Guest Speaker for Prayer Breakfast Announced

first_img Please enter your comment! TAGS2016 Apopka Mayor’s Prayer BreakfastNational Day of PrayerSammie Smith Previous articleEscapology ReviewNext articleGas Company pushes back on Mayor Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Sammie SmithThe Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance confirmed that Sammie Smith will be the Guest Speaker at the 2016 Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. It was also announced that the event would again be at The Apopka Community Center VFW Post 10147 at 519 South Central Avenue on May 5th. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:15am.Tickets are $25 per person or $300 for a table of eight.Smith, who grew up in Apopka and currently lives in Mount Dora, played football for Apopka High School, Florida State University (FSU), the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. In 2013, he was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame as one of the greatest running backs in the school’s history.He is currently the Lake County area representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and owner of Kingdom Impact Sports in Mount Dora. The Prayer Breakfast is in conjunction with the 2016 National Day of Prayer. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Best Practices for a Perfect Mother’s Day

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom She’s spent years taking care of you, whether it was mending your first broken heart, helping you pack and move for college, or moving in to help take care of your first child. Mom has always been around to help. For all the times she’s been there for you, now is the time to be there for her. This Mother’s Day, plan the perfect day to show mom just how thankful you are.Plan a day together. Set aside all other plans and treat your mom to a day filled with her favorite people, places and things. Whether it’s a day spent indoors playing games or reminiscing, or grabbing the extended family and heading to her favorite park, lake or ocean for a picnic, simply sharing in these moments is sure to bring your mom joy and delight.Host an afternoon tea. While breakfast in bed may have been your Mother’s Day tradition growing up, perhaps it’s time for something new. This year, treat mom to a relaxing and indulgent afternoon tea filled with delicious treats like these Lavender Buttermilk Scones.Lavender Buttermilk SconesIngredients:8 ounces self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting1 teaspoon baking powder2 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, plus extra for greasing3 ounces lavender-flavored sugar, sifted if preferred (see Cook’s Tip below)1 pint buttermilk, plus extra for brushingSaltYour choice of Bonne Maman PreservesDirections:Heat the oven to 425 degrees.Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.Stir in the lavender sugar (sifted if preferred) and a pinch of salt and make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in the buttermilk and mix to combine, making a soft dough.Briefly knead the dough on a floured surface, then lightly roll out to about 3/4-inch thick. Cut scones with a 2-inch pastry cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.Brush the top of each scone with a little extra buttermilk and bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned on the top. Cool on a wire rack, dust lightly with flour and serve with your favorite choice of Bonne Maman preserves.Cook’s tips:* To make lavender-flavored sugar, push 2-3 small washed and dried sprigs of fresh lavender into a jar of caster sugar. Leave for at least 24 hours before using.* Brushing the scones with beaten egg before baking will give them a shiny golden top.Give Mom a well deserved day off. Even after a perfect day spent with loved ones, sometimes all mom really wants is a day to herself doing whatever she pleases. While you may not be able to give her just that, Bonne Maman, maker of 100 percent natural preserves and jellies, is here to help through the Share The Love national sweepstakes. Mom can enter for a chance to win a $4,500 day off to spend doing whatever she’d like, plus she can download a $2 off coupon for her next Bonne Maman purchase. For more information and to enter, visit www.BonneMaman.us. TAGSBonne Maman SconesLavender Buttermilk SconesMother’s Day Previous articleHow Can I Keep My Child Safe Around Water?Next articleWhat is Happening to Gas Prices? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 last_img read more

On This Day: US Nuclear testing begins

first_img Reply On This Day in History: September 19th, 1957Nevada is site of first-ever underground nuclear explosionFrom The History Channel On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob that were conducted at the NTS between May 28, 1957, and October 7, 1957. In December 1941, the U.S. government committed to building the world’s first nuclear weapon when President Franklin Roosevelt authorized $2 billion in funding for what came to be known as the Manhattan Project. The first test took place on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few weeks later, on August 6, 1945, with the U.S. at war against Japan, President Harry Truman authorized the dropping of an atomic bomb named Little Boy over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, a nuclear bomb called Fat Man was dropped over Nagasaki. Two hundred thousand people, according to some estimates, were killed in the attacks on the two cities and on August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers.1957’s Operation Plumbbob took place at a time when the U.S. was engaged in a Cold War and arms race with the Soviet Union. In 1963, the U.S. signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, underwater and outer space. A total of 928 tests took place at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992, when the U.S. conducted its last underground nuclear test. In 1996, the U.S signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear detonations in all environments.For more information on this day in history, go here. Reply I said Clinton Eastwood, hahahaha!!!……..I meant Clint Eastwood! Clinton Eastwood would be a hybrid- cross of Hillary Clinton and Clint Eastwood! A very STRANGE genetically modified character!……heheeeehheeeee! OMG! Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply September 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm Reply September 19, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply Reply TAGSHistory ChannelNevadaNuclear Testing Previous articleIf you are a pirate you can eat free todayNext articleApopka vs. Dr.Phillips: A rivalry that delivers! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia When I see the word Alamogordo I think of the US government’s chimpanzee primate research center, hidden away, locked away in the desert, from public view, and their biomedical invasive testing on the chimps. Who knew what horrid tests those animals had to endure? They had a long history of over two decades of abuse of the chimps. No way out for them, and the public mostly unaware of the horrors that the chimps had to endure, and even if the public was aware, they were powerless to do anything about it. 162 chimps. Some were retired to sanctuary life, I don’t know the status of the others. Who knows what goes on behind government testing facilities, locked away in remote areas of our nation? Maybe missing people are being tested on? Think it couldn’t happen? Think again. What about the big boats that have toilets that have chemicals to treat the human waste and go out 3 miles out to international waters off the east coast of Florida, and dump their toilet holding tanks into the Atlantic? How disgusting is that? Instead of holding the contents in the tanks, and coming back to the ports, and having a vaccum septic tank truck vaccum the holding tanks and suck the contents out and properly take the waste to the sewage treatment plants like they should, but no, it is easier, cheaper, and they can get away with it, because they don’t care about the environment! Cheap, cheap, cheap, as in free! As the boats head back into the port channels from the sea, people are out there swimming in the surf, playing in the waters, and fishing for their next meals in the water where the crap was dumped! Why don’t the lawmakers in Florida do something about that? Talking about bombs……..here is the latest bombshell !!!…..check out the next Apopka City Council meeting agenda packet, for Sept. 21, 2016, under the mayor’s report. To ratify a Community Development Director. I thought what? The city already has a Community Development Director? This must be a mistake! They must of meant a Community Economic Developer. No, not at all, apparently,.the wording of the packet indicates the impending departure of the Community Development Director…..????? They are getting hard to follow, and keep up with! What in the world is going on now under the big top??? I am speaking of big boats that hold hundreds of people that go out at the ports, like cruise ships, and others. Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter September 19, 2016 at 10:00 am September 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm September 20, 2016 at 12:46 pmcenter_img 8 COMMENTS September 20, 2016 at 11:59 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Clinton Eastwood, that ol’ Republican NRA lover, still had the right idea with his empty chair. Let’s just leave that chair empty! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here September 20, 2016 at 11:56 am Mama Mia Please enter your comment! My husband and I went to breakfast this morning. I said,” honey, push my label back into my shirt for me.” He said,” I can’t,” and I said, ” why”? He said,” you got your shirt on inside out.” OMG…… I stepped to the restroom and flipped it. I saw someone I knew, and laughed, and told her, and she said,” it is okay, this is Apopka, anything goes”…..I said, “right, right”……..!!! Mama Mia September 20, 2016 at 12:09 pm Testing continues today……it may not be nuclear, but it is bad! Right off our Florida coastline. Testing with powerful underwater explosions to see how the US Navy warships weather the impacts of the blasts. Endangering both the crew and the marine life. Marine mammals such as whales wash ashore dead, or barely alive, and beach themselves, then die. Researchers then speed to the shores, and say they don’t have a clue as to the cause of their deaths. This happens in the calving areas of the ocean, where the whales give live birth and nurse their babies. The US government doesn’t care. Governor Rick Scott loves underground fracking too. Blowing our Florida underground layers apart after injecting deadly chemicals and large amounts of water under pressure, to seek out fuel deposits, and potentially causing massive damage to the Florida aquifer, our drinking water source, that is unrepairable. Thus causing potential earthquakes, and the potential to even turn on a water spigot and there could be an explosion! Deranged foreign leaders hell-bent on world domination testing with their missiles…….God help us all. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Make it a Green Christmas this year

first_img 6 green gift ideas everyone can loveDid you know electronics left plugged in drain energy, even when they’re turned off? To reduce energy consumption, give battery-operated, cordless gadgets this holiday season. Need ideas? We’ve got you covered with these green gift ideas for every personality on your shopping list!The globetrotterKnow someone who loves to travel? A backup phone charger can be the perfect present for someone who is always on the go. Or give them a gift that will let them stay chic and stylish at home and abroad, like cordless beard clippers or a cordless hair straightener.The DIY-erThe satisfaction that comes with successfully completing a DIY project is one of the reasons so many people enjoy this hobby. Help your friends express their creativity on a DIY project with the gift of a cordless glue gun, cordless mini-sewing machine or even a cordless drill.The foodieHave a family member whose cooking rivals that of any four-star restaurant chef? Surprise them with the perfect gifts for the kitchen that are not only eco-friendly but will also elevate their culinary skills, such as an electric knife or a cordless blender. Another great gift idea is a vacuum sealer to make storing or freezing food even easier.The techieWhether it’s a new laptop or gaming system, we all have that one friend who likes to keep up with the latest popular gadgets and electronics. Satisfy their love of technology with a new smartwatch this holiday season. If you’re looking for a gift without the hefty price tag, consider wireless headphones or a new gaming console.The outdoorspersonThinking of a gift for that special person who loves going on hikes, camping or doing any activity that involves the great outdoors? Get them ready for their next adventure with a portable GPS, tactical flashlight or even rechargeable hand warmers for the cold winter months.The studentFinding the perfect gift for someone in college can seem like a challenge, but you can’t go wrong with portable bluetooth speakers. And if they’ve been extra-good this year, consider a new laptop to make term papers a breeze. The old laptop battery can be recycled at a retailer near you!These creative gift ideas all have one thing in common – they contain a rechargeable, recyclable battery. When that battery runs out (sometimes after 1,000 or more charges!) keep it out of the waste stream by recycling it.Organizations such as Call2Recycle, Inc. offer an easy and free way to care for the environment through battery recycling. Call2Recycle works with a network of businesses, communities and retailers in the U.S. and Canada – including Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears and Staples – that serve as drop-off locations. Visit the drop-off locator to find a collection site near you!This holiday season, help educate your family and friends on how they can conserve energy and reduce waste by recycling year-round. Make a lasting impact with gifts that are not only good for the environment, but everyone on your list will love!For more information, visit Call2Recycle’s Holiday Gift Guide. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSCall2RecycleGreen Christmas Previous articleTake this time off school to set goals for second semesterNext articleDrug Expiration Dates: Do They Mean Anything? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

663 vote-by-mail ballots received for Apopka elections

first_img Decision Apopka 2018Is the pace of returned ballots trending towards a low turnout?Election day in Apopka may be March 13th, but hundreds of ballots have already been received in the race for mayor, and two city commission seats. On February 6th, vote-by-mail ballots were sent to Apopka voters who requested them from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections (OCSE) office, and after 10 days, 663 have been returned.That may seem like a lot, but it’s approximately half of the ballots returned in the 2014 mayoral election that pitted (then) Commissioner Joe Kilsheimer against Mayor John Land. According to a source who tracked mail-in-ballots daily in 2014, there were 1,274 received after 10 days, which means that only 52% of the ballots received in the 2014 election have been received in 2018.According to the OCSE, 330 (49.77%) of the ballots received are from registered Republicans, while 229 (34.54%) are from Democrats, and 104 (15.69%) are listed as “other” or no affiliation.In the 2014 Apopka Mayoral general election, 47.8% (2,372) of the electorate voted by mail, while 52.2% (2,589) voted the day of the election, and Republicans outdistanced Democrats at the polls 49.64%-33.17%, with “other” and no affiliation making up 17.17% of the electorate.There is still time to request a vote-by-mail ballot:HOW TO REQUEST A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTTo verify if you already have a request on file or check the status of your vote by mail ballot please click here.A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be delivered via mail must be received no later than 5 p.m. the 6th day (Wednesday) prior to an election.NOTE: Be sure to provide your current address.  BALLOTS ARE NOT FORWARDABLE and you must vote according to where you live.Online: You may request a vote-by-mail ballot online.To have a ballot mailed to a temporary address you may not use the online form.  Please download form to submit by mail or fax or as an email attachment with the voter’s signature. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! TAGSDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleWhy it can make sense to believe in the kindness of strangersNext articleCookies and Milk with a Cop this morning Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here By Phone: (407) 836-2070 or 407-836-8683By Mail/Fax: You can download the request form in PDF format and mail it into our office. Request form English or SpanishMilitary and Overseas Voters: may request the ballot online or, download, complete, sign and return the FPCA found at http://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdfA signed written request is required when requesting a ballot to be mailed to an address that is different from the address on the registration record. You must include: your name, date of birth, current Orange County residential address, mailing address and the voter’s signature. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Want to support veterans? 4 tips for finding good charities

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 By Brian Mittendorf, Fisher College of Business Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Accounting & Management Information Systems (MIS), The Ohio State University, and first published in theconversation.comMany Americans donate to charities that help military veterans as a way to honor them for their service to the country. It can, however, be daunting to choose from the more than 8,000 such groups operating nationwide.Donor trepidation is magnified by the scandals that have embroiled vets’ groups. In fact, more than 10 percent of the charities tagged as “America’s Worst Charities” by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting in 2013 focus on veterans.As a professor who researches nonprofit organizations and teaches about their finances, I have observed that while some veterans’ charities do squander donors’ dollars, others make the most of donations in meeting their mission. Fortunately, a little research goes a long way toward spotting the difference between a good cause and a lost cause.The following four tips will help you vet these charities.1. Learn what exactly the charities doBe wary of vague statements about a group’s activities. While language indicating that a charity “supports” or “honors” veterans does not always signal a problem, it does mean you should seek more specific information. Many of the veterans’ charities that have faced criticism, such as Paralyzed Veterans of America and National Veterans Services Fund, have had vague mandates to educate the public about what veterans need.It’s hard but not impossible to decide which veterans’ charities deserve a thumbs-up – and your donation. Reuters/Kevin LamarqueA detailed description of a group’s mission and activities can instill confidence that veterans truly benefit from its work. An exemplary charity is the Honor Flight Network, which flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit military monuments and honor fallen colleagues. The benefits are self-evident, as I’ve seen firsthand as a flight volunteer. Fisher House Foundation, which provides temporary housing to families of veterans receiving treatment at VA facilities, is another good example. There are many ways that organizations can and do directly serve veterans. To find them, look for clear-cut programs you find meaningful and significant.2. Find out what share of the money raised for organizations actually supports themAnother common pitfall: for-hire fundraisers that siphon too much of the donated funds.Michigan’s attorney general determined that only 39 percent of funds raised by professional solicitors for charity in the state in 2016 actually supported those groups. The fundraising contractors kept the rest of the money. The picture is even more lopsided for veterans’ charities in the state, with only 23 percent of donations making it into their coffers. The track record in Michigan is no anomaly – New York, Massachusetts and other states have found similar patterns.Operation Homefront, which Consumer Reports named as one of the best veterans’ charities last year, clearly states on its website how much it spends supporting its mission. Operation HomefrontProfessional solicitation is not inherently problematic – but outsourced fundraisers keeping most of the money raised for a charity is a real concern. The federal government does not track this information but most offices of state attorneys general maintain databases that indicate how the organizations raising funds in their states stack up.Since national campaigns also show up in these databases, even if your own state doesn’t make all the details easily accessible, you can use the online tools other states offer to evaluate different charities. New York’s database is especially user-friendly.3. Check out IRS 990 formsOK. I know perusing IRS forms is not everyone’s favorite activity. But it’s the best way to discover how donor dollars are actually spent. Finding a charity’s tax form is easy, even if groups don’t post them on their own websites, thanks to databases like Propublica’s Nonprofit Explorer and the Foundation Center’s 990 Finder.The Semper Fi Fund 990 form from its 2016 fiscal year suggests that the group does not spend an excessive amount of money on fundraising and administration. Semper Fi FundIf you do check out a 990 form, be sure to go to page 10. That’s where nonprofits classify their expenses, both by function and type. There, you can see where donated money primarily goes. If the organization has a stated focus on providing financial assistance to veterans, for example, you should see lots of grants to individuals on line 2, and not so much in the way of advertising, travel and postage listed on the other lines.Consider how the Semper Fi Fund, a group that provides financial and other aid to injured and ill post-9/11 veterans and their families, stated its functional expenses for its 2016 fiscal year. The numbers indicate that the group spends over 90 percent of its funds on its mission. Three-fourths of that mission spending is direct grants to individuals – a good sign.4. Inquire about donor privacy policiesWhen you make charitable donations, you give away both money and personal information. What charities do with your personal data is part of the picture and how they handle this information varies widely.Consider how the Wounded Warrior Project, among the nation’s most visible veterans’ organizations, has handled donor data. The group came under fire in 2015 and 2016 for alleged waste, as well as routinely selling personal information culled from its donors to other nonprofits and defending this practice. The controversy resulted in a shakeup at the top.Other groups do a better job of protecting donor privacy. Fisher House Foundation, which clearly states a policy of not sharing or selling donor lists, offers a good example of how to do this. If an organization doesn’t state its privacy policy on its website, take the time to ask.When it comes to vetting charities, a little work goes a long way. These four steps should help you find veterans’ charities with goals that match your own and that you can trust to make the most of the money you give away. Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSMemorial Daythe conversation.com Previous article5 easy tips for a stunning summer yardNext articleGrill Whisperer: “A great cookout begins at a great supermarket” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Apopka Police Inspect Local Gas Stations for Debit Card Skimmers

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Police DepartmentFlorida Agriculture DepartmentGas StationsSkimmers Previous articleEvent Update: Apopka’s Public Safety Day Postponed Due to Expected RainNext articleApopka High School Engineering Team Wins Robotics Competition Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 103 skimmers were found in a three-month statewide inspection last summer of 7,571 pumps.The Apopka Police Department (APD), with the assistance of The Florida Agriculture Department conducted “pump checks” at 37 local gas stations in search of skimmers – a device that can steal debit card information. Detective Dan Colley of the APD requested the pump check because of the increased frequency of credit card fraud associated with two skimmers found at Apopka gas stations this year.The pro-active inspection today turned up no skimmers, according to Detective Andrew Parkinson of the APD Public Information Office.  Detective Dan Colley of The APD requested the inspection after two skimmers were found in Apopka gas stations this year.A three-month state inspection last summer of 7,571 Florida gas pumps by state consumer watchdogs found 103 skimmers — 15 in Central Florida. None were found in Apopka during that inspection period.Skimmers, which steal credit- and debit-card information, are small devices that are secretly installed in gas pumps. One skimmer can gather hundreds of card numbers, which can be used to make withdrawals at ATM’s by making a counterfeit card from the information gathered. The devices are attached inside the pump, and cannot be seen from the outside. Torn security tape is one sign that a pump may have been tampered with.A skimmer is easy to install according to Scott Williams of The Florida Department of Agriculture, who performed the inspections today in Apopka.“If a person knows their way around a gas pump, they can install it (the skimmer) in 15-30 seconds,” he said. “Usually they have a car blocking the view of the attendant, or they have a second person inside the store to distract them.”Consumer Reports suggests these tips for minimizing risks posed by debit and credit card skimmers:To totally avoid becoming a skimming victim at the pump, use cash when you buy gas.Use a credit card rather than a debit card at the gas pump.If you must use a debit card, never type in your PIN. Instead, select the option on the screen that allows you to have your debit card purchase processed as a credit card transaction.Monitor your bank and credit card accounts regularly to spot unauthorized charges or cash withdrawals and report them immediately.To read the complete Consumer Reports article, go here. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

5 ways to live easy this summer

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, as the song goes. From long, lazy days at the beach or pool, to relaxed backyard barbecues with family and friends, lighthearted living is the essence of summer.Keep that summer spirit alive, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with these ideas:* Plan a weekday wind-down hour with family and friends. Meet in a local park and bring along a simple spread of fresh grapes from California, your favorite cheese and a loaf of good French bread — and don’t forget the wine. Grab a Frisbee to toss around or a kite to fly, and have a little pre-dinner summer fun.* Head outside to enjoy your morning cup of coffee and breakfast before heading off to work. The perfect start to your summer day? Mix Greek yogurt together with fresh grapes and a sprinkle of granola.* If your community offers outdoor summer concerts, pack up a picnic dinner and head on down. Grape Picnic Salad (recipe follows) is the perfect side dish — it’s quick and easy to make, travels well and you can toss it together the night before. Add a rotisserie chicken to accompany the salad and you’re set!* After work, grab a book and head to the hammock or chaise in your yard, or a bench in the park, and relax for a bit. Enhance the experience by bringing a bowl of cooling grapes to nosh on while you “chill” out with that good book.* Make summer-inspired meals at home instead of going out to eat, and enjoy a leisurely dinner on your patio where a table is always available. The recipe for Shrimp and Grape Quesadillas shown below takes just a few minutes to make, so you don’t have to spend all your time in the kitchen on a beautiful summer night. Add a bagged Southwestern Salad kit to round out the meal, and you’ve got a delicious Latin-inspired meal in minutes!Shrimp and Grape QuesadillasServes 4Ingredients1 pound large cooked shrimp, shelled1 tablespoon lime juice1-2 tablespoons chopped Fresno chile pepper1/2 teaspoon ground cuminKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper4 8-inch flour tortillas1 1/2 cups grated reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese1 cup halved green or red California grapesDirectionsIn a large bowl, combine the shrimp, lime juice, Fresno chile, cumin and salt and pepper. Lay the tortillas flat on a cutting board and cover half of each with the cheese, shrimp mixture and grapes. Fold the tortilla flap over and transfer two quesadillas to a large, preferably 12-inch heavy skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until tortilla bottom is toasted and browned, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook until the other side is toasted and the cheese is melted, another 3-4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas, cut into wedges and serve.Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 379; Protein 30 g; Carbohydrate 35 g; Fat 12 g (29 percent calories from fat); Saturated Fat 7 g (17 percent calories from saturated fat); Cholesterol 165 mg; Sodium 1556 mg; Fiber 1.5 g.Grape Picnic SaladMakes 4 servingsIngredients1 cup California seedless grapes1 can (15 oz.) small white beans, drained and rinsed1/2 cup diced celery1/4 cup minced green onions2 tablespoons chopped parsley4 lettuce leavesLemon Mustard Dressing2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 tablespoons lemon juice1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepperDirectionsCombine grapes, beans, celery, onions and parsley in medium bowl. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl; pour over salad and gently mix together. Serve on lettuce leaves. Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSGrapesrecipesSummer Previous articleSummer party themes that sizzleNext articleOrange County Bike Trails Expand Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Christine Moore: “I’m an advocate for these families and I take…

first_img Please enter your comment! TAGSChristine MooreDistrict 7Orange County School Baord Previous articleFitzpatrick blends experience with a passion for teachersNext articleWelcome to Apopka Primary Election Day Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Candidate Feature – District 7 incumbent Christine MooreChristine Moore: OCPS             District 7 Incumbent.Christine Moore is a political institution in Apopka. Over the last two election cycles, she has been a campaign manager and consultant for mayoral and city commission elections, and for the past eight years has been on the Orange County Public School Board representing District 7 which includes all of Apopka. The two-term incumbent is running for a third term against Isadora Dean, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Laura Rounds – all first-time candidates.And its her experience and diversity of qualifications that Moore points to in separating herself from her opponents.“Being a member of the school board is not like being the president of a union or being a principal. It’s more like being a CEO. You wear a lot of hats and a diversity of experience is important. I have a well-rounded background in education, music, business and politics. I am board certified from the Florida School Boards Association. I have overseen the construction of a dozen new schools. I understand the position and know which issues are regulated by the state and those which fall under the purview of the district. I have extensive work with budgets.  I graduated at the top of my class in music education from the University of Michigan. I have extensive business experience in real estate investments and consulting. I have been active in numerous community service organizations and served on three Orange County boards. I’m currently on the United Arts Board and the Mayor’s Committee on Child Abuse.  I’ve had my own company, and I have a lot of experience on the political side in navigating things with elected officials. A broad background is good. It’s how you are effective on the School Board.”In today’s political climate, incumbency, political experience and being a part of the system is looked at as a liability by some. Certainly in Apopka, incumbents have not fared well in the past few years, but Moore cannot deny she is the establishment candidate in this race. She leads in name recognition, fundraising, and has been endorsed by the West Orange Political Alliance, Orlando Board of Realtors, Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, BusinessFORCE, Conservative Ministers of Central Florida, OCPS Board Chairman Bill Sublette and other board members, teachers and local officials.However Moore embraces the idea of being a part of the system and  thinks its necessary in order to function successfully.“Before you run you should clearly know the system. I know how to work within it to get things done. You have to understand the deck of cards you have. Now there’s times when you don’t like the deck and there are ways to deal with that too, once you understand the job description. Tallahassee controls a lot of the policies. A couple of my opponents… if you read their entire platform… they should be running for the Legislature. They don’t really understand the job description.”Moore sees the job of  board member as part lobbyist, part budget expert, part spokesperson and part “mother bear”.“Clearly you’re an advocate. You do a lot of constituent service. If someone has a problem, I always tell them to send me an email and I’ll forward it to the right person and follow up.”Moore has received several emails from her constituents  and heard the frustrations of local parents on an issue you may not expect to be on the forefront – recess. Moore understands their concerns and says it is an ongoing issue at the school board and legislative levels.“I’m for recess. We’re all for recess. The recess moms came to us a little over a year ago and they have a valid point. Everything is about school grades. And the principals are concerned because the Legislature ties school grades to salaries… so what was happening was they were working these kids from the minute they got to school until they left. There was no recess and the kids need recess. So the Board went back through area superintendents and asked them to have recess on every day except Wednesday. This particular group (of parents) has particular language that they want, so we’re going to have a work session to work out the details.”For some teachers and principals, the Marzano Teacher Evaluations has become a challenge that Moore would like to do something about, but she thinks lobbying Tallahassee will be the better strategy to effect change.“The state passed a law four or five years ago that teachers had to be evaluated. It’s too heavy handed in some respects, but it’s state law… so the issue is you have to go back to Tallahassee and lobby against it. There are all these best practices that Robert Marzano, an education expert, put in place… but he never envisioned it to be used to rate a teacher. He meant it to be best practices, so now we have scoring and evaluations based on it. The state has required too many of these Marzano Best Practices and its overwhelming… too much too fast. And that’s where you hear angst.”Despite the larger issues of a massive OCPS budget, Moore is conscious of the families and of the demographics of District 7.We pass a budget, but we don’t set a millage rate, so all of our funding goes through Tallahassee and comes back on a “per-student” basis. It’s nearly a four billion dollar budget, and you have to work with other municipalities, you have to lobby and all sorts of things like that, but you also have to keep in mind this district has a high degree of poverty…so when you’re representing the parents and students of District 7, you really have to have the mindset that you are the mother bear for a lot of families that don’t have the ability, time or where-with-all to advocate. Zellwood got rebuilt, Wheatley got rebuilt. Lovell got rebuilt. Dream Lake is 75% free or reduced lunch. I’m an advocate for these families and I take that seriously.” Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Nolan wins The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll

first_img April 6, 2018 at 9:26 pm Gene Barbara McLeod Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Eli, It is not a personal attack when I state that this is not NYC. Apopka is not NYC. That is a fact, not an opinion. Apopka is not Orlando either. Come on Eli….I know you like Commissioner Velazquez, and are her friend. It’s okay Eli. Tuesday will decide both candidates fates, so sit back and chill, it is almost over. Peace Eli. Alice Nolan, a candidate in the Apopka City Commission Seat #2 election, has won The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll heading into the runoff this Tuesday, March 10th. Nolan received 281 votes (54.8%), compared to 231 (45.2%) for incumbent Commissioner Diane Velazquez. 512 readers participated in the unscientific poll that started Wednesday and concluded today at noon.Commissioner Diane VelazquezAlice NolanIn 2016, Nolan surprised the Apopka political world by receiving 2,159 votes (22.74%) in the Seat #3 election against then-incumbent Commissioner Sam Ruth and eventual winner and current Commissioner Doug Bankson. She didn’t make it into that runoff but did gain political momentum that propelled her into the 2018 elections.Velazquez was elected to the Apopka City Council (Seat #2) in March of 2014 when she beat incumbent Marilyn Ustler McQueen with 2,646 votes (55%) to McQueen’s 2,145 votes (45%).All along, Nolan and Velazquez have been neck-and-neck in both polls and in the general election results, and it appeared that a runoff between the two was imminent.Velazquez won The Apopka Voice Reader’s poll conducted in January by 3 votes (41.3% to 40.9%), while Nolan won the February poll by 17 votes (45.1%-44%). Then on election day, Nolan edged Velazquez again with 2,478 votes (39.7%), while Velazquez received 2,340 votes (37.49%).This is the first poll to show any separation between the two candidates.The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll Results:Apopka City Commission Seat #2:Alice Nolan 281 votes (54.8%)Commissioner Diane Velazquez 231 votes (45.2%) April 7, 2018 at 6:07 pm Eli RiveraIf I recall you were a big supporter of Susan Kidd, and she had experience but she didn’t care about the citizens of Apopka. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply If any person, and I don’t care who they are, never ever were given a chance, no one would ever have a job or an elected political position…..and this is not New York City! Alice has shown leadership qualities that even I am in awe of. Vote for who you want, but don’t knock Alice! Congratulations Alice on winning this poll! Good luck and best wishes on the Election Day Runoff! Tell your sweet hubby hello for me……. Diane Valazquez is by far the best for city Council. She has years of experience as a New York police detective, along with the past four years where she has performed magnificently. Alice Nolan has no experience only a name. Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The danger in comments is that each commentator originates said thoughts based on experiences. Such is the nature of opinions. But I dare to ask on these particular comments on showing leadership qualities and strong fiscal integrity, inclusion, for all communities. Where do you get that information from? Not to tarnish any candidates name, but please tell me the facts and proof of said proven qualities. Yes people need the chance to serve Apopka. But what does Not New York City have to do with anything but personal attacks. Where does special interest come in. What are Mrs Velasquez special interest?Please do try to help me understand. Help Apopka understand the character of candidates. Have we taken our eyes off the sparrow?Velasquez has risen to the occasion, has proven life experiences, has taken the extraordinarily time to enhance her government knowledge in which that she can better serve all Apopka. Did I mention the Time, and commitment of the daily hours needed to give to Apopka.Well it’s my opinion/ comment..Gracias – Thank You Reply The Anatomy of Fear Reply Eli Rivera Jr. Reply April 8, 2018 at 11:05 pm Reply Michael Heaton Mama Miacenter_img On a number of occasions since November, I have asked on this site and other social media sites what the accomplishments and aspirations are for Diane Velazquez as Apopka City Commissioner and never saw a response, and we all know these candidates monitor all the social media sites like a hawk. I made a decision to vote for Alice Nolan, as I have read what her aspirations are and I like them! Eli – I agree with you, somewhat… It would be good to list the accomplishments of each candidate. Also, what are their positions relativity to the important issues of the day?Spending ControlSingle-Member DistrictsProtecting the existing Errol homeowners from the adverse impacts from the New Errol projectRed Light CamerasDuring the last four years Velazquez has helped increase Apopka’s annual budget from $60 Million to over $120 Million. And allowed our surplus to be reduced by nearly $40 Million.During the recent City Council Public Hearing on New Errol she did not ask a single question.Last year she was the swing vote that approved a new five-year Red Light Camera contract. Nolan has pledged to vote to have the cameras removed on January 1, 2019. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter April 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm TAGSDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleNelson names Bass and VanCamp to executive teamNext articleHow should we spend Amendment One funds? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ray A. Shackelford, Ph.D., M.P.H. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate April 7, 2018 at 10:32 am April 7, 2018 at 6:56 am April 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm Dale Fenwick Reply Darrell Morgan Okay here is the acid test for who to always vote for for government position proverbs 29 verse 2 when the righteous are in Authority the people rejoice when a wicked man rules the people groan you cannot say a person is good for leadership because they’ve been in office a long time if that were true then Washington would be the best run place on the earth instead of one of the worst the acid test is there walk with God Reply Reply Alice Nolan is the best person for Seat 2 because she is a STRONG ADVOCATE for FISCAL INTEGRITY, PUBLIC SAFETY, YOUTH PROGRAMS and SERVICES, and the INCLUSION of all COMMUNITIES and PEOPLE in the economic development process. Moreover, Nolan will put “YOUTH/CITIZENS FIRST”, not SPECIAL INTERESTS, for sustainable economic growth.Remember, a person can not make a real difference by being SILENT on the sidelines and not exercising her or his RIGHT TO VOTE! April 6, 2018 at 11:40 pm Reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here 9 COMMENTS April 6, 2018 at 1:01 pmlast_img read more