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All in all, it’s a whole lot more than another brick in the wall. Brickworld, LEGO for adults, is at the Tampa Fairgrounds

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor And you thought LEGOs were just for kids. LEGO building blocks are also, apparently, an obsession for adults as well. They have their own website, their own magazine, and coming Oct. 25-26, they will have their own convention, Brickworld Tampa at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The weekend event will feature more than 40,000 square feet of some incredible  creations, all built from LEGO bricks by

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  • It’s a new kind of market place. Artegon Marketplace will be home to 165 artisan shops

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of the most unusual shopping venues in Central Florida, Artegon Marketplace Orlando, is set to open, Nov. 20. There is still plenty of work to do before the new center, which will be home to 165 artisanal shops and stores officially opens its doors, but the 1.1 millon-square-foot shopping attraction will be the first of its kind in the area,

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  • Partnership rebuilds seniors’ vegtable garden

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
Members of the University of Florida Extension Services worked with St. Cloud Home Depot team members last week to build a new raised vegetable garden for senior residents at Oak Leaf Landings in Kissimmee.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Grisel Negron, the Family Nutrition Program coordinator for University of Florida Extension Services, thinks of Home Depot as “just like a community hardware store.” It may be a giant chain, but through corporate grants it helps with community projects, as Negron saw with her own eyes this week. The home improvement chain offered up $3,500 at the corporate level to help rebuild the vegetable garden

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All in all, it’s a whole lot more than another brick in the wall. Brickworld, LEGO for adults, is at the Tampa Fairgrounds

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor And you thought LEGOs were just for kids. LEGO building blocks are also, apparently, an obsession for adults as well. They have their own website, their own magazine, and coming Oct. 25-26, they will have their own convention, Brickworld Tampa at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The weekend event will feature more than 40,000 square feet of some incredible  creations, all built from LEGO bricks by

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  • Food & Wine classic returns to Swan & Dolphin next weekend

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Walt Disney World  Swan and Dolphin great accompaniment to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Classic, returns to the Epcot Resort Area hotel, Oct. 31-Nov.1. This is the fifth year for the event which features more than 40 food and wine stations; 10 food and wine seminars and the opportunity to meet the masters

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  • Is infamous part of Interstate 4, the highway to hell? The Weather Channel TV series looks at the “I-4 Dead Zone”

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Is there nothing better than a creepy urban legend, especially when the creepy legend involves a stretch of road that many of us have travelled on many times? With Halloween quickly approaching, here is one more legend to give you a few goosebumps when you wake up in the middle of the night. I had never heard of the I-4 Dead Zone, a stretch of

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Education

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Poinciana High School  junior Alexis Pratts recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where she made a presentation to the staffs of two Florida Congressmen about continuing federal funding for career and technical education programs.

Poinciana High junior plays politics at the nation’s capitol

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer If her gig in construction customer service doesn’t pan out, Poinciana High School’s Alexis Pratts could just as well go into a different mode of serving people — politics. The PHS junior recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where she made a presentation to the staffs of two Florida Congressmen about continuing federal funding for career and technical education programs. As part of

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  • FDOE honors School District principals

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    By Barbara Grasley For the News-Gazette Many teachers and administrators have a positive impact on a student’s life. They uplift, their presence inspires and their dedication can motivate them. Each year, the Florida Department of Education honors exemplary principals and assistant principals for their school and community contributions. Two Osceola school administrators, Principal Nadia Winston, of Westside K-8, and Highlands Assistant Principal Jason Hayes were recognized. The chosen administrators are

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  • PATHS’ Glocal Club sponsoring dog to detect land mines

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Kimberly McCasland, right does a demonstration with explosives-sniffing dog Senna about how he detects landmines at PATHS on Friday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer A group of students at Kissimmee’s Professional and Technical High School are trying to deal with weapons of mass destruction in places currently serving as battlefields. They’re not thinking politically, but they are thinking globally – after all, it’s in their name. Glocal (the “Global-Local” Club) sponsored by social studies teacher Stephanie Middleton has chosen to sponsor a dog used to help detect landmines as

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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

Health officials key eye on enterovirus

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

By Treméne Triplett For the News-Gazette The outbreak of enterovirus infections in 32 states, including Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, is no need for alarm, but precaution, according to health officials. As Florida remains the only state in the Southeast without a reported case, residents and visitors, alike, can reduce the spread of the virus by understanding what it is and practicing prevention. The confirmed cases grabbing media spotlight and driving

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  • Hospital opens new 22,000 square-foot ward

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
Dignitaries including Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan and Florida Hospital Kissimmee Administrator Jeff Villaneuva, hold scissors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the emergency department grand opening on Thursday. The hospital celebrated a newly-expanded emergency department.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Florida Hospital Kissimmee unveiled its newly-expanded emergency department Thursday. Portions of it opened early in the year, but this week marked the opening of the entire 35-bed facility and all its features. The 22,000 square-foot-facility that cost $7 million has two trauma rooms, two “Baker Act” rooms and an observation area for patients and their families who have psychiatric needs. It also houses a dedicated

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  • White patches on child’s skin could be vitiligo

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette I recently saw a 10-year-old patient for her routine physical. One of her mother’s concerns was that her daughter had “white patches” under both arms. Once I examined her, I told her mother that the “white patches” were actually due to Vitiligo, an acquired disorder of pigment loss. Vitiligo is caused by a reduction in functional melanocytes, the cells that cause pigmentation in

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