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By Ken Jackson Staff W riter With Halloween over and Thanksgiving and Christmas looming ahead, Osceola County employees will be doing what they can next w eek to provide holiday meals to the community. Through the Sharing the Harvest Food Drive, the county government hopes to stock the shelves of the Osceola County Coun cil on Agings food pantry with a surplus and enable a ll Osceola families to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. C ounty administration will be accepting nonperishable food donations Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn of Courthouse Square. Organizers, who once again are working with the Center for Compassion along with the Council on Aging, hope to fill a truck with food items such as canned goods, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, instant mashed potatoes, pancake mix, rice, beans, and canned soup. County Commissioner John Quiones said he was glad to see government workers already mindful of the upcoming holiday season. At this time of the year, we all encounter families with increased needs, Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Peter Covino reviews the Disney animated film Monsters University on Blu-ray ... Page B-1Lifestyles Nine schools compete at x-country regionals ... Page A-7Sports 117TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS NOVEMBER 2, 2013 Kissimmee park once again going to the dogsAfter years of neglect, Kissimmee Utility Authority teamed up with Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities to rebuild the dog park in Mill Slough Park into KUA Cumbie Canine Court, opening today. See page A-2 Index KissimmeePage A4, Editoria l Pa ge A7, 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 riesWould you want to eliminate daylight saving time? Yes. No. Im not sure. No opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Oct. 26 Question of the week: Should Osceola County invest in the new soccer stadium recently approved by Orange County elected officials? Yes. 18% No. 82% Im not sure. 0% No opinion. 0% Police Police seize drugs, guns, cashA pair of traffic stops in Kissimmee this week resulted in the seizure of firearms, nearly 120 grams of illicit drugs and the arrest of the three individuals transporting the drugs. See page A-5 Dont forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night before turning in for the day! D ont forget to set y our clocks back one hour D aturda y night before turningin for the da y SDaytlight Saving Ends This Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 AM! Daytlight Saving Ends This Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 AM! Daytlight Saving Ends This Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 AM!Back 1 Hour By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter Since 2008, these resourceful adults have served as the first line of defense against bullying in schools. They are called Designees. They can be deans, assistant principals or even guidance counselors, and every public school across Osceola County is assigned one. Their jobs, along with their daily responsibilities, are to address reports of bullying by students, parents or teachers and implement the best solution for each report. We try to be as proactive as we can. So, before anything gets carried away, were always trying to educate the students and the parents that as soon as something happens, tell an adult. Whether its the dean, whether its your teacher, anybody at school thats an adult, tell them, and ultimately it will end up in my hands, Maggie Cundiff, dean and designee of Kissimmee Middle School, said. Introduced to the schools the same year as the districts bullying policies, designees are one part of the Stop Bullying Now campaign, which also was started in Osceola County in 2008. They are trained by District Prevention Specialist Donna Gasiorowski to not only police bullying in schools, but also help parents, teachers and students become more educated to what bullying really is. Such education is the biggest focus for designees, as many of them see education as the greatest resource against bullying in schools. Every year, they are required to update school faculty and staff on the definition and signs of bullying as well as the best ways to report it. They also pass this information to students and parents throughout the school year, incorporating the issue of bullying into the schools curriculum. Cundiff, who has been a designee at Kissimmee Middle School since 2009, said that she does most of her education on bullying while addressing reports. Whenever a student or parent wants to report bullying, they fill out a written statement for the designee to follow up on that explains the situation. With every written statement, the designee interviews the student being targeted, the student doing the bullying and any other students that witnessed it, if possible. While interviewing the targeted student, she explains the districts criteria for true bullying repetitive, intentional and involving an imbalance of power and more often than not, she says, many reports dont follow those criteria, even though they are still addressed. Parents oftentimes think that any isolated incident of their kid getting picked on is bullying, which is not OK, and I explain that to them. Any incident is not okay. But, unless it meets certain criteria, its not necessarily bullying, Cundiff said. When a report does follow those criteria, the designee conducts an investigation. The designee goes through a required number of steps in the process, contacting the parents of the target and the alleged bully, as well as any students who have witnessed any incidents. If it is proven that one student has bullied another, then the designee punishes that student. Punishments can range from sessions with the school counselor to expulsion from school, depending on the severity of the situation. But, many reports are single incidents or cases that couldnt be entirely proven. Even then, the designee works with an intervention team to find the best way to prevent another incident from happening in the future. Many of these solutions involve separating the target from the bully, and parents of both students are still contacted about the situation. Usually, many incidences arent repeated, because even an isolated case stays on the designees record for that student. Some of these isolated or unproven incidents fall into cyberbullying, which is becoming common in both middle and high schools. Cases like these are hard for the designee to investigate, as they dont have access to social media sites on the school server and, unless the harassment is brought to campus, they dont have the power to stop it. At the high school level, cyberbul-Designees on the front line against bullying Spotlight on bullying See Bullying, page A-6 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanLocal artist Alexis Cooper worked on an airbrush rendering of a tiger in front of LoveMARvelous, a consignment art gallery on Broadway in downtown Kissimmee Oct. 24. Coopers work can be found on everything from T-shirts to monster trucks, and he is available for commission.Creating art on Broadway Remind your family, friends and neighbors to c hange t heir clocks and the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms this Sunday, a Kissimmee Fire Department press release stated. As the time change approaches this weekend, the three fire departments of Osceola County want to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives by changing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year, the press release stated. An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits that home fire safety devices were designed to provide, St. Cloud Fire Chief Bill Sturgeon said. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping, according to Kissimmee Fire Chief David Kilbury. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths, he said. According to the International Association of Fire Chiefs, more than 90 Change clocks, smoke detectors See Change, page A-6County trying to stock food pantry for the holidays See County, page A-6 SENIOR EXPO Floridas Senior Expo is coming to Kissimmee FREE ENTERTAINMENT www.facebook.com/ExpoTradeShows twitter.com/expotradeshows SPONSORED BY: Wednesday & Thursday November 13 & 14Kissimmee Senior Expo9AM 3PM FREE PARKINGFREE ADMISSION110213.SNG
Page A2, By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette More than a year after St. Cloud officials and the City Council expressed concerns about missed deadlines and failure to progress with a company hired to capture methane gas from the citys closed landfill, the contract was terminated. Team Energy, which was hired in March 2011 to begin a landfill gas recovery system at the landfill located on Peghorn Way, sent a letter to the city this Oct. 24 consenting to the contract termination the City Council voted on at its Sept. 12, 2013 meeting. Prior to the consent, the city had informed Team Energy that it was in default of its agreements with the municipality due to failure to meet several agreed-upon conditions, including payment of rent and royalties and substantial construction of tenant improvements. Due to the breech of contracts, the municipality planned to initiate proceedings to evict Team Energy from the citys landfill. In response, Team Energy submitted its Notice of Consent to the Termination of the Agreements. Unfortunately, this termination marks the end to a project wherein Team Energy, Inc. consistently failed to meet agreed-upon milestones and commitments, said City Manager Tom Hurt in a press release. Fortunately, the citizens of St. Cloud will not be directly a ffected by this termination due to City Councils and city staffs close supervision of this project and their efforts to protect the municipality and avoid financial expense. Team Energy does owe the city $15,000, according to Sandra Ramirez, public information officer for St. Cloud. However, those funds will be covered by a bond the city required the company to purchase. C alls to Team Energy were not returned by press time Friday. The company and city had previous sparred over Team Energys failure to p rocess enough to meet its Dec. 31, 2012 deadline to collect and sell off the naturally-occuring methane gas that seeps from the closed landfill. While the company had expected to install $2.5 million worth of e quipment on the landfill, the comp any had f ailed to meet deadlines and continued to ask for e xtensions on the project, said Veronica Miller, interim public services administrator. Team Energy, Inc. had several milestones to meet in order to stay current with the agreement, but despite multiple extensions granted by t he City Council over the past two years, it failed to timely perform, said C ity Attorney Dan Mantzaris. Prior to Oct. 24, we notified Team Energy, Inc. of their repeated default of the agreement and we recommended termination of agreement to our City Council. However, our council agreed to provide Team Energy, Inc. several opportunities to comply. Hurt added that the citys By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter After years of neglect, Kissimmee Utility Authority teamed up with Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities to rebuild the dog park in Mill Slough Park into KUA Cumbie Canine Court, opening today. The 6.3 acre park, named after r ecently-retired KUA board chairman Fred Cumbie, features a fenced-in area for large dogs, as well as one for small dogs, with an agility course, benches, picnic tables, a person and pet drinking fountains and trash receptacles with bag dispensers in each area. It is located on an island near the center of Mill Slough Park, with Mill Slough Stream surrounding it and an access to the entrance and exit by footbridge. To celebrate the public grand opening of the KUA Cumbie Canine Court, KUA will be holding an event today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature free hot dogs, chips and drinks, a pet photo booth, canine demonstrations by the Kissimmee Police Department, dog obedience demonstrations, a variety of pet-friendly vendor booths, bounce houses for the kids, free giveaways and special treats for the dogs. What we felt was the biggest asset for that park was the shady canopy that was already there. Youve got mature oak trees that have been there for decades. A large majority of that whole park is completely shaded. Some of the other places that we looked at, we would have to plant trees, and, obviously, it would take quite a long time for any tree canopy to develop, Chris Gent, vice president of KUA corporate communications, said. As a commemoration of Cumbies 10 years of service on the KUA board, the park represents his love for animals, especially dogs. KUA approached Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities in January 2013 about putting a new dog park in the city, and, after searching various park sites, decided that the older dog park on Mill Slough would be the best place to build it. Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities already had $5,000 set aside to update the park, said Assistant Director Steve Lackey. With KUAs contribution as well as using equipment the city already owned, the whole park project cost a little more than $30,000. The construction began in August 2013 and lasted six weeks. During that time, Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities and KUA tore down the existing benches, fence and equipment, graded the surface, put in irrigation, new sod and a new fence, brought in new picnic tables and benches and purchased and installed commercial-grade agility equipment for the dogs. Along with the new KUA Cumbie Canine Court, other upgrades were done to Mill Slough Park during construction. Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities trimmed the canopy of the oak trees as well as removed s ome shrubbery and trees to give the park more open space, built an eight-space parking lot off of Agate Street to accommodate more people for the dog park and upgraded the parks security lighting. This is the first time that we worked on a capital type project, and I think its opened the door for us to work on more projects in the future with them, where their funding can go toward a community project and their staff can help with the community build itself, Lackey said. This will be the third dog park in Osceola County, and the first to offer agility training courses for dogs. Dog parks are something that both Gent and Cumbie see as a need in the community. Between neighborhood restrictions and public park regulations concerning dogs, Gent said that spaces friendly for both dog and owner are shrinking. So many people are not able to have fenced yards, for example. Even though dogs dont mind being led on a leash, they really love to get free and run. And, this is really the only opportunity to have them run fee, Cumbie said. Kissimmee park once again going to the dogs with grand opening City of St. Cloud cancels contract with Team Energy due to missed landfill deadlines See Contract, page A-6 101913.SNG 103113.TNG 103113.TNG 103113.TNG
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Page A4, So-called transparency advocates who believe that splaying out all the intelligence activities of America and its allies will result in increased oversight, regulation and accountability have failed to learn the recent lesson of warfare: Whining about what you cant handle just leads to more secrecy. Thats how we ended up with drones. When the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, broadcast on cable news 24/7, became too much for a majority of the American public to bear, two viable options emerged: fight the war overtly and transparently despite negative public opinion, or fight the war covertly in a way that reduces both attention and casualties. Enter private contractors and drones. What, did anyone actually think that NOT continuing to fight was a viable option? Just because one side goes home doesnt mean that the other ceases to exist except perhaps on your TV screen. As if jihadists would say, Great! The West has left, so now we can get back to doing constructive, positive things. Wheres my Tony Robbins CD? Instead, theyve floated around Africa and the Near East, picking fights with governments and the populace, facilitated by the regional economic support of China -a country that has managed to gain a strong foothold in those regions because, unlike the West, it doesnt pretend to care about quaint notions of freedom and fair labor at home, let alone in a foreign country. China gets a free pass in this regard in much the same way that both China and Russia get a free pass in the spy wars: because no one expects them to abide by transparency and democracy. The bar is set so low that if they ever show a hint of either, its met with the same fawning praise that wed bestow upon a toddler who colored on construction paper rather than on the walls. Holding America to account in war creates an uneven geopolitical playing field, with America pitted against competitors that have far fewer self-limiting rules. The same holds true in espionage. War and intelligence are inextricably linked, as the famous military strategist Sun Tzu painstakingly explained in The Art Of War. And outrage over National Security Agency surveillance operations will lead to even less transparency. With every new revelation about the NSAs activities, one would think that the average person would breathe a sigh of relief. The bigger the ocean, the less important your own little drop ought to matter. The logical reaction to new details about the passive data mining of each new target country should be: Thank goodness the NSA is spying on France now, too. That should move me a bit further down the list, since the private lives of the French seem so much more Ooh-la-la! than mine. Instead, the transparency advocates reason that if America can monitor one of German Chancellor Angela Merkels less secure phones, then it must be really easy to monitor the phone calls of average Americans. This makes sense in the tiny minds of the people who hold Stop Watching Us rallies in Washington, dressing up in ridiculous outfits in the hope that authorities will stop paying attention to them. As the Dan Hicks song goes: How can I miss you when you wont go away? Let Merkel take care of herself. Shes a big girl with spies of her own. And unless you also were subjected to a spontaneous shoulder rub by former U.S. President George W. Bush a few years ago at an international summit, then you are not her. Its absurd to project your phone, your e-mail, your Facebook account as having the potential to be hers, any more than you should project yourself as sitting on the Queens throne at Buckingham Palace. Lets be honest: The only alternative to the current system is even less transparency likely under the guise of fauxtransparency. For instance, Barack Obama proclaimed victory in Libya without any American boots on the ground. Does that mean there werent any Americans operating in Libya? Hardly. But he wasnt lying in telling you what was going on. The epitome of faux-transparency is what former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev called Glasnost and Perestroika, or publicity and restructuring, in the late s. Translated semantically, it means that you can finally take a guided Kremlin tour, all while not having the faintest clue about whats really going on in Moscow. Intelligence, like war, is an extension of politics, and it will find a way to survive. The only thing critics are dictating is the kind of reality that theyre mature enough to handle. Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist and former Fox News host based in Paris. She appears frequently on TV and in publications in the U.S. and abroad. Her website can be found at http://www.rachelmarsden.com. We love to see school pride in Osceola County. But sometimes even with the best intent, you have to watch the way its exhibited. Such was the case recently at Poinciana High School. This year, the Poinciana High School marching band is featuring music from the James Bond movie series in its repertoire. So, the Eagles band director Steven Velez designed a shirt for the band members to wear on Fridays, when the school allows students to wear spirit shirts to promote sports, clubs or other extracurricular activities theyre involved with. But the School District said students could not wear it. Thats because its design, based on the logo of the agent 007 series, features a firearm on it. We believe that Velez had the best intent for his band. But the logo goes against school policy. Simply, you cannot show a shirt that displays a gun. Plus, we live in a different society today where unfortunately were hearing more and more reports about school shootings. Do we think the band shirts would have caused such a heinous act? Of course not, but at the very least, its just not good form. Were sure that Velez worked hard on the shirts, but this could have been avoided if school administrators first inspected the design for approval. And if it was, school policy on the subject should be reviewed and revamped. But there is one matter that really concerns us. It was alleged that a story about the incident appeared in the Poinciana Point, the schools student-run, online-based newspaper, early last week. But by the end of the week, the story had been removed from the site. Whether its a school newspaper or a nationwide periodical, that sounds like censorship. And in the news business, thats not OK. We understand school administrators have the right to conduct business how they see fit. But thats not a practice we would encourage. In the meantime, band members are allowed to wear the shirts under their band uniforms. We understand thats not the popular choice among them, but it stills shows solidarity and school spirit. Play on band members. 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 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? Alternative to U.S. intelligence-gathering is even less transparencyObserving Washington politics closeup has given me a new appreciation of Shakespeare. Now I see where he got his ideas. Today, you could say that almost all of our political rhetoric, comes from two books from the 16th and 17th centuries: the King James Bible and Shakespeares plays, Michael Witmore, director of Folger Shakespeare Library, told me last year. I recently talked to Witmore again at the 71-year-old independent research library and theater, which sits only a block east of the Capitol. What, I wondered, would Shakespeare say about todays era of government shutdowns, debt-ceiling showdowns and Obamacare website meltdowns? He wouldnt be surprised, Witmore said with a smile, After all, he wrote the script. Indeed, after perusing some of the Bards most famous quotes, it is not hard for me to look at todays headlines and imagine, say, President Barack Obama confronting Congressional Republicans with, Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? (Hamlet). Or Treasury Secretary Jack Lew reporting on job growth: We have seen better days. (Timon of Athens) Or House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) looking over his shoulder at tea party rivals: Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous. (Julius Caesar). Or Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) defending his ill-fated push into the partial government shutdown: Though this be madness, yet there is method int. (Hamlet). Or maybe Health and Human Services Secy. Kathleen Sebelius as Lady MacBeth dealing with Obamacares website woes: Out! Out, damn glitch...! But Witmore called my attention to As You Like It, a comedy that in Act 5, Scene 4, delivers one of the great comic treatments of the politics of brinksmanship (that) we in the capital know well. In the scene, a jester named Touchstone instructs us in the etiquette of giving the Lie with Circumstance, a gesture to soften disputes -of which todays Capitol Hill has many. To express disagreement, he recommends the little word if in a way that almost sounds like you are conceding agreement -as in, If you said so, then I said so. Your If is the only peace-maker, Touchstone concludes. Much virtue in If. Brilliant. Cut through the Elizabethan English and one hears Shakespeare capturing what I call the essence of passiveresistant diplomacy. The if accepts the validity of the other persons judgment without closing the door on the possibility that the other person is wrong. President Obama offered an excellent example, in my view, when he recently was confronted in an Associated Press interview with a controversy that he did not need, yet could not easily avoid: the long-building uproar over the racial slur that the Washingtons pro football team, the Redskins, uses as their name. In May, the current team owner Dan Snyder told USA Today, Well never change the name. Its that simple. NEVER you can use caps. No matter how much some wellmeaning fans try to sugarcoat it, the name is a slur and needs to go. But how does a president make that point without sounding like a hater of the team? How about a virtuous if? If I were the owner of the team, the president said in a fatherly tone, and I knew that there was a name of my team -even if it had a storied history -that was offending a sizable group of people, Id think about changing it. Thats about as forceful as anyone can call for banishing a racial slur without giving anyone a good reason to feel offended. Snyder responded with an open letter to fans that defended the name, although this time he didnt say NEVER, all caps or not. If the names days are numbered, as I suspect they are, Obama helped move the ball down the field. Germanys first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, called politics the art of the possible. Such is the magic of the Shakespearian if, I believe. Leaders need to think not only about how bad things are but also how good they could be. Their view No newspaper?If you have signed up to receive copies of the Osceola NewsGazette and it is not being delivered, contact Kathy Beck ham, c irculation manager, by phone at 321-402-0401, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida, a division of Lakeway Publishers of Florida, Inc. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. 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If any current community events have to be canceled or changed, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. O PINION O PINIONSun Publications of Florida cannot be held responsible for advertising claims. We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue any advertising, and to edit editorial content. All materials in these publications are copyrighted. Publisher will not be liable for any errors in advertising to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error, and accepts responsibility only for an error in the rst weeks issue. Their view Rachel MarsdenTribune Media Shakespeare echoes in todays politics
Saturday, November 2, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 The city of Kissimmee is offering a free household waste collection event for residents today from 7 a.m. until noon at the Kissimmee Service Center located at 2201 Mabbette St., in Kissimmee. City residents may bring the following materials from home: Automotive: antifreeze, solvents, batteries, oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid. Paint: spray paint, paint cans, paint thinners, wood preservatives. Gardening: pesticides, insect sprays or dust, weed killer, poison or insecticides. Cleaning: drain cleaner, degreasers, oven cleaners, moth balls, spot removers, polishes/wax, pool chemicals. Electronics: old computers, monitors, televisions with tubes or flat screens, cell phones, VCRs. Business and commercial waste as well as 55 gallon drums will not be accepted. For more information, contact the Kissimmee Public Works Engineering Department at 407-518-2507 or visit www.kissimmee.or gCity of Kissimmee offering free household waste collection eventA pair of traffic stops in Kissimmee this week resulted in the seizure of firearms nearly 120 grams of illicit drugs and the arrest of the three individuals transporting the drugs. On Tuesday, Carla Angelica Rivera Velazquez, 27, and Alexis Rodriguez Ayala, 36, were arrested when Kissimmee Police officers were called to an altercation in the area of 3125 Windover Ave. at approximately 8 p.m. Prior to the officers arrival, the altercation ended and one of the individuals was seen leaving in a blue vehicle. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in Chelsea Square. While talking with Rivera, who was the driver, an officer noticed a bag of cannabis in plain view. Rivera and Rodriguez Ayala, her passenger, exited the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, officers seized 91 grams of cannabis, 1.2 grams of heroin, $15,760 and two firearms. Officers also learned that Rodriguez Ayala is on federal probation for prior drug charges and is a convicted felon in the state of Florida. Rodriguez Ayala was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the commission of committing a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience store and possession of heroin. Rivera Velazquez was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience store. Both were transported to the Osceola County Jail, where they are being held on $11,500 and $2,500 bond, respectively. A traffic stop Wednesday morning near the intersection of West Vine Street and Armstrong Avenue resulted in the arrest of Benjamin Ford, 37, who was found with cannabis and crystal methamphetamine and arrested. A Kissimmee patrol officer conducted a traffic stop at approximately 2 a.m. on a vehicle with a broken headlight. While making contact with the driver, the officer smelled a strong odor Kissimmee police department seize drugs, guns and cash Police news See Police, page A-6 Ive been here since So I know everyone, all the administrators, all the people, they are all very special and I get along with everyone and I joke around with everyone and I make everyones life happy.At CAC-Florida Medical Centers, we practice patient-centered medical care one patient at a time. That means our patients are the focus of a team of doctors, nurses and staff who work together to help provide coordinated, individualized care. 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Page A6, efforts to capture landfill compressed natural gas will continue as the municipality looks forward to using the recovered methane emissions from the landfill as an energy resource. Following this termination, the city will continue its commitment to explore gasto-energy options and staff is now re-evaluating potential projects to move forward in this endeavor, Hurt said. of cannabis coming from the vehicle. The officer searched the vehicle and found 13.9 grams of cannabis located in a black case in the car. Ford, the driver, was placed under arrest and searched, revealing another bag that contained 14.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine along with $2,570 in his pocket. He was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Osceola County Jail and was being held on $51,000 bond. percent of homes in the U.S. have smoke detectors, but a third is estimated to have dead or missing batteries. Every year, approximately 3,000 people lose their lives in home fires, and most of those deaths are among the elderly, the disabled, the low income, and the very young. Residents practice EDITH (Exit Drills in the Home) including planning two ways out and practicing the identified escape routes with the entire family. Making it a family event stresses the importance and lets children know they can escape in an emergency, Osceola County Fire Rescue Chief Robert Sorenson said. For more informatio n on fire safety, contact your local fire department. he said. I am proud that county employees are once again stepping up to help the less fortunate members of our community. Earlier this year, a backto-school supply drive run by county employees raised more than $1,500 and donate d 3,844 items that filled more than 400 backpacks during a three-hour event.CountyContinued from Page A-1 lying is considered to be commonplace, and designees like Mike Zella, ninth grade dean of Harmony High School, have to find ways to bring prevention against it on campus. Like Cundiff, Zellas strongest defense against it is education, and he focuses that even further to encourage students to speak out for each other. At the high school level, Zella says that most bullying is emotional, usually through gossip or harassment online. This makes bullying cases harder to spot, not only because the bullying isnt face-to-face, but also because few students will speak up about it for fear of getting into trouble by their peers. To fight the silence, two Speak Out boxes were given to every high school in Osceola County. These boxes, placed in convenient and nonmonitored places on campus, give students the certainty of anonymity if they decide to report something. Without giving their names, students can drop notes into the box about bullying theyve seen or known about involving themselves or another student. Notes can be as vague or detailed as the student wants, but even small tips have helped Zella in conducting investigations. Once weve identified a case of bullying, a lot of our interventions with a student who exhibits bullying behavior are not disciplinary. A lot of them are getting to the bottom of whats going on with this student, why is this student exhibiting bullying behavior. Is there something going on at home? Are they having social problems with their friends? I think that sometimes we forget that theyre still kids, and theyre still growing up, Zella said. Even through their investigative efforts, designees push on education has helped with the awareness of bullying in school. Their presentations, resources and guidance have inspired students to take the stand against bullying for themselves. Since designees have been placed in schools across Osceola County, two anti-bullying middle school groups have formed. One is Students Against Violence Everywhere (S.A.V.E.) at Neptune Middle School, and the other is Helping Everyone Respect Others (H.E.R.O.S.) that Cundiff advises at Kissimmee Middle School. HEROS was started at the beginning of this school year by an eighth grader at Kissimmee Middle School. Working with Cundiff, they decided to focus on promoting respect on c ampus, and went to work immediately making flyers and posters to promote the group. There are currently five to six core group members that meet with Cundiff every Monday morning, and another 50 students that promote the club by wearing buttons and acting as respect liaisons on campus. They also hold a community project once a month to promote anti-bullying on campus. The biggest impact that both designees have seen with bullying awareness is that more students are talking about it. That dialogue is something that both designees have never seen on school campus before, and both see this change as a first step to a bigger change against bullying on campus. For a long time, at least when I was in school, it was just brushed under the carpet. Like, That doesnt happen in our school. So, I think just having the conversation and having the dialogue is important, because it makes kids aware of it, Cundiff said. If a parent believes there child is being bullied they can call his or her school and ask to speak to a designee.BullyingContinued from Page A-1 Making his pointNews-Gazette Photo/ A ndrew S ullivanKissimmee P olice Officer B obby S eich t ook time to visit with k indergartners at the First Baptist Church of Kissimmee on T uesday. 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Saturday, November 2, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 Regional x-country Follow us on Twitte r Nine schools represented By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Every cross country team in Osceola County will be represented at regiona l meets this morning at four locations. Two district champions the St. Cloud girls and New Dimensions boys lead the way. The Lady Bulldogs won the 4A-5 district meet at Lakeland Jenkins last week on a tiebreaker and will compete at 8:30 a.m. at the 4A-2 regional at North Port on the west coast. Gracie Miller, Karissa Solorzano, Octavia Gonzalez, Devin Montalvo, Kim Napolean and Jessica Martin will run for St. Cloud, which was ranked fifth in the region earlier in the season. C elebrations Christine Infantolino and Osceolas Keilah Vicari will compete as individuals. St. Clouds boys are led by Harvey Ferrierra, who is joined by Devin Rubenstein, Jarrett McNutt, Matthew Mapes and Chris Rodriguez. Osceolas Edwin Estrella will run as an individual at the regional along with Celebrations Justin Corinealdi and Gateways Jose Alvarado. Harmony and Liberty compete at 9 a.m. at the 3A-2 regional at Lake Nona. Harmonys boys were led by Jacob Gilbert, Canyon Huff and Jose Loredo at the 3A-6 district meet last week. Rebecca Oulette will run as an individual for Harmony at the regional. Libertys boys and girls placed second at the 3A-8 district meet at Avon Park last week. Sebring (34) edged Liberty (42) for the boys district championship. Rogelio Araiza (16:54) was second overall for Liberty. Also scoring for Liberty were Timothy Caceres, Ryan Yarde, Jason Rosene and Deshaun Jennings. Lake Region (18) won the girls district title as Liberty (60) trailed. Competing for the Lady Chargers at todays regional are Yazmizel Haase, third last week (21:25), followed by Amy Gonzalez, Pamela Luna Garcia, S amantha Toledo and Raven Ruiz. Poinciana competes at Its time for the feared midseason review, and like the NFL football being displayed in Florida this season, its not pretty. First, the good news. I was wise enough to include undefeated Kansas City among my preseason NFL playoff teams, although as a wild card behind Denver in the AFC West. Also, Ive got one-loss New Orleans in the playoffs as a wild card behind slumping Atlanta in the NFC South. Other good moves: The Bengals, leading the AFC North, and the Patriots, atop the AFC East, as divisional champs. The bad: I completely ignored AFC South leader Indianapolis, deciding instead on Houston. I gave the moribund Ravens the nod over the Colts as a AFC wild card, thinking Andrew Luck would suffer the sophomore jinx. No sign of that, yet. In the NFC, its thumbs up so far with Seattle in the West and Green Bay in the North. But, theres a big boo-boo with Atlanta in the South, and (ouch) the N.Y. Giants, winless two weeks ago, as the top team in the East. However, is anyone in the NFC East (a) out of it, or (b) any good at all? Dallas leads at 4-4, and a .500 record could win the division. Ive got Denver over Seattle in the Super Bowl, not bad. My BCS championship game of Alabama over Ohio State is improbable, but possible. You know, I put FSU in the championship game two years in a row. So, instead, they wait for this season to finally set the Flaming Spear on high. Ken Young Jackson hit in the NFC with Green Bay and Seattle as division winners, but, like me, he stumbled with the Giants and Falcons. He has Carolina (maybe) and Washington (no chance) as wild cards. Jacksons AFC divisional picks are winners with New England and Denver, but frail with Baltimore and Houston. His wild cards, Cincinnati and Indy, are golden. His BCS title game is a mess: Alabama (OK) over Georgia (Oops. Im sure it seemed like a good idea at the time.) That wasnt good, but Young Jacksons Super Bowl prediction should be placed in the Worst Pick in the History of the World Hall of Fame: Houston over Atlanta. The only guess that could have been worse was Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. At least the entire news staff wasnt unconscious during the preseason. Brian Big Man McBride has Denver over Green Bay in the Super Bowl, and Petey The Gators Are Going to Win Covino picked the Patriots over the Packers. Andrew Flaming Spear Sullivan got his BCS title game half right with FSU over LSU, but he evidently got stuck in the same vortex that sucked the oxygen from Jacksons brain with an Atlanta over Houston Super Bowl pairing. But, as they say, that was then, and this is now. Meaning: It can get worse. The Mighty News-Gazette Divine Nine always is a winner: No. 1: The Chiefs. No. 2: The Seahawks. No. 3: Roll Tide. No. 4: The Flaming Spears. No. 5: Duck madness. No. 6: The Ohio State. No. 7: Megatron. No. 8: The Mighty Knights. No. 9: The Magic (We fear that if we dont get them in here at the beginning of the season, theyll never make the Divine Nine.) To the picks: Georgia (-2.5) vs. Florida: The game once hailed as the SEC Game of the Century of the Week now belongs on Antenna TV. Dawgs by 4, if anyone cares. Miami at FSU (-22): FSU is good enough to justify this point spread, but strange things happen in this series. Noles by only 13. Tennessee at Missouri (-13): Neither of these teams knows what hit them last week. Tigers will recover faster. Mizzou by 12. Michigan at Michigan State (-6): The Michigan Game of the Century of the Midseason report is not pretty Rick PedoneSports Editor Picks of the Weak Celebrations Christine Infantolino leads Libertys Yazmizel Haase during a cross country meet earlier this season. Both runners are competing at regional meets today.News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb Tigers, Bulldogs district champs By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Celebration Lady Storm cross country team wont reach the state meet, but four of its members already are champions in the eyes of a young runner who benefitted from their kindness recently. The Lady Storm had just completed the Mount Dora Bible School Invitational and Coach Corey Green instructed his team to begin its cool down. Four Lady Storm runners Jane Wheeler, Christine Infantolino (who is running at todays regional meet), Megan Flores and Victoria Doud started back down the course when they saw a young runner from Pine Castle Christian struggling to finish the race. The parent of the runner, a sixth-grader who was identified only as Julia, told Celebration Athletic Director Chris Lavoie by email that the quartet of Celebration runners immediatel y s urrounded J ulia to l end encouragement. Julia was making a second attempt to complete the course after having failed during a previous attempt at another meet earlier in the season. She was pulled from the course the first time so the boys wouldnt trample her, Julias mother said. Four of your girls jumped back onto the course up near the cemetery road to give Julia an encouraging escort to the finish line. Julias mother added, Julia thought it was pretty cool to have her own escort. Please pass this email on to them and give them our heartfelt thanks. Our hats off to the ladies of the Celebration cross country team. Lady Storm Coach Corey Green said he was proud of his athletes for their compassion, and added that he is not the least bit surprised. I am proud of these young ladies. All four of them are great young ladies and a pleasure to coach, Green said. They not only give us everything they have See Column, page A-8 See Runners, page A-8 COL volleyball to regional semifinals Good deed at x-country meet by Lady Storm By Rick Pedone Sports Editor City of Life defeated International Community School of Winter Park 25-23, 25-18, 26-24, W ednesday in the 2 A-2 regional quarterfinals to advance to the semifinal round next week. The Lady Warriors (175) will play at Winter Park Geneva School (17-11) Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner of the semifinal will host a regional final Nov. 9. The regional final winner advances to the state volleyball tournament at the Silver Spurs Arena Nov. 12-16. Geneva School defeated Lakeland Victory Christian, 3-0, Tuesday. City of Life, who defeated Victory Christian 25-9, 25-14, 25-10 to win the 2A-6 district championship last week, was a regional qualifier two years ago under Coach Cynthia Ortega. This is the teams first trip to the regional semifinal round. Stellar play by junior captain Alexandra Cardona, who had 25 kills and 25 digs, and junior hitter Krizia Cornejo (seven kills, 30 digs) led the Lady Warriors to the biggest victory of the programs history. The team played great. Alexandra is just an awesome volleyball player. She is already receiving many letters from Division I schools, assistant coach Rob Gorski said. Alex and Krizia, who is also receiving interest from major college programs, made every big play we needed to finish that (third) game on an 11-1 run to win the match. City of Life trailed International Community, 23-15, before the Lady Warriors rallied for the clinching victory. Eighth grader Milexa Cardona is the teams set-See COL, page A-9Four members of the Celebration cross country team (not in order), Jane Wheeler, Christine Infantolino, Megan Flores and Victoria Doud, lend encouragement to a Pine Castle Christian runner who, thanks to their help, was able to finish the race at Mount Dora Bible School.Photo/Special to the News-GazetteSee Storm, page A-9
Page A8, For three days this past week, I left the house to go fishing wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeve shirt and a jacket. The last few days Ive been wearing shorts and a tee shirt. Im beginning to think fall is very gradually approaching. The first part of the week, bass fishing was excellent! As the cold front pushed through, it fell off for a couple of days. Now it seems to be on the upswing again. With t he water levels very high for this time of year, Ive been catching more and more bass back inside the grass lines. Its not always easy to get to shallow water, but there are areas where you can fish. Ive been catching some nice bass early on top water lures and top water plastics, such as the super fluke. As soon as the sun comes up I switch to a Carolina Rig or a Texas rigged June bug worm. Ive talked to a few friends who have been catching them on smaller-sized swim baits. It seems like every day when I go out on the lake I see more and more spec fishermen. Most of them seem to be trolling jigs and minnows out in 8 to 10 feet of water. I guess thats another sign that fall is arriving. Ive not heard too much about bluegills and shell crackers but Im sure theyre being caught somewhere. Next week, I hope to have the information on the hydrilla spraying. The only thing Ive heard is that more areas along the Kissimmee Grass will be sprayed. Ill let you know what I find out next week. Until then, get on the lake and have some fun! Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net. You may also send fishing information and photos to email@example.com. Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Changing weather makes bass fishing tricky; specs still hot Column Continued from page A-7 oh, forget it. Spartans by 1. Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (-2.5): Not that anyone without an oil rig really cares, but Cowboys by 2 in the Wild Bill Upset Special. The paid professionals: Tampa Bay at Seattle (-16): Hawks gave away 28 points to the Jaguars a few weeks ago. Are the Bucs really 12 points better than the Jags? Seabirds by 28.5. Kansas City (-3) at Buffalo: Get those bottles iced. The Dolphins will pop the champagne corks this week. Buffaloes by 2 in the Wild Bills Upset Special. New Orleans (-5.5) at N.Y. Jets: This passes as a glamour game during a real bad weekend of matchups in the NFL. Saints by 6. San Diego (-1) at Washington: Chargers dont normally play well in the east, but the Skins dont seem to play well anywhere. Bolts by 2. Chicago at Green Bay (-10): The only NFL pairing of teams with winning records this weekend. And, the game still will stink. Pack by 15. Brian Big Man McBrides Super Sniffer Upset Special: Jets over Saints by 3. Petey The Gators Are Going to Win Covino says: Gators by 7. Andrew Flaming Spear Sullivan says: Noles by 21. Ken Disgraced Jackson says: Wolverines by 3, Red Raiders by 1, Natives of the Potomac by 7. the 3A-3 regional at Holiday at 9 a.m. Poincianas girls (69) were third behind Lakeland McKeel (19) and Frostproof (59) at the 2A-9 district meet with Viridiana Uriostegui (24:27) leading the way in ninth place. Next were Monica Rouse, Heidi Guiterrez, Mirka Hernandez and Cynthia Hernandez. Jaydaniel Castro will compete as an individual for the Poinciana boys team. New Dimensions and City of Life Academy will compete today at the A-2 regional at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. The Tigers (36) won the A-7 district championship over Windermere Prep (38) last week. City of Life (94) finished fourth. Cesar Sandoval (18:12), was fourth to lead the Tigers with teammates Michael Behaire (18:14), Robin Donis (18:36), Jordan Garcia (18:40) and Brandon Flanigan (18:53) all scoring. City of Life was led by Christian Timana (16 th 19:58) followed by Christian Johnston, Josean Quijano, Alberto Pinero and Immanuel Rodriguez. The City of Life girls were third (68) behind First Academy (15) and Windermere Prep (67). New Dimensions (100) was fourth. City of Life was paced by Hazel Rodriguez (9 th 22:55) with Jajaira Guzman, Rayna Johnston, Briana Cooper and Khrisally Barrieatos. New Dimensions Yanese Arevalo (8 th 22:33) was followed by Zaray Sosa, Gloria Rodriguez, Kayla Weis and Paola Rodriguez. The top six teams from each region advance to the state meets next weekend in Tallahassee. Runners Continued from page A-7 A-8 What yo u re look ing for is her e. T HE GUIDE T HE GUIDE A ADOPTION Are You Pregnant? Childless married couple (in our 30s) seeks to adopt.Will be hands on Mom and devoted Dad. Financially secure, expenses paid. 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Saturday, November 2, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 StormContinued from page A-7 COL Continued from page A-7The City of Life Academy volleyball team defeated International Community School Wednesday to advance to the 2A-2 regional semifinals Tuesday at Geneva School in Winter Park.Photo/Special to the News-Gazette A-9 daily, they are great students and people. Lavoie said he supervises an Athletic Leadership Council at Celebration where student-athletes discuss leadership traits, sportsmanship and how to set longand short-term goals. Two of the runners participate on the council, he said. This is a true sign of sportsmanship that should be applauded and shared with the community, Lavoie said. It defines who we are and what we teach our students and athletes. Coach Green is a role model for his athletes, and he should be proud of his teams actions. Green said his team proved that there is more to high school sports than winning and losing. Often times as coaches we get caught up in the wins, losses and in cross country the times, Green said. I want to thank Christine, Jane, Megan and Tori for showing their true character and reminding even me what sports is all about. ter, Gorski said. She also has played many years, is a Junior Olympian, and has really stepped up her game at the varsity level this year, Gorski said. Other members of the Lady Warriors this season include seniors Azia Constance, Brooke High, Janina Lebron, Naomi Recio, Zohraia Ciquero, Maddie Krisle and Jessica Otero. Harmony (11-17) lost 25-20, 9-25, 16-25, 21-25 at Lakeland Jenkins Tuesday in the 7A-2 regional quarterfinals. It was a tough match. We didnt play our best, but fought throughout, Coach Drew Strauch said. Unfortunately, we didnt have enough weapons to win. Sports briefsBlue Bombers travel baseballThe Osceola Blue Bombers 10-U travel baseball team is hosting tryouts Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Kissimmee Little League complex on Oak Street. 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It was probably asking too much for Monsters University to be great entertainment for the whole family. Coming off the heels of Disney/Pixars Monsters Inc., a wholly inventive animated tale, Monsters University just has to feel a bit redundant. But that wont matter much (and certainly didnt in terms of box office) for Monsters Inc. fans in this sequel or in this case prequel, Monsters University. Everybodys favorite animated monsters Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sulley Sullivan (John Goodman) return with a story of how they first crossed paths at good ol Monsters U. Its a nice learning curve as Mike and Sulley are not exactly the best of buds starting out. Mike has always dreamed of being scary, but there isnt much to afraid of with this little guy, while Sulley is pretty much the big hot shot on campus. They both learn a lot through the course of the film. Monster fans will have to choose from the 4-Disc Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, 3-Disc Collectors Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD or On-Demand. If you love these guys, the choice is easier. You have to at least opt for a combo pack so you can get bonuses that include a digital version of the film, not to mention other bonus features. Joining Crystal and Goodman as part of Monsters Universitys talented voice cast are Steve Buscemi (voice of Randy Boggs), Helen Mirren (voice of Dean Hardscrabble), Alfred Molina (voice of Professor Knight), Charlie Day (voice of Art), Sean P. Hayes (voice of Terri Perry), Dave Foley (voice of Terry Perry), Nathan Fillion (voice of Johnny Worthington) and Aubrey Plaza (voice of Claire Wheeler). The multiple disc offerings also means there are lots of bonuses included in the Blu-ray combo packs. In addition to the Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions of the film, some of the bonuses featured are: Campus Life Whats it like being on a production crew .sca r 50 CENTS Plus a bunch of DVDs the kids will like for Christmas Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com November 2, 2013 It s the return of Mike and Sulley CELEBRATIO N FO UNDATO N SERIE SCELEBRATION The Celebration Foundation has announced its upcoming classical music series schedule: Friday Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Orlando Philharmonic Vespers. Sunday Jan. 26, 4 p.m. Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Saturday Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. Orlando Philharmonic, Saturday March 8, 8 p.m. Notre Dame Glee Club. Sunday March 16 4 p.m. Brooklyn Rider. Complete series tickets are $80.. Go to www.thecelebrationfoundation.org for more information.ART SHOWGAINESVILLE The 32nd Downtown Festival and Art Show returns to the city Nov. 16-17. Ranked as one of the top art shows in the nation, the festival draws more than 100,000 over the weekend. In addition to the show, there is the Imagination Station for Children, with free hands-on art. The show also has live entertainment on three stages. For more information visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.TRAIN SHOWKISSIMMEE Regal Railways presents a model traiin show and swap meet at the Knights of Columbus, 2000 Neptune Road, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admissiion is $5 adults, free for children 12 and under. Lunch will be provided by the Knights of Columbus for a small fee. More than 50 tables of vendors will be on hand with various scales of trains, tracks and accessories. There also be will be a working model train layout. For more informtation go to www.regalrailways.com.AN E VENING WITH GREA T FLORIDIANSKISSIMMEE The Osceola County Historical Society and the Florida Humanities Council invite the public to experience the visionaries; to hear industrialist Henry Flagler, gun-running governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, and Everglades defender Marjory Stoneman Douglas declare their dreams for a states destiny at Dreamers & Schemers: An Evening with Great Floridians at the Osceola Center for the Arts. Trained actors portray these important figures and offer a glimpse into each of their contributions to Florida. After about an hour of drama, be prepared to discuss the programs themes and the impact of industry and environmentalism on Florida. The event is Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the center and includes beverages and heavy Hors doeuvres. The cost is $25. Tickets must be bought in advance. Visit the website at www. osceolahistory.org or call 407-396-8644.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. See DVDs, page B-2 Universal/Lionsgate Stuff to DoT he M onsters gang is back on B lu-ray/DVD in the hit f ilm Monsters University, plus kids favorite T homas returns in a new adventure with his e ngine friends in K ing of the Railway.Pets will take center stage today at Osceola Heritage Park as the Orlando Pet Expo comes to town.at the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Building. This free, indoor event is expected to attract thousands of pet lovers looking to enjoy a day out with their furry, feathered or reptilian pals. And, yes well behaved pets are welcome. Read further about bringing your pet to the expo. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the expo will be packed ideas and tips of all kinds for the pet lover, including local and nationally recognized veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers and other organizations. Whether youd like to learn, shop, play, or adopt, this is an event features something for all. Shorty Rossi, star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet and Official Spokesperson for Amazing Pet Expos in 2013, will make an appearance with his popular canine sidekick, Hercules. As Rossis star has continued to rise, its only managed to allow him to make a bigger difference for his special passion: championing the cause of pit bulls. Not only will he be available for pictures and autographs all day, hell share how you can become an advocate for animals and help make a difference as well. If you are bringing a pet, be prepared. As with any event that attracts large crowds, Pet Expo officials have found that people who prepare for the expo tend to have a much better experience. Here are some valuable tips from the team at Amazing Pet Expos to help ensure that all guests Pets and pet-lovers are invited to the Pet Expo, featuring fun for Fido and you Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/icmovies Putting on Your DVDs A Disney villa for two or maybe a dozen See Pet, page B-2 By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Add another jewel to that glittering crown of the Disney Vacation Club. With a lobby that looks like it just might be part of a Disney Cruise ship to the Caribbean, The Villas at the Grand Floridian Resort, is Disneys newest venture that you dont dare call a timeshare. The Villas is the second of an impressive expansion to the Disney Vacation Club (the Contemporary Resort Hotel recently expanded to include Vacation Club Villas and the Polynesian Resort too will soon join the club). For luxury, or to make a memorable vaction even more memorable, a stay at The Villas, cannot be surpassed. Going back to that lobby again, along with eye-catching, five-tier custom grand chandeliers, there is a fountain. And nowhere but at Disney would you find a Mary Poppins-themed bronze fountain with penguins. Much of The Villas has a link to that classic Mary Poppins film, which shares a Victorian lineage with the Grand Floridan Resort. The new resort features a variety of villa accommodations that sleep anywhere from five to nine guests. But for real luxury, there is the expansive grand villas which sleep 12 guests and feature multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a media room with a home theater system. The Grand Villas are so large, you can bring family members you dont like very much, because chances are, you just might not see them again.The Villas arrive fashionably at The Grand Floridian Resort Heritage Park becomes a one-day zoo See Villas, page B-2 Pets of all k inds will have their day t oday at O sceola Heritage Park at the Orlando Pet Expo. There will be ideas and t ips a nd probably some treats and well-behaved pets are welcome to a ttend and join in the f un. The expo is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Florida Space Coast Air and Space Show is back today and features the GEICO Skytypers. The team performs a thrill low-altitude, precision-formation flying demonstration. The pilots fly six WWIIvintage aircraft, filling the sky and coming from all directions to provide spectators a unique viewing experience while showcasing the tactics and maneuvers utilized during training during WWII. The GEICO Skytypers fly six of the 11 remaining North American SNJ-2s for their airshow performances and skytyping missions. Each World War II-era plane has been fully restored and equipped with a computer that coordinates the smoke puffs released from each of the aircraft to form letters that are as tall as the Empire State Building. The Display Village at the show opens at 9 a.m., the show begins at 12:30 p.m. at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne. For more information on tickets and air show activities, visit airandspaceshow.com. The V illas at the Grand F loridian Resort are o fficially opened at a ceremony at M agic K ingdom resort area.
Page B2, DVDSContinued from page B-1VillasContinued from page B-1 at Pixar? Story School This documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story, and the change in focus from Sulley to Mike. Welcome to MU A look at the Monsters University campus and its development is told from the perspective of the artists who created each piece of the campus from the architecture to the ivy leaves. Music Appreciation Randy Newmans scores are a mainstay of Pixar films, and this documentary will give you a look at his creative process. Scare Tactics How the animators channel their own innerselves to create those moments on screen. Paths to Pixar MU Edition When one door closes, sometimes another door opens one with an even more exciting opportunity behind it. Members of the MU crew tell their own compelling backstories and share the challenges they overcame along their paths to Pixar. More kid stuff With the holidays rapidly approaching, the release of kid friendly stuff always multiplies. Here are some of the latest DVDs and Blu-rays geared toward the younger set. Monster High: 13 Wishes The popular series featuring the ghoulfriends of Monster High, are back in a new adventure, Monster High: 13 Wishes (Universal Studios Home Entertainment). Its another school year at Monster High, and Clawdeen Wolfs littler sister wants to be more popular and gets a genie to grant her not 3 but 13 wishes. It is a case of be careful what you wish for as Monster High is soon turned upside down. The Blu-ray combo pack includes the Blu-ray, DVD and an Ultraviolet version. Scoot & Kassie With the holidays directly in mind is Scoot & Kassies Christmas Adventure (Universal), a new film starrig Luke Perry. Kassie (Ariana Bagley) rescues a wounded former police dog (Scoot) in this story about how the hero dog saves Christmas from two crooks trying to rob a charity concert. The disc includes deleted scenes and a gag reel. Thomas One of the most popular DVD series is back with two new adventures, Thomas & Friends King of the Railway The Movie and Animals Aboard! (Liongsgate). Thomas, who was created by a father for his son almost 70 years ago, has probably never been more popular, and the tradition continues in King of the Railyway. Thomas gets four new friends including new engine Stephen, based on the legendary Stephensons Rocket, one of the fastest steam locomotives of its day. Thomas and friends use friendship and cooperation to avoid disaster and save the day. The animated film is available on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, DVD and digital download. Special features include The Search for the Lost Crown Game and three music videos. In Animals Aboard (available on DVD exclusively from Target and also as a digital download and video on demand), Thomas and his railway friends are involved in five adventures about being kind to animals, doing good deeds and helping frineds of all shapes and sizes. Curious George Another childrens favorite, Curious George also is back in Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (Universal Studios Home Entertainment). Halloween is over, but kids will enjoy this gentle tale about the annual Boo Festival all-year long. Curious George and friends are on their way to the festival and also on a mission to find a legendary scarecrow who steals hats. Barney Adults may cringe, but little kids love Barney and he is back in Barney: Most Huggable Moments a 2-disc DVD set from Lionsgate. The set celebrates 25 years of Barney with episodes never before seen on DVD. Its a collection of stories, songs and 5 bonus karaoke music videos. Videos include A Friend Like You, Everyone is Special, Being Together, The Friendship Song and Best of Friends. Barbie Barbie and her sisters are off on an adventure in the Swiss Alps in Barbie & Her Sisters in a Pony Tale (Universal Studios Home Entertainment). Barbie, Chelsea, Skipper and Stacie are involved in an all-new adventure filled with fun, humor and horses. The Blu-ray combo pack includes a DVD and Ultraviolet version as well as bonus outakes, a Barbie in the Dreamhouse music video, two webisodes and a trailer gallery. have the best day possible: 1. Only bring your pet along if it is well behaved, n on-aggressive and doesnt get stressed out in crowded, stimulating and noisy situations. There are all kinds of other animals, small children, wheelchairs and lots of people at the event. Your pet will be exposed to dogs barking, people speaking loudly on microphones, crowds clapping and attendees cheering. You know your pet best, so please use your best judgment to make sure that your pet will enjoy the expo just as much as you will. 2. While we have a number of staff members who are always carefully watching the crowds and pets to ensure everyone stays safe, it only takes a second for a dog bite to occur. Please review safe dog (and all pets, for that matter) greeting behaviors with your children before attending the show. Remind your child to always ask the owners permission to pet an animal, allow the calm pet to sniff their hands and then they should gently pet the animals chest, chin or back (not the top of its head), speaking calmly and quietly to the pet. Children should never stare down a dog, jump on it, grab it from behind or scream at it. If a dog is hyper and wont sit for the owner, walk away and dont allow your child to pet the dog. Sometimes the most well behaved pets can be startled, especially if they are a lready over-stimulated fro m such an exciting event. 3. A few rules for bringing pets: Your pet must be current on all shots or you should plan to have your pets immunizations updated at the event; lowcost vaccinations and microchipping are offered on-site. The immunization requirement only applies to dogs, cats and ferrets. A rabies tag is acceptable as proof of immunization, as are blood titer results for those pet owners who dont immunize annually. Dogs must be on a fixed lead or a locked retractable lead, no longer than 6 feet, at all times. No female pets in heat can attend. Youll be required to sign a pet waiver at the entrance, but you can avoid waiting in line by visiting the Orlando Pet Expo website to fill your pet waiver form out in advance. 4. Once inside, stop by the prize entry table to register for awesome giveaways and prizes from an abundance of exhibitors. Does your pet have an amazing talent or enjoy being the center of attention? Make sure to enter them in the pet talent and costume contests. These popular events (and the great winning prize packages) draw a large crowd! 5. Bring cash. There are many opportunities for shopping and donations and some rescue groups may not accept credit cards. There is an ATM on site as well. 6. The Orlando Pet Expo program includes all the vendor names and locations, a map of the show floor, as well as the full schedule of events and activities at the expo. Youll be offered one at the entrance so make sure that you pick up your copy! 7. If you are interested in adopting a pet, the MegaAdoption area could be just what youre looking for, plus the majority of rescue groups have pets in their booths too. Hundreds of pets will be available for adoption. 8. High traffic events for the day will be the presentations and meet and greet for Shorty Rossi, the agility course, as well as the entertainment stage. You may want to take a moment before the event or once you arrive, to review the show program so that you have a general idea of how you want to spend your time at the expo. 9. Take note of the pet-potty areas located indoors. There will be pet clean-up teams at the event but youll also be given bags for your pets waste pick-up when you enter. Please be kind and pick up after your pet. 10. Pet water stations will be scattered throughout the expo so that your excited companion doesnt get dehydrated. These are communal bowls, so if you have a puppy or elderly pet, please keep it safe and bring a travel or disposable bowl for their use. 11. This is a large event. If your pets breed cant tolerate this kind of exertion, (for e xample, English B ulldogs) please plan to bring a stroller or wagon for them. While the event is indoor and air-conditioned, it is still a lot of exercise for breeds that dont handle heat or exercise well. 12. Pace yourself! Its a long day and there are many things to see. Make sure you take periodic breaks and give your pet a chance to rest or step out of the expo for a few moments of quiet if you plan to stay all day. 13. Many exhibitors offer some sort of treat for pets. If your pet has a sensitive stomach or is super excited, you may want to consider allowing your pet one or two treats and then allowing her/him to enjoy the rest at home. We see a lot of dogs gobble up as many treats as possible only to ahem have them up a few hours later. 14. If you have a small or tiny dog, you may want to be prepared to either carry it or have a stroller available. There are so many large and extralarge dogs at the expo that some small pet owners feel overwhelmed. Beware; little fur-babies may unintentionally get stepped on. 15. If you are attending the expo with the intent of adopting a new family member, you may want to bring a crate or some sort of car restraint. If you dont have one, be prepared to purchase something along those lines at t he show. People ask at each show if we have any boxes or crates that they can have/borrow. Other hightlights of the Grand Villas include that media room and a bathroom with a walk-in shower, that could almost double as a car wash. Inside the one-bedroom and larger villas, an intricate level of finishes brings the 21st century to Victorian design, including custom Disney artwork adorning the walls of each bedroom; ornate bathrooms hosting mosaic marble tile and a mirror with a built-in television; and a walk-in master bath shower and a freestanding Victorian-style tub with air-bubble jets. The living area spares no details when it comes to comfort and flexibility, with a pull-down bed featuring artwork inspired by Walt Disneys Dumbo and Mary Poppins. This property shares the Victorian elegance of the Grand Floridaian with a view of the Magic Kingdom, said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager, of Disney Vacation Club. Guests at The Villas also can make use of all the amenities found at The Grand Floridian Resort. The Grand Floridian is also connected by monorail to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. Disneys Grand Floridian Resort & Spa covers approximately 40 acres and features a musican entertaining in the lobby and daily dining options such as the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast, Garden View Tea Room, Cinderellas Happily Ever After Dinner, Citricos, the AAA Five Diamond awardwinning Victoria & Alberts. Recreational opportunities include watercraft rentals, white-sand beach, pirate adventure cruises and Senses A Disney Spa.PetContinued from page B-1 Theres Always Something To Celebrate inFlorida051613.CELE Donations Needed! 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Saturday, November 2, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Dining Epcot Food & Wine Festival is winding down By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Its hard to believe, but the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is already winding down for another year. There are only about ten days left for this years festival, which started back in September. This is actually the best time to go to the festival. You may still find long lines at some of the food and wine stations, but the wait isnt nearly so bad on a nice fall day, compared with the heat of September. This years event features more than 25 food stations. Among the not-to-miss new sampled items: At the Hops & Barley Marketplace the griddled Maine lobster tail (served up with garlic herb butter) is an absolute winner. The suggested paired wine is La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. From the Brazil Marketplace, the Crispy Pork Belly (the pork takes several days to prepare in advance) is another taste sensation. It is served with black beans, avocado, onions and cilantro. Beer fanciers will enjoy the paired Cerveharia Kaiser Brewers Xingu Black Beer, a surprising brew that is much lighter in taste than you would think from its dark appearance. The African Marketplace deserves a bow for its Berbere style beef, served with onions, jalapenos, tomato, okra and pap (an African bread). It is an intriguing mix of flavors. From the South Korea Marketplace, the Epcot chefs have created a twist on traditional kimchi with the Kimchi Dog, served on a soft bun with Korean mustard, and a slaw-like topping, is simple but features lots of exotic overtones. Finally, from the Terra Marketplace, curry fanciers will want to sample Trickn ChickN Curry, with Basmati rice. This is a vegan selection featuring a vegan chicken breast that is not your standard vegan garden patty. Over on the dessert and refreshment side of things, that Disney favorite Orange Dole Whip is back and is available with a drizzle of crme de cacao white. New from the Desserts and Champagne Marketplace, is a trio of desserts: Cherry Pistachio Mousse, Chocolate/ Orange Cupcake and Hazelnut Cheesecake. All three are yummy and can be purchased individually or as a trip. Finally, the campfire favorite gets a whole new twist and a welcome one on a very warm day at Disney, Frozen SMores. The dining event also features the Eat to the Beat concert series, included with theme park admission. Still to come on the musical lineup Christopher Cross, Nov. 2-3; Hanson, Nov. 4-5; Dennis DeYoung, Nov. 6-8; and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Nov. 9-11. Florida residents can go to https://disneyworld.disney. go.com/florida-residents/ to check out the latest discounts offered on admission. Taste of Orlando Restaurants from Waterford Lakes Town Center and Orlando are teaming up again for the 14th Annual Taste of Orlando, Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. 5 p.m. The all-day family food festival features delectable tastes and beverage sampling, along with free live entertainment, a local business expo, shopping, and childrens events such as face painting and bounce houses. Throughout Waterfor d Lakes open-air corridor, guests will be invited to sample fares from more than 30 different vendors, including 100 Montaditos, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly, Longhorn Steakhouse, Gators Dockside and many more. We are thrilled to once again host Taste of Orlando for the fourteenth consecutive year, said Jamie Fraser, director of marketing and business development, Waterford Lakes Town Center. This event really gives people a taste of what Waterford Lakes and our community partners are all about. It is the must-attend festival of the season by offering delicious flavors and fabulous activities that is sure to excite all Orlando taste buds. Food samplings and childrens activities will require wristbands. Wristbands are available for purchase in advance, $15 for adults (ages 11 and up) and $5 for children (ages 4-10) at the Waterford Lakes Town Center. The day of the event tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Guests must have a wristband to sample food or attend kids play area. All event proceeds benefit the Simon Youth Foundation. Food and Wine Classic If you didnt go to the Swan and Dolphin Wine Classic, Oct. 18-19, you just might want to mark you calendar for next year. The only thing bad about this event, held for a fourth year, was the weather. It is held on the concourse between the two Disney property hotels, and it was a hot weekend, feeling more like August than mid-October. Heres hoping for a slight date change next year, or maybe just more seasonal weather. For less than the cost of a Epcot ticket, the classic features a variety of dining items (including restaurants such as Shulas Steakhouse, bluezoo and other restaurants located at the hotel complex. There also are some 35 beverage stations, each serving up two more more varieties of wine and beer, all included in the price. There is a dessert station as well. The classic also offers several optional cost food and beverage seminars. I opted for a mixology class. The class was informative, and we got to sample a few cocktails as well as watch show tricks of the trade. We also got to make ourcocktail, but not sure if it was the limited ingredients, or limited time, but my concoction was not memorable. Kangaroo Express Kangaroo Express, which has nine locations in the Orlando area, is the latest service station/convenience store to get a makeover. New store offerings include: Upgraded Bean Street Coffee dispensers, designed to preserve the freshness of the coffee. Spacious Bean Street Coffee serving stations with upgraded coffee accessories including a wide variety of coffee flavors and additions such as extra boosts of caffeine and whipped topping, allowing guests to customize their cup of coffee. Newly offered iced tea Bakery case features glazed donuts, which are almost 40 percent larger than well-known brands, donut-holes, muffins, cheese danishes and more. Kangaroo Express also will give $10,000 in donations to local charities. The donation/event schedule includes: Thursday, Nov. 7: 101 Buenaventura Blvd. Kangaroo Express in Kissimmee donation to the Osceola Family Sports Association. Each event includes 25 cent hot dogs for everyone, free samples, a chance to win prizes and a $2,500 check presentation at each event. The events will be held from 11 am. to 1 p.m. News-Gazette photo/Andrew S ullivan T he c oncourse between the S wan and Dolphin hotels at W alt Disney World was once a gain transformed into a dining paradise at the S wan and Dolphin Wine Classic. 103113.TNG SENIOR EXPO Floridas Senior Expo is coming to KissimmeeKissimmee Senior ExpoWednesday & Thursday November 13 & 14 9AM 3PM SPONSORED BY: www.facebook.com/ExpoTradeShows twitter.com/expotradeshows FREE ENTERTAINMENT Register at the Expo to Free Samples 11AM-2PM both daysFREE ADMISSIONFREE PARKING
Page B4, Whats new?Affordable Care Act enrollment eventAn Affordable Care Act enrollment event will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Receive in-person assistance from a certified health insurance marketplace navigator. Learn what health care options are available to you through the new health care law. The education sessions will be 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (Spanish) and 6 p.m. For individual enrollment appointments, call 1-877-564-5031. Aging and memory classThe Osceola County Council on Aging is hosting a special class in recognition of National Alzheimers Awareness Month. Learn about aging and the brain as well as exploring the physical, medical and psychological issues that affect memory. On Friday, a free class will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Council on Aging at 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The presentation is geared for the family caregiver and it is not required RSVP. Following the class, a monthly caregiver support group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m., so bring a lunch if you wish to stay for the meeting. The support group is free as well, but respite is not available. Call Lynne Brownrigg of the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic at 321-434-7614 if you have questions regarding the presentation or support group. Wills and Trusts SeminarCapital Estates Educational Services will host a complimentary information lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at 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. If you have recently moved to Florida, or updated your will this presentation is for you. The program is free and reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, call Joe McQuaid at, 407-593-2243 or Tom Dalton at, 407-908-3708. Poinsettia SaleThe Great Garden Detectives After School Program at Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts is selling 6.5 inch poinsettias with a decorative pot for $8 each. All money raised will benefit the new school garden program, which includes a vegetable garden and butterfly garden. Money is due on Nov. 8. Checks can be made out to PAFA. The delivery date is currently to be determined. For more information or to place your order, call Kevin Kersey at 407-343-4500 or email kerseypa@ osceola.k12.fl.us. Mens Auxiliary DinnerCome and enjoy the Mens Auxiliary Chicken Dinner at VFW post 4225, 504 S. Randolph Ave., Nov. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be food, raffles, a DJ and karaoke. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call BJ at 407-847-4173 or email brian@ allmni.com.Free Quit Smoking Now classesA free Quit Smoking Now class will be held Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crestwood Apartments, 3212 Crestwood Circle Clubhouse, St. Cloud. Are you thinking about quitting? This class can help. The Quit Smoking Now program is free of charge and provides free nicotine replacement therapy while supplies last to those who are eligible. Registration is required to attend the class. To register, call 888-323-2432, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Christmas for the KidsRobert Rosen, a local Edward Jones financial advisor, is supporting the Christmas for the Kids program by using his office as a drop-off location or this years toy drive. Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office at, 109 E. Monument Ave. Kissimmee, during regular business hours beginning now through Dec. 2. DAV 148DAV 148 is collecting toys now for Toys for Tots. On Nov. 9, it will be having Karaoke with Victor starting at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a parade in downtown Kissimmee will start at 10 a.m. DAV 148 will be supporting Golden Corral in its efforts with free dinner for Veterans, at local Golden Corrals. On Nov. 17, the DAV and DAVA will hold their monthly meetings. On Thanksgiving Day a pot luck luncheon will be held. The club will provide turkey, everyone else is asked to bring a covered Thanksgiving Day dish, desserts are welcome too. The DAV welcomes all veterans and their families. All military membership cards are honored. All day, every Wednesday, is Ladies Night. Bingo cards are 3 for $20 or $10 each. Barnyard Meat Bingo is every first and third Saturday starting at noon. Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday. Come in to honor our troops by wearing a red shirt. Those that wear a red shirt get the special $1.00 long neck beer deal on the second and fourth Friday. On Dec. 7, there will be a poke run for Toys for Tots. DAV 148 is located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee. For more information, call 407846-4141.OCEA-R November meeting Former educators who were members of their local, state,or national associations are invited to attend and join the Osceola County Educators Association-Retired at the Nov. 7 meeting starting at 11 a.m. Its at the OCEA building at 722 Mabbette Street, Kissimmee. The speaker will be Ken Smith. The annual unified dues are $53. RSVP by Nov. 5 to president Carmen Richards by calling 407-892-2588 or the OCEA Office at 407-870-4648.Elvis showElvis impersonator Rich Purnell will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the American Legion, 200 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee. Food may be purchased. For tickets, call Shirley at 407922-4502.Son Shine AuctionThe Son Shine Auction will be Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at 6 p.m. It will be at the Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club, 1500 The Oaks Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-933-4055. All proceeds will benefit the building fund of Life in The Son Ministry. Its dedicated to serving the less fortunate, people in transition, those needing job training, housing and help overcoming addictive lifestyles. Beverages and hors doeuvres will be available. Items to be auctioned include: antiques, home dcor, one of a kind art, rounds of golf, restaurant meals and more. To donate auction items, contact Jan or Doug at Life in the Son Ministry by calling 407-933-0300.Womans Club of St. Cloud The next meeting for the Womans Club of St. Cloud will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m. There will be a craft show. 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, from September through May, at 1:30 P.M. The Clubhouse is at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. For more information regarding the club, contact club president Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347 or email@example.comSurviving the HolidaysPoinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, will be hosting DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays Sunday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no cost. For more information, contact the church office by calling 407-8709700.Fall BazaarShingle Creek United Methodist Church, 2420 Old Vineland Road, Kissimmee, is hosting its annual Fall Bazaar today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come out and enjoy crafts, raffles, food, yard sale items, and more. Rent space is available for $10. For more information, call Kim or Donna at 407-396-6364.IKCA Fall FestivalThe 2013 IKCA Fall Festival will be today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kissimmee Charter Academy, 2850 Bill Beck Blvd., Kissimmee. Come out and enjoy carnival-like booths, bounce houses, food, and several different raffles featuring great prizes.Fall FestivalOn Nov. 9 from 2 to 6 p.m., Narcoossee Elementary School PTO is hosting a community Fall Festival at the school. There will be bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, skee-ball, carnival games, prizes and more. A chili cook-off will be judged by local firefighters as well as popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, drinks and more being served throughout the evening. This group is a nonprofit organization and their fundraising goal this year focuses on the renovation of the garden area for Narcoossee Elementary School. Junior GolfThe Hurricane Junior Golf Tour holds tournaments across the Southeast featuring competitive fields and great venues for junior golfers ages 11 to 18. On Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 the Central Florida Junior Classic will be at the Harmony Golf Preserve in Harmony. Registration ends on Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m.Relay For LifeRelay For Life of St. Cloud is hosting a Look Good Feel Good for survivors and caregivers. The event will be Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Peghorn Nature Trails Education Center. All survivors and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to come. Learn skin care tips during and after treatment. For more information, call Cynthia Adams at 321-402-2048 or Deborah Mahon at 407-922-2872.St. Cloud Garden ClubThe St. Cloud Garden Club meets the second Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. October through May at the St. Cloud Senior Center, B Hall. Members are asked to bring a covered dish and donation for the Food Pantry. The November meeting will be the Thanksgiving Dinner and a speaker will give a demonstration on the making of Bonsai trees. The December meeting will be a Christmas party and in January permaculture designer, Kattya Graham will be speaking. For more information, call Jeanette Coleman at 407-957-1955.AARP Driver Safety ClassAn AARP Driver Safety Class will be Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osceola Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. AARP offers a driver safety program designed to help senior drivers be safer while staying behind the wheel longer. The course was created specifically for drivers 55 and older to help experienced drivers compensate for changing vision, reflexes and response time and drive defensively in a variety of situations. Insurance providers may also offer a reduction in premiums for drivers who successfully complete this course. The course is $12 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members, these costs are payable on the day of the class. Making more memories The 2013 IKCA Fall Festival will be today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kissimmee Charter Academy, 2850 Bill Beck Blvd., Kissimmee. Come out and enjoy carnival-like booths, bounce houses, food, and several different raffles featuring great prizes.Fall festival S ubmitted PhotoFifteen members of the Osceola High School Class of 1953, together with nine spouses, met recently at the home of Jeff and Laura Miller to share memories of old Kissimmee and Osceola High School. Those present included classmates from Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia. Pictured from left are: Betty Hopkins Groves, Lois Hofer Richards, Joan Bass Hudepohl, Bobby Lanier, Inez Barclay Bums, Jane Rogers Bateman, Donna McClelland Watson, Barbara Bass Koger, Esther Bass Dulgar, Mollie Jones Wiley, James B. Prather, Jeffords D. Miller, Kay Bearden Pace, Eddie McGonigal, Teddy McDonald. Eddie McGonigal and Jeff Miller both taught for a while at Osceola High School, their alma mater. Photos/Osceola County A nimal Services. You could have kittens Trick or Treat, t op, as a new member of your family. These lovely little girls are 5 -month old, domestic shorthair kittens. Trick is the orange and black Calico, a nd Treat is the black a nd gray t iger kitty. They dont have to be adopted together, but t hey would make an adora ble set to have in your home. Meet Zack O Lantern and Elvira, at bottom. Zack is a 9 -month old m ale, black and tan c olored, black-mouth cur mix. Zack is easy-going and c alm and would make a wonderful family pet for a home looking for a laid-back forever friend. Zack has been at the S helter s ince Sept. 21 and he needs to f ind a home very s oon. If, on t he other hand, y ou would like a s oul mate that is a bit more active, then come in and play with Elvira. Elvira is a bit more energetic than Zack. She is also a little younger, just 5 months old and full of spunk. S he is also available for adoption at the O sceola County A nimal. Both dogs seem to get along well with each other and with other dogs. The s helter is at 3910 O ld Canoe Creek Road in S t. Cloud. To f ind out w hat a nimals are available, check the O sceola County Animal Services w ebsite at www.osceola.org/go/pets. A ll animals are spayed and neutered before leaving A nimal Services. The adoption fee is $60 for a dog and $50 for a cat. For more information, call 407-742-8000. Take me home Whats happening? C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com See Community, page B-5
Saturday, November 2, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 For more information or to register, call 407-593-1957. Ahoy Travel ClubThe Ahoy Carefree Travel Club meetings will be at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays at the Kissimmee Knights of Columbus, 2000 Neptune Road, Kissimmee. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Historical Society needs volunteersThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join the village in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. If you can spare one to three hours per week, consider being a volunteer in any number roles with our o rganization, from greeter s and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers, theres a role that is a perfect fit for you. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Terry Hooker at 407-396-8644, Ext. 7, or email questions to terryh@ osceolahistory.org. Be sure to check out our website at osceolahistory.org.Line DanceThe Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. There will be lessons and open dance; a basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. A donation of $2 per person is requested. For more information, call Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.SCUBA Dive SocialThere will be a SCUBA Dive Social Nov. 11 at Broadway Pizza in downtown Kissimmee at 7 p.m. Upcoming trips and classes will be discussed. This is open to all interested divers and those who would like to dive. Come and enjoy great food and good stories. For more information, call Mike at 407-483-5942.Arts, Crafts, and Farmers MarketThe Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society will have an Arts, Crafts, and Farmers Market today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Narcoossee Elementary School, 2690 N. Narcoossee Road., St. Cloud. All funds raised will be used to restore the 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. For more information and tickets contact, email@example.com.Social Dance/ Country DanceMonday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. are Social Dance nights at the St. Cloud Senior Center in Hall A; live bands every Monday, all year long. These dances are subject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $4 per person is requested. Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. are Country Dance nights at the St. Cloud Senior Center in Hall A; live bands on Fridays, November through April. On these months, a donation of $4 per person is requested. On other months, music will be provided by a DJ and admission is free. All ages are welcome. For more information regarding the social dance, call John McMahon at, 407951-9700.Christmas BazaarOn Nov. 21, the residents and staff of Good Samaritan Village at Kissimmee will hold a Christmas bazaar sale of handcrafted and original creations at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All items are priced to sell. Come and pick from jewelry, paintings, woodworkings, Christmas items, fabric crafts, baked goods and much more.Scout Spaghetti dinnerBoy Scout Troop 192 will have a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7:30 today at the First United Methodist Church, 1000 10th St., St. Cloud. There will be homemade spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, salad bar, desserts, coffee, tea and lemonade. Cost is $7 for one person or $24 for four. Everyone is welcome. Dine in or carry out.Veterans Day ceremonyThe Poinciana Veterans Club is having a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 starting at 11 a.m. at the Poinciana Community Center, 395 Marigold Ave. The club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Poinciana Community Center. For more information email the club at, poincianaveter firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Charlie Waters at 407-9708045, Elpidio Lin-Justiniano at 407-931-3689, or Jackie DeFazio at 407-933-5832.Book SaleThe Friends of the St. Cloud Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud is having a book sale Nov. 79. The book sale hours are: Thursday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 is big sale day; pay $2 for all the books you can get in a bag.Indoor Flea MarketVeterans of Foreign Wars Post 3227, 915 New York Ave., St. Cloud, will be having an indoor Flea Market, Crafts and Rummage Sale Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. Tables are $10 each and cover both days. Spaces are limited; stop by the post to rent a table.Casino Night and AuctionThe Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay will hold the 14th Annual Casino Night and Auction Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Kissimmee Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway. For $50 per person, you will enjoy casino games, a steak dinner, open bar and live and silent auctions. This event has raised more than $232,000 for Osceola County over the last 13 years. Tickets must be purchased in advanced from any Kissimmee Bay Rotarian or by calling a Rotary Contact at, 407-847-2518.Homes Health Fair Community DaySave the date! The Center for Drug Free Living of Osceola County is holding its 12th Annual Community Day and Health Fair Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the basketball court at 2188 McLaren Circle, Kissimmee. This event is designed to educate residents, children and adults about the dangers of risky behaviors such as poor diets, drug and alcohol use and violence. The goal is to empower the residents of our communities and aspire to make positive differences in the lives of every neighborhood. Many agencies will be participating in this event. Free hot meals will be provided as well as free HIV testing, glucose testing, blood pressure checks and entertainment will be provided.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. F or more information on trips or about the club, call 407846-0088 or email gtskiss@aol. com. Visit the website grouptravelspecialistskiss.com5K and Golf TournamentA 5K and Golf Tournament will be hosted by Solivita Salute Our Veterans to promote an active lifestyle while supporting the happiness that inspires hope at Give Kids the World Village Nov. 9. Registration for both events will run from 7 to 8 a.m. with the shotgun start going off at 8:30 a.m. The 5K will be a walk/run event on a USATF certified course in the Solivita community in Poinciana and food trucks will be around until 1 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend. The prices for the 5K are as follows: $25 for Solivita Residents or Veterans on race day (cash or check only). $30 for participants on race day (cash or check only). The Golf Tournament is $75 per player. The entry includes: green and cart fee, range balls before play, on course special events longest drive, longest putt, four goody bags/team, Chance-To-Win, Mulligans, and much more. To register for the 5K or Golf Tournament visit, support.gktw.org/solivita, and support.gktw.org/solivitagolf. For more information call Leah Bundy at, 407-3961114, Ext. 4252, or email, LeahB@gktw.org.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. Flea MarketThe Osceola Council on CommunityContinued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 103113.TNG 110213.SNG
Page B6, CommunityContinued from Page B5 Aging will hold a Flea Market Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a large selection of new and vintage items, lots of jewelry and low prices. For more information call Carmen Carasquillo at, 407483-1473.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 today 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 407-2884062.Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These a re mature, a dult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.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 407344-3550 or mcintyre@juno. com or contact Janice Casler at, 407-483-1498 or caslerj@ osceola-coa.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 407-944-9718. 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.Narcoossee Arts, Crafts, and Farmers MarketThe Narcoossee Are a Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society will be having the first Narcoossee Arts, Crafts, and Farmers Market today 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.Annual Fall Holiday BazaarHoly R edeemer 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 l unch 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, 407-847-2500.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, 407201-6912, or 407-891-0866.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.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.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 is required. Those interested can register online at www. st.cloudregional.com. For more information call, 407-891-2920.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. 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.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 407-846-4990. 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