Title: Seminole voice
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Publication Date: March 12, 2010
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on the rise

Learning-disabled students
looking toward college
may have an extraordinary
opportunity in Seminole
The county's school
board just learned it ranked
third in the state for gradu-
ating students with learning
disabilities. And they're not
just receiving special diplo-
mas. They're graduating by
the same standards as the
rest of the student body.
That's something
Seminole County Schools
Superintendent Bill Vogel
said the district has been
working toward for six
years with an innovative
With debate raging
nationwide about how to
educate a diverse pool of
students with ever-shrink-
ing funds, Seminole County
Public Schools is taking a
simpler approach placing
as many learning-disabled
students into standard
classrooms as they can.
Now the school board
is finding that many dis-
abled students may be
able to attain higher edu-
cational goals than previ-
ously thought. The program
may already be working.
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vote could bring
cameras to streets
Oviedo may soon have its
own red-light cameras, as
the city jumped onto the
national trend toward
implementing the devices
at Monday's City Council
But the city's vote for
the cameras, which would
ticket red-light runners
with "code enforcement
violations" and fines, wasn't
without dissent. Some on
the Council questioned
whether the cameras would
cause more harm than good,
possibly increasing acci-
dents, or ticketing drivers
who wouldn't have posed
much if any danger to other
Councilman Stephen
Schenck was the only mem-
ber of the Council to direct-
ly oppose the cameras, say-
ing that it was "creating a
solution for a problem we
haven't even studied yet."
He said that intersec-
tions other Council mem-
bers had cited anecdotally

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A camera similar to one in Winter Springs could soon be in Oviedo, despite
fears that it could ticket drivers rolling through right turns at empty intersections.

UCF nixes

fake bombs

Matthew Pye was show-
ing a theater prop to a
friend standing next to his
Toyota pickup in a park-
ing lot when he noticed
two police officers and an
FBI agent moving quickly
toward him. That's when
Cpl. Robert Douglas drew
his revolver, aimed it at
Pye, and shouted "Drop the
The prop, which Pye
had been assigned to build
for a University of Central
Florida theater class,
looked good enough for an
'A' grade. Now he's being
charged with a felony for
possessing a fake weapon
of mass destruction.
Only a few minutes
before that tense stand-
off on March 6, a group of
teenagers had walked past
Pye's black 1999 Toyota
truck at the Hollywood 16
movie theater in Ocala,
glanced inside and saw
what appeared to be five
sticks of dynamite, held
together with electrical
> turn to STUDENT on A2

When baseball wasn't colorblind

In 1945, Jackie Robinson
was signed as the first black
Major League player since
the 1800s, but in 1946, he
came to Central Florida
to play his first integrated
game and violence near-
ly erupted.
In Sanford, the police
chief threatened to cancel
games if Robinson played,
and in DeLand, "faulty elec-
trical lighting" canceled
a game. Robinson played
his first racially integrated
game in Daytona Beach in
what has now been named
Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
The story of Robinson

An improve comedy troupe will

Calendr > A

and how he broke the
color barrier is being told
at the UCF Library's travel-
ing exhibit Pride & Passion:
The African-American
Baseball Experience, an
exhibit which will run
until April 15.
UCF Librarian Carole
Hinshaw first learned
about the Pride & Passion
exhibit three years ago
from the American Library
Association, which is put-
ting on the exhibit with
the National Baseball Hall
of Fame in Cooperstown,
New York, with fund-
ing from the National
Endowment for the Arts.

> turn to LEAGUE on A6

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Athletics .................. ......... A1 4

Carole Hinshaw looks at an iconic photograph of Jackie Robinson, who broke
baseball's color barrier, serving as an ambassador for black players in a tense time.


THIS WEEK in history

SI Nearly 300 students in the east Te.as town of FIle London were
killed when a natural gas explosion leveled their school. The school
sat in the middle of a large oil and natural gas field dominated by
'fl -E K 10,000 oil derricks.

Spreading the love of reading

Book fair raises money and brings books
to life for Winter Springs Elementary

KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS kids could start donating
THE VOICE money for the school fund-
raiser. For each donation,
Judy Mullis has taught at kids could add a milkshake
Winter Springs Elementary or record to the wall and
for more than 20 years but Scholastic matched every
in her second year as the dollar donation. By the
school's media specialist time her book fair started
she tapped into her inner the wall was jammed with
bobby-soxer as she kicked shakes and records.
off the school's spring book Family night was a big
fair. success as parents joined
Sponsored twice a year their kids to select books,
by Scholastic Book Fairs, the bestsellers, gifts and read-
event takes planning and ing accessories with 50s
preparation in order to pull music playing in the back-
it off successfully. Bringing ground.
the theme to life inspires "Parent involvement has
kids to read and become been better; we had a great
engaged with books, and turnout," Mullis said.
Mullis went all-out, turn- What are kids reading
ing her media center into a now?
lively diner setting. "They like the nerd
She decorated with vin- books and a popular book
tage cars, vinyl records, now is 'Chewy and Chica'
jukeboxes, milkshakes, from The Puppy Place," said
bee-bop music and comfort Mullis. PHOTO BY KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS THE VOICE
food. Arnez and Amire Rouse Young readers take a trip into the 1950s, with the help of an interactive book reading set at Winter Springs Elementary. The show
"Our guidance counsel- picked out books with their was part of a bi-annual book fair at the school, where teachers bring books to life to keep students interested in reading.
or Mary Satkowiak made mom. "I like basketball
the car and our art teacher books," Arnez said. "Our says he always enjoys the Hardy said. more and do well on their
Erin Tanner made the giant mom picked out a book book fair. Mullis hopes having one FCAT testing this week.
milkshake," said Mullis. about President Barack "I like chapter books that of the earliest book fairs "This has been really fun
She put the jukebox wall Obama for Amire." are scary, creepy and gross, in Seminole County will for us," Mullis said. "I love
up over a month ago so Third-grader John Hardy and Sherlock Holmes too!" inspire her students to read to read!"
up oer amonh ag so Third-grader John Hardy

STUDENT I Prop elicits felony charge

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tape with wires running to a white
When the police arrived, they
found Pye, a 19-year-old UCF gener-
al theatre technician, showing it to
a friend who worked at the theater.
Ocala police and the FBI ordered
him to put it down. Pye immedi-
ately told the officers that it was a
fake theater prop, giving them a
phone number for his teacher, who
verified the claim.
The theater and several local
businesses were evacuated as police
investigated the bomb, which
turned out to be a prop Pye had
made for his UCF stagecraft class.
Pye was arrested and charged with
manufacturing, possession and
display of a hoax weapon of mass
destruction, a second-degree felony
that could end with 15 years in
prison and a $10,000 fine.
"For us, erring on the side of
safety is always the best call," said
Ocala Police Department Sgt. Angy
Scroble. "And we're going to make
sure no one gets hurt. Period."
Pye was reached by text message
Tuesday morning, but declined to
comment on his arrest. He did say
he's hired an attorney, though.
"Its bein[sic] recommended to
me not to talk at this time," Pye
wrote in the text message.
For his stagecraft class, Pye had
the option of making a food, ani-
mal or weapon prop; according to
news reports, Pye got an "A" for
the dynamite. The UCF Theatre

Department has reacted to the inci-
dent by no longer allowing students
in that class to make a prop weap-
on, even though students were told
to destroy the prop weapons after
they were graded.
They will also be reviewing their
procedures for the storage and dis-
posal of weapon props, according to
a statement released by UCF. Plays
at the UCF Conservatory Theater
will still have prop weapons in their
"UCF will not be allowing stu-
dents in the stagecraft class to cre-
ate weapons for assignments," reads
the statement, released by Chad
Binette, the assistant director of
UCF News and Information. "Prop
weapons in theatrical productions
will continue to be stored by the
Theatre Department, which follows
established protocol for closely
monitoring, securing and properly
destroying them after use."
Scroble said that the police's
handling of the situation was done
by the book. Overall, 23 officers
responded to the scene, although
the incident happened right at shift
change, so many of the day shift
officers stayed while night shift
took over patrols.
Scroble said that, simply put,
they couldn't take Pye's explana-
tion at face value.
"We would have risked lives just
by being lackadaisical," Scroble
said. "'Oh, it's a class project, what-
ever you say.' We have to be more
cautious than that because people's
lives are at stake."

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RED LIGHTS I Studies show red-light cameras could have increased accidents

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as being dangerous hadn't
been studied for safety risks
or patrolled by large groups
of officers to try to reduce
Councilman Steve
Henken was the most vocal
supporter of the cameras,
saying that he was in favor
of them regardless of stud-
ies of red-light running
in Oviedo. He cited that
at three intersections in
Winter Springs where cam-
eras had been installed, red-
light running and crashes
were reduced.
"I'm 100 percent for it,"
he said. "This is all about
But in a much larger
research project by the
University of South Florida
studying the effects of cam-
eras statewide and nation-
wide, accidents where red-
light cameras were installed
actually increased, in some
cases dramatically.
"The rigorous stud-
ies clearly show red-light
cameras don't work," said
author Barbara Langland
Orban, chair of health pol-
icy and management at
the USF College of Public
Health. "Instead, they
increase crashes and inju-
ries as drivers attempt to
abruptly stop at camera

According to stud-
ies in North Carolina and
Virginia, crashes that result-
ed in injuries significantly
increased at intersections
where red-light cameras
were installed, largely from
rear impacts when drivers
attempted panic stops to
avoid being ticketed.
In a USF analysis of
Florida's red-light run-
ning and accident statis-
tics before the installation
of cameras, the incidence
of red-light crashes had
actually been falling over
the last decade. Absent the
cameras, accidents caused
by red-light runners repre-
sented only 4 percent of all
fatalities per year. During
the last decade, red-light
running accidents dropped
by 33 percent.
Schenck said that in
Winter Springs, though it
appeared some types of
crashes were reduced at
intersections with cam-
eras installed, rear impacts
remained steady.
"Based on the crash
numbers, we have a rear-
end crash problem there
now based on the crashes
that we know of, and they
didn't go down," he said.
Schenck proposed an
alternate solution to the
cameras, where the city
increases the duration of
yellow lights to prevent

drivers from being forced
to brake hard to avoid run-
ning the light.
"Adding a little more
time to the yellow is a prov-
en technique," Schenck
said. "And it lasts. There's
no rebound to it."
Mark Bedard, the region-
al sales manager for Gatso
USA, which sells the cam-
eras, said that lengthening
yellow light duration does
work, but disagreed that it
could work forever.
In a March 13, 2009,
report in the Atlanta
Journal Constitution,
intersections in five cities
in Gwinnett County with
the cameras were shown
to have reduced accidents
after a state law was passed
that mandated yellow light
duration be increased by
one second. Three months
after the lengthening of
yellow lights was put into
effect, red-light running
had dropped off so much
that the cities were forced
to take down the cameras
due to a lack of citations
being handed out.
"Over the long term, it
does go back to the way it
was," Bedard said. "People
know they can run the yel-
low longer."
The city of Loma Linda,
Calif., lengthened its yellow
lights, which reduced acci-
dents so much that the city

terminated a red-light cam-
era contract.
"Lengthening yellow
lights has produced a tre-
mendous drop in viola-
tions," Councilman Rhodes
Rigsby of Loma Linda
said. "That is tremendous
improvement in safety.
We're talking about huge
success of lengthening the
yellow lights. ... We could
have had that safety with
lengthening the yellow four
years ago instead of install-
ing red-light cameras."
One Oviedo councilman
questioned whether the
cameras would mostly tick-
et drivers who didn't stop
completely at the stop bar
for red-light turns at empty
intersections, which Police
Chief Jeffrey Chudnow
agreed posed less of a risk
for accidents.
"My concern is giving
folks code enforcement vio-
lations on a simple right on
red," Councilman Dominic
Persampiere said. "There
isn't one of us in this room
who comes to a complete
stop when there's no traffic.
For us to send violations to
people ... I'd have a bit of a
problem with that."
Bedard said that may
be the case with red-light
"I would say the major-
ity are right-turn violations
overall," he said.

When asked by Mayor
Mary Lou Andrews whether
Gatso USA was only willing
to install cameras in cities
where they would generate
enough revenue to be prof-
itable, Bedard said that his
company has in the past
studied cities and decided
they didn't require the cam-
"Ideally the people I
work for want to see more
violations," he said. "Not all
cities need the cameras."
Bedard said that in cities
with the cameras installed,
they can create a "halo
effect," which
may reduce red-light
running at nearby inter-
sections that are not moni-
tored. They also could pro-
vide insight to traffic engi-
neers about traffic flow pat-
terns and data.
The Council voted 4-1 in
favor of installing the cam-
eras, which would be pre-
ceded by a study to deter-
mine if the number of red-
light violations or crashes
would necessitate them.
There's a flaw in that
process, Schenck said.
"I don't like the idea of
voting for something that
we don't even know we
need yet," he said. "This is
creating a problem before
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Practice random acts of kindness

I love to play in my back-
yard when I can. No thanks
to our weather report, but
I pop out in the yard when
the weather is behaving.
Remember the old saying,
"More things grow in your
garden than you sow"?
I believe it. Yes, they are
those green things called
Now if you drive around
a few neighborhoods,
brown is the color of the
month. Me, I am going
green with at least rye
grass seed. Last resort, use
green spray paint, which
is a no-no. Patience, my
son says. However that is
not my top priority at the
The saying "Random
acts of kindness" is the
top agenda for my friends
and me. Everywhere we
look and listen, our friends
have been suffering from
allergies, sinus pressure,
cancer and other maladies,
to name a few. Also we
must not forget the Haiti
situation and now Chile.
I thought February was
bad and hoped the begin-
ning of March would turn
the corner. Alas, no. We all
seem to be doing for others
more than I have heard of
in a long time. I delivered
food on Friday and will do

so again in another day. We
all take turns coordinating
food, providing company
on trips to the doctor, and
comforting loved ones and
friends. I have not forgot-
ten the homeless and oth-
ers in our area. We all do
what we can. It just seems
so prevalent now and so
sad. Please help those in
need if you can.
The Oviedo Historical
society will hold its next
meeting on Tuesday,
March 16, at 7 p.m. at the
Memorial Building located
on Central Avenue. Public is
welcome and light refresh-
ments will be served.
Calling all adults who
enjoy art and would like to
take some classes in stained
glass, clay, painting and
drawing: The Artistic Hand
has just the thing for you.
All adult classes will begin
the week of March 22. In
addition to Tuesday and
Thursday morning clay, The
Artistic Hand has added
a Monday night clay class
taught by Robert Lawarre.
There's also stained glass
and painting/drawing for
adults. The following is the
schedule for the new ses-
sion of classes beginning
March 22:

Monday Teen/Adult Clay

- teacher: Robert Lawarre,
7-9 p.m., ages 13 and up, 8
weeks, cost $200

Tuesday Teen/Adult Clay -
teachers: Del, Connie, Dave,
7-9 p.m., ages 13 and up, 8
weeks, cost $200

Thursday Adult Clay -
teachers: Del, Connie, Dave,
10 a.m. to noon, 8 weeks,
cost $200

Thursday The Art of Stained
Glass teacher: Tammy
Lennox, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
8 weeks, cost $200, most
materials included in cost

Saturday Teen/Adult
Painting, Drawing & Much
More! teacher: Michelle
Bounasr, 9-11 a.m., ages 13
and up, 8 weeks long, cost
Call Del Seaman for
information and to sign up:

The Oviedo Woman's Club
Annual Tasting Luncheon
will be held on St. Patrick's
Day, Wednesday, March 17,
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the clubhouse, 414 King St.,
between the high school
and Methodist church.
Tickets are $7. A limited
number will be sold at the
door, but you may purchase
tickets from any club mem-
ber or by calling Diane at
407-977-6555. Look for our
cookbooks, sold for $8 that
Also coming up, which
we all enjoy, is the St.
Luke's Concert Series at
3 p.m. on Sunday, March

21, at St. Luke's Lutheran
Church, 2021 W. State
Road 426, Oviedo. The
Lutheran Cantata Choir
and Chamber Orchestra
will present the program
"Traditions" featuring a
collection of choral music
celebrating the historic
legacy of Lutheran Choral
Music and its develop-
ment in America, as well
as the newer sacred music.
Admission is free. Call 407-
365-3408 if you have ques-
Would you like to plan
a road trip to Mt. Dora?
Most of the area ladies I
know love to shop there
for antiques and jewelry,
and they have great eater-
ies. Well, on the weekend
of March 27 and March 28
you can visit the annual
antique sale. I went last
year and enjoyed the day
with friends. It was a great
outing and we had so much
fun; so many sites to see
and visit besides check-
ing out all the deals on
The University of Central
Florida will be hosting
the UCF Book Festival on
Saturday, April 17, from
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the
main campus. Parking and
admission is free. This is
one of Florida's premier
literary events, featur-
ing nationally renowned
authors, book signing and
sales, exhibits, apprais-
als, forums and children's
At the festival you'll
see 60 national and local
authors, including noted

humorist Carl Hiaasen,
former poet laureate Billy
Collins, and former com-
mentator for local NPR
affiliate WMFE Pat Duggins.
Duggins covered more
than 100 space shuttle mis-
sions for National Public
Radio, starting with the
1986 Challenger disaster,
and penned his first book
about the space program
titled "Final Countdown:
NASA and the End of the
Space Shuttle Program."
For information, schedules,
participating authors and
special programs visit the
Web site, www.bookfestival.
ucf.edu for event details.
Rock Fest is from 9 a.m.
to noon on Saturday, March
20, and Saturday, April
17, at the Central Florida
Mineral & Gem Society,
2721 Forsyth Road, Suite
101, Orlando. Vendors will
buy, sell and trade gem-
stones, mineral specimens
and handmade jewelry
items. Admission is free. For
more information, call 407-
A big reminder to all: On
Sunday, March 14, Daylight
Saving Time begins. The old
saying is "Spring forward
and fall back."
A thought: "Advice is
what we ask for when we
already know the answer,
but wish we didn't." Erica

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March 12 March 25, 2010 Page A5

Bargains and bowling

By Karen McEnany-Phillips

March roared in like a brisk,
windy lion but hopefully
our cold weather is just
about over. It's said that the
frost after the March full
moon is the last one but of
course this March has two
full moons, so we may have
to wait another two weeks
to be sure. Hopefully all the
robins we are seeing are a
good sign that true spring
is close.
Speaking of spring, we
couldn't go too long with-
out mentioning one of
Geneva's own, Miss Vienna
Girardi, who captured the
heart of bachelor Jake
Pavelka on ABC's reality
show "The Bachelor". Hope
those rural roots keep her
feet on the ground and her
heart intact. Now that the
show is over, this couple
can take some quality time
to get to know each other
and see if this is really for-
ever. Good luck!
Did you find some
treasures at the Geneva
Community Yard Sale last
Saturday? The weather was
perfect, albeit a little chilly
in the morning. More than
55 booths and tables were
set up as well as Geneva's
own Boy Scout Troop 837,
which had a huge pres-
ence just behind the fence.
Thanks to everyone at
the Geneva Historical and
Genealogical Society who
took their time to host
it after canceling due to
the inclement December
Spring is the perfect time
to bring your family on a
visit to the Ed Yarborough
Nature Center in Geneva. If
you've passed the sign hun-
dreds of times but never
driven (or walked) back to

it, mark a couple of dates:
Saturday, March 13 is the
Tracks-n-Scat Class where
kids of all ages can learn
about animals by their
tracks and droppings. On
March 20 enjoy a presen-
tation by the Florida Trail
Association about map-
ping, first aid and animals.
Also on March 20 there
will be a morning guided
hike through the Geneva
Wilderness area. To register
or find out more details
on these or upcoming
programs call 407-349-
0959 or 407-977-4389.
The Wilderness Center has
a calendar full of events
for adults and kids, a great
place to learn about Florida
flora and fauna up close
and personal.
Weekends provide lots
of opportunities to con-
tribute, learn and engage
in our community at the
Rural Heritage Center
(RHC) and the Geneva
Community Center. Every
second Saturday night of
the month families can
enjoy Classic Movie Night
at the Geneva Bijou Theatre
inside the RHC. Saturday,
March 13 the feature is
Christmas in July from the
1940s. Each feature rep-
resents a different decade
and show time is 7 p.m. for
$5 per person, $3 for kids
younger than 16. It's a fun
time to chat with neighbors
before and after the show.
Saturday afternoons
at the RHC showcase
Rural Heritage workshops
including basket weaving,
beginning calligraphy and
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March 12, 2010

are starting up again
for beginners with the
BrenDon Squares on
Sunday afternoon. Call
407-542-3799 for details.
Calling all quilters, on
Saturday, March 27 come
over to the RHC at 11 a.m.
if you want to learn how to
quilt or meet others who
enjoy quilting. This is a
new group.
If you enjoy the RHC,
think about volunteer-
ing to help with the
maintenance and work it
takes to keep it function-
ing and growing. There
are many tasks needed
whether administrative,
marketing, construction
or organizational. If you
bought a brick last year,
think about renewing your
membership and also buy-
ing a "Flags Over Geneva"
T-shirt. This will help pay
for work done and work to
be done for a building that
needs much TLC to keep it
running and safe. Or buy
another brick to honor
a loved one, a teacher or
someone like yourself who
loves the rural lifestyle.
As you know our rural
communities are gear-
ing up for the American
Cancer Society, Geneva/
Chuluota Relay For Life.
If you like to bowl and
want to support a great
cause come to the Oviedo
Bowling Center on Sunday,
March 14 at noon for the
Bowl-A-Thon to raise
money. Contact Connie
407-452-2242 for more

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Geneva at 407-221-7002,
com with "Stetson's Corner" in the
subject 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.

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LEAGUE I Negro league players some of Major League Baseball's most famous

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Despite Central Florida's
ties to the history, UCF
wasn't one of the first 25
libraries to host the exhib-
it. But when they received
more funding and doubled
the number of libraries to
50, UCF was included in the
Hinshaw said that it's
important, especially for
young people, to realize
what the black community
had to go through, and how
Jackie Robinson was able to
make waves and set a stan-
dard and be a trailblazer.
Not just the first black man
in Major League Baseball's
modern era, he was also
one of the best. In his first
year, he was rookie of the
year. Two years later, he was
the league's MVP.
"He just held his own
and was the best player
in baseball," Oviedo High
School baseball coach Eric
Morgan said. "He's a legend,
and honoring him is a great
thing.... He led the way for
other African-Americans
and people of other races
to realize they could live
that dream."
Hinshaw said that story
keeps history, and the les-

sons of it, alive.
"It's very important
because we forget our histo-
ry, or never learn it, sadly, in
many cases," Hinshaw said.
"And this (exhibit) docu-
ments that level of exper-
tise among people who
really didn't have a chance
to play and make money in
the league in the '40s and
'50s and '60s."
After the Civil War, black
players were able to play
alongside whites, but an
unwritten rule of not hir-
ing blacks forced players
into their own leagues -
such as the Negro League's
Orlando All Stars, which
flourished up until the
Great Depression, folded
and then reorganized.
After World War II,
Branch Rickey of the
Brooklyn Dodgers decided
that if African-Americans
could fight and die along-
side white soldiers in the
war, they could play base-
That's the struggle that
Oviedo's Coach Morgan
wants his players to know.
League baseball wasn't for
everybody. For the men of
the Negro Leagues, there
were other places to play,
but not under the lights of

the big stadiums.
Morgan has strolled the
grass of Oviedo's Boston
Hill Park, knowing full well
it was one of few places
blacks could play the game.
Every year he reminds his
players of what it was like
to play there, while dream-
ing beyond that green hill-
But even with a history
muddled in racism, there
are still happy stories to tell.
If you ask Bob "Peach Head"
Mitchell about the Negro
League's Orlando All Stars,
he'll happily send you on a
meandering tale of how he
beat them.
"I pitched nine innings,
wasn't relieved," said
Mitchell, who lives in
Tampa. "I beat 'em all. That's
a fact. Almighty God is the
witness to that."
Mitchell didn't play his
senior year in high school,
but after graduation played
for the West Palm Beach
Lincoln Giants before being
sent to the Florida Cubans
in Lakeland. After a lengthy
career spanning most of the
1950s, the closest Mitchell
came to major league base-
ball was playing four sea-
sons with the Kansas City
Monarchs of the Negro

Mitchell, whose nick-
name stuck when a friend
in primary school decided
his head looked round, has
been working with Sen. Bill
Nelson to get pension bene-
fits for former Negro League
players who because of
the color barrier never
had the chance to play in
the majors and make real
money. Now, there are
about 40 players receiving
a $10,000 a year pension
from Major League Baseball,
although Mitchell is trying
to expand that number.
Looking back, Mitchell
agreed with Hinshaw's
assessment that it's
important to show young
people what they went
Mitchell can remem-
ber walking into a grocery
store and the kids in front,
maybe 6 years old, staring at
Mitchell and his friend like
they were "someone from
the moon." Mitchell told his
friend that he didn't think
they'd ever seen blacks
At another game, a group
of boys ran up and asked
them, "Ain't y'all negras?"
"The racism was as you
would know it. But we
didn't let that bother our
playing. We went and played

Autographs by the Kansas City
Monarchs cover this donated baseball.

our game. We had several
white folks that came to
our games."
Mitchell will be at UCF on
Friday, March 19 with three
other Negro League legends:
Harold O. "Buster" Hair
of the Birmingham Black
Barons, Arthur Hamilton
and Leon L. Harris, who
pitched for the Kansas City
Monarchs in 1954. They will
talk about their experience
at 1:30 p.m. in the library,
and throw the first pitch
when the UCF baseball
team takes on Presbyterian
at 6:30 p.m.

GRADUATION I Disabled students placed in regular classes earn full diplomas

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Seminole County graduated
more disabled students in
2009 than any school sys-
tem in Central Florida, as
well as ranking third in the
state with standard diplo-
ma graduation rates.
Those positive results
could be from Seminole
County mainstreaming its
disabled students earlier on
in the education process,
setting them up for stan-
dard graduation, rather
than for a special diploma.
During the past fouryears
the portion of Seminole
students with disabilities
being taught in standard
classes increased from 59
percent to 67 percent 5
percent greater than the
state average.

Britt Smith has seen the
results from the front lines,
as executive director for
exceptional student sup-
port services with SCPS. In
six years, he said teachers
have learned to adapt cur-
ricula, rather than lowering
goals for special students.
"We truly believe that
our teachers, especially our
general knowledge teach-
ers, have the best under-
standing of the curriculum
the students will need to
know," Smith said.
That's not to say students
with special needs are sim-
ply thrown into a standard
Cheryl Etters, Florida
Department of Education's
information specialist, said
a meeting between parents
and teachers sets the stage

for how the student will be
"[The education] is tai-
lored for that individu-
al based on their needs,"
Etters said.
The child may need a
seat near the head of the
class or extra time to com-
plete exams. Some schools
employ teachers specializ-
ing in the education of stu-
dents with disabilities, and
integrate them into stan-
dard class settings.
Ultimately this decides
whether the student will
receive a standard diplo-
ma, or a special one that is
awarded to students who
have graduated from high
school but haven't had
the same depth of general
knowledge courses. This
special diploma often acts

as a supplement to the
standard when the student
is incapable of performing
on the same level as average
But Seminole County
found that many par-
ents of students with dis-
abilities did not want their
child taught in special
classrooms. That's been
the county's preference as
well. Setting the bar too low
could end a student's edu-
cation early. Though it's a
diploma in name, a special
diploma carries a serious
caveat: It won't grant a stu-
dent admission to college.
"Even to go into commu-
nity college, they'd have to
go back and show general
competence," Smith said.
The Seminole approach
uses regular classrooms in

which students with dis-
abilities are assisted by a
secondary teacher special-
izing in their education.
This teacher may be respon-
sible for around three or
four students in a class,
monitoring and advancing
their learning. Smith said
the teacher is able to per-
form, with minimal con-
flict, alongside the regular
teacher and other students.
The county is continuing
its efforts with these stu-
dents by hosting its annual
Transition Fair on Tuesday,
March 16, at Seminole State
College. The fair aims to
place students in careers
after high school.
"Our teachers are com-
mitted to making sure that
every student is successful,"
Vogel said.

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/THIS WEEK in human history

I; -newly established War Dog Program, or "K-9 Corps." The top canine
hero of World War II was Chips, who attacked an enemy machine gun
nest in Italy, forcing the entire crew to surrender. The wounded Chips
was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and the
Purple Heart all of which were later revoked due to an Army policy
SIN T E R E STJ^ 1 Jpreventing official commendation of animals.

Thousands satisfy sweet tooth at fest

Orlando Science Center hosted four
floors of chocolate creations, games

Victoria Huffman peered
over the heads of two tiny
boys, bouncing on her heels
as she waited in line for a
taste of chocolate-covered
popcorn. Squeezing her way
to the front, the 13-year-old
blonde grabbed a handful
of the stuff and lit up with
a smile.
"The chocolate-covered
popcorn is awesome," she
Chocolate-covered pop-
corn was just one of the
many sweet treats available
at last weekend's Festival of
Chocolate, hosted by the
Orlando Science Center
Last Saturday, March 6,
and Sunday, March 7, an
estimated 7,000 attend-
ees explored four floors of
chocolate tasting, shop-
ping, education and inter-
active experiences, accord-
ing to Jeff Stanford, OSC's
VP of Communications.
Vendors from all over
Florida brought out their
very best for the festi-
val. Some of the festival's
vendors have stores in
Winter Park, Lake Mary
and Longwood or stands
at the Winter Park Farmer's
Donna Moore, found-
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Barkolate bars, which are
made of dark chocolate and
other natural ingredients.
In addition to the Barkolate
bars, the OSC had a special
"They asked me if I
would do a gross booth, so I
named it 'Double Dare Ya',"
said Moore.
Moore's gross booth fea-
tured jalapenos dipped in
chocolate that were deco-
rated to look like mice, alli-
gator jerky dipped in choc-
olate and other strange
Across the room from
Moore's booth, Xocai's Betty
Hendrick hawked antioxi-
dant-filled chocolate at her
health-food themed table.
Just feet away from Xocai,
Peterbrooke Chocolatier
owners Kevin and Jami
Wray said they received
great reactions to their
unusual turn on the popped
movie theater favorite.
"'Wow,' that's what we
hear most often," said Jami
Wray. "'Wow, this stuff is awe-
some' and 'Who would've
thought of putting choco-
late on popcorn?'"
Huffman was just one of
the many that devoured a
sample of the stuff.
Kids enjoyed much more
than free samples at the fes-
tival. Avia Dow, 9, was one
of the four who competed
in the kids' cookie stacking




Cookie-stacking aroused a competitive spirit in four youngsters at the Orlando Science Center's Festival of Chocolate.

Dow said she was con-
fident and, although she
didn't win, she wouldn't shy
away from the other com-
petitions going on that day.
Aaron and Michele
Banks, owners of the Young
Chefs Academy (YCA) in
Winter Park, also brought
kid-friendly activities.
Michele demonstrated how
to make candy sushi and
Aaron manned the cake-
pop station.
"We definitely got a lot of
potential here," said Aaron
Banks, who hopes he met
some future YCA members
at the festival.
Someone who doesn't

need cooking lessons is
Pam Kent, owner of Pam's
Confections, who won an
award for her red velvet
cupcakes. Pam typically sells
her sweets at the Winter
Park Farmer's Market.
Sprinkles Custom Cakes,
located off West Fairbanks
Avenue, also received recog-
nition at the festival, taking
second place in the "best
chocolate cake" competi-
tion with their famous "Oh
My God" chocolate cake.
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dessert-inspired art looked
sweet enough to eat.
Lauren Elkins, 20, said
she couldn't wait to pur-
chase a cupcake painting.
"They were just really
bright and colorful and I
thought they were just
adorable," said Elkins.
Marley Kunzler, 35, came
to the festival with his fam-
ily where he found plenty
of activities for the kids and
an enjoyable atmosphere
"It was lots of fun," said
Kunzler. "There was lots of
chocolate and lots of good
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Take Care Clinics, located at
select Walgreens drugstores
throughout the country, will
be offering camp and sports
physical for only $35 through
the end of September. Exams are
administered by board-certified
nurse practitioners and, in select
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The Festival of Orchestras is
holding its first ever YouTube
Piano Competition. Pianists
under the age of 27 could win
tickets to see Lang Lang, the
pianist from the Beijing Olympics'
Opening Ceremony, and the
Schleswig Holstein Festival
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Sunday, March 14, enjoy free fun
with Kidzart: Art by kids, for kids
with kids atthe Jewish Community
Center's Maitland campus, 851 N.
Maitland Ave. Purchase tickets at
the door or save by purchasing
a Very Important Artist Pass.
Visit OrlandoJCC.org for more

The Teen Xpress mobile health
care unit, part of the Howard
Phillips Center for Children &
Families, is partnering with the
Wayne Densch YMCA Family
Center to offer free medical
services to adolescents and teens
ages 11 to 21. Services will be
available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. the third Wednesday of every
month until June 16 at the Family
Center, 870 N. Hastings St.,

Children and teenagers ages 6
to 18 can be nominated to win
scholarships and Kohl's gift cards
through the 2010 Kohl's Kids
Who Care Scholarship Program.
Nominations will be accepted at
kohlskids.com through March
15, and nominators must be 21
or older.

The University of Central
Florida's African American
Studies Program is looking for
high school and college students
and community members to honor
at its annual Dr. John T.Washington
Community Service Awards
and Scholarship Luncheon. The
luncheon will be held from noon to
1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14,
at the Student Union on the main
campus. The deadline to apply
for the scholarship and awards is
Friday, March 19. Applications are
available online at www.aas.cah.

The Friends of Casa Feliz invites
all local families to attend "Kids
at the Casa," a Spanish-themed
children's festival celebrating
music, dance, art, song and
storytelling. The event will be from
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday,
March 20. Admission is free but
donations to help pay costs will
be accepted. Call Angela Roark
at 407-484-1246 for more

Geneva students enjoy a field trip to a community museum in 2009. Seminole and Orange counties are getting creative when it comes to funding trips.

Schools are finding creative ways to fund trips; some bring the fun to the school


Second-graders across
Seminole County were
lucky enough to spend a day
at SeaWorld Orlando last
month thanks to parents,
teachers and volunteers
who found creative ways to
pay for the unique learning
experience. Students might
regard field trips as a high-
light of the school year, but
their scope and frequency
have become casualties of
the continuing budget cri-
sis in Central Florida public
Parents, teachers and
administrators have the
tricky task of balancing the
benefits with home, school
and school board bottom

Red Bug Elementary
Principal Heidi Gooch has
watched field trips change
over the years.
"District guidelines
define what is and isn't
allowed, so students have
equitable access across the
county," she said.
Schools used to enjoy
three trips a year but now
are reduced to one or two
and include local visits
to the Seminole Student
Museum in Sanford and
the Environmental Studies
Center in Longwood.
School Board
Community Director
Regina Klaers said a list of
field trip choices is avail-
able online for schools to
review. "With the budget

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cuts in November 2008,
field trips outside the dis-
trict were cut to level the
playing field," Klaers said.
The district formerly
covered half the transpor-
tation costs, but now the
schools must cover all of it.
Klaers said that one hour
of bus transportation costs
about $34. She said budget
savings during the first year
were about $300 but savings
in subsequent years will be
less as schools take fewer
trips at shorter distances.
Biggerdaytripsto EPCOT,
SeaWorld, St. Augustine and
Green Meadow Farms are
still approved for schools
in Seminole and Orange
counties, but parents incur
the expense. Most school
districts have a policy that

no child will be barred from
going on a trip for inabil-
ity to pay, but individual
school budgets need help
to supplement the cost.
Chickasaw Elementary
Principal Margarita Vega
said that her school has
sold T-shirts and snacks
and charged a little extra at
dances and skating parties
to help offset the costs.
School administrators
have to think outside the
box sometimes they
bring the field trip to the
school to relieve teachers
from worrying about trans-
portation, chaperones or
weather. The cost of these
programs is often lower
than off-campus trips.

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Students at 4-C Seminole Head Start
Lawton Oviedo talk about their favorite
shapes and colors.

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"I like red roses.
A triangle has
three sides."

"I like blue birds
and stars by the

"I like purple,
rectangles, stars
and hearts."

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TRIPS I Some schools turn to corporate sponsors such as Wal-Mart and Kohl's

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Eastbrook Elementary
Assistant Principal Keaton
Schreiner said his school's
kindergarteners enjoyed
"Reptiles Revealed," an
educational program
geared toward the science
benchmarks of each grade
level. Klaers said that even
the Barberville Pioneer
Settlement in Volusia

County has made educa-
tional visits to Seminole
County schools.
Sometimes learn-
ing experiences are just
around the corner. Geneva
Elementary fourth-grad-
ers walk down the side-
walk just a few steps to the
Geneva Museum of History,
where volunteers dress in
period costumes and pres-
ent aspects of local Florida

history. Last fall Geneva
students raised money to
help with the expenses of
upcoming field trips by sell-
ing snow cones and marsh-
mallow launchers during a
family movie night event.
Gooch's school found
community support from
local retailers Wal-Mart and
"We were selected by our
local Wal-Mart to receive

support in the form of gift
certificates for our teach-
ers," Gooch said. "We also
are fortunate to have sev-
eral parents who work at
Kohl's and are part of the
Kohl's A-Team. When five
employees work an event
for a minimum of three
hours Kohl's will donate
$500 through the Kohl's
Cares for Kids program."
Christie Itzin from Kohl's

Corporate Public Relations
said in an e-mail, "In 2009
more than 30 volunteer
associates from Kohl's
Oviedo store supported
Red Bug Elementary with
nearly 1,000 hours of vol-
unteer service amounting
to $3,000 in grants."

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the 2010 School-Related Employee of
the Year for Seminole County Public
Schools at a celebration held March
2 at Lyman High School. Willink has
worked in the district for five years.
The Small Business Services
Department at Seminole State

College is sponsoring "New Horizons:
Entrepreneurship for the Boomer
Generation," an eight-week program
designed for individuals interested in
starting their own businesses. Gene
Romagna, past chair of the Orlando
Regional Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Chamber and a
Certified Business Analyst for the UCF

Small Business Development Center,
will help participants to explore
business options, create business
plans and understand key issues.
The program costs $149, and will be
held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on
Thursday from March 25 to May 13
at the Heathrow campus. Call 407-
321-3495 to register.
Seminole County Public Schools
will announce the 2011 Teacher of
the Year on Thursday, April 1 at Winter
Springs High School. The finalists
are music teacher Suzette Swallow,
Evans Elementary; language arts
teacher Nicole Rosemeyer, Sanford
Middle; and social studies teacher
Bradford Barsalou, Crooms AOIT.
The National Coalition of the
Homeless and Krissy Todd's Hope
Foundation run a speakers' bureau
made up of homeless people who
give presentations to the community
to educate, raise awareness and
humanize the plight of homelessness.
They are looking for groups,
organizationsand churcheswhowould
like to host speaking engagements.
Call Christine Tudhope at 407-245-
5525 for more information.
Celebrate Shelda Wilkens' 26 years
of service to the Seminole County 4-H
program with a 4-H Alumni Reunion.
Members, alumni, friends and family
are invited to the 4-H Family picnic,
which begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday,
May 22 at the park on Golden Lake
on East Airport Boulevard. Attendees
can bring their own picnics or make
reservations for dinner, which costs
$10 and $5 for children age 10 and
younger. Call Sharon Roberson at
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Random Acts of Insanity Comedy
Improv Troupe, from Daytona, is
scheduled to perform benefit shows for
the Winter Springs Performing Arts youth
theater, 1425 Tuskawilla Road, at 7 p.m.
Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March
13, to help raise funds for future student
productions and continue educational
programs. Tickets are $10. Box office
will open at 6 p.m. For more information
please call 386-314-6158.
Seminole County Public Schools
Exceptional Student Support Services
is offering a Post-High School Transition
Fair at the Seminole State College Student
Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
March 16, for all Seminole County
Exceptional Education students grades
6-12 and their parents or guardians. The
event will showcase services available for
young adults as they prepare to transition
to adult life.
The Hometown Democracy initiative,
which would require voter approval of
land-use changes to a county's or city's
comprehensive plan, is the topic of the
next Seminole League of Women Voters'
forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17,
at the Seminole County Public Schools
Educational Support Center, 400 E. Lake
Mary Blvd., Sanford. Visit LWVSeminole.
The Small Business Development Center
at Seminole State College will host the
Kauffman Foundation's Listening to Your
Business seminar. The free seminar will
be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday,
March 18, at the Heathrow campus and
from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 26, at
the Altamonte Springs campus. Visit www.
seminoleSBDC.org for more information.
Seminole State College's Fine Arts
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from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and during music
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A fundraiser for Crohn's disease and
colitis will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7
p.m. on Friday, March 19, at the Black
Hammock Fish Camp, 2356 Black
Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo. There
will be free food, live music by local band
The Retreads, a cash bar and more. The
suggested donation is $5. Call 407-432-
7104 for more information.
The Winter Springs Police Department
and Oviedo Police Department will play in
the second annual Charity Flag Football
Game on Saturday, March 20, to raise
funds for Kids House of Seminole. The
game will be held at the Winter Springs
High School stadium. Gates open at 3 p.m.
and the game begins at 5 p.m. Admission
is $5 per person. In addition to the game,
there will be food, raffles and activities for
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second Professional Conference and
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March 25, at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center
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THIS WEEK in political history

SAct. is law levies a federal tax on all alcoholic beverages to
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Letters to the Editor
Cold snap threatens cold-related deaths are for Florida's manatees. If you live in Florida, Manatees and Florida's
Florida's manatees considered a natural cause, Reduced spring flows or plan to visit the state, environment need your
The cold winter of 2010 the events of this winter caused by increased look for ways to decrease support and your voice.
has resulted in unprec- highlight the vulnerability human demand for water water use to protect water These simple actions can
edented numbers of cold- of our state's manatee pop- have decreased available resources. Every drop of make a life-saving differ-
related manatee deaths in ulation, and reinforce the habitat at some of our groundwater or surface ence for Florida's endan-
Florida. importance of safeguard- springs, while access to water we use is a drop gered manatees.
Through Feb. 12, there ing winter habitat and other springs has been we take away from the -Dr. Katie Tripp
have been more than 300 minimizing human-related reduced or eliminated by manatees' home. The area Director of Science &
confirmed deaths from all threats to this species. weirs or dams. One such hardest hit by this win- Conservation
causes. Of these, 167 have When we hear countless spring is Silver Spring in ter's cold weather was the Save the Manatee Club
been attributed to cold news reports of hundreds Marion County, which Everglades. Historically,
stress. Another 116 deaths of manatees dying from is the largest of Florida's warm groundwater would Stop Niagara's
have been labeled as unde- cold, we can feel powerless springs. Manatees have exit the aquifer through wat um
termined/unrecovered, and to help. However, there are completely lost access seeps and small springs Someexperts believe our
many of these were also a number of actions that to this spring due to the and provide a refuge to su xpeplofrdrink ineve or
likely caused by cold stress everyone can take to help Kirpatrick (Rodman) manatees in the Everglades supply o itini g water
because of their location safeguard our state's iconic dam. Restoration of the during winter months. will dry up within a ecae.
and timing. Based on a sn- manatees. Ocklawaha River and However, extensive devel- You, as a homeowner, with
optic survey of 5,076 mana- If you live in Florida, removal of the dam opment and canal dredg- your own well, are restrct-
tees counted in January, contact your legislators would restore manatee ing have altered the flow ed from pumping more
this year's deaths represent and ask them not to cut access to Silver Spring. of water over the last 100 than a few hundred gal-
a loss of 6 percent of the funding for the manatee Unfortunately, this restora- years, decreasing the avail- ons per week as a means
entire state's population in critical care treatment pro- tion would be delayed at ability of these seeps and ft preserving the aquifer.
just the first six weeks of gram, which is a part of the least another 50 years if the springs. Yet a for-profit company,
the year. These tragic num- Florida Fish and Wildlife Jim King State Reserve bill If you boat on Florida's Niagara Bottlig, was given
bers come on the heels of Conservation Commission's passes during the spring waterways, either as a resi- a permit to pump
last year's record mortality. (FWC) budget. This money session of the Florida dent or a visitor, always be gallons per day. ak our citi-
Incredibly, in the last 14 helps Florida's three criti- Legislature. If we are going on the lookout for mana- tznsaett so wetad, t naive
months, at least 729 mana- cal care facilities provide to safeguard manatees in tees. Careful boaters can deser to be made slaves
tees are known to have vitally needed emergency the long-term, we need prevent manatee injuries to a brea ucratic ag ves
died in state waters. We can treatment for manatees to protect and enhance and deaths caused by to a bureaucratic govern-
only hope that 2010 does injured by boats, entangled, their natural warm-water watercraft. If you see an ment. When our water sup-
not bring red tide to our orphaned or suffering from habitat. Floridians, ask your injured or dead manatee, ply dries up, you have only
coasts or another record cold stress or red tide toxic- legislators to support the please immediately contact yourself to blame. It is time
year for manatee bot ity. Without this funding, Florida Springs Protection FWC's 24-hour hotline at to protect your rights and
strike deaths like we saw in injured manatees would Act this session (SB568) 1-888-404-3922. Manatees your future. Stop this now.
2009, as these events could needlessly suffer and die. and vote against the Jim simply cannot afford -Don Thompson
result in hundreds more Florida's springs pro- King State Reserve bill another year of record Winter Park
manatee deaths. Although vide natural winter habitat (SB466/HB695). watercraft deaths.

Here's what players
from Sanford's Minor
Division Ray's team
had to say about why
they like baseball.

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Last year I was
shortstop, and one
day I'd like to pitch. I
like to run around the
bases, hit the ball,
and have fun with
my friends. I like the
Boston Red Sox.
-Devin B.
8 years old

I play catcher and
have played for seven
years. It's fun to play
a sport and my father
and grandfather have
helped coach too.
My favorite player is
Manny Ramirez.
-Jacob R.
11 years old

I play shortstop and
right field I like to
hit the ball and catch
the fly balls too.
I've been playing
since T-Ball and we
get along together
and learn how to be a
team. I like the Boston
Red Sox.
-Noah S.
9 years old

I love ma
runs and
ball, runn
the bases
times firs
favorite ti
New York

I play second base and have been
playing since I was 4 years old. My
dad is the head coach he encour-
ages us to play and have fun. We have
to work hard to get the ball to first
base. I like the New York Yankees.
-Christopher K.
C <10 years old
e would
king home Ovehear
hitting the to I
ing around
SI play from our
and some-
3t base. My
earn is the oungVoie !
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9 years old
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S ~ THIS WEEK in sports history

A T HI CU L g weight boxing championship. Born Walker Smith, Jr., "Sugar Ray"
got his boxing name when he borrowed his friend Ray Robinson's
Amateur Athletics Union card to enter a boxing tournament at age

Knights fight back in final night

After four C-USA losses in a row, the Knights right their momentum just in time for the postseason

After dropping four straight
conference losses heading
into the final game of the
season, the Knights were
looking for a boost heading
into the Conference USA
tournament. They found
it Saturday against Rice,
whom the Knights dropped
66-59 on a dramatic play by
A.J. Rompza.
Rompza would hammer
home the deciding 3-point-
er to split the scoring gap
open going into the final
minute of the game. But it
was Taylor Young who led
the Knights in scoring, with
14 points in the contest.
Marcus Jordan, who has
rapidly improved his scor-
ing ability in the second half
of the season, picked up 12
points, 4 rebounds and 3
assists in the game.
The Knights shot 56.8
percent overall, one of their
most accurate games all
The Knights had been in
free fall in their final two
weeks of the season, los-
ing crucial games to C-USA
opponents that could have
righted their season. Had
the Knights won their final
five games, they would be
10-6 and tied for 5th in the
conference. Instead, they
dropped to 9th in that same
Their nail-biter win over
the worst team in the con-
ference didn't improve their
standing on the C-USA lad-
der, as they remain 9th of 12
teams with a 14-16 overall
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A reinvigorated offense shot longer and more efficiently as the Knights fought for a final victory to close out the season. Taylor Young and Marcus Jordan led the charge.

ship put them in an uncom-
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the first round against SMU
at press time on Wednesday.
Despite slotting just below
the Mustangs in the confer-
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were badly outmatched in
the two teams' previous
meeting. The Knights lost
65-43 to the Mustangs on

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again at 10 p.m. Thursday
against UTEP the con-
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Rams win state title

Second title in five years made possible by strong defense


The Lake Mary girls basket-
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For the Rams, this was
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Predators retake field

Arena football returns with new league, big expectations

When the Arena Football
League suspended the 2009
season a little more than a
year ago, before folding alto-
gether, Orlando Predators
veteran Kenny McEntyre
was left to ponder a life away
from the football field.
He was hardly alone.
Players were sent scattering
to find a means to provide
for their families while faced
with the reality that their
careers may have abruptly
There was no ceremo-
nial sendoff. Little, if any,
advanced warning. And as
far as McEntyre was con-
cerned, no real trust in the
talks that followed suggest-
ing the league would indeed
"I've got two kids
that depend on me," said
McEntyre, 39. "When they
canceled the season, I start-
ed thinking about what I
was going to do with my life
after that."
The all-time leader in
interceptions and three-
time defensive player of
the year spent the past year
working as a personal train-
er when he was not on the
golf course or joining team-
mate Marlon Moye-Moore
in hosting youth football
camps throughout the area.
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launched his own fitness
company and coached Pop
Warner football this past
year. "Coaching and train-
ing those kids was probably
the best thing for me."
It proved an amicable
distraction from the reality
he and his peers faced.
"We were shocked [upon
learning ofthe AFLs demise].
I've been playing football
now for 17 years and it was
hard to sit and watch the
NFL during a time when I'm
usually preparing for my
own season."

Earlier this year, the
Predators made their return
to town as part of the newly
formed Arena Football
One (AF1), where salaries
are expected to be signifi-
cantly lower than they ever
were in the AFL when they
reportedly ranged between
$30,000 to $189,000 a year.
Despite that, McEntyre and
Moye-Moore had no reser-
vations about returning.
"My passion to play foot-
ball outweighs the pay,"
Moye-Moore said.

Back in black
Predators' managing part-
ner Brett Bouchy vowed all
along to bring arena football
back to town in some form
or another and he backed it
up by banding with several
other AFL owners to help
form the new league.
He's now confident that
The Jungle at Amway Arena
will again be packed with
fans just as it once was.
"April 30 will be a sell-
out," Bouchy declared at
a news conference at the
Citrus Bowl Varsity Club
after making a public apol-
ogy to fans, coaches and
players for the cancelation
of the 2009 season.
"It's going to be a crowd
like none other. It's going to
be rocking in The Jungle, I
fully expect that," he said.
Because of conflicts with
the schedule of the Orlando
Magic, the Predators will
start the new season with
a bye during opening week-
end (April 2-3) then will be
on the road the next two
weeks before another off
week sets the table for the
home opener against the
Iowa Barnstormers.
The 18-week regular
season will run through
July 31 with 15 teams par-
ticipating. Franchises have
been meshed between the
big-market holdovers of
the original AFL and the
outposts that made up are-
nafootball2, the minor

league of Arena Football.
"Our fans love Orlando
and as long as we keep play-
ing hard and give them a
reason to come, then I think
they'll be there," Moye-
Moore said.
The organization is bank-
ing that familiarity will help
bring many of them back.
Local fans throughout the
years have helped give the
Predators a unique home-
field advantage ever since
coming onto the scene in
With the recent signing
of AFL star-power league
wide, and the deals reached
locally with former players
such as McEntyre, Moye-
Moore, T.T. Toliver, Justin
Cleveland, Damon Mason,
along with the hiring of for-
mer Orlando quarterback
Pat O'Hara as the organi-
zation's fourth head coach,
there's a bit of nostalgia
already brewing in the air.
Though maybe with one
particular face noticeably
Before introduc-
ing O'Hara to the public,
Bouchy extended an open
invitation to former head
coach Jay Gruden who
spent his time away from
arena football as the offen-
sive coordinator with the
United Football League's
Florida Tuskers "to con-
tribute in any way on the
football side of things that
he can." He cannot return
because of contractual obli-
gations with the Tuskers.
So maybe the return
won't exactly be like old
times, but with a little less
than two months remaining
before Orlando's beloved
Preds take the field, it looks
as if Bouchy's vision is truly
taking shape.
"We're back," McEntyre
said. "We've got to let '09
go. It's 2010; it's a new year.
Arena football, for whatev-
er reason, is back here in
Orlando, and it's time to put
the past behind us."

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