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CAN KNIGHTS RECOVER AFTER AAC SLUMP? ATHLETICS, 5 Swinging back in time Wish you were Astaire? Learn to dance like the speakeasy days. INTERESTS, 4 Entertainment season revs up Looking for excitement? Check out Josh Garricks newest to-do list. CULTURE, 6 Looking for work? Heres where the jobs are. ASK SANDI, 7 CALENDAR .................... 3 INTERESTS .................... 4 ATHLETICS .................... 5 CULTURE ..................... 6 VOICES ....................... 7 CLASSIFIEDS ................... 8 MARK YOUR CALENDAR St. Lukes Lutheran Churchs free concert series continues to amaze with yet another show, America the Beautiful featuring the Orlando Concert Band this weekend. MORE IN CALENDAR, PAGE 3 USPS 00-093 Publisher statement on page 3. In home delivery by Friday, Jan. 24 Local opposition continues to grow as the concept for a 2,300acre Orange County develop ment on the doorstep of Semi nole County takes shape, which residents fear as a potential threat to the rural character of Chul uota and a future source of traf area. The new development would nole County to the west of Lake Pickett and could include up to 5,000 residential homes, accord ing to a presentation originally set for the Orange County Plan ning and Zoning Commissions Jan. 16 meeting, now postponed The developments construc tion depends on Orange County Commissioners amending the current comprehensive land use plan, allowing residential and commercial development at a higher density. Residents in the Lake Pickett and Chuluota areas have started raising their voices in opposition Save East Orlando and gathering 1,440 signatures in an online peti tion at wanted to live in a rural area, wrote Chuluota resident John We dont want the crime and munity! plaguing drivers in the area due to high density. Avalon Park, one from the planned site for the new development. Concerns of water pollution have sprung up from residents as well. Chuluota resident Jay Zem nole County Board of Commis sioners meeting that stormwater runoff from the developments rectly into Lake Pickett, which would carry the contamination up into Lake Mills, through the Big Econlockhatchee watershed and into the St. Johns watershed. Lake Pickett is one of the most pristine lakes in the region and has a lot of aquatic plant growth that exists nowhere else in any other lake in Central Flori The taxpayers that are fund impacted and have to pay for this cleanup. Contamination in Lake Mills would only add to Chuluotas water woes. For decades the drinking water came out of fau Today Chuluotas water tastes and looks cleaner than in the past, a $2.1 million ion-exchange wa ter treatment system installed in 2010. The Commissioners acknowl that could arise from the develop ment, requesting a nutrient study for monitoring its contamination levels. Seminole County Commission the county will continue to moni tor the progress of the develop ing of what theyre facing, and will communicate their concerns to Orange County. We have worked so hard to one side, and here we are po other side, Commissioner Lee Constantine said. This could tion, growth management and comprehensive planning. The Orange County Commis sion is tentatively set to discuss the comprehensive land use plan and the new development on March 11. Neighborhood nuisance? TIM FREED The Voice As Central Florida residents two weeks, our area isnt im mune to January cold snaps and neither are the people or pets that live here. with weather phenomena like the polar vortex, create climate pets, especially those that dont have people at all. Animals left in the cold risk dying of hypother mia and exposure, according to the Humane Society. And with limited food sources during the winter, some strays face starva tion as well. Seminole County Animal Ser that people should always call them when they see stray animals out in the cold. The shelter has received calls during the most re cent temperature dip from people near-freezing temperatures. Animal lovers with outdoor outside in colder temperatures depending on the animal and de pending on the precautions they take, Hunter added. Smaller, shorthaired dogs and cats, how in when colder weather looms. dont have the natural insulation needed to stay warm. Its okay for some animals to remain outside during the cold, opening of their enclosure should quently to make sure their ken nels are dry to prevent freezing is essential, Hunter advised. The animal shelter starts forcing their kennels with straw when temperatures get into the low 60s and high 50s, providing extra protection for its furry ten ants. neglect laws in the state that spe Cold weather causes chilly concern for cats and canines Please see PETS on page 2 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Florida law doesnt protect animals in the cold, but abandoned or loose ani mals can be saved from the weather if residents call SCAS when they spot them. TYLER VAZQUEZ The Voice Residents fear 5,000home development worse water quality PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Already busy arteries going through Oviedo could see far more cars during rush if zoning changes.


Page 2 | Jan. 24, 2014 | Seminole Voice THIS WEEK THIS WEEK IN WORLD HISTORY J AN. 26, 1788 New Hope for Kids provides specialized support to children and families grieving the loss of a loved one and grants wishes to New Hope for Kids provides specialized support to children and families grieving the loss of a loved one and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. In 2013, New Hope for Kids granted 46 wishes to girls and boys and assisted over 420 children through grief facilitation. Because we do not receive any funding from government agencies, the personal donations so generously given by individuals and local organizations are very important to the success of our mission... to bring hope, healing and renewal to our community. We are so thankful for our dedicated Board of Directors, Volunteers and the generosity of the Central Florida community in another succesful TOY DRIVE for our families. We would like to thank those individuals who held Toy Drive Parties in their homes, individual donors at our many box locations and the staff, employees and generous patrons of the following businesses: control or law enforcement of of neglect that allows the animal an animal of proper sustenance and shelter is a misdemeanor in Florida. And if the animal dies, it The simplest solution for help the phone, Hunter said. People should always call us if they see stray animals left out make sure animals are protected. PETS | Call when cold critters spotted C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTOS BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Oviedo residents gather along Broadway Street for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade along Broad way Street in Oviedo on Jan. 20, featuring the Oviedo High School Marching Band, local Girl Scouttroops. MLK Parade PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE The Scots brought celtic music and fun at the High land Games on Jan. 18. Scottish Highland Games


Seminole Voice | Jan. 24, 2014 | Page 3 Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 Volume 24, Issue 4 PHONE: 407-563-7000 FAX: 407-563-7099 SEMINOLEVOICE.COM Orlando, FL 32835-5705 PUBLISHER Tracy Craft 407.515.2605 MANAGING EDITOR Isaac Babcock 407.563.7023 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sarah Wilson 407.563.7026 DESIGNER Tom Miller 407.563.7032 STAFF WRITERS Brittni Larson Megan Stokes Tim Freed Allison Olcsvay Kristy Vickery COLUMNISTS Janet Foley Sandi Vidal Tom Carey Karen Phillips Josh Garrick ADVERTISING SALES Linda Stern 407.376.2434 LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISING Ashley McBride 407.286.0807 SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Luana Baez 407.563.7013 MEMBER OF: Florida Press Association Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce TURNSTILE MEDIA GROUP CHAIRMAN Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS 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, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Seminole Voice 2014 One Senior Place ... 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McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansTime for your health eye exam! FAMILY CALENDAR Calendar FEB. 3 The Geneva Citizens Association s an nual meeting and election of ofcers will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday Feb. 3 at the Geneva Community Center. Chuck Wilder, Esq. will be our guest speaker. He is an advocate on Second Amendment issues and would like to share information on the benets of gun trusts as well as to answer your questions on rearms law. At the rear of the room, we will again have our mini-indoor Farmers Market featuring homegrown produce (tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs etc.) from Brauns Geneva Rest Haven Farms. Trish Deer will have a table offering many varieties of Geneva honey, along with a selection of her de licious and healthy home-baked breads. JAN. 24 On the fourth Friday of each month, mul tiple venues in Sanfords downtown his toric district host the Sanford Art Walk, showcasing local talent along with oppor tunities to meet visiting artists. The event is free and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24. Visit for a venue map. This months participating venues are Boxelder at Interiors by Law rence David, Framing 508 Gallery of Art, Gallery on First, Historic Sanford Welcome Center, Hyder Gallery Center for Fine Art, and Jeanine Taylor Folk Art. All venues are within walking distance of one another and will be open late for patrons to stroll the downtown district and enjoy art and refreshments. JAN. 25 St. Lukes Concert Series continues with America, the Beautiful, an open dress rehearsal on Jan. 24 and the full-blown show Jan. 25. Its free, and its all inside the beautiful St. Lukes Lutheran Church at 2021 W. State Road 426 in Oviedo. It starts at 7 p.m. both nights, featuring the Orlando Concert Band. Visit stlukes-ovie or call 407-3653408 for more information. Its the sixth annual Pookies Rescue Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 at Lake Lily in Maitland. More than 100 rescue organizations and vendors will be there to help you adopt a pet or buy pet products. Groovy rafe prizes will be awarded. Visit for more information. The Seminole County Natural Lands and Central Florida CISMA are sponsoring the fourth annual Air Potato Mega Raid from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25. Join SCNL at various natural lands locations to help with the removal of the exotic species. Call Elizabeth Stephens at 407-665-2457 or email for more information. Notes Like playing basketball? The Winter Springs Basketball League has started registration for its spring 2014 basketball league. The league will play their games on Saturday mornings at Winter Springs High School, Indian Trails Middle School and UCF. The season starts March 8 and will consist of eight games guaranteed, possibly more with the playoffs. The cost to register is $115 for Winter Springs residents and $125 for non-residents. There is a $10 discount for additional siblings. There will be a site registration at Central Winds Park on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For online regis tration and more information, please visit Help students achieve In an effort to increase the number of GED (General Equivalency Degree) students it is able to effectively serve, the Adult Lit eracy League (ALL) has established the GED Lab 2014, coinciding with the insti tution of the new 2014 National GED Pro gram. Following a pilot program in 2013, ALL decided to launch the Lab and has turned to crowd funding on Indiegogo. com to assure the program can continue throughout the year and beyond. Visit to donate. Its time for the Cops and Cars for Kids event at the Oviedo Mall. Its from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 25, featuring more than 200 vehicles including police helicopters and siege vehicles. DJ J.R. Goodman will be playing. Go to copsand for more information. JAN. 31 Its an evening with Fernando Varela from Americas Got Talent s eighth season. Hell be in concert at Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium at 8 p.m. Jan. 31. For more information and tickets, visit ST. LUKES CONCERT


Page 4 | Jan. 24, 2014 | Seminole Voice IN T ERES T S THIS WEEK IN HUMAN HISTORY And the dancers connect with the mu sic in a special way. Partners seem to an ticipate the dramatic parts, doing a kick while the other improvises a spin when a ized rippling into the crowd through their dance moves. Improvisation and dancing in the music thats where the artistry comes in, said Joel Green, a national award winning swing You come to know the music, to know up and give you the opportunity to let the music move you, said dancer Tori Cushing. Cushing is the president, and Green is the dance instructor, for the Swing Knights lessons every Monday where Green gives of instruction, and throws a dance every Friday night to show off their steps and let loose. Swing Knights. The lessons have mostly nior couples. At the dances its split down the middle with students and non-students from people who were around when swing dancing was in its prime. Theres a mem ing said shes watched overcome physical challenges to get into the swing. As gener swing danc ing is kind of getting further and further from the day it was created, and so we like to have that different range of ages, to kind of gaps, the two gener us and the original swing dancers, Cushing said. Swing dance originated in Har the love of all demographics of people. While segregation was the norm then, at would swing together. It was said people color of their skin. And the Swing Knights want to keep the music, the fashion, and the way two strangers can share in a song and dance and at the end feel like friends. Cushing said its an opportunity to have a simple, harmless human physical connection, a rare way to connect on a deeper level in our digital age. At lessons, they switch partners every couple minutes, everyone of the fun. Sometimes, when two dancers really hit it off, or they dance together of ten, it feels like theyre speaking the same When Im having a really good dance, nothing else really matters, said Arthur Johnson, a UCF student and Swing and your partner connecting. When Green and Cushing dance perienced dancers. Theres an effort less push and pull as Cushing swings in and out, and the pairs steps look like theyre done on air theyre so light ways seeming to know what the other improvised swing dance. That connection and fun is what keeps the Swing Knights dancing until 10 a.m. the next day from New Years Eve, and has many of the mem end, where theyll leave with hundreds of new friends, dancer Andrew Sievert said. Most hang out with other dancers almost exclusively, and the Swing Knights have weekly game nights. Sievert has offers to visit people all over the world to dance, and hes only met them for a weekend. Swing dancing inspires instant, deep friendships, he said. These people, youve never met them Getting into the swing of it BRITTNI LARSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE The Swing Knights practice weekly on and around UCFs main campus. K4 12th grade Oviedo Campus 407-971-2221.MA.e Master's Academy, a community Christian school, admits students of any race, color and national ethnic origin. Thank you for voting TMA Best Private School! The dance group the Swing Knights takes new dancers rfntb r f ntb tf f r rf f rf f f f f f rf rf fr f f rf btr btr


Seminole Voice | Jan. 24, 2014 | Page 5 AT HLE T I C S THIS WEEK IN SPORTS HISTORY Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comCommunity supported agriculture. Experience homegrown gardening: For Tickets Call 321.268.1125 Or Visit Presented through special arrangement with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals With a season spiraling out of head into their toughest string of conference games so far while on a three-game losing streak. In the span of seven days the UConn (14-4, 2-3) 84-61, Rutgers (8-10, 2-3) 85-75, and SMU (14-4, 3-2) 58-46. And in a conference stacked with some of the NCAAs toughest teams three of the American Athletic Conferences teams are in the Top 25 the Knights are looking at a tough In shooting percentage theyve suffered the most. In their threegame skid they averaged 32.6 percent overall, well off the wild most of the Knights wins shoot tor. Theyve yet to lose a game percent this season. But theyve never won a game in which they shot less than 40 percent. the Knights to their loss against SMU at home. The loss of lead ing scorer Isaiah Sykes midway through the game didnt help ei ther. He left the game with a head In Sykes wake, the Knights per game this season. The Knights did not say how to face the No. 19 Bearcats (17-2, 6-0) at 9 p.m. Jan. 23. Then at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 they return home to host the No. 17 Memphis Tigers (13-4, 3-2) the highest ranked team in the AAC according to the AP Top 25 poll. Five Oviedo Lions hammered in goals Tuesday night to advance to the district day at press time. The dominating 5-2 win Jonathan Coleman, Hank Morton, George New, Rhys Phillips and Tristan Rehrig. The Lions (17-0-4) were already domi as many district wins as the next closest team, Hagerty. The Silver Hawks (8-7-4) put away Ly man in penalty kicks after going scoreless in regulation. up for a Wednesday night showdown at press time against Hagerty (11-3-5), which With the four top seeds all facing each other and no upsets so far, the odds are on an Oviedo-Hagerty faceoff at Lake Brantley at 7 p.m. Friday night. So far the Lions have scored nearly twice as many goals as the Huskies this season. In girls soccer its looking nearly the ing their way into the postseason after dominating regular season performances. The Huskies (20-4-4) upset Oviedo (15-4-2) in a 3-0 win in the district championship. Both teams entered the opening round of regional play Thursday at press time, with Hagerty hosting West Orange at 7 p.m. and Oviedo traveling to Apopka at 7 p.m. With a win, the Lions or Huskies would play again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, with Knights face tough string of foes Lions, Huskies dominate PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE The Knights have struggled in AAC play after a strong start to the season. ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice The UCF Knights face two of the toughest AAC teams coming up, hosting Memphis at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, then visiting Louisville at 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, televised on ESPNU.


Page 6 | Jan. 24, 2014 | Seminole Voice Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at or 407-522-3906. Now through March 9 The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II 27 actors plays more than 150 characters in this unique, twopart, dramatic and comic mas terpiece that captures the genius with theatrical spectacle, The Life & Adventures of Nicholas the way to a must-see theatrical event. Visit or call 407-447-1700. Now through Feb. 23 The Magical Adventures of Merlin at Orlando Rep The Magical Adventures of young Merlin meets a young, mythical, ancient England. Young Merlin faces serious life choices wizard in the land as surprises for the whole family. Call 407896-7365 or visit Jan. 24 to 26 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Enter a world where magic is real this weekend as the world descends on Orlando. Univer adventures of Harry Potter at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in three days of fun. Join stock up on wizard supplies, and experience pulse-pounding rides. Visit Jan. 24 and 25 The 90th birthday of the Orlando Museum of Art The Orlando Museum of Art is and the opening of the Museums the Golden Age of Painting in Europe. Between 1600 and 1800, the years in which these paintings included portraits, still-lifes, and made the two centuries a rich cul tural age. An opening reception 25 at 10 a.m. Call 407-896-4231 or visit Jan. 24 to Feb. 15 Breakin Up Is Hard To Do at the Winter Park Playhouse Set in a 1960s Catskills resort, friends in search of romance over score features 18 Neil Sedaka classics including Where the Boys Are, Calendar Girl, and the chart-topping title song. Roy Alan, the production features a cast of Playhouse favorites. Call 407-645-0145 or visit winterpark Jan. 25 Orlando Philharmonic hosts a Party at The Plaza In a rockin party Gala fea turing headliner Michael Andrew n roll and more, food stations, Orlando Philharmonic and the Plaza Live Theatre present their in Orlando. Tickets are $95 and $150. Visit or call 407-896-6700, ext. 236. Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 Best musical Once in Orlando premiere Once, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musi on the Academy Award-win Irish musician and a Czech im shared love of music. Their unex pected friendship evolves into a complicated romance, heightened create together. Tickets are avail Jan. 29 Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium demolition kick-off Next up for a serious face-lift Citrus Bowl. Opened in 1936 as struction. At 10 a.m. on Jan. 29, Orange County Mayor Teresa ning of the venues reconstruc tion. New features will include a closed and open-air seating and a 10,000-square-foot party deck. Join the crowd. Were all invited. Jan. 31 to April 6 Southwestern Allure opens Mennellos 15th season of the Santa Fe Art Colony will open the Mennello Museums ence of Santa Fe as an art colony. Featuring the period from 1915 to 1940, Allure explores the artists who went to Santa Fe, what com pelled them, and the work they produced. The opening reception at 6 p.m. Call 407-246-4278 or visit Feb. 1 Commemorating Bok Tower Gardens Bok Tower Gardens commemo rates its 85th anniversary with free admission. The occasion will feature guest speakers, special carillon concerts, a tree planting ceremony, and a rare opportunity the singing tower. No reserva Current New Year New name Same commitment to philanthropy The Community Foundation nounced its new name, Central Florida Foundation, and has resource to the community. The Central Florida Foundation is families and corporations. It has grown to more than $55 million in assets since 1996 and awarded more than $30 million in grants, including $1 million in scholar ships. The funds cover the full range of philanthropy supporting education, the arts, environment, health and human services and religion. Visit And looking ahead Feb. 6, 7, 8 Tables Extra Extraordinaire rior designers, and anyone who want to visit the Holy Trinity Conference Center in Maitland unique fundraiser showcases 30 offering luncheons or dinners reminiscent of a trip to Greece. The three-day event ends on visit the Center for Greek pastries and delicacies (they even offer call 407-333-3895. Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT W Brian Thomas Produce 110 Geneva Drive, Old Downtown Oviedo(Across From Ace Hardware) VINE RIPE TOMATOES MICHAEL ANDREW CITRUS BOWL KICKOFF


Seminole Voice | Jan. 24, 2014 | Page 7 VOI C ES THIS WEEK IN POLITICAL HISTORY Young Voices We would from Young love to hear your Call 407-563-7023 or email to have The Voice visit your class or group. Voices! Kids say what they liked about the 37th Central Florida Scottish Highland Games held in Winter Springs Central Winds Park on Jan. 18 and 19. I love the Scottish rock bands! The whole environment is great the music, food and the jewelry, like the really nice necklaces. We came to the Highland Games last year for the first time. I like the food, but not haggis. Victoria S. 12 years old My sister is compet ing in the Scottish dancing today, so I like cheering her on. I like the hardboiled Scotch eggs with sausage. I tried archery last year. The Border Collies here are also great to watch. Brady S. 9 years old Were going to watch the Border Collies herd the sheep and also watch the Boulder Boogie! The sound of the bag pipes is cool. I like to watch them flip the big sticks, and the kettle corn is really good too. Adriana G. 7 years old I like seeing all the heritages and clans, and the sheaf bag toss and discus throw games. I love the homemade root beer floats! Weve come to the Highland Games before. The Border Collies and axethrowing are great. Garrett R. 12 years old I like to see the Border Collies and archery. Ive come to the Highland Games before and tried the axe throwing. I also like watching the caber toss. The music is good, and I like the kettle corn. Connor W. 12 years old Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council, with more than 10 years of recruiting and human resources experience. For ques tions, please call 407-834-4022 ( fax 407-260-2949) sandi@ or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi while others devote their lives to its preservation. Kudos to those authors and historians who have the talent and vision tacles or uniforms of a person derstanding of their struggles, fears and triumphs, and can pass to chart our future. History and technology Understanding the past gives us an appreciation of niences and technology, safety and evolved thinking. It also gives us a sense of what we may have lost through modern conveniences, technology, safe ty and evolved thinking. We no longer have to supply our own at the mercy of power grids, grocery corporations and the erator. No wonder that many are learning homestead skills, and that chickens are migrat the fences and stucco walls of gated communities. We are grateful that GPS triangulation can tell us where our teens really are on Satur day night and a variety of lo cating services rescue us when ies die. On the other hand, how and monitored without our and smart technology that have seeped into the former privacy of our homes? The lessons of history can provide a mirror of our future see is positive, sometimes not. Only history can throw its spotlight of experience and reveal a trail of footprints to lead us through the forest of confusion and out to the main road. Geneva Historical & Genea logical Society How do we thank all the volunteers of GHGS for the tireless work they do every when Mrs. Alice Coffee Guyton lect genealogical and historical records of the Geneva areas and place proper markers at identifying markers on all land/property for the purpose and 5) to improve, promote and maintain holdings of the GHGS (Found at usgennet. Geneva/society.htm). The nature of historical societies is that their work is ongoing. In Geneva they main tain our wonderful Museum of Geneva History, as well as Fort Lane Park. They provide perpetual care of the Geneva Cemetery and raise funds through the modest donations for Geneva T-shirts, prints, Through their hard work, the the upcoming Geneva His torical Bus Tour and pancake is of interest to you, please contact for more information. Time, are always needed to continue this important work. Countdown to Bus Tour, Pancake Breakfast & Museum Visit for one of the historical tours and friends at the Commu nity Center. Then check out the wonderful items that the prints, calendars, T-shirts and more. Stop over at the Geneva Museum and stroll through the Geneva history to life. Your uniforms, and musical instru the people, land, lifestyles and nature have evolved. Passionate about history Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips I think milestones are pretty cool. When I turned 30 it was a huge event for me. I This year the Central Florida Employ ment Council turns 20 years old. That is 20 years of helping to connect employers nity resources. In 1994, six human resource nities they were advertising. They started a network-and-learn group for employers that still meets monthly and has more than 800 professionals connected with it. ning of the recession. CFEC as a speaker for some of the meet CFEC and then eventually with Christian HELP. Many people do not realize the of Christian HELP. or very low cost depending on their needs. community through Christian HELP. ees. The schedule for the rest of the year can Best WishesTwenty years of helping nd jobs Letters to the editor Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at ibabcock@ Stopping the federal power grab The power of the federal government is out of control. Recently, state legislators from more than 30 states came together the process for peacefully correcting this reach almost $200 trillion. Our children and grandchildren will pay for Wash ingtons spending spree and its failure to enforce tough decisions over the years. they never approved and from which they generation will echo that of the founding tion! Fortunately, the states possess the authority to reorganize the government in power. Article V of the Constitution allows states to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Consti constitutional convention. Using an Article V convention, the states can stop the of the federal courts, the waste, corruption our country, and the forfeiture of American sovereignty to the United Nations. Citizens for Self-Governance has started state legislators to call a Convention of You can also contact Floridas COS state I respectfully suggest that not only do the states have the authority to change the vided for, in Article V, to stop the federal We have reached a crossroads. One path leads to the escalating power of an generations of Americans. The other path leads to freedom and the chance to once Which will we choose? volunteering for the Convention of States Valerie Pickert, Captain, Florida


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