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I > 8 Fast talk > 14
iventive Donnie Jones picks up the
I Oviedo Knights' scoring pace


Four days in

the swamp

Nearly two weeks after
11-year-old Nadia Bloom
disappeared into the
swampy, alligator-ridden
woods surrounding Lake
Jesup, the city of Winter
Springs is celebrating her
safety and the hard work of
its law enforcement.
Bloom was released from
Arnold Palmer Hospital on
Monday, April 20, six days
after being rescued and
beginning treatment for
dehydration and bug bites.
The swelling of her feet,
which were waterlogged
when she was rescued, is all
but gone, and her scratches
and bug bites are almost
healed, said her father, Jeff.
"She's doing very well,"
he said. "We're very encour-
Jeff spent the majority of
his time with Nadia while
his wife, Tonya, took care
of their newborn baby and
other daughter, Sophia.
He said his family is hold-
ing up fine, and that Nadia
was excited to get back to
"We were extremely
pleased everything turned
out the way we did, because
when it first happened, we
were thinking the worst,"
said Winter Springs Mayor
John Bush.
Nadia, who suffers
> turn to BLOOM on PAGE 4

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When Franklin Perez ran
for State House of Repre-
sentatives in 2006 and
2008, he ran as a No Party
Affiliated candidate. But
this election cycle, because
the laws had changed, he
announced his candidacy
as a Libertarian.
Then Ellen Paul who
lives in Apopka, away from
District 33 switched
her party affiliation from
Republican to Libertarian,
and for the first time in
Florida's history, a political
party that isn't Republican
or Democrat will have a
There are currently 185
registered Libertarians in
District 33, which means
185 people at most -
will decide the election.
"We're dealing with the
first one in the state, which
is good stuff; it's good stuff

[I iS

Candidates Mike McLean and Karen Diebel mug for the camera while campaigning at A Taste of Oviedo April 17.

to be a trendsetter," said
Mike Ertel, the Seminole
County Supervisor of Elec-
tions. "They can go talk to
them (the registered Liber-
tarians) 15, 20 times each.

Celery Stalks ............................. 4
Stetson's Corner.......................5.
Interests ..........................7
Calendar.................. ........... 11
Letters ............ ............ 12
Young Voices ......................... 12
Classifieds and Games ................... 13
Athletics ................. ............ 14

It's not like they're going
to have to spend thousands
and thousands of dollars
on mailers."
Election season is in full
swing, and in Orange and

Seminole counties, local
and state issues could have
a pretty big impact on how
the ballot looks during the
Aug. 24 primary. The ques-

> turn to PREVIEW on PAGE 6

Election season revs up for August

Page A2 April 23 May 6, 2010 Seminole Voice

S|1 THIS WEEK in history

The Confederate states lose a major city in the Civil War when Union
1 Admiral David Farragut demands the surrender of New Orleans.
'f i l Four days later, Union troops officially take the city.

Money is flowing to candidate coffers

With many races in full-fundraising mode, some political hopefuls have raised more than $100,000

ReporterAbraham Aboraya
took at look at candi-
dates runningfor office in
Seminole County this year,
along with their most cur-
rent campaign finance
reports. Find more races at
SeminoleVoice. comn.

County Commission
District 2
John Horan
Raised: $58,810
Spent: $14,246

Michael McLean
Raised: $87,885
Spent: $3,937

In this race, incumbent
Mike McLean is fighting a
tough battle against John
Horan, a Winter Springs
resident since 1987 and a
county resident since 1977.
While McLean has outraised
his newcomer opponent by
nearly $30,000, the race will

be decided in the Aug. 24
election. Since both candi-
dates are Republicans, the
primary is open to all par-

District 4
Win Adams
Raised: $951
Spent: $43

H.G. "Butch" Bundy
Raised: $900
Spent: $0

Donald Epps
Raised: $4,170
Spent: $900

Carlton Henley
Raised: $58,927
Spent: $2,426

County Commissioner
Carlton Henley has the
upper hand in the money
race for the District 4 seat,
raising nearly $59,000.
What's more, he has nearly
$57,000 left to spend before
the Aug. 24 decision -

despite already outspend-
ing all three of his oppo-
nents. Since all candidates
are Republicans, the prima-
ry is open to all voters.

County Judge
Group 5
Ralph Eriksson
Raised: $100,000
Spent: $0

Greg Hass
Raised: $5,950
Spent: $1,044

Amir A. Ladan
Raised: $6,825
Spent: $1

Fred Schott
Raised: $161,460

Spent: $0

School Board
District 1
Incumbent Diane Bauer
Spent: $42

Jesse Kamm
Raised: $500
Spent: $12

In this race, incumbent
Diane Bauer started off rais-
ing only $600 by the start of
2010, but managed a strong
showing during this year's
first quarter, raising a total
of more than $6,200. Her
opponent Jesse Kamm has
said he can't afford to inject
cash into his own cam-
paign and will likely focus
on a grassroots effort. This
school board election will
be decided Aug. 24 and is a
non-partisan race.

District 2
Paul Ackerman
Raised: $11,855

Karen Almond
Raised: $12,160

Gina Shafer
Raised: $100
Spent: $100

Sandra Robinson decided
not to run for re-election
after spending 20 years
on the board, leaving an
incumbent vacuum Karen
Almond and Paul Ackerman
both hope to fill. Both can-
didates have loaned them-
selves $10,000 and raised a
little more than that, creat-
ing a tight race.

District 5
Tina Calderone
Raised: $0
Spent: $0 (no report yet)

Becky Erwin
Raised: $24,620
Spent: $6,835

Mark Griffis
Raised: $540
Spent: $540

Jeanne Morris
Raised: $1,640
Spent: $8

When Tina Calderone
jumped into the race early
April, she made it quite
likely that this will be the
only school board race that
will be pushed into a run-
off and decided in the Nov.
2 general election. So far,
challenger Becky Erwin has
loaned herself $20,000 for
the race, giving her a clear
fundraising lead. Even still,
incumbent Jeanne Morris
said she had to take time off
the campaign trail because
of a death in the family, and
that now things are going
to start heating up.

District 3: ORANGE AND
(No incumbent, no clear
fundraising lead. Numbers
were not availablefor those
without listings.)

George MacNaughton

Terry Martin-Back

Jacob Hoechst (REP)

LeAnna Kolb (REP)
Raised: $1,856
Spent: $1,641

Anthony Penoso (REP)

Michael Yost (REP)

The first thing to note about
the District 3 seat is that it
was created after the 1990
census because Florida
had a large population of
African Americans, but
they weren't represented in
Congress. Hence District 3,
which starts in Jacksonville
and ends in Orange County,
only touches Seminole
County in Sanford.
Corinne Brown has been
representing District 3 since
1993, and while Corinne
Brown doesn't show up
on the campaign databas-
es yet for re-election (she
was exploring a run for U.S.
Senate), she has announced
that she will run for the
seat. And her re-election is
an almost guaranteed shoe-
That's why the
Republican field in this race
has four candidates, and
none of them have been
able to raise even $2,000.

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Learning new things with old friends

Did you happen to go to
the 16th Annual Taste of
Oviedo? Well, I did and I
usually volunteer at some
of the booths. I think I
went to the first one and
as a member of the Oviedo
Woman's Club, we manned
several of the drink booths.
What fun.
Last Saturday, Mimi
Bruce and I manned the
Oviedo Historical Society
tent. We enjoyed seeing old
friends and making new
ones. What was the old
adage? "Sitting on the cor-
ner watching the girls go
by"? Anyway, we watched
the citizens of Oviedo go
by. It was interesting to
hear people saying, "Oh
I have lived in Oviedo
since before they widened
Mitchell Hammock," or
before they built the new
brick City Hall. All of the
visitors added a tidbit of
their personal history.

Then when I was
through working at the
booth, I met a friend
and we toured the street.
Everybody was there, busi-
ness-wise, club-wise, city
organizations and more.
But I did see one new busi-
ness that I was not famil-
iar with, the Oviedo Cab
Company. I didn't know
we had such a business.
You learn something new
every day. The weather was
great with a nice breeze at
times. I stopped by to gaze
at the Citrus & Celery cook-
off, mighty good eating's
there. I was not around for
the announcement of the
winners but they all got my
Someone said to me,
"you know the city and
its citizens need to have
more of these activities
for the public," it reminds
me of old times, of events
in 'meat world', well that

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Winners of Wynonna Judd
Concert tickets:

Nick DeRusso
Edward Rubacha
Kathy Gibson
Lorna Spoczynski
Heather Fordyce

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dates some of us. They were
fun. Well, do watch out -
some changes are in the

Free celery
Just wanted to put a p.s. to
the 'Taste.' As I was passing
the Citrus & Celery Cook-
off tent, a lady who said
she knew me as the Celery
Stalk lady put two small
packets of celery in each of
my hands. Thank you.

Baroque orchestra
Have you been to the St.
Luke's Concert series this
2009-2010 this year? Well
at 7 p.m. this Saturday,
April 24 the Orlando
Philharmonic Orchestra
with guest conductor
Anthony Hose will pres-
ent "Baroque: A Pearl of
Irregular Shape". The pro-
gram, focused entirely on
repertoire of the Baroque
period, features the music
of Handel, Boyce Purcell
and Bach. Admission is free.
The concert will be held at
St. Luke's Lutheran Church,
2021 W. State Road 426,

Birthday party
Arden Courts will be cel-
ebrating their 10th Year
Anniversary Celebration
from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday,
April 29. It is open and
free to the community.
Arden Courts is located at
1057 Willa Springs Drive,
Winter Springs. They would

appreciate an RSVP; call
407-696-8400. They also
hold a monthly Alzheimer's
Support Group. It is the
2nd Thursday of each
month from 6-7:30 p.m.
and is held in the Arden
Courts-Alzheimer's Assisted
Living. Need more infor-
mation, call 407-696-8400

Artistic Hand online
Good news! Heard from
my friend Del Seaman at
Artistic Hand and they are
creating a Web site together
for all of you creative artists
so that you will know what
is going on. Del tells me the
domain name is www.artis-
tichandandclasses.com and
you can always reach them
by phone 407-366-7882.
Summer classes for the
smaller set (begin the week
of June 14) are listed below
and remember to sign up
Monday Children's Art
Sampler from 5-6 p.m.; age
5; cost $125 for six weeks
Tuesday Children's
Throwing on the Wheel
(limit 6 students) from
5-6 p.m.; cost $125 for six
weeks. Children's Painting
& Drawing from 5-6 p.m.;
Cost is $125 for six weeks.
Wednesday Children's
3-D Sculpture from 5-6
p.m.; Cost is $125 for
six weeks. Thursday -
Children's Clay from 5-6
p.m.; cost is $125 for six
Adult classes will begin

the week of May 31 and will
consist of clay and the art
of stained glass and much
more. For information or
to sign up, call Del Seaman

Free jazz concert
Like jazz? I do, so I am
thinking about going to
the jazz concert, which
will take place 4-7 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 at Magnolia
Square, 200S Magnolia
Ave., Sanford. The jazzed
in Sanford concert series
will feature the 16-piece
Orlando Jazz Orchestra.
Admission is free.

Looking ahead
Mark a date for Saturday,
May 22 when the Oviedo
Historical Society will
have a special event for
the citizens of our town at
the Lawton House, which
will include music and
food. Watch for upcoming
announcements and adver-

A thought
It's the things in common
that make relationships
enjoyable, but it's the
little differences that make
them interesting. -Todd

Send word to Janet Foley about
events and let her know what's
going on around town by e-mailing

BLOOM I Child's story will be shared, dad says

< continued from the front page

from a mild form of autism
called Asperger's syndrome,
got lost in the woods after
going on a nature walk.
James King, a UCF alum-
nus and former member
of Metro Church, which
the Bloom family used to
attend, found Nadia in the
woods four days after she
went missing.
God directed him to the
girl, he said.
"As soon as the sun came
up I went in, and the Lord
led me to her," King told
"Today" Show host Meredith
King made the media
rounds in New York City
the day after rescuing Nadia,
appearing on programs like
"Inside Edition" and "Good
Morning America."
The Bloom fam-
ily remained quiet and
focused on bringing their
little girl home through-
out the search, only issu-

ing statements through
Winter Springs Police Chief
Kevin Brunelle. Now that
his daughter is safe and
healthy, Jeff said the fam-
ily is willing to speak about
their happy tale.
"We know the story is a
positive, good one, and we'd
like to share it," he said.
The family has spoken
with local media and has
been approached by some
national media, including
Oprah, however they don't
want to exploit Nadia's
story, but rather give due
credit to the people who
helped bring her to safety.
"We want to thank the
community and be mindful
of everything they've done
for us," said Jeff. "We've had
a lot of help, and we're very
In the mean time, Winter
Springs Police are sifting
through paperwork and
working to determine the
scope of the case. While
Brunelle said there is no




reason to doubt Bloom's
story or King's credibility,
he said that further inves-
tigation will be done upon
her release from the hos-
Although there is still
work to be done, Brunelle
and his staff have been
receiving praise from
Winter Springs residents.
Bush said that he has
received numerous e-mails
applauding the police
department for keeping the
public informed and keep-
ing searchers motivated to
find Nadia. He also said that
despite the search and res-
cue efforts, which included
helicopters, foot and K9
patrols, and dive missions,
the searchers left the woods
how they found it and were
respectful of neighboring
homeowners' property.
"Even though it wasn't
an officer that found her,
I think the fact that the
search was coordinated by
the chief was an important
factor in her rescue," said
Proud members of the
community have already
honored Winter Springs
police with local cel-
ebrations at Tijuana Flats
and Central Winds Park.
Bush said that the City
Commission also plans
to honor them at its next
meeting, on April 26.


Seminole Voice

April 23 May 6, 2010 Page A5

Rockin' fundraisin'

By Karen McEnany-Phillips

We are all pinching pen-
nies, to borrow a phrase,
'until they scream', which
is so true. Non-profits are
experiencing a crunch
as people pull back from
donating time and money.
Still I share with you some
very worthwhile commu-
nity events that are taking
place in the Geneva area in
the next few weeks.

Raising money for cancer
Relay for Life: The Country
Way will be here before you
know it, held Friday, April
30 through the night and
into Saturday May 1.
Who among us hasn't
known someone touched
by cancer? Come on out to
this beautiful event to join
many others in our Geneva-
Chuluota area held at Camp
Mah-Kah-Wee. Dozens of
teams have been fundrais-
ing in the most creative
ways over the past several
months, and it will finally
all come together with
luminaries, prayer, music,
games, entertainment,
food, ceremony and cel-
ebration of life from 6 p.m.
Friday to noon on Saturday.
Even if you haven't been
able to participate until
now, please stop by and
be a part of this beautiful
event. Teams will walk the
track on a continuous basis
through the night, marking
the fact that cancer never
sleeps. Donations and con-
tributions are welcome but
equally important is mak-
ing that connection with
survivors, family and neigh-
bors who have also walked
this difficult path. You are
not alone.

Schoolhouse rock
The Rural Heritage Center
at the historic Geneva
School House will be cel-
ebrating its annual Grand
Opening BBQ Celebration
on Saturday, May 15. This
is the spring fundraiser for
the center hosted by the
Bren-Don Squares Square
Dancers. If you are unfa-
miliar with the center, as
you read this it sounds
like everything is OK and
we're just getting together
to raise a little money. But
honestly the center is in
dire need of a steady stream
of funds and leaders in
order to keep operating.
It is an all-volunteer effort
and has been for the past
year or two after its incep-
There have been a series
of events, workshops, mov-
ies and more that have
taken place in the beautiful
center but some workshops
have been canceled due
to lack of participation. In
order to raise funds for the
long and short term we
really need citizens from all
the rural areas to step up
and take a more active role
in leadership with fundrais-
ing, administration, plan-
ning, maintenance and
more. The roles are in place;
we just need citizen partici-
pation to make it happen.
If not for the tireless vision
of President Christopher
Stapleton, a small group
of dedicated volunteers
and directors, and the fan-
tastic commitment of the
Bren-Don Squares Square
Dancers, we probably
would have had to lock the
doors months ago.

Published Friday,
April 23, 2010

Support your heritage
So again, here's a plea to
put the RHC back on your
to-do list for May.
Start with two things
- that are easy, fun, prac-
tical and patriotic. First,
plan on coming out to the
barbecue on May 15. Walk
through the center, watch
the square dance demon-
strations, enjoy crafts, sto-
rytelling, food, games and
a variety of rural heritage
activities that your family
will enjoy.
Second, buy a 'Flags
Over Geneva' T-shirt
for $15. You can order
them now at www.genev-
aschoolhouse.org and pick
them up at Focal Point
Landscaping. I'm not 100
percent sure but I think
there may be samples to
see either at Focal Point or
at the Geneva Elementary
School. The design came
from aerial photographs
taken by Chris Stapleton
as Rocky Harrelson piloted
the plane and the flag and
kids are our own Geneva
Elementary students and
teachers. The flag is a huge
rescued flag that the Boy
Scouts retrieved and you
will see it at the Annual
4th of July Festival. Buy a
T-shirt and plan to wear it
at this year's Annual July
4th Parade and Festival
held on Saturday, July 3. In
a time when politics and
patriotism call us to be
more engaged than ever,
support your history, com-
munity, and country.

Please share your thoughts about
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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Flying with the Tuskegee Airmen

One of the famed Air Force pilot group's last survivors finally gets awarded for courage in WWII

Raymond Cassagnole only had the
controls of the plane in his hands
for a few seconds before it began
plummeting toward the ground.
Just a moment earlier, in the noisy
cockpit of a Boeing Stearman PT
17, he'd been learning how to stay
level while making a hard-banked
turn during combat. It was 1943,
and the world was at war.
Aboard the two-seat open cock-
pit biplane, Cassagnole, a Haitian
by birth, was preparing to survive
while fighting for the Americans in
hostile skies. Suddenly, the instruc-
tor cut the gas to the plane, kill-
ing the engine and yelling "force
landing" through a deafening blast
of wind a brutally succinct wel-
come to the Tuskegee Airmen.
"Once, while I was flying with
the instructor, the plane engines
actually quit and the instructor
had to land the plane," Cassagnole,
the first Haitian Tuskegee Airman,
recalls. "When you least expect,
whether in basic or advanced
(training), that was the same thing.
It was to see in case of a real emer-
gency what would you do to save
the plane and yourself, if possible.
That's the way it is."
When Cassagnole graduated
July 28, 1943, he became the first
Haitian of only five Haitians to
graduate from the Tuskegee Airmen
program that broke the color barri-
er in the U.S. Air Force. His brothers
in arms were honored by President
George W. Bush in 2007 with the
Congressional Gold Medal, but
Cassagnole wasn't honored with
the same award until April 5.
At 89 years old, Cassagnole may
likely be the last surviving mem-
ber of the Haitian-born Tuskegee
group. He logged in more than
100 hours in North American AT-6
Texan planes, single engine air-
crafts, hunting down Nazi subma-
rines off the coast of Haiti during
his three years in the Air Force.
He was found by Tuskegee
Airmen historian Zellie Rainey

Orr, who said she feels like God
has made her a magnet for finding
Haitian-born Tuskegee pilots. She
found Cassagnole living in Oviedo
with his daughter a few weeks
before the ceremony.
"I just decided to pursue locating
Haitian Tuskegee Airmen because
of the earthquake," Orr said. "I
decided to see collectively what
we could do for Haiti, but ask the
Haitian Tuskegee Airmen."
How Cassagnole got to Tuskegee
is a whole different story. While
in Haiti, he was working as an air-
plane mechanic, and frequently, he
would work well past the 4 p.m.
quitting time.
His coworkers would leave him
in the hangar by the airfields, where
Haiti was forming its first air force,
to tell young women a story: Did
you see a plane flying at 2:30 p.m.?
That was me.
One night, an American captain
approached him.
We've been watching you work-
ing every day, even when nobody's
around, the captain said. It seems
you like the mechanic work. Would
you like to learn to fly?
"It would be like asking a
parched man, do you need water?"
Cassagnole recalled. "... And that's
how I got to Tuskegee."
During the war, Nazi subs would
patrol the coast of Haiti and come
ashore at night to buy supplies
- a practice that stopped when
Cassagnole and the airmen began
patrolling the coast during the day,
spotting the subs from above.
As the global conflict ended
and the combat-ready allied war
machine faded into the shadows of
a looming cold war, Cassagnole left
his old life behind.
After his stint in the military,
Cassagnole eventually left Haiti
after working with the opposi-
tion to Haitian President Francois
"Papa Doc" Duvalier, crossing into
the Dominican Republic under the
cover of night with his wife and
five children. Then he traveled to
Washington, D.C., and eventually
ran a bakery in Orlando and Miami

Raymond Cassagnole, 89, was commissioned to defend Haiti against the
Nazis in WWII. Above, he shows off a medal presented to him at Oviedo City Hall.

before settling in Oviedo.
While Cassagnole was in train-
ing, he made certain not to leave
the campus because Jim Crow was
in full swing as he put it, if you
didn't step off the sidewalk when a
white man was walking, you could
be beaten, lynched and left for dead
or dying.
But Cassagnole made one regu-
lar exception. Every Sunday, he and
a friend with a car would split the
cost of driving 15 miles to a Catholic
church. Even still, Jim Crow left his
mark even in the house of God:
Black people sat in the back of the
church; white people in the front.
"I can tell you: First of all, I
had taken the decision to never
go where I wouldn't be welcome,"
Cassagnole said. "I've never expe-
rienced the savagery of going to
a store where there are two foun-
tains: colored people, white people.
Toilet: black people, white people. I
stayed at the campus."
Looking back as an old man upon
his time at war, he remembers years
of hard training he endured to stay
on a level playing field with white

pilots who defended the skies for
the allies.
In the 1940s, Cassagnole was in
great shape, simply because there
was no way around it. Every two
weeks the Tuskegee Airmen had a
16-mile cross country run, coupled
with grueling training for combat
These days, Cassagnole's knees
and shoulders hurt. He has trouble
getting out of bed, walks with the
aid of a walker or a cane, and he
has to take his blood pressure five
times a day, laying down, sitting
and standing. He has a little trouble
Cassagnole described a cemetery
in a small town in Haiti. Across the
gates as you walk in, the banner
reads simply "Here, we're all equal."
He said, whether you are a presi-
dent, a queen or "you or I," once
underground, you're all the same.
"I am the alpha and omega,"
Cassagnole said. "I am the first
Haitian to be commissioned by the
Tuskegee Air Force, and I am the
last to receive the medal."

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tion on everyone's mind is
whether or not Florida Gov.
Charlie Crist will run as a
Republican against Marco
Rubio or change to an NPA
candidate for Florida's Sen-
ate seat.
That decisioncould affect
how every race in Orange
and Seminole counties is
decided. If Crist drops out,
the turnout figures for the

Republican primary will get
depressed, said Ertel.
But if he stays, and the
turnout is higher, Ertel said
some of the other candi-
dates could start trying to
appeal to the more conser-
vative bloc that tends to
come out in numbers for
the primary.
"So the message points
that Rubio would be driv-
ing home and sending in
mailers and on TV won't

also be used by the down-
ballot races," Ertel said.
"The tone of the entire bal-
lot will change because the
tone of the top race on the
ballot will be different."
Locally, none of the can-
didates for Seminole Coun-
ty Commission or School
Board (a non-partisan race)
are Democrats, something
that bothers Chris Lomas,
who runs the local branch
of the Democratic Party.

She said it's actually
easier to convince many
Democrats to run for state
house and senate seats than
to run for county commis-
sion or school board. That's
because, in part, Seminole
County has at-large elec-
tions, meaning that people
vote for commissioner who
live outside their district.
"We've got a Republican
stranglehold here in the
county that we're trying

to whittle away at," Lomas
said. "It's a lot harder for
the people who don't have
money, which tends to be
the Democrats, to win those
seats when they are at-large.
At that point, you're hav-
ing to canvass and spend
money getting out the votes
for the entire county versus
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TTHIS WEEK in human history

Navy Commander Alan Shepard becomes the first American (and
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capsule Freedom 7. He later became the fifth person to walk on the

Living his BBQ dreams

Corey Warren took over an Oviedo eatery when it faced shutting down; Publix to open across street

The butterflies in Corey
Warren's stomach slowly
increased as his fist day on
the job grew near.
"It was like my first day of
school for me," Warren said.
"You kind of have to figure
out things as you go."
But for Warren his first
day on the job is different
than most, as it was his
first day as active owner of
Dickey's Barbeque Pit in
Oviedo, a business that's
been open and running for
more than a year.
"The situation kind of
just fell in my lap," he said.
"And it's been a dream come
This opportunity came
after the previous owner
of Dickey's, located at 5414
Deep Lake Road, off State
Road 426, decided to get
out of the business.
The thought of the store
closing before it was open
for a year and before it got
a chance to really get going
was something Warren
could not bear. He said
although the idea ofbecom-

Dickey's Barbeque Pit
is located at 5414 Deep
Lake Road in Oviedo. Call
407-657-5018 or visit
www.dickeys.com for
more information.

ing his own boss was excit-
ing, it was also very scary.
"It's a hard balance
sometimes," he said. "There
are a lot of hours involved,
but overall the goal is to
make sure everybody leaves
here happy."
"I found out it wasn't as
expensive as I thought it
was going to be, so I decid-
ed to step in and take over.
I kind of walked into a win-
win situation, and it's been

Publix, new tenants
on the way
Although Warren's decision
to take over a business may
be a decision he doesn't
regret, it's risky to start a
business during a rocky
The numerous 'for lease'
signs that adorn the win-
dow fronts of so many for-
mer businesses in the plaza
where Dickey's is located
are only a reminder that
some may still not be feel-
ing brave enough to follow
in Warren's footsteps.
Ryan Phelps, Century
Retail leasing representa-
tive for the Dickey's plaza,
said although the plaza still
has a lot of space available,
the prospect of new busi-
nesses coming to the plaza
is very promising.
"We are going to have a
lot very soon," Phelps said.
"Especially with Publix
going in right across the
street that has helped

Corey Warren is all smiles at Dickey's Barbeque Pit, despite the risks of a rocky economy.

our leasing activities tre-
Phelps said although
no contracts for new busi-
nesses have been inked,
the businesses that have
already opened in the plaza
are doing great.
"Cutie Patootie is doing
great; Play N Trade does
great; Verizon's coming in
there; everybody does good
there," he said. "Things are
picking up."
Mari Mangual, Cutie
Patootie manager, said busi-
ness has been good since
they opened in August.
"Although there's not
much in the plaza now

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Mangual has high hopes
for Cutie Patootie, just as
Warren does for his newly
purchased business. Warren
said he hopes to one day
own more than just one
"I think that if I get a
good handle on everything,
then maybe in six months
or so, I will venture out and
grab another one," he said.
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we're willing to recognize
our mistakes," Warren said.
"So this way we can fix them
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Five students from Orange
and Seminole Counties will be
recognized for their innovative
ideas during the 12th Annual
Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science
Competition during the weekend
of April 23. One will win the
coveted Ying Prize, a trophy
and $5,000 scholarship, plus
monetary awards for the winner's
science teacher and school.

The Seminole County Natural
Lands Program will be
hosting the following upcoming
-An "Organic Recycling" class
will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on
Saturday, April 24, at Sylvan
Lake Park in Sanford. The class
costs $8.
-A guided animal signs
hike through the Black Bear
Wilderness Area will be held from
8-10 a.m. on Saturday, April 24.
The hike costs $3 per person.

Lord of Life Church of God in
Winter Springs is hosting a spring
festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Saturday, April 24. There will
be live music, games, a bounce
house and an arts and crafts fair.
The whole family is invited, and
admission, food and events are

Applications for the 2010-2011
season of the Florida Symphony
Youth Orchestra are due by
Wednesday, April 28. Visit www.
fsyo.org to download audition

It's time to sign up for
kindergarten! Registration
for the 2010-2011 school year
will be held this April and May.
Parents must bring proof of birth
and residency and immunization
and doctor recordsto registration.
For dates, times and locations
visit www.scps.kl 2.fl.us.

The University Carillon United
Methodist Church in Oviedo
will be hosting Family Fun
Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday, May 8. The free event
will feature food, water slides, an
obstacle course and dodge ball.
Go to www.ucumc.net for more

Adolescents and teens
ages 11-15 can learn the
importance of leadership, infant
care, accident prevention and
basic CPR and First Aid at a
babysitter course. Courses will
be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Saturday, May 8 at Riverside
Park in Oviedo. The course costs
$45 for Oviedo residents and
$65 for non-residents. Call 407-
971-5575 to register.

Join local artist Cherie Dacko
at Gallery on First in Sanford
for another summer of fun
and creativity. Four week-long
classes for children and teens
begin on Monday, July 5. Classes
cost $105 per week and meet for
three hours a day. All materials
are included and class size is
limited to 10 participants. Call
Dacko at 407-496-9524.

Seminole Voice

Tom Carey used to be a farmer at his Oviedo home but went to work as an engineer. Now he's back with green new plans.

Former Disney engineer reinstates his Oviedo garden as you-pick for the public


Tom Carey is a one-man
gardening machine.
Carey spends at least six
hours a day sowing his gar-
den, Sundew Gardens, in
the backyard of his Oviedo
home, a house he built
with his own hands near-
ly 20 years ago, before the
area near the University of
Central Florida had paved
"People thought we were
crazy moving this far out
in the middle of nowhere
back then," he said.
Although Carey's garden
is just as old as his house,
he abandoned his crops 13
years ago to work the night
shift as an electrician for
Walt Disney World. He was
laid off earlier this year, and
is now turning to his gar-
den to make a living.
"Sure enough the layoffs
came a few weeks ago, and I
kept saying I'm going to get
the gardens up and going
again," said Carey, a former
Voice columnist. "You've
got to press the reset button
and go forward, and that's
what I'm trying to do with

Tom Carey will be resum-
ing his "From my garden
to yours" column in the
Voice after a 15-year hia-
tus. Look for it in the next
print edition, May 7, or
online at SeminoleVoice.
E-mail sundewgar-
dens@gmail.com or visit
the Sundew Gardens
Facebook page to learn
more about Carey and the
Harvest Gardening

The "this" Carey refers to
is the reinstatement of his
you-pick program, called
Harvest Gardening, after a
15-year hiatus. He'll also be
picking up his "From my
garden to yours" column in
the Voice on April 30 after a
similar hiatus from writing.
The you-pick program
allows as many as 20
families to "subscribe" to
Sundew Gardens' produce.
Families pay an upfront
seasonal subscription fee
and are invited to come to
the garden once a week to
stock up on more than 50
seasonal varieties of herbs,
fruits and vegetables, and
eggs laid by his nearly two
dozen chickens.
Customers can expect
produce such as blueber-
ries, lettuces and carrots
during the springtime and
sturdier veggies such as
okra, asparagus and pep-
pers during the summer.
"I'm trying to match the
business of the garden to
the natural production of
the garden," said Carey. "The
crops produce on an ongo-
ing basis and so we need
to harvest on an ongoing
Alaina Bernard, UCF's
Department of Landscape &
Natural Resources assistant
director of land manage-
ment, said that small-scale
farming initiatives such as
Carey's garden can help
remind Central Floridians
of the area's agricultural
"Getting connected to
the people that grow your
food is important for the
culture, especially for this
region, which has been
developing so quickly," said
Bernard. "It makes you feel
more connected with your
community, the land and
where your food is coming

Carey, who grew up on
an old family farm near
Chicago and moved to
Marco Island, Fla., later on,
has had a life-long interest
in nature.
"I just always had plants
growing," he said.
He relocated to Central
Florida to attend Rollins
College. He and his wife, a
teacher, settled in Oviedo,
where he expanded his gar-
den into a source of income
by selling his produce at
the Winter Park Farmers
Market and to local health
stores. However, following
the birth of his three chil-
dren, he thought it wise to
find a career with a more
steady income, so he trad-
ed the greenhouse for the
computer mouse.
Michelle Tallman of
Casselberry met Carey
more than 15 years ago at
a healthy cooking class in
Winter Park. Already invest-
ed in organic food and a
macrobiotic diet, Tallman
decided she wanted to learn
more about where her food
came from. She took on an
apprenticeship at Sundew
"It was a great experi-
ence," she said. "I know it
takes a lot of work, and I
was just helping the pro-

She recently brought her
son, Jared, to the garden to
experience you-pick for the
first time.
"He's a very bad eater,
and I thought it would help
him to pick food and see
where it comes from. It's
like a little science proj-
ect for a 4-year-old," said
Tallman. "It's a wonderful
bonding activity. [Carey]
and his garden are pretty
Carey hopes that senti-
ment will draw customers
in. Before he began his you-
pick garden in the early
'90s, he spent nearly seven
years perfecting his busi-
ness plan. Now he's trying
to recreate the magic in
seven weeks.
Despite the challenges
of bringing his garden up
to public-picking speed, he
is happy with the lifestyle
change and eager to rein-
vigorate his business.
"I spent the last 13 years
commuting to Disney every-
day, so that's two hours a
day of just sitting in the car
driving. ... I'm more than
willing to invest that time
doing mundane things like
lugging bricks around my
garden," he said.
"It's a nice change; you
control your own destiny."

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A showcase of this
week's releases, and
a look ahead to
upcoming movies.

Coming May 7

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Keeth Elementary officials had to
think of resourceful ways to improve
their facilities after being hit with
cuts in school budgets. Principal Pete
Gaffney partnered with Lauren Mignes,
Keeth parent, and a UCF professor,
for help. Mignes organized nearly 50
UCF student volunteers, who painted
the cafeteria on a recent Saturday

morning. The school provided the
materials and the students provided
the free labor. "It looks fantastic,"
Gaffney said.

Synclaire Kaptur, an 11th grader
at Lyman High School, has won the
Heinz Ketchup Creativity Contest.
Synclaire's winning design, which

features a surfer on a ketchup bottle,
will appear on millions of ketchup
bottles and ketchup packets.

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Sandi Whitefield's third grade
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Jamaican Ambassador H.E. Anthony
Johnson. Students talked to Johnson
about Jamaica's economy and culture,
and the information they learned was
published on the school's Web site.

The Jefferson Awards-Deloitte
Students in Action is proud to
announce that Seminole High School
and Lake Brantley High School were
selected as the Seminole Recipient for
Outstanding Service by a High School
at the 2010 SIA Spring Competition.
The schools were chosen for best
showcasing the programs' seven
goals and for their philanthropic
contributions to their communities
and schools.

Sarah Weerth, art teacher at
Seminole High School, has been
named as the "Art Teacher of the Year"
by the Seminole County Art Education
Association.Weerth teaches advanced
placement art courses and is the
driving force behind her students'
creating large scale pieces of art for
the community.

Leadership Seminole sponsored a
video contest designed to energize
the creativity of Seminole County
high school students by challenging

them to focus on critical issues teens
might face such as drug/alcohol use,
body image, depression and conflict
resolution. The five-minute videos
were judged by members of the
community, and the winners will be
announced at the Character Video
Contest Breakfast on Friday, April 23.

Croom's Academy High School's
Paola Castellon, Lake Howell High
School's Jamie Takaki, and Winter
Springs High School's Matthew
Dudley were honored with awards
of excellence as part of April's
Volunteer Recognition Month. The
award recipients are part of Volunteer
USA's Teen Trendsetters Reading
Mentors program, which pairs high
school students with second and
third-graders for weekly mentoring
sessions to improve the basic reading
skills of the younger students and
to nurture the volunteer spirit and
leadership skills of youth leaders.

The Casselberry Chamber's
Scholarship & Recognition Committee
awarded five $500 scholarships to
graduating seniors from local high
schools at their April luncheon. This
year's recipients were: Patrick Bond
from Lyman High School; Laura Fisher
from Lake Howell High School; Jacob
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Sonal Malhotra from Lake Howell
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The Oviedo Recreation and
Parks Department is hosting the
inaugural Charity Golf Outing to
benefit Relay for Life and cancer
research. The event will begin
at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 23, at
the Twin Rivers Golf Course in
Oviedo. Golfers will have access
to 18 holes, carts, food, drinks,
door prizes and more. Call 407-
971-5576 for more information.

Painters Stewart Jones and
Cindy Sturla will host an
opening reception from 6-8 p.m.
on Friday, April 23, at Gallery on
First in Downtown Sanford. The
artists will be available to discuss
their painting techniques and
show some of their new work.

Tuskawilla United Methodist
Church will be celebrating its
30-year anniversary with a day
of food and fun beginning at 10
a.m. on Saturday, April 24. The
celebration will feature local
food and vendors and activities
for children. Central Florida
Martial Arts Academy will also be
conducting demonstrations. Call
Kathy Donlevy at 407-977-4530
for more information.

St. Luke's Lutheran Church
in Oviedo presents the Orlando
Philharmonic Orchestra as part
of its 16th annual concert series.
The free performance will begin
at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 24,

at the church, 2021 W. S.R. 426.

Celebrate the 62nd
anniversary of the State of
Israel's independence with
the JCC of Greater Orlando,
local synagogues and other
organizations from 3 p.m. to
8 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, at
Crane's Roost Park in Altamonte
Springs. The celebration is free
and open to the public, but
certain activities will require the
purchase of tickets, which will
be available at the event for $1
each. Visit www.orlandojcc.org
for more information.

Sanford's Midway Elementary
School of the Arts will be
holding a grand opening and
dedication ceremony at 4 p.m.
on Wednesday, April 28, at the
school, 2368 Brisson Ave. Call
407-320-5904 to R.S.V.P.

The 2010 Geneva/Chuluota
Relay for Life will be held from 6
p.m.on Friday,April 30,to noon on
Saturday, May 1, at Camp Mah-
Kah-Wee in Chuluota. Visit www.
for more information.

The city of Winter Springs
will be holding its annual Arbor
Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to
noon on Saturday, May 1, at City
Hall, 1126 E. State Road 434.
Call 407-327-5982 for more


Tour Sanford's finest residential
gardens and welcome spring
during the Historic District of
Sanford's "Gardens Around the
Parks- May Day Celebration,"
which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday,
May 1, at the Student Museum
SCPS, 301 W. 7th Street. The
highlight of the event will be
a historical dance around the
May Pole performed by Midway
Elementary School's young
musicians and dancers at 10
a.m. and 1 p.m. The May Day
celebration is free, and the
garden tour costs $10. Call Sarah
Miller at 407-320-7271 for more

Teachers and students from
the Artistic Hand will be hosting
a pottery sale from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, and
Sunday, May 2 at 353 N. Central
Ave., Oviedo.

The Planetarium at Seminole
State College of Florida, which
is located at 100 Weldon Blvd. in
Sanford, will entertain stargazers
with three shows in May:
-"Cretaceous Countdown:
Investigating the Death of
Dinosaurs" will examine the
theories related to dinosaur
extinction. It will be presented
from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on
Saturday from May 1 through

May 22.
-"Central Florida Nights," the
planetarium's flagship show, is
a guided, interactive tour of the
night sky. It will be presented
from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday,
May 7, and Friday, May 21.
-"Kingdoms of the Stars" will
explore the history of Asian
astronomy. It will be presented
from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday,
May 14.
The planetarium is free for
Seminole State students, faculty
and staff with a valid Seminole
State ID, and tickets cost $6 for
adults and $4 for seniors and
non-Seminole State students.
Go to www.seminolestate.edu/
planet for more information.

Author and mentor Buck
Jacobs will be the featured
speaker at the Central Florida
Christian Chamber's Business-
Building Lunch, which begins at
11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, at
Orlando Baptist Church. Jacobs
has an extensive background
in organizational development
based on principles found
in Scripture. The cost is $20
for members and $30 for
non-members. Visit http://
cfchristianchamber.com for
more information.

Shred your confidential
documents for free at "Shred
Fest!," which will be held from

10 a.m. to
May 6, at

2 p.m. on Thursday,
156 Geneva Drive in

The Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods program and
the City of Winter Springs are
hosting a landscape class at
6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at
the Winter Springs Senior Center,
400 N. Edgemon Ave. Call 407-
667-5575 to register.

Giving a reason to celebrate, the JCC
will party from 3-8 p.m. Sunday.


Tuscawilla Poolside Membership
Use of our Jr. Olympic size swimming pool,
eligibility for the 11-time Champion Tiger Sharks Swim
Team, and Patio Dining.


Only available May 1 through September 6, 2010.
Social, tennis, and golf memberships also available!

Summer Camps at Tuscawilla!
9 Sessions available from
June 14 through August 13, 2010

Ages 3 through 16 this program is designed for any junior
that enjoys playing games and having fun!
TCC provides a world-class facility and a wide variety of
activities and professional instruction.

1500 Winter Springs Blvd.Winter Springs, FL 32708


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THIS WEEK in political history

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A new "twist" in the law Checker will tell you, it will Resources include such
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Mom has always been there fy for the extra help. stocks and bonds. We do
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of you. Mother's Day is the whether Mom is eligible as resources. r 0 '
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and look out for her. If she's ify, she must be receiving in the law, we no longer 0 o
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special woman in your life, able to get some help with household expenses like
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into the Medicare from work; or mom at www.socialsecu- If you'd like to learn scription drugs may cause
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resources. The law changed or $25,010 for a married at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY or call 1-800-MEDICARE Social Security Regional
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Page A14 March 26 April 8, 2010 Seminole Voice

=THIS WEEK in sports history

SU New York Yankee Lou Gehrig ends a record 2,130 consecutive
A TLTC \game streak. The record held for 56 years and was eventually
broken by Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr.

Donnie Jones' big pitch

UCF mens basketball team's coach gives the Greater Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber an inside scoop

UCF basketball fans can
expect a faster-paced,
higher-energy game from
the Knights next season,
according to the team's new
head coach.
Coach Donnie Jones
promised a more exciting
playing style to the Oviedo-
Winter Springs Regional
Chamber of Commerce on
"We play short and fast,"
Jones said of his old Marshall
basketball team, which he
coached for three years, and
of his new team as it transi-
tions. "In practice we put
seven seconds on the clock
and try to score."
That would serve as a
stark departure from the

more technical, calculated
team under Coach Kirk
Speraw, who was fired in
With a quick transition
under way, Jones said he's
been spending long hours
getting the team ready and
working on recruiting,
despite the team only being
able to officially practice
two hours a week.
"I've left the office at 3
a.m. some nights," Jones
said. "We're putting in 16-to-
20 hour days."
That may be because of
the short time he has to
put together a team dur-
ing recruiting season. Jones
said it's been especially dif-
ficult this year given his
new team, having recruited
heavily for Marshall in the
past three years.

"It makes it hard to
recruit in only two weeks
when you've been recruit-
ing somewhere else for
three years," Jones said.
He related stories of
how he helped jumpstart a
University of Florida basket-
ball program nearly 15 years
ago as its assistant coach.
"We started by recruiting
sophomores," he said. "We
knew we were three years
After two years of losing
seasons, the UF basketball
program turned into one
of the most prolific in the
NCAA in the past decade.
Now Jones is hoping to
bring a bit of that magic to
"We're very excited about
what the next season will
bring," he said.

After three years coaching one of UCF's biggest rivals, Donnie
Jones said he's bringing his fast-paced game to the Knights.

Driskel signs, Winter

Springs dominates

Hagerty football's top gun will be a
Florida Gator come next January.
Jeff Driskel committed to the team
on Monday, after long speculation
about his decision.
Driskel had been the team's star
quarterback since it first began
playing varsity football in 2007.
Since then, his pass ability had
shined despite the team's rare wins.
The Huskies have won five total
football games in three seasons.
Scout.com has ranked Driskel as
far as No. 12 nationally, increasing
his exposure to top-tier schools.
He threw for 1,427 yards last
season as a junior. He'll play one
more season in a Hagerty jersey
before beginning workouts with
the Gators.

John Sebelle dominated from the
mound as Winter Springs dropped
Dr. Phillips 3-1 on Tuesday, improv-
ing their record to 14-9 overall.
Sebelle pitched a complete-game,
nine-strikeout effort to pick up the
Lake Howell is now 14-10 thanks
to a 5-0 blowout over University
on Tuesday. Anthony Seblano's
complete-game shutout held the
Cougars at bay, while Omar Garcia
batted 1.000 in three at bats, driv-
ing in three runs in the process.

Winter Springs dominated Lyman
10-0 to advance in district play,
improving to 21-4 in the process.
Katie Mandigo smashed two dou-
bles to help lead her team to vic-

Rompza gets noticed
Scrappy point guar igh on national rankings

A.J. Rompza has had a big season in
only his second year in a UCF jersey
on the basketball court. He's in the
top 75 nationally in three catego-
Now the scrappy 5-foot-9-inch *
point guard is getting his just des- i
serts for his hounding play on the
court. The NCAA recently recog-
nized him as 9th in the nation
in steals for the past season. He
nabbed 81 steals 2.6 per game -
to lead his team and much of the
Also noteworthy in the on-court
leader's accomplishments he's in
the top 50 for assists-turnover ratio
at 2.22, and in the top 75 for assists
per game with 4.6.
And he'll be returning for next
season alongside friend and high
school teammate Marcus Jordan,
as the duo form a tough defensive
team for the Knights.

Knights get quick boost after loss

UCF's baseball team lost a three-game series to Rice, but came back to decimate UNF Tuesday

For the third time this season, the
Knights won one and lost two
of a three-game series against
a Conference USA foe. This past
weekend they fell to Rice, but then
rebounded in a non-conference
game Tuesday to bring their over-
all record to 25-14 and 6-6 in the
A big eighth inning in the third
and deciding game of the series
ended the Knights chances of tak-
ing their second conference series

of the year. That's because the Owls
went on a five-run rally to open
up a massive lead on the Knights,
who were unable to catch up in the
batter's box. The Owls would win
But the loss didn't come without
some offensive heroics by some key
Knights hitters. Left fielder Chris
Duffy went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs in
the game, including his 14th dou-
ble of the season. Second base-
man Austin Johnston hammered
his third homer of the season on
the way to a 2-for-4, 2 RBI game.

Beau Taylor went 3-for-5 with 2
RBIs also.
The pitcher's mound wasn't as
much fun for the Knights, who
were shelled over the course of nine
innings. They would need eight
pitchers to finish the game, with
Bryan Brown making out at two
innings, giving up two earned runs
in the process. Starter Joe Rogers
only lasted an inning, giving up 5
hits and a run.
Tuesday the Knights avenged
their loss with a 15-7 win over
the University of North Florida in

Jacksonville. Duffy again provided
the offensive firepower, hammer-
ing his 15th homerun over the wall
on his way to picking up 3 RBIs on 3
hits. Beau Taylor and Chris Taladay
also collected a dinger apiece.
Alex Besaw picked up the win
despite allowing four hits and two
runs in three innings. He improved
to 2-2 on the season.
The Knights hit the road for a
three-game series in Charleston,
W.V., against Marshall, starting at
2:05 p.m. Friday. They'll return April
30 to host Memphis.

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Members of the Orlando
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March, bringing the area's
pending sales statistic to a
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"The record number of
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For March 2010, the
number of new contracts

represents a jump of 57.71
percent more new contracts
filed than in March 2009
(2,956). The area's pending
sales statistic also an indi-
cator of future sales activity
- is likewise at record high
with 107.48 percent more
homes (10,179) under con-
tract and awaiting closing
in March of this year than in
March of last year (4,906).
The median price of
all existing homes com-
bined sold in March 2010
increased 4.76 percent to
$110,000 from the $105,000
recorded in February 2010.
March 2010's median price
is a decrease of 18.52 per-
cent compared to March
2009's median of $135,000.
March's $110,000 medi-
an price encompasses all
types of sales situations and

home types. The median
price for "normal" sales is
$166,500 (an increase from
last month's $163,000).
The median price for bank-
owned sales is $74,000
(up 5.79 percent from last
month's $69,950), and the
median price for short
sales is $115,000(up 9.52
percent from last month's
Of the sales in March, 812
"normal" sales accounted
for 32.83 percent of all sales,
while 1,105 bank-owned
and 556 short sales made
up 67.17 percent.
Homes of all types spent
an average of 92 days on
the market before coming
under contract in March
2010, and the average home
sold for 94.36 percent of its
listing price. In March 2009

those numbers were 103
and 92.74 percent, respec-
tively. The area's average
interest rate increased in
March to 4.99 percent.

There are currently 16,223
homes available for pur-
chase through the MLS.
Inventory increased by 172
homes from February 2010,
which means that 172
more homes entered the
market than left the mar-
ket. The March 2010 inven-
tory level is 24.36 percent
lower than it was in March
2009 (21,448). The cur-
rent pace of sales translates
into 6.56 months of supply;
March 2009 recorded 12.23
months of supply.
There are 12,077 single-

family homes currently
listed in the MLS, a num-
ber that is 3,330 (21.61 per-
cent) less than in March of
last year. Condos currently
make up 2,779 offerings in
the MLS, while duplexes/
town homes/villas make up
the remaining 1,367.
For detailed statistical
reports, please visit www.
orlrealtor.com and click on
"Housing Statistics" on the
top menu bar. This repre-
sentation is based in whole
or in part on data supplied
by the Orlando Regional
Realtor Association or its
Multiple Listing Service
(MLS). Neither the associa-
tion nor its MLS guarantees
or is in any way responsible
for its accuracy.
-Courtesy of ORRA

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32750 Longwood (east) 41 $160,776 12 11
32765 Oviedo 114 $182,740 32 31

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