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TUESDAY, APRIL 16 2024
Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit Visits St. Cloud, Educates Community on Veteran Sacrifices Revving Up Hope: Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Osceola County to Host Car and Truck Show This Saturday Cloud Weightlifter Junior Mikey Ziss Heads to FHSAA State Championships On Friday Cloud to Host Community Meeting on Tuesday at 5:30pm to Discuss Flood Vulnerability Taste of Main Street: Savoring the Community Spirit and Culinary Excellence of St. Cloud and Kissimmee Celebrate Healthy Kids Day with “Y Reads” this Saturday at the Osceola YMCA in Kissimmee

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LIVE as Cheryl Grieb unveils the result of the 2023 Bike Rack Competition at Pioneer Village

LIVE as The Osceola County School District announces its Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year

LIVE at Osceola Arts experiencing the beauty and wonder of artist Vera Gubnitskaia’s exhibit Dreams and Realities

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Positively Osceola, Making a Positive Difference in and Around Osceola County!

Stay informed and inspired with Positively Osceola, your 24/7 go-to news in and around Osceola County! Positively Osceola shares the latest updates on local events, community achievements, and inspiring stories. From heartwarming features to breaking news, PO has you covered. Experience the power of positivity with Positively Osceola!

St. Cloud’s Monthly Park Pop-Up

Meet Sami the Sandhill Crane at St. Cloud’s next Monthly Park Pop-Up on March 2nd at Ted Broda Memorial Park, located at 4499 Michigan Avenue. Enjoy awesome bounce houses, surprise activities, and fantastic giveaways, making the day even more memorable.

Don Schmidt Roofing

Don Schmidt Roofing takes pride in every project by using only the finest materials and craftmanship.

Boating With Brandon

Osceola County Commissioner for District 3 Brandon Arrington is launching a new series that will highlight the natural beauty of Osceola County and the amazing leaders that make a positive difference in our community everyday!

Osceola County’s College-Going Rate Soars to Fourth in State, Outperforming Orange and Seminole for the First Time

Officials from Osceola County, Valencia College, and the School District of Osceola County are celebrating a significant achievement: Osceola County students now have the fourth highest college-going rate in the state.

According to the Florida Department of Education, 63% of Osceola County high school graduates in 2022 enrolled in college, technical schools, or other post-secondary institutions within Florida one year after graduation. This represents a significant increase from the 47.3% in 2019-20 and 48.1% in 2020-21 enrollments

Osceola County historically has had the lowest college-going rate in Central Florida. However, for the first time, Osceola County’s college-going rate (63%) has surpassed the state average (54%), as well as that of Orange County (which ranks 11th at 57%), and Seminole County (which ranks 9th at 59%).

County and local education officials attribute the increase to the county’s Osceola Prosper scholarship program. In 2022, Osceola County commissioners voted to use the county’s federal pandemic recovery funds to guarantee that every high school graduate in the county could attend Valencia College or Osceola Technical College for free.

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Revving Up Hope: Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Osceola County to Host Car and Truck Show This Saturday

Osceola County is set to witness a vibrant and charitable event this Saturday, April 20 from 3 pm to 7 pm, as the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Osceola County hosts a Car and Truck Show at the Osceola County Tax Collector’s Office, located at 2501 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. in Kissimmee.

This event promises a display of some of the most exquisite automobiles in the county, all for a cause that is as noble as it is vital.The Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Osceola County has long been recognized for its unwavering commitment to supporting the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children within the county. As a nonprofit organization, its mission transcends conventional boundaries, striving to create a brighter future for those who have faced adversities at a tender age.

St. Cloud to Host Community Meeting on Tuesday at 5:30pm to Discuss Flood Vulnerability Study

The City of St. Cloud’s Floodplain Management Office will hold a community meeting to present results of an assessment of the city’s flood risks and vulnerabilities.

Many residents participated in the city’s Vulnerability Assessment, as part of the Resilient Florida Program, via community meetings and an online survey conducted in 2023. This project evaluated current and future flood risks and vulnerabilities and identified ways to become more resilient to flooding.

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Celebrate Healthy Kids Day with “Y Reads” this Saturday at the Osceola YMCA in Kissimmee

This Saturday April 20th, communities nationwide will gather at local YMCA branches to celebrate Healthy Kids Day, an event designed to enhance the health and well-being of children. This year, Healthy Kids Day will introduce a new partnership with the New Worlds Reading Initiative called “Y Reads.”

Healthy Kids Day will take place at the Osceola YMCA, located at 2117 W Mabbette St. in Kissimmee from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and will include activities focused on improving literacy and encouraging healthy lifestyles among children. This initiative is part of the Y’s broader goal to support academic success and well-being among youth through engaging, community-based programs.

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Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit Visits St.

Cloud, Educates Community on Veteran Sacrifices

On Saturday, St. Cloud’s Centennial Park was visited by the Wreaths Across America (WAA) Mobile Education Exhibit, a traveling museum aimed at educating communities around the United States about the sacrifices of U.S. veterans and the importance of remembering those who have served.

The event at Centennial Park not only highlighted local efforts to honor veterans but also brought the community closer to the rich history and ongoing mission of WAA, particularly the significance of their annual wreath-laying ceremonies.

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St. Cloud Weightlifter Junior Mikey Ziss Heads to FHSAA State Championships On Friday

If his current form holds, Friday’s FHSAA State Weightlifting Championship should be more of a coronation rather than a competition for St. Cloud High junior Mikey Ziss.

The defending state champion in both the Olympic (snatch plus clean-and-jerk) and Traditional (bench press plus clean-andjerk), Ziss will be heavily favored to win both disciplines in the 119-lb. weight class after a dominating performance at regionals last week.

Ziss hoisted 205 in the snatch, 250 in the clean-and-jerk and 225 in the bench press to win the Olympic Title with a 455 total and the Traditional with 430 – winning by 185-lbs. and 140-lbs. respectively over the second place finishers. He earned overall “Lifter of the Meet” in both classifications at regionals.

Taste of Main Street: Savoring the Community Spirit and Culinary Excellence of St. Cloud and Kissimmee

Last Saturday night, the St. Cloud Marina Building hosted “The Taste of Main Street,” an annual event that celebrated local culinary excellence while fostering community spirit, and it was a hit!

Organized by the St. Cloud and Kissimmee Main Streets associations, the evening was a showcase of the culinary talents present in both communities. The Marina Building blossomed with the aromas of varied cuisines, providing a perfect setting for an evening filled with food exploration and communal joy.

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Empowering Futures: Osceola County’s Unwavering Commitment to Education Through Osceola Prosper

In a move that underscores a steadfast commitment to education and community prosperity, Osceola County has once again cast a unanimous vote in favor of the transformative Osceola Prosper program. During Monday’s County Commission meeting, all five commissioners earmarked an impressive $8.3 million to continue fueling this initiative that has already begun reshaping the educational landscape for local students.

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KUA Introduces Cutting-Edge Surge Protection for Enhanced Home Safety

KUA customers are now eligible to sign up for the utility’s new surge protection program, which can protect large appliances from electric surges.

The surge protection device is installed directly on the customer’s meter and diverts high-energy surges that can enter through electric power lines from coming into the home.

Homeowners insurance or renter’s insurance typically doesn’t cover appliance damage caused by electric surges, but customers now have the option to protect expensive appliances through KUA’s Surge Protection Program. Items covered under the program include appliances such as air conditioning equipment, refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, and electric ranges.

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From Licensing to Limits: Your Complete Guide for the 2024 Florida Turkey Season

The 2024 spring turkey hunting season is underway! If you’re planning to venture south of State Road 70, be ready to enjoy the season which is now open and will run until April 7. For those looking to explore north of State Road 70, you’ll have a bit more time with the season extending until April 21. As you prepare for your hunting adventures, keep the following important information in mind.

ABOUT WILD TURKEYS

Florida is home to two subspecies of wild turkey — the eastern wild turkey and the Osceola or Florida wild turkey. The Osceola wild turkey only lives on the Florida peninsula.

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Osceola’s Leadership Feeds Hope: Commissioners Unite for Community and Agricultural Support with Strategic Food Donations

On Wednesday ,Osceola County Commissioners

Brandon Arrington, Ricky Booth, Cheryl Grieb, and Viviana Janer came together at Osceola Heritage Park to donate meat to local food pantries from animals they had purchased from young leaders in the 4H and FFA during this year’s Osceola County Fair. The donations were made to the Osceola Council On Aging, The Altar Church, Pantry Planters, and Gray’s House of Hopes.

The food donated will not only provide essential resources to local aid programs but shines a light on the hard work and dedication of 4H and FFA students in Osceola County. Throughout the year, these young agriculturists engage deeply with the care, raising, and understanding of their animals, embodying responsibility and gaining insights into the agricultural industry. These programs play a critical role in educating the youth on the significance of agriculture in Osceola County and the broader national landscape.

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In the heart of Osceola County, a revolution in education is taking place at Creative Inspiration Journey School (CIJS) in St. Cloud, heralding a new era of learning for students from Pre-K through 8th grade.

Known as the most soughtafter tuition-free public charter school in the area, CIJS is now inviting new families to join its vibrant community through an open enrollment period, offering a unique chance to be part of its innovative educational approach.

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Kissimmee Utility Authority Honored with National Award For Outstanding Safety Practices

Kissimmee Utility Authority has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2023. The utility earned Diamond Status in the category for utilities with 250,000 to 999,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

More than 160 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards for 2023. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of workerhours and ranked based on the most incidentfree records and overall state of their safety programs and culture during 2023. The incidence rate is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2023, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Quick-Thinking ‘Hero’ Custodian Saves Choking Student with Heimlich Maneuver at Narcoossee Elementary

During a recent school lunch period at Narcoossee Elementary School, an ordinary day took a dramatic turn when a young student began choking. Joseph “JB” Brown, the school’s custodian, quickly stepped in to perform the Heimlich maneuver, a lifesaving act that prevented a potential tragedy.

This incident, taking place during the hustle and bustle of a school cafeteria, highlights the critical role that non-teaching staff play in the safety and security of our schools.

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Ignite Creativity This Summer with Osceola Arts!

This June, while schools take a break, Osceola Arts turns up the heat with its Summer Arts Camps at Valencia College’s Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses, starting Monday, June 3rd, at 9 AM. Dive into a world where visual and performing arts meet, offering diverse camps tailored for the Central Florida community.

Whether you’re into painting, acting, or dancing, there’s a spot just for you!

Designed for kids aged 8-13, these camps provide a unique blend of learning and fun in a top-notch facility that sparks creativity. Each session concludes with a dazzling showcase, where students display their newfound skills. Witness the remarkable transformation and celebrate the achievements of these young talents.

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Osceola County Association of Realtors Honored by County Commissioners with Fair Housing Month Proclamation

During the Osceola County Commission’s Board meeting on April 1, the Board officially proclaimed April 2024 as National Fair Housing Month in Osceola County, recognizing the unwavering commitment of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS to ensuring fair and equal housing opportunities for all citizens.

This recognition took place in a collaborative effort with the Osceola County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), highlighting the continuous efforts to uphold the principles and intentions set forth by Congress in the realm of housing.

James Lowe, President of the Board of Directors for the Osceola County Association of Realtors, expressed his gratitude, stating, “Thank you to the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners for recognizing April 2024 as National Fair Housing Month. REALTORS® pledge to maintain honesty and impartiality in promoting fair housing and adhering to legal mandates. This dedication is particularly pronounced during Fair Housing Month, as we commemorate the universal opportunity for all individuals to pursue the dream of homeownership.”

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SPORTS

Battle for the Osceola County All-Sports Trophy: OBC Action Heats Up With Five Championships This Week

With three schools locked in a tight race, the 2023-24 Orange Belt Conference All-Sports trophy will be up for grabs this week as OBC champions will be decided in five sports – including baseball, softball, boys’ volleyball and both boys and girls track and field.

Currently, the Harmony Longhorns sit in first place with 119.5 points. Harmony has won the last three OBC All-Sports trophies and eight of the last 12. St. Cloud, which won four times since 2012 but none since 2020, is in second place with 115.5 points. Celebration, fresh off a sweep in both boys’ and girls’ tennis, remains in shouting distance with 108 points.

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Osceola Magic Inaugural Season Ends After Falling to Nets in Eastern Conference Semifinals at OHP

Despite a spirited performance, the Osceola Magic’s playoff run came to an end at Osceola Heritage Park on Friday night, as they succumbed to the Long Island Nets with a score of 120-112. Amidst the setback, Mac McClung shone with a game-high 28 points, demonstrating remarkable precision from beyond the arc at 44% three-point shooting.

“Coach helped me grow so much this year,” McClung said. “He pushed me to do things I didn’t want to do, but he encouraged me to develop new skills like off-thedribble shooting. That’s the beauty of basketball; we try to figure out new ways to improve and grow into the player we want to become each season.”

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A Taste of Paradise Returns: Experience

Unforgettable Blueberry Picking and Positively Delicious Treats at Double C Bar Ranch

The Double C Bar Ranch Blueberry Picking Season commenced with great enthusiasm on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24. Enthusiastic visitors traveled to the Chapman family’s sprawling 30-acre blueberry fields, nestled 15 miles south of St. Cloud on the way to Kenansville, eager to partake in the annual harvest. This season introduced an exciting array of culinary delights, including savory brats, an assortment of newly crafted blueberry jams, and a uniquely flavorful blueberry hot sauce, all of which received rave reviews from Positively Osceola. Additionally, in a fresh venture this year, Double C Bar Ranch expanded its offerings to include citrus trees, inviting patrons to bring a piece of the ranch’s verdant bounty into their own backyards.

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Maximizing Comfort and Efficiency with Osceola Air: The Critical Role of Spring Air Conditioning TuneUps Before the Summer Blaze

As the cooler air of winter gives way to the vibrant blossoms of spring, Florida residents know all too well that the sizzling heat of summer is just around the corner. Preparing for the inevitable spike in temperatures means ensuring your air conditioning system is in top-notch condition. Why? Because a well-maintained AC system is not just about comfort; it’s about health, efficiency, and longevity. And when it comes to reliable air conditioning services in Osceola County, there’s one name that stands out: Osceola Air.

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Two Months to Go! Get Ready for Florida’s 2024 Hurricane Season

With the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season just two months away, it’s crucial for residents of Florida to start thinking about hurricane preparedness. It’s important to remember how powerful the forces of nature are, and the importance of being prepared. Here are ten essential steps to ensure you, your family, and your community remain safe and ready:

1. Review Your Insurance Coverage: Make sure your home and property insurance is up to date and covers flood damage, which is often not included in standard policies.

2. Create an Emergency Plan: Discuss and plan for where you will go if an evacuation is ordered. Consider both local and out-of-town scenarios.

3. Build a Hurricane Kit: Stock up on non-perishable food, water (one gallon per person per day), medications, flashlights, batteries, and other essentials.

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April Shines as National Autism Awareness Month

April is a time of heightened awareness and understanding for the autism community, as it marks National Autism Awareness Month. This special month is dedicated to fostering acceptance and celebrating the differences that make individuals with autism unique.

The observance began with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, setting the stage for a month-long series of events and activities aimed at increasing understanding and support for people living with autism . This year, the Autism Society of America continues its impactful #CelebrateDifferences campaign for the sixth consecutive year, highlighting the importance of recognizing and appreciating the diverse experiences of those on the autism spectrum.

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Experience a Culinary Journey Through St. Cloud and Kissimmee: The Taste of Main Street

This Saturday Night!

In the heart of St. Cloud, an event is brewing that promises to tantalize the taste buds and unite the community in a celebration of local flavors and spirited camaraderie. “The Taste of Main Street,” a culinary showcase is set to unfold at the St. Cloud Marina Building from 6-9pm this Saturday, April 13th. This feast is not just a meal but a journey through the essence of both St. Cloud and Kissimmee’s vibrant Main Streets.

The Marina Building will come alive filled with the rich aromas of a dozen cuisines mingling in the air. This unique gathering is the brainchild of the St. Cloud and Kissimmee Main Streets organizations, brought to life to celebrate the culinary diversity and craftsmanship of their communities.

Attendees will have an opportunity to savor dishes from a selection of the finest local eateries, each bringing its own signature flair to the table. Granny’s Southern Smokehouse is expected to draw crowds with its heartwarming, smoky barbecue, while 10th Street Produce & Deli will satisfy the crowd with fresh, vibrant flavors that the St. Cloud community has come to love. For those looking for a more ‘spirited’ taste’, Levee Liquor and Gas, alongside Bone Sack Cider Company, will offer libations that challenge the palate and delight the senses.

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St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce’s New ‘CoLab’ Coworking Space to Bridge the Gap for Small Businesses

entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce has announced its newest initiative, CoLab @ the Chamber, a new coworking component of the Chamber Small Business program. This initiative is designed to bolster the growth, success, and operational efficiency of small businesses within the community, and represents a commitment to fostering a supportive environment for

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Maximize Your HVAC Investment with Osceola Air’s February Repair Buyback Program

In the twilight years of an air conditioning system, homeowners often grapple with the critical choice between repair or replacement. Opting incorrectly can lead to substantial financial outlay on a system on the brink of failure. During the month of February, Osceola Air is offering an innovative solution to this dilemma through its February Repair Buyback Program, designed to offer homeowners peace of mind and significant savings.

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Be a Beach Hero: Simple Steps to Protect Florida’s Nesting Sea Turtles

Last year marked an exceptional period for sea turtle nesting along Florida’s coasts, with both loggerhead and green turtle nest numbers surpassing all previous records. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) emphasizes the critical role that people can play in continuing this success. By adhering to a few simple guidelines, beachgoers can significantly increase the chances of another record-breaking nesting season for these endangered and threatened species.

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Brightline and Princess Cruises Launch ‘Rail & Sail’ Program for Guests Sailing from Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale

Princess Cruises and Brightline, Florida’s passenger rail service that connects travelers to top destinations and major events in Central and South Florida, have joined forces to introduce the innovative Rail & Sail program, offering guests swift and hasslefree access to Princess cruise ships departing from two popular Florida homeports – Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (Port Canaveral).

With Rail & Sail, guests enjoy a seamless journey in luxurious comfort, arriving at their preferred homeport in significantly less time than traditional travel methods.

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Steering Towards Safety: April Marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April shines a spotlight on one of the most critical issues facing drivers today—distracted driving. Recognized nationally, Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a concerted effort to make our roads safer for everyone.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has launched an awareness campaign titled “IT ALL CAN WAIT,” urging drivers to prioritize safety over distractions

. The campaign aligns with statewide initiatives by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to educate and legislate safer driving practices.

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Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital doctor performs first laparoscopic nephrectomy – kidney removal surgery

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital’s Dr. Sarat Sabharwal performed the hospital’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy this month, a milestone for patient care.

Nephrectomy, or removal of a kidney, may be necessary when a patient has recurrent kidney infections, irreversible damage, long-term obstruction or tumors that indicate kidney cancer. Laparoscopic nephrectomy – a minimally invasive approach – uses tiny incisions in the abdomen that result in decreased blood loss, less pain, plus a shorter hospital stay and recovery. Many patients are able to return to full activity within 3-4 weeks after surgery.

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Exploring Osceola County’s Natural Trails and Spaces: A Paradise for Avid Runners, Walkers, and Kayakers

Osceola County is a hidden gem for avid runners, walkers, and kayakers seeking a combination of physical fitness and natural beauty. Although the county is one of the fastest growing regions in Florida, its picturesque landscapes, serene lakes, and wellmaintained trails, offer a haven for those who want to stay active while immersing themselves in nature.

In this article, we will take you on a journey through ten of Osceola County’s finest locations where you can experience invigorating runs and leisurely walks amid breathtaking natural landscapes.

• Shingle Creek Regional Park:

Shingle Creek Regional Park, often referred to as the “Headwaters of the Everglades,” is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and fitness enthusiasts alike. This vast park offers a network of scenic trails suitable for running and walking. The trails wind through lush forests, along the banks of Shingle Creek, and provide opportunities to spot local wildlife. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or an intense trail run, Shingle Creek has something for everyone.

• Celebration Lakeside Park:

Celebration, a charming community in Osceola County, and known to many as the ‘Town that Disney built,’ boasts Celebration Lakeside Park, a beautiful destination for runners and walkers. The park features a loop trail around Lake Rianhard, offering picturesque views of the water and surrounding greenery. The flat terrain and wellpaved paths make it an excellent choice for a leisurely walk or a brisk run.

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Positively Osceola Unveils Dynamic Business Support Initiative, ‘Positively Osceola Plus’

In a move set to revolutionize local business growth and community engagement, Positively Osceola, the leading hub for local news, sports, and events in Osceola County, has unveiled an innovative initiative known as ‘Positively Osceola Plus.’

‘Positively Osceola Plus’ is designed to extend a helping hand to businesses, organizations, and individuals in and around Osceola County, fostering their capacity to connect with target audiences and achieve their marketing and promotional aspirations.

Recognized as Osceola County’s foremost source for trusted information, Positively Osceola is leveraging its extensive reach and credibility to provide an enhanced platform for businesses looking to expand their marketing presence and connect meaningfully with their communities.

Positively Osceola Plus offers a comprehensive suite of support services tailored to meet the diverse needs of local enterprises. From strategic marketing guidance and targeted advertising to community outreach initiatives, the program aims to empower businesses and organizations in amplifying their visibility and achieving their goals.

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HEALTH

Orlando Health: Is the Alkaline Water Hype True?

These days, consumers have more choices than ever when it comes to water — spring, filtered, flavored, carbonated, mineralized and more. Proponents of “alkalized” water say it offers possible health benefits ranging from cancer resistance and diabetes prevention to helping with weight loss, lowering cholesterol and improving energy. But before you spend your hard-earned cash on water, Orlando Health nutritionist Lisa Cooper, RD, says it’s important to know the facts.

On the pH scale of 1 to 14, alkalized water has a pH level of 8 or 9, while normal drinking water has a neutral pH of 7.0. However, not all alkalized water is the same. Most alkaline water sold in bottles is made by supplementing water with minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. The type of alkaline water that some health studies have looked at is called “electrolyzed reduced water,” made through a water ionization process.

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Boating with Brandon: Exploring Osceola County’s Natural Splendor and Changemakers

Osceola County is on the verge of captivating its residents and visitors alike with a new video series that promises to explore its hidden natural treasures like never before. Titled “Boating with Brandon,” this 10-part series is hosted by District 3 Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington, who aims to shed light on the rich biodiversity and pristine waterways that are the pride of this rapidly growing region. Along for the ride will be some amazing “changemakers” from in and around Osceola!

Heartfelt Bravery and Solidarity: Downtown Kissimmee Hosts St. Baldrick’s Shave Fest to Battle Childhood Cancer

In an inspiring display of community unity and compassion, Downtown Kissimmee transformed into a beacon of hope on Saturday afternoon, as Dakin Avenue, in front of 3 Sisters Speakeasy, buzzed with the sound of clippers for a noble cause. The annual St. Baldrick’s Shave Fest once again brought together local leaders and community members, all united in a single mission—to fight childhood cancer head-on.

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Draper Law: Which vehicles are more likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents?

Sadly, serious and fatal accidents take place on a daily basis in Central Florida. These crashes can happen in a number of ways and can be caused by not following traffic laws, inexperience, intoxication, distracted driving, fatigue, and medical issues.

Statistics show that fatal car accidents can often occur based on the type of vehicle. You may think that sports cars are most likely to be in crashes due to their speed and performance. However, according to the NHTSA, it’s the everyday cars, trucks, and SUVs on the roadways that are involved more frequently in serious or even deadly accidents, with sedans and pickup trucks accounting for more than three-quarters of fatal accidents. If you drive out on the roadways, here’s what you need to know about which vehicles have been involved in many of the crashes.

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Orlando Health: Making Self-Care a Daily Deal HEALTH

#SelfCareSunday may be the trendy hashtag, but nurturing body and soul should be a daily deal, says Dr. Meredith Watson-Locklear, an OB-GYN with Orlando Health Physician Associates. “My number one rule is ‘Make time for yourself,’ ” she says. “Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day. Everyone can find at least 15 minutes in their day, every day, to devote to self-care.” Hitting the pause button on your day doesn’t have to be complicated. To commit to self-care, schedule time each day to focus on yourself. Program it into your schedule, if you have to. When the time comes, walk around the block, listen to a podcast, take a bath or grab some crayons and color. Meditate. Call a friend for a quick chat. Take a power nap.

Healthy, Not Indulgent

“Everyone is so stressed and tired, but it’s important to your mental health to take time for you,” says Dr. Watson-Locklear. “Giving yourself permission to shake off stress is healthy, not indulgent.”

For some, working out is as meditative for the mind as it is good for the body. “Exercise is not a luxury,” says the doctor, who suggests hitting the gym, doing yoga or pounding the pavement at least 30 minutes 3 to 4 days a week. “Set a goal of exercising for six days a week. You will begin to feel better — mentally and physically — almost immediately.”

Good nutrition also can affect self-wellness. “Weight concerns are more than aesthetic, they can create or signal health issues,” she says. “When patients want to modify their behavior with food, I suggest they make one better choice each day — add a piece of fruit or another veggie. Bypass the extra cookies.”

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Elevate Your Child’s Learning Experience With Pre-K through 8th Grade Creative Inspiration Journey School in St. Cloud

As the educational landscape continues to evolve in and around Osceola County, parents are seeking more than just a conventional schooling experience for their children. They seek environments that foster individual growth, creativity, and a sense of community. Creative Inspiration Journey School (CIJS), a tuition-free Pre-K through 8th grade public charter school located in St. Cloud, has emerged as a beacon of innovative education, offering an unparalleled learning journey for students.

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We know emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. With 14 ER locations throughout Central Florida, we’re ready to provide expert emergency care if you’re facing one. No matter which one you choose, you’ll find a place where chaos meets calm and uncertainty finds answers. Giving you more reasons to choose well. OrlandoHealth.com/ER

IN THE LOOP - THEME PARK NEWS

Nightfall Predators: Experience the Gator Night Shine for a Wild Adventure at Gatorland

Embark on an unforgettable nocturnal journey with Florida’s infamous reptiles on Gatorland’s Gator Night Shine Tour! As the sun sets and dusk settles over the swamplands, this one-of-a-kind adventure invites you to explore the eerie yet thrilling realm of alligators at the park’s Alligator Breeding Marsh.

Equipped with just a flashlight and some alligator food, guests traverse the rustic wooden pathways that weave through the Alligator Breeding Marsh. The night resonates with the symphony of wildlife sounds, punctuated by the occasional splash and mysterious rustling that heightens the night’s excitement.

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Aquatica Orlando Welcomes Summer with Aloha to Summer Celebration March 30-June 2

Aquatica Orlando is set to kick off the summer season in grand style with its Aloha to Summer celebration. From March 30th to June 2nd, every Saturday and Sunday will offer visitors a unique opportunity to greet the summer with a splash. The event promises an array of festivities from morning till night, including the most extensive collection of waterslides in Orlando, mouthwatering specialty foods and beverages, and vibrant entertainment options.

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Splash into Summer: Disney’s H2O Glow After Hours Lights Up Walt Disney World from May 25

With summer break just around the corner, Walt Disney World Resort guests can get ready to have a “glowing’’ good time when Disney H2O Glow After Hours returns to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon starting May 25.

Guests can look forward to magical late-night parties throughout the summer, giving them an opportunity to enjoy the tropical Disney water park with shorter wait times. The 2024 H2O Glow After Hours season offers more event nights than ever before, with 18 select evenings from May 25 to Aug. 31, 2024.

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Universal Orlando Unveils Exclusive Sneak Peek of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Isle of Berk Adventure at Epic Universe

Universal Orlando Resort is set to expand its horizons with the introduction of its muchanticipated new theme park, Epic Universe, scheduled to open in 2025. Among the myriad of attractions, the “How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk” area stands out as a cornerstone of the park’s immersive experiences, promising to whisk guests away to the fantastical world of Vikings and dragons.

The park is set to enchant visitors with its themed dining and shopping venues, complemented by four innovative attractions, an engaging live performance, and unique meet-and-greet opportunities with beloved characters and dragons. Guests will be captivated by breathtaking views familiar from the movies, framed by a dazzling lagoon, and guarded by majestic 40-foot Viking statues, creating an immersive world straight out of the films.

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POSITIVELY DELICIOUS

Sunshine State Beef Sliders with Sweet Twist

Indulge in the positively delicious flavors of Florida Beef Sliders with Candied Bacon and Tomato Jam, a culinary masterpiece that marries the savory goodness of beef with the sweet and smoky notes of candied bacon. Topped with a tangy tomato jam that’s both fresh and flavorful, each slider is a bite-sized journey through the best of Florida’s local ingredients.

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Swamp Style Alligator Sandwich with Zesty Slaw

Savor the unique and positively delicious taste of the Florida Alligator Sandwich with Slaw. This culinary adventure brings you the tender, flavorful alligator meat paired with a crisp, zesty slaw, all nestled between fresh, soft bread. Perfect for those looking to explore the diverse tastes of the Sunshine State, this sandwich is a must-try delight that leaves a lasting impression.

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Sizzling Blackened Grouper Sandwiches

Experience the unforgettable taste of Blackened Florida Grouper Sandwiches, where the rich, flavorful essence of Florida’s seas is captured in every bite. These positively delicious sandwiches showcase perfectly blackened grouper fillets, enveloped in a symphony of spices that dance on your taste buds. Tucked within soft, fresh buns and accented with a crisp slaw or leafy greens, they promise a culinary journey that balances heat, texture, and the natural sweetness of the fish.

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Positively Delicious Sweet Escape: Florida’s Strawberry Icebox Delight

Dive into the positively delicious world of Florida Strawberry Icebox Pie, a refreshing dessert that celebrates the sweetness of Florida’s strawberries. This no-bake delight combines juicy strawberries with a creamy filling, all set atop a crisp crust, creating a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Ideal for hot summer days or a festive gathering, this pie offers a cool escape to a sweet paradise.

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Homegrown Florida Crisp Pickles, They’re Positively Delicious

Enjoy the tasty and positively delicious Florida House Pickles. Made with fresh cucumbers and special spices, these crisp pickles capture Florida’s sunny flavors in every bite. Perfect for snacking or adding a zesty touch to your meals, they’re a simple pleasure that brings a bit of Florida’s warmth to your table.

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Tropical Bliss: Florida Avocado & Mango Salad

Indulge in the positively delicious blend of flavors with a Florida Avocado and Mango Salad. This vibrant dish combines the creamy texture of ripe Florida avocados with the sweet, juicy burst of fresh mangoes, creating a taste sensation that’s both refreshing and fulfilling. Drizzled with a light, citrusy dressing and sprinkled with a hint of chili for an extra kick, this salad is a perfect representation of Florida’s rich, tropical abundance.

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