Public Participation Gets an Upgrade in Apopka

first_img David Rankin Reply July 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm Reply July 9, 2016 at 10:49 am Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 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 TAGSApopka City Council Previous articleCity Center contract near to close, but will Highland Manor survive?Next articleCorrine Brown Indicted – Pleads Not Guilty Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 3 COMMENTS Apopka’s City Council meetings have always provided an opportunity for citizens to speak their mind on any topic.Unfortunately to exercise your First Amendment right, “… to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” you had to wait until nearly the end of the meeting.  This often meant waiting for several hours while the Council moved deliberately through its agenda.Wednesday’s Council meeting was typical. Members of the public had to wait 2 hours and 20 minutes before being allowed to step to the podium for their allotted four minutes.The first 17 minutes were used to deal with several “routine” items that involved little, if any, discussion:Approval of Minutes from previous meetingsTwo Proclamations:Eight Employee RecognitionThe introduction of four newly sworn in Police OfficersFive Consent Agenda itemsThe first agenda item with discussion and public input was the approval of new Recreation Youth Sports League fees (35 minutes).Six proposed Ordinances and one Resolution were then discussed and voted on next (27 minutes).Two Final Development Plans were then reviewed and approved (20 minutes)A 35 minute presentation on how to improve the Development Review process came next, followed by a well-needed 5 minute break.After the break the City’s CPA firm, Moore Stephens Lovelace, made a 24 minute presentation of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.The approved Public Participation Resolution moves the public comment period to immediately after the Presentations portion of the meeting.  Had the new policy been in place last Wednesday the public comments would have happened 2 hours earlier.The “upgrade” only applies to comments being made about topics not on the meeting agenda.  Those wishing to address items on the agenda will have to wait until that item is brought before the City Council. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Ms. Reid, you are absolutely correct to commend Commissioner Becker, Bankson & Dean, they really stepped up to support the rights of City of Apopka voters. Commissioner Velazquez and Mayor Kilsheimer do not support the City of Apopka residents, they are more interested in status and power. Velazquez gives the appearance as though she was elected to office my Kilsheimer himself. We need a change and soon!!! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Tenita Reid Please enter your comment! July 12, 2016 at 9:17 am Regardless of the issue and as sure as the sun rises in the east, Diane Velazquez will always cast a vote that is in lockstep with Joe Kilsheimer. In her 2+ year tenure on the Apopka City Commission, I can’t recall a single instance where she wasn’t aligned with him. In fact, there have been multiple occasions where she appeared confused and didn’t seem to understand the complexities of the issue at hand. In those situations, Joe often steps in to bail her out by telling everyone, but mostly Diane, how he will be voting. If it wasn’t so serious it would be comical. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sue Grandy Please enter your name here I want to thank each individual Apopka City Commissioner who supported the public’s rights, regarding the public participation ordinance, and who listened to the members of the public, about their concerns and that they believed their public comment discussion period at the council meetings, were being limited, and to the commissioners who listened, and therefore pushed for the ordinance to be amended, as had been written, and had called for a new rewritten ordinance to be presented for approval. Therefore, I want to personally thank Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker, Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson, and Apopka City Commissioner Billie Dean. Government for the people and by the people! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

What Delta Airlines passengers need to know for Wednesday

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here TAGStravel Previous articleSheriff: Be on the lookout for bank robbery suspectNext articleBankson wins an election and joins a team Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here According to Delta Airlines officials, the airline anticipates returning to normal operations by mid-to-late afternoon Wednesday following a power outage Monday that disrupted the airline’s flight schedule. A chance of scattered thunderstorms expected in the eastern U.S. may have the potential slow the recovery.Delta Airlines is advising passengers of the following:Delta will start the Wednesday operation with a little over 150 system-wide cancellations after roughly 800 flights were canceled Tuesday. Teams across the airline continued work during the overnight hours to bring an end to the impact of Monday’s outage that disrupted operations.Technology systems that allow airport customer service agents to process check-ins, conduct boarding and dispatch aircraft are functioning normally with the bulk of delays and cancellations coming as a result of flight crews displaced or running up against their maximum allowed duty period following the outage.Customers traveling today should plan to allow extra time at the airport and check the status of their flight at or the Fly Delta App. Customers can rebook their flight via the website.Delta’s travel waiver has been extended to August 10 and the airline has continued to provide hotel vouchers to several thousand customers, including more than 2,300 Tuesday night in Atlanta.Delta will extend its offer of compensation to customers significantly affected by delays or cancellations. Many customers have already been contacted by Delta agents.Unaccompanied minors will again be allowed to travel on Delta Wednesday following a temporary stay during the height of the disruption. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

Apopka Weekly Arrest Report

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSAPDApopka Police DepartmentArrest Report Previous article10 ways to stay on your holiday diet at StarbucksNext articleMiss Apopka Judges Announced Claire Haslett RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Apopka Police Department Arrest Report ~ November 15 – November 21The Apopka Police Department reported the following statistics for the week ending November 21:Calls For Service     1353Traffic Citations           48Crash Reports             84In addition, the Apopka Police Department reported  19 arrests for the week ending November 21st.  Four  juveniles were arrested. One arrest was the result of a vehicle burglary reported on E. 8th St., also listed on the Burglary Report.Arrested and charged were 11 adults from Apopka, 3 adults from Orlando, 1 adult from Longwood, 2 juveniles from Apopka, 1 juvenile from Ocoee and 1 juvenile from an unknown residence.All of the arrests are listed here:GIBSON, KYLE WILLIAM (19) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Drug PossessionHARRIS, JOHN MICHAEL (37) of APOPKA – BatteryHOPPER, JAMES LEE (51) of APOPKA –  TrespassingWOODLEY, DEVONTE DEVELLE (22) of APOPKA –  BurglaryWARREN, SHANDRICKA SHARMANE (24) of ORLANDO –  Possession of Counterfeit PrescriptionHEWITT, JOHN L. (43) of APOPKA – Family Offense – Civil Writ of AttachTRULOCK, CHARLES ROMA (76) of ORLANDO – DUIBALDWIN, NARKEITH JAIREE (23) of APOPKA – Probation ViolationBOYER, ROBERT DWAYNE (42) of APOPKA –  Multiple charges including Making False Report to PoliceGONZALEZ, KRYSTINA (26) of ORLANDO – Multiple charges including DUI & Driving while License SuspendedRIVERA, IVAN (21) of APOPKA Hit and RunALMON, MICHELLE ANN (44) of APOPKA  – Multiple charges including Drug PossessionFICHERA, ANGELA RENE (32) of LONGWOOD –  Out of County WarrantSUMMERS, GARY PAUL (53) of APOPKA – DUIPATTERSON, SHAWN L (45) of APOPKA – Vehicle BurglaryJUVENILE (12) of APOPKA – BatteryJUVENILE (17) of UNKNOWN –  Multiple charges including Drug PossessionJUVENILE (17) of APOPKA  – Multiple charges including Drug PossessionJUVENILE (15) of OCOEE – Resisting an OfficerArrest report details provided by the Apopka Police Department Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Retail charity bond raises £31.5m for Hightown Housing Association

first_imgRetail charity bond raises £31.5m for Hightown Housing Association A Retail Charity Bond has raised £31.5 million for the Hightown Housing Association and closed early due to high demand.The Hightown Housing Association bond was launched on 10 October and scheduled to close on 24 October, but closed early after strong demand from investors. The bonds will pay a fixed rate of interest of 4% a year and will mature in 2027. Hightown will borrow £31.5m initially when the bonds are issued on 31 October, but a further £6.5m of ‘retained bonds’ will be created which can be sold and the extra money loaned to Hightown at a later date.The funds will be used to support Hightown’s development programme. It expects to build over 1,000 homes in the next two years, 75% of which will be for social, affordable or intermediate rent.This is the second bond for Hightown issued through Allia’s Retail Charity Bonds platform. Hightown was one of the first users of the platform, and raised £27m through a Retail Charity Bond in 2015.David Bogle, Chief Executive of Hightown, said:“We embarked on this funding route as it presents an opportunity for ethically-minded investors to contribute to the delivery of much-needed affordable homes. Once again, the early closure of the Retail Charity Bond underlines the value of building the affordable homes that our region so desperately needs.”Phil Caroe, Director of Social Finance at Allia, said: Advertisement  102 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 18 October 2017 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: Finance Fundraising ideas About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via “This latest successful Retail Charity Bond issue confirms both the market’s confidence in Hightown and its appetite for investments offering a positive social impact. With three successful Retail Charity Bond issues this year totalling nearly £90m, the retail bond market continues to offer an attractive source of unsecured loan finance for housing associations and other charitable borrowers.”  101 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Nature Medicine Publishes First Study Utilizing NanoString’s GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler Whole Transcriptome Atlas

first_img Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Previous articleGraycliff Partners Announces Acquisition of BallymoreNext articleGlobal 3D Printing Materials Market (2021 to 2025) – Featuring 3D Systems, Arkema and BASF Among Others – Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Nature Medicine publishes first peer-reviewed study using GeoMx DSP with next generation sequencing readout. TAGS  WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Nature Medicine Publishes First Study Utilizing NanoString’s GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler Whole Transcriptome Atlaslast_img read more

Radiation belt electron precipitation fluxes associated with lightning

first_imgIn this study we consider the dependence of precipitation fluxes arising from whistler-induced radiation belt losses on the strength of the associated lightning’s return stroke current. As a result of this work, it will be possible to use lightning activity data sets to estimate globally induced precipitation flux rates and thus determine the lightning-induced effect on the radiation belts more accurately. Four study days were selected, during which a high proportion of the lightning activity occurring near the east coast of North America produced observable Trimpi effects on VLF transmitter signals propagating in the region of the Antarctic Peninsula (similar toL = 2-2.5). The lack of lightning in Antarctica gives this location a unique advantage for this study. The functional dependence of the relative scattered field amplitude with the return stroke peak current of the lightning discharge suggests that during these events diffusion conditions are occurring near the precipitating radiation belt particles loss cone due to strong whistler wave fields, probably caused by ducted signals. The range of observed Trimpi scatter amplitude of -10 to -35 dB was produced by precipitation bursts with energy fluxes estimated to range over 6.5-0.4 x 10(-3) ergs cm(-2) s(-1). The largest fluxes were found to be driven by lightning currents of about 250 kA, while the smallest detectable fluxes relate to lightning currents of 70 kA. Although 3 of the 4 study days showed a high degree of consistency between the levels of lightning return stroke peak current required to produce any given perturbation scatter amplitude value, conditions were significantly different on 23 April 1994. On this day, observed Trimpi signatures were 6-7 dB greater for any given lightning intensity than on the other study days. These events are consistent with a significantly harder radiation belt precipitation spectra, probably caused by geomagnetic storm-time acceleration processes of radiation belt electrons.last_img read more

Outspoken SW agent Chris Wood closes his estate agency business

first_imgChris Wood, the outspoken SW estate agent and occasional thorn in the side of both Purplebricks and the NAEA, has announced that his property business is to cease trading.The announcement comes just a month after Wood revealed that his business PDQ Estates was quitting Rightmove and the high street, and that he planned to become a hybrid agency.Wood cites several reasons for closing his 18-year-old estate agency including the rise of his virtual reality film company Ocean3D, which he recently said made more profit than PDQ Estates, as well as his desire to find a ‘lower stress’ form of employment given his history of depression and PTSD.But in a lengthy blog on his website, the 51-year-old rails against ‘lazy solicitors, call-centre lenders, overs-zealous surveyors, incompetent estate agents and lying vendors and buyers’.Wood says he is to ensure customers who have accepted offers subject to contract are taken through to completion, but is handing all other leads to rival PRH in Penzance.That company is run by Theresa James, who Wood says is “one of the few agents I hold in the highest respect in the area and who I have known since school as an honest hard worker and excellent agent”.Wood says he will not be exiting property entirely and hints that he will be continuing his efforts to reform the conveyancing process, carrying on his efforts to scrutinise Purplebricks and doing battle with Trading Standards and the ‘enforcement of laws designed to protect consumers and law-abiding agents’. March 11, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsChristopher Jai-bahadur, Morris Armitage Morris Armitage 11th March 2019 at 10:38 amWell said Chris sad to see you leave this mixed up profession. Properties priced and presented well are easy to sell, sadly all falls apart when the conveyancing begins as we all know.Best wishes for the future.Log in to ReplyRoger Hemming, Roger Hemming Estate Agents Roger Hemming Estate Agents 11th March 2019 at 10:12 amI think that Chris is on the money with his comments, good on him for having the courage to speak out. I tend to agree with most of what he’s said and it’s sad to see him closing his agency.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Outspoken SW agent Chris Wood closes his estate agency business previous nextAgencies & PeopleOutspoken SW agent Chris Wood closes his estate agency businessWood cites a wide range of reasons for PDQ Estates ceasing trading including both a desire for ‘less stress’ in his life and a growing 3D film company.Nigel Lewis11th March 20192 Comments2,064 Viewslast_img read more

Willie Fannon’s Ocean City NJ Surf School Passes Knowledge Along to a New Generation

first_imgWillie Fannon loves teaching. He also loves surfing.  In 2010, Willie combined the two passions to form the Ocean City NJ Surf School.“One of the most rewarding aspects of the business is passing along my knowledge of the sport to someone else. When one of my students stands on his board for the first time and catches that first wave, I know exactly what they are feeling, because I remember my first wave.”His approach is catching on. Last year almost 500 students took advantage of his surf camps, group and individual private lessons.  His roster of employees has swelled from 15 in 2014 to 40 last year.  He also operates Elation Surf Camps in Avalon, in conjunction with the Recreation Department there.Willie’s camps and lessons stress technique, safety and of course, fun. They’re designed for all ages and skill levels.  His expert instructors work equally well with novices to experienced surfers. More information is available by visiting the website or by calling 609-736-0131.The camps take place on the 51st St. Beach, where he learned to surf.  They are also near Surfers Supplies, Ocean City’s original surf shop, where Fannon bought his first board.  The Ocean City NJ Surf School counts Surfers Supplies as one of his first and best marketing partners, and co-owner Greg Beck as one of Fannon’s role models.“Greg is one of the first figures I looked up to,” Willie said. “He is a great guy and a great surfer and I always loved going into that shop.”It’s a mutual admiration society. “I’ve known Willie since he was a little kid,” Beck said in a recent interview with OCNJDaily. “He works hard and puts himself out there for the good of the sport.  He brings a lot of joy to people by opening them up to the world of surfing.”His late mother, Linda, a former art teacher in Baltimore, Md., provided inspiration and a love of teaching. She also passed along the creativity Willie brings to his business.“I am more visually-oriented in my marketing materials than word-oriented,” he said. “I would rather try to wow you with an image than with words. I get that from my Mom.”Although he counts Beck and his Mom as inspirations, Willie says the real secret to Ocean City NJ Surfing School is his group of employees.“I look for a certain type of person, and I always try my best to take care of them. I have worked at places that don’t take care of their employees and I never want mine to feel like they aren’t being taken care of. We would be nothing without the hard work and effort our employees put in.”Fannon, 37, is a lifetime summer resident of Ocean City who was always attracted to surfing and skating because they are sports “that really help you get involved with yourself. You are able to focus on where you need to be and get there. I like the progression aspect. If you put the time and practice in you are going to progress and keep learning and getting better.”Skating ranks up there with surfing for Willie. He is a regular at the Ocean City Skate Park and he attended all the meetings and his voice was heard while the park went through the process of being approved, financed, designed and built.He brings experience to his role in the skating community. He helped run Ocean City’s original skate park near the boardwalk from 2002 to 2005.  Willie also organized skate contests and events.Prior to opening the surf school, Fannon pursued and earned a business degree at Stockton College (now University) and worked in sales and marketing for Anheiser Bush for several years. Both school and business experience served him well, as the Surf School has grown in each year of its existence.Now he is in a position to give back. Willie is active in the Heart of Surfing organization, which introduces the sport to children with disabilities.  He also runs his own charity events, such as the Catch Surf Rodeo, which raised more than $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  He was inspired to help by his brother Greg, 28 a cancer survivor stricken with the disease at 16 and who has been in remission for years now.But if you ask Willie to pick one case that touched his heart the most, it was helping to teach a young severely autistic boy how to surf.“His mother came to me in tears and said learning to surf opened up a whole new world of confidence, and helped him with other aspects of his life. That pretty much brought me to tears as well.”last_img read more

National American Sweet Bakery Week 2017

first_imgBakers are being encouraged to get involved in National American Sweet Bakery Week, in order to help build sales of American-style bakery products.Taking place from 1-7 July, organiser Dawn wants bakers to get involved with the week by baking mouth-watering goodies and sharing their images and posts online. It is an initiative established to help bakers build sales of American-style products such as muffins and cupcakes.National American Sweet Bakery Week (NASBW) forms part of Dawn’s Authentic American Bakery Campaign. As part of the campaign, Dawn has teamed up with food sensory expert Professor Charles Spence from Oxford University who will be sharing his insights in ‘Sweet Bakeology’ that explore the senses and look at how we connect with food, flavour and tastes.“The week marks a great sales opportunity for bakers to theme their retail bakeries and drive sales,” said Dawn in a statement.It has developed a range of American-themed recipes, including Toffee Popcorn Muffins, Maple Bacon Donuts and Patriotic Bundt Cakes.Dawn has also developed an assortment of recipes to help bakers kickstart NASBW, and more will be added over the next few months, including an on-trend 4th July-themed Ombre Cake. Those who register can receive exclusive NASBW packs with handy tools and tips to help ‘Americanise’ outlets and celebrate the week.Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland for Dawn, said: “Dawn has seen the event go from strength to strength each year and, with our vast range of innovative American-themed recipes, we are proud to be supporting bakers in developing their sales and growing their bakery businesses through a dedicated themed week.”She added that the feedback from last year’s week was “very positive”, with bakers reporting “remarkable” sales increases as a result.“We hope that as many high-street bakers will take part this year as in previous years, to really maximise the opportunity and provide consumers with the popular all-American sweet bakery items that they cherish.”Kim Cowley, of Warings Bakery, said: “We look forward to participating once again this NASBW, bringing back customer favourites such as Funfetti Cake & Oreo Cupcakes and dreaming up fun new ways to introduce flavours of the USA into our 2017 range.“Last year’s promotion was well received on our social media channels and we hope to do more this year with video content andexclusive online promotions.” How to ‘Americanise’ your bakeryBy food sensory expert Professor Charles Spence from Oxford University-           “Dress your bakeries with American theming. Visual cues are important in terms of setting flavour expectations; after all, we nearly always look at the foods that we are about to eat first.-           “Entice customers with freshly-baked aromas; as much as 75-95% of what we think we taste actually comes from our sense of smell.-           “Temperature, texture, and mouthfeel all constitute a key part of the enjoyment associated with eating, and optimum freshness means better enjoyment.-           “Temperature affects our perception of food and drink in many ways. Cold temperature suppresses our ability to taste. The temperature of food in the hand is also important. Holding something warm, like a warm muffin or pastry, has been shown to make those around us seem warmer too.-           “Comfort foods are the simple, traditional foods that remind us of childhood, and they are about providing an emotional boost. Comfort foods are especially good at alleviating loneliness. Think carefully about the name you give your sweet bakery treats. Play on the nostalgia angle, with descriptions like ‘grandma’s’, ‘traditional’, ‘simple’, and ‘homely’. Or give it a twist for NASBW by relating back to a place, for example – Chicago Toffee Popcorn Muffins.”last_img read more

Students design “Sweet” fundraiser

first_img “The people from APimage were so helpful and guided us through the design process, listening to our suggestions and making recommendations based off their expertise,” she said. “We love the way the shirt turned out, and hope everyone else does as well.” Students can visit Let’s Spoon on April 19 with vouchers downloaded from The group will also be selling the shirts for $10 at the Student Center today during lunch and dinner hours. Contact Jillian Barwick at [email protected] Saint Mary’s students can reward their sweet tooth while also supporting a good cause this Thursday, thanks to several seniors working on a class project. Chrissy Carson, Amanda Noesen, Michelle Rozman, Erika Scoliere and Kelly Smetana had no difficulty in choosing Hannah & Friends as their charitable cause for a marketing management class at Saint Mary’s. “Hannah & Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs,” Rozman said. “We chose this foundation because they have impacted the South Bend community in such a positive way. Our group feels that Hannah & Friends’ mission is inspiring, and we wanted to help support the work they do.” After picking the charity, which was founded by former Irish football coach Charlie Weis and his wife Maura, the group decided what type of event to use as a fundraiser for the foundation. “We chose [frozen yogurt shop] Let’s Spoon as our event location because of its popularity among students and the community, and because it is a lot of fun,” Rozman said. “Customers can create their orders exactly as they want, so there is something for everyone. “We wanted to pick a location that would appeal to all ages and with the weather getting warmer, we thought Let’s Spoon would be perfect for our event.” The theme of the event is “Let’s Eat Something Sweet.” Rozman said this reflects the group idea behind the event of having a fun place for people to get together while supporting a great cause. After the group knew they wanted to collaborate with Hannah & Friends and Let’s Spoon, they shared their ideas with both organizations to discuss how to get the event up and running. “Our event requires a lot of planning,” Rozman said. “We have been working with both Hannah & Friends and Let’s Spoon for weeks leading up to the event.” The group worked with APimage to design a t-shirt for the event, Rozman said.last_img read more