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ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE

Seminole County's police
and fire departments won't
be absorbing one city any-
time soon, according :to
Oviedo's CityCouncil, which
on Monday pushed a resolu-
,tion to keep its emergency
departments inside the city.
The resolution came in
,- -response to rumors that a
lean budget, and some new
cuts may lead to the con-
solidation of the police and
fire departments with the
county.
"They frequently get
caught up in the rumor mill."
Councilman Steve Henken
said of the city's emergency
departments.
But the city's overwhelm-
ing support of its own emer-
gencypersonneldidn'tcome
without controversy on the
dais, as Council members
grappled over leaving other
city departments out of the
resolution.
"The resolution makes a
point that we provide a valu-
able service to the city, but
I think it sends the wrong
message that we feel only
our police and fire are valu-
able," Councilman Keith
Britton said.
Mayor Mary Lou Andrews
said that the city would take
a cut in service if they con-
solidated, and that the city
is working within its bud-
get to prevent that type of
change in the future.
"With Oviedo police and
fire no one can match us,"
she said. "I do not anticipate
a time when the Oviedo
police and fire would need
to consolidate."


JENNY ANDREASSON


'- jollfow space waits behind the
tinted-glass of the Boardwalk
laza near Oviedo.
~,:People can no longer sip
coffee at the cafe or munch on
ings at the sports bar. The cell
-hoone store and the Latin grill
ar long gone too.
A mile away from the tenant-
structure, the paint is dry-
n .,a brand-new shopping
the Shoppes of Alafaya.
ring for a pizza restaurant
alone on the marquee sign
lng busy State Road 434, near
pman Road.

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College credits at H.S. prices

ISAAC BABCOCK 4


When students walk out-
side the Master's Academy's
black steel gates for the last
time as seniors, they may
be taking one giant leap
ahead of their competi-
tion. It all started years ear-
lier, as students as young as
juniors were taking college
courses, vaulting them a
year or more ahead of col-
lege-bound students. And
they do it all inside their
high school.
"If you were a parent and
you wouldn't have to pay a
penny more to have your
kid walk out of high school
With 36 to 40 credit hours
on a college transcript,
wouldn't you do it?" asked
Laura Deery,
The Master's Academy's


director of development
and admissions.
It's all part of a push by the
school to buck the national
trend of class cutting and
teacher layoffs that's plagu-
ing Seminole County Public
Schools. Up to 1,200 posi-
tions will be slashed from
the school district's budget
before the start of the next
school year, in response to a
cut of up to $64 million. But
The Master's Academy, a
private institution, is going
the other way.
"We have the same re-en-
rollment that we had as last
year," Deery said. "We're try-
ing to figure out, how can
we get them even more for
their money."
The program was


PHOTO 8Y ISAAC BABCOCK -- THE VUIJc
The Master's Academy Superintendent Bill Harris hopes to fast-track students to
college with a new program that can put them a year ahead of traditional students.
the brainchild of students can take college-
Superintendent Bill Harris, level courses, but they have
who was looking for a way to do it at the college, so
to put his students ahead of they have to travel to get
other graduating classes, there," Harris said. "And
"Many schools have dual-
enrollment classes where > turn to COLLEGE on page A3


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THIS WEEK n history


SI dropping 2,000 tons of incendiary bombs on Tokyo and igniting the
T |worst single firestorm in recorded history. Almost 16 square miles
were incinerated, and between 80,000 and 130,000 Japanese civil-
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ISAAC.BABCOCK
THE VOICE
'A Seminole C-ounty man"
who was arrested in' con--
nection with the violent,
* death of his girlfriend's tod-
dler has been indicted by.
a 'Seminole County grand
jury on a first-degree felony
murder charge.
The -death was- ruled


charged ii

suspicious by:
police early on.
as the .child,
2 -y.ear* old
Anthony Jesy
"A.J." Cabral,
wasfoundwith
a skull fracture .Lenz
in the back of .: ,
his head and '
multiple injuries. -
The boy's mother, Elma,


1 girlfriend's tot's death


"Tracey" Goldrine" of.
SOv'iedo, had found her son
unresponsive on the morn-
ing of Jan.; 25. Her boy-
friend, Jason Arthur Lenz,
3 5, also of Qviedo, now will
stand trial for what police
are calling murder.:
Lenzhad beenalone with
the child while Goldrine
was at work the night
before. Goldrine. told police'


that she didn't check on her and tripped and fell, drop- ,
son when she came home ping him on the ground.
from work' that night., She Lenz had already been' 1
called the police the next arraigned for a probation
morning when she discov- ,-violation in connection .
ered her sorn. with a DUI arrest. He's also
-An initial story by Lenz being charged with .aggra-
that the child had a head- vated child abuse.
ache was then changed
when he told Seminole
County investigators that he
had been carrying the child


Notes
Albert R. Sciuto, Publisher and President of announced new office hours for its information orn-volunteering, contact Chris during the Seminole County school year. The job
Special Editions Publishing, will be honored headquarters located at 125 Robin Road, Lomas at 407-745-1173, or send an e-mail to pays $8 per hour part-time. The job is open to
by the Florida' Department of Education and Suite 1000, in 'Altamonte Springs: Mondays membership@seminoledemocrats.com. people who live in Seminole County; however,
the Florida Education Foundation-at the 22nd from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 11 exceptions may be made if the applicant lives in
Annual Commissioner's Business Recognition a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesdays from noon until The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is relatively close proximity to Seminole County's
Awards in Daytona Beach on April 16 4 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. currently seeking qualified applicants for the jurisdiction.
and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.The hours School Crossing Guard Program. The services For applications and eligibility information,
The Seminole County Democratic Party will be expanded as more volunteers join. For of roughly 165 crossing guards are needed call Linda Moss at 407-665-6612.


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COLLEGE I Students gain college credits through Master's Academy courses


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they have a lot of advanced-
placement classes, where at
the end you have to take
the test to get credit. If you
don't do well on the test,
you don't get credit for the
class. Here even if you don't
do well on the AP test you
can still get college credit


for the class."
The trick was getting
classes to happen on a high
school campus that would
be accepted nationwide
as college courses. That
required turning more than
a handful of The Master's
Academy's teachers into
college professors.
Just down the road in


Maitland, Belhaven College
said yes, hiring those teach-
ers and turning them into
college professors, who
work at the K-12 school.
The tuition isn't any
higher for students at The
Master's Academy, but the
college credit is real and
transfers students into col-
lege with enough credit


that they can start as soph-
omores straight out of high
school.
"It's costing the school
money to the university,"
Harris said. "We have to pay
them but we're not passing
that charge on to the fami-
lies."
The goal is a leap ahead in
college, even as education is


cut across the county.
"In tough economic
times we're trying to help
our parents," Harris said.
"Even after they're no lon-
ger a part of the master's
academy, we're saving them
money in college tuition."


GHOST TOWN I Shopping plaza occupancy rates plummet during recession


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Occupancy rates at Seminole
County shopping plazas are plum-
meting as the economic recession
hits retailers hard. Despite so many
small. businesses calling it quits,
new shopping plazas are sprouting
up throughout the area.
The Oviedo City Council
approved a zoning change Jan. 5
that would allow a 25-unit shop-
ping center to be built next to the
Sanctuary subdivision. Residents
came out against the project.
"In Oviedo we are getting nickel
and dimed with these little strip
malls," resident Joseph Bruno said
at the meeting. "There's way too
many of them already."
But many of the projects cur-
rently under construction went
through the permitting process a
year or two ago, before the com-
mercial real estate market started
to slow.
"A lot of folks are just finishing
what they started," Oviedo City
Councilman Dominic Persampiere
said. "They can go forward and com-
plete it, or they lose their financ-


ing and everything they've invested
into the project."
In addition to the Shoppes of
Alafaya, eight commercial/retail
projects are proposed or under
construction in the city of Oviedo,
according to city records.
Soon-to-open Cedar Creek, on
the west side of State Road 434
near Alafaya Woods Boulevard, has
leased five of its 12 units.
Applications for new projects,
however, have slowed in Oviedo.
"Permitting has not come to a
standstill but it's down from years
past," Persampiere said.
University of Central Florida
economist Sean Snaith said 2009
is going to be a tough year for com-
mercial real estate.
"There were so many rooftops
going up that commercial builders
were struggling to keep up," Snaith
said of the housing boom. "We are
just starting to get to the hard part
of the commercial real estate slow-
down."
Meanwhile, two existing Oviedo
plazas are half empty the Town
Center Shoppes, anchored by LA
,Fitness, and Jourdan Crossing, for-


-Boardwalk Plaza (Rivals Sports Bar
and Grille anchor): 0 out of 4 stores, 0.
percent
-Alafaya Square (Publix anchor): 28 out
of 42, 67 percent
-Town Center Shoppes (Outback, LA
Fitness anchors): 8 out of 15, 53 percent
-Jourdan Crossing (American Pie Pizza
Company anchor): 4 out of 8, 50 percent
Source: Voice research

mally anchored by American Pie
Pizza Company. There are 13 empty
storefronts at Publix-anchored
Alafaya Square, a 67 percent occu-
pancy rate.
The standard occupancy rate for
a shopping plaza is 80 percent or
higher, Snaith said.
But the stores won't stay ten-
antless forever because the Central
Florida region especially East
Orland6o will continue tibgrow
once the economy recovers, said
Paul Partyka, Oviedo--Winter Springs


Regional Chamber of Commerce
president.
"It will be. leveling out for the
next two years, but it will start going.
up," said Partyka, also managing
partner of commercial real estate
firm NAY Realvest. "This is still a
highly desirous area."
Snaith agreed. "There's a lot
of growth on this side of Orange
County, and it's not looking like
that's going to change just because
of the recession."
Partyka said many small busi-
nesses, such as ones in the medical
sectors, continue to thrive despite
the slowdown.
Struggling industries, such as
hospitality, will prosper again it's
just tough to say how soon, Snaith
said. "Eventually they'll get in the
black, but it may be several years
before they get to that."
Developers are thinking long-
term, Persampiere said, and for a
good reason.
"Will the plazas be successful?,
Will they struggle? Only time will
tell," he said. "'Things will turn
around; andthere wilt be a need for
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Save our Geneva School


By Karen McEnany-Phillips


ture, cleanup, education,
activities, painting, permits
and fundraising projects
are under way.
Tradespeople, craftsmen
and artisans are welcome
to work on the school
renovation and your busi-
ness can be promoted
online. On Saturday, Feb.
28, a small but mighty
army began spring-clean-
ing inside the building. We
consolidated trash, vacu-
umed cobwebs and bugs,
scraped paint, scrubbed
bathrooms, isolated pre-
cious artifacts, rearranged
furniture, and began paint-
ing the Save Our Geneva
School sign, and in a few
hours gave the schoolhouse
a sense of what it could be.
It was wonderful to feel the
fresh air and spring sun-
light renewing it with hope
and purpose. As I stood
surrounded by tall ceil-
ings, grand windows and
so much history, I could
imagine Fay and Bonnie
Hampton scrubbing and
cooking with fresh vegeta-
bles from the school gar-
den, while Mrs. McNamara
and the other teachers
shooed off stray cows with
their brooms!
Our first grass-roots
financial challenge is fo
raise $5,000 for applica-
tion fees for the building.


We have secured a match-
ing $5,000 grant once the
$5,000 is raised.
This will be accom-
plished through a personal-
ized commemorative brick
program where anyone
may purchase a brick and
provide a lasting contribu-
tion and legacy. It is a won-
derful opportunity for indi-
viduals, families, organiza-
tions and businesses. Order
now by printing the form
at GenevaSchoolHouse.
org or mailing Bricks@
GenevaSchoolHouse.org.
You will also receive a
numbered certificate rec-
ognizing your contribu-
tion. Those who purchase
a brick by May Day will
be honored in Founder's
Square.
Christopher Stapleton,
President of the Geneva
Rural Heritage Center,
describes the school's sig-
nificance: "The importance
of the school and the alum-
ni is that the memories that
were made in that same
schoolhouse have followed
its graduates around the
world. This is why the ele-
*mentary school, its alumni
and the Rural Heritage
Center are so important to
each other. We don't have
a city hall, high school,
entertainment center, so
the elementary school has


"When a pet hamster
died Fd go ouft and bury it
before the kids saw.".
-.Bonnie Hampton, Geneva
School custodian

If you are new to Geneva
you may recognize the
large brick building at the
corner of First Street and
East Main Street as the
Geneva Family Resource
Center. Others remember
it as a Seminole County
Sheriffs substation. But
many folks in the Geneva,
Oviedo, Sanford, and even
Orlando area remember
the building for its original
and longest use: the his-
toric Geneva Elementary
School House built in 1924.
Last year the Seminole
County Schbol Board
agreed to transfer owner-
ship of the building to the
community and a non-
profit organization was
formed to save it and even-
tually transform it into a
Rural Heritage Center. This
is quite an undertaking, as


you might imagine, and we
are looking to Seminole
and Orange County resi-
dents for assistance.
The Historic" Geneva
School Alumni Association
is actively looking for any-
one who attended, taught
or worked at the school
between 1924-1988. We
know many folks from
surrounding communi-
ties may have attended the
school or know someone
connected to it.
As the tribute Alumni
Exhibit Hall inside the
school is planned, we are
seeking special memo-
ries, photographs and
contact information for
friends, staff or teachers.
(Photographs would be
scanned and returned to
you.) We are also interested
in alumni willing to par-
ticipate in an Oral History
Program.
In order to transform
the historic Geneva School
House into the Rural
Heritage Center architec-


Woman remembered for contributions in art


ISAU ACIBABCOCK
THE VOICE

Friends and family gathered last
weekend to remember a lifetime
of beauty rendered from two very
skilled hands. Barbara Walker-
Seaman had given her artistic gifts
to Oviedo over the course of three
decades as she brought her talents
to the community in ways that
spanned generations.
On Feb. 28, 2008 ,the co-own-
er of The Artistic Hand gallery
and studio died suddenly, leaving
behind husband and business part-
ner Del Seaman. The two had built
The Artistic Hand in 1990 to sell art


from local artists as well as to teach
young artists how to explore their
gifts, from painting to glass to pot-
tery and outsider art.
"We always wanted to do some--
thing to share more of the arts
with the public to get them
more involved," Barbara said five
years ago in an interview with the
Seminole Chronicle about the duo.
The Seamans had lived and
worked at The Artistic hand since
it opened, frequently holding
shows and traveling the country
with their art. The teaching studio
behind their home had become a
home away from home for many
local artists, as well as budding art-


ists from childhood as
old as their 90's.
The Seamans lived
in the back of their
home, dedicating the
front as a gallery to
local art and the back
Walker-Seaman to teaching the next
generation.
They were hon-
ored by the city of Orlando in 2004
for their contribution to the arts
community. Saturday a crowd of
more than 1,00 gathered to honor
Barbara Walker-Seaman, dedicat-
ing an Archway to the Arts at The
Artistic Hand.
Deputy Mayor Dominic


Persampiere was one of several city
officials and longtime friends in
attendance.
"It was very moving and touch-
ing, just to see the obvious love
that there was between Del and
Barbara," he said. "There was just a
feeling of love in the air. "
Mayor Mary Lou Andrews was
overcome with emotion as she read
a proclamation memorializing
Barbara Walker-Seaman, surround-
ed by friends she'd made over the
course of decades in Oviedo.
"It was very emotional," Andrews
said. "Barbara was a very strong and
inspirational figure."


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- The current Web sites
are GenevaSchoolHouse.
org and www.simiosys.
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tact is 407-792-0758.
Everyone is invited to
stop by the Historic Geneva
School House for the next
monthly meeting held
Wednesday, March 11, at 7
p.m. and most Tuesday eve-
nings to follow.
If you would like to
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by mail, telephone or
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P.O. Box 847, Geneva, FL
32732.



> TKAREN
Please share your thoughts about.
Geneva at 407-221-7002,
karenp@theoviedovoice.com
with "Stetson's Corner" in the sub-
ject line, or fax 407-349-2800.
Thanks!
This column is dedicated to
Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
I Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never
I be the same because of Deputy
Gregory it will be better.


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Old friend puts a roof over my head


I am all for a little quiet
time this month. I think I
said goodbye to last.month;
it disappeared too quickly
and it was a wee bit expen-
sive.
I guess that's because I
made some big changes,
like a new roof. I didn't
want to be caught in the
situation of having a visit
from a Charley or Frances
and being left roofless.
After four quotes, I chose
a friend of 27 years to do
the deed. I love my new
roof and am enjoying the
peace after the banging
from above and a very pos-
sessive dog that does not
like people on "his"' roof or
their stuff in "his" yard. Mr.
Ben, my almost-12-year-
old, is not happy when his
daily routine is interrupted,
as it ruins his 12-hour-a-
day nap. I could not get a
thing done and it was best
for me to stay out for the
day and play.
Apparently the roof
passed muster as my kids
were over for a look-see.
One son is in construction
and also a roofer. Also, my
visiting rooster is still near-
by arid his lovely morning
carols blended in with the
roof banging, when the
work started a little before.
7:30 a.m.


Remember to turn your
clocks ahead one hour this
weekend as we are going
on daylight saving time!
Coming up in the next
several weeks, there are
some local activities that
you may wish to attend:
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, and
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,
March 8, the Woman's
Club of Winter Park, 419 S.
Interlachen Ave., will hold
an Antiques Show and Sale.
The event features furni-
ture, jewelry, silver, vintage
accessories, dishes, books
and collectibles. Admission
is $5. For information, call
407-644-2237.
There's another arts
and crafts show from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. on March
7 at Central Park, 100 N.
Country Club Road, Lake
Mary. There will be artists,
local business booths, chil-
dren's games, entertain-
ment, food, and Gus Jr., the
Kissing Camel. Free admis-
sion. For more information,
call 407-585-1466.
The St. Patrick's Day
Parade Celebration and
Parade begins at 1 p.m. on
Sunday, March 8, at Central
Park, Park Avenue, Winter
Park. For more informa-
tion, call 407-623-3363.
There will be a Garden


Fair from 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. on Sunday, March
15, located at Sweetwater
Square, 900 Fox Valley
Drive, Longwood. This
event is presented by the
Sweetwater Oaks Garden
Club's Garden Fair and
Floral Design Exhibit and
will feature vendors sell-
ing plants, shrubs, roses,
orchids, birdhouses, and
garden and yard art. Also
included in the festivities
will be children's activities,
education food vendors
and entertainment. Tom
MacCubbin will speak at
noon. Garden Club mem-
bers will present a flo-
ral design exhibit at the
Sweetwater Community
Center. Mater Gardens will
be available to answer ques-
tions. Proceeds from the
event will benefit Wekiva
Youth Camp, Habitat for
Humanity, horticultural
scholarships, and other
club projects. Admission is
free. For more information,
call 407-880-8758.
We would love to have
you join our next gen-
eral Oviedo Historical
Society meeting at 7 p.m.
on Tuesday, March 17,
at the Oviedo Memorial
Building, 30 S. Central Ave.,
Oviedo (next to the fire
station). Our speaker for
the evening will be former
Congressman Louis Frey
from the Lou Frey Institute
discussing his project for
restoring civics education
to the public schools. All
are welcome. Light refresh-
ments will be served.
Happy St. Patty's Day on
the 17th!


Let's Eat! The Oviedo
Woman's Club invites all
to their Annual Tasting
Luncheon,
"Timeless Treasures,"
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 tickets, besides
getting them from a club
member, please call Diane
at 407-977-6655 or e-mail
tastingluncheon@oviedo-
womansclub.org.
Good news for those
members of The First
United Methodist Church
of Oviedo: It looks as
though your dreams will
come true. The first ser-
vices will be held in their
new sanctuary on Sunday,
March 15.
Want to go hiking in the
evening? At 7:30 p.m. on
Thursday, March 13, at the
Geneva Wilderness Area,
3501 N. County Road 426,
Geneva, one can do just
that. Come find out what
lurks in the woods at night
during this inactive night
hike. Bring flashlight and
bug spray and wear closed
shoes. Free admission. For
more information, call 407-
349-0769.
The Artistic Hand
Gallery and Studio is pre-
senting its March classes
for 2009. Some classes,
for children and adults,
may have begun as of this
writing but I'm sure that


if people are interested in
photography, adult clay,
adult throwing on the
potter's wheel, etc., there
still may be openings. Call
Del Seaman at the Artistic
Hand (353 N. Central Ave.,
Oviedo) 407-366-7882 for
information and registra-
tion.
Coming up is a very
worthwhile event. A Great
Day of Golf to Raise Funds
for the Moffitt Cancer
Center, Friday, April 24,
at the Eagle Creek Gold
Club, 10350 Emerson Lake
Blvd., Orlando. 1:30 p.m.
Shot Gun Start Best Ball
Tournament, $100+ per per-
son and price includes: cart,
fees, goodie bag, boxed
lunch and dinner. The
event also features silent
and live auctions; corpo-
rate sponsorship available.
Register now by calling
Mo Perez at 407-492-7290 -
or e-mail molynmurph@
yahoo for registration and
more details.
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grace of America lies in the
fact that the overwhelming
majority of Americans are
posed of two great quali-
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sense of proportion.
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BE ON THE LOOKOUT!
Crime, arrests and
public safety news from
the Oviedo Police Department

By Lt. George Ilemsky


Domestic issues
On Feb. 19, a man was
arrested and charged with
retail theft for shoplifting
approximately $150 worth
of Harley Davidson-brand
dog collars from the Pet
Supermarket on Alafaya
Trail.
On Feb. 19, police
responded to a domestic
disturbance involving a
couple who were accusing
each other of engaging in
extra-marital affairs. After
further investigation by
police it was determined
that the husband had bat-
tered his wife and evidence
of injury was apparent.
Alcohol also was evident
when the police took the
husband into custody for
domestic battery. Evidently,
both sides.were making the
same accusations.
On Feb. 21, an argument
about a couple's financial


situation resulted in the
male getting upset enough
to burn his fiance with a
lit cigarette on her neck.
Although the male half of
the disturbance was not at
home when officers arrived,
charges are pending against
him for domestic battery.

Area burglaries
On Feb. 16, a residential bur-
glary was reported on the
200 block of Murcott Drive
while' the complainant
was away on vacation. The
complainant stated he left
for vacation on Feb. 11 at
6:49 a.m. and his home was
intact. When he returned
on Feb. 16 at 1:30 a.m. he
discovered the rear bed-
room glass door was shat-
tered and many cell phones
and Bluetooth devices were
missing from his back room
closet, along with about
$3,000 in cash. The com-


plainant told.police that he
usually buys a large amount
of cellular products from
eBay and cellular phone
stores that are going out of
Business.
On Feb. 16, a residential
burglary was reported to a
home under construction
on Canterbury Bell Drive.
The construction manager
for Morrison Homes stated
that he last saw the home
intact on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.,
but when he returned on
Feb. 16 at 7 a.m. he noticed
the garage door slightly
opened and the froht door
removed from the hinges. A
General Electric dishwash-
er, microwave, refrigerator
and range were among the
appliances reported stolen.
On Feb. 20, a burglary to
a residence was reported
on the 400 block of North
Magnolia Street. The victim
reported that a ring and
some necklaces were taken
from her jewelry box, and
two jars of coins from her
laundry room were missing.
Forced entry was not appar-
ent but it is believed the per-
petrator entered through an
unsecured garage door and
then through the kitchen.
On Feb. 21, an individu-
al was arrested for vehicle


burglary and two juveniles
that were in his company
are having charges filed
for their participation in
perpetrating these crimes.
A stolen iPod that was in
his possession was identi-
fied by one of the victims as
their iPod. Additionally, as a
result of these actions, the
terms of his probationary
status were violated.

Traffic stop leads to drugs
On Feb. 16, a traffic stop
for an unregistered. tag
resulted in the driver being
charged with possession of
marijuana. When the offi-
cer approached the vehicle
and the driver rolled down
her window, he noticed a
distinct odor of marijuana
resonating from the vehicle.
The driver admitted smok-
ing marijuana to the officer
and she pulled out a mari-
juana pipe from inside her
bra. The driver was charged
with possession of marijua-
na and drug paraphernalia.
On.Feb. 20, a traffic stop'
for a minor equipment
violation resulted in the
driver being charged with
possession of cocaine. This
resulted after the police K-9
Flash alerted to the scent
of the illegal substance.


Subsequently, a pack of cig-
arettes located in the cen-
ter console of the vehicle
revealed the illegal sub-
stance.

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On Feb. 18, a juvenile was
taken into custody for a
probation violation after
police were dispatched to
a disturbance that occurred
when the mother attempted
to cut her son's hair. It was
evident that the son didn't
want to have his hair cut.
On Feb. 19, a large stu-
dent loan was: allegedly
obtained by fraudulent
means when a female stu-
dent used her stepfather's
personal information to be
a co-signer on an Internet-
based loan application. At
least I'm going to college!
On Feb. 22, a juvenile
was taken into custody
and charged with aggra-
vated battery for striking
her mother who is seven
months pregnant over a
family argument.

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STHIS WEEK in human history

1 ^, iEnglish astronomer William Hershel discovered Uranus, the
seventh planet from the sun. Herschel's discovery was the first
to be made by use of a telescope, which allowed Herschel to dis-
| ( Itinguish Uranus as a planet, not a star, as previous astronomers
r s w aT p Lanbelieved.


,Car show attracts ponies, and a few Cobras


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE

You'll. find the rarest things
on Brad Sokoly's horse farm,
and none .of them are horses.
On Feb. 22, they rolled into
town by the dozens, bellow-
ing the kind of rip-your-head-
off horsepower that melts tires
and chars blacktop.
Sixteen, thousand horse-
power doesn't find itself in one
place very often, but for one
weekend a year, it's in Sokol)y's
front yard, Shelby Mustangs
gleaming in all the colors of
the muscle-car rainbow, all
show-shined and ready for a
spotlight.
"You can see this is a cult fol-
lowing," Sokoly said. "People
cornea long way for this."
Visitors to the third annual
show lit up the rollers on the
dyho, lit bonfires in the yard
and reeled in the sight of what
in t-iher eyes are the greatest
cats n tLhe world.
Vie Shemwell]s demonic
:..- : : ,.- ;t.. -.. .


black creation may be greater
than most, having just spun
734 horsepower through" its
rear wheels, snorting force-
fed air through a 3-foot-wide
intake that spans the width of
its equally black hood. Ask the
horsepower-addicted retiree
how much he's spent on it and
you'll hear "too much."
The grin across his face says
it may have been just enough.
Face-stretching smiles
.from the roar of a well-tuned
V8 spinning its wheels while
standing still come courtesy
of a mobile dynamometer -
a trailer-mounted horsepower
rimeasuring device where a car
is strapped down on top of a
giant steel roller, shifted into
fourth gear, and accelerated to
redline and back again. Then
you've got a horsepower num-
ber. Shemwell's car may have
won that contest, but-half the
cars in Sokoly's yard have crest-
_ed-400 horses.
But these special pony cars
are all the same in Sokoly's
eyes, He's just glad they came


in the first place. As of a month
ago, the event wasn't happen-
ing, after scheduling conflicts
with the specialty carmaker's
public relations department
at Team Shelby backed out of
plans for a much larger gather-
ing at another location. Sokoly
had to scramble to put togeth-
er his show in time to get any
visitors.
"We don't have the record
amount of cars we had last
year, but even if we had 10 cars
I'd call this a success," Sokoly
said.
This year he saw 46 of the
snake-badged rolling nostalgia
cram onto his farm. Last year it
was 90. But he's not counting
the oddball Ferrari or two that
stop by for a peek.
"I don't care what kind-of
horsepower it is, I just love
horsepower," Sokoly said.
But what really-caught his
eye was the one of a kind Saleen
Mustang blinding passersby
with its arctic white paifit in
> turn to SHELBY on page A9


0''L. IS-AAU BAbUUUR C .i I. I,
Vic Shemwell poses alongside his beloved 734 horsepower
Shelby Mustang, one of dozens of rare cars at a local show.


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Children ages 11 to 15 can learn
the importance of leadership,
infant care, accident prevention
and basic CPR and first aid
on March 27 from 8:30a.m. to
4:30p.m at the Oviedo Gym on
,148 Oviedo Blvd. The cost for
city residents is $45 and $60 for
non-city residents. The deadline
for registration is March 20 at
5p.m. For more information
contact Jenette McKinney at
407-971-5591 or jdmckinney@
cityofoviedo.net.
There is a My Tot and Me
program at the Oviedo Gym on
148 Oviedo Blvd. for children
ages one to four, held on March
6, 13 and 29 from 9:30a.m. to
noon. There will be games, craft
time and much more. The cost
for city residents is $5 and $8 for
non-city residents. Prepayment
and registration are required to
attend. For more information
contact Jenette McKinney at
407-971-5591 or jdmckinney@
cityofoviedo.net.


There is a Free To Be Me
program for children ages three
to five at the Oviedo Gym on 148
Oviedo Blvd., held on March 10,17
and 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. There will be games, craft
time and much more. The cost for
city residents is $7 and $20 for
non-city residents. Prepayment
and registration are required to
attend. For more information
contact Jenette McKinney at
407-971-5591 or jdmckinney@
cityofoviedo.net.
Riverside Park in Oviedo is
offering a School's Out Fun Day
on March 27. Children aged five
to 12 can swim, play games, and
do arts and crafts. The cost is
$25 for Oviedo residents and $45
for non-city residents. For more
information call 407-971-5575.

This springthe Orlando Museum
of Art is hosting a variety of art
programs for students entering
grades one through five. The
session begins on Monday, March
30 and will continue until Friday,
April 3. Students will learn about
American artists inspired by
Florida's sights. The spring camp
at OMA will include creating
masterpieces each day and
exploring the current exhibition
"Therman Statom: Stories of the
New World," a glass installation
by a Florida native.
Students will be able to do
a variety of art projects, from
watercolor painting to sculpture.
Call 407-896-4231 for more
information.


The Randd
iStudents The power and

learn historic

lesson: legacy of one
.9

KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS fj
,HiE V\dOICE

'Can you name the doctor who many similarities, but their doc- -. -
eradicated malaria in Panama umentaries were vastly differ-- Henry For
.and-enabled -the construction ent. Sahana researched Hitler enry For
of the Panama Canal? Do you while Spoorthy chose Ghandi.
.-know the poet and activist "Although we were compet-
,.iwho patented the modem bra? ing, my sister gave me construc-
i f not, just ask the Seminole. tive criticism and support," said
County middle and high school Sahana, whose documentary
students who participated in made the junior category final
;he National History Day com- four. "We definitely improved
.petition. our research skills," Spoorthy
On Saturday, Feb. 7, added. "Our parents and teach-
-i2skawilla -Middle School ers were very supportive."
in inter Springs hosted the .- Sanford Middle School sev-
.countywide event for grades six enth-graders Ryan Alt and Sam
t'irotagh 42. Students presented Wilton created a group exhibit
in-depth projects that show- on Konrad Zuse, inventor of the
a caid. this year's theme: "The first programmable, commer-
irndiividual in Historyi: Actions cially available computer.
',an-gacies,- .- "We might work with older
S. th'rilled with the.level systems without his -conrtibit-
': ofl-rk today,"- said Natalie' tion" Alt said ,
*' Gaatrete,,, Seiinole Cointy "He ewas. te .Biitgattes of
Ia!tioonal History Day coordina-., Germany," 1iltb fadded. -
fo.'The- quality was far above -. Tuskiawilla Miiddle Scdiool
-'last e: .:, -- ''eighth-grade KennedyBrtinklley :. ,AENd MEAifHILLIuPS-'
lie "totiiig 4e'sea rcRr- potrayed Mar h- JaPtb, osalind FrailwHireIa anidJohn lewis re
.-woked, for months on projects credited with securing the first a few of the ind liduis of histfcal significance shca
in fortas including documen-- patent for the -modern bras-, intthie.SeminoleCouiqtSchool' research projecNts,;
^? a^iexhibit;paper,0erformaice -siere. '. '-- '
S vt.bsite Sujdents were hal- '..e. -Iwas flinging bras in every.
tedto reach beyond a tradi- direction -said Brinkley,- who:
-ti nal-biography to defend why .used. variety of bras as props
their subjects' actions changed and found unu ual ones shop-
L.i-story. .. ping garage sales with htier
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This week's art comes from art students at
Sterling Park Elementary in Casselberry.


Girl &
Butterfly

Mixed media
Illustrated by
Cameron McCree
Third grade


Trees

Watercolor
painting


Illustrated by
Alexis Clemons
Fourth grade


Bird


Tempra painting


Illustrated by
Quinn Sherr
First grade


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Mardi Gras hits Winter Springs


JENNY ANDREASSON
THE VOICE .


Fat Tuesday is a few weeks gone, but Winter
Springs is just getting into the Mardi Gras
spirit. In fact, they'll be throwing beads for
three days.
The first Winter Springs Rotary Mardi
Gras will take over the Winter Springs Town
Center beginning 5 p.m. Friday, March 13,
with a festival featuring a parade, bands,
casino and fireworks.
The parade will start at Winter Springs
High School and snake down Tuskawilla
Road toward State Road 434. This is the first
time they've tried this route.
"Four big 30-foot floats are coming in
from Tampa,". event organizer Mary Alice
Wilder said. '"Wait 'til you see these four."
On Saturday, the festivities continue with
a classic and exotic car show, Cars For Kidz,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also that day, the Red
Coats and the Russian Ballet of Orlando
will perform on the two entertainment
stages. An array of food and drink vendors
will dot the streets, as well.
A carnival, parked on Tuskawilla
Road adjacent to the Town Center, will
offer amusement rides and games from
Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday. A $15 unlim-
ited rides coupon can be downloaded at
RotaryClubofWinterSprings.org.
While it is about having fun, the main
purpose of the event is to honor volunteers


Winter Springs Rotary hosts itsfirst Mardi Gras
event from 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, to 8
p.m. Sunday, March 15. Festivities include a
parade, casino, fireworks, carnival, ball, prize
grabs and 50/50 raffle. For more information,
visit RotaryClubofWinterSprings.org.
throughout Seminole County, Wilder said.
"These people do unbelievable work
for the whole county," she said of the 14
representatives selected from Casselberry,
Altamonte Springs, Oviedo and Winter
Springs.
The volunteers will be honored during
the Mardi Gras Gala Ball, 8 p.m. Saturday. It
is a formal, invitation-only event, costing
$50 to $100 a person.
Money raised will go to offset the cost
of the city's Fourth of July event, Parks
and Recreation Program Coordinator Chris
Carson said.'
"Everybody. is really getting into the
Mardi Gras spirit," he said. "It's the first of
itskind."
Leesburg already puts on a Mardi Gras
festival, as does Tampa, with Gasparilla
Extravaganza.
"We haven't reinvented the wheel,"
Wilder said. "We've just taken the. best of
both."


PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLES WELLS PHOTOGRAPHY
The Krewe of Leaders Gala Ball include Page Chris Tillis, First Ladies in Waiting
Elizabeth Getz and Kaleigh Torres, Maid Cynthia Sucher, and Duke JT Tsaldaris.


SHELBY I Mustang owners come together to share their love of horsepower


< continued from page A7

the bright hot sun.
The back of Rodney
Fleetwood's shirt looks like
a horse on steroids. It's no


wonder he brought more
than 500hp to the show. But
his one-off car brought a
lot more questions than just
raw numbers. Performance
carmaker Saleen only'had
the prototype built before


lawsuits shut them down.
Fleetwood brought it all the
way from Louisiana to show
it off.
"There are a lot of ques-
tions about it, because
nobody's ever seen one,"


Fleetwood said.
As the day wound down
and the horses stamped-
ed out of the yard, Sokoly
raced out the door every 30
seconds to say goodbye to
another friend. He hopes to


bring back even more next
year, all united by a love of
a unique brand of horse-
power.
S"The camaraderie here is
amazing," he said. "It's all-
for the love of the cars."


HISTORY I Students around Seminole County compete in National History Day


< continued from last page
medal earned her a trip to the state
competition.
Tuskawilla Middle School and
Seminole High School cheered
ninth-grader Kieran Wilson who
placed second with his paper on
scientist Nikola Tesla. Last year
Wilson placed second in the state
for his paper on the everglades


and represented Tuskawilla at the
national competition. "We're so
proud of Kieran's success," said
Rebekah Maggio, his social studies
teacher.
Winning documentary subjects
included John Lennon, Robert
Oppenheimer, Victoria Woodhull
and William C. Gorgas. Winning
exhibit subjects included Tolkien,
Martha Graham, Rosalind Frank


and John Lewis. Winning paper
presentations included subjects
Andy Warhol, Nikola Tessla and
Robert Oppenheimer.
The 25-year-old national com-
petition involves two million stu-
dents, parents, teachers and vol-
unteers annually. First and second
place winners progress to the state
competition in May, with state
winners advancing to the national


competition in June.
At the end of the day, Coordinator
Gavarrette stood before a packed
gym full of contestants supported
by families, teachers and volunteers
and said, "You, your families and
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Oviedo's Full Circle Spirit will host
more than 10 bands for Blues
Soup 3 on Saturday, March 7. The
event runs from 2 p.m. to midnight
and will take place at the .Oviedo
Diner at 220 Geneva Drive in Oviedo.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Admission is non-perishable goods to
benefit the Sonshine Community Food
Pantry and Thrift Store and the Hope
Foundation for the Homeless. For more
information, visit FullCircleSpiritBand.
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The 6th Annual Tuscawilla Classic
presents "Party with a Purpose,"
Friday, March 13, from 6 -p. to,
8 p.m.- at the Tuscawilla Country
Club in Winter Springs"to benefit
The Hope Foundation and Ronald
McDonald House Charities of Central
Florida. Admission is $20 in advance
and $25 at the door. Ticket price
includes appetizers, beer and wine,
live entertainment, raffles and silent
auction. Purchase. tickets in the
Tuscawilla Golf and Tennis Pro Shops
or by contacting:
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WekiwaSpringsStateParkpresents
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March 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Park admission is free. Enjoy Central
Florida's unique water resources
and wildlife. Activities include music,
wildlife displays, children's nature


crafts, food vendors, book signing
and pontoon boat rides. For more
information, please call 407-884-
2008, or visit FloridaStateParks.org/
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Seminole Community College's
Career Development Center is
offering free seminars to help you
stand out in today's uncertain job
market. The seminars run throughout
the spring term and explore a
variety of career-related issues,
including the hiring process, market
trends, networking, interviewing,
and composing cover letters and
resumes. All CDC seminar sessions
are open to the public. An updated
resume is required for participation
in the "Resume Review."
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus:
"Resume Review" (Session III):
Monday, March 9, at 9:30 a.m.;
Thursday, March, 26, at 4 p.m.;
Wednesday, April 8, at 6 pm., and
Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m. All
seminars on the Sanford/Lake Mary
Campus will be held in Room C1 04.
. Oviedo Campus:
"Planning Your Job Search"
(Session I): Monday, March 9, at 3
p.m. (Room OVF202).
"Implementing Your Job Search"
(Session II): Tuesday, March 10, at 3
p.m. (Room OVF202).
"Resume Review" (Session III):
Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m.
(Room. OVF202);. Monday, March
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THIS WEEK in political history


murdered by his own senators at a meeting in, a hall next to
Pompey's Theatre. The conspiracy against Caesar encompassed
as many as 60 noblemen, including Caesar's own protege, Marcus
I Brutus.



Always remain professional, especially in tough times


EMPLOYMENT

Ask

Sandi


I have a good friend who has a
small retail specialty store. She is
hiring for a part-time clerk and put
an ad on Craigslist. After receiving
several hundred applications for
her position, she sent an e-mail to
the applicants that she would only
contact those who were qualified
after the resumes were reviewed.


She never expected the response
she got! One of the applicants sent
her an e-mail back asking her how
she didn't see his experience (he
had several years), but the words
he sent could have made sailors
blush.
One thing of note for job seek-
ers: Recruiters talk to each other.
We network together, we play
together, we attend.meetings
together, and we share war sto-
ries. When you behave badly in an
interview, at a job fair, or online,
rest assured others in the recruit-
ment community will hear about
it.


Remaining professional through
the hard times is a must. Whether
it is in.person, by e-mail, in a blog,
or on the phone, you must keep a
professional presence when you
are seeking a job.
For more resume tips or assis-
tance, please visit our Web site at
www.cfec.org.
CFEC is hosting an employment
seminar on March 26. For more
information, check our Web site.
Please remember to feel free to
e-mail or write me with your ques-
tions!
Take care and best wishes.
Sandi


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Letters to .! r


Changes with the Chamber


I was glad to see The Voice
do an article on this issue
(Chamber turns down mall
office, Feb. 20). There are
many citizens in Oviedo that
should be made aware of
the changes the Chamber is
going through. Like it or not,
the cozy small-town idea of a
Chamber is out the door; it's
all about members and busi-
nesses, right? I get that, but
isn't there some reasonable ,
compromise the leadership
of the Chamber would be-
willing to explore when there
are so many people that want
this?
What about the people
that move into Oviedo or
Chuluota or Geneva that
don't have computers or
moved without using a
Realtor? Where do they go to
find out about little league?
There are people that are not
online and don't care about
business after hours functions
(no offense). They need to
know about schools and gro-
cery stores.
Oviedo may no longer
be a small town, but we are


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right next to small towns
and rural areas. A Chamber
of Commerce has historically
been a method of communi-
cation for folks in those areas.
Oviedo is the closest city for
farmers, etc., in those areas
to come and shop. I guess
people could come a couple
more miles through Oviedo
and try-to find the Chamber -
location in Winter Springs
(still no sign!). But since the
city has offered a location at
no charge in the mall (fingers
crossed it remains open), why
not take it? It could at least
be stocked with information
when it isn't manned by staff/
volunteers. It's not like the
stuff would get stolen, the
space is the C.O.RS. location!
I know I speak for many
when I say I feel like there
has been no flexibility on this
issue with the leadership of
the Chamber. It is important
to be said that the current
president of the Chamber had
been grossly misinformed
when he stated the situation
surrounding the closing of
the Lawton House location


Here's what kids at
Seminole County
middle schools had
to say about their
projects for National
History Day. / Mary Phelps Jacob
S/ / was credited with the
first patent for the
modem brassiere. I
did a performance
piece and flung bras
in every direction.
I'm going to the state
competition in May.
Kennedy B.
4 13 years old


to this newspaper. The fact is
the staff member that retired
was informed less than a
week before the end of 2008
by the (then) president that
her position was being dis-
solved and the Lawton House
was being shut .down in days.
The position at the city loca-
tion (TBD at that time) was
offered on a "first dibs" basis
to that staff member at less
hours and money. It was at
that time the staff member
decided to retire.
The Board actually voted
to shut the Lawton House
at the end of 2008 down
months ago. It was around
that time the Oviedo mayor
spoke up with the city's desire
-to have a Chamber office
in Oviedo and not before. I
realize the Chamber leader-
ship has always felt that its
current location is sufficient
.and maybe this is true for the
businesses, but you are forget-
ting about serving the citi-
zens also; like it or not, that
is also part of a Chamber's
purpose.
Lisa Rawlson


We did our exhibit,
on Conrad Zuse. He
invented the first
programmable com-
mercially available
computer. It Was
good to share the
work with a partner.
Ryan A.
13 years old


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ston Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper nailed New York Mets player
Daryl Strawberry in the back with a pitched ball during an exhibi-
A T H L E T It fon game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The violent ball was rumored to
be Nipper's retaliation against Strawberry for strutting around the
bases after hitting a homerun off one of Nipper's pitches in the
AT HI seventh game of the World Series.


.PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK -THE VOICE
State wrestling champion Chase Gordon had a little bit of help this year from past Oviedo wrestler Seve Hewitt in the form of the state-title winner's old shoes. He said the holey footwear gave him confidence.


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE

Chase Gordon wasn't even
on the podium at last year's
wrestling state champion-
ship, but this year he won it
all. And he may owe some
of it to an old champion's
shoes.
Wrapped in all the glam-
our of duct tape, with holes
poking out the .bottom, and
just a little bit better for
the wear, there was some-
,thing very special about
Seve Hewitt's old black and
white wrestling shoes. The
former Oviedo wrestler had
strappedthem onwhenthey
were still new, and slammed


his final opponent into the
mat and won the state title
in 2004.
"I already knew those
shoes had already won a
state title," Gordon said.
"It gave me confidence. If
Seve could win with them,
I could."
On the night of Feb. 21
Gordon knew that feeling
all too well as he unlaced
those same shoes on the
mat just before he had a
gold medal draped over his
neck.
It hadn't been easy, as
he battled back against
perhaps the most deeply
stacked weight class in the
whole tournament.


"All the guys were seniors,
then he had to plow through
a guy that beat him at the
Tournament of Champions,
and then beat the return-
ing state champion to win,"
Coach Tom Coffman said.
"He told-me, 'I don't know
how I'm gonna win, but I'm
gonna find a way to win.'"
Just before he left the ring
he picked up a cell phone
and called his friend. Hewitt
"had helped Gordon practice
all season as Gordon waited
for his moment to shine.
For Gordon, the payoff was
priceless.
Over the course of five
matches he had helped
redeem a Lions team strug-


gling to hold itself in the
top five in the state when
for four straight years they
were the best. Gordon would
be Oviedo's only champion
Saturday night, leading two
teammates to the podium,
and helping propel his team
to a fourth-place overall fin-
ish.
A fourth-place showing
may be the worst the Lions
have done since 2003, but
that's still just fine with
Coffman, who said the team
is poised for a strong 2009-
10 season. That's because
almost all of the Lions are
coming back.
For Gordon, there's no
sense wasting the moment,


as he basks in all the glory
of a long-sought champion-
ship win, just before strap-
ping his shoes on for the
start of another year-round
season.
Next year, things could
be even better for the Lions,
as they return the majority
of their team, including all
who made it to the podium
this year.
"It's looking really good
next year," Coffman said.
"We're going to have a good
nucleus coming back -
some of them are going to
be coming back two more
years. They have the poten-
tial, but on paper it's one
thing; doing it is another."


Lions and Bears fall in regional championship


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE


The floor was shaking in the final
few minutes as Oviedo's boys bas-
ketball team struggled to come from
behind. There was a bad aura in the
room. They were far from home
and far from the lead as the fourth
quarter closed out with all the final-
ity of the season's last heartbeats on
the court, the numbers 64-56 hang-
ing on the scoreboard.
"It was a typical state playoff,"
Coach Ed Kershner said. "You hit
the shots and you win. We didn't."
Thursday night, Feb. 19, in game
one of the regional championship
tournament, the Lions were hoping


to beat all odds.
The Lions led for most of the
game before a key guard's concus-
sion changed everything, and the
Lions began to fall behind. At one
point the Lions rallied and came
within a 3-pointer of the Wildcats,
but as hope gave way to crushing
inevitability, they could only feel
the last wisp of a comeback as it
slipped through their fingers amid
the din of Wildcat fans cheering
forward to the final seconds.
Kershner said he's still proud of
his team.
"The team this year was a com-
plete surprise," he said. "They
improved so much so quickly."
Just four days later the Winter


Springs Bears were also packing
their bags and walking off Winter
Park's court with a season-ending
loss.
This time the Wildcats only need-
ed 62 points to best the Bears' 46, in
a dominating performance that left
the Bears stunned.
The Bears had fought their way
to the semifinal round by handily
defeating Timber Creek 71-49 in
the first round. But a game against
Winter Park was virgin territory
for the Bears this season, and the
Wildcats hadn't had the late-season
stumbles that the Bears suffered.
From the outset, the Wildcats
looked to establish dominance, and
with a packed home crowd cheer-


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PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
The Winter Springs High School boys basketball
team fell to the Winter Park Wildcats 46 to 62, ending
their season. The Oviedo Lions are also out of play.
ing, they did just that, eventually
running away from the Bears, end-
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When it comes to romance, many
older Americans feel young at
heart and carefree. However,
being older doesn't mean your
risks of sexually transmitted dis-
eases and HIV are lower.
Research suggests that bet-
ter health among older adults,
Internet dating and certain
medications have all contribut-
ed to people enjoying relation-
ships later in life.
In fact, a study in The New


England Journal of Medicine
found that 73 percent of those
aged 57 to 64 were sexually
active, as were 53 percent of
those 65 to 74, and 26 percent
of those 75 to 85.
As seniors continue to be inti-
mate well into their 80s, studies
show that a growing number of
older adults are being diagnosed
with STDs. The most common
are herpes and the human pap-
illoma virus (which can cause


genital warts and cervical can-
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HIV, which causes AIDS.
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some age-related changes make
older people more vulnerable to
STDs than younger adults. The
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Choosing the right nursing home


About 3 million Americans depend on nurs-
ing homes at some point during each year
to provide lifesaving care. How can you
best choose the nursing home that is right
for you or a loved one? Medicare's Nursing
Home Compare Web site is a place to start.
Nursing Home Compare at www.medi-
care.gov/NHCompare provides quality rat-
ings for each of the nation's 16,000 nursing
homes. Each facility is rated from a low of
one star to a high of five based on quality of
care measures.
Consulting with a panel of experts from
academia, patient advocacy and nursing
home provider groups, Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services, or CMS, developed the
rating system based on a nursing home's
performance in three critical areas:
-How a facility performed on its health


inspection surveys over time
-How the nursing home scored on a set of
quality measures
-What staffing levels the nursing home
maintains
A five-star designation means the facility
rates "much above average"; four stars indi-
cates "above average"; three means "about
average"; two is a "below average" rating,
with one star indicating that a facility rates
"much below average." The ratings, created
by CMS, are updated quarterly.

Making informed decisions
"Because conditions within a nursing
home can change, this system is not intend-
ed to be the only tool caregivers can use
in selecting the right nursing facility for a
loved one," said Kerry Weems, CMS acting


To learn more about all care options, visit www.medi-
care.gov/ caregivers. The site has information about
in-home services, nursing homes and alternatives to
nursing homes.

administrator.
Weems added that in addition to visiting
the site before selecting a facility, people
should:
-Consult with their physician
-Talk to the state's nursing home ombuds-
man
-Talk to the state's survey and certifica-
tion office
-Visit the nursing home
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financial support," Ludin said.
"It takes a lot of money to put
on Happy Hour. We could use
more help from the families as
well."
For the most part, nurs-
ing homes typically cater to
Christian residents focusing on
Christian-based activities and
holidays such as Christmas,
Easter, St Patrick's Day and
Valentine's Day, creating a cul-
tural disconnect for Jewish resi-
dents, who miss being a part of
their community.
Partnering with Savannah
Court and Cove, the Pavilion
provides Happy Hour, a class
with Rollins Professor Zena
Sulkes called "Jewish Journey
with Zena," a Rabbi who comes
out and meets with the eight
Jewish residents, and a non-
koshier Sabbat meal that may
include fish, brisket and Matza
ball soup. This provides what
Ludin calls a Jewish flavor that
all the residents can enjoy.
Ludin started coming to the
Cove with her son Daniel Ludin,
who volunteered at the nurs-
ing home every week bring-
ing Chalah bread to Jewish


PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK SENIOR OBSERVER
Mac Bowers kicks back on the sofa during the Jewish Pavilion of Central Florida's happy hour. The event takes place weekly in Altamonte Springs, just west of the
Jewish Community Center in Maitland. Wine is served and seniors dance to period music from the 1920s through the 1950s, while others enjoy the view.


residents for community ser-
vice credits while he attended
Winter Park High School. After
his four years were up, Daniel's
younger brother continued in


his stead. Ludin's younger son
developed a very close relation-
ship with a resident who passed
away in July.
"It's the relationships you


form that keeps you going,"
Ludin said. "Our goal is to enrich
the lives of Jewish and non-Jew-
ish residents and bring the com-
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New Web site helps seniors save money


Though members of the baby
boomer generation, who are
in or nearing retirement, are
probably among those most
affected during these chal-
lenging economic times,
there is some good news.
AARP has launched a pro-
gram'to help consumers ages
50 or older get access to sav-
-ings on everyday items such
as food, household supplies
and clothing, as well as elec-
tronics and entertainment.
The program, called the'
Everyday Savings Center, fea-
tures hundreds of major mer-
chants, and is accessible at
www.everyday savingscenter.
com.
Members of AARP get on-
line discounts that can save
them hundreds of dollars
every year. Typical discounts
range from 3 to 60 percent
and might include 10 per-
cent off at Target.com, free
shipping at BestBuy.com and
up to 15 percent off Hewlett-
Packard products.
Fifty-plus consumers are


online in a major way, and
they are very comfortable in
this environment, regularly
purchasing goods and servic-
es. According to the research
firm Focalyst, 82 percent of
boomers are surfing the In-
ternet, looking for informa-
tion, products, services and
discounts targeted just for
them-- and analysts expect
that number to grow even
further as the Internet-savvy
U.S. population continues to
age.
"It's clear that,each year,
more and more older adults
shop online," said Howard
Byck, senior VP for AARP Ser-
vices. "The Everyday Savings
Center is a cost-effective, easy
and fast way to shop for items
that are essential to everyday
lives. We hope they will take
advantage of this unique of-
fering."
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online transactions safer
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SmartMoney.com recently
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AARP members can use


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The card offers "zero liabil-
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for fraudulent transactions
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Understanding the changing tax picture


As more baby boomers reach
retirement age, analysts say it
could pay to give some extra
thought to taxes.
Indeed, tax efficiency and
dividends will become im-
portant income streams for a
growing number of retirees.
And, according to a recent
survey, investor interest in
tax management strategies -
which can help avoid the loss
of returns to taxes is on the
rise.
One key to protecting your
assets could be to work with
a financial advisor, since in-
vestors who do so are twice
as likely to invest in mutual
funds that are specifically
designed to minimize the ef-
fects of taxes. But it's also im-
portant to understand the tax
picture. This quick quiz from
Eaton Vance could help:,

1. True or False? For the av-
erage taxable mutual fund
investor, about 2 percentage
points.of return were surren-
dered to taxes each year over
the past decade.

True. Over the past lO years,
taxable mutual fund investors
gave up between 1.3 and 2.2
percentage points of return
because of taxes.

2. T or F? The highest tax
rate on both qualified divi-
dends and long-term capital
gains today is 15 percent.

True. The Jobs and Growth
Tax Relief Reconciliation Act
of 2003 reduced the tax rate


on qualified dividends and
long-term capital gains from
almost 39 percent to 15 per-
cent. This now gives investors
two incentives to better man-
age the tax consequences of
their investments.

3. T or F? Tax-managed
stock funds, municipal bond
funds and variable annuities
are examples of investments
best suited to be held outside
of a qualified retirement plan
such as an IRA or 401 (k).

True. The optimal use for
each of these tax-advantaged
.investments is outside of a
qualified retirement plan. In-
vestors should generally use
their qualified retirement
plans to shield investments
that would otherwise be fully
taxable. Investors who are un-
sure of how best to use quali-
fied plans should consult a fi-
nancial advisor to help them
make the correct investment
decisions.

4. T or F? AMT stands for
"Alternative Minimum Tax."

True. The Alternative Mini-
mum Tax, orAMT, is calculat-.
ed alongside ordinary income
tax for all households. Under
the AMT, taxpayers must pay
whichever is higher, the AMT
- usually 26percent to 28 per-
cent of income or their typi-
cal blended tax rate.
The AMT was originally ad-
opted in 1969 to ensure that
the wealthy would pay taxes.
But, because the AMT's exclu-


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An increasing number of retirees will be living on dividends in the coming years.


sion level is not inflation-in-
dexed and incomes have ris-
en, many middle-class Ameri-
can families are now subject
to this tax. Without additional
legislation, the AMT could af-
fect nearly half of households
earning between $75, 000 and
$100,000 by 2010.

5. T or F? All municipal
bonds are "tax-free" and
therefore are not subject to
the Alternative Minimum
Tax.

False. Municipal bonds is-
sued by entities such as hous-
ing agencies, airports and in-
dustrial developers are sub-
ject to the AMT because their
use is considered outside of
government purposes. These
bonds, which comprise about
10 to 12 percent of the overall
municipal bond market, are
popular with municipal bond
investors (includingsome mu-
tual funds) because they tend


to provide income (yield) that
is about 0.25 percent higher
than similarAMT-free bonds.
While this can provide a
good source of income for in-
vestors who are not subject to
the AMT, after-tax yield com-
parisons between these bonds
are not favorable for AMT-
paying investors. Because
AMT status may not be clear
until the end ofa tax year, mu-
nicipal bond investors should
ensure that holdings are AMT-
free.

For more information
or to begin learning how
changing government regu-
lations might affect your tax
returns in the coming years,
visit www.eatonvance.com/
mediacenter or call 800-225-
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Hospice of the Comforter in
Altamonte Springs seeks vol-
unteers to befriend patients,
offer respite to caregivers, work
in our Hospice House in-patient
facility, assist with administrative
duties, participate in fundraising
events, prepare meals or comfort
bereaved families.
For information about upcom-
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teer opportunities, please call
Rose van der Berg at 407-682-
0808 or visit their Web site at
www.hospiceofthecomforter.org.

There will be a Nordic Pole
walking training session at
the Mayflower Retirement
Community, at 1620 Mayflower
Court in Winter Park on Friday,
March 6, led by Elyse Baclar, the
Mayflower's wellness coordina-
tor.
The newest exercise trend
among seniors Nordic walk-
ing, or "ski walking" is simply
walking, with specially designed
poles. It became popular in
Europe a few years ago. Now,
some U.S. resorts there even
offer walking poles to their visi-
tors.
Residents at the Mayflower
were introduced to this new
exercise program about four
years ago, and to. date, about 25
residents have purchased their
own poles. For the price of a pair
of Nordic walking poles which
_range from $60 to $150 you
can be fully equipped for a sport
that will work not just your legs,
but your upper body as well.


Call the Mayflower at 407-
672-1620 for more information.

Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson recently reminded
citizens that they could lose
television reception as a result
of the conversion of the broad-
cast. industry from analog air-
waves to digital.
While the federal government
recently delayed the deadline for
the switch until June 12, some
television stations converted
their broadcasting format on Feb:
17, the original deadline.
Consumers with older TVs that
lack a digital tuner (sometimes
called a digital receiver) and rely
on "rabbit ears" or a rooftop
antenna will lose their signal.
Those with cable or satellite
hookups will not be affected.
To avoid interruption of ser-
vice, consumers can do one of
three things:
-Purchase a digital-to-analog
converter box that plugs into.
your existing television.
-Subscribe to a cable, satellite
or telecommunications service
provider.
-Purchase a television set with
a built-in digital tuner.
For information on the digi-
tal television transition, visit
www.dtv.gov or call 1-888-CALL-
FCC. For .information about
receiving $40 coupons toward
the purchase of a converter box,
visit http://www.dtv2009.gov or
call 1-888-DTC-2009.


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Foundation for Health
in Aging offers seniors
the following advice to
stay safe when sexually
active.
-Know your part-
ner's background before
becoming intimate: Be
open and honest with
your partner. An impor-
tant topic to discuss is
sexual health status.
-Consider getting
tested first: The best
way to protect yourself
and your partner is to.
get tested for HIV and
STDs' and share test
results with each other.
STDs don't always cause
obvious symptoms, and
some of their symptoms
can be mistaken for age-
related health problems.
Partners should also dis-
close if they've inject-
ed illegal drugs, as HIV
can be spread by shared
hypodermic needles.
-Stay protected: Use
a condom and a lubri-


cant every time you are
intimate until you are
in a monogamous rela-
tionship with someone
who has been tested for
STDs and has shared the
results of these tests with.
you.
-Talk to your health
care provider: He or
she can offer additional
advice about protect-
ing yourself from STDs
and also recommend
treatments for common
sexual problems, such
as vaginal dryness and
erectile dysfunction.
For more informa-
tion, visit, www.healthi-
naging.org.


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