy weeknight cook is that bone-in dark meat chicken is very forgiving in terms of cooking time. Which is to say, it is very hard to overcook dark chicken meat. So on weeknights when my hus band and I both have to work and one daughter has dance and the other three have soccer, lacrosse and more soccer, I totally appreciate the forgiveness offered by the dark meat. One of my favorite weeknight chicken leg and thigh strategies is to load them up in a large plastic bag in the morning, dump in some veggies and a quick marinade, then just toss the whole thing into the refrigerator to sit all day. After work, I dump the con tents of the bag into a baking dish and pop it into the oven while I change into something more comfortable (by which I mean sweats). Dinner, done!WEEKNIGHT LEMON CHICKEN DINNER-IN-A-BAGStart to Finish: 1 hour, plus marinat ing Servings: 4 8 bone-in chicken drumsticks or thighs, or a mix 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon red pepper akes (op tional) Kosher salt and ground black pep per 1 large red or yellow onion, cut into 8 wedges 4 medium red potatoes, halved Using a paper towel in each hand to help grip the chicken pieces, remove and discard the skin by pulling it off. In a 2-gallon zip-close plastic bag, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, thyme, red pepper akes (if using), and a hefty pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the chicken, onion and potatoes, seal the bag and gently turn over several times to evenly coat the contents with the marinade. Re frigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours, turning the bag once or twice if convenient. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 375 F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Dump the con tents of the bag onto the pan, spread into an even layer, then bake uncov ered until the chicken registers 175 F at the thickest parts, about 40 minutes. If the potatoes and onions brown too quickly on one side, turn them for more even cooking. Nutrition information per serving: 610 calories; 220 calories from fat (36 percent of total calories); 25 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 240 mg cholesterol; 540 mg sodium; 40 g car bohydrate; 5 g ber; 5 g sugar; 55 g protein. Food Network star Melissa dArabian is an expert on healthy eating on a budget. She is the au thor of the cookbook, Supermarket Healthy. http://www.melissadarabian.netAPThis June 22, photo shows weekend lemon chicken diner in a bag in Concord, N.H. Chicken legs and thighs are luscious in texture and full of flavor and protein. They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa dArabian.APThis June 22, photo shows weekend lemon chicken diner in a bag in Concord, N.H. Chicken legs and thighs are luscious in texture and full of flavor and protein. They also are much lower in saturated fat than most cuts of red meat, and they offer more iron per serving than chicken breasts. Cooking CornerIts in the bagFor crazy weeknights, dinner in a bag that isnt takeout WWW.CFLJOBNET.COMPost Your Resum OO nline At: Tribune Triple EFriday, May 4, 2018 EEE-1 www.citizentribune.comTribune Expanded Electronic Edition ST arAR T YOU r R Car CAR EE r R WITH a A J J O B TH aA T I s S RI GHT FO rR Y OU! Triple E
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Saturday, May 5, 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) President Donald Trump insisted Friday that "we're not changing any stories" about the 2016 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, even as he further muddied the explanation for the settlement by suggest ing the new face of his legal team needs to "get his facts straight." Trump said that Rudy Giuliani, who upended the previous White House defense this week by saying the president knew about his personal lawyer Michael Cohen's payment to Daniels, was "a great guy but he just started a day ago" and said the former mayor of New York City was still "learning the subject mat ter." The president added that "virtually everything" reported about the payments which are the subject of swirling legal action and frenzied cable newsbreaks was wrong. But he de clined to elaborate. Giuliani's surprise revelation of the president's pay ment clashed with Trump's past statements, created new legal headaches and stunned many in the West Wing. White House aides were blindsided when Gi uliani said Wednesday night that the president had repaid Cohen for $130,000 that was given to Daniels to keep her quiet before the 2016 election about her al legations of an affair with Trump. Trump called the con tinuing news stories about Daniels "crap" and said the White House would offer an accounting of the payments. But he offered no details While Giuliani said the payment to Daniels was "going to turn out to be per fectly legal," legal experts said the new information raised a number of questions, including whether the money represented repayment of an undisclosed loan or could be seen as reimbursement for a campaign expenditure. Either could be legally problematic. Giuliani insisted Trump didn't know the specics of Cohen's arrangement with Daniels until recently, telling "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that the president didn't know all the details until "maybe 10 days ago." Giuliani told The New York Times that Trump had repaid Cohen $35,000 a month "out of his personal family account" after the campaign was over. He said Cohen received $460,000 or $470,000 in all for expenses related to Trump. But no debt to Cohen was listed on Trump's personal nancial disclosure form, which was certied on June 16, 2017. Asked if Trump had led a fraudulent form, White House press secre tary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "I don't know." Giuliani had said the pay ment was not a campaign nance violation, but also acknowledged that Daniels' hushed-up allegations could have affected the campaign, saying: "Imagine if that came out on October 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton." Questions remain about just what Trump knew and when. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking to be released from a non-disclosure deal she signed in the days be fore the 2016 election to keep her from talking about a 2006 sexual encounter she said she had with Trump. She has also led defama tion suits against Cohen and Trump. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One several weeks ago, Trump said he did not know about the payment or where the money came from. In a phone interview with "Fox and Friends" last week, however, he appeared to muddy the waters, saying that Cohen represented him in the "crazy Stormy Dan iels deal." Sanders said Thursday that Trump "eventually learned" about the payment, but she did not offer details. For all the controversy Giuliani stirred up, some Trump supporters said it was wise to get the payment acknowledgement out in the open. Said former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: "You know, there's an old saying in the law, 'Hang a lantern on your problems.' ... So the fact is that Rudy has to go out there now and clean it up. That's what law yers get hired to do." Daniels herself weighed in via Twitter, saying: "I don't think Cohen is quali ed to 'clean up' my horse's manure. Too soon?" Her attorney, Michael Av enatti, who engaged in his own press tour Thursday, slammed both Trump and Giuliani. "The admissions by Mr. Giuliani as to Mr. Trump's conduct and the acts of Mr. Cohen are directly contrary to the lies previously told to the American people," he said. "There will ultimately be severe consequences." Trump is facing mounting legal threats from the Cohen-Daniels situation and the special counsel's investigation of Russian meddling in the election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. Cohen is facing a crimi nal investigation in New York, and FBI agents raided his home and ofce several weeks ago seeking records about the Daniels nondis closure agreement. Giuliani has warned Trump that he fears Cohen, the president's longtime personal attorney, will "ip," bending in the face of a potential prison sentence, and he has urged Trump to cut off communi cations with him, accord ing to a person close to Giuliani. The president's self-pro claimed legal xer has been surprised and concerned by Trump's recent stance toward him, according to a Cohen condant. Co hen was dismayed to hear Trump marginalize his role during an interview last week with "Fox & Friends" and interpreted a recent negative National Enquirer cover story as a warning shot from a publication that has long been cozy with Trump, said the person who was not authorized to talk about private conversations and spoke only on condition of anonymity. Cohen also had not indicated to friends that Trump's legal team was going to contradict his original claim that he was not reimbursed for the payment to Daniels. Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and U.S. attorney, joined Trump's le gal team last month. He told CNN on Thursday that the announcement of Trump's repayment of the hush mon ey was a planned strategy, saying: "You won't see day light between me and the president." He was quickly backed up by Trump, who said on Twitter that he had repaid Cohen. Trump himself was hap py with Giuliani's perfor mance, according to a per son familiar with his views but not authorized to speak about them publicly. And Giuliani told The Washing ton Post the president was "very pleased." Jason Miller, who worked on both Trump's and Gi uliani's presidential campaigns and remains close with both, said the fact the White House was caught off-guard was by design. He said the outside legal team was supposed to work independently of the White House, modeled on the team that defended Presi dent Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. "This is not the White House's job. This is not what they're supposed to be worried about," he said. "So it's good that they're not worried about this." CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsFriday, May 4, 2018 EEE-3 APIn this April 16, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, stands with her lawyer Michael Avenatti as she speaks outside federal court in New York. The story told by President Donald Trump and the White House about payments made to Daniels has evolved over time. The White House has consistently denied Trump had an affair with Daniels, but statements from the president and his aides about a hush money payment made just before the 2016 election have changed. Trump says Giuliani needs to 'get facts straight' on StormyAfter flirting with gun-control movement, Trump faces NRAWASHINGTON (AP) Back for a return engagement, President Donald Trump's address to the National Rie Association on Friday comes after he temporarily strayed from the group's strong opposition to tougher gun controls follow ing the school shooting in Parkland, Florida only to rapidly return to the fold. For the fourth year in a row, Trump will speak to the group, which meets this year in Dallas. Last year, he became the rst sitting president to appear in more than 30 years, declaring that the "assault" on the Second Amendment had ended. But this year's speech comes as the issue of gun violence takes on new urgency after one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Student survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead are now leading a massive national gun con trol movement. While the shooting has not led to ma jor changes from the White House or the Republican-led Congress, it did at least briey prompt Trump to declare that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby. He later backpedaled on that tough talk. Trump's attendance at this year's NRA convention was announced just days ago and came after Vice Presi dent Mike Pence already was scheduled to appear. Asked why Trump was at tending, given the current political tensions around gun violence, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said this week that safety was a "big priority." But, she added, "We also support the Second Amendment, and strongly support it, and don't see there to be a problem with speaking at the National Rie Association's meeting." Trump has long enjoyed strong backing from the NRA, which spent about $30 million in support of his pres idential campaign. The NRA showcased its high-prole guests for the event, with NRA Executive Director Chris Cox saying on Twitter: "We are honored to celebrate American Freedom with @ realDonaldTrump, @VP Mike Pence and others. #2A #watchtheleftmeltdown" But one of the Parkland student survivors, David Hogg, was critical of Trump's planned attendance. "It's kind of hypocritical of him to go there after saying so many politicians bow to the NRA and are owned by them," Hogg said. "It proves that his heart and his wallet are in the same place." During a televised gun meeting with lawmakers in late February, Trump wagged his nger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being "afraid of the NRA," declaring that he would stand up to the group and nally get results in quelling gun violence. He praised members of the gun lobby as "great patriots" but declared "that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything. It doesn't make sense that I have to wait un til I'm 21 to get a handgun, but I can get this weapon at 18." He was referring to the AR-15 the Parkland shooting suspect is accused of using. Those words rattled some Republicans in Congress and sparked hope among guncontrol advocates that, unlike after previous mass shootings, tougher regulations would be enacted this time. But Trump later retreated on those words, expressing sup port for modest changes to the background check sys tem, as well as arming teach ers. After expressing interest in increasing the minimum age to purchase a so-called assault weapon to 21, Trump later declared there was "not much political support" for the move. He then pushed off the issue of age restrictions by assigning the question to a commission. Trump's moves have drawn concerns from both sides of the gun debate. "He ran as supposedly the best friend of the Second Amendment and has become gun grabber in chief," said Michael Hammond, legislative counsel to the Gun Owners of America. Ham mond said his members were upset Trump had approved a spending bill that included background check updates. "We're not condent at all. We are very disappointed." Kristin Brown, of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Trump had offered mixed messages since the Parkland shooting. "Which Donald Trump is going to show up?" she asked. "Will it be the one who sympathized with the Parkland students he brought to the White House, the one who met with members of the Senate ... or the one who had burgers" with NRA head Wayne LaPierre. Several groups announced plans to protest over the weekend. The protesters will include parents of those killed in Parkland and in oth er shootings.
Page E4, THE CIVIL WAR COURIER THE CIVIL WAR COURIER For the history bu or the reenactment hobbyist Only $3.00New issue the rst of every month. Now available at the lobby of the Osceola News-Gazette.108 Church Street, Kissimmee Fl 34771407-846-7600 PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending mol ten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets. Volcano ofcials couldn't predict how long Thursday's eruption may last, prompting Hawaii's gover nor to activate the National Guard to help with evacu ations and provide secu rity to about 770 structures left empty when residents sought shelter. There were no immedi ate reports of injuries but at least 100 people were in shelters Friday with many more evacuees believed to be staying with relatives and friends. Hawaii County ofcials said steam and lava poured out of a crack in the com munity of Leilani Estates near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island. Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road. Aerial drone footage showed a line of lava snaking through a forest. Resident Jeremiah Osuna captured drone footage of the lava burning through the trees, a scene he described as a "curtain of re." "It sounded like if you were to put a bunch of rocks into a dryer and turn it on as high as you could. You could just smell sulfur and burning trees and un derbrush and stuff," he told Honolulu television station KHON. Asta Miklius, a geophysicist with the USGS Hawai ian Volcano Observatory, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that there is no way to know exactly how long the eruption will continue. "One of the parameters is going to be whether the summit magma reservoir starts to drain in response to this event, and that has not happened yet," Miklius said. "There is quite a bit of magma in the system. It won't be just an hourslong eruption probably, but how long it will last will depend on whether the summit magma reservoir gets involved. And so we are watching that very, very closely." County, state and federal ofcials had been warning residents all week that they should be prepared to evacuate, as an eruption would give little warning. Of cials at the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday raised the volcano's alert level to warning status, the highest possible, meaning a hazard ous eruption is imminent, underway or suspected. American Red Cross disaster services director Debbie Weeks said 100 people were staying in one shelter with about 20 more staying outside the shelter in their cars. Seven more people were staying at an other shelter. Henry Calio said the rst sign that something might be wrong happened when he saw cracks that had emerged in the driveway of his retirement dream home in Leilani Estates. His wife Stella then received a call from an ofcial who told them to get out immedi ately. The two feared that they might lose their home. "This is our retirement home, this is our retirement dream," Henry Calio said. The U.S. Geological Sur vey said new ground cracks were reported Thursday af ternoon. Hot vapor emerged from a crack and spattering lava began to erupt. Scientists said areas downslope of the erupting vent were at risk of being covered by lava. Leilani Estates appeared to be at greatest risk, but scientists said new vents and out breaks could occur and it's not possible to say where. The eruption comes after days of earthquakes rattled the area's Puna district. A nearby school was closed due to the ongoing seis mic activity and several roadways cracked under the strain of the constant temblors. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was recorded hours before the eruption began Thursday. The Puu Oo crater oor began to collapse Monday, triggering a series of earthquakes and pushing the lava into new underground chambers. The collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) downslope toward the pop ulated southeast coastline of the island. USGS geologist Ja net Babb said the magma crossed under Highway 130, which leads to a popu lar volcano access point, on Tuesday night. Hawaii County Civil De fense Agency closed the area to visitors on Tuesday and ordered private tour companies to stop taking people into the region. Most of Kilauea's activity has been nonexplosive, but a 1924 eruption spewed ash and 10-ton (9-metric ton) rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead. Puu Oo's 1983 eruption resulted in lava fountains soaring over 1,500 feet (457 meters) high. In the decades since, the lava ow has bur ied dozens of square miles of land and destroyed many homes. CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Friday, May 4, 2018 APIn this photo released by U.S. Geological Survey, ash plume rises above the Puu Oo vent, on Hawaiis Kilaueaa Volcano Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaiis Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets.Hawaii volcano sends lava bubbling, forces 1,500 from homesPolanski's film academy expulsion, 40-years in the makingLOS ANGELES (AP) Until Thursday, Roman Polanski had been a lm academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a mi nor in 1977. In his 40 years as a fugitive the "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" lm maker had been nominated for three additional Oscars, one for "Tess" and two for "The Pianist." He won an Academy Award for directing "The Pianist" in 2003 to thunder ous applause. He continued attracting A-list talent for his lms, A-list support for his freedom and had become a contradictory and uncom fortable symbol of an indus try that seemed to pick and choose where to bestow its moral outrage. It's an incongruity that became untenable when the lm academy expelled Har vey Weinstein from its ranks in October, made statements about standards of decency among its members and adopted a revised code of con duct, which would allow the organization to suspend or expel members who violate that code or "compromise the integrity" of the academy. And almost seven months after Weinstein got the boot, the lm industry's most prestigious organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, closed the door on the 84-year-old Po lanski too, announcing that it had revoked his nearly 50year membership, along with Bill Cosby's. Polanski's attorney, Harlan Braun, said the director was "blindsided" by the decision. Fifteen years ago, the au dience at the 2003 Oscars gave an absent Polanski a hearty standing ovation upon his win, Weinstein, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep among them. Nine years ago, when Polanski was ar rested in Zurich and U.S. authorities attempted to ex tradite him, over 100 celebrities signed a petition for his release, including Woody Allen, Weinstein, Scorsese, Steven Soderberg, Darren Aronofsky, Natalie Portman, David Lynch, Penelope Cruz and Tilda Swinton. There were outliers, of course. Filmmaker Kevin Smith famously tweeted, "Look, I dig 'Rosemary's Baby,' but rape's rape. Do the crime, do the time." And author Kate Harding made waves with a Salon column questioning the outpouring of support from celebrities and various members of the media to exonerate him. "Roman Polanski may be a great director, an old man, a husband, a father, a friend to many powerful people, and even the target of some questionable legal shenani gans. He may very well be no threat to society at this point. He may even be a good per son on balance, whatever that means," Harding wrote. "But none of that changes the basic, undisputed fact: Ro man Polanski raped a child. And rushing past that point to focus on the reasons why we should forgive him, pity him, respect him, admire him, support him, whatever, is absolutely twisted." In 2010, he made a lm, "The Ghost Writer," with Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, and in 2011, "Car nage" with Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, and more recently a few French productions, both of which screened at the Cannes Film Festival one as recently as last year. With the rise of #MeToo and Time's Up and the rush of many to distance themselves from accused men, from Weinstein to Allen, Polanski has remained somewhat of an outlier that the entertainment industry had seemingly not yet tried to reconcile publicly. Portman recently told BuzzFeed that she regretted signing the petition for Polanski. "We lived in a different world, and that doesn't excuse anything. But you can have your eyes opened and completely change the way you want to live," Portman said. "My eyes were not open." But few others have weighed in. Winslet in December told the New York Times that she had an "ex traordinary experience" working with both Allen and Polanski. And Thursday, ce lebrity twitter was quiet too. Why the lm academy is just now, 41 years after Polanski's guilty plea, seven months after Weinstein and ve months after the code of conduct was implement ed, addressing Polanski, is a question that has yet to be answered. That it came as a joint expulsion with Cosby, who was convicted last week of sexual assault in Pennsyl vania, is perhaps telling, but also continues to raise ques tions about other members who have faced misconduct allegations in the past, like Mel Gibson, or in recent months like Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, John Lasseter and Paul Haggis. Braun accused the acad emy of violating its own rules to expel Polanski. He said he had heard rumblings an expulsion was being considered, but expected to be able to present arguments to the board before any decision was made. The attorney said he and Polanski's agent will ask the academy to recon sider its decision, and give the director a hearing and his "due process." The academy's rules grant its board the ability to sus pend or expel any member "for cause," provided at least two-thirds of the 55-member board of governors approves the disciplinary action. Polanski has been back in his Polish homeland this week promoting his latest lm, "Based on a True Sto ry," at a lm festival in Kra kow. But on Friday morning organizers said the director had left already and would not be available to comment. The organization that puts on the Oscars continues to wade into wholly unprecedented territory in this new moment in society. Before Weinstein, only one other member had been expelled for loaning out DVD screen ers of lms in contention for the Oscars. With Thursday's announcement, however, the organization made a bold in dication as to what the future might hold. Even a man who is widely considered one of the greatest living directors, a ve-time Oscars nominee, one-time winner and one whose past so many in the or ganization turned a blind-eye to for so many years, is now no longer a protected class.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E5 MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) A month-long blackout in Jennifer Nara njo's neighborhood in the Venezuelan port city of Maracaibo leaves her anxious. She's eight months pregnant and passes hot, sleepless nights with no air conditioning, swatting away mosquitoes, worried about her unborn daugh ter's future. "I dream about getting ahead for my baby," said Naranjo, whose husband left in January to nd work in Chile. "In Venezuela, the situation gets worse every day." Blackouts are nothing new under two de cades of socialist rule in Venezuela. But they've grown more frequent, and are lasting longer, as the OPEC nation's economy hits a breaking point with hyperination making in creasingly scarce food and medicine unaffordable for many. Naranjo's La Chinita neighborhood has gone without power since late March, when a trans former exploded. Ofcials repeatedly promised the parts needed to repair it would arrive the next day. So far they haven't come. The four-block area is a small symptom of a vastly more widespread problem that is generating unrest across much of Venezuela, including Maracaibo, a city of 1.5 million peo ple that has long exported energy in the form of oil across the world. Venezuela's government doesn't publish gures charting power outages, but the human rights or ganization Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conict reports that black outs prompted 325 street protests across Venezuela in the rst three months of 2018. Maracaibo witnessed the greatest number of protests, said organiza tion director Marco Ponce, including one where resi dents blocked a busy street and a 15-year-old boy was shot dead by a passing motorist. A massive blackout put most of Maracaibo in the dark for Christmas Eve, and since then of cials have rationed power across the sprawling city. Scheduled blackouts eat up at least 11 hours a day, not counting unplanned failures. With air conditioners idle and daytime April temperatures often nearing 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius), families throw open their doors and windows to allow in any hint of a breeze along with mosquitoes. Naranjo, 20, fears a bite could infect her and her daughter, Pa mela, with the Zika virus, which has stricken about 70 of Maracaibo's infants with microcephaly, ac cording to the local charity My Miracle Foundation, which supports children with the illness. With failing light switches and wall plugs, residents also can't charge phones or run television sets, so they often pass time chatting with neigh bors in the street. They have to cook and eat by candles, which are costly. "We can't wait any longer," said homemaker Elsa de Suarez, 58, who says her lifeless refrigerator doesn't allow her to keep food from spoiling. "It's an emergency." Venezuela's status as home to the world's larg est fossil fuel reserves should have made it im mune to an energy crisis. It also has the Guri Dam, one of the world's largest hydro-electric projects and the cornerstone of an elec trical grid once the envy of Latin America that has now fallen into disrepair. Experts say only two or three of Maracaibo's 24 fuel-powered turbines still run after years of neglect, eking out just 10 percent of their previous output. Other power comes from the dilapidated national grid. Maj. Gen. Luis Motta, Maduro's minister of electrical power, blamed a se ries of recent outages in Maracaibo on saboteurs attempting to undermine the government. They at tacked power substations using Molotov cocktails, he said on state TV, without providing evidence. He didn't respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment. However, experts say the power crisis is the government's own making. Powerful ofcials have been accused in U.S. court proceedings of looting investments earmarked for the electrical system and the country has kept home power bills among the cheapest in the world, around 1 cent a month, meaning the grid depends heavily on subsidies from a government with increasing nancial problems. The shortages are adding to the misery of a Ven ezuelan economic collapse on the scale of the Great Depression of the 1930s and as production in the oil industry the largest consumer of power has fallen to the lowest levels in decades. Winston Cabas, president of the Association of Electrical Engineers of Venezuela, estimates that it would take an infusion of $50 billion over a de cade to restore the country's electrical system, which he said is as pre carious as Haiti's after the 2010 earthquake. "The problem is not sab otage or terrorism," said Cabas. "The problem is corruption." Venezuelans just want their lights on. In downtown Maracaibo, more than 100 senior citizens recently grew frustrated standing in line for hours outside a bank waiting for the power to come so they could cash their monthly pension checks to buy food. Across the bay, a group of sherman mending shrimping nets paused when they heard the hum of their refrigerator die from another outage. They worried this was the one that would nally fry the refrigerator where they store their catches. La Chinita residents show visitors the charred transformer box hanging on a pole. Then they roll up a sleeve to reveal fresh mosquito bites from the night before. Many gather each eve ning on a corner in front of a mustard-colored atroofed home as dusk turns to dark. Bug repellent is too expensive, so one man burns a cardboard egg carton, which smolders slowly and helps keep the mosquitoes away. A woman ips through the pages on a clipboard detailing the blackout's impact on La Chinita's 135 residents, including 29 young children and at least three bedridden elderly neighbors. She shows the record to ofcials urging their help. Naranjo, pregnant, eats by the light of a shrink ing candle stub. Unable to charge her phone at home, she can only talk to her husband in Chile once every three or four days. They often talk about her following him abroad. For now, Naranjo remains xated on nding money to deliver her baby in a good clinic and on buying her own mosquito net. She feels guilty ask ing relatives for too much help. "Everything is so expen sive," she says. The candle ickers from a breeze and she stops eating to cup her hand behind the ame to shield it from blowing out and leaving her in the dark. CITIZEN TRIBUNE WorldFriday, May 4, 2018 EEE-5 APIn this April 18, 2018 photo, Ana Arroyo stirs a pot as she uses a candle to illuminate the area over the stove, in La Chinita neighborhood, in Maracaibo, Venezuela. A massive blackout put most of Maracaibo in the dark for Christ mas, and since then officials have rationed power across the sprawling city.Mounting economic chaos leaves many Venezuelans in the darkWith Taj Mahal turning a bit green, Indian court gets madNEW DELHI (AP) The Taj Mahal, that shin ing white monument to love, is turning a little ... green. And yellow. And black. And India's Supreme Court is not pleased. "You all appear to be helpless," a Supreme Court judge told government ofcials earlier this week, after an environmental lawyer argued that pollution and insect dung were discoloring the 17thcentury building. "Money should not be the consideration. We might order you to hire experts from within India or abroad. We need to save it," the judge said, accord ing to numerous Indian media reports. The reports did not give the judge's name. The ofcials, represent ing the central government and Uttar Pradesh state, where the Taj is located, were given until Wednesday to come up with a plan and report back to the court. Built by Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife in the north Indian city of Agra, the monument has been losing its sheen for years. The Archaeological Survey of India, the agency respon sible for preserving the country's monuments, has been coating portions of the Taj with a special clay that, when it is removed, also takes away most discolorations. But M.C. Mehta, the lawyer who brought the case to the court, said not enough is being done. "The white sheen is disappearing and instead of that if the green color, the brown color, the other colors ... are visible, then what is the reason? The reason is that the pollution has become alarming," he said in an interview after the hearing. One of the world's most famous tourist attractions, the Taj Mahal includes a mosque and the graves of the emperor and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is a major north Indian industrial center, and the city is often covered with a fog of pollution. Experts say air pollution and swarms of breeding insects are threatening the Taj by leaving green, yel low and black patches. Mehta said authorities have not complied with earlier Supreme Court or ders to protect the Taj by shutting down area factories.
Page E6, LAS VEGAS (AP) The union representing thousands of housekeepers in Las Vegas on Wednesday said Caesars Entertainment has rejected a proposal to include language in a new contract that would protect workers if a "Do Not Dis turb" sign has been hang ing on a doorknob for more than 24 hours. The Culinary Union said under its proposal, security would open a room before a housekeeper enters if a guest has refused housekeeping for more than 24 hours. The proposal comes as the hospitality industry adopts new room checking policies after a gunman in October broke windows in his Las Vegas Strip hotel suite and carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. "If a guest refuses entry to housekeeping employees for more than 24 hours the Employer's security shall open the guest's room for entry and service by house keeping employees and shall remain in or next to the room as long as the Security Department deems it neces sary to protect the safety of housekeeping employees," the union said, wanting to include the words in the new contract. The organization is cur rently negotiating contracts for thousands of members who work in Las Vegas, including those working at casino-resorts operated by Caesars Entertainment. The contracts of 50,000 union members, including housekeepers, cooks, bartenders and food and cocktail servers, expire at midnight May 31. The company is one of the world's largest casino operators. Caesars Palace, Flamingo and Paris are among its properties in Las Vegas. Jennifer Forkish, vice president of corporate com munications, said in a statement that the company dur ing the ongoing contract negotiations has made it clear that the safety of em ployees and guests is of utmost importance. She added existing policies encourage housekeepers to contact se curity if they have concerns over entering a room. "Additionally, we will be providing our staff working independently in the hotel towers with safety buttons that they can activate if they feel unsafe," she said. In February, the company told The Associated Press that security would begin checking rooms every 24 hours, even if the sign is hanging on the doorknob. The company proposed having housekeepers do the checks, but changed its mind after opposition from a casino workers' union. Forkish said security per sonnel or supervisors will begin to check rooms that hotel staff has not entered for extended periods "as soon as details are nal ized." Other gambling and hos pitality companies have adopted similar policies requiring guest rooms to be checked periodically, even if a "Do Not Disturb" sign is in use, including Disney, Hilton, MGM Resorts In ternational, Wynn Resorts and Boyd Gaming. The frequency of checks ranges from 12 hours to two days. MGM, the owner of the Mandalay Bay casino-resort from which a high-stakes gambler killed 58 people and injured hundreds more, said it requires a room check after two days if a guest has not interacted in person or over the phone with house keeping or other hotel staff. MGM said it also "reserves the right to enter the room if it is deemed appropriate to conduct a welfare check." Two Caesars employees represented by the union in a news release said they don't feel safe when enter ing a room that has had the sign on for extended peri ods. Amalia Urciel, who works at Bally's, said rooms that have had the sign for days make her "shaky." "I am constantly going into a room that staff hasn't been in for four days and never know what I'm going to nd when I open a door: It could be completely trashed room or a danger ous situation," Urciel said in a written statement. CITIZEN TRIBUNE EntertainmentEEE-2 Thursday, May 3, 2018 APThis image released by Profiles in History shows a practice chariot used by Charlton Heston in the 1959 film, Ben-Hur, which is among the items from Hollywood films up for auction in June.APThis image released by Profiles in History shows a Lightsaber used by Alec Guinness in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which is among the items from Hollywood films up for auction in JuneAPIn this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino, in Las Vegas. The union representing thousands of housekeepers in Las Vegas says Caesars Entertainment has rejected a proposal to include language in a new contract to protect workers if a Do Not Disturb sign has been hanging on a doorknob more than 24 hours. The Culinary Union on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, said under its proposal, security would open a room for entry and service if a guest refuses housekeeping for more than 24 hours. Caesars previously announced security would begin checking rooms every 24 hours, even if the sign is hanging on the doorknob. 'Star Wars' lightsaber and 'Ben Hur' chariot to be auctionedLOS ANGELES (AP) More than 2,000 pieces of movie memorabilia in cluding costumes and props used by James Dean and the lightsaber wielded by ObiWan Kenboi in "Star Wars" are headed to the auction block. The auction house Proles in History announced Thursday that the items, which include a practice chariot used during production of "Ben Hur," the leather jacket worn by Ar nold Schwarzenegger in the rst "Terminator" lm and a nightgown used by Olivia de Havilland during "Gone With the Wind" lming are among the sale items. The "Icons & Legends of Hollywood" auction is scheduled for June 5-8 in Los Angeles. Proles in History says it is also selling the Har ley Davidson that Schwar zenegger rode during "Ter minator 2: Judgment Day." Numerous other pieces of scilm memorabilia are included in the sale, including a spacesuit worn by Sigourney Weaver's char acter in "Alien," and the amethrower she used in the sequel, "Aliens." Several "Star Wars" pieces are also due to be sold, including a 46-inch tall model of the Death Star used in "Return of the Jedi" and models of C-3PO and Darth Vader created by ef fects house Industrial Light and Magic are also due to be sold. Star Trek costumes and props from several of franchise's motion pictures are also included. A tuxedo worn during lming of "Giant" is one of several Dean items also slated to be sold, as is a dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in the lm. Some of the items for sale date back to lm's early era, including a suede loincloth worn by Johnny Weissmuller in the 1932 lm "Tarzan the Ape Man." Several of the auction's marquee items will be on display in New York at The Society of Illustrators from May 15-19.Caesars rejects 'Do Not Disturb' sign policy change
Saturday, May 5, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E7 WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump hired a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton dur ing his impeachment process as the White House shifted to a more aggressive approach to a special counsel inves tigation that has reached a critical stage. The White House an nounced Wednesday the hir ing of lawyer Emmet Flood after disclosing the retire ment of Ty Cobb, who for months has been the admin istration's point person deal ing with special counsel Rob ert Mueller. It's the latest shake-up for a legal team grappling with unresolved questions on how to protect the president from legal and political jeopardy in Mueller's Russia probe, which is nearing the one-year mark. The replacement of Cobb with Flood appears to usher in a more adversarial stance toward the Mueller team as Trump's lawyers debate whether to make the president available for an inter view with the special counsel and brace for the prospect of a grand jury subpoena if they refuse. The hiring came just hours before Trump's personal at torney, Rudy Giuliani, took direct aim at Mueller's in vestigation and provided a new rationale for why the president red former FBI Director James Comey, a move that has attracted the special counsel's attention as investigators probe possible obstruction of justice. In an interview with Fox News Channel's "Hannity," Giuliani said Trump red Comey last year "because Comey would not, among other things, say that he wasn't a target" of the special counsel's Russia investigation. The explanation was at least the third offered by Trump and his advisers. When he red Comey last May, Trump initially cited the FBI director's handling of the probe into Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's emails. He later told NBC's Lester Holt that he was thinking of "this Russia thing." On Fox News Wednesday night, Gi uliani said Trump did the Lester Holt interview "to ex plain to the American people the president was not the tar get of the investigation." The latest explanation comes as Cobb eases out of his role as White House point person on the Mueller inves tigation. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Cobb had been discussing the decision for weeks and would retire at the end of May and that Flood would be joining the White House staff to "represent the president and the administra tion against the Russia witch hunt." "I'm deeply grateful to the president and the chief of staff for this opportunity to serve my country," Cobb told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. "It's been a privilege, and I'm con dent that the matter will be in good hands with Emmet Flood." Although Cobb does not personally represent the president, he has functioned as a critical point person for Mueller's document and interview requests, coordi nated dealings with prosecu tors and worked closely with Trump's personal lawyers. He has repeatedly urged cooperation with the investiga tion in hopes of bringing it to a quick end, and he has viewed his role as largely nished now that interviews with current and former White House ofcials have been completed. Yet Flood, who was embroiled in the bitterly par tisan Clinton impeachment ght 20 years ago, may well advocate a more confron tational approach. His law rm, Williams & Connolly, is one of Washington's most prominent, with a reputa tion for aggressive advocacy for its clients and a history of tangling with the govern ment. It has also represented senior White House ofcials, including presidents. Flood, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, has defended former Vice President Dick Cheney in a lawsuit brought by former CIA ofcial Valerie Plame and represented President George W. Bush in executive-privi lege disputes with Congress suggesting he is well-versed in the powers of the presidency and may invoke those authorities as the Mueller investigation moves forward. Flood was always the top choice of White House coun sel Don McGahn for the job Cobb was given last summer, according to a person famil iar with the hiring decision who described Flood as a "ghter." The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Cobb and McGahn hold different views on how co operative the White House should be with the special counsel investigation. Cobb's retirement, though not a surprise, was nonetheless the latest evolution for a legal team marked by turn over. Trump's lead personal lawyer, John Dowd, left in March. Another attorney whom Trump tried to bring on ultimately passed because of conicts, and the presi dent two weeks ago added Giuliani and a pair of former prosecutors, Martin and Jane Raskin, to work alongside mainstay lawyer Jay Sekulow. Critical decisions lie ahead. The president's legal team has not committed him to an interview with Mueller, who has dozens of questions on a broad array of topics he'd like to ask. Trump ini tially said he was eager for an interview, but he hasn't said so recently. His view of Mueller soured further after raids last month that targeted one of his personal lawyers, Michael Cohen, in a separate investigation. Those interview negotiations are hugely consequen tial, especially after Dowd conrmed to the AP this week that Mueller's team in March raised the prospect of issuing a grand jury sub poena for Trump, an extraor dinary move that would seek to force a sitting president to testify under oath. It was not immediately clear in what context the pos sibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Muel ler's prosecutors were about such a move. Mueller is prob ing not only Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates but also possible obstruction of justice by Trump after he took ofce. If Mueller's team decides to subpoena Trump, the president could still ght it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination. Trump lashed out against the investigation in familiar fashion Wednesday, tweeting: "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)." Also Wednesday, Trump echoed the concerns of a small group of House con servatives who have been criticizing the Justice Depart ment for not turning over cer tain investigation documents. "What are they afraid of?" Trump tweeted. "At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!" It was unclear what Trump meant by "get involved." Several Republican House committee chairmen have re cently negotiated deals with the Justice Department to turn over documents related to Russia investigations into Trump and to a 2016 investi gation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails. The Justice Department says that "dozens of mem bers and staff from both par ties" have viewed thousands of classied documents and House staff members have temporary ofce space in the department to review additional materials. But some lawmakers who sit on those committees re main unsatised, particularly members of the conserva tive House Freedom Caucus. Some of them have asked for an unredacted version of a Justice Department docu ment that sets out the scope for Mueller's probe, a request that the department immedi ately denied because it per tains to an ongoing investiga tion. CITIZEN TRIBUNE PoliticsThursday, May 3, 2018 EEE-3 APPresident Donald Trump speaks to media as he meets with crew and passengers of South west Airlines Flight 1380 in the Oval Ofce of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Shakeup in Trump's legal team may usher in tougher stance Debate underway ahead of hearing for Trump's CIA nomineeWASHINGTON (AP) With few details about Gina Haspel's undercover career, debate over President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA descended into verbal spatting between those who praise her experience and others who want her disquali ed because of her role in the spy agency's harsh interroga tion of terror subjects after 9/11. Haspel faces a contentious hearing in the Senate intelli gence committee next week ahead of what the White House admits will be a close conrmation vote in the full Senate. Hoping to sway senators his way, Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "Gina Haspel has displayed dedication and leadership throughout her more than three decades of service with the CIA and is the right person to lead the Agency." That was a few hours after her critics held a conference call in which Chris Anders of the American Civil Liber ties Union lamented: "If con rmed, Gina Haspel would be the rst and only person conrmed by the Senate we believe in its entire his tory with a known opera tional role in using torture." Also on that call was Dan Jones, the lead author of the Senate's report about how the CIA captured and sent terror subjects overseas to black sites where they were harshly interrogated. "The ndings and conclu sions of the Senate were that the program was deeply mis managed, that the CIA had provided misinformation to the president, Department of Justice, Congress and the American people," Jones said. "Haspel would have been aware of the deciencies in the program," he said, given her positions with the CIA's counterterrorism center, or CTC, and eld operations from 2001 to 2008. Jones wouldn't say how many times Haspel's name was mentioned in the 7,000page Senate report that remains classied except for a 500-page executive summary. But he noted that Demo cratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Ron Wyden of Oregon, who have had access to the entire report, have said that the more they read the classied ver sion, the more disturbed they are by the actions Haspel has taken during her career. Haspel, 61, the agency's acting director, joined the CIA in 1985. In a statement, the White House said she has shown an "unparalleled com mitment to the mission of the CIA and the rule of law" and has counterterrorism and management experience and strong working relations with administration ofcials. To be conrmed she will need at least 50 of the Sen ate's 100 senators to give her the nod since Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie. Sen. John McCain, RAriz., is battling brain cancer and might not make the vote, and even if he does, it's unclear if he'd back Haspel. McCain was instrumental in getting Congress to prohibit harsh interrogation techniques like those used on terror suspects after 9/11 and has said that any CIA nomi nee must pledge to uphold the ban. With McCain's absence, Republicans have a 50-49 margin in the Senate. Marc Short, the White House legis lative affairs director, said he hoped there will be enough Democrats who prioritize Haspel's qualications, but that he still expects "it will be a close vote." Haspel has received robust backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, military and national secu rity ofcials. They recently wrote a letter, saying Haspel is a "proven leader" who can "make tough calls in times of crisis." Among those sign ing the letter were six former CIA directors Porter Goss, John Brennan, Leon Panetta, George Tenet, William Web ster and Mike Hayden and three former national intel ligence directors James Clapper, Mike McConnell and John Negroponte. However, many human rights advocates and groups are urging a "no" vote for Haspel. Faiz Shakir, the ACLU's national political director, claims that Haspel's nomination is "clearly on the rocks" and that she would fail if the Senate held her conrmation vote today. To drive dissent, the ACLU on Wednesday released a $50,000 digital ad buy targeting Califor nians and urging Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to vote against her. Shakir said other senators might be targeted before the Senate votes. Anders, deputy director of the ACLU's legislative ofce in Washington, said that while the administration has shared tidbits about how Haspel likes country singer Johnny Cash and once met the Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa, it has only declassied one document about her career. Last month, the CIA released a memo showing Has pel was cleared of wrong doing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11. It unclear if the agency will declassify any additional information. The eight-page memo written in 2011 summarizes a disciplinary review conducted by then-CIA deputy director Mike Morell. He said that while Haspel was one of the two ofcers "directly in volved in the decision to destroy the tapes," he "found no fault" with what she did. Haspel drafted a cable or dering the destruction of the tapes, but Haspel's boss, Jose Rodriguez, who at the time was chief of the CIA's clan destine service, actually dispatched the order to have 92 videotapes shredded in 2005. "No senator should agree to even vote on the Haspel nomination until or unless CIA truly opens its books to the American people about her role in the use of torture," Anders said.
Page E8, HIGHLANDS, Texas (AP) Evelyn and Jerome Matula were still polka-dancing newlyweds in 1950 when they spot ted a half-nished cottage in the woods along the San Jacinto River east of Houston. It seemed idyl lic, with panoramic views and a sandy path to the river, where their three chil dren and later their grand children shed. Now, the retired renery worker and former educator fear their kin were poisoned by carcinogenic dioxin in the sh and well water. Decades ago, paper mill waste barged down the Houston Ship Chan nel was buried across the river. From their bluff to day, the Matulas can see orange buoys marking a federal Superfund hazardous waste site established in 2008. An agreement announced last month has cleared the way for the San Jacinto Waste Pits to nally be cleaned up. But dioxin damage already has spread far beyond the waste pits, the Houston Chronicle and The Associ ated Press found. More than 30 hotspots small sites where di oxin has settled have been located in sediments along the river, the Hous ton Ship Channel and into Galveston Bay, according to University of Houston research conducted from 2001 to 2011 and pieced together by the news organizations. The affected areas are alongside parks and resi dential neighborhoods with thousands of homes. But the residents' wells or yards have not been tested by state health ofcials. Details about the hotspots have not been made public by Texas environmental regulators, who used more than $5 million in federal money to pay for the research. In 2012, they ended a fact-nding com mittee that oversaw the project and had proposed new standards for dioxin and PCBs that could have been costly to corporate polluters. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality refused to release the full results of the studies that identied the sources of dioxin and PCBs, even to academic researchers, Harris County ofcials and lawyers who later sued companies over en vironmental damage. The research funding ended in 2011, leaving unanswered questions about whether toxic damage spread even farther during hurricanes Ike and Harvey. The university data linked hotspots primarily to three sources: the leak ing waste pits, the origi nal site of the paper mill in Pasadena and a major chemical complex in near by Deer Park that is part of another Superfund site, re cords show. None has been cleaned up. Under the Clean Water Act and state law, Texas authorities were required to address dioxin and PCBs in the river and ship channel, waterways ofcially designated as "im paired." Setting such stan dards could have forced the responsible companies to clean up and upgrade contaminated stormwater and wastewater treatment. All three TCEQ commissioners, appointed by the governor, declined an interview request. Carl Masterson, a for mer Houston-Galveston Area Council staffer who for years served as a fa cilitator for the committee, said state regulators failed to do their duty. Once "the meetings were done, the project was over and the ndings were in, the TCEQ should have ap proved" the committee's recommendations, he said. In a statement, the agen cy said it's still working on "a document summarizing the source characteriza tion of dioxin loads in the Houston Ship Channel/ Upper Galveston Bay sys tem." The state's approach to dioxin follows the same pattern the Chronicle and AP previously identied in an investigation into air and water pollution releas es from Hurricane Harvey. The news organizations found that state and fed eral regulators did little in response to massive releases of toxic pollution reported during and after Harvey's torrential rains. Similarly, Texas regulators have not followed up on the dioxin research with additional testing to see if wells, parks or property also are contaminated by the pollutants that formed the toxic hotspots. In the Matulas' case, their grandson Sean, a 33-year-old emergency manager, paid to have samples from the cottage's two wells tested after learning he suffers from long-hidden heart and kid ney defects that may short en his life. His mother had moved to the cottage when she was pregnant with him. Recent test results showed that the family well used at the time he was born tested at twice the level of dioxin considered healthy for human consumption. "I have been told," Sean Matula said of conversations with his doctor, "that I am lucky to be walking."LEAKING WASTE PITSThe Texas Department of Health Services warned in 1990 that catsh and crabs in the San Jacinto and parts of upper Galves ton Bay area contained so much dioxin that local seafood posed potential health risks and banned its consumption by chil dren and pregnant women. The Environmental Pro tection Agency already had been funding initia tives to clean up the na tion's impaired rivers and identify sources of toxic substances in sediments and water that poisoned sh. The actions came in response to revelations in the 1980s that one of the most dangerous dioxin forms had been unleashed into the environment from paper bleaching and chemical manufacturing. Even in microscopic doses, those dioxin types have been linked to birth defects as well as cancer and reproductive problems. Some of the most likely sources were two former paper mills and the huge chemical complex in Deer Park. Then a state park employee discovered sand pits near a highway bridge where pulp from the larger paper mill in Pasadena had been barged in the 1960s, buried and forgotten. A video of the site taken around 2009 shows that shermen and others had carved a path across unmarked sand pits partially submerged by the river. Particles of what looks like an egg carton were shear ing off the shore into the water. Those crystalline fragments are examples of dioxin sediment, said Larry Koenig, who for 10 years was the TCEQ staff member assigned to the di oxin study. He and other experts have estimated that about half the waste originally buried in pits already had escaped into the environ ment before the site was rediscovered. Koenig retired in 2010, in part, he said, because of frustration over inac tion on any proposed water quality standard. A dozen hotspots iden tied by teams of Univer sity of Houston research ers were scattered around those pits. Some of the worst hotspots became part of the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site a decade ago. But others are miles downstream, near river side neighborhoods in Baytown and LaPorte. Another source of hotspots was chemical plants along Patrick Bay ou in Deer Park, according to the committee's reports and research. The bayou had been identied as a priority site for Superfund cleanup even before the state committee's dioxin water quality work began. The committee formed by state regulators to study dioxin included representatives of two companies ultimately found to be major contamination sources: Shell Chemical and Oxy Vinyls, a subsidiary of Oc cidental Chemical. By 2009, the corporate representatives, along with environmentalists and government ofcials, had reviewed proposed water quality standards for PCB and dioxin that could have sparked regulatory or legal action against their com panies. Most of Patrick Bayou's dioxin and PCB pollution was from historic industrial activities. But Shell and Occidental Chemical would likely have faced pressure to address con taminated runoff, according to TCEQ documents, UH research, EPA records and Hanadi Rifai, the UH environmental engineering professor who oversaw the research teams. Representatives of OxyVinyls and Shell expressed no objections to proposed pollution-reduction reforms in public meetings, according to minutes and interviews. But EPA records show that during the time the dioxin cleanup committee was making its recom mendations, neither company had agreed to pay to address polluted Patrick Bayou. EPA subsequently named Shell Chemical, Occidental Chemical and Lubrizol, all chemical companies with operations in Deer Park, as "poten tially responsible parties", according to EPA records. The companies still have not agreed to fund the cleanup of Patrick Bayou, 16 years after the area was designated as a Superfund site. At the San Jacinto Waste Pits, federal ofcials said in April that International Paper Company and Mc Ginnis Industrial Maintenance Corporation had pledged to pay design costs for the plan to re move 161,000 tons of car cinogenic paper mill waste buried there in the 1960s. Ray Fisher, a Shell spokesman, said the com pany continues to collabo rate "with other relevant parties" on the Patrick Bayou site, adding, "Our focus is on safety of our people and community." Eric Moses, an Occiden tal Chemical spokesman, said the company is work ing with others to com plete investigation of the site "and implement effective controls and remedies that will be protective of human health and the en vironment." Both Shell and Occiden tal Chemical have acted more quickly to address dioxin and other pollutants at multiple Superfund sites in other states, EPA records show.NO KNOWN THREAT?In 2012, the Texas De partment of State Health Services delivered its public health assessment of dioxin in the waste pits. The report again warned of hazards posed to sh, but it dismissed the idea of contamination in neighborhoods' soil or well wa ter. Rifai said UH's studies of river water and sediment could not be used to determine whether yards, parks or well water was safe. She is now working with the Galveston Bay Foundation, an independent nonprot, and Harris County to conduct more testing after Harvey's ooding. The Matulas have two wells on the cottage prop erty. For decades, they drank from the older, shallow well. About 10 years ago, they dug a deeper one. After Sean Matula paid for testing, he asked state health ofcials to review the complex lab reports. They found dioxin in the older well to be more than twice what the EPA considers dangerous for hu mans of any age to drink. Dioxin levels in the newer well represented an in creased risk of cancer for children and adults but were within EPA's drink ing water limits. Houston lawyer Rich ard Mithoff represents the Matulas and another 600 families. He says he believes he will be able to prove that cancer, birth defects and other ailments reported by many clients who lived around the pits are directly related to the dioxin in the river and its sh. The EPA cleanup of the waste pits won't undo damage done to those who lived there, Mithoff said, "but it certainly holds great promise for the fu ture and those living there now will be able to rest a little easier." CITIZEN TRIBUNE NationEEE-4 Thursday, May 3, 2018 APThis March 1, 2018 photo shows the orange buoys marking the boundaries of the San Jacin to Waste Pits in Highlands, Texas. An agreement announced last month has cleared the way for the waste pits to be cleaned up, but dioxin damage already has spread far beyond them, the Houston Chronicle and The Associated Press found.Texas officials ignore dioxin spread in Houston waterways
Saturday, May 5, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E9 your local e-mail update AroundOsceola.com News Now AroundOsceola.com Get Up-To-Date news sent directly to you!Sign Up Today! AroundOsceola.com BEIJING (AP) Chi na's foreign minister congratulated North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday on his moves to reduce tensions with South Korea, China said. Their meeting in Pyongyang underscored warming ties and Beijing's desire to remain a key player in the Korean Peninsula peace process. Foreign Minister Wang Yi also told Kim that Bei jing backs North Korea's shift of focus to economic growth, along with its ef forts to resolve its "legiti mate security concerns" while taking steps to denu clearize, China's Foreign Ministry said in a state ment. China "supports and congratulates" Kim's sum mit meeting last week with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the state ment they issued, it quoted Wang as saying. "The meeting has brought a favorable oppor tunity for a political reso lution of the (Korean) Pen insula issue," Wang said. Relations between China and North Korea have undergone a vast outward improvement following Kim's recent visit to Bei jing. China, North Korea's biggest trading partner, has joined United Na tions sanctions against the North that have cut trade between them by around 90 percent. Kim's March trip was his rst to his country's only major ally since taking power six years ago, kick ing off a urry of diplo macy. A meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is expected in the coming weeks, al though arrangements have yet to be announced. For China, the recent meetings offer an oppor tunity for it to reinforce its importance in the region and ensure that its concerns and interests are respected in any future ne gotiations. Wang's visit, which was to end Thursday, was aimed at exploring ways China can contribute to the easing of tensions, along with implementing agreements reached in Beijing by Kim and Chinese Presi dent Xi Jinping, said Da Zhigang, a researcher at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences in northeastern China. Denuclearization efforts should "do no harm by taking into consideration the interests of all parties, including China," Da said. "If the promotion of de nuclearization turns the regional situation chaotic, then that is not what peo ple want to see," he said. China sent troops to ght on North Korea's side in the 1950-53 Korean War, but relations have suf fered in recent years over the North's reluctance to implement Chinese-style economic reforms and Kim's continued pursuit of nuclear bombs and the missiles to deliver them. China has long called for a return to six-nation talks on the North's nuclear pro gram, and welcomed the Koreas' summit as a way to reduce tensions. Ana lysts say China's sanctions may have helped prompt North Korea's diplomatic initiatives, although the secretive regime in Pyong yang has not commented publicly on the issue. China says sanctions imposed over North Ko rea's nuclear and missile programs are intended to further diplomacy rather than punish the North. Beijing opposes any measures that could topple North Korea's government and possibly lead to a tide of refugees crossing its border and the stationing of U.S. and South Korean troops in the North. Wang also told Kim that China supports efforts to bring a formal end to the Korean War, which was halted with an armistice, not a peace treaty, and North Korea's "shift of strategic focus to building its economy." The ministry quoted Kim as hailing relations with China and stating that denuclearization was North Korea's "rm position." Wang earlier told North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho that China is willing to work with the North to boost "practical economic and trade coop eration" and fully supports it in "concentrating its strength to carry out eco nomic construction," the ministry said. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran's foreign minister took to YouTube on Thursday to criticize President Donald Trump's threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal, say ing Iran will not "renegotiate or add onto" the atomic accord. Mohammad Javad Zar if's video, which was also posted to Trump's favor ite social media platform, Twitter, appeared to be taking his message to the masses after earlier speak ing to news outlets across the United States to defend the deal. It comes as Trump has signaled he will withdraw from the agreement by May 12 if it is not renegotiated and changed. Those changes have included proposals to limit Iran's ballistic missile program, which Tehran says it has as a de fensive deterrent. The ve-minute video shows Zarif behind his desk, delivering his message on the deal. He of fers background rst about the deal before laying into Trump and criticizing Eu rope for offering "the Unit ed States more concessions from our pocket." "On 11 occasions since, the U.N. nuclear watchdog has conrmed that Iran has implemented all of its obligations," Zarif, who studied in the U.S., says in American-accented English. "In contrast, the U.S. has consistently violated the agreement, especially by bullying others from doing business with Iran." Zarif adds: "Let me make it absolutely clear once and for all: We will neither outsource our secu rity nor will we renegotiate or add onto a deal we have already implemented in good faith." There was no immediate response from Washington. The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium and number of spinning centrifuges, as well as hand over its stockpile of uranium and recongure a heavy-water reactor so it couldn't produce pluto nium. In exchange, Iran re gained access to the global banking system and could sell its oil again on the world market. Airplane manufactur ers, carmakers and others have rushed into Iran after the accord. However, some Western rms have grown increasingly reluctant to enter the market, in part over Trump's constant crit icism on the campaign trail and from the White House on the deal. While directly criticizing the U.S. and Europe, Zarif did appear to leave some wiggle room for pos sible negotiations, however. "It is Iran, and not the West, that has serious grievances and much to demand," Zarif says. That comes as Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guard continues to detain a number of dual nationals, Western citizens and others Analysts and family members of dual nation als and others detained in Iran say hard-liners in the Islamic Republic's security agencies use the prisoners as bargaining chips in ne gotiations with the West. A U.N. panel in Septem ber described "an emerging pattern involving the arbi trary deprivation of liberty of dual nationals" in Iran, which Tehran denied. The video comes amid intense lobbying on Trump from all sides. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself earlier this week gave an Englishlanguage presentation on what he called a "half ton" of Iranian nuclear documents illicitly seized by Israeli intelligence. Netanyahu said the documents provided evi dence that Iran attempted to develop a nuclear bomb in the 2000s. The United Nations' atomic watchdog previously reported such efforts and said it has "no credible indications of ac tivities in Iran relevant to the development of a nu clear explosive device after 2009." Zarif himself dismissed Netanyahu's presentation as "a rehash of old allega tions" and called the prime minister "the boy who can't stop crying wolf." In the video, Zarif also appears to troll Trump as well by making a real-estate analogy to the former developer. "When you buy a house and move your family in it or demolish it to build a skyscraper, you cannot come back two years later and renegotiate the price," he says. CITIZEN TRIBUNEWorldThursday, May 3, 2018 EEE-5 APNorth Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, right, poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyong yang, North Korea Wednesday, May 2, 2018.APIn this April 24, 2018, file photo, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press, in New York. Zarif has taken to YouTube on Thursday, May 3, to criticize President Donald Trumps threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal, saying Iran will not renegotiate or add onto the atomic accord.Iran's foreign minister says no renegotiating nuclear dealChina congratulates North Korea's Kim on reducing tensions
Page E10, WWW.CFLJOBNET.COMPost Your Resum OO nline At:ST arAR T YOU r R Car CAR EE r R WITH a A J J O B TH aA T I s S RI GHT FO rR Y OU! 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
Saturday, May 5, 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 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. Yet 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 TRIBUNE PoliticsWednesday, 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 E12, 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 TRIBUNENationEEE-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.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page E13 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 TRIBUNEWorldWednesday, 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