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Stories for April 2012


Friday, April 27

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Venom shoots into Winter Park

New team at WPCC

The first 14 games that the Orlando Venom play will be home games, played at the Winter Park Community Center.

Curb replacement on Shaffer Trail

Oviedo workers will be replacing the curb (valley crossing) on the north side of Shaffer Trail at Alafaya Woods Boulevard.

Thursday, April 26

Victim Service Center needs you

Ride and donate to help VSC help the community

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Each year, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida has several activities to bring awareness to sexual violence and its prevention.

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14 and arthritic

Face of Arthritis Foundation speaks out

Hi, I’m Delaney and I am 14 years old. People used to notice my red hair first when they saw me, now they seem to notice that I have a hard time walking and getting around, and that sometimes I have to use a wheelchair.

March for babies

March and Nemours play role in helping babies

In Orange County, one out of every seven babies is born too soon. For every 1,000 live births, nearly seven do not survive their first year. On Saturday, nearly 4,000 people will gather in Orlando to do something about it.

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Ride to peace

Women find peace at race

Diana Oakley stood next to her shiny, new bike on the sidewalk in front of her Waterford home, both excited and nervous about how the bike would feel after a 21-year hiatus.

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Give peanut butter to hungry kids

Food drive kicks off

Kavaliro kicks off its quarterly food drive for Seminole County's Backpack Program on Tuesday with an attempt to break the world record for tallest peanut butter tower.

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De-stress with dogs

Event helps dogs and students during finals week

Samantha Simon would adopt Max if she could. But for now, she’ll have to settle for a walk in the afternoon sun. She is one of hundreds of University of Central Florida students who took advantage of “Pets for Vets”.

Wednesday, April 25

Stetson's Corner

Giving the gift of life

“Donating blood” is a brief phrase with the ability to conjure up the best and worst of our emotions: generosity, anxiety, desperation, hope.

Senior Community Bulletin

Senior Expo at the Central Florida Fairgrounds: The annual Senior Expo is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2-3 at 4603 W. Colonial Drive, in Orlando.

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Senior DJ rocks out

Old school podcaster

He sits at his computer, the words rolling off his tongue like an old pro. His radio ready voice, husky and booming, hits the microphone without a hitch.

Free supplies for teachers

DIxon Ticonderoga helps teachers

Heathrow-based Dixon Ticonderoga provided essential school supplies with their gift of 39,000 pounds of supplies worth more than $358,000 to A Gift For Teaching on National Pencil Day.

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New construction rises

Builders back to work

Hammock Reserve is nothing but a few dusty streets right now, but that’s about to change.

Letters to the editor

There are a lot of myths circulating about SNAP

There are a lot of myths circulating about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly food stamps, and the people who receive its benefits.

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Teaching little leaders

Businesswoman gives back

Business leaders teach kids how to become future entrepreneurs.

Oviedo lures business

Hooking high-paying jobs

The incentives could add up to between $800 and $2,000 per job created, depending on salary.

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Lions, Bears in playoffs

Both play in championship

Oviedo and Winter Springs both trounced their opponents in their first district games this week.

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The Festival of Chocolate will take place at the UCF Arena Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29.

The Festival of Chocolate will take place at the UCF Arena Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29.

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Review; Shogun Japanese in Oviedo

Shogun Japanese Restaurant and Bar

Shogun tastes so good that I never once thought about reaching for the soy sauce.

Celery Stalks

Congratulations to the winners of The Citrus & Celery Cook-Off

Congratulations to the winners of The Citrus & Celery Cook-Off

Quality art on the cheap

Gallery on First, 211 E. First St., in Sanford, is hosting its third annual multi-artist show: “100 4 $100.”

Gallery on First, 211 E. First St., in Sanford, is hosting its third annual multi-artist show: “100 4 $100.”

Chris Jepson: The cocktail for the ages

I recommend for my fellow boomers that we exit with dignity.

The boomer generation is retiring, is getting out of the way, is moving on.

Staff opinion: The state should do more for victims

The state should allocate more funds for rape crisis centers.

Sexual attacks often change victims’ entire lives.

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Josh Garrick: ‘Iconoglass’ opens

Legendary artist Harold Garde’s huge 8-by-24 foot masterpiece “Iconoclass” will be unveiled on April 29.

The event will coincide with a ‘Strappo’ exhibit opening, and will feature the original “Iconoclass” inside the Museum.

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Review: Cocina 214

Review: Cocina 214

At Cocina 214, quesadillas are comfort food for the hungry and sophisticated palate.

Find hidden poems in the newspaper

What's in your newspaper?

There are poems hidden in your newspaper—if you know how to find them.

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UCF breaks Wave

The No. 10 Knights are streaking after blasting off against Southern Miss and going on a tear across the country on the baseball diamond.

Thursday, April 19

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4Rivers Smokehouse may open in east

4Rivers looks east

A social media campaign to lure the popular barbecue restaurant 4Rivers Smokehouse to the east side could fast track the inevitable move.

Wednesday, April 18

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Josh Garrick: "Baby" at Playhouse

“Baby” has been on Winter Park Playhouse director Roy Alan’s production wish list for years.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is building a name — and an audience.

Guiding others to hope

Disability's secret emotional toll

Before I started volunteering as a mental health counselor at the Center for Independent Living last August, I didn’t understand the emotional toll that a disability can take.

Stetson's Corner

Dirt road romance and temptation.

Almost a decade later, people still speed on our dry dirt roads, kicking up massive clouds of dust and making the roads worse by the second.

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UCF's Food Network star

UCF instructor on TV

UCF Food Service instructor Emily Ellyn will soon have the opportunity to put her culinary knowledge to the ultimate test.

Cancer survivors team up

How Betty Vallery became a survivor

When Betty Vallery was diagnosed with metastasized bone cancer in 1984 she was not only worried for her own future.

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Bears baseball streaking

Huskies bounce back

The Winter Springs Bears baseball team has returned to nearly unstoppable form after a midseason stumble left them with their only loss.

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Early summer camp registration for Winter Springs residents is Saturday, April 21

Early summer camp registration for Winter Springs residents is Saturday, April 21


The Food Truck Bazaar comes to Winter Springs High April 21.

The Food Truck Bazaar, Central Florida's original traveling food truck gathering, will be at Winter Springs High School, 130 Tuskawilla Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Ask Sandi

Never, ever, ever give anyone your credit information without a conditional offer of employment.

Never, ever, ever give anyone your credit information without a conditional offer of employment.

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Knights get revenge again

Setback to triumph

The Knights once again took a setback and turned it into a triumph in the past week.

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Review: Chanticleer charms again

Harmony like no other

Chanticleer lived up to its reputation as “America’s premier vocal ensemble.”

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Tom Carey: Joel Salatin talks gardens, technology

I spoke with Joel Salatin who is working on the leading edge of sustainable farming practices.

Rollins College will host author Joel Salatin as he discusses his book “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

Chris Jepson: On loosening one’s jaw

The idea of God has been exploited since man first put quill to parchment.

You take the same exit off Interstate 4 to reach the luxurious Mall at Millenia or The Holy Land Experience.

Staff opinion: Buffeting a move for fairer taxes

The richest will do anything they can to avoid contributing to the necessary good.

Buffeting a move for fairer taxes

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Reduce risk for Type 2 diabetes

How to reduce risk

The manufactured appeal of so-called “conveniences” put thousands at risk for developing preventable diseases.

Bike MS to help beat multiple sclerosis

On Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, more than 1,000 bikers will take to the roads of Bok Tower Gardens to help fundraise for multiple sclerosis.

Nancy Rudner Lugo: Your food, your baby

“You are what you eat,” a common refrain, also translates to “your baby is what you eat, too.”

Tips for a healthy baby

Thursday, April 12

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Knights beat UAB to take series

UCF bounces back

The Knights may have lost a big one to UAB, but they came back with two revenge-match thrillers.

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Your new teacher of the year

Teaching with interactivity

Throughout the year, she gives the class the opportunity to choose which book they will read, or sometimes even which form an assignment will take.

Karen Phillips: Protect our youngest in April

These are times we wish for a more consistent rain pattern to dampen our rural tinderbox.

These are times we wish for a more consistent rain pattern to dampen our rural tinderbox. Dust seems to be everywhere.

Wednesday, April 11

Vote for Seminole in $100K Challenge

Vote for Seminole County in Rachel Ray Challenge

Seminole County Animal Services is one of 108 shelters competing for the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

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Oviedo plans veterans memorial

Vet memorial proposed

Oviedo saw its first glimmers of a new memorial that will pay tribute to local veterans.

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March for healthy pregnancies April 28

A mother's survival story

The 2012 March of Dimes March for Babies is on Saturday, April 28.

Baseball: Bears, Huskies, Lions

String of wins for Bears

A massive string of blowouts propelled Winter Springs High School to six wins in a row to enter the week, as the Bears’ bats caught fire on the diamond.

Janet Foley: New additions to the mall!

New additions to the mall!

Guess a lot of you all have been in the Oviedo Mall in the past week to see that the mall has announced the two new additions to the food court.

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Winter Springs considers surveillance cams

Cameras popping up

A nearby city just installed surveillance cameras to monitor its downtown area, and now Winter Springs police may soon be doing the same.

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Dinner and a movie night at the Geneva Bijou

Enjoy dinner and a movie night at the Geneva Bijou on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main, Geneva. Email


The 18th Annual Taste of Oviedo is April 14.

The 18th Annual Taste of Oviedo is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14. It’s free. Visit

C-Section or wait?

Avoiding early deliveries

The topic this time: elective deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation.

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Knights, Tars teams get their revenge

UCF hits the road

The Knights will hit the road for Southern Miss for a three-game series before returning against Florida Atlantic on April 17.

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Hoping to save Brandywine’s Deli

Group's last stand

For 25 years, Brandywine’s Deli in Winter Park has been a weekly Friday afternoon hangout for this group of Rollins friends.

Real Estate Briefs

Meritage Homes is building 86 new single-family homes at Winter Springs Village priced from the $180s.

Shot your candy-carrying son in the chest

Why is he killed? Because he lives in America, and that is the long history of the United States.

I am going to ask some of my white readers to put on their imagination hats.

Letters to the editor

I’d feel a whole lot better seeing a officer on the downtown beat than an unmonitored camera overhead.

When are we going to tell the federal government that we don’t want to send them filet mignon in the form of income taxation and then compete for rendered pork?

Staff opinion: Musical chairs in the workforce

The simple theory: If you cut taxes on businesses, they’ll use that money to hire employees. But to do what?

Gov. Rick Scott is making the rounds in Florida touting a new job board regulation bill and a new budget he hopes will create jobs (see letters below), but he doesn’t mention the part where jobs are already guaranteed to be lost before his plans even start.

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Josh Garrick: Culture & Cocktails

Serious foodies need to bring serious appetites to the 27th Annual Taste of Winter Park on April 18.

Culture & Cocktails

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Homegrown talent at Florida Film Festival

Locals share inspiration

The Florida Film Festival, which kicks off on April 13, features local veteran filmmakers and some newbies.

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Carolyn Butt Grist memorial is April 13

Memorial is April 13

Carolyn’s family is traveling from around the country to hold a special memorial service in her hometown of Winter Park.

Thursday, April 5

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Vote for your favorite Oviedo/Winter Springs businesses

Vote for your favorite biz!

Vote in Seminole Voice's Ovations Awards through May 12!

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Keeping oldies alive

Senior DJ runs podcast

This Seminole County DJ is reviving the early days of rock and roll.

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Knights win big

Hot bats help UCF

A spot in the NCAA Top 25 is a rarity among UCF’s big three sports. Cracking the top 15 is even rarer.

Wednesday, April 4

Free supplies for teachers

National program provides free school supplies for teachers in their classrooms.


The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced 108 shelters spanning the nation have been selected to compete in the “Qualifying Heat” of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge

Winning Citrus and Celery recipes

Past winners' recipes

Want to learn how to cook like a real Oviedian? Here are the winning recipes from the Citrus and Celery Cookoff at the 2011 Taste of Oviedo

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130 years of Citrus and Celery

Oviedo's best dishes

Oviedo will once again showcase its unique agricultural heritage with the 18th annual Citrus & Celery Cook-Off.

Calendar and Family Calendar

The 18th Annual Taste of Oviedo is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

The 18th Annual Taste of Oviedo is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

Ask Sandi

Be ready to explain your value when interviewers ask the tough questions.

Be ready to explain your value when interviewers ask the tough questions.

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Winter Park man preserves oldies music

Saving the music

A Winter Park resident is bringing rock ‘n’ roll from the ‘50s and ‘60s back on the air with his internet podcast “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

UCF Knights and Rollins Tars win big

Knights also win

Rollins heads into a three-game series at Eckerd in St. Petersburg.

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Tom Carey: Is your garden safe?

What could possibly be dangerous safely ensconced in the tranquility of my garden?

Sandals or flip-flops, let alone bare feet, are out of the question when considering garden attire.

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Winter Park installs surveillance cameras

Safety is city's goal

Some say cameras along Winter Park streets tread the line between public safety and privacy.

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Trayvon Martin, justice and the Golden Rule

George Zimmerman deserves the right to make his case before a court of law.

So no matter how irate we may be about what has happened, George Zimmerman deserves the right to make his case before a court of law.

Chris Jepson: The game is in doubt

My attitude to the great game we call “America” is inexorably moving from one of skepticism to cynicism.

The game is in doubt

Strip-searching the Fourth Amendment

Someone could conceivably be strip searched after feeding the homeless or for violating a leash law.

Strip-searching the Fourth Amendment

Senior Calendar

University Club of Winter Park members Erich Blossey, Ph.D. and Sandra Blossey, Ph.D., will present “Shaping the Future of Education: What Will It Take?” at 7 p.m. on April 17.

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Josh Garrick: ‘Carousel’ all stars

When Kevin Kelly performed his first cabaret act at the Winter Park Playhouse, it sold out immediately.

The Orlando Philharmonic’s staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 7.