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Serving Greater Oviedo and Winter Springs for more than 16 years


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This Week > A2
Winter Springs' Town Center offers
$10,000 to any broker that lures business.



plead for

sign relief

David Lancaster is desperate
these days. Only six months
after opening his bicycle
shop next to Oviedo Feed,
he stood in front of the
Oviedo City Council telling
the tale of the shop's slow
death. And Monday night,
he laid blame on the city he
hoped would help, but he
said it had crippled his busi-
ness into near-bankruptcy.
"From when my bicycle
shop opened, we've had
nothing but problems," Lan-
caster said.
Rg The problem was that
laws in the city made it
illegal for him to place any
signs on the roadside, stop-
ping his business plan cold
almost before it could get
started. The city let him put
up a temporary sign when
he had his grand opening,
but then made him remove
It was all downhill from

there, he said.
"After the sign was
removed, I lost 90 percent
of my sales," he said. "Since
then I have not had a week
where I've come even close
to breaking even."
Lancaster's story was
echoed by a handful of busi-
ness owners who lined up at
the City Council meeting to
chastise Oviedo and beg it
to show mercy by relaxing.
sign ordinances they said
have helped kill off busi-
Even Paul Partyka, the
president-elect of the Ovie-
do-Winter Springs Region-
al Chamber of Commerce,

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Interests > 8
Digital zaps and pinball zings abound at
this throwback to video gaming's origins.

Fuel spike changing college life

As students feel the pain,

habits forced to change i


As the economy stagnates,
University of Central Flor-
ida students are feeling the
pinch in their wallets, with
dollars slipping away into
their fuel tanks.
"It feels like wasted
money," said junior Mer-
line Delva, a legal studies
Delva has been unem-
ployed since January.
She said it's frustrating to
choose between gas and

food. "It makes you not
want to go out."
Similarly, senior Natasha
Oquendo, a criminal justice
major, said her solution is
to live on a strict budget
and spend less time with
friends and family. Oqu-
endo has to tighten her
budget, in part, because
she spends $50 a week on
gas, driving to work at the
Orlando International Air-
port. She also lives off loan

$2 cans of soda are a sign of the times at UCF, where prices for foods have risen as
the cost to ship them has gone' up. Students are learning the value of frugality.

"It's pretty hard mak-
ing ends meet, thinking ...
where am I going to find
the money to cover rent?"

she said.
According to the AAA
fuel gauge report, the cur-

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Oviedo's Babe Ruth 12-and-under softball team won the
Southeast region tournament Sunday, July 20. At left, they
shake hands with Oviedo's City Council and new City Man-
ager Richard Gestrich, at far left.
The team is in the middle of two weeks of practice
leading up to the World Series in Audubon, Pa., on Aug.
7-14. Last year as 11-year-olds the team placed second in
the state tournament and third in the Southeast regional
To win regionals this year they had to fight off challeng-
ers from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
and Virginia.

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QUOTABLE history
"Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in
Ia while, nine out of 10 people couldn't start a conver-
Kin Hubbard, American cartoonist,
humorist and journalist

$10,000 to land a new tenant


Now there's even more
incentive to get shops leased
in the Winter Springs Town
Center. The property man-
ager is offering real estate
brokers a $10,000 bonus for
each new tenant they move
in through September.
Orlando-based Cross-
man and Company took
over leasing and property
management for South Car-
olina-based James Doran
Company in May to give.
Doran a local presence,
President John Crossman
- The generous $10,000
offer, he said, has already
increased interest in the
mixed-use development,
which is slated to be 216,000
square feet of office, restau-
rants, shops and condos
once all phases are built. -
It is now 141,000 square
feet, and Crossman said
there are five vacant store-
fronts, making the Town
Center 90-percent leased.
To Mike Weller, president
of the Winter Springs Town
Center Merchants Associa-
tion, it seems emptier and
he welcomes the new offer
to draw tenants.
"They need to do what-
ever they can to get people
in here," said Weller, also
owner of Your Health Food
Store. "When you drive by

on 434, you look at empty,
empty, empty, empty, Wash-
ington Mutual bank."
Crossman said it's a lit-
tle bit harder to get lessees
right now because of overall
economic conditions, but
the market can work to a
prospective tenant's advan-
"Now is a good time to
look for space because land-
lords are offering incen-
tives," he said. "If a tenant
comes to us now, we're
going to give them a better
Commissioner Rick
Brown, who owns two busi-
nesses in the Town Center,
was excited to hear about
-the offer. "It's a great idea,"
he said. "It will get brokers
to focus on the empty bays
in the Town.Center."
The Merchants Associa-
tion believes the center's
property manager is doirig
its best to get the word out
about lease opportunities,
but for Weller,. that's not
enough. "My personal opin-
ion is a little different it's
not enough until it's leased,"
he said.
Also ailing the current
tenants, Weller said, is the
delay in building new resi-
dential units. People living
there are supposed to be
"built-in" customers within
walking distance.
.There are 41 planned
condos between two build-

Winter Springs' Town Center has about 10 percent vacancy in its commercial buildings, and property manager Crossman and
Company is offering $10,000 to any real estate broker that can bring them a tenant.

ings, said Randy Stevenson,
community development
director for the city. One of
the buildings will be strict-
ly condos 26 of them -
while the other building
will have ground-floor retail
and 15 condo units.
"Every single store in here
will tell you the same thing:
.That's why we came," Wellerj
said of the residential units.
When he signed a five-year
lease and set up shop in!

2006, he was told the condo
component would be fin-
ished by summer 2007.
Stevenson said the cur-
rent timeline puts the
condo component comple-
tion at the end of August,
but the building plans were
still being finalized as of July
23, so that timeline may be
adjusted. The ground floor
of the retail-condo building
is already in, he said.
Jesup's Reserve, just across

State Road 434, is inching
along; workers finished the
pool and cabana area in
early July. Also, Grandeville
at Town Center, a 160-unit
four-story apartment com-
plex to be just east of City
Hall, is close to securing the
permits to move forward.
"We really like the idea of
having people living right
there in the Town Center,"
Weller said. "It will create a
small-town, college feel."

In the July 11 edition of The Voice, Nacia Goldberg's name was misspelled in a photo In the July 18 edition, a photograph caption incorrectly named the woman standing next
.showing her practicing singing for her role in the play "High School Musical." to Mitchell Gordon of "Wine By Design" in Winter Springs. That woman is Kristi Brokaw,
We apologize for the error. manager of the shop. Please accept our apologies for the mistake.

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July 25, 2008


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$4,000 fine for recall campaign


The chairman of a political
action committee formed
in 2006 to recall two com-
missioners has paid $4,000
for violations of state orga-
nization laws, including
accepting excessive cash
donations, according to the
Florida Elections Commis-
The Winter Springs
Reform Committee, chaired
by George Markward Jr.,
aimed to get enough peti-
tion signatures to hold a
recall election against com-
missioners Michael' Blake
and Don Gilmore. The
group claimed' that Blake
and Gilmore were part of a
conspiracy to allow then-
Commissioner Ed Marti-
nez to remain on the dais
despite having moved out
of the city, .the recall peti-
tion stated.
Property records show
that Martinez sold his home
on April 2, 2004, but accord-
ing to Martinez, he moved
in with a friend in the city
while he closed on a house
in Altamonte Springs. On
April 12, he announced his
resignation effective May 28.

Gilmore was appointed by
.the Commission and served
the remainder of Martinez's
The committee said Mar-
tinez should have been off
the dais as soon as he sold
his Winter Springs home,
and that Blake and Gilmore
conspired or knew about
a conspiracy to keep Mar-
tinez there, the recall peti-
tion stated.
Markward's group mailed
out petitions on two sepa-
rate occasions in 2006 -
May and July each- time
failing to garner the signa-
tures they needed to move
forward with a recall elec-
tion, the Elections Commis-
sion findings state.
They also began collect-
ing contributions in antici-
pation of their recall elec-
tion campaign, but Mark-
ward accepted six cash
donations that were greater
than .$100. It would have
been OK had they been
checks, but Michael Jories,
Markward's lawyer, said. his
client wasn't aware of the
law at the time.
"The fine is nothing but
a technicality," he said. "He
shouldn't .have taken cash

But the excessive-cash
fines make up half of the
$4,000 fine, whichwas issued
May 30. Markward was also
fined $1,000 for premature-
ly spending about $11,000
in contributions earmarked
for the recall election, the
FEC findings state. It is ille-
gal to campaign against the
officials before a recall elec-
tion is publicly announced.
He was also fined $500
for depositing contribu-
tions into. an account that
wasn't the primary cam-
paign account, and two
$250 fines for incomplete or
missing paperwork.
In October 2006, city
Commissioner Robert Mill-
er filed the complaint that
launched the -Elections
Commission's investigation
of the Reform Committee.
He said the committee had
intentions other than recall-
ing the commissioners.
When the recall effort
began, Blake had less than
four months left before his
final term of office ended,
Miller said. He also had
submitted his letter of res-
ignation to the city, which
was effective Nov. 7, 2006,
announcing his run for a
County Commission seat.

"PAC never seriously
undertook this recall," Mill-
er said. "A character assas-
sination is all it was ... all a
smoke screen to wipe out
Blake in the county elec-
A message left for Blake at
his office was not returned.
Mike McLean, Blake's
opponent for the county
seat, used the recall efforts
to his advantage. The top
of one of his campaign fli-
ers read, "Why are so many
Winter Springs homeown-
ers trying to recall Michael
McLean defeated Blake
in the Republican primary
with 57 percent of the vote,
and went on to win the
seat in the general election
against an opponent who
did not mount a campaign.
Jones, Markward's lawyer,
did not wish to comment
on Miller's "speculation."
"It's a very simple deal
that Mr. Miller is trying to
make something out of," he
said. "They reported that
they took it as cash; there
was nothing hidden or
Former Commissioner
Ed Martinez viewed the
recall of Gilmore and Blake

as an attack on him. Blake
had already submitted his
resignation when the com-
mittee was formed, and
Gilmore wasn't even on
the dais when the commit-
tee said the "conspiracy"
"The whole thing behind
this was to turn people
against me because I had
left the city," Martinez said.
"They wanted to make
sure they injected people's
minds with negativity so I
wouldn't be re-elected."
Martinez moved back
into the city and ran for the
Commission again in 2006.
Commissioner Rick Brown
defeated him.
The $4,000 fine, Marti-
nez said, is just a "slap on
the hand" for the Winter
Springs Reform Committee.
He said there were things
the Elections Commission
should have looked into but
they "cannot investigate
anything criminal."
George Markward, chair
of the Committee, declined
to comment and referred all
questions to Jones, who said
Markward does not plan to
contest the Elections Com-
mission's findings and has
paid the fine.

BUSINESS I Business owners plead for permission to install roadside signs

< continued from the front page

stood up to speak, saying
that simple tefnporary signs
stuck into the grass along
the roadside would be
more helpful to businesses,
despite city ordinances that
were designed to keep "eye-
sore" signs away.
"This is an emergency
time in the United States,"
Partyka said. "It's better to
have a little clutter than the
clutter of vacant business-
es. You have to allow busi-
nesses to take advantage
[of the signs] and do it very
And as Partyka's words
cast a pall across the Coun-
cil dais, Councilman Steve
Henken's head nodded
knowingly about a prob-
lem he's been begging his
own city management and
fellow Council members to
"I just can't take the
phone calls anymore," he
said at a Council meeting
a month ago. "My phone is
ringing off the hook with
people asking me to do
something about this. We
have to do something before
it's too late."
But for some businesses,
it already has been.
Tim Shepardson shut-
tered his meal preparation
business called My Girl-
friend's Kitchen in May.
Inside the Town Center
Shoppes at the corner of
Mitchell Hammock Road
and State Road 434, the busi-
ness' only sign was behind a
row of palm trees, invisible

from the road.
He saw the writing on
the wall before it was too
late, and said he's hoping
that reopening his business
as a seafood restaurant will
attract more customers. But
the sign issues remain.
Those issues began to
crop up two years ago, after
the city passed a new sign
code that restricted road-
side signs, Henken said.
In that law's wake, some
businesses have become
desperate enough to break
the law by placing tempo-
rary signs anyway.
"As soon as they put them
down, we're picking them
back up," he said.
Lisa Giltner, also from the
Chamber, said the city has
cracked down too hard on
businesses trying to survive
by placing the signs along
the roadside.
"The city is telling these
people that what they're
doing to save their business-
es is illegal," she said.
The sign code came into
place to stop a nightmare
issue that haunted the
Council, Councilman Dom-
inic Persampiere said. Ordi-
nances that were too loose-
ly worded before led to bill-
board companies winning
lawsuits against the city,
victories that allowed them
to place billboards along
the roadsides leading into
"If we don't do this cor-
rectly, we could be opening
ourselves up where the next
thing we know is we have a
lawsuit," Persampiere said.

-',)T,l ISAAC BABCOCK-- Ti ,iE
Sprocket's Bicycle Depot owner David Lancaster pleaded with Oviedo City Council members Monday to be allowed to put a sign up
on Central Avenue near downtown. He says business has fallen off 90 percent since his "grand opening" sign was taken down.

"We could lose that lawsuit,
then we get into having
billboards in the city again.
That's what the sign code
was protecting."
City Attorney Sandra
Ambrose agreed, warning
the Council to tread lightly
on the dangerous issue.
"There are law firms that
go out looking for this," she
said. "You can't just change
this piecemeal. You have to
challenge the whole sign
code, and then it has to
meet muster before I can
recommend legally that it
passes muster."
City staff members said
they would work on adapt-

ing the sign code, but real
estate developer George
Viele said families will con-
tinue to suffer in the mean-
"The effects are more
widespread than just busi-
nesses closing or moving,"
Viele said. "Families are
going under. In the last six
months we've had at least
a dozen businesses close
in Oviedo," he said. "This
is their livelihoods. They
drained their 401(k)s for
this. When they go out of
business, their family goes
out of business too."
Newly hired City Man-
ager Richard Gestrich

empathized with the busi-
ness owners and suggested
that the city may be able to
quickly enact a code allow-
ing temporary sign place-
ment on weekends.
"The sooner we can do
this, the better off we'll all
be," he said.
That met with vocal
approval from the crowd,
but Henken said he hopes
changes can happen fast
"I don't like it when the
wheels of government turn
slowly," he said. "These are
extraordinary times that
call for extraordinary mea-

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Page A4 July 25 July 31, 2008 The Voice

10 years since Stetson fell

By Karen McEnany-Phillips

Gene "Stetson" Gregory-
was our friend and neigh-
bor, a man who loved his
family, community and
country with a genuine, no-
nonsense passion. Deputy
Eugene A. Gregory was our
protector, mediator and
conscience, a person who
looked out for us some-
times in spite of ourselves.
Ten years have passed
since we lost him in an
unthinkable series of
events midweek in July,
during a hot summer.
He answered an aggra-
vated assault call involving
a mentally ill man he knew,
but hours later Deputy
Gregory and the man, Alan
Singletary, lay dead on
Guy Court, surrounded by
equipment and swat teams
unable to stop the terrible
sequence of events.
The-community of
Geneva and greater Central
Florida, the statewide law
enforcement brotherhood
and both families, strug-
gled to make sense of it.

Time tends to blur the
details, but many of us
remember where we were
on that Wednesday night
when we heard the news..
And we won't forget the
endless law enforcement
motorcade that wound its
way down State Road 46
to the church overflowing
with officers, family, friends
and regular people paying
tribute to Stetson's cour-
Deputy Gregory is the
last Seminole County law
enforcement officer to die
in the line of duty, and we
hope he will be the last.
A few months ago his
memory was honored
along with Deputy Hugh E.
Thomas at a new memorial
'before the Geneva Elemen-
tary School flagpole. A gar-
den, a bench and a granite
stone honor their service
to Geneva and their love of
community and education.
Every year on July 8 the
families and law enforce-
ment community of Semi-

nole County gather at the
Law Enforcement complex
at Five Points to honor the
five Seminole County law
enforcement officers who
paid the ultimate sacrifice.
According to a press
release from the Treat-
ment Advocacy Center, the
tragic deaths of these men
were not in vain, as Sheriff
Donald Eslinger, widow
Linda Gregory and sister
of Alan Singletary, Alice
Petree, joined forces creat-
ing a Merital Health Task
Force advocating reform in
state laws regarding mentaF
health and substance abuse
Their efforts were hon-
ored nationally in 2005
with the National Mental
Illness Advocacy Award
from the Torrey Advocacy
Commendation. The award
honors not action alone,
but courage and tenacity in
spite of criticism and oppo-
Their efforts have
brought mental illness
out of the shadows, rec-
ognizing that accessible
outpatient programs allow
individuals more effec-
tive treatment, which also
results in fewer homeless
and fewer arrests.
This serves to protect
the law enforcement com-
munity whose members

come face to face with
these individuals every day.
Training and compassion
go a long way in helping
everyone stay on a s.afe-
Deputy Gregory impact-
ed so many lives. Folks tell
stories of times when they
had partied too much and
he brought them home to
their bed rather than to
a jail cell. Many folks met
Deputy Gregory for the
first time when he pulled
them over for speeding,
and from under the brim
of his famous Stetson hat,
he advised a lighter foot on
the pedal.
Another legacy has been
the Eugene Gregory Memo-
rial Youth Academy, fitting
for a man who was such a
role model for young peo-
ple and children.
The Seminole County
Sheriffs Office describes it
as, "a unit of the Division
of Juvenile Crime Enforce-
ment and Intervention
of the [Sheriffs Office.] It
is funded by the State of
Florida, Department of
Juvenile Justice.
"The unit provides a
highly structured environ-
ment consisting of five
hours of traditional educa-
tion and three hours of life
skills training for at-risk/
high-risk youth who are

returning to the commu-
nity from residential com-
mitment programs, as well
as youth on probation or
conditional release that
are suspended or expelled
from school."
Eugene Gregory was
always there to help. He
had a gift for sensing the -
vulnerabilities behind the
toughest exterior.
Such anniversaries are
hard to mark, but we must
acknowledge the lives and
legacies of those we have
loved and lost too soon, for
unselfish service, for simple
acts of kindness, and for
extraordinary courage.
Thank you Stetson, you will
always be with us; we tip
our hats to you.

Please share your thoughts about.
Geneva at 407-221-7002, kar-
enp@theoviedovoice.com with
"Stetson's Corner" in the sub-
ject line, or fax 407-349-2800.
This column is dedicated to
Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never
be the same because of Deputy
Gregory it will be better.

Charming Mount Dora just a hop away

This past weekend it was
time for another road trip,
only this time it was more
of a hop and a jump.
My daughter-in-law
Donna and I try at least
once a month to have
lunch an o shopping.
some pla' quaint. This
time Donna, who is mar-
ried to my oldest son, sug-
gested Mount Dora, and
I, of course, said yes. Love
that place.
Mount Dora has that
quiet and comfortable ort
of "southern" charm and
hospitality nestled among
the hills and several orange
groves. It has an elevation
of 184 feet above sea level,
and I guess you could say it
is a mountaintop town.
Every time I am there, it
seems to be bustling with
events and festivals. Last
Saturday the place was
packed, and I asked our res-
taurant maitre d' if some-
thing special was going on,
and he said no.
With the economy and -
prices as they are, I would

have surmised it to be more
of a ghost town. Not this
day. Donna and I 'did our
part, visited the quaint
stores, a few historic land-
marks and, of course, the
park in the middle of the
downtown n where events-
are also held.
We remarked how calm
the lake was and enjoyed
a delicious lunch at one
of the many eateries. They
have so many I like to visit,
and I try a different one
every time we come. I also
noticed that the Ice House
Theater was gearing up for
their fall season of plays.
Take a day trip; I know '
you will enjoy this little
historic town. Visit its Web
site, MountDora.com.
Coming up is the Target
Family Theatre Festival.
Children' theatre and vari-
ety performances featuring
"Footloose the Musical,"
"The Outer Toons" and
others will be playing now
until Sunday, July 27. For
a schedule of shows at the
Orlando Repertory The-

atre, 1001 E. Princeton St.,
Orlando, visit FamilyThe-
atreFest.com. Admission
is $12.00 for "Footloose
the Musical" and all oth-
ers show cost $6. For more
information, please call
Coming up, a little some-
thing for you history buffs:
A Day In Florida History.
It will feature a historical
camp, artisans and a Semi-
nole battle re-enactment,
and will be held from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur-
day, August 2, at De Leon
SpringsState Park, 601
Ponce DeLeon Blvd., De
Leon Springs. Admission is
$5 per car.
Miss America's Out-
standing Teen Pageant
will be held Tuesday, Aug.
12, through Saturday, Aug.
16, at the Orange County
Convention Center, 9800
International Drive, Orlan-
do. Individual event prices
vary; please call 407-599-
0759 for more information
or check its Web site, mao-
Coming up, two Track
Shack 5K Runs starting off
the 5K Season. At 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 17, the Cel-
ebration of Running and
Walking will start off the
fall series. Florida Hospi-
tal will sponsor this race.
Next, at 7:30 a.m. Saturday,
August 23, is the Xentury

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proceeds benefiting Park
Place Behavioral Health
Care, which provides acute
care services, therapy
treatment, foster care and
outreach programs for
children 5- to 17-years-old
who are survivors of sexual,
physical and/or emotional
abuse. For information
and registration for these
events, please check out

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Art revival in the works


About 100 artists from
across the U.S. will converge
on Winter Springs this fall
for the first Winter Springs
Festival of the Arts.
The festival will take
place in Winter Springs
Town Center from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Oct. 4-5 and
will feature fine art, live jazz
music and entertainment,
and an assortment of food
and wine.
A similar festival used

to be held by the Rotary
Club in Winter Springs,
said Peggy Allen, director of
membership and finance
for the Oviedo-Winter
Springs Regional Chamber
of Commerce, the host of
the new event.
Allen said Bloomberg
Boulevard in the Town Cen-
ter seemed like the perfect
place to revive that festival
tradition. "It's off the beaten
path, but it's still accessible,"
she said.
So. far about 50 local and
national artists have been

accepted into the festival,
and the Chamber. is still
accepting artist applica-
tions. The official deadline
is Aug. 15, but Allen said that
might be extended.
The Chamber also needs
additional company spon-
sorship, which is consid-
ered to be a contribution of
$1,000 or more, while a main
sponsorship is a $7,500 con-
tribution. They also accept
individual patron spon-
sorships in the amount of
$250 or $500, which include
vouchers to purchase art-

work, Allen said.
Commissioner Rick
Brown, who owns two busi-
nesses in the Town Center,
said the festival will match
the caliber of nearby estab-
lished events.
"Anytime we have the
opportunity to get the fine
arts into our community,
people don't have to drive
all the way to Winter Park or
Mount Dora," Brown said.
It will also bring people
in who may not be famil-
iar with Winter Springs, and
those people, Brown said,

will see that the Town Cen-
ter has much to offer as a
business center.
"We don't have a culture
in Winter Springs," Brown
said with a laugh. "This will
be the start of something
very interesting."

Show off your art or help spon-
sor Winter Springs' new festival.
held Oct. 4-5. Visit wsfota.org
for more information, or call the
local chamber of commerce at

UCF I Student jobs get the squeeze just as food prices rise

< continued from the front page

rent national average for
regular unleaded gas is
$4.042, while a year ago the
average was $2.956.
Gregg Laskoski, AAA Auto
Club South spokesman,
said gas prices usually fol-
low consistent and seasonal
patterns. He said after Labor
Day, higher demand for gas
is usually consistent with
summer vacation. Prices
begin to decrease in Octo-
ber and continue through-
out the winter.
Yet, the current increase
in gas prices is not follow-
ing the pattern Laskoski is
accustomed to seeing.
"What we saw in the
fourth quarter of 2007 was
complete statistical chaos,
unlike anything we had seen
in previous years," Laskoski
Since August 2007, gas
prices began to increase
well after Labor Day, into
the winter. Laskoski said
demandTor crude oil world-
wide is propelling the price
rise, particularly from China
and India. He also blamed
the weakening dollar, which

has led to more speculative
investment in oil.
Laskoski said despite
popular perception, U.S gas
supplies are actually very
healthy and demand for
gas is down 5 percent over
recent years. He said the
price culprit is speculation,
and if economists believe
oil will hit $200 a barrel
and it is published in an
article, investors will have
an incentive to buy, spiking
the price.
Laskoski said Congress is
trying to pass laws to limit
that type of speculation.
The pressure on oil
prices has exacerbated the
economic slump in the
United States. According to
the U.S Labor Department,
unemployment has risen
to 5.5 percent and the U.N.
released a report stating
food prices will remain high
well into the next decade.
Economist Sean Snaith,
director of the Institute for
Economic Competitive-
ness at UCF, said the com-
bination of high energy and
food prices with the mort-
gage meltdown have added
pressure to the economy.

Yet, high gas prices are
only part of the problem
many college students are
Campuses such as Valen-
cia Community College are
adjusting their meal plans
to cover their costs for fuel
and food. John Taylor, gen-
eral manager for the Food
Court at Valencia, said with-
in a six-month period, 30
percent of food prices have
The company is also pay-
ing a surcharge for fuel,
which only happens when
gas prices are high.
"The sad thing about the
way the economy is set up is
that they're going to pass on
all the other costs of every-
thing to the consumer,"
Taylor said. "We're trying to
be the middleman so that it.
doesn't go up too high."
Taylor said they're try-
ing to keep their food stock
to a minimum, along with
offering smaller portions at
lower prices. For instance,
a small salad would be half
the price of a large salad.
Employment is another
problem with stricter
limits on fall hiring, stu-

dents who would normally
be hired by the food court,
especially international
students, will have to seek
work elsewhere.
"Sadly we may not be
able to get as many students
... but we're hoping that
things turn around so that
we can," Taylor said.
The trend at Valencia
mirrors broader unemploy-
ment trends. According to
statistics released by the
Agency for Workforce Inno-.
vation, the unemployment
rate for Orange County
increased from 3.3 percent
in May 2007 to 4.9 percent
in May 2008. Based on the
May 2008 U.S. economic
forecast, released by the
Institute of Economic Com-
petitiveness, Snaith also
predicts that unemploy-
ment will continue to rise
well into 2009 even after
Snaith said college gradu-
ates might find certain areas
of employment harder to
find jobs in because of the
economic slump.
UCF graduate student
Paul S. Vanterpool II said, "I
have no idea how I'm going

to get rent for this month."
Vanterpool graduated in
the spring semester but has
been unemployed since
then. He said he is currently
looking for anything, with-
out any luck.
Similarly, senior Jes-
sica Jordan, a social studies
major, is extremely nervous
about not finding employ-
ment when she graduates in
the fall. She said the pay is
not increasing as quickly as
gas prices are rising. Jordan
said she is considering mov-
ing out of Florida into Geor-
o gia, Alabama or North Caro-
lina to look for employment
in education.
"I can't survive in Florida.
I have to get out if I'm going
to teach," Jordan said.
UCF senior Leah Gruen,
an English literature major,
had to pay $2,500 for sum-
mer tuition. Gruen is frus-
trated as she continues to
-see UCF build new build-
ings, while she hits her limit
on student loans and has
to pay more for school sup-

> story ends at UCF on page A7


Barbara C. Huge, 93, of Oviedo, Fla., died July 17.
She was a loving wife and mother whose commanding
presence will be greatly missed. She is survived by her
husband, A. William, daughter Gloria McSorley, sons
Arthur, Richard, six grandchildren, six great-grandchil-
dren, one great-great-grandchild, and brother William
Barbara was preceded in death by one grandchild
and two sisters.

Her funeral was held Wednesday, July 23 at St.
Luke's Lutheran Church in Oviedo, followed by burial
at St. Luke's'Church Cemetery. -
Donations in memory of Barbara may be made to
the Lutheran Haven, 2041 W. State Road 426, Oviedo,
FL 32765.
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Man steals drinks, two steal gas

Crime, arrests and
public safety news from
the Oviedo Police Department

By Lt. George Ilemsky

Cut off and angry, and
who needs money?
On July 14 a customer of
Medici's Cigar Bar, located
in the Alafaya Square Shop-
ping Center, was arrested
for disorderly conduct ;and
defrauding an innkeeper.
The customer became irate
after the bartender stopped
serving him drinks because
he looked drunk. After
attempting to pick a fight
and yelling out obscenities,
the customer left without
paying his bill. The evident-
ly tipsy customer thought

nothing of not having to
pay for his drinks. Medici's
has issued a trespass warn-
ing against him. He had to
set a bad example for the
rest of the customers!

Armed robbery
on Broadway Street
On the evening of July 16,
officers responded to an
armed robbery that had
occurred in the area of
Harrison Street and Reed
Road. Oviedo and Semi-
nole County units also
responded by setting up a
perimeter. The two victims

were leaving the Shell gas
station, located at 1045 E.
Broadway St., and walking
back toward Reed Road
when a man approached
them near Roosevelt
Square. The man then
pointed a black handgun
at the victims and took
$20. They said the suspect
shot the handgun toward
the ground and then ran
toward Round Lake Park.
The suspect was tracked
through the park on Ste-
phens Street toward Tyson
Street by a police dog. The
suspect is described as
being about 20 years old.
He was last seen wearing.a
white, black-striped shirt,
and short baggy black

More vehicle
burglaries reported
Several vehicles were
reported burglarized dur-
ing the weekend.

On July 18 a purse was
reported stolen at Publix in
Alafaya Square. The victim
was loading her groceries
into the trunk of her vehi-
cle. A younger black female,
thin in stature, was seen
running from the area with
the victim's purse.
On July 19 the owner of
a vehicle parked at Semi-
nole Creek Drive found it
disheartening when he dis-
covered the steering wheel
cover and front seat were
cut open.
On July 19 a purse con-
taining an iPod and bank
cards was reported stolen
from a victim's car, which
was parked at Bluebeech
Court. The victim, while
unloading groceries, forgot
to secure her vehicle.
On July 19 a wallet con-
taining personal informa-
tion, credit cards, bank
cards and a radar detector
was reported missing from

a parked vehicle on Abbots-
ford Court.
On July 20 a vehicle's
front windshield and roof
were damaged on Oak

High price of gas
prompts drive-offs
The high gas prices might
have prompted a couple of
opportunists to drive-off
without paying for their
gasoline at the Island Food
stores on July 15. Or the
perpetrators may have for-
gotten to pay for gas. The
high prices may be causing
some memory lapses. We ,
shall see!

Cop talk avoid
being a victim
Remember to take a
moment and secure your
property. Do not let your-
self become victimized. It's
everyone's responsibility to
be on the look out!



Last day to register
to vote in primaries
Monday, July 28, is the last day to
register to vote in Florida (or change
party affiliation) in order to be eligible
to vote in the Aug. 26 primary elec-
tion. The Seminole County Supervi-
sor of Elections office (1500 E. Air-
port Blvd. in Sanford) will once again
be open late to give citizens one final
chance to register to vote.

Since management-level employ-
ees will be used, the extended hours
will not cause any overtime expens-
es to the office's budget.
Call 407-585-8683 to verify their
registration information.

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< continued from page A5
"It's frustrating because
we're students, and they
know we're poor but they're
not making it any easier for
us, in fact they're raising
their.prices to basically sup-
port their consumerism,"
Gruen said.
As money becomes
scarce, some students are
switching from driving gas-.
guzzlers to motorcycles and
even scooters. UCF Parking

Services said there has been
a 12 percent increase in
the number of passes being
issued for motorcycles and
mopeds from last year.
According to Lynx
spokesman Matthew Fried-
man, this year the num-
ber of bus passengers has
increased 7 percent, com-
pared with 3 percent from
previous years.
Working for Lynx as a bus
driver for 19 years, Edward
Schlauraff said recently he

has seen more people use
the bus.
"Everyone's filling up left
to right," Schlauraff said.
Across the UCF campus,
students are also turning to
bicycles and carpooling as
their budgets stretch tight-
We're not in a recession
yet, Snaith said. The survey
of Professional Forecasters,
though, released by the Fed-
eral Reserve Bank of Phila-
delphia, reported a 49.07

percent chance there will
be one. If oil hits $200 a bar-
rel, he said it wouldn't help
that statistic.
"The economy is in a
weakened state so any other
shocks that hit us could do
significant damage," Snaith
Still, Snaith says high gas
prices are only temporary.
The question is when they
will come back down. He
said when oil prices are this
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STHIS WEEK in human history

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Looking to play an old-fashioned
game of pinball?
Rocky's Replay in Casselberry
might be the best place around to
get your fix.
- The old-school arcade, which
serves micro-brewed beers and
49-cent hot dogs, has six themed
pinball. machines. Their newest
addition is a machine dedicated
to the latest Batman flick, "The
Dark Knight."
Rocky's is named after an old
pinball term. "Replay" is a free
game awarded to high scorers.
Dave Mosher bought the build-
ing in 1995, with an aim to open
an arcade that appealed to an
older group of players. Located on
Semoran Boulevard near Red Bug
Lake Road, it was originally a Mc-
Donald's restaurant and then, for
one month, it was a 50s diner. The
.exterior still has that feel, with
shiny metal accents.
Today, Mosher fondly calls the
place the "politically uncorrect
gaming center." After 7 p.m. on
Friday and Saturdays, nobody
younger than 17 is allowed in.
Smoking and drinking is always
He. said his normal clientele
are between 20 and 50 years old,
but it's by no means a drinking
destination. "It's like Cheers with

games," he said of the everybody-
knows-your-name atmosphere..
They also sell about 1,500 hot
dogs a month. "They're 50 cents
each you won't get rich on
that," he joked. The games range
from 50 cents to $1.
Some of their games are nostal-
gic, such as Ms. Pac Man and an air
hockey table, while others feature
the latest in gaming technology,
such as the LCD-screen NASCAR
driving game.
Mosher said it's hard to find.
an arcade with pinball machines
nowadays they have thousands-
of lights and sensors and are just
too costly to maintain. "Every one
of them breaks everyday," he said.
Luckily, they have an in-house
repairman to tend to the ma-
chines. They also have an in-house
pinball professional.
Ron Rohter has been playing
pinball for 40 years, seven of those
at Rocky's, and he just got hired to
work there. He competes in pin-
ball tournaments at expos and
often attracts a crowd at Rocky's
when he flicks and bumps the sil-
ver balls.
But the self-proclaimed "Pin-
ball Lord" has already .met his
match. "My 9-year-old daughter
is probably the best player I've
seen," he said with a laugh.
All the games at Rocky's are
separated by genre dance, fight,
golf, shooter, driving. The family-

run business also sells T-shirts for
$6, and if patrons take a photo of
themselves wearing the T in a dif-
ferent state, they'll give them $20
in tokens.
Mosher said that the gaming
industry has changed a lot over
the years, evinced by several big
players, such as Nintendo, drop-
ping out of the arcade sector to
produce solely games for the
After the Columbine school
massacre, Mosher said officials
pointed the blame at video game
arcades. "Today it's a very differ-
ent industry. This is not where
the violence is," he said, compar-
ing arcade games to home games,
which are not subject to the same
liabilities and tend to be more vi-
Arcade games are one-tenth of
one percent of the world video
game market, he said.
"I don't know where the in-
dustry is going," he said. "There's
so much emphasis on the home
market ... but there's always the
potential for a comeback."

Dave Mosher opened Rocky's Replay in 1995,
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y luJ 25 July 31 2008 Page A9

Food is what this family values


There is nothing greater than the
strength of family and tradition,
Dominick Commesso said.
After a lifetime spent in the
restaurant and catering business,
Dominick opened a 3,200-square-
foot business in May called
Dominick's To Go located on Red
Bug Lake Road in Winter Springs. It
serves as both a catering company
and a specialty food market.
"I come from a longline of res-
taurateurs," Dominick tells custom-
ers with pride.
To make the transition to the
new business even sweeter, six fam-
ily members play a vital role in the
company. His son Jon acts as com-
pany president, daughter Nicole
vice-president, while daughter-
in-law Kristina works as manag-
er. Mary, his wife, acts as company
secretary, while 9-year-old grand-
daughter Zoe enjoys the title of
"official dessert taster and future
Chief Operating Officer." Together
they cater an average of 100 wed-
dings per year and more than 300
other large functions, such as anni-
versary parties.
"I am basically now an adviser to
the business," Dominick said. "I give
them my ideas. Now, I am just the
business brain behind it."
Kristina, who is married to Jon,
said she grew up in a very small
'family and appreciates working
within the large Commesso family
environment. "I get to work with
my father-in-law, sister-in-law and
husband, and I honestly love it,"
she said. "Saying family is impor-
tant to us is an understatement.
[Dominick] has been training us to
take over the family business and
has helped us learn all aspects of
the company."
The Commesso cooking tradition
began nearly a century ago when
Dominick's grandfather opened a
restaurant in Geneva, N.Y.,, which
Dominick's father eventually took
over. In 1978, Dominick opened a
seafood wholesale establishment in
Auburn, N.Y. and then started a sea-
food restaurant. "Then we expand-
ed into Dominick's Restaurant
and Banquet House, which had a.
1,200-seat banquet room and 376-
seat fine-dining restaurant. From
there we expanded to Dominick's

Dominick's To Go, which recently opened
at the northeast corner of Tuskawilla
Road and Red Bug Lake Road in
Winter Springs, offers take-out family
meals and catering.
The shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9
.p.m. Call 407-699-8646 for more infor-
mation, or visit DominicksCatering.com.

at Auburn Golf and Country Club,"
he said.
Dominick ran three bustling
businesses simultaneously until
health issues prompted him to sell
and he moved to Florida to recover.
Instead of getting better, he admit-
ted to falling into a deep depres-
sion. Dominick missed his daily
life too much, as the food industry
runs deep in his blood.
Today, Dominick's eyes light up
when he describes the specialty
food made fresh daily at the new
facility. "We make our sausage daily
using my grandfather's recipe and
his sausage-making machine,"
Dominick said. "It has been passed
down through the family."
The Tuscan style of the store's

> turn to DOMINICK'S on the next page

At top, a "flat" bakes in an old-fashioned pizza oven at Dominick's, a catering company and specialty food
market that opened in May in Winter Springs. Above, Dominick Commesso's daughter-in-law Kristina holds a
plate of herb chicken. The business employs Dominick's family, including his wife, son and daughter.

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interior lends itself well to the
vast selection of foods. The
large refrigerated case holds
numerous main courses and
.sides, from ratatouille and orzo
spinach salad to curry chick-
en mango salad and chicken
salad made with almonds, blue
cheese and white grapes.
The goal of the takeout
operation, he said, is to provide
people with quick, yet healthy,
dinners. The store is kept open
until 9 p.m. to accommodate
customers' busy schedules.
The "Family Meal" menu,
which serves four to six peo-
ple, offers a large selection
of items made fresh daily for
pickup or delivery. There are
numerous chicken specialties
served with choice of spaghet-
ti or roasted potatoes, such as
chicken parmigiana or chick-
en marsala.
The seafood dishes, also
served with a choice of
sides, include shrimp parmi-
giana and shrimp caprese.
Homemade soups, such as len-
til and minestrone, are also
The eggplant parmesan,
Dominick said, has become a
local favorite. "We are prob-
ably selling 500 orders per
week right now," he said. Most
"Family Meals" are priced
below $30.
The store also con-
tains imported olive oil and
uncooked Rummo pasta,
along with specialty meats,
cheeses, biscotti and pastries.
While parking may be a lit-
tle tough during prime times,
Dominick said there is more
space available at the back
of the store and someone is
always available to assist with
takeout. "Just call us from your
cell phone from the parking
lot and we will bring it out,"
he said. "Our quality control is
maintained through the fam-
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Police host
school safety meeting
Parents of Oviedo's school children
are invited to the Secure Our Schools
school safety meeting for the upcom-
ing school year at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Aug. 7. The meeting will be held at
the C.O.P.S. and Volunteer Center at
the Oviedo Marketplace.
The meeting is hosted by the
Oviedo Police Department and the
Oviedo Optimist Club; parents who
attend will have the opportunity to:
Meet the Oviedo Police D.A.R.E.
and School Resource Officers who
will be at Oviedo-area schools
Learn about Secure Our Schools,
Oviedo Police and Seminole County
Public Schools' safety program for
the seven schools located in the city
of Oviedo (Oviedo High, Lawton Chiles
Middle, Jackson Heights Middle, and
Evans, Lawton, Partin and Stenstrom

elementary schools)
Hear about its local youth services
officer, gang monitoring and truancy
prevention programs
Learn about teen traffic safety and -
underage drinking initiatives
Find out how the Oviedo Optimist
Club offers to help your school or PTA
conduct youth safety programs and
school events
Discuss issues of local concern to
all parents of school-age children
Space is limited, so concerned
parents should reserve a seat now.
To register, call the C.O.P.S. and
Volunteer Center at 407-971-5705 or
the Police Support Services adminis-
trative assistant at 407-971-5711.

Seminole Hob Nob
returns for 26th year
Join political candidates and issue-
related organizations to hear about

campaign issues from 4:30 p.m. to
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Hilton
Altamonte Springs, 350 S. Northlake
Blvd. in Altamonte Springs.
All attendees may cast a straw-
ballot vote for key races. Hobnob with
politically minded locals, network for
your business, and enjoy heavy hors
Individual tickets are $25 and cor-
porate 12-packs of tickets are $275.
E-mail mmercado@seminolebusi-
ness.org or call 407-708-4602 for
more information.

5K road race for
charity in Kissimmee
The 12th Annual Xentury City I-Drive
U-Run 5K to benefit Park Place
Behavioral Health Care's Children's
Center and Sunnyside Village is
Saturday, Aug. 23, at U.S. Highway
192 and South International Drive

in Kissimmee. Join Xentury City
Development Company as it hosts
the run. Nickelodeon Family Suites
by Holiday Inn will entertain the chil-
dren with Nicktoon characters -
SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the
Explorer and Diego in the Nick
Hotel Zone at the run.

Registration is $20 cash or check
and $21 credit card through Aug. 16;
$4 extra Aug. 17-22; and $30 cash/
check only on race day. Child regis-
tration is free. Call 407-896-1160 or
visit TrackShack.com to register and
for more information.

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5:20, 7:20, 7:50, 8:20, 9:55,10:30,
10:55, 12:30am

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1:35, 2:30, 3:45, 4:20, 5:05, 7:15,

11:20am, 11:50am, 12:20,12:50,
1:20,1:50, 2:40, 3:10, 3:40, 4:10,
4:40, 5:10, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30,
8:00, 8:30, 9:20, 9:50,10:20,
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MAMMA MIA! (PG-13) 11:40am,
1:30, 2:20, 4:15, 5:00, 7:05, 7:40,
9:40,10:15, 12:25am, 1:00am

SPACE CHIMPS (G) 12:00,2:05,
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ARMY (PG-13) 12:10, 2:55, 5:35,

THE EARTH (PG) 11:45am, 2:15,
4:35, 7:25, 9:50, 12:20am

HANCOCK (PG-13) 12:15, 2:35,
5:05, 7:35,10:00, 12:35am

WALL-E (G) 11:25am, 2:00, 4:30,
7:10, 9:45, 12:15am

WANTED (R) 1:05, 4:05, 6:40,
9:35, 12:10am

GET SMART (PG-13) 1:10, 3:50,
6:50,10:10, 12:45am

KUNG FU PANDA (PG) 11:35am,
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SKULL (PG-13) 9:15, 12:00am

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4:15, 5:05, 7:20, 7:50, 8:20, 9:55,
10:30,11:30, 12:30am, 1:00am

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8:40, 9:20, 9:50,10:20,10:50,
11:30, 12:00am, 12:40am, 1:10

MAMMA MIA! (PG-13) 12:30,
1:25, 3:25, 4:50, 7:40, 8:15, 10:10,

SPACE CHIMPS (G) 12:05, 2:10,
4:30, 6:50, 9:10,11:20

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7:35,10:00, 12:15am

WALL-E (G) 11:55am, 2:20, 4:55,
7:10, 9:35

WANTED (R) 12:45, 4:00, 7:45,

GET SMART (PG-13) 1:45, 4:25,
7:05, 9:40, 12:25am

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Heath Ledger as the Joker, grossed
$155.34 million last weekend, a box
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takes an unexpected direction as Mulder continues his unshakable quest
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'The Mummy: Tomb of
the Dragon Emperor'
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again to take down the undead
and save the world from a
merciless ruler after his young
archaeologist son is tricked
into awakening the ruthless,
shape-shifting Dragon Emperor
from his 2,000-year-old curse in
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Blueberries for the h

Two types of blueberries
grow well in Florida: rabbit
eye and southern highbush.
However, orily the low-chill
cultivars of each are adapt-
ed to Florida. The southern
highbush cultivars that
are commonly grown in
Florida are best adapted to'
areas south of Ocala and
north of Sebring.

If you want to grow blue-
berries in Central Florida,
southern highbush are pre-
ferred to rabbit eyes. Most
blueberry cultivars that
are grown in Florida are
self-unfruitful; they require
cross-pollination from
other varieties. Bees are
required for good fruit set.
With good pollina-
tion, berry yields of 2 to 5
pounds per plant may be

expected by the third or
fourth year. Sharpblue, the
most commonly grown
southern highbush cultivar,
can be harvested very early.
Gulf Coast is an early vari-
ety with good fruit quality.
Misty has become estab-
lished as the primary pol-
linator for Sharpblue.

Soil requirements
Both rabbit eye and south-
ern highbush thrive on
acid soils, which contain
more organic matter than
is usually found in Florida's
soils. Southern highbush
blueberries are not recom-
mended for soils with less
than 3 percent organic
matter and usually require
mulching for optimal
Organic matter can be
added to soils by incorpo-



rating peat moss prior to
planting. Also, pine bark
mulch will eventually
decompose and add to the
soil organic matter.
Blueberries require a soil
pH of 4.0 to 5.5. At higher
soil pH values, tissue levels
of micro-elements such as
iron and zinc become defi-
cient. Blueberries require a
well-drained soil. Blueberry
roots exposed to water-sat-
urated soil for more than
a few days could become
infected with root rot.

The best time to plant blue-
berries is from mid-Decem-
ber to mid-February. Either
bare-root or container-
grown plants can be used.
Plants about 2 feet tall
with well-developed root
systems that are not pot-
bound are best.
Keep the roots of bare-
rooted plants moist but
not wet prior to and dur-
ing planting. The root balls
of potted plants should be
broken up slightly and the
roots of blueberry plants
benefit from the incorpo-
ration of acid sphagnum
peat moss into the plant-
ing hole. Dig a hole large
enough to accommodate

ome garden
the roots and peat moss. spread even]
The plants should be set diameter cir
at the same height as they cast in a con
grew in the nursery. A layer to 4 feet wid
of pine bark 3 inches deep, -the plant ro'
extending about 2 feet out
from the plants in all direc- Pr
tions, or a pine bark strip Pruning stin
about 4 feet wide, extend- development
ing down the row, will pro- which are m
vide a good substrate for than older c
surface-feeder roots. rule is to ren
of the oldest
Fertilization year. Most pt
Blueberries respond best ally done im
to frequent, light fertiliza- harvest duri
tion. A special formulation summer.
called "blueberry special"
is available in Florida and Irri
meets the plant require- Mature blue
ments. A camellia-azalea need about
fertilizer can also be used. water annual
Spread fertilizer evenly critical peri
over a circle 2 feet in diam- tion of blue
eter with the plant in the Florida is fr<
center. Repeat this proce- set until the
dure in April, June, August For most cu
and October. If plants are corresponds
mulched heavily, use 1.5 of high wat(
ounces per plant per appli- plants and 1l
cation rather than 1 ounce. During M
During the second year, blueberry pl
use 2 ounces of 12-4-8 require aboi
per plant per application water per w
and spread it evenly over inches of wa
a 3-foot diameter circle. will be need
In year three and later, the late spri
use 3 ounces of fertilizer months.
per plant per application

Cops top firefighters in diamond duel
W Oviedo's firefighters couldn't extin-
guish the city's police officers who
wereee burning up the softball diamond
Saturday afternoon, July 19. The
Inaugural Police-Fire Charity Softball
Challenge ended in an alarming 14-4
victory for the boys in blue. Bragging
rights weren't the only spoils, though;
funds raised during the free event
through T-shirt and food sales went to
1 _7the Oviedo Optimist Club, sponsor of
many youth programs for local kids.
M.The police officers might've broken
--some laws of physics during their hot
pursuit of home runs around the bases.
t, Vo Their firefighting counterparts didn't
shy away from the heat, however, as
their four on the board stood testament
to their fireproof tenacity.
. The Challenge will become a tour-
S..... *nament next year and will hope to
...... draw teams from police and fire agen-
........ r.cies across Central Florida,


ly over a 4-foot
cle, or broad-
itinuous band 3
Le, centered on

nulates the
it of new canes,
lore productive.
anes. A general
move about 1/5
t canes each
running is usu-
imediately after
ng the early

berry plants
40 inches of
ally. The most
od for irriga-
berry plants in
om early fruit
end of harvest.
ltivars, this
s with a period
er use by the
ow rainfall.
[arch, mature
plants will
ut 0.6 inches of
eek. One to 1.2
iter per week
led throughout
ng and summer

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THIS WEEK in sports history

IE- to lead his baseball team to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles
Dodgers. He was the first Latino ever to pitch a perfect game and
the first Nicaraguan player to make the major leagues. He ended his
A ,career with nine complete games, five shutouts and a 2.39 ERA.

Season loss won't faze Kraze

The Central Florida Kraze already
had its division clinched, but
that didn't stop the Bradenton
Academics from coming as close as
they could to unseating them Friday.
The Academics beat the Kraze soc-
cer team 2-1 in Bradenton.
The loss ended the regular season
for both teams, and simultaneously

handed Bradenton the final playoff
slot for the upcoming weekend.
Both of them now look
to the Southern Conference
Championships at the Kraze's
home, FSA stadium.
The Kraze took a tough draw
on their first round opponent,
the Laredo Heat. The last time the
Kraze played the Heat in a playoff,
they lost 4-0 to knock them out of
playoff contention.

This time the Kraze has a home-
field advantage at its 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 25, kickoff. By the time
the members take the field, they'll
already know whom they'll play in
the championship round if they
The Academics play the Austin
Aztex at 5 p.m. Friday. If the
Academics and Kraze win their
respective games, they'll face off in
the final, and the Kraze will be in

the unenviable position of having
to beat a team they lost to just last
week. That final will take place at 7
p.m. Saturday, July 26.
If the Kraze prevail, they'll return
to the Professional Development
League national championship
tournament, which they won in
"It only gets tougher from here,"
Coach Joe Avallone said.

Dawgs spare record with wins

The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs"0
scrambled to 5 1/2 games back from -", -
the Belleview Bulldogs after win- a.t.
ning three of four baseball games,
and taking Leesburg in a slaughter.
The Dawgs beat the Orlando Suns
7-2 Tuesday night. That brought ,.
the. Dawgs within 1/2 a game of
Orlando for fourth in the league
Last week, they piled on the runs
against the Lightning, winning in a 4-
7-0 rout. Meanwhile Belleview lost
two in a row to start their week tied
with Clermont for the league lead.
The Dawgs climbed a little out
of a hole they had dug in the past
two weeks, bringing their record .
to 14-17 as of Tuesday and pull-
ing farther away from the last-place
Sanford River Rats.
They may need the breathing.. .
room,,with a six-game road trip
ending their regular season. Their
final game was in Sanford after PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
press time Wednesday. Now it's The Diamond Dawgs slammed balls into the sunset Friday night at home in Winter Park, defeating the Leesburg Lightning in a 7-0 rout. On Tuesday night, they took the Orlando Suns
playoff time. 7-2, a victory that put them within half a game of fourth place in the Florida Collegiate Summer League ladder. They traveled to Sanford on Wednesday night to face the River Rats.

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THIS WEEK in political history

Aeronautics and Space Administration. NAS research has been
responsible for groundbreaking achievements such as the Apollo
11 lunar landing in 1969 and the development of the space shuttle,
launched in 1981. NASA recently sent robotic exploratory missions
to Mars and Pluto.


Proposal undercuts state birth control laws

The Bush administration's
Department of Health and
Human Services has been
called "ground zero for
the ideological wars in this
country," and a new HHS
proposal leaked this week
proves why. In a spectacu-
lar act of complicity with
extremists on the right,
HHS is proposing to allow
any federal grant recipi-
ent to obstruct a woman's
access to contraception.
The American public is
nearly unanimous in sup-
porting contraception: 90
percent favor wide avail-
ability for birth control,
and 90 percent of sexually
active women of reproduc-
tive age are using it. It is
simple common sense: the
average woman spends
nearly three decades of her
life attempting to be sexu-
ally active without getting
pregnant, and access to
contraception is the only
proven way to avoid an
unintended pregnancy.
For most women, birth
control is a basic health
care need. But with this
new proposal, the Bush
administration plans to
hand over the gears of
health care to the few
extremists who want
to impose their deeply
unpopular right-wing

doctrine on the many. The
"Pill Kills" fringe has gen-
erally been ignored for its
warped pseudo-science,
but not at Bush's HHS.
Its new proposal would
make agencies receiving
HHS funding promise not
to discriminate in hiring,
against anyone who objects
to abortion and then
redefines abortion so as to
include most commonly
used forms of birth control
including oral contracep-
tives and IUDs.
This is the latest and
now incontrovertible
- proof that the anti-
abortion movement, and
the administration that
appears beholden to it,
opposes basic pregnancy
prevention and is firmly
committed to control over
Americans' sex lives. If the
HHS proposal is approved,
anti-contraceptive opera-
tives will seize health
financing, one of the most
important levers of control.
The regulations would be
vast in scope and serve as
an open invitation for local
extremists to directly med-
dle with your most impor-
tant life decisions.
Under the new rule, any
health care provider who
receives federal funding
and would like to prevent

women from having access
to prescription birth con-
trol would have federal
protection for doing it.
State laws requiring hos-
pitals to give pregnancy
prevention to rape victims
would be automatically
invalidated. Pharmacies
nationwide could be grant-
ed instant permission to
refuse to fill prescriptions
for birth control. Health
centers may be forced to
hire religious extremists
who would refuse to pro-
vide contraception to their
patients, even if contracep-
tion service is the main
focus of the facility.
The new regulation
would overrule laws
in 27 states requiring
health insurers to cover
contraceptives. Keep in
mind that reluctance
of Health Maintenance
Organizations (HMOs) to
cover contraception was
what led to these state
mandates in the first place.
Health insurance plans
would likely be able to
eliminate contraceptive
coverage, re-imposing on
women 68 percent more in
out-of-pocket health care
expenses than men pay.-
President Bush has been
committed to restricting
Americant' access to preg-

nancy prevention since his
first days in office. In 2001,
he attempted to eliminate
contraceptive coverage for
federal employees and sol-
diers. At the request of the
anti-contraception move-
ment, he has obstructed
the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration's process
of approving proposals
for wider access to con-
traception; appointed
self-described anti-con-
tra'ception leaders to over-
see the nation's federal
contraception program
for the poor; eliminated
funding for international
family planning programs;
appointed anti-condom
activists to the Presidential
Advisory Council on HIV/
AIDS; promoted programs
that withhold information
about birth control from
sexually active teens; and
sunk unprecedented sums
of public funding into these
no-sex-until-marriage pro-
grams, even after witness-
ing, as governor of Texas,
that the result there was
the highest teen birth rate
of any state in the union.
The proposed regula-
tion is just one of many
campaigns against contra-
'ception, all led entirely by
the anti-abortion establish-
ment. Few Americans know

that not one anti-abortion
organization in the United
States supports contracep-
tion. Even fewer under-
stand that every effort to
ensure Americans' access
to pregnancy prevention
is met with fierce, well-
financed, and increasingly
successful opposition by
anti-abortion groups.
The Bush administration
has been able to implement
these deeply unpopular
attacks against birth con-
trol and family planning
because the American pub-
lic doesn't really believe
that an anti-contraception
movement even exists.
Under the cover of public
denial, behind the ban-
ner of "Who could be
against contraception?"
ideological extremists have
accomplished much of
their agenda. Approval of
the HHS proposal would
be the most encompass--
ing and far-reaching attack
on the right to contracep-
tion they could hope for.
What the anti-birth control
extremists need now is for
the public to continue to
believe it can't happen.
Cristina Page
Author of "How the Pro-
Choice Movement Saved
America: Freedom, Politics
and the War on Sex"

Optimism and vigilance are your job-search allies




There were nearly 6,000
people at the Central
Florida Employment

Council's President's Job
Fair last week. The number
of people looking for jobs
has really gone up over the
last six months. So what
does this mean for you?
You have to standout in
the crowd. Perfect a resume
geared toward the job you
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ing to earn additional income. Become
a part time or full time-loan officer. Con-
trol your own closings. Gain access to
hundreds of mortgage programs. Save
your clients thousands of dollars. Call
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Part Time help needed for new garden cen-
ter and gift store located in Geneva. Must
have plant, retail knowledge and sunny
disposition! Please fax resume to: 407-349-

Oviedo law firm seeks part-time entry level,
receptionist/office assistant. Please email
resume to Patti@HoytBryan.com, fax to
407-977-8078 or call 407-977-80_80.

Special zero-down home loan programs.
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month. 1401 Broadway St. Contact Megan
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New offices available, 1 or 2 (10x12)-plus
shared reception, conference, kitchen areas.
Flexible terms. Great marquee location at
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1,300 sq. ft. brand-new commercial space
available. Located within the beautiful new
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or other personal service. Please contact
Denisse at 407-741 -8600.

Bed, pillow top mattress sets w/ 5 year
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File No. 2008CP1217
The administration of the estate of Walter A.
Golaszewski, deceased, whose date of death was
April 25, 2008, is pending in the Circuit Court for
Seminole County, Florida, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is PO Box 8099, Sanford, FL 32772-
8099. The names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons
having claims or demands against decedent's es-
tate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this court WITHIN
All other creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons having claims or demands against decedent's
estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication of this notice is
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Karl A. Burgunder
Attorney for Petitioner
1490 Swanson Drive
Suite 200
Oviedo, FL 32765
Telephone: (407) 366-3555
Fax: (407) 706-0372
Florida Bar No. 980935
Personal Representative:
Christine M Golaszewski
2940 Grandeville, ApL 104
Oviedo, FL 32765
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Volume 2, No. 7

Kyle Taylor

Alex Babcock

Lacy Rushin

Copy Editor
Jonathan Gallagher

Carole Arthurs, Isaac
Babcock, Amy K.D. Tobik,
Karen M. Phillips

Contributing Writers
Jen Adams, Gina DiPaolo,
Suzanne Keezel

Justine Griffin


G.O.KIDS!.......... B4
The Buzz.......... B4
Family Events..... B5
Day trips..........B6
Get Organized..... B7
Family Briefs.... .B7
Snap To It! ........ B8

Cover image: Visitors engage in
Disney's newest ride-game expe-
rience, Toy Story Mania. Photo
courtesy of Walt Disney World.

Page B2

Cancer in a kids' book

Local doctor and breast sur-
geon Shenin Sachedina recently
wrote a book to help children
deal with a mom who has breast
In her book, "Metu and Lee
Learn About Breast Cancer,"
Sachedina helps children deal
with a disease that frightens
them. "It is my sincere belief that
this book will assist children,
ages 5 and above, to understand
the changes when their mom
has cancer and how to deal with
the challenges."
Sachedina explains about the
"good guys and the bad guys,"
noting that the "bad guys are
little bad cells that have been set
up in Mommy's breast." In kid's
terms, she explains about che-
motherapy, radiation, surgery
and even provides a to-do list
for kids and dads. The book was
written with the help of Michael
Winslow. Winslow is an actor
and comedian known as the
"Man of 10,000 Sound Effects"
for his ability to make realis-
tic sound effects using only his
voice. He attended the Lisa Maile
School of Acting, Modeling, and

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Imaging. He is best known for
his role as Sgt. Larvelle "Motor
Mouth" Jones in the "Police
Academy" series ,of movies and
TV shows.
Sachedina is the founder
of The Central Florida Breast
Center in Winter Park. She has
been in practice as a breast sur-
geon for 10 years and is a board-
certified surgeon specializing in
breast disease.
She hopes that this book is the
front-runner for several more
books for kids, including "Metu
and Lee Learn About Diabetes"
and "Meta and Lee Learn about
"It is my sincere hope that the
Metu and Lee series of books

will help children who are deal-
ing with different medical issues
gain knowledge, wisdom and
hope," Sachedina said. She can
be reached at 407-740-5127.

The big 'Oh!'

A reminder
that laughter
is essential

My brother-in-law sent me one
of those silly e-mail question-
naires. You know, the ones
where you read the responses
and think to yourself, "I didn't
know Liz's favorite cereal was
Captain Crunch. I should have
her over for breakfast soon so
we can enjoy our favorite cereal
together." Anyway, one of the
questions was "What is your
favorite sound?" My response
was "the sound of crashing
waves," but a very close sec-
ond was laughter. I love to hear
laughter. I love to laugh. I love
to be around people who make
me laugh. I get an unusual high
from making someone laugh.
It's a special talent to do this
and sometimes takes some
My children laugh a lot. They
also supply ample opportuni-
ties to laugh. In fact, they laugh
at most things, whether they
are funny or not. Sometimes I
hear myself repeat the mantra
of my mother when we would
be riding in the car. "This is no
time for silliness." Of course
you know the result of this,
right? Side-splitting laughter
from all children along for the
ride. My two older ones are
now employed as official baby-
laugh makers. They will try
anything to make their young-
est sibling giggle. As the baby
gets older she's much choosier,
but they still go to unusual

lengths to hear that sound
because I believe they are now
addicted to the sound of her
laughter. My son has found his
niche with the loud bangs and
pops he makes with his tongue;
my daughter's tool is her silly-
sounding words and crazy
Do you know that on aver-
age, preschool-age children
laugh up to 400 times a day?
Would you be shocked to learn
that the average adult laughs
only 17 times per day? I can
think of about 10 reasons right
off the top of my head why I
would only laugh 17 times per
day. And when I do laugh, I
might have to admit that some
of those are sarcastic in nature
and sometimes forced laugh-
ter. Life does become serious
at some point. I remind my
husband of this at times. "Get
serious, dude, we have three
children. now. Stop watching
college football and mow the
yard." But I guess the question
is, do we have to take life and
ourselves so seriously? Why not
laugh more than 17 times per
Ever think about what makes
you laugh? I like comedians;.
smart comedians, ones who
watch the news. Then there's
my husband's "giggle." When
he really thinks something is
funny, this giggle escapes from
this otherwise very tough man.
Just hearing it makes me laugh.
My sister is my true comedic
gift, though. Her observations
on the otherwise mundane
really do it for me. She and I can
be convulsed in laughter and
my husband will sit there look-
ing at us without even crack-
ing a smile. Go figure. Like the
time she described to me her

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audition for a movie. After she
fell over out of a headstand,
the producer asked her to state,
into the microphone, her name
and a few other vital statistics.
She stood there motionless and
forgot her name. At the end, she-
told me that if they wanted a
clumsy mute, she would get the
job hands-down.
So maybe the quasi-psycho-
babble isn't convincing you to
laugh more? Let me then share
some health benefits with you.
Here goes: Laughter reduces the
level, of stress hormones and
increases the level of healthy
hormones. This means a stron-
ger immune system. A good
laugh exercises the diaphragm,
contracts the abs and works out
the shoulders. Laughter pro-
vides a physical and emotional
release. Laughter is a distraction
from guilt, anger and stress.
Laughter can give us a different
perspective on things; humor
gives us a more lighthearted
view. Laughter connects you
with others; it is contagious. Did
you know that scientists have
actually proven that fake laugh-
ter produces the same physical
results as real laughter and may
actually lead to more real laugh-
So there you go. Who doesn't
want a healthier immune sys-
tem? Do what you love, and
invest your time in activities
and others who bring a smile
to your face and a laugh to your
heart. For the record, my broth-
er-in-law's response to the ques-
tion was "the sound of children
laughing." He's single, hand-
some and smart. I sure could
use a sister-in-law to laugh with,
if you know anyone who's look-

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THEME PARKS I Thrills added, colorful new rides hope to lure guests

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you purchase a one-day/one-park ticket or See Web site for multiple offers.
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Universal Studios
Orlando, FL

Children 3-9 $60.00
Adults $71.00

Current discounts
For a limited time, Florida residents receive
a second day and second park free when
you purchase a one-day/one-park ticket or
one-day/two-park ticket.

Passes are also available with and with-
out blackout dates: Power Pass $139.99,
Preferred Pass $199.00, Premier Pass
$279.95. See Web site for more details.
What's new
This movie-TV production studio and park
recently added a new adventure ride based
on the animated series starring the notori-
ous Simpson family. The Simpsons Ride
sends visitors flying and floating through
Krustyland's kiddie attractions on a motion-
based simulator ride. The Blue Man Group
is also currently performing a new show
with their unique combination of music,
comedy and multimedia theatrics.

.Islands of Adventure
Orlando, FL

Children 3-9 $60.00
Adults $71.00

Current discounts
For a limited time, Florida residents receive

one-day/two-park ticket.

Passes are also available with and with-
out blackout dates: Power Pass $139.99,
Preferred Pass $199.00, Premier Pass
$279.95. See Web site for more details.

What's new
Known for its 3-D adventures, roller
coasters and amusement rides, Islands
of Adventure attracts visitors of all ages.
Visitors can eat breakfast with animated
characters at Confisco Grille from Thursday
through Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to
10:30 a.m. The breakfast is $15.95 for
Adults and $9.95 for children, plus tax and
gratuity. Call 407-224-4012 for reserva-

Disney Parks
Buena Vista, FL
Cost per park
Children 3-9 $60.00
Adults 10-59 $71.00

Florida residents
Children 3-9 $54.00
Adults 10-59 -$63.90

Current discounts
Florida residents can purchase Magic Your
Way Base Tickets at discounted prices.
Several multi-day, multi-park ticket pack-
ages available.
For example: Florida resident pays $159
plus tax for a four-day Magic Your Way
Base Ticket, whereas a non-Florida resi-
dent would pay $202 plus tax for the same
ticket. And Florida residents can add the
Park Hopper Option, Water, Park Fun and
More Option, and the No Expiration Option

Magic Kingdom
What little girl wouldn't like the chance to
spend the night in the Cinderella Suite atop
the infamous castle? As a part of "The Year
of a Million Dreams" program started in
2007, Disney guests are chosen at random
to stay in the impressive castle.

As temperatures rise this summer, cool
off in the new 400-seat theater located
in Tomorrowland and experience one of
the latest adventures at Magic Kingdom,
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, an interactive
journey with one-eyed Mike Wazowski and
his buddies inspired by Pixar's "Monsters,

Originally named Experimental Prototype
Community of Tomorrow, EPCOT was the

second theme park -at Walt Disney World
and opened in 1982. Journey around the
world and experience various cultures of
countries such as: Canada, Germany, Japan,
Italy, Switzerland, China and Mexico.
The Epcot International Food & Wine
Festival is held Sept. 26 through Nov. 9 and
gives guests the opportunity to try myriad
foods featured at more than 25 interna-
tional marketplaces.

For a little relaxation at the park, check
out the Sounds Like Summer concerts
beginning June 9 and continuing through
April 10. The concerts will feature bands
playing the music of Elton John, The Eagles,
The Supremes, Bon Jovi, U2, the Bee Gees
and many more.

Children of all ages can climb aboard
the refurbished ride once known as "Living

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Disney World added a "Finding Nemo" theme to its EPCOT Living Seas exhibit, at top. Universal Orlando
has launched its Simpsons-themed simulator ride where "Back to the Future" once stood, above. At right, an
animatronics engineer puts finishing touches on Mr. Potato Head on Disney's "Toy Story Mania" ride.

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This month's art comes from art students at
Dommerich Elementary School in Maitland.


Water color
on paper

Illustrated by
Sam Gakzak
fourth grade

Chinese Scroll

Water color
on paper

Illustrated by
Lily Aydt
Second grade

When I
grow up...

Crayon on paper

Illustrated by
Amanda Egan
Fourth grade

This month, we asked kids at Dommerich
Elementary School in Maitland:

"What are you doing this summer?"

Interested in getting your face on The Buzz? Call us at 407-628-8500 and
ask for Editor Alex Babcock to sign up for a visit to your school.

"I'm going to
South Carolina to
a log cabin with
my grandparents,
Bizkids, Boy Scout
camp and Rollins
summer camp."
-Will, age 11

"I'm going to Rollins
College summer
camp, tennis camp
and the Learning
Tree. I will play with
friends, have slee-
povers and stay up
-Kaitlin, age 11

"I am going to
Michigan with
I'm going to the
Bahamas and North
Carolina for two
weeks, the beach
and Gainesville."
--Jackson, age 10

"I'm going to visit
my friend in Texas
who used to go to
Dommerich with me.
It will be good to see
an old friend."
-Colin, age 11

"My family is going
to the Grand Canyon
and I will play with
friends and go to
-Caroline, age 10

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July 2008

THEME PARKS I New name, new sights at 'Hollywood Studios'

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Seas" to journey into a coral reef filled with Disney friends
Nemo, Dory, Crush and Mr. Ray in The Seas with Nemo &

Hollywood Studios
Disney has renamed its former "Disney-MGM Studios," a
Hollywood-themed park which has grown to include mov-
ies, theater and television.
A new edition of "Playhouse Disney Live on Stage!"
opened in February and includes stars from "Mickey
Mouse Clubhouse," "Little Einsteins," "Handy Manny" and
more. Visitors can also party with the interactive traveling
show called Block Party Bash, as more than 20 Disney-
Pixar characters fill the theme park and dance and play.
Grab some 3-D glasses and shrink to the size of a toy in
Disney's newest ride-game experience, Toy Story Mania.
The game provides an ever-changing variety of targets and
is intended for all ages. "The Chronicles of Narnia" fans
will enjoy the Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian, new
this month to the park. Visitors will have an opportunity
to see behind-the-scenes footage, storyboards, props and
costumes from the latest movie.

Animal Kingdom
Spend the day with more than 1,000 animals'living at
the 500-acre theme park, catch a musical and enjoy the
adventurous rides.
* Take an exhilarating ride on the new roller coaster com-
plete with hairpin turns called Expedition Everest that takes
guests on a high-speed train adventure along the treacher-
ous terrain of the towering Forbidden Mountain.
A 30-minute musical production called "Finding Nemo
-The Musical" in their newly enclosed Theater in th'e Wild
is sure to win the hearts of visitors of all ages with dancers,
aerialists and larger-than-life puppets.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Tampa, FL

Children 3-9 $54.95
Adults $64.95

Current discounts
Florida residents can purchase a 2008 Fun Card and come
back to the park all year for free. Discounts also given if
combined with Adventure Island and/or Sea World tickets.
See Web site for more details.

What's new
This African-themed park features a zoo, rides and wilder-
ness gardens.
Recent additions include Jungula, a four-acre attraction set

in the Congo area filled with exotic creatures, multi-story
family play areas, rides and live entertainment. Experience
the thrill of the park's refurbished roller coaster, Sheikra,
with its exhilarating "floorless" cars. The Bird Gardens
Theater features an all-new animal show called Critter
Castaways. It features a menagerie of familiar pets, such
as dogs and cats, with more exotic creatures, such as

Current discounts
Buy any regular-priced one-day ticket and get a second
day free (must be used within six days). See Web site for
more details.

Gold Passports are also available for access to Cypress
Gardens all year
Children 3-9 $59.95
Adults 10-59 -$79.95
Seniors 60+ $69.95

What's new
This 72-year-old attraction was completely refurbished in
2005 and features more than 40 rides including six roller
coasters, the world's tallest spinning rapids ride, water ski
shows and historic botanical gardens.
Catch the amazing flips and tricks this summer at the
new nighttime ski show on Saturday evenings at 9 p.m.
through Labor Day. New elements include upbeat music,
pyrotechnics and powerful spotlights. Check the Web site
for the latest in live concert information.

Along with sprawling lush gardens, Cypress Gardens offers a
variety of traditional theme-park rides. Busch Gardens' new Jungala
attraction offers an up-close look at African wildlife.

Still time to join Eco Camp
Does your child enjoy learning about nature?
If so, there are still a couple of spots left in the
second session of Seminole County Natural
Lands' Eco Camp! The camp is for middle
school age students ages 10-13. This day camp
will run July 7-11 at the Ed Yarborough Nature
Center in Geneva. Students will get hands-on
learning about Central Florida's Ecosystems in
this interactive camp.
The cost for Seminole County Residents is
$135. Non-county residents pay $145. Call Amy
Raub at 407-349-0959 or e-mail at araub@
seminolecountyfl.gov for more information.

MysiC- Dunes embraces
'daughter to the course week"
Mystic Dunes Golf Club has announced plans to
participate in "Take Your Daughter to the Course
Week" being held July 7 13.
Mystic Dunes Golf Club will offer daughters
free golf when accompanied by a paying adult
during the week. In addition, a one-hour clinic
for girls will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on
Tuesday, July 8. The cost is $10.
Call the Mystic Dunes Golf Club Pro Shop at
407-787-5678 to book a tee time and for more
Take Your Daughter to the Course Week, now
in its ninth year, was developed by the National
Golf Course Owners Association and is part

of Play Golf America an industry-wide effort
to grow the game. Take Your Daughter to the
Course Week is aimed at shrinking the gender
difference while promoting golf as a family
activity. Visit www.ngcoa.org and www.playgol-
famerica.com for more information.

Mud volleyball for
the March of Dimes
There are only two months until the March of
Dimes 16th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament.
Enjoy a day of mud-slinging fun while helping a
worthy cause on Saturday, Aug. 23. Held at the
Lee Vista Center in Orlando, this Central Florida
event is the largest on the East Coast.
Lee Vista Center is located off Semoran
Boulevard, one mile north of Orlando International
Airport. Registration is $400 before August 1st
and $450 after for a co-ed team of six to 10
Teams raising $1,500 or more receive special
perks as "Club Mud" teams. Swine in style with
premier event recognition and status including
mud servants provided by Hooters, complimen-
tary food and beverages, VIP restroom facilities
and much more.
Featuring more than 150 corporate teams
wallowing in two to three feet of mud, the tour-
nament raised more than $181,000 with more
than 2,000 participants and spectators in 2007.
Call Jessica Hadelman at the March of Dimes
at 407-599-5077, extension 24 or e-mail jhadel-

man@marchofdimes.com to register a team
and for more information. Mud volleyball is still
in its early planning stages and there are spon-
sor opportunities available. Visit mudvb.com for
more information.
The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organiza-
tion for pregnancy and baby health. Visit mar-
chofdimes.com/florida and nacersano.org for
more information.

Shands Arts in Medicine
featured in TV show
The filmmakers of "Healing Words: Poetry and
Medicine" discovered that the Shands Arts in
Medicine program was committed to that phi-
losophy when they came to Gainesville in 2004.
Four years later, the documentary, which high-
lights Shands AIM, is set to air on PBS stations
across the nation beginning July 1.
Director James Cavenaugh came to Shands
at the University of Florida medical center
after meeting Gail Ellison, Shands AIM writer-
in-residence, at a Duke University conference
on poetry and medicine. At the conference,
Cavenaugh and producers Dr. David Watts and
Joan Baranow, presented footage filmed in
other settings some of which featured John
Fox, a nationally recognized poet who had previ-
ously visited Shands at UF
Local PBS affiliate WMFE will air the program.
Check local listings for times. Visit www.shands.
org for more information.

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Seminole County isn't known as a tourist destination, despite having an international
airport that caters largely to tourist travelers. While Orange County offers up theme
parks such as Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, you'll find parks a little more relaxed and
easygoing on the north side of the county line. Here's a look at places to go all of them
budget-friendly in what's known as "Florida's Natural Choice," Seminole County.

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
201 S. Magnolia Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
Contact: 407-321-8111
Hours: Showtimes Friday and Saturday 7:30
Sunday 1 p.m.
Cost: Tickets range from $10 to $23
Description: Tins beautifully restored historic
Vaudeville Theatre hosts a wide range of perfor-
mances: plays, musicals, ballets, operas, recitals,
pageants and lectures. Currently showing Disney's
"High School Musical" until June 1.
Central Florida Zoological Park
3755 N.W. U.S. Highway 17-92
Sanford, FL 32771
Contact: 407-323-4450
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9.95 adults, $7.95 seniors, $5.95 children
Description: Stroll along winding pathways to
encounter 100s of mammals, reptiles and birds
close up. Weekend animal programs; a favorite for
kids of all ages.
Lukas Butterfly Encounter
1909 Salvia Road
Oviedo, FL 32765
Contact: 407-365-6163
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a m. to 4 p.m
Sunday 10a.m to 3 pm
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children
Description: See butterflies hatch rignt in Iront of
your eyes. Tour rooms lull of butterflies in environ-
ments made to match their natural habitats
Big Tree'Park
761 General Hutchison Parkway
Longwood, Fl 32750
Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Contact: 407-322-6567
Description: Big Tree Park is known for its natural
vegetation, its marshlands, and its beautiful board-
walk trail. "The Senator," the park's main attraction,
is a 3,500-year-old baldcypress. The property was
donated by Sen. M.O. Overstreet in 1929. Picnic
tables and restroom facilities are available.
Red Bug Lake Park
3600 Red Bug Lake Road-
Castleberry, FL 32707
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving. Christmas, New Year's Eve
Contact: 407-695-7113
Description: Red Bug Lake Park is a 60-acre park
adjacent.to the 28-acre Red Bug Lake. Red Bug
Lake Park offers picnicking, playgrounds, fishing,
boating, tennis, racquetball, wallyball, basketball,
sand volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, jog-
ging, walking, exercise trail, and pavilion rentals.
Restrooms are available throughout the park.
Little Big Econ Canoe Launch
County Road 419 (Snow Hill Road)
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Contact: 407-321-1693
Description: The canoe launch offers a perfect
place to enjoy the Econlockhatchee River. It is
designed solely as a canoe launch area. This site
includes parking.
Black Hammock Adventures
2536 Black Hammock Fish Road
Oviedo, FL 32765
Contact: 407-365-1244
Cost: $23.95 adults, $19.95 children 10. and
younger for a 30-minute ride. Reservations required
for longer rides
Description: Take an airboat ride across Lake
Jesup near Oviedo, which has the highest popula-
tion of alligators of any lake in Florida. Ten thou-
sand acres large, Lake Jesup flows directly into
the St Johns River. See alligators, eagles and other
wildlife in their natural habitat.
Soldier's Creek Park
2400 State Road 419
Longwood, FL 32750
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: 407-321-1693
Description: Soldier's Creek Park is a 315-acre
park adjacent to Spring Hammock Preserve. The
park has ball fields and soccer fields. Currently the
ball fields are used by community groups for youth
boys baseball and youth girls softball.

Mullet Lake Park
2368 Mullet Lake Park Road
Geneva, FL 32732
Hours: 24 hours (all day)
Contact- 407-321-1693
Description: The 151-acre park is next to 631 -acre
Mullet Lake. There is a restroom and pavilion avail-
able for public use along with fishing and camping
at this park. Boats can be launched from there into
the St. Johns River basin.
Fun World
4311 S. Orlando Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
Contact: 407-330-1792
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $8.for unlimited rides from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(kids, summer only); free admission and parking
Description: Fun World is a family amusement
park featuring karts, bumper boats, bumper cars.
miniature golf, 15 adult rides and eight kiddie rides.
a 250-game arcade, a birthday party restaurant
and more.
Museum of Seminole County
300 Bush Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773
Contact: 407-321-2489
Cost: Free
Hours: Wednesday to Friday noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..
Description: The museum offers information about
Seminole County's agricultural history as well as a
glimpse of the past with a vast collection of period
antiques, historical photographs and exhibits of
early Florida agriculture and transportation.
Bradlee-Mclntyre House
130 W. Warren Ave.
Longwood. FL 32750
Contact: 407-332-0225
Cost: Free
Description: The Bradlee-Mclntyre House was
buil about 1885 and is the only surviving "cottage"
in Orange and Seminole counties. It's evocative of
the typical house seen during the Victorian Period.
Rock Springs Riding Stables
Springs Run State Reserve
P.O. Box 1544
Sorrento, FL 32776
Contact: 352-735-6266
Hours: Trails range from one hour to six hours
Cost: $37 to $157, depending on trail type
Description: Guided horseback tours on scenic
trails filled with Florida wildlife
' Congo River and Exploration Co.
531 W. State Road 436
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Contact 407-682-4077
Call for hours and admission prices
Description: 18 holes of miniature golf course amid
a tropical environment with caves and waterfalls.
Aiguille Rock Climbing Center
999 Charles St.
Longwood, FL 32750
Contact: 407-332-1430
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday -10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday-- 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday noon to 7 p.m.
Cost: $15 a day
Description: Aiguille Rock Climbing Center offers
rock climbing for all ages. The air-conditioned
facility offers a 7,500 square feet of climbing walls.
Wekiva Marina
1014 Miami Springs Drive
Longwood, FL 32779
Contact: 407-862-1500
Call for pricing and hours
Description: Wonderful, nature-filled canoeing and
fishing. Experience the true state of Florida.
Rivership Romance
433 North Palmetto Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
Contact: 407-321-5091
Hours: Reservations required
Price: $43.34 adults
Description: Relax and dine while cruising the his-
toric St. Johns River. Entertainment, menu selec-
tion, unsurpassable hospitality. Climate controlled.
Reservations required. RivershipRomance.com

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Preparing for
an emergency

It's official hurricane season
is upon us, and there's no better
time than the present to pre-
pare for an emergency. Getting
organized before disaster strikes

can be done in a few quick steps
and will make a huge difference
when the lights go out!

Have a plan
Discuss with your family mem-
bers where you will meet if you
should be evacuated or if disas-
ter strikes when not everyone
is home. Cell phone service
may cut out, so it's important
to decide on a meeting place
before the storm strikes. Have
a plan to connect with out-of-
the-area family members to let
them know you're safe. If a hur-
ricane is threatening your area,
fill your car up with gas so that
you are prepared in the event of
an evacuation.

Shop ahead
Stock your pantry with non-per-
ishable and ready-to-eat foods,
water 3 bottles per person
per day and pet food. For the
adventurous who like to cook
under emergency conditions,
stock up on the cooking fuel
of your choice Sterno, char-
coal or propane. Before a storm

starts looming on the coast, fill
necessary prescriptions for all
family members, and don't for-
get your pets!

Make two emergency kits
Make two kits: one for your
home and one for your car. In
each kit, include water for each
family member, a first aid kit,
toiletries including toilet
paper and meal-replacement
bars. Also, include a change of
clothes for each person, a radio,
a flashlight, lots of batteries and
a copy of your insurance poli-
cies, and you're all set.

Stash some cash
During the aftermath of
Hurricane Charlie, some stores
quickly reopened but were oper-
ating on a cash-only basis, as
debit and credit card machines
were down. So be sure to avoid
this dilemma by stashing a few
20s, or 50s if you're a high roller,
in your emergency kits.

Memory keepers
Store photos and home mov-

ies on a CD or DVD, stored in a
tote bag or plastic tub. This way
they take up less space, will be
easy to grab in case of an evac-
uation and can survive water
damage better than the origi-
nals. Consider an online storage
solution: I like to print and store
my digital photos at'Walgreens.
com, where they stay safe and
Hopefully, you will never
have to rely on these emergency
preparation tips, but it will sure
feel good just knowing that you
and your family are ready for
action. Here's hoping for a very
quiet and uneventful 2008 hur-
ricane season!
Suzanne Keezel is a professional orga-
nizer and owner of The Organized Planet
in Winter Park. She specializes in help-
ing clients overcome domestic chaos and
Visit theorganizedplanet. com or call
407-579-9842 for more information.
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365,000 Florida homes
checked for wind safety
More than 365,000 Florida homeowners have
signed up for free wind inspections through
the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program,
only 35,000 inspections shy of the Florida
Legislature's goal of 400,000 free wind inspec-
tions by June 2009. The popular first-come,
first-served program will continue accepting
applications online and by phone until it meets
the 400,000 application goal.
Participating homeowners receive a free
wind inspection report, which suggests ways
homeowners can harden their homes against

storm damage and informs homeowners if
they are currently eligible to save money on
their wind insurance premiums. To date, 60
percent of homeowners who have received a
free wind inspection are eligible for discounts
on their wind insurance premiums averaging
$220 statewide.
Any Floridian who lives in a single-family,
site-built home is eligible for a free wind inspec-
tion through the MSFH program. Floridians
can apply online at www.MySafeFloridaHome.
com or by calling the program toll-free at
1-866-513-6734. Homeowners who receive
free wind inspections through the MSFH pro-
gram will receive a detailed inspection report,

complete with additional information on. esti-
mated insurance premium discounts, if the
homeowner is eligible.
Florida naturalist and TV host
launches 'Living with Alligators'
Living with Alligators, a private initiative intend-
ed to educate millions of residents and visi-
tors in the Southeastern United States on the
subject of alligator safety and public concern,
launched June 26 in Orlando, featuring founder
Israel Dupont.
Living with Alligators addresses the long-
standing and ever increasing public concern

over the sharing of habitat with the storied
swamp saurian that inhabits 14 million acres
of territory spanning 10 states, with nearly 140
million humans.
Dupont is producer and co-host of the new
ReptilesTV channel, and will share host duties
with wildlife TV star Nigel Marven (Animal
Planet, Discovery Channel, Prehistoric Park) in
a live television Webcast in July.
The educational awareness program includes
live presentations conducted by Dupont
throughout the state of Florida, for all manner
of groups and occasions, from a family party
to a state fair.


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Hope you are all keeping cool
and keeping your cameras cool
but in use! Don't leave them in
your car as the heat can damage
your equipment or degrade it.
This applies to even point-and-
shoot cameras, and really any
electrical gadget. Think of how
fast chocolate would melt...
It seems like the ballet recit-
al season was so long ago, and
I'm sure that those of you with
daughters in ballet took some
great shots of them. I thought
I would look back at pictures
I took from a recital at Trinity
Preparatory School in May.
Eleanor Furey of Winter Park
looked precious in this outfit. I

want to compare color with the
wildly popular black and white
in this month's article. The black
and white photograph tends to
have you look at the child. The
color picture helps you notice
the outfit, the child, and the
grass in the background, and
it's appealing on many levels,
which rewards repeat viewing.
The outfit, being a major focal
point, would compel most pho-
tographers to cast the picture
in color. On this exact picture, I
think I personally like the color
shot better. If someone really
didn't care for red that much,
then black and white would be
more appealing. As always, every
viewer has an opinion.
When you take a lot of pic-
tures, it is nice to turn some
of them into black and white.
Another bonus of black and
white: I find that if a picture is
not fully clear or sharp, turning
it to black and white helps it
look clearer. Because your eye
is not focusing on the colors, it
almost tricks the eye. It won't
make a blurry picture look clear,
but if you will take notice the
next time you have a slightly
"soft" picture, turn it black and
white, and notice that it does
look better.
I have noticed that the
"younger generations," let's say
under 50 years old, really like
black and white photographs as

well as color. We younger adults
tend to think of black and white
as being more artistic and dif-
ferent from the usual color pho-
tographs. We also tend to think
they are more nostalgic and
remember times when we were

young and life was simple. Those
older than 50 tend to like color
more, as at one point in their
lives, they only had black and
white to choose from.
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