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This cancer survivor crossed the Amazon to help sick kids. Healthy Living > 7 Spring football games are kicking off for one night only. Athletics > 9 This fashion bonanza was started to help blind children. Interests > 3 Interests .................................................. 3 Calendar .................................................. 5 Healthy Living...........................................7 Athletics .................................................. 9 Classifieds ............................................. 12 Celery Stalks ......................................... 10 Tom Carey ............................................. 10 Calendar > 5 Its Wildlife Appreciation Day at the Geneva Wilderness Area. Get up close and personal with snakes, tortoises and native birds at this interactive event. The crew of the Enterprise faces off against a terrorist from within their own organization. Opening this week: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS his eyes staring dead ahead as he speaks. It prepares you for the real world, and gives you a head start on the things that you might come across, 12-year-old Clay said about the Junior Achievement program that taught him to be a businessman before hes even a teenager. Every body that takes JA will learn something. Junior Achievement of Central Florida is tion organization, and has been in the Central Florida area for more than 50 years now, with programs to students K-12 in Seminole, Or ange, Osceola, Volusia and Lake counties. In the past 2011-12 school year we reached about 75,000 students, Junior Achievement program director of Seminole County Lesslee Cornelius said. We are committed literacy and workforce readiness, and our goal is to prepare ev Its been a bumpy road for Flex Bus since March when LYNX an nounced it wouldnt be aiding in the implementation of intelligent transport service set to launch lat er this year in Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Casselberry and Long wood. But with favorable votes from three of the four cities so far to seek privatization of the on-demand bus system designed around Sun smoother sailing ahead. Its an opportunity to be on tive mass transit opportunity that, if its successful, which we hope it will be, it could be adopted nation wide, said Casselberry Mayor Finding a way for FlexBus After LYNX dropped out, cities look to privatize intelligent transportation system to serve SunRail SARAH WILSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Clay DeHart, with mom Jill, said hes learned life skills from Junior Achievement. Please see FLEXBUS on page 2 For more information on Junior Achievement of Central Florida, visit jacentral.org Kids learning the world of finance KRISTY VICKERY The Voice Please see JA on page 2 Project raises eyebrows Winter Springs may soon have a 138-home neighborhood in place of a forest, plus a school rezoning problem after the City Commission voted 5-0 to move forward the Sev en Oaks development on May 13. The development would trans form the area near the citys west ern border in a plot bounded by Shepard Road to the north, Florida Avenue to the south, and Boat Lake to the west an area that has re mained largely untouched in the citys history. In addition to the homes, 2.09 acres would be set aside for com mercial property along Shepard Road. The development is substan tially less dense than one previous ly planned, Commissioner Joanne Krebs said. At one point there were 338 townhomes planned for the same site. I believe we have reduced the impact of the homes there, she said. But the approval of the project to move forward in the planning phase raised some eyebrows when ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice Please see DEVELOPMENT on page 2 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE SunRail would use the same tracks as Amtrak trains, and now some cities are scrambling for a way to get passen gers to stations that are miles away in some areas. FlexBus, a potential solution, was abandoned by LYNX.
Page 2 Charlene Glancy. The system, which has been in the works for more than a decade, sets out to serve non-traditional bus riders looking for an alterna tive way to get to and from Sun Rail stations by serving them ondemand and within 12-minutes of a service call. The cities planned on LYNX offering to implement the systems demonstration phase, which is set to launch in Novem ber of this year, but when LYNX announced it was opting out in cials decided they would launch the system privately themselves. Maitland and Casselberry have both agreed to join Altamonte Springs in securing a public-pri vate partnership with a private transit vendor to operate the sys tem, leaving Longwood to vote on Monday. I think its better that we do it ourselves and take control of our own destiny, said Louis Ro tundo, state lobbyist for Maitland and Altamonte Springs, at Mait lands May 13 City Council meet ing. If the proposed system fails, he said, the cities then have the option to fall back to LYNX and its NeighborLYNX system that they transit technology developed for FlexBus. At the end of the game, I think its a cleaner process for the demonstration phase, he said. Funding for the yearlong demonstration of the system is planned through a 50 percent grant from the Florida Depart ment of Transportation, with the remaining cost split between the is to be determined. Glancy said Casselberry is ready to move forward with the partner cities to see the system through. Its an incredibly important piece for mass transit and to be prepared for the launch of Sun Rail, Glancy said. We believe in SunRail and want to see it be suc cessful. THIS WEEK in history May 18, 1861 The Humboldt Times newspaper casts first lady Mary Todd Lincoln in an unflattering light when it recounts a tale of how Mrs. Lincoln had usurped her husbands presidential duty of appointing federal offices. According to the report, Mary Todd Lincoln took it upon herself to appoint a stranger to any office he desired. Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Turnstile Media Group | POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice | 1500 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835 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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Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS: Patti Green & Jeff Babineau Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT W Brian Thomas Produce 110 Geneva Drive, Oviedo, Florida(Across From Ace Hardware) VINE RIPE TOMATOES The Artistic Hand Gallery & Studio Gallery: 10am-5pm | Mon-Sat Childrens Classes ages 5+ 6 weeks in Painting & Drawing, Mixed Media or Clay: Hand building or Throwing. Adult & Teen Classes 8 weeks in Painting & Drawing, Jewelry Making, Mosaics, Clay: Hand building & Throwing, or one day workshops in Glass B lowing. (407) 366 7882 Facebook.com/ ArtisticHandGalleryandStudio FLEXBUS | Cities take control of buses DEVELOPMENT JA | Kids learn about job skills, budgeting C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE ery graduating senior with those four ideals to face the world, and the world of work. The program is teaching kids like Clay the life skills they might not get in the classroom. It shows you how to separate the necessities from things you just what, Clay said. How you should budget your money. Clay was chosen to speak at this past years Junior Achieve ments Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame. exceeds my expectations, Clays mom Jill DeHart said. I think JA is a great program that everybody will learn something from. Cathy Alper uses the Junior Achievement program through out all four years at Crooms Acad emy of Information Technology, to prepare the students for enter ing the work force. T program teaches the students how to write a resume and cover letters, put together portfolios, and go on in terviews. It is like a developmental pro gram throughout high school, Alper said. Work skills are taught and transferred into the work en vironment. I believe its an asset or resource that I cant imagine doing our four-year career plan without them (JA). Although these high school students are learning skills they can apply to the workforce, stu dents are also taught life-skills through JA, as young as second grade. Rosa Williams teaches second grade social studies at Woodlands Elementary and she uses JA in her classroom to teach her students the value of voting. They begin on voting on small things like what to do with an empty lot in the community. Its hard for them to not vote the way their friends vote, Wil liams said. They learn to vote on what they think is right. So they can carry on this lesson as an adult, even when voting for the president. Clay is one of the many stu dents that will carry on the lifelessons that JA is instilling in so many across Central Florida. I think Junior Achievement has given me an advantage, De Hart said. I know how to go out and do other things in the future. To learn about the idea behind FlexBus, visit rideexbus.com Commissioner Cade Reznick pointed out that the neighbor hood could potentially add hun dreds of children to the school system something the county hadnt planned for. They did not plan zoning with this in mind, Reznick said. At this time they would send them to Highlands (Elementary School). And if they have to rezone, thats another discussion. Commissioner Jean Hovey, who is also the executive director of the Florida Parent Teacher As sociation, disagreed that a rezone was possible, at least in the next year. The Highlands kids were re zoned when some of the Long wood kids came over, and now theyre going to do that again? she said. They cant do that. Reznick said the students will likely be zoned for Highlands El nal approval in a future meeting.
Page 3 THIS WEEK in human history May 22, 1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, is born in Scotland. His first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, was published in Beetons Christmas Annual in 1887. Another school year is drawing to a close so if you have young children, theyre one year closer to the day when they head off to college. And both you and your children need to prepare for that day. Your kids can do so by developing good study habits. As for you, its never too soon to start preparing for the high costs of higher education. Just how costly is college? According to the College Boards figures for the 201213 academic year, the average cost for one year at an in-state four-year public school is $22,261; for a private school, the com parable expense is $43,289. And if college costs continue rising faster than the general inflation rate, these figures will increase substantially in the years ahead. Of course, its entirely possible that your kids will receive some scholarships or grants, which can significantly lower your out-of-pocket price tag. Nonetheless, its probably a good idea not to count on your offspring getting a full ride to school which means that you may want to start ex ploring college-savings vehicles. Fortunately, you have some attractive options, one of which is a 529 plan. When you contribute to a 529 plan, your earnings accumulate tax free, provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses. (Keep in mind, though, that 529 plan distri butions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10% IRS penalty.) Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. However, 529 plans vary, so be sure to check with your tax advi sor regarding deductibility. A 529 plan offers other benefits, too. For one thing, the lifetime contribution lim its for 529 plans are quite generous; while these limits vary by state, some plans allow contributions well in excess of $200,000. Plus, a 529 plan is flexible: if your child, grandchild or other beneficiary decides against college or vocational school, you can transfer the unused funds to another family member, tax and penalty free. While a 529 plan may be a good choice for building resources for college, its cer tainly not the only choice. For example, a Coverdell Education Savings Account, like a 529 plan, can generate tax-free earnings if the money is used for higher education expenses. However, you can typically only put in a maximum of $2,000 per year to a Coverdell account. Another college-savings possibility is a custodial account, known as an UGMA or UTMA, which offers some tax benefits, no contribution limits, and may have an impact on financial aid. You might also con sider investing in a zero-coupon bond that matures just when your child is ready for college. Unlike other bonds, you wont receive regular interest payments with a zerocoupon bond, but you purchase it at a deep discount, so you might find the affordability factor to be worth considering. (Be aware, though, that even though you dont actually receive the interest payments annually, youll still be liable for the taxes on them, so before purchasing a zero coupon bond, consult with your tax advisor). Whichever college-savings vehicles you choose, try to put them to work as early as you can. Before you know it, todays first-graders will be to morrows college freshmen.Study Up on College Savings Vehicles Brent Ramsey Financial Advisor Edward Jones 1875 W.CR 419 Ste. 300 Oviedo, FL 32765 PH: 407.359.8055 Join us for an evening of elegance, ne dining & spectacular entertainment TABLE: $3,500 INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $350Beneting Give Kids e World rff ntfbfSATURDAY JUNE 1, 2013 THE PEABODY ORLANDO GIVEKIDSTHEWORLD.ORG/GALA Thursday is an off night for TV this season. The skies are light lat It is an ideal time to come to St. Albans Church on Aloma Avenue, join a friendly group of people and play bingo for a couple of hours. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners of each game, but the This bingo is sponsored by the Oviedo Winter Springs Lions Club, one of the best-kept secrets of the community. Although usu ally associated with providing glasses and eye exams to those who are unable to afford them, the scope of the Lions Club en compasses a wide range of servic es, many of which are funded by bingo games. I suffered from a severe hear ing loss during my life, says Anne Fernandez, a regular player each week. It was getting pro gressively worse. Fernandez played bingo by watching the board to see which numbers lit up and then covering them. I went to one place to buy hearing aids but they were too expensive for me on my limited income. One of the Lions noticed that Fernandez was playing by sight, not by sound. Lions Club Bin go Chairman Charles Sheaves brought the matter to the club at the next meeting. An audiolo gist who works with the Lions to accept reduced fees assessed Fernandez, and Fernandez was provided with used hearing aids prescribed to address her prob lem. She now hears the numbers and is able to communicate with friends and family. Another player suffers from macular degeneration. Sheaves spoke with her when she told him that she might not be able to con tinue to attend the games. Maybe we can do something to help, Sheaves said. Within a couple of and special light enabling her to see the numbers and continue en joying her Thursday night outing. In both cases, the lives of the players were changed using funds raised at the bingo games and other fundraisers. This year we Lion Ted Erion said. We raised over $2,800. Next year we hope to do even better now that we have some experience. As expected, the main focus is vision. There are 44 drop boxes in Seminole and Orange County to collect used glasses and glass cases, says Lion Pat Stamm. Volunteers sort thousands of pairs of glasses every two months. Right now we have 4,000 pairs to be sorted. The Lions Club pays for eye exams, surgeries and glasses, but it also serves the community in many ways that remain under the radar. Families are given food or gift cards to purchase food in order to enjoy holiday dinners. Graduating seniors at the three local high schools are awarded scholarships to purchase books when starting college. The list is long, but the number of members is small. The club is in need of new members to help accomplish their goals. Anyone interested in joining can contact Ted Erion at 407-366-0761. All Li ons are unpaid volunteers who want to help make this a better community. Those who dont want to join the club can still help by com ing to play bingo. On Thursdays, doors open at St. Albans Church at approximately 5:30 p.m. Early Birds games start at 6:45 p.m. A kitchen is open to serve food and beverages at reasonable prices to accommodate players. Thursday is bingo night, thanks to the Lions Club SUSAN CROSS Guest Writer
Page 4 FORECLOSURE DEFENSELAW OFFICE OF TIMOTHY A. MORANCertified Florida Specific Foreclosure Prevention CounselorTel: 407-366-TLAW (8529)www.tmoranlaw.net firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 407-366-8528 1750 W. Broadway St., Ste. 118 Oviedo, FL 32765Initial Consultation FREE! 2013 Voted Best Law Firm in Oviedo SPAGHETTI LUNCH & BASKET AUCTION FUNDRAISER!! AT CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD PHONE: (407) 644-5350 WHERE: CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 331 LAKE AVE., MAITLAND, FL WHEN: SUNDAY, JUNE 2 AT THE PARISH HALL TIME: NOON TICKETS: ADULTS = $6.00 CHILDREN UNDER 12 = $4.00 CHILDREN UNDER 4 = FREE WITHIN THE SAME FAMILY WITH THE PURCHASE OF AT LEAST ONE ADULT MEAL BY A PARENT S usan Johnson gently sets her 3-year-old son Jake on the living room carpet of her Apopka home. Jake hurriedly walks across the room through a large picture window at the front of the house. On the window sill, a tall glass of grape juice waits for him, but he doesnt brown-haired boy leans forward and peers through the glass as the warm, bright sunlight illuminates the red liquid that shimmers be fore his eyes. After sipping down about half of the juice, the young boy tilts his head to get a closer look, but John son picks him back up and starts to carry him off to another room. Jake keeps his foggy eyes fo cused on the window; the light pouring from it is the only thing he can see with his slightly func tional left eye. The year is 1976, and Jake is a modern-day Helen Keller: blind and deaf. Since those days, Winter Park resident Susan Johnson has helped support the families of children with low vision through Lighthouse Central Florida, a ing organization that helped her and her son more than 30 years ago. As the vice chairman of the Lighthouse Central Florida Board of Directors, Johnson is spear heading a group of women called Women with Vision, who create charity events to fund Lighthouse Central Floridas programs. The group has a clothing sale planned for May 17 through 19 at Winter Park 330 called Fabu lous Fashion with a Focus to raise Program, which focuses on teach ing visually impaired children age 5 and younger and their families how to learn language and cope moving forward. a child whos visually impaired to receive services as early in life as possible, because the major ity of learning for human beings comes through our visual senses, said Lee Nasehi, the CEO and president of Lighthouse Central Florida. How do you know what a sky is, or ceilings, or spatial concepts? Those things all have to be taught for children with vision impair ment, and thats what we do. Johnson took advantage of these same services more than three decades ago with her son Jake, who was 2 years old at the time and had lost his sight and hearing at birth due to congenital rubella syndrome. Desperately needing help to communicate with her son, Johnson reached out to Light house Central Florida, which was child knows 80 percent of what theyre going to learn by the time around a 3 year old, they have lot of command of the language. They know about astronauts and they know about Mars, Johnson man who wasnt getting any of that. He didnt have any lan guage. who ultimately taught Jake and his family how to communicate through sign language and how to cope with the lifestyle of having a blind and deaf family member. pended on that teacher coming to our house, Johnson said. lifeline. A voice in the darkness Local mom continues to raise support for children with vision impairment TIM FREED The Voice PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Susan Johnson holds a picture of her son Jake, who was born blind and deaf. Johnson now works to help support the families of children with low vision through Lighthouse Central Florida, a non-prot awareness and mentoring group. Please see LIGHTHOUSE on page 5 MAY 18 Families with children of all ages are invited to attend the free Family Expo at Waterford Lakes Town Cen ter, presented by Vanity happening on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event will feature exhibitors showcasing products, services and styles to local families. Dont miss this fun and informative event that will host displays on summer camp options, private schools, healthcare, family safety and much more. The Museum of Seminole County His tory in Sanford holds its fth annual Kids Archaeology Workshop on Saturday, May 18, from 9 to 2 p.m. where kids can learn about archaeol ogy from a real archaeologist and can dig for artifacts in an excavation site. A limited number of openings are left in the popular program for children between the ages of 8 and 13 on a rst-come, rst-served basis. The cost for the program is $5, which in cludes lunch and supplies. For more information, contact Kim Nelson at 407-665-2489. Saturday, May 18, is Wildlife Ap preciation Day from 9 a.m. to noon at the Geneva Wilderness Area, Ed Yarborough Nature Center in Geneva. Come join the wildlife and get up close and personal with one of our native snakes, talk to a turtle or get a birds eye view of some of Floridas native birds! Talk to the experts about the many critters that share our coun ty. Exhibitors will include the Cen tral Florida Zoo. There will be a free Guided Nature Hike at 9 a.m. For more information, call 407-349-0959. There will be a Nocturnal Animals Hike from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lake Har ney Wilderness Area, 2395 Osceola Fish Camp Road, Geneva, on Satur day, May 18. This hike will be lead by the Natural Lands Program staff on one of our most beautiful wilder ness areas. Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult. The cost is $3 per person. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information or registration, call 407-349-0959. The Casselberry Art House offers fun parent/child workshops on the third Saturday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. On May 18, the workshop is Finger Painting Van Gogh. Parents and their children will recreate Van Goghs masterpieces by using the best tool ngers! All supplies are included. Classes are $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents, and that includes both the parent and the child. Register now at casselberry.org/register Students of Oviedos School of Rock present Guitar Gods on Saturday, May 18, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. BB Kings Blues Club, Pointe Orlando. The kids will be per forming some historical rock songs featuring iconic rock guitarists. Visit oviedo.schoolofrock.com for more information. MAY 23 Join the city of Winter Springs for its annual Arbor Day Celebration and Landscaping Class on May 23. This event will take place in the City Hall Commission Chambers at 6 p.m. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com
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Econ Circle Suite 120 Oviedo, FL 32765 www.boingjump.comWe also welcome: Birthday parties Camps Field trips Fundraisers Corporate events For more information on the Fabulous Fashion with a Focus clothing sale, visit lighthousecentralorida.com As Jake grew up, Johnson con tinued to sign and interact with him. Jakes sister Ellie interacted with Jake so much that it became her passion to teach special edu cation students. ing with him and helping him, said Ellie, who worked several years as a special education teach er for teenage autism students. that. But in 2009, hardship struck the Johnson family. Jake suffered a detached cornea on his left eye. His vision had been getting pro gressively worse, and now the little sight that he had was gone. His language was right about an inch from his eye in sign lan guage, so when he lost that sight, ally traumatic, Johnson said. Tragedy slammed the family once again when Jake suddenly developed a deadly upper respi ratory virus in 2011. After spending only a couple weeks in an Orlando hospital, Jake passed away on May 3, 2011, at the age of 35. Following Jakes passing, John son realized that she needed to give back to Lighthouse Central Florida after everything they had given Jake in the early stages of his life. The only way for me to com pensate for my broken heart is to make sure that there are systems, so that other mothers have the support that they need, Johnson said. Nasehi said Johnsons many years of experience parenting Jake make her that much more valu able to their organization. She knows what its like, we both do. We know how hard it is to parent these children and there are thousands of families in Cen tral Florida in very similar situ ations, Nasehi said. Were the only organization that offers the lies need, and theres not a way to pay for it. She personally knows the val ue of having that kind of interven tion in your life. Johnson continues to try to push the boundaries of how many families can be served at Light house Central Florida by promot ing events that fund the crucial programs that help visually im paired children develop. But still, Johnsons thoughts al ways come back to Jake. Even in the last months of his life, he still very much would like to go and sit where the sun was pouring in, Johnson said. With his ashes now mixed in the roots of an orange tree behind the Johnsons Winter Park home, Jake would never miss an oppor tunity to see the sunshine again. LIGHTHOUSE | Helping blind children C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 MAY 17 Looking for a fun night out with the girls? The Casselberry Art House offers Girls Night Out a fun and creative art work shop on the third Friday of each month. On Friday, May 17, you will be creating beautiful wine glasses. Girls Night Out is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Casselberry Art House located at 127 Quail Pond Circle in Casselberry. Cost is $10 for resident or $15 non-resident. Register online at www.casselberry.org/register MAY 18 The Winter Springs Police Department will be holding a Womens Personal Safety Class on May 18. Class will be held at the Winter Springs Police Depart ment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The class is limited to the rst 15 participants and open to women only ages 12 and older. The class is free to all Winter Springs residents and $10 for non-residents. Payment can be made at the Winter Springs Police Department at 300 N. Moss Road. For more information, or to register for the class, contact Cpl. Justin Cavanagh at 407-327-7565 or jcava firstname.lastname@example.org Seminole County Public Schools Well ness Program will host the Mud Walk 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 18, to benet the SCPS Environmental Studies Center. Sign in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Winter Springs Town Center. For more informa tion, call 407-320-0467 or visit environ mentalstudiescenter.org Come out to the Rural History Center in Geneva on May 18 to checkout Pam pered Chef products and learn to with some of the items. We will have samples of some of our recipes along with a dis play of some of our products includ ing our new spring line! Please RSVP to Laura at 407-718-2803 or tpclaura@ gmail.com Come for a free evening of old-time mu sic that you have been hankering for on Saturday, May 18, at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center. There is toe-tapping acoustic music bluegrass, old country, and some old-fashioned gospel to enjoy. Hamburgers, sau sages, and hotdogs are for sale at from 6 to 7 p.m. (or until the food runs out). The music starts around 6:30 p.m. If you play an acoustic instrument get a chair up front early and join us. A 50/50 rafe is held each month where the winner gets half the pot and the other half of the pot plus food proceeds help the Geneva Community Center. MAY 19 Although our Concert Series is taking a break for the summer, the beautiful sanctuary of St. Lukes Lutheran Church will be the venue for a free matinee concert on Sunday, May 19, by the New Score Chamber Orchestra. Please visit the New Score website at newscoreorch. org for more information. MAY 23 A lot came before the legislature this session, some good, some not so much; some bills passed, some failed; some had the support of the League of Women Voters, some didnt. At our May 23 Hot Topics meeting Sen. David H. Sim mons, (R), Majority Whip, and Karen Castor Dentel, (D) in her rst term to the House of Representatives, will be our guest speakers. You wont want to miss their take on the outcome of the session. Lunch and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon at the Patio Grill Restaurant in San ford. Reservations are required. Email LWVSeminole@gmail.com MAY 24 Friday, May 24, is the Geneva Elementary Schools Annual Talent Show at 9:30 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Come see our Geneva kids perform! Can you smell the smoke is in the air at Oviedo Mall yet? You will on May 24 and 25. The Oviedo/Winter Springs Re gional Chamber of Commerce and HOPE Helps have teamed to create the Central Florida BBQ Blowout. Visit BBQblowout. org for entertainment and schedule in formation. Visit www.seminolevoice.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com
Operation Giveback About 2,000 runners and walkers gathered on the University of Central Florida campus Saturday, May 11, to honor and raise money for wounded warriors and families who have lost loved ones serving in the military. Operation Giveback s third-annual signa ture event, featuring 5K, 10K and 15K road races, raised $80,000. Operation Givebacks mission is to raise awareness and resources for wounded warriors and their families, as well as the families of fallen heroes. College-bound lacrosse ladies Coker College womens lacrosse coach Steve Eand announced the rst-ever recruiting class for the program including Kaitlyn Kimball and Mandalyn Lo pez from Winter Springs High School. Kimball, a de fensive player, was a four-sport high school athlete in lacrosse, soccer, track and eld, and weightlifting. As a senior Lopez was rst team all-conference. Looking for leads The Seminole County Sheriffs Ofce (SCSO) arrested Lyman High School teacher Scott Kimbrough 39, of Winter Park, on two additional counts of sexual as sault on a minor and two counts of lewd and lascivi ous behavior, after a second victim was identied on May 10. The victim disclosed the abuse took place during the summer of 2011, just after she turned 15 years old. Investigators are continuing to follow up on leads and are asking anyone with information to call the Sheriffs Ofce at 407-665-6650. Deans lister Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., has named Arthur Stone of Oviedo to the Deans List for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. To be eligible for the Deans List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher. Helping Florida grads nd jobs Gov. Rick Scott has issued a chal lenge to Florida businesses, workforce and education leaders to connect graduating college students to job in terviews and employment opportuni ties as the states economy continues to grow. Workforce Florida Inc., the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and re gional workforce boards across the state announced the launch of the HireFloridaGrads.com as a web por tal to enhance the job search efforts of work-ready graduates seeking employment in Florida. Cleaner air in Casselberry The city of Casselberry announced that its Com pressed Work Week initiative has won MetroPlan Orlandos 2013 Clean Air Award Each May, a busi ness or organization receives the Clean Air Award from MetroPlan Orlandos Central Florida Clean Air Team. Judging is based on sustainability, innova tion and uniqueness, and direct or indirect efforts to reduce emissions, providing a model for others to follow. In July 2011, the city of Casselberry imple mented a compressed four-day, 10-hour work week schedule that affected approximately 100 employ ees. While intended to reduce costs and improve cus tomer service through extended hours, the initiative also produced tangible environmental benets. UCF donates to ReStore The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area ReStore recently collected more than 1,200 pieces of donated furniture including dressers, desks and bed frames, from the University of Central Florida. The furniture valued at more than $355,000 will be resold at a discounted price to help fund Habitat Greater Orlando building projects. Page 6 May 17 May 23, 2013 Notes
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Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo www.savannahcourtoviedo.com395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765407-977-8786 Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! Summer vacation is right on the horizon. Children are looking forward to long days without school responsibilities, and parents look forward to spending a little extra time with the family. However, between the fam ily vacations and general relaxation is the perfect time to get a head start on prepar ing for the upcoming school year. Were not saying to turn your summer into an ex tended study hall, but finding the balance between summer activities and academic preparation can guarantee your child is re freshed and recharged to begin school when September rolls around. So how to start preparing a fun yet enrich ing summer break? Start by thinking of what you would like to know about the next year. Wouldnt it be great to know what to expect from the new teacher or new school? Wouldnt you like to find out what you child will study next year, or how to help them meet the new standards for success? A great way to answer these questions and more is to schedule an exit interview with your childs teacher. Your teacher can give you a great idea about how your child did during the school year and what areas he/she might need to work on over the summer, as well as any upcoming school policies that may be a concern. Another method to keep updated with your childs education is to research your childs school. Even though many parents do carry out extensive research before enrolling their child in a school, it doesnt hurt to keep up with it while your child is attending. Does your school have a guide explaining what your child should know at the end of the year in math, history, science, or English? Access to this information can help you plan for upcoming classes well in advance, giving your child an edge when they return in the fall. If you are really curious about the issues involved in your childs education, libraries offer some excellent summer reading mate rial for the parent looking to learn in-depth about the educational system. Here are a few recommendations: Charter Schools: Creating Hope and Opportunity for American Education by Joe Nathan What You K-8 Grader Should Know by E.D. Hirsch Straight Talk about Reading by Susan Hall Research indicates that children who spend the long summer break ignoring their aca demic skills actually fall behind in learning. When school rolls around again, it takes a couple of months to get their skills back to their original level. However, students who study seriously over the summer get better grades and have more confidence and motivation. The Tutoring Center of fers fast-paced summer programs that not only review your childs curriculum from the last grade, but prepare him/her for the subjects in the next school year. We agree with many parents who see summer as not a time-off from learning, but as an essential bridge to the next year.How to Avoid the Dumber Summer Syndrome Dr. Peter Ancona Center Director e Tutoring Center, Oviedo 2871 Clayton Crossing Way #1049 Oviedo, FL 32765 407-545-4725 www.Oviedo. TutoringCenter.comWritten by Sofia Puente-Lay This story is a part one of a threepart series that follows Orlando resi dent Mickey Grosman as he journeys across South America to inspire can cer patients. M ickey Grosman has only been asleep for a few hours when he is jolted awake by voices shouting outside his tent. Buckets of rain are beat ing down on the green tarp hes sleeping under. Scrambling out of his hammock, Grosman steps into ankle-high water, rips open the drenched by the Amazon Rainfor est. The sun is down in Ecuadors Sumaco National Park, the site of Grosmans campsite. Grosmans experience in the ders his seven campmates to grab as many supplies as they can and head for their makeshift raft made of balsa wood on the nearby riv er. The water slowly rises as the group frantically cuts their tarps free and hangs electrical equip ment on branches. Carrying as much as they can, the travelers swim through wa ter up to their necks to reach the raft; some lose their boots along the way. With everyone on board, Grosman unsheathes a machete hung from his waist and slashes the rope tethering the raft to a mangrove tree, sending the shiv ering team and their vessel rush ing down the Payamino River and into the pitch-black darkness of the night. Orlando resident Mickey Gros man and his group of explorers are not even a quarter of the way through their 5,000-mile Amazon 5000 expedition, a journey from coast of South America meant to inspire cancer patients and raise Starting in Pedernales, Ecua dor, on May 15, 2012, the expedi tion was split up into 12 legs that cut through the mountains of Peru to the jungles of Brazil. Grosmans GPS tracking devices allowed people from around the world to monitor his progress on the expe SURVIVING the JUNGLE Orlando cancer survivor travels across South America to raise money for kids and test his limits TIM FREED The Voice PHOTO COURTESY OF MICKEY GROSMAN Cancer survivor Mickey Grosman holds a snake in the Amazon Rainforest, during a 5,000 mile South America trek. Please see AMAZON on page 8
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Today, Grosman still vividly nearly took the lives of he and his group early on in the trip. Everyone was scared, he son over there, hes dead. With plans to make a docu mentary of the journey, Grosman conducted a casting call online be forehand and found nine Ameri cans, including a videographer, to join him and switch off at the 12 checkpoints set in advance. Over the course of the expe dition, Grosman would also go through 11 indigenous volun teers, including two more videog raphers. Joining Grosman for the sec ond, third and fourth leg was Kevin Jackson, the owner of a T-shirt printing business in Port Charlotte. Having met Grosman during a survivalist trip in the Florida Everglades back in 2010, Jackson couldnt help but point cans determination and strength, but the fact that he was nearly twice his age. Mickey, for being 65 years old, really caught me by surprise, going out there, walking for a few hours and then taking a break, but there were days where we went 24 miles and climbed 3,000 or 4,000 feet. does it, to be honest with you. Age is but a number to Gros man, with wrinkles surrounding his brown eyes still burning with excitement and youth. After serving many years in the how to survive in the wilderness and found a passion for honing those skills, often testing them in Peru, Colombia and Brazil. States 24 years ago, Grosman started a company called EcoPlanet Adventure, which takes customers on trips each year to learn how to survive in the wil derness for 15 days. Grosman calls himself a sur vivalist, constantly testing his physical limits against nature, but this title holds true for another reason: his battle with skin cancer in 2010. The doctor told me Listen, melanoma is a very vicious and aggressive cancer, said Gros man, who had cancer in his nose, left cheek and neck. Probably in three months youll be dead. Or you could live; theres a 10 to 15 percent chance that it doesnt spread through your body. He didnt promise me nothing. the cancer from his face, Grosman Center in Tampa where he went through three operations. The surgeries proved to be suc cessful in removing the cancer, but Grosman was still crushed by what he had seen at the center. guys, kids, babies and adults, Grosman said. The time is tick things in my life, like adventure to encourage and inspire all of that, even if you have cancer, you can do whatever you want. Never give up. While he was still recovering in the hospital from his ordeal, Gros man began planning for the expe dition that had been on his bucket list for years. During the year and a half preceding the start of the trek, Grosman and his wife Noga put together the path he would take, visiting South America and set ting up the checkpoints the team would follow. Though concerned for her hus bands safety, Noga knew that this cause was too important for him not to go through with. he made a decision, said Noga, who constantly tracked Grosman and communicated with him via was very risky and very danger ous. he might not be coming back. Cancer was all too familiar to Grosman long before he learned that he had melanoma, a fact that only made his decision to go that more unshakeable. law, my mother, my mother-inlaw and my brother all died from cancer, he said. The expedition is dedicated to all of those people who die from cancer. Back to South America: Atop the East Andes in the heart of Ec uador, Grosman stands on a ridge more than 10,000 feet in the air. He looks across the broad landscape of the steep mountains wrapped in the cloud forest that he had been navigating for weeks. The area had been untouched by man kind, until this day. At the top of the ridge, Gros man turns around to face the members of his team as a video camera rolls. The hardened ad venturer pulls out a PVC pipe wrapped in a trash bag from his 60-pound backpack. After open ing it, he removes two large scrolls from the uncorked tube and un rolls them. Grosman reads the scrolls aloud for the camera, listing the names of 100 cancer victims and who submitted their names to the list, a tribute to the mission of the expedition. man places the scrolls back in the tube and seals the caps with glue. Open it whenever there is a cure for cancer, says Grosman to the camera. Grosman then plants the sealed tube as a time capsule in a gaping hole in a nearby tree carved with Amazon 5000 across it. Grosman knew that he still faced thousands of miles before his journey was over, and that the challenges had only just be lose about half their equipment Sumaco National Park just a few weeks later. Standing on the ridge, as Gros roughly 20 miles each day for, his masked by the constant rainfall. Hell hold on to the GPS coor dinates of the tree. Just in case. AMAZON | Tracking adventurers journey turned into a fundraising tool for families of kids fighting cancer C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 Map data Google, Inav/Geosistemas SRL, MapLink, Mapcity RIGHT PHOTO COURTESY OF MICKEY GROSMAN Above, a custom Google Map projects Grosmans South American journey from coast to coast. The 5,000-mile expedition was divided into 12 legs that cut through the mountains of Peru and the jungles of Brazil. GPS tracking devices allowed people from around the world to monitor his progress on the expeditions website, where they could also donate money that would go directly to the Ronald McDonald House and the BASE Camp Childrens Cancer Foundation.
Page 9 Hagerty The Huskies havent recovered since los ing quarterback Jeff Driskel to graduation starter. Since their zenith in the 2010-11 sea son when they sported a 7-4 record, theyve seen a precipitous falloff under Head Coach Nate Gierke, plummeting to 2-8 last season. Gierke resigned from coaching after that by longtime Boone coach Phil Ziglar, who built a cult following in his 22 years with the school. The Braves made it to the play offs 10 times in the past 11 years. back Jason Driskel, who took over after his brother graduated in 2011. Though the younger, more pass-oriented Driskel was plagued by receivers dropping his passes last season, hes been recruited by Akron. The Huskies kick off against Seminole in neutral ground at Oviedo High School at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. The last time the two teams met, Seminole won 28-19. Lake Howell Historically speaking, the Silver Hawks 4-6 season last year was one of their best in a decade, with wins over Oak Ridge, Co lonial, Winter Springs and even Hagerty to games. The question remains whether the team will be able to build on that momentum in the coming season. Theyll get a glimpse of that Friday when they play Lyman, a team that spanked them with a 21-6 loss the last time they met. That game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Lake Brantley High School. Oviedo Mary this Friday, looking to build on a stel lar 2012-13 season when they went 11-2 en route to a regional championship runnerChris Davis, who again will lead the Lions Davis has already received an offer from opening option quarterbacking in the past two seasons. The Lions trounced Lake Mary 31-7 last Friday, May 17, on the Lions home turf. Winter Springs Winter Springs will have a new coach for their spring football game when they take on Lake Brantley, and theyll be on the road triots. Rodney Brewington will be looking 1-9 in back-to-back years under coach Tom Carlsen. The Bears have seen a slew of coaches since the departure of longtime head coach Steve Katz, who resigned after the 2006 sea son. Brewington is the sixth head coach the Bears have had in eight seasons. Brewington has a track record of reviv ing struggling football programs, having revived the Ben L. Smith High School team after it went 2-31 in three prior seasons be fore his arrival. He turned the team around most recent season, that team went 0-10 be fore he resigned as coach. Hell have a tough introduction to Flor ida football as his Bears face the team that handed them their worst loss of the season last year. Midway through a devastating losing streak, the Bears fell to Lake Brantley by a score of 47-0 in 2012. Their spring game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Lake Brantley. THIS WEEK in sports history May 21, 1978 Twenty-one-year-old rookie golfer Nancy Lopez defeats her childhood hero, JoAnne Carner, on the first hole of a suddendeath playoff to win the Coca-Cola-Classic in Jamesburg, N.J. The next year Lopez beat out 44-year-old Mickey Wright, to repeat as Coca-Cola champion. Visit GolfweekEvents.com for full details and to register online today! SIGN UP TODAY! This popular tournament features a 36-hole Modied Chapman format and is open to amateur and professional golfers of all ages. Space is limited and will be lled on a rst-come, rst-served basis. THE GOLFWEEK FATHER & SON OPEN RETURNS TO ORLANDO! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 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Page 10 Mothers Day and that you all were treated like queens. with my family. Moms house was the place to be, especially cooking and all the other mess that must be done for entertain McDonalds that they are seeing more chickens now around town. rooster that visits the farmers market at the Lawton house Guess he was looking for hand outs. This is the part of the local On May 10 the Oviedo Womans Club held its last general meeting of the 2012-2013 year. The clubhouse was deco rated by members who styled tables with their choice of good and other lovely things. The idea was to celebrate Mothers Day by members bringing their favorite picture of their mom. A short business meeting was held, and and passing of the pin by all past 2013-2014 year are: Roberta Mc Queen -president; Gerry Camp 2nd vice president; Sandi Moran Fienco recording secretary; Judy Gracey corresponding secretary; Bruce philanthropic treasurer; and Barbara Vest nominating chairman. Honoring the Fallen Floridians Memorial Cross Tribute, created by Jim Vanderbleek, will start on May 18 and be on display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily on the Law ton House grounds through May 28. There will be an information table staffed by volunteers to an swer questions about the Tribute, Oviedo and the Military Support Group. On May 27 there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Lawton House to honor all military personnel who died while on active duty. This will be a very moving tribute not only to all soldiers, but also to fallen Floridians. The tribute will end with a wreath laying ceremony at each cross. Conner MacFarlane, a young man who is working on his Eagle Scout project, is the leader making and laying the wreaths. The wreaths will honor all soldiers, as well as being placed in memory of his fa ther, Cpt. Bruce MacFarlane, who died in Afghanistan in July 2012. How about we all come out for a Night Nature Hike from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 18 at Lake Harney Wilderness Area, located at 2395 Osceola Fish Camp Road in Geneva. Experts from Semi nole County Lands will lead the hike to see nocturnal animals. Children must be age 7 or older and accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. The cost is $3. Please call 407-3490959 for reservations and more information. You may still be able to regis ter for adult and teen art classes that will start May 20 and the kids classes starting in June at the Artistic Hand. Please call the Artistic Hand 407-366-7882 or visit Facebook.com/ArtisticHan dGalleryandStudio for more information. Central Floridas BBQ Blowout Friday May 24, 7-10 p.m. and live music the Steel Magnolia. Professional and amateur BBQ Grill masters, area business, craft brews, kids activities, music and more. The location for the event is the Oviedo Mall and if you need more information visit www.bbqblowout.org A thought Telling a teenager the facts of life is like Glasow As summer descends upon us, many crops reach the end of their productive growing season. A frequently asked question is how to that being to pick the crops before they go beyond edible (and visual) quality. So as the cool season crops start to de cline, its time to promptly reap the bounty. Other than roots like car rots, turnips, radishes, scallions from the ground. Crude yanking of crops from the soil splays dirt onto all the surrounding plants, disrupts adjacent roots and mycorrhizae, and provides ample locations for weed growth. Either prune individual leaf or fruit por tions from the stem or cut a head suffered guests to my garden who have wrenched from the soil whole pepper plants. When heading lettuce, spin ach, endive, or Asian greens each they bolt to seed. This condition is indicated by an elongated stem, tion of milky sap, a diminished leaf size, or an overwhelming bit of bolting, plan extra salads as most of their other nearby plant ings will also be on their way out. Single leaves can be picked, but by cutting the singular stem at ground level. Harvest kale and collards by snipping single leaves, not the the weather cooperates, they will produce for numerous seasons, even years. Work up the stem, ju diciously pruning aged leaves for the compost pile or earthworm tub, selecting the quality crop for dinner tonight, and allow the smaller portions a chance to live up to expectations. Parsley, chives, dandelions, arugula, mint, oregano, cilan tro and sorrel, with their bushy growth habit, can be gathered by snipping single leaves or by the haircut method. Comb a bunch up into a handful and prune a few inches above the soil. Keep a baggie handy to deposit the loose trimmings so they do not scatter. their stem tips, which must be removed to continue productive ers can be used but will have a have hard, mature inedible seeds. Single leaves can be taken, but for quantity, take the stem down to the point of diminishing returns, and then strip the bulk directly into the recipe. Basil will turn brown shortly after harvest, so it should be used promptly for the prettiest pesto. THIS WEEK in political history May 17, 1954 The U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public education is unconstitutional. The decision dealt with Linda Brown, a young black girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org WHO IS CAREY > CELERY By Janet Foley the Between Stalks Send word to Janet Foley about events and let her know whats going on around town by e-mailing email@example.com TALK T O JANET > At our April 22 City Commission meeting, we were honored to give well-deserved well-wishes to three Winter Springs veter ans who were on their way to Washington for a day of celebra tion and remembrance of their service to our country. The Honor Flight Network is an organization that began in 2005 to pay trib the years since, it has expanded to serve Korean and Vietnam veterans. At no cost to the re cipients, Honor Flight arranges transportation to Washington and ceremonies at their respective memorials. would like to participate, or if you would like to help the organization, check them out at HonorFlightCentralFlorida.org The police department informed the City Commission that the city has been named one of the top 100 safest cities in The City Commission agreed to hold a budget workshop on Monday, July 15, at 6 p.m. The City Commission will not hold a meeting on May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Winter Springs Parks and Recreation Department is excited to offer a nine-week summer camp from June 3 to Aug. 2 called Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine which is included in the cost for the week. Some of the activities include arts and crafts, a science project, guest speakers, bowling, skating, and much more. The cost is $90 per child, per week for Winter Springs residents and $110 per child, per week for non-Winter Springs residents. For more information, please call Brian Dunigan at 407-327-6593 or org Football is right around the corner. The Winter Springs Griz zlies will be holding football and cheerleading registration on May 18 at Central Winds Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Winter Springs Basketball League summer camp is back. your children signed up early. The WSBL will provide instruc tion on proper shooting, defen sive techniques, fundamentals and teamwork. Each camper will receive a basketball, shirt, lunch, and there will be daily awards given out. For more information, please call Mike Hesselbart at 407-327-6589 or email mhessel Join the city of Winter Springs at its annual Arbor Day celebra tion at 6 p.m. on May 23. The program includes a landscaping class by the Florida Yards and Winter Springs City Hall. Call 407-665-5575 to register. Fun events coming up on Memorial Day weeekend Harvest the bounty Mayor Charles Lacey WINTER SPRINGS CITY TALK Proud to pay tribute to veterans who protected us
Page 11 As the debate continues to rage within Boy Scouts over the ad mittance of openly gay persons to its ranks, a new twist has arisen recently ran a column, titled Boy Scouts dont need God by Tom Kratten maker (tinyurl. com/BoyScout The column raises at least a couple of inter esting questions: 1) Do free-association organiza tions like the Boy Scouts have the right to limit membership to people who are willing to abide by its tenets, and 2) Can people really be good without God? Lets tackle the free-association America describe the ideal scout as being reverent, implying a practice, this has been interpreted as broadly as possible to include a variety of Christian and a host of non-Christian expressions of reverence. The reason for balking at the acceptance of atheists as scouts is the question of Whom one would be reverent towards if no One is there? vs. Dale 2000), the Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America, as a free-association organiza tion, had the right to determine they want to require belief in God as a prerequisite for membership, people dont like the prerequisite, they dont have to join. They can learn camping and leadership skills elsewhere. The problem with the challenge is that people without assuming its obligations, a growing problem throughout American civic organizations in general. foot and an evangelical Christian Humanist and Ethical Youth receptive that organization would be to the possibility? The Boy Scouts are not being mean in enforcing membership standards; they are simply pre serving organizational integrity. Now on to the wider philo sophical question of can a person minded of what Mark Twain once said about infant baptism. When asked whether he believed in infant baptism, Twain responded, can be good, moral people? Why idea that all Christians believe all atheists are hopelessly immoral is erroneous. Many of us have wit nessed and applaud great ethical behavior in people who do not share our beliefs. The question is whether an atheistic culture can keep producing good people over the long run. This is not so much because we have a need for a cosmic bogeyman to keep us in line, but because without someone tran scendent to determine the good we are left to our own devices. Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and other militant athe ists have tried to lay the blame for human suffering at the feet of religious people, especially Chris tians. However, the three greatest causes of human suffering in the 20th Century were all atheists: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong. They were all sup posedly men of reason who fol lowed reasonable arguments, and they attracted men and women of reason to participate in heinous crimes. This does not mean that all atheists will necessarily par ticipate in such evil, nor does it exempt religious people from do want to suggest that a worldview built on the principles of Jesus is self-correcting. Religious people supported the slave trade in America, but religious people were also passionately behind its abolition. Religious people devised South Africas apart heid, but it was Desmond Tutu (a religious person!) who helped to broker a post-apartheid future based on forgiveness rather than revenge. systems based on human reason alone eventually devolve into utilitarianism, which seeks the common good for the most peo ple. But who is it that determines the common good? And how is it evaluated through history? Scouts were on to something in requiring reverence from their people try to be good generation after generation, even when it isnt so useful. Rev. Jim Govatos currently serves as Senior Pastor at Aloma United Methodist Church located in Winter Park. A former atheist, Jim is passionate about helping people understand and experience a living faith in Jesus Christ. Please share your thoughts by emailing him at jimg@ alomazone.org Alternative spring break has moved into the mainstream. This year, an estimated 85,000 American college students will forgo carefree vacations in favor of service-oriented projects. The number rises about 15 percent an nually, according to Break Away, leges and universities to promote these trips. Todays college students see community engagement as a key component of learning, and theyre demanding service-based experiences that enrich and ex pand their academic perspectives. As a result, alternative breaks arent just growing in popularity. Their purpose is evolving too, shifting from the voluntourism model that blends vacations with projects. The new model requires students not as tourists or sav iors for the underserved, but as partners in creating sustainable change. Often, that means returning to a community over time. Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, colleges and universities such as Rollins still send teams to rebuild devastated areas of the Gulf (the destination of choice for approximately 50 percent of all alternative breakers). Rollins students have spent more than 15 years working on water-system in a Dominican Republic village. And every year, a Rollins team works with underserved children at Every Child Counts, a school focused on children with learning and developmental needs in the Bahamas. Long-term investments like these empower community members to develop their own solutions. And ideally, the trips spark lifelong passions among students. Rollins student Adrian Cohen was so affected by home owners he met in New Orleans that he became president of Rol lins Relief, leading several trips to the city. After graduation, he returned to New Orleans to work with AmeriCorps on the St. Ber nard Project, helping to rebuild the homes and lives of hurricane survivors. These trips focus on areas where students can make the greatest impact with their time, group Amizade calls fair trade learning. Fair trade learning is where all members of the experi ence are equally transformed ideas and resources. At HOPE students pay $300 to stay in a migrant farmworkers home for several days and eat local food, making a direct contribution to the familys livelihood. These arent feel good trips. On the contrary, students should return feeling uncomfort able about the realities theyve conditions in West Virginia coal mining towns, high school dropout rates in Chicago or immigra tion hearings in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami. Only then will students feel the urgen cy of confronting injustice. The world desperately needs more people with a social conscience, who question the driving forces behind politics and policies, who stand alongside and speak out for the underserved. Thats clear in the growth of the impact sector, alike seek students with global perspectives and a willingness to see their work as a vocation. Alternative breaks can play an important role in shaping these leaders. But its up to students to seize these opportunities, doing ences. And its up to generous community partners to provide funding streams that offer equal access so that every student can have this life-transforming op portunity. With time, alternative breaks wont be so alternative anymore. Micki Meyer is the Lord Family Director of Community Engagement at Rollins College in Winter Park. With summer just around the cor ner, its a perfect time to consider lending our time, talents and energy to making a difference in our community. Across Central Florida, volunteers not only improve the lives of our neigh tremendous economic impact. As Central Floridas most comprehensive health and hu man services charity, Heart of Volunteer Resource Center, we match thousands of groups and individuals with more than 200 Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Participants help with projects that are meaningful to them and change our neighbors meals to hungry Central Florid ians, hosting baby showers for families in need and doing free tax preparation for low-income households. Little by little, the numbers teers accumulated more than 59,000 hours across Central 23,000 hours of group volunteer like the Salvation Army, Harbor House and Edgewood Childrens Ranch, among many others. Vol unteers and interns also provided about 37,000 hours of administra Each hour is worth $22.14, ac $1.3 million in donated time. its giving homeless families a safe place to sleep, mentoring at-risk students or empowering victims of domestic abuse. Stuff ing envelopes isnt glamorous, but it means paid staff can focus on providing vital services. An outside team can accomplish in an afternoon what might oth erwise take weeks for a small money saved through donated time literally allows an organiza tion to keep its lights on. Whats more, such service can generate long-term dividends. tion through four key priori ties: building safe communities through education, improving healthy children and families, and alleviating hunger and homelessness. Research shows that $1 spent on prevention saves teers help make it possible. What does it take to make an impact? The most impor something anyone can possess, no matter their age or walk of life: college students, parents and retirees along with teams from religious groups, civic clubs and businesses. Some people offer specialized skills; others simply carve a few hours from their Saturdays to help their neighbors. Anyone can make a difference. You just need to care. especially clear when we look at the literal value of their service. that your contributions matter. And if youre looking for a place to start, visit the Volunteer Re a cause youre passionate about. Your efforts are appreciated more than you can imagine. Traci Blue is director of the Heart of Florida United Way Volunteer Resource Center. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit hfuw.org Jim Govatos Reality Lines Boy Scouts arent being mean; theyre preserving their own integrity Through service, volunteers play priceless role in our community TRACI BLUE Guest Writer From voluntourism to meaningful change MICKI MEYER Guest Writer HAVE AN OPINION? WE WANT TO HEAR IT! Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at firstname.lastname@example.org
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