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Saturday, October 12, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A1 Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Peter Covino reviews the Disney Diamond edition of The Little Mermaid. ... Page B-1Lifestyles County golfers compete at districtsPage A-6Sports 117TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS OCTOBER 12, 2013 Osceola County celebrates Hispanic Heritage MonthCelebrating loca l musicians and artists, Osceola County Commissioner John Quiones led the fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration in the lobby of the county administration on Tuesday. See page A-2 Index CountyPage A4, Editoria l Pa ge A6, Sp or ts Pa ge B4, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest y les Pa ge C1, Classi ed Pa ge C3, L egals Pa ge B6, O bit ua riesHow often do you use social media? All day. Several times a day. Several times a week. Never. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Oct. 5 Question of the week: Has the government shutdown affected your life in any way? Yes, a lot. 7% No. 79% A little bit. 8% No opinion. % Local Former clerk wins $82,500 in legal feesFormer Osceola Clerk of Court Malcom Thompson closed a chapter last month when current Clerk Armando Ramirez was forced to pay him $82,500 to cover legal fees incurred from back-to-back trials in 2012. See page A-3 For the latest activities, events and classes see ...Page B-4 Community By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Teachers in the public school system are asked to do a lot more than just teach these days in the name of education and lean budgets. What they can use is an extra pair of eyes. Or a watchdog or two. In a pilot program for Osceola County, Koa Elementary in Poinciana gives them that. Through a Title I grant, the school has started its own chapter of the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, in which a few students fathers donate their time to help enhance the schools educational environment by doing what they can to keep order and promote an aura of safety. The volunteers monitor the halls, parking lot and cafeteria and assist with arrivals and dismissals. With school bullying a prevalent topic of late, the adults who participate serve as positive role models, as well as an extra set of eyes and ears, for students who can walk the halls and learn with the ease that they will be safe. Kathe Weisheyer, Koas parent liaison and Title I coordinator, said their job boils down to assuring that everyone in the school is able to be where theyre supposed to be. Since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. was less than a year ago and still fresh in some peoples minds, the extra Watchdogs help keep an eye on school kids News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanFrom left, A.J. Montes, Raul Aponte, Samuel Singh, Jeffrey Patrick and Rafael Correa make up the volunteer group Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students), and have been patrolling Koa Elementary for the past month. See W atchdogs, page A-3 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter To add that artistic flair to Lakefront Park, artist Jefre Manuel will have to work from the ground up to make it Rain. Chosen in 2009 out of 141 worldwide applicants to create the parks potential iconic artwork, Manuel now has created a private sub-committee of business leaders to raise the $750,000 needed for the project called Rain. The money was originally part of the parks construction project, but the funds were used in a previous phase of the park before Manuels plans were approved. Rain would be an interactive water feature for both residents and visitors. Originally designed as a solid cube fountain with an underground access, the current design is now an open cube fountain with a shallow wading pool in front. This revised design is to make the piece more versatile, according to Manuel, with functions such as a stage for performances or backdrop for private events. Its great that the seed was planted by Kissimmee when the park came out in becoming a major icon. Its now us trying to figure out how to make it happen. Objects are easy to create. Its the experiences that take time to develop, Manuel said. The business sub-committee was created at the suggestion of the City Commission after Manuels presentation on the progress of the project. The commission supports the project, but doesnt have enough city funds to financially support Manuel. After his presentation at the commissions Sept. 24 meeting, Mayor Jim Swan wrote and signed a letter about the project for Manuel to show to potential donors as he is raising funds. With the sub-committee, Manuel wants to get the funds through corporate donations. Many on the committee have ties to companies like Tupperware and Disney, and he plans to use those Artist still vows to bring the Rain Illustration/JefrShown above is artist Jefre Manuels rendering of his water sculpture Rain that would be built at Lakefront Park in downtown Kissimmee. He said he has created a private sub-committee of business leaders to secure the $750,000 needed to build it. See Artist, page A-3 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter According to Kissimmee Main Street Executive Director Brianne Stefek, in the coming 12 months the theme in downtown Kissimmee will be something like, better is good, but more is better. At a welcome dinner to recognize a handful of new Main Street board members Monday at Kissimmee City Hall, Stefek unveiled some new plans. They were designed to enhance some of the annual events the city has along wit h marketing ideas to add new ones and enhance marketing and exposure of businesses in downtown Kissimmee. Stefek begins her first full year as Main Streets lead executive after taking over for previous executive director Kelly Trace earlier this year. Stefek said she was excited for the opportunity to put her stamp on the events and merchants that highlight the citys downtown business district. There are things Id like to see, like a downtown music festival, she said. Weve been looking at the annual schedule and at what were missing. At Mondays gathering, Stefek noted how some annual events would have a bigger scope in the coming year such as a bigger Kissimmee Art Festival and the addition of more interactive exhibits for children at the Festival of Lights.Main Street rolls out new marketing toolbox Kissimmee Police See Kissimmee, page A-2Osceola County Sheriffs detectives arrested a Kissimmee man over hundreds of images of child pornography. Jon C antino, 18, was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. The investigation began on Thursday, when detectives received information about possible criminal a ctivitie s at a Mallard Creek Circle home, where Cantino lives with his parents. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the house and during the search, Cantino cooperated with the investigation. He told detectives that he downloads child pornography and tried to upload pictures on his Facebook account, but was unsuccessful. When allowed to search his computer, detectives found hundreds of child pornography images. Detectives arrested Cantino based on his statements and photos. He is booked in the Osceola County Jail on $50,000 bond.Women steal thousands in fragrancesKissimmee police detectives need the publics help to identify two grand theft suspects. On Oct. 3, t he two females entered the Ulta store located at 2609 W. Osceola Parkway at The Man jailed on child porn charges See Police, page A-2 Cantino
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Stefek also mentioned added vendors at the weekly Farmers Market (now held on Dakin Avenue each Tuesday) and the new Farmers Market Dollars Program, in which restaurants along that block are issued funds from Main Street to purchase goods from market vendors in order to create new, hometown-inspired menu items. One big event pe r month is great, like we heard a lot of positives from the April pub crawl, Stefek said. But we can do other things the other weeks of the month. The group also announced its participation in a marketing initiative called The 3/50 Project. Participants can pick up a passport from the Main Street office at Broadway and Neptune Road, and once they spend a total of $50 among three businesses in the downtown community, they can return the passport to be included in a quarterly drawing for prizes. The programs website (www.the350project. net) notes that for every $100 spent in locally-owned stores, $68 returns to the community via taxes, payroll and other revenue streams. Only $43 of it would remain if spent at a national chain store; nothing comes home, the website says, if the $100 is spent online. A series of r esidential Main Street memberships, ranging from $25 to $100 annually and offer discounts and other perks mimicking those offered to businesses also will be available. Stef ek welcomed new board members Craig Holland, Jeremiah Krivinchuk, Celia Thacker, David Crohe and Cori Carpenter. They join existing members Jeff Wolff, Rob Holborn, Frankie Norris, Scott Weyrauch, Chris Gent, Carolyn Hutchins, Gail Hamilton and Belinda Kirkegard. Loop West and stole more $4,000 worth of fragrances. It is believed that these two suspects have committed similar thefts in other jurisdictions. Anyone with informa tion about the suspects are asked to contact the Kissimmee Police Departments Property Crimes Unit at 407-846-3333, by emai l at email@example.com or Crimeline at 1-800-423TIPS (8477). Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect from MiamiOsceola County Sheriffs Office deputies arrested a man wanted from armed robbery after conducting a traffic stop on Monday. Deputies conducted the stop on West U.S. Highway 192 and discovered that the driver of the vehicle was driving without a license and had marijuana in the car. After further investigation, deputies discovered the registered owner, Gabriel Allande, Jr., 30, who was not present during the traffic stop, was wanted on multiple warrants for armed robbery out of Miami. Deputies with the Robbery Unit, Community Response West and Patrol were able to locate him at the Sun Inn and Suites located at 5020 W. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. Allande was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into th e Osceola County and will be extradited to Miami.PoliceContinued from Page A-1 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter Celebrating local musicians and artists, Osceola County Commissioner John Quiones led the fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration in the lobby of 1 Courthouse Square on Tuesday. The event not only celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, which falls from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, it also highlighted the diversity of Hispanic culture in Osceola County. Bands featured in the two-hour event included Osceola County School for the Arts student band Seguro Que Si, the Mexican band Mariachi Los Patrones and the Puerto Rican band La Casa de Dona Plena. Food samples were provided by Chef Joel Rodriguezs Bjoely Catering, and featured many well-known dishes. This has definitely been a growing community. Osceola County is very rich in cultural diversity, and, what I love about it, is that last week we can be celebrating a rodeo and the roots of our cowboys or ranchers, and the next week we can enjoying beautiful art from Hispanic artists, Quiones said. Art was the biggest focus of the event, as works from 13 local artists were displayed around the lobby. Each painting depicted a scene or style calling back to the artists Hispanic heritage, and all will remain on display for the rest of October. As a traditional celebration, diversity was apparent in both performances and artwork. It was a theme that Quiones said best reflected the Hispanic community in Osceola County, as well as showed the similarities among cultures in different Hispanic countries. City Commissioner Wanda Rentas also echoed the diversity in the celebration. Its a way to learn about the culture, the people, the music. And, when you think of the Spanish (speaking) population, its not just Puerto Ricans, there are so many other countries being represented here. Its huge, Rentas said. Growing up in New York, Rentas biggest musical influence was Motown. But, events like the Hispanic Heritage Celebration gave her a chance to embrace traditional Hispanic culture, as well as learn something new every year she attends. But, art wasnt the only thing represented Tuesday evening. Chairman of the Hispanic Business Council,Jorge Soto, w as in a ttendance among the crowd of local government officials. The council, a branch of the Kissimmee/ Osceola Chamber of Commerce, represents small businesses in the Hispanic commu-Osceola County celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanTrumpet player S hawn Fernandez of the b and Segura Que Si, comprised of students of t he O sceola School for t he Arts, instilled some salsa f lavor as O sceola County c elebrate d Hispanic art and culture. The c ounty held its annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Oct. 8 in the administration building KissimmeeContinued from Page A-1 Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com. See Hispanic, page A-3
Saturday, October 12, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 101013.TNG 092613.TNG 101013.TNG Located On The South Side Of Vine Street, East Of & Next To The Railroad Tracks $2395101213.SNG ALLCIGARETTESPer Cartonwww.Smokes4LessFL.com COUPON REQUIRED COUPON REQUIRED CARTONSE-CIGARETTE SPECIAL$1995$2000 Limit 1 coupon per customer Not valid with any other offer. Expires 10/31/13 With this coupon only. Not valid with other offers. Limit 1 coupon. Expires 10/26/13 ONGOFF$4200WAS $6200 NOW ONLYINCLUDES CHARGER & BOTTLEFor 2 E-CigarettesFor 2 E-Cigarettes presence of a safety patrol is a welcome sight. School safety blew up as a real concern that day, Weisheyer said. Watch D.O.G.S. is a national program that began in 1998. It now has more than 3,000 chapters in 46 states, but is brand new to Osceola County. When Koa Elementary held an informational meeting just before the school year started, Weisheyer said more than 200 people showed up to express their interest in the program. We were blown away at that, she said. Koas Watch D.O.G.S. volunteers range from retirees who come a couple times a week and stay for much of the day, to parents with flexible schedules or that work from home or come in the early morning to assist with arrivals. A background in security isnt necessary, in fact the only requirement is the applicant pass the school districts Osceola Adults Serving and Inspiring Students, or OASIS, background check. Thanks to Title I parent involvement funds, the school has been able to distribute program T-shirts to the dads, as well as their Koa Elementary children, for free. And the dads dont even have to be, well, dads. Its geared for dads, because we dont get to see them as much as wed like, Weisheyer said. But we have moms and grandmoms who participate. One of Koas Watch D.O.G.S., A.J. Montes, is a retired combat veteran and Florida National Guardsman, and he comes two to three times a week. Montes calls his involvement a community thing and a way to support the schools educational staff. I look at it as a way to alleviate the teachers stress. Their main goal should be to educate, he said. When the kids see parents involved, it deters and prevents the little problems they have before theyre big problems. Its a chance to make an impact in their lives. Plus, to those on the outside its like a small-scale show of force. Jeffrey Omar Patrick and Rafael Correa just moved with their families from the northeastern United States to Poinciana before the school year started. Patrick, the father of a first-grader, works from home as a writer so he has the flexibility to be at the school. He said being at school helps his son acclimate to a new school and friends. And his classmates can feel safe. Its important for my son to see me here, he said. When the kids see other dads here, they know that things are going to be all right. Correa has a fifth-grader at Koa. I like to get involved, he said. I know as a parent its comforting the children are being looked after by someone other than just the teachers. nity and helps them to become involved with other businesses in their market as well as the community as a whole. The reason of having a Hispanic board to help everyone else get together and get to that market, and understand that market. When they come together, the whole county prospers, Soto said. Hispanic heritage Month began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was expanded into a month by Ronald Reagan in 1988, and enacted into public law on August 17, 1988. The month starts on Sept. 15 because many Latin American countries, such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their independence on that day. Other Latin American holidays also fall during Hispanic Heritage Month, further highlighting the contributions Latin Americans had in history. By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette Former Osceola Clerk of Court Malcom Thompson closed a chapter last month when current Clerk Armando Ramirez was forced to pay him $82,500 to cover legal fees incurred from back-to-back trials in 2012. Thompson claimed he was entitled to the court costs reimbursement because he successfully fought the assault and battery cases brought against him by his employees last year and won a Florida Commission on Ethics violation claim. Thompson declined to comment, deferring instead to his attorney, Stewar t Cohen, who called the cases an outrageous waste of taxpayers money. It doesnt make him whole but the law is clear in this matter, Cohen said. I think Mr. Ramirez did the responsible thing and resolved this. Thompson sued Ramirez for the money after the current clerk refused to pay the court costs due to complexity of the law interpreted by his former attorney, said Adam Alvarez, Ramirezs general counsel and the spokesman for the clerks office. Ramirez beat Thompson in the Democratic primary for the Clerks Office last year. The law allows elected officials to recoup legal fees if they successfully fight the charges. The payment was negotiated between Thompson and Ramirez in order to keep either party from incurring additional court costs, Alvarez said. Based on the advice of previous counsel, Mr. Thompsons demands for the reimbursement of the legal fees was not paid due to the complexity of the legal issues and the non-clarity of the law, he said. A strategy of research and negotiation was chosen as a preferred method to handle Mr. Thompsons claim. Thompson paid at least $82,500 defending himself last year against two misdemeanor charges brought by several female employees. One woman claimed Thompson shoved her into his office door jamb after an argument abo ut when to remove holiday cards from his office door. A jury acquitted him after deliberating for less than an hour. Another female employee brought an assault charge against Thompson, claiming he put his finger in her face and screamed at her during a discussion about the battery charge. That same employee filed the ethics complaint against Thompson regarding the same incident. Thompson was not found to have been in violation. Cohen called all of the claims against Thompson frivolous but added this judgment closed a chapter in his clients life. Were grateful but were extremely sorry the t axpayer was put to this expense, he said. It was terrible experience for him to go through. We all know, as Shakespeare said, it was much ado about nothing.Former clerk wins $82,500 in legal fees Thompson HispanicContinued from Page A-2 WatchdogsContinued from Page A-1 connections to collect a majority of the projects cost. Donations from businesses who contribute would help purchase some of the supplies. The design was inspired by the name of Lake Tohopekaliga, which means fort site. Manuel took the idea of both area settlers and American Indian forts a visible and camouflaged structure, respectively, and turned it to the abstract with the visible cube fountain and square-shaped pool mirroring it. We have a great project going, and this is meant to be the icing on the cake. The park was meant to have a lot of artwork in it, City Commissioner Cheryl Grieb said. As an art piece, Rain is designed to become the recognized icon of Lakefront Park. But, time is beginning to run out for Manuel, as the parks third and final phase of construction is planned to be complete by Oct. 2014. Manuel also wants Rain to be completed around the same time. Swan has time concerns himself. Since the city has been working on this project since 2009, he said he was apprehensive on how much funding Manuel would raise, and if it would be enough for a timely construction schedule. I know that there are a number of organizations that are very mindful of the need for artwork to be done throughout the country, and maybe Jefre has insights into those organizations that we dont have, Swan said. But Manuel said he wasnt worried. As a larger art piece, and the only art piece in Lakefront Park, he saw Rain as more than just a fountain, but as a way of communicating to the public what Kissimmee is to those that will visit the park. The piece would be located just before the walkway to the lighthouse on park grounds. Its more than an object, its creating an identity. And, identities take time to create. Objects are easy, Manuel said. ArtistContinued from Page A-1 News-Gazette P hoto/ A ndrew S ullivanOn T hursday a fternoon at the Hart Memorial Central L ibrary in Kissimmee Aaron L awson was o fficially s worn in as Kissimmees 22nd postmaster. Lawson at r ight, was sworn in by M anager of Post Office Operations Danie l Beauchemin, left.Stamp of approval
Page A4, Heres an idea for a sad movie called The Drafts Box. In this fictional tale of a tragic misunderstanding caused by the real-life perils of email, a woman (well call her Hope) writes to the lost love of her life (Buster), telling him shed like to give their relationship another go. She presses send. Waits for his reply. Months pass. No answer. Hope is hurt and angry -he could at least acknowledge her email, the jerk! but she figures Buster has moved on and she should, too. She marries someone else. Then one day, Hope runs into Buster. She still carries a flame and a grudge, but before she can lecture Buster on his poor email etiquette, he says, Why didnt you answer my email? Hope looks puzzled. She hasnt heard from Buster since the night they broke up. What email? she says. The one in which I told you I still loved you. Hopes eyes widen. B-b-but, she says, I sent you an email saying I still loved you. Youre the one who never answered. Thunder cracks in the sky above Hope and Buster. OMG, Hope says. She begins to weep. My drafts box. My drafts box. My email to you must have gotten stuck in my bleepin drafts box! And mine to you, my darling! Hope and Buster embrace in the rain. And when they get home -to their separate homes -they discover that the emails that would have reunited them are indeed trapped in the chamber of horrors known as the drafts box. The star-crossed characters in The Drafts Box could just as easily be a boss and an employee. Or two friends. More than once Ive discovered emails to my editor still in my drafts folder. No wonder he thinks Im always at the gym. A friend who picked me up at an airport not long ago remarked, with just the faintest edge in her voice, that she had to look up my arrival time. But I emailed it to you, I insisted. She insisted I hadnt. I told her I surely had, and then began to wonder: Had I hallucinated that email? I found it in my drafts box. I sent it to her, just to show I wasnt lying. The dangers of the drafts box also lurk in the smartphone. Just this week, a friend mentioned an email shed sent, via phone, about our dinner engagement. I swore Id never gotten it. She discovered it in some smartphone netherworld, accompanied by the word Failed. The email junk box (aka the junk folder or spam folder) is another source of grudges fermented in the ether. Whenever I remember to check my junk mail, I always discover something, from a friend or reader, that makes me feel guilty. Ive learned that the word Congratulations can trigger the Tribunes spam filter, which is useful if the message comes from a Nigerian prince who wants you to send him a check, but not useful if the note is a nice one from someone youd like to acknowledge. Every so-called advance in communication creates new failures to communicate. Witness Facebook. So theres your Facebook Message inbox, reports a colleague, and then theres this other, little-noticed tab called other. Its where spam messages and messages from people you are not Facebook friends with go. Like most Facebook users, he was unaware of it for a long time. When he finally checked it, he discovered messages that he would have answered if hed known they were there. The people he ignored probably felt as disgruntled as Hope did by Busters failure to respond to a message he never got. As for Hope and Buster, its too late for them. But their star-crossed fate offers lessons for the rest of us: Check your drafts box. And your junk mail box. And your other box on Facebook. Or ignore it all. Thats a valid choice, too. Just be prepared to live with the consequences. Mary Schmich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on twitter.com/maryschmich or contact her on facebook.com/maryschmich.We all contribute to our childrens educationTo the editor: Like parents, teachers calm the childs fears and anxieties, wipe away tears of disappointments, hug away hurt feelings, put band aids on scraped knees, nurture dreams, frown at misbehavior, marvel at a childs accomplishments and cry at graduation. Quality education can only come from teachers and staff members that encourage and support them at school and parents at home. In our world of amazing, yet incessant use and dependence on technology and new programs, we must not forget that it is not the programs and tests that make education better, but the people involved in education. It will be the teachers and staff that the student will remember long after the programs and technology have been forgotten and become obsolete. There are many factors for student achievement, but on top of every list as the major contributor to the success of the student is the parent. It is, however, a shared responsibility between the parent, teacher and the student. Even the greater community of businesses, churches and neighbors all can provide the encouragement and accountability so essential to enhance student success. With the school years first report card coming out soon, letss us all work together so every child shows satisfactory progress. These are some major ingredients that contribute to a students success. 1. Parental encouragement and active involvement in their child and expressing the value of education. 2. Highly qualified and inspired teachers in the classroom. 3. Encouraging support staff. 4. Effective administrative leadership that support the needs of the teacher. 5. Availability of quality information to the school and teacher on subject area and students. 6. Common sense policies and procedures that are purposeful, meaningful and unobtrusive to instruction. 7. An abundance of resources and support systems that enhance teacher and student skill development and foster educational enrichment. 8. Students accepting responsibility for their learning and taking advantage of educational opportunities. 9. A community that encourages and supports education. Education can be a gift of opportunities for our childrens future. Let us all work to make that gift the best present we can give. Wade Davis Candidate, for School Board District 5 The Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare call it what you want. Granted, not everybody likes this plan. Some people downright hate it. But for those of you in Osceola County, and surrounding areas, who plan to get on board, consider yourselves lucky. To help Osceola County residents navigate the Insurance Marketplace, The Health Insurance Store in Kissimmee has opened the first full time, independent insurance enrollment center in the state of Florida. Thats right, the first in Florida, and we urge you to take advantage of it. The Enrollment Center, an extension of The Health Insurance Stores main office on 1007 E. Vine Street, will employ 16 certified enrollment specialists in an effort to assist county residents free of charge. Theres no doubt that this plan has left some citizens confused and thats where the store can help. Enrollment specialists can either guide residents step by step through the enrollment process or act as a resource to answer any questions about the marketplace and enrollment. The center also is available to those who need to enroll for insurance or want to apply for a government subsidy. Essentially, the store will walk you through the process to see what your eligibility is and help you find a plan to suit you or your family. Individuals must have heath care coverage by Jan. 1, or pay a fee. If you dont have coverage in 2014, youll pay a penalty of $95 per adult, $47.50 per child, or 1 percent of your income (whichever is higher). The fee increases every year. Youre considered covered if you have Medicare, Medicaid, any job-based plan, any plan you bought yourself, COBRA, retiree coverage or some other kinds of health coverage. Whether or not the Affordable Health Care Act is going to taint or preserve President Barack Obamas legacy has yet to be seen. But for now, we should consider ourselves fortunate that we have a resource in town that can help us find an affordable health care plan. Submit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 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. Our view Got a gripe? T ake advantage of the enrollment centerWelcome to America Held Hostage. The reference is not just to the ongoing government shutdown that theoretically could be but in all likelihood wont be over by the time you read this. Rather, it is also to the intransigence and extremism of the Republican Party, a brand of government-by-crisis political thuggery that made this confrontation inevitable. And not just the Republican Party but more specifically, that collection of cranks and outliers within the party so addled by hatred of the president, so crippled by the mental disorder known as Obama Dementia, that they are incapable of rationality and reason. They are the right wing of the right wing, a walking id so fully divorced from reality that even many of their fellow conservatives are wary and weary of them. And these are the people who are running the show. God bless us, every one. This latest in a series of manufactured crises centers on the Affordable Care Act, President Obamas landmark health-care reform. It may be a good law, may be a bad law, may be (and probably is) a good law with some flaws, but one thing is certain: it is a law. Duly passed by Congress, duly signed by a duly elected president, it has survived no less than 41 votes by congressional Republicans to weaken or repeal it not to mention a showdown in the Supreme Court. No law in modern memory has been more thoroughly or energetically challenged. Having failed epically and repeatedly to kill it, these right-wing Ahabs now embark upon an extortionate new tack that, even for them, is astonishing in its disingenuous gall. They have blocked passage of a routine resolution to fund the government unless the health-care act is defunded. Then they condemn the president because he wont negotiate with them. Its as if a Little League team lost a big game on a critical call. They complain to the umps, they look at the instant replay, they file an appeal with the league, but the call still stands. So they take the ball and go home and say they will not play again until the other team agrees to negotiate. What a crock. In that scenario as in this one, there is nothing to talk about. The problem isnt the fairness of the process, but the inability of losers to accept the loss. Once upon a time, a parent might have addressed the problem of children behaving like brats through the vigorous application of leather to the region of the gluteus maximus. Once upon a time, a voter might have addressed the problem of politicians behaving like brats in much the same way. But the ability to spank legislators is largely lost. The reason in a word: gerrymandering voting district lines drawn to insulate legislators from voters with contrary viewpoints. Lawmakers choose their own voters, are answerable only to those true believers who already agree with them. It is a system guaranteed to reward extremism and make punishing it nearly impossible. When you cannot throw the bums out (congressional incumbents are re-elected at a dictatorship rate: 90 percent), the bums are free to be as splenetic as they want to be. There is no pressure to be a statesman. Indeed, statesmanship becomes a liability. The system must be fixed. Districts should be drawn by judges or other nonpartisan entities along sensible geographic and demographic lines. No more of these crazy-shaped districts that look like Plastic Man eating spaghetti on a rollercoaster. The stakes could hardly be higher. The full faith and credit of the United States are at risk. Yet the right wing of the right wing engages in petulance, pettiness and pique that would embarrass a 4 year old. They will have things their way or they will shoot the hostage. These people seem not to understand that elections have consequences. Unfortunately for this country, obstructionism does, too. 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Page A6, District golf Follow us on Twitte r County teams will tee off By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Celebration posted a come-from-behind win over Harmonys boys in the 2013 Orange Belt Conference Championships Monday at Royal St. Cloud Golf Club. But, at Harmony Golf Preserve, the Harmony girls, as expected, easily won their second straight OBC title. Players from seven Osceola County high schools now will compete Monday and Tuesday at four boys and girls district tournaments, the first step on the path to the state tournaments in early November. Celebrations boys posted a team score of 314, finishing ahead of 2012 OBC champion Harmony (323) by nine shots. Depth proved to be the difference for the Storm as they had four golfers post scores of 83 or better. That was more than enough to erase Harmonys advantage at the top, as Cory Herman took medalist honors with an even-par 72 while teammate and defending OBC Champion Tyler Bennett tied Celebrations Grafton Mouen for second place at 74. Obviously, I think we are excited to finally win the team championship, Storm Head Coach Tony Brus said. But looking at our individual scores, I think we know we can shoot a lot better. I honestly thought we had a good chance to post four scores in the 70s. Not sure whether it was a case of the nerves or whether the weather delay got to us, but I know this team can play a lot better than we did. Still it was a great team win and now we can look forward to district competition Monday. Playing out of the number one position, Storm sophomore Ben Sedwick managed a 9-over 81. Sophomore Ryan Johnson added a 76, but Celebration found itself down by 11 shots to Harmony after the first two groups posted their scores. Storm junior Luke OConnells 83 cut the deficit to seven before Mouens 74 out of the number four position put it away for the Storm. Although Bennett and Herman were a combined 2-over for the tournament, the Longhorns also counted Parke Novaks 87 and Gavin Foxs 90 to finish at 323. Senior Angelo Chiarelli tied Johnson in fourth place with a 76 to lead Osceola High School to third-place team finish at 349. The Kowboys also got an allconference performance from Lawson Rafe, who finished in sixth place with an 80. St. Cloud (359), Poinciana (435) and Liberty (471) rounded out the team scores. Gateway did not post a team score. Herman, Bennett and Mouen battled down the wire for medalist honors in an event that was delayed mid-round for 45 minutes by a heavy downpour. Mouen got off to an extremely fast start, pouring in three birdies early to card a 3-under 33 on the front side but faded with four bogeys on the back. I really had it going early but the rain got to me, Mouen said. We were only on the 12 th hole when it started pouring and my grips and all my gloves were soaked. I just couldnt seem to get back on track after the rain. Herman was thrilled to bring home the medalist trophy. This was a special day for me and it means a lot A couple things this week, so here we go Not to keep picking on the Jaguars, but they have a chance to set an NFL record if they are 28.5 points or more underdogs in the betting line at Denver. They probably arent going to make it. The Jags opened the week minus 28 points, tying the record, but the line has since shrunk by a half-point to 27.5. I guess the smart money from Duval County is moving in. The former record was set in 1966, when the Baltimore Colts were 28-point favorites over the expansion Atlanta Falcons. The way the Falcons have looked the past couple of weeks, there might be a 20-point spread in their future, and not on the winning side. The NFL announced this week that three regular season games will be played in London next season featuring the Jaguars, Falcons and Oakland Raiders. Remember, were going to be nice about the Jaguars and make no mention of Central Floridas desire to ship them at least as far away as London. Commissioner Roger Goodell is infatuated about basing an NFL team in London within the next decade; why, we do not know. The logistics are a nightmare, the players must move their families to a foreign country, and, my god, have you tasted the food? Goodell was excited that the winless Steelers and Vikings game drew 83,000 to Wembley Stadium last month. OK, fine, but there still is a cultural push back. For example, for all of the NFLs promotional efforts, stories on the game itself were buried deep inside the London tabloids, and the bulk of the English population cares no more about our football than we do about kidney pie. On the other hand, Raiders fans are the closest thing weve got to Londons legendary soccer hoodlums, so maybe itll work. Nothing rowdy about The Mighty News-Gazette Divine Nine : No. 1: The Broncos. No. 2: The Saints. No. 3: Roll Tide. No. 4: The Dashing Ducks of Oregon. No. 5: London. No. 6: Fog. No. 7: Foghorn Leghorn. No. 8: Hoodlums. No. 9: The Rays (for a great playoff run). To the picks: Florida at LSU (-7): Upset alert here. Gators cant match Tigers firepower, but they are playing great defense. It certainly wont be the Gator bloodbath that it was two years ago. Bayou Bengals by 3. South Carolina (-6) at Arkansas: Strange things going on with The Ol Ball Coach. First hes talking about being drained in Orlando against UCF, and last week he flares up about stud lineman Jadeveon Clowneys muscle injury. Gamers by 3. Missouri at Georgia (-8): Dawgs are a beat up bunch, but still perfect in the SEC. Dawgs by 2. Michigan (-2.5) at Penn State: Lions lost to UCF and Indiana at home. The Paterno years seem like a long time ago, dont they? Wolverinos by 6. Oregon (-13.5) at Washington: Huskies are closing the gap on Oregon, but its still a big gap. Ducks by 10. The paid professionals: Jacksonville at Denver (-26.5): Remember when the big underdog Jags stunned the Broncos in the playoffs here in 1996? No? John Elway probably does. Broncos by 27. Philadelphia (-1) at Tampa Bay: So, Nick Foles is your premier quarterback in Tampa tomorrow. At least no one will be blinded by the star power. Eagles by 6. Indianapolis (-1.5) at San Diego: Well, so much for Andrew Lucks sophomore jinx. Ponies by 3. Green Bay (-3) at Baltimore: Trying to get a handle on this line. Ray Rice is back, right? Ravens by 4 in Upset Special II. Will Jags be record underdog? Rick PedoneSports Editor Picks of the Weak Ben Sedwick of Orange Belt Conference champion Celebration blasts out of a sand trap during the OBC tournament at St. Cloud. County golfers will compete at district tournaments at several Central Florida locations Monday and Tuesday, including the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. Below, Harmony Coach Robert Hainlen and the Lady Longhorns celebrate their Orange Belt Conference title.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Horns win OBC girls, Storm 1st for boys By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Orange Belt Conference championships for swimming and cross country are coming up next week. The swimmers convene at Kissimmees Makinson Aquatic Center Tuesday at 9 a.m. for the conference meet, while the cross country teams will gather at Poinciana High Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. At both events, last years champions will be challenged. Harmony swept the boys and girls swimming titles last year. It was the boys seventh consecutive conference victory, but this year a strong Gateway team, second last year, will be formidable. Harmony Boys Coach Terry Brown expects close competition Tuesday. It should be a great meet. Head to head in a dual meet we are the better team, but in a multipleteam format its probably too close to call, he said. Gateway Coach Vonnie Kochensparger said her boys team is 7-1, the loss to Harmony by nine points. The Panthers have broken a half dozen school and county records this season. The meet will come down to the swimmers and divers in the middle, she said. It will be one of the most exciting OBC meets weve had in a long time. The Lady Longhorns will face strong competition from both St. Cloud and Osceola. The girls meet should be a nailbiter, Osceola Coach Krystle Singleton said. St. Cloud, Harmony and Osceola all have strong teams, Singleton said. Its all going to come down to who is ready to race. I also have a few boys who can play spoiler in a few events. The boys cross country meet will see defending champion Liberty try to hold off challenges from St. Cloud and Harmony. St. Clouds defending c ham pion Lady Bulldogs may be the exception in that they are expected to dominate and win their third straight conference crown. The team is in Tallahassee today for the FSU Invitational. The girls should win the meet; the trick is to get the boys to compete well, St. Cloud Coach Kevin Harkema said. Liberty Coach Robert Pauley said his boys team has made impressive improvement since the season began last month. I said no way will we repeat after our first race at the Harmony Invitational, we were ranked next to last for the first couple weeks, he said. The last three weeks we have made some serious changes and now we are in contention for a repeat. The Chargers have the defending conference champion in senior Rogelio Araiza. St. Cloud senior Karissa Solorzano is the defending girls champion. Pauley expects St. Cloud and Harmony to press his boys team. St. Cloud is a good team and so is Harmony, but in (recent) races we have been beating them and matching up with them really well, he said. I believe our mens team will be a better team in late October with more training. I honestly believe we can win this meet for a third time. Gateway m ay be an improved team for this years conference race, Coach Cliff Branch said. If our student-athletes can come out and compete like I know they can, they can turn some heads, he said. Osceola C oach Javie r Maldonado expects his team to do well. We are getting better time-wise, we just need to improve on passing people and not getting passed, he said. The Lady Kowboys top runner, Keilah Vicari, has set PRs the past two races.See Column, page A-7 Photo/Special to the News-GazetteSee Golf, page A-7 Conference meets set for x-country, swim Libertys Rogelio Araiza is the defending OBC boys cross country champion.News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb
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Monetary donations are accepted as well to do your shopping for you. The deadline for collecting items is December 10th Please contact 407-932-1898, 407-201-6912, or 407-891-0866. Your support is greatly appreciated. E EVENT Grace Lutheran Church in St. CloudProudly presents:FALL FAMILY FUN DAYEvents include: Holiday Mart (featuring consultants from thirty-one, Premier Jewelry, Arbonne, Close to My Heart, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, and Scentsy)Rafes from local Osceola County businesses The Big Red Bloodmobile Booths from local Osceola County organizations (featuring Little Miss Silver Spurs, Boy Scouts, Top Notch Cheer, St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, and more)Hot Dogs & Refreshments 1123 LOUISIANA AVENUE ST. CLOUD, FL 34769Event sponsored by: Florida True Health C CAREGIVER CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY SEEKING CLIENTServing: Celebration, Reunion, Kissimmee & DavenportPlease call863-424-3009 TO SEE YOUR AD ON THIS PAGE CALLJODY OR KEITH AT407-846-7600 TO SEE YOUR AD ON THIS PAGE CALLJODY OR KEITH AT407-846-7600 D DERMATOLOGYThe Personal Attention You Deserve... Dr. Chris Manlio, FAOCD Board Certied in Dermatology Fellow of American Mohs Society Same Day Appointments3131 Innovation Dr.St. Cloud, FL 34769PH: 407-910-4710 Fax: 407-201-7983 222 Broadway, Suite 202Kissimmee, FL 34741PH: 407-910-4710 Fax: 407-201-7983Ofce Locations:10437 Moss Park Rd., Suite BOrlando, FL 32832PH: 407-910-4710 Fax: 407-201-7983 Approximately 100 people attended the hydrilla meeting, which was held last week. The meeting opened with a question and answer session that lasted nearly two h ours. Duck hunters, fishermen, bird watchers, homeowners and boaters all attended. After that subject was addressed, the problem of excessive pepper grass on East Lake Toho was discussed. Approximately 1,300 acres will be treated to try to control that invasive grass. As far as the hydrilla control on West Lake, they will try to expand on what was done last year. As I understand it, Goblets Cove will NOT be sprayed, but the use of the harvesters will cut areas of hydrilla as was done last year. Possibly it can be sprayed later in the year. The meeting brought out a lot of concerns from the interested parties. Fishing has been pretty good. Some bass are still schooling around the lake, but not as many as there were a couple of weeks ago. Crank baits, soft plastics and top water baits have been working best. Most of the bigger bass are being caught on wild shiners. Specs are still hitting fairly well out in the deeper water around the islands. Trolling seems to be the most effective way to catch them. You can also catch bluegills and shell crackers around open reeds and on shell beds. Crickets and worms should work well for you. Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Hydrilla plans set Sports briefsGolfContinued from page A-6ColumnContinued from page A-6New Orleans at New England (-2.5): Rarely is it a good idea to go against the Pats at home. But these Pats are struggling, and the Aints aint. Aints by 1. Brian Big Man McBrides Super Sniffer Upset Special (Hes on a two-game winning streak!): Saints over Pats by 3. Petey The Gators Are Going To Win Covino says: Gators by 6. Andrew Flaming Spear Sullivan says: Noles over Open Week by 63. Ken Young Jackson says: Nittanies by 3 in I Need An Upset Upset; Packers by 1, Patriots, because its outdoors, by 7. to win the conference championship as a senior, Herman said. Tyler and I have had a friendly battle all season for the top position on the team. To win OBCs in my final year feels awesome. Both Bennett and Herman work at Royal St. Cloud. We play here practically every day so it certainly helped because we know the distances by heart, Herman added. But with the wind, the conditions were not real easy out there. I think all the top players here probably felt they should have scored a little better. Harmony boys coach Jerry Piester said his team wasnt quite good enough. Our Nos. 1 and 2 played well, just didnt have the scores to follow them up, he said. Herman, Bennett, Mouen, Chiarelli, Johnson, Lawson and Sedwick are the allconference team members (top seven). There was little drama at the girls tournament Monday, where Harmony (347) easily outdistanced Osceola (416), Liberty (462), St. Cloud (476) and Celebration (485). Poinciana and Gateway did not have team scores. They had a really great day, which has been our game this season, Horns Coach Robert Hainlen said. Harmonys Madison Wetzell (75) was the medalist, edging Libertys Alice Munn (77). Harmonys Tia Lindsey (83), Osceolas Meg Clancy (92), Harmonys Christine Stevens (93) and Brooke Wetzel (96) and Osceolas Brittney Calhoun (102) made the all-conference team. Osceola Coach Ray Lackey said his team played well to finish second. The top three played well. Some of our players need to do some work to lower their scores, but they played pretty well, all things considered. If the team pulls together and scores close to (OBCs), we should be able to go on (at the district tournament), he said. The district meets are scattered around Central Florida Monday and Tuesday. Harmonys and St. Clouds boys will return to Royal St. Cloud Monday at 10 a.m. for the 3A-16 meet, which includes teams from the east coast. Celebration, Osceola and Gateway go to Eagle Creek, near Lake Nona, for the 3A-8 tourney Monday at 8:30 a.m., against Orange County competition. Liberty goes to Eagle Brooke in Polk County Tuesday at 10 a.m., and Poinciana goes to Orlando Dubsdread Monday at 8 a.m. for the 2A-10 tournament. Brus expects the Storm to play well at Eagle Creek. I think winning the OBC might light a fire under them, he said. Piester said his team must play better to advance from 3A-16. If we score like we should it will be close. We cant shoot 323 and make it in this district. I think 310 will get us in, he said. The girls 3A-16 tournament is Monday at 9 a.m. at Vieras Duran Country Club. The 3A-9 tourney is at 10 at Bartow, and the 2A-10 tournament is at Dubsdread at 9:30. The 3A-8 tourney is Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at Eagle Creek. Districts are going to be rough, Harmonys Coach Hainlen said. We are very well matched with Viera and Vero Beach. We will need to be on our game and one or both of the others have a rough day. I firmly believe we will be in the regionals being held at Royal St. Cloud. The top three teams and top three individuals not on those teams advance to the regionals Oct. 21-22. Make A Difference Today student athletes from Harmony and St. Cloud high schools will participate in Make A Difference Day. Students will be collecting food and cash donations for the St. Cloud Food Pantry. The schedule: At Winn Dixie, Canoe Creek Road: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Harmony High softball team. 12:30 to 4 p.m.: St. Cloud High softball team. At Publix, Narcoossee Road: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Cloud High girls basketball team. 12:30 to 4 p.m.: Harmony High football team. At Winn Dixie, Narcoossee Road: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Harmony High baseball team.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B1 Nothing quite excites like the release of the newest Diamond Edition of a Disney classic. And what could be more fitting than The Little Mermaid, the 1989 film that is credited with starting the Disney Renaissance era of animation. Featuring one of Disneys best heroines (lonely teen mermaid Aerial) and one of the baddest villains (Ursula, the sea witch), The Little Mermaid is truly magical with a great story and animation and songs (Academy Award winner for Best Score and Best Song, Under the Sea). Based on Hans Christian Andersens classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, The Little Mermaid was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (Aladdin) and features the voice talents of Jodi Benson (Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3) as Ariel, Pat Carroll (Laverne & Shirley) as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright (Broadways The Lion King) as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Brady Bunch Movie) as Eric, Kenneth Mars (Young Frankenstein) as Triton and Buddy Hackett (The Music Man) as Scuttle. The Little Mermaid is available as a 3-disc combo pack (Blu-ray 3D, plus Blu-ray, plus DVD plus digital copy and special music downloads; 2 disc Blu-ray combo pack with digital copy; and 2 disc Bluray combo pack. There are lots of bonuses included here, including several never seen before features. The bonuses include: of Your World Music Video Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen Grammy-nominated recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen as she celebrates the return of The Little Mermaid with her recording of Part of Your World. This new series takes viewers under the hat at Walt Disney Animation Studios and introduces them to the new generation of talent making animated magic by using the influence of the past to steer .sca r 50 CENTS It s a Disney Diamond Edition, plus Dino roasts again Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com Oct. 12, 2013 The Little Mermaid resurfaces VIVA OSCEOLAKISSIIMMEE Osceola Countys largest Latino event, Viva Osceola, comes to Kissimmee Lakefront Park, today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free event features music by Tony Vega and Lourdes Robles. There will be live DJs on stage, dancing, activities for children, arts and crafts, Latin food and more. CATSKISSIMMEE The Osceola Center for the Arts presents the opening of the first show of the 2013-2014 season, Cats. Based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot, Cats tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. The production runs Oct. 11-27, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will also be a Thursday performance Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for seniors and $15 for students. They can be purchased online, over the phone or at the box office. For more information call 407-8466257 or online at www.oc fta.com.GINGERBREAD RUNKISSIMMEE The Fifth Annual Gingerbread Run 5k Presented by Aarons, is set for Saturday, Nov. 2 at Give Kids The World Village. The race is attracting record numbers of running enthusiasts and philanthropic contributors. The race invites the public inside the whimsical 70-acre storybook resort to meet the families they are helping support. The professionally timed race will lead participants on a 3.1 mile path through a childs fantasyland, past an enchanted castle and a snoring tree, through magical bubbles and even by the worlds largest Candy Land game where sweet treats are doled out by Queen Frostine and Princess Lolly. The family-friendly event will feature live music, a Zumba dance warmup, a Kidz Zone with face painting, balloon animals and even a slime show by Nickelodeon. For information on participating in or becoming a sponsor in this years Gingerbread Run 5k, visit www.gingerbreadrun.org.READING IN THE PARKKISSIMMEE The City of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department has partnered with Osceola County Library Systems to offer two free Stories in the Park programs for preschool and youth aged children. Gather by the fireplace under the Heron Pavilion at Kissimmee Lakefront Park for Campfire Storytime at the Park. Children preschool age and older along with their families can enjoy an evening of imagination as storytellers from the Osceola County Library tell exciting tales the first Monday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. See DVDs, page B-3 Time-Life, Disney Stuff To DoDisneys favorite mermaid is back in B lu-ray with lots of bonus f eatures, plus those famous D ean Martin celebrity r oasts are presented for the first time in a complete m ulti-disc package Take a walk down one of the most well-known streets in America and find yourself in an engaging, multimedia l earning experience thats all about you at the Orlando Science Centers newest traveling exhibit Sesame Street Presents: The Body. The new exhibit featuring Big Bird, Elmo and fellow Sesame Street residents is now at the center. A result of Sesame Workshops initiative Healthy Habits for Life, Sesame Street Presents: The Body is an interactive exhibition created in response to the current childhood obesity crisis in the United States. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Thinkwell Design & Production created this experience to teach families about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially at an early age. Sesame Street Presents: The Body is set in the fun, familiar and reassuring world of Sesame Street where the loveable Sesame Street Muppets anchor an exciting collection of hands-on, interactive multimedia experiences. Each exhibit area has multiple activities to provide age-appropriate and exciting learning opportunities for children at a variety of developmental levels. The exhibition e mphasizes scientific investigation and developmental and curriculum-based learning goals, which tie into the National Science Education Standards, t he B enchmarks for Science Literacy and the Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life Curriculum.Sesame street traveling exhibit at the science center Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/icmovies Putting on Your DVDs No need to wait until next year for the Fringe See Sesame, page B-3 Attention Orlando Fringe Festival fans: You dont have to wait until spring for the next Fringe Festival. The Orlando Fringe is presenting several shows this fall and winter, leading up to the annual big event. Here is a sampling of the upcoming shows. God is a Scottish Drag Queen From critically acclaimed and award winning comedian Mike Delamont comes God Is A Scottish Drag Queen. GOD, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope in an unforgettable evening of hilarity. Where: The Parliament House, Footlight Theatre (410 N. Orange Blossom Trail 32805) When : Nov. 8 9 Doors 7:30 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. November 10 Doors 6 p.m. / Show 6:30 p.m. How: $15 (cash at the door); contact Nicole, email@example.com or (407) 648-0077 for reservations (please indicate which show you will be attending). Merry Fringein Christmas You know Orlando Fringe throws the best Holiday party! Join Santa and Ms. Clause (Michael Wanzie and Mitzi Morris, respectively) as they help up ring in the Holiday Season with their own special brand of Christmas Cheer! Theres going to be a great Silent Auction filled with all kinds of fabulous goodies from some of your favorite places in town; theres also going to be a few surprises for you to bid on! Entertainment in the lobby before the show and special Holiday Drink Specials. Be sure to bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item to save $5. Where: Lowndes Shakespeare Theatres Margeson Theatre (Orange venue) When: Monday, Dec. 2. Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m. in the Patrons Room Doors 6:30 p.m. / show 7 p.m. How: $15 or $10 with an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item (cash at the door); contact Nicole, firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) There are special Fringe shows coming up Sesame says: Go to the science center See Fringe, page B-2 Sesame Street Youngsters can the wonders of the body and a healthy lifestyle at the new Sesame Street exhibit at the Orlando Science Center. The Valencia College Theater presents the hit musical Chicago, Oct.18-27, at the Performing Arts Center of Valencia Colleges East Campus. The winner of six Tony Awards, the Bob Fosse musical is a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery all those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts. Join Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn, the Merry Murderesses and all the iconic characters that have made this musical one of the biggest Broadway successes ever since its debut in 1975. On Oct. 25, the performance will be followed by a talk-back with the cast and crew. General admission tickets are $15. Senior citizens, Valencia faculty, staff and student tickets are $12. Tickets can be purchased online at www.valenciacollege. edu/arts. Use the code VALENCIAWEB for a $2 discount on each ticket. The discount is for online purchases only.
Page B2, Theres Always Something To Celebrate inFlorida051613.CELE Donations Needed! Hope for Humanity (501c3 charity) FREE Pick Up 407-507-3947Come visit us at Your donations feed & clothe people locally. Your proceeds also help support Give Kids the World and the Rock Church Youth Ministry. www.hopeforhumanityusa.org Open 7 Days A Week Food Pantry Open Wed 9 AM 3 PM(Near mile marker 10 1/2 mile east of Old Town)HOPE THRIFT Park Place whats up at the attractions and more FringeContinued from page B-1 648-0077 for reservations. Mr. Robb Mr. Robbs unique ability to capture an audience and hold them spellbound has been seen worldwide in all sorts of venues. Witness first hand as Mr. Robb takes a classic performing style to the cutting edge of comedy! Where: Lowndes Shakespeare Theatres Santos Dantin Theatre (Blue venue) When: Monday, January 6, 2014. Doors 6:30 p.m./show 7 p.m. How: $10 (cash at the door); contact Nicole, email@example.com or (407) 648-0077 for reservations. Loon A man. The moon. A most peculiar love story. Acclaimed physical theatre duo WONDERHEADS present a love story that whisks a man to the moon and back! Featuring larger than life masks, fantastical puppetry, and a style that has been described as live-action Pixar,the WONDERHEADS wonder, can a man truly love the moon? Where: TBD When: February 7-8, 2014 Doors 6:30 p.m. Show 7 p.m. and February 8 9, 2014. Doors 2:00pm / Show 2:30pm How: $18 (cash at door); contact Nicole, nicole@orlandofringe. org or (407) 648-0077 reservations (indicate which show you will be attending). By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor LEGOLAND, Central Floridas kid-friendly theme park is about to get even kid friendlier. The t heme park has announced some new attractions and significant renovations to the theme parks toddler-dedicated area, which will be called DUPLO Valley. The remodeled area is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2014. Planned enhancements will bring the LEGO DUPLO line of preschool building toys to life with new farm-themed attractions, an air-conditioned indoor play area, and a water play area all geared to toddlers ages 2 to 5. DUPLO Valley will be the ideal place for park guests to play and relax with their toddlers. New attractions coming to DUPLO Valley include a train, a mini tractor ride, and a water play area. The central feature will be the DUPLO Train where toddlers can board a train on their own or with their parents to explore countryside-themed scenery passing through farms, fishing holes and campgrounds. Just across the way, toddlers can jump on a tractor just their size and help the farmers plow the cornfields and hunt for missing farm animals. For those looking to cool off, the new splash and play area will be refreshingly fun with intermittent water spouts and interactive water elements set among larger than life farm animals with a soft deck for safety. Another key element will be the existing DUPLO Barn, which will feature significant enhancements to allow kids to play indoors in the comfort of air conditioning. Existing attractions will be enhanced with additional DUPLO farm-themed play areas and a toddler room where parents can relax while kids build with DUPLO bricks. The barns Baby Care Center will continue to provide all the amenities to take care of young children. It offers private nursing stations, rocking chairs, microwaves, bottle warmers, high chairs, changing stations, Wi-Fi, cell phone charging stations and more. The Baby Care Center will remain open during construction to accommodate families. During construction, park guests with toddlers are encouraged to explore the many other attractions the entire family can enjoy including the newest attractions in The LEGO World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network. A complete list of toddler-based attractions can be found at www.legoland.com/toddlers. The new DUPLO Valley will add more excitement to LEGOLAND Floridas line-up of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions dedicated to children of ages 2 to 12. Location: LEGOLAND Florida, One Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884 Website: www.legoland.com Facebook: www.facebook. com/LEGOLANDFlorida Twitter: www.twitter.com/@ LEGOLANDFlorida LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and a water park, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There are currently five other LEGOLAND Parks in the world LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland n ear Gnzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and just opened LEGOLAND Malaysia the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com. Howl-O-Scream I have never been to that other big Halloween event, Howl-OScream at Busch Gardens in Tampa, but it looks like they have another pretty good scarefest for 2013. Howl-O-Scream is playing by the numbers this year, with 13 evils for 2013. The event runs Thursday-Saturday nights through Oct. 26. Busch Gardens 335 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun, including new haunted houses, scare zones, a live stage show and the chance to ride coasters in the dark, including Floridas first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. Even the streets themselves arent safe with all-new scare zones, led by the 13 evils that have been waiting a century to come out and play. From the depths of a basement to the eerie bogs of the Bayou, Howl-O-Scream 2013s new haunted houses are designed to prey on every element of your deepest fears. At Howl-O-Scream, even the sidewalks arent safe from the things that go bump in the night. General admission is $89 plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates and special offers are available for Busch Gardens pass members at HowlOScream. com. Guests can save $39 on general admission tickets in advance at participating Publix Supermarkets and AAA locations or with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell, Applebees locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens. Take advantage of the best way to see Howl-O-Scream with all-inclusive VIP Packages, which include event admission, a tour guide and your choice of three levels of terrifying special treatment: The Super experience is a three-hour group tour of haunted houses that includes front-ofthe-line access. The five-hour Mega experience adds reserved show seating, front-of-the-line access to several roller coasters and preferred parking, and the Ultimate experience adds the Fright Feast dinner buffet and an exclusive tour guide for your private group. All tours include commemorative photos, merchandise discounts and complimentary beverages. Packages start at $65, and pass member discounts are available. For those who prefer to selfguide themselves through the event but want the front-of-theline perks, theres the Front Line Fear pass for $40, which grants no-wait access to seven houses, excluding The Experiment. The Front Line Fear Extreme pass ups the access and also lets guests skip the line at five freaky coasters for $50.LEGOLAND The new LEGOLAND expansion, coming in t he spring, f eatures a new t oddler-themed a ttraction, DUPLO V alley. The area will include a train, m ini tractor r ide and a water play area.Getting another LEGO up on the competition
Saturday, October 12, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 MICHAEL J. DUGGAR, P.AA. Confused About Bankruptcy Laws? Do I Qualify? In Fear of Losing Everything? It is more important than ever to be given reliable information. Bankruptcy / Credit Repair is all I do. I will personally handle your case from start to nish and beyond.Attorney Michael J. Duggar Kissimmee 407-284-1739 St. Cloud 321-251-7766 FREE CONSULTATIONThe Orlando Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court in 2010 implemented a Chapter 13 Mortgage Mediation program, in the hopes of better helping debtors achieve a mortgage loan modication. With the enthusiastic support and backing of the Judges, the Chapter 13 Trustee, and even some creditors, the program has achieved a success rate of 75%...much better than Dwight Howards free throw shooting. Within the HAMP Program, you may be able to: lower your monthly payment lower your interest rate extend the duration of the loan possibly reduce the principal balance owed PLEASE CALL my ofce for an appointment to discuss your options further.100313.TNG 101213.SNG DVDSContinued from page B-1 the future in exciting new way s. Disney Intermission (Crab-E-OKE Sing-Along) Join Sebastian the Crab for Crab-Eoke Sing-Along featuring Part Of Your World, Under The Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Les Poisson and Kiss The Girl. Deleted Character Harold The Merman Learn about Harold, a Poor Unfortunate Soul who didnt make it into the final cut of the film. Under the Scene The Art of Live-Action Reference Directors Ron Clements and John Musker reminisce about how they revived the art of liveaction reference for animation with The Little Mermaid. Howards Lecture Howard Ashman was not only the lyricist and Executive Producer of movies like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and The Beast. He also influenced the whole renaissance of Disney Animation. Join him as he gives a lunch-time lecture around the time he was new to the studio where he walks the animators through the songs of the film and his take on music and songs for the stage and screen. Much of this archival video has never been seen beforeuntil now. DVD Bonus Features Include: Treasures Untold: The Making of the Little Mermaid, Storm Warning: The Little Mermaid Special Effects Unit, The Little Mermaid: The Story Behind The Story, Under The Sea Early Presentation Reel, Original Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes with Introductions, Disney Song Selection, Audio Commentary with Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken, Kiss The Girl Music Video Performed By Ashley Tisdale, The Little Match Girl With Intro, DisneyPedia: Life Under the Sea, Under The Sea Adventure: A Virtual Ride Inspired By Disney Imagineers. Of course, like all Diamond Editions from Disney, the clock is running on The Little Mermaid. Its a limited time release and once it is gone, it is gone. Dean and the Boys Back in the 1970s, the Dean Martin roasts were just that: Weekly gatherings of Dino and friends, taking turns skewering each other over a few (in some cases, many) drinks. Sometimes scripted, sometimes completely off-the-cuff, the spinoff from Martins variety show became a fixture of adult TV of its time. Well that time has come again with the release of The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete Collection (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life), a 25disc set of all 54 roasts featuring celebrity roastees Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, George Burns, Dean Martin himself and even Muhammad Ali and Ronald Reagan. What was just a bunch of manic comic outtakes has become a comedy treasure with time. So many of the celebrities featured here are gone now, but the comedy really lives on. And just about everyone getting roasted, got their turn to do some roasting, in the truest form of do unto others. This ultimate collection also includes some fifteen hours of bonus programming including comedy sketches from The Dean Martin Show, rare Dean Martin TV specials that have not been seen since the original broadcast: Deans Place (1975 & 1976), featuring Angie Dickinson, Peter Graves, and Gov. Ronald Reagan; and Dean Martins Red Hot Scandals of 1926 (1976 & 1977) featuring Dom DeLuise, Abe Vigoda, and Jonathan Winters, exclusive interviews with roasters and roastees including Betty White and Jackie Mason, as well as Winters and Phylis Diller in heartfelt interviews taped before their recent passing. The set also contains specially-produced featurettes, rare home movies with Martin, family and friends and a 44page collectors book loaded with behind-the-scenes photos, classic quotes and production materials. Adding hours of classic comedy to this superlative collection, also included are two bonus DVDs featuring seven episodes from The Dean Martin Variety Show featuring guests such as Bob Hope, John Wayne, Peggy Lee, Jimmy Stewart, Orson Welles, Michael Landon, Don Rickles, Don Adams, Dom DeLuise, Jack Benny, Rodney Dangerfield, Nipsey Russell, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Griffith and Paul Lynde. There are taped interviews with 34 former Roast participants, production personnel, critics and fans including: Don Rickles, Carol Burnett, Ruth Buzzi, Tony Danza, Abe Vigoda, Angie Dickinson, Dan Haggerty, Ed Asner, Fred Willard, Jimmie Walker, Rich Little, Rip Taylor, Shirley Jones, Tim Conway, Florence Henderson and many more. The 25-disc DVD set also contains 11 newly-produced featurettes: Legends of the Roasts The Art of the Roast Ladies of the Dais Roast in Hell: Politicians Under Fire Sports Stars: Hit Em Where It Hurts The History of the Roast The King of Cool: Always in Fashion Politically Incorrect Behind-the-Scenes Primetime Ribbing: Roasting Small-Screen Stars Beauty & The Beast: Ruth Buzzi vs. Muhammad Ali. The Roasts also are available in a 12 DVD collection featuring 18 celebrity roasts, rare home movies and a 44-page quote book. The deluxe set, featuring all of the roasts, also includes a collectible figurine. You can check out what each set has to offer in detail and how to order at http://timelife. c om/products/the-dean-martin celebrity-roasts-complete-dvdcollection. Mamas Family Classic TV fans may also be excited with the release of Mamas Family: The Complete Series, the entire run of this popular series starring Vicki Lawrence as Mama. This show has a kind of confusing history. The concept originally ran as a segment of the Carol Burnett Show featuring Burnett as Mamas daughter, Eunice. Mamas Family began life as a series on NBC in 1983, and was cancelled after one and a half seasons only to return in syndication (and more popular than ever) in a retooled form in 1986. The new set from Time-Life/ StarVista, includes all 130 episodes from all six seasons, in a 24 DVD set. Also available: a limited signed edition set, handsigned by Vicki Lawrence. Both are available only online at $199.95 and $299.95 for the signed edition. The first two seasons of the set feature the rare, original broadcast masters (the so-called Joe Hamilton cuts) of the episodes, popular with show devotees. They also feature Harvey Kormans memorable introductions as Alistair Quince (spoofing Alistair Cooke). The set also contains over ten hours of specially-created programming including: a cast reunion round-table with Vicki Lawrence (Mama), Ken Berry (Vint), Dorothy Lyman (Naomi), Beverly Archer (Iola), and Allan Kayser (Bubba), all-new cast and crew interviews, including t he aforementioned cast, Betty White, executive producer Rick Hawkins, costumers Ret Turner and Bob Mackie and others, a very special one-on-one interview with Vicki interviewing Mama through the magic of split-screen; an exclusive new Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence interview, the 1982 CBS-TV movie Eunice, which takes the Harper Family on a 23-year journey; an introductory note penned by Lawrence, key Family sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, a collectible Mamas Family Album featuring character bios, a Mamas Family Tree, and interviews and anecdotes from cast members and much more. You can order the series at http://timelife.com/ products/mama-s-familythe-complete-series?utm_ source=mama-LF&utm_ medium=TV_PR&utm campaign=Y13GTLWBUS. Sesame Street Presents: The Body features different education zones related to the human body: 1. Your Insides Your Insides is an exploration of what goes on inside the body. 2. Your Outsides Children learn to identify different body parts, discover what they do, and explore the many ways they can put them to use. 3. Staying H ealthy Whether you are exercising, playing, dancing or even sleeping, your body is always hard at work. Learn how staying clean, eating healthy foods and getting plenty of physical activity as well as sleep can help the body stay healthy. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5, 2014. Experience Sesame Street Presents The Body with admission to Orlando Science Center which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 11). SesameContinued from page B-1
Page B4, Whats new?New Sneaker DriveDuring the month of October the Osceola County School District is having a New Sneaker Drive, for students. Leggz Dance Academy is participating as a drop off point for the new sneakers. Sneakers are needed in all sizes from pre-k through high school. If you would like to donate a pair of new sneakers, you may drop them off at Leggz Monday through Friday, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Gospel Praise ConcertA Gospel Praise Concert will be at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th Street, St. Cloud, Oct. 20 starting at 4 p.m. The concert will feature local talents including soloists, mime performers, praise teams and more. For more information, call Tracy Paul at 407-791-5738 or Robert Brown at 321-443-5590.American Legion Auxiliary Unit 80 ScheduleSt. Cloud American Legion Auxiliary Unit 80 Poppy Day will be Nov. 11. Poppy Day is sponsored each year by American Legion Auxiliary to remind Americans of the sacrifice of the life and health made by men and women of our Armed Forces. Poppies will be distributed for donations at the following locations on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Walgreens, 4501 13th Street, St. Cloud; Natures Table Caf, 4429 13th Street, St. Cloud; Wawa, 1125 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, St. Cloud; and 7-11, 4910 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, St. Cloud. In the spring of 1919, amidst complete devastation, the poppies bloomed in abundance on the battlefields of France where so many of our men had fallen in battle, and a replica of this poppy has become the Memorial Flower of The American Legion Auxiliary. More than 25,000,000 poppies made by disabled veterans are distributed and the proceeds from the distribution of over 25,000,000 poppies amount to more than $2,000,000 which is devoted to Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation work by both The American Legion and Auxiliary, which includes aid to needy veterans and their families.Farmers Market at Lake Nona YMCAGrowing Synergy, Lake Nona Chamber of Commerce, and the Lake Nona YMCA Family Center have formed a partnership to host a weekly farmers market at the Lake Nona YMCA, 9055 Northlake Parkway, Orlando. This will be a weekly farmers market featuring local artisan products, bread, eggs, handcrafted foods, produce, meat and more. This event will begin on Saturday and will run through the end of April. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.FundingFactory Recycling ProgramStudents of Koa Elementary can earn free technology or cash by participating in the FundingFactory Recycling Program. Students may collect empty ink cartridges, cell phones, small electronics such as digital cameras, MPS players, GPS and laptops from the community and send the waste products to FundingFactory in exchange for their choice of technology or cash for new materials such as more library books for the Media Center. Community and business supporters can drop off recyclables at Koa Elementary on 5000 Koa St., Kissimmee. For more information, contact Corie Klinger at klingerc@ osceola.k12.fl.us.Pet Photo ContestFurry Tails Pet Grooming, 865 Cypress Parkway, Poinciana, is hosting a Pet Photo Contest on its Facebook page from Oct. 2-30. To enter the contest visit the companys Facebook page, www.facebook.com/furrytailspetgrooming, and upload your photo. The photo with the most votes will get a $100 gift certificate to be used at Furry Tails Pet Grooming. The winner will be announced on Oct. 31.Social Security Planning SeminarCapital Estates Educational Services will host a complimentary informational lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates. The topic for the presentation will be Social Security Planning Strategies and will be held Oct. 29, starting at 6 p.m. at the Adult Learning Center Osceola, 2320 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee. The program is complimentary and reservations are required. The lecture information is provided purely as an educational service. RSVP to Joe McQuaid at, 407593-2243, or Tom Dalton at, 407908-3708.Wills and trusts seminarCapital Estates Educational Services will host a complimentary informational lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Adult Learning Center Osceola, 2320 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee. The topic for the presentation will be wills and trusts. The lecture information is provided purely as an educational service. No legal matters will be discussed and all requests for further information will be referred to appropriate legal counsel for individual consultation. Have you recently relocated to Florida? Updated your will? The program is complimentary and reservations are required. RSVP to Joe McQuaid at 407593 2243 or Tom Dalton at 407908-3708. Market Topics and Investment StrategiesRobert Rosen, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Kissimmee is holding a monthly discussion on market topics and investment strategies. The next event will be Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Vintage Vino, 14 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information call, 407870-5464.Halloween PartySavanna Court Assisted Living Community, 3791 Old Canoe Creek Road, is hosting a Halloween Party Oct. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend, costumes are more than welcome. There will be trick-or-treating, pumpkin hunting, a best costume contest and more. The event is free, safe, and fun. For more information, call Dee at 407-892-8502.Free Square Dance LessonsHeel & Toe Square Dance Club is offering two free square dance lessons at the Senior Center Annex, 702 Indiana Avenue, St. Cloud Nov. 4 and Nov. 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. No experience is needed and beginners get lessons at the start of the evening. Minimum age for dancing is 10. Come as an individual, couple, or a family. Everyone is welcome, you do not need a partner, and no special clothing is needed. For more information call Ellen Bell or Paul Kurek at, 407-931-1688.Rotary Club FUNdraisingThe Rotary Club of Kissimmee South/Poinciana will hold a FUNdraising event to benefit the Poinciana Boys & Girls Club Teen Center, the Poinciana Y and the Rotary Foundation Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Poinciana Community Center, 395 Marigold Ave., Poinciana. Tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Betty Dobbie at 305-310-0800, or Wendy Farrell at 407-288-4062.Alleviating Hunger Golf TournamentThe Osceola County Council on Aging will hold its annual Alleviating Hunger Golf Tournament at Kissimmee Bay Country Club Nov. 8 Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Breakfast, lunch, goodie bags and door prizes are all included in the price of participation. Its a $75 individual fee or a special price of $200 for a team of four. Golfers are encouraged to donate canned goods for the Osceola Food Pantry to receive extra door prize tickets. A silent auction will also be held with valuable prizes going to the highest bidder. Sponsorships are still available. For more information,contact Marilyn McIntyre at 407-344-3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Janice Casler at, 407-483-1498 or email@example.com.Driver Safety ClassAn AARP driver safety class will be Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee, at the Senior Friends building near the Publix on Pleasant Hill and John Young intersection. Reservations are required and are limited to the first 25 people. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Ron at 407944-9718. Annual Fall-Holiday BazaarHoly Redeemer Catholic Church, 1603 N. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee, will be hosting a Fall-Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in the churchs Social Hall. Breakfast and lunch will be served while visitors can browse bargain shops, Christmas shops, plants, religious items, books, jewelry, vendor booths, a silent auction, and more. For more information call, 407847-2500.Florida Native Plant SocietyBird Feeding Naturally using Florida Native Plants, presented by Jenny Welch will be this months presentation at the monthly meeting of the Pine Lily Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. The meeting will be Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 101 W. Dakin Ave. Fellowship Hall, Kissimmee. Learn to feed birds and add beauty to your landscape by using native plants that naturally attract the protein needed for birds to develop properly. Native plants also provide quality seed and fruit to get birds through winter months. Welch is certified Florida Master Naturalist and Osceola Master Gardener. She is currently President of the Pine Lily Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, a member of Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society, and an Audubon Eagle Watch Volunteer. The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information or to join the organization, call 407-4334483, email, PineLilyFNPS@aol. com, or visit, www.fnps.org.Greater Osceola Fitness & Running (GOFAR)Walkers and runners are welcome to participate in GOFAR on Tuesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Lakefront Marina, Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at Vintage Vino, Kissimmee, and Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 10th Street and New York, St. Cloud.Free Quit Smoking Now ClassThinking about quitting? The Quit Smoking Now Program is free of charge and provides free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, or lozenges) while supplies last to those who are eligible. The class will be Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hart Memorial Central Library Roseada Room second floor, 211 E. Dakin Ave. Kissimmee. Registration is required to attend. For more information or to register call, 888-323-2432, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Delegation annual meetingRepresentative Mike La Rosa, chair of the Osceola County Legislative Delegation, has set the date for the delegation to hold its annual meeting with other elected officials and hear all local bills which have been filed as well as from speakers who will be seeking appropriations and general legislation. The meeting is Nov. 1, in the Osceola County Commissioners C hamber Room of t he O sceol a County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square, fourth Floor, Kissimmee. The tentative schedule is as follows: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Delegation Meeting with Osceola County commissioners. 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Chamber Trustee/Osceola County Delegation Lunch, Osceola County Courthouse Jury Room, 2 Courthouse Square, Suite 1100. MADD men Savanna Court Assisted Living Community, 3791 Old Canoe Creek Road, is hosting a Halloween Party Oct. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend, costumes are more than welcome. There will be trick-or-treating, pumpkin hunting, a best costume contest and more. The event is free, safe, and fun. For more information, call Dee at 407-892-8502.Happy Halloween! P hoto/Osceola County Sheriffs OfficeOsceola County Sheriff deputies with the Traffic and K-9 Units received top honors at the 27th Annual MADD Law Enforcement and Prosecutors Recognition Ceremony. Each year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Central Florida recognizes law enforcement officers and agencies for their efforts to aggressively apprehend and arrest drunk drivers. From left are: Deputy Michael Hilley, Sgt. Donald Macallaster, Sgt. Brian Adams, Capt. Dan Weis, Deputy James Lamb, Sheriff Bob Hansell, Deputy Les Griffin and K-9 dog Onyx. Photos/Osceola County Animal Control. Are y ou looking for a smart, well-behaved Labrador retriever? W ell, look no further than t he O sceola County Animal S helter, because here y ou will f ind Black Jack, top, a handsome 1 -year-old male lab mix. B lack Jack will work for treats. He k nows how to sit; take treats nicely a nd will do almost anything if y ou have a treat in y our h and. Domino, bottom, c ould be t he perfect match for you a nd y our family. He is a very dashing, extremely gorgeous 1 -year o ld, cream and gray S iamese cat-mix. Shelter staff doesnt k now much about him, becaus e he is a stray, but he enjoys being held and is a healthy wonderful cat who needs a loving forever home. B lack Jack and Domino need new homes with new perm anent families to love. Come into t he s helter and save a life by adopting a lovable, huggable dog or cat. T he s helter is at 3910 O ld Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. To f ind out what animals are available, c heck the O sceola County Animal Control website at www.osceola. org/go/pets. A ll animals are s payed and neutered before leaving A nimal Control. T he adoption f ee is $60 for a dog and $50 for a cat. For more information, c all 407-742-8000. Take me home Whats happening? COMMUNITYCOMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com See Community, page B-5
Saturday, October 12, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 CITY OF KISSIMMEE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City Commission of the City of Kissimmee will meet on October 15, 2103 at 6:00 p.m., in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 101 N. Church Street, Kissimmee, Florida, to hear the First Reading and consider an ordinance to establish the Tapestry CDD (Community Development District). The City Commission will meet on November 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 101 N. Church Street, Kissimmee, Florida, to hear the Second Reading of the proposed ordinance and vote upon its passage. The proposed ordinance and a complete legal description by metes and bounds may be obtained by contacting the Ofce of the City Clerk, City Hall. All interested parties may appear and be heard on the above dates. Any questions regarding this public hearing may be directed to the Development Services Department at (407) 518-2140. PROPOSED ORDINANCE # 13-31 Tapestry CDD: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA, ESTABLISHING A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, TO BE KNOWN AS THE TAPESTRY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 190, FLORIDA STATUTES; NAMING THE DISTRICT; DESCRIBING THE EXTERNAL BOUNDARIES OF THE DISTRICT; DESCRIBING THE FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE DISTRICT; DESIGNATING FIVE PERSONS TO SERVE AS THE INITIAL MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICTS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The proposed ordinance would establish the Tapestry CDD over the portion of land as follows: The subject property is bounded by Dyer Blvd, Carroll Street, and Thacker Avenue. Parcel ID: 08-25-29-00U0-0015-0000; 08-25-29-00U0-0019-0000; 08-25-29-00U0-0025-0000; 17-25-2900U0-0013-0000; 08-25-29-00U0-0014-0000 Legal Description: A portion of Sections 8 and 17, Township 25 South, Range 29 East, Osceola County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: BEGIN at the northeast corner of SHADOW BAY UNIT THREE, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 73, Public Records of Osceola County, Florida; thence run N 89 W, along the north line of said SHADOW BAY UNIT THREE, a distance of 920.55 feet to a point on the north line of SHADOW BAY UNIT FOUR PHASE ONE, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 152, Public Records of Osceola County, Florida; thence continue N 89 W, along the north line of said SHADOW BAY UNIT FOUR PHASE ONE, a distance of 1040.00 feet to a point on the north line of the VILLAS OF SHADOW BAY, PHASE VI ADDITION, A CONDOMINIUM, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Condominium Book 2, Page 133, Public Records of Osceola County, Florida; thence continue N 89 W, along the north line of the VILLAS OF SHADOW BAY, PHASE VI ADDITION, a distance of 560.73 feet to a point on the north line of THE VILLAS AT SHADOW BAY, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 124, Public Records of Osceola County, Florida; thence continue N 89 W, along the north line of the VILLAS AT SHADOW BAY, a distance of 799.89 feet to a point on the easterly line of the plat BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, as recorded in Plat Book 21, Page 117, Public Records of Osceola County, Florida; thence run along the boundary lines of said BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, the following four (4) courses and distances; run N 00 E, a distance of 177.57 feet; thence run N 23 W, a distance of 413.39 feet to a point of curvature of a non tangent curve, concave northerly, having a radius of 805.00 feet; thence, on a chord bearing of S 84 W and a chord distance of 152.83 feet, run along the arc of said curve a distance of 153.07 feet through a central angle of 10 to the point of tangency thereof; thence run S 89 W, a distance of 150.55 feet to a point on the easterly right of way line of Dyer Boulevard, as recorded in Ofcial Records Book 3813, Page 0028, Public Records of Osceola County, Florida; thence run along the proposed northerly extension of the easterly right-of-way line of Dyer Boulevard the following three (3) courses and distances: run N 00 W, a distance of 661.08 feet; thence run N 03 W, a distance of 80.19 feet; thence run N 00 W, a distance of 677.05 feet; thence, departing the proposed easterly right-of-way line of Dyer Boulevard, run N 89 E, a distance of 647.84 feet; thence run S 65 E, a distance of 41.09 feet; thence run N 00 W, a distance of 1,368.47 feet to a point on the southerly right of way line of Carroll Street, as recorded in Ofcial Records Book 825, Page 1372, Public Records of Osceola County, Florida; thence run S 84 E, along the southerly right of way line of Carroll Street, a distance of 1,843.60 feet; thence, departing said southerly right of way line, run S 02 W, a distance of 817.77 feet; thence run S 79 E, a distance of 161.64 feet to a point of curvature of a curve, concave northerly, having a radius of 600.00 feet and a central angle of 22; thence run easterly, along the arc of said curve, a distance of 238.76 feet to the point of tangency thereof; thence run N 77 E, a distance of 168.61 feet; thence run S 22 E, a distance of 110.00 feet to a point of curvature of a non tangent curve, concave northwesterly, having a radius of 346.18 feet; thence, on a chord bearing of N 52 E and a chord distance of 179.50 feet, thence run northeasterly along the arc of said curve, a distance of 181.58 feet, through a central angle of 30 to the point of tangency thereof; thence run N 37 E, a distance of 173.94 feet to a point of curvature of a curve, concave southeasterly, having a radius of 340.00 feet and a central angle of 17; thence run northeasterly, along the arc of said curve, a distance of 102.59 feet to the point of tangency thereof; thence run N 55 E, a distance of 87.49 feet to a point on the westerly right of way line of Thacker Avenue; thence run southerly along said westerly right of way line, the following two (2) courses and distances: run S 34 E, a distance of 209.21 feet to a point of curvature of a curve, concave southwesterly, having a radius of 1,100.00 feet and a central angle of 11; thence run southeasterly, along the arc of said curve, a distance of 215.70 feet to a point on said curve; thence, departing the westerly right of way line of Thacker Avenue, run S 69 W, a distance of 20.03 feet to a point of curvature of a non tangent curve, concave southwesterly, having a radius of 1080.00 feet; thence on a chord bearing of S 23 E and a chord distance of 19.03 feet, run along the arc of said curve a distance of 19.03 feet through a central angle of 01 to a point on said curve; thence run S 69 W, a distance of 77.48 feet; thence run S 24 W, a distance of 15.26 feet; thence run S 20 E, a distance of 29.72 feet; thence run S 65 E, a distance of 28.27 feet; thence run N 69 E, a distance of 88.57 feet to a point on the aforesaid westerly right of way line of Thacker Avenue; said point being a point of curvature of a non tangent curve, concave southwesterly, having a radius of 1100.00 feet; thence run southerly along the westerly right of way line of Thacker Avenue the following courses and distances; on a chord bearing of S 13 E and a chord distance of 225.34 feet, run along the arc of said curve a distance of 225.73 feet through a central angle of 11 to the end of said curve; thence run S 00 W, a distance of 816.26 feet; thence run S 00 E, a distance of 1288.12 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. In accordance with Florida Statutes 286.0105: any person wishing to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purposes may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is made. In accordance with Florida Statute 286.26, persons needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the Ofce of the City Clerk (407) 518-2308 prior to the meeting. (FS286.26) CITY COMMISSION Tapestry CDD KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA Emergency Walk-Ins WelcomeTHE PATIENT OR ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT OR BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE, DISCOUNTED OR REDUCED PRICE SERVICE EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT. OFFICE VISIT & X-RAYS ARE PROVIDED TO PATIENTS AT AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE. P RICES ARE FOR PATIENTS WITHOUT INSURANCE ONLY. PRESENT COUPON AT CHECK IN.MID FLORIDA DENTAL ASSOC.F AMILY & C OSMETIC DENTISTRY DR. R RAJESH S SHARMA 809 E. Oak St., Suite 101, Kissimmee 407-870-5004123111.SNG Dentureseach $420 code 5110 SECoupons offer not valid with insurance claims ONE HOUR TEETH WHITENING(Upper & lower)$35000Custom Dentures Se Habla Espaol Temporary Partialseach $400 code 5820 SECoupons offer not valid with insurance claims Simple Extractions$80 code 7110 SECoupons offer not valid with insurance claims Crowns/Bridges each unit code 2751 code 6751 code 6241 code 6751$400Coupons offer not valid with insurance claims Introductory Offer$75Consultation 0272 B.W. X-Rays 1110 ProhylaxisCoupons offer not valid with insurance claims CLEANING with this ad with this ad with this ad with this ad 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 New Construction Commercial & Residential082213.HFSewer Video Camera Repair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing 101013.TNG 1:00 p.m. to conclusion, Constitutional Officers Judicial Municipalities Public Testimony. Narcoossee Arts, Crafts, and Farmers MarketThe Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society will be having the first Narcoossee Arts, Crafts, and Farmers Market Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Narcoossee Elementary School, 2690 N. Narcoossee Road, St. Cloud. Sign up for a booth for $20. All funds raised go toward restoration of the circa 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. To sign-up email, email@example.com.Veterans Day ParadeThe 2013 Veterans Day Parade will be Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. The parade forms at 350 N. Beaumont Ave. Kissimmee at 8 a.m. The Childrens parade forms at the Kissimmee Police Department lot. Registration forms are available at downtown businesses. Awards for best band, float, and unit will be given. For more information contact TJ at 407-552-7124, or Fred at 407-520-7646.Fall Harvest FestivalGateway Baptist Church will be hosting a free Fall Harvest Festival on Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m., at 2601 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee. Come out and enjoy inflatables, carnival games, a cake walk, food, a pie contest, prizes, and much more. Nonscary costumes are welcome.Ford fundraiserMullinax Ford is hosting a fundraiser to support Gateway High School to raise up to $6,000 for local students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Members of the Kissimmee area community will have the opportunity to raise money for the schools extracurricular activities by test-driving a Ford vehicle. It will be at Gateway High School, 93 Panther Paws Trail, Kissimmee. For every person who test-drives a new Ford vehicle at this oneday event, Mullinax Ford will donate $20, up to $6,000, to Gateway High School. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid drivers license. Limit one test-drive per household.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.Heel and Toe Square Dance ClubHeel & Toe Square Dance Club meets at the Senior Center Annex, 702 Indiana Ave., in St. Cloud, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., every Monday. No experience is necessary; beginners receive lessons at the start of the evening. The minimum age for dancing is 10 years old. Come as an individual, couple, or a family. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $5 per person per lesson. For more information call Ellen Bell or Paul Kurek at 407-931-1688.PinktoberGreater Osceola United Soccer is proud to host its first annual Pinktober. For the entire month of Pinktober (October), the fields at Austin Tindall Regional Park will be lined in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For Pinktober, a $1 donation is asked for admittance to be donated to a local breast cancer awareness charity. On Pinktober 5, vendors will be selling breast cancer awareness items and donating a percentage of all proceeds to the selected charity. Special GOU Goes Pink! shirts and wristbands will also be sold at concessions with all proceeds being donated. Gabriel GrigsbyIn honor of Gabriel Grigsby, who recently lost his battle with ALD, and who would have been 11 on Oct. 26, come and enjoy music, stories, and memories to be shared, hosted by the Grigsby family, at Cornerstone Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Admission is $5. For more information call, 407-892-8114.Christmas Shoebox ProjectThe Unified Mission Ministry of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 604 N. John Young Parkway, is in need of items to fill decorated shoe boxes that will be distributed to the needy at Christmas time. Donations of shoe boxes, soap, washcloths, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, notepads, pens, various snacks, Vienna Sausage, crackers, Capri Sun, mints and gum are needed. Monetary donations are accepted as well. The deadline for collecting items is Dec. 10. For more information or to help, call 407-932-1898, 407-201-6912, or 407-8910866.Fall CarnivalSt. Johns Episcopal Church will be holding its first Fall Carnival Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, at 1709 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, at the corner of Columbia Avenue and John Young Parkway. The carnival will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Come enjoy an exciting day for the entire family with thrilling rides, food, lots of games and much more. Caribbean food will be available on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth.Access FloridaNew Horizon Family Center, 2958 Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee, has programs on food assistance, temporary cash assistance, and Medicaid to help in purchasing food, paying home expenses, and paying for medical services. Assistance is available Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or call to make an appointment. For more information call, 407-201-7906.Links for HealthThe 4th annual charity golf tournament Links for Health will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Kissimmee Bay Country Club, 2801 Kissimmee B ay Blvd., K issim mee. The event is a fundraiser for St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida. This scramble tournament is a way to support the clinic and its operations. There will be a raffle, an auction, and lunch and awards following golf play. Cost is $60 per person. For more information, call Kelly Bender at 407-325-3006 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seeking local artists, crafters and farmersThe Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society will be having the first annual Narcoossee Arts, Crafts and Farmers Market on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Narcoossee Elementary School on 2690 N. Narcoossee Road, St. Cloud. Sign up for a booth for $20. All funds raised go toward restoration of the circa 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. To sign-up contact email@example.comPoinciana Library Book SaleThe Poinciana Friends of the Library will hold a Book Sale on Oct. 17, from 1 to 8 p.m., and Oct. 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Poinciana Branch Library. Today is Friends of the Library Bag sale, buy and fill a friends bag for $5. If you already have a bag, fill it for $3. The Poinciana Friends of the Library will also hold a Bake Sale Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Poinciana Branch Library.Charity Poker TournamentHealing Touch Therapeutic Riding Center will be holding a Charity Poker Tournament on Oct. 19, at the Kissimmee Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway, Kissimmee. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. An entry fee donation of $50 is asked for the poker tournament and casino or $20 for casino only. Pre-purchased tickets receive an additional $1,000 in chips. For more information call Mary at 407-405-7850, or Dave at 407-908-0223.Religious Freedom in Public Schools workshopLiberty Council will offer a workshop on religious freedom in public schools Oct. 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 711 N. Thacker Awe. Kissimmee. This special Religious Freedom in Public Schools workshop will equip attendees with knowledge of their rights and privileges in the public schools and will provide key information from the perspective of leading constitutional attorneys and Christian Educators. Administrators, teachers, students, parents and youth pastors are asked to attend. The cost is $10 online or $15 at the door; these costs include all sessions and materials. Those interested can register online at www.lc.org. For more information, call Liberty Counsel at 800-6711776.GriefShare groupThe GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th St., on Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A second location for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include The Journey of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Your Family and Grief, Why? and Stuck in Grief. Following the presentation, all those present may share their experiences, their questions, and their reactions to grief. It is a safe place for all. This 13-week session is open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information contact Nancy Boss at 407873-1067 or email bossdn1@ yahoo.com.Senior Seminar: Pain ManagementA free senior seminar on pain management will be at the St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, 1600 Budinger Ave. Suite E, St. Cloud Nov. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. Guest speaker Dr. Anand Anil Patel pain management, will be present. An RSVP for the event CommunityContinued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6
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Request forms should be updated every year.E-Mail Address Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420 LANE STOCKTON, PAs S TOR SCHEDULE OF SERVICEsS Sunday School . ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service . ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service . ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service . ............................... 7:00 pm PENTECOSTAL CHURCHRev. P. Sewell, Pastor GRACE APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUSA Church where Worship, Praise and Prayer is a liberty. ALL ARE WELCOMED. Worship Services: Sunday School...10:00am Morning Worship...11:15am Wednesday Bible Study...6:00pm 4501 Reaves Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 321-402-6684 OR 407-933-1794 Sunday Worship: 8:15am & 11:00am Traditional 9:40am Contemporary FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCHKissimmee 101 West Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, www.kissimmeefumc.orgOpen hearts. Open minds. Open doors.The people of The United Methodist Church 111012.SNG And Cremation Services rfntbbt btf C f www.conradandthompson.com ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comEVELY NLUNSFORDPLATTEvelyn passed peacefully from this life the morning of October 4th after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life. Evelyn is survived by three children (and spouses): Connie Arnold (Chuck) Randy Lunsford (Elizabeth), Mike Lunsford (Sherry), daughte rin-law Yvette Lunsford;six grandchildren: Kelby Collier, Laurren Lunsford, Brandon Lunsford, Meghan Meyer, Cody Lunsford Dakota Lunsford;and 2 great grandchildren: Ivey and Bryan Collier .S he was preceded in death by her first husband William (Buddy) Lunsford, second husband, Alan Platt, son Danny (Yvette) and brother Richard Grice. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 13th at 3:00 p.m., at the Kissimmee Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2391 Fortune Road, Kissimmee, FL In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cemetery Maintenance/Upkeep, Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 4440 Campbell Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746. Arrangements handled by Tr i-County Cremation and Funeral Home. SUNRISE-11/23/1946Sunset-10/15/2010 In Lo ving Memory of Luz Mary Mitchell. In tears we wa tched you sinking, and wa tched you fade away Our hear ts were brok en... You fought so hard to st ay But when we sa w you sleeping, So peacefully free from pain, We could not wish you back, to suffer that again. Deeply Missed and Lovingly Remembered, Fr om You Loving Husband RogerMay You Rest in Peace PLEASE SUBMIT OBITUARIESFOR THURSDA Y NEWS-GAZETTE BY TUESD AY AT 3 PM CommunityContinued from Page B5 is required. Those interested can register online at www. st.cloudregional.com. For more information call, 407-891-2920.SPARKLE: Distinguish YourselfGeneration Faith presents Womens Conference, SPARKLE: distinguish Yourself, Nov. 8 and 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee. Hear from speakers Pastor Hope Carpenter, Pastor Sheila J. Spencer, Pastor Margie Sotero, Pastor Runette Jones, and Pastor LadyMachell Proctor. Registration costs $75 in advance and $100 at the door; college students with identification will pay $50. All fees include a banquet style lunch buffet. For more information, call 407-483-4885, or email, SparkleExperience@gmail. com. DAV 148The DAV Service officer is here every Tuesday at noon until 4 p.m. to help with your military benefits needs. The DAV welcome all veterans and their families. It will honor all military membership cards, VFW, DAV etc. and active duty ID cards. Every Wednesday is Ladies Night. Special drink prices for the ladies. There is a special for the month of Barnyard Meat Bingo is every first and third Saturday of every month starting at noon. Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday. Come in to honor our troops by wearing a red shirt to show your support for our military troops serving overseas. Those that wear a red shirt get the special $1 long neck beer on the second and fourth Friday of each month. The DAV is located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, 4078464141.Goodwill seeks volunteers Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is calling for volunteers at its retail stores, warehouse and administrative offices. The hours are flexible and positions are suitable for volunteers of all skill levels, including students (must be 16 or older), retirees or anyone who wants to give back and support Goodwills mission of helping people with barriers to employment find jobs. To apply, visit www. goodwillcfl.org volunteering opportunities are listed under the Donate tab. For any additional questions, or to arrange volunteer groups, contact Darlene Kaiser at 407235-1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.AARP driver safety classAn AARP driver safety class will be Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. By taking a driver safety course youll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely. Upon completion, you receive a certificate that can be presented to an insurance agent for a possible reduction in your auto insurance premiums. To enroll, call 407-5931957.Eagles bingoThe Eagles 4048 group plays bingo at 4 p.m. every Sunday and 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Its at the Eagles building, 15 W. Darlington Ave., Kissimmee, near the Kissimmee Police Department station. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 407846-4990.Historical Scavenger HuntThe St. Cloud Heritage Museum, 1012 Massachusetts Ave., hosts a historical scavenger hunt every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for school age children to adults. Discover, learn and have fun during this very special journey into the past. The museum is open to the public for leaning about St. Cloud history as well as military memorabilia. Museum hours are Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more museum information, call Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347.Womans Club of St. Cloud The next meeting for the WCSC will be held on Oct. 16 starting at 1:30 p.m. Join in for a presentation from the Osceola County Council on Aging. WCSC is a social and civic organization empowering women to improve their community, support public education, and provide annual scholarship assistance for St. Cloud graduates. Monthly meetings occur on the third Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 p.m. The Clubhouse is at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. For more information, call Jean Witherington at 407957-4347 or email jowgen@ embarqmail.com.Family Fun NightLife Assembly of God, 2269 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee, will host a free Family Fun Night Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. All kids up to fifth grade are welcome to participate in games, prizes, a costume contest, inflatables, food, candy and more. More than 20 gently used bikes will be given away during the night.Elvis Country ShowKenn E Grube will be appearing Oct. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at American Legion Post 10, 200 Lakeshore Drive Kissimmee, with an Elvis and Country show. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 and food can be purchased at the show. For more information, call Shirley at 407-922-4502 or 407-847-3012.Lets Dance Ballroom ClubThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets every Wednesday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, located at 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud. In September, we will feature the rhumba. Class meets on Wednesday. Class starts promptly at 7 p.m. A beginners class will be from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by an advance class from 8 to 9 p.m. Come early to register. For additional information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-7387546.Tea dancesSunday afternoon tea dances are sponsored by the Lets Dance Ballroom Club at the St. Cloud Senior Center on the fourth Sunday of each month, from 2 to 4 p.m. Septembers dance will be Sunday. The center is at 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud. Light refreshments will be served. Cost for the dance is $3 per person. For more information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-7387546 or Kathy Parsons at 407-319-2161.Greater Osceola Republican Womens NetworkThe Greater Osceola Republican Womens Network meetings will be the second Thursday of every month at Kissimmee Bay Country Club. There will be a guest speaker at each meeting. Attendees are expected to arrive at 6 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., with the speaker at 7 p.m. Cost is $15, which includes dinner, dessert and tea/soda. RSVP to Joni Dougherty, president, by email at Jonidougherty@aol.com or call 407-496-5101.Little league umpires neededSt. Cloud Little League is looking for umpires to volunteer for the upcoming season. Anybody interested should See Community, page B-7
Saturday, October 12, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 Are Your Childs Math Skills Ready for the New Common Core Standards?092813.SNGFirst Grade 11+12 = .................................................................................................................................... Second Grade 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10= .................................................................................................................................... Third Grade How Much is 99 plus 99 plus 99? .................................................................................................................................... Fourth Grade Count 1 3/4 from 0 to 7 .................................................................................................................................... Fifth Grade Which is greatest: 17/18, 23/30, or 18/19? (Explain how y ou got your answer) .................................................................................................................................... Sixth Grade Halfwa y through the second quarter How m uch game is left? .................................................................................................................................... Seventh Grade How m uch is 6 1/2% of 250? .................................................................................................................................... Pre-Algebra On a certain map 6 inches represents 25 miles. How man y miles does 15 inches represent? .................................................................................................................................... Algebra When you tak e 3 away from twice a number, The answ er is 8. What is the number? .................................................................................................................................... Geometry What is the Absolute V alue of the point (3,4)? For answers and explanations, visit www.mathnasium.com/answers4149 Town Center Blvd., Orlando, FL 32837 101213.SNG UPDATED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOTICE TO PUBLIC FOR REMOVAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) # B-11-UN-12-0023 (Osceola County) Date of Notice: October 12, 2013 Name of Responsible Entity: Osceola County Board of County Commissioners Address: 1 Courthouse Square City, State, Zip Code: Kissimmee, FL 34741 Telephone Number: 407-742-8418 Osceola County Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP3) Project Osceola County has requested that the amended Area of Greatest Need (AGN) be expanded so that the County might meet its obligations under the NSP3 Contract with HUD. HUD has approved this request. Thus, this is a revision to the original Finding of No Signicant Impact (FONSI). The County has reviewed the environmental conditions of the new areas approved by HUD and no change in conditions or impacts were found. Maps depicting the new Areas of Greatest Need (AGN) can be viewed on the County website at: http://www.osceola.org/housing/home On or about October 30, 2013, Osceola County plans to submit a Finding of No Signicant Impact (FONSI) covering the new AGN to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Act of 1974, as amended, to assist eligible households purchase and rehab foreclosed single-family residential dwellings on scattered sites within the Areas of Greatest Need identied in the Countys NSP3 Action Plan, as amended, and to use funds for the acquisition/rehabilitation of foreclosed residential dwellings to provide permanent rental housing opportunities to eligible families with a household income of less than fty percent (50%) AMI. Osceola County intends to work with Partners/Developers to meet NSP3 goals and requirements, by utilizing the Acquisition and Rehabilitation Eligible Use B Activity. The plan is to make funds available to Partners/Developers to acquire, rehabilitate and resell or rent these NSP-eligible properties as affordable housing to low-, moderate-, or middle-income households. The County plans to address eighteen (18) properties by providing program income from NSP3 funding for the Acquisition and Rehabilitation of these properties to Partners/Developers and resell or rent to families with incomes between 50% and 120% AMI. The County will use at least twenty-ve percent (25%) of its NSP3 grant funds to assist households with incomes at or below fty percent (50%) AMI. The County will achieve this target by executing agreements with Partners/Developers using Eligible Use B: Purchase and Rehabilitate Homes. The Partners/Developers will acquire and rehabilitate units that will be for rent, restricted to persons whose incomes do not exceed fty percent (50%) AMI. FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT OSCEOLA COUNTY has determined that the project will have no signicant impact on the human environment within the new AGN. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ENVRR) on le at Osceola County Board of County Commissioners, 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee, FL 34741. The ENVRR can be examined or copied weekdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. To view the ENVRR, contact Danicka Ransom, Osceola County Housing Manager at email@example.com or 407-742-8418. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the Environmental Review Record to the County (ATTN: Danicka Ransom, Osceola County Housing Manager, 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee FL 34741 or firstname.lastname@example.org ) All comments must be received by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2013. Comments will be considered prior to the Countys submission of the Finding of No Signicant Impact (FONSI).101213.SNG CommunityContinued from Page B-6 call Tripp at 321-624-4725. EuchreEuchre is played every Tuesday at the American Legion post 10 on Lake shore Drive at 1 p.m.. A beginners lesson is at 12:20 p.m. Everyone is invited. Village volunteers soughtThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Anyone who has one to three hours of free time per week should consider being a volunteer in any number of roles with the organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Juana Kelly at 407-3968644, Ext. 7 or email questions to juana@osceolahistory. org. Visit the website at osceolahistory.org. Kissimmee Writers GroupThe Kissimmee Writers Group is looking for fiction writers and authors of all genres. Attendance is free and open to everyone, from aspiring writer to published author. The group motto is Writers Helping Writers, and member benefits include education, critique, networking, and support. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Hart Memorial Library in downtown Kissimmee, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at flenviro@ gmail.com. Ahoy Travel ClubThe Ahoy Carefree Travel Club meetings will be at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays at the Kissimmee Moose Lodge, 1019 N. Main St. Lunch is available. No membership fee is required. Travel includes day bus trips, overnights, cruises and international travel. For additional information, call Donna, liaison officer, at 407-569-2118 or email email@example.com.SC soccer teams seek playersThe St. Cloud Soccer Club seeks players for its U15 and U16 boys teams. To schedule a tryout, contact Brian Cecil at saintcloudstampede@gmail. com.Sons of Confederate VeteransThe Jacob Summerlin Camp 1516 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at Fat Boys restaurant in St. Cloud. Meetings start at 7 p.m.. See www.JacobSummerlin. org for further information. American Legion Post 80 eventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80, 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., will have the following events: On Mondays, bingo will be at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. On Wednesdays, dinner specials will run from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursdays there is free pool, dinner specials from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursdays there is free pool; dinner specials from 5 to 8 p.m.; $1 drafts. Trivia game night is at 8 p.m. On Fridays, there is free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m., Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners on the first and third weeks from 5 to 8 p.m., and karaoke at 8 p.m. On Saturdays, RoadKill Bingo will take place on the first and third weeks, N.Y. strip steak will be available on the second and fourth weeks. On Sundays breakfast will run from 8 to 11 a.m., and Bar Bingo will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Post 80 is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, we invite you to speak with us regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders, or Sons of the American Legion. Serving Veterans is our only goal. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-5721261.Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends of3 the Library meet the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members are welcome. Membership is open for active or supportive status. For more information, contact the Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 702087, St. Cloud, FL, 34770-2087.Kissimmee Moose 2056The lodge has lunch specials everyday from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m. Every week it has the following events: Tuesdays Texas Hold Em from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays Bingo from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m. Every Friday night is date night. Prime rib is every first and third week; surf and turf is every second and fourth week. There also will be a live band. There are special events coming up that can be found in a calendar at the door. The lodge has been nonsmoking since 2011. Fun Seekers Travel ClubThe Fun Seekers Travel Club meets the second Monday of every month at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. The meeting will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Day Trips, overnights and cruises will be discussed. For more information on trips or about the club, call 407846-0088 or email gtskiss@ aol.com. Visit the website grouptravelspecialistskiss.comSons 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. For more information, contact lodge president Gertrude Dorries at 321-286-6787 for more information.Scout popcorn sales kick offScouts of all ages in the Osceola District Boy Scouts of America are fundraising for their various activities by selling popcorn and pretzels products. Scouts last year in Osceola County raised approximately $137,000 by selling Trails End products, and more than 70 percent of that amount went to local scouting activities and programs. Scouts also will sell popcorn for donation to military men and women, their families and veterans organizations. To support the campaign, which runs through October, look for Scouts at the entrances of local large retailers or contact a Scout you might know directly. Products to be offered range from microwave kettle corn to pretzels wrapped in white chocolate. There are several new varieties of popcorn this year and include sour cream/onion and buffalo cheddar cheese, among others. For more information on Scouting, visit www.cflscouting. org or contact Osceola District Executive Sterling Yoars at firstname.lastname@example.org. Celebrate RecoveryCome celebrate recovery at the Celebrate Recovery Program, dealing with lifes hurts, habits and hang-ups, at Cornerstone Family Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program based on the eight principles found in Matthew 5. Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with Gods purpose to mend out lives. Cornerstone Family Kitchen serves a free meal from 6 to 8 p.m. for struggling families in the community and Celebrate Recovery participants.Mental Illnes s Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free anonymous support group for bi-polar, depression, anxiety disorders, their families 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 (day) 407-847-7420, 407891-7099 or (night) 407-7305641.
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