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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014 FREE Published weekly SEMINOLEVOICE.COM CHEERS CONTINUE FOR CAITLIN INTERESTS, 4 Play ball this summer Hagerty hosts basketball camp to get kids in slam-dunk shape NOTES, 2 Oviedo coach scores big Kershner takes top state award ATHLETICS, 5 The original one-name diva Cher center-stage at the Amway CULTURE, 6 CALENDAR .................... 2 INTERESTS .................... 4 ATHLETICS .................... 5 CULTURE ..................... 6 VOICES ....................... 7 CLASSIFIEDS ................... 8 Since 1991 | WINNER OF 8 FLORIDA PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS | Serving Greater Oviedo/Winter Springs MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pay your respects to fallen Florida soldiers tonight, May 16, for a wreath-laying ceremony and prayer vigil outside the Lawton House. MORE IN CALENDAR, PAGE 2 USPS 00-093 Publisher statement on page 2. In home delivery by Friday, April 16 The community college building careers in Seminole County tried to create an inter national connection this semes ter as they lent a hand to a coun try more than 10,000 miles away. Seminole State College of Florida welcomed a group of 15 Indonesian educators and repre sentatives to their Sanford/Lake Mary campus to share ideas of how the nation could enhance and establish schools of its own. Indonesia passed legislation in 2012 to build community academies, similar to commu nity colleges but focusing solely on workforce and vocational education. Seminole State College was one of six colleges throughout Florida visited by the Indone sian group in March as part of a federal grant awarded to Florida State University, charged with the task of introducing repre sentatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Education to the states top community colleges. These are folks who were seeking to learn more about our community college system so that they could enhance their own as they seek to open many more back in Indonesia, said Kevin Konecny, director of Sem inole States Center for Global Engagement. The Indonesian group heard More than 500 Oviedo locals and UCF students held their breath for a moment last Thurs Oviedo Ale House. Nobody looked away from the screens, which showed a man in a black suit stepping up to a po dium. It took only two words to cut the tension and turn the bar into a roaring celebration: Blake Bor tles. Complete strangers wearing Oviedo High School and UCF jer seys leapt up from their seats and shouted at the top of their lungs, raising their drinks as they start ed a thundering chant of U-C-F. The Oviedo High and UCF Lions roar for new Jag Educating across the globe TIM FREED The Voice PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Millers Oviedo Ale House erupted in cheers the moment Blake Bortles name was called during the NFL draft last week. Please see BORTLES on page 3 Please see SSC on page 3 Hometown quarterback gets a shot in the NFL Seminole State hosts Indonesian educators, shares higher-ed ideas TIM FREED The Voice PHOTO COURTESY OF SEMINOLE STATE Seminole State lessons go worldwide.


Page 2 | May 16, 2014 | Seminole Voice Friday, May 16, 2014 Volume 24, Issue 20 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 EDITORS Sarah Wilson 407.563.7026 Tim Freed 407.563.7054 ARTS EDITOR Josh Garrick DESIGNER Tom Miller 407.563.7032 STAFF WRITERS Brittni Larson Megan Stokes Allison Olcsvay Kristy Vickery COLUMNISTS Janet Foley Sandi Vidal Tom Carey Karen Phillips ADVERTISING SALES David Levine 407.485.1956 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 EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER Patti Green VICE PRESIDENT 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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That evening 385 crosses one for every military member from Florida who died while serving in Iraq and Af ghanistan will arrive on the grounds of the historic home. Larger crosses will col lectively honor those who gave their lives in previous conicts. Each cross will hold a wreath created in 2013 by 17-year-old Eagle Scout Conner MacFarlane and re furbished by his 14-year-old sister Chloe. One of the crosses is in honor of their father who died in Afghanistan in 2012. Chloe and fellow Girl Scouts from the Oviedo area will lay the wreaths. There will be a special ag raising, wreath lay ing ceremony and prayer vigil that eve ning to honor our fallen military members. The public is invited to walk the grounds of the Lawton House from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 17-27 to see the crosses and pay tribute to these brave men and wom en who have made the ultimate sacrice. MAY 17 Seminole County Watershed Management and the SERV Program invite the public to MAY 18 Come out to a family-friendly run/walk to celebrate Caitlin Downings life and the lessons and love she shared with the local community from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, at the Oviedo Mall. We will remember her loving personal ity, her sincerity, her innocence and her quiet beauty, inside and out. Participants can register and donate for the run/walk at caitlin. The goal is to eradicate DIPG so other families and children will not suffer through this terrible disease. The cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child and theres a $50 optional maximum per-family dona tion prior to race day. All prices increase by $5 on race day. Proceeds go directly to The Childrens Brain Tumor Project, in partnership with Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Jeffrey Greeneld. Details can be found at MAY 21 This years Geneva Elementary Talent Show will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at the school. Dont miss it! MAY 23 BBQ lovers are getting ready for one of Seminole Countys signature events and Notes Correction In the May 9 issue of the Seminole Voice, the article Penny tax voting kicks off in cluded incorrect polling locations for early voting, which continues to run through May 17. The correct locations are: Old Longwood Elementary at 840 Orange Ave., Longwood; the Oviedo Aquatic Cen ter at 148 Oviedo Blvd. in Oviedo; Sylvan Lake Park at 845 Lake Markham Road in Sanford; and the Elections Ofce at 1500 E. Airport Boulevard in Sanford. Visit for more information. Senior Place means business One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs was recognized for its positive impact on the community during the Small Business Celebration & Awards gala on May 7. Pre sented by the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the B2C Busi ness of the Year title was bestowed on the senior resource center based on its growth, community involvement, innova tion, continuity, diversity and company history. The category was open to small businesses that provide direct services to consumers. One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused busi nesses, a resource library, and is the site of daily events and activities for seniors. Play ball this summer Hagerty High School is proud to offer its 10th year of basketball summer camps this year with session for elementary and middle school students. The elementary school sessions for kids ages 6 to 11 will be June 2-6 and June 16-20. The middle school sessions for ages 12 to 14 are June 9-13 and June 23-27. The cost is $80 per session, with sibling discounts available. Contact Head Coach Josh Kohn 407-8710858 or email for registration information. FAMILY CALENDAR winner of the 2013 Tourism Award for Best New Event of the Year, as the Cen tral Florida BBQ Blowout presented by Sonnys BBQ brings the heat to Oviedo from May 23 to 24 at the Oviedo Mall. Brought to the area by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and beneting Helpful Hands, this Florida Bar-B-Que Association sanctioned familyfriendly event includes competitions, re freshing brews and delicious BBQ. Bubba Wilson and the Jeff Howell Band will per form Friday night. The highlight event, the Peoples Choice Competition, is back by popular demand giving festivalgoers the opportunity to sample and choose the best from 20 or more Boston butts. The weekend event is free to attend. There is a $7 fee for trying all samples in the Peoples Choice Tent with all proceeds donated to Operation BBQ Relief. participate in a shoreline restoration project of Lake Howell on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Help plant shore line vegetation to improve ecosystem function and beautify Lake Howell! Please plan to get muddy and wet during plant ing. Closed-toed shoes, a hat, old clothes, sunscreen and gloves are recommended. The event kicks off at 695 Sausalito Blvd. in Casselberry. For more information and to register, please call Elizabeth Stephens at 407-665-2457 or email serv@semino MAY 20 Vote to express your opinion on the One Cent Sales Tax Increase Referendum on Tuesday, May 20. For a list of voting locations, visit MAY 24 The Greater Oviedo 5K Race goes from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 24. Visit for more information. MAY 25 The 5K Run/Walk for Forrest Holt runs from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 25 at the Oviedo Mall. Visit http://bit. ly/1orvyN7 for more information.


Seminole Voice | May 16, 2014 | Page 3 alumnus would have his chance to play in the NFL. Local residents and football fanatics cel ebrated inside the crammed restaurant as their hometown quarterback was drafted third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Among the crowd was Oviedo High School football coach Wes Allen, who cheered wildly as the player he coached for three years was granted a chance to realize his dream of playing professional football. I heard the Blake part of it and I just went nuts, Allen said, surrounded by the Oviedo Lions loyal following. Its just amazing for him and for this community, UCF, and for everybody whos a Blake fan. Now theyre all Jags fans. Bortles already had the key ingredients of a quarterback during his high school years, Allen said. He took advantage of his size, arm strength and leadership skills to help the Li ons take district championships in 2007 and 2009, setting two Sem inole County records with 5,576 passing yards and 53 touchdowns. The world got a glimpse of Bor tles developing talent when UCF Fiesta Bowl in January. The game instantly propelled him into the NFL draft discussion, Allen said. You always thought he would have a chance to go try out, be a free agent or be a late-round pick, quarterback off the board what more could you want? Allen said. Thats a kids dream. Thats what you do in the backyard. Now hes getting to do that. freshman coach Danny Evans also saw Bortles potential early even before the freshman had played quarterback. We kind of moved him into the quarterback position because he could throw the ball, said Ev ans with a wide grin. Look where he is now. To see him go is just great. Its wonderful. High school sports in Oviedo continue to build a reputation throughout the county and the state. Oviedo High Schools bas ketball team took the state cham pionship in March. The school also had state cham pionships this year in girls bowl ing, girls volleyball, and the 100 Bortles recent draft puts his orange-and-black roots under the national spotlight, which Evans said could help bring more young talent to the local high schools. If anything, it means your coaches work hard to do everything they can for the players, Evans said. People see that and it makes them want to be a part of it. Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere was part of the Ale House crowd. He in tently watched the draft from his table. Its such a testament to what a great young man that he is, Persampiere said. THIS WEEK THIS WEEK IN WORLD HISTORY MAY 22, 1843 A massive wagon train, made up of 1,000 settlers, sets off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, *No purchase necessary. NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD AND ON BLU-RAY & DVD MAY 27ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK SEND US YOUR NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS TO TCRAFT@TURNSTILEMEDIAGROUP.COM from Seminole State College President Ann McGee, who discussed how the school goes about creating partnerships in the community that give students handsrounding area. Representatives also learned about the colleges programs, including its Center for Information Technology, Automotive Technology classes and Center for Busi ness, Legal and Entrepreneurship. The six-week tour of community col leges funded by the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Federal and Cultural Af fairs was led by Jeff Milligan, director of Florida State Universitys Center for Inter national Studies in Educational Research and Development. The FSU professor couldnt help but notice the groups fascination with the democratic nature of the colleges, he said. Indonesias school system still bears rules lonial government that controlled the area until the mid-1940s. Students must take entrance examinations to get into high schools, while other restrictions prohibit a student from reentering school if theyve already dropped out, Milligan said The idea that everyone is wel come, that every one can come and learn given the history of their educational system those are some ideas that are novel, said Mil ligan, whos studied Indonesias educa tional system since 2005 and visited the country several times to teach classes. Indonesia hopes to start 350 commu Milligan said, but the country faces sev eral challenges in doing so. The nations population adds up to more than 246 mil lion people, ranking it the fourth most populated country in the world. That great of a population creates the challenges of having enough resources and dealing with much bigger class sizes. A single teacher will often instruct 40 to 50 students at a time, Milligan said. The populations wide range of demo graphics regarding technology and mod ern advancement poses other ques tions. With the capital Jakarta and big cities, its quite familiar; theyre large modern cities with shopping malls and business es, Milligan said. But then you get out into the outer islands and more rural areas and the level of material development can be quite low. In some parts of Papua New Guinea its almost still in the Stone Age. Seminole State College tries to teach its students more about their global com munity and other cultures through inter national trips, said Associate Dean Hugh Moore of the Center for Business, Legal and Entrepreneurship. Last year students went to London, where they saw historic sites, sat in on a murder trial and visited Bloomberg, the central hub of stock market trading in the city. To give my students a broader under standing of cultural issues and to have them understand how to relate to multicultures, especially as it pertains to doing business, means that my students get to respect other cultures, Moore said. The college plans to introduce more classes with options for students to study abroad, work aboard or simply live abroad, Moore said. Indonesia and the United States may possess different cultures and face differ ent challenges, but still have a great deal in common, Konecny said. Its insightful to hear that at the end of the day, regardless of your cultural context, we have this mutual interest in helping our students learn, develop and grow, he said. I think its reassuring we have a common interest. SSC | Indonesian officials hope to take advice from Seminole State to open community colleges back home BORTLES | Bortles wont be alone in Jacksonville, with UCF teammate Storm Johnson signing to the Jags C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE In some parts of Papua New Guinea its almost still in the Stone Age. ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Bortles helped lead UCF to its best season ever in 2013. Thats a kids dream. Thats what you do in the backyard. Now hes getting to do that. He went to UCF, made them into winners. Hes getting everything he de serves and I just wish him all the luck in the world. The Oviedo community put on a Jaguars baseball cap and held up the black-and-teal jersey while photographers snapped photos. Running back and UCF teammate Storm Johnson will join Bortles and the Jaguars, who selected him in the seventh round. Bortles wont be far from home just a two-hour drive north, where hell look to lead an NFL franchise to the promised land. Its a dream come true to hear your name called and walk across the stage and Bortles told ESPN. Its unbelievable.


Page 4 | May 16, 2014 | Seminole Voice IN T ERES T S THIS WEEK IN HUMAN HISTORY MAY Eight hundred white T-shirts cover two folding tables set up just steps inside the front door of the Chandler familys Oviedo home. The back of each shirt fea tures a long list of gray sponsor logos, while the front is a whirl of shaky hand-drawn swirls of color red, orange, yellow, green, blue, then purple, forming an arch. Tucked underneath the um brella of colors, set between the shirts bubble letter typeface headings, is the sloping signature signoff of the rainbows artist in purple ink. Love, Caitlin. Each shirt is a personal invita tion signed by Caitlin Downing to celebrate her birthday, lucky number 7. And although its the second one Caitlin wont be here to celebrate, Oviedo teen Katie Chandler is committed to making a princess. More than 600 runners in rain bow wigs and ribbon-laced tutus are set to take to the asphalt loop around the Oviedo Mall for the Remembrance Fun 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 18. Each step will raise research money for the Chil drens Brain Tumor Project, an ef fort to give kids facing the same diagnosis Caitlin did in 2012 a greater sense of hope. in January 2012, Caitlins world went from that of a normal, viva cious 4-year-old to one that was fuzzy around the edges, until she was running into the walls around her walls she told her mom she could no longer see. couldnt walk, Caitlins mother May of that year. The diagnosis came on Fri day the 13th: Caitlin had a rare, inoperable and incurable form of brain cancer known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). A frenzy of doctor visits, radia tion treatments and a clinical trial brain surgery followed, as Cait lin fought a battle 250 kids in the country unwillingly take on every year kids who all face the same foreboding prognosis. Of those children diagnosed with DIPG, more than 90 percent die within 18 months. And 97 per cent die within three years. Caitlin lost her battle but not before she spurred a nationwide movement of supporters dedicated to Cheering for Caitlin. The Oviedo-based cheer ing squad sent word of Caitlins cause bouncing off near ly every building in the city. Be ribbon car magnets donned with her name, few in her hometown hadnt heard of the girl with the stinky bump in her brain. On Sunday, May 18, the squad is getting back together, captained by Hagerty High freshman Katie Chandler. A neighbor and family friend of the Downings, Katies been brainstorming ways to in crease DIPG awareness ever since her favorite 4-year-old was diag nosed two years ago. She joined the world of beauty pageantry this year with the goal of using the contests as a platform to raise awareness of the disease. Her eloquence earned her a crown and the title of 2014 Miss Winter Parks Outstanding Teen. In June shell advance to Miss Floridas Outstanding Teen, where shell be able to share Caitlins story on a larger stage. Ever since I found out when Caitlin was diagnosed, its be come so important to me to raise as much awareness as I can, Chandler said. Earlier this year she and her mom were thinking up ways to keep Caitlins legacy alive in the community when they came up with the idea of a community walk. Itd be 100 or 200 people around their Live Oak subdivi sion, and maybe they could raise $1,000. Fast-forward to a week before the event. Chandler had signed up 550 local walkers and runners, and 300 virtual walkers from across the country, with many more anticipated to register dayof. With those registries, theyve blown their fundraising goal out of the water, banking $14,000 for DIPG research so far. I dont even know how it hap pened, Chandler said. All of the sudden, donations just started coming in, and people started reg istering, and I dont even know words to describe it. Its amazing. Theyve never even met her, and they may not have expe rienced what great of a little girl she was, and for them to even still have support for her is really just incredible and amazing. Its unbeliev able. Chandlers hope is to keep the event going to honor Caitlins birthdays for decades to come, with a fundraising goal of $100,000 Its not just Chandler working to keep Caitlins legacy alive. Every week, members of the 2,840-strong Cheering for Caitlin Facebook group post pictures of everyday moments that remind them of the little girl who loved color, from rainbows peeking through sunCaitlin stopped by to say hello, to kaleidoscope-colored cakes and loved. shows throughout the commu nity, Chandler said. People are still posting on the Cheering for Caitlin page all the time with little rainbows or whatever they see that reminds them of her. Its just amazing to see how the com munitys come together over this amazing little girl. A week before the race, the Chandler home transformed into Cheering for Caitlin central as it received 800 shirts ready for race day. As Katie and her mom Joni sorted the shirts by size, the set ting sun sent a small fracture of light through the beveled-glass front door, projecting a pint-sized rainbow onto a stack of shirts. Katie, theres a rainbow! Joni calls. Get my phone! A quick shutter-snap later, and the photographic proof is sent to Caitlins mom Denise and the thousands of Facebook page sup porters. Caitlin stopped by to say hello. Keeping Caitlins legacy alive SARAH WILSON The Voice PHOTOS BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Oviedo teen Katie Chandler is hoping the walk, along with her advo cacy during local and statewide pageants, helps keep Caitlins cause alive. Run/walk builds upon one little girls big impact 2069 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792 762 E. 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Seminole Voice | May 16, 2014 | Page 5 AT HLE T I C S THIS WEEK IN SPORTS HISTORY MAY Ed Kershner was familiar with the electricity of Floridas biggest high school basketball stage. He remembered the day like it was yesterday, when he and a squad of young players went as far as a team could possibly go. with orange and black erupted Lakeland Center on March 1, he knew it felt even sweeter the sec ond time. The Oviedo High School coach basketball championship the second state title of his career, 31 Kershner added another item to his legendary high school bas ketball resume last month when he was selected for the Florida Dairy Farmers 2014 Boys Basket ball Coach of the Year award, fol lowing a season where he helped the Oviedo Lions capture their The award goes to the coach with the most combined votes from a group of sports writers and high school coaches from across the state a true critique by ones own peers. After two state champion ships, induction into several high school basketball halls of fame, and coaching eight schools over 47 years, Kershner said the award ranked among his greatest achievements. It was very surprising, and I was very honored and very fortu nate to be named, he said. Its another engraved plaque that Kershner can expect to re ceive within the coming months. It will join the dozen or so others hang ing in the living room hallway of his Oviedo home. Awards for reaching 700 wins and his in duction into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame serve as milestones from the past. A medal for Oviedo High Schools recent state championship hangs off a high wooden shelf. Oviedo High School junior and shooting guard Quay Harper took a medal home as well. Kershner couldnt have been more deserv ing of the coach of the year award, Harper said, leading the Oviedo Lions to a 32-4 season en route to I feel like Kershner deserves it because he was one of the coaches that let us play our game and he never put us down, Harper said. Everything he did was to bring us up, even if we made a mis take. Kershners win total currently sits at 839, ranking him among the top 10 winningest high school bas ketball coaches in the nation. But that number doesnt linger in the Oviedo coachs mind. Hed rather keep track of different numbers like his players GPAs, he said. It all ties in with a character trait that assistant coach Marcus Hayes said makes the 73-year-old coach so valuable: his personal touch with players and a sincere interest in their lives. You can tell that theres a gen uine level of care every time that he deals with either myself or a player, current or in the past, said Hayes, who played under Kersh ner for three years at Oviedo High before graduating in 2001. He genuinely wants you to feel success and to feel cared for. I think thats why hes had such great success. Players enjoy play ing for him. Players at Oviedo High School quickly become family to Kersh ner, who makes it a habit to check on their grades, family lives and work ethic on and off the court. The gym becomes a home away from home. I really hope that they under stand I really care about them and Im really with them and Im there to help them get better, Kershner said. I always try to be a players coach. The coach has formed bonds with players that span more than three decades. One of Kershners fondest memories from this past season came not on the hardwood court, but on the charter bus following a game. It was a phone call from tle of Mr. Basketball in Flor ida Frank Ford, a former Los Angeles Laker and member of Kershners 1983 Osceola High School state championship team. He said, Coach, I want you to know I love you, Kershner said. Thats what its all about right there. They dont have to pay me. I was ready to walk home. Former Osceola Kowboy Markus Paul still remembers the core values of hard work and re sponsibility he learned from Ker shner, 30 years after they capped off an undefeated season with a state championship. You didnt just learn about basketball, you learned about 2013. I think he embraced all his players that way like we were his own. Kershners openness to new ideas has helped him stay current ing, Hayes said. The courtside veteran always seeks input from assistant coaches, even asking his players what theyd like to work on in practice. Kershner said it helps the team stay on their toes. Its not my way, its the best way, he said. Im always very much thinking about what we can do today to be better than yester day. Hayes said he notices Kershner appreciating the smaller things more than ever before each practice, each drill, almost like hes savoring it for the last time. Its becoming increasingly rare on as long as Kershner has, Hayes said. Oviedo Highs beloved coach may be nearing the end of his long career, but a passion for the game and his players still burns greater than ever. Kershner said hell only stop when he feels he cant contribute to the team like he used to. That times coming, he said. I look out there and you dont see people my age coaching. I know that Im like a dying breed, but I dont feel it age-wise. I dont feel how many years. I think its just what I have inside and what I feel about it: my con scious drive, competitive spirit and love for the game and love for your players I had that when I started and I still have that today. Kershners Oviedo Lion heart still beats strong. 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Page 6 | May 16, 2014 | Seminole Voice Final week Now through May 17 Forbidden Broadways Greatest Hits Forbidden Broadway has been a hit musical revue lov ingly satirizing Broadway shows and stars for decades. Now the singing actors of the Winter Park Playhouse are producing the laughs as they present Forbid den Broadways Greatest Hits where Broadways music legends meet Broadways greatest satirists in a hilarious tribute to the Great White Way. Call 407-645-0145 or visit Now through May 18 Ghost the Musical at the Bob Carr For one week only, Ghost the Musical delivers a visual experi ence that allows us to relive the magical moments from the Oscarwinning movie in a Broadway musical. Using the latest theater technology, well see holograms, back-screen projections and other amazing special effects accompanied by an original score from Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Academy Award-winning screen writer Bruce Joel Rubin, this eye-poppingly brilliant musical is at the Bob Carr from May 13-18. Now through May 27 The 23rd annual Orlando International Fringe Festival The wacky, weird and always wonderful festival of plays called Fringe will present 100 perfor mance groups in Fringe 2014. The oldest non-juried festival in the United States, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festivals philosophy is to be 100 percent uncensored, 100 percent non-juried, and 100 percent acces sible. This celebration of the arts takes place at Loch Haven Park in the last two weeks of May. It offers uncensored performances, Youll want to check the schedule for plays that are adults-only and which ones are age-appropriate for a complete schedule. Now through June 14 Redene Gallery presents Dualities within the CityArts Factory at 29 S. Orange Ave. in Orlando, will present Dualities, a twoperson show featuring paintings by artists Loaf Ninja and Chad Pollpeter. Both artists paint sub jects of a surrealistic nature with works focusing on concepts of time, life and death, beginnings and endings, religion and science. The public is invited to an open ing reception, set for May 15 and beginning at 6 p.m. Call 407-648Now through June 13 Picturing Main Street at CityArts Factory As part of Third Thursdays May 15 events at the CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando, an opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. for Picturing Main Street, hosted by Lisa Cuatt, showcasing Orlandos artists and the citys eight Main Street districts: Audubon Park, Church Street, College Park, Downtown Semoran Boulevard and Thorn ton Park. Central Florida artists will create works depicting what is unique to each district. While you are having fun recognizing the street where you live, the surprise judge for the event will be Orlandos Mayor Buddy Dyer. Call 407-648-7060. May 16 Cher comes to the Amway Center The original one-name diva Cher comes to the Amway Center on May 16. Nuff said. When I can write one syllable, and everyone in the world knows exactly whom Im writing about, this is a celebrity who truly needs no introduction. So the simple fact is Cher will appear at the Amway Center in Or lando on May 16. Chers special guest is Cyndi Lauper who, in 2013, woman to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Kinky Boots, itself a Tony Awardwinner for Best New May 16 to Aug. 29 Honoring, Gratitude and Guilt The art of Linda Brant Recent artwork by Linda Brant will be featured in an exhibit at the Winter Park Welcome Center with an opening on May 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibit, titled Honoring, Gratitude and Guilt, showcases Brants multi-year investigation into the subject of honoring animals. Maps, diagrams, photographs and bone sculptures coalesce as Brant presents us with the contradic tions and inconsistencies in our treatment of non-humans. The Winter Park Welcome Center is at May 17 The James Gamble Rogers II Colloquium on Historic Preservation Rehab Addict, will headline the eighth annual James Gamble Rogers Colloquium on Historic Preservation set for May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of Casa Feliz, the morning session will be held at Rollins College. Curtis will speak on the topic Restore, Repurpose, Reuse! After lunch, the program will resume with a tour of Winter Parks loveliest remodeled his toric homes. (Shuttle buses pro vided.) The cost is $50 per ticket, and registration information is available at casafeliz.squarespace. com May 16, 17 and 18 Breakthrough Theatre presents Mimes, Freaks, and Actors An evening like Mimes, Freaks, and Actors an evening of original pantomime scenes and comedy and dramatic sketches written by local play wrights deserves our respect for the simple reason that it brings attention to local talent. Playwrights Coletyn Hentz, Eric Callovi and Justin Hughes offer a variety of topics from the creation of a big-budget movie to a pantomime of a father watching his son join the Army. For three performances only May 16, 17 and 18 call 407-920-4034 for your reservation. May 17 The music of Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire; and Blood Sweat & Tears May 17 is the date for the always popular Or lando Philharmonics annual outdoor con cert at The Springs at Woodbridge Road in Longwood. This year the concert features the Orlando Philharmonic rock ing to popular hits like Chicagos Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? and or 6 to 4, Blood Sweat & Tears Youre the One and Spinning Wheel, and Earth, Wind & Fire hits like Boogie Won derland and Lets Groove. Bring a picnic! Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Call 407-770-0071 or visit May 17 The School of Rock turns up the volume in Orlando Demonstrating its teaching concept that gets kids and adults rocking to the classics while performing live with their peers, the performance-based School of Rock will have young Orlandoarea musicians rocking on stage at Wills Pub at 1042 N. Mills Ave. on May 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Forty students, ages 8 to 18, will perform live concerts featuring the music of Jimi Hendrix (3 May 17 and 18 Orlando Gay Chorus presents Pillow Talk Inspired by the classic roman tic-comedy movies of the 1950s and 1960s the naively sexy Doris Day-Rock Hudson com edies such as Pillow Talk the Orlando Gay Chorus brings two performances of romance, sophis tication, fun and intrigue to the stage of Plaza Live. Performances are May 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 at 4:30 p.m. Plaza Live is at 425 May 17 Winter Park Farmers Markets 35th anniversary Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, the Winter Park Farmers Market will begin the celebration of its 35th an niversary. The fun will include door prizes, live music, vendor discounts, free market bags, and activities for the kids. A doggie fashion show will be held on the main stage at 9 a.m. The Farm ers Market opened May 19, 1979, with eight vendors; 35 years later, the market hosts more than 80 vendors and more than 5,000 visitors shopping for kitchen and garden items. Located at 200 W. New England Ave. Call 407-5993275 or visit May 18 and June 1 Josh Garrick book signing at Winter Park Public Library recently returned from making in the 125-year history of the Na tional Archaeological Museum of Greece, to be invited to exhibit in that worlds top-10 museum. On May 18 and June 1, Josh will sign his new book and share insights about the Parthenon at two free events at the Winter Park Public Library. On May 18 at 2 p.m. How the Parthenon came to be, and June 1 at 2 p.m. The Parthenon Over 2,400 years. Both lectures are free. The library is at 460 E. New England Ave. Call 407-623-3300. 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. Josh Garrick Culture for your calendar rfnttbn nn START CHANGING YOUR LIFE TODAY!rbr rfntb b trnn t rb bttt r rrrb r frrt tr DUALITIES FORBIDDEN BROADWAY PICTURING MAIN STREET JOSH GARRICK ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL


Seminole Voice | May 16, 2014 | Page 7 VOI C ES THIS WEEK IN POLITICAL HISTORY MAY In this normally dry time of year, ir rigating our gardens is the weak link to an otherwise very productive spring growing season. Supplying mois ture to our plants is taken for grant ed with municipal or homestead water supplies available at the twist of a spigot. As population and environmental pressure condense, spraying potable water on the dirt to grow food crops, not to mention exotic landscapes and turfs, is fast becom ing a social taboo. Questions should arise, as much of our drinking water supply is now contaminated with intentionally and more frequently with unintentional industrial pollution. Its sad to say, but re cycled options are only provided in limited locations. Remote from a natural source of surface water, schlepping buckets is not even an option as our plants wilt then wither in the weeks of forthcoming heat. And then our summer rains arrive. One inch of rain collected from a 1,000-square-foot rooftop will provide 600 gallons of water. Considering the torrential nature of many thunderstorms, any unscheduled deluge divert ed directly toward our garden could change dreams into night mares as our carefully cultivated crops wash into the nearest stormwater drainage well. Dis with multiple downspouts from gutters, toward French drains, swales and retention ponds, and eventually into a surface aquifer, shallow rooted bio-scheme needs frequent hydration to thrive, and partitioning this precipitative wealth becomes necessary. Hence, the tried-andtrue rain barrel has returned to our lexicon. A basic rain barrel design starts with a standard food-qual ity barrel holding 55 gallons, a hose bibb and also a screened top to exclude debris and mosquitos. To create any delivery pressure, the barrel must hover above ground level, but at 3 feet of height to obtain 1 pound of water pressure, an iconic water tower is almost necessary. Water is heavy at 8 pounds per gallon; any altitude must be safely designed and constructed. A compro mise base of several concrete blocks high faucet seems most common. To obtain any return on investment over the cheap cost of billable water, value up the barrel by manufacturing your own fertilizer. Fill a permeable bag with (never raw manure) to soak in the barrel. Fertigation, applying fertilizer with irriga tion, is achieved with every application of natures largess, accomplishing two chores at once. Your prowess at growing a won derful crop will leap quantum levels as this once-staple routine of life is reapplied with new understanding and motivation. I saw the following tweet recently from a semi-famous college president: On my way to Orlando, my version of hell. I have heard this sentiment expressed more than once by others in my higher education circles. At conferences during national committee meetings, it is usu ally a statement along the lines of, Do we have to hold the meeting in Orlando? Anywhere but Orlando, followed by a big, disgusted sigh. Sometimes I raise a hand and remind them, Uh, Im in the room but it doesnt seem to make much difference. Look, I get that Central Florida has had its share of negative national exposure from the Casey Anthony to the George Zimmerman trials, from pet pythons that kill children to a wild bear dragging a resident out of her suburban garage by her head, from giant sinkholes that swallow time-share condos to deadly hurricanes. Florida is a magnet for weirdness. It always has been. Some of that weirdness is wacky and funny, but some of it isnt very nice at all. However, I dont think the sentiments I cite above have anything to do with our Floridian weirdness. Perhaps these opin ions are more the result of a type of highered snobbery from those with an idealized, ivy-covered college town experience when they encounter the tourism machine that Orlando may appear to be to nonresidents. And there is no denying that Orlando can seem like a giant entertainment faade, all style with no substance. But whether these Orlando haters believe it or not, real people with real families working at real jobs live here. And compared to a lot of other places, trust me, Central Florida has a lot going for it. For instance, we have a diverse culture, a growing arts scene, some great state parks, expanding job sectors in training/simula tion, software development, biotechnol ogy, and weather that permits year-round sports and recreation activity. And, oh yeah, the worlds best theme parks. These particular colleagues may not be theme-park attendees, but they are Orlando, more than 57 million people trav eled to the region in 2012, the vast majority Ask the school-aged children of a typical Midwestern family if they would like to come to Orlando to visit Cinderellas and Hogwarts castles and see the reaction you get. How many more people, both the young and the young at heart, would also like to visit if they could? So, to categorically dismiss Orlando for a conference meeting seems misguided to me. As a city, we are uniquely equipped to handle short-term visitors, whether they are visiting the theme parks or remaining within the general vicinity of the massive Orange County Convention Center. Per for as many tourists but that citys general ethos is based on gambling while Or landos is generally centered on a familyfriendly vibe. You wont be forced to walk your hotel room in Orlando. Maybe you dont like the hot summer weather, but would you prefer this years brutal, never-ending winter in the North east? Everywhere has its advantages and disadvantages. Everyone has his/her own preferences. Some like big cities. Some like small towns. Some like the east coast, some like the west coast. For those of us who live in Orlando, especially in the parts of town far removed from the theme parks, it has an attractive balance of small town and big city. Its just like anywhere else in the country, except with generally better weather than any where except perhaps California. And the cost of living is a lot less than California. Are we perfect? Far from it. Our Florida weirdness attests to that. But according to the most recent U.S. Census data, more than 2 million of us have chosen to live in metropolitan Orlando. And if this happens be one particular persons version of hell, well, 2 million permanent and 57 million temporary residents would disagree. Ill take those odds. Tom Cavanagh is the University of Central Floridas associate vice president of distributed learning. He can be reached at Harness the rain to help your garden grow Orlandos no more weird than anywhere else 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 ServiceMay 12, 2014 EDITORIAL CARTOONS PHOTO BY TOM CAREY THE VOICE Rain barrels can be handmade to give you a home-grown watering source for your fruits and veggies. TOM CAVANAGH UCF Forum columnist


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