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Saturday, December 1, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A1 Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL The Lord of the Rings series returns with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey... Page B-1Lifestyles Osceola County girls basketball preview... Page A-6Sports 116TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS DECEMBER 1, 2012 CommunityFor the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-4 St. Cloud run-off election set for Tuesday Tuesday marks the runoff election for St. Cloud City Council seat 3 between incumbent Russell Holmes and former councilman Jay Polachek. The election was forced into a run-off after the three candidates, which included newcomer Cecil Pete Jones, failed to earn 50 percent plus one votes. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kissimmee venue was Macho Camachos last fight before deathLegendary boxer and Puerto Rican icon Hector Macho Camacho, who died last weekend, has a l asting l ink to Osceola County. See page A-2 St. Cloud Index KissimmeePa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A6, Sp or ts Pa ge B4, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest yles Pa ge A2, Local ne ws Pa ge C1, Classi ed Pa ge C3, L egals Do you think this time of year should be referred to at the Christmas season or holiday season? Christmas season. Holiday season. It doesnt matter. Im not sure. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Nov. 24 Question of the week: Are you putting up Christmas decorations this year? They are up already. 96.4% Im putting them up this week. 1.7% Im not putting any up this year. 1.1% Im waiting until December. 0.8% By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter A Kissimmee drug dealer was found guilty Tuesday of stabbing to death a man over drug money. Shamiekka Ford, known on the streets as Candy or Gucci, was convicted in a jury trial of seconddegree murder in the September 2011 death of Alberto Cristobal Rivera-Montanez. She will be sentenced in January. Ford, 33, stabbed Rivera-Montanez in the stomach with a folding pocketknife because he owed her $200 for crack cocaine, according to witness statements. According to testimonies, Rivera-Montanez, 36, called out to his mother before collapsing in the middle of the highway. Anonymous tips to Crimeline and the Kissimmee Police Department helped identify Ford and an eyewitness who gave the weapon to Ford weeks before the murder. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 30 outside the Apollo Inn, 670 E. Vine St., where the eyewitness told police Rivera-Montanez asked her to smoke crack cocaine with him. The witness declined, warning him several people were looking for him because of the owed money. While the pair was talking, Ford and another male approached and confronted Rivera-Montanez about the money. According to police, RiveraMontanez sold crack cocaine for Ford. Rivera-Montanez told Ford he planned to repay her but lacked the money at the time. Ford allegedly said You gonna pay me my money, as she advanced toward Rivera-Montanez, jabbing a camouflage pocketknife into his lower left abdomen, according to court records. Once stabbed, Rivera-Montanez fell onto the witness, cursed and said Ma, she stabbed me. Ford and the witness then returned to the witness registered room at the Apollo Inn where an hour later they learned RiveraMontanez had died. The knife was recovered in a dried up ditch behind the motel Nov. 23 after the same tipster who anonymously reported Ford called Kissimmee police, the arrest warrant stated. A motorist watched RiveraM ontanez collapse unresponsive around 5:30 a.m. Sept. 30 in the middle of Vine Street in front of the 192 Latino Buffet. When police arrived, RiveraMontanez was still alive. He was transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead an hour later as a John Doe. With no identification on him, police found an address book in his pocket that led them to his mother, Tammy Montanez, with whom he lived on Fountainhead Circle in Kissimmee, and booking photos from past criminal offenses. Police also were able to identify him based on his tattoos including artwork with the words Ben Laden and a plane crashing into the World Trade Center, police spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. Good heartTammy Montanez is still heartbroken over the death of her only son. The Kissimmee grandmother, who also has three daughters, was grateful detectives never stopped looking for Rivera-Montanezs killer despite his criminal record. He had problems for many years, his mental state. The drugs took over him, Montanez said in a phone interview. He had a really good heart. He never did any harm to anybody but himself. Montanez recognized her sons drug addiction and tried to help him overcome it through rehabilitation programs, but the divorced father of two always went back to his old ways. It was so hard to get him off it, she said. In June 2011, Rivera-Montanez moved to New York for a change of scenery, hoping to get his life together. He planned to get his GED diploma and stay off the drugs, but missed his mother and came back to Kissimmee for a visit. He had been in town for two weeks when he was murdered. Montanez wanted her son to be remembered as a good person who called everyone his friend, even if Kissimmee drug dealer to be sentenced in January on 2nd degree murder charge Ford RiveraMontanez By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter With 25 days before Christmas, Santa Claus is taking a short vacation in St. Cloud this weekend to attend the annual tree lighting and parade. Themed Christmas Vacation, the 2012 Annual Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. today. More than 1,500 participants will be walking, prancing on horseback and waving from decorated floats as they meander through the state streets, beginning at the St. Cloud lakefront, traveling through downtown and finishing on Lakeshore Drive. The nearly two-mile trek is expected to take 90 minutes, according to the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce. Spectators should arrive early as the parade route is St. Cloud Christmas parade returns File photoThe 2012 Annual St. Cloud Christmas parade themed Christmas Vacation will begin today at 10 a.m. See Parade, page A-2 See Drug dealer, page A-3 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter If the blocks of downtown Kissimmee along Broadway looks a little less festive this holiday season than in the past it isnt because the Grinch stole anything. The Ornaments on Parade program, which featured decorative wooden ornaments lining the grassy median and gracing storefronts in downtown Kissim-Ornaments on Parade canceled this year See Ornaments, page A-5 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanEmergency Management Director Richard Collins, after recently receiving county approval for his departments 2012 Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, thumbs through the currently pocket-sized compilation of changes planned for the next plan. By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season ended Friday, with Osceola County and Central Florida being directly affected three times out of the 19 named storms that formed. Tropical Storm Debby came from the Gulf of Mexico and dumped about three inches of rain over two days in June. Hurricane Isaac blew to our west in August after putting emergency managers on alert when his projected path was perilously close to the peninsula for a bit. And Tropical Storm Sandy shared rain and wind gusts of tropical storm force from her 600-mile wide circulation the weekend before Halloween prior to ravaging the Jersey Shore and Long Island as a hurricane and superstorm. County Emergency Operations Manager Rich Collins said his agencys review of this years hurricane season was that it was a tough one operationally despite not being directly impacted by a hurricane. The hardest decisions to make are when you decide to close schools and roads or not based on path projections, its a real balancing act, he said. We feel we made the right decisions. In short, we were lucky. With all of that out of the way, the staff of the countys Office of Emergency Management isnt taking any long holiday vacations. Theres still plenty to do. A new set of weather-related hazards crops up in the winter. Cold fronts bring the possibly of freezing temperatures and generally make the humidity low. Since its the dry season anyway, the risk of red flag fire warnings and wildfires go way up. The countys drought index is already up over 460 (on the Keetch-Bryan Index), and it was a dry November, Collins said. Come February and March, the threat of supercell storms and tornadoes, like the outbreak on Feb. 22-23, 1998 that killed 25 people in the Ponderosa RV Park, Lakeside Estates and Morningside Acres, increases as well. Some of the operational work being done right now Osceola survives the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season See Hurricane, page A-3 File PhotoThe Ornaments on Parade program, shown above, which decorated Broadway during the holiday season, is cancelled this year.
Page A2, usually packed shoulder-toshoulder as children and adults alike try to catch candy tossed from those in the parade and wait for a glimpse of the main attraction: Santa. This years parade also encompasses the giving spirit of the season as Mayor Rebecca Borders is encouraging the community to bring non-perishable items to the parade to be collected for the St. Cloud Food Pantry. I am honored to join the efforts that were started by our very own First Baptist Church of St. Cloud to help stock our food pantrys shelves, Borders said in a press release. Organizers have asked many local businesses, churches and organizations to join this project. This is such an important community project; we can help fill the shelves during the holiday season and beyond. Borders, along with other community members, will be walking the parade collecting the donated food items, which will be placed on the First Baptist Churchs parade float before being delivered to the food pantry. Monetary donations also are being accepted to purchase meat and protein items, Borders said, adding the food pantry is always in need of these important items. For more information on the food drive, call 407-8927125.Craft FestivalThe annual St. Cloud Craft Festival also will be open this weekend with more than 100 vendors and local businesses participating. We have crafters from all over the state and some from out-of-state, Betty Carl, who organizes the craft show with her daughter Edie Wright, said. The craft festival, which has been a St. Cloud staple for more than 30 years, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday throughout downtown. A nnual tree lightingThe parade route passes City Hall, where St. Nick helped the St. Cloud City Council for their 21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday. Crowds for the annual event enjoyed visits and photos with the man in the red suit and participated in games, crafts and snow, coordinated by the St. Cloud Parks and Recreation. St. Cloud High Schools chorus and band performed holiday songs and local elementary schools dazzled the crowd with musical performances. The 2013 St. Cloud Senior Center Winter Queen Virginia Lewis conducted her first official duty in the role at the tree lighting. She also represented the city on a float in the parade. Additionally, the city honored its Volunteer of the Year for 2012. Sonia Concepcion has given more than 550 hours while volunteering for Parks and Recreation. ParadeContinued from Page A-1 By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Legendary boxer and Puerto Rican icon Hector Macho Camacho, who died last weekend, has a lasting link to Osceola County. Camacho fought the final bout of his 30-year professional career, spanning from 1980-2010, at the Kissimmee Civic Center on May 14, 2010, just 10 days prior to his 48th birthday. He lost a unanimous decision to Mexicos Sal Duran, with the three judges scoring the fight 96-91, 97-91 and 97-91. It was just the sixth loss in an 88-match career that saw the lefty welterweight and middleweight champion rack up a 79-6-3 record with 38 knockouts. Camacho died on Saturday at the age of 50 after suffering gunshot wounds to his face and neck in his birthplace of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a drive-by shooting on Nov. 20. A bullet reportedly pierced at least two vertebrae and damaging his carotid artery, which restricted the blood flow to his brain. Doctors declared him brain dead on Nov. 21 and Camachos mother agreed to take him off life support on Nov. 23. He passed away the following morning. Jerry Reyes, whos ReyesM acho Time Productions promoted the fight in Kissimmee, said he remembers the entire card from that night, not just the loss by Camacho, who lived with Reyes in Tampa for about three years. I know they were all great fights that night, Reyes said. He looked good afterwards, so there was no indication that would be his last fight. He was in great shape, he was a warrior. The plan was to look for a fight with Roy Jones. Camacho had trained at the Reyes Boxing Gym, a Tampa facility run by Reyes and his brothers, while he lived in the area and talked of other bouts as a sort of farewell tour. But, talk of that ended, Reyes said, when Camacho left for Miami to work for the Univision network as a boxing analyst. You bet it was a shock to me, he said of the boxers sudden passing. I knew him for 25 years. Im keeping his name a part of our production company, its the ultimate tribute. Reyes said that services will be held this weekend in Manhattan, New York, Camachos childhood home. Cathe Iveson, assistant supervisor of the Kissimmee Civic Center, which holds live boxing events multiple times during the year, said that while its nice that the city and KCC can hold the distinction of hosting such a decorated fighters last bout, it is tough to e njoy it in light of Camachos untimely death. He would have had the same notoriety alive, she said. Its sad to see somebody pass that way. According to Camachos professional record, his final two bouts were in Central Florida; he fought one-time IBF Light Middleweight champion Luis Ramn Campas to an eight-round draw in Orlando on May 9, 2009. He Kissimmee venue was Macho Camachos final fight before death News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanOn May 14, 2010, just 10 days prior to his 48th birthday, Hector Macho Camacho lost a unanimous decision to Mexicos Sal Duran at the Kissimmee Civic Center. It was his last fight. Camacho died last weekend. See Camacho, page A-5 Call Today! 407-931-3800www.butlermortgage.com 100612.SNG HOWARD ChHANIN HARRY URBAN Diane Kuiper Stuart Adkins Regina Brady Sabrina Stewart Lori Smith Julie Chavel Judy Epley Eva Krawczyk Barbara Bowling Chris Urban Miguel Zavala Horacio Toledo NMLS#204032 DIdD YOU KNOW... 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Saturday, December 1, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 is to improve drafts of local evacuation routes inbound for coastal residents fleeing a hurricane, and outbound routes for locals who would need to escape wildfires and other local threats. So the work emergency planners are doing now is much like insurance they are developing plans for the public that they hope they never have to use. The countys Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, recently approved by the County Commission and available to the general public, includes response protocols for the widest range of disasters, catastrophes and incidents imaginable the non-weather related list includes aircraft and railway emergencies, civil disorder, drought, sinkholes, Hazmat incidents, transportation, wildfires and terrorism. The plan is designed for ease of use considering the number of agencies and government entities that will refer to it, Collins said. When a disaster strikes, they want a guide to go directly to that tells them what to do. With any disaster, most of the planning elements are universal, he said. He added that at the basic levels, all disasters are local. In Sandy, a million people were without power, and there are little towns and counties left to finish up the cleanup. You can see that their responders took the right things seriously, he said. As a department, we look at those responses and ask what we can learn from Sandy to improve our plans. For instance, with so many people out of power, there has to be a system to get public information out to them. Collins said that effective communication with all those who make up the departments Strategic Response Team makes the level of readiness achieved County Manager Don Fisher said he rests easy now thanks to the great work of Rich and his staff possible under tight economic constraints. If a catastrophe were to hit this area, we have the partnerships and support to respond quickly, he said. Our vendors make it possible on our limited budget. And Id go anywhere with my team. They do incredible work. Informed and prepared citizens also play a role in effective crisis management, said Operations Manager Rich Halquist. Communities can respond to risk by being prepared, and recognizing what their role is, he said. For fire season for example, make sure your house is prepared by clearing dry debris away. Halquist said he recommends all families have a weather radio in their home. They are as important, I feel, as smoke detectors, he said. We can also use them to disseminate critical information that isnt weather related. The radios generally cost from $30-80, and emergency management staff will help residents tune them for Osceola County-specific information at its office at U.S. Highway 192 at Partin Settlement Road. Emergency management also employs staff to use the Internet a nd social media to distribute essential information. The departments website is www.mysafety.osceola.org, and also distributes breaking information on is Facebook (www. facebook.com/OsceolaEOC) and Twitter (@OsceolaEOC) pages. Osceola County is a vibrant community where citizens take a role in responding and recovering, Collins said. We help facilitate that. they were strangers. She reca lled how Rivera-Montanez would bring homeless people he had just met on the street to her home in Miami for a meal. Montanez had no remorse for her sons killer. She caused a lot of pain. She changed my life, Montanez said, adding she wanted to ask Ford if her sons life and the possibility of spending the rest of her life in jail were worth the $200 Rivera-Montanez allegedly owed Ford. Its not going to bring my son back (but he) will be her last victim.Violent pastFord was previously sentenced to eight years in prison for her part in a 1997armed robbery in a Kissimmee apartment. She and a male accomplice robbed 10 people, taking upward of $330 in cash from the victims while holding guns to their heads. Her male co-conspirator told the victims multiple times, according to the police report, This is a robbery, dont make it a homicide. Several of the victims recognized the pair as former students of Osceola High School, the report stated.Drug dealerContinued from Page A-1 Contact Fallan Patterson at 321-402-0434 or by email at fpatterson@osceolanews gazette.com.HurricaneContinued from Page A-1 News-Gazette Photos/Andrew SullivanAbove, Osceola County Office of Emergency Management staffers (from left) Daniel Tohorton, Bob Howard, Rich Collins, Rich Halquist and Pedro Carrasquillo stand ready to activate in case of any weather or other emergency threat this winter. Below, copies of the countys recently-approved emergency protocol are lined up ready for mobilization for the next emergency. 120112.SNG NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGNotice is herby given that the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) will hold a Public hearing on the matter of proposed recommendations for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP). The public hearing will be held at the Osceola County Human Services Building, 330 N Beaumont Av enue, Kissimmee, Florida 34741 beginning at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter as practical on December 7, 2012. Florida Statute 420.9076 requires each county participating in the SHIP program to have an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee that develops and evaluates incentive strategies on affordable housing. The primary purpose of this committee is to develop incentive strategies targeting regulatory reform. The committee will need to recommend speci c initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing. The AHAC committee has developed a nal report which will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners on December 17, 2012. The incentives being recommended are in the following areas: Expedited Permitting, Housing Trust Fund, Parking Requirements, Impact Fees, Street Requirements, Infrastructure Capacity, Densities, Ongoing Oversight, Land Bank Inventory, Mandatory Affordable Housing Requirements, and Community Land Trust. This public hearing is for comments on the nal report. The AHAC committee report may be examined in the of ces of the Osceola County Human Services, 330 N. Beaumont Av enue, Kissimmee, Florida 34741 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays except holidays. Wr itten comments may be submitted to the Human Services at the above address or electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding these requests, please contact the Osceola County Human Services (407) 742-8418 prior to the meeting. 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Page A4, When you mention the Osceola County School Board, what comes to mind infighting and namecalling? Well, that should be coming to an end and we couldnt be more supportive. With two new members on the dais, the Osceola County School Board hopes to move past its recent history of squabbling and instead concentrate on implementing and upholding policies for education. For the past two years, recorded fighting among its members has plagued the School Board including scandals that brought unwanted media and public attention to the district. The board meetings often were sad spectacles with members lashing out at each other. Two former superintendents were prematurely forced from office. Rather than revisit those issues, newly appointed Vice Chair Barbara Horn said she wants the board to focus on whats important: the students and education. Well done, Barbara Horn. Recently appointed Chairman Jay Wheeler spoke of his desire to move the district forward, saying he was confident that the board could work on issues and programs that are in the best interest of students. Wheeler has often been blamed for being one of the boards biggest problems. Hes walked out of meetings and often fought openly with board members, more so with former Chairman Cindy Hartig. Tim Weisheyer, a local real estate agent, beat Hartig during the August primaries to represent district 3. Past history makes us fear that Wheelers comments are just hollow promises, but if the board is going to turn its dysfunctional image around, we must give him the benefit of the doubt. Wheeler has often been a controversial School Board member, but we believe his intent always is with the best interest of Osceola Countys students in mind. We look forward to seeing his experience translate into good ideas for the future of the School District of Osceola County. We believe the two new board members, Weisheyer and Kelvin Soto, can help change the tone of the board and give it a more positive vibe. They both promised to do so on the campaign trail and well hold them to that. After all its all about giving the students the best possible education. Submit letters to the editor to Osceola NewsGazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. All letters should be no more than 500 words and should include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. Letters to the editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. They also may be published in other Florida Sun Publications, including on the News-Gazette website. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at email@example.com. Black Friday was a mixed bag and somewhat controversial this year because it started a day early; Thanksgiving. There are just a couple of days when businesses close and employees can enjoy traditional activities with family. It used to be rare to see any stores open at Easter, New Years and of course Christmas. When I was a kid, I remember big barbecues on Fourth of July when everyone was off work. Little by little, the holidays that most businesses closed for have dwindled down to just Christmas and Thanksgiving. I watched a mall interview with a retailer who predicted that stores would open, wit h bigger sales, even earlier next year. She said There may not be a Thanksgiving in 2013. This year there was push back businesses and employees seeking to enjoy a rare holiday meal and day off with loved ones came into conflict. Is there any value in these hectic times to sitting down a couple of times a year to break bread with immediate and extended family? Local educators have observed that fewer and fewer families eat dinner together even a few nights a week. In a service-based Osceola economy, mom and dad might be working multiple jobs or shifts that make it almost impossible to have regular family dinners. Growing up, that was a time to talk about how things were going at school, what was happening in the neighborhood, etc. The fact that too many kids throw a sandwich together and eat in front of the TV may not be without consequences. In a series of focus groups with lowincome individuals conducted by the Nutrition Education Network, participants said they believed that the primary benefit to eating together was strengthening the family by providing opportunities for communication and building relationships. Other studies report similar perceptions on the part of parents. Not only do parents want to feel attached to their children, kids want this too. Oprah Winfrey conducted a Family Dinner Experiment in 1993. Five families accepted the challenge to eat dinner together every night for a month. They all kept journals to record their feelings about the experience. Initially, cooking and sharing meals was a chore. But, by the end of the month, the families were happy with planning to dine together most evenings if not every night. The greatest surprise to the parents was how much their children treasured the dependable time with their parents at the table. Family meals appear to give children an edge in the classroom as well. Preschoolers had better language skills when the family ate together. Extended conversations provided young children with a chance to think, and that enhanced their linguistic development. In a study that followed 65 children older than 8, Harvard researchers looked at which activities most fostered healthy child development: play, story time, events with family members and other factors. Family dinners won out. Well-adjusted adolescents and frequent family meals are also linked, according to psychologists Bowden and Zeisz. Less adjusted teens are more apt to be involved with drugs, be depressed, exhibit difficulty getting along with others and have trouble in school. Adjustment was correlated more to shared meals than to any other factor. Bowden said that mealtimes play an important role in helping teens cope well with the stresses of adolescence. So back to Thanksgiving if our local families have little time, during the year, to enjoy family meals together holiday gatherings, seemingly, would have an even greater importance in the healthy development of kids and vital parental attachments. As important as that is, most would agree Thanksgiving is more than sharing a meal; it is sharing recipes passed down from one generation to the next, articulating blessings, over eating, watching football, celebrating traditions and feeling secure, loved and valued. As a former Chamber of Commerce executive vice president, I am very pro-business and get why retailers want to give shoppers more opportunities to walk in their stores. Businesses have suffered considerably during this recession. And I get why people flood the stores. This may be the only time of year they can pick up that big TV for a much smaller price tag. However, in spite of the hype, and intense early Black Friday marketing, early reports show shoppers spent less than predicted. So was it worth it? There may be a price to paying from a societal standpoint. However, there is no kidding ourselves, the genie is out of the bottle and there is no putting him back in. A few demonstrations by big box employees didnt dissuade shoppers from crossing the picket lines in search of deals on highly coveted items. All this does begs the question When todays kids are adults will they remember the mega TV in their living room or rather passing the green bean casserole to grandma after joining hands in prayer on Thanksgiving day to share blessings and celebrate the importance of family? Donna Sines is the executive director of Community Vision.OPINION OPINION Our View Got a gripe? On board with School Boards pledgeIts hard to imagine in todays political climate, but Florida fairly recently had a governor who was not afraid to talk about raising taxes. He didnt meet and mingle with the common folks by doing monthly work days like Bob Graham or Rick Scott, or call himself the peoples governor as Charlie Crist did. He just walked around among us. As a major part of his Senate campaign, he hiked about 1,000 miles to the very pinnacle of Florida politics in 1970, served 18 years in the U.S. Senate and then quit because, among other things, he was sick of the constant demand for raising money that is part of a Congress members daily existence. Then, less than two years later, he came back and became governor. His way. Lawton Chiles was different. He called his approach to government more steering, less rowing from Tallahassee, and spoke of right-sizing state agencies, rather than down-sizing. The last Democrat elected governor, he had the misfortune to take office just as Republicans were taking over the Legislature, but that didnt stop him from proposing new revenue sources with names like the investment budget or reality budget. He advanced health care for children, beat Big Tobacco out of billions and spoke candidly of his personal bout with depression. He gave speaking turns to a few average citizens during his inaugural address, spoke admiringly of Czech leader Vaclav Havel, served fresh orange juice to the GOP presiding officers in the Capitol rotunda at the end of a legislative session and mystified friend and foe alike with aphorisms like the he coon walks just before the light of day. He played the aw-shucks country boy from Imperial Polk County when it suited him, but he could follow you into revolving door and come out first. He frankly admitted he had reached the dont give a damn stage of life: He didnt need the money or power or prestige, wasnt running for any higher office, so he just did what he thought was best. If you didnt like it, you could vote for somebody else. A lot of people did. Chiles was re-elected by fewer than 65,000 votes in 1994 barely beating a fella named Jeb Bush in the year of the Ging rich Revolution, when Republicans wiped out virtually every other old-line Democrat in the country. It was a second term that, sadly, Chiles was not to complete. He died at the Governors Mansion 23 days before the inauguration of Bush, who made a comeback against Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay in 1998. As most politically interested Floridians know, Chiles was a state legislator from Lakeland in the 1950s and 1960s, when the rural Pork Chop Gang was slowly, unwillingly yielding to the legal and historical forces of redistricting, urbanization and integration of post-War Florida. In 1970, the little-known state senator walked from the Alabama border town of Century to the tip of the Florida peninsula, talking and listening to whomever he met and beating the incumbent House speaker and a former governor for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. After three terms, Chiles retired from the Senate and could have had a highpay, low-work faculty sinecure at Florida State University. But in 1990, with Republican Gov. Bob Martinez very vulnerable but then-Congressman (now U.S. Senator) Bill Nelson looking unlikely to beat him, Chiles came out of retirement and teamed up with MacKay as the Democratic dream ticket. They limited their campaign contributions to $100 per donor (upstaging lesser-known pols who couldnt afford such virtue), wore Madras plaid, walked around town squares and easily ousted Martinez in 1990. The rest, as they say, is history. Its usually not good for biographers to admire their subjects, but Coggin makes it work. Walkin Lawton is a valuable contribution for students of Florida history too young to remember Chiles -and an enjoyable, authoritative look back for those of us who knew him. Their view No newspaper?If you have signed up to receive copies of the Osceola NewsGazette and it is not being delivered, contact Kathy Beckham, circulation manager, by phone at 321-402-0401, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications, a division of Independent Publications. Call 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at news@osceolanews gazette.com. 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Saturday, December 1, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com www.aroundosceola.com Discover Find ...your news around Osceola... ...with just a click of your mouse. 110112.TNG Dear Friends of the Council, It is that time of year again! When the excitement and anticipation of the coming holidays lls the air and our souls, it can only mean one thing: Christmas will be here soon. This magical time of year means many different things to all of us, such as: family gatherings, the local Christmas parade, giving and receiving gifts and delicious traditional recipes and meals. The Council on Aging is a lifeline for many older adults. The services provided at the Council on Aging empower many seniors to continue living their lives with grace and dignity. A program like Adult Day Health Care helps to keep our clients independent, at home with family and out of nursing homes. One long time client served by the Council on Aging is Corine. At 99 years of age and a life long resident of Osceola County, Corine still resides in the home built by her late husband, a war veteran. She has an exuberant and radiant smile that lights up a room and loves to participate in activities offered at the Adult Day Health Care program. Corine states the Council has kept my social calendar lled for many years. She also gets to attend Day Care with her best friend of over 50 years. For the past 24 years, the Osceola Council on Aging has maintained one specic focus each holiday season; making certain that no elderly person in our community spends what should be the most joyous of time year alone. The Senior Santa program provides the warmth, laughter and good nutrition that should be associated with the holidays. Will you (or your business) nd it in your heart to make a $25 donation that will provide a senior with a holiday meal and gift? Your donation will allow you to be a Senior Santa to an adopted senior and provide them with: An invitation and transportation to the Senior Santa Holiday Party complete with dinner, decorations, entertainment, party favors and a gift. If the senior is homebound, they will still receive a holiday dinner, gift and party favors delivered by a caring community volunteer on Christmas Day. The Council estimates that more than 3,000 seniors in Osceola County are in need of nutrition and companionship during the holidays. You can make a difference in their lives and yours by becoming a Senior Santa. On behalf of our seniors and everybody who loves them, thank you for your generosity and caring. Be A Senior Santa! DISCOVER VISA MC AMEX $____________ CC# _________________________ Expiration Date:______________________ Signature:________________________________ Yes, Please send adoption certificate (s) to the address below. No, Do not send adoption certificate (s). Name: _ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________ Phone:______________________ _ ______________________________ I would like to be a Senior Santa!Osceola Council on Aging, Inc.700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744407-483-1498Please make CHECKS payable to: OSCEOLA COUNCIL ON AGINGThe Osceola County Council on Aging, INC., has complied with registration requirements of chapter 496, F.S. Solicitation of Contributions Act. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. 1-800-435-7352 Certification # SC-00067I would like to adopt ____ senior (s) at $25.00 each. Enclosed is ________________ Senior Santa120112.SNGo DISCOVER o VISA o MC o AMEX $____________ CC# _________________________ Expiration Date:______________________ Signature:________________________________ By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Roxanne Raver spends every Sept. 27 thinking of her brother, Bradley, the St. Cloud roofer who was shot and killed in his sleep five years ago by an employee. Its a very difficult day for us, she said of her family, including her parents. It gets better but not a day goes by that I dont think about my brother. Those thoughts inevitably turn to Kathryn Raver, Bradleys wife, and the person his family calls the mastermind behind his murder. The family held out hope Kathryn Raver would be held responsible for her alleged part in her husbands death after prosecutors from the Orange Osceola State Attorneys Office charged her with first-degree murder. Those charges were dropped in March after the office said they lacked enough evidence to convict her. I dont necessarily agree with that. Theyre saying its circumstantial (evidence) but I believe a jury would have convicted her, Roxanne Raver said. Theyre never going to (take it to trial) and shes getting away with murder. According to court documents, Raver Roofing employee Charles Chuck King had a romantic relationship with Kathryn Raver. King told police Bradley Raver was abusive toward his wife and that he was in love with Kathryn, even bragging to friends and co-workers about their relationship. King told friends and coworkers he planned to buy a gun and kill Bradley Raver because of the abuse, court records state. The night of Sept. 26, 2007, King suspected Kathryn Raver had been abused and walked to the Ravers house at 1011 Carolina Ave. According to a timeline of events presented by police, King and Kathryn Raver stayed in contact via cellphone 13 times between 10 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 6 a.m. Sept. 27. One call was logged while Kathryn Raver was at the hospital with her family after her husband had been transferred there. Bradley Raver was killed around 4 a.m. Sept. 27, according to police records and Kathryn Ravers statements to police about hearing noises downstairs and smelling gunpowder. Police documented that King had entered the home through an unlocked bath room door that led to the downstairs bedroom Bradley Raver was sleeping in when he was killed. King was convicted on May 1, 2009, of first-degree premeditated murder and is currently serving a life sentence at Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewahitchka, FL. He was being held at the Osceola County Jail awaiting Kathryn Ravers trial when the charges against her were dismissed. She manipulated Chuck King. Shes very smart at what she does, Roxanne Raver said of her sister-in-law. Hopefully, it will catch up with her. I believe in karma. The St. Cloud Police Departments case synopsis states their investigations revealed potential collaboration and cooperation between Kathryn and King; however, evidence at the time was not enough for formal charges. Assistant State Attorney Ken Lewis declined to comment on why the charges against Kathryn Raver were officially dropped because it is still an ongoing case. Our family had a meeting with Ken Lewis, who told my family he was 100 percent convinced she was the mastermind, Roxanne Raver said. He told me they planned on pursuing her. However, the St. Cloud Police Department considers the case closed, as there isnt any new evidence against Kathryn Raver. Unfortunately on our end it is closed and we arent looking to reopen it without new evidence such as she (Kathryn Raver) incriminates herself or some new technology comes for ward, Sgt. Denise Roberts said. It would be a really hard case for us to reopen because theres nothing new. Roxanne Raver tried to get the newly-formed Joint Homicide Investigative Team, which uses the resources of all local municipal law enforcement agencies to reopen and investigate cold cases, to take her brothers case but was told it doesnt qualify. It wouldnt be classified as (cold) at all, Roberts, whose department is a member of JHIT, said. A cold case means no arrests and no new evidence. Roxanne Raver is discouraged law enforcement isnt continuing to look at her sister-in-laws perceived part in Bradleys Ravers death. To live with that is very difficult for me and my entire family. They all know she was apart of my brothers murder, Roxanne Raver said. I will never let this be buried. Im going to stay on this. mee and raised funds for cancer research, is taking this year off. Former Kissimmee City Commissioner Jerry Gemskie, the programs driving force, is traveling up north this year for the holidays, concluding a very long year for him. Im taking a Christmas vacation, he said, as hes had standing plans to visit family in the Chicago area this year. I told the (Downtown Business Association) board Id help in whatever way I could, but this year, its just too much. Gemskie ran and lost in the Republican primary for the district 1 Board of County Commissioners seat in August then saw his 10-year tenure on the Kissimmee City Commission end due to term limits. The program had run rather successfully for seven holiday seasons, r aising more than $15,000 since Gemskie and then-City Manager Mark Durbin came up with the idea. I pitched something like this to him and he asked me, Do you have any ideas that dont cost us anything? Gemskie said. Its been a good advertising tool for the businesses. When the schools had them, kids wanted to bring their parents to see their ornaments, and it brought new people to downtown. In January when we would display them at City Hall, its the most viewed art wed have there all year. But those who like to be put in a festive mood when strolling and shopping the downtown area should not fret, as Kissimmee Main Street is planning something in its place while the ornament program is on what is hoped to be just a one-year hiatus. The Main Street group is working to paint holiday art on storefront windows along Broadway. Executive Director Kelly Trace and her team did a test painting Tuesday night at Gallery One Artists at Main and Darlington streets, more as a test to make sure the right acrylic paint was being used on the windows. A few more locations will be painted, starting today at 9 a.m. The Main Street Design Committee, with designs created by art student from Osceola and Gateway High Schools and the Osceola County School for the Arts, is heading up the work. Since this is the first year were doing this we want to smart small, she said. If we start today well have all of the windows done in time for the holiday parade (Dec. 8). While excited to work on a new project, Trace, a lifelong Kissimmee resident, had gotten used to seeing the ornaments annually. And she isnt the only one, she said. I am a little sad we wont see them this year, she said. Weve had people calling the office and asking about them.OrnamentsContinued from Page A-1 Victims family members still believe wife was mastermind behind murderalso fought at Osceola County Stadium in 2003, scoring a ninth-round technical knockout over Ecuadors Otilio Villarreal. Camacho held the WBC Super Featherweight title from 1983-84 and the Lightweight belt from 1987-89. He was the WBO Light Welterweight champion from March 6, 1989 to Feb. 23, 1991, and then regained the title three months later and held it into 1992. Along the way he took on such names in the boxing world as Roberto Duran, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Felix Trinidad, Ray Boom Boom Mancini and Julio Cesar Chavez.CamachoContinued from Page A-2 Contact Fallan Patterson at 321-402-0434 or by email at fpatterson@osceolanews gazette.com.
Page A6, SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsLady Dogs defend crownHey Gators, that was clever ... and it almost worked. Backing into the BCS National Championship game by not losing the SEC Championship Game was right there for you. Had Touchdown Jesus decided that thered been enough miracles for the South Bend Boys Choir, or if he had been preoccupied with fishing the Seaside Heights roller coaster out of the ocean and back onto the Jersey Shore, it woulda worked. Getting out of the SEC the easy way worked for Alabama last year, and almost got you folks playing for all the boiled peanuts, too. Having two SEC teams in the Big One again would have made a lot of the kids scream in horror, but hey, youre in the big, bad SEC. In fact, with all these schools changing addresses over the past couple of weeks, and conferences doing more shuff-a-lin than an LMFAO song, the SEC should flaunt its football jowls some more. First, go from 14 to 16 teams. Then theres a couple of ways to find some more room. First ... Vanderbilt, you knew this day would come. Youve never won an SEC title, and youre never going to. Heres $10 million and our best regards. If you resist, well just throw Kentucky out in football (no SEC titles since 1950). Next, merge Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I know those two really dislike each other, and this might be the two-week-old deep fried turkey pudding talking, but its the only way that anyone in the Magnolia State will compete (last SEC title: 1963) against Alabama, LSU and Auburn and Arkansas in better days. With four slots open, now go get Texas, or Oklahoma, or both, and give Texas A&M a neighbor. And ring FSU and Virginia Techs bells and see if they come to the door. With 16 teams, toss out a regular-season game and have conference semifinal games that the computers will love. Swell up like that and youll be so relevant that the SEC will make up most of the Mighty News-Gazette Divine Nine. Until then it reads: 1. The Fighting Irish. 2. The Rolling Tide. 3. The Barking Dawgs. 4. Go Gators. 5. The Texans. 6. The Falcons. 7. Johnny Football. 8. Manti Defense. 9. Cyber sales. And now to pick the seasons last full slate of games: C-USA title game: UCF at Tulsa (-2): Hey Tulsa, if you win, you can have the Knights spot in the Big East! UT by 3 Big 10: Nebraska (-3) vs. Wisconsin: I still resist this as a conference game. This is the Fiesta Bowl. Huskers by 6. Pac 12: UCLA vs. Stanford (-8): Didnt we just do this? Cardinal by 3.14 or something brainy and scientific. ACC: Georgia Tech vs. FSU (-14): Seething Noles against the gimmicky Tech option offense. Pass the turkey pudding and thisll get real interesting. Noles by 12. SEC: Georgia vs. Alabama (-7): Just another SEC Game of the Century of the Week. Case can be made that this is the true national title game, but keep that quiet or youll make the Catholics mad. At this time of year, nobody needs that. Tide by 2. Jacksonville at Buffalo (-6): We usually preface the NFL games by calling them the paid professionals. We should all get paid if we sit through this schlockfest. Bills by 4. New England (-9) at Miami: Dolphins will make this a good game because they cant decide if theyre any good or not. Pats by 2. Tampa Bay at Denver (-7): Bucs cant win out west. Or in the cold. Or, this week, at altitude. Broncos by 4. Indianapolis at Detroit (-4.5): Compared to some of the other awful games this week (Carolina at Kansas City, anyone?), this week this qualifies as a good game (term used loosely) although I cant explain the spread. Detroits been awful. Colts by 1 in Luck-y Upset Special. Rick Pedone says: Lions by 3. SEC should shop for its sweet 16 See Picks, page A-7 Girls basketball preview Picks of the Weak By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Harmony won the Orange Belt Conference, won two playoff games and advanced to the Class 7A-2 regional final last season all firsts in the programs history. The Longhorns are still a young team, and with other county schools bringing back impact players, the races for conference and district championships should be heated. Harmony will be favored again in District 7A-6, while Osceola and Poinciana are two of the heavweights in 7A-5, along with experienced Gateway.OsceolaThe Kowgirls (20-8) posted another 20-win season and battled Harmony and Poinciana to the end for the OBC title. Coach Barner Cooks expects the team to be a contender again this winter, although the teams OBC hopes took a blow with a 58-57 loss to Poinciana Nov. 16. Three starters (senior wing Jazz Ramos, senior forward Jamecia Daniels, junior guard Montana Bass) return, and junior Gabby Goiens and sophomore Kimani Francios return to the varsity as well. Cooks has faith in a crop of newcomers, headlined by 6-foot freshman center Cortavia Walker, seniors Nastassja Montoya, Johntea White and Kendell Knaich and sophomores Tatiana Cardona and Nicole Bravo. We will be young, but I am expecting us to be right there, competing for the district title and for our fifth OBC in six years, he said. We feel this can be our year. Osceola, 5-2, won its third in a row Thursday, 43-28, over Liberty.HarmonyIf the Longhorns are going to win 23 games and reach the regional final again, Coach Paul Strauch will have to find a way to do it without leaders and post presences Nia Frederick (Bethune Cookman) and Marie Gilbert, now in the rotation for Rollins College. Juniors Julia Ingler, Stephanie Baur, Rebekah Fitzpatrick and Ragen Dotson all got plenty of minutes the last two seasons and enter their third varsity year. Guard Allison Van Tassel and forward Katlyn Sparks are seniors. Strauch will look for a spark from young newcomers in sophomores Liz Rodriguez and Naomi James and freshman Abby Fitzpatrick. We are very small and will have to work very hard to rebound, Strauch said. But I think our district is wide open. Saint Cloud has great young girls and will only get better as the year goes on, Celebration has Gabby Ortiz and some good young role players. As far as the county goes, I think the OBC is Poincianas to lose. They have a ton of talent and size. Osceola has a couple of good players and are used to winning so they could beat Poinciana. The Lady Horns are 2-2 after beating Heritage Chrsitian, 54-40, Thursday. Fitzpatrick scored 19.St. CloudThe Bulldogs went 17-9 for their best season in recent memory, but Coach Chad Ansbuagh said the team will be full of new faces. We graduated six girls and had a starter (sophomore Astaja Tyghter) transfer out of the school, he said. (Senior center) Sarah Sullivan is the only full-time returning starter. We started three freshmen and two sophomores in our tip-off game against Boone, so we will be very young. Sophomore guards Megan Pinkerton and Yairaliz Hernandez return to the varsity. Senior guard Candice Wilkins should also provide a boost, Ansbugh said. Freshmen Gabby Costas, Alyssa Best and Kierra Crane spent all summer working with the varsity, and should make an impact as well.PoincianaNew Coach Shane Whitsett takes over a Lady Eagles team that has been a consistent regional playoffs qualifier over the past several seasons under former coach Jamerson Jones. The Lady Eagles will be strong again this year thanks to a veteran lineup that includes guard/forward Brandii Walker and center Tralonnie Tisdale, who both signed early to Southern University. We are expectin g to have another successful season, Whitsett, who came from Merritt Island, said. We have about five girls returning with a lot of experience, and we should be athletic and physical. Also back are Gerie Navarro, Breyuna Walker and Majjdah Barnett along with Aluxus Darrisaw, Christina Jeane-Baptiste and Marriana Herrera. Newcomers include Yvondra Lyons and Toni Watts. Whitsett said the team is adapting to a new, more controlled game plan. Our goal is to be running on all cylinders come district and state playoff time, he said. As long as the girls buy into the system and we work hard ever day, keep a positive attitude and play defense, we will be ready to defend the district championship. We have the talent to have a great season, now we have to put it to work. The Lady Eagles, 7-1, beat Lake Minneola, 68-37, Thursday as Walker had 22 and Barnett added 13.CelebrationCoach Bob Mouchet returns to lead the Lady Storm through the 7A-6 district race. Mouchet said senior Gabby Ortiz, a fourth-year starter, will lead the squad after it lost five seniors to graduation. Ortiz has averaged 12 points through her career, Mouchet said. The girls are developing good chemistry with each other. I feel that we will have a strong schedule this year with several 17-plus game winners from last sea-Osceolas Jasmine Ramos (2) prepares to put up a shot against St. Cloud at the Osceola Thanksgiving Classic last week. The Lady Kowboys won five of their first seven games.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Harmony, Poinciana challenge in OBC Ken JacksonStaff Writer See Basketball, page A-7 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It hasnt been that long since Celebration c enter Romelo Banks began playing organized basketball about three years. But, when you stand 6-11, as Banks does, the college coaches come a calling. I had a lot of interest. I narrowed it down to five schools, the ones that I thought I would be the most connected to, the Storm senior said. On the first day of the November early signing period, Banks announced his choice: the University of North Florida. The main thing I wanted to do was to stay close to my family, so I wanted to stay in Florida, Banks, who transferred from Liberty before his sophomore year, said. At UNF, I liked how the campus was, and how the coaches and the team accepted me. Banks also visited Winthrop College in South Carolina, Liberty University in Virginia, Mercer College in Georgia and Georgia Southern. The Ospreys, under Coach Matthew Driscoll, play in the NCAA D-1 Atlantic Sun Conference. Banks said he wasnt much more than average size until his last year at Discovery Middle School, when he sprouted. I hadnt played any basketball at all before that. I didnt play any sports, he said. Banks is playing a lot of basketball, now, and Storm Coach Jeff Bean thinks his center and the rest of the Storm might be playing basketball deep into February, through the regional playoffs. Romelo has worked hard on his game and he is ready to have an excellent senior season, Bean said. Playing travel ball has improved his skills, and the North Florida coaching staff has given Banks an idea of what he should work on before he arrives in Jacksonville next year. They told me various things, a lot more than just things about the game, Banks said. One thing they talked about is that I should look in the face of the coach when he is talking, and stay positive. I have a tendency when things dont go my way to get down on myself. I have to improve that. B anks said t he North Florida coaching staff indicated that he would play as a freshman. I wouldnt start, of course, but they told me that Ill probably play. I dont think Ill be a redshirt, he said. Like any college player with Banks altitude, the NBA always seems a possibility. I havent actually given t hat m uch thought. Im thinking more about four years of college, because you never know what will happen, he said. But, if it works out, sure, its something Id like to do. Banks may major in business administration or sports management.Celebration center Romelo Banks signed a basketball grant to North Florida on the first day of the early signing period Nov. 14.Photo/Special to the News-Gazette Storm center inks grant with North Florida
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Backing into the BCS National Championship game by not losing the SEC Championship Game was right there for you. Had Touchdown Jesus decided that thered been enough miracles for the South Bend Boys Choir, or if he had been preoccupied with fishing the Seaside Heights roller coaster out of the ocean and back onto the Jersey Shore, it woulda worked. Getting out of the SEC the easy way worked for Alabama last year, and almost got you folks playing for all the boiled peanuts, too. Having two SEC teams in the Big One again would have made a lot of the kids scream in horror, but hey, youre in the big, bad SEC. In fact, with all these schools changing addresses over the past couple of weeks, and conferences doing more shuff-a-lin than an LMFAO song, the SEC should flaunt its football jowls some more. First, go from 14 to 16 teams. Then theres a couple of ways to find some more room. First ... Vanderbilt, you knew this day would come. Youve never won an SEC title, and youre never going to. Heres $10 million and our best regards. If you resist, well just throw Kentucky out in football (no SEC titles since 1950). Next, merge Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I know those two really dislike each other, and this might be the two-week-old deep fried turkey pudding talking, but its the only way that anyone in the Magnolia State will compete (last SEC title: 1963) against Alabama, LSU and Auburn and Arkansas in better days. With four slots open, now go get Texas, or Oklahoma, or both, and give Texas A&M a neighbor. And ring FSU and Virginia Techs bells and see if they come to the door. With 16 teams, toss out a regular-season game and have conference semifinal games that the computers will love. Swell up like that and youll be so relevant that the SEC will make up most of the Mighty News-Gazette Divine Nine. Until then it reads: 1. The Fighting Irish. 2. The Rolling Tide. 3. The Barking Dawgs. 4. Go Gators. 5. The Texans. 6. The Falcons. 7. Johnny Football. 8. Manti Defense. 9. Cyber sales. And now to pick the seasons last full slate of games: C-USA title game: UCF at Tulsa (-2): Hey Tulsa, if you win, you can have the Knights spot in the Big East! UT by 3 Big 10: Nebraska (-3) vs. Wisconsin: I still resist this as a conference game. This is the Fiesta Bowl. Huskers by 6. Pac 12: UCLA vs. Stanford (-8): Didnt we just do this? Cardinal by 3.14 or something brainy and scientific. ACC: Georgia Tech vs. FSU (-14): Seething Noles against the gimmicky Tech option offense. Pass the turkey pudding and thisll get real interesting. Noles by 12. SEC: Georgia vs. Alabama (-7): Just another SEC Game of the Century of the Week. Case can be made that this is the true national title game, but keep that quiet or youll make the Catholics mad. At this time of year, nobody needs that. Tide by 2. Jacksonville at Buffalo (-6): We usually preface the NFL games by calling them the paid professionals. We should all get paid if we sit through this schlockfest. Bills by 4. New England (-9) at Miami: Dolphins will make this a good game because they cant decide if theyre any good or not. Pats by 2. Tampa Bay at Denver (-7): Bucs cant win out west. Or in the cold. Or, this week, at altitude. Broncos by 4. Indianapolis at Detroit (-4.5): Compared to some of the other awful games this week (Carolina at Kansas City, anyone?), this week this qualifies as a good game (term used loosely) although I cant explain the spread. Detroits been awful. Colts by 1 in Luck-y Upset Special. Rick Pedone says: Lions by 3.SEC should shop for its sweet 16See Picks, page A-7Girls basketball previewPicks of the WeakBy Ken Jackson Staff W riter Harmony won the Orange Belt Conference, won two playoff games and advanced to the Class 7A-2 regional final last season all firsts in the programs history. The Longhorns are still a young team, and with other county schools bringing back impact players, the races for conference and district championships should be heated. Harmony will be favored again in District 7A-6, while Osceola and Poinciana are two of the heavweights in 7A-5, along with experienced Gateway.OsceolaThe Kowgirls (20-8) posted another 20-win season and battled Harmony and Poinciana to the end for the OBC title. Coach Barner Cooks expects the team to be a contender again this winter, although the teams OBC hopes took a blow with a 58-57 loss to Poinciana Nov. 16. Three starters (senior wing Jazz Ramos, senior forward Jamecia Daniels, junior guard Montana Bass) return, and junior Gabby Goiens and sophomore Kimani Francios return to the varsity as well. Cooks has faith in a crop of newcomers, headlined by 6-foot freshman center Cortavia Walker, seniors Nastassja Montoya, Johntea White and Kendell Knaich and sophomores Tatiana Cardona and Nicole Bravo. We will be young, but I am expecting us to be right there, competing for the district title and for our fifth OBC in six years, he said. We feel this can be our year. Osceola, 5-2, won its third in a row Thursday, 43-28, over Liberty.HarmonyIf the Longhorns are going to win 23 games and reach the regional final again, Coach Paul Strauch will have to find a way to do it without leaders and post presences Nia Frederick (Bethune Cookman) and Marie Gilbert, now in the rotation for Rollins College. Juniors Julia Ingler, Stephanie Baur, Rebekah Fitzpatrick and Ragen Dotson all got plenty of minutes the last two seasons and enter their third varsity year. Guard Allison Van Tassel and forward Katlyn Sparks are seniors. Strauch will look for a spark from young newcomers in sophomores Liz Rodriguez and Naomi James and freshman Abby Fitzpatrick. We are very small and will have to work very hard to rebound, Strauch said. But I think our district is wide open. Saint Cloud has great young girls and will only get better as the year goes on, Celebration has Gabby Ortiz and some good young role players. As far as the county goes, I think the OBC is Poincianas to lose. They have a ton of talent and size. Osceola has a couple of good players and are used to winning so they could beat Poinciana. The Lady Horns are 2-2 after beating Heritage Chrsitian, 54-40, Thursday. Fitzpatrick scored 19.St. CloudThe Bulldogs went 17-9 for their best season in recent memory, but Coach Chad Ansbuagh said the team will be full of new faces. We graduated six girls and had a starter (sophomore Astaja Tyghter) transfer out of the school, he said. (Senior center) Sarah Sullivan is the only full-time returning starter. We started three freshmen and two sophomores in our tip-off game against Boone, so we will be very young. Sophomore guards Megan Pinkerton and Yairaliz Hernandez return to the varsity. Senior guard Candice Wilkins should also provide a boost, Ansbugh said. Freshmen Gabby Costas, Alyssa Best and Kierra Crane spent all summer working with the varsity, and should make an impact as well.PoincianaNew Coach Shane Whitsett takes over a Lady Eagles team that has been a consistent regional playoffs qualifier over the past several seasons under former coach Jamerson Jones. The Lady Eagles will be strong again this year thanks to a veteran lineup that includes guard/forward Brandii Walker and center Tralonnie Tisdale, who both signed early to Southern University. We are expectin g to have another successful season, Whitsett, who came from Merritt Island, said. We have about five girls returning with a lot of experience, and we should be athletic and physical. Also back are Gerie Navarro, Breyuna Walker and Majjdah Barnett along with Aluxus Darrisaw, Christina Jeane-Baptiste and Marriana Herrera. Newcomers include Yvondra Lyons and Toni Watts. Whitsett said the team is adapting to a new, more controlled game plan. Our goal is to be running on all cylinders come district and state playoff time, he said. As long as the girls buy into the system and we work hard ever day, keep a positive attitude and play defense, we will be ready to defend the district championship. We have the talent to have a great season, now we have to put it to work. The Lady Eagles, 7-1, beat Lake Minneola, 68-37, Thursday as Walker had 22 and Barnett added 13.CelebrationCoach Bob Mouchet returns to lead the Lady Storm through the 7A-6 district race. Mouchet said senior Gabby Ortiz, a fourth-year starter, will lead the squad after it lost five seniors to graduation. Ortiz has averaged 12 points through her career, Mouchet said. The girls are developing good chemistry with each other. I feel that we will have a strong schedule this year with several 17-plus game winners from last sea-Osceolas Jasmine Ramos (2) prepares to put up a shot against St. Cloud at the Osceola Thanksgiving Classic last week. The Lady Kowboys won five of their first seven games.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanHarmony, Poinciana challenge in OBCKen JacksonStaff Writer See Basketball, page A-7 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It hasnt been that long since Celebration c enter Romelo Banks began playing organized basketball about three years. But, when you stand 6-11, as Banks does, the college coaches come a calling. I had a lot of interest. I narrowed it down to five schools, the ones that I thought I would be the most connected to, the Storm senior said. On the first day of the November early signing period, Banks announced his choice: the University of North Florida. The main thing I wanted to do was to stay close to my family, so I wanted to stay in Florida, Banks, who transferred from Liberty before his sophomore year, said. At UNF, I liked how the campus was, and how the coaches and the team accepted me. Banks also visited Winthrop College in South Carolina, Liberty University in Virginia, Mercer College in Georgia and Georgia Southern. The Ospreys, under Coach Matthew Driscoll, play in the NCAA D-1 Atlantic Sun Conference. Banks said he wasnt much more than average size until his last year at Discovery Middle School, when he sprouted. I hadnt played any basketball at all before that. I didnt play any sports, he said. Banks is playing a lot of basketball, now, and Storm Coach Jeff Bean thinks his center and the rest of the Storm might be playing basketball deep into February, through the regional playoffs. Romelo has worked hard on his game and he is ready to have an excellent senior season, Bean said. Playing travel ball has improved his skills, and the North Florida coaching staff has given Banks an idea of what he should work on before he arrives in Jacksonville next year. They told me various things, a lot more than just things about the game, Banks said. One thing they talked about is that I should look in the face of the coach when he is talking, and stay positive. I have a tendency when things dont go my way to get down on myself. I have to improve that. B anks said t he North Florida coaching staff indicated that he would play as a freshman. I wouldnt start, of course, but they told me that Ill probably play. I dont think Ill be a redshirt, he said. Like any college player with Banks altitude, the NBA always seems a possibility. I havent actually given t hat m uch thought. Im thinking more about four years of college, because you never know what will happen, he said. But, if it works out, sure, its something Id like to do. Banks may major in business administration or sports management.Celebration center Romelo Banks signed a basketball grant to North Florida on the first day of the early signing period Nov. 14.Photo/Special to the News-Gazette Storm center inks grant with North Florida Sports briefsPicksContinued from page A-6BasketballContinued from page A-6 Kowboys learn a lesson from high-powered DPIve been having a great time trying to figure out how to catch Toho specs. Usually this is a prime time to catch these goodeating fish. I had been hearing that Marker 26 was the place to be, so thats where I started. Not so good! I never saw more than two or three fish being put in the boat. The next day a couple of my buddies and I went back out and caught 11 goodsized specs. I took nine of them home and had them for dinner. Man, they were good. Im going to have to spend more time trying to figure out how to become more consistent and get a few bags of fish in the freezer. Water temperatures in the low 60s have slowed bass fishing down considerably. There still are some bass schooling in a few places, but not like they were before the temperatures dropped. Ive been catching a few of them on hard jerk baits, small crank baits and a Carolina rig with a trick worm on it. Shiner fishing hasnt been too bad, but youve got to cover a lot of water to find out where theyre biting. O nce you f ind them, youre liable to catch quite a few in one small area. Some days they seem to want big shiners and other days they want the small ones. I usually get a mixture of sizes to see what they want. The areas that were sprayed for hydrilla are starting to clean up. The second round is supposed to start the early part of December. Airboats did most of the first spraying. Helicopters are up next and then the harvester. Lets all hope for good results. Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net You may also send fishing information and photos to rpedone@osceolanewsgazette. com. Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Tracking down the specs well worth itBrian Big Man McBrides Super Sniffer Upset Special: Seahawks over Bears by 3. Tom Captain Kirks Beam Me Up Scotty Prime Time NFL Pick: Giants over Redskins by 6. Last Week: Phinished Philly (7-3, 82-35) gained another on Staggering Steeler (6-4, 83-34). son, Mouchet said. Senior Tuesday Webb is one of the teams leading rebounders. She will get help on the glass from center Shazaaya Lirazano. Teesha Montoya joins Ortiz at guard and Sarah Stellwag is at small forward, Mouchet said.GatewayCoach Steve Robertsons team is armed with seven seniors. Most were with him when he starting coaching the team four years ago. So with time of the essence, expectations are high in a district that includes Osceola and Poinciana, the favorites of late. And East Ridge is going to be strong, too. They brought everybody back, Robertson said. Its going to be tough, but Im thinking that by the time the (district) tournament starts well be better and right in the thick of it. Weve changes some of our schemes on defense and were letting the girls learn what were trying to do there. Of those seniors, Tiffany Charneco can play anywhere on the floor; she has good outside shooting range but is playing in the post out of necessity, Robertson said. Jamie Olivo, Ashley Coll azo and Jelisha Peterman have the ball-handling experience to run the offense, joined by Amanda Lopez, Arianna Diaz and Cindy Ayala. Sophomore Daja Clayton has also worked her way into the rotation, and junior Christy Folk, one of Robertsons better players from the flag football field, earned a spot as a small forward. The Panthers are 3-2 after falling to East Ridge, 45-42, Thursday.Heritage ChristianCoach Butch Wike said his team is young but talented enough to equal or exceed last seasons 13-9 record. We dont have any seniors and were lacking in height, Wike said. But, the girls we do have are quick. Well work the offense around their quickness. Well do a lot of running. Leading the way are cocaptains Abigail Diauto,a junior, and sophomore Katherine Ortiz. Joining them are freshmen Katie Kleinhans, Lexirelis Ramos, Christina Birk and Taylor Suarez. Eighth graders Syanne Rowe and Kirsten Walker will compete along with seventh graders Alexis Greaves and Sian Archibald. We only have 10 players, and five have never played varsity basketball before, but what they lack in experience they make up for with heart and hustle, Wike said. The Eagles play in the Florida Christian Care 3-1 after beating Calvary Christian, 40-38, Thursday as Archibald scored 20.City of LifeCoach Rob Gorski thinks his team can make a strong run for the 2A-6 title. The girls know they play very good defense, offensively is where we need to become more consistent, Gorski said. If we play under control and not turn the ball over, we will be in great shape. Senior Abby Robinson and junior co-captains Azia Constance and Janina Lebron return. We lost some offense (to graduation) but we have athletes that work hard and well get the job done, Gorski said. Constance had 18 points and 15 rebounds in a season-opening win against New Dimensions. Also on the roster are senior Kareen Padilla, junor Caitlin Rutan and sophomores Tiffany Travelute, Nashaly Rivera, Rayna Johnston and Zohraia Ciquero. Also on the roster are Sarai Villa and Jaden Langer. Robinson and Rutan each scored 6 in a 34-24 win over Brevard Christian Thursday.LibertyCoach Bryan Lockley takes over the Lady Chargers program. The Chargers are 0-5 after a 43-28 loss to OHS Thursday as Amiee Williams scored 15.Rick Pedone contributed to this story. By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette The learning curve continues for Osceola High Schools boys basketball team. Playing their fourth consecutive Orlando Metro Conference school of the season, the Kowboys dropped a 91-57 decision to Dr. Phillips at Osceola Gymnasium on Tuesday. That was a pretty good basketball team we played, Osceola Head Coach Nate Alexander said. I would be surprised if they didnt make a strong run in the state playoffs. But this game was part of our overall plan for this season. We know our district schedule is going to be tough, so I loaded our early schedule up with some outstanding opponents. You always can learn more about yourself from a loss than a win. The first quarter p rett y much sealed Osceolas fate. Dr. Phillips used a pressing defense to force early turnovers and grab a 7-0 lead and stretched the advantage to 16 through the rest of the period to take a 22-6 lead. They are an extremely athletic team and when they get their transition game running, everything e lse flows from there, Alexander said. They forced turnovers, got second and third chances off the glass and just dominated the first quarter. Osceola played better in the second quarter. Getting eight points from Alain Allard and five from Cortez Edwards, the Kowboys outscored the Panthers 21-19 in the second period to cut the halftime deficit to 41-27. Alex Forde scored eight points in the third and Treshaun Perry added six as the Kowboys outscored the opponents 18-17 in the third to make it a 13-point game at 58-45. During the quarter, Osceola got within 10 points twice but Dr. Phillips answered with a pair of mini-runs to take back control of the game. The fourth quarter was all Panthers. Dr. Phillips went on a 20-7 run before both coaches emptied their benches with two minutes remaining. One thing we need to learn as we move into district play is that we have to stay mentally tough against good teams. Alexander said. We were able to play with them during the middle of the game but when we took our foot off the gas for just a minute, they jumped all over us. Osceola got 14 points each from Alex Forde and Allard; while Perry added 11. I thought Alain (Allard) had a nice game for us and that our bench players did some good work, Alexander added. Our players are working hard and hopefully that will start translating into wins. Osceola fell to 0-4 against teams that are a combined 12-2 so far this season. The Kowboys host Celebration Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. for an Orange Belt Conference game. Alexander said his team ultimately may benefit from the loss to Dr. Phillips. I always tell them if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. There definitely is a different intensity at practice now, he said. Celebration improved to 2-0 Thursday with a 65-36 win over New Dimensions. Johnny Victor and Romelo Banks each had 10 for the Storm. Heritage Christian stepped up to 4-1 with a 69-30 win over Calvary Christian as Dominic Maldonado had 34. City of Life stopped Brevard Christian, 61-28, as Daniel Villa had 17 and David Villa and Carlos Morales added 11.McCray All-StarOsceola High running back Stafon McCray has been selected to play at the Florida Atlhletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star fotball game at Sebring next month. Those interested in sponsoring McCray, who must pay $175 to participate, may contact OHS Coach Doug Nichols at 407-518-5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Volleyball All-StarsOsceola County volleyball seniors have an opportunity to represent their schools one more time Sunday at 2 p.m. at the first Osceola County Senior All-Star Volleyball game at Florida Christian College. FCC Coach Jim Butski proposed and organized the event, which has the countys seniors divided on East and West rosters.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B1 Only 13 more days until one of the most anticipated movie events of the year: The premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Advance tickets for the film can be purchased now at theaters in Central Florida. This is the first film in a trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit. And all three films are directed by Peter Jackson, who of course also directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. All three films in The Hobbit trilogy tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most successful movie franchises ever, the three films have made more than $1 billion since their release and that amount is about to go up. As part of the celebration for The Hobbit opening, moviegoers will get a rare chance to relive Middle-earth on the big screen with marathons of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in their Extended Cut editions on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets for the all-day events are on sale, online and in theaters throughout 50 CENTS The Lord of the Rings returns to the big screen Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/icmovies Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out www.aroundosceola.com It s the pitter-patter of furry feetLIFESTYLESLIFESTYLES LIGHT UP UCFORLANDO Back for a fifth season, Light Up UCF provides Central Florida families with an affordable place to celebrate the holidays, now through Jan. 6 outside the UCF Arena. Light Up UCF has become a holiday tradition, offering an outdoor ice skating rink, rides, and holiday attractions. Tickets for ice skating and photos with Santa can be purchased at the UCF Arena Box Office. There are also a number of free elements to Light Up UCF, including the Holiday Light Show, Holiday Film Festival, and convenient parking. Select tickets also are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at www.Ticketmaster. com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.SURVIVAL GUIDEWINTER GARDEN The Garden Theatres current sho is the Florida premiere of the holiday musical A Christmas Survival Guide, showing through Dec. 16. Written and conceived by New York City-based Broadway producers Ray Roderick and James Hindman with music arrangements by John Glaudini, A Christmas Survival Guide is a comical musical revue of holiday songs, including popular parodies, traditional classics, and everything in between. In a series of unfortunate situations, a cast of characters must search beyond the common hustle and bustle for the true essence of Christmas. Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 for adults, $25 for students and seniors and are a vailable at www.garden theatre.org or by calling the box office at 407877-GRDN (4736).FAIR ENTRIE SKISSIMMEE The 69th Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show is once again just around the corner, Feb. 8-17. The Creative Arts department invites all Osceola county residents to share their talents in everything from baking, canning, quilting, painting, photography, needlework, table settings, cake decorating, and so much more. Enter your handmade items, there is something for everyone. Entries cannot be removed until Monday Feb. 18 (the day after the fair closes). For more information on registration of items, and more information about entries go to www.osceolacountyfair.com. Look for Community Shows link and find Creative Arts. You also can call Diann Arthur (407)-922-1266 cell, (434) 534-9170 home, email dianparthur@aol. com or Beverly Frankenberg (407) 892-6549.REDNECK GALAST. CLOUD Tickets are available now for the annual Redneck Gala event, hosted by St. Cloud Main Street. The gala will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Lake Gentry, Albritton Road from 5 to 10 p.m. The event includes steak dinner, fixins, beer and wine and music by the band Slickwood. The evening also includes redneck games and an auction. Tickets are limited and are $50. For more information call 407-498-0008 See Movie, page B-2Bach is back for a Christmas concert Hobbit Trilogy Directed by: Peter Jackson Running time: Lots of hours Rated: PG-13 More Holiday Treats Rosen Hotels offer some inexpensive alternatives BRosen Hotels & Resorts will be decking the halls in a variety of ways for the holidays, with some events costing little or even at no charge. The companys three awardwinning leisure and convention hotels, Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek will play host to a variety of traditional and innovative holiday events showcasing local visual and performing arts groups, as well as a host of holiday buffets and teas, handson activities such as chocolate making, holiday tree decorating, craft cocktail making, cookie decorating, and much more. While there is a charge for dining and other selected activities, many of events at each of the hotels are offered at no charge and are open to anyone in the community who cares to share in the spirit of the season. Capturing the true spirit of the holiday season, Rosen Shingle Creek also is proud to present a new program to benefit Runway To Hope. Through Jan. 4, the hotel will raise funds for the Orlandobased charity (www.runwayto hope.org), a not-for-profit organization founded by Mark and Josie NeJame. Runway To Hopes mission is to serve and provide direct support to the children and families in the Central Florida community who have been impacted by pediatric cancer. Throughout the season, Rosen Shingle Creek will sell See Treats, page B-3 Resort will also host a charity for children and their familiesDecember 1, 2012The first film in the new Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, comes to theaters Dec. 14. Image/Warner Bros. Photo/Gaylord Palms Do you have what it takes to be inducted into the coolest club in Florida? Maybe you can take the plunge and be a part of the Polar Bear Club when they dive into Ice! this morning at the Gaylord Palms Resort. Club members and new inductees will brave the 9-degree temperatures at Ice! wearing nothing but swimsuits. The adrenaline rush begins at 8 a.m., but doors to the attraction open at 7:30 a.m. to welcome guests as official members of the Orlando Polar Bear Club. Afterward, participants will be recognized at a warmup coffee and cocoa reception, during an official induction. This is the first bona fide Southern destination to form a branch of the Polar Bear Club. Orlando Polar Bears unite once a year for this early morning charity event benefiting Vitamin Angels. The special Orlando Polar Bear Club ticket is $18.99 + tax, and includes the afterglow warm-up reception with hot cocoa and pastries along with a commemorative certificate. Also, participants will have a chance to go through ICE! again later that morning, fully clothed, to better enjoy the artistry at a slower (and warmer) pace. Purchase tickets online in advance at: www.OrlandoPolarBearClub.com.Photo/Rosen HotelsA fancy holiday tea is one of the highlights at the Rosen Hotels. Holiday traditionalists will not wan t to miss the annual Classic Christmas Program by the Bach Festival Society, one of Central Floridas most anticipated events. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents its annual Christmas program, A Classic Christmas, featuring the Bach Festival Choir, Orchestra, and Youth Choir, and conducted by John V. Sinclair. In addition to classic holiday favorites, such as Joy to the World and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, this years program also includes orchestra performances of Carol of the Bells and other seasonal treats. The event is scheduled for two performances: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. The program is at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave. Tickets range from $35 to $55. Call the Box Office at 407646-2182 or visit www.BachFestival Florida.org. More Info The Bach Festival Society invites you to begin your holiday season with A Classic Christmas. Combining the powerful 160-voice Bach Choir, the magnificent Bach Festival Orchestra, the inspiring talent of the Youth Choir, and the artistry of conductor John Sinclair, all showcased in historic Knowles Memorial Chapel, the Bach Festival holiday concert is a longstanding tradition for Central Florida families. Tickets for this program always sell out early, so dont miss out on this special holiday tradition. The mission of the Bach Festival Society is to inspire the human spirit through great classical music, featuring powerful choral performances, as we celebrate the legacy of J.S. Bach. The 2012 season is the Societys 78th year of presenting outstanding musical offerings to the Central Florida community. Located in Winter Park, Florida, the Bach Festival Society is one of the longest continuously operating Bach Festi vals in the country. and among Americas great oratorio societies. The Bach Festival Society brings the highest caliber of classical music to Central Florida. Performances are held in the intimate settings of Tiedtke Concert Hall and Knowles Memorial Chapel on the beautiful Classic Christmas concert on tap for Dec. 15-16 by Bach Festival Society at Photo/Bach Festival SocietyThe Bach Festival Society presents its annual Christmas program, A Classic Christmas, featuring the Bach Festival Choir, Orchestra and Youth Choir. See Sun Spots, page B-3
Page B2, the U.S. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who joins the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings in The Hobbit Trilogy are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The international ensemble cast of the trilogy also includes (in alphabetical order) Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Dean OGorman, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner. The screenplay for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson also is producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers. Under Jacksons direction, The Hobbit Trilogy has been shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D), other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D. Production has taken place at Jacksons own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. Among the creative behindthe-scenes team returning to Jacksons crew were director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, composer Howard Shore and make-up and hair designer Peter King. The film is edited by Jabez Olssen. The costumes were designed by Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor and Bob Buck. Taylor also oversaw the design and production of weaponry, armor and prosthetics, which were once again being made by Dining By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor You can meet the Despicable Me Minions or have your photo take with SpongeBob at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal guests can be a part of an extraordinary new entertainment experience for their family that includes a special character breakfast and exclusive viewing for the new Superstar Parade or dinner and exclusive viewing for the nighttime Cinematic Spectacular show. The new program allows families to enjoy the fun of a character breakfast along with the excitement of the Superstar Parade or an elegant dinner. Both opportunities come with special seating and exclusive viewing of either the Superstar Parade or Cinematic Spectacular. Both are value-priced and can be booked online at UniversalOrlando.com. Here are the details: Universals Superstar Character Breakfast Children get to meet some very special friends: the characters from the new Universals Superstar Parade. Guests will be able to share special moments with their favorite characters the minions from the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction, posing for photos with Nickelodeons SpongeBob SquarePants or getting autographs from Dora & Diego. Later in the day, guests get special viewing access to Universals Superstar Parade an all-new entertainment experience that features larger-thanlife floats, state-of-the-art technology and hundreds of street performers along with some of todays most beloved animated characters. Universals Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience Guests will start off the night with a dinner at Lombards Seafood Grille, located along the picturesque Universal Studios lagoon. Later that evening, guests will enjoy a dessert buffet in a special area along the restaurants waterfront boardwalk, where the entire family will enjoy Universals Cinematic Spectacular from a private viewing area. The show is a tribute to Universals 100 years of filmmaking history. Universals Superstar Character Breakfast is $24.99 per adult and $10.99 per child; Universals Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience is available for $44.99 per adult and $12.99 per child. Both dining experiences also can be added to any Universal Orlando vacation package. Universals Superstar Parade and Universals Cinematic Spectacular are part of the new entertainment experiences that have debuted during the Year to Be Here at Universal Orlando. Now open at Universal Studios Florida, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem take guests on an unforgettable adventure with their favorite characters from the hit film Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the mischievous minions. Earlier this year, at Universals Islands of Adventure, The Amazing Adventures of SpiderMan attraction re-launched with all-new 4K high definition animation, a new musical score and new high -tech 3-D glasses. For more information about Universal Orlando Resorts new dining program, click here, or call (407) 2247554. Bed & Breakfast Tour If you are looking for something extra special for the holiday season, check into The 2012 Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour, hosted by Saint Augustine Historic Inns. The event is held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8-9. For tickets and more information go to www.staugustine bandbtour.com. Urban Flats Every Wednesday is Wine Down Wednesday at Urban Flats Flatbread and Wine Co. in downtown Orlando (55 West Church St.). For $20 you can drink all the wine you want and hors doeuvres from 5 to 8 p.m. Meatball contest The downtown Kissimmee meatball event, originally scheduled for November, finally takes place tonight. Anyone can vote for their favorite meatball recipe from 6 to 9 p.m.at Vintage Vino at City Centre. You can taste a vote with prices ranging from $10 to $40, each representing a different scorecard. Every score card helps build Kissimmee Mainstreet. $10 White Score Card you get a glass of house wine and a meatball hero to enjoy at the end of voting. $25 Red Score Card you get a glass of nice wine, a meatball hero to enjoy at the end of voting, and your score is 2x white. $40 Black VIP Card you get the best wine, a meatball hero to enjoy at the end of voting, a commemorative New Superstar breakfast lets guests share time with characters MovieContinued from page B-1Treat your superstar to a special Universal breakfast Photo/UniversalUniversals Superstar Breakfast will be held throughout the holidays. 407-498-3077857 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy. (US Hwy. 192) St. Cloud, FL 34769Low Prices, Small Down Payments, and Small Weekly Payments. Why??? 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Saturday, December 1, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 TreatsContinued from page B-1 boxed ornaments for $15 each, available for purchase at the hotels front desk, to benefit the charity. Josie NeJame will decorate a themed Christmas tree in the Rosen Shingle Creek lobby in celebration of the holiday giving campaign. Here are just a few of the events on tap. Call the individual hotels for more information. ROSEN PLAZA 9700 International Drive, 407-996-9700. Holiday Performances and Santa Visit Fridays, (Dec. 7, 14 and 21), 6-10 p.m. Free There is music by a jazz trio a nd Santa too each Friday. A Classical Holiday Entertainment Saturdays (Dec. 8, 15 and 22), 6-7 p.m. Free Slow down and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas with A Classical Holiday, featuring presentations from local artists who will share classical harp and violin selections, accompanied by holiday carolers. Santas Cookie Stop Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:30-4 p.m. Free Visit Santas Workshop, put in a gift request, get a photo taken, sing along with Christmas carols and enjoy holiday cookies and punch. Santas Cookie Stop is located in the hotels lobby next to the holiday tree. Breakfast with Santa and Gift Event Saturday, Dec. 22, 8:3010:30 a.m. $15 per adult; $10 per child age 4-12; children under 4 free with paying adult. Price includes tax and gratuity. Bring the little ones to Caf Matisse where Santa and one of his hard-working elves will host a breakfast and gift event just for them (adult supervision is required). After breakfast with Santa, children can select their gift for wrapping (wrapping station, paper provided). One gift is included with purchase of each child or adult lunch buffet. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Dining and Caricatures at Jacks Place, Rosen Plaza Fridays and Saturdays (thru Saturday, Dec. 22), 6-9 p.m. Price Varies Treat a loved one to a very special dinner this season and dine among the stars at Jacks Place, where youll receive a complimentary holiday caricature with the purchase of dinner for two. Jacks Place is named after Harris Rosens father Jack, who worked as a safety engineer at the Waldorf Astoria NY starting in 1932. As a side vocation, Jack sketched thousands of caricatures of celebrities and VIPs visiting the hotel and who autographed their drawings, a selection of which are now adorning the walls at Jacks Place at Rosen Plaza. Cost of each caricature without dinner is $10 per person including tax. Reservations are suggested. ROSEN CENTRE 9840 International Drive 407-996-9840. Holiday Lobby Entertainment and Culinary Events Fridays (Dec. 7 and 14), 5:306:30 p.m. Free (lobby entertainment), $25 per adult plus tax (culinary programs) Carolers perform standard holiday favorites while gathering round the hotels holiday tree gracing the Grand Lobby. Wine & Food Pairings and Wine Gift Giving Tips Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 8:30 p.m. $25 plus tax per adult. Make your holiday party sparkle this year with insider tips for food and wine pairings. Learn how to pick the perfect bottle of wine for a gift from our wine expert, all while enjoying five wine and nibbles combinations. If this werent enough, you can get your holiday shopping done as wines will be available for sale with holiday packaging to take home. Sweet Sensations: Holiday Desserts & Dessert Cocktails Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 8:30 p.m. $25 plus tax per adult. Learn how to craft beautiful and delicious miniature desserts including Fruit Sushi created and taught by the Pastry Chef. Two cocktails and desserts included. Holiday Lobby Entertainment and Santa; Holiday Dining Experiences -International Buffet and Free Holiday Movie or Everglades and Cool Jazz Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8 and 15), 5:30-11 p.m. Free (lobby entertainment), Price Varies (dining experiences) Roving carolers light a spark of holiday cheer from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby, topped off by a visit from jolly old St. Nick himself. From 8-11 p.m., jam to the sounds of the band Chill Switch who will perform live holiday favorites and jazz in the Lobby Lounge. In addition to the free holiday entertainment, enjoy one of two holiday dining offerings: International Holiday Dinner with Santa & Holiday Movie Under the Stars 5:30-8 p.m. $23.95 per adult; $10.95 per child ages 4-12; under 4 free with a paying adult. Price does not include tax and gratuity. Have dinner with the man in red himself during Dinner with Santa in Caf Gauguin. The International Holiday Dinner buffet featuring an award-winning Herb Crusted Prime Rib, stations of holiday favorites from around the world and an extensive selection of holiday cakes and pies and ice cream sundae bar for dessert. Restaurant reservations recommended. Wine Pairing Dinner and Evening of Live Jazz 5:30-11 p.m. $45 plus tax and gratuity per adult. Adults are invited to indulge a relaxing evening at the awardwinning Everglades restaurant with a three course prix-fix gourmet menu expertly paired with wines selected by our sommelier. After dinner, enjoy reserved seating in our Lobby Lounge, an after-dinner cocktail and sweet bites, all included in the price of dinner, while jamming to the sounds of the band Chill Switch. Reservations recommended. Lunch with Santa and Holiday Cake Pop Decorating Saturdays, (Dec. 1 and 8), 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. $15.95 per adult; $9.95 per child age 4-12; under 4 free with a paying adult. Price does not include tax and gratuity. A bountiful buffet lunch with Santa at the hotels Caf Gauguin. Get your picture taken with Mr. Claus, and then decorate cake pops with the Pastry Chef to the tunes of favorite holiday songs. Santa and cake pop decorating are included at no charge in the regular price of each lunch buffet. Adult supervision required. Cost is $15.95 plus tax and gratuity for adults; $9.95 plus tax and gratuity per child age 4-12; children under 3 are free with a paying adult. Space is limited; reservations recommended. ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK 9939 Universal Blvd. 407-996-9939. Lobby Nutcracker Dance Performances Fridays (Dec. 7, and 14), 6-9:30 p.m. Free Even Santa cant resist a beautiful performance of his favorite ballet, The Nutcracker. Hell make a special appearance, then leave guests to enjoy selections from The Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance and Windermere Ballet Community Theatre. Santa and caroling will begin at 6 p.m., followed by ballet performances. A cash bar and snacks will be available for sale from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit from Santa and Holiday Dance Performances Saturdays (Dec.1, 8, and 15), 6-9:30 p.m. Free Enjoy holiday caroling followed by performances by Miriam and Vals School of Dance and The Sanford Pops Dance Troop as they present a variety of ballet, tap and contemporary holiday dances. Santa and caroling will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the Sanford Pops. After the ballet performances, join holiday revelers in the hotels scenic Rose Garden for holiday karaoke. A cash bar and snacks will be available for sale from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Shingle Creek Winter Wonderland Stroll Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free (other than Shingle Creek Express Train -$5 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 4, under 4 are free. Price does not include tax) Walking in a winter wonderland is exactly what youll be doing at the Rosen Shingle Creeks newest tradition, the Shingle Creek Winter Wonderland Stroll. Meander among the hotels pristinely manicured grounds now magically transformed into a winter wonderland complete with gently falling show (at 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m.), holiday carolers and a beautifully lit 25-foot Christmas tree and tree lighting by Santa Claus. Enjoy storytelling and winter characters such as the Sugarplum Fairy, Snowflake girls, Santa and his elves, available for ph otos. Or take a ride on the Shingle Creek Express Train with our very own conductor. Those who want to truly revel in the spirit of the season can grab the microphone for holiday karaoke. The event is free and open to the public. Cash dining carts and cash bar will be available for sale 6:30-9:30 p.m. Snow falls nightly 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Santa tree lighting at 7:00 p.m. Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy Afternoon Tea Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:303:30 p.m. $20 plus tax for guests age 4 and older; under 4 is free with paying adult. Spend an elegant afternoon that you and the children will never forget as you enjoy a traditional English-style tea service with a deluxe assortment of sandwiches, imported teas, lemonade and desserts along with a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy. The stunning costumed character will pose for photos, sign autographs and mingle with guests from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Each child will receive a complimentary tea hat, and each guest will receive a complimentary photo and novelty holiday frame by which to remember the special day. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Holiday Entertaining and Tree Fluffing Retro Rad Style Saturday, Dec. 8, 5-6:15 p.m. $25 plus tax per adult. Travel back in time to the 1960s for a Mad Men style holiday. Have fun making retro holiday hors doeuvres and cocktail recipes with Emily Ellyn, previously featured on the 2012 Food Network Star. Guests will enjoy holiday cooking demonstrations, food and cocktail making and sampling, a photo with Chef Emily and will go home with recipe cards. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Holiday Tap n Tea Social Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:303:30 p.m. $20 plus tax for guests age 4 and older; under 4 is free with paying adult. Put on your glitz and glam for Rosen Shingle Creeks first Holiday Tap n Tea Social. Mix and mingle with girlfriends of all ages while enjoying tasty treats from the hotels award-winning culinary team and lively tap performances featuring the Sanor online at www.stcloudmain street.org.ART & SOUL FE STI-VA LWINTER HAVEN The Second Art and Soul Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 9, at the Center for Personal Growth in Winter Haven, and will feature alternative and handmade arts, crafts, live music, food, live exercise demonstrations (Kundalini Yoga, Tai Chi, IntenSati, etc.), drum circles, mini-workshops, and more. With a focus on the alternative, this festival will feature an assortment of socially conscious, handmade, and homemade products and services that arent necessarily found in the mainstream markets and stores. The Center for Personal Growth is located at 151 2nd St. SW., and online at www.TheCenterforPersonalGrowth.com DISNEY LIVE!ORLANDO Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mashup of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickeys Music Festival visits the UCF Arena for two performances on March 3, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixars Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney Live! Mickeys Music Festival strives to be the biggest concert experience to hit live family entertainment. Tickets to see Disney Live! Mickeys Music Festival are on sale now. Tickets start as low as $17 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com, the UCF Arena box office, or charge by phone at 800-7453000. FOO D TRUCKSWINTER PARK On the fourth Saturday of each month, Food Truck Crazy will be held at Fleet Peeples Park, 2000 South Lakemont Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.foodtruckcrazy.com or call 407-296-5882.Sun SpotsContinued from page B-1 Dear Santa,Signed Letters To Santa Santa has asked The Osceola News-Gazette and the U.S. Post Office to help collect some of the many CHILDRENS LETTERS that are addressed to the North Pole. So, we have set up a special mailbox in front of the Osceola News-Gazette office in Kissimmee.CHILDREN, PLEASE USE THIS FORM FOR YOUR LETTER AND DROP OFF BY MONDAY, DEC. 3RDat 108 Church Street, Kissimmee and you may see it published in the Saturday, December 22nd edition of the Last Minute Gift Guide AroundOsceola.com
Page B4, Whats new?Audubon Society meetingThe Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society will meet Dec. 11 at 6:45 p.m. in the boardroom of Kissimmee Utility Authority, 1701 W. Carroll St., Kissimmee. Kim Swamp Girl will bring an array of live animals from snakes, turtles, frogs and opossums to skunks. Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society meetings are free and are open to the public. For more information, call 407-729-5168.Flea marketThe Osceola County Council on Aging will host a flea market Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a large selection of new and vintage items and a lot of jewelry. For more information, call Carmen Carasquillo at 407-483-1473.Fashion showThe Xi Lambda Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host its fourth annual Jazz Up Your January Fashion Show and Luncheon Mexican Fiesta Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Osceola County Council on Aging at 11:30 a.m.. Fashions will be presented by Casual Chic of Auburndale. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, call 407-931-2222.The N.E., N.Y. N.J. ClubThe New England, New York, and New Jersey club meet the third Tuesday of each month at the senior center, hall B, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, (through April). Bring a pot luck dish and utensils. For more information, call 407-957-3952.VFW Post 3227The VFW Post 3227, 915 New York Ave., St. Cloud, weekly events are: Monday: draft and l ongnec k domestic beer, $1. Tuesday: 2-for-1 small pitcher and draft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; happy hour 6 to 8 p.m.; trivia Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; grill food available. New players are welcome. Wednesday: bingo at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited, grill open. Thursday: drink specials; hot dogs and chips from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday: Friday night dinners from 6 to 8 p.m.; karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday: third Saturday is the shuffleboard tourney at 1 p.m.; fourth Saturday is the cornhole tourney at 1 p.m. Sunday: 50 cents off all drinks all day. A hall rental is available. For more information on events and membership eligibility, call 407892-6761. Smoking area provided; canteen and hall are smoke free.Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai Chi and qigong (Chinese yoga) classes being offered by Madame Wu Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Barney Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All classes taught by donation. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407-738-7001. Toy driveThe Edward Jones office, 109 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee, is one of the drop-off locations for this years toy drive for Christmas for the Kids Osceola. Anyone who would like to contribute can bring toys to the office until Dec. 7.The St. Cloud Line Dance Club The St. Cloud Line Dance Club, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, meets: Monday, novice (2-2:30 p.m.); beginner 2:30-3 p.m.); intermediate (3-5 p.m.). Thursday, novice (5:30-6 p.m.); beginner (6-7 p.m.); intermediate (7-9 p.m.). Its a $1 donation for the day. Call Glenda Brown at 407-7443892 for more information.Elvis tributeJeff Jelvis LaJess will perform an Elvis tribute at the American Legion, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Kissimmee, Wednesday, Dec. 5, starting at 7 p.m. He also will star at country recording artists Country Jake. Tickets are $10. Non-American Legion members are welcome. For more information, call Shirley at 407-922-4502 or 407-8474193.Osceola Coin ClubThe group will meet at Broadway Pizza in the side room every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The group will be for trading, selling or buying coins for those interested. Call Ron at 407-944-9718 for information.Driver safety courseA driver safety class will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The AARP driver safety program helps participants refine driving skills and develop safe-driving habits. Its $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. To register, call 407-593-1957.Book saleThe Friends of the Poinciana Branch Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave., Poinciana, is having a book sale today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a special sale: Buy a Friends of the Library cloth bag for $2 and fill it with books for just $2 more.DARThe Joshua Stevens Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. The group welcomes visitors. Anyone interested in learning more about DAR or need help in searching for possible family members who fought in the war, contact Jan. at 407-846-0676 or Carole at 407-846-1992 for more information.Christmas BoutiqueChristmas Boutique hosted by the Daughters of the King Cornerstone Family Church. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Admission is free. There will be commercial merchandise, such as jewelry, clothing, art and more. Vendor applications are being accepted at this time. Email Nancy Green at nancy@ cornerstonefamily.com for a vendor application.The St. Cloud Womans Club The St. Cloud Womans Clubs next meeting will be Dec. 19 at noon with a wrapped gift auction and holiday luncheon for members and anyone interested in membership. Monthly meetings normally occur on the third Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 p.m. The clubhouse is located at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. next to the Heritage Museum where members can volunteer. For more information regarding the club, contact club President Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347. For information about the museum, contact Lucille McClure, Curator at 407-957-7587. New Years Eve dinner/danceThere will be a New Years Eve dinner/dance at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center and Special Needs Evacuation Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. Its $15 per person for tickets sold through Dec. 15 or $20 per person at the door. Cost includes dinner and live music. Music will be provided by Larry and Sandi. There will be rock, pop, country, rumbas, disco and waltz. For more information, call 407957-7392. Osceola County Fair and Livestock ShowThe 69th Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show will be from Feb. 8-17. The Creative Arts department invites all Osceola County residents young and old to share their talents. It can be baking, canning, quilting, painting, photos, needlework, table settings, cake decorating and so much more. Entries cannot be collected until Monday, Feb. 18, from 3-7 p.m. (the day after the fair closes). Registration for all entries Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.. until 4 p.m. (4-H youth must register this day only) and Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (items do not submitted until February, this is only to register them). Registration location is at Osceola Heritage Parks KVLS Pavilion. You may get the fees, dates and more information by going to www.osceolacountyfair.com. Look for Community Shows link and find Creative Arts. Call Diann Arthur at 407-9221266 (cell), 434-534-9170 (home), email email@example.com or Beverly Frankenberg at 407-892-6549 for more informationPoinciana Christian Church Christmas eventsPoinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, will be hosting the seventh annual drivethrough Christmas story Dec. 7, 8, and 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. View scenes (complete with music, scripture, and live animal and actors) of the Christmas story from the car. This is a free event. Join the church for a festive evening of Christmas music at its annual Christmas jazz concert Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. There is no charge. A Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m. BVL music programDo you have a desire to learn to sing or play the piano and not break your wallet? For $7, you can have a half hour lesson in either voice and piano every Wednesday between 4 and 5 p.m. Join Trevor Flowers at the Robert Guevara Community Center at 501 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee. For more information, call Flowers at 407-455-4453DAV 148Ladies Day is every Wednesday, $1 off your drink from 11 a.m. until close. We have barnyard bingo on the first and third Saturday of each month starting at noon. Wear your red shirt on Fridays to show your support for our Troops. Wear one on the second and fourth Friday of each month and the non-premium long necks are $1 from 11 a.m. until close. Our monthly meetings are on the third Sunday each month. DAVA at 2 p.m. and DAV at 3:30 p.m.. Happy hours are 5 to 7 p.m. daily. The service officer is here on Tuesdays from noon until 4 p.m. We are located at 21 E. Keen Street, Kissimmee, phone 407-8464141.Heel and Toe Square Dance Club Come and dance with the Heel and Toe Western Square Dance Club Monday nights at The Annex, 702 Indiana Ave., St. Cloud. Admission is $5 per person. Dances begin at 7 p.m. Traditional square dance attire is optional. The caller is nationally-known caller Bill Boyd, editor and publisher of Bow and Swing magazine. Call Paul and Ellen at 407-931-1688 (home) or 407-319-0790 (cell) for more information. The Friends Who Care Club of Osceola CountyThe Friends Who Care Club of Osceola County will host an afternoon delight benefit to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa Wednesday, Dec. 5, for the public to enjoy. The club raises funds annually to support The American Cancer Societys efforts in research. On Dec. 5, a bus tip to the casino will be provided with an 11:45 a.m. pick up at the Dyer Blvd. Publix; 12:15 p.m. at Partin Settlement Road, St. Cloud; and 12:45 p.m. at Senior Friends building, Kissimmee. Cost is $25 per person and includes transportation, $25 free play and a $5 meal voucher. Included at the casino will be drawings for cash and prizes. Guests can enjoy the casino from 2 to 7 p.m. and return by 8:30 p.m. For reservations or additional information, call Irene at 407-738-5300.Womens self defense classThe Osceola County Sheriffs Office has openings for a self-defense awareness program for women scheduled for Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange or SAFE is designed to educate women on how to protect themselves if they should become a victim. The two-hour class teaches that 90 percent of selfdefense is awareness, risk reduction and avoiding confrontation, while only 10 percent is physical. To sign up for the free class, call 407-348-1105 or email aveg@ osceola.org.One Word At A TimeIf you are an aspiring writer or a published author, join One Word At A Time. Its motto is writers helping writers. It offers education, critique, networking and support to adult fiction writers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susans Courtside Cafe, 18 S. Orlando Ave, in Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at flenviro@ gmail.com..Osceola Singles ClubThe Osceola Singles Club resumes its meetings at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Moose Club on Main Street in Kissimmee. For more information, call Anne at 407-933-1100 or Jackie at 407348-8078. St. Cloud Senior CenterMonday night: Social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. Live band all Mondays, all year, but is subject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $3 per person is requested. Saturday Night: Country dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. Live bands November through April; a donation of $3 per person is requested. Other months, music will be by DJ and admission is free. All ages are welcome. Line Dancing Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. Lessons and open dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comHoliday help The Edward Jones office, 109 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee, is one of the drop-off locations for this years toy drive for Christmas for the Kids Osceola. Anyone who would like to contribute can bring toys to the office until Dec. 7.Toy timeCOMMUNITYCOMMUNITY News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanChristian Rodriguez, left, newborn Jamalie Rodriguez and the rest of the Rodriguez family received a free Thanksgiving dinner, handed over by newly-elected Kissimmee Commissioner Jose Alvarez, at right, from Sedanos Supermarket and the city of Kissimmee Nov. 19 at Kissimmee City Hall. The city and supermarket provided 100 Thanksgiving meals to needy families. See Community, page B-5 Whats happening? Engagement Gilliam-Layne Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gilliam, of Kissimmee, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristy Gilliam, of Orlando, to Joshua Layne, of Orlando. The bride to be is a graduate of Jacksonville University and is presently employed at Shutts & Bowen. The groom is the son of Teresa and Mike Crofts, of Longwood. He also is the son of Denny and Heidi Layne, of Washington. Josh graduated from Florida State University and is presently employed by Maple Street Inc. A fall wedding is planned in 2013.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5CommunityContinued from Page B-4required. All ages wel come. There is a $2 donation is requested. Call instructor Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.Osceola Coin ClubThe group will meet at Broadway Pizza in the side room every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The group will be for trading, selling or buying coins for those interested. Call Ron at 407944-9718 for information.American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post 10 is having the following events: Friday, bingo at 5:30 p.m. and seafood dinner until 7:30 p.m. There is a Saturday dinner and dance. Sunday, bingo at 3 p.m. Monday at 6 p.m., karaoke with food served. Tuesday at noon, karaoke with food being served. Barnyard bingo is the first and third Thursday.St. Cloud Pave ment PoundersThe St. Cloud Pavement Pounders meet at Crabby Bills Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and running/walking begins at 6:45 p.m.. For more information, call 407791-3296 or mcitation525@ aol.com or Facebook under St. Cloud Pavement Pound ers.American Legion EventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80 will have the following events: Mondays: Bingo at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. Tuesdays: Dart tourna ment at 7:30 p.m.. Wednesdays: Italian dinner night ($5.75). Thursdays: Free pool. Wing night 10 for $5. $1 Drafts. Trivia game night 8 p.m. Fridays: Free shuffleboard from 3-7 p.m. Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners first and third weeks, 5-8 p.m. Karaoke weekly at 8 p.m. Saturdays: fish fry dinner and roadkill bingo first and third weeks; NY strip dinner second and fourth weeks. Sundays: Full breakfast 8-11 a.m.; bar bingo 2-4 p.m. Post 80 is open from 10 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, the post invites you to speak with it regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders or Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-5721261. The post is located at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud Friends Who Care The Friends Who Care Club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the St. Cloud Senior Cen ter. Members have started their annual fundraising cam paign on behalf of the American Cancer Society. A holiday basket special drawing will be in November, including a jewelry sale, cook ie sale and other events to reach their goal for the Relay for Life. For information to join the club or to participate in the fundraising program, contact club president Jonise Medina at 407-791-2000. OSCAR ToastmastersOSCAR Toastmasters meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Realtors Associa tion training room, 105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. You do not need to be a Realtor to join group to hone your speaking skills. For more information, contact Betty Dobbie at 407846-4500.St. Cloud AARP The St. Cloud AARP Chapter 4001 meets the fourth Monday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, September through May at 12:30 p.m. Bring a potluck dish to share. The center is at 3101 17th Street in St. Cloud. For more information, call Florence Strout at 407892-9069.St. Cloud Garden ClubThe St. Cloud Garden Club will meet on the second Saturday of each month from October to May at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. Its a pot luck lunch, members should contribute. The topics covered will be information on vegetable plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. There also will be exhibits of live plants and flower arrangements. For more information, call 407-870-0671. Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate RoseThe Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate Rose is an independent support group to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and local camps thereof. It is nonprofit, nonracial, nonpolitical and nonsectarian. Confederate ancestry is not required for membership. It assists SCV with its historical, educational, benevo lent and social functions. Special emphasis is placed on the preservation of Confederate symbols. The meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Vet erans Memorial Library, Bar bara Thornton Room, in St. Cloud. For more informa tion, email firstname.lastname@example.orgOsceola County Support Group for Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free anonymous support group for bi-polar, depression, anxiety disorders, their fami lies and friends. It meets every Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud, second floor in the Barbara U. Thornton Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. For more information, call 407556-4998 or 407-892-9272 in the evening. Osceola Stamp ClubThe Osceola Stamp Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kis simmee. Come trade, sell and meet other stamp collectors. New members are welcome and needed to keep the club going. For more information, call Charles Frazer at 407-2014192. Shop, dine, stroll Downtown St. Cloud is alive from 5-9 p.m. on the third Friday evening of every month. Enjoy restaurants, bou tiques and antiques. There are always local musicians and artists as well as raffles and door prizes and many other activities throughout the downtown business district. St. Cloud Horseshoe ClubThe St. Cloud Horseshoe Club invites everyone to join the group. The horseshoe pits are located between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The 2012-13 tournament schedule is Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Feb. 9, 2013, March 9, 2013 and April 13, 2013. Members of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) and of the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association (FLSHPA) can qualify to pitch at the tournaments. Tournament director Vickie Marteney may be contacted at 321-297-1802. More information is available at the NHPA website. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom at 321-443-6871.Osceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twice-monthly meetings. The club will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Osceola Center for the Arts in the Edward Moore Studio at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ackyi7.The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War meets at the Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every other month except for January and July. In those months, the group meets on the second Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.c4dofsuvcw.org/ camp4officers.html Ronald Reagan Republican Gun ClubThe Ronald Reagan Con servative Spirit of Republican Gun Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, 5310 Michigan Ave, in St. Cloud. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Free Medicare counselingSHINE Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be sponsoring free, unbiased coun seling at the following locations on Medicare, Medigap/ HMO, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and long-term care insurance. All counseling is first-come, first-served. Bring with you a list of all your medications or Rx bottles, insurance card, and red, white and blue Medicare card. All dates are subject to change. ation Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, 407-8468532, from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month. Friendship Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee, 407933-3246, Jan.-May the second Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon; September through November the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ter, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, 407-957-7392, the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon.English Country Dance ClubThe English Country Dance Club meets every second Saturday year round at the St. Cloud Senior Citizens Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn to dance early English style dances, no partner is needed, and beginners are welcome. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a snack to share. For more information call Diana Kehr at 407-847-6055.East Republican Womens NetworkThe East Osceola Republi can Womens Network meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Celebrate Recovery at First Christian Church of KissimmeeCelebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; anger; self-esteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information, call 407-847-2543 or visit www. fcckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab).Osceola Republi can PartyThe Osceola Republican Party meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 804 Emmett St. at 7 p.m. For more information call 407-846-8889.Al-Anon meetingsSt. Cloud Al-Anon meet ings are Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at 16 E. 17th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-346-7103 for more information. Toho FriendsToho Friends meet at noon the second Thursday of every month with a covered dish lunch and Bingo at the Parks and Recreation Building, 717 N. Palm Ave. All seniors are welcome. The Craft Club meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the same building. Come work on your crafts or just visit. Crochet, embroider or whatever you enjoy doing. Fun cards meets every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. All seniors are welcome. For information, call Elaine at 407-847-8970, or Lois at 407-846-2848. Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai chi and qigong classes being offered by Madame Wu Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. On Wednesdays, the class will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All classes will be taught through donations. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407-738-7001. Ministry medical clinicThe Osceola Christian Min istry at 700 Union St., Kissimmee, offers a medical clinic most Thursday mornings. It serves the uninsured and people with a family income at or below the 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The clinic operates on a firstcome, first-served basis. Doors open at 9 a.m. and it can serve eight to nine people. It also has a Tuesday afternoon clinic once a month, which serves adults only. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. To confirm the hours for either clinic for the week, call 407-944-9968 for the correct information. GermanGreyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.The Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a pot luck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-8917396.Volunteer child advocates neededInterested in helping a child? Volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. For more information, contact Linder Snider, volunteer program coordinator at 407742-6656 or linder.snider@gal. fl.gov.Sons of Italy 2523The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join. It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. 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Page B6, Travel ClubThe Ahoy! Carefree Travel Club meets every first and third Monday at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. There is cruise information from noon to 1 p.m. and dis cussed from 1 to 3 p.m. are one-day trips, three-day trips or longer. For more information, call Donna Parkins, president, at 772-539-0088 or by email at email@example.com.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen is a nonprofit ministry that serves a free hot meal every Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church on Ohio St. in St. Cloud. The ministry is in its 12th year of serving a free hot mealto the homeless, lowincome and lonely elderly residents every Sunday of the year. It also, on occasion, will have clothing, toiletry bags, holiday gift bags and brown lunch bags to take. Anyone who wants to be a part of the ministry or for more information, contact Carol Boroski at 407-957-9839.The Ohio, KY and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a pot luck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-8917396.Quilt GuildThe Patchers of Time quilt guild meets monthly on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192. Meetings include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers and prizes. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. For more information, call Debbie at 407-346-6086.IOOF to meetThe Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Cloud Lodge No. 66, 1122 New York Ave., St. Cloud, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. For more informa tion, call 407-891-0773 or 321-722-3381. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.Alcoholics AnonymousThe Osceola Alcohol ics Anonymous Intergroup Office carries all the literature and books that are available for the AA groups here in the county to buy and use. It also maintains a 24-hour phone line. Anyone who wants help with a drinking problem can call a 24-hour line at 407-870-8282. Callers can find where the nearest meeting is. There are no dues or fees.Hospice offers bereavement groupsNonprofit Cornerstone Hospice has announced three bereavement support groups in Osceola County for people who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The groups are completely free and the only requirement is to call ahead of time to preregister. They are: Mondays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30p.m., at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. The first Thursday of the month (Spanish speaking support group) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Porta Coeli Funeral Home, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee 34743 Call Claudia Swonger to preregister for any of these three groups at 407-206-2273.Overeaters AnonymousOvereaters Anonymous, fellowship for those recover ing from compulsive eating, meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Call 321-443-2362 or visit www.oacfi.org for more infor mation.Hospice volun teers neededVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the Central Florida area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. For more information, call 407-691-4541 or email central.floridavolunteers @vitas.com. 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Saturday, December 1, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 be announced. The St. Cloud Friends meet the third Thursday each month at 11 a.m. following the Book Club. New members are welcome. Dames to meetThe Osceola Confederate Dames No. 2684 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Monday night of each month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are at the Osceola County Sheriffs Community Room. Membership is open to females age 16 years and older with documentation of an ancestor who served in or provided material aid to the Confederate Army. For more information, call 407-361-0984.St. Cloud Shuffleboard ClubPractice at the St. Cloud shuffleboard courts, 701 Ohio St. St. Cloud, is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Games are at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 407-498-0603. Leave a mes sage if there is no answer. Duplicate Bridge: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.Contact Jim Davis by calling 407-348-4399. Euchre:Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kevin Fryback at 321 624-4546. Pinochle: Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Contact Bobbi Clement by calling 407892-2749. Cribbage: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Dave Roberts by calling 407-892-2087. Mahjong: Tuesday and Sat urday at 1:30 p.m. Contact Louise Owens by calling 407957-8733. Club dues are free for the first year and then its $20 per year. It covers all shuffling and card games. Music, dancing eventThere will be live clas sic country music and some 1950s rock and roll, dancing and some line dancing Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. There is no admittance fee but there will be 50/50 tickets sold to help support the effort. Bring a covered dish or snack to be part of the meals at break time. For more information, call 407-892-3335.Grief and loss support Cornerstone Hospice invites people to find peace while grieving. This group is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. The group meets from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays at Good Samaritan Village Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee. The group meets Tuesday at the Osceola Cancer Center, 737 W. Oak St., Kissimmee, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Claudia Swonger, bereavement counselor, at 407-206-2273.Council zumba classThe Osceola County Coun cil on Aging is offering two weekly zumba classes at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The first class is for seniors and is every Friday from 9-10 a.m. The cost of each class is $3. The second class is held Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The cost for the second class is $5. Individuals interested in par ticipating or for more information, call 407-847-2144. Ladies needed for gamesLadies are needed to fill in some empty spots for bridge and canasta games at the Kissimmee Womens Club, 1616 W Oak St.in Kissimmee. For more information, call Marilyn Smith at 407-3485682. St. Cloud Friends of the LibraryThe Friends of the St. Cloud Branch Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon on the upper level of the library. The main purpose is to promote the library. It also has a St. Cloud Book Club that meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Thats located at U.S. Highway 192 and Indiana Street in St. Cloud. If you are interested in reading good books and meeting interesting people, come join the group.Bible study groupUniversal Circle Of Light Learning Center, 4275 Nep tune Road, St. Cloud, has a group that meets every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. According to a center press release, it believes that it is Gods will that every individual should live a healthy, happy and prosperous life and it teaches how to achieve such a life. For more information, contact Rev. 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