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The peak of season
Sports Taking control on both sides
Residents’ praise lifts Oviedo’s spirits Survey results show citizens are pleased with community
Oviedo star C.J. Slater says he is preparing to take over his Lions squad on offense and defense.
By Jessica J.Saggio THE CHRONICLE
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will be hosting the city’s first Farmer’s Market. Featuring produce, eggs, baked goods,
Oviedo is “on a roll,” according to Mayor Dominic Persampiere, and the statistics are here to prove it after citizen survey results THEIR WORDS were published last week. According to the results of a citizen survey conducted in a collaborative effort between the city, the National Research Center and the International City Management Association, things have never looked better for residents in Oviedo. Dominic Persampiere, The survey listed Oviedo mayor several categories to be rated by citizens, including overall community quality, transportation, housing, land use and zoning, economic sustainability, public safety, environmental sustainability, parks and recreation, culture, arts and education, health and wellness, and community
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EATING ON THE GO: Jurgen Gilson of Oviedo talks produce with Lisa Neal at the Winter Springs Farmer’s Market.
Farmer’s market freshens up Oviedo By Jessica J. Saggio THE CHRONICLE
Lifestyles Meals, and deals, on food truck wheels A tour of local food trucks gives residents a chance to sample some on-the-go cuisine. ■ SEE A11
FRESHENING THE FLOWERS: Will Gautier sells orchids every Saturday.
Pharmacy outreach aims to help seniors
SCATTERED T-STORMS High: 89° | Low: 74°
Weekend Saturday: Scattered thunderstorms with a highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid 70s. Winds from SSE at 6 mph. Sunday: A few thunderstorms possible. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid 70s. Winds from SE at 7 mph.
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While it’s nice to have the luxury of a supermarket, tossing cans and packaged food into big carts amid coupons and buy-one-getone bargains, there’s something missing. That package may say “Florida grown” or that loaf of bread may seem fresh, but there’s still something missing. A face. A place. A community. The freshgrown, local food only a farmer’s market could pro-
vide. There are more than 6,132 farmers markets across the country, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, and now Oviedo and Winter Springs are no longer the exception. Both cities will now offer a Farmer’s market for residents where they have the option of purchasing locally grown foods, homemade baked goods and a variety of products made right here in our own backyard. Starting July 2, the Oviedo Historical Society
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For years, Samir Brahmbhatt, the pharmacy manager at Health Mart in Oviedo, has dealt with senior citizens. He’s gotten to know their names, medical problems and the hassle they often endure to receive their medication. In an attempt to remedy these pharmaceutical woes, Brahmbhatt is implementing a senior outreach program at the pharmacy, which will provide several services to seniors who are find-
ing themselves in difficult situations. “People don’t like to go in assisted living facilities. They’re trying to stay in their home as long as they can,” Brahmbhatt said. “The problem with doing that is that they don’t have a way of transportation. If the caregiver Laura Newberry | The Chronicle isn’t in town, they have to REACHING OUT: Pharmacist Samir make a lot of efforts to get Brahmbhatt fills a prescription. to the pharmacy.” For the past few years, At no extra charge, the Brahmbhatt and his phar- pharmacy brings the macy technicians have medication to the residelivered medications to dence, assisted living senior citizens who have facility or nursing home. transportation difficul■ Please see OUTREACH | A5 ties.
‘It’s a great time to be an elected official in the city of Oviedo. ‘Value of services,’ we are much above the national and the comparatives.’
Local schools to face rezoning Longwood closing prompts a shakeup By Jessica J.Saggio THE CHRONICLE
The closing of Longwood Elementary has been a disappointing cut to the Seminole County School budget, but now the school board is faced with another challenge concerning where those students will attend school come the fall. The school board voted to suspend operations of Longwood Elementary for a savings of $1 million a year as Seminole County
Schools face a $19 million cut to its budget. Teachers and staff will be transferred to area schools, but students will also face a similar change of scenery. In an effort to rezone the school in the most comfortable way for students and parents, the board approved that a committee of parents be established to set the new boundaries and determine which areas will be redirected to each surrounding school. The committee set the boarders to include student transfers to nearby ■ Please see
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POLICE BLOTTER Momtaz Izzat Alsbaini, 56, of the 300 block of Cello Circle, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 16 and charged with battery. Justin Aaron Barrs, 31, of the 1000 block of Chesterfield Circle, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 18 and charged with violation of probation. Brian Alan Beck, 19, of the 500 block of Walden Court, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with criminal mischief. James Joseph Benner, 47, of the 400 block of David Street, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 19 and charged with battery and possession of drug equipment. Jared Michael Boyle, 20, of the 2600 block of Nak-Nak Way, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 18 and charged with possession of marijuana, drug possession, evidence tampering and possession of drug equipment. Glenn Roger Brazier, 58, of the 2300 block of Brazier Point, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 19 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, use of a firearm and battery. Katie Lynn Brengle, 23, of the 700 block of Timberwilde Avenue, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 17 and charged with driving under the influence. Robert Paul Brothers, 22, of the 1000 block of Ragsdale Road, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 18 and charged with disorderly intoxication. Eddy Raymond Browdy, 53, of the 400 block of Aulin Avenue, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with disorderly intoxication. Taylor Marie Cowart, 22, of the 900 block of Arrington Circle, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 14 and charged with a non-moving traffic violation. Brian John Daigle, 41, of the 600 block of Coral Way, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with burglary, larceny and dealing in stolen property. Jordan Digiallondardo, 18, of the 2200 block of Kildare Drive, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with possession of marijuana. Desmond Elkins, 27, of the 100 block of E. 4th Street, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 16 and charged with violation of probation. Jason Alexander Ellis, 25, of the 700 block of Pickerington Place, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 18 and charged with disorderly intoxication. Mercy Fiallo, 34, of the 1000 block of Means Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with battery. Amber Jean Glantz, 19, of the 100 block of E. Main Street, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 19 and charged with battery. Ryan Glidewell, 23, of the 400 block of Valencia Circle, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 17 and charged with possession of drug equipment and a non-moving traffic violation. Natalee Marie Herb, 24, of the 100 block of Lori Anne Lane, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 20 and charged with violation of probation. Melissa Hunt, 33, of the 100 block of Lombardy Road, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with driving under the influence and violation of probation. Sean Kareem Marquese Mays, 33, of the 900 block of South Central Avenue, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 16 and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment and drug possession. Luis Javier Pagan, 42, of the 1500 block of Bay Club Road, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 14 and charged with battery. Dylan John Pellegrino, 18, of the 3700 block of Valley Oaks Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with robbery with a firearm. Robert Maxwell Reis, 18, of the 800 block of Caneel Bay Terrace, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 14 and charged with battery. Ryan Dale Robbins, 18, of the 1300 block of Twin Rivers Boulevard, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with burglary and resisting an officer. Daniel Craig Sanders, 23, of the 2900 block of Jeanette Cove, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 15 and charged with violation of probation. Robert Troy Strohaker, 35, of the 800 block of Snow Queen Drive, Chuluota, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 18 and charged with conditional release violation. John Gregory Sturno, 51, of the 2400 block of Tommys Turn, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 19 and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon. Joseph Drew Vaughan, 57, of the 1000 block of Antelope Trail, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 19 and charged with battery. Stephen Curtis Wilkinson, 27, of the 200 block of N. Fairfax Avenue, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on June 16 and charged with possession of drug equipment.
1 injured in deputyinvolved shooting KENNETH CITY (AP) — Tampa Bayarea authorities are investigating a deputyinvolved shooting that injured one suspect and a crash that injured a deputy en route to the scene. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says deputies approached the suspect at a Kenneth City convenience store Tuesday morning to make an arrest. A struggle ensued, during which the suspect allegedly tried to
remove one deputy’s gun. Authorities say two deputies fired at the suspect, wounding him. The suspect has been hospitalized and is expected to survive. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office says a deputy driving to the convenience store collided with two other drivers. One driver was treated at the scene, while the deputy and the other driver were hospitalized with nonlife threatening injuries.
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Listen to these audio podcasts of special interest to Seminole County on CMF Public Media at www.cmfmedia.org: — State Rep. Scott Plakon discusses the recent budget cuts, taxes the Seminole Expressway Authority and his proposed amendment to prevent mandates in health care. — State Sen. Thad Altman describes the post-Shuttle era for the space industry, the tussle between the Senate and House leadership in this session and his opposition to some of the governor’s actions. — Is Seminole County a comfortable place for gay residents? Hear one citizen’s story on “Being Gay in Central Florida.” — Women’s Health got a big boost with the passage of legislation this year for gynecological cancer awareness as explained in the commentary by Bonnie Donihi of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida.
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.
Mother’s Hands Teen Mother Support Group, is a free support group for teenage mothers who are pregnant or have children, is held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m.–7:45 p.m. in the conference room of the East Branch Library, 310 Division Street, Oviedo. Contact Tricia Poole at 407-5297142 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 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. 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.
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 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 407-971-8135. Coffee Talk, a group for senior men and women ages 55 and up, has a weekly meeting on Tuesdays at 10. Meetings are held at the Barnie’s Coffee on 1016 Lockwood Blvd. No. 170, Oviedo. Attendance is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 407-977-2484.
Happening this week Saturday, June 25 Kavode Entertainment presents Shut Up & Play 2011, an instrumental festival featuring 15 bands on three stages. The Regi Wooten Band from Nashville will be headlining and simultaneous live art will be performed by several local artists. Other bands featured include Absinthe Jazz Trio, Shak Nasti, Decoy Beat and many more. The event will last from 2 p.m.- 2 a.m. at the 11/12 Lounge in Winter Park. Admission is $12 on the day of and $10 in advance. For more information, visit www. shutupandplayfest.com.
The Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society is hosting its Amateur Radio Field Day 2011 at Central Winds Park from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday. The event is free to all and is part of a nationwide emergency exercise. Community leaders and various scout troops will be visiting. For more information, please contact Norm Lauterette at email@example.com.
Monday, June 27 The Seminole County Public Library presents Bottle Cap Art: Creative Design Fun for T’weens and Teens. The program will teach participants how to design picture frames, magnets and jewelry using bottle caps and lids. The class will start at 2 p.m. and will be held in the West Branch Library in Longwood. The free program is for teens and t’weens ages 1117. For more information, call 407665-1670.
Wednesday, June 29 The Seminole County Public Library presents Travel Photography: 10 Things You Need to Know About Your Digital Camera. Rich Franco, travel photographer, will show you how to take control of your camera. This program is free for teens and adults and will be held at the Central Branch Library in Casselberry. For more information, call 407665-1500.
Upcoming Events Saturday, July 2 The Oviedo Farmers Market, which will be held at the Lawton House, starts today. The market opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. and will be held on the first Saturday of each month. If you are interested in participating, or if you want more information, contact Lars White at 407-971-5612.
City ranks high in quality of life From SURVEY | A1 inclusiveness. Of these categories, Oviedo citizens ranked their city high in nearly every area. NCR received 392 completed surveys from residents representing 33 percent of the community. According to city officials in a release, the response rates on these kinds of surveys are usually between 25 percent and 40 percent, and in this case the margin of error was 5 percent, enough to make it an accurate representation. Households were selected at random by a computerized system to participate in the survey. Oviedo scored well in a lot of areas but saw exceptional results in certain categories, Persampiere said. The report showed that residents rated the city’s public safety in the 90th percentile, including statistics that showed that 90 percent of residents ranked the police services as “excellent or good,” and 97 percent of residents ranked the fire services as “excellent or good.” These results show that Oviedo is “much above” other cities of the same size also participating in the nationwide survey. Additionally, 92 percent of residents ranked the quality of life in Oviedo as “excellent or good,” alongside 95 percent of participants who said they would recommend the city as a place to live. Eighty-seven percent said the city was cleanly, and 91 percent were happy with recycling programs in the past year. Parks, recreation and
facilities were all in the 80 percent range as well. “This is all about the employees, and they’ve done a great job,” Persampiere said. “We’re very pleased the results are as good as they are, and it’s an incredible reflection on the job our staff has been doing, and on the work our council has been doing.” Persampiere also noted that he was pleased with the “public trust” portion of the survey. According to the results, 66 percent of residents were pleased with how their tax money is being spent, 65 percent are happy about the direction the city is going, 61 percent are satisfied with the job of city government officials and 89 percent were happy with the overall image of the city. Persampiere said these figures are indications that decisions made at a city level are up to par with resident expectations. In a national comparison, Oviedo ranked “much above” other cities in all the aforementioned categories. “If you look at the public trust portion, we are off the charts this year, which tells me we’re on the right track,” he said. “When folks have faith in their government and elected officials, things tend to run much smoother and you get a lot more done. I was very impressed with the response we had gotten in that department.” However, there were some areas where the city didn’t fare as well. Residents were not pleased with shopping opportunities, 23 percent indicated that the city ranked “poor” in the category.
Oviedo also ranked high in the “public trust”categories.
Employment was also an issue, as 37 percent ranked the city as “poor” in regards to employment opportunities. Bus travel was also a concern, with 26 percent ranking it “poor.” However, Persampiere said the economy has had an effect on some of those areas. Alongside the good news the survey bore, the city was also named for a third year in a row one of the top 100 cities to live by RelocateAmerica, and is in the final running to be in the top 10. RelocateAmerica offers relocating consumers a directory of more than 6,000 community profiles
to research and review useful information about the local housing market, the culture of each community, activities and local businesses. Between the survey and the news concerning RelocateAmerica, all Persampiere had to say was, “Talk about being on a roll.” “It’s a great time to be an elected official in the city of Oviedo,” he said. “ ‘Value of services,’ we are much above the national and the comparatives. The ‘overall direction we’re taking,’ ‘Much above. Much above.’ Overall image, ‘Much above. Much above.’ It’s just unreal when you’re looking at this.”
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Oviedo Premier Dental hosts grand opening By Laura Newberry THE CHRONICLE
The motto at the new Oviedo Premier Dental is “Creating Smiles for Your Future,” which represents more than a business slogan; it’s a hope for expanded clientele and a new take on dentistry. The owner and doctor of dentistry at Oviedo Premier, Dr. George Yarko, has been building a client base in the East Orlando and Oviedo area since 1986. “I was pretty much the first dentist that moved out this far east, down by UCF in East Orange County,” Yarko said. “I pulled from all of Oviedo, Geneva, Winter Springs and Titusville.” According to Yarko, the patients he and his associate, Michael Simpson, accumulated over the years were too abundant for his two former practices, Lockwood Dental and East Orlando Dental. “We wanted to increase the newest technologies and patient conveniences in the new office,” Yarko said. “We wanted to be a premier dental facility, everybody’s dental office. Our other offices were just too small for that.” Oviedo Premier Dental had a soft opening in October for their new office on Mitchell Hammock Road, and has seen many of the former practice’s past customers. However, according to
Yarko, they are looking to attract fresh clientele to the new location. Yarko said the new eight-room facility is complete with the latest dentistry technology, including a computer that manufactures crowns the same day they’re needed. The office will continue to provide services that the former practices accommodated, such as Invisalign, cosmetic fillings and veneers. “He’s able to do implants and time-intensive procedures that most dentists aren’t able to do,” said Rick Rampi, the marketing coordinator for Oviedo Premier. “Instead of going out and referring them to another dentist, they can do everything here. It’s a one-stop shop.” Yarko aspires to eventually provide further facial cosmetic services in his office, such as Botox and Juvederm injections. Both are skin fillers that reduce facial wrinkles. “Dentists are starting to do this now for patients. I haven’t taken the courses yet, but that’s a future hope,” Yarko said. In addition to his dental experience within the East Orlando community, Yarko has worked as a volunteer dentist for the University of Central Florida sports teams since 1987. Yarko provided various services for both coaches and players for sports ranging from
Award given to Oviedo student By Marisa Ramiccio THE CHRONICLE
Sasha Rahaman, of Oviedo, was recently awarded the Academic Performance Award by the faculty and staff of Johnson and Wales University’s Miami Campus. One graduating student per college is given the award based on academic average and recommendation by the faculty. Rahaman was one of
three students to receive this award. Rahaman received her bachelor’s degree in Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management, with a concentration in Sales, Meeting and Event Management. While in college, she was a member of Eta Sigma Delta and was a Student Success tutor. She was also involved in the International Community and the Series for Hospitality Excellence.
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what the building looks like at the event, and our logo. A lot of people drive past it and don’t know it’s a dentist office,” Rampi said. The first 25 people to attend the event will receive a free spin brush, Rampi said, and every guest will receive coupons for exams and Invisalign treatment. Oviedo Premier partnered with five different restaurants for the event: Yogurtopia, Woody’s Bar-BQ , Marco’s Pizza, Tijuana Flats and Bernie’s Gourmet Hamburgers, all of which are providing free food for attendees. Free beer and wine will be provided by Tim’s Wine Market. “We’re going to have a Courtesy Oviedo Premier Dental contemporary artist there as well, Paul Vincenti,” Rampi OPEN WIDE: Oviedo Premier Dental, which had a soft opening in October 2010, will have a grand opening on June 30. said. “There will be half-awomen’s cross country to office,” Yarko said. “Players relationship with past clien- dozen of his pieces there, so soccer. who go off to the NFL still tele, as well as reach out to people in the Oviedo area He also made custom come and get their dentistry new patients, by hosting a can come and check out mouthguards that make it done by me.” grand-opening event for some artwork.” The event will be open easier for the UCF football Such players include their new office. players who are interviewed Daunte Culpepper, former The event will take place to the public. “We want to get the word often by media to speak. quarterback of the at Oviedo Premier Dental “It’s helped my practice Minnesota Vikings, and on June 30 from 5:30 p.m. to out. The practice is topnotch,” Rampi said. “When because I’ve gotten quite a Asante Samuel, cornerback 7:30 p.m. few of the students and ath- for the Philadelphia Eagles. “It’s kind of difficult to you become a patient here, letes who have stayed with Yarko and Simpson are see the building from the it’s like you’re becoming a my practice, even at the new hoping to rekindle their road, so we’re trying to push part of a family.”
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Local girl rallies support in D.C. for diabetes By Marisa Ramiccio THE CHRONICLE
Sarah Davis, of Winter Springs, represented Florida in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation’s 2011 Children’s Congress, held in Washington, DC. The congress took place June 20-22 as members of the Children’s Congress served as a reminder to Congress that better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes are still needed. The 16-year-old was chosen from a pool of 1,200 nationwide applicants, alongside 150 other delegates ages 4-17. Davis was diagnosed with diabetes when she was nine years old. “I seem like a normal
teenage girl,” Davis said. “But in my pocket, you will find an insulin pump that gives me insulin 24/7 to keep me alive. In my purse, you will find glucose tabs, juice boxes and a blood glucose meter to tell me what my blood-sugar level is.” The congress, which has been held every other summer since 1999, was led by JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore. Moore, who has had type 1 diabetes for close to 40 years, was one of many who testified about the need for continued funding for diabetes research during a Senate hearing. “All of the children and their families can confirm with me that type 1 diabetes
tests our will and determination to live a normal life,” Moore said. “With JDRF’s Children’s Congress, we are able to put faces to a disease that places an enormous toll on our nation. It is also a reminder for Congress that their partnership in the fight to find better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes is essential and has helped to drive research progress to date.” According to JDRF, about 80 people a day are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. That equals 15,000 children and 15,000 adults per year. For more information on the Children’s Congress, visit www.cc.jdrf.org. For more information on type 1 diabetes, visit www. jdrf.org.
Seminole State pins new nursing grads By Marisa Ramiccio THE CHRONICLE
The Seminole State College of Florida held its 31st Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony on June 20. More than 100 registered nursing students graduated, and 80 more are expected to walk on Aug. 3. The ceremony was held in Seminole State’s Health Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus. The President and CEO of Orlando Health, Sherrie Sitarik, was the speaker at the ceremony. Her daughter, Stacey, 23, was among the graduates. “My mom had mentioned Seminole State to me, so I looked at it and was really impressed,” Stacey Sitarik said. The Oviedo resident said that she knew she wanted to become a nurse since she was a kid. She currently works in the trauma center of the Arnold Palmer
Hospital ER. In the future, she hopes to become a pediatric intensive care unit nurse. Graduating with Stacey Sitarik was Jennifer Allen, 29, of Orlando. Allen was pregnant throughout the spring term and gave birth to her baby only two hours after her final exam. Appropriately, she wants to become a nurse-midwife. Mom Jessica Reichert, 34, of Lake Mary, gave up her dream of becoming a nurse for another profession. “After my children were born, I realized I wasn’t happy doing what I was doing,” she said. “I love helping people, and nursing was a natural fit.” Reichert’s inspiration to become a nurse was her parents; her dad is a physician and her mom is a nurse. In August, she will start working in the labor and delivery department of Florida Hospital South.
Photo courtesy Loraine O’Connell
NEW NURSES: From left: Jennifer Allen, Jessica Reichert, Mellernese Harrison, Stacey Sitarik, Michael Barranco.
Nursing is also a family affair for graduate Mellernese Harrison of St. Cloud. Her mom, an aunt and a cousin are all nurses. While raising her children and navigating her way through an emotionally tough time in her life, the thirty-four-year-old decided to move
from her job as a police and corrections officer and on to her childhood dream of nursing. Michael Barranco, 34, of Winter Springs, also had a career in public service. He is a former Marine and Homeland Security special agent.
“To me, it falls right in line,” Barranco said. “I’ve always been attracted to public service; in law enforcement and public service, you take care of people who can’t help themselves. Nursing is just another qualification within that public service realm.”
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Committee establishes new school boundaries From REZONING | A1 Woodlands Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Winter Springs Elementary and Layer Elementary. The committee established three zoning proposals to present to the board. In last week’s meeting, the board approved option 2 (pictured at right) as a recommendation and will establish final action July 12. “There’s so many different combinations, and there were 64 different plans we had, so it was quite a job to find one that really made sense,” said Deputy Superintendent George Kosmac, who worked directly with the committee. “There were three good plans they recommended to the school board. Dr. Vogel took public comments into the situation, and recommended one of them, which was Option 2. There is an advertising period of 28 days and the the item will be voted upon at the public meeting in July.”
Kosmac said the committee worked with a computer program that allowed the group to put together the school zones much like a complicated puzzle. The committee, composed of two representatives from each school, including Longwood Elementary, teamed up to compare the geography of the school zones to make the changes as seamless as possible. Superintendent Bill Vogel said the committee took several factors into consideration when rezoning the school districts, including free and reduced lunch students, capacity and student movement. “The plan is that the students are redistributed, and no school is over capacity and it also minimizes the movement of schools,” Vogel said. “The only school that had to move students was Winter Springs, who had to move 71 students to Layer.” Existing students at Winter Springs Elementary who are rezoned to a new school district will have some options, though. Fifth-graders will be grand-
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SCHOOL ZONES: Winter Springs, Highlands, Woodlands and Layer elementary schools will all receive new students in the fall.
fathered in, and their siblings will be allowed to stay for another year. Of the four existing schools that will receive students, Winter Springs will welcome 190 students from
Longwood Elementary, while Highlands will get 110, Woodlands will get 82 and Layer will get 71 new students. “The population of all the schools were low,”
Vogel said. “We had $9.8 million in improvements scheduled for Longwood, and the other schools are newer. The board approved my recommendation to suspend opera-
tions for the 2011-12 school year. I think they [the committee] certainly would have rather had Longwood remain open, but I think they were, overall, pleased with the process.”
Program delivers for free From OUTREACH | A1 The only requirement is that the senior makes it known that they need help. “We are doing this for our small base of customers, so we are trying to take it to the next level by going out into the community and letting people know they can take advantage of the program,” Brahmbhatt said. Brahmbhatt said the program helps cut down on the cost on medication by eliminating transportation expenses. For instance, a senior who needs medication the day of their hospital or doctor’s visit may already be tied into a contract with a mail-order pharmacy. They can call in for the medication, and it will be sent to them the day of, but such hasty deliveries dip deeply into the wallets of seniors. “At the end of the day they’re charging a transportation charge, which is sometimes more than the prescription charge,” Brahmbhatt said. Brahmbhatt said that at Health Mart, the seniors aren’t paying a transportation fee, and the delivery turnaround is quicker due to the pharmacy being located only a few miles from the local assisted living facilities. However, seniors in nursing homes or assisted living facilities often get locked into contracts with mail-order pharmacies, as the facility may have a preferred company that they work with. Brahmbhatt also said the administration at these facilities sometimes neglect to inform the residents of other existing pharmaceutical services, such as
those provided by Health Mart. “It’s a big misconception that they cannot choose the pharmacy that they want,” Brahmbhatt said in reference to seniors at assisted living facilities. “It’s unfortunate, because the law says that the assisted living facilities need to provide them with alternatives, too, but the patients aren’t informed.” Anna Stenson, a senior who lives at Lutheran Haven in Oviedo, found herself unsure of how she would receive her medication when she first moved into the retirement home. Her facility let her know that Health Mart was a local pharmacy that would be willing to help. “It was a traumatic point in my life where I had to give up all my independence to rely on someone else all the time for something,” Stenson said. “But I can’t complain, I’ve been well-treated.” According to Stenson, who orders eight different medications from Health Mart, the pharmacy delivers directly to her room. “He’s trying to line up my medication so I can get everything I need for the month all at one time,” Stenson said in reference to Brahmbhatt. “I appreciate that, so I don’t have to keep ordering and having them run over here. It’s a great thing.” Stenson said a pharmacy technician, or occasionally Brahmbhatt himself, will bring the medication to her. “They have a nice delivery girl that delivers to me. She’s so kind and so helpful,” Stenson said. “She explains to me things I don’t understand, like medicines I’m taking and what they do.”
The “nice delivery girl” is better known as Marissa McInnis, a pharmacy technician who has been with Health Mart for a little over a year. “There are so many seniors out there that don’t know much about their medications,” McInnis said. “Most people can come into a pharmacy and ask questions, and these seniors don’t have that option. Patient contact is really important.” Another issue presented to seniors in assisted living facilities is pharmaceutical packaging. Most facilities require that medication be packaged and given a name label before it can be distributed to the residents. Health Mart includes this service in this senior outreach program, even if the medication isn’t coming from the pharmacy itself. “Sometimes a patient will be using us until last month, but then their insurance is making them use a mail-order pharmacy, which doesn’t provide the correct packaging,” Brahmbhatt said. “They don’t have a choice, but we don’t want to leave them alone. In that situation we package their medication for them and deliver it, but we do have to charge them nominally.” Brahmbhatt said that Health Mart Oviedo will also be providing a lowcost $4 prescription program for seniors, in competition with prescriptions offered in the same price range by Wal-Mart. “What we’re doing is matching the Wal-Mart plan for the customers so they don’t feel like we’re taking advantage of them with higher prices,” Brahmbhatt said. Health Mart will also be
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HEALTH S-MART: Pharmacists Samir Brahmbhatt and Marianne Housiau work on filling prescriptions for customers at Health Mart, which helps out older patients with a prescription delivery service.
extending the $4 blanketfee to several of their overthe-counter medications. According to Brahmbhatt, another service that sets the Oviedo Health Mart apart from Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other pharmaceutical chains is something called prescription compounding. “Sometimes tablets won’t work for a patient, so we can make medications in a different form so the medication is taken
better,” Brahmbhatt said. In this situation, Brahmbhatt and his technicians make the compounded prescription inshop because they aren’t commercially available. “We are the only pharmacy in the area that does that,” Brahmbhatt said. “Big pharmacies do it when they’re forced to, but when we make it, it still comes out cheaper than the commercial product.” Brahmbhatt said the
program’s main goal is to make life easier for senior citizens, even if it takes more effort on the pharmacy’s part. “Nobody’s looking out for these people’s interests. You’ll see lobbyists of every single kind, but none to help out the seniors,” Brahmbhatt said. “They use us as a pharmacy all their life. This is how we are giving back to them — not charging them nickel and dime for everything we do.”
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Market offers fresh food, goods close to home From MARKET | A1 honey, plants and a variety of other locally-made products, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday and will continue on the first Saturday of every month. The Farmer’s Market will take place on the grounds of the Lawton House on West Broadway near downtown. “This is a project that will be for the community, involving the community,” said Nita Rawlson, chair of the event committee for the Oviedo Historical Society. “We’ve tried to set this up as much as we could with local vendors, and by that I mean folks from Geneva, Chuluota, Oviedo and a couple from Winter Springs. This is so our local people would have a market where they wouldn’t have to travel as far as they go to Farmer’s Markets in Lake Mary, Winter Park and Maitland. And so far, the response has just been tremendous.” The event was the brainchild of Lars White,
Quick read OVIEDO FARMERS MARKET When:Beginning Saturday July 2 First Saturday of each month 9 am to 2 pm Where:The grounds of the Lawton house on West Broadway. What: Locally grown produce, baked goods,honey,jams and other foods. WINTER SPRINGS FARMER’S MARKET When:Every Saturday 9 am to 2 pm Where: Parking lot of the Winter Springs Town Center What:Locally grown produce, baked goods,plants,honey,jams and crafts. Oviedo fire chief and president of the Oviedo Historical Society, who said it was due time the city had a market of their own. With the Lawton House being open every Saturday to the public anyway, he said the venue was the perfect place. Vendors will be charged a $15 fee and electricity will be
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KEEPIN’ IT FRESH: Lisa Neal (left) a produce vendor talks to Richard Auger and Michelle Komonarek at the Farmer’s Market in Winter Springs.
available for an additional $5. “We were looking for a creative way to establish a little bit of a revenue source to the society and
to offer something a little different to the community,” he said. “We know how successful Winter Park, Sanford and Lake Mary have been in doing this,
and we’re pretty sure we can do the same thing. We just want to be careful and offer a traditional market and not turn it into a craft show or a garage sale. It needs to be meaningful, and these things can sustain themselves if they embrace the traditional style.” White and Rawlson said vendors are restricted to locally grown products only. Crafters and other artists and vendors will not be part of this event. “This is an event that will keep a very hometown, small-town feeling to Oviedo, even though the population has increased so much,” said Rawlson. Likewise, right next door in Winter Springs another Farmer’s Market will be bustling with activity, but here you may find a more established place of local business. The Winter Springs Farmer’s market has been around since 2006, said Angie Federici, coordinator. Starting as a small gathering in the parking lot of the Tuskawilla Square, the Farmer’s Market has since moved to the Winter Springs Town Center where it is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Occurring on a weekly basis, versus a monthly basis like Oviedo’s event, the market offers locally grown produce, honey, plants, baked goods and crafters. Federici said she allows most vendors as long as they don’t turn the event into a business expo. “This is important because you’re supporting the local vendors. You’re promoting health and wellness and it’s here just to have a great community place, for community people to meet and network,” said Federici. The cost for vendors at the Winter Springs Farmer’s Market is $15 for the space and extra if you need to rent a canopy. “I did this because I love Farmer’s Markets. I love fresh produce. I love building local businesses,” said Federici, explaining her passion for the big undertaking she considers a side job. “I love people who have a talent who don’t really have a place to display their talent.” Still, Allison Sieger,
owner of Ready, Set, Grow and a newcomer to the Winter Springs Farmer’s Market, says she hopes more people will start attending. She said she has done well in the two weeks she has participated, but hopes to see an increase of foot traffic. “I really like the area. Winter Springs and Oviedo are really nice towns,” said Sieger, who commutes from East Orlando. “I think we need a little better advertising, but for the most part I think it works. I just think it would be really good if we could get a little more traffic in.” Now that both communities will now offer Farmer’s Markets of their own, residents are buzzing with enthusiasm. “I think it will be a great addition because we don’t have anything like this in Oviedo,” said Cindy Barson, a resident. “We’re in a nice up-and-coming, little boomer town, but if people want healthy lifestyles, this will give them an opportunity to shop for fruits and vegetables and see each other, as it’s sort of a social event. Everyone I’ve talked to about it are all so excited.” Barson said she will definitely be attending the opening event in Oviedo on July 2, but will also be accompanying her husband, Michael Barson, owner of Hot Diggity Dad. Michael Barson said he will be there and ready to sell hot dogs and sausages to all the hungry guests the event is expected to attract. He agreed that the event is creating quite the buzz. “We’ve lived in Oviedo 14 years, and I’m tired of having to drive to Winter Park to go to a Farmer’s Market,” he said. “I think it will be great for everyone to come, stay local and get home-grown things.” For more information on the event, you can visit the Winter Spring’s Farmers Market website at www.winterspringsfarmersmarket.com. For more information and updates on the launch of the Oviedo Farmer’s Market, you can view more information on the Oviedo Historical Society’s Facebook page.
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KAYAKING: Sarah and Gene Harden make their way down the Little Econ River.
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A WRINKLE IN TIME: Will Umphreys, from Ballentine Electric, makes repairs on one of the clock towers at the Winter Springs Town Center.
RUN, SANDY, RUN: Sandy Bedont takes her daily run up Lockwood Blvd.
HIT THAT BALL: Anne Raby takes a shot during a tennis clinic in Oviedo.
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KEEPING SCORE OVIEDO
Swimming Austin Mittan and Shannon Bellamy were named Oviedo High’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, for the 2010-11 school year.
Sports Stepping up
Oviedo’s two-way threat thriving with chance to step up into leadership role
In top team tournaments, the Majors Cardinals and Minor Twins won titles, and the Major Thunder captured a softball championship. The Oviedo Major Cardinals beat Northwest, 16-1, while the Oviedo Minor Twins edged Maitland, 10-8, in baseball finales. In softball, the Major Thunder upended the Major Bandits for the championship. Also, the Rookie Yankees and Machine-Pitch Yankees were crowned champions. The District 23 All-Stars managers’meeting will be held at 7 p.m., today, in Lake Mary. Oviedo’s 9- and 10year-olds, 10-11, and 11-12 teams will participate in the All-Star tournaments from June 27 to June 30 in Apopka.
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It sort of goes without saying, but every year in every sport at any given high school, athletes graduate. More importantly, though, key players graduate and leave holes to be filled, both in terms of on-field performance and leadership. The Oviedo High School Lions are no stranger to this situation. Before the 2010 season, the Lions had to deal with the formidable task of replacing star quarterback Blake Bortles. This season, the replacements may be most important on the other side of the ball, with defensive standouts such as John Boston, Tyler Chaudoin and Justin Jones having graduated. And even with All-County linebacker Tyler Foto, standing 6foot, 210 pounds, widely regarded as having the most star power on Oviedo’s roster heading into the fall, there are plenty of players ready to step-up as the summer progresses and fall nears. One of those is dual-threat C.J. Slater. Slater, listed at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, excelled last season at defensive end and linebacker, recording 9.5 sacks, according to Scout.com. This season, Slater is expected to help anchor the Lions’ linebacker corps alongside Foto, and the rising senior also hopes to get some more looks as a running back for Oviedo, something he has been pursuing since his sophomore year. “I’m just working more on being explosive so I can play more on the offensive side of the ball this year for my team and help them win,” Slater said. “I’m trying to move up on the depth charts (at running back) so I can be able to start both ways.” Slater, who was named to the All Seminole Athletic Conference team as a junior, said the biggest improvement he made between his sophomore and junior years was focusing more on his coaches’ teaching, listening more. That, he says, led to him being a more complete player last season. Now, though, Slater is looking to take his athleticism to another level. “The biggest improvement I need is I feel like I need to be bigger, faster and stronger, and also I need to get smarter within the game,” he said. In addition to the improvements he hopes to achieve through his workouts, Slater says he recognizes the need for leadership on a defensive unit that lost some of its leaders to graduation. “I feel like it’s finally my team now. I talked to John (Boston) about it also; he told me he knows I’ve got to step up,” Slater said. “He gave me advice on how to lead the team; you’ve got to lead by example on and off the field. We have some big shoes to fill.” Despite facing down a task that can at times seem daunting, Slater is confident and optimistic about the Lions’ prospects entering the 2011 season. “We’ve got a lot of young talent on defense,” Slater said. “I feel like we’ll be able to do well this
Honored for their outstanding efforts this past season were Hagerty High’s Jeff Driskel, Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year, selected to and played in the Under Armor High School AllAmerican Game, named Gatorade Florida High School Player of the Year, FACA Class 5A, District 9 Player of the Year, FACA District 9 First Team Quarterback, and First Team All-Seminole Athletic Conference Quarterback for the second consecutive year. Also honored were: Chris Garland, FACA District 9 First Team Offensive Line, and First Team All-Seminole Athletic Conference Offensive Line; Andreus Dubose, First Team All-Seminole Athletic Conference Defensive Back; and Victor Gaytan, selected to and played in the Central Florida All-Star Game.
Youth football The Hagerty Youth Football Camp will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on July 27 to July 30. Open to players of all skill levels, the camp is designed to help players prepare for the upcoming 2011 season by developing football-related speed and conditioning. The camp is open to youths from age 7 to eighth grade. Cost is $60 per person. All campers must wear shorts and T-shirt and bring football cleats and non-cleated athletic shoes to camp.
Cross country Conditioning for the 2011 season began last week. Runners are asked to meet in the Winter Springs High driver’s educational parking lot at 7 a.m. weekdays.
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Boys’ track and field
BOTH WAYS: Oviedo’s C.J. Slater looks to make his mark on both sides of ball this season.
Trinity Prep won the Class 1A state title.
LAKE HOWELL At the recent End-of-theYear Athletic Awards event, Shane Farrow (lacrosse) was presented the Scholar-Athlete award, the girls’cross country team was given the Highest Team GPA award, Lauren Adkins (volleyball) won the Outstanding Individual Performance award, and the Class 6A regional runner-up varsity baseball team was presented the Outstanding Team Performance award. — Compiled by Jeff Gardenour
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After UCF, Rasinski a champ with UWF By Erika Esola THE CHRONICLE
Jordan Rasinski just wanted to play baseball. So when he received the news from UCF baseball head coach Terry Rooney that he was going to be cut from the Knights baseball team during the 2010 season, he was devastated. Rasinski, who attended UCF with four of his other Winter Springs High School teammates out of high school, was cut from the team along with three other Winter Springs players. “We were all hoping
that we would have a great year and get plenty of playing time,” Rasinski said. “But we had the new head coach in Terry Rooney, and he wasn’t really for us. That’s what it all came down to: we weren’t his guys.” This wasn’t the first time Rasinski had faced adversity. At Winter Springs, where he was a standout pitcher for four years along with the Bears’ quintet of UCF-bound studs, he had to sit out his entire senior season because of Tommy John surgery. “Sitting out for Jordan
was tough for him just because he couldn’t compete with the other guys; I don’t know if I’ll ever have a pitching staff like that again,” said Jeff Perez, the Winter Springs head coach. It was hard for Rasinski, who was the Bears’ MVP as a freshman and threw over 92 mph at the time, to sit out from baseball an entire year. “My junior year was awesome because that’s when we really competed and my senior year I had to get the surgery,” Rasinski said. “Winter ■ Please see RASINSKI | A9
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WINNING: Jordan Rasinski, after transferring from UCF, won the Division II World Series at West Florida in his first season with the Argonauts.
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WSHS grad now a champion From RASINSKI | A8 Springs was great. We had five guys that went to UCF, but unfortunately we split up.” After being released by UCF, Rasinski then had a choice — give up baseball and finish up college like a regular student or transfer to play baseball somewhere else. He loved baseball too much to stop playing, so he decided to transfer. If Rasinski would have transferred to another college within Division I, he would have had to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. “I was allowed to transfer anywhere except within Conference USA (UCF’s conference),” Rasinski said. Sitting out of baseball another year wasn’t an option for Rasinski, so he decided to follow former Winter Springs teammate Jason Postill’s footsteps to play Division II baseball at University of West
Florida in Pensacola “The main reason I came up here were because my friends were up here,” Rasinski said. “I didn’t hang out with everyone at UCF. I wasn’t friends with everyone. When I got up here, we all hung out, and it got us closer as a team.” The decision paid off — the Argonauts of UWF recently were crowned the national champions of NCAA Division II baseball. “It feels great,” Rasinski said. “Coming from a D-1 school down to a D-2 school, it feels awesome to win a world series right off the bat with this team.” Rasinski is now focusing his summer before his senior season on throwing more strikes and working his way into the Argos starting rotation. “That’s what I’ve wanted to do ever since high school,” Rasinski said. “I want to be a starter again and get back to where I was in high school.”
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THROWING HEAT: Rasinski is a fixture in the UWF pitching rotation and hopes to work his way into the regular starting rotation next year.
Slater excited to fill Lions’ leader role BREAKING THROUGH: Oviedo’s two-way standout C.J. Slater is looking to replace John Boston, another two-way standout, as the Lions’team leader. Ed Ruping | The Chronicle
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From OVIEDO | A8 year; we’ll be even better than last year. “We feel like how we left the playoffs the last two years, this is our year to finally make the state championship game.” Thanks to his performance last year, Slater has some interest from colleges, providing more motivation heading into his senior season. Slater says he has been in contact with South Florida, Miami, Northwestern and Elon, among other schools.
He says among other things, he knows he must improve in the classroom to separate himself among the many recruiting prospects. Slater also says he recognized the importance of his senior year to his aspirations at the collegiate level. “It gets exciting. I’m just trying to do my best so bigger and bigger schools will notice my name,” Slater said. “I haven’t been able to go to a lot of camps and all, like others have been doing. So I’m waiting for the season to start to really
prove myself and show other schools what they’ve been missing.” Both Oviedo and Slater are looking to take that next step this coming season. The Lions are looking to make a deeper run in the playoffs, and Slater is looking to lead his team and separate himself from the pack. Both are going to do so with a day-by-day philosophy encouraged by the Oviedo coaching staff. “We also want to win every day,” he said. “Like, win today, then win tomorrow.”
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Oviedo continues quest for title at Cooperstown By Erika Esola THE CHRONICLE
After pacing through the field of 84 teams last weekend in group play, the Oviedo Outlaws will learn their elimination round fate June 22 in the 10-andunder Cooperstown National Championship. The championship is scheduled for Thursday night at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Outlaws have started off with an impressive 4-1 record and at press time were ranked No. 20. “For the boys to be a top-20 team out of this field, it’s so great,” said
Outlaws manager Alex Grabsky. “They are playing awesome, and hopefully they will continue to play great into the elimination round.” The Outlaws are not only racking up impressive team results on the diamond, but also racking up impressive individual statistics as well. Pitcher and first baseman Riley Greene knocked two outside-the-park homeruns at Cooperstown Dreams Field, which boasts a 200-foot fence. Greene, along with pitchers Jackson Grabsky, Angelo Garcia, Tyler Gregory, Luke Babineau, Jimmy chapman and Tyler
Jones have also thrown phenomenally off the mound, averaging a mere 3.2 runs per game at press time. The Outlaws also boast speed around the bases. In the Around the Horn relay competition (a relay race involving players racing around the bases), Oviedo came in second place among all 84 teams clocking in at a blazing 25.84 seconds (the third place team clocked in 4 seconds slower). “For them to come in second out of 84 teams, that’s amazing,” Grabsky said. “They’re so impressive.” As the Outlaws wrap up
group play, they will enter elimination play before the championship is played Thursday at 9:15 p.m.
Fans are able to tune in to the Outlaws’elimination round games and results, as well as the championship game, at: www.cooperstowndreamspark.com
Top 20 rankings
Alex Grabsky - Manager Freddy Engel - Coach Robby Post - Coach
1. 6-4-3 DP Cougars (Ga.) 2. Florida Pokers (Fla.) 3. Santa Ynez Titans (Calif.) 4. Spring Branch Mustangs (Texas) 5. Union County Vipers (N.C.) 6. Oregon Park Sharks (Ga.) 7. SIII Hustlers (Texas) 8. CBC Riverhawks (Fla.) 9. East Cobb Longhorns (Ga.) 10. Kings Baseball (Texas) 11. San Diego Stars North (Calif.) 12. Pembroke Pines Optimist Bengals (Fla.) 13. Laguna Bandits (Calif.) 14. Arizona Blaze (Ariz.) 15. Tidewater Drillers Blue (Va.) 16. Beaver Valley Red (Penn.) 17. Delaware Rockets (De.) 18. Virginia Bulldogs (Va.) 19. SGV Cobras (Calif.) 20. Central Florida Outlaws (Fla.)
Jackson Grabsky - P, 2B Jordan Engel - 2B Robby Post - C Jonathan Lawrence - SS, C Angelo Garcia - 3B, P Tyler Gregory - P, C Luke Babineau - P, 1B Colin Pontell - CF, SS Jimmy Chapman - P, 3B Riley Greene - P, 1B Tyler Jones - P, 1B
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BRINGING HOME THE TITLE: The Oviedo Outlaws 10-and-under little league team will continue their quest for the national championship at Cooperstown, N.Y., after starting off 4-1 in the tournament with a top-20 ranking.
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Gathering of food trucks bring out hungry patrons By Amy KD Tobik THE CHRONICLE
They came in droves — people young and old carrying foldable beach chairs and large blankets across the pavement, eager to experience the newest food sensation. The Oviedo Mall parking lot was abuzz as an estimated THE THEDAILYCITY.COM 2,000 people gathered on FOOD TRUCK BAZAAR June 12 to taste the ultimate SUMMER SERIES in Central Florida cuisine at July 10 and August 14: the first TheDailyCity.com Oviedo Mall, Oviedo Food Truck Bazaar. 1700 Oviedo Marketplace From fish tacos and KoreanBlvd. style barbeque to deep fried Oreos, Twinkies and peanut July 17 and August 21: butter and jelly sandwiches, Fashion Square Mall,3201 there was a special treat for East Colonial Drive every palate. Mark Baratelli, CEO of June 26,July 24,August Producing LLC and producer 28:Parliament House,410 of the event, said he is glad the area is embracing the North Orange Blossom food truck concept. Trail “It’s fun to think that we can transform a plain old parking lot into this fun evening bazaar. It’s a great re-thinking and re-use of existing spaces,” Baratelli said in an email. “We’ll keep coming back as long as
Oviedo, UCF and Winter Springs keeps coming out.” Introducing people to new foods and creating an amazing food truck scene has long been a dream for Baratelli. During a few national tours as an actor, Baratelli said he saw more than a hundred American cities and his fair share of food trucks. “When I got back to Orlando in 2009, someone told me there were food trucks in Orlando, and I was like, ‘Why is no one talking about this?’ ” Baratelli said. In 2009 he started meet ups called “Taco Truck Taste Tests” and readers of his blog, TheDailyCity.com, would meet at one truck at a time and sample the food. “In January 2011, a food truck owner told me about Miami’s growing food truck scene and said if anyone in town should start a food truck event it should be me. I was humbled by his confidence in me, and took a gamble and tried it,” Baratelli said. Since that time, the food truck scene ■ Please see FOOD TRUCK | A12
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PARKING LOT PICNIC: Food trucks gathered at the Fashion Square Mall give residents a chance to taste some bites made on wheels.
Oviedo teen finds new path for life’s journey By Amy KD Tobik THE CHRONICLE
Domonique Gonzalez was desperate. At 17 years old, she didn’t know which way to turn, for she had been getting into fights and running with the wrong crowd since her early teens. After several moves between family members from Chicago to Oviedo, Gonzalez eventually dropped out of school completely at the beginning of her sophomore year. With few prospects on the horizon, Gonzalez returned to Oviedo and continued on her troubled path, eventually getting herself kicked out of her mother’s house. Her future looked bleak until a local
mentor encouraged her to take the first step toward positive change by enrolling in the Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy. That’s when Gonzalez took back her life. Located at Camp Blanding in Starke, Fla., the National Guard’s Youth ChallaNGe is a voluntary 17-and-a-half-month program designed to get atrisk teens, ages 16 to 18, back on track through discipline, education and organization. Participants spend the first five-and-ahalf months of the program living in a rigorous yet motivational environment which promotes structure and academics. The remaining 12 months are spent either in
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YOUTH CHALLENGE: Domonique Gonzalez with guest speaker Maj. Gen. Ronald O. Harrison.
a job, the military or furthering education while under the guidance and
support of an assigned mentor. According to the
Florida National Guard website, “After NGB approved funding for the
program in early 2001, the Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy was officially established at the Florida National Guard’s Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. Since opening its doors, 2,554 at-risk students ranging in age from 16 to 18 years from 59 counties have successfully completed the residential phase of the program.” The program, along with 33 others in the nation, is funded by the National Guard Bureau. Gonzalez said she was hesitant to join the program at first. “I didn’t have much to start off with. I knew I wanted to do something with my life and I knew I ■ Please see CHALLENGE | A12
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Food truck tour continues throughout summer From FOOD TRUCK | A10 has exploded in the Central Florida area. The TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar Summer Series will be visiting Oviedo Mall and Fashion Square Mall as well as Parliament House in Orlando on Sundays from June through August. “I think folks like trying new things, especially food. And each time they come out, there’s always something new to try,” Baratelli said. Oviedo Mall marketing manager Sara Steffes said the mall was pleased to partner with TheDailyCity.com to bring the first food truck event to Oviedo. “I definitely think it’s a good event for [the area]; it brings people from all different communities,” she said. “It’s also a good idea to have something new and different that is familyfriendly and held outdoors, I think everybody in Florida likes to be outdoors.” Winter Springs resident Tracy Marini said she and
her family met friends for a causal dinner, tailgating style, at the Oviedo Mall location. “My son, who is 8 years old, and I had gotten into (watching) the Food Network Great Food Truck Race a good year ago, and we wondered why we had never seen food trucks around here. So when I saw on Facebook that it was coming to Oviedo, I thought, ‘This is so cool — food out of a truck,’ ” she said. Marini said she feasted on a Chimoo Sandwich from the Tree House Truck.
“It was marinated chicken and steak with coleslaw and sweet potato fries with a barbeque tangy sauce all together on one sandwich. It was unbelievable; where else could I go to get something like that?” she said. Marini said going to the event with friends added to the excitement. “There were six adults and six kids and we were having a blast getting different foods,” she said. For nearly two hours, Marini said her family relaxed in the parking lot among friends and shared all sorts of delectable foods including macaroni and cheese with bacon and four kinds of cheese and mouth-watering ribs. While lines were long at times, Marini said she wouldn’t want the food prepared like fast-food. “They can only do so much at a time, so I think
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FARE FOR ALL COMERS: Patrons had a blast sampling the morsels from the food trucks congregated as part of the TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar. Craig Kimmel, above, the owner of Firehouse BBQ, shows off his spare rib platter.
they handled it well,” she said. “If they are only able to make four sandwiches at once and there are 20 people in line, it will take a while. But it’s not like I went there in a hurry.” Steffes said mall management was very happy with the June bazaar turnout. “We can only hope to continue to expand on that,” Steffes added. During the upcoming
July 10 bazaar, for example, the Oviedo Mall will be giving away a “Summertime Getaway to Gaylord Palms” package which will include a two-night, one room stay at Gaylord Palms for up to four people. Steffes, who said she dined on a fish taco from Winter Park Fish Company and a slider from Firehouse BBQ truck while she worked
the event, said everything she ate was delicious, including the fare from Yum Yum Cupcake and Sunset Italian Ice. “There was a good vibe and everyone was so friendly. All the food trucks just wanted to share their creations with everyone,” Steffes said. “I have a couple more months to try everything else. I want to hit them all up.”
Program teaches teens self-respect From CHALLENGE | A10
didn’t have anything,” she said. “It was hard at first because I knew I was going to miss five-and-ahalf months of the regular world, but I knew it was a good choice.” June 11 marked a new life for Gonzalez, as she graduated with 135 students from the academy. “It was probably the best graduation I have ever been to …. We were recognized so much more because there were less students (than a typical school). It was the best experience in my life,” she said. Today, at nearly 18 years old with a high school diploma in hand, Gonzalez said she is ready to conquer the world. Upon graduation, Gonzalez was asked to intern at the Youth ChalleNGe Foundation in
Washington, DC. “I have my own little desk area and it’s really official,” she said. Gonzalez said she hopes the internship will lead to a permanent job. If not, she also has dreams of going to a technical school and becoming a barber. Gonzalez said the time she spent at the academy taught her so many life lessons. “I didn’t know patience; I was really quick to fight before I came and didn’t care what people said. But you have no choice [at the academy]; you can’t get out of it. It’s either right or wrong and you have to take it,” Domonique said. “I got in my share of trouble … but once you do something wrong, you have no choice but to learn from your mistakes. Like our director said, ‘We don’t make mistakes, we make choices.’ ” Another vital lesson,
Gonzalez said, was learning self respect, something she said she never had before. “I didn’t care what I did to my body and I didn’t care what I let people do to me, and I think I learned from that because now I hold myself to a higher standard,” she said. Youth ChalleNGe Director Danny Brabham said it’s always rewarding for the staff when they witness the young adults mature over the course of five-and-a-half months. “Graduation day makes all the headaches and the troubles we go through every day worth it. We know how they are when they come to us and we see the positive changes they have made … everyone has tears rolling down their cheeks,” Brabham said. Brabham said most graduates keep in touch beyond the mandatory 12-
month period following graduation from the academy. “Every time someone does something really good we hear about it and we’re all jumping up and down clapping about it,” he said. Domonique said she sometimes wonders where she would be today had she not been a part of the Florida National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe program. “I would probably be in a ditch somewhere. If I didn’t enter the program, I probably would be doing drugs, fighting and hanging out with the wrong people,” she said. Gonzalez said she was amazed that people who she had never met before cared so much for her at the academy. “I never met such good people,” she said. “It changed the course of my life.”
WATCH & JEWELRY REPAIR Belle (Cage# 40, ID# 41995) Breed: Siamese Mix Sex: Female Age: 2 Years
Special Care: Belle is a very sweet kitty who is here because her family moved. She is good with dogs, children, other cats and will be spayed before going home.
Tiger (Cage# 61, ID# 41890) Breed: Domestic Short Hair/ Tabby Sex: Male Age: 3 Years
Special Care: Tiger is extremely friendly and good with children, dogs and other cats. His family couldn't afford to care for him. Tiger is neutered and ready to go home.
The Seminole Chronicle's Adoption Corner showcases local furry friends from the Seminole County Humane Society. For more information go to www.orlandopets.org
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CARS 2 (PG) Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix. But the road is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: espionage. Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe. Directed by: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis Starring: Owen Wilson, John Ratzenberger, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Larry The Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer
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BAD TEACHER (R) Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there's Elizabeth (Diaz). She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Punch). Directed by: Jake Kasdan Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, Eric Stonestreet, John Michael Higgins
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Hot summer fun comes to the table (ARA) — Other seasons have their charm, but summer is all about fun — there’s just no other time of year that puts so many smiles on people’s faces. Whether you’re getting together for a picnic or throwing a backyard bash, enjoying the season has a lot to do with food — and your food should be just as much fun as summer itself is. Summer’s top 10 red hot food trends put the emphasis on festive flavors, creative takes on nostalgic treats and making the most of the season’s ingredients. The food experts at Betty Crocker identified the trends and created 10 new recipes that will bring a little extra excitement to your summer get-togethers. 1. Cheeky Tiki: Originally inspired by South Pacific culture, the fun, over-thetop Tiki trend is back in a big way. Tiki drinks like Mai Tais, concocted with rum, are best known for fruity flavors and whimsical garnishes. Try out the trend with Mai Tai Tiki Pops, a grownup treat that turns the tropical flavors of the classic drink into a fruity ice pop. 2. New takes on cupcakes: Dessert lovers everywhere are inventing new and interesting twists on this classic confection, even looking to retro refrigerator — or “icebox” — desserts for inspiration. LemonGinger Icebox Cookie Cupcakes are actually made with cookies --- but they’re stacked between layers of whipped cream and then chilled, which makes the cookies’ texture become cake-like. 3. Spice it up. The new rage in cooking is updating classic foods with new, bold flavor combinations and unexpected cooking techniques. Nowhere is this trend hotter than in reimagining heritage dishes with ethnic flavor. Take Fresh Sriracha Refrigerator Pickles --- they’re a new twist to classic refrigerator pickles with a hot, Thaiinspired sauce that spices up your garden bounty. 4. Move over, meat: If you think meat lovers are having all the fun, think again. Vegetarian eating is gaining popularity. More and more people are seek-
LEMON-GINGER ICEBOX COOKIE CUPCAKES Prep time:1 hour,10 minutes Start to finish:12 hours,40 minutes COOKIES 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 ounces) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix 1/2 cup butter,softened 1 egg 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger FILLING 2 cups whipping cream 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla
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COOL SUMMER TREATS: The Tiki trend is back in a big way. Mai Tai Tiki Pops, top, are a grown-up treat that turns the tropical flavors of the classic drink into a fruity ice pop. Here’s a new take on cupcakes: Lemon-Ginger Icebox, above, Cookie Dessert is made with cookies stacked between layers of whipped cream.
ing meatless options that don’t skimp on flavor. Try out a larger-than-life Monster Veggie Burger that is loaded with fresh vegetables and tasty chickpeas. It moves veggies from side show to center stage. 5. Easy. Freezy. Fun: What would summer be without frozen ice cream treats? This year, let the ice cream truck drive on by and make your own Fruity FroYo Fun Bars. This noveltyinspired dessert has only four ingredients and a few simple steps, so it’s easy to make with the kids. With their fun colors and playful appearance, these treats will tempt both kids and adults to take a bite. 6. Thrillin’ grillin’: Grillmasters everywhere are taking lessons from the tableside preparation trend, using the grill to bring excitement and flavor to unexpected dishes like Grillside Guacamole. Fresh avocados, sweet onions and other tasty veggies take on flavor from grilling, while a sprinkling of Mexican Cotija cheese gives this dish an even more delicious twist.
7. Kid food grows up. The foods that you loved best as a kid always inspire special memories — and none of those are more memorable than the foods of summer. Adding a grown-up twist makes them even better than you remember, like upscale mac and cheese, cocktailinspired malts or beer snow cones, which are made from granita-style beer “snow” with a drizzle of fruity simple syrup. 8. Pie lovin’: There’s big love for pie right now: 2011 has been declared the “Year of the Pie” and creative interpretations are popping up everywhere. Mini S’mores Hand Pies take everything you love about s’mores — crunchy graham crackers, melty chocolate, ooey-gooey marshmallows — and put it into a handheld pie pocket that delivers a perfect taste of summer. 9. Backyard green grocer: More people than ever are discovering the delights of “shopping” in their own backyard gardens — or the local farmers market — to create flavorful summer
DIRECTION 1.In medium bowl,stir cookie mix,butter,egg and lemon peel until soft dough forms.Stir in crystallized ginger.Divide dough in half.On waxed paper,shape each half into 8-inch-long roll.Wrap in waxed paper.Freeze about one hour or refrigerate about three hours until firm enough to slice. 2.Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Using a sharp,thin-
bladed knife,cut each roll into 32 (1/8-inch-thick) slices.Rotate roll while cutting to prevent flattening. On ungreased cookie sheets,place slices 1 inch apart.Bake 9 to 11 minutes,or until edges are light brown.Cool one minute;remove to cooling rack.Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 3.In chilled deep small bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.On tray,place 16 cookies right sides up.Spread 1 tablespoon whipped cream on top of each cookie,then top with another cookie.Repeat with remaining cookies and cream, making four layers of cookies and ending with a layer of cream.Place each cookie cupcake in a decorative cupcake liners.Cover with plastic wrap,and refrigerate at least eight hours.Garnish with raspberries,strawberries and blueberries,if desired. Makes 16 cookie stacks.
MAI TAI TIKI POPS Prep time:20 minutes Start to finish:11 hours,20 minutes COCONUT COLADA LAYER 1 container (6 ounces) Yoplait Original 99 percent Fat Free pina colada or key lime pie yogurt 1/4 cup canned coconut milk,well stirred (not cream of coconut) 1 teaspoon dark rum MANGO MAI TAI LAYER 1 fresh mango,peeled,pitted and cubed (about 1 cup) 3 tablespoons sugar 3/4 cup mango nectar,chilled 2 tablespoons dark rum 2 tablespoons light rum 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon orange liqueur 1 teaspoon amaretto liqueur DIRECTION 1.In small bowl,beat coconut dishes full of their favorite veggies. Green Garden Fries, made from fresh garden veggies, are oven fried and served with a lemony Greek yogurt dipping sauce. 10. Switch up the ’wich. Sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food, from old favorites like PB&J and grilled cheese to new obses-
colada layer ingredients with whisk until smooth.Divide mixture among six 5-ounce paper cups. Cover with foil;insert craft stick (flat wooden stick with round ends) through foil into center of pop.Freeze two to three hours or until frozen. 2.Meanwhile,in blender,place mango mai tai layer ingredients. Cover;blend on medium speed about 45 seconds,stopping frequently to scrape sides,until smooth.Cover and refrigerate while waiting for first layer to freeze. 3.When first layer is frozen, remove foil from pops.Pour mango mixture over frozen layer.Return foil to pops to help support sticks. Freeze about eight hours or until frozen before serving.Store remaining pops covered in freezer.
sions like Korean tacos. Greek Grilled Cheese Tacos are one take on this trend. This fun Mediterraneaninspired dish reinvents the familiar grilled cheese sandwich in taco form, with grilled Greek haloumi cheese, fresh veggies and herbs stuffed in a flour tortilla.
June 23 - 29, 2011
Mission’s end The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on June 15 “Roaring into space on two mighty blowtorches and a magnificent column of steam, the space shuttle Columbia was given a go-ahead Sunday to complete the 54 1/2-hour mission that is expected to open a new space frontier. The liftoff — the world’s most spectacular space launch — awed veteran space watchers at the Kennedy Space Center here.” — Chicago Tribune, April 13, 1981. Thirty years ago, space shuttle Columbia arced into the sky at Cape Canaveral, carrying aloft America’s hopes for a thrilling sequel to the Apollo 11 moon landing. Challenger. Discovery. Endeavour. Atlantis. Columbia. Those shuttle names conjured the spirit of exploration and the risks that came with exploring uncharted — and unforgiving — territory. NASA promised the shuttle would be like no other spacecraft ever launched. And it was. It launched like a rocket, circled the globe and swooped to Earth like a jetliner — a symbol of American technical prowess. From zero to 17,500 mph in just over eight minutes. But other NASA promises didn’t pan out: The shuttle didn’t pay for itself by reaping millions of dollars from private companies eager to score scientific bonanzas in zero gravity. And that ambitious shuttle schedule envisioned by NASA, launching a mission just about every week? That proved to be laughably optimistic. If all goes as planned, Atlantis streaks into space on July 8, the 135th and final shuttle mission. What a long, strange trip it’s been. Sure, there were thrills along the way. Those amazing spacewalks. The triumph of sending into space the first American woman, Sally Ride, and the first African-American, Guion Bluford, little more than a month apart in the summer of 1983. The launch of the dazzling Hubble Space Telescope to help unravel the mystery of the Big Bang. But the shuttle more often fizzled in the Igniting-America’s-Imagination department. It was always in the shop for repairs. You never knew when it would launch or land because the weather had to be just right. The craft’s technology showed its age: Flight deck computers often used outdated chips, “the sort of pre-Pentium electronics no self-respecting teenager would dream of using for a video game,” one critic wrote. And where, exactly, did it go? Into low Earth orbit, a glorified 18-wheeler in space, hauling astronauts, spare parts and scientific equipment to the international space station. Astronauts also fixed balky toilets. And on one shuttle flight, Coke and Pepsi convinced NASA to do an experiment to determine if carbonated beverages could be dispensed in weightlessness. They could. ■■■ What Americans will remember most are the disasters. Challenger, 73 seconds into its January 1986 voyage, exploding.
Tendrils of smoke and a plume of debris against an ice-blue sky. The words of a stunned Mission Control public information officer: “Flight controllers here are looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction.” Seven crew members died, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. A national commission pinpointed many problems that were fixed. But one wasn’t: A NASA culture that often valued an aggressive launch schedule over safety. Then Columbia, 16 minutes to landing, in February 2003. Debris landed in a wide swath from Texas to Louisiana. A different culprit: A briefcase-sized chunk of foam insulation that broke loose during launch and damaged a few of the 24,000-plus bricklike heat-protection tiles on the shuttle’s belly. Engineers had identified — and fretted over — that Achilles heel since the first launch. On the day after the Columbia accident, the Chicago Tribune said it “should teach children and adults alike more than the calibrations of danger and loss that can reduce life to an exercise in caution. … It is crucial, too, to cherish the joy of exploration that propelled these seven Columbia astronauts aloft — and that boldly survives them in the clear blue sky.” So … what now for the American space program? There’s still plenty of adventure, even without manned flights. NASA will send a probe hurtling into Jupiter’s orbit to learn more about the planet’s origins. Another Mars rover will assess whether Mars is — or ever was — able to support microbial life, a step in determining the planet’s habitability. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a giant supercooled magnet, will probe for signs of mysterious “dark matter” that physicists believe pervades the universe. It could solve a cosmic mystery about the stuff of the universe, or, as one report suggested, it could become “a $1.5 billion hood ornament on the international space station.” And what of all those astronauts-inwaiting, those intrepid souls who signed up to get slung into space on a glider bolted to a rocket? What happens to those with the right stuff … at the wrong time? They’ll have to be very patient. Or find another line of work. We don’t know when a generation of astronauts will push into deep space, to Mars or beyond. But we do know it will happen. It will happen because peeling back barriers, despite the dangers, or maybe because of them … is tangled deep in human DNA. “A spacecraft is a metaphor of national inspiration,” author Gregg Easterbrook wrote in Time magazine in 2003: “Majestic, technologically advanced, produced at dear cost and entrusted with precious cargo, rising above the constraints of Earth. The spacecraft carries our secret hope that there is something better out there — a world where we may someday go and leave the sorrows of the past behind.” Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour will join Columbia and Challenger at rest. The shuttle ends. Not the journey.
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Uncertain cellphone peril? Get used to it The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on June 6. “Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.” That bit of wisdom is attributed to Sir William Osler, the first professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins and the doctor often referred to as the father of modern medicine. His insight on the subject of health risk can illuminate today’s cellphone safety debate. People are having a hard time interpreting the finding last week by a World Health Organization panel that cellphones are “possibly carcinogenic.” Some talk of giving up the phones — or at least going to speakerphone-only. Others chided the WHO panel for not being more specific about the risk. Still others were surprised to learn that the finding was not the result of new information but a conclusion reached after reviewing numerous existing studies. So have a cup of coffee — which, by the way, is on the same list of possible carcinogens — and accept this for what it is: The sharing of the best health information we have from a body of knowledge that’s constantly growing. Scientists themselves aren’t sure of the risk. So they’re doing what the best of them do under the circumstances: calling attention to what they do know, and telling cellphone users to use their own judgment from the available science — most of which indicates that if there is a risk, it’s relatively small. Meanwhile, scientists continue to review data, consider new hypotheses and test them as rigorously as possible. We’re lucky that they do. It’s frustrating to get inconclusive information, but waiting until danger
or safety is proven absolutely would be far worse. Imagine how you’d feel if word came out of the blue that after years of study, cellphones were proven to be deadly. You’d be furious that you hadn’t gotten a hint of a warning earlier. Many people stopped smoking, or tried to, long before the danger was proved beyond a doubt. We’ve seen this sort of nuance from researchers before, and we’ve seen their conclusions change over time. The industrial chemical bisphonel A is an example. Once unconvinced of any danger from BPA, the Food and Drug Administration continued to evaluate data and now wants the plastics industry to stop using the material in baby bottles and infant feeding cups. The World Health Organization scientists couldn’t say how large or small a risk cellphone radiation may pose. So they classified it in Group 2B out of five possible categories of risk. Group 1 is the most toxic substances, with proven causes of cancer such as smoking and asbestos high on the list. Group 2A is for probable carcinogens such as creosotes, diesel exhaust and use of sun beds. Group 2B contains the “possibly carcinogenic” threats, placing cellphones in the company of more than 220 chemicals, pesticides and other potential dangers, including that cup of coffee. Group 3 and Group 4 items are considered to be less risky, but new information is being gathered constantly. The renowned Sir William Osler believed that thoroughness is the most difficult virtue to acquire in the medical field — “but it is the pearl of great price, worth all the worry and trouble of the search.” Text that to all your cellphone friends.
Each week the Chronicle hits the streets to find out what’s on your mind. This week, Amy KD Tobik asked …
“How would you describe the ideal summer day?” Asked at St. Stephen Catholic Church summer camp in Winter Springs.
“Hanging out with friends and no school.” — Croix Winter Park
“Sleeping in, hanging with friends and staying up late.” — Katie Winter Springs
“Waking up in the afternoon and spending the rest of the day at the beach.” — Dayna Oviedo
“A book, a lounge chair and kids splashing in the pool.” — Sherrie Winter Springs
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“Go to Bagel King for breakfast, swim in my pool, read a few magazines, take a nap and then catch up on The Young & the Restless.” — Michele Winter Park
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