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Changes. Ch-ch-changes. The Oviedo Marketplace may lack a David Bowie, but it is making some big changes, including it’s name. Starting immediately, the Oviedo Marketplace is undergoing a makeover of sorts that aims to change not only its appearance,
but also its name. The new name of the Oviedo Marketplace will be the Oviedo Mall, a change that the community already adopted ages ago, said Sara Steffes, marketing manager for Urban Retail. Beginning in November of last year, Urban Retail took over the mall as the third-party management. Since then, the group has launched efforts to not only
clean up the mall’s appearance, but to also change its presence within the community, starting with renaming the mall to its familiar nickname. “It’s been the Oviedo Marketplace since the mall was developed, but with our new management we’ve decided to change the name and change the logo, ■ Please see MALL | A3
Ed Ruping | The Chronicle
MALL MAKEOVER: The Oviedo Marketplace is undergoing a makeover, which includes a change in name; it will now be called the Oviedo Mall.
Schools shine bright with scores on FCAT
A taste of the sea in Seminole County TJ’s Seafood Shack brings “Seafood galore and so much more”to Oviedo.
Seminole County receives its best marks ever on test
■ SEE A6
By Jessica J. Saggio THE CHRONICLE
Photos by Ed Ruping | The Chronicle
BBQ BOY: Kristopher Douglas pulls some freshly cooked chicken out of the oven at the Woody’s BBQ in Oviedo.
Game, set, match for S.C. programs County tennis programs get a boost from the United States Tennis Association. ■ SEE A8
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Woody’s BBQ reopens with new management By Stephanie Levitt THE CHRONICLE
What do you get when a software engineer and a professional golfer go into business together? Pulled pork, baby back ribs and a side of cole slaw. Though it seems like the epitome of an unusual equation, Travis Green felt confident leaving his job as a software engineer and going into business with his cousin Clayton Peterson, a former professional golfer. The two chose to re-open the Woody’s BBQ located at 1340 Alafaya Trail in Oviedo, which had been plagued with complaints and bad reviews until its shutdown in mid-August 2010. “Before my job was eliminated due to outsourcing, I
decided to go into business for myself,” said Green. “I worked in restaurants as a teenager and always enjoyed the work, so I thought I would engage in the restaurant business.” Peterson relocated from North Carolina to serve as Green’s assistant manager and righthand man throughout the process
of re-opening Oviedo’s Woody’s BBQ. One of Peterson’s hobbies since age eighteen had been entering barbecue and meat-smoking contests, so opening a restaurant with a theme of traditional hometown southern barbecue instantly piqued his interest. Green, on the other hand, thought about his business endeavor from a software engineer’s point-of-view. “Everything is about process,” he said. A first-time restaurant owner, Green intended to manage a business that had an established name, but wouldn’t be easily crumbled by ■ Please see WOODY’S | A5
FINGER LICKIN’: Jason “Big J” Harriott prepares chicken for lunch patrons.
FCAT writing scores are in, and they’re the best scores the county has had to date. This year, Seminole County Public Schools students in fourth-, eighth- and 10thgrades geared up for the FCAT writing evaluation, only to produce scores unheard of before Seminole County. There were 936 perfect writing scores countywide and i m p rove m e n t s across the board, according to a release from SCPS. “I’m very proud of our teachers and our students because the state raised the pass rate from a score of 3.5 to a score of 4,” Superintendent Bill Vogel said. “And still, even Bill Vogel, superintendent though the standard was raised to a 4.0, our students scored the highest they have ever scored, and we are so proud of their work and all the effort put in by our teachers.” On the elementary school level, 35 of 37 elementary schools saw increases in the percent of students earning greater than a 4.0. Goldsboro Elementary had the highest pass rate with 96 percent of their fourth-graders exceeding the standard. Keeth Elementary had the greatest number of level 6s (the highest possible score) with 21 students achieving the score. Middle schools also fared well, achieving their highest overall pass rate in FCAT history, according to the release. Eight of 12 middle
‘I’m very proud of our teachers and our students because the state raised the pass rate from a score of 3.5 to a score of 4.’
■ Please see FCAT | A2
Friends capture scholarships By Michelle Dendy THE CHRONICLE
On May 10, the Krewe of Leaders announced their scholarship recipients at the 2011 King and Queen Reception at Rolando’s Cuban Restaurant in Casselberry. Two Winter Springs High School seniors, Shamaron Batchelor and Paige Corbin, were each honored with the Krewe of Leaders scholarship of $1,250. Winning together and
working as a pair isn’t new to these aspiring actresses — dating back to their seventh-grade play at Indian Trails Middle School when they both played the part of Scheherazade in “Aladdin and his Magical Lamp.” Both have the lead parts in the “Annie Get Your Gun” production at WSHS. Together, they won two superiors and an excellent at the state competition. And even though they usually compete for the same part, they are good friends and they are glad
they get to share the scholarship honors. “It felt awesome to win because I wasn’t sure if I was going to get [the scholarship] because I knew Paige was applying,” Batchelor said. “I thought ‘there’s no way both of us would get it ….’ That night I found it was both of us getting it.” “It was so exciting,” Corbin said. “It was such a big relief.” Corbin started drama in sixth grade. She decided to take a break to focus on her
Courtesy Krewe of Leaders
FRIENDS AND BENEFITS: Paige Corbin and Shamaron Batchelor hold up their ceremonial checks for the scholarships they received.
freshman year, but the break was short-lived. Corbin was back on stage her sophomore year and
since then, has only missed one show. ■ Please see SCHOLARSHIP | A6
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POLICE BLOTTER Louis Winfield Adams, 27, of the 300 block of MacGregor Road, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 17 and charged with driving under the influence. Jose Luis Batista, 25, of the 1000 block of Dinero Drive, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility and charged with multiple non-moving traffic violations. Wilbur Wendall Bazemore, 21, of the 100 block of Riverbridge Circle, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 17 and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Mark William Cammack, 26, of the 800 block of Palmetto Street, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 14 and charged with driving under the influence. Steven Lee Edenfield, 26, of S. Edgemond Avenue, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 13 and charged with violation of probation. Timothy William Edmiston, 30, of the 1600 block of Lake Harney Road, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 14 and charged with aggravated battery. Andrew Henry Field, 21, of the 800 block of Benchwood Court, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 16 and charged with burglary and larceny. Briona Celeste Fingar, 28, of the 3300 block of Ritchie Road, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 16 and charged with trespassing. Aaron Daniel Floyd, 22, of the 5300 block of Tattinger Lane, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 16 and charged with sexual battery. Jessica Hope Frazier, 24, of the 400 block of Fontana Circle, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 17 and charged with drug possession and possession of drug equipment. John Davis Harman, 63, of the 700 block of Briar Wood Drive, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 12 and charged with violation of a county ordinance. Natalee Marie Herb, 24, of the 100 block of Lori Anne Lane, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 13 and charged with violation of probation. James Darrell Lynch, 47, of the 1200 block of W. Garon Cove, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 14 and charged with domestic violence. Dustin James Nelson, 19, of the 300 block of Princeton Drive, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 12 and charged with a non-moving traffic violation. Dustin James Nelson, 19, of the 300 block of Princeton Drive, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 12 and charged with a non-moving traffic violation. Brenden Allen Newton, 19, of the 2000 block of Electric Lane, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 12 and charged with failure to appear. Mark Anthony Oshea, 54, of N. Cortez Avenue, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 12 and charged with drug possession and driving under the influence. James Pappalardo, 47, of the 3700 block of Beacontree Place, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 15 and charged with battery. Heriot Clader Prentice, 52, of Sparrow Hawk Cove, Chuluota, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 14 and charged with battery. Hillary Lynn Raymond, 26, of the 400 block of Sheoah Boulevard, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 14 and charged with battery. Adam Cecilhodari Redman, 33, of the 1000 block of Condor Place, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility and charged with a non-moving traffic violation. Kyle Dustin Rooney, 23, of the 3000 block of River Place Cove, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 14 and charged with driving under the influence. Brian Rotroff, 39, of the 300 block of San Rafael Court, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 12 and charged with driving under the influence. Pedro Rubalcava Casas, 37, of the 1300 block of Stone Street, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility and charged with simple assault. David Richard Ruscitti, 37, of the 900 block of Devon Creek Road, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional facility on May 12 and charged with battery. Amanda Schwander, 37, of the 2700 block of E. Osceola Road, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 14 and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Katy Anne Walton, 29, of Racoon Trail, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 14 and charged with a hit and run and driving under the influence. Stephen Wilkinson, 27, of N. Fairfax Avenue, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 13 and charged with drug possession and tampering with evidence.
Man accused of failure to report dead body DELAND (AP) — Authorities have charged a man with failing to report a death after he found a boarder in a room over the garage. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says 55year-old William Hendrix Jr. found the body about 4 p.m. Monday. He told deputies he mowed the grass and, then poured bleach over the body to cover the odor of decomposition.
According to an arrest report, Hendrix told deputies he feared reporting the death because his girlfriend — who owns the home — did not want him to take in boarders. The girlfriend found out, and called authorities at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday. Hendrix told authorities he took the man in because he was down on his luck. The sheriff's office says foul play was not suspected.
Ongoing events Listen to these Central Florida Matters audio podcasts at www.cmfmedia.org — Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey on the demise of the highly anticipated SEMATECH project. — Seminole County Commission Chairman Brenda Carey introduces new county manager James Hartmann. — Winter Park in the 1880s to 1930s as heard in the lives of five historical figures in their original settings on Park Avenue. — Tina Calderone, Seminole County School Board member, comments on the impact of the legislature’s recent cuts to education. — And on CMF’s “Heard in Central Florida” web portal, UCF’s Dr. Aaron Liberman on the subject of Health Care Reform and answers to questions about Sun Rail from MetroPlan’s Harold W. Barley and John M. Lewis, Jr., from Lynx.
Street, Oviedo. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. For more information, please call 407-9718135. Seminole State College of Florida concludes its 2010-2011 season by showcasing the talents of its art students during the 42nd annual Juried Student Art Exhibit in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Arts Gallery Building G. The exhibit, which runs through noon on May 19, is a group show, featuring a juried selection of work executed over the past year by Seminole State Fine Arts students. Media include photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed-media, ceramics and sculpture. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also during music and theatre performances. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.
Happening this week
Mother’s Hands Teen Mother Support Group, a support group for teenage mothers who are pregnant or have children, is held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 – 7:45 p.m. in the conference room of the East Branch Library, 310 Division Street, Oviedo. Contact Tricia Poole at 407-529-7142 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. There is no cost.
Thursday, May 19
The Oviedo City Council regularly meets the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 400 Alexandria Blvd. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information about the City Council or other city-sponsored events, visit www.cityofoviedo.net.
Saturday, May 21
The City of Winter Springs holds its regular City Commission meeting on the second and fourth Monday of each month beginning at 5:15 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit www.winterspringsfl.org. The Oviedo Historical Society will open its doors to the public on the first Saturday of each month. On display will be much of Oviedo’s rich history, including information and exhibits on the earliest Oviedo settlers and various landmarks throughout the city. The Lawton House, located at 200 West Broadway, will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit www.oviedoohs.com. The Vine Outreach Thrift Store will hold a free lunch and grocery giveaway to those who need it. The Vine is located at 98 W. Broadway
members of the public will be treated to free entertainment and food, including live music by Orange Avenue, barbeque and a whole host of rider-related activities. Attendance is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.HogsAgainstHunger.com.
Upcoming Events Saturday, May 28
Join the First Baptist Church for their 9th Annual Greater Oviedo 5K Run on Saturday, May 28, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the children’s run to follow. The 5K run will benefit the FBO Sports Outreach program, which provides scholarships for children in the area who are in need. For more information, please call 407-365-3484, ext. 148, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.fbcoviedo.org/5k.
Friday, June 3
Midway Elementary School presents Beauty and the Beast at the Midway Elementary Performance Hall, 2368 Brisson Ave., Sanford. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 and are available at Midway Elementary. For more information, call 407320-5950. The Oviedo Historical Society will host the second annual Music Fest on the Green from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lawton House, 200 West Broadway. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and listen to some country, R&B and lite rock. In addition, the Historical Society will also be burying a 50-year time capsule, with a dedication and proclamation by Mayor Persampiere. For more information, visit www.cityofoviedo.net.
The deadline to participate in or register as a sponsor or volunteer for the Special Olympics Bowl-aThon 2011 is today. To participate, volunteers must raise $20 from sponsorships. Late registration lasts though June 10. Volunteers are needed from 25:30 p.m. to assist with registration, food handout, monitoring the lanes and the raffle and handing out prizes. Sponsorship levels range from $100-500 and packages include the company name on event T-shirts, a recognition certificate or plaque, the opportunity to volunteer at the Bowl-a-Thon and more. For more information, please contact Ranwa Nin El-khoury at RanwaNin@SpecialOlympicsSemi noleCounty.org or 407-929-7254 or visit the website at www.SpecialOlympicsSeminoleCo unty.org.
Sunday, May 22
Orlando Harley-Davidson will host a pair of “Ride Like a HOGstar” events benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. From 11 a.m. to noon, the “Ride like a HOGstar” bike convoy will travel on I-4 from Downtown Disney to the Orlando HarleyDavidson I-4 Historic Factory Dealership. Ride registration will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in Downtown Disney Parking Lot N, and requires a $20 donation (cash or check) per bike to Second Harvest Food Bank. The first 300 bikes will receive two free raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road King. All levels of riders welcome. From noon to 4 p.m., riders and
Sunday, June 12
Special Olympics Seminole County is hosting the Bowl-a Thon 2011 from 3-5 p.m. at AMF Altamonte Lanes, 280 Douglas Ave. There will be two hours of bowling, music, surprise guests, prizes, a costume contest and more. Bowlers will receive a prize for every strike as well as a ticket in the raffle drawing. This year’s goal is $10,000 for the athletes. For more information, please contact Ranwa Nin El-khoury at RanwaNin@SpecialOlympicsSemi noleCounty.org or 407-929-7254 or visit the website at www.SpecialOlympicsSeminoleCo unty.org.
Vogel credits teachers’ dedication From FCAT | A1 schools saw an increase in the percent of students earning a 4.0 or above. Indian Trails Middle School had the highest pass rate of 94 percent as well as 56 perfect level-6 scores. Chiles Middle School also had 56 perfect scores, the highest in the county alongside Indian Trails. High schools also saw success with eight of nine schools increasing their number of students earning a 4.0 or greater. Lake Howell and Hagerty had the highest pass rate with 88 percent of students passing the writing test. Also, Lake Howell had the greatest number of level-6 scores after 52 students achieved the highest score possible. The number leaves Seminole County ranked No. 1 in Central Florida. In the state, the county ranks fourth in grade-four
scores, fourth in gradeeight scores and second in grade-10 scores. However, this is not an accomplishment that can be achieved without the dedication of teachers, Vogel said. “Seminole County students continue to perform at the highest levels, despite a decreasing budget,” Vogel said. “Our teachers in Seminole County are absolutely the best because it’s about the commitment and dedication they have to our students. I hope the legislators take notice because by whatever standard of accountability that’s measured, Seminole County students perform at the top or near the top, and I give all the teachers the credit.” Vogel said that preparation for the FCAT writing evaluation is an ongoing effort. Teachers in all grades are instructed to incorporate writing into
their curriculum, no matter the subject. “Writing is a test that you can’t just prepare for the night before; it’s a process,” Vogel said. “It takes practice, and so it’s an important part of our entire curriculum. Teachers in all subjects have incorporated writing into everything they teach, and that’s why when our students take the writing test, they are confident, they are prepared and they are successful.” Katie Johnson, fourthgrade teacher at Eastbrook Elementary, said most teachers believe fourth grade is one of the more difficult grades to teach because of the writing. She said her team of teachers began meeting last summer in preparation for the test and met once a week to plan writings. “There are no multiple choice options come test day. You have a pencil,
some paper and a prompt that you do not read until the timer starts,” Johnson said. “We focused on 6 + 1 traits, word choice, organization, conventions, sentence fluency, and worked to increase our students’ vocabulary. First thing every morning, we began by modeling great writing to our students. We also spent hours every week scoring our student’s writing and giving them feedback through conferences.” As this year’s FCAT writing evaluations conclude and scores are released, it only begins the season of preparation for next year, Johnson said. With that, Vogel says that as teachers gear up to brainstorm tactics to tackle next year’s FCAT, he has 936 letters to personally sign to the over-achieving, perfect-score, level-6 students that have raised the bar for Seminole County schools.
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JHMS students rally behind influential teacher By Amy KD Tobik THE CHRONICLE
When Jackson Heights Middle School alumni learned Robert White, a Jackson Heights Middle School gifted program math teacher, might be forced to retire in the fall, they decided they needed to take a stand. “I was really upset because he is such an amazing teacher; he did so much for me and so many other people,” said Sydney Garick, now a ninth-grader at Oviedo High School. “Originally, I thought [retirement] might be something he wanted and then I found out he didn’t want to leave.” Another former White student, Anya Katsevich, now in 10th grade at Oviedo High School, said she joined forces with Mark Vainshtein (an eighth-grader at JHMS) and sent a petition containing more than 100 names to the school board in protest. Katsevich said she will fight for the teacher who inspired her. “[White] always had tricks to show us and interesting stories to go with them,” she said. “Mr. White is the best teacher I’ve ever had. He is a highquality teacher and is real-
ly enthusiastic about what he does. Some teachers teach because it’s their job, but Mr. White really puts his soul into it.” Losing White would be detrimental to the Mathcounts program, Katsevich said, as Jackson Heights has a reputation for winning at competitions. “Kids joke they are scared of the Jackson Heights team. If Mr. White leaves, I don’t know what will happen,” she said. White has acted as Mathcounts coach at JHMS for more than 25 years, and his classroom is filled with hundreds of trophies. Along with other alums, the former students immediately set their sights on creating a page on Facebook titled, “Keep Mr. White at JHMS.” Within hours, JHMS alumni and current students and parents began posting comments. Nearly every person who made a comment attributed their interest in math or their current success in the workplace to the motivation and dedication shown by White. Within one week, nearly 300 people had indicated their support on Facebook and “liked” the
Oviedo Marketplace to be called Oviedo Mall From MALL | A1 just to go along with changing the mall and the atmosphere,” Steffes said. “So we’re going with the obvious — Oviedo Mall. That’s what it was already referred to, so it fits.” Since Urban Retail stepped on the scene, the mall has undergone a lot of renovations including the cleaning up of landscaping and parking lots, and efforts to fill empty vacancies in the mall. Urban Retail would not release data on the vacancy rates, however, Steffes said the mall is more occupied than it is vacant. Jim Pridemore, owner of Ashton Photography in the Oviedo Mall, said he has been very pleased with the work Urban Retail has put into the mall. He said before the group took over there was a feeling of uncertainty and hopelessness among the tenants in the mall; now, business has been good and he’s even seen a 30 percent increase in the month of March alone, and expects similar figures to come back from April. “We saw more positive effects in the first 30 days of Urban Retail being here than we did the last two years with the other management company,” Pridemore said. “They focused on getting the property physically in tact and all of those things are so important. As a merchant, we can’t think we’re going to have success growing the mall if it doesn’t look good, smell good and feel good.” Pridemore also said he was happy about the name change, considering most of the community referred to it this way. “Merchants have been saying for years there should have been a name change,” Pridemore said. “People used to think it was a farmer’s market, and the name didn’t really tell people that there was a mall right here off of 417. The Oviedo Marketplace was just a name that wasn’t understood.” The mall still faces the burden of a bad reputation, which lingers among residents in the area who have stopped visiting the mall altogether. Elizabeth Smith, a
Seminole County resident, said she stopped going to the mall in 2010 and has never been back. “It’s out of the [way], very small, has very few stores and a lot of empty locations,” she said. “I was so disappointed the last time I went; I haven’t been back.” She said she hopes to see the mall bring in retail stores like Urban Outfitters, New York & Company and Coach. On the other hand, Urban Retail is also reaching out to the community in an effort to make a new name for itself. The mall now hosts events for the Chamber of Commerce in the old FYE space and will also host the Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser and a showing of the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Friday. Cory Skeates, executive director of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce, said that he is pleased with the changes Urban Retail has made. “We at the chamber have been thrilled with all the positive change Urban Retail has initiated since taking over management responsibilities,” Skeates said. “From sprucing up the landscaping and painting all the signage, Urban Retail has taken it upon itself to begin the process of rehabilitating what should be seen as a jewel within our business community. They have also actively committed to outreach in the community through faithful attendance at chamber functions and by encouraging the chamber and other local groups to host events within the mall itself.” Still, the mall continues to face the challenge of changing perceptions, a task which Pridemore says will take the community changing its ways by supporting the mall. “If there’s ever a chance for the Oviedo Mall to move forward, we’ve got the right team in place to do it,” Pridemore said. “There’s a few components we still face, though, and that’s [the] challenge of the community stepping up and making the effort to support the mall. How are we going to attract these new retailers if we don’t support the merchants we have now?”
vide the best education for our outstanding students,” Bailey said in an e-mail. The current budget crisis is affecting all schools, Bailey said, including JHMS. “As you know, the construction of our new building is on hold. Like all other schools, there will be other impacts including personnel and resources,” he said. Garick said she hopes more students will have the chance to benefit from his wisdom. “By keeping him there, he will not only help all these kids coming in, but people will come back to him. I Ed Ruping | The Chronicle know [her current math THE WHITE STUFF: Past and present students of Robert White, a math teacher at Jackson Heights Middle School, preview teacher] says the kids in high signage they will carry to the May 24 Seminole County School Board meeting. school do so much better because they had Mr. page. Retirement System Pension- Bailey said he received sev- White,” she said. “I was According to the covered employers for up to eral letters from former stu- always a good math student, Facebook page, White, who 60 months. dents when news of White’s but I never really tried and I has been teaching math for According to the Florida upcoming retirement broke. didn’t like it that much. He 39 years, entered the Retirement Pension Plan “These students are some introduced me to math and I Deferred Retirement website, some “instructional of our best graduates, and I realized it could actually be Optional Program five years personnel may be author- wanted to respond to each fun. If he has to leave, I think ago. ized to continue participa- one, and I did, but unfortu- a lot of people will suffer DROP gives eligible tion in DROP for up to an nately personnel issues are because they will be missing employees the opportunity additional 36 months beyond confidential and could not his great expertise.” to retire under the Florida their initial 60-month eligi- be discussed with them. I Garick said unless White Retirement Pension Plan bility period.” White did not told them that JHMS has a can find another school to while continuing employ- receive a renewed contract. long tradition of excellence hire him by June 30, he will ment with Florida JHMS Principal Winston and we will continue to pro- be required to retire.
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LEAN, MEAN RUBBER-BURNIN’ MACHINE: A 1937 Ford 3 Window is sitting pretty at the St. Stephen’s Men’s Association classic car fundraiser.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Bikers head down Oviedo Boulevard en route to City Hall during Oviedo’s Bike to Work event.
Photos by Ed Ruping | The Chronicle
BEWARE!: There’s no fishing on the bank near Black Hammock Fish Camp on the shores of Lake Jessup. Maybe the gators have something to do with it?
PATRIOTIC: Paola Anza listens to the National Anthem before a game.
A POWERFUL PUNCHLINE: Jonathon Storey cracks a joke to Orlando Predators player Bert Whigham during the Challenger-City administration game.
A CRUISE FOR ONE: Steve Harper pilots his sight-seeing airboat in early one morning near the Black Hammock Fish Camp.
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BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL, ER, SAM: Samantha Clark proudly shows off the haul of blueberries she picked from Pappy’s Patch in Black Hammock.
ON THE LOOKOUT: A sharp-eyed osprey atop its perch has a true bird’s-eye view over Lake Jessup.
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Corporate cousins take over Woody’s BBQ From WOODY’S | A1 heavy competition. Woody’s BBQ provided the entrepreneurial cousins with a concrete foundation, including a six-week Woody’s training program in Jacksonville focusing on the franchise’s methods of cooking, cleaning and servicing. Green also brought in professionals from Woody’s corporate for a two-week training for his twenty-person staff. Despite a focus on proper training and thousands of dollars in marketing, business hasn’t quite been bucking. Peterson said, “It’s not going quite as well as I
thought it would be. I thought that we would be busier than we are. We need people to know that we’re re-opening under new management and we’re offering great food and a clean, good family restaurant.” “The previous owner was spending most of his time on catering, which is a good way to augment the business, but when no one’s watching the restaurant itself, things tend to fall down,” said Green. Expecting a turn-key operation after deciding to reopen Oviedo’s Woody’s BBQ with his own funds, eliminating all financing, Green soon realized that he would have to re-build a strong foundation for the restau-
rant. Server Jamie Harriott, who has worked at the Oviedo Woody’s BBQ for the past five years, has been able to watch the restaurant’s renovations. “It was very unorganized,” he said, referring to the restaurant under old management. “The food quality wasn’t the best, and the manager didn’t really care about the business. Then Travis took over. He put a lot of money into something that he loved, and has made sure that the servers are at their very best quality.” “Most of the changes have been mechanical in getting the restaurant to run properly,” said Green, listing examples of techni-
cal issues. The Freon in the walk-in cooler had to be refreshed. The icemaker had to be replaced after only a month. The gas lines into the water heater and the smoker were residential lines and had to be hardlined for a commercial property in order to meet legal fire codes. Green believes that the restaurant’s transformation has been successful. “Right now, it’s just a matter of getting us out there,” he said. “We’ve had customers come in and talk to us and say that things are 100 percent better. They wanted to try us out again because
they heard we were under new ownership and they were very happy with what they saw.” Aside from the core Woody’s BBQ menu, the Oviedo location under its new management also runs different specials: for example, a four-ounce pie cup for ninety-nine cents, and the Monterey chicken sandwich, or chicken tenders on a hoagie with barbecue sauce, cheese and bacon. Green and Peterson plan on rolling out a new to-go lunch offer, too: a prewrapped sandwich complete with barbecue sauce and cole slaw on the side for
under four dollars. Server Harriott recommends the pulled pork sandwich to any first-timer at Woody’s BBQ in Oviedo. Despite a slower-thanexpected opening, Green and his twenty-person staff harbor hope and pride for their restaurant. After mentioning vacancies in the nearby Publix shopping center, the recently shutdown corner Albertson’s, and the average family’s inability to eat out often due to economic downturn, Green said, “There’s a lot of things that are working against us, but we’re gonna fight and win.”
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GOING GREEN: Travis Green, one of the new owners of Woody’s, outside of the restaurant in Oviedo.
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Krewe aims to keep Central Florida talent local From SCHOLARSHIP | A1 Corbin plans to attend Valencia Community College or Seminole State College next year and then hopes to transfer to University of California, Los Angeles. She plans to doublemajor in theatre and education to teach English in foreign countries. “My goal is to stay happy with everything that I do, which is going to be difficult because life isn’t always perfect,” Corbin said. “I want to continue with theater because it’s what I love to do and hopefully in the future I want to open up my own theater in London.” Batchelor has been involved with theatre for as long as she can remember. “I’ve always been into theatre and drama since I was a kid,” she said. Batchelor was in the Sunshine Generation, involved with Winter Springs Performing Arts and even sang at the White House. She also was one of the only two
freshmen in Winter Springs High School to enter into the drama program as a secondyear student. “There are a lot of things I’ve been able to do in my life, and I’ve just been very lucky to do [them],” she said. “I love to direct children’s plays and to provide them guidance in their search for finding themselves in the arts.” Batchelor plans to attend Florida State University next year and double-major in performing arts/vocal performances and environmental science or environmental engineering. To be eligible for the scholarship, students were required to have a 3.0 grade point average, have completed at least 25 hours of community service, be pursuing a field of study in performing arts or hospitality and reside in Oviedo, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Chuluota or Geneva. Students were also required to write a 250-300 word essay about how volunteerism in the community could enhance their goals. The 2011 King and Queen
of the Royal Court, Seminole County Judge Fred Schott and Vice President of Massey Communications Lynne Garrow, presented the scholarships to the students and were honored themselves. Schott was the president of The Sharing Center of Seminole County for two terms. He also was on the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and volunteered on King Court, a Seminole County program that redirects students who are doing poorly following the law. Schott also volunteers his time to teach the Constitution to elementary school students. “He is a wonderful community leader,” said Mary Alice Wilder, president of Krewe of Leaders. “He does so much for the youth in this county. It’s unbelievable.” “My belief is kids are all born good,” Schott said. “It’s a hard world out there, a lot harder than when I grew up. And if I can do some good and point them in the right direction, that’s something I like doing. Luckily, as a judge, I get to do that every day. “I had no idea that I would be king. I think that there are lots of people that do things in the community, so I don’t know why I was singled out. But I’m honored to have been chosen.” The Royal Court has been a fun family experience for Garrow. Last year, her daughter was a scepter-bearer and this year her son was one of the pages in the royal court. “It was a neat experience as a community person and as a mom,” she said. Garrow is on the board of directors of Oviedo-
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TALENT REWARDED: Paige Corbin and Shamaron Batchelor received scholarships to help them continue their passions.
Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Krewe of Leaders and the Host Committee of the Evening of Valor for Jewish Family Services. She also volunteers as a dividend with Seminole County Public Schools, volunteers with Junior Achievement and is involved with Daisy Scouts. “Everyone on the court does so much for the community, so I really was surprised and I didn’t expect it,” Garrow said. “It’s been a lot of fun. It’s a really good group of people from all different organizations and all different areas of the community, so it was nice to come together.” As part of the King and Queen reception, Batchelor and Corbin each performed to show members their talents. “We made them sing for their dinner,” Wilder laughed. “They did a wonderful, wonderful job. Everyone was very impressed with their performance.” Jean Bruckert was honored with the Queen’s award and Arnie Nussbaum with the King’s
award. Bruckert has launched the Krewe of Leaders website and Nussbaum has done all of the emcee work for the events. Garrow also honored Cynthia Sucher as a Duchess for her community work for the Krewe with UCF. “These awards go to members who have volunteered their services to promote the Krewe of Leaders and its program to honor regional community leaders and promote our scholarship program in performing arts and hospitality,” Wilder said. The Krewe also honored its corporate sponsors — Kelly Canova Photography, AAA South Motor Club and Insurance, Citizens Bank, Oviedo Little League, Dr. Matt Herba, Dr. Eric Janowitz and Cox Radio — with medallions. “We decided to make the Queen and King’s reception an awards night; we had so many members that volunteered so much time and resources that no one knew about it except the board of directors,” Wilder said.
Wilder said that last year the Krewe of Leaders gave away $500 scholarships through the Chamber. This year, they were able to more than double the scholarship amount and they hope to do the same next year. Wilder said that the scholarship focuses on careers that seem to get overlooked, despite the importance of hospitality and performing arts in Central Florida. “This is why we focus on hospitality and performing arts. Why should we have our students go to New York or California? Why not keep them here at UCF or Seminole State College and keep them local?” Wilder said. “We have the hospitality capital of the world with the Rosen College of Hospitality and we have UCF’s $63 million art expansion. We have to grow that.” The Krewe of Leaders’ next event is Sept. 3 at UCF for the inaugural “Parade of Champions,” where the Krewe of Leaders will partner with UCF and local cities to honor athletes.
May 19 - 25, 2011
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SEAFOOD PLATTER: Matt Schwemmer, a server at TJ’s Seafood Shack, takes a tray of food to the dining area.
GO FISH! TJ’s gives Oviedo a taste of the shore By Amy KD Tobik THE CHRONICLE
Many have lived in Seminole County for years, but the taste of an authentic Maryland crab cake or Louisiana po’boy was just a dream in the heart of Florida. While it may not be the bayou, Seminole County does have a fairy god restaurant to make seafood dreams come true. Bippity. Boppity. Tj’s Seafood Shack. “Seafood is something that I love, but we noticed that it was a missing niche in the market. There was no good, campy seafood restaurant,” said Tim Shepardson, who co-owns TJ’s Seafood Shack with his sister, Mary Strickland. Three years ago, Shepardson, with 25 years of experience in the restaurant business, decided to settle near his extended family and moved to Oviedo. Hoping to continue his restaurat e u r roots, he then began
urging his sister who, at the time, managed a law office, to go into the business with him. “That’s how I sold her. I said, ‘How exciting is managing a law firm? Come open a restaurant with me,’” Shepardson said. “Seafood is something that we love … so we brought the coastal seafood shack to Central Florida.” Strickland, Shepardson’s
partner in business, is quick to point out their menu options, which were made purposefully to be all-inclusive. “Our motto is, ‘Seafood galore and a whole lot more,’ ” she said, gesturing to their insignia, which features TJ the dolphin, the restaurant’s mascot, chowing down on a hamburger. “We even
sold fifteen hamburgers at lunch today.” All of the food, from the fish to the burgers, is fresh. TJ’s Seafood Shack never uses frozen chicken, but does use highquality black angus meat and whole protein foods. In fact, Shepardson likes hearing that the restaurant has sold out of ■ Please see TJ’S | A9
FISH FOOD: Co-owner Tim Shepardson and his fish tacos with salsa (left) and server Matt Schwemmer serves food to the Hart family.
With kids, being silly is a better alternative to screaming Sometimes, kids can get so far under your skin that all you want to do is scream. That’s the situation I was in the other night. It was way past bedtime, but instead of following any of our bedtime routines, the boys were doing everything they could to stall. I’d spent over half an hour just getting them in their pajamas, and my temper was about to explode. My standard operating procedure in these situa-
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tions is to tag out with my wife. I hate tagging out, because it’s pretty much the same as giving up. We both do it, though, and it
works great. Nothing gets the boys’ attention like having the other parent show up. I growled something threatening at them and left their room, pulling the door closed behind me. My wife, however, was busy with homework. No help there. After a few deep calming breaths, I decided on a new tactic. I would fight silly with silly. Putting on my angry face, I threw open their door. Both kids
stopped in mid-tussle to look at me. I strode across the room and grabbed the biggest boomwhacker we have. A boomwhacker is a colorful plastic tube. They come in different lengths, and each size makes a different note when you whack it on something. That would be cool just by itself, but they’re also flexible enough to not hurt when you get hit by one. The boys and I use them for sword fights all the
time. The biggest boomwhacker we have is about three feet long. I pointed it at my youngest and jerked my head toward the door. Eyes wide, he walked out. I followed and closed the door behind us. On the other side, I gave him a wink and smiled, then smacked my open hand with the boomwhacker. A giant grin spread across his face. “Ow,” he shouted. I nodded encouragingly
and hit my hand again. “Ow,” he cried again. “Stop!” We continued the little farce for about two minutes, until my wife showed up to see what was going on. By that time, my hand was bright red and stinging from all the whacks. The little guy was laughing so hard that his eyes were streaming tears. I put my angry face on and shoved the door open, ■ Please see DADDY TALES | A9
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High school volunteers inspire young readers By Amy KD Tobik THE CHRONICLE
The second-grader joined her school reading program a little later than the other children. Extremely shy about talking to new people, the young girl wasn’t keen on reading aloud, reading mentor Kendria Lewis said. But the girl sat and listened while a dedicated high school student visited her school each week and worked one-onone with her. After a few months and with plenty of encouragement, the words on the pages began to come alive … and the young girl discovered the joy of reading. “By the end of the school year she said, ‘Let me read, let me read,’ ” Lewis said. For months, Lewis
worked diligently on pronunciation and how to use context clues, and eventually, Lewis said, the timid Red Bug Elementary student grew into an enthusiastic reader. Lewis, a junior at Lake Howell High School, is one of four local teens from the Volunteer USA’s Teen Trendsetters Reading Mentors program honored this month for her outstanding volunteer work. Additional winners include: Rebecca Borchers, Crooms Academy of Information Technology; Krissy Stabile, Hagerty High School and Laura Moeder, Winter Springs High School. The Trendsetters Reading Mentors program began in Florida nine years ago and there are about 56 high schools currently serv-
ing 60 elementary schools across the state, reaching an estimated 3,500 students. It is funded by the Florida Legislature through a grant to the Department of Education, and Comcast helps provide the training needed as well as serves as a sponsor of the Excellence in Leadership and Service Awards The goal of the program is to successfully improve elementary school students’ reading skills while promoting volunteerism and leadership of local teens. Students also receive a collection of Scholastic books to add to their home bookshelves to further encourage reading. Tracy Jackson said in an email that the Dividends School Volunteer Program is thrilled to have the volun-
For more information about volunteering as a reading mentor: www.volunteerusafoundation.org teer reading mentoring program as a volunteer opportunity for high school students. “Although the Teen Trendsetter mentors assist elementary students with enhancing their reading strategies, the partnership between the high school and elementary school is beneficial to both levels of students in that the program sharpens their reading comprehension and provides a wonderful learning experience in a peer-type setting,” Jackson said. “In addition, the students participate in a community service project which also broadens their perspective of civic responsibility.” Lewis, who has worked as a reading mentor
through her high school leadership class since her freshman year, said she feels like she has made a difference in the lives of children. “I have seen an improvement in their reading. When you first start, they are not really comfortable with you, but once you form the bond they feel more comfortable,” Lewis said. Forming a friendship is vital to success, Lewis said. “A lot of the kids we get are really quiet and don’t talk much and have not figured out their place yet,” Lewis said. “So having them look up to us they open up to us and we can give them advice and help them out of their shells with the one-on-one bond.” It’s vital, Lewis said, that children master reading skills at an early age.
“The younger you start reading the easier it is for you. Not only that, if you get a passion for it when you are young, it is easier when you get to middle and high school,” she said. “When you are in middle and high school, you are required to read more, and if you have a joy for reading it won’t faze you as much.” Lewis said she has been told the students always look forward to the day the high schoolers are scheduled to work at their school. “When they hear the mentors are coming they smile, and if we can’t come, they are disappointed; they enjoy the relationships we have formed,” she said. Lewis said she hopes she has made an impact on the children she has worked with over the past three years.
May 19-25, 2011 | SeminoleChronicle.com
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG-13) Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an actionpacked adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (McShane).
Directed by: Rob Marshall Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Ward, Astrid Berges-Frisbey
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG-13)
Midnight in Paris is a romantic comedy that follows a family travelling to the city for business. The party includes a young engaged couple that has their lives transformed throughout the journey. Directed by: Woody Allen Starring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen
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Specials keep TJ’s customers coming From TJ’S | A7
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something. “If you sell out, it means you’re always keeping it fresh!” he said. From the chowder, an old family recipe, to the staff, composed of only fifteen local college students, to the picture of Shepardson and Strickland’s grandmother from the 1960s that adorns the wall, TJ’s Seafood Shack has a goal to exude a family-friendly atmosphere. “Our motto is great food in a fun environment at affordable prices. I think that’s how we’ve managed to continue growing in this down economy,” said Shepardson. As a self-defined, “very, very old man who is set in his ways,” local professor emeritus Dr. Stephen Messner knows what he likes. “There’s something unusual about this place. The food prep is done with T.L.C. They’re very particular about what they serve. I sneak in at least once a week to get a fish taco before I go to the gym.” With that being said, the fish tacos have helped to make TJ’s Seafood Shack wellknown in Oviedo said Shepardson. However, the proof is in the awards. They placed first in the Taste of Oviedo’s Best Restaurant contest last year and have continued their winning streak this year by swiping the award for
the third time with their buffalo mahi sandwich sliders. The focus at TJ’s is on the food. “Not the silverware,” said Stephen Messner, “That’s plastic.” Without fancy finery, TJ’s Seafood Shack keeps its customers with daily specials. Saturday nights are margarita nights, where the tiki hut located outside of the restaurant is put to
work. “People like the fun,” said Shepardson. Periodically on Saturdays, TJ’s also hosts a family oyster roast. “It’s kind of a Southern tradition,” Shepardson said. “Just take a bunch of oysters, crack ’ e m open, and put ’em on the grill. It’s a laid-back, low-country thing to do.” On Mondays, kids eat free.
“Thursday nights are dollar draft nights,” said server Cassie Chesley, a twenty-two-year-old student at the University of Central Florida. “We’ve just started getting a good beer collection, so TJ’s is growing as a young people’s place as well.” If you want to test TJ’s Seafood Shack’s taste and
ambiance out for yourself, check out their menu at www.tjsseafoodshack.com.
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GRILL MASTER: Tim Shepardson, co-owner of TJ’s, works the grill.
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Dad gets silly with his kids From DADDY TALES | A7 then pointed the boomwhacker at my oldest. The big guy moved in a way I’ve never seen before. I swear he didn’t even touch the ladder to his bunk bed, just jumped straight up and in. Then he saw his little brother and mom laughing. I grinned and touched the boomwhacker lightly to my hand. He rolled his eyes and flopped on his mattress. “Oh man!” “Gotcha,” I said. “You should have seen your face,” his little brother said. “It was like, ‘waa!’ ” He held up his hands and made a terrified expression. “Time for bed,” I said, propelling my youngest into the bottom bunk. “But,” my oldest started. I held up the boomwhacker. “Don’t make me use this.” That brought on another round of uncontrollable laughter. My wife shook her head. “They’re all yours,” she said. “You wound ’em up. You calm ’em down.” “No problem.” I tossed the boomwhacker into its bucket, and we started our bedtime routine. Sure, it might have been a little sillier than usual. The kids had a tough time not laughing during prayer, and they clapped a rhythm during the bedtime song, but in the end, they were in bed and falling asleep. That’s really all I wanted in the first place. And I have to admit that being silly was much more satisfying than screaming.
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May 19 - 25, 2011
Sports YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAMS
KEEPING SCORE OVIEDO
Boys’ volleyball Oviedo (20-8) lost to Bishop Moore Catholic School, 27-25, 23-25, 25-19, 26-28, 15-10, in a first-round play-in game, ending its season.
Girls’ water polo Oviedo beat Kissimmee Osceola, 20-9, Hagerty, 10-4, Winter Springs, 14-6, and Lake Mary, 22-3; lost in the Wildcat Invitational, 16-11; defeated Dr. Phillips, 13-0, and Lyman, 9-4; fell to Lake Nona, 13-5; beat Seminole, 22-2, and then upended Lake Brantley, 10-5, in the district semifinals, Hagerty, 16-11, in the district finals, and Lake Nona, 11-9, in a first-round play-in game; and then lost to Ransom Everglades, 20-5, in the state quarterfinals, ending its season.
Girls’ water polo Hagerty beat Winter Springs, 13-11, and Lake Brantley, 18-9; lost to Oviedo, 10-4; defeated University, 1810, Seminole, 16-5, Osceola, 17-10, Lyman, 11-4, Lake Howell, 12-3, Lake Mary, 2111, Kissimmee Gateway, 9-6, Lake Brantley, 11-2, Cypress Creek, 10-7, West Orange, 84, and Ocoee, 18-10; and then defeated Winter Springs, 15-14, in the district semifinals, and lost to Oviedo, 16-11, in the district finals, ending its season.
Photos courtesy USTA Florida
LEARNING THE GAME: With a grant of $50,000 from the United States Tennis Association and another $50,000 USTA Florida, Seminole County is aiming to find ways to get children into tennis.
A strong service game
THE RIGHT SIZE: A new program will have size-appropriate nets, courts and racquets for children.
Girls’ water polo Winter Springs lost to Hagerty, 13-11, Oviedo, 14-6, and Boone, 10-9; beat Lake Mary, 15-7, Lake Brantley, 12-3, Seminole, 15-7, and Lake Howell, 15-3; fell to Olympia, 15-14; defeated Kissimmee Osceola, 9-2; and lost to Hagerty, 15-14, in the district semifinals, ending its season.
County reaps benefits of tennis programs By Jessica J. Saggio THE CHRONICLE
In tennis, love hurts, but when it comes in the form of a $100,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association, it’s not so bad for Seminole County. In a recent effort to get kids ages 10 and younger interested in tennis, the USTA has
Fast-pitch softball Winter Springs (27-6) shut out Miami G. Holmes Braddock, 8-0, in the Class 6A state semifinals and then lost to Palm Beach Gardens, 6-3, in the championship game.
TRINITY PREP Fast-pitch softball
Trinity Prep (26-6) beat Live Oak Suwannee, 7-2, Palm Coast Matanzas, 8-0, and Lake City Columbia, 9-7; fell to Riverview, 3-1; defeated Palatka, 6-2; lost to Naples Barron Collier, 4-1; and beat Riverview, 7-0 (forfeit), The First Academy, 15-0, and 17-5, Clearwater Calvary Christian, 5-0, The Master’s Academy, 12-1, Lake Howell, 4-2, and Foundation Academy, 7-0; and then defeated The First Academy, 14-0, and Pine Castle Christian, 2-1, to win the Class 2A, District 8 title. The Saints then beat Mount Dora Bible, 8-3, in the regional quarterfinals, Pine Castle Christian, 3-2, in the regional semifinals and Jacksonville Providence, 2-0, in the regional finals. Trinity Prep then crushed the Community School of Naples, 16-0, in the state semifinals and lost to American Heritage School of Boca/Delray, 1-0, in the state championship game.
LAKE HOWELL Baseball
Lake Howell (23-7) this week was scheduled to play Deltona in the regional finals, with the winner earning a trip to the Final Four. — Compiled by Jeff Gardenour
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launched a nationwide campaign to give away $2 million in grants over the next three years to 20 areas across the country, including Seminole County.
The grants will fund a new system of gameplay known as the QuickStart System that makes the game sized accordingly to the child. The new system calls for smaller courts, lower nets, smaller racquets, softer balls and a scoring system that’s easier for children to understand, according to a press release from the USTA’s representative Marc Sausa. “What we find in tennis trends is if you look at the participation numbers, we have very high retention in ages 11 and over and very light numbers in the younger age groups,” said Cindy Harkins, park supervisor at Red Bug Lake Park. “So the philosophy now for having the ageappropriate lower nets and smaller racquets is they’ll be able to learn the game earlier, which I think will affect not just Seminole County, but nationwide, our ■ Please see TENNIS | A11
Tiger says he’s aiming to be at U.S. Open By Doug Ferguson ASSOCIATED PRESS
PONTE VEDRA BEACH — Tiger Woods says he didn’t do any more damage to his left leg at The Players Championship and expects to play the U.S. Open next month. Woods made it only nine holes last week at The Players — his shortest tournament ever — when he withdrew after nine holes because of what he described as a chain reaction of pain from his left knee to left Achilles and tightening in his calf. He shot 42 on the front nine. On his website Monday, Woods said he irritated the knee and Achilles without making them worse. He said doctors have advised rest, cold water therapy and soft tissue treatment, which he said he already had been receiving. “Aggravating my injury is very disappointing,” Woods said. “I’ll do whatever is necessary to play in the U.S. Open, and I’m hopeful I can be there to compete.”
The U.S. Open is June 16-19 at Congressional, a course on which Woods won in 2009 at the AT&T National. He did not say how long it would take to recover. His website said he was doubtful to play at the Memorial Tournament, which begins June 2, while he tries to strengthen his leg. It said playing before the U.S. Open would be a “week-to-week” decision, although Woods has never played the week before the U.S. Open and has never played the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Woods reported a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament and a mild strain of his Achilles from hitting a shot off the pine straw under the Eisenhower Tree on the 17th hole of the Masters in the third round. He played the final round and shot 67. He said he did not practice until Monday of The Players, and did not play any golf until his practice rounds. Woods looked fine the 9-hole practice rounds he played last week, and
Chris O'Meara | Associated Press
TIGER DROP: Tiger Woods, second from left, and his caddie Steve Williams leave the course after nine holes during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, in Ponte Vedra Beach. Woods withdrew after playing nine holes and shooting a 42.
swing coach Sean Foley said he was pleasantly surprised to see Woods look as though he had not lost much from when he had last played in the Masters. Woods said he hurt himself on the opening tee shot
at Sawgrass. “The knee acted up, and then the Achilles followed after that, and then the calf started cramping up,” Woods said after he withdrew. “Everything started getting tight, so it’s just a
whole chain reaction.” If he plays at Congressional, he likely will have played nine holes of competition between the Masters and the U.S. Open. ■ Please see TIGER | A11
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Grants, programs take aim at young players From TENNIS | A10 youth’s interest in tennis.” Acknowledging these trends, the USTA established the program based on European tennis traditions that were created more than 20 years ago, said Andy McFarland, associate executive director of the USTA Florida. He said the QuickStart program will be a paradigm change for youth tennis programs everywhere and will be immediately adapted as a national standard. “We’ve done a pretty not so good job of keeping kids in tennis,” McFarland said. “We’ve either not made it fun or easy. Traditionally, we’ve had a great success in introducing the sport, what we’ve not done a good job of is keeping them in the game. The kids get tired or bored or they’re not successful and they leave.” The national USTA invested $50,000 in Seminole County, an amount that was matched with another $50,000 from USTA Florida for the county’s commitment to the game, McFarland said. Because Seminole County has facilities at Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park and Sylvan Lake Park all with accompanying tennis programs, the USTA chose the county to reap the benefits of its hefty investment, he said. Seminole County was also chosen for it’s involvement in the school system, which is exactly where the program kicked off. Representatives from the USTA and park systems have been visiting area schools and hosting assemblies to get kids interested in the sport. From there, they invite the children out to a small series of festivals hosted at area parks where they can learn to play for free. The festivals also offer opportunities for the children to sign up for lessons, summer programs and camps. The next, and last, festival will be Saturday at Sanlando Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Any child younger than 10 is welcome to attend regardless of their school affiliation. The first festival hosted 153 children at Red Bug Lake Park, and those numbers are expected to grow at the next event, Harkins said. Mary Lane, curriculum specialist for Seminole County Public Schools, said the school system has had a wonderful relationship with the USTA and has had the
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QUITE A RACKET: Seminole County officials hope that new programs geared toward children will help tennis flourish locally.
opportunity to train more than 30 teachers to introduce tennis to their students. She said introducing the children to the sport on a school level and with these modifications could lead them to a lifelong hobby. “The program itself is so unique in that finally we’re not asking kids 8, 9 and 10 years old to play an adult-sized game with adult-sized equipment,” Lane said. “They can be successful now; very few kids before could actually even hit the ball over the net before. Once you’re successful at something you tend to like it and engage it in more often.” Harkins said the three parks involved all have tennis programs for all ages. Included in those programs is a junior development camp, which is a weekly minicamp for $54 for children younger than 10 who are interested in tennis. The park also offers other programs like lessons for $9 apiece, four-week packages for $36 and twice-aweek packages for $72. While emphasizing the importance of an active lifestyle, Harkins said that tennis is more than just a sport for the young and spry. She said it’s a social activity that can follow a child for their entire lives and build character and coordination. “Tennis provides a child a wholistic training. It’s good for the motor skills. It’s good for aerobic activity, eye-hand coordination,” Harkins said. “It’s very good for socialization and as the child learns and becomes better, its the one sport they an go out win or lose they don’t have a coach that says they’re not good enough. They don’t have a rating, they can prove it on the court. Not to mention they have to have the responsibility to call their own lines and it teaches them sportsmanship. “But this isn’t just a sport that you can play at a young age, it’s a sport they can play their entire
Injuries to left leg has status in doubt From TIGER | A10 Minutes before the statement was posted on his website, Woods said on Twitter, “Bummed that my left leg has me on the sidelines, but I want, and expect, to be at the US Open. Will do all I can to get there.” It would not be the first time Woods has played the U.S. Open with so little competition. When he won his last major at the 2008 U.S. Open, he had not played a tournament in two months because of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee immediately after the Masters. Doctors later discovered stress fractures in his left leg. Woods wound up
Chris O'Meara | Associated Press
TIGER HOP: Tiger Woods bends his left knee on the seventh green during the first round of The Players Championship. Woods withdrew from the tournament after playing nine holes.
winning at Torrey Pines in a 19-hole hole playoff.
lives. We have people in their 90s still play tennis.” To learn more about tennis programs in Seminole County, visit www.seminolecountyfl.go v/parksrec or the USTA website at www.USTA.com to find a tennis program near you. Children younger than 10 are invited by the USTA for a free one-year junior membership.
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Think twice before blaming Big Oil With all of the attenReacting to firsttion on “Big Oil” profits, quarter profits from the let’s go beyond Stage major oil companies, One and see how profPresident Barack itable the oil and gas Obama said, “While risindustry is compared ing gas prices mean real with other industries. pain for our families at For example, Exxonthe pump, they also Mobil’s Q1 profit of $10.7 mean bigger profits for billion seems excessive oil companies.” to most people. But this This statement By David Moreland number reflects the size implies that oil compaOVIEDO of the industry and it nies set prices and represents their worldexploit consumers to wide earnings from operations in over fatten their bottom line. Think about it this way: Did companies such as Exxon- 100 countries. What the media doesn’t report is the excessive taxes paid by Mobil become less greedy when the ExxonMobil. According to its website, price of gas fell from nearly $4 per galExxonMobil incurred tax expenses in lon in 2008 to $2 per gallon in 2009? I the U.S. of $3.1 billion, which exceeded think not. their U.S. operating earnings of $2.6 bilSo, what really makes up the cost of lion. gas at the pump? Looking at profit in terms of dollars According to the U.S. Energy Inforis deceptive. A better way to compare mation Administration, the price of a industries is to use profit margin. The gallon of gas consists of the cost of a average profit margin of the Oil and barrel of crude oil (68 percent), followed by refining (13 percent), taxes (12 Natural Gas industry was 5.7 percent for 2010. Compare that with the 21-percent percent), and distribution and marketprofit margin of the beverage and tobacing (7 percent). Put differently, oil comco industry, 19.4 percent for pharmaceupany profits have little impact on gas tical industry and 17.3 percent for the prices. In fact, ExxonMobil earned a computer industry. Even the food indusprofit of 7 cents per gallon in Q1. Comtry had a profit margin of 5.6 percent in pare that with the average gasoline tax 2010. in the U.S. of 48.1 cents per gallon. To get back at the oil companies, the The price of crude oil is determined by buyers and sellers in the global com- president called on Congress to end unwarranted taxpayer subsidies to oil modities market. Crude oil prices have and gas companies that cost the governincreased by 37.3 percent in the past year (March 2010 to March 2011). More- ment $4 billion a year. The interesting fact is that the tax breaks in dispute are over, the declining value of our dollar, not special handouts to the oil industry supply and demand, and political instaalone; the tax breaks apply to all indusbility in the Middle East influence the tries. price of crude oil in the open market. Democrats say that raising taxes by a Unfortunately, crude oil is not alone. few billion won’t hurt the oil companies. If you have looked at the prices at your They’re correct. Raising taxes will local supermarket, you will notice that reduce the earnings for the millions of food prices are on the rise as well. middle class Americans who own “Big Increases in the price of crude oil seem Oil” through public pension funds, modest when compared to the increasmutual funds, IRAs, and other investes in corn (82.7 percent), coffee (81.6 percent), wheat (65.8 percent) and sugar ment vehicles. In fact, only 1.5 percent of oil and gas industry shares are owned (42.7 percent) over the same time periby corporate management. od. Where is the political rhetoric “Big Oil” does not pay taxes; conregarding the “real pain for families at sumers do. the grocery store”?
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Oviedo High wrestling recovering after sanctions Kudos to Bobby Lundquist for acting swiftly. I agree with Mr. Thrift that it is terrible that the whole team will suffer for the improper actions of the adults. My question is..Doesn’t Oviedo high school have open enrollment? Therefore aren’t all students eligible to attend the school other than Hagerty
What a shame but how can the Athletic Director claim ignorance to all that went on? Was that not his job? Yet he still remains as head Football Coach?? Maybe the football program should be checked out as well - perhaps something like 2 years ago when a player from Lakeland (who I believe had been suspended or expelled) was brought in to play for 1 year? Great player but is that what OHS wants to portray? Hoping for rehaul of all Oviedo Sports Programs to get our true OHS students into the programs! OHS STUDENT MOM OVIEDO Lundquist & Allen=Guilty Please someone tell me how the kids knew it was happening yet the Napoleonic complex Lundquist knew nothing? As an alumni of OHS, I feel bad for the community because we have always held it to a higher standard. Changes must happen for things to get better. ANOTHER OHS MOM OVIEDO
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“As summer nears, what will you miss most about going to school?” Asked at Tuskawilla Presbyterian Preschool in Oviedo.
“I’m going to miss my friends — they’re special.”
“I’m going to miss the whole school — I like it here.”
“I’m going to miss the playground and all the big balls.”
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— Malcolm Oviedo
— Brayden Oviedo
“I’m going to miss going to centers and playing with K’Nex (building sets).” — Ayen Winter Springs
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