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The Orlando Science Center offers hands-
on exhibits for children to enjoy.
Winter Springs needs to
make up for a $1.5 million
budget shortfall, and the
city's mayor said it can be
done without affecting per-
"We don't anticipate tlhat
we're going to be cutting
any positions," Mayor John
Bush said. "We have really
Neighboring city Oviedo
eliminated six positions
last month to save about
$300,000. Four employees
were terminated and two
were offered different jobs.
City Manager Kevin Smith
said at the March 30 budget
meeting that they are taking
a look at open positions and
have already combined two
IT positions into one. Also,
the city had its police chief
and city manager retire last
year, a significant savings in
While Winter Springs'
employees may be safe,
citizens could face a tax
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April 17 - April 30,2009
Down to Earth
Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by _
attending one of these local events.
PH OTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK -- T:iE i:C'
Longwood will soon join other Seminole
County cities in having a red-light program.
Red light cameras are
now nearly a certainty in
Longwood after the City
Commission cast a final,
unanimous vote for the
The system would
ticket motorists $125
for running red lights in
the city. Commissioner
Butch Bundy had previ-
ously asked that the red
light camera ordinance
be re-worded so that the
city could charge more for
A Winter Springs High weightlifter sets
his sights on the state championship.
fines if it wanted to.
Last Monday there were
some parting shots toward
critics of the system, as
some Commissioners dis-
missed fears from wary
"It is important to
remember that people
who are 'victimized' by
red light cameras break
the law," Commissioner
Joe Durso said. "These are
citizens who put other
law-abiding citizens in
Those "citizens who
put other law-abiding citi-
zens in danger" would be
the owner of the vehicle,
regardless of who was
driving when a red light
camera was triggered,
according to the acting
"You're driving my car
and you go through a red
light, I'm still responsible
even if I'm not the driver
- is that how that works?"
"Ultimately, the vehi-
cle owner is responsible,"
Acting City Administrator
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The Citrus & Celery Cook-off
is a big part of Saturday's Taste
of Oviedo. The annual festival -
now in its 15th year - show--
cases food, arts and crafts, and
local businesses along Oviedo
Boulevard, and runs from 10
More inside > A3
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ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK- THE VOICE
City finalizes cams
THIS WEEK in
Days after the end of the Civil War. the worst maritime disaster in
American history occurred when the steamboat Sultana, carrying
2,100 passengers, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River, kill-
I ing all but 400 of those aboard.
Easter in the park
Amberly Napierata, 2,
left, inspects her face
. painting at Oviedo's
4.Easter celebration. The
. event included Easter egg
--.....hunts on the grass of the
city's sports complex, and
a visit by the Easter Bunny.
PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK HE VOICE
The Oviedo City Council decided it
will be its own charter review com-
mittee, citing a statute in the city rule-
books. And that means the Council
will get to decide what it'll be chang-
ing in the City Charter, which will be
voted on in November.
Councilman Steve Henken said
he's wary of a charter review led by
the Council, recalling the last time
a charter review went to vote and
"We had a disaster the last time we
had a charter review," Henken said.
"We bundled it all together, tried to
push it through, and it didn't work."
Now the city will likely push for
individual charter amendments to go
on November's ballot, and the sug-
gestions flew at Monday's special
One of those big changes could be
how often elections are held in the
city. Currently Council members serve
two-year terms, which are staggered
by a year to create yearly
voting. But those yearly
votes have proven costly,
as the city has needed to 87
pay to keep the polls open
during "special" elections
that don't fall on tradition-
al state or national voting
days. And as one Council
member pointed out, they
create two vastly different
voting situations for the
Currently two Council
members are elected in
one voting year, and three
others are elected in the
next year. But since one of
those voting cycles falls in
the same year as tradition-
al statewide and national '
general elections, voter :
turnout changes dramati-
"Right now it's like
there are two different
classes of Council .seats,"
Deputy Mayor Dominic
For three of the Council
seats, currently held by
Schenck and Keith Britton, elections
are held during general elections,
which have a much higher voter
turnout. The remaining two seats,
held by Henken and Mayor Mary Lou
Andrews, are voted on during off-year
special elections, with much lower
"You get 8,000 to 12,000 people
electing three Council members,
and 1,700 electing two of them,"
Persampiere said. "We've uninten-
tionally created this situation where
the difference in turnout is huge."
Something both Persampiere
and Henken agree on is the need to
extend Council terms to four years to
avoid expensive special elections and
to help improve voter turnout.
"Ideally we have four-year terms,
and they'd be staggered between
the presidential and gubernatorial
election," Persampiere said. "In the
past, voters have been against that,
but hopefully they'll realize this will
create a better situation for govern-
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Don't look for the 15th Taste
of Oviedo in its tradition-
al location snaking down
The signature event for
the Oviedo-Winter Springs
Regional Chamber of
Commerce has changed
venues for 2009 and
Chamber President Paul
Partyka couldn't be more
"We believe the new
location will promote what
will be the new main street
of Oviedo," Partyka said.
He's referring to Oviedo
Boulevard, which is metic-
ulously landscaped with
fountain grass, young oaks,
azaleas and a long verdant
median punctuated with a
Running from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Saturday, April
18, the event will stretch
between the intersection at
Mitchell Hammock Road to
the south and just south of
the Oviedo Gymnasium and
Aquatic Center near County
Road 419 to the north.
"I am very excited about
the new venue," Oviedo
Mayor Mary Lou Andrews
said. "It will be a cooler envi-
ronment and it is so beauti-
ful. People can relax, have a
beverage and walk over to
the shady areas. It's really
nice versus the hot pave-
ment of past years."
Admission as well as
vendor and business entry
fees have been lowered this
year, giving spectators and
vendors added incentive to
attend and participate.
With one week to go,
event Chairperson Gerry
Marino estimates the num-
When: Saturday, April-18 $5 unlimited play wristband
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. . For more information:
Where:. Oviedo Boulevard, with Oviedo Winter Springs Regional
entrances at Mitchell Hammock Chamber of Commerce
Road and County Road 419, and www.tasteofoviedo.org
a free shuttle at Oviedo . Phone: 407-365-6500
MarKetplace. ,: .Fax 407-650-2712
Admission:$2 adults$1,ch.il . E-mail:lindsayOvipdowinter-
en 1 . : ,pri rg, .
ber of businesses, restau-
rants, and arts and crafts
vendors will be nearly the
same as last year. He said
there is still room for addi-
tional vendors, although
the deadline to be listed in
the printed program has
passed. "They can call us to
participate; we can fit them
in," Marino said.
With an expected atten-
dance of 35,000 to 40,000,
visitors can take advan-
tage of the free shuttle
service from several loca-
tions including the Oviedo
Marketplace mall. The
shuttle will drop off at
the Mitchell Hammock
entrance and pick up at the
County Road 419 entrance
to Oviedo Boulevard.
Parking will be available
at several shopping center
locations as well as Citizens
Bank of Florida.
The Taste of Oviedo
event has evolved during
its 15-year history. "It has
gotten better organized,
the crowds have grown and
grown, and last year was
a record-breaking year,"
Marino agreed. "The
event has really matured.
It has become a signature
event and has a major
impact on good will to the
Chamber, the city and the
ARCHIVE PHOTO :3Y ISAAC BABCOCK - THE VOICE
Live musical performances are showcased on stage at last year's Taste event.
In addition to arts and
crafts, businesses, food and
drink, there will also be live
entertainment, music and
performances by local tal-
ents. The popular Kids Taste
will also return with activi-
ties for children including
bounce houses, rock climb-
ing and inflatables. A $5
wristband includes unlim-
ited play for children.
Partyka hopes the event
will attract attendance from
surrounding cities such as
Winter Park, Casselberry,
Chuluota, Bithlo, Geneva
and Winter Springs. "This
is a great family event with
activities for kids and out-
standing music and food,"
The Oviedo Preservation
Project and A. Duda and
Sons will sponsor the popu-
lar Citrus & Celery Cook-off,
which celebrates an impor-.
tant part of Oviedo's agri-
cultural history. Openings
are still available for
entrants to submit recipes
for either celery or citrus
and details are available
Robert and Shari King of
the Black Hammock com-
munity are preparing for
this year's competition. For
them, the contest began as
a fun project 10 years ago
when they were newlyweds.
Although they compete in
different categories, Shari
calls it a team effort.
"We-have found over the
years that the time we have
spent together researching
the preparation of our reci-
pes and the display has been
much more rewarding than
the actual competition,"
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eS minole Voice
City weighs expanding polling places
Voting could get easier this year if
one Oviedo City Council member
has his way, but a bad precedent
in a costly election could lead to
longer lines and less open polling,
stations. Those problems and more
were discussed at Monday's special
And while changes to the voting
process dominated talks in Oviedo,
Seminole County Supervisor of
Elections Mike Ertel was giving
Texas a lesson on how to do things
A new language may be coming
to Oviedo ballots, and it's Spanish,
suggested to help improve voting
turnout among non-English speak-
ers in the area. That will arrive in
2010 at the earliest, as a manda-
tory statute kicks in. Other changes
could come into place much soon-
er, such as where voters will go to
the polls this fall. And that trig-
gered controversy between Council
In an effort to save money, it
was suggested that the city could
consider cutting down to only one
to three polling places. But that's
a move Councilman Steve Henken
said he opposes.
"Some on the Council only want
to open up one or three polling
places," Henken said. "I said you
need to open polling places and
keep it consistent."
Since Oviedo is on a yearly vot-
ing cycle, special elections have
become frequent, and the city has
to foot the bill. The more polling
places that are open, the more it
costs. But traditionally Oviedo has
found itself frequently shifting poll-
ing places. Residents living within
the Alafaya Woods neighborhood
may have had to vote at three dif-
ferent polling places in a three-year
"If the polling places keep chang-
ing, people will have to figure out
where they're going every time
and they won't come out .to vote,"
In a 2007 special election, only
7 percent of Oviedo voters turned
out to the polls. But that election
had an ironic twist. It was the year
Oviedo experimented with keep-
ing all of its polling places open, a
costly measure to try to improve
"In the past we've always had
three to four polling places open,"
said. "In 2007 we had every polling
place open to try to increase turn-
out, but voter turnout actually went
But the prospect of only one
open polling place coupled with
more confusion on where to vote
could lead to long lines to check in,
and could drive more people away,
Henken said Monday.
Just as Henken was advocating a
smoother voting process in Oviedo,
Ertel was in Texas speaking with the
Legislature about how to improve
its voting system. Photographic ID
checks with a signature-matching
failsafe had helped maintain integ-
rity with Seminole County voting,
and he pitched the ID to Texas,
which does not have statewide
photo ID checks.
"Mike's pretty innovative,"
Oviedo may be looking for a bit
more of that innovation at home,
as they wait for a cost analysis for
how much they'll need to pay to
keep the polling stations open this
coming November. Henken said
he's hoping for the best.
"I said if you want to save money
you change it to every four years
so we can have elections then,"
Henken said. "I want every precinct
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Raymond Mengani, 86, of Winter Springs, died Sunday,
April 5, 2009.
He was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on June 20,
1922. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, he was a World War II Veteran
of the 774th Tank Destroyers in General Patton's Army.
He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He is also a member
of the Italian-American Social Club, the Elks and Italian-
Raymond is survived by his wife Grace of Winter Springs; daughters
Denise Mengani of Princeton, NJ, Karen Gonlin of Tierra Verde, and
Suzanne MacPherson of Orlando; son Edward Mengani of Orlando.
Raymond was a retired accountant for Westinghouse and moved to
Florida from New Jersey 40 years ago.
Of all his achievements, Raymond Mengani took greatest satisfaction
from his family. He was devoted to, and loved to the end of his days, his
wife, Grace. He provided, through work and loving attention, for his four
children, who honor his memory with their respect, affection and deeds.
As husband and father, he faithfully did the work of love, and earned
love's enduring rewards. He lives in our memories and our hearts.
There was a visitation held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the
Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Homes, at 501 E. Mitchell Hammock Road in
Oviedo. The wake was at 6 p.m.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9. Interment
followed at Glen Haven Memorial Park.
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Mother shoots her son, self
On camera Sunday afternoon, a
mother drew a handgun, aimed it
at the back of her son's head, and
pulled the trigger. Then she turned
the gun on herself, ending a mur-
der-suicide as quickly as it started.
Now Casselberry police are try-
ing to determine why Marie Moore
chose to end her son's and her own
life inside of the Shoot Straight gun
range on Highway 17-92.
"That's up for public interpreta-
tion at this point," Deputy Chief Bill
McNeil said. "I'm not a psychiatrist
so I'm not even going to speculate
on whether she was crazy."
Police are in possession of
notes and audio tapes from Moore
explaining why she would kill her
son and herself in a seemingly ran-
dom act. In her own words, she was
trying to "save my son."
"We believe that she'd been plan-
ning this for a while," Detective
Mike Toole said, "though we don't
know how long at this point."
She did it all with a rented gun,
paid for at the gun range where she
killed her 20-year-old son, Mitchell.
McNeil said he's never seen an inci-
dent of a shooting at Shoot Straight
Security cameras at the gun
range revealed the crime exactly as
it happened. Marie Moore was seen
talking to a man in the next firing
lane who appeared to instruct her
on how to use her revolver. Marie
Moore than waited until her son
Mitchell began shooting at a target,
and she then drew her gun and fired
into the back of his head. Seconds
later, she pointed the gun into her
mouth and fired again.
Marie Moore would die later
in an Altamonte Springs hospital.
Mitchell Moore died at the scene.
Despite the lack of evidence of
a motive at the crime scene, police *
do have clues as to .the shooter's
mental state before the shooting.
Family members turned over notes
and audio tapes from Marie Moore
in which she apologized for what
she was about to do.
She said God had told her to
do it, and that she needed to
"send Mitchell to heaven and send
myself to hell," calling herself the
Marie Moore may not have been
allowed to buy a handgun, because
of a history of mental illness, includ-
ing an alleged incarceration at a
mental hospital for observation.
According to Toole, Moore was
still legally allowed to rent a gun,
which gave her access to the revolv-
er she used to kill her son.
Forums educate, motivate women
Jessica Zuniga wears a small
pearl bracelet on her wrist
to remind her to follow her
dreams one day at a time.
"No matter what situa-
tion you are in life, you can
always make that change
for the better," she said.
"There's an opportunity for
Zuniga is one of the many
women whose lives have
been enhanced by Pearls for
Women, a nonprofit orga-
nization designed to edu-
cate, connect, inspire and
put women in t6uch with
the resources they need to
enhance their lives, busi-
nesses, careers and commu-
Lanette Jarvis, CEO and
founding partner of Pearls
for Women, said, "Our mis-
sion is to help teach women
how to help each other and
how to ask for help... wheth-
er it's getting connected to
a potential new employer
or finding the best day care
for her new child."
Zuniga found herself in
need of support after she
was laid .off from work,
and a friend suggested she
attend a "University of You"
workshop held by the Pearls
for Women organization.
The-."University of You" is
a series of workshops that
features a team of experts
certified in areas that teach
attendees how to recreate
themselves through net-
working, finding their pas-
sion and enhancing their
work skills. Women are also
given a pearl bracelet for
empowering other women,
a process they call "pearl-
But it is not the bracelet
Zuniga is most grateful for.
It's the support she received
from the organization that
has encouraged her to find
her path in life.
"I'm finding my niche,"
she said. "There's so much
opportunity in this world
right now and I feel like this
whole economic thing is
helping people realize their
reset button in life."
Jarvis began to find
her own niche after she
was also laid off from her
job of 28 years. With the
help of Denise Brown and
Eva Krzewinski, Pearls for
Women became a reality in
- Krzewinski said Pearls
for Women first began after
six years of power lunches
the women organized every
"We decided to take it
to the next level and really
focus on women helping
women and that's how we
started Pearls for Women,"
Since they have been
meeting, she said, they
have helped thousands of
Deborah Kreiger has
attended the "University of
You" workshops and said
they have re-energized her
in many ways.
"I appreciate the whole
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Pearls for Women founders Lanette Jarvis, Eva Krzewinski and Denise Brown host workshops to educate and inspire women.
Pearls for Women will hold a series of workshops called the
"University of You," May 6, June 3 and June 30 from 7:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. The event will include a style expert, a resume expert, a
local photographer, and a hot breakfast and a healthy snack. Cost
is $40 for early registration and $50 at the door ($25 additional for
head shots). Register at www.pearlsforwomen.com or call 407-772-
1426 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
premise of Pearls for
Women," she said. "Any time
I have the opportunity to
go and network with these
people ... I just know that
I'll come in contact with so
many great women."
Zuniga also said the
workshops have motivat-
ed her to find what really
makes her happy in life; she
is currently being trained by
Harbor House to work with
women in need.
"Now I know for sure
nonprofit and helping
women is where my heart
is," she said.
It is through the Pearls
for Women organization
that Zuniga has been able
to better herself and make
the most out of these hard
"Our dream is to cre-
ate a movement of every-
one helping everyone get
through this bad economic
time," Jarvis said. "Whether
it's doing more business,
or getting a job, or keeping
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6 Ae gaP April 17 - April 30, 2009
Developer left a legacy of charity
He wanted to give something back.
That's what Tom Corkery said as he
stood in shadowed sunlight, sur-
rounded by the still rising walls
of Winter Springs High School's
weight training facility on a cool
April morning two years ago.
He'd taken a dream andbrought it
to life, donating more than $70,000
and countless hours of labor to give
a gift to the community he said he
loved. Now that building stands as
one of many monuments to a man
who broadened the landscape of
Seminole County over the course of
"He was very generous- with his
time and his money," friend Kirk
McKinnon said. "He was always
willing to help no matter what it
Corkery died in his sleep Sunday,
April 5, 2009, in his New Smyrna
Beach vacation home at the age
of 55, shocking a community he'd
helped build and then enrich
through development and philan-
thropic work. He was memorialized
Wednesday morning, a final salute
to a man who'd left an enduring
mark on the landscape.
"When he had his mind to do
something, he'd get the job done,"
Winter Springs Mayor John Bush
Springs without seeing Corkery's
work. As president of Congressional
Homes and Developers of Florida,
he led the charge in a development
boom eastward that gave birth to
the Live Oak Reserve and Jesup's
Reserve neighborhoods, and the
Vistawilla Office Center that is the
start of an economic development
corridor between those two cities.
He made a fortune for his fam-
ily wrought in steel and concrete,
rising along the stretches of state
roads 434 and 419 as they expand-
ed into a new frontier for Central
Florida's growing population.
And then he gave back, donating
time and money to buildings for
programs in need, including more
than $75,000 to the Winter Springs
Police Department so that it could
have a satellite office it desperately
needed on the east end of town.
"I don't think he ever did it so
people would say 'look at me,'"
Bush said. "I think he did it because
it was for the best of the school, or
the city. We'll miss him."
He is survived by his wife Barbara
Corkery, daughter Kayla Corkery,
and son T.J. Corkery, of Winter
Springs; and sister Missy Bartell, of
PHOTO COURTESY OF FAWN PORTER
Tom Corkery donated. buildings for a school and
the police department, after helping build them
with his own development company.
In lieu of flowers the family
graciously requests donations be
made in Corkery's memory to the
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Employee clinics aim to save health care costs
Governments in Orange
and Seminole counties are
considering opening their
own employee health care
clinics to save money.
Both have just begun
the research into offer-
ing a general care clinic to
employees and their depen-.
dents. In Winter Park, the
City Commission should be
making a decision in four
to five months. In Seminole
County the timeline is more
unknown, though the coun-
ty has "gone out to bid" and
has presentations from five
respondents scheduled for
April 21, said Meloney Lung,
support services manager
for Seminole County. Both
county governments say
they are very interested in
"If we can show that our
employees can get better
care and it didn't cost the
city more money we would
definitely do it," said Anna
Currie, manager of human
resources for Winter Park.
The only real roadblock
in the process would be
money. Right now, nei-
ther Seminole County nor
Winter Park know how
much they could save by
opening a clinic.
"What remains to be seen
is does it really save money;
it's hard to tell," Lung said.
The employee . health
care clinics have been used
in other cities throughout
Florida with apparent suc-
cess. In Port St. Lucie the
clinic has saved the city
more .than $4 million since
its inception in July 2007,
and more than $1 million
in this fiscal year alone, said
Tamara Williamson, human
resources director for the
The clinic in Port St. Lucie
offers everything a general
doctor's office would and
more. The clinic can be used-
when an employee has the
flu, needs an X-ray or blood
drawn and tested. The vis-
its and prescriptions are
free to employees and their
dependents covered on the
insurance plan. Because the
appointments are so quick,
sometimes taking only 20
minutes, employees are
allowed to go to the clinic
on the clock.
There are a few differ-
ent models for the employ-
ee health clinics, but this
is the one Winter Park and
Seminole County are most
interested in. Both said a
clinic that concentrates on
wellness and primary care
would help decrease absen-
"We think that a clinic
can give us a healthier work
force and save money,"
Since the clinic would be
close to where the employ-
ees work, they wouldn't
have to take an entire day
off to visit a doctor, plus
more convenient, quicker'
appointments would make
it more likely for an employ-
ee to actually visit a doctor
when sick, Currie said.
In Port St. Lucie, in the
six months after they start-
ed the clinic, there was a
reduction of 20,000 hours -.
of sick time taken as com-
pared with the previous six
months before the clinic
The health clinics could
also benefit taxpayers.
Williamson said that in this
fiscal year Port St. Lucie
would probably be able
to reallocate some of the
funds it saved because of
the clinic and use them for
parks, recreation and other
services to benefit the com-
Using taxpayer's money
in the most efficient way
possible is what Winter Park
is concerned about, and will
be a major factor in decid-
ing if it will open a clinic.
"We are the guardians
of the taxpayers' money,"
Currie said. "We've got to
make sure that if we're going
to expend some money
we're going to save money."
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Dino Soriano, a member
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James Ekbatani said he
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Lack of proper dental
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"Health care and den-
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Students travel through time at the Geneva Museum
Mastodon teeth, surgical tools, and
a Magic Lantern drew reactions of
"Cool," "Oooooh" and "Sweet" from
fourth-graders during their two-
hour visit to the Museum of Geneva
History on Friday, March 20.
For the ninth year, Geneva
Elementary and local home-
schooled students walked the short
distance to the museum, and once
inside they were swept back mil-
lions of years to when Florida lay
under several stories of water and
whales swam overhead.
Members of the Geneva Historical
and Genealogical Society dressed
up in period costumes to explain
four aspects of Geneva and Florida
"Naturalist" Tracy Whiting
described how prehistoric Florida
eventually emerged from the ice
"Is this fossilized or not?" she
asked as they examined animal
bones. Students learned that many
skeletal remains lay buried beneath
our soil. "You might see something
sticking out of the ground that
looks funny," she said. "Someone
walking by the river near Lake
Monroe found this mastodon tooth
estimated at 120,000 years old."
Whiting stressed the importance
of remembering where an arti-
fact or piece of skeleton is found.
A prime example is the 13-foot
giant ground sloth on display at the
Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and
Sciences. The remains were excavat-
ed in 1975 and are one of the most
complete skeletal remains found in
Florida. Whiting reminded the stu-
dents to keep their eyes open.
Mary Jo Martin presented music
and entertainment, dressed in a
handmade cotton dress and bon-
net. "What do you think kids played
with before batteries and electric-
ity?" she asked. Students tried to
guess names of homemade toys like
a Jacob's ladder, pop gun, jumping
jack and spinning top. They had
a harder time identifying an early
slide projector called The Magic
Lantern, looked at an early 3D
machine called a stereopticon, and
listened to music played on a cyl-
inder. The presentation ended in a
musical finale of "Twinkle, Twinkle
Little Star" played on grass-roots
instruments like washboard, gourd,
castanets,., and jug.
Mal Martin presented early set-
tler life and described how people
traveled to Geneva by steamboat-
and made a living by fishing, grow-
ing citrus, and distilling -turpen-
tine. Students learned about houses
made of palm fronds and imag-
ined settlers fighting insects, rats
and wild hogs. Makenzie Rodriguez
said, "I learned how people lived
through the tough times together."
The fourth-graders listened
intently to Gerry Engle's descrip-
tion of life as a Civil War soldier
as he wore a Confederate uniform.
They saw a two-man wedge tent,
firearms, and authentic medical
supplies used to amputate limbs
and remove bullets. Chancey Zile
said, "I learned they used tooth-
brushes made of pigs' hair." The
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Fossils are examined by Geneva Elementary stu-
dents during their annual trip to the local museum.
tooth key molar remover, the meta-.
carpal saw (to remove fingers) and
the ceramic blood bowl all received
"ooohs" from the group. Students
learned that Florida was a major
supplier of salt, citrus and cattle
during the war. The historical pre-
sentation ended with Engle firing
a percussion musket. Said James
Berkoben, "The noise of the gun
had more force than I expected."
Makenzie summed up the day:
'We saw so many amazing things!"
Fifteen Diocese jubilarians were
honored at the Chrism Mass held
at the National Shrine of Mary, Queen
of the Universe in Orlando oo April
8. Nine were celebrating 25 years of
ordination to the priesthood and six
were celebrating 50 years. Among
those celebrating 25 years was Father
Charles Mitchell, pastor of St. Mary
Magdalen in Altamonte Springs.
FormerRep.Tom Feeney will consult
on community outreach in Florida
as a visiting fellow with the Heritage
Foundation. An Orlando attorney and
longtime Oviedo resident, Feeney will
participate in selected government,
media and community relations proj-
ects for Heritage, helping develop a
newly formed community group, the
Naples Committee for Heritage, and
working to build membership across
the state for the conservative policy
The Tri-City Electrical Contractors
board of directors announced
recipients of its 2009 Tri-City
Scholarship Program. Lisette
Dominguez, daughter of Altamonte
Commercial Division employee Jos6
Dominguez and a senior at Boone
High School in Orlando, plans to
major in molecular biology at UCF.
Kyle Klassen, son of Tampa Division
receptionist Lisa Klassen and a senior
at Armwood High School in Seffner,
plans to attend USF and become a
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a new five-year lease agreement
for 2,880 square feet of indus-
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Creek Business Center, 2120 Ronald
Reagan Blvd. in Longwood. Premier
Sports Performance of Longwood is
the new tenant.
Rick Lee, president and CEO
of Citizens Bank of Florida,
announced the election of Don
Drummer, Anna Ondick and Rex
Clonts to the Oviedo-based bank's
Board of Directors at the annual
Mercantile Capital Corporation has
appointed veteran lender Dwayne
Hamner senior credit officer to the
nationwide lending firm. Chairman
Geof Longstaff said Hamner is a
graduate of the University of Maryland
and has more than 14 years' experi-
ence in the banking industry and
more than 10 years in residential real
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Christy Roman, president and CEO of
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By Karen McEnany-Phillips
"Too many children in
Seminole County live in
fear-fear of what their
parents may do to them,
fear of being totally alone
and neglected, and fear
that they will never have a
home they may call their
- 18th Circuit Judge Debra
Spring is a time of renewal,
a celebration of life, a
hopeful path to the future.
But many boys and girls in
Seminole County will not
celebrate the joy of spring
this year. April is National
Child Abuse Prevention
and Awareness month and
represents a problem very
close to home. In Seminole
County there are currently
486 children under court
protection who reside in
foster care, in group homes
or who are being sheltered
in some way.
Seminole County Sheriff
Donald Eslinger took the
bold step in 2000 to part-
ner with the state of Florida
to take over all investiga-
tions of child abuse cases
that are within Seminole
County. Last year they
investigated more than
1,000 child abuse cases and
took an even more proac-
tive stance toward this
Eslinger's law enforce-
ment team works closely
with social agencies such
as Community Based Care,
Kids House of Seminole,
Seminole County Friends
of Abused Children, and of
course, the Guardian Ad
Litem program. Officers are
increasingly aware of at-
risk homes in their neigh-
borhoods and make unan-
nounced visits to follow
up on the progress of court
ordered home services.
Captain Dennis Lemma
of the Sheriffs Office com-
mands the neighborhood
policing division and spoke
eloquently at the ninth
annual Light of Hope vigil
earlier this month.
"We must work tirelessly
to ensure that every family,
neighborhood and com-
munity hears our.message
loud and clear that abuse
and neglect will not be tol-
erated," he said.
Heroes to these children
are ordinary, local volun-
teers that supplement the
slim staffs of many state
and social organizations.
former foster care child
Elizabeth Everett spoke
at the Light of Hope vigil
about her Guardian Ad
Litem, Suzanne Parker.
"Everyone around me
was debating what would
happen to us ... at times it
was just so difficult to even
recognize a familiar face,"
Everett said. "The one indi-
vidual that remained con-
stant in my world of chaos
was my Guardian Ad Litem.
She was more than my
voice, (she was) the only
hope I would ever have at
achieving a normal life."
Every child under court
protection is required by
law to have a Guardian Ad
Litem. Currently there are
about 150 active Seminole
County GAL volunteers.'
Although some have
responsibility for more
than one child, GAL staff
takes on children without a
of the Seminole County
GAL program, described
the difference: "We need
about 100 more volun-
teers so every child has a
volunteer. A volunteer can
accept appointments of
one, two, three or as many
children that they can rep-
resent. They can give more
care and time versus a staff
member who may have
50 children on their case
Another way to make
a difference is to com-
mit one hour a week for
a year as a mentor. The
Children's Home Society
of Florida trains mentors
to work with children
who have one or both par-
ents, or a parental figure,
incarcerated for a state or
federal crime. The MODEL
Mentoring Program pro-
motes personal and social
development of youth
by nurturing friendships
between them and a caring
responsible adult. Children
eligible for this program
must be between 4 and 18
and will be matched up
with a suitable mentor.
You can also help by
donating items to the
Seminole County Friends
of Abused Children who
provide luggage (versus
garbage bags), eyeglasses,
tutoring, medical needs,
and birthday and holiday
gifts to abused and neglect-
ed children. The SCFAC also
works closely with the GAL
program to fulfill all the
unmet needs of children
and teens going into inde-
pendent living programs
or those aging out of the
There is so much need
in our county and so many
ways to help. Celebrate
spring and renew your
spirit by contacting one of
these worthwhile agencies
to help a Seminole County
To report child or elder
abuse: 800-96ABUSE; 800-
Seminole County Child
Abuse Prevention Task
Guardian Ad Litem
Seminole County Friends
of Abused Children
Children's Home Society
Community Based Care
Kids House of Seminole,
Please share your thoughts about
Geneva at 407-221-7002,
with "Stetson's Corner" in the sub-
ject line, or fax 407-349-2800.
This column is dedicated to
Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
I' Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never
be the same because of Deputy
Gregory - it will be better.
BUDGET I Property tax hike could help save Winter Springs' sagging budget
< continued from the front page
"When we talk about bridg-
ing the gap, one way to do it is to
increase the millage," Smith said.
The millage is the property tax rate.
Staff is also pursuing grant money
for the police department.
So far, the city has lost about
$150,000 to declining property tax
revenues, and the Seminole County
Property Appraiser is continuing to
adjust the city's numbers.
"It's not going to be a lucrative
year," Bush said.
Smith is approaching the budget
process differently than former City
Manager Ron McLemore. Instead
of using the last budget as a start-
ing point, and adding and subtract-
ing items, staff is using "zero-based
budgeting." Basically, they are start-
ing with a clean slate and weigh-
ing each and every item before it's
"Instead of starting with $5,000
for small tools and equipment, we
start with zero and justify every dol-
lar we appropriate," Smith told the
Commissioner Gary Bonner said
he was pleased with this method.
"It's the same way you and I
would run our house," he said.
Overall, the Commission and
Smith seemed confident they could
solve their budget woes.
"I wanted to paint a picture for
you and let you know what we
are up against," Smith said. "I tell
you this as humbly as I can - I've
addressed budget deficits like this
before and I'm confident in staff.
We can get through this."
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Don't get spooked by the chickens
I guess I am just like every-
one else in the morning; I
enjoy reading the newspa-
per and drinking my coffee
before I start my day. Well,
after wading through the
numerous full-page ads
(don't like them) I spotted
the "Ticked Off!" column in
last week's Sentinel. Some
person who is apparently
unfamiliar with Oviedo
and its chickens wrote the
"The Oviedo chickens
stare and make faces at me
every time I drive by. It's
spooky. Those disease-rid-
den vermin should be erad-
icated by the city because
they probably have bird
flu." I think I would stare at
that person too after that
remark. Think that per-
son ought to get a life or
a hobby of some sort. The
city of Oviedo is known for
Tomorrow is the big day
for Oviedo - The "Taste
of Oviedo," our own street
festival, runs from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April
18, on Oviedo Boulevard
between County Road 419
and Mitchell Hammock
Road. This is the event's
15th year, featuring live
entertainment, arts and
crafts, specialty foods from
area restaurants and chil-
dren's activities includ-
ing rock climbing and
inflatables. The Oviedo
Preservation Project will
have a citrus and celery
cook-off for best recipes
using citrus and/or cel-
ery. Admission is $2 for
adults, $1 for children ages
3 to 12. All-you-can-play
wristbands are $5 and that
includes admission. For
more information, please
Take the "Snakes Alive"
class from 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, April 18, at the Ed
Yarborough Nature Center,
3485 N. County Road 426,
Geneva. This hands-on pre-
sentation and interactive
hike will teach you about
Central Florida's slither-
ing reptiles. There is no
charge, but reservations are
required. Please call 407-
349-0551 to reserve your
There's going to be a
great day of golf to raise
funds for the Moffitt
Cancer Center on Friday,
April 24, at Eagle Creek
Golf Club, 10350 Emerson
Lake Blvd., Orlando.
Registration begins at 11:30
a.m., and a shotgun start
will tee off at 1:30 p.m. The
day will end with dinner, an
awards presentation and an
auction. Please contact Mo
Perez at 407-492-7290 for
registration and details.
Please mark your cal-
endars for 7 p.m. Tuesday
evening, April 21, for the
next general meeting of the
Oviedo Historical Society.
Our meetings are held in
the Memorial Building at
30 S. Central Ave., Oviedo
(next to the fire station).
Our program for the eve-
ning, led by David and
Annabelle Tropf, will be
our selected guests of local
fifth-graders, who will
receive the annual Oviedo
Historical Society history
awards. The meeting is
open to the public; light
refreshments will be served.
The city of Oviedo and
the Oviedo Historical
Society are partnering on
an event to take place on
Monday, April 27, at City
' Hall Chambers from 9 a.m.
to noon. Adults age 65 and
up are encouraged to par-
ticipate in this "video his-
tory" session. Participants
will have approximately
15 minutes (maximum)
to tell "the story of a life-
time." The stories can be a
general recording of their
life events, or it can be a
story about one or two spe-
cial events. In fact, it can
be recorded history of just
about anything that they
would like to share with
others. Hagerty High will
be recording the videos.
Oviedo High will be con-
ducting the story prompts.
This session involves resi-
dents age 65 and up and
the next session will be
youngsters. No city staff
time is being requested for
this event. City Council has
OK'd the event. For more
information, call 407-977-
The Artistic Hand
Gallery and Studio will be
taking registrations for
the May-June classes 2009.
An example of classes for
adults and children are
3-D Sculpture for chil-
dren, Digital Camera and
Glass, Adult Clay, etc.
Interested? Call Del Seaman
at the Artistic Hand, 353 N.
Central Ave., 407-366-788
for information and reg-
istration or e-mail Del at
A bit of April 1909 his-
tory from the Florida
Times Union newspaper:
"Oviedo - The progressive
citizens have been interest-
ing themselves for the past
week improving the town
with new sidewalks and
"The quarterly meeting
of the Methodist Church
closed last Sunday after a
week of very interesting
services. The local pastor,
Rev. McCall, ably assisted
their presiding elder, Rev.
"Baseball enthusiasts -
are delighted to know that
the diamond has been
covered with a good coat
of clay, which will make
the ball ground as good as
if not better than that of
any town of this size in the
"The orange trees here
are blooming profusely and
a fine crop is expected next
fall, unless a drought inter-
feres. At present the rain
would be a blessing to all
interested in agricultural.
"The Lawton Brothers
is the name of a large new
store just opened up in the
brick block opposite the
A.C.L. Depot. Reports indi-
cated that the new firm is
doing a very satisfactory
A thought - "I still find
each day too short for all
the thoughts I want to
think, all the walks I want
to take, all the books I want
to read and all the friends I
want to see."
- John Burroughs
Send word to Janet Foley about
events and let her know what's
going on around town by e-mailing
CAMERAS I Red light cameras may increase accidents, research studies show
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Tom Jackson said.
Jackson, who also served as
chief of police until former City
Administrator John Drago resigned,
also dispelled what he called a
"myth" about cities rigging traffic
lights to generate more money.
"When these cameras are put
in there, do they shorten the time
of the yellow light?" Mayor Brian
"No, that's an urban myth,"
Jackson said. "They interface with
the signal, but they don't alter the
timing. We don't alter the lights.
We don't stand by a clicker button
waiting to change it. It's the same
But those fears have become a
reality for motorists in many cit-
ies across the country in the last
few years. In 2005 a judge ordered
Union City, Calif., to repay more
than $1 million in fines to motorists
after it was discovered the city had
shortened yellow light times, which
in turn generated more profit by
allowing the city to hand out more
red light running fines.
Incidents of cities intention-
ally or unintentionally shortening
yellow light times at intersections
in which they'd installed red light
cameras have been documented
throughout the country; many of
them occurred in the Southeast.
In 2007 the Springfield News-
Leader discovered that Springfield,
Mo., had pre-emptively reduced the
yellow light duration of more than
100 -stoplights in preparation for
installing red light cameras.
Durso said that the cameras are
intended to save lives, and that -
not money - is the reason he sup-
"These cameras are statistically
proven to ... ultimately save lives,"
Durso said. "That's the ultimate
goal for us. Those folks that con-
tend that we shouldn't have these
for whatever reason needn't worry
about that unless they plan on run-
ning red lights in this city."
But for drivers in Longwood, red
light cameras could become a big
worry, according to some studies
of traffic accidents before and after
the cameras were installed.
In some of those studies, acci-
dents and injuries at intersections
with red light cameras increased
- largely due to an increase in
rear-end impacts - and in at least
one city, accidents at intersections
increased throughout the city after
cameras were installed.
In Houston a study of red light
cameras in August 2008 showed
accidents doubled at intersections
with the cameras. Houston Mayor
Bill White is now involved in a law-
suit alleging he suppressed that
study and attempted to alter num-
bers to make the cameras seem to
improve safety rather than reduce
A University of South Florida
study of camera systems nation-
wide concluded that drivers would
be safer if cities didn't install red
Jackson said that the'high-qual-
ity photos of drivers taken by the
cameras could single out bad driv-
ers and keep the roads safer. He
also said that drivers need not be
concerned if they play it safe.
"It will not impact anyone if they
don't run any red lights," Jackson
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BE ON THE LOOKOUT!
Crime, arrests and
public safety news from
the Oviedo Police Department
By Lt. George Ilemsky
On April 6, a vehicle bur-
glary was reported on the
Drive and a Garmin GPS
device was reported as sto-
len. The complainant stated
that they believed the vehi-
cle was unlocked.
On April 6,
police responded to
Heatherbrooke Circle in
reference to a vehicle bur-
glary. Evidently, the vehicle
was unlocked and a Garmin
Nuvi 200 GPS device was
reported as missing.
On April 8, a vehicle that
was parked in the 1000
block of Vernon Loop was
discovered to be vandalized
when the victim reported
to police that the vehicle
had a dent in the door and
On April 10, a vehicle
burglary was reported on
Corbin Court and a small
pouch containing personal
information, a credit card
and a small amount of cash
was reported as stolen. The
victim believed she may
have left a door to her vehi-
On April 10, a victim
reported that both of his
vehicles were entered; the
only thing reported miss-
ing was a Sirius Sportster
radio. The vehicles were left
unlocked and had the con-
tents of the glove compart-
ment and center consoles
spilled onto the passenger
On April 10, a vehicle
burglary was reported on
the 1000 block of Lingo
Circle. Evidently, someone
had entered a pickup truck
and opened the glove com-
partment and center con-
sole and took a TomTom
GPS device, an LED flash-
light and a bicycle light.
Haircut color and theft
On April 6, a female was
taken into custody and
charged with retail theft
after she was caught shop-
lifting a Guess handbag and
leaving all points of sale
without making an attempt
to pay for the merchandise.
The incident was caught
on video surveillance at a
retail establishment within
On- April 7, a female vwas
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being investigated for theft
of services as well as per-
sonal property taken from
the Regis Salon at Oviedo
Marketplace. Evidently the
female got her hair cut and
colored and then made
her way back to the bath-
room. Evidently, while she
was there, two wallets were
reported missing from the
purses of two Regis employ-
ees from the back room
where they kept their per-
On April 8, police
responded to Oviedo
Discount Beverage in ref-
erence to a complaint of
a stolen wallet. The com-
plainant inadvertently left
the wallet on the counter
and went back to retrieve it
and discovered it was gone.
Video surveillance revealed
that the wallet was taken
by a black male. Police can-
vassed the area and located
a subject fitting the descrip-
tion. Through investigation,
the black male was found to
be in possession of the com-
plainant's wallet. However,
due to the property being
recovered and returned, the
complainant waived pros-
ecution in the matter.
On April 6, police respond-
ed to Wilson Avenue and
were forced to take a male
into custody and charge
him for violating the terms
of an active injunction for
protection. The incident
precipitated over the sub-
ject wanting $5 that was
allegedly owed to him by
his brother. He came to the
home where the injunction
was in force, and by his own
admission he violated the
protection order; after caus-
ing a disturbance, he was
taken into custody..
On April 11, an Oviedo
police officer on routine
patrol was checking on a
neighborhood when he
noticed the parking lights
on a vehicle in a driveway
flash. Evidently, his investi-
gation led to the occupant
being charged with posses-
sion of marijuana after he
just got finished smoking
On April 11, a traffic stop
resulted in the driver being
charged with possession of
drugs and a passenger being
charged with possession of
marijuana and- drug para-
phernalia. Additionally, as
the investigation unfolded,
it was discovered that the
passenger had an active
warrant out of Polk County
for violating his probation
for a possession of drug par-
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located on 1600 Lockwood Blvd.
and begins June 15 and runs
through August 14. The camp
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activities include two field trips
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The Orlando Idol Voice Competition,
a fundraiser organized by the
Orlando Opera Guild, will be held
Friday, April 17, from 7 p.m. to 10
p.m. at Trinity Prep, Winter Park.
Four judges and audience votes will
determine the winners. Fourteen con-
testants, from ages 11 to 58, will
compete for the $1,000 top prize.
Tickets are $15 per person and may
be purchased at the door, by send-
ing e-mail to email@example.com
or calling 407-862-2799 for more
The UCF Business Incubator in
Winter Springs is hosting the
Entrepreneur Round Table to help
entrepreneurs and small-business
owners sustainably solve startup and
organizational challenges on Tuesday,
April 28. The event is scheduled from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be
held at the Incubator's offices at 1511
E. State Road 434 in Winter Springs.
Admission is free.
Goodwill Industries of Central
Florida announces the grand open-
ing .celebration of its newest retail
store and donation center located
at 1819 Alafaya Trail in Oviedo on
Friday, April 24. Built from-the ground
up, Goodwill's second free-standing
location has a new, fresh look for
an entirely different appearance and
shopping experience. The ribbon-
cutting ceremony begins at 8:15 a.m.
followed by festivities throughout the
The Oviedo Police Department will
play against the Winter Springs
Police Department in the First
Annual Charity Flag Football game
to benefit Kids House of Seminole
on Saturday, April 25, at Oviedo High
School. Food, drinks and ice cream
will be sold to benefit the House.
Don't miss the Police K-9 halftime
* show. Admission is $5 and free for
children under 5. Gates will open at
4:30 p.m. and kickoff is at 6 p.m.
Sanford's Cinema in the Park pres-
ents "Footloose" Friday, April 17, in
Centennial Park, located on 400 Park
Ave. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
Bring the family and a lawn chair and
enjoy some free popcorn and a movie
under the stars. For more information,
The Jewish Community Center
of Greater Orlando invites the
community to celebrate Yom
Ha'Atzmaut, the 61st anniversa-
ry of Israel's Independence, on
Sunday, May 3, at Cranes Roost Park
in Altamonte Springs from 3 p.m. to 8
p.m. Admission is free. Headlined by
Kova Tembel, a performance troupe
from Kiryat Motzkin, the daylong
celebration will feature a variety of
Israeli entertainment, performances,
food and activities, culminating in a
spectacular fireworks display.
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there until the end of April.
It is part of the Center's mis-
sion to offer new, interest-
ing and informative-exhib-
its to the public.
Spokesman Jeff Stanford
said the Center is constant-
ly expanding,' with new
content being added every
three to four months.
the Center has done a great
job of keeping the exhibits
fresh and exciting for cus-
"We have a good strong
lineup of exhibits," Newman
said. "I think our guests/
customers want change."
Orlando Science Center
guest Bonnie Hugus, who
brought her 6-year-old
nephew to the center, said
she really enjoys the vari-
ety of exhibits the center
"It's gotten so much
better," she said. "They've
added a lot."
Hatching the Past is
another recently added
traveling exhibit, which
offers a look at authentic
dinosaur eggs, models and
fossils collected from all
over the globe.
"It's a good exhibit
because it focuses on baby
dinosaurs and their fam-
ily life," Stanford said. "And
it's the largest collection on
display in the U.S."
Delfiacco said the Center
is a great place to bring her
whole family, but she espe-
cially thinks her 7-year-old
Admission to the Orlando
Science Center includes giant-
screen films, planetarium
shows, exhibits, observatory
visits and live programs. Cost
is $17 for adults and $12 for
children ages 3 to 17. For more
information call 407-514-2000
or visit www.osc.org.
son enjoys it.
"I think he's going to
really like the dino exhib-
its because he loves dino-
saurs," she said.
The Center also includes
a wide range of perma-
nent exhibits, such as
Science Park, NatureWorks,
KidsTown, Science on a
Sphere, and DinoDigs:
"We try to get a balanced
amount of content for all
ages," Stanford said.
Some of this content
includes school field trips
and school break camps for
kids in grades K-9, as well
as overnight adventures,
where groups can explore
the center after hours, enjoy
a planetarium show, receive
dinner and breakfast and
have a cool place to sleep.
These exhibits and pro-
grams are all part of the
Orlando Science Center's
goal to make learning sci-
ence fun for everyone.
"The center really tries to
encourage families to have
fun and experience science
together," Stanford said.
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MUD I Winter Springs High School students remove invasive plants and trash
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with two part-time assistants paid
with fundraising money, Harris
This has left the center depen-
dent on volunteers.
"We could not possibly accom-
plish everything without them,"
Members of SNHS, along with
other volunteers, mainly focus on
removing invasive plant .species
and picking up trash, Harris said.
There are many types of invasive
species, but volunteers focus on
the three most common: the small-
leaf spiderwort, also known as the
Wandering Jew; the air potato, and
the Caesar weed.
The small-leaf spiderwort has
little white flowers and covers the
ground. It prevents native plants
from growing, thereby reducing
the food sources available to native
The air potato is a vine that grows
in tree canopies. It blocks the sun
from getting to the lower plants
and kills the tree it grows on.
The Caesar weed is a bush with
hitchhiker seeds that spread by
sticking to people and animals. It
is crowding out the native species,
Before SNHS adopted the Mud
Walk, air potatoes grew everywhere,
Harris said. But now they are under
control, and she is even seeing her
favorite flower, the blue iris, on the
trails for the first time.
"They have made a difference -
a huge difference," Harris said.
SNHS doesn't only focus on inva-
sive species and trash. It also marks
trails and checks the mud levels,
After a heavy rain, members of
SNHS walk through the mud to see
if it's too muddy or deep for fifth-
graders, occasionally "freshening it
up" to give it the right consistency.
On Saturday, March 14, senior
Elizabeth Carlson volunteered. Al-
though it was her first time being
there with SNHS, she has been to
the Mud Walk several times in addi-
tion to her fifth-grade field trip.
Carlson and the other SNHS
members spent the day pulling
weeds and clearing the path to
make it accessible to the public.
"It's nice to feel like you're help-
ing the fifth-graders because I'll
always remember the Mud Walk,"
PHOTO BY ANDREA RUMBAUGH - GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Winter Springs High School's Science National Honor Society volunteers at the Environmental Studies
Center in Seminole County twice a month. Senior Peter D'Amore and junior Mackenzie Muller are removing a
tree branch that is blocking the pathway.
EARTH DAY I Tree giveaways, seminars and fundraisers aplenty this Earth Day
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servation and ecology. Chiles' mas-
cot, the panther, will visit from the
CAR.E. Foundation and will join
Back to Nature, worm compost-
ing, snakes, Seminole County Gov-
ernment storm water, skunks, UCF
GreenRoof, Orlando Science Cen-
ter and more.
"Last year we raised about $500
for CAR.E. Foundation and Back
to Nature," said Joanne Babyak, sci-
ence teacher and event organizer,
for the last nine years. "Our science
classes are raising money again this
year - through Hat Days where
they pay $1 to wear a hat all day."
The city of Oviedo will host an
Arbor Day Tree Giveaway at 9
a.m. Saturday, April 25, at City Hall.
There will be a presentation by
Neta Villalobos-Bell with the Uni-
versity of Florida/IFAS Extension
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
Trees will be given away to the
participants; 100 seats are avail-
Seven-gallon trees will be pro-
vided. For more information please
contact Public Works at 407-971-
The city of Winter Springs will
host its annual Arbor Day cele-
bration from 9 a.m. to noon Satur-
day, April 25, at City Hall, located at
1126 E. State Road 434. At the event
there will be training on proper
tree selection for your soils at home
and instruction on establishment
and care of new trees, in addition
to special tree giveaways during the
program. Space is limited and pre-
registration is required. For more
information call 407-327-5982 or
Winter Park - a Tree City, USA
city for 28 years - will celebrate
Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22, at Central
Park main stage. The Forestry Divi-
sion will do a live tree planting, give
away three-gallon containerized
trees to city residents while supplies
last, and perform tree climbing and
aerial truck demonstrations.
Visitors may participate in tree
climbing or ride in the aerial truck
(some restrictions apply). Keep
Winter Park Beautiful will give out
free flower and vegetable seeds.
In the West Meadow at 11:30
a.m., the Sixth Annual Trees for
Peace Interfaith Tree Planting Proj-
ect sponsored by Winter Park and
the Multifaith Education Project
begins. More than 100 students of
Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths
will bless and plant three trees. The
project celebrates respect for the
Earth, diversity of cultures and uni-
For more information please call
407-599-3506 or visit CityofWin-
Take Your Own Tote is a county-
wide event sponsored by the Or-
ange County Environmental Pro-
tection Division. On April 22 resi-
dents will be asked to give up paper
and plastic bags and carry reusable
bags for the day. Pledge stations
to stop "single-use" waste will be
set up around the county prior to
Earth Day. Retailers, libraries, uni-
versities, malls and grocery stores
offer totes to replace the single-use
waste. Fold-up totes from OUC and
GreenLogo are available while sup-
"By supporting such a simple
yet effective effort, this grass-roots
initiative will be a model for other
communities," EPD spokesperson
Nancy Rodlun said. The, average.
person uses 500 bags a year, 22,000
in his lifetime.
For riore information call 407-
836-1400 or visit OrangeCountyFL
net, search for "TYOT" and click on
the first link.
The city of Orlando celebrates
Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, at Turkey Lake
Park. Activities include educational
booths, environmental activities
for kids, hiking tours, tree climb-
ing, fishing lessons, recycling and
volunteer opportunities. On-site
collection for tires, motor oil and
vehicle batteries will also be avail-
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THIS WEEK in sports history
A T H L E T I C S i Patriots' Day, a holiday celebrated In honor of the start of the
Revolutionary War. In 1969, Patriots' Day was officially moved to
the third Monday of April, and the Boston Marathon has been run
H T C on that day ever since.
PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK - TH
Kyle Tran has big dreams this year, and a big weight to lift to get there. He's lifting just 10 pounds shy of the best in the state in the 129-pound class. On April 24, he'll find out if he's strong enQugh to win it all.
Kyle Tran has his sights
set far out these days. One
week from now the 129-
pound Winter Springs High
weightlifter is hoping to win
it all at the state champion-
ship. He's already so close he
can feel it. Unofficially, he's
already broken the school
Until two weeks ago he
was undefeated, walking
onto the lifting platform in
the regional qualifier with
one of the best records in
the state this year. But he
was hoping for more. So far
he's lifted 460 pounds total,
just 10 pounds shy of last
year's state champion.
Last year Tran was just a
rookie in weightlifting. Now
he's got a postseason under
his belt and wants what he
couldn't get last year - a
shot at the title in his final
year in a Bears jersey.
Last season he walked
into the weight room for
the first time and imme-
diately started raising eye-
brows, gaining strength rap-
idly. His teammate Jamaal
Rudolph, who would even-
tually go on to place third in
the state tournament, was
also a rookie.
A few months later,
Rudolph had a medal, and
Tran had his inspiration.
"I saw him make it all the
way to state his first year
and I thought, 'Hey, I can do
that,'" Tran said.
Cue the "Rocky"-style
montage. Tran trained
more, he trained harder,
and he got stronger. He
didn't carry logs uphill
through the snow, but the
results are coming, and he's
building strength in a hurry.
He's also focusing his tech-
nique in the clean and jerk
lift, where he curls a bar up
from the floor, then hoists it
"I spent the entire sum-
mer working on it," Tran
said. "Every day that I
worked out, that's all I did."
A year later, he's fol-
lowing the same path as
Rudolph. He's lifted up to
255 pounds overhead in the
weight room. He's bench-
pressed 235 pounds outside
of a tournament.
With a second place
finish last Tuesday at the
regional tournament, he's
well on his way to the final
round of competition and
hoping for two big lifts to
take him to the top of the
podium. He has a week to
make that happen, with the
state championship loom-
ing Saturday, April 25.
He's hoping to break the
500-pound barrier - a feat
only achieved twice in state
championship history. His
coach thinks he can do it.
"He's definitely got the
capability to make a 500-
pound total," Coach John
Maxwell said. "He's really
going to have to hone in
on his technique. He's defi-
nitely got the strength."
For Tran, that's just a mat-
ter of time. In three weeks,
he'll know the answer.
"There's only one way to
find out," he said.
Michael Jordan's son signs to play for UCF
Marcus Jordan, the 6-foot-3, 180-
pound son of NBA-great Michael
Jordan, has signed to play for the
University of Central Florida next
The Chicago Whitney Young
guard will be rejoining teammate
A.J. Rompza when he joins the
squad. The two had played together
in high school in Illinois, where
Jordan leads his team in scoring.
Rompza just finished his first
season on the Knights, garnering
Conference USA All-Freshman team
Now he'll join forces with his
old teammate, after a signing April
8 sealed the deal, and gave UCF's
basketball team one of the greatest
recruiting coups in its history. The
program is also closing in on sign-
ing nationally prominent Chicago
player Nik Garcia. The team has
already signed Keith Clanton and
R.J. Scott, making for one of the
best recruiting classes in the history
of the program.
Michael Jordan's youngest son
visited UCF's campus a few weeks
ago before making his final deci-
sion. He committed to the school
verbally April 6, the day his leg-
endary father was elected to the
Basketball Hall of Fame.
His older brother, Jeff, already
plays in the NCAA, at the University
of Illinois. He had been accepted as
a preferred walk-on at that school,
but was later given a full scholar-
Marcus Jordan's choice of UCF
could be a boon for the school's
push for national exposure. When
Jeff Jordan joined the University
of Illinois, his school's games were
But the youngest Jordan had
already received his share of
national attention in 2007 when
he dropped a soaring layup into
the basket at the Amateur Athletic
Union's national championship
game to win in overtime. He led his
high school team to a state cham-
pionship last season, and was voted
MVP for the game.
Now he'll get a chance for more
prominence on a new stage. Marcus
Jordan attributed his choice to
move far from home to wanting
to make an impact on a team and
be comfortable with his school.
He had also been considering the
University of Iowa, University of
Toledo and Davidson College.
His father has said that he will
not pursue coaching at UCF, despite
his legendary status in the basket-
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Fighting their way to the top
Winter Springs' girls lacrosse team
is shooting through the playoffs like
a ball to a net these days. And Coach
Steve Efland is just a little bit sur-
prised. To hear him tell it, this could
have been an off-year for his team.
"We lost three All-Americans
from last year's roster," Efland said.
"Eighty percent of our girls gradu-
ated last year. This was supposed to
be a rebuilding year for us."
Now with a district champion-
ship under their belts, the Bears
have their eyes set on the cham-
pionship game. So much for the
Led by a core of five scorers
with more than 30 goals, the Bears
have dominated on their way to
the playoffs. Now that platoon of
Kenna Wick, Maggie Flatley, Haley
Cownie, Alley Rhinehart and Kelley
Anastario may help propel their
team to the state championship
They won their district outright,
entering the first round of the
regional playoffs with an 11-4 over-
all record. That's one of the best in
the state, but with a tough ladder
waiting ahead it might not look as
The Bears got lucky this season"-
and picked up a bye in the first
round, which means that while
other teams were battling it out on
the fields Tuesday night, the Bears
PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK - THE VOICE
Devon Lang and the Bears are playoff-bound, with hopes of a state title. The lacrosse team's senior captain will help lead her team Friday against Bartram Trail.
were waiting to see who was next.
Bartram Trail was one of Efland's
biggest concerns. Two years ago the
Bartram Trail Bears were the team
that stood in the Winter Springs
Bears' way in the playoffs. That was a
year before the Florida High School
Athletic Association recognized
lacrosse as a sanctioned sport, but
not long enough ago to forget.
With a win over Fleming Island
on Tuesday, Bartram Trail became
the team Winter Springs will face
next. It's deja vu for both Bears
And that's not the best news for
Winter Springs. Bartram Trail beat
Fleming Island - a team with a
nearly identical record to Winter
Springs - by a score of 21-8.
"They're well-coached," Efland
said of Bartram Trail. "They're
strong every year."
Last year was the first time the
FHSAA hosted a championship in
lacrosse, and Winter Springs wasn't
even on the regional ladder. But
nearby rival Oviedo was. Along with
Lake Brantley, the Lions made it
all the way to the final four before
being knocked out.
This time Oviedo is missing from
the playoffs, though Lake Brantley
has made a return appearance. The
soonest that Winter Springs and
Lake Brantley could meet is the
final four. Then only one team will
move forward. To get to that point,
all Winter Springs has to do is win
That could be the toughest game
the team has had all season. And it's
a good time to grab some respect,
"We for some reason haven't
had much respect from the press,"
Efland said. "We keep getting
ranked in the Sentinel really 1ow
even though we've beaten every
A win over Bartram Trail is pos-
sible, Efland said, but only if his girls
play up to their potential.
"They're good enough to go to
state... they've beaten every team in
front of them except Vero Beach,"
Efland said. "They'll go as far as they
want to go."
Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m., they'll
find out just how much farther
Chasing district championships on the diamond
Baseball and softball are rapidly
closing in on district tournaments,
and a handful of local teams are
hoping for some big finishes to
take them deeper into the post-
Everybodyknows Lake Brantley's
baseball team has a long history of
being tops in its district. This year
is no exception, with the Patriots
closing in on. the end of the sea-
son with fewer losses than they
can count on their throwing hand.
Rapidly approaching 20 wins for
the season, they'll likely have them
by the end.
On the softball diamond, the
Winter Springs Bears have been
dominating, with a 17-4 record
going into the start of the week,
and a strong showing so far down
the stretch. They may be tops in
their district this time around.
Lucky for the Hagerty Huskies,
they're not in the Bears' class 6A,
so that they can shine in the 5A
bracket. Last season they were run-
ners-up in their district, having lost
to Lake Howell in the final game.
They made it to the regional play-
offs on a 13-13 record last year,
but fell in the first round. Then
again, so did Lake Howell, and the
Hawks were 23-3 at the end of last
Neither team has that level of
record this time around, though
the Hawks may end up with fewer
losses. Hagerty was 13-6 at the
end of last week, poised to make a
But the watchful eyes are on
Trinity Prep's evergreen softball
team, which has maintained a
presence in the regional playoff
bracket for more than a decade.
Last year they made it all the way to
the final four after advancing to the
regionals on a 14-8 record. With
a 16-4 record this season already,
they have more winr and far f-
losses compared wit h last year,
a return to 200" form. when tli
won the state championship,
dicey proposition for the Saints.'
If they do make it back"3
Lakeland, it'll be the third time
three years they've made it to.'.
Just down State Road 426 '
Oviedo. the Lions baseball te
is hoping for a comeback aftaC
slow start to the season. The'
need to work some magic in
district tournament to make i
regional_. Only two teams go,'
two teams are besting them so6
this .ea son: Lake Brantley and
District action starts Mond
softball and April 2- for bse
Then it's regional playoff timJi
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made the following sage - construction project in the mon practice for unscrupu- � 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.
observation: "It is no mea- history of the world, taking lous salesmen to cheat the
sure of health to be well- 1,700 years to complete. purchaser by stuffing a live
another work place change. once moved in and out of your
life over the years might now
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24 Oe w22) A surprise gift - and, more permanent basis. Give
toshappily, with no strings yourself a lot of time to weigh . c.|
attached - could come just your decision. '1" "SF
ARIES (March 21 to when you need it to avoid a
April 19) Professional delay in getting your project PISCES (Feb. 19 to March
relationships grow stronger. done. Expect education to 20) Showing frustration over
But you might still need to dominate the week. a delayed work place decision
ease some problems with to might get someone's attention,
ease some problems with LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. but not necessarily make him
somlife. One inway c yould be to tryrsonal 22) Someone close to you or her move any sooner. Best
to be less rigid in your views. might ask for your support as advice would be to be patient
she or he faces a demanding and wait it out.
TAURUS (April 20 to May personal challenge. Offer it,
20) You might be too close by all means. But be careful BORN THIS WEEK: You are
to that perplexing personal you don't neglect your own drawn to excitement and enjoy US HENRY BOLTINOFF
situation to even attempt needs at this time. fast-tempo music, with theH Y-
to make a rational decision more brass, the better. I-- ,
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about it right now. Stepping
back could help you gain a Nov. 21) An unexpected
relationship with a partner __ -
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20) Being asked to choose demanding test. But your
between the positions of determination to get to the
two friends is an unfair truth should save the day. by Linda Thistle
imposition on you. Best to SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 6 3 1
reject the demand and insist 2
they try harder to work 22 to Dec. 21)A recent 4 1 6 7.
things out on their own. agreement appears to be - -----------
coming apart over the 9 2 5 Find at least six differences in details between panels. .
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a work decision might be need to have expert advice
needed once you hear more on how to resolve the 5 4 2
arguments, pro and con. A situation. 37 5 6
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Jan. 19) Your keen business
pleasant!) turn. 8 71 9
sense helps you get to the 8 9
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LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) that each row across, each column down and each
Romance once again looms business deal. Expect to have small 9-box square contains all of the
large for single Leos and many colleagues rally to numbers from one to nine.
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13 Mideast gulf
19 0. Henry's
20 Island flora
22 Greet silently
29 X rating?
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40 Congers, e.g.
41 Grand story
50 Lincoln in-law
DOWN 23 Enthusiastic,
1 Male cat plus
2 Simile center 25 String
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8 Capital of
9 Modern coin
11 Jug that
19 Terrible guy?
20 Actor. Brad
22 Failed to be
26 Too big
36 Part of a
37 Cultural idea
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"The Talk of the Town?"
Susan Gudelis, R.N., Savannah Court and Cottage
Executive Director, is well respected in the Assisted
Living profession and once you meet her, it's easy to
understand why. Everyone who knows Susan says her
passion for the residents is heart warmingly apparent.
She has years of experience in senior living and has
been with Savannah Court and Cottage for over 3
years. Susan has built a team of leaders and associates
who exude this same type of caring spirit and together
they offer over 50 years of dedication at Savannah
Court and Cottage. Susan states, "Savannah Court and
Cottage offer both assisted living and memory care
communities on our intimate campus. Each of the
three residences is warm, charming and filled with
hospitality! It is our honor and promise to assure each
resident receives personal and individualized services.
I am very proud of our well trained and caring team and
they are accessible to our residents, 24-hlours per day."
The two Savannah Court's are assisted
living communities, and only a sidewalk away,
Savannah Cottage offers secured memory care for
those with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
From our spacious suites, to the dining rooms,
comfortable common areas and beautifully landscaped
courtyards, the residents of Savannah Court and
Cottage have many areas to enjoy! The activities are
also abundant with a large variety offered each and
every day. Susan also states, "Stop by for a visit
anytime, and I, or any of our great team members will
be happy to take you on a personal tour."
Susan Gudeli;, R.N.
Associate Executive Director
.. Irmia .-re-o, LPoN,
Resident Care Director
Food and Beverage Director
Business Office Manager
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Team at Savannah Court and Cottage.
VANAH URT COTTAGEE
ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE COMMUNITY
Assisted Living License No. 9235, 9308, 9307
395 Alafaya Woods Blvd
Oviedo, FL 32765
Paae A24 AD6117 - AD61 30, 2009