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Holidays are a concern for local low-cost day care center

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The economy has improved as a whole over the last few years. But Mary DeBose sees every day that people are still struggling. She sees it through the eyes of children and their parents at the early learning center she runs, Shining Stars Early Learning Center. Her day care-slash-preschool-slash-extension of her family, on Cypress Street off the west side of Orange Blossom Trail, has been

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  • Mavericks school provides holiday meal for students, homeless

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

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Students from Maverick High School get their Thanksgiving lunch in Kissimmee on Nov. 21.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Instead of counting their money to put on their annual Thanksgiving celebration for its students, officials at Mavericks High School in downtown Kissimmee were able to sit back this year and count their blessings. The school has held a feast on Nov. 20 for its 550 students, who need extra or non-alternative assistance in gaining a diploma, since the school opened on Main Street in

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  • Community Vision: Grant is a “game-changer”

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer There’s no hiding a big check – the kind corporate sponsors draw up for ceremonial donations. Such was the scene Wednesday at the Community Vision board meeting in Kissimmee when Bank of America showed up with a big check for the non-profit. Members knew a donation was coming, they just didn’t know how much. When the $200,000 check was revealed the room erupted in gasps,

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Not your average doll house, American Girl arrives at Florida Mall

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you have a girl at home under the age of 12, your holiday shopping budget just went up a whole lot. American Girl, renowned for its line up of dolls, books and even movies based on the immensely popular dolls, has come to Florida Mall. The new store opened over the weekend, and according to reports, attracted as

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  • Get a jump on the season with Omni “Spa-lidays”

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer A little indulgence never hurt anyone, right? With the holidays just around the corner, taking time to take care of yourself and others could be just the ticket to enjoying the season. If you’re looking for relaxation, a little pampering and chance to get away from it all for a few hours, stop by Mokara Spa at the Omni Orlando at Champions Gate Thursday for

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  • Artegon Marketplace is ready for its Thursday grand opening

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Orlando’s next great shopping attraction, Artegon Marketplace is just days away from its grand opening. Media and invited guests got a sneak preview of the new shopping center, the former home of Festival Bay off of International Drive, in advance of the official grand opening Thursday. Thursday will kick off a weekend of opening events at the

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Black squirrel stands out in a sea of gray

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Mary Schmich Tribune Media One of the beauties of being alive is that on many days you see something wondrous that you’ve never seen before. On Wednesday, for me, that wonder was a squirrel. I glimpsed it out of the corner of my eye in Welles Park on Chicago’s North Side. I turned to stare. What a freak. Oodles of squirrels were out that afternoon, gearing up for winter, romping

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  • New School Board ready for the challenges

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    For the first time since 2008, residents of Osceola County have five members of the Osceola County School Board each capable of independent thought and with the intellectual capacity to absorb and synthesize complex data. Tim Weisheyer, Kelvin Soto, Ricky Booth and Clarence Thacker are all significant upgrades from each of their predecessors. And that is good for all of us. All four of these individuals have the support of

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  • Letters to the Editor for November 15, 2014

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Hire our local heroes To the Editor: Each Veterans Day, Americans pause to recognize the sacrifices of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. While this holiday gives us a specific reminder to do so, it’s important to remember our heroes each and every day as they return to civilian life. Veterans face many challenges during this transition, including finding meaningful employment to support themselves and their families.

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