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Oviedo mom and dad invent a building block toy that teaches Interests > 4 Interests > 6 Oviedo finally breaks ground on its Oviedo on the Park development Knights triumph in two wild come backs before hitting the road Athletics > 10 Calendar > 7 Its an Easter egg hunt with a helicopter instead of an Easter Bunny at the Oviedo Sports Complex this weekend for the citys annual Marshmallow Drop. Interests .................................................. 4 Calendar .................................................. 7 Athletics ................................................ 10 Celery Stalks ......................................... 11 Tom Carey ............................................. 11 Classifieds ............................................. 12 The G.I. Joes once again face their mortal enemy, Cobra, and must also deal with a sinister threat within the U.S. government. Opening this week: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION The University of Central Flori da Business Incubation Program is offering veterans and active military members the chance to learn how to start their own busi nesses from a successfully prov en program. The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Pro gram (UCFBIP) is the host to the Central Florida pilot program of the Kauffman FastTrac NewVen ture Veteran Entrepreneur course. The program has been taught on military bases around the country with 300 participants so far. The 30 hour class, which is open to both veterans and active military members, costs $100 and will teach business and network ing skills, give attendees access to their own military business owner advisory board for advice and support, and will connect them to other military business resources in the area. The Incubation Program is designed to create an environ ment for businesses to be suc Just before 11:30 a.m. on Thurs days, theres a changing of the classroom at Carillon Elementa ry in Oviedo. Mrs. Miles moves out for a planning period, and Deputy Adam Brewster moves in. Forgoing this weeks P.E. with owl-embellished work books ready for a different kind of lesson from the uniformed man in charge. Todays lesson is about re sisting gangs, Brewster says to the room of 10-year-olds. But be fore the new lesson can begin, he asks them to recap what theyve already learned in his previous weeks workshops. What does Otis the name of the owl on each of the stu dents Focus on Safety program packet stand for? Hands shoot up as a chorus of voices rings out: Obey Teachers In Schools, they say. What are the gateway drugs? Each hand has a different an swer, from marijuana to inhal ants to alcohol. Inside drugs? Crystal meth and cocaine, the kids say. Knowing these answers, Brewster said, provides students vention of poor decisions in the future, and building positive relationships with law enforce ment in the present. The kids know whats right and wrong, they really do, so youre just giving them that push that theyre doing the right thing and hopefully that leads them down the right path when they get older, Brewster said. Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) approved fund ing in February to help make that path a little smoother, vot ing to expand the 10-week Focus on Safety program being proto typed at Carillon to all 22 of the districts elementary schools. The Seminole County pro gram will bring 10 deputies on full-time spilt between the schools one deputy assigned to two or three schools to increase education and safety on Semi nole campuses, said Seminole UCF offers business start-up help to veterans Protecting kids by teaching SCPS approves funding for program providing more cops in schools, turning them into part-time teachers SARAH WILSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Seminole County Sheriffs Deputy Adam Brewster teaches kids how to recognize drug dealers at a class that Semi nole County Schools had developed at Carillon Elementary. Now it will expand to 22 elementary schools. BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice Please see SCHOOLS on page 2 Please see VETERANS on page 2 PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE VOICE Gabe Ruiz was an Army colonel before he started Advanced IT Con cepts, which he said was helped by UCFs small business development program. Greer gets 18 months ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice Former Oviedo City Councilman and Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer will spend 18 months in prison for larceny and money laundering. He was sen tenced Wednesday afternoon to prison time plus a year of probation for funneling money from the party into Victory Strategies, a company he owned. You egregiously violated a po sition of trust, Judge Marc Lubet said in Orange County Courthouse room 6B, reported the Tampa Bay Times. As part of a plea deal that helped determine a far lower sentence than the 35 years he was facing, Greer was forced to pay the party $65,000 and drop a lawsuit in which he al leged the party owed him a six out of the party in early 2010. His indictment that year included six felony counts. abbreviated chapter in a story in which Greer said he would sing like a songbird and tell tales on the front pages of newspapers and on TV about deals and scandals in the Republican Party of Florida. On the verge of a trial on Feb. 11 of this Please see GREER on page 3
Page 2 THIS WEEK in history March 30, 1981 President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr. In an impressive feat for a 70-year-old man with a collapsed lung, Reagan walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power. cessful and to create jobs, said Gordon Hogan, director of the UCFBIP. We just want to give veterans the opportunity to make a good decision. Rafael Caamano, assistant di rector for the UCFBIP, said that the economy and job market is still in a rough state. After retir ing, many military members cant Their next option is to create their own job by starting a business, which is a popular choice. Veter ans own nine percent of business in the United States, and are 45 percent more likely to become an entrepreneur compared to people with no active-duty military expe rience, according to 2011 research from the U.S. Small Business Ad Course objectives an decide if their idea is feasible, and if they have the motivation, time and character it takes to start their own business. And thats what drew Orlan do veteran Christian Betancourt to the program. Because of his healthcare background he was a combat medic in the Navy and served for 12 years before retiring he always thought about start ing his own daytime care-giving center for adults. But, hes never been sure if he could actually do it. He hopes to be able to make a more informed decision after the class. right decisions, he said. They didnt provide any false expecta tions thats what I really want. The class will then teach the veterans how to make their busi ness idea happen, from the basic dience and the money to actually start it up. Veteran success Gabe Ruiz, president of Advanced IT Concepts in Orlando and a re tired Army colonel, said his suc cess is proof of the value of the business assistance programs of fered by UCF. While his company was too large to participate in the the resources at the Small Busi ness Development Center at UCF. Hes grown his revenue 100 percent to $5 million last year, and tripled in size since utilizing the advice he got from his advi sor there. Ruiz plans to be on the advisory board for the UCFBIPs new veteran program, giving back after all the help hes received. The program brings decades of experiences, expertise and les sons learned that would take en tire lifetimes to be learned, that are available to them on day one, Ruiz said. Veterans make good entrepreneurs Its not always easy to translate military experience into civilian work atmospheres, Ruiz said, but the qualities military members have are extremely useful as a business owner. Entrepreneurship is almost automatic, he said. Its an atti tude toward serving, its an atti tude toward perfection. Veterans thrive under pres sure, are open to taking risks and can adapt quickly. Civilians rarely experience the level of stress on the job military members have. Military members have to face that on a daily basis, theyve gone to war, Betancourt said. Theres really no room for error and there are lives on the line. They understand missions, they understand objectives, Caa mano said. They have tendency to stay on target. But they dont always realize that those skills are what make a great entrepreneur, so thats why the UCFBIP veteran course is im portant to help them identify their strengths and take the next step. Hogan and Caamano hope that they can help a few veterans make the decision to start their own business after taking the class, and then move on to their addi tional BIP courses. Theyre work ing on garnering more sponsors to help veterans with registration fees once they see how successful this current program is. Betancourt said he cant wait to see where this opportunity will take him. I dont aspire to be 55 and waiting for my paycheck, he said. I want to set the pace for my familys future. 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. 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The Summer Fun & Entertainment Guide will be printed and inserted into the Winter Park-Maitland Observer on April 11, and the Seminole Voice on April 12. is comprehensive directory will not only serve as an invaluable resource, but will allow you to showcase your business or service directly to local contacts. Parents will be looking at a variety of activities for their children in addition to preparing them for a new school year.Call and reserve your space today!Deborah Sheehy / 407-563-7009 / DSheehy@turnstilemediagroup.com The UCF Business Incubation Program will host the $100, 30-hour business start-up workshop for veterans and active military this April. For more information, contact Peggy Allen at email@example.com or 407-8820888. spokesperson Kim Canaday. The $700,000 cost will be spilt between SCPS and SCSO. Well have Focus, but obvi ously everyone is concerned with safety after Sandy Hook, so then weve got extra security here on campus as well, so its two fold, Canaday said. The move to put more cops on campus following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in December has spread across the country to Central Florida. Principal AnaLynn Jones at Carillon said having the Focus program and Deputy Brewster involved on campus gives her school the best of both worlds: increased police presence, and an added educational element. I think its an appropriate use of our resources; were using the Sheriffs department and we have the presence on campus, but theyre also educating our chil dren and I think thats a really important piece to it, she said. Theyre not just standing at the front door guarding our school, but theyre actually involved in our school and get to know the families and the kids. And I think thats a much better relationship than just having someone sit in your parking lot. Brewster said the mix of the ded in the schools serving a dual purpose is what he feels will make Focus successful as it expands to the more schools next fall. Were trying to make a vested interest in the school itself. The school is a community within a community, and showing your presence there, the kids really respond to you, he said. If were going to be here we need to be productive, proactive and productive. We need to make sure that were doing some type of prevention with them cause any little bit helps. SCHOOLS | More cops patrol schools C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE VETERANS | Business start-up workshop coming in April C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE
Page 3 March 29 April 4, 2013 A BENEFIT FOR THE SEB AS TI A N HAUL F UND HELPING GREYHOUND S RE A CH THEIR NEW F A MILIE S Tenth AnnualDOGGIEart festivalPoster art by Jason Sipple Sunday, April 7thNorth P ark Avenue in Winter P arkFEATURING PET R ELATED ARTISTS, VENDORS AND ADO PTION ORGANIZATIONS PRESENTED BY:S PONSORS : One Senior Place ... See our full Calendar of Events at OneSeniorPlace.com407.949.6733715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32714M-F 8:30am 5pmM O N DA Y, A P RI L 1 Every Monday 10am 1pm Senior Club (sponsored by Family Physicians Group) Every Monday, 10am 12noon April 1 Bingo April 8 Computer Club April 15 Movie Day April 22 Alcohol Abuse Seminar April 29 Casino Day The Real Estate Specialists are IN 10am 1pm (also Mon, April 8, 15, 22, 29) Presented by Exit Real Estate Results TU ESDA Y, A P RI L 2 Medicare Educational Workshop 10:30am 12noon Presented by Medicare Plan Options RSVP 407-949-6723 W ED N ESDA Y, A P RI L 3 BOOB Girls Burned Out Old Broads Guest Author Joy Jackson 2pm 4pm Presented by Senior Partner Care Services RSVP 407-949-6733 Why do hearing aids cost so much? 3pm 4:30pm (also April 10, 17, 24) Presented by Harmony Hearing Centers of America RSVP 407-545-4098 THUR SDA Y, A P RI L 4 The Real Estate Specialists are IN 9am 12noon (also April 11, 18, 25) Presented by Exit Real Estate Results Zumba Gold Exercise Class 11:30am 12:30pm By Orlando Family Physicians FRI DA Y A P RI L 5 Speaker Series: Live Healthy & Be Happy! 10:30am 12noon By LTC Advisors RSVP 407-949-6722 Womens Inspirational Hour 12noon 1pm Hosted by Cindy Price RSVP 407-949-6732 Memory Screenings 2pm 4pm Hosted by Arden Courts Memory Care Community By appointment only 407-949673311:30am 12:30pm By Orlando Family PhysiciansCalendar of Events April 2013 year he suddenly pleaded guilty, averting a trial that was expected to be devastating to the party. Greer had risen to power by helping the election campaign of Gov. Charlie Crist and the Re publican Party, getting the role of chairman in 2006. Up to that point he had been an Oviedo city coun cilman and deputy mayor while running a company, Regulatory Compliance Services, that helped businesses keep out of trouble with the government by main taining compliance. cially take his job in Tallahassee in January of 2007, Greer took Oviedo Police Chief Charles Dra go with him. The two had become friends while Greer had been on the council. Drago was given a position as deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Relations. Greer led the party for more than 3 years before trouble began brewing in late 2009 amid rumors that the party was unhappy with fundraising and spending under Greers helm. In the meantime his wife, Lisa, continued to live in their home in a gated community in Oviedo. After his ouster in 2010, legal battles were waged both ways when the party alleged that Greer had funneled money ille gally into his own pockets, and Greer charged back that the party owed him more than $100,000 in back pay. Soon Drago returned to Oviedo and Crist lost his election bid for the U.S. Senate. Complet ing an unusual circle of political connections, Dragos wife, Cindy, successfully ran for a seat on the Oviedo city council in 2010. In 2012, she successfully defended that seat, just as Greers pros ecution was gathering evidence against him. GREER | Rapid ascent to head of Republican Party of Florida ended with lawsuits C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Jim Greer was a two-term Oviedo councilman before making quick friends with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who won his 2006 bid for election with Greers help. He served as head of the states Republican Party until 2010.
Page 4 As Lyndsay and Hayley Burgin ger build three-dimensional cre ations using Qubits, their parents work to make sure people, or one day even the International Space Station, enjoy this toy creation. Parents Mark and Lisa Burgin ger, who recently moved to Ovie do from Bend, Ore., have worked as a team to create and market Qubits (pronounced Q-bits), a toy that allows kids or adults to connect together polypropylene pieces and use their imagination to build any object they want, without any directions or rules. [LEGO] is a wonderful toy, but you look at the directions and you have to build what they say, and then after a while, its just there or you can take it apart and rebuild it, Lisa said. Where (with) this, kids are using their imagination and they can build whatever, theres no right or wrong, and theyre learning at the THIS WEEK in human history April 2, 1513 Near present-day St. Augustine, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida coast and claims the territory for the Spanish crown. Ponce de Leon is credited with the first recorded landing and the first detailed exploration of the Florida coast. Train ONLINE for Allied Health and Medical Management. SCHEV authorized.MEDICAL CAREERS BEGIN HERECall 888-203-3179www.CenturaOnline.com Connecting Qubits An Oviedo couple creates a unique learning toy TYLER BREAMAN The Voice PHOTO BY TYLER BREAMAN THE VOICE Lyndsay and Hayley Burginger of Oviedo build shapes using Quibits, a building toy invented by their parents. Please see QUBITS on page 6
Page 5 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 Inside the new Mad Science Laboratory, 10-year-old Ayah Mardini stands with her hands outstretched as a lab leader uses a pressurized green tube of car bon dioxide and a dollop of soap to dole out a gaseous bubble that turns to vapor in her palms. Across the room, mad scien tists in white lab coats help pintsized experimenters mix up gooey slime concoctions and swirl torna do-type waves in taped-together water bottles. On Saturday, March 23, kids who ventured to the grand open ing of the Mad Science Laboratory in the Oviedo Mall had the oppor tunity to experiment with all dif ferent types of mad science. Founded in 1993, Mad Science performs experiments and teach es kids through after-school pro grams, birthday parties and more. Kylie Koscoe, owner and chief mad scientist at Mad Science, has a mission to get kids interested and curious about science and how it plays a role in the world. Everything that we do is very hands-on, so the kids get to actu ally experience science through all their senses they get to touch stuff, sometimes smell stuff, taste stuff, Koscoe said. They actu ally get to do experiments on their own to get them excited about sci ence and learning. Koscoe said Mad Science helps encourage the importance of STEM Science, Technology, En gineering and Mathematics ca reers in todays society, and foster STEM curiosity in kids early, espe cially when it comes to girls. STEM is a big buzz word right now, and so its super important because obviously theres tons of medical careers out there and careers in engineering and math ematics, Koscoe said. And es pecially with girls, a lot of women and young girls are not going into the STEM careers, and so we are hoping we can get them excited enough about science at a young age that they kinda keep it go ing, so that by the time they get to college they think about STEM careers. To do that, Koscoe said, the programs at Mad Science work to supplement students thirst for science outside of school. We can take concepts they [students] learned in class and really let the kids have an inter active experience with it so that they can really understand the concepts that theyre learning in school, she said. Rana Mardini, who brought her science-loving daughter Ayah to Mad Sciences grand opening, said she believes in the impor tance of science in education. Its very important, very im portant, Mardini said. She said science helps kids look deeper into whats in front of them, and encourages them to look into whats beyond whats presented on the surface. Though Ayah is unsure of what kind of scientist to be, she said sci ence is really fun, and that she liked the experiments at Mad Sci ence. I like all of them, Ayah said. They all are fun, and theyre cool. what Koscoe hopes Mad Science can offer to kids in the commu nity. We want them at the end of a party or a show or a class to say Gosh, that was fun and Maybe I learned something, thats pretty awesome, she said. If we can get them learning without realiz ing theyre learning, thats always awesome. The tasty, gooey, fun side of science TYLER BREAMAN The Voice PHOTO BY TYLER BREAMAN THE VOICE Ayah Mardini, 10, holds a gas bubble at the new Mad Science Laboratory at the Oviedo Mall. The new lab helps give kids hands-on science experience. MARCH 29 The SSC planetariums agship show, Central Florida Nights is a guided, interactive tour of the cur rent night sky. A telescope viewing of the nights best celestial objects occurs after the show, weather per mitting. Central Florida Nights will be presented from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 29. For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit seminolestate.edu/planet, or call 407-708-2360. MARCH 30 The city of Oviedo Recreation and Parks Department is hosting its an nual Marshmallow Drop at 10 a.m. sharp on March 30 at the Oviedo Sports Complex, 1251 E. Broadway St. This very special event provides children with an alternative to the traditional competitive Easter egg hunts. It will rain marshmallows as a helicopter hovers over the baseball elds, distributing more than 25,000 marshmallows. Tickets are $1 if pur chased before March 30 at either Riverside Park or the Oviedo Gym & Aquatic Facility. Day of the event tickets are $2 per child. For more in formation, call 407-971-5575. March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is American Legion Day/Seminole County Centennial Saturday at the Goldenrod Historical Museum! Mem bers of American Legion Memorial Post #112 and Auxiliary will be avail able to talk to museum visitors. The American Legion began in 1919. It is the nations largest wartime vet erans service organization. Pick up a Centennial Passport during your visit or bring your own to have it stamped. Kids History Quests are here as well. The Goldenrod Historical Museum is located at 4677 N. Palmetto Ave. in Goldenrod. For more information, email goldenrodhistoricalsociety@ gmail.com Its that time of year! The third annual Jr. Ranch Rodeo and Steak Dinner is on Saturday, March 30, at the Yar brough Ranch, 1355 Snow Hill Road, Geneva. This year, celebrate Semi nole Countys Centennial. Bring your family and enjoy the fun that starts at 2 p.m. rain or shine. Watch the Jr. Rodeo kids compete in six events. Entrance fee is a can of food for Boys Town and the Russell House of Or lando. There is an optional steak din ner afterward for $15 for non-SCCA members. You can purchase tickets at seminolecountycattlemen.com/ steak-dinner-tickets APRIL 5 Please join the Seminole County Ex tension Service for the 2013 Semi nole County Centennial Farm Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5. The farm tour is a self-guided tour of some of Seminole Countys diverse agricultural enterprises. At noon, you can have lunch at the Yarborough Ranch consisting of local grass-fed beef burgers and locally grown veg etables. Lunch will be $10 at the door. Pre-registration is mandatory (by April 3) for lunch! Call 407-6655560 for pre-registration and ques tions. For more information contact Matthew Lollar at mlollar@seminole county.gov or 407-665-5554. Looking for something to do with your family on Friday nights? Jour ney to Lake Concord Park located behind Casselberry City Hall at 95 Triplet Lake Drive for Friday Family Fun Nights Movie in the Park Grab your blanket, chairs and some family and friends and sit under the stars to enjoy the movie! Screening on April 5 is Puss in Boots.
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Page 7 rf n ftb r b r r rf r f r fn tb CAITLINS TREE PHOTOS BY TYLER BREAMAN THE VOICE Hagerty High School Principal Sam Momary hugs Denise Downing March 21 at a memorial for her daughter, Caitlin, who died of a rare brain tumor. Calendar matches, relationships and marriages. Visit michellevalentine.tv On Saturday, March 30, the second plan ning meeting for Genevas 4th of July Parade and Festival will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Geneva Community Center. If you have never helped with the parade and festival before, come join us. If you have helped, come on back! Meet more of your Geneva neighbors and have a good time working on a worthwhile cause. APRIL 1 The Casselberry Art House will feature its Annual Recycled Art Show April 1 30. The exhibit will be open Monday Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists will display unique sculptures and wall art creations using recycled or repurposed materials. At least 50 percent of each piece of artwork is recycled (discarded/ found) materials man-made or organic, including but not limited to: wood, metal or stone, glass, paper, fabric, pottery and plastic. Its all at 127 Quail Pond Circle in Casselberry. On Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m. in the San ford City Commission Chambers, 300 N. Park Ave., Cecil Smith will be sworn in by Mayor Jeff Triplett as Sanfords new Police Chief Invited guests include State Attorney Phil Archer, Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger and other local dignitaries. A press conference will be held immediately following the swear ing in ceremony where Chief Smith will be available for questions. The public is invited. Visit www.seminolevoice.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com MARCH 29 Community Education & Resource Aflia tion (CERA) is holding its annual Senior Expo at the city of Casselberry Recreation Center on Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Come visit the vendors and learn about programs and services avail able to the senior community. The Cassel berry Recreation Center is located at 200 N. Triplet Lake Drive in Casselberry. Door prizes, snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Betty Teagle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-262-7700, ext. 1575. On Friday, March 29, and every last Friday of the month, The Geneva Evergreens holds a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Geneva Baptist Church. The Geneva Ev ergreens is a ministry for all seniors, 55 years and older. The church supplies the main dish and everyone brings a covered dish. For more information about Ever greens programs and activities, call the Geneva Baptist Church at 407-349-5411. As part of the National Random Acts of Life Improvement campaign, IKEA will be helping people prepare for April showers by giving away free IKEA UPPTCKA umbrellas across the country on Fri day, March 29. The colorful, lightweight umbrella is an ideal companion to help people stay dry during the rainy season. This is the second Random Act of Life Improvement as part of the IKEA Life Im provement Project (thelifeimprovement project.com). For more information on the local IKEA umbrella giveaway including location/timing, follow the local IKEA store Twitterhandle @IKEAOrlando Creative Sanford presents The Lords Supper on Good Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Princess Theatre, locat ed at 115 W. First St. in Sanford. Reserved seating will cost $5 prior to the show. An open seating love donation will cost $5 at the door. Seating is limited, so call 407314-6750 for ticket information. MARCH 30 On Saturday, March 30, from 8 p.m. to midnight is the Michelle Valentine Sin gles Party at Sweetwater Golf & Country Club. Meet up to 100 of the nest upscale singles in Central Florida aged late 30s to late 50s, in a sophisticated country club atmosphere for mingling, eating, drink ing and dancing. Michelle Valentine is a matchmaker that over the past 15 years has created more than 10,000 dates,
Page 9 CrossFit comes to Longwood NAI Realvest recently negotiated two new lease agreements totaling 13,150 square feet of industrial space in San ford and Longwood. NAI Realvest asso ciate Michael Heidrich, Jr., was the lead broker in the lease of 9,300 square feet at 390 Hickman Drive in Sanford along with Michael Heidrich Sr., principal at NAI Realvest. They shared duties representing new tenants Powerplay Motor Sports, LLC In Longwood, and Flawless Physiques Inc. d/b/a CrossFit RSX in the lease of 3,850 square feet at 600 Bennett Drive. B of A helps HOPE HOPE Helps Inc.s mission to prevent homelessness in Central Florida recently gained the support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The foundation awarded HOPE Helps a $10,000 grant to help fund our efforts to address im mediate critical needs, such as hunger and shelter, as well as provide long-term solutions that promote nancial wellness. HOPE Helps is among 10 Orlando-area nonprots that received critical needs grants from the Bank of America Chari table Foundation. Magic funding for SSC Seminole State College of Florida has re ceived a $50,000 grant from the Orlan do Magic Youth Fund (OMYF) to benet rst-generation college students. Semi nole States MAGIC fund supports rstgeneration-in-college students, including those in the colleges Wayne M. Densch Scholars Program. The Densch program, which started in August with a cohort of 50 students, provides scholarships for needy students who are the rst in their families to attend college. Pool company moves in Blue Haven Pools of Orlando recently signed a long-term lease with Don King to relocate to larger ofces at 348 W. State Road 434. The relocation has been completed and the new ofce is open for business, just in time for spring and the coming swimming season. Energy service solution Aquarii Services Inc. of Winter Springs, developer of the Aquarii Solar Thermal Desiccant Dehumidication System to control humidity in buildings using so lar hot water, recently announced it has contracted with Florida City Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources, to provide a renewable energy solution for Patrick Air Force Base in nearby Brevard County. New Longwood lease Emerson International recently closed on a new lease agreement for 10,445 square feet of ofce space at Sanlando I, 2170 W. State Road 434 in Longwood. Kenneth Koch, director of leasing at Em erson International, negotiated the new long-term lease agreement. Lisa Bailey of Morrison Commercial Realty participated in the transaction representing the new tenant, ATEC Systems. New school deal signed The ofce of Charles Perry Partners Inc. (CPPI) in Oviedo was awarded a $10 mil lion construction management contract to build Orange County Public Schools new Spring Lake Elementary School Replacement at 115 Spring Lake Circle in Ocoee. The 76,000-square-foot Prototype Elementary School designed by BRPH will feature a two-story administration/class room building, cafeteria/kitchen, media center, resource rooms and skills labs to accommodate 625 student stations. The groundbreaking is planned for June 2013. Adopt a manatee Spring is full of wonders. For those look ing to delight family and friends with Easter and spring gifts this year, Save the Manatee Club suggests surprising them with manatee adoptions. A gift adoption from Save the Manatee Club costs $25, is tax-deductible, and includes a color photo, biography, and adoption certicate of a real endangered manatee living in Florida. Photos and a list of the manatees available for adoption can be found on the Clubs website at savethemanatee.org/ adoptees.htm Incentivized health at SSC Faculty and staff helped Seminole State College of Florida win $12,500 in incen tive awards from the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium. The award will be used for health and wellness initiatives for college employees. The consortium offered incentive awards to colleges that achieved a high number of points based on employee participation in such activities as completing personal health risk assessments. Seminole State accrued 151,650 points, the secondhighest number achieved among the 21 colleges that participate in the risk man agement consortiums health insurance. Goalkeeper scores college contract Coker College mens soccer coach Paul Leese announced Kyndle Cobb a goal keeper from Oviedo High School, has signed to play at the school. 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Page 10 THIS WEEK in sports history March 28, 1972 Wilt Chamberlain makes the last shot of his NBA career a slam-dunk. It had been 11 years nearly to the day that he scored 100 points in one game against the New York Knicks still the NBA record. In his final game the Knicks got revenge, defeating Chamberlains Los Angeles Lakers in the 1973 finals. FUNDRAISER Fish Fry For the Church of the Good Shepherd Outreach Ministry DATE :Friday, April 5, 2013WHERE : Church of the Good Shepherd 331 Lake Avenue, Maitland Florida, 32751 407 644 5350 TIME : 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm PLACE: Parish Hall (follow signs for addl parking) The Knights had no trouble han dling UAB (9-14, 0-3) until some of their three-game series when they fought their way through a 10-10 stalemate to emerge the winners in a 12-10, 10-inning vic tory March 24. That win capped off a threegame sweep for the Knights (17-9, 3-0) to start Conference USA play with a bang. The win was the Knights sec ond straight comeback victory on the heels of bigger wins before C-USA play began this past week end. The extra-innings win was en gineered by freshman Bo Deckers two-run single, followed by a solo shot JoMarcos Woods sent soaring into the afternoon sky and over But it was a team effort for the Knights at the plate, as they bat ted .317 as a squad, with Bo Deck er again leading the way with a 2-for-5 performance and four RBI in the game. The Blazers were swinging for the fences much of the game, sending 14 balls deep into the mound trouble. Four UAB players had doubles in the game. Just a few games after pitch ing the game of his UCF career, Eric Skoglund made it nearly two innings in middle relief, largely holding off the Blazers at the plate. Despite giving up three earned runs in just nine batters Knights pitcher in the game, got reer save, Tyler Martin only need ed one inning to close it out. The Knights come home this weekend for three games, start ing with a 6:30 p.m. showdown Thursday against Southern Miss (9-14, 1-2), followed by a 6:30 p.m. game Friday and a 12:30 p.m. game Saturday. That will be the last time Knights fans will be able to see their team for more than two weeks, as the Knights embark on an eight-game road trip start ing April 2 at Florida. Knights come back in two thrillers ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice ARCHIVE PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE The Knights bats exploded for 12 runs in an extra-innings slugfest against UAB that ended with a two-run single. Plan your weekend with THE WEEKENDER! Visit seminolevoice.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter"
Page 11 Floridas four seasons blend quite succinctly past each other until the obvious is upon us beyond any debate. With the celestial equinox just over, this weeks rain and cold snap should be the last we will see of these trekking fronts bringing notice able change. Any chance of frost and precipitation are now traded for baldly clear skies, progressively dry soil, and eventually summer temperatures. To grow both cool season crops and prepare the warm sea son for production before pound ing thunderstorms become the norm, strategy and infrastruc ture are necessary. Radishes, carrots, kale, lettuce, beets, and other winter crops eventually give out when temperatures consistently hit in the 90s. But to just till them under be cause the calendar says April would be giving up on weeks of productive (yet declining) harvest. In the meantime, tomatoes, peppers, beans and eggplant demand the space of lovingly prepared garden soil. At this time of year, as salad crops of lettuce, endive, parsley, and dill are planted, I concede they could be the last batch to hopefully make it to harvest. Will they require some form of shade to reach an edible size, extra pest control as the bugs become empowered, or an expanded weeding budget to overcome greenhouse spaces formally occupied by trays of cool sea son seedlings are replaced with increasingly larger pots for the setting little green fruits. Peppers snuck out in the last days of win ter and planted between rows of Asian mizuna greens will need to be protected during a few more nights of low 50-de gree temperatures. Weather only a gardener could love! My risk of planting bush beans in late January, which suffered through repeated bouts with frost blankets, evaded chilly conditions long enough to become established. As luck would have it, the batch started two weeks later were only just emerging from the soil when the next cold front bar reled through, freezing them in their tracks. We harvested green, purple and broad Romano snap beans this week, but the next crop will be another month in coming. I recently received an inquiry as to why lettuce always bolts to seed at this time of year, thus becoming sappy and bitter. As spring conditions become hot and dry, lettuce varieties show ing before they die out. By start ing transplants in the benevolent sanctuary of the greenhouse, well-fed seedlings should grow to a harvest size. Eat them before they expend their energies to reproduce, unless you plan to save seeds as a new gardening endeavor. THIS WEEK in political history April 1, 1970 President Richard Nixon signs legislation officially banning cigarette ads on television and radio. In 1969, Congress had passed the Cigarette Smoking Act, requiring warning labels that stated: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health. Tom Carey From my garden to yours Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page and e-mail him at email@example.com WHO IS CAREY > Did you all happen to read the article in the Orlando Sentinel last Saturday by Beth Kassab on our new downtown? We are not friends around town now, but people are saying they are begin ning to show up so now we in around Oviedo on the Park. That will take time. Meanwhile, lets worry about their bravery navigating around town when the buildings are being moved. I can just hear the dinner table conversations now. This is the last call to place his toric items photography, writ ing and local artifacts in one of the Seminole County Public Library branches time capsules. The deadline is Saturday, March 30, at 5 p.m. The capsules will be sealed at special ceremonies on April 14 at 2 p.m., and will be opened in 2063. For more information, call the East Branch Library at 407-665-1560. Saturday, March 30, is a very busy day for all little ones. The First United Methodist Church of Oviedo is having a Community Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Bring the kids and grandkids along eggs for a great fun morning. Also, the city of Oviedo will have its Marshmallow Drop at 10 a.m. at the Oviedo Sports Com plex, 1251 E. Broadway St. Tickets are $1 before the event, and $2 the day of the event. Children will collect marshmallows to redeem for candy. For more information, please call 407-971-5575. The American Cancer Soci etys Relay For Life will begin on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. and run until 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, at Hagerty High School. If youd like to get involved, please This year once again, the His toric Walking Tour on Saturday, April 6, will begin at the First United Methodist Church with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:45 a.m., with tours from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is free but dona tions will be cheerfully accepted. Recommended donation for the breakfast is $5, and $2 for tours. This years theme is Tall Tales, with guided tours leaving every 15 minutes. The hike is 1.4 miles long. It is always a very nice event presented by TOPP (The Oviedo Preservation Project). The Oviedo Garden Club presents its annual plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Oviedo Cemetery on the corner of Broad way Street and Aulin Avenue with ample parking. All are wel come. The plant sale has been a tradition of the club for decades. Many of the clubs members grow many of the plants from seeds in their own greenhouses and backyards. The sale is unique in many ways, as the clubs 30 members are available to share their knowledge and experi ence of growing these plants. All plants are reasonably priced, and proceeds from the sale are given to local groups such as Florida Trail Association, Ed Yarborough Nature Center and other environ mental related organizations, as well as the local library. For more information, please call Barbara at 407-366-5380. The Forgotten Ones Inc. continues to cultivate hope in the hearts of others with free lunch, groceries and haircuts available on the last Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vine Outreach Thrift Store, located at 98 W. Broadway St. in Oviedo. Volunteers are needed. For more information, call 407-971-8135 or visit theforgottenonesinc.org Happy Easter to one and all. A thought: Books are more than books. They area the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the rea son men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives. 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