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Seminole County needs to
shave $35 million from its
budget this year according
to property appraiser esti-
mates. To achieve that, the
County Commission is put-
ting every cost on the table,
its chairman said.
"There's nothing we're
not looking at," Bob Dallari
said at the 2009 State of
the County luncheon, held
at the Altamonte Springs
Hilton on Friday, Feb. 13.
31Reducing the budget by
$35 million is not going to
He said some cultural and
recreation programs would
victim to the
block, as prop-
erty tax collec-
due to a stag-
Dallari nant housing
an increasing unemploy-
But Seminole County is
faring a little better than
other Central Florida coun-
ties in the job market, with
7 percent of its residents
unemployed. Metro Orlando
averages 7.3 percent.
"That's a bright spot in
the gloomy picture," Dallari
told about 500 business peo-
ple, county, city and school
board elected officials, and
chamber representatives at
Dallari broke down the
county's $987 million bud-
get $308 million for gar-
bage, water and powering
> turn to COUNTY on page A5
Casselberry's big revival
PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Water may be used as a teaching tool at a Casselberry park, part of a CRA in downtown Casselberry that's finally seeing improvement after 10 years of stagnation.
Casselberry has been waiting 10 years
to rebuild its heart, and it may just be
And now a city defined by the roads
that run through it may look to the
water to bring people back.
City Commissioner Colleen
Hufford and a contingent from the
city stopped by the Council of Local
Governments in Seminole County
meeting earlier this month with a sur-
prise. They're changing their image,
and it all starts near City Hall.
And that change could begin with
a park at Lake Concord, which for
years has waited for a Community
Redevelopment Area to revitalize it.
"[The CRA] has got a 15-year life on
it, and this is the first time they've had
money to invest in it," Oviedo City
Councilman Keith Britton said.
Now 10 years after that CRA was
originally adopted, money to imple-
ment the project may finally be com-
ing, though the slow economy isn't
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Chamber turns down mall office
The Chamber of Commerce
closed its Oviedo location
last year, and now the city
has offered it a spot in the
mall in order to maintain
But the Chamber's
executive director said it
doesn't make economic
sense to staff a second loca-
tion because ultimately,
the physical location of the
chamber is inconsequen-
"The Chamber is not
about bricks and mor-
tar, it's about members
and businesses," said Cory
Skeates, executive direc-
tor of the Oviedo-Winter
Springs Regional Chamber
of Commerce. "They don't
really care where we are."
The initial plan was to
keep limited hours at the
historic Lawton House in
Oviedo after the Chamber
opened its Winter Springs
President Paul Partyka said.
But when the staffer there
retired, they decided to
close it down.
Oviedo City Councilman
Dominic Persampiere said
he was disappointed the
Chamber turned down the
city's recent offer for free
office space in the C.O.P.S.
and Volunteer Center in the
"We don't have the man-
power right now," Partyka
said, adding that they are
leaving the option open.
Skeates said they might be
able to get a volunteer or
intern to man the tempo-
While location did mat-
ter in the past, Skeates
said the Chamber has now
entered the electronic era.
Members can get most of
what they need via phone
or the Web site and rarely
have to make trips down to
the office, which is located
within the University of
Central Florida Business
Incubator at the Vistawilla
Office Center, 2.1 miles
from both the Winter
Springs Town Center and
. The Chamber's lease is
temporary, as the organi-
zation's ultimate goal is to
have a Chamber-only facil-
ity nearby. A trustee coun-
cil has been appointed to
focus on how to attain that
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THIS WEEK in history
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States ... from any foreign kingdom, place or country." Great Britain
IH also banned the African slave trade in 1807.
Oviedo teens confess to van arson
JENNY ANDREASSON with their vehicles.
THE VOICE According to the Florida Highway
Patrol, Joshua David Sammons'
pickup truck hit a pole and rolled
Boys set fire over on Highway 417 near State
to church van Road 528. He was ejected and five
Two Oviedo boys were charged with vehicles ran over him. The last two
two felonies each, after attempting drivers did not stop.
to steal a church van and then set- Florida Highway Patrol spokes-
ting it on fire, police said. woman Kim Miller said the suspects
Oviedo Police spokesman are a woman driving a white car
Lieutenant George Ilemsky said and the driver of a black pickup
when officials arrived at the Mission truck. If you have any information,
Church of God in Oviedo on Feb. 13, call FHP at 407-737-2300.
the van was "engulfed in flames."
The boys, one 16 and the other Inmate dead in
15, admitted to attempting to steal apparent suicide
the van and setting it on fire "to An inmate at the Seminole County
conceal any evidence." jail was found dead in his cell Feb.
They are charged with first-de- 11. The Seminole County Sheriffs
gree arson and burglary of a con- Office has ruled the Oviedo man's
veyance. death a suicide.
Kurt Vining, 43, of Oviedo, was
Drivers who ran found with one end of a bed sheet PHOTO COURTESY OF OVIEDO POLICE DEPARTMENT
over Oviedo man sought tied around his neck and the other The Mission Church of God van burnt to its shell last week. Police said two Oviedo boys started the fire.
A 20-year-old Oviedo man died Feb. looped around a sprinkler head,
12 after his vehicle veered off the according to a news release.
road in Orange County. Troopers He was serving a 30-month sen- Office said he did not have a history or suicidal tendencies leading up to
are looking for two hit-and-run sus- tence for DUI and a failure to appear of documented mental illness and the incident.
pects, who they say struck the man in court conviction. The Sheriffs did not exhibit any signs of illness
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UCF expands into Seminole
Carillon neighborhood residents
resist housing project
A 4-1 vote by the Seminole
County Commission recent-
ly gave the University of
Central Florida the approval
to build a four-story hous-
ing facility for 600 UCF stu-
dents, called NorthView, in
Seminole County, and now
UCF is excited about the.
The next step will be
the demolition of a Winn
Dixie store, which has been
vacant for two years.
"We hope [the demoli-
tion] will happen in the next
three months," said Chad
Binette, assistant director of
UCF News and Information.
"We hope to start construc-
tion this summer and to
welcome the first student
residents in fall 2010."
The plan to build near the
intersection of McCulloch
Road and Lockwood
Boulevard includes 25 acres
of mixed-use development
and will include 54,000
square feet of retail space
and restaurants, as well as
religious centers,. such as
a Catholic Student Center
and a Jewish Hillel Center.
"We expect NorthView
to complement the diverse
student housing options
that UCF offers," Binette
said. "This will be an excel-
lent opportunity for stu-
dents who want to live near
Director of Catholic
Ministry at UCF, father
Stephen Parkes, is also
excited for the opportunity
the Catholic Student Center
will give UCF students.
"We were invited to be a
part of this project because
we had been looking for a
place to be able to build a
student center," Parkes said.
"It is very common in most
colleges that there would
be something in order to
minister specifically to the
students. And we are look-
ing to do something for the
students, the faculty and the
staff at UCF."
Although Parkes said he
is excited to be part of this
larger project, many resi-
dents of the Carillon neigh-
borhood are upset with
the decision to develop the
area, and Commissioner
Bob Dallari is standing up
Dallari was the only
opposing vote at the
because he said he did not
believe student housing
should be near residential
"I don't feel like this is
appropriate zoning so close
to neighborhoods," he said.
Karl Burgunder, a resi-
dent of Carillon since 1994,
said he is also disappointed
with the outcome and does
not think it is an appropri-
ate fit for the neighbor-
"It is an encroachment of
the university into Seminole
County," Burgunder said.
He said one of his main
concerns is that there is not
enough buffering between
the student housing and his
Binette said the homes
will be at least 200 feet
away from NorthView and
the buffers will include an
8-foot-tall fence, dense
landscaping and a retention
pond with a foundation.
But for many residents
of the Carillon neighbor-
hood the student housing
will still be too close to the
place they call home.
"You could literally
throw a rock from this proj-
ect and hit the first house,"
Plans for commercial district moving forward
The plans for a high-end
commercial district in
Seminole County inched
toward reality this week, as
the countyshared the results
of a new SeminoleWay
Monday, Feb. 9, theWinter
Springs City Commission
became the first city in the
county to hear a presenta-
tion about the development
of the planned business cor-
ridor, a 20-mile, 24,000-acre
area hugging Highway 417.
The county's goal is to
attract high-value, high-
paying businesses to the
eight highway interchang-
es, including Red Bug Lake
Road, State Road 434 and
diversify the county's tax
base, which is currently 70
percent residential. Winter
Springs is 90 percent resi-
dential. "We would work on
that being more balanced,"
Seminole County Economic
Manager Tom Tomerlin.
The studyidentified avail-
able land parcels and out-
lined four industry clusters
that could be viable along
the corridor: financial and
information services; arts
and digital media; life sci-
ences, biotech and medical
and technical and research
The north Interstate-4
area, Tomerlin said, already
has "a life of its own" with
its finance and informa-
tion services district. Then
the University of Central
Florida to the south has a
settlement of high-tech
businesses in its Research
Park. "The goal is to see that
bleed up and down the cor-
ridor," he said.
He said Winter Springs
has already "set the table"
for the development at
State Road 434 by giv-
ing about 350 acres in the
quadrant a "GreeneWay
Interchange District" land
SeminoleWay is meant to
rival East Orange County's
Innovation Way, but
Seminole is not focused
on attracting huge corpo-
rations. The study showed
that smaller companies that
have numerous locations
could be just as effective.
attracted a big fish like
Burnham," he said of the
medical research institute
at the medical city. "But
that doesn't mean we can't
attract just as high-paying
He added that quality of
life is also a factor for firms
moving to a new area. "Our
communities stand higher
than our neighbor to the
PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
The Vistawilla Office Center is the unofficial beginning of the SeminoleWay corridor.
south," he said. "I'll leave it
But the county still- has
a lot of work to do, said
Winter Springs Mayor
John Bush, also co-chair-
man of the Seminole Way
Committee. The next step
is to get together with the
landowners of the parcels
to solicit their input and
vision for the corridor.
"The main thing is to get
the landowners together
and see if they're on board
for this," Bush said. "This is
long term; it's not going to
happen next year."
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Stop wherever you feel like it
SBy Karen McEnany-Phillips
Every year I take the
Annual Geneva Historical
Bus Tour I feel transported,
reconnected with families,
and soldiers who loved and
walked this land before us.
Mal Martin shares won-
derful details as he paints
snapshots of time, some
long gone and some still
familiar. Few roads existed
back in the 19th and early
20th centuries, but the
wagons and horses made
their way down sandy
trails and across creeks
and marshes to destination
points we recognize, such
as Sanford and Oviedo and
extinct ones such as Buda
and Osceola. The St. Johns
rivers gave birth to river
towns and facilitated com-
merce traveling from north
to south and back again,
shuttling citrus, agriculture,
pine and cypress, tourists,
,soldiers, and entrepreneurs,
adventurers all. Sanford
and Geneva will always be
bound by the river traffic
and the common history of
steamboats, forts and sol-
diers. We love the romantic
lilt of the steamboat era
punctuated with lovely
names such as The Jenny,
The Juanita, The Belle of
Sanford and The Astatula.
The tour departed from
the Geneva Community
Center built in 1891
and rebuilt in 1933
by the Works Progress
turned down Cemetery
Road, aptly named of
course for the unique cem-
etery at its endpoint. We
pictured hundreds of white
tents dotting the hilly
pastureon our right as set-
tiers waited for timber to
arrive to build their new
homes. We thought about
the many souls buried in
the cemetery, including
soldiers from both sides
of the Civil War and the
Spanish American War.
Although air travel is
the youngest mode of
embraces it even now with
the small landing strip and
the fly-in community adja-
cent to Fort Lane Park. We
have a resident who was
one of the first crop dusting
pilots. Did you know that
the county landfill used to
be an auxiliary airfield for
navy pilot training? They
practiced dropping bombs
in Lake Harney (not with-
out a few mishaps). We
even saw some planes land
and take off on our tour.
Where Old Mims Road
and Snowhill Road meet,
the thriving town of Buda
stood with its own store,
post office and school.
Folks were often baptized
in its swimming hole,
also called Horse Pond.
Snowhill was appropriately
named for the snow white
sands of the Econ River.
A trip to Oviedo was
quite a journey in the old
days as folks trekked via
the Old Chuluota Trail
while a trip to Sanford took
all day by horse or wagon
skirting Lake Jesup. We
are always amazed that
there are about six houses
in Geneva that are more
than 100 years old and still
are inhabited. It is so easy
to drive by and take them
for granted. The Geneva
Genealogical and Historical
Society keeps a running list
of all historical structures
in the area including own-
ership and current status.
We laughed at Mal's
story of the young lady
who arrived to be a school-
teacher and shortly there-
after held a gun on the
gentleman who was tasked
with taking her back to
the steamboat landing. She
was taking no chances that
she would never return
to the area she described
as "God-forsaken area of
mosquitoes, humidity and
As our Geneva Citizens
Richard Creedon says,
"Some of us are city mice
and some are country
mice." We always enjoy
the story of the slow news
day in an early newspaper
where the writer shared
that a group of ladies had
met at a house near Lake
Geneva and their "aggre-
gate weight was 1,080
pounds!" We know that
story was coming but we
laugh every time. My favor-
ite line this year was when
at one point our new bus
driver was uncertain where
to stop the bus. Mal told
him, "Don't worry, you're
in the country now, stop
wherever you feel like it."
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with "Stetson's Corner" in the sub-
ject line, or fax 407-349-2800.
This column is dedicated to
Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never
bethe same because of Deputy
Gregory it will be better.
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REVIVAL I Casselberry almost ready to start transformation of downtown area
< continued from the front page
"At this particular point with the
economy, we're really at a waiting
period," Hufford said.
But the city isn't waiting to get
started behind the scenes. Roads
are blocked off, and tractors are
moving dirt to prepare land for the
first steps of revitalization. Inside
City Hall, officials are wrangling
with the paperwork.
"What we are doing is spending a
lot of time getting our road projects
put together and being able to just
posture ourselves and get it turned
around," Hufford said.
Those road projects, plus big
changes to Lake Concord, could
make for an interesting transforma-
tion to the corridor along Highway
17-92 just north of State Road 436.
That includes land on both sides
of 17-92, which bisects Casselberry
and acts as a main thoroughfare
directly through the county.
A 50-acre parcel was purchased
by the city near the Target store and
City Hall, giving the city plenty of
land to redevelop.
What could come of that project
is something the county had been
losing. In the past few years, the
Seminole County Environmental
Studies Center had faced a wan-
ing budget that threatened to close
parts of it down.
Now Casselberry could be pick-
ing up the slack, with a proposed
teaching element to Lake Concord
that could include an outdoor
classroom environment to learn
about how local lakes affect water
from the St. Johns River, and how it
affects the environment in general.
"It'll teach people how the storm
water is purified as it goes back into
the St. Johns," Hufford said. "With
that education part of it, it's an
opportunity for local schools and
UCF to teach. It also helps start our
downtown project, because it's an
integral part of that downtown."
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Roosters part of Oviedo's charm
I know I said before that
when living in Oviedo, one
gets a taste of the country.
I live in Mead Manor, and
for the past several months
I have really gotten a taste
of the country chickens
I live just a few blocks
from the library where the
rooster and chickens dwell
and perhaps "read up on
the latest journals." Now
theyhave migrated closer
to my street. This past
Tuesday morning I popped
out at 7 a.m. to pick up my
newspaper in the drive-
way when Mr. Rooster was
kind enough to be standing
beside my mailbox, telling
me it was time to get up! I
was a wee bit taken aback
with the up-close walking
alarm clock. I must say, he's
quite the charmer, but on
Saturday I don't need his
I think this is really
part of our town's charm.
Working at the Seminole
Voice office a year or so ago
on Broadway, we had pea-
cocks visiting. They are an
interesting breed of birds.
Oh, I do collect roosters,
not the live ones; just ask
I hope everyone had a
very nice Valentine's Day.
Now we can start celebrat-
ing St. Patrick's coming up
on March 17. Also coming
up in March, the Oviedo
Woman's Club invites
you to our 2009 Tasting
Treasures," from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. on Wednesday,
March 18. The event will
be held at the clubhouse
at 414 King St. located
between the high school
and the Methodist church.
Tickets for the event are $7
each and a limited number
will be sold at the door. If
you wish to purchase tick-
ets, besides getting them
from a club member, please
call Diane at 407-977-6655
or e-mail tastingluncheon@
It's not too late to attend
the Pancake Breakfast from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday,
Feb. 22, at the Canterbury
Retreat and Conference
Center, 1601 Alafaya Trail,
Oviedo. The Rotary Club
of Oviedo will host a pan-
cake breakfast including
pancakes, sausage pat-
ties, coffee, tea and pastry.
Proceeds will support the
Rotary Club of Oviedo.
Tickets are $5 for adults and
$3 for children. For more
information, please call
The next general meet-
ing of the Seminole County
Federation of Women's
Clubs will be held at 11-
a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23,
at the Women's Club of
Casselberry, 251 Overbrook
Coming up at 3 p.m.
on Saturday, Feb. 28, the
Artistic Hand in downtown
Oviedo, 353 N. Central Ave.,
is dedicating the "Archway
to the Arts." Following the
dedication will be a memo-
rial service to recognize the
one-year mark for Barbara
The service will include an
art viewing for Barbara,
refreshments and a memo-
Spaghetti anyone? From
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday,
Feb. 27, the Woman's Club
of Sanford, 309 S. Oak St.,
will hold its 27th annual
Italian Night spaghetti
dinner fundraiser, benefit-
ing the club's charitable
work. The.dinner includes
spaghetti, salad, bread,
drink and dessert. Dinners
are also available to go.
Reservations are required.
Cost is $10 f6r adults, $5 for
children 10 or younger. If
you need more informa-
tion, please call 407-321-
Movie in the Park:
Saturday, Feb. 28, at the
Riverside Park Complex,
1600 Lockwood Blvd.,
Oviedo. Bring blankets
and picnic baskets and
watch "Madagascar: Escape
2 Africa." The movie will
begin at dusk. Admission is
free and you may call 407-
971-5576 if you need more
This weekend brings
with it a few art festivals,
including the Orlando
Downtown Art & Living
Expo, from 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
Feb. 21 and 22, on North
Eola Drive along the east
side of Lake Eola. The event
includes over 100 artists
and crafters, music, festi-
val food, children's activi-
ties and street performers.
Admission is free.
The Mount Dora Music
Festival is ongoing until
Sunday, Feb. 22. The festi-
val features and celebrates
singers and songwriters
such as The Association,
Livingston Taylor, Billy
Kirsch, Georgia Middleman,
Tony Haselden and more. -
For more information, visit
or call 352-385-1010.
Another bit of his-
tory trivia from the Florida
Times Union Newspaper -
"Oviedo Notes," dated Feb.
18, 1905: "Oviedo February
17 Dr. Johnson and
wife, and E.Y. Mallory and
wife arrived from Macon,
Georgia last night and will
spend weeks at this place.
"Born to Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Osteen, twins. All
parties are doing well.
"The Argo house, one
of our hotels, caught fire
last night about midnight
and would have been very
soon reduced to ashes but
for the prompt response
of a large number of our
citizens, who with willing
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The damage to the house is
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streetlights, $228 million for side-
walks, roads and trails, $94 million
for emergencies such as hurricanes,
plus funds for residents in need,
tourism and public safety grants.
After that, there's about $276 mil-
lion left for general services.
"We want to maintain our qual-
ity services," he said. "The dollars
available are relatively small."
There are a handful of projects
in the works despite the tough
times, including SeminoleWay, the
planned high-end commercial
corridor, and the revitalization of
Highway 17-92. Both plans should
attract high-paying and high-value
jobs to the county, he said.
Another project the county is
working on is Yankee Lake, which
will pump 5.5 million gallons of
water a day out of the St. Johns
River to keep up with consumption
demands, Principal Engineer Carol
Also on the horizon is the con-
struction of the Heroes' Memorial, a
monument in honor of the county's
fallen police officers, firefighters
and military personnel. A nonprofit
organization will begin fundraising
Dallari said the Commission is
doing several things to improve eco-
nomic efficiency, including start-
ing the budget process in October
instead of in the summer. He said
the best way to keep programs
intact is to let the Commission
know which ones are important to
"Pick up the phone or e-mail us,"
he said, citing that there are too
many folks who wait until after a
vote is handed down to speak up.
"We're going to have long discus-
sions of the real reality," he said.
"Im not trying to be all doom and
gloom, but it won't be easy."
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By Lt. George Ilemsky
K-9 catches suspect
On Feb. 9, a traffic stop for
unlawful speed resulted in
the driver getting charged
with possession of mari-
juana. This resulted after
the K-9 officer and his K-9
partner "Flash" were able to
alert on the scent.
On Feb. 11, a complaint
of a vehicle speeding and
driving recklessly resulted
in the driver and the vehicle
being located at Round Lake
Park. The police discovered
small amounts of marijua-
na, and the driver who
was a juvenile was sub-
sequently taken into. cus-
tody. How is that for calling
attention to myself!
On Feb. 12, a traffic stop
for an inoperable taillight
resulted in the driver of the
vehicle getting chargedwith
possession of marijuana.
Evidently, when the driver
reached into his center con-
sole to retrieve his registra-
tion, a clear plastic baggie
was observed in plain view
by the officer conducting
the traffic stop. Oops ... I
hate it when that happens!
The baggie contained mari-
ATV stolen from side
of Oviedo man's home
On Feb. 12, Oviedo Police
responded to the 1000 block
of Beckstrom Drive in refer-
ence to a complaint of a sto-
len all-terrain vehicle. The
complainant stated that he
had last seen his ATV on the
side of his house on Jan. 4.
On Feb. 12; the complain-
ant stated he went to the
side of his house to check
on his boat and noticed
the ATV was gone. It should
be noted the complainant
has a 6-foot privacy fence
around the perimeter of his
residence with a closed gate.
The ATV was described as
a camouflage-colored Baha
Model 400. At least the boat
was still there.
Stolen keys at gym lead to
On Feb. 12, a victim report-
ed that someone had bro-
ken into his gym locker
at LA Fitness and stolen
his sunglasses and vehicle
remote from inside his gym
bag within the locker. When
the complainant checked
on his vehicle, he noticed
that his vehicle was entered
and a Samsung Katalyst
cell phone and some cash
were missing from the cen-
ter console. The complain-
ant stated that the incident
occurred on Feb. 12 between
5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
On Feb. 13, a burglary to a
residence was reported on
the 1000 block of Shaffer
Trail. The complainants
told police that they left
their front door unlocked
and went to dinner on Feb.
12 around 8:30 p.m. and
returned around midnight.
On Feb. 13 ,around 8 a.m.
they noticed their Compaq
laptop computer and pre-
scription for Percocet miss-
ing. They told police that
CHAMBER I Lawton will be used
The Christian Sharing Center, a faith-based non-profit
organization providing basic needs of food, clothing,
shelter and compassion to children, the elderly and
families in distress is in urgent need of men's and
children's clothing, boy's underwear and socks. For
pick up, call Steve Essler at 407-463-5821 or Mike
McKeever at407-493-5207 or drop off at the following
locations throughout Seminole County.
Seminole Community College interior design
students were recently honored by the local chapter
of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The NKBA
awarded first place to Kristin Sellers of Oviedo, who won
the Meredith LacyAward and a $750 scholarship from the
North Florida chapter of the American Society of Interior
Designers last year for her design of a combination
restaurant and art gallery.
Sellers' bathroom design will go on to the second round
of judging in the national NKBA competition, according to
Interior Design Program Manager Jill Smith.
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goal, Skeates said.
Persampiere said the City
Council just wants to make
sure Oviedo remains a prior-
ity as the Chamber evolves.
"There are going to be
said. "The only thing Council
is trying to ensure is that the
focus can't keep shifting all
the time to the west. Most of
the businesses they serve are
He said the Lawton
House, which the Chamber
leased for $1 a year, will be
inhabited by another local
group, but discussions have
not yet begun.
"I'm sure we'll find a use
for it in the future," he said.
S.R. 426 expansion nears completion
A road expansion project
that began at the start of
2008 may soon be complete
along State Road 426 in
But it's been.a long time
in coming, as the project
has snaked its way from
side to side with crews rear-
ranging sewer lines and in
one instance rerouting a
connecting road. Now it's
time for the final touches,
Deputy Mayor Dominic
"If you think back a few
years when they were wid-
ening 434, they had it look-
ing like it was never gonna
finish, and them boom it's
done," he said. "That's what
it seems like on 426 now."
The widening, which
would give one of Oviedo's
main thoroughfares four
lanes and a center median,
is just part one of a three-
part expansion project
which will eventually con-
nect the existing four-lane
sections of State Road 426
to the four-lane section of
State Road 419 just west of
The total cost of the proj-
ect is expected to be $15.5
Staff had estimated the
crews have about 60 days
left to complete construc-
tion on the first phase,
which ends just west of
Oviedo High School. Then
it's on to phase two, as long
as the money is in place
when crews are ready.
"I think it's going to
move along pretty quick,"
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Spit leads to pepper spray
On Feb. 13, charges are
pending in reference to an
incident involving neigh-
bors. Evidently, an impolite
gesture with the middle fin-
ger of a hand led to an-argu-
ment whereby the offender
spat at the victim and sub-
sequently sprayed him in
the face with pepper spray.
Flaming church van
On Feb. 13 at 1:19 a.m.,
the Oviedo Police and Fire
Departments responded to
the Mission Church of God
located at 151 Mission Road
in reference to a church
van completely engulfed in
flames. The fire was extin-
guished and the van was
burnt to the frame and is
a total loss. The police got
a break in the arson when
it was discovered that the
mother of one of the boys
was driving around the area
looking for the boys. The
police made contact with
the mother of one of the
boys who in turn stated that
her son and an unknown
friend left his uncle's house
moments earlier and did
not return home.
The mother was asked
to notify police once
the boys returned home.
Approximately 7:10 a.m.,
True to her word, the moth-
er contacted- police to let
them know that the miss-
ing boys finally returned
home. Detective Frank
Parker, after speaking with
the boys, was successful in
obtaining a detailed admis-
sion to attempting to steal
the church van and, after
being unsuccessful, set-
ting the van on fire in an
attempt to conceal any evi-
dence. Both juveniles were
charged with first-degree
arson and burglary of a con-
veyance both felonies.
On Feb. 15, a long over-
due rental car resulted in
the driver being charged
with trespass of a convey-
ance. The rental car com-
pany confirmed that the
vehicle was supposed to be
returned back in October.
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The history of a village
The Geneva Historical Bus Tour
traced its way through the narrow
streets of the village Saturday, Feb.
7, periodically pulling over at a sto-
ried structure, plot of land or old
About 75 people peered out
the bus' tinted windows, listening
acutely to what narrator Mal Martin
had to say about what the area was
like, dating back to the first white
settlers in the mid-1800s.
While stopped beside one two-
story 1900s-era home, the passen-
gers chuckled at the homeowner
who walked up to inquire if the bus
driver was lost.
"That's the second time that's
happened today," Martin, Geneva
Historical Society historian, said
over the intercom. "Only in Geneva.
People are very helpful, I'll tell you
Martin has led the bus through
this tight-knit community since
the tour began nine years ago. The
event is a fundraiser for the Society,
which maintains the Museum of
Geneva History and Fort Lane Park.
It also saves buildings from demoli-
tion, most recently the old Geneva
Many folks who took the tour
at 8:30 or 10:30 in the morning
learned something about their area
that they didn't expect.
Geneva resident Christa Tomczak
said she was most surprised by the
history of the crumbling stone vault,
the only remnant of the Osceola
Cypress Company's sawmill, built
"I live on Coffee Trail and I didn't
know there was such a place,"
PHOTO BY JONATHAN GALLAGHER THE VOICE
This crumbling stone vault near Geneva is all that's left of the Osceola Cypress Company's sawmill, which was built in 1916. The tour covered many historic sites.
In 1926, the mill was named the
"principal commercial industry
community of Seminole County" by
the County Commission. The oper-
ation relocated to Port Everglades
in 1942, and the town of Osceola
was no more.
Tomczak said she also enjoyed
learning about the notables buried
in the Geneva Cemetery. The earli-
est grave dates 1978, and 17 Civil
War and seven Spanish-American
War veterans are buried there.
Also beneath the dirt is the skull
of assassination conspirator Lewis
Thornton Powell, who was hung
after he attempted to kill Secretary
of State William Seward in 1865, the
same year his partner, John Wilkes
Booth, killed Abraham Lincoln.
Powell's father was the first Baptist
preacher in Geneva, Martin said.
Daniel Mars, a 15-year Geneva
resident, thoroughly enjoyed his
first bus tour experience.
He was most surprised to learn
that Geneva had its own Coca Cola
Bottling plant. In fact, the Museum
has a rare collection of glass soda
bottles stamped with the village's
Taking a couple hours on a
Saturday to learn about his village's
history was worth much more to
Visit the Museum of Geneva History,
located at 165 First St., next to the vil-
lage's Community Center. It is open the
second and fourth Sundays of the month
from 2 to 4 p.m, or by appointment. For
more information, e-mail GenevaHGS@
aol.com or write to Geneva Historical
Society, P.O. Box 91, Geneva FL 32732.
Mars than the $9 admission.
"History is everything about your
life," he said. "If it wasn't for history,
we're really nothing."
The Learning Tree is a Ministry of
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at 501 S. Maitland Ave. will
host the following kid-themed
programs. For more information
or to sign up, call 407-647-7700
or visit maitlandpubliclibrary.org.
Each Monday in February at 7
p.m. there will be a "Goodnight
Moon" stories and craft program.
All ages are welcome.
Each Tuesday in February at
10:30 a.m., the Library will
host a preschool stories and
craft program for children 3- to
Applications for summer
recreation scholarships, valued
at $300 each, are still available
from the OC Club a free
membership program for Orange
County youth, ages 5-19, that
rewards kids for making positive
after school choices when they
participate in activities run by the
OC Club's Recreation Partners -
but the Friday, Feb. 27 deadline is
looming. These summer program
scholarships are given annually
to qualifying low- and moderate-
income Orange County youth
ages 5 to 19 who have parents/
guardians receiving qualifying
public assistance. Applications
are available on the OC Club's
web site, www.theOCclub.net.
Call 407-836-9790 for more
Mead Garden, located at 1300
S. Denning Drive in Winter Park,
is having the Great Duck Derby
from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. on Feb. 28.
The Great Duck Derby features
a series of rubber duck races in
the park's waterways and free
family activities including Mr.
Richard singing with his band, the
Central Florida Zoo with animal
encounters, a bounce house, face
painting and hay rides. Ducks
are $5 and may be purchased
the day of the event or at the
Winter Park Farmer's Market on
Feb. 21. All proceeds benefit the
Mead Garden revitalization effort.
Call 407-761-7710 for more
An art show for families and
children of preschool and
elementary school age will be
held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday,
March 1 at the JCC of Greater
Orlando 851 N. Maitland Ave.
It will feature a family concert
by Ronnie D, fun family photos,
a storyteller, a musical petting
zoo, live art canvas dipping, a
clay station, shadow puppet
creations, cookie decorating, fine
art creation, a flower drink luge,
a live art performance, snacks,
drinks and more! Admission
is free. For more information,
call Karen Duncan at 407-645-
0923 or e-mail her at Karend@
Tummies meet healthy
Necessity was the mother of invention for
Baldwin'Park moms Samantha Gotlib and
Debbie Blacher, who turned a parent's dilem-
ma into a thriving business.
They shared a passion for fixing healthy
meals at home, but also a frustration: finding
time to make healthy school lunches that their
children wanted to eat.
"It's not the schools' fault," Blacher said,
"but it is surprising how many processed food
keting and man-
Tummies, a ser-
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skills sets make
us effective part-
Wholesome Tummies, operated
bytwo Baldwin Park mothers,
provides fresh, natural and
organic lunches to students
at 15 Orlando-area schools,
including in Winter Park. For
m6re information or to place
an order, visit www,whole-
or call 321-558-5685.
Gotlib and Blacher create daily lunch menus
a month at a time, then parents and kids choose
from a daily selection of three entrees and four
sides. Wholesome Tummies lunches include
one entree and two sides from fresh, organic
foods that are creatively presented.
"Appearance is everything, but we pack fruits,
vegetables, protein and fiber into them," Gotlib
said. Items like Quirky Quesadillas, Banana
Dog and Great Wall of China Wrap entice, and
nutritionist and author Sherri Flynt, head of
the Center for Nutritional Excellence at Florida
Hospital, profiles all of the menus. Parents can
PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
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Come and lighten your heart with the Mistress
of Madcap humorist Ms. Charlie Wilson at 2
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Art House, located
at 127 Quail Pond Circle in Casselberry. There
will be stories, songs, desserts, special guests
and door prizes. The $15 admission will go
toward the American Heart Association. For
more information and to RSVP, call 321-279-
Girl Scout Junior Troop 1276 will be having a
cookie drive at the Lawton Chiles Middle School
bus loop from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday, Feb.
21. Troop 1276 will also take orders for cookies
to send to the men and women overseas serving
our country. For more information, please call
WLOQ 103.1 FM and the city of Casselberry
present "Goin' All Out with Eric Darius." Bring
chairs and blankets Saturday, Feb. 21, for a night
of high-energy, family-friendly jazz performed
by world-renowned veteran saxophonist Eric
Darius. Event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.
at 95Triplet Lake Drive in Casselberry.Admission
is free. For more information, call 407-262-7774
or e-mail email@example.com
"Infinitely Caribbean" opens Saturday, Feb.
21 at Casselberry City Hall, celebrating the work
of 12 mixed media and abstract artists hailing
from the islands of the Caribbean. Exhibit is free
to the public and open until April 24. For more
information, call 407-262-7700.
The Geneva Community Center will host the
Bluegrass-Country-Gospel Jam, a night of
performances by local bluegrass, country and
gospel jammers performing their old-time, foot-
tapping tunes Saturday, Feb. 21. Music will begin
at 6:30 p.m. The Geneva Community Center is
located at 161 1st Street in Geneva. Admission
is free and food will be available for purchase.
University Unitarian Universalist Society is
offering "Our Whole Lives," a comprehensive
sexuality education series for 10th through 12th
grade students using a comprehensive approach
to educate students on making informed and
responsible decisions about their sexual health
and behavior. A parent orientation designed to
answer questions and discuss what is covered
in the curricula will be held Sunday, Feb. 22
from 4p.m. to 6p.m. at 11648 McCulloch Road
in Orlando. Parent signed consent is required.
The city of Oviedo's Movie In the Park will
feature "Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa"
Saturday, Feb. 28, at Riverside Park. Showtime
is at dusk and admission is free. Snack and
drinks will be available for purchase. Bring your
own blankets and picnic baskets. For more
information, call 407-971-5575.
The Barn in Sanford will host a Battle of the
Bands to benefit HIV/AIDS in the Central Florida
community Sunday, March 1. Admission is $10
advance and $15 at the door. Enjoy drinks, food,
music and a mechanical bull-riding contest for
a great cause. For more information, contact
Sabrina Deshner at 407-645-2577, ext. 120 or
KnightWalk, the University of Central
Florida's version of March for Babies, to
benefit the March of Dimes will be held
Sunday, March 1, at the Reflection Pond.
Participant must fundraise for the event or pay
a 25$ registration fee. Registration begins at
2p.m. and the walk begins at 3 p.m. For more
information, contact Julia Senecal at 561-843-
0183 or visit marchforbabies.org.
Join -Winter Springs Mayor John F. Bush
for the Winter Springs WineStyles Benefit
for Multiple Sclerosis Thursday, March 5.
WineStyles is located at 1196 Tree Swallow
Drive in Winter Springs, off State Road 434,
past Tuskawilla Road. Enjoy wine tasting, live
music, giveaways and participation in a silent
auction to benefit MS. Cost is $20 per person
pre-purchased, $25 at the door. Wine club
member are $15 and $20, respectively. For more
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order lunches one to five
days a week.
Kelly Wallace, the moth-
er of two preschoolers at
All Saints School of Winter
Park, said she enjoys the
"My daughter who is 5
likes assembling the ham-
and-cheese stacker, while
my son who is 3 prefers
the hot foods like pasta,"
currently partners with 15
Orlando-area schools and
provides relief to school
administrators, who now
spend less time coordinat-
ing caterers and collecting
money. Lunch prices range
from $5 to $6 and include
a fun fact about a food or
"We're flexible," Gotlib
said. "We're an easy solu-
tion and an extra option."
Tummies menu also
includes signature treats
such as chocolate chip
cookies and banana chip
muffins, in-season treats
such as strawberry short-
cake, and the chocolate
chip cookie cake, which is
available for birthday par-
"We fell in love with
the service right away; it's
a treat and a time-saving
factor," Wallace said. "Now
my kids eat banana chips
instead of potato chips."
The business does more
for the students than drop
off their lunches, Blacher
said. "We've done sampling,
donations and healthy
eating seminars for our
The business partners
stress the importance of
setting a good example.
"You are the CEO of your
pantry. It's not fair to kids
if parents are snacking on
cheese puffs," Gotlib said. "
Kids should learn from an
early age that food does not
come from a bag or a box."
They view their service
as a win for everyone. "The
vision is 'how do we get
kids the healthy food they
deserve?' Processed foods
don't give them fuel to get
through the day," Gotlib
said. "When kids eat better,
they do better."
Blacher added, "Parents
are realizing that diabe-
tes, obesity and behavioral
disorders are linked to the
food supply. This is a very
rewarding dream we hope
to sustain for a long time."
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THIS WEEK in sports history
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Phil Esposito of 76 goals in a single season. When Gretzy retired in
1999 after 20 seasons in the NHL, he was widely considered the
AHI greatest player in the history of hockey.
Sports struggle in rapidly shrinking school
Oviedo High School's sports
teams already knew they'd
take a hit when Hagerty
High opened up just down
the road, but many hadn't
felt how devastating it'd be
until this season.
As attendance at Oviedo
High has failed to meet
expectations due to the
slowdown in the housing
ished and growth stalled
- it's the sports that are
dying first. Now the school
may lose its big-school 6A
classification as some sports
struggle to stay alive.
"Oviedo is the lowest-
populatedhigh school in all
.of Seminole County now,"
Oviedo wrestling Coach
Tom Coffman said. "A few
years ago, we had about
3,200 students. Now we're
almost at 1,800."
That's a change coach
Charlie Rose sees firsthand.
A longtime swimming and
water polo coach at Oviedo,
he's been one of the most
prolific at bringing home
championships for his
school. But this year those
may be hard to come by.
Staring down the hall-
ways of his school, he's hop-
ing to pick someone out in
the crowd who might be
able to tread water while
his rapidly shrinking teams
struggle to stay afloat.
"Normally we'd field a
team of 12 to 15 players,
and we only have seven
now," he said.
His boys' water polo
team has the bare minimum
needed to play, and the sea-
son is getting ready to leav
"If we lose a player to an
ARCHIVl PHOTO BY PORTER MAERZ -THE VOIE
Former Oviedo High water polo player Matt Sokolowski scored 43 goals last year. This year, sports such as polo will move to a smaller district due to declining enrollments.
injury, that's it," he said.
-Now his players are
scouring classrooms and
dropping flyers in the hope
of picking up a teammate
before the team shrinks too
small to legally play a game.
"It'll even out in time,"
Rose said. "But it's kind of
come to a standstill."
Now Oviedo's teams have
been hit with a new surprise.
Next time they step into
their uniforms, they may
not be in the same district
anymore. The Florida High
School Athletic Association
has proposed cutting
Oviedo from its large-
school 6A division, sending
it down to 5A just as nearly
the entire rest of Seminole
County goes to 6A.
SThe change has the
potential to destroy rival-
ries that have been built
over decades. Oviedo had
previously. competed in
postseason playoffs against
Lake Brantley, Lake Mary,
Seminole and Winter
Springs. Under the potential
new district assignments,
Hagerty and Lake Howell
High would be moving up
The change would leave
Longwood's Lyman High
School as the only other
team in the county in class
5A, and would have the
remaining Seminole County
5A teams competing against
teams in four counties.
But for teams such as.
Oviedo wrestling, things
could get even worse.
Wrestling only has three
classifications, with the
highest being 3A. Most
local teams have competed
in the 3A category due to
their large size; under the
proposed change, Oviedo
would. likely drop from
there as well, down to 2A.
"If you look at their pop-
ulation charts, we're actu-
ally pretty close to 1A now,"
Coffman said. That means
competing against smaller
teams from much farther
But that's something
Coffman said his team is
used to, just not in the post-
season. He also said it's no
longer up to the school -
it's in the FHSAA's hands.
"We can't control that,"
he said. "We just let it hap-
pen and then go do our
]-I 1 |l Lions, Bears heading to playoffs
PHIU BY LAUHENCE SAMUELS I Ht VOUIt
The Oviedo High School Lions narrowly defeated Lake Brantley in
the districtsemifinal. They later lost to Winter Springs in the finals.
The Oviedo Lions are barreling
toward the playoffs, posting a
19-8 record on the way to their
first regional playoff appear-
ance since 2005, and the Winter
Springs Bears are going right
along with them.
The Lions narrowly lost their
matchup against Winter Springs
in the district final, after nar-
rowly defeating Lake Brantley in
That's a welcome result for
Coach Ed Kershner, who'd seen
his team finish third place too
many years in a row since their
last playoff run.
The Lions faced the Winter
Park Wildcats Thursday night at
press time with hopes of making
a playoff run that goes deeper
than they had in the 2005 sea-
The Wildcats and the Lions
hadn't faced each other this
season. The last time the Lions
were in the playoffs, they avoid-
ed meeting the Wildcats after
Winter Park lost in the first
round. That year the Lions made
it to the regional championship
game. They haven't been back
Whoever won the Lions versus
Wildcats game will face Winter
Springs. The Wildcats had faced
the Bears in the regional playoffs
the last two years. Last season the
Bears dominated in their playoff
game against the Wildcats, win-
With a 24-3 record and a
district win, Winter Springs is
strong again this year, with an
impressive run through the dis-
trict championship, which they
They'll be looking to improve
on an already impressive finish
to last season, when they made
it to the final four before fall-
ing to eventual state champion
Miami Norland by only a 62-61
They faced district runner-up
Timber Creek in the first round
of the regional playoffs Thursday
night. With a win, they could be
facing Oviedo or Winter Park at
7 p.m. Tuesday.
After that, the field is wide
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