Title: Seminole voice
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00091445/00059
 Material Information
Title: Seminole voice
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Community Media Holdings, LLC
Place of Publication: Oviedo, Fla.
Publication Date: August 27, 2010
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Seminole -- Oviedo
United States -- Florida -- Seminole -- Winter Park
Coordinates: 28.659722 x -81.195833 ( Place of Publication )
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00091445
Volume ID: VID00059
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.


This item has the following downloads:

00008-27-2010 ( PDF )

Full Text


A small change can make a
world of difference.
That's what the Oviedo
Marketplace merchants
are hoping for with the
replacement of the word
"Marketplace" with "Mall"
on the signs at the Red Bug
Lake Road exit of Highway
Jim Pridemore, presi-
dent of the Oviedo Mar-
ketplace Merchants Asso-
ciation, said that for the
last 11 years, when travel-
ers saw the word "Market-
place" they thought it was


b. i .Q '

It'S a mall, not a ]market

Merchants hope new signs and name change will bring more business to Oviedo

www.SemninoleVoice.com | uut2 etme ,21 Free!

District 24 Republican nomination.

ed ~




In the Republican primary
for U.S. Representative in
District 24, it was a nail-
biter between State Rep.
Sandy Adams and former

Winter Park Commissioner
Karen Diebel, who were
within one percentage
point of each other four
hours after the polls closed.
Adams prevailed.
The District 33 represen-
tative and former Orange
County deputy gathered

with supporters at her
Oviedo campaign office on
Tuesday night, just miles
north of the University of
Central Florida.
Everyone was huddled
around a tiny television
watching and waiting as the
poll results came in. After

a back and forth struggle,
Adams edged out Diebel by
less than 600 votes.
Adams waited until the
last minute to accept what
her supporters had been
alluding to all night, that
she, in fact, had won.
> turn to ELECTION on PAGE 3

a farmers market, which
led many to pass the shop-
ping mall by.
"I know that for a good
five years, I had many cus-
tomers and friends and
merchants share the same
concern that they wanted
that sign changed," Pride-
more said.
He was particularly wor-
ried that Europeans and
Canadians would miscon-
strue the meaning of the
sign and then pass it by
on their way to the theme
parks from the Orlando
Sanford International Air-

> turn to MALL on PAGE 4

Fearing that some customers might pass it by, merchants at
the Oviedo Marketplace renamed their freeway signs.

Big night for


On Tuesday, newcomer John
Horan just barely edged out
incumbent Michael McLean
to secure the Seminole
County Commission Dis-
trict 2 seat.
Friends, family and sup-
porters of Horan's flocked
to his home in Winter
Springs to watch the voting
People crowded around
a laptop perched on the
kitchen counter crunching
the numbers as each pre-
cinct's results was reported.
"We're 680 ahead with
six precincts left!" someone
shouted, sending the nearly
30 people in attendance
into jubilation with hugs,
cheers and applause.
Horan, however, insisted
it wasn't over until it was
over and brushed off the
congratulations until, he
said, it was official. .
The countdown contn-
ued until just after 9:10 p.m.
when it became official, by
only 593 votes, the Winter
Springs lawyer had beaten
out incumbent McLean.
I'It feels vrel veery good,
said. "It was obviously a
very, very close race."
As he spoke to those in
attendance, arms around
his son JR and wife Joette,
you could hear both the
relief and gratitude in his

> turn to SEMINOLE on PAGE 3

. .

Florida Rep. Sandy Adams, right, hugs a friend after winning her bid for U.S. Representative

Adams wins by just 600 votes, while Brodeur and Altman win easily in races

Celery Stalks ............. .... .......... 4
Stetson'sCorner.... ........ ........... .5
Interests. ............. ... ........8
Calendar. .............. ............11
Young Voices ............ ...... ....... 12
Letters. ........... ..... ......12
Classifieds and Games. ................13
Athletics .......... ............14

94922 58042 9

Page 2 August 27 September 9, 2010 Seminole Voice

THIS WEEK in history

J. h i~nhibitsthe island erupts. The explosionscould be heard over 3,000
miles away. An estimated 36,000 people died from the volcanic
S W EEKeruption.

Banks optimistic through chaos

With customers looking for new ways to save and borrow, banks are rushing to adapt to changes

da's Institute for Economic
Competitiveness believes
that "although many com-
munity banks are on solid
ground there will be more
failures before the banking
crisis is over."
The commercial real
estate fallout will be the
aftershock from the resi-
dential real estate crisis and
has not fully manifested
itself, Snaith said. Develop-
ers are beginning to run out
of money as businesses find
rent difficult to pay result-
ing in empty retail space.
Snaith views it as a wave
poised to crash as the num-
ber of real estate foreclo-
sures accelerate this year
and into 2011.
Snaith described the last
year as a historic episode
in our economic lifetime.
"A lot of it was shocking
but there have been no new
twists or turns in the last six
Snaith said the labor
market will remain in a
troubled state throughout
the 2010 and improve in
2011. He sees professional
white collar jobs coming
back in the health sector as
well as in higher tech man-
ufacturing like high speed

for our customers who are

Commerce National Bank &
Trust of Florida
President Ray Colado said
customers like that they
operate and solve problems
at the local level. "When
customers find their way
to a community bank they
don't go back. Our custom-
ers' problems are solved
right here in Winter Park
Florida, and there is value
to that," he said.
Colado believes problem
loans without short term
solutions will influence
more bank failures in the
state andd the cunt stil

lending but keeping an eye
on the percent of problem
loans to capital. Banks are
regulated by that percent
and may come under fed-
eral scrutiny if the percent
is too high. Colado said
"When that percent rises, it
is much harder on the next
person who comes in my
office with a problem loan
and on us to not raise the
percent "
Coladlo explained that
two years ago some of these
loans would have been
acceptable but today must
be categorized as problem
loans. "The bank and the
auditors should have more
flexibility to work things
out because as a small bank
we virtually know all the
customers. In these times
it is prudent business and
customer service."

Federal Trust Bank
After several months of
negotiation, Federal Trust
Bank was able to secure
The Hartford as its sole
shareholder which was
great news
for Prest-


Local community banks
remain optimistic that care-
ful business practices and
strong community ties will
be enough to steer them
through the financial chaos
nearly two years after the
national bail outs.
Central Florida is faring
slightly better than Tampa
Miami and Jacksonville
included in the top five U.S.
markets in free fall whose
economic indicators 'have
gone from bad to worse
with no signs of recovery,'
according to Forbes.com.

Citizens Bank of Florida
Customers now look for dif-
ferent qualities in a bank,
according to Rick Lee, Pres-
ident and CEO. "Before the
recession people were chas-
ing the best interest rates,
now they look for customer
service, strength and stabil-

To assess the strength of
a bank Lee suggests con-
sumers review websites like
bankrate.com, FDIC.gov
and bauerfinancial.com.
Citizens Bank of Florida
and Commerce National
Bank & Trust of Florida are
two of a handful of banks
in the Orlando area with
a four-star designation by
Bauer Financial.
"We have always been
careful with arranging
loans. I'd like to see an
end to the too-big-to-fail
policies which got us into
this mess," said Lee, who
anticipates some impact
from additional regula-
tions when the upcoming
Financial Regulation Bill is
passed by Congress.
Lee bears in mind that
behind the statistics are sto-
ries of citizens trying to deal
with economic hardships.
"WYe havec to be foc~used and

Loca I

Risky banking practices that led to failures and bailouts have led customers to look for more solid, smaller banks.

and CEO Dennis Ward. "This
has helped us address issues
and think positively about
the future," Ward said.
Headquartered in San-
ford with 11 locations
across five Central Flor-
ida counties, FTB knows
its community customers
from Winter Park to Palm
Coast and Eustis to Port
Orange. "We've learned
that if we know the people
we're dealing with, it makes
the interaction much more
productive. It's incredibly
helpful for a bank to know
its customers which larger
institutions can't do."
The 35-year banking
veteran hopes to see more
regulation for other play-
ers in the banking services
industry like rating agen-
cies and mortgage brokers.
He hopes that the legisla-
tors will be thoughtful
about the impact and ben-
efit of future regulations on
the consumer.
"There can be unintend-
ed consequences on bor-
rowers," Ward said. The
former CEO of Regions
Bank has seen a change
in what customers look
for in a bank. "No one
paid much attention
to their bank before,
it was a commodity,
now they are more

First Colony Bank
CEO Bruce May expe-
rienced the customer
shift to community banks
since First Colony's recent
opening in 2008.
"Because of failing
and closing banks due to
fraud and loan problems
there has been a huge shift

toward community banks.
When you know the Board
of Directors personally
and what they stand for, it
makes a difference," said
Technology has also ley-
eled the playing field for
community banks as cus-
tomers depend less on mul-
tiple brick and mortar loca-
tions and more on debit
cards, scanning, remote
deposit capture and online
bankin .
May remains optimistic
about Maitland's economy
and growth.
"We want to continue
to be good stewards to our
shareholders and do loans
that make sense. There is
always an opportunity for
good buys especially in real
estate for those who have
resources. May predicts
2010 will be more challeng-
ing because many business-
es used up their rainy day
funds in 2009.
"I do expect to see more
bank consolidations."
May would like to see
existing regulations applied
more consistently and for
the free market to work.
Community banks value
the unique relationships
formed with customers
"(You earn your money by
how you handle a mistake.
We are not bound by poli-
cies of a complex corporate
structure, so our employees
can often make on the spot
decisions," he said. "There
are no layers between us
and the customers we see
every day. This is a satisfy-
ing way to do business."

Economist point of view
Sean Snaith, director of the
University of Central Flori-

ba nks
Federal Trust Bank

First Colony Bank


SCitizens Bank of Florida

Commerce National
Bank & Trust of Florida

Seminole Voice

August 27 September 9, 2010 Page 3

It' SSomething you've seen many times before-and will
probably see again. The market goes up, then comes
down. Then up, then down again.

NOw you can accumulate money for your retirement without
the risks of market downturns by purchasing a fixed indexed
annUity from Aviva When the market goes down, your accu-
mulated value stays put until another upswing guaranteed.

< continued from the front page

She is prepared to contin-
ue her campaign, as she will
face incumbent Suzanne
Kosmas in the November
general election.
"We have done the right
thing, and will continue to
do the right thing," Adams
At the end of a long cam-
paign, Diebel said she was
happy to be at her victory
"It feels great to be here
with my family and all the
people who supported me,"
Diebel said. "I'd do this all
again in a heartbeat."
In the Democratic pri-
mary Kosmas faced former
Winter Springs Mayor Paul
Partyka and won in a land-
Kosmas reeled in nearly
17,000 more votes than Par-
tyka, much to the delight of
the congresswoman, who
was celebrating with fam-
11y and supporters in New
Smyrna Beach.
"I am excited to be here
with family and support-
ers," she said.
But she does want to send
a message to the voters in
the district that she appre-
ciates their realization that
this is a critical election for

"We are prepared to do
everything to help people
realize that there is a clear
choice," she said.

State District 24
In the lightly contested
Florida State Senate District
24 race, Republican incum-
bent Thad Altman handily
defeated GOP primary chal-
lenger Bart Carmichael by
a gap of 68 percent to 32

State District 33
Florida House District 33
cuts a wide swath across
Seminole County, and Jason
Brodeur is a step closer to
being its next representa-
tive after defeating Alice
Sterling and James Decocq
by a broad margin. Brodeur
won with 51 percent of the
vote. The remaining minor-
ity was split between Ster-
ling and Decocq.
Brodeur was running
for the seat held by Sandy
Adams, who was term lim-
ited out of the district she's
represented for eight years.
In the Libertarian pri-
mary for Florida House Dis-
trict 33, frequent candidate
Franklin Perez won with
72 percent of the vote over
Ellen Paul's 28 percent.

Supporters for Jason Brodeur and Jeff Dowdy wave to passersby on election day Tuesday.

< continued from the front page

His wife stood, her eyes glassy,
as her husband spoke. It was the
Horan family's first endeavor in
running for public office.
"Little by little I learned each
week what had to be done ... every-
thing that was happening, I was
new to it, but then I realized 'I
can do this!"' Joette said, reaffirm-
ing herself. "I'm glad it's a victory
party," she added with a laugh.
Horan's s eech was interru t-
ed consistently by his cell phone
ringing each time blaring the
f ghm song tohiseadma mater, N tre
Dame.He soppe toase he
times, once from election officials
confirming the victory, again for
his mother and once more for a
congratulatory concession call
from McLean.
"As you can tell by the margin of
victory, it's very difficult to take on
aan nu be t,a Ho nlisaicdu ith a
and I had a lot of help and a lot of
good people helping me, and now
it's going to be up to me to live up
to those expectations and repre-
sent the people who voted for me
and those who didn't, as well."

County Commission District 4
In District 4, incumbent Carlton
Henley won his bid to keep his seat'
earning 47 percent of the vote.
Henley said he was thankful to the
people of Seminole County for re-
electing him to the Commission
"I am certainly grateful that
the people sought to return me to
office for another four-year term,"
he said. "It's been an honor to serve
the people."
Henley beat out challengers Don
Epps, who received 33 percent of
the vote, and Win Adams, who won
19 percent.
"I certainly look forward to try-
ing to deal with the challenges that

we are going to face in the next
four years," Henley said.

Oviedo asked for $36 million in
revenue bonds to purchase water
treatment facilities from Alafaya
Utilites, and successfully persuad-
ed voters to let the city do it. That
charter amendment passed with
64 percent of the vote.

In Casselberry an incumbent city
commissioner retained her seat.
Susan Doerner was running for her
third term in office against chal-
lenger Craig Tull. She won with 61
percent of the vote.

School Board
Two school board district seats
were up for grabs in Tuesday's elec-
Karen Almond won a narrow 5 2
percent vte ag isd Pul J.1 Acnkt.

She'll take the District 2 seat for-
merly held for 20 years by Sandra
Robinson, who decided not to run
for re-election this year.
The District 5 seat was upended
as longtime school board district
representative Jeanne Morris fell
by a wide margin to her to chal-
lengers. Tina Calderone got nearly
41 percent of the vote, followed by
Becky Erwin with 38 percent and
Morris with 21 percent. A runoff
between Calderone and Erwin will
be held Nov. 2.

County Judge
In his third bid for a judgeship,
Longwood workman's compensa-
tion lawyer Fred Schott won the
County Court Judge Group 3 seat,
with 36 percent of the vote. His
next closest competitor, Debra
Krause, earned 28 percent of the

When the index rises, your Aviva annuity is credited
with interest based in part on the index movement.

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

ELECTION I Diebel nearly upset veteran District 33 representative

SEMINOLE I Oviedo amendment passes

SFresh Fruit
'Vine Ripe Tomatoes
Vegetables -

"Get Healthy From the Inzside Out! "

Thle Sign Man

160 East Broadway ~tPhone: (407) 365-3722
PO Box 622143 Fax: (407) 365-7786
Oviedo, FL 32765 www.signman.net
Computerized Laser & Rotary Engraving Picture ID Name Badges
Vinyl Lettered Banners & Signs* Self-Inking Rubber Stamps
Magnetic Signs Plaques & Awards Large Format Printing
Phone: (407) 365-3722 Fax: (407) 365-7786
(Located at the base of the Nelson & Co. water tower)

Central Florida's Largest Fine Arts Gallery

Peter Pettegrew
One of Florida's finest scenic artists

Wednesday, September 1st
407-622-0102 ~ 5 5:0pm to 8:00~pm21SotKnweAv
ww.Fredlundcallery.com Winter Park


agement, one of several
investors helping GGP exit
bankruptcy, will initially
run Spinco.
Merchants hope they
can convince the new man-
agement that continuous
and reoccurring commu-
nity events held there are
the key to turning things
Pridemore has been
pushing management to
hire a full-time event coor-
dinator, and he said with
Brookfield coming in, he's
going to solicit to fill that
position himself.
"I've basically been doing
it for a year and a half any-
way," he said with a laugh.

. .

Page 4 August 27 September 9, 2010

Seminole Voice

The event will be held in
their clubhouse from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. I am assured
there will be lots of good
buys and goodies for sale.
Breakfast and lunch will be
sold, and this is definitely
open to the public.

Volunteers needed
Help! Volunteers are need
at the thrift store and food
pantry run by the HOPE
Foundation, whose mission
is to prevent and reduce
homelessness by helping
people become self-suf-
ficient through Housing,
Outreach, Prevention and
Education. The group seeks
adults who can volunteer at
least twice a month for 3-4
hours at a time. The store
is open Mondays through
Saturday. Please visit www.
helpforthehomeless.net for
an application or orienta-
tion information or call
407-366-3422 and ask for

Making jewelry
Do you like jewelry? Well
then come and learn to
make earrings, bracelets
and necklaces in the new
Jewelry Making Class
taught by Linda Courtney
at the Rural Heritage
Center, located in the

Historic Geneva School
House on First and Main
Streets, Geneva. Class is
from 10-11:30 a.m. and the
cost is $15 with all supplies
provided. To sign up, e-mail
genevaschoolhouseegm ail.
com or call 407-729-1449.

Concert time
Don't forget St. Luke's
Concert Series from 2-7
p.m. on Sept. 11 at St.
Luke's Lutheran Church,
2021 W. State Road 426 '
Oviedo. The Brass Band of
Central Florida will pres-
ent an "American Salute",
featuring a program rich
with patriotic overtones.
Admission is free. If you
need more information,
please call 407-365-3408.

It's date night
Date Night at the Gardens
starts at 8:30 p.m. on Friday,
Sept. 3 and Oct. 1 at Harry
P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N.
Forest Ave., Orlando. See a
feature film on one of the
largest outdoor screens in
Central Florida, which is
set up in the botanical gar-
dens. The gates open at 6
p.m. Bring a dinner picnic
basket, blanket or chairs.
Concessions will also be
sold. The cost is 57 plus tax
for adults, $2 plus tax for a

child and free for Garden

Business plans 101
A small-business seminar
will be held from 1-2:30
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at
the north branch of the
Seminole County Public
Library, 310 N. Division St.,
The Seminole County
Public Library Systems,
a joint venture with
the Small Business
Development Center at the
Seminole State College of
Florida, offers "Business
Plans 101", which covers
the essentials for creating a
blueprint for new business
success. Advance registra-
tion is required. Admission
is free. For more informa-
tion, please call 407-665-

A thought
"I have learned that every-
one can use a prayer." -H.
Jackson Brown, Jr.

While I was driving home
the other day, the radio
was playing "My Favorite
Things" from "The Sound
of Music", which was very
appropriate as it was thun-
dering, lighting and raining
like crazy. I'm sorry to say
that these are not a few
of my favorite things -
the rain I'll take but leave
out the rest and include
the heat along with Mr.
Thunder. Well, you must
admit the rain is doing
great for our lawns, gardens
and whatever.
Did you happen
to notice the Oviedo
Historical Society's Lawton
House? The city has been
working like crazy on the
area surrounding the house
with a new walkway to the
park behind the house,
new furnishings in the park
and new hanging plants
on the house's front porch.
The place looks lovely, and
we should all thank the

city. I am not sure exactly
when Friendship Park will
be open for public use, but
I am sure it will be in the
next couple of weeks.
Congratulations Jim
Weber, my youngest son
on completing The Battle
at Fort Desoto Triathlon
- Publix FFW#7 at St.
Petersburg on Saturday,
Aug. 21. Jim completed
the race in one hour and
15 minutes with an over-
all placement of 342 out
of 736, gender placement
of 245 out of 417 and cat-
egory placement of 28 out
of 50. Jim has been doing
these triathlons for a while
and trains mainly on the
weekends. His mom is

Goodies for sale
How about joining the
crowd on Saturday, Aug.
28 by visiting Palm Valley
community to attend the
Flea Market and Bake Sale?

< continued from the front page

port. Now he hopes they
will know there's a place to
shop off Red Bug Lake Road.
He said locals will also get a
constant reminder to sup-
port their local retail cen-
ter, which has been strug-
gling in a dismal economy.
The word change hap-
pened on both the south-
bound and northbound
approaches to the exit
including at the exit itself
There's also a mini direc-
tional sign once you get to
Red Bug Lake Road.
At first, the Seminole
County Expressway Author-
ity wanted the city to pay

for new signs, which would
have cost about $17,000
each, for a total of $68,000.
But the city can't spend
public money on private
interests, said Oviedo engi-
neer Tom Radzai, who
spearheaded the project.
"We worked back and
forth and ended up doing
an overlay," Radzai said.
"We just took a piece of sign
and put a label on that and
attached it to the existing
The price was right,
thanks to Eric Gordon at
Florida's Turnpike Enter-
"They didn't even charge
us anything," he said.

Oviedo Mayor Dominic
Persampiere got the ball
rolling on the project about
a year ago.
"Anything the city can
do to help the mall out,"
he said. "I'm just happy we
were able to get this done. I
wish we could have gotten
it done a bit quicker.,,
Pridemore said he sug-
gested it to mall manage-
ment for the past three
years, but it didn't go any-
where. Then he found out
he didn't need the manage-
ment's permission to make
the change because the mall
doesn't own the signs.
"I don't think they didn't
want to do it, but it was not

high on the local manager's
priority list," he said.

New management
The Oviedo Marketplace
is managed by its owner,
General Growth Properties,
which is undergoing Ch. 11
bankrutcy protect re -
On edesay, G rg
istered a spinoff company,
Spinco, which will become
a separate company from
GGP and will gain control
over a group of properties,
including the Oviedo Mar-
ketplace, according to an
Aug. 18 SEC filing. Altamon-
te M 1 1 another eGGP prop-

Brookfield Asset Man-

These are a few of my favorite things



Send word to Janet Foley about
events and let her know what's
going on around town by e-mailing

MALL I Store owners hopeful that new management will bring big events

Free C0ney! Island Hot Dogs for our

CHStomers Every Saturday, 9am-5pm

J & B U-Pull-It Auto Par ts

10 acres ofilutos for Parts
No No
Et 17105 E Hwy 50, Bithlo, FL Enr

Fee (407) 568-2131 Fee

Serel 'we can Help. .

In Home Living Assistance
Home Maker Services
Companion Care
Personal Care Assistance
877-81 8-4MOM
SrNseseat Srmolr ing, Oscrola, Bvaid Coun
Serenntyhomecare com

Published Friday,
August 27, 2010

Volume 20
Issue No. 35

Seminole Voice

August 27 September 9, 2010 Page 5

in Geneva. Throughout
the year, we applaud the
BrenDon Squares for all
they do in the commu-
nity and for their genuine,
heartfelt and significant
contributions to our rural
heritage. Whether you
come as a couple, an indi-
vidual or with a friend,
mark Sunday, Sept. 12 at
2 p.m. on your calendar
and come see what square
dancing is all about.
Don Whittaker is a
nationally known square
dance caller who settled his
family here in the greater
Geneva area and folks
couldn't be happier. Don
and his lovely wife, Brenda,
seem like they have been
here for years. As Don says,
it's a great excuse to hold
hands, get some exercise
and forget your troubles
while you are learning the
rhythms and moves of a
true American art form.
The two hours will truly
fly by as you dance on the
beautiful wood floors of

abled or pulled onto the
side of the road. The rea-
son for this is that flashers
disable the turn signals and
make it impossible for an
oncoming driver to know
if you are pumping your
breaks or are fully disabled.
These are surely basic
tips, but important ones,
and they should be shared
with all driving members of
your household, especially
your teens. Be sure they
know how to clear fogged-
up windows quickly and
understand how to safely
adjust their speed and
braking on wet pavement.
The next eight weeks will
most likely be soggy ones,
so let's all be safe on our

Spin your partner
One way to stay safe on
Sunday afternoons this
fall is to join the new
square dancing class with
the BrenDon Squares at
the Rural Heritage Center

our own Rural Heritage
Center. Don is an amazing
talent not only as a caller
but as a patient teacher.
He's seen it all the clum-
sy and the coordinated, the
smooth and the stumblers.
In the beginners' class,
everyone pretty much
starts on an even dancing
field, and you'll all giggle
together when you turn the
wrong way, bump into each
Other and look equally
confused. My favorite line
from Don is, "No honey,
your other left." He's prob-
ably said that thousands
of times in his career, so
don't worry, you won't be
the first. How he can direct
dozens of novice dancers
simultaneously never ceas-
es to amaze me.
Check out www.bren-
donsquares.com and the
video on You Tube for more
information on this fun
opportunity. For a list of
many other great activi-
ties at the Rural Heritage
Center, a ka the original
Geneva Schoolhouse, visit
org. You'll find classes on
food preservation, dulcimer
playing, basket weaving,
stained glass and many
more. Consider joining
the Rura nHerkagresCentere

classes and this wonderful
building can continue to
enrich our rural commu-

Please share your thoughts about
Geneva at 407-221-7002,
kp h ill ips~obse rvern ewspape rs.
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.

Afternoon storms are
occurring more frequently
now that we're in the later
stages of summer and when
those Gulf and Atlantic
systems collide over us, the
rain can be torrential.
Ms. Imogene Yarborough
told me recently that big
drops mean the rain will
pass quickly, while small
drops last longer. But even
fast-moving rainstorms
demand our full atten-
tion when driving through
them, especially in steady
Driving home through
these downpours, P've
noticed a disturbing trend:
many folks drive in the rain
without their headlights

on. This is of concern on
roads such as State Road
46 A and State Road 46
where the after-work traf-
fic is heavy, semi-trucks
abound and passing can be
frequent. The silver sprays
of the big rigs and dump
trucks on portions of the
road with standing water
can easily obscure a driver's
Florida law requires that
low-beam headlights be
turned on from sunset to
sunrise, including twilight
and in rain, smoke and
fog. This means low-beam
headlights, not parking
lights or flashers. Flashing
hazard lights are only to be
used when the car is dis-

Dicoler The Davey Ditffervence.
: CompleTeFr` Tree, Shrub 80 Lawn Care
Qruaity Pruning
Insectr IJ Disease Mana enment B

*" ISA Certified Arborists

407-331-8020 *

Phone 407-563-7000 SeminoleVoice.com Fax 407-563-7099

Karen Phillips c.llhilll Ips J Itlser ver newsllrllrs i run1
Janet Foley of Oviedo 4107-365-6859
Sandi Vidal of Casselberry sandil~christianhelp.org
Megan Stokes 407-563-7034
Ashley McBride 407-563-7058
classic fieds~observernewvspapers.com
Jennifer Cox 407-563-7i073
jco Il'goltweek.com
Kerri Anne RenzuliII

Kyle Taylor, 4107-563-7009
Isaac Babcock. 4107-563-7023
isaacb3'observernewspapers.c om
Jenny Andreasson. 4107-563-7026
editorl~iobser ver new~spapers.com

Craig Cherry. 352-217-9157
Oc her ryl'o bservernew~spa pe rs.com

The Seminole Voice publishes weekly online. and every other Friday for readers
in Oviedo. Winter Springs. Geneva. Chuluota. Casselberry. Long wood. Sanford.
Altamlonte Springs and their neighbors.
Seminole voice began publishing in 1991. Its current owner is Observer Nlewspa-
pers. wvhic~h also publishes the Winter Park-Maitland Observer newspaper.
The Seminole Voice is free for a single issue: additional copies are 50e each.

Talk with us about news stories at
4107-563-7i023. Ask for Isaac Babcock.

Write to us about your opinions at:
editorl~iobservernew~spapers.comlor at:
P.O. Bo( 2426. Winter Park. FL 32790

Help us correct mistakes by writing
to editorl~iobservernew~spapers.coml or
by calling 4107-563-7023 and asking
for associate editor Isaac Babcock.

If you think we can do a better job
serving you. please let us knowv.

Renew your subscription or start a
new~ one by calling 4107-563-7000. A
year's subscription costs just $52.80.

Advertise in The voice by calling Craig
Cherry 352-217-9157.

The Voice cares about environmen-
tal health. The newspaper you hold
comes from a miltture of recycled c~on-
tent. Unsold copies of the newspaper
are archived or recycled. We also re-
cycle all in-office paper w~aste. bottles
and cans.

The Semlinole Voice is published every other Friday
by Community Media Holdings, LLC. USPS #008-093
Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo. Fla.

POSTMASTER: Send address
changes to Seminole Voice,
P.O. Box 2426, Winter Park, FL 32790

Twirl your partner and turn on those headlights!

P~~F J ~i~~P

* ( ~e8~r

lence in every role and
clean stores. It works!" he
First-time customer Patti
McCormick would not be
your stereotypical pawn
shopper. With her grayed-
blonde hair pulled back,
khaki Bermuda shorts and
Kentucky-drawl, she is
exactly who La Familia is
trying to extend pawn busi-
ness to.
After checking out the
DVDs, she meanders around
the rest of the store as her
husband makes a deal with
the clerk at the register.
"(It's nice to come in and
have someone come ask
if they can help you ... I'm
not afraid to come in here,
where some of the pawn
places I wouldn't want to
come in at all," she said.

La Familia Pawn in
Orlando is located at
4205 Curry Ford Road.
For more information
on the shop and its
Services VISIt WWW.
lafamiliapawn.com or
call the store at 407-

Law Offices of Damaris G. Claude
Estate Planning and Elder Law
Wills Trusts Advanc~ed Directives *
Guardianships*a Trust Administration Servicies
for Trustees Probate Mledicaid Planning for
Seniors SocialI Security Disabilitl. 'etera n's
Pension and Disability Benenit Planning

e 11 \\'. State Rd. .126. Ste. 2o31 Oviedo. FL 32'b3
Phone: 3nl-296-3533 Fax: 407 -359-0586



Stop by for a visit and take home a dozen
fresh-baked Brookdale" signature cookies!
Remember when being on vacation meant no cooking, cleaning or
yard work? And you enjoyed most of your meals in great restaurants.
From now on, every day can be a vacation day for you. Our staff will
take care of the cooking, cleaning, transportation, maintenance and
other services. Its the ultimate vacation for you!i




SAVE ENERGY Use less energy, Be Earth friendly and money-wise!
SAVE MONEY Lower your monthly electric bill, FOREVER!:
GET A TAX CREDIT Take advantage of Energy Efiiency Tax credits.
CALL TODAY 407-699-0050

Page 6 August 27 September 9, 2010

Seminole Voice


Royal blue and fluorescent
yellow paint still edge the
building at the corner of
the strip mall. People mil
in and out; some bring-
ing along items to return,
while others come looking
for something new to take
Inside, merchandise is
stacked, sorted and sec-
tioned throughout the
orderly aisles and televi-
sions still border the expan-
sive room flickering scenes
of yesterday's hit movies.
A middle-aged woman
aimlessly peruses the store's
DVD collection in the far
back corner. At her side is
a shop employee just wait-
ing to make a suggestion,
to her left a display case
of diamond rings, locket
necklaces and brand-name
watches; to her right an
aisle lined with buzz saws
and power drills.
Blockbuster may have
gone through some major
business restructuring
recently, but handsaws have
not become the new rental
Central Florida-based La
Familia Pawn Shops have
made this, and other former
Blockbuster retail locations
throughout Florida and
Puerto Rico, its new home.
"They're providing a
great opportunity for us to
take over; they're in great
spots. We need about 6,000
to 8,000 square feet, so they

meet our needs. So they're
available and they meet our
needs this is good!" said
La Familia owner and CEO
John Thedford, clapping
his hands.
This first Central Florida
location, located on Curry
Ford Road in Orlando, is
one of as many as 20 stores
he hopes to open by years
end. He estimates that one-
third of them will end up in
former Blockbuster video
rental stores.
According to a Block-
buster press release, 342
locations nationwide
closed up shop from Jan. 3
to April 4.
About a year ago, in this
same building, you would
have found candies and
popcorn lining the counter,
but now there are guitars, a
ukulele and even an accor-
dion on display behind the
What happens, however,
when a family comes out in
search of the newest movie
releases to find new and
used bicycles, lawnmowers
and stereo equipment out
After the initial shock,
Thedford says it's nothing
but business as usual.
He said that he has yet to
receive any negative feed-
back about his shop's pres-
ence. In fact, he says that
by being in locations that
maybe would not tradition-
ally be filled by pawnshops,
it gives more people the
opportunity to experience
and accept the practice.

Sales associate Juan Hernandez shows off a guitar inside a La Familia Pawn shop, built in a converted Blockbuster store.

La Familia manager Jack-
ie Garcia, who has worked
in the pawn business for
the past nine years under
Thedford's previous com-
pany Value Pawn and Jew-
elry, said La Familia offers
customers a more family-
friendly retail environment
than they would typically
expect from a pawnshop.
With her petite frame
and well-manicured style
she says it's hard for some
people to believe she works
in the pawn business.
"My hairstylist couldn't
believe I worked in a pawn
shop ... but I just say, 'Imag-
ine that it's your favorite
store where you always
want to go and buy your
favorite stuff, but imagine
the same thing just with
better prices,"' she said with
a laugh.
Those better prices are
what keep pawnshops in
business in the bad econ-
"Our business is not
counter cyclical," Thedford
said. "If our customers have
jobs they pay on their loans;
if they don't pay on their
loans, our business fails. So
in a down economy we feel
it too, and in an up economy
we feel it the same way."
Thedford said the stigma
that pawnshops are only

a place where criminals
come to sell their goods is
overly exaggerated. To sell
any item to any pawnshop,
or to receive a pawn loan
all patrons must present II)
and get fingerprinted. The
serial numbers to all items
also must be noted.
"It's our corporate poli-
cy if somebody had some-
thing stolen and it was in
one of our stores, we just
give it back. Because you
know why? It never hap-
pens," he said. "Your stolen
stuff goes on eBay or Craig-
slist. Thieves know that if
you come in here, you get
fingerprinted, so they don't
come in here."
La Familia, Thedford
said, prides itself on its high
level of customer service.
The store is kept clean and
organized, and team mem-
ber employees wear dress
shirts, ties and name tags
and greet every customer at
the door.
"Where are groceries
cheaper," he asked, "Publix
or Winn-Dixie?"
"But who gets the most
"Exactly. Because they're
clean and have good peo-
ple. So our strategy is great
people that means excel-

Independent Living
Personalized Assisted Living
Exceptional Experiences Every DaysM
160 Islander Ct.
www~bro okdaleliving.com


Video stores to pawnshops

Locally owned La Familia Pawn Shops benefits from Blockbuster's woes First of a two-part series

Keids Rtesale

www.e utiepatootiekids .corn

H ave

d eli verved

right to
yOur Inbox

tO OU v
free e-mail
n ewslet te r

tOd ay!

)Tn e3Cclusive private country cl~u6

Mlemtiers Enjoy

Tuscawiffa... ft clrace iFor iFamilies
Call Lindsay today to find out how to become a
member! 407-366-1851 ext. 307

Tuscawilla Country Clu6i...

Making o'our Speciar(Days Come '7o Life

Call Kelly today to book your next
event 407-366-1851 ext. 305

15oo W~inter Springs Blvd. + W~inter Springs, FL 32708
www.tuscawillacc. com

Seminole Voice

August 27 September 9, 2010 Page 7
stems, which disembarked from
the ground and were carefully set
into a container of potting soil,
quickly responded to produce
whole new specimens. I have taken
advantage of this natural repro-
ductive method with other woody
perennials such as azaleas and bay
leaf (Laurus nobilus).
Recognizing these survivors and
the traits that commend their con-
tinued production is a gardening
skill that can easily be overlooked
in the chaos of daily life. Stop, turn
off the electronic devices, breath
deep, relax and focus on the whole
of the garden. Seek to understand
the garden, not the task at hand.
When these opportunistic crops
present themselves, enable their
benefits to your commerce. Free
food always tastes better!

instead of bulb garlic. Its roots
are sturdy, almost woody clumps,
which can easily be separated for
propagation. The fact that the
garlic chives endured through
drought and flood earned them a
permanent position in my garden.
Imagine my surprise when
the peppermint surfaced in a
burst of holiday reminisces. Mint
Grows from runners, always seek-
ing moist, fresh soil. Although it
was competing with some inva-
sive grasses (Bermuda and St.
Augustine), the strength of the
mint's invasion ensured its exis-
tence. Setting pots of mint in areas
of the garden not cultivated on a
frequent, seasonal rotation allows
escaping runners to naturalize this
herb into the landscape. As mint
seeks new terrain, train this jugger-
naut to manage its empire.
The ease to which rosemary
propagates by cloning as rooted
cuttings is a testament to its natu-
ral survival. A forsaken plant's
branches eventually drooped to
the ground. Where contact with
the soil occurred, roots formed,
and whole new individuals com-
menced growing. These rooted

TOrn CarTy it

A few seasons ago, following a sev-
eral-year hiatus, the only crops vis-
ible above a morass of 6-foot-tall
weeds were the citrus trees planted
at the north end of my garden.
After an arduous session using
a bush-hog mower and metal-
encrusted string trimmer, followed
by the shear muscle of a three-
point hitched, PTO-driven tiller, I
was able to consider replanting. A
funny thing happened on the way
to a semblance of normalcy in the
garden: Criss-crossing the ground

with heavy equipment released
several bouts of aromatic discourse
from long-lost herbal plantings.
The fact that these crops survived
total wanton neglect immediately
earned them a revered position on
my planting schedule.
While mowing the garden, I hit
a cluster of garlic chives, releas-
ing a surprising cloud of odifer-
ous delight. Garlic chive (Allium
tuberosum) is a perennial herb
that is used for its greens. I use
them in stir-fry, soups and pesto


Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a
you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the
Sundew Gardens Facebook page.

F TOm my

.riiii .n lr

to yol


ur s

Natura I selection in the g ar den


Page 8 August 27 September 9, 2010 Seminole Voice

.. THIS WEEK in human history

R Ferdinand Magellan 5 fleet comipletes the circumnanvigation of the
if; world. Magellan and his crew had agreed to help the chief of a
~t Philippine island conquer a neighboring island tribe during their jour-
ney. Magellan died in the Philippines in April of 1521 from a poisoned
IN T E RS T S -J-~arrow but is still credited with the circumnavigation.

From tomboy to Miss Florida

This UCF student used to shy away from makeup, now she dreams of being a top news anchor

didn't win and that goals
are important when she
did win. The pageants have
also helped her get experi-
ence in her future career
field as a broadcast journal-
ist. One day Jaclyn hopes
to be on TV not as a pag-
eant contestant, but as a
national new anchor onla

It might sound like a lofty
goal, but her mom said that
if anyone can do it, Jaclyn
"She gets a big kick out of
accomplishing things most
people don't think are pos-
sible," Shirley said.
But before she does that,
she's got her sights set on
isthe'm icaa force at Miss
America Sullivan said,
"and we'll be very proud to
share her with the nation."

Root for our hometown
girl, Miss Florida Jaclyn
Raulerson, to become
the next Miss America
on ABC on Jan. 15
at 8 p.m.


Jaclyn Raulerson was what
you might call a jock or
a tomboy as a kid. What
she really wanted to be
was an Olympic swimmer,
and manicures and make-
up don't quite work in the
"I was the least likely to

be a pageant person," she
said. "It was kind of a mis-
But one day, when her
neighbor got what looked
like a modeling try-out in
the mail, Jaclyn went along
for fun. It turned out to be a
pageant. And then she just
"fell into it," mom Shirley
Raulerson said. She placed,
and what started as a whim
one weekend became a pas-
"She kind of got the bug
at that point," said Dan
Raulerson, Jaclyn's dad.
And so her dreams
changed. Swimsuits and
goggles were traded for
gowns and curlers. Jaclyn
loved the friendships she
made and the competitive
aspect of the pageants. Her
new goal be Miss America.
Now she's well on her way.
The Plant City native
was crowned Miss Florida
on July 10 and will be com-
peting for Miss America in
January. Though to date it
could be one of the greatest
moments of the University
of Central Florida student's
life, Jaclyn said she doesn't
remember much of win-
ning the Florida crown.
"I don't remember that
moment ... because I was
so shocked; it was very sur-
real," she said.
But she does remember
fellow UCF student and last
year's Miss Florida Rachael
Todd, an Oviedo native,
handing over the title.
"(It's so crazy how it
worked out, and she was
able to crown me," Jaclyn

Mary Sullivan, executive
director of the Miss Florida
Pageant, said that Jaclyn is
an excellent representative
of the organization, which
is why she won.
"She's passionate about
her platform, passionate
about the job and loves this
state," Sullivan said.
Todd agreed.
"She sees Miss Florida as
a job, and will make a dif-
ference," Todd said. "What
you're able to accomplish is
The issue Jaclyn wants
to make a difference with is
something that she's been
passionate about since she
started in pageants. When
she was in the fifth grade,
she was bullied so severe-
ly that she had to change
schools. Being the tallest,
even taller than the boys,
made her an "easy target,"
she said. Now she's speak-
ing out about bullying as
Miss Florida, and will be
working with several anti-
bullying organizations.
"My platform is impor-
tant to me because I lived
it," she said.
And while it was a dif-
ficult time for Jaclyn and
her family, her dad said that
what caused kids to bully
her then is what makes her
so successful today.
"She paid the price for
being an independent
thinker, but she never gave
that up," Dan said.
Pageants became a ref-
uge from the bullying, and
were a way to express that
independence and win
back the self-esteem she

rnul su uunl-bYU PJAU;LTN AULtn6UN
Jalnt aul rs n islone of aotrio oi UdF students towindthe Miss Florida pag-

lost, Shirley said.
Not only have pageants
found her great friends,
but they've also taught her
perseverance when she

875 Clark Street,Suite A
Oviedo, FL 32765

www. OviedoVision .co m

Eye Exams for all ag es

Contacts & Glasses


: 4yanjjami 'g

Ovie do

Ce nter

Treatment of "Red Eyes

Treatment of Infections & Glaucoma

In-House Optical & Lab

Surgery Co-Management

professionally if that's pos-
sible ... I can't even picture
my favorite performance,
but just getting the oppor-
tunity to get out there is my
favorite thing in the world,"
Amanda said.
At 13, she may have done
more than the average teen,
but she still insists she's just
your normal, everyday girl
at heart, who loves getting
manicures and pedicures
with her mom, hanging
with friends and "gleeking"
out over "Glee".
Meeting her idol "Glee"
star Kristin Chenoweth,
also from the Broadway
production of "Wicked",
came close to being the best
moment in her life thus far,
but after thoughtful pause
Amanda decides she's got
way too much life ahead of
her to pick that one.
"I think I am blessed
with such an amazing life
that I don't really have a
favorite moment," she said.
"Just my life is my favorite
moment, if that makes any
sense at all."

WMFE and Orlando
Health will host the
second annual Girl
Power! A Healthy
Woman Event from
1-5:30 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 28 at the Orange
County Convention
Center. Connect with
your daughter through
fun interactive exhibits
with breakout sessions
featuring safety, nutri-
tion, self-esteem and
communication. Tickets
are $20 and can be
pufChased at wmfe.org/

FRI.-ISAT. 3-10 PM


Seminole Voice

August 27 September 9, 2010 Page 9

Family No boys allowed.

Calendar Longwood teen named ambassador for Girl Power! conference this Saturday


The Family Miniature Golf
Tournament, which raised
money for REACH, will be held
from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug.
29 at Congo River Golf, 531
W.State Road 436, Altamonte
Springs. Contact Jennifer
Evans, Be Center Stage, at
407-970-3804 or e-mail
jenniferle58@yahoo.com for
Attend Create a Rain Garden
class on Saturday, Sept. 11
from 9 a.m. to noon at the
Seminole County Extension
Auditorium, 250 W. County
Home Road, Sanford. For more
information, contact Gabrielle
Milch, FYN Coordinator, at
407-665-5575 or e-mail fyn@
seminolecou ntyfl.gov.

The Orlando JCC is in
the running for a 2010
Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks
Award for Best Preschool
in Orlando. You can vote for
them once daily until Aug. 31
at www.parentsconnect.com/
The U iesty of Central

ilrida Art Almn KChl ter
creativity with its Knightro's
Creative Kits program. This
art-supply drive will benefit
elementary schools in Central
Florida. Visit any drop-off
location and donate new,
unwrapped art supplies. For
a list of locations, visit www.

The Wayne Densch
Performing Arts Center is
looking for interns. They give
high school, college students
and recent graduates the
opportunity to engage in
hands-on theatre training
from the Center's staff and
artists. All I bapp ican s must be
at least 16 years old and have
met educational requirements
for the internship they are
applying for. Internships in
acting are not offered. For more
information or to download the
application, visit www.wdpac.
com and look under the 'About
Us' category and click on
'Internship Opportunities.'

To join the Adopt-A-Park
Program, which facilitates
the monitoring, cleanup and
enhancement of parks, natural
lands, trails and trailheads
maintained in Seminole
County, contact Seminole
County Leisure Services at

Help educate students about
the environment through the
use of Enviroscape, Wetland
Model, Aquifer Model, river
trash, story books and
Powerpoint presentations from
now until Thursday, Sept. 30.
All volunteers must register
through the Seminole County
Schools Dividends Program.
Frtamore information contact
665-2457 or at waysem@
seminolecou ntyfl.gov.

Amanda Kronhaus has a
resume that could put peo-
ple twice her age to shame.
Community theater per-
formances, pageant titles,
dance team membership,
academic honors, work
with the American Heart
Association it goes on
and on. Then you get down
to the bottom of the page
and realize she hasn't even
graduated middle school
The 13-year-old from
Longwood, who most
recently added Girl Power!
Ambassador to her long list
of accomplishments, knows
how important it is to take
advantage of every second
of life she has.
Dubbed a "miracle child"
by her family, Amanda has
made it her mission in life
to inspire other people to
live their lives to the fullest.
"(It's a miracle I'm alive,"
she said. "I almost died as a
child, so being on this Earth
is just a big blessing for me.
I feel like there was a reason
I was put on this Earth...I
feel that I need to do some-
thing in my life, and that's
just my main goal in my life
is just to inspire people."
As the Girl Power!
Ambassador she is getting
to do just that. The second
annual Girl Power! confer-
ence, set for Saturday, Aug.
28, is a branch off of WMFE
and Orlando Health's annu-
al Oh, Woman event. The
conference gives girls, ages
8 through 13, an oppor-
tunity to bond with their
caregivers through a day of
learning, laughing and lis-
"Sometimes girls tend to
get lost in the shuffle, espe-
cially at that age, and we
wanted to make sure they
had a time just for them "
said Catherine McManus,
senior vice president and
chief philanthropy officer
of WMFE.
Poised with a grace far
beyond her years, Amanda
a student at Lake Highland
Preparatory School, hopes
to use her life experiences
as a "real girl" to inspire
girls her age to be comfort-
able with who they are.
"Some girls just need
a friend. This is an awk-
ward stage in life and I'm

Amanda Kronhaus, a role model for teenage girls, aspires be a professional actor. The big "Glee" fan will be speaking about
peer pressure at the Girl Power! conference on Aug. 28.

not going to judge some-
one because they're differ-
ent. I'm different. I'm very
different," she said with a
She will speak with those
who attend the conference
about how to live a happy,
healthy life void of peer
pressure. She will present
alongside keynote speak-
ers such as nurse, advice
columnist and educator
Suzette Boyette.
"I want to show girls that
being a different kind of
person in middle school in
the long run, really won't
matter ... It's just being
yourself and being true to
who you are and working
to the main goal you want
to reach in your life that's
just more important," she
said. "It doesn't matter what
anyone else thinks. That's
what I want to inspire peo-
ple to do."
Amanda's mother, Julie
Kronhaus, lives in awe of
all her daughter has been
able to accomplish despite
the odds that were stacked
against her as a young
"I just remember when I
brought her home from the

hospital when they gave
me the breathing machine
for sleep apnea to put on
her with the monitors to
make sure if she stopped
breathing in the night, I
just remember thinking,
how am I even ever going
to get her to kindergarten?
Let alone this." her mother
said, her face gleaming with
Thirteen years later and
their mother-daughter
bond is what fuelsAmanda's
need to inspire others and
her desire to be a part of the
Girl Power! event.
"There's really nothing I
don't tell her because I can
trust her a lot," she said. "I
want girls to have that kind
of relationship with their
moms. I know if I didn't
have that with my mom I'd
be missing a lot in my life."
Her mom agreed. "I like
that she really can ask me
anything, even if I don't
want to answer it."
When she's not busy
inspiring girls to follow her
dreams, she's out pursuing
her own on stage.
"I love theater, so that is a
main part of my life. I would
love to be able to do that

Seminole Voice


The Greater Orlando Hunter Jumper Association
will host the Barrett Farm Hose Show starting Sept.
10. The show begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept.
10 and runs until Saturday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. at
Clarcona-Ocoee Horseman's Park.

Freedom Ride therapeutic horseback riding will
host a Texas Hold'em tournament, sponsored by the
Moose Lodge. The event starts at 2 p.m. 0n Aug. 29.
at the Moose Lodge, 5001 N.0Orange Blossom Trail,
Orlando. Registration is at 1 p.m. and play begins
at 2 p.m. Door prizes, a raffle and a Chinese auction
will be held. All proceeds will benefit Freedom Ride.
Call 407-925-7806 for more information.

Tryouts are being held for the University of
Central Florida Equestrian Club's Dressage
team continuing until Sept. 18. Please contact Liz
Isaacson-Jett to set up a time and date for your
tryout. Her number is 407-721-6474.

Join or volunteer for the Florida 4-H club! The
Seminole County 4-H club is taking continuous
applications. Visit www.seminolecountyfl.gov/
leisure/coopext/4H/4h.asp for more information.

;pE, cuic my R

ii~ i

9 Come Out for Snacks and Face Paintmng
by Cotton Candy the Clo~wn from 46 P.M. r
9 Featuring Nandmade and Recycled Baby,
Children and juniors Clothing and Accessories B
O Bring in This Ad for 10% Off One item
of Consignment Clothing

M-F 10-6, Sat. 9-7, Sun. 12-5 B
87 G;eneva Drive, Oviedo, FL 32765 i
WWW.The Litt Le B rdStore.com

40 -4325 5 3


At 9 years old, Talia hadn't
said a word to anyone out-
side her home in her entire
life. Doctors didn't real-
ly know why, but the shy,
skinny brown-haired girl
couldn't speak. They called
it global developmental
delay with selective mutism
- the closest a diagnosis
comes to explaining a mys-
tery trapped inside a child's
One day, Talia met Titan,
who had never talked at all.
Titan, a chestnut quarter
horse, was used to helping
children. At Freedom Ride
therapeutic horseback rid-
ing, he had seen many med-
ical miracles happen atop
his saddle.
The huge animal had a
special bond with disabled
people. He helped set them
Atop Titan, children and
adults with muscular dys-
trophy and multiple scle-
rosis who were told they'd
physically degenerate for
the rest of their lives grew

Freedom Ride, a nonprofit
organization, enriches the
lives of disabled children and
adults in the Central Florida
area through therapeutic
horseback riding. It is located
at 1905 Lee Road, Orlando.
For more information about
the program and volunteer
opportunities, call

Page 10 August 27 September 9, 2010

stronger and gained better
balance. Autistics, locked
away in an inner world,
came out of their shells.
But Talia was a rarity.
Atop Titan, she couldn't say
"cgo") or "whoa". She just sat
"You'd see her try to
make sounds, but she never
said a word," Freedom Ride
Executive Director Linda
Chapman said.
A year crept by as Talia
saw Titan every week. She
would hop out of her moth-
er's car, walk over to her
horse and touch him with-
out a word to anyone.
"You didn't know if she
could hear you," Chapman
said. "We had no idea what
she was taking in."
Volunteers at the stables
didn't know if she'd ever
improve. But then, one day
there was a peep Talia
was trying to speak to her
With just a whisper, she
said hello to a new world.
That's the point of
Freedom Ride, housed in a
barn along Lee Road just
west of Winter Park, cater-
ing to disabled people from
all over Central Florida.
Riding horses gives people
a sense of freedom from
their disabilities, Chapman
"There's something
about the horse... the horse
brings it out in them,"
Chapman said. "They seem
to really connect with the
horse. Some say that horses
even see the world the way
people with autism do."
All of Freedom Ride's
hundreds of riders, who
span all age groups, have
some form of disability, but

all are connected by riding.
David Sitts found that
connection another way.
While the 25-year-old
Floridian was at his sister's
home near Chicago, he
spent eight months riding.
When he came back to his
home in Longwood, he was
a man without a horse.
That's where Freedom
Ride came in. He couldn't
participate in the program,
but he could volunteer.
He'd never worked with
disabled people before, but
he knew horses. Now he
joins an army of more than
300 Seminole and Orange
County Freedom Ride vol-
unteers bridging the gap.
"Everything that you get
there is unique in and of
its own way," Sitts said. "It's
definitely an interesting
experience working there. I
enjoy every minute of it."
On any given day, Sitts
may go from shoveling hay
to helping a rider onto a
This fall, he's hoping
to volunteer three days a
"I love working with the
horses even if I don't get to
ride," he said.
For some of Chapman's
volunteers, Freedom Ride
is the most accessible way
they can be around horses.
The program's 13 horses
cost $1,500 a month just
to feed. That's a cost many
horse lovers can't bear on
their own, she said.
"You ask why they come,
and it's for the horses," she
said. "Owning a horse is
an expensive sport. This is
a good way to be around
horses and get outside."
And while volunteers

C a
Disabled people connect with horses at Freedom Ride therapeutic horseback
riding, which has volunteers and riders from across Central Florida.

such as Sitts get to work
with horses, they get to
watch miracles happen,
like Talia.
That tinywhisper to Titan
was just the start. Soon she
was giving commands.
"Go...whoa." Then she
was smiling and laughing.
Then there was that
moment that Chapman
won't for-

"One day she got out of
the car, came to the barn,
and said hello to every-
body," Chapman said. "She
knew our names, the hors-
es' names, asked us ques-
tions. We were all in awe."
Talia's mother walked
behind her in tears.
"She never said a word to
anyone before," Chapman
said. "Now we can't get her
to stop talking."


1Miracle horses

N otes


Bernard S. Zeffren, MD

LL~iiY 6Eugene F. Schwartz, MD

Winnie Whidden, MSN, ARNP-C

I Orlando M~agazine
for 7 consecutive years

Diplomates American Board of
Allergy and Immunology

www. orlandoallergy. com
Additional offices in Waterford Lakes, Hunters Creek & Orange City

Seminole Voice

August 27 September 9, 2010 Page 11

Kari Langsenkamp, president of Longwood and
a sophomore at Southern Methodist University
in Dallas, is listed on the honor roll.

The Mane Attraction, Oviedo High School's
dance team, earned 1st Place for their home
routine and qualified for the 2011 Universal
Dance Association National Dance Competition
at UDA dance camp at the University of Central
Florida last month,

Seminole County Public Schools food service
will make a variety of seasonal Florida fresh
produce available in all cafeterias due in large
part to a $300,000 grant.

Stormy weather didn't slow down 30 volunteers
from Physicians United Plan (PUP), who spent
over 10 hours renovating Share the Care adult
day care center in Oviedo. They repainted the
interior, created a garden area and donated a
new media center.

Michael Cox and William Powell, the two newest
officers in the Oviedo Police Department, were
sworn in Aug. 9.

The Oviedo Preservation Project is accepting
photographic entries of historic structures in the
Oviedo area for its free calendar. The deadline is
Aug. 30. Visit www.oviedotraditions.org or call

The Winter Springs Bears football team has a
new website that will feature all Bears football
news www.wsbearsfootball.com. If you
have player news or information you would like
considered for the site, send it to treyking@aol.

Singer Justin Bieber surprised Seminole
High School summer band camp students
with a special appearance recently, including
a presentation of a $5,000 donation on behalf
of Best Buy and the GRAMMY Foundation to
support the school's music program.

The Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo hosts
Shabbot Groove on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p~m.
at their new Shabbat location, the EPICenter
at University Carillon United Methodist Church,
1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo. Please call
407-366-3556 or visit www.templeshirshalom.
org for more information.

The UCF "Give for the Gulf" concert will be
held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at
Memory Mall grassy area. Tickets are $7 for
students with ID or guests younger than 18
and older than 54. Admission for others will
cost $15. For more information, visit www.
ucfgivesfortheg ulf.org

Head downtown for the UKNIGHT Ultimate
Tailgate Party at Wall Street Plaza and learn
the techniques for rallying behind the Knights
through sun and rain, glory and pain. This free

event will happen on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 2-6
p.m. at Wall Street Plaza, 19 N. Orange Ave. For
more information, visit www.wallstplaza.net/

The Red Chair Affair, with performances
including the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra,
willI be held Satu rday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Bob
Carr Performing Arts Center, 401 W. Livingston
St. Admission is $22 and $15 for students. Visit
www.redchairproject.com for details.

The Orlando Area Alumnae Chapter of Alpha
Chi Omega Sorority is inviting sisters in the
area to join their group. Summer Luncheon is
Saturday, Aug. 28 at Houlihan's in Colonial Plaza.
Lunch bunch and monthly meeting details are
available by e-mailing axo_orlando@yahoo.

Legends of Doo Wop is coming Saturday, Aug.
28 at 7:30 p.m. to Wayne Densch Performing
Arts Center in downtown historic Sanford, 201-
203 S. Magnolia Ave. For tickets, visit www.
wdpac.com or call 407-321-8111. Tickets,
which range from $10 to $35, are also available
on show date.

Upcoming Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber
events include a Business Roundtable Forum
at the Oviedo Winter Springs Regional Chamber
of Commerce Offices on Thursday, Sept. 2 from
8-9:30 a.m. Visit www.oviedowintersprings.org
for more information.

The Fine Arts Gallery at Seminole State College
of Florida will open its 2010-11 season with an
exhibit of works by Ten Women in Art, a group of
professional artists whose mission is to educate
the public about the diversity in women's art
through group exhibitions. The exhibit will open
with a reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2,
in the Gallery (building G) on the Sanford/Lake
Mary Campus. For more information, please
visit www.seminolestate.edu/arts or call 407-

Come participate in the Early Bird Relay
starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the
Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center,
1601 Alafaya TrailI, Oviedo. For more information,
e-mail RFLOviedo@aol.com

On Saturday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon,
the Rural Heritage Center in Geneva will
host a hydroponics class conducted by Rest
Haven Farm. The cost is $30 for materials
and instruction. You get a container, nutrient

and seeds to grow 12 heads of lettuce twice
(24 heads total). You must preregister and pay
before the class. Contact Bonnie at 407-366-
2784 or e-mail chefbb@bellsouth.net.

Join partygoers in historic downtown
Sanford and listen to live music while sampling
food and beverages from more than 40 stations
at the Alive After Five Hometown Motown from
5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. Tickets cost $7.

Enjoy live performances of "Red Riding
Hood" at 1:30 p.m. and "Hansel & Gretel" at 3
p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 11
to Nov. 21 at The Stage, 1425 Tuskawilla Road.
Tickets are $5 for children younger than 12 and
$8 for adults. For more information, visit www.

The Create a Rain Garden Class is from 9 a.m.
to noon on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Seminole
County Extension Auditorium, 250 West County
Home Road, Sanford. For registration or more
information, please contact Gabrielle Milch, FYN
coordinator, at 407-665-5575 or e-mail fyn@

7560 Red Bug Lake Rd., Ste. 2064

Oviedo, FL 32765

793 Douglas Ave.

Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

"U~ THIS WEEK in political history

Esther is born in the White House. She is the only child of a presi-
dent to be born in the White House.

Leave kind words about old bosses

EM PLO Y MENT private for an interview. Usually in house.gov. ers are saying about you. It might
this case, the less said the better. It reads: "An employer who dis- be prudent to have a friend who
k Many people have a false sense closes information about a former owns a business take your refer-
~Sk of security about reference checks. or current employee to a prospec- ences for a test run. This will give
There is a common belief that tive employer of the former or you confidence or help you come
Sandiemployers can only give out name current employee upon request up with an action plan dependent
and dates of employment. While it of the prospective employer or of on the results.
is true many companies choose to the former or current employee If you have more questions on
go that route, it is not true they are is immune from civil liability for this subject, please call or e-mail
Recently I have met with several not allowed to give more informa- such disclosure or its consequences me.
people who did not want to share tion. unless it is shown by clear and con-
why they had left their last job. It The law in Florida actually pro- vincing evidence that the infor- TALK A A agMI
turned out, after further probing, tects employers from liability for mation disclosed by the former or >TO 3nMrIMB
they had been fired. We discussed giving truthful references. You current employer was knowingly Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian
handling this question in an inter- can find statute 768.095, which is false or violated any civil right of HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council,
view. It is important to be honest called employer immunity from the former or current employee with more than 10 years of recruiting and human
and answer thle qluestion, but a dis- liability; disclosure of informa- protected under chapter 760." aebsoour es epein. Pla4 7en 0 eindi
serttio on ow errile our asttion regarding former or current Keeping this in mind, it is christianhelp.org, or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian
boss or company was is not appro- employees, at www.myflorida- important to know what employ- HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707.

Letter to Editorial

Is our drinking water safe? kick in the pants of the The city of Winter
Once again, the Winter well-planned and bragged- Springs issued code vio- y7 ~
Springs City Commission about city green project to lations to the same con-
seems to be out of touch permit this developer to cern six or seven years
with the average constitu- raze the entire site of exist- ago, which the propri-
ent and more than ever ing woodlands. etor fought without avail C;
appears to be emulating What happens to tree until he was sure he had aC riteMa I
the Washington adminis- city? Why aren't these peo- friendly Commission. On COpy ighe M erial
tration by forcing projects ple fined a definite amount April 12, the Commission a SyY~ indicated Content L
not fully approved and by of money for removing rdcdti oa iet
failing to follow the lawful specially dedicated trees $500. Has the City Commis- Available from Commercial News Providers
established procedures. as we did to the developer sion ever forgiven a citizen
The Commission of the subdivision on State the late fee charge of $5 for Tf W
approved the first reading Road 434, across from the being late with payment of a ~ ~ -- ----"r
and moved the applica- entrance to Central Winds her water bill?
tion of the Sonesta Pointe Park? To put the icing on the Aae lil
development to a second This is just another of cake, this site is located
reading. In order to defeat several efforts by the city in the immediacy of wet- l
the efforts of the residents administration to thwart lands that feed the aquifer I --- .g
of the St. John's Landing the will of the people since that supplies our drink-
subdivision, who almost early 2008, and it's exactly ing water. Is our drinking
unanimously oppose the what Washington has done water being poisoned? To addi insult to injury, paign1 effort transuparen-
pro ect, the Commission to the people of America The City Commission the Commission appoints cy, something very lacking
without having the second since 2009. has no answers, given the a niiuldrcl uighsamnsrto
reading nor allowing the They have approved fact that only one and a atce otepoet n uhmr oi u
Planning and Zoning Board zone changes, land-use half miles away (U.S. High- in question to the Plan- great city.
ng g ning and Zoning Board of Pay attention to what
to have input allowed changes and are ready to way 17-92 and Shepherd
the pro osed tro ect to lift the C-2 restrictions on Road), the EPA has found the city of Winter Springs has and is happening at
9 9 9 )at a time when that site is City Hall and let your voic-
start development before a property that has been badly contaminated water
the final engineering plan fined by the Environmen- close to a well that does pending the approval of a es be heard.
ges thro gh a second tal Protection Agency for provide drinking water for C-2 zoning change without Thank you.
go u restrictions. -Edward Martinez Jr.
reading and final approval. a total of $37,000 for vio- our city. The Commission
Furthermore, it is a lations of environmental will not touch this one Lk h rsdn la-Wne pig
laws. with a 10-foot pole. ly stated during his cam-

Page 12 August 27 September 9, 2010

Seminole Voice

Here's what young
thespians had to say
about their acting
WOrkshop and roles
in "The Wizard of Foz".

We played games ... to help with our
reaction and impromptu action. I want
to be in the performing arts program
at Millennium Middle school. I play the
Cowardly Lion.
--Ashely H.
13 years old

We would
to I I u I


I learned that acting
is not just saying
lines you have to
become the charac-
ter. I play the Good
Fairy in the play that
we wrote.

--Angelica R.
12 years old

I like acting as some-
body that you are not.
We learned how to be
different characters
by thinking how they
will act, talk or think.
n paur Ih carecrow

--Emily L.
10 years old

I learned that it takes
trust on your part
that other actors will
do their part. It takes
teamwork. I play the
Bad Witch tonight.

-Julia C.
11 years old

In our workshop I
learned to speak
louder without a
microphone. I gained
confidence and made

new frie
Lady Lec

nds. I play Y""ung *es
opard in our 0 C S

Call 407-563-7026 or e-mail
-Sophia R.
10 years old ed itor@observernewspapers.com to have
The Voice visit your class or group.


un IGames


$1,300. mo WATEBRI E 3 baths -
no pets or smokers db auto gar carpets
& ileh nwly sle neds- Oir pace n

gr il-. ihl cdes rca len loaction mesd te
possession. Call for private viewing 321-
438-5985 or email megcolado@mac.com

__ _

August 27 September 9, 2010 Page 13

Log on to WorkforceCentralFlorida.com
whenc you ca etrotxheosob TteT ri r-

m od t nn these ]ob and seamch thousands
Florida, at NO COST. Apply by following
the directions listed. For further help visit
at 5166 East Colonial Drive or call (407)

Substation Electrician
Job Description: Responsible for maintain-
ing and/or constructing structures and
substation equipment as directed. Installs
and/or maintains substation equipment
with the aid of electrical prints and manu-
facturer's instruction books. Work days and
hours may vary.
Pay Rate: Salary based upon experience
Job Order Number: 9507792

Technical Support Representative -
Tier 1
Job Description: Responsible for handling
questions via the telephone addressing
both hardware and software related issues.
Work days and hours may vary.
Pay Rate: $11.00 per hour
Job Order Number: 9507319

Command Center Security Officer
Job Description: Responsible for remotely
monitoring facilities nationwide from a
corporate headquarters in-office command
center. Work days and hours may vary.
Pay Rate: $9.00-$11.00 per hour
Job Order Number: 9507356

Voice ~1L~7

Gragle0Salei Seveiral8Fam i .281


Cindy Blackwood

1111 ~(

Roof Replacement and Repair -
No Deposit Required
Complete residential and commercial roof
services. Shingles, tile, metal, modified,
lar/gravel. Better Business Bureau Accred-
ited Business. Oviedo Roofing Enterprises,
Inc. 407-849-7663. Licensed and Insured.
Serving Florida Since 1990. Request
esti mate onl ine at www.oviedoroofi ngent.
com. References available upon request.
FL. License # CCC1326813

Oviedo Roofing Enterprises
407-849-ROOF (7663)
custom er, service@oviedoroofi ngent, com

FREE confidential
bankruptcy and foreclosure

Call HOW!
Randall Hanson, Esq.
Office Oviedo

Ms. Charlie Sanodr eW on ow ary Sandry
original) is a "Story-Artist" who travels to
homes, businesses, elsewhere since 1988,
exhibiting "live" art. Mother was a painter
and I am the canvas; a real work of art!
I portray SageBrush: A Painter of Words.

Charlie Wilson

1707 Sunset Drive Winter Park, FL
Beautiful home in immaculate condition
on a brick street in the Vias area of Winter
Park. Situated on a tree lined corner lot
in front of a small park. Walking distance
to YMCA, Phelps Park, and Lakemont
Elementary. Many upgrades since 2008.

Mike Schmidt

Beautiful 2-acre house lot in Maine
on secluded road.
Want to secure a spot to travel to and/
or build on in vacationland? Lot has 250
ft. frontage with utility power at road.
Conveniently midway between Portland and
Lewiston, Maine. Financing available/ terms
& price negotiable.
Please call Dennis at 207-685-8003.

I'm selling my loving mother's home, it's
on the water with afternoon breeze blowing
into a very large screened porch. Lots of
trees with a 2 car garage, new roof and
new paint inside and outside. This house
needs nothing to be done. 3 bedroom, 2
bath, seller will pay closing cost. It's in the
nice town of Cocoa, Florida. $345,000.
Have a nice life.


OVIEDO DUPLEX: 2Bed/1Bath on
Quiet No-Thru Traffic Street
Nice neighborhood, Central Heat/AC,
Fenced Back Yard Backs to Conservation
Area. WID Hook Ups. Close to schools/
shopping. $775/month. Deposit: $750.00.
Background/credit check required. Private
Owner/Management. Phone: 407-687-


Winter Park: Goldenrod/University
doctor's office
5 exam rooms + extra features. Other
off ice units from 800 to 1800 sq ft. Nice
building. Great Prices. Call (407) 293-1934

Ann Polasek

WANTED: David Hunter Biblical Etchings

Small (about 2" x 2"), signed etchings by
Florida artist David Hunter from his Old
Testament or Prophet Series. Older prints in
series preferred.

Ernest Ohlmeyer

Vacation chalet in Little Switzerland, NC
Heart of the Blue Ridge--Priced right for
1 or 2
Visitwww.vrbo.com #303084 and

Contact 407-678-9383



*cllr r~ L"I




(I *I*3*L~

Copyrig hted Material Ir


~Syndicated Content

Avai ab e from Commerci)al News Prov:iders

Seminole Voice



Open Houses

Saturday, August 28, 2-5 p~m.
1630 King Arthur Circle, Maitland
Hosted by Rhonda Chesmore

Saturday, August 28, 2-5 p~m.
140 E. Morse Blvd Unit B, Winter Park
Hosted by K~elly Price at Unit F

Sunday, August 29, 2-5 p~m.
1302 Azalea Lane, Maitland
Hosted by K~elly Price

Sunday, August 29, 2-5 p~m.
323 W. Trotters Drive, Maitland
Hosted by Audra Wilks

Sunday, August 29, 2-5 p~m.
1919 Lakeside Drive, Orlando
Hosted by Catherine D'Amico

Sunday, August 29, 2-5 p~m.
1710 Lake Shore Drive, Orlando
Hosted by Cyn Watson

Sunday, August 29, 2-5 p~m.
9664 Weatherstone Court, Windermere
Hosted by Patrick Higgins

Sunday, August 29, 2-5 p~m.
1310 Summerland Avenue, Winter Park
Hosted by Pam Birthisel

Sunday, August 29, 1-4 p.m.
2931 Moorcroft Court, Orlando. 4BD/2BA,
1,902SF. Large covered/screened-in porch.
Beautiful master bedroom with attached
bathroom that includes a garden tub. Eat-in
kitchen that opens to a fabulous family
room. Two car garage. $235,000

Back under the Friday night lights

This weekend, Central Florida gridirons will be inundated with preseason kickoff football games

Page 14 August 27 September 9, 2010

Seminole Voice

his 119th base of the year, breaking St. LOUls C~ardinal left tielder
Lou Brock's 1979 record for stolen bases in a single season.

It's football season again
as teams around Seminole
County rush to prepare for
the upcoming Sept. 3 show-
downs under the Friday
night lights. This weekend
is a bit of a preview, as kick-
off preseason games get
fans pumped for the season
All eyes will be on Hagerty
as the top-rated high school
quarterback in the country,
Jeff Driskel, leads a team
that finished a dismal 2-8
last season. At 7:30 tonight'
they'll face off against one
of the perennial district
contenders in Central Flor-
ida Edgewater.
The Eagles are coming
off another strong postsea-
son run last time around,
and are one of the highest-
ranked teams in Central
Florida in preseason polls.
Just up the road at 7:30
p.m., Lake Brantley, which
has built a strong team in

the offseason, will take on
Wekiva, still a fledgling team
after a few losing seasons.
Oviedo will travel all the
way to Cypress Creek for its
kickoff classic at 7:30 p.m.,
debuting new quarterback
Johnny Boston, who hadn't
thrown since Pop Warner
Lyman raised some
much-needed money at
their annual preseason
scrimmage last weekend,
but this Friday things get
real. They play frequent
district contender Osceo-
la in their kickoff game at
7:30 p.m. Fortunately for
the Greyhounds, they'll be
on their home turf against
one of the strongest teams
they'll face all year.
Meanwhile, Seminole
is enjoying the position
of the favorite in a 7 p.m.
matchup against Deltona.
But the Seminoles will have
to win on the road to prove
they've earned their rank-
ing among the best in Cen-
tral Florida.

Streaking across the field, half of Lyman's varsity team battled fellow players in their annual scrimmage to raise money for the
football team on Aug. 20. The Greyhounds will play Osceola at home starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

A week closer to the college
football season, the Uni-
versity of Central Florida
still hasn't announced who
will be running the show
from the field. Head Coach
George O'Leary has been
so tight-lipped about the
decision of which quarter-
back will start that he said it
might come down to game
And in the meantime,
two players are still battling
for that slot. Junior Rob
Calabrese has earned the
reputation of a hard worker
on the practice field, but
freshman Jeff Godfrey drew
big cheers at practice scrim-
mages during UCF Football
Fan Fest on Saturday. Not
that Calabrese didn't, but
they were louder for God-
frey's high-energy playing
Neither has been assured
the starting quarterback
spot, though O'Leary did
say both players would get
playing time this season,
Godfrey had played mul-
tiple positions in the past,
but said that one of the top
reasons he signed with the
Knights is that O'Leary saw
him as a quarterback.
In past seasons when the

Knights didn't have a dedi-
cated quarterback, they pla-
tooned two or even three
quarterbacks during games.
At one point in 2008, Cala-
brese, then a freshman,
was part of a three-man
quarterback rotation that
included Michael Greco
and Joe Weatherford. Of
the 12 games the Knights
played that season, Cala-
brese received the most
playing time, throwing in
nine games. Greco threw
in eight, while Weatherford
threw in three.
But O'Leary has proven
likely to change out his
starting quarterback at a
moment's notice. In 2008,
Calabrese was the only
quarterback on the field in
the first two games. By the
end of the season, Greco
got all the playing time.
Now Calabrese is in the
older man's shoes, compet-
ing for playing time against
a freshman,
But as far as precedent
goes, history is on Cala-
brese's side for standing on
the field for the opening
play at home at 6 p.m. Sat-
urday, Sept. 4 against South
Dakota. Since taking over
as coach in 2004, O'Leary
has never started a fresh-
man quarterback on open-
ing day.


UCF freshman Marquee Williams says hello to some young fans at the Knights' annual Fan Fest, held Aug. 21. Rain moved the
festivities indoors, but a scrimmage to show off players' skills and an autograph-signing session gave fans a taste of the new team.


Getting to know your new Knights

Fans got to meet and greet UCF football players Saturday, though the team still doesn't have a QB

John Secor, Realtor
EXIT Real E~state Results
Direct:(40)7) 470-3 117



ww tk~ heiorida~redestal~Y lesouCrcem
sec~orld ~bellwuth nel


Shop mrtgg rIBl~PQ ates
wEOith onek phone8161 eatue


Seminole Voice

August 27 September 9, 2010 Page 15

Jennie R. Nieves, PA
(407) 761-7000

* 1N t shor Sale!
* Lake Mills access!
* New Central Air
* Newer kitchen
* Park like setting
* Garage wlworkshop

Carolyn M. Canada, P.A.
(407) 921-2496


"How is the real estate market
going for you these days?" This
is the question that is routinely
posed to realtors, in Winter Park
and elsewhere. Often the ques-
tion is posed with a tilted head
and sympathetic tone, in anticipa-
tion of a negative response. The

truth is that right now real estate is
moving and realtors are very busy.
With housing prices at levels not
seen since the turn of the century
- you know, the year 2000 and
with short sales and foreclosures
o'plenty, investors and deal-seekers
are coming out of the proverbial

woodwork. Yes, even in Winter
Park! At the penning of this article,
there sits a foreclosure listing in
the prestigious "Viias" for $189,900.
In addition, the rental market
has increased exponentially, due
both to homes that will not sell,
and to renters who are unwilling
or unable to buy. After the real
estate drought of the last couple
of years, everyone is enjoying the
current downpour of activity. The
perfect storm of unprecedented
interest rates (under 5% for quali-
fled buyers) and affordable prices
has made Winter Park suddenly
affordable to previously excluded
The real estate market that
we are currently experiencing is
active and functional, but it is a
very different marketplace from
five years ago, one year ago, and
maybe even last week, as the rules
are in a state of constant flux.
There have been tax incentives
for first time home buyers, tax
incentives for move-up buyers,
changes in lending rules, changes
in settlement statements and
multiple new programs for home
owners "under water." It's hard
to avoid the new real estate para-
digm even in Winter Park where
approximately 28% of the homes
on the market are either bank
owned or "short sales." Buying or
selling a home these days is cer-
tainly more complicated. It could
take a bit longer to close; it may
require more paperwork; it defi-
nitely requires a hefty amount of
patience, but buyers and sellers are
negotiating fair prices and proper-
ties are moving.
In Winter Park, we are see-
ing our greatest activity in the
$200,000 to $400,000 price range
(with 78 sales since January of
this year and another 21 cur-
rently pending.) Conversely, the
overall Central Florida market
is seeing most of the activity for
homes priced less than $200,000.
Winter Park has only had 20 sales
of homes priced over $1 million
since January, and this is less than

half as many as was seen over the
same time period in both 2005
and 2006. Surprisingly, it is more
than twice the number of million
dollar sales in the same period for
both 2002 and 2003, before the
market lost control of its self. So
while the high end market seems
depressed, it is comparatively more
active than it was in more moder-
ate times.
The rental market in Winter
Park has experienced a sharp
upswing in recent years, as more
and more homes that do not sell
are placed into the rental pool.
These rentals are being absorbed
by individuals who are still waiting
for "the perfect deal" before mak-
ing a purchase, or by those who
have themselves lost homes to a
short sale or foreclosure. The MLS,
which only reflects homes that are
rented by a real estate professional,
shows that the number of Wlinter
Park rentals increased from 65 in
2005 to a whopping 371 in 2009.
In 2005, none of these homes
rented for as much as $3,000 per
month, however in 2009 there
were 22 such rentals. This year, 173
homes have rented so far in Winter
Park, 14 of which have rented for
$3,000 or over. The increase in
the number of high end rentals
is commensurate with the recent
decrease in the sale figures for
these same homes,
So next time you ask your
Realtor, "How's business?" don't
be so worried. Things are looking
up. Both sales volume and median
sales price have been steadily
increasing since January of 2010.
And as we muddle through the
inventory of distressed properties,
we look toward a bright tomorrow
of real estate normalcy whatever
that is!
-Brenda Cole & Laura Carroll of
Gould and Company

**statistical data provided by Orlando
Regional Board of Realtors Mlultiple Listing

Located on a beauotiful campus senting, our two Savannah Court conmmnn-
ties pnrvide full assisted living seirvies while Savannah Cottage offers a
securEd residence for those~~~~tttt~~~~tt with memory loss.

You are always ~lcomne at Sawmnruah Cour and Caonge of Oviedo

3!E Alefapa Woods Blvl., Oviedo, FI.327115

itLF I.Icnse No. 0235, 9308, 0307

.,W1114H OTTA....E
11 il s i Ita I

Vo ce



How's the real estate market?

*Restarant S~tyle Dining Experience
*Vibrant and Extensive Aclivities Program
a22 gff g| Trained and Caring Associ~aiBS
* ..Undfy, Hw0S01(00|ing and Linen Services
e individualized Services and CSFO

OfBr hospitality is uly

al wta y of lil I \<



Page 16 August 27 September 9, 2010

Seminole Voice

Reverend Cotton Marcus has
spent years fooling people out
of their money by performing
"~exorcisms." But when Louis
Sweetzer contacts Marcus. thle
reverend encounters a true evil
in Sweetzer's teenage daughter.

'Easy A'





Convenient to you.
South Seminole Hospital, a part of Orlando Health, is home to a comprehensi\-e aria cJI~
program that provides a wide range of heart care services right here in our comnui n it\.
Our talented healthcare team provides patients with the best care possible, phui the
benefit of knowing that care is close to home.
To learn more about the services at South Seminole Hospital, please call
321.8HEALTH (321.843.2584) or visit southseminolehospital.com.

I ~... 1... I.,e. r t...,r, 11 [~ art r, 111); Khalid Yaqoob, MD; B. Alex Vakili, MD; Wasim Ahtnar, MD; Vikas Venna, MD. Not pictured: J. B. Bitar, MD; John Grow, MD; Jorge Gornez-Arnador, MD; Naudkishore k Ranadive, MD; Raj r ta \r 11 ., \Il l


Comina Sent. 24

Coming next week

'Legend of the Guardians:
The Owls of Ga'Hoole'


Cardiac ca re.

555 WV. State Road 434 Long wood, FL 32750

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs