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Baby gorilla is born at Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

          It’s a bouncing baby — gorilla. A male endangered western lowland gorilla was born at Busch Gardens Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 11:35 a.m. The baby is healthy and is currently being cared for by first-time mother Pele, with the Busch Gardens animal care team watching closely. This is the second successful gorilla birth at Busch Gardens and brings to six the number of

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  • Florida children needed to serve on Sea Life Young Environmentalists Panel

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel. Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts. SEA LIFE Orlando is asking children in Florida, between the ages

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  • The definitive Bolshoi Nutcracker, Fathom Events presents ballet in theaters

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor Probably no production says Christmas like The Nutcracker. You can experience the classic show in various productions around Central Florida this time of year. But it doesn’t get any better than the Bolshoi Ballet, and this year, you don’t have to fly to Moscow to see The Nutcrackier. Fathom Events and the Bolshoi Ballet will bring the splendor of

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Travel

Holidays at the theme parks, expect big crowds and long lines

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Whether you are just visiting Central Florida or are a permanent resident, Disney, SeaWorld and Universal offer some of the best holiday entertainment in the country. Whether it is the Macy’s Parade at Universal, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot or the Osborne Lights at the Disney Studios, there is an amazing variety of things to see and do at the theme

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Education

Koa Elementary named 2014 National Blue Lighthouse School

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Koa Elementary School has been named as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School by Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Based on the Blueprint for Excellence assessment process, Koa Elementary met or exceeded the criteria for all nine categories: student support and focus; school organization and culture; challenging standards and curriculum; active teaching and learning; technology integration; professional community; leadership and educational vitality; school, family,

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  • Valencia College joins partnership to launch School of Public Safety

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    The School of Public Safety will combine Valencia College’s current education and training programs for law-enforcement officers, corrections officers and firefighters, with programs planned for students interested in careers in homeland security, emergency management and private security.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Valencia College in Osceola County will expand public safety programs, with the creation of a new School of Public Safety. College trustees Wednesday approved a resolution that will allow for a major expansion of public safety programs at Valencia’s Criminal Justice Institute campus near its east Orlando campus. The School of Public Safety will combine the college’s current education and training programs for law-enforcement officers,

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  • Florida children needed to serve on Sea Life Young Environmentalists Panel

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel. Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts. SEA LIFE Orlando is asking children in Florida, between the ages

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Religion

Evening of Praise events reaches ninth year

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Evangelist Rupert Henry, along with several local churches and foster care organizations, held an Evening of Praise recently to promote the awareness of foster youth in Osceola County. It was the ninth year that Henry has organized this event, not only to raise money for foster youth, but also to encourage communication between the churches and organizations that are working for foster youth in the

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  • Kissimmee pastor joins march to push immigration reform in D.C.

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Rev. Javier Figueroa, of Centro de la Familia Cristiana de Poinciana in Kissimmee, believes that immigration law should be enforced, but not at the expense of separating families. That’s why he, as well as religious leaders across the country, have joined the march to Washington, D.C. to urge progress on current immigration reform.  Figueroa, who is on the board of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition,

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  • St. Cloud church celebrates 25 years of worship

    Posted on August 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Transforming from four families holding church services in schools around St. Cloud to a few thousand families, Cornerstone Family Church marked its 25th year in St. Cloud with a celebration that began Aug. 25. Nathan and Trish Blackwell, the church’s founders and leaders, said that, over the years, the church has changed in size and population, but its focus  has stayed the same. Cornerstone Family

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Health

Set anchor at Saigon Harbor, new Vietnamese restaurant in downtown Kissimmee

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor There is a new kind of southern cooking in downtown Kissimmee, but you won’t find fried chicken or pecan pie anywhere on this menu. Saigon Harbor is the newest restaurant along Broadway and if you are looking for an authentic Southeast Asian experience, your quest has ended. Owners Ha “Jennifer” Le and husband Hy Nguyen have been in the United States for more

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  • Influenza cases ‘elevated’ in Osceola County

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Photo/James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Local, state and federal health officials contend that getting a flu vaccination is worthwhile.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Flu season is arriving early in Florida again this year. “In Osceola County the number of flu cases is elevated but not at the levels that you would see at peak season,” Osceola County Health Department spokeswoman Camille Bissainthe said. “We are still considered to be mild.” Local health officials expect the virus to affect the most people in mid-January, she said. But Florida is

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  • Hospital opens new mental health center

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Osceola Regional Medical Center opened the doors to its new 17,000 square-foot behavioral health center Monday. The 25-bed facility on the hospital’s fourth floor was designed for emergency psychiatric care, including patients who admit themselves and those are involuntarily admitted under Florida’s Baker Act. It’s Osceola County’s first hospital affiliated in-patient psychiatric treatment center and fills a huge gap in service in the area, said

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