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April 9 April 22, 2010


Sanford gets
special election

ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE

The date is set for a spe-
cial election to fill Sanford's
empty City Commission seat
following Commissioner
Jack Bridges' sudden death.
Bridges was claimed by
complications from can-
cer treatment on March 23,
Mayor Linda Kuhn said. He
was 63.
The city and the
Supervisor of Elections
office were forced to move
quickly to determine
whether an election would
even be necessary.
With more than six
months left in Bridges' term,
the city was forced to hold a
special election to replace
him. Whoever is elected for
his seat will finish his term.
Seminole County's
Supervisor of Elections,
Mike Ertel, said the office
was buzzing with activity,
trying to organize the elec-
tion.
"Yesterday afternoon
was kind of fun for us," he
said. "We had to work pretty
quickly."
The election will be held
June 15 at the Safe Harbor
Christian Church, with
qualifying for the position
open from April 26-30.
Much of the cost of the
election will be spared
thanks to the Supervisor of
Elections, who will use his
staff to help with the elec-
tion process.


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PHOTO BY KATIE KUSTURA THE VOICE
Tractors clear land near the Holler Chevrolet dealership in Altamonte Springs, future home of a massive college expansion.

Seminole State College jumps at the chance to expand 25 acres of its campus


KATIE KUSTURA
THE VOICE
Lynn Colon has had her
fingers and toes crossed for
a while, but the Seminole
State College Dean's
dream of expanding her
Altamonte Springs campus
will soon come true.
"This is the perfect time,"
Colon said. "[Colleges] are


in high demand right now
and it's part of our respon-
sibility in the community
to provide those opportu-
nities."
Seminole State College's
board of trustees agreed
March 19 to pay $22.5 mil-
lion for 25.4 acres, cur-
rently occupied by Holler-
Classic Automotive Group
dealerships, owned by RCJ


of Winter Park.
Seminole State President
E. Ann McGee was unavail-
able to comment, but the
college provided a written
statement.
"This is a once-in-a-
lifetime agreement that
positions Seminole State
to serve thousands of addi-
tional students for decades
to come," McGee said in the


statement.
McGee said more park-
ing will be added soon, and
in three years, the college
will increase its size from
13 to 40 acres and add
about 90,000 square feet of
classroom and office space.
"Seminole State's cam-
pus will also extend all the

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Census struggles to meet numbers

With funding at stake, municipalities push for higher returns on forms


KRISTY VICKERY
GUEST REPORTER

Seminole and Orange
counties are getting the
word out about the impor-
tance of the 2010 census
forms, but many residents
still have not completed
their little blue question-
naires.
And as the April 1 due
date has come and gone,
many residents are unac-
counted for in a program
that ends up benefiting
their own community.
The 2000 Census
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cent for Orange County and
54 percent for Seminole
County. The national aver-
age was 52 percent.
"It's important that
everyone be counted,
because for everyone that
is counted, we receive our
fair share of dollars that
can help support resources
that we currently have,"
Orange County Complete
Count Community Liaison
Tiana Davis said. "Everyone
can benefit from it."
This small form is more
than just a statistical count
of the number of people
living in a household; it can


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affect the number of seats
the state occupies in the U.S.
House of Representatives,
as well as determine how
more than $400 billion
dollars of federal funding
will be spent on infrastruc-
ture and services such as
schools, hospitals, senior
centers and other public
works projects.
"Anything that we are
eligible for that benefits the
community and quality of
life that we recognize here
is important," Seminole
County principal planner,
Tony Mathews said. "We are
trying to make the com-


munity aware of the census
and the importance of the
census and at the end of
the day increase that return
rate."
Both counties are trying
to demonstrate the impor-
tance of the forms by reach-
ing out to residents, espe-
cially in minority areas that
have otherwise had poor
response rates, by spread-
ing the word at churches or
other community events.
"We have done a lot
of community outreach
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event was going on within
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Page A2 April 9-April 22, 2010 Seminole Voice


THIS WEEK in history


Physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei is ordered to turn himself in
to begin trial for the second time for holding the belief that the Earth
revolves around the Sun. It took more than 300 years for the Church
Hl lWE to admit that Galileo was right and to clear his name of heresy.



Dogs get a new place to roam

After years of pushing from paw park activists, Winter Springs finishes building a permanent solution


COURTNEY GILMARTIN
THE VOICE

After spending nearly 10
years on the city of Winter
Springs' to-do list, the city's
permanent pooch park is
finally open for playtime.
"Hound Ground" is locat-
ed within Central Winds
Park, which was also home
to a temporary dog park
that opened in 2004. The
permanent park officially
debuted on Saturday, March
27, with a grand opening
celebration that included
a parade, demonstrations
and vendors.
"The temporary park
was a proving ground in
how to operate and main-
tain these, and just to see
how popular it is," said Bob
Rucci of Friends of Leash
Optional Parks, an organi-
zation of dog-lovers that
helped to establish the park.
"It proved itself; it's run its
course, and now we have a


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The new park, which is
more than three acres, fea-
tures both large and small


dog playgrounds. There are
splash zones, water foun-
tains, dig boxes and dog
play structures, in addition
to walkways for the dogs'
two-legged friends within
the playgrounds. Both play-
grounds even feature time-
out zones for rabble-rous-
ing dogs.
Diane Shepard of
Longwood brought her
puppy, Cocoa, to the park
to play with other dogs.
"There are so many dogs
that are apartment dogs,
and even though ours isn't,
I think it's great that they
can get out and socialize
and have a place to run and
interact," she said. "People
like to get out and socialize,
and so do dogs."
The park cost $100,000


to build with the majority
of the funding $75,000
- coming from a state
grant. The city covered the
remaining costs.
Commissioner Sally
McGinnis, who has been
involved with the dog park
since before it reached the
City Commission, said the
park, originally budgeted at
$150,000, was a "bargain."
"There are models all
over dog beaches, dog
parks and this incorpo-
rated the best that's out
there," McGinnis said. "We
pared it down and made it
mean and lean, and it still
exceeds our expectations."
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out Central Florida, includ-
ing East Orlando Animal
Hospital and Central
Florida Pug Rescue, spoke
to pup owners, as well.
Chris Cannizzaro, who
serves on the board of
directors of the Friends of
Leash Optional Parks, said
that park visitors and their
furry friends can expect
similar services on weekly
and monthly bases.
Although the logistics
are still in the planning
stages, Cannizzaro said that
obedience training, agility
groups and fly-ball compe-
titions will soon be offered
at the park.
Rucci likened the park to
a kiddy playground, saying
that it might be as impor-
tant for pet owners to have
a dog park in their city as
it is for parents to have a
local playground for their
children.
"A lot of these people are
parents or grandparents
who just don't have chil-
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family," Rucci said. "This
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April 9 -April 22, 2010 Page A3


Selling books to save the library


Faced with a funding crisis, a new
bookstore saves the library from within


COURTNEY GILMARTIN
THE VOICE

A bookstore inside one
of the branches of the
Seminole County Public
Library is helping to keep
the county library system
from getting shelved.
Support for county
libraries, which have faced
budget cuts and staff cuts
in the wake of the downed
economy, has fallen onto
a nonprofit organization,
which funds education-
al programs and library
improvements that aren't
typically covered by the
county library budget.
The organization,
Friends of the Library,
opened a used bookstore
inside of the Jean Rhein
Central Branch Library in
Casselberry in March.
"Anything that directly
impacts the improvement
of the library to the public,
we're there to help fund,
especially with all of the
budget cuts that have taken
place," said Ross Pagano,
president of Friends of the
Library. "We have to live
with it, and we do the best
we can to ease the prob-
lems the county is having."
The county approved
plans to build the new
bookstore at the entrance
of the Casselberry Library
last year. Donna Benevides,
manager of the bookstore,
said the old store, which
was located at the back of


the building, was old and
cramped.
She said the new store
doubled its customer count
in the first two weeks and
made $1,000 in its opening
week.
"We have a lot more cus-
tomers now than we've ever
had before," Benevides said.
"We're just so shocked; we
can't believe the new store
has made this much of a
difference."
The store averages more
than 200 customers a week,
Pagano said, and is staffed
by a group of nearly 30 vol-
unteers.
Friends of the Library
Treasurer Ric Santiago, who
has been a member of the
group for 27 years, said that
the idea of the bookstore
evolved from the success of
the yearly used book sales
that the organization would
hold at local malls.
"[The sales] did very well,
so we decided to move here
and have a store," Santiago
said. "I remember when we
wouldn't get more than a
couple hundred dollars a
week, and now we're mak-
ing a thousand dollars a
week. It's been great."
Although it might seem
a little odd to sell books in
the same place where coun-
ty residents could borrow
them for free, Benevides
said that the majority of
the store's customers are
avid book lovers in search
of something they can call


PHOTO BY COURTNEY GILMARTIN THE VOICE
Books are now for sale, not just for borrowing, at the Seminole County Library's Casselberry
Branch, which has helped fund a $50,000 technological renovation from book sales.


their own. With magazines
and books ranging from 25
cents to $5, the bookstore
also has unique items that
customers might not be
able to find in the average
bookstore or library.
Profits from book sales
have been used to fund the
$50,000 technological reno-
vation at the North Branch
Library in Sanford and sup-
port the annual summer
reading program, which
costs about $30,000.
Seminole County Library
Services Manager Jane
Peterson said that although
county libraries are busier
than ever, about 30 per-


cent of the staff has been
cut over the past two years,
including 13 employees in
the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
Peterson also said that
year's budget was reduced
by nearly $600,000 from
2007-2008.
County Commissioner
Mike McLean said that it is
no secret that budgets have
been crunched and that
times are tough, and citizen
initiatives such as Friends
of the Library matter now
more than ever.
"This facility allows us
to bring in more dollars to
keep our library system up,"
McLean said. "We know the


challenges we have fiscal-
ly; we know some of the
restrictions we're living
with, but this store helps
keep our library system
going."
Peterson doesn't antici-
pate additional cuts this
year, but in the wake of
unforeseen trouble, Friends
of the Library may become
the de facto spine of the
county library system.
"When the library needs
things and the budget can't
do them, here we are,"
Santiago said. "That's what
we're here for."


Space worker



found dead


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE
Two University of Central
Florida area residents went
to a Friendly's restaurant
for breakfast, but they
found a body instead.
Police are investigating
a suspicious death near the
abandoned Boston Market
restaurant on University
Boulevard, less than a block
from UCF. The body was
found the morning of April
1.
According to the Orange
County Sheriff Department,
the victim was a white male
appearing to be in his 50s,
later identified as space
shuttle program engineer
Kenneth Lotti, 55. He had
worked on the Shuttle pro-
gram since its inception,
and was employed by the
United Space Alliance.
He was discovered that
morning at about 8 a.m. by
two diners who had just left
the Friendly's Restaurant
nearby. Lotti appeared
dressed for work, wear-
ing a suit at the time of his
death.
Lotti, an avid fisherman
and surfer, was found near
his car. Authorities have


yet to determine what hap-
pened to him there.
"The folks that went to
have breakfast, when they
parked the vehicle here,
they didn't notice it (the
body) at first," Orange
County Sheriff Cpl. Susan
Soto said. "... That's another
thing they're determining
whether the body was there
prior to them arriving."
"At this time, this is a
death investigation," Soto
said. "We don't know if it's a
suicide or a homicide."
Lotti was married to wife
Sheryl for 29 years, and had
a son, Thomas, and daugh-
ter, Sara.
Police have not yet ruled
the death a suicide or homi-
cide.
A memorial service will
be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
April 10 at St. Stephens
Presbyterian Church, locat-
ed at 8601 Lake Underhill
Road in Orlando. In lieu
of flowers, donations can
be made to the America
Red Cross Central Florida
Chapter or the Second
Harvest Food Bank of
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Page A4 April 9 -April 22, 2010


Furry friends and memories of spring


I hope everyone had a
wonderful Easter. I know
our family enjoyed being
together in Leesburg with
my oldest son and his wife,
who hosted the traditional
Easter meal for the whole
gang, but at least we all
brought a dish to share.
Some of our desserts were
out of this world and all
those little calories went
straight to the waistline. A
run around the block any-
one? Whether their dog,
Lizzie, needed to go out or
not, she was taken on a real
long walk. We needed an
exercise excuse. One would
say we made 'pigs of our-
selves'.
The weather was great
for spring break and for
the rest of us, it was time
to spruce up the garden. I
know I bought a bunch of
new plants to add color to
the back and front yards.
It felt good to play in the
yard after all those days of


nasty cold, dampness and
cloudiness. With some help,
my grass is getting greener.
Now if only I could tell Mr.
Squirrel and his friends
that the acorns are not in
my yard and please don't
dig anymore. I was drink-
ing my coffee this Saturday
morning when I looked
out of my sliding glass door
of the kitchen and spot-
ted a pair of sand cranes
standing in the driveway.
I didn't know if I was hav-
ing company or not. They
looked so grand together,
but they eventually moved
along. My walking buddies
and I always used to see
a couple pairs of cranes
around the mall area when
we go walking. One day we
thought they were trying to
get in the front entrance.
Guess they decided that
was a no-no.
April is turning out to
be a busy month, let us see
what is going on.


Grab your partner
Line dancing is from 6:30
p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
beginning April 12 at
the Winter Springs Civic
Center, 400 N. Edgemon
Ave. The cost is $42 for a
six-week session and $38
for seniors. If you would
like more information,
please call 407-695-1023.

The fair be there
The Seminole County Fair
from April 9-18 features
James E. Strates shows,
which will be held in the
Seminole Towne Center
in Sanford. The event will
include thrill rides, fantas-
tic food and prize-winning
games. It will be open
Monday through Friday at
4 p.m. and Saturdays and
Sunday at noon, and park-
ing and admission are free.

Spring Fiesta
The 21st Annual Spring
Fiesta in the park at Lake
Eola starts Saturday, April
10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and Sunday, April 11 noon
to 5 p.m. Come see the
hundreds of art and craft
vendors, huge kids' area
and great food. It is some-
thing for the whole family
to enjoy.


Stawberry picking
Like some country fresh
strawberries? Well Pappy's
Patch can accommodate
everyone and you can pick
those delicious berries
yourself. Just call 407-366-
8512 for date and times for
picking.

Books galore
Are you a bookworm? How
about attending the UCF
Book Festival Saturday,
April 17 from 9 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. in the UCF Arena?
The admission is free and
the event will have 60
authors and poets, panel
discussions, book sales and
appraisals, plus children's
activities and book sign-
ings. You can visit www.
bookfestival.ucf.edu for
more details. If you like
the idea of attending this
event, time it so you can
also attend the Taste of
Oviedo.

Suessical the musical
A Musical Production
at 7 p.m. April 22-24 at
Hagerty High School,
3225 Lockwood Blvd. will
present Lynn Ahrens' ad
Stephen Flaherty's musical
"Seussical" in the school
auditorium. Tickets are $8


in advance, $10 at the door
and $12 for priority seat-
ing. For more information,
please call 407-871-0787

Pre-mom's day pottery sale
Mark your calendar for this
May event you don't want
to miss. A big event will be
held on N. Central Ave. the
weekend before Mother's
Day May 1-2. Barbara Bailey
and her students, as well
as Artistic Hand's teach-
ers and students, will be
having a huge pottery sale.
The sale is scheduled to
run from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Admission is free.

A thought
"One of the best ways
to measure people is to
watch the way they behave
when something free is
offered."-Ann Landers


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April 9 -April 22, 2010 Page A5


Enjoy spring activities


By Karen McEnany-Phillips


The frost is over, the 80s
are taking a foothold, the
crape myrtles are already
bursting forth and April in
Geneva is chock-full of fun
activities that you and your
family will surely enjoy.
If you are new to Geneva
and the rural areas, April is
generally one of the loveli-
est times of year. You can
practically watch the green
shoots reaching to the sun,
whether from the grass,
young palms or the cypress
trees. We enjoy the breezes
almost as much as the buz-
zards and eagles do soaring
up above us. Take advan-
tage of the next few week-
ends before it gets too hot.

Pizza and a movie
This weekend the Geneva
Bijou Theater features
dinner and a movie with
locally handcrafted pizza
and a Scottish romantic
comedy from 1945 staring
Petula Clark. Pizza should
be ready at 6 p.m. and the
movie starts at 7 p.m. with
a chance to enjoy some
post-show dessert and fel-
lowship. The dinner por-
tion of the evening is new
so come out and support
our Rural Heritage Center
at First and Main Street.
More information about
the Rural Heritage Center
is available at www.genev-
aschoolhouse.org.

Let's go fly a kite
Ever been told to 'go fly a
kite?' Now is your chance
on Sunday, April 11 for
Kite Day. Come to the field
behind the First Baptist
Church at noon for a great
time of colorful kites and
cool breezes. What a great


way to bond with your kids!
Guess what? It's also a great
way for kids to blow off
steam! They will sleep good
Sunday night with all that
exercise and fresh air. By
the way, there is a potluck
luncheon at the church as
well, so bring a dish if you
can and spend some quality
time outside.
At 1 p.m. just across the
street at the Rural Heritage
Center get a unique chance
to listen to and learn about
the mountain dulcimer. It
isn't hard to learn and you
don't have to know how to
read music to play. Our own
Mary Jo Martin plays a love-
ly mountain dulcimer so
come out and be touched
by a truly American instru-
ment.

Learn a little history
The second and fourth
Sunday of each month
offers a chance to visit the
Museum of Geneva History
from 2-4 p.m. Not only
can you enjoy thousands
of artifacts from Geneva's
past, you can also buy
T-shirts, post cards, artwork
and books from the Geneva
Historical and Genealogical
Society. Another great way
to bond with your kids and
appreciate local Florida
history lifestyles, entertain-
ment, music and crafts and
engineering feats of those
who shared this land before
us.

Take a hike
The following Saturday,
on April 17, is another
amazing day of adventure
starting with the morning
hike at the Lake Harney
Wilderness area. This two-


hour hike from 8-10 a.m.
focuses on migratory birds
guided by a bird expert.
The cost is $3, and for more
information call 407-349-
0959. This begins at Fish
Camp Road off Osceola Rd
but participation is limited
so call for details.

The art of paper marbling
Does your family like art
projects? Come to the
Rural Heritage Center for
the Family Art Workshop
featuring 'paper marbling'.
This workshop is taught by
Angela Reeder, art teacher
at Geneva Elementary. Cost
is $10 per person for the
three-hour session and the
appropriate age group is
8-13 years. Hours are 1-4
pm, more details at www
genevaschoolhouse.org.
We have a great mix of
classes each month at the
RHC including basketweav-
ing, making 3D models
from 2D photography and
more as well as a quilters
group that meets every
fourth Saturday at 11 a.m.

Relay for life
More news to come on the
great Geneva/Chuluota
Relay for Life event sched-
uled for April 30 to May
1. These dedicated folks
have been fundraising for
months, and the culmina-
tion comes on Friday night
and Saturday with a great
time of music, entertain-
ment and celebration of
life. The event will be held
in Chuluota at Camp Mah-
Kah-Wee.


ST KAREN
Please share your thoughts about
Geneva at 407-221-7002,
kphillips@observernewspapers.
com with "Stetson's Corner" in the
subject line, or fax 407-349-2800.
Thanks!
This column is dedicated to
Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
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.


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HOLLER I Car dealer chose to vacate just as Seminole State needed to expand


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way to Maitland Boulevard,
something I've dreamed
about since the college
first purchased property
in Altamonte Springs [in]
2003," McGee said in the
statement.
The dealerships that are
currently occupying the
buildings off South State
Road 434 Classic Audi,
Classic Chevrolet, Hummer
of Orlando and Classic
Driver's Mart will close
by January 2013 and re-
open in new locations, said
Holler spokeswoman Lori
Booker.
Holler plans to reinvest
the funds from the sale into
existing dealership loca-
tions, the relocation of the


Altamonte dealerships and
a new design for Audi, she
said.
The automotive group,
which is currently in arbi-
tration with General Motors
to continue its Chevrolet
contract, was content with
selling the land to Seminole
State because of the col-
lege's role in the communi-
ty, she said. When Seminole
State came to them with an
offer, the land wasn't even
for sale.
"If they had called us
just six months later, we
wouldn't have been able to
leave," Booker said. If con-
struction on the Audi rede-
sign had started earlier, it
would have put a stop to
the transaction.
"Because the [college] is


so important to this com-
munity, [RCJ] went ahead
and agreed to sell land that
wasn't for sale," said Booker.
"All that was sold was real
estate. [The dealerships are]
just going to be relocated."
RCJ and Seminole State
had been in negotiations
for months before agreeing
on the $22.5 million price.
"I was originally con-
cerned about the price of
the property, but I think
through negotiations it
came down into the range
that became reasonable for
us," said Scott D. Howat,
Vice Chairman of the dis-
trict's Board of Trustees.
"It's a great opportunity
for Seminole State as far as
making use of that facility,
the partnership opportu-


nity and the expansion of
that facility."
The Altamonte campus,
which opened in January
2008, is host to all of the
college's health programs
and has already hit capac-
ity.
"We have been full almost
from the day we opened,"
said Colon of the campus
that served 2,823 students
who more than packed
the 563 available parking
spaces at its opening. "The
expansion will enable us to
meet the demands of the
community."
The first noticeable
change from the purchase
will be the increase in avail-
able parking, which will
happen by the end of July,
according to the college's


communications manager,
Jay Davis. He said the lot
will provide parking for 200
to 300 additional vehicles.
Considering the current
state of the economy, it's
not unusual for taxpayers
to wonder why the school
wants to expand now, but
the college's vice president
for administrative services
and chief financial officer,
Joseph Sarnovsky, is con-
fident that now is the best
time to do so.
"This gives the opportu-
nity to the college to expand
their site with the low-
est cost of real estate that
we've seen in many, many
years," said Sarnovsky. "It's
going to save the taxpayers
several million dollars."


CENSUS I Some residents still waiting for census forms, which were due April 1


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our county ... we attended
whether it was minority-
geared or not... we promot-
ed the census by provid-
ing information, as well as
promotional items," Davis
said.
Davis also said Orange
County has even taken the
initiative to go door to door


to place fliers reminding
residents to fill out their
forms on doors in minority
areas.
Although both counties
have made strong outreach
efforts, some residents are
still awaiting the arrival of
the form in the mail.
Eighty-three-year-old
Mayflower Retirement
Community resident Janet
Donahue said she is one of


many still anticipating her
chance to be counted.
"About half of the resi-
dents here just didn't get
one sent to them yet," she
said. "And that kind of
leaves us up the creek."
Although Donahue may
represent just a small per-
cent of Florida residents
pending the arrival of their
2010 census, the impact of
just one person on federal


funding can be detrimen-
tal.
The loss in funding for
government services for
just one uncounted person
in Orange County is roughly
$850 to $1,400, Davis said.
"Our goal this year is
to have 70 percent of the
population within the
entire Orange County, that
includes all the municipali-
ties' participation in the


mail-back response rate,"
Davis said. "So that when
the census takers do come
out, maybe our percentage
will be higher."
Although the 2010 cen-
sus forms were due April
1, Davis said they can be
returned through the end
of April. The U.S. Census
Bureau starts their door-to-
door campaign in May.


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Seminole Voice April 9 -April 22, 2010 Page A7


THIS WEEK in human history


Fair in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The car debuted that same day, and
| almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately snapped up by buyers.
Named for a World War II fighter plane, the first models carried a
1 \; T E R E S T S 1 Jstarting price tag of around $2,300.


Will Wright and the art of war

Research Park shows off its secret battle simulation equipment to the rock star of the virtual world


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE
Twenty feet inside of a mag-
netically sealed door, Will
Wright is already knee-deep
into a mission briefing for
recon work in Iraq. A few
minutes from now, he'll be
flying just east of Fallujah.
It's 1:35 p.m. as Wright,
with his eight-months
pregnant wife, Kim, in tow,
walks into a dark briefing
room. An Army major in
full camouflage rushes to
shake his hand, calling him
"sir" by reflex.
Wright doesn't have the
bearing of a military man.
Sauntering into the room
with an air of geeky confi-
dence inspired by years of
being on top of his field,
he's casually at ease in tight
indigo $120 PPD jeans and
sleek black button-down
shirt.
Maybe that's because
he's in his element here as
he gazes from behind thin
spectacles at a wall of wide-
screen monitors filled with
schematics and video of a
war zone, brought nearly to
life in simulation.
"This is myDisneyWorld,"
he said later on, halfway
between quick puffs on a
Marlboro Light.
Wright, 50, has lived his
entire adult life in simulated
reality. The realization of an
interactive artificial world
had only been joked about
on TV shows such as Maxx
Headroom in the techno-


PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Lifting off in an Army-issue Longbow simulated helicopter, simulation gaming guru Will Wright, left, tested out cutting-edge
equipment developed in high-tech labs that the military uses to train its pilots without the danger of real-world crashes.


philiac 1980s, just before
Wright, fresh out of college,
showed what simulated
reality could really do.
Name any video game
with the prefix Sim in
front of it, and chances are,
Wright created it. It start-
ed in 1989. SimCity hit the


gaming world like a bull-
dozer clearing the land-
scape. Stuck playing within
strict parameters of simplis-
tic gaming ushered in years
prior by PONG 20, gamers
suddenly could build their
own world, and own it all.
Simulated reality became


Wright's obsession. Over the
course of the next fewyears,
he released Sim titles that
spanned genres. SimEarth,
SimAnt and SimCity 2000
soon followed. In 1996, he
released SimCopter a
helicopter pilot program -
and the military started to


take notice.
"I've got 15 hours flight
time in rotary wing," Wright
says, mentioning almost
off-handedly his pilot expe-
rience in helicopters and
airplanes in a series of short
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half sentences. "But private
flying got too expensive."
He doesn't talk much.
Most of the words out of
his mouth end in questions.
Then he puts his hands on
the controls and goes to
work.
Back inside the L3
Communications briefing
room on Monday, Major
Jon Stevens is filling the
air with warzone jargon
interspersed with cutting-
edge tech, filling Wright in
on what the technology
of simulated war can do
these days, with a hint of
what's to come. Wright sits
with his wife in the front of
three rows of seats. A hand-
ful of press and PR agents
sit behind him.
All eyes are on Wright as
he takes in the mission's
PowerPoint slides in quick
succession as Stevens rush-
es him toward the real fun.
In a few minutes, he's going
to be piloting a Longbow
reconnaissance helicopter
- the more heavily outfit-
ted brother of the Apache.
The briefing cuts off
quickly, and the cavalcade
of press and executives sur-
rounding Wright is already
heading out another well-
guarded door after swiping
yet another key card.
This isn't an ordinary
tour. Security in this string
of unassuming khaki office
buildings along UCF's
Research Parkway is so tight
that you need an ID chip to
get outside again, lest an
unheard of piece of high
technology leave the build-
ing with you.

Ready for liftoff
Fifty feet across a park-
ing lot beyond the back
door of L3 Com, two thick
white steel trailers larger
than shipping containers
loom ahead bearing heavily
secured doors. One of them
swings open, and Wright
steps inside as a rush of
cold air blasts his casually
kept brown hair the other
direction.
"Welcome to the cock-
pit," Stevens said. Then
Wright begins the unrea-
sonably gymnastic descent
into a snug black seat bolted


to the floor as he carefully
avoids breaking the control
stick between his legs.
For a few seconds L3
engineer Brett Newlin has
the controls as he steers the
Longbow helicopter across
the Iraqi desert a few miles
south of Abu Ghraib prison.
Then his hands let go.
"It's all yours," Newlin
says.
The roar of AC blower
fans deafens the cabin to
anything below a yell -
almost like the wind noise
just outside the rapidly
spinning blades of a real
Longbow. Wright steers the
heavily armed attack heli-
copter east toward a down-
town. Then a blast of wind
sends the chopper sideways
as he struggles to avoid
broad siding a building. He
saves it just in time.
"You might want to pull
up a little," Newlin says.
A few seconds later, test-
ing the hard deck as low as
he can fly, Wright sends the
chopper scuttling across the
desert floor. Every screen in
the cockpit suddenly turns
red.
"You crashed," Newlin
said.
"He's actually very good
at this," Kim Wright says.
"He has remote control
helicopters."
Another of Wright's side
hobbies he's developed
while crossing the streams
between reality and VR:
He loves robotics. That
includes anything built
to scale to mimic the real
thing. Remember the show
BattleBots from the mid
1990s? He built those with
his daughter and won with
them. He's also put togeth-
er his own tiny helicopters
to show him the dynamics
of flight in person, minus
the risk of death.
Back in the cockpit, an
engineer asks if Kim wants
to drive. She laughs, though
without her none of this
would be possible.
"She's my manager,"
Wright said later. "She took
care of all of this."
When Wright was sched-
uled to headline a confer-
ence in Orlando, she insist-
ed he be allowed to tour
Research Park's hidden cor-
ridor of military simulators


PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Wright, above left, toured a slew of high-tech and high-security battle simulators along UCF's
Research Parkway on March 29. Below, Wright fires a gas-powered M16 assault rifle.


first-hand.
Walking outside L3's
office after successfully
landing his VR chopper just
outside enemy fire, Wright
lights up another Marlboro
and takes a few quick drags
before tossing it and hop-
ping into a minivan.
"So how'd you do?"
Edwards asks him. "The
army could use a good
pilot."

Quick-change tanks
The tour quickly rolls along
to anotherlarge office build-
ing, this one half a dozen
stories high with the words
SAIC on the outside. Wright
burns another 10 seconds
of tobacco before ditching
it as the doors swing open,
held by executives on both
sides.
"My son says hi," Vice
President Sunny Taylor says,
a nod to the youth draw of
one of the biggest rock stars
in the gaming world.
After a dozen hand-
shakes, Wright is ushered
into a long warehouse-look-
ing room filled with six life-
sized armored tank simula-
tors. Hundreds of computer
cables stretch along bare
I-beam ceilings and drop
to the faux tanks below.


They can simulate anything
on the battlefield, project
director Darryl Williams
says. The big advantage: If
they crash, you don't have
to destroy them on site.
"Can they simulate the
Kobayashi Maru?" Wright
quips, rifling off a Star Trek
joke surrounded by a dozen
engineers.
At 2:48 p.m.,Wright straps
into an Abrams simulator
and it rises up on six Moog
gas struts before the scen-
ery begins blurring by on
three 5-foot-wide screens
surrounding the cockpit.
Within just a few minutes
this could simulate a com-
pletely different tank, with
just the quick change of the
dashboard, controls and
software, Williams said.
And they can simulate
any war scenario, helping
soldiers get first-hand bat-
tlefield experience with-
out the worry of dying in a
rookie mission.
"We've been able to miti-
gate the losses," Taylor says.
"No kid should go out to
Afghanistan without using
this simulator. It's a very
realistic simulator. When
you're in there, you're in a
68-ton tank."
Tank drivers will amass
80 hours on simulators such
as these before ever strap-
ping into the real thing,
saving the military millions
of dollars in potentially lost
hardware and spent shells.
They escort Wright
to another simulator a
few tanks to the left, and
Williams makes his first
stern order of the day.
"Absolutely no pictures
of the inside of that tank
cockpit," he says.
Wright's simulator rises
up on powerful hydraulic
struts again, and in seconds,
he's at full speed heading
toward an embankment.
He hits it straight on, just
as the simulator's nose
launches upward violently
and the screens ahead turn
sky blue.
In the minivan again at
3:27 p.m., he's chattier now
as he talks vehicle dynam-
ics.


"I'd keep the gas down
and hit the brakes to bal-
ance the understeer," he
says.
"That sounds like how
you usually drive," Kim
quips back.

In the line of fire
He burns another cigarette
on the quick walk into the
nebulouslynamedU.S.Army
Research Development and
Engineering Command
facility. It's a long name
considering he's just here
to fire machine guns.
Stepping into another
dark trailer in back, he's in
a 30-foot-long assault rifle
range with a gas-powered
M16 in his hands.
"Everything is the
same as a real M16 rifle,"
Instructional systems spe-
cialist Chuck Amburn says.
"You cock it the same way,
it fires the same way, it even
kicks back."
Wright levels his sight on
an insurgent target project-
ed onto a movie theater-
sized screen in front of him,
standing in a desert town.
He squints his left eye and
pulls the trigger in quick
bursts. The butt of the M16
slams against his shoulder
repeatedly as the insurgent
turns red.
"Police can train here,
Army, and they come here
a lot," Amburn says. "This is
as real as it gets."
Stepping outside into
the afternoon light and tak-
ing his final walk along the
backside of a building, he
drags off another cigarette.
"It was a wonderful day,"
he said, forsaking insight
for outward joy.
Just before departing,
he passes off a handful
of bills former Belarus
Rubles with his contact
info stamped on one side
- a unique business card
for a man who thrives on
strange reality.
With PR agents in tow, he
hops into the driver's seat
of a rented red Mustang
and roars off toward Disney
World for a conference,
leaving his real vacation
behind.


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April 9 -April 22, 2010 Page A9


Family


Calendar


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.

The Seminole County Natural
Lands Program is offering two
upcoming classes. "Building
a Rain Barrel" will be from 1
pm. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April
18, at Red Bug Lake Park in
Casselberry. "Organic Recycling"
will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. at Sylvan Lake Park in
Sanford. Both classes cost $8.
Call Jane at 407-349-0959 for
more information.

Applications for the 2010-
2011 season of the Florida
Symphony Youth Orchestra are
due by Wednesday, April 28.
Visit www.fsyo.org to download
audition materials.

Lord of Life Church of God
in Winter Springs is hosting a
spring festival from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.
There will be live music, games,
a bounce house and an arts and
crafts fair. The whole family is
invited, and admission, food and
events are free.

It's time to sign up for
kindergarten! Registration
for the 2010-2011 school
year will be held this April
and May. Parents must bring
proof of birth and residency
and immunization and doctor
records to registration. For
dates, times and locations visit
www.scps.kl2.fl.us.

Oviedo Recreation Parks is
offering the following upcoming
athletic programs:
-Family Archery class will be
offered on Saturday mornings
from April 17 through May 22.
Beginning and advanced classes
will be offered, and registration
ends on Wednesday, April 14.
The cost for each program is
$35 for Oviedo residents and
$55 for non-residents.

-Start Smart Football, a
beginner's athletic program
designed for 3- to 6-year-olds
and their parents, will be offered
on Thursday evenings from
May 6 to June 10 at Riverside
Park. Registration ends on
Wednesday, April 22, and the
cost is $60 for residents and
$65 for non-residents.

-The local Pitch, Hit & Run
competition will begin at 10
a.m. on Sunday, April 18, at the
Oviedo Sports Complex. The
free baseball skills competition
is open to boys and girls ages
7 to 14. Registration begins
at 9:30 a.m. and participants
must bring a copy of their birth
certificate.


PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
John Allen co-stars as KoKo, center, in Trinity Prep's production of "The Mikado." The performance was dedicated to Jonathan May, the school's conductor, who died dur-
ing the play's production in February. The school hosted a trio of performances that combined the symphony orchestra and theater program on the same stage.


Cast and crew rallies to complete beloved conductor Jonathan May's grand finale


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE

Jonathan May wasn't on
stage for the final perfor-
mance of his career. The
award-winning conduc-
tor wasn't in the crowd or
waiting in the wings. He
was in the music, as his first
note bowed to life from the
strings of a violin and soared
across the stage, before set-
tling in the rafters as a sym-
phony arose from dozens of
young musicians below.
This wasn't just a per-
formance it was a final
goodbye. The white rib-
bons circling the arms of
May's young pupils were
a clue. Some had known
their teacher since they
could barely walk. Even
then, he knew they could
play. May would win acco-
lades worldwide during his
career spanning more than
three decades tutoring in
the language of music.
On a rainy Sunday after-
noon inside the Trinity Prep
theater, May's lifetime of
work culminated in a mag-
num opus, Gilbert and Sul-
livan's "The Mikado," per-
formed for the last time one
month after his death.
"You must adjust," May
had told his students over
and over again. The scale
of the production of "The
Mikado," which brought
together the theater and
entire symphony on stage
at the same time, had nev-
er been matched before at
Trinity. When the sympho-
ny could barely fit on stage,
they adjusted. When the
production's size forced it
to spill out onto the theater
floor, they adjusted.
A month before the cur-
tain would rise on his dream,
the symphony's conduc-
tor and longtime mentor
passed away on a Saturday
afternoon. It would be the
biggest adjustment of all.
Coming back from a
weekend in which word of
May's death spread quickly


among students, colleagues
and friends, the rehearsal
room was oddly quiet Mon-
day morning.
"When we came back
to school Monday, nobody
played, nobody sang, we
just talked about Jonathan,"
Director Janine Papin said.
"But everyone knew we'd
have to go on."
Assistant Conductor Bri-
an Beute had only worked
with percussion and wind
instruments for the produc-
tion before that first day.
Even still, over the course of
the next few weeks he took
the conductor's wand and
weaved together the final
stitches of symphony and
percussion that would form
the backdrop of the most
complicated performance
ever played upon the Trin-
ity Prep stage.
That ability to adapt,
Beute said, came from May,
with whom he'd collabo-
rated for six years at Trinity
Prep.
"He imparted so much
skill and musical ability in
me," Beute said. "He was an
educator; he was a mentor
and he was a friend."
In a moment, Beute was
tasked with bringing the
culminating vision of his
friend and mentor to life.
He leapt at the chance to
repay his teacher. Only four
weeks later, he was on stage
dressed in black, readying
to give a final thank-you
with wand in hand.
On the theater side, pro-
duction had been work-
ing in earnest as costumes
came directly from Japan,
and makeup became a
transformative art to create
a distinctly Japanese look
among the multi-ethnic
cast.
Fast forward to 2:13 p.m.
Sunday, March 28, 17 min-
utes before showtime. In-
side a small white cinder-
block room, hidden behind
the stage's back wall, a small
chorus of voices rises and
grows, singing notes with-


out words, soon conscript-
ing an entire room filled
with teens in stark pale
white-and-black makeup.
The chorus continues to
rise in volume and frenzy as
musical director Patrick Nu-
gent whistles through three
octaves on a tuning har-
monica, readying dozens of
voices at once as the sound
rises to a crescendo, then
stops. It's almost showtime.
Now that same group of
students, garbed in kimo-
nos and black wigs, forms
a tight circle that still spans
the breadth of this small
back room. In these same
slight confines, they had
rushed through hours of
hair and makeup to turn
them into Nanki, Yum Yum,
Pitti Sing and dozens more
before arriving at this mo-
ment.
As the players circle
around her, Papin stands in
a red Japanese blouse ready
to give her players a final
pep talk before they flood
onto the stage.
"I do not ever want to see
high school theater on this
stage," Papin had told her
students. "You're all bet-
ter than that. This isn't just
high school theater. This is
theater. You can impress;
you can shine. ... Play to
make Jonathan proud."
Racing toward the stage
with a rush of flitting feet
along the auditorium's side


walkways, the cast brought
to life the complex light
comedy of a royal son hiding
from his destiny, but drawn
by love to a terrible fate. All
the while, the music played
in perfect harmony, a testa-
ment to preparation that
had taken months leading
up to the final curtain.
Alighting the stage as
their voices echoed the last
note of the final act, the cast
and symphony bowed to an
ovation from an audience
on its feet that resounded
for more than 10 minutes.
The crew, along with Papin
and an army of production
assistants, all walked out to
join the celebration.
They all had known this
would be the final cheer for
their departed friend and
mentor.
"He taught me to be the
best person I could be," Col-
lin Powell, 17, said. "He told
us that no matter what hap-
pens, we'll make it work."
Celebrating on stage
before the lights faded to
black for the last time on
May's opus, cast and crew
hugged each other in tears.
And in her final moment
in the spotlight at the cen-
ter of the stage, her voice
drowned in a roar of ap-
plause, Papin gazed out just
beyond the audience as she
whispered a silent thank
you to a friend.


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Partin Elementary School Principal
Kristy Marshall received a check
for the school's art programs from
Foundation forSeminole County Public
Schools board member Rich Sloane.
Proceeds from the Foundation's Arts
Alive in Seminole fundraiser provide
resources for art programs in every
Seminole County public school.

Bradford Barsalou was named
Seminole County 2011 Teacher of the
Year at the annual Teacher of the Year
recognition ceremony on Thursday,
April 1. Barsalou, now in his eighth
year of teaching, is a social studies
teacher at Crooms Academy of
Information Technology in Sanford.

The flag football game between the
Winter Springs Police Department
and Oviedo Police Department was a
huge success that raised more than
$4,000 for Kid's House of Seminole.


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WSPD won the trophy with a score of
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competing with Ironwater Bocephus,
his Jack Russell Terrier named after
country singer Hank Williams Jr., in
the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Eastern Regional event in St.
Petersburg. The challenge features
dogs of all breeds and sizes that
compete in athletic events including
agility, dog diving and hurdle racing.

The Florida Trail Association
congratulates winners of its annual
awards. Rodney Posey won theActivity
Leader Award, Julia Thompson won
the Cornelia Burge Volunteer Award
and Jean Williamson won the Special
Service Award.

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Frank S. Hale will join the Volunteer
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Regional Chamber of Commerce as
its new president.

The Orlando Business Card
Exchange recently held a ribbon
cutting ceremony at its newest
location, the UPS Store at 2200 Winter
Springs Blvd. in Oviedo.

The Foundation forSeminole County
Public Schools has announced the
launch of its newly redesigned Web
site, www.foundationscps.org. The
Foundation enlisted the help of the
Web design team at Caxiam Group
to create a site that would not only
be visually appealing, but provide
opportunities for involvement by
Central Florida businesses and
individuals.

The Sunshine Review recently


PHOTO COURTESY OF ECO-VOLUNTEER
Volunteers spent the day repairing and
painting Wekiwa State Park buildings.


ofpublished the results of its review
of 5,000 government Web sites. Sites
were analyzed for transparency based
on a 10-point checklist, and only
14 entities earned perfect scores.
Seminole County Public Schools was
one of the 14, ranking the school
district's Web site in the top 1 percent
of those analyzed nationwide.

More than 150 outdoor lovers
turned out for a family-friendly
eco-VolunteerUSA experience
at Wekiwa Springs State Park last
weekend. Volunteers included local
Girl Scout troop members, a youth
group, Disney employees and many
more individuals and families. The
volunteers have been sprucing up the
park's popular youth camp, repairing
and painting 25 on-site buildings.AAA
Florida generously donated funds to
cover paint and supplies cost for the
project. Visit www.ecovolunteerusa.
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volunteer program.

With the arrival warmer weather,
Florida Agriculture and Consumer
Services Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson reminds horse owners
to get their animals vaccinated for
mosquito-borne diseases. Bronson
also recommends that Floridians
remove standing water from their
property, wear long-sleeved shirts
and pants when outside around dusk
and dawn, and use a good mosquito
repellant.

Lake Mary High School and Chrysler
Group have reached an agreement
in their dispute over the ram's head
design. Chrysler has become a
business partner with the school
and will allow the continued use of
the ram's head in specific school
locations until the logos, like the


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Principal Kristy Marshall gets a check
from Rich Sloane to use toward the arts.

one on the gymnasium floor and the
ones on campus benches, need to be
replaced due to wear and tear.

Seminole High School recently
welcomed nearly 700 students to its
campus for the March Mu Alpha Theta
Regional Competition. Seminole High
won the competition, beating its
closest competitor by a mere 13.4
points. Congratulations to all the
winners.

Despite the turbulent economy,
Coastal Reconstruction Group
continues to grow. The disaster
general contractor has expanded its
presence in Central Florida with a
new 13,600-square foot warehouse
in Longwood and a remodeled sales
office in Winter Park. The company
also recently hired Keith Freeman as
an estimator.

The United States Tennis
Association recently honored the
Seminole County's Leisure Services
department as the USTA Member
Organization of the Year.


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Tickets to this year's Florida
Film Festival are available. The
festival will be held Friday, April
9, through Sunday, April 18. Visit
www.FloridaFilmFestival.com for
festival information, a guide to
the films and events and much
more.

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
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for more information.

The Camaraderie Foundation
will be hosting a free afternoon
of lunch and entertainment for
Operation Enduring Freedom
and Operation Iraqi Freedom
veterans, service members and
their families. The event will
begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
April 10, at First Presbyterian
Church of Orlando. Visit www.
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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
Performing Arts Center. Tickets
are available the day of the show
and on Waynedenschperforming
artscenter.com.

The Seminole Audubon
Society's April program will be
a photo presentation by Charles
Motley, a retired Orange County
engineer and Amazon waterfall
and wildlife enthusiast who is
spearheading the making of a
trail along Peru's Amazon forest
ledge. The free program begins
at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, at
the Seminole County Library in
Sanford.

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.

There will be free disposal of
up to 10 waste tires for residents
of Seminole County from 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17,
at the Central Transfer Station in
Longwood and at the Seminole
County Landfill in Geneva.
Call 407-665-2260 for more
information.

The Environmental Studies
Center and Seminole County
Natural Lands Program are
teaming up for an Earth Day
celebration at 9 a.m. on
Saturday, April 17, at the center,
2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood.
All presentations, entertainment
and activities are free.

The Winter Springs Police
Department will be offering a
CPR/AED certification class on
Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. The class is limited to
eight participants, and there is a
$5 fee. Call 407-327-7956 for
more information.


The inaugural UCF Book
Festival will be held from 9 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April
17, at the UCF Arena. There will
be book signing, book sales and
children's activities in addition to
appearances by more than 60
authors. Visit www.bookfestival.
ucf.edu to learn more.

The Oviedo-Winter Springs
Regional Chamber of
Commerce will host its 16th
annual Taste of Oviedo beginning
at 10a.m. on Saturday,April 17,at
Oviedo Boulevard. The event will
feature entertainment and local
food and vendors. Sponsorship
opportunities are still available.
Visit www.tastofoviedo.org for
more information.

Raise money and awareness
for The American Cancer Society
at the Equestrian Relay, which
begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
April 17, at Econ Forestry Park
in Geneva. There will be raffles,
a scavenger hunt and animal
demonstrations. Call Linda
Wiggins at 407-366-1892 for


more information.

The Geneva Community
Center will be hosting Geneva
Jam, a free evening of old-time
bluegrass, country and gospel
music beginning at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, April 17. Proceeds
from food and raffle ticket sales
will help pay for the upkeep of
the center.

Relay for Life of Winter
Springs will be hosting a team
party at 7 p.m. on Monday, April
19, at the police substation in
the Vistawilla Office Center. Call
Kristina Hooper at 407-327-
7959 for more information.

Mike Barr, executive director
of Keep Seminole Beautiful, will
address water conservation
during his presentation at the
League of Women Voters' Hot
Topics luncheon. The luncheon
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THIS WEEK in sports history

The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan scores 63 points in an NBA
playoff game against the Boston Celtics, setting a postseason
scoring record. Jordan remains the NBA's highest regular season
A L I scorer, with an average of 30.1 points per game.



Baseball deep into district play

Local softball and basketball teams continue to rack up impressive records to start April
ISAAC BABCOCK week, playing a doublehead- Kiersten Coffman shut
THE VOICE er starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday down opponents through-
at Seminole. out the series with strong
Winter Springs' baseball Hagerty has rolled on a pitching to bring her record
team dominated Georgia's string of wins heading into to 17-2 on the season. Now
Sprayberry in a 9-1 blowout April, including a 16-0 blow- the Bears are 19-3 overall,
Tuesday. James Simpson's out against Pine Ridge on heading back to the field on
four shutout innings helped March 31. The Huskies tray- Wednesday, April 14 to host
keep the Yellow Jackets at el to Lake Howell for an 11 East River.
bay. The win for the Bears a.m. showdown on Saturday,
brought their record to 11-8 April 10. Monday they travel Basketball
on the season. to East Ridge, with the first A blowout loss ended the
After a showdown in pitch at 7:15 p.m. Lake Mary girls basket- -- -
Ocoee at press time, the ball team's 23-game win-
Bears will return to their Softball ning streak heading into ---
home field at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Winter Springs' softball the ESPN Rise National ..
April 13 to face district rival team had a dominating per- Championship. They fell
Lyman. formance in the Kissimmee 56-32 to the tournament's
The Oviedo Lions will hit Klassic last weekend, but eventual champion, New PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
the road when they return fell to Naples in the cham- Jersey's Peddie School. The Lions have strong pitching but have struggled in run pro-
from spring break next pionship by a 4-0 score. duction against some tough district rivals in the past week.



Knights blazed by UAB

Despite a strong start to last weekend's three-game series, UCF failed to capitalize in the final two
ISAAC BABCOCK Ryan Woolley and closer
THE VOICE Nick Graffeo.
On the Knights' side of
The Knights dropped their the mound, a short start for
second conference series in Alex Besaw saw him giving
a row last weekend, as they up two earned runs after
lost two of a three game shutting down just four bat-
series to UAB at home. ters. Joe Rogers would pro-
But Game 1 was a dif- vide the long relief for the
ferent story for the Knights Knights, going more than
(18-12, 2-4), as they opened six innings while striking r, r. t,
their second conference out four and giving up three
series of the season with earned runs. Brian Adkins
another win. It was a big was brought in to face just
one, as they came out on one batter, who he then
top of a 16-7 slugfest. beaned. ..
That included four RBIs Finishing up for the -'
by third baseman Derek Knights, Matt Manning "-.:. ....
Luciano, who had three saved his team from even '
hits in the game. Four other more embarrassment by
Knights knocked in two ending a threatening inning .....
runs of their own in a series with two strikeouts, though 0.11
of rallies that reached a he did allow two runners .
high point in a 5-run fifth who were already on board
inning. with the bases loaded to
But bats cooled for the score.
Knights in the next two A long series of road trips
games, as they only scored 3 is on deck for the Knights,
runs combined in their fol- at South Florida during
lowing two losses. press time then a three
In the final game of the game series in Hattiesburg,
series Sunday, the Knights Miss. against Southern Miss.
scored just once, striking They return home April 13 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
out nine times against the against Stetson. The Knights have continued to play catch-up in Conference USA following the example of weak
one-two punch of starter conference play starts by the football and basketball teams this season. They're 2-4 in conference.


Jones replaces Speraw as coach
ISAAC BABCOCK UCF fired its winningest spent the last season head- Herd for just three years,
THE VOICE coach in basketball histo- ing up a Marshall men's turning around a foun-
ry, they have Kirk Speraw's program that ascended to during program with top
Donnie Jones walked into replacement in Jones. 24-10 by season's end recruits, whom he pulled in
the job interview with a "Donnie has a vision for the best the Herd had seen personally to help revital-
plan to revitalize UCF this program that includes in 20 years. That included ize the team.
basketball. There were attracting top-notch stu- beating the Knights twice Before that he had
six-month, one-year, and dent-athletes and compet- this past season the final served as UF's associate
five-year benchmarks. He ing for championships," blow coming in a triple head coach, helping to
would pull in top talent and Athletic Director Keith overtime thriller in which build a strong recruiting
galvanize a fan base. Most Tribble said. the Herd outlasted the program there. PHOTO COURTESY OF UCF
importantly, he'd win. The former University Knights. Jones brought Marshall to prom-
Now two weeks after of Florida assistant coach Jones had been with the inence over three seasons.


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'Pants on the ground' not going to cut it at interview


EMPLOYMENT

Ask

Sandi


I have finally come to understand
that not everyone has the same
views of dressing profession-
ally or dressing for success. I just
came from the Central Florida
Employment Council job fair
where we emphasize dressing pro-
fessionally, and I was amazed at
how people were dressed.
The jobs available ranged from
customer service associates, to


assistant director and adjunct pro-
fessor positions at a college. The
dress also ranged from "pants on
the ground" to three-piece suits.
I understand that not everyone
has the financial means to buy
brand new interview clothes, but
there are many great thrift stores
and programs. If you need more
information on these, please con-
tact me.
I think it is important to re-
emphasize what proper attire is for
job fairs, interviews and network-
ing groups.
Men should wear, dark slacks
and a long-sleeved shirt. A tie is
appropriate for professional posi-
tions, as is a jacket. Shoes should be
polished. For less professional posi-


tions, dark colored pants or khaki
pants with a polo-type shirt are
best. A belt is not an option if your
pants are too large.
Women should wear, dark slacks
or a skirt with a nice blouse. A
jacket is a must for professional
positions. A modest dress is accept-
able as well. Dresses should be at
least knee length. Closed toe shoes
are best, but if you wear open-toed
shoes, make sure your toenails are
groomed and polished.
It is not acceptable to wear
something you would wear to a
nightclub high-heeled flip-flop-
type shoes. Stilettos are not ideal
either. At the job fair, I saw ladies
with short skirts and low cut tops,
leaving little to be desired, as well


as, very sloppy attire including
dirty T-shirts with denim skirts
and sneakers. Because you have
to compete against so many other
job seekers, it is really important to
dress for success.
Take care and best wishes

Until next time,
Sandi

TALK A NOI
>T SANDI
Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian
HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council,
with more than 10 years of recruiting and human
resources experience. Please send questions
about employment by fax 407-260-2949, sandi@
christianhelp.org, or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian
HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707.


Letter to the Editor


No health benefits for
Oviedo City Council
I think we should be paying
more attention to Oviedo
City Council. At the first
meeting that I attended,
the council members voted
to give themselves health
care benefits paid by the
taxpayers. Our mayor, Mary
Lou Andrews, voted against
it. They spend two evenings
a month at open meet-
ings and a few committee
meetings a very part-
time position. Having little
opposition, they decided
this is not the time to pro-
ceed with the necessary
two additional public votes,
however, three of them are
up for re-election this year.
It's my guess that if they
get re-elected, they will
soon go for the additional
benefits. If all five people
on the City Council decided
to take the family plan, it
would cost the taxpayers


more than $60,000 a year,
every year. None of the
other part-time employees
get health care benefits. It
makes my blood boil; how
about you?
Another concern is
that they decided to out-
source the building services
department in spite of the
fact that every citizen who
spoke about the issue asked
them not to do that. That
resulted in the lay-off of
another nine employees.
The company who got the
contract only hired a few
and probably at less pay
and poorer benefits. So the
taxpayers have an addi-
tional five or six people on
unemployment compen-
sation, plus possible food
stamps and medical aid.
All that trauma, expense,
and upheaval most likely
will not provide additional
income to the city. So I
wonder what was gained by


that decision. Is there any
benefit to anyone? Only the
three councilmen who are
up for re-election voted for
that change.
The City Council is now
working on a review of the
city charter, which means
that changes will be recom-
mended. Elected officials
may prefer longer terms
in office. They may want
to change from two-year
terms to four-year terms.
This is not the year for that
change. We the people
who pay the bills are now
awake, and we have figured
out that many of our elect-
ed officials only care about
what we want when they
are up for re-election. The
further they get from that,
the less they care what we
want. Let's not increase the
length of their terms.
It would also be a good
thing to keep the election
for the City Council on the


same date as the regular
election. It saves about
$4,500, and more people
will probably vote.
It would be great if we
could add term limits. Term
limits are very popular with
voters this year. Studies
have shown that elected
officials with term limits
spend less of the taxpayers'
money. We need to slash
spending at all levels this
year to survive the huge
spending spree that the
federal government is on
and the high unemploy-
ment here.
-Peg Wooden
Oviedo

Politicians should stand up
for the middle class
We are all struggling with
the high cost of every-
thing. My wife and I live
on our only income, Social
Security. We were not given


a cost of living increase this
year, as you well know.
We have six children,
four boys and two girls. All
fine young adults. Three of
our children lost their jobs,
and are presently doing
what they can in odd jobs,
to try and get by.
Needless to say, we are
trying to help them with
their responsibilities with
food and money. It is
becoming hopeless for us
as parents to continue this
way.
It's time for you, our
public servants, to go to bat
for the common man.
It is us, the middle class,
that takes the beatings
from the big cats, for their
own interest.
It is time to take a stand
for Middle America. God
speed!
-James McLaughlin
Altamonte Springs


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will take risks in a
completely different
environment. It will
be a fun challenge
to finally experience
that.
-WeiWei C.
13 years old


I will miss all my
teachers that I've had
all three years. I look
forward to playing
soccer and lacrosse
at Lake Mary High
and to meet new
friends and teachers
in a new place.
-Megan B.
14 years old


I will miss the familiar
atmosphere, it's like
home. I look forward
to moving on and get-
ting closer to being an
adult.
-Ashley L.
14 years old


I will miss the memories we have
made here, especially our table at
lunch. I look forward to the newness,
the electives and sports like softball
and lacrosse.
-Ashlynn C.
14 years old

We would
I will miss theev
relationships with
my teachers. I look to I s
forward to going to
school with my sister from
for the first time and
also meeting new
people from other / Young
schools and making
new friends. oicS
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An older crowd stars in Florida Film Festival screenings, which begin on Friday, April 9, in Maitland


The Florida Film Festival,
produced by the Enzian
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Maitland and Winter Park
Friday, April 9 through
Sunday, April 18. Here are
six films that star seniors:

'Lovely, Still'
Robert (Oscar winner
Martin Landau, "Ed Wood")
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ket and that's as exciting as
his life gets. Then he meets
Mary (Oscar winner Ellen
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woman who has just moved
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The incomparable Golden
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forever in this timeless pro-
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and the public alike, became
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and remains today the best
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A life dedicated to equal rights

Rollins College honors Stetson Kennedy for his achievements in race relations, infiltrating the KKK


KRISTY VICKERY
GUEST REPORTER
At age 93, Stetson Kennedy
may not have the physical
characteristics of a hero -
his muscles are not bulging,
his frame is small and his
senses may not be as keen
as they once were but
his courage, perseverance,
determination and selfless-
ness are all traits that domi-
nate his character.
Kennedy has used these
traits throughout his life to
infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan
in the 50s, and write award-
winning books and articles
about racial segregation in
America, while playing a
large role in obtaining equal
rights for all Americans, as
well as working alongside
great historical figures such
as Eatonville's Zora Neale
Hurston.
Kennedy said it was not
easy growing up in an era
where you would get shot
over shaking hands with
a person of another race,
especially since he believed
segregation was unjust. He
decided at a young age to
fight to change it.
"I have seen a lot of
things in my life in tech-
nology, communications
and transportation, and


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Stetson Kennedy, second from left, poses with Rollins College staff after accepting the Alfred J. Hanna Award on March 4 for infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s.


going to the moon, but that
doesn't impress me nearly
as much as the changes like
the improvement in race
relations and racial justice,"
Kennedy said. "I don't like
living in an unjust society."
Rollins College in Winter
Park honored Kennedy's
work in race relations on


March 4 with the Alfred J.
Hanna Award.
This unjust society
empowered him to risk his
life to expose the KKK and
dismantle white suprema-
cist groups across Florida
after World War II. He
documented the informa-
tion he collected from the


KKK and other experiences
of this era, such as march-
ing with Martin Luther
King Jr., in his books, "The
Klan Unmasked", "The Jim
Crow Guide", "Southern
Exposure" and "After
Appomattox".
He also used his experi-
ences and knowledge on


racial discrimination to
help gain equality among all
men and women, no matter
the race.
"I helped fellow
Americans get to the ballot
box down South, the poll
box.... I worked on that for

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The DAV (Disabled American
Veterans) Mobile Service Office will
be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Thursday, April 15, at the chapter's
home, 3512 S. Orlando Ave, Sanford,
to provide counseling and claim-filing
assistance.

Seniors First, Inc. is pleased to
announce their participation in the
13th annual Feinstein Foundation's
Million Dollar Challenge to fight hun-
ger. The Feinstein Foundation will
award Seniors First a monetary grant
based on all cash and food dona-
tions to the agency between Monday,
March 1, and Friday, April 30. Seniors
First is participating in this chal-
lenge to help support the agency's
Meals On Wheels program and other
services that help seniors maintain
their independence and dignity. All
designated monetary contributions
and food donations made to Seniors
First during March and April will


be matched through the Feinstein
Foundation challenge. Supporters can
send their tax-deductible donation
to: Seniors First, Inc., Attn: Feinstein
Challenge, 5395 L.B. McLeod Road,
Orlando. To donate food items or for
questions regarding Meals On Wheels
and other senior services, contact
Michelle Lowe at 407-615-8962 or
mlowe@seniorsfirstinc.org.

Seniors First recently hosted a Mayors
For Meals Day press conference as a
part of its March For Meals campaign.
Maitland Mayor Doug Kinson, Ocoee
Mayor Scott Vandergrift and Orlando
Mayor Pro Tem/Commissioner Robert
Stuart participated to show support
for community seniors. The mayors
delivered meals after the conference.
To learn more or to make a donation,
call 407-292-0177 or visit www.
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From the Orange County


Commission On Aging Newsletter,
April 2010:
-Thursday, April 15 at 12:10 p.m.
- Counsel for Caregivers Seminar -
Orlando Health-Home Health will give
a free, hands-on demonstration at the
downtown Orange County Library on
the third floor in the Albertson room,
101 E. Central Blvd. of how new
technologies can help frail elders stay
safe in their home. Lunch is provided
to the first 50 who R.S.V.P. Call 407-
836-7446 or e-mail officeonaging@
ocfl.net.
-Wednesday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m.
- Alzheimer Town Hall Lecture Dr.
Richard Hodes, Director of the National
Institute on Aging, and Dr. Steven
DeKosky, Dean of the University of
Virginia School of Medicine, will
speak on "what's known, what's new,
what's needed." The lecture is free
and open to the public. R.S.V.P. is
required. The lecture will be held at
the Orlando Science Center, 777 E.


Princeton St. For more information,
call 407-303-1700.
-Tuesday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Faith & Aging Seminar -
Author and national lecturer, Mary
Richards is the keynote speaker for
this Quest for Meaning event being
held at St. Johns Lutheran Church,
1505 Orchid Ave. For more informa-
tion, call 407-644-4692 or visit www.
Icsfl.com.

Census Info Centers If you have
questions about the Census or need a
form in a different language, you can
visit a Census information center. For
the list of centers, visit www.ocfl.net.

Florida Disaster Guide The 2010
guide is now available and includes
sections on hurricanes, flooding,
lightning, rip currents, tornadoes,
thunderstorms and wildfires. View
guide at www.floridadisaster.org/
documents/201 OSWAWGuide.pdf.


Other News:
2009 Profile of Older Americans
- The U.S. Administration on Aging
has released its latest demographic
profile of Americans age 65 and
older. Visit www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/
Aging_Statistics/.

2010 Alzheimer's Report This
report details the escalation of
Alzheimers and the impact to fami-
lies, governments and the health-
care system. Visit www.alz.org/docu-
ments_custom/report_alzfactsfig-
ures2010.pdf.

Long-Term Care Briefs AARP has
published a state-by-state brief that
looks at population, funding, costs
and nursing home rankings. Visit
www.aarp.org and search for "long-
term care briefs."


KENNEDY I He joked that he joined Obama campaign in 1932


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years and finally got that for
everybody," Kennedy said.
His lifelong work has
gotten him the recognition
of many different awards,
such as the Florida Folk
Heritage Award, the Florida
Governor's Heartland
Award, as well as becoming
an inductee of the Florida
Artists Hall of Fame. He is the
second recipient of Rollins'
Alfred J. Hanna Award.
Bruce Stephenson, pro-
fessor of Environmental
Studies at Rollins College,
said Kennedy is an icon that
everyone should hear.
"So here's someone who
worked his way into the
Ku Klux Klan, ran for sena-
tor of Florida and hung out
with the existential phi-
losophers Jean Paul Sartre,"
Stephenson said. "I mean
that doesn't happen every
day."



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Julian Chambliss, assis-
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Rollins College, said a small
committee chose Kennedy


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for the award due to his
contributions to race rela-
tions, as well as the work on
environmental issues.


"We really want to try to
give the award to people
whose work and lives sig-
nificantly give an under-
standing of Florida and
the Florida experience,"
Chambliss said. "So Dr.
Kennedy clearly qualifies to
that regard, and we were
happy to give him that
award."
Kennedy's life has been
one of fulfillment. He has
experienced and achieved
many things in his life, but
he said one of the biggest
surprises was living long
enough to see a black man
become president.
"When Obama was elect-
ed my phone started ringing
and strangers and friends
started congratulating me,
and I said, well, maybe I did
have a little something to
do with it," Kennedy said.
"I started working on the
campaign in 1932 you
might say."


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