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USPS 00-093 Publisher statement on page 3. In home delivery by Friday, Feb. 14 A MISSION TO SAVE A MARKED MAN INTERESTS, 4 Is it too late for the Knights? After dropping eight AAC games, UCF basketball is in big trouble. ATHLETICS, 5 Last minute V-Day ideas Its not too late to show off your other. The Voices culture columnist Josh Garrick is here to help. CULTURE, 6 CALENDAR .................... 3 INTERESTS .................... 4 ATHLETICS .................... 5 CULTURE ..................... 6 VOICES ....................... 7 CLASSIFIEDS ................... 8 MARK YOUR CALENDAR How about a Valentines Day weekend nature excursion. This annual outdoor event takes you on and more. MORE IN CALENDAR, PAGE 3 20th Anniversary1995 2014 March 8th, 2014 Sponsored by: A small slice of history sits along West Seventh Street in Sanford. One small step inside the red brick buildings double doors, and its century of stories are brought back to life in the present. The old two-story build with artifacts of the past. An old typewriter. A pioneer-style dress and bonnet. Even tools used by the areas indigenous tribes. The history sits along table tops, waiting to be marveled at by curious fourth grade students. But the 112-year-old Student Museum acts as an exhibit itself. A look at life as it was back when Father Time turned a page and began the 20th century. But now the buildings sig shuts its doors forever. Seminole Countys historic Student Museum continues to struggle to survive despite a re covering economy raising ques tions of Seminole County Public Schools spending to keep it alive. The old red brick building built in 1902 suffers from accu mulated disrepair over the years. Brick and mortar are falling apart on the exterior, causing safety concerns about structural collaps es and injuries. Seminole County Public Schools spent $56,000 four years ago to repoint the bricks in the museums old bell tower. Thats a drop in the bucket when looking at the bigger pic ture, SCPS Deputy Superinten dent George Kosmac said. The building needs more than $5 mil lion worth of urgent repairs to its exterior, including the roof and the windows, which show signs of leaking during rainfall. The true cost of the repairs could be even greater, as the city received that estimate from a consultant back in 2005, Kosmac said. Sometimes, like with an old car, you just have to sometimes get rid of the car and get a new one, Kosmac said. We cant do that. The struggle to keep the Stu dent Museum standing dates back to at least a decade ago, Kos mac said, when the School Board cuts. But the SCPS budget for re pairs and maintenance has steadily increased since the 2008 recession. Seminole County Pub lic Schools set aside $2.6 million for repairs, a number that jumped more than half a million dollars the following year to $3.3 million. The money allocated to main tenance climbed up to $4.2 mil dropping to $3.6 million the next year but jumping right back up to $4.1 million for 2012-2013. SCPS has yet to make a longCrumbling history TIM FREED The Voice Please see SCHOOL on page 2 Student Museum starved of funds despite upturned economy An incoming expansion of houses and townhomes at the Twin Rivers Golf Club could land the neighborhoods prized golf course in the rough. The expansion currently in the conceptual/planning stage would include the addition of 186 houses and 112 townhomes directly on a section of the golf course. Areas of the course that would be removed and developed upon include the parking lot, the club house, the practice range, the UCF facility and holes one, eight, nine and 18. Holes six and seven would also be partially encroached on. If the proposed development proceeds, it would be a very neg ative scenario for the city of Ovie do, all of the housing communi ties along Lockwood and anyone who cares about the value of that golf course to the community, Twin Rivers resident John Painter said. Were concerned that the developer is getting up a head of steam and spending a lot of money. In some respects its not right for them to do that without knowing the extent of resistance in the community. Developers Mattamy Homes plan to build a new club house and practice range as part of the new development, according to a conceptual map shown to resi dents earlier this month by a Mat tamy representative. The missing holes would be reconstructed as well, but on a smaller scale. The course today measures more than 6,600 yards with a 72-par scorecard, but the new course including the re placed holes would measure around 5,400 yards, according TIM FREED The Voice Paring for the course? Please see DEVELOPMENT on page 2 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Twin Rivers Golf Course could lose more prestigious tournaments if a proposed shortened course slices more than 1,000 yards out of its total distance. Development could slice up Twin Rivers golf course PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Seminole Countys Student Museum has stood for more than 100 years, but it may not withstand budget shortfalls that continue despite a rising economy.


Page 2 | | Seminole Voice THIS WEEK THIS WEEK IN WORLD HISTORY FEB. 16, 1923 In Thebes, Egypt, archaeologist Howard Carter enters the burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamen. The chamber was virtually intact, with its treasures and the perfectly preserved mummy of King Tut untouched after more than 3,000 years. roof and exterior, despite the growing sum the budget sees year-to-year. Obviously with the School Board were not in the business to run a museum, were in the busi ness to run schools, SCPS Com rence said. As such, any money SCHOOL | Again in dire financial straights C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE to a site plan drawn by Evans Engineering Inc. from November 2012. That would put the course well below the 6,000-yard mark thats a minimum standard for competitive courses, according to Golfweek Magazine deputy edi tor Steve Harmon. Painter feared that the short ening of the course would make it less desirable for the many charity events and tournaments Twin Rivers Golf Club hosts. High schools that compete on the course like Oviedo and Hagerty might avoid the course due to its uncommonly small design, seek ing out more challenging courses instead, Painter said. Those community interests are going to be lost in the devel opment, Painter said. Twin Rivers Golf Club remains one of the few existing golf cours es in eastern Seminole County. The Winter Springs Golf Club had its greens open from 1973 up until it closed in 2006. A group of inves tors had purchased the course, but have done nothing with it since. The potential shifting of the course in Twin Rivers would more than likely hurt the golf club, said Brian Woodrow, the lead pro at Twin Rivers Golf Club. We didnt even know they were doing this, Woodrow said. Itll hurt the golf course a little bit, because it is such a great lay out out here. Painter represented the Twin Rivers Golf Club at the Jan. 21 Oviedo City Council meeting, ex pressing concerns shared by the neighborhood. Oviedo Mayor Dominic Pers ampiere said that formal plans arent yet ready, and the process is in the early stages. Until there is a formal ap plication, there isnt anything for any of us to address. The course may be shortened as a result of the potential proj ect, but another detail in the same plan could mean something posi tive for the golf course: long-term security, Persampiere said. Twin Rivers Golf Club own ers The Golf Group and Mattamy Homes have met with city staff over the past year for a series of pre-application meetings and suggested that the golf course could be donated to the city fol lowing the project, belonging to the community in perpetu ity without any private business owners involved. We could keep it in the com munity forever if we owned it, Persampiere said. The Golf Group and Mattamy Homes have already entered a contractual relationship and are now seeking permitting for the project. DEVELOPMENT | Oviedo golf course could lose tournaments C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Its TAX time. Appointments Available 7 Days a Week!Tax Form Processing LLC4070 Aloma Ave., Suite 1010 Winter Park, FL 32792Tel: (407) Proudly Serving the Orlando Area for 19 years! Scan QR Code 40$ 00OffTax PreparationMust present this coupon at time service is provided. Offer valid for one-time use. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires April 15, 2014Offer Code: SV14 that we appropriate to do repairs to the Student Museum would take away from things that need to get done in our schools. Before budget cuts to schools and an increased focus on core classes had cut down on the trips, the Student Museum had been used as a historical teaching tool, a school away from school. It remains popular with students. Seminole County Public Schools tries to stop the bleeding by making more than $40,000 in repairs annu ally, but it isnt enough to solve the buildings structural issues, Law rence said. Weve basically been addressing issues as they break, Kosmac said. We have so many patches. Were putting patches on patches. The Student Museum origi nally got its start as Sanford High School back when it was built at the turn of the century. Back when Teddy Roosevelt sat in the ers were testing early versions of In 1911 it became the Sanford Grammar School, remaining un til 1984 when it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The building became the Student Museum and has been a students ever since. The University of Central Flor ida gave the building new life in August 2012 by starting the Pub lic History Center within its old walls, teaching classes and main taining the exhibits while picking up the utility costs of the build ing. The university agreed on a two-year lease with SCPS, which ends this June. Its about historic preserva tion, said Tiffany Rivera, the cen ters coordinator for educational and training programs. This building is representative of the history of Sanford, being one of the oldest schools there. It just worked out quite well for us to house in such a historic building. The university has shown in terest in renewing for a longer lease of 10 to 20 years, but that de pends heavily on repairs made to the building, Lawrence said. Seminole County Public Schools plans to create a commit tee of experts and local stakehold ers to look at the Student Museum issue in depth and make recom mendations to the School Board. We love the Student Museum and we love the program, Super dont have the dollars in our bud get to repair the Student Museum and get it where it needs to be. Its really about funding, big ticket funding. Its not just cup cake sales and things like that. The committee will look at al ternative solutions to keep the Student Museum running, includ ing potentially selling the build ing to an organization that can The Student Museum commit Feb. 18. PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Though the inside is hospitable, much of the Student Museum is in need of serious repairs.


FEB. 15 Despicable Me 2 is playing for free at the Oviedo Movie in the Park at 5 p.m. at Riverside Park on Lockwood Boulevard. Food trucks and activities will be there to entertain before the movie. Call 407-9715575 for more information. Come and enjoy the Orlando Wetlands Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Christmas Park. The Or lando Wetlands Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the city of Orlandos Wetlands Park, the citys 1,650-acre wetland oasis. Come and experience this unique wetland treatment system with the entire family. Guided photo hikes will also be available and led by nature and wildlife photogra phers. For more information, call Orlando Wetlands Park at 407-568-1706 or visit Its a Love Somebody play date Its a fun-themed play date for children ages newborn to 7 that includes songs, unique activities and a puppet show! The event also includes take-home materials! The cost is $15 per child. Its from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Feb. 15 at the University Unitarian Universalist Society at 11648 McCulloch Road in Oviedo. Visit registration to register. FEB. 17 Its a Love Somebody play date! Its a fun-themed play date for children ages newborn to 7 that includes songs, unique activities and a puppet show! The event also includes take-home materials! The cost is $15 per child. Its from noon to 12:45 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Oviedo Mall Community Room. Visit growandsing. com/registration to register. FEB. 22 St. Lukes Concert Series presents Music Knows No Borders! conducted by Laszlo Marosi at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Oviedo. A pre-concert Masterworks dialogue featuring guest composer Juan Trigos whose work Bartok will be played at the performance is at 6 p.m. Both events are free. Its at 2021 W. State Road 426 in Oviedo. For more information, visit or call 407-365-3408. Seminole Voice | | Page 3 PHONE: FAX: 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 ... See our full Calendar of Events at OneSeniorPlace.com407.949.6733715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32714M-F 8:30am 5pmMONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Senior Club Sponsored by Family Physicians Group Every Monday, 10am 12pm February 17th Movie Day February 24th Casino Day TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 February Birthday & Massage Celebration 10am-1pm If you have a birthday in February, come celebrate! 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McDonald OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIAN Oviedo VISION Center Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Glaucoma Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management Calendar Notes Voice alum wins big University of Central Florida graduate and former Orlando Business Journal and Seminole Voice reporter Kyle Warnke has earned top honors in the American Copy Editors Society annual scholarship program. Since 1999 ACES has awarded 69 scholarships to deserving students and recent graduates who have demon strated exemplary copy editing skills. Warnke earned a bachelors degree in journalism from UCF before completing a series of high-prole internships: rst with the Richmond Times-Dispatch as a copy editor; with as a Web editor; and as a reporter with the Or lando Business Journal and the Seminole Voice. He now works as a copy editor for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. In addition to the cash prize, win ners receive nancial assistance to attend ACES 18th annual national conference, taking place March 20-22 in Las Vegas. For more information on the conference, which is now open for registration, visit FEB. 14 Leu Gardens Valentines Stroll is on Fri day, Feb. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. Treat your sweet to a romantic evening under Flor idas star-lled sky with candlelit walks in a beautiful garden enjoying amazing performances by swinging Ricky & the Buzzcatz, bluesman Selwyn Birchwood and the talented jazz artists from Thom Chambers Group. Pack a dinner picnic basket! Alcohol is permitted. Seating is recommended, either chairs or blanket this is an outdoor event. FEB. 15 In celebration of Black History Month, honoring the history and contributions of African Americans, a new exhibit about the lives, legacy and inuence of Sanford educators Joseph and Wealthy Crooms will open at the Sanford Museum on Sat urday, Feb. 15, and run through May. The Sanford Museum is located at 520 E. First Street, Sanford. Admission is free. For fur ther information, call 407-688-5198. FEB. 18 At the Feb. 18 meeting of the Oviedo Historical Society Barbara A. Gannon, assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, will be speaking about her book The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic. Join us at 7 p.m. at the Memo rial Building on Alafaya Trail. FAMILY CALENDAR


Page 4 | | Seminole Voice IN T ERES T S THIS WEEK IN FILM HISTORY FEB. 15, 1950 Walt Disneys animated feature Cinderella opens in theaters. Disneys full-length animated feature Karla Velazquez is not your typical 21-year-old college student. The soft-spo ken UCF criminal justice major works two jobs, at Disney and as a volunteer at a law ever takes a day off. Her quiet outward ap pearance though, belies a tenacious spirit, passionate about righting injustice and rooting for the underdog. It was that enthusiasm that led her to the case of Leonard Peltier. I was interested in injustices suffered by Native Americans and through research, heard about Peltiers case and became fas cinated, Velazquez said. In 1977, Leonard Peltier was convicted of the murder of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His trial and conviction have continued to be a source of controversy ever since. Im a believer in due process, that ev eryone should be able to present their side of the story, regardless of whether they are guilty or not; it is something that I am pas sionate about. There are so many consti tutional violations in this case, its ridicu lous, Velazquez said. She and a group of fellow students are working to bring Peltiers case back into the limelight following his recent transfer to a Florida prison. We are still in the planning stages, but we have a diverse group of criminal justice and legal studies students working on this and we are currently reaching out to other majors and potentially to FAMU law stu dents, Velazquez said. She said the group is working on orga nizing an informational packet to distribute on campus and to hand out to legislators to bring his case back to the forefront. In 1975, the people of Pine Ridge Reser vation, S.D., were living in fear. Men were arming themselves to protect their families and shootouts were a regular occurrence. More than 60 unsolved murders where committed during the two-year period known as the Reign of Terror. Many residents of the reservation de scribed the living conditions as a war zone. Within the res ervation there existed a violent split between tra ditional members of the Oglala tribe and tribal leader Dick Wilson, who favored modern ways and held eco nomic and political power. Wilson enforced his policies with the help of armed vigilante forces, self-titled GOON (Guardians Of the Oglala Nation) squads. Dissenters fam ilies were chased and even violently rammed while driving, homes were shot at and residents on both sides of the division suffered in creasingly violent daily lives. FBI and other government agencies in the area appear to have done little to ease the tensions at the time. Into this atmosphere of terrorism, tradi tional tribe members invited American In dian Movement members to act as protec tion against the GOON squads. AIM members set up camp on the reser vation and began the slow process of heal ing the tribe. They helped cut wood, haul water, do chores and had plans to begin al cohol rehabilitation and other programs to We came here to help these people, said Darelle Dino Butler in the documen tary Incident at Oglala about the events on Pine Ridge. All that ended on June 26, 1975 when a shootout between AIM members and FBI agents erupted on the reservation. It is not clear how the shooting started, only that two FBI agents in separate un marked cars followed a pickup truck or van onto the Jumping Bull property where a number of AIM members and tribe mem bers were camped. Shortly thereafter, an intense exchange of bullets occurred. During the shootout both FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, were killed. Also killed that day was a young Native American man, Joseph Stuntz. His death was never investigated and no one was ever charged. A massive manhunt took place for the fugitives who escaped in the confusion af terward. Three Native American men were even tually tried for the murders of Agents Wil liams and Coler. Bob Robideau and Dino Butler were captured in the U.S. and tried in Iowa. Both men were acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. At the time of their trial, Peltier was awaiting extradition from Canada and could not be tried with his fellow defen dants. Peltier was later convicted of the mur ders and received two life sentences. He is currently in a maximum-security prison in Coleman, Fla., near Ocala. The controversy surrounding Peltiers case stems from the constitutionality of his extradition, the ballistics evidence used to convict him, and possible coercion of wit ness testimony by FBI agents, among other things. To this day, there is no clear picture of many key elements including who shot the agents were pursuing to the exact in volvement of Butler, Robideau and Peltier. Those questions are what led Velazquez deeper into the case and eventually to a life-changing decision. As a result of her research and work on the case, she is considering applying to law school when she graduates this summer. This is a big case (Peltiers) but under that shadow how many more are hidden, lost in the system? Velazquez said. I would love to work with the Inno experience of course, but if I could land an internship or work with them on cases that would be a dream come true for me. She has this feisty side to her, said teers. She has drive and energy and push es everyone around her to learn more. If anyone can make a difference, its Karla, Alvarez said. Dignitaries and groups as diverse as Amnesty International, the Southern Chris tian Leadership Council, Archbishop Des mond Tutu and the Rev. Jesse Jackson have all proclaimed Peltiers innocence, going so far as to declare him a political prisoner. Various requests for appeal, retrial and clemency over the years have been denied. The quest to free Leonard Peltier con tinues, but time is running out. Peltier is 69 years old and suffers from diabetes. Leonard has stayed strong all these years, but he doesnt want his years in jail to be for naught, said Peltiers close friend David Hill. This case should be important to every American, Hill said. Because its about our rights under the constitution. ALLISON OLCSVAY The Voice Fighting injustice with class PHOTO BY ALLISON OLCSVAY THE VOICE Karla Velazquez holds a photo of Leonard Peltier, a Native American she believes suffered from injustices that led to his conviction for a double murder.


Seminole Voice | | Page 5 AT HLE T I C S THIS WEEK IN SPORTS HISTORY FEB. 18, 2001 Winter ParkDISTRESS SALE Four days after enduring their most heartbreaking loss of the season, the Knights (9-12, 1-9) suffered their eighth straight loss in American Athletic Conference play on Feb. 9, losing to UConn 75-55. The loss, the Knights ninth against an AAC foe, mathemati cally eliminated the possibility of ing with a winning record in con ference play. The NFL lineman-sized fresh man center Justin McBride came off the bench to score 13 points and snag a block and three re bounds in just 13 minutes, while star Isaiah Sykes shot 17 points rebounds. And again shooting percentage would be the theme of a Knights loss, as they were outshot by the Huskies 47.6 percent to 39.2 per cent. But the Knights put up a by 19 points to start the second half, the Knights would at one point cut the scoring gap to eight with about seven minutes to play before the Huskies pulled away again. Its hard to get down that big ue to have a hard time guarding the basketball, UCF head coach Donnie Jones told UCFKnights. com after the game. The game would be a massive departure from the Knights onepoint overtime loss to USF just a few days earlier. In that game, de spite occasional lulls in shooting, the Knights would continuously battle for the lead in the last 10 minutes of the game, shooting 60 percent near a season high in the process. In a stacked conference in which only three teams includ ing UCF have overall losing records, the Knights have a tough road ahead of them. They trav eled to face Memphis (18-5, 7-3) at press time Wednesday. At 1:30 p.m. Saturday theyll take a shot at the Bulls (12-12, 3-8) again, this time on USFs home court. Thank fully for the Knights, four of their worst teams in the conference. Unthankfully for the Knights, the other two are against No. 7 Cin cinnati and the only team in the conference to hand the AAC lead er a loss, SMU. High school soccer The Oviedo Lions boys soc in Melbourne after winning the regional championship in a 5-4 overtime thriller. Theyre now 22-0-4 on the season after a pair of goals from Jon Coleman plus strikes from A.J. Bryan, Hank Morton and Tristan Rehrig that lifted them a goal ahead of Jack sonvilles Mandarin. Theyre set to face off against a Miami Columbus team thats won three straight playoff games by a goal each in overtime. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at East ern Florida State College. High school basketball Ed Kershners Oviedo Lions blasted their way into the postsea son with a 46-40 win over Wekiva to give them home court advan gional playoffs. They played Gainesvilles Bu chholz at 7 p.m. Thursday at press time. ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice Knights still waiting for rebound PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Shooting struggles have plagued the Knights, who have lost all but one of their AAC games this season. Theyve shot in the mid-30 percent range in most losses. Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comHomegrown always tastes better. Experience homegrown gardening:


Page 6 | | Seminole Voice Let this be the year you with an evening that celebrates the creativity of Central Florida with tickets to a live performance or one of Orlandos great restau rants. Here are a few suggestions: Now through March 9 The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II There is no higher recom mendation than the Florida theater event of the season. A cast of 27 actors play more than 150 characters in this unique, two-part, dramatic and comic masterpiece that captures the ge nius of Charles Dickens. Combin ing outrageous characters with theatrical spectacle, The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II leads the way to a must-see theatrical event at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Visit or call 407-447-1700. Feb. 14 and 15 The Candy Bar by DRIP Thanks to the performance/ entertainment group DRIP, you can treat your Valentine to a night of sweets in an evening that combines sweet art installations, water and sand. Local artists cre ate with sweet and/or intoxicat ing edibles for you and your Val entine, including a lollipop tree, marshmallow art, gummy bear cocktails, and life-sized candy board games. On Feb. 14 and 15, each ticket includes a white DRIP T-shirt for you to wear (and take home) as a splattered and customcut souvenir. Located at 8747 Interna tional Drive in Orlando, tickets are available at Feb. 14 and 15 Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgores Valentine Cabaret Two of our favorite and most talented singing-ac tors, Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore, will present a cab aret perfor mance called Hooray for Love! Promising a funny and romantic evening of songs to add that loving touch to your weekend, the performances bring us many of their hits from the famous New York cabaret club, Dont Tell Mama. Performances are Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Satel lite Event Center at 9501 Satellite Blvd. in Orlando. Visit cfcarts. com Feb. 14 to 16 Romeo & Juliet by the Orlando Ballet Juliet is the worlds favorite love story, and the drama of this quintessential classic will be brought to life as Robert Hill, director of the Orlando Ballet, choreographs a new ballet for the star-crossed lovers. Set to beloved story could serve as the perfect, romantic Valentines gift for your love. Call 407-426-1739 or visit Feb. 14, 15, 16 The Antiques & Garden Show at OMART If her favorite quality-time activity is antiquing, The Orlando Museum of Arts Council of 101 presents the 32nd annual An tiques Vintage & Garden Show from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16. This year the event falls on Valentines weekend with antique dealers from across the U.S. offering an tique furniture, paintings, jewel ry, rugs, porcelain and collectibles as well as garden inspirations and speaker Cynthia Brumback. The Council of 101 Tea Room will be open throughout the show at 2416 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando. Call 407-896-4231 or visit omart. org Feb. 14 to 24 Breakthrough Theatre presents Bedrooms: 5 Comedies In a play called Bedrooms, the Breakthrough Theatre of Win ter Park presents a full evening short plays all in one evening. Written by playwrights Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor, the romantic themes range from a potential mnage-a-trois to love in a senior citizen home. Featur different directors, this evening of romantic comedy runs from Feb. 14 to 24. Visit breakthroughthe or call 407-920-4034. Feb. 15 Warner Bros. Valentines Date Night A different and admittedly quirky Valentines Date Night is offered by the Orange County History Center for an adults evening of cartoons offered up from the Warner Bros. cartoon chest. Over time, the Warner Bros. gag-writers, working with gifted animators and design ers, won six Academy Awards. The Valentine show will in clude Stupid Cupid, Porkys Romance, Carrotblanca, and Bugs Valentine, among others. With popcorn, wine, champagne and chocolate available, this date night is one for the history books. Call 407-836-8500 or visit thehis Feb. 25 to March 2 War Horse on the Broadway Series Shell have to wait two weeks to use the tickets, but shell adore you for sharing this World War I drama of cour age, loyalty and friendship in the next offering from the Orlando Broadway Series. Joey, young Alberts beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and caught up in an extraordinary journey as Albert, too young to enlist, embarks on a treacher ous mission to bring him home. music and song, packed theaters in London and New York. With the theatricality of life-sized pup pets that bring to life galloping horses, call 800-448-6322 for your tickets. and for Valentine foodies: Now through Feb. 15 Lovers Day at Taverna Opa Taverna Opa, the Greek eatery on I-Drive, celebrates with a $65 libations and traditional Greek cuisine paired with live entertain ment. Including A Toast to Love, light starters, and a main course of large prawns or double-cut lamb chops, followed by choco late-drizzled baklava, the menu is a bit of Mediterranean heaven. At Pointe Orlando at 9101 Interna tional Drive, call 407-351-8660 for reservations. Feb. 14 Christners Prime Steak & Lobster steakhouse, will offer a din ner for two, including a bottle of champagne or wine; salad; strip, 16-ounce rib-eye or salmon; asparagus, chateau potatoes (so good), sauted mushrooms, or Osage spinach; and chocolate mousse or cheesecake with ber ries. The cost is $200 per couple, gratuity included. (A Surf & Turf for Two upgrade is optional!) Call 407-645-4443. Through Feb. 14 A sweet deal from 4 Rivers Smokehouse All of Johnny Rivers 4 Rivers Smokehouses are celebrating Valentines Day at The Sweet Shop, the restaurants in-house bakery, by offering complimen tary cookies (one per child) to decorate and enjoy on Feb. 14. Children may obtain their cookie ticket at any 4 Rivers Smoke house location, and redeem their ticket for a cookie and decorating supplies at the bakerys counter. 4 Rivers has locations in Winter Park, Winter Garden and Long wood. Call 407-4RIVERS. Feb. 19 United Arts hosts national audience expert Matt Lehrman Hosted by United Arts of Central Florida, arts consultant Matt Lehrman will bring his Au dience Everywhere Workshop to Orlando on Feb. 19. The profes sional workshop covers every thing from attracting attendees, selling tickets, developing do nors, to raising public awareness. The workshop is appropriate for executive and artistic directors, as well as marketing and board leadership. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. at the Maitland Civic Center. To register, visit http:// or visit Feb. 20 to March 30 Busytown (for children of all ages) Richard Scarrys stories and characters come to life in Busy town from Feb. 20 to March 30 at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Using imaginative music and movement, Huckle Cat takes the audience on a tour of his neigh borhood introducing Farmer Pig and Grocer Cat, Construction Worker, and Fire Chief all work ing together to keep Busytown busy. For children of all ages, call 407-896-7365 or visit orland Josh Garrick Culture for your Valentines calendar Chicken Chomp Contest Chicken Citrus Celery 20 Wings 20 Celery 20oz Orange Juice Sponsored by:Register at www.TasteofOviedo.org10 / $20 gi cards to local restaurants1st place:Entry fee$20Presented by: Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 4RIVERS SWEET SHOP 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. &VEGETABLES FRESH FRUIT W Brian Thomas Produce 110 Geneva Drive, Old Downtown Oviedo(Across From Ace Hardware) VINE RIPE TOMATOES


Seminole Voice | | 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 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Oviedo talked about their Valentines Day plans. Im going to say Happy Valentines Day to everybody! Ill probably give out Valentines to every one in my class. Any kind of candy is good to get on Valentines Day. My school is Keeth Elementary. Wes K. 11 years old For Valentines Day I love to get big pieces of chocolate! Ill give candy to my fam ily and probably make a card that says, I love you! I go to East Lake Elementary. Megan D. 8 years old Valentines Day colors are pink and red. I will make cards for the ones I love the most, like my mom and dad, my sister and my aunt. We will do something for Valentines Day at my school, Pinewood Elementary. Julian W. 8 years old My Valentines Day surprise will be break fast in bed for my mom. I might make a bounce house out of rubber or analyze my turtles DNA and turn him into a love machine. I will make a Valentines Day card. Isaac L. 9 years old Ill say, I love you and Be my Valentine on Valentines Day. I want to make a card for the people I love. I like to draw I can draw a heart! Blayze B. 3 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 questions, 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 pristine candy-apple red paint, as a simultaneous smile and quick sigh escaped his lips with intimate appreciation. For a moment the grizzled grand father was once again an invin cible young buck. He could feel the ocean breeze in his face, one hand gripping the wheel of the Mustang, the other a beautiful blonde in a haltertop and mini skirt headed for the Keys. Car and counter culture Long before teens turn the are drawn by the magnetic power of the car. Babies learn engine sounds from a highchair and toddlers yell, Go! Go! as their chubby legs pump vehicle. Tweens help tinker under the hood or decide on the digital amenities of the next family vehicle. Cars represent a framework for freedom and in the detail and texture that ultimately forms a childs ap preciation of this culture. They learn the intricate ballet of style and performance through their head and their heart. Within a few hours of strolling around a car show, a kids Im bored turns into Thats sweet. Geneva hosts classic and antique car displays throughout the year, and ap preciates the role these vehicles have played in our history. We applaud local collectors who share their knowledge, and their prized possessions, with the community. A few weeks ago we en the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club and law en forcement hosted the Cops n Cars for Kids event. We savored the smell of kettle corn and hummed the strains of The Doors, Light My Fire. Whether it was the Back to the Future DeLorean, the Su per Beetle or the Mustang, shared history and memories with grand kids who have only seen some of these cars in ac tion movies. Embellished jeans, fringe vests and girls in boots once again added sexy to the silhouettes and performance packages on display. Even the teddy bear riding shotgun was smiling. Collies and clans Speaking of cultures, ironi cally Italian was on my mind during the recent Scottish Highland Games. Despite a family name of McEnany my family didnt push my dads Scotch-Irish heritage very much. It wasnt until I lived in Baltimore that I fell in love with the richness of another culture. I watched in awe as a 4-foot-something Sicilian grandmother stood at a wood en table for hours at a time cutting and drying long strips of handmade pasta noodles. Despite knuckles swollen with arthritis, her soft hands worked the dough like an artist. I dis covered that Italian Christmas cookie making could turn into a four-day operation and how delicious made-from-scratch eggnog tastes straight from a cold cellar. So despite the biting cold of the aptly named Central Winds Park, I thanked the Italians for the warm appreciation I felt as I watched border collies herd sheep, while the ever-present air. Men and women were smartly clad in kilts, vests and tams, all draped in plaids and tartans with sporrans, fox heads and tassels hanging from their attire. It wasnt just the older generations either. Young lassies with extra short plaid skirts caught the eye of many a bearded, burly lad hoisting a beer stein to his lips. Crowds cheered the competitions of dance, song and athleticism involving axes, boulders and capers. Culture has always been passed on by our families and mentors. The staying power of culture is what keeps it from becoming a passing fad. Its truths and connections reso nate to the head and the heart and give it meaning worthy to be passed to the future genera tions. Wonderful museums and historical organizations in Geneva, Sanford and Oviedo bring history and culture to life. The Geneva Museum of History is open the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. New exhibits are now available. Love of culture starts at home Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Are you older than 40 and out of work? Have you been out of work for a while? Are time in a long time? Are you a new college graduate with an AA or Bachelors degree? I am looking to speak to people who are experiencing a struggle with employment would be willing to participate in a round table discussion, take a few surveys on line, and/or talk to me by phone or email, please email me at sandi@ christianhelp. org with Semi nole Voice in the subject line. Why am I asking? I am always try ing to look at trends and what people are experiencing to tailor my advice and the advice my or ganization gives to the needs of the people we serve in the community. I am also privi leged to be able to have the ear of many employers who are willing to share their thoughts as well. My goal is to help both parties job seekers and employers to be successful. The older than 40 crowd tends to be unemployed longer than people younger than 40, and new college graduates are the highest number of unemployed. Finding ways to help both groups is a priority for me in 2014. Thank you for helping! Polling our readers: Whats kept you jobless? King Features Weekly ServiceFebruary 10, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOONS The older than 40 crowd tends to be jobless longer than those under 40.


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