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Boardwalk Empire season four arrives on Blu-ray/DVD

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor Before moving on to this week’s  movie/DVD column, I have to say a few words about the tragic  passing of Robin Williams. Williams, who I guess was always a troubled figure, will now, unfortunately, be added to Hollywood’s growing list of tragic stars  like Elvis,  Marilyn,  James  Dean  and  Judy  Garland. Whether his flame will burn as bright as those  now long-gone legends remains to

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  • Blockbuster Divergent arrives on DVD.

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Divergent is back. If you missed this spring blockbuster that amassed more than $250 million in its theatrical release worldwide, you can now take all the action and adventure home with you on DVD and Blu-ray. Divergent (Lionsgate/Summit) is similar in feel to The Hunger Games, another teen novel trilogy, that of course, also hit in big at the theater box

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  • Seamore, never more. Clyde and Seamore at SeaWorld last show is this weekend

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

            SeaWorld guests, dressed in their spirited red pirate bandanas, turned out Friday to witness one of the final shows of Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island. After 15 years of hilarious hijinks and pinniped pranks, SeaWorld Orlando’s “Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island” show sails into the sunset, with its last show on Sunday.   You can find out that latest on Seamore’s newest adventures by staying 

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Go back in time to 19th century Florida at pioneer event

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor You will have to use 21st century technology to get there, but after you load up the car you can go back in time to Pioneer Day in Dade City. The Pasco County Pioneer Museum presents a day of how it used to be, plus lots of family entertainment, Saturday, Aug. 30. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the fun continues until

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  • Partly cloudy with a chance of frogs. Some real “Sharknado” events

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor So maybe it doesn’t rain cats and dogs and sharks, but it turns out Sharknado and Sharknado 2 aren’t quite as far-fetched at they appear to be. The folks at the AccuWeather Global Weather Center have gathered together a bunch of facts that show that weather isn’t just unpredictable — it can be downright strange. Sharks falling from the sky (and still eating people) is

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  • Color your world with Crayola. The Crayola Experience is coming to Florida Mall

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor An explosion of color is coming to Florida Mall next summer with the opening of Central Florida’s newest attraction — the Crayola Experience. Modeled after a similar Crayola attraction in Pennsylvania, the Crayola Experience will feature 25 hands-on attractions offering creative fun for kids and their parents too. “Ours has always been a culture of innovation,” Crayola CEO Mike Perry said in press statement

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Osceola schools given 5-star status

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The start of the new school year is a great time for parents to get involved with their child’s school. Thirty-seven Osceola County schools have been designated as Five Star Schools earning the Florida Department of Education’s most prestigious award for community involvement. The award is presented each year to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary family, school, and community involvement. To qualify, each school

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  • St. Cloud High School students earn medals at national leadership conference

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

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Third row from left: Nyasia Minaya, Jarisabel Ferrao, Mariah Cruz, Emmalyne Aleman. Second row  from left: Ashley Iaciofano, Destiny Kauffman, April Boyer, Tanisha Hernandez Payton Harvey and Jennifer Grajales. First row from left: Hailey Steuer, Payton Harvey, Jennifer Grajales, and Victoria Smith.

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    St. Cloud High School students brought home medals as they competed at the 2014 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference this past July. The following 12 students earned top marks in the following events: Gold Medals: Nyasia Minaya and Jarisabel Ferrao: Chapter service project display entitled “Focus on My Abilities” working with students with disabilities. Mariah Cruz: chapter in review display. Destiny Kauffman and April

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  • New year brings new curriculum, technology to Osceola School District

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

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Lisa Baker holds her daughter Maya’s hand as they walk to St. Cloud Elementary School on the first day of school on Monday.

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The 2014-15 school year is shaping up to be one of change in Osceola County, as students not only have a new curriculum and state testing, but they also are becoming more technology-friendly. This is the first year that Osceola County, as well as the rest of the state of Florida, will be teaching on the new Florida State Standards. Passed this spring, the Florida

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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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  • 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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Hospital introduces first residency programs

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A program three years in the making, medical the Osceola Regional Medical Center recently launched its first residency program. Not only a first for Osceola Regional, but also for Kissimmee, the program is the result of a partnership between Osceola Regional Medical Center, Orlando Veterans Health Administration Medical Center and UCF College of Medicine. Currently, the hospital holds residency programs for internal medicine, training students

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  • Remember to drain and cover

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Belinda Johnson-Cornett Osceola County Health Department Florida Department of Health in Osceola County advises the public to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. To date there has been four confirmed cases of imported chikungunya fever in Osceola County. Chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) fever is a virus spread by bites from an infected mosquito. In all four cases, the infected person traveled outside of the US and became symptomatic once they

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  • Do selfies spread head lice?

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard, For the News-Gazette Are teenagers spreading lice when they put their heads together to take a perfect selfie? This is a hot topic trending lately online. I’ve received emails and texts from parents who are fighting head lice in their homes and are wondering if this is possible! I was skeptical at first about the risk of transmitting lice during a selfie session. Lying on the

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