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Osceola Valencia president, student attend White House summit

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer While the message emphasized families, Valencia College  Osceola and Lake Nona Campus President Kathleen Plinske and student Alexandrea Castro said that the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families also resonates on college campuses.

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Commission votes down changes to residential chicken law

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:34 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer In the city of Kissimmee, commissioners have decided that chickens won’t be moving into residential neighborhoods any time soon.

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  • Fired Narcoossee principal questions report

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer While an investigative summary into the firing of Narcoossee Elementary School principal Holly Willis was released late last week alleging that she created a teaching environment that was “toxic and hostile,” the veteran of the Osceola County School District is still in shock and wonders what she did to make nearly two dozen of her now former employees say that.

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  • Laser pointers pose risk to pilots, Sheriff reminds

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind people who gets the crazy idea in their head to flash a laser pointer at a helicopter or other aircraft of two key points: One, a pilot’s eyes can be seriously injured by the laser, and the blinding light can disorient the pilot and make the aircraft susceptible to a crash. Two, it’s illegal.

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Freshman Angelique Myrtil made an impressive debut for the New Dimensions tennis team.

Angelique has that tennis mystique

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Myrtil is big hitter for Tigers By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The best kept secret in Osceola County high school tennis wore the uniform of the New Dimensions Tigers. Angelique Myrtil, a freshman, didn’t play often because her team had few regular-season matches, but when she was on the court there was no question about who was the best female tennis player in the county. “The New Dimensions girl, for

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  • Dante is third in family to be Player of the Year

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Qualified for state tourney By Logan Martinez For the News-Gazette Dante Cruz never received tennis advice from his older brothers, Juan and Richard, nor did he ever seek out their expertise. As he grew up, all Dante got from them, he said, was half-joking remarks about how he would never be as good as they were. However, his dad knew that he would one day become as good, if not

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  • Chinese Martial Arts stars competing

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Martial artists will compete in several disciplines at Gaylord Palms Resort.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor One of the largest Chinese Martial Arts international championships in North America is coming this weekend to the Gaylord Palms Resort. The event, expected to draw more than a thousand athletes, is considered the crown jewel of the Chinese Martial Arts circuit and draws martial artists of all skill levels from around the world. Among the disciplines on display are Kung Fu, Wushu and Tai

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Plan a summer getaway, right here in Florida.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor If the long, hot summer in Central Florida is dragging you down, you can escape to the islands, even if it is only for the night as Hemingway’s at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress celebrates summer with an island summer pre- fixe menu. Designed by Executive Chef Kenneth Juran, the three-course menu is available in July and August and features many of “Papa’s” seasonal favorites including:

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  • It’s raining cats, dogs and sharks. Sharknado heads for the big screen with the Rifftrax gang in control

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor If Sharknado wasn’t crazy enough on the home TV screen, here is your chance to see those hungry sharks falling from the sky on the big screen. The insanely ridiculous Sharknado will get the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment, well at least from the same crew, as Rifftrax takes on the killer sharks in Rifftrax Live: Sharknado. The special event is at theaters nationwide,

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  • It’s Mac and Cheese night, and Trader Joe’s is now open in Winter Park

    Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Who makes the best macaroni and cheese in Osceola County? You can judge for yourself as well as help pick out the winner at the third annual  Macaroni and Cheese Challenge tonight at 6 p.m. at the City Centre in downtown Kissimmee. It’s too late to submit an entry (the deadline has passed) but everyone is welcome to the tasting and be a judge. Tasting

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Showtime’s Masters of Sex, masterfully done on Blu-ray/DVD

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

By Peter Covino Arts & Entertainment Editor One of the best new series of 2013 was Masters of Sex. The Showtime drama goes back to the early days of the sexual revolution with sexual study pioneers Masters and Johnson. Available in both Blu-ray/DVD formats, (Sony Home Entertainment) this is an unexpected look at the lives of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and all those they come

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  • Beat the heat with a show, new and classic shows coming to Central Florida

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

                  By Peter Covino A&E Editor The world is a stage this summer, with productions like Rent coming to the Osceola Center for the Arts and an original comedy show about a historic Orlando neighborhood coming to The Abbey in downtown Orlando. Artful Events presents the Florida Theatrical Association’s production of Wanzie’s Ladies of Eola Heghts at The Abbey, July 10-28. Director Kenny Howard,

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  • Choosing Bruce Springsteen’s 100 finest songs, plus DMX concert

    Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Bruce Springsteen His 100 Finest Songs is a book written by a fan and for all the fans of Bruce Springsteen. But author Jim Beviglia has created so much more than a list in this collection. It is a well-researched, labor of love. If you have ever seen Springsteen perform live in concert, those musical memories will all come rushing back as your turn the

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