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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014 FREE Published weekly SEMINOLEVOICE.COM RATS BALLING OUT OF CONTROL ATHLETICS, 5 Accidents dont just happen How to avoid catastrophe in your own backyard HEALTHY LIVING, 4 Yes, World Giraffe Day exists Want to get really close to the tallest animal on Earth? CULTURE, 6 Keeping your salad alive Caring for herbs in hostile summer FROM MY GARDEN TO YOURS, 7 CALENDAR .................... 2 HEALTHY LIVING ............... 4 ATHLETICS .................... 5 CULTURE ..................... 6 VOICES ....................... 7 CLASSIFIEDS ................... 8 MARK YOUR CALENDAR Celebrate one of Winter Springs business successes a delicious one at the 10th anniversary of Tijuana Flats in the Winter Springs Town Center this weekend. MORE IN CALENDAR, PAGE 2 USPS 00-093 Publisher statement on page 2. In home delivery by Friday, June 20 A family dogs taste for chick ens has one Oviedo business con cerned whether current laws are enough to keep canines from run ning amuck a potential threat to the citys chicken population. It was just another typical day at work for local resident Amy Ansbaugh as she arrived at her business Atticus Printing off of Central Avenue last Sun day. But as Ansbaugh pulled into the gravel driveway to park her car at around 3:30 p.m., she im mediately knew something was wrong. All over the gravel pathway and throughout the front lawn, the bloody remains of three chickens were scattered across the property. There were feathers every where, Ansbaugh said. But the culprit responsible hadnt left the scene of the crime yet. A pit bull mix with a dog tag reading Sammie excitedly ran toward Ansbaugh with a mouth full of bloody feathers. Ansbaugh had heard about the controversy surrounding Oviedos disappearing chickens downtown. The citys feathered friends have recently rebounded in numbers, but Ansbaugh said latest threat. Its not coyotes, Ansbaugh said. Its irresponsible dog own ers. A phone call to a number on Sammies tag revealed the dogs home to be just a half-mile north of the business Ansbaugh runs with Danielle Rohr. They called Seminole County Animal Ser vices as well, but gave the dogs owner a chance to pick up Sam The dog owners claimed that in their fence for some time, An sbaugh said. A quick look at the Oviedo home revealed a fence made from brittle shafts of bam boo material. Its something youd make a Tiki bar out of, Rohr said. A second incident happened just two days later, when Ans baugh came to work and saw the same dog with a chicken in its mouth, caught in a tug of war with a second dog: a miniature Doberman pinscher that ran off before they could see a dog tag. Now a fourth chicken had been added to the death toll. Ansbaugh didnt bother calling the dog owners. They would have to pay the $75 dollar fee to pick the dog up from Semi nole County Animal Services. But the issue of the fence still remains. Rohr and Ansbaugh said they feel helpless Seminole County Animal Services told them that they cant force some Before slipping papers in the ballot boxes, residents of Semi nole and Orange counties can get a chance to grill their local politicians with a smoky side of Sonnys BBQ catering at the East Side Regional Hob Nob next week. The annual event, held by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, will serve as a political pep rally for candidates running in the Aug. 26 primary. Voters who attend will get a chance to meet candi from county commissioner to the Florida House of Representa tives. Judicial candidate Diana Ten nis will be running for one of a slew of ninth circuit court judge ships up for grabs this election. The experienced lawyer said that the upcoming election might voters sending in absentee bal lots due to the large amount of races. There are 10 judicial races in our circuit, which is unprec edented, Tennis said. There are more judicial races than any other circuit in our state. And its a really important position so I hope that it really gets people interested in coming out when they wouldnt normally. Just like in Iowa at the start of the presidential campaign sea son, Hob Nob attendees can par ticipate in a straw poll. For can didates, the straw poll will be an insight into how theyre holding up with voters before the elec tion. For Elaine Barbour, whos running for ninth circuit court judge (group 18), the event itself is a new arena for exposure. Judges make life-altering decisions that truly impact our community and quality of life, Barbour said. The only way people can get a good feel for judicial candidates is to actually meet them and get a feel for their demeanor. Back in 2012, the event, pre sented by Bright House Business Solutions, packed scores of tables under the bleachers of the UCF stadium. Thundering clouds and a swirling downpour drove some candidates to question whether to even attend. We did not want to take that chance this year, said Melissa Sarnelle, director of programs and marketing for the OviedoWinter Springs Chamber. The new venue will surely make the entire event more elegant and en joyable for everyone. The Hob Nob will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, in the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center. More than 50 candidates have been invited. And as of press time, 37 candidates had accepted the invitation. For residents interested in at tending, the presale tickets are $20 or tickets are $25 at the gate. To purchase tickets or register for a booth, visit Chickens worst friend Lets grill some political candidates AILIN LEBELLOT The Voice TIM FREED The Voice PHOTOS BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Residents have begun hiding chick ens to protect them from dog attacks. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Meet dozens of candidates in a more relaxed setting at the Hob Nob. Please see CHICKENS on page 3 Irresponsible dog owners leading to Oviedo mascot deaths Hob Nob lets voters have a beer with campaign hopefuls


Page 2 | June 20, 2014 | Seminole Voice Friday, June 20, 2014 Volume 24, Issue 25 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 SEMINOLEVOICE.COM Orlando, FL 32835-5705 PUBLISHER Tracy Craft 407.515.2605 MANAGING EDITOR Isaac Babcock 407.563.7023 ASSOCIATE EDITORS Sarah Wilson 407.563.7026 Tim Freed 407.563.7054 ARTS EDITOR Josh Garrick DESIGNER Tom Miller 407.563.7032 STAFF WRITERS Brittni Larson Megan Stokes Allison Olcsvay Kristy Vickery COLUMNISTS Janet Foley Sandi Vidal Tom Carey Karen Phillips ADVERTISING SALES David Levine 407.485.1956 Linda Stern 407.376.2434 LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISING Ashley McBride 407.286.0807 SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Luana Baez 407.563.7013 MEMBER OF: Florida Press Association Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce TURNSTILE MEDIA GROUP CHAIRMAN Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO Francis X. Farrell EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER Patti Green VICE PRESIDENT Jeff Babineau USPS #008-093 Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. 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. Seminole Voice 2014 One Senior Place ... See our full Calendar of Events at OneSeniorPlace.com407.949.6733715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32714M-F 8:30am 5pmFUN & EXERCISE SENIOR CLUB Every Monday 10am-12pm By Family Physicians GroupJune 23rd Special Bingo June 30th Casino CRAFTS & CONVERSATION Friday, June 20th 1:30pm-2pm By VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. RSVP 407.599.2522 CHAIR PILATES Friday, June 20th 1:30pm-2pm By VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. RSVP 407.599.2522 EDUCATIONAL MEMORY LOSS BY DR. CHELSEA MABRY Tuesday, June 24th 9:30am-11am By Compass Research. 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McDonald OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIAN Oviedo VISION Center Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Glaucoma Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management Calendar JUNE 21 Bring the entire family and discover pot tery methods used long before the pot ters wheel existed from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 21, at the Public His tory Center, located at 301 W. Seventh St. in Sanford. This hands-on workshop al lows participants to create and decorate a pot, while learning about Native American JUNE 20 Seminole County Economic Development presents an introduction to Dr. Thomas ONeal the associate vice president of Research and Commercialization at the University of Central Florida, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, June 20, at the Seminole County Board of County Com missions Chamber. Learn directly what is happening at UCF, especially in regard to Dr. ONeals responsibilities. Contact Ken York at or call 321-262-6403. The Tijuana Flats location at the Winter Springs Town Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Friday, June 20, with franchise owners Rick and Brenda Brown. A photo opportunity with Winter Springs community leaders is at 11 a.m. and spirit night for Boys Town of Central Florida runs from 5 to 9 p.m., with 10 percent of sales going to help at-risk chil dren and families. Live entertainment on the patio goes from 7 to 10 p.m. Call 407706-2468 for more information. Notes CareerSource consolidates ofces CareerSource Central Florida combined their Special Projects Ofce off of North French Avenue and their Career Center off of South Orlando Drive into one facil ity last month in an effort to consolidate services and better serve their custom ers. The new location is at 1209 W. Airport Blvd. in Sanford. Seminole County students dream big Walt Disney World Resort recognized 15 local students last month as they saluted Central Floridas youngest humanitar ians and community service leaders. Two students from Seminole County Public Schools were awarded Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Star awards: eighth grader Chloe MacFarlane of Lawton Chiles Middle and 12th grader Anastasia Parker of Lake Howell High. FAMILY CALENDAR OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS SERVING YOUR COMMUNITYBernard S. Zeffren, MD Eugene F. Schwartz, MD Winnie Whidden, MSN, ARNP-CVoted Best Doctors of Central FL, Orlando Magazine for 7 consecutive yearsDiplomates American Board of Allergy and Immunology Evening Hours Available793 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32714407-862-5824 2 locations in Seminole County7560 Ste. 2064 uses of pottery. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 and up. For more information, call 407-936-1679 or visit ONGOING The Summer Eco Camp Season at the Yarborough Nature Center in the Ge neva Wilderness Area runs now through Aug. 1. Children ages 7 to 12 can learn more about the environment by joining ve-day classes that run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The classes include Animals Everywhere, Surviving in Nature and Creepy Crawlers. For a list of classes, a registration form and more information, visit rallands The Artistic Hand Gallery and Studio is offering a wide variety of creative outlets for your children this summer in paint ing and drawing, mixed media and clay No matter the level of experience, the studios qualied teachers will culti vate every childs artistic needs. Summer I classes run through the week of July 14 and Summer II classes are held the week of July 28 through the week of Sept. 14. Classes for teens and adults are also available. Visit artistichandgalleryandstu or call Del at 407-415-6882. JUNE 24 The East Side Regional Hob Nob pre sented by Bright House Business Solu tions and featuring Orange and Seminole counties political candidates, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center. East Side Re gional Hob Nob attendees will meet local, state and federal candidates, participate in a two county (Orange and Seminole) straw poll and enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner from Sonnys BBQ. More than 50 candidates have been invited and the event is expected to attract more than 500 attendees. Admission for the event will be $20 presale or $25 at the gate. Corporate ticket packages of 10 are also available for $180. Visit to register, purchase tickets and see a list of attending candidates. ONGOING The Winter Springs Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday on State Road 434 and Tuskawilla Road in the Winter Springs Town Center. Visit Win for more information. On the fourth Friday of each month, mul tiple venues in Sanfords downtown his toric district host the Sanford Art Walk showcasing local talent along with oppor tunities to meet visiting artists. The event is free and runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and will be on June 27 this month. Visit sanford for more information. Want to learn a new card game ? The Seminole County Public Library is offer ing free basic bridge instruction at the West Branch Library in Longwood and the Northwest Branch in Lake Mary, with classes meeting weekly for eight total sessions. West Branch Library classes are every Tuesday until July 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Northwest Branch Library classes are every Thursday until July 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the West Branch at 407-665-1670 or the Northwest Branch at 407-665-1640. Registration is required.


Seminole Voice | June 20, 2014 | Page 3 THIS WEEK THIS WEEK IN WORLD HISTORY JUNE of their hands. The Seminole County Animal Services manager couldnt be reached for comment before press time. Oviedos code of ordinanc es and land development code meanwhile dont include any items about maintaining fences to keep dogs from getting loose. City Manager Bryan Cobb said the city would avoid creating such an ordinance dealing with dogs and fences due to Seminole County Animal Services current jurisdiction in the city. If Oviedo were to pass an ordinance on dog fences, theyd be forced to create their own animal control unit as well and Seminole County Ani mal Services would stop serving Oviedo, Cobb said. Theyd say, We dont enforce city ordinances, Cobb said. If a dog can get to Atticus Print ing, theres not much stopping it from getting to Oviedos historic downtown and killing the citys beloved chickens, Ansbaugh said. My concern for the rest of the chicken population that we covet here is it could very well be knocked off within a week or two if that dog keeps getting out, An sbaugh said. Im also concerned that the dog is going to have to cross [State Road] 434. Once she knows that its there, thats it. The dog could get hit. Its not a bad dog its just doing what dogs do. A separate incident on May 28 took the life of Lawton Elementa ry Schools favorite fowl: a rooster the children named Rudy Lawton. The chicken had been the inspira tion for countless art projects and mascot. But Rudy saw a tragic end early that Wednesday morning as two dogs mauled him in the school parking lot. It was really horrible, bookkeeper Mindy Moon said. Thankfully the kids had already all gone inside. Somebody screamed and there were two runaway dogs on the chicken. Moon described the two dogs as a large black lab and a stalky, black-and-white pit bull mix a match to Danielles description of Sammie. The owners of Atticus Printing had no doubt grown fond of the chickens roosting outside their business. One of the four chickens killed had frequented their open lot for more than two years. They called him Pipsqueak after his stubby legs and squawky crow. They were our pets for two years, Ansbaugh said. To see them get mauled its horrible. Atticus Printing had seven chickens that frequented the front yard just two weeks ago. One of the three surviving chickens now phone bills and computer paper. The hen affectionately named Hennie lifts her wings to reveal a baby chick, just born last week end. Ansbaugh and Rohr arent tak ing any chances by letting her and the chick outside. At some point she could be the next one, Ansbaugh said. CHICKENS | C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT W Brian Thomas Produce 110 Geneva Drive, Old Downtown Oviedo(Across From Ace Hardware) VINE RIPE TOMATOES 2069 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 762 E. Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs, FL 32701(407) 691-3009 (407) 679-2135 Visit us on the web @ r fntbt f rtt ftbt bt bnr nr rt b bb f b tb off trtnCoupon redeemable for cash, check or credit card purchases only. Not redeemable for insurance transactions. Excludes custom/special orders & nutritional supplements. May not be combined with any other dis counts. Coupon has no cash value. PHOTOS BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Good times with local food and music was met by lucky weather at Art and Music in the Park June 13. Art and Music in the Park Art and Music in the Park Oviedo ER is located at 8300 Red Bug Lake Road in Oviedo between S.R. 417 and S.R. 426 with easy access from W. Broadway Street. For all your familys emergencies big and small Central Florida Regional Hospital brings ef cient, high-quality emergency care to the Oviedo community with the opening of our Oviedo ER. The 11,000-square-foot freestanding ER features: Adult and pediatric emergency care Physicians specializing in Emergency Medicine on-site 24/7 35 full-time employees including nurses certi ed in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support 12 private patient care beds Dedicated trauma room Diagnostic imaging including CT scan, ultrasound and X-ray Laboratory servicesCaring for Oviedo EMERGENCY EXP ER TS Now Open 24/7!


Page 4 | June 20, 2014 | Seminole Voice HEAL T HY LIVING THIS WEEK IN HUMAN HISTORY JUNE Injuries are not accidents. Accident suggests random events or bad luck. Accidents dont just hap pen. They occur when the perfect storm of fac tors are present. Conditions, situations, and human factors are not random. We can control many of factors to reduce the risks. Injuries take a huge toll. Every three minutes someone in the U.S. suffers injury. Injuries and vio lence kill more people across the U.S. in the prime of life, ages 1 to 44, than any other cause. Injuries and violence take more lives than cancer or heart disease. The cost? More than $406 bil lion in medical care and lost productiv ity each year, leaving survivors with devastating paralysis, pain and other limitations. That is enough to keep our personal injury lawyers on TV and in court for years. Car wrecks, falls, poisoning and suicides are leading causes of fatal injuries. We become numb to our daily traffic report but each car wreck in the news could mean someones life has changed forever. Every year, we learn of a drowning that may have been pre vented with a locked door or survival swimming skills. The newspaper pages drip with bloody stories of gunshot deaths. Injuries and vio lence disrupt our health immense ly; too often our health dialogue remains focused on diseases and treatments. We have made some progress and have great improvement opportunities. Seat belts, safer cars and better road designs have reduced car injuries by 43 percent. Unfortunately, 6 percent of Floridians do not always use seatbelts, and more than 30 percent of the chil dren who died in car wrecks were not buckled in. We can do better. Infant and child car seats save lives. With car seats used correctly, some children have been able to walk away from total wrecks, but most are not used correctly. Common mistakes like the wrong size car seat, incorrect installation and loose straps, detract from the car seats prevention power. Booster seats should be used until the child reaches age 8 or a height of 4-foot 9-inches. Have your child safety seat Storm coming? Were ready.Report an outage: 800.228.8485 preparation tips: DukeEnergyStormDuke Energys expert storm response teams know exactly how to prepare for storms and keep your lights on year report and track outages, get preparation tips and more. Duke Energy Storm Accidents dont just happen Dr. Nancy Rudner Health Action checked by your local police depart ment (by appointment only call 407971-5700 for Oviedo; or 407-327-7958 for Winter Springs). Bike riding is great exercise. The helmet protects the brain, but only when worn with the straps secured. So next time you see a kid with the helmet straps flap ping in the wind, remind him he has a brain worth protecting. Drunk driving disasters have decreased 30 percent in the past five years. From their anguish, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and others have raised awareness of drink ing and driving. Many young drinkers go with a DDdesignated driver. But one drunk driving accident is too many and they are still happening. Gun accidents happen, a lot. Four out of 10 gunshot victims in Florida emergency departments were shot by accident. In Orange County, half of nonfatal gunshot injuries were uninten tional (not accidental since accidents dont just happen). Guns make suicide attempts fatal. More people die from self-inflicted gun shots than from homicides. Adolescents in a home with a loaded, unlocked firearm are four times more likely to take their own lives. Almost nine in 10 suicide attempts with a firearm are fatal. The National Rifle Association (NRA) recommends you never leave a firearm loaded and store it where it will not be accessible to someone who shouldnt have access to it. How dif ferent Sandy Hook would be today if the shooters mother had locked up her guns. Always treat a gun is if it were loaded and pointed in a safe direc tion. Locking up your guns, especially with children, teens, and depressed or angry family members in the home, can reduce the risk of the firearm harming someone in your family. Some local police departments provide gun safety locks. These are just some of the injuries we can prevent. Individually and together, lets replace the magical thinking of accidents with a proactive eye on prevention. Nancy Rudner is the nurse coach for HealthAction. biz, for individual and workplace health. Contact her at In honor of Fathers Day last weekend Ive been doing some reminiscing about my own father, who died in 1975. My father was born in 1895 in a small village in Greece. In 1909, at the age of 14, he was put on a boat together with his 11-year-old cousin. They trav eled to America for economic op portunity and went to work for their much older broth er. of school my fa thers classmates taught him ev ery swear word in English they knew. When his older brother asked him what he had learned, he obliged by repeating his vocabulary lesson and was soundly thrashed. While I admire the adventurous spirit of my father, I often won der what is was like for him to leave home at 14, never to see his parents again. He had brothers who sup ported him but no parents. For my father this led to the endless wandering of a 20th century Odysseus, always looking for his fortune, and always looking for home. It til he was 58 or so when he married my much younger mother. Im not sure he ever found his fortune. I believe his years of wandering made it let alone make a home for his children. At best, he was distant and disengaged. Sometimes it was worse. At the time, it made me angry because it stirred up in me an unrequited longing for home. As a pas tor I have encountered many people with similar struggles about fathers and home. Some stories were similar to mine; some, much worse. By the grace of God, I was eventually able to experience Gods father-love for me, which enabled me to overcome my with my children. Somewhere along the way of my healing I happened across a book by John Trent called The Blessing. The books main thesis is that, like many people in the Old Testament, people today are looking for a blessing from their par ents, especially their fathers, and if they dont get that blessing they can spend a whole lifetime looking for it in a frustrated way. Fathers especially need to remember the power in their blessing and the devas tation that comes from withholding it. The book acknowledges that it is much easier to give a blessing to the next gen eration if youve already received one from your own parents. However, in cases where the blessing has been missing, it is easier to get it reactivated if we are willing to bless back up the genera tions: to offer to our parents what they could not give us. It seems counter-intuitive, but I discovered that it has a power all its own. When I discovered the power of blessing, I offered it back to that little boy who got on a boat in 1909. Of course, it did not have any tangible effect on my father, who had long since passed away, but it changed my life and my abil ity to offer a blessing to my kids. This Fathers Day, I would want to ask, Have you blessed your kids lately? Have you told them that youre proud of them and believe they will do great things? It could make all the difference in the world. And if you are still looking for a blessing yourself, why not try speaking that bless ing back up the generations to your par were always looking for. A fathers blessing Jim Govatos Reality Lines Four out of 10 gunshot victims in Florida emergency rooms were shot by accident. Have you blessed your kids lately? Told them youre proud of them?


Seminole Voice | June 20, 2014 | Page 5 AT HLE T I C S THIS WEEK IN SPORTS HISTORY JUNE The Sanford River Rats blast ed the Winter Garden Squeeze in the biggest blowout of the Flor ida Collegiate Summer League season so far, ripping them in a 14-4 win Tuesday. Einar Muniz made the most of his debut, the Rats second base man going 3-for-4 and scoring a er went yard to drive in three cob Wright got on base four times in the game and scored three of his teams runs in the process. Meanwhile the Rats pitching staff went into shutdown mode, with a trio of pitchers combining for 10 strikeouts and only giving up four hits, with middle reliever Arturo Martoral picking up the win and dropping his ERA to 1.64 on the season, and Kutler Lane grabbing the save in three innings of work. By the end of the night three Squeeze pitchers would have ERAs in the double digits, giving up 11 earned runs in the game. The win extended the Rats winning streak to four games as they try to claw their way back into the league lead. And theyve done it in dramatic fashion, out scoring opponents in the last four games by a combined mar gin of 32-11. But in one of the most competi tive FCSL seasons in recent mem ory, the Rats are still not quite on top as they battle perennial rivals Winter Park and Leesburg, and scrappy newcomer Winter Gar den, with all four teams within a game of each other at the top of the league. And even among such similarly-abled competition there have been wild swings in scores. Just before going on their four-game tear, the Rats lost 8-1 to the College Park Freedom, who are slowly slip ping toward the league basement. The Squeeze, whove held the league lead for the past week, lost their last two games by a combined scor ing gap of 22-8. And the DeLand Suns, who have been in last place for most of the season so far, just trounced Col lege Park 7-0. The Rats had two more shots at the Squeeze this week at press time, hoping to take over the league lead in the process. At 7 p.m. June 20 theyll be home to take on the Dawgs before heading to Winter Parks Alfond Stadium for back-to-back games starting at 7 p.m. June 21 and then 1 p.m. June 22. Rats streaking to league lead ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Alex Smith helped carry the Rats low ERA while picking up his 14th strikeout in 11 innings against the DeLand Suns June 15.


Page 6 | June 20, 2014 | Seminole Voice Through June 29 Elton Johns AIDA Following the story line of Verdis famous opera, Elton John and Tim Rice took the time less love story from Egypt and created a rock musical that won both Tony and Grammy awards on Broadway. Now Director Derek Critzer has created a new production being presented at The Venue at 511 Virginia Drive through June 29. This is a special opportunity to see a Broadway musical with extraordinary local talent. Tickets at clandestineor Through Aug. 18 Summer Nights at Orlando Science Center The Orlando Science Center will stay open late on Friday and Saturday nights this summer giving guests the opportunity to immerse in laser light shows; see planets in the Observatory; explore hands-on challenges in Sportsology; see a Hollywood Aug. 16 the Science Center will be open until 9 p.m. (the 28,000 watts of lights and sounds of laser light shows can be experi enced at 9 p.m. for the Beatles, 10 p.m. for Led Zeppelin, and 11 p.m. for Pink Floyd). Call 407514-2000 or visit Through July 27 Rapunzel at Orlando Shakespeare In a playful adaptation by Brandon Roberts from the story by the Brothers Grimm, Orlando Shakespeare offers a summer time tale for the whole family. Shut away in a lonely tower, Rapunzel grows, and so does her hair! Will Rapunzel escape the clutches of her evil captor? Find out in this contemporary adap tation with an Orlando Shakes twist. Arrive early and Shake Out The Sillies as members of the cast offer pre-show fun for the whole family. Call 407-447-1700 or visit June 20 to Sept 7 OMART offers the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art The Orlando Museum of Art will offer a preview of the new exhibit: Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contempo rary Art in a reception June 20 beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit presents 10 artists working in diverse mediums, combining ma terials, and creating work from reclaimed materials along with and challenging nature of art today. Admission is $5. Call 407896-4231 or visit June 20 Calling London: Two Sides of the Best of British Music More than 100 orchestra and rock musicians will come together to present an eclectic concert featuring some of the best music ever to come out of England as Central Florida Com munity Arts (CFCArts) presents Calling London: Two Sides of the Best of British Music. Focused on symphonic compositions of the early 1900s and rock n roll from the late 20th century, this concert features everything from Pomp and Circumstance to the greatest hits of The Beatles. Set for June 20 at 8 p.m. at Northland Church in Longwood, tickets are $10. Visit or call 407937-1800. June 20 to 30 Breakthrough Theatre presents Once On This Island From the Tony Award-win ning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime) comes the Olivier Award-winning Once On This Island, the musi cal adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Directed by Wade Hair with musical direction by Justin Scarlat, Island will be per formed from June 20 to 30 at The Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park. For reservations call 407920-4034. June 20 to July 20 Cock at the Mad Cow Theatre Cock is the adults-only story of what happens to John and his troubled relationship with his boyfriend as John meets a woman who is more than the best friend a gay man could hope for. Facing a new kind of guilt, John decides to straighten it out in this playful look at one mans sexuality and choices that chal lenge the status quo. Performed at the Mad Cow Theatre from June 20 to July 20, call 407-2978788 or visit June 20 to July 19 Back by popular demand SHOUT! The Mod Musical In one of the funniest musi cals ever presented at the Winter Park Playhouse, SHOUT! The Mod Musical returns to the Playhouse from June 20 to July 19. The hit musical tells the story in 1960s London and features an incredible collection of s classics by Petula Clark, Dusty production features a power house cast and is highly recom mended. Call 407-645-0145 or visit June 21 World Giraffe Day at Central Florida Zoo The Central Florida Zoo will celebrate its newest residents in on June 21 beginning at 10 a.m. The longest day of the year is the perfect day to celebrate the worlds tallest animal, and the celebration will include games, childrens crafts, face painting, and animal encounters. Included with zoo admission, donations support the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Call 407-323-4450 org June 21 Brian Regan Live at the Bob Carr Critics and audiences agree that Brian Regan is one of the premiere comedians in the country. With the perfect bal ance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Regan will perform at the Bob Carr PAC on June 21 at 8 p.m. Regan, whose fans span generations, recently made his 25th appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, the most of any comedian. Tickets are available at the Amway Center,, or charge-byphone at 800-745-3000. June 21 to 23 Chicken of the Sea Mermaid brings goodness to Orlando Celebrating 100 years as an iconic American brand, Orlando is the next stop on the Chicken of the Sea Great American Grati tude Tour a 56-city journey in Orlando include the Florida Mall on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; June 22 from noon to 8 p.m.; and on June 23 at Wal-Mart at 11250 E. Colonial Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can have their pictures taken with the Mermaid and take home themed giveaways. At some point in the tour 10 lucky participants will win $10,000 to use for the com munity service project of their choice. Visit chickenofthesea. com/100 June 22 Orlando Jazz Orchestra presents Big Band Classics Under Musical Director Greg Parnell, former drummer for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra performs authentic selections from the li braries of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, and other luminaries. The Orchestra will perform classics from the 1950s and s at the Plaza Live at 425 N. Bumby Ave. in Orlando on June 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit plazaliveor June 23 Sovereign Brass in a new home Celebrating 20 years of appearances on the Orlando Philharmonics Sounds of Sum mer Series, the Sovereign Brass will display their sovereign harmonic groups to perform in what will soon be the Orches tras new home at Plaza Live at 425 N. Bumby Ave. Works to be performed include the groups greatest hits, spanning the brass repertoire from Gabrielli to Bernstein. Join the group for hors doeuvres before the perfor mance, welcome them to their new home, and enjoy highlights of their extraordinary 20-year musical journey. 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Seminole Voice | June 20, 2014 | Page 7 VOI C ES THIS WEEK IN POLITICAL HISTORY Considering the culture and climate from where many of the herbs we favor originate (dry, mild Mediterranean), it is no surprise that growing them through our hot, wet summers can be a task destined with troubles! Even with encourage ment emanating from legends of music, growing parsley, sage, rose mary, and thyme can be problematic. Most of our con cerns originate with excessive afternoon rain, leaving the plants wet through the overnight hours and then the morning dew. Toss in weed pres sures, insect hoards, neglect from vacation scheduling, and the periodic dry spell; is it no wonder that taking a hiatus from herb gardening is highly recommended? But we do have some options. Both low growing oregano and thyme have proven problematic, succumbing to moisture driven leaf diseases. Rescue transplanting to nursery containers has kept fresh quantities available for culinary use and then to replant back to the garden in autumn. After several years, this routine has become a chore, almost devolving into real work. As an alternative to both herbs has proven to be a wonderful discovery. It survives through summers rain, continues to produce from the original planting, and propagates easily from rooted stems. Win ter savory is not commonly found at most retail outlets, so mail order seeds may be the best source. Rosemary grows as an upright bush. With some judicious pruning, the base and trunk can be kept open and ventilated, encouraging dispersal of accumulated moisture. Harvest branch quantities to both manicure the plant and provide for fresh use and preservation drying. Mint will grow better in wetter con ditions than dry. With due diligence, it will produce quantity enough to use as a peppermint and spearmints vigorous root growth belies their future destiny of stran gling themselves from the center of the planting, emboldening underground stems to explore the terrain beyond the desig nated growing bed. As decline becomes evident, exhume some volumes of root and stem portions and transplant to new areas. By staggering this cycle, perpetual harvests will be the norm. The ultimate taste of summer is the green goodness of basil. Just about any plant exposed to the pounding rain of a thunderstorm will take a beating, but even more so for tender basil. Luckily, basil excels while growing in a container. I have been known to procure a plant at the grocery produce department and upon arriving home, separate the individual sprouts to pots of their own. Grown under a canopy in partial shade, starting a new batch every few weeks will keep the kitchen sweet with the luscious smells of Summer. Every four years soccer fans around the globe focus on the FIFA World Cup, this year being held in Brazil. The national teams of countries compete to become World Cup champions in the name of patriotism and pride. I am a fan of almost all sports, but especially soccer so I cannot contain my excitement for the ongoing matches. In watching the pre-tournament cover age, however, I have noticed this years games seem to be concerning many fans because social issues have stirred up wor ry and controversy. Four years ago I had planned to attend these games until the controversies began to surround them. Billions of dollars have been poured into building stadiums rather than focusing on infrastructure development and workers lives have been lost in the process. Many citizens remain extremely poor and critics say the government is corrupt. Some Brazilians have protested, asking soccer fans from around the world to boycott the games, which they say would be supporting the government on this unnecessary spending. I was also surprised to hear stories about the racism that still affects the world of soccer. This is still happening in 2014? I remain disappointed that we havent seemed to push past such a huge social barrier, especially in sports. Most racism in sports begins with fans, not the athletes. Just one example of racial discrimination affected Lilian Thuram, arguably one of the best soc cer players of all time. Born in the French ter ritory of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, he grew up in France. His main goal as a child was to convince the country that others not born in France could be French as well. When taunted, he would say, Im not black. Im French. While Thurams soccer skills set him apart from others at an early age, his own countrymen have still excluded him based on his skin tone. In recent years, Thuram has stated that the only time he has truly felt French was in 1998 when he led the French national team to the championship match in the World Cup. He once outwardly criticized fans for racist behaviors directed toward players at a soccer match. At the next match, the fans showed up with signs geared toward Thuram that read, Show us respect a bit ironic, considering these were the hooligans causing the problem. People are not born racist, obviously. They acquire racist thoughts and behaviors by observing others. The world has to learn to be passionate about soccer in a positive way that doesnt pit us against each other in hatred. Thierry Henry, an international soccer su perstar from France who plays in Major League Soccer, is one of the main against racism in soccer and is captain of the FIFA Fair Play program. Henry also founded an anti-racism program called Stand Up Speak Up. This program is responsible for TV commercials that have many soccer players holding signs speak ing out against racism. Nike has produced black-and-white armbands embroidered with Stand Up Speak Up, which are being sold around the world to raise money for anti-racism groups. Henry was voted one of TIME Europes heroes of 2005 because of his ism. If only more athletes and sports fans could have the attitude that Henry has. I would love to see the sport I grew up playing evolve out of this stage that is tinged with racism. Soccer is a sport that can unite the world. Rude actions from any players, coaches, and fans should not take away from the pure enjoyment of the sport. The game has the ability to touch and change millions of people, yet it cannot do that while angry fans and players are pointing This Beautiful Game, as soccer is sometimes referred to, needs to advance feature of injustice. Erin OFlaherty is a senior pursuing a bachelors degree in accounting and a former Miss University of Central Florida. She can be reached at eoaherty@ Summer herb survival in Florida gardens Soccer, racism and World Cup corruption 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 email him at WHO IS CAREY > ERIN OFLAHERTY UCF Forum columnist King Features Weekly ServiceJune 16, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOONS The world has to learn to be passionate about soccer in a way that doesnt pit us against each other in hatred.


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