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Jennifer DiDomenico

Entertainment Editor, Osceola News-Gazette

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Jennifer is the entertainment editor for the Osceola News-Gazette. She covers the entertainment beat in Central Florida, including all of Orlando's major theme parks.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (journalism and communications) degree.

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Osceola News-Gazette
03/11/2019
Seven Seas Food Festival returns to SeaWorld Orlando with international bites, live music

SeaWorld is back with its annual Seven Seas Food Festival. Included in general SeaWorld theme park admission, the 2019 festival features more than 180 items, including unique foods, craft brews, wines and spirits. "We have a lot of good things," said Héctor Colón, executive chef of culinary operations for SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica.

Osceola News-Gazette
03/07/2019
Disney announces opening date for "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge"

A big announcement was made this morning, as Disney Parks, Experiences and Products shared its opening date for two of the most anticipated theme park areas. The areas - both named "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" - will open at Disneyland Park (California) on May 31, and at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World (Florida) on Aug.

Osceola News-Gazette
03/06/2019
The Flower and Garden Festival starts today at Disney's Epcot

Spring is in full bloom at Walt Disney World, as Epcot presents its 26th annual International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival started on Wednesday, with more to do and see than ever before. Topiaries Epcot has essentially become the "festival park," with festivals happening one after another throughout the whole year.

Osceola News-Gazette
03/05/2019
Check out some of the behind-the-scenes fun you can have at Gatorland

Gatorland recently hosted the Osceola News-Gazette for a fun-filled, behind-the-scenes tour. The park's own Brandon Fisher guided us through our day, giving us the chance to hang out with some slithery friends, get up close and personal with some of the park's biggest alligators, and even take a ride on one of Gatorland's newest attractions (the "swamp buggy").

Osceola News-Gazette
03/01/2019
Cirque du Soleil to bring 'LUZIA' to Orlando

Beginning March 7, guests can experience Cirque du Soleil's touring production of LUZIA - A Waking Dream of Mexico, under the Big Top. While all Cirque du Soleil productions are unique, LUZIA is bringing a few big "firsts." For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil is celebratin g culture in a show.

Osceola News-Gazette
02/11/2019
Bring on the (Country) Thunder

The countdown has begun for the country music festival expected to take Osceola Heritage Park, as we mark our calendars for March 22-24. ABOUT COUNTRY THUNDER In case this is your first time reading about the festival, allow us to catch you up.

Osceola News-Gazette
02/02/2019
Experience the magic of Disney... 'After Hours'

Did you know you can now visit some of Disney's theme parks after hours? The details Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are offering a special ticketed event (on select nights only), allowing you to be one of a very limited amount of park guests.

Osceola News-Gazette
01/31/2019
Resolution check-up: How are your 2019 resolutions holding up?

Well, News-Gazette readers, we can (almost) cross January off of our calendars for 2019. It seems like 2018 flew by, and January lasted a lifetime. Do you feel the same way? Now that we've got the first month of the year under our belts, it's time to check in to see how everyone's New Year's resolutions are holding up.

Osceola News-Gazette
01/22/2019
International Festival of the Arts returns to Disney's Epcot for third annual event

We're in festival mode yet again. The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicked off on Friday, less than one month after the park wrapped up its International Festival of the Holidays (Dec. 30, 2018). While Epcot seems to be Central Florida's festival headquarters, each event holds its own theme and uniqueness.

Osceola News-Gazette
01/16/2019
CHS teacher completes fourth marathon during runDisney's Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

If you're a frequent theme park goer, you may have noticed the attendance at the Disney Parks was a little higher than usual last weekend. That's because tens of thousands of runners participated in runDisney's Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events. Race weekends typically offer multiple races, ranging from 5K races to full marathons.

Osceola News-Gazette
01/14/2019
Let's talk about Netflix: Bird Box, Relatable, Stranger Things.

There's a lot to do as far as Central Florida's local entertainment, but there's a lot more to talk about when it comes to pop culture. We have such easy access to the Internet, that it makes it possible to communicate and connect with others from all over the world about things that are popping up on our newsfeed.

Osceola News-Gazette
01/10/2019
3-Day ticket special allows guests to 'Discover Disney' at a lower cost

Walt Disney World has brought back one of its best ways for Florida residents to play in the parks. The "Discover Disney" promotion gives non-annual passholders a chance to explore all things Disney Parks with a 3-Day Discover Disney Ticket. The three-day ticket runs for $175 (plus tax) compared to single-day admission tickets that start at $109 (plus tax).

Osceola News-Gazette
01/08/2019
SeaWorld and LEGOLAND announce free admission for Florida preschool students

It's a great time to have a preschool student. Two of Central Florida's major theme parks just announced free admission for Florida preschool students. SEAWORLD SeaWorld announced free admission for preschool students on Jan. 2, offering the deal to Florida resident children ages 5 and under.

Osceola News-Gazette
01/07/2019
BurgerFi aims to please Keto Dieters with new 'KetoFi' burger

A common New Year's resolution is to start dieting and exercising. BurgerFi is here to help you. Well, with the first part. It was recently reported on a local news station that the top diet question Googled in 2018 was, "What is the Keto Diet?"

Osceola News-Gazette
Celebration featured in ABC Christmas special

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette The Lights on Jeater Bend's annual lights display in Celebration was featured in the Monday episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight home decorating contest show on ABC. The episode featured three neighborhoods across the country, all competing for a chance at $50,000.

Osceola News-Gazette
Santa Claus trading in sleigh for airboat to deliver presents

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Today, the atypical children of the Russell Home in Orlando will receive a very special surprise: a visit from Santa Claus. For the last 36 years, 78-year-old Dave Johnson has dressed up as Santa Claus and brought toys to the children of the Russell Home.

Osceola News-Gazette
11/13/2015
Heart of Florida United Way hosting drive to benefit at-risk families

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is hosting its 5th annual Basics for Babies drive to benefit at-risk families in Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties. The drive is asking for the absolute basics- diapers, wipes, formula, new blankets and new infant apparel 0-24 months.

Osceola News-Gazette
College facility named after Celebration residents

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette A dedication ceremony on Oct. 25 named Lycoming College's recreation facility the Keiper Recreation Center, after Celebration residents Doug and Dawn Keiper. The name recognizes a gift made by the Keipers, as well as their bequest gift to support the college's athletics program and early childhood education program.

Osceola News-Gazette
Local groups participate in canned goods contest to fight hunger

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette On Oct. 4 at Orlando Fashion Square, Osceola County residents took part in Canstruction- an annual international competition in which volunteer groups form teams to build elaborate displays out of canned and packaged food items to later be donated to local food banks.

Osceola News-Gazette
10/30/2015
Central Florida dance competition benefits adoption, foster care services

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Eight local celebrities competed in the this year's fourth annual Dance, Dream & Inspire charity dance competition to benefit Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) - a nonprofit organization which oversees foster care, adoption and other child welfare services in Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties.

Osceola News-Gazette
Day of Caring draws hundreds of volunteers in Central Florida area

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette. For the 24th consecutive year, Heart of Florida United Way mobilized volunteers from local companies to participate in Day of Caring- a one-day volunteer effort in Central Florida's tri-county area, including Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties. With nearly 600 volunteers-including more than 100 from Osceola County-this year's Day...

Osceola News-Gazette
Fisk Funeral Home celebrates 100 years

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette On Sept. 23, Fisk Funeral Home and Crematory offered an inside look at the funeral home that has been serving Osceola County for 100 years. At the open house, visitors were able to receive an overview of the facilities with a guided tour and a rare glimpse into historical...

iPR Newswire: business and markets news
10/12/2015
Fed's Lockhart Repeats Rate Rise Still Likely This Year - iPR Newswire: business and markets news

By Michael S. Derby and Jennifer DiDomenico Stock Market Quotes, Business News, Financial News from http://www.ibloomberg.net Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta leader Dennis Lockhart repeated Monday that he expects the U.S. central bank to raise short-term interest rates this year. But he also warned that because incoming economic and financial news will affect the decision officials make, things could change.

Osceola News-Gazette
City of Kissimmee kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

By Jennifer Didomenico For the News-Gazette The city of Kissimmee is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Tuesday at 5 p.m., beginning with a family-friendly reception before the City Commission meeting in the lobby of City Hall. The reception is free and open to the general public, and will feature live music and art.

Osceola News-Gazette
Central Florida Animal Reserve still raising money for big cats

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette More than 40 big cats are moving to Osceola County in early 2016, for the opening of Central Florida Animal Reserve. After 18 years in Brevard County, the reserve is moving due to zoning issues and the need to expand to accomplish educational and outreach goals.

Osceola News-Gazette
St. Cloud football game raised nearly $5,000 for charity

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Members of the St. Cloud Police Department took on The Home Depot's store No. 6350 associates in a charity football game at the Stephane Leigh Rothstein Memorial Park on July 26 in efforts to raise funds for two local charities. With a final score of 41-6, the St.

Osceola News-Gazette
More than 1,300 needy students fed through Osceola Connected

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette The Celebration Foundation and Osceola Connected have provided more than 475,200 food items to over 1,300 students in over 25 Osceola County schools in the last school year. Together, these groups are trying to end childhood hunger in Osceola County.

Osceola News-Gazette
Kissimmee 5-K race to bring attention to health, fitness

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette FITTPALOOZA5K - a fitness challenge designed and created for the whole family - is coming to Osceola Heritage Park Sept. 13. The 5K race is all about bringing fun and fitness to families during National Childhood Obesity Month. "We have an epidemic here in our country," said Kathy Pierson...

Osceola News-Gazette
After launching Care Companions program, council seeks volunteers

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette In January, the Osceola County Council on Aging launched "Care Companions"- a program that provides companionship for seniors who are in need of help with errands, medical-related transportation, or simply a companion to have lunch or dinner with during the week.

Osceola News-Gazette
Osceola County Council on Aging launches 'Care Companions'

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette The Osceola County Council on Aging has launched a new program that provides companionship for seniors who are in need. "Care Companions" aids seniors with transportation and errands, or simply gives the senior a companion to have lunch or dinner with during the week.

Osceola News-Gazette
06/19/2015
Osceola Regional Medical Center surgeon tests skills on reality show

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette An Osceola Regional Medical Center trauma surgeon is putting his medical skills to the test on national television as one of the stars of NBC's "The Island"- a new reality series hosted by British Adventurer Bear Grylls. Dr. Buck Parker, also known as Dr. Buck, is one of 14...

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