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Is one taste enough at Taste of Chicago?

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Blues Brothers beckon outside and there is sausage, hot dogs and beef inside, all that is missing is the Sears Tower and Lake Michigan and it just might be Chicago. Easy to find from U.S. 192 because of those two prominent statues of Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood out front (Kissimmee residents probably remember former City Manager Mark Durbin and Don Miers, county sports

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  • As weather heats up so does activities

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    By Larry Griffin For the News-Gazette Summer is looming ahead again. School is out. The heat is up, the swimming pool is inviting and your kids will have a lot more free time on their hands. For those looking for things for their kids to do, Osceola County has them covered. For the parents who have to work long hours, summer camps are an option, particularly the St. Cloud Adventure

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  • LEGOLAND has got unique lodging pegged, new hotel created out of 2 million LEGO Bricks

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor The newest hotel in Central Florida also is one of the most unique. The LEGOLAND Hotel had its grand opening Friday and the new Lego-themed lodge, should be a big hit with kids. The hotel opened with much fanfare as thousands of parachuting LEGO mini figures were blasted out of cannons from atop the hotel, and parachuted down the five-story building. The hotel

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Travel

Universal alters course with Volcano Bay, an all-new water park in 2017

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Universe is about to change again. Universal Orlando, which already has several new announced projects, just added one more for 2017: Volcano Bay, a new water park which park officials will be unlike any other in the world. Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort promises to be more than just a water park, according to Universal officials, but the resorts third major attraction.  

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  • Make some room in the hall. Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts four more, May 30

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

          The Astronaut Hall of Fame is about to expand by four new members. Veteran space shuttle astronauts John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger and Rhea Seddon will be honored for their contributions to NASA and the space industry when they are inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 30. The public induction ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Space Shuttle Atlantis at the

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  • Kong is king at Universal, plus Pitbull live on Saturday

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Universal Orlando Resort is celebrating its 25th anniversary year with a series of concerts, now through June 20. On select nights, Universal Studios will host a diverse lineup of award-winning musical guests. The next guest in the series will be internationally-renowned artist Pitbull – whose global hit single, “Timber,” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Pitbull will perform live Saturday, May 30. Also coming

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Education

Custodians receive certifications from management association

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

The Osceola School District requires its entire custodial staff to work towards certification through the Florida School Plant Management Association and to go through continuous training on an on-going basis to provide the highest service to schools. The program for Certified Master Custodian involves 104 hours of training and tests in eight courses.  The following 32 employees have recently qualified as “Certified Master Custodians”: Desis Araque, Joey Arscott, Annette Bell,

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  • Students set to meet reading challenge

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer In a digital world, there’s still hope for the written word. Osceola County school students proved that last summer, and they’re out to do it again this year. In order to ward off the “summer slide” — a loss of academic skills some students see while out on break — Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano is challenging the county’s students to read 26

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  • Fifth Third Bank helps raise money for homeless student program

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer About 5,000 Osceola County students take home bags of food every Friday for the weekend. Most of them are homeless, living in hotels and motels on U.S. Highway 192. But when school lets out this summer, the needs of these underprivileged students will go unmet. That’s why Fifth Third Bank created Summer of Dreams, a free, 10-week program that provides homeless students with meals, academic

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Religion

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Three women praise Jesus Christ at the Osceola County Courthouse on Thursday during the National Day of Prayer.

Residents celebrate in prayer

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Groups of Osceola County residents took time out Thursday to participate in the 64th annual National Day of Prayer. From noon to 1 p.m., groups held public prayer vigils at the Osceola County Courthouse, Kissimmee and St. Cloud city halls and at churches countywide. The nationwide movement urged Americans to gather and pray for the nation, even if for just a few minutes. “When women

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

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

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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.

    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

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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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Health

Abortion injunction placed back on Planned Parenthood in Kissimmee

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The 5th District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach has reinstated a temporary injunction on Planned Parenthood Kissimmee that prevents certain types of abortions from being offered there. The original injunction was granted by Osceola County Circuit Court Judge John E. Jordan shortly after the facility opened in Kissimmee in July of 2014. Jordan originally ruled that Planned Parenthood was not a “physicians practice” and

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  • Chappel Group looking for a fresh start in Kissimmee

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    By Larry Griffin For the News-Gazette The Chappel Group is in a new building at 2711 Orange Blossom Trail, and with it, the practice is hoping for a fresh start. According to CEO Jamie Daniels, the change comes after a “difficult period” in the life of Dr. Christopher Chappel. “We were looking for a fresh start,” she said. “Dr. Chappel has had a lot going on in his life. He

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  • Governor appoints commission to study healthcare as debate deepens in Florida

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 11:54 am

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Gov. Rick Scott Monday appointed a commission to examine Florida’s healthcare costs and programs for the poor ahead of a special legislative session set to begin June 1. Scott, former chief executive of the nation’s largest hospital chain, called for the formation of the group after the Republican-led Florida Legislature failed to reach a consensus on accepting more than $2 billion in federal healthcare funds

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