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Orignally posted by: Bay 9
According to Osceola County officials, a single-engine Cessna plane took off from Kissimmee Gateway Airport Monday, heading for Fort Lauderdale.

The plane’s debris was found this morning in a wooded area near Lake Russell, east of Poinciana, in Osceola County. That is near the Polk County border.

Officials at Orlando International Airport called the Sheriff’s Office to report Kissimmee Gateway Airport had lost contact with the aircraft.

Also, unconfirmed reports said the pilot may have radioed that the four-seat plane was having problems.

There is no information about how many people may have been on board. Officials said investigation is still a search and rescue effort.

Originally posted by:
Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

They call themselves the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and are upfront about the reason they meet in restaurants once a month — to eat, drink and be merry.

But when this 60-member club from the Polk County retirement community of Solivita gets together for lunch, conversation topics are far from trivial. From Middle East politics and health-care reform to English-only-language policies, no subject is off the table.

“Sure, we’re a social group,” said Bob Zimbardi, a retired engineer. “But we’re still very involved in local, national and world events.”

Local leaders and elected officials are taking notice. Recently, some of the ROMEOs, who are also involved in other organizations, had dinner with state Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, to express their opposition to the incorporation of the Polk community of Poinciana.

“They come down and talk to us because we’re a voting force,” Elliott Port, a retired doctor, said, pointing out that older and educated people vote at a higher rate than other groups.

The ROMEOs are a national organization with more than 140 groups throughout the nation, including in California, Ohio, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

Retirees have long been a significant political and social force in Florida because they have the resources and know-how to advocate for the issues that affect them, and they often vote as a block. The South Florida condo commandos, for example — scores of retirees living in condominiums along the shores of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties — are courted by politicians from the left and right because they can and have decided the outcome of elections. The ROMEOs, as well as other clubs in Solivita, are on their way to becoming just as strong a political force, said state Rep. John Wood, R-Lakeland. “Today’s older Americans are probably the best educated and most informed generation that America has ever seen of this age group,” said Wood, whose district includes the Polk County section of Solivita. “This is particularly true in the Solivita community because of the concentration of individuals from all over the country who have retired here, who are educated, know a lot about civics and understand how the process works. I have found them to be very active voters.”

At a recent lunch in a Kissimmee Mexican restaurant, discussions about whether Poinciana should be incorporated as a city proved hotter than the spicy food.

“They want to take the assets from our community to finance areas that are bankrupt,” Port said of the pro-incorporation efforts.

Zimbardi said that often, after the monthly lunches, he comes home pumped up and ready to fire up his weapon of choice: a laptop computer.

“I sit down and start sending e-mails to members of Congress, legislators….” Zimbardi said. “There’s a lot happening in our community and a lot happening to seniors. Just look at the whole health-care debate.”

ROMEOs President Dave Lane attributes the group’s growing influence to its community roots. The group candidly reviews every restaurant they visit for a community newsletter, and they’re equally outspoken about the social and political topics they discuss at lunch.

“They [the members] have wives, family and friends,” Lane said. “They’re not always necessarily seeking to influence a point of view, but they do talk. We are an economic force for the restaurants and a social force in our community.”

Santa delivers gifts to children who would not otherwise have a Christmas

November 12, 2009

Poinciana, Florida

It’s getting to be that time of year again, to start thinking about those families in Poinciana facing a bleak Christmas…

Santa is awakening from his long winters nap, and is looking forward to helping some of our families once again.

Last year, 6 families had Christmas dinner, and 21 kids had bags full of Christmas gifts thanks to the generosity of folks from Poinciana, and elsewhere.

The economy isn’t good, and things are tight, but we hope there will be enough concerned residents to make a merry Christmas for those less fortunate…

Boxes will be placed in local stores who are willing to participate in our drive, where you can place an unwrapped gift for a child.

Donations of non-perishable food, cash, or a few hours of your time will also be gratefully accepted. All donations will go for Poinciana kids, and their families, and we rely 100% on your donations to make this work. Please help us make this years drive a success once again.

If you would like to donate or participate, please contact me at:
407-729-3177, or e-mail me at

Thanks in advance to all, Bob Tremblay

December 2009

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