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Oviedo Mall sold to LA firm

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The Oviedo Mall has officially been sold. Announced by Rockwood Real Estate Advisors, an investment banking firm that arranged the transaction, the mall changed hands to 3D Investments, a real estate management firm in Los Angeles. The mall was listed on the market during

the first week of November, and the sale closed on Wednesday, Thomas Dobrowski, managing director for Rockwood Real Estate Advisors, said. According to a release, the owned portion of the mall, 556,760 square feet, was sold for an undisclosed amount. Although the price of how much the mall was sold for is under wraps, Seminole County

Property Appraiser David Johnson said that the 2012 value of the mall was appraised at $13,889,772. This figure includes the mall portion and the Regal Cinemas. “This value does not include the Sears, Dillard’s or Macy’s since these are separately owned parcels,” Johnson said. Dobrowski said the ■ Please see MALL | A3

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DONE DEAL: The sale of the Oviedo Mall closed on Wednesday. The investor is 3D Investments, a real estate management firm in Los Angeles.

City of Winter Springs touts national status for being safe


Lightning in a bottle Oviedo-based girls youth volleyball club, Lightning Volleyball Academy, offers an affordable alternative to more expensive clubs.

Named in top 100 safest places to live

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By Steven Ryzewski THE CHRONICLE

Oviedo on the Park plan moves ahead, breaks ground this week


Creative coffee The Blessed Bean Coffee company in Casselberry has come up with creative coffee flavors. ■ SEE A10

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Plenty of cites and their respective police departments talk about having an “open door” policy with their citizens, an environment where citizens and law enforcement personnel can freely discuss trends and developments in the hope of keeping their city as safe as possible. As evidenced by a recent ranking by Location Inc., as one of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America, the city of Winter Springs apparently walks the walk in that area as well. Winter Springs was ranked No. 91 in the 2013 rankings, and Police Chief Kevin Brunelle said it’s all rooted in the communication between his department and the people of Winter Springs. “Because of the connection we have with the community, I’ve got 36,000 residents who are willing to call us. That gives me 36,000 sets of eyes telling us what’s going on in our community,” Brunell said. “We have made some significant arrests and solved some significant crimes because people were willing to call us.” The recognition for the city came as a pleasant surprise to Mayor Charles Lacey, who said these types of acknowledgements are typically ones that a city or township has to seek out. In this case, Winter Springs did not apply for this ranking, Lacey said, which makes it all the more

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After years of development and delays, the city of Oviedo is finally ready to break ground on its much-anticipated project, Oviedo on the Park. The long-awaited, $200 million downtown development is set to break ground on Thursday at 4 p.m. The city is hosting a ground breaking ceremony from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the west side of Oviedo Boulevard, between the roundabout and Mitchell Hammock Road, in celebration For both residents and city officials, this has been a moment in the making. Oviedo on the Park, which will include housing, retail, office space and a public park when construction is completed, has been in development for about a decade. But for the past five years, the project has been plagued with delays. In 2008, the managing partner of the developer committed suicide, leaving the fate of the project up in the air — and in litigation. But in 2012, after months of discussions, the Winter Park-based P.A.C. Land Development Corp. bought the project. “P.A.C. and another developer actually sat down and had deep conversations with the agent and had talks with us too,” said Councilman Stephen Schenck. “They wanted to understand what they were buying and what they required to do [with the property].”

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REVIEWING THE PLANS: From left: Oviedo Development Services Director Bryan Cobb, City Manager Kathryn Breazeale and Mayor Dominic Persampiere.

Schenck said that, so far, the partnership between the city and P.A.C. has been great. “P.A.C. said they would move quickly, and they have worked very quickly,” Schenck said. “They’re doing everything they said they were going to do.” After more than six months of working with P.A.C., Mayor Dominic Persampiere said that Oviedo on the Park is finally back on track “It is on track, and it’s progressing along nicely,” Persampiere said. “It’s really going to be a nice space.” Since Oviedo on the Park comprises multiple parts, it’s been split into

two phases. Phase I, which should be completed by the end of 2015, includes housing, infrastructure and the park. The park will include a boat house, an amphitheater, a small dog park, a veteran’s memorial and a farmer’s market. Phase II includes the retail and office space, and its construction will begin once Phase I is completed. On March 11, the city council looked at the final plans for the park portion of Phase I, which Persampiere said will exceed everyone’s expectations. The city council has some minor changes that ■ Please see OVIEDO | A4 Illustration courtesy Dominic Persampiere

PUMPING YOUR WALLET: The Seminole County Board of Commissioners will vote to renew the 30-year-old gas tax.

30-year local gas tax expected to continue By Emon Reiser THE CHRONICLE

At a time when a gallon of gas can be more expensive than a gallon of milk, it may be a wonder why Seminole County leaders might agree to renew a 30-year-old tax for its citizens. But, the local option tax on each gallon of Seminole County gas fuels more than just the county’s pockets. Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere said that citizens can be assured that the tax is fair and necessary. “All of the dollars [the local gas tax] generates goes into infrastructure projects for the county,” Persampiere said. Persampiere said the tax is fair because it works much like a user fee — those who use Seminole County’s roads the most and buy the most gas contribute the most dollars and cents to maintaining the county’s roadways. ■ Please see GAS TAX | A3

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POLICE BLOTTER William Brent Basich, 20, of the 200 block of Chestnut Ridge Street, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 15, and charged with reckless driving. Reed Robert Bowman, 27, of the 300 block of Veracliff Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with fraud. Robert Scott Carbonneau, 36, of the 1000 block of 1st Avenue, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with battery. Kahrel Yared Cepeda, 21, of the 1000 block of North Magee Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with battery. Amarie James Cobbs, 20, of the 200 block of Wilson Avenue, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 16, and charged with distributing marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Madeleine Cierra Colon, 19, of the 100 block of Gardenridge Court, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 17, and charged with larceny. Lemuel Cottobaez, 27, of Elkwood Court, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 14, and charged with failure to appear. Michelle Lynn Creekmore, 21, of Moree Loop, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with a probation violation. Shyanne Cummings, 26, of the 200 block of Bennett Street, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with trafficking opium or a derivative. Willice Keith Daniels, 26, of the 1000 block of Harrison Street, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 17, and charged with probation violations. Jennifer Painter Dangler, 36, of the 600 block of Barrington Circle, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 14, and charged with battery. William Wayne Derryberry II, 29, of the 300 block of Crystal Avenue, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 14, and charged with failure to appear. Luz Marie Diaz, 20, of the 1000 block of Olliff Way, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 14, and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Dale Martin Fannin, 53, of the 2000 block of Shad Lane, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 14, and charged with withholding support. Melissa Nicole French, 27, of the 1000 block of Arapaho Trail, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 12, and charged with a moving traffic violation and battery. Brigette Danielle Foster, 41, of the 700 block of Field Street, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 17, and charged with driving under the influence. Mary Nicole Garlington, 23, of the 2000 block of Cypress Head Trail, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 15, and charged with driving under the influence. Antonio Gonzalez, 32, of the 500 block of Oak Street, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 15, and charged with a moving traffic violation. Samantha Kelly Gunter, 22, of the 1000 block of San Luis Court, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 15 and charged with driving under the influence and a moving traffic violation. Karreem Lavar Harvey, 28, of the 100 block of Lori Anne Lane, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 15, and charged with battery. Nicole Crystal Helms, 28, of the 900 block of Mead Road, Geneva, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 16, and charged with a moving traffic violation. Juan Francisco Hernandez, 54, of the 200 block of Academy Place, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with moving traffic violation. Calvin Johnson, 34, of the 400 block of Harbor Winds Court, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 14, and charged with a writ violation. Tarralyn Jones, 46, of the 9000 block of Belmont Terrace, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with a probation violation. Laura Lachappelle, 18, of the 1000 block of Twin Rivers Boulevard, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Heather Marie Libby, 36, of the 2000 block of Black Hammock Road, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with driving under the influence.

Ongoing events Keeping up with local issues is easy with audio podcasts from CMF Public Media, Verizon’s move to Lake Mary, Sanford’s new police chief, more cops at school, and other issues of importance to our county are the topics of Viewpoint Seminole. Panelists Steve Barnes, the former chair of the Seminole Democratic Party; Randy Morris, former county commissioner; Judith Smith, Sanford native; and Jeanne Morris, former school board chair; share their point of view on the issues. Taxes, transportation, economic development and all of the interesting details of local government are covered in podcasts by the seven Seminole County mayors in the State of the Cities. Commission Chairman Bob Dallari provides details on the state of the county. Florida’s rivers, springs and aquifers are critical but fragile resources. Listen to a panel of experts discuss the challenges and prospects for water in Central Florida on Florida’s Imperiled Waters. The status of the SunRail stations, the amenities of the passenger cars, operating hours, ticket costs, transit times between stations, and how best to connect with SunRail from home or work are all covered in a new podcast, SunRail Update, featuring Mike Wacht and Nicole Masters. Also, listen to more audio podcasts like these from the CMF Public Media archives: Longwood’s Muslim Community Center, Women Motorcyclists and ICONS of Seminole County. The Oviedo YMCA is now offering a farmer’s market every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m or until all the produce is sold. The Oviedo YMCA is located at 7900 Red Bug Lake Road. For information, contact Kim Lett at The Oviedo Historical Society opens its doors to the public on the first Saturday of each month. On display is much of Oviedo’s rich history, including information and exhibits on the earliest Oviedo settlers and various landmarks throughout the city. For more information, visit The Oviedo Farmer’s Market is open on the first Saturday of each month at the Lawton House. This week, the market opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. To be a vendor or to find out more information, please contact Lars White at or 407-971-5612. The Forgotten Ones Inc. continues to cultivate hope in the hearts of others with free lunch, groceries and haircuts, held on the last Saturday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vine Outreach Thrift Store, at 98 W. Broadway St., Oviedo. Volunteers are needed for cashiers and resource center help. For information, call 407-971-8135 or visit The Newcomers Club of Central Florida hosts a lunch for women on the third Thursday of each month as well as specialized groups that are interested in everything from movies to mah-jongg.

If you are new to the area, newly retired or just want to meet new people, contact DeDe Fluhr at 407-3669084 or visit Seminole Toasters, the only local lunchtime club of Toastmasters International, meets near downtown Sanford the first and third Fridays of each month. The club meets at the Seminole County Service Building, located at 1101 E. First St. on the first floor of the Learning Center, in Sanford. The meeting lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information and to confirm the location, call 407-665-7164 or 407-665-5605.

Happening this week Thursday, March 21

Yarborough Ranch on Snow Hill Road in Geneva is hosting the 15th annual Spring Ranchers Forum. This year, Imogene Yarborough will be recognized as the Agriculture Woman of the Year. Registration costs $15 and pre-registration guarantees a steak lunch. Walk-ins are welcome, but may have to have a hot dog lunch. Accommodations, registration and directions are available by contacting the UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Education Center at 407254-9200.

Saturday, March 23

The Oviedo Mall is hosting Food Truck Wars from noon to 6 p.m. 40 gourmet food trucks from across the state will compete for awards in five categories. Participants can also “eat their way to victory” in the Battle of the Bellies. There will also be a play area for kids, a beer garden and live music. Admission is free but the food is not. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club. Food Truck Crazy, which hosts this event, is also asking for donations of blankets, toiletries, coats and other cold weather supplies. They will donated to the homeless and those in need. For more information, visit or email Geneva is hosting its annual Founders Day celebration. The event will take place at the Rural Heritage Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include a pie baking contest,a 50/50 raffle and live music. Food lovers can indulge in barbeque, fresh produce, honey and baked goods. For more information, email The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is providing free, rapid testing for HIV at the AHF Mobile Clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic will be located in the parking lot of HOPE, 149 E. Broadway St. in Oviedo. For more information, call Jocelyn Carpenter at 407-497-2581.

Monday, March 25

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is hosting a Spring Break Camp for children ages 6-12. The theme of the camp is Jungle

Mania. Campers will get to encounter animals, play games, make crafts and more. For more information or to register, call 407-323-4450 ext. 123, email or visit

Tuesday, March 26

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is hosting an Alligator Awareness Class from 7-9 p.m. The reptile department will offer information on alligator safety and awareness for families. The class costs $10 for passholders and $15 for non-passholders. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call 407-323-4450 ext. 123, email or visit

Wednesday, March 27

Seminole State College is hosting the third and final student music recital of the month. During the recital, students perform solo as well as with professionals. This week’s performance will showcase piano, strings and voice. The concert will be held from 23:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Concert Hall, room G-118, on the SanfordLake Mary campus. For more information, visit

Upcoming events Thursday, March 28

A presentation on how to aeroponically grow your own nutritionally dense, non-GMO food in your backyard will take place at the Waterstone Fellowship in Chuluota. The address for the event is 1925 W. CR 419, Chuluota. The event starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 407687-0703.

Saturday, March 30

The city of Oviedo will once again host the Marshmallow Drop at the Oviedo Sports Complex, 1251 E. Broadway St. at 10 a.m. Children will be able to collect marshmallows as Marshmallow Drop Bunny unleashes them from the sky. The marshmallows can then be redeemed for candy. There will also be inflatable games, activities and refreshments for purchase. Tickets cost $1 before the event and $2 on the day of the drop. For more information, call 407971-5575. The Yarborough Ranch is the location for the Jr. Ranch Rodeo and Steak Dinner. The event starts at 2 p.m., rain or shine. Junior cowboys will compete in six events, and participants can stay afterward for an optional steak dinner that costs $15 for non-SCCA members. Admission cost is a can of food that can be donated to Boys Town and the Russell House of Orlando. For more information, to purchase steak dinner tickets or to show support for the Seminole County Cattlemen, visit

Jaclyn Irene Maldonado, 20, of the 1000 block of North Magee Creek Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with battery. Michael Martin, 32, of the 3000 block of Pecan Tree Place, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 12, and charged with failure to appear. Leka Nikolloj, 33, of the 900 block of Sequoia Drive, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 15, and charged with failure to appear. Luis Antonio Perez, 36, of North Cortez Avenue, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 16, and charged with a moving traffic violation, driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Kathryn Lee Provost, 41, of the 900 block of Wedgewood Drive, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 12, and charged with a hit-and-run. Trevor Sisk, 24, of the 300 block of Sheoah Boulevard, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 13, and charged with drug possession, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Brandon Joseph Stackpole, 27, of the 1000 block of Greenbrook Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 15, and charged with an out-of-county warrant. Cem Ibrahim Taskan, 18, of the 1000 block of Lakelet Loop, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 17, and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Paul Owen Thompson, 42, of the 900 block of Sharon Court, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 16, and charged with failure to appear. Cullen Andrew Wheeler, 19, of the 3000 block of Woodley Park Place, Oviedo, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 16, and charged with battery and property damage. William Clinton Wise Jr., 26, of the 1000 block of Trotwood Boulevard, Winter Springs, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on March 16, and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment.

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Urban Retail to continue managing From MALL | A1 investor’s interest in Oviedo is to revamp the struggling mall, which has made strides in the past few years. “Their interest is to continue to stabilize it, put some capital in and make

improvements,” he said. As for mall management, Urban Retail will remain in control. Urban Retail marketing manager Sara Montuori said the day-to-day operations should stay the same. “It does not affect Urban Retail, we are still the third-party manage-

ment company,” she said. Because the mall is in better shape than it was a few years ago, Dobrowski said the investor is looking to capitalize on increased foot traffic at the mall. He said this spike in traffic is an important tool in attracting back major retailers, which is some-

thing the investor hopes to do in the coming years. “Oviedo Mall provides the investor with a unique opportunity to reposition an extremely well located and designed super regional mall in a strong and growing sub-market of Orlando,” Dobrowski said.

County tax amounts to 6 cents on gallon From GAS TAX | A1 The local option motor fuel and special fuel tax — or simply, the local fuel tax — has increased the price of each gallon of gas in Seminole County by six cents since 1983. Now that the tax is set to expire, the Board of County Commissioners is expected to sign it into law for another 30 years due to the tax’s crucial contribution to local transportation. While citizens may equate six pennies to a negligible amount of change, it adds up for the county. Financial administrator of revenue for the Department of Resource Management. Cecilia Monti said in an email that the tax generates $11 million for Seminole County. Used strictly for transportation expenditures, $7.6 million of that $11 million is kept by Seminole County. Also used strictly for transportation expenditures, the remaining $3.4 million is distributed among the county’s seven cities. While each city does not receive an equal percentage of the $3.4 million, the percentages of each city are reviewed annually, based on each city’s transportation expenses. The cities with more transportation expenses receive a larger percentage of the dollars generated from the local gas tax. Winter Springs’ and Oviedo’s combined share of the tax adds up to 11.4 percent, with 5 percent for Winter Springs and 6.4 percent for Oviedo. No matter how big or small the tax seems, Seminole County citizens won’t have to wonder where their money is going due to a document that clearly defines where the tax will be spent. As outlined in the Interlocal Agreement for the tax, expenses of both the county and its cities are strictly defined and are limited to public transportation operations and maintenance, roadway and right-ofway maintenance and equipment and structures used primarily for the storage and maintenance of such equipment. The tax revenue is also limited to roadway drainage; street lighting installation, operation, maintenance and repair; bridge maintenance and operation; past payment; and current expenditures for new transportation projects, which include construction or reconstruction of roads and sidewalks. The interlocal agreement on the tax is available on The six-cent tax is actually a combined tax of a four-cent tax and a two-cent tax. The fourcent tax expires August 31 of this year, and the two-cent tax expires August 31, 2015. The Board of Commissioners will vote March 26 to renew the four-cent tax. Seminole County isn’t the only county with this tax.

TAX ON GAS: The local option tax on gasoline is expected to be renewed for another 30 years. Photos by Emon Reiser | The Chronicle

Neighboring counties, such as Orange and Lake, have the same tax as well. According to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, as of 2012, all counties in Florida have a six-cent gas tax, with the exception of Franklin County, located in the Florida Panhandle. It’s unlikely Oviedo or Winter Springs citizens will notice the local gas tax renewal, but the increasing prices at the pump could be accredited to the other taxes on gasoline. Each gallon of gas sold in Florida is made 50 cents

more expensive on average, due to federal, state and county or local-option taxes. The federal, or the fuel excise tax, is 18.4 cents. While that may be the only tax for the federal government, the state has five different taxes on gas by the gallon. Then, the county has its three different taxes. If renewed by the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners on March 26, the tax will last for another 30 years and end in August 2043 when it will be subject for rejection or renewal once again.


Man arrested on charges of strangulation By Jessica J.Saggio THE CHRONICLE

After a violent argument got out of control, one Winter Springs man was arrested after police said he tried to strangle his girlfriend. A late-night argument between Karreem Harvey and his girlfriend set the scene to an incident that left the man behind bars over the weekend, police said. According to an arrest report from the Winter Springs Police Department, Harvey and his girlfriend, an unnamed victim, got into an argument which got to the point that the man grabbed the victim by the throat, impeding her normal breathing. As the argument escalated, the report states, he intentionally slammed her face into a bedpost. When police arrived to the scene, the victim suffered from a cut and a swollen upper and lower lip. Harvey told police she

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ARRESTED: Karreem Harvey, 28, was arrested on a battery charge.

slipped and fell, the report states. The couple were in a dating relationship and had an infant daughter in common. Police arrested Harvey on one count of domestic battery via strangulation, and he was transported to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. Police recommended no bond be given. However, Harvey was let out on $1,000 bond and faces an arraignment on May 7.

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OHS teacher turns author with successful series By Nikki Walters THE CHRONICLE

Local teacher Troy Soos’ pathway to becoming an author is one that most struggling writers dream about — and one that isn’t typical for the notoriously competitive publishing industry. “I never intended to be an author — it was kind of a fluke,” Soos said. “But I was able to put sentences together, and when I was in grad school I would end up writing the research papers for our lab group and found that I enjoyed the writing process. I promised myself that when I was out of grad school I would try something with characters and dialogue.” Soos, now a current teacher at Oviedo High School, kept that promise to himself, and, using his love of mystery novels and baseball lore, he sat down and wrote his first novel Murder at Fenway Park. He shelved the final product, having written it just for fun, but on a whim one day, he decided to test its publishability and sent it to an agent. To his surprise, not only was it published, but he got a three-book contract. And thus began

the Mickey Rawlings series. Murder at Fenway Park, the first of the series, which centers on an up-and-coming baseball player who is also a human rights activist, was first published in 1997. Six more books followed, in addition to a separate four-book mystery series and a nonfiction historical baseball book. But with the continuing popularity of the Mickey Rawlings series and its seventh book, The Tomb that Ruth Built, set to be released in 2014, the now out-of-print series is being re-released in new editions, including the e-book format, by Kensington Publishing. Murder at Fenway Park was re-released in February, and Murder at Ebbets Field is this month’s re-release. The subsequent months ahead will see one book in the series rereleased until all six are available to the public again. While the series wasn’t written for one specific demographic, Soos finds that adults and teens alike enjoy reading his books. All six books of the Mickey Rawlings series

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TEACHER BY DAY, AUTHOR BY NIGHT: Troy Soos, author of the Mickey Rawlings book series. His next book, The Tomb that Ruth Built, is set to be published next year. Soos is also an Advanced Placement physics teacher at OHS.

can be found in the OHS library. The school’s media specialist, Carol CoulonWoods, said she is familiar with the “engaging and very well-written series.” “A great deal of fiction — both young adult and advanced — is written for girls,” Coulon-Woods said.

“Unfortunately there is a dearth of good literature written for boys, and I’m constantly on the lookout for books — especially fiction — that will motivate our male students to love reading.” After recommending the Mickey Rawlings series to OHS’ male students, she

said, she always hears good reviews, which “is thrilling to hear, especially from an unmotivated high school reader.” But Soos’ connections with OHS run deeper than just having his books available in the school library. He can also be found at the school nine months out of

year teaching Advanced Placement physics — something that makes his successful literary journey even more surprising. However, Soos doesn’t view his dichotomous love of literature and science to be that surprising. In fact, he said it’s one of the ways he relates to his students. “I don’t want to just do technology, physics and math,” Soos said. “I really do love writing, and I’m also involved in music and performance. I bring [the students] a new perspective when they see someone else can have lots of different interests and try new things.” OHS assistant principal Trent Daniel said Soos’ eclectic aptitude is one of his greatest strengths. “Mr. Soos is what we would call a modern day renaissance man. He’s well versed in many topics, including sailing, baseball and physics. Truly any topic you want to discuss with Mr. Soos, he has a base knowledge in that subject area. For a gifted student, he is a perfect role model. Usually gifted students are excellent at many things, so Mr. Soos demonstrates that multiple interests and careers are possible.”

Residents excited to see progression From OVIEDO | A1 it’d like to make to the plans, and after they do, the plans will head into the design phase. After this, construction of the Panera restaurant will begin. Schenck said both projects are tied together and, because Panera had to take care of some issues with its

property, it waited to begin construction of the restaurant to coincide with the construction of Oviedo on the Park. Both projects are anticipated by residents, including Kelly Dezego, the coowner of Jim and Kelly’s World of Wheels. Her business is located on the corner of Alafaya Trail and Mitchell Hammock Road, just down the

street from where Oviedo on the Park will be constructed. Dezego said she doesn’t think her business will be impacted by the construction, but she is excited to see work finally begin on the project. “You would see a sign go up every so often and then it would be taken down and another sign would go up saying ‘Com-

ing soon,’” Dezego said. Schenck said that, as a citizen of Oviedo, he also is excited to see Oviedo on the Park finally progress. “I can’t wait. I’ve sat here for years waiting for this,” Schenck said. “I think it’s going to be such a great amenity. [It’s] such a unique, phenomenal place, and it’s going to identify Oviedo, this area. It’s going to be a focal point.” For information about Oviedo on the Park, visit

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MAKING MOVES: An artistic rendering of the Oviedo on the Park project. Phase I of the construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

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School-related employee awarded 57 arrested for By Emon Reiser THE CHRONICLE

After nearly two decades of service to Seminole County Public Schools, executive secretary Ivette Garcia was named the 2013 SchoolRelated Employee of the Year last Thursday. Garcia was rewarded for her 17 years of service at a celebration held at Winter Springs High School. For the past seven of those years, she has served as the county’s executive secretary within the Department of Exceptional Student Support Services. Superintendent Walt Griffin presented the award to Garcia at the ceremony, which also honored 69 other employees.

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WINNER: Ivette Garcia (center), the executive secretary for Seminole County Public Schools, was named the 2013 School-Related Employee of the Year.

Singing praises for Garcia, executive director for exceptional student support services Ida Mazar said the new employee of the year is not new to han-

dling the expansive responsibilities of her job. Mazar said Garcia is always willing to accept the challenges of her job, which includes addressing

legal issues, countless department/board policies and state and federal funding. Along with her complex responsibilities, Garcia freely gives her time to mentor students in both their academic and personal lives. SCPS finalists for the 2013 School-Related Employee of the Year award included Susanne Force and Summer Sala. Force is a specialist I within the Employee and Governmental Relations Department at the Educational Support Center. Sala has been in the district for 3 years and represents Jackson Heights Middle School in her position of autism spectrum disorder paraprofessional.

Lacey: City did not apply for award From TOP 100 | A1 significant. “It was a surprise — usually awards like this, through a similar ilk, are things that you apply for,” Lacey said. “This was something that came completely unexpected … it’s unusual for it to happen that way.” While surprising because it was unexpected, the recognition for his city’s crime rate isn’t entirely surprising to Lacey, who said the rate has continued to get lower in recent years — a tough task considering it was relatively low to begin with. “We had finished last year with a record-low level of crime rate stats … it was really a 20 percent decrease from what had already been record lows,”

Lacey said. The honor, in addition to creating a sense of civic pride and comfort, also should help bolster the growth in Winter Springs. Being able to tout itself as one of the safest cities in the nation is something both Lacey and Brunelle believe will help lure potential residents and businesses to the city — a city that already performs well in quality-of-life surveys. “Most of the requests that I get from people looking to move to [Winter Springs], they want to know what our crime rate is,” Brunelle said. All that positive energy may come back to the open relationship between citizens and law enforcement. Brunelle said the department regularly meets with the Citizens

Advisory Committee, members of local home owners associations and business owners to discuss behavioral trends and initiatives that the police may be keying in on at the time. Lacey praised that relationship and the police department for its diligence. “The whole thing leads to a very complementary relationship of communication where everyone is on the same side,” Lacey said. “We have a harmonious relationship that, when you put it all together, it ends up with a lower crime rate.” The work to get better is ongoing. Brunelle is currently taking part in a 10week FBI National Academy in Virginia for law enforcement executives. The program, which,

according to Brunelle, has gathered 270 executives from around the nation and world, is focusing on, among other things, the value of communication between agencies and police departments and the citizens they serve. Brunelle said he has taken particular pride in the fact that other executives have approached him about learning how things are done in some of the police programs offered in Winter Springs. “Because I’ve had this opportunity, I’ve been able to talk to them about things that we do in Winter Springs,” Brunelle said. “That kind of connection with these other police departments and organizations around the world, I think, will help us in totality in law enforcement and serving our community.”

racketeering By Marisa Ramiccio THE CHRONICLE

On March 13, local, state and federal l a w enforcement offic i a l s announced they were charging 57 individuals Davis, Diane for taking part in a m o n e y laundering, gambling and racketeering scheme orchestrat- Davis, Gary Wayne ed by Allied Veterans of the World. Those individuals w e r e arrested in 23 Florida Graham, Michael counties, including Seminole County, as well as in five other states. Investigators said Hardee, Cary G. t h e y believe Allied Veterans of the World, a tax-exempt veterans organization, collected $300 million through the scheme, in which the organization ran gambling centers under the guise of Internet cafes. Through Operation Reveal the Deal, investigators seized slot machines and records from Allied Veterans of the World, 170 properties, 80 vehicles and vessels and 260 bank accounts that add up to tens of millions of dollars.

So far, 53 of the 57 individuals involved have been arrested, including the coconspirators: Kelly Mathis and Jerry Bass of Jacksonville, Fla.; Johnny Duncan of Boiling Springs, S.C.; and Chase Burns of Fort Cobb, Okla. It is believed that these individuals collected more than $90 million. They have been charged with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations conspiracy, lottery, keeping gambling houses, money laundering and the sale, manufacture and possession of slot machines. The other individuals face similar charges. However, four of the 57 individuals have not been arrested yet, and law enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance in their capture. The individuals are Gary Wayne Davis, 68, and Diane Mays Davis, 65, both of Hogansville, Ga.; Cary Grant Hardee, 64, of Ponce Inlet; and Michael William Graham, 41, of Little River, S.C. Investigators believe that Hardee may be in Tybee Island, Ga. And Graham may be in Tabor City, N.C. or Murrells Inlet, S.C. Those who have any information about these individuals are asked to call the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at 407-6656650. Law enforcement officials have also set up a toll-free hotline for citizens who may have information on Allied Veterans of the World’s gambling centers and operations. If you have any information that may be helpful to investigators, please call 1855-411-0760.

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CLASSIC CAR: Richie Rich looks over a vintage Studebaker at the Hidden Gems Car Show in Geneva.

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EVERY ANGLE: From left: Matt Wyman, Daniel Santucci and Marti Osbourne record Santucci’s son at the Family Festival. A DOGGONE GOOD TIME: Oshi, a Chiweenie, attends the Winter Springs Spring Family Festival with his best friend, Don Adams. OLD SCHOOL: Clay Meinke looks at the collection of vintage carriages at the Hidden Gems Car Show.

CURIOUS: Lane Murphy checks out the wooden carriage wheels during the Hidden Gems Car Show in Geneva.

HAND JIVE: Members of the Choices in Learning chorus perform at the Winter Springs Spring Family Festival.

COUNTRY GIRL: Patience Ferguson performs at the Winter Springs Spring Family Festival.

SINGING FOR SPRING: Jenna Crouch performs at the Winter Springs Spring Family Festival.

WINTER SPRINGS GOT TALENT: Tour Box, a duo composed of Gabby Ransom and Brieanne Etienne, sing at the Winter Springs Spring Family Festival.

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Sports KEEPING SCORE Select scores from games happening between Tuesday, Mar. 12, and Monday, Mar. 18.


Baseball The Lions improved to 11-3 on Monday with a 7-2 victory over University (Orange City). Tyler Hayden nearly hit for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a home run, double and a single.

Softball Oviedo fell to Winter Springs on Friday, 9-2.

Girls lacrosse Oviedo lost to Winter Springs on Friday, 12-8. Hannah Bolt had three goals to pace the Lions.


Boys lacrosse The Huskies fell to Lake Mary, 11-6, on Friday. The loss dropped Hagerty to 10-1 on the year.

Water polo On Monday, the Hagerty boys water polo team defeated Lake Brantley, 20-8, and improved to 5-1 this season. The girls team fell to the Patriots, 10-9, in overtime.

Oviedo-based Lightning Volleyball Academy offers lowcost, competitive alternative for girls youth players By Steven Ryzewski THE CHRONICLE

As Oviedo resident Andrew Lee gradually got involved in coaching his daughter’s volleyball team at the Oviedo Recreational League, he encountered a problem over the years — his teams kept winning. As the wins piled up, so did the inquiries of parents who wanted their parents to play for Lee. Given the current environment of high school and middle school volleyball — one in which playing club-level volleyball is practically a prerequisite for making a team — Lee decided he’d take his rec league and transition into the club scene. He even decided to have a small tryout in fall 2012, in order to add a few players to the roster. When roughly 40 girls showed up for the tryout, Lee knew he was on the verge of something bigger. “I ended up adding a third team since so many girls showed up,” Lee said. “It’s snowballing from this point.” From the success of these teams, Lightning Volleyball Academy was born. In a competitive scene where young

Winter Springs Softball

Winter Springs improved to 9-5 after defeating the Oviedo Lions, 9-1, on Friday. Elizabeth Birle threw a complete game, struck out six and also added a home run. Adamari Leibowitz had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Bears.

Girls lacrosse The Bears defeated the Oviedo Lions, 12-8, on Friday, pushing Winter Springs to 53 on the season. Faith Kent led the way with four goals and two assists.

The Master’s Academy Baseball

The Eagles dropped a close contest on Monday, falling to Lipscomb Academy (Tenn.), 1-0. TMA is 9-5 on the year.

Softball Windermere Prep defeated TMA, 9-8, on Friday, dropping the Eagles to 7-5 this season. Meagan Pennington had a home run and three RBIs to pace TMA in the close loss.

Trinity Prep Baseball

The Saints topped Mount Dora Bible, 9-0, on Friday, improving to 9-3 on the season. Rick Ward threw a complete game and Jared Herron went 2-for-3 with a home run.

Lake Howell Baseball

Lake Howell improved to 85 on Friday with a 16-0 defeat of Evans. Dylan Hoyle had three RBIs and Carlos Cortes contributed three hits and two RBIs to lead the Silver Hawks. On Monday, Lake Howell suffered a loss to Lyman, 4-3.

Girls lacrosse The Silver Hawks fell to 3-6 with a 5-4 loss to Lake Nona. Lindsey Riddle had 12 saves in the loss.


Baseball The Lyman Greyhounds procured their first win of the season on Monday, defeating Lake Howell, 4-3.

Boys lacrosse The Greyhounds improved to 5-4 on Friday, defeating University (Orlando), 13-6. Josh Byrne led the way with five goals and four assists. Cameron Golchini added six goals and one assist for Lyman.

Girls lacrosse Lyman defeated Seminole, 16-9, on Friday, improving the Greyhounds to 4-5. — Ryan Gillespie

players and their parents are constantly looking for an edge, LVA offers a low-cost alternative to more expensive programs. Where other clubs often offer their own facilities and can cost thousands of dollars, LVA costs roughly $500 — just


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SERVES UP!: Sydney Woodside prepares to serve a volley during Saturday’s action for Lightning Volleyball Academy.

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READY TO RETURN: Lightning Volleyball Academy’s Amanda Lee focuses as she returns a serve during a match on Saturday in Winter Park.

Prep Baseball

Senior-laden Lions finding their groove In third season under head coach Harold Hitt, Oviedo baseball is relying on experienced seniors, talented sophomore UF-commit Deacon Liput By Ryan Gillespie THE CHRONICLE

The Oviedo Lions baseball team is hitting its stride. Coming off of a 14-14 campaign a season ago, third-year head coach Harold Hitt and his 12 seniors have led the Lions to a 9-3 start, including two important victories over district rival Winter Springs. Winning baseball games is only a portion of what Hitt has accomplished in his third season, though. Hitt has been focusing a lot of his efforts on building a culture of leaders, and the results are tangible. “These seniors have been around me now for their third year; I came over and these guys were sophomores and young,” Hitt said. “We just talked a

lot. We said, ‘We need to take it upon ourselves to hold each other accountable and take it upon ourselves to learn leadership.’” That senior leadership have been invaluable, especially to a player like sophomore shortstop Deacon Liput. Liput, who is a Florida Gators commit and is in his second season as a starter, is living through the ups and downs of baseball and leans on the seniority of his teammates to help him through. “You have a ton of seniors to back you up — we always talk about ‘next’ which means you don’t worry about how bad you do in a certain situation; you always worry about the next thing,” Liput said. “I’ve just been so comfortable that I have my team and my seniors to back [me] up.”

Being a second-year starter at a vocal position such as shortstop, Liput had plenty of responsibility thrusted upon his shoulders as a young player. “Deacon started out hot; he’s had a really good season to this point. The last couple games he has struggled a little bit, and that’s the ups and downs in baseball,” Hitt said. “You know as well as I do this game is all about peaks and valleys ... he is in a little bit of a valley right now, but he’ll get back to the peak and he’ll be OK.” Already this season, the senior-laden squad has displayed resilience. A week ago on Wednesday night, the Lions were victim to a walk-off single against Lake Brantley in a game that was televised.


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SUPER SOPHOMORE: Deacon Liput, a sophomore and Florida Gator commit, has benefitted greatly from Oviedo’s senior leadership.

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LVA teams prepping, fundraising for Nationals From LIGHTNING | A7 enough to cover basic costs of league fees and gym rental for practice. Lee and his group of coaches, who currently have four teams, work as volunteers, and the girls do fundraising and seek out local sponsors to help pay for expenses, such as jackets and travel bags. The teams predominately practice out of Lawton Chiles Middle School. “We’re the small guy with the inexpensive club costs,” Lee said. Those inexpensive costs are what help set LVA apart, making high-level competitive volleyball

more accessible for families who are working on a budget. “We wouldn’t be able to be involved in it if we didn’t have this option,” Amy Tagye, who has two daughters who play for LVA, said. “It’s great for people with multiple kids who are involved.” LVA’s four teams, which still play regularly in the Oviedo Rec League in addition to attending AAU tournaments on the weekends, have also set themselves apart in another significant way — winning, and winning often. Just recently, Lee said the club had what could be considered its best weekend ever, at Orlando Vol-

leyball Academy’s Spring Fling. LVA’s two 13-under teams, Blue and White, would eventually meet each other in that bracket’s championship. LVA Gold, the club’s 11under team, took first place in its bracket, also. The success and the price had made a spot on an LVA team a sought-after commodity. “It [has] slowly blossomed — we started winning more and more,” Lee said. “They’re tired of paying the $3,000 and going to the same tournaments we do and losing to us.” The teams have also nurtured a hometown, community feel with most

of the players and coaches being from Oviedo. “It’s like a family — it’s a fantastic group of parents and kids,” Maureen Gilman, who coaches the LVA White 13-under squad, said. “I think the girls are ecstatic about it.” Lee, who played in high school for Lake Howell and also played competitively while he was in the United States Navy, said the girls are now focused

on fundraising and preparing for a potential trip to AAU Nationals — which will be held at the nearby Disney Wide World of Sports. The girls will continue to look for corporate sponsors — information for sponsoring the teams is available on the program’s website, — and a carwash is also in the works.

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While Lee said it probably wouldn’t be unreasonable to simply ask parents to help pay for the cost of entrance to Nationals, the process of making the girls work together for it helps the teams bond. “The parents could probably pony up [the money] to go to the national championships but I want the girls to earn it,” Lee said. “It does create that sense of bonding.”

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TALKING IT OVER: Lightning Volleyball Academy Andrew Lee, who founded the four-team program, talks to his team during a timeout on Saturday.

FOCUSED ON FUNDAMENTALS: Samantha Faber of Lightning Volleyball Academy pays attention to form as she returns a volley during Saturday’s match.

Youth Roundup: Nationals remain undefeated in Intermediate division

3toWatch | This week’s top games

By Jeff Gardenour THE CHRONICLE

The Nationals are a big hit this spring in the Oviedo Little League, powering to a 6-0 start in the Intermediate baseball division. Exploding for 18 runs in their past two games, the Nationals remained unbeaten by beating the Angels, 10-0, and Tigers, 84. Also, the Rays (2-3-1) upended the Angels, 12-7. The Tigers remain in second place (3-2), ahead of the Rays, Angels (1-4) and Indians (0-3-1). In the Machine Pitch baseball division, the White Sox (3-2-1) tied the Phillies, 1-1, and beat the Yankees, 3-0, and the Tigers (3-1-2) clipped the Yankees, 2-0, to stay in first place in the standings. The Phillies (1-2-3) and Yankees (1-3-2) follow. The Rays (2-2-1) edged the Astros, 8-7, and the Yankees (3-0-2) gutted the Marlins, 11-2, in the Minors baseball division. The Astros are in second place (3-2-1), followed by the Rays, Marlins (2-3-1), Padres (1-2-2) and Cassel-

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berry Minors (0-2-3). In Rookies baseball, the White Sox (3-2-1) tied the Rays, 0-0, and nipped the Twins, 7-6. The Padres (2-12) are in second place, followed by the Twins (2-3-1) and Rays (1-2-2). In Minors softball, the Warriors (4-0-1) ripped DP Xtreme, 11-2; Casselberry (1-1-0) edged the Pink Panthers, 4-3; and the Apopka Dynamite (0-0-1) tied the Pink Panthers, 3-3. The UP Lady Rockies (1-0-0), Apopka Adrenaline (0-0), Apopka Xtreme (0-0-1), DP Panthers (0-0), DP Extreme (0-1), NW Pink Devils (0-0), NW Twisted Sisters (0-1) and Pink Panthers (0-3-1) rounded out the division. The Xtreme (3-1-1) whipped the UP Lady Mets, 17-7, to remain near the top of the standings in Senior softball. The UP Lady Angels (1-0), Apopka Adrenaline (0-0), Apopka

Xtreme (0-0), EOLL Blaze (0-0-1), EOLL Outlaws (00-1), Lady Gators (0-1-3), NW Twisted Sisters (0-1), UP Lady Mets (0-1), UP Lady Rays (0-0) and the UP Lady Yankees (0-0-2) round out the division.

By Steven Ryzewski Boys lacrosse takes center stage this week as two of

Central Florida’s best take the field on Thursday night in our Game of the Week. Hagerty and Lake Brantley will square off in an

important Seminole Athletic Conference match. Girls lacrosse and softball round out this week’s other top games.




Who – Lake Brantley Patriots vs. Hagerty Huskies

Who – Winter Springs Bears vs. Lake Mary Rams

Who – Oviedo Lions vs. Lake Howell Silver Hawks

Where – Lake Brantley High School

Where – Lake Mary High School

Where – Lake Howell High School

When – Thursday, Mar. 21, 7 p.m.

When – Friday, Mar. 22, 7 p.m.

When – Thursday, Mar. 21, 7 p.m.


Oviedo Rec Basketball

In the city of Oviedo Recreation League, the Bulls (5-1) lead the 10-andunder division, the Nets (51) pace the 12-and-under division, Team U.S.A. (4-2) is tops in the 14-and-under division, the Heat (6-2) are first in the 8-and-under division, the Thunder (7-1) are first in 12U Select, and the Lightning (6-0) lead 14U Select.

CFYFL to kick off Spring season Saturday

The Central Florida Youth Football League kicks off its Spring League on Saturday. Area teams participating are the Oviedo Knights, Oviedo Bengals and Longwood Chargers. For details, visit the league’s website at

The buzz –

The top two teams in the latest Central Florida boys lacrosse poll by Bright House Sports Networks square off in this Thursday-night showdown. The Huskies (10-1) are recovering from their first loss, suffered on Friday at the hands of Lake Mary. Both teams are considered state championship contenders.

The buzz –

The Lady Bears and Lady Rams will do battle on Friday night, with both teams looking for an important Seminole Athletic Conference victory. Winter Springs is 5-3 so far, most recently defeating Oviedo on Friday. Meanwhile, Lake Mary is coming off of a loss against undefeated Lake Brantley on Friday and is 5-5 so far on the season.

The buzz –

The Lake Howell Silver Hawks have just one loss to their credit at the time of publication — but the Oviedo Lions will be out to hand them a second on Thursday night. Lake Howell’s sole loss came against Winter Springs, and the Silver Hawks are tops in the latest Bright House Sports Networks poll. Meanwhile, Oviedo is 7-11 on the season.

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In brief: Hagerty girls basketball coach steps down after 4 seasons By Steven Ryzewski SPORTS EDITOR

Hagerty Huskies girls basketball coach Brittany Campbell has stepped down after four seasons, announced Hagerty athletic director Jay Getty. Campbell, who was the program’s longest tenured coach, led the Huskies to a 12-14 record during the 20122013 season. “[Campbell] helped guide the team to their best overall showing in school history,” Getty said in an email. “The search for a replacement will begin when school resumes after spring break. Any potential candidates should visit the SCPS website for job posting information as of April 1, 2013.” Whoever is selected to lead the Huskies moving forward will have to do so in spite of losing two of the team’s key players to graduation — Mariah Gaines and MacKenzie Eller.

Three players named to All-Central Florida boys basketball teams

After an exciting season of high school hoops, three players from within the Chronicle’s coverage area were named to one of the Orlando Sentinel’s All-Central Florida teams. Logan Hovey of Hagerty, an FGCU signee, was listed on the All-Central Florida First Team. Hovey’s teammate, Luke Doyle, was named to the Second Team. Finally, Matt Milon, a sophomore standout for Ed Kershner’s Oviedo Lions, was named to the Third Team.

UCF Knights

Big night from Skoglaund caps series victory over Columbia

Eric Skoglund, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American last season, pitched eight shutout innings on Monday to lead the UCF Knights (14-8) to a 5-1 victory over Columbia. UCF took three of the four games against the Lions (2-9) during the extended weekend set. The Knights will travel for their first weekend series on the road this season, as UCF opens its final season in Conference USA at UAB on Friday.

Softball off to rough start in Conference USA play

The UCF Knights softball team (16-14) has gotten off to a rough start in Conference USA play. UCF has begun its final season in the league with a 1-5 record, most recently dropping two of three games at Houston. The Knights will look to rebound at home this weekend when they host Marshall.


Lions edged Bears for big win From BASEBALL | A7 Oviedo wouldn’t have much time to dwell on the tough loss, though, as the Lions had an important district game the next night against Winter Springs — and this time luck favored Oviedo. Despite playing a sloppy game through six innings, the Lions were able to hang around, and in the seventh inning, the table was set for senior left-fielder Mitchell Reeves. Reeves stepped to the plate and pounded an inside curveball from Bears right-hander Tim Whalen down the left-field line for a two-run double. Junior pitcher A.J. Norman slammed the door on the victory in the bottom half of the inning, earning the save. “After the [loss to Lake Brantley], we talked a little

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EYE ON THE BALL: Mitchell Reeves, who had the game-winning double against Winter Springs, eyes a fly ball.

bit about the fact that there are going to be wins and losses in this game, and sometimes you’re going to get a loss that stings you a little bit,” Hitt said. “The

sign of a good team is how you get off of your butt and approach your next game after something like that happens.” Hitt said his team

responded the next night against Winter Springs, led by the senior class. Seniors Colby Bortles and Collin Maxfield found their way on base earlier in the top half of the seventh, setting up the big at-bat from Reeves. Oviedo will move forward with district tournaments on the horizon having one of the more difficult lineups in the Central Florida area to pitch to, bolstered by their depth from top to bottom. “We have had five or six guys who started as sophomores and have moved up and down the lineup all over the field,” Reeves said. “The leadership is unmatched across the county. “I feel like one through nine we hit, we have a strong core group of nine seniors and it’s hard to beat teams with that kind of chemistry.”

SportsShots | Winter Springs hosts Oviedo in rivalry game

Seminole State Baseball, softball update

The Raiders baseball team is 20-9 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-Florida Conference. The softball team has won 16 of its past 22 games after a slow start and is 2213, overall. The Raiders host Daytona State College on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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HE’S SAFE!: Carlos Ramos slides safely into third as Nick Breen of Winter Springs fields the throw.

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GETTING DIRTY: Devon Ortiz slides headfirst back into first base during the Bears’game against Oviedo this past week. The Lions won, 4-3.

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TAG, YOU’RE IT: Oviedo’s John Tatum chases down Winter Springs’Devon Ortiz in a rundown during this past week’s game.

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CHANGE IN COMMAND: The Hagerty Huskies girls basketball team will have a new coach next season. Brittany Campbell stepped down after four seasons.

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FUTURE GATOR: Deacon Liput, a Florida Gator commit and sophomore for Oviedo, takes a swing during this past week’s game against Winter Springs.

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MAN ON THE MOUND: Tim Whalen hurls one towards the plate for the Winter Springs Bears during their game against the Oviedo Lions last week.

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Lifestyles Blessed Bean Coffee puts local brewing on the map with a variety of flavors


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THE LIFE OF A COFFEE BEAN: Clockwise from top: A bag of green coffee beans before they’ve been roasted; a handful of coffee beans after they’ve been roasted. The coffee beans are then ground and packaged.

Robie Leavitt knows coffee. He knows the perfect temperature that brings out the oil on a darkroasted coffee bean and that a medium-roasted bean will retain much of its natural sugar. He knows the benefits of using a superior arabica bean over the robusta bean. He’s mastered the chemistry for more than 100 flavored coffees, including his most unique, Strawberry Cheesecake with Chocolate Drizzle. Thanks to Leavitt and his company, Blessed Bean Coffee in Casselberry, it’s BLESSED BEAN COFFEE possible to get freshly roasted coffee AVAILABLE FLAVORS ONLINE: right in your backyard. “I’ll share some of the responses we Cinnamon Hazelnut Creme get when we give samples out at the Irish Creme farmers market, which is actually the Pumpkin Spice best indicator when you’re dealing face Blueberry Creme Pie to face with people,” Leavitt said. “They Brazilian Sunrise go, ‘Wow. This is so smooth. Oh, I don’t Butter Rum even need sugar or cream with this!’” Caramel Creme The company recently shared its cofChocolate Hazelnut fee at Taste of Oviedo, where Leavitt Chocolate Peanut Butter said the response was “unbelievable.” Chocolate Raspberry “We’re brand new in Oviedo, a couSwiss Chocolate Almond ple months now, and the loyalty of the More on customers is starting to show through,” he said. Coffee has always been a passion in his life, Leavitt said, and that he began roasting coffee nine years ago. He started out in agriculture, as a dairy farmer, before venturing into the roasting business. Leavitt eventually got out of the coffee business in Maine and planned to retire in Florida, but ended up buying Blessed Bean in May 2011 instead. Today, Blessed Bean Coffee is offered in church cafes, restaurants and bed and breakfasts around the country. It’s possible that you’ve had a great cup of coffee locally and not even known that it was made from Leavitt’s freshly roasted coffee beans. Blessed Bean Coffee often sells its coffee to businesses with custom labeling that allows them to retail their own brand of coffee. ■ Please see COFFEE | A11

Get creative with hard-boiled eggs this Easter Spring is officially here this week and that means that Easter is just around the corner. So, in addition to probably buying a new Easter dress, shoes and maybe a hat, it also means that I need to start planning my menu for our Easter dinner. As I was working my way through cookbooks and food-related websites for ideas and inspirations, I wondered why we always seem to have the same type of food every year at certain holidays. So, I decided to do a little homework and find out the history of some of our favorite Easter food. Hot cross buns are a traditional favorite for Good Friday, Easter and throughout the Lent season but, of course, they can be enjoyed any time of the year. The rolls are filled with raisins and nuts, then topped with a cross of



icing. And, despite having both raisins and icing, they are not sweet rolls. The tradition of hot cross buns supposedly comes from ancient AngloSaxons, who baked small wheat cakes in honor of the springtime goddess, Eostre. After people converted to Christianity, the church substituted the cakes with sweetbreads that were blessed by the church, hence the cross of icing on top. The lamb roasts that many people — myself included, this year — eat

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SPICE IT UP: Add jalapenos and bacon bits to deviled eggs to create a unique and spicy flavor. Throw in parsley and cilantro and turn on your creativity.

on Easter Sunday goes back earlier than Easter to the first Passover of the Jewish people. The sacrificial lamb was roasted and eaten together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs in hopes that the angel of God would pass over their homes and bring no harm. As Hebrews converted to Christianity, they natu-

rally brought along their traditions with them. The Christians often refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God, and so this tradition started and remains today. In America, ham seems to be one of the most traditional Easter foods. In the early days, meat was slaughtered in the fall. Since there was no refrigeration, the fresh pork that

wasn’t consumed during the winter months before Lent had to be cured to eat in the springtime. The curing process took a long time, and the first hams were ready around the time Easter rolled around. So, ham was an easy choice to make for celebrating Easter dinner. Another food item that I came across while doing a little research was pretzels. Really? Easter food? Well, it seems that they are shaped the way they are to resemble the body of a person with arms folded, praying. So what about the famous Easter eggs? Many ancient cultures believed the world began with an enormous egg, so the egg as a symbol of new life has been around for centuries. The details vary among cultures, but the egg is used as a symbol of new life and

rebirth. Long, hard winters often meant little food, and a fresh egg for Easter was considered quite a prize. In addition, many Christians abstained from eating meat or animal products during the Lenten season prior to Easter. Easter was the first chance to enjoy eggs and meat after the long sacrifice. Some European children go from house to house begging for Easter eggs, much like Halloween trick-or-treaters. While some cultures do not include eggs in their Easter celebrations, eggrolling contests are often a symbolic re-enactment of the rolling away of the stone from Christ’s tomb. So, the dilemma of what to do with all of those hardboiled eggs remains. And, did you know that the shelf ■ Please see COOKING | A11

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Ah, college. Remember staying up until the wee hours of the morning, rushing off to your 8 a.m. class in the clothes you wore the night before and late-night pizza and beer runs? This weekend, why not relive those college days. Of course, these days you’re probably zonked by 11 p.m. and the idea of leaving the house in anything but freshly laundered clothing is revolting. Pizza and beer, though — that’s still a great combination. Don’t worry. These plans involve activities that your responsible, mortgage-having, lawn-mowing self won’t balk at. First, grab a few slices of pizza at Lil’ Anthony’s in Winter Springs. This isn’t the grease-fest that used to pass for pizza; rather, you’ll be dining on pizza created from dough made fresh daily, topped with a homemade sauce that uses imported tomatoes. Then, head up to Sanford for some craft beer at Pints N’ Paw on Saturday for an event that you can attend with your favorite four-legged friend. And bonus, as a nod to your now socially conscious self, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go to charity. First, though, visit Lil Anthony’s in Winter Springs for a bite to eat. The restaurant has been in Winter Springs since 2004, and also has a location in Avalon Park. Owner Elizabeth Gegaj said its pizzas are made

fresh at the restaurant, from the dough to the sauce. Vegetables are chopped by hand, and nothing comes from a can. “We import our tomatoes from San Marzano, Italy. Those are the only tomatoes that we use in our sauce,” she said. “They require little to almost no seasoning, because they’re such a tasty tomato.” Gegaj said the restaurant’s most popular pizza is the margherita, which has fresh mozzarella, fresh olive oil, oregano and garlic. It’s topped with sliced Roma tomatoes, romano cheese and fresh basil. Another customer favorite is The Mechanic, a deluxe pizza, which includes all the toppings: pepperoni, sausage, onion, mushroom, green pepper, black olives and extra cheese. “We call it The Mechanic because we say it fixes everything,” Gegaj said. If you’re really hungry, enter the Made Man contest. If you eat a 14-inch VIP pizza — about 5 pounds of food, Gegaj said — your meal is free. You also get a T-shirt that says you’re a “Made Man” and your picture goes on the wall. Those who have tried but failed are recognized, too, on a wall at the restaurant that says “Sleeping With the Fishes.” Gegaj said that everyone at the restaurant is family. “It’s just how we treat our employees and clientele,” she said. “We have people that come to eat with us two, three times a week.”

Date Night Lil’Anthony’s 5299 Red Bug Lake Road Winter Springs, Fla. 407-869-7499 Sanford Pints and Paws Saturday, March 23, 6-10 p.m. General admission- $20 The restaurant is changing its name soon to Tomasino’s. Nothing else is changing, Gegaj said, but the name. The food, staff and service will be the same. Helping people open new restaurants is a passion of her family, Gegaj said, and the restaurant is now offering franchises for interested business owners. “We opened up all of our family’s restaurants, at least 15 restaurants, so we love that process of helping them get things together, do their opening and teaching them everything.” After your visit to Lil Anthony’s, make your way up to Sanford with your pooch for the Pints N’ Paws Craft Beer Festival. “Last year was the first annual. It was a big success for a first annual event. I would say attendance was about 1,500 people last year,” said organizer Paul Williams of the West End Trading Co. Visitors will be able to sample a variety of craft beers from different breweries, including Boulder Breckenridge, Lost Coast Brewery, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Strongbow, Twisted Pine Brewers, Widmer

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MADE MAN: Alex Eski, pizza maker, poses with one of his creations at Lil’ Anthony’s, which will soon change its name to Tomasino’s.

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Cut the peeled eggs in half, lengthwise. Place the whites on a plate and the yolks in a bowl and mash them up a bit with a fork. Depending on how many eggs you’re using and how thick you like the stuffing, add a couple of tablespoons of low-fat mayo, plain Greek yogurt, sour cream or a combination of any of these. I also like to add some salt, pepper and a pinch or two of dried mustard. Blend in a food processor or with a hand mixer. That’s your basic recipe. Be creative, though. Add bacon bits, jalapenos, olives, parsley, cilantro — you get the picture. Bacon bits and diced jalapeno is one of my favorite toppings!

One of my favorite brunch treats is a bagel with smoked salmon. Finely diced up hardboiled eggs are one of the toppings you almost always see as an accompaniment, generally keeping the whites separate from the yolks. Also, include chopped red onion, capers and a little caviar if you want to splurge!

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tells me that it’s well received and people like it,” Gage said. “We offer it at a decent price, I think, and I think our customers appreciate that it’s a local product, locally made.” Prices on the Blessed Bean Coffee website range from $10.99 to $11.99 for a 16-ounce package. Blessed Bean Coffee also makes the rounds at local farmers markets. That’s how Karey Boerst was first introduced to the company. Now a resident of Oshkosh, Wis., she became a fan of its flavored coffee last year while visiting the Maitland farmers market last year at Lake Lily. She first got hooked on Maine Maple, then Chocolate Orange. She was also able to purchase a bag of Chocolate Peanut Butter, which she said the company had offered to bring to her the next time she visited the market. The bag had been roasted just one day before she bought it, Boerst said. “I thought it was fresher, just because I was getting it straight from him and he roasted it the day before for most of them. Especially

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A BLESSED BLEND: Robie Leavitt inspects freshly roasted coffee at the Blessed Bean Coffee company in Casselberry.

that Chocolate Peanut Butter; it was really fresh and it just smelled amazing when you opened it,” Boerst said. “My husband doesn’t like coffee, but when he would smell it he was like, ‘Oh, it just smells so good.’” Leavitt said freshness is key when it comes to a great cup of coffee. With coffee beans or grounds purchased at the supermarket, he said, there’s no telling when the beans actually left the roaster. Ideally, he said, freshly roasted coffee should be consumed 10 to 14 days after it’s roasted. Coffee from Blessed Bean comes in what Leavitt calls “premium packaging,” which includes a one-way

degassing valve. “If I just put freshly roasted coffee in a sealed bag with no valve, it would swell up within hours like Jimmy Dean sausage, literally,” Leavitt said. “But with this one-way degassing valve, it lets the carbon dioxide out, and nothing in. Oxygen itself is a huge detriment to coffee.” Whether they’re a Folgers, Maxwell House, Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts coffee drinker, Leavitt said, people will be surprised by the flavor of a good quality, freshly roasted cup of coffee. “More often than not, people are amazed at how good a fresh cup of coffee tastes, because they never get one,” he said.

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Humanity forgotten in death at UCF James Oliver Seein question had just vakumaran, a 30-yeardealt with a breakup, old business major, rumors and inciting according to the Uniincidents. While we versity of Central Florican rant and rave left da Police Department, and right that the stuwas found dead in a dent is just a child, residence hall with an that’s also what people assault weapon, a are ignoring. He’s a By Adam Rhodes handgun and explochild and one dealing CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST sives at his disposal on with an emotional situthe UCF campus. ation. How many of us While it’s not necessarily safe to can say we haven’t gotten angry or assume the intentions of individuals, hurt over a breakup? How many of us the amount of violent paraphernalia can say that rumors don’t hurt or suggest the man’s intentions were less upset us? Not many, and although the than good. severity of his actions may not be What needs to be remembered is congruent with the situation, we can’t that these people, these troubled, expect teenagers, or anyone really, to upset and potentially emotionally react coherently and sensibly in emocompromised people, have families tionally charged situations. and friends. We ignore their humaniIn circumstances like this, where ty. Loved ones must be reeling from senseless violence seems to be the this, but all the media does is paint only clear-cut fact, we ignore emotion the individual as a lunatic or violent and humanity. We ignore the story extremist. There is little doubt, in the behind the face. We ignore the trauma coming days, that the news will be of a high school breakup. We ignore spinning this wildly out of control, the debilitating circumstance of an possibly linking this to organized individual battling depression or crime, al-Qaida or drug addiction. other mental issue and we certainly What doesn’t get examined, howignore family friends and loved ones. ever, in all of the hullabaloo, is the How would you feel if you saw individual involved. Do we know if he your loved one’s face plastered on the or she is a victim? We know not of news with “lunatic” being the prewhat these people are going through, dominant associative term? Your and these wild assumptions of their heart would break, so let’s really take character, mental stability and affiliathat into account when characterizing tions do little to help the situation. an individual. If your heart would Paranoia is only fueled by these spec- break, imagine what it’s doing to ulations and nothing more. someone else. UCF is a large part of the Orlando We plaster the face of these indicommunity, and when something like viduals everywhere, yet that is what this happens, the entire community is we ignore. We ignore their faces, their affected. It does nothing to character- humanity and their plight. When we ize an individual, regardless of ignore these issues, we do more than actions, as nothing more than a viohurt the person, we hurt the commulence-bent lunatic. nity. We forget their influence and What happens when we do this, is their role in our lives and ostracize we ignore the conflicts or contributeven their loved ones. Ignoring the ing factors that go into the situation. humanity of these people may be a This is reminiscent of the recent inci- knee-jerk reaction, but that reaction dent at Oviedo High School, when a only hurts and divides the community student reportedly threatened to as opposed to helping it heal, learn bring a gun to school. The individual and grow.

The ninja of the public potty wins the game “Great story, great insight and great to share: thank you. As a dad, I too have been angry (even ashamed) at myself for goofing up by not seeing every possible outcome of an otherwise innocent prank with the kids. Oh. Did I say “have been”? Hmmmm ... I still embarrass myself. And, naturally, them. :-)” TWS OVIEDO


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Bergoglio brings to Vatican a common touch The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Monday, March 18. Endearing anecdotes trail the new Pope Francis as naturally as flowing robes did his predecessors. Thursday morning he stopped by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay his bill before heading to the Vatican to say Mass. He did not take the bus, but that was his preferred means of travel as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, where he passed up a palace for a small downtown apartment and cooked his own meals. The choice of this man as pope is a hopeful turn for the Catholic Church and for the communities and nations whose lives it influences. Francis, better than many clergy, understands the challenges real people face. And a Jesuit from Latin America has to energize Catholic communities in the Bay Area. Certainly the faithful at the Jesuits’ Santa Clara University are, to put it in non-ecclesiastical terminology, pumped. For Americans divided on a woman’s right to choose an abortion, increasingly supportive of gay marriage and overwhelmingly — even among Catholics — engaging in birth control, Pope Francis will bring no immediate philosophical shift. The conclave would not have chosen a theological renegade. But on the other matter that has embroiled the Catholic church in social issues here — child sexual abuse by priests — we are hopeful that Francis might perceive where the church went wrong, not just in sheltering abusive priests for years but in dealing with the

aftermath. Leadership of the church often has seemed to be on another planet from the people and parishes so deeply wronged. In Argentina, Francis spent time in the slums and preached inclusiveness to the priests under his watch. A conservative on church doctrine, he nevertheless saw pastoral duties as most important. He berated priests who refused to baptize the child of a single mother, for example. He called out hypocrisy. Like popes before him, he has a history of controversy. His conduct during the years of brutal dictatorship in Argentina has been questioned. Now his personal life will be on world view. How does his humble nature reconcile with his prominence in the church? No obscure choice, he was a finalist in the last papal conclave. The world will follow his unfolding story because the selection of a pope is not just of consequence to Catholics. Religious organizations work hard to influence public policy and laws. Just last year, Catholic leaders forced changes in medical coverage for contraception under President Barack Obama’s health care reform. There have been times in recent years when the Catholic church as an institution seemed more focused on protecting its own than on listening to the people or reaching out to those who were wronged. We hope that the pope will shift that tone to one of understanding and caring, here and in the rest of the world. And that, as foretold in the Prayer of St. Francis, he will be an instrument of peace.

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“[With Francis] being the first pope from the Americas, I think it’s great. It’s a good representation to bring another part of the Catholic faith into the order.” — Susan Reynolds, Winter Springs

“I think it’s interesting. He’s the first nonEuropean pope. It recognizes that the Hispanic community is growing. And, he’s the first Jesuit pope.” — Steve Gray, Oviedo

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A14 | | Mar. 21-27, 2013

March 21, 2013 issue (Seminole Chronicle)  

Pre-Gannett design restructure

March 21, 2013 issue (Seminole Chronicle)  

Pre-Gannett design restructure