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For the first time, Seminole County Public Schools has been ranked No. 1 in the amount of dollars spent in the classroom. On April 22, the Florida Department of Education released a report regarding county school systems’ spending across the state. “Seminole County has
always been ranked high,” said Bill Vogel, the SCPS superintendent. “All of the categories that rank business efficiency always rank SCPS high.” Out of the 67 school districts in Florida, SCPS ranks as 53rd when it comes to the actual funding amount. For the school year beginning in 2009, SCPS spent 66.6 percent of its
funding in the classroom. According to the Financial and Program Cost Accounting and Reporting for Florida Schools manual, instruction costs in the classroom refer to the interaction of teachers and students, including teachers’ salaries, supplies for the classroom, teachers’ assistants, and distance learning costs for students.
“They have always been really focused on the success of the students,” said Sharon Graham, former PTA president at Eastbrook Elementary. “They’ve usually looked to the parents and community for any extra support they need.” Since the end of the 2006 school year, student membership in SCPS schools has dropped. The amount of full-time staff members has also
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Schools, which ranks 53 in Florida in actual funding amount, ranks first in the state in the percentage of those dollars used in the classroom. ■ In recent years, the county
has achieved spots in the top five, including ranking fourth, third and second.
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Cruisin’ cars for a cause Lifestyles
Red Bug students show their brains Red Bug Elementary students place third nationally in the Odyssey of the Minds competition.
Oviedo aims at underage selling Officers continue effort to curb infractions
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CLASSIC CARS: The Orlando Bowie Club will host a Founder’s Day Car Show on May 7 from 2-6 p.m.
Little Leaguers up to the Challenger Oviedo High School senior steps up to help Challenger teams travel to Clearwater tournament. ■ SEE A8
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Bowtie Club’s car show to benefit Rural Center By Michelle Dendy THE CHRONICLE
Geneva’s Rural Heritage Center is hosting a Founder’s Day celebration full of family fun, fast cars and Florida history. On Saturday, the Rural Heritage Center will partner with the Orlando Bowtie Club to host a Founder’s Day Car Show from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Orlando Bowtie Club has been “cruisin’ Orlando since 1999” as an outlet for car lovers to find shows in the area. Club president Don Musica helps run car shows all over Central Florida as a DJ. He was originally a DJ before he moved to Florida and decided to use his skills to help run car shows. “I was always into cars, and when I moved down here, I started to go to car shows,” Musica said. He said that the Orlando Bowtie Club members’ love for cars makes them put on a good show. “I think the reason it works out so good for us [is] because we’re real car people and we own classics,” said Musica, who owns four classics himself. DJing car shows on the side, Musica has noticed a huge increase in populari-
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Seminole County sees swell in STDs By Jessica J.Saggio
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When it comes to keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors, it’s a risky business for the Oviedo Police, but with routine checks and undercover agents, it may be even riskier for area business owners. With more than 20 businesses within the city limits of Oviedo licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, officers, alongside agents from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, randomly conduct checks to ensure that these businesses are not illegally selling to individuals younger than 21. The police refer to this effort as “Operation Clerk Alert.” After checking 11 businesses in April, the operation cleared 10 of them. However, Vintage Liquors in Oviedo was the only business that did not pass the check, and owner Darron Johnson was taken into custody for being a second-time offender. Because this was his second offense, he was booked in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility and held on $500 bail. Johnson is being charged with a second degree misdemeanor, which means he could face a fine or up to a year in jail. Johnson is working with an attorney and said his arraignment is at the end of May. Johnson said that when the check took place, a man about 6 feet, 5 inches tall and 300 pounds entered his store on Broadway
Just following in the shadow of April’s STD awareness month, new reports from the Florida Department of Heath indicate steady increases in sexually transmitted diseases in the early months of 2011. A report showing a comparison between January through March of 2010 to January through March of 2011 shows that chlamydia, infectious syphilis and early latent syphilis have all increased this year. Chlamydia
increased by 18 percent, while infectious syphilis grew by 200 percent and early latent syphilis rose 33.3 percent. However, Gonorrhea saw a 34.1 percent decrease in Seminole County. While the early months of 2011 show an overall increase in STD cases, it further exhibits the trends that were indicated in 2010. Last year’s report shows that 1,817 new cases of STDs were reported, ranking Seminole County 36th in ■ Please see STDS | A4
The implications are broad and important to STD. The means that our clients communicate has evolved to be faster and more elusive.” Stacy Shiver, Acting chief for the Bureau of STDs
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POLICE BLOTTER Aric Rylan Abbott, 21, of the 400 block of MacGregor Road, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 30 and charged with fraud and larceny. Earl Gregory Adams, 23, of the 1300 block of Carpenter Branch Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 2 and charged with distribution of marijuana. Timothy Joseph Dickens, 20, of the 2700 block of Mystic Lake Drive, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 2 and charged with battery. Raymond Walter Erdman, 23, of the 300 block of San Miguel Street, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 28 and charged with trafficking in illegal drugs. Peter John Gennell, 50, of the 2000 block of Green Cedar Lane, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 1 and charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Corey Gene Hallam, 23, of the 4600 block of Sutton Trail, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 29 and charged with dealing stolen property. Dustin Ryan Link, 22, of the 200 block of Woodridge Drive, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 30 and charged with a non-moving traffic violation and resisting an officer. William David Malhous, 53, of the 600 block of S. Edgmon Avenue, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 28 and charged with a non-moving traffic violation. Nikki Martyn, 19, of the 5100 block of Loma Vista Circle, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 29 and charged with probation violation. Earl Lewis Meyer, 42, of 1000 block of Sugarberry Trail, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 30 and charged with battery. Robert Christopher Olliff, 43, of the 500 block of E. 5th Street, Chuluota, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 29 and charged with aggravated stalking and intimidation. Brian James Oliver, 37, of the 600 block of Pine River Place, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 30 and charged with driving under the influence. Jeffrey Ward Phillips, 27, of the 2000 block of Tatra Street, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 29 and charged with possession of marijuana and a non-moving traffic violation. Clark James Plourde, 27, of the 300 block of S. Pine Avenue, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 29 and charged with fraud. George Michael Raptis, 46, of the 2200 block of Backwater Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 29 and charged with battery. Amanda Lee Rooney, 26, of the 700 block of S. Edgmon Avenue, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 28 and charged with child neglect. Luis Angel Ruiz, 35, of the 600 block of Casa Park Court, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 1 and charged with drug possession, resisting an officer, trespassing and disorderly intoxication. William Ronald Thomas, 42, of the 400 block of Verizon Drive, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on May 1 and charged with failure to appear. Jose David Vicente, 25, of the 1000 block of Hornbean Street, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 28 and charged with possession of marijuana. Georgia Marie Walrath, 26, of the 300 block of S. Pine Avenue, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 29 and charged with fraud. Benjamin Paul Willis, 54, of the 300 block of E. 4th Street, Chuluota, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 28 and charged with possession of a weapon.
Park employee accused of stealing tickets ORLANDO (AP) — An Orlando theme park employee has been released from jail after officials say she unlawfully distributed $1 million in park tickets. Authorities say 43year-old Carmen Kunstorf spent the weekend in custody, charged with distributing Universal Studios tickets to park employees. Kunstorf’s job duties included handing out complimentary tickets to employees. Park officials say she is accused of handing out extra
tickets to employees who previously loaned her money. An internal audit from January 2007 to January 2011 shows she passed out $1 million in complimentary tickets. Court records show she admitted to park security to stealing hundreds of tickets during the past 18 months. Her arrest affidavit says she took 1,862 tickets during the weekend when the ticket office was empty. Those tickets are valued at more than $200,000.
Ongoing events Listen to these podcasts about our community at www.cmfmedia.org. On “Heard in Central Florida,” hear remarks by Dr. Aaron Liberman on the subject of Health Care Reform. Dr. Liberman is Professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Also, two leaders of regional planning and transportation agencies — MetroPlan Orlando and Lynx — discuss the role mass transit will play over the next five years in Seminole County. In addition, members of our Florida Legislature delegation David Simmons, Chris Dorworth, Jason Brodeur and Scott Plakon explain their crucial decisions as the 2011 session comes to an end. Hispanic students eloquently describe their efforts to succeed as their presence grows in Seminole County Public Schools. Local service providers plan ways to better serve the homeless in Seminole County; and listen to a commentary by the president of Oviedo’s Reformed Theological Seminary.
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 Saturday, May 7
The Rural Heritage Center will hold its Founders’ Day Celebration with a classic car and vintage “Tin Can Campers” show. Barbeque will be available from 3-7 p.m. Family entertainment of music, children’s games, square dancing and other activities will be ongoing. A Founders’ Square and a new flagpole dedication ceremony, beginning at 4 p.m., will be enhanced by a “Missing Man” fly-by. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-792-0758.
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.
The City of Winter Springs’ Parks and Recreation department will be hosting open auditions for Winter Springs Got Talent. Participants who are selected will have the opportunity to showcase their talent at the 2011 Celebration of Freedom on Monday, July 4. For more information, click on the special events tab at www.winterspringsfl.org/ parks.
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 Third Annual Walk for Childhood Stroke Awareness will take place at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. The minimum suggested donation is $25 for adults and $10 for kids/students. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association.
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 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. Seminole State College of Florida concludes its 2010-2011 season by showcasing the talents of its art students during the 42nd annual Juried
The Hagerty Band Program will be hosting its first Rummage Sale in the Hagerty High School Band Building (No. 9), at 3225 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Refreshments and food will be available and the event is open to the public. All proceeds will benefit the Hagerty High School Band. The Oviedo Toastmasters will hold their next party at Chris Wethman’s house at 805 Willow Pond Lane in Geneva at 3 p.m. Each member should bring a dish as well as disposable plates, cups and silverware. Families are welcome. For more information, please call Chris at 407-718-4647. Annual May Day Picnic will be hosted by the Geneva Historical Society at the Fort Lane Park off of Jungle Road beginning at 11 am. The event will feature an old-fashioned fish fry and music. Members are free, but guests are asked to pay $5. Bring a side dish or dessert that is large enough for your family. The Society will provide the fish and drink. Please RSVP at 407-312-2204. May Day will be celebrated at the Seminole County Public Schools
Student Museum, where local students will put on performances. Midway Elementary School's talented young musicians and dancers will re-enact the historic dance around the Maypole at 9 a.m. There also will be garden tours, a rummage sale/gift basket raffle and food available. During the day, tour guides from the Master Gardeners Program will give tours through the teaching gardens at the museum.
Sunday, May 8
The Route 46 Entertainment District is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-10 and children 2 and under eat free. Reservations are recommended. Call 407-268-4646 or 407-268-5207 or e-mail email@example.com. The menu includes carving stations of prime rib, ham and pork, shrimp, salads, various sides, fresh baked bread and assorted desserts.
Upcoming Events Friday, May 13
The Winter Springs Police Association will host its Fifth Annual Golf Tournament at the Twin Rivers Golf Club, 2100 Ekana Drive, Oviedo. Shotgun starts at 9 a.m. and registration begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $65 per player, $260 for a foursome. Breakfast and a barbeque lunch are included with registration. To register, or for more information, please contact Kristina Hooper at 407-327-7959 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oviedo will kick off National Bike to Work Week at 8 a.m. at the Oviedo Aquatic Center, with Mayor Dominic Persampiere leading the way. Free beverages and fruit will be provided. Participants should RSVP by visiting www.fitnessfanatic.co/bike.
Sunday, May 15
Tom Sorrell’s Third Annual Teal Ribbon 5K Run and Walk will be held at the Oviedo Marketplace Mall at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida. For more information or to sign up, please visit www.frontruningsports.com or contact email@example.com.
Thursday, May 19
Midway Elementary School will present Beauty and the Beast at the Midway Elementary Performance Hall, 2368 Brisson Ave, Sanford. The show starts at 6:30. Tickets are $2 and are available at Midway Elementary. For more information, please call 407-320-5950.
Sunday, May 21
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.
Police follow trail of cash to nab robbery suspect LAUDERHILL (AP) — Police followed a trail of cash and merchandise to find a man accused of robbing a CVS pharmacy in this Fort Lauderdale suburb. Lauderhill police say the man robbed the store at gunpoint about 9:30 p.m. Monday.
The man apparently dropped cash and some items he stole from the store as he ran away. That’s where police picked up the trail that led them to a nearby laundry mat, where the suspect was arrested. Further details were not immediately available.
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Oviedo gives used computers to community By Jessica J. Saggio THE CHRONICLE
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, which is exactly the notion behind the City of Oviedo’s recent effort to give away its used computers to the community and qualifying charitable organizations. Hoping to reinvest in the community, Oviedo officials have established a program that allows residents, businesses and charitable organizations alike to apply for used computers that the city would ordinarily discard. While computers have to be regularly replaced due to wear and
tear, the surplus computers will now be given to applicants who plead their case. “The council decided ‘Let’s repurpose these machines. Let’s put them back in the community,’ ” Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere said. “The lousy few dollars we’re gonna get to sell them isn’t gonna add up to anything. Rather than surplusing it all out and getting just pennies on the dollar, why not give it out to the community?” After being approached by several organizations inquiring about retired equipment, councilman Stephen Schenk said it was
a mutual decision among council members to start a program that would give residents the chance to apply for the machines. Organizations can apply online, where they will be prompted to fill out a form. The form asks applicants the needs of their organization as well as how the equipment will improve services they deliver to residents of Oviedo. It also asks the applicant about his or her ability to maintain the equipment. At that point, the forms will be reviewed and those organizations selected will then have to be approved
by the council. According to the city website, the computer equipment will be provided at no charge to Oviedo not-for-profit, charitable community-based organizations that serve citizens. “Staff will go through them, find out who can utilize them the best and it will then have to be approved by council,” said Schenk. “It has to benefit the residents, so most likely it will be non-profits that will get these.” Previously, a resolution was passed that donated all surplus computers to the Gift from God Computer Foundation. The founda-
tion takes various parts of the computers and pieces them together to make functional computers, which are then donated to needy children, families or organizations. However, new policy allows for other applicants to apply. Darlene Johnson, IT director for the city of Oviedo, said there are 70 total computers that will be available. However, only small groups of them at a time will be given away. The first batch will include 32 computers and the next batch will include 11. The computers are Dell and Panasonic desktops and laptops and are in worn
condition, she said. “For the condition they come in, they may have a broken screen or something on the computer that’s broken as far as the keyboard or some other components,” said Jordan. “With technology changing and the city network changing, the guys using computers in the field have found that technology has caught up with them. So we refresh the program anywhere between every five or six years.” For more information or to apply for these surplus computers, visit the city website at www.cityofoviedo.net.
Store owner says he runs an honest business From BUSTS | A1 Street. Johnson said the man had a “Grizzly Adams beard” and spoke with him about different records he had broken for the state in lifting weights. He sold the man about $5 worth of an alcoholic juice drink similar to a Four Loko, Johnson said. “The guy appeared to be in his 30s, and that’s why I did not card him,” Johnson said. “He didn’t look a day under 30, and that’s usually the cutoff. This guy looked like a beast. He could have been an NFL lineman. Just an overgrown baby, I guess.” Feeling a little tricked, Johnson said he’s disappointed how the sting took place and hopes that it doesn’t jeopardize his future. “It’s unfortunate because I’ve worked my butt off to get where I’m at,” Johnson said. “I have a clean record, and it’s really a shame when you’re trying to make an honest living and you have to worry about this crap.” The other 10 business-
es that passed the check include: Mobil OnTheRun, Mobil Mart, Kangaroo Express on Lockwood Boulevard, Sunoco at Island Foods, Sunoco on Geneva Drive, Publix on Tuskawilla Boulevard, Cafe Panuzzo’s, Tijuana Flats, Winn-Dixie, Kangaroo Express on Mitchell Hammock and 7-Eleven on Chapman Road. Lt. Mike Beavers of the Oviedo Police said the process is an undercover operation and is conducted in two phases: an educational phase and an enforcement phase. The educational phase allows business owners to attend a free compliance training program to reeducate them on the consequences of providing alcohol and tobacco to young people. However, the enforcement phase is where undercover agents step in to catch businesses in the act. “Officers utilize individuals who volunteer to cooperate and are underage to purchase either alcohol or tobacco products from local businesses
while the officers witness the transactions. The cooperating individuals are provided with money to purchase the products and utilize their own identification, clearly indicating their date of birth and that they are under 21 years old,” Beavers said. “Further, the cooperating individuals are instructed to not attempt to deceive the cashier in any way, if asked to provide their correct age. Despite that, some still choose to sell to the cooperating individual or they don’t ask to see their identification at all.” Oviedo Police Chief Jeffrey Chudnow said the operation isn’t meant to hurt businesses, but rather to ensure safety. With 13 percent of alcohol-impaired fatalities in the U.S. involving underage drinking, according to a release by the Oviedo police, Chudnow said it’s extremely important to keep alcohol out of the hands of those who are underage and, oftentimes, irresponsible. “Our goal is not to arrest people; our goal is
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CLERK ALERT: Vintage Liquors in Oviedo, the only business to not pass Operation Clerk Alert in April.
to gain voluntary compliance with the state statutes,” Chudnow said. “If we go out on an evening and hit 10 or 11 businesses, I’m very happy if no one is in violation. There’s no surreptitious
stuff here. No tricks.” Operation Clerk Alert has been an ongoing effort for nine years and will continue in full force, Beavers said. “We have a responsibility to protect our youth and
the citizens from those who are simply looking to make a quick buck and ignore the law by selling alcohol and tobacco products to underage individuals,” Beavers said.
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County schools surviving despite drop offs, cuts From DOLLARS | A1 decreased, according to a further report released by
the DOE. The drop of the faculty is also to keep a fair studentteacher ratio. “We dropped a number
of staff almost twice the amount of students lost. Our goal is to be as efficient as we can in success of our students’ academic,
arts, and sports,” Vogel said. The Florida DOE report was released April 21.
Further information regarding the preliminary budget work plan will be released in the next budget work session. The session
is scheduled to take place May 10 at 1:30 p.m., at the Educational Support Center in Sanford. The event is open to the public.
Health officials lay blame for increase on several factors From STDS | A1 the state. Neighboring Orange County was ranked ninth in the state for the most STDs, while Brevard and Volusia counties ranked 48th and 27th, respectively. With these numbers steadily increasing, various factors play a role, said Sandra Zow-Johnson, specialty clinic manager for STD and HIV programs in Seminole County. “I think the economy, from the standpoint both nationally and locally, plays a concern,” she said. “What I mean by that is I think people who are distressed with financial situations find themselves trying to divert the reality of what’s happening, and they just hook up and they don’t think, and they get a disease.” Zow-Johnson also said that social media and Internet-based relationships may also be a large contributing factor in the increases. She said that because people can so easily find each other on the Internet, it may lead to more one-night stands and “hook-ups” that foster multiple partners and potential unprotected sex. “There are so many resources to get to know people. Websites like Adam4Adam, that’s how they put themselves out there and meet someone, and if they meet that person, it may be that one encounter,” she said. “It’s in the moment, and they’ll go online and find someone for the next time and if they’re not safe, they end up getting infected.” A statement from Stacy Shiver, acting chief for the Bureau of STDs, said in an email to colleagues that social media may play a significant role in the acquisition of STDs,
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ON THE RISE: Compared with the first three months of 2010, the number of reported sexually transmitted diseases from January to March 2011 has increased for much of Central Florida.
namely syphilis. “The implications are broad and important to STD,” Shiver wrote in the email. “The means that our clients communicate has evolved to be faster and more elusive. We have transitioned from buildings and physical structures to virtual ones that have the added dimension of ‘cloud’ computing now. Our DIS face the challenges of the influence of social media and its affects on our ability to intervene and prevent the spread of syphilis and other STDs.” Additionally, Gigi Rivadeneyra, health education consultant for the
Seminole County Health Department, said a large fraction of these increases are actually coming from teenagers and young adults. Information she provided showed there was an 8.6 percent increase in chlamydia in those between the ages of 15 and 24. Information from the Florida Heath Department indicates that 84 cases of STDs are diagnosed every day in Florida, which is about one case diagnosed every 17 minutes. “Our middle school and high schools students are having sex, and I think the message of abstinence
that people are setting isn’t good,” said ZowJohnson. “These kids are out there having sex and getting these diseases. This younger generation is very tech-savvy and they’re hormonal. They have these feelings and to say to them, ‘Just don’t do it,’ that’s not reality.” Zow-Johnson said these increases are exactly why the Seminole County Health department offers a teen clinic program on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The clinic provides service for teens between the ages of 13 and 19 with STD testing and education at no or low
cost, she said. Mike Napier, administrator for the Seminole County Health Department, said he hopes to begin an initiative for healthy living within the school system. He said this would also include a degree of sexual education. “We’re hoping to work with the school system to help educate STD awareness and having parents talk to their children about sex,” Napier said. “It’s amazing the amount of people who don’t talk to their children about sex, and I would pose the question, ‘Do you have a
teenage child and do you talk about sex? If you haven’t, where do you think they’re getting their information from?’ It’s definitely on their minds.” As for the rest of the population suffering from STDs, the health department houses a specialty clinic that provides STD and HIV screenings and treatment programs. The clinic charges a flat fee of $45 for all testing. For clients who cannot afford the $45, there is a sliding fee scale. Rivadeneyra said no client will be turned away. The clinic is open Monday through Friday.
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| CLASSY CLASSICS: Proceeds from the car show will benefit the historic Geneva School House. Courtesy Orlando Bowtie Club
W.S. talent show offers a showcase for skills By Stephanie Levitt THE CHRONICLE
Show hopes to break even From CLASSIC | A1 ty recently. “Car shows are a pretty hot thing, and with the economy being bad it’s an easy way for restaurants to get 100 cars in their lot,” he said. Although the Orlando Bowtie Club is booked every weekend, Musica said they made an exception for the Founder’s Day Car Show. “We haven’t done that one before, so I’m looking forward to it, especially if we can help the community,” he said. Deciding what would be a good fundraising event was easy, according to Rural Heritage Center secretary Larry Ellis. “We like old cars and tractors and boats,” Ellis said when asked why a car show was chosen for the event. Although it is the first year of the Founder’s Day Car Show, Ellis said they hope to make it an annual event. The car show will feature pre-1974 vintage and classic cars. Pre-registration is $15, and registering the day of the show is $20. The fee includes a barbecue lunch by Brendon Squares. The top 20 cars will receive trophies and the first 100 cars entered will
receive dash plaques. In addition to the classic and vintage cars, antique motorcycles, tractors and carriages, vintage RVs and rare wooden boats will also be on display. The day won’t stop with the car show. There will be a dedication of Founder’s Square and the new flagpole at 4 p.m., themed “Rural America.” The keynote speaker will be Jim Robison. Other entertainment planned is Floridainspired music, DJ Don with the Orlando Bowtie Club, a student art show, a poster contest, a square dance exhibition, a flyover by Gaggle Flight and a pantomime performance. The show will also feature various local vendors with products that are homemade or homegrown. It is a $10 donation to secure a 10-foot by 10-foot space. All proceeds from the car show will go to the Rural Heritage Center, which is now located in the Geneva School House. The Island & Village of Geneva Rural Heritage Center Inc. was formed as a 501 (c) 3 organization in 2007 to help maintain and celebrate the history of East Seminole County. With fundraisers like this and through dona-
tions, the Rural Heritage Center is working to restore the historic Geneva School House. The school house was constructed in 1924 and served Geneva students until 1988, when Geneva Elementary was built. “If we break even this year, we will be happy,” Ellis said. “If we make some [money] it will go toward keeping our programs going and much need[ed] building repairs and upkeep.” Ellis said they anticipate an impressive first-year turnout of about 500-1,000 people. But one special guest will be 92-year-old Rachel Veitch, owner of a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente with almost 600,000 miles on it. Veitch has been featured all over local news stations and was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The Rural Heritage Center is located at 101 East Main Street in Geneva. For more information on entering the car show, call 407-617-4201. Car show registration forms can be found on www.orlandobowtieclub.com.
Although Winter Springs is small, with a population of just more than 35,000, its residents offer an amalgamation of talent. That’s the premise of the new Winter Springs’ Got Talent competition. “Your next-door neighbor might be a great juggler. You’ve lived by him for 15 years and you never noticed,” said Brian Dunigan, the special event program coordinator for Winter Springs Parks and Recreation. Nine years ago, the premiere of Winter Springs’ annual children’s talent show stunned residents. The wide scope of intriguing talents accurately highlighted the vibrancy of Winter Springs. The talent show soon morphed into a singing competition, the Star Spangled Showcase, with separate junior and senior divisions. On the Fourth of July, the top three singers in each division would perform in front of a crowd of excited and supportive Seminole County residents. But this year, the competition is morphing once again into a broader talent competition — Winter Springs’ Got Talent, presented by Remax Town and Country. “By opening up to some more unique talents, we believe we’ll engage more of our residents,” Dunigan said. “The competition is open for anyone who is a resident of Winter Springs.” Arnie Nussbaum has been a master of ceremonies for the city of Winter Springs for the past eight years.
He has followed Winter Springs’ Got Talent since its inception. “I have watched it change from a kids’ talent showcase to the Star Spangled Showcase and now it’s morphing again into Winter Springs’ Got Talent, which is kind of fun,” he said. In order to compete, contestants must first audition in front of judges from Winter Springs’ Parks and Recreation Department. The top three contestants from the senior and junior divisions will then perform in front of the city of Winter Springs at the annual Fourth of July celebration, vying for gift cards from restaurants and shops that were donated by local proprietors. David Mander, a local music pastor and judge of the Star Spangled Showcase in 2010, will return as a judge this year. Mander compares the competition to a popular reality television series. “Last year, there were three main judges. We did it kind of American Idol-style. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I was the Simon,” Mander said. “Just because Mom encouraged you to get up and sing in front of people doesn’t necessarily mean it was a good idea.” As a graduate of the University of Central Florida, majoring in music performance — with a specialty in classical guitar — Mander understands the importance of a good show. He can also recognize the difficulty level and technique of many musical performances, enabling him to judge based on talent. The first round of auditions was April 30.
Those auditions were performed in front of Winter Springs Parks and Recreation staff only. “The people who came in just blew the judges away,” Nussbaum said. “One young lady from Indian Rivers Middle School was incredible. She sounded like she came right out of the recording studio.” The first contestants showcased their vocal talents, but those involved the competition are hoping to see a variety of unique talents this year. “I would really like to see someone bring something original. I’m hoping I see something I haven’t seen before,” Mander said. Dunigan agrees. “I think it would be really unique if we could get people with physical talents like juggling or something like that — a very specialized skill,” he said. Because the competition is now open to a virtually limitless array of talents, judges wait to be wowed. “This Saturday, we could see a tuba-playing juggler. Or an accordion-playing juggler,” Nussbaum said. “I don’t know how he or she would juggle — maybe with alien extra arms or something like that. Who knows what we’ll see? There’s nothing more fun than neighbors seeing neighbors who they didn’t know had this wonderful talent. That’s what community’s all about.” The second — and final — round of auditions is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Winter Springs Senior Center on 400 N. Edgemon Ave. For more information on the event, contact Brian Dunigan at 407-327-6593.
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Red Bug students team up for over-engineered competition By Amy KD Tobik THE CHRONICLE
Sometimes life’s lessons are best learned when you least expect it, declared the members of Red Bug Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind team. The six-person team consisting of Katie Groves, Madi Allen, Zander Ascher, Jordan Brielmaier, Riley Kvalheim and Daniela Caligiuri, placed third nationally last month as they competed against 18 other elementary schools in the Odyssey of the Mind national competition. Odyssey of the Mind is an international nonprofit educational program that provides students the opportunity to write scripts, build props and create a presentation as a group using a supplied synopsis. Participation in the program encourages young people to develop problem-solving and performance skills. This year’s Red Bug Elementary School team was the first to compete at the state level in the past 10 years and the first to win at the national level. The team, along with adult coaches Kristen Kvalheim, Julie Brielmaier and Diane Herod, spent months preparing their creative skit called, ‘As Good as Gold…berg.’ The group’s machine had to be similar to a Rube Goldberg-like device, an intentionally over-engineered machine that can perform a simple task in a complex way using a chain reac-
tion. The expression was coined after the American inventor and cartoonist. For this year’s competition, the group created a machine called the “Hairicane,” which was designed to replace a hair dryer. Kvalheim said their invention consisted of a ball at the top of an inclined track which rolled down, hit a tilt switch activating a battery, which powered a pulley device to raise a second ball in a small tin cup. At the top of the pulley, the ball tilted out and rolled down a second track. At the bottom of the track the ball hit a shampoo bottle that was screwed down with a hinge, which then knocked over three more shampoo bottles in the same way, creating a domino effect. The last shampoo bottle had a mallet in it and when it fell, it hit a power strip switch, which turned on a big floor fan that they decorated to look like the "Hairicane.” The competition also required participants to create an “inventor” character who could relay a marketing plan and sales pitch for its creation. The young students, who giggled a lot and delightfully finished each other’s sentences during their interview, said competing in the Odyssey of the Mind Competition at the University of Central Florida taught them the significance of planning, teamwork and the importance of being totally ■ Please see STUDENTS | A7
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Montessori students raise money for Japan By Amy KD Tobik THE CHRONICLE
The scene was reminiscent of days gone by: children playing old-fashioned carnival games, the delight of a magic show, and families sharing hot dogs and drinks at a shady picnic table. In the distance, two little boys cheered as a multicolored train slowly carried them across the grassy field. Manning the football toss, ringtoss and dartthrowing stations were young teens working diligently for a cause close to their heart: the people suffering in Japan. Back in March, when eight middle schoolers from Tuskawilla Montessori
Academy in Oviedo witnessed the devastation in Japan caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami on television, they decided to step forward. Over the years, these motivated students have helped support various groups in need around the globe, but this time they wanted to organize a fundraiser on their own. With permission from the administrators and under the guidance of their teacher, Marty Phillips, the teens immediately set their sights on putting together the TMA Springfest, a carnival-themed festival to help raise money toward relief efforts. Student Tyler Bultema
said it was difficult for him to watch the news clips reporting on the Japanese disaster several weeks ago. “It made me sad for the people of Japan. Last year it was Haiti, and we helped out by donating clothes … and now we want to help Japan,” he said. Aurelia Scrafton said her classmates decided it was important to donate when they heard about the pain and suffering on the other side of the world. “We heard how hard their lives were and we decided we wanted to help them,” Aurelia said. Trevor Raylean said that when he first heard about Ed Ruping | The Chronicle
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HOOP-DE-DOO: Isabella Naaktgeboran tries her hardest at the ringtoss at the Montessori Springfest.
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Students learn value of working as team From STUDENTS | A6
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Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Directed by: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander, Tom Hiddleston
prepared. The students joked as they recalled the challenges they encountered while preparing for their most recent performance. An important switch that connected the wires to the battery broke, which required some ingenuity and a quick fix with the team glue gun, for example. “Right before we went on, the two-sided scenery began to split, so we had
to duct tape it together,” Katie said. “Duct tape is the best thing — it fixes everything.” Another valuable lesson learned throughout the process, Riley said, was how to overcome stage fright. “It was a little scary to be in front of people, but it was really fun once you did it,” Riley said. “The hardest part was performing on a stage, and I was really nervous,” Katie said. “It will help me in life now that I did it.”
Perhaps the most valuable lesson of all, Madi said, was learning to work together as a team. “You can’t do anything with just one person; you need all of the people, and if you try to do it alone, then it won’t turn out right,” she said. “No one person is more important than the other in our group,” Jordan added. Zander said working collectively ensures team success. “It’s a life skill. Your whole life you are going
to have to work with people,” he said. “If you don’t work well with people,” Madi added, “you aren’t going to make it very far in life.” The coaches said they were proud their team was able to overcome little technical issues and perform without a hitch. “We worked on this so
hard. It was so awesome to watch them develop,” coach Herod said. “What’s funny about this group is they would talk and play and at the end of the day, we were like, ‘You guys, come on,’ and they would go to perform and they did great,” added coach Brielmaier. “They pulled it all together.”
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THE BEAVER (PG-13)
Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can't seem to get himself back on track... until a beaver hand-puppet enters his life. Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly Starring: Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lawrence, Riley Thomas Stewart
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BRAIN TRUST: From left, Riley Kvalheim, Jordan Brielmaier, Zander Ascher, Madison Allen and Katie Groves, along with Daniela Caligiuri, who is not pictured, teamed up to show their hair-drying invention in a national competition.
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the tsunami, he looked up the footage on the Internet for more information. “You could see the huge wave go to the coastline and sweep whole houses and carry them,” Trevor said. “When they talked about the earthquake being 9.6 in magnitude, one of the largest recorded, I was just thinking, ‘Wow.’ And then I heard about the nuclear reactor — that’s a major environmental crisis right there. People need to help out.” Felipe Ortiz, the marketing director and office manager for the academy said organizing an event from start to finish was a valuable step for the students. “It keeps things in perspective for these kids,” he said. “Kids have a tendency to take things for granted because so much is supplied for them. But they did all the booking, all the calling and the price negotiating, the advertising, the signs; everything has been entirely done by them. It is pretty amazing to see what a group of young people can do.” TMA Springfest logo designer and student Fernan Alcala, said he was glad his class came together to lend a hand. “They are in need of a lot of help. If you look at most news broadcasts or programs, you can easily see Japan is the main report every single day on most news channels,” he said. Naureen Safavi said putting the event together required a big commitment from her classmates. “We usually have a fall festival every year, but it’s not arranged by us, it’s arranged by the PTA. This is the first time we have done something on our own. It has been hard because we also have afterschool activities like swimming and soccer,” Naureen said. Isaac Jeans agreed and said planning the large school event from scratch taught him and his classmates several life lessons. “It is helping us to plan stuff and balance our money and with organizing and advertising,” he said. Ashtin Garner said he hopes their strong
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FLYING FOOTBALL: Jared Reid puts his strength and accuracy on display as he tosses a football through a tire at the Montessori Springfest.
effort will make a difference across the globe, even though it has required substantial work. “We have been meeting several times a week and then every day while at school to get ready,” he said. It’s important to assist those in desperate need, added student Garrett Gill.
“I think they will know there are other people who are trying to support them and get through this tough time while trying to rebuild and keep the reactors from exploding,” Garrett said. “We have learned a lot about teamwork and how we can work together to accomplish a lot.”
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Sports KEEPING SCORE OVIEDO Baseball
Oviedo (15-12) defeated Lyman, 3-2, and Lake Mary, 4-3, But the Lions lost to Lake Howell, 1-0, in eight innings in the Class 6A, District 3 championship game.
CHALLENGER LITTLE LEAGUE
Touch ’em all Oviedo senior finds calling, helps Challenger teams reach base
Boys’ lacrosse Oviedo lost to Lake Brantley, 10-9, in the district final.
Girls’ lacrosse Oviedo (15-5) beat Olympia, 17-8, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest, 14-11, Lake Worth Park Vista, 15-10, and Hagerty, 21-6, in the District 4 semifinals. The Lions fell to Winter Springs, 20-12, in the district final.
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Instead of taking on an easier task for her senior project at Oviedo High School, Lauren Leto raised $2,237 for the Challenger League. The 17-year-old Challenger “buddy” organized the first-ever Challenger League Walk-A-Thon, which was held in February, to raise enough money for the Challenger Division of the Oviedo Little League to attend the 2011 Lou Caprara Memorial Florida Challenger Jamboree in Clearwater last weekend. “It made me feel really accomplished because I’ve never organized anything like that, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but that just made me realize that I’m capable of doing it and using those organizational skills I learned, I think it will help me,” Lauren said. The Oviedo Challengers took one team to the Jamboree for the first time last year; this year, because of Lauren’s efforts, four teams were able to travel to Clearwater and play games all day Saturday and Sunday against other Challenger teams. “Normally the teams just play each other on Saturday mornings at Little League, but we save up for this trip so they can get the experience to play other teams,” Lauren said. While Lauren is a buddy, her older brother, Mike Leto, is a Challenger coach. “[The Jamboree is] really neat because it seems like they get more competitive,” Mike said about the Oviedo Challengers. “Usually they all know each other when they play each other, and playing people they don’t know, it’s a different aspect, and I feel like everyone is more competitive than usual.” Once Lauren became a varsity cheerleader three
Hagerty (18-8) lost to Lake Brantley, 8-1, in the Class 6A, District 3 tournament, ending its season.
Fast-pitch softball Hagerty (23-5) lost to East River, 3-1, in the Class 6A regional quarterfinals, ending its season.
THE MASTER’S ACADEMY Baseball
The Master’s Academy (1013) fell to Pierson Taylor, 131, in the district tournament, ending its season.
Fast-pitch softball The Master’s Academy (137) lost to Pierson Taylor, 9-6, in a first-round game of the Class 2A, District 7 tournament, ending its season.
Boys’ tennis The Master’s Academy (25) fell to Daytona Beach Father Lopez, 5-2; beat South Daytona Warner Christian, 52; lost to Montverde Academy, 6-1, Hagerty, 7-0, and Montverde, 6-1; defeated Foundation Academy, 6-1; and fell to The First Academy, 6-1.
BIG LEAGUE: Jonathon Storey cheers after making it to first base. Ed Ruping | The Chronicle
Girls’ lacrosse Winter Spring (18-4) beat Gainesville Buchholz, 18-3, in a first-round play-in game and Jacksonville Bartram Trail, 16-10, in a secondround play-in game.
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ONE FOR ALL: Trinity Prep’s No. 3 Dalton Allen is taken down by a group of Holy Trinity defensemen.
Fast-pitch softball Winter Springs (25-5) upended Timber Creek, 14-4, in the Class 6A regional quarterfinals and East River, 4-1, in the regional semifinals.
TRINITY PREP Baseball
Trinity Prep (16-10) shut out Florida Air Academy, 170, and lost to The First Academy, 13-6, in the Class 2A, District 8 championship game.
LAKE HOWELL Baseball
Lake Howell (21-7) upended Seminole, 8-0, Lake Brantley 3-2, and Oviedo, 10, in eight innings to capture the Class 6A, District 3 championship. — Compiled by Jeff Gardenour
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Cobb struggles in debut, Rays blow 5-run lead ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — Alex Cobb appeared headed toward a win in his major league debut. A big comeback by the Los Angeles Angels kept it from happening. Hank Conger homered and nifty baserunning by Vernon Wells helped the Angels rally from a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Sunday. Cobb, recalled from Triple-A Durham for a spot start, couldn’t get through the fifth despite being handed a 5-0 lead in the first. “Obviously, it wasn’t what I wanted,” said Cobb, who is from Vero Beach. “I wanted to go out there and at least go five. My command wasn’t really there all game like it usually is, but I
was able to get through those first three, four innings without any real damage.” Cobb gave up four runs and four hits over 4 1-3 innings. The right-hander, who was pulled after Bobby Abreu hit an RBI single that made it 5-2 with one out to start a four-run fifth, struck out three and walked four. “In the fifth, you know you can’t really go that long without big league hitters capitalizing on your mistakes,” Cobb said. Cobb got his opportunity after the Rays used two starting pitchers in a daynight doubleheader last Thursday at Minnesota. He was optioned back to Durham after the game. “I like the kid,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
“He started out well and they got him a little bit. He’s going to be a very competitive major league pitcher.” Los Angeles went ahead 6-5 in the eighth thanks in part to Wells, who drew a one-out walk from Joel Peralta (1-1) with Torii Hunter on third. Wells slowed up on Conger’s grounder and forced second baseman Ben Zobrist to throw to first for an out. Wells then prolonged a rundown long enough for Hunter to score. Angels ace Jered Weaver (6-0) was scratched from his scheduled start because of a stomach virus. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia hopes Weaver will be able to pitch Monday ■ Please see COBB | A9
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NICE TRY: Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, right, congratulates starting pitcher Alex Cobb after his removal from his Major League debut in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday in St. Petersburg.
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Fundraising efforts give teams new competition From CHALLENGER | A8 years ago, she started volunteering with the Challenger League as a “buddy” because Mike had when he was a senior in high school. Mike, 21, became a Challenger football buddy in fall 2006. He and about 23 other Oviedo varsity football players started volunteering, and Mike has stuck with it since. “I was a little iffy about it, but after hanging out with the kids, it was really neat and it was rewarding seeing how much they enjoyed it and it made me feel good just seeing how they feel coming out and playing,” said Mike, who just finished his junior year at UCF. Lauren said that Jill Woodard, the director of the Challenger Division, told the Challenger families in Clearwater that she hopes that when she retires that she can leave the Challenger League in the hands of Lauren. Woodard suggested to Lauren that she put together a fundraiser and helped her with the Walk-A-Thon. The two Leto siblings agree that being involved
with the Challenger League is rewarding. “It’s definitely neat that both of us our out there,” Mike said. “I’m glad that she kind of followed behind me doing it, because it’s definitely a good thing to be involved with. I think highly of her that she does this and we both get along well and I’ll keep being involved with it as long as I’m in Oviedo,
and I think she will too.” Lauren is a buddy for football, baseball and cheerleading, but after she graduates she will attend UCF and continue to be involved with the Challenger League as a coach, like her older brother. “I really like it because it’s a very rewarding experience,” Lauren said. “You’d think that the kids are who
benefit, but I actually benefit a lot from it, too. I mean, there are times that I don’t want to get up early in the morning to go help with Challenger on Saturdays, but the feeling afterward is a really rewarding experience. I truly have a passion of working with kids with special needs, that’s something that I definitely love doing.”
Cobb was a L.A. Dodgers bat boy From COBB | A1 night at Boston. Rich Thompson (1-1) worked a scoreless seventh. Jordan Walden got three outs for his fifth save. Tampa Bay went up 50 in the first on run-scoring singles by B.J. Upton, Matt Joyce, Casey Kotchman, Felipe Lopez and John Jaso off Tyler Chatwood, who had been
scheduled to start Monday. Conger cut the deficit to 5-1 with a secondinning homer. Alberto Callaspo had a run-scoring single, and Hunter hit a sacrifice fly during the fifth off Andy Sonnanstine when the Angels tied it at 5. “We’ve got to do a better job of a keeping a lead,” Maddon said. The Rays dropped two of three to Los Angeles,
ending a stretch of five straight series victories. Tampa Bay (15-13) is 7-9 at home this season. NOTES: Cobb was a Los Angeles Dodgers bat boy for three season at spring training while in high school. … Weaver has lost about 9 pounds in the past few days. … The Rays still expect All-Star 3B Evan Longoria (strained left oblique) to return from a minor league rehab assignment
at Double-A Montgomery on Tuesday. … Tampa Bay INF Sean Rodriguez (dislocated left pinkie) had a soft-toss session in the batting cage and entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth. … Rays LHP J.P. Howell (left shoulder surgery) allowed one hit in a scoreless inning for ClassA Charlotte. The reliever could rejoin the team in mid-May. … Tampa Bay pitchers tied a season high with seven walks.
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FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND: David Norvell, above left, rears back and waits for a pitch. Nathaniel Firman, above, charges in on a grounder as his buddy, Zach Eflin, stands behind him.
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Osama’s death won’t rid world of terror The following editorial appeared in The Kansas City Star on May 3. For almost 10 years, The Kansas City Star editorial board has been holding a prepared obituary for Osama bin Laden. It was updated on occasion as events warranted. Finally, the version crafted by former editorial board member Bill Tammeus, written on behalf of the board, may be published: The death of Osama bin Laden means the end of an evil man, not the demise of the evil ideas that drove him. His twisted version of Islam still infects the hearts and minds of extremists around the globe. They see terrorism as a legitimate tool to further their political and religious ends because they pledge allegiance to bin Laden’s contorted thinking, paranoid dreams and dangerous theology. So any relief Americans feel about the death of bin Laden — and there is great relief — must be tempered by the realization that his ideas live on, at least for now. It’s hard to know just why bin Laden ran so far amok. He grew up as a member of a rich and powerful family in Saudi Arabia. That family and the Saudi government have disowned him.
But 15 of the 19 Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were Saudis. That showed that bin Laden’s brand of religious nonsense achieved considerable popularity in his homeland. Bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network has suffered several body blows since U.S. and allied troops drove its protectors, the Taliban, out of Afghanistan, starting in late 2001. Early in 2003, for instance, Western forces captured such bin Laden allies as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who planned the 9/11 attacks at bin Laden’s behest. Mohammed’s arrest provided information about bin Laden and the rest of his religious thugs. But al-Qaida is not dead. It has established cells, operatives and allies in dozens of countries and it continues to pursue its vile visions. It’s not yet clear who will emerge as the network’s new leader, but whoever it is certainly will be committed to the grisly goal bin Laden outlined in his 1998 religious ruling, “Kill Americans Everywhere.” Bin Laden’s ability to escape for so long after the 9/11 attacks shows that his network of supporters and sympathizers has been wide. The bad news is they now may have a new martyr to inspire them.
Time to rejoice The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on May 2. Finally, after a nearly decade-long intensive manhunt involving the best minds in U.S. military and intelligence circles, Americans were able to cheer Sunday night — loudly and with full unity — the fact that the world’s No. 1 terrorist will terrorize no longer. Osama bin Laden is dead. “Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama told the nation as hundreds of celebrants gathered outside the White House to cheer and sing patriotic songs. Around America and the rest of the world, the news was a literal showstopper as networks interrupted programming to go live with what Obama termed “the most momentous achievement yet” in the international effort to fight al-Qaida. This victory doesn’t end al-Qaida’s reign of terror, but it is a victory nonetheless. Bin Laden’s trail of bloodshed didn’t just take the lives of 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks. He created a grisly
path of destruction and death across Africa, Europe, the Arabian Peninsula and eastern Asia. His death will undoubtedly be greeted with particular satisfaction by the family members and friends of those who perished when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon outside Washington, and in a field in rural Pennsylvania. The retaliatory invasion that brought down the Taliban government in Afghanistan gave the United States brief satisfaction that it had wrought some kind of justice for the attacks. But bin Laden’s ability to evade capture and continue taunting the United States with recorded messages from his hideouts was a constant irritant to the country. It was particularly galling for the administration of former President George W. Bush, which worked hard to pursue bin Laden. This is a time to rejoice. It is also a time to redouble efforts because the long war will continue. But its founder and leader will kill no more.
Nate Beeler | The Washington Examiner
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we ever hear in response to how much is needed is “more.” Tell me you need $7,000 per student and make a pie chart that shows me where every penny of that is going per student. Convince me it’s all legit and I’ll support the funding level. SALES TAX OVIEDO
Seminole County schools face cuts It’s a shame that the 1/2 cent school tax did not pass. I don’t think the majority understand that if the school system fails in our community, many would be home buyers will look else where, which in turn will keep real estate prices depressed. JOHN T OVIEDO No, John it is not a shame. The citizens of Seminole County pay plenty in sales taxes and property taxes as it is. Anyway, this is an article about how the cuts will affect teachers, not children. Responsible parents send their children to private schools. KAREN OVIEDO
As long as there’s 1 person, let alone Bill Vogel involved in the SCPS system receiving DROP MONEY I will NOT support any additional taxes increases. CHUCK JENKINS WS This is just more proof of how this country is rapidly going downhill. Politicians are more interested in helping the rich than helping the people they were elected to represent. Citizens are more interested in themselves than their neighbors. Some foolish people believe they are already being taxed too much, when in reality they are not being taxed enough. They want it all without paying for it. America has already fallen behind other countries in many different areas. If school budgets continue to be cut we will continue raising under performing children who will, in turn, continue to doom this country. Seminole County has long been known as a great place to live because of its superior schools. Those days will soon be gone which means new businesses, like the hospital Oviedo is trying to get, will no longer be interested in joining our community. Enjoy that 1/2 cent in your pocket because you’re about to pay in much worse ways. Greedy, self-centered, and blind is no way to go through life. TOM IVERSEN OVIEDO
Perhaps people are not aware or choose to ignore it but the fact is that Seminole County has over $80 million in scheduled DROP payments. You can be sure that those one-off payments to staff which is in addition to lifetime pensions and healthcare will be made. You won’t hear what about the children when those checks are cut. I want to clarify that the $80 million is only for the Seminole County Schools, not the entire county. CITIZEN OVIEDO
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The sales tax would have most likely passed had the information been presented honestly, as opposed to the “it’s a tax cut” sales pitch they came up with. I’d like for the school board to spell out exactly how much money they need per child to do the job right. Instead all
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION JEFFERSON-PILOT INVESTMENTS, INC., a foreign corporation, Plaintiff, v. Case No.: 10-CA-007703 VILLAGE SHOPPES ASSOCIATES, LTD., a Florida limited partnership, KIKI COURTELIS, as Trustee of the Investment Trust established pursuant to the terms of that certain Declaration of Trust dated April 8, 1994 executed by Alec P. Courtelis, and W. DOUGLAS PITTS, an individual, Defendants. _________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage foreclosure dated April 6, 2011 and entered in Case No. 10-CA-007703 of the Circuit Court of the EIGHTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for SEMINOLE County, Florida wherein JEFFERSON-PILOT INVESTMENTS, INC. is the plaintiff and VILLAGE SHOPPES ASSOCIATES, LTD. are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 301 N. Park Ave Room S201 Sanford, FL 32771, at 11:00 p.m., on June 7, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: Lot 1 of VILLAGE SHOPPES, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 47, Pages 1 and 2, of the Public Records of Seminole County, Florida. Together with the non-exclusive easement for ingress/egress, parking and drainage established in that certain Declaration of Restrictions and Grant of Easements recorded in Book 2696, Page 1837, of the Public Records of Seminole County, Florida. Property Address: 249 436 SR W, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32707 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. Failure of any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, other than the property owner, to file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale will result in a loss of entitlement to surplus funds. WITNESS MY HAND and seal of this Court on __________________, 2011. Maryanne Morse Clerk of the Circuit Court By _________________________ Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the court administrator at 301 N. Park Avenue, Suite N301, Sanford, FL 32771, (407-665-4227 within two working days of your receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or voice impaired call 1-800-955-8771. Publish in: Seminole Chronicle Invoice to: Sivyer Barlow & Watson, P.A., 401 E. Jackson Street, Tampa, FL 33602
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