09.05.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Sheryl Crow has a special place in my heart. She found her way there when I was in high school and I heard her belting out “If It Makes You Happy” from the car radio for the first time.

She had a huge hit in “All I Wanna Do” two years prior but that song did not have the same punch the first single from her second album had on me.

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Watermark 25: Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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I moved back to Orlando in 2008. It was my first time living in Central Florida as an adult. I was born in Colorado and, as a kid, the family moved to Florida where we lived up and down I-4—settling in Orlando then St. Petersburg and eventually Plant City where I attended high school. Sometime after graduation, life led the family to southern Georgia and from there I joined the Air Force and traveled all over the world.

I tell you that quick trek through my past because in my 40 years I have lived in many places, but no place has ever felt more like home to me than living in Orlando right now, and a good part of that feeling is due to Watermark.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Mark & Ricky Celaya-Renaud

By : Aaron Drake
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“I proposed to Mark – we are both Eagle Scouts and have a shared affinity for the outdoors and nature, so I planned out a camping trip to the Florida Caverns State Park,” Ricky Celaya-Renaud shares. “We did a flashlight tour of the main caverns, and at the last possible chance before leaving the cave, I gathered my courage, got down on one knee and asked him to marry me.”

“Ricky decided to sign us up for a cave tour in the woods – I’m terrified of bats, by the way – where he decided to ask me to marry him at the very end,” Mark Celaya-Renaud adds. “At that point, I would’ve done anything to get out of that cave! Luckily, I didn’t have to do anything I didn’t already want to, so not only did I get to get out of the home of winged-monsters, but I came out of it engaged to the love of my life.”Ricky, a property manager and native of St. Petersburg, currently lives with his husband Mark, a senior analyst and transplant from Granada Hills, Calif., in Tampa.

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Benefit Sunday for teen injured in January crash

By : Steve Blanchard
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Ybor City – In the early morning hours of Jan. 10, a tire blew on the sport utility vehicle Marcus Grubb was driving eastbound on I-4 near Plant City. The explosion caused Grubb to lose control of the Ford Explorer, which veered into the median, overturned several times and finally came to rest on its right side.

Grubb ‘s passengers, Figueroa Marzan and Kezra Johnson, were not wearing seatbelts and were thrown from the vehicle. Marzan died from his injuries later in the day. Johnson was not hurt as badly as the other two and survived.

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