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Cancer claims

commissioner


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE

A short battle with can-
cer has ended for Sanford
City Commissioner Jack
Bridges, who died Tuesday
afternoon.
Complications from a
medical procedure may be
to blame in the death of
Bridges, who had recently
been undergoing chemo-
therapy and radiation to
beat back the disease. He
was in his early 60s.
For friend
and col-
league Mayor
Linda Kuhn,
his death -
struck partic-
ularly close to
home.
"He'd been a friend for
more than 25 years," Kuhn
said. "This hit hard."
Bridges had been a
Sanford City Commissioner
since 2005, but had been
involved in leading the city
in which he was born for
decades before. He'd recent-
ly retired from a 35-year
career practicing law.
"He brought with him a
wealth of knowledge being
an attorney," Kuhn said.
"We always appreciated his
sage advice and input."
A funeral for Bridges will
be held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
March 27 at Central Baptist
Church in Sanford.


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PHOTO BY ABRAHAM ABORAYA THE VOICE
Volunteers gather below the George C. Means Bridge, which was redesigned to connect Lake Jesup to the St. Johns River.

New State Road 46 bridge reopens choked Lake Jesup for first time in 60 years


ABRAHAM ABORAYA
GUEST REPORTER
As Ben Wheeler Jr. remem-
bers it, a simple toss of a
cast net into Lake Jesup in
1950 would yield mullet on
top and bottom and bass in
between.
But then the Army Corp
of Engineers built a dirt
causeway across the lake


and installed Government
Cut canal. The bridge
choked off the lake, and
Government Cut rerouted
the St. John's River's flow
back on itself and away
from Lake Jesup, further
suffocating the lake.
And with that, Lake
Jesup died. It degraded
from a world-class bass
fishing destination to a


"sewer pot," environmen-
talists say.
But now, the State Road
46 bridge 50 percent of
the problem has been
replaced, and stands the
way it should have in
1950: A tall behemoth of
a bridge, with thick piling
that lets the lake flow. It's a
fight that George C. Means
has been fighting since the


Army Corp of Engineers
first scarred the lake.
And that's why the new
46 bridge is named after
Means.
"He was the bulldog
holding the bone in his
teeth to get this bridge put
in, and hopefully get the
channel out here to get
the lake to clean itself up,"
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Seminole schools battle budget woes

School Board faces a potential $25.2 million budget cut in the coming year


MATT MORRISON
GUEST REPORTER

An atmosphere of uncer-
tainty lingers in the air for
Seminole County Public
School employees awaiting
the new 2010-2011 bud-
get. Though budget cuts
have already hampered the
system, officials warn that
a further loss of govern-
ment funding could force
the school system to lay off
as many as 400 employees
this year to meet budget
demands.
Seminole Superinten-
dent Bill Vogel said the


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county is facing a 2 to 6
percent cut of its nearly
$420 million budget. This
means the county could
lose as much as $25.2 mil-
lion this year to budget
cuts alone. No stranger to
financial setbacks, Semi-
nole County has lost nearly
$40 million already in gov-
ernment funding over the
past two years.
When the econom-
ic recession entered full
force in 2008, the county
had to cut down its spend-
ing by nearly $30 million.
In 2009, it was asked to
make another 22 percent


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cut. This caused the coun-
ty to cut faculty wages in
order to prevent heavy lay-
offs. Vogel said budget cuts
could affect another 400
positions throughout the
county.
Part of the problem, he
said, stems from the federal
stimulus money $22 mil-
lion pumped into the Sem-
inole school system that
will expire in the 2011-12
school year. If improve-
ments in the Legislature's
education budget are not
made before then, Vogel
warned, those positions
may face scrutiny before


next year's
budget.
"There are
more ques-
tions than
answers
right now,"
Vogel said.
"We're hoping to get
some direction from the
Legislature."
For the past year, the
county has held rallies and
public forums urging the
Legislature and community
leaders to restore funding
to pre-lottery levels, 60 per-
cent, and to remand capital
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Page A2 March 26 April 8, 2010 Seminole Voice


THIS WEEK in history


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rette ads on television and radio. Nixon, who was an avid pipe
smoker indulging in as many as eight bowls a day sup-
11. WEK Pported the legislation at the increasing insistence of public-health
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Downtown causes tax hike fears

Lake Mary gets ahead of the game in planning ""IMF,.
commuter rail development downtown

ABRAHAM ABORAYA unless they build something else -
GUEST REPORTER on their property.
"The city of Lake Mary is tak-
When Lake Mary resident Carol ing a bold step," Seminole County
Slaughter received notice that the Commission Chairman Bob Dallari
city wanted her to come to a meet- said after the meeting. "It's to plan
ing about changing the zoning on for the future. It's to allow for a
her home to a downtown devel- commuter rail development in the
opment district, she had only one downtown district. They're not
concern: Will it raise my taxes? forcing it on anyone. They're not
About 20 residents showed up condemning any properties." '
to the March 11 meeting at City Lake Mary is trying to get ahead
Hall, where the city's staff present- of impending Florida constitu- -
ed their case and fielded questions tional Amendment 4 known as '"
from the residents. Hometown Democracy, which I
"We're really concerned," would require all land-use changes f i .
Slaughter said. "We really don't to be voted on by residents in a city.
know what to do. Obviously we're The idea, being echoed right now in
concerned about taxes going up. Sanford, Longwood and Altamonte PHOTO BY ABRAHAM ABORAYA THE VOICE
We really don't care if it's commer- Springs, is to try and get landown- Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor tried to pacify concerned citizens about fears
cial as long as it's not going to cost ers to change the zoning around Of land prices rising if the city redevelops its downtown to include a rail stop.
us." the stations now in case it passes.
The city is offering to cover all "That's one of the main reasons to build a downtown area. City Commissioner Jo Ann
the costs for landowners around we're here, folks," Community Or, as Lake Street resident Lucarelli said she hopes more of
the 2012 commuter rail station to DevelopmentDirectorJohnOmana Slaughter said, the idea of making the property owners come around
change their land designation from told the group. "If that issue passes, money on her home is appealing, to the change. With it, she said, it
residential to downtown devel- you won't have control over your Slaughter said they've paid off their will make the land more appealing
opment district, a zoning change own property rights." mortgage. for a developer to come in.
which would allow for mixed-use In total, six of the about 35 "Yes, that definitely is something "I hope that a lot of these people
development, households in the district have were interested in," Slaughter said. will agree to it," Lucarelli said. "It
The concern from many resi- turned in the necessary paperwork "But the problem is land prices are is planning for the future, but it
dents, though, is that there isn't a to get the change moving. Many so far down.... We paid $30,000 for also helps promote the downtown
developer in line. If they change of the landowners could stand our house, but I don't want $30,000. development. As our economy
their land use and it sits, would it to make money in the future if a I don't want $70,000 for our house. hopefully starts coming out, this
raise their taxes? The answer is no developer does come in and wants Where am I going to go for that?" will attract developers to come in."


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funding to the 2007-08 level.
Vogel said the county will strug-
gle to maintain the state's class size
amendment if the budget is reduced
as is expected. As well, the possibil-
ity of new course mandates and a
seven-period schedule may also be
hampered by budgetary restraints.
Vogel and other school leaders
have touted raising the county's
millage as well as sales and prop-
erty taxes in order to close the bud-
get gaps. However, political figures
have been less than enthusiastic to
promote a raise in taxes in light of
the current economic climate, even
when it comes to schools. Yet Vogel
has not lessened his campaign to
change lawmakers' minds. He is
not alone in the fight, as the Semi-
nole PTA plans their agenda for the
upcoming week.
Last year, the Seminole PTA
visited Tallahassee to rally for an


improved budget. The PTA is plan-
ning a second trip to the state capi-
tal on March 25. Legislative Chair
for Seminole County Kathy Foulk
said that nearly 55 people signed
up to take the bus trip from Semi-
nole to the state capital, as many as
last year. Despite the problems still
facing Seminole schools, Foulk said
the rally last year managed to gain
the attention of Gov. Charlie Crist.
"We want them to find sufficient
funding," Foulk said. "There's too
many mandates and too many
stresses on these kids."
PTA president Judy Wiant said
that people should not become
complacent because of federal
stimulus dollars, and that educa-
tion, as much as ever, is still on the
line.
"[The money is] not going to
be there next year," she said, "so
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PHOTO BY MEGAN STOKES THE '
Jesus Avila, 38, brings his two sons, ages 1 and 2, to Harvest of Hope every week to feed his family of three. The program feeds families every Wednesday.

Childhood hunger crisis finds renewed foes in local schools, churches and outreach programs


MEGAN STOKES
THE VOICE

Vanessa Colom's 4-year-old
daughter tightly gripped a
box of maple brown sugar
toaster pastries while her
1-year-old son happily
shook a snack-sized bottle
of orange juice. Their eyes
lit up when a volunteer
handed them small con-
tainers of milk.
"They are little milk
monsters. At $5 a gallon I
tell them, 'Drink water,'"
Colom joked.
The East Orlando home-
maker has been searching
for a night-shift job for the
last six months, to no avail.
Her husband pays about
$900 per month in child
support for two children
from a previous relation-
ship, making it hard to get
enough food on the table.
Colom and 497 oth-
ers showed up to Harvest
of Hope, a food-sharing
event hosted by several East
Orlando churches on Feb.
27. The event takes place
every Wednesday afternoon
and on the last Saturday
morning of each month at
New Covenant Church in
Bithlo. More than 150 of
those who came for assis-
tance were younger than
18.
Second Harvest Food
Bank of Central Florida
recently published its
Hunger Study and revealed
that the percentage of chil-
dren who received food
assistance from the organi-
zation rose from 25 percent
in 2006 to 47 percent in
2009. Nearly half of the 21
million pounds of food dis-
tributed last year by Second
Harvest was consumed
by children. And Central
Florida's statistics top the
national numbers on child
hunger.
"We are in a tourism-
based area. We see families
going to see Cinderella in
her castle but the irony of
that is not far from that are
serious childhood hunger


issues," said Second Harvest
CEO and President David
Krepcho.

Schools, churches
reach out
Alex Schiraldi, adminis-
trative dean at Timber
Creek High School, keeps
bread, peanut butter, jelly
and other lunch foods in
his office. He has spotted
more and more kids with-
out a lunch in the cafete-
ria in recent years, perhaps
because those who are
newly in need do not yet
qualify for free or reduced
price lunch programs in the
schools but still struggle to
stock their food pantries at
home.

SWE ARE IN A
TOURISM-BASED
AREA. WE
SEE FAMILIES
GOING TO SEE
CINDERELLA
IN HER CASTLE
BUT THE IRONY
OF THAT IS NOT
FAR FROM THAT
ARE SERIOUS
CHILDHOOD
HUNGER
ISSUES.9)
-DAVID KREPCHO
SECOND HARVEST CEO
AND PRESIDENT
"I give them the key to
my office and tell them
to take what they need
but make sure they clean
up or I'll kick their butt,"
he said with a laugh. "You
should see [Principal John
Wright's] office. It looks like
a 7-Eleven in there. We all
try to help out."
TimberCreek is not alone.
Woodbury Presbyterian
Church works with several
schools in the area includ-
ing Bonneville Elementary
and East River High School


to get food in the hands
of students who need it.
Woodbury's Robert Gumbs
said they serve many chil-
dren during their weekly
public feedings on Monday
and Thursday mornings.
Besides food, the church
collects toys, diapers, baby
food and bottles to give
away to the 160 people who
come to each feeding; only
20 of them are homeless.
"We had about 30 kids
on Presidents Day and we
see a lot of them in the sum-
mer when school's out. I
would say 60 to 70 percent
of our clients have chil-
dren," he said. "We spend
more money on diapers
and baby food than most
people would imagine."

Hunger affects mental,
physical well-being
Hungry children suffer from
a lot more than just a grum-
bling tummy. According to
Suzanne Sheres, Nemours
Children Hospital dietician,
malnutrition can affect the
way a child's brain and body
develops.
Over the last two years,
Sheres started seeing mal-
nourished children in her
clinic on a daily basis. Many
are being fed cheap foods
that are high in fat and car-
bohydrates but lack real
nutrition.
"Parents are honest with
us. They say they lost their
jobs and cannot afford it,"
she said. "Parents acknowl-
edge that they know the
foods they are getting are
not good for their children
but there is nothing they
can do about it."
The most common
nutritional deficiencies in
hungry children are iron,
which causes them to feel
sluggish, zinc, which affects
their ability to fight infec-
tions, and protein, which
affects their growth and
development. Sheres asks
people who are giving to
food pantries to focus on
affordable, yet nutritionally
complete items such as for-


tified cereal, peanuts, fruit,
canned tuna, beans and
meat soups.
Filling a child up with
empty calories can also
cause obesity, which
Krepcho fears will make
people think a lack of food
is the least of youngsters'
problems today.
"People see childhood
obesity numbers growing
and see that as the opposite
of a hunger problem but
they are being fed empty
calories that are cheaper,"
he said. "You have single
mom at end of the month
with $40 in her wallet who
needs groceries for a week
for her and her two kids.
She will try to stretch that
by buying mac and cheese
rather than fresh red bell
peppers for $2.30 a pound."
Programs such as Harvest
of Hope and the feedings at
Woodbury are conscious of
this problem and try to pro-
vide items from every food
group.
Besides development
issues, Sheres said studies
have also shown that stu-
dents who do not have
enough food to eat cannot
reach their full academic
potential.
"It is very hard for them
to concentrate. They can fall
asleep in class, have trou-
ble paying attention, have
problems keeping up in PE
class, and cannot achieve
well on standardized tests,"
she said. "In schools teach-
ers can suspect it's a behav-
ioral problem but it may all
come down to asking them
what they are eating. They
might be getting school
meals and that's all."

Homeless children
on the rise
And that problem may be
growing. The number of
homeless children is on the
rise, according to Orange
County Public Schools. In
January 2008 there were
1,463 homeless students,
which grew to 1,836 by the
end of the year. A year later,


December 2009, that figure
reached 2,200.
Jim Wright, University
of Central Florida sociol-
ogy professor who stud-
ies homelessness, said
Orlando's Coalition for the
Homeless shelters about
150 children each night.
Manyof them could be from
East Orlando considering
that most of East Orlando's
homeless population lives
in camps in the woods -
a place where children are
largely forbidden.
"When we studied pop-
ulations in the woods we
found that when people
showed up with children
in the woods they experi-
enced pressure from oth-
ers living there to get them
to the shelter. They have a
good sense that it was no
place for kids," he said.
Although shelters are
likely providing these chil-
dren with food, Krepcho
said homeless children are
likely to miss out on regular
meals.
"The most visible hungry
people are the homeless,
the single male holding the
cardboard sign on the side
of the road shuffling toward
your window. That's the
image most people have,"
Krepcho said.
"In my 18 years of food
banking I have never seen
anything like this. This
whole group of blue and
white collar workers is
underemployed. They take
any job they can find, they
are struggling to avoid
homelessness, and they
have to skip on expenses
like eating."
And so do their children.
Colom said her children
have never gone hungry
but it has been hard to feed
four mouths on a limited
income.
"This helps," she said
referring to Harvest of
Hope. "It's hard but things
like this save the people
who are in trouble."


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Page A4 March 26 April 8, 2010


Rainy days and small-world connections


Spring is here! Golly, some
days I don't think so.
I chatted with a few of my
old buddies in Richmond,
Va., last week and they were
telling me their weather
has been the same as ours.
I thought we were in the
South. They are so happy
to see the sun. Me too.
They've had rain like crazy
and I said the same here a
while back. Per usual when
it rains an awful lot, my
street and my corner goes
crazy with little springs of
water popping up from the
Miami curb the Public
Works Department knows
this area well.
I was chatting with one
of the usual workmen on
the latest occasion and he
said, "A.M. Jones and his
French drains."
I said "You are correct
and he used to live about
three blocks away on


Central Avenue."
I said we knew him rath-
er well and the worker told
me, "Ms. Foley, A.M. hired
me to work for him and
I used to meet him in his
'office' at the Town House
on Broadway." Of course
that led us to further tid-
bits of Oviedo history. I just
love this town. People say
this town has very friendly
people and between the
chickens and the town's
history this little bit of
Florida makes us unique.

Taste of Oviedo
I guess you marked your
calendars for the annual
Taste of Oviedo coming
up on Saturday, April 17,
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to be
held on Oviedo Boulevard
between Country Road 419
and Mitchell Hammock
Road. This is the 16th
celebration of the event


that features local food,
vendors, businesses, chil-
dren's activities, student art
show, a home and garden
show, and entertainment.
Also featuring once again
this year the annual citrus
and celery cook-off for
best recipes sponsored by
The Preservation Project.
Admission is free. If you
need more information,
please call 407-278-4871.

March for Meals
March for Meals 8 a.m.
on Saturday, March 27, at
the Sanford Riverwalk,
Seminole Boulevard. The
three-mile pledge walk/
run will be followed by a
breakfast at the Sanford
Civic Center. Walk registra-
tion begins at 7:30 a.m. All
proceeds will benefit the
Meals on Wheels program
in Seminole County. For
more information, call 407-
333-8877 ext. 103.

Jazz concerts
Just around the corner: a
jazz concert will be held at
3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28,
at the Eastmonte Park Civic
Center, 830 Magnolia Drive,
Altamonte Springs. The
Altamonte Jazz Ensemble,


directed by Mike Arena, will
present a tribute to Frank
Sinatra featuring vocalist
Dave Martin and "Lady of
Song" Linda Cole. Cost of
the event is $5. If you need
more information, please
call 407-322-7528.
Another jazz concert
is coming from 4-7 p.m.
on Saturday, April 3. It
will be held at Magnolia
Square, 200 S. Magnolia
Ave., Sanford. The Jazzed
in Sanford concert series
will feature guitarist Larry
Coryell.

History of Cracker
horse, cow
"Cracker Horse, Cracker
Cow" presentation will take
place at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
April 1, at the Museum of
Seminole County History,
300 Bush Blvd., Sanford.
Ellison Hardee and Cecil
Tucker will discuss the
history of the Cracker
horse and cow in Florida.
Admission is free. For more
information, call 407-665-
2489.

Artistic Hand classes
The Artistic Hand Gallery
and Studio's upcoming


children's class schedule
begins the week of April
(the week after spring
break).
All children's classes are
six weeks long and cost
$125. All materials included
in cost.
Art Sampler: Monday 5-6
p.m.
Throwing on the Pottery
Wheel: Tuesday 5-6 p.m.
Drawing and Painting:
Tuesday 5-6 p.m.
Clay/Pottery: Thursday
5-6 p.m.
Please call Del Seaman
at the Artistic Hand Gallery
for information or to reg-
ister: 407-366-7882. The
Artistic Hand Gallery is
located at 353 N. Central
Ave., Oviedo.

A thought:
"I've learned that trust is
the single most important
factor in both personal and
professional relationships."
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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March 26 April 8, 2010 Page A5


By Karen McEnany-Phillips


Spring has arrived and
these warmer daytime
temps are definitely wel-
come. It's certainly been a
unique winter with colder
temperatures and recent
heavy rains resulting in
higher than average water
levels. The St. Johns River
north of Lake Harney is
nearing 5 feet and every-
where you look the ditches
and retention ponds are
full and still flowing.
Speculation abounds
what all this means for us
during hurricane season
2010. Weather experts are
calling for this being a very
active season. Is it just me
or don't they always say
that? Looking back to 1998
we also had high water lev-
els in spring. Unfortunately
that was followed by
unusually dry weather that
brought a summer of fires.
This is a good time of year
to walk around your prop-
erty and assess your risk
against both fire and flood.
Trees, brush, debris, flam-
mable items, low spots and
fencing all need to be eval-
uated while things are calm
and resources are available.
Out in the rural areas
birds are one of our earli-
est signals that spring is on
the way. Warmer days bring
out the chatter and activ-
ity of all the usual suspects
- eagles, hawks, sandhill
cranes, woodpeckers, rob-
ins, red birds and more.
Seems to me there's been a
lot of little mosquitoes too.
We can do without them,
right? People always ask me


if we have a lot of mosqui-
toes since we live near the
water. I hope I will still be
able to say that they're not
any bigger problem here
than anywhere else.
One of my favorite plac-
es to visit is the Audubon
Center for Birds of Prey
rehabilitation center in
Maitland. This wonderful
operation has worked with
more than 12,000 injured
and orphaned raptors since
1979. Tucked just off U. S.
Highway 17-92 and Lake
Avenue it is an opportunity
to see all kinds of birds of
prey up close. Coming up
on May 8 is the center's
annual Baby Shower, in
which visitors can donate
all kinds of needed supplies
to the center.
During the season when
lots of baby birds are born,
the center incurs greater
costs and benefits from
community help. All kinds
of cleaning, educational,
medical and basic sup-
plies such as paper towels,
garbage bags, even certain
types of baby food are
needed. Their complete
list is available on the Web
site at audubonofflorida.
org and there is a detailed
Owl Baby Shower wish
list. Call 407-644-0190 for
more details. Cost is nor-
mally $5 but on the shower
day a gift will be accepted
as admission. Years ago we
brought an injured barred
owl to the center and it was
a wonderful experience to
see how caring and compe-
tent this team is.


Our local kinder-
garteners from Geneva
Elementary will be going
to the Lukas Nursery
Butterfly Garden next
week. What a great field
trip and perfect way to
usher in spring just before
Spring Break and Easter.
What little one doesn't
love butterflies?
Good weather brings
other signs of spring such
as spring cleaning and
garage sales. Our neighbors
in Seminole Woods are
having their big communi-
ty sale this Saturday, so stop
by for some great deals.
In Geneva and Chuluota,
spring also has come to
mean ramping up for the
Annual Geneva/Chuluota
Relay for Life Event. One
of our favorite fundraisers
is the Chili Cook-Off, Craft
Sale and Bake sale from
noon to 6 p.m. at the Jolly
Gator Fish Camp off State
Road 46. It's a great family
event whether you want
to participate in the cook-
off by competing or tast-
ing. Get to know Seminole
Voice Associate Editor Isaac
Babcock as he serves as a
guest judge at the event.
I can't think of a better
cause and a fun time on
what should be a beautiful
spring day. Call 407-402-
3993 for more informa-
tion.



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Thanks!
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Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never
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Come get a taste of Oviedo

Organizers expect more than 30,000 -.
visitors to chow down on April 17


KATIE KUSTURA
THE VOICE
Oviedo is planning an event to
draw a crowd that's the size of its
population and then some.
And the Oviedo-Winter Springs
Regional Chamber of Commerce
should have no trouble, consider-
ing the big change made to this
year's Taste.
"This is the 16th Taste of Oviedo
and this is the first year we've had
free admission," said Del Burfitt,
executive vice president of Citizens
Financial Partners. "There's no
gates. They can walk right in and
partake in anything that's going
on."
Last year, admission was $2 for
adults and $1 for children.
More than 200 vendors of arts
and crafts, food and activities will
be present at this year's Taste, held
along Oviedo Boulevard.
"It's more than just an arts and
crafts show. It's more than just a
taste of restaurants," said Cathy
Mackall, director of Marketing and
Events for the Commerce. "A fam-
ily can come and have a very inex-
pensive day. It's entertainment for
everyone."
With live entertainment on the
main stage all day, an exotic car
show, the Citrus and Celery Cook-
off and a special setup just for kids,
there's plenty to do.


"Our kid's taste area has grown
this year," Mackall said. "We're
going to have a ropes course for
the first time. I cannot wait to do
that myself!"
In addition to the ropes course,
a $5 wristband will gain kids access
to a rock climbing wall, bounce
houses and a giant slide.
The exotic car show will have
10 to 15 cars on display that have a
combined value of more than $3.5
million.
"I really want to see those cars.
I've been a car buff since I've been
about 14," Burfitt said. He also said
that the Chamber is trying to bring
in one of the famous NASCAR race-
cars to put on display.
One event that has great mean-
ing to the area is the Citrus and
Celery Cook-off. Megan Sladek, a
member of the Board of Directors
for the Oviedo Preservation Project,
said before the citrus and celery
industries took off, Oviedo was a
destitute town.
"[The Citrus and Celery Cook-
off] is as old as Taste of Oviedo, and
the only rule is that whatever you
cook has to include either citrus or
celery," Sladek said. "That's a pretty
flexible requirement."
One person who is already feel-
ing the success of the event is Gladys
Caughel. Caughel is a local painter
and was chosen to make the new


ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Culinary delights await visitors at the 16th annual Taste of Oviedo, featuring
attractions including an exotic car show and the Citrus and Celery Cookoff.


poster for this year's Taste.
"I'm honored," said Caughel at
last Thursday's Chamber Luncheon.
"To see something that you have
done from start to finish, to see
that come off the presses will be
absolutely wonderful, and they say
I can be there as the first one comes
off the press."
Caughel will be at an artist's
booth and will be available to sign
copies of the new illustration for
this year's Taste.
All of these attractions should
make this Taste the best attended
one in its history.
"We've always had great atten-
dance," said Oviedo-Winter Springs


Region Chamber of Commerce
Director of Membership and
Finance, Peggy Allen. "We've always
gotten in anywhere from 20,000
to 30,000 people every year, but
we wanted to draw out even more
people this year."


I I I i s

Taste of Oviedo is on Saturday,
April 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Oviedo Boulevard.
Admission is free. Visit
TasteofOviedo.org for more
information.


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said Wheeler, Means' god-
son. "Wherever George is, I
know he knows this bridge
is here. And he's scheming
right now how to nudge
the Army Corp of Engineers
to go ahead and open the
channel."
In a small dedication cer-
emony on a rainy Sunday
morning, a small group of
local environmentalists
came together to honor
Means and the history of
the bridge. They gathered
some 40 strong in the shade
under the bridge, sitting on
green plastic lawn chairs.
The ceremony didn't


have the flash and flair
and back patting typical of
government ceremonies.
Instead, it was a group of
environmentalists, many
of whom were directly
involved in the process, cel-
ebrating Means' contribu-
tion to Seminole County.
"Through all this, George
was stirring the pot some-
where," Wheeler said.
"George was one of the only
people I knew that could
have walked across the state
of Florida shaking hands.
He never forgot a name and
never forgot an association,
and he used them."
Originally, the group
had planned to have a flo-


tilla on the lake Sunday,
but the weather canned
that plan. The group talked
about what was next for
the lake specifically, get-
ting Government Cut Canal
removed to restore the nat-
ural water's flow.
There's $5 million set
aside in an Army Corp of
Engineers fund for the proj-
ect, but environmentalists
fear it will disappear with-
out action.
The ceremony was bit-
tersweet, though, as Robert
King who, many have
said, was responsible for
seeing Means' dream to fru-
ition announced that the
Friends of Lake Jesup were


ostensibly dead. That group
has been instrumental in
getting both the George C.
Means Bridge and the res-
toration process for Lake
Jesup up and running.
King talked about how
the cleanup for the lake has
been delayed again; he said
he's changed his whole out-
look. He bought a boat that
runs in mud because the
lake is going to be mud for
the rest of his life.
"The Friends (of Lake
Jesup) have not met," King
said. "Everybody figured
out that the Friends aren't
meeting. It's at an end. The
good guys winning is at an
end. The bad guys are win-


ning again."
King made a call to the
group under the bridge for
a leader to come forward.
No one picked up King's
crown.
"Don't look to a group
called the Friends of Lake
Jesup to fix the lake unless
somebody picks it up and
runs with it," King said. "...
Basically, within the next
few weeks, I'm gonna start
the process of disman-
tling the whole thing. Until
somebody else restarts this
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Life in the line of fire


Combat simulation turns recreational


COURTNEY GILMARTIN
THE VOICE
It's 9:25 p.m. asJ.R. Gonzalez
bursts through a black door
and races across the dimly
lit floor of an Oviedo ware-
house in a running crouch
with an M-16 in his hand.
Shouts from behind iden-
tify enemy snipers only a
few yards ahead. He picks
up speed to cross into the
shadows.
Special forces opera-
tions come naturally for
Gonzalez, but this recent
UCF grad has never taken
orders in olive drab. Heart
pounding, he kneels behind
a wooden crate with his
assault rifle's laser sight
peeking just over the top.
He squints his right eye and
squeezes his right index
finger. This is as close as
he may ever come to real
combat.
He's not saving the world
or fighting in a war; He's
leading a mission at Hard
Knocks, an indoor combat
sports arena and gaming
lounge.
Tucked behind a row of
warehouses a mile north
of UCF, the unassuming
tan building hides another
world inside.
Gamers simulate situa-
tions such as freeing hos-
tages and diffusing bombs
in Hard Knocks' two
15,000-square-foot com-
bat arenas, where players
take down their enemies
by shooting infrared beams


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at their targets' vests and
guns.
Helping to pump the
adrenaline harder is the
smoky war zone that rever-
berates with blood-cur-
dling screams, rapid gunfire
and alarms. Heightening
the stress factor are gre-
nades and anti-personnel
mines scattered about the
Coliseum that look all too
real.
Although combat is
intense and realistic, the
fun of Hard Knocks is that
the only bruises the touch-
free combat will leave are
on participants' egos.
Gonzalez, 25, already
seems like a pro, though
he's been to Hard Knocks
only a handful of times.
Players often take the simu-
lations quite seriously, he
said. Gonzalez has several
friends in the military, and
has seen gamers utilizing
combat strategies such as
fire team tactics and squar-
ing the target.
"If you have military
training it helps, but it's just
free-for-all fun," Gonzalez
said. "It's like paintball or
anything else like that. You
get into it."
Hard Knocks owners Joe
and Dena Wheeler left their
respective jobs as a consul-
tant and schoolteacher to
create Hard Knocks, which
opened in 2007. They were
inspired by action movies
and video games, and want-
ed to turn them into a live,


Oviedo


PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Assault rifle in hand, J.R. Gonzalez takes aim in a military operation simulation at Hard Knocks.


interactive business.
The Wheelers designed
the facility, arenas and mis-
sions so that they would
appeal to different audi-
ences and age groups.
Joe said that birthday
parties and summer camps
were profitable no-brainers,
but that in order to succeed
as a business, they would
have to market the business
to different segments of the
community.
"Coming from the cor-
porate world, I knew that
there's not a lot of edgy,
instructional entertain-
ment for team building,"
he said. "Even though com-
panies are downsizing and
having tough economic
times, they're still looking
to better engage their peo-
ple."
Hard Knocks' corporate


team building clients have
included Hyatt hotels and
Chili's restaurants. To set the
corporate stage, the couple
set up bookcases, cubicles
and copy machines and
even has office tunes play-
ing in the background to
set the mood.
Dena said that law
enforcement, like police
officers and military
groups, were another easy
customer bracket because
those groups typically have
smaller budgets and lack
training areas within their
own facilities.
Hard Knocks also hosts
everything from youth
group gatherings to bach-
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motions to students from
local colleges and those
who bring in good report
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"There are different tasks
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Anton of the 35 different 3-
to 7-minute missions.




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Calendar


Take a walk on the wild side
while raising money for Hope
and Help Center during Sanford
Stroll, which will begin at 8 a.m.
on Saturday, March 27, at the
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical
Gardens. The event is free, and
there will be entertainment,
a scavenger hunt, food and
prizes.

Sanford pottery studio Hot
Pots is hosting spring art camps
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from
Monday March, 29, through
Friday, April 2, for children
ages 7 and older. Each day will
feature a different 90-minute
project, and the camp costs $10
per session or $40 for the week.
Visit www.HotPotsSanford.com
for more information.

Adolescents and teens ages 11
to 15 can learn the importance of
leadership, infant care, accident
prevention and basic CPR and
First Aid at a babysitter course.
Courses will be from 10:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and
Saturday, May 8 at Riverside
Park in Oviedo. The course costs
$45 for Oviedo residents and
$65 for non-residents. Call 407-
971-5575 to register.

Enjoy a fun-filled night of
Bingo at Family Bingo Night,
which begins at 7 p.m. on
Friday, May 14, at Riverside
Park in Oviedo. Each card costs
$2, and prizes will be awarded
to the winners of each game.
Businesses and organizations
wishing to donate prizes should
call Jenette McKinney at 407-
971-5591.

Take Care Clinics, located at
select Walgreens drugstores
throughout the country, will
be offering camp and sports
physical for only $35 through
the end of September. Exams
are administered by board-
certified nurse practitioners
and, in select markets,
physician assistants. Visit www.
takecarehealthsystem.com for
more information.

The Teen Xpress mobile health
care unit, part of the Howard
Phillips Center for Children &
Families, is partnering with the
Wayne Densch YMCA Family
Center to offer free medical
services to adolescents and
teens ages 11 to 21. Services
will be available from 4:30 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday
of every month until June 16
at the Family Center, 870 N.
Hastings St., Orlando.

Nirva Vassa from Sanford
Middle School was one of more
than 120 middle and high school
science fair champions from
Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange,
Osceola, Seminole, Sumter,
Polk and Volusia counties who
unveiled their science projects
on Saturday, March 13, at the
Orlando Science Center Science
Challenge. Vassa won in the
junior division in the chemistry
category with her project "I Got
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Arts, sciences, history and even basketball are the subjects of camps next week


KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS
THE VOICE

Spring break camps can be a
great way for kids to explore
new interests and preview
activities for summer camp.
Camps may require pre-reg-
istration or fill up quickly -
call for enrollment details.
Orange County Public
Schools spring break is
Monday, March 29, through
Friday, April 2; Seminole
County's is the following
week, April 5-9. Here are
some spring break camps
around town:


In Orange and Seminole
counties:
Orange County Regional
History Center
65 E Central Blvd,
Orlando
During "The Making of a
Superhero" kids will explore
the courage and nobility of
both real and make-believe
superheroes and learn what
makes a hero.
It's appropriate for
grades K-5. Camp hours
are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early
drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.
Extended day is available
until 6 p.m. for an addition-
al $10 per child, per day.
The cost for members is
$100 per child, per week;


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"I like all grapes,
apples and
carrots."
Rachel,
age 7


"I like sliced apples
with crunchy
peanut butter and
celery with ranch
dressing."
Skylar,
age 7


non-members are $125 per
child, per week.
Call 407-836-8500,
e-mail educationpro-
grams@ocfl.net or visit
www.thehistorycenter.org.

Orlando Magic Spring Break
Basketball Camp
Camp is held for both
Orange and Seminole coun-
ties.
From March 29 April
2 it is held at the RDV
Sportsplex near Maitland,
8701 Maitland Summit
Blvd., Orlando.
From April 5-9 it is held
at Lake Mary Preparatory
School, 650 Rantoul Lane,
Lake Mary.


The camp includes 20
hours of instruction from
the National Basketball
Academy and a free ticket
to a home Magic game. It is
for boys and girls ages 7-16;
all skills levels welcome.
Camp hours are Monday-
Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The cost is $155.
Applications are
available at www.
OrlandoMagicCamps.
com. Call 407-916-HOOP
(4667).

Victory Martial Arts
Spring Break Camps
In Orange County the
camps are offered at:
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SPRING BREAK I Rock climbing, martial arts and gymnastics are some of the spring break options


< continued from previous page

2175 Aloma Ave., Winter
Park (call 407-671-7300)
783 N. Alafaya Trail,
Orlando (call 407-736-
0222)
In Seminole County the
camps are offered at:
931 North State Road434
#1295, Altamonte Springs
(call 407-774-5400)
3855 Lake Emma Road,
Lake Mary (call 407-444-
5636)
150 Alafaya Woods Blvd,
Oviedo (call 407-977-
5200)
For non-members of


Victory Martial Arts arrange
to meet with the staff in
advance to see if this camp
will be a good fit. Campers
learn martial arts basics
which develops fitness,
self-confidence and self-
defense. Visit www.victo-
ryma.com.

Just Seminole County:
Aiguille Rock Climbing
Center's Spring Break Camp
2010
999 Charles St., Longwood
Campers strengthen minds
and bodies, no climb-
ing experience necessary.


Camp is from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Call 407-332-1430 or
visit http://www.aiguille.
com.

PAL Spring Day Camp
Held by the Police Athletic
League at the Seminole
County Sheriffs Office, it's
$90 per child per week. Fee
includes activities like skat-
ing, bowling, movies, arts
and crafts, including a field
trip to SeaWorld.
"We keep our kids busy
with activities inside and
out," said PALs Pam Kaiser.
Download the applica-


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tion and send to Pam Kaiser
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Spring and summer camps
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Sanford. Call 407-708-7641
or visit www.seminolecoun-
typal.org.

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Kids ages 3 to 14 years will
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lunch plus two snacks and
two drinks. The cost is $40
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three full days; $140 for five
full days. Call 407-302-2044
or visit www.dinamosan-
fordgym.com.

In Orange County:
Art Camp at the
Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N Mills Ave.,
Orlando
Students will create col-
lages, eco-art and paintings
while exploring landscape
paintings, photographs
and contemporary art.
Programs are for grades 1-6.
Pre-registration is required.
Classes are 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Kids should wear
closed toe shoes and dress
for mess. The cost for five
days is $200, $180 for muse-
um members. The daily rate
is $40-$45, with a $5 fee per
child per day for early drop
and late pick up. Call 407-
896-4231 ext. 262, e-mail
info@omart.org or visit
www.omart.org.

Orlando Science Center's
Spring Break Camps
777 E. Princeton St.,
Orlando
At "Seahorses, Sharks, and
Scales, Oh My!" students
explore the ocean including
sharks, seahorses and other
ocean dwellers. "Spring
Break camp is a great time,"
said Mike Lowe, director of
marketing.
Camp times are 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Pricing includes
care from early drop-off at
7:30 a.m. to late pick-up at
6 p.m. Fees range from one
day for $50-$60 to five days
for $195-$225. Call 407-
514-2112, e-mail reserva-
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C in e m a A showcase of this week's releases,
I n e and a look ahead to upcoming movies.

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Notes


Congratulations to Matthew
Benedict, a Geneva resident and
Oviedo High School graduate who was
recently accepted into the Berklee
School of Music in Boston.
Seminole County Public Schools
will announce the 2011 Teacher of
the Year on Thursday, April 1, at Winter
Springs High School. The finalists


are music teacher Suzette Swallow,
Evans Elementary; language arts
teacher Nicole Rosemeyer, Sanford
Middle; and social studies teacher
Bradford Barsalou, Crooms AOIT.
Robie Learning Center is hosting a
summer SAT Prep program at First
Baptist Church in Winter Springs. Call
the center at 407-415-5470 for more


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Mad Cow Theatre
In the heart of Downtown Orlando
Convenient Parking across the street in the Library Garage
105 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL www.madcowtheatre.com/moo


information.
Third grade students in Stacy
Pluto's math class at Crystal
Lake Elementary in Lake Mary
participated in World Math Day,
where they challenged students from
235 countries, including China and
New Zealand, at timed math drills.
Congratulations to the "McPluto


Mathletes,"
world.


who placed ninth in the


Two nursing professors from
Seminole State College have
been selected from nursing faculty
throughout the United States to
participate in a national conference to
develop nursing education strategies.
Latoya Wells and Marilyn Wells will


take part in the Quality and Safety
Education in Nursing Education
Consortium Institute from April 14 to
April 16 in Washington, D.C.
The Florida PTA State Reflections
awards have been announced, and
four Seminole County Students
have won "Awards of Excellence."
Congratulations to Lola Dragosavac,
photography, Lake Mary Elementary;
Clair Pelletier, visual arts, Lake Orienta
Elementary; Lizzie Yakovleva, dance
choreography, Partin Elementary; and
Lennifer Ladines, film production,
Keeth Elementary. The students will
represent Florida at the national level
of the Reflections competition and will
be honored at an awards ceremony at
7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at Winter
Springs High School.
Nearly 215 golfers helped the
Foundation for Seminole County
Public Schools raise more than
$40,000 at its annual Golf "FORE"
Education Tournament, which recently
took place at the Alaqua Country Club
in Longwood.


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Support students at Evans Elementary
School in Oviedo at the Founder's Day
Family Fun Night fundraiser at 5 p.m. on
Friday, March 26. Families will enjoy an
obstacle course, bounce house, basketball
challenge, teacher dunk tank and other
carnival games. Call 407-739-0325 for
more information.

Seminole State College will be
celebrating the $85 million transformation
of its Sanford/Lake Mary campus from
Friday, March 26, through Sunday, March
28, with a weekend of events focused on
music, theatre and art. The community is
invited to attend the free events, which
include a concert by the college's jazz
band, the debut of a new planetarium
show and an inaugural 5K run/walk to
support athletic scholarships. Visit www.
seminolestate.edu for more information.

Join the Central Florida Mineral & Gem
Society for the Spring Mineral & Gem
Show at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 8
p.m. on Friday, March 26, from 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, and
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March
28. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $2 for
students, and parking is free.

The Orlando Scottish Rite will
bring history back to life with WWII
reenactments, military vehicle displays
and a USO-themed party that begins at
10 a.m. on both Saturday, March 27, and
Sunday, March 28. The free events will be
held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center,
1485 Grand Road, Winter Park.

Join St. Mary Magdalen Catholic
School at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 27,
for a 5K Road Race Challenge to support
Help for Haiti. The race will be held at


St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 869 Maitland
Ave., Altamonte Springs. Call 407-339-
7301 for more information.

The grand opening of the City of Winter
Springs' permanent dog park will be at
9 a.m. on Saturday, March 27. The event
will be held at "Hound Ground" which is
located next to Central Winds Park. There
will be training and agility demonstrations,
a dog parade, contests and more.

The American Cancer Society Relay for
Life of Geneva/Chuluota is hosting a chili
cook-off fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m.
on Saturday, March 27 at the Jolly Gator
Fish Camp. There will be a craft sale, bake
sale and raffles, and all are welcome to
enter a pot of chili. Pre-registration for the
cook-off is $5, and registration the day of
the event is $10. Call 407-402-3993 for
more information.

The Wayne Densch Performing Arts
Center in Sanford is hosting The Family
Series/Children's Weekend Show
production of "Once Upon A Time,"
which will be playing at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, March 28. Tickets are available
the day of the show and on http://
waynedenschperformingarts
center.com/.

Celebrate the music of Frank Sinatra
with the Altamonte Jazz Ensemble. A
Tribute to "01' Blue Eyes" will begin
at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28 at the
Eastmonte Civic Center, 830 Magnolia
Drive. Admission is $5 at the door.

Seminole County Friends of Abused
Children is kicking off April as Child
Abuse Prevention Month by hosting its
10th annual Light of Hope Ceremony to
remember the victims of child abuse.The


ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday,
March 28 at Cranes Roost Amphitheatre.

Former Winter Springs Mayor Paul
Partyka, a Democratic candidate for
Florida's District 24 Congressional seat,
is hosting a golf outing for campaign
staffers, contributors and supporters.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday
March, 30, at Black Bear Golf Club, 24505
Calusa Blvd., Eustis.

Talented student-artists will display
their work at the Seminole County Public
Schools' Advanced Placement Art Show.
The opening reception will begin at 7
p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, at the AAA
Headquarters, 1000 AAA Drive, Heathrow.
The artwork will be showcased through
Tuesday, April 20.

The history of Florida's crackers,
cows and horses will come alive with a
presentation by two well-known experts
of cracker lore, Ellison Hardee and Cecil
Tucker. The presentation, which is a
part of the Museum of Seminole County
History's Heritage Lecture series, will
begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 at the
museum in Sanford.

Former U.S. Attorney General John
Ashcroft will be the featured speaker at


the Christian Chamber of Central Florida's
business building lunch at 11:15 a.m. on
Tuesday, April 6, at First Baptist Orlando.
Tickets cost $20 for chamber members
and $30 for non-members. Call 407-814-
1124 for more information.

Support cystic fibrosis research at the
Cruising for Cystic Fibrosis Motorcycle
Poker Run fundraiser, which begins
at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10 at
Seminole Harley Davidson in Sanford.
Visit www.cruisin4cfpokerrun.com for
more information.

The Frankie Valli tribute band Let's
Hang On will be performing at 7:30
p.m. on Saturday, April 10, at the Wayne
Densch PerformingArts Center.Tickets are
available the day of the show and on http://
waynedenschperformingartscenter.com/.

Jeff Rupert and the UCF Jazz Ensemble
will play at the Central Florida Jazz
Society's April concert, which begins at
3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11 at the Plaza
Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando.

Longwood restaurant the Melting Pot
will donate $10 from each cheese fondue
purchase made on Sunday, April 11, to
Camp Boggy Creek in honor of National
Cheese Fondue Day.


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By Kar-Yee Ng, MD
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Losing weight is a beast that haunts most of
America. More than two-thirds of Americans
are overweight or obese, and the numbers (and
waist lines) are growing, according to an article
by Elizabeth Dennis in the journal Obesity.
Most people who are overweight know the
recipe for losing those extra pounds: diet and
exercise. Even though we've all heard it before,
it's difficult to put into practice. After a long
day of work or school, we're exhausted, and the
last thing on our minds is taking a jog around
the neighborhood or hitting the weights at the
gym.

There's no magic pill that can replace good old diet and exercise, but studies
suggest that drinking more water significantly increases loss of body weight
and fat in overweight people, independent of diet and activity, says Jodi
Stookey in Obesity. Water makes up 60 to 70 percent of adults and is crucial
to the essential functions that occur in the human body. Human beings can
only survive days without water. Staying hydrated is necessary in energy
production, toxin removal, repair of cells and many other functions. It's not
surprising then that water is needed to bum calories and fat.

That's great news! Drinking water is something so simple that everyone
can add it to their daily routine (in addition to the dieting and exercise). We
can all carry a bottle of water to work or school and drink to our hearts'
content. So, let's have a toast then-here's to a more hydrated and healthier
you!

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maximize your health and take control of the weight loss beast. If you
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THIS WEEK in political history


Administration, a central part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's
"New Deal." The careers of several important American artists,
including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, were launched
V O IC E & thanks to WPA endowments.


Lost your job? Don't be afraid to ask for help.

EMPLOY MENT to find a new job. It's fine to take you have a 401(k) or severance available to you, it will help with
a few days off to reflect and grieve package, contact a financial plan- your search and ease your burdens.
A k the loss, but after that, it's time to ner. Check with the Better Business
As get busy with the search. Bureau there are many good Until next time,
If you are eligible for unemploy- ones out there. They can help you Sandi
Sa I ment benefits, please file for them. find the best way to deal with debt
I had someone tell me they didn't and stay out of trouble. Before you
want to take a handout. It's not lose your job is actually the time to
a handout, it's an insurance ben- plan. TALK L A n I
This week's topic is really a serious efit that you and your employer Lastly, do not be afraid to ask for >TO SANDI
one. I have had a couple of people paid into. This man had one more help. We are so worried about what Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian
send in questions related to financ- month of savings before tapping people think or that someone else HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council,
es and sat with a few others who into his 401(k), and he would needs help more than we do, that with more than 10 years of recruiting and human
were really hurting financially, rather take the tax penalty for that we would rather suffer in silence resources experience. Please send questions
The loss of a job is devastating, than file unemployment. He is not than ask for help. Christian HELP about employment by fax 407-260-2949, sandi@
In this economy, be prepared for alone, and other agencies like us are there christianhelp.org, or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian
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Letter to the Editor Edtorna

Focus is on jobs posed budget requests an The governor's pro-
in Legislature allocation of $21.5 billion posed budget places a
I'd like to update you on for education (31.1 percent strong emphasis on fund-
my last article on the pro- of his budget proposal) ing education, with an
posed budget from the and $28.4 billion for health estimated $22.7 billion to
governor. The total amount and human services (41.1 be allocated for Pre-K-12opygh Ma
that the governor proposes percent of his budget pro- education and a 2.61 per-
the state spend for next posal). As you can see, 72.2 cent increase for public
year is $69.2 billion, an percent of next year's bud- per-student funding. He is
increase more than the $66 get as proposed by the gov- also calling for increased L
billion allocated for the ernor is for the state's two funding for community
current fiscal year. When I core missions. colleges and universities. Available from Commercial New Providers"
first took office in 2006, our The governor's budget His budget also calls for
state budget was $73 bil- outlines his paramount continued funding for the
lion; however the econom- concerns about ensur- continued steady decrease
ic turmoil over the last few ing Floridians are finding of Florida's prison popula-
years has certainly taken gainful employment and tion, while also looking to
its toll on the state. Out of striving to make businesses preserve Florida's abun-
the major policy areas, the stronger. The governor dant natural resources.
breakdown is as follows for is proposing a 1 percent His optimism about
"The People's Budget": reduction on the corporate Florida's economic future is diligent in our concentrat- in the Florida House, will
h 31 peroplen s Bu cted income tax rate on the first one to admire, and I com- ed efforts on ensuring the continue to focus on job
to3.1 percent allocated $1 million of a corpora- mend him for his contin- budget is balanced fairly creation and economic
2.6 parent allocated tion's taxable income while ued dedication to educa- and properly the first time. development during the
to General Government also providing for a 10-day tion and health and human If this is not accomplished, legislative session. I wel-
S0.G percent allo- back to school sales tax services. While his budget is we risk having to reduce come your feedback. If you
coated to te egilature/ holiday as in previous years. certainly fiscally optimistic the budget mid-year and are interested in learning
erno Legslaure/ This tax holiday, accord- with the inclusion of an possibly causing disrup- more about the governor's
ov7.5 percent t allocated ing to the governor, will unconfirmed $1 billion in tions in certain programs proposed budget or have
to Public Safety help Florida's families save aid from the federal gov- and agencies. any other questions or con-
.14.1 percent allotted on school essentials such ernment and $400 million It is important to cerns, please do not hesi-
S14.1 percent allocated as clothing and supplies from a gambling compact, remember that the key to tate to contact my office at
for transportation and eco- as clothing and supplies from a gambling compact, Florda' economic recov 4078842023Asalwaysit
normic drpvelonpmnt ec while also stimulating the we in the Florida House Florida's economic recov- 407-884-2023. As always, it
nomicThe governor's pro- economy. must continue to be more ery will be jobs, jobs, jobs. is an honor to serve you.
he governors pro- along with my colleagues -State Rep. Bryan Nelson


Here's what seniors
at Lake Mary High
School had to say
* about being National
Merit finalists and
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Merit Finalist will
help me get into a
good college. I've
applied to University
of Florida, University
of Chicago, Princeton
and Harvard. I'd like
to go into politics,
writing or psychology.
-Anna W.
17 years old


My family is proud
that I am a National
Merit Finalist. I like
computer sciences
but haven't decided
on a major yet. I'd
like to attend a col-
lege like Auburn or
Carnegie Mellon.
-Matt G.
18 years old


Being a National
Merit Semi-Finalist is
significant and made
the difference for me
for my choice of col-
lege. I'd like to go into
civil engineering or
architecture. Southern
Methodist University is
a top choice for me.
-Andrew F.
17 years old


It was interesting
being compared w
other National Mer
Finalists across the
country.... I plan t
... major in microt
ology. I plan to go t
medical school and
possibly specialize
orthopedic surgery
-Austin
17 years


My sister was also a National Merit
Finalist and she attends Dartmouth. It
is still up in the air where I will go to
college. ... I'd like to attend a school
with a strong liberal arts program. My
parents ... attended Duke University.
-Charlie M.
17 years old

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THIS WEEK in sports history


SI Abreaking the NBA's all-time scoring record, which had been
held by Wilt Chamberlain. The 7-foot-2 Abdul-Jabbar was born
Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. in 1947 in New York City, and changed
SC his name in 1971 after converting to Islam.


Knights sweep, Tars swept

UCF trounces Presbyterian by combined 31-4 runs in three-game series; Rollins falls in close game
ISAAC BABCOCK shot that crossed the street
THE VOICE over the left field fence,
clearing the bases and
A nine-run second inning bringing the score to 7-0.
set up a blowout for the Two batters later, Ryan
Knights, as they easily Breen was up for his sec-
defeated Presbyterian 10-2 ond at-bat of the inning.
March 21. Three pitches later, he sent
The win made a three- another shot over the left
game sweep of the Blue field wall to bring the score
Hose, and catapulted the to 9-0.
Knights to a 13-8 record The devastating rally left
overall. Presbyterian stunned. The
UCF had already socked it Knights' Joe Rogers took
to the Hose in 15-1 and 6-1 care of the rest, holding the
routs Friday and Saturday Hose to zero earned runs in
before turning to their big five innings from the start,
bats again to deliver the striking out two in the pro- -
final blow on Sunday. cess. M --- -
And in the second inning, Rogers' record improved -
the Knights delivered, going to 3-0 with the win. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
on a nine-run scoring bar- After traveling to Miami A big second inning for the Knights left the Blue Hose stunned in their series finale Sunday, as the
rage that included two at press time, the Knights Knights piled on nine runs, batting around the order in the process. They travel to Houston on Friday.
homeruns. will take the long trip to
It was a long inning for Houston for a three-game
the Hose, who watched series to open Conference Rollins Tars row 6-5 loss March 21. The Tars travel to face
some early pitching mis- USAplaystarting at 7:30 p.m. The Rollins Tars fell to 19-10 Tim Griffin pitched 4.2 Nova Southeastern this
takes turn into a long run Friday. They'll return home after falling twice to Florida hitless innings in relief weekend, and then they
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four runs scored on three at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. They fell in a 19-2 blow- mounted a comeback, Leo at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE
The Winter Park baseball
team fell to 7-5 on the sea-
son thanks to a comeback
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The Lions would hold on to
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