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Get united for a great dinner fund-raiser, United Way Chef’s Gala returns, May 16

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor When it comes to charity events, there might be none more important than the Heart of Florida United Way’s annual Chef’s Gala. Now in its 23rd year, not only is it one of the great annual food events in Central Florida, but in terms of helping the community, it is vital at providing support to some of the region’s most critical programs. Yes,

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  • Award winning art on display, Osceola Arts has two exhibits featuring local art

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If a picture is worth a thousands words, then Osceola Arts has an entire library on display this month. The Kissimmee art center complex is currently home to two exhibits featuring award-winning, local art. Currently on display is artwork from the Images of Osceola juried art show as well as the inaugural Kenton’s Kowboy Classics High School

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  • What to do about nuisance wildlife in and around the home

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension The spring season is approaching and gardeners and other homeowners are getting ready to work outdoors; yes they are anxious to get their hands dirty and just to enjoy the great outdoors.  Many will find that they are not going alone. Very often, these outdoor spaces are also occupied by wildlife such as squirrels, opossums, raccoons, bats, moles, deer, mice, coyotes and snakes.  These animals become

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Travel

Marketplace still growing, The Artegon Marketplace adds more food, fun

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

If you haven’t been to Artegon Marketplace Orlando lately, you haven’t been to Artegon Marketplace. The shopping attraction, which has been opening in phases, continues to add new places to see  as well as eating establishments. The 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace will add four new food kiosks this month at  the center’s Great Hall. At Florida’s first U Roll Express, customers can create their own sushi roll

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  • It’s all in good taste at Busch and Epcot with new food & wine event at Busch and lots of treats at Epcot

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor     Got a hunger for the theme parks? Both Busch Gardens and Disney’s Epcot are ready to serve. Epcot, long the leader in theme parks when it comes to serving up outstanding food, wine and beer, has some competition this spring with the inaugural Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. Epcot, which has a very nice food (and garden event) going on right

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  • A peek at Disney Springs. Downtown Disney area first phase opens in spring

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 2:56 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you have lived in Osceola County seemingly forever, you can probably remember those good old days when out-of-towners dropped by and a day at Pleasure Island/Downtown Disney was always a great way to impress the relatives. Parking was plentiful, except for a weekend night or holiday week, and you could leisurely shop and eat and stroll. But Pleasure Island is long

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Education

Luciano recognized by Osceola Visionaries as ‘unsung hero’

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm

By Aiyana Ruiz For the News-Gazette Superintendent Melba Luciano was recently recognized by Osceola Visionaries as an “unsung hero” at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Banquet. According to a press release, she was presented with a plaque for the school district improving on state assessments in all seven areas, including reading, mathematics, and science in 2014. “Goals and associated strategies are targeted to maximize student success

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  • House bill aims to reduce state-mandated education testing, limit effect on teacher evaluations

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida House of Representatives last week unanimously approved legislation that would lower the number and importance of tests administered at public schools. The bill (HB 7069) would eliminate an 11th-grade language arts test, ban final exams in classes that include end-of-course testing mandated by the state or local school districts and make a college-readiness exam optional for some students. It would also reduce how

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  • Celebration High School educator wins School District teacher of the year

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Sean Stowers
Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, was named teacher of the year.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer More than 700 people gathered at Osceola Heritage Park Thursday night for the annual teacher of the year awards to see a Celebration High School educator win top honors. In the end, Celebration swept the contest. Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, won teacher of the year. And Jennifer Neumann, an exceptional student education paraprofessional from Celebration K-8 School,

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Religion

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Above, St. John’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Columbia Avenue and John Young Parkway has been renovated by the congregation. Below is the original stained-glass structure built in 1889.

St. John’s Episcopal has new look and looking to reach out

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Perched under 300-year-old oak trees at the corner of Columbia Avenue and John Young Parkway, St. John’s Episcopal Church is aiming to be more visible in the community in more ways than one. St. Johns stands out a little more at the busy intersection since the congregation renovated it’s historic chapel. The chapel, which seats about 100, originally was built in downtown Kissimmee but was

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  • New World Wellness celebrates holidays from around the world

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Charlie Reed
Yoga teachers Kim Mason (left) and Rebecca Parsonage (right) sing along during a kirtan concert – an ancient form of musical meditation – at New World Wellness in Kissimmee Sunday for a winter solstice holiday celebration.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The churches are full during the holiday season, but rarely do people celebrate traditions outside their own faith. New World Wellness, in downtown Kissimmee, changed that on the winter solstice with an event that encapsulated some of the world’s most celebrated holidays. “In our culture we tend to separate ourselves in our different groups, so we wanted to do something that honored the different religious

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  • 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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Health

State confirms measles case in Kissimmee

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida Department of Health on Thursday confirmed a case of measles in Kissimmee. It came from a visitor who attended a conference at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, off Osceola Parkway, March 16-17. The person was hospitalized in Miami a few days later and flew out of the state on Wednesday after recovering, according to press release from the state. The highly contagious

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  • RSV season brings cough, congestion, wheezing

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette. Flu season seems to be winding down, but RSV (respiratory synctial virus) season is still here and actually arrived a bit later than usual this year. RSV is a common upper respiratory infection that causes cold symptoms with cough, runny nose, congestion and in some cases, wheezing. Unfortunately, when new parents hear that there’s RSV in their day care or school, they often

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  • What to do about nuisance wildlife in and around the home

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension The spring season is approaching and gardeners and other homeowners are getting ready to work outdoors; yes they are anxious to get their hands dirty and just to enjoy the great outdoors.  Many will find that they are not going alone. Very often, these outdoor spaces are also occupied by wildlife such as squirrels, opossums, raccoons, bats, moles, deer, mice, coyotes and snakes.  These animals become

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