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RATS FACE TIGHTENING RACE ATHLETICS, 6 Oviedo Soldiers gang reborn? Investigators looking into a murder may have tied it to a street gang thought to be long gone. THIS WEEK, 3 Simulating the future Local biz hits it big, bringing high tech simulation jobs with it. INTERESTS, 4 An ode to okra A summer plant anyone can grow FROM MY GARDEN TO YOURS, 7 CALENDAR .................... 2 INTERESTS .................... 4 ATHLETICS .................... 6 VOICES ....................... 7 CLASSIFIEDS ................... 8 MARK YOUR CALENDAR Did you know Geneva has a farmers market? Its this Saturday off of Main Street, offering a relaxed MORE IN CALENDAR, PAGE 2 USPS 00-093 Publisher statement on page 2. In home delivery by Friday, July 18 The Seminole Voice won awards for its reporting, writing and commentary in four catego ries at the Florida Press Associa tion Better Weekly Newspaper awards on Friday, July 11, in Cor al Gables. Turnstile Media Groups Com munity Media Division shared in winning nine FPA awards between the Voice and its sister paper the Winter Park-Maitland Observer. and Review Reporting category for Remembering a dark Sun teen girls who created a dance routine to honor the victims of the Birmingham church bombing in 1963. One of the judges com mented, Wow ... this story really captured not only an emotional dance routine, but also the emo tion of a historic event that led to Read the story online at http:// the Seminole Voice in the Sports Feature Story category for Run ning with heart: a coachs surviv al story, retelling the story of the Tom Hammontree came close to death while watching his team compete, and delving into how a heart transplant saved his life and helped him keep coaching. See it online at http://tinyurl. com/phpynd2 ny-Phillips placed second for the Voice in the Serious Column housed at Sanfords Central Flor ida Zoo recently passed away, trimming down a dwindling population of less than 300 world wide. Now the zoo has brought in two new leopards to entice wild cat lovers. The second of two Amur leop ards, named Hale by the Central Florida Zoo, died last month of chronic kidney disease following the other leopards death in Febru ary. Hales passing left an empty President of Communications for the Zoo Shonna Green wrote in the Sanford Herald in late June. This is a tremendous loss to the zoo family and it is a loss that spans two continents. The last viable wild popula tion of Amur leopards is found in a small area between Vladivostok, Russia and the Chinese border, she wrote. Green said the leopard passed away from age-related renal fail ure, a kidney disease that shows up frequently in elderly cats caus ing the organs to gradually dete riorate over time. The zoos other Amur leopard, a female named Sansuri, passed away from the same disorder in February, said Brenda New, busi ness communications manager for the zoo. The two leopards lived to be 16 and 17 years old, at the lower end of an Amurs typical life span in captivity, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Records from the Jackson Zoo in Mississippi recorded the lifes pan of an Amur leopard in captiv ity to be up to 23 years old. The leopards typically live longer, but 16 years old isnt con sidered a young age either, said Nilanga Jayasinghe, program of the World Wildlife Fund and an It depends on the individual animal as well, Jayasinghe said. If you go look at an average, you cant always take that number as a given. Climate comes into play as one factor affecting the leopards qual ity of life. Amur Leopards have the ability to develop thicker coats of fur during the harsh winters in its native habitat between China and Russia. That sliver of land sees tem peratures drop into single digits in winter, and only averages above 70 degrees one month of the year, ac cording to World Weather Online. Central Floridas mean tem perature year-round is more than 30 degrees higher than the cats natural habitat. Jayasinghe said that the crea tures can only adapt to a certain up to zoos to provide cooling and additional care to keep the Amur leopard comfortable. [The leopards] would need to be taken care of so they dont overheat, Jayas inghe said. Its reassuring to see the Central Florida Zoo ac credited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Jayasinghe said. That leads me to be lieve that their standards for how they maintain their wildlife in their enclosures are up to the high stan dards of the AZA, which are always reviewed and enhanced and updated reg ularly, Jayasinghe said. Hale and Sansuri had been favorites at the Cen tral Florida Zoo since their arrivals in 1998 and 2000, both coming from the Santa Barbara Zoo in California, Green said. As many of the children-ofall-ages that visit the zoo know, Hale was quite the animal ambas sador and was one of the most photographed felines at the Zoo, Green wrote in the Sanford Her ald. When you see photos of him, you understand why. His intense stare made guests wonder if he was sizing them up as a snack! Amur leopards, named after the Amur River that runs along the border between China and Russia, have rapidly declined in numbers over the past three de cades. According to the Central Florida Zoo, poachers and habitat destruction have cut the wild pop ulation to less than 50, with about 175 currently living in captivity. Voice honored with FPA awards Exhibit changes its spots ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice TIM FREED The Voice VOICE PHOTO Voice editors Tim Freed, left, Sarah Wilson and Isaac Babcock show off some awards they garnered at the conference July 11. PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE The Central Florida Zoo has new cats to replace Amur Leopards who died this year. Please see AWARDS on page 3 Please see LEOPARDS on page 3 Judges at conference cite Voice editors After the passing of a pair of rare leopards, Zoo is left with eight


Page 2 | July 18, 2014 | Friday, July 18, 2014 Volume 24, Issue 29 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 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 Calendar JULY 18 Come to kids night out every Friday in the Mad Science Laboratory The price in cludes dinner, science class, take home project, games, activities, and movie time. Its great for kids ages 4 to 12. Its from 6 to 10 p.m. July 18 (and every Friday) at Mad Science Laboratory in the Oviedo Mall. The cost is $25 per child. Register at mad JULY 19 The new Geneva Heritage Farmers Mar ket will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19 (and every third Saturday of the month) at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main St. in Geneva. In addition to veggies, fruits, raw honey, baked goods, pasta, plants, jams, jellies, breads and more, we will have StrEats Food Truck so you can bring the family and enjoy some food under the gorgeous sycamore tree at the corner! Spots are still available for vendors. Call 407-733-7514 for more information. JULY 20 Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Commu nity Center. There is acoustic, toe-tapping, bluegrass, traditional country and gospel Notes Sanford student takes tube contest Seminole State College of Florida student Dan Hoover of Sanford placed rst among nearly 70 participants at the 2014 Intuba tion Rodeo last month sponsored by Na ture Coast Emergency Medical Services in Crystal River. Six students from Seminole States Center for Public Safety competed against veteran paramedics from emer gency medical technician and re depart ment teams across the state in a variety of timed scenarios to test their skills at inserting tubes into bodies for the adding or removal of uids. Homebuilder hires new home sales associate Meritage Homes of Winter Springs recent ly hired Polly Heard as a new home sales associate. Heard brings a background in marketing and communications to her new position. She will be working out of the homebuilders Seven Oaks community in Winter Springs. One Senior Place ... 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Monday, July 21, 28 10am-1pm 10am-1pm By Exit Real Estate Results. Appointment Only 407.949.6714 AARP MEDICARE COMPLETE Tuesday, July 22, 29 2pm-3pm By LTC Advisors. RSVP 407.949.6722 LEGAL & FINANCIAL SENIOR SURVIVAL WORKSHOP Wednesday, July 23 2pm 4pm By Kathleen Flammia, P.A. RSVP 407.478.7800 HALF TIME REPORT Thursday, July 24 11am 2pm OR 3pm 6pm By Estate & Business Planning Group RSVP 407.389.1122 or Email: Reservation@EstateAndBusiness.netCalendar of Events July 2014 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 Dr. Gary D. 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 music to enjoy. Hamburgers, sausages and hotdogs are for sale at a very modest cost from 6 to 7 p.m. (or until the food runs out). The music goes from 6:30 to 9:30 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 and food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center. JULY 23 The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerces breakfast semi nar series, Bagels & Business, meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. in the Oviedo Mall Community Room. This months presentation and talk will be about the I-4 Ultimate Project. Its free for members and new guests. Call Melissa Lee at 407-278-4872 for more information. JULY 25 Come enjoy a Sanford River Rats base ball game followed by a movie Its a charity event, with 50 percent of proceeds going back to Seminole Work Opportunity Program when you tell them you are with SWOP as you purchase your tickets. In vite family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and more! Its starting at 7 p.m. July 25 at Sanford Memorial Stadium, 1201 S. Mel lonville Ave. in Sanford. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Visit for more information. ONGOING Each year, The Oviedo Preservation Project publishes a black-and-white wall cal endar. This calendar is then distributed in Oviedo, Winter Springs, Geneva, and Chul uota to help people learn more about our community (and keep better track of their schedules.) The calendar contains the winning photos from a contest held each summer. Winners have been as young as 9, and participants range from kids with phone-cameras to professionals with fancy lenses. TOPP challenge you to capture the theme on camera! The contest deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 22. Submit photos of the theme Wa ter, water everywhere to contest@ovie The city of Winter Springs is running adult softball leagues starting Aug. 11. Regis tration for these leagues will begin July 21 for returning teams and open registration for new teams begins July 28. Team reg istration is $400 per team. For more infor mation, call the Winter Springs Parks and Recreation Department at 407-327-6589. 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. The Casselberry Farmers Market and Green Bazaar runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next to the Casselberry Police Department, located at 4195 S. U.S. Highway 17-92. For more information, con tact


| July 18, 2014 | Page 3 THIS WEEK THIS WEEK IN WORLD HISTORY JULY LEOPARDS | Rare cats, listed as highly endangered, replaced by more common cats AWARDS | The creatures also lost 80 per cent of their natural habitat along the border of China and Russia be tween 1970 and 1983, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Russia made a critical step to ward protecting the remaining leopards in 2012, declaring 650,000 acres of land as Land of the Leop ard National Park, a protected area. I have to admit the Amur leop ards were one of my favorites, Green said. I came from the Mem phis Zoo where I worked on the team in charge of bringing a pair of endangered giant pandas to the zoo. pandas left in the wild, however that is not the case for the Amur leopard; these beautiful animals The Central Florida Zoo an nounced last week that theyve acquired two new leopards both child advocacy, commenting on abuse and helping connect read ers with organizations that can stop it. Good column, with a knockout lede, wrote one judge. [Phillips] took a serious national topic and made it intensely local. Read it on our website at http:// the Seminole Voice in Faith and Family Reporting for his two-part series Life after the clock runs out, and The home that keeps kids from jail, following the or ganizations in Seminole County that keep kids safe from danger ous family environments. In a category with over two-dozen en tries, this two-part series was the clear winner, a judge wrote. Tim is able to capture the hope, and desperate need, for an organiza tion that aims to provide support for at-risk children and teens. Sol Then read the second at o43tqz2 server in the Community History category for her story Revisiting elucidated the efforts of modern writers to keep the spirit of the famed author alive in the Col lege Park home that inspired his most famous works. One judge remarked that her story was head and shoulders above her competition in the category. Find it online at qz6eaww for the Observer in the Faith and Family category for her story Pinwheels for a purpose, which followed a familys daily life as which affects their son. Sarah Wilson delivers the whole pack age with this touching, well-writ ten feature story, complemented with strong photography, wrote one judge. Read it online at the Observer in Agricultural and Resurrecting the Senator, which reconstructed the history of a lost project that would by fate give a 3,500-year-old cypress tree a per fect clone to grow its legacy after full story online at http://tinyurl. com/otfn6ub ment and Review Reporting for artist Josh Garricks sudden as cent to worldwide acclaim for his photography. Read it at http:// placed third for the Observer in the Health, Medical and Science Reporting category for Local deliveries, chronicling the push by doctors touting the health and eries, going against the medical establishment. Its on the Ob servers website at http://tinyurl. com/qacfjrt C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE 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! Contact Karyn or Kim at 407.395.2112; or scan the code. University Carillon UM Church UCF Football Season Parking Permits &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT W Brian Thomas Produce 110 Geneva Drive, Old Downtown Oviedo(Across From Ace Hardware) VINE RIPE TOMATOES A local gang naming Oviedo as its stomping grounds might be re sponsible for the double homicide of an Orlando couple more than a year ago, according to a Crimeline bulletin recently released by po lice. The public notice reads that detectives have discovered ties between a gang known as the Oviedo Soldiers and deceased Orlando residents James and Ann Marie Smith. The couple were found dead in their Orlando home around 9:30 a.m. on April 26 last year. Wit nesses reported hearing gunshots earlier that morning, according to police. I had never heard of [the Oviedo Soldiers] before, the vic tims daughter Valerie Smith told area and it always felt like a small town. I just couldnt imagine that gang violence was going on in my backyard. Oviedo Mayor Dominic Pers ampiere recalls the Oviedo Sol diers getting virtually wiped out by a police task force more than a decade ago as part of a drug in vestigation. About 50 arrests were made in Orange, Seminole and Volusia different counties to dis patch the group, which had been selling crack cocaine, marijuana reported in 2005. While the crimes spanned three counties, the Orlando Sentinel re ported at least two members liv ing locally in Oviedo at the time of their arrest, including Dwight who worked as an electrician. Some involved had everyday reotypical gang image, reported the Sentinel, like in the case of Oviedo resident Leonard Hill who worked as a custodian at the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Orlando. To my knowledge theres nothing (gang related) active in the city right now, Oviedo Police Chief Jeffrey Chudnow said. Smith said she doubted her parents had any idea of their in volvement with the alleged gang. They couldnt have known that someone they were interact ing with was in a gang, Smith have known. That is my gut reac tion. James had previously been ar rested in 2003, facing charges of burglary of a dwelling, theft, two counts of dealing in stolen prop erty and two counts of receiving money from a pawnbroker by Anyone with knowledge of the relationship between the victims and the Oviedo Soldiers can call Crimeline at 800-423-8477. The Crimeline poster offers callers with information could be eligible for a $10,000 cash reward. Oviedo gang may be tied to homicide TIM FREED The Voice Orlando murder possibly connected to Oviedo Soldiers less-rare species than the Amur. Our Amur leopards had been in renal failure for some time and we were aware of their pending passing, New said. We brought in the new leopards knowing that we would soon need to have new ready open to the public.


At Fort Rucker in Alabama theres a line out the door of an much from the outside, but in replicas of the planes, helicopters and tanks theyll one day be pi loting sometimes with theirs and others lives in their hands. And theyll all be counting on [Years ago] there was just the ever present noise of helicopters around you, theres helicopters real helicopters, said Gene Mc go to Fort Rucker, theres no heli copters. Why? Because theyre all Twenty-four hours a day, the military is using simulation soft ware that StackFrame has cre ated to train its soldiers. But for some, StackFrame might just be Their global impact and com munity outreach they take at least two interns each summer from Sanford technology magnet school Crooms Academy, where they eventually got three of their full-time employees made them the winner of Seminole Countys Small Business of the Year and Technology Company of the Year, said Jason Brodeur, president of the Seminole Coun ty Regional Chamber of Com merce. StackFrames most interest ing and impactful work is in the simulation industry. The Depart ment of Defense is a main client, and the company is a leader in taking complicated simulation training software and develop ing a web-based interface for it. Now, training that used to be an nation to learn, can be done by military staff on their iPads or smart phones. Some large projects have them helping to create software that teaches soldiers who know how but need tactical defense train ing. They learn how to react to being attacked in real time. They navigate environments theyll see if theyre deployed to Iraq, complete with 3-D trees, build there now. Derrick Franceschini, vice president of defense for StackFrame, said that recently a helicopter pilot was able to an ticipate and avoid a power line many times in a simulator. That saved his life. All the other things that youre supposed to worry about you can focus on; what the places look like is sort of in the back of your mind, Franceschini said. They also have a simulator for those who work at command desks. They watch as soldiers navigate war zones, and give them instructions when danger ous situations arise. Sometimes, the simulations are so real, the line of real and simulated gets blended for them; thats how seriously soldiers take this train ing. When those people are in the simulated environment and theyre looking out of that simulated window and they see against, our software is creat ing with, McCulley said. McCulley said he loves the work they do, because theyre always operating at the edge of lenge. And hes always loved solving puzzles. When he was 10 he was already editing the com puter games for his Radio Shack Model 3 computer, disabling the copy protection so that he and his friends could share their soft ware on each others computers. Then you could also give your self a little more ammo for the game, but he wasnt so much in terested in that part. If you wanted to learn more, if you wanted to poke at these systems, you often had little choice but to kind of rip the program apart to see how it worked, he said. Now gets to create his own software every day at StackFrame. Page 4 | July 18, 2014 | IN T ERES T S THIS WEEK IN HUMAN HISTORY JULY 23 rfnttbn nn JULY SPECIAL START TODAY FOR $49rbr rfntb b trnn t rb bttt r rrrb r frrt tr 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. Training soldiers with virtual wings BRITTNI LARSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE StackFrame founder Gene McMculley, left, and Derrick Franceschini program simulators for military ight training. Sanford company sets framework for military simulators When those people are in the simulated environment ... our software is creating that thing theyre To learn more about what StackFrame does or to inquire about how they might help you with your business IT needs, visit




Page 6 | July 18, 2014 | AT HLE T ICS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS HISTORY Just a bit more than halfway through the season for the Flori da Collegiate Summer League, it looks like the race for the regular season championship is going to be between two longtime rivals: the Sanford River Rats and the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs. Sanford and Winter Park are league. The Rats sit at 17-10, while the Dawgs are just half a game be hind at 18-12. But the other teams cant be counted out just yet: The Win ter Garden Squeeze are just two burg Lightning just four. With 13 games remaining on the sched ule for each team, there could be jostling at the top before heading into postseason play. Sanford is having a much bet ter year than they did last summer during the regular season, when a record of 21-19. Theyve already won 17 games, and as long as they will have improved upon last sea sons mark. Winter Park on the other hand is behind last seasons pace. Last year the Dawgs had one of the best campaigns in the history of the Florida League, route to winning the regular season title. Head-to-head on the year its been a dead heat between the two teams. They have played eight times; splitting the contests right down the mid dle with each team winning four. In those games, however, Sanford holds a sizeable ad vantage in run dif ferential, which can often be a good pre dictor of success mov ing forward. In total, Sanford has outscored Winter Park 55-43 in their head-to-head matchups. Sanford is also +51 on the year in run differential against all op ponents, while Winter Park is just +23. Leading Sanford offensive ly have been Rock Rucker and Hunter Melton. Rucker, who also played for the Rats last year, leads the league in batting average at .407 and on-base percentage at an even .500. Melton has been the man driving in runs for the Rats. He currently has 28 RBI, which is seven more than any other play er in the Florida League, despite playing in only 20 of his teams 27 games. On the rubber for Sanford, Ar turo Martoral has been a standout and has struck out the third most batters in the league 39 while giving up just seven walks. equally impressive, going 4-0 Offensively for Winter Park one of their biggest contributors has been Tagg Duce. Duce is hit ting .318 with 12 doubles and 20 RBI. He has also stolen 14 bases the fourth most in the league. The most steals in the league however, belong to another Dawg, Peter Nicoletto. Nicoletto has swiped 17 bags, thanks in large part to an impressive .356 on-base percent age to give him the opportunity. On the mound Winter Park has had several quality pitch ers emerge at this point in the season, the most impressive of whom might be Jonny Ortiz. Ortiz has started the year 5-0, has kept opposing hitters to just a .157 batting average while hes been on the rub ber. Other pitchers whove been impres sive so far for the Dawgs include Devin 4-0, leads the league with 48 strikeouts league in strikeouts, with 41, but is just 2-1 despite a With a little less than three weeks left of Florida Collegiate Summer League baseball, its still a very tight race for who will be crowned regular season champs. season, but the Rats and the Daw gs will meet just once more, on July 27 in Sanford, for what could be a game of monumental impact. Rats and Dawgs ght for league lead PHOTO BY COLIN BELL THE VOICE With a blowout win over the DeLand Suns July 15, the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs crept closer to the Rats. 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 COLIN BELL The Voice


| July 18, 2014 | Page 7 VOICES THIS WEEK IN POLITICAL HISTORY JULY If you really consider Florida part of the Deep South, then okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) most likely has a prominent position in your garden during the summer. As a member of the hibiscus family of plants, all parts of the crop are edible, but the tender, immature seedpods are most commonly consumed. Brought to North America as part of the slave trade in the 18th century, okras origin is in dispute, but is assumed to originate in Western Africa daily commerce as gumbo and deep fried slices, or in a shrink-wrapped package, this cultural relic should be included more frequently in our routine cuisine. ing when soil and air temperatures really start to warm up. Although drought toler routine irrigation will help to establish the crop for months of production (hopefully propensity to parade over the unopened countered are root knot nematodes. Mulch thickly with lawn trimmings to control weeds, conserve moisture and provide ally. the real work begins. Within mere days, the pointy pods will start to form. Since tough, harvest frequently. As a mnemonic device, I schedule okra picking early in the morning on odd numbered days. Harvesting requires a sharp scissors and wearing a long-sleeved shirt to avoid the the ever-present ants. Refrigerate quickly grown for each family member should provide plenty. My wifes grandmothers New Orleans with plenty of butter (cant go hippy low fat oil on this one). Add thinly sliced okra and saut until browned. Continuing in the skillet, add diced onion and peppers. cessed tomatoes, along with plenty of bay leaves, savory, oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic, rosemary, sage and hot peppers. cauldron and simmer until consistent. Fil powder from the leaves of the sassafras agent. Shrimp, crab, oysters, and most other seafood are added, along with suf Sides of Cajun rice and a mess of collard as part of the real South. My ears are starting to hurt. Let me I enjoy social media. Like most people, thanks to online technology, I am able to reconnect and stay in touch with friends and family all across the world. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, joys, triumphs and even tragedies are shared as part of a genuine sense of community. But I dread social media during election seasons. I have friends who sit all across the spectrum of political ideology. The con stant barrage of vitriolic online postings from both sides of the aisle is like being trapped inside a bass drum in a marching band. Pretty soon, all I want is to escape to a small quiet room and cover my head. My ears hurt. At the conclusion of the 2012 presiden tial election, I felt compelled to post the following Facebook status: Dear Face book: Now that the election is over, I look forward to an end to the nasty, divisive political posts. No matter which side you are on, its now time to be Americans. I welcome a return to posts about your kids soccer games, check-ins at TGI Fridays, and, yes, even FarmVille status updates. Really. I do. I even missed videos of cats. Unfortunately (for me), the barrage time there is a news story, a Supreme Court decision, religious event, or any occasion where there might be two or more opinions, the drumbeat starts again, louder than ever. Sometimes the messages are even outright mean. But more often, the messages are simply posted with the implicit assumption that everyone surely agrees with the posters opinion. There is a kind of unintended arrogance in these messages and Facebook shares. I dont think I have ever seen any quasi-political tweet, status update, or comment that actually invited genuine debate. This phenomenon is known as the echo chamber, where people only say things so that like-minded individuals can validate their opinions. So what? you may ask. According to freelance writer Alan Martin in Wired magazine, If you surround yourself with voices that echo similar opinions to those youre feeding out, they will be reinforced in your mind as mainstream, to the point that it can dis tort your perception of what is the general consensus. My opinion is the proper one see how all my friends agree? and if anyone disagrees, they are stupid, bigoted, nave, or any number of other knee-jerk reactions. There is no longer any room for candid conversation, for the possibility of chang ing your mind based on new information. Martin continues: Highlighting a dissent ing voice as trolling is another possible sumed that this voice is so outrageous that the community continues unchallenged. While it is pervasive online, the echo There has been a spate of recent news articles about college and university commencement speakers withdrawing because of loud protests by the campus community. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew from a speech at Rutgers University and Interna tional Monetary Fund managing direc tor Christine Lagarde withdrew from a scheduled appearance at Smith College after protests and petitions at the respec tive institutions. Former New York Police shouted down by students during a speech at Brown University and the event had to be canceled. Colleges and universities are supposed to be stalwart bastions of open discourse Higher education cherishes the institution of tenure, which was designed to protect potentially unpopular lines of inquiry. How is it that institutions that hold such high ideals have become so intolerant of Agree with her politics or not, Rice is PHOTO BY TOM CAREY THE VOICE Once okra plants owers unfurl, keep watch for pointy pods to harvest for your dining pleasure. King Features Weekly ServiceJuly 14, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOON An ode to okra: a southern-style staple The echo chamber of social media gets louder 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 > TOM CAVANAGH UCF Forum columnist a highly accomplished African-American woman whose success might serve as an inspiration for many. She has served as provost of Stanford University, national security advisor and secretary of state. She that even if a majority of the graduating Rutgers University audience disagreed with her politics or policies while she served in the Bush Administration, surely they could have gleaned something of value from her commencement remarks. But the echo chamber was too loud. In her biography of Voltaire, writer philosophers beliefs with the statement, I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. This sentiment seems to be fading away in the era of social media. I certainly have my own opinions about a wide range of topics. However, I have resolved to never post these opinions online. Doing so will either simply con tribute to the echo chamber of like-minded online friends or alienate those friends who subscribe to a different point of view. I value my friendships with those who may disagree with me, more than I need the shallow ego boost of counting likes or supportive comments from those who agree. Its not that I espouse only sharing inane drivel online (Look what Im hav ing for breakfast!), its just that unfortu away from social media as a result of these echo chambers. As I said, they hurt my ears. And, really, in our heart of hearts, who doesnt love a really good cat video? Tom Cavanagh is the University of Central Floridas associate vice president of distributed learning. He can be reached at


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