Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Casselberry’s Store is Now Open!

Written by: Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry, FL – There is now a new store in town to complete with Big Lots, which is right down the road. When you walk thru the doors of Ollie’s you will see a huge load of great merchandise on the shelves. It is like a mini Super Walmart and with much more…

Here is a little history about Ollie’s from the past to the present. Ollie’s was formed with the four fathers of investors. The very first Ollie’s Store opened in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on July 29, 1982, and from then on they have been adding more stores throughout the eastern United States. Where did they get the slogan “Good Stuff Cheap?” This was a concept from Ollie’s second store known as the annex, which changed the Central Pennsylvania landscape. A coupe of years later in 1985, Ollie open his 3rd store in York, PA. While gaining loyal customers at their stores, the company came up with Ollie’s Army Bargain Battalion, which is a customer rewards card. One can apply in-store for one of this reward card.

In 2000, there was leadership shake-up at the top of the company. Then in 2011, Ollie built a new distribution Center in York, Pa. Later in 2011, Ollie opened his 100th store opening in Barboursville, WV. With many stores open now, Ollie built a 2nd distribution center in Atlanta, GA area, with paving the way for further expansion into the Southeastern United States. Another big miles stone was in middle 2015 with Chairman, President and CEO Mark Bulter rang the opening bell on NASDAQ, which became a public traded company using the “OLLI” symbol. Now in 2016, Ollie’s company is now one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory, and salvage merchandise. This chain currently operates 224 stores in 19 states including Florida.

There are many Ollie’s Stores in Florida now. Here are the list of stores in Florida, which are in West Orlando, Jacksonville, Niceville, Ocala, Leesburg, and finally Casselberry. You have not seen the last of Ollie’s Bargain Outlets in Central Florida. Look for more stores in the future. There is a store coming to Osceola County in the City of Kissimmee in the near future.

When entering the one of Ollie’s store, be sure to get a shopping cart because you’ll need it to fill it up with all the great bargains. This store has everything from A-Z with fifteen store departments located within one place. Here is the break down of Store Departments such as Housewares & Home Textiles, Food, Flooring, Books & Stationary, Toys, Home Improvements & Hardware, Electronics, Clothing & Luggage, Lawn-Garden-Patio, Health & Beauty Supplies, Sporting Goods, Pet Supplies, Automotive, and Holiday Items, and Odds & Ends. You will find brand name merchandise at up to 70% off the fancy retail store prices. You can expect to see this assortment of items in the each department, but you won’t likely find the exact same products or brands in every category on every visit as claimed by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. If you see a product you like buy it because it may not be there the next time you shop there.

I highly recommend this store to everyone. It is worth the drive to the Casselberry’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet store located at 942 Semoran Blvd (HWY 436), Casselberry, FL 32707. 407-262-0995. Store Hours are Sunday: 10am – 7pm, Monday-Saturday: 9am – 9pm.

Note: Some sources of information came from the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet website.



Experience a UCF Football Game In-person in Orlando

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – College Football attracts many fans to stadiums around Central Florida and around our state. You don’t have to be a football fan to come to a game. It does not matter you’re a Gator, Seminole, or even a Hurricane Fan. The UCF Knights are an up in coming college football team. One should attend a game and see it for your self. You might be quite surprised.

Tickets are easy to come by. You can purchase them on-line at http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/2016/6/13/tickets-2016-football-season-tickets-html.aspx . If you don’t have a ticket before the game then check out the Brighthouse Network Stadium Box Office. There are only six UCF football homes games played in Orlando. So there is an opportunity to catch at least one game or all of the games.

Before coming to the game, decide where you want to park. It will make your day a little easier. There are some plenty of free parking Blue Zone lots are located in the northwest sector of campus. Parking is free and provided on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise designated. The Blue Zone includes Garage H located between the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center and the Lake Claire Apartments. For the closest parking near the stadium which are reserved parking by permit only. For more information on parking visit http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/2016/7/7/bhns-travel-and-parking.aspx

After you got your ticket you will want to tailgate with the UCF fans. Some of the fans tailgate in the parking garages, open area parking lots, and outside of the stadium. Besides the tailgating, there is a fan zone set up at each UCF football home games. For more information on fan experience visit http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/2016/7/11/bhns-stadium-info.aspx#new

Before entering the stadium at the security check point, just remember certain items are band from the stadium. Only small clutch purses and clear zip lock bags are a lot inside the stadium. For more information on what you can bring inside Brighthouse Network Stadium visit http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/2016/8/17/security.aspx

Once you’re in the stadium, they have many food vendors selling popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers, and much more. Some fans stand around underneath the stadium chatting with other students, alumni, families, and friends. You never know whom you’ll run into at a game. I know I ran into a few people I knew.

While waiting for the football game to begin, both teams have players practice on the field and invite potential high school football players for met and greet with the head coach. This is the only opportunity during the day for the head coach to try to recruit some new football players to his team.

Behind the scenes, the media are prepare for the football game. The college takes good care of the media on assignment. The media have limitation while covering a game. Most people think that the media has an all-access media pass, which is not true. The media are not allowed in the player locker rooms. Photographers are only permitted to shot on the end zones and from the side of the twenty-yard line to the end zone. Some of the best plays are from the player running towards the end zone with the ball while being chased by the opposing team.

The fan experience at the game is very energetic. Many fans participate in chants. During the game, you might feel the stadium vibrate with fans stomping the floor. Some fans have called it the “bounce house.” After the first season at Brighthouse stadium, the University added more supports to the stadium because of the bounciness. The UCF supporter’s section is the loudest of out the rest of the stadium. I recommend bring earplugs for sensitive ears.

During the game the fans sure get into it. When the team makes a 1st down the P.A. announcing will say, “It is good for a UCF 1st down.” When UCF makes a touch down fire works go off behind outside of the stadium into the sky.

After the game, please pack your patience because traffic might be heavy for 30-40 minutes after the game ends. Law Enforcement will be directing traffic while vehicles are exiting out of the UCF campus. If you have any questions please contact the Brighthouse Stadium for more information.

For more information on the UCF Football team please visit

List of UCF Knight Football Home Games:

  • Sept 3, vs. South Carolina State
  • Sept 17, vs. Maryland
  • Oct 7, vs. Tulane
  • Oct 15, vs. Temple
  • Nov 12, vs. Cincinnati
  • Nov 19, vs. Tulsa



A review at the 2016 Central Florida Fall Coin Show – Orlando

Review written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL — I had a chance to visit the Central Florida Coin Show on the opening day at the Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park on Thursday afternoon. This show runs from September 15-17, 2016, hours are 9am – 5pm. It is worth the drive to visit this event. Don’t forget to bring your coins. You’ll be able to buy, sell, and or trade your coins. It’s free admission into this show plus you’ll receive a free coin gift when you walk through the doors.

There are one hundred booths to browse through under one roof. If you’re looking to start a coin and currency collection than this is the place to be. You will have a chance to ask questions to the friendly coin vendors and collectors. Prices on the coins range to fit every budget. I even found some coins going for as little as $1.50 all the way up to hundreds of dollars.

If you’re thinking of bring your coins to this show. Please remember not to clean your coins with anything other than approved coin cleaning chemicals. If you clean your coins on your own you might be devaluing your coins, which will be worth a whole lot less than if, they were dirty. There are some coin appraisers at this show to look over your collection of coins and value them accordingly.

Over all, it might take you two to four hours to view each coin booth at his show. While looking at many of the coin booths, you will find a variety of coins ranging from foreign, American, specialty coins, and much more. There are also coin supply booth to keep your coin mint. It is recommended to put single coin holders to keep from damage, scratches, dents, and much more.

If you’re thinking about becoming a serious coin collector, than check out the Central Florida Coin Club with meetings and other activities. The Central Florida Coin Club was formed in 1955 as a not-for-profit organization, operating for educational purposes. CFCC stimulates knowledge and interest in numismatics and associated hobbies. The CFCC is one of the most active coin clubs in America. They have approximately 175 members, with 50 to 75 attending every meeting.

For more information on this 2016 Central Florida Fall Coin Show and Central Florida Coin Club Inc. please visit www.CentralFloridaCoinClub.org or email Donna Moon Bourse at cfccbourse@hotmail.com

Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park is location at 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Building “C”, Orlando, FL 32808. Or visit www.centralfloridafair.com




2016 Osceola vs Orange County Sheriff’s Office Charity Basketball Game

Orlando, FL — The Orlando Waves will host the First Annual Counties United Exhibition Basketball Game. On Saturday September 17, the Orange County Sheriffs and Osceola County Sheriffs will play a basketball game with the winner to play against the Waves. The games will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center with proceeds going to local charities.

Tip-off for the Sheriffs game will be 3 pm with a short break and the winners will then take on the Waves. This will be your chance to see your newest professional basketball team in action before they begin the season on November 5, 2016.

Orlando Waves Fan Zone 1-3pm

Bring the entire family out for a day of fun! There will be a Kid’s Zone, Lots of Vendors, Games, Prizes, Live Music and so much more! Don’t miss it!!

Tickets can be purchased at the Kissimmee Civic Center box office (407) 518-2503 or online at www.OrlandoWaves.com/tickets/

(For information regarding being a vendor at the event please email Contact@OrlandoWaves.com)

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Information posted from the St Cloud In the News from the Sept 5, 2016.

2016 Hot Rod Church and Riverside Baptist Church Annual Fun In The Son Car Show

Press Release

If you missed last year’s Fun In The Son Car Show. It is back again this year at Riverside Baptist Church in North Orlando on Forest City Road. This is the place to be on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:45am – 2pm for some great fun in the sun.

This year’s car show is sponsored by Hot Rod Church and Riverside Baptist Church to benefit the Florida Baptist Children’s Home. This year’s event promoter has been working hard with community sponsors and vendors to pull off another spectacular show for you and your family. Please come prepared to have a blast!

This is going to be an amazing event for anyone who loves, likes, or even likes to look at cars. There’s going to be a car there for every type: muscles, tuners, trucks, motorcycles, classic cars, and more! This Car Show includes a chance for you to vote for your favorite car, a DJ, and FOOD TRUCKS! Did we mention FREE GENERAL ADMISSION?!! Don’t forget to bring your camera for some great photo of vehicles and activities.

At the end of this Car Show, there will be trophies for the People’s Choice, the Pastors’ Choice, and Best In Show! To enter your classic or custom vehicle it is only a $20 registration fee and the first 50 event vehicles get a goody bag and a dash badge. We hope to see you all out here.

For more information contact:
Car Show Promoter Kevin Curtiss at 407-242-6863.**


A review at the 2016 Casselberry’s Latin Jazz Concert & Art Festival

Review written by Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry, FL – Many hundred of people came out to Secret Lake Park to see Grammy Award Winner Latin Jazz extraordinaire Nestor Torres perform live on stage for this free concert. You don’t have to be Hispanic to enjoy this music. Everyone was welcome to attend this event. Many speakers spoke in both English and Spanish.

Nestor Torres was inspired by the aftermath of the Pulse Shooting in Orlando and wanted to perform at this year’s Casselberry Latin Jazz Concert. So he contacted Linda Moor, who works for the City of Casselberry, who got the ball rolling. This was not his first time he has performed at this Latin Jazz Concert. Back in September 2012, Torres performed at this concert in the City of Casselberry.

There were many special guests invited to the private pre-concert reception. During this reception, Casselberry City Mayor Charlene Glancy called Torres a friend of Casselberry. Torres was deeply touched by the moving words by Mayor Glancy. Torres briefly spoke about his music and what it meant to him. After his short presentation he went to prepare for the concert.

Before the concert even begun, the crowds started showing up with their folding chairs to get their best spot on the lawn in front of the stage. To open the concert there was opening Jazz band gave attendees of great smooth jazz music. It is estimated that was around 6,000 concertgoers attended this night concert. This is one of the biggest gatherings for one of these concerts at Secret Lake Park for the city. Torres tend to move around to the music with his flute. Look for Torres to come back in the future to perform a live concert for this city again.

What make this event possible are the great sponsors like El Sentinel, 107.7 HD-2 WLOQ Smooth Jazz, and Telemundo. Also there were many vendor booths such as the Casselberry Chamber, Cricket Cell Phone Service, Florida Council Compulsive Gambling, independent food services, Tijuana Flats, and arts and crafts items.

Besides this concert going on there is also a Latin Art Exhibit Esperanza Neuvo-Phoenix Rises at Casselberry’s City Hall located at 95 Triplet Lake Drive. Artwork can be viewed Monday thru Thursday 8am – 5:30pm. This art exhibit will continue until November 2016. Some of the many artists include Pedro Brull, MPilar Vargas, Pablo Hernandez, Jose M. Feliciano, Yasir Nieves, Felipe Morales, Julsan, and Jose Sanchez. Many of these works of art are paintings on canvas and 3-D sculptures depicting the Latin Culture.

The City of Casselberry looks forward to see you at next year’s Latin Jazz Concert. For more information on this Latin Jazz Concert, please visit

Photos courtesy of icflorida.com. Bottom photo is a painting by Pedro Brull. Top photo is Nester Torres performing at this year’s Latin Jazz Concert.

A review on Casselberry’s Art and Music in the Park at Secret Lake Park

Review written by Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry, FL – For this small town in Seminole County, Art and Music in the Park brings many out families, friends, and outside visitors to Secret Lake Park. This event happens once a month on the second Friday from 6pm – 9pm. There are different types of themes for each month such as the Pokemon Go, Caribbean night, and many others. Plus, they’re always a great band or singer playing their music throughout the park into the night. So don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair and relax. This event also makes a great date night idea for you love birds out there.

Besides the art and music at this event there are plenty of food trucks to choose from to suit your taste buds. There are almost fifteen food trucks from the Food Truck Bazaar selling their great food and drink specialties in the park. Plus, they sell some unique food items that you can’t find at your local restaurant. The prices of food and drinks vary from $2.00 to $12.00. If alcohol is your thing than there is one truck with a variety tap beers.

There are always many different and unique vendors, artisans, and other local businesses that have booths set-up in this lovely park. Some of the different vendors out there are cell phone service providers, real estate brokers, fine artwork, crafts, home livings, and much more.

Looking for parking might be tight, but there are always people coming and going from this event. Some people park along North Triplet Lake Dr. or park in the north side of the park near the baseball fields. There is limited handicap parking by the Casselberry Recreation Center at the park.

Also, once construction finishes up at Triplet Lake Park and Casselberry City Hall this event will be moved back to Triplet Lake Park where it was originally held. So mark your calendar for the second Friday of each month and on come down and enjoy a fun evening at Secret Lake Park. I hope to see you here at this year around event. For more information contact Lynn Hoppes at ihoppes@casselberry.org or call 407-262-7700, ext 1507 Visit Casselberry’s Art & Music in the Park website at http://www.casselberry.org/index.aspx?nid=634