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bserver O PLANT CITY You. Your neighbors. Your neighborhood. FREE • thursday, APRIL 18, 2013 SPORTS here she is exclusive VSI Tampa Bay wins first game in Plant City. Jordan Williams crowned Blueberry Festival Queen. See inside for this week’s photo contest winner. PAGE 10 PAGE 3 PAGE 13 THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OUR TOWN by Amber Jurgensen | Associate Editor Strawberry Crest High School junior Kiersten Denny won second place in the Congressional Art Competition for Florida’s 15th Congressional District. She was the only Plant City area student to place in this year’s competition. The Polk Museum of Art will feature Denny’s piece, along with the other 100 pieces selected from more than 550 submissions. Formerly known as the Bloomingdale Library attack survivor, Queena will celebrate her 23rd birthday in Plant City. And you are invited. Plant City Police Department Officer Clemente ‘Clem’ Fiol’s patrol zone inludes Historic Downtown and three public-housing projects. Three Plant City High School students were recognized recently for their essay writing at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Florida District 4’s Annual Awards Ceremony, at the Winter Haven VFW Post. Katelyn Sykes took first place in the Post 7361 competition; Taylor Adams took first in the Post 2420 competition; and Jackson Hardee won third place in the Post 4289 competition. Students received certificates and cash prizes.   + RICOH tourney tees off Friday The RICOH Children’s Classic Golf Tournament will take place April 19, at Walden Lake Golf & Country Club, 2001 Clubhouse Drive. The event will begin with a lunch at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $500 per foursome. Funds will benefit South Florida Baptist Hospital’s Wellness on Wheels, Plant City Kiwanis Club’s kids programs and the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship program. For more, call 754-3707. by Michael Eng | Managing Editor Keel & Curley to host party for survivor + Crest student honored for art + Plant City students pen winning essays bright future ALL IN A DAY’S WORK Meet Plant City’s new downtown officer, Clemente ‘Clem’ Fiol. There are only 30 minutes left on Plant City Police Department Officer Clemente “Clem” Fiol’s eight-hour shift. But, that’s when he gets his first call of the day. Call type: S49. It is an alarm call detecting a living room glass window break at a house on North Ferrell Street. For the past seven hours, Fiol, Plant City’s newest downtown cop, had casually strolled up and down the quaint streets. As part of the new assistant city manager’s safety plan, Fiol acts as a guardian to the bustling district, patrolling the streets from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., five days a week. Fiol’s job is to provide a presence in the downtown district —  a sense of safety. For the most part, that means chatting with shopkeepers and waving to residents. But when a call comes over the radio, Fiol’s police training kicks in. Within seconds of that SEE QUEENA / PAGE 4 Photos by Amber Jurgensen Part of Clemente ‘Clem’ Fiol’s job is to visit with shop owners, including Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe owner Jill Nickolson. crackly call, Fiol is back in his police cruiser, responding into his walkie-talkie with a quick, deliberate cadence of police jargon. On the way to the incident location, Fiol comes across another call. A man sitting next to Fiol at a stoplight on Baker Street rolls down his window. “We’re chasing a guy who got in a fight with my daughter,” the man yells to Fiol. Fiol reassures him another officer was on the way to assist. INDEX Classifieds....14 For five years, she was known as the Bloomingdale Library attack survivor. This weekend, the public finally will put a name and face to her, as Queena celebrates her 23rd birthday with a party in Plant City. Queena, her mother and fulltime caregiver, Vanna Nguyen and sister, Anna Vuong, are inviting the public to help celebrate her birthday and launch Queena’s new website, The party will be from 1 to 5 p.m. April 20, at Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 W. Thonotosassa Road. A prayer vigil will be at 2 p.m., followed by a special surprise from Queena at 2:30 p.m. “It’s important to Queena SEE FIOL / PAGE 4 Courtesy photo Queena will make her first public appearance since 2008, this weekend, in Plant City. Vol. 1, No. 42 | One section Crossword.....13 Obituaries.......9 Opinion...........8 Sports...........10

04.18.13 Plant City Observer

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