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June 20, 2012
Volume 90 Number 22
USPS NO 211-260
Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843
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Story time at the Library
The Latt Maxcy Memorial Library
will offer three special youngster's story
times this summer. Each one will be at
10 a.m. and is open to children pre-
school through third grade. Free.
The Frostproof city council has
scheduled a special workshop to discuss
utility rates. The meeting is open to the
public and starts at 5 p.m.
Movies at the Library
The Latt Maxcy Memorial Library will
offer four free movies on Fridays at
3:30 p.m., starting June 29. Free. The
first movie will be "Kung Fu Panda."
Run time is 88 minutes and it is rated
Friday, July 13
Movies at the Library
The Latt Maxcy Memorial library
will offer its second free movie of the
summer, "Mr. Magorium's Wonder
Emporium." The show starts at 3 p.m.,
run time is 94 minutes, and it is rated G.
Monday, July 16
The Frostproof City Council will meet
in regular session in city hall starting
at 6 p.m. Please note that the council
has cancelled its regularly scheduled
meeting for Monday, July 2. The group
normally meets the first and third
Monday of each month.
Lyndel the Magician
Frostproof's Latt Maxcy Memorial
Library will sponsor another special
Family Night event as Lyndel the
Comedy Magician will present a special
free show, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17
The Frostproof Chamber of
Commerce will host its monthly
meeting at the Ramon Theater starting
at noon. Guest speaker will be Polk
County Sheriff Grady Judd. Cost is $9.
Contact the chamber for more informa-
Tuesday, July 24
Meet the Candidates
The Frostproof Chamber of
Commerce will host a special "meet the
candidates" night at the Ramon Theater.
Candidates for various county races will
speak, and meet and greet voters.
Monday, August 13
World of Reptiles
One of the most popular summer
library shows of the season will make a
return visit to Frostproof at 6:30 p.m. as
John Storms and his "World of Reptiles"
will be here for a free show.
Saturday, August 24
The Ramon Theater will host another
in its popular series of murder mystery
dinner theaters. This one is "Murder
is Par for the Course." Cost is $30 and
includes the murder mystery and din-
ner. Call 635-7222 for more information.
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Scott right to abandon E-Verify plan
Gov. Rick Scott demonstrated last week that he
grasps the difference between campaign rhetoric
and governing reality. And while his comments about
immigrant labor to a citrus industry group maybe
irk his tea party boosters, they represent an astute
understanding of the vital role these workers play in
"It would be fo olish to put Florida companies at
a disadvantage," Scott said of requiring employers
to use the E-Verify system to check the immigration
status of potential employees.
The shift from his campaign promise to pass
legislation forcing the use of the federal immigration
database came after pressure from business groups,
such as the Florida Citrus Mutual, convinced him a
crackdown would be disastrous. Beyond citrus, which
relies of migrant workers to pick oranges and grape-
fruit, targeting companies who employ immigrants -
illegal and legal would negatively impact industries
ranging from hospitality to row-crop farming to
Scott needn't look further than Alabama to see how
. aggressive anti-immigrant legislation undermines the
entire state's economy. A study by the University of
Alabama found that the state's harsh immigration law
could sap nearly $11 billion from the state's economy
- including $357.5 million in local and state tax
The Alabama law put the lie to the old canard
that immigrants take jobs from American workers,
especially in the back-breaking agricultural industry,
where long hours, low pay, taxing conditions and an
itinerant lifestyle deter many domestic workers from
seeking jobs. The impending crackdown prompted
workers, documented and undocumented, to flee,
leaving crops unharvested and fields unplanted
across the state and led to a push by businesses
to repeal the law. A revision of the law, which was
initially supported by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, is
expected to pass the state Legislature during its next
Xenophobia is a bad basis for public policy. While
we believe everyone residing in the U.S. should
have the proper documentation, neither party in
Tallahassee or Washington, D.C. has been success-
ful in delivering meaningful immigration reform
that won't decimate local economies. Conservative
voters have tied the hands of their leaders, taking
amnesty measures including the type instituted by
President Ronald Reagon in 1986 off the negotia-.
tion table, while liberal politicians have resisted
compromises put forth by moderate Republicans
that would create a path for citizenship, while
enforcing existing laws on those who insist on living
Opting for the status quo aligns Scott with the
moderate immigration policies of Florida GOP
heavyweights, such as former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S.
Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been promoting but
has not filed a scaled-down version of President
Barack Obama's DREAM Act that would grant non-
immigrant visas to children of illegal immigrants.
Obama put the issue front and center on Friday when
he directed the Department of Homeland Security
to stop deporting young immigrants those who
were brought here before they turned 16 and have no
criminal records and grant them work visas.
The response on the right to Scott's E-Verify posi-
tion and Obama's visa directive have been predictable
We surely have more important issues to tackle
in Florida and the nation than immigration, espe-
cially when the solutions sought by xenophobes
have proved disastrous wherever they have been
Scott may have merely punted the issue down the
field, but he pinned his intraparty opponents deep
and has a solid defense for the policy..
Letters to the editor
Immigration move unconstitutional
First, I will agree with most of the
president's decision to change some
of the immigration enforcement laws.
However, I strongly disagree with
how he did it. We are a country with
a Constitution that he swore an oath
to uphold. The President is not em-
powered to just decide to make major
changes in policy or the laws of the land
without approval of the Congress. What
he has done on immigration is not
constitutional. His action appears to be
arbitrary and blatantly political. He has
been the President for three and half
years, and only now decides to act on
immigration. He was unable to come
up with a plan that was acceptable to
the Congress, so he just did it himself.
That is not the way it is supposed to
work in this country. If the president
does not agree with Congress, then he
should wait until the next election and
work to have a more favorable Congress
elected. His actions on immigration are
more like the actions of a dictator or
possibly a benevolent despot. I cannot
agree with a President who ignores our
Constitution for the benefit of a few
more votes. Our liberty is too precious
for these type of actions.
Terry G. Loyd
Come celebrate newest mural
After months of laboring in the broil-
ing sun, the remembrance of the Lake
Wales Passion Play will be dedicated
on Tuesday, June 26, during a reception
from 5:30'until 7 p.m.
The magnificent work of art is nearly
100 ft. long and 20 high. One can't de-
scribe it as a mural. It is more realistic
to refer to it as an "outdoor work of art."
The detail should leave an art lover and
the casual observer in a state of awe.
While the June 26 affair is officially a
Chamber of Commerce Business After
Hours event, all members of the Lake
Wales area are encouraged to attend,
enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and
meet the artist. We are especially asking
participants in the Passion Play to
attend and renew friendships with their
We will recognize past officers of the
Passion Play and, of course, pay special
tribute to Lisa Moore, whose work you
will be bringing your out of town guests
to behold. The great work is located in
downtown Lake Wales on Stuart Avenue
next to the Lake Wales News on the wall
of The Exchange Consignment Shop.
No tax money is used on this work.
We are.still in need of additional
financial support to pay the bills. You
may participate during the reception,
come by True Value Hardware, any time,
or by mail to P.O. Box 481, Lake Wales,
FL 33859-0481. Make checks payable to
Murals & Enhancements.
President of Murals &
A letter was recently written to the
Mosaic Public Affairs Manager for Polk
county requesting assistance if possible
in purchasing new computers for the
counselors of HELP of Fort Meade.
The computers they were working
with were around seven years old. They
were very slow, froze, had to be manu-
ally shut down, and information would
be lost. The internet would work part
of the time and at the least convenient
moment the screen would flicker and
go blank. This made the HELP's staff
frustrated and less efficient.
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Mosaic stating the need. Mosaic
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Thanks to the Mosaic family for your
help and generosity.
HELP of Fort Meade
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City won't seek additional sewer expansion funds
Concerns over expense, not enough homes served are cited
By BRIAN ACKLEY
NEWS @ FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET
Frostproof officials are declining the
chance to apply for grant money that
would go to continue to expand the city's
sewer system. -
City council members were unanimous
Monday night in-declining to move
forward with an application that might.
have brought the city $400,000 to hook up
homes in the southeast quadrant of the
city, saying it was not a necessary action
Although the money to do the work
would be a grant, the city would have
had up front costs. Additionally, several
said the work was simply not needed
at this time, and that a past decision to
expand the city's system might have been
More than a decade ago, the federal
government mandated that the system
begin system upgrades. A second phase,
which was also paid for by grant money,
was added to help lessen the debt service
burden incurred from the first .phase of
the plan. Phase III would be the southeast
area, but only 21 homes would ultimately
be connected if the project came to
And, whether or not Frostproof would
even be approved for the grant was an
unanswerable question. A consultant said
the project looked to be on the borderline
of whether or not it would actually qualify.
"Are we going to be doing a service tho
These people by forcing them to pay $90 a
month for utilities that they're not doing
now and probably can't afford to do it?"
asked Councilwoman Ann Dickinson.
"We have to consider that too."
Councilwoman Diana Webster-Biehl
said it would make those homes difficult
to live in that additional financial burden
were placed on them.
"That's the only thing that makes those
properties competitive in today's market,"
she said about the lack of a utility charge.
She said there was nothing wrong
with septic systems that are kept in good
working order, and that the council "may
have made a mistake" earlier when it went
ahead with the phase II expansion in the
city's northwest area.
In other action Monday, the council re-
upped with the Central Florida Regional
Planning Council to handle the city's
routine planning services. The contract is
for the same $30,000 the city is currently
paying, although an additional $5,000 was
approved for a mandated update to the
city's 10-year water supply plan,
The city will hold a special workshop
for council members next Monday at 5
p.m. to continue its look at the current
water and sewer rates. The city's auditor
earlier this year "strongly" recom-
mended they be raised, and lawmakers
have been looking at ways to possibly
mitigate that concern by refinancing
.or paying off debt incurred when the
system was expanded.
The regular meeting of July 2 was can-
celled. The group will next meet in regular
session on July 16.
42 candidates qualify for 22 races in county elections
By JEFF ROSLOW
Forty-two people qualified for the 22 Polk
County races in the 2012 election; in eight
races there is only one candidate.
Among the offices that don't have
opponents are Dick Mullenax for Polk
County School Board District 4, Joe Tedder
for Polk County Tax Collector, John Edward
Kirkland for County Judge Group 10, Barry
W. Bennett for County Judge Group 2, Rob
Griffin for County Judge Group 3, Michael
Turner for Golden lakes CDD Seat 4, Bob
Ference for Lake Ashton CDD Seat 1 and
Robert Zimbardi for Poinciana CDD Seat 5.
Sheriff Grady Judd qualified for re-elec-
tion and Michael Lashman has qualified as
a write-in candidate. In other races, Hunt
Berryman qualified to run for School Board
District 1 nowheld by Frank O'Reilly, who
has withdrawn, as has qualifier Franklin
Shoemaker In the race for School Board
Dishrict 2, Braden Marc Lane qualified to
run against incumbent Lori Cunningham,
but Lane has withdrawn.
Clerk of the Court Richard Weiss
qualified, but recently announced he was
withdrawing. Three candidates are vying for
Qualifying began Monday and ended
at noon last Friday. Election supervisors
statewide will now prepare for the Aug. 14
primary elections, including printing ballots
and getting them to deployed military and
overseas residents sometime in July.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The list of qualified candidates is on the
Supervisor of Elections website at www.
polkelections.com. Here is who qualified:
Clerk of Circuit Court:
Richard M. Weiss, Nonpartisan
Stacy Butterfield, Nonpartisan
Sam Johnson, Nonpartisan
Randy Wilkinson, Nonpartisan
County Commission District 1
George Lindsey, Rep.
Richard J. Castret, no party
County Commission District 3
Ed Smith, Rep.
Tracy Garcia, Rep.
County Commission District 5
John Hall, Rep.
Ricky Shirah, Dem.
Rusty Boedicker, Rep.
Chris Dowdy, Rep.
County Judge Group 10
John Edward Kirkland, Nonpartisan
County Judge Group 2
Barry W. Bennett.,Nonpartisan
County Judge Group 3
Rob Griffin, Nonpartisan
County Judge Group 5
Bob Grode, Nonpartisan
William J. Twyford, Nonpartisan
Steve W. Blake, Nonpartisan
Marsha M. Faux, Nonpartisan
School Board District 1
Hunt Berryman, Nonpartisan
Frank J. O'Reilly, Nonpartisan
Franklin Shoemaker, Nonpartisan
School Board District 2
Branden Marc Lane, Nonpartisan
Lori Cunningham, Nonpartisan
School Board District 4
Dick Mullenax, Nonpartisan
Michael A. Lashman, Write-in
Grady Judd, Nonpartisan
Supervisor of Elections
Colleen Burton, Nonpartisan
Lori Edwards, Nonpartisan
Joe G. Tedder, Nonpartisan
These candidates have qualified but have
withdrawn from the race.
Brannen being inducted in County Hall of Fame
Former Bulldogs coach to
be enshrined in Lakeland
The lakeland Center's Sikes Hall will be
the center of attention for the Polk County
sports community on June 26 for the 11th
annual Polk CountyAll Sports Awards, and a
longtime Frostproof fixture will be honored.
The annual tradition of honoring ath-
letes from Polk County for their excellence
and achievements on and off the playing
field will be held at 6:15 p.m. with the
evening's festivities being emceed by local
In addition to the All Sports Awards, the
highlight of the evening will be the induc-
tion of five new members into the Polk
County Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2012 inductees include former
Florida Southem baseball coach and
NewYorkYankees scout Joe Arnold; Head
football coach of Frostproof High School
for 36 years, and three-time Florida
Athletic Coaches Association Coach of
the Year Farris Brannen; Florida Southern
College basketball standout John Ebeling;
and Doug Gordin, who led Florida
Southern College to five NCAA Division II
Championships as their head golf coach.
In addition to the four inductees from
the world of sports, Hoyt Barnett will
be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a
"We have been doing this for many
years and there is never a shortage of talent
to recognize in Polk County," said Mark
Jackson, director of Tourism and Sports
Marketing for Polk County.
The evening's festivities are taped for
later broadcast on Bright House Sports
The PCASA Selection Committee, which
is made up of local business leaders and
sports figures, meets annually to identify
nominees based on the established criteria
for each award, and they then vote on the
final award recipients in each category.
Among the 2012 Polk County All Sports
Awards category winners are:
Professional Athlete of the Year: Andrew
McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Onterio McCalebb, Auburn University
Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Octavious Freeman, University of Central Florida
Male Team of the Year: Lake Wales High School
Female Team of the Year Bartow High School
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Saturday morn- V
ing, June 16,
2012, in her
Wales home at
her loving family.
Vita was born Mrs. Vita Hinshaw
in Omaha, Neb.,
in 1922 then moved to Hollywood, Fla.,
with her parents. Lake Wales was their
destination in 1928. She graduated from
Lake Wales High School in 1939 at 16
years old. Her father died suddenly the
week before Pearl Harbor was bombed
in 1941. Soon the patriotic young
woman enlisted in the NavyWAVES
(acronym for Women Accepted for
Volunteer Emergency Service), where
she remained throughout World War II.
She was the matriarch of the world
renowned Chalet Suzanne.
Mrs. Hinshaw is survived by her
sister Elizabeth (Pete) Petersen Levy,
daughter Christina (Tina) H. Farewell
and her husband Bob, their five chil-
dren and four grandchildren, as well
Gail Wellman of Lake Wales passed
away Sunday, June 17, 2012. She was 61.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the arrangements.
as her son Eric Hinshaw and his wife
Denise (Dee), their three children and
one grandchild, and four nieces and
She was preceded in death by her
mother and father, Thomas and Claire
Bulwan Petersen, her brother John
E. Petersen, son Carl E Hinshaw III,
daughter Heidi Claire Hinshaw, several
babies born into heaven, and her hus-
band of fifty years, Carl E Hinshaw, Jr.
A public Celebration of Life will take
place on Friday, June 22, at 9 a.m. on
the grounds of Chalet Suzanne. Private
interment will be that afternoon at the
Hinshaw Family's Memory Garden.
In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to Dunklin Memorial Camp,
where a Christian approach to al-
cohol and drug addiction produces
effective and enduring results. www.
Dunklin.org, 3342 S.W. Hosanna Lane,
Okeechobee, Florida 34974, or to
Lake Wales Care Center, a faith based
community service organization which
demonstrates Christ's love by building
bridges between people in need and
people with a desire to serve, www.
LakeWalesCareCenter.org, 140 E. Park
Avenue, Lake Wales, Fla. 33853.
Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Wales
is in charge of arrangements.
Idell McCall of Frostproof passed
away Thursday, June 14, 2012, at her
residence. She was 96. Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in Frostproof is handling
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ago from Miami. He was the owner/
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of the Catholic faith.
He was a member of the Institute
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avid fan of the Miami Dolphins and
the Miami Heat.
Survivors include his wife, Luz Garcia;
children, Milka (Jeff), Pierre, Emerson
(Stephanie) and Gerson (Christina) all
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Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn.
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Candidates square off at Tiger Bay meeting
By STEVE STEINER I i. .
SSTEINER@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM "I m "
There is not much difference be-
tween Tracy Garcia and Edwin V. Smith
it was learned at the Monday, June 18
Polk County Tiger Bay Club luncheon
held at Peace River Country Club.
Both are Republicans. Both live in
Lake Alfred; that is, until a few days
ago, when Garcia and her family moved
to Auburndale. Due to the move,
Garcia, who had been named mayor
in May, gave up her seat on the Lake
Alfred commission a seat Smith also
held in his political career. Plus both
are not Polk County natives, but each
declared his and her love of the county
and the desire to serve.
Although not having been born in
Polk, Smith (who earlier was heard
mentioning he was raised in Palatka)
has had family who have live in the
county dating back to 1905. Garcia,
from South Carolina, spoke of her
move in 2004.
"It was just in time for the hur-
ricanes," she said. The impact of the
three hurricanes made her want to
return to South Carolina, but her
husband told her this was not a usual
occurrence. However, what cinched
remaining in Polk County was observ-
ing and learning how neighbors and
businesses rallied together to help one
another, she said.
That led to d deepening involvement
in the community, said Garcia, which
she and husband discussed at length.
"After the '08 elections, one of us
was going to run for office," she said.
She added although she and her family
have moved to Auburndale, "I still have
the great desire to be the servant leader
for the citizens of the area."
So does Smith, who acknowledged
these are difficult times.
"This is not a good time to be in
government," he said, but stated he still
No, S.L. Frisbie, publisher emeritus of The Polk
County Democrat, is not crooning "My Way," at
the June 18 Tiger Bay luncheon.
wanted to serve, and spoke what he
and fellow commissioners had accom-
plished his first term on behalf of Polk
"We have continued to provide
the services they want and demand,
without an increase in ad valorem
taxes," said Smith who also stated
his credentials included knowing the
people; knowing the needs, and loving
the people of Polk County.
As is the procedure at Tiger Bay
Club gatherings, after the candidates
introduced themselves (for five min-
utes apiece), they responded to written
questions submitted, which moderator
S.L. Frisbie read aloud. Time and again,
Garcia and Smith were in agree-
ment throughout, with only minor
For example, the very first question
asked was how long did each candi-
date think the infrastructure would
hold out without impact fees. Smith's
response was the county is maintaining
the infrastructure, and that it is not
declining due to the lack of impact fees.
Garcia, citing her education, training
Tracy Garcia, running against Ed Smith, answers a question as Smith awaits his turn.
and career in engineering, also stated
the infrastructure was in good shape
and that taxes did not need to be
raised right now, in part because of the
As for the candidates themselves and
their view of their opponent, each was
complimentary of one another. When
given the opportunity to describe their
opponent in "Twitter" style (i.e, 140
characters of less), neither could find
anything derogatory to say.
The June Tiger Bay Club meeting
was also not different from previous
assemblies in which S.L. Frisbie has
moderated, marked as always with
his developed, self-effacing brand
of humor in which he often places
himself as the foil. When it was learned
that Florida Education Commissioner
Gerard Robinson had to reschedule (he
will be the guest at the July 24 ses-
sion), Frisbie told of the exchange he
had with Tiger Bay Club president Al
"Did you tell him I was going to be
the moderator?" Frisbie said he asked
of Dorsett, whose answer was slow in
coming. "Al told me, 'No, and I don't
know how he found out.' was his reply."
Another humorous moment was
"How would you like your team to
be remembered?" asked Frisbie. After
the question elicited puzzled reactions,
Frisbie realized he had misread the
question. The word was not "team" but
"term." Subsequently, Frisbie would
poke fun at himself and his "inability"
In the end, the general impression
was that the only significant difference
between Garcia and Smith is that Smith
had a greater breadth of experience,
not only as a politician, but in other
aspects of professional life.
Orange grove transforms into new county park
By STEVE STEINER
What used to be an orange grove is
now the latest divisional park in Polk
County, and by all accounts, truly a
marvel. From six playing fields sporting
synthetic turf to a pavilion, concession
stand, tennis, racquetball and basketball
courts, to a boat dock and a children's
playground, many of those who at-
tended for the first time were awestruck.
"This is a wonderful facility and long
overdue," said Commissioner Edwin V
In addition, those present could not
have asked for a better day Saturday, June
16, at the grand opening of Northeast
Regional Park, located in the Four
Comers section of Polk County, the
northernmost comer of east Polk County.
Moderate temperatures and a mostly
sunny day made an already enjoyable
day more bearable as children of all ages
- many of them in football and soccer
uniforms scampered and scooted
about, parents not too far behind.
While Polk County Commissioners
mingled with Parks and Recreation
Department employees, as well as other
county employees and Polk County
residents, other adults were busy putting
up tents and registering youths for the
various athletic leagues. At another tent,
employees of Jarrett Gordon Ford were
hard at work, grilling hamburgers and
hot dogs to be given away free of charge.
Master of Ceremonies and
Commissioner Todd Dantzler, whose
district includes this part of the county,
welcomed everyone, and in his brief
presentation, found similarities between
the grand opening of the park and the
first day of Major League Baseball, which
he would return to when he made the
closing remarks, crying out, "Play ball!"
Another commissioner, Sam Johnson,
spoke of his growing up in east Polk
County and is impressions thus far.
"This is an awesome, awesome day,"
said Johnson, and added there was more
yet to come. "This great facility is only
partway done. We've still got more to do."
Future plans call for the construction
of baseball/softball fields, as well as a
The construction of the park was
made possible, in part, by Commissioner
Bob English, who also was on hand
for the festivities, along with County
Manager Jim Freeman. English had been
instrumental several years earlier in
getting approved an MSTU (Municipal
Service Taxing Unit). The funds raised
from MSTU allowed for the purchase in
2007 of the land (83 acres) for approxi-
mately $12.5 million.
But the most important comments
PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
A map of what Northeast Regional Park will eventually be composed of was set on an easel for all to view.
came from children and parents.
One father was overheard remarking
to another as they watched their young
sons running football drills, "It's incred-
ible, isn't it?"
Sebastian Feliciano, 9, balanced a
soccer ball, was overwhelmed with what
"I can't wait to play on the soccer
field," said Sebastian.
At the tent where Jarrett Gordon
Ford employees were busy cooking,
co-owners Nelson Zenteno and Anthony
"This is going to be great," said
Zenteno, who admitted he couldn't wait
till Saturday. "I came yesterday, just to
June 20, 2012
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board. The first one to, um, relieve itself made a winner out of the person who held the corre-
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New way to measure leadership coming to schools
By STEVE STEINER
What do new leadership standards
mean? The Polk County School Board
(minus members Kay Fields and Debra
Wright, on excused absences) found
out at the Tuesday, June 12, workshop.
In essence, it focuses on those
termed school leaders; specifically
principals and assistant principals, said
Cheryl Joe, the director for professional
development, who was accompanied
by Bill Strouse, a consultant. Focusing
on school leaders, she explained,
means making a positive impact on
both student and faculty growth.
Giving board members a brief his-
tory, the new leadership standards as
devised by the Florida School Leaders
Association were adopted Dec. 17, 2001,
and the model was unveiled Jan. 30-31,
in a 125-page evaluation document.
Fifty percent of it will be based on
student achievement, in addition to the
expectations of a leader. The remaining
50 percent will come from data accu-
mulated throughout Polk County Public
Schools. According to Joe, this will be -
on-going throughout the school year.
"We need to know what is being
done right and wrong," said Joe.
Principals and assistant principals are
going to be ranked in one of four cat-
egories: Unsatisfactory, needs improve-
ment, effective and highly effective.
One of the situations that will be
addressed is to blend the scope and
responsibilities of the assistant prin-
cipals. As it currently stands, there are
two assistant principals in schools.
One handles administrative matters
while the other focuses on curriculum.
"Neither is better than the other,"
said Joe. "They have to be comprehen-
sive." By blending, she added, those
assistant principals who aspire to
becoming principals will have a more
"Many can achieve effectiveness,"
said Strouse. "However, highly effective
is more difficult to demonstrate."
Joe said this will be a new paradigm
that will link student achievement to
leadership development. It will call for
"We must know not just data, but
how we use the data to improve
student achievement," she said.
When Joe and Strouse opened the
issue to discussion, Chairwoman Hazel
Sellers posed a question to School
Superintendent Sherrie Nickell.
"Do we have enough supervisors to
evaluate and support this?" Sellers asked.
"No, not at this moment," was
Nickell's reply. "We have to figure out
how to make this occur with the exist-
Nickell added that at current, little
organizational support had been
forthcoming from the state, especially
in the realm of insight. However, she
said, conversations have been ongoing.
"I wish we had more time, another
three to four months, at least, to do
this well," said Nickell. Unfortunately,
that doesn't exist, she said, which
meant the school system would have
to plod along. "We need mentoring,
coaching and support. That's the key to
success of principals."
- Board Member Tim Harris voiced
a frustration that has been uttered
"Again, we don't have the money and
the people,.'.' he said.
Florida's orange crop forecast for the
2011-12 season from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture increased by 1 million boxes
TIesday, estimating Florida will now
produce 146.2 million boxes.
The USDA makes its initial forecast
in October and then revises it monthly
until the end of the season in July. During
the 2010-12 season, Florida produced
139 million boxes of oranges.
The 2011-12 June increase was a result
of an adjustment for utilization in valen-
cias from 71 million to 72 million. Early
and mid-season varieties remained at
74.2 million boxes. For Florida specialty
fruit, the USDA predicts 1.15 million
boxes of tangelos and 4.3 million boxes of
tangerines. Those numbers are un-
changed from May.
The yield for from concentrate orange
juice increased to 1.63 gallons per
90-pound box from the previous estimate
of 1.61 gallons per box.
The USDA predicts Florida will harvest
18.8 million boxes of grapefruit in '11-'12,
showing no change from May's estimate.
htm for the complete USDA estimate.
The next forecast is scheduled July 11.
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June 20, 2012 Frostproof News Page 1 lA
Common Core State Standards
termed 'game changer'
By STEVE STEINER
Dramatic changes are in store for the
immediate and near future for not just Polk
County Schools, but all Florida schools
once Florida implements Common Core
State Standards; standards Associate
Superintendent for Learning David Lewis
said will be "significantly different than any-
thing we've seen before." In addition, Lewis
said these changes will be transformative
for teachers as well as students.
In his presentation at the Polk County
School Board workshop held Tuesday,
June 12, accompanied by Sherry Moser
and Kerryn Bowden, Lewis brought to the
board's attention that Florida is one of 45
The 2012-13 school year will be a training
year for teachers, yet according to Lewis,
Polk County Schools has already been
working with teachers. In August, someone
will be coming in to do further training.
However, School Board Chairwoman Hazel
Sellers asked would that be enough. She
wanted to know whether it will be pos-
sible to get intense training, especially for
Board Member Frank O'Reilly wondered
whether colleges are aware and telling its
students who are planning on becoming
teachers what they will need to be ready.
Both Moser and Bowden said they have
been in contact with the local colleges.
There will be significant changes the
board was told. Lewis said that currently
students are being required to learn and
know a wide range of material, but with
little depth. He called it "a mile wide and an
inch deep." That will change with common
core standards. As an example, Lewis said
thatperhaps instead of having to read 10
novels in an English class, they will only be
required to read five novels. However, they
will have to have a greater depth of under-
standing, and will be required to explain
and justify what they have learned.
"Our kids won't know as much, but what
they will know, they will know better," sum-
marized Board Member Tim Harris.
All this is going to be a paradigm shift, it
' "What you are asking students to do is
perform at a level we have never asked
previous generations," said Lewis. That
included students who graduated within
the past five to 10 years; there are signifi-
cant differences, it was mentioned.
Itis a new approach to education, one
that Moser believed warranted.
"We are applying a 20th century model to
a 21st century learner for a 21st century job,
and that (the 20th century model) is not
working," she said.
Another plus to the new standard, it was
brought up, will be the ability to measure
and compare to other states also adopting
the Common Core standards.
"It's going to be great, because now we'll
be able to compare apples to apples," said
Board Member Dick Mullenax did not
appear persuaded. When he referred to a
comment Sellers had earlier made about
teaching algebra, he challenged that after
more than 2,000 years, it was necessary to
find a new way of teaching it.
In response, Lewis said what was being
emphasized was not so much a new way of
teaching algebra, as it was getting students
to know why rather than just how. It will be
a new approach. Instead of teachers lectur-
ing, they will serve as facilitators, drawing
out students, having them.do more of their
own research. He called it a "mind shift."
"This is going to be significantly differ-
ent," said Lewis. "Ifts going to be a game
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Frostproof News Page 11A
Applicants for Poly trustee board at 54
Decision on which 13 will serve to come in weeks
STAFF AND WIRE REPORT
A former astronaut, the member of a
national championship basketball team
and two former members of the Florida
Board of Governors are among the dozens
of individuals who turned in applications
to be on Florida Polytechnic University's
inaugural boar~ of trustees.
In all, 54 individuals 33 of whom live
in Polk County turned in their names to
be considered by the Board of Governors,
which will name five members of the
board. The board released the applications
it had received on Tuesday. Dozens more
submitted applications to Gov. Rick Scott,
who will appoint six members. Some
applied to both.
The leader of the Faculty Senate and
the student body president will also serve
on the 13-member board for the school,
currently the University of South Florida's
Lakeland campus. Of the remaining 11,
Scott's administration will appoint six, and
the Trustee Nominating and Development
Committee of the Board of Governors
will appoint five. The Board of Governors
is set to announce its five in two weeks,
Mori Hosseini. who chairs the committee
charged with vetting candidates, said.
Florida Polytechnic is set to gain its
independence from USF on July 1 and will
focus on programs in science, technology,
engineering and math, or STEM.
Some former state officials also applied.
Jack Armstrong, who was chancellor of
the Division of Community Colleges at
the Department of Education beginning
in 2002 until taking a post as president of
Broward College in 2007, put his name
in the pot. So did former state Sen. John
Grant, who served in the Legislature for 20
years following his election in 1980.
Frank Martin and Ann Duncan,
members of the Board of Governors until
earlier this year, also applied.
"My experience from both the SUS and
university perspective will allow me to
hit the ground running," wrote Duncan,
referring to the State University System
governed by the board. 'Also, my past
leadership and passing for STEM initiatives
and government efficiency enhance my
qualifications to be of service during this
Polk County officials also applied,
including Bob English, a Polk County
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Former Frostproof AD takes same post at Bartow
By LARRY JEWETT
NEWS @ FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET
A former athletic director at Frostproof
Middle Senior High School has taken a
similar post in Bartow.
Ben Braaten, who worked locally a
decade ago, was born in California and
moved to Colorado when he was 7. While
there, he developed into a successful high
school athlete who earned a basketball
scholarship to Bethany College in Kansas.
Upon graduation, he taught and coached
in Farmington, N.M., where he met his
wife and started a family. He continued
coaching and teaching at several schools
in New Mexico.
In the spring of 2002, he accepted a
position in Frostproof, where he was
head girls basketball coach and athletic
director. This gave him his first exposure
to the athletics at Bartow High School
and the winning tradition that has been
established through the years.
From Frostproof, Braaten took on the
challenge of college athletics, working at
Webber International while also teaching
at Lake Region. Afewyears ago, he left
Webber to join the faculty when Spessard
Holland Elementary opened up, teaching
fifth grade science. Last year, he served as
girls soccer coach at Lakeland High School.
Braaten and his wife, Rebecca, have
four children. Daughter Jordyn, 16, will
be a junior at Summerlin Academy.
Daughter McKenzie, 11, will be entering
Bartow Middle School as a sixth grader.
Seven-year-old son Scott attends Spessard
Holland and he will be joined by his
3-year-old brother Evan, who will be in
the school's pre-K program.
Using his Frostproof experience, and
with knowledge of the Bartow program,
Braaten has a good idea of what lies
'At Frostproof with the girls program,
I got to know Coach (Richard) Murvin.
Everyone knows about the girls softball
team and Coach Rutenbar's work and I also
knew Coach McGriff. I really got to know
the program last year with the Lakeland
soccer team because we playedagainst
them in a couple of tough matches. I know
the history of the high quality of athletics
this program has seen. It has the tradition
of winning and can be one of the tougher
games on a team's schedule."
Braaten has no plans to coach a sport
for the 2012-13 academic year. He will
be teaching earth/space science at
Summerlin Academy in addition to his
athletic role. He has a clear understanding
of the commitment to have the "student"
.part of student-athlete first.
"The kids need to be successful on and
off the court," he said. "This is the step-
ping stone to becoming a success later in
life. When I coach, I make the demands
that the students do the work and get the
grade point averages up. At Lakeland, we
had 30 girls on the team and we had a
team GPA of 3.0."
Braaten has not had the opportunity
to meet all of the coaches at Bartow High
School, but he has been in contact with
some and knew a few from the past. He
plans to spend a few weeks of the summer
getting to know them as well as moving
into his new office space.
The role of the athletic director has
changed substantially since he last held
the position in Frostproof. Like many po-
sitions in today's world of public schools,
there are a lot of reports.
"They have gone to a paperless form
of reporting, something I was in favor of
from the beginning," Braaten said. "There
are a lot of forms to be filled out with this
job. You have to make sure everyone is
in compliance with the rules and regula-
tions. You have to be mindful of all of the
requirements. There's a real crackdown
on state transfer rules. You have to follow
the procedures. Those become the biggest
challenges on top of what you have to do
within your own program.
'A lot of times, when there is a violation,
it isn't because someone wanted to cheat
or wanted to get an advantage. There
are so many policies and procedures
that must be followed that you have to
be very careful about what you do. An
innocent mistake can have undesired
When the season starts for the fall
sports, Braaten wants to be visible to show
support to the students on the field.
"Once we get it all running smoothly,
that's when the fun starts. I enjoy watch-
ing the coaches and watching the kids
perform. I like to go and watch a team play
and I will be doing that a lot. It's great to
see a team play and be competitive in the
right way. We want to see the program be
successful and win with honor and class."
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"My definition is that a team basically
achieved their maximum," said Braaten. "It
doesn't always translate on the scoreboard.
Their record may not be stellar, but the kids
gave it their all and showed improvement
with each outing. They played to the final
whistle. Last year at Lakeland, we had our
top four girls hurt and they couldn't play.
Nobody on the team quit on the field and
they didn't make excuses and that is what
you ask for. There are a lot of things that
determine a successful program and the
wins and losses are only a part of it. You
have to look at the whole picture."
In fact, losing can sometimes set the
stage for better things. .
"When I was at Webber, we would
always try to play bigger schools. It gave
the team a test of how to handle adversity.
We never beat the bigger schools but I was
pleased with the effort. It gave us a good
lead-in to the conference because we
were now able to play our opponents with
a better team."
While some coaches try to emulate the
success of others, Braaten believes suc-
cess comes in being yourself and he tries
to instill that into the students. He got it
from his role model, his father. 'As you get
older, you realize just how good the advice
was," he commented. "The emphasis in
our house was on education and then
athletics. If I wanted to be in a sport, it had
to be what I wanted and not something
my dad wanted for me. You have to have
the desire. He was there to help, but the
desire was my responsibility.
With the multitude of sports available
for students of Bartow High School/
Baccalaureate, bringing them all under
one umbrella can pose challenges. Each
season is dominated by one "major" sport
that garners the lion's share of atten-
tion, but there are hundreds of athletes
involved with sports that are equally
important Sports like golf, tennis, swim-
ming, wrestling, cross country and track
may not attract the community attention
like football, basketball and softball,
yet these athletes make sacrifices and
commitments all the same. They deserve
"I would love to see the stands packed
for all of our contests," said Braaten. 'An
athlete who sees packed stands really
swells up. It is a huge thing to someone to
see the crowd get behind them and push
them. My fondest memory is playing
before sold-out arenas where the fire
marshal is not allowing any more people
into the gym. Out on the floor, it really
drives you. It boosts everyone."
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collided head-on willh large trucks approxl-
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crossed the median and collided head-on
with passenger vehicles 17% versus 3%.
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lion, maintenance. or utility activity involved
a large truck
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View of an 18-wheeler
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of the 18 tires (wheels). Shown in blue in the
underside view are the axles, drive shaft, and
differentials. The legend for labeled parts of the
truck is as follows:
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2. semi-trailer (detachable)
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FROM PAGE 1
law only required an eight-hour break,
and it could be broken into small seg-
ments, not giving the drivers sufficient
"When the legislation first passed,
a lot of advocates criticized the fact
that the drivers could be on the road
one hour longer than before, but the
difference is that the 11 hours have to
be driven within 14 hours of starting
a shift," Stanley said, which broke the
habit of driving, then taking very short
breaks;, then driving again, which led to
Oakley itself has an excellent safety
record, Stanley said. They have the
highest safety rating FDOT accords,
which is based on a seven-factor scale.
About eight months ago, Oakley started
a defensive driving class which their
employees can take on a voluntary
basis. Approximately 50 truckers have
taken it so far, he said.
FROM PAGE 1
"leave him alone, that he knew what he
was doing." To drown out the growing
chorus of concern, he turned up the
Jimmy's radio, and sped up as well, to
at least 75 miles per hour police say.
Suddenly, there were screams, almost
simultaneous, from two of the passen-
gers. Mata had driven on to the grass
median. As drivers often do, imparied
or not, Mata jerked the wheel back to
the right, sending the GMC into an un-
controlled spin. It flipped at least three
or four times, landing on its wheels,
and immediately burst into flames.
At some point during the roll overs,
22 year-old Oliver Martinez Garcia was
thrown from the Jimmy, and laid dying
in the middle of U.S. 27.
Mata's blood alcohol content, as it
turned out, was more than twice the .08
legal limit. He sits in the Polk County
Jail today, facing a laundry list of
charges, including DUI manslaughter.
That crash, however, was far from the
only tragedy on a slightly longer than
eight mile section of U.S. Highway 27
which slices through Polk County.
In fact, between Oct. 28 and April 2,
there have been six fatal accidents on
the four-lane highway between U.S. 98
and County Road 640.
It's a stretch that includes a university
and middle school, meaning every
school day hundreds of young teenag.
ers and young adults must travel the
deadly road. Two of the fatal crackups
have been, literally, just yards from the
At the northern end of the roadway
section in question, a major liquid
/ There is still, as ever, a sense of
urgency in getting one's payload to
"That has been transformed, though,
by the use of computerized tracking
and dispatching, which makes the de-
ployment of equipment more efficient"
Stanley said. "It used to be that after a
driver dropped off his load, he would
get on the phone and try to figure out
where to go next," he said. "Now we
can do a better job dispatching drivers
closer to their last dropoff."
Part of the crash problem on 27 or
any other busy highway may stem from
two very different types of vehicles
sharing the roads under crowded con-
ditions. A close look at the dynamics
of stopping distances and weight loads
reveal a need for constant vigilance
from both truck and car drivers.
The length of a football field is
required for a big rig to stop; half that
for a car, according to information from
E-How.com and the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration. Foggy
conditions or inattentive driving can
make these differences deadly.
foods trucking firm regularly rolls
18-wheelers serving three countries
and all 48 contiguous U.S. states -into
the traffic tumult.
As longtime local residents know, and
others come quickly to learn, there are
seemingly no small crashes on U.S. 27.
Are there hidden threads to help
answer the question of why so many
people have lost their lives on this
eight mile section of highway? Or has
it simply been a coincidental tragic
toss of life's dice that has lead to such a
Each of the six accidents have their
own unique set of circumstances.
Oct. 28 Lake Placid resident
Melissa Crossman, 48, leaves the
roadway at the start of a right-hand
curve from the inside lane just north
of County Road 630A. Apparently over
correcting, the car spins and travels
through the median, striking two
southbound vehicles. She is killed.
Toxicology reports later show that
Crossman's blood alcohol content was
Nov. 24 South Carolina resident
David Charles Whitted dies when he
drives in the wrong direction on U.S. 27
south, about one mile south of County
Road 640, and strikes a Chevy Blazer
driven by a young Frostproof driver.
Two of his passengers were seriously
Jan. 24 Efern Martinez Flores,
y 56, a Frostproof resident, dies when
his vehicle turned into the path of an
oncoming southbound semi. The two
vehicles collide and hit a nearby busi-
ness, Paye's Trailer Parts, destroying it
as well. To this day, police investigators
are unsure as to why Flores did not see
the sand hauler, in large part because
Flores' passenger is unable to tell them
Walt Bearden, who says he has driven
a truck "All my life," says "It is nerve-
wracking driving U.S. 27." The amiable
trucker, who drives for Gapway Groves
in Auburndale, said, "People have no
respect for the big trucks. I just had a
car cross right in front of me where two
people were killed a couple of months
Oakley's Stanley agreed that the past
year on 27 has been a bad one. The
husband of an Oakley employee was
recently killed in a wreck on 27 where
there was a chain reaction wreck dur-
ing heavy fog. Stanley also said that he
thinks it would really be helpful to have
more law enforcement patrolling U.S.
"Once you get past the Frostproof
stoplight going north on 27, it's pretty .
much open stretch, and some people
floor it at that point," he said.
If a healthy respect for big rigs is
needed by car drivers, what's required
from truck drivers? According to NBI,
a long-time commercial driving school
in Winter Haven, the Commercial
Transport Operator certification
what happened. Samuel Ray Ellington
Jr., a 21-year old Lake Wales resident,
to this day lies in a coma at Lakeland
Regional Medical Center.
Feb 14 Oliver Garcia loses his life
when the Jimmy he is a passenger goes
out of control and flips near County
March 2 Heavy fog, perhaps
mixed with smoke from a controlled
burn, creates almost no visibility on
U.S. 27 on a stretch near Crooked
Lake. In all, nine vehicles are involved
in what is finally determined to be
three different accidents. One claims
the life of 47-year old FredrickWood
of Frostproof, a motorcyclist, who is
in the middle of the most serious pile
up which began when a southbound -
18-wheeler crosses the grassy median
and strikes an uncoming Ford Explorer.
Law enforcement continues to actively
investigate this tragedy.
April 2 A Lake Wales woman,
88-year-old Frances Campbell, is struck
by an 18-wheeler as she attempts to
cross U.S. 27 after pulling out from
President's Drive, which doubles as
the entrance to Warner Southern. She
and her son, who was driving ahead of
her and had already crossed the road,
were on their way to take care of some
family business. Police do not know
why she didn't see the truck barrel-
ing through the four-line highway, at
interstate speeds, directly in front of
the university and Bok Academy.
On an average Florida day, seven
motorists die on state highways ac-
cording to 2010 state report, when
2,372 fatal crashes claimed 2,563 lives.
In Polk county, 85 motorists were killed
in traffic accidents.
The good news is since 2005, fatal
accidents have dropped more than 30
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"Traffic crashes are largely avoid-
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tion and decision making," noted Julie
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Those eight deadly miles, just south
of the two schools, include one of the
roadway's longest isolated stretches
- no business, no homes, no develop-
ment of any kind. There are no traffic
lights, no street lights. Speeds often
regularly exceed the posted 65 miles
Sgt. Greg Goreck, the head of the Polk
County Sheriff's Office traffic homicide
unit, lives not far from that stretch of
road. The carnage surely has not gone
"I live on that stretch and I can tell
you I run radar down there," he said. "If
anyone has a vested interest, I do."
And, he says, there is at least one
thing each unique incident has in
"If you're talking about a thread, I
would say errors in judgement," Goreck
said of the five accidents that his
department has investigated. "You're
talking about impairment on two, inat-
tentiveness as far as not yielding right
of way on two, and you have one that
may be environmental, may be error in
Next week: Can U.S. 27 be a safer
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FROM PAGE 1
Donna Wood, public information
officer for the sheriff's office, said
motorists need to obey the speed limits
and avoid distracted driving.
Wood said people think they can
multi task but when a person gets
behind the wheel he or she needs to
concentrate on driving.
She advises to pull off the road to put
on makeup, do texting or talk on the
Gaskins said depending on what day
it is there could be 5 to 7 troopers on
patrol on Polk roads.
Gaskins said 27 is a main north/south
artery. It is not like the interstate in that
it has traffic lights, side streets, access
points to and from businesses and
drivers pulling out on a four-lane and
six-lane highway traveling 65 mph..
"It's got its share of fatalities and
crashes," he said.
As of July 2011, the. motor carrier
compliance officers who handle com-
mercial vehicles dropped that title and
are considered state troopers. They are
assigned to the Commercial Vehicle
Enforcement Bureau, which is a part of
the FHP. They previously worked for the
Florida Department of Transportation.
"They do the same work as they were
doing before," Gaskins said.
They will be transitioning from the
blue and white vehicles to the black
and tan cars and eventually will be
wearing tan uniforms, Gaskins said.
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Medical Benefits Settlement
Providing Benefits to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents
If you have a medical claim related to the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, you could get benefits from a class
action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc.
and BP America Production Company ("BP"). Go to
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information,
including information on how to file a claim.
WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT?
The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and
(2) certain people who resided in specific geographic
areas in coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf
Coast during specific periods in 2010. The website
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has detailed
descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may be included in one of these zones.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail info@
DeepwaterHorizonMedicalSettlement.com to find out if a
geographic location is included.
WHAT DOES THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT PROVIDE?
The benefits of the Medical Benefits Settlement include:
(1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-
term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring
after exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision
of periodic medical examinations to qualifying people; and
(3) creation of a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program,
-consisting of projects to strengthen the healthcare system.
Benefits (1) and (2) will be provided only after the Court
grants final approval and any appeals are resolved.
How TO GET BENEFITS FROM THE MEDICAL
You need to submit a Claim Form to request benefits. You
can get a copy of the Claim Form by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted by
mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim,
you should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline for filing a Claim Form is one year after
the Medical Benefits Settlement becomes effective (that is,
after the Court grants "final approval" Aind any appeals are
resolved). The exact date of the claim filing deadline will
be posted on the website. It is highly recommended that
Medical Class Members complete and submit their claim
forms promptly. Please read the Economic and Property
Damages Settlement notice because you may also be
eligible for a payment from that settlement.
YOUR OTHER OPTIONS
If you do not want to be legally bound by the Medical
Benefits Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself
by October 1, 2012 or you won't be able to sue BP over
certain medical claims. If you stay in the Medical Benefits
Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The
Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object.
The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012
to consider whether to approve the Medical Benefits
Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear
and speak at the hearing at your own cost. Class Counsel
will ask the Court to consider an award of fees, costs,
and expenses of 6% of the value of the benefits actually
provided under the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement.
Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses under the Medical
Benefits Settlement Agreement and the Economic and
Property Damages Settlement Agreement jointly cannot
exceed $600 million. Class members' payments will not be
reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel
fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay
these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.
Economic and Property Damages Settlement
Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses
If you have economic loss or property damage because of
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get money from
a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production
Inc. and BP America Production Company ("BP"). Go to
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information,
including information on how to file a claim.
WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY
The Economic and Property Damages ("E&PD") Settlement
Class includes people, businesses, and other entities .in the
states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain
counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil
spill. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has
detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may be included in the E&PD Settlement.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@
DeepwaterHorizonEconomicSettlement.com to find out if a
geographic location is included.
WHAT DOES THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY DAMAGES
The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types'
of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage, (3)
Loss of Subsistence, (4) Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels of
Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property Damage,
(7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property Sales
Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the E&PD
Settlement; all qualified claims will be paid.
How To GET BENEFITS FROM THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY
You need to submit a Claim Form to request a payment. You
can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted online or
by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you
should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be April 22,
2014 or six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes effective
(that is, after the Court grants "final approval" and any appeals
are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier deadline
to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The earlier
deadline to submit Seafood Compensation'claims will be 30 days
after final approval of the Settlement by the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless of appeals).
Actual claim filing deadlines will be posted on the website as they
become available. Valid claims will be paid as they are approved,
beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised Settlement Program
commences. It is highly recommended that E&PD Settlement
Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly.
Please read the Medical Benefits Settlement notice because you
may also be eligible for benefits from that settlement.
YOUR OTHER OPTIONS
If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement,
you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or
you won't be able to sue BP over certain economic and property
damage claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may
object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how
to exclude yourself or object.
The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider
whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer
may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The
Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses
including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards
equal to 6fo of class claims and benefits paid. Class Counsel fees,
costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages
Settlement Agreement and the Medical Benefits Settlement
Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members'
payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of
Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately
pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.
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FCAT 2.0 brings confusion in its wake
By MARY CANNADAY
FCAT 2.0, this year's more strin-
gent version of Florida's student
assessment test, has left some confu-
sion and consternation in its wake.
Lower student scores in reading and
mathematics this year resulted in the
Florida Board of Education voting
May 15 to recalibratee" the FCAT
scores. The recalibrated criteria will
put scores and school rankings more
in line with past years, at least in the
Polk County students achieved
lower scores under FCAT 2.0 in math
and reading, at each grade level,
than did Florida students overall.
There were exceptions to this, such
as Bartow Elementary Academy and
Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary
and Bok Academy in Lake Wales,
whose students in each grade
exceeded the state average in math
A score of three or higher is con-
sidered a passing score under FCAT
2.0, as opposed to two or higher last
year. When recalibrated, that score
may rachet back down.
Revised individual school scores
will not be released by the Florida
Department of Education until mid-
July, according to Gary Loar with the
Lake Wales Charter Schools. He said
in the end, he does not anticipate
the schools ratings will change
significantly, especially in view of
the state law that prevents school's
grade from dropping more than one
notch per year. In other words, an
"A" school last year cannot be less
than a "B" school this year.
In the meantime, the number and-
variety of reports, sub-reports and
breakdowns on the FDOE website
could challenge the comprehension
skills of veteran educators, not to
mention parents seeking under-
standing of the criteria and local
According to the FDOE, the,
tougher standards and scoring with
FCAT 2.0 is designed to measure
mastery of new academic content.
"The FCAT 2.0 measures student
achievement of the Next Generation
Sunshine State Standards in reading,
mathematics and science, replac-
ing the previous Sunshine State
But just about the time everyone
gets adjusted to FCAT 2.0, and it
looks like it's safe to come out,
the game will change again, As a
matter of fact, some school and,
district administrators will travel to
Orlando next Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday to learn about the new
curriculum coming down the pike
soon, called Common Core State
Standards. The CCSS has the goal
of standardizing school curriculum
and achievement tests nationally,
according to Loar. States were given
the opportunity to sign on, in an
effort to eliminate the wide array
of tests administered from state to
According to David Lewis, who
is the Polk School District associ-
ate superintendent for learning, 45
states are onboard.
Kindergarten students will begin
the Common Core curriculum this
upcoming school year, Loar said, in
preparation for being the first third-
graders to take the new CCSS test.
The Polk County School Board had
an informational presentation on the
The Lake Wales Charter School
Board has requested that Loar do a
presentation on the FCAT 2.0 at the
June 21 meeting, for purposes of
clarification, and there is bound to
be discussion of the CCSS seminars
attended June 18-20. The board's
normal Monday meeting day is being
changed to Thursday, June 21.
Regarding the FCAT 2.0 score
revisions, Florida Education
Commissioner Gerard Robinson
blogged on the decision to recali-
brate the scores.
"The vote by the State Board of
Education to recalibrate the school
grading scale of the FCAT Writing
test was done in response to a
tougher grading system that ap-
propriately expects our students
to understand proper punctuation,
spelling and grammar. The Board
acted after it became clear that
students were posting significantly
lower scores under newer, tougher
writing standards. We are asking
more from our students and teach-
ers than we ever have. I believe it
is appropriate to expect that our
students know how to spell and how
to properly punctuate a sentence.
Before this year, those basics were
not given enough attention, nor did
we give enough attention to com-
municating these basic expectations
to our teachers. I support the board's
decision to recalibrate the school
grading scale while keeping the writ-
ing standards high."
Preliminary Polk County district
scores, for grades three through
.10, have been posted on the
FDOE website for the Reading and
Mathematics tests. The first table
reports the percentage of Polk
students in each grade scoring a
three or above. The state stats, which
exceed Polk County scores in each
category, are in the second table.
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Grade 3: 53 percent
Grade4: 54 percent
Grade 5: 49 percent
Grade 6: 41 percent
Grade 7: 45 percent
Grade 8: 44 percent
Grade 9: NA
Grade 10: NA
Grade 3: 56 percent
Grade 4: 62 percent
Grade 5: 61 percent
Grade 3: 58 percent
Grade 4: 60 percent
GradeS: 57 percent
Grade 6: 57 percent
Grade 7: 58 percent
Grade 6: 53 percent
Grade 7: 56 percent
Grade 8: 57 percent
Grade 9: NA
Grade 10: NA
According to the FDOE website, FCAT
2.0 achievement levels in science will be
finalized by January 2013, and the transi-
tion to FCAT 2.0 will be complete with
the administration of FCAT 2.0 writing in
spring 2013. The percentages above are
based on the FCAT 2.0 non-revised scores.
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commissioner whose term ends in
November; Eugene Strickland, who was
city manager in Lakeland for
34 years beginning in 1966; and Trudy
Block, a Polk City Council member who
said she would resign her position if
appointed to the Polytechnic board. Block
included news articles crediting her with
helping to turn around Polk City's financial
Former Polk County Republican Party
Chairman Eric Allen also applied for the
board. He was chairman of the county
party from 2003-08.
"For the past several years I have
served as legal counsel for the Republican
National Hispanic Assembly and sev-
eral other Republican organizations and
campaigns," Allen wrote. "This position
has given me significant exposure to legal
issues and conflict resolution in a variety of
public issues and settings."
In fact, the conflict over the origins
of Florida Polytechnic, which included
a public tug-of-war between Senate
Budget Chairman JD Alexander and USF
President Judy Genshaft, played out in the
"The controversy surrounding the
emergence of this university signaled what
would become a long and arduous struggle
between those in higher education who
cherished the past more than concern
about the future needs of our State and
citizens," wrote Kevin Hyman, executive
vice president of BrightHouse Networks.
"The independence of the institution will
allow those passionate about the vision to
devote their time to the strategy and tactics
related to the school's development that
will insure success."
The Board of Governors is expected to
name its selections for the Polytechnic
PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Among those who attended the kickoff of the Florida Poly Vision May 31 were elected officials,
among those was one of the 54 applicants to the Florida Polytechnic University Board of Direc-
tors, outgoing county commissioner Bob English (in the center of the photo). On either side
of him from left is Commissioner Melony Bell, outgoing state Rep.Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland,
Commissioner Edwin Smith and outgoing state Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales.
board later this month. that emulates the polytechnic model
"These charter members have a unique successful in other states and countries,"
responsibility to work with the Board of said Hosseini.
Governors in designing a new approach to Scott has not said when he will an-
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By JEFF ROSLOW -
The Polk County Transportation
Department, continuing its effort to
educate people about Polk County
having to improve its public transpor-
tation, held a presentation at Polk State
College this week.
It's held listening tours for two
months and surveyed more than
1,000 citizens to find out what they
need. And Wednesday's affair involved
elected officials, the public and speak-
ers from the transportation depart-
ment on what can be done to help
county residents in the 209 square
miles of Polk County.
Several months ago, local transporta-
tion officials also had meetings in both
Frostproof and Fort Meade, which each
have just one county bus that serves
the southern Polk municipalities.
"I need the transportation greatly,"
said Cypress Lakes resident Bob Fick
who took public transportation from
his home to the Polk State campus on
U.S. 98 to attend Wednesday's seminar.
"There are a lot of people driving that
shouldn't be and I see people on (U.S.)
98 that can't see."
He said being legally blind he relies
on public transportation and his
relatives to drive him around. The
same is true for Dennis Shulz. He said
he is disabled and would like to use
public transportation more, but a lot of
improvements are needed.
The Auburndale resident said on
Tuesday he rode a bus to Lakeland but
getting back was a nightmare. He got
caught in the rain on Wabash walking
to a bus stop for about 30 minutes.
"I was not a happy citizen with what
I went through," he said.
He said he's attended many public
input sessions the transportation de-
partment has offered and he believes
improvements are needed and he real-
izes they have to be paid for, a problem
Polk County has faced in recent years
in trying to improve public transporta-
tion. "Gov. Scott killed the speed rail
... this (public transportation) is not a
want, it's a need."
In the 2010 election public transpor-
tation question of having residents pay
a half-cent was defeated as 38 percent
voted in favor of the payment. Two
years earlier it was defeated again.
In response to the two defeats, the
county hasn't given up on improv-
ing the system. It decided to further
educate the public on the need for
improved public transportation.
They're doing this by going to different
communities to get input on what the
communities need. They figure with 17
incorporated cities in the county and
a county the size of Delaware there is
a lot of different needs that should be
"The approach has been taken to
put this plan together as we have 17
unique cities and we've been getting
input from each part of the county
and incorporating that into one plan,"
Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields said.
One resident from Davenport
pointed out what the county could be
facing. He said the city of choice from
where he lives is Orlando because it is
25 miles away. The hospital of choice is
Celebration in Orlando rather than the
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the county where he pays taxes.
To that end, on display were 17
different brochures outlining proposals
for each of the different cities.
In the survey that went to elected
officials and to others the answers were
dramatic showing the how different the
While in the northeast part of the
county, more access to Orange County
rated high, there was also a call for
service for second and third shift work-
ers who can take a bus to work but
there is no service when they complete
That's where Phillips suggested
the Taxi Access program where rid-
ers would get a coupon for a certain
amount of money and have access to
the taxi service when bus service isn't
available because there's not enough
demand on the road to have one.
"We need to find a way to help the
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from work," he said. "We don't have
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He said this cold be a much better
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Funding was in his mind. In the past the
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the needs are different, paying for the
service is also a big challenge.
Phillips said spending options could
be sales tax or property tax increases -
both requiring ballot referendums or
there could be municipal service taxing
units set up. That would require a vote
by the county commission.
He believes the people learning
about the cost is moving along he is
insistent the different services to serve
the different needs is just as important.
"Transportation has a cost," Fike
commented before the presentation
started. "People have to understand
Shulz agreed: "At least we're at a talk-
ing stage of where to start."
Phillips wants all county residents on
board and hopes they'll go along what
he said will be good for many.
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Stroke survivor stretches her horizons
TYou reinvent yourself, actually'
By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ
The little 59-year-old dynamo wit]
dimples and a sweet expression has
one thing to say for stroke survivors
4t "It's not an end. It can be a begin-
ning. You just have to look at it as
And Kandi Wiles is determined
that the outcome of her tragedy will
Most in town knew her from
Park Avenue Hair Salon, where
she worked for about eight years
as a massage therapist and an
She had a total of 18 years racked
up in massage therapy, sporting
a booming business where some
clients would have to wait as long as
six weeks to see her.
"I loved it so much" she says,
"It was a way to help people have
a better quality of life."
But in October 2010, her life was
about to change.
And she would have to change her
focus from taking care of others -
for the moment to taking care of
The day before the "big one" hit,
she had two mini-strokes.
"But I didn't really pay attention
to them," she said.
She was doing a massage and a
facial that day.
"And my hand fell off her face, my
left hand. And I thought that was,
you know, strange, but it came back
She didn't have insurance, and
since things returned to normal
quickly, she brushed it off and
continued working with her client.
"Then I finished her facial and
massage and I got up to get her hot
packs to put on her back and they
fell out of my hands," she said.
"And then at that time, I knew
something was going on because my
leg was dragging as well."
The second mini-stroke occurred*
about 30 or 40 minutes after the
first one. But her client never knew
anything had happened.
So she left the room, and talked to
one of the other girls at Park Avenue,
who just happened to be on the
phone with Carol Mondello, who is
married to Dr. Christopher Mondello.
Carol called her husband, who im-
mediately said it was either a stroke
or Multiple Sclerosis, or "it could be
a number of things."
He advised her to go to the hospi-
tal, but since she was feeling better,
she bypassed that for the moment.
."And then the big one hit the next
PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ
Kandi Wiles, a stroke survivor, wants to spread
her story of inspiration to everyone who will
hear. It can be a beginning," she says.
day," she said.
"Of course, now I know that
you have to immediately get up
there whether you have insurance
or not and get treated for those
Her family history included one
aunt who had a mini stroke.
"But that's not something you
really think of for yourself, so no,
not really," she said, adding that
"normally" in such cases your blood
pressure is so high, "you're out of
control, or your cholesterol is out of
control. Those medical things were
something that would tip somebody
off for a stroke."
At 9 p.rm. on Oct. 2, she started
having the symptoms again, and she
called her sister.
They lived just down the street
from the hospital.
But by the time they arrived, min-
utes later, "it was just completely
full blown," she said.
"I couldn't talk."
She was alert and admits she was
They admitted her on the spot and
did a CT scan.
At that time, she said, Lake Wales
Medical Center was not a stroke
certified hospital, but they are now,
And the results of the tests?
Her CT scan was negative, and sh'e
said the physicians did not know,
what caused her stroke, since the
scan only picks up brain bleeds, not
a clot type of stroke.
"The doctor said it was just
-., something that could not have been
predicted," she notes.
"My blood pressure was border-
line. My diabetes was borderline. It
was nothing that was way out. My
cholesterol was within range."
She ate nutritiously, she exercised,
and she is still clueless as to what
could have caused her stroke.
She did work long hours, waking
at 6:30 and leaving the house early,
often working until 7 p.m., working
five and half days a week. And she
loved every minute of it.
After the stroke, she was told that
the emotional part of her brain had
been damaged, and that she would
probably never have movement in
her hand or arm again.
She cries easily, though it is get-
For nine months, she didn't drive.
But now she has movement of her
arm, and some movement of her
The stroke took its toll on her and
"Because I was such an indepen-
dent person and had such great
business, it changed everybody's
life," she said.
And yet, with all her trials, she
sees one bright lining in the clouds.
She is able to take care of her
mother after her mother had back
Kandi first helped take care of her,
and now just stays with her some.
"We've helped each other," she
"It's a gift to be able to do that."
She believes that were it not for
her stroke, she would not have been
free to care for her mother, so she
counts it a blessing.
She was doing six to eight mas-
sages a day.
"I had a fantastic business, and I-
loved it so much."
"That was one of the worst things,
was having to face giving up that,"
"And honestly in the beginning I
thought, I'll give this a month, and
I'll be back," she says now, laughing
and crying at the same time.
One of the toughest things, a
physical feat in itself, she noted, was
learning to put on a bra.
"In the beginning, I was in a
wheelchair," she said.
She researched treatments online
and located a chiropractor in Winter
Haven who had a hypobaric cham-
ber designed to feed the body the
oxygen it needs.
She had a panic attack, she notes,
the first time she used it, but then
went through 62 sessions, and says
"it is just amazing what it did, be-
cause your brain is so cloudy, and
you can't focus on things."
Laughing out loud again, she
called the treatments, a "no
"It settled the brain down, getting
the oxygen to the brain, which it
was deprived of in the beginning,"
The contraption looked like a
yellow rubber body bag that zips
closed around the entire patient.
"Then they turn it on, and it's
"It's different, but it helped. I was
just so focused on doing something
Another tender moment is re-
membering how her dogs, Bella,
a chiuaua, and Scooter, a Tibetan
terrier, "40 pounds" of white fur,
tended to her.
Bella continually licked her hand,
the one she couldn't move.
"She was just almost obsessed,
licking that hand, and all dogs do it.
They go right for that hand."
Kandi is well on her way to
"You reinvent yourself, actually,"
She attends a stroke survivor
'group in Winter Haven.
She is in vocational rehab, and
once she gets some medical things
that insurance won't pay for, she
hopes to start school.
"My goal is to become a'health'
coach to help people understand what
is going on with them and to actually
teach them how nutrition to help
with different disorders. And also, just
to share my story to help with others."
"Because it's not an end. It can be
a beginning. You just have to look at
it as that way."
"It's your attitude toward every-
What is a stroke?
According to Wikipedia, "A stroke,
or cerebrovascular accident (CVA),
is the rapid loss of brain functions)
due to disturbance in the blood
supply to the brain."
Kandi says the best thing for
people to do is to call 911 and get an
ambulance to pick them up because
they can start getting what they
need right away," without having to
triage in an emergency room.
She says she is grateful for all her
family and friends, the community
and the medical workers who are
assisting her in her recovery.
She did return to driving, another
victory for her.
And her stroke.
"This is something that God gave
me to share with others."
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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 53-year-
old son was diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis in September 2011. He func-
tions quite well, has a small limp and
goes to work in his office regularly.
Recently, he had an MRI scan. His doc-
tor told him: "There is one new lesion
on your brain MRI. I wouldn't change
anything now, but recommend you
come back in six months for another
I feel he should have more attention
sooner. What would you recommend?
ANSWER: Let me provide you and
readers with a few facts on multiple
sclerosis before I answer your question.
As many as 350,000 Americans suffer
from this illness yearly. Its onset usually
begins between the ages of 20 and 50.
The basic problem is a stripping away
of the insulation material, myelin, from
nerves that permit the transmission
of information from brain to spinal
cord through electric signals. Without
myelin, the electric transmission isn't
possible: It's short-circuited. That
brings on muscle weakness, loss of
sensation and the many other signs
and symptoms of this disease. Current
teaching holds that the body's immune
system is responsible for attacking the
myelin nerve covering.
I'm taking it that your son suffers
from the most common variety of MS,
relapsing-remitting. This kind of MS
has episodes of worsening (relapsing)
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however. Relapses might occur around
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Anxious females get mental workout
More proof, guys, that we're slack-
ers at least compared to the opposite
sex though, we're not likely to get too
worked up about it.
A Michigan State University study
found that the brains of anxious
women work harder than those of men.
Researchers asked college students
to perform a relatively simple task
while measuring brain activity through
an electrode cap. Only women who
identified themselves as particularly
anxious or big worriers recorded high
brain activity when they made mistakes
during the task.
Jason Moser, the principal investiga-
tor for the study, said the findings
could help mental health profes-
sionals determine whether patients,
particularly young females, are prone
to anxiety problems, .such as obsessive
compulsive disorder or general anxiety
"This may help predict the develop-
ment of anxiety issues later in life for
girls," he said. "It's one more piece
of the puzzle for us to figure out why
women in general have more anxiety
A Krispy Kreme original glazed
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recommended total fat intake for a
2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains 5 milligrams of cho-
lesterol (2 percent); 95 mg of sodium
(4 percent); 22 grams of total carbohy-
drates (7 percent); 0.5 g of dietary fiber;
10 g of sugar and 2 g of protein.
Percent of eligible U.S. population
that has never had a colorectal cancer
screening (sigmoidoscopy or colonos-
Estimated number of American
adults who die from colorectal cancer
Percentage declines in cancer
incidence and deaths attributed to
colorectal screenings: 21 and 26
Source: Robert Schoen, University of
Bolus a large dose of a drug that is
given (usually intravenously) at the be-
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Volunteer advocates needed
Florida's Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Program needs volunteers
to join its corps of advocates who
protect the rights of elders who live in
nursing homes, assisted living facilities
and adult family care homes.
The program's local councils are seeking
additional volunteers to identify, investigate
and resolve residents' concerns. Special
training and certification is provided.
All interested individuals who care
about protecting the health, safety, wel-
fare and rights of long-term care facility
residents who often have no one else
to advocate for them can call 1-888-
831-0404 toll-free or visit the program's
website at ombudsman.myflorida.com.
LWMC seeks new volunteers
Lake Wales Medical Center is seeking
volunteers to fill a variety of available
Volunteers greet visitors in the hospi-
tal lobbies, help in the gift shop, work
behind the scenes in several depart-
ments, drive the parking lot courtesy
tram, deliver flowers to patients, and
perform a number of other essential
Volunteers shifts are available seven
days a week, mornings or afternoons.
A volunteer must be at least 18 years
old, complete an application, submit
a letter of recommendation and pass a
A hospital volunteer receives a free
meal ticket for the hospital cafeteria for
each shift worked, a volunteer uniform
and a free flu shot once per year.
Volunteers ages 50 or older who work
at least four hours per week will receive
free membership to LWMC's Senior
For information, call Eric Grenier at
community CPR class
Lake Wales Medical Center has a
community CPR class on Thursday,
June 28, from 8 a.m.-noon in the LWMC
Hunt Building second floor classroom.
Teacher for the course is Education
Director April Guindon, R.N. Cost is
$40 for initial certification, $20 for
renewal. The course is American Heart
Prior to class day, participants need
to come to Guindon's office to fill out
a registration form, check out a course
book, and pay for the course.
To register, call 863-678-2716 and
leave a message.
These classes are held quarterly, and
future classes are scheduled for Sept. 27
and Dec. 19.
LWMC offers 'diabetes
survivor skills' class
"Diabetes Survivor Skills" will be taught
1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, in the
Hunt Building second floor classroom.
This free class is taught by Registered
Dietician Jamie Moore, MPH, RD. It is
ideal for those newly diagnosed with
diabetes, those who are struggling with
managing the disease, or anyone who
just wants a refresher course on manag-
Registration is required by calling
Hospital ranks among
America's 100 Best
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical
Center in Lake Placid was among
the 100 best hospitals for orthopedic
surgery, a HealthGrades rating showed.
HealthGrades found that patients
treated at five-star rated hospitals, like
Florida Hospital Heartland, experience
a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and
a 63 percent lower risk of complica-
tions. HealthGrades is an independent
source of physician information and
hospital quality outcomes.
Florida Hospital Heartland is five-star
rated in eight areas for 2012:
HealthGrades America's and Florida's
100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic
Surgerym in 2012
Recipient of the HealthGrades
Orthopedic Surgery Excellence
Awardr in 2012
Ranked Among the Top 10 percent
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Five-Star Rated for Overall
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Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery,
"Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion)
Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture
Treatment for six years (2007-2012)
Five-Star Rated for Treatment of GI
Bleed for three years (2010-2012)
Five-Star Rated for Treatment of
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Treatment of Respiratory Failure in
"Taking care of the sick and hurting
is our Christian mission," said Florida
.Hospital Heartland President and CEO
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200 physicians. and more than 1,400
medical and ancillary.professionals
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passed compassion and comfort that
aids in the healing process."
S"Patients today have a wide array of
options when it comes to choosing a
healthcare provider;" said Kerry Hicks,
HealthGrades chief executive officer. "At
HealthGrades, we are proud to have led
the way for empowering patient choice
based on objective clinical outcomes
and access to actionable quality mea-
sures. We commend Florida Hospital
Heartland for its superior quality and
support of consumerism and transpar-
ency in the Heartland area."
For a complete listing, visit www.
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surgical option for GERD
offers a new sur-
gical option for
the treatment of
this new surgical
option has a high
rate of success in
relieving GERD Dr. Esteban Gambaro
quicker recovery times and fewer
complications than with conventional
GERD, which is estimated to affect as
much as one-third of all adults, occurs
when stomach acid or even bile flows
back (refluxes) into the esophagus. The
backwash of acid irritates the lining of
the esophagus and causes GERD signs
such as heartburn and coughing.
For patients whose GERD symptoms
are not controlled by prescription
medication, surgical reconstruction of a
patient's stomach valve is often indi-
cated. The TIF procedure is performed
using an endoscope inserted through
the patient's mouth. Conventional
surgery for GERD typically is'performed
through a laparoscopic procedure that
requires three to five small incisions.
The TIF procedure, performed while
the patient is under general anesthesia,
allows surgeons access to a patient's
stomach and introduce surgical instru-
ments to re-create the normal stomach
valve that ordinarily prevents food
and liquid from flowing back into the
patient's esophagus. Without incisions,
patients recover quickly and experience
little post-surgery pain.
Dr. Esteban Gambaro, a
board-certified Winter Haven surgeon
who performs the TIF operation, said it
is typically performed as an outpatient
"Patients go home the same day,
and about the only restriction that we
ask is no heavy lifting for two weeks,"
Gambaro said. "Otherwise, most
patients can stop taking their prescrip-
tion medications and start eating and
drinking whatever they want, whenever
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Liver disease, recovery
at UF garners $1.3M
University of Florida researchers
have received nearly $1.3 mil-
lion from the National Institute
of Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Diseases to uncover ways
to lessen liver damage by study-
ing the body's natural process
for breaking down and removing
During surgery or transplanta-
tion, surgeons stop blood flow to
the liver, temporarily cutting off
oxygen and nutrients. When blood
rushes back to the organ afterward,
it often causes serious damage
called ischemia/reperfusion injury.
Finding a way to boost cells'
natural cleanup process, and with
it, older livers' ability to recover
from such stress-related injury
would help patients recover after
liver surgery. It could also increase
the number of livers available for
people on the transplant waiting
list by reducing damage to the or-
gans of potential donors, and may
lead to therapies for other diseases
such as cancer and neurological
'All diseases, including liver
disorders, are the consequence of
multiple, complicated changes in
the body," said principal investiga-
tor Jae-Sung Kim, an assistant pro-
fessor of surgery in the UF College
of Medicine. "I think the way to
cure diseases is to fully understand
complicated mechanisms. We
can take advantage of our natural
defense mechanism that was
evolutionally developed to fight
against many causes of illness."
More than 16,000 people in
the United States await liver
transplants, according to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Services' Organ Procurement and
Transplantation Network. Only 7
percent of all liver donations since
1988 have come from people older
than 65, despite the fact that they
die at higher rates than people in
other age groups.
The multidisciplinary UF
research team, which includes
principal investigator Christiaan
Leeuwenburgh, Ph.D., chief of the
biology of aging division in the
department of aging and geriatric
research, seeks to confirm earlier.
findings that the liver's ability to
recover from ischemia/reperfu-
sion injury is linked to the process
by which cells remove structures
called mitochondria when they are
damaged. Mitochondria provide
the cell with energy.
They also found that the older
livers are, the slower they are
at responding to stress-related
damage, partly because of lowered
levels of a protein responsible for
directing the cell clean-up pro-
cess. Injured cells resumed normal
activity when inundated with the
protein, called Atg4B.
The researchers will study
older mice to examine age-related
changes in the cell cleanup pro-
cess. They also will explore ways to
boost that process and examine the
resulting effect on damaged livers.
"There are many studies that
have investigated liver injury in
younger animals and mechanisms
there, but these studies are unique
because they're studying older
animals," said Leeuwenburgh, a
member of the UF Institute on
Aging. "Most liver injuries occur
and liver resection interventions
are done in older individuals."
Knowing more about how the
cell cleanup process works could
pave the way for new therapies,
not just for liver disease, but also
for a variety of other illnesses.
"Growing evidence indicates
that dysfunctional or impaired
autophagy, cells' natural clean-up
process, is directly associated with
various diseases, including auto-
immune diseases, cancer, neuro-
logical disorders and diabetes,"
Kim said. "Through this study, we
would like to better understand
basic molecular mechanisms of
Hospital readies launch
of second 'One Team
One Goal' campaign
Winter Haven Hospital is preparing to launch its
second "One Team One Goal" campaign to promote
charitable giving among its 2,500 employees.
The 2012 campaign, which begins this month,
follows up on a successful inaugurallaunch in 2011
whenWinter Haven Hospital employees raised more
The One Team One Goal campaign enables hospital
employees to make charitable contributions through
payroll deductions. This year, employees can choose
from among three national nonprofit organizations
and three charitable funds administered by theWinter
Haven Hospital Foundation.
"In 2011,the UnitedWay of Central Florida received
the largest share of contributions from hospital
employees," said Eric Adamson, chairman of the
Winter Haven Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
'Additionally, hospital employees also gave to the
American Cancer Society, American Heart Association,
March of Dimes, the Winter Haven Hospital
Foundation Annual Fund, the Winter Haven Hospital
Fund for the Under-Insured, and the Winter Haven
Hospital HERO Fund.
"Winter Haven Hospital is a locally controlled, not-
for-profit organization, so hospital employees know
very well the significance of giving to their own organi-
zation as well as targeting philanthropic contributions
to charities that keep local funds local This benefits the
community where we live and work."
In the past, Winter Haven Hospital held several
different, internal fundraising programs for a variety of
causes. The One Team One Goal campaign has given
employees the opportunity to donate to the same
causes, but through an integrated approach facilitated
by the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation.
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