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Kissimmee is set to become center of food universe in November with World Food Championships

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor Kissimmee will become the center of the food universe this November with the arrival of the World Food Championships. The championships will make its first appearance in Osceola County Nov. 3 to 10 after spending the last two years in Las Vegas. “It’s a huge deal,” said Amy Green, communications spokesperson for the event, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

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  • St. Cloud pups in Puppy Bowl. Rescue pups star in annual Animal Planet Super Bowl alternative

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor When the 11th annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl takes to the airwaves on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, don’t be surprised if some of those puppy barks have a bit of a Florida drawl. More than a dozen of the puppies taking part in the playful event, that serves as a warm-up or even a diversion to

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  • On Disney’s Boardwalk — A taste of Italy at Trattoria al Forno

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor There is something distinctive about a first-rate Walt Disney World restaurant. Through the years, Disney has pretty much made a habit of creating restaurants in its world that are uniquely special — from Victoria and Albert’s and Citrico, to California Grill and Be our Guest, dining at Disney, particularly away from the theme parks, is pretty much a guaranteed home run

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Kissimmee is set to become center of food universe in November with World Food Championships

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor Kissimmee will become the center of the food universe this November with the arrival of the World Food Championships. The championships will make its first appearance in Osceola County Nov. 3 to 10 after spending the last two years in Las Vegas. “It’s a huge deal,” said Amy Green, communications spokesperson for the event, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

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  • On Disney’s Boardwalk — A taste of Italy at Trattoria al Forno

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor There is something distinctive about a first-rate Walt Disney World restaurant. Through the years, Disney has pretty much made a habit of creating restaurants in its world that are uniquely special — from Victoria and Albert’s and Citrico, to California Grill and Be our Guest, dining at Disney, particularly away from the theme parks, is pretty much a guaranteed home run

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  • World’s biggest car auction is in Kissimmee, Mecum auction returns

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Mecum collector car auction has always been a big deal when it comes to Osceola Heritage Park each January. But it is even a bigger deal in 2015 as this year’s auction is set to become the world’s largest collector car auction. Period. This year’s auction will have some 3,000 American muscle cars, classics, hot rods, Corvettes and more

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Education

Photo/Skip Stowers
Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses. 
spoke at Wednesday’s “State of Education.”

Education leaders focus on student career training

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Every graduating high school senior in Osceola County will receive an acceptance letter from Valencia College later this spring, whether they applied or not. It’s a new outreach effort by Valencia to attract students who may not otherwise know their options after high school. Osceola County’s 78 percent high school graduation rate is higher than the state average, but the district is below average when

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  • Osceola student chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Valerie Caro-Beltrán, a student at Osceola County School for the Arts, has been selected for the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform as a first soprano at Carnegie Hall in February with the Honors Choir. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally. Valerie, a junior, auditioned

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  • Community Vision nursing program provides education, inspires hope

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
A valedictorian  of the Community Vision nursing program, Erin Cody, 24, works on her laptop in her family’s Poinciana home.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Erin Cody got hooked up with Emily Moreland in July by happenstance. Cody was pursuing educational opportunities  – a way to get ahead, better herself.  And Moreland, who works for Community Vision, was the woman who could help. The nonprofit was recruiting for its new nursing and home health aid program. “I put my number out there,” said Moreland, who heads Community Vision’s Project OPEN,

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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

Poinciana Medical Center to host health expo Jan. 24

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Poinciana Medical Center, 325 Cypress Parkway, will hold a Health Expo on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. Receive free health screenings and meet the hospital’s physicians. This is also an opportunity to see the hospital and learn about Poinciana Medical Center’s expansion. ooo For the 2015-16 school year, the Osceola School District will offer the pre-diploma program at Gateway High School and Celebration High School.

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  • Register for health care now, officials say

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
A sign advertising Obamacare coverage can be seen at Bel-Kiss Plaza on Central Avenue and Vine Street in Kissimmee.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer This year, under the Affordable Care Act, penalties for adults without insurance climb significantly – from $95 or 1 percent of income to $325 or 2 percent of income, whichever is higher. Heart of Florida United Way partnered with the Primary Care Access Network to make it easier for Central Floridians to sign up for health insurance and avoid the fee. By using United Way’s

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  • Hanging out with Studio Zero G

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer If you’re looking to turn your fitness routine upside down, try “hanging out” with the gang at Studio Zero G in St. Cloud. Approaching their first anniversary in business, owners Melissa Medina and Rob Gorham lead the devoted pack of aerial enthusiasts who are getting in shape and defying gravity.  Characterized by the industrial-strength silk hammocks that hang from the ceiling, the studio is a

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