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Calendar > 3 Trade your holiday clothes for jeans and dancing shoes in Casselberry, which hosts a music and food truck festival this weekend. Stetsons Corner ...................................... 7 Interests .................................................. 3 Calendar .................................................. 3 Athletics .................................................. 6 Ask Sandi ................................................ 7 Young Voices ........................................... 7 Classifieds ............................................... 8 Jewels that spent 75 years at the bottom of the sea. Calendar > 3 She dreamed of getting to vote, but first she needed to learn to speak. Interests > 3 UCF enters conference play after a surprising start to its season. Athletics > 6 Over a decade, intelligence and military operatives dedicate themselves to finding and eliminating Osama bin Laden. Opening this week: ZERO DARK THIRTY Can $10,000 buy you a bachelors degree? At least seven state col out after taking the Governors $10,000 Degree Challenge. Gov. Rick Scott announced the challenge just as the Christmas season was picking up where Thanksgiving left off. Now two prominent local colleges Sem inole State College of Florida and Valencia College are hoping to give the gift of higher education during a time of rapidly rising costs. We have all these goals for our kids, but its really getting them an education so they can live the American dream, Scott said at a press conference an nouncing the program. He said he hoped to make getting an education more like when the cost of living and the cost of education didnt make it prohibitive to work and go to school at the same time. My parents didnt have any money to pay for education, so we went to junior college And back then you could go to school, you could work, you could end up with a degree and no debt. comed the challenge, with Semi nole State and Valencia jumping on board the program the same day it was launched. I applaud the governors of ibility to create a degree and a program that works best for each community and each college, Valencia College Chairwoman Berticia Cabrera-Morris said. catchall approach for colleges to decide for themselves what de gree programs they could afford to offer for $10,000. For Valencia that meant electrical and com puter engineering degrees, and a bachelors in photonics. For Seminole State its a bachelors in construction, a stepping-stone to becoming a licensed contractor. In search of the $10K bachelors ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice PHOTO COURTESY EA TIBURON Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, visited EA Tiburon in Maitland last year to talk up business growth. He just went a step further with a challenge to local colleges to come up with a $10,000 bachelors degree that pays off after graduation. Please see CHALLENGE on page 2 D ear readers, With erasers and white out in hand, I am ready to move forward in 2013. Ill spend weeks writing 2012 and needing to correct the year. Despite the advan tages of digital technology, Im still a hands-on pencil, pen and paper type of gal. Its sometimes hard to let go of one year and spring into another, especially if one gets comfortable in their current situation. 2012 was a good year for us, despite the challenges of staff restructur ing, newspaper transitioning and a slowly recovering economy. Yet here we are heralding another new year not knowing what lies in the months ahead, but strong enough to handle anything that may come our way. Its all about teamwork. geared up and ready to start a new chapter. New things are on the horizon, so be on the lookout! Our community media portfolio continues to evolve with growth Letter from the publisher: Here we grow again Please see LETTER on page 2 The last bell of the day has al ready rung at Winter Springs High School, but at 2:35 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon in Ms. Knowles chorus classroom 14 of her students are just warming up. The schools emptied out, and most of the girls friends outside the classroom have gone home. But in this one room, class is still in session. Chorus Director Kara Knowles teaches the schools only eighth period class: female chorus. A harmonized version of Rockin Around the Christmas through the surrounding halls, as most of the girls in the class sing through their eighth straight class of the day. Its good because you know the people that are in here want to be here, sophomore Melissa Derison said. We all chose to be here. During the fall, the auditiononly chorus group transferred from after-school club to a forcredit elective as part of Seminole County Public Schools revamp ing of the different ways it offers classes. The rebranding has been dubbed ePathways, for the dif ferent paths it gives students to get their education the way they want it, Deputy Superintendent Anna-Marie Cote said. Its really about letting stu dents and their families person alize their education so that they can get the types of skills they need to get ahead, Cote said. The ePathways initiative, she said, focuses on catering classes to the best way individual stu dents learn. If youre not a morn ing person, starting your day lat er and enrolling in eighth instead tion. If youre big into baseball, SARAH WILSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Kara Knowles, left, teaches 8th period chorus at Winter Springs High School, one of many new ways students can learn beyond the bell in Seminole County. Please see PATHWAYS on page 2 Schools shake up schedules with innovative plan
Page 2 THIS WEEK in history Jan. 13, 1982 An Air Florida Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people. The plane was forced to wait 45 minutes for clearance after deicing, and at the end of the runway was able to achieve only a few hundred feet of altitude. Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Turnstile Media Group | POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice | P.O. Box 2426 | Winter Park, FL 32790 Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Seminole Voice 2012 TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.com SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com JGallagher@TurnstileMediaGroup.com email@example.com Sandi@ChristianHelp.org SundewGardens@gmail.com KPhillips@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Josh Garrick JoshGarrick9@gmail.com Brittni Johnson DSheehy@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Legal@FLALegals.com AShortridge@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Florida Press Association & Oviedo/Winter Springs Chambers of Commerce Seminole Voice is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Con nect. CHAIRMAN: Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO: Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS: Patti Green & Jeff Babineau Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. Voice provides you with the best local coverage in the Oviedo, Winter Springs and surrounding area. This community newspa per is now publishing weekly, positioning us better as the No. 1 hyper-local news source in this Seminole County area. And we are sure to cover all your favorite annual events such as the Taste of Oviedo, Best of Ovations awards, Winter Springs Festival of the Arts and Great Day in the Country. New this year to the Oviedo area will be the Central Florida BBQ Blowout in May at the Oviedo Mall. Stay tuned for more info! Through the Seminole Voice and its sister publications, the Winter Park/Maitland Observer and Baldwin Park Living, we aspire to integrate a complete community ambiance for both our readers and advertisers. We are proud to present publica tions that keep you informed of community happenings and neighborhood accomplishments. Our community newspapers and their respective websites, Facebook and Twitter sites offer our readers a variety of methods in which to gain access to news affecting their municipal area. And we invite you to engage in them all! Our goal is always to help meet the needs of our communi ty businesses and leaders as best we can, while reinforcing the value of our community publi cations and its loyal readers. I want to personally thank you, our readers and advertisers, for your loyalty and support. We are blessed and appreciative of your trust. May we make you proud! Tracy Craft, publisher LETTER | C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Notes The goal is to get students on a path toward growing, skilled Seminole State President E. Ann McGee said that since the college already has set up path ways to employment, the less streamline the path from high school to high-paying even more. [Seminole State] partners with several employers includ ing Wharton-Smith Incorporated to identify and create degree pro grams that prepare students to be job-ready, she said. Both Valencia and Seminole State representatives said they had already been working to lower the cost of a bachelors de gree. The schools began offering bachelors degrees in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Valencia College President Sanford C. Shugart said the col lege had already dropped its to tal costs for degrees by 25 percent challenge would further that even more, he said. Thats the whole point, Scott said. I know how important it is for us to keep costs low while increasing skills training and career readiness for students, Scott said. CHALLENGE | Seminole State to offer cheap bachelors C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE you can arrange your schedule to have half your schedule online afternoon. Or if youre like many of the girls in Knowles eighth period chorus class and you just cant get enough singing, you can en roll in your third chorus class of the day and stay after school to sing. Winter Springs High School to elect to teach an eighth period class, and she said its been a scheduling godsend, not only for the students but for her. She has for this one, and gets her regular planning period mid-day. And with her after-school club, now her seventh class, it cuts down on her after-school commitments. I never knew my work day could be like this, Knowles said. Im on cloud nine. Knowles said the class is also giving them a chance to work on their vocals in a more intimate setting, while also getting credit for their commitment. to give them individual lessons. [Since it started] Ive seen such a growth in my program, Knowles said. Id be doing it any way, so its really awesome as a collegebound student to be able to get class credit for it, senior Grace Aguda said. Senior Samantha Smith is tak ing the chorus class along with online algebra to give her more ting all the credits she needs to graduate. Smith opted out of the eighth period chorus class in stead. works around your schedule, Smith said. Maybe youre a morning person, maybe youre a night person, it doesnt matter. While we have the options we should take advantage of it. Aguda said the options give her and other students the op portunity to learn what they like and prepare them better for the choices in class schedules that come when they head off to col lege. It gives you the opportunity to learn what you like, and helps you narrow down your interests and lets you focus on what you want to focus on, she said. But Smith and Aguda agreed losing valuable social skills learned in the classroom and the convenience of online courses. Cote said the ePathways initiative is about teaching stu dents in the 21st century, which in many cases does mean online learning but that it doesnt have to. Students are still able to take a regular schedule of in-classroom courses but, she said, the option is there if they want it. Its really a lot more than stu dents taking classes online, its about giving students the ability to personalize their education, she said. This fall as the initiative has taken off the district has been monitoring how students are us ing its options and how the dis trict can best provide those types of options with the resources it hours in middle and high school computer labs for students and utilizing part of Longwood El ementary for the hub for virtual student classrooms. Were working to make eP need to the best our abilities and what we have available to us now. With the goal of build ing upon the idea of increasingly personalized learning, she said. PATHWAYS | After school for-credit classes now offered C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Surprise homecoming U.S. Army Sgt. Ronald E. Steudle sur prised his family at Seminole Towne Center Mall Dec. 18 after he came home from deployment in Korea, unbeknownst to his children. His children came to the mall to see Santa Claus, and when they sat down, their father appeared. New biz NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new industrial lease agreement for 2,814 square feet at 2784 Wrights Road in Oviedo. NAI Realvest Associate Michael Heidrich Jr. was the lead broker in the transaction along with Principal Michael Heidrich Sr. representing the local ten ant, Performance Roong Inc. Home sales soar Orlando area home sales soared 19.88 percent in November, led by a thunder ous 50 percent increase in the number of traditional home sales, reports the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. The jump in traditional sales drove Or landos median price to its highest in three years. The November median of $129,000 is 12.17 percent above that of November 2011 ($115,000), and 5.31 percent above that of October 2012 ($122,500). Scholarly quarterback Taylor Beasley of Oviedo, a former quar terback for Lake Howell High School, was named to the fall 2012 Deans List at Missouri Valley College. 100 gallons of blood David Russell joined an elite group of people when he recently donated his 100th gallon of blood. He has affected the lives of at least 2,400 patients dur ing his blood-donating career. Mr. Rus sell is one of only a dozen active blood donors at Floridas Blood Centers who have donated 100 gallons or more. Oviedo tops in nation In the seventh year of bestowing this honor, Bloomberg Businessweek de clared Oviedo one of the Best Places to Raise Kids 2012. More than 3,200 cities were evaluated in the magazines selection process before Oviedo was chosen.
Page 3 THIS WEEK in human history Jan. 12, 1928 A young pianist from Kiev named Vladimir Horowitz makes his American debut at Carnegie Hall. Sir Thomas Beecham, guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic, was the headliner, but it was the young Russian pianist playing Tchaikovskys Piano Concerto No. 1 who stole the show. Family Calendar W hen Sanford resi dent Mimose Falicien walked into the Sanford carried with her an envelope con Falicien had been in the United States for 11 years, emigrating from Haiti at the age of 28. Though she had grown up in a country thats held democrat ic elections since 1990, Falicien was never able to vote in Haitis presidential elections due to the distance between her hometown where voting takes place, more than 100 miles away. But on that day, she made her voice heard, voting in the 2012 U.S. presiden tial election as a U.S. citizen. Until that moment, Falicien had never voted in her life. Like every immigrant that comes to the U.S. seeking citizen ship and the right to vote, Falicien had to learn to read, write and speak English, an ongoing strug gle for many Seminole County residents. the language over time through her job as a nursing assistant at Florida Hospital. To gain the U.S. citizenship she earned last July though, she relied on free English classes offered at the First Baptist Church of Oviedo. They help me learn to write the sentence they ask you in the book, like President Washington States, said Falicien, who at tended the classes to prepare for the literacy and civics tests. They tell me I have to write it over and over, things like that. If it wasnt for the school, I dont think I could have made it. The U.S. Citizenship and Im migration Services Orlando Field and eight neighboring counties, people every year. With 21,545 people speaking English less than very well in Seminole County alone, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureaus 2011 American Community Survey, a crucial question comes up: is Seminole County doing enough to teach immigrants English? Seminole County Public Schools tried to address this need four years ago, in response to the countys growing immigrant population. The Florida Depart ment of Education awarded a grant to Seminole County Public Schools, which was used to estab lish the Family Immigrant Con nection Center (FICC), a location under the department of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) that offers free services in cluding English classes, computer literacy classes and civics classes. Last year, more than a hundred families took part in the FICCs English classes, with 60 students currently signed up this year. Are we doing enough? I think were doing the best that we can to meet the needs of the families that are coming in, said Minnie Cardona, the ESOL/World Lan nator for Seminole County Pub lic Schools and supervisor of the FICC. When you know about fami lies that are working two or three jobs, thats the hard part, she said. What else can we do to help these families too? Though U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services doesnt teach immigrants English directly, they do play a role in communi ties, holding quarterly informa tion meetings, distributing study materials and offering grants to help organizations that give class es. We rely on them and we want to help them the community organizations and the non-prof its do what they do best and we help where we can, said Sharon Scheidhauer, the public affairs of migration Services Orlando Field ister the immigration laws and thats what we do, but we love to work with them to help them be able to offer the community these great services, and certainly our materials. Seminole County Commission er Bob Dallari gave his thoughts on the need to learn English in the United States. What makes the United States special is that we accept so many different people from so many different countries. In fact, we all come from different countries if you go back in our ancestry, and its important to learn the lan guage here. Its also important that there are different ways that they learn the language, either through ministries or through schools or different types of edu cational programs, Dallari said. Dallari said that he doesnt see a great need for an English pro gram at this time, but that he may be wrong. Dr. Kerry Purmensky teaches at UCF as an associate professor in the universitys Department of Modern Languages and Lit the programs the county is focus ing on are important, a program to teach English to immigrants is vital. If you take someone who has therefore its keeping them back from getting a job that could give got to be incorporated, because theyll never be able to improve can learn the language enough in order to do that job, Purmensky said. Though the school system is doing a very good job of work ing with parents, for everyones sake, its critical that we offer peo ple this opportunity. According to statistics from the FICCs internal system, there are 113 different countries represent ed in Seminole County, revealing both a rich and diverse district. Cardona stressed that not just the school district, but the com munity and government as well should do all they can to make sure immigrants in Seminole County learn English. Were all in this together. Its not only the school district its all of us. There is a need in the community. I think the more op portunities there are for these families to learn the language, the more it will pay back in the long that everyone ultimately ends up in the schools and work force. I think its a calling, a service. We need to offer that service to help those families, any family that comes through our doors. Is Seminole County doing enough? TIM FREED The Voice PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Mimose Falicien holds her new voter ID card, the nal stepping stone to full citizenship after a long path of learning to be an American. Some question whether enough programs exist in Seminole County to speed the path to citizenship. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Orlando Field Ofce serves Seminole County and eight neighboring counties, naturalizing about 12,000 people every year. With 21,545 people speaking English less than very well in Seminole County alone, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureaus 2011 American Community Survey, a crucial question comes up: is Seminole County doing enough to teach immigrants English? Calendar Were all in this together. Its not only the school district its all of us. There is a need in the community. I think the more opportunities there are for these families to learn the language, the more it will pay back in the long run. JAN. 11 Get the jeans and dancing boots and join Casselberry for Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar. The event is Fri day, Jan. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Lake Con cord Park behind Casselberry City Hall at 95 Triplet Lake Dr. The evening will kickoff with the Hindu Cowboys. Visit Cassel berry.org or call 407-262-7700, extention 1507, for more information. JAN. 13 The Fab Follies is back by popular de mand for one nal performance of their smash hit, The Best of Times. Its at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. Tickets are $15 at tinyurl.com/FabFollies There is a Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Geneva Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ge neva Community Center. Come join us and see why this is the best $15 youve ever spent on your health! RSVP to Trish Deer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407733-7514 for more information. JAN. 15 Want to know how to use your new Kindle or other e-reader? An e-book class is available in Oviedo from 3 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 15. Its free at the East Branch Li brary at 310 Division St. For more infor mation call 407-665-1560. JAN. 16 Line dancing burns calories, increases metabolism, stimulates endorphins, re lieves depression and anxiety, and, in addition, is a general all-around stress reducer. Line dancing classes will be Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m at the Cas selberry Recreation Center Contact Joan at 407-321-1779 for more information. JAN. 25 A ceremony in honor of Spc. Brenden Salazar, a former Hagerty High School student who died in service of his coun try in Afghanistan, will be held Jan. 25 at Hagertys main entrance. RSVP by Jan. 18 to Christy_bryce@scps.k12..us Visit www.seminolevoice.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com JAN. 11 Jewels of Titanic features dia monds, sapphires, pearls and gold jewelry that once belonged to some of Titanics wealthiest passengers. The tour comes to Orlando this week starting Jan. 11 and staying until March 13, exhibited by the team that excavated it from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after 75 years. Its at Titanic The Experience on Internation al Drive in Orlando. Visit titanictheex perience.com for more information. JAN. 12 Dinner & Movie Night at the Geneva Bijou! Start off the new year with a classic comedy. Come around 6:30 p.m. if you want to dine on some ne, locally crafted pizza. Then enjoy the night of old-fashioned fun at 7 p.m. at the Rural Heritage Center; 101 E. Main St., Geneva. Cost is $5 donation per person ($3 donation for kids younger than 16). Send your email address to GenevaHGS@aol.com to get on the movie club list and you will nd out more about the movie to be shown. Pedals, Pipes and Pizza is coming to St. Michaels Church in College Park on Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is intended to develop a young music students interest in the pipe organ. Its at 2499 N. Westmoreland Drive in Orlandos College Park. Call 407-331-7520 for more information or visit cfago.org JAN. 13 On Sundays, Jan. 13 and 27, The Mu seum of Geneva History is open from 2 to 4 p.m. at 165 First St., next door to the Community Center. Some of the things on display in the museum are an FEC Railway display, an oldfashioned kitchen and bedroom, Ge neva archaeology bones, pioneer craft area, genealogy records, Civil War display, old toys, musical instruments and more. Visit usgennet.org/usa// county/seminole/Geneva for more in formation. JAN. 16 Seminole County will kick off its cen tennial celebration in just two weeks. The rst event is an Old Florida BBQ to be held at the Museum of Seminole County History in Sanford. This inaugural event will include the unveiling of the Museums Pole Barn Replica Exhibit as well as the open ing Years of Agriculture in Semi nole County: Our Stories, a special museum exhibit. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the following Seminole County locations: the ve li braries, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park and Sylvan Lake Park. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Bush Blvd., San ford. Visit seminolecounty.gov for more information. On Jan. 16, 17 and 25 The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is proud to host Seminoles Got Talent. For more information, visit tinyurl. com/seminolesgottalent Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com
Page 4 While most Greater Orlando homebuyers are taking advan tage of improving conditions in their dreams due to a shrinking inventory of lower priced homes. While this still is a very good problem right now is the avail ability of homes in lower price ranges which tend to be the ones buyers, said Scott Hillman, president of Fannie Hillman + Associates, one of the areas top residential real estate brokerages. There is a growing shortage $200,000 in Orange and Seminole counties and those priced under $300,000 are also getting harder noting Orange and Seminole counties had only a 1.94-month inventory of homes as of Jan. 4, which is well below the 4to 6month supply that typically de buyers and sellers. According to Hillman, the inventory of homes priced under $200,000 has dropped more than 42.8 percent over the past year, while the inventory of homes priced between $200,000 and $300,000 has dropped by 19.8 percent in the past 12 months. One of the problems for a limited inventory in those price ranges is the increased number of investors in the market who are purchasing homes with cash, which makes them more com Another factor contributing to the areas shrinking inventory of more affordably priced homes is underwater owners who current ly owe more on their mortgage than their homes are worth which limits an owners ability to sell, thus keeping more inventory off the market. Add to that the fact that there have been fewer new homes built time buyers have a limited inven tory from which to choose. do have a number of things go ing for them, including interest rates for mortgages that are still at some of the lowest levels in history. I dont think were going to see a drop in the demand from going to take a little longer for home, Hillman said. The key is being prepared to act fast. Firstmuch more competitive position in a supply-constrained market and knowledgeable real estate agent, and getting pre-approved This speeds up the offer process and shows sellers that yours is a viable offer. In business for more than 31 years, Fannie Hillman + Associates is independently owned and active in Winter Park, Maitland, College Park, Baldwin Park and downtown Orlando. Recognized as a leader in the sale of lakefront residences, Fannie Hillman is a member of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association, is listed in Whos Who in Luxury Real Estate and maintains a global presence through afliations with London-based Mayfair International, Luxury Portfolio, and Chicago-based RELOHomeSearch, a website run by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the worlds largest network of premier independent residential real estate rms representing 600 companies with 5,000 ofces and 150,000 sales associates in more than 30 countries. Fannie Hillman is located at 205 W. Fairbanks Ave. For more information call 407-644-1234 or visit the companys web site at fanniehillman.com Homes Voice INTEGRITY LOYALTY UNWAVERING ENTHUSIASM Kelly L. PriceBrokerJulie BombardoRealtor Sales Assoc.407.645.4321 Maitland $275,000 3 BR | 2 BA | 1,415 SF Winter Park $2,600,000 5 BR | 6.3 BA | 6,926 SF Winter Park $490,000 4 BR | 3.5 BA | 2,006 SF rf ntfnbrr ftrf r nfnr nnrrn rf n t Brent J RamseyFinancial Advisor 1875 West County Road 419 #300 Oviedo, FL 32765 407-359-8055 Brent J RamseyFinancial Advisor1875 West County Road 419 #300 Oviedo, FL 32765 407-359-8055 First-time homebuyers hardest hit by starter home scarcity First-time buyers do have a number of things going for them, including interest rates for mortgages that are still at some of the lowest levels in history.
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SOLD REDUCED SOLD NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Baldwin Park 3/2 1598 Almond Avenue. $379,900 LEASED Baldwin Park 4/3 4097 Wardell. $549,900 BALDWIN PARK 3 /2 3-car garage 2600 sq ft. Plus garage apt. $462,900 Baldwin Park 2 story 3 bedroom Lake view $369,900WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME, THERE IS A DIFFERENCEJoin the 4,000 home sellers who have S-A-V-E-D between $5,000 and $50,000 on the sale of their home Orlando Magazine has once again awarded John Penne Licensed Real Estate Broker Designation of one of the top one hundred honored agents in Orlando 2012 WHO CAN MATCH US! CALL 407-896-5520 Realtors advocate for smart regulations Over the past year the U.S. hous strides. A look ahead, however, shows a number of regulatory issues left unresolved that could potentially harm the industry in 2013. Several regulations on the ho rizon stemming from the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act could affect housing and mortgage of how to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remains unclear. As an advocate for homeownership, Realtors want to make sure any changes will not harm the prog housing market or will not make mortgage lending more chal lenging, says Orlando Regional Realtor Association Chairman Steve Merchant, of Global Realty International. A particular issue of concern to Realtors is a regulation that stems from Dodd-Frank: quali tion requires that no lender make a mortgage loan without mak ing a reasonable and good faith determination that the borrower has the ability to repay the loan. The full rule for QM has not been determined yet. Dodd-Frank was created to address abuses in the industry. While Realtors recognize the need for addi tional regulation, they believe regulators must avoid adopting unrealistic requirements that will affect homeowners and potential buyers, as well as do harm to the recovering housing market. We need to ensure that any regulations and reforms do not jeopardize a housing recovery and ensure the dream of home ownership is available to all Americans, Merchant said. ORRA Central Florida continues to see the trends of low inventory and high demand carry over into 2013. In many markets and neighborhoods sellers are notic ing their home starting to rise. If the home for sale in question is a hot property and priced right sellers are often multiple offers. A new trend in Central Florida groups and even some very well known hedge funds buy ing into the market in bulk. Cash investors, whether large invest ment groups or family members through real estate investing, are acquiring homes in Central Florida at an increasing rate. As a seller, you may have ques tions as to what this means for the market in general, and if one type of buyer is a better than the other. Here are some of the pros and cons of accepting a cash offer pant offer. Cash offers typically close with a cash investor, they tend to close quickly, usually in around two weeks. You can wrap things destination almost immediately. not yet prepared to move on (i.e. your new home isnt completed place isnt for 45 days, etc.) this cally. In the case that you are not equal in that regard. Investors arent emotionally attached to your home. The plus to this is that if it needs a little work, an investor crunches the numbers and moves forward based on the bottom line of them has a stain they wont care, and they arent going to ask you to leave your heirloom chandelier that of course is that a buyer with an emotional attachment to your home in some instances may be willing to do just about anything to seal the deal. Translation; an may be comfortable paying more for their new home. Investors mostly dont need an appraisal, as they are almost always using cash. The upside here is that if the inspector they they can proceed if they wish. The contrasting angle to this is appraisal, and if certain repair prior to closing, or that the buyer place funds in escrow to com plete the repairs after closing. All in all, the facts are sellers have many more options these days, and thats great news! And all you buyers out there, inter est rates are still at record lows so youve got sun shining your way too. Ultimately cash inves be considered and weighed on a case by case basis. Investors are breathing new life into Central Floridas real estate market, and with low interest rates many more people have the chance cherry on top? Economists and positive trends are projected to continue well into the future. Christina Rordam is a local Realtor. Con tact her at 407-928-8294 or ChristinaS ellsOrlando.com Owner occupants versus investors Christina Rordam Keepin it Real Estate
Page 6 THIS WEEK in sports history Jan. 14, 1973 The Miami Dolphins picked up a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII. The win allowed the Dolphins to finish the season 17-0. No other team has been able to match that perfect season. Miami would also win the Super Bowl the following year. &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT RETAIL W. Brian Thomas 110 Geneva Drive, Oviedo, Florida(Across From Ace Hardware) THOMAS PRODUCE Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net Computerized Laser & Rotary Engraving Custom Name Badges Signs & Banners Large Format Printing Rubber Stamps Awards, Trophies, and Novelties The Sign Man Oviedo After their sweeping start to the season the Oviedo Lions (13-3, 3-0) have dropped three of their last four games. The squad will be hoping to claim victory and clinch the district in critical games coming up. After jumping out to an eyecatching 12-0 start, the team has slowed somewhat. Their win streak was brought to a halt as they fell to Osceola (7-8, 4-0) 8063. Slipping further, Oviedo suf fered defeats to McEachern (7-8, 3-3) and Seminole (8-6, 3-3). The Lions ended their losing streak Monday night at Hagerty (11-3, 7-1) with a 64-53 victory. Theyll be at Evans High School (8-4, 3-1) this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Hagerty Just beyond the halfway point of the season, the Hagerty basket ball team is looking strong and determined. The Huskies have enjoyed a soild start to their year, with a respectable 11-3 record. Three victories in their last four games have kept up the win ning routine the Huskies have developed, and their 7-1 record in district play is enough to put Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. the Huskies travel to Seminole to challenge their district rivals for the second time this season. Winter Springs Winter Springs basketball team is beginning to turn things around. Having an 0-10 record in Decem ber, the Bears were beginning to look hopeless. But they were able to turn their poor results around with a 52-40 victory over Interna tional Community School. Three wins in the teams last foundation to build upon. With 10 games remaining, Winter Springs will be eyeing an opportunity to improve. With recent wins over two teams with losing records, theyve got good odds against Lake How ell (5-9, 1-2) when they face off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. After losing a star to graduation and two big players before the start of the season, the Knights have continued to surprise the odds makers with an unlikely season dominating the mens bas ketball court. Now at 10-4, theyre entering conference play with a ragtag starting lineup and dreams of going farther than last years We continue to learn with this young team, Head Coach Don nie Jones said after the Knights 99-69 blowout over Florida A&M on Jan. 5. In that game the Knights were led by some familiar faces from last season, with forward Keith Clanton scoring 15 points, sec ond year transfer Tristan Spur lock adding 15 of his own, and a resurgent Isaiah Sykes nailing 22 points. But where the Knights really surprised was in assists, dishing out 27 of them. That led to mas sive scoring, with the Knights not only nearly putting up triple dig its, but also shooting 57.6 percent overall, substantially higher than their average last season. Jones said he was proud of the teams ciently in the process. He said the teams goal had been 20 assists in the game. Now with the team working together better than it had at the start of the season, the Knights look to conference play to see if mons that led to their end of sea son collapse last year. Weve gotta be ready, Spur lock said about upcoming confer ence play. Teams know how you move, they know your favorite play. Weve gotta be focused to win the conference title. The Knights kicked off Con ference USA play hosting UAB at press time Jan. 9. Theyll head to East Carolina 7 p.m. Jan. 12 for a showdown with the Pirates (9-4, 0-0) before heading west to Hous ton (11-2, 0-0) for a 6 p.m. Jan. 19 tipoff. Knights defy odds ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE UCF Basketball has bounced back from their zzling 2011-2012 season nish. Lions could clinch district ERIC BIANCALANA The Voice
Page 7 generous effort as these churches and our community try to meet escalating needs with no guarantees. The volunteers at the Community Church of God Inasmuch Community Pantry and the Geneva First United Methodist Church food pantry cant predict how many folks will show up at their pantry doors, but they stock up as best they can with their resources and our donations. As you think about resolutions for the new year, consider donating to and sup porting our Geneva food pantries. Cash donations go a long way because the pan tries can buy food at only 14 to 18 cents a buy-one-get-one-free items when you are grocery shopping. Stacey Walker, the Outreach Ministries Coordinator for FUMC shared that dona tions of food and cash are needed and welcomed for their food pantry as they serve about 90 people each week. Geneva food pantries Tell your neighbors who might need food assistance about these local pantries: The First United Methodist Church food pantry is open every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to make donations, contact Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com or 407-754-7948. Inasmuch Food Pantry at the Commu nity Church of God opens on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m. until all are served. Drop food donations at the pantry or mail contributions to the Geneva Inasmuch Community Pantry at: P.O. 32732. Call 407-461-7066 for more informa tion. Geneva Bus Tour on Feb. 2 Sign up now to reserve a seat for the 13th Geneva Historical Bus Tour on Feb. 2. Call 407-947-4412 or email GenevaBusTour@ aol.com and leave your name and if you want the 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. tour. Each tour is 90 minutes with $10 donation per person. Remember the Pancake Breakfast will be held the same morning for a $5 donation. No reservations are necessary for breakfast. THIS WEEK in political history Jan. 17, 1966 An American B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 jet tanker over Spains Mediterranean coast, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares and another into the sea. The U.S. eventually settled some 500 claims by residents whose health was adversely affected. Geneva Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 837 talk about their goals for the new year at the Peas & Plenty community meal. Getting better grades is my overall goal. I need to do all my homework and give more time to it. Im looking forward to the camping trip with my Boy Scout Troop 837. I go to Lawton Chiles Middle School. Logan I. 11 years old I am going to try to keep my grades up, especially Language Arts. Also I am going to try to stop biting my nails. I am look ing forward to our Scout summer camp, Hopefully at Rainey Mountain. Chancey Z. 14 years old I am going to help finish the Eagle Patrol Flag project. I want to make second-class rank and earn more merit badges, especially Eagle-required ones like first-aid, swim ming and citizenship. Zack B. 12 years old I want to meet more people, and I hope that the Geneva museum is success ful. I want to make my reading goal as high as I can, and keep making straight As. Im in second grade at Geneva. Caleb K. 8 years old I want to make good grades and Im looking forward to attending Oviedo High School, and maybe trying out for football. This summer I will also work on rank advancement and merit badges, like small boat sailing. Austin K. 14 years old Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council, with more than 10 years of recruiting and human resources experience. For questions, please call 407-834-4022 ( fax 407-260-2949) sandi@ christianhelp.org or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi Happy New Year! As we start to come away from talks of the world ending and that this year people who are currently working are starting to look more closely at new opportunities. No longer is there the fear of moving somewhere new for many people. This can mean two things. One, there is more competition, and two, there are new opportunities when people leave their jobs. Of course, the grass is not al ways greener if you are the one seeking a new job, so make sure you interview the company as well as they interview you. One of the trends I have seen lately is that many job seekers approach job seek ing very casually. People I have inter viewed recently have come in dressed as if it is casual Friday rather than dressed to impress. The follow up for some has been good, but others left me wondering if they were really interested in the job. The market is still very competitive. Employers are looking for team players many cases they need self-starters who can learn very quickly and do not need a lot of oversight. Reliability is a must! I cant stress that enough. As you look at your resolutions for this year, if getting a job is one of them, take a step back and look at your ap proach. Are you prepared? Have you researched the companies you are apply ing to? Is your resume targeted? Are you following up? One thing we are encour aging our jobs initiative students to do is journal. This can help you with getting your feelings out on the table and setting Peas & Plenty welcomes 2013 The fourth annual Geneva Peas & Plenty community meal was another great event full of fellowship and fantastic food. The Geneva Community Center was full of friendly waves, hugs and aromas of barbecue pork and chicken, and steaming casseroles, soups and vegetables. Peas and beans were plentiful in all the New Years varieties: baked, Great Northern, chili, chick, green and black. And, of course, the very lucky black-eyed peas. Cindy Simontons collard greens soup was a hit as always in addition to the rice, potatoes, breads, salads and desserts. The desserts were amazing, legendary lemon pies, deli cious layer cakes, brownies, cookies, pies, cobblers and custards all tasted so yummy. No doubt our village appreciates homecooked comfort food, and a big thanks goes to Wanda Currie and Cindy Simon ton the creators and hosts of this event as well as to all the other volunteers and the Troop 837 Boy Scouts who assisted in making it a success. Hunger 101 Food was the centerpiece of Peas & Plenty, but the truth is that many in Geneva do not have enough food for themselves or their families on a daily or weekly basis. To put this in perspective, take a few minutes and browse through the website for Second Harvest Food Bank of Cen to learn about choices hungry people in faced by a senior citizen, single mom, care giver or business owner. Navigate through their choices due to limited income and over a week, or how to stretch only $35 in in applying for food stamps through an automated phone system. Donate to food banks and pantries Fortunately there are two food pantries right here in Geneva. This is a bold and Dont fear new opportunities Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Please share your thoughts about Geneva at 407221-7002, firstname.lastname@example.org with Stetsons Corner in the subject line, or fax 407-349-2800. Thanks! This column is dedicated to Deputy Sheriff Gene Stetson Gregory, killed in the line of duty on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never be the same because of Deputy Gregory it will be better. TALK T O KAREN > 2013: focus on food King Features Weekly ServiceJanuary 7, 2013
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