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    Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    By Nathan Vink UCF Forum columnist Technology is an amazing thing. The quickness that the cell phone went from a brick with an antenna to an all-in-one sophisticated computer, camera and recording device is astounding. If you are in your 30s or older, you know a time when there were no cell phones and there was no such thing as the internet. Now there is a strong desire to stay connected for the ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    Fifteen new businesses joined the Chamber in the month of November! Thank you to these businesses for choosing to invest in the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Please help us welcome all these great new members! Big Tony’s Chop Shop Florida Heating & Air Inc. Global Computer Sales HEAL Interiors, LLC Lake Mary Chiropractic Center O2B Kids Orlando Science Center Paramount ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 06, 2016
    Only Nine Children’s Hospitals in the Nation Earned the Premier Recognition for Safety and Quality ORLANDO, Fla. – For the second time in its four years of operation, Nemours Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital by the Leapfrog Group. This elite distinction is awarded to hospitals nationwide that meet the toughest standards for safety and quality. Only ...read more
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    Monday, December 05, 2016
    Is your New Year’s Resolution to improve the relationship you have with your school-age children? Are you looking for tips on how to make time with your children more satisfying for both of you? If so, maybe Nemours Children’s Primary Care in Longwood can help. We’ll be hosting Common Sense Parenting, a six-week parenting program developed by Boys Town. Classes begin on ...read more
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    Monday, December 05, 2016
    As the Florida Branch Director of International Adoption Net, it has been my pleasure to identify children that we seek to place for adoption from various countries, including China. Two children on China’s shared list have captured my heart in such a way that the agency has decided to attach a $3,000 grant toward their adoption expenses. Zi and her father and sister were abandoned by her ...read more
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    Thursday, December 01, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Nov. 22, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida’s Pharmacy Technology program is ranked No. 5 in the nation by The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org ). AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org is a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information. In the site’s recent annual ranking for the 2016-17 school year, ...read more
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    Thursday, December 01, 2016
    The national campaign provides content focused on identifying scam warning signs CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Gas and electric utility companies across the country and Canada are joining forces to protect customers from the long-running scam targeting customers of utility service providers. The utility collaboration, Utilities United Against Scams, is planning a week-long campaign focused on ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. - [ Nov. 30, 2016 ] — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced the addition of Craig Bermingham as an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Bermingham was an independent practitioner, representing and advising clients in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation. He also has experience advising ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 29, 2016
    Lake Mary, FL — November 28, 2016 — Jeunesse Co-founder and COO, Wendy Lewis has garnered six individual awards in the 13 th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, making her the top individual award-winner among the more than 1,400 entries received, and earning Jeunesse one of just five Grand Stevie Awards conferred for the best overall body of entries in this year’s ...read more
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    Monday, November 28, 2016
    T.E.A.R.S. of Seminole County and Seminole County Animal Services will Host Half Price Adoptions and FREE Vaccines, Microchips, Spay/Neuter Vouchers and County Pet License Event for Pets in conjunction with the ASPCA & Subaru Share the Love Event! WHO: T.E.A.R.S. of Seminole County and Seminole County Animal Services along with Mastro Subaru will be hosting a Share the Love Pet Adoption Event ...read more
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    Monday, November 28, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Nov. 28, 2016 -- GrayRobinson, P.A., announced today that Herb Albritton, former executive director and chief financial officer at Miami-based Akerman LLP, has joined the firm as chief operating officer. Albritton has been part of senior management at several Florida-based law firms for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in the areas of strategic growth; ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – November, 2016 – Associate attorney Adam M. Miller joins GrayRobinson’s Orlando office in the insurance defense practice group. Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Adam worked as a summer intern in the Fulton County Public Defender's office and served as a legislative assistant to a Florida Representative. Adam also worked as an outside marketing representative for ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    Professionals from WithumSmith+Brown, CPAs got out of the office and into their communities this week to help local charities during the firm's 5 th Annual Withum Week of Caring. November 23, 2016 - WithumSmith+Brown, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, conducted its 5 th Annual “Withum Week of Caring”, sending everyone in their organization out into their communities to ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    By Meg Scharf UCF Forum columnist Much of the time I hate plastic bags. Although they can be useful, they also can be a messy nuisance and an ecological nightmare. Plastic bags can keep things dry if you walk through the rain and they do a nice job of carrying groceries home from the store or toting garbage and lawn clippings to the curb. If not recycled, however, they can become a big mess. ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    Seminole Co. (Nov. 23, 2015) – The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) today announced the start of Operation Save Christmas –a holiday safety operation designed to stop retail theft and economic crime, and prevent burglaries. The operations will take place over the next month with an increased focus on preventing and intercepting crime in commercial and residential areas ...read more
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    Monday, November 21, 2016
    Sanford, FL, November 2016 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is expecting record passenger traffic and record parking levels this upcoming holiday season as more and more locals are taking advantage of the growing list of destinations available from SFB. Allegiant offers nonstop service to over 70 markets while Interjet, TUI and ViaAir offer flights to Mexico City; Amsterdam and ...read more
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    Monday, November 21, 2016
    Seminole State College of Florida is one of the top 10 online colleges in Florida, according to a new ranking. OnlineColleges.com recently completed extensive research into 2,868 different accredited colleges and universities. Seminole State ranks No. 6 among all colleges and universities in the State of Florida. Also noted by OnlineColleges.com is that Seminole State ranks No. 42 among all 1,907 ...read more
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    Friday, November 18, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Nov. 18, 2016) – For the fourth straight year, Seminole State College of Florida has been recognized as a military-friendly college. This prestigious honor, given by Victory Media Inc., recognizes colleges and universities that show strong commitment to the success of students with military experience. Nearly 1,000 veterans and their dependents attend Seminole State. To ...read more
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    Thursday, November 17, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (11/16/16) Fun and festive was the overriding theme for Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka’s Inaugural Raise the Roof Event on November 5. Held under the stars in Reiter Park in Longwood, the sold out event of 300 featured themed tables; ranging from Vegas to Roaring 20’s and a Pajama Party, was a hit for both attendees and the local ...read more
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    Thursday, November 17, 2016
    Sanford, FL, November 17, 2016 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and ViaAir announce scheduled, nonstop service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina and scheduled, direct service to Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) in Virginia, less than 55 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia. The new service, beginning December 11 , will operate on ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, FL - As you know, the Holiday season is just around the corner. So, why not take full advantage of the Holiday spirit, and bring your company together to create a fun time lapse video! Check out an example here: https://vimeo.com/191805916/2a 93736378 For $1900 you get an all inclusive package (Shooting plus editing). With this you can create and customize a Holiday greeting to ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    This November, Florida Power & Light Company joined dozens of utilities nationwide for “Utilities United Against Scams,” a campaign to educate consumers about how to protect themselves against scams and fraud. Scammers continue to find new ways to target not only FPL customers, but companies across all industries nationwide. The first step to protecting yourself and your business ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    Last month, the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to recognize many great local businesses, those companies which make our economy thrive and provide thousands of jobs for our residents. The companies were selected from more than 40 nominated businesses, all of which easily could have been the top award winners. The category winners were based on a variety of factors, ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    (SANFORD, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is proud to announce that Advanced Placement (AP) participation and performance numbers continue to increase for the May 2016 administration period. In fact, SCPS participation and performance has actually increased every year since the inception of AP course administration. Many colleges and universities in the U.S. grant credits or advanced ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    (SANFORD, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is proud to announce that SAT scores continued to increase for the 2015-2016 administration of the exam. In fact, SCPS SAT scores not only increased, but remained well-above the national and state averages as well. Year SAT Critical Reading SAT Mathematics SAT Writing 2015-2016 528 528 504 +3 increase in SAT Critical Reading score from previous ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (November 15, 2016) - The Seminole County Board of County Commissioners announced today the creation of 850 new jobs and a nearly $25 million capital investment as part of the Deloitte Consulting LLP expansion project. Deloitte Consulting, one of the world’s largest accounting and professional services firms, will expand on the almost 1,000 jobs created in Seminole ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    - Week-long Space Celebration Culminates with Winter Sky Festival on January 14, 2017 – SANFORD, Fla . (November 15, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida, home to the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, will showcase the planetarium’s capabilities and the far-reaching impacts of space exploration to the local community through several planned “Space Week ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    World Financial Group of Lake Mary, FL is reaching out to the thousands of families who need assistance in developing a strategy to ensure they are more financially secured both today and tomorrow . We are providing FREE events which are part of our “Financial Chat and Chew” Series throughout Central FL. Events are complementary, educational and empowering. Join us as Carl Logan ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    By Bruce Janz UCF Forum columnist There is a breaking point for many people around the neighborhood and around the country, as has been seen this month. These are lines in the sand, points past which people have said they will not pass. They are, in essence, breakdowns of dialogue. In most situations, we think of dialogue as being what will save us. It is fragile, to be sure, but always what must ...read more
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    Monday, November 14, 2016
    During Maker March, the Seminole County Public Library is issuing a challenge to all middle & high school students: Put your reading and research skills to work, as you participate in TEEN CREATE 2017. The TEEN CREATE 2017 Challenge and Contest is to build a device that will protect a raw egg from breaking when it is dropped from increasingly greater heights! CASH PRIZES will be awarded at ...read more
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    Monday, November 14, 2016
    (Sanford, Fla.) November 14, 2016 – After wrapping up the 20th Anniversary of Arts Alive in Seminole!, a fundraising gala for the visual and performing arts in Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS), The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools (The Foundation) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts that will bring additional arts ...read more
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    Monday, November 14, 2016
    FERN PARK, Nov 14th, 2016. Paramount’s Laser Spectacular, the smash hit multi-media laser and light show featuring the music of Pink Floyd illuminates Orlando Live Events on Friday, January 20th, and Saturday, January 21st. Internet Ticket Sale Information: Regular priced tickets are set to go on sale Wednesday, Nov 16th, 2016 at 10am. Visit our Ticket Event page through Ticketmaster at ...read more
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    Monday, November 14, 2016
    Orlando, Florida Based Bail Bond Company Offers Information To Educate Consumers 33 rd Street Bail Bonds announces their online guide about domestic violence. Consumers will find information about the warning signs of domestic violence, the ways a person can be abused, and potential signs that can indicate a person is being abused. The online guide also includes information on how get help. ...read more
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    Monday, November 14, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2016) – The EMERGE Program for Sustainability and Renewable Energy will bring experts in the field to Seminole State College of Florida for a lecture and panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Dr. Robert Franco, anthropologist and Director for Institutional Effectiveness at Kapi’olani Community College in ...read more
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    Friday, November 11, 2016
    Victory Media names university to its 2017 list for service to student-veterans SAINT LEO, FL ​– Saint Leo University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® , STEM Job s, and Military Spouse . Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select ...read more
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    Thursday, November 10, 2016
    The name on the street sign says Rinehart Road, but city leaders may want to change that to Restaurant Row. Bahama Breeze appears to be the next national chain restaurant to locate on the north end of Rinehart Road, joining Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carrabba’s, Red Robin, PDQ and Mellow Mushroom. Site plans were submitted to the city of Sanford by ...read more
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    Thursday, November 10, 2016
    Chamber member Kerry Neujahr of 3 Dog Communications is excited to announce the purchase of BirthdayPak of Orlando, the newest of the BirthdayPak franchises and the 2nd in the state of Florida. The first BirthdayPak arrived in mailboxes in early November. BirthdayPak is a unique turnkey marketing soloution developed specifically for the dining industry, as well as day spas and high-end retail, to ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 09, 2016
    By Carolyn Massiah UCF Forum columnist Save yourself first! This one sentence is a valuable piece of advice I wish I had received and fully embraced so much earlier in life. In fact, it is still a notion that I struggle with because it is one that sounds selfish in nature. However, now more than at any other point in my life, I realize that in order to be selfless and to be able to assist others, ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 08, 2016
    ( Sanford, Fla.) November 7, 2016 – Joining the plight to provide more opportunities for students to explore career fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), The Foundation is excited to announce a continued partnership with Duke Energy that will provide $43,000 to support STEM programs and initiatives throughout the district. An innovative girl’s engineering club ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 08, 2016
    FLORIDA – October 26, 2016 – GrayRobinson is pleased to announce that seven associates have joined the firm in various offices across the state. Jeff Aaron , Trace H. Jackson and Daniel J. Kavanaugh join the Orlando office . Aaron focuses his practice on litigation and intellectual property . Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Jeff served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Jeffrey ...read more
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    Monday, November 07, 2016
    FERN PARK, Nov 1st, 2016. The iconic building that has been known for years as the Jai Alai Fronton is getting a little bit of a face-lift and is now called Orlando Live Events. The shift has created a welcoming place for events of all kinds, including but not limited to concerts, live sporting events, conventions, seminars, comedy shows, private parties, and even wedding receptions! Drivers ...read more
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    Monday, November 07, 2016
    Sanford, FL – November 3, 2016 – On October 27, 2016, Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, joined with students, faculty, family members, and representatives from Orange County Public Schools for a dedication ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the new Millennia Gardens Elementary School. Held in the new school’s ...read more
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    Monday, November 07, 2016
    Sanford, FL – October 19, 2016 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, gathered with Osceola County Commissioners and members of the Osceola County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services on Monday, October 17, 2016 to celebrate the grand opening of the County’s new Fire Rescue & EMS Station 64, located on ...read more
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    Monday, November 07, 2016
    Santa Sleighs in on November 11 to Light the Holiday Tree Ushering in Family Activities, Entertainment and More to Add Sparkle to Annual Shopping Tradition SANFORD, Fla. (November 7, 2016) – It’s all about holiday cheer this year at Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties! Santa Claus will sleigh into Seminole Towne Center on Friday, November 11 ...read more
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    Monday, November 07, 2016
    Orlando Based Bail Bond Agency Educates Consumers About Charges For False Verification and Representation 33 rd Street Bail Bonds published an online guide on their website, http://www.injail.com, discussing the ramifications of providing false identification. The guide discusses what can happen when a consumer gives false identification to a pawn shop while pawning an item. Russ Pacala, owner ...read more
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    Friday, November 04, 2016
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, opens in Lake Mary, Florida, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening celebration on Monday, November 7, at 9 a.m. The Lake Mary store is Hobby Lobby’s 42nd location in Florida. Dawn Gliesman is the store manager of the 55,000 square-foot retail facility ...read more
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    Friday, November 04, 2016
    As Chairman of the Navigation and Robotics Section of the North American Spine Society (NASS) , Chetan Patel, MD, plays an important role in educating surgeons about the latest procedures and devices, and the evidence that supports their success. For a ninth consecutive year, Dr. Patel brought his expertise to the annual NASS meeting, on October 26-29 in Boston, Mass., where he moderated forums ...read more
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    Friday, November 04, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (November 4, 2016): Seminole County Solid Waste Management has collected over 95% of its customers' residential storm debris piles, and projects completion of its final storm debris collection sweep by the end of Monday, November 7, 2016. Seminole County temporarily waived the standard requirements for vegetative debris collection to assist residents with Hurricane Matthew ...read more
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    Thursday, November 03, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (November 3, 2016)- Tomorrow, FEMA will set up a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the parking lot of the Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Bush Boulevard, in Sanford. The DRC is a readily-accessible mobile office where FEMA assistance applicants may go for information about available programs or find individual case-related information from staff representing the ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    By Gerrod Lambrecht UCF Forum columnist Tuesday, Nov. 8 , is Game Day! The election is just days away and the news is all abuzz this morning about “rigged” elections, sexual-assault allegations, FBI investigations, unpaid taxes and more emails. Just when you might have thought that the soap opera that is the 2016 presidential election could not get any crazier, well, here you go. The ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    In October the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce had 13 new companies join and chose to invest in our chamber. We are pleased to have them on board so lets welcome all these great new members to the chamber! Clingan Capital Funding – Self Employed CP Accounting Solution JustSmallBiz Marketing Consulting US Health Advisors / Tim Herndon Insurance Agency, Inc. Halo Medical Spa Tima’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    Pam Leete the owner of Firefly & Lilies in Longwood truly believes that every donation, no matter how large or small, makes a difference in our community. Each month Pam selects a non-profit organization within our community and donates a percentage of sales for that month to the selected organization. Pam is excited to support the people and organizations who work tirelessly and selflessly ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    Holy Cross Lutheran Academy and Seminole Leagues Receives $83,000 Grant By Betty Hoyer October 31, 2016 Sanford, FL – Seminole Leagues, a Faith-based sports league sponsored by Holy Cross Lutheran Academy, in Sanford, Florida has received one of the first Kaleidoscope grants from the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) for $83,000! Holy Cross Lutheran Academy began Seminole Leagues in ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 01, 2016
    U.S. News - Best Lawyers Recognizes Orlando Managing Partner Jeffrey E. Mandel as Lawyer of the Year ORLANDO (November 1, 2016) – Fisher Phillips announced today that the law firm has been named to the 2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® . The firm received “Tier 1 Rankings” for its Employment and Labor Law Practices as well as its Labor and Employment ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 01, 2016
    Come join us for a walk around the Econ River Wilderness Area. We will explore the adaptations that help plants survive and look at the plant’s properties and common uses, such as how they were utilized for food, clothing, shelter and medicine. Have you ever tried pine needle tea or do you know which berries are edible?! Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult . Limited ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 01, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2016) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced it has been named among the 2017 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. The annual rankings recognize the top law firms in the country for professional excellence. Ranked firms are presented in tiers and listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Broad and Cassel received ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 01, 2016
    SAINT LEO, FL – Saint Leo University was selected as one of the Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 by Military Times . The eighth annual Best for Vets rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. Saint Leo ranked eighth in the country in the Online & Nontraditional ...read more
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    Monday, October 31, 2016
    Lake Mary, FL — October 31, 2016 — Global youth enhancement company Jeunesse held its annual Jeunesse EXPO Empower 2016 World Conference October 8–10 in its hometown of Orlando, drawing 18,000 attendees from over 100 countries, despite the record-breaking hurricane that had threatened the Florida coast for days. Held at the Orange County Convention Center, the Jeunesse EXPO ...read more
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    Monday, October 31, 2016
    WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. --- Global Elite Transportation (GET), a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise in Winter Springs providing ground and chartered air transportation nationally, recently announced that they are the official car service for Phoenix International Raceway for the NASCAR Can-Am 500 race weekend in November 2016. Meera Harry, CEO at GET, said her team of professionals are ...read more
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    Thursday, October 27, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (October 27, 2016)- Homeowners, renters and business owners in Seminole County may now apply for Federal Disaster Assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Matthew. Seminole County received a disaster declaration for Individual Assistance from FEMA on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. To be eligible for Federal aid under FEMA’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    Lake Mary, Florida (October 26, 2016) – SafeHouse of Seminole, the Sanford-based crisis line and shelter program for domestic abuse victims and their children, has named Lake Mary Life the 2016 Celebrate Hope winner of the Publisher of Hope Award. “The Publisher of Hope Award is given to a media entity that has demonstrated positive reporting on and raised awareness of domestic ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    By Michael Preston UCF Forum columnist Professional football coach George Allen was famously quoted as saying: “Winning is the science of being totally prepared.” Allen was one of the most successful football coaches in the National Football League during the 1960s and ‘70s and his tenure included his Washington team making an appearance in the Super Bowl in 1973. He was known ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, FL - Walking Saloon Pictures has teamed up with the Council of Chief State School Officers in producing a video for the educational leaders in the state of Florida. The piece will highlight last week's conference in Orlando for the Commissioner's Leadership Academy while telling the story of the importance of assessment testing, learning new tools, and expressing new ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL, ( October 26, 2016 ) – In response to increasing mosquito populations in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and the attendant risk of mosquito borne viruses, Seminole County will begin aerial mosquito treatments at approximately 8:00pm on Friday, October 28, 2016 , weather permitting. The areas to be treated are shown on the attached map and comprise portions of eastern ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, Fla . ( Oct. 26, 2016 ) – Graduates of Seminole State College of Florida's Nursing Program have again surpassed state and national averages on their licensure exams, leading the rankings in Central Florida with a 98.95 percent pass rate. Third-quarter results of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) rate Seminole State College top among other Central ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    Website: https://smartsolarfl.org/ Twitter: Yes On 1 For The Sun @SmartSolarFL and #1ForTheSun Facebook: Yes On 1 For The Sun http://www.facebook.com/smartsolarfl/ Duke Energy is a strong supporter of solar energy. We stand by the right of individual businesses and homeowners to harness energy from the sun to both save money and protect the environment. We believe in solar technology and are ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    Seminole County returns to one (1) day per week landscape irrigation starting November 6, 2016 . During the cooler weather months, less water is needed in the landscape. The water restrictions are MANDATORY for all water sources, including wells, except for reclaimed water which is twice (2) a week year round. Residential customers with Odd street addresses water on Saturdays. Residential ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    ORLANDO – With the click of a button, nurses at an Orlando school are able to bring a board-certified pediatrician on to campus for a video visit. Morning Star Catholic School is the first school in Florida to use the telehealth technology, known as Nemours CareConnect. Thursday night, CareConnect was named “Innovation of the Year in Patient Care” by the Florida Hospital ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    Telehealth Technology Brings Pediatricians into Living Rooms and Affiliated Hospitals Orlando, Fla. (October 22, 2016) – A technology that is helping more Florida families access pediatric care was honored by the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) on Thursday night. Nemours CareConnect, a new approach to telehealth that brings board-certified pediatricians into homes, schools and hospitals, ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration inFlorida affected by Hurricane Matthew that began on Oct. 3, 2016. The disaster declaration now covers the counties of Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Putnam, Saint Johns and Volusia in Florida, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and ...read more
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    Friday, October 21, 2016
    Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently hosted its inaugural fundraising breakfast, called “Where There’s Goodwill, There’s a Way.” Held Oct. 11 at the Orlando Country Club, the event focused on the inspirational stories of Goodwill clients and staff members, including Army veteran Sgt. Nathaniel Williamson, former Goodwill job placement specialist Latoya Dallas, ...read more
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    Friday, October 21, 2016
    3 Mistakes Diabetics make that keep them from losing weight and controlling their numbers November 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dr. Johnson is proud to present a free class providing 3 important tips to help diabetics change their numbers, new information that your doctor is NOT telling you already. These have helped numerous patients lose weight and lower their A1C and blood sugar numbers. Dr. Johnson ...read more
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    Friday, October 21, 2016
    It is with great enthusiasm that ePathways announces the next Internship Expo to be held Tuesday, November 1st at NOAH's Event Venue in Lake Mary. This event will connect students to employers interested in hosting interns in spring of 2017. Our goal is to increase our employer partnerships for spring to maximize learning opportunities for students. SCPS ePathways is actively seeking 50-100 ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    By Bruce Janz UCF Forum columist I’m in Cape Town, South Africa, as I write this. I’ve been heading to South Africa about once a year or so for a while now, and before that I spent a fair bit of time in east Africa – Kenya, mostly, but also Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. In September, I was in Nigeria for the first time. Why do I go to African countries so regularly? I could say ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    (SANFORD, FL) Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School is celebrating its 100 th anniversary this year on Friday, November 4, 2016. The celebration event will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to former and current faculty as well as members of the community. Goldsboro first opened its doors in 1916 with the start of Goldsboro Primary for first to third graders, fondly known as the "Little Red ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    Lake Mary, Fla. (October 20, 2016) – With nearly a decade of chamber of commerce and business association management, Ray Villegas has been named the vice president and chief operating officer of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce effective November 7. Villegas will replace Debbie Cotton, who started as CEO and President of the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce this week. ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    Toledo, Ohio October 17, 2016 – Hylant, one of the nation's largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms, has promoted Andria Herr to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits Client Strategy & Resource Development. She was most recently the Orlando office president. “By creating this position focused on the deployment of client engagement ...read more
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    Monday, October 17, 2016
    Roach Family Wellness has been a leader in the health industry for years, and is now expanding into the aesthetic realm. From Botox to Juvederm, Roach Family Wellness is looking to become a leader in the cosmetic industry as well. The past CoolSculpting events were so successful that they are throwing two more! These new events will take place on October 27 th and November 10 th at The Legacy ...read more
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    Monday, October 17, 2016
    Longwood, Fla. – October 17, 2016 – Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ , a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has opened a new location in Longwood, Florida, just minutes north of Orlando. Owned and operated by Barbra Muller, the new store is the 12 th Tint World® location in Florida and will provide residents with a variety of services, including ...read more
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    Friday, October 14, 2016
    Seminole Co., Fla. (Oct. 14, 2016) – Earlier this month, a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) School Resource Deputy (SRD) was made aware of a video posted to social media that showed a young child driving a vehicle on public roadways. The video showed the child sitting alone in the drivers seat of the vehicle as an adult female passenger made comments while filming him drive. ...read more
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    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    The skilled staff in Lake Mary collaborate with you to develop a custom weight loss program based on your weight loss goals and health. Heather has always showed her passion for health and wellness throughout her life. She participated in many sports growing up and knew she wanted to build a life around helping others become healthy and active. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 ...read more
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    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Mica (FL07) today was honored by the FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) with the organization’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award . FAAMA is the leading advocacy group for aviation and government leaders promoting aviation safety and efficiency "Congressman John Mica has been a lifelong leader on aviation issues,” said FAAMA President ...read more
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    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    Associated Builders and Contractors recognizes industry's best ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2016) - Window Interiors, a leading specialty subcontractor, has been recognized by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for its work on Florida Hospital for Women by being awarded both an Eagle Award and the Subcontractor Award of Excellence. ABC Central Florida ...read more
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    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    Hiking with your dog is a wonderful bonding experience for canine and human alike. Bring your “best friend” ( on leash ) and learn how to be safe on the trails when hiking with your pet. Learn the basics of hiking with your dog, trail etiquette, safety, first aid, what to do before, during and after the hike to keep your dog happy and healthy! You'll also learn how your dog can ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    Lake Mary, FL — October 12, 2016 — Global youth enhancement company Jeunesse has recently been selected as Company of the Year in the Consumer Products sector of the 2016 Golden Bridge Awards, receiving the prestigious Gold award. The coveted Golden Bridge Awards program was created to recognize the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and businesses worldwide in ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    The UF/IFAS Seminole County Extension will be offering a six week course to those interested in becoming Master Gardeners starting in January. The deadline for applications has been extended to October 28 th , 2016 and interviews for prospective Master Gardeners will take place the first week of November. Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received roughly 70 hours of training and in their ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    In the month of September we had an astounding 19 new businesses join the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are thankful to have these members on board so lets welcome them to the chamber! Rich Hippie Boutique Manpower Arbor School of Central Florida Seacoast Bank - Lake Mary ComForCare Home Care Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. H & R Block Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Common ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, FL. PostNet Altamonte updated its online print center to improve customer experience and provide more information to its customers. The updated website features the ability to get a quick quote and design business cards online. The website is also mobile friendly and part of a nationwide franchise update. Customers can order print marketing products 24/7 from anywhere in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 11, 2016
    Now open on Sunday from Noon to 5 pm One of Orlando’s largest locally owned boutiques featuring dresses, designer handbags, shoes and accessories is right here in Seminole County. Whether casual or dressy, you are sure to find something special that will not be sold in department stores. The owner Kim Sketo brings her Southern charm and hospitality to the ambience of Altamonte ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 11, 2016
    By Nathan Vink UCF Forum columnist Not too long ago I floated on rivers for a living. As a wilderness educator and whitewater river guide, I plied rafts through torrents of whitewater and along miles of placid riverscape. I drank from them, carefully decanting the layers of sediment collected over hundreds of miles. I slept on sandbars that stretched for hundreds of yards, as millions of gallons ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 11, 2016
    (SANFORD, Fla.) October 11, 2016 – Many employers emphasize the need for students to have real world work experience upon entering the workforce. Recognizing and responding to this need, The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools (The Foundation) is excited to announce that the Bank of America Foundation has awarded $10,000 for the SCPS Education Pathways (ePathways) initiative, ...read more
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    Monday, October 10, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL ( 4:45PM , 10/10/16)- Seminole County has applied for U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Seminole County damage assessment crews are finalizing the financial impact of the storm, currently estimated. Major damage was reported for 28 residences, and ...read more
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    Monday, October 10, 2016
    Congressman Mica pledges quick action on emergency federal funding and other steps to provide recovery for Florida Maitland, Fla. –Congressman John L. Mica (FL-7), in his role as chairman of the House subcommittee with transportation and FEMA oversight, conducted a site visit of A1A damage with Governor Rick Scott, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Boxold and other federal, ...read more
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    Monday, October 10, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. - [Oct. 10, 2016] — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced the addition of four new attorneys to the Orlando office: Jennings Brian Cooksey IV, Sarah Guo, John David Lind and Timothy Wombles. Cooksey joins the Affordable Housing and Tax Credit Practice Group as an associate. A former U.S. Army First Lieutenant, Cooksey was a law clerk for Pastore & Dailey and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2016
    LAKE MARY, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2016) – HNTB Corporation expanded its national leadership team by naming Kevin Hoeflich, PE, as toll services chairman. In his new role, Hoeflich, a senior vice president of the firm, will oversee growth and daily management of the toll practice, provide clients across the country with expert resources as they look to operate existing toll facilities, implement ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 04, 2016
    Orlando, FL (October 4, 2016) – Tim Webber Events announces the 2016 beneficiary for The Power Event LIVE! is IMPOWER, a Central Florida based mental health and child well-being organization dedicated to “inspiring life’s potential”. The Power Event LIVE! (formerly the duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception) will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 on the Southeast Ramp ...read more
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    Monday, October 03, 2016
    Seminole County Public Schools joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the U.S. October 3, 2016 | Sanford, FL – Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is one of 19 new school districts accepted into the League of Innovative Schools today, a national coalition of forward-thinking school ...read more
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    Monday, October 03, 2016
    Washington, DC – Congressman John L. Mica (R-Winter Park) today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Orange County $2.5 million and the City of Apopka $625,000 to offset funds for 25 new police officers. Orange County will add 20 new officers and Apopka will add five. Nationwide, only four cities – Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Miami – received more ...read more
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    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    Please join us in Heathrow for a night of fun, food and GLAM! Eshe Todd with GLAMOURMANEIA will be signing books, they will have live tutorials and Porte Noire will be raffling off a huge beauty product basket and all proceeds from the raffle will go towards Libby's Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation! #businesscoach # businesscoach # BreastCancerAwareness # GlamourMANEia #PorteNoire RSVP To ...read more
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    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    ORLANDO, Sept. 29, 2016 – From several countries and backgrounds, a group of UCF students recently faced each other and their cultural differences – and learned that working together they can create something bigger than themselves: a stress-free community. The students from all corners of the globe – from Spain to South Korea to Libya and beyond – are all in a UCF English ...read more
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    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    During October, Mammogram Is Donated for Each New Mammogram Patient ORLANDO, Fla. – (Sept. 28, 2016) – For the fourth consecutive year, Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging are partnering to provide free mammograms to women in need through their “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative. Throughout the month of October, for each new patient who gets a mammogram ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    Longwood, FL – September 23, 2016 – Realty Capital Advisors, Broker Associate-Frank Scheraldi, commercial real estate investment specialist, negotiated the $427,000 sale of a 6-unit industrial investment in Longwood, Florida. The 7,000 sf investment is 100% occupied and the owner/occupant will occupy one space for business operations. About Realty Capital Realty Capital Advisors is ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    By Jim Smith UCF Forum columnist Over the years I have kept my eye on several properties to see how they have changed with the times. One property in particular, an old convenience store in Cocoa, has housed several businesses including a florist, real estate property-management company, construction company, and thrift store. None of these businesses lasted for very long and a new one seemed to ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla . (September 28, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida is hosting a pinning ceremony for former ITT Technical Institute nursing students and their families on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Concert Hall (building G) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. More than two dozen students were scheduled to ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    Sanford, FL – September 20, 2016 – The Polk Penguin Conservation Center (PPPC) at the Detroit Zoo, constructed by the DeMaria/Wharton-Smith joint venture, has won ‘Best Project’ in the Sports/Entertainment category of ENR Midwest’s Regional Best Projects. The project team will be honored at the ENR Midwest Best Project Awards event November 30, 2016 in Chicago, ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    Sanford, FL – September 28, 2016 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, was recently selected as the Construction Manager for two Orange County Public Schools’ comprehensive projects. The downtown Orlando campus of Hillcrest Elementary School will be redeveloped with approximately 52,000 square feet of new buildings ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    ORLANDO, Sept. 26, 2016 – The animals may not have noticed, but students from Volunteer UCF helped spruce up the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Thursday by pressure cleaning walkways, mulching flower beds and painting new lines to reserve parking spaces for Wounded Warrior visitors to the Sanford attraction. Sydney Jalali, a junior from Jacksonville majoring in event ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    Donation recognizes Seminole County Public Schools’ commitment to student health and safety by implementing propane school buses GENEVA, Florida (September 27, 2016) – The national nonprofit Propane Education & Research Council surprised teachers at Geneva Elementary School today with a $5,000 donation in recognition of the Seminole County Public Schools’ (SCPS) efforts to ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – Attorney and lobbyist Christopher T. Dawson , associate in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was appointed to the James Madison Institute (JMI) Central Florida Board of Advisors. Each board of advisors is made up of influential and diverse leaders who engage others in the community and act as ambassadors on behalf of JMI in the promotion of liberty and free-market ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – September 2016 – Attorney Thomas A. Cloud , shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office , was appointed to serve on the 2016-2017 Florida League of Cities Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Legislative Policy Committee . This committee addresses policies specific to municipal concerns with coastal management, energy, environmental and wetlands ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    Camaraderie Foundation challenges you to "Walk a Mile in Their Boots" at the 5th Annual Ruck Sack March, Saturday, October 29th at Medical City Drive, Lake Nona. Join us in the 5k, 10k or 12-mile challenge. You can participate as a Walker or compete for prizes as a Runner or Warrior. Warriors must carry at least 35 lbs. in a ruck sack or backpack. Prizes will be awarded to the Top Men ...read more
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    Monday, September 26, 2016
    Orlando, Fla. (September 26, 2016) – It’s forever going to be etched in our minds – what we were doing when we first realized there was a mass shooting in our very own city. Many of us turned to our televisions to learn more details about the awful truth as it unfolded. A lot of Central Florida’s professional communicators saw friendly faces on the TV that day and in the ...read more
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    Friday, September 23, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Sept. 23, 2016 – Alan C. Sheppard Jr. , a shareholder in the Orlando office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig , was recently appointed to the Board of Governors for the NAIOP Reserch Foundation. The NAIOP Research Foundation helps build better communities through practical research and education. The Foundation’s research supports NAIOP, the Commercial ...read more
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    Friday, September 23, 2016
    Since inception The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools’ gala event has raised more than $1.4 Million to augment the visual and performing arts programs in every Seminole County public school! Help us celebrate 20 years of excellence and the arts at the 20th Anniversary of Arts Alive in Seminole! Presented by Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital. Join us at 6 p.m. on Saturday, ...read more
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    Friday, September 23, 2016
    Lake Mary, FL — September 23, 2016 — The votes have been tabulated and global youth-enhancement company Jeunesse has garnered the crystal People’s Choice Stevie® Award for Favorite Company in the Consumer Products category in the 13th Annual International Business Awards. The People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies is a feature of the International Business ...read more
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    Thursday, September 22, 2016
    Robert T. Quinn has joined Saint Leo University, which has an Orlando location in Maitland, FL, as vice president of Business Development. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature and an MBA from Fordham University. A seasoned veteran in corporate management, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, and the ...read more
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    Thursday, September 22, 2016
    Florida bonuses are a portion of more than $200 million in quarterly bonus pay earned by associates nationwide as 99 percent of stores met performance goals ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 22, 2016 ­- As part of Walmart¹s continued focus on improving and enhancing the store experience for associates and customers, the company recently awarded $16 million in second quarter cash bonuses to more than ...read more
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    Thursday, September 22, 2016
    Partnership Will Establish a Permanent Home and More Clinical Space Winter Garden, FL (September 22, 2016) – The West Orange Healthcare District (the District) and the City of Winter Garden announced today a collaboration in support of Shepherd’s Hope that will include a long term lease of land from the city and a $1 million grant from the District. This multifaceted partnership ...read more
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    Thursday, September 22, 2016
    Solar shades will provide energy efficiency, patient comfort Miami, Fla. - (Sept. 22, 2016) - Window Interiors, a leading provider of commercial window treatments, has finished installing shades in patient rooms and select public areas of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Critical Care Bed Tower in Miami. Window Interiors installed manual solar shades at the Nicklaus Children's Hospital. ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (9/21/16) –Habitat of Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka is welcoming an AmeriCorps service member again this year. Cydney Corwin has joined the local Habitat affiliate and will focus on the development of the Neighborhood Revitalization program over the next ten months. This will be her second term with the AmeriCorps program. A 2014 graduate of ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    Signal Outdoor Advertising LLC operates the transit shelter advertising program for the City of Altamonte Springs. During the month of October Signal is offering Chamber members an advertising discount. The package includes 10 locations available for a short term campaign – Oct 3-30. The ads will be located on SR436, SR434 and Jamestown Blvd for general market coverage. 4 weeks – ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    Firefly & Lilies opened their new specialty gift and women's boutique offering unique and affordable gifts that warm the heartand celebrate life's events! Come and enjoy Thursday Wine Time every Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm . Firefly & Lilies is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located in the Springs Plaza at the corner 2401 W State Road 434 Suite E161. Other events planned ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    WHAT: I t’s go, go, glow when Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5k returns to Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties. The mall has, again, teamed-up with Run For It Promotions to present this colorful and unique event that will benefit local Breast Cancer charities. Runners, walkers and strollers are welcome. A complimentary pre-party will commence ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    Enjoy mini-makeovers, style tricks and healthy living tips WHAT: Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, will celebrate the women who inspire us with a variety of personal pampering and more during its “Beautiful Inside & Out” special event. Women can embrace their inner spirit and outer visage with fashion tips, information about healthy ...read more
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    Monday, September 19, 2016
    Themed “Back to the Future”, Event Raises Funds to Help Uninsured Central Floridians WHAT: Shepherd’s Hope – a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides free medical services to uninsured and underinsured Central Floridians – is hosting its 17 th annual Famous Faces Masquerade Ball. This year’s “Back to the Future”-themed event will transport ...read more
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    Monday, September 19, 2016
    ORLANDO, Sept. 19, 2016 – Representatives for nearly 200 UCF graduate programs will be on hand Wednesday, Sept. 21, for the university’s annual Grad Fair hosted by the College of Graduate Studies. The goal of the fair is to inform students and the general public about the options available to pursue a graduate education, including master’s, doctoral, specialist and certificate ...read more
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    Monday, September 19, 2016
    For Immediate Release Sept. 19, 2016 Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction) ORLANDO, Fla. (September 19, 2016) – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction prominently ranks as Central Florida’s 30 th largest privately-held company in Orlando Business Journal’s 2016 “Golden ...read more
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    Monday, September 19, 2016
    For Immediate Release Sept. 19, 2016 Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction) ORLANDO, Fla. (September 19, 2016) – Earning special mention in the September 16 issue of Florida’ s Bizjournals , Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction is among only six companies -- and the only general ...read more
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    Friday, September 16, 2016
    (September 16, 2016) Winter Springs, Fla. —The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded The Arbor School of Central Florida a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy, part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded across the country. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to ...read more
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    Friday, September 16, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (September 16, 2016) -- The Central Florida Gator Club (CFGC) was recently recognized as Large Club of the Year by its parent organization, the University of Florida Alumni Association (UFAA). The Club, which represents University of Florida Alumni in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties, was honored at the University’s Forward Florida event in Gainesville, September 9th. In ...read more
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    Thursday, September 15, 2016
    (LONGWOOD, Fla.)---Cindy Gray is better suited than most to open her own senior home care business. The former physical rehab nurse opened ComForCare Home Care - Greater Orlando in late August . The new office is located in Historic Downtown Longwood, at 402 Wilma Street. ComForCare Home Care will be serving the Greater Orlando area including Orange and Seminole County. Before owning her ...read more
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    Thursday, September 15, 2016
    Only school in Florida to be recognized ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools’ (SCPS) submission to the XQ: Super School Project Competition was awarded the Re-Think Award and a special prize of one million dollars to fund a problem solving high school. XQ: The Super School Project launched in September 2015 as an open competition to rethink and redesign the school experience. ...read more
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    Thursday, September 15, 2016
    ORLANDO, Sept. 15, 2016 – Stephanie Valderrama, creative director for UCF based Limbitless Solutions, is visiting the White House today as part of the White House Design For All Showcase. The event, including a fashion show to celebrate inclusive design, assistive technology and prosthetics, is designed to highlight the ways that assistive technology breaks down barriers, reduces stigma and ...read more
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    Thursday, September 15, 2016
    - Panels to make up three new solar power plants, which will be among the largest in the southeastern U.S. when they enter service later this year Sep 15, 2016 JUNO BEACH, Fla. , Sept. 15, 2016 / PRNewswire / -- Florida Power & Light Company, which is the largest generator of solar power in Florida , today announced that it has completed the installation of half of the 1 million new solar ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    SAINT LEO, FL – Saint Leo University was named as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges , which was released today. Saint Leo ranked 62nd among regional universities in the South, which marks a rise from its previous ranking of 71st. In addition, the university was named as one of the Best ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    By Amanda Osorio UCF Forum columnist This summer I made the decision to do something that many Latins often hesitate to attempt: become a vegan. Being Latina and a vegan is difficult since most of our traditional meals consist of meat: arroz con pollo, tripletas, mofongo, alcapurria, pinchos , the list goes on. I think it's especially difficult for students to make this change when they're ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    The event, to be held Sept. 21 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, is free, but registration is required. ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 13, 2016 — Renowned surgeon and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande is coming to Orlando to talk about the often delicate topics of aging and death — and to tell us why we should embrace these conversations. In the latest installment of Florida ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (September 13, 2016) – The largest car show extravaganza in the Southeastern United States, Central Florida’s 2017 Cars for the Cure event will showcase some of the most powerful and highly-tuned cars from around the world. Granny Nannies will be sponsoring the 13th annual Cars for the Cure car show to support the American Lung Association in fighting lung disease. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (September 13, 2016) – Aerosim Flight Academy , an accredited and internationally recognized flight school, is dedicated to the encouragement and development of future generations of professional pilots. In an effort to further this mission, Aerosim Flight Academy announces several new scholarship programs to offer financial assistance to qualified individuals passionate about ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    Lake Mary, FL — September 9, 2016 — Today global youth enhancement company Jeunesse marks its seventh anniversary. Co-founders Randy Ray (CEO) and Wendy Lewis (COO) launched the company on September 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm EST. Youth and longevity play a central theme in the Jeunesse story, beginning with the company name, which means “youth” and the significance of the number ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2016
    The free, community walking program launches Oct. 1 . Cash and prizes will be awarded. WINTER PARK, Fla. , Sept. 12, 2016 ­–– Central Floridians are encouraged to join the Walk90 Challenge, a 90-day walking initiative sponsored by Healthy Central Florida, Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation. The goal is to take at least 7,000 steps a day, but each person can set ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2016
    Today Sheriff Eslinger, Deputy Locklin and K-9 Amber were honored by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at their 2016 Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Tallahassee. Please see FDLE’s press release below. Attached are photos taken at today’s ceremony. The other people pictured include Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott, FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen, ...read more
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    Friday, September 09, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. - September 8, 2016 - Central Florida Foundation, today announces the grants from our annual Community Investment Grant Round. The eight projects and nonprofits to receive grants include: Up to $7,400 to The Arbor Schools of Central Florida to purchase iPad minis and software and apps to enhance student learning through integration of technology based instruction in the music and ...read more
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    Thursday, September 08, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (9/8/16) –Habitat of Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka is pleased to welcome Lindsay Kirkwood to the staff as ReStore Operations Manager. Lindsay comes to the area affiliate from Harrisburg, PA, where she was the manager of the Greater Harrisburg ReStore. Under her leadership, the store exceeded their sales goal and implemented a successful multi-level ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 07, 2016
    Maitland, Fla (September 7, 2016) - The Maitland Wellness Center is proud to announce that one of their practitioners; Chad Brown, MA, MBA, Owner of Chad Brown Counseling was awarded and formally recog nized on August 19th, 2016 as “New Business of the Year” by MBA Orlando (LGBT Chamber of Commerce). The prestigious award was based on innovative career counseling services for young ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 07, 2016
    TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney George T. Levesque joins GrayRobinson’s Tallahassee office as of counsel. Levesque brings over a decade of legal experience to GrayRobinson. He began his career working at a law firm practicing in civil litigation defense. He then served as Special Counsel and policy advisor to the Florida Speaker of the House, representing that chamber in successful gaming ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 07, 2016
    August brought 15 new members to the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce! A huge thank you to these companies that have decided to invest into our chamber. Please welcome all these great new members to the chamber! * Prime Services * Tint World * A & M Fire And Safety Equipment LLC * WelcomeMat Services NE Orlando * Samuel Robert Filler,II,P.A. * Global Elite Transportation LLC * ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 07, 2016
    Seminole Education, Restoration & Volunteer (SERV) Program August 27 at 2:07pm · We greatly appreciated the help of the 47 UCF volunteers who joined us at Lake Jesup today for Pegasus Palooza! Together we planted 2,080 native plants (1000 duck potato, 1000 pickerelweed, 30 fire flag, 50 golden canna); these beneficial shoreline plants will help to improve water quality in this nutrient ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 07, 2016
    PostNet Altamonte Springs is open on Saturdays again after a nice summer break. Saturday hours starting 9/10/16 will be 10a-2p. Get basic printing, copies, or shipping done before the work week begins, or catch up from a hectic week. PostNet Altamonte works with small businesses to help them gain more clients, retain existing customers, and polish brand presenation through print. Get more ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2016
    Great Impressions will be co-hosting a Holiday Promotional Products Showcase with Boston Lobster Feast on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Representatives from some of our top suppliers will be displaying samples of promotional items, giving our customers a chance to see many items that can be ordered with their logos as well as a chance to ask questions that will help ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2016
    Practice Your Best Aaargh for “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” WHAT: Ahoy, all pretty princesses and pint-sized pirates! Don your best buccaneer breeches, eye patches, sparkling tiaras and beautiful ball gowns during the KidX Club’s Pirate & Princess Party at Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties. . Enjoy a swashbuckling ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla . (Sept. 6, 2016) – With the announcement today that ITT Technical Institute is closing all of its campuses across the country, including its location in Lake Mary, Seminole State College of Florida is ready to help students looking for a new educational institution. Seminole State offers 200 degrees, certificates and programs including information technology (IT) e lectronic ...read more
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    Friday, September 02, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (9/2/16)- As Hermine pulls away from the State of Florida, emergency management officials remind residents of the importance of controlling mosquito populations. Residents and visitors should remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites by practicing “Drain and Cover”. There will be an increase in mosquito activity due to recent rain unless ...read more
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    Friday, September 02, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2016) – For the third consecutive year, Seminole State College of Florida has been honored with a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The national award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment ...read more
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    Thursday, September 01, 2016
    For Immediate Release September 1, 2016 ( Photo attached ) Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction) SANFORD, Fla. -- Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction during August collected and donated two SUV carloads of school supplies for Seminole County students in need. The annual ...read more
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    Thursday, September 01, 2016
    FLORIDA, September 1, 2016 – GrayRobinson announced today the promotion of 15 attorneys throughout the firm. “These outstanding attorneys have worked hard and dedicated themselves to our clients and the firm. They've earned these promotions,” said GrayRobinson president and managing director Mayanne Downs . “We are proud of our firm’s reputation they continue to ...read more
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    Thursday, September 01, 2016
    For Release Sept. 1, 2016 Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction) Roger B. Kennedy Construction starts $41.9 million of apartments in Seminole County LONGWOOD & SANFORD, Fla. – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction broke ground for two upscale apartment communities in Seminole County totaling ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    Division: Diversified Investigative Services-SFCTF Contact Name and Phone: Inv. B. Pharis – 407-665-1422 Case Number: 201610001962 & 201650004697 The below pictured individuals have been associated with the passing of counterfeit currency within the Sanford, Lake Mary, and Altamonte Springs areas, specifically in the area of the malls. The subjects have been tied to multiple incidents. ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    Next KidX Club Social Scheduled for September 6 at 5:30 p.m. WHAT: Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, invites children and families to participate in its complimentary KidX Club Socials, held the first Tuesday of every month. Kids will have the opportunity to meet and greet with tenants while participating in a fun, interactive program. Previous ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2016) – Stacey Prince-Troutman , senior counsel in the Orlando office of Broad and Cassel, has been accepted into Class II of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Prince-Troutman is a member of Broad and Cassel’s Estate Planning and Trusts Practice Group and handles probate, trusts and estates, and transfer ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2016
    A refreshed logo, a new menu, new uniforms, exciting specialty foods, a few new faces and an updated approach to service are just a few of the things you will notice from your favorite caterer. These are all welcome changes for the 35 year old company that has built a solid reputation as one of Central Florida’s best. We wanted the new logo to reflect our commitment to bringing healthy and ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – August 29, 2016 – GrayRobinson announced today that Katie Flury has joined the Orlando office as a government consultant. Flury has been involved in Florida politics since 2009, serving as a campaign and strategy consultant to several Florida State Representatives. Most recently, she was the Chief Legislative Aide to State Representative Jason Brodeur, Chairman of the ...read more
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    Thursday, August 25, 2016
    SANFORD and KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (July 5, 2016) – Central Florida Regional Hospital and Osceola Regional Medical Center have received official designation as Level II Trauma Centers from the Florida Department of Health. Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) officials completed in-depth reviews, including on-site visits to both hospitals in March, before issuing ...read more
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    Thursday, August 25, 2016
    (SANFORD, Fla.) August 22, 2016 – Research shows high school dropouts will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate and almost a million dollars less than a college graduate over a lifetime. In an effort to continue preparing Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) students for graduation and successful futures, The Foundation for SCPS (The Foundation) is excited to announce a $25,000 ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    By Bruce Janz UCF Forum columnist Every four years we turn to our TVs and online sites to cheer on competitors vying for supremacy in an arena where the rules are often unclear and scandal is rife. We hope for an uplifting narrative that shows the best of who we can be, which gives us all something to strive for, but more often than not the narrative degenerates into stories that divide us. No, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    WHAT: Pint-sized powerhouses are invited to get their game on during the KidX Club Mini Carnival at Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties. Young ones can test their skills at various games for fun prizes, explore their whimsy and super hero stealth through artistic face-painting, or jump for joy in the bounce houses. Please note, the only rides at this ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    Maitland, Fla (August 24, 2016) - The Center of Wellness in Maitland announces its name change to the Maitland Wellness Center effective August 1, 2016. Hillary Straus, Executive Director of the Maitland Wellness Center explained that the new name will better align us to the continued commitment to our local community to educate and promote integrative and holistic health, adding “our ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    Lake Mary, FL 08\24\2016: RadianceMD announces our newest technology, Sculpsure. A 25minute body contouring treatment. Applicators will be placed on your desired treatment area to administer light-based energy, which treats and injures fat cells. In the weeks to following treatment, the body naturally eliminates the injured fat cells, resulting in a slimmer appearance. Most patients feel a ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    The company has ranked on the Inc. 500 / 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies three years consecutively Lake Mary, Florida — August 22, 2016 — With an impressive three-year growth rate of 791%, global youth enhancement company Jeunesse ranked #481 on Inc . magazine’s 35 th annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The company ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida’s 2016-17 Speaker Series will include two nationally known presenters, Van Jones and Sandra Cisneros. The series kicks off in September at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Van Jones, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. , Concert Hall (building G) Just in time for the 2016 election season, the College will host pundit and ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (August 22, 2016) – Aerosim Flight Academy is dedicated to the encouragement and development of future generations of professional pilots. In an effort to further this mission, Aerosim Flight Academy announces the Veterans Scholarship Program. This program, a first time offering by the academy, is designed to offer financial assistance to qualified individuals passionate about ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2016
    FLORIDA – August 15, 2016 – GrayRobinson announced 75 attorneys were named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America © list of outstanding attorneys. In addition, six attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas. Best Lawyers conducts more than 6.7 million detailed evaluations in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2016
    ORLANDO, Aug. 22 -- The University of Central Florida is hosting a celebration Aug. 31 for the grand opening of its newest building, Global UCF, located on Memory Mall. The event runs from 9 to 10 a.m. at 4356 Scorpius Street, across from the Fairwinds Alumni Center, and will feature refreshments and building tours. The $16-million building, the biggest symbol of UCF’s continuing commitment ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2016
    Number of stores offering grocery pickup doubles in area ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 22, 2016 – Grocery shopping is about to get a whole lot easier for Orlando shoppers. In response to customer demand, Walmart, the largest grocer in the U.S., will double the amount of stores in the Orlando area offering its online grocery pickup service in August. The free service will soon be available in eight ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2016
    Shop Your Favorite Stores, Earn Points and Make a Positive Community Impact SANFORD, Fla . (August 22, 2016) – Make your purchasing power count toward education at Seminole Towne Center , northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties’ one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment destination. From now through November 30 , the popular mall will host Earning for Learning Reward Program ...read more
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    Friday, August 19, 2016
    Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University, has announced the appointment of Dr. Melanie Storms as vice president of the newly created Saint Leo University Worldwide Division, effective June 27, 2016. Dr. Storms has served in a leadership capacity in higher education for nearly 15 years, most recently as vice president of the College of Health Sciences for Walden University. ...read more
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    Friday, August 19, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla . (August 19, 2016) – Two Seminole State College Florida Law Enforcement Academy graduates were honored Thursday, August 18 with the Officer Robert German Endowed Memorial Award. The award is in honor of fallen Windermere police officer Robert German who died in the line of duty on March 22, 2014. German, known as “Robbie” to friends and family, was a 2007 graduate ...read more
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    Thursday, August 18, 2016
    Tom Cloud , a veteran city attorney and shareholder specializing in the areas of local government, utility, land use, and environmental law, was named president of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) at the organization’s 35th Annual Seminar. He will serve a one-year term leading the FMAA.
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    Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    By Germayne Graham UCF Forum columnist On my drive to work I have to merge onto three very busy roadways. I am constantly saying to myself: “Please just let me in.” One day recently this really struck me as I was driving. Why am I always asking for someone to let me in the flow of traffic? This feeling was so familiar and close to other moments in my life when I found myself saying, ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    International Adoption Net's overall director, Joan Strauss, recently returned from Mexico where she signed a contract with a specific Mexican State. This means that, in addition to families being able to adopt from Mexico using the National Registry track, IAN now has specific children we can advocate for and place for adoption. IAN currently has photo-listed eight Mexican children on ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 16, 2016) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced 13of the firm’s Orlando attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2017. In total, 45 of the firm’s attorneys from six offices across the state were recognized. Additionally, six Orlando attorneys mark their 10th year on the list this year. The following Broad and Cassel ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    GENEVA, FL (August 16, 2016)- Beginning Wednesday, August 17, 2016 the Seminole County Natural Lands Program will conduct habitat restoration activities at the Lake Proctor Wilderness Area. These activities include the mechanical reduction of natural fuels (vegetation) to an approximate 25-acre area so it can be more effectively and safely treated with prescribed fire. This project will reduce ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2016
    - Jeffrey Mandel Named Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law-Management- ORLANDO (August 15, 2016) – Fisher Phillips, a leading labor and employment law firm, announced today that two Orlando attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 ® (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) . Firmwide, 85 Fisher Phillips attorneys were ...read more
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    Monday, August 15, 2016
    Orlando Bail Bond Office Highlights Risk Of Promotional Bail Offers 33 rd Street Bail Bonds wants consumers to be aware that promotional bail offers could be a scam. In the state of Florida, bail bond fees are set by the state and are not negotiable. If a bail bond company promises “discount rates” then they could be breaking the law. Oftentimes, bail bond companies offer a ...read more
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    Friday, August 12, 2016
    Roundtable reveals gaps in local, state and federal strategy Maitland, Fla. – In an unprecedented showing of regional cooperation in the fight against the Zika virus, Congressman John L. Mica (FL-7) brought together key leaders from six counties, the state and the federal government. It was the first multi-jurisdictional face-to-face meeting to coordinate anti-Zika efforts. “Today we ...read more
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    Thursday, August 11, 2016
    Advanced Family Care, Dr. Magued Ibrahim, is now open in Lake Mary and announces that back to school physicals with no medical coverage will be provided for $50.00. Hours of operation are: o Mon, Wed, Thurs: 8 am to 5 pm o Tues: 9 am to 7 pm o Fri: 8 am to 12 pm Same day appointment and walk-Ins are welcome. Dr. Ibrahim is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a fellow ...read more
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    Thursday, August 11, 2016
    Roach Family Wellness Integrative Medicine has been recognized as one of the best companies in Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. Their commitment to creating a healthy community, their solid leadership, and new technology are some contributing factors to winning this prestigious award. Dr. Erik Roach and his team are dedicated to bringing the best healthcare to Central Florida, and this ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    By Ali P. Gordon UCF Forum columnist As a father of young elementary and middle school-aged kids, I’m also curious to know exactly how my undergrad students came to be interested in mechanical engineering. An exchange with a UCF student might go like this: “You did a great job on the exam. Congrats! By the way, how did you get interested in mechanical engineering, anyway?” I ...read more
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    Friday, August 05, 2016
    Seminole County, FL - August 5, 2016 - Seminole County EMS/Fire/Rescue's next Citizens Fire Academy begins September 7, 2016 . The nine week course will provide both hands-on and classroom activities to give participants a first-hand look of the training and skills the Seminole County EMS/Fire/Rescue Division needs to respond to emergencies every day. The target audience is all Seminole ...read more
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    Friday, August 05, 2016
    Orlando, FL (August 5, 2016) – IBERIABANK , a 129-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, recently partnered with IDignity to provide volunteer support and funding for an event held on July 21, 2016 at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. IDignity was created to assist disadvantaged individuals in Central Florida navigate the complexities of obtaining personal documentation such as ...read more
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    Thursday, August 04, 2016
    Roach Family Wellness has been a leader in the health industry for years, and is now expanding into the aesthetic realm. From Botox to Juvederm, Roach Family Wellness is looking to become a leader in the cosmetic industry as well. They will kick off this venture with two CoolSculpting events taking place on September 8 th in Heathrow Country Club and September 15 th in The Legacy Club of ...read more
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    Thursday, August 04, 2016
    Orlando, FL (August 4, 2016) – IBERIABANK , a 129-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce the addition of Jason W. Searl, Esq. to the Central Florida Advisory Board. Local community and business leaders currently serving on the advisory board include Chairman, Randy O. Burden; James L. Bolen, M.D; Dennis Buhring; John O. Burden; James P. Caruso; Michael C. ...read more
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    Thursday, August 04, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL (August 4, 2016) – Insight Credit Union recently held its annual Back to School Supply Drive, donating more than 3,000 school supplies for underprivileged students in Central Florida. For the third consecutive year, members and employees donated pens, pencils, binders, calculators, backpacks, glue sticks and many other items. The proceeds benefited Heart of Florida United Way, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 03, 2016
    Click here to vote now for your favorite name Florida’s Aug. 30 primary election may be weeks away, but it’s not too early to make your voice heard. Consensus Communications today announced the addition of Central Florida’s new Minor League Baseball team to its client roster and invites YOU to help name the team. The Florida State League team, formerly the Brevard County ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    ORLANDO, Aug. 2, 2016 – Until this week, 12 Peruvian engineering students had never set foot on the University of Central Florida campus, but on Saturday they will graduate as full-fledged Knights in a first-of-its-kind international partnership for the university. The extraordinary program through UCF’s College of Engineering & Computer Science began two years ago in partnership ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL (August 2, 2016) — WithumSmith+Brown, PC (“Withum”) was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For. The annual Best Companies list is featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine. One-hundred companies are ranked in small, medium and large employer categories. To participate, Withum underwent an evaluation of workplace policies, ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    Enjoy Fashion Previews, Giveaways, Entertainment and More during Florida’s Tax-free Weekend WHAT: Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, will host an “Arrive in Style” Back-to-school event with free entertainment and activities including meet and greets with representatives from Orlando City Soccer and the Orlando Magic, cuddle and ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 02, 2016
    A game that uses the player’s eyes as a controller and a personal game of war-torn immigrants highlight this year’s student presentations. ORLANDO, Aug 2, 2016 -- Faculty, staff and students will have a chance to see the debut of four games from students at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, UCF’s graduate video game-development program. The presentations will be at ...read more
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    Monday, August 01, 2016
    On July 28, emergency and trauma experts from Central Florida Regional Hospital and SafeKids Coalition educated the public about the risks of heat stroke – the most serious form of heat injury – at Seminole Towne Center in Sanford. The experts showed an oversized thermometer measuring the interior temperature of a car to demonstrate how rapidly heat can rise. They also shared tips for ...read more
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    Friday, July 29, 2016
    Granlund to help design new Orlando International Airport terminal ORLANDO, Fla. (July 29, 2016) – Matt Granlund, AIA, joined HNTB Corporation as senior project architect. He is based in the firm’s Orlando, Florida, office. In his role at HNTB, Granlund will support the new South Terminal C, Phase 1, project at Orlando International Airport for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. ...read more
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    Thursday, July 28, 2016
    Last night, more than 400 people turned out for Seminole County's oldest and largest Hob Nob. As voting begins throughout Central Florida, attendees cast their votes for the candidates who will be on the August primary ballot. The biggest winners were Congressman John Mica, who received 233 votes, the most of any candidate, State Representative Scott Plakon, who garnered 225 votes and ...read more
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    Thursday, July 28, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – July 26, 2016 – Attorney Christopher L. Carmody, Jr., shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was recently elected as chair of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the July 2016-2017 term. Carmody has served on the Ninth Judicial Circuit JNC since 2013. The JNC is a nonpartisan nine-member commission of lawyers and ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    Program for Homeless Veterans Expands to Lake County ORLANDO, Fla. (July 26, 2016) – Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently received a grant of nearly $280,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to continue to provide employment and supportive services for local homeless veterans. Goodwill is the only nonprofit in Central Florida to receive this grant, which is part of a $36 million ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, FL - Walking Saloon Pictures has officially released their meetings and conference section of their website. For the past several years, Walking Saloon Pictures has been producing video content for conferences, trade shows, and meetings. Their clients include Pepsi, La Quinta Inn, Retro Fitness, and Southeastern Electric Exchange to name a few. In the section you will find ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    By Elizabeth Santiago UCF Forum columnist Children usually begin speaking their first words about 11 or 12 months old. From “mama” and “dada” come more complex words and thoughts. These infants begin to take in the outside world and make it their own with each new experience. With those new experiences and growth come a perspective on the world and the ability to share it. ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    17-acre facility in Osceola County providing customers with nearly 4 megawatts of carbon-free energy ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Nearly 15,000 solar panels soaking up the sun in Osceola County are now providing clean, renewable energy to Duke Energy customers in Florida. The new Duke Energy owned and operated Osceola Solar Facility is about the size of 13 football fields and produces nearly 4 ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 26, 2016
    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John L. Mica (FL-7) and Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today requested that the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Homeland Security investigate and review the recent failures of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) terrorist grant assistance program. Mica said , "This action is a follow up to our recent ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 26, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2016) – IMPOWER is excited to announce the expansion of services at The Village, our Transitional Housing Program to include post-discharge case management and stability supports for homeless and former foster youth. The expansion was made possible through a grant from Heart of Florida United Way, Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 26, 2016
    (SANFORD, Fla.) July 25, 2016 – The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools is pleased to announce the launch of a two-day interactive job shadowing workshop that will provide much needed opportunities for short-term career exploration to Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) students. The workshop will be made possible through a $10,000 workplace learning grant from the Bank of ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2016
    Bail Bondsman Servicing Seminole, Orange, Lake, Volusia and Osceola Counties Joins Central Florida Chamber Organization The bail bond agents at 33 rd Street Bail Bonds in Orlando, Florida have joined the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce in Central Florida. 33 rd Street Bail Bonds is a 24-hour bail office located at 2480 33 rd Street, Orlando, Florida 32839, just a few blocks from ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2016
    (SANFORD, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin will visit the following locations on the district’s first day of school, which begins on Wednesday, August 10, 2016: Location Time Transportation Bus Hub (822 E. SR 434, Winter Springs) 5:45 a.m. Seminole High School 7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. Crooms AOIT 8:15 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Lake Mary High School ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2016
    Enjoy Fashion Previews, Giveaways, Entertainment and More during Back-to-school Expo on August 6 SANFORD, Fla. (July 25, 2016) – Back-to-school preparation is around the corner and Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, is taking the lead to make sure that students are fully prepared with the latest fashions for the new school year ahead. From now ...read more
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    Friday, July 22, 2016
    Announcing Free Seminar open to the community on August 23, 2016 . It’s All About the Staging/ Learn the Tricks of the Trade As a Realtor selling and staging homes in Florida for over 18 years, Lynda understands what buyers are looking for in a home. Lynda provides the critical staging services to clients who need to sell their homes quickly and profitably. Working with her sellers to make ...read more
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    Thursday, July 21, 2016
    The Blood Spot Opens New Alternative Blood Draw Location Altamonte Springs, Florida -- Lauren Miller with J. Wayne Miller Company is the first blood draw for her new Tenant, The Blood Spot, Inc. The Blood Spot, Inc., an independent phlebotomy company, strives to offer patients a better lab experience when having lab work done. We offer individuals a choice in where and how they have their lab ...read more
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    Thursday, July 21, 2016
    College sees over 36,000 Enrollments in Online Programs for 2015-16 School Year SANFORD, Fla. (July 21, 2016) – The online programs at Seminole State College of Florida set a new enrollment record for the 2015-16 academic year with over 36,000 enrollments in the programs. Seminole State Online is the College’s second-largest campus, with nearly 40 percent of enrolled students ...read more
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    Thursday, July 21, 2016
    Veteran public broadcaster Phil Hoffman, an educator and documentary filmmaker whose programs have earned nearly 30 Emmy nominations, will be the new executive director of WUCF TV. Hoffman, who will start May 23, brings more than 20 years of higher education and public media experience, including production, strategic operations, media management and fundraising. He comes to WUCF from KMOS, a PBS ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    By Michael Preston UCF Forum columnist Of all of the bagels there is nothing quite as satisfying to me than the Everything Bagel with cream cheese at a shop in town. It gives me everything I want out of life: a warm bagel that is crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside; a savory and salty blend of sea salt, garlic, poppy seed, onion, and other stuff I cannot place right now. And then the cream ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. ( July 20, 2016 ) – Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced it has received recognition as a 2016 Leading Real Estate Law Firm by Multi-Housing News. The firm was listed among just 41 firms and is considered to have one of the most powerful real estate law practices in the nation. Specifically, Broad and Cassel was noted for its representation of a national real ...read more
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    Monday, July 18, 2016
    ORLANDO, July 18, 2016 – The University of Central Florida ranked 19 th in the nation among public universities and 40 th in the world for the number of U.S. patents it secured in 2015, according to a new listing by the National Academy of Inventors. UCF secured 50 utility patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, ranking just ahead of Duke University, the University of Rochester ...read more
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    Friday, July 15, 2016
    Hundreds of Free Medical Services Available at Shepherd’s Hope Health Clinics ORLANDO, Fla. – (July 15, 2016) – Throughout August, Shepherd’s Hope , in partnership with Nemours Children’s Health System , is hosting its third annual Back-to-School Physicals initiative for local uninsured and underinsured children at two locations on five dates. This service is made ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Announcement marks FPL’s highest-ever score and its first top award by prestigious study JUNO BEACH, FLA. – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) received the top ranking for residential customer satisfaction among large electric providers in the southern U.S., according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM released today. FPL also ranked ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Heathrow, Fla. (July 14, 2016) – The Center for Global Engagement at Seminole State College of Florida will offer information sessions in July for a new Master of Science (MSc) degree in International Business. Through a first-of-its-kind partnership with Robert Gordon University (RGU), based in Aberdeen, Scotland, the College will offer the program at its Heathrow Campus starting this ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – July 13, 2016 – Attorney Julie A. Tyk , senior associate in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office , was elected co-chair of the Insurance Law Committee for the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). The Insurance Law Committee educates the members of the section on all facets of insurance law and claims practice and procedures, including recent developments in ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Speeds up to 1 Gigabit per Second Available on the AT&T GigaPower Network Winter Springs, Fla., July 14, 2016 — AT&T 1 launched ultra-fast internet service in parts of Winter Springs and surrounding communities. 2 Customers in area homes, apartments and small businesses will be able to get speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). 3 AT&T GigaPower is now available in ...read more
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    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John L. Mica (FL-7) today chaired an investigative hearing to review the failures of the Obama Administration in spending billions of dollars without achieving a trace of high speed rail in the United States. In 2009, President Obama said “I’m announcing my administration’s efforts to transform travel in America with a historic investment in ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    Congratulations to Our 2016 Super Lawyers Super Lawyers , the Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service, has announced the 2016 Florida list. We are proud to announce three of our attorneys to receive this honor: Daniel F. Mantzaris – State/Local/Municipal David H. Simmons – Business Litigation Richard A. Tanner – General Ligation The Super Lawyers list is comprised of outstanding ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    The state’s top lawyers are recognized in the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of 1,144 honorees includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. This year five partners of the Firm’s partners received the Legal Elite distinction and two of the Firm’s associates received the Up & Comers ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation WASHINGTON, D.C. — Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Debbie Cotton, Vice President/COO, of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed her second year at Institute for ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    By Barry Jason Mauer UCF Forum columnist Until the mid-20 th century, toil and scarcity were unavoidable facts of life for most people. By contrast, the aristocrats and a few clergy and merchants could indulge themselves in the finest things of life – the arts, sciences, philosophy, athletics, travel and politics. These privileged few could live as amateurs and dilettantes, expending their ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. ( July 13, 2016 ) - Aerosim Flight Academy, an accredited global flight school, is recruiting highly motivated Certificated Flight Instructors (CFI) for its Sanford and Jacksonville, Florida campus locations. A new hire sign-on bonus of $10,000, as well as, training credit is offered for additional ratings based on contract commitment. “Earning the CFI designation is the first ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2016
    Chief’s Demings and Mina invited to testify at Congressional Hearing Washington, D.C. – Congressman John L. Mica (FL-7) announced he will be conducting a Congressional hearing on the failure of the Federal Government to accurately assess the terrorist risk threat facing Orlando and the Central Florida Area prior to the Pulse terrorist massacre. The Congressional hearing, named ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL. (July 11, 2016) – I t was special day at Orlando Health as a pediatric cancer patient got a surprise visit from some of his soccer idols. Orlando Pride soccer players Aubrey Bledsoe (goalkeeper), Christina Burkenroad (forward), Jamia Fields (forward) and Dani Weatherholt (mid-fielder) dropped in at UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health to surprise 12-year old Zayne Burton ...read more
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    Monday, July 11, 2016
    LAKE MARY, Florida – Hylant, one of the largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms in the nation, announced recently that it has been honored as one of Orlando’s best places to work. The Best Places to Work award is sponsored by the Orlando Business Journal. The competition, which is open to both private and public companies, involves months of in-depth evaluation including ...read more
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    Friday, July 08, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (July 8, 2016) - Scott R. MacLeod, a shareholder in the Orlando office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig. PA, was recently elected to serve on the Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Florida Board of Directors. Since 1961, JA has strived to equip young people, regardless of background or economic status, with the tools to own their success by making smart academic and ...read more
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    Friday, July 08, 2016
    Local Chef Hari Pulapaka Showcases New Ways to Prepare the Invasive Species ORLANDO, Fla. – On Saturday, July 16, 2016, all three Whole Foods Market Central Florida locations are taking lionfish to new depths with cooking demos designed to reinvigorate the kitchen with recipes featuring a little-known Florida delicacy with a prickly reputation. Each of the three Central Florida locations ...read more
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    Friday, July 08, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – The Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning team was excited to be one of 85 Bryant Factory Authorized Dealers from around the country to be invited to attend the 2016 Bryant Dealer Rally over Memorial Day weekend. The action-packed agenda included factory training, an awards ceremony, and an opportunity to enjoy the 100 th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. ...read more
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    Thursday, July 07, 2016
    Sanford, Florida (July 7, 2016) - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is excited to announce that the cotton-top tamarins are back on exhibit. Now located next to the Herpetarium, the group consists of an adult male and female, two adolescents that were born in 2015, and two infants that were born February 6, 2016. The whole family is currently available for viewing daily during Zoo ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 06, 2016
    By Yolanda Hood UCF Forum columnist One recent night I sat in a stadium – being eaten by mosquitos – with my 14-year-old daughter and watched a women’s soccer game. Last summer, after saving for a year, I took my daughter to Canada two weeks for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. I walked a mile from parking to the stadium every day, stood in long lines at security to have bags ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 06, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (7/6/16) –Habitat of Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka is pleased to announce the promotion of Brittany Duhrkoff to Marketing Manager. Her new role will include the management of social media, newsletters, website and collateral design. A UCF graduate, Brittany’s non-profit career began in 2010 with an Internship with Invisible children. ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 06, 2016
    Vehicle Will Transport Critically Ill Children between Hospitals ORLANDO, Fla. – The team at Nemours calls it an intensive care unit on wheels. This new, neonatal and pediatric critical care transport ambulance arrived in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City on Thursday morning and will become a vital tool in getting infants and children to and from life-saving care at Nemours ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 06, 2016
    Help us welcome the astounding 25 new members who have joined the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce in the month of June. We are thankful to have these businesses invest in our chamber and excited to have them on board! • Sage Dental • Revival Chiropractic • SMB Ally, LLC • Merrill Lynch – Garrett Burke • Massey Services • International Adoption ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 05, 2016
    Sanford, Florida (July 5, 2016) - Summer is in full swing at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, with wild summer camp adventures available for children ages 5-12. Summer Camp at the Zoo is more fun and exciting than ever with options available for many interests. Campers enjoy crafts, games, creating enrichment for the animals, meeting with keepers, up close animal encounters, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 05, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. – (July 5, 2016) – Central Florida Regional Hospital has received official designation as a Level II Trauma Center from the Florida Department of Health. Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) officials completed in-depth reviews, including an on-site visit to the hospital in March, before issuing approval. In May 2015, Central Florida Regional successfully ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 05, 2016
    ORLANDO, July 5, 2016 – A growing, new collection of UCF digital information – from Central Florida history podcasts to theses such as Exploring the Effects of Social Media Use on the Mental Health of Young Adults – can be accessed around the globe in a new institutional repository system administered by UCF Libraries. STARS – an acronym for Showcase of Text, Archives, ...read more
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    Monday, July 04, 2016
    Lake Mary, Fla. (June 30, 2016) – CFE Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors announced that Joseph A. Melbourne, Jr. is retiring as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 31, 2017. Melbourne has been with CFE for 22 years, serving as President and CEO for the past 19 years. Under his leadership, the credit union grew from $373 million in assets and ten branches to ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2016
    At FPL, we know the impact that a major storm can have on your business. We have a plan and urge you to prepare as well so you and your employees can get back to business safely and as quickly as possible. FPL has been recognized for building a stronger and smarter electric grid, most recently receiving an Award of Excellence from the International Smart Grid Action Network and the ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2016
    FOCUSES MEN’S HEALTH MONTH ON GETTING GUYS TO #DROPYOUREXCUSE Orlando, Florida (July 1, 2016) - For men’s health experts Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Dr. Sijo Parekattil it was a June to remember. For the 3rd year in a row, in honor of Men’s Health month, their Drive for Men’s Health tour travelled the country, covering 6,000 miles from Orlando to Los Angeles in 10 days and ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 29, 2016
    By Heather Gibson UCF Forum columnist Content guides and advisories, which list all of the parts of a production that a viewer might find offensive, are becoming commonplace with theatre companies. I initially had mixed thoughts about providing one for Theatre UCF productions. While I do believe that customers of any product or service should be able to get the full details about what they are ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 29, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Lyman High Schools’ Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) won first place at the 2016 JROTC Leadership Academic Bowl (JLAB) National Championship in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. Lyman’s team was also voted to receive the "Esprit de Corps Award” which honors a team that best demonstrates comradeship, enthusiasm and devotion. The JLAB ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 29, 2016
    Three-year project to shorten travel times across four counties Maitland, Fla. – Congressman John L. Mica (FL-7) announced today that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has submitted a grant application to utilize technology to alleviate Central Florida’s serious traffic congestion. MetroPlan Orlando and FDOT have selected six Central Florida corridors in which to use ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is being recognized as the top district, out of Florida’s largest school districts, in highest number of students taking and passing Algebra 1 at the seventh and eighth grade level for spring 2016 per a recent article written by FSU Physics Professor Dr. Paul Cottle. Students who take Algebra 1 while in middle school, and continue a ...read more
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    Monday, June 27, 2016
    Orlando, FL – The Florida SBDC at UCF’s Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) is offering a no-cost workshop on Lean Startup Methodology through its “Breakfast with the Experts” seminar series. The “Breakfast with the Experts” series features professional members of the Small Business Resource Network, an affiliate of the Florida Small Business Development ...read more
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    Friday, June 24, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – June 23, 2016 – Attorney Mayanne Downs , firmwide chair of the Litigation Department and president and managing shareholder-elect of GrayRobinson, has been named the fifth most powerful person in Orlando by Orlando Magazine . This is Orlando Magazine ’s thirteenth annual 50 Most Powerful List. The list encompasses citizens of Orlando who “influence our lives ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2016
    Many Patients Missed School Events Due to Illness ORLANDO, Fla. – It was an evening of ball gowns and catering from the Four Seasons Resort Orlando for some patients of Nemours Children’s Hospital. The teens, who may have been in the hospital during their school prom, had a second chance to enjoy the special event thanks to “A Night of PROMise.” “These are kids who ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    By Tracy Evison UCF Forum columnist I recently saw a turtle digging a hole to lay eggs in a neighborhood park that I walk through. This park has a lake but what surprised me about the turtle was the location she decided to lay her eggs. Instead of making the nest close to the lake about 50 feet away, where I would assume it would be easier for young turtles to begin their lives, this turtle was ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. ( June 22, 2016 ) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced five firm attorneys have been recognized by their peers for their legal expertise in Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite 2016 published in July. In total, 16 of the firm’s attorneys were honored this year. Firm Chairman C. David Brown, II and West Palm Beach Managing Partner Patricia ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    Leadership Seminole would like to invite you to a community event to share information and gain strength and hope in the wake of the recent tragedy in Orlando. There are many questions to ask. How did this happen? How can we make Central Florida safer? How do we help heal the victims and their families? Please join us for a discussion with the following community leaders as we come together to ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    As seen on FOX35 Good Day Orlando: http://www.fox35orlando.com/ david-does-it/164269520-video We all could use an evening of zen. Join Ballball Yoga Gear and Activewear at the The Art of Motivation event as they release the private line of gear, Yogavated , featuring art by German Lemus. This FREE event is an evening of fashion shows, live acroyoga demos, a color therapy yoga flow class, music, ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    In six months, more than 7,500 voters reached through grass-roots door-to-door efforts Lake Mary, Fla. (June 22, 2016) – In the past six month, Mike Mclean and his team of volunteers have knocked on the door of more than 7,500 Seminole County voters in a grass-roots effort to earn the vote to be the next Seminole County Clerk of the Courts and Comptroller. The targeted effort has been met ...read more
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    Monday, June 20, 2016
    ORLANDO (June 20, 2016) – Fisher Phillips announced that Jeffrey E. Mandel, Regional Managing Partner, Benton N. Wood, Partner, and Caryn Shaw, Associate, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers. Mandel , who represents private and public-sector employers in all aspects of employment and traditional labor law, counsels clients on issues such as employment ...read more
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    Monday, June 20, 2016
    Cartridge World located at 801 West State Road 436, Suite 1025, in Altamonte Springs, Florida is expanding its sales staff. Cartridge World has been providing ink and toner cartridges for a variety of printers, copiers and fax machines including HP, Brother, Epson, Dell, Samsung, Canon and more. Customers will save up to 30% when purchasing through Cartridge World compared to shopping at big ...read more
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    Monday, June 20, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. - [June 20, 2016] — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced Heather A. Purdy and Lawrence A. Raab have joined its Orlando office as associates in the Real Estate Group. Purdy has extensive experience in structuring real estate purchase and sale agreements, managing real property sold at tax sales, and in the formation of holding companies and joint venture ...read more
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    Monday, June 20, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla . (June 20, 2016) –Seminole State College of Florida's Student Government Association (SGA) and UNITY Gay-Straight Alliance held a memorial on Monday, June 20, for student Luis Vielma and the other 48 victims killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting. Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Student Center at the College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus and were joined by ...read more
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    Friday, June 17, 2016
    Nearly a week ago, the horrific attack on the soul of our community took place. It was something most of us have only experienced through news reports in faraway places. New York City. Boston. Oklahoma City. Blacksburg. The list goes on and now includes Orlando. At your chamber, it's been a difficult week of tough decisions. Often, we questioned if we made the the right decision. Do we ...read more
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    Thursday, June 16, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – June, 2016 – Attorney Thomas A. Cloud, B.C.S. , shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando office and current City Attorney for Fort Meade, together with shareholder Rachael M. Crews of GrayRobinson's Orlando office and of counsel attorney Monterey Campbell of GrayRobinson's Lakeland office , recently secured a favorable order for the city in the case City of ...read more
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    Thursday, June 16, 2016
    Orlando – Congressman John L. Mica (FL-7) congratulated the University of Central Florida (UCF) today on having been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense for 2016 by the National Security Agency (NSA). “This designation by the NSA will place the University of Central Florida at the forefront of our critical mission to tackle national ...read more
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    Thursday, June 16, 2016
    Sanford, Florida (June 16, 2016) - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is offering complimentary admission to anyone involved with the tragic events that took place in Orlando over the past week. This includes law enforcement, first responders, survivors, survivor's families, and families of the victims. "We believe that being around animals can help in the healing ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    Emergency Department opening celebrated with ribbon-cutting. ORLANDO, Fla., May 31, 2016 — Florida Hospital leaders and city officials celebrated the grand opening of Florida Hospital Lake Mary with a ribbon-cutting on the day of its first patient visits. The nearly 19,000-square-foot Emergency Department’s mission emphasizes efficiencies in care, with lab services, advanced imaging ...read more
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    Monday, June 13, 2016
    For Immediate Release June 13, 2016 Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Co., 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction) Roger B. Kennedy Construction ranks as Central Florida’s 28th fastest-growing company in OBJ ’s 2016 “Fast 50” Awards ORLANDO, Fla. (June 13, 2016) – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction prominently ...read more
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    Friday, June 10, 2016
    ORLANDO – June 10, 2016 – The 2016 Chambers USA Guide includes seven attorneys from the Orlando office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, PA . Firmwide, more than 190 attorneys are included in the guide. According to its website, Chambers and Partners, publisher of annual guides in several global markets, selects attorneys and practice areas for inclusion based on thousands ...read more
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    Friday, June 10, 2016
    ATHLETIC APEX AND KINGZ ANIME TO OPEN LATER THIS MONTH SANFORD, Fla. (June 10, 2016) – Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, has welcomed IEC Vapors to its popular retail offerings. Later this month, Seminole Towne Center will celebrate the openings of Athletic Apex , the first-of-its-kind world class fitness facility in the Central Florida region ...read more
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    Friday, June 10, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (6/10/16) – BUILDER magazine has ranked Habitat for Humanity as the No. 1 private home builder on BUILDER 100, its annual listing of the largest U.S. homebuilders. This is the second year in a row Habitat’s work across the country has been recognized as a top builder of affordable housing in the U.S. Each year, BUILDER compiles data from U.S. builders and ...read more
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    Thursday, June 09, 2016
    New survey lists men’s top excuses for ditching their annual doctor’s appointment Clermont, Fla, (June 9, 2016) ­ Rather than make appointments to see their family doctor on a regular basis, men are often more likely to make excuses for not going, according to a new survey that lists the top excuses men most often make. The survey, commissioned by Orlando Health, and found that the ...read more
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    Thursday, June 09, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (June 9, 2016) — Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel today announced that seven of the firm ’ s attorneys in the Orlando office have been named to the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list. Additionally, two Orlando attorneys were honored as Rising Stars by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine , which publishes its annual list in July. In total, Florida Super Lawyers Magazine ...read more
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    Thursday, June 09, 2016
    Central Florida Pool Maintenance and Repair Business Offers Tips For Choosing A Top Pool Care Company Probity Pools headquartered in Longwood, Florida announces their online guide for how to select the best residential pool care service. The online guide provides tips on what to look for when hiring a pool maintenance and repair company. A sample of the tips provided in the guide include: Is ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 08, 2016
    Central Florida Pool Maintenance Company Offers Special For New Clients Probity Pools offers new clients a discount of $30.00 off their first three months of residential pool service. This Central Florida pool maintenance and repair company offers the best pool service to homeowners in the Metro Orlando area. Customized service packages are available to fit the needs of each homeowner. Probity ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 08, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL –– Attorney John A. Boudet , shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office , has been named to the Florida Hospital Foundation Cardiovascular Institute Board for a five year term beginning June 2016. Florida Hospital is one of America's largest not-for-profit health care systems with 23 campuses, serving communities throughout Florida for over 100 years.
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    Wednesday, June 08, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – June 7, 2016 – Byrd F. “Biff” Marshall Jr. , president and managing director of the GrayRobinson law firm for the past 25 years, announced today he will step down, effective September 1, 2016 , to make way for new leadership at the firm. He will be succeeded by Mayanne Downs , statewide chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and a shareholder in ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 08, 2016
    Announcing our Florida Branch Office! International Adoption Net is so excited to announce that we have been approved for our Child Placement license in Florida ! We are opening our branch office, and will be starting up our programs there in the coming weeks. Angela K. Vance, MSW will be our new Branch Director. This office will be able to provide homestudy and post adoption services to families ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 07, 2016
    ORLANDO (June 7, 2016) - The labor and employment attorneys from Fisher Phillips are presenting practical solutions to workplace problems for anyone who manages employees or makes decisions impacting the workplace. The annual Labor and Employment Law Conference will occur on Tuesday, July 19 at Harry P. Leu Gardens (1920 North Forest Ave., Orlando, 32803). “Employment law is constantly ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 07, 2016
    Sanford, Florida (June 7, 2016) - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is excited to announce the birth of a red-ruffed lemur on April 30, 2016. The lemur weighed approximately 90 grams when born, and is growing rapidly at about 100 grams per week! The lemur's father was born at the Central Florida Zoo in 1994, and the mother came from the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 07, 2016
    Liberty Creative Group is proud to announce the addition of 3 experienced account managers to serve businesses in the greater Orlando vicinity. Earl LaFlamme has recently relocated from the Boston area. He has almost 20 years of experience in commercial printing. He assists his clients through dedicated service and thorough knowledge of effective print communication. Jennifer Sickles excels in ...read more
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    Monday, June 06, 2016
    Orlando, FL (June 6, 2016) -- IBERIABANK , a 129-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation , is pleased to announce John M. Calpey has been named senior vice president, retail market manager for the Central Florida Market. Calpey, who has nearly 30 years of financial industry experience, joined the company in 2015 through a merger with Old Florida Bank. At that time, Calpey served as chief ...read more
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    Monday, June 06, 2016
    LAKE MARY, Fla. (June 2, 2016) – At its monthly board meeting on May 5, 2016, the J. Douglas Williams YMCA board of directors announced the addition of a new board member, Lake Mary Internet Marketing Founder and CEO Will Henao, and with him a new initiative to enhance partnerships with the Lake Mary business community. Henao has been a member and volunteer soccer and basketball coach at ...read more
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    Friday, June 03, 2016
    Miami, FL – Congressmen John L. Mica (FL07) today led the ceremony transferring the David W. Dyer Federal Courthouse to Miami Dade College (MDC). Since the Dyer Courthouse was vacated by the federal government in 2008, Congressman Mica, former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and current Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, has ...read more
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    Friday, June 03, 2016
    Firm Also Ranked Among the Best for Labor & Employment Law ORLANDO (June 3, 2016) – Fisher Phillips announced Jeffrey E. Mandel, Regional Managing Partner, is featured in Chambers USA 2016 . The firm is ranked as one of the top labor and employment law firms in the United States. Each year, Chambers USA publishes a list of the top law firms and attorneys across the United States. It ...read more
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    Friday, June 03, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) On Thursday, June 2nd, the Seminole County Public Schools’ (SCPS) Business Advisory Board (BAB) donated a sea of Red Bags and boxes full of groceries to the Families in Need (FIN) Fund. The BAB members donated and collected items from their place of employment, residences and their local community. This gracious donation will help allow SCPS to serve the needs of ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2016
    ORLANDO, June 2, 2016 – Cyndia Morales Muñiz, assistant director for UCF’s Multicultural Academic & Support Services, was named recently as one of 2016’s top Latino leaders by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity. Muñiz, also the president of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association at UCF, was one of 43 people chosen for the award along with other notables ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2016
    Sanford, Florida (June 2, 2016) - Dino Ferri and James Bogan, DVM, joined the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens staff on June 1. Dino Ferri will be overseeing Zoo operations as Zoo Director. With an extensive background in wildlife management and conservation, Mr. Ferri will be a valuable asset to the Central Florida Zoo. He has worked at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Audubon Zoo ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2016
    Innovative Pilot School Could Come to Seminole County ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools’ (SCPS) Super School design submission, PSI (Problem Solving Incubator) High, has advanced to the final stage of the largest open call for public high school redesign in American history. If chosen as a top five winning team, the XQ Super School Project will grant $10 million in funding ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 01, 2016
    By William Steiger UCF Forum columnist As a young boy, one of my most enduring memories of the Christmas season was a train trip to downtown Chicago and Marshall Field’s department store. We were not regular shoppers at Field’s. They were the upscale department store in town and our household was definitely blue collar and middle class. We did most of our holiday shopping at Sears but ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 01, 2016
    May brought the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce 11 new members! A huge thank you to these companies for choosing to invest in our Chamber. Please help welcome these new members! * Digital Titans, LLC * TooJay's - Altamonte Springs * 3 Dog Communications LLC * Time Designs LLC * CSPi Technology Solutions * QVI Home Solutions LLC authorized Representative for Empire Today * Smallcakes ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    WHAT: Children of all ages are invited to attend the KidX Club’s inaugural kickoff event, “X Marks the Spot” at Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties. “X Marks the Spot” will challenge kids with a mall-wide scavenger hunt for treats, coupons and prizes from Haagen Dazs, Claire’s and more. Chick-Fil-A will be giving away ...read more
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    Friday, May 27, 2016
    Firm’s Health Law Practice Group ranks No. 1 in the state for sixth year in a row ORLANDO, Fla. (May 27, 2016) — Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel has once again received recognition by prominent legal guide Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, the only legal directory to rank law firms and individual attorneys. In total, the 2016 edition highlights ...read more
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    Friday, May 27, 2016
    Roach Family Wellness continues to help the community in many facets. This time, Roach Family Wellness along with the Bo-Key Riders, 911 Biker Law and Seminole Harley Davidson, raised over $3,300. The money raised will go towards scholarships for three Seminole County High School recipients. The first “Roach Run” Motorcycle Rally took place on Saturday, May 21 st . Bikers enjoyed ...read more
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    Friday, May 27, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL. (May 27, 2016) – When Zayne Burton’s parents, Lori and Chaz, heard the diagnosis that their 12-year-old son had a medullablastoma, a tumor of the brain and spine, they were in shock. Quickly, however, their focus turned to treating the curable cancer so their son could go on to live a healthy life. Their journey brought them to The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for ...read more
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    Thursday, May 26, 2016
    ORLANDO, May 26, 2016 – “Filthy Dreamers,” a documentary by UCF students about the challenges to academic freedoms at Florida State College for Women in the 1920s, won an Emmy on Wednesday at the 37 th College Television Awards in Los Angeles. The top film in its category was created by students in the 2013 and 2015 advanced documentary workshop class of The Burnett Honors ...read more
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    Thursday, May 26, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Jimmy Qin, a junior at Seminole County High School, has been recognized as one of the top 20 physics students in the nation and selected to join the U.S. Physics Team. He is currently at the U.S. Physics Team Training Camp, hosted by the University of Maryland, training to qualify as one of five members that will compete at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) competition ...read more
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    Thursday, May 26, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (June 1, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 1 for its new Student Services Center at the College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. In January the Seminole State College of Florida District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the conceptual design for the Student Services Center. The two-story, 77,000-square-foot building ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2016
    By Elizabeth Santiago UCF Forum columnist It’s official: Florida has been invaded. Not by aliens or soldiers with guns, but by something that has no natural predators within our Sunshine State borders. This danger lurks where few people go, but its disruptive presence affects us just the same. Responsible for hundreds of human deaths along the Nile River every year, the Nile crocodile ranks ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 25, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, FL - Walking Saloon Pictures is now offering company culture films to help showcase your business and tell your story. What defines you and your company? It's time to tell your story! Every story has a beginning with a unique tale from the humble beginnings to the present day. Our culture films let you break down the barrier and share the world your story. Share online ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    (Lake Mary, Florida) Leadership Seminole hosted their Annual Community Leadership Celebration on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Westin Lake Mary – Orlando North. This event celebrated graduation ceremonies for Class 25, Legends recipient and Character Key High School Video Contest winners. For over 24 years, the Leadership Seminole program has successfully introduced existing and potential ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 24, 2016 – Today, Walmart announced it has hired 130,828 veterans since it announced its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May 2013*, including nearly 8,000 in the State of Florida. Of those 130,828 veteran hires, 15,176 have been promoted to jobs with higher pay and greater responsibility, including nearly 900 in Florida. Frank Marrs is one of the thousands of veterans ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    ( Sanford, Fla.) Verizon has been selected for Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award (CBRA) for the 2015-2016 school year. CBRA, once known as the Partners in Education Award, recognizes businesses’ commitment, creativity and innovation in bringing about positive change to schools and school districts. Verizon will be recognized at The ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    Orlando, FL (May 24, 2016) -- IBERIABANK , a 129-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation , is pleased to announce Tobi Meyer has joined the company as vice president, branch manager for the office located at 502 North US Highway 17-92 in Longwood. Meyer, who has nearly 15 years of financial industry experience, will be responsible for consumer and small business banking growth, branch ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    AT&T announced Monday that Troy L. McNichols will serve as its new Director of External Affairs for North and Central Florida. In McNichols' new role he will lead a team responsible for representing AT&T with local governments in the region along with state lawmakers in Tallahassee. Prior to his promotion, McNichols worked as AT&T's Regional Director of External Affairs for ...read more
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    Monday, May 23, 2016
    J. Wayne Miller Company and Lauren Miller proudly announce Cross-Training Elite as their new Tenant located at 447 W. State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs. Cross-Training Elite also known as CTE has opened the doors to its brand new training facility in Altamonte Springs created and managed by Bennie Brantley and Daphne Antonatos. Together this duo offers over 20 years of training experience. They ...read more
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    Monday, May 23, 2016
    ORLANDO (May 23, 2016) – The management-side labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP has rebranded as “Fisher Phillips.” Accompanying the new brand is a new logo, new tagline, new website, and a new URL: www.fisherphillips.com . Gone is www.laborlawyers.com . The new brand was formally introduced May 20 at the firm’s all-attorney retreat in Hollywood, ...read more
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    Monday, May 23, 2016
    Orlando, Fla - An enormous high tech machine is providing new hope to patients across the country with inoperable tumors. Proton therapy is a precise radiation technique that reduces the side effects often accompanied by traditional treatment options. Thanks to this remarkable technology, a new proton therapy center at UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health is saving the eyesight of a new ...read more
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    Monday, May 23, 2016
    MIAMI & ORLANDO, FL – May 23, 2016 – GrayRobinson announced today the addition of two new associates, Peter Brennan and Tyler Starr . Both join after serving as summer associates for GrayRobinson. Brennan joins GrayRobinson in the Orlando office , focusing his practice in civil commercial litigation, including banking and finance. He received his bachelor of science degree in ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Some of the nation’s top youth tennis players will optimize their performance through sports medicine programs designed by the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Nemours Children’s Health System. The two organizations have come together to be the Official Medical Services Providers for the USTA National Campus, the Home of American ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2016
    New practice to offer comprehensive cancer treatment options to Seminole County residents LAKE MARY, Fla. (May 17, 2016) — Cancer patients living in north Seminole County and the Lake Mary community now have more options available to them for receiving cancer care. UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health has opened a new collaborative cancer center located along Rinehart Road in Lake Mary. ...read more
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    Friday, May 20, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) has been recognized as a Florida Healthy School District at the Bronze level in accordance with the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment. This achievement, developed by the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP), is acknowledged for the period of May 2016 through April 2018. This recognition is awarded to school ...read more
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    Thursday, May 19, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. – Seminole State College of Florida student "Jasmine" Zahra Abdullah Alzayer (center) designed the winning logo for the GFWC Oviedo Woman's Club's 43 rd annual Great Day in the Country Arts and Crafts Festival. Great Day co-chairs Regina Bereswill (left) and Oviedo City Councilmember Cindy Drago (right), a former Seminole State trustee, unveiled the logo and ...read more
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    Thursday, May 19, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (May 18, 2016) – In honor of National Trauma Survivors Day on May 18, Central Florida Regional Hospital hosted an event to celebrate its patients who were given another chance at life. At the event, trauma survivors released more than 400 butterflies to represent each life saved in the hospital’s trauma center this past year. The survivors took turns sharing their ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    More than 3,200 Petitions Signed by Supporters for the McLean Campaign Lake Mary, Fla. (May 18, 2016) – Mike McLean has officially qualified by petition to run for Seminole County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller in the August primary election. Over the past several months, more than 2,500 Seminole County voters signed petitions for McLean to qualify. By qualifying in this manner, ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    Washington, DC – Congressman John L. Mica (R-Sanford) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Orlando Sanford International Airport a $1.1 million grant to assist reconstruction of the airport’s Southwest apron and remarking of the airfield. “As Sanford’s airport continues to grow substantially with international and domestic flights, we must ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) An app created by two students at Crooms Academy of Information Technology, Student Tracker 9000, has been selected as one of the top six winning apps for the 2016 Lenovo Scholar Network National App Development Competition. The app has moved on to the final portion of the competition, Fan Favorite, where the winner will be chosen by the public through online voting. Crooms is ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla . ( May 18, 2016 ) – For the second year in a row, multiple honors students at Seminole State College of Florida were named winners of one of the nation’s most prestigious and lucrative scholarships. Flavio Pacheco and Tatiana Calvo, who both will graduate following the upcoming Summer Term, were awarded the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation Undergraduate Transfer ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    By Michael Preston UCF Forum columnist It was a symbol of excess and waste in 1980s New York City. The massive 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, N.Y., was once the largest garbage dump in the world. And it smelled. Each day as much as 29,000 tons of New York’s garbage rolled across the bay on massive barges and it just stacked on top of each other until there were over 150 ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – May 18, 2016 – GrayRobinson announced today business attorney Gary M. Berkson joins the Orlando office as a shareholder. Berkson focuses his practice on representing business clients ranging in size from large, national corporations to start up and emerging business ventures that are engaged in diverse business activities. He advises clients in all phases of the life ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    Joint Statement between the School Board of Seminole County and the Seminole Education Association, Inc., the Seminole Educational Clerical Association, Inc., the Seminole County Schools Bus Drivers’ Association, Inc., and the Non-Instructional Personnel Dr. Walt Griffin, Superintendent and Sue Carson, SEA President, Curt Rock, and Cristal Cruz UniServ Directors In the spirit of ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    Fidelity Bank is excited to announce that Sommer Brown has been promoted to the Branch Manager of the Lake Mary Branch. Sommer has over 14 years of experience in Retail Banking and Business Development. Sommer received her MBA from the University of Phoenix, and she resides in Longwood, FL with her family. She is active in the Lake Mary community with the Seminole County Regional Chamber of ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    LAKE MARY, Fla. ( May 18, 2016 ) - On May 18, at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the Orlando chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth hosted the 10th annual SMART Awards recognizing growing companies headquartered in Central Florida. Seminole county based Lake Mary Internet Marketing was chosen as the social media partner for the event, adding a live posting element that brought real-time ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (May 17, 2016) – Business students in Central Florida now can earn a master’s degree with a unique, international perspective without leaving home. Through a first-of-its-kind partnership between Seminole State College of Florida and Robert Gordon University (RGU), based in Aberdeen, Scotland, students in Central Florida who have earned a four-year degree can earn a ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    Orlando, Florida – June 2, 2016 Great Impressions will be co-hosting a Summer Promotional Products Showcase with Boston Lobster Feast on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Representatives from some of our top suppliers will be displaying samples of promotional items, giving our customers a chance to see many items that can be ordered with their logos as well as a chance ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    Sanford, FL – May 16, 2016 – Amid the sounds of baseball bats cracking, cheering fans, laughing kids, and an impressive fireworks display, representatives from Seminole County gathered with Wharton-Smith, HKS Architects, CPH Engineers and excited community members to celebrate the grand opening of the Seminole County Sports Complex. The celebration kicked off the USSSA Florida State ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2016
    Orlando, FL (May 16, 2016) -- IBERIABANK , a 129-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce Kelly Gegerson has joined the company as senior vice president, commercial relationship manager for the Central Florida region. Gegerson, who has nearly a decade of financial industry experience, will be responsible for developing new business and expanding relationships within ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2016
    Sanford, FL – May 16, 2016 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, has been selected to redevelop Soldiers Creek Park into a state-of-the-art softball complex designed to attract top-notch regional and national tournaments. The $7.2 million redevelopment is part of the Seminole County’s ongoing efforts to build new sports ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2016
    School Partnerships is thrilled to announce that Tina Phillips has joined our team. Nancy Holman, School Partnerships President, met Tina Phillips with Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA), at the Good Morning Seminole event on May 5 and they instantly bonded. Tina was so impressed with School Partnerships, that she offered to help Nancy in the sales effort, as the deadline for the 2016-17 Seminole ...read more
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    Monday, May 16, 2016
    Seminole County Board of County Commissioners and staff held the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Seminole County Sports Complex in Sanford on Friday, May 13. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held between games for the USSSA State Youth Baseball Tournament, complete with fireworks to conclude the ceremony. David Eckstein, a Sanford native and 2006 World Series MVP, was the keynote speaker ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (May 6, 2016) – Four Seminole State College of Florida honors students have been named to the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team. Based on academic success, leadership skills and community involvement, the students – all members of the College’s Grindle Honors Institute – were invited to represent Pi Lambda, Seminole State’s chapter of ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    ( Sanford, Fla. ) Yesterday (May 10), during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Florida Governor Rick Scott recognized Virginia “Ginny” Brouillard, Assistant Principal of Bear Lake Elementary and 9 other school administrators with the Governor’s Shine Award. The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    Diane is a holistic practitioner specializing in energetic facials, organic and natural skin care products, reiki, AromaTouch® massage as well as practical facials including peels and micro-dermabrasions. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (MA36573) and Directory Certified Xtreme® Lash Stylist. Her Day Spa was voted #1 in Orlando for best FACIALS in 2008 by Orlando City Voters WESH ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    $1.42B donated in FY16 across U.S. to advance commitments to economic opportunity, sustainability and local communities TAMPA, Fla. (May 11, 2016) – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation this week kicked off a Florida statewide giving tour that awarded more than $1.1 million in grants to 26 nonprofits across the state for hunger relief, healthy eating and career opportunity. It’s all ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    2016 Women Build Concludes with More Than $85,000 Raised Altamonte Springs, Fla. (May 11, 2016) – This weekend, the 2016 Women Build ended for Habitat for Humanity Seminole-Apopka as six families moved closer to realizing the dream of home ownership. Throughout the two-week event, 116 volunteers came to the Magnolia Place Townhomes to hang drywall, paint walls and more. The group was lead ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    By Barry Jason Mauer UCF Forum columnist Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor who lost his medical license in 2010, falsely claimed in a 1998 scientific paper published in The Lancet that measles, mumps and rubella vaccines cause autism and Crohn’s disease. His claims, though bogus, were widely reported and led to a decline in vaccination rates and new outbreaks of measles and mumps. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 10, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL (May 10, 2016) – Insight Credit Union announced that it has partnered with the Orlando Predators Arena Football Team as the presenting sponsor for all networking and business-to-business events during the 2016 season. “We are thrilled to partner with the Orlando Predators and look forward to an exciting season cheering on the team,” said George Davis, president and ...read more
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    Monday, May 09, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. [May 9, 2016] — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced Orlando Attorney Benjamin Robinson has been appointed to the discovery committee for Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ). LCJ forges and strengthens alliances among its members to find support in reestablishing and maintaining balance in the civil justice system. Since 2010, LCJ has advocated for amendments to the ...read more
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    Monday, May 09, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John King today announced the selection of David Zuluaga of Sanford, Florida, who attends Oviedo High School in Oviedo, as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Zuluaga is one of 160 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and ...read more
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    Friday, May 06, 2016
    Seminole County, FL - On May 14 th , Seminole County and partnering agencies are hosting a Community Wildfire Preparedness Day at the Little Big Econ State Forest at 1350 Snow Hill Road in Geneva from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. This event is to raise awareness and provide helpful information to prevent brush fires in your community. Partnering agencies will provides guided treasure hikes with ...read more
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    Thursday, May 05, 2016
    The brand new, $27 million, 102-acre Seminole County Sports Complex will celebrate it's grand opening Friday, May 13. The public are welcomed to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The event concludes with a 5-minute fireworks display. Seminole County resident and 2006 MLB World Series MVP David Eckstein will deliver remarks during the ceremony. The USSSA State Youth ...read more
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    Thursday, May 05, 2016
    As we start turning the calendar into summer, your Chamber is heating up with new members! In April, 15 businesses invested in your chamber, bring you new opportunities for business. Welcome them to your Chamber by reaching out to them today! Company Name Primary Representative Displayed Website Chili's Bar and Grill Bryan Greenwood http://www.chilis.com Walmart Monesia Brown ...read more
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    Thursday, May 05, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (May 5, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida awarded nearly 3,000 degrees and certificates, including more than 100 bachelor’s degrees, in the Spring 2016 Collegewide Commencement Tuesday night at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena. In her address, Seminole State President Dr. E. Anne McGee noted significant developments at Seminole State such as ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    Free Event Brings 40+ Food Trucks, Celebrity Judges to Sanford SANFORD, Fla – May 21, 2016 – Seminole Towne Center Mall is bringing the best food trucks in Florida to compete in Food Truck Wars on Saturday, May 21 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. The latest in a series of Food Truck Wars around the state, the competition will also include a kid zone, beer garden and live entertainment with ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 29, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida’s primary diversity advocate was one of 12 recipients of the Florida Diversity Council’s 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award, which recognizes professionals in Central Florida who show through their careers a commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion. Janet Balanoff, who has served for two years as Seminole ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    Roach Family Wellness Integrative Medicine continues to show its support for the community and those in need, this time raising nearly $9,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida at the 2016 Wine, Women and Shoes event! The Roach Family Wellness Executive Marketing Director Chris Sileo volunteered as a Sole Man at this year’s event, which was held at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. – (May 4, 2016) – Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced the addition of associate Andrea Morgan to the Orlando office as a member of the firm’s Public Finance and Capital Projects Practice Group. Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Morgan served as an attorney with a small firm in Jacksonville, where she participated in mediations, drafted legal ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    By Yolanda Hood UCF Forum columnist I have a coloring book and pretty pencils to color with. I know many of you do, as well. But the difference between you and me may be this: I have had an addiction to all things colorful, crafty, stationery, and office supply for my entire life. My office-supply addiction is so insane that people tease me about it. But, I believe that their teasing is simply a ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    TALLAHASSEE, FL – May 4, 2016 – GrayRobinson, P.A. today announced a merger with Capitol Insight, a statewide lobbying firm based in Tallahassee. The merger makes GrayRobinson’s government relations and lobbying practice the largest such practice of any law firm in Florida and one of the largest groups of legislative and executive branch lobbyists in the state. “The ...read more
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    Monday, May 02, 2016
    For Release May 2, 2016 Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction) ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction broke ground May 2 for the upscale Venetian Isles Apartments & Townhomes in Windermere, under its $42 million contract with UNICORP National Developments, Inc., ...read more
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    Monday, May 02, 2016
    For Release May 2, 2016 Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction) ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction broke ground May 2 for the $10 million Brixton Landing Apartments, a new senior living facility located at 442 E. 13th Street in Apopka. Developed by Wendover Housing ...read more
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    Monday, May 02, 2016
    ORLANDO, May 2, 2016 – It’s almost impossible to avoid all the hype about the upcoming Marvel Comics-inspired film – Captain America: Civil War . Hollywood is banking on the legions of loyal – some might say crazy – fans who dress up as their favorite character, attend conventions, flock to YouTube with speculation about comic-inspired movie storylines and buy lots ...read more
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    Monday, May 02, 2016
    As a spin-off of a ten year Central Florida event company, RTS Event Print opened it’s doors at the beginning of 2016. With a background in events, RTS has been able to offer quality screen-printed apparel with a service level that understands the needs of events. “We have been very happy with the immediate growth we have seen in the screen printing business. What we are most ...read more
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    Friday, April 29, 2016
    Mall to offer wine tastings, fashion tips, giveaways and more just in time for Mother’s Day SANFORD, Fla. (April 29, 2016) – Seminole Towne Center , serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, will celebrate the women we love during “Moms Night Out” from 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Moms can enjoy complimentary wine tastings, fashion tips, product ...read more
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    Friday, April 29, 2016
    SANFORD, FL (April 29, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida's new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Health Sciences has received accreditation approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Executive Council of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees approved the degree in a special meeting on Friday morning. "This degree in ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Aerosim Flight Academy is dedicated to the development of future generations of professional pilots. In an effort to further this mission, the Academy will host a “Be A Pilot” Career Expo for aspiring aviators Saturday, May 7 at its Orlando-Sanford Campus. DATE: Saturday, May 7, 2016 TIME: 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. LOCATION: Aerosim Flight Academy – Orlando-Sanford ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public School (SCPS) student, Julie Sparks, a senior at Seminole High School (SHS) won the third annual scholarship in the Carolyn Bistline History Scholarship Competition. Sparks is planning on attending Rollins College with a double major in history and business. This scholarship will be used towards her tuition beginning in the Fall of 2016. During her time ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Grant from The Home Depot Foundation Helps Make Veteran’s Bathroom ADA Accessible SANFORD, Fla . (April 28, 2016) – Students, faculty and alumni from Seminole State College’s interior design, engineering technology and construction programs participated in the Disabled Veteran’s Home Renovation - a service learning project for a disabled student-veteran. The project was ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Today, Duke Energy released its 2015 Sustainability Report . Our latest report describes how Duke Energy is adapting to meet the evolving needs of our customers while maintaining a focus on operational excellence, community service and employee engagement. These approaches are more important than ever as we work to provide affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy to 24 million people ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – April, 2016 – Commercial litigation attorney Marc L. Levine, shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was selected to join the board of the Joe R. Lee branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida provides safe places to learn and grow for over 10,000 children each year. There are 30 clubs in ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – April, 2016 – Employment attorney Deborah L. La Fleur, shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was voted Chair-Elect to the Board of Directors of Leadership Seminole. Her term as Chair-Elect begins July 1, 2016 , and she will serve as Chair to the Board starting June 30, 2017 , for a one-year term. La Fleur graduated from Leadership Seminole Class of ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. ( April 28, 2016 ) – On the ground and in the air, Aerosim Flight Academy summer camp attendees will learn how to turn their aviation dreams into reality as they experience the exhilarating world of flight during two unique programs : NEW: AFA Flying Services Solo Flight Camp “Future pilots age 16 to 18 will have the opportunity to potentially experience a hands-on solo ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    I recently ignored the cardinal rule of parenthood and kept my 2-year-old, Huck, awake during his normal naptime. I knew it was risky, but then, so is suggesting he wear a shirt that isn’t his favorite color orange, so I was willing to take my chances. The reasons for my daring were twofold: First, I had been working almost nonstop for months on the recent UCF Celebrates the Arts festival. ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    Centennial Bank, a Home BancShares Company, is excited to announce that Susan Sherman has joined the Lake Mary Branch as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Sherman has over 15 years of real estate and mortgage experience. Sherman started her real estate career as a realtor a long side her mother, Barbara Sherman, who has been a realtor for over 36 years. “Being a second generation Realtor, has ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    Eaton and Simmons Join Dozens of Other Elected Officials who have endorsed Mike McLean Lake Mary, Fla. (April 27, 2016) – Two former Seminole County Chief Judges are reaching out to Seminole County attorneys to encourage them to support Mike McLean in the race to be the next Seminole County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. Retired Judge O.H. Eaton presided over Seminole County ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 26, 2016
    Group will hold their Grand Opening Cocktail Party celebration on Thursday, May 5 th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Dr. Ibrahim opened Advanced Family Care in DeBary in 2007, a traditional family practice and has now opened his second office in Lake Mary where Dr. Ibrahim and his wife Dina have resided with their two sons since 2009. The new office, close to 5,000 square feet in size, is located at 978 ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 26, 2016
    Longwood, Florida April 20, 2016 - Florida Insurance Planners is a local agency located in Longwood, Florida near Orlando with 25 years of industry experience and customer service. Owner Ken Szezepanek and staff held a ribbon cutting on April 20, 2016 with the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce to celebrate with clients and chamber members. Services at Florida Insurance Planners & ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2016
    Sanford, FL, April 21, 2016 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Interjet announce the start today of scheduled, nonstop, low-fare service between SFB and Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) in Mexico City, Mexico. This flight marks the first scheduled airline service between Mexico and SFB. Interjet plans to use 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft on the route. The ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2016
    Roach Family Wellness does a lot in the community, and now they are spreading out to the biker world. The first bi-annual Roach Run will take place on Saturday, May 21 st with registration starting at 9am. The first 50 registrants will receive a swag bag full of great items. Enjoy cruising around the twisting turns of beautiful, scenic ‘Old Florida’ during this 125 mile ride, ...read more
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    Friday, April 22, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 22, 2016) – Five students earned $5,000 in prize money for their business proposals submitted in the inaugural Seminole Startup business plan competition, sponsored by Seminole State College of Florida’s Center for Business, Legal and Entrepreneurship. The contest, which invited current Seminole State students to create and develop full business plans for ...read more
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    Thursday, April 21, 2016
    Realty Capital Advisors , Broker Associate- Frank Scheraldi, commercial real estate investment specialist, negotiated the $1,330,000 sale of a 10-unit apartment investment in Winter Park. The property is located on Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from Rollins College. The investment with a long history of 100% occupancy provided the investor with stable income and potential upside with under ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    By Rebekah McCloud UCF Forum columnist I was talking recently with one of my students who will graduate in May. He told me about his first year in college and began his reminiscence with: “Back in the day…” He’s 25 and I thought to myself: Back in what day? Back in the day for him was five years ago. Most of his conversation centered on technology. He talked about getting ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    Sanford, FL – April 20, 2016 – More than 200 community members, students, and representatives from Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) gathered on Saturday, April 16, 2016 to commemorate the historic groundbreaking of the new OCPS middle school to be built off Wewahootee Road in the South Orlando community known as Lake Nona. Referred to as Site 52-M-SE-2 Relief Middle School, the ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    Sanford, FL – March 30, 2016 - Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors recently celebrated the completion of the $5 million renovation project for the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program. More than 100 guests gathered, including Congressman John Mica, representatives from the Office of Economic Development ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    Orlando, FL (April 19, 2016) – Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions announced today that it has been named the 2015 Service Provider of the Year by InfiniSys, the multifamily industry’s leader for independent, innovative technology expertise. Infinisys’ Service Provider of the Year award recognizes the top service provider in the nation who has gone above and beyond to ...read more
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    Monday, April 18, 2016
    Awards Honor Central Florida Women For Courage, Confidence and Character ORLANDO, Fla. (April 15, 2016) – The Girl Scouts of Citrus is now accepting nominations for its annual Women of Distinction Awards, honors that pay tribute to women who inspire and lead by their extraordinary contributions as visionaries, innovators and role models. Now in its 19 th year, the Women of Distinction ...read more
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    Monday, April 18, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla . (April 18, 2016) – Today, Seminole State College of Florida unveiled its new marketing campaign, titled “GO”, for the upcoming academic year. The campaign, which includes digital, outdoor, television and radio advertising and more, was created by local creative agency, Say It Loud. Seminole State College believes in the limitless future that beholds its student ...read more
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    Friday, April 15, 2016
    BlackRain Partners has expanded their business consulting services to now include a focus on entrepreneurs and small businesses under 25 employees. "While we remain completely focused on our medium and large sized client organizations, we are beyond thrilled to be able to work with entrepreneurs and small businesses to truly affect their short term growth and long term vison. Since becoming a ...read more
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    Thursday, April 14, 2016
    With construction now underway, Dr. Phillips, Inc. this week will unveil much-anticipated details about its Spring Lake Health and Living Campus on 26 acres in the heart of the Dr. Phillips neighborhood. During a special beam-signing event at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, representatives from Dr. Phillips, Inc. and its project partners will discuss how they are building the future to better serve ...read more
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    Thursday, April 14, 2016
    Sanford, FL, April 14, 2016 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Allegiant announce the start today of scheduled, nonstop, low-fare service to three new markets. Bishop International Airport (FNT) in Flint, Michigan Dayton International Airport (DAY) in Ohio Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Virginia The flights will initially operate two days per week on Thursday and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 14, 2016
    Winter Park, Fla. (April 13, 2016) – The Vose Law Firm will be well represented at the Republican National Convention in July. Partner Al Schwarz, chairman of the Seminole County Republican Executive Committee, was selected last week as a delegate to the convention. Managing partner Wade Vose and Phil Kaprow, another partner at the firm, were chosen as two of three alternate delegates for ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    Sanford, FL (April 12, 2016) - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is thrilled to be the recipient of an Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation GoodWorks gift. The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals International. To celebrate the award, the Foundation launched its GoodWorks initiative, which ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton Therapy offers revolutionary treatment to cancer patients ORLANDO, FL. (April 11, 2016) –Central Florida has a valuable new tool in the fight against cancer. Orlando Health has officially opened The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton Therapy , bringing state-of-the-art cancer treatment options to those battling cancer in ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    By Traci Evison UCF Forum columnist I have the best conversations when I am alone. This can be while I’m driving, brushing my teeth or cooking dinner. I can offer opinions on what I think co-workers should do to advance their careers and I give insightful advice on disciplining children. I’m eloquent in my rationale for who should be appointed the next Supreme Court justice. I’m ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 12, 2016
    ( Sanford, Fla. ) Starting with the 2015 – 2016 school year, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) initiated a program in every kindergarten classroom where students have been introduced to the concept of coding. Every kindergarten student throughout the district is learning about computer programming through 10 introductory lessons in coding, which prepares these students for the future ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 12, 2016
    Sanford, Florida (April 12, 2016) - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is proud to announce that the brown lemurs are turning 33 on Thursday, April 14, 2016 . They are some of the oldest brown lemurs at an Association of Zoos & Aquariums facility. Guests are invited to join the celebration at 3:00 p.m. on April 14 when a special enrichment, prepared for the occasion, is given to ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 12, 2016
    Sanford, FL, April 12, 2016 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) was named No. 1 Readers’ Choice for Family Friendly Airport in the March 2016 issue of Orlando Style Magazine. Orlando Style’s mission is to bring visibility to those who exhibit excellence, integrity, client service and high standards. The No. 1 Readers’ Choice recipients are selected based on ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 11, 2016) – For the second time in as many weeks, a player on the Seminole State College of Florida Raiders softball team has earned top statewide honors – this time for pitching. Morgan Williams, of Callahan, Florida, was recognized as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8/Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Softball ...read more
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    Monday, April 11, 2016
    Maitland, FL – A proposal by U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (FL-7) to install the latest technology to speed up traffic on major Central Florida roadways has gained the approval of every city and county government in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. “With local approval now in place, we can move forward with projects to better manage traffic flow,” Mica said. “Drivers ...read more
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    Friday, April 08, 2016
    Roach Family Wellness Integrative Medicine has added another service to their arsenal: CoolSculpting! CoolSculpting is a safe, non-invasive alternative to liposuction that helps your body naturally eliminate fat. Using sophisticated cooling technology, the CoolSculpting mechanism freezes fat cells in the areas you have specified as needing treatment. Your body then naturally breaks down and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    We are writing this email today because you have been recognized by your customers for giving amazing levels of customer service. Your dedication to uBreakiFix and its customers is truly admirable and very much appreciated by not only the people you've helped but the Support Office especially. We hope these reviews motivate you and your team to continue your great work and serve as a ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    By Michael Bass UCF Forum columnist Since most people are busy acquiring more and more things, it may be past time to start thinking about the question: Do we really need more “stuff”? However, it can’t be too late if “stuff” is defined properly. The word “stuff” in the context of this column is meant to describe all the things we have that we feel the ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 6, 2016) – With less than a month left until the postseason, Seminole State College of Florida’s Raiders softball team has received its first individual statewide honor. Kate Kelly, of Cape Coral, was recognized as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8/Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Softball Player of the Week for ...read more
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    Monday, April 04, 2016
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —Duke Energy Florida customers will begin to see reduced rates during April 2016 billing. The reduction is due to lower projected natural gas prices. The fuel and capacity, or purchased power, cost will drop $5.83 on the typical 1,000-kWh residential customer's monthly bill for a total electric cost of $108.32. "After this price drop, our customers will be ...read more
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    Friday, April 01, 2016
    ORLANDO, April 1, 2016 – A University of Central Florida scientist is playing a critical role in shaping a $317 million U.S. Department of Defense program that could expand the function of clothing to include monitoring our health, sensing the environment and harvesting energy. Ayman Abouraddy, an associate professor at CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, has made the leap from ...read more
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    Friday, April 01, 2016
    SANFORD, FLA. April 1, 2016 -- Flood insurance rates are set to increase for all policyholders today as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) continues its efforts to decrease debt incurred by hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and other flooding disasters in recent history. According to the NFIP, the average premium increase for all policies will be 9%. Individual premium increases will vary based ...read more
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    Friday, April 01, 2016
    Orlando, FL (April 1, 2016) – IBERIABANK , a 129-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, recently donated $10,000 to support Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBC). The donation will be added to a risk management pool that helps youth in foster care obtain vehicle financing. According to the CBC, youth that have been involved in foster care as older teens are less likely than ...read more
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    Thursday, March 31, 2016
    U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call for U.S. Products at Company’s Headquarters ORLANDO, Fla., March 31, 2016 – Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is looking for entrepreneurs to pitch their made in the USA products to the company’s buyers in a daylong event at Walmart’s global headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 28, 2016 . Registration has begun. ...read more
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    Thursday, March 31, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 31, 2016) – The 2015-16 Fine Arts season is winding down, but Seminole State College of Florida’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts has saved some of its best events for last. With old fan-favorites and exciting new productions occurring throughout April and early May, plenty of cultural events still remain to close out the season. Music There are five ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    (March 30, 2016) - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is excited to announce that Elena Lamar has joined the Zoo as Deputy Director of Animal Operations. The Deputy Director of Animal Operations oversees the care of the 500 animals representing 200 species as well as the Living Collections personnel at the Zoo. Ms. Lamar has many years of experience with animals and zoological ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    By William Steiger UCF Forum columnist Florida voters were overwhelmed with political ads on their TVs, computers, mobile devices and phones in advance of the recent Florida primary. The television ads pushed traditional product commercials out of prime-time programming and dominated the commercial breaks. Fortunately, the commercials disappeared as quickly as they started…at least until ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Exceptional Student Support Services (ESSS) will host their Annual Transition Fair on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Winter Springs High School Cafeteria located at 130 Tuskawilla Rd., Winter Springs, FL 32708. Representatives from disability support services, recreational programs, health & wellness, family ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 30, 2016) – Through observation and meticulous study, astronomers have developed a wealth of knowledge about the laws and workings of the cosmos, from how stars and black holes are born to precise measurements of the speed of light. But how exactly did we find the elusive solutions to these difficult problems? This question is the foundation of “How Do We ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (March 29, 2016) – Seminole County EMS/Fire/Rescue (SCFD) was awarded a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for carbon monoxide detectors. On March 31 st , Firehouse Subs representatives as well as members from Seminole County EMS/Fire/Rescue will gather for a presentation and photo opportunity at the Firehouse Subs located at 3587 Lake Emma Road in Lake ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 29, 2016
    In memory of her brother, Dawson’s Run 5K raises awareness for pediatric cancer SANFORD, Fla. (March 29, 2016) – A Seminole State College of Florida student is taking advantage of the business, marketing and project planning techniques she learned to help turn a family tragedy into a source of positive action. Kelsey Creager, who will earn her bachelor’s degree this spring from ...read more
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    Friday, March 25, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (March 24, 2016) — Attorneys from Broad and Cassel’s nationally recognized Health Law Practice Group alongside professionals from some of the nation’s leading health care companies will discuss today’s rapidly changing health care landscape at the second annual Broad and Cassel Orlando Health Care Forum on April 29, 2016 . Now in its second year, the ...read more
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    Thursday, March 24, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) On Thursday, March 17th, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) named its 2017 Teacher of the Year, Mr. Chris Pombonyo of Crystal Lake Elementary School! As part of this prestigious award, Mr. Pombonyo will receive a Teacher of the Year ring from Herff Jones; a Mousecar from Walt Disney World Resort – their version of the Oscar and a Disney Annual Pass; and $1,000 from the ...read more
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    Thursday, March 24, 2016
    Sanford, FL – March 17, 2016 – Whartonâ?Smith, Inc., Central Florida’s largest locally based General Contractor, joined with students, faculty and donors of the University of Central Florida’s Athletic Department to cut the grand opening ribbon on the Wayne Densch Centerfor Studentâ?Athlete Leadership, the new headquarters for studentâ?athlete personal, professional and ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    By Elizabeth Santiago UCF Forum columnist Technology has brought us so much innovation the past few years. We now have the ability to stream movies from our cell phones and contact people across the globe. We can send important messages in a matter of seconds and essentially pack our entire lives into one small device. Our laptops and cell phones have a large influence over our lives, but like ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 23, 2016) – Orange City resident Jim Hughes recently earned the prestigious Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award. Named in honor of the country’s first pilots, the Wright Brothers, the award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 22, 2016
    ORLANDO, March 22, 2016 – The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida ranks among the top five hospitality and hotel management schools in the world, according to CEOWORLD Magazine . Rosen College ranked No. 5 on the magazine’s list of the 50 best hospitality and hotel management schools for 2015. The ranking was based on a global survey of 18,000 ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 22, 2016
    Washington, D.C. –Congressman John L. Mica (FL-07) , chairing a National Oversight Committee Hearing today regarding the heroin epidemic, said “Unfortunately the United States is experiencing a historic epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Today, drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. In 2014, there were 47,055 deaths caused by drug overdoses. This means ...read more
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    Monday, March 21, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 21, 2016) – Utilizing the funds awarded by the City of Sanford and Seminole County as part of the Jobs Growth Incentive (JGI) Agreement of March 2015, Aerosim Flight Academy successfully created and hired for 38 new jobs at its Sanford campus as of December 31, 2015. The Jobs Growth Incentive Fund provides monetary incentives for qualified target industries and ...read more
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    Saturday, March 19, 2016
    PRINCETON, NJ (March 18, 2016) – WithumSmith+Brown, PC (“Withum”), Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, has announced the recent addition of three new members to its newly expanded Management Consulting Services. Joseph Riccie, CPA; Meghan Watson; and Walter Merkas focus on helping clients align overall business strategy and objectives to propel their organizations to ...read more
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    Thursday, March 17, 2016
    Central Florida Swimming Pool Maintenance And Repair Company Promotes Pool And Spa Safety Probity Pools headquartered in Longwood, Florida has partnered with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to educate consumers about pool and spa safety through the Pool Safely campaign. According to the Pool Safely website, the campaign is “a call-to-action for consumers and industry leaders to ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    By Michael Preston UCF Forum columnist Welcome to March Madness! Sixty-eight college basketball teams are vying for their ultimate prize: a national championship. These teams will struggle to score against fierce defenses, try to maneuver for the perfect shot, and hopefully draw a foul and a chance for an “and one” scoring possibility. “And one” refers to the free throw ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    ORLANDO, March 16, 2016 – Twenty UCF programs were ranked today among the top 100 in their fields by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Graduate Schools 2017 guidebook. The survey reviewed more than 800 public and private institutions with graduate schools. Repeating from last year, the Counselor Education program earned UCF’s highest ranking, moving up a notch to No. 9 ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    ( LAKE MARY, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is excited to announce the SCPS Internship Expo, which is expected to draw freshman, sophomores and juniors interested in securing one of the 100 internship positions that will be offered by over 50 employers. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at The Westin Lake Mary (2974 International ...read more
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    Monday, March 14, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. (March 14, 2016) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced Emery H. Rosenbluth Jr. is the recipient of the 2016 William B. Trickel, Jr. Professionalism Award. Recipients of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Professionalism Awards represent the best in practice, service, professionalism, ethical conduct, demeanor and high moral standards in the legal ...read more
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    Monday, March 14, 2016
    Maitland, Fla. – Congressman John L. Mica (FL-07) called on residents everywhere to protect themselves with a significant increase in scams where callers pretend to be IRS agents demanding money or personal information. “Across Central Florida, many, many people, even those sophisticated in finances, are falling victim to these scams,” Rep. Mica said . “The scammers call ...read more
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    Thursday, March 10, 2016
    Orlando, Fla. March 10, 2016 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida recently received $100,000 from Walt Disney World Resort through Disney Grants. With the funds, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida will be able to enhance arts programming at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse in Pine Hills and technology programming at the Tupperware Brands Boys & Girls Club in Kissimmee. ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 09, 2016
    By Barry Jason Mauer UCF Forum columnist Censorship is not all bad! Free-speech idealists argue that the solution to bad speech (misinformation, lies, abusive language, etc.) is not censorship but more speech. But bad speech can, and often does, drown out the good. A classic form of bad speech is hate speech. Jeremy Waldron, a law professor at the New York University School of Law, describes it ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 09, 2016
    An 8 th Anniversary Open House will be held on Friday, March 11 th starting at 8:30a.m.at the corporate offices of Creating Divine Order, 222 Wilshire Blvd, Casselberry 32707. Lunch will be served from 1:00p.m.to 4:00p.m. A Wine Tasting and Cheese Party will be held from 5 to 7p.m. Tasting Kits will be available for purchase; 10 percent of proceeds will go towards Move for Hunger, the national ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 09, 2016
    Maitland, Fla. –After passing his bill with a record-setting pace, Congressman John L. Mica (FL-07) held a ceremony transferring the vacant 120-bed nursing center at the Lake Baldwin VA medical complex from the federal government to the State of Florida. The transfer from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) will ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 08, 2016
    ORLANDO, March 8, 2016 -- The University of Central Florida Research Foundation has established an institute to assist in securing large collaborative research projects and enhance the university’s interdisciplinary work and growing partnerships. The UCF Applied Research Institute will help the university coordinate multidisciplinary responses to major projects and strengthen research ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 08, 2016
    The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton Therapy honors generosity of the Williams Family DOWNLOAD LINK to b-roll and sound: http://we.tl/Sr6ndtt2HJ Photos: Exterior: The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton Therapy along Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida. Interior: Captions: Leonard Williams and family j oin with Orlando Health to unveil the name of the first proton ...read more
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    Monday, March 07, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) has received word that several of our magnet schools will be recognized by Magnet Schools of America in May at the national conference in Miami. Below are the categories and the recipients. Magnet School of Excellence -This award is given to only a select number of magnet schools that have demonstrated the highest level of excellence in all ...read more
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    Monday, March 07, 2016
    Contact: Kenneth H. Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction) A LTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla . (March 7, 2016) – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction, one of Florida’s largest construction companies, launched its new website at www.rbkennedy.com , announced Roger B. Kennedy, Jr., President. Kennedy added, ...read more
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    Friday, March 04, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 3, 2016) – The art of Grady Kimsey, one of the founding fathers and most influential members of Seminole State College’s Fine Arts Department, and several of his former students will be on display in two local galleries through April 2 . The exhibits are part of a yearlong celebration of local artists over the last half-century called “Art Legends of Orange ...read more
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    Friday, March 04, 2016
    JACKSONVILLE, FLA (March 4, 2016)—Chad Ourso, agency owner, Brightway, The Ourso Agency, has been named the Scholarship Campaign Chair for Orlando’s Downtown YMCA. The YMCA Scholarship program provides financial assistance to those who cannot afford membership. Ourso is responsible for promoting the program to raise scholarship money that helps to make the “Y” and its ...read more
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    Thursday, March 03, 2016
    (SANFORD, Fla.) The Seminole High School (SHS) Business Professionals of America (BPA) is seeking local community and business support to assist financing their trip to Nationals by making a tax-deductible donation. After qualifying at Regional and State competitions in their very first year of existence as a chapter, they now have set their sites for a successful run at Nationals. Their goal is ...read more
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    Thursday, March 03, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla . (March 3, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida has earned the 2016 Work-Life Seal of Distinction Award from WorldatWork. This award recognizes organizations who are leading the change in today’s global workplace by creating and implementing successful work-life programs and policies. “We’re honored to have been selected for the Seal of ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2016
    By Yolanda Hood UCF Forum columnist There are people who I am thankful for in the trajectory of my “success” in life, especially my family and my elementary school librarian, Mrs. Walker. I was Mrs. Walker’s student assistant in third and fourth grades. I ran basic errands for her and alphabetized the checkout cards. But mostly I read books. And she encouraged me to read ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. [March 2, 2016] — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida has invited Orlando Partner Nicolette Vilmos to participate on its newly formed Business Court Commission. The commission is tasked with reviewing existing practices in Business Court and recommending improvements. Vilmos joins a few select attorneys from a cross-section ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2016
    Orlando, FL (February 29, 2016) Whole Foods Market stores across Florida are hosting a virtual 10K to raise money for the Whole Planet Foundation. One of three not-for-profit organizations founded by Whole Foods Market, the Whole Planet Foundation focuses on alleviating global poverty by providing microcredit in communities that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products. Their focus is on ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 02, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 2, 2016) – The Nursing Program at Seminole State College of Florida is celebrating continued success, as its graduates have achieved a near-perfect pass rate on their licensure exams. The 206 Seminole State 2015 Registered Nursing (RN) graduates earned a 96 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), according to results released ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    Longwood-based pool care company will host pool safety seminar Probity Pools, a Central Florida pool and spa maintenance company, will host both a seminar and booth at Orlando’s annual Home and Garden Show at the Orange County Convention Center from Friday March 4, 2016 through Sunday March 6, 2016. Convention attendees participating in Probity Pools’ safety seminar will learn steps ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    Dr. Phillips Charities today made the largest private gift to UCF Downtown, investing $3 million in the campus project. The gift will help fund construction of a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of the UCF Downtown campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. Dr. Phillips’ gift comes just one day before university leaders will present plans for the campus ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 1, 2016) – Committed to making the dreams of its aviation students a reality, Aerosim Flight Academy recently announced its new Women Aviators Scholarship program which is designed to offer assistance to deserving women with the potential to make a positive impact on the aviation industry based on their demonstrated talent, passion and skills. “Through the Aerosim ...read more
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    Monday, February 29, 2016
    Local early learning program receives a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation Longwood-Lake Mary, FL (Grassroots Newswire ) Feb. 26, 2016 — Kiddie Academy of Longwood-Lake Mary recently received national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The recent accreditation makes the Kiddie Academy of ...read more
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    Monday, February 29, 2016
    Verizon is being recognized for its commitment to green energy and technology. The company’s Finance Center building in Lake Mary, Fla., has won the LEED Core and Shell Project of the Year and the LEED Commercial Interior Project of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council for the Central Florida Region. John Vazquez, senior vice president of global real estate at Verizon, said the award ...read more
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    Friday, February 26, 2016
    Roach Family Wellness Integrative Medicine and Fuel Athletics are happy to announce their recent partnership, making Roach Family Wellness the Official Chiropractor of Fuel Athletics! Dr. Erik Roach and his team believe in creating a healthier community through natural healing, including Chiropractic Rehabilitation, Medical Services, Nutrition, Massage, and much more. Fuel Athletics shares this ...read more
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    Friday, February 26, 2016
    Winter Park, FL (January 7, 2015) – Florida Hospital for Children, Kids Urgent Care is opening a second, pediatric-focused urgent care center in Central Florida. Located in Lake Mary on the corner of Lake Mary Boulevard and Country Club Road, the all-new facility will be nearly identical to Kids Urgent Care’s first location in Winter Park. The new center will operate after-hours and ...read more
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    Friday, February 26, 2016
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative John L. Mica (FL-7) who chaired a congressional investigative hearing today said, “It was shocking to learn that taxpayers have been picking up the tab for outrageous multi-million-dollar wasteful spending on the purchase and lease of vehicles used by federal agencies.” The federal government spends nearly $4.5 billion annually on purchase, ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – Attorney Jason W. Searl, shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was elected to the Central Florida Partnership (CFP) Board of Directors for a one-year term. The CFP serves Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia Counties. It was created to anticipate the complexities of global markets, growth and collaboration, with the goal of ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    By Heather Gibson UCF Forum columnist When I gave the Theatre UCF students 30 days to teach me how to perform a karaoke song, I didn’t realize I was also handing over my dignity. In retrospect, it was a ridiculous idea, but I have no one to blame for it except myself. I thought it would make a neat publicity project for the School of Performing Arts: In our audition process, all students ...read more
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    Monday, February 22, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (February 22, 2016) – Cirrus Aircraft® certified AFA Flying Services, a division of Aerosim Flight Academy, as a Cirrus Authorized Service Center (ASC). As the only ASC in Central Florida, AFA Flying Services and Aerosim Flight Academy meet the requirements and understand the obligations of a Cirrus Authorized Service Center for the Cirrus SR series aircraft. AFA Flying ...read more
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    Monday, February 22, 2016
    ORLANDO — Attentive commuters may have already noticed the Reed Nissan “Cookie Express,” which has been on the road since February 5. Thanks to the generous support of Reed Nissan, the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council staff are now able to transport cases of cookie inventory and other supporting materials to cookie sellers near and far. The colorful van is turning heads and ...read more
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    Friday, February 19, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – Representatives from Bryant Heating and Cooling announced today that Kristy Moist, owner/operator of Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning, has been selected to join the 2016 Bryant® Women in HVAC group. This elite group is comprised of only 92 members who have been chosen from across the United States. Bryant® Women in HVAC meet semi-annually and provide the ...read more
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    Friday, February 19, 2016
    Lake Mary, FL (February 19, 2016) – IBERIABANK , a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, will host a community shred event on Saturday , March 19, 2016 from 8:30 AM to Noon at the IBERIABANK branch located at 7090 County Road 46A in Lake Mary. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents ...read more
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    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Central Florida Swimming Pool Maintenance and Repair Company Serving New Territories February 18, 2016: Longwood, FL – Since 2006, Probity Pools has been providing top-tier maintenance and repair service for in-ground residential pools and spas across metro Orlando. “Seminole County is our original home base, and we’ve enjoyed great success in Lake Mary, Longwood, and ...read more
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    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Lake Mary, Fla. (February 18, 2015) – This past weekend, a group of volunteers spent their Saturday morning talking to voters in Longwood about why Mike McLean should be the next Seminole County Clerk of the Courts. During the morning, more than 800 voters were reached by 20 volunteers, including a few children. Dozens of households pledged their support for McLean in the upcoming ...read more
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    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    (Sanford, Fla.) February 18, 2016 – As part of their mission to help people and communities achieve better health, Florida Blue has donated $25,000 to support Great Start…Pathways to Success. Research suggests 90% of the core brain structure is formed within the first five years of life. Recognizing the importance of child development during these years, Seminole County Public ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. [Feb. 17, 2016] — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced Orlando Partner Nicolette Vilmos has been elected to the board for International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) Florida Network, the premier advocacy group for women in insolvency and restructuring professions. IWIRC connects professional women and offers guidance for ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    By Rich Sloane UCF Forum columnist In the manner of Socrates, a wise man on campus recently posed the question: “What removes youth? Is it time? Or is it apathy and cynicism? Other?" The question caught my interest since, at age 72, I’ve yet to lose my youth. Implied in the question is the thinking that sooner or later everyone loses their youth. As George Gershwin wrote for ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) students from Seminole High, Hagerty High, and Sanford Middle School came in 1 st Place in the Florida FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition on Saturday, February 13, 2016. These students combined their talents with other students from across Central Florida to create Team 7477, also known as Super 7. There are a total of 11 students on the ...read more
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    Sunday, February 14, 2016
    Orlando, Fla. (2/14/16) – Ric Cieslak, president of RJC & Company, a boutique business management company, was honored at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida annual dinner as the Board Member of the Year for 2015. Over the past year, Cieslak was instrumental in many of the organization’s successful initiatives. For instance, Cieslak was: Chairman of the Faces of the Future ...read more
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    Friday, February 12, 2016
    OVIEDO, FL, February 12, 2016 -- Oviedo Medical Center completed a construction milestone on Friday, February 12, celebrating its “topping out” ceremony by placing the final beam on top of the 198,000-square-foot structure. “Topping out” is a traditional Scandinavian rite of placing a tree on top of the highest point of a new building to appease tree-dwelling spirits ...read more
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    Friday, February 12, 2016
    One Stop Cooling and Heating LLC is proud to announce that our One Stop TV Commercial has won an Emmy for Local Area Television Commercial Production. The One Stop Bear was quoted as saying; “I remember it like it was yesterday. There I was, sitting at the 2015 Suncoast Emmy Awards surrounded by all of the big players in Television. I was a little uncomfortable in my tux, but wife sure ...read more
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    Friday, February 12, 2016
    ORLANDO – Feb. 12, 2016 – International law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. has elevated to Shareholder two attorneys in the Orlando office: Joshua R. Brown and Camille M. Evans . Brown, a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group and eDiscovery Practice Group at the firm’s Orlando office, is a patent attorney and Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by ...read more
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    Friday, February 12, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is excited to announce that school grades for the 2014-2015 school year were released today from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Once again, SCPS remains an “A”-rated district. Please see attached summary for a listing of schools and their grades. “We’re proud and appreciative of our teachers for sticking ...read more
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    Friday, February 12, 2016
    [SANFORD, FLORIDA] – –February 4 th , 2016 celebrated the inaugural event of The Victory Cup Initiative in Winter Park. Ten Florida nonprofits took to the stage in a storytelling competition and were tasked to share their message in less than three minutes to an audience of hundreds of Central Florida business and nonprofit leaders. The audience then voted on first, second and third ...read more
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    Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Chamber members receive an extra $2 discount by using the code word chamber . This weekend is the last opportunity for you to save on registration for the Shamrock N Run 5k on March 5. For the past four years, the race, which benefits Hope Helps, has raised thousands of dollars for Seminole County families in crisis as nearly 500 people run through a beautiful Oviedo neighborhood. Tomorrow ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – February 10, 2016 – Four attorneys joined GrayRobinson in the firm’s Orlando law firm office. Robert L. Harding joins as a shareholder, Nora H. Miller and Rouselle A. “Bo” Sutton, III as of counsel, and Jonathan C. Squires as an associate. The four attorneys will add to GrayRobinson’s Real Estate , Construction , Corporat e and Health Care practice ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. ( Feb. 10, 2016 ) – Continuing the Lions’ tradition of fostering young talent, Orlando City SC welcomes Seminole State College of Florida as the Official and Exclusive College and University Education Partner of Orlando City SC and Orlando City Youth Soccer. The multifaceted partnership further demonstrates Orlando City’s commitment to Seminole County, as both ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    Porte Noire- a Salon Collective has opened its third location, with the Heathrow location joining other sites in Winter Park and Dr. Phillips. To introduce this new concept to Lake Mary, the location will hold an open house and ribbon cutting on February 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Heathrow location opened on February 1 at Heathrow at Central Parc, 920 International Parkway, Ste. 1040 Porte ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service ORLANDO, FL – Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015 & 2014. ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla . – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction broke ground February 1 for the $4 million seventh phase of Regal Oaks Resort vacation club for which Kennedy has constructed all prior phases totaling $33 million. Located adjacent to Kissimmee’s Old Town attraction, the resort is a development of CLC Regal Oaks, LLC , and was designed by Charlan ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 09, 2016
    Washington, DC – Congressman John L. Mica’s (FL-07) bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives today to transfer the vacant 120 bed nursing center at the Lake Baldwin VA medical complex from the federal government to the State of Florida. The transfer from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) will expedite the ...read more
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    Friday, February 05, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (February 5, 2016) – Aerosim Flight Academy , an accredited global flight school, has earned the prestigious Federal Aviation Administration Diamond Award of Excellence which honors organizations that employ safe, proficient mechanics or technicians. Created in 1991, the FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician award program represents the highest honor for maintenance training and ...read more
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    Friday, February 05, 2016
    (SANFORD, Fla.) February 5, 2016 – The Foundation for SCPS would like to thank the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for their support of two Foundation supported programs. With a major focus on prevention, The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office announced it will donate $45,000 to Take Stock in Children and The Midway Safe Harbor Community Center. Take Stock in Children is a college ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2016
    Gould family donates $4.1 million gift of land and building space SANFORD, Fla . (Feb. 4, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida has received its largest single gift in the history of the college from the Gould family. Approximately 10 acres of land and 80,000 square feet of building space, valued at $4.1 million, has been gifted to the Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2016
    On Thursday, March 17, 2016, the Westin Lake Mary will open its doors for the 2017 Teacher of the Year Celebration (TOY) at 5:30 p.m. presented by CFE Federal Credit Union, the event will celebrate and honor all 63 Seminole County Public School (SCPS) Teachers of The Year. But, only one will be named the 2017 district-wide TOY, and go on to represent SCPS at the State of Florida’s TOY. ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2016
    What a way to start the New Year! 2016 started off with an astounding 25 new companies choosing to invest in and join the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce. Please help welcome all these wonderful new members to the chamber! BankUnited Tim Ricke i/o Trak Springhill Suites by Marriot Altamonte Springs I & A Cleaning Services LLC Orlando Fun Face Inc. Courtyard Orlando Lake Mary/North - ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 03, 2016
    By Michael Bass UCF Forum columnist Many people have written on the fear of failure. In many places it goes under the heading “fear of losing face.” I have visited several major laboratories and universities in Japan and China and come away with an uncanny feeling that in many instances they are held back by this fear. Just one example will serve to show you what I mean. In late ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 03, 2016
    Seminole County EMS/Fire/Rescue's next Citizens Fire Academy begins March 2, 2016 . The nine week course will provide both hands-on and classroom activities to give participants a first-hand look of the training and skills the Seminole County EMS/Fire/Rescue Division needs to respond to our citizens' emergencies every day. The target audience is all Seminole County residents. The nine ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 03, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – Attorney J. Darin Stewart, shareholder in GrayRobinson's Orlando law firm office, was awarded an “AV Preeminent” rating signifying the highest accolade an attorney can receive for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. The Martindale-Hubbell ® Peer Review Ratings enable members of the legal ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 02, 2016
    ORLANDO, Feb. 2, 2016 – Free filmmaking workshops and an evening of student films are all part of a UCF-sponsored Education Day at the Feb. 11-14 Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford. Education Day, sponsored Feb. 11 by UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities, will kick off the festival activities at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, where 61 short films from 17 countries ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2016
    Seminole County’s Office of Emergency Management begins their annual Special Needs registration campaign today , February 1. Centered around Valentine’s Day, the campaign encourages anyone with a loved one who has medical needs or a disability to register them to receive additional services during times of disaster. Services provided by the County include additional medical staff, ...read more
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    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Duke Energy Florida has named Elisha González as government and community relations manager serving the company’s east coast operating area encompassing Seminole, Volusia, Flagler and Brevard counties. González will be responsible for fostering relationships and building partnerships in these communities and serve as Duke Energy’s principal contact for local governments, ...read more
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    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Groundbreaking ceremony for the $24M project set for April SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2016) – The Seminole State College of Florida District Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 25, unanimously approved the conceptual design for a new Student Services Center at the College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The design concept, which was presented by project architect Song + Associates Inc., shows a ...read more
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    Friday, January 29, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla . (Jan. 29, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida received the Corporate Champion of Change Award today from The Beacon Network Inc. at the 2016 Champions of Change Luncheon. The award recognizes an organization that actively fosters and encourages diversity and inclusion in the conduct of its business practices. In addition, the award acknowledges Seminole State College ...read more
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    Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Orlando, FL (January 28, 2016) – IBERIABANK , a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce that Ben Lalikos has joined the company as senior vice president, commercial banking relationship manager for the Central Florida market. Lalikos has over a decade of banking experience most recently serving as a vice president, commercial relationship manager with CNL ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – Attorney Christopher L. Carmody, Jr., shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was re-appointed to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) by Florida Governor Rick Scott for the term January 25, 2016 –July 1, 2019. The Ninth JNC nominates judges for the county and circuit courts, and present them to the governor for his selection. ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    By William Steiger UCF Forum columnist Online advertising flooded into my computer and phone during the holiday-selling season: banner ads, email advertising including spam, Facebook ads, sponsored tweets, rich-media ads, pop-ups and pop-unders, and my personal favorite: pre-video ads that slow me down when I’m checking out the sports highlights from the previous night. As a sales guy, I ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    ORLANDO, Jan. 27, 2016 – UCF Celebrates the Arts 2016 – a free festival of music, performances and visual displays – combines an abundance of arts and talent that would weigh down an actual marquee. The festival, which is all open to the public, will reprise its second season April 8-16 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando with an extended ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) has chosen its 2017 Teacher of the Year Finalists and they are Chris Pombonyo (Crystal Lake Elementary), Leslie Antmann (Markham Woods Middle) and Ashley Barnette (Lake Mary High). These passionate teachers have been recognized by their schools for bringing something unique to each of their classrooms. Chris Pombonyo , a published author ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2016) – Following a historic 2014-15 season, Raiders Athletics hits high gear during the Spring Term with all three teams returning to action. Seminole State College of Florida’s baseball and softball teams hit the diamond this weekend for their season openers, and the defending national champion Raiders women’s golf team looks to continue its run of ...read more
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    Monday, January 25, 2016
    Aerosim Flight Academy is dedicated to the development of future generations of professional pilots. In an effort to further this mission, the Academy will host a High School Senior Aviator Expo. Expo admission is free, however registration is required. DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2016 TIME: Session One: 11 a.m. and Session Two: 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: Aerosim Flight Academy: 2700 Flightline ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 19, 2016
    Heathrow Women’s Club Charities, Inc. and GEICO will be hosting a Charity Gala on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL. The theme of the evening’s festivities is “That’s Amore” featuring the “Back to the Dean Martin Show” by Tribute Artist Felix J. Deneau, Jr. In addition, guests ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 19, 2016
    Seminole County, Fla. – In response to inquiries by affected parties, Seminole County and representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are currently reviewing the requirement to secure refuse and other bear attractants within the portion of the West Seminole County Urban Bear Management Area (WSCUBMA) that is located east of Interstate 4 (I-4). While this ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2016
    ORLANDO, Jan. 14, 2016 – UCF’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Club, also known as Hack@UCF, was crowned champion for best overall performance in 2015 for a second consecutive year. The team was awarded the Collegiate Cybersecurity Championship Cup because it had the best record among universities in cybersecurity competitions during the academic year. Thomas Nedorost, the team’s ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2016
    As HNTB experiences strong growth in Florida, four professionals earn new officer titles LAKE MARY, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2016) – HNTB Corporation’s Lake Mary, Florida, office announced four promotions: George Gilhooley , PE, Central Florida office leader and vice president, was promoted to senior vice president. Tim Garrett , PE, PMP, associate vice president and toll systems program ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 13, 2016
    Center to be part of the innovative Downtown PS8 school in collaboration with the Rosen Foundation, UCF and Valencia College January 13, 2016 – At last night's Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) school board meeting, the final agreement to build a new Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida facility was completed. When complete in 2017, the new Club will more than triple the number ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    ORLANDO, Jan. 12, 2016 – UCF is partnering with LinkedIn to introduce a new job-search app that is focused on students and others about to enter the workforce. To launch the app, LinkedIn also is partnering with Arizona State University and San Jose State University for the pilot program. The app will guide students through the job-search process that includes some UCF-provided ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    Washington - U.S. Rep. John L Mica (FL-7) has announced that his special guest for the State of the Union Joint Session of Congress will be both an American hero and a victim of gun violence. Attending the President’s address to Congress at Mr. Mica’s invitation will be a Tulane Medical student from Mr. Mica’s congressional district. The young man, on his way home from a hospital ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    ORLANDO, Jan. 12, 2016 – Online programs at the University of Central Florida were ranked today by U.S. News & World Report as among some of the best in the nation. In the publication’s 2016 listing, the university’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked No. 20, a jump from No. 50 last year. The university’s online graduate criminal justice program, which was ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    SANFORD, FL—Vinay Srivastava, M.D. has been named 2016 Chief of Staff at Central Florida Regional Hospital. Kurt Bowman, M.D. will serve as Vice Chief of Staff while Alfred Rodriguez, M.D. serves as Secretary/Treasurer. The remaining members of the 2016 Medical Executive Committee are as follows: Immediate Past Chief of Staff Lawrence Vallario, M.D. Chief Executive Officer Wendy Brandon ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    SANFORD, FL —Stephen M. Reed, M.D. has been named 2016 Chairman of the Board at Central Florida Regional Hospital. David A. Gierach will serve as Vice Chief of Staff while Wendy H. Brandon serves as Secretary/Treasurer. The remaining members of the 2016 Board of Trustees are as follows: Kalyani Gaddipati, M.D. Chief Cecil E. Smith Neeraj Sharma, M.D. Vinay C. Srivastava, M.D. Yolanda Clark ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World LONGWOOD, USA January 12, 2016 – Prestige Kitchen & Bath of 389 East State Road 434, Longwood, FL has won “Best Of Houzz 2016 – Client Satisfaction” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Prestige ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2016
    ORLANDO, Jan. 11, 2016 – UCF will launch its first Coding Boot Camp this month, designed to teach students the skills they need for careers in “full-stack” web development, covering both front- and back-end technologies. The 24-week UCF Coding Boot Camp will teach the most highly sought-after web development skills, including Javascript and Node.js, HTML, CSS, jQuery, and PHP. ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2016
    New practice offers comprehensive cancer treatment options to Lake County CLERMONT, Fla. (January 11, 2016) — South Lake Hospital , in affiliation with Orlando Health , has added a new collaborative cancer center to its growing medical campus. The new center, which will provide radiation oncology services, will be managed by UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health and Integrated Oncology ...read more
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    Monday, January 11, 2016
    WHO/WHAT: Whole Foods Market, the leading natural and organic food retailer, will ring in the New Year with the inauguration of the long-awaited Altamonte Springs store on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – becoming Orlando’s third location. The 40,000-square-foot store, located in the Renaissance Centre at 305 East Altamonte Drive, joins its Central Florida sister locations in Winter ...read more
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    Thursday, January 07, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2016) – After a national search, Paul Carland has been named general counsel at Seminole State College of Florida. Carland, who is a member of the College's Executive Team, will provide legal opinions and advice, and guide the Seminole State community on the development, refinement, review and recommendation of College policies and procedures. Carland also will ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 06, 2016
    By Michael Preston UCF Forum columnist Welcome to 2016! It is a new year and, of course, a new you. Many of us have taken the rollover of the calendar as a chance to make changes and reaffirm commitments. Usually these decisions take the form of the New Year’s resolution. We are great at making promises, but unfortunately are lousy at keeping them. Likely you are one of those who have made ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 06, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – January 6, 2016 – Attorney Christopher Dawson, associate in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was nominated to serve on the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) for the 2016 – 2017 term. YPAC provides the Central Florida Partnership Board of Directors with consistent and thoughtful input from a younger generation. Capitalizing on the momentum of ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2016
    Lake Mary, Fla. (January 5, 2016) – CFE Federal Credit Union announced its commitment to UCF Downtown on Monday, becoming the second community partner to pledge $1.5 million toward the project. The credit union’s gift will help fund construction of the new academic building that will be the centerpiece of a new campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2016
    ~ 2015 data increase represents statewide 12-year high ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla., January 5, 2016 – Graduation rates for the class of 2015 resulted in Florida achieving a 12-year high, according to data released today by the Florida Department of Education. Florida’s statewide graduation rate climbed to 77.8 percent, an increase of more than 18 percentage points since 2003-04 and 1.7 ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2016
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is excited to announce the 2017 Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists: Elementary: Bentley Elementary - Sandy Fink Crysltal Lake Elementary - Chris Pombonyo Lawton Elementary - Teresa Starbuck Sabal Point Elementary - Jason Fox Stenstrom Elementary - Jennifer Simmons Wilson Elementary - Shannon Roney Middle: Chiles Middle - Jennifer Capp ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 5, 2016 — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced Keith Durkin has been named a partner in the firm’s Orlando office, effective Jan. 1. Durkin is a member of the firm’s robust and growing Estate Planning and Trusts Practice Group. He joined the office as an associate in 2008, and since that time has represented clients in a wide range of ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2016
    (Orlando, FL) Effective December 31, 2015, Averett Warmus Durkee, P.A. (AWD), a $15 million Central Florida certified public accounting firm, combined its practice with WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum), a regional CPA and consulting firm with 12 offices, 550 staff members and annual revenue of $115M, ranking in the top 30 firms in the country. All of AWD’s 100 partners and staff will join ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2016
    Sign up for the Citizens Academy Join the City of Sanford Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings February 17 – April 20, 2016 , 6:00 pm-8:00 pm . We are accepting applications now. You do not have to be a Sanford resident to join and there is no fee. The 10-week Academy is a great opportunity for you to learn about local government through ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2016
    Applications Accepted Through April 11, 2016 SANFORD, Fla. (January 4, 2016) – Aerosim Flight Academy is dedicated to the encouragement and development of future generations of professional pilots. In an effort to further this mission, Aerosim Flight Academy announces the High School Senior Merit Scholarship program. This program is designed to offer financial assistance to qualified ...read more
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    Monday, January 04, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL – January 4, 2016 – Attorney Richard L. Barry, shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, has been invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). The IADC is an invitation-only association for lawyers and insurance executives who represent corporate and insurance interests around the world. Nominees are vetted by the IADC ...read more
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    Thursday, December 31, 2015
    Seminole County Animal Services Helped Home 300 Shelter Pets in December Seminole County, Fla. – Seminole County Animal Services will close 2015 with a record-breaking month for pet adoptions, helping over 300 pets find forever homes between December 1 and December 30, shattering the previous record for total adoptions in a single month- 248 adoptions, which occurred in December 2014. On ...read more
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    Thursday, December 31, 2015
    Donation a Culmination of Strong Local Partnership Orlando, Fla. (12/30/15) – For the second consecutive year, Buffalo Wild Wings is donating $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida as part of the events leading up to the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The check presentation was December 30, at ‘Day for Kids’, an event where local kids have opportunities to ...read more
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    Thursday, December 31, 2015
    Seminole County Animal Services Helped Home 300 Shelter Pets in December For Immediate Release – December 31, 2015 Seminole County, Fla. – Seminole County Animal Services will close 2015 with a record-breaking month for pet adoptions, helping over 300 pets find forever homes between December 1 and December 30, shattering the previous record for total adoptions in a single month- 248 ...read more
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    Thursday, December 31, 2015
    The Grove Appoints New CEO Longwood, Fla.—December 15, 2015—The Grove today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Maria Chiantello as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Maria previously held the positon of Director of Corporate Compliance and Special Programs and has been serving as the Interim CEO to much acclaim since October. “The Grove has a number ...read more
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    Monday, December 28, 2015
    Dec. 28, 2015 . SANFORD, FLA. – Emergency management officials in Seminole County and throughout Central Florida are closely watching the tornado and severe weather events in Texas and throughout the Midwest. Many are concerned this may be a sign of things to come. The historic El Nino weather pattern has caused officials to think the scenes currently showing on television may be in the ...read more
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    Monday, December 28, 2015
    ORLANDO, FL – December 28, 2015 – Attorney Heather M. Ramos , shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was awarded an “AV Preeminent” rating signifying the highest accolade an attorney can receive for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. The Martindale-Hubbell ® Peer Review Ratings ...read more
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    Monday, December 28, 2015
    Each fiscal quarter, DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of every federally insured credit union in the United States – more than 6,200 total. Each institution is graded on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan to reserve ratios, in order to determine a comprehensive health rating. For its financial standing through the end of Q3 2015, CFE ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 23, 2015
    Washington, DC – – Representative John L. Mica (FL-07) today called on Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx to implement private-sector passenger rail competition provisions included in the recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Rep. Mica said “I intend to do everything possible to ensure that the Obama Administration ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 23, 2015
    ORLANDO, Dec. 23, 2015 – UCF has landed a grant worth almost $500,000 from a special fund set up by federal agencies after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program awarded biology assistant professor Kate Mansfield and her team a $494,000 grant to study how environmental factors impact sea turtles in the Gulf of ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2015
    ORLANDO, Dec. 21, 2015 – The Orlando Magic are the first to answer UCF President John C. Hitt’s call for philanthropic gifts to help secure a new downtown campus. The Magic have pledged $1.5 million toward a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of a new campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. “A strong, vibrant, dynamic downtown is paramount ...read more
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    Monday, December 21, 2015
    ORLANDO, FL – December 21, 2015 – Attorney John M. “Jack” Brennan, Jr., associate in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was elected to the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association’s (CFBLA) Board of Directors to serve a three year term beginning in 2016. CFBLA is a non-profit organization that supports the collegial and professional practice of ...read more
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    Friday, December 18, 2015
    SANFORD, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2015) – Seminole State College of Florida's Fall 2015 Collegewide Commencement honored 50 years of student achievement as the College concluded its yearlong golden anniversary celebration. More than 3,000 degrees and certificates, including a record 118 bachelor's degrees, were awarded this fall, adding to more than 90,000 credentials Seminole State has ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2015
    ORLANDO, Dec. 17, 2015 – UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities has been awarded one of 75 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in “The Big Read,” a nationwide program created to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Grant recipients around the country pick their own books to ...read more
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    Thursday, December 17, 2015
    (Sanford, Fla.) December 17, 2015 – The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools is excited to announce the addition of six new board members to its Board of Directors. The new members began their three year term on Aug. 27, 2015. The Foundation board of directors will now include: Larry Campbell, Vice President, BB&T Darin Crafton, Vice President, Wharton-Smith Drew Jeter, Senior ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 16, 2015
    Sanford, Florida ( December 16, 2015 ) - A multi-agency full scale active shooter exercise was staged yesterday, Dec. 15, at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Coordinated by the Seminole Office of Emergency Management, the drill was conducted to allow local officials to practice their response to a mass shooting at the Zoo. Due to an increasing amount of shooter related tragedies ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 16, 2015
    By Terri Susan Fine UCF Forum columnist The Thanksgiving holiday season brought with it interesting discussions about “the holidays” – so many holidays are celebrated by people of different cultures, religious backgrounds and nations of origin. The one most celebrated here in the United States is Christmas. The “Christmas Season,” traditionally beginning the day ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 16, 2015
    ORLANDO, Dec. 15, 2015 – UCF was named again today to the 2016 Best College Value list of public institutions by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The university was ranked 36 th out of about 600 institutions measured based on standards of academic quality and affordability. The school made the list for the sixth consecutive year and moved up from last year’s ranking of ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 16, 2015
    There will be no garbage or recycle collection on Friday, December 25, 2015 or Friday, January 1, 2016 for Unincorporated Seminole County Residents. The next scheduled garbage collection days will be Monday, December 28, 2015 and Monday, January 04, 2016 , respectively. Residents whose weekly recycle collection is Friday will receive a makeup day for curbside recycle collection on Saturday, ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 15, 2015
    SANFORD, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2015) – Seminole State College of Florida alumni now have an organization of their own, which will include five decades of graduates. The Seminole State College Alumni Association will be formally welcomed at the Dec. 16 Collegewide Commencement ceremony as the College ends a yearlong celebration of 50 years of higher education. The Alumni Association’s ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 15, 2015
    Lake Mary, Fla. (December 15, 2015) – With the November fundraising totals release, Clerk of the Courts candidate Mike McLean not only led all candidates for the clerk’s position, but all Seminole County constitutional and commission offices. “The support shown by people from all corners of Seminole County and the region is substantial,” McLean says. “They ...read more
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    Monday, December 14, 2015
    Sanford, Florida (December 14, 2015) - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (Zoo) has been recognized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) with an award for 25 years of continuous accreditation! Founded in 1924, the AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. With its more ...read more
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    Thursday, December 10, 2015
    Sanford, FL – December 10, 2015 - For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. According to Seminole County Fire Department, many households engage in holiday activities that serve as some of the leading causes of U.S. home fires, ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 09, 2015
    By Traci Evison UCF Forum columnist Sometimes we see an inspirational snippet of film on YouTube, hear an NPR broadcast or listen to a Ted Talk that materializes into action at what seems to be a random point in the future. A couple years ago, however, I saw a short film at the annual Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford that has stuck with me. This particular short film, Good Karma $1 , ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 09, 2015
    Ceremony will include debut of College's Alma Mater as grand finale to 50 th anniversary SANFORD, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2015) – Seminole State College of Florida will award more than 3,000 degrees and certificates this fall, including a record number of baccalaureate degrees, according to the College's Department of Enrollment Services. Seminole State's Fall 2015 Commencement Ceremony, ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    Leadership and Life Skills Inspire Young Students to be 21st Century Leaders with The Leader in Me Process ( CASSELBERRY, Fla) South Seminole Middle School (SSMS) announced today that the school has been named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC). Even more impressive is the fact that SSMS is the first 6-8 th grade middle school to receive this distinction in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2015) -- Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College have received a combined $24,000 from the Consulate of Mexico that will provide scholarships for students of Mexican heritage. The donation, which will be matched by the colleges’ foundations, was presented during a ceremony at the Mexican Consulate in Orlando on Friday, Nov. 20. With the match, the ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 08, 2015
    An ordinance establishing an Urban Bear Management Area, addressing refuse collection and other wildlife management techniques was approved by the Board of County Commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Seminole County staff consulted with the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) when developing the Ordinance which is intended to reduce ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2015
    We here at Walking Saloon Pictures are excited to showcase our latest project. We have teamed up once again with Darren Hollander and Orlando Chiropractic to create a music video for their song that was written and produced by up and coming rapper, Lil Dicky. Since its release, this video has gained momentum and reached over 30,000 views on YouTube!!! You can watch the video here: ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2015
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) The Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Business Advisory Board (BAB) is a group of business leader volunteers who provide requested counsel and consultation to the Seminole County School Board and its staff on a variety of important issues with the goal of helping the school district improve its business and financial operation deliverables through exposure to business best ...read more
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    Monday, December 07, 2015
    Orlando, FL (December 7, 2015) – IBERIABANK , a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, recently donated $15,000 to three different charities including Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka and the Black Business Capital Financing Corporation. Second Harvest Food Bank used the $5,000 donation to provide scholarship funding for ...read more
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    Friday, December 04, 2015
    ORLANDO, FL – Mayanne Downs, Jason A. Zimmerman and Brock Magruder, all attorneys in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, successfully defended Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, Inc. (Florida Hospital) against several Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and state law contract claims related to a data breach. In 2011, Florida Hospital fired three employees who ...read more
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    Thursday, December 03, 2015
    Cartridge World of Altamonte Springs is offering an additional 10% off their already low priced brand of ink and toner cartridges on purchases of $100 or more by Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce members. Cartridge World offers cartridges for printers, copiers, and fax machines by major brands such as HP, Pitney Bowes, Brother, Samsung, Epson, Canon, Xerox, Dell, and Lexmark. Their ...read more
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    Thursday, December 03, 2015
    (Sanford, Fla.) December 3, 2015 – The Foundation for SCPS is proud to announce that Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin received the 2015 STAR Superintendent Award on Dec. 3, at the 70 th Annual Joint Conference of Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents held in Tampa. The award, presented by the ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 02, 2015
    By Michael Bass UCF Forum columnist As a society we do a terrible job of educating our children to become scientifically literate. Sure, we have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs throughout the country, and with some justification we can brag about the successes of students that are in or who have graduated from such learning experiences. However, in general, these ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 01, 2015
    What an astounding month for new members! In November we welcomed 20 new organizations to the chamber! Thank you to these businesses that chose to invest in the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Please help us welcome all these great new members! Brightway Insurance Zora Grille Patrick Delfore Dentistry Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Equity Mortgage Bankers, LLC Roach Family ...read more
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    Monday, November 30, 2015
    ORLANDO, Fla. (November 30, 2015) – Fisher & Phillips LLP is pleased to announce that Orlando Regional Managing Partner Jeffrey E. Mandel was named 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Labor and Employment Litigation by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®. He is the only attorney in Orlando to receive this designation. This accolade is awarded to the lawyer with the highest voting score in a ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 25, 2015
    Alternative Water Supply Project Saves Money and Helps the Environment Sanford, FL – On November 20, Whartonâ?Smith, Inc., Central Florida’s largest locally based General Contractor, joined with local and state officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Altamonte Springsâ?FDOT Integrated Reuse and Stormwater Treatment (Aâ?FIRST) project, an innovative water reuse system that ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    Washington, DC – U.S. Rep John Mica (FL07) today announced that $63,221,561 is being released by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the construction of SunRail Phase II South. “SunRail Phase II South is an important step toward extending rail service to the Orlando International Airport,” said Congressman Mica. “ As the network grows and commuter rail expands ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2015
    ORLANDO, Nov. 23, 2015 – Similar to the hologram in Star Wars that delivered Princess Leia’s message for help, two new Microsoft HoloLens devices have been awarded to UCF for researching the creation and transfer of historical information. Researchers from 10 universities were recently chosen through a grant competition to receive developmental versions of the HoloLens, the first ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2015
    ( SANFORD, Fla. ) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) art students recently participated in several art festivals. Those festivals included the Maitland Festival of the Arts, the Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts and Great Day in the Country in Oviedo. The following are the results from the art festivals. More than 30 Merit Awards were also given out to SCPS students. Congratulations to ...read more
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    Monday, November 23, 2015
    The City improved a portion of Persimmon Avenue between the Amtrak Auto Train entrance and SR 46, a distance of one quarter mile. The improvements now include separate left and right turn lanes at the north end of Persimmon Avenue with a significant extension of the existing right turn land into Amtrak’s Auto Train terminal at the south end. Persimmon Avenue is an important road, as it is ...read more
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    Thursday, November 19, 2015
    Altamonte Springs, FL - Equity Mortgage Bankers, LLC has opened three new offices covering Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties adding to the communities their innovated programs, education and job opportunities on each County. The newest office is located in Altamonte Springs. The opening celebration took place on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at our main office located at The Westmonte Building, ...read more
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    Monday, August 24, 2015
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2015) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced that Orlando Partner Nicolette Vilmos has been invited to join the Fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). Vilmos will be formally recognized at LCA’s 2015 Fall Conference & Induction of Fellows ceremony in October. The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than ...read more
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    Monday, August 17, 2015
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2015) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced 12 of the firm’s Orlando attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2016. In total, 44 of the firm’s attorneys from six offices across the state were recognized. Additionally, three Orlando attorneys were named a “Lawyer of the Year,” a designation only one ...read more
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    Thursday, June 25, 2015
    ORLANDO, Fla. (June 25, 2015) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced that 17 firm attorneys have been recognized by their peers for their legal expertise in Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite 2015. Additionally, Jon Sale, of counsel in the Miami office, joins a select few this year being inducted into the Hall of Fame – a group of attorneys who have ...read more
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