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Mom’s day is full of many options in Central Florida

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Mom’s special day is Sunday, so here are some of the many options filling up my email at pcovino@osceolanewsgazette.com. One of the annual area traditions for mom has got to be the Mother’s Day event at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. This year’s special event package has been geared to make mom feel like a queen on her special day. The

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  • The Orlando Eye finally awakens. Giant wheel officially opens

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Eye see you, or more to the point, from the Eye, you can see a whole lot of Central Florida. Already identified with the city and it officially opened just a few days ago, the Orlando Eye, should give tourism a big shot in the arm, after all the publicity the new attraction received last week on TV thanks to Nik

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  • From the kennel to stardom, dog is now an autograph hound

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

        Buddy is ready for stardom. The two-year-old Chihuahua mix will make his debut starting Friday night in Legally Blonde the Musical at Osceola Arts. Buddy is an animal shelter adoptee and will be performing as Bruiser, Elle Wood’s four-legged best friend in the show.  Buddy was found by Orange County Animal Services in January of this year. Since Easter weekend, Buddy has been training with SeaWorld domestic animal

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Travel

The Orlando Eye finally awakens. Giant wheel officially opens

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Eye see you, or more to the point, from the Eye, you can see a whole lot of Central Florida. Already identified with the city and it officially opened just a few days ago, the Orlando Eye, should give tourism a big shot in the arm, after all the publicity the new attraction received last week on TV thanks to Nik

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  • Keeping cool at Disney, cool events will try to combat the long, hot summer

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:22 am

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor It will be another hot summer coming up in Central Florida, but Walt Disney World is promising the “Coolest Summer Ever,” as part of its 2015 summer campaign. Sadly, Florida temperatures will be as warm as ever, with a humidity to match, but Disney has a whole slate of special events and new experiences for the coming months designed to at least

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  • I-Drive 360 gets ready for opening, Orlando Eye, aquarium are ready for May 4

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor As tourism weeks go in Central Florida, this week is huge. Merlin Entertainments, the British company behind Legoland Resorts, have officially opened the Orlando Eye, Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Toussauds wax museum, making it one of the biggest weeks for new attractions in the area since Universal Orlando opened its doors in 1990. Merlin will also officially open the first LEGOLAND Hotel on the

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Education

News-Gazette Photo/Skip Stowers
Students, parents and benefactors gathered at the Osceola County School for the Arts for the Education Foundation’s annual scholarship awards ceremony on April 30. A total of 227 scholarships worth $454,000 were doled out to students who have excelled in academics, art, community service or a combination thereof.

Osceola students take home nearly half a million in college scholarships

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The promise of college was palpable last week during the Education Foundation’s annual scholarship awards ceremony. About 750 students, parents and benefactors gathered at the Osceola County School for the Arts for the April 30 event. By the end of the night, 227 scholarships worth $454,000 were doled out to students who have excelled in academics, art, community service or a combination thereof. Senior Paige

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  • Value of written word showcased at Read-In

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
Kissimmee Deputy Chief Jeff Odell reads to Mill Creek Elementary School students during Read-In on Wednesday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite the increasing digitalization of society and more people turning to phones and tablets for information, the written word, found in an actual book, is still alive and well. People of all ages still enjoy reading it from books, and by the looks of people of students at Mill Creek Elementary School on Wednesday, they still enjoy someone reading to them. The Kissimmee school held

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  • Osceola schools recognized with state awards for outstanding volunteer programs

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Osceola County District schools have earned a total of 61 Golden and Silver School Awards, the state’s highest recognition for community involvement. The Golden School Award is given annually by the Florida Department of Education to recognize schools with exemplary volunteer programs. It is presented to schools that meet certain criteria, including faculty training on how to work with volunteers and program policies and procedures. The school principal must designate

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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

Be prepared as allergy season has arrived

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm

By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette Wow! I just had a very busy week in the office, and while I was on call in the evening. The biggest problem right now seems to be allergies. While some parts of the country are still experiencing cold, many areas are warming up, and trees and grasses are starting to release their pollen. My own back yard is covered in yellow oak

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  • Sheriff’s Office partners with UCF to offer health care

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
The building at 704 Generation Point in Kissimmee is being renovated into an outpatient healthcare facility for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, deputies, other staff and their families.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Thanks to a partnership between the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine, a local health and wellness service provider and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, deputies, other staff and their families will have access to reasonably-priced primary medical care. A medical center is slated to open this summer at 704 Generation Point in Kissimmee, a building formerly home to the Children’s Advocacy Center on

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  • Park Place to open 20 new beds by end of month

    Posted on April 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Park Place Behavioral Healthcare, one of only two mental health facilities in Osceola County, will open 20 new beds by the end of the month. On Tuesday, Park Place broke ground on a 9,000 square-foot addition. In February, it became the county’s central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up law enforcement. The additional beds are being brought in as the Park Place reconfigures

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