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Title: Winter Park-Maitland observer
Alternate title: Winter Park Maitland observer
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: G.J.W. Munster
Place of Publication: Winter Park, FL
Creation Date: December 25, 2008
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Winter Park (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 29 (July 16, 1992).
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Winter Park/ Maitland


Volume 20, No. 52
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Vouchers raise concerns


KRISTY VICKERY
GUEST WRITER
As public school officials contemplate how
to deal with an increasing deficit, a new re-
port on the cost of private school vouchers
could put more pressure on them.
"The onlyway to get funding for a school
is if a child is sitting in a desk," Orange
County' School Board. Chairwoman Joie
Cadle said. "Having more (private school)
vouchers would take money away from
public schools."
A report released last week by the state
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Gov-
ernment Accountability, or OPPAGA, shows
that students choosing private schools may
cost individual school systems money, but
the state will actually spend less per pupil
on students who use vouchers.
The OPPAGA report says the Corporate
Tax Credit, a voucher program established
in 2001 to help low-income students af-
ford private school tuition, saved state
taxpayers $38.9 million last school year
and currently serves 23,234 students from
households whose income meets federal
guidelines for free and reduced lunch.
"We welcome OPPAGA's findings," said
John Kirtley, chairman of the Florida
School Choice Fund and the Tampa busi-
nessman who helped create the program.
"We certainly want taxpayers to know we
are saving them money, and we hope our
partners in public education benefit from
our savings."
Students in private schools cost the state
less than students in public schools. Ac-


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Public schools have resisted efforts by the state to offer pri-
vate-school vouchers, but the vouchers save the state money.
cording to the report, in 2007-08, the cost*
of the average scholarship for a student in
private schools was $3,412, compared with
the state cost of $6,106 in public schools. It
is also estimated that 90 percent of schol-
arship recipients would have attended
a public school if they had not received
a scholarship through the program. For
each $1 lost through corporate tax credits,
the state saves $1.49 in general revenue.
"While the program reduces the amount
of corporate tax revenues received by the
state, it produces a net fiscal benefit," the
report stated. "This occurs because state
education spending for students who re-
ceive scholarships is reduced by more than
the amount of revenue lost."
Although these savings please Kirtley, he
said it is not the purpose of the program.
"The purpose of the program is not to
save taxpayers money, but to give low-in-
come families more educational options if
their kids are struggling in their assigned
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Mayors to

run again

in March

JENNY ANDREASSON
OBSERVER STAFF

David Strong and Doug Kin-
son said they will run for sec-
ond terms as mayor in their
respective cities of Winter
Park and Maitland.
A mayoral election will be
held in Winter Park and Mai-
tland on Tuesday, March 10.
Both incumbents said
Thursday that they don't
know of anyone running
against them. The qualify-
ing period opens at noon
Jan. 19 and closes at noon
Jan. 23. Mayors in both cities
serve three-year terms.
"I'm in the middle of some
things that I'd like to see
wrapped up," Winter Park's
Strong said about his bid,
referring to projects such as
commuter rail - recently
named SunRail
- and Plan the
Possibilities,
an initiative
to re-develop
city-owned
property, such
as the old post
office site.
Maitland's Kinson
Kinson is also
ready to con-
tinue to bring
projects to fru-
ition. "As I look d
over the last
three years," he
said, "it's one
of the greatest
things I've ever Strong
had an oppor-
tunity to do in
my life ... to serve a commu-
nity and have had a dramat-
ic difference."
He's focused on building
the downtown "responsibly'
and in line with the wants
and the desires of the resi-
dents." He's also focused on
bringing in new public fa-
cilities - police, fire and city
hall. "The future of the city
of Maitland is very bright,"
he said.
When the men aren't
serving their city, they're
working in real estate.
Strong has been presi-
dent of Strong Properties
Inc., a real estate investment
company, since 1989. His
father, Hope Strong, served
as Winter Park mayor from
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schools," he said. "Our only goal is to im-
prove the educational outcomes of low-
income kids."
But some public school officials warn
against low-income families making the
choice to educate their children in a pri-
vate setting.
Orange County School Board member
Rick Roach said parents who use voucher
programs should be careful.
"There's no proof that they improve the
quality ofeducation," Roach said.
Seminole County Public School Board
member Jeanne Morris also has concerns
about private school voucher programs.
"Students lose all constitutional rights
in private school settings," Morris said.
Morris also said she questions the qual-
ity of education students receive under
these programs because they are not re-
quired to take the same tests as students in
public schools.
"There's no measurement to see the suc-


cess of education these kids are receiving,"
Morris said. "And when you set your own
grades, you can give kids whatever grades
they want."
The OPPAGA report states that private
school representatives will not encourage
their schools to participate in state tests,
such as the FCAT, and some would likely
stop accepting scholarship students if re-
quired to use the FCAT. The report does
undermine the argument that vouchers
drain public school funds.
Kirtley said he hopes that these sav-
ings will be dedicated to improving out-
comes for low-income children in public
schools and has high hopes for the future
of voucher programs.
"In terms of the future, we hope that
legislators will continue to provide op-
tions for low-income parents, whether
they be magnets, charters, virtual schools
and scholarships to private schools," Kirt-
ley said. "Every child is different and some'
need a unique learning environment to
thrive."


MAYOR I Kinson, Strong didn't quit day jobs


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1981-1987.
Kinson, a more than 20-
year Central Florida resi-
dent, is executive vice pres-


ident of Real Property Spe-
cialists, a full-service bro-
ketage company. He also
served as chairman of the
Seminole County Chamber
of Commerce.
To vote in the election,


citizens must be registered
by Feb. 9. Contact the Or-
ange County Supervisor of
Elections at OCFElections.
com or 407-836-2070.


Winter Park


Criminal mischeif
Juvenile Grinches in a green Ford
Explorer damaged an inflatable
yard decoration Dec. 12 at a home
on Chestnut Avenue.
Patio furniture on the front porch
of a home on Cypress Point lane
was stolen Dec. 13 by an unknown
thief.
A trio of thieves including at least
one male and one female, who ar-
rived in a dark-colored Chevrolet
SUV, possibly an "HHR," broke the
rear passenger window of a vehicle
parked on North Lakemont Avenue
and stole a pink purse. A surveil-
lance camera recorded the theft on
Dec. 13.
After being fired Dec. 14, an em-
ployee broke the front glass door
of a business on the 500 block of
North Orlando Avenue.
An employee was arrested on Dec.
14 for entering a bank on the 300
block of North New York Avenue
and stealing bank documents.
Someone turned off all of the build-
ing water supply valves for a build-
ing on North Lakemont Avenue,
including for the fire suppression
system, on Dec. 14.


Dec. 12 to Dec. 14
Two unknown boys, estimated to be
14- and 16-years-old, were seen
leaving the rear of an unlocked
home on Margaret Square carry-
ing a Dell Inspirion laptop comput-
er, Sony digital camera, Nintendo
Game Cube, jewelry and computer
speakers on Dec. 14.
Someone was arrested for posses-
sion of a weapon on the campus of
the Winter Park Ninth Grade Center
on Dec. 12.
There were seven noise complaints
between Dec. 12 and Dec. 14, most-
ly from parties, but one from a loud
vehicle and one from construction
noise on North Knowles Avenue.
Drugs
Other arrests were for warrants,
drug possession (including cocaine
on Lyman Avenue), drunk driving,
theft of trade secrets from a busi-
ness on New York Avenue and other
crimes.
A single arrest was for posses-
sion of cocaine with-intent to sell,
possession of Alprazolam, posses-
sion of a drug not prescribed for the
holder, possession of marijuana and
drug paraphernalia.


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Business" i


Coldwell Banker Residential Real
Estate announced that Diana 0.
McLaughlin, a sales associate at the
Winter Park office and president of
Silverliners - Orlando Chapter, a non-
profit organization, hosted a fantasy
flight for 64 children of Nemours Chil-
dren's Clinic sponsored by the Winter
Park Fire Department. Silverliners, com-
prised of former Eastern Airlines flight
attendants and volunteers, is dedicated
to benefiting underprivileged children
with life-threatening illnesses. "This is
our 23rd annual flight. Our group or-


ganizes the nationwide fantasy flight
for children and their families and en-
ter a winter wonderland to be greeted
by Santa and Mrs. Claus," McLaughlin
said in a press release. She is a resi-
dent of Orlando of more than 30 years.
The fantasy flight featured lunch, face
painting, singing and more. McLaugh-
lin said, "For the past 14 years, I have
seen these children come and enjoy a
day like no other. Nothing can match
the look on their faces when they see
Santa and get the gift selected espe-
cially for them. Participating in events


like this one is my way of saying 'thank
you' to my community."

The American Institute of Archi-
tects (AIA) recently announced the
12 honorees of its inaugural Diver-
sity Recognition Program, which cel-
ebrates contributions of AIA members
toward the goal of a more diverse pro-
fession. PBS&J was honored as one of
the twelve whose work constitutes Best
Practices in encouraging diversity.
The top 12 honorees were selected
from a field of 33 submissions.


FOOTBALL I Scouts came calling about 11-year-old


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"little," was better than the
other 3 million child football
players in the country. They
would be sending scouts.
SuddenlyJim Martin had a
little outside perspective.
But Jimmy's talent would
be hard to ignore watch-
ing the wily running back
grab hold of a pigskin and
barrel like a red-and-white
flash into a wall of gray-clad
child behemoths, dragging
them along with him as he
marched toward the end
zone. -
In a stream of highlights
serving as his DVD resume,
Jimmy's head swivels, his
feet pirouette, and he leaps
for tackles, again and again.
He bursts through a line of
defensive linemen and just
keeps on going. He plays both
ways, and plays them well.
"I've done every position
but kicker," Jimmy said.


And so far he's been good
at all of them. He'll be play-
ing linebacker on his big day,
hoping for a hit that echoes
through scores of.recruiters
in the stands. He won't be
in high school for another
two seasons, but he's already
dreaming big.
His dad won't say it, but
he could go all the way. That
wouldn't be out of the ordi-
nary for Jimmy's new and il-
lustrious company. The U.S.
Army All-American Bowl
boasts 63 players who end-
ed up being drafted into
the NFL - 23 in just the
last year.
But this year is a bit dif-
ferent. Aside from the tra-
ditional high school all-star
game, compiled of the best
high school players from
the east and west sides of
America, this year will see
the first-ever middle school
all-star game.
Jimmy is hoping for


some devastating tackles and
maybe a little national expo-
sure.
That would be a good way
to pay himself back for sev-
en-day-a-week practice ses-
sions and daily weightlifting
routines.
"My goals are to hit hard,
wrap up and hopefully play
my best game," Jimmy said.
Not a bad set of New Year's
resolutions for a boy.who'll
turn 12 just before hitting
the big time.


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Florida Department of Transportation crews shifted eastbound
Interstate 4 lanes to the right Dec. 11 between the exit ramps to
Maitland Boulevard (Exits 90A and 90B) and the entrance ramp from
Maitland Boulevard to eastbound 1-4. Crews will close one or two
eastbound 1-4 lanes between the exit and entrance ramps from 11:30
p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly through Thursday, Dec. 17, for milling and
resurfacing, weather permitting.
The lane shifts will remain in place through January.

Blood donors at Florida's Blood Centers can either keep a $10
Publix gift card they get for donating blood, or they can give it
back to the blood bank, which will donate those cards to Second
Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
The campaign runs through the "Season of Giving," ending Dec.
31. Call 1-888-936-6283 for blood bank locations. Visit www.flori-
dasbloodcenters.org for more information.

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet at 10
a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 at College Park United Methodist Church at 644
W. Princeton St. in Orlando. There will be a program on preventing
falls by Patrick Davis of Life Care of Florida. Anyone who has worked
in education is invited to join. Visit ocrea-fl.org or call 407-677-0446
for more information.

Hardin Construction Company donated kiosks and trash recep-
tacles worth $125,000 to the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gar-
dens that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. T.J. Wright, se-
nior project manager at Hardin, is a patron of the Central Florida Zoo
and knew that this donation would be extremely helpful to the Zoo.
Wright contacted two of Hardin's subcontractors, Neff Rental in
Sanford and Allstate Paving Inc. participated in the effort by donating
their services in the transportation and off-loading of the items.


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Happy holidays from
Winter Park
On behalf of the city of Win-
ter Park, I would like to ex-
tend the happiest of holi-.
days to you and yours. This
time of year gives us the op-
portunity to focus on what
is really important in our
Lives, and in these difficult
economic times, it is even
more vital that we reflect
.on the things that mean the
most to us.
As the city's vision. states,
"We aspire to continue to
be the best place to live,
work and play in Central
Florida by providing a supe-
rior quality of life for today's
residents and future genera-
tions."
As your city manager,
we do everything we can
to pursue that vision as we
continue to provide the
highest quality of services
to our residents.
We thank you for your
continued support of our
city and wish you Happy
Holidays this season and all
year long.

Parade of Bands
marches on Park Avenue
The city of Winter Park will
____ proudly host the second an-
niual Champs Sports Bowl'
Parade of Bands featuring
school bands from Florida
State University and the
University of Wisconsin on
Friday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m.
As a prelude to the


Peace-Serenity-Joy-
Health-Happiness-
'Harmony-Friendship-
Warmth-Hope-Prosperi-
ty-Goodwill
All are words we hear of-
ten during the holiday sea-
son..In our greetings, in our
cards, in our conversations,
we use them to express our
desires and wishes for all
around us, irrespective of
belief or background. We
use them to express best


Champs Sports Bowl game
on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the
Florida Citrus Bowl, school
bands from the Atlantic
Coast Conference and Big
Ten conference teams will
march through downtown
Winter Park and perform a
"Bandtastic Game Day Pre-
view" in Central Park's West
Meadow.
The parade will start at 2
p.m. at the intersection of
Park and Lyman avenues.
Florida State and Wiscon-
sin bands and team mascots
will march north along Park
Avenue through downtown
Winter Park. After turning
west on Garfield Avenue,
they will proceed to the
West Meadow of Central
Park where they will per-
form.
In order to minimize
disruption to traffic flow,
street closures will occur in
a rolling fashion along the
parade route. Side street en-
trances onto Park Avenue
will be closed as the parade
approaches each intersec-
tion. Street closures will re-
open immediately after the
parade has safely passed.
The Champs Sports Bowl
is operated by Florida Citrus
Sports, a nonprofit group
that also organizes the
Capital One Bowl and the
Florida Classic presented by
State Farm.
For more information
regarding Florida Citrus
Sports and to purchase tick-
ets to the bowl game, please
visit FCSports.com. For spe-


wishes for all of our families,
friends and neighbors.
I enjoy the season for
many reasons. As a child, I
could hardly stand the an-
ticipation that Christmas
would soon come. As I grew
older, and some would say,
matured, I realized that
the holidays and traditions
meant much more than
the receipt of material gifts
each year, and I realized
the meaning of the season


cific information regarding
the Champs Sports Bowl
Parade of Bands in Winter
Park, please call 407-599-
3463.

City Hall closed
City Hall will be closed be-
ginning at noon Wednesday,
Dec. 24, through Thursday,
Dec. 25, in observance of
the Christmas holiday. City
Hall will be open for regular
business on Friday, Dec. 26.

No Waste Management
service Christmas Day
There will be no Waste Man-
agement service on Christ-
mas Day. The makeup day
for regular household trash
pickup will be the following
Saturday, Dec. 27.

Attention: Winter Park
electric customers
There will be an electric
rate increase that will im-
pact your electric bill begin-
ning Jan. 1, 2009, as a Win-
ter Park electric customer.
Effective Jan. 1, the Public
Service Commission has ap-
proved a 20 to 24 percent
rate increase, depending on
usage, for Progress Energy
residential customers and
an approximately 20 to 27
percent rate increase for its
commercial customers, de-
pending on usage. The larg-
est reason for the increase
of Progress Energy's electric
rates is due.to the high cost
of fuel experienced during
2008.
Another component of
the rate increase is Progress
Energy's development of
new nuclear plants to gen-
erate power for the future.
Although now owned by
the city of Winter Park, in
June 2005, the city made
the commitment to mirror


means different things to
different people.
More and more, I real-
ize that many of my busi-
ness associates, friends and
neighbors celebrate differ-
ent traditions than my fam-
ily does, but still celebrate
during this time of year. So
how do we tactfully handle
celebrations and good tid-
ings, at work for instance,
'when multiple backgrounds
are represented?
We can always use ge-
neric messages, like those
above, but holiday greetings
are used by everybody, irre-
spective of a particular tra-
dition or background, as a
way to express good wishes
during the period that spans
Thanksgiving through the
New Year. Holidays during
this time not only include
Thanksgiving, Christmas
and New Year's Day, but also
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Progress Energy's rates for
three years. In June 2008,
the City Commission ex-
tended that commitment
to mirror Progress Energy's
rates until June 2009. In
keeping with the city's com-
mitment, city of Winter Park
electric customers will also
see the same rate increases
beginning Jan. 1.
Although the city of
Winter Park is not involved
in the planning or devel-
opment of nuclear power
plants, the city, similar to
other electric companies,
has under-recovered fuel
costs due to higher than ex-
pected fuel costs in 2008.
The city's top priority in
acquiring the electric system
was to improve reliability.
We have accomplished that
as all of the reliability mea-
surements show markedim-
provements. However, that
accomplishment has not
been inexpensive. The city
has spent in excess of $13.2
million for system upgrades
and -reliability improve-
ments. The rate increase
will help Winter Park elec-
tric recover those costs and
will also allow the city to
continue to make required
reliability improvements to



recently Kwarizaa.
We hear the phrase
"happy holidays" because
it is a reference for events
celebrated during the lat-
ter parts of the year. After
all, holiday is derived from
Middle English "holidai,"
meaning "holy day." So the
celebration of your holy day
will be dependent on your
background. For many, it
means celebrating Christ-
mas and the birth of Jesus of
Nazareth, and for others it is
Hanukkah, the Jewish festi-
val of rededication, an eight-
day holiday also known as
the festival of lights.
We live in a world of in-
clusion, where families of
all backgrounds and beliefs
are able to live and work to-
gether in a country where
everybody is free to believe
as they choose. I thank God
that I can celebrate my re-
ligion with lights, decora-


the system. In addition, it
will allow for the replenish-
ment of the $2.8 million of
under recovered fuel costs
from 2008.
Is there a light at the end
of the tunnel? Yes. The good
news is Winter Park will
be conducting a rate study
over the next few months
that will prepare Winter
Park Electric to decouple its
rates from those of Progress
Energy.
The new Winter Park
rates will be based purely on
Winter Park's cost structure
and should be lower than
the rates charged by Prog-
ress Energy. It is expected
that these new rates would
become effective during the
first billing cycle of June 1,
2009.
Please be reassured that
Winter Park is doing every-
thing it can to be as efficient
as possible and is making
every effort to ensure excel-
lent electric service and re-
liability. Thank you for your
continued support.

Call City Hall at
407-599-3399 and visit us
at CityofWinterPark.org


tions, trees and gifts, right
alongside my Jewish neigh-
bors, who hopefully enjoy
the celebration as much as
my family does. So whether
you believe in celebrating
Christmas or Hanukkah, al-
ways remember, this time
of year it's all about being
with family and friends and
enjoying'the celebration of
the season, no matter what
your background.
So happy holidays, Merry
Christmas, Happy Hanuk-
kah, and Happy New Year to
all of my business associates,
friends and neighbors! May
the joy of the holiday season
bring peace, prosperity and
goodwill to you and your
family!

Call City Hall at
407-539-6200 and visit us
at ItsMyMaitland.com


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Central Florida Utilities
November2008


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Lifestyles


Who knew? Maitlandis manatee H

Who knew? Maitland is manatee HQ.


JENNY ANDREASSON
OBSERVER STAFF
While growing up, one of Mina Re-
ale's favorite things to do was to vis-
it a manatee at the Steinhart Aquar-
ium in San Francisco.
"He would smush his face against
the glass like he knew me," she said.
When she moved to Orlando,
that experience drove her to pro-
tect the sea cows by joining the Save
the Manatee Club in Maitland. "It
was a dream come true," the four-
year volunteer said.
The national nonprofit organi-
zation was formed in 1981 by en-
tertainer Jimmy Buffett and U.S.
Sen. Bob Graham. Funds from the
Club's Adopt-A-Manatee program
go toward manatee rescue, rehabili-
tation, research and public educa-
tion.
The basic adoption is $25 a year
and members receive a picture and
biography of their manatee and
quarterly newsletters. There are
more than 40,000 members and
volunteers involved nationwide.
The Club is based out of a mod-
est office in Maitland. The location
was chosen because it is so central
to the rest of Florida, Executive Di-
rector Pat Rose said. It is near Blue
Springs, where more than 100 man-
atees live.
The manatee is designated "en-
dangered" by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The species population is estimated


PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAVE THE MANATEE CLUB
Manatee face an uncertain fate as a species, despite conservation efforts. A nonprofit group called the "Save the Manatee Club" based in Maitland, which was
responsible for the state license plate in the animal's honor, is aiming to improve the chances of the sea cows for survival. There are just 3,300 in the world today.


at 3,300.
"I would love to think there was
more than that," Rose said, adding
that they are faring better in North-
west Florida, but worse in growing
areas such as the Southwest and
Port St. Lucie.
There were 317 manatee deaths
in Florida in 2007; 73 were killed by
boaters. The average mortality rate
during the past five years is 355, ac-
cording to FWC data.
"We're certainly not out of the
woods," he said. "If we go backward
again we probably won't ever be
able to recover them."
The club has had a "tremendous


impact" since its inception, Rose
said. It came up with the "Save the
manatee" license plate, sales of
which have raised millions of dol-
lars for state research programs and
protective legislation.
Reale said education is one of
the most important things the club
does. She regularly speaks to stu-
dents about manatees. "They are
the caretakers of the future."
But why do manatees even mat-
ter? Reale admits that they're not
helpful like the rodent-eating eagle;
they're not even part of the food
chain. "In the big scope of things,
if you're really a cynic, they really


You can adopt a manatee through the
Save the Save the Manatee Club in
Maitland for $25. The proceeds go to-
ward research and rescue efforts. Visit
SavetheManatee.org or call 407-539-
0990 for-more information.

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can't sit there and pick and choose
which animals are important."


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Family

Calendar

The Gramercy Theatre Company
of Orlando, in partnership with
the historic Plaza Theatre,
will be presenting a live stage
production of "A Christmas
Story," adapted by Philip Grecian,
based on the motion picture
written by Jean Shepard, Leigh
Brown and Bob Clark, through
Dec. 28.
lan Petrella, who played the
role of the little brother Randy in
the film 25 years ago, will play
the grown-up Ralph Parker, the
narrator of the story.
Starring in the role of little
Ralphie Parker, the boy who
wants nothing for Christmas but
a genuine Red Ryder BB gun, is
Joseph Robillard, a student at
Trinity Preparatory Middle School.
Playing little brother Randy is
9-year-old Brandon Israel of Winter
Park. Noah Roman of Orlando
plays Flick, the boy who.gets his
tongue stuck on a frozen flagpole
in a dare, and Lukas Barron of
Port St. Lucie is Schwartz. Playing
classmates Helen and Esther Jane
are Madison Looney of Orlando
and Charlotte Craig of Winter Park.
The school bully, Skut Farkas, is
played by Julian James.
Saturday and Sunday matinees
will be a "Triple Dog" affair. Fans
of "A Christmas Story" will be able
to see the play, have a chance to
meet lan Petrella, and Santa Claus
himself will be on hand to greet
young playgoers! Because the
Saturday and Sunday matinees
are especially geared to families,
tickets are discounted to those
buying two or more tickets.
The Plaza Theatre is at 435
N. Bumby Ave. in Orlando. Show
times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday
and Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30
p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. and 6
p.m. Sunday.
There is an additional
performance at 2:30 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 26. Tickets are $23-$33.
Call 407-228-1220 or visit
ThePlazaTheatre.com for more
information.

Harry P Leu Gardens and the
Orange County Library System
present Storytelling at Leu
Gardens the third Monday of
each month starting at 10 a.m.
Children will hear stories and
participate in songs and rhymes.
Enjoy a favorite story or find a new
one. It's free! Explore the 50-acre
botanical gardens after story time
including the butterfly garden with
new chrysalis display.
Leu Gardens is at 1920 N.
Forest Ave. in Orlando. Garden
admission is free every Monday
morning from 9 a.m. until noon.
Arrive early, as parking is limited.
Story times are as follows:
10-10:15 a.m. for 18 months
and younger
10:20-10:35 a.m. for toddlers
10:40-11 a.m. for 3- to 5-year-
olds
Call Leu Gardens at 407-246-
2620 or visit LeuGardens.org for
more information.


Buck the big-gift trend


LAURA AND MALCOLM GAULD
GUEST WRITERS


Here we stand, poised for the holi-
days - with an economy in a tail-
spin. thousands of Americans losing
their jobs, and many their homes.
industries in decline, even seeking
to be bailed out, and indications that
the economic forecast may get worse
before it gets better.
How is it, then, that retail sales on
Black Friday. the biggest shopping
day after Thanksgiving, were up 3
percent from last year?
Are Americans in denial about the
economy? Are we buying gifts with
money we don't have? Are we buying
presents for our kids at the expense
of their futures? And what is the mes-
sage that we give our kids when we
lean toward making a big splash
for the holidays when we should be
more prudent of family security?
Parenting experts and award-
w-inning authors Malcolm and Laura
Gauld believe this is a common trap
parents can fall into in today's re-
sults-driven culture.


"I like the
yummy food."

-Anna, age 6


"Christmas,
because I write
notes to Santa."

-Axel, age 7


"Our culture has become preoc-
cupied with achievement," Laura
said, "from the extraor-
dinary fo- .L cus on


grades and awards in school to paren-
tal pressure to provide an overabun-
dance of material gifts, even when
it's irrational and even detrimental."
But the Gaulds said it is never too
late to shift this trend in our ovwn
homes. Happily, the scenario is far
from bereft of hope. In fact, it is the
situations like these that present
opportunity and great potential for
building strong principles and bonds
in our families. It can also give a fam-
ily a fresh start at sharing and mak-
ing meaning - about themselves,


This week, Amy K.D. Tobik asked children at
Brookshire Elementary in Winter Park:


"What is your favorite

aspect of the holidays?"

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ask for Editor Alex Babcock to sign up for a visit to your school.


"We have hot
chocolate and
marshmallows."

- Carter,
age 6


"It's Jesus'
birthday."

- Libby, age 6


"My mom gives
me a new orna-
ment for the
tree"

- Sara, age 6


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their values, the economy
and the holidays.
"This is a time when we
can focus on establishing
traditions in our families,"
Laura said. "The big picture
of raising children is done
with the actions, routines
and practices that make up
lifetime memories, habits"
and character."
To counter the at-times
overwhelming urge to
spend at the cost of plac-
ing our families in financial
hardship, the Gaulds offer
five simple actions parents
can take to get everyone on
the same page:
1. Family dinners: where
everyone is together, can-
dles are lit; all at the table
contribute to the discus-
sion
2. Mandatory fun: Pick
a certain day every month
where one family member
gets to select a family activ-
ity in which all family mem-


bers participate. Everyone
gets a turn to pick the ac-
tivity and everyone par-
ticipates. Parents and their
children will be surprised at
how much fun can emerge
from this simple exercise,
despite some possible resis-
tance to it.
3. Family jobs: Every fam-
ily member has a job, a con-
tribution to the home and
family. There are ways to
make this fun and to help
children take enormous
pride in their work.
4. Community service:
During a family meeting,
parents and their children
talk about the various com-
munity service opportuni-
ties from which they can
choose. (Parents bring a list
of these to the table in prep-
;arati :on for the meeting.)
Everyone gets a vote, and
once it is decided where the
family will do service, every-
one participates.
S5. Family journal: Where
every family member con-


tributes entries on at least a
weekly basis to share strug-
gles, successes and other
thoughts. Some of these en-
tries can be shared during
the family meeting.
"Often the value of these
actions is realized looking
back at one's upbringing,"
Malcolm said. "As parents
we have the opportunity
to sow these actions, and
what we'll find is they will
strengthen a culture in our
homes that supports our
best and also creates impor-
tant memories."
The Gaulds said that
without these basic prin-
ciples, we run the risk of re-
inforcing negative signals
and' skewed priorities for
our children, often leading
them toward a false sense of
fulfillment and lack of self-
esteem.
How can providing ev-
erything the children ask
for, regardless of our finan-
cial situation, result in lack
of self-esteem in our kids?


Malcolm identifies a de-
bilitating grip on today's
kids, which is the result of
a prevalent mindset in our
homes, schools and culture,
that asserts that kids need
to feel good about them-
selves all of the time.
"It's a cult of self-esteem,"
he said. "It is a misguided
mindset suggesting that
if we make kids feel good
about themselves, they
will do great things. In fact,
it's the other way around.
When kids do great things,
they will feel good about
themselves."
"In order to develop real,
genuine self-esteem," Laura
added, "young people must
experience some challeng-
es and perhaps disappoint-
ments in the form of.real-
izing money doesn't come
easy, and there are times
when we all have to work
for what we want.
"Parents must help their
kids by allowing themselves
to be an example, even if


it's a financially challenged
one. Trying to smooth over
important issues like the
economy's effect on the
family will not help kids in
the long run.
"Remember, it is possible
to enjoy a beautiful holiday
without too much finan-
cial duress. Many families
right now are beginning to
request that only one mean-
ingful gift be given between
relatives. This makes fami-
lies think and is a creative
result of the times."

Malcolm Gauld is the president of
Hyde Schools, the character-building
high schools that pioneered the fa-
mous "Attitude over Aptitude" philos-
ophy featured on CBS' "60 Minutes,"
.ABC's "20/20," PBS and more.
Laura Gauld is head of school at the
Hyde School in Woodstock, Conn.
They are the authors of "The Biggest
Job We'll Ever Have" and "The Big-
gest Job" parenting workshops that
emerged from it.
The Gaulds reside in Bath, Maine, and
have three children.


Calendar


The Morse Museum in Winter Park,,
which boasts the world's largest
collection of glass artwork by Lou-
is Comfort Tiffany, hosts an open
house event from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Christmas Eve, as it does each
year. Admission is free on this day.
The Morse is at 445 N. Park Ave. Call
407-645-5311 or visit www.morse-
museum.org for more information.

A new season of "Friday Nights at
the Morse" began in November and
runs through April with live music, art
demonstrations and family tours.
The museum is open until 8 p.m.
on Friday with free entry after 4 p.m.
To enhancethe visitor's tourthrough
the Morse galleries, the museum has
booked live music every second Fri-
day of the month and every Friday
evening throughout the holidays. On
Friday, Dec. 26 the trio "Three Flutes
Only" plays from 5-8 p.m.

The Park Plaza Gardens Restaurant
and Caf6 in downtown Winter Park
will offer a "prix fixe" dinner menu
- with multiple selections from dif-
ferent courses for the same price --
along with party hats and favors to
ring in the New Year on New Year's
Eve.
Brad and Company will play jazz
music from 9 p.m. to closing.
An a la carte menu will be available
in the cafe.
The restaurant is at 319 S. Park
Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-645-


2475 for more information.

Winter Park hosts the second an-
nual Champs Sports Bowl Parade
of Bands featuring school bands


from Florida State University and
the University of Wisconsin at 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 26. As a prelude to the
Champs Sports Bowl game Dec. 27 at
the Florida Citrus Bowl, school bands


from the Atlantic Coast Conference
and Big Ten championship teams
will march through downtown Winter
Park and perform a "Bandtastic Game
Day Preview" in Central Park's West


Meadow.
The parade starts at the intersec-
tion of Park and Lyman avenues. Flor-
ida State and Wisconsin bands will
march north on Park Avenue through.


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Play On!


Conservative '
Cultural Commentary
By Louis Roney
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UCF
2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award
Assisted by beloved wife Joy Roney

Mr. Natale's

Christmas

(A Fable)

The day before Christmas,
Mr. Natale stepped out onto
his sunny, palm-lined drive-
way. A little boy was staring
at him from the sidewalk.
Mr. Natale walked slowly
over to the pale, motionless
lad, and said, "Well, sir, what
can I do for you?"
"I wanted to know if I
could fish in your lake."
"Well, I don't see why
not. You got any tackle?"
"There's a pole over
in our garage across the
street," said the lad.
"I haven't seen you
around before."
"No sir. We're leaving
tomorrow," said the boy.
"We're going back home."


Opinion/ '


"Why didn't you come to
see me before? I would have
taken you out on the lake
with me in my canoe."
"I was in the hospital the
whole time we were here."
"You all right now?"
"Yes, sir. They say I am."
"What was it?"
"A long name I can't say.
They gave me blood trans-
fusions. Chemotherapy too.
But I'm OK now."
"Well, I'm sure glad to
hear that," Mr. Natale said.
"By the way, I just had my
eyes done for cataracts -
but that's nothing to what
you must have had to put
up with."
The old man and the boy
walked down to the lake-
front.
"Where's the best place
to fish?" the boy asked.
"You'd best sit on the
end of the dock. Dig some
worms here on the shore.
There're some big bass
in there, nice bream too.
Bream are good eating."
"My Dad told me your
name is Mr. Natale. He said
you're a great singer."
"Did he now? Was, son -
was."
The old man squinted as
he looked across the lake.
"That was a long time be-
fore you were born."
"You don't sing anymore,
Mr. Natale?"
"No."
"Why not?"
"I got where I couldn't
do it anymore - at least not
the way I wanted it to be."
"Why not?"
Mr. Natale looked down.


Perspectives

by...







We're undeserving, Santa


Dearest Santa,
I think we've been bad,
Santa. Very bad! Now I
know it's not your "thing"
to get into punishment.
You know, whippings and
executions, but I really do
think public floggings, fol-
lowed up with an execution
or two, would have a salu-
brious effect on the nation.
Maybe we'd have to go with
the major media markets.
With Orlando being the
21st largest market, we'd
hit the top 25 with adver-
tised floggings and hang-
ings in each. Would that
work for you, Santa?
I'm sure we'd achieve
90 percent coverage of the
nation using the top 25
markets. It might even spur
a kick to the post-holiday
shopping season. Janu-
ary is looking pretty grim
S retail-wise but public hang-
ings (and all the associated
hoop-la) just might be what


are needed to jumpstart the
economy. Just a thought,
Santa.
I thought about writing
God but, sigh, I'm losing
faith. Really, Santa, I am. His
"free will" clause seems to
completely let the Big Guy
in the Sky off the hook. He
exonerates Himself when
He trills, "I'm leaving it all
up to you-ou-ou," mean-
ing, "Hey now! Yea, I know
I made the clowns down
there but I gave'um the
choice to be good and you
can see where that's got me.
Hell's filling up faster than a
Florida subdivision during
a housing boom. What's a
God ta do?"
Who does that leave to
mete out justice, Santa? We
haven't had a "good" in-
quisition, you know, since,
well, God knows when.
Four, five hundred years?
Where's the Roman Catho-
lic Church when you genu-


"I guess I just got old, that's
all."
The boy shaded his blue
eyes from the sun with his
hand as he looked across
the shimmering water.
"You could still sing great
now if you really wanted
to."
"You don't really think
that, do you?"
The boy looked up
quickly at Mr. Natale. "Yes, I
do. I know it."
"Well, we'll see... Now
you go have a good time...
and catch a fish."
When Mr. Natale walked
into the bank lobby he.
didn't see anyone he knew
among the customers
standing in line.
"Morning, Dottie," he
said across the counter to a
tall redheaded teller.
"What can I do for you,
Mr. Natale?"
He laid a check on the
counter, and said, "I'd like
to cash this ..."
Suddenly Giuseppe Na-
tale's mouth opened wide
and began to sing.
The words, "Che gelida
manina ..." came out as-
clear and strong as they had
50 years ago, when he was
singing "La Boheme" in all
the great opera houses of
Europe. His wrinkled hands
gestured gracefully while
his mouth sang the aria.
A ringing high C came
out at the end.
The people in the bank
stood transfixed for a mo-
ment. Then they broke into
loud applause.
"Golly, that was really


inely need it? You could
always count on them for
a great "rack" and a really,
really fine public burning
of the sacrificial. Oh, those
were the days, Santa. What
better for the nation than
to resurrect the roasting
confessional, a tried and
true extravaganza that lets
the crowd (that's America,
Santa) cathartically release
its national pent-up anger
and frustration.
And since Santa, you're
always claiming to know
who has been "naughty or
nice" and that you see us
even when we are sleeping,
well, I think you're just the
guy for the job. I.mean, you
do whip the reindeer don't-
cha, Santa? Rudolfs been
talking, Santa.
OK, where to start?
Santa, America was lied to.
Our leaders got us into an
illegal, immoral war. Thou-
sands of our boys have died
for a lie, Santa. We sold our
national soul and illegally
imprisoned and tortured
people, Santa - all based
on the lie of fear. Our gov-
ernment corrupted itself,
and we just stood by and
watched it happen. We are
weak, Santa. Cowardly, too.
Our government and
courts do nothing to the
perpetrators of the lie, of
the war, of the torture, of
the subversion of our ide-


something, Mr. Natale!"
Dottie said.
"Yes, wasn't it," said Mr.-
Natale, smiling. He ran the
back of his hand across his
mouth. "Now, would you
cash this little check for me,
Dottie?"
Later, Mr. Natale went
into the supermarket. He
walked down the aisles and
put a few things in his cart.
The cashier gave him her
usual smile.
"Mr. Natale, are you pay-
ing cash or by check?"
He said, "I'll pay..."
Then'Giuseppe Natale's
mouth began to sing "Ce-
leste Aida."
The people in the ca-
shiers' lines stared open-
mouthed as he ended on a
big B-flat, the way he used
to do it in Rome and Paris.
"Wow, Mr. Natale, I never
heard anything like that!"
The dark-eyed young
cashier and all the people
standing in line at the cash
registers clapped loudly.
"No, Rosie,-I guess you
didn't ... But then, of course,
you've never... Say, there's
no price on this olive oil."
On the way home, Mr.
Natale stopped by the ser-
vice station to put gas in
his car. Old Frank walked
around to the rear of the
car where Mr. Natale was
unscrewing the gas cap.
"Mr. Natale, want me to
check the oil for you?"
Mr. Natale said, "Thanks,
Frank. That would be very
..." And his mouth suddenly
launched into "La donna e
mobile" from "Rigoletto."


als. They do nothing, Santa.
Actually, they hand out
Medals of Freedom to the
thugs and call 'em patriotic.
I don't get it, Santa. It's like
Orwell never wrote "1984."
Pretty soon, Santa, all the
criminals will leave office
and go back to their regular
jobs of skimming the gov-
ernment financially. Speak-
ing of which...
Santa, you'll never be-
lieve it. America is on the
ropes economically. Hard
to believe, isn't it? With
all of America's natural
resources, its democratic
history, its ingenious, hard-
working people, America
still couldn't stop from eat-
ing itself alive. That's right,
Santa. And we might have
to flog and hang a com-
mon man or two just to be
equitable about the whole
thing. As much as I hate the
idea of flogging a George
Bailey, you know, of Bed-
ford Falls, we need to. Sigh.
George got greedy and fool-
ish, too.
But Santa, this is where I
really need you. So many of
our businessmen and wom-
en have sold themselves to
mammon that America is
now at risk of collapse. I kid
you not, Santa. We are on
the ropes. Everywhere you
look, there are examples of
financial malfeasance and
gross corruption. Many of


He held the high B at the
end as long as he had ever
held it when he was 35.
People pulled their cars
over to the curb and rolled
down the windows-As he
finished, horns hcrdked and _-- --
people waved. Giuseppe.
Natale spread his arms and
bowed low to the halted
traffic.
When Mr. Natale got
home, the little boy, fishing
pole in hand, was coming
up from the lake.
"I don't see any fish, my
friend." /.
"I caught some."
"Well, where are they?"
"I threw 'em back," said
the little boy.
"Don't you people eat
fish?"
The boy's blue eyes spar-
kled.
A big-toothed grin
spread across his thin face.
. "Yes, sir. But I didn't want
to kill any fish, Mr. Natale.
I just hadn't ever caught
one before and I was sure
I could if I tried. I'm really
glad I did it."
Mr. Natale took the boy's
hand in his own and shook
' it slowly.
"I wish you were going to
stick around. We'd do lots
of fishing."
"I wish so too, Mr. Na-
tale."
The next day - Christ-
mas Day - the family
across the street went back
up North.
More Christmases came
... more Christmases went...
-But Mr; Natale's mouth
never again sang any songs.


America's corporations are
run by incompetents and
hoodlums. Our automobile
corporations are run by the
biggest doofuses imagin-
able, yet nothing actually
happens to them except
they collect their bonuses
and golden parachutes.
Worse than the incom-
petents are the hoodlums
that were just "last week"
revered as pillars of our
communities. Santa, they've
ravaged and sacked our
economy time and time
again and nothing happens.
Millions of responsible,
hardworking salaried em-
ployees are losing their jobs
because hoodlums are run-
ning our corporations and
our government winked
and said, "Go for it, boys,
bring the fruits of capital-
ism home!" And boy, did
they, Santa! They brought
the fruits of capitalism into
their homes and pauper-
ized the rest of us.
It is so sad, Santa. Ameri-
ca didn't have to end up like
this. We desperately need
justice, Santa. But I can tell
you right now: we are not
going to get it. Oh, sure, a
few hands will be slapped
but unbelievably, Santa,
the newly elected Ameri-
can president has "hired"
an economic team that I

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' THE REGISTRY AT MICHIGAN PARK CONDOMINIUM
S ASSOCIATION, INC.,
Plaintiff,
vs.
NIGEL NEWLAND,
Defendant.
RE-NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
Notice Is given that pursuant to an order reset-
ting the Foreclosure sale dated November 19,
2008, in Case No.: 07-CC-17690, of the Circuit
Court in and for Orange County, Florida, In which
THE REGISTRY AT MICHIGAN PARK CONDOMINIUM
ASSOCIATION, INC., is the Plaintiff and NIGEL
NEWLAND is the Defendant, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at the Orange County
Courthouse, 425 North Orange Avenue, Suite 350,
Orlando, Florida, at 11:00 a.m., on January 6, 2009,
the following described property set forth in the
Order of Final Judgment:
Unit 1226, THE REGISTRY AT MICHIGAN
PARK, according to the DECLARATION
OF CONDOMINIUM OF THE REGISTRY AT
MICHIGAN PARK CONDOMINIUM, as recorded
in Official Records Book 7941, Pages 2400
through 2456, of the Public Records of
Orange County, Florida
Also described as:
Unit 1226, THE REGISTRY AT MICHIGAN
PARK, together with an undivided Inter-
est in the common elements, according
to the Declaration of Condominium thereof
recorded in Official Record Book 7941, Page 1
2400, as amended from time to time, of the
Public Records of Orange County, Florida
as-amended in Official Records Book 7957,
Page 4027, Public Records of Orange County,
-Florida.
Any Person claiming an interest in the sur-
plus from the sale, if any, other than the property
owner as of the date of the is pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale.
DATED: DEC 15, 2008.
Lydia Gardner
Clerk of County Court
By KATHERINE BERNAL
CIVIL COURT SEAL
Deputy Clerk
Publication of this Notice on December 25, 2008,
and January 1, 2009 in the Winter Park-Maitland
Observer.
IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A- DISABILITY WHO
NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE
ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION
OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT COURT
ADMINISTRATION, 425 NORTH ORANGE AVE., ROOM
2130, ORLANDO, FL 32801, TELEPHONE (407) 836-
2303 WITHIN 2 WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT
OF THIS NOTICE OF SALE; IF YOU ARE HEARING OR
VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL 1-800-955-8771.
CLAYTON & MCCULLOH
1065 Maitland Center Commons Blvd.
Maitland, Florida 32751
(407) 875-2655
12/25,1/1


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No. 08-CA-7791-0
TRUSTCO BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JOHN J. TAMAYO, CLAUDIA LORENA ECHEVERRI
and SOUTHPORT HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION,
INC.,
.Qefendant. - . .. . ,
-.O "-a 'ls N oTICE OF SAL-
Notice is hereby given that on the 22nd day
of January, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 350 of
the Courthouse of Orange County, Florida, 425 S.
Orange Avenue, Orlando FL 32801 the undersigned
Clerk will offer for sale the following described
real property:
LOT 42, BLOCK 5, VILLAGES OF SOUTHPORT,
PHASE 10, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 40
PAGES 47-50, PUBLIC RECORDS OF ORANGE
COUNTY FLORIDA.

The aforesaid sale will be made pursuant to the
Rnal Judgement of Foreclosure in Civil Case No.
08-CA-7791-0 now pending in the Circuit Court in
Orange County, Florida.
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing
a special accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court Administration at 37
North Orange Avenue, Suite 1130, Orlando, Florida
32801, telephone number 407/836-2050, not later
than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hear-
ing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V)
1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service.
.Any person claiming an interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the property owner
as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after the sale.
Dated this 17 day of December, 2008.
LYDIA GARDNER
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By BELINDA GARRETT
CIVIL COURT SEAL
As Deputy Clerk


JEFFRY R. JONTZ
SWANN & HADLEY, PA.
Post Office Box 1961
Winter Park, Florida 32790
Telephone: (407) 647-2777
.Facsimile No.: (407) 647-2157


12/25,1/1


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR ORANGE
COUNTY, FLORIDA .
CASE NO.: 48-2008-CP-002734-0
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DANIELW. NEWHALLER,
Deceased.
-NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the Estate of DANIEL W.
NEWHALLER, deceased, File Number 48-2008-CP-
002734-0, is pending in the Circuit Court for Or-
ange County, Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is 425 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801.
The names and addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons
having claims or demands against decedent's es-
tate, including unmatured, contingent or unliqui-
dated claims, must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
.All other creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons having claims or demands against decedent's
estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliqui-
dated claims, must file their claims with this Court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice is De-
cember 25,2008.
Danlel James Newhaller, Personal Rp.
P.O. Box 10679, Tampa, FL 33670
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IN RE: ESTATE OF
ELSIE G. BURDEN,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS
AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Order of
Summary Administration has been entered in the
estate of Elsie G. Burden, deceased, File Number
48-2007-CP-001701-0, by the Circuit Court for
Orange County, Florida,,Probate Division, the
address of which is 425 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando,
FL 32801; that the decedent's date of death was
April 15, 2007; that the total value of the estate
is $5000.00/approximate and that the names and
addresses of those to whom it has been assigned
by such order are:
Name /Address
Kathleen J. Dubecky / 37055 Sue Street,
Gelsmar, Louisiana 70734
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the estate of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands against the
estate of the decedent other than those for whom
provision for full payment was made in the Order
of Summary Administration must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT'SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE
TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this Notice is
December 18, 2008..
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
Matthew H. Roby, Esquire
Attorney for the Petitioner
Florida Bar No. 0505641
Matthew H. Roby, AAL, P.A.
831 West Morse Boulevard
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Telephone: (407) 647-8065
Fax: (407) 647-3880
SPerson Giving Notice:
Kathleen Dubecky
37055 Sue Street
Geismar, Louisiana 70734
12/18,12/25


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE
DIVISION
CASE NO. 48-2008-CP-002764-0
IN RE: Estate of
ANTOINETTE R. CLARK,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
ANTOINETTE R. CLARK, deceased, whose date
of death was November 18, 2008, File Number
48-2008-CP-002764-0, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Orange County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is 425 North Orange Avenue,
Room 340, Orlando, Florida 32801. The names
and addresses of the Personal Representative
and the Personal Representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons
having claims or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this notice has been
served must file their claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION.OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against the
decedent's estate must file their claims with this
court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice Is
December 18, 2008.
Attorney for Personal Representative:
KENNETH F. MURRAH
Florida Bar No.: 0057494
Murrah, Doyle and Wigle, P.A.
P.O. Box 1328
Winter Park, Florida 32790
Telephone: (407) 644-9801
Personal Representative:,
BARBARA C. McCUE
1901 Legion Drive
Winter Park, Florida 32789
12/18,12/25


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No. 08-CA-23692-0
TRUSTCO BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JULIO STURUP,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that on the 22nd day
of January, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 350 of
the-Courthouse of Orange County, Florida, 425 S.
Orange Avenue, Orlando FL 32801 the undersigned
Clerk will offer for sale the following described
real property:
UNIT NO. 3, R/C WORLD I, A CONDOMINIUM,
ACCORDING TO THE DECLARATION OF
CONDOMINIUM DATED MAY 2, 1985,
RECORDED ON MAY 3, 1985 IN OFFICIAL
RECORDS BOOK 3637AT PAGE 826, AND ALL
AMENDMENTS THERETO, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA,
TOGETHER WITH STORAGE SPACE NO. S-3,
TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST
IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS APPURTANENT
THERETO.
The aforesaid sale will be made pursuant to the
Final Judgement of Foreclosure in Civil Case No.
08-CA-23692-0 now pending in the Circuit Court In
Orange County, Florida
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing
a special accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court Administration at 37
North Orange Avenue, Suite 1130, Orlando, Florida
32801, telephone number 407/836-2050, not later
than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hear-
ing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V)
1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service.
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the property owner
as of the date of the Lis Pendons must fie a claim



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TRUSTCO BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs,
YOLANDA CARMONA and FRANK MEDINA,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice Is hereby given that on the 23 day of
January, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. In Room 350 of
the Courthouse of Orange County, Florida, 425 S.
Orange Avenue, Orlando FL 32801 the undersigned
Clerk will offer for sale the following described
real property:
LOT 36, ISLANDS OF CURRY FORD,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 40, PAGE 69
PUBLIC RECORDS OF ORANGE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
The aforesaid sale will be made pursuant to the
Final Judgement of Foreclosure in Civil Case No.
08-CA-9155 #37 now pending in the Circuit Court
in Orange County, Florida.
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing
a special accommodation to participate'in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court Administration at 37
North Orange Avenue, Suite 1130, Orlando, Florida
32801, telephone number 407/836-2050, not later
than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hear-
Ing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V)
1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service.
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the property owner
as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after the sale.
Dated this 18 day of December, 2008.
LYDIA GARDNER
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By MAYRA 1. CRUZ
CIVIL COURT SEAL
As Deputy Clerk


JEFFRY R. JONTZ
SWANN & HADLEY, PA.
Post Office Box 1961
Winter Park, Florida 32790
Telephone: (407) 647-2777
Facsimile No.: (407) 647-2157


12/25,1/1


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR ORANGE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
Rle No. 2008-CP-2727-0
Division: Probate
IN RE: ESTATE OF
PRISCILLA M. NELSON,
DECEASED.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of PRISCILLA
M. NELSON, deceased, whose date of death-was
September 14,2008, File Number 2008-CP-2727-0,
is pending in the Circuit Court for ORANGE County,
Florida, Probate Divsion, the address of which is
425 N. Orange Ave., Room 340, Odando, FL 32801.
The names and addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons
having claims or demands against decedent's
estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required
to be served, must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
.ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING' THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice is
December 25, 2008.
Signed on November 29, 2008.
WILLIAM A. BOYLES
Attorney for Personal Representative
Florida Bar No. 228486
GRAYROBINSON, PA.
301 E. Pine Street, Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068
Orlando, FL 32802-3068
Telephone: (407) 843-8880
KIMBERLY ELLEN NELSON WINTER
Personal Representative
11 Glover Rd
Wayland, MA 01778
12/25,1/1


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TRUSTCO BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
RAISA FERNANDEZ and EDISON FERNANDEZ,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that on the 17 day of Feb.,
2009, at 11:00 a.m: in Room 350 of the Courthouse
of Orange County, Florida, 425 S. Orange Avenue,
Orlando FL 32801 the undersigned Clerk will offer
for sale the following described real property:
LOT 181, AVALON PARK NORTHWEST
VILLAGE, PHASE I, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 62
PAGE 10 - 15, PUBUC RECORDS OF ORANGE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
The aforesaid sale will be made pursuant to the
Final Judgement of Foreclosure in Civil Case No.
08-CA-23691-0 now pending in the Circuit Court in
Orange County, Florida.
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing
a special accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court Administration at 37
North Orange Avenue, Suite 1130, Orlando, Florida
32801, telephone number 407/836-2050, not later
than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hear-
ing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V)
1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service.
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the property owner
as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after the sale.
Dated this 17 day of December, 2008.
LYDIA GARDNER
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By BELINDA GARRETT
CIVIL COURT SEAL
As Deputy Clerk
JEFFRY R. JONTZ
Qwlm .irini & 5 VULAo. -


SWANN & HADLEY, t.A.
Post Office Box 1961
Winter Park, Florida 32790
Telephone: (407) 647-2777
Facsimile No.: (407) 647-2157


12/25,1/1


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA,
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO.: 48-2008-CP-002611-0
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JIMMIE DUFFY,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the Estate of JIMMIE
DUFFY, deceased, whose date of death was Septem-
ber 23, 2008, File Number 48-2008-CP-002611-0,
is pending in the Circuit Court for Orange County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is:
Clerk of the Court, Probate Division, 425 N. Orange
Avenue, Suite 340, Orlando, FL 32801. The names
and addresses of the Personal Representative and
the Personal Representative's attorney are set forth
below.
.All creditors of the Decedent and other persons
having claims or demands against Decedent's es-
tate, on whom a copy of this notice is served, must
file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER
OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE, OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.

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3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBU-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
NOT WITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
IS BARRED.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice is: De-
cember 18, 2008.
Attorney for Personal Representative:
FREDERICK W. JONES, ESQUIRE
Florida Bar No. 181520
Graham, Builder, Jones, Pratt & Marks, LLP
Post Office Drawer 1690
369 N. New YorkAvenue
Winter Park, Florida 32790
Telephone: (407) 647-4455
Personal Representative:
SJAMES DUFFY
14903 Prairie Road Ct.
Orlando, Florida 32824
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IN RE: ESTATE OF
PROSPERO F MENDOZA,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of PROSPERO
F MENDOZA, deceased, whose date of death was
June 23, 2008; File Number 48-2008-CP-1556-0,
is pending in the Circuit Court for ORANGE County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is
425 NORTH ORANGEAVENUE, ORLANDO, FL 32801.
The names and addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
- All creditors of the decedent and other persons
having claims or demands against decedent's es-
tate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons having claims or demands against decedent's
estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBUCA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OFTHE FLOR-
IDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice is: De-
cember 18,2008.
DONALD W. SCARLETT
Attomey for Personal Representative:
Florida Bar No. 112821
Donald W. Scarlett, P.A.
1003 East Concord Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Telephone: (407) 422-8189
AURORA B. MENDOZA
Personal Representative
5836 GAMBLE DRIVE
ORLANDO, FL 32808
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Jenniter N. Soto, Petmoner
and
Juan R. Soto, Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
TO: (name of Respondent) Juan R. Soto
(Respondent's last known address)
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed
against you and that you are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on (name
of Petitioner) Jennifer N. Soto, whose address is
1026 Contravest Lane, Winter Springs, FL 32708
on or before January 29, 2009, and file the original
with the clerk of this Court at (clerk's address) 301
N. Park Avenue, Sanford, FL 32772 before service
on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to
do so, a default may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this case,
including orders, are available at the Clerk of the
Circuit Court's office. You may review these docu-
ments upon request
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court's
office notified of your current address. (You may file
Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law
Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic
disclosure of documents and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal
or striking of pleadings.
Dated December 19, 2008.
MARYANNE MORSE, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Debra A. Jesperson
Deputy Clerk
12/25,1/1,1/8,1/15
NOTICE OF PUBUC AUCTION
Pursuantto Ch 713.585(6) F.S. UnitedAmerican Lien
& Recovery as agent with power of attorney will sell
the following vehicles) to the highest bidder subject
to any liens; net proceeds deposited with the clerk
of court; owner/lienholder has right to hearing and
post bond; owner may redeem vehicle for cash sum
of lien; all auctions held in reserve
Inspect 1 week prior @ lienor facility; cash or ca-
shier check; 15% buyer prem; any person inter-
ested ph (954) 563-1999
Sale date January 16, 2009 @ 1000 am 3411 NW
9th Ave Ft Lauderdale FL 33309
19911 2003 incoln vin#: 5LMEU68H13ZJ20728
lienor: central florida lincoln mercury 2055 colonial
dr Orlando fl 407-841-4550 lien amt $2429.25
Sale date January 23 2009 10:00 am 3411 NW
9th Ave #707 Ft Lauderdale FL 33309
19951 2006 Suzuki vins: JS1GOW71A562109865
lienor: j &j sanches auto sales 9781 s obt Orlando fl
407-470-6501 lien amt $4716.37
19952 2001 BMW vin#: WBAFA535X1LM75664
lienor: gary auto repair & svc 5525 s obt Orlando fl
321-239-0489 lien amt $5964.48
199531998 Mitsubishi vin#: 4A3AK34Y6WE150784
lienor: usa transmissions 2699 s obt Orlando f 407-
648-5653 lien amt $2479.95
1995411994 Ford vin#: 1FALP54P9RA261055 lienor:
cool shifftransmisslon auto svc 4404 s obt Orlando
fl 407-850-9006 lien amt $4740.76
19855 2005 Dodge vin#: -1D7HW28K25S205940
lienor: cool shift transmission auto svc 4404 i obt
Orlando fl 407-850-9006 lien amt $6238.80
Licensed & bonded auctioneers flab422 flau 765
& 1911
12/25


CITY OF WINTER PARK
401 Park Avenue South
: : " ,: Winter Park, Florida 32789

PUBLIC NOTICE
cianmcoumenmrarHresC
Notice is hereby given that public hearings will be held by the City Commission of the City of Winter
Park, Florida, on Monday, January 12, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 401
Park Avenue, South, to consider the following:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK, FLORIDA RELATING TO TRAFFIC OUGHT SAFETY;
ADDING A NEW ARTICLE VITO CHAPTER 98 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WINTER
PARK ENTITLED "TRAFFIC LIGHT SAFETY ACT"; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS, INTRODUCTORY PERIOD,
NOTICE OF VIOLATION/INFRACTION, APPEAL PROCEDURE; PENALTIES; EXCEPTIONS; PROVIDING FOR
EXCEPTIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK, FLORIDA PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY
CHARTER OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK, FLORIDA BY AMENDING SECTIONS 1.02, 2.04, 2.08 (b), 3.03,
3.04 (d) AND (e) OF THE CHARTER; PROVIDING A BALLOT TITLE AND WORKING FOR THE SUBSTANCE
OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS; PROVIDING FOR REFERENDUM BY THE ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF
WINTER PARK FOR APPROVAL OR REJECTION OFTHE CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSALS; PROVIDING
AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Additional information is available in the City
Clerk's office so that citizens may acquaint themselves with each issue and receive answers to any
questions they may have prior to the meeting. "If a person decides to appeal any decision made by
the Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need
a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based." (F.S. 286.0105) Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate
in any of these proceedings should contact the City Clerk's office (407-599-3277) at least 48 hours
in advance of the meeting.
/s/ Cynthia S. Bonham, CMC, City Clerk
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It's time to take a new look at red light cameras
I have previously written with my many drivers who could be receiv- Legislature will mandate a program ordinance being overturned by the
concerns that we have failed to ing citations who are not. that diverts much of the money courts diminishes daily.
take action to begin citing red-light In Orlando, 10 cameras at seven to state coffers to serve their bud- I would like to call on Orange
runners. As we come to the begin- intersections have caught 7,519 get shortfalls. If we do not have County Mayor Rich Crotty to take
ning of another legislative session, I red-light runners since Sept. 2. an ordinance of our own on the the necessary steps to schedule this
fear that we are again failing to put Interestingly, of the 7,519 viola- books - which would most likely issue for the board so that we can
ourselves on good footing, tors, only 211 have been caught be grandfathered by any legisla- vote on whether it is now time to
As of Aug. 31 of this year, we are twice and only 18 a third time. This tion passed - the state may control begin issuing citations. Without his
no longer sending out warning let- seems to prove the argument that how the program is run and where leadership on this issue, we may
ters to individuals who would have issuing citations changes behavior, the money goes. I would like for well have our actions dictated by
received them. I believe that these I also have two other concerns the county to be in the driver's seat, the state at a time when they are
letters served as a deterrent and as we enter the legislative session, controlling where the money goes. most concerned about their cof-
more importantly, they allowed us First is the scare we all received Again, for those who are con- fers and not ours. At the least, we
to better make a case for the need last year when the Legislature dis- cerned with the possible court need to begin issuing warning let-
associated with red-light-running cussed, and went so far as to draft challenge to a local ordinance, we ters again so that we are keeping
citations. This year through Aug. 31 bill language, that would have lim- can simply escrow the funds until up with statistics. I was concerned
the Orange County Sheriffs Office ited the amount of the fine to $60. we feel comfortable with our legal to find that we were not tracking
had issued 1,727 citations to red- This amount is neither cost-effec- ability to disburse them. As more repeat offenders to see if our ac-
light runners. Our eight cameras, tive for administering the program counties (Collier, Hillsborough, tions had a similar effect to those
from February through August of nor does it act as an economic de- Manatee and Palm Beach) and cit- of Orlando.
this year, captured 7,253 red-light terreht to those that run red lights. ies (30+ have taken action so far) - Bill Segal
runners. Needless to say there are Second, I am concerned that the pass ordinances, the fear of our Orange County commissioner, District 5



JEPSON like just another Bernie Ma- of presents, pull out the Hang'um for the deaths. an elf or two. Americans so
doff, Ken Lay, Rick Wagoner biggest gift you could give Hang'um for the corrup- love a good show.
Seriously, Santa. Can we don't want justice in anoth- ing our ideals. Hang'um for
would actually investigate not hang the corrupt, the er life. And I don't want one weakening America!
and possibly incarcerate, venal and the incompetent level of justice for the rich Thanks, Santa, for listen- TALK EDarM
yet, the president-elect as- in the name of the greater and powerful and another ing. You're the best. And TO .Ul
serts they are going to lead good? Is there no longer a for the rest of America. have a great holiday season. Chris Jepson's opinions are made
us to economic soundness "greater good?" Hang'um. Hang'um. See you soon at the gal- independently of the newspaper.
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MORNING LOw 630
DAYTIME HIGH 800

Sunrise Sunset 10% chance Wind
7:17 a.m. 5:37 p.m. of rain ESE 9 mph


Q MORNING LOW 58�
DAYTIME HIGH 770

Sunrise Sunset 10% chance Wind
7:17 a.m. 5:37 p.m. of rain SE 10 mph


MORNING LOW 57�
DAYTIME HIGH 840

Sunrise Sunset 10% chance Wind
7:17 a.m. 5:38 p.m. of rain SSE 8 mph


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City Friday
Seattle 36/39
Los Angeles 38/58
Houston 63/79.


Sat.
38/41
40/60
39/74


City.
Atlanta
Chicago
New York


Friday
56/64
32/38
37/38


Sat.
52/67
25/41
43/51


MARINE FORECAST
Cocoa Beach tide schedule
Time Low High
Saturday 1:05 a.m. 7:26 a.m.
Dec. 27 1:32 p.m. 7:27 p.m.
Sunday 1:42 a.m. 8:04 a.m.
Dec. 28 2:10 p.m. 8:06 p.m.

FLORIDA FORECAST
City Friday Sat.
Jacksonville 62/76 62/76
Miami 68/78 66/76
Tampa 63/81 61/79
Pensacola 64/71 58/71


INTERNATIONAL
City Friday
London . 36/41
Paris 28/34
Tokyo � 36/46


Sat.
36/41
26/34
36/49


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