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A downtown streetscape proposal no longer calls for reducing Broadway from four lanes to two and adding back-in angled parking. Instead, the new plan, which will be brought to the commission at a later date, puts more focus on the beautification of Emmett and Main Street, as well as completing improvement plans on side streets to the west of Broadway.

City takes downtown streetscape project into new direction, scraps reducing Broadway to two lanes

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A streetscape proposal to reduce Broadway by two lanes and create back-in angled parking was scrapped by the Kissimmee City Commission at a workshop on Tuesday.

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First CFX meeting called ‘historic,’ sets foundation for future decisions

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:58 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The Central Florida Expressway Authority board met for the first time Thursday, setting the stage for the structure of the authority and actions it will take in the future.

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Sports Briefs for July 12, 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Correction: Wallauer COY The Orange Belt Conference boys weightlifting coach of the year for 2014 is John Wallauer Jr. of Harmony High. Information in the July 5 edition of the News-Gazette was incorrect. Wallauer led the Longhorns to their seventh consecutive OBC weightlifting crown last spring. Six Harmony lifters qualified for the Class 2A state meet under Wallauer, who also helps the Florida High School Athletic Association run the state

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  • Former OHS coach Ken Baker honored

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm


    Bedford native was all-state player and college grid coach By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Former Osceola High football Coach Ken Baker was inducted into the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame June 28 during a ceremony in Bedford, Pa. Baker is a Kissimmee real estate executive who coached the Kowboys from 1981-85 and led the team to its first sectional championship and first state title game berth in 1982. He

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  • Angelique has that tennis mystique

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Rick Pedone 
Freshman Angelique Myrtil made an impressive debut for the New Dimensions tennis team.

    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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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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Harry Potter Diagon Alley opens

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm

  By Peter Covino A&E Editor Hopefully, the crowds will have lessened a bit for the weekend, but for those who just had to go be among the first to experience the new Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, the wait itself was almost an all-day event. Various online reports said Potter enthusiasts had to wait in a line that stretched for almost five hours to experience the

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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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