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THE UNSTOPPABLE KERSTIN SOSA ATHLETICS, 5 A rare reason to celebrate Thanksgivukkah wont come around again for 80,000 years. INTERESTS, 3 Knights reignite rivalry Five years after ending a rivalry ATHLETICS, 5 Making holidays weird What to do when your holiday meals arent quite traditional. VOICES, 7 .................... 3 .................... 4 .................... 5 ....................... 7 ................... 8 MARK YOUR CALENDAR Looking to work off that Thanksgiving turkey? Light Up UCF is ready to party, and to provide ice skates for a weekend of fun and much-needed exercise. MORE IN CALENDAR, PAGE 4 On Small Business Saturday, selves humming along to a holi day tune when they walk down the street, as the smell of freshly fronts and store owners welcome customers with wine, cider or gourmet treats. While the stores do offer great shopping deals and discounts, the event just feels quite a bit dif ferent from the crazed frenzy of shoppers battling it out for the last video game console on Black Friday. On Small Business Sat urday, business and community I think everybodys really taking to the shop small con cept, Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce President Corey Skeates said. Skeates has been at the center of the push to get holiday shop pers into their local mom and pop stores and boutiques the day after Black Friday. The stores are easy to spot: blue doormats and signs mark the ones that offer special deals and more on Saturday. American Express is helping get customers in the door, with a $10 off deal at participating SBS businesses if shoppers use an American Express card to buy $10 or more worth of gifts. But the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber has sweetened the deal even more. For shop pers feeling generous during the holidays, those who drop off $15 or more in non-perishable food at the Seminole County Schools Food Pantry can receive an American Express gift card, courtesy of American Express and the Chamber. Skeates said hes had no trouble getting people in the SBS spirit. When we were at Light Up UCF a few nights ago we gave away 250 Small Business Satur day bags, he said. Everybody we saw was walking around with one. The Chamber already passed out 150 doormats for businesses getting into the SBS program throughout the Oviedo and Win ter Springs community. Thats good news for the local economy, and for the commu nity, Skeates said. [Shoppers] realize that if they spend money at small busi nesses, it stays in the communi ty, he said. More than 50 percent of what comes into any small busi ness in terms of revenue stays in the community in the form of the employees that we have, in terms of where we spend our money, in terms of us giving back to the community, said Brian Wett stein, owner of the Doggie Door Shopping small BRITTNI LARSON AND ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice PHOTO COURTESY OF OVIEDO WINTER SPRINGS REGIONAL CHAMBER Hundreds of business owners have signed up for Small Business Saturday. Please see SHOPPING on page 2 Orlando attorney Jim Lus sier fought for a community of distraught Black Hammock residents before the Seminole County Board of Commission ers last Tuesday, arguing that the Countys Board of Adjustments illegitimately approved the in coming Lake Jesup Nature Cen ter development. The nature center, which will feature a pontoon boat tour, bird sanctuary, mini golf and over night cottages, is set to sit right beside the existing Black Ham mock Adventures, a local bar, restaurant, mini-zoo and airboat tour business owned by the same property owner. But Black Hammock Adven tures doesnt have the best his tory as far as nearby residents are concerned. The attraction has a long history of noise and traf night concerts and events. The Board of Adjustments approved the nature center de velopment back in September by mak ing a special excep tion despite the in correct zoning of the property a decision appealed last month by Black Hammock resident Robert King, who lives a few hun dred feet east of Black Hammock Adven tures and speaks on behalf of many other residents. This appeal is not as much about my self as it is about the community that Ive tried to tell you about, said King during last weeks meeting. The fabric of the community is reaching a tearing point. Were about to lose what we have. King submitted a series of residents speaking against the development and hoping to ap peal the Board of Adjustments decision. Nearby residents such as Glenn and Susan Kaeser wrote how their once quiet residen tial rural neighborhood has been transformed for the worse at the hands of the existing business. Residents received support against the development from Lussier, who argued that the development doesnt take into account or determine whether theres any environmental im the inlet that would be used by the pontoon boat. This inlet rises and falls, clogs with weeds and requires mainte nance for it to function as an inlet, Lussier said. If youre going to throw a boat in it, theres been an appropriate concept within anybodys envi ronmental analysis. Lussier took issue with a staff report given to the Board of Adjust ments in September camp (Black Hammock Adventures) as a development trend. The attorney insisted that was inaccurate, pulling up Google map images of the Black Hammock dating back to 1995 that show hardly any commercial development besides Black Ham mock Adventures. thats changed except the crops, Lussier said. The trend for de Fighting for peace and quiet Please see FIGHT on page 2 PHOTO BY TIM FREED Residents are upset that a resort expansion may harm the area. Members of the Seminole Coun ty Board of Commissioners select ed Bob Dallari during the Com missions Nov. 19 meeting to take up the mantle once again as board chairman a role that involves pre siding over meetings and selecting committees. The county commissioner has held the role since November of last year, when he also earned an other term as Seminole County Commissioner for District 1 after running unopposed. Seminole County Board of Com missioners back in 2004, follow ing a span of eight years where he served on the Oviedo City Council and was head of that Council. He has served as chairman multiple times. Commissioners selected Brenda Carey as their new vice chairman as well. Dallari retains chairman role TIM FREED The Voice Seminole County Commissioner elected chairman for second year TIM FREED The Voice


Page 2 | Nov. 29, 2013 | Seminole Voice THIS WEEK THIS WEEK IN WORLD HISTORY DEC. 5, 1933 bringing an end to the prohibition of alcohol, during which criminal alcohol distribution empires had boomed. velopment is no development. cation of the future, its a problem of the present. Lussier said the misleading staff report might have played a part in the Board of Adjustments decision, justifying an appeal. King suggested that the Coun ty build more homes instead, sticking with the rural/agricul tural character of the Black Ham mock. It will make our community much stronger if we build what the comprehensive plan says to build, King said. If we turn around, change it, make an ex ception and do something other than what the comprehensive plan says, were going to push the community over the top. Attorney George Kramer spoke on behalf of Black Ham mock Adventures owner and de velopment applicant Joel Martin, defending that the new develop ment will take into account the rural character and do what it can to preserve it. Were preserving that rural character through education, George Kramer said. Its access and its opportunities for environ mental enhancement. We can put rural protection in our comprehensive plan and put it in our charter, but unless its in the hearts of our community, it cant truly be protected. This is an opportunity to do that. County Commissioners chose to extend the item to a future meeting date to sort through all the information received. in Winter Park. Wettstein gives back through the Sebastian Haul Fund, helping greyhounds reach new families. Oviedos Lukas Nursery is donat ing a portion of its Christmas tree sales on SBS to local charities. And research shows that 48 percent of independent business revenue is recirculated locally, versus only 13.6 percent of rev enue generated by chain retailers, according to information com piled from nine studies by Civic Economics in 2012. Small Business Saturday was started in 2010, and consumer support has been growing. Last year, $5.5 billion was spent, ac cording to organizer American Express and the National Federa tion of Independent Business. Its a day to show support for the local businesses that are a big part of growing the local economy, organizers and participants of the event said. Those business own ers put their lives and lifesavings into their businesses, said Linda Semmler, who started SBS on Winter Parks Park Avenue and is brand partner at the Ancient Olive where you can buy her Earth In spired Living home collection. Its providing that job security for some of these local businesses and their employees, said Erika Spence, senior director of market ing and communications for the Winter Park Chamber of Com merce. Most of the jobs that have been created since the recession have been with small businesses, theyre just really the backbone of our local economy. FIGHT | Martin defends development SHOPPING | AmEx giving away cards C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 Volume 23, Issue 48 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 SEMINOLEVOICE.COM Orlando, FL 32835-5705 Tracy Craft 407.515.2605 Isaac Babcock 407.563.7023 Sarah Wilson 407.563.7026 Tom Miller 407.563.7032 Brittni Larson Megan Stokes Tim Freed Allison Olcsvay Kristy Vickery Janet Foley Sandi Vidal Tom Carey Karen Phillips Josh Garrick Deborah Sheehy 407.563.7009 Ashley McBride 407.286.0807 Luana Baez 407.563.7013 Florida Press Association Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce TURNSTILE MEDIA GROUP Rance Crain Francis X. Farrell Patti Green & Jeff Babineau USPS #008-093 Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Seminole Voice, 1500 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32835 Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, 2013 rffrntbrbtrbrtr rr btr r r r nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr nbbrr Family Fun Event sponsored by Family Fun Event sponsored by


Seminole Voice | Nov. 29, 2013 | Page 3 IN T ERES T S THIS WEEK IN HUMAN HISTORY NOV. 29, 1975 Silver Convention earns a No. 1 pop hit with Fly, Robin, Fly. Suddenly, the world wanted to see the artists behind it. The problem: Silver Convention didnt exist. The two unknown singers whod cut the record couldnt be hired again; so two others were hired in their place. The year 2013 wont be a typical one for those celebrating Hanukkah or shall we say Thanksgivukkah. Thanksgiving falls within the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. People are affectionately referring to it as Thanksgi vukkah, planning to celebrate by creating dishes that mix the two holidays like sweet bread. I think its really exciting that Thanks giving and Hanukkah are combined, said Amy Schwartz, marketing director for the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. Interestingly theyre a real natu the common theme of religious freedom. In many ways Hanukkah belongs with Thanksgiving more than it belongs with Christmas. Here are seven facts about Hanukkah and the story behind the holiday to com memorate the rare phenomena. major Jewish holiday. History designates it as a minor holiday compared to holidays like Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kip pur or Shavuot. The holidays prevalence increased in recent decades due to it taking place near Christmas. Its growth became a commercial response to the man in the big red suit. association with religious freedom. Ha nukkah tends to be more festive in nature than sacred, celebrated in the home instead of the synagogue. holiday. In Hanukkahs earliest traditions, not only did children not receive gifts, they were expected to give themselves. School children would give their teachers small amounts of money as a sign of gratitude called a Hanukkah gelt. That custom continued for hundreds of years until the 19th century when it evolved into parents giving their children Hanukkah gelts. It stayed that way up until the current gen eration, which now gives gifts to children instead. encouraged to eat fried foods during the holiday. The story of Hanukkah focuses on the Jews reclaiming their temple after Syrian-Greek soldiers seized it in the year 168 B.C. The temple had been used to wor ship Greek gods, so to purify the struc ture the Jews chose to light the temples menorah for eight days. But to their dis may, they only had enough oil to last for a single day. The small amount of oil proved to be enough however, as it mi raculously lasted for eight days. The sym bolism of oil has led to the prevalence of fried foods like po tato pancakes called latkes and donuts called sufganiyot during Hanukkah. signature toy, known as a dreidel, origi nated as a method of disguise for Jewish scholars. A similar toy existed during the Hanukkah era, when Syrian-Greeks forbade the open practice of Judaism. Jewish scholars brought the toys with them during discussions and secret gatherings. If a Syrian-Greek soldier burst in on them, the Jews would use the spin ning tops to resemble a gambling game. Dreidels have been used as a playful game ever since. vukkah wont happen again for another 70,000 to 80,000 years so make this one count. Hanukkah remains an integral part of the holiday. Jewish families to this day place their menorahs on windowsills for all to see a religious freedom told in the story behind the holiday. Many free Hanukkah events in Central Florida occur each year to help spread Jewish culture, including Hanukkah in the Park, an event with live music and activities this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Winter Parks Cen tral Park. Its really important to us that people are aware that we exist and that we have our own culture, said Nancy Ludin, Executive Director of the Jewish Pavilion, an Altamonte Springs organiza tion that brings Jewish holidays to elderly communities. Even though Hanukkah is considered by traditional Judaism to be a minor Jew ish holiday, I think its been a blessing in that its become a window into Judaism and the Jewish culture for the broader world, Schwartz said. When Hanukkah and Thanksgiving combine Things you didnt know about Thanksgivukkah PHOTO COURTESY OF ROTH JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER rf nnrtb rrrfnNO PURCHASE NECESSARY. AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 26 ON DIGITAL HD ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK & DVD DECEMBER 10 ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLU-RAY COMBO PACKSend us your name and mailing address to tcraft@turnstilemediagroup.comNO PURCHASE NECESSARY. TIM FREED The Voice


Page 4 | Nov. 29, 2013 | Seminole Voice One Senior Place ... See our full Calendar of Events at OneSeniorPlace.com407.949.6733715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32714M-F 8:30am 5pmSENIOR CLUB SPONSORED BY FAMILY PHYSICIANS GROUP EVERY MONDAY, 10AM 12PM December 2nd Bingo December 9th Computer Club December 16th Movie Day December 23rd Casino Day December 30th Bingo MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 The Real Estate Specialists are IN! 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Come to the Winter Preparedness and Your Yard event from 2 to 4 p.m. at the West Branch Library at 245 N. Hunt Club Blvd. in Longwood. Its free but registration is required. Visit or call 407-665-1670 for more information. DEC. 4 For the third year in a row, the legendary Lettermen group will perform a benet con cert in Central Florida. The combination greatest hits and Christmas concert will benet Catholic Charities of Central Florida. The Lettermen are Tony Butala, Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton. They are fa mous for such hits as Put Your Head on My Shoulder, When I Fall in Love and The Way You Look Tonight. The Lettermen have enjoyed international success and have produced 32 albums that charted in the Top 100. The Lettermen will be avail able after the concert to meet fans and sign autographs. An exclusive after party ticket is available to enjoy appetizers and dessert with the trio in a smaller setting. Visit home or contact Kevin Hagan at 407-998-5662 or for more information and to pur chase tickets. The AARP Fraud Watch Net work is pleased to present the How to Protect Your self from Fraud workshop on Dec. 4. The event will take place at the Lowndes Shake speare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. in Orlando from 1 to 3 p.m. Space is limited, so please register no later than Dec. 3 by visiting FLOrlandoscamevent, or call 877-926-8300. AARPs Fraud Watch Network is a new initia tive created to help spot and ght identity theft and fraud. It ofcially launched on Nov. 1 and continues to provide resources to help older Ameri cans protect themselves from fraud. For more information, please visit: scams-fraud/fraud-watchnetwork DEC. 6-7 St. Lukes concert series re turns with the 2013 Holiday Concert featuring the Brass Band of Central Florida with three performances Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free for this concert, directed by Chad Shoopman with a delightful program of holiday favorites. Arrive early for the 2 p.m. Saturday showing and enjoy the Holiday Gift Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dozens of delightful craft and gift booths. Its all at St. Lukes Lutheran Church at 2021 W. State Road 426 in Oviedo. Visit for more informa tion. ONGOING The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State College offers Central Florida the chance to celebrate the holidays with multiple per formances of its most popular show. The Planetarium will present The Star of Bethle hem 10 times this season, with two showings each on Dec. 6, Dec. 7, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. Show times for each date are 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The show will investigate how the calendar system has changed over millennia and pin down the birth year of Je sus under our current calendar. The Winter Springs Farm ers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday on State Road 434 and Tuskawilla Road in the Winter Springs Town Center. Visit WinterSprings for more information. DEC. 5 Trinity Preparatory School invites the pub lic to join us for a performance of the the atrical production of Altar Boyz. This musical is full of parody, skillful dancing, and crazy humor. The musical follows a guy-group that causes audiences to laugh uncontrollably with their lighthearted fun. Altar Boyz is an award-winning and to tally original new musical that is suitable for all ages and will have the whole family laughing and singing along. Its from Dec. 5 to 8. Show times vary. All tickets are $5. Visit or call 407-671-4140 for more information. DEC. 6-15 The villainous Barnaby has fallen in love with sweet Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. If he cant buy her love, then hell force her to marry him by threatening to fore close on her mother. Mary already has her heart set on marrying Barnabys nephew Alan but not if Barnaby can help it! Its Babes in Toyland at the Princess The ater, 115 W. First St. in Sanford. Its play ing at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Visit spotlightc. org for more information. DEC. 7 Celebrate the season with one of the lon gest traditions in Winter Springs, the 32nd Annual Holiday Parade Following the parade is the 10th annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Free pictures with Santa will be available, along with holiday-themed per formances. Its all from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Winter Springs Town Center. ONGOING The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Plan etarium at Seminole State College offers Central Florida the chance to celebrate the holidays with multiple performances of its most popular show. The Planetarium will present The Star of Bethlehem 10 times this season, with two showings each on Dec. 6, Dec. 7, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. Show times for each date are 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Star of Bethlehem looks at how the calendar system has changed over the millennia and examines clues from the Bible to pin down the birth year of Jesus under our current calendar. The origins of the Magi are then looked at to determine what ce lestial phenomena they would have most likely interpreted to be the star. Light Up UCF returns to light up the holi day season starting Nov. 15 at the UCF Arena. The event runs through Jan. 5 and features nights of music, lights and ice, with ice-skating and an ice slide. Visit for more information. Calendar CHRISTMAS CIRCUS SPECTACULAR & KIDS FUN FAIRrf ntbtbb nnff bb f fWednesday-Friday show times at 4:30 & 7:30pm daily Saturday show times 1:30 & 4:30 & 7:30 Sunday Show times 1:00 & 3:30 & 6:00Central Florida Fairgrounds Wednesday, December 4th through Sunday, December 8thDeep discount tickets on line in advance at FAMILY CALENDAR THE LETTERMEN IN CONCERT


Seminole Voice | Nov. 29, 2013 | Page 5 AT HLE T I C S THIS WEEK IN SPORTS HISTORY DEC. 1, 1963 in Jacksonville. Sadly, the racial politics of the sport spoiled Scotts win. Fearing a scene with Scott in the winners circle, NASCAR declared another driver the winner. Member of: Hagerty High School senior Kerstin Sosa enjoyed a dominat ing cross country season this year carrying on a family tradition of runners. The 17-year-old completed her high school career with a Athletic Conference XC Cham She beat her personal best time in the 5K this season by 21 seconds, breaking the 19 minute barrier at 18:58. Mentally, shes grown to accept the fact that shes good at racing, Hagerty cross country coach Jay Getty said. Thats a big step, some of them are afraid of race day. Race day to her is like open ing a Christmas present. Its been that way since her girls, Kerstin grew up in a fam ily of athletes. All of her sisters swam, but the two younger Runs in the family TIM FREED The Voice Hagerty cross country runner does her family name proud PHOTO BY TIM FREED Kerstin Sosa won the 2013 regional cross country race, and runner up at state. 875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 407.366.7655 Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansTime for your health eye exam! &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT W Brian Thomas Produce 110 Geneva Drive, Old Downtown Oviedo(Across From Ace Hardware) VINE RIPE TOMATOES Please see CHAMPION on page 6 Please see RIVALRY on page 6 The Knights broke their streak trouncing of Rutgers in front of a nearly sold out crowd covered in black and gold Thursday night. And they made sure the fans knew early that it wouldnt be the same as the edge-of-yourseat thrillers against Memphis, Houston or Temple. It was time for a rout. a touchdown or less. The last three had given rise to the heart attack mantra, with the Knights minute in all three to win. After a 41-17 early Thanksgiving dinner, that talk was over at the Bright House. It wasnt even close. The Knights (9-1, 6-0) took a 21-0 lead and never let go. Quarterback Blake Bortles would throw, juke, dive and bull doze his way to 335 yards in the air and 32 on the ground while leading an offense that scored on Just six minutes into the second quarter the Knights already had their winning margin. Rutgers (5-5, 2-4) would strike back, but never got closer than two touch downs. Bortles would go 21 for 30 on pass attempts, though all but three of those throws were perfect strikes to receivers who at times had trouble holding onto even wide-open passes. Rutgers rarely capitalized Knights set for USF showdown ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice


Page 6 | Nov. 29, 2013 | Seminole Voice Oviedo ER is located at 8300 Red Bug Lake Road in Oviedo between S.R. 417 and S.R. 426 with easy access from W. Broadway Street. For all your familys emergencies big and small Central Florida Regional Hospital brings ef cient, high-quality emergency care to the Oviedo community with the opening of our Oviedo ER. The 11,000-square-foot freestanding ER features: Adult and pediatric emergency care Physicians specializing in Emergency Medicine on-site 24/7 35 full-time employees including nurses certi ed in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support 12 private patient care beds Dedicated trauma room Diagnostic imaging including CT scan, ultrasound and X-ray Laboratory servicesCaring for Oviedo EMERGENCY EXP ER TS Now Open 24/7! sisters also took up cross country. She followed in their footsteps, eager to get started as a child in elementary school. I always looked up to them, Kerstin said. Even when I was little and I was too young to run, I wanted to start running. It wasnt long before she ran to Carillon Elementary School and back a two mile distance ev ery day of the week at age seven. At the age of 6, she said I want to do this, said Kerstins mother, Evelyn, who runs recre ationally herself. The rest was history. Kerstin continued to run recre ationally during her time at Caril lon Elementary. She took time away from the sport in middle school, but found herself called back to it as a high schooler. She was wearing the blackand-blue track uniform for the Huskies by her sophomore year. Coach Getty was well aware of the Sosa family before meeting Kerstin. He coached her sister Al exandra at Oviedo High and her sister Kendra at Hagerty High, both competing in cross country. In his 23rd season, Getty has Its a chain of Sosas, Getty said. She by far is the best one of the group. put Sosas character to the test. team to team and eventually caught up with Sosa just before race day for the FHSAA Cross Country State Finals. a disappointment for her person ally, but a testament to her sheer willpower. At 2 1/2 miles she was 12th, staring down a medal, Getty said. She could have easily, after it was starting to go bad and she was completely out of energy, walked off the course, but thats not who she is and she muscled through it. Kerstin knows that she gave it everything she had. Obviously I was very disap pointed that I couldnt perform at my best, but even though I was sick I tried my best, Kerstin said. My senior year was really important to me. I just tried to make the best out of that. The Hagerty senior looks back at her career thus far and feels a sense of pride, not only in her own accomplishments, but in joining her older sisters in the same competitive sport. Her mother realizes that run ning brought the family closer together as well. Evelyn and her rate 5Ks, Track Shack events and simply run along the local trails. We all do it as a family, Ev elyn said. We all run together. Its been a phenomenal experience. Kerstin plans to go to college somewhere in-state, with UCF as a potential frontrunner. She plans to keep her options open and is still considering whether or not she will run in college. CHAMPION | Sosa used to run two miles to elementary school C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Race day to her is like opening a Christmas present. though the Scarlet Knights did so in bizarre fashion when the UCF special teams left Rutgers wide-open lane to block a UCF punt that would tumble into the end zone and be recovered for revenge for being bulldozed by UCF running back William Stan back en route to a 20-yard carry that set up a UCF touchdown. The Rutgers punt block TD would be the closest Rutgers would come in closing the scor ing gap just before halftime. UCFs defense would hold them to only one offensive touchdown in the game, easily among their best performances of the season. the defense held Rutgers to only 221 total yards, only 69 of which came on the ground. Rutgers only offensive touchdown came after a power RIVALRY | Five years after USF left for better competition, UCF is the heavy favorite in their grudge match C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 ful goal line stand by the Knights defense that went to fourth and goal before Rutgers Paul James broke the plane by a fraction of an inch. James, the All-American candidate running back who had aver aged more than 143 yards per game this season, was com pletely shut down by the Knights, only rushing for 20 yards by far his worst game of the season. In the meantime the Knights stars shined, with run ning back Storm Johnson rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Bortles had one of his best rushing games of the year, breaking tack out of blown passing plays. Wide receiver J.J. Worton caught 117 yards worth of receptions, with Breshad Perriman, back from a concussion injury, catching for 99 yards and a TD. The win put the Knights American Athletic Conference lead, with the Knights needing only a win over conference rival USF (2-8, 2-4) to solidify at least a shared AAC championship with Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1). The Bearcats held off Houston 24-17 on Nov. 23. The Bearcats dont play again until Dec. 5, when they play Louisville (10-1, 6-1). If Louisville wins, the Knights will have sole possession of the AAC champion ship. At 8 p.m. Friday the Knights will have a shot at a second Thanksgiving celebration, host ing a languid University of South Florida team that had previously I-4 rivalry in search of stronger competition after going 4-0 in their series. UCF is having the best season start in team history. The Bulls are off to one of their worst, recently giving Memphis of the season. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE The Knights trounced Rutgers Nov. 21, and now prepare for their penultimate conference game.


Seminole Voice | Nov. 29, 2013 | Page 7 VOI C ES THIS WEEK IN POLITICAL HISTORY DEC. 4, 1945 The U.S. Senate approves U.S. participation in the United Nations. The U.N. allowed world leaders to observe each other as never before, as in the 1961 incident when Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev presented a spectacle by pounding his table with his shoe during a U.N. debate. Oviedo The holi day season is sneaking up on us, although if you visit some of the stores, its already arrived! Thanksgiving with all the trimmings and family celebrations is just around the cor ner and soon the kids will be letting Santa know what they want for the big day! you thatll keep you on top of the holiday happenings around the city that the family will enjoy. On Dec. 7 the Oviedo Historical Society will present the Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting at the Historic Lawton House, 200 W. Broadway St. Santa will be there at 6 p.m., but before that at 5:30 p.m. you and the kids can enjoy a free hotdog and a drink while you listen to the holiday music. Santa will once again climb aboard one nual Santa Around Town Tour. Hell make his tour of the city during the evenings of when Santa will visit your neighborhood by checking the citys website (cityofovie, Facebook ( oCityGov), or Twitter (@OviedoCityGov). Would your child like to receive a call from Santa or join Santa for breakfast? Stop by Riverside Park or the Gymnasium & Aquatic facility to pick up a registration form for Santas call or for the breakfast. Forms must be returned by Dec. 13 for calls on Tuesday Dec.17. Breakfast with Santa is on Dec. 21. For more information, call 407-971-5575. Finally, join us at the Oviedo Mall on Saturday, Dec. 14, for Snow Mountain and the Holiday Parade! All that snow straight from the North Pole and more! There will in addition to the snow, and for those of you who have a bit of holiday shopping sist you. The parade begins at 4 p.m. and Snow Mountain opens at 5 p.m. Tickets are available for Snow Mountain by calling 407-971-5568. Harvesting is as much a functional part of gardening as planting, watering, weeding or mulching. Most crops have a brack eted window of ripeness limited by the size of the harvest contrasted with quality of tastes, texture, and eventually rot issues. Knowing when to pick dinner is frequently as much an issue of simple timing as instinct and intuition. While tomatoes are on the vine, they are exposed to all kinds of environmental danger from weather, disease, to marauding pests. When any signs of ripening are visible, as indicted by a color change from stark green to orange or purple, pluck the fruit. Accumulate harvested tomatoes in the safety of the paper lunch bag clipped shut with a clothespin. The natural out-gassing of the for vine ripened qualities. Using this method, you can pick tomatoes in vari ous stages of change, providing a constant parade of ready eating. And you do not have to share your love apples with the stink bugs. Red radishes produce a harvest in as little as three weeks from seeding. Hiding under the canopy of leaves and soil, the roots can be easily overlooked until past their prime. Once they reach a manage able size, pick the radish within a week, or they become sharp tasting and pithy with a chewy texture. A heavy hand at planting time will produce an unintended abundance, but not to worry. Use them in cole slaw, sliced and marinated in salads, boiled in soups, or lacto-pickled (kimchi). With such a fast production schedule, the tops should be clean and tender; edible in a mess-o-greens, just like its cousins of the brassica family, mustard or turnip greens. One of the joys of gardening in Cen tral Florida is our autumn warm season cold snap around New Years. The ediblepodded beans that we planted back in early October are setting a crop just in time for our celebratory dinners. I grow bush beans, which do not require trellising, of green snap, purple heirloom, or yellow fruit set will repeat for four weeks. Pick batches of edible sized toot fruit whenever apparent, or the overgrown examples will need to be shelled, wasting the volume of the tender pods. And who has time to shell beans these days? Any excess production should be blanched in boiling water and packaged to the freezer or lacto-pickled. About this time of year the past several years, my husband cant help but com ment on the total departure from the traditional Thanksgiving feast available at our familys gathering. He says something along the lines of: Im pretty sure the Pilgrims at Plymouth did not have pernil on their table during their Thanksgiving celebration. (For the uninitiated, pernil is a traditional pork roast dish in many Caribbean countries.) What? Pernil, rice and beans, rice and peas, yellow plantain casserole, Bustelo in abundant quantities, Dominican cake, tres ones Thanksgiving dinner? Who knew? I certainly didnt. But I do know that just as the settlers who started this tradition, we Americans of Hispanic descent are as invested as everyone else in the celebration of Thanks giving. There are so many things to be grateful for: freedom of expression, friendships, free enterprise, educational opportunities and societal mobility, among countless more. In short, all the characteristics that make our country great. Thanksgiving is a time when we, as a nation, put our problems on hold and fortune. How exactly do we do this? Well, ap I was born in New York and have al ways lived in the United States except for the four years I lived in the Dominican Re public as a child. And for as long as I can remember, my extended familys Thanks giving celebrations have been hosted by whoever happened to have the biggest house capable of accommodating our huge family: my maternal grandparents, my 12 aunts and uncles and their spouses, my 30and children, in addition to extended fam ily in the area and out-of-town guests. Its a dressy occasion, and while attendance Dont be afraid to harvest vegetables early Solving the mystery of cranberry sauce at the holidays Tom Carey From my garden to yours Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page and email him at WHO IS CAREY > King Features Weekly ServiceNovember 25, 2013 EDITORIAL CARTOON Oviedo holiday events are just around the corner Mayor Dominic Persampiere OVIEDO CITY TALK is not mandatory, its understood by all that it is mandatory. Over the past decade, however, given that our family is now split between New York City and Florida, attendance has declined a bit. We now average between 60 and 70 people because not everyone can make it here. (But we keep in constant touch in other ways. Gracias, Facebook!) Dinner is usually held around 8 p.m. telling, the constant inventory of who and what dish has arrived and which ones are missing and, of course, good music. As you can imagine, the food is divided among different families. After all, home cooking for this small army is no small task. Luckily, my mom and aunts take charge of dividing the cooking responsibil ities and they each have their specialty. My mom is the pastelon-queen (yellow plan tain casserole); Tia Irene is the chickenand-turkey-stew goddess; Tia Luisa and Tia Tago are Martha Stewarts Dominican counterparts; Tia Caridad is a rice connois seur; Tia Mary is a dessert expert, etc. As for me and my generational counter parts, we are usually assigned the plas ticware, beverages, green salad, etc. (You know, the really hard stuff). From time to time, however, we are also assigned some kind of traditional dish (such as the per nil), which, using the language of todays global economy, we often enthusiastically outsource to a bodega. In light of my husbands dismay at the inaccuracy (inauthenticity?) of our Thanksgiving dinner selections, and in the interest of exposing our daughters to mainstream culture, last year during Thanksgiving week I decided to enlist our daughters help in researching what the Pilgrims enjoyed at their Thanksgiving feast. I challenged our girls to research ingredients and preparation instructions and told them our immediate family of four would observe a mini-Thanksgiving dinner on the Wednesday before Thanks giving. So yes, I was going to debut in the turkey department! to be able solve the mystery of the cran berry sauce I had heard about but didnt know what it was for, what it tasted like, was it a dipping sauce for the vegetables, or was it meant to be eaten on its own? My girls and I gathered plenty of information, drafted our grocery list, and enlisted the help of a Publix employee to cranberry sauce and gravy from scratch, plus some other stuff, and it was all edible! And while I now know what the cranberry sauce is for, it will not become a staple of our meals anytime soon. The exercise was enlightening, fun, and created great memories for our family. It also provided an opportunity for our family like everyone in the nation to take part in this early American tradition that we have made our own. Maritza Martinez is director of the University of Central Floridas Community Relations department. She can be reached at MARITZA MARTINEZ UCF Forum columnist


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