The Oviedo Marketplace is
getting a facelift.
There's a new gener-
al manager at the wheel,
pushing leasing opportuni-
ties, marketing and spruc-
ing up the mall's appear-
UCF business students
have devoted an entire
semester to formulating
business strategies for the
New tenants, including
a fitness studio and a bak-
ing school, are filling once
But many agree one
thing is still missing from
the Oviedo Marketplace -
the full support of the com-
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This local is breaking stereo-
types and hoping to turn pro
UCF students get involved
Happy with the change in
management so far, Jim
Pridemore, owner of Ash-
ton Photography and pres-
ident of the mall's mer-
chants association, still
believes community sup-
port will ultimately bring
the mall back to life. He
said a recent partnership
with University of Central
Florida business students
could generate that sup-
Marketing students cre-
ated strategic marketing
plans for the Oviedo Mar-
ketplace as their capstone
project during the spring
semester, benefiting both
the mall and UCF students
in gaining real world expe-
Robert Cascio, the pro-
fessor of the class, said stu-
dents were asked to put
forth everything they've
learned throughout the
years. It was an excellent
opportunity to get their
hands dirty, he said.
The top proposal each
group had included more
ment is a lot of what was
involved," Cascio said. "It's
not really a destination
mall yet, so community
support is definitely the
key in bringing traffic and
filling the storefronts."
One proposal, made
by marketing senior Amit
Raninga's group, suggested
the mall add a unique din-
rience, such as a Dave &
Buster's restaurant, which
has a bar and an arcade
to sway shoppers to stick
Another part of his
group's proposal was for
the mall to host more com-
munity events such as one
for Earth Day involving the
Orlando Science Center or
have wine tasting, art and
"We think that the mall
is not advertised enough
and has become a place
for quick shopping as well
as a place where teens
are dropped off to go to
the movies and for social
interaction (more than for
shopping)," Raninga said.
"We need to make the
customer's perception of
the mall one that is remind-
ful of how the mall can be
a pleasant, all-day experi-
ence for shopping, dining
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College enrollment is at an
all-time high, particularly in
Central Florida, where the
economy has caused many
to seek higher education.
ment in the nation set a
new record with an estimat-
ed 19.6 million students in
fall 2009, according to the
Digest of Education Statis-
tics: 2009, released by the
National Center for Educa-
Local colleges like the
Universityof Central Florida
and Seminole State College
both expect an increase in
enrollment this fall. Other
institutions such as Valen-
cia Community College
and Rollins College are also
expecting their campuses
to be fuller when the fall
semester starts this month.
Seminole State College
Seminole State College had
19,500 students enrolled
in the 2009 fall semester
and its admissions director
expects the school's enroll-
mnt moceceedt21 000 by
Seminole State's director of
Admissions and Recruiting,
says there are a number of
reasons contributing the
While she says that many
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Reviving Oviedo Marketplace
The mall gets a new manager; UCF students pitch new marketing strategies
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We asked Oviedo Market-
place patrons what they
thought of their mall.
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The july 30 article "Who's inning
in Seminole" omitted School Board
District 5 candidate jeanne M~or-
ris. Here's why she'd like to stay at
the behn ofDistrict 5:
Jeanne Morris, the incum-
bent who has raised more than
$12,800 for her campaign, has
worked with the School Board for
20 years. Morris says the budget
is a crisis and will be for at least
two more years. In addition to
the budget, she wants to narrow
her focus on the future, as she has
been involved with the introduc-
tion to new bioscience and solar
programs at area high schools.
She says that she should be re-
elected because of the success in
the district and her experience. "I
understand more because I have
already been on the board," she
said. For more information, visit
www.j eannemo rris.com
The space is called Glass Slip-
per Cakery Academy and it joins
Grand Baazar, Avenue Ink, Snap Fit-
ness, Gold Buyers of America and the
Sweet Escape candy store as just a
few new and semi-new stores. Macy's
recently added a furniture section to
Larochelle said she saw business
in the mall pick up this summer, but
says that the mall should have no
vacant storefronts because the lost
space makes for lost money.
She also said more name-brand
stores need to come to the mall
because "mom and pop" type stores
don't make for much business
because people don't know them.
"We just need to let people know
the mall is open," Larochelle said.
Pridemore says every tenant needs
"Ninety percent of malls are in the
same situation as the Oviedo Market-
place," Pridemore said. "Large retail-
ers are not expanding. How are we
going draw big merchants if we don't
support the ones we have?"
He said that the merchants asso-
ciation's goal is to do more commu-
nity outreach and the association is
capable of planning a wide range of
events at the mall to bring families
through its doors. They already host
Halloween events, a Mardi Gras cel-
ebration and hurricane expos.
He wants General Growth to have
a full-time events coordinator or
public relations person to handle
such events to promote business.
"There's plenty of good at the
mall, just not enough positive report-
ing going on," he said.
New manager steps in
GGP is still undergoing Ch. 11 bank-
ruptcy protection. To emerge from
bankruptcy, the firm will likely have
to sell some of its underperforming
properties. That could include the
Gil Bankston, the new general
manager of General Growth Prop-
erties' Oviedo Marketplace and
Altamonte Mall, was unavailable to
comment for this story. In an e-mail,
David Keating, a spokesman for Gen-
eral Growth Properties, wrote, "It
continues to be business as usual at
oviedo Marketplace. GGP's bank-
ruptcy filing and the process has had
no impact on Oviedo Marketplace or
any of our 200-plus malls across the
Pridemore said he's met with
Bankston briefly and calls him a
good fit to the general manager posi-
tion because of his operational back-
Bankston was the general manag-
er of the Lakeland Square Mall, where
Chris Molho, the former manager
of the Oviedo mall, is now assistant
"He was aware of the physical
needs of the mall and seems to be
showing some action with that," Pri-
Bankston said in a July 29 issue
of Central Florida Matters that his
primary focus for the malls rejuve-
nation has been two-fold: making
facade improvements and strength-
ening leasing efforts. He said a new
merchandising strategy will get the
word out about the Market lace and
generate community support.
"Right now Oviedo Marketplace is
in need of some tender loving care
but with a well thought-out plan, this
center has the potential to be a won-
derful shopping center and commu-
nity partner," Bankston said.
"We come here to kill time,
go see a movie and walk
through, not really shop."
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"It's sad to see it losing a lot
of its stores. It's just not as
diverse as it used to be."
"I'd love to see more name
brand stores, anything to
breathe new life into the
People all over the world take pleasure
in the ceremony of gathering around the
grill, carefully monitoring each tender
morsel to capture its juices and inten-
sify its natural flavors. Grillmng brings
us back to the raw, primitive origins of
cuisine, and provides an opportunity to
enjoy the outdoors, friends and fine food
all at once.
At its essence, grilling is pretty simple-
make a fire, cook food over it. We' ve all
had our burned burgers, charred chicken
and incinerated veggies--but those are
stories of the past and with just a few
tips it's easy to champion your grilling
Vegetables / Fruit
Produce is a natural match for the grill,
which intensifies the natural sweetness
and flavor of most veggies and fruits.
*Don't peel vegetables before grill-
ing- you'll1get more nutrients and enjoy
a smokier flavor. Most fruits, however,
do need to be peeled prior to grilling.
*Some veggies, including artichokes,
carrots and potatoes, can be pre-cooked
to shorten grilling time. While veggies
like eggplant, onions, mushrooms, and
tomatoes should be raw when placed on
*Ideal grilling fruits are firm and
barely ripe. Watermelon, pineapple, ap-
ples, peaches and pears can all take the
Whether you choose chicken, duck, tur-
key or game hen, marinate your poultry
or add a dry rub ahead of time. Visit
www.wholefoodsmarket.com for infor-
mation on cooking times and tempera-
Meat (Pork, Sausage, Burgers,
The appropriate heat level and cooking
time are crucial for grilling meat that is
tender and juicy. Follow specific guide-
lines for each type, which can be found
at www. wholefoodsmarket.com.
Tip: Wait to brush on any sugar-
based barbecue sauce until the final 5-10
minutes of grilling. This allows the char-
coal flavor to penetrate your food first,
and prevents the sauce from becoming
When grilling seafood take extra care
not to overcook it. One of the great
things about grilling seafood is its quick-
*Oil fish with a neutral-flavored oil
such as canola to help keep it moist.
*Fish cooks quickly using the direct
heat method. Remove it from the grill as
soon as it' s done; it will continue to cook
once it has been removed from the fire.
For more grilling tips and to learn
more about Whole Foods Market, visit
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MALL I Merchants say community involvement is key to growth
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Pridemore intends to sit down
with General Growth to try to imple-
ment the students' strategies.
A winding line f rmed on Sunday in
front of Regal Cinemas, while fam-
ilies and teenagers strode up and
down the mall's corridor avoiding
the rain and thunder outside. Many
carried shopping bags.
"It started out relatively busy
when I got here, but just got wiped
out soon after said Stephanie
Larochelle, a two-year employee of
long-standing store Charlotte Russe.
"American Eagle and FYE were big
shocks to mall when they left. The
movie theater is the only thing that's
keeping the mall going."
Many say Regal Cinemas is the
true anchor of the mall. Bed Bath
& Beyond left in August 2009 and
FYE followed soon after. None of the
remaining anchor stores Dillards,
Macy's, Sears have announced
plans to leave.
Scott Schlipmann, intern at Glass
Slipper Cakery, which came to the
mall almost one year ago, said despite
what other patrons and employees
say, he sees a lot of traffic in the
mall, and that there are many posi-
tive things are going on.
Glass Slipper Cakery is doing so
well, Schlipmann said, they've even
expanded to another storefront
where they teach baking classes part
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he confessed to killing her, the
He's charged with homicide
and vehicle theft and is being held
at the Seminole County jail with-
confesses to slaying
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universities are almost full, the
economy has driven more adult
learners back into the classroom
with first-time college students
who are looking for a less expen-
sive and more personal means of
"I think it is a money issue," Men-
"A lot of students don't want to
be in huge classes," she added.
University of Central Florida
UCF is the largest college in the
state, with 5 3,644 students enrolled
in fall of 2009.
That figure is a 6.7 percent
increase from the 50,275 in the
2008 fall semester.
While the 2010 fall enrollment
figures are not yet available, UCF
is expected to have an increase in
Christine Dellert of UCF News
and Information said that the uni-
versity is not driven to have the
"We want to provide high-qual-
ity students access to a world-class
UCF education," she said.
Valencia's enrollment jumped
more than 10 percent last year,
with 10,979 students enrolled in
the 2009 spring semester, com-
pared to 9,922 in 2008. The 2010
fall enrollment numbers will not
be available until 2011, but they are
expected to increase even more.
Lisa Stilke, VCC's Director of
Admissions and Registration,
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The University of central Florida saw a 6.7 percent increase in enrollment from 2008 to 2009, with another jump in enrollment expected for 2010.
thinks the economy plays a big part
in the increase of enrollment, as
people who are losing their jobs are
returning to school. Many of those
prospective students are finding
closed doors and fully booked
enrollment at other colleges.
"Alot of universities have stopped
enrollment and we are getting the
influx of applications," she said.
Rollins College had 3,294 students
enrolled in the 2009 fall semester,
but the upcoming fall enrollment
statistics will not be available until
"We are expecting a slight increase
in students," said Holly Pohlig, Rol-
lins College's director of admis-
The NCES expects college
enrollment to continue to set new
records from fall 2010 through fall
2018, with an increase of about 9
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The victim's father, Darrell
Shafer, arrived at the Twin Rivers
home he shared with his daughter
and her boyfriend at about 6 p.m.
on Thursday, Aug. 5 and found
Amanda Shafer on the bedroom
floor in a pool of blood, according
to Oviedo Police.
Darrell told police that the boy-
friend, Scott Myers, has a "very bad
anger problem and goes out of
control quite often."
Darrell said that at 4:50 p.m.,
Amanda told him over the phone
that Myers had broken a door at
the house. Darrell tried to call her
back several times, but she did
not answer. At 5:04 p.m., Myers
answered the phone and said
Am edr as n ntheA ba mhyers
fled in Amanda's rental car and
was later arrested at his mother's
home in Winter Springs. He told
police that Amanda had commit-
ted suicide and "he did not know
what to do, so he left her to die",
the report states.
Myers had a cut on the inside of
his right hand, which he said he
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Which candidate for Seminole
County Court judge would you
want to face if charged with a traf-
fic violation, small claims dispute
or domestic violence injunction?
Seminole County Court is known
as "The People's Court" because
most people appear without an
attorney. Four candidates hope to
replace incumbent Judge Ralph
Eriksson, who has withdrawn from
the race. The winner will join five
other judges who make up Semi-
nole County Court Group 5.
The non-partisan election will
declare a winner on Aug. 24 if one
candidate has 50 percent plus one
vote. If not, the two candidates
with the most votes will run against
each other in the Nov. 2 election.
Here, the four candidates discuss
what differentiates them from their
opponents and why they are pursu-
ing this six-year term.
Fred Schott says he has more legal
experience in appeal, mediation
and trial work than his opponents
combined. He said court is a 'for-
eign experience' to most people
and believes a judge should treat
all court participants with dignity
and respect. Schott is prepared to
face worsening budget and finan-
cial obstacles with high motivation
"It will take hard work to move
through the docket and keep the
court moving efficiently. This will
not be a 9-to-5 job," he said.
This father of four daughters
understands juggling issues and
family challenges, which he views
as an advantage to his candidacy.
Schott's other passion is children's
issues. He teaches the Constitution
to elementary students, co-found-
ed The Steinway Society and volun-
teers on the Seminole County Teen
Why is Schott running? "I want
to give back to the community in
a larger way. As a judge, I can reach
more kids and make Seminole
County a better place."
For more information visit www.
fredschot tforj udge.com
Amir Ladan has been a prosecutor
and criminal defense attorney for
more than 12 years and believes
he has much more familiarity with
the types of cases he will face as
Seminole County judge than his
three opponents. "I have the tech-
nical expertise because I'm in these
courtrooms every day," he said.
Cutbacks to the court budget
seem inevitable but Ladan believes
his hands-on courtroom experi-
ence will enable him to find ways
to serve the people efficiently and
effectively, doing more with less.
Ladan hopes that Seminole
County continues to find better
ways to protect victims of domes-
tic violence and their rights. The
Illinois native has been a Seminole
County resident for 26 years and
agrees with his opponents that dig-
nity and respect must be restored
to the courtroom.
"It is still an ongoing problem
that some judges have not con-
ducted themselves appropriately.
No one is above the law or beneath
its protection," he said.
For more information visit
http://www.1 adanforj udge.org
Debra Krause cites not being a
career lawyer, legal insider or an
affiliate of special interest groups as
factors that differentiate her from
her opponents and allow her to be
"balanced, not beholden."
Krause held various sales and
management positions while in
college, interned at the State Attor-
ney's Office and graduated from
Stetson University College of Law.
She has practiced transactional,
corporate and environmental law
and believes her varied experience
and strong work ethic are impor-
tant qualities for a judge to have.
Why is Krause running? She
wants to bring common sense back
to the judiciary.
"I believe that the public lacks
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Attorneys vie for judge's seat on Aug. 24
With diverse backgrounds and resumes, this year's choice is a tough one for County Court Group 5
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colleges that is helping stu-
dents get an early start at
gaining the experience they
The program is two
semesters, which includes
seminars that address
essential research skills
such as lab safety, research
ethics, statistics, seminar
presentations and techni-
cal writing. In addition, stu-
dents will also spend sev-
eral hours each week per-
forming research under the
supervision of a mentor at a
participating Central Flori-
da research laboratory.
At the end of the second
semester, students submit
a poster presentation, a
research paper and a Pow-
erPoint seminar detailing
their findings; some may
even submit their work to
Dr. Suzy Behel began the
program in August 2009,
and said she has worked
with a diversity of areas
with the students. .
"It gets students doing
research earlier so they
can find out if they like it,"
Behel said. "This has been a
new movement across the
nation to get more people
involved in undergraduate
rese( en- ear-old Reed
who worked at the Uni-
versity of Central Florida's
nanoscience lab studying
nerve cell technology, is one
of thehfew students lcE
research program at Semi-
nole State College while
still in high school.
He said being a dual-
enrollment student helped
Austin Reed is in Merida,
Mexico this summer, but
this is not a typical vaca-
Reed is going to Mexi-
co to study anthropology
thanks to the STEM (sci-
ence, technology, engi-
neering and mathematics)
research program, which is
giving students a head start
to making their dreams
come true, at Seminole
"I think having the STEM
research program along
with everything else I have
done really helped my appli-
cation with UF [University
of Florida]," Reed said.
The STEM research pro-
gram is the first of its kind
among Florida's two-year
Seminole State College
Operates six sites
in Central Florida a
in Altamonte Springs,
Heathrow, Oviedo and
SSC, one of the fastest
growing colleges in the
nation, has enrollments
of more than 32,000.
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Seminole State's Suzy Behel began the innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program in 2009 to
get students into their fields of study faster to find out if they want to stay on their chosen career path.
him get a jump on research
skills he will need in medi-
"The program helped me
develop the skills to where
now I can walk up to a
research professor and say
look I've had this experi-
ence, and I'll be able to do
these things for you," Reed
said. "The experience was
great; it helped me gather
more research opportuni-
The program has also
Andrea Gross get the start
she needs toward medical
"It was very challenging
with a family," Gross said.
"But I think I have a huge
huge leg up as far as future
Gross is planning to
transfer to UCF in the fall
and said with 250 hours of
research in the lab under
her belt, she feels confident
she'll be able to compete
with other students in the
"Finding a spot and get-
ting it and securing it, is
really a huge deal," she said.
"I think I'm in a good spot
when I go to UCF as an
undergraduate to find some
descent research spots."
Although many SSC stu-
dents are now moving for-
ward into the next step in
getting closer to the careers
they've dreamed of, many
are not forgetting the expe-
rience that they will cher-
ish for a lifetime.
"I am so grateful for the
opportunity that l had to be
in the research program, it's
something I look back on
and say it was a smart deci-
sion," Gross said. "There are
not many people that can
walk away from a commu-
nity college and say that
they got that."
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faith and confidence in the judi-
cial process. There have been judg-
es who have displayed arrogance
and misconduct. I want to restore
mutual respect to the process. Peo-
ple call me and describe their expe-
riences in court as 'horrible,"' she
Krause hopes that being the sec-
ond female County Court judge will
add more diversity to Group 5.
For more information visit
Greg Hass defended Seminole
County's interests at the local, state
and federal level for four years as
the county's assistant attorney. He
believes the experience has given
him unique insight. He is board cer-
tified in real estate and city, county
and local government law and cur-
rently serves as senior counsel for
the Florida Association of Realtors
(FAR) and general counsel for FAR's
charities that provide disaster relief
and college scholarships.
A Seminole County resident
since 1980, he expects to face bud-
get challenges. "It will be a lot of
work but I'm ready for it," he said.
Hass trained and served as a vol-
unteer hearing officer for the Semi-
nole County Prosecution Alterna-
tives for Youth (PAY) program and
now serves as a volunteer PAY Teen
Why is Hass running? "I grew
up here, and I'm ready to take my
experience to the next level. I will
be honored to serve in a fair and
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Big Plant Sale
The Big Plant Sale will
be held at the Sanford
Garden Club from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Saturday and
Sunday, Aug. 14-15 at 200
Fairmont Drive, Sanford.
The Seminole Bromeliad
and Tropical Plant Society's
annual fall plant sale fea-
tures bromeliads in many
genera: orchids, aroids,
plumeria, gingers, heli-
conias and other tropical
plants. Gift baskets and
handcrafted slatted bas-
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sizes. Admission is free. If
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Antique Tool Show
The Antique Tool Show
is on Saturday, Aug. 14
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
the Maitland Civic Center,
641 S. Maitland Ave.
Maitland. The Mid-West
Tool Collectors Association
and the Maitland Art and
History Association will
offer displays and dem-
onstrations of tools and
machinery from 1885-
1910. There will also be
tables for buying, sell-
ing and trading antiques.
Proceeds will benefit the
Shop Museum, which
was built about 1884 by
Maitland settler and build-
er William H. Waterhouse.
Local photo contest
The Oviedo Preservation
Project is accepting photo-
graphic entries of historic
structures in the Oviedo
Area. The deadline for
submissions is Aug. 30.
All ages and experience
levels are encouraged to
submit pictures, and win-
ning photographs will be
printed in 7,000 calen-
dars for distribution free
of charge around Oviedo.
Photographers may reside
anywhere in the world,
though photographs must
be of historic structures in
Oviedo, Chuluota, Geneva,
Slavia, Jamestown or the
Black Hammock area. For
a building to count as "his-
toric" it must be at least
50 years old. For more
information, visit www
call 407-365-1433. We are
certainly looking forward
to viewing next year's cal-
I like to vote early and I am
going to participate in the
early voting taking place
now until Aug. 22 from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays
and from noon to 4 p.m.
on weekends. You can vote
at the following centers
for early voting: the librar-
ies in Oviedo, Lake Mary,
Longwood and Casselberry
as well as the Supervisor of
Elections Office in Sanford.
To obtain an absentee
ballot, you may call the
Seminole County Voter
Hotline at 407-585-VOTE
or visit www.VoteSeminole.
org. Regular election voting
will take place on Aug. 24,
and polls will be open from
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"Progress always involves
risks. You can't steal second
base and keep your foot on
first." --Frederick B. Wilcox
Looks like summer fun
is just about over for the
younger set. School starts
around here on thel6th of
this month. Looks like no
more late morning snoozes
and lazy days. Time to hit
the books and time for all
of us to be careful driving
as traffic will certainly pick
up. I wish the kids well
going back to school in this
Speaking of this heat, my
friends and I walk in the
morning, then go shopping
and then it's back home for
lunch. Afterward we hide
out in our homes with a
good book or light house-
work from that afternoon
heat. It's much too hot to
be out, and unless you are
running from one air-con-
ditioned place to another,
one can always hide in the
mall and do more shop-
ping, my friend Susan said.
St. Luke's Concert SerieS
Mark your calendars for
St. Luke's Concert Series
beginning Saturday, Sept.
11. The Brass Band of
Central Florida will pres-
ent "American Salute" with
two performances that
day a matinee at 2 p.m.
and an evening concert at
7 p.m. Mr. Chad Shoopman
makes his debut as the new
director of the Brass Band
in the inaugural concert of
the series' 17th season. The
performances will feature
a program rich with patri-
otic overtones to honor
the anniversary of this
historic day. The program
includes "Heroic Fanfare",
"Armed Forces Salute",
"Liberty Fanfare"", "God
Bless America", "Music of
the Spheres", "America the
Beautiful" and "Stars and
Stripes Forever". Admission
is free for both perfor-
mances. The event is at St.
Luke's Lutheran Church,
2021 W. State Road 426,
As Director of Career Ser-
vices at Devry University
in Maitland, Kathaleen
Emery's role is to coach
students throughout their
studies, and enable them
with the skills that will best
prepare them to translate
their major into a career
and land a job. She recent-
ly sat down with Observer
reporter Kristy Vickery to
talk about the today's job
What is the most important
thing students entering their
last year in college can do
to help them prepare for job
"They should connect
with their career services
department, if they have
not already done so. By their
senior year, it's ideal if they
have already had an intern-
ship experience... but for
some this is not feasible...
so improving confidence
through mock interviews
or job shadowing is also
important. We also encour-
age in their freshman year
to learn the technique of
What are the up-and-com-
ing careers in Orlando's job
market right now?
"Definitely health care
and technology... technolo-
gy in general, the more cre-
ative you are, is definitely
becoming more and more
of the trend locally I see."
What perspective can you
give on how companies in
the Orlando area are firing
students after graduation?
"Well, the good news is
they still are hiring. I think
that's one of biggest myths
out there is that no one's
going to hire me so I'm not
going to do a job search...
they are still looking for tal-
ent they can mold and fresh
minds that have creative
How should graduates nego-
tiate stating salaries?
"They need to be open-
minded and flexible. We try
to coach them on the rate
they are expecting... and we
try to keep their expecta-
tions realistic. We also ask
> turn to Q&A on PAGE 8
Shows and sales dot the calendar
Send word to Janet Foley about
events and let her know what's
going on around town by e-mailing
The career coach
We asked a local specialist what's hot and how to get hired
for home delivery
or visit us online!
August 13- August 26, 2010 Page 7
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TALK ER El e
Please share your thoughts about
Geneva at 407-221-7002,
com with "Stetson's Corner" in the
subject line, or fax 407-349-2800.
This column is dedicated to
Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never
be the same because of Deputy
Gregory it will be better.
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noon to 4 p.m.? The last
day of early voting will
be Sunday, Aug. 22. There
are five early voting loca-
tions Sanford, Oviedo
Longwood, Lake Mary and
Casselberry. The impor-
tant factor here is if you
do vote early, you may
do so at any of those five
locations, not just the one
nearest to your precinct.
In some cases, a location
may be closer to your work
or the store where you are
running errands. I know
it's crazy getting kids ready
for school, but show them
what our Republic is all
about by studying the bal-
lots and bios with them
and proudly wearing your
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Ifyou're frustrated with
not being heard by your
elected and community
officials and if you want to
feel more empowered, get
educated, get engaged and
go vote this August.
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want to brush up on your
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Have you voted yet? Early
voting is underway in
Seminole County, and if
you haven't cast your vote,
there are plenty of tools
and opportunities to get
familiar with the races and
Kudos to Seminole
County Supervisor of
Elections Mike Ertel and
his team who have provid-
ed online and print mate-
rial to engage every voter.
There is simply no excuse
not to go to the polls with
an educated decision in
every primary race.
Start with the web-
org, which provides a
list of sample ballots for
Libertarian and non-parti-
san voters. You should also
have received sample bal-
lots in the mail. If you're a
split-party household you'll
see the ballots are different
since this is a primary elec-
tion. However, look care-
fully because you'll find
non-partisan races like the
judicial races for circuit
and county judges as well
as the district School Board
Next check out the
left side tab labeled "Who
Is Running For Office?"
This is a great gateway to
become familiar with the
cast of players in each race.
Candidate bios are listed
when you do a search,
which you can customize
whichever way you want.
If you want to see all the
Seminole County races
click on "all" or choose
the races of interest to
you. Each candidate bio
includes contact informa-
tion, a website link and
a brief unedited state-
ment. When you click on
the websites, a wealth of
information is available.
munity service, volunteer
support, upcoming events
and more are generally
Local newspapers such
as the Seminole Voice have
been running profiles on
many of the races as well.
You can find many of these
online especially in the
past few weeks. There is
also still time to attend
candidate meet and greets
such as the one being held
Monday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.
at the Geneva Community
The Candidates Forum is
planned to include a dozen
candidates at this time for
the U.S. Senate District 24,
State Senate District 24,
State House District 33
and the Seminole County
Commission seats Districts
2 and 4. Questions will be
asked by the forum moder-
ator, who will set the time
rules as well.
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With all these tools in
your voting toolbox, it
just makes sense to vote
early and avoid the heavy
crowds on Election Day,
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know that early voting is
available Monday through
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By Karen McEnany-Phillips
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grow well in Central Florida, but I
see the same lavender seedlings at
retail garden centers all over town.
Starting my own transplants gives
me the opportunity to start the
much broader selection of seeds
The price of transplants has
gone up remarkably over the last
few years. Where I previously could
buy a six- or nine-cell pack, now
one single larger plant sells for the
same price. One trick I use to save
money on plants is at the grocery
produce department, which sell
4-inch herb plants made up of
numerous sprouts such as parsley,
dill, basil or thyme. Gently separate
each sprout and carefully replant
it into a larger pot. Swap trans-
plants with gardening friends, at
garden club meetings or at a com-
munity garden. At the Organic
Gardening Club or Herb Society of
Central Florida meetings held at
Leu Gardens I leave with numerous
transplants every time.
Potting soil should not be overly
rich in plant nutrients such as
compost, fertilizer or manures.
Loosen potting soil with per-
lite the white, puffed quartz
that allows soil to drain excess
moisture. In nature, plants always
reproduce in excess. Translate this
trait by dropping a few extra seeds.
A cafeteria tray is an easy way to
manage numerous 4-inch pots.
Find a protected, bright location
to germinate your seeds. Until the
transplants are strong enough,
keep them safe from a pounding
Starting your own plants from
seed is an important aspect of our
relationship with our world. The
leap from a tiny seed, through the
miracle of germination, to food on
our table should leave us in awe.
Maybe the simplicity of the act
or the absence of the alternatives
keeps us blissfully unaware. This
value obtained from gardening
needs to be respected from this
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Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a
you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the
Sundew Gardens Facebook page.
With the start of Florida's garden
year on hand, now is the time to
start seedlings as transplants for
our gardens. Starting our own
transplants has several advantages,
some far greater than economic.
Our harsh growing conditions,
resulting from a combination of
rain, sun, heat, sandy soil and a
busy schedule, lend themselves to
planting our gardens with estab-
Garden crop selections available
as a retail purchase seem to dimn-
ish every year. Although trans-
plants can be bought mail order
delivered next day air, it's just not
the same as perusing a hole-in-
the-wall nursery center's eclectic
inventory. Many nursery centers
that do offer transplants offer the
same product grown at a seedling
factory in another climate zone.
Lavender is a crop that just won't
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them not to focus on the
national websites like www.
salary.com.... They need to
really know their informa-
tion and get a variety of dif-
ferent opinions before they
go about a salary."
Should college graduates
accept a position outside of
"Being open-minded is
key... you may have to start
in another department that
could utilize your transfer-
able skills that you have to
offer, knowing that you're
able to get promoted within
the organization... but they
should really be dead set
on reaching organizations
t:\o hose eo:7thing they
What are the best ways to
develop a job search plan?
"Finding a mentor in
the industry, if possible...
in addition joining at least
one, if not two, professional
What are the best ways to
follow-up with potential
mA geo t rule ofl tumb i
glove box in your car... so
when you come out of an
interview you already have
something to run back in
with and leave with the
receptionist... that's an
instant thank you to that
employer. If you do not
have note cards available
I would definitely send an
Wha r tbe bigs ms
take g aua es maegom s
into the career world?
"When it comes to a job
search, sometimes they get
ew octuhsen ton one intter-
interview and sit at home
and they wait, and they do
not continue an active job
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Seminole Voice August 13- August 26, 2010 Page 9
.8 THIS WEEK in human history
R Vincenzo Perugia enters the Louvre and steals Leonardo da Vinci s
if/ Mona Lisa. It was later recovered (unharmed) in 1913 when Perugia
~ii~g~attempted to sell the painting.
Young entrepreneur goes big
The target consumer
for Big Top isn't only small
retailers. It also includes
businesses, clubs and orga-
nizations that need help
with promotional services.
"We are targeting the
pizza shop opening up next
door who wants business
cards, logos, and designs;
we are targeting the indi-
viduals; we are targeting
the parents and we are tar-
geting the moms who want
monogrammed initials on
all their towels," Alex said.
Mendelewicz said other
companies provide the
TO learn more about
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their website at www.
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of Big Top, located at 7612
University Gardens Drive,
just outside Winter Park.
This brick and mortar
store offers all the same web
and print media services
AKT offers identity devel-
opment, web-based appli-
cations, web hosting and
maintenance, online stores
and fulfillment but it also
services for garments to the
regular consumer in a face-
"My sister always talks
about how her and her
friends who are going on
these trips and how they
want 10 shirts for the girls
to wear," Alex said. "My
vision is to have my sister
and her friends walk into
the store, design their own
shirt, and within an hour,
walk out with the printed
Alex said while the
Internet sales option still
exists, AKT wants to move
away from the online expe-
rience with this retail store
and become a business
partner with the consumer.
"The new side of Big Top
is making AKT more acces-
sible to regular consum-
ers, but we're still offering
the same services to busi-
nesses, companies, orga-
nizations, musicians all
the same stuff that's gotten
us to where we are now,"
said Jared Mendelewicz,
vice president of AKT
It was two weeks before
her friend's bachelorette
party. Rena Tehekmeian
had scoured the Internet
in hopes of finding a place
that could print 10 shirts
before the trip.
The design was specific:
three men holding up wed-
ding rings with the man in
the middle holding up the
largest ring, saying "Megan
picked the right one."
company she contacted
was through e-mail. There
was no face-to-face com-
munication or telephone
"I would e-mail them,
and then I would get an
e-mail back, and it wasn't
exactly what we wanted,"
Rena said. "They couldn't
do a certain color, or they
couldn't do the exact sizes
Three days before
the bachelorette trip to
downtown Orlando, Rena
called her brother, Alex
Tchekmeian, and he was
able to make the shirts.
Five years later, Alex,
president of Winter Park-
based AKT Enterprises, a
branding and marketing
company, is materializing
the need for hassle free,
tion into something tangi-
ble with the August opening
PHOTO BY TINA RUSSELL THE VOICE
Alex Tchekmelan, left, and Jared Mendelewicz are taking Big Top to new places, opening up a retail store for their bur-
geoning branding and marketing business. They'll also offer screen printing and custom shirts at the store.
same amenities they pro-
vide, but a person would
have to go to four or five
different stores to get what
they can do under one
The logo for Big Top con-
sists of a circus tent with
the words "Big Top" laced
in ribbon. Mendelewicz said
the name for Big Top came
up randomly in conversa-
tion, and from a marketing
and Alex wanted it to be
over the top but still pro-
fessional, which is where
the circus theme came into
"The closest thing I can
approximate Big Top to is
an Apple store," said Will
Chung, general manager
for AKT Enterprises.
The retail space of Big
Top consists of modern
ddcor where form follows
function. The store oozes
red, white and black with
plush red swivel chairs, cir-
cular white and silver cor-
ner tables, black tables, and
flat screen televisions.
Big Top is the flagship
store for AKT Enterprises,
and Mendelewicz and Alex
already have plans to open
up additional locations
in the future. Alex said he
would like to have one addi-
tional Big Top developed or
in the works by the end of
2010 with five or six addi-
tional stores either opened
or in the works by the end
of 20 11.
Tchekmekian, who start-
ed the business when he
was 17, wants to expand
with locations closer to
the University of Central
Florida or Sanford.
To learn more about AKT
Enterprises, visit their web-
site at www.aktenterprises.
Page 10 August 13- August 26,2010
Famnily Skater looks for airtimne
Calendar On the verge of breaking out, this clean-living Chuluota resident breaks the mold
BR'~s":~~~E6 TN JO SO
The Star Spangled Showcase
will be held at 7 p.m. Friday,Aug.
13 at the Winter Springs Senior
Center, 400 N. Edgemon Ave.
The talent show is free.Aspiring
singers of Winter Springs will
compete in a singing contest
to be named the Star Spangled
Showcase winner. Also, there
will be guest performances
by Winter Springs Performing
Arts' own Lindsay Strembicki
and Zach Meadows. For more
information, please call 407-
Catch the fun of youth
softball and baseball. Winter
Springs Babe Ruth is currently
registering players for the Fall
Season. Come out to Central
Winds Park on Saturday, Aug.
14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for
sign-ups and Saturday, Aug. 21
beginning at 8:30 a.m. for skills
All girls and boys, ages 4-18,
are invited to play. For more
information, go to wsbaberuth.
com or call 407-699-6063.
The Summer End Fest to
benefit Oviedo Education is
Saturday, Aug. 14 from 3:30-
7:30 p.m. at the River Run
Seminole Campus, 141 River
Run Point in Chuluota. There
will be free admission, fun
games, great food and live
ete tinm nt l ip esedhso w
Preregister at OviedoEvents.
On Saturday, Aug. 14 from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Amway Arena, thousands of
Central Florida children will
receive a backpack stuffed
with school supplies and
access to immunizations,
dental screenings and much
more: all free. Visit www.
h openowi nternatio nal .org or
Come to the Park on Park in
Sanford for Cinema in the Park
on Friday, Aug. 20. The movie is
"The Goonies". The show starts
at 8:30 p.m., or sunset for
optimum viewing. Admission
2010 Bears Football will host
two big events to kick off the
aHlp fnd team meals at the
Purple and Gold Scrimmage on
Friday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. See
the Bears in action at WSHS
for just $1. It will be a great
night of football, fun, food and
fellowship. Come and get a first
look at the team that many are
saying is the "best bet" to win
the district. With 26 returning
seniors, including 16 starters,
the Bears are primed for back-
to-back state playoff berths.
-Join Coach Hesselbart, the
coaching staff and team as
they are introduced to the
city in a fun-filled evening at
The Hollywood Bistro in the
Winter Springs Town Center
for the Bears City Pep Rally
on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 5-9
As Bert Wootton drops his
board, hops on and glides
over, it seems as natural
as walking. And maybe it
should be; the 21-year-old
has been skateboarding
since the fourth grade.
"I thought, 'This is the
funniest thing I've ever done
in my life,' and that's all
I did from then on out,"
The Chuluota resident
has since won two Red
Bull Manny Mania compe-
titions, one for his region
at Universal CityWalk in
Orlando, and the last in
Woodward, Pa., to earn his
slot to represent the U.S. at
the world competition.
Wootton is headed to
New York City for the Red
Bull Manny Mania Amateur
World Final on Saturday,
Aug. 21, and will com-
pete against skaters from
every continent (except
Antarctica.) The winner
gets $10,000 and a spot to
participate in the Manny
Mania Pro competition
against professional skat-
That's a big deal for
Wootton. For him, skat-
ing is it there's no back-
up plan. And a chance to
skate in these competitions
could launch a professional
ca .en you're living the
dream," he said
Wootton already skates
as if it's his job. He spends
at least five hours a day, six
days a week skateboarding
at skate parks and around
"He just loves it. He lives
it, eats it and breathes it "
said mom Kathy Wootton.
"If it's not raining he's skat-
And that's what makes
Wootton such a good skat-
er, along with
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PHOTOS BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE VOICE
Bert Wootton could be the next big thing in skating, but he's trying to shake the stereotypes of drinking and drugs that
are sometimes associated with the sport. On Aug. 21, he'll be competing on the national level, hoping for his big break.
"He gives me ins]
to try new tricks,
ative and skate diff~
Wootton likes tha
inspire other skater
cially those young
him. He hopes his dr
serve as a good rol~
for young skaters, ~
represent the sport
for stoners, in a d
piration you don't need that if
be cre- you're really into skat- ,
erently," ing," Wootton said.
"I just hope to set a
It he can good example for the (
rs, espe- little kids at the skate
er than park."
rug- and He does. Parents at
y~le will Riverside come to him
e model and thank him for
and will being that role model,
:, some- Kathy said.
as one But things haven't
different, always been easy for
serious the skater. He's had
way. a dream future dan-
bleed i r jt Tof av
smashed. There have
been times when he's
been sponsored and
almost turned into a
reouie h tmaheaur,
opened, Kathy said.
for the whole fam-
ily," she said.
But right now
Hopes are high,
can't wait to
head to New York
City for a chance
to get noticed and
maybe start "living
First, he has to
get over competi-
"At first I'm really
and shaky legs, until
I land that first trick,
peoplee and there's a spark
that I and I'm in the mode."
his friends said.
something new to
tok Iceutt rkt-a
also based i
Fel lo w
He said that
Wo otton 's
style is unique
in a differ-
ent way, and
no one elsetik t
The competition will be
in New York City under
the Manhattan Bridge on
Aug. 21. The winner gets
510,000 and a spot to par-
ticipate in the Manny Mania
Pro competition against
professional skaters. For
more information about the
compe tition, visit www.
To check out local sponsor
Rip N Dip Clothing and to
b skate video featuring
Wootton, visi w~in
don't drink or do dr
August 13- August 26, 2010 Page 11
Oct. 1 or $30 before the registration
deadline on Oct. 8. JB Bus will provide
round-trip bus service. To register for
the trip, visit Riverside Bank at 1600
Lockwood Blvd., or call 407-971-
5575 for more information.
Seminole State College of Florida's
Center for Public Safety will offer two
new college credit programs this fall
- a Homeland Security Certificate
and a Gang Investigations Certificate.
The credits can be applied to the
Associate in Science in Criminal
Justice Technology degree offered at
The National Coalition of the
Homeless, hosted by Krissy Todd's
Hope Foundation, has a speakers'
bureau made up of homeless or
formally homeless people who give
The Oviedo Preservation Project
is accepting photographic entries of
historic structures in the Oviedo Area
for its free calendar. The deadline
for submissions is Aug. 30. Photos
must be of historic structures in
Oviedo, Chuluota, Geneva, Slavia,
Jamestown or the Black Hammock
area. For a building to count as
"historic" it must be at least 50 years
old. For more information, visit www.
OviedoTraditions.org or call 407-365-
Ray Rowland has secured a college
wrestling scholarship where he will
continue his academic education;
transforming from an Oviedo Florida
High School Lion to a McKendree
University Bearcat. "As a team
captain, he led our program to a
fifth team State Championship this
past high school wrestling season,
as well as a national ranking. He will
continue to do the same great things
for his new team in college," Oviedo
High School Head Wrestling Coach JD
Do your first (or next) half marathon
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Those 55 and older are invited to
join the Oviedo Recreation and Parks
Department as they travel to Tampa
to spend the day at the Seminole
Hard Rock Casino on Tuesday, Oct.
12. The cost is $25 per person before
short presentations to the community.
They attempt to educate, raise
awareness and humanize. They are
looking for any group, organization
or church who would like to host a
speaking engagement with them. If
interested, please contact 407-245-
There have been changes to the
Seminole County Public School Dress
Code for the 2010-2011 school year.
Visit www.scps.us and click on the
"Dress Code" link, which will bring
up a picture guide of what's allowed
Central Florida animal advocates
are mourning the death of "Dondi,"
a female Asian elephant who was a
regular performer at Flea World, a
flea market in Sanford. Dondi died
of unknown causes on July 28 at
Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, Mass.
A groundbreaking ceremony was
held on Aug. 5 at the new Endeavor
School site, located at 3010 Old
Lake Mary Road in Lake Mary. The
completion date is August 2011.
It is a replacement facility for the
Rosenwald School, currently located
in Altamonte Springs.
There are only days left until the
opening kickoff for the 2010 high
school football season. In an effort to
keep the excitement from last year's
playoff season going and to keep the
community posted on Winter Springs
Bears Football news and events, the
team has a new website that will be
updated with all Bears football news
- www.wsbearsfootball.com. If you
have player news or info you would
like considered for the site, send it to
21st Century Insurance and
Financial Services, Inc., a member
of Farmers@ Insurance Group, is
currently looking to hire 35 sales and
service representatives for their Lake
Mary Call Center location.Apply online
for these positions by visiting www.
farmers.com/careers and clicking on
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Come to the Just Between Friends
of Central Florida consignment sale
Aug. 13-14 at the First Baptist Church
of Altamonte Springs, 900 N. St. in
Longwood. At the event, families will
find great deals on items including
children's and maternity clothing,
every type of baby equipment,
furniture, children's outdoor and
sporting items, DVDS, toys and home
school supplies. Visit www.jbfsale.
com for more information.
Orlando kids, families and
volunteers will turn a local gym
into an all-night volleyball event to
benefit Operation Christmas Child, a
project of Samaritan's Purse, for the
second annual Bumps for Operation
Christmas Child event at 8 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 13 through 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug.
14 at Winter Springs High School.
Last year, this event raised nearly
$7,000 for Operation Christmas Child.
Visit www. DeMossNews.com/0CC for
The play production of "Steel
Magnolias" will play from Aug. 13-
22 with Friday and Saturday shows
at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees
at 2 p.m. at The Wayne Densch
Performing Arts Center in downtown
Sanford, 201 S. Magnolia Ave. "Steel
Magnolias" will be directed by Randy
Tapper. Tickets are available at www.
WDPAC.com or call 407-321-8111.
The Big Plant Sale will be held at the
Sanford Garden Club from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug.
14-15 at 200 Fairmont Drive, Sanford.
The Seminole Bromeliad and Tropical
Plant Society's annual fall plant sale
features bromeliads in many genera.
Gift baskets and handcrafted slatted
baskets are available in several sizes.
Admission is free. If you need more
information, call 407-366-4860.
The Fertilize Appropriately Class is
Saturday, Aug. 14 from 9a.m. to noon
at the Seminole County Extension
Auditorium in Sanford, 250 W. County
Home Road. For registration or more
information, please contact Gabrielle
Milch, FYN Coordinator at 407-665-
5575 0re-mail fyn@seminolecountyfl.
a Target bus that takes them directly
to the local Target store in Orlando,
325 N. Alafaya Trail, from 10:30 p.m.
to 1:30 a.m. for great back to school
deals, games and a chance to win a
drawing to participate in the Target
Mad Dash. Students can enter for a
chance to win the Target Mad Dash
on Aug. 21, between 7-8 p.m. at
Target's on-campus Welcome Week
promotion. One lucky winner will be
chosen at random at 8 p.m. The Mad
Dash will take place at the Target
store in Orlando and will begin at
about 9:45 p.m.
Join the Orange Blossom
Beekeepers Association at the
Orange County Extension & Education
Center for "National Honey Bee
Appreciation Day" from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21. The center
is at 6021 S. Conway Rd. Orlando.
For more information, please visit
The planetarium at Seminole State
College of Florida will entertain
stargazers with the following events.
For more information, visit www.
seminolestate.edu/planet or call 407-
-"Central Florida Nights" will be
presented from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on
-"The Cradle of Civilization" will be
presented from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on
-"Luna" will be presented from 8:30-
9:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, Aug. 21 and
Come to the Geneva Candidates
Forum on Monday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.
in the Geneva Community Center, 161
First St. (across from Marathon Gas
Station). Candidates from Seminole
County Commission Districts 2 and 4,
U.S. House District 24, Florida State
House District 33 and Florida State
Senate District 24 will attend. For
more information, contact Richard
Creedon at 407-349-1266.
The League of Women Voters of
Seminole County will host a hot topics
lunch featuring candidates running for
State Senate seats in Districts 20, 22
and 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on
Thursday, Aug. 19 at Sergio's Italian
Restaurant, 2895 S. Orlando Ave. in
Sanford. The cost is $15 for the public
and $13 for League members. Pay
cash or check at the door. Call 407-
339-9266 or e-mail Iwvseminole@
gmail.com to make a reservation.
On Saturday, Aug. 21,Target is
inviting all UCF freshmen to board
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THIS WEEK nin sortshistory
speedway is home to the Indianapolis 500. With seating of about
400,000, the Indianapolis 500 is the best-attended event in
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Kraze players top the league
These star players helped Central Florida's top soccer team finish in the top half of its division
ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Jonathan Mendoza was the Central Florida Kraze's top gun, scoring four goals and picking up two assists while firing off more
than 30 shots during the 2010 season. His numbers were good enough to put him on the PDL Southern Conference team.
giving up only five goals in
seven games as the Kraze's
Had he played just one
more game this season, he
would have been eligible
to be in the top 10 for the
best starting goalkeepers
in the league, nationwide.
His goals-against average
was good for seventh in
the Premier Development
League out of more than
300 keepers who defended
the net this season.
Had he played one more
game and recorded a shut-
out, Giachetti may have
been tied for the best goal-
keeper in the country in
total goals allowed.
Next season, Central
Florida will have a new soc-
cer team, thanks to the soc-
cer club that brought the
Kraze and Krush to the field.
Though a name has yet to
be announced, Orlando will
have a professional soc-
cer team for 2011 that will
play in the United Soccer
Leagues' top league.
"I'm really excited about
the future," Kraze Coach Joe
Central Florida's top soc-
cer team has something to
cheer about, despite finish-
ing short of the playoffs this
season. They have multiple
players who finished with
some of the best stats in the
The Central Florida
Kraze's top goal scorer,
Jonathan Mendoza, was
named to the Southern
Conference team as a mid-
Mendoza had scored four
goals in 13 games with the
Kraze this season, picking
up two assists along the
from the all-conference
team was midfielder John
Sosa, who picked up four
goals and three assists in 14
games with the Kraze.
Also finishing just shy
of Premier Development
League honors, Wesley
Giachetti finished high in
multiple defensive catego-
ries despite suffering from
erratic playing time.
Giachetti finished the
season with an impressive
.714 goals-against average,
Scrappy play by left fielder
Spencer Theisen in the seventh
inning manufactured a run for the
Dawgs, as he turned a walk into a
stolen base, then touching home
after catcher Chase Okey smacked a
single down the right foul line.
The next inning Leesburg struck
back with a one man rally courtesy
of shortstop Nick DelGuidice, who
doubled to the left field wall and
then raced to third base on a field-
er's choice. With only 90 feet to go,
DelGuidice watched as third base-
man Matt Pierpont fouled off two
straight pitches before grounding
to second to end the threat.
With no run support, Wahl would
go on to take the loss in one of his
greatest pitching performances of
For Goody, a stellar season comes
to an end with 49 strikeouts in just
41.1 innings, along with a 1.52 ERA.
An optimistic coach Clint
Chrysler, still elated after the win'
said he's proud of his team.
"(It was a great season," he said.
After a long season when the bats
came out to play, it was a pitch-
er's night underneath the lights of
Tropicana Field, with Winter Park's
Nick Goody throwing a 1-0 master-
piece on the big stage Aug. 5.
The Florida Collegiate Summer
League Championship has frequent-
ly been a moment for the league to
go into upheaval, with regular sea-
son champions frequently falling in
Not this time. The Diamond
Dawgs' hurler established his domi-
nance from the start, sending the
first three Leesburg Lightning bat-
ters back to the dugout on a domi-
nant three-strikeout first inning.
Seven innings later, Goody had
nine strikeouts and had ceded only
two hits to the Lightning.
Things weren't so sunny for the
Lightning's Kyle Wahl, who despite
a brilliant six-strikeout, four-hit
performance in 6.2 innings ended
up with a loss, giving up the one run
that made all the difference.
Only one run would separate the Diamond Dawgs from th 6h~tn ng in tI cAmposi B ae Ee
pitchers' duel kept things close through all nine innings.
Dawgs win championship
After Sanford fell in the playoffs, Winter Park and Leesburg had a pitcher's duel at Tropicana Field
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Letter to Editorial
Limit voting to districtS Almond. It's expensive bundle, run away with the
There's a glaring error in to launch a campaign for loot and never ever again
the recent story "Who's commissioner and School remember Winter Springs.
Running in Seminole?" Board because the election Why does our city need
(July 30) In the first sen- is district-wide. Democratic a charter school when
tence, the Voice writes and independent (NPA) we have the best public
"The political landscape candidates, who tradition- schools in the area?
for Seminole County could ally don't have the finances Why must the city give
change in August..." of their GOP opponents, up a chunk of land that
Really? Each and every can't compete. That's why is currently paying taxes,
new candidate running the Seminole County Dem- even if small, for the sake
for County Commission ocratic Party believes that of allowing a tax-exempt
and the School Board is a to truly represent each dis- institution to settle in
Republican. Each and every trict's distinct need and to the Town Center as a tax-
candidate running for open the doors to diverse exempt organization?
re-election in those posi- political candidates, voting Aren't you, our elected
tions is a Republican. (Also, should be limited to those officials, sufficiently intel-
nowhere in the two-page within each district. Then, ligent enough to realize the waiting list mentioned you are educated, a brighter
story does the Voice men- and only then, will we that traffic is going to be by the applicants, are chil- world opens up for you,
tion that all are Republi- have the change Seminole a mess since the hours of dren from Winter Springs but this project is wrong at
cans.) How is that change? County needs to accurately operation of our beauti- or are they being brought the location in question,
For true change, voters and prudently serve each ful high school and those in as part of the student besides the fact that we
need a choice in political district and every resident. scheduled by this so-called body being replanted to already have great schools
ideology. -Wendy Wander Mize institution of learning will our city. in our city.
There are nearly 92,000 Winter Springs run almost concurrently. Only one commissioner There are more less
registered Democrats in Isn't the backup created had the insight to bring up compelling issues to deny
Seminole County, and in Don't approve by the high school traffic the fact that this project the applicant, and I realize
2008, this historically "red" charter school today enough to create a will not add one iota to that coming from me this
county almost tipped into It appears from all indica- concern in your minds? the business community in is taken not as constructive
Barack Obamra's columnn by tions that the City Adlmin- You could draw an imagi- WVlinter Springs. criticism but as an effort
less than 2 percent. istration is playing April nary picture in your minds Have you considered to make some people look
So why are there no can- Fool's Day on the residents as to the chaos created by the effect on the city bud- bad. However, it behooves
didates other than Republi- oforct ntemdl f all the additional vehicles get because the city will you at a time of financial
cans? The answer is money. a vey hot summer. emrptyinlg unto State Road have to provide services crisis when our city is con-
Look at the wyar chests Whyr would the Wirnter 434, and if mry assumnp- to this institution without templating cuts in services
racked up by some of these Springs City Commission tion is correct, they will be any income in the form of and other areas to recon-
candidates: $80,000 for even etertain an applica- heading in a westerly direc- taxes? sider the future possible
John Horan, $1 10,000 for tofrachteshol tion. I am in favor of educa- approval of this application
Mike McLean even more from a developer who, as Have you even bothered tion and have always urged at this time.
than $21,000 for School uulisekngtmaea to learn if the 586 students young people to pursue -Edward Martinez Jr.
Board candidate Karen registered, not to mention education because once Winter Springs
Page 14 August 13- August 26,2010
I'll be in second grade at Geneva
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like rocks. We had a good summer
vacation we went to the beach.
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10 years oI
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I'm looking forward to
seeing my friends and
learning new things
like long division in
math. People at our
school are close; it is
a fun school.
10 years old
was Here's what children
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r THRIVE @ 55 AND BEYOND!
Giving scouts wings since 1953
Dick LaVanture, who may be the oldest scout in Central Florida, will be honored in Hall of Leadership
Dick LaVanture may be the
oldest Boy Scout in Central
Florida, and he certainly is
one of the busiest.
At 77 years-old, who
could blame this father of
four and grandfather of six
if he chose a more leisurely
lifestyle? But anyone who
knows LaVanture under-
stands his need to stay
involved, take on challenges
and mentor young people.
He became a scout mas-
ter in 1953, retired from a
45-year career in electron-
ics manufacturing in 1996
and survived bypass sur-
gery 10 years later. He has
been called outspoken and
admits to having made and
lost friends by being com-
"I believe in stating fact,
sometimes people don't
like it, but I tell it like it is,
and let the chips fall," said
the Pennsylvania native.
Scouting has been a piv-
otal part of his life since
he joined as an 11-year-
old boy in Progress, Pa. Ten
years later, he achieved the
highest rank of Eagle scout
became a scout master and
helped four other boys
achieve the first Eagle rank-
ings in the troop.
He celebrated his
65th year in Boy Scouts
of America last year and
received the Veterans
Award for his service. As if
that wasn't enough, this
year he was nominated for
the prestigious BSA 100th
Anniversary National Hall
of Leadership. LaVanture
is one of 12 finalists from
Central Florida Council,
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selected from a field of over
80 nominations submitted
from its 12 districts.
Each of the 300 Councils
across the countrywill select
one member to represent
them in the National Hall of
Leadership-a unique honor
to celebrate the BSA cen-
tennial. One member from
each of the four national
regions will be honored
in the National Hall of
Leadership in Washington
Earning an Eagle rank is
a prestigious milestone -
only 2 percent of all scouts
achieve it. Each scout
must present a final Eagle
Scout project idea before a
board of review and have
it approved by both district
and council as a final test.
According to LaVanture '
Eagle projects are designed
to test and develop leader-
ship skills. Each scout plans
his project and gets help
from troop members and
adults in addition to secur-
ing help and donations
from the community.
"I am proud to be an
Eagle Scout. I am sorry that
there aren't more that have
become Eagles, because it
opens doors in the mili-
tary, for college placement
and for job interviews "
This veteran scout has
mentored over 50 young
men to achieve their Eagle
award and is working with
four others in Troop 219
who are currently working
on their Eagle badge in this
Thomas Calvert, 16, is
lucky to have LaVanture as
his mentoralFor hi iEag e
installing a 40-foot flagpole
and brick base at United
Global Outreach in Bithlo
because the organization is
both a church and a school
and has been without a
PHOTO BY KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS THE VOICE
Eagle scout and mentor Dick LaVanture admires the new 100th year anniversary shoulder patch on his uniform. He hopes to sell
2,010 by year's end.
flagpole. Calvert is learning sold as LaVanture encour- has also been a Bahia Shrine
financing, planning, pro- ages scouts to replace their clown for 26 years. It takes
cesses and building skills current patch with the new about an hour for him to
from LaVanture and hopes one. apply the grease paint make
to complete his project by Sherise Nelson recog- up forhis Emmett Kelly-style
the end of June. nized his vision and leader- clown face. He has been in
Tom Calvert, father of ship as he helped boys in make up 1,200 times and
Thomas Calvert, is an Eagle Troop 219 reach their goals has participated in com-
Scout himself and appreci- including her son. Nelson petitions, visited hospitals,
ates the knowledge, good knew that LaVanture performed at conventions,
values and morals that was a prime candidate parades, and won numerous
LaVanture instills. for the National Hall of awards. He has 13 different
When he discovered that Lea ers ip. clown costumes hanging in
.his closet and loves making
a local boy scout designed Through his work in kd mlepcal hs
a comemoatie shul-scouting, his church andinhstas
der patch in honor of the the Bahia Shrine he has hsia.
BSA 100th anniversary, touched the lives of over LaVanture continues to
LaVanture sensed an oppor- 5,000 young people and has be inspired by the BSA expe-
tunity. The Council ordered been recognized with many rience.
500 patches and LaVanture community awards and rec- "When a boy gets into
asked to sell 100 of them. ognitions in Pennsylvania scouting, he is taught the
The Council asked why and Florida. principles and the require-
he ordered so many and Evelyn LaVanture, his ments. Earning merit badg-
LaVanture asked why the wife of 23 years, describes es sometimes leads boys to
Council didn't order more. Dick as 'meticulous'. "He's discover their life's work. It
He felt that his troop could one of the neatest men I teaches them to be self-sus-
sell 2,010 patches during have ever known and he tailing, learn self-reliance
the centennial year and true loves to do things for peo- and is the only youth orga-
to his word they sold the ple, especially children," she nization in the world that
first 100 during a three-day said. teaches the importance of
event. As of mid May over Laatr a emGod, country and self."
1,300 patches have been.
tough on the outside but he
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Excerpts from the Orange CountyCommission
on Aging Nlewsletter August 20f0:
Counsel for Caregivers Seminar Elder law
attorney Carolyn Sawyer is the August speaker
and will focus on Medicaid planning and other
legal concerns at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.
19, at the downtown Orange County Library, 3rd
Floor, Albertson Room; 101 E. Central Blvd. The
event is free and lunch is provided to the first
50 who RSVP to 407-836-7446 or officeonag-
Orange TV You can now watch many of
Orange TV's video clips at any time on the web.
Visit www.orangetvfl.net and click on "vital
RSVP The Orange County RSVP Office has
a new website: www. rsvporlando.org. Visit
to learn more about volunteering in Orange
Orlando@50+ The National AARP conference
is in Orlando this year at the Orange County
Convention Center from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Visit
www.aarp.org/events to register and see why
this event attracts more than 25,000 people
Cool website www. partnerships orolder-
adults.org looks at how to establish community
partnerships to develop innovative solutions
and options that meet the needs of seniors.
Alzheimer's -The Social SecurityAdministration
has added early-onset to the list of conditions
under its Compassionate Allowance Initiative,
giving those with the disease expedited access
to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Visit
adult.htm for more details.
Fraud Protection -The Investor Protection Trust
has a new "clinician's pocket guide" that identi-
fies common warning signs and techniques to
gauge a person's financial capacity. Visit www.
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End-of-Life A new study found that nursing
home patients who participate in a program
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end-of-life treatment are less likely to receive
unwanted hospitalization and invention. For
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Medicare Advantage Program This Kaiser
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reform law affects the Medicare Advantage
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Positive Ager: The SRA "50+ Lifestyle Guide"
features a positive ager in its bi-monthly maga-
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about this issue's positive ager: Rita Bornstein.
Did You Know... Alzheimer's Disease is the 7th
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Senior Trip Those 55 and older are invited
to join the Recreation and Parks Department
as they travel to Tampa to spend the day at the
Seminole Hard Rock Casino on Tuesday, Oct.
12. Try your luck at the 145,000-square-foot
casino, with over 2,500 of the hottest Vegas-
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the registration deadline on Oct. 8. Round trip
bus service will be provided by JB Bus. To reg-
ister for the trip, visit Riverside Bank at 1600
Lockwood Blvd, or call 407-971-5575 for more
The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF)
has approved an $8,000 grant to the Winter
Park Chamber of Commerce to create a leader-
ship program for older adults in Winter Park. It
will be patterned after the Chamber's success-
ful Leadership Winter Park program which has
been offered for 20 years. This program offers a
behind-the-scenes look at issues and challeng-
es facing Winter Park. The Chamber also offers
a Youth Leaders program twice each summer
for local high school students. The pilot program
for older adults will be tested twice, once in the
fall and once in the spring. Feedback gathered
from participants will help shape the content
and format for future sessions. For more infor-
mation, contact Lynn Carolan at 407-644-2300,
ext. 234, or Icarolan@wphf.org.
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hard to pay off our homes
so that we won't have that
payment at retirement, but
now there's a scam target-
ing some seniors who've
done just that.
Here's how it works:
When you have a mort-
gage, the Deed of Trust pa-
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perwork is recorded with
the local county recorder.
When a mortgage is paid
off, a reconveyance deed is
filed (by the trustee or title
company) with that same
recorder's office and the
original is sent to you with-
in 30 or 60 days. The paper-
work says you've paid off
your mortgage. Except for
property taxes (and maybe
condo fees) you don't owe
anybody anything on your
That reconveyance deed
is extremely important.
Without it, you can't prove
that you own your home.
Knowing that, here come
the scammers. A number of
seniors have received in the
mail official-looking docu-
ments saying that their
reconveyance deed is not
on file. For a "small" fee,
of course, they can fix the
situation and ensure that a
copy is filed.
Nowadays it's easy to
get information online,
and that's likely where the
scammers are getting it. No
doubt they're looking at the
exact reconveyance deed
online when they note your
name and address and send
you mail saying that deed is
If you receive official-
looking mail saying that
your reconveyance deed is
not filed, do not send any
money to have someone
else take care of it for you.
Hunt up your own original
and call the county record-
er's office. Ask someone
there to verify that your
deed is copied or noted in
I remember when people
use to have deed-burning
parties. The paid-off deed
was incinerated in the bar-
becue grill in the backyard
and a good time was had by
all. It probably was never a
good idea to do that.
Matilda Charles regrets that she can-
not personally answer reader ques-
tions, but will incorporate them into
her column whenever possible.
Write to her in care of King Features
Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475,
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often don't indicate that
the deceased was a veteran.
This easily can be rectified
now. The Department of
Veterans Affairs has bronze
medallions that can be af-
fixed to privately purchased
headstones or markers of
Eligibility is for veterans
who died on or after Nov. 1,
1990, are buried in a private
cemetery and who did not
receive a government-is-
sued headstone or marker.
The bronze medallions
come in three sizes: 5 inch-
es, 3 inches and 1-1/2 inch-
es in width and include a kit
(hardware, adhesive) used
to attach the medallion to
an existing headstone or
grave marker. It is also suit-
able for a mausoleum or
columbarium niche cover.
Each includes the word
"veteran" and the branch of
There's no specific ap-
plication yet (one is being
created), so for now use
VA Form 40-1330 Applica-
tion for Standard Govern-
ment Headstone or Marker.
(Leave block 11 blank. Use
block 27 to describe the
medallion being requested,
for example "Medallion 3
Only next of kin can ap-
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goes by lineage: surviving
spouse, children by age,
parents (biological, adop-
tive, step, foster), brothers/
sisters (half, step),
dren, uncles, aunts and oth-
ers down the family tree.
Additionally, a person au-
thorized in writing by the
next of kin or a personal
in writing by the decedent
also can order the marker.
For more instructions
on getting a medallion, go
hm.asp or call Memorial
Programs Service 1-800-
Write to Freddy Groves in care of King
Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box
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send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.
by Freddy G~roves
When a veteran is buried in
a national or state veterans
cemetery, the grave has a
or granite headstone or a
marker. But the graves of
veterans who are buried in
private cemeteries without
the government headstone
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RIly nanie is Deon Long andl I amn running to r~epriesent
Flor'idR'Is 24th C'ongr~essio nal Distr'ict in the ll~tth
C'ongr~ess of thle in i tedl Sjtates.
Thle four I (4C) chIIalIle nges thIa t fa ce thle Am 11erica n
economy and are responsible for the current state of
the American economy are:
An insidious, disincentivizing, progressive tax
Inflationary monetary policy;
Deficit spending; and
Protectionist trade policies.
If I am sent to WVashington to represent District 24, I
intend to remedy these problems by championing:
Passage of the FairTax;
A return to the Gold Standard;
Ratification of a balanced budget amendment; and
Implementation of a free trade regime.
WVith passage of FairTax
legislation I would advocate for
~p~i~sra constitutional amendment
~iie~ ~z -~-eqry ~ C;~~ J~ljZg ~J~i~~negating the 16th Amendment.
This amendment could be
ratified temporaneously with a
-- balanced budget amendment.
I also support tort reform and
Portions of Sarbanes-Oxley.
The aforementioned agenda
will provide a structural rebirth
r. I Cz -F of the American economy and
unleash the entrepreneurial
talents of the American citizenry.
This agenda will be a catalyst for
the devolution of power from a
centralized federal government
to the fifty (50) states as intended
by the Founding Fathers. I
believe that we should follow the
letter and the spirit of the Tenth
and Seventeenth Amendments.
Thank you and God Bless America.
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