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!g!| ilWI rlmllNll Illl j nln]nmII   ............ aJn ,U l,i!n:uu --. . HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2012 Cruise, anyone?... Did you say no? Why not? Don't bother to answer. I know why not! By now everyone has heard about the terrible Costa Concordia accident off the Italian coast and the complete chaos caused by an un-led crew and an uncaring captain. This special report comes from the Vacations to Go Cruise newsletter: "Almost immediately, the vessel began to list, sending plates, glasses and other objects in the full dining rooms crashing to the floor. Alarms sounded and passengers were informed that there was an electrical problem that crew members were working to fix. That was a lie. It quickly became apparent to passengers and crew members that this was not merely an electrical problem, and those onboard began a frantic evacu- ation of the ship. Some lifeboats were launched, but due to the severity of the ship's listing, it soon became impossible to launch more. Some passengers jumped from the ship into the cold water and swam to shore, while others clung to railings or other objects on the ship until the arrival of fishing boats and ferries that responded to the emergency. Some passengers were trapped in more precarious or isolated positions and were eventually hoisted aboard helicopters. Some died. The ship continued to lean until it finally came to rest on its side, about half submerged, approximately 200 feet off the coast of the small island of Giglio, Italy. "There are conflicting stories as to exactly what happened and why, but statements from both the cruise line and Ital- ian government officials point to human error. An early Costa Cruises statement reports that "there may have been significant human error on the part of the ship's master, Captain Francesco Schettino, which resulted in these grave consequences." (As I write this column, the captain has been arrested and is expected to face charges of manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning ship. Of course, as I have said many times before, I write far in advance so who knows? One thing I do know, however, I will not take a cruise anytime soon...I don't like flying either and auto trips are frightening. Oh well, I think I'll stay put for awhile!) Here's something much more pleasant... And extremely entertaining if you like good music.., and who doesn't? I recently heard from our own ALAN ROCK. I pass his email on to you: "The Altamonte Chapel kicks off the New Year with a very special concert on Sunday, Jan. 29. Featured will be international artists ALLAN VACHE land JOHNNY VARRO. DAVIE JONES is joining the group along with CHARLIE SILVA and GREG PARNELL. The music starts at noon and goes to 2 p.m. The Altamonte Chapel is at 825 E. S.R. 436 in Altamonte Springs. The phone number is 407-339-5208." (These are some of the finest musicians in the country and anywhere.., not only in our area. Try not to miss them!) "The happiest place on earth"... And it is right here in Orlando! On Thursday, Jan. 19, Presi- dent BARAK OBAMA visited WDW to deliver a speech aimed at making tourism easier, especially for visitors from China, India and Brazil. He said, "America is open for business"... not just Disney World, but our entire country. Making it easier for tourists to get here and spend money can create more jobs for us. He also said (about Mickey Mouse), "It's nice to meet a world leader who has bigger ears than me!" As an entertainer and recording artist, I have been to Brazil often. Brazilians tend to treat us as we treat them.., and we make it very hard for them to wait for visas, etc. Consequently, it is hard for Americans who plan to visit Brazil. It is a fact that Walt Disney World is the most popular destination in the world, so President Obama making his announcement here was apropos. His plan is titled "Global Entry Program" and, of course, security will still be at a high level. (Sounds like a plan!) I love Mickey Mouse almost as much as dogs... And you know how I feel about dogs! Well, Mayor KEN BRADLEY of Winter Park, feels as strongly as I do, and among the many great things he has done for our town is the abolishment of fees and other restrictions from Fleet Peeples Park. (Voted among the 10 best dog parks in the USA.) Of course I love him for his other accomplishments as well. For instance, he put our town back in "the black;" he created new job opportunities; he balanced the budget; he cut crime rates and traffic accidents; he paved more roads, repaired more sidewalks and renovated Park Avenue's. Central Park. In a few words.., he kept Winter Park's unique charm and heritage intact. Six former Winter Park mayors feel as I do about Mayor Bradley... and I especially love him for his love of animals and their owners! (He must be returned as our mayor!) Free seminar... The Jewish Pavilion is sponsoring a free seminar for the entire community on medication management. BONNIE and HANK CHARPENTIER, of Partners in Health- care, will conduct a workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Colonial Medical Supply, 614 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs. To RSVP, phone 407-678-9363 or go online to wendylevine@jewishpavilion.org. (This should be enjoyable and informative and it's free!) Delicious "Milk And Honey"... We all know that our beloved Israel is known as the land of "milk and honey." And, of course, it was a hit musical on Broadway, opening on Oct. 10, 1961 at the Martin Beck Theatre. It ran for 543 per- formances. Itwas nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical... and the wonderful MOLLY PICON won the Tony as Best Actress in a Musical in 1962! The story (book by Don Appell and songs by Jerry Herman) centers on a busload of lonely American widows hoping to catch husbands while touring Israel, and is set against the background of Israel's fight for recognition as an independent nation. Mayor Ken Bradley BERNY RAFF, president of the COS Seniors, wants you to know that you don't have to be a senior to attend.., and bring the grandkids! (No toddlers.) There will be no charge for the kids and the cost for Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors is only $4; $6 for all others. The event, sponsored by the COS Seniors, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 in the synagogue social hall. Refreshments will follow the performance. For information, phone Berny at 407-657-8215. Be there! A youngster that makes us proud... RACHEL LEVINE of Dr. Phillips High School has been recognized as a 2011-2012 Discus Award winner for her achieve- ments in the areas of academics, arts and community service. The Discus Awards is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes. Rachel is now eligible for 2011-2012 Discus Awards scholarships. Also, Rachel created a multimedia profile highlighting her achieve- ments, which may be viewed in the Discus Awards Winners Gallery at www.DiscusAwards.com/winners. (She makes us all so very proud!) One for the road... This is a joke I told before, but I like it... so here goes: Shlomo and Yetta were getting ready to go out to din- ner. Yetta comes out of the bedroom and says to Shlomo, "Darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or shall I put on the Gucci outfit?" "What do I care?" Shlomo replies. Yetta then asks, "Darling, shall I wear my Rolex or my Cartier watch?" "Who gives a darn?" says Shlomo. Yetta then says to Shlomo, "Darling, shall I wear my five carat pear or my six carat round diamond?" 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