Title: Osceola news-gazette
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Seized drug

money helps

local law

By Juliana A. Torres
Staff Writer
Local law enforcement
.agencies used the money
seized in. drug raids over the
past year for a variety of dif!
ferent purposes in the com-
munity, including defibrilla--
tors and GPS tracking sys-
The Kissimmee Police
Department seized about
$57.845 in forfeiture funds
and property in 2008. Simi-
larly, the Osceola County
Sheriff's Office had a balance
of about $132,083 in its for-.
feiture fund.
Under the Florida Contra-,
band Forfeiture Aet,, law
enforcement. can seize
money, drugs, vehicles, gam-
bling proceeds, illegal liquor
and all personal property
involved in illegal activity. The
property from those seizures
can be used by the agency,.
sold at a public auction or
transferred to a public or non-
profit organization.
The money gained in for-
feited property .and cash,
deposited into a trust fund
designed for that use, then
can be used to fund school
resource officers as. ,well as
crime prevention, safe neigh-
borhood, drug abuse educa-
tion or drug prevention pro-
grams. The funds cannot be
used to meet normal operat-
ing expenses of the agency,
according to state law.
S .Since October 2007, the
* Sheriff's Office has spent
$73,741.in accrued forfeiture
funds for several different
programs. Some of the larger
* expenses were $37,560
spent on legal expertise and
-an -additional $27,600 that
purchased HeartStart defibril-
lators, which are on-site
emergency equipment' that'.
shocks a person's heart into
starting again. Just more than
$7,000 was spent on drug
education T-shirts.
The Sheriff's Office also
sponsored two programs with.
* the funds,' offering $500 to
Missing Children Day and
$1,000 to Mothers Against
Drunk Driving.
The Kissimmee -Police
Department spent $59,089
of its funds during the last fis-
cal year. The majority went
toward new equipment:
$16,295 on a. GPS'tracking
system, $7,034 in parking
See Money, page A-2


to hike park

impact fees

Fees will go higher in 6 months

By Juliana A. Torres
Staff Writer
The Kissimmee Commis-
sion approved an increase to
the city's parks and recreation
impact fees Tuesday, but
allowed a six-month delay
before the increase starts in
hopes of stimulating new con-
The. new ordinance will
charge $1,200 for new sin-
gle-family homes, $985 for
new, multi-family units and
$867 for mobile homes. The
previous fee of $300 per res-
idential unit had not changed
since commissioners enacted
it 20 years ago.
"We haven't really touched
this fee since 1989," Deputy
City Manager Mike Steiger-

wald said.
A study presented to the
commission during an Octo-
ber workshop suggested a fee
as high as- $1,800. The
increase ,actually implement-
ed bring's the Kissimmee
.parks and recreation fee to a
level similar to other govern-
ment entities in the county.
Joe Volpe, representative
.for the Home Builders Asso-
ciation of Metro Orlando, said
the timing was wrong for'
upgrading the impact fees.
"Unfortunately, 'there isn't
a good time to raise fees or to
raise taxes," Volpe said,
emphasizing that the slumped
housing market was affecting
See Impact fees;,page A-2

By Jessica Solis
Staff Writer
While early voting for the
St. Cloud City Council ends'
today at 2 p.m., residents
who didn't already vote will
go to the polls Tuesday to
cast their ballots.
Up for grabs are seats 4
and 5, with incumbents and
newcomers alike hoping for a
spot on the council.
In seat 4, incumbent Mick-
ey Hopper is running against
Jeffry Krotts and Heidy Mol-
ner. Hopper, the council's
veteran member, has served
for the past eight years, while.
Krotts is a three-time candi-
In seat 5, former St. Cloud
staffer Russell Holmes is hop-
ing to unseat Deputy Mayor
Jarom Fertic, who is running
for his second term.
Also on the ballot are two
proposed amendments to the
city's charter relating to elec-
tion date changes and candi-
date term limits. Voters will
decide if they want to limit
See St. Cloud, page A-3

Seat 5 candidates


Seat 4 candidates

Hopper Krotts

Tuesday at
7 a.m.,
close at
7 p.m.

Convention center still on, tourism tax revenue is down

By Jessica Solis
Staff Writer .
Tourist development tax rev-
enue is down, the convention
center project is still on and
attendance at Houston Astros
spring training games at Osceo-
la County Stadium has dropped
due.to the economy, county offi-
cials said earlier this week.
Convention center
project still on
The county will pay a total of
$120 million for projects at
Gaylord Palms and Champions-
Gate: $80 million will go toward
the addition of 594 hotel rooms

and a 350,00 square-foot
expansion at Gaylord Palms and
$40 million will be used at
ChampionsGate for 500 new
hotel rooms and a 175,000
square-foot conference center.
Rida Development Corp.,
the company behind" Champi-
onsGate, commissioned an eco-
nomic impact study last year
that concluded the project would
generate about $470 million in
tax revenue over a 30-year peri-
od, of which $294 million would
be direct revenue to the county.
The expansions will bring to
the county 1,000 new jobs, and
$34 million of annual payroll,

Assistant County Attorney
George Nickerson said at a
Tourist Development Council
meeting Tuesday. During the
projects' construction phase,
more than 3,000 will be
employed, he said.
Nickerson said the county is
waiting for Gaylord Palms and
Rida to develop their design and
private financing plans. The
project is slated to begin in
2011,'when Rida and Gaylord
Palms will be required to have all
funding in place.
But if Rida and Gaylord
Palms fail to come up with the
money by 2011, the county

could cancel the entire transac-
tion, Nickerson said.
Rida will serve as the con-
struction manager for the proj-
ects, Nickerson said, and a local
subcontractor preference will be
in place during the construction..
He said the local preference
would be different than the
county's current local vendor
policy, since the privately owned
companies are funding a major-
ity of the project.
"Those people know how to
operate facilities more than the
county does," Nickerson said.
The projects are scheduled
for completion in 2014.,

Tourism is down
Tourist development tax col-
lections are down 9 percent for
the first five months of the cur-
rent fiscal year compared to the
same period last year, a new
county report showed. Accord-
ing to the report provided by the
tax collector's office, collections
in January totaled $2.7 million,
a 12 percent drop compared to
the same month a year ago.
The hotel/motel occupancy
rate also was down compared to
last January. The 2009 rate was
52 percent, 7 percent lower
than the same month in 2008.
The average daily room rate for

January also
decreased 3
percent frdm
the prior year,
to $83.06.
Convention and
Visitors Bureau
Director Tom Lang
Lang said find-
ing a steady tourism sector is dif-
ficult right now due to the eco-
nomic crisis. He said one of the
county's largest tourist groups
- visitors from the United King-
dom might not visit in the
large numbers as expected.
See TDC, page A-3

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Going for gold

News-Gazette Photos/Kelly Jeck
Natasha Fritz, 15, a student at Narcoossee Community School, races in the
100-meter dash with Stephanie Webster, 13, of St. Cloud Middle School, at
the Special Olympics on Saturday, March 7, at St. Cloud High School.

Above right, Geoff Shaw, father of Caleb Shaw, a student at Michigan
Avenue Elementary School, teaches his son technique in the shot put throw
at the Special Olympics. At left, Marc Doolittle, 16, of Celebration, raises
his hands in victory as he celebrates his first-place win in the softball throw
and third place in the 50-meter dash.

St. Cloud voters to

consider candidates

and charter changes


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Impact fees
Continued from page A-I

Kissimmee especially. "You
can charge a $10 impact fee
or a $1,000 impact fee but
times what you're building,
(that) still amounts to zero."
Initially, the ordinance
approved Tuesday suggested
a four-month (120 days) delay
before implementing the
increase to allow city staff
ample time to inform the
public of the change. Volpe
suggested a longer delay,
which could create an incen-
tive for developers who would
like to build within the city. If
they knew. they could save
$.1,000 by hurrying their
plans, they might be motivat-
ed to start the permitting
process sooner, he said."
"A thousand dollars is not
much, but the way the ,hous-
ing market has been falling, a
thousand dollars certainly
means a lot," he said. "You're
not going to ,be losing any
revenue because certainly
there's not any building going
on. ,I just would encourage
you to go further than 120
days out.".

Mayor. Jim
Swan suggest-
ed the 180-
day delay
instead of
120. The
city's parks'
and recreation
fees were, Swan
overdue for an
upgrade, he said, while a
turnaround in the housing
market still could be a long
way off.
"I'm a little more pes-
simistic than Joe (Volpe) is. I
think it's going to be a couple
of years,". Swan said.-
All four of the other com-
missioners agreed to the six-
month delay.
City staff has been working
on an ordinance that would
allow developers to- finance
the municipality's various
impact fees through the city
rather than pay the lump sum
up front.
"This may be one of the
fees that will be rolled into
that program, which will
come back to you in the next

few months," Steigerwald
The commissioners sug-
gested the financing option
as a way to stimulate new
construction and develop-
ment within the city, direct-
ing staff last week to work
on the possibility.
Commissioner Carlos
Irizarry suggested the. city
waive the transportation
impact fees for .certain proj-

ects that might stimulate eco-
nomic development, citing a
change in policy government
officials in Brevard County
recently enacted. Steigerwald
said the ordinance governing
Kissimmee's transportation
impact fees already allowed
certain waivers on a case-by-
case basis.
The issue will go on an
upcoming agenda for discus-
sion, per Irizarry's request.

Continued from page A-i1

citation equipment and
,$11,090 in software licenses,
for a field training program.
The department spent anoth-
er $8,500 on a new K-9 dog.
The remaining money
spent a total of $16,169 -,
helped .fund, community rela-
tions programs.
forfeiture funds carry over
from one year' to the next
and, in the case of the Kissim-
mee Police Department,

many expenditures within the
fund are supplemented with
other sources of income.
The St..Cloud City Council
recently approved $20,042
to be spent from its forfeiture
fund for buying Taser stun
guns. The purchase will allow
'the rest of the police force to
be outfitted with the less-than-
lethal weapons, St. Cloud
Police Chief Darryl Holliday



Five arre
Five Buenav
individuals wer
Osceola Couw
Office said the
involved in at lI
Arrested earl
were Isamar Ro
mael Mikki Di
Olivera, ,19,
Alexander, 17,
Gonzalez, 19.
Sheriff's Off
with property cri
.community res
and, the tourist
said ,the five s

involved in at least 20 Osceo-
la County home burglaries.
The investigation began
several months ago when
there .was an
increase in
residential bur-
glaries report-
Rosario ed in the Bue-
nave County. Detectives
Lakes area
and at short-
term rental
properties in
the tourist -corridor of west
Osceola County. Detectives
conducted a special opera-
Gonzalez tion, which led them to the
..e. five suspects. All five live' in

asted in BVL.
S. Based on the evidence, the
arises suspects were charged with
jentura Lakes multiple burglaries. Detectives
e jailed after have recovered about
rity Sheriff's :$:12,000 worth of the stolen
suspects were property, but said many other
east 20 home items were already sold on
the street, Sheriff's Office
ier this month .reports said.
sario, 19, Ish- .The four adult suspects
az, 18, Luis were booked into the Osceola
Cassahdra County Jail. The juvenile,
, and Misael Alexander, was booked into,
the Osceola County Juvenile-
ice detectives Detention Center. The inves-
rimes east, the tigati'n is ongoing with addi-
sponse team tional charges pending.
:-policing unit This is .the second major
suspects were burglary arrest made in the

last several months. In
December of 2008, Sheriff's
Office detectives arrested two
men who were likely linked to
hundreds of vacation home
burglaries in Osceola, Polk
and Lake counties.

C. Oquendq D. Oquendo

Deputies nab teens
in car burglaries
Three Buenaventura Lakes
teenagers were charged with
burglary after Osceola County
Sheriff's Office detectives said
the trio was likely linked to at.
least 20
crimes involv-c
ing vehicles.
with property
crimes east,
the communi-
ty response
team and the Snyder
tourist policing
unit arrested Dan C. Oquen-
do, 16, Carlos Oquendo, 15,
and Bryant Snyder, 17, earli-
er this month, Sheriff's Office

spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain
They were charged with
three conveyance burglaries.
But as a; result of the arrests,-
detectives expected to close
additional car burglary cases
in Buenaventura Lakes.
Detectives ,said the three
teenagers were likely involved
in at least 20 car burglaries in
the county.
All three suspects. were
booked into the Osceola
County Juvenile Detention
Center. The investigation is
ongoing with additional
charges pending.
See Police news, page A-3

News-Gazette Photos/Andrew Sullivan
Traci Long, right, won first place in the Images of
Osceola annual photo contest at the Osceola Center
for the Arts. From left are Jules Davidson, visual
arts director at the center, Paula Stark, publisher of
the Osceola News-Gazette, the contest co-sponsor
along with the center and Bruce Wilson Photogra-
phy, and Long.

I gPatty Tug-
gle, photo
at far left,
-7 took second
place in the
Images of
photo con-
test while
Atlee Mer-
Scer, photo
Sat left, took
-third place.

Images winners announced

Osceola Center for the Arts
March 3 announced the win-
ners of the annual Images of
Osceola Photography Contest.
This year, Traci Long took
first place and the $150 prize
for her photo title "Osprey
Patty Tuggle took second
place and a $100 prize for
"Grasshopper" while Atlee,
Mercer took third place and
the $75 prize for his "Kissim-
mee Courthouse."
Honorable mentions also
went to: "When,do we play?"
and "Vulture Profile" by Long;
"Boots & Spurs on the Fence"

by Sherry Marco;' "Flower
Vision" by Morgan Schroeder;
"Kissimmee Monument" and
"Water Buffalo with Baby" by
Tuggle; "Sunrise in the Fog"
by Debbi Walsh; and "Domin-
go's Saddle" by Daniel Wer-
Contest photos will be on
display through March 25 dur-
ing regular business hours.
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Highway 192 between Kissim-
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Police news
Continued from page A-2

St. Cloud
Continued from page A-1

Sex offender
violates parole
Osceola County Sheriff's
Office deputies arrested and
charged a registered sex
offender Wednesday with viola-
tion of parole after he was
found talking with a minor.
According to Sheriff's Office
reports, deputies were
patrolling the area near Poin-
ciana Boulevard when they
stopped to talk to Lawrence
Matthew Boker, 25, of 5050
Howison Road, Kissimmee.
Boker, who was with a 16-year-
old, told deputies he was on
probation and showed them his
ankle monitor.
A stipulation of Boker's pro-
bation was that he couldn't

Polio Tropical helping
Girl Scouts.
Pollo Tropical is partnering
with several Florida Girl Scouts
councils, including organiza-
tions in the Central Florida
.area, to hold a Pollo Tropical
multi-county Girl Scouts Benefit
Day Wednesday from 2:30 to 9
p.m. at various Pollo Tropical
The purpose of the event is
to help the Girl Scouts councils
raise money for their projects.
Participating restaurants will
donate 15 percent of sales from
the benefit day to the Girl
Scouts councils.
Central Florida participat-
ing Pollo Tropical locations
include: 1985 E. Osceola
Parkway, Kissimmee;. 3224
E. Colonial Drive, .Orlando;
and-8412 S. Orange Blossom
Trail, Orlando.
City prepares
to alter traffic
The city of Kissimmee Public
Works and Engineering Depart-
ment was preparing for addi-
tional road closures as part of
the ongoing Dakin Avenue box
culvert improvements.
From Friday ;-.through-
Wednesday, March 25, East.
Dakin Avenue between Church

have unsuper-
vised contact
with minors.
Boker was then
charged with
violation of
In April of
2008, Boker Boker
was convicted
of lewd and lascivious sexual
battery with a victim 12 tol5
.years old and was on super-
vised probation. He was
booked into the Osceola Coun-
ty Jail.
Orlando man.
killed in crash
An Orlando man was killed
in Osceola County Tuesday
after he lost control of the truck

Street and Central Avenue will
be one-way only. Traffic will
flow in a northwest direction
from Church Street. Mitchell
Street will be closed to traffic
from East Dakin Avenue.
All parking areas for First
United Methodist Church, City
Hall and Fire Station 11 will be
accessible. Detours will be in
place to' direct traffic in this
For more information, call
the City's Public Works and
Engineering Department at
Ad space available
on Lynx bus
The Central Florida Region-
al Transportation Authority,
commonly called Lynx, is invit-
ing qualified nonprofit organiza-
tions in Orange, Osceola and
Seminole counties to win free
exterior bus advertising space
for one year on the agency's
public service bus.
The winners will.have their
logos painted on a Lynx bus for
one year.
To be eligible, the organiza-
tion must serve Orange, Osceo-
la or Seminole county, show
proof of 501 (c)(3) status or be
a governmental agency with an
annual operating budget of less
than $1 million.

he was driving and overturned.
According to the Florida
Highway Patrol, Michael
Amburgey, 34, of Orlando,
was driving a semi-tractor trail-
er north on Deer Park Road at
about 4:55 p.m. when, for
unknown reasons, he lost con-
trol of the vehicle.
The truck ran off the east
shoulder of the road. The vic-
tim then overcorrected, causing
the vehicle to travel across the
southbound lanes and overturn
onto the westbound shoulder,
patrol reports stated.
Amburgey was pronounced
dead at the scene, troopers
said. It was unknown' whether
he was .wearing a seat belt or
whether the crash was alcohol-

Qualified agencies are
required to submit the following
items: registration form with all
fields completed; copy of
501(c)(3) status or government
agency designation; copy of
annual budget; electronic image
of organization logo saved on a
CD or disc in EPS, JPEG or
TIFF file format with minimum
resolution of 600 dpi.
Registration forms and con-
test details are available at
www.golynx.com. Deadline
for entries is March 27.
Incomplete entries will not be
accepted. Winners will be noti-
fied by April. 3.
Liberty National
job fair
Liberty National Life Insur-
ance Company will hold a
grand opening celebration and
job interview event Wednes-
day at the Omni Hotel at
ChampionsGate, 1500 Mas-
ters Blvd.
Liberty National is seeking
to appoint 200 sales agents
and sales management p6si-
tions initially. Interviews will be
conducted at 9 a.m., noon, 3
p.m. and 6 p.m.
For more information, visit
or 407-829-7880 or 407-
333-2607. '

council members to two con-
secutive four-year terms in
Currently, city officials
serve two-year terms without
limits. Residents also will
decide if they want the city to
hold elections in November,
concurrent with the county
and Kissimmee's general
The candidates
Molner has never run for
public office, but said she
decided to throw her name
into the political process to
better spotlight city govern-
ment, especially during an
economic downturn. A city
resident since 1996, Molner
lives, with her husband and
two children. She sees over-
spending as the city's biggest
Holmes, an Osceola Coun-
ty School District employee,
,also is a first-time candidate.
He said the city should help
local businesses and not be
afraid to use more technology
to make government more,
accessible for residents.
Fertic, a lifelong city resi--
dent, said he wants to take on
the city's problems. He said
the council should be .more
attentive to where it gives
money and help preserve
parks and historic locales in
the city. He is married with
two children.
Hopper, a -resident of St.
Cloud since the 1980s,
counts the city's lakefront
renovation as the council's
biggest achievement. She said
she wants to continue doing
the work residents elected her
to do, including boosting the
,city's image through a real
estate stimulus project she
has been working on since
last summer.
Krotts moved to St. Cloud
with his family as a fifth-grad-
er, and is a drafter for a local
construction company, work-
ing on planning and design..
He is currently a member of
the city's Board of Adjust-

ments and serves as a volun-
teer for several local organiza-
The issues
At a candidate forum last
month, all candidates said
they would oppose an
increase in property taxes to
help the city bring in more
"Raising taxes is a last
resort," Krotts said. "People
are already struggling to stay
in their homes."
Instead of increasing the
property tax rate, the city
could instead bring in new
sources of revenue or cut
unnecessary spending from
the budget, Krotts said. He
said the city could reduce
annual raises for employees.
Another way to potentially
bring in money, he said, is to
have city employees as paid
consultants for other munici-
palities hoping to install a
citywide Wi-fi system like
All candidates said it would
be difficult to propose spend-
ing cuts before seeing the
upcoming city' budget. But
attracting businesses to St.
Cloud could increase revenue
and help struggling local busi-
nesses, Holmes said.
It's the free. Internet that
candidates see as one of the
city's expendable services,
should it get into serious
budget trouble. Maintenance
and operation costs for

"They have the same
problems we do, and we just
don't know -what kind of
travel we're going to see,"
Lang said.
The economic downturn
has even hurt attendance at
Osceola County Stadium,
which hosts spring training
for the Houston Astros,
Lang said. Last year's Astros
game against the New. York

CyberSpot total about
$500,000 yearly, but some
candidates said the service
could be cheaper.
Krotts said the city should
consider changing providers
to retain the system and cut
At another candidate
forum earlier this month,
Molner said the city could out-
source the maintenance por-
tion of the service.
Fertic and Hopper said
CyberSpot isn't a service they
would want to eliminate, but
as a non-essential service,
they wouldn't be opposed to
stopping it to save other
more important programs.
"It's really hard to tell,"
Hopper said.
Holmes said instead of
fully eliminating the service in
a severe budget shortfall, the
.city could charge a small fee
for it. But it should first con-
duct a survey to make sure
residents would still support
the service if it weren't free.
Regular voting begins
Tuesday at 7 a.m. and con-
tinues until 7 p.m. Voting
locations, separated by
precincts, include the
Woman's Club of St. Cloud
at 1014 Massachusetts Ave.,
and the Cross Creek Estates
clubhouse at 3720 Crossing
Creek Blvd.
Contact Jessica Solis at
407-846-7600, Ext. 207.
E-mail at jsolis@

Yankees was sold out with
-an attendance of more than
6,000. This year, atten-
dance peaked at 3,800,
Lang said.
"We are worried," he
said. "We have a meeting
later on ... to see how we
can get more attendance.".
, The county's contract
with the Major League Base-
ball team expires in.2016.


Initiating the "St. Cloud Stimulus Project"

Cutting Property Taxes

Supporting the "UCF Business Incubator"

to nurture new St. Cloud Businesses

Connecting St. Cloud to the
"Medical City" of Lake Nona

Supporting the "Buy Local" Policy

Photo by Wermuth Photography .
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Raising impact fee not for now

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We don't believe the Kissimmee City
Commission Tuesday made the right deci-
sion when it chose to raise the parks and
recreation impact fee effective in six months,
given the current level of residential con-
struction in the city which is practically
We would rather have seen the commis-
sion delay for at least a year consideration of
the ordinance increasing the fee until a time
when it is clear there is a recovery under way
in the new home construction industry.
- The parks and recreation fees in six
months will be $1,200 for new single-family
homes, $985 for new multi-family units and
$867 for mobile homes. The previous fee of
$3.00 per residential unit was imposed 20
years ago. We believe the city should have
indexed the'fee annually to reflect cost of liv-
ing increases rather than shock the public
now with a dramatically higher fee, after a
long interval. Indexing is just easier to sell to
the public.
We have editorialized in recent weeks
about an increase in the county gasoline
sales tax for local transportation projects as

well as an increase in the. state sales tax and
fewer exemptions to support our schools.
We stand by our support of those increases
because the extra revenue would be used for
what .we consider essential services: trans-
portation and education.
However, parks and recreational pro-
grams, while certainly important for youth
and some adults in our community, are a
lower priority than roads and education. Yes,
recreational programs keep youngsters busy
and can help keep them out of trouble but
the reality is that we have to make some
hard choices on what we support.
Kudos to Mayor Jim Swan for suggest-
ing the 180-day delay on imposing the
higher fees. That was at least a welcome
City staff also has been working on an
ordinance that would allow developers of
commercial property to finance various
impact fees rather'than pay the lump sum up
front. We believe this option would be help-
ful in stimulating the local economy.
We do not want the city to waive trans-
portation impact fees for certain projects
because these fees help the city provide
transportation-related services.


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Wasting dollars
To the editor:
It was recently reported that the
Osceola County School District must
transport a child to the Osceola County
.line, where this child then rides ,a bus
through Orange County, where a
Seminole County bus picks.her up and
takes her to school. The process is
repeated for the, return trip every
school day.
The child became homeless and
now lives in Osceola County, but the
parents want the child to attend school
in Seminole County. There is a law that
allfos this to happen, so the taxpayers
are taken advantage of.
This bizarre waste of tax dollars
would never have seen the light of day
had it not been for our current fiscal
implosion. Taxpayers should be charg-
ing the ramparts to reveal every waste-
ful layer of autocracy, every bloated
construction project and every trans-
portation penny lost.
In Osceola County, it is reported
that our school district will have a $61
million deficit for the 2009-10 school
year. It may be a wise decision to
appoint a residents advisory committee
to inspect every item in the district
An independent group, would be
willing to shine a light on overlapping
bureaucracies, cost overruns and exces-
sive spending in all areas. There are
alternatives available and relying on
staff does not always offer our school
board the best solutions.

During the g6-go days and the prop-
erty tax windfall, too much energy went
into 'capital spending. Now that the
hard days are here, we must investigate
every avenue that can put real dollars
into operational spending that must
educate our children.
Tom Long
St. Cloud
Osceola County Landlords

Legislators want
your child to fail
To the editor:
Consider this:
Legislators passed a law dictat-
ing that schools must start later in the
year than in the past, .costing
Osceola County students weeks of
lost instructional time (before taking
the FCAT). Yet they failed to push
back the test date to account for the
mandate. This should chip a couple
points off their scores.
This year, the state mandated that
the test be given a mere two days after
your child's sleep schedule their
internal clock was disrupted by the
change to daylight savings time. It was
either that or give the test even earlier,
but under no circumstances could it be
later. This is not a coincidence or over-
sight. By having your child suffering
from a lack of sleep, a couple more
points are successfully chipped away.
Test security has reached the point
.of a bizarre Orwellian police state

nightmare. Test monitors are now
required by law to be in constant
motion, unable to sit, roving up and
down the aisles while the tests are
being given. This. constant distraction is
good for even more points vanishing.
Lastly, and this cannot be under-
stated, the. stress level on your'child is
immense. Janitors have learned to
hate test days, as the occurrence of
nervous-to-the-point-of-nauseous stu-
dents skyirockets.-I have seen 10- and
11-year-old students curled in a ball
weeping due to anxiety over the tests.
Test anxiety- is normal. Test anxiety
that causes your child this level of dis-
tress further lowers his or her score.
Just what the state wants.
So, the question becomes: Why is
the state working so hard to make sure
your child performs poorly on this
increasingly important test?
The answer, .in my personal and
professional opinion, is simple: greed.
By lowering test scores, legislators,
politicians bought and paid for by pow-
erful business interests, can pound
another nail in the coffin of free and
comprehensive public education. At
the same time, they further hope to de-
professionalize the teaching profession
-and break the backs of the teachers
unions so they can someday be
replaced by cheap, programmed labor.
Ask yourself, who is more con-
cerned, dedicated and best able to tend
to your child's health, well-being and
educational -development? Is it your
child's college-educated teacher, some
CEO who is salivating at the thought of

getting his hands on billions of public
education dollars, some high priest
who is salivating at the thought of get-
ting his hands on your child's young
mind along with a wad of cash or some
politician who survives by delivering
favors to the rich and powerful?
The answer, as you. know, is the
person who has dedicated his or her
life to'helping your child. It is the teach-
ers, staff and administrators of Osceola
County, of the state of Florida, of these
proud United States, the land of
opportunity for all.
Yes, there are problems with the
educational system. The way to solve
them, however, is not by undermining
8-year-old children in a three-day, high-
stress, pass/fail gauntlet. Nor is it by
demoralizing the adults who work with
your child day in and day out.
So, when those headlines blare out
from the front page of this very news-
paper a few months from now about
how test scores have gone down, think
back to this day. Think back to all the
tricks the politicians and business lead-
ers cooked up to make sure your
child's score went down. And think
back to it on Election Day.
I sincerely hope I am wrong. Should
the scores somehow hold steady or
even slightly improve, it will be a pro-
found testament to the efforts of your
child and their dedicated, professional
teachers and I will literally eat my words
in public in their honor.
David Douglass
St. Cloud

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By Rick Pedone
Staff Writer
Osceola's girls have
dominated the Orange Belt
Conference the past two
seasons,. racking up record
point totals at the confer-
ence meet. The team also
placed among the top
seven in Class 4A.
The boys- conference
race has been more bal-
anced, with defending
champ lHarmony poised to
fend off challenges from
several strong' contenders
when the conference meet
begins April 1 at Gateway.
Harmony edged Gateway
by six points at last year's
meet. Second-year Liberty
and Celebration will use
their depth to contend for
the title. '
Girls Coach Eric Pinellas
has built one of the
strongest programs in Flori-
da and things shouldn't
change this year with many
of last year's top athletes
"I think we can be pretty
good. We're pretty strong
up ,and down the lineup,"
Pinellas said.
He lost a great athlete in'
Ariel Cavazos, the state
long jump champ, to grad-
uation, but her sister,
SJerusha, a junior, will be,.
the team's best -. pole,
Sophomore Tynia
Gaither is ranked No: 1 in'
the state in Class 4A at 100
meters (12.02) and she has
competition on the team
from Tricia Carriere,
Caitlin Brunk and, Briana
Emanuel, all. capable of
scoring each meet.
The middle distance run-
ners include Yolanda



signs to,

West Fla.
By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer
When St. Cloud's Col-
ton Campbell recently
signed a scholarship to play,
baseball at the University of
West Florida in Pensacola,
he knew the school had a
lot going for it.
New .facilities. A nation-
ally-ranked Division II pro-
gram. And more Camp-
bells up there and we're
not talking soup.
He became an Argonaut
after his brother, Cody
Campbell, signed with the.
school. So does that mean
he's already got a college
roommate picked out?
"He's already arranged
for an apartment next
year," Colton said. "The
freshmen have to live in the
Campbell plays first and
third base for the Bulldogs
in this, his senior year. He
was a cog in a Bulldog line-
up last year that batted
.321, hit 46 home runs,
but more importantly won
21 games and went to the
regional playoffs for the
second straight year.
* He hit'.400 with eight
doubles, six home runs and
18 RBI as a junior. This
year he'll be adding
"hurler" to his resume as a
slugger and fielder.
"Coach [Shawn] Lacey
saw me throwing with
some guys early in the
year," Campbell said. "He

Migoyo, Jasmine Bovier,
Brittany Sanchez and
Shayvon Boston.
The distance runners are
also solid with Elsa
Figueroa and her sister,
Lilies, along with Mary Her-
nandez and Sanchez.
O.sceola's jumpers.
,include Gaither, Carriere
and Boston in'the long and
triple jumps along with,
Tiana Edwards.
Krista Hord, Jennifer
McDaniels and Maggie
Huey will high jump.
The throwing events are,
in the hands of Crystal
Meija, Amber Page and
state weightlifting champi-
on Zanquina Ellison.
The team's three state-
qualifying relay teams
return mostly intact..
"If we can get some
points from the pole vault
and the throws, I can see us
being a top five team (in
Class 4A), maybe higher,"
Pinellas said.
The Kowgirls were sev-
enth in 4A last year and
third in 2007.
Coach David Andrews
led, the Kowboys to the
conference championship
two years ago-.
The team has some solid
performers including
sprinter Defario 'Phillips,
Swho has clocked 11.14 in
the 100 meters and 22.8 in
the 200 meters already.
District high. jump
champ Taula Kolomatangi
returns, and the team will.
be strong in the distance
'events led by' conference
cross country, champ Jef-
frey Surran, who qualified
for the state track meet last
Cross country coach

Debra Maruffi takes over
the boys program this sea-
son. .She said that it will be
difficult to replace points
lost to graduation from for-
mer Horns athletes O'Neill
Chambers, Scott Bilodeau
and C:J. Santiago.
"We do, have a lot of
hard working kids, so we
'hope to do well this year,"
she said.
The distance team is'
strong with Matt Henning
in the 3,200, and the
4x800 team of Shawnr Bux-
ton, Jared Beekman, Kyle
Carr and Cyle Smallwood
should be one of the best in
the county, Maruffi said.
Alex ,Hart" will run the
1,600, while Buxton andf
Beekman will lead the team
in the 800.
Sprinters, who work
under Coach Jerrad Butler,
include Christian Acevedo,
Tyler West'and C.J. Clay-
Robert Barclay will run
in the 400 and hurdler
Daniel Foshee, a freshman,
placed seventh in the high
hurdles at his first varsity
Coach Jacob Grantham
works with the jumpers, led
by Cameron' Dulgar and
D.J. Rogers.
State discus qualifier
Nate Donley threw 166
feet to set a school record
at OHS last week. Nolan
Beatty is one of the team's
best shot putters and Allex.
Perez will pole vault.
Girls Coach Eric Hansen
has two of the county's best
distance runners in twin sis-
ters Chelsea. and Brittany
Connor, who finished 1-2
at the OBC cross country
Hansen is counting on
sprinter Mariah Mendez to

News Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan
Gateway's Jordan St. Louis won two events at
the Poinciana. Invitational last week..

anchor the 4x100 and to
score in the long jump.,
Sara Spence and 'Caitlin
Beam are among the top
middle distance runners.
Hannah Bolin could be
one of the area's top pole
vaulters, Hansen said.
Coach Scott Sisson has
seen his boys teams either.
win or finish second at the
conference meet over the
past five seasons.
I He. said his Panthers
will be challenged to con-
tinue that run because the
competition keeps getting

News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
St. Cloud High's Colton Campbell, second from right, recently signed a
baseball scholarship to the University of West Florida.' With him, from
left, are his dad, J.P. Campbell, his sister, Casey Campbell, his mom,
Winnie Campbell and St. Cloud, coach Shawn Lacey.

told me I could make a
good pitcher. I'd never
done it before, ,but the
team has a need so I'm
going to be the closer."
He said that a couple of.
community colleges, Lake-
Sumter and Seminole, had
contacted him, but once
the dialogue with West
Florida became serious, it
became the only school in
the running.
"When Cody signed
there I talked with the
coaches and it sort of
became a package deal,
they knew I'd be coming in
a year after Cody," Colton
said. "I've been up there'
before with my club team
(Orlando Baseball Acade-
my) playing in tourna-
UWF slumped a bit in
2008 to a 20-32 record in
Coach Mike Jeffcoat's third
season, a year after going

43-19, winning the Gulf
South Conference champi-
onship and reaching the
NCAA Division II regional
tournament. But the Arg-
onauts seem to be rebound-,
ing this year, winning eight
of their first 11 games and
earning a No. 17 national
ranking from College Base-
ball Magazine.
Cody: Campbell started
six of those first 11 games
in left field. In addition, for-
mer Osceola High pitcher
Kyle Ramsey is a senior in
the UWF rotation.
Lacey, in his first year as
the Bulldogs coach, said
he's been able to work with
Colton Campbell on his
game, adding a level of pol-
"He was a dead pull hit-
ter that struggled against
off-speed pitching," Lacey
said.' "We are working to
help 'him hit back side, and

actually he hit a blast to
right center a few games
ago which was impressive.
. "Defensively, I am
attempting to help him
understand', the flexibility
and importance of making
good throws. He plays first
and third and works out
with outfielders during
practice. I don't know
where they plan to play
him 'next year so I .am
attempting to prepare him
forthe total experience."
Colton said he'll spend
his senior year preparing
for the next level by staying
behind the ball at the plate
and using the entire field
instead of trying to be a
power pull hitter.
"I know the pitching is
going to be better in col-
lege," he said. "I'm going
to be working to make con-
tact every time up, hitting
the ball where I want."

"It's hard to .say, but
Debra's (Maruffi) team (at
Harmony) looks good," he
Sisson has about 100
candidates, but he will.
depend on a core group
that includes two of .the
county's top throwers in
Harry Chambers (discus)
and Josh Wolliston (shot
put). '
Matt Swanson is one of
the county's top distance
runners, and the Panthers,
as usual, will be strong in
the middle distances and,
sprints with Jordan St.
See Track, page A-7

OHS rings
The Osceola High
wrestling team is seeking
sponsors to defray the cost
of the team's state champi-
onship rings.
Those interested may
contact Athletic Director
Jim Bird at 407-518-5416.
-Beekman super QB
Harmony High junior
Jared Beekman finished
second at the EA SPORTS
Golden Gun Challenge,
held March 1 at Disney's
Wide World of Sports.
Among a field of 65.
high-school signal callers
from the Southeast, Beek-
man won his group in the
accuracy challenge, then
placed second in the final
round to Tallahassee .North
Florida Christian's Clint
Trickett, son of Florida
State offensive line coach
Rick Trickett.
Stewart Golf
The city of Kissimmee
Athletics Division hap
opened registration for the
20th Annual Terry Stewart
Memorial Golf Classic.
The event will take place
April 18 at 8 a.m. at the
Kissimmee Golf Club.
The fee of $60 per per-
son ($240 per team),
includes golf and cart fees,
commemorative golf towel
and cup, sit-down luncheon
and raffle. Registration clos-
es April 15.
Proceeds from the Golf
Classic will be used to pre-
sent scholarships to young-
sters to participate in the
city's recreational and ath-
letic programs.
For information, call the
Fortune Road Athletic Com-
plex at 407-518-2504.
See briefs, page A-7

Do we really

need eight

grid classes?

The Florida High School Athletic
Association finally finished the grueling
task of reclassifying its member schools
for the next two years.
All I can say is, better it than me.
Just'here in Central Florida, dozens of
schools shifted up or down one class,
sometimes two. After the new districts
were announced last month, many
schools, such as Harmony and Osceola
here in Osceola County, appealed.
The FHSAA had to do more shifting.
Even after that, officials at some
schools, such as Orlando Evans, looked
at the district they were placed in for
2009-10 and 2010-11 and said to the
FHSAA, "Help us."
Evans was moved for a second time,
from 5A District 5 where it was the only
participant from Orange County, to a
Class 6A district in Orlando.
Reclassification always is a formidable
challenge for the FHSAA because, until
recently, the state's growth had high
schools sprouting like Bermuda weed.
What looked good one year was outdat-
ed the next. .
Now, with the economy and the
state's budget in shreds, school officials
pleaded for district members to be
.grouped close together to cut expenses.
The FHSAA, to its credit, cooperated.
It relaxed its student population stan-
dards to allow schools to move up or.
down a class if that placed them in a
more cost-effective district. At the same
time, it maintained competitive balance.
One of the problems with these bi-
annual reclassification projects is that the
FHSAA has created so many different
classes. For example, there are eight
football divisions. Until the late 1980s,
there were four.
That partially explains why Osceola is
in a three-team district with' Lakeland
and Lakeland George Jenkins.
There are six classes ,for most team
sports. Individual sports, such as
wrestling, track, golf and swimming, vary
from two to four classes.
While the FHSAA's purpose is noble
- to create fair competition for all its
,members it might be time to downsize.
Several local -coaches and athletic
directors said it wouldn't be much of a
problem for schools to be grouped into
fewer classes. Nobody wants small
schools with a population of 400 to play
football against super-sized schools that
have more than 5,000 students, but
once a school has about 2,000 students
it should be able to compete against just
about anyone.
Student 'population isn't the issue.
The quality of the student athletes and
the coaching staffs is what matters.
There are Class 3A programs that
regularly compete against and defeat
much larger 'schools. On the flip side,
there are Class 6A schools that don't
compete well against anyone.
The greatest inequity today is the
advantage that private schools have over
public schools. Private schools can
recruit athletes from outside their imme-
diate zone; public schools can't under
FHSAA bylaws.
There have been flare-ups about this
among FHSAA members, which is one
reason why football expanded by two
more classes several years ago. Saying
that they couldn't compete against pri-
vate school powers, small public schools
threatened to pull out of the FHSAA and
form their own association.
The FHSAA could simplify its reclas-
sification chore by reducing the number
of classes.
Three classes for public schools and
two for private schools seems right.
Under that scenario, all seven public
high schools in Osceola County could
form a single district. That would simpli-
fy things, wouldn't it?
Since resources vary widely for pri-
vate schools, allow them the choice to
join either a super-competitive division
or a standard division.
The private school superpowers, like
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
and Jacksonville Bolles, could play each
other; schools with fewer resources
would play in the standard division. Give
each private school the option of going
up or down a level in each sport,
depending on the strengths of its athlet-
ic program.
Sometimes, less is best.

** *. J


OHS girls solid; boys conference title up for grabs

Rick Pedone
Sports Editor

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Louis, Jaime Maldonado and
Cedric Watkins.
Joey Day will long jump.
"We've got a lot of kids
signed up, but it's a matter of
who actually work out," Sis-
son said. "It's going to be
Coach Ettie Singleton is
looking forward to a good sea-
son thanks to a talented group
of upperclassmen.
The seniors include Kristine
Brown (hurdles), Marisol Mar-
tinez (distance), Shannon Noel
(sprints) and Gina Baez
Singleton said juniors
Shannon Wilson (distance),
Mirian Ruiz (distance),.
Audreen- Robinson (distance)
and pole vaulter. Marilyn Carri-
lo also will play key roles.
"I look forward to having a
very rewarding season," she
Coach Corey Green, in his
second year, has seen his on-
campus recruiting-efforts pay
'off.' Green said 58 girls are
now in the program, up from
20 last year.
"My main 'focus last year
was to 'hit the halls,' and
that's what I did. But, in order
to have a tmrnout like that, the
athletes themselves have to be
the" biggest recruiters. The
coaches and the players have:
done a great job."
Green said high jumper
Elizabeth Jackson has already
cleared 5-2 in practice, while
senior distance runner Maddie
Balentine will lead a strong
Lauren Caban, the defend-
ing district pole vault champ,
returns as well.
Green is impressed with a.
group' of newcomers .that
includes Jillian Strogis, CoCo
Wilkinson, Jessica Harter and
Alysha Rehrig.
"Practices have become .a
lot .more detailed with the
increase in numbers. Between"
the boys and the girls we have'
'over 130 athletes participat-
ing in track and field this
year," Green said.
Boys Coach Joel Fox
expects improvement from his
squad, thanks to top perform-
ers like sprinters Brandon
Archambeau, Cory Taunton,
Michael Velez and Tyler Oso-
rio; distance runner Alexander
Sunnarborg; hurdler Marcus
George; high jumper Brandon
Paul; pole vaulter Giovanni
Rodriguez and throwers Travis
Temple arid Corey Reid. '
Coach Rusty 'Gould had
two of Florida's 'best field ath-
letes last' season with high
jumper Mike Edwards, who
set the county record at 7-
0.25 and long jumper Tilden
Gould would love to. have
them back, but there is no red-
shirt year for high school ath-
letes so Gould and the Eagles
moye on with a young roster
that has just six seniors.
"We're going to have our
best success in distance,"
Gould said.
Rohan Surran, second at
the county cross country
meet, leads the runners along
with Widmaier Jean.
Gould predicts that Steve
Goodson, recovering from
knee surgery, will do well ihn
the discus and shot put as the
. season progresses.
He thinks Charlie Webb
can partially compensate for
the loss of Matthews, a three-
time state qualifier, in the long
and triple jumps;
Gould is counting on a
good group of freshmen to
provide depth.
Girls Coach Bryan

McLoughlin has a solid group
that includes runners Brianna
Garrett, Andrea Bentacur, Ali-
cia Hinton, Weslee Aristor
and Roneisha Hill, hurdler
Yadira Santiago and throwers
Frances Nerious and Brittany
The Chargers made an
exceptional debut last year
that saw the team place sec-
ond in the district and third in
the regionals under coaches
Robert Pauley and Ray Hines.
While standouts such as
Anne Marie Peters and
Simone Farrell, both state
qualifiers, graduated, the
Chargers have as much or
more depth than any team in
the county with 90 boys and
40 ,girls participating in early-
season events.
"We're not sure yet where
we will post up with the 'other
athletes," Pauley said. "We.
will be a peaking team, so
right now we look rough in
practice but once the puzzle
is put in place we should be
The boys distance squad is
led by Johnny. Luciano,,
Manuel Figureo and Robbie
Luis Acevedo, Thomas Bie-
jansky and 'Raheem Burnside
will run middle distance, while
the sprinters are solid with
Darius Bentley, Willie -John-
son and Temarco Jives.
State qualifier. Jean Leon
returns in the 300 hurdles.
Kameleh Price and Paul
Hunte are also solid in the
Malcom Ray Jr. is one of
the team's best discus throw-
The girls will miss Peters,
now at the University of
*Miami, in the middle distance
races, but standout Diana,
Araiza is back along with new
comer Audreyanna
Loguerre,who could con-
tribute quickly'according to
Pauley. ,
Kynna Armstrong is one of
the best sprinters.
Pauley and Hines are, still,
sorting out their field athletes.
"We will be a peaking team
so we will take our hits early in
March, but (we'll)" make a
showing in April," Pauley
St., Cloud
St. Cloud's track has been
resurfaced. Now the Bulldog
track teams want to break it in
Coaches Kevin Harkema
and' Mark Jackson think that
both the girls and. boys teams
w11 be improved.
State 'qualifier Diana Mar-
tinez returns in the throws for
the Lady Bulldogs.,
The distance teams, look
solid with Jessica Pachay,
Kayla Martinez and Megan
Duffield, said Harkema.
Freshmen Ashlyn and Katelyn
Stadtlander also will compete
in the distance races.
Veronica Stookey returns
in; the middle distance, and
jump events, while Alexis Bar-
beri (hurdles) and Hannah St.
Denis (jumps) also return.
Freshman Jennifer Full-
Swood competes in the sprints.
"I think the girls will have a
nice, solid bunch," said Harke-
ma. "I think we'll compete in
many events this year."
Austin Joiner joins the boys
distance team that also
includes Paul Guerrero and
Bailey Morgan.
Freshman Ralph Hernan-
dez will be solid in the middle
distance races, said Harkema.
Donnie Jennert will be one.
of the squad's best jumpers.
He won at Osceola last week
with a jump of 6-7.


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Community Events


Women's self-defense class
The Kissimmee Police Department will be
offering a free self-defense class for women.
The class is scheduled for April 4, from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kissimmee Police
Department. Training Officer Stephen Heis-
ter will teach the class. Heister will be teach-
ing women some easy techniques on how to
defend themselves. He also will discuss
crime prevention tips.
To register for the class, contact Carmen
'Vargas, domestic violence manager/victim
advocate for the Kissimmee Police Depart-
ment, at 407-847-0176; Ext. 3234 or by e-
mail at cvargas@kissimmee.org. Participants
must be 18 or older. Class registration clos-
es March 30.
Conservation district meeting
The Osceola Soil and Water Conservation
District will hold a board meeting Tuesday at
6 p.m. It will be at 1921 Kissimmee Valley
Lane, Kissimmee (at the Extension Services
Building in Osceola Heritage Park). Call the
office for more information at 407-847-
4465 Ext. 3.
Zion Church program
The Women of .St. James AME Zion
,Church will be hosting its annual Women's
Day Program Saturday, March 21, at 11
a.m. at 719 N. John Young Parkway,
Kissimmee. The theme for 2009 is Christian
Women Onward and Upward ....Yes We
Can! The speaker will be Dr. Claudia Dozier
from Word of Grace and Truth Ministries of
Tampa. For more information or directions,
call 407-847-3025.
The Rock Church event
The Rock Church, 5515 W. U.S. High-
way 192, Kissimmee, will welcome Pastor
John Scaduto and Prophetess Marilyn
Scaduto from Upper Room World Min-
istries, one of the largest churches in the
Northeast, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30
-p.m., and Sunday, March 15, at 11 a.m.
For more information, call 407-396-7777
or visit www.therockchurches.com
Bull riding, barrel racing.
The Caleb Sanderson Invitational will be
at the Kissimmee Sports Arena Saturday,
March 28, at 7 p.m. General admission is
$10. The arena is two-and-a-half miles
south of U.S. Highway 192- on South
Hoagland Boulevard. For more. information,
call 407-933-0020 or visit
Gospel group
The gospel group Four Fold, of Ten-
ness'ee, will sing Sunday at 11 a.m. at
Ocean St. Church of God, 1211 Ocean St.,
Kissimmee. The group has taken its ministry
around the globe. For more information, call
Pastor Robert Butler at 407-892-1782 or
Adoption seminar
Family Services of Metro Orlando is host-
ing a free community awareness meeting
about becoming a foster or adoption family
Monday, March 23, at the Oak Street Com-
munity Center, 717 N. Palm Ave., Kissim-
mee. More than 170 children and youth are
waiting for adoptive families in Orange and
Osceola counties. For more information, call
Anna Brown at 407-398-7334. r
Portfolio review
Robert Rosen,- financial adviser with
Edward Jones, is offering a free portfolio
review Friday, March 27, 8:30 to 11 a.m.,
at his Edward Jones office, 214 E. Oak St.,
Kissimmee. When was your last checkup? A
periodic review of your portfolio can ensure
your investments remain on, track and take
you,in the direction you want to go. Your
free portfolio analysis will provide you with a
complete picture of your financial situation.
Make sure your portfolio is keeping up with'
the changes in your life. Light snacks and
drinks will be provided. To RSVP and for
further information, call 407-870-5464.
Meatloaf cook-off
The public is invited to enter meatloaf in
The Sixth...23rd Annual Meatloaf Cook-off
during Kissimmee Main Street's Kowtown
Festival Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Visit www.kissimmeemainstreet.
corn for entry form and rules or call 407-
Health fair
There will be ai health fair at the First United
Methodist Church, 101 W. Dakin Ave., Kissim-
mee, today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It is a free health fair and everyone is
invited. It will be hosted by the-
Hispanic/Brazilian Mission from the church.
There will be several vendors, free health
screenings and information and raffles for
prizes to support the mission. For more
information, call Ana Lopez at 407-376-

Village yard sale
The Good Samaritan Society is holding a

flea market and yard sale today from 8 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at Good Samaritan Village. The
village is one-half mile south of the intersec-
tion of Pleasant Hill Road and John Young
Parkway, Kissimmee.
Church dinner
A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be
today at St. Francis Anglican Church, 2525
Fortune Road, 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for
adults and $3 for children. For more infor-
mation, call the church at 407-344-2525 or
Polka Benefit Dinner Dance,
A Polka Benefit Dinner Dance featuring
Northern Sounds Band will be at Holy
Redeemer Church Social Hall, 1603 N.
Thacker Ave.,'Kissimmee, today, from 5 to
9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per person, which
includes dinner and dance. Proceeds will
benefit the Child Advocacy Center, which
assists abused children. For tickets and
reservations, call 407-348-6331.
Kiss. Kowboy Youth Football
Kissimmee Kowboy Youth Football will
hold open enrollment today, from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m., at 2900 W. Vine St, Kissimmee,
for cheerleading and tackle football. Anyone
can register online at www.
kissimmeekowboys.com. For more informa-
tion, call Jasper Thompson at 407-908-
'0086. '
Art, craft vendors wanted
Kissimmee Main Street is looking for arts
and crafts vendors to participate in its annu-
al Kowtown Festival Saturday, March 21,
from 11 'a.m. to 5 p.m. Download the ven-
dor application .at www.kissimmeemain-
street.com or call 407-846-4643.
Spring Festival/Praise
The inaugural 2009 Spring Community
Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 28, at Osceola Heritage Park.
The festival, with the theme of "Celebrat-
ing the; Family," will be a day of fun, games,
activities and helpful information, lots of
food and family enrichment.
The festival will feature the fourth Annual
Power.Praise Concert, from 6 to 9 p.m. at
the. park, which is at 1875 Silver Spur Lane,
Kissimmee. Admission will be free for the
concert as well as the festival, but parking
will be $5. Featured at the concert will be
the gospel music of B.redda Rups, Spanish
gospel artists, praise teams and choirs.
Proceeds from this event will go to chil-
dren in the foster care system and also those
foster children in need of scholarships for
their higher education. A portion of the pro-
ceeds also will help support local food
pantries to meet the needs of the homeless
and displaced persons in the community.
"We have all heard and, for the most
part, agree that children are the future lead-
ers of our communities," local Power Praise
evangelist Rupert D. Henry said. "However,
they need guidance to get there. They need

to be taught, encouraged, prayed for and
prayed with,"
Henry also said that government funding
for children in the foster care system, as well
as our homeless and displaced residents, has
decreased, while more and more children
and others in need enter the system.

St. Cloud

Church service change
The First United Methodist Church, 100.1,
10th St., St. Cloud, will only have one Sun-
day service at 10 a.m. starting April 19.
Sunday school will begin at 8:45 a.m.
States club to meet Tuesday
The next meeting of the New England,
New York,. New Jersey Club will be Tuesday,
March 17, at the St. Cloud Senior Center on
17th Street at 12:30 p.m. Bring your place
setting and a dessert or casserole.
The next meeting of the PA-WV-VA-MD-
NC Club will be Tuesday, March 24, at
12:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center,
3101 17th St., St. Cloud. Everyone from the
club states is invited to attend. This will be
the last meeting for the season. Coffee will
be provided. For additional information
about the club or meetings, call President
Nada Grimes at 407 957-9870.
Sentimental Journeys will present a spe-
cial show Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the St. Cloud
Senior Center on 17th Street. They will be
playing Irish music. Sentimental Journeys is
a band composed of seniors that play music
from the 20th century that is dedicated to
taking the message of hope to the nursing
homes of St.' Cloud and, the surrounding
The performers are: Tom Barrow, emcee,
lead-singer and violin; Marge Hill, bass,
vocals; Al Lamarti, multi-instrumentalist and
vocals; Ann Lamarti, guitarist and vocals;
and Aida Thomas, keyboard and vocals.
Historical open house
Fisk Funeral Home's historical open
house will be Saturday, March 28, from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m in St. Cloud.
St. Cloud's official historian Bob Fisk will
present handwritten journals from 1915
spotlighting St. Cloud's first families; histori-
cal photographs and memorabilia of St.
Cloud's early days; and the funeral home's
1892 horse-drawn carriage. Refreshments
will be served.
Fashion show
The Silhouettes of Spring Fashion Show
and Lunch is Saturday, March 21, at 11
a.m., at the St. Thomas Aquinas Social Hall,
900 Brown Chapel Road, St. Cloud.
The event, sponsored by the Council of
Catholic Women, features fashions from
Belk Department Store, gourmet lunch,
silent auction, purchase-a-purse, door prizes
and entertainment. Tickets cost $15 each.

For tickets, call Kelly at 407-344-0704 or
Regina at 407-452-3831.
The proceeds will benefit Free the Kids,
the St. Cloud Food Pantry, Help Now, Bish-
op Grady Villas, St. Thomas Aquinas School
and the Osceola County Council on Aging.


The next meeting 'of the Pbinciana Incor-
poration Citizen Charter Committee will be
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Poin-
ciana Community Center.
The committee will discuss elements for
the.possible city of Poinciana. The commit-
,tee includes community leaders, business
owners and others who show the diversity of
The committee meetings are videotaped
and open to the public.


Victory Baptist Church
Victory Baptist Church, 5646 S. Orange
Blossom Trail in Intercession City, will fea-
ture the Southern Song Boys in concert
today at 7 p.m. The pubic is invited.


SHINE counseling sites
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs
of Elders) announced the opening of two
new counseling sites in Osceola County.
SHINE provides free and unbiased counsel-
ing and information to Medicare beneficia-
ries and their families. The Osceola loca-
tions are:
Poinciana Community Center, 395
Marigold Ave.: Counselors are available on
the second Wednesday of every month from
10 a.m. to noon (April 8, May 13, June 10,
July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11
and Dec. 9).
St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th
St., St. Cloud: Counselors are available on
the second and. fourth Tuesday of every
month from 10 a.m. to noon (March 24,
April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, June 9
and 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25,
Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 13 and 27, Nov. 10
and 24 and Dec. 8 and 22).
Counseling at Barney E. Veal Center,
700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, will be
on the first and third Tuesday of every
month (March 17, April 7 and 21, May 5
and 19, June 2 and 16, July 7 and 21,
Aug.4 and 18, Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and
20, Nov. 3 and 17 and Dec. 8 and 21).
All counseling is provided one-on-one by
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counselors on Medicare,
Medicare advantage plans
(HMOs), Supplemental insur-
ance plans and Medicare
prescription drug plans.
Counselors also are available
by phone by calling 1-800-
Domestic violence
To address the issue of
domestic violence, the Osce-
ola County-Osceola County
Council on Aging and Help
Now of Osceola, will host a
meeting Friday, March 27.
For more information, call
407-847- 3286 or 407-
847-3260 or- visit
Driver safety
An AARP driver safety
program will be Thursday,
March 19, and Friday,
March 20, at Senior Friends
in St. Cloud from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. and March 23 and
24 at the Poinciana Com-
munity Center from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. To make reserva-
tions, call Irwin Missick at
The first dominoes tour-
nament at the Osceola
County Council of Aging,
700 Generation Point, will
begin Wednesday at the
There will be four qualify-
ing games, March 18, April
8, April 29 and May 20.
Registration begins at 6:15.
p.m. and play starts at 7
p.m. The game is played to
200 points or 40 minutes,
whichever comes first.
The top four teams, from
each qualifying game will
win a seat at the county
domino -championship May
27 at'6:15 p.m. The.winner
will register to play in the
state championship. There
will be other, prizes for the
top two teams. Food and
drink will be provided.
'To obtain a registration
form or for more infoima-
tion, call Rob Dent at 407-
846-8541. Or e-mail
Blood donations
Blood donations are need-
ed immediately to sustain
the supply in our local hospi-
tals. Florida's Blood Centers
(FBC), the local blood bank,
is asking for donations for all
blood types.
Each donation will likely be
transfused into a patient with-
in 48 hours. All 0 and A
blood types are especially
needed Donors are asked to
give at any Florida's Blood
Centers location -as soon as
possible. Giving blood is sim-
ple and takes. under an hour.
Donors receive a mini-physi-
cal, including a diabetes
screening, cholesterol reading
and blood pressure.
Donors at center locations
also will receive a $10
restaurant card as a thank
you gift. Donors- can be as
young as 16 and should

weigh at least 102 pounds.
There is no upper age limit.
The public is encouraged
to call 1-888-9DONATE for
center locations to make a
Check out eligibility ques-,
tions on our Web site at
Extension Services
Osceola County Extension
Services is offering classes
and programs.
To register, call the num-
ber provided in each listing
or call 321-697-3000.
Tuesday, March 17, from
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Become
*Captain of Your Financial
Ship, at the Osceola County'
Council on Aging, 700 Gen-.
eration Point, Kissimmee.
The class addresses spend-
ing plans, credit use, debt
management and dollar-
stretching. Registration is
Thursday, March 19,
from 10 a.m. to noon, Save
Your Home: Prevent Fore-
closure at Human Services,
108 Park Place Blvd., build-.
ing C, Kissimmee. The class
addresses how to save a
home from foreclosure
through better money man-
agement, communication
.with a lender, and identify-
ing other mortgage pay-
ment/foreclosure prevention
Thursday, March 19,
Basic Landscape Design.
Learn about landscape
design principles to increase
your home's curb appeal and
reduce maintenance, 10
a.m: to noon, Poinciana
Library, 101 N. Doverplum,
Poinciana, Register at 407-
518-2578 or www.toho
Thursday, March 19,
Dietary Supplements. Learn
about the pros and cons of
using dietary supplements
and what should you know
about this fast growing
industry; 10-11 a.m., at the
Osceola County Sheriff's
Office, 2601 E. U.S. High-
way 192.
Friday, March 20, Coping
With Living Alone. Learn to
live alone after a divorce,
death or separation; 10-11
a.m., Human Services, 108
Park Place Blvd., Building C,
Monday, March 23,
Become the Captain of Your
Financial Ship; 5:30-8:30
p.m.; Osceola County Coun-'
cil on Aging, 700 Genera-

tion Point, Kissimmee. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6
Thursday, March 26, p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.
Reduce Stress by Declutter-:: to 3 p.m.,
ing Your Home. This class For more information,
helps you identify ways to contact Jack Sellards at 407-
organize your home and 889-3658.
how .to get rid of things that Boating safety
clutter your home and life;
1-2 p.m.; Road & Bridge, course
3850 Old Canoe Creek United States Coast
Road, St. Cloud. Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 4-11
Saturday, March 28, will offer a one-day About
Homeowner Irrigation Work- Boating Safely-program Sat-
shop. Learn how to save on urday, March 28, at the Vet-
your water bill, operate your erans Affairs Clinic, 5201
irrigation controller, keep Raymond St., Winter Park,.
your landscape healthy and Registration starts, at 8
check your system for leaks; a.m. and instructions start
9-11 a.m.; St. Cloud Civic promptly at 8:30 a.m. until
Center, Room 2, 3001 17th4 completion at 4:30 p.m.
St., St. Cloud. Registration The program includes an
is required, call 407-957- introduction to boating,
7344. boating laws, personal safety
Tuesday, March' 31, Meal equipment, safe boat han-
Planning. How do you plan dling, navigation, boating
what your family will eat? problems, trailering, storing,
Learn ways to vary your and protecting your boat
meal planning-with ease and and a discussion of hunting
less frustration, all, while bal- and fishing, waterskiing, and
dancing your food dollar; 10- river boating.
11 a.m., Animal .Control, An experienced Coast
3910 Old'Canoe Creek Guard auxiliarist teaches
Road.. each subject, and all individ-
Tuesday, March ,31, EZ uals under 21 years of age,
Nutritious Healthy Cooking. who successfully .complete
Trying to be nutrition con- the program, are eligible to
scious for your family and receive the state of Florida
finding it difficult to prepare Boat Operator's Certifica-
quick healthy meals at tion. Other boat owners
home? Learn tricks that may receive a reduced
might make this feat just a insurance premium with
little bit easier; 5:30-7 p.m., proof of program comple-
Extension Services, Osceola tion.
Heritage Park. The fee for taking the
program is $35 at the door
O their to cover the cost of study
materials that include a
handbook with CD. Call
areas 407-876-2977 for addition-
al information.
Coin show Northern Picnic
The Central Florida Coin 'The Northern New York
Club will hold its 90th con- picnic this year will be at
secutive semi-annual Coin Kelly Park, Rock Springs
and Money Show Friday, near Apopka Thursday at
Saturday and Sunday at the noon.
Central Florida Fairgrounds, Bring a dish to pass
Hall C, 4603 W. Colonial around, a non-alcoholic
Drive, Orlando. drink and a lawn chair. The
The club is dedicated to picnic was organized 59
the education and enjoyment
of numismatics and the pro-
motion of the hobby. Admis-
sion to the show is free and r
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awarded. More than 125
dealers will be on hand to
offer coins and currency for
sale as well as buy items
.from the attendees. Profes-
sional grading service evalu-
ations will be available.
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The 40th Annual Gem
and Mineral Show will be at
the Central Florida Fair-
grounds, 4603 W. Colonial
Drive, Orlando,, March 28
and 29, from 9 a.m. to 5
There will be thousands of
pieces of custom jewelry,
mineral specimens, unique
beads, and fossils and arti-
facts. There also will be chil-
dren's' activities, silent auc-
tions, door prizes and grand
Admission is $4 for adults
and $2 for students. Chil-
dren younger than 12 are
free when accompanied by a
paying adult. Parking is free.

The Central Florida Chap-
ter of the Air Force Associa-
tion is hosting the, 13th
Annual Scholarship Oppor-
tunity Program at the Dr.
Phillips High School on Sun-
day, March 22, from 2:30-
4:30 p.m., in the North
Cadets from both the Air
Force Academy and UCF's
ROTC Detachment 159 will
be on hand to answer ques-
tions about the Academy and
ROTC programs.
,In addition, academy liaison
officers and ROTC instructors,
as well. as representatives from
congressional offices, which
provide academy nominations,
will be available to answe ques-
tions. Snacks and drinks will be
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or need directions, go to the
Chapter Web site at
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begin Wednesday at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation, Point, Kissimmee, at 7 p.m. The
Charity Classic includes a series of four tournaments with prizes valued at $100 each going to
the top eight finishers each night, plus a championship round that will send the winner to Las
Vegas. Dates for the rest of the series are April 8, Apri 29,and May 20. Cost to play is $60 per
game or $200 for all four games. Proceeds from the evening's event will help Heavenly Hoofs,
which helps to enhance the mental, emotional and physical well being of children with disabili-
ties and life threatening illnesses. Snacks and drinks will be provided. To participate, visit Heav-
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Hobbies, game's'
&Ocsed Women Quilters at Heart Plant clinic GRAND OPENING OF
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2411 E. U.S. Highway 192,
The 'meetings' include
demonstrations, workshops,
guest speakers and prizes.
Anyone interested in quilting
is welcome to attend.
For more information, call
Debbie at 407-346-6086.
Cribbage class
A free cribbage class is
offered by the Kissimmee
Parks and Recreation
Department every Friday
from 10 a.m. to noon at the
Oak Street Park, 717 N.
Palm Ave., Kissimmee., For
details, call 407-847-2388.

deners are off duty.
People can take their
plant problems, either dis-
ease or insect, for identifi-
cation and advice. See the
latest plants available in
their landscape and veg-
etable gardens.
For more information, call
Corvair Club
The G.O: Vairs Corvair
Club holds monthly meet-
ings. For more information,
contact Titus Stewart atf407-
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Scrabble games are every
Monday at 9 a.m. at the
Poinciana Community Cen-
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once again at Chishplm Park in Narcoossee,
March 28-29. Presented by the Jacob Sum-
merlin Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans,
the weekend features authentic camps, watch
cavalry, artillery and infantry demonstrations.
Battle times are 2 p.m. Saturday and 2:30
p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, chil-
dren under 12 are free. The park opens at 9
a.m. For more information, call the Battle
Hotline at 407 931-7003.

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Uh oh. Remake coming up
Remakes aren't always bad,
but if it was worth doing once,
why do it again.,
Disney has relaunched the
1970s Witch Mountain with a
remake of the original film'
i Escape to Witch Mountain.
This. would seem to be an easy
film to make again, if you are in
the business of remaking movies.
Not this weekend, unfortunately.

Starring Dwayne "formerly
The Rock" Johnson, this fol-
lows the basic premise, of what
I remember, from the 1975
film. Johnson and the two kids
playing aliens (AnnaSophia
Robb and Alexander Ludwig)
are all remarkably unremark-
able, but it is the "big' star"
Johnson who seems the most
lost as a taxi driver who gets
mixed up in an adventure to
save the planet.

Bruce Willis where are you?
Race to Witch Mountain is
aimed at the family, but most
families would be better off avoid-
ing this amazingly lackluster sci-fi
film. /
Johnson plays Jack Bruno, a
cab driver in Las Vegas. There
just happens to be a sci-fi con-
vention in town when this
whole alien business starts to
happen, and that really could
have been the nucleus for a-

funny film: A city full of sci-fi
geeks and real aliens at the
time should amount to some-
thing laughable. But in the
hands of Johnson, the kids and
director Andy Fickman, Race
to Witch Mountain looks like
it was made for the Disney
Channel and not in a good way
at all.
The kids are emissaries of
See Movie, page B-2


5The Osceola Center for the Arts
presents the classic Rogers and
Hammerstein musical, The King
and i. This is the opening weekend
'for the show with performances
Tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at
S2 p.m. The show continues week-
ends through March 29. Tickets
are $20 for adults, $15 for
seniors and $12 for students. For
tickets and additional informa-
tion, call 407-846-6257.

ORLANDO The popular free
lunch series is each Thursday at noon
through April 2. Each concert is 30
minutes long and features local classi-
cal talent. The catered box lunch is
available following each concert for $6;
The event is at The Cathedral Church of
L St. Luke at 130 N. Magnolia Ave; in
.downtown Orlando. Call 407 849-
0680 for more information.
"World's Most Famous Soundoff"
returns to the "World's Most Famous
Beach" for the 23rd annual Spring
Break Nationals event at the Ocean
Center in Daytona Beach.
Spring Break Nationals is open
to the public from 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
today and Sunday. Tickets are $10
at the door. The show will feature
New York DJ and host of ESPN's Car
Wars, Funkmaster Flex, as Flex's 2009
Custom Car and Bike Show Tour
Combines with SBN. Additional
show features include manufactur-
ers' exhibits; seminars for car audio
and electronics retailers, dealers,
and the general public; product
demonstrations; and contests.

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Sat Universal our best party ever," Jim Timon,
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ril 18 with Resort, said. "We've got the best
music line-up in the history of the
and music event, along with a non-stop cel-
Covino ebration filled with an amazing
Cono parade, floats, food and all of the
ent Editor beads you can catch."
bangles and bright Musical guests include Mont-
Is, will drive a crowd gomery Gentry (today); Collective
y time and the beads Soul (March 21); Boys Like Girls
ngly endless at the (March 21); Kelly Clarkson
as celebration held (March 28); MC Hammer (April
at Universal Studios. 4); Trace Adkins (April 11) and
)ras is officially over in Nelly (April 18).
ins, but there are still This year's parade theme is
of beads to be tossed "Stories,", giving guests a glimpse
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